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Pujols wants the biggest contract in MLB history – and I dont

You would think the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit .300, have 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs for 10 consecutive seasons would be the highest-paid player in baseball — but he’s not. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols isn’t even the highest-paid player on his team. That would be outfielder Matt Holliday, whose $120 million contract he signed last year is $20 million more than what Pujols received in 2004. Don’t get me wrong, $100 million is a lot of money. But when it comes to professional sports, and especially baseball, Pujols is vastly underpaid for the numbers he puts up. The fact that Hiroki Kuroda made more during the 2010 season than Pujols just doesn’t make sense. And that you just asked yourself who Hiroki Kuroda is, is my point exactly. Now, maybe you’re thinking that the Cardinals just pulled a Bronx Bombers and have two of the highest-paid guys in the league — but Pujols isn’t even in the top 25 when it comes to his annual salary as of the end of the 2010 season. That’s a little hard to wrap my head around, considering former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said he would give Pujols $50 million a season. Cox is not far off. A good barometer of where Pujols stands is comparing him to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. They both have put up consistent numbers over the years, except for income. For the 2010 season, they put up somewhat similar numbers, with Pujols batting .042 higher with 12 more home runs and A-Rod having seven more RBIs. Rodriguez’s annual salary for the 2010 season, $33 million, was more than double what Pujols made. Pujols will creep a little closer to that $33 million because of the Cardinals exercising their option for 2011, which will put him at a base salary of $16 million for 2011. But still nowhere close to A-Rod status. The Cardinals had offered Pujols a contract extension earlier in the year, which some baseball insiders reported to be in the vicinity of 10 years, $200 million, but Pujols respectfully declined. And he was right to decline that. He knows what his value is, and the Cardinals are coming up short on their offer. It’s like any other profession: If you are great at what you do, someone will pay you what you are worth. It has been rumored that Pujols is looking for $300 million, but there is no way he’s going to get that, especially if he “wants to be a Cardinal forever,” like he says. $300 million would be a little steep for a team whose payroll is just more than $93 million. But that is the beauty of America and free agency: If you don’t like the offer, you can look somewhere else. It won’t come down to that, though. The Cardinals and Pujols will secretly negotiate during the season and work out a deal that satisfies both parties. Prediction: 9 years, $262 million. read more

Shaqiri made a shocking statement about Stoke

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri made some harsh comments on his teammates from Stoke City as he made an interview in Switzerland and claimed that the quality is really low there compared to his previous teams.The Switzerland international used to play together with players like Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben or Mauro Icardi – now, he is playing in the Premier League for the team fighting just to avoid the relegation.The former Bayern Munich talent spoke about his teammates as he said, according to Sport Bible:“The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like Ribéry and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and Kovacic at Inter.”“Here at Stoke, I can not exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.”“I can not just Löffel verwerfen (down tools )but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.”last_img read more

Watch President Trump makes announcement on shutdown from the Rose Garden

first_img Updated: 10:38 AM KUSI Newsroom, January 25, 2019 Posted: January 25, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump FacebookTwittercenter_img Watch: President Trump makes announcement on shutdown from the Rose Garden WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to speak about the government shutdown on Friday as intensifying delays at the nation’s airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the 35-day impasse.The event comes amid growing speculation that lawmakers and the White House are on the verge of reaching a deal to end the five-week impasse. Trump was to speak at 1:30 p.m., Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.Overnight and into Friday at least five Republican senators had been calling Trump, urging him to reopen the government and have the Senate consider his request for border wall funds through regular legislation, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to discuss the private talks publicly.The burst of movement came as LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing at least 90-minute delays in takeoffs Friday.The world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — was experiencing long security wait times, a warning sign the week before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl.Trump and the Democrats in Congress remained at odds over his demand that any compromise include money for his coveted border wall.The standoff has become so severe that, as the Senate opened with prayer, Chaplain Barry Black called on high powers in the “hour of national turmoil” to help senators do “what is right.”Senators were talking with increased urgency after Thursday’s defeat of competing proposals from Trump and the Democrats. The bipartisan talks provided a glimmer of hope that some agreement could be reached to temporarily halt the longest-ever closure of federal agencies.“There are discussions on the Senate side. We are in touch with them,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday morning as she entered the Capitol. Asked about Trump’s demands for border security measures as part of a bill temporarily reopening government, Pelosi said, “we’ll see what happens today. One step at a time.”Pelosi was referring to a Thursday meeting between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to explore potential next steps for solving the vitriolic stalemate.Pressure is building among both parties to reopen agencies immediately and pay hundreds of thousands of beleaguered federal workers while bargainers hunt for a deal.Monday is the start of federal tax filing season. But fewer than half of the furloughed IRS employees recalled during the shutdown to handle tax returns and send out refunds reported for work as of Tuesday, according to congressional and government aides. The employees had been told to work without pay.Trump says any short-term deal to end the shutdown must include a large down-payment for a border wall — an idea Pelosi and Schumer immediately rejected.The Democrats were waiting Friday to hear back from McConnell about his discussions with the White House, according to a Senate Democratic aide who was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations.Meanwhile, the toll of the shutdown was being felt at airports across the countries. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday reported delays in air travel because of a “slight increase in sick leave” at two East Coast air traffic control facilities. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump has been briefed on the airport delays and was monitoring the situation.At the White House Thursday, Trump told reporters he’d support “a reasonable agreement” to reopen the government. He suggested he’d also want a “prorated down payment” for his long-sought border wall with Mexico but didn’t describe the term. He said he has “other alternatives” for getting wall funding, an apparent reference to his disputed claim that he could declare a national emergency and fund the wall’s construction using other programs in the federal budget.On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders didn’t offer much clarity.“I’m not going to negotiate in the press, but we’ve laid out a proposal of not what we want, but what the people and the professionals at the border say that they need to do their jobs,” Sander said. “And that’s what the president wants to see happen. And we are going to work to get there one way or another.”Even so, it was unclear whether the flurry would produce results.“At least we’re talking about it. That’s better than it was before,” McConnell told reporters in one of the most encouraging statements heard since the shutdown began Dec. 22. McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said Friday that it is still up for Pelosi and Trump to take the lead, even as a clamor is growing in the Senate for McConnell and Schumer to grab the reins.Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman said Democrats have made clear that “they will not support funding for the wall, prorated or otherwise.”Contributing to the pressure on lawmakers to find a solution was the harsh reality confronting 800,000 federal workers, who on Friday face a second two-week payday with no paychecks.In an embarrassment to Trump, the Democratic proposal got two more votes Thursday than the GOP plan, even though Republicans control the chamber 53-47. Six Republicans backed the Democratic plan, including freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who’s clashed periodically with the president.The Senate first rejected a Republican plan reopening the government through September and giving Trump the $5.7 billion he’s demanded for building segments of that wall, a project that he’d long promised Mexico would finance. The 50-47 vote for the measure fell 10 shy of the 60 votes needed to succeed.Minutes later, senators voted 52-44 for a Democratic alternative that sought to open padlocked agencies through Feb. 8 with no wall money. That was eight votes short. It was aimed at giving bargainers time to seek an accord while getting paychecks to government workers who are either working without pay or being forced to stay home.Thursday’s votes came after Vice President Mike Pence lunched privately with restive GOP senators, who told him they were itching for the standoff to end, participants said. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said their message to Pence was, “Find a way forward.”Flustered lawmakers said Thursday’s roll calls could be a reality check that would prod the start of talks. Throughout, the two sides have issued mutually exclusive demands that have blocked negotiations from even starting: Trump has refused to reopen government until Congress gives him the wall money, and congressional Democrats have rejected bargaining until he reopens government.___Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this story from Washington. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Industry Outlook Forum Focuses On Diversity

