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Andrea Rogers receives 2009 YWCA THRIVE Award

first_imgYWCA Vermont announces that Andrea Rogers, Flynn Performing Arts Center Executive Director will receive the 2009 YWCA Thrive Award. Ms Rogers will be honored at the YWCA Thrive luncheon on Thursday, October 29 for her leadership in the community.YWCA Thrive award recognizes the intrinsic value successful women and girls bring to their communities, workplaces, and the world. This year’s thrive awardee exemplifies this important purpose through her own unique leadership and vision.Rogers was previously the director of prevention for the Vermont Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, she ran the University of Vermont Church Street Center, was instrumental in the fundraising required to reopen the Flynn in 1981 after which she served as the capital fund director. In 1983 Rogers became the Flynn s executive director. She is also co-founder of the Discover Jazz Festival. We had so many strong nominations for this award; it was extremely difficult to choose. Andrea rose to the top based on the impact her work has made on the three criteria for the award, stated Sara Blum, YWCA board member and chair of the Thrive Award nomination committee. Our Vermont community is enhanced by Andrea s work, and we re pleased to be able to recognize her for those efforts.Ms. Rogers was one of five finalists. The YWCA Vermont also recognizes and congratulates Amy Judd, Jeanne Lynch, Sandy Baird, and Wanda Heading-Grant for their manifold contributions to building communities where women and girls thrive.The YWCA Thrive luncheon is sponsored by KeyBank, Domtar; Merchants Bank; Chittenden, a division of People s United Bank; Kinney Insurance; SymQuest Group; and Ben & Jerry s.For more information about the award and lunch please visit: is external). Seats may also be purchased at the website.About the YWCA VermontChartered in 1919, the YWCA of Vermont is a pro-active membership organization that works in collaboration to offer programs to eliminate racism and provide opportunities for growth, leadership, and power for women and girls of all ages, races, cultures, and creeds. The YWCA of Vermont is an affiliate of the YWCA USA, which works to eliminate racism and empower women. Source: YWCA###last_img read more

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Argentina, United States Partner in Space

