Takeaways: Oakland A’s pitchers, sluggers hit slump at same time in loss to Texas Rangers

first_imgOAKLAND — For A’s manager Bob Melvin, the game had an unpleasant but familiar taste.After squandering an early 3-0 lead on Thursday, the A’s led 2-0 after three innings on Friday before falling 5-2 to the Texas Rangers.Oakland had chances early, loading the bases with no outs in the first against starter Lance Lynn, but squeezed out just a single run.“The game was similar to yesterday where we scored three runs,” Melvin said. “We had some guys on base and had a really good pitcher on the …last_img read more

Bafana to face Nigeria in Afcon qualifiers

first_img29 April 2014Bafana Bafana have been drawn to face their nemesis Nigeria, among others, in qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Morocco. The draw was made in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, defeating Burkina Faso 1- 0 in the final, while South Africa was eliminated in the quarterfinals after losing to Mali in a penalty shootout.Since that time, Bafana Bafana has twice lost to Nigeria. In August 2013, the Super Eagles beat South Africa 2-0 in Durban in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge. Then, in January, in the African Nations Cup, which featured national teams made up of home-based players only, Nigeria scored a 3-1 win over Bafana to knock them out of the tournament.Group ABesides the Super Eagles, South Africa will also face Sudan and one of Namibia, DR Congo (Brazzaville), Libya and Rwanda, with those four teams competing for one place in Group A.Despite the tough draw, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund declared himself happy with what it had thrown up for his charges.‘A fair draw’“It is a fair draw and I think we should be one of the two countries that qualify to the finals in Morocco,” he said in a statement.“I was not expecting an easy draw because all countries are competitive, but I am very hopeful of qualifying for Morocco 2015.“The past two years of my tenure have been the most difficult ones, but now I do have a core of around 30 players on which to choose from and Bafana Bafana should be one of the countries going to Morocco,” he added.‘Group of Death’Igesund selected Group D, which features Africa’s number one ranked team, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and the DR Congo as the “Group of Death”.Group G, which features Egypt, Tunisia and Senegal is also expected to be very tightly contested.Distribution and locationsAt the draw, the distribution of the groups and their locations was also announced.Group A will be based in Marrakech, where the opening match of the tournament will take place. Agadir will be home to Group B, Rabat will host Group C and the tournament final, while Group D’s host will be Tangier.DatesAfcon 2015 will be played from 17 January to 8 February, with the final draw for the event set to be held in Rabat on 26 November.The event has been extended by one day after the organisers decided to play the two semi-finals on different days. Previously they were played on the same day.GROUP DRAWGroup A: Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, winner of Namibia/Congo/Libya/RwandaGroup B: Mali, Algeria, Ethiopia, Sao Tome/Benin/Malawi/ChadGroup C: Burkina Faso, Angola, Gabon, winner of Liberia/Lesotho/Kenya/ComorosGroup D: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DR Congo, winner of Swaziland/Sierra Leone/Gambia/SeychellesGroup E: Ghana, Togo, Guinea, winner of Madagascar/Uganda/Mauritania/Equatorial GuineaGroup F: Zambia, Cape Verde, Niger, winner of Tanzania/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/South SudanGroup G: Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, winner of Burundi/Botswana/CAR/Guinea BissauSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 months agoThornley exclusive: Phelan perfect for Solskjaer at Man Utd

first_imgThornley exclusive: Phelan perfect for Solskjaer at Man Utdby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLife as Manchester United manager has started well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Two wins from two matches. 8 goals. Paul Pogba in fine form. A palpable excitement now reverberating through Old Trafford.A sizeable task lies ahead of Solskjaer to lead United into the top-four, but it is one that will be helped considerably by the presence of assistant manager Mike Phelan.That is according to former United winger Ben Thornley, who works as analyst for MUTV and has intimate knowledge of the club’s inner sanctum.Phelan has spent fourteen of his 23 years as a coach at United, five of which he served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two.It is a role the 56-year-old now fills for Solskjaer, who has two stints at Molde and an ill-fated spell at Cardiff City on his coaching resume.And Thornley thinks Phelan’s experience and coaching nous will greatly benefit the Norwegian in what will be the biggest six months of his management career to date.He told TribalFootball.com: “I feel as though Mike Phelan is a guy that was at the club a long time before his departure and he worked as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson. [He’s] a very, very trustworthy man, a very calming influence in the dressing room.”He’s not somebody who screams and shouts he knows the club inside and out and he’s a very knowledgeable coach. I think the club can only benefit from having somebody like Mike Phelan and his experience amongst the ranks.”Solskjaer will try and make it three wins from three when United host Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. With Arsenal facing league leaders Liverpool, United could potentially close to gap to fifth place to just three points by the end of the weekend. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Focus on Foster Care February 11-17

