Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees and free-agent pitcher Gio Gonzalez have reportedly come to an agreement on a deal.A source tells ESPN the deal places the left-hander in the Yankees’ farm system but if Gonzalez makes the team’s major league roster, the contract will be worth $3 million for the season, plus incentives.Per the terms of the deal, Gonzalez can opt out on April 20 if he has not made the Yankees’ roster, the source added.Gonzalez, 33, was drafted in 2004 and made his MLB debut in 2008. In his 11 seasons in the league, he is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA and 1,748 strikeouts, playing for the Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals and, most recently, the Milwaukee Brewers.Last season with both the Nationals and Brewers, he went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and 148 strikeouts.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Yankees, pitcher Gio Gonzalez agree to deal Beau Lund
April 29, 2020 /Sports News – National College athletes could get paid starting in 2021, NCAA says Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStockBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Although many sports are on hold in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA is making strides to help solidify new rules around paying student-athletes.The NCAA Board of Governors announced Wednesday that it supported rule changes that would allow student-athlete compensation for third-party endorsements and promotions related to and separate from athletics.The NCAA’s highest governing body said it supports “compensation for other student-athlete opportunities, such as social media, businesses they have started and personal appearances within the guiding principles originally outlined by the board in October.”Under the new rules, athletes would be allowed to identify themselves by their sport and school, but will not be able to profit from the use of the conference and school logos or trademarks. Nor can they be paid directly by a university or college.The new recommendations, which were outlined within the guiding principles outlined in October, are now headed to the rules-making structure within the three NCAA divisions and are expected to go into effect as of the 2021-22 academic year.The board has directed all three divisions to consider appropriate rules changes based on recommendations from its Federal and State Legislation Working Group.“The board’s decision today provides further guidance to each division as they create and adopt appropriate rules changes,” Ohio State senior vice president and athletics director, and working group co-chair, Gene Smith said in a statement.Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of Ohio State, called allowing promotions and third-party endorsements “uncharted territory” and explained that the NCAA relied upon feedback from “numerous student-athletes from all three divisions.”The rules needed to make these new modifications to its policy on name, image and likeness could differ by division and will need to be appropriately regulated going forward.“As we evolve, the Association will continue to identify the guardrails to further support student-athletes within the context of college sports and higher education,” Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East and working group co-chair, said. “In addition, we are mindful of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, college sports and students at large. We hope that modernized name, image and likeness rules will further assist college athletes during these unprecedented times and beyond.”The board also discussed potential outside legal and legislative factors that could arise due to the new rules and will take action in Congress to ensure proper protections for the NCAA.“The evolving legal and legislative landscape around these issues not only could undermine college sports as a part of higher education but also significantly limit the NCAA’s ability to meet the needs of college athletes moving forward,” Drake said. “We must continue to engage with Congress in order to secure the appropriate legal and legislative framework to modernize our rules around name, image and likeness.”Drake added that the board will work with lawmakers to highlight the NCAA’s mission to “oversee and protect college athletics and college athletes on a national scale.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Naval View post tag: one China has sent one of its biggest civilian maritime patrol ships into the South China Sea, official media said on Thursday, a move likely to…By Chris Buckley (courant)[mappress]Source: Courant, June 16, 2011; June 16, 2011 View post tag: sea View post tag: biggest Back to overview,Home naval-today China Sends One of its Biggest Civilian Maritime Patrol Ships into South China Sea View post tag: china View post tag: Civilian Share this article View post tag: South View post tag: ships View post tag: Patrol View post tag: sends China Sends One of its Biggest Civilian Maritime Patrol Ships into South China Sea
