Sarah Jessica Parker Joins Kenneth Cole To Create amfAR Handbag

first_imgFashion designer Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6.Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6The bag, which features the inscription “We’re All Potential Carriers”, includes a condom inside, and was inspired by the notion that every woman should look stylish and be safe.In addition to being auctioned at the amfAR Gala, the bag will make its runway debut at the Kenneth Cole fashion show on February 7. In order to raise additional funds for amfAR, 20 of the bags will be sold during the live stream of the fashion show with 100% of the proceeds being donated to amfAR.“It’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with Kenneth Cole on the design of a handbag supporting amfAR,” says Sarah Jessica Parker. “Kenneth has used his platform as a fashion designer for nearly 30 years to advocate for amfAR’s mission to end AIDS. I’m thrilled this bag will help raise money and awareness for the 30 million people living with HIV and AIDS.”The gold-dusted black genuine snakeskin clutch will retail for $1,000 and has a gunmetal frame etched with Sarah Jessica Parker’s name. It also features a snake chain that can be tucked inside, a wrist strap, and includes a wallet with room for credit cards and a condom. After taking a hiatus from the runway for seven years, fashion designer and Chairman of amfAR wanted his return to Fashion Week to be a salute to amfAR. During the live stream of his show and throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Kenneth will also be donating $1 (up to $30K) to AIDS research @amfAR for every @KennethCole follower that tweets using #KCRUNWAY.As the Chairman of amfAR, Cole is also working closely with IMG Fashion to bring the charities message to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The amfAR New York Gala, as part of the official calendar, will be kicking off the event with a special ribbon cutting with Kenneth and other top American designers. Additionally, the double red ribbon AIDS pin, which Cole re-interpreted in collaboration with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 2012, will be featured in the official event gift bag going to industry VIP’s. Guests of the event will see amfAR’s presence throughout Lincoln Center via special video footage and a unique instillation created by Mercedes-Benz USA.“As I returned to Fashion Week it was important for my show to be about something bigger than just fashion. While we’ve made tremendous strides towards finding a cure for AIDS, there is still much work to be done, and so it’s important to keep reminding people that we’re all potential carriers. Partnerships with amfAR, devoted role models like Sarah Jessica Parker , and organizations like IMG Fashion make a critical difference in getting the AIDS message out there,” says Kenneth Cole. “The fact that we are able to reach such an influential and inspiring group of people (with this message) during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is extremely powerful.”“Kenneth Cole is one of America’s most beloved designers and has always been an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s history,” says Peter Levy, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “His dedication to AIDS research is extraordinary and we hope that by supporting amfAR and featuring his Collection on our runways, we are able to further promote this critical message.”Kenneth Cole will be honored by amfAR on February 6 at the New York Gala for his 27 years of AIDS activism, and his runway show will be held the next day on February 7. Additionally, Kenneth Cole is the executive producer of the HBO documentary film “The Battle of amfAR” which premiered January 18 at the Sundance Film Festival.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

The Salvation Armys 127th Red Kettle Campaign Raises 1445 Million

first_imgThe Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign collected $144.5 million in 2017 thanks to the support of donors and corporate partners.The money raised will help The Salvation Army provide food, shelter and social services to nearly 25 million Americans in need this year.“The country faced many hardships last year after multiple natural disasters, making 2017 an even more important year for giving,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. “We’re humbled by the generosity that will allow The Salvation Army to continue serving America’s most vulnerable populations in 2018.”In addition to the $144.5 million raised in red kettles and through corporate partners, online donations through totaled $45.4 million, a 26% increase over 2016.The Salvation Army enjoyed a jam-packed holiday season with initiatives new and old. Starting from the top:The Salvation Army began the season by issuing a call for action, asking Americans to join the Fight for Good, the official theme of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign. Joined by a few notable citizen soldiers who each chose their own battle in the Fight for Good, The Salvation Army rallied supporters to designate their contributions to support cause areas that fight hunger, provide shelter or ensure Christmas assistance for those in need.Trick-shot artist and YouTube phenomenon Brodie Smith hosted a fundraiser to fight for hunger relief and teamed up with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk to raise awareness of the need for donations this holiday with a Red Kettle skateboarding trick-shots video.Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones fought to keep families safe and warm during the holidays with a fundraiser dedicated to sheltering the homeless. When she was a child, Lolo and her family benefited from The Salvation Army’s shelter programs, and she made a special appearance on the show Steve to talk about what it means to help others during the holidays.Author and social-good ambassador Chris Strub, who was the first person to livestream from all 50 states, called attention to the many faces and challenges of poverty as he chronicled his 25-state #FightForGoodTour on his social media platforms and YouTube channel.Jerry Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Red Kettle Kickoff performer Thomas Rhett, along with Commissioner David Hudson, The Salvation Army’s new national commander, kicked off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a satellite media tour at AT&T Stadium the day before Thanksgiving. The Dallas Cowboys also showcased #FightForGood on national television just before Thomas Rhett’s LIVE halftime performance. The campaign kickoff marked the 21st year the Cowboys organization has partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic campaign during the nationally televised game. Since partnering with the team, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $2.4 billion.Leading up to and on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, The Salvation Army was seen and talked about during national media appearances on The Today Show with Tony Hawk, Access, Access Live, Buzzfeed’s AM to DM, WGN Radio, Mornings with Maria and Steve. The week of Christmas, The Today Show aired a segment featuring The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope program in San Diego, Calif.Corporate partners also contributed greatly to the success of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign.Red kettles outside of 6,400 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. collected $43.3 million, which contributed about 30 percent of the $144.5 million total. The Kroger Co. hosted Red Kettles at more than 2,700 locations across the country, raising a total of $18.2 million, or about 13 percent of the $144.5 million total. Red kettles at roughly 770 JCPenney stores collected a total of nearly $2.3 million for the campaign, 1,718 Walgreens locations raised $2.5 million, 600 Big Lots locations raised $905,000 and 68 Bass Pro Shops locations raised nearly $440,000.Hanes and The Salvation Army teamed up once again to provide socks to those in need. As part of their annual sock drive, Hanes donated 75,000 pairs of socks to The Salvation Army, bringing the total number of socks donated over the past nine years to more than 2.4 million pairs.Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, Dr Pepper Snapple Group donated a portion of sales to The Salvation Army for every specially marked 7UP, Canada Dry and Squirt two-liter bottle, 20-ounce bottle and 12-pack sold.Calling on snackers to not only give thanks during the holiday season, but to give back, Frito-Lay North America donated to The Salvation Army with every bag sold of its new Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size tortilla chips. Donations totaled $300,000.UPS ran its Wishes Delivered campaign and included The Salvation Army in its select group of charity partners to each receive $33,000. For every wish submitted with the campaign’s hashtag, UPS donated $1 and shared stories of the people and organizations who are solving problems to make a difference in communities.During the holidays, more than three million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with warm meals or toys for their children on Christmas Day. Donations made to the red kettles help The Army provide more than 10 million nights of shelter and 56 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelters for children and families in need. In all, The Salvation Army is able to help nearly 25 million people each year, thanks in large part to people’s generous donations.From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. To learn more, visit read more