first_imgThe forum, which is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD), focuses on industry outlook for the upcoming year. The forum is free and open to the public. You can register on the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District website. KPEDD Director Tim Dillon wants to ensure the upcoming forum highlights as many industries in the Kenai Peninsula as possible: “We have a very diverse economy, and that’s one thing people will see at the Forum if they come. We have so many different things going on down here on the Kenai Peninsula.” Facebook4TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In previous years, the Industry Outlook Forum has spent significant time forecasting the future, with oil and mining executives laying out their plans for development; the upcoming event will focus on the diversity of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy. The upcoming forum will take place on Wednesday, January 9th 2019 at the Christian Community Church in Homer.last_img read more

ZSI to prepare proposal for monitoring conservation of coral reefs

first_imgKolkata: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is preparing a proposal for an All India Coordinated Project for monitoring and conservation of coral reefs in the eco-system.The ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) will prepare an action plan on the basis of the proposal which will be adopted across six centres in the country for conservation of coral reefs that are currently facing severe threat of depletion. “We are already working toward preparing the proposal and hope to submit it to the MoEF ministry within this budget year so that work for monitoring and conservation of coral reefs can start from March-April,” said Dr Kailash Chandra, director of ZSI. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe six centres where the action plan will be taken up include Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Mannar, Sindhudurg near Malvan, Maharashtra and Netrani Islands in Karnataka. There will be two separate proposal on the part of ZSI — one exclusively on coral and another on coral reefs and its allied creatures. Recently, a three-day International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs titled Stapcor 2018 was held at Lakshadweep organised by ZSI in co-ordination with the local administration. Noted scientists from member countries interacted and shared their scientific knowledge for the conservation of coral reefs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed It may be mentioned that the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has declared the year 2018 as the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2018). IYOR 2018 is aimed at raising awareness about the threats to coral reefs and associated ecosystem. According to scientists at ZSI, coral reefs are treasure troves of the world seas. No other ecosystem on Earth is as valued for their aesthetics and biodiversity as coral reefs, which are currently facing severe threat of depletion of great consequences for their immensely rich biodiversity. The current status of coral reefs indicates that it has lost more than half of its cover over the last two decades due to direct or indirect anthropogenic pressures associated with the climate change — mediated bleaching that is reaching alarming dimensions to become “one of the great tragedies of the modern world.” “Protection of coral reefs in our marine environment is possible only through a “collective will” to curtailing the rate of progression of global warming. It also requires field-level implementations of science-based policies with a view to conserving the biodiversity and ecosystem benefits,” a senior ZSI scientist said.last_img read more

The number of TeliaSonera customers taking TV serv

The number of TeliaSonera customers taking TV services grew to 1.446 million at the end of the first quarter, up 7.2% or 97,000 year-on-year and up 17,000 on the previous quarter.The figure represented a faster rate of growth than for broadband, where the Nordic and Baltic area telco saw growth of 5.4% year-on-year to 2.504 million.Fixed line voice customers fell by 7.4% to 3.836 million.TeliaSonera posted revenue of SEK8.056 billion (€885 million) for the quarter, down 2.3%, and operating income of SEK1.288 billion, up 3.8%.Group president Johan Dennilend said that in Sweden, higher revenues for TV and broadband together with price adjustments compensated for lower volumes in traditional fixed services.TeliaSonera-backed Lithuanian telco Teo’s TV base, excluding digital-terrestrial TV users, grew to 173,700 at the end of March, up 2.5% year-on-year.Revenue from TV services amounted to LTL15.16 million (€4.38 million), down 1.6%.The company’s overall share of the Lithuanian digital TV market including DTT reached 43.4%, while its share of revenue from digital TV services reached 42.9%. TV services accounted for 9% of the company’s revenue in the first quarter. read more