US B-52H Train with Colombian Air Force, Ecuadorean Navy

first_imgBy Technical Sergeant Angela Ruiz, U.S. Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force December 04, 2020 Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in Brother’s Shield, a Colombian Air Force-led exercise, and in UNITAS LXI, an Ecuadorean Navy-led exercise in U.S. Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility, November 8, 2020.This twofold mission began well before the B-52 crews took off that morning; there have been countless teleconferences and planning meetings to coordinate the combined training exercises between the U.S. Air Force and our partner nations’ militaries.Brother’s Shield was the first mission to be completed, celebrating the Colombian Air Force’s 101st anniversary. The B-52H crews supported the Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter aircraft pilots in air-to-air interception training while developing interoperability capabilities in order to increase hemispheric security and regional stability, under NATO standards between the U.S. and Colombia.U.S. Air Force Major Angel Serna, Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force Colombia desk officer, explained that the name of the exercise, Brother’s Shield, developed from the close relationship between the U.S. Air Force and the Colombian Air Force. During this training mission, the Colombian Kfirs flew in formation with the U.S. Air Force B-52Hs in order to shield them from enemy combatants.“Anytime we have the privilege to integrate with our allies in a fighter integration or naval exercise we are excited,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Joshua Henry, 96th Bomb Squadron B-52H pilot and mission lead. “We identified a lot of similarities in the way that the Colombians conduct their intercept training and working with the UNITAS exercise proved to be very beneficial as well. Further developing our tactics, techniques, and procedures with the navy is always beneficial for us as an air player since this is not something we have the opportunity to train on a consistent basis with real time naval assets.”UNITAS is an annual naval exercise conducted in the Atlantic and Pacific waters around Central and South America. The Ecuadorean Navy hosted this year’s exercise, November 2-11, with participants from 11 countries. The B-52 crews integrated and trained with joint forces for UNITAS to include the Ecuadorean Navy to provide a simulated dynamic targeting capability for naval forces.“I haven’t worked with the Colombian or Ecuadorean militaries before, but anytime that we as a community have an opportunity to work with partner nations we always learn a lot,” Capt. Henry said. “Colombia and Ecuador were very professional and a lot of our lessons learned were developed from the planning stages.”last_img read more

UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has postponed to July 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday.The UAE’s Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet where it was due to orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.”The UAE’s space mission, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center,” the government communications office tweeted. There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.The UAE, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021.With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the UAE lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big space-faring nations. It launched a National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among Emiratis.Emirati Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Arab in space in September 2019 in a flight to the International Space Station.To develop and build the Hope Probe, Emiratis and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) worked with US educational institutions with space science expertise.The UAE government has announced an ambitious goal of a Mars settlement by 2117. Topics :last_img read more

EdgeTech Delivers Emergency Recovery Beacon

first_imgProduct manager Rob Morris said: “Think of the ERB as an acoustic release deck box and dunking transducer all packaged in a 6,000 meter rated housing that you can lower off the side of a ship to get closer to your deep water mooring to ensure failsafe acoustic communication.” The Emergency Recovery Beacon (ERB) is a self-contained, programable acoustic command transmitter and transponder in a 6000 meter rated nickel aluminium bronze alloy housing that can be lowered from the side of a vessel below any surface noise, shipboard noise or thermoclines, the company explained. EdgeTech has recently delivered a new solution for deep water acoustic release mooring recovery. center_img The ERB is programmed through a serial port using a computer running a terminal program and can transmit EdgeTech LF BACS enable, disable and release commands at a pre-programmed rate set by the user. last_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers ring in 2020 after strong start to season

