CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):New Zealand power-hitter Brendon McCullum and Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara are among five international stars confirmed for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft set for February 11 in Barbados.They will be joined by South African Faf du Plessis, New Zealander Martin Guptill and Australian Shane Watson, all of whom represent the inaugural inclusion of marquee international players for this year’s tournament, which bowls off in June.CPL organisers are expected to announce the final marquee player closer to the draft.Australian Tom Moody, CPL’s director of international cricket, said the arrival of such quality players would bring the Caribbean tournament on par with other well established global T20 competitions.”With the confirmation of these marquee players, the CPL is now truly established as one of the leading T20 leagues and compares favourably with the likes of the IPL and Big Bash League,” Moody said.”We are entering into a fascinating year of T20 cricket, with a number of players in this year’s draft set to feature for their countries in the forthcoming ICC World T20 in India, as well as in other leading domestic T20 competitions.”With the West Indies currently sitting atop the World T20 team rankings, we believe that the top quality signings of iconic and hugely decorated marquee players demonstrate CPL’s intentions to captivate the attention of both the West Indies public and cricket followers globally.”TWO CENTURIESKnown for his all-out attacking style at the top of the order, McCullum is likely to attract the most attention. The former Black Caps captain was the first player to reach 1,000 runs in T20 Internationals and the only one to have scored two centuries in T20 Internationals.He has played 99 Tests and 256 one-day internationals and is set to retire in February after playing his final two Tests against the touring Australians.Sangakkara, meanwhile, one of the most sought after players on the T20 circuit, has featured in the CPL before along with Guptill, while all-rounder Watson will be turning out in the Caribbean tournament for the first time.The six marquee players will enter the draft and will each be assigned to one of the six franchises – Barbados Pride, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.
Seattle Marinerschristina_kahrl: The team in the division I really don’t know what to think of is the Mariners. New GM Jerry Dipoto has made the right kinds of gestures to indicate he wants to contend now without spending too much, but is this the year that guys like Taijuan Walker and James Paxton finally break through as rotation regulars? And is everybody sold on Ketel Marte as an everyday shortstop, or is he just the latest young Mariners shortstop who will be touted briefly before bouncing to the Rays (or wherever)?rob: The Mariners seem to me like a mirage. Nelson Cruz had a fantastic year in 2015, slugging .566 at age 34. That cannot continue for long. Robinson Cano saw his WAR fall by about 50 percent from 2014, and I am more sold that his decline is real than PECOTA is (second basemen tend to age quickly). And Marte BABIP‘d .341 on his way to a good year that I don’t think he can repeat (until he goes to the Rays and becomes an All-Star, anyway).neil: Also, haven’t we seen this movie before, with Seattle overhauling the roster and going all-in on pitching and defense?christina_kahrl: Yes, but that’s because Jack Z. was the Bond villain of GMs: He had a new master plan for world domination every year, and he never had a two-year plan, so in his run he had time to try everything at least once. Someone should have just given him a white Persian cat and snapped the picture.rob: As far as the pitching, Paxton and Walker could become great and change the whole trajectory of the Mariners’ season. But I think there’s a roughly equal chance they will become hurt, and Seattle doesn’t have a lot of rotation depth to replace them.As for the Zduriencik comparison, Dipoto actually seems like he’s all about the long-term plan. Why else would you waste a solid chunk of Mike Trout’s prime like what happened during his tenure with the Angels? Ben Lindbergh joins the Hot Takedown podcast to preview the 2016 MLB season. In honor of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, which starts Sunday, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about the year to come. Today, we put the American League West under the microscope with ESPN MLB writer/editor Christina Kahrl and our own baseball columnist, Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited.Texas RangersHouston AstrosSeattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsOakland Athletics neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Who’s ready to talk about the AL West? Am I wrong, or does this look like it might be the most wide-open division in baseball (on paper, at least)?rob: I’m not sure I agree that it’s totally wide open. I see the Astros as a really strong team that is more likely to exceed their projections than fall apart this year. After the Astros, though, I could see an argument that any of the other teams could find themselves in second place.christina_kahrl: With the exception of the Oakland A’s in this very division, I think you can make a reasonable argument that each of the other 14 teams in the AL have a shot at 85 wins (which would equal contention). So I don’t think I’d go there, as far as “most wide open.”neil: But what about the defending division-champ Rangers! The Trout-led Angels! The better-than-their-record A’s! The … you know, the Mariners! Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimneil: About those Angels …christina_kahrl: Doesn’t this have to be a year where, having gotten his way, Mike Scioscia has to get the Angels into the postseason?neil: I mean, with this team, we also have to talk about the collective star power and its failure to really make much of an impact these past few years. Does this serve as an invalidation of the stars-and-scrubs model they’ve built with? Or do we think they have a real breakthrough this season?(And how much more does Trout have to do to make that happen???)rob: I don’t think it invalidates stars-and-scrubs generally, only this extreme version of it. They’ve had literally the best star player in the game and some of the worst scrubs all around him. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it’s changing all that much this year. Andrelton Simmons will help, but their farm system is still in shambles and they weren’t active on the free agent market.christina_kahrl: Maybe the Angels are an elaborate piece of performance art, a commentary on the emptiness of celebrity.rob: Or a counter-argument to the Great Man theory of history.No matter what Trout does, he cannot rescue the team on his lonesome. The Angels are projected by PECOTA for 27.1 combined WARP; Trout alone is responsible for about a quarter of that. Even if he attained prime-era Barry Bonds status, or took to the mound Babe Ruth-style, he can only add a few more wins to the team’s tally, which won’t be enough to make them true contenders.christina_kahrl: I’m reminded of why the “great” Angels teams of the ’70s — which had plenty of famous players — didn’t win while the Oakland A’s did: An absence of on-base percentage. Yunel Escobar and Daniel Nava might help them a lot in that department (especially if the Angels get the good Nava and not the nega-Nava who exasperated Red Sox fans every other season), but I’m still wondering whether this is another Trout-and-Pujols kamikaze run ending in 82 wins and a participation medal.rob: That scenario is precisely what I expect to happen. Merely having Trout on the roster is enough to make them mediocre; not having other good players is enough to stop them from being anything more than mediocre.christina_kahrl: I’m imagining Trout’s plaque in Cooperstown now:“Kept the Angels above .500. ‘Hey, you try it.’ — M.T.”neil: Poor Trout. neil: Is that a “Barton Fink” reference, @christina_kahrl?christina_kahrl: Of course. ;)neil: If this division was a Coen brothers film, which one would it be?christina_kahrl: Well, I’ve tipped my hand already. But when I think of the Rangers beating the Astros, last year and now picking them to do it again this year, I pretty much automatically think of John Goodman shouting, “I’ll show you the life of the mind!” And I know that’s totally unfair to how smart the Rangers are, or how talented the Astros are. Oakland Athleticschristina_kahrl: I guess that brings us to the A’s. I guess they have some fourth-place potential if the Mariners implode. But are they left with “best last-place team in baseball” ambitions? Or will they not even be better than whoever finishes last in the AL East?neil: And, relatedly, why do they continually win less than their component stats say they should? They’re like the anti-Royals.rob: It’s the new market inefficiency.neil: Haha.christina_kahrl: On a practical, non-snarky level, I just want to see guys like Jesse Hahn and Chris Bassitt turn the corner. And find out whether Marcus Semien can stick at shortstop — because the one thing that organization has a lot of is good shortstop prospects, between Franklin Barreto, Chad Pinder, Yairo Munoz and Richie Martin.The guy to really get excited about is Sean Manaea, though. I saw his start last Sunday in Arizona, and he’s going to be fun to watch; lefties who throw that hard aren’t everyday items.rob: Yeah, they definitely have some interesting players. In seriousness, I think they’ve played below their components because of a bad bullpen that doesn’t look to get any better.On the plus side, Sonny Gray is a lot of fun to watch.christina_kahrl: Also yes, I mean, as much as I don’t think they’ll contend, they’re an interesting club with an expanding talent base. Matt Chapman isn’t too far off at third base, either. In the long term, they have to