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Barcelona learn buyout clause of Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of prising Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan.Barca captain Leo Messi is a fan of his Argentina teammate and has recommended the striker to the board.Corriere dello Sport says Barca are weighing up a January move for Martinez, who they see as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.And making matters easy for the Spanish giants is the buyout clause that exists in his contract.Barca have learned they can land Martinez for €111m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNut Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutThe 14 matchups of this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge were released today, and as expected, there are plenty of good, and a number of ugly games ahead of us this winter. We get an old conference rivalry revival between perhaps the two preseason favorites in the two leagues, UNC and Maryland, an Elite Eight rematch between Louisville and Michigan State, and a blue blood showdown between Duke and Indiana. There’s also Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern, which probably won’t have neutral fans quite as excited. In all, every team from the two leagues, save for Georgia Tech, is involved, and these games always bring a lot of intrigue. Here is our ranking of the entire challenge:14. Boston College vs. Penn State: Twitter/@PennStateMBBJim Christian’s first year at Boston College (13-19, 4-14) wasn’t great by any standard, and things may not get any better in 2015-16. Olivier Hanlan, one of the team’s lone bright spots, is off to the NBA Draft. It seems unlikely that the Eagles make any significant noise in the coming year. They will host Penn State in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, making for a pretty uninspiring matchup. Like BC, Penn State loses its one bonafide star—D.J. Newbill—from last year’s team. Perhaps these two young teams can find more balance offensively and improve without their prodigious scorers, but we wouldn’t bet on it right now. This will be BC and Penn State’s third ACC-Big Ten Challenge showdown since 2011. The two programs split the first two of those matchups. If this game is as good as the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl between the two schools’ football programs, we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.13. Rutgers vs. Wake Forest: Twitter/@TieDyeNationRebuilding jobs in young coaching tenures is a common theme in the low-ranked games on our list, and that is definitely the case for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights knocked off national semifinalist Wisconsin on January 11, and proceeded to lose out the rest of the season, to finish a lowly 2-16 in conference and 10-22 overall. To compound matters, two of the team’s best players, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, are gone, leaving Eddie Jordan with a very lean roster in year three of his Rutgers tenure. Wake Forest is not an overly-talented team, but they were much more competitive in the ACC than Rutgers was in the Big Ten. They might not be a tournament team yet, but they will probably handle Rutgers in an uninspiring game at The RAC.12. Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern: Twitter/@PeteMorisThere’s a chance that this game is more fun than we’re giving it credit for by the time these two meet on the court, but for now, we have to keep the Hokies and Wildcats fairly low. Virginia Tech has been totally rebuilt under Buzz Williams, with a number of freshman receiving a lot of playing time in 2014-15, and a Top 30 recruiting class coming in, there is some hope for the hoops team in Blacksburg. Unfortunately for the Hokies, like BC and PSU, Tech is losing its top player Adam Smith to transfer, which won’t help matters in the near future. Northwestern is also playing better basketball under Chris Collins than it has in the past. Seven footer Alex Olah had a solid 2014-15, and should continue to improve, and Northwestern will be pairing him with four-star recruit Aaron Falzon in the frontcourt. We have to see more before we move a Hokies-Wildcats game up, but there is potential here.11. Minnesota vs. Clemson: Twitter/@ClemsonMBBThe Gophers and Tigers are far from the worst that their respective conferences have to offer, but this is a pretty boring match-up to be honest. Minnesota looked ready to turn a corner after winning the 2014 NIT, but instead slipped to a 6-12 Big Ten finish and 18-15 overall record. Clemson was a very solid defensive squad, but after losing K.J. McDaniels from the year before, the Tigers’ offense went in the tank. Jaron Blossomgame is an intriguing player, and Clemson had a few young guys like Donte Grantham step up last season, but we don’t envision them being an overly interesting team in 2015-16 as currently constructed.10. Nebraska vs. Miami: Twitter/@CanesWarningFSWe’re big fans of the jobs that both Jim Larranaga and Tim Miles have done at two schools that are traditionally football-focused, but we’re not sure that this game will be as good as it would have been a few seasons ago. Nebraska followed up a very promising NCAA Tournament season in 2013-14 with a disappointing one this past year, and now the Huskers lose top player Terran Petteway to the NBA. Miami, on the other hand, brings back a number of its best players, including guards Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, and rim protector Tonye Jekiri. Miami should be a factor in the ACC this year, but it is yet to be seen if Nebraska will bounce back to where it was two years ago.9. Pittsburgh vs. Purdue: Twitter/@HailToPittHoopsAfter losing early season games to teams like North Florida and Gardner Webb, all Purdue did was go 12-6 in a tough Big Ten to land itself in the NCAA Tournament. After a few down seasons following the very good Robbie Hummell, E’Twaun Moore teams, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers seem like they’ve shaken off the rust, and could be very good in 2014-15. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas give Purdue a very strong frontcourt, which could still be further bolstered with a commitment from blue chip forward Caleb Swanigan, who recently decommitted from Michigan State. Pitt, which has one of the nation’s top programs in the 2000s, has been a fairly average club so far in the ACC. James Artis, James Robinson, and Michael Young are nice players, but this Purdue game could be a good indicator for whether or not Pitt will establish itself in the top half of the ACC in 2015-16.8. Iowa vs. Florida State: Twitter/@Seminoles_comThis is the first match-up that should feature two NCAA Tournament contenders. Florida State has one of the biggest frontcourts you’ll see, with juniors Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo returning, along with the arrival of Jean Marc Christ Koumadjie, the Monteverde Academy center who is listed by some at 7-foot-5. FSU also brings back star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who made headlines last season when he dropped an unthinkable 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami. Iowa is a pretty solid team as well, returning four starters from an NCAA Tournament team that blew out a solid Davidson squad in the 7 vs. 10 game before losing to Gonzaga. This may not be the sexiest matchup, at least by name, but these are two solid teams that should make for a good game.Next: The Top 7 ACC-Big Ten Matchups >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2
A group of students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to participate in the 2017 Eco Camp, have expressed gratitude for what they described as a “fun and educational” experience.The 10 students, aged 15 to 17, selected through their participation in the Ministry’s Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP), attended the ‘Planeteers Camp’ from July 23 to 28, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Marine Lab in Discovery Bay, St. Ann.The camp provided participants the opportunity to learn more about the marine environment through talks, video presentations, hands-on activities, games and field trips. They were also given the opportunity to swim and snorkel at the dockside.A student from Buff Bay High School said the experience was his best ever, adding that he was able to overcome his fear of snorkeling.The campers noted that due to the interactive and helpful guidance of the camp counsellors, they were barely able to miss home.First-time camper, Tianna McDaniel, of The Manning’s School, described it as amazing, and was delighted to participate in the fun and educational aspects of the activities.Three passes were presented to York Castle High School as a reward for the only video submitted in the Eco Solutions Competition run by the Environmental Risk Management Division of the Ministry.The remaining passes were distributed to high schools across Jamaica that participated in the YEAP.Students were nominated by their school administrations based on merit, environmental interest and leadership qualities. The accommodation for each student was valued at $18,000.The Ministry requested that each student record a brief video recounting their experience at the camp and sharing what they learnt while they were there. The videos will be disseminated on the YEAP’s social media pages.Students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation for the Discovery Bay Marine Lab’s Eco-Camp 2017 share a boat ride during the camp. A group of students sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to participate in the 2017 Eco Camp, have expressed gratitude for what they described as a “fun and educational” experience. A student from Buff Bay High School said the experience was his best ever, adding that he was able to overcome his fear of snorkeling. The 10 students, aged 15 to 17, selected through their participation in the Ministry’s Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP), attended the ‘Planeteers Camp’ from July 23 to 28, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Marine Lab in Discovery Bay, St. Ann. Story Highlights
WASHINGTON – Factory activity in New York was strong this month after reaching a three-year high in August.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that its Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 24.4 in September, a level that still points to a brisk pace of growth for factories. The August reading of 25.2 had been the highest since September 2014.New orders, shipments and hiring all increased this month. Manufacturers were also investing more in their plants and were confident that business would keep improving over the next six months.The index measures sentiment among firms in New York State. It is closely followed by economists because it provides an early read on factory output nationwide. Manufacturing has enjoyed a period of steady growth after slumping for parts of 2015 and 2016.Manufacturers have steadily hired this summer. They added 36,000 factory jobs in August, 26,000 in July and 21,000 in June.
