Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins with a score of 4 to 8. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Minutes into the playoff debut for these young New York Yankees, they trailed Minnesota by three runs. Their starting pitcher lasted just one out. A sellout crowd was stunned.Could their postseason be over almost before it began?ADVERTISEMENT Nope. A strange AL wild-card game was only just beginning.“We’ve had a quite a few games where we’ve gotten down early,” Aaron Judge said. “Just keep battling. Just stay calm. Just play your game, and good things will happen.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJudge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason victory in five years.Gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score in the first inning after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino, a pumped-up Judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his playoff debut and the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night. New York plays the Indians in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday. “We’re not done yet,” Judge said. “We’ve just got to keep it rolling in Cleveland.”Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who chased Ervin Santana after two innings and once again eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs.Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief, striking out 13 to tie the postseason record for a bullpen.“It was just remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Twins manager Paul Molitor marveled at the Yankees relievers and Girardi’s use of them over 142 pitches.“He extended some guys probably past their comfort zone,” the Hall of Famer said. “They still performed.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run and Eddie Rosario hit a two-run drive as the Twins burst to a quick lead.But Santana went to full counts on eight of 11 batters, and he was removed after six outs and 64 pitches with the Twins trailing 4-3.“It’s the exhilaration of jumping out,” Molitor said, “and then the deflation of giving it back so quickly.”Minnesota, the first team to follow a 100-loss season with a playoff appearance, lost its 13th consecutive postseason game, tying the record set by Boston from 1986-95. The Twins have been eliminated by the Yankees in five of their last six postseason appearances and have not won a playoff series since 2002.“Nobody expected us to be here,” Byron Buxton said. “That’s an amazing achievement.”New York won nine regular-season games after trailing by three runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — including when Severino fell behind against the Twins on Sept. 20 as New York rebounded to complete a series sweep. Gregorius erased the deficit in this one four batters into the bottom of the first.“I was hyped, and I tried to get the game going, tried to get the guys going,” he said.Judge, the 6-foot-7 sensation who set a rookie record with 52 home runs, was given a Ruthian ovation, with several sections of fans holding signs in his honor spelling out “All Rise!” He scored three runs, hitting a single to help ignite the first-inning rally, smoking a 108 mph home run off loser Jose Berrios in the fourth and walking in the seventh before coming home when Alan Busenitz walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded.Judge shouted in excitement as he rounded first base after the homer, his face flush with emotion.“This place was rocking. It was incredible,” he said. New York had made only one postseason appearance since 2012, losing the 2015 wild-card game to Houston 3-0. Just three Yankees who started that game were in the starting lineup, part of a Baby Bombers movement that purged the roster of veterans.At 23, Severino was the youngest Yankees postseason starter since Andy Pettitte in 1995. The right-hander lasted only 29 pitches on a crisp autumn night and matched the Yankees’ shortest postseason start, by Bob Turley in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series and Art Ditmar in the 1960 World Series opener.Severino was shaking his head as walked to the dugout and Green replaced him with runners at second and third. Green struck out Buxton and Jason Castro , then fanned three in a row in the second.“I think we’re all ready to be in from the first to the ninth,” Green said.Robertson came in with the bases loaded in the third and allowed Buxton’s RBI grounder , then struck out Castro.Robertson tired in the sixth but earned the win, leaving after 52 pitches and 3 1/3 innings. His only longer professional outing was 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Trenton in April 2008.Kahnle relieved with a runner on and retired Joe Mauer on a flyout to the warning track . After Kahnle threw 2 1/3 perfect innings , Chapman struck out three around a hit in the ninth.A pitcher named Santana — Johan Santana — beat the Yankees for the Twins’ last postseason win in 2004. But Ervin Santana’s career postseason ERA climbed to 6.57, contributing to a first inning that lasted 45 minutes and three innings that took 1:43.Gardner walked leading off, Judge poked a single to center and Gregorius lined a fastball over the right-field scoreboard. Brushed off the plate by a 2-2 pitch in the second, Gardner sent Santana’s next offering into the second deck in right for a 4-3 lead.Green struck out the side in the second, but left in the third after a leadoff single and two walks loaded the bases. Buxton hit into a run-scoring forceout before Robertson struck out Castro, and the Yankees went ahead for good in the bottom half when Gary Sanchez doubled off Berrios leading off and scored on Greg Bird’s two-out single. 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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eusebio Di Francesco agrees to leave Sampdoriaby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEusebio Di Francesco has left Sampdoria.A Samp statement confirmed they and Di Francesco had severed their ties by mutual consent.The former Roma boss only moved to Marassi over the summer, but six defeats and only one win from seven Serie A games have left the side bottom.Gazzetta dello Sport says he is walking away with €1.8m – amounting to one year of his three-year contract.Beppe Iachini is an early favourite for the job.