first_imgBy Dialogo November 21, 2011 BUENOS AIRES — The United States and Argentina have signed a long-anticipated Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Outer Space. The bilateral treaty, signed Oct. 25, updates a 1991 framework agreement that was extended until 1996, when it expired. Scientists in both countries welcomed the accord, which lays out guidelines and procedures to be applied to present and future cooperation in areas of common interest like Earth monitoring and exploration. The signing follows on the heels of the successful joint launch of an Argentine satellite June 10 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. That marked the fourth satellite launched by Argentina’s National Commission on Space Activity (known by its Spanish acronym, CONAE), together with NASA. Since the 1990s, the two countries have collaborated in the development and launch of Argentina’s SAC-series satellites, which gather data on natural resources, human activity and climate. “Cooperation between NASA and CONAE extends back more than 20 years, when in the 1980s we began preparing for the 1996 launch of SAC-B, which was then followed — out of order — by SAC-A in 1998 and SAC-C in 2000,” said Fernando Hisas, manager of CONAE´s SAC-D-Aquarius program. “Both parties benefit have benefited from SAC satellite collaboration, with CONAE gaining insight and capacity-building and NASA gaining an economically viable alternative to produce and operate satellites with its Aquarius technology,” he said. Hisas explained that the two satellites are now out of commission, but SAC-C is still in orbit collecting data. “SAC-C has been in orbit for 11 years and is still providing data. Its expected life span was five years so its longevity has made it a total success. We are squeezing the last drops out of it now, so to speak.” The latest SAC-D satellite — like the first SAC-C launched in 2000 — was built by the state run Rio Negro based technology company INVAP. Like its predecessor, the satellite’s primary instrument, Aquarius, was built and operated by NASA. SAC-C was focused on collecting data related to the Earth’s surface. SAC-D is more geared toward oceanic properties, though it has special instruments suitable for land studies as well. SAC-D is designed to provide monthly global measurements of sea water salinity variation at the ocean´s surface, which will lead to better understanding of water cycles and their effect on global warming. It will also be able to identify hot spots on the Earth’s surface to create fire risk mapping, as well as measure soil moisture for early warnings of flooding and other natural disasters. “This is the first time in history that we can produce an image of salinity levels around the world,” Hisas said. “Before, we had to rely on piecemeal measures taken by boats. This is a huge value-add for the scientific community and furthers our understanding of water density and movement, both important variables in climate change.” The recently launched satellite has produced its first map of global ocean salinity since becoming operational Aug. 25. The map, which can be seen on NASA’s website, is a composite of the first two and a half weeks of data. “What today is largely a scientific or environmental issue could become a global security threat if we don’t take measures today to slow climate change,” Hisas responded when asked about the strategic nature of this cooperative endeavor. Argentina has advanced in aerospace research and development over the past decade, thanks in large part to its cooperation with the United States. The Kirchner governments, in particular, have promoted the expansion of the strategic sector. “Few presidents have shown so much interest in science as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, as quoted by Argentine news agency Telam. “For men of science to come across government leaders with such determination to apply science for the wellbeing of their people is always a source of inspiration.” In 2005, the late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner signed a decree declaring space technology advancement a state policy and a national priority. Subsequently, Argentina’s National Space Plan 2004-15 earmarked about $240 million for investments in science and technology, with the idea of working toward the development of a South American Space Agency along with Brazil. Like Argentina, Brazil has yet to launch its own satellites. It has suffered a number of setbacks, with its third failed launch attempt in August 2003 producing a massive explosion and killing 21 people, including many distinguished space scientists. “The United States is to Argentina’s space program what China is to Brazil’s,” said CONAE’s Hisas. “Brazil has already launched three of its satellites from China and has another two pending.” The U.S. collaboration with Argentina does not exclude third parties. Brazil participated in both the SAC-C and SAC-D preparations by providing facilities for environmental testing before launch. France and Italy also contributed instruments to both projects, turning them into multilateral endeavors. Argentina’s space cooperation with the United States has led to the development of its own satellite and radar production capabilities. INVAP now manufactures its own earth-observation satellites — SAOCOM 1A and 1B — which will be equipped to survey Argentine farmland. CONAE is leading the effort, and has contracted the private U.S. company SpaceX to launch the first satellite in 2014. INVAP’s experience with CONAE has prepared it to develop its own surveillance radars, one of which is the country’s first 3D radar. It was commissioned by the national government to support its Escudo Norte [North Shield] operation, which is focused on controlling aircraft entering and leaving Argentina’s northern frontiers with Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia — where drug trafficking is on the rise. Hisas said these spinoff projects will help generate even more satellite business for Argentina, noting that “there is always more security for a nation when it controls the production of such technologies, rather than operating foreign equipment by following an instruction manual.” This partnership between Argentina and the United States of America is very interesting with respect to the technological development of 3D radars, and it could and should bring benefits of scale.last_img read more

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New Cassel Man Charged With Stabbing Woman, Beating Witness

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been accused of stabbing a 24-year-old woman and beating a witness who tried to help her with a baseball bat in Westbury over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Luis Andrade, 56, was charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.Police said the New Cassel man first stabbed the woman with a kitchen knife in the abdomen as she exited a building in Westbury at 11:30 p.m. Friday.A 40-year-old man who witnessed the stabbing and tried help the victim was allegedly attacked by Andrade with a metal baseball bat.Both victims were taken to the Nassau University Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.A judge set bail for Andrade at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. He is due back in court Tuesday.last_img read more

