Chen to make long-awaited return on Wednesday

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)BALTIMORE — After nearly a two-month absence, left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to make his much-awaited return to the Orioles on Wednesday.Prior to the start of this week’s four-game series with the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter confirmed that the Taiwanese southpaw will make his first start since May 12 after a pair of minor-league rehab starts with Double-A Bowie. Chen threw seven shutout innings against Harrisburgh on July 4, meaning he could have returned on normal rest for Tuesday’s game.Instead, Showalter has elected to give lefty Zach Britton the start on Tuesday, essentially meaning the Orioles will use a six-man rotation until the All-Star break.“Trying to give everybody a little extra rest,” Showalter said. “We can make some adjustments depending on what we do with our bullpen. We don’t want guys to get too far away but not get the benefit. Because of the four days, it allows us to do whatever we want to do post-break. Everybody will have had enough rest to put them in the mix.”The Orioles could elect to option Britton to Triple-A Norfolk following his Tuesday start to make room for Chen on the 25-man roster. Such a move would allow Britton to stay on regular rest over the All-Star break as the Orioles did with Chris Tillman last season. However, last week’s trade for Scott Feldman and Chen’s return likely mean Britton will be the odd man out when it comes to the current rotation.Rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman may be another candidate for such a minor-league stint over the break as he’s currently pitching out of the bullpen. The 2012 first-round pick has essentially taken over the spot previously occupied by Pedro Strop, but you have to wonder whether the 22-year-old pitching infrequently in long relief is the best way to develop his skills.For now, Showalter is taking advantage of the opportunity to give his starters an extra day of rest with the second half and the dog days of summer looming.“That’s not going to be there shortly,” Showalter said. “Obviously, we’re not going to be able to carry six starters in the second half — if that’s what we’re calling the post-All-Star break. We can talk about for an hour the different factors that figured into it, but when it was all said and done, we thought it was pretty clear-cut.”In other pitching-related news, the Orioles received a favorable report on Steve Johnson on Monday. The right-hander threw 35 pitches from a mound in Sarasota and appears to be inching closer to a rehab assignment.Johnson would become another option for the bullpen when he’s able to return after the All-Star break.Top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop is scheduled to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Thursday. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since May 12 while recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back.With the highlight of third baseman Manny Machado’s latest defensive gem on Sunday making the rounds via social media, Showalter was asked to recall his favorite defensive play of the many the 21-year-old has provided in less than a full season in the big leagues.Showalter did describe one play that Machado made in spring training two years ago when he was still at shortstop but provided the ultimate quote that will excite Orioles fans while also tipping his cap to Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson and his superb defensive work in the 1970 World Series.“I hope it’s yet to come,” said Showalter of Machado’s finest fielding moment. “I hope it’s that one where he catches the last out in the World Series. That’s the one I’m looking for. Kind of like another third baseman that was real good over there.”last_img read more

