17 Nov

India vs England: Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in elite T20 Internationals list

first_imgRohit Sharma became the fifth batsman in men’s cricket to go past 2000 T20 International runs after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and India captain Virat Kohli.The Indian opener needed 14 to get to the landmark before India’s third T20I match against England at Bristol on Sunday.Kohli became the fastest to reach 2000 runs in the format when he scored eight in the first T20I at Manchester. He finished the match on 20 not out.Kohli got to the landmark in only his 60th match while Rohit reached there in his 84th match. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.Kohli is also the fastest to reach the 2000-run mark in terms of ball faced. The Indian skipper took 1,467 balls to achieve the feat. Rohit and McCullum are joint second-fastest with 1,476 balls.Rohit reached the landmark with a four off Jake Ball, on the last delivery of the second over of the third T20I. He then went onto guide the Indian batting and finish the game with a 56-ball 100 not out as India won the match by seven wickets. With the win, India clinched the three-match series 2-1.Rohit is a serial record-breaker in limited-overs cricket.He is the only man to score three double hundreds in one-day internationals and holds the record for the highest individual score in the format. Back in 2014, Rohit had left the cricket world stunned with his 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.advertisementIn T20 Internationals, Rohit has two hundreds and could have become one of only two to boast of three hundreds had he not been dismissed for 97 in Dublin. Rohit also holds the record for joint fastest hundred in T20 InternationalsIndia won the toss in the series-decider on Sunday and asked England to bat first. The hosts put up 198/9 in the 20 overs in the final T20I of the three-match series.last_img read more

17 Nov


first_imgTraffic police use ‘Yama’ to warn motorists against violationsBengaluru, Jul 10 (PTI) A mace-wielding ‘Yamaraja,’ Godof Death, attired in his traditional golden dress interceptedmotorists near the Town hall here today and warned them hewould visit their homes if they flout traffic rules.The Halasuru Gate traffic police roped in ‘Yamaraja’ astheir brand ambassador to drive home the message of thedangers of not sporting a helmet, reckless driving and otherviolations.”We are observing July as a road safety month. As partof it, we are conducting various programmes such as lecturesin schools and colleges and street-plays,” Deputy Commissioneroftraffic police Anupam Agrawal toldPTI.”Also, we thought of using the character Yama to sendthemessage across that if you disobey the traffic rules, Yamawill come to your home,” he said.The actor, who stopped motorists and reminded them of theimportance of sticking to road rules, was Veeresh, a theatreartiste performing Hindu mythology-based dramas.After intercepting mostly young motorists, Yama wavedhismace in the air, warning them that he would not sparethem.Insome cases, he rode pillion on those motorcycles thatwere driven recklessly.According to traffic police, the public awareness drivehelped in minimising accidents.Till June-end this year, 2,336 accidents have beenreported, of which 330 were fatal, they said.By last December-end, 5,064 accidents had been reported,of which 609 were fatal.In 2016, 7,506 accidents took place of which 754 werefatal. PTI GMSNVGROHROHROHlast_img read more

16 Nov


first_imgDordt College is now officially known as Dordt University.The announcement for the name change was made a year ago, but became official on Monday.Brandon Huisman, Vice President of Enrollment for Dordt, says there are three primary reasons for the name change:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DORDT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….than a college. :18Huisman says Dordt has expanded its various graduate Master’s programs, which is another reason for changing the name of the Sioux Center school:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DORDT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the next year. :19International students now make up nearly 11 percent of the enrollment, which he says relates to the word “university” better than the word “college.”Dordt University has an enrollment of around 1600 students.last_img read more

