first_imgAdvertisement Twitter This summer, you may have noticed the phrase #SaveShadowhunters turn up in high-traffic spots around the globe. Billboards in New York’s Times Square, for instance, or Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square or Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Gate station.The hashtag flew over Netflix’s downtown Los Angeles HQ in an aerial ad and ran down the length of British double-decker buses in London. Pedicabs emblazoned with the phrase ferried people around San Diego Comic Con.Long live the shadow world fandom. You guys are non stop. The #ShadowhunterPlane flew right over our office #soaringthroughthefog #writingthroughthelight #shadowhunters https://t.co/B7iORAqgVX— Todd Slavkin (@toddzer1) June 23, 2018 ✨ the shop sent us this pic after the installation these are going to be out and about at comic con! ✨#SanDiegoComicCon ??⭐️ #ShadowhuntersTakeSDCC ⭐️#SaveShadowhunters @FreeformTV @toddzer1 @netflix @AmazonStudios @cbsallaccess pic.twitter.com/vV2lakBgEf— #SaveShadowhunters • DAMMIT MEGAN™️ (@OUaTPreachers) July 19, 2018 Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Toronto-shot Shadowhunters is the latest sci-fi series fans worldwide are trying to save from cancellation. (Freeform) Login/Register With: Then there were the tweets — more than 14 million of them — along with old-school emails, letters and postcards sent to the sci-fi show’s creators as well as a variety of network executives.This highly coordinated campaign comes courtesy of the Shadowfam, champions of the recently cancelled, Toronto-shot Shadowhunters. It’s the latest rally by superfans driven to save their favourite TV shows.“Shadowhunters has such a global fandom. We’re literally everywhere,” said Maria Jose Garcia, who helped wrangle the Toronto billboard. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan Universities Not Responsible for Unemployed Graduates Minister

Rabat – Minister of Higher Educational Lahcen Dadoudi rejected reports suggesting that universities in Morocco are to blame for graduate unemployment, arguing that this is “not realistic.”Amid a growing number of unemployable university graduates, Lahcen Dadoudi, who spoke during a conference on Saturday in Rabat, defended Moroccan universities, saying they are not responsible for unemployment.“We should stop saying that universities consume without producing. Indeed, there are problems, but universities are not held responsible for unemployment,” Daoudi argued. The Minister admitted, however, that the quality of education Moroccan youth receive does not qualify them for jobs after graduation.Statistics say the number of unemployed grew sharply in 2014, reaching 1,167,000 unemployed persons compared to 1,081,000 in 2013.  24.1 percent are graduates.While discharging Moroccan universities from any responsibility for the rising rate of unemployment, Lahcen Daoudi seemed displeased with the level of scientific research in the universities.The Higher Education Minister said that the advancement of scientific research does not necessarily require huge budgets as much as it needs creativity and innovation.Last year, the Moroccan government allocated 570 million dirhams to fund scientific research projects for the 2014-2015 academic year.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN boosts food aid to thousands uprooted by tribal violence in DR

25 November 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is ramping up efforts to feed tens of thousand of Congolese who fled a recent outbreak of tribal violence in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is ramping up efforts to feed tens of thousand of Congolese who fled a recent outbreak of tribal violence in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).More than 38,000 people escaped into neighbouring Republic of Congo, crossing the river separating the two countries after deadly clashes erupted on 30 October between two tribes in DRC’s Equateur province.The fighting, thought to be over disputes based on farming and fishing rights in the village of Dongo, left dozens dead and an estimated 14,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) inside DRC who are too afraid to return to their villages. In some locations, bodies are still visible lying in the streets or in the river, WFP said in a news release.UN assessment missions on both sides of the Oubangi River have underscored the need for food assistance for people, mainly women and children, who have been on the run for several weeks now.WFP is slated to start food distributions in the second week of December using stockpiled supplies already in the DRC after completing its ongoing assessment of the exact needs in areas in and around Dongo.A total of 23 trucks carrying 455 tons of WFP food have also arrived in Betou in northern Republic of Congo from the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as 8,000 litres of fuel to assist the humanitarian relief effort. Earlier this week, WFP also chartered a cargo plane in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, to deliver medical and other supplies for the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).In coordination with Government authorities and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), WFP is set to start distributions in Betou, Dongou, Enyelle and Impfondo districts of Likouala province in the Republic of Congo next week. An emergency distribution of 10 tons of rice and 1.5 tons of high energy biscuits already took place in Eboko (Betou district) to 187 vulnerable families on Sunday. read more

Auto industry gathers to recognise the achievements of young people

Senior representatives from across the motor industry gathered today at an awards reception in London to celebrate the achievements of more than 30 young people. The young people have successfully completed projects as part of a pilot scheme jointly organised by SMMT, through its Charitable Trust, and The Foyer Federation. Aimed at encouraging young people to join the 730,000 people that work in the UK’s dynamic automotive industry, the ‘Working Assets’ pilot programme was launched in April 2012 with support from SMMT members Ford, Toyota and Unipart Manufacturing.Representing a number of regional Foyers from across the country, the young people took part in a range of specialist projects and initiatives organised by Ford, Toyota and Unipart Manufacturing, designed to give them a taste of life in the automotive sector and a broad set of skills to enhance employability and independence.All of the young people attending today’s ceremony, received a certificate of achievement, endorsed by SEMTA – the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies – recognising the wide range of key skills developed as well as the experiences and knowledge gained.Taking place at SMMT’s head offices in Westminster, the reception also paid tribute to the hard work and dedication given to the projects by Ford, Toyota and Unipart Manufacturing as well as the seven local Foyers that piloted the scheme.Commenting on the success of the scheme, SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt said, “The UK is home to some of the world’s biggest and most productive manufacturing facilities, offering fantastic career opportunities across a variety of disciplines. This initiative gave all of the young people, irrespective of background, a chance to experience the exciting employment opportunities available as well as see first-hand the rewards that come with a career in the automotive sector.”Jane Slowey, Chief Executive of the Foyer Federation added, “This is a groundbreaking initiative which is exciting and inspiring our network and creating a new kind of conversation between Foyers and employers.  “A conversation that opens young people’s minds to the possibilities that could exist for them within the automotive sector and helps employers tap into a rich pool of young talent they might otherwise miss.  By creating opportunities for young people to develop their skills and talents in a work related context, they can begin to recognise their potential and demonstrate their ’employability’ to themselves, the automotive company they are collaborating with and to future employers.”The Foyer Federation is a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform the circumstances of young people who have faced barriers in their lives. Its mission is to turn young people’s experiences of disadvantage into solutions that support their transition to adult independence by developing transformational programmes, such as ‘Working Assets’ that fill gaps in community services and give young people necessary life skills.SMMT members Ford, Toyota and Unipart each joined forces with their local Foyer to undertake bespoke projects including inductions, training schemes and plant visits as well as hands-on activity such as making corporate DVDs, brochures and involvement with local sustainability projects. These projects were designed to introduce young people to the industry, showcase the variety of careers it offers and help them develop the skills needed for future employment.To find out more about the pilot scheme and see some of the success stories visit www.foyer.net.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock Pride Week lineup packed with activities

