Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday afternoon, just hours before the club was scheduled to play a game against the Texas Rangers.Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The game was canceled just as the Angels released the shocking news at around 4 p.m. central time.Skaggs, a product of Santa Monica …last_img read more

Sudafrikanische Landwirtschaft

first_imgMit 1.2-Millionen Quadratkilometern Land ist Sudafrika hat etwa ein Achtel der Große der Vereinigten Staaten und umfasst sieben Klimazonen, von Mittelmeerklima uber subtropisches Klima bis Halbwuste.Diese biologische Vielfalt, zusammen mit einer Kustenlinie von 3.000 km und bedient von sieben Handelshafen, kultiviert bevorzugt eine sehr unterschiedliche Bandbreite von Meeres- und Landwirtschaftsprodukten, von sommergrunen uber Zitrus- zu subtropischen Fruchten bis hin zu Getreide, Wolle, Schnittblumen, Nutzvieh und Wild.Die landwirtschaftlichen Aktivitaten reichen von intensiver Getreideanbau und Mischlandwirtschaft, Winterniederschlags und Hochsommerniederschlagsgebieten zu Rinderzucht im Bushveld und Schafsfarmen in den trockeneren Regionen. Mais ist weitverbreitet, gefolgt von Weizen, Hafer, Zuckerrohr und Sonnenblumen.Wahrend 13% von Sudafrikas Land fur die Getreideproduktion nutzbar sind, bleiben nur 22% davon potentiell stark anbaufahig. Den großten Einschrankungsfaktor bildet dabei die Wasserverfugbarkeit. Der Niederschlag ist ungleichmaßig uber das Land verteilt, mit einigen Gegenden, die zu Durre neigen. Fast 50% von Sudafrikas Wasser wird fur die Landwirtschaft gebraucht, wobei ca. 1.3 Millionen ha bewassert werden.Heutzutage ist Sudafrika nicht nur bei fast allen wichtigen landwirtschaftlichen Produkten unabhangig, sondern ist auch Exporteur von Lebensmitteln. Landwirtschaft bleibt wesentlich wichtig fur die Wirtschaft und die Entwicklung der sudlichen afrikanischen Regionen. Seit 1994 arbeitet die Regierung daran, kleine landwirtschaftliche Betriebe zu fordern und so die Schaffung von Arbeitsplatzen zu unterstutzen.ExportSudafrika gehort zu den funf wichtigsten Exporteuren von Avocados, Grapefruits, Mandarinen, Pflaumen, Birnen, Trauben und Straußprodukten.Die Landwirtschaft stellt etwa 8% der Gesamtexporte des Landes. Die großten Exportgruppen sind Wein, Zitrusfruchte, Zucker, Trauben, Mais, Fruchtsafte, Wolle und Saisonfruchte wie Äpfel, Birnen, Pfirsiche und Aprikosen.Andere wichtige Exportgruppen sind Avocados, Milchprodukte, Blumen, Lebensmittelzubereitung, Haute und Felle, Fleisch, alkoholfreie Getranke, Ananas, konservierte Fruchte und Nusse, Zucker und Wein.Auch eine Reihe von Markten mit hoher Wachstumsrate entstehen neu, wie beispielsweise Krautergetranke und hochpreisiges Seafood.WettbewerbsvorteileNeben der Artenvielfalt des Landes, den Meeresschatzen, der erstklassigen Infrastruktur und vorteilhaften Betriebskosten profitieren Sudafrikas Landwirtschaft und seine Agrarindustrie vom gewachsenen Marktzugang in Bezug auf seine Haupthandelspartner, die EU und die USA, was durch eine Reihe von Handelsabkommen erreicht wurde.Sudafrikas saisonelle Gegenlaufigkeit zu Europa, dem Erstmarkt fur den Export fur Garten- und Zierpflanzenprodukte, ist ein weiterer großer Wettbewerbsvorteil. Sudafrika ist der Europa am nachstgelegene Großproduzent von Garten- und Zierpflanzen und hat wesentlich kurzere Transportzeiten als Mitbewerber.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