Industry news Russia: Borey-A Class Submarine’s Keel Laid Russia based Sevmash Shipyard, Severodvinsk, on 26th December, 2014, held a keel laying ceremony for the nuclear-powered Borey-A class submarine (Project 955A) “Generalissimos Suvorov”, according to the Portnews.ru.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, first VP of the USC Group Leonid Strugov, the naval architercture and marine engineering firm Rubin’s CEO Igor Vilnit, Sevmash Director General Mikhalil Budnichenko, heads of business partners, representatives of the Navy Сommand attended the ceremony. View post tag: class View post tag: Laid View post tag: Borey-A The Borei-class is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine produced by Russia and operated by the Russian Navy. The class is intended to replace the Delta III, Delta IV and Typhoon classes now in Russian Navy service. The class is named after Boreas, the North wind.NavalToday Staff; Image: VK View post tag: Russia December 29, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: submarine Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Borey-A Class Submarine’s Keel Laid View post tag: KEEL View post tag: Maritime Share this article
by Aaron BorboraRarely does one find a curry house that combines excellent food with tasteful surroundings and top-notch service. But Chutney’s, located on St Michael’s Street, offers just that. From beginning to end, we had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience, thanks to the polite and capable staff. Despite our last-minute booking, a table was found at peak time and on arrival we were promptly seated at a good table well away from the distractions of the door. This positive first impression was only reinforced by the contemporary décor and furnishings. While many Indian restaurants seem to go out of their way to emulate the interior of a cross-channel ferry, the styling at Chutney’s was refreshingly modern. The menu offered a truly extensive choice of mouthwatering dishes, meaning that one had difficulty in not ordering the whole lot. Bank managers and Yorkshiremen alike will be pleased with how reasonable the food is, with starters between £3 and £5 and mains £7-£11. Vegetarians are well catered for with a selection offering so much more than a generic ‘vegetable curry’; indeed, Chutney’s has won awards for the range and quality of its vegetarian offerings. Continuing the trend of offering much more than the average curry house, pescarians are able to choose from a selection of Bangladeshi fish including bhol (although rou, that king of fish, is a sad omission). A welcome feature of the menu is a brief description of each of the dishes, explaining their style and principle ingredients. Furthermore, many dishes can be chosen in mild/medium/hot variants, which makes it possible to try a new recipe free from the fear of destroying the buccal mucosa. After an excellent starter of warm and crisp popadoms, which held no hint of oil and were accompanied by beautifully-flavoured dips, we were promptly served our meal. The Korai seafood dish was excellent, with plenty of succulent king prawns. The vegetables and onions were very fresh and the spice made its presence felt without being too intrusive. The only criticism is that it was a little on the dry side. The generous portion of lamb Pathia contained tender morsels, (as opposed to the meat at many Indian restaurants which seems to have the consistency of British Rail pork pies), smothered in a sauce that was rather too sweet and lacking in lemon to hold true to the dish’s Persian ancestry. For our side order we enjoyed Sag Paneer. This was truly excellent, with home-made cheese and fresh spinach. In contrast to many other establishments, the portions were all generous and there was no attempt made to cover up a stingy use of protein by an excessive amount of sauce or vegetables. Drinks, of the same reasonable prices as the food, were of a similarly high standard.Throughout the meal service and presentation were first-rate. The well mannered staff paid attention to detail. It was nice to see, in these days of ever tightening margins and falling service standards, that we were still bought warmed plates. The quality feel also extended to the speed of service, something ensured by having a higher ratio of waiters to diners and a ‘common-user’ approach to service, whereby any member of staff would attend. Overall, Chutney’s is a high-end establishment catering to those seeking something better than the flock-wallpaper and greasy food style of Indian restaurant. Surprisingly, for such an experience there is not a heavy financial premium, making this an ideal choice for a special or celebratory meal out. For those in a rush, they offer a take out service and an express lunch for only £7.50 during the week – the prefect antidote to too much time in the Bod.