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — To welcome in the next decade, the Lakers shed their purple and gold for a night, opting for black-tie suits instead.They were all over each other’s social media feeds, dancing and smoking cigars on Monday night as LeBron James celebrated his 35th birthday.Because the Lakers play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, New Year’s Eve celebrations are expected to be significantly toned down. James said he only decided three days before the big night that he would have a party at all, which his wife Savannah helped assemble on the short turnaround. It wasn’t just a birthday, but a turning of the page on the year as well.“I was able to kill two birds with one stone, get my teammates there, coaching staff, my family, my friends, people that’s been around for quite a while and we had a heck of a time,” he said. “So it was another opportunity for us to bond, which we did. And if it brings us closer, then fantastic. That’s what it’s all about for me, bringing us closer to family as possible.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers warmed to the challenge of their tough schedule last month, playing a host of teams bound for the playoffs. The concern, Vogel acknowledged, is that over a third of the way in against less-than-stellar competition, complacency can sneak in.“It’s a different sort of stretch right now,” he said. “I think we begin to enter the dog days of the NBA season, which is like now until All-Star break where it gets a little monotonous and there’s a little bit of a grind and hopefully we can get through that stretch. And then once All-Star break hits, you’re in the home stretch after that.”One of the factors the Lakers feel is in their favor is chemistry. Multiple players have cited the 1-through-15 chemistry on the roster as a strength, and James’ birthday party was the latest event where the Lakers have largely shown up off the court as a group.James pointed to his youth league days as a model: When he was a young player, he and his teammates would go to parks or malls and play video games together.“Not only did it influence the way I play on the court, having an effect on how I play today, it also had an influence of how I grew up with my friends, too, and having that brotherhood,” he said. “If you know anything about my childhood, the guys that I grew up playing ball are still around, they’re still like my best friends.”The same concept is important to his NBA teams, James said, which is among the reasons everyone was invited. The feeling of the Lakers is that off-court chemistry will help form on-court bonds that can help them in competitive games.It also leads to some nice post-party texts.“The best thing about it is that my teammates said how much of a time they had,” he said. “My family and my friends had a heck of a time. Got a lot of messages this morning saying how much fun it was, how much love was in the air. So that’s what makes it cool for me. The people around me had a good time.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers ended 2019 pretty tight-knit, with a strong body of work behind them. Leading the Western Conference standings and finishing a challenging December slate at 9-5, some of their hardest work is behind them even though the bulk of the schedule remains.The year wrapped on an upbeat note with wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks. After that second victory, Coach Frank Vogel had a chance to look at the footage of his team holding the No. 1 offense in the NBA to just 95 points – to his surprise, he saw some opportunities where his defense (104.8 defensive rating, No. 7 in the NBA) could be even better.That’s the Lakers’ 2019 resolution: They’re still looking for the perfect performance.“It’s just reason for optimism that we still have a long way to go and a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “It’s exciting what we can be.”A big part of that has been success against the teams they are supposed to beat: The Lakers are 17-0 against teams under .500 this season. They’ll have an opportunity to extend that perfection with upcoming home games against Phoenix, New Orleans, Detroit and New York.last_img read more

Ten years after Trout: Looking back at the 2009 MLB Draft

first_imgCareer WAR: N/AWheeler was a two-sport athlete and was well regarded by Baseball America, rocketing up the Rockies’ organizational charts. Despite being a solid bat, Wheeler never broke through to the next level, reaching Triple-A but never making the majors.Wheeler was considered to be a solid-not-great player, and at 32 was a good pick. He just never developed the way the Rockies wanted, especially after breaking his hand in the minors in 2012. The MLB Draft is basically like a 40-round lottery drawing.All 30 teams enter in a chance to win, but as you’ll see below, there’s no rhyme or reason why guys pan out or why they don’t.  With the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 MLB Draft upon us — the Trout Draft, if you will — it’s time to take a look back to see how other teams fared in the first round. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNEditor’s note: All WAR numbers are through 2018 and courtesy of Baseball Reference. This also does not include first-round supplemental picks.1. Stephen Strasburg, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 26.3The “How good is Stephen Strasburg?” debate will rage for a long time, but in nine seasons Strasburg has generally either been good or hurt. Entering 2019, he had a career ERA of 3.14 and a 10.6 K/9 mark.Those marks are both great, but consider this: Strasburg has only made 30-plus starts twice in his career — 2013 and 2014 — and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting just once, in 2017. Aces don’t grow on trees, and Strasburg’s stuff and numbers certainly feel ace-like, but does he live up to No. 1 overall billing? Hindsight is 20/20, but at this point he’s not necessarily on a Hall-of-Fame arc.2. Dustin Ackley, outfielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.7Ackley’s agent, Scott Boras, didn’t agree to the Mariners’ deal with Ackley until 15 minutes before the deadline after he was drafted. The UNC product had a somewhat nondescript career despite being one of college baseball’s most polished players coming out of college.Ackley was given ample opportunity to break out with Seattle, playing in 584 games between 2011 and 2015 before being traded to the Yankees in 2015, but hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2016.3. Donavan Tate, outfielder, San Diego PadresHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/ATate was a super athlete coming out of high school; he was an All-American in both baseball and football in Cartersville High School in Georgia. Unfortunately, injuries and personal demons derailed Tate’s minor league career, as he hit just .226 in six seasons in A-ball. After unsuccessfully trying to revive his career with the Dodgers, Tate would leave baseball and go on to play college football at the University of Arizona.4. Tony Sanchez, catcher, Pittsburgh PiratesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.1Sanchez was considered one of the best hitters coming out of Boston College in 2009, ranking high in many of the Eagles’ offensive catagories in his tenure behind the dish.On Sanchez’s way up, he flashed some power through Triple-A, eventually resulting in a call up to Pittsburgh in 2013. Sanchez played in just 22 games with the Buccos in 2013, seemingly losing his offense along the way, striking out at a high rate. Sanchez only played in 52 major-league games across four seasons in The Show.5. Matt Hobgood, pitcher, Baltimore OriolesHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AWhen Hobgood was drafted, he made some waves by saying he would have loved to strike out A-Rod in order to bring glory back to the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for Hobgood, who couldn’t really strike out anyone, let alone A-Rod, in his minor league career.In six minor league seasons, Hobgood pitched to a 4.98 ERA across 110 games. He started early on in his career in the minors before transitioning to the bullpen, where he continued to have difficulty getting guys out. Before the draft, some thought Hobgood would fall to the second or third round, so it was a bit of a surprise that the Orioles took him at No. 5 in 2009. Hobgood hasn’t played professionally since 2017.6. Zack Wheeler, pitcher, San Francisco GiantsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 6.2The flamethrowing righty rocketed up the minors, eventually being traded in a deal for Carlos Beltran in 2011. Wheeler made his debut with the Mets in 2013 and has dealt with injury issues since. In 2018, Wheeler seemed to come into his own and live up to the top-10 prospect billing: He pitched to a 3.31 ERA across 29 starts — one of the first seasons he was almost fully healthy — and acrrued a 3.9 WAR during the season as part of a very talented Mets rotation.Wheeler entered his Age 29 season in 2019, and is a free agent after the season. There’s a good chance he won’t be a Met, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he finishes out the year and how much he gets in free agency.7. Mike Minor, pitcher, Atlanta BravesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 10.1Minor was a highly touted lefty pitching prospect for the Braves, rocketing up Atlanta’s farm system and debuting in 2010, a year after he was drafted. Then 22, it took a little bit for Minor to find his groove: He came into his own in his Age 25 season, pitching to a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts, helping the Braves win their first division title since 2005.Minor dealt with shoulder injuries, not pitching in the majors for two seasons (2015-2016), eventually finding a home — and his fastball — in the Royals’ bullpen in 2017. Now 31, Minor is in the midst of his best season as a starter for the Texas Rangers, and is on pace to have his best season (by WAR) yet.8. Mike Leake, pitcher, Cincinnati RedsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 12.6Leake was originally drafted by the Athletics in 2006, but chose not to sign and instead attended Arizona State University. A serviceable starting pitcher, Leake pitched with the Reds for six seasons before finding himself with the Mariners, Cardinals and Giants his last