sort out their keepers in the infield and the rotation. This year will help give them clarity.neil: So are the A’s clearly in their own tier at the bottom of this division, then? Or is it fairer to lump them in amongst the Mariners and Angels — with all three solidly below the Rangers and Astros?rob: I see enough downside risk with the Mariners and a lack of non-Trout talent on the Angels to put them down with the Athletics. None of them are truly bad: They all have promising players somewhere, but each is crippled enough that I don’t think they can be a true-talent 88-90-win team, the way the Rangers or Astros could be.christina_kahrl: Quite right. I’d also lean more towards the two-and-three grouping. The A’s might rate below the Mariners and Angels now, but if Gray gets some help in the rotation, they might be better than both. But young pitching and heartbreak go together like Wallace Beery and wrestling pictures; we all know that roadmap. Houston Astrosneil: It does seem like what’s driving the difference between Houston and Texas in the stat projections — which favor Houston probably more than the conventional wisdom would — is the difference in the lineups, not the pitching staffs.rob: Definitely. Both lineups are chock full of interesting young players like George Springer, Carlos Correa, Gallo and Rougned Odor. Younger players are notoriously harder to predict, so I could see the division turning on a couple of huge years from either pair of hitters. All of them certainly have the talent.christina_kahrl: Aye. Although the Rangers’ bullpen does have a few more question marks as well.rob: I also think the Astros will be able to leverage their excellent bullpen to outperform their runs pythagorean record and get an extra couple of wins, which could be all they need to steal the division from the Rangers.christina_kahrl: An entirely reasonable expectation, even though I’m sticking with the Rangers. The other factor is that both GMs are willing to deal to win, and both have full farms to deal from. Who makes that big move in July? Probably both of them.rob: Yep, and I see that as another point of difference between the Astros/Rangers and the other teams in the AL West. Two of those teams have new GMs (Angels, Mariners) who probably wouldn’t go all-out to lock up a playoff appearance (better to build strength for a sustained competitive window). And the other team is run by Billy Beane, who’s been burned by in-season purchases in the recent past.christina_kahrl: One point of contrast with my earlier note about the Rangers’ hidden upside: The Astros’ rotation is a nice unit, but it has less potential for improvement on last year’s full-season numbers — by which I mean, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh probably can’t get better. So they need that ‘pen to be amazing again … and it probably will be. The thing that’s fun for them is what a full year of “Los Dos Carlos” — Correa and Gomez — might mean, and whether Tyler White or Jon Singleton (or the both of them) step up and rake. That’s definitely fun to think about.neil: Any fear about the Astros running afoul of the Plexiglas Principle? They did make quite a leap last year.rob: I’m not worried about the Plexiglas Principle with regard to the ‘Stros. They made a big jump — historically large, in fact — but their runs scored/allowed numbers suggest that they should have done even better. First-, second-, and third-order winning percentages from Baseball Prospectus had them as between a 93-win and 98-win team, which is really amazing. So while I think they will regress slightly, it will be from that lofty peak and not the more modest 86-win total they produced in the standings.christina_kahrl: I think dynamic talent turnover kind of insures the Astros against the Plexiglas Principle. Perhaps more than any other thing, I come back to thinking that we’ve yet to see what this team can do while getting full seasons from Gomez, Correa and Springer. If they do this year, and they all hit the way we think they can, that’s going to be a team that can outscore a lot of problems and play a pretty good brand of defense to boot.rob: That, too. Unlike some other teams “on the rise,” the Astros are in the midst of converting an outstanding farm system over the last few years into major-league talent. We have a legitimate reason to believe that they are going to continue getting more playing time and more performance out of a bunch of young players.christina_kahrl: Yeah, that trio plus Jose Altuve, surrounded by the Astros’ collection of power sources like Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena? That’s what will sustain their ability to beat teams late, because in close games they have a lineup talented enough, one through nine, to put any mistake in the seats. Embed Code rob: That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “No Country for Old Men”, with Anton Chigurh representing the (in the long-term unstoppable) Astros, Llewelyn Moss as the Rangers, and the trail of violence between them as what happens to the other teams in the division when they have to face the Astros and Rangers.Also, clearly, this is No Division for Old Men. The teams on the rise have young talent by the boatload; the teams falling apart do not.christina_kahrl: Now you’re just making me feel bad for Coco Crisp. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed A FiveThirtyEight Chat Texas Rangersneil: OK, fine, you’ve convinced me — there are several tiers to this division. So who belongs at the top?christina_kahrl: I’m down with Rob’s point that the Astros have the most upside, even though I’m leaning Rangers as the favorite to win the division. But while the Astros may have upside, there’s also a stampede-of-crowds effect where all the smarties want to call the smart guys’ win.rob: Sure, I can see an argument for the Rangers as well, although last year’s division win seemed a little more luck than skill. Then you have a crowd of mediocrity: Per FanGraphs, the Angels, Mariners and Athletics are all projected for between 79 and 81 wins. Maybe that’s what you meant by wide open, Neil — any of those teams are good enough to launch a playoff run. But it would also be a surprise for each of them.neil: Right, there seems to be at least a semi-plausible case for all of those teams. (But maybe that speaks mainly to the mediocrity factor you mentioned, Rob.)christina_kahrl: The big thing for me, as far as the Rangers go, is that the rotation’s going to get a full year from Derek Holland and Cole Hamels, plus Yu Darvish come May. Their mediocre full-season run differential last year was a reflection of how inadequate that number can be when you’re talking about 162 discrete data points, and the first 80-90 didn’t really have much predictive impact on the last 70-80 because the makeup of the team — and the pitching staff in particular — was so radically different. This season should echo that, and then you add in a much deeper lineup that should armor them against the usual injuries or allow them to live with the projectable absences of guys like Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre.rob: You make some good points! I’m convinced that the Rangers belong outside the tier of mediocrity. On the other hand, to play devil’s advocate, the strongest predictor of future injury is past injury, and the Rangers have suffered with that scourge a lot in the last few years. The roster is easy to dream on, but I suspect that we will once again see them losing many players to the disabled list.But, as you alluded to, they have a deep farm system and the capacity to replace some of what they lose.christina_kahrl: Yeah, I mean, we’ve all been dreaming about the best-case scenario for Joey Gallo, but even if he’s Russell Branyan with a glove, that’s a freakin’ valuable thing. And Nomar Mazara is probably the answer to a lot of their outfield injuries, assuming he doesn’t win a starting job outright at some point this season.The thing I keep wondering about is what Elvis Andrus has left in the tank. If he can go back to being an impact hitter with his deadball-era skills and play premium defense, that would be really very nice. The guy’s only 27, but maybe he’s a great example of the argument that we need to revise our expectations about peaks in an era where pitchers seem to be winning the game of adjustments.rob: Andrus is a fascinating player who’s still incredibly variable. By Baseball Prospectus’s Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP), he had his best season last year (3.8 WARP) and his worst season the year before (1.5 WARP). But my hunch is that he’s probably a 2-3 WAR player who never takes the next step we’ve all been waiting for.neil: Time might be running out for that to happen, for sure.christina_kahrl: Yeah, perhaps he spoiled us early with .340 OBPs and double-digit tallies in Defensive Runs Saved.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The face of television is changing with Cable & Wireless Business, as the region’s leading telecommunications provider has unveiled a new product specifically geared towards TCI’s leading industry.C&W Business launched its new cutting-edge integrated Next Generation Hospitality Interactive TV in Turks and Caicos at an industry event hosted at the Blue Haven Resort, aimed at making the hospitality sector more globally competitive to meets the demands of the “connected guest.”A bespoke solution, C&W Business Hospitality Interactive TV can be tailored to an all-inclusive resort, business hotel, luxury, or small property. It can be fine-tuned for the guests the property most commonly serves: whether families, young travelers, adults only, or business travelers.