Women and Musicians Urged to Remain Positive Influences

first_imgYouth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging the nation’s two most influential stakeholders, women and musicians, to remain steadfast as positive influences both locally and globally, while dismissing issues detracting from this course.“Our mission, that must be accomplished, must transcend personal agendas for the upliftment of all our people. We must ridicule personal vengefulness and, at all times, we must ensure that we are our sisters’ and our brothers’ keepers,” the Minister asserts.She was addressing over 400 participants from some 30 nations at the closing ceremony for the International Women’s Forum World Cornerstone Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, on May 31.[RELATED: Creative Expressions Can Unlock Wealth – PM]Noting the impact of Jamaica’s music globally, Ms. Hanna said the country’s musicians and its women must accept and understand that they are the “revolution and the transformation” and that, as a nation “we have the same empathy of purpose that gives us the same shared experiences’.“Our journey as a people has been blessed through a strength of purpose, that we are the founders of our own destiny. The music helped to create a momentum that drove political leaders to focus on the realities of people’s lives,” she pointed out.The Minister informed that through music, Jamaica advanced a wave of radicalism that confronted global powers in a manner that still befuddles many.“We were the first to boldly enter the halls of the United Nations and lobby against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Emboldened by the music, we promoted democracy in Zimbabwe, and supported Fidel Castro in his revolution in Cuba and the Cuban involvement in the war in Angola,” she outlined.Ms. Hanna pointed out that as the world currently seeks to transition from a confrontational setting to more harmonious co-existence, “we in Jamaica are at a crossroads.”“Today, the reality is that we can transform the world in minutes … with vision. Our music is expected to be the platform on which the world will build its future generation of power. Today when you hear the music of Jamaica … you are not just listening to scintillating rhythmic combinations and melodies; our music is about mobilizing and in most instances, a call to action,” Ms. Hanna said.Contact: Glenis A. Roselast_img read more

CARICOM Day in London Pays Tribute to Windrush Generation

first_imgStory Highlights The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomatic missions in London celebrated CARICOM Day on Wednesday (July 4), with a special thanksgiving service and exhibition in tribute to the Windrush generation. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) diplomatic missions in London celebrated CARICOM Day on Wednesday (July 4), with a special thanksgiving service and exhibition in tribute to the Windrush generation.Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, the service marked 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush ship to the United Kingdom (UK).It included a reception featuring samplings of food and drinks from across the Caribbean, and a special presentation by the Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation, Arthur Torrington.An offering was collected towards the Windrush Justice Fund, established by Windrush advocate, Patrick Vernon. The fund was set up to assist persons of the Windrush generation who have been affected by the changes in the UK immigration rules.The service commenced with the ceremonial handover of the chairmanship of the CARICOM Caucus in the UK to High Commissioner for Jamaica, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, by outgoing chair His Excellency Bocchit Edmond of Haiti.High Commissioner Ramocan, in his address, said it was a privilege for Jamaica to be hosting the 39th Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 4 to 6 in Montego Bay, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.He underscored the relevance and importance of CARICOM in advancing the development goals of the region.High Commissioner Ramocan read the CARICOM Day Message from Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, which noted that CARICOM has made strides in many areas in improving the lives of nationals of the region, including in health, education and energy.Secretary-General LaRocque’s message further highlighted the longstanding relations between the Caribbean and the UK and noted that the UK-Caribbean forum, which will next be held in 2019, serves as an excellent mechanism for political dialogue on both sides.He thanked the UK for its solidarity and generosity in assisting the region in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which affected the region last year.The Secretary-General also highlighted the importance of having a united voice on critical matters, including the regrettable situation facing the Windrush generation.In his remarks, Ambassador Edmond praised the strength of CARICOM and said the stance taken by CARICOM High Commissioners to defend the rights of the Windrush generation was a great example of what can be achieved through unity.Senior Minister, Restoration Revival Fellowship, Rev. Lloyd Denny, who delivered the sermon, urged the members of the CARICOM Caucus to continue to “use their words” to influence, improve, build and grow.“Words spoken from a true heart serve as a powerful force,” he noted.The opening prayer was delivered by Rev. Michael King, son of the late Sam King, Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation and Minister of the King of Kings International Ministry.Lessons were read by High Commissioner for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cenio Lewis, and High Commissioner for Barbados, Guy Hewitt.High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda, Karen-Mae Hill, and Antonio Joseph performed a musical item, while soloist, Margaret Johns, was accompanied by her son, Dwight, on keyboard. Host Pastor was the Reverend Liz Russell.Dexter Marchan from Trinidad and Tobago performed a number of items on steel pan, including ‘Redemption Song’ and ‘One Love’, which were well received by the congregation.The church service, which was organised by a planning committee led by Jamaica, was attended by CARICOM Heads of Mission and staff, members of the diplomatic corps and a wide cross section of nationals from the Caribbean.Among those present were Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland; Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Fund, Martin Forde, QC; and Windrush advocate, Patrick Vernon. It included a reception featuring samplings of food and drinks from across the Caribbean, and a special presentation by the Co-founder of the Windrush Foundation, Arthur Torrington. Held at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, the service marked 70 years since the arrival of Caribbean migrants on the Empire Windrush ship to the United Kingdom (UK).last_img read more