three seasons in the majors.9. Jacob Turner, pitcher, Detroit TigersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -2.5Another Scott Boras client, Turner signed for a hefty $5.5 million and never quite lived up to his top-prospect billing. He was a top 50 prospect by many publications and was also considered the best prospect in the Tigers’ system before making his major league debut.After tearing up the minors in the months after the draft, Turner was added to the Tigers’ 40-man roster in November 2009. Making his major league debut in 2011, the 20-year-old pitched to an 8.53 ERA across three starts, and was subsequently traded from the Tigers to the Marlins in 2012 for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.Turner spent time with the Nationals, Marlins and both Chicago teams before signing with the Kia Tigers of the KBO before 2019.10. Drew Storen, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 4.9The relief extraordinaire was drafted as a reliever and stayed a reliever throughout the duration of his career. He pitched to a 3.45 ERA, with his best season coming in 2014, a 2.5-WAR year for the first-place Nationals.Storen lost his touch before the Nats’ acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon in 2015, struggling in the setup role, eventually breaking his thumb and ending his season after slamming a locker.Storen last pitched in the majors in 2017, pitching to a 4.45 ERA with the Reds before succumbing to an elbow injury. In 2019, he was signed by Kansas City and is with the Royals Triple-A affiliate, recovering from Tommy John surgery.11. Tyler Matzek, pitcher, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.5Matzek signed for $3.9 million, significantly more than the average price of players in that slot, and it took until the 11th hour to get it done.Drafted as a starter, Matzek appeared in 25 games for Colorado (24 as a starting pitcher) between 2014 and 2015 before being sent down in 2015 with control issues. He was eventually released by Colorado and hasn’t appeared in a major league game since.12. Aaron Crow, pitcher, Kansas City RoyalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.6Crow was originally drafted by the Nationals in 2008, but didn’t sign, resulting in the compensation pick that allowed Washington to draft Drew Storen.In four seasons with the Royals, Crow pitched solely out of the bullpen, pitching to a 3.43 ERA (4.16 FIP) in 254 appearances. Crow was traded to the Marlins in November 2014, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, was signed by the Cubs in 2016, los Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League in 2018 and los Pericos de Puebla later in 2018. MORE: Every MLB team’s biggest draft regret13. Grant Green, infielder, Oakland AthleticsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -1.6The first position player taken since the No. 4 pick, Green was another Scott Boras guy and many expected the USC product to be one of the best hitters in the draft. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.Green was traded to the Angels in 2013 for Alberto Callaspo as the A’s were chasing a championship. Green played in 45 games in 2013 between the A’s and the Angels, going hitless in five games with the A’s and batting .280 with the Angels. Green would play with the Angels through 2015, landing with the Giants in 2016 and the Nationals in 2017. He also signed minor league deals with the White Sox and Marlins in 2017 before winding up in the Mexican League in 2018. In five seasons, he played in 129 games and slashed .248/.283/.336 with a 75 OPS+.14. Matt Purke, pitcher, Texas RangersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.1Purke was taken by the Rangers, but didn’t sign and instead enrolled to play college baseball at TCU.He was later selected by the Nationals in 2011, this time in the third round, and only had 12 major league appearances with the White Sox in 2016.15. Alex White, pitcher, Cleveland IndiansHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.5White was considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball, adorning many top-10 listings across the sport.White started 30 games in two years between the Indians and the Rockies, pitching to a 6.03 ERA. He was eventually traded to the Rockies, along with Drew Pomeranz, in a package for Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.16. Bobby Borchering, infielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/ABorchering was considered to be one of the best hitters coming out of high school, some believing his switch-hitting prowess would pave the way to make him one of the more complete bats in the draft. He was also the recipient of the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year award in 2008.As can be the case with the first round, this didn’t come to pass. In 51 games at Double-A, Borchering hit just .163 with six home runs and a .544 OPS, and is currently out of baseball.17. A.J. Pollock, outfielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 20.5Pollock has been a very good major leaguer, although he’s dealt with injuries throughout his career. Spending the first seven seasons of his career with the team that drafted him, Pollock signed with the Dodgers prior to 2019.Regarded as one of the best college hitters in the 2009 draft, Pollock has been a solid offensive contributor with a plus glove in the outfield. While not a gamebreaker, Pollock showed flashes of greatness with the Dbacks before moving on after 2018.18. Chad James, pitcher, Florida MarlinsHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AThe Marlins took James out of Yukon High School in Yukon, Okla., and gave him the second-highest signing bonus ever ($1.7 million) for an 18th overall pick.James would never see a major league field, failing three drug tests. He hasn’t played in affiliated baseball since 2015. 