16 Nov

Kelechi Osemele shows why players wonder if teams care about their welfare

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Given a chance to show leadership and accountability on the Osemele matter, Gase cowered. “I haven’t seen him,” Gase said. Shouldn’t you see him, he was asked. “He’s injured. I’m trying to get ready for the next opponent.” Osemele was released less than 24 hours later. His agents told Schefter that Osemele and the NFL Players’ Association will take legal action against the Jets’ team doctors for violations of state medical board regulations. “What do I do?” Osemele told the New York Daily News last week. “Take Vicodin? Where’s the line? How much should a player play through pain? What is the limit? Is there a limit? Toradol every day? Does my health matter?”Osemele expressed the apprehension many players have when it comes to the independence of team doctors. Are they thinking about the health and safety of the player long-term? Or is the goal to get the player back on the field for the next snap and the one after that and the one after that, long-term issues be damned?That’s one of the central tensions at the heart of a locker-room: how much does this team really care about me? And when a team is bad, everything is amplified. And the Jets are really bad.This, right here, is why bad teams stay bad. It’s not just the Jets. For example, an ongoing squabble between Cordy Glenn and the Bengals over how the team dealt with a head injury resulted in the left tackle receiving a one-game suspension. Every team has had its share of iffy medical situations, where a player’s health hasn’t seemed like the first and only priority. Only the Jets could look malicious and inept.Central to this story is Jets head coach Adam Gase. Gase made the mother of all power plays last offseason when, kicked out of the head coach’s office in Miami, he arrived in New York and demanded absolute power. The Jets, stunningly, sided with a coach whose top credential remains access to Peyton Manning’s phone number.Gase is the caricature of a football coach. Words like “toughness” and “togetherness” and “leadership” tumble from his mouth because he knows that’s what is expected. But he delivers it with all the sincerity of a hard-up used car salesman. Gase is a man steeped in football-ology, a philosophy that sees players less as individuals and more as pawns of the oh-so-wise coach. Get out of the way, stay quiet, do what I say, and we will be successful.There’s an issue, though. Gase is a loser. He has coached 56 games in his NFL career. His teams have been more likely to lose by double digits (25) than to win (24). He is the man who presided over a staff in Miami where one of its high-ranking employees – an offensive-line coach – felt comfortable snorting white substances at his desk before a team meeting. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Jets Videos (@snyjets)Adam Gase responds to a question about why he hasn’t spoken to Kelechi Osemele in the past few weeks – “He hasn’t asked to speak to me” pic.twitter.com/UI6MAfqos0October 24, 2019 Reuse this content Etan Thomas Since you’re here… features NFL Gase’s handling of the situation has been a disgrace. It’s easy to ask for all the power in an organization when you want to run the draft. But the job is hard when it comes to negotiating issues with players or dealing with outside forces – agents, the media, doctors. In such disputes, there’s no front-office bogeyman you can throw under the bus. You’re the guy. The player, media and staff want answers.Gase isn’t just unqualified, he is delusional. It has cost the Jets in the short-term – they are 1-6 this season – and it will continue to do so into the future. “If I’m still an agent,” former NFL agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry wrote this week, “I wouldn’t recommend signing with the Jets.” Gase was supposed to exorcise some of the stench of a team that has one winning season in the last eight. From his introductory press conference, to the team’s record, to his handling of players, he has only served to plunge them to fresh depths.The Osemele situation will do lasting damage to the Jets’ reputation around the league. Players will still sign there, of course: the Jets will never fail to hand out inflated contracts to has-beens, because that’s the company motto. And there are only 32 teams and a finite number of jobs across the league. But if a player has a choice, the prospect of working with a team who have shown such callousness towards a respected veteran will leave them with only one option – anyone but the Jets. Topics Chicago Bears are a masterclass in how to waste a great defensecenter_img The Jets’ treatment of Kelechi Osemele was as shameful as it is was predictable, its cruelty matched only by its stupidity.To recap: Osemele, an All-Pro guard who was acquired by the Jets as a free agent last offseason, sustained a torn labrum earlier in the season. Osemele wanted surgery on the injury, which would have likely kept him out for much if not all of the 2019 season. The Jets denied the request. They asked Osemele to take painkilling injections and carry on playing. Osemele decided to have the surgery anyway, without the blessing (but with the knowledge, an important distinction) of the Jets, after he received a third opinion. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that Osemele’s surgery was successful, but that the damage to his shoulder “was more extensive than anticipated.” Rather than place Osemele on injured reserve, a designation that frees up a roster spot for the team but means the player is still paid, the Jets released Osemele, voiding his contract. The 30-year-old was due to make $9.1m this year. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Kevin Durant shouldn’t have been playing, period. Athletes need their own doctors US sports Read more Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp New York Jets Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

14 Nov

Mason gets open invite for Stamford Bridge return

first_imgChelsea Mason gets open invite for Stamford Bridge return after his retirement Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ryan Mason Hull City Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Hull City Hull City FA Cup The former Spurs and Hull City midfielder had to retire from football after attempting to make a comeback from a major head injury Ryan Mason has been given an open offer to return to Stamford Bridge the same week that he retired from professional football due to the fractured skull he sustained while playing for Hull City against Chelsea in 2017. The 26-year-old collided with Gary Cahill in an aerial duel that he tried to return from but, after seeking “the guidance of numerous world-renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons”, he has decided to retire. Mason’s parents, Glen and Lisa, are Chelsea season-ticket holders and left their seats upon witnessing the injury to join him in the ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in London, where he spent eight days and had surgery.   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 While Mason has been invited back to the ground, the FA Cup fifth-round game between Chelsea and Hull on Friday is thought to have come too soon for the 26-year-old to attend after his retirement announcement.Cahill, who visited the former Tottenham midfielder in hospital after the match in 2017, is understood to be devastated upon hearing the news of Mason’s retirement, but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte thinks that the defender can’t hold himself to blame for the incident. “For sure, this is a question for Gary. But, at the same time, I think it’s OK when you play and your behaviour is always with great honesty. We are talking about a top player, no? For his commitment, his behaviour during, before and after the game. This type of situation can happen.”I was a player and I understand it. I broke my leg. My team-mate broke my leg when I was 16, and risked my whole career. But it was an unlucky situation. I repeat: Gary is a fantastic guy, a fantastic person. He must be OK because it’s not his fault.”Conte admits that he has not spoken to Cahill about Mason’s retirement, but the Italian says he doesn’t think there is a problem for his defender moving forward. “I must be honest, I didn’t speak with him. I think that, if I have to go to speak with him, it means there is a problem. I don’t see a problem. Football is this. Sometimes it can happen, this type of situation. The most important thing is there is not the will to do this.Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan. Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.— Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) February 13, 2018″We are very sad for this news. But football is this. You have to try and accept also these bad situations. They can happen.”last_img read more

