Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

first_imgMOST READ “I hope D.C.’s ready for us to come home!” shouted Zimmerman, the Nationals’ initial draft pick back in 2005.Martinez said Soto, who turned 21 last week, celebrated with his first beer. Meanwhile, the skipper, who had a heart procedure six weeks ago and can’t resume his six-cups-a-day coffee habit, headed back to the clubhouse for a special treat.“I am,” he said, “going to smoke a cigar.”With Greinke and Scherzer grunting on every pitch, Game 7 started as a classic duel.Yuli Gurriel put the Astros ahead with a home run in the second and Carlos Correa added an RBI single off Scherzer that made it 2-0 in the fifth.Scherzer was done after the fifth. Only a few days earlier, the three-time Cy Young Award winner had been unable to lift his right arm due to nerve irritation near his neck.Corbin, the $140 million starter, threw three scoreless innings in relief.Daniel Hudson, released by the Angels in March, closed it out for the Nationals, who made Houston pay for stranding so many runners all game. Hudson struck out Michael Brantley for the last out, then threw his glove to start the celebration.Houston shares a spring training complex in Florida with the Nationals and reported to camp in February full of high hopes.The Astros breezed to the AL West title, edged Tampa Bay in a five-game ALDS and topped the Yankees in the ALCS. They had a front-office fiasco in October, which led to the firing of an executive for a boorish rant at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration. Rice industry paralysis But the incredible path these wild-card Nationals with the curly W logo took, well, no one could have imagined.Because in one topsy-turvy week, they put aside the pain of past playoff failures.“Resilient, relentless bunch of guys,” manager Dave Martinez said. “They fought all year long.”Having lost star slugger Bryce Harper in free agency and beset by bullpen woes, Washington plummeted to 19-31 in late May. It got so bad there was talk around town the Nationals might fire Martinez and trade away Scherzer.Instead, they stuck with the mantra that sprung up on T-shirts — Stay In The Fight.“That was our motto,” Scherzer said.And months later they finished it, indeed.“Guess what? We stayed in the fight. We won the fight!” Martinez shouted during the trophy celebration on the field.“We were down and out. We were 19-31. We didn’t quit then, we weren’t going to quit now,” he said.Strasburg earned the MVP with a pair of wins, including Game 6. “Yeah, the ultimate goal is to win the World Series, and we fell short to a great team. You can’t hang your head low about that,” Springer said. “You move on and start getting ready for spring training.”WILDThe Nationals became the first wild-card team to win the Series since Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in 2014. Starting with San Francisco’s win, the last six champs have clinched on the road.UP NEXTThe Astros and Nationals start training side-by-side in a few months and open exhibition play with a World Series rematch on Feb. 22 at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. They met in their Grapefruit League opener this year and Scherzer gave up a home run to the first batter of the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Steph Curry breaks left hand in another embarrassing Warriors loss “It’s almost like we’ve done it so many times that we have to get punched in the face to kind of wake up,” he said.As pitcher Aníbal Sánchez told Scherzer while hugging him in the middle of the diamond: “We won one. We finally won one.”For the 43,326 revved-up fans at Minute Maid Park, it was a combination of shock and disappointment. So close to seeing José Altuve, Alex Bregman, George Springer and their Astros add to the title they won in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium two years ago, they watched this chance suddenly vanish as Houston fell apart.“I’ve got a group of heartbroken men in there that did everything they could to try to bring a World Series championship to this city. And we fell one win shy,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said.“Let’s be honest, there’s 28 other teams that would love to have our misery today,” he said. “And I just told our team, it’s hard to put into words and remember all the good that happened because right now we feel as bad as you can possibly feel,” he added.President Donald Trump, greeted with chants of “Lock him up!” when he attended Game 5 in Washington, tweeted his congratulations to the Nationals from the White House.“Game 7 was amazing!” Trump tweeted.Washington kept pulling away after taking the lead, with the sensational Soto hitting an RBI single in the eighth and Adam Eaton adding a two-run single in the ninth.Zack Greinke was in complete control with a one-hit shutout until Rendon — a Houston prep and college star — hit a solo homer with one out in the seventh that made it 2-1.“Just gave us a little bit of hope,” Nationals leadoff man Trea Turner said. Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey — fittingly with one last late rally on the road.In Game 7 of the World Series, no less.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceKendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Nationals overcame a two-run deficit, rocking the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night to win the first title in franchise history.With all eyes on Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot in the only Series when the road team won every game. 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He’d had ace starter Gerrit Cole warming up earlier, but left him in the bullpen.“I wasn’t going to pitch him unless we were going to win the World Series and have a lead,” Hinch said. “He was going to close the game in the ninth.”Instead, Hinch signaled for reliable reliever Will Harris.Kendrick connected on the second pitch, slicing a drive that hit the screen attached to the right field foul pole for a 3-2 lead. Just like that, everything had changed for the team in orange that led the majors with 107 regular-season wins, and the ballpark fell silent.For Kendrick, another timely blow. At 36, playing on the oldest team in the majors, the journeyman was the NL Championship Series MVP against St. Louis after hitting the winning grand slam in the 10th inning of the deciding Game 5 in the Division Series at Dodger Stadium.Then again, this was nothing new for the Nationals.Washington rallied in the eighth to beat Milwaukee in the wild-card game and took the last two to beat Los Angeles in the NLDS, setting up a sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS.“This is now the most 2019 Nats thing to ever happen,” Doolittle said. “Another elimination game, another come-from-behind win.”Far away, a sizable crowd poured into Nationals Park for a watch party. That was the stadium where Houston hammered the Nats for three games last weekend in taking a 3-2 edge, but their luck changed in Texas.And they won the last two against a team that posted the best home record in the majors (60-21) over the last two decades. Houston earned home-field advantage throughout the postseason, but it didn’t help in the end as the Astros went a stunning 0-4 in their own ballpark during the Series. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound.Almost out of contention in May, champs in October.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even more against the odds: Juan Soto and Washington came from behind to win five elimination games this postseason, an unprecedented feat.“What a story,” said Ryan Zimmerman, the only player who’s been a part of every Nationals team.“The way this game went is the way our whole season went,” he said.Strasburg, new lefty Patrick Corbin and the Nats brought the first World Series championship to the nation’s capital since ol’ Walter Johnson delivered the crown for the Senators in 1924.This franchise started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969 when the major leagues expanded beyond the border, putting a team with tricolor caps at jaunty Jarry Park. They moved to D.C. in 2005, ending Washington’s three-decade-plus wait for big league baseball after the Senators left town to become the Texas Rangers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pogba & Man Utd ‘crybabies’ blasted by Keane