19. Shelby Miller, pitcher, St. Louis CardinalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.2It was a tale of two careers for Miller. From 2012 to 2015, he pitched to a 3.32 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 102 games for the Cardinals and Braves. After a trade to Arizona and subsequent signing with Texas, Miller has pitched to a 7.06 ERA in 38 games. But before the draft, Miller was heralded as a power pitcher’s power pitcher and was reaching that potential. Now, Miller is with the Rangers 20. Chad Jenkins, pitcher, Toronto Blue JaysHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.5Jenkins was heralded as one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects heading into 2010, but he struggled at Double-A and never quite became the horse that scouts thought he would be. He had good command of a fastball, slider and changeup, but with no clear role on the Blue Jays, he was doomed to bullpen purgatory.In 2013 and 2014, Jenkins pitched out of Toronto’s bullpen with good results, but couldn’t catch on with the Jays after 2016, eventually being released from his minor league deal. He hasn’t played in affiliated ball since 2016.21. Jiovanni Mier, infielder, Houston AstrosHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMier, a high-school pick, was heralded for his defense, which makes sense, because he never really hit well enough to reach the majors in his career.Mier hit just .226 at Double-A in 324 games, so he had ample time to improve, something that just never happened. Some scouts believed that Mier would have developed into a consistent 10-15 home run guy, but the power never came, either. In 10 seasons between the minors and Mexican league ball, Mier hit just 43 home runs.After stints in the Toronto and New York Mets farm systems, Mier signed with the Mexican League in 2018, never reaching the majors.22. Kyle Gibson, pitcher, Minnesota TwinsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.3Gibson has been a stalwart in the Twins’ rotation, though never quite living up to the No. 2 starter billing. Gibson had his best season as a major league pitcher in 2018, amassing a 3.8 WAR with a 3.62 ERA. 23. Jared Mitchell, outfielder, Chicago White SoxHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMitchell was originally selected by the Twins in the 2006 MLB Draft, but decided to attend Louisiana State University instead. The college time did him well, as the former 10th-round pick shot all the way up to the first round.Mitchell won the College World Series with the Tigers in 2009, also winning the CWS Most Outstanding Player award. Interestingly enough, he also played as a wide receiver for the LSU Tigers in 2007, winning a national championship.Unfortunately, Mitchell’s athleticism didn’t result in major league success. He came knocking on the door at Triple-A, but could never break through. At the highest level, he hit just .213 in 173 games with a .667 OPS.Mitchell last played with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.24. Randal Grichuk, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.4Grichuk was hampered by injuries early in his minor league career, but prospect rankings still respected him. MLB Pipeline had Grichuk as the Angels’ No. 4 overall prospect — he was eventually traded, along with Peter Bourjos, to the Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas.Grichuk has been a consistent power threat in the majors, hitting 91 home runs with the Cardinals between 2014 and 2018 before finding himself north of the border with the Blue Jays in 2019. 25. Mike Trout, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 64.2GOAT.Next.26. Eric Arnett, pitcher, Milwaukee BrewersHighest level reached: High ACareer WAR: N/AComing from IU Bloomington, Arnett was a sought-after arm, but he came with a heavy, heavy workload. In fact, here’s what SN had to say about Arnett:”Arnett has all the makings of a rotation workhorse. Despite his tall, big frame, he has a loose body. Got himself in much better shape this year after working out with the IU basketball team. Brings a mid-90s fastball and only started realizing his abilities this year. Lots of upside and could move quickly up the minor-league ranks.”That didn’t happen for Arnett, who never saw baseball above High-A and pitched to a 5.18 ERA in the minors.MORE: 2019 MLB Mock Draft roundup: 20 players to watch27. Nick Franklin, infielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.4Franklin