Maddux, Glavine Head Hall of Fame Ballot

first_imgNEW YORK –  Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said.Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.Players elected along with choices announced Dec. 9 by the expansion era committee (1973 and later) will be inducted July 27 at Cooperstown. Among those on the committee ballot are retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and late players’ union head Marvin Miller.Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388 (68.2 percent).Jack Morris, who will be on the ballot for the final time this year, was second with 67.7 percent, followed by Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8), Tim Raines (52.2), Lee Smith (47.8) and Curt Schilling (38.8).Making their first appearances on the ballot, Clemens was at 37.6 percent, Bonds at 36.2 and Sosa at 12.5. McGwire received 16.9 percent on his seventh try.Players remain on the ballot if they receive at least 5 percent support and can stay in the voting for up to 15 years.Other returnees include Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.– Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Plenty of Dramatics as Nadal Tops Kyrgios at Wimbledon (Video)

first_imgWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal was up near the Centre Court net when Nick Kyrgios smacked a booming forehand directly at the guy’s midsection — right at him, on purpose — and earned a lengthy staredown in return.Kyrgios didn’t apologize, at the time or at his news conference — for that or for berating the chair umpire or for spending time at a local pub the night before the match.Rarely does Kyrgios offer regrets, for much of anything. Instead, he tends to double down. He is nothing if not fascinating. He is talented, too. And yet it was Nadal who emerged from all of the tumult Thursday at Wimbledon to beat Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in a second-round match boasting plenty of dramatics, a dose of animosity and delightful play by both men.“I’m always willing to go out there and try and put on a show. I know people that bought a ticket today probably had a great day,” said Kyrgios, a 24-year-old Australian who is ranked 43rd. “At times today, I was looking around: This is Wimbledon, playing Rafa. … But I’ll probably wake up tomorrow (and) there will be something negative about it, for sure.”Australia’s Nick Kyrgios falls on court after playing a shot back to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in a Men’s singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Kyrgios is capable of being as entertaining and befuddling a player as there is and showed why throughout this 3-hour-plus contest that overshadowed everything else going on around the grass-court Grand Slam tournament on Day 4.Defending champion Angelique Kerber was upset by Lauren Davis, an American who lost in qualifying but got into the main draw when someone else withdrew. Seven-time champion Serena Williams needed a comeback to win in three sets against an 18-year-old qualifier.Williams’ partner for mixed doubles, two-time Wimbledon singles winner Andy Murray, won his first-round match in men’s doubles as he returned to the tournament for the first time in two years following two hip operations. Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up and a fan favorite, played what he says will be the last match of his career. Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion and a 2017 Wimbledon finalist, lost, too.None of that really mattered, in the end.Everything was rendered secondary to Nadal vs. Kyrgios.Part of that is because a 19-year-old Kyrgios beat then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club in 2014.Part of that is because they traded barbs away from the court recently in a spat that also involved Nadal’s uncle, Toni.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts after winning a point against Spain’s Rafael Nadal in a Men’s singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)In the leadup to this meeting, Kyrgios joked that he didn’t think “me and Rafa could go down to the Dog & Fox and have a beer together,” referring to a nearby bar where Kyrgios was spotted Wednesday night. The 33-year-old Nadal, meanwhile, observed that he was “too old for all this stuff.”They could hardly be more different, something Kyrgios underlined after he lost despite producing a 58-44 advantage in winners, including 29 aces — one a second serve at a tournament-high 143 mph and a pair that he hit with an underarm motion.These two couldn’t even agree on whether Kyrgios is capable of winning major championships.Nadal’s take? “With his talent and with his serve, he can win a Grand Slam, of course.”And Kyrgios’ self-assessment? “I know what I’m capable of. Just depends. I’m a great tennis player, but I don’t do the other stuff. I’m not the most professional guy. I won’t train day in, day out. I won’t show up every day. So there’s a lot of things I need to improve on to get to that level that Rafa brings. … But, no, at the moment I don’t think I can contend for a Grand Slam.”He is ranked 43rd, and hasn’t been past the quarterfinals at a major. But against Nadal, he displayed boundless power, guile, touch and athleticism.Kyrgios, his shirt collared popped just so, seemed to act at times as if it were more important to look cool than to play well. The between-the-leg shots, the unnecessary leaping backhands and all the rest. On the initial point of the pivotal fourth-set tiebreaker, he jumped high for a showy overhead instead of making a safer putaway. The result? He deposited his shot ball in the net, then rolled his eyes and chucked away a ball. Soon, the match was over.Much earlier, he had several loud arguments with chair umpire Damien Dumusois, complaining about all sorts of things, including how long Nadal took between points and whether the official was seeking too much attention. During the match, Kyrgios earned a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after calling Dumusois a “disgrace.” At his news conference, Kyrgios’ insults of choice were “horrendous” and “terrible.”In the third set, there was that “dangerous” ball — Nadal’s word — he sent toward the Spaniard, who blocked it with his racket at the last second. Perhaps startled, Nadal double-faulted on the next point. But he wound up holding serve, then celebrating like he’d won the match, leaping and yelling and punching the air. When he eventually did seal the victory, Nadal wagged a finger and shouted and fist-pumped some more.Asked by a reporter why he didn’t say sorry at the time, Kyrgios replied: “I didn’t hit him. Hit his racket, no? Why would I apologize? I won the point. … I mean, the dude has got how many Slams, how much money in the bank account? I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Poll Question: How Confident Are You OSU Will Win the Big 12?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The dress rehearsal is over. OSU heads to Austin this weekend to get the Big 12 schedule cranking against a revitalized offense and crazy young defense. We’ve seen it all in the nonconference portion of the schedule for the Pokes. And by “all” I mean my feelings about what this team can be have fluctuated a lot.I’m curious about what you think 25 percent of the way through the regular season, though. Are you confident this team will win another conference title? Not at all? Only a little.I’ll have the results (with commentary tomorrow).[poll id=”15″]AdChoices广告last_img read more

