‘A group of heartbroken men’: Astros fall short of title

first_imgView comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ It was an agonizing ending for a team was favored to be champions all season. In Verlander and Cole they had two front-runners for the AL Cy Young Award. Their loaded roster also boasted MVP candidate Alex Bregman and rookie of the year favorite Yordan Alvarez along with star hitters Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa.“This is going to sting for a really long time, and it should,” Hinch said. But when everything, the dust settles, we’ll be very proud of the season we had, albeit one win short.”Verlander, who threw his third no-hitter this season, won 20 games for the second time in his career and first since winning a career-high 24 in 2011 with Detroit when he won the Cy Young and MVP. Cole set a team record by winning his last 16 regular-season decisions and topped the AL with a career-best 2.50 ERA. His career-high 326 strikeouts were the most in the majors and set a franchise record that had stood since 1979 when J.R. Richard fanned 313.Bregman had 41 homers and 112 RBIs — both career-highs — to power Houston’s offense and compete with Mike Trout for AL MVP honors. Alvarez started the season in Triple-A before a June call-up. He had 27 homers and 78 RBIs in just 87 games.But those gaudy numbers and all the hardware Houston players might receive this offseason won’t make what happened Wednesday night sit any better. The Astros entered the season saying their only goal was another championship.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I’ve got a group of heartbroken men … that did everything they could to try to bring a World Series championship to this city,” manager AJ Hinch said. “And we fell one win shy.”The Astros won a franchise-record and MLB-best 107 games to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. It didn’t help in a World Series in which they dropped all four games in Houston, capped by Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss that left them to watch the Nationals celebrate on their home field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIn a season where aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole powered their spectacular success, a bullpen implosion in the seventh inning in Game 7 ensured the Astros wouldn’t get a second ring this year.Zack Greinke, picked up at the trade deadline as the last piece to a team that seemed destined for another title, had his best outing of the postseason Wednesday night. When he was lifted with one on and one out in the seventh, Houston led by a run. Two pitches later, Howie Kendrick took Will Harris deep and the Nationals took the championship from the Astros. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman watches during the eighth inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — It was well within their grasp.The Houston Astros had a shot at a mini dynasty with a second title in three seasons. Instead, they failed to get one win in two chances at home against the Washington Nationals and have an offseason as runner-ups to ponder what might have been.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congresscenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tokyo gives in: Olympic marathons head north to Sapporo “It stings, and it’s going to sting for a little bit, but after that, it kind of washes away,” Springer said. “We know the feeling of success, which we had. We know the feeling of failure, which we now had. You build on it and take that into next year.”Houston won 100 games for the third straight season and should be in good position to maintain that success next year with most of its core returning. They’re likely, however, to lose one big piece from this year’s run. Cole becomes a free agent and expected to command at least a $200 million contract, which could be too rich for the Astros.Still, the Astros believe they remain built for sustained success.“We will have more opportunities to win the World Series, play in the postseason,” Bregman said. “This team was amazing with 107 wins. I think this team will bounce back from this and come ready to play next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

BCCI congratulates Team India on becoming No. 1 Test team

first_imgKolkata, Oct 3 (PTI) The BCCI today congratulated the Indian cricket team for reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings, saying it reflects the sides performance overseas beginning with the historic series win in Sri Lanka. India reclaimed the numero uno status following their comprehensive 178-run win in the Kolkata Test against the visiting New Zealand. India have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the final Test to be played in Indore from October 8-12. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said: “I congratulate the Team India for their dominant show in Test cricket, which is the pinnacle of sport. The ICC Test rankings rightly reflect the impressive performance Virat Kohli and his boys have displayed since the overseas tour of Sri Lanka, where they registered a series victory after 22 years. The bumper home season will allow the Indian fans to savour top-class action as India are set to host England, Bangladesh and Australia.” Ajay Shirke, Board secretary said: “The Board has always put Test cricket on the top of the priority list and nothing is more pleasing than to see Team India take the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. India have set high standards on and off the field and this is a result of the hard work of all concerned.” A washout in the fourth Test at Port of Spain against the West Indies during Indias last Test series had cost Virat Kohlis men the top spot by just one point. It denied them the opportunity to defend their No.1 ranking, acquired from Australia earlier. The result of the final Test meant India won the series against the West Indies 2-0 – finishing on 110 points ? one behind Pakistan and two ahead of third-ranked Australia. With yet another powerful show, India are now firmly on top of the table and set to consolidate their position further. After their win in the second Test, India have 113 rating points and a win in the third Test will add two more, taking their tally to 115. There will be no immediate change in Indias reign at the top even if Pakistan and Australia win their respective bilateral Test series against the West Indies and South Africa respectively. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