23 Oct

Sembcorp Marine Bags USD 15 Bn Loan from Parent

first_imgzoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries will provide a five-year subordinated loan of SGD 2 billion (USD 1.47 billion) to strengthen Sembcorp Marine’s financial position.The loan, agreed amidst the current downturn in the global offshore and marine industry, would be used by Sembcorp Marine to retire around SGD 1.5 billion of borrowings, and the balance SGD 500 million for working capital and general corporate purposes.Sembcorp Industries, Sembcorp Marine’s largest shareholder, will issue SGD 1.5 billion of bonds to DBS Bank as sole lead manager and initial purchaser through a private placement. The investors of the bonds include Temasek.Assuming the SGD 2 billion is fully drawn as at March 31, 2019, Sembcorp Group’s gross debt-to-capitalisation ratio would increase from 56% to 58%.Since 2009, Sembcorp Marine has made substantial strategic investments in yard and engineering capabilities, and acquired new technologies which allow it to offer diversified solutions across the offshore, marine and energy industries.However, The company’s current financial performance and position have been affected by the prolonged and severe downturn of the global offshore and marine industry.last_img read more

16 Oct

Elton John AIDS Foundation Marks Global Parents Day

first_imgTo mark Global Parents Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation joined forces with a representative of the US government at a private event on Monday 1 June celebrating their combined achievements in saving the lives of millions of women and babies infected with HIV.The private cocktail party for 120 guests including: Natalie Imbruglia, Lulu, Amanda Wakeley, Melissa Obadash, Crown Prince Pavlose, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, John Frieda, Jay Jopling, Elizabeth Saltzman, Heather Kerzner, Tania Bryer and Arpad Busson was held at the Chelsea home of Ruth and Richard Rogers, and co-hosted by Elton John AIDS Foundation Chairman David Furnish.“This is an issue the Elton John AIDS Foundation cares deeply about” Furnish told guests, “we have already saved the lives of over 66,000 babies and we must keep going to ensure in the future children are born free of HIV.”Furnish thanked the event Host Committee, which included Ruth Rogers, Alisa Swidler, Heather Kerzner, Elizabeth Saltzman and Robin D’Alessandro for bringing guests together for the event.U.S. Ambassador-at-large Debbi Birx, a world renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS praised the Foundation for having such a huge impact on the HIV epidemic. “You have stayed true to this issue when others walked away” she said to Sir Elton John, who also attended the event. “The achievements of the Foundation have been remarkable and together we can support thousands more women and young girls who are so vulnerable to this disease.”A young woman living with HIV in London, whose daughter was born with HIV at a time when drugs were not available to treat children told guests of the agony of having an HIV-positive baby: “Every cough and cold, every upset stomach… I would be terrified. I do not want anyone to have to go through what me and my daughter have been through. I hope you will help the Foundation with this important work.Jay Jopling, a long term supporter of the Foundation and founder of the White Cube suite of galleries, also entreated guests to support the Foundation’s work: “For a significant donation, we can gift you a beautiful Gary Hume print, donated by the artist”.AIDS remains the leading killer of young women of reproductive age in the world. Without the right medicine, they risk infecting their babies during pregnancy. Over 3,500 HIV-infected babies die every week.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

13 Oct

Peace Region palaeontologists lead researchers in cataloguing new Hominid trackway in South

first_imgThe researchers say that a number of creatures, probably Homo sapiens, made the tracks while moving down a dune surface. This is the first reported hominid tracksite in the world from this time period and adds to the sparse global record of early hominid tracks. The trackway site also represents the largest and best-preserved archive of Late Pleistocene hominid tracks found to date.The narrow confines of the cave, often with a space of 50 cm or less between floor and ceiling, made for significant challenges in the documentation. However, thousands of photographs of the track-bearing surface were taken. Dr. McCrea then used the photographs to develop 3D photogrammetric models of the trackway. Combined with a track map, the digital data will make it possible to create exact replicas of the track-bearing surface. A similar technique has been used in the Peace Region to document dinosaur trackways.The full article can be read at: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22059-5 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — Two Peace Region-based palaeontologists have made important scientific discoveries on dinosaurs in the past, but this time Drs. Charles Helm and Richard McCrea were researching creatures that lived much more recently.An international team of researchers led by Dr. Helm has published an article today in the open-access journal Scientific Reports which draws attention to a Late Pleistocene hominid trackway site that was identified two years ago on the south coast of South Africa. Up to forty hominid tracks were found on the ceiling and side walls of a ten-metre long cave. The tracks are thought to have been made approximately 90,000 years ago when the nearby shoreline would have been about 2 kilometres away. A 3D image of a portion of the northern trackway surface. Photo by Dr. Richard McCrea A 3D image of a portion of the northern trackway surface. Photo by Dr. Richard McCrea Tracks on the southern surface, with 10 cm bars for scale. Photo by Dr. Charles Helm Tracks on the southern surface, with 10 cm bars for scale. Photo by Dr. Charles Helm Dr. Charles Helm examining the northern track-bearing surface, which forms the ceiling of the confined inner part of the cave. Photo by Guy Thesen. Dr. Charles Helm examining the northern track-bearing surface, which forms the ceiling of the confined inner part of the cave. Photo by Guy Thesen. last_img read more

