first_imgBOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?“Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.“You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything.”Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to earn a chance to eliminate the Bulls on Friday night in Chicago. A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley’s 24 points were a career playoff high, but after watching him hold Bulls star Jimmy Butler to 14 points — and just one foul shot — Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Bradley’s defense.“Jimmy Butler’s a hard guy to guard. Dwyane Wade’s a hard guy to guard. You’re not going to stop those guys, but you just try to make it as hard as possible,” Stevens said. “Avery … has done a really good job.”Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game 4 and made 19, was 0 for 1 on Wednesday.“I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it,” Bradley said.Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead.The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play.Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Butler and Marcus Smart got in each other’s face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments.The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter.TIP-INSBulls: Before winning the first two games of the series, Chicago had only won one playoff game in Boston ever — Game 1 of the 2009 first round. … Butler brought the ball down with 6.2 seconds left in the third quarter and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulls an 81-79 lead. … The Bulls had 16 turnovers that led to 23 Boston points. The Celtics only had six turnovers, leading to four Bulls points.Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. … Thomas missed his first four shots and didn’t make a basket until a second-chance 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the first half. … Gerald Green made his third start, but he played less than 13 minutes and finished with two points after scoring 18 with seven rebounds in Game 4.RONDORajon Rondo, who was the point guard on the 2008 Celtics team that won the franchise’s record 17th NBA title, did not play for the third straight game because of the broken thumb and strained ligament in his right wrist. He was on the court handling a basketball with his left hand before the game, then sat on the Bulls bench in a suit — this one with sleeves — and cheered on his teammates.The Bulls fell to 0-3 without him in the series, with Wade largely taking over as point guard in Game 5.CARRY ONBulls coach Fred Hoiberg made waves after Game 4 when he questioned whether Thomas was getting away with carrying the ball when he dribbled.Thomas took exception with the suggestion, saying it was the way he’d dribbled his entire career and was no different than the style of other All-Stars such as LeBron James and Rondo.The final question to Hoiberg Wednesday was whether he’d had spotted any illegal dribbles from Thomas in the Game 5 loss.“No,” he said, before walking out.JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRenowned cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who died due to age-related ailments, was cremated here on Thursday with his most famous ward Sachin Tendulkar in attendance for a tearful adieu.Achrekar, the childhood coach of Tendulkar, passed away at 87 on Wednesday at his Shivaji Park residence in Dadar in Central Mumbai.His body was kept at Shivaji Park, where he coached aspiring cricketers and then taken to a nearby crematorium.When the body was taken outside the ground, young boys, who practice there, gave a guard of honour amid chants of ‘Amar Rahe’.Tendulkar, along with Achrekar’s other wards like Vinod Kambli, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, and Chandrakant Pandit, took part in the procession to the crematorium, where his body was consigned to flames.Earlier, the body was kept at his residence for people to pay their last respects to the Dronacharya and Padma Shri award-winning coach.Mumbai cricketers such as Atul Ranade, Amol Muzumdar Ramesh Powar, Paras Mhambrey, Ranji coach Vinayak Samant, Nilesh Kulkarni, Vinod Raghavan, were also there along with fans.Former Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sundaram, office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty also paid their last respects.Among politicians, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, MLA and BJP leader Ashish Shelar, Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also paid tributes to the decorated coach.Also Read | Ramakant Achrekar’s passing away is a big loss to the sporting world: Narendra ModiAlso Read | Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also See:advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWorld No. 23 Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at Japan Open 2019 came to end in the semi-final on