Charlie Gard’s family ends legal fight to take the sick boy to the US

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The British parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard, whose illness has damaged his brain and rendered him unable to breathe on his own, have decided against pursuing their controversial efforts to take him to the United States for treatment after an assessment from a U.S. doctor.A formal decision by a U.K. judge on the fate of Charlie was expected to be made early this week, but this choice made by his parents will preemptively end the court proceedings, and end any possibility of the family transporting Charlie to the U.S.  A judge extended an invitation to Dr. Michio Hirano, co-director of the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic and a professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York City, as well as a doctor from the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, to evaluate Charlie’s potential readiness for an experimental treatment for his medical condition, which is known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome.The disease is rare and causes muscles to progressively weaken, leading to organ failure. Though he is less than 1 years old, the baby has been on life support for several months.Charlie’s parents, based upon the assessment of the doctors, have opted not to pursue nucleoside therapy, an oral medicine that aims to improve the function of his mitochondrial DNA.Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, where Charlie has been receiving treatment, had recommended against the child receiving the experimental treatment.Both President Trump and Pope Francis backed the fight by the Gards to pursue an experimental treatment for Charlie.In addition to this support, protesters have flocked to both the hospital and to the steps of court to voice their support for the Gard family.But some of that enthusiasm has turned abusive, according to the hospital.Great Ormond Street Hospital released a statement this weekend, saying that members of the hospital have received menacing messages, including death threats in the wake of the case becoming an international story.“In recent weeks the GOSH community has been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance. Staff have received abuse both in the street and online,” Mary MacLeod, the hospital’s chairwoman, said in a statement. “Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life’s work is to care for sick children. Many of these messages are menacing, including death threats.”According to McLeod’s statement, families have been “harassed and discomforted” while visiting their children, and that some of the harassment has occurred within the walls of the hospital itself.“Whatever the strong emotions raised by this case, there can be no excuse for patients and families to have their privacy and peace disturbed as they deal with their own often very stressful situations or for dedicated doctors and nurses to suffer this kind of abuse,” McLeod wrote, adding that the hospital has been in touch with police regarding the threats.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Pattaya Mail PC Classic – a sailing tradition reborn

first_img“The Singha OK Dinghy World Championship, held last week at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, was not only most successful but it allowed us to “resurrect” the “Pattaya Mail PC Classic”, as an integral event in the competition.To say the very least, due to Peter’s (Malhotra) hard work and enthusiasm and the sponsorship that he was able to solicit at short notice, the day was a superb success.  According to the OKDIA press officer, Robert Deaves, the 16th sailing of the PC Classic was “a highlight” of a great week’s sailing and was enshrined in the hearts of the 80 competitors from nine countries who participated.I personally thank Peter, the “Pattaya Mail” staff and all our sponsors who revived this classic event and, no doubt, it will now continue to promote Pattaya, Thailand generally and, particularly, the many of our less fortunate denizens of the Eastern Seaboard and elsewhere, who are the beneficiaries of the sponsorship that the “Classic” attracts.I felt particularly proud, especially among the boys’ marching band, the army of fellow-sailors and our sponsors.I think we can look forward to further editions of the “Pattaya Mail PC Classic”, in the years to come.”Peter Cummins Inaugurated in 1995 to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Peter Cummins, the renowned Pattaya Mail scribe and 10th commodore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club (1979 – 1980), the Pattaya Mail PC Classic quickly established itself as one of the most eagerly anticipated yearly sailing festivals in this still fledgling but rapidly developing maritime city. In 2013, the Pattaya Mail PC Classic had further kudos bestowed upon it as it was entwined with the Singha OK Dinghy World Championships, held in Pattaya and indeed Thailand for the first time, from March 31-April 5.  The event was blessed with tremendous weather, with PC Classic day itself, April 4, benefitting from the strongest winds of the week.  Many accolades followed from both the sailors taking part and the OK Dinghy organizational committee and news spread rapidly through the international yachting media.Prince Malhotra – Pattaya Mail Media Group (left).Thanks to the input from the many generous local sponsors who came onboard, namely, Bakri Cono Shipyard, Pattaya Self Storage (PSS), BBX Thailand, Norwegian Properties Group, ASAP Marine Trading, Jomtien Boathouse, SKAL Eastern Seaboard, the Singha Beer Corporation, and the Pattaya Mail Media Group, proceeds raised at the event will be set aside to help those less fortunate in the community.  Too often, the sponsors are the first to come forward but the last to receive recognition, so this week we put them squarely in the spotlight.Peter Cummins (right).Below are a few words from the man himself, Peter Cummins, now a septuagenarian but still going as strong as ever and looking forward to many more PC Classics to rival this year’s success.Photos: Our generous sponsors presenting PC Classic trophies to the winners.Bernard Lamprecht – Bakri Cono Shipyard (right).PC Classic trophies await the victors.OK Dinghies race for home.Tony Malhotra – President Skal International Pattaya & East Thailand (right).Jan Olav Aamlid – Pattaya Self Storage (right).Berne Lamprecht – ASAP Marine Trading (right).Gudmund Eiksund – Norwegian Properties Group (right).Peter Malhotra, MD Pattaya Mail Media Group, recounts the story of the PC Classic to guests and sailors.Peter Cummins stands tall with Dan Dorothy, Executive Editor Pattaya Mail (left) and Martin Bilsborrow, Asst. Editor Pattaya Mail (right).center_img After taking an unforeseen hiatus for a couple of years, the Classic had new life breathed into it in 2012 as it returned to form a key part of the pre-Olympic multihull extravaganza, held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club in February last year.Ib Ottesen -Jomtien Boathouse (right).last_img read more