What to buy every month in 2019

first_imgA new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.Here’s an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.Sound difficult? It’s actually not. Here’s how to maximize sales and plan your shopping for 2019. We listed the best products to buy each month, plus the holidays when you’ll find major sales — and a bonus: the national days when you can score free stuff.JANUARYWith a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These items are discounted in January :—BEDDING AND LINENS. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels.—FITNESS EQUIPMENT. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.—TVS AND ELECTRONICS. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount TVs and other home-theatre essentials.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 21.FREEBIE DAY: National Spaghetti Day is Jan. 4.FEBRUARYIt’s the month of love and gift-giving, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include:—TVS. TV sales spill over from January into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.—WINTER ITEMS. With winter winding down, retailers will be looking to unload inventories of cold-weather products. Look for sales on apparel and winter sports gear.—HOME GOODS. Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on Presidents Day and the weekend preceding the holiday.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Super Bowl is Feb. 3, and Presidents Day is Feb. 18.FREEBIE DAY: National Frozen Yogurt Day is Feb. 6.MARCHThere aren’t any major shopping holidays in March, but that doesn’t mean a lack of sales. Look for deals on these products:—TAX SOFTWARE. Retailers like to discount tax-prep items in March ahead of Tax Day in April.—GRILLS. Buy your summer grilling necessities in March to avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.—ST. PATRICK’S DAY ESSENTIALS. Around St. Patrick’s Day, online retailers and department stores usually discount green-themed clothing, party supplies and jewelry.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: St. Patrick’s Day is March 17.FREEBIE DAY: Pi Day is March 14.APRILApril has its fair share of spring deals and discounts, including:—VACUUMS. Buying a vacuum isn’t the most exciting purchase, but it’ll be less painful if you take advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Look for markdowns at department stores as well as manufacturers like Dyson.—TAX-THEMED ITEMS. Year after year, retailers and restaurants try to lighten the burden of Tax Day with discounts and freebies on services like paper shredding. Keep an eye out for these around mid-April.—EASTER CANDY. The days after the Easter holiday will be filled with markdowns on candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and more.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Easter is April 21.FREEBIE DAY: Tax Day is April 15.MAYApril showers bring May flowers — and sales blossom then, too. Here’s a look at some items to consider buying this month:—SPRING APPAREL. By May, retailers will discount spring clothing that has already been hanging on racks for a month or two.—FURNITURE. Three of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is in May, so look for furniture and home-decor discounts from big-box stores.—SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES. Use May discounts as an opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These products normally are included in Memorial Day sales and make great wedding gifts.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Mother’s Day is May 12, and Memorial Day is May 27.FREEBIE DAY: National Hamburger Day is May 28.JUNEJune may be one of the shorter months of the year, but its supply of opportunities to snag deals isn’t lacking. Smart purchases include:—LINGERIE. Stock up on undergarments in June. That’s when Victoria’s Secret, for example, has been known to host its famed Semi-Annual Sale . The sale usually also occurs in December.—GYM MEMBERSHIPS. Consider buying a gym membership during the summer and be sure to negotiate for the best deal. Gyms may be eager for sign-ups at this time.—MOVIE TICKETS. During the summer months, many movie theatre chains offer film programs, which usually include cheap tickets to children’s movies.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Father’s Day is June 16.FREEBIE DAY: National Doughnut Day is June 7.JULYThe temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain items drop. Consider buying these:—APPAREL. If you don’t want to wait for end-of-summer sales, buy clothes now. You’ll likely find a better price than you would’ve at the start of the season.—PATRIOTIC ITEMS. Retailers like a reason to celebrate. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there’s usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and items that are all three colours), as well as on sporting goods, jewelry and furniture.—PERSONAL ELECTRONICS. Black Friday is a big deal day that falls in November, but many retailers have added Black Friday in July sales, including Best Buy and Amazon (which features Prime Day). Expect discounts in nearly every product category.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Fourth of July is . July 4.FREEBIE DAY: National Ice Cream Day is July 21.AUGUSTClose out summer by buying summer products? That’s right — look for end-of-season clearance sales in August on:—BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES. The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.—OUTDOOR PRODUCTS. Ride out the end of summer with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.—SWIMSUITS. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why swimsuit clearance sales will crest. Buy swimsuits now for next year.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The first day of school is usually in August.FREEBIE DAY: National Waffle Day is Aug. 24.SEPTEMBERWith deals on items as varied as mattresses and back-to-school supplies, September is a surprising month for good buys. Pick up reasonable prices on these:—MATTRESSES. Year after year, September is the time for mattress sales. Expect these from department stores and mattress centres, usually as a part of Labor Day sales.—IPHONES. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhones at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models.—APPLIANCES. Expect a series of blowout deals in the week leading up to Labor Day, including promotions on appliances big and small.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Labor Day is Sept. 2.FREEBIE DAY: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29.OCTOBERDon’t let the cost of shopping scare you during the Halloween season. There will be plenty of deals on these product categories in October:—OUTDOOR FURNITURE. People generally spend less time outdoors when the temperature drops. Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products when summer ends.—JEANS. Fall inventory arrives in stores in August and September, but you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait a few weeks. October is a great time to buy a new pair of jeans.—CANDY. As the month gets closer to Halloween, your chances improve to snag a discounted bag of candy for trick-or-treaters.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Columbus Day is Oct. 14, and Halloween is Oct. 31.FREEBIE DAY: National Taco Day is Oct. 4.NOVEMBERNovember is the month for Black Friday sales, which means some of the most popular technology products fall to their lowest prices:—ELECTRONICS. Electronics like tablets, laptops and gaming systems take centre stage during Black Friday sales. Look for discounts on smartphones and activity trackers, too.—HOME APPLIANCES. Reserve your major home appliance purchase — refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. — for Black Friday deals. Often, sales can also be found throughout the month.—TOOLS. Home improvement stores discount tools, ladders and toolboxes during Black Friday promotions.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and Black Friday is Nov. 29.FREEBIE DAY: National Sandwich Day is Nov. 3.DECEMBERThe end of the year is just the beginning for discounts in some product categories. Look for sale prices on these items in December:—ELECTRONICS. Since Cyber Monday falls in December this year, those Black Friday electronics deals from November will spill over into the new month.—TOYS. Toys are a popular Christmas gift, and stores generally host big toy sales as the holiday season draws to a close.—CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. Beginning the day after Christmas, shop sales for deep discounts — often upward of 50 per cent — on decorations, wrapping paper, ornaments, artificial trees and similar seasonal fixings.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Cyber Monday is Dec. 2, and Christmas is Dec. 25.FREEBIE DAY: National Cookie Day is Dec. 4._______________________________________________This article originally appeared on the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to Save Money: Daily, Monthly and Long Term What to Buy (and Skip) in January What to Buy (and Skip) in February Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale Guide Jespersen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference to make a stop at BrockDSBN iHub

