Players From 16 Countries Will Compete In World Baseball Classic

first_imgBy Dialogo March 06, 2009 MLB developed the World Baseball Classic for countries that have an interest in playing.I think its a good idea, and will eventually catch on.But, all players should participate for the country in which they were born Star players from 16 countries are ready to represent their native lands in the 2009 renewal of the World Baseball Classic (WBC). China and defending champion Japan competed in the first game March 5. The building enthusiasm for the tournament reflects two notable developments in the sport: the worldwide reach of what once was strictly an American game and, reciprocally, the diverse makeup of U.S. major league rosters. Most of the national teams will include players on loan from the U.S. major leagues. The team from the Dominican Republic, whose 25-man roster will be composed entirely of major leaguers, includes some of the U.S. game’s brightest stars — from Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and David Ortiz of the Yankees’ archrival Boston Red Sox to pitcher Pedro Martinez and slugger Alfonso Soriano. Major League Baseball’s commitment to the tournament is clear from its willingness to give up more than 200 players during the important “spring training” period ahead of the 2009 regular season, breaking the usual training rhythm. The move is not completely altruistic, to be sure. By showcasing the talents of stars who have made good in the United States, baseball executives hope to enhance the sport’s worldwide appeal even further. With baseball dropped as an Olympic sport after the 2008 games in Beijing, where South Korea won the gold, the WBC has become the one true international competition. Baseball officials are pushing hard to have the sport reinstated at the 2016 Olympics, competing with rugby, golf, squash, karate, roller sports and softball for one of two openings on the program. The initial round of WBC games will be held at venues in Tokyo, Mexico City, Toronto, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Second-round action among surviving teams will be held starting March 14 at stadiums in San Diego and Miami. The championship games will be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles starting March 21. The 36 umpires assigned to officiate in WBC games include 21 from the U.S. major leagues, four from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and two from the Korean Baseball Association. Others are from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Cuba and Australia, and two represent the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Carlos Beltrán, a hard-hitting center fielder for the New York Mets, reflects the pride expressed by many WBC participants. “There is not one experience in baseball, in the big leagues, that is bigger than playing for your country,” he told major league Web site mlb.com after being named to Puerto Rico’s team. U.S. baseball teams provide a treasure trove of foreign-born players to draw upon. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s office has reported that 239 of the 855 players on rosters at the start of the 2008 season were born outside the 50 states. That amounts to 28 percent, or just slightly less than the record of 29.2 percent set in 2005. The Dominican Republic produced the largest number of those players, 88, followed by Venezuela (52); Puerto Rico (29); Japan (16); Canada (14); Mexico (11); Cuba (eight); Panama (five); Australia (four); Taiwan (three); Colombia, Curacao and South Korea (two each), and the Netherlands, Nicaragua and the U.S. Virgin Islands (one each). The New York Mets led all teams with 15 foreign-born players on their 40-man roster. Even more striking are the figures for the minor leagues, the smaller-market entry point for virtually all future major league stars. There, 3,356 of 7,021 roster players — a record 47.8 percent — were born outside the 50 states. The 2009 tournament is the second WBC, coming three years after Japan won the inaugural 2006 Classic by defeating Cuba in the championship game, 10-6. Sponsors hope to hold future events once every three years. Japan and Cuba continue to boast strong teams, but who will win this year is anyone’s guess. Cuba’s situation is unique among the WBC field. The Cuban government places restrictions on emigration. Cuban-born major leaguers defected to play baseball in the United States. Consequently, Cuba uses only Cuba-based players. Still, it has regularly placed high in international competitions. Team USA manager Davey Johnson is optimistic about his team’s prospects this year, despite a disappointing finish in 2006 when the United States was knocked out early after back-to-back losses to Korea and Mexico. This time, Johnson told mlb.com, “I think the United States is the team to beat.” His players, he says, “are all fired up to want to represent [their country] … and have a good showing.”last_img read more

