UWI criticizes EU over blacklisting

first_imgThe European Union has been criticized by the Vice Chancellor of the UWI for blacklisting some Caribbean counties as tax havens. UWI   The University of the West Indies (UWI) has criticized the European Union over its decision to blacklist a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as tax havens. The university warns the unilateral move could have a deleterious effect on the economies of these countries.“This latest decision by the EU is based on new, unilaterally-determined and unclear criteria that differ significantly from the currently accepted international standards of tax transparency, anti-money laundering and accountability,” said UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.CARICOM countries met standards “These universally accepted standards were established by the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum and demanded by the very EU,” Sir Hilary said, noting that CARICOM countries had either met or exceeded these accepted international standards and best practices over many years.Earlier this month, EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels named St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago among a list of 17 countries considered to be global tax havens. They said the new list had been drawn up after 10 months of investigations by EU officials.Not doing enough to crackdown on tax avoidanceThe ministers said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes. Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.The EU said that as a first step, a letter will be sent to all jurisdictions on the new list, explaining the decision and what they can do to be de-listed.CARICOM has strongly objected to the listing with its Secretary General Irwin la Rocque said the decision by Europe had ‘been based on new and unilaterally-determined criteria that go beyond the generally accepted international tax transparency and accountability standards which our countries have been diligently meeting over the past several years.“CARICOM strongly objects to this listing of our member states and calls on the EU to remove our member states from this pernicious list,” he said, noting that the 15-member grouping stood ready to discuss the matter with the European Council.“A de facto derailing”The UWI Vice Chancellor said the unilateral EU blacklisting was “de facto a derailing of these standards and undermine the entire process of accountability and fairness in financial matters carefully constructed by the world community”.He warned that this “unfavorable and unfair categorization of certain CARICOM countries is likely to result in reputational damage, encouragement of de-risking, including the withdrawal of correspondent banking services and the imposition of costs in the adjustment to new onerous regulatory requirements.“Further, whether intentional or accidental, this action is tantamount to creating a competitive advantage for offshore financial centers operating within the national jurisdiction of European Union member states.“The UWI stands with the governments of the Caribbean in protesting the recent actions by the EU and calling for a more transparent and equitable regulatory system and joins the call for the EU to enter into a process to resolve the issue.“To this end The University of the West Indies . . . will continue to put its expertise and research capacity at the service of governments, the private sector and regional organizations to craft appropriate policy responses,” he added.last_img read more

German Bundesliga Latest: Bayern Extend Lead With Augsburg Thrashing

first_imgChampions Bayern Munich have extended their lead at the top of the table to six points following the dominant win they recorded against Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.In-form Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to add to Arturo Vidal’s opener for a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the visitors thus maintaining the 100% record club manager Jupp Heynckes has since he took charge of his third spell at the club.The win takes Bayern six points clear after nearest challengers RB Leipzig could only muster a 2-2 draw at 10- man Bayer Leverkusen. Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg scored for the away side.Matchday 12 Results:Mainz 05 1-0 CologneBayer Leverkusen 2-2 RB LeipzigBayern Munich 3-0 AugsburgTSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht FrankfurtHertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia MoenchengladbachVFL Wolfsburg 3-1 FreiburgMainz 05 1-0 FC Cologne RelatedGerman Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead With Hannover WinDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Recap: Gladbach Beat Augsburg To Secure Top Four Place; Leverkusen Into Second Spot After Emphatic WinJanuary 21, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead After Slim Victory Over Bottom Club CologneDecember 14, 2017In “Europe” Standings (Top 4):1. Bayern Munich 29 points2. RB Leipzig 23 points3. Borussia Moenchengladbach 21 points4. Borussia Dortmund 20 pointslast_img read more

Tottenham announce new deal for Brad Friedel

first_imgThe veteran United States international, 43, moved to White Hart Lane from Aston Villa on a free transfer in July 2011, but has often been used as back-up for France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, making just one Premier League appearance last season.Spurs are also keen for Friedel to help promote the club in America in an ambassadorial role.The club confirmed on their official website: “Brad Friedel has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the club, which will also see him become a club ambassador with a particular focus on our work in his native United States.”Our goalkeeper’s ambassadorial role will have a wide-ranging remit that will include greater involvement in our global coaching programme and engaging with our 30 supporters clubs from across North America as we continue to increase our global presence and bring our international fanbase closer to the club.”Brad has enjoyed an impressive 17-year career in the Premier League to date, representing Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa before joining us in the summer of 2011.”Capped 82 times by his country, including appearing in two World Cup finals, he has currently made a total of 67 appearances in goal for us.”last_img read more