The Brock/DSBN Educational Research and Innovation Hub (iHub) is no stranger to hosting students, educators, and educational technology companies.But on May 30 from 10:45 a.m. to noon, the iHub will welcome a unique group of guests: a delegation part of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Tour.The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in business, unions and public administration to make decisions on a practical understanding of their organization’s influence on the welfare of the community.Due to its strong embodiment of leadership and innovation, which are this year’s conference themes, the iHub was chosen from many possible locales for the delegation’s visit. The study group coming to southern Ontario is comprised of mid-career professionals anticipated to take on senior leadership roles within their sector within the next 10 years.The open house, first for the delegates and then the broader community, will provide the opportunity to experience the iHub and its pragmatic approach to fostering educational, technological, and regional innovation.Students, researchers, entrepreneurs, educational, governmental and corporate leaders will all be in attendance to meet with delegates, highlighting the partnerships required to enhance the educational, social, and economic outlook for Niagara.Presentation stations will highlight innovative educational programs stemming from partnerships between the District School Board of Niagara and Brock University. Other stations will highlight a entrepreneurs who have benefitted from services provided by school district and University to develop innovative educational technology products.The final stations will show the partnerships the iHub has developed with leading technology companies, and educational and government agencies to support product development that will benefit the region’s economy long-term.Members of the Brock community and public are invited to visit the iHub from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the delegates’ formal tour.The delegation consists of: Karen Kabloona, Executive Assistant to Minister Paul Okalik, Government of Nunavut; Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority; Julie Bissonnette, Directory Director, Office of the Deputy Minister, Department of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change; Dustin Browne, Executive Director, Street Culture Project Inc.; Tanya Collier MacDonald, President and CEO, Pure Project Relations Inc.; Lara Cooke, Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education, University of Calgary; Ricardo de Menezes, Union Representative, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401; Kendall Dilling, VP, Environment and Regulatory, Cenovus Energy, Inc.; Danielle Dubuc, President Conseil regional de la Montérégie; Sébastien Fecteau, VP, Energy Canada, WPS Canada Inc.; Peter Johnston, Aboriginal Liaison, Northwestel; Désirée McGraw, President, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation; Lorne Pelletier, Directory, Policy, Planning and External Relations; Western Economic Diversification Canada; Kelly Roche, Regional Representative, Newfoundland and Labrador; Chad Stroud, President, Unifor, Local 2182; Kory Wilson, Director, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement; and Captain Christopher Bryan, MLO, Military Liaison Officer. read more