X BLADES NATIONAL 18s PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE FROM SPORTING IMAGES WEBSITE

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official photographers, Sporting Images have released all photographs on their Website from the 2007 X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Michael Broadbent and the rest of the Sporting Images team worked tirelessly to capture all the action and excitement from the showcase junior event on the TFA calendar.Please click on the below link to view team photos, and some great action shots from the 2007 tournament. The photographs are available for purchase by following the information on the Sporting Images website.http://sportingimages.com.au/gallery/Touch/NTL/2007u18coffs/?g2_page=1last_img

2020 Pro-Style QB Ethan Garbers Announces Commitment

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 class has announced his college commitment. He’s heading to the Pac-12.Ethan Garbers, a pro-style quarterback out of Newport Beach, California, announced on Twitter his decision.The Southern California quarterback has committed to Washington.I’m a DAWG!! #PurpleReign pic.twitter.com/vDq7ISHZ3O— Ethan Garbers (@ethan_garbers3) March 4, 2019“Being able to go up with my family, sitting down with coach Chris Petersen and coach Bush Hamdan for breakfast, it was just a great experience and I knew it was the place to be,” Garbers told 247Sports. “Being around all their coaches and on that campus, as soon as I got to see everything up there, it just clicked and I know it’s a great fit for me.“I’m already excited to get up there and start competing as a freshman. Everywhere you go there’s going to be competition and I’ve never been one to run away from that, so I’m going to embrace it. I really like the offense and I feel like it’s a great fit for what I can do, so I’m really excited.”Garbers is the younger brother of Chase Garbers, a quarterback at California.The 6-foot-2 quarterback is ranked the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Garbers is Washington’s second commitment in the 2020 class.last_img read more

New York City Mission Society Hosts Annual Champions For Children Benefit

first_imgThe New York City Mission Society held its annual Champions for Children fundraising Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, raising approximately $520,000.This year’s event honored real estate mogul, investor and philanthropist Don Peebles and legendary actress and singer Diahann Carroll, as well as recognizing two lifetime members of the Mission Society’s Board of Directors: Dina Merrill Hartley and Lloyd W. Brown II. Co-chaired by Katrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff, the benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. Notable attendees included television personality Gayle King, actress Cicely Tyson, former Mayor of New York City David Dinkins and theater producer Arny Granata.The evening started with cocktails, followed by a program with dinner, music, and dancing. The Gala was emceed by WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society. Performers included Kathy Sledge, the legendary voice of Sister Sledge; acclaimed singer Alex Donner and his Orchestra, and students enrolled in the Mission Society’s free afterschool music education program, GRIOT. Event Co-Chairs Katrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff welcomed the attendees and highlighted some of the accomplishments The Mission Society has achieved in the past year. Mrs. Peebles congratulated the audience on a record breaking dinner as the attendance was nearly 50% larger than last year and the event sold out. The evening resumed with Donahue Peebles III called to the stage. He gave a passionate and warm introduction of his father, before presenting Don Peebles with his award.Don Peebles gave a warm and inspiring speech, asking the audience to imagine if it were their kids in the position of so many NYC children who live in poverty and are served by the Mission Society and challenged them to give and continue to support its important efforts. He mentioned the three best days of his life, September 12, 1994 the day he married Katrina Peebles “the love of my life, my best friend and partner in life”; November 11, 2002 the day his daughter Chloe Alexandra Peebles was born and “today April 5th – not only because I am receiving this award but it’s the day Donahue was born in 1994!” He then went on to wish his son a happy 23rd birthday. His speech perpetuated the thought of him entering the NYC Mayoral race.Diahann Carroll gave warm and thoughtful remarks remembering her time in NYC at the Mission School, her parents and her life in NYC. She remarked on the impressive diversity in the five star hotel ballroom and how she never sees this in LA. She was warmly embraced by the audience.In addition to Gala Co-Chairs Katrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff, this year’s Gala Committee included: Tommie Pegues (Gala Vice Chair), Peggy and John Bader, and Leah and Stanley Rumbough. Benefit Committee Members are: Alston & Bird, LLP, American Securities Foundation, Flo Anthony, Elaine Bernanke Appelle, Kim Bingham, Sophia Bishop, Jerry Bonura, Geoffrey Bradfield, Henry Buhl, Victor de Souza, Lee Fryd, Penny Grant, Jo’Vion (J.D.) Greer, Shannon Hales, Michelle Herbert, Missy Kilroy & Jay Moorhead, Barbara and Francis Kairson, Jr., Margo Langenberg, Brian Monroe, Riki Kane Larimer, Dustin Lujan, Lauren & James Peterson, Kim Renk & Greg Dyer, Natalie S. Ross, Helen Shelton, and Brooke and Derek Steinhiser.last_img read more