SB 9: Steelers defense shuts down Vikings for first title

first_imgPittsburgh’s Steel Curtain totally shut down Minnesota’s offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn’t reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the end zone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when Vikings running back Bill Brown muffed the kickoff and Pittsburgh’s Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards and Pittsburgh led 9-0.Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden’s punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a 4-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.Harris, the game’s MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led the Steelers’ offense that outgained Minnesota 333-119.___Online:AP NFL website: and,SUPER BOWL 9Jan. 12, 1975At New Orleans_80,997Pittsburgh 0..2..7..7_16 Minnesota 0..0..0..6_6 In this Jan. 12, 1975, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris runs into the end zone to score early in third quarter action of NFL football’s Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. Pursuing Harris is Jackie Wallace (25) of the Vikings. (AP Photo/File) Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain totally shut down Minnesota’s offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn’t reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the end zone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when Vikings running back Bill Brown muffed the kickoff and Pittsburgh’s Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards and Pittsburgh led 9-0.Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden’s punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a 4-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.Harris, the game’s MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led the Steelers’ offense that outgained Minnesota 333-119.___Online:AP NFL website: and SUPER BOWL 9Jan. 12, 1975At New Orleans_80,997Pittsburgh 0..2..7..7_16 Minnesota 0..0..0..6_6last_img read more

Hall of Fame for LVR grad Matt Hopkins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson  Daily SportsUniversity seems such a long time ago for Nelson’s Matt Hopkins.However, Lindenwood University hasn’t forgot the impact the L.V. Rogers grad had on the Missouri institution.The university recently inducted Hopkins in to the Lindenwood Hall of Fame during the fall.Hopkins, a four-time all conference and all-region golfer, joined nine other individuals and three teams in the 2010 class.“It was a great honour to receive,” Hopkins told The Nelson Daily from Vancouver. “I hadn’t been back to school since I graduated in 2005 and it gave a chance for my family to see where I went to school as well, as they weren’t able to make it down while I was attending college.”Hopkins, 28, attended Lindenwood on a golf scholarship from 2002-2005 after graduating from L.V. Rogers High School where he was a standout on the Bomber golf team. During his four years the son of Matt Hopkins of Victoria and Sheila Hopkins of Nelson, helped the team win four-conference championships and participated in four national tournaments. Hopkins had 24 top-ten finishes and won three tournaments during his career.“It gave me a lot of pride to be honoured . . . anytime you recognized it feels great,” said Hopkins, who now works as an account manager in the ticket operations department for the Vancouver Canucks. “I felt great that people at Lindenwood remembered me, and my accomplishments to the athletic program . . .. Which is moving to NCAA Division II (in 2011).”As a freshman, Hopkins was the regional individual champion and led Lindenwood to a regional championship. The next year, Hopkins helped the team repeat as regional champions. In 2005, Hopkins finished in the top 15 at the national tournament and was named to the All-American team. He set a course record that year with a six-under-par 66 at the national championships.The induction ceremony was hosted by former Lindenwood grad Bob Ramsay, a radio personality from ESPN 101 in St. Louis.Each inductee had a chance to speak about their time at Lindenwood.  There was also the homecoming football game the following day, where all HOF inductees were recognized on the field at halftime.After graduation, Hopkins managed to get his tour card on the Canadian Professional circuit.Despite having the game to compete at that level, the 5’10” scratch player failed to get the financial backing to make it a go on tour.“The issue for me was always one of sponsorship,” admits the former Granite Pointe at Nelson golfer. “I was able to qualify for the Canadian Tour on my first attempt, but was never able to gain much in terms of help making a real go of it.  “I didn’t really have anyone that I knew that had been in the situation locally, so I found it tough to gain any traction.”Despite having to pull the plug on his professional career, Hopkins doesn’t want to forget the people that helped him get off the ground, albeit for a brief time.“To even get where I did I was pretty happy, but I would have been able to do it without a few people — my mom, my sister Shannon, my dad, Lauren Thast, Sandy Renwick, Murray Elias, Howie Hyssop and Grant Arcuri all come to mind,” Hopkins said. “Without those people the dream would have never even got off the ground in the first place.”Spoken like a true Hall of Famer.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Tournament of Roses winners