Lazio coach Inzaghi upset with Gasperini after six-goal thrillerby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio coach Simone Inzaghi was disappointed with Atalanta rival Gian Piero Gasperini after Saturday’s 3-3 thriller.The Aquile fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 – including two Ciro Immobile spot-kicks.“It was a very clear match. Atalanta dominated the first half, while we dominated the second with three extraordinary scoring opportunities on top of the goals. Thomas Strakosha only made one save after the break,” insisted Inzaghi in his Press conference.Gasperini was furious in his post-match interview, claiming Immobile had ‘dived’ for both penalties.“I admire him as a colleague. I listen to his words, but I do not accept them, because the two penalties are clear. We lost the Champions League place twice due to refereeing incidents, so in this sport you have to accept situations and especially today, when they were very clear.“I am disappointed he decided to say these things about Immobile, as there was clear contact.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is scheduled to leave the covered building dock II at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg on August 17, 2019, German shipbuilder said.Once the 169,145 GT Norwegian Encore leaves the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.The newbuild will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place at end of September.For Norwegian Encore to be able to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating section –engine room unit — of P&O’s Iona that is currently moored there will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port. After Norwegian Encore leaves dock, the floating part for Iona, which is due for completion in spring 2020, will be maneuvered back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work, Meyer Werft explained.Being the fourth ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore measures 333.46 meters in length and 41.4 meters in width, with capacity for 4,004 passengers.The cruise vessel will offer seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 17, 2019, through April 12, 2020.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft
On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner will host the second Nashville “Dance Party to End Alz” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.This year’s event will include Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Charles Esten, Lindsay Ell and more top country artists performing hits from the 1980’s. Tickets for the event will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. CDT via www.alz.org/danceparty. Ticket sales will be open to the general public starting Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. CDT via www.alz.org/danceparty.“We were thrilled by the success of last year’s Dance Party to End Alz, where we grooved to hits from the ‘70s. We’re excited to make this an annual event and bring the ’80s to Nashville this year,” said Kimberly Williams-Paisley. “It is so inspiring to see the country music community rally around the Alzheimer’s cause, which is very important to our family and millions across the country. We are more motivated than ever to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research that will ultimately change the course of this disease for so many.”The evening will also include a silent auction with exclusive packages available for online bidding open to guests in attendance and remote bidders.Where: Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201When: June 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. CDTTickets: General admission tickets: $50-$150 (Available via www.alz.org/danceparty)VIP Table Packages Available (Visit www.alz.org/danceparty for more information)Who: Actress and author Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Blair Garner of The Blair Garner Show, musicians Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Charles Esten, Lindsay Ell and additional artists to be announced.The Nashville “Dance Party to End Alz” benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association is led by a volunteer committee of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, John Shomby and Blair and Eric Garner. Funds raised through the Dance Party will directly support the Alzheimer’s Association research program. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.alz.org/danceparty.
Vice Mayor Tim Navarre moved to have the resolution amended to have each council member’s name and signature attached to the approved resolution. The amendment passed. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is one of three municipalities in the state granted intervenor status on the project, the other two being Valdez and the Mat-Su Borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享At their meeting on Wednesday the Kenai City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting Nikiski as the prefered site for the proposed LNG plant and marine terminal. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, the state-led project team, selected Nikiski as the prefered site for the LNG facility, and stated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision “multiple reasons why it believes Port Mackenzie is not a viable option.” Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel sponsored the resolution: “I brought this forward to align with the similar resolution that the borough assembly passed. FERC will be making a decision in February, so I think it’s important that we make the point that we do support this in our community.” Councilmember Bob Molloy: “Nikiski being the location of the project was decided some time ago. This supports the project being in Nikiski, which I believe is good for the community.” FERC is scheduled to release its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project in February of 2019. The draft EIS will include the site location for the project.
The Central government on Monday raised the import tariff value on gold by $9 to $354 per 10 gm and on silver by $5 to $457 per kg, according to a finance ministry statement released the same day.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $345 and $452 by the government on 31 December, 2015. The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is normally revised on a fortnightly basis.Details of gold and silver imports for December 2015 are yet to be released, while the total non-oil imports during the month stood at $27 billion in December 2015, down 7.6% year-on-year.Gold and silver prices have been on the rise since the beginning of 2016 due to a slump in stock markets globally.Gold prices closed at Rs 26,550 per 10 gm on 16 January, up from Rs 25,510 on 1 January, while silver prices increased to Rs 34,015 on 16 January from Rs 33,300 on the first day of this year.India’s gold imports have come down consistently over the years, from $56.5 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal to $53.8 billion in 2012-13 to $27.70 billion in 2013-14. It was $24.49 billion last year, and in this fiscal, the country imported gold worth $22.73 billion in the first eight months (April to November).India’s gold imports plunged 36.48% to $3.53 billion in November 2015 from $5.57 billion in the corresponding month last year on account of falling gold prices.Silver imports dropped 55% to $285 million in November 2015 from $643.71 million in November 2014.