Stamps Store sees boost ahead of Grey Cup game

first_imgCalgary Stampeders fans are getting set for Grey Cup Sunday, by loading up on gear showing their support.Brent Gibbs is the director of retail at the Stamps Store at McMahon Stadium.“Business has actually picked up this week and actually leading up to the playoffs, the Western Final too. Sales were picking up — we had great sales on the weekend, and the momentum’s continued to build,” he said.He says jerseys continue to be the hottest item, for those who don’t have some gear already, they can head there for “Red Friday”, where a number of items will be on sale.last_img

Algeria Continues to Deny Responsibility in Western Sahara Conflict

Rabat – On Thursday, AFP reported that the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in response to the Security Council’s Resolution 2440 on Western Sahara, adopted Wednesday.The resolution has, for the first time, included Algeria, calling on the country to “work constructively” with the personal envoy for Western Sahara to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.Algeria says in its statement that it “took note” of the Security Council resolution renewing MINURSO’s mandate for six months. In an attempt to deny responsibility in the conflict, Algeria’s ministry wrote that the Security Council “again calls upon the two parties to the conflict, which it has clearly identified, namely Morocco and the Polisario Front, to resume direct negotiations without preconditions and in good faith.”Algeria’s statement, however, ignored the resolution paragraph calls on Algeria to show commitment to the UN-led political process.The resolution also expects all parties—the main and neighboring countries to the conflict—to come to round-table talks in Geneva December 5-6.The round-table was an initiative proposed by the UN Personal Envoy, Horst Kohler.Resolution 2440 mentioned Kohler’s invitations, saying that it “notes that invitations to an initial roundtable meeting in Geneva on 5 and 6 December 2018 were sent on 28 September 2018, welcomes that Morocco, the Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania have responded positively, and encourages them to work constructively with the Personal Envoy, in the spirit of compromise, throughout the duration of this process to ensure a successful outcome.”Although Algeria accepted Kohler’s invitation, the country considers itself an “observer party.”In its statement, Algeria further reiterated that it “remains convinced that only a direct, frank and fair negotiation between Morocco and the Polisario is likely to lead to a definitive solution.”The statement backs similar positions voiced by Algerian officials, including Algeria’s Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.Morocco, however, firmly believes Algeria plays an important role in continuing the conflict. read more

Kosovo UN shutters leadcontaminated camp for displaced persons

The Trepca lead mine and smelting works were closed in 2000, but heaps of waste matter were never cleaned up and the surrounding area remains extremely contaminated, with dozens of cases of lead poisoning having been reported over the years in the informal Cesmin Lug settlement, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The site for Roma internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mitrovica was shut down last week, with all buildings – including living quarters – having been torn down.“This is the first step of many that are needed for improving the living conditions of Kosovo’s Roma IDPs and to guarantee them a sustainable and dignified solution,” said Jo Hegenauer, who heads UNHCR in Kosovo.Human rights and health groups have long expressed concern over Cesmin Lug, one of three camps opened by UNHCR in 1999 to house hundreds of Roma civilians who had fled to northern Mitrovica after their homes in the city’s south were attacked and torched.The settlements were only intended to be used temporarily.In 2004, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that the sites be closed, and two of them were shuttered in 2006 with residents having moved to Osterode, which is also slated to be closed shortly.UNHCR handed responsibility for Cesmin Lug over to UNMIK in 2001, but the refugee agency has continued to work with authorities and others to find a solution for uprooted Roma in Kosovo.“To live in the camp was very difficult, but now we can start a new life,” said Avdi, 23, a Roma who fled his village in 1999 with his wife and two children to Cesmin Lug. He is moving to a new home in the capital, Pristina.After a decade of displacement, the first group of some 180 Roma returned with UNHCR’s help to southern Mitrovica in 2007, with hundreds of other Roma following their footsteps in recent years. 8 October 2010The United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has demolished a controversial settlement inhabited by uprooted members of the Roma community, which was contaminated with lead from a nearby plant. read more

