18 Nov
2019

Perfect Tanaka Blanks Mets, 4-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Rafael Montero was simply outpitched in his major league debut by a fellow rookie with a much bigger contract.Masahiro Tanaka tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout and the New York Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on May 14, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets.“He’s outstanding, a great pitcher, and we saw that tonight,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “But I was real proud of the way Raffy stayed in there. A couple of home runs, but it should have been closer.”Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight.The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again as a three-game winning streak came to an end.“You asked me about the home run barrage? We hit three of them tonight. They were just in the wrong park,” Collins said.After the game, reliever Kyle Farnsworth confirmed he was cut by the team, though the Mets did not make an announcement. Farnsworth has time to decide if he wants to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, but that’s not what he had in mind.“I want to go to another team, because I want to pitch against this team,” he said. “Personally, I’m angered, also disappointed. I thought I did a pretty good job and was productive.”The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances.Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Montero’s debut. The latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, Montero threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan.“In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guy’s never lost and the other guy’s never pitched,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. “So, it’s interesting. We’ll see how many rocks Rafael’s got.”Not enough.Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year — before earning a save in Game 7.The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors.“I knew what was coming, but I couldn’t hit it,” Daniel Murphy said. “He’s commanding all his pitches to all zones. The splitter is the equalizer. You don’t see it that much, someone using it in any count like that.”Tanaka even singled in the ninth for his first major league hit — giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season.“Overall, I think that today was my best day,” Tanaka said through a translator.Montero (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two after getting called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to step into the rotation slot previously held by Jenrry Mejia, who was moved to the bullpen.“I was comfortable from the first inning until I finished up. I felt really good,” Montero said through a translator. “I just kept trying to throw strikes. That’s the most important part for me.”The slim right-hander fanned Derek Jeter in the third for his first strikeout. “That was a good feeling. I felt really happy,” Montero said.But he was hurt by his defense an inning earlier. With a runner on first and Tanaka on deck, left fielder Eric Young Jr. made an ill-advised dive in trying to catch Roberts’ sinking liner with two outs.The ball got past Young and went to the wall, allowing Solarte to score as Roberts cruised in with his first triple.“I got a little overaggressive right there in that situation, trying to make a play for the kid to get him out of the inning. Ended up hurtin’ him,” Young said.Solarte, the AL’s leading hitter, sent a solo homer to right in the fourth. Teixeira lifted Montero’s second pitch of the sixth to right-center for his eighth homer. Jeter’s infield single scored Brett Gardner in the seventh.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Eoin Morgan defends Trevor Bayliss before one-day series against Australia