Quota reform activist Rashed’s mother Saleha Begum going from one office to the other for the release of her son. Photo: Prothom AloFor the first time, Saleha Begum of Jhenaidah has come to Dhaka. However, she has not gone to Dhaka University where her son studies. Instead, she is now going to the police and the court for her only son, quota reform activist Rashed Khan.She went to the office of the Detective Branch (DB) of police to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) headquarters to Shahbag police station and to the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) court, begging her son’s release from 10-day remand.Saleha Begum was talking to this correspondent at a restaurant in Shahbag on Tuesday.Dhaka University’s finance and banking department student Rashed Khan was taken to the DMP office from thenDB office yesterday morning. Saleha Begum was waiting at the main gate of the DB office to see her son. She was taken aback to see her son in such a situation.She is anxious as o whether Rashed Khan, an accused in three cases, will be released and be able to take over responsibility of the family. She is struggling to meet expenses.“Forgive my son, please, I beg to you. I won’t keep him in Dhaka any longer. I’ll take him to the village,” she laments.Rashed Khan is the joint convener of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Right Protection Council), a platform constituted seeking reform of quota in public services. His father is a mason and mother, a housemaid. He has two sisters.Rashed has always made them proud. He received government and bank scholarships in the PSC, JSC, SSC and HSC exams while his parents provided remaining expenses.“If Rashed called up asking for money to buy his books, his father would even return rive from the house o arrange the funds. We passed many a night drinking water only,” Saleha Begum said.“I had sold a goat for Rashed’s admission in the MBA. I thought with the completion of his studies our days of our sufferings would end,” she said.Rashed Khan.Responding to a question about meeting her expenses in Dhaka, Saleha Begum said they had saved some money for treatment of his father’s kidney disease. “I’m spending from that money.”The case documents provided by Saleha Begum to this reporter said Rashed was accused in a case filed under the much-talked-about section 57 of the ICT Act.Besides, police accused Rashed of planning and instigating students of Dhaka and other universities and colleges to attack the residence of Dhaka University vice chancellor with iron rods, metal pipes, hammers and sticks to vandalise, loot and set fire to goods and the CCTV cameras on the night of 9 April.Rashed was serving the interests of a vested quarter, police claimed.However, Saleha Begum said, “My son hasn’t committed any crime. He just wanted a job, a government job. Why would, then, he wage a movement to topple the government?”
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Paul Daulong hopes the Houston Astros jersey his daughter gave him after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding devastated the family’s home will be a good luck charm as his beloved baseball team tries to win its first World Series.So far, it seems to be working.Daulong started wearing the jersey after the Astros trailed the New York Yankees three games to two in the American League Championship Series. They won the next two games in Houston to advance to the fall classic against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He forgot to wear it during Game 1 of the World Series, which the Astros lost, but remembered to put it on for Wednesday’s Game 2, which they won in extra innings.“Normally I’m not real superstitious,” he said this week from his dust-covered home, a gutted structure held up by exposed wooden beams but devoid of furniture and appliances. “But I’m wearing it now and I’m not taking it off.”The Daulongs and others in the Houston area impacted by Harvey have used the Astros’ championship run as a source of inspiration to slog through difficult days filled with tiring repairs, bureaucratic red tape and uncertainty about the future.“It gives you a positive note to start thinking about,” said Paul Daulong, 70. “It’s been nothing, other than the last week they fixed the fireplace. So it’s frustrating. With the Astros winning, it makes you feel good.”Amid the Astros’ quest, the city has continued rebuilding from Harvey’s devastating flooding, which inundated some areas with more than 50 inches of rain in late August. Officials have estimated that more than 136,000 homes and structures were damaged during Harvey in Harris County, which includes Houston.David J. Phillip/APHouston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander was MVP of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.Officials say it will be months before all of the debris covering many front lawns is removed. Nearly 100 people still remain in an American Red Cross shelter in Houston and nearly 9,000 families in Harris County who were displaced by Harvey are still living in hotels.Mary Daulong, 69, said she and her husband — who are temporarily living in an apartment — have scheduled their rebuilding activities at their home around Astros’ games.“We would work here until it was dark. Now we cannot. Whatever time the Astros come on, is when we stop working here,” she said.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in the aftermath of Harvey, the Worlds Series isn’t just about the Astros.Eric Christian Smith/AP PhotoJose Altuve holds up the championship trophy after Game 7 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.“Quite frankly, they are carrying the city on their shoulders and on their backs and in their mitts,” said Turner. “The storm may have come, but it hasn’t dampened our spirit, our enthusiasm.”Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team understands its responsibility to represent Houston and bring awareness “to the things that are needed to rebuild our great city.”