Kvanefjeld to produce higher grade REO concentrate

first_imgGreenland Minerals and Energy says it is close to completing the development of a beneficiation process to produce a high grade material concentrate which provides cost advantages for the Kvanefjeld multi-element project in Greenland. Beneficiation development began in September 2010 and has resulted in a “well-tested process utilising commercially established froth flotation.” The company says this is likely to result in “substantial reductions to both the capital and operating costs of the project by treating a high grade mineral concentrate rather than whole of ore.”The flotation process is able to concentrate 82% of the rare earth elements in 8.5% (mass pull) of the original ore mass, with the economic optimum for the Kvanefjeld project estimated within a mass pull range of 8 to 10%. This effectively increases the in-ground ore grade from notionally 1.2% rare earth oxides (REO) to 12% REO in concentrate. In addition to concentrating the rare earth elements, uranium is concentrated at a grade of about 0.2%. The favourable mineralogy of the Kvanefjeld project presents a major advantage in that it can be beneficiated effectively, and is amenable to leaching under atmospheric conditions without costly high temperature mineral cracking. The ores allow for a grind size of 75 to 100 microns (80% passing size) to be used with no de-sliming required. The company states that the design for the Kvanefjeld flotation circuit is simple relative to base metal flotation and flotation circuits of other rare earth projects, with a small number of stages required.Processing of the ores requires two main steps – beneficiation followed by hydrometallurgical leaching, both of which have been evaluated at the project in Greenland. While the beneficiation step must take place in close proximity to the ore deposits, the substantial grade increase and mass reduction achieved through beneficiation presents Greenland Minerals and Energy with the option to ship the concentrates to carry out leaching outside of Greenland. Initial studies to evaluate the transport costs of the concentrates indicate that is represents about 5% of the contained value, which is in line with the transport costs of base metal flotation concentrates that are commonly shipped elsewhere for refining. The company is therefore currently investigating the benefits of establishing a hydrometallurgical refinery closer to markets in a lower cost environment. This option also provides greater flexibility in structuring development and investment scenarios with strategic partners.A recent pre-feasibility study identified the potential for Kvanefjeld to be developed as a long-life, cost effective producer of heavy, light and mixed rare earth concentrates, uranium oxide and zinc. Kvanefjeld will be able to generate four main products including a high grade zinc sulphide concentrate. The development scenario from an annual 7.2 Mt throughput would provide 2.6 Mlb of uranium oxide, 4,200 t of heavy rare earth hydroxide, 10,400 t of mixed rare earth carbonate and 26,200 t of light rare earth carbonate.last_img read more