The Diamondbacks Are Turning Back The Clock

29Phillies501442.712Worst since 1962 TEAMHITTINGPITCHINGOVERALL 10Blue Jays515252 11Diamondbacks541512.168Best since 2013 1Rockies9.34.0 19Braves484848 22White Sox511488.122Worst since 2015 4Phillies635056 2017′s deepest pitching staffs 1Astros531573.9100thBest ever! 4Red Sox7.72.7 Which teams have the platoon advantage most?Show more rows* A team has platoon advantage when its hitters face an opposite-handed pitcher or its pitchers face a same-handed batter.Through May 29.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 6Dodgers624252 3Nationals511554.5100Best ever! 26Reds511472.612Best since 2015 4Indians501548.091Best since 1996 18Nationals504749 In just two months, the Dbacks have gone from merely hoping Greinke could bounce back from his disastrous 2016 season to counting up the pitching riches beyond their ace. “Pitching depth” is a nebulous thing to measure, but if we give more weight to the contributions of pitchers deeper into a team’s staff,2Specifically, giving 100 percent credit to its 10th-best pitcher’s WAR, 90 percent to its ninth-best pitcher’s WAR, 80 percent to its 8th-best and so forth. the Dbacks have enjoyed the second-deepest well of pitching value in baseball this season, trailing only the division-rival Colorado Rockies.So Arizona’s pitching is doing its best job to recall the glory days. And the team currently ranks eighth in position-player WAR, roughly where its championship precursor placed 16 years ago.3And better than the team’s 14th-place finish in 2002.But not everything is a carbon copy of the past. The 2017 Snakes have achieved their offensive success in a very different way than the Diamondbacks of yesteryear did. Those teams walked a lot, but they didn’t burn up the basepaths or mash opponents into submission with homers, no matter how many memories you harbor of Luis Gonzalez crushing fastballs deep into the Arizona night. This offense might be the opposite: It has more glaring weaknesses (with the league’s seventh-worst strikeout rate and its 10th-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio), but also a unique combination of strengths, the likes of which has seldom been seen in baseball history. Not only does Arizona rank second in the majors in Bill James’s power-speed number,4Which measures how well a team combines hitting home runs and stealing bases. but pro-rated over a full schedule, the Dbacks’ number would rank 31st-best since MLB’s expansion era began in 1961. They’re an all-or-nothing lineup in the mold of, say, Buck Showalter’s Orioles, but with the added twist of stolen bases and opportunistic baserunning.The surprising catalyst for all this is 6-foot-3 first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.5Who’s already just 1.6 WAR shy of passing Gonzalez as Arizona’s greatest-ever position player by WAR. As the Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg recently pointed out, Goldschmidt steals an incredible number of bases (65 in 77 attempts over the past three seasons) for a player so, well, slow. Instead of using pure speed, he’s been able to strike on the basepaths with a combination of smarts and sneaky lead-taking. And he’s not alone — a handful of Arizona’s regulars are positive baserunners (according to FanGraphs’ measurement, which includes steals, extra bases and double-play avoidance) despite dubious foot speed.6The team’s second-best baserunner (behind Goldschmidt) is the 250-pound Yasmany Tomas, he of the seven career steals. Then, throw in some hitters who do have wheels to go with their pop — such as Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock and even Jake Lamb — and Arizona has an offense that can hurt you with its power and its speed, sort of like a lineup full of Junior Spiveys would have done a generation ago.Of course, for a team coming off a 69-win season, the usual caveats apply to Arizona’s early record. Our Elo ratings, for instance, remain unconvinced that the Diamondbacks are much more than a .500 team that has won a few extra games to start the season, an assessment echoed by other forecasts. Despite the similar statistical profile so far, this year’s Dbacks are probably nowhere near as good as the early-2000s version was. But they’re much younger, playing a style that might be more entertaining (if not as