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SECNAV Strengthens Ties with Colombia

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: Pays Back to overview,Home naval-today SECNAV Strengthens Ties with Colombia View post tag: Naval View post tag: Visit View post tag: Colombia SECNAV Strengthens Ties with Colombia Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Navy February 5, 2015 Authorities View post tag: SECNAV View post tag: News by topic Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus completed a visit to Colombia Feb. 4 after meeting with the nation’s minister of defense, chief of defense and chief of naval operations.The visit was designed to help enhance the already existing ties between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and their Colombian counterparts.In the past several years, Colombia’s Navy has taken part in exercises such as RIMPAC and Dawn Blitz and Cartagena, Colombia, hosted the most recent iteration of UNITAS in 2014.During his meetings with Colombia’s military leadership, Mabus expressed his gratitude for this valuable participation.Mabus also met with Marines assigned to the Marine Security Guard at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, commending them for their work in strengthening the U.S. partnership with Colombia.He also discussed the importance of continued cooperation in bilateral and multilateral amphibious operations.Mabus’ stop in Colombia is part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility focused on reinforcing existing partnerships and visiting Sailors and Marines forward deployed.[mappress mapid=”15047″]Image: US Navylast_img read more

As demand drives up pricing, first-time homebuyers work to stay on budget

first_imgHomes for sale have been short of demand in recent years, as fewer people choose to move out of their homes. While this has had a detrimental effect on first-time homebuyers, they are finding ways to overcome.During the second quarter of 2018, the inventory of previously owned homes averaged 1.87 million units, down 4% from the prior year. This decline directly accounts for half the decrease in existing home sales. Year-to-date, homes are staying on the market an average of 3.8 months; in a balanced market that figure would be around six months. This implies there should be approximately 2.7 million units on the market, a current shortfall of more than 800,000 homes. The housing market definitely benefits sellers right now, and home prices are likely to increase to their benefit.Limited inventory is accelerating price. In 2015, the increase was 5.5% compared to 7% this year. The price increases coupled with rising interest rates significantly drive up the overall price for first-time homebuyers. For example, a homebuyer purchasing their first home this year will pay 12.6% more per month for their mortgage versus purchases from one year ago (6.5% from price increases and 5.7% from increased interest rates). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Syracuse started the season with 7 defenders, now it has only 4

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder center_img On Jan. 29, down to four active defenseman against No. 6 Cornell, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan asked Logan Hicks to play the position she gave up two years prior. Originally a defender, Hicks focused on her new role as junior right winger this season. She had to switch because the Orange didn’t have enough defenders to fill its usual three lines.Hicks kept things simple. She cleared pucks quickly, angled skaters away from the net and didn’t take risks. The defense held Cornell— the ninth-best offense in the country (3.24 goals per game) — to two scores in the first two periods. But in the final 20 minutes, everyone was “gassed,” Flanagan said, leading to mental mistakes and three unanswered Big Red goals.Syracuse (6-18-2, 6-5-1 College Hockey America) has been hobbled by injuries this season, losing three defenders to injury. Dakota Derrer sustained a lower body injury on Nov. 10 against Penn State, ending her career, Flanagan said. Lindsay Eastwood has no timetable for return with an illness and Kristen Siermachesky was hit into the boards from behind against Penn State on Jan. 26, leaving the Orange with four healthy defenders for most of that contest. Flanagan adjusted without major changes to his system, rotating Hicks to the back against Cornell, and that’s likely to continue until Eastwood or Siermachesky comes back.“I thought our kids did a good job, and we only had four defensemen, so we asked a lot of those four,” Flanagan said following the Penn State matchup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorFlanagan kept his defense fresh by rotating the five players in the last two matchups. Syracuse averages 5.1 penalties a game, but committed only one against Penn State and three against Cornell. The emergence of junior Allie Olnowich and more consistency from freshman Shelby Calof have helped the Orange secure their defensive depth.Olnowich started as the seventh defender this season, but against Cornell, she started alongside senior captain Allie Munroe.Now, Olnowich’s ability, that Flanagan said she’s always had, is standing out. She’s an “intuitive” player when it comes to decision making. Olnowich is also the most disciplined player on the ice for the Orange, Flanagan said. The lack of discipline has lost them games this season. Olnowich has committed just two penalties, the fewest out of players with consistent ice time.Syracuse’s forwards have helped with SU’s recent success, too. Their responsibility on the defensive side of the ice grew with the injuries, and two-way players like Lauren Bellefontaine became essential. The freshman, who is third on the team in blocks, got in front of a career-high four shots against Penn State when Siermachesky went down, and she replicated her block total three days later against the Big Red.“It’s really helpful having the forwards get back and having them talk to you and being an outlet to get open makes it a lot easier,” Hicks said.Syracuse got the day off after facing Cornell to recover from three games in five days. Now, it won’t play again until Feb. 8. Even if Eastwood isn’t fit to return by that point, it gives Hicks time to acclimate to her old position.With just one day of practice before playing against Cornell, Flanagan didn’t have much advice for Hicks. He had no other options.last_img read more

Tonight’s local GAA Action……

first_img13Declan Laffan[mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/TippFM/laffan/ width=100% height=60 hide_cover=1 mini=1 light=1]Meanwhile in the South Tipp Senior Football Championship Ballyporeen take on Killenaule.Throw-in is at 7 in Cahir. Photo © Tipp FM Loughmore Castleiney and JK Brackens meet in the first of the Mid senior football semi-finals this evening.Throw-in is at 7.30 in Templetuohy.Loughmore manager Declan Laffan admits being County Champions is always going to make them the focus of attention.last_img

FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Arrives Nigeria on Tour

first_imgNicole Fisch (lead for women’s football project), Sarai Bareman (chief women’s football officer) and Vanessa Marques (lead for marketing project) are the FIFA officials expected today.After a special welcome at the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports on Thursday morning, the FIFA team alongside Ministry and NFF officials will move to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja for the display of the trophy, for which the best 24 women national teams in the world will battle in nine cities in France between 7th June and 7th July 2019.At the Transcorp Hilton, there will be a video documentary on the evolution of women football in Nigeria, an address by the President of Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA’s perspective on women football, before individuals will have opportunity to take photos with the glittering trophy.Acting President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, NFF Management officials and directors in the Sports Ministry are expected at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.Some players of the Super Falcons, who returned from a two-match tour of Spain on Tuesday afternoon, pupils from two schools within the Abuja metropolis as well as media representatives and other stakeholders will also be part of the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is already agog in anticipation of the arrival of the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, which is expected on Nigerian soil on Thursday.The Women’s World Cup trophy’s stop-over is coming 13 months after the FIFA World Cup trophy (for men) also made a stop in Nigeria ahead of last year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.World football-governing body, FIFA has informed the Nigeria Football Federation that former Nigeria international striker, Osaze Peter Odemwingie, who is one of the FIFA Legends for this year’s World Cup finals in France, will arrive Nigeria this morning, with three other FIFA officials due in the country hours later.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw draws Dodgers’ Opening Day assignment for ninth time

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — Same as it ever was.After a one-year pause, Clayton Kershaw will be back in his familiar place on Opening Day – starting for the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts made the assignment official after Monday’s morning workout at Camelback Ranch.The Opening Day start will be Kershaw’s ninth, a franchise record. He started every Opening Day from 2011 through 2018 (a franchise record for consecutive season-opening starts). Last spring, however, he was sidelined by a sore shoulder and opened the season on the injured list. Hyun-Jin Ryu made start on Opening Day instead.“It’s cool. I feel like I say it every year, but I don’t take it lightly,” Kershaw said. “It is an honor. It is just one game, but it is an honor to get the start. Opening Day is a special day in baseball and to get to be part of it is really cool.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “It was hard a little bit. You want to be a part of it,” he said. “It was also kind of fun to take in an Opening Day especially how well it went. I think we hit seven or eight homers. So it was really fun doing that. But, yeah, it was a little sad. I got over it quickly. But it was a little sad, for sure.”Kershaw has been a very good opener for the Dodgers. They have won seven of his eight previous Opening Day starts and Kershaw has allowed no runs in half of the starts, one earned run in three others.Overall, Kershaw is 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 51-2/3 innings on Opening Day.The record for most Opening Day starts is held by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (16, 11 with the New York Mets). Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez (11) have made the most Opening Day starts among active players.“Yeah, I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked if he could match Seaver. “One at a time. One at a time. … That’s a lot. Worry about March 26. I’ve got to make it to March 26.”LEANING LEFTThe Dodgers had four left-handers in their starting rotation at times during the 2018 and 2017 seasons (Kershaw, Rich Hill, Ryu and Wood) as well as 2016 (Kershaw, Wood, Urias and Scott Kazmir). Roberts was asked again Monday if he sees a problem in that.“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think that it doesn’t seem, from the outside looking in, as optimum … as far as the balance. But … every day is different. Each of these guys has a different mix.“These are our five best pitchers and I feel good about it.”STAFF LEADERThe Opening Day start is as much symbolic as anything. In Kershaw’s case, it reinforces his role as the leader of the Dodgers’ pitching staff – both for his accomplishments (three Cy Young awards) and his work ethic and accountability.Related Articles Roberts said the decision came down to Kershaw or Walker Buehler and it was a “difficult decision” because of “what Walker has done, what we expect him to do this year.”Kershaw said there was a three-way discussion about who would get the assignment on March 26 against the San Francisco Giants.“I talked to Walker about it too and Doc and I,” Kershaw said. “We kind of all got together and I said I don’t want a charity Opening Day. If you want me to do it, great. But if you want Walker to do it, great too. Walker was great about it. I’m thankful that I get to do it.”Buehler will start the second game of the season with David Price making his Dodgers debut on March 28 against the San Francisco Giants. After an off day, Julio Urias and Alex Wood will start the first two games of the series against the Colorado Rockies.Missing out on last year’s Opening Day start doesn’t make this one any more meaningful, Kershaw said. But he acknowledged it was not easy sitting out the start of last season. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img “You know what – leadership is a strange thing. It doesn’t come just by being a veteran guy,” said Kershaw, who will turn 32 the week before Opening Day. “I want to be a guy who people can talk too. I want to be a guy who people can watch. I don’t take that for granted if people do see me as a leader.“But I don’t consider myself that. I don’t call myself that – especially we’ve got guys like David Price here now. We’ve got lots of guys who have had a lot of success and Walker, he doesn’t need a lot of help. It’s almost a mutual relationship as far as helping each other.”ALSOThe Dodgers continued trimming their spring roster, sending seven more players to minor-league camp following Monday’s game — catcher Keibert Ruiz, infielders Zach McKinstry, Jacob Amaya and Omar Estevez, outfielders DJ Peters and Luke Raley and right-hander Brett de Geus. There are 44 players left in big-league camp. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more