Matt Olson, Mark Canha deliver with bats and gloves in Oakland Athletics’ win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — There was one split moment in the A’s 6-2 win over the Yankees upped manager Bob Melvin’s heart rate a bit. But how worried could he be, really?Matt Olson — ever the quietly reliable, yet, simultaneously spectacular first baseman — was trotting toward DJ LeMaheiu’s ground ball dribbling down the line. With Michael Tauchman on first, all of Olson’s momentum pointed to an easy tag out that advanced the runner into scoring position.But then Olson switched gears and fired to Marcus …last_img

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Brand South Africa collaborates with the Market Theatre

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 13 November – Brand South Africa has partnered with the Market Theatre Foundation to profile South Africa’s arts and culture sector and the role it plays in telling the positive South African story.South Africa is home to one of the most dynamic and eclectic arts and culture sectors, which mirrors the diversity which exists across all facets of South African society. Through the arts, we are able to communicate, amongst others, the tales of forgiveness and triumph that inspire South Africa’s young democracy to heal the divisions of the past and foster national pride.The National Development Plan (NDP) describes arts and culture as open powerful spaces for debate about where a society finds itself and where it is going. Through artistic expression South Africans are able to communicate their reality and profile unique South African values to both international and domestic audiences. The NDP highlights that the creative and cultural industries can contribute substantially to small business development, job creation, and urban development and renewal which in turn improves South Africa’s competitiveness.The arts and culture sector is therefore a critical contributor to the positive positioning of South Africa as a creative and innovative country.The Market Theatre Foundation and Brand South Africa will play their part in recognising the value of this sector in driving social cohesion, pride and patriotism as well as job creation, and have come together to profile South Africa’s dynamic arts industry and positively tell the South African story.This partnership will consist of various elements and events over the next year. The partnership will be launched with a production of James Ngcobo’s Songs From Jazz Town, a musical celebrating great artists of the past whilst incorporating contemporary South African hip hop that speaks to current South African issues.Media is invited as follows:Date: 20 November 2015Time: 19h45Venue: John Kani Theatre, The Market TheatreRSVP: Kelly Davids kellyd@brandsouthafrica.comLusanda Zokufa LusandaZ@markettheatre.co.zalast_img read more

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Duke Using Avery Johnson “Standard” Quote For Marketing Purposes

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaFormer NBA point guard and head coach Avery Johnson was recently hired to take over the reins of the Alabama basketball program, which has reached just one NCAA Tournament in the past nine seasons. Johnson has a tall task ahead of him, but he has lofty goals for his new squad, saying during his introductory press conference his program will try and live up to the standard set by Duke, the 2014-15 national champions. “Duke University, that’s the standard for us here at the University of Alabama and our basketball program,” Johnson said. “The way they play defense and offense. The way they move the ball, that’s the standard. Nobody else is the standard. That’s the standard. Duke University. That’s why I’m here.”If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it also makes for good publicity in this case. Judging by its Instagram post this morning, the Duke program is using Johnson’s quote to its marketing advantage.An obvious, but savvy move by Duke. We’re sure Johnson isn’t the only coach looking to get his program on the level of the Blue Devils but it’s easier said than done.last_img read more

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Chelsea rejects Barca bid for Willian

first_imgChelsea have rejected a bid offer in excess of £50m from Barcelona for Brazilian international star Willian, according to Sky Sports.It appears that negotiation is still ongoing between the two clubs and the representatives of Willian Borges, who is on international duty with Brazil at the world cup in Russia.The former Shakhtar winger who is in Russia for the World Cup tournament has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona, with the winger keen on leaving Stamford Bridge as long as Antonio Conte remains in charge of the club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Brazilian has made 236 appearances for the London based club while also scoring 44 goals since he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.Although Willian was snubbed for the starting line-up of the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United at Wembley but only coming on as an injury time substitute, he has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.last_img read more

