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Malaysia establishes diplomatic ties with Vatican

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Malaysia establishes diplomatic ties with Vatican by: – July 18, 2011 Share The Vatican said the talks between the two leaders had been “cordial”The Vatican and Malaysia have agreed to establish diplomatic ties, following a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.The move comes after years of talks between the Catholic Church and the government of majority-Muslim Malaysia.Mr Najib’s visit was said to have been intended to reassure Christians in his country, who have long complained of discrimination.Ethnic and religious tensions have risen ahead of expected national polls.On Monday Mr Najib met the Pope at his summer home near Rome.In a statement, the Vatican said that during their “cordial conversations, the positive developments in bilateral relations were discussed and an agreement was reached to establish diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See”.The Vatican said the two leaders had also discussed the importance of cultural and religious dialogue for the promotion of peace, Associated Press news agency reports.Mr Najib’s meeting with the Pope is significant for Malaysia’s Christian community, which makes up about 9% of the population.Malaysia’s constitution promises freedom of worship to all faiths, but a string of religious disputes in recent years has raised fears among the country’s religious minorities that their rights are being eroded, says the BBC’s Kuala Lumpur correspondent Jennifer Pak.Pigs headsIn 2009 the authorities tried to enforce a ban on Christians using the word “Allah” when referring to God in the Malay language – Christian leaders said the word had been used in their bibles for decades.The authorities’ efforts heightened tensions, leading to arson attacks on churches and tit-for-tat defacing of mosques, including the leaving of pigs’ heads at doorways to Islamic prayer halls.Ramon Navaratnam, who works for a Malaysian inter-faith council, said earlier that forming ties with the Vatican would give the concerns of Christians a better hearing.“We now will be saying things the way we have, what is right, what is wrong, what we like, what we don’t like about religious freedoms or the lack of it, and we know we will have somebody in the Vatican who would be able to at least talk to them, the government, privately and say ‘look, we can’t accept this. Please moderate your views’,” he said.Mr Navaratnam said the government could no longer ignore religious minorities, most of whom are ethnically Chinese and Indian.However, some Malay Muslim groups have become more vocal in demanding privileges and support from the government.In 2008, Chinese and Indian minorities across Malaysia, who are mainly Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, abandoned the government and voted for the opposition.Many complained of racism and a lack of religious freedom.BBC Newslast_img read more

President urges Haitians to stay and rebuild instead of leaving illegally

first_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet NewsRegional President urges Haitians to stay and rebuild instead of leaving illegally by: – July 3, 2012center_img Haitian President Michel Martelly NASSAU, Bahamas — Haitian President Michel Martelly has urged his countrymen to stay and rebuild Haiti instead of leaving the country illegally, Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue said during a funeral service on Saturday for 11 drowning victims of the ‘Cosy Time’ tragedy.The 11 victims were among 28 passengers who boarded the ill-fated boat from Abaco and headed to Florida on June 10, authorities said.Five of the victims were children who attended Treasure Cay Primary School. The other victims were women.Police suspect the group was part of a human smuggling operation that originated in Abaco. At least seven people are believed to have survived the accident.About 250 hundred mourners attended the funeral.“Certainly the terrible accident should serve as a lesson for those who are tempted to take the risk of seeking a better way of life in this manner,” Rodrigue said.“Following this tragic event, the president of Haiti [Michel] Martelly and Prime Minister [Laurent] Lamothe call on all Haitian citizens to avoid placing themselves in danger by using illegal channels to go on foreign soil,” he said.“This also reaffirms the [Haitian government’s] determination to work to and for the improvement of living conditions of all Haitians so they will have no need to leave Haiti again.”His statement drew applause from some in the congregation.Rodrigue said Haiti would do all it can to work with international partners to stop human smuggling and illegal immigration.Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder told the congregation that this was not the first time he attended a mass burial for Haitians who died at sea attempting to gain illegal entry into another country.“What we are faced with today is an unspeakable tragedy,” Pinder said.“But the greater tragedy is this; this is not the first time this has happened. Will it happen again? Is this the last time it will happen? What must be done and what can be done to prevent this?”On June 21, Alphonse ‘Capo’ Edner, 43, was arraigned on 11 counts of abetment to manslaughter in connection to the deaths.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Begin Title Defence