Angels fall to Indians again, despite late rally

first_imgRelated Articles PreviousAngels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit stands on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor in the top of the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco throws to the plate against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco throws to the plate against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons bare-hands a fly ball hit by Cleveland Indians’ Jay Bruce as center fielder Mike Trout watches during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Los Angeles Angels Andrelton Simmons is helped up by Justin Upton, left, and Mike Trout after making a barehanded catch on a Jay Bruce pop-up to end the top of the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout breaks his bat in the bottom of the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Cleveland Indians Josh Tomlin throws to the plate during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols heads to the dugout after striking out looking to end the bottom of the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Justin Upton tosses his helmet after being stranded in the bottom of the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Ricky Nolasco prepares to throw against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Andrelton Simmons singles in the second inning in front of Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun scores past Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez on a C.J. Cron single in the second inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a C.J. Cron single in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron hits an RBI single in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout prepares to bat in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron hits a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels C.J. Cron watches his solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the fifth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Yusmeiro Petit throws to the plate against the Cleveland Indians during the sixth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Yusmeiro Petit sits in the dugout after pitching the top of the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor hits a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Los Angeles Angels reliever Yusmeiro Petit at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor celebrates with Giovanny Urshela after his two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Los Angeles Angels reliever Yusmeiro Petit at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona welcomes Francisco Lindor into the dugout after his two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Los Angeles Angels reliever Yusmeiro Petit at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron, right, rounds the bases after a home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Los Angeles Angels Brandon Phillips laughs with Ben Revere in the dugout after scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Eduardo Paredes throws to the plate against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Brandon Phillips tags out the Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez trying to stretch a single to end the top of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols hits a solo home run in front of the Cleveland Indians’ Roberto PŽrez in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols watches his solo home run in front of the Cleveland Indians’ Roberto PŽrez in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Cleveland Indians’ Greg Allen can’t reach this home run by the Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols rounds the bases past the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana after his solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after a home run against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols is congratulated in the dugout after his sol home run against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the eighth inning during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Blake Parker throws to the plate against the Cleveland Indians during the Angels’ 6-5 loss at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun (56) celebrates at the dugout with Albert Pujols after scoring on a single by C.J. Cron during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout breaks his bat and flies out against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Cleveland Indians’ Giovanny Urshela hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis watches his RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Cleveland Indians fans celebrate after their 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion celebrate after their 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit stands on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor in the top of the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 40Angels pitcher Yusmeiro Petit stands on the mound after giving up a two-run home run to the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor in the top of the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — Proof of the urgency of the situation for the Angels came in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, when Yusmeiro Petit came jogging in from the bullpen.By using one of his best relievers in a tie game, Manager Mike Scioscia was demonstrating that he understands time is running short and victories are vital. Not only did Scioscia use Petit in a tie game, but he used Blake Parker when the Angels were down a run.Neither worked.The Angels lost, 6-5, to the Cleveland Indians, missing a second straight opportunity to gain ground in the race for the last spot in the postseason. With 11 games to go, the Angels are still 1½ games behind the Minnesota Twins, who have lost five of six but maintained their lead over the struggling Angels.The Angels have been unable to catch the Twins because they have run into the hottest team in baseball, an Indians squad fresh off a record-setting 22-game winning streak. They showed how tough they are by hitting both Petit and Parker, their two most consistent pitchers — not just relievers — all season.“It’s one of those nights where our bullpen, which has been there the whole season, stubbed its toe a little bit,” Scioscia said. “Yusmeiro has been there time in and time out. He’ll get the ball tomorrow if his role comes up, and he’ll do a good job. He’ll be fine.”Petit seemed not the least bit shaken by an outing in which he was charged with three runs, equaling the total he’d yielded in his previous 18 games.“One bad night,” Petit said. “I’ll take it. I made mistakes today and I had to pay.” Angels vs. Indians: Thursday game time, TV channel, starting pitchers center_img Petit brought a 2.09 ERA to the mound in the sixth, with the score tied, 2-2, after Ricky Nolasco’s solid five innings and a pair of RBI from C.J. Cron, one on a homer.Petit pitched a perfect sixth, although two of the outs were on line drives that found gloves in the outfield. In the seventh, he wasn’t so lucky. He missed on a location to Giovanny Urshela, who singled. Francisco Lindor then blasted a two-run homer, the first homer Petit had allowed since Aug. 6. Petit gave up another hit and was then pulled. The runner scored while Keynan Middleton was on the mound.“I missed a lot of pitches today,” Petit said. “No excuse for that.”Down 5-2, though, the Angels rallied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.Pinch hitter Ben Revere reached on an infield hit, his fourth hit in his last seven pinch-hit at-bats. Brandon Phillips followed with a blooper into right. As Phillips slid into second, the throw from right fielder Jay Bruce hit him and rolled away, just far enough for Revere to score.Mike Trout, who had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats despite hitting four balls hard, then hit a soft pop fly that dropped inside the right field line, driving in another run.Parker then entered with a runner at second in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at one run, and he gave up a run-scoring single to Jose Ramirez.That run turned out be huge, because Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer, his 23rd of the year. Kole Calhoun then drew a walk, putting the potential trying run on base.Cleveland summoned reliever Bryan Shaw, who retired the final six hitters of the game, including a strikeout of Trout to end it.The Angels’ 10th straight loss to the Indians was another frustrating one, with so many ways that this game could have flipped.“We just didn’t win,” Phillips said. “I think we played a good game. They’re a great team. They got key hits in key situations. They did a great job. We played a great game. They just outplayed us toward the end.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Angels move Shohei Ohtani up to No. 2 spot in the lineup