Ronald Acuna Is Quietly Getting Better And Thats Scary

When the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series starting tonight, all eyes will be on a precocious young star who’s taken his game to the next level early this season. We are, of course, talking about L.A.’s Cody Bellinger … right? Certainly Bellinger has been great so far, and he was just named the National League’s player of the month for April. But “precocious young star” could also fit Bellinger’s counterpart on the Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña’s ongoing development as a superstar hasn’t gotten as much attention as Bellinger’s, particularly during his recent slump and injury absence over the weekend, but Atlanta’s 21-year-old left fielder is showing important signs of improvement, too, despite surface-level numbers that can’t match those of his Dodger rival.Acuña’s 2018 rookie season already put him in the history books. After being held down in Triple-A until April 25, he posted the 10th-best adjusted on-base plus slugging (OPS+) of any player age 20 or younger in a season since 1901,1Minimum 450 plate appearances. edging out fellow NL East outfielder Juan Soto in the process, and he had the 14th-most wins above replacement2Averaging together the WAR versions found at and FanGraphs. per game3Minimum 100 games. of any 20-or-under hitter over the same span, besting Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays. 20Vada Pinson195920129Mel Ott192819.032 Min. 450 plate appearances for OPS+ leaders and 100 games for WAR/G leadersSources:, FanGraphs 18Tony Conigliaro196520133Bryce Harper201320.033 1Mike Trout201220168Mike Trout201220.074 12Frank Robinson195620143Manny Machado201320.037 3Mel Ott192920165Mel Ott192920.051 15Ken Griffey Jr.199020136Bryce Harper201219.034 10Ronald Acuña Jr.201820145Jason Heyward201020.039 6Alex Rodriguez199620161Mickey Mantle195220.046 9Jimmie Foxx192820148Jimmie Foxx192820.040 5Mickey Mantle195220162Ted Williams193920.046 7Ted Williams193920160Ty Cobb190720.046 Adj. on-base plus sluggingWins above replacement per game 4Al Kaline195520162Al Kaline195520.051 11Juan Soto201819143Vada Pinson195920.038 14Mel Ott192819139Ronald Acuña Jr.201820.035 Ronald Acuña Jr.’s rookie year was historicFor MLB hitters age 20 or younger in a season since 1901, greatest adjusted on-base plus slugging and wins above replacement per game At a glance, Acuña’s early 2019 numbers actually represent a slight downgrade from that stellar rookie campaign. His OPS+ has dipped from 145 to 134, thanks to a big decline in slugging percentage (.552 to .487). Relatedly, Acuña is hitting home runs less frequently, and his isolated power is down nearly 70 points. It looks sure like a mild sophomore slump — albeit one we should all be so lucky to have.Under the surface, however, Acuña has made some impressive strides this year in two important areas: plate discipline and defense.Acuña’s 2018 walk rate of 9.2 percent was already better than league average — particularly impressive considering the whole “20-year-old rookie” factor — but his 2019 rate is up to 12.7 percent, which ranks 35th in baseball. He’s seeing more pitches (4.61 per plate appearance, second-most in baseball) and consistently getting into good hitter’s counts more often than he did a year ago. At the same time, Acuña has been whiffing a lot less so far in 2019. He struck out in 25.3 percent of his plate appearances last season, which ranked him around the bottom quarter of MLB hitters, but this year that rate is down to 21.8 percent, comfortably in the top half of the league.Those changes give Acuña an overall strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.72, which is the second-lowest in baseball for a hitter his age. Since a player’s batting eye is a core leading indicator for his underlying hitting skills, Acuña’s improved strike-zone judgment is a great sign of his ongoing development at the plate.The other area in which Acuña has improved is defense. We combined the Ultimate Zone Rating figures found at FanGraphs and the Defensive Runs Saved numbers at and found that Acuña was no better than an average outfielder last season. (And he might have been worse than that — another prominent metric, Michael Humphreys’ Defensive Regression Analysis, considered him to be 3 runs below average.) This season, Acuña’s numbers are up no matter which source you consult; he’s on pace to have improved by about 10 runs — or 1 entire win — if he ends up playing the same number of innings as in 2018.4Which probably undersells his potential improvement, because Acuña was limited to 111 games last year between injuries and Atlanta’s service-time chicanery.The advanced fielding stats may just be catching up with what the eye test already knew about Acuña’s defensive potential. FanGraphs’ annual poll of fan fielding assessments had already judged Acuña to be one of the most talented left fielders in the game last season, thanks to his tremendous first step and speed to the ball off the bat. But now that he’s putting those skills to use in the metrics, Acuña’s potential value looks even greater: Per 162 team games, he’s tracking for 7.0 WAR this season, which basically matches what Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols had at the same age.Acuña’s dip in power this year is a bit puzzling, particularly since his Statcast hitting metrics — including exit velocity, hard-hit ball rate and “barrels” (balls hit with the ideal velocity and launch angle) — are also down across the board. Some of that might come down to the injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game: “It’s been on and off,” Acuña told reporters through an interpreter after picking up four hits but exiting Saturday’s game early. “I’ve felt it for a while, so it wasn’t today. Today, it just kind of grabbed at me after I had a quick swing like that and got out of the box pretty quickly. That’s when I felt it. But I felt good coming into today, as always.”But assuming his back isn’t an ongoing issue, Acuña should get plenty more pitches to crush as the season goes on, given his improved willingness to wait out favorable counts. Acuña may not be launching balls out of the park left and right like Bellinger at the moment — he hasn’t homered since April 16, in fact — but the foundation of his game still has superstardom stamped into it as much as ever. 2Ty Cobb190720167Alex Rodriguez199620.064 19Jason Heyward201020131Willie Mays195120.032 17Bryce Harper201320133Ken Griffey Jr.199020.033 16Sherry Magee190520134Sherry Magee190520.034 13Dick Hoblitzell190920143Rogers Hornsby191620.037 PlayerYearAgeOPS+PlayerYearAgeWAR/G 8Rogers Hornsby191620151Frank Robinson195620.041 read more

