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Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow

first_imgPirates right-hander Ivan Nova is expected to move back one day to start the series opener, and Maddon said Tyler Chatwood would go for the Cubs.Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo was out of the starting lineup when it was announced Monday. He has been sidelined by back tightness, but he might be able to play in the rescheduled home opener.About 10 miles to the south, the White Sox were hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in a game delayed briefly by the wintry weather. This is Tampa’s only trip to Chicago this season.Roger Bossard, the head groundskeeper for the White Sox, said the Cubs had to deal with more than 3 inches of snow.“They had more snow, so I get it,” Bossard said. “When you are at the 3, 3½ level … they made the right call.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Members of the grounds crew clear snow at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Monday, April 9, 2018. The Cubs’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of persistent snow that covered much of Wrigley Field, creating a scene more reminiscent of December than April. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO— The Chicago Cubs tried to play their home opener on Monday. It was just a snow-go.The Cubs’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field, creating a scene more reminiscent of January than April.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cubs Convention or opening day,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon cracked.The winter wonderland at Wrigley caused the majors’ 11th postponement so far this season, adding another picture to a growing montage of snowballs, ski caps and puffy coats from ballparks across the frigid Midwest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Cubs tried pushing back first pitch by an hour, and workers used hand-held blowers to melt the snow on the tarp. But the accumulation and cold temperatures were just too much.The game was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon, which was previously an off day for the first series between the NL Central rivals. View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thunder clinch: Oklahoma City runs past Miami “It’s rough out there,” reliever Steve Cishek said. “We’re disappointed. We wanted to get this home opener underway. But at the same time, I know some guys in the bullpen probably, like myself, could use an extra day off just to heal up a little bit and be ready for tomorrow.”Chicago is the last major league team to hold its home opener. It began the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.The Cubs’ new-look bullpen has shined so far. It has a major league-best 0.94 ERA through 38 1/3 innings. Brandon Morrow picked up his first two saves over the weekend since he signed with Chicago in the offseason.“We’ve got a lot of guys with a lot of good stuff,” Morrow said. “When we’re going to continue to be in the strike zone like we have been, I mean you see the results. Guys are getting quick outs and strikeouts when they need to. Been limiting the free passes for the most part, and just really going in with a lot of confidence.”Pittsburgh is off to a surprising 7-2 start. It took three of four against Cincinnati in its previous series.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

UL Seeks More Scholarships Abroad

first_imgThe vice president for Institutional Development and Planning at the University of Liberia, Dr. Walter T. Wiles leaves the Country today for Ghana to represent the President of the University of Liberia, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis.“I am also carrying 4 applications for Teaching Assistants who want to do Masters in Engineering and 5 in Library Science,” Dr. Wiles said.He said his trip to Ghana will take him to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Cape Coast University and the University of Ghana in Legon.At these universities, Dr Wiles said he will hold talks with supervisors of University of Liberia scholarship students studying at these institutions to ascertain the performance and challenges.“We are principally going to Ghana to talk to our scholarship students’ supervisors in the various universities to know how they are coping with their studies and to seek for enrollment for 9 of our Teaching Assistants.”Under the EHELD program, several UL personnel are in Ghana studying.  He also disclosed that he will be travelling with Dr. Charles Mulbah of Cuttington University.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition gives Govt an ‘F’ for performance

first_imgOpposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, contended President David Granger’s A Grade of his administration’s performance stating that it is proof that his government is trapped in a cocoon and completely out of touch with reality.Jagdeo argued that the APNU/AFC deserves a bold red F.Details of this story will be published in the February 14, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Residents get answers on flooding help