first_imgThe 21 Falcons for Ghana 2018Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)Where Next for Ighalo?It is commonplace for big players to dump their clubs after relegation though there are few cases where such players sink with their team. With Odion Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai club now relegated from the Chinese Super League, Kunle Adewale asks what the fate of the Super Eagles striker would beWhen Fiorentina was relegated to the Italian Serie B in 1993, Argentine super star, Gabriel Bastituta sank with the club and helped return it to Serie A the following season. He became an icon in Florence and Florentina fans erected his life-size bronze statue in the stadium in recognition of his contribution.One of Italy’s best goalkeepers of all time, Gigi Buffon did not dump Turin giants, Juventus when they were relegated in the 2006-07 season, in spite of his teammates leaving for greener pastures during Juve’s trying period. He rather stayed and helped the club gain promotion to the elite division the following season.However, in spite of Ighalo breaking the Chinese Super League goal record, scoring 23 goals in the just concluded season, he could not save Chanchung Yatai from being relegated. The big question on the lips of observers is if the Super Eagles striker would go down with the club or go in search of another club.The large chunk of revenue of most clubs come from television rights, which is not attractive for clubs in the lower divisions and therefore may not be able to afford the wage bills of their big players. This raises the question whether Chanchung Yatai would still be able to afford the huge wage bill of Ighalo.Chanchung Yatai dropped to the second tier of football in China after they lost 2-0 to Dalian Yifang away from home. Ighalo was unable to feature in the encounter as he suffered a serious injury in their last fixture against Tianjin Quanjin on November 7.Chanchung Yatai could not depend on their reliable striker who has 23 goals this season in the league.The result meant that Ighalo’s Chanchung Yatai stayed on 32 points but his national teammate, Mikel Obi’s Tianjin TEDA which also lost 5-1 to Guangzhou Evergrande and with the same number of points with Chanchung Yatai but Mikel’s side scaled through in 14th position with a superior goal difference.Ighalo put aside his disappointing performance for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia to emerge the all-time leading scorer for Changchun Yatai with 23 goals to overtake the previous record of 22 goals set by Marcelo Moreno at the club.Ighalo was roundly criticised for his inability to convert begging chances for Super Eagles in Nigeria’s last Group D crucial game against Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium.After Victor Moses cancelled out Lionel Messi’s early lead through a penalty, Ighalo lost a clear chance to bury the game with a sitter but wasted the opportunity before Marcos Rojo snatched the winning goal that sent the South American nation through to the Last 16.But on returning to his club in the Chinese Super League, the former Watford marksman put that Russia 2018 debacle behind him to focus on helping his club earn respect in the league.The Eagles striker has been an instant hit in China since joining in January 2017, scoring 15 in his debut and only last April, Ighalo had equaled Moreno’s record, when he scored twice to down then leaders Shanghai SIPG, a feat that earned him the Player of the Month in China.His f                orm however propelled Nigeria’s German-born tactician, Gernot Rohr to stick to the China based forward and he justified the trust Rohr reposed on him by scoring six goals in three matches of the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to put the country in good stead at playing in the biennial competition.“We had gained the confidence to bring Ighalo. I think today he has given the answer. It is wonderful to see him score these goals,” the German said after the game against Libya.Speaking after the Super Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0, Rohr said: “It is wonderful to see him score these goals. The positives I take from this game is the team scoring four goals because it is not easy to do that. Secondly, it is the comeback of Ighalo. I am very happy about it because he has been criticised in the social media which went beyond any human endurance limit.