Grasmere Gingerbread is made using a 150-year-old secret recipe so secret, that it is locked away in the National Westminster Bank in nearby Ambleside. “My husband and father know it and that’s it. I don’t even know it,” says Joanne Wilson of Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread. “My son who is four said, ’Don’t tell me the recipe, daddy, otherwise someone will kidnap me.’”All our members of staff have signed secrecy and confidentiality agreements, although it is only my husband that mixes the ingredients and, therefore, the recipe is kept a secret,” adds Wilson.The shop has some famous fans, including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger who was recently filming in the Lake District for the film Miss Potter. “Renée was quoted in the regional newspapers and on an American chat show, saying that it was the best gingerbread she has ever tasted,” says Wilson.The gingerbread shop is located in Grasmere – a well-known tourist attraction, as it is home to William Wordsworth’s grave and cottage. In fact, the bakery building, built in 1630, was originally the village school where Wordsworth once taught. Measuring just 6ft by 6ft in the shop, with the two bakery rooms at 9ft by 9ft each, the set up is tiny.Over the years, little has changed. The school coat pegs are still in place and so is the cupboard used to house the school slates. In 1850, a poverty-stricken woman named Sarah Nelson rented the property. She started to make the gingerbread for Victorian tourists and it is her recipe that is still used. Apart from gingerbread, it also makes rum butter, homemade fudges and jams.The shop has been in the Wilson family for over 70 years. Third-generation Joanne Wilson is in charge of sales, marketing and PR, and her husband Andrew Hunter bakes. The shop and bakery have eight members of staff, two of which have been with the company for over 18 years.The bulk of its customers are tourists visiting the Lakes. “Ginger acts as an aphrodisiac, so our shop is wonderful for couples escaping to the Lake District National Park for romantic weekends,” says Wilson. It also mails out the gingerbread to people as far afield as the USA, China and Japan. “There’s a lot we want to do with the business,” says Wilson. “But if we mass-produced the gingerbread, it would kill what we are about. Money is not our primary concern. We have been approached by several retailers and wholesalers. But this would take away the integrity and uniqueness of the product.”
The Rolling Stones are rocking as hard as ever these days, gearing up for their new blues-based studio album to be released on December 2nd. Titled Blue & Lonesome, the Stones have been supporting the new album with some great shows, including two big sets at the recent Desert Trip festival. The band returned to Las Vegas last night, hitting the new T-Mobile Arena with their patented brand of rock and roll.Check out the setlist and a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Erik Kabik. Edit this setlist | More The Rolling Stones setlists Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Photo: Erik Kabik Load remaining images
Read Full Story With health innovations that are slow to catch on, it may be best to promote them person-to-person. In an article published online July 22, 2013 in The New Yorker, Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, discussed efforts to spread safe childbirth practices — which are known to many health care workers but are often not used — through face-to-face mentoring in India under the Better-Birth Project, a collaboration involving the Indian government, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, and Population Services International.Gawande noted that health workers sometimes resist the introduction of new practices because they can be tedious or cumbersome to implement and because they can’t always see the results of their efforts. And providing health care workers with videos and training manuals often doesn’t change their behavior.“In the era of the iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter, we’ve become enamored of ideas that spread as effortlessly as ether,” Gawande wrote. “We want frictionless, ‘turnkey’ solutions to the major difficulties of the world—hunger, disease, poverty. We prefer instructional videos to teachers, drones to troops, incentives to institutions.” He said that such “low-touch” efforts may not be enough to change norms. “People talking to people is still how the world’s standards change,” he wrote.
By Jedd Farris and Travis HallTroubled Waters in the SouthDirty rivers are running throughout the Southeast. Three regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number three, Tennessee’s Holston River is reportedly being polluted by toxic chemicals coming from the nearby Holston Army Ammunitions Plant. According to American Rivers the plant is discharging RDX (Research Development Explosive), recognized by the EPA as a possible carcinogen and known to cause seizures if inhaled or ingested. Last fall the Tennessee Clean Water Network filed a lawsuit in an effort to get the Army to clean up the Holston, which provides drinking water to 56,000 people in Tennessee and Virginia.For the second straight year South Carolina’s Edisto River has been named the fifth most endangered river, threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawls. South Carolina state law doesn’t require permits for agricultural water users, and American Rivers says industrial-scale farmers are taking advantage of the exemption and therefore threatening water quality and habitat. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.Back in Tennessee, the 125-mile Harpeth River also made the list as the ninth most endangered. The river, which flows through the Nashville metro area and rapidly growing city of Franklin, is being threatened by excessive sewage and water withdrawls as more people move to this part of the state.Carolina Rivers Expedition LaunchesRoyal Geographic Society fellow and explorer Julian Monroe has summited Kilimanjaro and trekked across Africa. Now he has set out to paddle the length of 32 Carolina rivers in a matter of two years. The Carolina Rivers project aims to help protect 32 beloved Southern waterways through exploration and education. “The purpose of this project is to let people know that they don’t have to travel to far off exotic places like Africa in order to be an explorer,” Fisher told me. “All you really have to do is turn a curious eye to your immediate surroundings. I can’t imagine a better place to do that than on a Carolina river.”15 Alabama State Parks Could Close by FallA budget crisis could close 15 Alabama state parks by the fall. In mid April state officials announced that $11.4 million would be cut from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ 2016 budget, and the majority of it would be pulled from state parks. As a result, many favorites like Lake Lurleen and Cheaha, which holds the state’s tallest mountain, are on the chopping block.According to reporting by the Huntsville Times, four closures were set to happen this spring, and on June 1 another five are supposed to begin reduced hours with smaller staffs. If the crisis isn’t resolved by October 1, the remaining 11 parks on the list will close.Man Rescued Off North Carolina Coast After 66 Days at SeaIn January, 37-year-old Louis Jordan decided to go fishing, leaving Conway, S.C., in his sailboat. Sixty-six days later he was rescued by a German ship, approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. So what happened to Jordan that left him stranded at sea for more than two months? According to a report by CNN, his 35-foot sailboat capsized in the Gulf Stream, leaving Jordan with a broken shoulder and his boat with a broken mast. His drenched GPS and other electronics no longer worked.As he drifted in the ocean, Jordan at first rationed his remaining food and rigged a smaller mast and sail that offered little movement. He was eventually forced to drink rainwater and eat fish lured by the scent of his laundry. He amazingly survived and was spotted on Thursday, April 2, by the Houston express cargo ship. That evening Jordan was able to walk on his own into a hospital in Norfolk, Va. He told the cable news station: “I was utterly thankful and grateful to the people who rescued me, and I was grateful to God that my parents were not going to be worried about me.”
By Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 06, 2019 Copa America Brazil 2019, carried out June 10-July 8, brought together players from 12 countries — 10 from South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; and two guest countries: Japan and Qatar. During the event, Brazilian airports recorded an average of 3,300 flights per day, an 8 percent increase in air operations compared to the same period in 2018. The Airspace Navigation Management Center (CGNA, in Portuguese), a unit under the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA, in Portuguese) of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) provided this data.FAB service members under DECEA control all civilian and military aircraft taking off from Brazil or flying over its national airspace. Brazil’s airspace covers 8.4 million square miles, 3.2 million square miles of which cover the national territory, while the rest corresponds to the maritime area defined under international agreements.For Copa America, DECEA created a special structure to oversee flights at the eight airports in the five host cities (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Porto Alegre). “We set up a master control room in Rio de Janeiro to be the coordination center, from which many professionals — representing important government agencies from the country — combined efforts to ensure the orderly and safe air traffic flow across the skies of host cities during the event,” said FAB Colonel Sidnei Nascimento de Souza, head of CGNA and control room coordinator.FAB service members monitored flights at eight airports of host cities from the master control room in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Department of Airspace Control of the Brazilian Air Force)Among the professionals working together in the control room were CGNA service members, representatives of the Civil Aviation Secretary, National Civil Aviation Agency, Local Organizing Committee, Federal Police, Internal Revenue Service, International Farming Monitoring System, as well as employees from the Brazilian airport infrastructure company Infraero. “Agency integration improved decision-making and request for information and flights, ensuring efficiency and flow of air operations,” said Col. Sidnei.Brazilian airports registered an average of 3,300 daily flights during the sporting event. (Photo: Department of Airspace Control of the Brazilian Air Force)Integrated systemThe Integrated Command and Control Software for Air Operations and the Total Air Traffic Information Control Flow allowed for airflow management and monitoring processes. Information on the status of airports in host cities was broadcast live, displayed on screens installed in the control room, along with radar images showing flight information and location of aircraft in the airspace of these regions.Federal agency representatives managed the control room, based on their areas of expertise. Each update generated a spreadsheet with the information required for effective air operations.The master control room model has been effectively used for other events in Brazil, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. “All information about arrival, transportation, and departure of leaders and delegations was shared,” said Col. Sidnei. “We successfully completed the Brazilian Air Force mission of maintaining flow, security, and efficiency of airspace use.”