Marlins’ season on hold due to COVID-19

first_imgJuly 29, 2020 /Sports News – National Marlins’ season on hold due to COVID-19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmanusapon kasosod/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Just days after kicking off their shortened regular season, the Miami Marlins have put gameplay on hold.Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the team’s games will be postponed through Sunday after numerous Marlins players were diagnosed with COVID-19.“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said in a statement.“The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care,” the league said.ESPN reported Monday that multiple Marlins players had COVID-19 — one day after the Marlins played the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies’ Monday night game against the New York Yankees was canceled, as was the Marlins’ Monday night game against the Baltimore Orioles.“Out of an abundance of caution, the remainder of the home-and-home series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees has been postponed (NYY @ PHI tonight, and PHI @ NYY Wednesday and Thursday),” MLB said Tuesday. “As a result of these postponements, the Yankees will now play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday in order to create more scheduling flexibility later in the season. Additional rescheduling during the week of August 3rd will be announced later this week.”The Marlins began their 60-game season last Friday against the Phillies, winning two out of the three games in the series.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Report reveals carnage within London sales market

first_imgResearch into the severity of the London sales market crash has been published by Portico, which has 18 offices in the Capital.The shocking report, which has just been released, reveals that sales volumes in London are now more than half those before the 2008 financial crisis and 48% percent lower than this time last year.Portico says much of the downturn can be pinned on April’s Stamp Duty changes.Before the extra 3% was introduced the number of properties sold in Westminster rose from 200 a month in February to over 500 in March as landlords rushed to buy prior to the deadline, before dropping dramatically to just 84 sales in May. Portico says the market has not recovered significantly since then.But despite the sales slump, house prices in London have not dropped and instead have almost doubled since the financial crisis, increasingly from an average of £250,000 to nearly £500,000.Portico says prices are likely to start dropping soon as the market in central London finally starts to react to low sales volumes. The company predicts likely price drops of up to seven percent, which it believes will then spread out to Greater London.This reflects other recent market reports. Rightmove says prices in Greater London are down by 0.3% month-on-month, and 17 of London’s boroughs have recently recorded price falls.“Unless action is taken to re-establish the natural movement of the whole market it’s likely this could be a serious issue and we will see prices fall,” says Mark Lawrinson, Portico’s Regional Sales Director, London (pictured, above).“Ultimately a price re-adjustment in the market could re-invigorate volumes at some point, making housing more affordable for first time buyers, but as it stands this is a scenario unlikely to happen any time soon.”Portico mark lawrinson London sales December 5, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Report reveals carnage within London sales market previous nextHousing MarketReport reveals carnage within London sales market12-branch agent Portico says ‘dramatic’ drops are largely down to Stamp DutyNigel Lewis5th December 201601,349 Viewslast_img read more

Somerville to build accommodation on historical site

first_imgSomerville College’s plans to build 110 student rooms in Jericho have been approved, despite concerns that the Walton Street site contains archaeological remains.It is thought that remains from the Siege of Oxford, an confrontation from the English Civil Wars, could be beneath the site. Based on Bernard De Gomme’s 1644 map, the site runs through Royalist Civil War defences.The report written by the planning team also stated that: “The site is located within an extensive landscape of late Neolithic-early Bronze Age funerary monuments.” As a result, extra care is to be taken to ensure the archaeological site is not damaged during the demolition.Oxford City Council ruled at the planning meeting yesterday evening that the archaeological impacts of the development would be dealt with by imposing two conditions:“The first requiring a demolition statement to ensure that the demolition works are undertaken in a way that avoids unnecessary below ground impacts to archaeological remains, and another that secures a written scheme of investigation to be carried out.”In response, Richard Peats of the Historic England Commission was generally satisfied with the proposal, which he said was “carefully considered and high quality”.  However, he did say that there was “room for refinement in the way in which the proposed Shaw Lefevre Building addresses the Vaughan building and Little Clarendon Street.”Somerville’s bursar, Andrew Parker said: “We are grateful to the planning team for their careful and thoughtful consideration of our scheme and are pleased they are recommending its approval.”The plans were also approved by the Jericho Community Association, Oxford Civic Society and Oxford Preservation Trust. However, the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society raised a number of concerns with the approved plans.They commented on the inadequacy of the provision for the existing buildings on the site, such as the former sanatorium, of which they said: “No attempt seems to have been made to understand the history of this unusual building.“Although it has been converted into flats, some work should be done to record its history and original arrangement – it seems very much part of the college’s history, and it would be unfortunate if it were lost without a record being made.”last_img read more