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Lookman Bundesliga move doesnt guarantee success

first_imgEverton winger Ademola Lookman insists everyone has a different scenario and, therefore, can’t be guaranteed to emulate the successes of others in the BundesligaThe 21-year-old spent the latter part of last season on loan at RB Leipzig and impressed with five goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances.Since then, the likes of English youngsters Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have starred in the German top flight at Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively.While, Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed Bayern Munich’s strong interest in young star Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Everyone’s scenario is different, all our situations are different,” said Lookman, according to Liverpool Echo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“So I think it is about the experience because wherever you go you can say you are going to play, but you have to prove it.“It is for experience, learning new football, learning a new style, just being around it.“It was different football [in Germany], but I wouldn’t say it was daunting. It was just another experience, take it in your stride and get used to it.”Since returning to Everton for this season, Lookman has made just the one start in 11 Premier League appearances.last_img read more

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Spanish Super Cup will have a Final Four format

first_imgThe competition that faces the La Liga champion with the Copa del Rey champion will be played once again outside of Spain.The Spanish Super Cup will continue to change as announced by the Spanish Football Federation today in the European nation.Last year the Super Cup was played for the first time using a single match format, and it was also the first time to be played outside Spain as it was played in Tanger, Morocco.But today the cup has received another modification, as it will be played for the first time in history between four teams, in a Final Four format.The two finalists of the Copa del Rey and the two top teams in the Spanish La Liga will play a small tournament outside of Spain to decide who is the biggest champion in the nation.The announcement was made by Spanish FA’s president Luis Rubiales.The tournament will be played between four or five days and will be a four-game celebration, with the winners of La Liga playing against the Copa del Rey runner-ups and vice-versa.The first edition in this new format will be played at the end of this season for the first time if the federation’s assembly agrees.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…According to Rubiales, the new format “does not break any rules and objectives of the competition.”“Neutral tournaments in the summer are not well supported for the clubs. We see this as a unique opportunity for the “Marca España” to grow without going against the principles of the sport.”Rubiales was one of the worst critics after La Liga decide to take one official game each year out of Spain, something that the Spanish Football Federation did not like.🗣 @LuisRubiales: “Propondré a la Asamblea que la #Supercopa se celebre en formato final four”🔗 https://t.co/NQM9nLYBCI pic.twitter.com/x640IaDOqU— RFEF (@rfef) February 19, 2019last_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS Finalists For Towns New Finance Director Position Revealed Public Interviews Scheduled

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen will interview the finalists in the town’s search for its Finance Director/Town Accountant on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall.The two finalists are Hayley S. Green, CPA — who currently serves as the Town Accountant/Assistant Finance Director for the Town of Andover — and Bryan Perry, CPA — who currently serves as the City Auditor for Lowell.Green will interview at 7pm. Perry will interview at 8:15pm. Each interview is scheduled to last an hour. These interviews will be open to the public.As described in a memo written by Town Accountant Mike Morris and provided to the Selectmen on Monday night, the town received 10 applicants for the job opening.The screening committee — which consisted of the soon-to-be-retiring Town Account Mike Morris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, and Selectman Jonathan Eaton — interviewed three applicants and decided to bring forth two finalists — Green and Perry — for the Selectmen to interview.Town Accountant Mike Morris, who has served the town for more than 30 years, has announced his intention to retire in early July.Selectmen took the opportunity to tweak the town’s financial management structure, turning the Town Accountant position into a Finance Director/Town Accountant position.The new position is responsible to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, serves as Town Accountant and Chief Financial Officer, and oversees the Town’s financial activities which include accounting, assessing, collections, treasury, financial systems and purchasing. The position advises the Town Manager on revenue projections, serves as the Town Manager’s technical advisor on departmental budgets and management, and has oversight of the preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