first_imgEngland cricket team England seek ODI redemption against Australia after one-sided Ashes Ashes 2017-18 Though fortunes in the longest form have stuttered during Bayliss’s tenure, despite 2015’s Ashes success and a series victory in South Africa, the 55-year-old has rejuvenated England in limited-overs cricket. Appearances in the World T20 final in 2016 and the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals in 2017, while ultimately disappointing, have been steps in the right direction.This week the vice-captain, Jos Buttler, praised Bayliss for liberating England. Now the captain has echoed those sentiments: “He has been brilliant for us,” Morgan said. “As a coach the one attribute he has is the ability to take the pressure away from any player at a time when you need it and that has helped me massively.”The five-match series presents England with a chance to test the limits of their carefree approach against the world champions before next year’s home World Cup. Australia may go into the opener at the MCG as favourites but Morgan has vowed to stick to the approach Bayliss has cultivated. “We are going with the mantra that we always need to be on top of our game and testing the opposition the whole time. We have done that a bit with the bat, we will try and continue taking wickets with the ball. This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup. To be in that space you need to be setting or bucking trends or being able to adapt. We are very open-minded with the way we are going. Also the best way to address it is to be on the front foot.”One luxury afforded to Morgan is clarity on Ben Stokes. The all-rounder will play no part in the ODIs as he waits to hear whether he faces any charges for the incident in a Bristol street in the early hours of 25 September. So far he has missed two ODIs against West Indies and the five Ashes Tests. He has been named in the T20 squad for the tri-series with Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Test series against the latter which takes place in March.“Ben is a fantastic player,” said Morgan. “We will miss him but we know he is not going to be part of this series so we can address the balance of this side. It gives clarity to everybody in the team. It creates a lot more calm around the periphery.”Meanwhile, Morgan confirmed that a decision on Alex Hales’s return will be made on the morning of the first ODI in Melbourne. While cleared of any wrongdoing by police for his part in the Bristol incident, his suspension allowed Jason Roy to return as opener in England’s XI against West Indies. Roy took his chance, hitting 84 and 96 alongside Jonny Bairstow. An internal ECB disciplinary hearing will not take place until Stokes’s legal case has concluded, which has allowed Hales to return to international duty. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp news Since you’re here… Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England’s ODI series against Australia. After a humbling 4-0 defeat in the Tests to relinquish the Ashes, Bayliss has come under fire for the manner in which England were unable to land a telling blow on the hosts.Since Bayliss took over in May 2015, England have won only 15 of his 38 Tests in charge (along with 18 losses and five draws). While calls for his position to be reviewed were met with resistance by the ECB chairman, Colin Graves, and the chief executive, Tom Harrison, Bayliss revealed he will not be seeking a new deal when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 summer.Bayliss’s announcement caught some off guard but Morgan responded in typically bolshy fashion when asked if he was one of them. “TB has been brilliant,” England’s limited-overs captain said. “I don’t know why this is news. He signed a contract until 2019 and has always said the same thing.” Support The Guardian Cricket Eoin Morgan … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Trevor Bayliss Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoKaranka on Mourinho: Zidane has earned some Real Madrid credit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karanka on Mourinho: Zidane has earned some Real Madrid creditby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAitor Karanka says Real Madrid should stand by coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.But Karanka, a former Real defender and also assistant coach to Jose Mourinho, told AS: “Football goes very fast. When Zidane won the Champions League things were not going so well in the Liga and in the end there are always criticisms. And more in Madrid. “It is clear that this team has won a lot and has been reinforced. Now he’s having a bad time with injuries, but he’s a coach with three Champions Leagues and great players. He will be in the fight.”On Mourinho, he added: “He is waiting. This is new to him.”Asked if Mourinho could return, Karanka added: “We are in September and there is a world ahead. Zidane has won three European Cups and some credit must be given.” last_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

A Round of Contracts for KONGSBERG’s “Full …

first_imgzoom Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Korea and Cosco Shipyard in China have selected KONGSBERG’s “Full Picture” solution with extensive Dynamic Positioning (DP), Automation, Navigation, Hydroacoustic positioning and riser management solutions for a total of nine advanced Offshore Drilling Units, one accommodation Unit, one Multipurpose Construction Vessel and four LNG vessels with Integrated Automation System valued at a total of more than 400 MNOK (circa 50 mil euros).One of the contracts with SHI is for two advanced Drilling Jackups of GustoMSC CJ70 design, equipped with Full Picture Solution from Kongsberg. This contract is an important project for KONGSBERG in the new and growing market in Korea.“Kongsberg Maritime has over years built up extensive expertise in Korea and China, both within the merchant and offshore segment. The past years we have secured several offshore projects in close cooperation with these major yards and this latest round of contracts reflects our strong position in the advanced offshore vessel and platform market. We truly appreciate the confidence shown by both the shipyards and the vessel owners when awarding us with these prestigious contracts,” said Geir Håøy, President at Kongsberg Maritime. “The orders represent our Full Picture strategy, as we are supplying all key positioning and automation systems, whilst the new generation Riser Management Systems are designed for drilling units and delivered by our sister company Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies.”Kongsberg, October 29, 2013last_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

K Line to Merge Two Ship Management Firms

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has decided to merge two of its ship management subsidiaries, Taiyo Nippon Kisen and Escobal Japan, on July 1, 2017.The company informed that the businesses are tentatively scheduled to be renamed K Line RORO and Bulk Ship Management on April 1, 2018.K Line has opted for the move in an effort “to insure a success of the reorganization of the structure of the group’s ship management system to a further and higher level by consolidation of the extensive experience and valuable know-how” accumulated within the two respective companies.The new ship management system will “realize more secure and environmental-friendly services that will meet the day-by-day increasing demand for reduction of environmental load toward a sustainable and livable world,” K Line said.Following the merger, K Line will hold three ship management companies, namely, K Line Ship Management Company dedicated to containerships, tankers and gas carriers, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited, dealing with LNG carriers, and Taiyo Nippon Kisen which would be focused on car carriers and dry bulk carriers.The company believes that the new management system “will further improve and upgrade future services with higher quality and greater security.”last_img read more

