A 2-year-old girl who was hit by a foul ball at a Houston Astros game about seven months ago has permanent brain damage according to the attorney representing the girl’s family.The young girl was injured in the fourth inning of a game between the Astros and the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park on May 29. Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul that caused the ball to hit the child. Almora immediately fell into tears.The girl’s seat was 10-feet past where the netting was at in the Minute Maid Park.The attorney told the Houston Chronicle “She (the child) has an injury to a part of the brain, and it is permanent,” “She remains subject to seizures and is on medication and will be, perhaps, for the rest of her life. That may or may not be resolved.”Mithoff said that doctors have described the brain injury as the equivalent of a stroke in its effect on the girl’s central nervous system.This is not the first dangerous incident that the MLB has faced. For the past years the MLB has struggled with issues regarding ballpark safety.In August, the Astros extended the netting to cover more seats at Minute Maid Park in Houston, and in December, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that for the 2020 season “all 30 clubs will have netting in place that extends substantially beyond the far end of the dugout.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will have two Palm Beach County judges to choose from when he makes the next selections to Florida’s Supreme Court.On Thursday, a selection committee nominated Circuit Judge Renatha Francis and 4th District Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Gerber to a list of nine candidates from which DeSantis will choose to fill two vacancies on the state’s highest court.However, Francis is legally barred from taking office at this time.According to the Florida Constitution, a Supreme Court justice must have already been a member of the Florida Bar for 10 years.Francis, who graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law a decade ago, will not reach that milestone until September 24 of this year.During her interview with the committee earlier this month, Francis acknowledged that she is not currently eligible to serve. However, she said the Constitution does not block her from applying, but only from taking office.She told them, “If I had the privilege of being nominated by you and being selected by the governor, I would take the commission and the office on September 24, 2020. I’m currently in my 10th year as a Florida Bar member. I would complete my 10th year at that time. In terms of the eligibility to serve, I don’t think there is anything that would be an impediment for me to do that,” Francis added.DeSantis has 60 days to select replacements for departing Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, who were elevated to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last fall by President Trump. If DeSantis selects Francis, the seat would need to remain vacant for approximately six months.Since she already was working as a judge, committee members said she was eminently qualified. She took office in November.During her interview for the Supreme Court position, Francis referenced her appointment to the county’s circuit bench. She said, “I have the unique experience of being a judge in two of the largest counties in Florida — Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade.”Francis also brought up her experience working as a small business owner during college, handling legal briefs at a Miami-Dade appeals court for seven years, as well as work she did for a private law firm that handles insurance cases.“Collectively, these experiences show that I’m a diverse candidate — not only in terms of being ethnically and racially diverse and by gender — but also by experience. I think I lend something unique to that body that can only help strengthen it,” she added.Gerber, who was passed over when DeSantis appointed three justices back in 2018, spent five years on the circuit bench before he was elevated to the West Palm Beach-based appeals court in 2009. As chief judge, he supervised the building of the appeals court’s new facility.The court’s rules require that one of the two vacancies be filled by someone who lives in either Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. The nominees who live in Miami include Eliot Pedrosa, executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank; John Couriel, an attorney with the Kobre & Kim law firm and 3rd District Appeal Court Judge Norma Lindsey.In addition, 1st District Court of Appeal Court Judges Timothy Osterhaus and Lori Rowe and 5th District Court of Appeal Judge Jamie Grosshans are under consideration.Other Palm Beach County judges and attorneys who applied for the positions but were not selected include: attorney Manuel Farach, 4th District Court of Appeal Judge Jeffrey Kuntz; retired Circuit Judge Jack Schramm Cox and Circuit Judges Howard Coates and Cymonie Rowe.