“So, I am very happy that he has given them the answer on the pitch. He proved that he is a great player and confirmed the confidence I have in him.”It however remains to be seen if Ighalo would remain with his Chinese club or try his luck elsewhere.Ighalo was born on June 16, 1989. He started his career at Prime FC and later moved to Julius Berger and in 2007, he moved to Lyn in Norway. A year after, was signed by Udineze of Italy but was loaned out to Granada in Spain, before signing for Watford in 2014.Last year, he moved to Changchun Yatai in China for a fee of £20m.In March 2015, after a series of strong performances for Watford, the then newly appointed Super Eagles interim coach, Daniel Amokachi invited Ighalo to the senior national, and he said then, “I feel good because it is my dream to play for my country”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, is optimistic of Super Falcons’ victory against Bayana Bayana of South Africa.“Of course as a head coach, you are always under pressure, and when you are the head coach of a big football country like Nigeria, you are always under pressure. But honestly, I have been in this business for long and it’s good for me, so I am not so worried about that.“But the expectation for the tournament, of course, we always go to a tournament to try to win it. But I also know because I saw the games from the last tournament that other teams from Africa are really good and I think from the last game that Cameroon was better than Nigeria; also South Africa played a very tough game against the Falcons. I know there are a lot of good teams hunting us. Anyway, in the end, we need to be one of the three best teams so that we qualify for the World Cup. If we don’t do that, it is not good at all. We really need to go to the World Cup,” Dennerby said.Dennerby who revealed that he had sleepless nights before picking his final 21-woman Nigeria squad for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana, said his squad was a mix of experience and youth. He expressed confidence in the selected players to do the country proud.“I think that we really have a good mix of experienced players and younger players with good spirit. We also have a really good squad if you look at the skills or players. We have players with very high speed and playing vision and game reading and strong players. It was good to finally pick the final 21-player squad. The last night before always picking the squad is always a sleepless night,” Dennerby told Goal.com.“It was tough because we have a lot of good footballers and for the coach; it is good when it is really tough. It is always tougher for the coaching staff to make the decision pick the squad,” the 59-year-old said.Meanwhile, Captain of Bayana Bayana, Janine van Wyk said a win against perennial rivals, Nigeria in their opening game on Sunday can help propel the team to a positive outing at the tournament.“First game is really crucial for us, it is a game between rivals, but I think in the past we have been slow starters in tournaments and we need to change that, and go with the perspective of attacking from the onset,” Van Wyk told the South Africa Football Association official website.“We just need to go out there and not show any fear, most of us here in the squad are highly experienced and we have played them numerous times, we must just go for it.”Aside from Nigeria, Bayana Bayana will also face the Shepolopolo of Zambia and Harambee Starlets of Kenya in Group B and Van Wyk described the draw as interesting.“It is a very interesting draw for us if we were in either group it would be considered as a tough group. Women’s football in Africa is developing enormously, there are no more easy teams that we will be facing now,” she added.“I think it is a tough group we are in, and we are looking forward to competing in the tournament.“These are all great opponents we have played and faced before, they never give us an easy run so we need to prepare well for every team because they are all different.”Host Ghana will kick off the competition today as they host Algeria, while Mali and Cameroon would slug it out in the Group A second game.The first three teams will book a place to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Defending champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria will tomorrow in Accra, Ghana, start the defence of African Women Cup of Nations title against Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the opening Group B game of the 2018 AWCON at the Cape Coast StadiumAfter a week of intensive training in Cote ‘d Ivoire, the Falcons are ready for thedefence of the title they won in Cameroon and also pick the ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup billed for France.The Super Falcons will be searching for their 9th title in Ghana, after winning their eight in Cameroon in 2016.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Idrissa Gana Gueye officially joins PSG