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18 Oct
2019

Two held in attempt to murder case

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special Cell arrested two wanted accused Abhijeet Malik age 24 years, resident of Nazafgarh, Delhi and Akash Yadav, 26 years, resident of Nazafgarh, Delhi.Both of them were wanted in an attempt-to-murder case of one Daljeet Rana a resident of VPO Ghewra, Delhi at his flat at Ashoka Enclave, Paschim Vihar, Delhi in the night of August 30. Two sophisticated pistols, five live cartridges and the Verna car used in committing the offence was recovered from their possession. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogation accused Abhijeet disclosed that Anirudh has some business with his relative Daljeet Rana and there was a financial dispute between them. About two months ago, Daljeet Rana went to the house of Abhijeet Malik and misbehaved with his family members due to that financial dispute. He also misbehaved with Abhijeet over telephone many times and threatened for dire consequences. Due to this, Abhijeet wanted to teach a lesson to Daljeet. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHence, he conspired with his friend Akash Yadav, who works at the office of his brother, Anirudh and procured two pistols and 20 cartridges from one unknown person. In the evening of August 30, Abhijeet contacted Daljeet and called him at an office at Paschim Vihar. Abhijeet along with his friend Akash Yadav reached at Bhaira Enclave, Paschim Vihar where Daljeet and his friend met them. They all consumed liquor together and from there they went to flat of Daljeet at Ashoka Enclave, Peeragarhi, Delhi. Finding the right time, Abhijeet and his friend Akash took out their pistols to kill Daljeet. Abhijeet fired at the head of Daljeet from close range whereas pistol of Akash didn’t fire due to some glitch. Seeing this, Daljeet’s friend jumped off the balcony of the flat. After that the accused persons fled from the spot in their Verna car and kept hiding in Gurugram, Mukharjee Nagar etc. to evade their arrest.last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Quebec Liberal MP resigns a day after Trudeau announces four byelections

first_imgOTTAWA – A Quebec Liberal MP announced Monday he’s quitting politics for family reasons.Denis Lemieux, who has represented the riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord since 2015, said he made the decision after careful consideration.He made the announcement in a letter published on his Facebook page.The resignation came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said four byelections will be held Dec. 11 — one each in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.last_img

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14 Oct
2019

Ottawa expected to announce new transition rules for assessing pipelines Wednesday

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The Liberal government is poised to announce new rules today for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines. A technical briefing is being scheduled for news media before Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announces the new process this afternoon. Liberals say the new rules will cover a transition period that will include existing pipeline applications already in the works. Those includes Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and TransCanada’s massive $15.7-billion Energy East project that would take Alberta and Saskatchewan crude to New Brunswick refineries and seaports for export. The new environmental assessment process appears likely to require pipeline companies to report greenhouse gas emissions associated with their project, including what are known as “upstream” emissions produced during the production of the oil or gas carried by the pipeline. “If major energy projects have the confidence of Canadians, I think it will be good news for the Canadian economy,” Carr said on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting. Carr said he’s consulted industry leaders, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, union and community leaders to set up the transition process. “People want to know that the process is up and running and fair.” Pipeline politics have dominated the return of Parliament this week amid deep regional acrimony. The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan expressed dismay after a group of Montreal-area municipal leaders publicly announced their opposition last week to the proposed Energy East route through their territory. Saskatchewan Premier Brad wall questioned whether Quebeckers should continue to expect billions in equalization payments if they won’t support the export of resources that help drive those government revenues. Environmental groups, meanwhile, say any new pipeline approval by the Trudeau government would undermine the Liberals’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A coalition of 74 North American groups issued a release today calling for Canada to put in place policy measures to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at the Paris climate summit in December. “There is simply no room for major new pipelines in a safe climate future,” Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre said in the release. “The science is demanding we keep the carbon in the ground and start the transition.” Provincial environment ministers begin two days of talks Thursday in Ottawa with their federal counterpart Catherine McKenna in advance of a full-blown first minister’s conference that is supposed to establish a national climate policy, including putting a price on carbon. The announcement of a new transition policy for environmental assessments comes a day after a federal audit was released that showed the National Energy Board has failed to follow up on almost half of all conditions set for past pipeline approvals.last_img read more