Just as diversity continues to grow on Brock’s campus, so does the list of events scheduled to celebrate inclusivity during the University’s LGBTQ+ Pride Week.Brock Pride Week will take place Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8, with an additional event stretching the festivities to Friday, March 15.The wide array of Pride Week offerings includes educational, informative and entertaining events that strive to engage the entire Brock community.“We recognize, in terms of Pride Week events, all communities are diverse within themselves, so we’ve been trying to have events that would meet a number of people’s interests in searching for community and discussion, as well as providing education to people who simply want to find out more,” said Leela MadhavaRau, Director of Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity.While Pride Week is traditionally observed in June, the decision was previously made to host a second week of events earlier in the year when more students are on campus. A June celebration still takes place at the University.MadhavaRau is hopeful the March Pride Week events spark conversations about inclusivity that continue throughout the year on campus.She encouraged people to attend at least one event in the lineup, even if it’s something they might not know much about.“You can go to be a part of a community, but you can also go to learn,” she said. “We all have to take advantage of learning opportunities, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone for a brief moment.”All events are open for everyone to attend.An official launch for LGBTQ+ Pride Week will take place Monday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Market Hall. People are encouraged to share photos of various Brock Pride events online using the hashtag #BrockUPrideBrock Pride Week eventsMonday, March 4Brock LGBTQ+ Pride Week LaunchThe Brock community will come together for cake and conversation during the kickoff to a week of celebration and activism. Learn about exciting updates on the All-Gender Washrooms and Trans-Inclusion projects as well as the launch of a LGBTQ+ Residence Living and Learning Community.Sponsored by Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Office, this free event is held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Market Hall. All are welcome to attend.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Karen B. K. Chan — Live the Future Now: Consent Culture is Our RevolutionTrue consent culture isn’t a series of permission-seeking questions; it is a reality where everyone matters. It fully humanizes people and that naturally brings about not only safety and wellness, but also pleasure, fun and good times. In order to get there, we have to re-humanize people that have systemically been diminished, including ourselves. We have to heal the divides and actually talk to each other.  Join us in this interactive workshop for skills to do all that, and to amplify that hopeful vision.Sponsored by Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Campus Safety Grant, this free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Thistle 244.More information is available on Chan’s website and the event’s Facebook page.Tuesday, March 5Meet and Greet Social hosted by the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) LGBTQ+ Affinity GroupAll Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty and their allies are welcome to this free social, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper level of Isaac’s Bar and Grill. Snacks and refreshments will be provided with remarks also offered by group convenor Tamara El-Hoss. The social is followed by an optional meeting from 1 to 2 p.m.The event is sponsored by the PACHRED LGBTQ+ Affinity Group.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page. The History of Pride: Riots and RevolutionsStudent activists will lead a discussion on the history of pride to commemorate Marsha P. Johnson and other LGBTQ+ activists who are washed away in the corporate rainbows and glitter.Sponsored by OPIRG Brock, this free event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Justice Centre (TH 252). All are welcome to attend.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page. Wednesday, March 6Brock Pride (Brock University Students’ Union club) MeetingBrock Pride is the official Brock University club devoted to creating a safe, social environment for students of diverse gender and sexual identities. The theme of this meeting is intersectionality.Sponsored by the Brock Pride BUSU student club, this free event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Welch Hall 327.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Thursday, March 7Pride Ga(y)mes NightJoin residence dons for a fun evening of bingo, Family Feud and forum theatre all focused around LGBTQ+ awareness and facts.Sponsored by residence education dons, the free event takes place from 10 to 11:30 p.m. in Thistle 256, 257 and 258.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Friday, March 8Trans 101 TrainingThe workshop is an introduction to some basic concepts and etiquette when relating with members of transgender communities in Canada. All are welcome to learn about trans identities in a safe space. Trans people often feel unwelcome in academic settings, so providing knowledge is key to creating equal opportunities.The free event is sponsored by the Student Justice Centre (TH 252), where the event will also be held from noon to 1 p.m.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Two-Spirit PanelA Two-Spirit celebration will be presented by he Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock. The event will feature three speakers sharing their experiences as Two-Spirit individuals, while also discussing the role of the community and teachings of their ancestors.All are welcome to attend the free event, which will be held in Sankey Chamber (Mackenzie Chown A-Block) from 2 to 4 p.m. Food and refreshments are included.The event is sponsored by Indigenous Solidarity Coalition, CUPE 4207 and the CUPE 4207 Equity Committee.More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Vivek Shraya and Queer Songbook OrchestraCelebrate International Women’s Day and Brock Pride Week with an exclusive performance by Polaris Music Prize nominee Vivek Shraya and 12-piece chamber pop ensemble the Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO).Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art and film. Her best-selling new book, I’m Afraid of Men, was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel,” and her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part Time Woman, was included in CBC’s list of Best Canadian Albums of 2017. Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and is currently a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an organization that fights for economic justice, health and representation for LGBTQ+ girls and women. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.Toronto-based Queer Songbook Orchestra is dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative through the lens of popular music, while reimagining the traditional concert experience. Formed in 2014, the QSO includes many of the top musicians in Canada from across the classical, pop and jazz spectrum. The group has performed all across Canada and has been featured at many of the countries top performing arts festivals.The March 8 concert will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.Tickets are $20 each, or $13 for students, and can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website. To prevent cost from being a barrier, free tickets are also available by contacting Brock Human Rights and Equity Advisor Michelle Poirier at mpoirier@brocku.caThe event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Office and Women’s Campus Safety Grant. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Wednesday, March 13Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community Coffee HouseJoin the Department of Residence for refreshments and conversation surrounding creation of a Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community (LLC) in Residence.Discussion about the new LLC, to be launched this September for first-year residence students, will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Place in DeCew Residence. Members of the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ student, faculty and staff communities, as well as their allies, are invited to the coffee house to provide ideas and feedback on how to ensure a safe and supportive living environment is created for incoming Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ first-year students.The Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community will be open to incoming residence students who are interested in learning about sexual orientation and gender identity, with a focus on social justice for Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual) persons and allies.  The LLC’s goal is to help ease the transition into the Residence community and provide students an environment where all residents feel celebrated and empowered.Friday, March 15Brock Pride presents a Drag ShowBrock Pride will host the group’s annual drag show, with a series of unforgettable performers.Sponsored by the Brock Pride BUSU student club, the all-ages event takes place at Isaac’s Bar and Grill with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.Thriving on Campus — LGBTQ+ Campus Climate SurveyAre you part of the Two-Spirit or LGBTQ+ communities? Are you an Ontario university student? Please participate in a survey open now until April 30. Participants have the chance to win more than 100 available prizes.The survey is available online at tinyurl.com/ThrivingOnCampus and is sponsored by BUSU and Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Office in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier and McGill universities. For more information on any of the Brock Pride Week events or for accommodation requests, please contact 905-688-5550 x6859 or humanrights@brocku.caAll events are accessible for persons who use mobility devices. read more