Desmond Howard’s National Title Pick Lost Week 1

first_imgDesmond Howard gives his take on ESPN.If you’re a college football prognosticator, it is never a good thing when your pick for the national championship loses in Week 1.That’s what happened to ESPN’s Desmond Howard though. Howard’s faith in his alma mater did not pay off.Last week, Howard picked Michigan to win it all. Many criticized the pick, partially because Howard went to Michigan and partially because the Wolverines weren’t regarded as one of the top national title contenders by many pundits.Howard’s playoff field was Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and West Virginia.Desmond Howard just now …. “Michigan wins it all” pic.twitter.com/S1P80KoIKz— angelique (@chengelis) August 25, 2018Well, Michigan lost to Notre Dame last night. That doesn’t eliminate Jim Harbaugh’s team from the College Football Playoff race, but it makes things exceptionally hard.Michigan will have to run the table in the regular season, beating Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin in the process. Then, they’ll have to likely beat Wisconsin again in the Big Ten title game.The odds of that happening are pretty slim. It is just too difficult a schedule to deal with without slipping up once or twice.That’s bad news for Desmond Howard.last_img read more

Jensen Maritime Awarded Construction Management Contract

first_imgzoom Jensen Maritime Consultants, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, announced today that the company has been awarded a new construction management contract for four new 330,000-barrel, Jones Act product tankers, being built by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI), for Crowley.With construction scheduled to begin in January, Jensen is already establishing on-site offices and personnel at the Philadelphia shipyard to ensure strong working relationships with Aker staff and a seamless construction and delivery program. Delivery of the new veteran class tankers is expected in 2015 and 2016.The project is the second major construction management project that Jensen has signed since it officially announced the launch of its new, in-house construction management program. The team first managed the construction of two new fireboats for the Port of Long Beach. But long before the program was formally established, Jensen construction management professionals were already at work managing multiple high-profile projects, including the construction and deliveries of all four Crowley high-bollard-pull ocean class tugboats and 17 articulated tug-barges (ATBs).Crowley Maritime, October 2, 2013last_img read more