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8 Oct
2019

Galle Bishop warns of Buddhist Taliban

For this reason he has decided to re-launch the promotion of dialogue and religious harmony through the Commission “Justice, Peace and Human Development.” The Bishop of Galle has warned of threats posed to religious minorities by some groups including the Bodu Bala Sena which he has termed as a “Buddhist Taliban” operating in Sri Lanka.The Fides Agency reported that Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe, the Bishop of Galle, had raised the concerns in a message sent to the agency. According to information sent to Fides, in 2012 the Christian communities in Sri Lanka, of different denominations, registered about 50 cases of attacks by Buddhist monks.In December, one thousand people in the grip of a religious fervor, including many Buddhist monks, attacked and wounded a pastor in Weeraketiya.  (Colombo Gazette)UPDATE: Galle Bishop denies making the statement On March 17, a mob led by Buddhist monks broke into a church in Agalawatte, stopping the worship. Similar threats were reported at a meeting of the Pentecostal Church in Kottawa and in Galle. The agency claimed that recently, two churches were attacked and two others forced to close because of the pressure of the fanatics.Among the incidents reported to Fides, on March 9 in Batticaloa, members of the Bodu Bala Sena set fire to a church at night.Buddhist monks accused the pastor of the “Fellowship Church” in the town of Polonnaruwa of “proselytizing”, warning him to stop his ministry. Bishop Wickramasinghe fears that – a few years after the end of the civil war – a new violence can tear apart society. The Church has the task to “play a prophetic role,” he remarked, although this could be misunderstood, the agency reported.“It should be noted that large traditional Buddhist organizations, entirely peaceful, disapprove the radical and violent approach, that sow the virus of hatred and religious fundamentalism in the Sri Lankan society,” The Fides Agency reported. read more

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7 Oct
2019

New addition to provincial drug plan NIHB program treats HIV

A medication recently added to the list of drugs covered by the province may soon be the HIV treatment of choice, says one Regina doctor.“I think over the next few months as people start to gain some familiarity with it, I think it will become probably one of the top options available,” said Dr. Alexander Wong of Biktarvy, a once-daily single-tablet treatment.Effective Aug. 1, the medication is now covered under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan and the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, making it more widely accessible to doctors across the province. “It’s a good medication,” said Wong, who is an assistant professor of infectious diseases with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine and also works at the Regina General Hospital.The medication is the second-smallest single-tablet treatment publicly available, at about 60 per cent the size of a typical multi-vitamin and is also only required once a day, increasing the chances of patient compliance, said Wong.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“For many of the patients that we work with in the province, there are a lot of other concurrent challenges — housing, food security, mental illness, addictions and so forth —which make adherence to medications not easy,” he said.According to Wong, there are very few downsides to Biktarvy, which has become an effective option for nearly all patients, except those on tuberculosis medications because of drug interactions. Additionally, he said doctors are also refraining from prescribing it to pregnant women because there isn’t enough research into the impacts on those individuals yet.Drug trials have deemed the medication safe in the short and medium term (with the above exceptions), said Wong, but clinicians will need to carefully track long-term impacts.“Our experience with some of the components of the drug is still a bit limited… so we need to be vigilant to ensure there are no long-term side effects and toxicity issues,” he said.The drug was previously only available in a limited fashion, through a compassionate access program where industry provides a limited number of prescriptions until the drug gets public funding.The program allows clinicians to get some degree of experience with the drug ahead of time, but not all doctors know about the program and some don’t use it perhaps because they don’t want to “jump through all the hoops,” said Wong.“It’s universally available now for all patients with no restrictions, no limitations whatsoever and there’s no paperwork process or other such things that may discourage clinicians from using it,” he said.Biktarvy is not the only, but is the newest single-tablet regimen option to be listed on the provincial drug plan. “The decision to list Biktarvy was made based on the Canadian Drug Expert Committee recommendation, advice from the Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan (DACS) as well as successful negotiation between the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) and the manufacturer,” said a written statement from the Ministry of Health.But access to medication is only one piece of the puzzle.Wong says universal testing is essential in Saskatchewan’s battle against notoriously high rates of HIV compared to the rest of Canada.“At the end of the day the message is that there’s ongoing vigilance that’s required,” he said. “We’re trying to identify and sort out what some of the changing dynamics are and the reasons for why we’re continuing to see such high numbers.”A lack of resources in certain parts of the province is a challenge, as is trying to address other aspects of patient health like mental health and addictions and fight against stigma, explained Wong.But there are success stories, he added.In Regina, clinicians have worked closely with the city’s emergency and acute care departments to do more HIV testing.“As a result that’s allowed us I think to identify a lot more patients that are coming transiently through the hospital,” said Wong, who also pointed to Saskatoon’s commitment to safe consumption site as examples of good work that needs to be expanded on throughout the province.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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30 Sep
2019