Your credit card’s best-kept secrets

first_imgThese are some hidden benefits of plasticby: Nancy Mann JacksonSure, credit cards can be problematic if you carry big balances and don’t pay them off. But when managed properly, credit cards can actually save you money through valuable benefits.But many cardholders don’t use — or even know about — the valuable perks their cards offer. Understanding your benefits can help you make better choices about when to use them and how to save on all kinds of products and services.Here are six secret benefits you might already have.Price matchingSome cards, including Citibank, Discover, and MasterCard, offer a “price rewind” service, which allows cardholders to take advantage of sale prices for items they recently purchased, Graw says. That means when something goes on sale after you already bought it, the credit card company will reimburse you the price difference.“Such policies have important details to be aware of,” says Sean Graw, spokesperson at BradsDeals.com. “You’re able to price match only within a certain amount of time, and the lower-priced item must be the exact same as the one you bought.”With Citi’s plan, cardholders just have to register the purchased item with the card company “and they will do the searching for you for a lower advertised price,” adds Matthew Coan, owner of financial website Casavvy.com.Extended warrantiesEven if you’ve saved the cash to pay for an expensive, fragile item like a new cell phone, laptop, TV, or sunglasses, you may get more for your money if you purchase the item with a credit card (you can still pay it off immediately). That’s because many credit cards offer extended warranties for purchases or replacement services. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What to cut, what to keep as FI marketing budgets get squeezed

first_imgBy now, most financial institution marketers have thrown their 2020 plans out the window. The challenge is what to do in 2021. Chief Marketing Officers are deciding what expenses to cut, but at the same time, they realize that the growth generated by traditional client acquisition and relationship-building methods — especially from branch walk-ins and banker prospecting — have declined.Marketing has a larger role than ever to play in helping institutions manage customer relationships and create new ones, but circumstances facing CMOs and marketing directors as they plan for the year ahead are complex and unique, to say the least.Capital Performance Group spoke with numerous bank and credit union marketers who have pivoted their plans and budgets to the new reality. This article provides insight into what is working, what CMOs are eliminating, and what they are investing in for growth, looking toward the year ahead.Take the Time to Evaluate Your Plan with a Fresh EyeMost marketers know that much of what their team is asked to do fails to translate directly to the bottom line. The pandemic has given CMOs the impetus to take a fresh look at all marketing activities and share their perspectives on what generates results for line-of-business executives. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Government suspends licensing for new savings, loan cooperatives amid liquidity bind

first_imgThe Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry has suspended the licensing of new savings and loan cooperatives for three months following an apparent liquidity bind in cooperative KSP Indosurya Cipta.The ministry’s secretary, Rully Indrawan, said in a statement on Wednesday that the suspension had come into effect on May 29 and was part of an effort to maintain the sustainability and health of savings and loan cooperatives in Indonesia.The ministry instated the moratorium so it could review the licensing process for savings and loan cooperatives, Rully said. The decision was made after customers of KSP Indosurya Cipta sought help from lawmakers to address the cooperative’s failure to return a total of Rp 10 trillion (US$707.51 million) to 8,000 customers.  “There are several cooperatives that have not conducted their savings and loan businesses according to principal, basic values, and the prevailing conditions of such cooperatives have caused problems for their members and other members of the public,” Rully said in the statement.Read also: ‘We want our money back’, customers of Indosurya cooperative tell legislatorsThe ministry’s supervision deputy Akhmad Zabadi said the suspension was meant to improve the ministry’s integrated supervisory system, which he hoped would maintain the sustainability of the savings and loan cooperatives.It is hoped that the system will improve the public image of savings and loans cooperatives, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused several problems in the sector, such as liquidity constraints and expansion difficulties, he added.Licensing requests submitted before the circular was issued will still be processed according to prevailing laws.The pandemic has caused several savings and loan cooperatives to face a decline in loan repayments. Members have withdrawn their savings, causing the cooperatives to see a decline in equity and face difficulties with internal consolidation and member services. Topics :last_img read more