“The present demands of today’s travellers in this vast industry with an expanding cluster of world class luxury hotels deserves a world class solution, and Cable & Wireless is here to deliver,” said Flow TCI, Country Manager, Delleriece Hall.CW Business Sales Manager, Joanne Missick added: “We are very proud of where we are today and we are very much excited about where we are headed. As an organization, we have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to pave the way to the future.”With a larger selection of channels, inclusive of high-definition content, integrated digital signage that encompasses every screen on the property, and a dedicated hotel channel to guide visitors to restaurants, bars, and other on-property amenities, the solution can be delivered via analog, digital or full end-to-end Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).Basic packages comprise either 29 or 65 channels, whilst Add-On Packs enable the guest to stay connected with the latest sports, movies, or news, or provide entertainment for the family, by signing on for Movie Pass, Fox Pass, Kids Pass, Sports Pass, or Global Pass.Additionally, the new Interactive TV solution comes with 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and support by a team of Cable & Wireless technology experts, which allows them to remotely troubleshoot any potential issues.Vice President, B2B Sales Operations, Boris Kluck, remarked: “The Hospitality industry is an incredibly competitive marketplace and while there is no doubt about the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos, it is critical that you differentiate your properties in order to stand out from the many other choices that travellers have.”Kluck further stated that, “Increasingly, what our research tell us is that your guests’ digital stay is becoming just as important as their actual physical stay – ensuring that you have the right technology solutions to meet the digital demands of your guests will be an important factor of differentiation when they are making the important decisions about their next vacation. C&W Business continues to invest in the hospitality sector as we recognize its importance to economic growth in the region. We are committed to providing world-class technology solutions that will help you deliver an unparalleled guest experience.”The workshop today saw a number of key representatives from the hotel sector, including Director of Tourism, Mr. Ramon Andrews who provided a positive and encouraging overview of the status of the hospitality industry following the passing of the recent hurricanes.Andrews stated, “It is no secret that we are definitely blessed in Turks and Caicos despite everything that we came through, as it relates to two storms, Irma and Maria. We find faith witnessing people put themselves aside and focus on the goal of understanding that there is a much bigger picture here. I think if we continue to approach everything the way we have approached this devastation, I think that we will continue to be successful in Turks and Caicos.”For more information on CW Business newest hospitality offering, visit https://cwcbusiness.com/solutions/hospitality-solutions/ today.Press Releases: Cable & Wireless Related Items:
Facebook Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene location-rapper-pouya-miamis-hip-hop-scene “On Location”: Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene News Twitter Email Learn about the history of hip-hop in Miami from the 23-year-old native rapperRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 10:44 am Whether you know it or not, Miami has a huge hip-hop scene, rich with history and active artists moving the genre forward. One such rapper representing that community is Miami native Pouya who’s been jamming out tracks such as “Daddy Issues,” “Underground Underdog” and “Void.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 6, 2018 – 10:43 am Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene While “On Location” in Miami to capture the first episode of the new music and travel series, Recording Academy host Charlie Travers made a trip to Tropical Park to spend some time on the lake with the 23-year old rapper (and meet his 11-year-old dog Princess). While taking a break on the dock, we learn more about Miami’s hip-hop scene.”Back in the day they had the electric, EDM stuff,” Pouya says. “Then fast forward a little bit then came Uncle Luke, which was one of the first Miami rappers. Uncle Luke, the 2 Live Crew, those were the first Miami rappers ever putting on for Miami. Then came Trick Daddy. Fast forward a little bit came Rick Ross, Trina. Fast forward to today it’s me, Denzel Curry, the list goes on. … The list is too long.”Pouya, who tells Travers his father is Iranian and his mother came to Miami from Cuba, has always called Miami home. And when asked what he thinks might be missing from Miami’s music scene, it turns out this is the wrong question entirely. “There’s nothing missing really,” Pouya says. “I think the world is missing out on us. We support each other as a city. I ride or die for my city. This is my city.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