Have The Cubs Forgotten How To Field

1939Yankees.252.284-.032 201783170.3000.239 8Miguel SanoTwins717875.1 Miguel MonteroC558.181.0-2.8-4.4-1.6 PERCENTAGE OF TIME… 1999Reds.262.298-.036 1906Cubs.238.272-.034 1898Beaneaters.256.290-.034 Anthony Rizzo1B1337.1288.3-5.2-14.2-8.9 PLAYERPOS2016201720162017CHANGE 2001Mariners.260.292-.032 Welcome to Full Count, our new(!) weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at neil.paine@fivethirtyeight.com or @Neil_Paine.Of all the elements that allowed the Chicago Cubs to erase 108 years of suffering and finally win the World Series last fall, one of the most important was the team’s stellar defense. Just how efficient were Chicago’s fielders a year ago? Relative to league average, the 2016 Cubs allowed the lowest batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of any team ever.1Over a full season; sorry, 1884 Milwaukee Brewers. As in, since the dawn of big-league ball in 1871, ever. The only team that was even comparable to these Cubs was the 1890 Columbus Solons (a franchise that appears to have folded the next year without explaining its defensive wizardry — or what a “Solon” was).2From what I can tell — which isn’t much — it was either a reference to an Athenian legislator or another town in Ohio (one that, oddly, is not near Columbus). 7George SpringerAstros767575.2 180Corey DickersonRays725562.1 5Joe Morgan2681865689524.6 177Jose ReyesMets566962.5 INNINGSDEF PER 1200 INNINGS* 2016Cubs.255.298-.043 Data through May 9Source: FanGraphs 1899Beaneaters.265.298-.033 Addison RussellSS1262.2273.0+20.8+10.1-10.7 RKPLAYERHRWALKSSTEALSPOWER-SPEED-PATIENCE* 176Xander BogaertsRed Sox567063.1 178Salvador PerezRoyals695862.5 ⁝Average677169.4 Albert AlmoraCF237.0144.1+29.4-5.8-35.2 10Bobby Abreu2881476400451.1 BATTING AVERAGE ON BALLS IN PLAY 182J.J. HardyOrioles536961.0 Weighted average 3Freddie FreemanBraves827276.0 YEARTEAMTEAMLEAGUEDIFF. Data through May 8. Returning Cubs players only.* “Def” is FanGraphs’ defensive value over average, which includes Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) grades relative to position, as well as an adjustment for the defensive value of each position.Numbers are listed per 1,200 innings, roughly a season’s worth of playing time.Source: FanGraphs Ben ZobristUTIL1263.6214.5-1.4+9.0+10.4 BALLS IN PLAYBATTING AVERAGE ON BALLS IN PLAY Nope! The Cubs are still basically shifting as little as they did a year ago. And the irony is that the BABIP they’ve allowed when shifting is exactly the same as it was last season (.239). The only difference has come on plays when Chicago hasn’t shifted, where opposing hitters’ BABIP has risen from a ridiculously low .258 mark last year to essentially league average this season.(The biggest difference in pure positioning for the Cubs is that Kris Bryant now plays the shallowest third base in the game. The rest of Chicago’s infield and outfield positions play at roughly the same average depth as they did a year ago, per Statcast data.)So it’s not the configuration of Chicago’s defense that’s changed. But it wasn’t just Maddon’s contrarian strategy on shifting that was keeping batted-ball averages down last year, it was also his pitchers’ superior ability to mitigate damage on contact. My colleagues Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh wrote last season about how the Cubs’ hurlers were inducing particularly easy-to-field balls on contact — which, they postulated, helped Chicago come by that microscopic BABIP honestly (or at least, more honestly than other teams). And certainly the 2016 Cubs allowed some of MLB’s lowest rates of hard contact, according to both exit velocity and other classifications.But Chicago’s pitchers aren’t doing poorly in that department this season, either, even if they are yielding a few more hard-hit balls this time around.4For those curious, opposing hitters’ average launch angle has barely budged. And any changes in where they spray the ball (hitters are pulling slightly more against the Cubs this year) are minor. If the Cubs’ defensive success was all about inducing soft contact, we’d expect them to be seeing similar defensive results this season, too.More likely, the Cubs didn’t find a secret BABIP-suppressing hack last year, nor did they forget it this season. Instead, a good amount of Chicago’s defensive brilliance (and subsequent backslide) can probably be explained with the statistician’s most dreaded word: luck. For all the advances we’ve made in understanding and evaluating defense over the past couple decades, and for all the hope that Voros McCracken’s original, earth-shattering finding about pitchers — that they appear to have little control over whether balls in play become hits or outs — was flawed or incomplete, there’s a lot about defense that remains highly unpredictable and beyond the control of fielders, pitchers and managers.No matter whether we judge a team’s fielding according to a simple metric like BABIP allowed or something more advanced such as UZR or Defensive Runs Saved, defensive performance in one season only explains roughly 10 percent of the variation in the same statistic the following season.5Using data from 2003 to 2016. Although some of that year-to-year noise is due to players switching teams between seasons, it also speaks volumes about the inherent randomness of a baseball coming off a bat. That’s why even a defense as dominant as the 2016 Cubs — or perhaps especially a defense that dominant– will see a big chunk of its advantage melt away in later seasons.What does that mean for the Cubs? Even granting that last year’s defensive performance was partially the product of good luck, Chicago’s 17-17 record (which the underlying metrics say is about right for how this team has played) is disappointing relative to the amount of talent on its roster. But 34 games is a small sample in a sport where it takes nearly 70 games to reach the same level of certainty in the standings that we get after, say, 11 games in the NFL or 14 in the NBA. So Cubs fans shouldn’t overreact too much: This is still one of the best teams in the majors, and it should eventually put together a record to match. It would be unfair, however, to expect Chicago’s fielding to be as ludicrously efficient as it was a year ago. That historic defense should add to the lore of the Cubs’ curse-breaking World Series win, but that’s all it is now — history.Happy (belated) birthday, Willie MaysInstead of pointing out how terrible the San Francisco Giants are these days — they’ve lost 16 of their last 23 ballgames — I’d like to take a second to once again appreciate the excellence of their all-time greatest player, Willie Mays, who turned 86 years old on Saturday.I’ve written about this before, but Mays was probably the greatest all-around ballplayer in major league history. (The fact that he only won two career MVP awards is one of the underrated travesties of baseball history.) Mays is one of only eight players ever with more than 300 career home runs and 300 steals, and he ranks third all-time in Bill James’ power-speed number.6Which is just the harmonic mean of a player’s career steals and homers. He also walked more (both in total and on a rate basis) than any member of that 