South Korea approves human trials of Celltrion’s COVID-19 antibody drug

first_imgSouth Korea on Friday approved an early stage clinical trial of Celltrion Inc’s experimental COVID-19 treatment drug, making it the country’s first such antibody drug to be tested on humans.Drugmakers worldwide are scrambling to develop vaccines and treatments for the flu-like illness caused by the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 14 million people and killed more than 580,000​ globally.Celltrion’s antibody treatment is directed against the surface of the virus and designed to block it from locking on to human cells. Its antibody treatment was developed after it was identified from a blood sample taken from one of the first South Korean patients who recovered from COVID-19 in February.He said drugmakers should make prices for their COVID-19 treatments affordable to help end the pandemic, adding prices of its drug will be cheaper than that of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir.In June, Gilead priced its COVID-19 treatment remdesivir at $2,340 per patient for developed nations.Other companies developing potential COVID-19 treatments include Eli Lilly and Co, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and AbbVie.  The company plans to enroll 32 healthy volunteers in collaboration with a local hospital for Phase I study of the drug, which demonstrated an up to 100-fold reduction in viral load in animal tests.Celltrion said overseas human trials of its treatment will begin soon across Europe, including the UK, which will be followed by global second and third trials in patients with mild and moderate symptoms.It anticipates primary results from these studies by the end of this year and aims to commercialize the drug by early 2021, it said.”Our human trials are conducted globally, so we will be able to export for sure, but will offer it to patients abroad only after securing domestic supplies for South Korea,” Kee Woo-sung, its chief executive officer, told Reuters.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Townsville’s dream rentals

first_img19/18 High Vista Drive, Mount Louisa is for rent for $950 per week.You’ll have no shortage of room in this seven-bedroom, three bathroom home located in a gated community in Mount Louisa. It’s $950 a week to rent but the property comes with one week’s rent for free. The master suite has a walk-in-robe, own patio and ensuite with a spa bath. There is also a children’s retreat, two large decks overlooking Townsville, pool with amazing views and theatre room fitted with a projector. 1588 RIVERWAY DRIVE, KELSO 21 Balmoral Drive, Castle HillRENTING in Townsville doesn’t have to mean sacrificing living the high life with a plethora of luxury rentals on the market. We take a look at some of the best out there. Pools, wine cellars, media rooms and water views are just some of the luxurious features in these high-end rental properties. Take a walk through these properties and you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to real estate heaven. 21 BALMORAL DRIVE, CASTLE HILL More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202021 Balmoral Drive, Castle HillThis four-bedroom home in Townsville’s most exclusive suburb could be yours for $1300 a week. There will be no fighting over the bathroom with four toilets including a bidet, three showers and two spa baths. Perched high on the hill this home has uninterrupted views of Cape Cleveland, Magnetic Island, Castle Hill and the CBD. There is also a cold room, media room, climate-controlled wine cellar, fire place and in-ground pool with ocean views. 19/18 HIGH VISTA DRIVE, MOUNT LOUISA center_img 1588 Riverway Drive Kelso is for rent.For the same price as a one studio apartment in Sydney you could be living in this four-bedroom house right on the river in Kelso. It’s luxury at a bargain price of $595 per week which also includes pool service and gardener so you can kick back on the huge deck and enjoy the river views. The home also has a vacuum maid, ducted airconditioning, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a purpose built children’s room and spotted gum timber floors.last_img read more

A beautifully renovated 1930s Brisbane ‘farmhouse’