Saturday as he was outclassed by top seed Kento Momota. Praneeth was beaten 18-21, 12-21 in just 45 minutes in the one-sided men’s singles last-four match in Tokyo.Sai Praneeth showed signs of return to form as he reached the semi-final without dropping a game. The Indian shuttler had beaten the likes of Kenta Nishimoto, Kanta Tsuneyama and Tommy Sugiarto in the Super 750 tournament but the test against World No. 1 Momota was always going to be difficult.Defending champion Momota started the match well with a 11-6 lead in the first mid-game interval of the match but Sai pulled things back with 5 straight points. Momota though never let Sai slip away as he kept the pressure on his Indian opponent with a fine display of defensive skills.Sai Praneeth took a 3-point lead at 9-6 in the second game but Momota went into the mid-game break with a 2-point lead even as errors crept into the Indian shuttler’s game. Momota had 8 match points in the end and he converted his first to reach the final.Notably, Kento Momota, arguably the best men’s singles player in the badminton circuit at the moment, has reached his 2nd successive final. Momota had beaten the likes of Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen before winning the Japan Open title last year.Barring the run to Swiss Open final in March, Sai Praneeth had been struggling for consistency in the ongoing season. However, the former Singapore Open champion would have gained confidence from his run at the Super 750 tournament. Praneeth, in fact, had become the only Indian to reach the semi-final of Japan Open when he defeated Tommy Sugiarto in Friday’s quarter-final.advertisementIndia’s challenge has ended with Sai Praneeth’s exit in Tokyo. Earlier on Friday, PV Sindhu suffered her second straight loss to local hope Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu, who had lost to Yamaguchi in the final of last week’s Indonesia Open, was beaten in straight games by the Japanese star.On the other hand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down in straight games to 2nd seed and local favourites Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s singles quarter-final.Having had some impressive runs in Jakarta and Tokyo, India shuttlers will next be in action at next week’s Thailand Open Super 500 tournament in Bangkok.Also Read | Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgzoom Endofa, an independent marine fuel supplier and bunker trader, has named Lars Hoffmann as Chief Executive Officer.Prior to joining Endofa, Hoffmann served as Chief Executive Officer for He also served on the board of the Danish Shipbrokers Association.“We have known Lars for many years and always admired him for his accomplishments in shipping and his work for the Danish shipping industry,” notes Endofa’s Kenn Soendergaard. “His management skills will be vital as we continue our rapid growth.”Endofa completed its first year with a turnover of 235mio USD between the company’s offices in Houston and Dubai, more than doubling the organization’s first-year turnover projections, Soendergaard adds.Hoffmann said: “Although Endofa is a relatively young firm, its culture is strong. The potential and energy is there, however my immediate focus will be dedicated to the staff and the business in general.”Soendergaard continues, “Lars brings an edge on a management level and allows the partners to dedicate their love and attention to our core business. Plus, he has extensive contacts in the shipping, offshore and oil industries, all areas where Endofa is currently expanding.”Endofa currently has offices in Dubai, Houston and Nice, with plans to open additional offices in 2014. Endofa, April 18, 2014last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents on the Potlotek First Nation are giving the expression, burning the midnight oil, a whole new meaning. The high school students are laying an academic foundation into the evening hours. But what they really need is a school.APTN’s Trina Roache brings us this story.last_img

Addressing the Council in New York, the Prosecutor also urged the international community to turn over Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, former head of the Libyan Internal Security Agency, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. Mr. Busayf Al-Werfalli, is a commander in the Benghazi-based Al-Saiqa Brigade, who, according to Ms. Bensouda, has been – and possibly still is – active in the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) ‘Operation National Dignity.’ In her remarks to the Council, the ICC Prosecutor appealed directly to General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, “to demonstrate, by concrete actions, respect for international justice by ensuring Mr al-Werfalli’s immediate transfer to the Libyan authorities so that he may be surrendered to the court without delay.” “My Office continues to request States Parties, non-States Parties and organizations toassist in securing the arrest of persons subject to an ICC warrant,” Ms. Bensouda told the Council. The call for accountability comes amidst continued concern over the security situation in Libya, which has been in conflict since a disputed election in 2014 following the 2011 toppling of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. In recent months, Ms. Bensouda said she noted “with grave concern” reports of unlawful killings, including the execution of detained persons; kidnappings and forced disappearances; torture; prolonged detentions without trial or other legal process; and arbitrary detention, torture, rape, and other ill-treatment of migrants in official and unofficial detention centres. Reports have also emerged that 36 male corpses were found in the totem of al-Abyar, outside of Benghazi. “This is also of grave concern,” she said. “The bodies were reportedly handcuffed, showed signs of torture, and displayed bullet wounds to the head.” The prosecutor also echoed Ghassan Salamé in condemning recent airstrikes in a residential neighbourhood in Derna that appear to have resulted in the tragic deaths of civilians, including at least 12 children and women. read more

Toyota Manufacturing UK has been awarded the 2005 Queens Award for International Trade. It comes as recognition of Toyota’s contribution to British exports between 2003 and 2004. The International Trade Award is part of the Queens Award for Enterprise and is presented to companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings. From 2002 and 2004, Toyota doubled its overseas export value to around £2 billion by adding new markets such as Japan and increasing sales to developing markets such as Eastern Europe and Russia. Toyota’s plant in Derbyshire (pictured right) exports Avensis and Corolla models to 80 markets worldwide with 70 per cent of production going to mainland Europe and just over 10 per cent to Japan. Together with the company’s engine plant at Deeside, which exports to seven other Toyota plants on three continents, the net contribution of the company to the UK’s balance of payments is over £400 million a yearClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

← Previous Story PSG Handball sign Nedim Remili Next Story → WIN IN BELARUS: Kielce on the way to TOP 8 Europe plays handball. After Orlen Wisla Plock and RK Vardar Skopje opened VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 phase in “Orlen Arena”, another four matches will be played on Saturday starting from Montpellier, where domestic team will try to surprise SG Flensburg.Same goal have PPD Zagreb guys against Rhein Neckar Lowen. Germans will have to work hard to avoid defeat at “Arena Zagreb” , where 15.200 fans waiting for the another big scalp of European handball.PPD Zagreb – Rhein Neckar Lowen (20.00)Motor Zaporozhye – MVM Veszprem 18Meshkov Brest – Vive Tauron Kielce (19)Montpellier Handball – SG Flensburg (17.30) EHF CL read more

first_img[Image: CNN/Carter Ruck]The authors said they found the informant and his evidence to be credible after subjecting them to “rigorous scrutiny” and have made their findings available to the United Nations, governments and human rights groups.Sunni Qatar was quick to back rebels who rose up in 2011 against the rule of Assad, who is backed by Shia powerhouse Iran.- © AFP, 2014Read: UN cancels Iran invite to Syria talks, Iran says they weren’t going to go anywayRead: ‘It’s difficult to explain the conflict to my children’ — Assad NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENTTHREE FORMER INTERNATIONAL prosecutors have accused Syria of large-scale killing and torture in a report — based on evidence of a defector — commissioned by Qatar, which backs Syrian rebels, the Guardian and CNN have reported.The report, which can be found online at both news outlets, relies on the unauthenticated testimony and photographs given by the source, who remains unidentified for security purposes.The release comes a day before talks were due to be held in Geneva aimed at negotiating an end to Syria’s bloody civil war.The informant, a photographer who claims to have defected from the Syrian military police, presented forensic experts commissioned by the London legal firm representing Qatar with around 55,000 digital images of 11,000 dead detainees.He claims they died in captivity before being taken to a military hospital to be photographed. [Image: CNN/Carter Ruck]“Overall there was evidence that a significant number of the deceased were emaciated and a significant minority had been bound and/or beaten with rod-like objects,” said the report.Some had no eyes while others showed signs of strangulation or electrocution, according to the 31-page document.The report was written by Desmond de Silva, former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone; Geoffrey Nice, the former lead prosecutor in the trial of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic; and David Crane, who indicted Liberian president Charles Taylor.De Silva told the Guardian that the evidence provided the “smoking gun” proving that the regime of Bashar al-Assad had carried out “industrial-scale killing”.Crane called the evidence “amazing” and suggested there was a strong case for prosecution.“Now we have direct evidence of what was happening to people who had disappeared,” he explained.“This is the first provable, direct evidence of what has happened to at least 11,000 human beings who have been tortured and executed and apparently disposed of.”last_img read more