Trump’s Acceptance Speech

first_imgby Carl Thomas for TOWNHALLDonald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long — 75 minutes — and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One’s voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. His adult children are better speakers.Having said that, Trump hit mostly high notes — the country is on the wrong track. The latest Real Clear Politics data shows 69.3 percent of those surveyed believe we’re on the wrong track. One has to go back to the ’70s and Jimmy Carter to see similar numbers.Crime and violence are serious concerns. Trump promised to be a “law and order” president, specifics to come. Many believe race relations have deteriorated since President Obama took office. The police are under attack. Poor children are trapped in failing public schools and Democrats won’t let them escape. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, promise school choice. Terrorism is on the rise at home and overseas. Instead of focusing on battle readiness, our depleted military focuses on the inclusion of transgender and women soldiers. Veterans are not being adequately cared for.Speaking to blue collar “Reagan Democrats,” who haven’t had a significant pay raise in years, or who are unemployed or underemployed, thanks to the policies of the Obama administration, Trump said, “I am your voice.”Whether Republicans are united enough to win the election remains to be seen, but the left, the establishment and the media are united in their opposition to Trump. They claim Trump is playing on fears, but they have fears of their own; fear of losing control of government and their lucrative positions.Fear is not a bad emotion to arouse if it is based on genuine threats and there are plenty of those, as anyone paying the slightest attention can attest.Liberal media coverage and commentary on the convention was mostly the same. Friday’s headlines, editorials and columns in various publications exposed not just bias, but the fear the media have in losing their influence.Here are just a few samples: “Mr. Trump’s Apocalypse Now” (Washington Post editorial). “A Foreign Policy Wrecking Ball” (second Post editorial). “Seeking Victory by scaring the country to death” (columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.)The predictable New York Times also had a lead editorial about “Donald Trump’s Campaign of Fear.” Columnist David Brooks wrote about “The Death of the Republican Party.” Online, the column headline read “Make America Hate Again,” just in case readers didn’t get the message. A front-page “news analysis” in the Times speaks of Trump’s alleged “Failed Chance to Humanize Outsize Image.”A column by Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon was headlined “The Demagogue Rises.” Batman, call your office.Like the definition of love in the book and film “Love Story,” being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry about your failed programs and failed philosophy. That’s because liberalism is not based on results, but on feelings and intentions. Trump is saying the left has failed and liberals don’t like the prospect of being held accountable for the damage they’ve done to America.That’s why the media will stage a love-in for Hillary Clinton and all things Democrat at their Philadelphia convention. Don’t expect a question like this: “Your party has spent huge amounts of money on the poor and yet there are about as many poor people today as when the War on Poverty began half a century ago. Same with education. Isn’t it time to try something else?”You won’t hear that question because the left thinks the problem is that government isn’t taxing, spending and regulating enough. That attitude has fueled the rise of Donald Trump and some like me, who were once skeptical of him, would like to see Trump shake up Washington, if only to watch the expressions on the smug faces of the left.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Showcases Spirit of Giving