SC grants 3 months time to CBI to complete probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted three months time to the CBI to complete its probe, including into the murder aspect, in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.Several girls were sexually and physically assaulted at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur and the issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). A vacation bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and M R Shah directed the CBI to also investigate allegations of unnatural sexual assault under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and probe video recordings of the assault on girls at the shelter home. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe bench asked the probe agency to also investigate role of outsiders who were involved and facilitated sexual assault of inmates after administering them intoxicants The apex court directed the CBI to submit its report before it within three months in the case. It had earlier directed the probe agency to complete by June 3 its probe into the alleged murder of 11 girls at the shelter home and asked the agency to file a status report. The CBI had told the court that completion of probe on this aspect “will not be possible” within the two weeks’ time granted to it. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIt had said that 11 girls were murdered and as per its recent affidavit filed in the apex court, it was found that there were a total of 35 girls with identical names who at one time or the other had stayed there. In the affidavit, the probe agency had told the court that 11 girls were allegedly murdered by key accused Brajesh Thakur and his accomplices and a “bundle of bones” was recovered from a burial ground in Muzaffarpur. The probe into the case was transferred to the CBI and the agency has charge sheeted 21 people, including Thakur. The CBI had said that allegations regarding involvement of outsiders, who used to physically or sexually abuse the girls, have been properly investigated by them and the accused have also been charge sheeted as per revelation made by victims. The apex court in February transferred the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi.last_img read more

3 Including Two Children Dead In Fire At School In Faridabad Near

first_imgFARIDABAD: Three people including two children were killed after a fire broke out at a private school in Faridabad near Delhi on Saturday, bringing back memories of the devastating blaze at a coaching centre in Gujarat’s Surat where 22 people, mostly students, died last month. The fire started in a clothes warehouse under the school early this morning in Faridabad’s Dubua Colony. The cause is not yet known. Like Surat, the firefighters were late in reaching the spot, locals alleged. The narrow lanes made the fire brigade’s job difficult. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar The three people killed include a woman who taught at the school and two of her children. The school was closed for the summer vacation but the family were living inside. They were brought out with severe burns through the roof by neighbours but died at the hospital. Two people were also injured while trying to save them. The incident instantly drew parallels with the one in Surat where a massive at a coaching centre late last month killed nearly two dozen people, most students. Many were killed or seriously injured trying to escape by jumping off from the fourth floor of the building. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance A government inquiry found various lapses on part of officials of the local municipal corporation as well as the builders. The probe also found that the structure where the coaching class was operated was prone to fire incidents. It had low ceilings, and tyres were used for sitting in place of chairs.Fire safety in India is often neglected leading to devastating tragedies with alarming frequency. More than 17,000 people died in fires in 2015 alone, according to government data, the last year for which figures are available, one of the largest causes of accidental death in the country.(With inputs from NDTV)last_img read more

More migrants jump from rescue ship off Italian island

first_imgMilan: More migrants jumped off the Spanish humanitarian rescue ship Open Arms Tuesday in a desperate bid to reach shore, tantalizingly near after 19 days blocked on board in deteriorating conditions by Italy’s refusal to open its ports. Open Arms described the situation on board as “out of control” and “desperate.” After one migrant jumped ship earlier in the day and was rescued by the Italian coast guard, nine more launched themselves into the sea wearing orange life vests. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA reporter with the Spanish public broadcaster TVE reporting from the NGO boat said that the earlier jumper refused to return to the Open Arms ship, and was brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa instead, apparently triggering the reaction of the nine who followed his lead. The reporter said that those jumping were “desperate and going mad” after 19 days trapped on board. Open Arms said that the Italian coast guard managed to rescue all nine of the later group, but it was not immediately clear if they would also be taken to land. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsLive video showed people wearing life vests floating in the sea, some in groups some individually, with a coast guard vessel nearby and rubber dinghies trying to reach them. Open Arms confirmed that the first man who jumped, a Syrian national, was brought to Lampedusa. The group described the situation on board as “desperate,” saying that a man threw himself into the water, trying to reach land that was in plain view, while at the same moment a woman suffered a panic attack.last_img read more