Breakfast meeting found Tuohy more than ready to fill OConnells shoes

first_imgSUNDAY MORNING STARTED with Dan Tuohy expecting to win his eighth cap for Ireland, matching up his four starts in New Zealand and north America with a fourth appearance as a replacement.Instead, an untimely chest infection for Paul O’Connell allowed the Ulster lock tip the scales a little further towards full caps.8:30 am: Tuohy is awake and ready to get some carbohydrates in his system when the forwards coach calls him aside. No, it’s not more homework:“I had my porridge in my hand and John Plumtree asked me to have a quick chat. I thought he was just going to go over my role for the bench and make sure I was clued up on everything. Then he said I’m in.”The head coach would later slap him on the back with the words ‘I hope you’re ready.’He was, but hope had little to do with it.“These things happen,” Tuohy says of O’Connell’s ill fortune, “I was prepared all week for coming on early if I had to. I felt I did that all week and that gave me confidence starting today.“I got a lot of reps during training this week, played last week for the Wolfhounds, so I was very comfortable with Joe’s system. “That’s something we’re looking to build. You see us on a regular basis togging out for our provinces and playing extremely well. People were wondering, ‘how come they couldn’t do it for Ireland?’“That’s something we were mindful of – to be a  consistent team is tough, but the moretime you spend together, the more game time you spend with each other…. it bodes well for us.”Tuohy may well be put back among the replacements for Wales’ visit to Dublin next week, but now we know he’s ready for anything.Sexton: ‘We started like this last year but fell apart the week after’Schmidt: Wales have a ‘massive advantage’ with seven-day turnaround “Although it seems quite tough to think somebody finds out [they’re playing] just a couple of hours before kick-off, I was confident in the amount of time I spent on the pitch and the amount of time I spent in front of a laptop cluing up on my role.”center_img Facing Scotland always ensures a tough task for a second row, and the visiting pack in Dublin yesterday duly dished up a muscular first half to frustrate Ireland. Tuohy cites lower, more accurate tackles and a higher intensity as the factors which gave them the upper hand in the second half.Despite the early frustration, Ireland still managed to carve out an 11 – 3 lead at the break thanks in large part to the solidity of the set-piece. Without O’Connell, the responsibility of calling the line-out switched to Devin Toner and Tuohy was notable by his absence in the air while Toner and O’Mahony carried out the plays which didn’t need tweaking.When Tuohy did rise, he managed to crucially steal the line-out which followed Jamie Heaslip’s close call with the TMO in the first half and that led to the Andrew Trimble try. The Ulster lock was put up on Ireland’s own throw in the second half and came down to set up a maul that skated over the try-line for number two.It was Ireland’s commitment to running the ball and building phases which sucked the life out of Scotland, and there was Tuphy in the thick of try number three as well.“He was just saying, lads keep hold of the ball,” Tuohy says of Schmidt’s half time message.”Secure the rucks in wide channels, I think that was closely contested by both teams.“They’re a really good defensive side, they scramble back at the death and deny you that try. It’s just a case of finishing those opportunities and I think we did that in second half.”WithinNext week will provide a much greater test. Wales, like Ireland, were able to play a little bit within themselves this week and still take a victory into one of the most anticipated games of the championship. Tuohy echoes the mood of many in the camp that this Ireland side badly needs to win back to back in order to be taken seriously.“There are bigger steps to come. It was always frustrating from a players’ point of view that the provincial sides have done so well, but we struggle to get that consistency into the green jersey.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 7:58 AM Image: Shutterstock/Ekaterina Kondratova The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Share16 Tweet Email EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May will return to the House of Commons today after MPs shot down a new round of proposals for an alternative to her Withdrawal Deal.2. #SORRY: Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has apologised after marching in the New York St Patrick’s day parade two weeks ago holding a banner which read ‘England Get Out of Ireland’.3. #KHASHOGGI: The children of the murdered Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, are reportedly receiving thousands of dollars a month, as well as multi-million dollar homes from the Saudi Arabian government. 4. #CANNABIS: Campaigners have welcomed news that the Department of Health has identified a supplier for cannabis-based treatments in Ireland. Health Minister Simon Harris is expected to bring proposals to cabinet next month. 5. #ALCOHOL: Drinking alcohol during adolescence and early adulthood can slow down brain development, according to a new study. 6. #KILDARE: Plans for a new manufacturing facility worth $4bn at Intel’s Leixlip plant has been thrown into doubt after Kildare County Council put a halt to the development. 7. #AMERICA: Former American Vice President, Joe Biden, has been accused of inappropriately touching a woman for a second time.8. CENTRAL BANK: The Central Bank plans to scrap the voluntary Code of Practice on the Transfer of Mortgages because it is “not relevant” to the current banking environment. 9. #CHILLY: Wrap up warm today as Met Éireann forecasts a cold and blustery day with temperatures not climbing higher than between 5C and 8C. On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Get the 9 at 9 News audio Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4572204 center_img 8,826 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 2nd 2019, 7:58 AM 1 Comment Image: Shutterstock/Ekaterina Kondratova By Conor McCravelast_img read more