first_imgRoy Keane has slammed Manchester United’s “crybabies” and wished manager Jose Mourinho good luck amid reports of player unrest at Old Trafford.Mourinho is under increasing pressure following four matches without a victory while there is mounting speculation over a dressing-room rift – star midfielder Paul Pogba, and his relationship with the United boss, at the centre of it all.There has been ongoing talk of a row between Mourinho and Pogba, with speculation increasing following a training-ground confrontation last week and the latter being stripped of vice-captaincy duties. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba then claimed he was banned from talking to the media following Tuesday’s stalemate against Valencia in the Champions League, while captain Antonio Valencia issued an apology after liking a post on Instagram that called for United to sack Mourinho.United are already nine points off the pace in the Premier League and former captain Keane demanded the squad give their all on the pitch in a scathing assessment of the situation in Manchester.”We talk about footballers and managers, not every player is going to get on with the manager, the manager is not going to like every player,” Keane told Notts TV. “But what you do as a footballer, and whatever disagreements I’ve had with one or two managers, when you cross that line, you play for your team.”I don’t care what fallout you’ve had with your manager, I don’t care if you’ve been at each other’s throats, because that is part of the industry, people do fall out. It happens in other industries, but unfortunately when you’re Man United – one of the biggest clubs in the world – things will get exaggerated.”But if you’re a footballer for Manchester United and you put that jersey on and you walk out and you don’t give 100 per cent because you might be upset with somebody, then, no, good luck to Mourinho.”Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19Asked if he was talking about Pogba, Keane said: “I’m talking about players in general. Players who get upset with a manager, or a coaching staff, and think I’m not going to train properly because somebody upset me, there’s a lot of crybabies out there, lots of crybabies.”When you walk out on that pitch, you’re playing for your pride, you’re playing for your family, you’re playing for your city, whatever it may be. Don’t get that worried about what the manager said about you or the coaching staff. You get out there and play.”You can fall out after the match, but when the game’s going on, liven up, play with pride, play with energy, play with spirit. Hopefully play with a bit of a skill, but you can’t always play with skill, you can have a bad day, but on your bad days you roll up your sleeves and you fight for that jersey and don’t get distracted by the balloons out there.”last_img read more

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PV Sindhu crushes Beiwen Zhang to march into second round of French Open

first_imgPV Sindhu overcame a poor outing at the Denmark Open with a crushing victory in the first round of the women’s singles at French Open on Tuesday.Sindhu eased past Beiwen Zhang 21-17 21-8 in just 34 minutes to avenge her loss at the hands of the same opponent in the opening round of the Denmark Open, last week.By virtue of this win, Sindhu has managed to break her hat-trick of losses against the American and equalled the head-to-head record at 3-3.The agony of first round exit at Denmark Open still in her mind, Sindhu, however, started slowly as Zhang took a marginal lead. But the Indian rode on her aggressive approach to roar back to a 7-4 and then a 10-6 lead.The American then stunned her fancied opponent to pocket five straight points to reclaim the lead at 11-10.It was neck-and-neck thereafter till 16 points before Sindhu seized the initiative and pocketed the first game 21-17.The second game too was a close affair initially as both the players were locked at 3-3 at one stage before world no. 3 Sindhu upped her game to take a 11-6 lead.Zhang managed to garner two more points before Sindhu sealed the affair in quick time.The Rio Olympics silver medallist will next face the winner of first round match between Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong and Japan’s Sayaka Sato.However, it was curtains for less-fancied Indian men’s doubles pair of Arjun M R and Shlok Ramachandran as they lost 14-21 17-21 to Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yunchen in the opening round.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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‘Yo-Yo’ test should not be sole criteria for team selection: Kaif