first_imgAspartame : ses dangers bientôt affichés sur les étiquettes ?Alors que l’aspartame est de plus en plus montré du doigt pour les risques qu’il entraînerait sur notre santé, les députés du Parlement européen envisagent qu’un avertissement soit édité sur les étiquettes des produits qui contiennent cet édulcorant, notamment à l’attention des femmes enceintes.L’aspartame est-il dangereux pour la santé ? C’est la question qui se pose en ce moment alors que l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation (Anses) a annoncé qu’elle ne prévoyait pas de réévaluation de ce produit. Pourtant, le Parlement européen souhaite tout de même diffuser des avertissements à l’encontre de cet édulcorant, et cela sur les produits qui en contiennent.À lire aussiLes oiseaux respectent les limitations de vitesse !Dans ce sens, la commission Environnement et Santé du Parlement européen a déjà adopté le 19 avril, un amendement qui rendrait obligatoire l’étiquetage de 6.000 produits contenant de l’aspartame. Ainsi, la commission prévoit notamment la présence de la mention suivante : “Pourrait ne pas convenir aux femmes enceintes”.La députée européenne à l’origine de ce texte, Corinne Lepage, explique à l’Express : “C’est la première fois que l’on tire les conséquences de l’incertitude scientifique quant à l’impact négatif de l’aspartame pour les femmes enceintes, une vraie victoire pour les consommateurs”. L’amendement n’est pour autant pas encore en application puisque après avoir été voté par la commission Environnement et Santé, il doit à présent être voté au Parlement. Si l’amendement est confirmé, il pourrait être mis en application en 2014. L’aspartame, qui donne un goût sucré aux aliments avec peu de calories, est utilisé en France depuis 1988.Le 22 avril 2011 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amazon Workers in Minnesota Plan Prime Day Strike

first_imgStay on target Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during next week’s Prime Day shopping extravaganza.Workers at a Shakopee, Minn., fulfillment center have arranged a six-hour work stoppage on July 15—day one of the retail giant’s 48-hour summer sale.“Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn’t that wonderful,” strike co-coordinator William Stolz told Bloomberg.“We want to take the opportunity to talk about what it takes to make that work happen,” he continued, “and put pressure on Amazon to protect us and provide safe, reliable jobs.”Employees plan to strike for six hours in total: three hours at the end of the day shift, and three hours at the start of the night shift. Workers will also rally outside the facility, some 25 miles from Minneapolis.The protest, Bloomberg pointed out, would mark the first time Amazon’s U.S. workers have walked off the job during a key sales day.In a show of solidarity, some of the company’s white collar engineers intend to fly to Minnesota to join the demonstration.Amazon, meanwhile, contends that it already offers what workers are demanding.“We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay—ranging from $16.25 to $20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” Amazon said in a statement published by the Washington Post.“We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits, and workplace to other retailers and major employers in the Shakopee community and across the country,” the company continued. “And we invite anyone to see for themselves by taking a tour of the facility.”Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale kicks off at midnight PT on Monday, July 15, and—for the first time ever—runs for a full 48 hours.Subscribers have two days to shop more than 1 million deals, including limited-time offers and exclusive launches. Mark-downs apply to Prime members the world over.Whether you brazenly browse on the office computer, hide your habits in a bathroom stall, or take a “sick day” to stay home and spend money, Amazon encourages buyers to remain alert.You don’t need a Prime membership to snag great bargains this year, though: Target, eBay, and Walmart are each hosting their own parade of deals.Beware, though, of overexcited shoppers and overloaded servers: Last year’s Prime Day was stymied by a crash that left users staring at dog photos instead of discounts.In a cheeky survey ahead of this month’s event, anonymous workplace social network Blind asked 4,000 users whether Amazon will break down again.A surprising 30 percent of Amazon’s own employees are betting on it. Meanwhile, 60 percent of eBay workers, 47 percent of Walmart laborers, and 42 percent of Wayfair respondents predict another system error.More on Admits It Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings IndefinitelyAmazon’s Prime Air Drone Will Make Same-Day DeliveriesAmazon’s Automatic Packing Machines Could Replace 1,300 Jobs Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