RBA wants dollar to continue to fall

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian dollar may have fallen to a four-year low but the Reserve Bank remains unsatisfied, meaning interest rates won’t be budging any time soon. The RBA has left the cash rate at its record low of 2.5 per cent, where it has been since August 2013.A statement accompanying October’s decision gave no signal of any change on the horizon, with governor Glenn Stevens retaining the familiar phrase that the “most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability in interest rates”.He was also unimpressed by the Australian dollar’s recent fall, saying the exchange rate remained high by historical standards, given recent declines in commodity prices.The currency has fallen almost eight US cents since the RBA’s last meeting in September, from 94 US cents to 86.43 US cents, its lowest level since July 2010.Source: News Limitedlast_img read more

65000 raised for dementia care at Fronditha Care Gala Dinner

first_imgThe community has dug deep to support Greek seniors diagnosed with severe dementia at Fronditha Care’s Biennial Gala Dinner, with more than $65,000 raised. Over 260 people attended the fundraiser on 17 May 2019 at Merrimu Receptions in Murrumbeena, and were entertained by Pantelis Krestas and his band and a spectacular dance showcase by Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture.The fundraiser went towards the construction of a new 30-bed memory support unit in St Albans. The full project will see the St. Albans facility expand to 92beds and include respite services, with construction to begin within the year.Professor Dennis Velakoulis, Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital gave a keynote speech at the event, detailing thealarming rates of dementia in Australia and the lack of specialist care out there to meet increasing demand.He applauded Fronditha Care for investing so heavily in the establishment of memory support units, especially for hiring bilingual staff to help those who revert back to their mother tongue.The event’s theme “Your Life, Our Celebration” was dedicated to the residents at Fronditha Care, who are able to continue celebrating what they love while still getting the care they need.READ MORE: Fronditha Care 2019 Gala Ball a successFour residents were singled out, including Nick Spiridis, who used to play his bouzouki to entertain residents at the PRONIA nursing home. He now lives at the nursing home after being diagnosed with dementia, but can enjoy the music program he helped shape.The event was also a special chance for the community to send off outgoing director Jacob Fronistas OAM and CEO George Lekakis AO.A former president, treasurer and stalwart of the organisation, Mr Fronistas has given 39 years of his life to Fronditha Care. Mr Lekakis has helmed the organisation for eight years, and was visibly touched with an unplanned standing ovation by guests on the evening.The large amount raised was a testament to all of the major sponsors and attendees, donors and all those that bought and sold raffle tickets.A special thank you to our major sponsor, Delta Sales, who have supplied our facilities with beautiful food for years.READ MORE: Government support for Fronditha Care’s community centreMajor Sponsor: Delta Sales Bronze Sponsors: Delphi Bank, Bank of Sydney, Bid Food, Midas Insurance, O’Neill Group, Neos Kosmos, D&A Pulitano, Australian Meat Company, Ant1 Pacific, Dominant Supporter Sponsors: Joannides Funerals, Signwave, Ellikon, Nab Health, Lazogas, IthacanPhilanthropic Society. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Report Hasenhuttl agrees to become Southampton boss

first_imgSouthampton have reportedly reached an agreement with Ralph Hasenhuttl to become their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year dealFollowing Mark Hughes’ sacking on Monday morning, Hasenhuttl was quickly installed as the favourite to take charge at St Mary’s.The Austrian last coached RB Leipzig and famously guided them into the Champions League for the first time in their history in his first campaign.But his second season in charge failed to live up to expectations with Leipzig finishing sixth in the Bundesliga and crashing out of the Champions League group stages.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.This led to Hasenhuttl’s departure from the Red Bull Arena in May and he has since been out of work.Although now Sky Sports reports that terms between Hasenhuttl and Southampton have been agreed on for a contract until the summer of 2021.The 51-year-old will arrive at Wembley on Wednesday night in London to watch Southampton’s Premier League game against Tottenham, pending on the conclusion of the last part of his deal.Assistant coach Kelvin Davis has taken charge of Southampton’s preparations for Wednesday.last_img read more

