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Cavs acquire another second-round pick in trade with Jazz

By on May 8, 2021

first_imgNovember 27, 2020 /Sports News – Local Cavs acquire another second-round pick in trade with Jazz Associated Press Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers/NBA/Rayjon Tucker/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are loading up for the future.Cleveland acquired another second-round pick _ this one in 2027 _ from the Utah Jazz, who also sent the Cavs shooting guard Rayjon Tucker in exchange for cash considerations.It’s the third second-round selection added by the Cavs this offseason. They previously picked up second-round picks from Milwaukee (2025) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2026) in separate deals.The 23-year-old Tucker played in 20 games for Utah as a rookie last season. He averaged 3.1 points in 8.1 minutes.last_img read more

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What lies in the famous Egyptian pyramids?

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgAs the technology develops to see behind walls, we may be about to discover hidden wonders in the pyramids of Egypt, secret chambers, concealed passageways and, as it turns out, ‘hot’ stones! Infrared thermography has revealed a fascinating ‘anomaly’ at Giza.The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced the preliminary results of its ScanPyramids project. They suggest an anomaly in the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which could unfold some ancient secrets.Through infrared thermography and non-invasive cosmic rays, the two-week research found three ‘hot’ stones on the eastern side of the Khufu pyramid in Giza, one of the largest pyramids in Egypt and over 4,500 years old.Archaeologists are of course a thirst to know the reason behind these thermal differences.last_img read more

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Tough night in Tigers’ den for Mack

By on December 21, 2019

first_img“It’s my favorite match of the year. Our kids know how much it means for us to win against them and our seniors wanted to make sure that they could seal up their fourth win in a row.” That was the reaction of Arcata High School wrestling coach Eric Mikolai after his Tigers wrestling team defeated Big 5 rival McKinleyville 63-18 on Wednesday night in a Humboldt-Del Norte league match.Arcata won six of the seven matches (seven other were won by forfeit) and five of those wins came by pin with …last_img read more

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Affordable Filmmaking: An Overview of Rokinon’s New Wide Angle Lenses

By on December 12, 2019

first_img10mm T3.1 Ultra Wide-Angle LensThe 10mm T3/1 is the only full frame wide-angle lens that was recently announced. It features a useable, but not amazing T3.1 aperture. However, at 10mm it’s one of the widest full-frame lenses that could be classified as “affordable“.Mounts: Sony A, Sony E, Nikon F, Micro 4/3, Canon-EFPrice: $579The following overview video created by B&H outlines the main features associated with each lens, along with some pretty awesome test footage:This video was created by B&H and first shared on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!What do you think of the new Rokinon lenses? Already shoot on Rokinon glass? Share in the comments below. This insightful overview shows the new Rokinon wide-angle cine lenses in action.Rokinon is an extremely popular lens manufacturer among the indie-filmmaking community, and rightfully so. There isn’t any good quality lens manufacturer that gives you comparable specs for such a low price. The Rokinon/Samyang/Bower brand has already put out a line of extremely powerful cine-lenses specifically designed for the indie filmmaking community.These Cine-lenses all come with de-clicked apertures and a focus ring that allows for smooth focusing. Each cine-lens also comes with large geared focus and aperture rings which can be easily attached to a follow focus.Just recently, Rokinon released a few new additions to their cine-lens line. We found a great overview video created by B&H that give us a quick overview of each lens and talks about a few of the pros and cons associated with them.8mm T3.1 Fish-Eye II LensThe 8mm T3.1 is a new and improved fish-eye lens designed for cropped sensors. The short focal length makes for some extremely exaggerated barrel distortion.Mounts: Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X Mount, Samsung NX, Sony EPrice: $39912mm T2.2 Cine LensWhile not as wide as the Rokinon 8mm, where the 12mm Cine lens falls behind in field of view it more than makes up for in aperture. This lens is a bit more practical than the 8mm lens as it doesn’t distort as much.Mounts: Canon EF-M, Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X Mount, Samsung NX, Sony EPrice: $429last_img read more