Image Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement c9wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbh32Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) myWould you ever consider trying this?😱7vjCan your students do this? 🌚8qyjRoller skating! Powered by Firework As the 2020 Summer Olympics makes its approach, athletes from India are successfully securing their berths for the main event in Tokyo. Although, there was only one Javelin thrower from the country, Neeraj Chopra, who made it through the qualifier to earn his place for the Olympics, until now. Another Javelin thrower from the has just made it through the qualifiers to register as the second Indian to enter the event, and its none other than 2019 Asian Athletics Championships silver medallist Shivpal Singh.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyAt the ACNW League Meeting Olympic qualifier, which was hosted at the McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Tuesday, Shivpal Singh managed to beat the qualifier mark, which earned him his maiden Olympic entry.Hailing from Varanasi, Shivpal threw a distance of 85.47 metres, beating the Olympic qualification mark of 85 metres. Although failing to cross the 80 metre mark in his first three attempts, and coming little short of 85 in his fourth, Shivpal’s fifth attempt was just enough to beat the minimum distance that was required to earn his ticket to Tokyo.Advertisement However, Shivpal’s personal best is still 86.23 metres, which he achieved in his silver clinching at the 2019 Asian Championships in Doha.The 24 year old, who is currently under the coaching of legendary German javelin thrower Uwe Hohn, also won a gold medal at the 2019 Military World Games which was hosted in Wuhan, China.Advertisement Yesterday, Indian sports minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted about Shivpal’s qualification, congratulation the thrower for his remarkable achievement. Rijiju wrote: “Good news from track and field as #ShivpalSingh qualifies for #Tokyo2020 in men’s javelin throw after an effort of 85.47m at the ACNW League Meeting in South Africa. Qualification mark was 85m. Congratulations Shival!” “It feels really, really great to finally get the monkey off the back. The pressure of qualifying is finally gone and it’s a big relief,” Shivpal said in an interview with Sportstar after the qualifier.Earning an Olympic berth for the first time will prove to be a huge confidence booster for Shivpal, as he had earlier failed to make it to the final round of the World Athletics Championships last year.He continued: “I had expected to do this long back but a combination of events and circumstances meant I had to wait for so long, but better now than never.”Also read-A record breaking ninth Indian boxer qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!Indian bowlers to consider breaking this age old practice due to coronavirus scare! Advertisement
An engaging movie filmed against the vast and rugged wilderness of Lesotho – the first feature film produced in the picturesque mountain kingdom – unwraps the mystery and beauty of the region and its people. (Image: The Forgotten Kingdom) • Andrew Mudge Filmmaker and Writer Black Kettle Films [email protected] • Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • American film industry on tour • e’Lollipop sequel soon for South Africa • A shot at movie stardom with Jameson • Education at the moviesMelissa Jane CookAn engaging movie filmed against the vast and rugged wilderness of Lesotho – the first feature film produced in the picturesque mountain kingdom – unwraps the mystery and beauty of the region and its people.The Forgotten Kingdom won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography in New York at the 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards in October 2013, and opens on screens across South Africa on 11 April. Carlos Carvalho, the director of photography, won the award for his masterful attention to detail behind the camera.Haskell Wexler, an American cinematographer, film producer, and director who was named one of the industry’s 10 most influential cinematographers by the International Cinematographers Guild, presented the award. “The tough city slum shooting in the film has the realistic edge of a documentary, while the camera moves are smooth, with painterly frames used as part of a transition to the lead characters’ memories of rural youth,” he told the Woodstock Film Festival.“The first frame is a lone man on a cliff, a distant, beautiful shot valid as a still. After a beat of six, the man moves out of frame. A visual transition to the urban. There are strong, other world, even mystical images at the remote mountain village… Carlos Carvahlo is a first-class shooter well deserving of this award. I hope the Woodstock recognition will encourage him to continue pursuing his artful career doing features like The Forgotten Kingdom where the story he tells is as integrated and important as how you tell it,” said Wexler.Carvahlo received $15 000 (about R157 000) worth of film camera equipment rental from Panavision, in New York.View the trailer hereA life on setHe has always been fascinated by the lens. After studying photography at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, Carvalho joined the film industry as a runner in 1992. Using his precise shooting skills, he won a silver lion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. He works on TV commercials, feature films, documentaries and corporate infomercials, and has won several awards over the years.In addition to best cinematography, The Forgotten Kingdom also won the jury’s award for Best Feature Narrative, as well as Best Editing of a Feature Narrative. Africa is a hive of activity of international and local film production, and this movie gives Lesotho a moment to shine as well.