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenA modern farmhouse renovation01:46Fusing a modern farmhouse design with contemporary style, this gorgeous family home in Coorparoo is a sight for sore eyes.The painstakingly renovated home from the 1930s features five bedrooms, three bathrooms, soaring ceilings, flowing open-plan living areas and sophisticated interiors blended with its original period features.7 Brae Street, Coorparoo, 4151, Queensland is pretty as a picture, inside and out. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyBrae Homestead, as the property is known, is the work of 2018 Master Builder award winner Front Porch Properties, and showcases exceptional craftsmanship throughout.There are some lovely unique touches, too, such as the original sliding pantry door and bespoke shelves.Unique features like this original sliding pantry door adds character. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyThis picturesque property sits on an elevated 539sqm block and is split over two levels.Perfectly set up for relaxed family living and entertaining, the home is spacious and welcoming, with almost every aspect enjoying either leafy views or city skyline vistas, not to mention plenty of sunshine.Pitch perfect when it comes to relaxed yet luxe styling. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyCustom shaker cabinetry, timber wall panelling and French doors leading outside give the property an elegant look and feel, while smart wiring throughout ensures it’s a truly modern abode.An eye-catching blend of natural stone, timber flooring and a rustic stone fireplace all combine to create a laid-back luxe style, which perfectly complements the warm, relaxed ambience of this home.Blending function and style, the kitchen is perfect for family living and entertaining. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyThe main living areas flow effortlessly from one to the other, as well as outside, meaning indoor-outdoor living is a breeze. The living and dining areas are flooded with light, as well as the gourmet island kitchen, which includes a butler’s pantry and high-spec integrated appliances.Sleek and elegant, the bathroom features a superb freestanding bath. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoUpstairs, four sizeable bedrooms each offer lovely views and built-in robes. The master suite has its own private balcony, custom walk-in robe and a luxurious ensuite with a striking standalone bath.The property also features dedicated guest accommodation, a study and gym.Everything you’d ever want from an outside space. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyOutside is equally as inviting as inside, with an immaculate rear garden, resort-style swimming pool, outdoor barbecue and a summer gazebo.If there was ever a home to show off to family and friends, this is it.For sale by negotiation.last_img read more

Man hangs self

first_imgOfficers of the Molo police station haveyet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN Barlas’ lifeless body was discoveredhanging from the ceiling of his rented room with a belt tied around his neck at6:15 p.m. on Jan. 28, the report added. The 23-year-old Danilo Barlas ofBarangay Arcabalo, Roxas City, Capiz was believed to have committed suicide, apolice report showed.center_img ILOILO City – He was found dead hanginginside the room he was renting in Barangay North Baluarte, Molo district. last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Donates to Various Organizations

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — At the April 25th meeting of the Knights of Columbus, St Anthony Council 1461, Batesville, Indiana, checks from the profits of various fund raisers were presented to the following organizations:First row, left to right Laurie Husted, Batesville Crisis Pregnancy Hotline; Mary Jane Wessel, Right to Life of SEIN; Kara Tsuleff, St Peters Parish; Margarita Case, St Anthony Parish; Julia Heidlage, Holy Family Parish.Second row, Mike Stenger, Grand Knight; Christie Andres, St Peters Parish; Victor Back, All Saints Parish; Debbi Lamping, Oldenburg Academy; Cathy Sullivan, St Louis Parish; Nicki Wuestefeld, St Louis Parish; Rev. Roger Dean, President Batesville Ministerial Association; Deputy Grand Knight Mike White.Also receiving a check but unable to attend were Seminarians Andrew Prickel of St Anthony and Joe Herring of St Nicholas, St Meinrad School of Theology, Gibault School and St Nicholas Parish.Also receiving money from the Batesville Knights of Columbus for the first time was the Ripley County Chapter of the Salvation Army. All of the money that the Salvation Army collects in Ripley County stays in the area. Accepting the check from Grand Knight Mike Stenger was Sue Siefert and Sister Margie Wissman.last_img read more

Activists target French football chief for downplaying racism

first_img Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under Koeman SOS Racisme said ”once again it seems that the governing bodies in football are reluctant to take the problem seriously.” The activist group later displayed a banner targeting Le Graet outside the Paris headquarters of the French federation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?center_img French anti-racism activists criticized the country’s soccer federation president on Wednesday for not taking the sport’s problems seriously enough. The SOS Racisme campaign group issued a statement asking Noel Le Graet and other French soccer officials ”to stop treating questions of racism with such disdain.” The debate in French soccer flared after Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar claimed he was racially abused by a Marseille player during a heated league game between the traditional rivals Sunday. Asked about the incident, Le Graet – the French federation president and a European delegate to the ruling committee of world governing body FIFA – said the problem of racism was ”at less than one percent now. ” ”When a Black player scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet,” the 78-year-old Le Graet told broadcaster BFM Business. ”This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely does.”Advertisementlast_img read more