PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Greek-American Nick Markakis played in his 2,000th game, becoming the fifth active player to reach the milestone. Adrian Beltre (2,931), Albert Pujols (2,692), Miguel Cabrera (2,264) and Robinson Cano (2,077) are the active players ahead of Markakis.Aaron Nola finished off a stellar season in typically dominant fashion.Nola pitched seven shutout innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.In his final start of the year, Nola (17-6) allowed two hits and struck out eight with four walks. The right-hander ended 2018 with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings. He likely will fall short of a NL Cy Young award after stumbling a bit in September. Nola entered 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA and nine home runs allowed in September before returning to the form his displayed for most of the season on Saturday.“It feels good,” Nola said, “but I think it feels better for us as a team.”Rather than focus on any particular statistic, Nola said he was happiest about staying healthy and making all of his starts. His aim every outing is a team goal.“Just try to win ballgames and try to go deep in ballgames,” he said.After taking a month off, Nola will begin tuning up for 2019.“Just stay consistent, keep working on my delivery and try to learn more and more about the game,” he said.Cesar Hernandez had a two-run single in the seventh inning to back Nola.The NL East champion Braves will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, and Atlanta still could host the series. The Braves (90-71) and Dodgers have the same record entering the regular-season finale on Sunday while Colorado entered Saturday with a 90-70 mark.Atlanta had no answer for Nola.“You just try to keep it close and hopefully his clicker will run out,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”Nola allowed only Ronald Acuna Jr.’s single to lead off the game and Nick Markakis’ single to start the fourth. The closest the Braves came to scoring was in the second inning when Nola walked the first two batters. But the right-hander got Kurt Suzuki to line out, struck out Ozzie Albies and then intentionally walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases before finally striking out starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.Sanchez matched Nola, giving up three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six shutout innings.“He did everything he could do to get us a chance,” Snitker said.With one out and two runners on in the seventh, manager Gabe Kapler chose to pinch-hit for Nola. Jonny Venters (5-2) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to load the bases before Hernandez hit a sharp liner under shortstop Culberson’s glove into left field that scored two. Odubel Herrera helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead when he beat out a potential double-play grounder to short.Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.The victory was Philadelphia’s first since Sept. 19. The Phillies’ slide started with a four-game sweep at Atlanta last weekend when they still were mathematically alive in the playoff race. The Phillies were outscored 70-21 during the losing streak that capped a late-season collapse. Philadelphia went from 15 games over .500 and 1 ½ games in front of Atlanta for first place on Aug. 7 to four games under .500 and 12 games back of the Braves on Sept. 28.NOLA NUMBERSNola joined Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander as the only Phillies pitchers to strike out 200 or more batters and hold opponents to a batting average of .200 or lower. And the right-hander is the fourth Philadelphia hurler to record 224 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Jim Bunning, Alexander and Curt Schilling.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Jorge Alfaro (quad) was replaced by Andrew Knapp at the start of the third inning.UP NEXTBraves RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.93) opposes Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (1-1, 6.00) on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.—By AARON BRACY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Lampard can’t contain excitement after Chelsea claim ‘huge’ Ajax victoryby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard could not hide his excitement at his side’s performance and victory over Ajax.The Blues were made to fight hard against last season’s Champions League semi finalists in the group stages.But they emerged with a vital away win in Amsterdam, thanks to a late Michy Batshuayi goal.”It feels huge,” Lampard said.”That always scares me because there’s a lot to do and it’s just six points halfway through the group now but we’re entitled to be excited about how we played tonight.”It can be a bit of a blueprint for us in terms of the work from the midfield players which was outstanding, the work of the wingers was outstanding, the work of the full-backs getting out to top players and stopping them making passes and easy decisions was absolutely outstanding.”I could go through them all – Kurt Zouma, what a performance – but there’s no excuses for us now to dip from that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsMetrolinx says they are not aware of any other audit into CN Rail and GO Transit that would have cleared any wrongdoing despite a claim by Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray that, in fact, a thorough investigation had already been completed.Murray made the surprise remark during Question Period at Queen’s Park Wednesday.