first_imgPhoto: Johanna Morrow, a provincial representative from Emergency Management BC explains to residents what types of provincial funding is available for those who were affected by the last month’s flood./Kimberley Molina She says the City does recognize the event was traumatic for some residents, is learning from it, and is working to ensure a similar situation does not happen in the future.[asset|aid=3093|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a16ceaa2ceee832c550fb22ce3d78920-Hunter Flooding help 1_1_Pub.mp3] Morrow says the process for applying for the provincial funding is fairly straightforward.Once an application is received, the emergency program staff determines whether a property owner is eligible, then assigns it to an evaluator who views the property and assesses the damage.Although Morrow says it’s important to take pictures of any damage sustained, she stresses that it’s important residents begin cleaning up after this type of event as soon as possible.The province officially declared the City’s flooding event was eligible for funding on Aug. 6.Advertisement Morrow says determining whether an area can be eligible for disaster funding is not black and white. The province looks at what impact an event had on both people and property.[asset|aid=3094|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a16ceaa2ceee832c550fb22ce3d78920-Morrow Finance 1_1_Pub.mp3] Property owners now have until Nov. 2, 2010 to submit an application to be considered for funding.The Disaster Financial Assistance guidelines can be viewed below. Morrow says the program helps return certain items to their pre-disaster condition, but does not cover all items that have been lost.The main purpose of the funding is to ensure one’s property is safe and dry, she says, adding that it can also help pay for some personal items that may have been destroyed.One concern expressed by some of the residents at the meeting was if they would receive help with their hydro and water bills from having to clean up after the flood.City Manager Dianne Hunter says she would consider the possibility but added that at this time, the City doesn’t have an emergency fund for disaster situations.Advertisement – Advertisement -A Town Hall meeting was held Monday, for Fort St. John residents affected by the July 29 downpour and subsequent flooding.Both city and provincial officials were on hand to answer questions about the newly announced provincial emergency disaster funding available for the City’s property owners.Over 20 residents from different parts of the city were in attendance to find out what types of damage are covered by the provincial Disaster Financial Assistance and what is required to apply.Residents affected by flooding were encouraged to first speak with their insurance companies before applying for provincial aid.The reason for first speaking with one’s insurance company is because many items, such as sewer backup are covered through insurance and would not be covered by the DFA, says Johanna Morrow, the manager of recovery and funding programs for Emergency Management BC.Advertisementlast_img read more

Spring means big influx of kittens

first_imgAt the end of the eight weeks, the kittens are returned to the shelter for adoption. But foster parents can adopt their charges if they choose, she added. The $60 adoption package includes either a spaying or neutering procedure, a microchip implantation, vaccinations, deworming and a prescription flea ointment. If the kitten is over four weeks old, it also receives a rabies shot at no extra cost, shelter officials said. “We look to get them out of here as quickly as possible, because the longer they’re here, the more likely they are to get sick,” Hernandez said. Miller said community outreach programs such as off-site adoption clinics and constant advertising have helped increase cat adoptions in recent years. “We’ve reduced the euthanasia rates in part because of these types of programs,” Miller said. “We try to make people aware. It helps if we can get people in here. When you see those eyes looking up at you, if you have any heart at all, you’ll want to save them.” Anyone interested in providing foster care for a kitten can call (562) 803-3301, Ext. 223. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Every year, it seems, the number of stray kitties climbs, said Charles Miller, SEAACA’s assistant director. “Kitten season is expanding largely because of irresponsible pet owners,” he said. “We end up with a huge intake of stray animals with litters or who are abandoned, with no people to adopt them.” At the height of kitten season, SEAACA’s shelter can have as many as 150 unwanted kittens and cats, officials said. The shelter’s fostering program is a temporary commitment of about seven to eight weeks, about the time it takes for the baby felines to be able to eat on their own, officials said. Foster families are provided with kitten formula and any veterinarian care needed prior to weaning, said Vicky Hernandez, an animal technician at the shelter. DOWNEY – Never heard of “kitten season?” You might be ankle-deep in it in the next few weeks. Unless sterilized, female cats go into heat in the winter. If they get pregnant, their litters are born in early spring. Hundreds of litters. So many, in fact, that officials from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey are looking for volunteer “foster parents” to care for the hundreds of abandoned kittens they expect to turn up at the shelter over the next few weeks and months. last_img read more