300-300 club except his godson, Barry Bonds. Those two — plus Rickey Henderson, who just missed the 300-homer club by 3 dingers — stand atop the reformulated list if we adjust James’s power-speed stat to also include walks: Shift data is on balls in play only. MLB average includes both 2016 and 2017 seasons.Source: FanGraphs 1941Dodgers.245.275-.030 MLB average72280.2970.294 * The harmonic mean of a player’s lifetime home runs, walks and stealsSource: FanGraphs Kris Bryant3B1366.2288.0+9.7+2.5-7.2 +9.7+3.8-5.9 Matt SzczurOF352.430.0+16.3+4.0-12.3 1Barry Bonds7622558514822.2 175Manuel MargotPadres596863.8 Have the Cubs forgotten how to field? YEARNO SHIFTSHIFTNO SHIFTSHIFT Minimum 140 games played in seasonSource: FanGraphs 6Hank Aaron7551402240483.5 Javier Baez2B970.3215.1+15.7+5.0-10.7 Plate discipline doesn’t automatically equate to successful hitting. Corey Dickerson is swinging at everything that moves — and knocking the cover off the ball. Matt Joyce refuses to offer at a bad pitch, and he can’t buy a hit. But by and large, the hitters at the top of the discipline rankings do tend to be more productive than the ones at the bottom. And they do it mainly by avoiding swinging at junk outside the strike zone.In terms of predicting hitting effectiveness, a batter’s rate of good decisions on pitches outside the zone is about three times as important as his rate of good decisions on pitches inside the zone. In other words, it’s not the end of the world if you let a strike go by without swinging — who knows, maybe you’re waiting for your pitch. But few batters can get away with flailing at bad pitches for long. For every Dickerson or Vlad Guerrero, there’s an undisciplined hacker who let the pitcher trick him into getting himself out. 9Gary Sheffield5091475253454.9 1Joey VottoReds77%82%80.1% With the exception of new starting catcher Willson Contreras and utilityman extraordinaire Ben Zobrist, every single holdover from the 2016 Cubs has contributed less defensively than he did a season ago. Some have gone from average to bad while others have gone from great to merely good, but there have been big declines across the board.Such an abrupt and widespread deterioration begs for an explanation, and an obvious one might be that manager Joe Maddon made a tactical change. For example, last season, just as the infield shift hit another all-time high in popularity across MLB, Maddon — famous iconoclast that he is — decided to dial back on using baseball’s favorite new-old tactic. So perhaps Maddon has changed how he’s been deploying his defense so far this year? The all-time kings of power, speed and patience, 1871-2017 183Javier BaezCubs715460.5 The Cubs still aren’t shifting much, but they’re good when they do 9Matt JoyceAthletics688174.9 Kyle SchwarberLF7.2211.0+0.0-17.1-17.1 The most and least disciplined batters of 2017 The most efficient defenses in MLB history, 1871-2016 4Brandon BeltGiants727975.6 5Mike TroutAngels727875.3 1975Dodgers.245.277-.032 4Alex Rodriguez6961338329574.3 7Bobby Bonds332914460477.7 2Rickey Henderson29721901406661.5 Willson ContrerasC588.4212.0+9.2+22.6+13.5 3Willie Mays6601464338581.8 174Carlos BeltranAstros626563.8 Jason HeywardRF1200.2229.3+15.4+7.3-8.1 201684%16%0.2580.239 RKNAMETEAMPITCH IN ZONE, SWUNGPITCH OUTSIDE ZONE, TOOKGOOD DECISION And even within that group, what really set Mays apart was his defense. While Henderson was fairly mediocre with the glove, and Bonds’s once-great fielding skills eroded significantly over time, Mays is the third-best defensive outfielder ever, according to Baseball-Reference.com’s defensive WAR. (He was still a Gold Glove centerfielder in 1968, at age 37!) Because of Mays’s unparalleled skills with his bat, feet and glove, he is the only player in baseball history to record at least 120 offensive WAR and 15 defensive WAR.And he cleared both those benchmarks easily — because of course he did, he’s the greatest all-around player ever. Happy birthday, Willie, and here’s to many more.Who’s showing the most — and least — plate discipline?Three years ago, I cooked up a way to see which players were making the best decisions at the plate using FanGraphs’ wonderful “Plate Discipline” stats. Since the site lists the percentage of pitches each player faced that were and were not in the strike zone,7According to pitch-tracking data collected by Baseball Info Solutions and MLB’s Statcast system. along with the share of pitches that were or were not swung at, we can calculate how often a player is correctly identifying a pitch to swing at (because it was over the plate) or lay off (because it definitely was not).Here are the top and bottom 10 so far this year: 1890Solons.254.295-.041 6Anthony RendonNationals727975.3 181Danny ValenciaMariners556761.7 179Chris DavisOrioles546962.5 2Jed LowrieAthletics757876.5 Boosted by that historic out-generating vacuum behind them, Cubs pitchers also led the majors in earned run average by the 10th-widest margin3Tied with the 1991 Dodgers. of any staff since 1901, threatening all sorts of run-prevention records along the way. They allowed 140 fewer runs than the average team, and analytics credit the fielders with something between 50 and 70 percent (depending on the estimate being used) of those saved runs. The Cubs were loaded with stars up and down their lineup, and their pitchers shined brightly when fielders weren’t required, but the importance of Chicago’s glovework was still undeniable.But the Cubs’ defensive numbers were so off-the-charts last year that they almost seemed unsustainable. And as it turns out, they probably were. This year, the Cubs are right at .500, sitting in fourth place in the NL Central — and their once-dominant defense might be to blame. Instead of allowing the lowest BABIP on the planet, they’re in the middle of the pack defensively; not coincidentally, their staff ERA is unremarkable and they’ve allowed two more runs than an average team. Simply put, Chicago’s secret fielding weapon isn’t working anymore.This raises a host of questions about the Cubs and about defensive metrics in general. Have the Cubs suddenly, collectively forgotten how to field? Are offseason defections to blame? Or did Chicago just enjoy a historic amount of luck in the field last year — luck for which their fielders received too much credit? And if so, what does that say about our ability to measure defense?It’s a lot to sort out, so let’s start with the personnel involved. Chicago’s most notable offseason move effectively saw former Padres center fielder Jon Jay slot in for Dexter Fowler, who joined the rival Cardinals. According to Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), one of the most commonly cited advanced defensive metrics, the Cubs haven’t fared well in the exchange. Although Fowler’s defensive track record hasn’t always been great, he was surprisingly solid a year ago; Jay, meanwhile, is tracking for a very poor defensive season in 2017.In combination with the retirement of expert defensive catcher and game-caller David Ross, the Jay-for-Fowler tradeoff has helped erode Chicago’s edge in the field. But a far bigger factor is the team’s returning players: 10Eric ThamesBrewers687974.8 8Carlos Beltran4241054312460.7 read more