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Suspect Wanted for Kidnapping, Burning Port Washington Woman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens couple was arrested for allegedly kidnapping their 54-year-old maid after the husband and a third suspect tortured her and then ransacked her Port Washington home, New York City authorities said.Devanand Lachman and his wife, Ambar, were charged in Queens court with kidnapping, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Ambar Lachman was also charged in Nassau County court with robbery and menacing. NYPD officers are additionally searching for a third suspect they believe to be involved—the man pictured in the sketch authorities released.The husband and the second unidentified man “placed a hand torch on the complainant’s right leg, causing a circular burn,” investigators said in court documents obtained by the Press.That was after the two men—who police said were also armed with knives and a pistol—allegedly punched the victim repeatedly at the couple’s Bayside home, where they accused the victim of stealing money and a gold chain at about 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, according to the documents.Ambar Lachman then drove both men and the maid—who they allegedly held at knifepoint in the vehicle—to the victim’s home to search for the items, authorities said in the documents. The wife waited outside with the victim while the men searched the home, the victim told investigators. After the search, the men came up empty handed, police said.“Devanand Lachman told the complainant that he would return to her home tomorrow and if she did not have the money, he would kill her,” police said in the documents.The victim was treated at a hospital for burns to her face and legs as well as bruising to her body. The couple was later arrested.“After joint consultation with Queens DA, it was decided that Queens had primary jurisdiction due to the fact that the most serious crimes occurred there,” Paul Leonard, spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, said in a statement. “The two incidents are so intertwined that it made the most sense for one office to prosecute both cases.”Devanand Lachman was ordered held without bail. A Queens judge set bail for Ambar Lachman at $50,000 and a Nassau judge set bail for her in the robbery case at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. They are due back in Queens court on Monday and Ambar Lachman is due back in Nassau court on April 23. Their attorneys were not immediately available for comment.Police described the third suspect as a 6-foot-tall, dark-skinned man, who is 30 to 35 years old with a medium build. Police released a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize him and report him to investigators.Detectives ask anyone with information about the suspect or in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.last_img read more

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You can’t have Google’s culture…but you can have something better