first_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 “I’m seeing the ball good,” Maldonado said. “Trusting the process and putting a good swing on the ball. Nothing different than I was doing before.”Maldonado said it was difficult to endure the oh-fer, but in the end he kept telling himself it was bound to turn.“You know you’re not going to hit like that all year,” he said. “I had a lot of people talking to me about staying positive, just having good at-bats. That’s what I was focused on.”Maldonado was off Tuesday. He has started 28 of the Angels’ first 42 games, a much more sustainable pace than last year when he led the majors with 137 games behind the plate. The Angels played him into the ground, which took a toll on his hitting, because his defense was good and they didn’t have a backup they trusted as much as they trust René Rivera.Besides getting more rest, Maldonado has said he’s hoping to maintain his offense all season this year by doing some different work in the gym.ALSOKeynan Middleton traveled to Cincinnati on Tuesday to get a second opinion on his elbow injury from Dr. Timothy Kremchek, a noted orthopedist. An MRI on Monday showed that Middleton has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, which could mean Tommy John surgery that would knock him out of action for 12 to 18 months. Even if he tries a different treatment, he is likely to be out for months. …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) said he felt good after Monday’s rehab outing at Class-A Inland Empire, and he expects to be ready after one more outing. Scioscia said Wood will pitch either Wednesday or Thursday. …Major League Baseball announced the official order of selections for the draft, which begins June 4. The Angels will pick 17th in the first round. They have no supplemental picks between rounds, so their next two selections will be 57th and 93rd.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 4-1, 4.08) vs. Astros (Justin Verlander, 4-2, 1.21), Wednesday, 6:40, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) QUICK TURNAROUNDMartín Maldonado ought to be a role model for every slumping hitter.Maldonado suffered through a career-worst 0-for-34 stretch in late April, which dropped his average to .156 with a .448 OPS.When the calendar turned to May, Maldonado suddenly started a hot streak, with 14 hits in his next 24 at-bats. Although he went hitless on Monday, he woke up Tuesday having lifted his average to .267 and his OPS to .720, both numbers the Angels would be thrilled to have over a full season.It took just two weeks.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani’s ascent in the Angels lineup has brought him to the No. 2 spot.How long it lasts is anyone’s guess.“This is the look right now,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Tuesday’s game. “Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Let’s see what happens.”As Ohtani has proved to be more than capable of hitting major league pitching, he has moved from eighth to fifth, and occasionally fourth when Albert Pujols is out. He made his debut in the No. 2 spot on Tuesday night, with Mike Trout moved to leadoff. Zack Cozart, who had been hitting leadoff for about a week, had the day off on Tuesday. Cozart will be back in the lineup on Wednesday, Scioscia said. He did not say whether Cozart would go back to the leadoff spot.For Trout, it was his first time hitting leadoff this season. He hit there just twice last year.“If some guys were swinging the bats a little better, we’d look at some other things,” Scioscia said, “but right now it looks best to have Mike and Shohei ahead of Justin (Upton) and Albert and (Andrelton Simmons).”Ohtani was hitting .348 with a .392 on-base percentage and a 1.044 OPS heading into Tuesday’s game. Trout was hitting .310 with a .448 on-base percentage and a 1.089 OPS.While Ohtani is moving up in the lineup, his next outing on the mound is tentatively scheduled for Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the final game of the homestand.last_img read more