“It gives the city something to rally around and gives people something to cheer for that otherwise may not have a lot to be hopeful for,” said Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.Houston resident Tom Flores, 70, said while cheering on the Astros in the World Series won’t make up for people losing their homes, it still gives people some hope.“I got friends of mine who lost their home and everything but they are still Astros fans and this does take a little bit of the sadness off,” he said.Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who wore a “Houston Strong” T-shirt in the days after the storm and made a donation to help those affected by it. He joked that he hopes it gains him some favor when he starts Game 3 on Friday night.“I made a donation to help, to support Houston and I want people to get recovered and feel more energized,” he said in Japanese through a translator. “And since I made that donation, maybe I can use a ball that doesn’t have much pop in it.”Houston pitcher Lance McCullers said helping boost the city after the storm became a rallying point for the team.David J. Phillip/APAstros’ second baseman Jose Altuve scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS over the New York Yankees to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the 7-game series.“We still have pictures hanging in our lockers,” he said. “It’s still something we think about, because people here are hard-working people, and they went through something that a lot of people can’t understand. A lot of people lost everything.“So for us to be able to just play baseball for a couple of hours and for those people to be able to have a little bit of joy, to get away from what they were having to go through is pretty special.”An event like the World Series can be a powerful source of motivation for a community dealing with adversity, said Tim Bono, a lecturer in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at Washington University in St. Louis.“It’ll be important for people in Houston to continue to direct attention toward that and say, ‘Hey, look how we all came together to cheer on our sports team. Let’s continue to do that to support each other and to especially direct resources … for those areas that still need our help in recovering from the aftermath of the hurricane,” Bono said.Paul Daulong said the Astros provided a good example for the community by going through their own rebuilding process after several losing seasons.“We have totally put the Astros ahead of the problems that are occurring right now,” he said. “We just gotta keep our heads up and make sure that just like the Astros are going to come through against the Dodgers, we’ll make it back as well as we can.” 00:00 /02:43 David J. Phillip/APHouston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez celebrates his ninth-inning home run that tied the score 3-3 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday. Share
X 00:00 /00:53 The number of Texans taking and passing the GED exam, in order to get the equivalent of a high school diploma, is continuing to fall. That’s the finding of a new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.Just over 21,000 Texans took and passed the GED test in 2016, the most recent year for which complete data were available. That was down more than 40 percent from 2003.Chandra Villanueva, co-author of the report, says much of the drop stems from a lack of state funding. “There’s a large number of counties in our state that don’t even have GED testing centers,” she says. “And there’s just not a lot of resources, training, and even advertisement to let people know where to go or what they should try to do to get their high school diploma.”GED administrators introduced a newer, tougher version of the exam in 2014. The number of Texans taking and passing the test dropped off sharply that year. That number has recovered somewhat since, but it remains well below where it stood before the change. FlickrHand completing a multiple choice exam. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
05Oct Rep. Bruce Rendon tours ArtPrize with House Tourism and Recreation Committee Categories: Rendon News State Rep. Bruce Rendon, chair of the House Committee on Tourism and Recreation, led his fellow committee members to Grand Rapids to experience ArtPrize and learn more about the widely known tourist attraction.The committee heard presentations from Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize; Janet Korn senior vice president of Experience Grand Rapids; Allie Bush director of government Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber, Jay Steffon and Chris Mueller of the City of Grand Rapids; and Sarah Triplett, director of public policy for Creative Many Michigan.“ArtPrize is a prime example of what tourism can do for our state,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “The event brings thousands of people to Grand Rapids each year, and I wanted my committee to be able to have that experience and get a flavor for all of the different types of tourism we have in the state of Michigan.”The lawmaker said he especially enjoyed an entry in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel called “Hometown Hero” by Pamela Alderman. The piece was designed to honor not only the fallen hero portrayed in it, but also hundreds of other heroes whose names were written on the large canvas by ArtPrize visitors. Rep. Rendon chose to add his father’s name, Rigoberto Rendon, a WWII Army veteran who served in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and France.Rep. Rendon says he hopes to take the committee to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for its next off-site committee meeting.###
German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has successfully placed an additional €200 million tap on its senior secured notes due in 2018.The tap increases the aggregate principal amount due in 2018 to €700 million. The proceeds will be used to replace the remaining €200 million bridge financing for the acquisition of Tele Columbus.