first_imgContributing Author: Amy Rapp, VirtualCorps 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ken Bator Ken Bator, owner of Bator Training & Consulting, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in helping organizations reach new levels of effectiveness by aligning their brand, culture, and … Web: Details Earlier this past spring, Deb Schaffer of Chatter Yak! posted a great article titled:  “Have you woven together your credit union’s marketing efforts, brand, and culture?” here in the CUInsight Community article section. After reading her article, one area that I was struck by and nodded my head in agreement with was her wise insight about the following statement that so many CUs and other mainstream businesses misinterpret about Brand Culture:“Too many people say (when referring to their logo), “But, that is our brand.” Your organization’s brand is not a color or image. Your brand is the emotion that people feel when thinking about your organization or seeing your logo. Much like culture is not what you say, a brand is not what you do…but rather, how you make people FEEL….Make sure your marketing efforts and brand truthfully tell your members who you are, what you do, and leave them feeling something positive.”CUs have been notorious for stating the philosophy of serving the undeserved, of promoting financial literacy; we believe in the philosophy of the movement and seek to live out that philosophy. However, how good are you, REALLY, at defining your CUs brand culture? Do you make the members feel positive? Or, is your brand culture disguised in the form of something else and you have deluded yourself along with your staff into thinking that you really have a brand culture that works well? How’s your growth? How’s engagement or participation in CU events? What types of feedback are you soliciting and are you willing to address the areas that may need some attention, specifically your brand culture?Here is an article written by Ken Bator, which defines a few additional steps on Brand Culture, that I want to share with you. Maybe you think it’s a culture like Google you’re after. As Ken states, it’s your own brand culture that you’re looking for, if you never have found it. Be yourself – be authentic.Google’s Brand Culture“I want to have a culture like Google!” I’ve heard this type of statement more than once from potential clients. Usually it’s from tech entrepreneurs that want to emulate a well-known brand. The last time I heard it was from the founder of an industrial lighting company of all places.Too their chagrin I informed them that they couldn’t have Google’s culture. Their essence will always be uniquely theirs. Just as Home Depot’s culture will always be theirs, Southwest Airlines’ culture will always be theirs, and Pete’s Body Shop and Sushi will always be theirs.While there is usually a furrowed brow for a few seconds when I tell prospects this, I get a smile when I explain that they can have something better. That “something better” is something uniquely their own.A culture is the sum of a few key elements including the people that comprise the organization, their attitudes and personalities, and what the leadership will continually reinforce. Even if you recruited employees from Google they wouldn’t have the same environment and wouldn’t have the exact same culture guidance.While there may be a few elements you would like to mimic, steal, borrow, or copy from cultures of other businesses it would be just that. Much like I tell credit unions when they tell me “I want to implement a sales culture,” wouldn’t you like to build your own distinctive culture that works uniquely for your business rather than try to stamp another organization’s process or set of principles on your company as if it were a sticker?In the continuum of brand, culture, and strategy alignment – what I call B + C + S formula – it is often the “C” which is the most elusive and the hardest to figure out. This is particularly important, as it is the culture that supports the brand and allows it to flourish. It is also the culture that allows for proper implementation of the strategy. A dysfunctional culture will only tarnish the brand and place speedbumps, or even brick walls, on the road to strategy execution.So how do you build a unique and aligned culture? Here are a few critical first steps:Define your company values. The values are one of five organization drivers of the B + C + S formula. Much like the mission statement is the “why we are in business” and the vision statement is the “where we’re going” the values are the “who we are.” These are the non-negotiables that we need to exemplify on a daily basis that provide the foundation to our culture. For example, maybe you want to create a laid back atmosphere but also one of respect for each other. In that instance you may decide to not have “professional appearance” as one of the values as you want people to dress comfortably without a dress code. However, you may adopt a value of “timeliness.” While people can dress however they want, you still want to make sure each employee respects each other’s time by being on time.Work with the entire team to develop service standards. Service standards are the fifth element of the aforementioned organization drivers. They are the “how we are going to live our values every day.” It’s critical that you elicit the opinions, guidance, and help of your team in this process. Doing so creates instant buy in and develops a “We’re all in this together” feeling within the culture. Keeping with the example introduced above, you would ask staff what “timeliness” means to them and ask them to define it into a standard for your business. The staff may then develop service standards such as “We will arrive to meetings five minutes prior to their start times” and “We will provide proposals to clients a day earlier than promised.”Reinforce the heck out of both the values and service standards. Celebrate what you have created together. Put the values and service standards on laminated cards, on posters in the lunchroom, on the company intranet, etc. Use the language of the values and service standards during meetings, one-on-ones, reviews, mentoring sessions, reprimands, and coffee breaks. Remember that employees are your first customers. Like customers and prospects they need to see a message multiple times before they truly “get it.” So when you feel like you have reinforced the values and service standards too much go ahead and reinforce them again.Following these steps may not create a culture like Google within your business but you may find that you are creating something better. That “something better” may also be just what you need to guide your team to greatness. And, by the way, if you ever do come across a Pete’s Body Shop and Sushi franchise please let me know.last_img read more

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Compensation during and after the COVID-19 crisis

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2019, credit union executives received healthy salary increases across the board, according to the 2020 CUES Executive Compensation Survey.This is perhaps not surprising. Until March 2020, the U.S. and Canada had extremely low unemployment, making finding and keeping top talent a major challenge for credit unions. In addition, CUs in the U.S. saw steady growth in total loans and assets last year.Next year’s survey will show the impact of COVID-19 on credit union compensation, allowing us to compare those numbers against several years of steady pay growth. Right now, you can still use this data to help set your budgets and compensation plans for 2021. It is always important to compare your own compensation to others in your position at similar institutions to make sure you are being paid fairly for your work. Also, credit unions can use the data to see how the compensation they offer for all positions compares to pay levels at nearby institutions of a similar size. As you determine how to handle pay increases next year, use this data to see where your credit union leads or lags.When it comes to bonus compensation, this year could be challenging. Have you thought about how to measure executive results in a year when financial results may be down? continue reading »last_img read more