Auburn to Honor Charles Barkley with Statue Outside Arena

? | It’s official, former @AuburnMBB great Charles Barkley will be honored by #Auburn with his own statue.His reaction⬇️#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/GgkW8RIYqg— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 22, 2016Barkley played at Auburn from 1981-84 and went on to win All-American honors on his way to becoming an Olympic gold medal winner, AuburnTigers.com reports. He began his career in the NBA as a first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984. Barkley became a Hall of Fame hooper and was later named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players during the league’s 50th anniversary season.Auburn officials said the new statue will recognize the former athlete’s many accomplishments during his time at the university and beyond. The school retired Barkley’s jersey in 2001.“It’s more than about what Charles Barkley accomplished here at Auburn, which is certainly historic, but it has been about his life’s work and contribution,” said Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl. “We want to recognize one of the most respected, philanthropic NBA legends, Hall of Famer, for his lifetime achievements.“Our Auburn Family is so blessed to have an Auburn man like Charles Barkley in the public eye representing us,” Pearl continued. “A statue and a symbol like this serves to bring attention to that and will stand the test of time.”According to the Washington Post, Barkley averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds for Auburn as 1983-84 SEC player of the year, which earned him the nickname “The Round Mound of Rebound” for his unusual physique. Barkley has since gained notoriety as an entertaining, and oftentimes sharp-tongued sports commentator for TNT.“More than anything, Charles Barkley has become a global icon and this award honors the contributions he has given to Auburn both on and off the floor,” said Chuck Person, Auburn basketball’s associate head coach who played with Barkley at the university. “What an honor, and Auburn couldn’t have done this for a better man, my friend, Charles Barkley.” Charles Barkley. Photo by Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports.Retired basketball star Charles Barkley is set to receive a statue outside Auburn Arena — making him the first former athlete who wasn’t a football player to be immortalized on the university’s campus.According to the Washington Post, the school announced plans to a erect a statue in Barkley’s name during Auburn’s 56-3 win over the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The retired basketballer will be the fourth former Auburn athlete to have a statue built in his honor, joining the Tigers’ Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley told AuburnTigers.com. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”Watch as Charles Barkley learns he’ll soon have a statue at Auburn Arena (from @BoJackson on video board), then Bo appears in Groves jersey. pic.twitter.com/ESRTl81b8J— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) October 22, 2016 read more