Widsten stepping down as Charlie Lake Fire Chief

first_imgWidsten’s last day with the Charlie Lake Fire Department is August 2nd, four days before he starts with the County of Grande Prairie.Dahlen said that the PRRD is moving forward with reposting the position as soon as possible, with the possibility of bringing in an interim Fire Chief to lead the department until Widsten’s replacement is found.Widsten’s departure marks the fifth time that the Charlie Lake Fire Department’s Chief has resigned since the PRRD took over control of the department in 2012.Steve Munshaw, Stuart Larson, Terry Truchan, and Dan Ross all served as Fire Chief prior to Widsten stepping into the role.When asked about the rather high rate of turnover in the Fire Chief position, Dahlen said that he “can’t disagree with that.”“It’s a small fire department. So, unfortunately for the Peace River Regional District, I think it’s definitely being used as a stepping-stone for individuals to advance their careers,” said Dahlen about some of the reasons for the frequent vacancies in the Fire Chief position. “Lots of times, people come to the area with an opportunity to get some experience and some education and be able to advance their careers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Just a few weeks after it had found a new Fire Chief, the Peace River Regional District is once again looking for someone to lead the Charlie Lake Fire Department.According to PRRD Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen, Charlie Lake Fire Chief Dale Widsten has tendered his resignation after he was announced as the department’s new Chief on June 27th.Dahlen said that Widsten has accepted a position as the new District Fire Chief for the County of Grande Prairie, where he will oversee four fire halls located in Bezanson, LaGlace, Teepee Creek, and Sexsmith. When it comes to improving retention of employees with the department, Dahlen said the PRRD is looking at implementing policies and also examining facets of the department itself, including the facilities and operating environment.Dahlen said that Widsten is still continuing in his duties until his departure, including helping the department to host a Volunteer information session at the Fire Department, which is taking place this evening at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall.last_img read more

Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation in effect

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – July 1st, 2019 the Government approved the Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation. This regulation requires parents or guardians to report the vaccination status of their school-age children.With 29 confirmed cases among B.C. residents since the beginning of 2019, the Province launched a two-phase plan to increase immunization rates in B.C.Phase one was a measles catch-up program, which launched in March and ended in June for K-12 students.  During the period of April 1 to June 30, 2019, 27,747 doses of measles-containing vaccines had been administered by health authorities to kindergarten to Grade 12 students. The Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (Regulation) under the Public Health Act is Phase two.  With the Regulation in effect, every student from K to 12 in public and independent schools, and those who are home-schooled will be expected to have their complete immunization records in the Provincial Immunization Registry (the Registry).The Province shares, if your child received their immunizations from a public health nurse in B.C., the information is automatically entered into the Registry and a record in the system will exist.The Province shares, if your child received any of their immunizations from a physician or pharmacist or out of province, the information about those immunizations may not have been entered into the Registry and a record may be absent or incomplete.For more information on the Immunizing Status Press Release; CLICK HERE For more information from Immunize BC; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Melilla Moroccan Sentenced to 7 years in Prison for Illegal Immigration

first_imgCasablanca – A court in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, sentenced a Moroccan citizen to 7 years in prison on Monday for allegedly assisting in illegal immigration and human trafficking.In exchange of important sums of money, the Moroccan suspect used to hide clandestine immigrants in cars to help them cross the Bni Anssar border and enter Melilla, according to Spanish press.The Moroccan suspect allegedly received MAD 23.000 from a Somali immigrant and MAD 5,400 from a Guinean immigrant in order to help them enter Melilla. According to Spanish website El Faro Digital, the Moroccan suspect was a member of a criminal network specialized in illegal immigration, which was dismantled in 2013.The suspect had allegedly denied affiliation with the network until one of his relatives confessed the opposite.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Meet The NFLs Most Expendable Quarterbacks

