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ESPN Releases College Football Preseason Top 25

first_imgESPN College Football logo.ESPN.Which team deserves to be No. 1 in college football’s preseason polls? According to ESPN, it’s the defending national champions – Alabama. ESPN released its updated preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season earlier this month, and they’ve got the Crimson Tide at the top. Trailing Nick Saban’s team in the polls are Clemson, Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma. Here’s the full top 25.  Will Alabama win another one this year?Will Alabama win another one this year?1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington  17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville[ESPN]last_img read more

Garmex Free Zone Facilities to be Redeveloped

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has highlighted the commencement of work to redevelop a number of Garmex Free Zone facilities, in line with the Jamaica Logistics Hub initiative.Making this announcement in his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 14, he explained that some of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) existing properties, including the Garmex Free Zone near the Port of Kingston, have been identified for major redevelopment.“Garmex is in the process of being master planned, to reflect our entry into logistics, and the increasing demand anticipated from the demolition of the Kingston Free Zone to facilitate port expansion,” he elaborated.The FCJ is also engaged in the re-opening of the Free Zone facility at Hayes, Clarendon, as a logistics centre, on a phased basis. That property had been closed for more than five years.Minister Hylton said the country continues to make a significant contribution to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) sector.“Some of our old buildings in the Montego Bay Free Zone have been converted into ICT facilities to ensure growth in that high-value sector. More will be done as we work through the details of collaboration with the Port Authority of Jamaica on major space build out,” he told the House.The Government has described the logistics hub initiative as a central plank in Jamaica’s overall growth strategy. It will see Jamaica becoming the fourth node in the global logistics chain, joining Rotterdam, Singapore and Dubai.Jamaica’s strategic geographic position on major sea lanes and air routes to North and South America, as well as Europe and South East Asia, has increased its competitive advantage, particularly in the logistics and shipping sector.With the expansion of the Panama Canal to be completed in 2015, Jamaica’s unique location, and natural resources, such as two of the best natural harbours in the world, will see the Logistics Hub initiative enhancing the global trading system, and as such representing a global asset.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Primal Scream And Editors Help Oxfam Raise Awareness For Syrian Crisis

first_imgPrimal Scream, The xx, Editors, Bombay Bicycle Club and more have shared their ultimate playlists with Oxfam to help raise awareness of the massive humanitarian crisis currently affecting Syrian people.In the countdown to the Glastonbury festival, Oxfam will be releasing one specially created playlist a day chosen by some of the biggest and most diverse names in music and hosted exclusively by Spotify. People are being encouraged to share the customised playlists to show solidarity with Syrian people.The humanitarian crisis is of staggering proportions and deteriorating daily. Violent conflict has forced over six million Syrian people from their homes, 1.6m of whom are now refugees in neighbouring countries. They include schoolchildren, students, musicians, accountants, and teachers – people from every walk of life who’ve lost everything.Oxfam is aiming to reach 650,000 people in the coming months, however the massive surge in refugee numbers and the scale of the crisis is leaving relief agencies overstretched and struggling to cope. The charity have recently launched a petition calling on the UK government to champion the needs of everyone affected, by increasing international aid inside Syria and across the region, and supporting efforts to find a peaceful, not military, end to the crisis.The playlists include fourteen of the artist’s favourite tracks ever, from festival highlights, to early musical inspirations. Playlists are available on www.oxfam.org.uk/musicforsyria.To mark World Refugee Day, Oxfam will also be asking people to share a beautifully shot music film by music producer and film maker Alex Forster, featuring a group of Syrian musicians in Zaatari camp, Jordan. The musicians, also brothers, are part of Oxfam’s Voice project, which helps refugees to make their voices heard, using tools such as music and storytelling to raise their concerns and highlight their needs. The film shows the men singing and talking about how music has helped them cope with life in the camp, channelling their sadness and anger. Their inspiring lyrics reflect camp life and are often patriotic highlighting how they miss their homeland.Syrian musician, Diaa Hariri said: “Music is now much more important to us than it used to be before. We change the lyrics of the songs in a way that expresses our lives now.”Syrian musician, Hasan Hariri said: “The motive behind our singing is both social and therapeutic; therapeutic because we forget a little about our frustration and hardships in the camp, and at the same time it is social because we bring people together to enjoy their time.”By sharing the music, film and playlists people will be supporting the charity’s ‘Love Syria’ festival campaign. For more information, click here.Source:Oxfam.org.uklast_img read more