effective).It’s also worth noting that Arizona made its big splash the offseason before last, gearing up for a run just like the one they’re currently on, only to be wrecked by more injuries than almost any team in recent memory. Although the flurry of deals made by former GM Dave Stewart were roundly derided (and not without cause) it’s hard to deny that the Diamondbacks are now living out the future he envisioned — even if it came a year too late to save Stewart’s job.In other words, there is real talent blooming in the desert. What remains to be seen is whether this is merely another one-year blip, like so many before in the franchise’s post-championship era, or the start of something more long-lasting.Trout outAmid the fallout from Mike Trout’s injury Sunday (which will shelve the L.A. Angels star for 6 to 8 weeks), one of the least-pressing concerns was what it will potentially do to his place in the all-time WAR pantheon. But since that’s a topic I’ve covered ad nauseum here, let’s dive right into it.According to Baseball-Reference’s version of the stat, Trout has never ended a full season without being the all-time WAR leader for a given age. (Let that sink in for a moment.)7This isn’t quite true if you use FanGraphs’ WAR, which considers Mel Ott better through age 20. And regular readers will know that I prefer to average B-R and FG’s WAR numbers together anyway, to smooth out discrepancies between the two methods. But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick with B-R, just to see whether Trout can keep up the feat in the eyes of at least one WAR system. Before he got hurt, Trout already had 3.5 WAR this year, so he just needed to produce 3.7 over the remainder of the season to keep pace with Ty Cobb as the all-time leader through age 25.Even a conservative estimate would have called for Trout to generate something like 5.5 WAR in the last four months of the season, which would have enabled him to clear Cobb with ease. However, losing half of that remaining time would put Trout’s G.O.A.T. trajectory in real jeopardy. He’d have to return from injury without a hitch (no guarantee) and play slightly better down the stretch than he’d done over the season’s first two months — when he posted new career highs in virtually every hitting category. That’s a tall order!However, Trout could also come back in only five weeks if he follows the accelerated recovery path of teammate Andrelton Simmons, who suffered the same injury last season. If so, Trout would “only” need to play at an 8.3-full-season-WAR pace (which, comical as it sounds, is something he’s done in four of his five full MLB seasons) to catch up to Cobb.That’s the best-case scenario; in reality, Trout will probably face a real struggle to keep his title as G.O.A.T. at every age. But there’s still a chance.Franchise milestonesIn the day-to-day grind of a baseball season, it can be tough sometimes to zoom out and see the bigger picture of where a team stands in the context of its own history. That’s where something like the FiveThirtyEight Elo ratings come in handy, since they try to estimate how well a team was playing going into (and coming out of) every game in franchise history. I tracked where each team’s current Elo8Using the version from our interactive, which accounts for the starting pitcher in each game, rather than the version from our Complete History of MLB interactive. ranks relative to past seasons9Starting in 1901, the first season of the American League. for the team (measuring that using its percentile ranking) through the same number of games, as well as an Elo “milestone” — how deep in history we have to dig to find a season where it had a higher or lower Elo rating, depending on which number takes us further back in time: 24Marlins484647 20Angels445248 9Rays551515.268Best since 2015 17Cardinals465249 Some teams — like the Astros and Nationals/Expos — are playing the best they ever have at the third-of-a-season mark. Others are in down cycles: amazingly, the Phillies haven’t had an Elo lower than their current rating through 54 games of a season since 1962!Platoon power!I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of platooning, using the natural benefit of facing an opposite-handed pitcher (or a same-handed batter) to help a team become greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, different