Balotelli slams ungrateful disrespectful AC Milan fans

first_imgItalian striker Mario Balotelli has no plans making a return to AC Milan and accused the supporters of lacking respect and gratitudeThe 28-year-old has been linked with a move back to Milan recently for a third spell as things between himself and OGC Nice fail to improve.After a prolific two seasons at the Allianz Riviera, Balotelli is yet to find the net in all of his 10 Ligue 1 appearances this term with manager Patrick Vieira calling him out as “less than average” last month.But Balotelli is clear that going back to Milan ain’t on the agenda and furiously hit out at some supporters – who were less than pleased with reports linking him back to the club.“It is nice to see so many Milan supporters who would not like my unlikely come back to Milan,” Balotelli wrote on an Instagram story, via Fox Sports.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“It’s fine, one day you are needed and another day you are not. It is important to not have regrets.“I have not planned any transfer so far.“I wrote that because I want to highlight how there is no gratitude and no respect from people I will always love.”Balotelli played for Milan in two separate spells between 2013 to 2016 and started out with their local rivals Inter Milan.last_img read more

GHMC steps up efforts to combat waterborne diseases

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is to conduct a blanket operation to combat vector and water-borne diseases in the city, and to conduct about 500 health camps in GHMC limits, said GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore.In a review meeting with the officials of the health wing on the rise of Dengue and Malaria diseases with onset of monsoon, the commissioner instructed the officials to conduct health camps in about 500 vulnerable areas and to take anti-larva and fogging operations simultaneously. He also told to hold awareness campaigns at schools and bastis, so that a blanket operation is conducted effectively to combat and control diseases. Also Read – Dumping of garbage irks colony residents in Musheerabad Advertise With Us The commissioner further asked about the availability of medicines and required material at their disposal. He said to take up awareness campaign through TV scrolls, pamphlets, door stickers, FaceBook, Twitter etc, and to involve local corporators in awareness campaign programmes, he said. The District Medical and Health officers of Hyderabad, Medchal and Ranga Reddy districts apprised Commissioner Dana Kishore about the numbers of cases reported of suspect and confirmed cases of Dengue, Malaria, Swine flu etc., in their areas and their plan of action to control the diseases. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us The commissioner asked to identify vulnerable areas, constitute with full- fledged team comprising of medical officer and assistant entomologist and to chart their job for effective implementation of the programme. He also instructed to conduct of door-to-door survey on reported fever cases by collecting blood samples. The commissioner instructed the officials to obtain the reports of Dengue and Malaria cases on daily basis from the Government and Private hospitals to monitor the situation and to take preventive steps to control the spread of diseases. District Medical and Health officers of Medchal, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad and Assistant Medical and Health officers, Chief Entomologist and other senior officials of health wing attended the meeting.last_img read more

Detroit Riots 1967… Baltimore Uprising 2015

first_imgSean YoesThe Center Stage Production of, “Detroit 67,” which is playing at the theater’s temporary home (while the Calvert Street location is being renovated) at Towson University until May 8, chronicles a Detroit family’s struggle for survival during the 1960’s, perhaps the most turbulent era in American history. Detroit in the 1960’s was one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States, grappling with economic uncertainty, White flight to the suburbs and an insurgent police force that routinely menaced the Black community through intimidation, brutality and murder.Sound familiar?Many U.S. cities in the 1960’s with large Black populations were on the brink of implosion, plagued with many of the same if not all the ills faced by Detroit and the two main characters of “Detroit 67,” siblings Lank and Chelle. The two threw parties in their basement, pulsing with the ubiquitous sounds of Motown, to make money, while they dreamed of better days beyond the big city oppression that was their reality.But, as I watched the play last weekend, I couldn’t help but think it could be called, “Baltimore 68,” (the year Baltimore went up in flames after the death of Dr. King). I remember my dad telling me about how he and his older brother, my Uncle Ronnie, use to throw house parties in the basement of my grandmother’s house where I grew up, off of Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore. They would charge people a nominal fee to sweat out, so the family could make ends meet back in the day. And my dad swears, cars would be double parked the entire length of our block, for that blue light in the basement experience in that West Baltimore rowhouse.Yet, beyond the nostalgia of that so-called bygone era, what is more fascinating and disturbing than the 1960’s parallels of life in Detroit versus life in Baltimore, is the fact that much of the misery navigated by Black people and poor people 50 years ago never really went away.The Detroit riots of 1967 were sparked by routine police brutality wielded against the Black community. Again, sound familiar?This past Sunday, I moderated a panel discussion after the matinee presentation of Detroit 67, with veteran journalist and historian Fraser Smith and Dayvon Love, director of research and public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. We explored the parallels between the Detroit Riots of 1967 and the Baltimore Uprising of 2015. For historic context, I read some of the AFRO’s news coverage of the 1967 riots in Detroit, provided by AFRO publisher Jake Oliver from our archives. As I read, I heard audible gasps in the audience gathered. Detroit had gone to war with its citizens almost 50 years ago.“Heavily integrated units of the crack 82nd Airborne Division Tuesday took control of the nation’s fifth largest city, ravaged by its worst civil disturbance in a generation. Snipers firing from the smoking ruins of riot areas were answered with salvos from tanks and machine guns.” This was the lead from a story dated, July 29, 1967.I think it’s clear to most of us; Freddie Gray’s arrest and subsequent death in police custody didn’t cause the Baltimore uprising last April, but it was the spark that ignited long standing grievances generations in the making between the Black community, government and law enforcement. Months after the uprising, as the trial of William Porter, the first Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Gray concluded, the city held its collective breath, as National Guard troops and armored vehicles amassed in Druid Hill Park.Thank God we escaped Detroit’s 1967 plight last September. But, many of the same issues from decades past still smolder at or just beneath the streets of our city. We continue to ignore them at our own peril.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