first_img For the past 12 years, the CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), has been observing the Week to bring focus on foster care, which falls under the agency’s Living in Family Environments (LIFE) Programme. Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Public Relations and Communications at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the aim is to heighten public awareness about the Programme and increase the number of foster-parents. Story Highlights  Foster-parents will also be fêted during the period and they will also have the opportunity to look at issues, such as coping mechanisms, at a rap session that is scheduled to be held on February 16. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will observe National Foster Care Week from February 11 to 17, under the theme ‘Inspire Hope, Foster a Child’. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will observe National Foster Care Week from February 11 to 17, under the theme ‘Inspire Hope, Foster a Child’.For the past 12 years, the CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), has been observing the Week to bring focus on foster care, which falls under the agency’s Living in Family Environments (LIFE) Programme. Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Public Relations and Communications at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the aim is to heighten public awareness about the Programme and increase the number of foster-parents.“So, we are using National Foster Care Week to ask persons to inspire hope in a child; and how they can do that is by fostering a child,” she said. There are currently more than 800 parents and 700 families under the National Foster Care Programme. The week’s activities will begin with several church services across the island and will culminate with the National Church Service, scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 17 at the Palmer’s Cross Seventh-day Adventist Church in Clarendon, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Miss Dixon said the CPFSA has always partnered with several organisations such as Tax Administration Jamaica, post offices, libraries and other entities to promote the Programme.During the Week, informational booths will be set up in selected entities across the island and CPFSA personnel will be on hand to provide additional information to the public.Foster-parents will also be fêted during the period and they will also have the opportunity to look at issues, such as coping mechanisms, at a rap session that is scheduled to be held on February 16.Miss Dixon is encouraging persons who want to take part in the Programme to apply, so that the screening process can start. “We want a Jamaica where every child has a family,” she said. For further information, persons may contact the CPFSA at 948-2841-2 or visit any of its offices islandwide.last_img read more

Ministry of Agriculture seeks feedback on growing farming, protecting farmland

first_imgsupporting farmers and ranchers in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to expand and diversify their businesses;helping new or young farmers become established on the land and in business; andensuring there is flexibility for residential options while prioritizing agriculture in the ALR.“Helping farmers, protecting farmland and increasing food production are top priorities for our government and we want to continue the momentum we’ve created – it’s driving the success of this sector in our province,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “Our government is working hard to expand B.C.’s agriculture industry. We are increasing access to locally grown and raised food, and helping rural communities diversify their economies and create sustainable jobs.”Since there have been recent changes by the government to strengthen the ALR and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), the ministry is hosting six in-person sessions, along with the ALC, throughout B.C. to discuss the purpose and context of the changes. The sessions will also focus on gathering input from people on the three stated challenges with the goal of supporting B.C. farmers and ranchers.In response to feedback heard at the 2019 Union of BC Municipalities Conference, the ministry will be adding additional sessions. When meeting details are confirmed, further information will be available online; CLICK HEREThe engagement period runs from Sept. 19th to Nov. 15, 2019. An engagement summary report will then be prepared and made public.If you miss the Dawson Creek session next is Prince George, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Coast Prince George – 700 Brunswick Street – Prince George, BC“A healthy agriculture industry is critical to protecting a farmer’s most valuable resource – their land, now and for generations to come,” said Jennifer Dyson, chair of the ALC. “I look forward to continuing to hear from farmers and ranchers and everyone who cares about the incredible capacity of B.C.’s agricultural land base to produce a bounty of food and farm products on ways to do so.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. –  Residents of the region are invited to an engagement session to have their say on how best to encourage farming and protect farmland throughout British Columbia.Being held today, Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Encana Events Centre, the Ministry of Agriculture is holding their engagement session.British Columbians are encouraged to share their insights and opinions on how to best address the following challenges;last_img read more