had one very good year with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, two years after the Mariners traded him. When coming up, Franklin showed lots of power in the minors, hitting to a .912 OPS in Triple-A before his callup to Seattle. At the major league level, Franklin couldn’t seem to figure it out. He dealt with injuries and lots of inconsistencies. In his last two seasons (2017-18), Franklin hit just .176 in 67 games with the Angels and the Brewers. He signed a minor league deal with the Pirates in 2019.28. Reymond Fuentes, outfielder, Boston Red SoxHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.4Rey Fuentes was taken by the Red Sox but traded to the Padres in 2010 — along with Anthony Rizzo — as part of a package to acquire first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Fuentes never hit for power but hit for average in the minors, more known as a speed and stolen base threat coming up. In 100 major league games with Arizona, Kansas City and San Diego, Fuentes hit .238 with a .616 OPS. He played his last game in the majors in 2017.29. Slade Heathcott, outfielder, New York YankeesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.4Heathcott played just 17 major league games with the Yankees in 2015, hitting .400 with two home runs in 25 at-bats. Heathcott last played in affiliated baseball in 2018 in the A’s organization, and played indy ball with the Sugar Land Skeeters the same year.Heathcott was a top prospect for the Yankees, and some considered him to have all five tools when developing in their minor league system. He also played affiliated baseball with the White Sox and Giants in his career.30. LeVon Washington, infielder, Tampa Bay RaysHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/AWashington was drafted by the Rays but didn’t sign, and was drafted again in 2010, this time by the Cleveland Indians. Washington dealt with injuries through his minor league career with the Indians, never playing above High-A ball because of it despite being a pretty good hitter.Washington has played indy ball over his past three seasons.31. Brett Jackson, outfielder, Chicago CubsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.0Jackson hit everywhere he went in the Cubs’ minor league system until being called up to the majors: In 2012, Jackson hit just .175 across 44 games with the Cubbies. It was something he never recovered from, eventually being shipped out to Arizona. Before the draft, Jackson was regarded as a guy whose bat would play just well enough but who would be a plus defender. The bat seemed to be coming around until it wasn’t. Then Theo Epstein came in, and, well, you know the rest.32. Tim Wheeler, outfielder, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: Triple-Alast_img read more

Inishowen school gains approval for emergency works

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has announced that Cockhill National School has been given the green light for important external works at the school.The works will involve securing the perimeter of St Oran’s School, which is located in Buncrana.“Every month we are seeing important improvement works in schools, whether its new classrooms, toilets, safety or structural upgrades,” Minister McHugh said. “All projects are crucial, no matter the scale and I am delighted to be able to see a school like Cockhill NS get the green light for some important work to secure the perimeter of the school.”The project was approved by the Department of Education and Skills’ Building Unit under the Emergency Works programme.Minister McHugh said: “The work to ensure there is a secure perimeter around the school is essential and with the busy area around Cockhill FC and St Mary’s Church on the outskirts of Buncrana this improvement work should make an important difference in the day to day operation of the school and ensuring children have a safe area.”Inishowen school gains approval for emergency works was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cockhill National Schoollast_img read more

Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2016 National Budget was tabled in challenging global economic conditions, with low growth at home, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at a media briefing on Thursday.“It’s a tough Budget,’ he said. “We are finding ourselves in a very difficult global economic environment with lots of doubt on whether the developed world will continue to grow . We’ve seen that currencies of emerging markets have been affected and commodity producers have been affected.’The Budget, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, comes at a time when high unemployment levels and slow growth have demanded greater investment by the government.“We have our own internal difficulties as South Africa,’ Gordhan said. “We’ve been growing too slowly. Our unemployment levels are too high, poverty and inequality levels are also high … Government has, for the last six years or so, been carrying the substantial burden of investing in infrastructure, for example.’He said the country must come up with new answers.