first_imgOcean City High School freshman Kelsey Bowman makes the Spoon & Sip Treat Certificates to give to Primary School students. (Photos courtesy OCNJ CARE) By MADDY VITALEOcean City residents are working together to not only get through a tough time in history, but to thrive, with the help of a local organization that has teamed up with the school district to offer activities and assistance for families.Drew Fasy, chairman of OCNJ CARE, a non-profit organization that raises funds, identifies those in need, and delivers aid where needed in the community, said the organization has shifted its focus to the school district, particularly in the area of mental health of students and the overall health and well-being of district families.“We put ourselves in a position to support the school district with the blessing and in communication with the administration,” Fasy explained. “We met with the school administration and have discussed this several times.”Back in July, OCNJ CARE began an initiative for the students and the administration to re-create or replace events during the school year that were not going to be held due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The kids missed out on events, happenings and social activities that really make up part of their social lives and their school lives,” Fasy noted of cancellations since the pandemic hit in March of this year.He said that Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor and High School Principal Dr. Matt Jamison have been very supportive of wellness initiatives and programs for students and their families. The Ocean City district was one of the first in the state to create a wellness center in the high school a few years ago, and just this past year, it opened one at the Intermediate School.“The reality is the school district has a specific role, but it is hard for them in today’s world with time constraints, the pandemic restrictions and other constraints handed down in the state. So we wanted to be in a support role to help them accomplish things for families,” Fasy explained.The Holiday Food Drive runs through Nov. 20.OCNJ CARE recently partnered with the Intermediate School to host a holiday food drive to help families in need.Students are encouraged to bring in canned or boxed goods to their homeroom. Students in Virtual Academy, the district’s online learning program, can drop off items to the school between Nov. 1 and Nov. 20 to help support the community. OCNJ CARE is in charge of the distribution of the food.And just this week, OCNJ CARE and the Primary School joined forces to offer a replacement event for the big Halloween parade, done each year at the school.Local business Spoon & Sip at 838 Asbury Ave. teamed up with the nonprofit to offer free ice cream gift certificates to Primary School students as part of a Halloween celebration at the school. The event, held for students on Tuesday and Thursday, gave kids the opportunity to dress in their Halloween costumes.“The Primary School always did a Halloween parade and the fire department would be there handing out candy,” Fasy noted. “It was really a neat event, but with restrictions on numbers of people, they couldn’t hold the parade this year.”  Instead, the students had a small parade without spectators. “Unfortunately, there couldn’t be parents there. We try to replace or re-create whatever events the kids may  possibly miss,” Fasy said. “The events may not look or feel the same, but at least it is something we could provide for the kids that they can enjoy.”Members of the Ocean City High School Key Club also helped out.“They offered to volunteer with OCNJ CARE to cheer on the kids at the parade, while handing out coupons,” Fasy said.Primary School third-grader Cove Chew, of Ocean City, dressed as a “nerd” for the Halloween parade on Tuesday. Her mother, Suzanne Chew, said Cove had a blast.“Nothing like a last minute costume creation before school — real costume did not come in, but I think she looked adorable and it was a huge success,” Chew said in a post on Instagram.Fasy said in addition to the school district, OCNJ CARE works with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps families in need. The nonprofit also works with the Ocean City Housing Authority.He said the Ecumenical Council’s Food Pantry typically delivers food to the Housing Authority units, but stopped due to COVID-19. OCNJ CARE is going to be handling the food deliveries with the help of the high school Key Club.“We are collecting food for seniors in the Housing Authority and delivering it to them on a monthly basis,” he said. “The Key Club will also be doing some of the deliveries.”For more information about OCNJ CARE visit  www.ocnjcare.orgThird-grader Cove Chew dresses as a “nerd” for the Primary School Halloween Parade.last_img read more

Ocado sees sales up while average order value declines

first_imgOnline retail giant Ocado has seen sales for the group rise by 19.2% to £271.1m, despite a decline in average order value.The company said that, for the 12 weeks to 22 February 2015, the average value of an order was down 2.5% to £114.72, but the average number of orders had increased 18.1% to 183,000.Tim Steiner, chief executive, said: “Our business continued to grow, against the backdrop of a retail market that remains challenging and competitive.“We remain committed to improving the quality of the proposition to customers, which we believe will support further growth.“Notwithstanding the uncertainty that remains in the marketplace, we expect to continue growing slightly ahead of the online grocery market.”Gross retail sales for the group were up 15.2% to £252m for the 12-week period.last_img read more

Cost of grocery shopping continues to fall

first_imgThe cost of a weekly grocery shop has fallen again by 1% in the last month and 7% in the last year. MySupermarket’s Groceries Tracker found that its standard basket of 35 staple items now costs £87.70, down from £88.59. The same shop would have cost £93.95 in March 2014 – a massive 7% more.The independent shopping and comparison website found the biggest fallers were carrots (-7.49%, now £2.51 per kg), pasta sauce (-4.40%, now £2.37 per 500g) and frozen pizza (-4.37%, now £1.87 per 350g pie).Meanwhile, products that increased most were baked beans (3.46%, now 77p per 415g can), pasta (3.18%, now 26p per kg), and breakfast cereals (1.95%, now £3.94 per 750g box).Aldi currently comes out cheapest for bakery items, as well as eggs and dairy, while Asda offers the best price for the snacks and sweets category.Gilad Simhony, chief executive of mySupermarket, said: “The price war between supermarkets continues and shoppers continue to see the welcome benefits through lower grocery prices. A massive drop in the price of products from month to month is not unusual and shows how important it is for shoppers to compare prices to make the biggest saving.”last_img read more