teams are constructed to use it better than others, so it’s not always up to the manager to play for the platoon advantage. Nevertheless, here are the teams who’ve had the lefty-righty edge in the highest percentage of their plate appearances (both batting and pitching), according to Baseball-Reference.com: 12Mariners531511.988Worst since 2015 SHARE OF PLATE APPEARANCES WITH PLATOON ADVANTAGE* 14Mets501509.565Worst since 2015 6Red Sox511537.978Worst since 2015 2Mets675661 17Orioles501498.259Worst since 2011 18Tigers521496.330Best since 2015 16Angels551501.355Best since 2015 11Brewers495251 24Twins481480.434Best since 2015 PITCHING 29Red Sox454344 * We derived a team’s WAR depth by giving more weight to the WAR contribution of pitchers ranked deeper into a team’s top 10.Through May 29.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 16White Sox554349 2Dodgers531571.198Best since 1974 26Rockies484245 28Braves501467.122Best since 2015 13Rockies541511.783Best since 2010 7Yankees491531.740Best since 2013 19Giants541494.216Worst since 2009 20Brewers521492.752Best since 2014 25Mariners464747 3Dodgers8.13.0 10Rangers531513.271Worst since 2015 30Padres541438.96Worst since 2003 23Pirates474747 12Padres534850 8Blue Jays521520.963Worst since 2015 5Athletics545353 27Royals511467.210Worst since 2007 7Reds554952 27Royals504045 30Tigers474144 1Indians73%53%63 5Cubs511544.789Worst since 2015 22Orioles454947 23Marlins501483.842Worst since 2015 Welcome to Full Count, our weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks won this many games this early in a season, the team was in the midst of defending a world championship, powered by a group of talented veterans taking one of the their last shots at glory before parting ways. That Arizona team was a bit different from its modern-day descendants, but if you strip away the star power and hideous jerseys, the old-school Dbacks also had a lot in common with today’s version (to the surprise of many analysts, including yours truly). Is it possible the franchise is finally set up for its first truly sustained run of success since that championship era?The 2001 Diamondbacks team remains the oldest one ever to win a World Series, and the follow-up edition was (unsurprisingly) even older. Mainly propelled by a stable of power arms — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the rotation, plus Byung-Hyun Kim in the bullpen with a host of other deceptive relievers — Arizona ranked second in pitching wins above replacement1As always, averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (WAR) that year, second in strikeouts per nine innings and second in fewest walks per nine. Feeding opponents a healthy dose of nasty sliders all season long, the Dbacks allowed the league’s second-fewest park-adjusted earned runs, cruising to 98 wins and the NL West crown in the process.This year’s version cuts a similar profile on the mound, albeit with more youth and much less star power. No. 1 starter Zack Greinke is by far Arizona’s most experienced and decorated pitcher; going into the season, he had over 40 more career WAR than anyone else on the roster. And Greinke has certainly been doing his best Big Unit impression in the early going — Johnson was the last qualified D-Back pitcher with a better K/BB ratio than Greinke’s current 6.0 mark. But the rest of the staff is pulling its weight as well. After adjusting for park effects, seven of Arizona’s top nine pitchers carries an ERA better than league average. As a result, Arizona ranks second in pitching WAR this season — just like it did back in 2002. 2Diamondbacks8.33.3 8Rays535152 Each team’s 2017 season, in context 21Giants514447 Percentiles are calculated from franchise seasons since 1901, including the same number of games the team has played so far in the 2017 season. Milestones are determined by finding the last time the team had a higher or lower Elo rating through the same number of games as in 2017. Stats are through May 31.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet 9Cubs584552 14Astros504950 21Pirates531490.531Worst since 2012 25Athletics511474.033Worst since 1998 TEAMGAMESELOFRANCHISE PERCENTILEMILESTONE 13Yankees534650 3Twins664857 TEAMWARDEPTH* 28D-Backs484145 15Rangers504949 5Yankees7.32.7 15Cardinals491505.739Worst since 2008 read more