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Joe Giudice Reunites With Daughters for 1st Time in Nearly 1 Year: Pics

first_imgThe teenager went on to post Instagram Story videos with her big sister Gia, 19, walking through Rome. “We’re back,” she wrote.Joe’s daughters last came to Italy in December 2019. “They are so cute so happy,” he captioned an Instagram video at the time. The Italy native said in the footage: “Welcome to Italy again. I love you. You’re so cute.”That was Joe’s second visit with his kids since he moved to Italy in October following his deportation order. He was taken into ICE custody seven months prior after completing a 41-month prison sentence.- Advertisement – Reunited and it feels so good! Two of Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice’s four daughters visited their dad in Italy for the first time in 2020.“Happy to be back,” Milania, 15, captioned a Friday, November 6, Instagram photo of herself smiling with the former reality star, 48.- Advertisement – The former couple finalized their divorce in September, and Joe has been dating “a lawyer.”He told Wendy Williams the following month: “She’s helping out a lot out here, it’s good because I have a lot of things going on out here and she’s putting together a lot of deals for me. We’ve been seeing each other, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say that we’re boyfriend, girlfriend, but we’re kind of like hanging out a lot.”Joe went on to say that he talks to his daughters “every day,” saying, “Melania was just gonna call me now. I was watching them play soccer yesterday through the phone. So, good thing for the phones. It’s better to be there in person, but what are you gonna do? Right now, I wouldn’t be able to come there anyway.”Scroll down to see pics from their reunion in Italy. – Advertisement – He and Teresa, 48, called it quits in December 2019 after 20 years of marriage.“Teresa and Joe have separated, but have no plans to divorce yet,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “Teresa and Joe talked about their future when she and the girls were in Italy and decided it was best for them to separate. Neither of them wanted to be in a long-distance relationship. Joe has been dating in Italy, Teresa is busy taking care of their girls right now. They harbor no ill will towards each other and will continue to coparent their kids.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Volleyball: Ellsworth wins quarterfinal with “scrappy” performance

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth volleyball coach Whitney Ranger knew just the word to describe her team’s performance in Saturday’s Class B quarterfinal game against Woodland.“They played scrappy,” Ranger said. “The other team was actually pretty scrappy, too.”After four sets filled with back-and-forth action, the fourth-ranked Ellsworth Eagles (11-4) prevailed over fifth-ranked Woodland (7-8) 3-1 with individual set scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-20.The Eagles, who were forced to play without their starting setter, turned to freshman Olivia Dyer to fill the position.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She did amazing,” Ranger said of Dyer, who finished with eight assists.Rachel Bunker led the Eagles with her serving, notching nine aces as well as 12 kills and three solo blocks.“The biggest improvement I’ve noticed with this team is their blocking at the net,” Ranger said. “They played pretty well today.”Also for Ellsworth, Delaney Sargent contributed 19 digs; Avery Jester had three solo blocks; and Lexi Hennigan had 10 assists.The win advanced the Eagles to the semifinals at first-ranked Calais (12-3) on Wednesday.Ellsworth and Calais faced off earlier this month. Calais won 3-2.“They have one girl from Texas who is really good,” Ranger said, referring to sophomore Kelly Delaney. “We’re probably going to work on a lot of drills that involve covering her.”In other Hancock County news, Mount Desert Island’s season came to an end Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Greely in the Class A quarterfinals.Find more pictures from Ellsworth’s quarterfinal win here.Sammy Mason taps the ball over the net in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSRachel Bunker jumps up for the spike in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFreshman Olivia Dyer sets the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDelaney Sargent hits the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMScenter_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

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MLB Power Rankings: Astros debut at No. 1; top 10 loaded with greatness