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ChemChina to buy Italian tyre maker Pirelli in €71bn deal

first_img State-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) has announced plans to acquire Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli, as cash-rich Chinese companies press ahead with their overseas-buying spree to diversify operations.As per the plan, a unit of ChemChina will initially pay about €1.8bn (£, $1.9bn) to buy a 26% controlling stake in Pirelli owned by Camfin, which is controlled by the family of Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera.Subsequently, the company would make an offer to buy the remaining shares at about €15 a share. The deal values Pirelli, one of the symbols of Italys manufacturing industry, at around $7.7bn.Beijing-based Chemchina is one of Chinas industrial majors, with notable presence in businesses such as petrochemicals, oil processing, agricultural chemicals, rubber products and chemical equipment.Pursuant to the agreement, the operation and management team of Pirelli will be kept stable, and new business growth strategy will be defined. The transaction is subject to approvals by the competent Chinese and foreign governmental authorities, ChemChina said in a statement.With a history of more than 140 years, Pirelli is currently the fifth largest global tyre manufacturer, generating annual revenues of more than €6bn from 160 countries. It is currently the sole tyre supplier to Formula 1.Pirelli would be combined with ChemChina subsidiary China National Tire and Rubber, which is the market leader in China for steel radial tyres and off-the-road tyres.We are delighted with the opportunity to team up with Mr Marco Tronchetti Provera and his team to continue to build together a world class organization and a market leader in the global tyre industry, said Jianxin Ren, ChemChina chairman.The partnership with a global player like ChemChina, through its affiliates, represents a great opportunity for Pirelli. CNRCs approach to business and strategic vision guarantee Pirellis development and stability, said Provera.The acquisition is expected to strengthen Pirellis development plans, reinforce the coverage of strategic geographical areas, and through integration, enable the company to double its volumes in the industrial tyre business. Closelast_img read more

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IdeaVideocon spectrum deal may be restructured due to tax issues Report

first_imgIdea Cellular’s deal with Videocon to buy 4G spectrum is likely to be “restructured” as the telecom operator may be liable to pay Rs 496 crore in taxes if the deal doesn’t get completed before June 1 this year.In its budget presented this week, the government proposed to levy service tax on spectrum trading deals starting June.”The additional service tax would logically get subsumed within Idea’s overall costs in the context of the spectrum-trading transaction with Videocon, but there is a possibility that both companies may have to restructure the deal if it does not close before June 1,” a person familiar with the matter, told The Economic Times.In November last year, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles — Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) — from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore, which was double the amount paid to acquire spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.Idea, India’s third-largest telecom carrier, had said it would use spectrum bought from Videocon to roll out 4G LTE services in the two circles.”The only way Idea can skirt the additional service tax levy is by closing the spectrum trading deal with Videocon by May 31 latest, since the new rule will be effective June 1,” tax expert Dinesh Kanabar, CEO of Dhruva Advisors, told the daily.However, the new service tax may not impact the spectrum sharing deals made by Reliance Jio and Reliance Comminucations (RCom). “The provisions are not retrospective and their deal is already done with relevant payments made by Jio,” said experts.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Adventure Playgrounds Put Kids In Charge Of How They Play And Create

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Parish SchoolChildren play at the adventure playground at The Parish School in the Spring Branch area of Houston. Xcenter_img Share The term adventure playground might be an unfamiliar one for most Americans, considering that there are only six active playgrounds of this type in the United States, including one in Houston.Adventure playgrounds are part of a practice known as playwork, which has roots in the United Kingdom and aims to give children freedom and self-direction over the way that they play.While a typical playground you might see at a school has equipment designed for specific uses — like a swing set or a seesaw — adventure playgrounds are designed to be as free form as possible. They will instead have loose parts, structures, tools, and supplies with no specific purpose in mind. The kids get to decide what to do with it all. And educators simply help facilitate those plans and inspect the materials for safety.Bayou City PlayA boy poses with the robot he made out of various materials at a Bayou City Play event in 2017.One such adventure playground can be found at The Parish School in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston. And it will be the site of the Playwork Campference 2019, a conference on playwork where practitioners from the around the world will camp out and discuss the topic. It’s hosted by the local playwork groups Pop-Up Adventure Play and Bayou City Play.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn visits the playground and talks with Jill Wood, the school’s director of adventure play, as well as some of the kids making use of the playground.– / 4 00:00 /11:24last_img read more

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