“At the same time, we’ve borrowed a lot since 2009 in order to sustain, in particular, our social services and invest in infrastructure and the economy more generally. We haven’t grown at the same level as we borrowed.’This, he said, means South Africa must rein in spending.“This means we have to tighten our belts, tax a little bit more without hurting the economy and cut expenditure within government as well. That’s the balancing act temporarily. I hope that we have to perform it until all of us can put our heads together and say: How do we grow this economy? How do we get more investment? How do we create more jobs?’Tax relief and tackling debtThe 2016 Budget makes tax proposals that include a personal income tax relief of R5.5-billion, partially compensating for inflation, focused on lower- and middle-income earners.Gordhan pointed out that South Africans’ household debt is high.“Indebtedness in South Africa is a serious problem,’ he said. “Unsecured lending, at one stage, was a serious problem. The message is, we will try to do whatever we can, as we have done this time. Where there are possibilities of tax relief, we will direct the tax relief at the lower end. For example, to mitigate inflation, the money that we’ve put in (R 5.5-billion) is going to the lower income brackets.’He urged South Africans not to overextend themselves financially. “Like government, everybody needs to balance their budgets as well until we can get the economy to start growing.’On the nuclear build programme, Gordhan said the Budget stance is that nuclear will be expanded at a scale and pace that is affordable following a thorough and transparent tender process.“We are at the very early stages of the programme. We will phase in the implementation of a programme like that in accordance with our affordability. We have to go through a proper, transparent procurement process.’Investment and structural reformGordhan also spoke of the need for investment to grow the economy.“For the purposes of growth, we require more investment both from government and from the private sector. We need more creative energy from our own people, we need entrepreneurs on a large scale and support for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.’In his Budget speech on Wednesday, Gordhan emphasised that structural reforms – such as those detailed in the National Development Plan – were needed to “turn the South African economy’s direction towards hope’.“The Budget tabled today is guided by the NDP,’ he told Parliament. “It is a Budget for inclusive growth, it emphasises partnerships among role players in our economy, it prioritises education and infrastructure investment, it supports employment creation and it contributes to building a capable, developmental state.’Source: South African Government News Agency and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Your Uber trip can help change lives

first_imgBefore, Uber would round down each passenger’s fare to the nearest rand. Now, with UberGiving, those cents are instead donated to good causes. (Image: Uber)South African non-profits are hailing the benefit of taxicab app Uber’s charitable giving. UberGiving allows the company and its passengers to donate to worthy causes.Before, Uber would round down each passenger’s fare to the nearest rand. Now, with UberGiving, those cents are instead donated to good causes. The new system does not cost the drivers, who will still earn 80% of each fare.The Reach for a Dream Foundation, which fulfils the dreams of children with life-threatening diseases, was the first beneficiary of Uber passengers’ generosity. It helped the foundation take passionate football fan Elihle Momoza, a 12-year-old with a blood disorder, to Moses Mabhida stadium for the first time. It also gave him a PlayStation with football games.UberGiving helped Faith Nifang, an eight-year-old with sickle cell anaemia, to live his special dream of a day at the beach by spending a weekend at Sun City, where he enjoyed the playground activities and the Valley of the Waves.“The magnitude of his smile said it all that day,” said Alon Lits, GM of Uber in sub-Saharan Africa.“We are honoured to be associated with Reach for a Dream, helping to assist children like Faith and Elihle. These are just some of the dreams that were made possible through UberGiving and the Reach for a Dream Foundation.”A great startUberGiving’s charitable drive has benefitted other non-profits as well. It helped the Tomorrow Trust, an educational NGO, to fund Mahlogonolo Pasha’s BSc studies in Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Johannesburg.Pasha, from a family of five children raised by a single unemployed mother, dreams of becoming the first university graduate in her family. Education, she believes, will end their cycle of poverty.The Els for Autism Foundation is another UberGiving beneficiary. The charity was established in 2009 by golfer Ernie Els and his wife Liezl Els after their son Ben was diagnosed with severe autism.Their foundation funds an Autism Centre of Excellence, which gives under-resourced families of autistic children free access to evidence-based interventions.Other non-profits that have benefited from UberGiving include the Blow the Whistle initiative and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.“We are proud to support these organisations, to help them continue the good work they do,” said Lits. “A special thanks goes out to all those riders using the Uber platform, by simply requesting a trip each of you are making a difference, and every little bit counts.”For more information, visit www.uber.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura