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Childcare Facilities to be Rehabilitated

By on October 24, 2019

first_imgTwo childcare facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy last year will benefit from approximately $9.9 million in donations from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Devon Rowe, and Chief Executive Officer of the CCRIF, Isaac Anthony, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the disbursement of the funds, on Friday, April 12, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, to effect rehabilitation work on the facilities.Mr. Rowe expressed gratitude for the sum, which will go towards rehabilitation work on the Muirton Boys Home in Portland and the Summerfield Home in Clarendon. Both facilities are homes for 43 children between the ages of 7 and 18.The Financial Secretary said the work will be implemented over a nine- month period.Explaining the reason for the CCRIF’s donation, Mr. Anthony noted that children, like the elderly, tend to be more vulnerable than others in society to natural hazards, have fewer financial resources and are dependent on others for survival.“We know that you will use these resources to ensure those facilities are rehabilitated in a manner that will enable them to withstand future hurricane impacts and enable them to be climate resilient, as they continue to provide the shelter and services that children need,” Mr. Anthony said.In the meantime, Chief Executive Officer at the Child Development Agency, Carla Francis-Edie, in expressing gratitude for the donation, said the funds will be used to strengthen the infrastructure of the facilities to mitigate against adverse effects from future hurricanes or other natural disasters.“As individuals and Caribbean nationals we all understand and appreciate how frightening and traumatic it can become when there is a natural disaster, especially one with significant negative impact. We’ve seen a few of those in Jamaica. The effects of these on a child’s sense of safety and security can become amplified for children in our care, many of whom have already experienced being displaced from family surroundings, and now have to deal with the disruptive effects of a disaster,” she said.She explained that the CDA has been working assiduously to procure the funds to effect timely repairs to the facilities, in the least disruptive manner. She added that works will include the replacement of windows and doors damaged by the hurricane, but which were not included in the emergency repairs because of financial limitations; plumbing work; and the installation of storm shutters.The CCRIF is a multi-risk insurance pooling facility, and is the first of its kind in the world. It is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes to Caribbean governments by quickly providing short term liquidity when a policy is triggered. To date, CCRIF has paid out approximately US$33 million to seven member countries.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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John Doyle After TV election spectacle all I want is regularly scheduled

By on October 15, 2019

first_img Login/Register With: It, this outlandishly epic drama of an election, wasn’t over. No matter how that man in Florida wished it so. Not on TV. Heck, no. Hours and hours after the first gee-whiz reports of people waiting to vote, Wolf Blitzer was talking way, way too rapidly for a man of his age (his family must be worried) and actually sprinting over to John King and his magic freaking wall. Florida! Florida! “Whither Florida, county by county?” was Blizter’s agitated question.It was only 8 p.m. in Eastern time zones. Manic speculation was the gist across the networks, with a dollop of surreal intensity about the minutae of Florida voting patterns. A person could get seriously sick of Florida’s voting patterns. Doesn’t anybody there know how to make up their minds? Were they playing a game just to make John King’s magic freaking wall more interesting? Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is the return of regularly scheduled programming. I feel I speak for tens of millions when I ask for this. Seriously, dude. Even John King on CNN must be tired of his magic freaking wall.At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday a Fox News reporter was stalking people lining up to vote somewhere in Florida. A middle-aged man, when a microphone was poked in his face, sighed and said, “Thank God, it’s all over. I’m just tired of all the noise.” Amen to that, said anyone watching.Twelve hours later at 11 p.m., the noise was still ongoing. But at a low, rumbling volume. On CNN, John King was at his wall, saying to a choleric Wolf Blitzer, “It’s stunning we’re having this conversation.” Quote of the night, no magic needed to make it special and on the nose. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Is It Really Finally The Cubs Year