Six workers critically hurt in Gurugram factory fire

first_imgGurugram: Six people working in a garment factory in Gurugram received burn injuries after the industrial unit named Shobha designs caught fire due to short circuit on Sunday morning. The incident occurred in the industrial area of Sector-37 at around 3:00 am.All seven workers are from Uttar Pradesh. According to sources all the workers injured in the mishap have received 25 to 30 percent of burn injuries. Meanwhile the two who are critically injured and have been admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital have received 70 to 75 percent of burn injuries. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe two workers who are in critical conditions have been identified as Arun and Ravinder. While Arun is from Mirzapur, Ravinder is from Saharanpur. Other victims in the incident have been identified as Satyaprakash (Badohi), Kamlesh, (Prayagraj), Santosh and, Chotelal (Bulandshahr). The four are receiving treatment in a private hospital in Gurugram Three fire tender vehicles were used to douse the fire and it took more than hour an hour for the fire officials to bring the situation under control. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAccording to fire officials the garment factory was functioning illegally and had not taken required safety measures. The fire officials stated that the fire occurred at the basement and then spread to the other areas. The impact of the loss caused due to the mishap can be gauged from the fact that three machines of the garment unit were completely destroyed. “The main reason for the fire was short circuit. We observed that the owner had not changed the wires and it was extremely outdated. We observed that the factory was functioning illegally and various measures of security were compromised,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. Meanwhile the police have also filed a formal complaint in the case and have begun their investigation. This is the second major tragedy that has occurred in the industrial units of Gurugram.last_img read more