Ice breaker reaches Victoria ends coast to coast to coast voyage around

first_imgVICTORIA – The Polar Prince ice breaker docked in Victoria on Saturday, marking the end of a 150-day voyage exploring Canada’s coastline.The Canada C3 expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage celebrated the country’s 150th birthday by travelling 23,000 kilometres and visiting 75 communities.Expedition leader Geoff Green says the journey highlighted the fact that Canada is both an ocean nation and a polar nation, in having the longest coastline of any country, which is predominately in the Arctic.He said with so many communities relying on the oceans, lakes and rivers, he predicts Canada will become a global leader in championing ocean conservation efforts.“One of the things we’ve seen on this journey is how connected we are to that ocean and how important it is to all the incredible communities coast to coast to coast,” Green said.He added the voyage was a significant opportunity to meet with Indigenous communities and discuss reconciliation.“Since the moment we left Toronto, we have been on the territory of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people every step of the way,” he said.Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said although Indigenous people struggle with the history of their relationship with Canada, they are proud Canadians and welcomed the opportunity to share their traditions with the expedition.“We love sharing the arctic, sharing our homeland … with those who want to learn,” he said.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, also took part in the celebrations, announcing Canada has reached its goal of protecting five per cent of its oceans and coastline by the end of this year.Two years ago, the amount of protected marine and coastal areas in Canada sat at only 0.9 per cent.He said new marine conservation areas announced earlier this year off the B.C. coast and in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence in Quebec ensured the five-per-cent milestone was reached and the government is now focused on raising that to 10 per cent by 2020.“We also know that our oceans are under threat, threat from climate change, overfishing and pollution and many other real threats,” he said. “Our government will live up to and exceed the commitments we have made to Canadians in terms of ocean protections.”last_img read more

Bailee Madison Visits Mattel Childrens Hospital

first_imgActress Bailee Madison helped Starlight Children’s Foundation launch Play in May with a visit to patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.Bailee Madison at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLAPlay in May is a new campaign that highlights the healing power of play for hospitalized kids while raising funds to support Starlight programs. Starting May 1, individuals and teams can pledge to play games for 15 minutes a day for 15 days. Visit SupportStarlight.org to learn more.“I’ve been able to see firsthand how Starlight programs bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized kids.,” said Bailee. “The great thing about the campaign is whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you can Play in May to bring the healing power to kids and families, one game at a time. And who doesn’t like to play games?”last_img read more

Montreal museum unveils exhibition on evolving Inuit art

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Montreal McCord Museum is shedding new light on the evolution of Inuit art.The museum is presenting an exhibition called Inuit Modern, which was organized by the art gallery of Ontario.It’ll be the only Canadian presentation of this exciting exhibition.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

Annan refutes notion of clash of civilizations points to youth as key

Rejecting the notion of a clash of civilizations or religions, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for better education and opportunities for youth, as well as the resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, to stem mounting mistrust and violence between Islam and the West.“I believe it is imperative to work on both fronts at once – seeking both to improve social and cultural understanding between peoples, and at the same time to resolve political conflicts,” Mr. Annan said in Istanbul, Turkey upon accepting the final report of the High-Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative he launched last year to tackle fear and suspicion between communities following a proposal by the Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey.The report puts forward a range of proposals in the area of education, media, youth and migration to build bridges and promote a culture of respect. It also calls for a UN High Representative to assist the Secretary-General to defuse crises that arise at the intersection of culture and politics, along with measures aimed at restarting the Middle East peace process and encouraging political pluralism in Muslim countries.Religious differences were not at the core of the problem, Mr. Annan stressed. “We must start by reaffirming – and demonstrating – that the problem is not the Koran, nor the Torah or the Bible,” he said. Legal measures to ensure freedom of religion, to end discrimination and enforce rights of minorities were also not the total answer, he added. “Any strategy to build bridges must depend heavily on education – not just about Islam or Christianity, but about all religions, traditions and cultures, so that myths and distortions can be seen for what they are,” he said.In addition, he called for increased opportunities for young people, offering them a credible alternative to the hate and extremism. “We must give them a real chance to join in improving the world order, so that they no longer feel the urge to smash it,” he said.At the same time, Mr. Annan cautioned that such measures would have little impact if fear and suspicion continues to be fuelled by political conflicts in which Muslims are seen to be the victims of military action by non-Muslim powers – particularly the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.“As long as the Palestinians live under occupation, exposed to daily frustration and humiliation; and, as long as Israelis are blown up in buses and in dance halls: so long will passions everywhere be inflamed,” he said.Referring to the controversial depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspaper earlier this year and the violent reaction to them, Mr. Annan also reiterated his view that freedom of expression must be exercised with sensitivity, especially when dealing with symbols and traditions that are sacred to other people.The High-Level Group is co-chaired by Mehmet Aydin, Minister of State of Turkey, and Federico Mayor, President of the Culture of Peace Foundation.Participants include such international figures as Mohamed Khatami, the former Iranian president; Ali Alatas, Indonesia’s former Foreign Minister; South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the religious historian Karen Armstrong. read more