8 Oct

Blake casts doubts on government commitment

He said that while he was aware the government had said the elections will be held the latest in September next year, the US government hopes the elections can be held much sooner.On issues of accountability, Blake said it is the hope of the US government that three years after the end of the conflict, there can be a credible and transparent accounting, investigation and prosecution of some of the outstanding and serious allegations of human rights violations, as well as progress on the missing. Blake also called for early provincial council elections in the north despite the announcement by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that elections will be held in September next year. “We always supported a domestic process,” Blake told reporters hours after meeting with officials from the government and opposition including President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga who heads the committee involved in preparing the LLRC action plan. He also encouraged an early resumption of talks between the TNA and the government to agree on powers to be devolved to the provinces.Report by Easwaran Rutnam US Under Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says there are questions on the commitment of the government in implementing the action plan of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).Addressing the media in Colombo today following the end of his visit to Sri Lanka, Blake said that the action plan is fairly detailed and having a timeline is also good but yet there needs to be progress in the implementation process. read more

2 Oct

Science team gains valuable international experience

Brock University students recently put their synthetic biology skills to the test against nearly 6,000 people.Under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Aleksandar Necakov and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Feng Li, a team of 13 undergraduate students spent months preparing a project related to the flip recombinase enzyme, which induces genetic mutations in model organisms including bacteria, fish and mice.Six team members recently travelled to Boston, Mass., to present their findings at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree competition from Oct. 24 to 28.The Brock iGEM team along with Assistant Biological Sciences Professor Aleksandar Necakov (top right).Along with more than 300 universities from around the world, the Brock students took part in the four-day event, which saw them engage in information sharing and compete with their project against teams from Ivy League schools and European research centres.The goal of this year’s project was to engineer a system, using a technique called optogenetics, to control genetic modifications in bacteria using light.The switch the Brock team engineered provides control over gene expression in microbial bioreactors, agricultural applications and for research purposes in a large range of model organisms. The group’s work led to a bronze medal ranking.For Necakov and Li’s team, the opportunity to compete with universities from around the world represents a chance to strengthen the team’s knowledge while also showcasing the University to a greater audience.“The Boston experience has allowed Brock students to take part in a biomolecular engineering competition, for the first time, on the international stage,” said Necakov. “Through their participation, students on the team further developed their molecular biology skills and practical knowledge, their leadership and interpersonal skills, and were directly engaged in communicating their accomplishments with local school groups and the international research community.”Brock was joined in the bronze medal category by 106 other schools, including Cornell, Michigan and MIT. Gold medals were given to 114 schools and 68 schools received silver medals.A full project summary as well as information on the team members can be found on the Brock iGEM website. read more