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21 Sep
2019

New Eddie Rockets boss is planning a big expansion in Germany and

first_img Image: Mark Condren Share Tweet Email1 Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4597997 AS THE NEW managing director of Rocket Restaurants, industry veteran Adrian Crean has big plans for expanding the group’s fast-casual burger offering internationally. Last month, ex-McDonalds managing director Crean took over from Niall Fortune, founder of the Rocket Restaurants Group, which runs 51 outlets – a mix of franchise and company owned – mostly in Ireland. In October last year, the company opened its first restaurant outside of Ireland – in a Center Parcs in Germany – and it’s planning a significant expansion there in the next few years.   Image: Mark Condren New Eddie Rocket’s boss is planning a big expansion in Germany and beyond The food industry veteran has an appetite for expansion. By Fora Staff 23,645 Views “The initial results there are very encouraging, and bearing in mind that the park is not yet at full occupation – which it will be over the holidays,” he said. Working with its German franchise partner Areas – part of the Elior group – Rocket Restaurants is planning to open “at least 16 outlets” in Germany over the next five years.  “Our partnership with Areas will cover mainly transport locations in Germany, whether that’s train stations, airports, motorways or also some shopping centres and Center Parcs locations,” said Crean. Leipzig’s Hauptbahnhof is one of the country’s busiest train stations, and has about 45 million passengers going through it every year. The company – which owns Eddie Rocket’s, Rocket’s, Flash Harry’s and Counter Burger – is also exploring opportunities further afield such as the Gulf states in the Middle East, said Crean.It has recently taken on franchise industry executive James Walker – who has worked with Johnny Rockets and Subway – as an advisor. “We’re working with James now to help map out opportunities at a local level,” said Crean. “It could go beyond that as well. Obviously Asia is a significant market of scale but it’s that bit further afield,” he added.  Apr 14th 2019, 1:00 AM We will be opening up our second in Germany later on this year around October, which will be in Leipzig, in the Hauptbahnhof which is the main train station,” said Crean, speaking to Fora. 26 Comments Source: Mark CondrenDomestic expansionRight now, Rocket’s is the focus of the international expansion.“We see a lot of opportunity internationally to grow the brands, of which Germany is the start,” said Crean, adding that France, Belgium and the Netherlands are also on the company’s radar. As he sees it the Rocket’s offering sits somewhere between fast food and table service – a market segment which he said doesn’t have a lot of players in Germany at the moment. The company is also looking into expansion closer to home. “We’re very much based in Dublin and the Leinster province but none of our brands are in Cork, Galway or Limerick which are obvious opportunities to grow domestically as well.”It’s hard to put a number on the company’s expansion plans at this stage, said Crean.“If you were to say to me in five years time could we be double the size that we are now I would say yes, that is possible through both domestic and international growth,” he said.For now, there are no new restaurants planned for Ireland in the next year or so, but the company is still trying to identify what the key growth areas would be for each city. In the immediate term, Crean said the group will be pushing “quite a bit on the delivery side of things”, and has recently partnered with Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEats.“We’re seeing double-digit growth in it across our brands. If I was to add up all our delivery sales and put it into one restaurant it would be our busiest restaurant in the country.”The company’s 2018 turnover was €54 million and it currently employs about 1,000 people. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses. Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Record 25m for Katsalidis penthouse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Acclaimed Greek architect Nonda Katsalidis’ newest development has just broken another record.The Australia 108 skyscraper – which is expected to be completed in 2019 – will become the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, and now holds the record as the most expensive piece of skyscraper real estate. The building’s penthouse has sold for a eye-watering $25 million, the most expensive single apartment ever sold in Australia. The only piece of real estate to come close was in Sydney, where two combined apartments in Sydney sold for $25 million. A businessman based in China, whose name has not been disclosed, bought the Australia 108 penthouse, which spreads across the whole of the 100th floor of the building. The real estate agency that sold the penthouse, CBRE, said there was dozens of inquires about the penthouse, including three local buyers. Architecture firm Fender Katsalidis put the 1,105 apartments of the Australia 108 building on sale in February, and has sold more than 1,000 of them.The firm is also famous for building the current tallest building in Australia, the Eureka Tower, which hasn’t had as much luck selling its premium apartments. Currently, the Grollo family – famous for their property development portfolio – have failed to offload the tower’s penthouse, which they hoped would fetch close to $18 million.The previous highest recorded apartment sale in Melbourne was a $18.2 million apartment in the deluxe 150 East complex.last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

How much do tradies in Australia make

first_imgAustralian tradies may have increased their hourly rate by 1.4 per cent in the past year, but 94 per cent are often working weekends and 58 per cent work more than 40 hours a week to sustain their business. Despite commanding an impressive $61.65 hourly rate nationally across 10 industry sectors, 75 per cent of business owners surveyed by ServiceSeeking.com.au consider themselves to be middle class.Thirty-four per cent of business owners earn less than $50,000 a year, while a further 50 per cent earn between $50,000-$100,000. Just 16 per cent earn more than $100,000 a year as small business owners, according to a recent business confidence survey of more than 1,000 businesses registered through the site.“It should be pointed out that tradies have overheads to come out of their hourly rates with insurance, tools and travel among them, whereas an office worker does not,” says ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt. “But smart and hard-working tradies can and are building strong businesses on the back of Australia’s resilient property market.”Those trades with more qualifications, such as electricians and plumbers, are sitting highest amongst tradies. Plumbers have increased rates by 4 per cent in the last 12 months with an average rate of $80.92; while electricians charge $75.56 which is a 5.4 per cent increase year-on-year.Carpentry services had the highest national increase with a 7.7 per cent increase to $56.45. Painting prices stayed mostly static at $42.56 hourly.The rise in renovation prices closely mirrors the national Consumer Price Index (CPI), which showed a year-on-year increase of 1.0 per cent for the March-June quarter.To view price changes across 10 popular renovation services around the country, see www.serviceseeking.com.au/renovationsThe prices were derived by comparing 52,000 quotes submitted through the online services marketplace during the FY16 Q4.For further information, including specific state-based statistics, please contact: Kyrsten Greenwood at kyrsten@serviceseeking.com.au or 0434 004 630 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2019