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Bhubaneswar, Nov 3 (PTI) Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif Saturday said that the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test cannot be the “sole criteria” for picking players, calling for a more balanced approach in team selection. The Indian team has set 16.1 as the Yo-Yo test benchmark for the past couple of years and any player failing to clear the test is not selected. “Fitness is important as we have that the fielding standard of the Indian team has improved a lot. But there should be a balanced approach,” Kaif said at the Ekamra Sports Literature Festival here during a panel discussion on the topic ‘The Secularist and Cricketer’. “If a player is scoring runs and taking wickets, dropping him solely on the basis that he could not pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ is not good,” said Kaif, who was one of the fittest players of his time. The most recent example was Ambati Rayudu, whose national comeback after nearly two years was stalled when he failed to clear the Yo-Yo test despite scoring 600 plus runs in the IPL. Subsequently, Rayudu cleared the fitness test and was picked for the Asia Cup. “When I was in the team, there was test (beep test) to know the fitness of the players but never was a player dropped from the team. He would be told that his fitness level was not good and will have make improvements in the next few months.” Kaif also found it strange that Rishabh Pant is being tried as an outfielder in 50-over cricket.advertisement “Rishabh is basically a wicketkeeper but he has been made to field everywhere. I believe he will not be comfortable with that,” said the 37-year-old Kaif, one of the best fielders of his time. “With captain Virat Kohli setting an example in fitness standards, the team is doing very well and that is reflecting on the results.” Kaif, who fought 2014 general elections, does not rule out joining politics one again. “I fought the election on a Congress ticket and lost. As of now, I am not thinking of joining politics and fight elections once again. But you will never say never,” he said. “I found out that politics divides people. I wanted to serve the people and do something for the society, that is why I fought elections. “Now I am associated with the game and sharing my knowledge with youngsters in my academy. I want as many players from Uttar Pradesh to the Indian team,” said Kaif who played 13 Test and 125 ODIs between 2000 and 2006. He said sports transcends all boundaries like religion and caste. “There are these dividing factors in society and we know that. But sports is above all these. You perform, score runs and take wickets. You will get selection irrespective of the religion, or caste or region you belong to. In my whole career, I have never felt discriminated on that basis of anything. It was all about performance,” he said. PTI PDS KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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After Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over TV show controversy

first_imgA day after Hardik Pandya, his India teammate KL Rahul deposed before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain in response to the notices sent to the cricketers over their loose remarks on women during a popular television show aired earlier this year.Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have tendered unconditional apologies for their borderline sexist and racist remarks. Notably, the two cricketers served suspensions and missed limited-over series in Australia and New Zealand. The BCCI decided to provisionally lift their suspensions pending an inquiry by the Ombudsman.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had decided to shift the inquiry to the Ombudsman right after DK Jain was appointed in the role in February.DK Jain had issued notices to both Rahul and Pandya to appear for their depositions last week.Meanwhile, BCCI officials have made it clear that the ombudsman’s verdict is expected in time before the selectors get together to pick India’s team for the World Cup on April 15.Considering that both have tendered unconditional apologies and served immediate suspension after their actions, it’s unlikely they would be made to miss any more cricket.Notably, both Hardik and Pandya are in Mumbai for their Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. The two will go head-to-head and are expected to play a key role for their respective teams.While Hardik has been playing some sensational blinders for Mumbai Indians lower down the order, KL Rahul seems to have hit peak form at the top of the batting order for Kings XI Punjab.advertisementKL Rahul has amassed 217 runs in 6 matches for KXIP at an average of 54.25 with three fifties to his name. His unbeaten 71 in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday helped KXIP chase down the target of 150 with 6 wickets in hand.While there were uncertainties surrounding their international future following the suspension, it is likely that both the in-form cricketers will travel to England as part of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar tells India Today at DavosAlso Read | Started to doubt myself after Koffee with Karan row, I was hated nationally: KL RahulAlso See:last_img read more