29 Sep

Mike Trout Is A 430 Million Bargain

Trout’s most similar group averaged just fewer than 1.0 WAR by age 38. And that group contains eight Hall of Famers, including Griffey, Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. To further complicate matters, the quality of competition in MLB continues to improve over time, and the game is getting younger, making it more difficult to age well.However, if 1 WAR is worth $8 million in 2019, and that value inflates by 3 percent per season (for the first five seasons),2Basic assumptions which, granted, may need re-examining. the average of Trout’s comparable group would be worth about $450 million from age 27 through age 38. And it bears mentioning that Trout has accumulated 48 percent more WAR through age 26 than his comparable group of all-time legends. (Yes, Trout is good.)So Trout seems like a very good bet to deliver more value to the Angels than they’re paying him for in this contract, even if some of the assumptions above are more player-friendly than the current state of baseball’s economics. While many MLB mega-contracts end up looking bad in retrospect, this Trout deal might be the rare one that delivers positive surplus value for the team.Either way, with no opt-outs in the deal and a full no-trade clause, Trout and the Angels are committed to each other for the long haul. If Trout is interested in winning World Series rings, he took a risk in remaining in Anaheim: He has never won a playoff game with the Angels even while establishing himself at the game’s best player. As great as Trout has been, even the best player cannot do it alone — particularly not in baseball, which is a weak-link sport that is less dependent on star talent than other sports.But in some ways, the Angels’ outlook is improving for the second act of the Trout era. Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract is coming off the books after the 2021 season — $28 million in present-day dead money the Angels can allocate elsewhere.The Angels entered Tuesday with $28 million committed in 2022 salaries, ranking 18th in baseball despite playing in the sport’s No. 2 market in Los Angeles. (The MLB average is $35.2 million committed in 2022, according to Spotrac.) So should the Angels want to compete in the market for high-end free-agent talent in coming years — like, say, Mookie Betts (free agency ETA 2021) or Francisco Lindor (free agency ETA 2022)3Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be a free agent after 2020. — they will have the flexibility and purchasing power to do so. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1According to a mix of WAR from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.Here’s a plot of the 10 retired outfielders most similar to Trout through age 26 (according to The Baseball Gauge), along with the arcs of their seasonal WAR as aging took hold: Perhaps most important for the club’s long-term prospects is the productivity of its farm system. For much of Trout’s tenure with the Angels, the club had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Angels’ system ranked last in baseball in 2014, 2016 and 2017, according to Baseball America. That’s begun to change. The Angels hired Billy Eppler to lead their front office after the 2015 season; they improved to 14th in the rankings in 2018 and 13th this spring.Outfielder Jo Adell, L.A.’s first-round pick in 2017, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects, while starter Griffin Canning, a second-round pick in 2017, gives the Angels a second top-100 prospect. And help from the farm is not too far away: Eight of the top 10 Angels prospects are expected to open in Double-A or higher this spring. Moreover, if the Angels’ top prospect from a year ago, Shohei Ohtani, can become a consistent impact performer as a pitcher and hitter, L.A. could have two star caliber players in one roster spot.The Angels’ biggest long-term issue is that they are in the same division as the Houston Astros, who are on the cutting edge of evaluation and player development. The Astros took home the 2017 World Series trophy, won 103 games a year ago project to win 99 games again this season according to the FiveThirtyEight model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better in three of the past four years. Baseball America ranks the Astros’ farm system No. 5 in the game entering 2019.It will be no easy task to supplant the Astros as kings of the AL West. And if Trout and the Angels can’t do that, it will be more difficult for Trout to raise his own profile, which lags well behind what his talent would suggest. Only one baseball player made ESPN’s list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, and it wasn’t Trout — it was Bryce Harper at No. 99. This contract extension makes Trout very rich, but it also forces him to forfeit the chance to join a more likely World Series contender — and he’ll miss out on the spotlight that would have shown on him during his own free agency after the 2020 season.So now the pressure is even greater for the Angels to surround Trout with better talent and build a winner around him. By the end of this contract, he’ll have spent two full decades with the franchise. It would be a true shame if Trout’s next 12 seasons contain as little team success as his first eight did. read more

28 Sep

Aaron Craft leads Ohio State to 7669 upset against No 17 Iowa

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Feb. 4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU won, 76-69.Courtesty of The Daily Iowan/Alyssa HitchcockWhen a team is on the road in a hostile environment, college basketball coaches typically look to their seniors to lead the way.That was the case Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa, as Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft did a little bit of everything to help lead his team to its second straight road win, defeating No. 17 Iowa, 76-69.Craft finished with a game-high 17 points, recorded six steals, dished out six assists and delivered a crucial driving layup with 1:21 remaining while getting fouled. His free throw put the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5) up, 66-59, but Iowa would not go away.The Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4) cut the lead to four after a free throw by senior forward Zach McCabe with 54 seconds left, but they never got that close again.The battery of junior guard Shannon Scott, junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. combined to make 10 of 12 free throws after the lead was cut to four to help seal the win for the Buckeyes, who won their second straight game against a top 20 opponent — following up a 59-58 victory at then-No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.The Buckeyes shot 25-49 from the field in the game, including 7-16 from beyond the arc. Their perimeter defense proved to be the difference, as Iowa shot just 3-20 from deep.After trailing, 33-31, at halftime, OSU took the lead for good after Smith Jr. buried a three from the wing with 18:39 remaining. Smith Jr. finished with 12 points, one of five OSU guys to score in double figures including Craft, Ross with 13, junior center Amir Williams with 12 and Scott with 11.Sophomore guard Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 16 points, and junior center Gabriel Olaseni added 14 off the bench.After the two straight road wins, OSU is set to come home Saturday and take on Purdue (13-9, 3-6). The Buckeyes last beat the Boilermakers, 78-69, Dec. 31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Tipoff for Saturday is set for 6 p.m. read more