Vancouver City Council discusses annexation RV parking code

first_imgLarry Dorr, who lives in unincorporated Clark County and is bracing for likely annexation by the city of Vancouver, had a straightforward question for city councilors on Monday night: What’s in it for us?Dorr pointed out that the city’s police force is understaffed and said his recycling services would be cut once the annexation took place. On top of likely longer emergency response times and possibly fewer services, he’s expecting his annual cost for taxes and utilities to increase.“My question is, what do we get for this?” Dorr asked.On Monday night, counselors moved forward with the controversial move to annex the area known as Van Mall North with its approximate 4,600 residents. During the same meeting, councilors also considered updating their code and standards around the number of domestic animals people can own and discussed the future of RV parking and trailers in driveways.The council only briefly touched on each topic, but will hold a public hearing on all three on April 17.• Annexation:The city is in the midst of annexing approximately 2 square miles, or 1,270 acres, into the city’s limits.The move to annex the area known as Van Mall North includes Green Meadows, an unincorporated Clark County area where some residents aren’t pleased about the prospect of being part of the city.Many members of the Green Meadows community mobilized when they first heard about the possible annexation.Some voiced concern the 18-hole, 6,400-yard golf course they live around would be developed into condominiums, which would hurt the property value of their homes. The golf course is zoned for development but there are no current plans.last_img read more

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16 Sep
2019

Melco Resorts Cyprus satellite averaging 600 customers each day

first_imgMelco Resorts’ first satellite casino, C2 Nicosia, has averaged around 600 customers per day during its first week of operation, according to City of Dreams Mediterranean Property President Craig Ballantyne.Speaking to media at a press conference and property tour this week, Ballantyne provided some insight into C2 Nicosia’s operations which he says have been surprisingly strong despite the modest offering of just five gaming tables and 50 slot machines. In particular, he noted that roulette had already produced a win of €500,000 on a single spin as well as a loss of €130,000 – both by foreign players betting big. Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts Melco Resorts completes acquisition of 75% stake in Cyprus casino firm from parent Load More C2 Nicosia, which covers 970 square meters, became the first of Melco’s four planned satellite casinos in Cyprus to open its doors last week, with C2 Larnaca scheduled to open later this month followed by the third satellite property in January and fourth in May.The €550 million City of Dreams Mediterranean, currently under construction, will be completed in 2021.Ballantyne also explained that C2 Nicosia’s limited opening hours – which sees it close its doors from 6am until 3pm each weekday, was designed to prevent any potential problem gambling impacts on students at the nearby University of Nicosia with Melco making sure there was no opportunity for students to gamble when they should be studying.He added that smoking was allowed in order to compete with unregulated casinos in the north of the country, but said the property’s ventilation system was second to none.last_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

BSO investigate Dunkin Donuts robbery in Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was caught on camera breaking into a doughnut shop looking for more than sweets.The man smashed through the front door of the Dunkin’ Donuts with a hammer and a pry bar, around 5 a.m., on May 22. The burglary happened at the store location along South Powerline Road and Southwest 11th Street.According to surveillance, the man pried open the registers and stole cash from a back office. He then ran out to a getaway car that was waiting for him.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying both people involved.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Trial set for alleged South MiamiDade shooter

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man is preparing to go on trial after, police said, he took aim at people outside a bar.According to officials, Leon Hillman faces three counts of attempted murder.However, there were new developments, Wednesday morning, of the crime that happened back in June of 2014.Officials said surveillance video footage shows Hillman approaching a group outside Grumpy’s Bar and Grill in South Miami-Dade.At one point, the gunman tries to shoot a man on the ground, but the gun jams.Hillman is expected to go on trial next month.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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11 Sep
2019