By on September 30, 2019

The 2016 Major League Baseball season opened on Sunday, and FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about the year to come. In today’s edition, we focus on the National League Central with Craig Edwards, managing editor of the Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos, and FiveThirtyEight’s own baseball columnist, Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited.Chicago CubsSt. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh PiratesMilwaukee BrewersCincinnati Reds St. Louis Cardinals neil: If the Cubs do falter from their lofty projections, there are plenty of teams in this division waiting to pounce. Let’s start with the Cardinals, who won 100 games last year and looked unstoppable at times. Yet, they also suffered some offseason losses and outplayed their BaseRuns by more than any other team. Are the Cardinals still on the same level, or might they be due for a decline?rob: I think they are due for some decline. Even if they returned the exact same team as last year, the odds were against them outperforming their underlying stats to such an extraordinary degree again. So they probably won’t be quite as good, though they’d be falling from such lofty heights that it would still make for a decent team. FanGraphs has them at 85 wins, with PECOTA projecting 82.craigjedwards: Although a repeat of last season’s win total is unrealistic, the Cardinals also have a pretty high floor. They cannot repeat their success with runners on base this season, but the rotation is arguably more talented than it was a year ago. Nobody on the team is projected to have a great season, but that also means nobody is irreplaceable, and they have quite a few players with ceilings well above their projections.neil: That rotation could be impressive, with five starters carrying a FanGraphs projection of at least 2 WAR.craigjedwards: The rotation has its questions, though, most being injury-related. With health, they might approach their run prevention from last season, but no pitching staff stays healthy all year. For instance, I wonder about Michael Wacha as we head into the season — he tired at the end of last year, after being shut down in 2014 with a shoulder issue. Wacha has pitched at an ace-level for stretches, but if he can’t command his fastball he’s closer to an average pitcher.rob: I think a huge unknown on the team, and a big determinant of its fate, is Yadier Molina. He was injured last year and turned in an uncharacteristically mediocre pitch-framing performance behind the plate. Framing makes such a big difference because its effect, while small for any given pitch, are spread out across every pitch a staff throws. If Yadi returns to his normal level — which seems possible if his decline came from injury, and not aging — the staff will get a big boost. If not, those 2-WAR projections may be overly optimistic.craigjedwards: Right. Molina’s bat has also gotten significantly weaker over the past two seasons, and two offseason thumb surgeries make you wonder about his hitting ability. The projections might be overrating that, expecting a bounce-back that might not be possible. His leadership and game preparation are unquestioned, but Molina’s body is compromised at this stage of his career.neil: For all of those concerns, though, these are still the Cardinals. Have they earned the benefit of the doubt given the way the franchise has re-tooled on the fly in the past? Or is that more of a narrative that gets applied to them post-hoc because they’ve been so successful?rob: I don’t like to give any team the benefit of the doubt. Some teams do figure out major advantages before others, but we can usually follow along and figure out what those advantages are (or were). The Cardinals might have some kind of player-development talent that other teams are lacking, or they might just be exceptionally well-run and good at acquiring skilled players. But I’m not inclined to give them a “Magic Beans” bonus.On the other hand: They have produced historic RISP performances — both in terms of pitching and hitting — over the last five years. I don’t know what to make of that. Maybe they do have a secret we don’t know about.craigjedwards: I think the benefit of the doubt is almost a required narrative that has turned into a joke. The David Freese–Allen Craig–Matt Carpenter–Matt Adams pipeline of “unknown players rising to prominence” seems like it has run dry. But what the Cardinals have been good at over the past few years — in contrast with the Cubs, who have developed position players — is developing pitching. They’ve targeted athletes and guys who can throw the change-up, and those pitchers seem to have worked out. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Pittsburgh Pirates Ben Lindbergh joins the Hot Takedown podcast to preview the 2016 MLB season. Milwaukee Brewers Embed Code Cincinnati Reds rob: In any event, I suspect that, like last year, this division will be one of the most exciting in baseball. Even if the Cubs wrap it up early (and they probably won’t), the Cards and Pirates will go down to the wire competing for WC spots. It should be fun to watch.craigjedwards: The division is Chicago’s to lose, but both the Pirates and the Cardinals are contenders who could win under the right circumstances.neil: And at least we won’t have to hear those incessant “Back To The Future” references around the Cubs this season.craigjedwards: Don’t worry, the Cubs will come up with something at least as annoying this season. Between them and the Cardinals, the NL Central has morphed into the new AL East in terms of insufferableness. A FiveThirtyEight Chat neil: And now comes the time when we have to talk about the dregs of this division. Who should we discuss first, Brewers or Reds? Both were awful last season, though PECOTA actually sees Milwaukee vaguely edging in the direction of .500 this year.rob: The Brewers are kind of fun because they are obviously experimenting, and they’ve made some great moves this offseason in that direction.craigjedwards: They also aren’t tied down with as many long-term contracts as Cincinnati. It’s part of why Milwaukee seems to have the slightly brighter long-term future, if that counts for anything.neil: The Brewers even have the ninth-best farm system in MLB, per Baseball America.craigjedwards: The big question for them will be, “When will they trade Jonathan Lucroy, and how much will they get for him?”neil: And, “how much has Lucroy’s framing value gone down these past few years?”rob: A huge question with Lucroy is whether his framing went down or if everyone else’s went up. (This applies to Molina as well.) If the league as a whole improved at pitch framing, then guys like those two — who used to be leaps and bounds better than everyone else — will look like they’re declining. It even matters for Lucroy’s trade prospects, because if it’s a matter of him declining, then he could go back up. But if the league’s catchers all rose to his level, there’s not much prospect for improvement.craigjedwards: How much of an effect injuries might have had is another question that I don’t believe we can answer at this point. But even without the framing, he hits well for a catcher and is in a team-friendly contract over the next two seasons, so he should still be a good asset for the Brewers to flip and improve their farm system even more.rob: However, outside of Lucroy (and maybe Ryan Braun), the Brewers have a ho-hum, strikeout-prone lineup and an unimpressive rotation. They aren’t going to be very good this year.craigjedwards: Milwaukee looked like it was on the Oakland A’s track of trying to never rebuild, but after the team squandered a division lead in 2014, the bottom fell out last season and it was time for a major rebuild.neil: Rebuilding usually means promising youngsters. Anybody to keep an eye on this year?craigjedwards: Orlando Arcia. He’s their shortstop of the future with Segura gone.And to Rob’s earlier point about experimenting with players, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana are the type of guys you try out when you know you have no hope of contending. They could easily disappoint, but there are no bad long-term ramifications if they can’t hack it in the majors.rob: “Hack” being the operative word; Santana had a contact rate of 67 percent last year. But yeah, there’s nothing to lose on high-variability players — Rymer Liriano also comes to mind — and a lot to gain, so they’re correct to invest in them.craigjedwards: If they hit on a couple of these guys, it could really help the team’s long-term outlook.rob: Right, this is a year where they feel out some of those young guys and see who can contribute to the next competitive Brewers team. neil: The Pirates round out what was this division’s Big Three last year. But the statistical projections seem a little down on them — 83 wins at FanGraphs, 82 at Baseball Prospectus. Are you guys sensing a drop-off in Pittsburgh? Or do they extend a run that’s seen them average 93 wins the past three seasons?rob: I believe either the Pirates or Cardinals will get to 90 wins and probably snag a Wild Card spot. The Pirates are about as likely as the Cards, with a similar “benefit of the doubt” narrative surrounding them. As one of the most visibly sabermetric teams in the game (between ground balls, shifting, their health monitoring, etc.) it’s plausible to me that they’ll defy the projections slightly. If they do have a secret, I think it relates to their health, which has been notably better than other teams the last few years.craigjedwards: On the position-player side, they have a lot of talent, particularly in the outfield. Pitching-wise, Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano make for a very good one-two punch, though the rest of the rotation is not great. But if there’s a new magic-beans narrative going around, it’s in Pittsburgh, with Ray Searage getting unforeseen performances out of his pitchers. Juan Nicasio might be the beneficiary of that this season.rob: And they may not even need those kinds of secret advantages. This is a solid roster featuring one of the best players in the game — Andrew McCutchen — and a true ace in Cole. It’s also remarkably even across the board: Not a single lineup spot is projected to be below replacement-level, according to Baseball Prospectus.craigjedwards: But like you said, Rob, health is the key. The Pirates face the same problem as many teams in a similar financial situation: a lack of depth. If injuries force them to rely on reinforcements, it’s difficult to see them repeating the success of the past few seasons.rob: I agree, they are hurting for depth. You could easily