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar quits ahead of IMF deal

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar abruptly quit the Cabinet on Thursday before securing a crucial multi-billion dollar IMF bailout package for the cash-strapped country, amid mounting criticism by the opposition and business community over the handling of the economic crisis. Umar, who recently returned from a trip to the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next International Monetary Fund bailout were finalised, said he has obtained Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consent “to not take any cabinet position”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “As part of a cabinet reshuffle, prime minister desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” said Umar, one of the close aides of the prime minister. “However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position.” Later, addressing a press conference here, Umar said that it was time to make some “difficult decisions” to stabilise the economy and that he hopes his replacement would be supported in their efforts. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “I don’t know if there has been a conspiracy or not (to remove me) but all I know is that my ‘captain’ (Imran Khan) wanted to see me in the role of the energy minister. I did not think that would be a great idea so I refused,” a visibly upset Umar said. Prime Minister Khan-led government and Finance Minister Umar in particular have faced mounting criticism by opposition parties, members of the business community and citizens over the handling of the economic crisis. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year. “We have finalised the IMF agreement on much better terms than before. It is the time to take difficult decisions; I have made these decisions, I refused to take the decisions that would have crushed the nation,” Umar said. Responding to a question, the finance minister defended his performance and said “Who says that I have failed in achieving what I wanted to achieve?” He said the new team will look at things with fresh eyes and they can come up with better decisions. “I believe that this decision should be made as soon as possible … we are about to go to the IMF, we are about to present the budget. This is already too late, the next person should have come in earlier, at least a month ago,” Umar told reporters in response to a question on his replacement. It was immediately not clear who will replace Umar. The new finance minister’s first priority would be to finalise the much-needed bailout package with the IMF to overcome the financial crisis. Finance Minister Umar said earlier this month that a mission of the IMF would visit Islamabad soon after the spring meetings of the World Bank Group, which includes the IMF, and an agreement should be signed by the end of this month. On Monday, the Pakistani media reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the Finance Ministry. However, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle. “There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Juventus plan B for Allegri exit

first_imgDue to the growing uncertainty surrounding Massimiliano Allegri’s future at Juventus, the club have reportedly created a shortlist of potential candidates to replace the Italian coachTuttosport (via Football-Italia) have reported that the Serie A leaders expect Allegri to remain at Turin for next season, but have begun considering alternatives with five potential candidates having been shortlisted by the Juventus board.The Italian publication revealed that the club are favouring a move for Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi, who has guided The Eagles into contention for qualification for next season’s Champions League with an inferior budget compared to rivals Inter Milan, AS Roma and AC Milan.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Turin side are also interested in bringing former star player Zinedine Zidane back to the Allianz Stadium with the Frenchman’s future at Real Madrid likely to be determined on the outcome of their Champions League campaign.Others names that have been mentioned by the Juventus board include Massimo Carrera, formerly assistant to Antonio Conte at the club, France boss Didier Deschamps and Roberto Mancini.last_img read more

Puel disappointed with Palace defeat

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blamed their lackluster first half performance for their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.Luka Milivojević’s long-range shot six minutes before the break was the difference on Saturday.Leicester hit the post in the second half after being crucial save by palace keeper Vicente Guaita as they tried to equalize.“Disappointed I think is the right word, of course,” Puel told the club’s website.“I think this team played with strong pressing and put us under pressure. We had difficulties to start with the ball, to find space and to find good moves behind their defenders.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We played a poor first half without the right intensity and we conceded a great goal. It was tough for us without the positive attitude in our game. [In the] second half, we played better with a good intensity, the right intensity, good play, good moves.“We had three or four chances to score and I think we deserved to come back into the game.“The fair result for me was a draw and we were unlucky in the second half. I regret our first half without the right intensity, the right ingredients.“We allowed them to start well and score the goal. I’m disappointed about this and the inconsistency in our game.“We made our reaction with a good second half but to get the points we needed to play the full game.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of June 9 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, June 9, 2019:190693 — Benson — 26 Fairmeadow Road 190775 — Graham Estate190793 — Bids — Porous Pavement Sidewalk Shady Lane DrBurlington Self Storage Auction(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more