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Phillies fire hitting coach, bring back Charlie Manuel to help struggling bats

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Phillies have lost ten of their last sixteen games, falling to fourth place in the National League East. Now, with their playoff hopes beginning to dwindle, the team has fired hitting coach John Mallee and replaced him with a key figure from their past.The team announced Tuesday that former World Series winning manager Charlie Manuel will take over for Mallee, joining the team in the dugout. He is expected to remain in that role through the end of the 2019 season.Manuel, 75, won exactly 1,000 games as a manager of the Cleveland Indians and Phillies. He also ranks 39th all-time with a .548 winning percentage as a manager.Players have long liked Manuel’s approach to hitting in particular. He served as the hitting coach for Cleveland during the mid 1990s, when the team led the American League in runs scored three times, set a franchise record with 1,009 runs scored in a season, and led the league in home runs twice.The Phillies fired Manuel in August 2013. He later returned to the team as a senior advisor to the general manager, a role he had remained in up through the coaching change on Tuesday.The Phillies rank 11th in the National League in home runs, 12th in batting average, and ninth in runs scored this season.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund August 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Phillies fire hitting coach, bring back Charlie Manuel to help struggling batscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Zion Oil & Gas begins 3-d seismic acquisition in Israel

first_img Image: Two Seismic Trucks Performing Seismic Vibrations. Photo: Courtesy of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. Zion Oil & Gas announces the commencement of data acquisition for its Megiddo-Jezreel 3-D seismic program.“Within the first week over 30 square kilometers of equipment has been deployed for the start of the largest onshore 3-D survey in Israel’s history,” Zion’s COO, Robert Dunn said. “This is compliments of God’s blessings, Zion’s hard work, and the faith of our dedicated shareholders.”“We are thankful to have already begun data acquisition and expect to complete the acquisition phase over the next several weeks,” stated Zion’s President, Bill Avery. “After the acquisition phase, we are scheduled to complete our data processing by December 31, 2019, barring any unforeseen circumstances.”Zion’s seismic acquisition will cover 72-square kilometers within its Megiddo-Jezreel license.“We are thankful for the continued provision that enables Zion to explore for Israel’s oil and gas onshore,” expressed Zion’s CEO, John Brown. “Please continue to pray for our team in Israel and for God’s continued provision as we move forward.”Zion Oil & Gas, a public company traded on NASDAQ (ZN), explores for oil and gas onshore in Israel on their 99,000-acre Megiddo-Jezreel license area. Source: Company Press Release Zion’s seismic acquisition will cover 72-square kilometers within its Megiddo-Jezreel licenselast_img read more