“The Forgotten Kingdom is a profoundly visual story,” says producer Chris Roland of ZEN-HQ. “The first film ever to be produced in Lesotho, it’s a charming and captivating quest steeped in the history and culture of the Basotho people. We congratulate Carlos Carvalho on this significant win.”The film tells of the journey of an unemployed young man, Atang Mokoeyna, who lives in Johannesburg. He returns to his ancestral land to bury his estranged father, and at once is intrigued and seduced by its mystical beauty and hardships. These are the people he has forgotten.Inspiration from travelsAndrew Mudge, the writer, director and co-producer, says on the film’s website www.forgottenkingdomthemovie.com that the inspiration for The Forgotten Kingdom came from two trips he made to Lesotho and South Africa in 2003 and 2006. “I explored Lesotho’s remote areas, and became fascinated by this little-known country totally surrounded by South Africa. It’s such a visually rich place, it feels like a frontier, and reminded me of how the American West must have been 150 years ago.”The American says he wanted to capture this place on film, and tell a story that had elements of magical realism, a reflection of the mystical nature of the country itself. “The storyline came to me when I learned about men who leave Lesotho to go work in the goldmines of South Africa, and only return home in their coffins, usually victims of HIV/Aids. I suddenly had the image of a tough city kid building a coffin for his father, and his reluctant return to the motherland. That was the launching point of writing the story.”Mudge conjures up images of horsemen wrapped in blankets moving through snow-peaked valleys and thatched-hut villages lost in time. “I wanted to make a film that was primarily visual, told through the colours of the land and the faces of the Basotho people. My own experience of discovering this mostly overlooked country called Lesotho was like finding something exquisitely beautiful and unique. I wanted to convey that experience to an audience through the journey of the main character, Atang Mokoenya. This is a man who unwillingly experiences a life transformation when he returns to a place that had he long ago chosen to forget.”He spent nearly a year living in Lesotho before filming, he adds, collecting stories from the people, many of whom gave valuable feedback to keep the story culturally genuine. Despite financial incentives for filming in South Africa, he never considered making this movie anywhere but in Lesotho. It was never an option to have the characters speak anything but Sesotho. “The film is a universal story, but it is told from a unique perspective. My producers and I embraced the challenges of making a feature film in a country with mostly rough dirt roads, no professional actors, and no film industry (yet!). Like all journeys, it was a voyage into the great unknown.”The lead roles are played by Zenzo Ngqobe and Nozipho Nkelemba, both known for their work in numerous TV productions, including the e.tv soap opera Rhythm City. Big-name supporting roles include Jerry Mofokeng and Lillian Dube.
Paul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Hotshots’ change of name from Star to Magnolia also signifies new hope for the players.Paul Lee, the Hotshots’ injury-plagued main man, is upbeat that he will return just before the new season starts.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES READ: Star changes name to Magnolia Hotshots“The doctors have told me that at least, I’ll be ready by the first week of December,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee is still recovering from a left knee injury that kept him out since Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals last month.But Lee believes that he’s on his way to regaining his full strength. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Everything’s fine. My recovery has been good and there are hard drills where my injury no longer reacts anymore,” he said.Lee, however, will be the first to say that he’s not yet satisfied with his current form.“I need to catch up to them. I’ve been doing drills and exercises but I don’t feel it’s enough to get myself back in game shape,” he said.The team may have changed its name but its goal remains the same which is to win a championship.“The rest of my teammates are ready and I really wish we’ll be able to win a championship this season,” he said. “It’s a new chapter for all of us, and it’s a good challenge for us to win the crown. I hope we’ll be able to respond with what the bosses want.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ace shooter Vijay Kumar, who won India’s only silver medal in the ongoing London Olympics so far, would get his due by his employer, the Indian Army, sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday. Army sources said that the grievances of Kumar, who has been unhappy with the treatment meted out to him by the armed forces, would be sympathetically looked into.Kumar is currently a subedar with 16 Dogra Regiment and he wants to leave the army as he has not been given any promotion for six years despite his good performances at the national and international levels.Kumar’s latest and biggest achievement was his silver medal last week after he finished second in the 25m rapid fire pistol event.Army sources said that army chief General Bikram Singh would personally look into the matter as Kumar is an achiever who has brought pride upon the army and the nation.
Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — School District 60 has cancelled all school buses in the North Peace today.In an announcement on their website, the school district said that poor visibility and road conditions across the North Peace have caused officials to cancel school buses for the entire day today. The School District added that schools will remain open for the day today.School District 59’s Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that despite the weather, school buses are all running on schedule in the South Peace today.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Saturday, December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down.The adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.RCMP say the death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday, December 7 and into Saturday, December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.