first_imgThe Central is, once again, Cleveland’s to lose, but the Indians’ reign may be coming to an end sooner rather than later if they don’t make real improvements to their roster as the season moves along. And no, Hanley Ramirez isn’t an answer.11. Rays12. Mets13. Braves14. Rockies15. Athletics16. Twins17. Angels18. Pirates19. Mariners20. Reds21. Padres22. Giants23. Diamondbacks24. Blue Jays25. White Sox26. Royals27. Tigers28. Rangers29. Marlins30. Orioles Before we get started, a friendly reminder: Small sample sizes, especially in baseball, are bad.So before you continue reading these far-too-early Power Rankings and start spewing mean-spirited tweets at me and tell me to find a new job, also remember: Baseball is a fickle sport where the only thing that’s for sure is that nothing is for sure. (Thanks, Sting.)  MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNHere’s a take: Baseball in 2019 won’t be much of a surprise. There will be expectedly good teams, there will be horrifyingly bad teams and there won’t be much of a middle-class. So while everyone is still working the kinks out, keep in mind that this likely won’t be what your favorite team is for the duration of the MLB season. (Sorry, Orioles fans.)As baseball wraps up its first weekend of the season, here is your debut Power Rankings for 2019 (updated every other Monday from here on out).1. AstrosThe Astros lost Marwin Gonzalez to free agency and rotation stalwart Dallas Keuchel is still without a team for 2019. Houston is without Lance McCullers Jr. for 2019 as he recovers and rehabs from Tommy John surgery. Carlos Correa is still dealing with injury issues. Through all that, the Astros are still the most complete and talented team on paper heading into the meat of the season. Justin Verlander and Gerritt Cole make as good of a 1-2 as there is in all of baseball, and the team has plenty of bench depth and minor league guys ready to help throughout the season, with pitcher Forrest Whitley and outfielder Kyle Tucker knocking on the door of the majors.Not to mention, they still have perennial MVP candidates Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman in the heart of their order.The Astros are still good, and they will be for a long time.2. Red SoxThe Red Sox won 108 games last season and stomped their way through the postseason en route to another World Series title. But it’s hard to envision the baseball gods smiling down on Boston for a second straight year, especially with the way all the mojo, juju and karma went their way last. Through that, Boston still has a loaded lineup that features Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez — those guys are pretty good! — and a solid rotation that’s anchored by Chris Sale (when he’s healthy). Expecting history for a second straight season is a tough ask, and Boston’s bullpen sans Craig Kimbrel is capable, but not without its questions. Still, the Red Sox won a million games and a championship last year for a reason, and are largely unchanged from the previous year’s team. They’re in this spot for now.3. YankeesThe Red Sox and Yankees can be flipped, as arguments can be made for or against either one of the AL East rivals to sit in the No. 2 spot. The Yankees had a very good offseason, re-signing Zack Britton and J.A. Happ while adding former Rockies Adam Ottavino to the bullpen and D.J. LeMahieu to the lineup.The biggest flaw of the team is the same as it’s been for nearly a decade: the rotation. The question marks there are still apparent and abundant, highlighted by Luis Severino out until May with a bum shoulder. Otherwise, the Yankees are a very complete team on paper and, should health hold up, they’ll be in the World Series discussion come season’s end.4. DodgersThe Dodgers are still the most talented team in the NL with the least amount of holes on paper. They’ve got All-Star shortstop Corey Seager back from Tommy John surgery and top prospect Alex Verdugo will see meaningful time in the outfield.The Boys in Blue are still young and talented — and benefit from having a really weak division — and their rotation will be very good this year. Expect the Dodgers to be at the top of the NL once again, and at the very least be in the discussion as one of the better teams in the Senior Circuit all year.5. NationalsFor most teams, losing a player like Bryce Harper would signal a rebuild. Not for Washington, though. Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Trea Turner are three members of the club’s young core, and they all have the potential to be great. Oh, by the way, that Scherzer guy is still at the top of the rotation and now has more backup by way of Patrick Corbin.The biggest question for Washington is second-year manager Dave Martinez, who steered the Nats to an inconsistent 82-80 season in 2018. Scherzer, Corbin and Stephen Strasburg at the top of their rotation should help steer them to an NL East pennant this year, but it won’t be an easy task.MORE: Mets continue to check in on Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel6. CubsThe Cubs need to rekindle the dynasty talk, and on paper they have the talent to do it. It starts with having smart at-bats and being the suffocating offense they were in 2016 when they won it all. They’re also going to need more from Yu Darvish, who only had eight starts in 2018 before succumbing to a triceps injury and eventual stress reaction that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2018 season. (Darvish was shelled in his first start in 2019.)Expect the Cubs to make noise this year, in what could be Joe Maddon’s last season as Cubs manager. It feels like the buzz is gone, but even without it they have the talent to be great inside the NL Central, though they won’t be without stiff competition.7. BrewersThe Crew went to Game 7 of the NLCS last year in an unconventional yet very current-day-baseball way, with Craig Counsell managing the bullpen to perfection and throwing some curveballs along the way. The Brewers aren’t going to be a cutesy-surprise team in 2019. They have tons of offensive firepower, with defending NL MVP Christian Yelich picking up where he left off in 2018, mashing his way to four home runs in his first four games.The NL Central is shaping up to be one of the best divisions in baseball, and to that end, the entire Senior Circuit is absolutely loaded. 8. CardinalsAnytime you can bring in an MVP candidate to help your team, you do it. And that’s what St. Louis did with Paul Goldschmidt this offseason. Goldschmidt has been worth 11.3 bWAR over the past two seasons while playing above average defense at first base, and he’s one of the better hitters in the NL. The move instantly makes the rest of the team better offensively and defensively, and can shift the power in the division.Goldschmidt aside, the Redbirds have a lineup mixed with young and veteran talent, and they can beat you in a few ways. Should Marcell Ozuna rebound from an up-and-down 2018 and Andrew Miller provide some stability and a good bridge to Jordan Hicks, then the Cardinals will be a force in the NL Central. 9. PhilliesIt didn’t take long for Bryce Harper to announce his presence with authority, launching a 465-foot home run in his second game in a Phillies uniform. Philadelphia fans can expect that for the next decade, roughly.Philadelphia finished with a whimper in 2018, going 8-20 in September in a consistently inconsistent season. A major offseason in which they acquired four big-time players — Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto — should prove fruitful for second-year manager Gabe Kapler, but the NL East won’t be easy to navigate, the Phils’ 3-0 start notwithstanding.10. IndiansThe Indians still have a good lineup and the top of their rotation matches up with just about anyone in MLB. Losing Michael Brantley hurts, even if he’s dealt with injury issues in the past.The Indians still have a very weak outfield both figuratively and literally: Jake Bauers, Leonys Martin and Tyler Naquin combined for 16 home runs in 2018last_img read more

