WATCH LIVE: RNC Night 3 Features VP Pence, Other Big WH Figures

first_imgNight three of the Republican National Convention takes place Wednesday beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.The theme for the evening is “Land of Heroes.” With that in mind, the GOP explains that the events and speeches “will honor our nation’s heroes and their contributions to writing our great American story.”Tonight, #RNC2020 honors the Great American Story by featuring the LAND OF HEROES!— GOP (@GOP) August 26, 2020 Those scheduled to speak include Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen, along with the president’s daughter-in-law Lara, who is the wife of Eric Trump and serves as a senior adviser to the president’s re-election campaign.Kellyanne Conway, a presidential adviser who is set to leave the White House for personal reasons in the coming days, is also set to speak during the convention’s third night, as is White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, among others.Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that the first night of the RNC convention drew in six times as many viewers on C-SPAN’s livestream that those who watched the first of the DNC last week, 440,000 to 76,000 viewers. The newspaper, in turn, obtained that information from a Hill report.last_img read more

Angels 2019 spring training preview: Billy Eppler says team is slowly going in right direction

first_imgTick, tick, tick …General Manager Billy Eppler, however, insists that he does not view his job in such a Trout-centric way.While acknowledging that Trout is obviously a generational player who the Angels love to have, Eppler has said many times he’s looking out for the long-term health of the franchise. The way to have sustained success, he says, is by building a strong farm system.The quickest way, of course, to have a strong farm system, is to trade away a lot of veterans and lose a lot, accumulating high draft picks. The Angels, however, didn’t want to do that either.Instead, they’ve chosen to keep almost all of their established players, supplementing them with short-term potential solutions, to give them a chance to remain competitive while they wait for the farm system to blossom. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our approach with this organization is a direction over speed approach,” Eppler said in the days leading up to Tuesday’s deadline for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training. “Results are important, and getting things accomplished quicker is better, but not at the expense of us going in the wrong direction.”From about 2011 to 2015, the Angels searched for quick fixes. They relied heavily on free agents and neglected the farm system, and it set back the organization.Eppler is trying to avoid that.“We’ve taken every step we can to be able to build a core group within our farm system and challenged these guys to move aggressively,” he said. “We know we want to build that internally and have sustainability in the long haul. If you are pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter what speed you are traveling.”Eppler insists the Angels are headed in the right direction after winning 80 games and finishing fourth in 2018. Of the players who were on their active roster at the end of last season, the most significant ones who are now gone are relievers José Álvarez and Blake Parker. They also lost Garrett Richards, Martín Maldonado, Ian Kinsler and pitcher Shohei Ohtani, all of whom made significant contributions earlier in the season.Replacements have come in the form of as many as eight or nine new players who figure to be on the 2019 Opening Day roster.While some fans certainly hoped that the additions would include names such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Dallas Keuchel, Eppler believes the Angels have improved with a series of smaller moves.The Angels didn’t commit any long-term dollars and didn’t give up any promising young players in trades, while adding what they hope are the right pieces to make a run at the playoffs in 2019.They added starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to a core of Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney. They’ve added veteran closer Cody Allen and power right-hander Luis Garcia to the bullpen.Offensively, they have Justin Bour to pick up some of the first base slack while Albert Pujols and Ohtani recover from their surgeries, and Jonathan Lucroy to plug the hole at catcher.They’ll all be managed by Brad Ausmus, who takes over after the end of Mike Scioscia’s 19-year tenure running the club.“If we can keep our top 30 guys as healthy as possible and put them in a position to perform optimally, and manage their workload and health, I think we can be in a really good spot to win a lot of games,” Eppler said.