first_imgThe Argentinean superstar knows clubs from other countries are breaking into the football elite thanks to foreign investmentA not-so-long time ago, there were just one or two powerful teams in any of the Top 5 European leagues.And Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of them.But now, teams from countries like England, Italy, and France are starting to catch up to the Spanish La Liga giants.At least this is what Barca’s Lionel Messi believes has happened in the last years.“There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason,” he told ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Whenever the most money is, that’s where they end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”“Before everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything’s tighter and there’s not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians…”And because of this, he was asked about if he would ever leave Barcelona.“I am just thinking about the years that I can keep playing,” he said when asked about what plans he has for retirement,” he explained.“When the moment comes, I will decide. I want to finish the contract I have and then we will see if I continue or not. It doesn’t worry me right now. [But] the club can be calm [when I am gone] if they keep bringing players through the academy and making good signings.”last_img read more

Tevez speaks out against Conmebol

first_imgThe Argentinean Boca Juniors star is not happy the Copa Libertadores Final is taking place in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadiumRiver Plate and Boca Juniors will play in the Copa Libertadores Final on Sunday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.This decision was taken by Conmebol after the match in Buenos Aires had to be suspended for an attack on Boca’s bus.“It’s a CONMEBOL thing. This is a Copa Libertadores game and they did not consider neither the fans nor the players,” Tevez told Live Soccer TV.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“As a friend told me, CONMEBOL has three nutjobs behind a desk who have no idea on how things should be handled.”“I apologize to the fans, this had nothing to do with us,” he added.“I’m not happy having to play at the Bernabeu, it’s not a good thing for us players to be removed from our environment to play a game such as this one.”“They took away from us the chance to celebrate in our bitter rivals’ ground, and they did the same to River fans, in case they were able to beat us,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate on Monday confirmed John Conger, who has led DOD’s installations office for the past three years, to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller.Peter Potochney, currently Conger’s principal deputy, will take over on an interim basis, according to the DOD public affairs office.Last month, President Obama nominated Vice Adm. Philip Cullom to be assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment on a permanent basis. Cullom has served as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics since March 2012. The Senate Armed Services Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on Cullom’s nomination.Conger has been the acting ASD for energy, installations and environment since the office was created last December. The fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill directed the department to merge the office of the ASD for operational energy plans and programs with the office of the deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment.Conger served as acting DUSD for installations and environment since September 2012, after serving as that position’s assistant since June 2009.The Senate confirmed three other individuals on Monday to defense posts as well — Alissa Starzak to be Army general counsel; Stephen Welby to be an assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering; and Franklin Parker to be an assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs.The votes mark the first significant effort by the chamber — with the notable exception of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s nomination — to act on President Obama’s defense nominees since the beginning of the year.last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Pirates vs. Astros on Tuesday, June 4 at Boutwell FieldIn a battle between the AAA League’s two top teams, the Pirates prevailed 17 to 13 to end the Astros’ undefeated season.  