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Jersey box office collection Day 2: Nani film is off to a great start

first_imgNani and Shraddha Srinath are overwhelmed with the applause coming their way for their earnest performances in their recently-released film Jersey. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film traces the life of an aged cricketer who wants to prove his worth at the age of 36.Jersey had a grand opening in India and the US on April 19. On its first day, the film had collected Rs 4.4 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The box office collection is expected to increase manifold during the weekend due to positive word of mouth.#Jersey AP&TS Day1: 4.4Crs#Majili AP&TS Day1: 5.4crs#SRA AP&TS Day1: 5.8crs@chay_akkineni is the only Hero frm Tier-2 Who has 2 5+ Crs share movies in AP&TSIntrovert (@kumaar_DHFC) April 20, 2019In addition, Jersey had hit jackpot in Nellore district by minting Rs 8.90 lakh on the second day of its theatrical run. At the end of two days, the movie has managed to rake in Rs 26 lakh in Nellore district alone.#Jersey Nlr dist 2day Share 8.90lks.& 2days NLR dist Total share 26 lks..sureshreddy.1467 (@sureshreddy1467) April 21, 2019Jersey also had a solid opening in the US as well. The sports-drama has successfully crossed the $500k mark, which is approximately Rs 3.4 crore. The makers are expecting a massive crowd during the weekend as well.#Jersey has crossed the 500 K $ gross mark in the #USA. Huge Satday expected.. More milestones to come.. @NameisNani scores a sixer literally @ShraddhaSrinath @gowtam19Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) April 20, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, “A film based on cricket will showcase the hero aiming to make it to the Indian cricket team, goes without saying. In Jersey too, Arjun’s aim is to play for India and he doesn’t wish to settle down for anything less. Life takes a turn and Arjun is rattled. The entire journey is packed with emotional moments, perfectly executed by Nani.”advertisementMOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor Nanilast_img read more

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LeBron James unsurprised by illegal payment claims around ‘corrupt’ NCAA

first_img Kareem Abdul-Jabbar It’s time to pay the tab for America’s college athletes Share on Twitter Read more news College sports Since you’re here… LeBron James Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook As college basketball finds itself mired in scandal, with allegations of illegal payments to student athletes flying around, one man who famously skipped the collegiate system has had his say.LeBron James opted to go straight to the NBA after high school and said he wasn’t surprised to hear of the claims and had withering words for college sports’ governing body, the NCAA. “Kids getting paid is nothing new under the sun,” the three-time NBA champion told ESPN. “The NCAA is corrupt, we know that. Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”College athletes aren’t supposed to be paid but with many of them coming from poor backgrounds, James dismissed the notion that the relationship between students and institutions is a fair one. Share on WhatsApp US sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NCAA Topics Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Messenger College basketball “Obviously, I’ve never been a part of it, so I don’t know all the ins and outs about it. I don’t know all the rules and regulations about it, but I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football,” James said. “I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids … I’ve always heard the narrative that they get a free education, but you guys are not bringing me on campus to get an education, you guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship, so it’s just a weird thing.”James’s phenomenal talent meant he was able to adjust quickly to the NBA while still a teenager but he acknowledged some players may need more time to learn their craft. He suggested one solution could be to expand the G-League, the closest the NBA has to a minor league system with 26 teams attached to individual franchises. “I know for us as an NBA, we have to shore up our G-League, continue to expand our G-League and basically what it is, it’s like our farm league in baseball,” said the 14-time All-Star. “I just looked at it like the farm league like in baseball or you look at pros overseas. Some of those guys get signed at 14, but they get put into this farm system where they’re able to grow and be around other professionals for three or four years. Then when they’re ready they hit the national team or when they’re ready they become a pro. So I think us, we have to kind of really figure that out, how we can do that.”From his own standpoint, James said he had no regrets about going straight to the NBA. “Me and my mom was poor I’ll tell you that and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren’t going to be poor for long, I’ll tell you that. That’s a fact.”last_img read more

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Halifax Convention Centre to Host Welcome Weekend

first_imgThe Halifax Convention Centre will host a Welcome Weekend open to the public Jan. 12-14, providing an opportunity to tour the new facility. “We know our state-of-the-art facility will make Nova Scotians proud,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “We can’t wait to welcome the community to our new Centre and give people a sneak peek before we begin hosting visitors from around the world.” Friday, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., there will be an after-work networking opportunity and tours of the new facility. Attendees will be encouraged to continue the evening at one of the many neighbouring restaurants and pubs downtown. Saturday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., is a family-themed event including a screening of Finding Dory, face painting, tours and light refreshments. Sunday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., there will be live music from East Coast Music Association artists Don Ross, Kim Harris and Reeny Smith, along with tours and light refreshments. All events are free and open to the public. The facility will host its first client event, the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Nationals on Jan. 20. There are 90 events in total booked for 2018, bringing an estimated 75,000 delegates and more than $50 million in new money to the province. This includes 44 national and international conventions. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial towers, public plaza, retail space and parking. It is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totalling $169.2 million. For more information, visit HalifaxConventionCentre.com/Welcome .last_img read more