“As the member opposite of me knows we just went through an investigation where similar allegations (were) raised with CN. They turned out, after a very thorough investigation, that there was no validity to it. That the deals between CN and GO were not only above the board, but very valid and very fair,” said Murray to PC MPP Frank Klees who raised recent allegations about CN overbilling GO by tens of millions between 2004 to 2008 as part of GO’s expansion.However, when asked, Metrolinx didn’t know what Murray was talking about.“No, I am not aware of any other audit,” said Anne Marie Aikins, manager of media relations with Metrolinx that oversees GO, a provincial transit company.Metrolinx is conducting its own audit after APTN National News first revealed allegations Tuesday of CN’s alleged financial mismanagement.Murray’s office tried to clarify the comment late Wednesday when contacted by APTN. It was just a week ago Murray said he was taking the allegations seriously.“Actually, the Minister misspoke. It was CN that had completed its internal audit and found no discrepancies,” said spokesman Patrick Searle referring to a press release CN issued Tuesday morning outlining its denials.But nowhere in the release does it say that CN completed an audit of its own since the allegations surfaced.When asked for clarification Searle repeated Murray misspoke.“Yes – the Minister misspoke. He heard that an audit had been completed and thought it was GO Transit’s. He had read the CN news release and the two audits merged in his thoughts,” said Searle.Searle was reminded nowhere in the CN release does it say an audit was complete.“The CN release refers to a rigorous review that was completed by CN. The Minister can only speak to the facts he knows, and that is that GO Transit is conducting an audit that is expected to be completed in the coming months,” he said.The release says CN is doing a review.“A verification of GO Transit-related project expenses has been started by CN. The review is on-going, but there is no indication of any financial improprieties,” said Sean Finn, executive vice-president. “CN categorically rejects allegations that it in any way defrauded the agency.”CN has not responded to requests for an interview with APTN.As for Klees, he believes senior GO Transit officials must have been complicit in an alleged invoice tampering strategy between GO and CN Rail and presented a “confidential” email to Queen’s Park Wednesday.Klees, quoting from the internal CN email, said the railway company allegedly used a plan to pad invoices to recover nearly $300,000 in over-expenditures from GO.“Mr. Daryl Barnett, who was CN’s Divisional Manager for Ontario at the time, set out in great detail how CN would recover some $385,000 of ‘overexpenditures’ from GO Transit,” said Klees. “The plan included including using partially worn tie plates and padding invoices. In the end, the email reads: ‘Total Exposure: Reduced from $385 to $78k.’”The 2004 email ends with “Please do not print or circulate” and was first published by APTN Sept. 24.Read email here.Klees demanded Murray answer who at GO was involved.Murray didn’t directly answer and later wrongly mentioned an investigation had already been completed.Barnett left CN in 2008 and soon landed a job at GO as the director of railway corridor infrastructure. He still holds that position today.Metrolinx has refused to divulge whether Barnett is facing disciplinary actions citing privacy concerns.Klees said something doesn’t pass the smell test.He wants the government to call in the Auditor General and Ontario Provincial Police.The OPP have refused to confirm or deny they are investigating fraud allegations, but APTN has reported detectives from the corruption section of the anti-rackets unit first met with a former CN supervisor earlier this year.At that meeting in Simcoe, Scott Holmes gave a video statement and then provided hundreds of documents to the OPP, including internal emails and invoices.Those documents were copied and stored by the OPP’s evidence management unit.One detective kept coming back to Holmes in person and, also by email, wanting more information.Holmes said he was told by a detective the OPP’s fear was “there was a lack of oversight at Metrolinx.”Holmes said he told the OPP he was ordered to charge GO “millions” improperly.APTN contacted Barnett in early September and brought up the email in question.“I’ll be honest with you, I left CN five years ago. This stuff goes way back. I really don’t have any comment on that. That goes way, way back. If there is an issue with CN you’d be better to go with CN on that,” he said.When pressed about some of the details of the email Barnett said he understood the questions.“It’s passe,” he said. “That’s an old job and if there is any issues from that issue you gotta deal with CN formally.”The contents of the email discusses work on the expansion of GO’s Lakeshore West corridor, particularly a three-mile stretch between Hamilton and Burlington that taxpayers paid $72 million to build, including federal money.CN kept ownership of the track and GO pays an access fee to use the additional track and, in fact, it’s not a designated GO track.The project also included massive upgrades to CN’s own freight lines.CN and Holmes are embattled in bitter legal action. CN fired Holmes in 2008 believing he defrauded the company of millions. Twice, criminal fraud charges were stayed by the Crown.CN has also sued Holmes and he countersued CN and their private police force. It’s yet to reach trial after five [email protected]