It was a back-and-forth game where the Astros rallied many times from multiple-run deficits to eventually knot the score at 11 in the bottom of the 4th inning.  The Pirates showed great resilience and scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning to take the lead. With great pitching and defense, they managed to hang on for a hard-fought win!  ​It truly was a team effort from the Pirates.  On the mound, Mark Cataldo led things off by pitching two and a third dominant innings.  Mickey Moroney came on in relief and struck out his fair share of Astros.  Finally, Evan Walsh pitched two solid innings to close out the game. ​Every batter on the team either got a hit (or hits) or drew a walk.  Joe Mytych, Aiden Harris, Evan Walsh and Max Snapausky paced the offense with two hits apiece.  Spencer Walker played a great all-around game as he walked, had a single, stole a few bases, and made a highlight-reel, diving catch behind home plate in the last inning.  Dylan Mainini was robbed of a hit on a nice catch by Astros outfielder John Roofe on a deep fly ball, but hit a key double during the Pirates’ 5th-inning rally, and stole a base.  Adam Ientile drew a walk, stole a few bases, and provided solid defense at second base.  Max Glazer did a stellar job blocking balls behind the plate as catcher, stole a base, and delivered a clutch, two-out single that knocked in two runs in the top of the 4th inning.   Jacoby Tibbetts walked twice, stole a few bases, and did a solid job in the outfield backing up multiple plays in the field.  Danny Fogg drew a walk, stroked a single in the top of the 4th inning, and played solid defense in the outfield.  Last but not least, Jackson Cipolle singled during the big 4th-inning rally and made one of the defensive plays of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning when playing left field, as he threw out a runner going to third base for the pivotal second out of the inning.  That sort of heads-up play epitomized the Pirates effort in this game.While the Astros were knocked back by the Pirates’ initial aggressiveness, they found their footing and showed the resilience they’ve had when needed throughout the year.  Jake Gryglik as usual was around the plate for the three innings he pitched, striking out six.  Tony Cummings came in and fanned two over the final two innings.   The defense was equally important in keeping the game as close as it was.  With the Pirates putting the ball in play, it was up to the likes of Andrew Santo, Aidan Raposa, Connor Jamieson, Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, Joey Fennelly, Cael Considine, and John Roofe to limit the damage with their gloves.  Highlights included Pruslin taking a nice throw from Costantiello to chase down a runner coming into third base and Roofe’s aforementioned nice running catch in the outfield.  Fennelly, Patrick Moriarty, and Santo each did their usual great jobs as catchers, with Moriarty giving signals to Cummings about changing speeds.  The late game surge that brought the Astros back was keyed by Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe who had two singles each. Considine’s aggressive baserunning turned one of his into a 4-base journey. Jamieson, Gryglik, Pruslin, Costantiello, and Cummings had hits throughout the game as well.  It was a great team win for the Pirates while the Astros showed that they’re never out of a game!Single A: Rays vs. Pirates on Wednesday, June 5Tonight was a great game against the Pirates. The Rays has an offensive explosion led by Tommy Roofe with four hits while Alex Sullivan, Jackson Childs, Michael Crowley, and Brendan Cyr each had two hits. Ryan Doherty and Chris Gattineri each got big hits of their own as well. All the players were focused in the field and cheered each other on louder than any previous game while waiting on the bench for their turn to bat.  The Pirates hung tough and clawed their way back against the Rays. Jack Jamieson, Ryan Biggins, and Ben Sawyer had big hits while Sam Beaudoin drove in 2 runs. Nico McCollem, Joshua Lopez, and Colby O’Brien played great defense behind the strong pitching of Sean Theodos and Bart Zaino.AAA: Cardinals vs. Astros on Thursday, June 6 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros wrapped up a successful regular season in fitting fashion – playing a makeup game from an earlier rainout!  John Roofe was dominant on the mound, striking out five in two innings.  Cael Considine then came in to whiff one and Connor Jamieson finished the game with a pair of strikeouts of his own.  Catchers Andrew Santo and Joey Fennelly kept the Cardinals’ baserunners in check throughout the game.  The offense was humming with Santo leading the way, singling three times.  