25 Sep

Payday for metal detectorists as average treasure find now worth £2671

Remarkably, the landowners or finders of 86 of the objects acquired by museums waived their payments, preferring to donate them for the public good.Michael Ellis, arts minister, said: “I applaud the large number of interested parties waiving their right to a reward for treasure cases, with individuals foregoing their share in 86 cases this year. These donations have allowed museums to acquire find that they may not have otherwise been able to, thereby allowing the public to enjoy and experts to study them”.Referring to a DCMS study which showed that 1.5 per cent of adults in England had taken part in metal detecting in the last year, he said: “This increase in detecting has contributed hugely to the extension of our knowledge of our past.”Experts say programmes such as Detectorists, a BBC sitcom starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones which began airing in 2014, have tempted more amateur searchers to try out the hobby.  Excavations of an Anglo Saxon grave in Winfarthing, Norfolk, where a gold necklace and pendants of "national significance" were found and valued at £145,000. The Leekfrith gold torcs discovered on Staffordshire farmland The most remarkable find came from a Staffordshire field: four twisted neckbands later confirmed as the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever found in Britain.The two men who discovered the find had swept the field 20 years earlier with no joy, only to come across the find of a lifetime in December 2016.In Peover Superior, Cheshire, another two friends found nearly 7,000 Roman coins in a field. Ronald Lees 62, described how they had found wire, ring pulls and nails before his metal detector beeped on the hidden hoard.“I was soaking wet and freezing cold, but all of a sudden nothing else mattered – I was ecstatic,” he told his local newspaper at the time. “The last person who held the coins could have been a Roman Emperor, a gladiator or a serf.”It has now been valued at £40,000 and has been acquired by Liverpool Museums.A selection of the most unusual and valuable finds are announced at the British Museum each year. Metal detectorists Joe Kania (left) and Mark Hambleton, who discovered a collection of gold torcs on Staffordshire farmlandCredit:Staffordshire Council The Leekfrith gold torcs discovered on Staffordshire farmlandCredit:Staffordshire Council They may be stereotyped as amateur hobbyists, spending their evenings traipsing through fields for the love of the search.But the life of a metal detectorist can very well pay off, it seems.The average treasure find reported to the authorities and valued last year made £2,671, it has emerged, a total value of £643,683 across 241 items.It is the first time the valuation committee has released figured for the average find, as the number of reported treasures continues to rise each year.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Treasure Act Annual Report, which has just been published and records objects found in 2016 which have now finished going through the process of valuation, showed 1,116 worthy finds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, some 363 of which are considered so significant they have been acquired by public collections.The average find was worth £2,671, it found, thanks to numerous exceptionally high value items including the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs found in Staffordshire and worth £325,000, and a grave assemblage found around Winfarthing, Norfolk at £145,000. A total of 60 items, or collections of items, were valued at more than £1,000, with finders fees being split between the detectorist who struck gold and the owner of the land it was found on.The median value was finds was £270, once numerous coins, jewellery and significant metal fragments were taken into account.The figures discount those finds not suitable for reporting: from modern coins to metal trinkets uncovered for curiosity’s’ sake but not worth sending to a museum.Hobbyists in Norfolk were particularly successful, with a total of 130 finds in the year, with Suffolk at 80, Hampshire at 62 and Lincolnshire at 56 also enjoying a fruitful season. 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. Metal detectorists Joe Kania (left) and Mark Hambleton, who discovered a collection of gold torcs on Staffordshire farmland Excavations of an Anglo Saxon grave in Winfarthing, Norfolk, where a gold necklace and pendants of “national significance” were found and valued at £145,000.Credit:John Rainer/PA read more

25 Sep

Contractor robbed in yard by armed duo

A 39-year-old contractor of Independence Boulevard was on Sunday around 23:30h robbed by two bandits, one reportedly armed with a handgun and the other with a knife.Based on information reaching INews, the victim identified as Eon Solomon, was robbed of a gold chain, and two Samsung cellphones, all valued at approximately $856,000.The victim parked his motorcar in his yard and was about to close his gate, when the two perpetrators came from a unknown direction and held him at gunpoint and robbed him.They then escaped on foot in an unknown direction.Police are currently investigating the crime. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related65-year-old Wortmanville businessman robbed by armed banditsJune 1, 2018In “Crime”Durban St contractor robbed by motorcycle banditsSeptember 23, 2018In “Crime”Brothers assaulted, robbed in Canal No. 2 home by armed banditsJuly 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

24 Sep

Heavyduty vibrators for continuous duty in bulk handling

first_imgBulk material handlers in a wide array of industries are improving process flow and efficiency with a lineup of heavy-duty vibrators so durable that they are rated for continuous duty even at maximum force settings, delivering enhanced reliability and extended service life.  The Cougar® B Series Vibrators from Martin Engineering minimise accumulation in storage vessels, transfer chutes, dust collectors and other locations, maintaining throughput and reducing maintenance time required to clear blockages.  All models are totally-enclosed, non-vented (TENV) designs with Class H high-temperature windings and enclosures rated IP-66. “Some manufacturers use Class F windings,” explained Martin Engineering Product Specialist David Ruggio.  “That typically allows continuous duty at mid-level force ratings, but we wanted to design these units to go beyond that kind of performance.  The benefit is a cooler-running vibrator that lasts longer in demanding service conditions.”With dozens of different models available, Martin Engineering offers the water-tight, dust-tight designs in a wide selection of voltages, speeds, force ratings and frequencies to suit virtually any application, including hazardous locations. “We’re seeing many plants taking steps to reduce their consumption of compressed air,” Ruggio continued.  “These electric designs are replacing pneumatic vibrators in many applications, which helps cut down plant air use.  Electric units are extremely low-maintenance when compared to pneumatics, and they’re much quieter,” he said.last_img read more