NBA Headbands Are A Thing Again

So how does this year’s playoffs stack up to the last decade?Thirteen starters in the opening round of the 2019 playoffs were headband apostles. That’s the most of any opening round since 2009, which is even more impressive when you consider that LeBron and Carmelo Anthony, two of the most recognizable headbanders of all time, weren’t part of the field.5The 2018-19 postseason was the first since 2002-03 that didn’t feature either LeBron or Carmelo. The 2018-19 NBA season will be remembered as the year of the comeback. Of headbands.It began on opening night, when a black bandana-clad Kyrie Irving freelanced as an estranged Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. It continued when the Philadelphia 76ers underwent the most comprehensive makeover of any team, leading to the formation of a headband club that head coach Brett Brown credited with helping his backcourt bond. It seems the entire league is enamored with an outmoded 2-inch strip of fabric originally designed to keep sweat out of the eyes. Just as shooting sleeves, compression leggings and knee-high socks once captured the zeitgeist, the headband — in both its traditional and “Karate Kid” form — is again the latest fad.During the regular season and these playoffs, the rebirth of the headband has been on display nearly every night. And since stats on Headband Usage Rate (HUR) are not regularly available on or even Second Spectrum, we decided to document the rise of the headband ourselves, counting them by watching video from every single game.1For the 2017-18 and 2018-19 regular seasons, we watched the opening tip of every game for every team, noting any headband users and recording their status as starters or bench players. We also watched the opening tip of every playoff game since 2000. We don’t get out much.About 16 percent of the 530 players who saw at least one minute of action sported either a traditional or ninja-style headband — from 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas to 7-foot Joel Embiid, and all sizes in between. Sixteen players this season even had their official photos taken in one. This isn’t a trend reserved for bench mobs, either: According to our count, 73 of the 394 players who started at least one regular-season game wore a headband in that start, nearly twice as many as last season.“When you wear a headband,” Jimmy Butler said, “you’ve got to do something extra special.” Indeed, the unassuming textile has appeared in some of this season’s most memorable games. James Harden put one on and dropped 54 points. Klay Thompson set an NBA record for 3-pointers made. After getting elbowed in the head, Joe Ingles effectively made a headband out of gauze and drilled a game-winning shot, which excited the entire roster.As was the case when Wilt Chamberlain spearheaded the headband movement during the late 1960s, there’s been an impact on the league’s bottom line. Global sales of Nike headbands are up 50 percent over last season, an NBA spokesperson told me. That’s in no small part because the new wrinkle has been co-signed by some of the league’s most marketable standouts. All three finalists for the most improved player award consistently wore headbands. Eight of this season’s All-Stars wore one at least once, including the bearded MVP candidate.2Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other primary MVP candidate, wore a headband on the sidelines but never officially played in one.The decorative cloth hasn’t always been so warmly embraced. Less than two decades ago, Chicago Bulls head coach Tim Floyd described headband-wearers as “soft,” and at least four teams prohibited its use.3The media helped amplify that message: “Headbands are threatening to turn the playoffs into That ’70s Show,” wrote Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley in 2001. Even as the league began to move past its antiquated ways, it maintained that the voluntary accessory must be worn a certain way. When Rajon Rondo attempted to wear one upside-down, commissioner David Stern stepped in and banned the practice.4It’s worth remembering that Stern was the architect of a dress code with unsubtle racist undercurrents, including a ban on do-rags.Though headband use has certainly rebounded, its popularly doesn’t seem to have reached the craze of the mid-2000s. ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, who has covered the NBA since 2003, pointed to Allen Iverson as the premier trailblazer, an opinion shared by LeBron James. But headbands did seem to disappear for a while: Even LeBron, probably the most prominent headband-wearer of all time, largely stopped the practice when he left Miami.But this season, the headband returned in a big way at the Staples Center — and even James took part. The Los Angeles Lakers saw a league-leading nine different starters wear a headband — three times as many as those who wore one in the previous season. Over the past four postseasons, there were a combined four starters who wore headbands in the conference finals. This season had two, in Portland’s Maurice Harkless and Toronto’s Pascal Siakam.6Though Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe loved his headband so much he had his official picture taken in it, he wasn’t wearing it by the time the playoffs rolled around.When we get to the NBA Finals, the headband has largely not been a factor since the turn of the century — excluding LeBron.7Who arguably had the most impressive game of his finals career when he cast it aside. Of the 210 players to start a game in the finals since 2000, just 25, or 0.7 per team, wore a headband. We’ll get at least one this season: First-year headband enthusiast and FiveThirtyEight favorite Siakam helped bring the Toronto Raptors to the finals. And Siakam could have headband-wearing company on the sport’s biggest stage when the games start on Thursday: If DeMarcus Cousins returns for the Warriors, he’ll likely bring his headband with him. The last time the finals featured a headband starter on each team was before the turn of the century.Over the course of the season, we’ve witnessed a stunning comeback of a once-lost accessory. The headband’s rebirth is a proxy for personal expression — and there’s no league more zeroed-in on marketability than the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