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BFI allows pro boxers to compete in domestic amateur events with immediate

first_imgNew Delhi: The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has decided to allow professional boxers to compete in amateur tournaments sanctioned by it, bringing itself in sync with the stand taken by world body AIBA. The decision was taken at a BFI Executive Committee meeting on Thursday and is applicable with immediate effect. The national championships for men are scheduled to be held in October, followed by the women’s tournament and both the events might see participation by pro boxers for the first time. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”…in the recently concluded Executive Committee meeting it was discussed and decided that since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is allowing such relaxations, BFI too allows similar relaxations for such boxers to participate in the State/National or Inter-Department tournaments,” stated a letter from BFI Secretary General Jay Kowli to all member states and units. “This decision will be applicable with immediate effect and all boxers who have played professionally in the past can seek relief under this note,” the letter, which is in PTI’s possession, added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIt also states that the concession will not be extended to boxers who are participating in tournaments organised by “unauthorised” bodies. The BFI did not specify further but it is learnt that stance is meant for boxers who registered to compete in events organised by the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), which has unsuccessfully tried to get the status of being the official body to run the sport in the country. “Such Boxers will still need to apply to BFI through their respective BFI Member Unit/s for a ‘No Objection Certificate’,” the letter stated. The latest move opens the doors for boxers, who are plying their trade in the pro circuit to compete in the amateur events here even at the departmental level. India’s most prominent crossover to the pro side has been Vijender Singh, who is currently competing in the US circuit. However, he is unlikely to return to the amateur events despite the concessions now. The AIBA allowed professional boxers to compete in the Olympics months before the 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro and even organised a qualifying tournament for them.last_img read more

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Ancient BC Indigenous settlement to become outdoor history classroom

first_imgNORTH COWICHAN, B.C. – Near the foot of sacred Mount Prevost where Indigenous people say their ancestors first landed on earth lays buried a 2,000-year-old settlement with archeological evidence of ancient tools, homes, hearths and grave sites.The Ye’yumnuts village near Duncan, B.C., is about to become a living Indigenous history lesson where the local school district will use the 2.4-hectare meadow as a place-based classroom.The area, bordered by 500-year-old Garry Oaks, the meandering Somenos Creek and upscale suburban homes, was slated for a private residential development in the 1990s. But work stopped with the discovery of dozens of human skeletons, some curled in fetal positions and included mothers and their children, archeologists said.Two elementary schools and a middle school are within walking distance of the village site and the Cowichan Valley School District has plans for field trips and projects with the elders of the Cowichan Tribes to bring a sense of time, place and reality to Indigenous relations classes that are now part of the school curriculum.“Ancient Greece is kind of academic and far away and a different place,” said school district superintendent Rod Allen, standing in the shade of trees near the creek. “This is right in your backyard, and we live here. That’s what makes it so totally amazing.”Even though the once thriving settlement is currently covered with soil and tall grasses, the story of what lies beneath the ground and its connection to history and people of today provides realistic experiences for students, he said.“It’s a much more enabling, open-ended curriculum now which allows for place-based learning like this, which is just unbelievably authentic,” said Allen. “Kids buy into that. It’s not library work. It’s out in the community and it’s work that matters.”Dianne Hinkley, the land research director for the Cowichan Tribes, said the ground at the Ye’yumnuts settlement had been the subject of almost 25 years of struggle between private developers, governments and the Cowichan people who wanted the burial area protected.The land was finally protected in a deal involving the B.C. and federal governments, but it wasn’t until about two years ago when Hinkley started talking with Brian Thom, an Indigenous culture anthropology professor at the University of Victoria, that the idea formed to use the site as an education tool.“Our boys were in the same class together and we went for the parent-teacher conference thing and Brian got hold of me afterwards and said, ‘Did you see that, they were studying Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt,’ ” said Hinkley.She said she went back to the teacher and asked: “What about Ancient Cowichan? That question got us started in getting involved with the schools.”Thom, who worked on the original archeology dig at the Ye’yumnuts settlement during the 1990s, said the site is more than 2,000 years old and it’s estimated the Cowichan lived there for 600 years, then used the area as a large burial ground for another 600 years.“This is the domestic space,” he said. “This is where people were really living here, eating their foods, bringing things in from the ocean, hunting ducks, getting fish from the creek,” Thom said.Of the almost 500 artifacts found at the settlement, some reveal how far the Cowichan travelled to trade goods, which included dried clams and dried Blue Kamis plants, a starchy local food staple, Thom said.He said a sharp cutting blade found at the settlement originated from polished rock that archeologists discovered came from a volcano in central Oregon. Jade tools that originated from the Fraser Canyon, 600 kilometres away, were also found at the site.“Here we have physical evidence of the extensiveness of Cowichan trade networks,” said Thom.Rosanna Jackson, the school district’s Aboriginal curriculum co-ordinator, said Ye’yumnuts will build partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.“Something like this is the natural balance where the Cowichan people are helping the teachers understand what does it look like to come in,” she said. “What does it look like to be a partner since we all live here, work here, breath here, play here.”last_img read more

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Moroccon Health Budget below Half of Needs Minister