VCNO Visits USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

first_img View post tag: Navy VCNO Visits USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today VCNO Visits USS Dwight D. Eisenhower View post tag: Naval View post tag: VCNO View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Eisenhower Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations (VCNO), visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)(Ike) for a two-day visit highlighted by an all hands call and meetings with leadership, Aug. 12-13.As part of the visit, the VCNO, and Navy Total Force/Manpower, Personnel, Education, and Training (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief, Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Scott A. Benning, took time to thank Sailors for their efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and extended a “thank you” to those Sailors’ families back home.“You are critical to our nation’s security and make a difference daily,” Ferguson told Ike Sailors. “The importance of what you do to help protect America cannot be overstated. I know how very hard you work, and I recognize the stress that puts on you and your families – thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.” VCNO and Benning both imparted to the Sailors the importance of adaptability and flexibility required in today’s global environment. They emphasized that the Navy was changing to meet new demands and that force structure, manning, training and retention would align accordingly to ensure continual readiness. “The future Navy will be smaller and leaner, but will remain flexible and technologically advanced,” said Ferguson. “Today’s Navy has never been more relevant or in demand and, I expect that will not change.”Benning echoed these sentiments. “Today’s Sailors are the best trained and most dedicated men and women to wear the uniform of our Navy,” Benning said. “Everywhere I go around the world, I’m in awe of the Sailors in our Navy today. They are dedicated, devoted and determined to get the job done under any circumstances.”Ferguson and Benning also had the opportunity to observe several facets of carrier life and engage with Sailors that operate in work environments such as the flight deck, reactor spaces, mess decks and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD). Additionally, VCNO reenlisted nine Sailors as part of an all hands call.During the all hands call, the two addressed topics such as fleet-wide total force initiatives, deployment lengths, enlisted retention board (ERB), perform to serve (PTS) and best practices for the Navy family to navigate through day-to-day challenges of military life.Ferguson said he “does not foresee another ERB in the future.” Both he and Benning explained that the Navy is already seeing the positive results of ERB through greater advancement totals and higher perform to serve (PTS) quotas.Benning spoke about the Navy’s focus on improving afloat manning through voluntary and, in some cases, involuntary detailing tools to match Sailors with needed skills to priority jobs at sea.“Now more than ever, we need highly trained and motivated Sailors in our sea-going jobs,” Benning said. “That’s where we fight, and that’s where we protect against threats coming to our shores. It’s also where Sailors will define their careers and set themselves up for success.”VCNO discussed the fact that operational commitments and the need for carrier presence in the world had stretched some deployments, but Navy leadership was keeping a close eye on deployment length and operational tempo.“The average deployment for an aircraft carrier and embarked carrier air wing, because of the high demand, is a little over 8 months,” said Ferguson. “In the future, we expect that number to go back down to around 7 to 8. I do not see 9 month deployments as our new norm, however the world does get a vote. Our Navy must be flexible and prepared to meet the needs of the nation.”Sailors on IKE were appreciative that VCNO and Fleet Benning took the time to thank them and inform them about the present and future outlook of the U.S. Navy.Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class (SW) Tabatha Chadmon felt honored that the vice chief of naval operations was her reenlisting officer. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Chadmon. “This is my second reenlistment, and it’s great to have it done by an admiral.”Chadmon was also grateful Ferguson came personally to talk about some of the future changes the Navy is going through to meet world challenges.“It means a lot,” said Chadmon. “It’s the vice chief of naval operations coming out to explain this personally rather than just let us hear it through the news. It shows the necessity of it all. It shows that our presence is needed and that we’re here to do a job.”Eisenhower and embarked Carrier Air Wing 7 are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, conducting maritime security operation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 14, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Training & Education August 14, 2012 View post tag: D. View post tag: visits View post tag: Dwightlast_img read more

NATO Response Force to be tested at ‘Noble Mariner’

first_img NATO Response Force to be tested at ‘Noble Mariner’ View post tag: Noble Mariner This year, exercise Noble Mariner is combined with the Royal Navy exercise Joint Warrior and NATO Air Command’s exercise Noble Arrow, all held in the waters and littoral areas of the Northern United Kingdom. By combining these exercises participants from all exercises gain greater interoperability and more capability development.Maritime activity during the two-week exercise will involve more than 30 naval units, comprised of ships and submarines. These will be supported at sea by maritime patrol and rotary wing aircraft. Joint aspects of the exercise will also include fixed wing aircraft based ashore and other land-based personnel adding up to more than 5,700 personnel. October 7, 2016 View post tag: NATO The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed.The maritime commander for the NRF rotates among different groups annually. For 2017, the NRF Maritime Component Commander (MCC) will be NATO Striking & Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO). Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO Response Force to be tested at ‘Noble Mariner’ Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