Drugmaker Mercks 2Q net drops 11 pct on acquisition other charges but

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 27, 2012 8:56 am MDT Drugmaker Merck’s 2Q net drops 11 pct on acquisition, other charges, but it beats expectations WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – Merck & Co.’s second-quarter net income fell 11.4 per cent as slightly higher sales were offset by acquisition and restructuring costs, but the drugmaker beat Wall Street expectations.The maker of diabetes pill Januvia and asthma and allergy medicine Singulair said Friday that its net income was US$1.79 billion, or 58 cents per share, down from $2.02 billion, or 65 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, net income was $3.23 billion, or $1.05 per share, up from $2.95 billion, or 95 cents per share, in 2011’s second quarter. That beat analysts’ expectations of earnings per share of $1.01.Revenue rose 1.3 per cent to $12.31 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet, on average, expected $12.15 billion.Pharmaceutical sales rose 2 per cent, to $10.56 billion.Sales were led by Singulair, up 3 per cent to $1.43 billion in its last quarter before generic competition arrives on Aug. 3 and starts to cut sales. Sales of Januvia and combo pill Janumet both jumped about 30 per cent, to $1.06 billion and $411 million, respectively.Sales of veterinary medicines climbed 8 per cent to $865 million, and sales of consumer health products such as the Coppertone sun care line edged up 2 per cent to $552 million.“This quarter we delivered strong operational performance by focusing on growth and execution,’ CEO Kenneth Frazier said in a statement.Merck reiterated its 2012 forecast for profit of $2.04 to $2.30, or $3.75 to $3.85 per share excluding charges.Shares of Merck rose $1.17, or 2.7 per cent, to $44.50 in premarket trading. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 2:31 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,244.71, up 95.14 points):Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 2.22 per cent, to $9.66 on 7.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 56 cents, or 4.68 per cent, to $12.53 on 4.4 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up 78 cents, or 8.62 per cent, to $9.83 on 4.02 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up nine cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $9.41 on 3.8 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up 47 cents, or 12.70 per cent, to $4.17 on 3.02 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 5.19 per cent, to $3.24 on three million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ). Up 55 cents, or 9.09 per cent, to $6.60 on 477,218 shares. The Montreal-based travel company has signed a deal to sell its 35 per cent share of Ocean Hotels for about $190 million to Spanish company H10 Hotels, Transat’s partner in the joint venture, which operates resorts in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba. read more

UN chief offers good offices support in ColombiaVenezuela border dispute

Mr. Ban met today at UN Headquarters with Delcy Rodríguez, Foreign Minister of Venezuela. This followed his meeting with Maria Ángela Holguín, Foreign Minister of Colombia, on 8 September. During the meetings, the UN chief took note of the Foreign Ministers’ views regarding the situation along the Colombia-Venezuela border and conveyed that he is following the situation with concern. “The Secretary-General conveyed to the two Foreign Ministers that he trusted both countries would address border challenges through constructive dialogue,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters. “He offered his good offices if both countries so requested.”The good offices and mediation roles of the Secretary-General in the prevention and the peaceful settlement of disputes derive from the UN Charter and have been developed through extensive practice. These roles can be set in motion at the Secretary-General’s own initiative, in response to a request from one or more of the parties to a dispute, or as a result of a request from the Security Council or the General Assembly. read more