21 Sep

Kourakis sits in suburban court

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australia’s Chief Justice Chris Kourakis says his head was “spinning” after he took the unprecedented step of hearing matters at a suburban court.Mr Kourakis sat at the Elizabeth Magistrates Court, glimpsing at first hand what he described as the heavy caseloads faced by magistrates.Last financial year, South Australia’s 37 magistrates held 215,000 hearings and cleared 65,000 cases.The court system is currently beset by delays and a backlog of cases, with the closure of the Holden Hill court and other cuts expected to increase that burden.“My head at the end of the morning session … was spinning and it’s a tribute to the work that they do that they get through their lists. I learnt a great deal by coming out here,” Mr Kourakis said outside court.last_img read more

17 Sep

2018 MCAS Miramar Airshow takes place September 2830

first_img2018 MCAS Miramar Airshow takes place September 28-30 Posted: September 21, 2018 September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:59 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe 2018 Miramar Air Show will take place September 28-30. Colonel Charles Dockery, Commanding Officer at MCAS Miramar, joined us to give us a preview.last_img read more

9 Sep

Coast Guard bill would end EPA permit mandate for fishing boats

first_imgCoast Guard Fast Response Cutter John McCormick in Ketchikan. (2017 KRBD photo)For years, Alaska’s commercial fishing fleet has dreaded a rule that would require an EPA permit for even basic boat discharges, like draining a fish hold or rinsing the deck. Congress has had to pass a series of short-term measures to prevent enforcement of the requirement.“Nobody thought it was a good idea,” U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said. “Democrats, Republicans -nobody thought hosing down your deck you need an EPA discharge permit.”Now, Congress is on the verge of ditching the requirement forever. Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a Coast Guard authorization bill co-sponsored by Sullivan that includes a permanent exemption for fishing boats of less than 79 feet.United Fishermen of Alaska President Matt Alward says he’s been assured the House will pass the bill after Thanksgiving and send it to the president for his signature.“After over a decade of working on it, it’s a huge deal to finally have it done,” Alward said, praising Sullivan for his work on the matter.The Coast Guard bill also includes a land exchange on Kodiak Island with Lynden Transport. Lynden CEO Jim Jansen is among the owners of Ayakulik  Island, off the southwest side of Kodiak Island. Ayakulik would become federal property and Lynden would obtain a tract of federal land on Womens Bay, home to Kodiak’s Coast Guard station and an existing dock.If the bill is signed into law, it could also help the federal research vessel Fairweather return to its Ketchikan homeport. The bill would allow the U.S. government to accept non-federal funds to build a dock for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship.last_img read more