Buckeyes defend Scarlet Course for second consecutive Invitational title

The Ohio State women’s golf team won its second-consecutive Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, one week before the Big Ten championship. The two-day event, at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, featured gusting winds and firm greens. The No. 21 ranked Buckeyes were able to hold off the competition and won by 14 strokes.  “It’s always nice to win, especially at home, and especially going into the Big Ten [tournament],” coach Therese Hession said. “It was nice to persevere since it was a tough weekend to play.”  Freshman Rachel Rohanna led the team to victory finishing second, only one stroke behind Michigan State’s Laura Kueny. “First of all, I didn’t even know I was one shot back,” Rohanna said. “I am just excited for our team. We just needed a win to get us ready for the Big Ten [tournament].” Both Hession and Rohanna agree that the team still needs to work on its short game. “I know I am putting better now, but going to different courses I have to get that pace down,” Rohanna said. The Buckeyes beat 11 teams in the tournament, eight of which represented the Big Ten. The team will play four rounds of golf at the Big Ten championship April 23-25 in Madison, Wis. read more

Authorities missed opportunities to protect two children murdered by drug dealing father

“We apologise unreservedly. We let this little boy down and we deeply regret that more was not done to protect him from his violent and abusive father.”Turning to the case of Evelyn-Rose, it was revealed that two social workers who had been appointed to monitor her welfare had allowed the situation to “drift” and had “paid little attention to children’s welfare”.The serious case review identified numerous missed opportunities to safeguard the baby, including the fact Evelyn-Rose’s four siblings had repeatedly visited hospital with various injuries that pointed to neglect.The report said social workers had concluded that there were no concerns about the mother’s parenting skills, despite the fact she had failed to engage with them on numerous occasions. Ryan Coleman was jailed for life for the murder of Evelyn-Rose Muggleton Credit:PA Evelyn-Rose Muggleton died at the hands of her mother's boyfriend Responding to the criticism , Mr Golby said he intended to stay in post to ensure the improvements needed in children’s services were carried out.He said: “It is only natural that such tragedies would cause everyone involved in the service at the time to search their conscience and look at their own roles and responsibilities.“I am truly and deeply sorry for the mistakes which were made and the systemic faults leading up to these awful tragedies.“As cabinet member I didn’t have sight of individual social work cases. However I was aware of the challenges the department was facing at this time and equally was aware of the urgent work taking place to address these. Raphael Kennedy was jailed for life over the murder of his son Following the publication of serious case review reports into both tragedies yesterday, the leader of troubled Northamptonshire County Council, came under pressure to resign. Raphael Kennedy was jailed for life over the murder of his sonCredit:SWNS Dylan Tiffin-Brown was beaten to death by his father Raphael Kennedy Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said a decade after the death of Baby P in Haringey vulnerable young people were still being let down.He said: “There have been repeated failures in children’s services in Northamptonshire since 2013 and there is now no question. Council Leader Matt Golby has to go.”He failed when he was in charge of children’s services, and he’s failed since taking over the Council. The people of Northamptonshire need to be reassured that vulnerable children in the county will be protected.” Two-year-old Dylan was murdered at Kennedy’s Northampton homeCredit:SWNS Two-year-old Dylan was murdered at Kennedy's Northampton home “I believe I still have so much to give as leader of the council not least in my determination to put right the mistakes which were made in these awful cases.”In the case of Dylan, social workers decided that despite the obvious risks, the two-year-old had not suffered any actual harm.They therefore decided the threshold had not been met to launch a Section 47 enquiry, which takes place when it is suspected that a child is likely to suffer significant harm.It meant Kennedy was allowed to continue looking after his son alone, despite the fact he was only permitted supervised contact with his other children.The serious case review concluded that agencies had “failed to fully appreciate the significance of (Kennedy’s) chronic history of domestic abuse and extensive history with the police for drug-related offences”. Social workers allowed a violent drug dealer to look after his two-year-old son just weeks before he brutally beat him to death, a damning report has found.Dylan Tiffin-Brown was murdered by his father, Raphael Kennedy, 31,  in Northampton in December 2017, despite warnings from the police that the toddler could be in danger.Officers who raided Kennedy’s flat in October 2017 found drugs on the premises and noted that the two-year-old was also being left home alone for lengthy periods.But when social workers met to discuss the case they concluded Dylan was not in any immediate danger and allowed him to continue looking after him for two days a week.Within weeks Kennedy had beaten the toddler to death, leaving him with 39 injuries, including lacerations to his liver. Dylan also had