For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. read more

Womens Hockey No 5 Ohio State starts conference play against Minnesota State

Ohio State then-sophomore forward Maddy Field (22) takes on Minnesota redshirt senior defender Lee Stecklein (2) during the Buckeyes game against the Gophers on Oct. 22. Credit: Emily Lehmkuhl | For The LanternThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference play this weekend against Minnesota State. The Buckeyes are coming off a challenging early series matchup against No. 8 Colgate. Ohio State split the series, winning the first game by a score of 4-3, then earning its first loss of the season, as Colgate overcame a 2-0 deficit after the first period to come back and win 5-2. “I think for us it was a huge deal to play Colgate,” senior forward Charly Dahlquist said. “ Playing a team that is so skilled so early in the season and seeing our success against that team gave a little bright side showing that we can compete with a team that was at the Frozen Four last year.” Minnesota State looks to be a easier opponent than Colgate, with the Mavericks coming off a 5-28-1 record with a 3-21-0 record in WCHA play last season. Minnesota State has not had a winning season since the 2003-2004 season, the only winning season for the Mavericks since their team began playing back in 1998. However, so far in this current season, the Mavericks are 2-0, having won a weekend series against RPI, and Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the team cannot overlook anyone.“Every year there is a little flair, that’s a little different,” Muzerall said. “There’s new players or coaches might tweak things with the personnel they have. And with head coach John Harrington being who John Harrington is, a 1980 Miracle on Ice player and his wisdom, you never know what he could have up his sleeve.” The Buckeyes will have an advantage of being able to look at several players to contribute on the ice instead of just their star players. In just four games played, 15 players have scored a point, with seven of those 15 scoring multiple points. “When you have secondary scoring, that’s very reassuring for the depth that you have,” Muzerall said. “You’re not always relying on the same players. You feel comfortable about bringing out your second, third or even fourth line. Knowing that they can execute what you ask of them shows that we’ve come a long way and don’t rely on just three people anymore.”The Buckeyes have been lethal on the penalty kill, keeping the opposing team from converting on a power play 17-18 times in the four games played so far.. The 94.4 percent success rate on the penalty kill is tied for No. 10 in the NCAA, trailing only teams with 100 percent success rates.“I think a big thing for us with the penalty kill is we are relentless,” Dahlquist said. “We don’t let down, we realize we are down a player and we need to get the puck out. I think we’re just a gritty team that isn’t willing to let down and that’s why we are so successful.” The Buckeyes play on Friday and Saturday against Minnesota State at the OSU Ice Rink. Friday’s game is set to start at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s game starts at 1 p.m. read more

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi will not face extradition over killing claim

first_imgIt was a classic case where in the absence of a domestic warrant an EAW warrant should not have been issued. It’s a dodgy caseJudge Khalid Quereshi CJ de Mooi was a regular on the quiz show Eggheads A former star of the BBC quiz show, Eggheads, will not face extradition to the Netherlands, despite claiming he had killed someone there almost 30 years ago.CJ de Mooi, whose real name is Joseph Connagh, was wanted for questioning by the authorities in Amsterdam after writing in his book that he had killed a mugger there in 1988. But attempts to extradite him from Britain were blocked when a judge rejected the Dutch applicationThe 46-year-old, who was a regular on the BBC afternoon quiz that pits members of the public against quiz experts, claimed he punched a knife-wielding robber and then threw his body in a canal, while working as a rent boy in the city.Writing in his controversial autobiography, he confessed: “I fully suspect I killed him.” Mr de Mooi was arrested at Heathrow Airport in September after Dutch Police issued a European Arrest Warrant.But the document was thrown out at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after it was revealed that the Dutch had not even provided a name for the alleged victim. The judge described the case against CJ de Mooi as 'dodgy' CJ de Mooi was a regular on the quiz show EggheadsCredit:BBC/12 Yard Productions Rachael Scott, prosecuting, said: “Towards the end of last week a letter was received from the Dutch authorities responding to questions from the Crown Prosecution Service.“It addressed two heads, whether there was a domestic arrest warrant in the Netherlands, an essential requirement for a valid warrant, and secondly, whether a decision had been made to charge Mr Connagh.“The response to this set out that no, there was not a domestic arrest warrant, and he was not being charged.”center_img The judge described the case against CJ de Mooi as ‘dodgy’Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/London News Pictures A final extradition hearing had been set for November 28, but after no domestic warrant was issued, Myles Grantson, for De Mooi, applied to discharge the European Arrest Warrant. Granting the application, Judge Khalid Quereshi said: ‘It was a classic case where in the absence of a domestic warrant an EAW warrant should not have been issued. “In the circumstances in the absence of a domestic warrant and the absence of any decision to charge I dismiss the European Arrest Warrant in the name of Joseph Connagh.”Dutch police began to investigate the alleged crime following reports of De Mooi’s book launch in September 2015.He revealed he had slept rough for three years around Europe and was forced into prostitution after a troubled upbringing in Rotherham, south Yorkshire.Mr de Mooi, who lives in Monmouthshire with his husband, left the Eggheads show in 2011 only to return earlier this year.He has since left the programme and has announced plans to pursue a career in acting.His manager said in a statement: “CJ is obviously very pleased with the result of today’s hearing, and will continue to co-operate with the Dutch authorities until this matter is finally concluded.”He would like to thank the tens of thousands of people who have contacted him via social media and in person, for their lovely words and support during this traumatic time for him; he really does appreciate each and every one of the kind messages he has received.” 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.last_img read more