Can The Mariners Finally End Their Playoff Drought

Of all the storylines to watch as Major League Baseball begins the second half of the 2018 season, the most interesting might be whether the Seattle Mariners can hold on to their current position in the standings — and, in the process, end the longest active postseason drought in major professional sports. (The Mariners earned this dubious honor when the Buffalo Bills grabbed an AFC wild card last season.)It’s been a magical start to the summer so far in Seattle. Picked preseason to finish around .500, the Mariners instead sit nearly 20 games over that benchmark. Surprisingly, they spent much of the first half challenging the defending champion Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West; they’ve also built for themselves a three-game cushion over the division-rival Oakland A’s in the race for the AL’s second wild card. (And they’ve done it even after losing star second baseman Robinson Cano, who was putting up great numbers before getting busted for steroids in mid-May.) If the regular season ended today, the M’s would finally be back in the playoffs.That would be a major accomplishment for a Seattle club that hasn’t tasted postseason baseball since its disappointing five-game exit from the American League Championship Series 17 years ago. When my former colleague Rob Arthur wrote about the Mariners’ streak a few seasons back, he found that no team in baseball had made the playoffs fewer times relative to expectation (based on their regular-season records) since 1998 than Seattle. It’s undeniable that, with just a little better luck, the Mariners would have sneaked into the playoffs at least a few times over the span of their drought. In that regard, they are long overdue to catch a break.In 2018, however, Seattle might be collecting all of the extra good fortune it’s owed at once. According to The Baseball Gauge, no first-half team exceeded its expected record more through luck in close games or favorable “sequencing”1Bunching hits within innings on offense and scattering them across innings on defense. than the Mariners. For instance, if you simply looked at Seattle’s runs scored (412) and allowed (414), you’d think it was precisely the .500-ish team that the preseason projections had called for. Instead, the Mariners have gone 26-12 in one-run games, which — while not exactly in 2016 Texas Rangers territory — suggests they could be due for a serious second-half downturn.In fact, Seattle’s combination of win-loss record and negative run differential is so unusual that it’s tough to find similar historical teams. Since 1950, the Mariners are the only team to be 19 games over .500 through a similar stage of the season2Specifically, between 90 and 100 games into the schedule. while also having a run differential below zero. But if we just limit ourselves to the 13 teams that were at least 10 wins above .500 and had outscored opponents by 10 runs or fewer through 97 games, those clubs won only 51 percent of their games over the rest of the season (an 83-win pace per 162). So the Mariners probably shouldn’t expect to keep cruising along at a clip remotely close to their current .598 winning percentage.Indeed, if the wheels do fall off for Seattle, naysayers may point to the team’s poor play just before the All-Star break — eight losses in its last 11 games — as a sign of when things started to go wrong. But ace pitcher James Paxton will be back from the disabled list soon, and Cano is eligible to return Aug. 14. Meanwhile, the time off should benefit the slumping quintet of Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy and Nelson Cruz, each of whom seemed to be running out of gas heading into the break.In the bigger picture, there’s also something to be said for the team’s overall balance as an antidote to the notion of an impending collapse. The Mariners are one of only six teams in baseball to rank among the top 10 in wins above replacement3Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from both its pure hitting and its pitching, joining the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Dodgers — pretty good company! Of course, that brushes aside Mariner weaknesses such as baserunning (they rank 24th) and fielding (20th), but it also underscores that despite Seattle’s uninspiring run differential, the fundamentals of the team aren’t necessarily unsound.In order to stay on course for the playoffs, Seattle will need to keep getting unexpected performances like the ones they’ve enjoyed from first-time All-Star Mitch Haniger and journeyman-turned-10-game winner Marco Gonzales. Closer Edwin Diaz (who leads baseball with 36 saves) will have to keep slamming the door shut in the ninth inning, and the lineup will need to continue hitting well in big moments. None of that will be easy, especially not with Oakland zooming up in the rearview mirror. But after nearly two decades of the pieces never falling into place for a postseason push, it’s high time the Mariners had the breaks go their way.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Dense Smoke Advisory In Effect Until Wednesday

first_imgPersons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside. For more information on Air Quality, please visit www.dec.alaska.gov. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a dense smoke advisory for the interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing effective until 1pm, Wednesday. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times.Travel may be difficult due to low visibility.center_img Smoke will be the most dense during the overnight and early morning hours through Wednesday. A dense smoke advisory means widespread fires will create smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, Slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.last_img read more

Jack White Donates 10k Toward Detroits Hamtramck Stadium Restoration

first_img Email Twitter https://twitter.com/HamtownStadium/status/1102930657842466817 Facebook Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and Piast Institute are behind the campaign and its plans to restore the playing area for community use, followed by restoration of the grandstand seating area.”From its founding, the Piast Institute has focused on telling the story of Polish-Americans in Detroit and Hamtramck, which are intertwined with the stories of the historic African-American communities in both cities,” said Piast Executive Vice President Virginia Skrzyniarz. “The revival of Hamtramck Stadium will be a living monument to Hamtramck’s legacy of diversity and tolerance.”Renowned names from the past, now in Cooperstown, that played on the field include Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and it was home field for Detroit Stars’ Turkey Stearnes.Supporters have until April 2 to raise the $50,000 needed. Contributions can be made at the campaign’s Patronicity page. Success will be met with $50,000 in matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.In other news at the intersection of baseball and music, the GRAMMY Museum will open its new exhibit “Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime”on March 14, accompanying the 2019 Major League Baseball season with a celebration of baseball’s musical soundtrackJack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ Reaches No. 1Read more Jack White Donates $10K To Restore Detroit Stadium jack-white-donates-10k-toward-detroits-hamtramck-stadium-restoration News Jack White Donates $10k Toward Detroit’s Hamtramck Stadium Restoration A true baseball enthusiast and supporter, White’s personal connection to the field’s Detroit Stars is long-standingPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 6, 2019 – 1:57 pm Jack White is among the Detroit natives who love their city’s heritage and the game of baseball, so he’s pitching in with $10,000 to help start a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to restore his city’s Hamtramck Stadium, a former local resource now one of few surviving fields from early black baseball history. Hamtramck hosted teams such as the Negro National League Detroit Stars and players such as Turkey Stearnes.The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown blogged raves about Jack White’s baseball acumen after his visit in 2014. “When Jack threw out a ceremonial first pitch in Detroit,” they noted back then, “he wore a Stars jersey, out of respect to the Negro leagues team that called The Motor City home.”last_img read more