Exmag Releases ‘Glimpses Of A Vision’ EP Ahead Of Upcoming Tour [Listen]

first_imgExmag has been making a name for themselves on the live circuit the past several years, emerging as one of the pioneers of a new wave of sophisticated electronic music. The group fuses elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and R&B into a fresh and unique sound, helping them resonate with fans of many genres. Their take on electronic music is exciting and refreshing, as they push the limits of what the audience can expect at the crossroads of programmed beats, samples, and live instrumentation.Today, Exmag releases two-track slamdunk, Glimpses of a Vision, via Majestic Casual. Firstly, “Amável” sets the record off with a fast-paced, worldly fusion journey full of synths and guitars over an infectious beat and angelic harmonies. “In This” featuring vocalist Ehiorobo is a nostalgic, disco-infused dance track with the signature Exmag groove, set to the mood of an East Coast house party.“We’re really stoked about this release,” the band explained in a press release. “We had a great time getting to know Ehiorobo, and producing the track and video for ‘In This’ was a really effortless, communal process. ‘Amável’ was a new style for us and gave us a glimpse of where our music could go next. This record is more closely aligned with what we want to make than ever before. Sometimes your favorite songs fall on deaf ears but we are really thankful Majestic Casual chose to release these two together with us. ‘In This’ came together really naturally. Ehiorobo was a perfect fit. Everyone came together and we actually had the great party that is being depicted in the video. A big thanks to Ehi, Nesmith Films, and our awesome friends who made this whole production happen so effortlessly.” Listen to Glimpses of a Vision below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Exmag is gearing up to head out on the road with Jaw Gems, Kyle Hollingsworth, and Sophistafunk for a run this December. Of note, the band will hit Brooklyn’s famous Knitting Factory on December 7th alongside special guests, fellow live beat wizards Jaw Gems. Tickets for Exmag & Jaw Gems at Knitting Factory are currently on sale at this link.See below for full info, as well as a full list dates on Exmag’s Glimpses of a Vision Tour.Date: Friday, December 7th, 2018Artist: Exmag w/ Special Guests Jaw GemsVenue: Knitting Factory Brooklyn – 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211Price: $15adv / $18dos — BUY TICKETSTime: Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PMlast_img read more

VIDEO: “Downtime is not an option”

first_imgFor a company like Fox Sports, system downtime doesn’t just disrupt business operations: it can potentially lead to major loss of customers, revenues, and even contracts with partners. Fox Sports is one of Asia’s leading sports broadcasters, and in 2012 the Australian company saw an opportunity to move to a private cloud while building its new production studio.The transition to the cloud, however, had an extremely small window of time: less than six months if it was to support the new studio. And both the migration and new solution would have to ensure world-class levels of uptime in order for Fox Sports’ live sports broadcasts to meet consumer expectations.Fox Sports IT team realised it was in no position to build its own cloud solution from scratch, both from a time and skills perspective. Instead, the team designed the cloud around a VCE Vblock system – one of the first to be deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. The Vblock orchestrates all of the private cloud’s operations, including20km of fibre optic connectionsMore than 15 petabytes of storageInternal data traffic of up to 50 terabytes a dayVideo production, streaming, and broadcasting incur huge demands on bandwidth, yet Fox Sports’ private cloud saw support calls drop by 75 percent in its first year of operation, thanks to the negligible downtime that the Vblock delivers. Perhaps most crucially, VCE manages and supports all technical aspects of the Vblock’s operation, including minimising both unforeseen and planned outages. That leaves Fox Sports’ 40-person IT team to focus on higher priorities like ramping up HD channels, online streaming, and other technology platforms for even greater regional growth.Watch how Fox Sports embraced converged infrastructure here: more about Fox Sports’ use of Vblocks on ITWire and CIO Australia.last_img read more