Huntingtons breakthrough as early trial shows injection may stop disease

first_img“I would say that the results are encouraging as it shows delivering therapeutic agents of this type is feasible and well tolerated and the treatment has done what it said it would- namely drop the relevant protein levels in the CSF.“The question is whether this is enough to make a difference to patients and their clinical course and that we will have to wait for bigger trials.”However some experts urged caution until the research was published.Prof Tara Spires-Jones, UK Dementia Research Institute Programme Lead and Deputy Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, said:“The details of this study have not been peer-reviewed or published yet, so the scientific community simply does not know yet how robust the findings are. “With that caveat in mind, the approach used in this trial has excellent potential to prevent Huntington’s disease, and if the next stage of larger trials live up to their promise, this will be a breakthrough.” The treatment prevents the production of a dangerous protein which kills brain cells  Huntington’s is an incurable degenerative disease caused by a single defect in the huntingtin gene which turns a usually helpful protein into a lethal brain cell killer. It affects around 10,000 people in Britain.The drug, called Ionis-HTTRx, works by intercepting a messenger molecule and destroying it before the harmful protein can be made, effectively silencing the effects of the mutant gene. It effectively stops Huntington’s in its tracks. 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. The treatment prevents the production of a dangerous protein which kills brain cells center_img The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has paid $45 million for the rights to the drug, and is expected to launch a major trial to test the clinical effectiveness of the drug, while trial data is sue to be published shortly.Charities welcome the results, saying it was of ‘groundbreaking importance to families affected by Huntington’s.“This is a great day for the Huntington’s disease community,” said Chief Executive Cath Stanley.“This is a big step forward in Huntington’s disease research and although there is still someway to go before the overall results are known, this is a big step forward.” Prof Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, at the University of Cambridge, said:“We were involved in this trial, here in Cambridge with 6 patients. Huntington’s disease patients have been offered new hope after a trial showed a groundbreaking genetic treatment appears to slow down the illness.Current medications only treat symptoms rather than treating the underlying condition which gradually eats away at the brain, robbing people of movement, speech and dignity.But a small trial of 46 men and women showed that the new drug silences the genetic mutation which causes Huntington’s.Prof Sarah Tabrizi, director of University College London’s Huntington’s Disease Centre who led the phase 1 trial, said the results were ‘beyond what I’d ever hoped,’ and said it eventually may be possible to stop the disease before irreversible damage to the brain had occurred.“The results of this trial are of ground-breaking importance for Huntington’s disease patients and families,” she said.”For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington’s disease.” Although the trial was too small, and not long enough, to show whether patients’ clinical symptoms improved,  it showed the drug was safe, well tolerated by patients and crucially  it reduced the levels of huntingtin in the brain.“This is probably the most significant moment in the history of Huntington’s since the gene,” added Prof Tabrizi.To deliver the drug to the brain, it has to be injected into the fluid around the spine once a month using a four-inch needle.The treatment could potentially be adapted to target other incurable brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.last_img read more