first_imgThe tournament may have happened on May, but it’s never too late to recognize the winners of the Tournament of Roses women’s golf event held at Granite Pointe. Which is why the staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the group as Team of the Week. The winner’s picture includes, L-R, Cherie Baker and Lynn Young of Creston, Tournament of Roses sponsor Doug Stoddarts and Marlene Pozin and Paula Seibel of the host club. Baker and Young won low gross honours in the team event while the duo of Pozin and Seibel captured the low net title.last_img read more

Ireland drawn with Japan and Scotland at 2019 Rugby World Cup

first_imgPool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, Play-Off Winner. Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, Repechage Winner.Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2.Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2. The draws for the Pool stages of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan was made this morning in Kyoto. Ireland were in Pool 1 as top seeds along with New Zealand, England and Australia. Joe Schmidt’s side were drawn alongside 6 Nations rivals Scotland and tournament hosts Japan, who last played Ireland in the World Cup in 1995 in South Africa when Ireland won by 50-28.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Watch: Why we’re voting in South Africa’s 2014 elections

first_imgHey, we get a day off work … South African comedians, musicians, actors and ordinary working people have come together for a video campaign to urge everyone in the country, come Wednesday 7 May, to just get out and vote.To find out more about voting, see:Frequently asked questionsA guide to all the political partiesAn elections resource packThe campaign, driven by the Electoral Commission of South Africa, features celebrities such as Lira, Zolani Mahola and Joey Rasdien. It also gives voice to less famous South Africans. From what they say, voting in a democracy means a lot more than just a day off work.Watch a selection of videos from the campaign:Compiled by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