Trail Mix | Forlorn Strangers

first_imgTo borrow liberally from Jerry Maguire . . . . . You had me at the harmony.Forlorn Strangers, based out of Nashville, sing with a delight and power reminiscent of the greatest brother/sister combos in traditional music. The band’s five part harmonies are rooted with sisters Hannah Leigh Lusk and Abigail Dempsey who, in the spirit of the Stanleys, Louvins, and the Carters, harmonize in a way that can only happen between those sit on the same limb of the family tree.These delicious harmonies are only accented by the multi-instrumentality of Lusk, Dempsey, and band mates Chris Banke, Benjamin Lusk, and Jesse Thompson. Each member of Forlorn Strangers is more than proficient on a variety of instruments, and this affords the band a flexibility in songwriting and performing that I have come across in very few bands across the years.The band’s debut album, recorded with noted songwriter and producer Phil Madeira at the helm, dropped earlier this month, and it reflects both the strong songwriting and instrumental prowess the quintet has honed through their road warrior approach to touring.So come, friends, and find this band when they take to a stage near you. Let yourselves be strangers no more.I recently caught up with Hannah Leigh Lusk to chat about the new record, singing with family, and working with, and around, legends.BRO – You guys recorded the new record at The Butcher Shoppe, John Prine’s studio. He’s a hero of mine. Any Prine sightings?HLL – Oh, man. He’s a hero of ours, too. We were honored to record there and definitely channeled some of that good energy. He didn’t stop by during our time in the studio, but we got to hear some great stories from the engineers who work with him regularly.BRO – How did having Phil Madeira at the helm for the new record stretch you as a band?HLL – Phil Madeira’s decades of experience as an artist and producer enabled us to explore musical rabbit holes we otherwise wouldn’t have. The primary projects that drew us to him to produce this album were his Mercyland compilations. He managed a wide swath of Americana artists – Emmylou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, Shawn Mullins – and maintained an absolutely cohesive sound. Because our band is comprised of five different songwriters and quite different veins of American music, our goal with Phil was to be able to develop each song as deeply and honestly as possible, while still creating a seamless, whole album. Phil continually challenged us to not be afraid of pursuing instrumentation or arrangements that we hadn’t or couldn’t reproduce live. His guidance stretched us, but we think we got the best album out of it.BRO – In traditional music, is there anything more powerful than the harmonies created between family members?HLL – It sure doesn’t seem like it. Arranging harmonies is one of the most life giving parts of being in this band. It is so fulfilling to take a song from one person playing the skeleton on acoustic guitar to a fully structured song with five part harmonies. When we workshopped the bridge on our song “The Light,” and we sang the “ooooohs” for the first time, everything stopped. That’s actually how a lot of things go in this band. Our influences are expanding as well. Traditional music will always be our backbone, but the harmonies in bands like Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, and The Band have been fueling us quite a bit lately.BRO – Each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist. How do you determine who will play what on a given track?HLL – Everything we do is determined by what will serve the song. We try to approach new tunes without any preconceptions. If the song wants dobro, played by Jesse, then I will play bass. Depending on the groove, Abigail will play percussion instead of the fiddle, or sometimes both. Also, since we tour all year, it just keeps it fun to be able to switch up what we do. Sometimes Benjamin and Chris will write leads together that sound great with two guitars or the mandolin and the banjo. For as many options as we have, it’s surprising how organic and unanimous the instrument choices are.BRO – We are featuring “Bottom Of The Barrel” on this month’s Trail Mix. Got a favorite barrel to get to the bottom of?HLL – The peanut butter jar! On a serious note, this song was inspired by the great work of Pete Seeger and Dr. King in the sixties and beyond. The lyric came from an exasperated place of feeling like we haven’t grown very much since then. The song is a cry towards figuring out how, individually, and collectively, we can do better. We’re trying to get out of this barrel!Our friends out west can catch Forlorn Strangers over the new few weeks as the band stops in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, among other places, before returning east in mid-September with gigs in Virginia and North Carolina.For more information on Forlorn Strangers, including how you can find a copy of the brand new record, please point your browser here. And, of course, don’t forget to check out “Bottom of the Barrel” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more