Break in at Hugh’s

first_imgTwo St Hugh’s students were victims of a burglary last week, as an unknown intruder broke into their rooms and stole a number of their possessions.Ellie Wilson and Sam Evans arrived back from a pub in Jericho at around 9.30pm to discover that someone had been into their rooms and stolen both their laptops, along with Evans’ watch and phone amongst other possessions. The burglar is thought to have entered through the window. Wilson and Evans told Cherwell how “windows into both rooms can be opened from outside” with no evidence of forcible entry. Evans added, “This initially led me to believe that my belongings had been hidden by my friends as a joke.”The students’ rooms, both in the basement of a house on Woodstock Road, are situated on the fringes of the college grounds and can be easily accessed from the main road through a small car park.While restraints had been fitted to stop the windows from being opened completely, Evans said, “One window in my bedroom can be opened by more than a foot from outside – enough space for a person to climb through”.Both victims said that they are satisfied with the way that the college has helped in the aftermath, with Wilson saying that they have been “so supportive”.In fact, their qualm seems to rest with the insurance company Endsleigh, with whom St Hugh’s have an insurance policy. Wilson described her attempt to claim for the stolen items, telling Cherwell, “I didn’t get a response until Monday, when after 30 minutes of questions I was told that my claim had been rejected.”When asked by Cherwell why the claim was refused, Endsleigh’s Communications Manager said, “It’s essential that when students leave their property they check that all windows and doors are closed and locked. This is especially important for rooms on the ground floor or if there are easily accessible doors or windows. If windows or doors are left open and property is stolen the insurance cover can become invalid.”The thief has not yet been identified but Wilson and Evans doubt that it was the work of a fellow St Hugh’s student.Evans seemed particularly baffled at the intruder’s choice of items to steal, saying, “They had also taken my pencil sharpener and a bottle of Lamb’s Rum, leaving my Hendrick’s Gin and Black Bacardi untouched.”Some freshers, especially those living in the house on Woodstock Road, feel that the incident has cast a dark cloud over their first week. Nick Williams, a fresher who had moved into the building only two days beforehand, expressed his concern, saying that the break-in was “not a good sign, just two days into my Oxford experience”.Following the incident, college staff sent an email on behalf of the Dean reminding all students to “lock their rooms, including the windows, when not present”. They added that “security on a site of this size depends very heavily on the vigilance of all members of the community.”last_img read more

Judge: US women’s Soccer Team Bound By No-Strike Clause

first_imgIL for www.theindianalawyer.comA federal judge says the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team currently does not have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics.Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled Friday that the team remains bound by a no-strike clause in earlier agreements.The case pits the team’s union, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association, against the Chicago-based governing body, the U.S. Soccer Federation. The federation sued to clarify the strike issue.The federation warned that a strike could have forced the women to pull out of the Olympics, which, in turn, would have hurt the development of the sport in the U.S. The union wanted the option of striking, though it hadn’t said definitively it would strike.The women’s team is seeking its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.The lawsuit focused on strike rights is related to a wage discrimination complaint filed by five players in March with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint alleges that women’s team players in some cases earn as much as four times less than their counterparts on the men’s national team.U.S. Soccer maintains that characterization is misleading because the men and women are paid differently under collective bargaining agreements and because the complaint’s allegation that the women generate more revenue is based on figures from last year, when the team won the World Cup and went on a victory tour.Oral arguments in May focused on whether an existing agreement between the union and the federation bars the women from striking.In her 13-page ruling, posted Friday, the judge says the union didn’t persuade her that terms of the earlier collectively bargaining agreement — including a no-strike clause — did not carry over to a 2013 memorandum of understanding, which the sides agreed to as they tried and failed to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. And she was dismissive of union arguments that a no-strike provision should have been spelled out explicitly in the memorandum.“Federal law encourages courts to be liberal in their recognition and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, so as to lessen strife and encourage congenial relations between unions and companies,” she wrote. “A collective bargaining agreement may be partly or wholly oral and a written collective bargaining agreement may be orally modified.”Federation lawyer Russell Sauer Jr. said during arguments that a no-strike clause is implied in the still-valid memorandum of understanding signed by both sides in 2013. A lawyer for the union balked, saying the federation failed to secure a no-strike clause in writing and cannot argue now that such a provision is implied.Asked by the judge why the federation did not insist on a no-strike clause in the memorandum, another federation lawyer, Amy Quartarolo, said it was made clear in emails and other communications that a no-strike provision in previous CBAs carried over into the 2013 agreement.The Olympic Games, which the women’s team qualified for earlier this year, start in Brazil on Aug. 5. The American women won the World Cup with a 5-2 victory over Japan in Canada last year.The union hadn’t formally identified grievances that might trigger a strike. Many players, however, have voiced concern over gender equity in soccer. Some pointed to the artificial turf the women had to play on in Canada, pointing out the men’s World Cup is played on natural grass.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario

first_img Strictly temporary, unilateral approach to checks, processes and tariffs in Northern Ireland announced in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Approach is key to protecting the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and avoiding a hard border. In no deal, UK Government is committed to entering discussions urgently with the EU and Irish Government to agree long-term measures. The government is publishing this approach ahead of the vote in Parliament on No Deal to ensure MPs are fully informed. The UK Government has today confirmed the strictly temporary, unilateral approach it would take to avoid a hard border if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal. In this scenario, the UK Government’s priority would be to enter into discussions urgently with the European Commission and the Irish Government to jointly agree long-term measures to avoid a hard border.Recognising the unique social, political and economic circumstances of Northern Ireland, the UK Government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario, including no customs declarations for normal goods. The UK temporary import tariff announced today would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.The UK Government would only apply a small number of measures strictly necessary to comply with international legal obligations, protect the biosecurity of the island of Ireland, or to avoid the highest risks to Northern Ireland businesses — but these measures will not require checks at the land border.The government recognises that Northern Ireland’s businesses and farmers will have concerns about the impact that the government’s approach will have on their competitiveness. However these are the only steps the UK government can unilaterally take to deliver on our absolute commitment to avoid a hard border in the event of no deal.A summary of the approach: The Government has been clear that a deal with the European Union is the best outcome for Northern Ireland. To prevent unfair treatment of Northern Ireland businesses, goods arriving from Ireland would still be subject to the appropriate VAT and excise duty as today and the UK Government would continue to collect these taxes on Irish goods in future. VAT registered businesses would continue to account for VAT on their normal VAT returns. Small businesses trading across the border and not currently VAT registered would be able to report VAT online periodically, without any new processes at the border. As in Great Britain, businesses currently registered on the EU Excise system would register on a UK equivalent. To protect human, animal, and plant health, animals and animal products from countries outside the EU would need to enter Northern Ireland through a designated entry point, regulated plant material from outside the EU and high risk EU plant material will require certification and pre-notification before arriving in the UK. Plants and plant products from a non-EU country which have not been previously checked by an EU Member state would also be checked at authorised inland trade premises. To fulfil essential international obligations, there would be new UK import requirements such as checks on documents or registration for a very limited set of goods, such as endangered species and hazardous chemicals. This would not involve any infrastructure or checks at the border including in Northern Ireland. But we will do all we can to support people and businesses across Northern Ireland in the event that we leave without a deal. Avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario The measures announced today recognise the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland. These arrangements can only be temporary and short-term. These unilateral measures only mitigate the impacts of exit that are within the UK Government’s control. They do not set out the position in respect of tariffs or processes to be applied to goods moving from Northern Ireland to Ireland.This regime is only temporary as we recognise that there are challenges associated with this approach, including the unmonitored flow of goods into the UK and the potential for exploitation of any new system. The government is committed to entering into discussions with the European Commission and the Irish Government as a matter of urgency.The government will lay the appropriate legislation in light of the outcome of the vote on no deal today.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, said: Notes to editorsClick here for more details on this announcement.last_img read more

Vermont, NE home sales show improvement

first_imgSpring is in full bloom as New England experienced month-over-month growth of +10.9% with each state making a positive contribution. Vermont’s month-over-month increase of 18.7 percent was second only to Maine; however, at 184 days on the market, Vermont homes sold slower than any other New England State. The granite state of New Hampshire is the only state that has shown consistent month-over-month growth since January. While sales have not bounced back to 2010 levels, increased inventory, higher prices are all signs of a recovering market and strong spring.‘Prices are still very affordable,’ said Jay Hummer, Executive Vice President of RE/MAX of New England’Whether you’re a first time home buyer or investor, the spring housing market is filled with opportunity.’last_img