International tourist arrivals in South Africa approach 10-million mark

first_imgForeign arrivals in South Africa reached their highest level ever in 2013 as the country’s international tourist numbers approached the 10-million mark, the Department of Tourism announced last week.(Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterAccording to the latest figures from Statistics SA, 14 860 216 foreign visitors arrived in South Africa last year, a 10.5% increase over 2012. Of these, 9.6-million were tourists, translating to a 4.7% year-on-year increase in international (including the rest of Africa) tourist arrivals, and a 7.1% increase in overseas (excluding Africa) tourist arrivals.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period, the department said.“Overall, South Africa recorded 428 596 more tourists in 2013 than we did in 2012,” outgoing Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement.“Following excellent growth in 2012, when tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.2%, which was more than two-and-a-half times the global average, we are pleased to report that tourist arrival numbers to South Africa grew by a further 4.7% in 2013,” Van Schalkwyk said.“South Africa’s tourism industry continues to show good growth, and we remain confident in the ongoing performance and sustainability of the sector.”Positive growth from all regionsTourist arrivals to South Africa showed positive growth from all regions in 2013, the department said, including good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourists.European tourist arrivals increased by 7% year-on-year to 1 494 978 in 2013, with double-digit growth from Germany (14.2%), France (10.3%) and Italy (10.6%).A total of 304 090 German tourists visited South Africa in 2013, firmly entrenching its status as South Africa’s third-largest tourist source market. Arrivals from France, South Africa’s fifth-biggest overseas source market, grew to 134 840, while Italian arrivals reached 67 790.However, South Africa’s largest overseas source market, the UK, grew by a modest 1% to 442 523 tourist arrivals in 2013.Air arrivals from Africa on the increaseArrivals from the rest of Africa grew by 4% year-on-year to 6 889 389 in 2013, with arrivals by air growing by 12%.“Travel is becoming ever more accessible for Africa’s rapidly growing middle class, and we are certainly seeing this reflected in the growing number of African air arrivals to South Africa,” Van Schalkwyk said.Nigeria, the largest African air market for South Africa’s tourist arrivals, grew by 15.4% to 84 589 arrivals.“We expect our first fully fledged South African Tourism office on the continent, which we opened in Lagos at the beginning of this year, to result in continued growth in arrivals from this market of growing importance, and from the west African region as a whole,” Van Schalkwyk said.A total of 417 582 North American arrivals were recorded in 2013, up from 393 446 in 2012, while tourists accounted for 348 646 arrivals in 2013, reflecting 6.7% growth on the 326 643 tourists that visited the country in 2012.“The US market remains a major focus of our global marketing efforts and we are heartened by the continued good growth we have seen out of this market in recent years,” Van Schalkwyk said.Asia, Central and South AmericaAsia and Central and South America continued to record good growth on top of the exceptional levels witnessed in 2012, in which these markets grew by 34% and 37% respectively.A total of 435 076 Asian tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 9.2% increase on the 2012 numbers. China, South Africa’s fourth-largest source market for tourist arrivals for the second year in a row, continued to perform, growing by 14.7% to reach 151 847 tourist arrivals in 2013. Arrivals out of India tempered in 2013, growing by 5.5% to reach 112 672 arrivals.Central and South American tourist arrivals numbers grew by 8% to reach 129 463. Brazil remains by far the biggest market out of this region growing by close to 5.6% to reach 82 802 tourist arrivals.South African Tourism is increasing its marketing efforts in Brazil, having appointed a marketing agency in the country earlier this year and will, for the first time ever, take a delegation of South African exhibitors to the ABAV travel trade show in Sao Paulo, the largest travel trade fair in the Americas.“We remain excited by the potential offered by emerging markets,” Van Schalkwyk said. “We are working closely with our partners in the industry to better market the destination in these regions and to make South Africa a more accessible destination for travellers from these countries.”Australasian tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 4.0% in 2013, with 148 660 tourist arrivals recorded.Contribution to the economyAccording to Statistics SA’s latest figures for tourism receipts and job creation, South Africa’s tourism sector continues to increase its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and job creation.According to figures for the period ending December 2012, direct tourism contribution to GDP grew from R83.5-billion in 2011 to R93.3-billion or 3% of GDP in 2012. At the same time, tourism contributed approximately 617 287 direct jobs in 2012, amounting to about 4.6% of direct employment in the country, up from over 591 785 direct jobs in 2011.Van Schalkwyk said ongoing growth in all the markets in which South Africa actively markets itself was proof that the country’s marketing strategy was delivering the desired results.“The reality is that each year our invitation to come and visit South Africa, land of incredible wildlife, diverse experiences and most notably, warm and welcoming people, is being accepted by an ever growing number of people from around the world.“Two decades into our democracy, I am proud of what this industry has achieved and confident of its ongoing ability to contribute to the growth and development of South Africa.”In President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet, announced on Sunday, Derek Hanekom replaced Van Schalkwyk as minister of tourism. Hanekom was sworn in as the new minister on Monday.Source: Statistics South Africa, South African Tourism, Brand South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more