Tony Cummings, Jake Gryglik, Fennelly, and Considine contributed two hits each while Aidan Raposa and Jamieson singled as well.  Excellent plate discipline by John Roofe, Kyle Price, and Kevin Pruslin were among those who got on base via the walk.  Pruslin and Price bounced back quickly after getting hit by pitches as well.  The team’s consistently strong fielding was evident again highlighted by Price’s great stop of a sharp grounder at third, firing to Pruslin who alertly covered second for the forceout.  Considine had a nice unassisted putout at first base, Gryglik and Santo made outstanding plays in the third inning at shortstop and third respectively, and Jamieson chased down a fly ball after a long run and fired right into the infield to stop the runners from advancing.  The Cardinals turned in a number of strong pitching performances, led by a sparkling 2019 debut from Frankie Cain, a solid start from Nathan Murphy, and Ayden Rivera closing things out.  Parker Canevari saved a number of runs with great defense behind the dish while James Savoie filled in admirably in the second half of the game to give the Cards quality catching throughout.  Griffin Crowe led the offensive attack with a scorching single that started the Cardinals’ biggest offensive rally, while Tommy Demers showed off his speed late in the game legging out an infield single, advancing to second, and stealing third.  Joey Fallis, Sean O’Brien, and Masen Voner all helped power the Cards offense and keep things close with great at bats and impressive plate discipline.  Both teams are now on to the playoffs. (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgSonam Kapoor in The Zoya FactorYouTube ScreenshotThe upcoming film, ‘The Zoya Factor’ is treating us with back to back motion posters and videos and today, the team is back with another quirky yet interesting video.The makers have completely piqued the interest of the audience and this video as well, is presented by Pankaj Dheer where he talks about how this ‘Zoya kavach’ brings good luck to his life.In the video, Pankaj Dheer talks about how it is scientifically proven that this ‘Zoya kavach’ will bring luck to your life and in the end, he mentions that if we don’t believe him, we should try it out ourselves.Zoya Solanki aka Sonam Kapoor herself took to her social media and shared this video and captioned it as, “Mere successful hone ke peeche koi raaz nahi hai! Yeh toh bas Zoya Kavach ka jaadu hai. Aap bhi call karke book kijiye apna good luck! Trailer out on August 27. #TheZoyaFactor”.This is an extremely different and unique way to announce the trailer out date and fans can’t contain their excitement to witness what this fun yet quirky movie has to offer.’The Zoya Factor’ is an unusual story of Zoya Solanki, who is an advertising agent and turns out to be a lucky charm for the Indian cricket team when she chances upon meeting the captain of the team, Nikhil Khoda and how it starts raining luck ever since then.The film has been directed by Abhishek Sharma, and Fox Star Hindi produced it. The film is slated to release on September 20, 2019.last_img read more

GOP Tax Law Sparks Confusion And Outcry In Blue States As NY

first_img Share Hans Pennink/APIn his State of the State address this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said the new GOP tax bill is “unconstitutional” and unfairly targets blue states like his. He plans to sue the federal government over it.The week after Christmas is usually a short and slow one for town officials in New Paltz, N.Y. — but not this time.“When we opened town hall Wednesday we had almost 100 voicemails from people inquiring about how they could prepay their taxes,” says Daniel Torres, the town’s deputy supervisor.And the phones kept ringing. People started lining up. Torres says the clerk’s office has a only few people working in it.“The clerk’s office was so overrun. After a certain while we couldn’t even pick up the phones anymore,” he says.The reason people want to prepay is that it will save them money on their 2018 taxes. The newly enacted GOP tax law caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000. In states with higher tax rates such as New Jersey, California and New York, even many middle-class and upper-middle-class people pay more than that. As a result, the cap will mean a tax hike for some Americans, particularly in blue states with higher taxes and home values.This week in his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called the new tax law “unconstitutional” and said it unfairly targets blue states like his. He said he will sue the federal government over it.Cuomo said the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes is illegal “double taxation” and said the law robs blue states to pay for tax cuts for red states and corporations.