first_imgEverton midfielder, Idrissa Gana Gueye has completed his move to French giants, Paris Saint Germain.The 29-year-old joined the Toffees from Aston Villa for £7m in 2016 and now departs the Merseyside based club for £25m.The Senegalese international made 108 appearances for Everton in all competitions.Gueye, who has signed a contract to keep him at PSG until 2023 had this to say on his move“I feel immensely proud at this time to join PSG.After having remained focused on AFCON with my national team, I wanted to give my club career a new impetus by signing for PSG, who offers one of the most structured and ambitious projects in Europe.I thank the board, the manager and his staff for the belief that they have in me. I will do everything to prove myself worthy of this trust and rapidly integrate myself into a squad with very talented players.Finally, it will be a great pleasure to taste the exceptional atmosphere at the Parc des Princes, which really impressed me during my 1st stint in France.”The midfielder has been keen on this move since the first offer was made in January but Everton refused to sell him to the French champions.last_img read more

Dodgers rough up ‘opener’ on way to win over Pirates

first_imgOver their past 25 games, Dodgers starters have a 2.09 ERA with 165 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 159 innings (an average of 6-1/3 per start). Those starters are 14-2 in that stretch, the Dodgers 18-7.“I think we all know this,” Roberts said. “We have a very dynamic, athletic position-player group. But the strength of our team is our starting pitching – the depth and the quality. And it’s showing true right now.”The newest kid on that block, Buehler already recognizes that.“Obviously the four or five guys that have started games for us, it’s pretty impressive what those guys can do,” he said. “Obviously you go back to last year, (Hyun-Jin) Ryu is still on a roll. I don’t think you can get on a roll that long if you’re not that good. Kersh speaks for himself. Rich (Hill), we all know what he can do and Kenta (Maeda).“I think that’s been the strength of us for a long time. This is just a continuation of that. We expect this out of ourselves. That’s just kind of the way it goes.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Treated like a returning hero in St. Louis, Freese got a warm greeting from Pittsburgh fans as well when he stepped to the plate for the first time since the Pirates traded him to the Dodgers last August and raised the bat in his right hand to acknowledge the applause.“Man, I loved it here,” said Freese who could run for elective office in either St. Louis or Pittsburgh. “I loved the fans. I loved playing in this park.“They played my walk-up song. It got me pumped.”Maybe that was their mistake. Freese lined a full-count fastball into the right-center field seats for a grand slam, perhaps making some of the fans regret their hospitality.For openers, Feliz was gone after six batters, five of whom scored. Brault, an occasional starter, replaced him and gave up two more runs in the second inning after back-to-back two-out walks and a two-run double by Austin Barnes (his second double of the game).Cody Bellinger added his 18th home run later in the game and Joc Pederson drove in a run when Pirates center fielder Starling Marte misplayed his hit into a triple.All of that made for a pleasant evening for Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. He went six stress-free innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He didn’t strike out a batter until the third inning. Then he struck out six of the final 13 batters he faced.“I think when you pitch with a lead you can get a little careless and think, ‘Just throw fastballs and get ahead,’” Buehler said. “To kind of keep your mind going – credit to Barnes for keeping me in there, keeping me engaged. It’s kind of a tricky deal pitching with a lead like that. But you’ll obviously take it every time.”Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his past seven starts. But that’s nothing special in a Dodgers rotation that has been just that.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “There’s a lot of thought that went through it and obviously it takes good players to execute. They did that,” Roberts said after the game. “Just kind of going through when they’re going to deploy (left-hander Steven) Brault and how they’re going to deploy the rest of the ’pen and who they have available – all that kind of stuff. That’s kind of what we went through. But the players really executed tonight. It was good to see.”The Tampa Bay Rays use the opener as a strategic maneuver. With Trevor Williams and Jameson Taillon on the Injured List and Chad Kuhl out for the season following Tommy John surgery, the Pirates are trying it as a way to compensate for having fewer quality starters than Racing Pierogies.Related Articles “I kind of buy into it, in a sense,” Dodgers veteran David Freese said. “This has nothing to do with tonight. But I think you’ve got to have dudes that come out of the gate. Come after you in the first inning. Then you can set yourself up for the rest of the game.”The Pirates don’t have those dudes. They went with Michael Feliz on Friday – despite the fact that he had pitched in two of their previous three games.The misdirection did not flummox the Dodgers. Matt Beaty led off with a single and scored on Max Muncy’s double. Justin Turner singled and Corey Seager walked to load the bases with one out. PreviousPITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides safety into third base in front of Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Dodgers starter Walker Buehler pitched six stress-free innings against the Pirates on Friday night, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Over his past seven starts, Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy drives in a run with a double off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty slides safely across home plate on a RBI double to deep center field by Max Muncy off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Matt Beaty #45 celebrates with Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Michael Feliz delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese follows through on a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese watches his grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese rounds third after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Michael Feliz waits for manager Clint Hurdle to remove him from the team’s baseball game after giving up a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese during the first inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: David Freese #25 celebrates with Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a grand slam during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell waits for a pitching change after starting pitcher Michael Feliz gave up a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese during the first inning of the team’s baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Michael Feliz sits in the dugout after being removed from the team’s baseball game after giving up a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese during the first inning in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run double during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run off Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run off Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, rounds first behind Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell after hitting a two-run home run off Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger rounds third after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Cody Bellinger #35 celebrates his two run home run with Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Geoff Hartlieb during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 24: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides safety into third base in front of Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park on May 24, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Dodgers starter Walker Buehler pitched six stress-free innings against the Pirates on Friday night, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Over his past seven starts, Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)NextShow Caption1 of 22Dodgers starter Walker Buehler pitched six stress-free innings against the Pirates on Friday night, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Over his past seven starts, Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)ExpandPITTSBURGH — The lineup card went up on a wall in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Friday afternoon as usual before games. Then it came down. And a new one went up. Eventually.These Dodgers are never guilty of under-thinking anything.For the third consecutive game, the Dodgers’ opponent was going to start the game with an “opener,” a right-handed reliever not meant to stick around long. The lineup the Dodgers finally stuck with was the third iteration as Manager Dave Roberts went through some “different thoughts” on how to counter the strategy.Those deep thoughts produced a big first inning when five of the first six Dodgers batters scored, putting them in firm control all the way through a 10-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.last_img read more