cocaine, heroin and cannabis in his system. Northamptonshire County Council apologised for the failings in the case and said it was deeply ashamed for having let down Dylan and his family.Officials also apologised over failings in the death of baby, Evelyn-Rose Muggleton, who was murdered by her mother’s drug dealing boyfriend, Ryan Coleman, 21, in Kettering, just four months later.The nine month old, who suffered 31 separate injuries, including multiple bruising and damage to both her eyes, was killed despite the fact there had been warnings about Coleman’s “significant” criminal history. Keith Makin, chairman of the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) , said: “At the heart of this is a young boy, just two years old, who died at the hands of a violent father.”Perhaps chief among the learning from this tragic case is how agencies need to improve information-sharing within their own organisations as well as between partners.”Sally Hodges, director of children’s services at the council, said: “The tragedy which occurred in December 2017 and the events running up to it are a matter of considerable shame for this organisation Evelyn-Rose Muggleton died at the hands of her mother’s boyfriendCredit:PA Ryan Coleman was jailed for life for the murder of Evelyn-Rose Muggleton  Dylan Tiffin-Brown was beaten to death by his father Raphael Kennedy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The report added: “Given the degree and severity of domestic violence in the home, the disguised compliance on the part of the mother and the emotional abuse and neglect which the children had experienced, this view was over optimistic.”Ms Hodges said: “There is simply no excuse that agencies failed to share information amongst each other which, if put together earlier, would have led to a far more realistic picture of the risks this child was facing.”For our part in this failure and for the poor decisions made within social care, we are truly sorry. We let this child down.” read more

SG Flensburg Handewitt win first FrenchGerman battle in Nantes

← Previous Story Marin Sego saves Pick Szeged away win against PPD Zagreb Next Story → EHF CL: Danes – 100% at the start of the season EHF Champions LeaguehandballHBC NantesSG Flensburg Handewitt SG Flensburg Handewitt have won the first German-French battle in the new season of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019. The German champions win in Nantes 34:31 (18:16) over the finalists of the EHF CL Final4 2018.The team of Maik Machulla had an advantage in terms of goalkeepers’ performance with Benjamin Buric in very good role with 12 saves.HBC Nantes – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 31:34 (16:18)HBC Nantes: Dumoulin (2 sae), Siffert (7 saves) – Claire (5), Delecroix, Faluvégi, Feliho, Gurbindo (3), Lie Hansen (4), Lagarde (4), Lazarov (2), Balaguer (1), Emonet, Rivera (6/4), Pechmalbec (1), Tournat (3), Auffret (2)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Buric (12/1 saves), Bergerud (2 odb) – Karlsson, Golla (4), Hald (3), Glandorf (3), Svan (3), Wanne (4), Jeppsson (3), Jøndal (2), Steinhauser, Gottfridsson (1), Lauge (5), Rød (6)RESULT: 1:0 (2.), 2:2 (4.), 4:3 (5.), 5:5 (8.), 6:7 (9.), 8:8 (12.), 9:10 (16.), 11:11 (19.), 12:13 (22.), 14:14 (24.), 14:17 (29.), 15:18 (30.) – 17:18 (32.), 17:20 (33.), 19:21 (35.), 20:23 (38.), 21:24 (39.), 23:25 (41.), 23:27 (46.), 24:27 (47.), 24:30 (49.), 25:31 (52.), 27:31 (54.), 28:33 (56.), 30:33 (58.)PHOTO: SG Flensburg Facebook read more

Queensland honours fallen officers

first_imgQueensland Police Service honoured 140 fallen officers at a memorial held at the Greek Orthodox Church Of St Anna in Bundall, last week. Constable Brett Irwin was amongst the fallen, shot dead on his first night shift during a routine arrest.The 33-year-old police officer was executing a warrant at a home in 2007 when he was killed at point-blank range.“There are a lot of people who appreciate what these ladies and gentlemen put up with every day,” Tony Irwin said, appreciative of the community’s efforts to keep his son’s memory alive.“It’s important people realise the amount of hard work that goes into protecting people.”Such incidents have made the Police Service become more mindful of the mental toll that came with attending incidents such as the recent domestic violence deaths on the Gold Coast.“The hardships they put up with are just out on the street most of the time,” South Eastern Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said, as the chair of the Psychological Wellbeing Committee.“They come to work, in many cases not knowing what to expect.“It’s a special calling, a special profession and it takes a special kind of person willing to commit to that.”Source: Gold Coast Bulletin Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Much of US hit by ice snow

first_img MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.Temperatures in Montana and South Dakota were more than 20 degrees below zero during the day Saturday while much of the Midwest was in the teens and single digits. Wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero in northwestern Minnesota, weather officials said.Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay area and about a half-dozen traffic-related deaths were blamed on the weather in several states.Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. Traffic on IH-35E south-bound sits at a complete stop as a tractor trailer north-bound sits on the side of the road Saturday in Sanger, Texas. Icy sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.last_img read more