US Helps Dominican Air Force Increase Operational Capabilities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 14, 2019 As part of ongoing cooperation between the U.S. and Dominican governments to provide disaster relief and counter international narcotrafficking, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) assisted the Dominican Air Force (FARD, in Spanish) throughout 2018. The cooperation included equipment donations, training, and combined exercises to improve FARD’s response capabilities in rescue, air security, and the fight against drugs. “SOUTHCOM’s cooperation through the Office of Security and Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic for different FARD squadrons, such as rescue and combat, represents an increase in operational capabilities for our Air Force,” FARD Lieutenant Colonel Damián Castro Ortiz, of the Air Command Rescue Squadron, told Diálogo. “It complements pre-established donations and agreements that include operational capabilities that were not developed.” Among the main cooperation agreements between both countries, equipment donation is essential, as it increases Dominican pilots’ operational security. “The safer the air operations, the more operational they become; they give us the capability to start operations and complete them successfully,” FARD Colonel Randy Y. De los Santos, Rescue Squadron commander, told Diálogo. Since FARD created the Rescue Squadron in 1958, U.S. authorities have helped the institution with donations, including helicopters and joint training to strengthen the military personnel professionally. “U.S. government cooperation is proof of the spirit of fraternity and cooperation that exists between our countries and our air forces,” Col. De los Santos said. The Rescue Squadron is FARD’s most operational group. The institution’s helicopter pilots are the best-prepared units in case of emergency or disaster in the country. The squadron reports up to 3,500 flight hours per year as part of routine operations all along the island’s 4,000 square kilometers to serve the civil population. Mission accomplished “Thanks to the $500,000 worth of aviation and maintenance equipment SOUTHCOM donated to the Dominican Air Force in the last quarter of 2018, personnel of the rescue unit took part in the search for an aircraft that had an accident in the area of La Romana,” Col. De los Santos said. “During that tragic accident we used survival vests equipped with radios and compasses, as well as flight helmets with new technology to descend to that hard-to-reach place and accomplish the mission.” During the accident, the rescue team also used night goggles in their search tasks to reduce potential risk during the operation. The United States donated the night vision equipment in 2013. Night vision technology helps authorities counter narcotrafficking, detect illegal flights, and increase the security of the Dominican airspace, as well as regional stability. Friendly hand Donations and joint training with U.S. service members sustain, strengthen, and increase FARD’s evolution. “Cooperation always arrives at the right time to respond to any contingency and provide direct support for the operations of the Combat Squadron, which monitors illegal or irregular flights,” Col. De los Santos said. “We are on stand-by to assist the aircraft in any kind of situation that might happen during the fixed-wing squadron’s operations.” In December 2018, FARD sent its best cadets to take part in the annual Latin American Cadets Initiative hosted by Air Forces Southern, SOUTHCOM’s air component, to prepare the best officers for leadership positions and improve their knowledge of U.S. military culture. On that occasion, cadets learned about weapons systems, instrument flight services, simulators, and cyberdefense. In May 2018, the U.S. Air Force’s 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted training for FARD members. The mission included stability capabilities in helicopters, corrosion control, hazardous materials management, and radio communications. Maintenance training helped fix a FARD forklift that was out of order for four months. “Each capability lets us expand training and the vision of our personnel,” Col. De los Santos said. “Talking about U.S. cooperation means talking about the U.S. commitment to the Dominican people. The United States has always been a friend and the main strategic partner in terms of security, equipment, training, and instruction; hence, the country is truly thankful through FARD, which has benefited on many occasions.”last_img read more

Election predictions lead financial industry to donate to House Dems

first_img continue reading » As pre-election polling hints that Democrats are poised to possibly win control of the House in the next Congress, the securities and investment industries – as well as banks – are giving more money to Democrats, especially moderate ones. Democrats only need 23 seats to overtake the majority; pollsters are suggesting they could win as many as 43 seats.Bloomberg recently reported that the securities and investment industries have given $56.8 million to Democratic congressional candidates and $33.4 million to Republicans this election cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The same data show that bankers – who most often prefer Republicans – are also giving a helping hand to Democrats: The industry has spent $8.5 million supporting Democrats and $13.5 million backing Republicans.More moderate Democrats, such as those that helped create and pass the NAFCU-backed S. 2155, are garnering more support as the financial services industry hopes regulatory relief efforts will continue in 2019.Unlike the House, polling projections have the Senate remaining in the Republican majority. Senate Democrats have 26 seats up for reelection; Republicans, only nine. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more