see this team collapsing with only a few DL trips.neil: And even if they turn out OK in that department and make the playoffs, I’m not sure that fanbase can take another defeat in the Wild Card game.rob: Unfortunately, there’s a decent chance that’s exactly what will happen.neil: Again?rob: The wild card is a cruel mistress.craigjedwards: Pittsburgh got a bit unlucky being forced to go against Jake Arrieta last season, but Cole is also a good guy to have for a one-game playoff. The NL Wild Card could see another great pitching duel when you look at the aces who could be featured: Cole, Arrieta, Matt Harvey, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright.rob: With the Cubs and Cardinals as competition, it’s hard to see the Pirates capturing the division (although it’s possible). It’s easier to see them putting up another solid 92-win season, landing the Wild Card, and facing one of those pitchers in a do-or-die game. At that point, it’s basically a coin flip, one the Pirates have lost a couple of times running now.craigjedwards: So they are probably due? That’s how coin flips work, right?rob: For the collective sanity of Pittsburgh’s residents, I hope so. neil: So Milwaukee sounds like they’re in a better place than Cincinnati.craigjedwards: The Brewers saw the opportunity to start rebuilding, and they took it. The Reds, on the other hand, had the opportunity to start a major rebuild, but their heart wasn’t really in it.rob: Yes, they haven’t gone as far or received as much of a return. They’re holding onto Joey Votto now (which is understandable), but they also kept Aroldis Chapman too long. And they haven’t been as experimental as the Brewers, taking fliers on high-variance players. That will hurt them down the road when some of the Brewers’ risks pan out.craigjedwards: If they’d dealt Chapman and Jay Bruce for a few extra prospects at last year’s trade deadline, we might look at the Reds differently. Instead they hung onto Bruce, who collapsed at the end of the season; then Chapman’s offseason domestic violence investigation hurt his trade value. And now it’s difficult to see Votto drawing a package good enough to justify trading a franchise player.(They also still owe Homer Bailey more than $80 million through 2019, and couldn’t figure out a way around Brandon Phillips‘ no-trade clause, so he’s owed another $27 million over the next two years.)rob: Having said all that, the nice thing about this iteration of the Reds is that, even though they won’t be too competitive in the Central, they have some fun players to watch. Votto is always great, and Billy Hamilton remains entertaining (even if he’s not living up to his promise).craigjedwards: They also have a number of interesting young pitchers, such as Raisel Iglesias (a big signing out of Cuba) and Robert Stephenson. If a few of those guys pan out, Cincinnati could rebuild quickly. But unfortunately for the Reds, the probability of success for that strategy is not incredibly high.The bottom line: Neither the Reds nor Brewers is likely to do well in the next two, maybe three seasons. And it doesn’t look like the Cubs, Pirates or Cardinals are going to go anywhere, either.rob: So, in a way, it makes sense to go for a longer-term rebuild. When the top of the division is strong and will be for a while, maybe it’s reasonable to wait until you can field a genuinely good team.craigjedwards: But then what do you with Votto? It seems like such a waste to have him on terrible teams.rob: I agree. (#freejoeyvotto!) Then again, he gives Reds fans a reason to watch, when they’re not complaining about his otherworldly OBP.craigjedwards: That’s what makes him hard to trade. He’s a truly great player, but his enormous contract depresses his long-term value and limits Cincinnati’s trading partners. We just saw the Rockies go through this with Troy Tulowitzki. They waited too long to trade their franchise player, and ended up with a return that wasn’t as good as it would have been a year earlier.It almost seems as though having a player like Joey Votto provided the illusion of a bright long-term future. The same thing might be happening with the Angels and Mike Trout, but in Los Angeles they have more opportunities to spend their way out of it than in a market like Cincinnati.rob: The margin for a mid-market or small-market team is so thin. The couple of months’ difference between trading a player at the peak of his value and just off of it can multiply into a year’s difference in the competitive window. Chicago Cubsneil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Last year’s NL Central was one of the strongest divisions in memory, particularly between the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates at the top. But Chicago had an unbelievable offseason, and most sources consider them the best team in baseball going into 2016. So, to get us started, what do we think about this stacked roster the Cubs have assembled? Do we buy the hype about this team’s potential to end the franchise’s 108-year championship drought?craigjedwards: I absolutely buy the hype. A lot of things had to go right last season for the Cubs to make their big leap earlier than expected: Kris Bryant instantly playing to his talent level, most of the team staying healthy (particularly in the rotation), Jake Arrieta’s incredible breakout