“We feel good about the progress. We can see progress around and I think the players on our 25-man roster can see progress, because they talk about it.”Which brings us back to the most important player of them all: Trout.As spring training begins, the most significant question the team faces surrounds Trout.WILL TROUT SIGN AN EXTENSION?Although Eppler refuses to comment on the organization’s plans with Trout, a club source said earlier in the winter that extension talks were expected to begin in earnest after Harper and Machado signed, setting a baseline for Trout’s next contract.Assuming those players sign soon, and assuming the Angels and Trout would prefer not to negotiate during the season, this spring training will represent the best window for the two sides to get to work.It is likely that the Angels will be willing to pay whatever it costs to keep Trout – whatever mind-boggling number that might be – so it’s going to come down to whether Trout wants to stay.Trout said at the end of last season that winning is a priority. The Angels have been to the playoffs for just one three-game cameo in Trout’s seven seasons. Once Trout arrives in camp, he will certainly be asked his thoughts on the organization’s direction and his desire to stay. The answers will be telling.If the Angels and Trout don’t come to an agreement this spring, the sides are likely to keep talking for at least another year. It would be a shock if the Angels even considered trading Trout before July 2020, and then only if the team is out of the race and he has made it clear he’s not signing an extension. Even if one of those scenarios exists, it wouldn’t be enough to trade him.HOW QUICKLY WILL OHTANI AND PUJOLS RECOVER?Ohtani had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1, so he’s not going to pitch this season. He’s expected to be a key part of the Angels lineup as the designated hitter for most of the season, but when that starts is unclear.The Angels have only said Ohtani won’t be ready by Opening Day. As Ohtani goes through his rehab throughout spring training, each week will provide a better picture of how soon he’ll be in the lineup.Ohtani’s immediate absence provides a little more time for Pujols, who has no challengers to his time at designated hitter while Ohtani is out. Pujols is coming back from surgeries on his knee and elbow. He is expected to be ready to hit by Opening Day.When Ohtani comes back, though, the Angels would prefer that Pujols can play first base so Ohtani can DH. Playing 70 games in the field in 2018 was likely a contributing factor to Pujols getting hurt, so it’s certainly worth wondering how much a 39-year-old Pujols will be able to handle this year. Spring training will start to provide some answers.WHO EMERGES IN THE THREE-HEADED INFIELD RACE?Andrelton Simmons will be the Angels’ shortstop and Pujols or Bour will be at first base, but beyond that the infield is uncertain.Zack Cozart, who is coming back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, will play either second or third. The other spot will be occupied by one of a group of three young players.David Fletcher, Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo all enter spring training with a chance to emerge as an everyday player. Ward could win a job at third, Rengifo at second and Fletcher at either spot.Fletcher probably enters the spring in the pole position, because he performed the best in the majors last year. However, Ward (power) and Rengifo (speed, on-base percentage) both have some attractive qualities.WHO WILL GET THE FINAL SPOTS ON THE PITCHING STAFF?After the top four starters – Skaggs, Heaney, Harvey and Cahill – the Angels have four pitchers in the running for the fifth spot. Jaime Barría, who performed well as a rookie, is likely at the top of the depth chart going in, but Nick Tropeano, Felix Peña and Dillon Peters also have a chance to win their way into the rotation.All four have options, so there could be a shuttle throughout the season with those pitchers moving between the majors and Triple-A Salt Lake. They also figure to use pitchers from this group to slot a sixth starter into the rotation occasionally, providing extra rest for the others.In the bullpen, Allen will be the closer and Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Garcia and Justin Anderson are relatively safe bets to join him. Daniel Hudson, Noé Ramírez, John Curtiss, Taylor Cole and Williams Jerez are all in the mix for the final spot.HOW WILL THE PROSPECTS DO?The Angels’ farm system has gone from being the worst in the sport to somewhere in the upper third, and most of their most promising players will be in big league camp.Outfielders Jo Adell – ranked as high as No. 2 overall in baseball – and Brandon Marsh, infielder Jahmai Jones and pitchers Griffin Canning and José Suarez are the organization’s top five prospects, and all will be in camp. It will be the first big league camp for all but Jones.“I’m excited to watch those guys get acclimated and get an opportunity to learn from the guys they’ll be exposed to,” Eppler said. “I think they’ll embrace all the knowledge that’s imparted.”Canning and Suarez are both likely to start the season at Triple-A, so a good showing in Arizona could help their chances at a quick promotion to the majors. Although Adell is only 19, he finished at Double-A last year, so he could also be up sometime in 2019.center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels have concluded another offseason with a ticking noise in the background.At least, that’s the narrative outside the organization.Just about every time the Angels have done anything over the past few years, it’s been accompanied by a discussion about whether it’s enough to make the team a winner in the remaining years of Mike Trout’s contract.It’s down to two.last_img read more