VIDEO When Elisson overthrows Barca…

Bjarki ElissonFC BarcelonaFuchse Berlin German Fuchse Berlin made a huge surprise by qualifying for the IHF Super Globe 2015 over FC Barcelona Lasso 26:25 (12:15). The EHF CUp title holders were outsiders in the match against the reigning EHF Champions League winners, but at the end, they celebrated with 3:0 series and the last goal by Bjarki Elisson…Take a look… ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2015: Berlin boys beat FC Barcelona for the final! Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2015: Veszprem to play against Fuchse Berlin for the trophy read more

Kushners key role in Trump orbit subjects him to scrutiny

first_imgWASHINGTON — Jared Kushner’s outsized role in his father-in-law’s campaign and now his presidency, plus connections along the way with Russian interests, make him a seemingly obvious person that investigators would want to know more about and possibly speak with as they probe links between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.A lawyer for Kushner, who has already volunteered to speak with Congress about his Russian meetings, said he is willing to cooperate with any additional investigations amid reports that the FBI is scrutinizing those encounters as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.“The FBI tries to be thorough in their investigations,” said defense lawyer Edward MacMahon, who is not involved in the case. “If it’s been publicly reported that he met with Russians, and the investigation has to do with administration officials meeting with Russians, well, then, they’ll probably want to talk to everybody.”Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser last year, overseeing the campaign’s digital strategy, and remains a powerful and influential confidante within the White House.One likely area of interest for investigators would be Kushner’s own meetings with Russians, given that such encounters are at the root of the sprawling probe, now overseen by former FBI director Robert Mueller.last_img read more

Sutukoba tourney AC Milan Shines over PSG

first_imgKebba AF TourayAC Milan FC and PSG of Sutukoba locked horns over the weekend in a tough and thrilling friendly encounter.  The well attended match ended 1-0 in favour of Milan, courtesy of Dawda Yaafa’s controversial lone goal in the dying minutes. The teams shared possession and created chances majority of which couldn’t be utilized by either side.The game intensity left both teams with yellow cards, especially PSG who waged an all- out campaign in the second period in their quest to balance the score sheet…last_img read more

Today in Florida anchor Diana Diaz throws out 1st pitch at Marlins

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Today in Florida anchor Diana Diaz threw out the first pitch at Friday night’s Miami Marlins game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Diana accepted the invite as part of the team’s Nicaraguan Heritage Night celebration. The Marlins donated a portion of their proceeds to the nonprofit organization the American Nicaraguan Foundation, which helps people living in impoverished areas in Nicaragua.By the looks of it, she did a pretty good job, throwing her pitch right down the middle.The Marlins also beat the Dodgers with a final score of 4-1. Thank u @Marlins 4 taking one off my bucket list! Throwing a pseudo-strike @MarlinsPark! #FIRSTpitch #LASTingMemory— Diana Diaz (@ddiazon7) September 10, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale police chief resigns for BSO position

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale’s police chief is resigning to join the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley announced his resignation, Wednesday. He said he will soon take a colonial position with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to take charge of community affairs.Adderley has been with Fort Lauderdale PD since 1980. He was the first African-American promoted to the major ranks to assistant chief and then chief of police in 2008.He made the big announcement during a meeting with 200 colleagues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Security Rules Add Hurdle for Visitors to Camp Pendleton

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Visitors coming to Camp Pendleton for reasons other than business or employment will need to register in advance for a background check that can take up to seven days.The change won’t affect workers on the base or military personnel, but those coming to take advantage of the Southern California installation’s recreational amenities — including the popular bike trail that runs along Interstate 5 — will need to register.The new policy tightening access was not prompted by any particular threat; rather it’s a response to incidents around the world, said base spokesman Carl Redding.“We periodically do a security review,” Redding told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Based on various events, we decided to make this change now.”The main impact of the new rules will be to prevent people making social visits from showing up at the last minute. Local tourism officials said the change shouldn’t present a significant hurdle for the community.“[People] will still be able to get on base to enjoy those amenities. But there is a process that they have to follow,” said Leslee Gaul, president of Visit Oceanside. “Visitors will no longer be able to get on base last minute.”Huge annual events, such as the World Famous Mud Run in June, won’t be affected by the new policy, according to Redding.last_img read more