Sligh is latest to be bounced from ‘Idol’

first_imgIt’s over for Chris Sligh. Sligh, the curly-haired jokester who once claimed he was “bringing chubby back,” said goodbye to “American Idol” on Wednesday, becoming the latest singer bounced in viewer voting. The sacking of Sligh, 28, who hails from Greenville, S.C., winnowed the number of “Idol” wannabes to nine. The winner will be chosen in May. “I think it’s bye-bye, curly,” predicted judge Simon Cowell, before the results were announced. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cowell said on Tuesday’s program that Sligh’s rendition of the Police classic “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” was a “mess.” Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew more than 30 million calls and text messages. Stacey, 29, of Jacksonville, Fla., managed to get on Cowell’s good side after his solid cover of “Every Breath You Take.” “This may surprise you, Phil, but I actually thought that was very good,” Cowell said Tuesday. The acerbic judge was not as nice to Scarnato, deriding the 24-year-old Texas girl’s take on “True Colors” as safe and forgettable. In its sixth season, “American Idol” continues to rule the ratings. It has attracted 26 million to 37 million viewers per telecast this season. last_img read more

Moose FM Block Party back and bigger than ever!!

first_imgLet’s start with the North Peace Savings & Credit Union Main Stage. You will see street performances from Circus of Hell, The Chairmen and more. You’ll also see live and local music.Then there is the special kids area with the separate Kids Stage sponsored by the City of Fort St. John. This stage will see performances by Mindy from the Evangel Chapel and Jason the Magician.On top of this there will be bouncy toys from Evangel Chapel, a petting zoo, face painting and more.- Advertisement -The Classic Cruisers will be on site with a special show and shine, we have Emergency Services on site with displays from the RCMP, Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance, a local Arts market and of course food.If that wasn’t enough…new this year is a Family Dance. Evangel Chapel will hold a family dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. that night.We have more details and a full schedule still to come. Don’t forget we need volunteers, please all our office to sign up – 250-787-7100 or visit the Block Party website moosefmblockparty.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

MONEY MATTERS: HELPING A CHILD PURCHASE A HOUSE

first_imgJohn McColgan and Shona ChambersLast year, the Central Bank recently finalised its new mortgage lending rules, with some changes from what was originally rumoured. First-time buyers can continue to put down a 10% deposit, provided that the purchase price is less than €220,000 and they don’t borrow more than 3.5 times their joint income. But homeowners who want to trade up will now need 20% of the purchase price of their new home.by Shona Chambers With mortgage lending in the news, some clients have asked me about parents helping a child with part of the purchase price of a house. How would Revenue treat this for tax purposes?In recent weeks, I have discussed Inheritance Tax also knows as Capital Acquisitions Tax. These rules also extend to gifts that parents may give to their children. The thresholds allow parents to transfer assets worth €225,000 to a child tax-free, either as a gift or an inheritance. Anything above that lifetime limit is taxed at the current Capital Gift Tax rate of 33%.In the past, when it came to helping children with a house purchase, some parents availed of a loophole that stated that money paid by a parent for “support, maintenance or education” of a child would not be counted against the lifetime tax-free threshold. However, Revenue has recently been clamping down on the definition of “support,” especially it comes to assistance such as helping adult children to buy houses. It has now limited parental support to minors under 18, or children in full-time education up to the age of 25.The gift tax rules do not apply to loans, though. It is still possible for a parent to lend a child money, and provided that the child intends to repay the loan, it would not be classified as a gift for tax purposes. However, if you give your child an interest-free loan, what is called the ‘notional interest’ (roughly equivalent to what a bank would charge on the same loan) will still be regarded as a gift. This is where the annual small-gift exemption of €3,000 a year comes in. You are entitled to give anyone €3,000 a year tax-free, and so there would be no tax liability if the notional interest fell within that limit. For example, you could you lend a child €75,000 at a notional interest rate of 4% and it would not trigger a liability. If your child is buying a house with a spouse or partner, you could lend money to both of them, potentially extending the combined small-gift exemption to €6,000 worth of notional interest annually.Naturally, I recommend talking to a financial advisor or tax advisor if you are in the position of wishing to help a child with a house purchase. You do not want to do a good deed only to find that it triggers an unexpected tax bill down the line!Shona Chambers BA QFA RPA is a Qualified Financial Advisor with John McColgan Financial Services Ltd.You can contact Shona by telephone or email on 074) 9124366/shona@mccolganfinancial.ieMONEY MATTERS: HELPING A CHILD PURCHASE A HOUSE was last modified: February 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAY-OFF MATCHES THIS WEEEKEND