DIG Mizan to be brought to book says home minister

first_imgDIG Mizanur RahmanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said that the process is underway to take action against suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman.”No one is above the law. He has already been suspended,” UNB quoted the minister as saying.He was talking to reporters after a function marking the signing of the annual performance agreement of the security services division under the home ministry.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Khandaker Enamul Bashir to get clean chit in a corruption case.DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked up the 25-year-old woman in July 2017 and forcibly married her.He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.About the missing nephew of former state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj, the home minister said Sohel Taj called him abput the matter. “A general diary was lodged in this regard. I have asked the law enforcement agencies to look into it,” he said.Asaduzzaman said there ate two possiblities. “Someone might have picked him up or he might have gone somewhere. He will be traced no matter where he might be.”About placing an assistant superintendent of police in charge of a police station instead of an inspector, he said once a sub-inspector used to be in charge of a police station. “The country is gpoing ahead. There’s no such decision right now. It is an ongoing process.”The minister expressed the hope that his ministry will achieve more progress in the coming year than in the last.Of the four departments under the ministry, Fire Service and Civil Defence did well, he said, expressing hope that the annual performance agreement will help ensure good governance, transparency and stimulate overall activities.last_img read more

Cardinals Down Bowling Green State in Home Opener

first_imgIn doubles, UofL’s Diana Wong and Aleksandra Mally were first to finish with a 6-2 win over Vanessa Pardo and Marta Bertinelli  at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles. Sena Suswam and Raven Neely beat BGSU’s Paula Comella and Maharita Tavpas  6-3 to clinch the point.   BGSU’s Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) defeated Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin 6-2. Louisville (1-0) carried its momentum over to singles play when Raven Neely made quick work of Polina Radeva with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Bowling Green pushed back with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6.  Cardinal newcomer Chloe Hamlin scored next with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marta Bertinelli at No. 6.  At No. 2, Nikolina Jovic handled Marhita-Sophia Tavpash 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match.  Cardinal Diana Wong outlasted Ayumi Sasaki 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.  At No. 1 singles, Sena Suswam won her first set 6-3, fell 6-3 in the second before falling 6-4 to Paula Comella. “The opening day nerves make it tough to play at the level that we normally play,” said Mark Beckham, UofL head coach.  “It is a bit of a sticking point for me because I want us to play as well as we practice. We have been practicing really well and it did not translate to match play today.  It is to be expected on the very first dual match of the season. Our goal is to pick it up where we left off in our second match this evening. For the most part, I am happy with how we played.” Story Links Louisville 5, Bowling Green State 2 Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team beat Bowling Green State 5-2 in the home opener of the 2018 dual match season.   The Cards took the doubles point and then won four of six singles matches for the win.center_img  Doubles competition1. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) def. Paula Comella/Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-32. Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) def. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-23. Diana Wong/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Vanessa Pardo/Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2  Singles competition1. Paula Comella (BGSU) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-42. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Polina Radeva (BGSU) 6-2, 6-24. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-3, 6-45. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2, 6-26. Vanessa Pardo (BGSU) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-2, 6-0 Tennis Match ResultsBowling Green State vs LouisvilleJan 20, 2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more