Hurricanes’ Scott Darling to take leave of absence from team

first_imgCarolina Hurricanes GM Don Waddell announced Sunday that goaltender Scott Darling is taking a leave of absence from the team, according to the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.Darling, 30, has spent the majority of the season with the teams’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers posting a 5-6-0 record with a 3.40 goals-against average. In eight starts this season for Carolina, he went 2-4-2 with a 3.33 GAA and .884 save percentage. His last appearance for the Hurricanes was a 5-4 shootout loss Dec. 14 to the WashingtonCapitals.  Canes GM Don Waddell says goalie Scott Darling has taken a “personal leave of absence.” Waddell said Darling, through his agent, asked for time off. Waddell says Darling “from a mental standpoint needs to regroup, basically.”— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) February 10, 2019Originally drafted by Phoenix in 2007, the netminder burst onto the scene in 2015 when he filled in for the injured Corey Crawford during the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship run.Before being acquired in a trade by the Hurricanes in April 2017, he posted a record of 39-17-9 with 2.37 GAA and .923 save percentage in the Windy City. Carolina signed him to a four-year $16.6 million deal that May. At this time, there is no set timetable for his return.last_img read more

Cocaine charges dropped against Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts

first_imgOnce police pulled Werts over, police arrested him for the speeding violation before asking him “about the white powder on the hood of his vehicle.” Werts claimed the substance was “bird poop,” which he had tried to clean earlier that week. One of the officers then tested the substance for cocaine, allegedly yielding a positive result from two different kits on two different parts of the hood.According to the police report, “everything about (Werts) and inside his vehicle made him appear as a clean person but the hood of his car was out of place.” The report also noted that the substance appeared as if it was thrown on the vehicle and “attempted to be washed off by the winsdhield wipers and, and wiper fluid.” Police collected the substance at the scene, though further testing confirmed no controlled substance present.Werts started 10 games for the Eagles in 2018, completing 69 of 116 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns to no interceptions. He also rushed for 908 yards and 15 touchdowns.(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from a previous version). The possession of cocaine charge against Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts has been dropped, according to the Savannah Morning News. Werts had been suspended from the team on Aug. 2, stemming from an arrest during a traffic stop. According to an arrest report from the Saluda (S.C.) Police Department, two officers initially attempted to pull Werts over for an alleged speeding violation on July 31. Werts allegedly called 911 to inform them he would not stop until he was further into town, where it was better lit.last_img read more

Iowa Insurance Division holding webinars for senior Iowans

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Insurance Division is beginning a series of Fraud Fighting webinars Wednesday featuring topics to help older Iowans.Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says his office has held informational sessions for several years. “To talk to people, to educate them on how they can go about protecting themselves as well as their neighbors from fraud,” he says. “Due to social distancing requirements this year, we’ve kind of taken it upon ourselves to find new ways by which to do that, and that is the idea behind these webinars.”The first webinar Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 PM will include information on Medicare. He says the scammers have not let up in this area. “And its really important that seniors and older Iowans understand that so they can help be alert to what it is that can happen — and then to also assist us in law enforcement to identify those frauds,” Ommen says.This webinar will also include information on how to avoid financial abuse. “Many older Iowans as they get along in years, they look for people around them to try to help them with some of the decisions that need to be made,” according to Ommen. “And that sometimes includes executions of powers of attorney and appointment of guardians and others to assist them.”Ommen encourages seniors to join online and share their stories. “Some of the best meetings that we’ve had — and we hope to replicate that again in these webinars — is to give older Iowans the opportunity to participate in a conversation and essentially educate each other as to what is going on,” Ommen says.He says it can be helpful to learn from others and know that you are not alone in your concerns.You can sign up to participate at IowaFraudFighters.gov. The other seminars are July 22nd from 10:00-11:00 AM and it focuses on consumer scams online. On July 29th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM there is a webinar for family members or other caregivers of Iowa seniors and provides tips for caregivers to recognize the red flags of Medicare fraud and investment scamslast_img read more