OBITUARY Barbara Ann Gadman Amidon 75

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Barbara Ann (Gadman) Amidon, of Salem, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 7, 2018.Barbara was born on April 6, 1943 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Arlene V. (Grant) Belcher and loving sister of the late Arlene Golden. Barbara was raised in Jamaica Plain & Dorchester and graduated from the Trade High School for Girls in Boston. Barbara married “the love of her life” George R. Amidon, Sr. on October 21, 1962; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964 where they raised their four children, George, Jr., Kevin, Ron and Leasa. Barbara and George, along with their family shared many wonderful years together; they enjoyed trips to Lake Winnipesaukee where they made countless memories with their children.As a young woman, Barbara enjoyed working at Filene’s Basement in Boston. After settling down in Wilmington she worked at Diamond Crystal, Bandwagon but she was the most passionate of her role as a stay at home mom following the birth of her children. She was an excellent seamstress who could whip up anything from an outfit for her children to a simple hem on a pair of pants or button on a shirt.In her spare time, Barbara enjoyed going to the lake house, reading, listening to Elvis, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Barbara got the most enjoyment from being a loving wife, sister, mother, grammie, aunt and friend.Barbara was the beloved wife of the late George R. Amidon, Sr., devoted mother of George R. Amidon, Jr.& his wife Cynthia of Wilmington, Kevin Amidon & his wife Donna of Billerica, Ron Amidon & his wife Lauren of Revere and Leasa (Amidon) Fluet & her husband Marc of Salem, NH and loving “Grammie” of Zachary Amidon, Ashley Amidon, Codey Fluet and Kaitlyn Amidon.Barbara will be fondly remembered as a special woman who was kind, caring and loving; she will be greatly missed by all.At Barbara’s request all services will be private.In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, this was one of Barbara’s favorite charities: https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html.Barbara Ann (Gadman) Amidon(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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2 Sep
2019

Flash Flood Warning For Harris County And Others Until Thursday Morning

first_img.@HoustonOEM is monitoring the potential for severe weather, including possible street flooding beginning late Tuesday and through Wednesday. Pay attention to changing conditions. https://t.co/sHEQVOGOj5 #houwx #txwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/d9Eu02ZpyE— AlertHouston (@AlertHouston) March 27, 2018 Wednesday will be stormy across the region. Heavy rainfall and severe threat.#bcswx #houwx #glswx pic.twitter.com/lDpBgNC5va— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 27, 2018 Approaching storm system will bring increasing risk of locally heavy rain and strong/severe storms across Southeast Texas mainly tonight through Thursday morning. Keep up with forecast for updates. #txwx #houwx #bcswx #glswx pic.twitter.com/RTIogfpW53— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 27, 2018 Monitor stream, bayou, and creek conditions: Rain may move repeatedly across the same area, causing a rise on creeks and bayous. Avoid traveling during periods of heavy rain: Rain can keep you from seeing the road ahead of you, and can result in dangerous accidents. National Weather ServiceSeveral rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected along and ahead of a cold front. Tonight through Thursday morning appears to be the main window for this activity with stronger storms capable of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Texas, including the following counties, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty.The warning extends from Wednesday morning through Thursday morningA band of showers and thunderstorms will slowly expand southeastward into the watch area Wednesday morning. In addition the band may slow as it moves into the watch area with individual storms moving northeast through the band. Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches should be common with isolated bands of 4 to 5 inches. The most intense rainfall should occur Wednesday after noon through midnight.With the heavy rainfall expect area small creeks and bayous to rise and anyone living near these creeks and bayous is advised to monitor the weather closely Wednesday.The City of Houston Office of Emergency  Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather and give Houstonians the following recommendations. Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Do not drive through flooded areas.  If you come upon a flooded roadway, do not enter it. turn around. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation where your vehicle is taking on water, get out, get to a higher place and call 911.Monitor official sources for current conditions, such as:Harris County Flood Warning System (harriscountyfws.org)Houston Transtar (houstontranstar.org)National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Forecast Office (weather.gov/houston) Share Due to the possibility of severe weather, we are cancelling tomorrow’s @UrbanHarvest farmers market. Please follow @AlertHouston and prepare for flash flooding. pic.twitter.com/3xc49qH5GU— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 27, 2018last_img read more

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