US House Foreign Affairs Committee passes a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya. Photo: foreignaffairs.house.govUS House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a legislation holding senior Myanmar military officials accountable for mass atrocities against the Rohingya.The BURMA Act (HR 5819) also urged the Myanmar government to cooperate with the United Nations fact-finding mission, provide access to humanitarian aid groups, facilitate the return of the Rohingya, and release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reports UNB.“We commend the House Foreign Affairs Committee, especially the lead co-sponsors, Representative Engel and Representative Chabot, for overcoming this key hurdle,” Francisco Bencosme, advocacy manager for Asia Pacific at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement on Thursday.It reads: “Congress needs to send a signal to the Myanmar military that it cannot act with impunity. This legislation is a crucial step towards addressing the systematic and widespread human rights abuses and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya that have been well documented by Amnesty International.”This legislation also speaks to the urgent need to protect freedom of expression in Myanmar by releasing journalists like Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, according to Amnesty International.Francisco said people should be able to report on atrocities without being put behind bars. “We urge the entire House of Representatives to pass this bill and the Senate to follow suit.”On World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International USA launched a campaign calling for the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.Last February, over 300 Amnesty members and supporters from nearly 40 states met with members of Congress to ask them to pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2018 and the BURMA Act of 2017.
Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Friday said the commission is thinking of imposing a restriction on live telecast during the general election slated for 30 December, reports UNB.He came up with the remarks while briefing newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban in the afternoon.The EC secretary said a proposal was placed at Thursday’s meeting on the law and order for preparing guidelines for journalists but the election commissioners said journalists can enter voting centres, take photographs and even take the opinions of voters.”There’s no restriction on such activities but the EC is considering of imposing restrictions on the live telecast from vote centres. We’ll inform you in this regard later,” he said.He said ballot papers will reach returning officers in all the 300 constituencies seven days before the 11th parliamentary elections. “We’ve started the printing of ballot papers. We hope we’ll be able to reach those to the returning officers seven days before the election day,” he said.The EC secretary said there are High Court orders about candidacy in some parliamentary seats. “We’re trying to print the ballot papers in line with the court orders,” he said.Helal also said armed forces members will be deployed for 10 days from 24 December as the striking in the election.Asked whether the armed forces members will be given magistracy power, he said only executive magistrates, judicial magistrates and senior joint district judges will be on duty in the field with magistracy power.The EC secretary said 652 executive magistrates, 640 judicial magistrates and 244 senior joint district judges will perform their duties for four days from two days before the election day.Besides, over 1,000 executive magistrates will be working with law enforcement agencies, including police, Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion, he said, adding, “So, there’s no scope to give magistracy power to a force (army) separately.”About the use of mobile phones by journalists in vote centres on the election day, the EC secretary said there is an EC instruction that only presiding officers and police officers in-charge can use mobile phone inside a centre. “Others can carry mobile phone but they won’t be allowed to talk over it,” he said.About preparations for the election, Helal said they completed many preparations in the last one month. “Now, we need to impart training to field-level officers — presiding officers and polling officers.”The election commissioners will provide training to the field-level officers, he said, adding that as part of it, the EC will sit in a coordination meeting in Rangamati with election officers of the three hilly districts on 18 December.The EC will hold another coordination meeting with officers of Chattogram division in the port city on the same day.About allegations that many candidates were being obstructed from going to their respective constituencies, the EC secretary said the EC sends all the allegations to the electoral enquiry committee, but it did not find the authenticity in most cases.