Rabat – Minister of Health Houcine El Ouardi has expressed his concern about the budget allocated to his ministry, which is far below World Health Organization (WHO) standards.At MAD 14.3 billion, the Ministry of Health’s budget has not changed for years, El Ouardi said in a press conference held this Wednesday in Rabat.“According to [the] WHO, every country that wishes to upgrade its health sector must reserve 12% of the state budget for health. Ours provides only 5.69% of the general budget,” he pointed out during the presentation of his program for the period 2017-2021. Despite the poor figures, El Ouardi said that the ministry has been trying to meet the people’s needs the best it can for years.Out of the MAD 14.3 billion, “54% is reserved for the staff’s salaries, which means that we have less than half for the investment,” lamented the minister, stating that the Ministry is suffering from a sever shortage of human resources, as the number of assignments dedicated to the sector do not exceed 1,500 posts in the current year.El Ouardi stressed the immense lack of human resources suffered by Moroccan hospitals, nothing that the country has 14 well-equipped hospitals that are idle due to shortage of staff. According to the minister, this issue constitutes one the health department’s most critical problems.“Since I’ve been appointed as Minister, I have raised the issue of human resources and working conditions many times,” stated El Ouardi, calling for an open debate on the issue with the Head of the Government. He stressed that “this issue must be addressed urgently. We cannot keep going like this.”On a brighter note, the minister highlighted the government’s achievements during the 2012-2016 mandate, from reducing the price of 3,600 drugs, to developing and promoting human organ transplantation.El Ouardi also noted that during his previous mandate, he worked on developing and strengthening the sector, as well as expanding health coverage and increase medical assistance financial coverage by 22 percent. read more

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FAA expects Boeing update for troubled jet in coming weeks

U.S. aviation regulators say Boeing needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes.The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.”Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA says the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues.The FAA says once it gets Boeing’s completed proposal, it will conduct a rigorous safety review.The planes have been grounded around the world since mid-March.Boeing is making changes in an automated system that is designed to prevent the plane’s nose from rising, which can lead to a dangerous aerodynamic stall. Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.The Associated Press read more

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Niagara police need help locating missing woman

The Niagara Regional Police Service is asking the public for help in locating a missing 23-year-old woman. Laura Heather McIntosh was last seen at her home on Effingham St. near Tice Rd. in Pelham, Ont. after being dropped off by a friend at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.She is described as six-feet tall, with a medium build, purple hair and a pierced septum. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Niagara police 3 District in Welland at 905-688-4111 ext 3300.

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Lowes hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has hired a former Loblaws executive to be the new president of its Canadian division.Sylvain Prud’homme will take the leadership role on March 25.He replaces current president Alan Huggins, who is returning to the U.S. to serve as Lowe’s vice-president of international operations and development.The home improvement retailer said it chose Prud’homme because of his experience in national and international retail merchandising.Before serving as the executive vice-president of operations and merchandising for Loblaw, Prud’homme worked for retail giant Wal-Mart and grocers Sobey’s and Super C.“He is a strategic thinker and a humble leader, and will be an outstanding addition to the Canada leadership team,” said William Robinson, Lowe’s head of international operations and development, in a statement.Lowe’s, which is based in Mooresville, N.C., operates 1,745 stores in North America — with the majority in the United States. There are 34 locations and a distribution centre in Canada.Last September, the company retreated from an attempt to acquire Quebec-based rival Rona (TSX:RON) through a $1.8-billion deal that was shunned by Rona’s board.Since expanding to Canada in 2007, Lowe’s has tried to grow its presence in a competitive market that already includes retail giants Home Depot and Rona.In November, it hinted that it was still considering an acquisition in Canada but would not name a target company.Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world and reported sales of US$50.2 billion in fiscal 2011. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 4:55 pm MDT Lowe’s hires former Loblaws exec as new president for Canadian division AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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83yearold nurse has no plans to retire

first_imgMonica Bulman has been working for the NHS since 1952 when, aged 19, she first enrolled in nurse training at Eltham Hospital,Now 83, she still works 15 to 20 hours a week and, despite her advanced age, has no intention of stopping.Since 1998 she’s been working at Torbay Hospital, and she says that caring for others has kept her going “through some of the toughest times in life”. “I love my job, each and every part of it. Being a nurse brings me so much pleasure and keeps me on my toes,” she told the BBC.“I still have no plans to retire and I hope to keep going for as long as I am able.” 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. Reflecting on the changes she’s seen through her 64-year nursing career, she told the Torquay Herald Express: “The uniforms have changed considerably although I have to admit I did prefer our old uniforms, they were much more glamorous. I bought a belt to wear with my uniform when I qualified — I still have and wear the very same belt to this day.””Nursing has changed a lot over the years especially the technology, which is wonderful – unless it breaks down!”Although we now have much more paperwork to compete, it is fantastic that we can now look up our patient’s x-rays and test results at the click of a button rather than having lengthy waits for the information.”center_img Outside of work, Monica goes to gym and spinning classes at Torbay Leisure Centre, and plays skittles at a local club.”I do like to keep fit and healthy,” she says, “but I also like to be ‘glam’  – I enjoy going to my local beauty salon as well doing all my hobbies. Most of all though I love spending time with my family and my grandchildren. This is what I enjoy the most.”Mairead McAlinden, chief executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Monica really is an inspiration to us all.I am sure I speak for everyone at the Trust when I say we are incredibly grateful for Monica’s continued dedication.”last_img read more