Dodgers: First-half review, second-half preview

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DODGERS FIRST-HALF REVIEWHOW THEY GOT HERE: It’s hard to imagine a better first half. There have only been a few in the franchise’s history. The Dodgers reached the All-Star break with the best record in baseball (61-29), one of only four teams in the past 40 years to win 60 games before the break, with a run differential of plus-163 — that is the best in the National League at the All-Star break since the game was created in 1933 and the fourth-best overall since then. They have tapped into the depth the organization has focused on building the past three years. Cody Bellinger came up from Triple-A on April 25 and became an All-Star. The Dodgers have gone 52-18 since then. Chris Taylor revamped his swing over the winter and has made a string of outfield injuries (to Andrew Toles, Franklin Gutierrez and Andre Ethier) irrelevant. Alex Wood emerged as a front-of-the-rotation force with a 10-0 record and 1.67 ERA. Six Dodgers went to the All-Star Game, the franchise’s highest total since 1991, including Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen (whose returns were key to the offseason). Clayton Kershaw has made last year’s back injury a distant memory by going 14-2 with a 2.18 ERA.SECOND-HALF PREVIEWKEY TO THE SECOND HALF: After Sunday’s first-half finale, Kershaw was asked about his team reaching the break so “hot.” Given that the Dodgers have played nearly .750 baseball for more than two months, that had to be amended. “How long is a ‘hot’ streak?” Kershaw asked rhetorically. “How long is a ‘hot’ streak or is this just us? I guess we’ll find out in the next half.” The Dodgers seem to have swept away threats in the division from the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. A second-half stumble of any consequence seems unlikely. The focus will be on maintaining this level of play and preparing for October. With the mediocre state of the National League overall, the Dodgers are as well-positioned for a return to the World Series as they have been in decades. TRADE POSSIBILITIES: Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi chuckled as he said it. “In nerd-speak, our internal replacement level is pretty high.” In other words, there are no glaring needs to be addressed and any player added has a high bar to clear in order to be an improvement over what is already on the roster. A left-handed reliever tops the priority list. Detroit’s Justin Wilson, San Diego’s Brad Hand or Oakland’s Sean Doolittle would fill the bill. The Dodgers’ deep farm system provides plenty of trade-chip material with Triple-A outfielder Alex Verdugo the most frequent name mentioned.BIGGEST CONCERN: The Dodgers have used the DL as a waiting room at times while shuffling as many as eight starting pitchers through their rotation. Southwest Airlines flights from Oklahoma City seem to circle Chavez Ravine, loaded with relievers to rotate through the bullpen. Any instability has been invisible. The Dodgers reached the break with the lowest ERA in the majors (3.15). All of that could come tumbling down with a key injury or two. Kershaw will get an extended eight-day break between starts this week as a preventative measure. But Julio Urias is out for the season with shoulder surgery and the Dodgers must cross their fingers that Kershaw, Wood and Rich Hill reach October healthy and strong.SCHEDULE: The Dodgers reached the break with 18 wins in their past 19 games at home and the best home record in baseball (39-11). They won’t have that to lean on in the second half. Forty-one of their final 72 games are on the road, including 23 of 31 during a stretch beginning Aug. 1. There is a soft landing, though. Ten of their final 13 games are against the Phillies, Giants and Padres — all of whom figure to be packed up for the winter by then.last_img read more

Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. goes about business of first big-league camp

first_imgStill, the Jays have been criticized for already saying he isn’t expected to begin the 2019 season in the majors, largely to delay the start of his MLB-service time. Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, won’t get into that discussion. Notes the Star: He plans to work hard and control what he can control.”I’ve never put numbers in my head,” he said. “I focus on my work and just doing what I need to do. The numbers will show up if I’m focused on getting the work done.”It’s that approach that helped Guerrero slash .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 1.073 OPS moving up four rungs in one season in 2018, from Rookie ball to Advanced-A to Double-A and finishing at Triple-A Buffalo, where he’s ticketed to begin this season. Blue Jays mega-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in his first big league camp in Dunedin, Florida, and is going about his business, which happens to be baseball and nothing but baseball.“I’m not the kind of person that craves attention or wants it particularly,” Guerrero told the Toronto Star on Monday, through translator Tanya Bialostozky, who is also a Jays mental performance coach. “I’m a guy that is focused on coming here, working hard, doing the best I can and then just going home and keeping a low profile.” He continued: “When I’m here, when I’m on the field, in the clubhouse, I’m a baseball player. Outside, when I’m at my home, I’m just a person, a human being. I try to come here, give my best, leave it here and then just go back to being a person at home, a regular guy.”OK, about that second part: He is a human being, but, at 19 (turning 20 next month), he has an extraordinary gift for the game. Related News Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. unlikely to start season in MLB, GM sayslast_img read more