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

first_imgSitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers urges residents to keep their garbage indoors until the day of pickup. (Photo by KCAW)The Sitka Police Department is on a bear hunt.Listen Now There’s been a recent spike in bear sightings around town and even a few close calls.It’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working.It’s safe to say it’s been a bad summer for bear encounters in Southeast.There have been four maulings in the last two months and a few charging bears have been shot in self-defense.“It’s kind of an unusual year, I think we all can agree,” Sitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers said. “There (have) been so many people that have had to defend themselves from a charging brown bear or actually were attacked by a bear.”But all of those encounters took place outside of Sitka. While there hasn’t been a violent bear encounter or a bear killed in town this year, Ewers said tensions are rising.“You had the bear that broke into the car, which is the same bear that broke into two different people’s garages, so that’s three,” he said. “Then you had the bear that chased the man on the bicycle, and that’s four.”Those encounters have all happened in Sitka within the last two weeks.That list doesn’t include the handful of bear sightings residents report to the Sitka Police almost every night.Ewers said, unless they’re tied up with another call, an officer is sent out to respond to each and every one of those calls.“Sometimes the officer will blare the siren, sometimes they’ll beep the air horn, other times they’ll get out and yell at the bear and 90 percent of the time the bear runs away, which is good,” Ewers said.But that hasn’t been the case in recent weeks.Ewers said the two bears that have been charging pedestrians  and tipping over trash cans don’t seem to be scared off by loud noises.So this past weekend officers used rubber bullets on one of the bears seen wandering between Sitka’s Indian River and Whale Park, but again, to no avail.“They’ve gotten to the point now where they’re not even affected by the rubber bullets,” Ewers said. “They just walk away.”The Sitka Police and Alaska State Troopers have been working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to find other ways to scare off the bears.Fish and Game wildlife biologist Steve Bethune said they’ve tried trapping the bears as well, but even then, a live release wouldn’t be likely.“Almost universally when you move bears they inevitably come back, so it’s really not an effective strategy for eliminating the problem and if they don’t come back you’ve often taken that problem and given it to some other community,” Bethune said.So now, as Ewers describes it, the strategy is simple to “destroy” the two bears.“If we have an opportunity to euthanize one of the bears that are between that Indian River area and Whale Park, and the officer could do it safely, then the trained professional officer who practices will destroy that bear,” Ewers said.Ewers urges residents to continue reporting bear sightings to the police and to stay alert, especially in forested areas.Another thing he urges the community of Sitka to do? Keep your garbage indoors until the day of pickup. And if you, like Ewers, don’t have a garage?“I keep my garbage up on my porch until garbage day and then I bring it out there, because I don’t want it to be my fault that, a month after a bear got into my garbage, they’re forced to destroy a bear.”As for the two bears roaming downtown Sitka, their fates are likely sealed.last_img read more

Seniors find companionship through Kenaitze program

first_imgNancy Nelson (left) and Laura Hobson (right) browse in a local antiques store. The two spend several hours together each week as part of the Kenaitze Senior Companion Program. (Photo courtesy of Kenaitze Indian Tribe)The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is wrapping up the first year of its new Senior Companion Program. The program pairs volunteers with fellow seniors who live on the Central Kenai Peninsula.Listen NowVolunteers provide help with day-to-day tasks, like grocery shopping and budgeting. Those involved in the program, however, say the companionship is just as important.Sticking to a grocery budget can be tough. According to Kenai resident Rose Guilbeau, having a system is a good place to start.“First I have to write a list down of what we need at home: eggs, milk, juice, salami,” Gilbeau explained.Then she adds up the prices on a calculator, being careful to stay under budget. On her last trip to Walmart, Guilbeau said, she was just a few pennies from her budget.Guilbeau is part of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Senior Companion program. The program pairs volunteers with seniors who have physical, social or cognitive disabilities. Volunteers provide help with day-to-day tasks, allowing seniors to continue living independently.Laura Hobson, who is Athabascan, works with Guilbeau as her senior companion. She’s the one who taught her how to budget.“I was so proud of her,” Hobson said. “She got it all right, right down to the penny.”Hobson received 40 hours of training before she was able to work as a Kenaitze Senior Companion. As part of the training, she learned about a range of topics related to senior care, from fall prevention to effective communication.The program is funded through a three-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.Heather Daniels is the Senior Companion program coordinator. One of their main goals, she explained, is connecting the elderly with important resources.“One of our biggest challenges in Alaska is transportation and of course, our geography can isolate us,” Daniels said. “Alaska is such a wide expanse and that can isolate our elders from getting those community resources.”Providing transportation is just one piece of the program, however. Daniels said building relationships is just as important.“They’re gaining a friend, they’re gaining the companionship that they may or not have in their lives,” Daniels explained. “They may or not have direct family, so that companionship through the volunteer is so valuable.”Nancy Nelson is another recipient in the Senior Companion Program who works with Hobson. Nelson, who is Chupik, lives in Soldotna. Once a week, she spends a few hours shopping with Hobson.The two didn’t know each other before joining the program and Nelson says she was a little nervous.“The first day was kind of awkward,” Nelson said. “But by the end of the time, I was kind of hopeful. Then the second time we got together, I felt a whole lot more comfortable after that.”On a blustery December afternoon, the pair head to a local junk shop in Kenai. They carefully comb through room after room, hunting for deals.Hobson, who collects pigs, spies something special on a high shelf.It’s a cookie jar shaped like a pig in a chef’s uniform. But Nelson isn’t so sure about the quality. She taps her nails against the ceramic.“It’s so light,” Nelson said. “I wonder how fragile it is.”After some debate, the pair decide the cookie jar would make a good addition to Hobson’s pig collection.Nelson buys a pack of playing cards for a dollar. She doesn’t usually buy much on these outings, but spending time with Hobson is one of the highlights of her week.“It brightens my week up and it relaxes me,” Nelson said. “It helps me to forget about the stress that I had survived during that week. It does a whole lot better than any kind of artificial medication would do.”The Kenaitze Senior Companion program is open to anyone over age 55, not just Alaska Natives. They currently have just a handful of participants, but they’re hoping to grow next year.last_img read more