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New rules to restrict cigarettes bought into Ireland from certain EU countries

first_imgBulgariaCroatiaHungaryLatviaLithuaniaRomaniaAnyone with cigarettes in excess of that quantity must declare them to a Revenue officer and pay the appropriate excise duty from 1 January. The measure does not apply to other tobacco products brought in from these member states as long as those products are for personal use and not for commercial purposes.Revenue said this restriction will be removed as each of the member states in question achieves the minimum level of tax required and they have until 31 December 2017 to do so.Read: Two women sentenced to prison over seized cigarettes>Read: Cigarettes worth €20,000 seized in raids on Dublin houses> NEW RESTRICTIONS IN Ireland from 1 January will mean those travelling from certain countries in the EU will only be able to bring a certain number of cigarettes back into Ireland with them without having to pay further duty.The Revenue Commissioners said yesterday that individuals travelling from these countries will only be allowed to bring 300 cigarettes back with them for personal use without paying further excise duty when they arrive.EU member states are permitted to impose these types of restrictions where cigarettes have been bought “duty-paid” in a country that has not yet reached the EU minimum levels of tobacco products tax on cigarettes.These countries include:last_img read more

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Woman arrested over assassination of Kim Jong Uns half brother

first_img Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP Kim Jong Nam, left, and his half-brother North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right. https://jrnl.ie/3240357 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 15th 2017, 10:00 AM Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM Kim Jong Nam, left, and his half-brother North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right. Image: AP/Press Association Images 11 Comments 14,986 Views Short URL At the clinic, the victim experienced a mild seizure. He was put into an ambulance and was being taken to the Putrajaya Hospital when he was pronounced dead.South Korean reports had earlier suggested the two female assassins had used poison-tipped needles during the killing, before fleeing in a taxi.His body has been taken to a Kuala Lumpur hospital under police guard, where pathologists are expected to run tests to determine exactly how he died. A hospital van is escorted by a police vehicle as it leaves the hospital. Source: Daniel Chan/APFall from graceKim had at one time been set to assume the leadership of his isolated country, but fell out of favour after an embarrassing attempt to get into Japan on a fake passport in 2001.He has since lived in exile, mostly in the gambling haven of Macau, but he has also been spotted in other Asian countries and there have been reports of his playboy lifestyle.Kim, 45, is believed to have been in Malaysia on a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, a known alias, according to South Korean media.But Seoul has confirmed that the dead man was a member of the Kim dynasty.“Our government is certain that the murdered man is Kim Jong-Nam,” said Chung Joon-Hee, a spokesman for Seoul’s unification ministry that handles inter-Korea affairs.“If confirmed, the murder of Kim Jong-Nam would be an example that shows the brutality and inhumane nature of the North Korean regime,” acting leader Hwang Kyo-Ahn told a meeting of top security officials earlier, according to his spokesman.In Pyongyang, celebrations had begun for tomorrow’s anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-Il, Jong-Nam’s father, with no mention of the killing. Journalists gather in front the forensic department of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. Source: Daniel Chan/APAround 3,000 uniformed government officials and women in traditional dresses gathered for an ice skating gala featuring North Korean and foreign skaters. Banners proclaiming “peace”, “independence” and “friendship” hung in the venue.Kim’s killing is thought to be the highest-profile death under the Jong-Un regime since the execution of the leader’s uncle, Jang Song-Thaek, in December 2013.Jong-Un has been trying to strengthen his grip on power in the face of growing international pressure over his country’s nuclear and missile programmes, and regular reports have emerged on purges and executions.Jong-Nam, known as an advocate of reform in the North, once told Japanese reporters that he opposed his country’s dynastic system.In a 2012 interview from his school in Bosnia, a 17-year-old Kim Han-Sol, Jong-Nam’s son, said his father had been passed over for succession because he “was not really interested in politics”.“I don’t really know why he became a dictator,” Kim said of his uncle Kim Jong-Un. ”It was between him and my grandfather.”It also emerged that Jong-Nam had pleaded with his younger brother for his life to be spared after an earlier assassination attempt.“Jong-Nam in April 2012 sent a letter to Jong-Un saying ‘Please spare me and my family,’” Kim Byung-Kee, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, told reporters.“It also said ‘We have nowhere to go… we know that the only way to escape is suicide’,” he said, after a closed-door briefing by Seoul’s spy chief.Cheong Seong-Chang of the independent Sejong Institute in Seoul said the assassination was “unthinkable without a direct order or approval from Kim Jong-Un himself”.His killing was likely motivated by a recent news report that Kim Jong-Nam had sought to defect to the EU, the US or South Korea as far back as in 2012, he said.© – AFP 2017Read: Half-brother of North Korean leader ‘assassinated in Malaysia by poison needles’ >Read: UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch > Share17 Tweet Email Woman arrested over ‘assassination’ of Kim Jong Un’s half brother Two female agents are believed to have used some kind of toxin in the attack. Updated: 10amA FEMALE SUSPECT in the murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother has been arrested, according the Malaysian police.Two female agents are believed to have used some kind of toxin in the attack, with reports from Malaysia and South Korea saying Kim Jong-Nam had been stabbed with poison-tipped needles or had chemicals sprayed in his face.His body is to undergo an autopsy today, police said, as they tried to piece together how the Cold War-style killing happened at a Malaysian airport.The assassination, which came as North Korea readied to celebrate the birthday this week of the two men’s father, illustrates the “brutal and inhumane” nature of the Pyongyang regime led by Kim Jong-Un, Seoul said.Police in Malaysia are examining CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to try to determine what happened during the attack on Monday morning.“He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him,” Selangor state’s criminal investigation chief Fadzil Ahmat was reported as saying by Malaysia’s The Star newspaper.“He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport’s clinic. At this point, he was experiencing headache and was on the verge of passing out,” said Fadzil.last_img read more