2 Sep

Shooting at West Texas High School Leaves One Dead One Injured

first_imgPete SzilagyiA Border Patrol agent keeps watch as parents arrive to take their children home from Alpine Elementary School after Thursday’s shooting at nearby Alpine High School.A seemingly average Thursday morning in small-town Alpine, TX turned traumatic after a 14-year-old female freshman student shot and injured another female student before turning the gun on herself.Brewster County authorities said the shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.The identities of the shooter and the victim have not been released.In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson expressed shock at the incident that took place sometime after 9 AM, saying his department had never had to respond to an “active shooter” situation of this type before, especially at a local school.“It’s not supposed to happen here,” he said.Travis LuxVarious federal, state and local law enforcement arrived at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, which was the subject of a bomb threat along with other locations in Alpine and Marathon, TX on Thursday.Authorities said the shooting happened inside the high school near the band hall. Band Director Chuck Wilson – who said the victim was one of his students – echoed Dodson’s sentiment about the unusual nature of the shooting in a town where violent crime is rare.“This is supposed to be something that happens someplace else,” Wilson said. “It’s really hard to put into words, it’s not something you can really prepare for as a parent or as a teacher, and it’s tough.”Alpine Police Chief Russell Scown said first responders didn’t initially realize the dead 14-year-old was the shooter.“We thought we still had an active shooter out there,” he said.While authorities praised the quick response of multiple law enforcement agencies – Alpine Police, Brewster County deputies, Texas Game Wardens, Border Patrol agents and Texas state troopers among them – Dodson also told reporters the shooting “could’ve been a lot worse”, though he didn’t elaborate.All Alpine Independent School Districts were placed on lockdown in the wake of the shooting, and the high school was evacuated to nearby churches.Dodson and Scown indicated that they may release more details related to a possible motive in the shooting in the coming days, after they interview a handful of witnesses they believe may have seen the shooting unfold.At the same time, both law enforcement officials described with frustration how a series of bomb threats scattered across two West Texas towns throughout the day hindered authorities’ ability to investigate the shooting.Shortly after the shooting, Dodson said the sheriff’s office received a phone call from an anonymous male caller who made threats again Sul Ross State University, a nearby college campus also in Alpine. The threat was interpreted as a bomb threat, and authorities shifted their resources to the university.Pete SzilagyiA Brewster County Sheriff’s Office deputy stands guard outside the Alpine Elementary School on Thursday, September 8, 2016.Sul Ross was placed on a campus-wide lockdown for hours and later evacuated, as authorities brought in bomb squads to clear buildings and even, according to Sheriff Dodson, airlifted bomb-sniffing dogs in from Austin.Another bomb threat was later lodged against the Big Bend Regional Medical Center, the Alpine hospital where the high school shooting victim was taken to. The hospital was later cleared as well.Sul Ross sophomore Jacques Wilson was in class when word came in about the shooting at Alpine High.“Around 10, 10:15 is when we started seeing the cops pull up on campus and the choppers flying around and everything else,” he said. “I mean, it’s kinda nerve-wracking when you look outside and see officers with those big guns and everything, and there were a lot of officers, so yea it was pretty scary.”Yvonne Herrera works at Sul Ross, and described the scene there after the university sent out an alert to shelter in place.“We all went into a separate office, we turned off the lights and they just told us to sit low, don’t have our cell phones on, and just be as quiet as we can be,” she said.“I was very concerned, more than anything about my grandkids – I have two grandsons that are in middle school.”Authorities eventually gave the all-clear for the Sul Ross campus, along with all Alpine schools and the local hospital.In a confounding twist to the day’s events, Dodson said a separate bomb threat was found left on the door of a room at the Marathon Motel – located in the next small town east of Alpine about 30 minutes away. No bomb was found and that scene was cleared as well.An investigation into the various bomb threats continues, with Dodson vowing to find and prosecute the person responsible, whom he described as “some punk” who lodged the threats “out of meanness.” Dodson said the sheriff’s office had asked the F.B.I. for assistance.Authorities do not believe the various threats were related to the shooting at the high school.Alpine I.S.D. called an emergency school board meeting in the wake of the shooting to discuss next steps and to receive briefings from law enforcement.Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano reacted to the day’s events in an emailed statement, saying he wanted to “reach out to our community during this difficult time.”“While the events of today are truly tragic, we all know they could have been much worse,” he wrote.“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those directly affected by today’s events. Rest assured, the community at large feels your pain and the healing process will be a community-wide initiative.”As the investigation into the shooting at Alpine High continues, a number of questions remained unanswered.Among them are how a 14-year-old girl managed to get ahold of a handgun and, as Sheriff Dodson described it, “plenty” of ammunition – whether the shooter and the victim knew each other and what the motive for such an act might have been – and how a federal agent responding to the shooting managed to accidentally shoot and injure another officer as the events unfolded. (It’s believed that officer’s injuries were non-life-threatening as well.)But late Thursday afternoon, officers were focused on finding the person who allegedly lodged the fake bomb threats, primarily because of the large amounts of money, time and coordination he cost multiple law enforcement agencies at the expense of an apparent prank.– Rachael Vasquez, Travis Lux and Pete Szilagyi contributed reporting from Alpine. Sharelast_img read more

2 Sep

UPDATE Missing Pilot Was Collecting A Disabled Dog

first_imgTHE LATEST on a small airplane that went missing over the Gulf of Mexico (all times local):– / 312:35 p.m.A dog rescue group says the pilot of a small plane that disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico was flying to Central Texas to collect a disabled dog and deliver it to a foster home in Oklahoma.Coast Guard spokeswoman Lexie Preston on Thursday identified the pilot as Dr. Bill Kinsinger.The executive director of the Oklahoma Medical Board, Lyle Kelsey, says Kinsinger serves on the board and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Kinsinger is an anesthesiologist.Monica Marshall coordinates flights for the nonprofit group Pilots N Paws and says she was tracking Kinsinger’s plane Wednesday when radar showed it veered off course by hundreds of miles.Marshall says she has been unable to reach him by text and phone.She says Kinsinger didn’t collect the disabled dog in suburban Austin, Texas.___10:05 a.m.Officials say the pilot of a small plane that stopped responding to air traffic controllers and disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico was unresponsive and may have been suffering from a lack of oxygen.The plane took off from Oklahoma City on Wednesday afternoon and was supposed to land in Georgetown, Texas, but kept going. A spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says two F-16 fighters were launched from a base in Houston to make contact with the plane Wednesday.NORAD says the fighters flew in front of the plane, dropped flares and performed other military maneuvers in an effort to gain the pilot’s attention, but the pilot appeared to be unresponsive. NORAD says the pilot was the only person on board the plane.The Eighth Coast Guard District, referencing the NORAD report, says the pilot appeared to be suffering from hypoxia, in which the brain is deprived of adequate oxygen. The condition can cause confusion, nausea, breathlessness and hallucinations.The search for the aircraft is ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico.___7 a.m.The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane that didn’t land at its scheduled location in Central Texas and stopped responding to air traffic controllers.The Cirrus SR-22 took off Wednesday afternoon from a small airport in Oklahoma City after filing a flight plan to land in Georgetown, Texas, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Austin.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane kept flying and was last observed on radar 219 miles (352 kilometers) northwest of Cancun flying at 15,000 feet (4,600 meters).The plane is registered to Oklahoma-based Abide Aviation. Sharelast_img read more