No trains to London Euston for next three weekends

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere are no direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent or other North Staffordshire and South Cheshire towns to London due to engineering work this weekend – and for the next two weekends after that. No trains are calling at London Euston railway station due to a junction being replaced at North Wembley – with some train operators advising people to avoid trying to travel to the city on those dates. The trains will not be running on August 18/19, August 25-27 (A Bank Holiday weekend) and September 1-2. London Euston is usually served by trains travelling to the capital from Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Alsager, Stone and other towns in Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with Virgin Trains and London Northwestern services affected. A Network Rail spokesman said they were carrying out the ‘replacement of a vital junction outside of London Euston station at North Wembley to improve reliability of services for passenger and freight users’. He added: “This means there will be no trains to or from London Euston station not only over the bank holiday weekend (25 – 27 August), but also the 18 – 19 August and 1 – 2 September.” A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to extensive engineering works on the West Coast route, London Euston will be closed with no services to or from the station on these dates. Read MoreMan jailed after smashing through barrier on M6 toll at 80mph “We advise customers not to travel to or from London and for travel elsewhere on our network, you’ll need to plan carefully and allow longer to get to your destination. We’d hate for you to get caught up, so please check before you travel. “If you no longer wish to travel because of this, you can claim a refund at your point of purchase. “To help you reach your destination, we have made Off-Peak tickets valid from 9:30am on Friday 17, 24 and 31 August 2018.” Alternative routes to the capital involve changes in places including Reading, which will see trains arrive at London Paddington. The London Underground is still running to Euston station if that is your final destination. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Big waves cause flooding along Costa Ricas Central Pacific coast

first_imgRelated posts:Powerful waves to hit Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific beaches over the weekend Strong gusts, big waves to continue over the weekend Oceanographers forecast strong waves, rip tides along Costa Rica’s Pacific shores starting Thursday Big waves, strong winds forecast for Pacific coast over the weekend Strong waves forecast for this weekend onboth coasts of Costa Rica already are affecting areas in the Pacific province of Puntarenas.National Coast Guard officers in the town of Caldera on Friday morning evacuated residents of the coastal community La Angostura, where several homes were flooded by high waves that began pounding the area at 7 a.m. Coast Guard Director Martín Arias reported that 50 of the community’s 200 residents were evacuated to a nearby shelter.“Municipal and National Emergency Commission officials ordered the evacuation of all affected residents, but reports issued at noon indicate that several have returned to their homes,” Arias said.The road that runs parallel to Caldera beach also was flooded, but there are no reports of homes being damaged in that area.Arias issued a warning to travelers, as many families will visit Pacific beaches over the weekend to enjoy mid-year vacations.He also warned drivers traveling at night along the Caldera road that strong waves could affect the area. The Caldera road is one of the main routes connecting coastal communities in Puntarenas.Experts from the University of Costa Rica’s Ocean Science and Limnology Research Center (CIMAR) earlier this week warned residents and beachgoers that powerful waves will hit Costa Rican shores on both coasts beginning Friday.CIMAR’s Ocean Information Director Omar Lizano said the phenomenon was caused by strong currents prompted by a storm that has intensified in Antarctica.Caribbean beaches also might experience strong waves over the weekend prompted by a low-pressure system that will cause choppy seas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kuwaits Jazeera Airways connects to India with daily flights to Hyderabad

first_imgJazeera Airways, Kuwait’s Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) recently inaugurated its daily flights to Hyderabad. Kochi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad will follow in early 2018 as the airline expands its network to serve its Indian sub-continent targeting the nearly 1 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait.During the press conference, Rohit Ramachandran, CEO, Jazeera Airways said, ‘We are delighted to start with Hyderabad, a 400-year old city and a technology hub, bringing more choice to Indian travellers, connecting them to Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain and Dubai. In addition, we offer for religious travellers connections to Taif in KSA, Najaf (Iraq), Mashad (Iran) and Amman for the Holy Land.He further commented, ‘This new service will address surging travel demands with low-cost fares at convenient frequencies for leisure, business or religious travel. India is a financial and tourist powerhouse and we are eager to capitalise on the enormous opportunities ahead.”SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “We welcome Jazeera Airways to Hyderabad and we are very happy to note that they have chosen Hyderabad Airport as their first Indian destination. We are confident that this will further boost the tourism potential between India and various tourist destinations in the Middle East including Kuwait, Iran, Jordan and Egypt among others.”last_img read more

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first_imgKeio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH)hot, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is offering a special accommodation package in the luxurious “Premier Grand” club floors for the LGBTI community. Guests will have access to the relaxing 45th floor “Premier Grand” Club Lounge – with panoramic views from 160m above ground. The package also offers guests the opportunity to secure 10% discounts on a special “Gay Area Night Tour” of the Shinjuku 2-Chome LGBT area provided by Out Asia Travel, which offers a variety of tour packages in Asia for LGBT travellers.The Shinjuku 2-Chome region has a high concentration of over 300 bars, restaurants and other shops that cater to the LGBTI community all within a 200m radius, and is a popular tourist destination for overseas visitors. For guests visiting Shinjuku 2-Chome for the first time, the “Gay Area Night Tour” provides an English speaking assistant who can specially select places to visit based upon guests’ specific requests, to maximise the enjoyment of their visits. hotelsJapanLGBTIlast_img read more

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