The doctors have no idea how to treat her condition Giving birth

first_img‘The doctors have no idea how to treat her condition’: Giving birth to Ireland’s smallest surviving baby Katie Keogh writes about her baby Charlotte who was born with an extremely rare condition. https://jrnl.ie/4789338 Sep 8th 2019, 4:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Newborn baby in hospital. Image: Shutterstock/Kwangmoozaa 13 Comments 81,321 Views Image: Shutterstock/Kwangmoozaacenter_img I GAVE BIRTH to the current smallest surviving baby born in Ireland, and she continues to break records every day in her fight for survival. My baby Charlotte was born on 20 June this year and she weighed just 390g – less than a pound. She was delivered by c-section as she was severely growth restricted.The doctors have no idea how to treat the condition Chronic Histiocytic Intervillositis, which causes placental failure. It’s extremely rare and also has a high recurrence rate, which was part of my experience. My son had the same placental condition before he was born sleeping in May 2017. We had the opportunity for a post-mortem which then showed the condition within the placenta.This gave me an opportunity to gather my own research on it before Charlotte was even born.Although it’s a rare condition, I’m certainly not alone. There is a Facebook group with parents whose children have the same condition with only around 500 members from across the world. Generally, I would be quite wary of these groups because I know there can be a lot of different opinions but I think because the condition is so rare and the group so small, we just all share our stories with each other, guide and support each other along this journey. It’s also useful because we can sometimes go back to our consultants and explain that a certain combination of drugs worked for a large percentage of patients, and tell them about the amount they were taking, etc.Some consultants in other places like France and the UK are working on this condition on a regular basis and they have had a lot more success in delivering babies to full-term. I hope Ireland can get to this stage in the future.   Visiting CharlotteI had to take time off work after my son was stillborn as I was then diagnosed with anxiety and depression.Due to taking time off work, I didn’t have 26 weeks worked before Charlotte was born so I didn’t qualify this year for maternity benefit.  I was in a full-time career before all of this and I’ve had to give up everything else to become a mum.But now I wouldn’t change it for the world.When I became pregnant again, I was attending the hospital every two weeks with appointments and check-ups. Carrying constant fear but also hope. When Charlotte arrived, she was breathing, kicking and punching.  Thankfully they had equipment to fit her and treat her.  They still don’t know how we can prevent this condition in the future, but thankfully with the opportunity to deliver Charlotte early she has been growing and thriving. The doctors and nurses in the hospital really had to fight for her to get to a size they can understand and that they have worked with before. Up until recently, a little part of her heart had remained open after she was born. If she was brought to full term, it would have closed up but this just wasn’t possible.She was treated for this with paracetamol to help it close off and she is able to breathe better on her own now. To be honest, I’m exhausted at the moment. I’m expressing breast milk which has to be done every three hours and at least once every night between midnight and 6am. I’m planning my day around each three hour pump.I get the bus from Arklow in Wicklow to Holles Street Hospital every day because it seems to be the cheapest option. I leave home between half 11 and half one each day, depending on how tired I am from the day before. A ticket costs €9 each way. My partner works in Dublin and he goes to the hospital after work at half six in the evening. We then spend an hour with Charlotte before the nurses do handover for an hour to see how she’s doing. We’ve decided that half seven is our cut off time for visiting. If we wait until the handover is finished at half eight, it’s going to take us an hour to drive home and we wouldn’t be back home until 10.30pm or even later. The future We don’t know at the moment when she will be discharged from hospital. She has to get to 2.2 kg in weight before there is a possibility of her coming home and she is 1.9 kg now, so she’s getting there.We just need to work on feeding and breathing. Charlotte tried her first bottle recently and she guzzled it and absolutely loved it. I finally feel like I have a baby now. The nurses and paediatric team in the neonatal unit are absolutely amazing and it takes a very special type of person to do their job.The knowledge they have is incredible and the amount of care they also have for parents is admirable. I would have lost my mind if I didn’t have them.  It’s important to remember as well that it’s okay to seek help and support for your mental health. It’s something I have struggled and dealt with since I lost my son in 2017 and the support from the mental health team has been amazing.Getting to know other mums in the hospital is lovely. You make some really amazing friendships and you’re almost like sisters. You really bond and keep each other sane when you’re all stuck in there together.  If any changes could be made, little things to make the experience more comfortable for the parents would be fantastic.You’re within four walls looking at the same stuff every day sitting on a waiting room chair, in a dark room for half of it with lots of monitors so it can play on your mind a little bit sometimes. You get tired and frustrated.  The parents’ room tends to be used for mums who stay overnight before they can finally take their baby home, but it kind of takes away that one space where parents can escape to for five minutes. There’s only one bathroom in the unit as well. Generally it’s free and it’s fine, but Mums staying in the parent room could be having their showers there while there could be a few of us storming in on top of her or waiting outside.  For any parents in a similar situation or those who could face it in the future, it’s something you fall into a routine with. There is no right or wrong way during this journey, you really do have to take each day as it comes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  I’m not looking for pity here: I truly want this to be a positive story. It’s important to remember to try to enjoy the journey rather than just stressing over every little thing.  Something I will take on board myself next time. The financial strife is really difficult, but it’s important to remember that you have this new job to do and it’s all that matters.  You will get there, just make the most of every second and treasure every moment.Currently, Children in Hospital Ireland are asking parents and guardians who have or have had a child in hospital, either as an in-patient or attending outpatient clinics, to participate in a Financial Research Survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is available here. The group says that by taking part in this survey, parents will “help to inform policy recommendations to government on improving supports to families”.If you would like more information or to request a paper version of the survey please email research@childreninhospital.ie or call their offices at 01 290 3510. Short URL Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 4:00 PM Share44 Tweet Email4 Newborn baby in hospital. By Katie Keoghlast_img read more