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Camas mom embraces unnormal in mental health podcast

first_imgFor Kimberly Berry, this is personal.Berry, a 41-year-old Camas single mother of two, hosts “Being Unnormal,” a podcast that traverses topics related to mental health. It was born from the experience of raising two daughters with mental health special needs, both of whom have been in mental health crisis care.Berry came up with the podcast idea in February. Her first episode, dropped in June, was about suicide, following the death by suicide of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Their deaths were the push Berry needed to finally make the podcast a reality. She has since done nearly 20 episodes, which come out on a weekly basis.“I know there are other people out there in pain that feel isolated, alone. That feel clueless, dealing with the same stuff I’m dealing with,” Berry said. “As I started connecting with people online, and within the community, I knew that there was a missing component, here locally and nationwide.”The podcast hits a range of topics, and Berry always has a guest who’s trained in the field of the topic. The guest is generally from the Portland metro area, since Berry says she tries to keep the podcast “as homegrown as possible.” Berry prepares some talking points ahead of time, but the tone is always conversational, and Berry tries to mix personal experiences with professional expertise.She’s discussed attention deficit disorder and attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder and depression with therapists, substance use recovery with an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and even adultery with a relationship counselor.last_img read more

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La Liga is extraordinary – Atletico Madrid boss

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hailed La Liga, describing it as an ‘extraordinary’ division, despite Atletico Madrid dropping points to Villarreal on Saturday.Atleti was in the lead through Filipe Luis but left La Ceramica with a 1-1 draw following Mario Gaspar goal equalisation for Villarreal, while on the other hand, Jan Oblak pulled off several stops to ensure the score level.“La Liga is extraordinary, fantastic,” the Coach said after the game via Football Espana.“All the teams fight and battle, and it allows for a much more competitive League than when Ronaldo and Messi defined it.“It was a tough and intense game against a team who found themselves in a complicated situation, and we knew they’d react.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“We tried to make it a physical match in the first half, while in the second one we pushed on for the winner.“However it was tough like it always is here. It’s always been tight. We took the lead and our changes made us more lively, but our opponents grew.“They have quality and they’re a team who should be higher in the table. We weren’t surprised by what happened, they’re a difficult team to face and this is a complicated place to play.“I brought Thomas on to give us more dynamism as I thought he could combine better with Correa and Lemar.”last_img read more

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Six Columbian staffers honored in regional reporting contest

first_imgSix staff writers at The Columbian have won honors in the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting. Awards were presented Thursday in Seattle.Erik Hidle, Stephanie Rice and Stevie Mathieu received a first place award in deadline reporting among newspapers with circulation of 50,000 or less for their May 2 coverage of the surprise hiring of Sen. Don Benton by Clark County commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. The stories were: “County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job,” by Hidle, with a contribution by Mathieu, and “Benton appears not to meet minimum job requirements,” by Rice.Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip received a first place award in enterprise reporting among newspapers with circulation of 50,000 or less for their three-story package titled “The Big Divide” that ran from April 14-17 and examined the impacts of controversy over the Columbia River Crossing project. The stories were: “CRC Fallout, Competing Political Wills Block the Way,” by Corvin, April 14; “How Clark County really feels about the CRC,” by Florip, April 15; and “Growth Prospects Promising, with or without the Columbia River Crossing,” by Corvin, April 17.In a competition open to newspapers of all circulation size, Marissa Harshman won a second place in the Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs for six stories she wrote as part of The Columbian’s Live Well section. The stories were: “Operation protect your skin,” May 20, 2013; “Eating well — affordably,” April 29; “Is food making you sick?” Jan. 28; “Where’s the sodium?” Oct. 15, 2012; “Power of protein” Aug. 13, 2012; and “Sugarhigh,” June 18, 2012.Newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Alaska and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia were eligible to enter the contest.The Blethen awards were established in 1977 in honor of C.B. Blethen, publisher of The Seattle Times from 1915 to 1941. The special Debby Lowman Award for Distinguished Reporting of Consumer Affairs honors Debby Lowman, a Seattle Times consumer reporter who died of cancer in 1978.last_img read more

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