first_imgBerchelt wobbled Miura in the eighth with a left hook but he couldn’t finish him off.Miura showed he has a steel chin and still had an opportunity to win the fight heading into the 11th round but only if he could score a knockout against Berchelt, who was in excellent condition. Asked if he was interested in a fight with the top fighter in the division, Vasyl Lomachenko, Berchelt said yes.“I beat Vargas, I beat Miura. I am ready to fight the best,” he said.On the undercard, champion Jezreel Corrales got the majority decision over Robinson Castellanos after the WBA super featherweight world title fight was stopped 31 seconds into the 10th round because of an accidental head butt. Corrales won by scores of 94-94, 94-93 and 96-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments 14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I was prepared because I knew I was facing an ex champion,” said Berchelt. “He has the toughest left hand in the division. He was hitting me and hurting me sometimes.“But I was always the better fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe judges scored the fight 116-111, 120-109 and 119-108 for the 33-year-old Berchelt who won the title with an 11th round upset victory over Francisco Vargas in January.Japan’s Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) was hoping to reclaim the WBC title which he held for more than two years before losing to Vargas in 2015. WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (L) of Mexico connects with a left against Takashi Miura of Japan in round three of their title fight, July 15, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckMiguel Berchelt retained his WBC world title Saturday with a unanimous decision over former champion Takashi Miura in the first defence of his super featherweight belt.Mexico’s Berchelt won almost every round and it showed on the lopsided scorecards but the unflinching Miura fought on pride and looked like he could have knocked the champion out at any moment.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Berchelt set the tone early in the 12-round clash at the Los Angeles Forum as he dropped Miura late in the first round and rocked him with a hard punch in the fifth round that snapped the challenger’s head back.Down on points heading into the sixth round, Miura went looking for the knockout and it didn’t seem like a bad strategy for the Japanese dynamo who had 24 career knockouts coming into the bout.But Berchelt’s defence was too strong and his plan to land a mixture of head and body shots allowed him to score ample points with the judges.Miura took the fight to Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) in the seventh round as the Mexican appeared to tire, pawing at him instead of landing solid blows like earlier in the bout.Berchelt also had to deal the non-stop attack of Miura, who wouldn’t yield an inch, despite taking a massive amount of punishment to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Singh to run in Burnaby South byelection despite friendlier Brampton opening

first_imgOTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he still intends to run in a federal byelection in British Columbia, even though a friendlier riding in his hometown of Brampton, Ont. has suddenly opened up.Singh says he’s chosen to make Burnaby South his federal political home.“I’ve made it clear, my decision to run in Burnaby South, and I continue to remain clear on that decision,” he said.On Thursday, Liberal Raj Grewal announced he is resigning immediately as the MP for Brampton East for unspecified personal and medical reasons.Singh would likely coast to victory in Brampton East, the riding he represented for six years in the Ontario legislature, now held provincially by his brother Gurratan. Burnaby South, which the NDP won by just over 500 votes in 2015, will be a tougher slog for him.When he was first elected federal NDP leader last fall, Singh intended to wait until next October’s general election to gain a seat in the House of Commons and he said Brampton East was where he wanted to run.However, under intense pressure to get into the Commons sooner after a shaky start as leader, Singh announced in August that he would run in an eventual byelection in Burnaby South. That seat was vacated in mid-September by former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who ran successfully to become Vancouver’s mayor.Early in the new year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to set an early February date for byelections in Burnaby South and at least two other vacant ridings. He could also add the now-vacant Brampton East to the roster. The Canadian Presslast_img read more