___Fed minutes: Growing risks make rate hike path less clearWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials expressed increasing worries when they met last month, as they grappled with volatile stock markets, trade tensions and uncertain global growth. The threats, they said, made the future path of interest rate hikes “less clear.” According to minutes of the Fed’s December meetings, officials believed that with inflation still muted, the central bank could afford to be “patient” about future rate hikes.___Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China tradeNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the fourth straight day, the longest winning streak since September, after negotiators from the U.S. and China extended their trade talks to a third day. Oil prices jumped again and stocks linked to faster economic growth, such as technology companies, kept rising. The gains were dented slightly after President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders said Trump cut short a meeting on ending the partial shutdown of the federal government.___Remember virtual reality? Its buzz has faded at CES 2019NEW YORK (AP) — Virtual reality was poised to take over the world a few years ago, but now its buzz has faded. The culprits include overhype, clunky headsets and a lack of compelling VR software. In particular, venture-capital funding for VR software development has plummeted, falling almost 60 per cent in 2018 by one estimate.___UK lawmakers rebuff May as she tries to salvage Brexit dealLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has brought her little-loved EU divorce agreement back to lawmakers, who appear determined to thwart her plans. A month after postponing a vote on the deal to avert near-certain defeat, May urged Parliament to support it to prevent a chaotic British exit on March 29 with no agreement. But lawmakers look set to reject the deal in a vote next week.___Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that people over 65 and conservatives shared far more false information on Facebook in 2016 than others. Researchers say that for every piece of “fake news” shared by young adults, moderates or super liberals, senior citizens and far-right conservatives shared about seven false items. Experts say seniors might not discern truth from fiction as easily on social media. The sheer volume of false pro-Donald Trump information may have skewed the sharing numbers to the right.___Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and wife divorcing after 25 yearsSEATTLE (AP) — Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing, ending a 25-year marriage that undergirded the creation of the e-commerce company that made Bezos the world’s wealthiest person. The decision to divorce comes after a trial separation, according to a statement posted Wednesday on Bezos’ Twitter account. Left unanswered was how the divorce will affect the $137 billion fortune that has been amassed since Bezos started Amazon in the couple’s Seattle garage in 1995.___Federal shutdown delays some state road, bridge contractsOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving contracts for new road and bridge projects. Other states are preparing for that possibility if the shutdown continues. Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 new highway projects worth about $137 million.___S. Korea orders seizure of Japan assets over forced labourSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court says it has ordered the seizure of local assets of a Japanese company after it refused to compensate several wartime forced labourers, in an escalation of a diplomatic brawl between the Asian neighbours. Japan called the decision “extremely regrettable” and said it will push for talks with Seoul on the issue.___At gadget show, makers of women’s ‘massager’ charge sexismLAS VEGAS (AP) — The makers of a robotic “personal massager” for women won a prestigious CES award. Then organizers took it away. Its maker, the startup Lora DiCarlo, was also banned from exhibiting at this week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas. The show’s organizer, the Consumer Technology Association, says it reserves the right to disqualify any entry, though it didn’t say why it’s ineligible. Ose’s makers say it’s sexism, noting that a virtual-reality porn company has exhibited there for years.___The S&P 500 index climbed 10.55 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,584.96. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 91.67 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,879.12. The Nasdaq composite rose 60.08 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6,957.08. The Russell 2000 index of smaller and U.S.-focused stocks added 12.25 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,438.81.U.S. crude rose 5.2 per cent to $52.36 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 4.6 per cent to $61.44 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 4.6 per cent to $1.43 a gallon and heating oil added 2.9 per cent to $1.88 a gallon. Natural gas edged up 0.6 per cent to $2.98 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has decided to close sports fields in local parks until further notice.The closing of the fields is due to the excessive rainfall that has hit the city since last night. Youth soccer, as well as minor baseball, will be cancelled because of this.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that the fields will likely stay closed until they are safe to play on. The city will send out an update once they decide to reopen the fields.
Rabat – Daily newspapers published on Wednesday dedicated their comments to the adoption by the European Parliament of Tannock report on the situation of human rights in the Sahel region.Bayan Al Youm wrote that the Moroccan parliamentary delegation conducted a fierce battle at the European Parliament, which leaded to the adoption of the report on the situation of human rights in the Sahel, drafted by British Conservative MEP Charles Tannock.According to the editorialist, the Moroccan delegation welcomed the outcome of the final vote in Strasbourg, considering it as a failure of the maneuvers of some MEPs that support the theses of the separatists. “The final version of the report referred to the violations of human rights in the Tindouf camps and emphasized the need to find a negotiated political solution, just, lasting and mutually acceptable by the parties to the conflict over the Sahara, ” he says.Attajdid affirms that “the Moroccan diplomacy foiled the political maneuvers aimed at disrupting the negotiations on the renewal of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU and to prevent its ratification by the European Parliament.”The editorialist considers that the report highlighted the efforts made by Morocco in strengthening human rights and its openness to the mechanisms of the UN system, welcomed the process of political and economic reforms and referred to the deplorable situation of human rights in Tindouf camps, especially regarding the rights of expression and movement.The report endorses directly to Algeria the responsibility of the situation of human rights in Tindouf camps, he says.Al Massae notes that this paper sheds light on the serious problems of the social level in the Tindouf camps and exposes the policy pursued by the Polisario.The editorialist also reveals the poverty which blights the Tindouf camps and the lack of future prospects for many refugees exposing the inhabitants of these camps to extremism and likely to criminal or terrorist networks.Al Khabar stresses that the report notes that the Tindouf camps is likely to become a home of extremism regarding the lack of future prospects for camps inhabitants, where poverty is rampant.The report, the editorialist says, notes that the Polisario leadership imposed a blockade on the camps and restrictions on freedom of movement and freedom of expression, which aggravates the plight of the camp population who are de facto prisoners in the desert.
Rabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with a delegation of top officials from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).Bouaida stressed the importance of regular visits to Morocco by GMF officials, which reinforce the orientations of the Kingdom based on dialogue , openness and the promoting of exchanges with international organizations.She called on the GMF to support Morocco’s initiatives at the regional and transatlantic levels, and which are part of the vision of the Kingdom regarding the consolidation of cooperation, security and prosperity of countries bordering the Atlantic, particularly the southern basin. The minister also underlined Morocco’s commitment to contribute to efforts to better manage risks threatening peace and stability, recalling the “Initiative of African countries bordering the Atlantic”, proposed by Morocco in August 2009.
CJ.T. Realmuto4.0–5.8– LFAndrew McCutchen2.4–4.2– * A player’s established level of WAR is based on a weighted average of his WAR the previous three seasons.Stats as of May 6, 2019.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs.com PosPlayerEstablishedLevel*Actual RFBryce Harper3.1–3.0– Bryce Harper’s first couple of weeks in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform could scarcely have gone better. Harper introduced himself to his new team — and its infamously passionate fan base — with a .333 average, four home runs and a 1.299 on-base plus slugging in his first 10 games of 2019. Along with such pro-Philly acts as donning Phanatic cleats and ringing the bell at a Sixers game, it was a great first impression for Harper to make after inking what is now the second-richest contract in baseball history.But just like he did last season, Harper has followed up that red-hot start with an ice-cold slump. Since April 10, Harper is hitting .187 with a .632 OPS, including a .617 OPS in the past two weeks and a .477 mark in the past seven days. And despite all of his attempts to endear himself to teammates and fans, he’s already been criticized by Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta for getting himself ejected from a game, and he was booed at Citizens Bank Park last week.Harper is a streaky player, and he’ll break out of this stretch soon enough. More importantly, the Phillies haven’t suffered too much despite Harper’s issues. The team is still .500 since April 10, it still leads the NL East, and our projections call for it to finish with the NL’s fifth-best record. Harper hasn’t remotely been the Phillies’ best player; he hasn’t even been the team’s best offseason acquisition. According to wins above replacement,1Averaging together the versions from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Philly has gotten far more out of new catcher J.T. Realmuto, left fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jean Segura than it has out of Harper so far. Harper was merely one of the Phillies’ top pickupsAmong top four offseason pickups for the Philadelphia Phillies, preseason established* and actual wins above replacement in 2019 WAR per 162 games SSJean Segura3.9–3.8– That may not last, but it was always going to be much closer to the case than you might expect from the breathless coverage Harper’s free agency received this winter. Harper is not Mike Trout; a few of the fellow newcomers listed above actually had more WAR last season than Harper did. He is a piece of Philly’s potential postseason puzzle — perhaps even the most important one — but he’s just one of multiple talented pieces.Even so, the Phillies should be encouraged that Harper’s extremely poor defensive metrics — the single biggest drag on his WAR last year — have, predictably, reverted toward his pre-2018 form. According to an average of the fielding values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, Harper has been an average outfielder in the early going this season, albeit with some disagreement between the two sources.2Just like last season, Baseball-Reference is lower this year on Harper’s defense than FanGraphs is. The reality is that Harper is probably a below-average defensive outfielder — but nowhere near as bad as some of his 2018 numbers made him out to be.So once Harper’s hitting numbers start ticking up again — his batted-ball metrics are better than his stats would indicate, and his exit velocity ranks among the top quarter of MLB hitters — he’ll quickly rise up in the Phillies’ WAR pecking order. It’s concerning that Harper’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is his worst since 2014, but FanGraphs still projects him to put up the majors’ sixth-best OPS over the rest of the season. The boos will turn into cheers before long.Of course, Philly fans expecting Trout-like production from Harper will still inevitably be disappointed (and maybe the free-agency hype did drive expectations in that direction). A more reasonable outlook would have expected Harper to be one of the driving forces behind the Phillies’ improvement — just not the sole one. Given that the rest of the team has played pretty well despite Harper’s up-and-down start, Philadelphia’s postseason aspirations should be stronger than ever when he heats up again.Check out our latest MLB predictions.