HALIFAX – Chorus Aviation Inc. says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft.The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.Jazz Technical Services is focused on heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.It is a division of Jazz Aviation LP, which is owned by Chorus.Companies in this story: (TSX:CHR)
While the investigation remains active and ongoing, alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor.The Highway was closed for several hours for the initial stages of the RCMP investigation. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP along with Peace River Traffic Services are investigating a collision on Highway 97 that claimed the life of a Dawson Creek man.The collision happened at around 5:30 p.m. Friday between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd on Highway 97. According to Peace FM, the initial investigation leads police to believe that the pedestrian was struck by a northbound pickup truck while attempting to cross Highway 97 from the southbound lane, where he had been dropped off.The pedestrian, a 76-year-old from Dawson Creek, was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Before signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami. The cricketer has been charged under IPC section 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman).The non-bailable charges have been levelled by Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan. Shami’s brother – Hasib Ahmed – too has been named in the FIR. Last Friday, the Kolkata Police had lodged an FIR against Shami and four others under various non-bailable and bailable sections after the former’s wife lodged a complaint of domestic violence and infidelity against him. Shami, in posts on his Facebook page and Twitter handle, has claimed that the allegations were false and a conspiracy to defame him.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress has intensified its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. “Haath ke Saath cycle Yatra” campaign has now passed through several assembly constituencies in Delhi. Addressing the people assembled at the Chaupal, Congress working President Devender Yadav said that people were enthusiastically taking part in the cycle yatra, which was a clear indication that they were now looking towards the Congress party to form a government at the Centre, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra”, being held under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit covered the Assembly segments of Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri and Najafgaarh. “The cycle on Friday started from Dichamu Kala, Najafgarh, Anaj Mandi, Dhansa, Khera Road, Paprawat, Deenpur, Bharatgarh Ayushman Chowk, Matiala Village, Sector-3 JJ Colony and finished at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Apartment, Sector -13 Dwarka. Yadav said that the Congress workers were emphasising the fact that the poorest people in the country will be given Rs 72,000 annually which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people across the country.
Ahead of May 23, predictions are popping up about the potential successor to Raisina Hills. Prior to elections, the Modi-led NDA government had been strongly touted for a successive term. While the critics had their arguments clearly not in favour, BJP’s cry for national security gave them the boost they desperately needed, especially after losing three state assemblies in the Hindi belt and drawing abject criticism for their faulty governance plagued with demonetisation and hate crimes. Cornered over the controversial sub-judice Rafale deal and mishandling of government institutions, BJP’s run up to the Lok Sabha elections was certainly not desirable. Poking nationalism within masses through audacious oratory made the BJP supremo use the army and surgical strikes to extract electoral mileage but opposition parties did not sit out the campaigning extravaganza as Congress led the charge to expose Modi and BJP’s failed governance. Overall, BJP had to draw out exigency plans to accomplish a desirable campaign session which saw numerous MCC flouts in contentious speeches made to garner votes. As if Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature was not controversial enough, BJP found itself in ugly conflict during campaigning for the final phase in Bengal. Even if MCC flouts are discounted, though they remain utterly serious in nature irrespective of EC’s clean chit to Modi-Shah, the ugly spat only makes the incumbent’s insecurities clearer. Despite the national security rhetoric, Congress and other regional parties have definitely forced BJP to break a sweat. And, then came the six phases of general elections which saw faulty EVMs, alleged rigging, influencers forcing re-election, defamation attempts, vote selling and ugly spats between politicos. All that in progress to decide who will form the next government. BJP brought in a change in governments when it garnered a majority in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and became the single largest