Unalakleet constructing assisted living facility to serve elders of Norton Sound

first_imgNew building under construction in Unalakleet to offer assisted living services to elders throughout the region. (Photo courtesy The Rasmuson Foundation)Construction is underway for an assisted living facility in Unalakleet, the first building of its kind in the entire Norton Sound region.Robert Dickens is the project manager for this new facility, which is being spearheaded by the Native village of Unalakleet.“There’s a total of ten rooms for occupants,” he said. “Two of them are independent living, and the other eight will be for those that have Alzheimer’s or dementia problems. And then we will have two to three personal care attendants [working] ‘round the clock.”According to Dickens, the Native village has been working to provide services for elders in the region for the past 15 years or so. It is not necessary for a full-time doctor or nursing staff to be at the facility, so Norton Sound Health Corporation will only be a partner in the project as needed.“What brought a lot of this on is Unalakleet and many of the Norton Sound villages have seen their elders when they get to the point where they can’t receive care from their family, then they get shipped off to Soldotna, Anchorage, Fairbanks and different places, and they deteriorate pretty quickly in that scenario,” he said.As Dickens states, just because the region’s elders are old in years, they still have things to offer their families and communities. So this new assisted living facility in Unalakaleet will give elders in the region an option to receive services in a location closer to their home communities.Dickens mentions that even though it’s not his realm of expertise, he believes the assisted living facility will be operated similarly to Quyanna Care Center in Nome when it comes to choosing residents and occupants for the ten available rooms.The project is estimated to cost $7.7 million, so Dickens has been requesting funds from several organizations, including Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Norton Sound Health Corporation, and Bering Straits Native Corporation.Last week, the Rasmuson Foundation joined the list, by awarding the project $649,730. Todd Shenk, a senior program officer at the Rasmuson Foundation, says the assisted living facility was given a Tier 2 grant from the Foundation because of the need it will fill in Unalakleet and the region.“We do believe that all Alaskans deserve to age in their own communities and be with family in their home community,” he said. “This project will allow elders from Unalakleet and other villages in the region to stay at home when they need a little extra assistance.”During the Rasmuson Foundation’s latest board meeting in November, the Foundation selected almost 20 projects across the state to award funds to, including Kawerak, Inc. According to the Foundation, Kawerak’s Head Start building in Nome will receive roughly $260,000 to expand its program and serve more children.The Unalakleet elders’ assisted living facility project is not fully funded yet, but project manager Dickens says he hopes to find other block grants and is anticipating the facility will be completed by fall of 2019.According to Dickens, the construction crew on the project, with 40 percent of its force being local hires, is taking a break for the holidays. Construction should resume in January or early February.last_img read more

Dhaka Hanoi ink 3 MoUs

first_imgBangladesh and Vietnam ink 3 MoUs. Photo: UNBBangladesh and Vietnam have signed three MoUs to promote bilateral cooperation in the areas of fisheries and livestock, industries and cultural exchange, says UNB.The Memorandum of Understandings were signed after talks between the two sides.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh delegation at the talks while visiting Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang his country side.The MoUs are on promoting cooperation in the field of fisheries and livestock on renewal of the MoU signed on 2 November, 2012.Minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda signed the MoUs on behalf of Bangladesh side while minister of agriculture and rural development Nguyen Xuan Ceuong inked it on behalf of Vietnam.The MoU on machinery manufacturing cooperation between the ministry of industries of Bangladesh and the ministry industry and trade of Vietnam was signed by industries secretary Mohammad Abdullah and vice minister of industry and trade Cao Quoc Hung.The MoU on cultural exchange programme between the ministry of cultural affairs of Bangladesh and the ministry of culture and sports and tourism of Vietnam. Cultural affairs secretary of Bangladesh Ibrahim Hossain Khan and deputy minister for culture and sports and tourism of Vietnam Dang Thi Bich Lien inked it on behalf of their respective sides.last_img read more

5th Annual ARTS Rockville Town Square Art Festival

first_imgThe 5th Annual A-RTS at Rockville Town Square Fine Art Festival, one of the region’s premier events, will showcase the work of 160 nationally recognized artists from around the United States in a spectacular outdoor gallery. The event takes place at Rockville Town Square, located at 200 East Middle Lane, on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The festival will include ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. For more information and a complete list of artists and activities, visit or the A-RTS on Facebook.last_img read more

Haitis first cardinal will tell pope of countrys woes

first_imgRelated posts:Haiti cholera victims file new lawsuit against UN How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed – and disappoint Pope Francis to visit Cuba in latest move to support US-Cuba relations Pope Francis asks ‘forgiveness for the scandals’ PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For the first time, a Haitian has been named a cardinal – and he’s vowing to “bring the reality” of his tiny, impoverished Caribbean country “into the heart of the Vatican.”Chibly Langlois, 56, is one of 19 who will be formally appointed to the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals on Saturday at a ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.Just like the others, he was first named in an announcement by Pope Francis on Jan. 12.But for Langlois, the day already held special significance as the fourth anniversary of a massive earthquake that devastated Haiti.Langlois said he was moved by the pontiff’s choice of date for the announcement.“We understand that, with this nomination, the pope wants to invite us to cultivate joy even in the midst of sadness,” he said. “The joy, the suffering, the pain of the Haitian people are equally those of the Haitian church.”Nearly 170,000 people in Haiti remain homeless after the 2010 earthquake shattered the country and its basic infrastructure and killed 250,000 people.These days, Haiti is also weathering political strife, with President Michel Martelly currently in talks with the opposition and parliament to end a months-long stalemate over holding parliamentary elections, which were due to take place two years ago.Langlois, as the head of Haiti’s Catholic Church, is involved in both issues: what he calls a “major economic crisis” and a “political and institutional crisis.”He told AFP he would take all this experience with him to Rome.“I’m bringing the reality of the Haitian church to the heart of the College of Cardinals,” he said, adding that the church’s reality “is also Haiti’s reality.”“I am going to share with the pope the reality of Haiti: speak to him of our riches, of our weaknesses and our limits,” Langlois said.Haiti in crisis“We are in a society where there are many difficulties on the economic front. And the church is not from outer space — it is part of reality. What the people experience, the church experiences as well,” he emphasized.Critics — both from the opposition and from the church — have attacked the government for the slow pace of reconstruction after the quake.The devastation is still keenly felt in Port-au-Prince, the teeming capital of the Americas’ poorest country, where many are still living in makeshift housing, in very precarious conditions and sometimes facing eviction.“There are a lot of problems in families. People don’t have the means to meet their needs, to take on their responsibilities,” Langlois said.Haiti has recently seen an increase in anti-government protests, giving rise to clashes.Protesters are calling for the resignation of Martelly, who has been in office since 2011, as well as for better living conditions.Meanwhile, Langlois is working as a mediator in talks to help negotiate an agreement leading to new elections.He said the process is difficult, but emphasized that the discussions are crucial for the future of the country.“We don’t want to have a crisis that brings us to cry again for deaths in the country,” Langlois said.But — despite the difficulty of arriving at a political agreement — he remains optimistic.“I believe that we are on the right path. We are confident because all the conditions are there for us to sign this agreement,” Langlois explained.“What we are hoping for is that any accord reached be respected — for the good of all the stakeholders and for the good of the country in general.”Haiti’s president will attend Saturday’s ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica along with a group of 50 Haitians from across the country.Langlois said he also planned to invite Pope Francis to visit Haiti. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