RCMP believe sexual assault by counselor was ongoing

first_imgHe is accused of sexually assaulting his 36-year-old female client between January and April of 2010. RCMP believe the assault was ongoing during that time and have charged him with one global sexual assualt charge, encompassing all of the alleged incidents. The alleged assault wasn’t reported to RCMP until September 2010. A lengthy investigation was conducted and led to Anthony’s arrest in Fort St. John yesterday. He was released on a number of conditions and will appear in court on October 12, 2011. Throughout his career Anthony also worked in Prince George, Dawson Creek and Williams Lake. RCMP are now investigating whether there have been any other victims or incidents. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fort St. John Serious Crime unit at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Investors see SA ‘with fresh eyes’

first_img6 July 20005International confidence in South Africa has been strengthened by recent political and economic developments, according to Wendy Luhabe, chair of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC).A high-level delegation of South African business leaders, led by the IMC, recently returned from a week-long trip to the UK and Germany – a follow-up to the IMC’s Brand South Africa mission to the United States in 2004.According to the SA Press Association (Sapa), the 21-member team met privately with senior figures leaders in banking and investment circles, and held investment conferences in Frankfurt, Munich and London.The mission was supported by a television advertising campaign in European countries, with a short documentary on SA as a business destination flighting on European channels – including CNBC Europe’s influential World Business programme – throughout June. Download the documentary ‘Wealth of possibilities’“Investors are looking at South Africa with fresh eyes, and are recognising the wealth of possibilities waiting for them,” Luhabe told the SA Press Association.IMC Chair Wendy LuhabePresident Thabo Mbeki was widely praised in May after he decided, in the face of popular opposition at home, to fire SA’s deputy president, Jacob Zuma, after the Durban High Court found that Zuma and a former financial adviser had had a “generally corrupt relationship”.Mbeki’s appointment of former minister of minerals and energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as Zuma’s replacement was also well received by the business community.Foreign investor confidence in South Africa has also been boosted by a number of major deals announced this year, with three of these – together amounting to about US$5.63-billion in foreign direct investment – following hot on each other’s heels since the beginning of April.According to Sapa, the IMC delegation was hosted by the London Stock Exchange, DaimlerChrysler’s Stuttgart headquarters, the Bavarian ministry of trade, technology and transport in Munich, Goldman Sachs and the editorial team of the Economist magazine.BEE ‘an economic plus’IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston told Sapa that questions from business people in Germany and the UK had focused on black economic empowerment (BEE) and business opportunities in SA.IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston“We pointed out how BEE had expanded economic participation from all the peoples in South Africa and thus contributed to stability,” Johnston told Sapa.“A small but expanding black middle class is already making an important contribution to economic growth.“Over the next 10 years, BEE will continue to swell the ranks of the middle class, raise disposable incomes, reduce unemployment and increase domestic savings.”Johnston said the delegation made presentations on “the rich potential of doing business in South Africa … Investing in South Africa allows companies to reach a customer base of more than 170 million people in our immediate region and another 550 million people on the continent of Africa.”According to Johnston, there is a growing interest in South Africa from investors abroad. “Investors see enormous potential – a stable democracy with sophisticated infrastructure and sound macro-economic policies. The Barclays-Absa deal has emphasised our country’s growing stature in the global financial world.Johnston said that Germany and the United Kingdom had been selected for the IMC’s latest overseas roadshow because they were SA’s biggest trading partners. “Our objective was to consolidate that position and explore the opportunities for further growth in two of the world’s biggest economies.”SA business heavyweightsThe IMC delegation included 2010 World Cup Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, Business Unity SA CEO Bheki Sibiya, Airports Company SA CEO Monhla Hlahla, and JSE Securities Exchange CEO Russell Loubser.The leader of some of SA’s biggest companies and multinationals were also on board, among them Old Mutual Plc CEO Jim Sutcliffe, Siemens SA’s Klaus Doring, African Harvest MD Ethan Dube, Metallon chairman Mzi Khumalo, and Goldman Sachs International’s Lesley Maasdorp.Business Unity CEO Bheki Sibiya said he had informed European audiences of the huge potential in doing business with the South African SMME sector. “There are an estimated three million small businesses operating in South Africa, and they play a vital role in wealth and job creation,” Sibiya said.2010 World Cup Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said there would be considerable global interest in South Africa over the next five years. “This visit has introduced the European business community to the numerous opportunities that are opening up for new ventures and investments,” Jordaan said.The full IMC delegation:Klaus Doring (Siemens South Africa)Ethan Dube (MD, African Harvest)Hischam El-Agamy (director, IMD International)Jennifer Feinberg (Industrial Development Corporation)Monhla Hlahla (CEO, Airports Company SA)Yvonne Johnston (CEO, IMC)Danny Jordaan (CEO, 2010 World Cup Organising Committee)Mzi Khumalo (chairman, Metallon)Chris Landsberg (director, Centre for Policy Studies)Russell Loubser (CEO, JSE Securities Exchange)Wendy Luhabe (chair, IMC)Lesley Maasdorp (Goldman Sachs International)Mpho Makwana (regional executive, Standard Bank)Thabo Masebe (chief director, Government Communications)Mfanu Mfayela (CEO, SA Contact Centre Community)Raisibi Morathi (COO, Industrial Development Corporation)Seth Phalatse (board member, Denel)Bheki Sibiya (CEO, Business Unity SA)Monica Singer (CEO, Strate)Michael Spicer (executive director, SA Foundation)Jim Sutcliffe (CEO, Old Mutual Plc) reporterlast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youth