party capable of forming the government. Their confidence exceeded expectations and in their attempt to write off opposition ploys to stitch alliances, it termed the grand coalition (mahagatbandhan) a “mahamilawat”. BJP pursued a strange narrative of apprising masses of how a coalition government would turn up to be a weak government against BJP’s majority government. To elucidate BJP’s anti-coalition stance, it is necessary to understand Modi’s tenure. Demonetisation single-handedly remains the biggest instance of a majority government undertaking a drastic step in the nation’s ‘interest’. Not only did demonetisation failed as an anti-graft exercise but impacted jobs and economy in general with small traders being extinguished. The decision of demonetisation was clearly an unobjectionable one since a single-party government need not consider others. Had it been a coalition government, such a decision would have faced avid criticism before being implemented, if at all. Presence of other parties in the fray, therefore, seems considerably impactful during such circumstances. But in their defence, the saffron party can argue that it is their single-party government which has the audacity to undertake such steps (irrespective of consequences). The instability that some previous coalition governments have portrayed strengthens their support. All this hostility against the idea of a coalition has been the general BJP mood but their straight faces do not recall the fact that they were part of the previous coalition governments, particularly V. P. Singh-led National Front in 1989 and the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government in 1977. So the Modi-Shah criticism of opposition’s coalition steps reeks of hypocrisy. Also Read – A strong standpointMay 23 poses several outcomes for our country. A BJP majority, like in 2014, would mean that the country reflected BJP’s stance of single-party governance. Congress’s 150-160 seats would mean a potential Congress-led alliance government. However, should Parliament be hung due to equal stake between BJP and Congress, it is the regional parties that will be instrumental in forming the government, which would definitely be coalition-styled. The coalition government, in this scenario, is what the country needs since it brings to the table a degree of diversity and plurality. There are arguments that coalitions are associated with periods of greater economic growth, less economic volatility and more foreign investment; Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I is a case in point. Beyond diversity and plurality which is essentially good for democracy comes the concern of regional plurality. Parties such as DMK, TDP, TRS, NCP, SP-BSP, TMC, et al, coming from the corners of such a vast country in a coalition government will only increase the representation of Indian states. The country has not particularly faced a turbulent coalition government, at least not without other factors contributing to the chaos. In such a case, the coalition government might just augur well for the country since we saw what a single-party government can do in the five years.
CAIRO – In a statement, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said the upcoming “wave,” set to start Friday, would have eight objectives.A major pro-democracy alliance has called on Egyptians to launch an 18-day “revolutionary wave,” starting on the eve of the third anniversary of the January 25 2011 uprising that ended longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.In a statement, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said the upcoming “wave,” set to start Friday, would have eight objectives.Among these objectives, the statement read, are an end to Egypt’s current state of military rule; retribution for protesters killed since the 2011 uprising; the release of all political prisoners; the purge of state institutions of corrupt officials; and a definitive end to what the group describes as a reconstituted Mubarak regime.Millions of Egyptians took to the streets for 18 days in January and February of 2011 to demand that Mubarak step down, which he eventually did on February 11.Earlier Wednesday, the alliance said that the uprising anniversary, which will fall on Saturday, should be accompanied by “general mobilization.”The alliance also urged supporters to join mass protests starting Friday and converge on public squares in Cairo and Alexandria, including Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square – the epicenter of the 18-day uprising against Mubarak.Imam Youssef, a senior member of the Salafist Asala Party (an affiliate of the pro-democracy alliance), said the planned protests were aimed at “overturning the military coup,” a reference to the army’s July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.This year’s uprising anniversary comes almost six months after the Egyptian military overthrew Morsi, the country’s first freely elected leader, following mass protests against his one-year rule.Pro-army activists, meanwhile, are also planning to mark the occasion with mass rallies.The pro-army National Movement Party, founded by former presidential contender and last Mubarak-era MP Ahmed Shafiq, has likewise called for Friday demonstrations to mark the anniversary.Activists opposed to both the Muslim Brotherhood and the military, for their part, also plan to stage protests on the occasion.