Facebook Opens Fan Voting for MTVs Real World Seventh US Contestant

first_img Popular on Variety Starting Friday (March 1), Facebook fans have one week to weigh in on who they’d like to see join the upcoming U.S. season via an in-video casting poll the Facebook Show Page at facebook.com/realworld. (Voting closes March 8 at 12 p.m. ET.) The reboot carries the same tagline as the original: “Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.”As the new series rolls out, fans on Facebook will have the opportunity to connect directly with the cast, with social features like Facebook Live, Groups and Watch Party. Each region’s “Real World” season will also include weekly scene drops, Facebook Stories and full episodes.In addition to the new versions of “The Real World,” Facebook will bring back three full past seasons of the show, with a fan vote determining which prior seasons will be available. Voting starts March 4 for a three-week period in three categories: “Favorite Season” — New York (season 1), San Francisco (season 3), or Austin (season 16); “Hottest Cast” — London (season 4), Key West (season 17), or Ex-Plosion (season 29); and “Most Controversial Season” — Los Angeles (season 2), Las Vegas (season 12), or Portland (season 28). The seasons with the most votes will be announced on March 25 and will be available to view on Facebook Watch leading up to the new seasons’ premieres.Facebook’s theory behind the fan-voting stunts for “The Real World” is that they will drive engagement and interest in “The Real World,” taking advantage of the platform’s social and interactive features. Of course, social-media tie-ins by TV shows are nothing new, but Facebook is betting that the close integration of Watch programming with such features will be an additional lure.For Facebook, “The Real World” investment is part of its growing social giant’s lineup of Watch originals, designed to boost time spent viewing video — and, the company hopes, drive up video ad dollars from marketers interested in TV-style upfront buys. This past Wednesday, “Will Smith’s Bucket List,” with the actor engaging in different stunts around the world, debuted on Facebook Watch. Facebook also announced “Human Discoveries,” an animated comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron, scheduled to debut later in 2019, and ordered a docu-series about Mexican drug lord El Chapo from Rolling Stone and Jigsaw Productions. The U.S. casting poll for MTV’s “The Real World” reboot on Facebook is now open, with fans getting to pick the final housemate joining the cast.As previously announced, Facebook is partnering with MTV Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions — the creators of the original “Real World,” which debuted in 1992 — to fund new versions of the iconic reality show, in the U.S., Mexico and Thailand. They’re set to launch sometime this spring.Facebook is still withholding key details of the new “Real World” in the U.S., presumably to build anticipation as the series launch nears. It hasn’t announced the other six contestants, the location of the house yet or a specific launch date for “The Real World,” which has 760,000 fans on Facebook so far.The three candidates for fan voting (pictured above, left to right) are: Michelle, 26, from Los Angeles. an international studies student of Thai and Mexican-American heritage overcoming the challenges of a long-distance relationship and previous battles with substance abuse; Clint, 28, from Potterville, Mich., who hopes to take over his family’s farm someday; and Joanna, 25, a kindergarten teacher from New Orleans who has had past struggles in her family with cancer. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more