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer determined to stick with youthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to put his faith in youth – despite their struggles.United’s 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League stretched their winless run away from home to 10 games in all competitions under Solskjaer, going back to March.“We’re not in the 90s now,” said Solskjaer. “It’s a different era, a different group that we’re building.“We know there are going to be ups and downs. I’m ready to see these boys blossom. There’s not many clubs with our stature that play the young players that we do.“They’ve got a chance to come through and we’re sure some of these will be part of a successful team. I don’t know what the opponents think of us. I just know sometimes when you walk off games, we’re not doing bad here.“Sometimes there’s a gap. I’ve felt that a couple of times, but not very often. I can’t think about what anyone else is thinking about us.“We will need to improve and that is what we have to do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Children Encouraged to Speak out Against Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse.Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports.He was speaking at the Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education (RISE) Life Management Services ‘Finding My Voice’ programme closing expo and concert, held on May 31 at Emancipation Park in Kingston,“That is why we must have programmes that empower our children to speak up. That is why this ‘Finding My Voice’ programme is so important. It tells children about their rights and encourages them to speak if they are being abused, because we understand that we can’t depend on the adults only,” the State Minister said.Mr. Green also encouraged children to make use of the resources available to them to report abuse.“Children, we want you to know that if you are in a difficult situation, if you are being abused, you must say something. Go to your guidance counsellor, go to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) or the Child Development Agency (CDA), and tell them what is happening to you,” the State Minister added.Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.“Children are particularly vulnerable, and so we must each make a commitment to do better in terms of protecting them. Children, everywhere, who are experiencing, or who feel threatened, must feel comfortable to tell someone and get the support they deserve. This means that all Jamaicans must become part of the solution. This entails doing all we can to develop positive relationships with the children in our care and helping them to feel safe enough to enjoy their childhood,” she said.Executive Director of RISE, Sonita Abrahams, told JIS News the initiative has accomplished its goal of training persons in abuse prevention and promoting human rights.“We have trained over 28,000 young people. We have gone around the island and have done sessions in the classroom with primary-school children. We have also done training with parents and guidance counsellors in the prevention of sexual abuse against children. The whole idea is to teach young people and parents how to be safe and to recognise if there is an abuse situation going on, and encourage children to speak up,” she explained.Mrs. Abrahams added that while RISE will continue to promote the initiative on its social media platform, Facebook and the ‘Finding My Voice’ music project, more public- and private-sector involvement is necessary to end child abuse.The EU-funded ‘Finding My Voice’ National Programme on the Prevention of Child Abuse is an 18-month intervention aimed at the promotion and protection of the rights of children.It has directly impacted an estimated 1.4 million persons islandwide through its multimedia public-education campaign on the prevention of sexual violence against children. State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging children to speak out against abuse. Mr. Green said that while there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse by adults, there is still an issue of under-reporting, with only one out of 10 adults making reports. Meanwhile, Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the EU remains committed to working with the Government and its partners to defend the rights of all persons.last_img read more