year, etc. This season, the Cubs don’t need as much good fortune. By signing John Lackey, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, and bringing back Dexter Fowler, they’ve built a bit of a buffer in case of bad luck.rob: I agree — the Cubs start the year with an excellent roster, loaded with depth. There’s a reason they’re favored so highly by PECOTA, Steamer and just about every other projection system. On top of its excellent starters, Chicago has prospects and the budget to add contracts mid-year, so if a major player suffers an injury or performance decline, they should be able to handle it.craigjedwards: But whether they can end the drought is a difficult question to answer. For most teams, just getting to the playoffs means the season was successful. But if the drought means a World Series title or bust, the team is setting itself up for disappointment. It’s really difficult to win three straight postseason series against other good teams.rob: Right. As much as I buy that this is a stacked roster, I have some bad news for Cubs fans: A good roster at the beginning of the year guarantees nothing. Between injuries, cluster luck and various other kinds of bad breaks, many a preseason powerhouse has exited the playoffs early — or worse yet, failed to reach the postseason at all. (As a Cubs fan, I have been trained to expect the worst.)neil: Baseball is quite different from, say, the NBA, where the Golden State Warriors’ stacked roster means they’re a coin-flip to win the NBA title. Being the best MLB team means you have, what, a 15 to 20 percent chance (at best) of winning?rob: Yes, the difference between MLB teams is much smaller. We’ve never seen (and will never see) a baseball team like the 2016 Warriors or 1996 Bulls. Win projections in the high 90s are about as good as it gets, and that’s where the Cubs are right now.craigjedwards: The best players in the NBA handle the ball constantly, whereas a hitter comes to the plate four or five times per game, and an ace might only pitch twice in a playoff series. Plus, only eight teams make the divisional series, so even the worst playoff team is not going to be far from the best in terms of talent. The Cubs went 3-5 in the playoffs last year, and they were a success story.rob: If only Arrieta could pitch every game.neil: Another (possibly underrated) thing working against the Cubs’ chances is how top-heavy the NL is. According to FanGraphs, Chicago ranks first in projected team wins above replacement, but Nos. 2 through 5 — and seven of the top 10 teams — are in the NL.rob: That’s true — this year’s decrease in parity has been driven mostly by NL teams, particularly the Dodgers, Cubs and Mets. That will make the NL playoffs more of a crapshoot than usual. Even within the Central, the Cubs will have to contend with two difficult challengers in the Pirates and Cardinals.neil: They’d have an easier path to the World Series in the AL, I’d think.rob: Also, they’d get to play Kyle Schwarber at DH, where he probably belongs.craigjedwards: If the Pirates or Cardinals win 93 games, and the Cubs win 92 — which, again, would be a very successful season — all of a sudden Chicago is in the Wild Card game, hoping for a coin flip just to get to the Division Series. And some very good NL teams, at least on paper right now, will not even get to the playoffs.The difference might not be how a team does against other contenders, but rather how badly they can beat up the NL’s worst teams, some of which are very poor.rob: We saw that in the NL East preview, with two teams racing to the bottom and two strong outfits up top; there’s a similar pattern going on in the Central. Across the league, teams seem to be committing more to a particular trajectory in the competitive cycle, either rebuilding or making a championship run.neil: If the Cubs do have 95- to 100-win talent, the upper bound on that is one of the best teams ever. (Which could very well happen.) But I have a feeling the bottom bound is also lower than we think. What could send this seemingly stacked Cubs team there? Just the obvious scenario, a rash of key injuries?rob: A good, approximate rule of thumb is that team-level projections are 90 percent certain to be within +/-10 wins. So the bottom bound is something like 80 to 85 wins, which is probably not making the playoffs in this division. That’s the reason I’m cautious about the Cubs.craigjedwards: I think the bottom likely comes if the pitching falls apart. The projections aren’t exactly conservative on Arrieta and Jon Lester. Losing one of them would be a major blow, and there are some concerns about Arrieta’s crazy workload last season. Plus, Lester is one year older and has apparently been pitching at the risk of injury for some time now.rob: I think there’s still some reason to suspect Arrieta could turn back into a pumpkin. Lester’s inability to throw to first has been well-documented, yet strangely not taken advantage of as much as it could be. He’s also a pitcher older than 30, and those can fall apart at any time (remember Cliff Lee?). If you combine the risk of a rotation and bullpen collapse, that’s the most likely way I see the Cubs’ season falling apart.craigjedwards: But as far as their lineup goes, they are pretty well-insulated.rob: Yep, they have too many good, young position players to have a bad offense. read more