201656.2 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com QuarterbackNo. Times BenchedAvg. starts Ryan Fitzpatrick36.3 201485.3 Brian Hoyer36.7 201546.5 Josh McCown25.0 Nick Foles25.5 201874.7 Tyrod Taylor26.0 201065.0 200955.4 Eli Manning is a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. But when he takes the field as the Giants’ Week 1 starter — as he has every season for the past 14 — he may be ready for a new title: “Expendable.”Every year, 32 quarterbacks line up for the first snap of the first game of the season. That player is supposed to be the best quarterback on the team.1With the occasional exception, like the Buffalo Bills starting the 2015 season in a wildcat look with backup Matt Cassel taking the snap. But sometimes, that quarterback isn’t the best by very much. Or he gets hurt, and his backup gets hot enough to win the job away. Or he’s just marking time while a highly drafted rookie gets up to speed.That was the situation in 2004, when two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner took the field for the Giants as their nominal starter — but many on the field, in the stands and watching at home on TV knew he was just there to hold down the fort until their grinning greenhorn of a No. 1 overall draft pick was ready.That 2004 No. 1 overall draft pick? Manning himself.But Warner and Manning, highly decorated veterans, don’t fit the typical profile of an Expendable. These are often journeymen brought in because they have a relationship with a coach, or they’re unheralded draft picks from a few years ago who won a war of attrition with players higher on the depth chart.Over the past 10 seasons, 46 different quarterbacks have qualified — and a few have carved out a niche for themselves as professional Expendables. SeasonNo. of QBs BenchedAvg. Starts Shaun Hill32.7 201354.8 Number of NFL quarterbacks benched per year and the average number of starts before benching 201247.5 Sam Bradford22.5 For our purposes, we’re calling a quarterback an Expendable if he a) started Week 1 of a given season, b) was benched while healthy (or did not get his job back after returning from injury) and c) did not go on to start Week 1 for that same team the following season. Backups filling in for unquestioned starters during injury or suspension, like Jimmy Garoppolo for Tom Brady in 2016, were not counted.But Shaun Hill did get the honor in 2016: He was the No. 2 for the Minnesota Vikings when starter Teddy Bridgewater went down with a preseason injury, and he filled in well even though the Vikings had just swung a panicked trade for Sam Bradford. His performance was good enough to buy him just one start. Combined with losing his 2014 starting gig with the then-St. Louis Rams and getting benched in San Francisco for Alex Smith, Hill has been an Expendable for three different teams (and lasted an average of just 2.7 games over those three seasons).It makes sense that well-traveled journeymen like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have served multiple tours of duty as an Expendable. But Brian Hoyer also parlayed his time backing up Tom Brady into Expendable stints with his hometown Browns, the Houston Texans and the 49ers. Donovan McNabb seems like another surprising inclusion — but it’s no surprise that after his 11-year run in Philadelphia, during which he went to the Pro Bowl six times, his back-to-back Expendable tours in Washington and Minnesota are often forgotten.Our exceptions for injuries mean that former No. 1 overall pick Bradford qualified for the Expendable badge only twice,2Though Bradford has started Week 1 for four different teams, he would not be considered an Expendable on the Rams, as he lost the starting job after suffering knee injuries in both 2013 and 2014. but he merits a mention here, too. In 2018, he received a $20 million contract to steer a listless Arizona Cardinals team while first-round pick Josh Rosen learned the ropes. After three woeful starts, Bradford was demoted to No. 3 on the depth chart, and Rosen was thrown into the fire.Compared with the rest of the past decade, NFL head coaches have been quick to yank starting quarterbacks in the last two seasons — or maybe NFL general managers have been further off the mark about who’s really capable of starting in the first place. Donovan McNabb29.5 201154.8 201784.4 The most Expendable QBsNFL quarterbacks from 2009 to 2018 who started the first game of a season at least twice but were displaced as No. 1 From 2009 to 2016, an average of 5.3 Week 1 starters relinquished their gigs to their backups; it happened after an average of 5.6 games. But in 2017 and 2018, an average of 7.5 starters were demoted — and after an average of just 4.5 games. How will that play out in 2019?For Manning and the Giants, Vegas sportsbooks initially set the over/under on the number of games Daniel Jones will start this season at 7.5. In Tennessee, former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is reportedly on a “short leash,” so Ryan Tannehill could turn him into an Expendable before the season ends.After those two, there aren’t many obvious possibilities. Rookie Drew Lock, a second-round draft pick, is buried at third on the depth chart in Denver. It’s possible the Tampa Bay Buccaneers give up on Jameis Winston, but it’s hard to see Blaine Gabbert taking his job by outperforming him in practice.The next possible Expendable, though, is an intriguing one: Fitzpatrick.The Cardinals gave up on Rosen less than a year after they gave up on Bradford. They drafted Rosen’s successor, Kyler Murray, No. 1 overall, but they’re not making Rosen an Expendable — they’ve traded him away.But look who they traded him to: the Miami Dolphins, who just signed Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal. Though Fitzpatrick was tabbed as the Week 1 starter, Rosen’s impressive preseason play had many calling for him to start in the season opener. Can Rosen, a second-year quarterback showing flashes, push Fitzpatrick to the bench the way Winston, Geno Smith and Ryan Mallett did?If that happens, Fitzpatrick will officially be the most Expendable quarterback in the NFL, a dubious — yet somehow still impressive — honor.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Rooney backs Mourinho over players ar Manchester United

first_imgDC United striker Wayne Rooney, spoke about how the Manchester United players are more responsible than Jose Mourinho for the club’s situation.Looking at everything that’s going on from far away, it must be very difficult for Wayne Rooney to see Manchester United struggle this much under Jose Mourinho.The now DC United forward spoke recently to the press about the situation that the Red Devils are going through, he doesn’t think that this bad run is Jose Mourinho’s fault at all.Quite the opposite actually, Rooney thinks the club’s board of directors should give Mourinho more chances and the players should improve their level of performance.In Wayne’s eyes, it is the players who are to blame for this situation and not Jose Mourinho.“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce. Probably collectively it is a bit of everything coming together, but Jose is an easy target,” said Rooney while being quoted by The Mirror. “I know Jose is getting a load of stick but the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.”“I said the same thing when Louis Van Gaal was there. He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players we have been doing better.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s been a tough situation. For the players and the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.”“Personally I think he set us up brilliantly, but we didn’t produce on the pitch. So I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes now.”“It’s a young team, and it’s a different pressure. Quite a lot of those players maybe haven’t faced this before and they haven’t got the senior players, which I had there as a young player, to help in those difficult moments.”“There are not enough of them to help you through it.”Jose Mourinho has been made a scapegoat for Manchester United’s flops, claims Wayne Rooney | @MikeAllenMirror https://t.co/y9MlF6vtXX pic.twitter.com/6vPOdVJrTb— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 8, 2018last_img read more

Israel manager has called for a real fight against Scotland

first_imgAccording to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”last_img read more