first_imgTheir are some massive games in the Senior championship down for decision this weekend as Dungloe, Cloughaneely, Bundoran and Glenfin battle it out for the right to play Senior championship football in 2014. The four sides finished bottom of their respective groups and now have to navigate their way through a relegation series in order to avoid the drop down to Intermediate championship football.Dungloe face Cloughaneely on Sunday in the Banks and will be hoping to keep their proud tradition of being a Senior club intact when they face the men from Falcaragh. Cloughaneely suffered big defeats in all their group games, while Dungloe drew with Termon in their group before narrowly losing to both Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair.Dungloe are expected to win this match and will look to current county player Adrian Hanlon and former All-star winner Adrian Sweeney to secure championship football for the Rosses outfit.In the other relegation play-off Glenfin face Bundoran in what should be a very close encounter.Glenfin will look to current star Frank McGlynn to lead by example while Bundoran will be hoping they can recapture the form that seen them hold St.Michaels in an earlier championship match this season. A late Christy Toye point denied the Bundoran men a famous win.It won’t be the end of the road for whatever side loses in both games, as the two losers from these matches will play each other and will be given one final chance to secure their club Senior championship football for next season.  SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAY-OFF MATCHES THIS WEEEKEND was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranCloughaneelyDonegal Senior ChampionshipdungloeglenfinRelegation play-offslast_img read more

Hazard and Kovacic out -Burnley vs Chelsea preview, confirmed teams, plus more

first_img“I think they will be able to do better but the most important thing is that the team will continue to play this football.“Usually the winner is the team who concedes less goals. In Italy – I don’t know here – but I think the same.“We have to improve in the defensive phase. Hazard collects the Premier League player of the month award for September Giroud brings out the best in players around him Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Manchester United as they take on Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.The Blues battered BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday but must now take on a Clarets side who are usually pretty stoic. Sean Dyche is under pressure 5 5 Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “One month ago, we were concerned about the fact the midfielders didn’t score.“And now in the last three matches, Barkley scored two goals and Loftus three goals so I think that if we are able to continue to play this football maybe in a month the strikers will be able to score.“You know the characteristics of Giroud: Giroud usually is not used to scoring a lot of goals in a season but he’s always very, very useful for the team, for his team-mates.“So Giroud is not a problem for us. And Morata in the last five matches, scored two goals. 5 5 Team newsRobbie Brady could return from Burnley after a hamstring lay-off, but Aaron Lennon is a doubt due to illness. Nick Pope, Ben Gibson, and Stephen Ward remain out but are stepping up their rehabilitation.For Chelsea, Hazard is a doubt but will be given the chance to prove his fitness ahead of the clash at Turf Moor. Ethan Ampadu remains sidelined. Chelsea celebrate scoring against Burnley last season. 5 England keeper Nick Pope was injured playing for Burnley less than two weeks after returning from Russia Sean Dyche’s men did lose 5-0 at the hands of Manchester City last weekend but should be a lot tougher having been read the riot act by their manager ahead of this match.What the managers are sayingSean Dyche (Burnley): “He [Eden Hazard] continues to improve I think and he’s continued to show that again this season.“We certainly don’t rely on what might happen with one player, but you’ve got to be aware of how good some of those players are and he [Hazard] is certainly right up there.” getty Confirmed teamsBurnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Brady, Hendrick, Vokes. Subs: Heaton, Barnes, Wood, Westwood, Bardsley, Vydra, Long.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Morata, Willian. Subs: Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill.last_img read more