“It is crass, it is ugly, it is divisive, it is partisan legislating, it is an economic civil war,” Cuomo said. “Make no mistake: They are aiming to hurt us.”Republicans, though, say it’s not their tax act that’s hurting people — it’s that state and local taxes are too high in states like New York, New Jersey and California.Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York wrote in a newspaper column in November that people in New York “have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills in the country. … The problem isn’t the deduction on federal taxes. The problem is the crushing burden of New York state taxes.”Meanwhile, many people who tried to prepay their taxes are on more uncertain ground.Late last month, Cuomo said people in New York could prepay their property taxes before Jan. 1, 2018, to stave off the impact for another year. But the IRS issued a statement saying that would work only if your taxes had already been assessed.Torres says that in New Paltz, the assessments had been done, but they were still at the printing facility in another town and hadn’t been mailed out. So last week he and another town official scrambled to the printing company. There they loaded 14 boxes of assessments into the back of an old police car to carry back to the town hall.“We drove them down and by the time we did that there had already been hundreds of calls that had come in inquiring about it,” he says.So residents in places like New Paltz who prepaid and have a copy of their assessment should be able to deduct their property taxes in 2017. But many other Americans who tried to prepay their taxes aren’t sure if the IRS will recognize the move.Amanda Carew lives in Bloomingdale, Ill. Her husband, who works on a grounds crew at a federal laboratory, went down to the assessor’s office last week to prepay their property taxes. “He bundled up my son, they drove down there,” Carew said. “They got there and there were about 700 people in line.”Her husband wrote a check. But Carew thinks the town had only a preliminary tax assessment, so she’s not sure whether the IRS will be OK with them prepaying. And regardless of next year, she’s frustrated that she and her husband won’t be able to deduct all their state and local taxes going forward.The family just moved into a smaller house to live in a town with a better school district. They’re paying more taxes there. But because they can’t deduct all of them, after using online tax calculators and talking to a tax professional, Carew estimates that she and her husband will be paying about $750 more in taxes under the new rules.“Knowing that we’re going to be punished to an extent for picking a good school district, it feels incredibly unfair,” says Carew.Just how many Americans end up thinking the tax bill is unfair will undoubtedly play a big role in the midterm elections.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target I’m still waiting for a madman with a box to whisk me away through time and space. But until he comes, I’ll have to pilot the TARDIS myself.Toymaker Character introduced the TARDIS electronic playset: a plastic reproduction of the iconic spacecraft’s bigger-on-the-inside interior.Based on the 2005 design—flown by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors—the toy features a motorized time column (with pulsating lights), and an illuminated console with six control buttons, one for each panel on the original apparatus.Step through the police box doors into the endless halls of the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space). The dimensions of the interior have never been specified, but you don’t have to worry about getting lost among infinite corridors.Character GroupThe electronic playset focuses only on the console room—a domed chamber where the flight controls are housed. It even includes removable floor panels so that you can access the storage space beneath.True to life fiction, the product comes with a coat rack and three-seater car bench, as well as 12 “great” sound and light effects, presumably including the vworp vworp vworp of the materializing ship.Aimed at Whovians ages five and up, the TARDIS electronic playset is on sale in the UK for £59.90; it is not currently available for international shipping. You’ll need four AA batteries, and enough room to display an 18-by-11-by14-inch toy.Developed by Time Lords, the TARDIS’s “chameleon circuit” allows the device to blend in with its surroundings. But when the circuit in the Doctor’s stolen ship breaks, it remains stuck in the recognizable shape of a 1960s-style London police box.When Doctor Who returned to televisions in the new millennium, the only similarities between the new TARDIS console room and its previous design was the console itself.During the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration, the TARDIS caught fire and was heavily damaged; the Eleventh Doctor left the ship for a time, allowing it some privacy to heal and rebuild.last_img read more