House speaker decries stupid question about Amtrak funds

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Federal investigators have said the train was traveling 106 miles per hour before hitting a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. The accident occurred in Philadelphia.“Obviously it’s not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit,” Boehner said.The accident killed at least seven people and injured more than 200.Boehner says adequate funding has already been provided and rail safety spending has not been cut.“It’s hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here,” he said.Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Boehner’s comments were “patently false” because “insufficient funding” had delayed installation of an advanced electronic system for keeping trains from speeding, called positive train control, on the track where the accident occurred.“To deny a connection between the accident and underfunding Amtrak is to deny reality,” Schumer said.Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said in an interview Thursday that the new system was installed on the tracks in the area but was not in use because more testing was needed.Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the Appropriations committee, said Republicans are holding agency budgets down to abide by government-wide cuts that were part of a bipartisan 2011 budget deal. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that this week’s fatal Amtrak crash wasn’t caused by a lack of federal funds and mocked a reporter for even asking about it.“Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?” he said at a news conference as a reporter started to ask about Democratic complaints that the government shortchanges the railroad.Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke a day after the Republican-run House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak’s budget for next year to $1.1 billion, a $251 million reduction. The panel also voted down a Democratic effort to boost federal funds for the railroad by more than $1 billion, including extra money for the busy Northeast corridor, where the derailment occurred. Quick workouts for men The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Pat Rafter Crowns Aaron Bond General Manager of the Year

first_imgLeading Australian leisure and corporate accommodation provider, Mantra Group, has acknowledged its most outstanding achievers at its 2011 company awards, presented last week at a gala award ceremony at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa by Mantra ambassador Pat Rafter and Mantra Group CEO Bob East. Melbourne General Manager Aaron Bond from Mantra Southbank won the national award for General Manager of the Year, acknowledging not only Aaron’s professional and operational excellence but his valuable contributions to the tourism industry.New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory was a shining light winning Region of the Year. Sydney hotel, Mantra Parramatta, won the annual award for Profit Growth.Peppers Broadbeach took the award for Excellence in Guest Services while Port Douglas resort Peppers Beach Club claimed the coveted Property of the Year crown.Mantra Pandanas, Darwin General Manager David Brill won Bob East’s top gong – the CEO Award.Tweed Coast property Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, home to highly-acclaimed Season restaurant, took the honours for Best Food and Beverage outlet.Mantra Group CEO Bob East praised all winners of the Mantra Group 2011 Annual Awards for their commitment to excellence in delivering exceptional outcomes for clients and the company as a whole. Source = Mantra Grouplast_img read more

Two premier Darwin hotels rebrand to join AccorHotels

first_imgAustralia’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, welcomes the Novotel Darwin Airport and the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort today, formerly the Darwin Airport Hotel and Darwin Airport Resort, to its expanding network in the Northern Territory.The 136-room Darwin Airport Hotel property has rebranded to Novotel Darwin Airport, located just metres from Darwin International Airport terminal, and will undergo an extensive refurbishment.The neighbouring 181-room Darwin Airport Resort has rebranded to Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and a further 108 new-build rooms will be added to the property as well as a refurbishment of the public areas.“We are delighted to welcome two premier Darwin properties to our expanding network of hotels in the Top End, and continue our successful partnership with SC Capital Partners Group,” AccorHotels Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said.“Considerable investment is going into the properties to bring them in line with our internationally-renowned midmarket brands Novotel and Mercure and we look forward to taking the properties into a fresh new phase in 2016.“The Novotel brand already has an award-winning presence in the Top End with the flagship Novotel Darwin Atrium which unveiled a multimillion dollar upgrade in 2014.“We’re extremely proud of this hotel asset as it has the contemporary Novotel Next generation room concept which is championed by the brand worldwide.“Having an aggregation of hotels in the region means we have more resources to attract more business to the area,” concluded Mr McGrath.The re-branded Novotel Darwin Airport and Mercure Darwin Airport Resort will complement the existing award-winning Novotel Darwin Atrium as well as support the growing network of AccorHotels in the Northern Territory which include: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, four properties at Ayers Rock Resort, ibis Styles Katherine and ibis Styles Alice Springs.The owner, RECAP IV Fund managed by SC Capital Partners Group, is a strategic partner of AccorHotels across the Asia Pacific region with current hotel agreements in Japan, Seoul and Myanmar, and now Darwin. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotelslast_img read more