Szczesny expects a physical game against United

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny relishes facing Manchester United and has warned the Bianconeri of what to expect as they travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday.Speaking to Juventus website after their 1-1 draw to Genoa at home, Szczesny reflected on the result and called on his team to focus on their important Champions League game with Manchester United.“Winning yesterday would have been better, it’s the best way to approach a challenge like the one with Manchester United. We dropped two points, conceding a soft goal due to carelessness and we’re sorry for it.“We were convinced that the ball had gone out, but like as I said we could and we have to be more careful.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I remember Old Trafford well, it was my debut in the Premier League. We lost, but I have a nice memory of that day. The last time I played them, though, I won.“Even Manchester United will be angry, having conceded a goal in the 96th minute. It will be a great Champions League night, United are strong, and like us, they will also try to win.“Cristiano? We all know how important things he has done there, but he is now a Juventus player and we are also really appreciating what he is doing here. It will be a tough and physical match because this is how Man Utd play.”last_img read more

Acerbi Lazio cant underestimate AC Milan

first_imgLazio defender Francesco Acerbi warned his teammates to not let their guard down against an injury-hit AC Milan sideManager Gennaro Gattuso will be without at least nine members of his squad ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown with Lazio.Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and star striker Gonzalo Higuain are among the absentees for what could be a potentially crucial game for Milan.But Acerbi will not be taking them lightly with Milan just a point behind fourth-place Lazio in the Serie A table.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve already talked about it with [Gigio] Donnarumma,” said Acerbi, according to Football-Italia.“The Rossoneri have some important players out with injury, but they still have great quality and they’ll definitely come to Rome to win.“We can’t underestimate Milan, or we risk looking bad.”Sunday’s game will take place at the Stadio Olimpico with kick-off to begin at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

Zanetti reveals his secret to longevity

first_imgInter Milan legend Javier Zanetti reveals the key to his extraordinary longevity was due to his leg exercises.Zanetti currently the club’s vice-president spent almost two decades in the team, playing until a month to his 41st birthday.“Strength has always been a fundamental aspect in my career,” he told Football Italia.“When I arrived in Italy in 1995, I started doing a lot of strength work, both with the team and on my own time. A player with strong muscles is more likely to prevent injuries and performs better.“I always played twice a week, even from Sunday to Tuesday, but despite that would never miss my Monday strength training. Although usually after 48 hours you do feel tired, it made me feel better for the next game.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I would bench press and had specific tests to work out which weight to lift during different periods of the season.“I leg pressed 500kg and with one leg I managed to lift 310kg. I would naturally also alternate those with work on ‘explosions’ of pace. For example, Jose Mourinho really liked to work with the ball, with high-intensity training based on hitting the brakes and changing direction.“I believe that in modern football you need more than just a fitness coach, as there ought to be specialised figures who work on different areas, for example, strength. There has to be collaboration and a wider vision of the situation.“I did take time to rest too. After a game, I’d spend time in the pool, then a day later work on strength and posture.”last_img read more

Man fatally shot by sheriffs deputy near MiraCosta College pulled out gun

first_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A man fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy this week in a residential area near MiraCosta College brought about the lethal use of force by pulling a gun on the lawman, a police spokesman said Thursday.The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon following a road chase that began in Vista and ended in a neighborhood north of state Route 78 and east of College Boulevard in Oceanside, said Gabe Jimenez, a sergeant with the latter’s city’s police department.Abandoning his car in the 3100 block of Camarillo Avenue, the fleeing man — a suspect in a hit-and-run crash — ran off, and a deputy got out of his cruiser and gave chase on foot, Jimenez said. Moments later, the suspect allegedly pulled a pistol, prompting the patrolman to open fire on him.The suspect collapsed in the front yard of a home and died. His name and that of the deputy have not yet been made public.No other injuries were reported.A woman who had been riding in the suspect’s car during the pursuit was detained for questioning and then released, the sergeant said. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: MiraCosta College, Oceanside, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Shooting FacebookTwitter Man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy near MiraCosta College pulled out gun December 21, 2017last_img read more

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