Regents International hosts first Friendly Football Cup

first_imgRegents International School Pattaya celebrated the grand opening of its new sporting facilities on May 28 and the school could think of no better way to enjoy the new astro-turf pitch than by hosting a friendly football tournament involving local Thai teams.Chonburi Football Academy won the U12 trophy.Regents school Principal, Mr Blaikie, and school founder Dr Virachai took great pride in officially opening the sports hall, astro-turf pitch and new teaching pool for younger students.With 12 teams competing in the U10 and U12 football categories the standard of play was very high. Young athletes played with skill, team work and enthusiasm where passion for the glorious game shone through. The goal celebrations and support from travelling parents and coaches could be heard across the school. The teams benefited by taking a well-earned break and rest from the heat in the new air-conditioned sports hall.Sriracha Arena Academy score against Assumption College Rayong.The football games resumed and the energy was high and intensive as medal positions would be decided. The U10 tournament resulted in Regents International School winning the bronze medals in third position and Assumption College Rayong taking the silver medals, but the winners of the gold medals and trophy were the team from Sriracha Arena Academy.Regents’ Lions take on NT Star Academy. The U12 competition was very close and Assumption College Rayong won the bronze medals while Regents International School collected the silvers, they were beaten to first place however by the Chonburi Football Academy who were crowned champions.All teams were presented with participation certificates and t-shirts to remind them of this grand occasion within the Regents School history.last_img read more

Mayor’s driver slapped with causing death charge

first_imgJoel Bond, the driver attached to Georgetown Mayor, was on Monday placed on $100,000 bail by Magistrate George when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Courts on a causing death charge.The Mayor’s vehicle being towed after the accidentHe pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that he drove his vehicle in a dangerous manner, causing the death of Mitford Cambridge.On June 11, the vehicle assigned to the Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine, slammed into three other vehicles along the Turkeyen Public Road. In the process, Cambridge was injured and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted but died one day later.Cambridge was reportedly sitting in his car at the time of the accident and had sustained severe bodily injuries.At the time of the smash-up, the Mayor was not in the vehicle but Bond, told traffic ranks that he had fallen asleep, causing the vehicle to collide with the concrete median and subsequently barrel into three vehicles parked in the vicinity of MovieTowne.Just under a month ago, seven parked cars were badly damaged as a result of a speeding car losing control in the vicinity of Liliendaal on the East Coast of Demerara.Meanwhile, Bond will return to court on July 31.last_img read more

Critical section of GPHC shuts down after power outage

first_imgCritical sections of the Georgetown Public Hospital were left in darkness following an internal electrical malfunction the medical institution experienced on Thursday morning, causing the Guyana Fire Service to respond after smoke was seen coming from a specific area.The Georgetown Public HospitalThe outage lasted for several hours but by Thursday afternoon electricity was restored. Guyana Times was told that the problem was triggered by the failure of a power breaker in the main power control room at the Hospital.Public Relations Officer Mitsy Campbell told this publication that as a result of the nature of the problem, the backup generator system could not kick in immediately. She added that this resulted in the A, C, D, the new Inpatient building and sections of the Accident and Emergency Unit being without power.According to Campbell, measures were put in place in other sections of the medical facility for persons needing urgent medical care and lights were installed to offer some temporary aid to the A&E department.Campbell further noted that no staff left their duties and were all working together to ensure the work was done. “Nobody ran, the staff are all working as per normal,” she said.The operating theatre and other important sections of the hospital were not majorly affected and other services such as X-rays, ultrasound and CT scans were transferred to the Cancer Institute, while works were ongoing to fix the problem.Several patients reported hearing an explosion.A doctor working in the Accident and Emergency Unit told this publication that electricians had been working for four hours to fix the problem but to no avail. He said most patients left the hospital since the medical practitioners were not able to attend to them without proper lighting and some waited for several hours before leaving.He said some patients needing urgent care however remained and doctors and nurses were working tirelessly to ensure the situation remained under control with the limited resources available to them. “Some of the patients that received dates to do tests and so on were very agitated when we told them they would have to wait until the power comes on to do the tests and that was indefinite,” he said.He added that other affected areas include the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Accident and Emergency Department, the recovery department, specialist clinics and the pharmacy.last_img read more