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Premier visits Detention Center says TCI at war with Human Smuggling

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 3, 2017 – Illegal Immigration is not just a burning issue in the United States, it is a serious concern for the Turks and Caicos Islands and earlier this week, Premier Sharlene Robinson toured the South Dock Road detention Center.   Images of Premier Robinson are shared on the Office of the Premier Facebook Page, and while there are no comments on her observation of the state of the facility, there is comment on the Administration’s stance when it comes to illegal migrants.“Whilst this is an age old problem, we cannot relent on our efforts. We MUST do what is absolutely necessary to protect our borders and not be apologetic about it.  The repatriation and Detention costs are unsustainable.  I am grateful to the hardworking Immigration Officers, Police Officers and all other Agencies for their commitment and diligence over the past week.  We must be at war with Human trafficking and whatever else that may be entering via these sloops because it is certainly at war with us”.  Two boats were within hours of each other intercepted this past weekend; nearly all of the Haitians have been sent home at TCI expense.   It was reported to Magnetic Media in 2016 that it costs $6,900 per flight, and there were eight flights arranged for the 178 Haitian migrants.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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San Diego Sockers team up with Traveling Stories to support children literacy

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first_img KUSI Newsroom April 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Sockers are teaming up with Traveling Stories to support children’s literacy. Joining KUSI to discuss the details is U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and Sockers midfielder Landon Donovan and the founder and CEO of Traveling Stories Emily Moberly.To further support children’s literacy in San Diego, players from the Sockers will volunteer to read with kids at Traveling Stories’ StoryTent program on April 6th at 10 a.m., at the City Heights Farmers’ Market. The event is open to the public. The StoryTent is a free literacy program for children between two and 12 years old.To learn more visit www.travelingstories.org or call (619) 269-0438.Information about the Sweepstakes:Anyone may enter the sweepstakes. $10 gives you one chance to win. Additional donations provide more chances to win. Every dollar donated will go to Traveling Stories to support their StoryTent programs for kids across San Diego County.Those who enter the charity sweepstakes will have the opportunity to win the following grand prize:– Meet & Greet with Landon Donovan at the game on April 13th for you and a friend– San Diego Sockers Jersey– Two tickets to the April 13th game– $25 gift card to Phil’s BBQThe sweepstakes will end on April 7th during the game’s half-time. The winner will be announced after the third quarter. The winner does not need to be present to win. To enter the sweepstakes and to view full contest rules, visit http://bit.ly/meet-landon San Diego Sockers team up with Traveling Stories to support children literacy Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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