Commonwealth Games abandons data mining after Facebook scandal

first_imgThe app was downloaded by 270,000 people, but also scooped up their friends’ data without consent — as was possible under Facebook’s rules at the time.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised Wednesday for a “major breach of trust” and admitted the group must do better.The Gold Coast backdown also followed outrage from the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, which said privacy laws prohibited any data collection unless it was necessary for council purposes.Its president Michael Cope said while the council may have claimed it was simply for tourism purposes, depending on the Facebook privacy settings of those using the wifi, the council could collect a lot of other information.“The data that might be collected by council, depending on a person’s Facebook privacy settings, would include how many friends they have, who their friends are, what they’ve liked on Facebook and their photos,” he said.In a statement to AFP, the council earlier said the purpose was simply to “gather publicly available information about age, gender and nationality for the purpose of monitoring the use patterns”.It said it never planned to mine or store any private data.The Games run from April 4 to 15, with thousands of athletes, support staff and fans due to attend.Share on: WhatsApp Sydney, Australia | AFP | A plan to mine data from Commonwealth Games visitors who use free and fast wifi in Australia was abandoned Thursday as a privacy scandal swirls around social media giant Facebook.The local Gold Coast council is offering a service up to 10 times normal speed after laying new fibre cables to coincide with the multi-sport event next month, which is contested between nations that are members of the Commonwealth.But there was a catch.To use it, they wanted people to log on through a Facebook account, allowing the council to capture data, which it said would be used to help shape future tourism marketing campaigns.But authorities had a re-think after Facebook became embroiled in a snowballing scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of its users.Gold Coast councillor Hermann Vorster said the wifi feature would be amended to allow users to access it without having to log in through the social media platform.“Only today, the Facebook CEO has confirmed that he is investigating privacy issues to do with Facebook and how it manages people’s privacy,” he said in a statement.“So if Facebook cannot guarantee the security of its users, it is best council takes a cautionary approach and removes this feature from our free wifi. That is what we are doing right now.”The Facebook saga erupted when a whistleblower revealed that British data consultant Cambridge Analytica had created psychological profiles on 50 million users via a personality prediction app.last_img read more

Flying Fijians seeking big improvement

first_imgThe Wallabies defeated the Pacific Nations Cup holders 37-14 in Melbourne, with Suva-born Henry Speight and Israel Folau both scoring twice for the home side.The Flying Fijians were kept scoreless until Vereniki Goneva found the tryline in the 62nd minute before Timoci Nagusa added another consolation four minutes from full-time.John McKee said it was a frustrating start to the international window.”We did a lot of quite good things in the game but on the scoreline for us it was disappointing,” he said.”We’ve got things to work on but I think we can take a lot of positives from that game for the rest of our series going forward.”We had enough ball in that game to do very well but we didn’t execute as well as we needed to – certainly our conversion rate of possession to points was poor in comparison to the Wallabies.”The Flying Fijians have a chance to rectify their mistakes on home soil against Italy this Saturday.The teams last test was also in Suva, three years ago, where the home side defeated the Azzurri 25-14.John McKee believed the gap between tier one and tier two nations was closing and said Italy presented a completely different challenge to Australia.”We need to play those games to get better,” he said.”We’re sort of the top ranked tier two team but we do know that there is a big step up in the performance required to be successful against the tier one nations.”John McKee said some more players have joined them in camp this week after playing in the French Top 14 playoffs and he will continue to rotate his squad in the build up to next month’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers against Tonga and Samoa. Photo: AFP Fiji’s Kini Murimurivalu tries to tackle Australia’s Israel Folau.last_img read more