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Samuel Eto’o calls time on illustrious career littered with silverware!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ReutersAdvertisement fbqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb2vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec5yl19( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ba8nq7Would you ever consider trying this?😱cy8ij6Can your students do this? 🌚1d2ctRoller skating! Powered by Firework Samuel Eto’o, one of the grestest strikers of his generation, has finally decided to retire from professional football at age 38 after a 22 year long career filled with numerous honours and silverware.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersWith the final year of his career at Qatar SC, Eto’o decided to put an end to his memorable professional life that spun across several European elites, scoring 293 goals in 587 club appearances.Four time African player of the year winner, Eto’o represented Cameroon 118 times in the international level, and became the country’s all time top goalscorer with 58 goals. He played in four FIFA World Cups, and winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000, and two African Cup of Nations trophy in 2000 and 2002.Advertisement The former FC Barcelona attacker posted on his official Instagram following the news of his retirement, with a caption that read: “The end. Towards a new challenge.”“Thank you all, big love.”Advertisement A shining product of the Real Madrid youths, Eto’o joined their La Liga rivals in 2004, and is what started his most prestigious phase of his time on the field.In his 5 year spell at Camp Nou, the Cameroonian won three La Liga and two UEFA Champions League trophies, earning him the reputation of being one of the most prolific strikers of his era.In 2009 he gained the attention of José Mourinho, while he was in charge of Inter Milan. Eto’o arrived at San Siro in the summer of 2009, and became a crucial member of the Nerazzuris that won the historical treble in the 2009-2010 season- Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia.After moving to Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, Eto’o tasted English Premier League football for the first time in 2013 joining Chelsea, and moving to Everton the following year.In 2015 Eto’o returned to Serie a with Sampdoria for a short 6 month spell, before moving to the Süper Lig, joining Antalyaspor, and later in 2018 another half season with fellow Turkish side Konyaspor, and played the final year of his career at Qatar.Samuel Eto’o will be remembered as one of the most glorious players of his time, and it is to be seen where the African heads towards for seeking a ‘new challenge’. Advertisementlast_img read more