A-Rod Backs Off 2017 Quit

first_imgVIERA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez says he plans to retire from baseball after the 2017 season, when his $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees expires.The 40-year-old slugger, fourth the career home-run list with 687, revealed his intentions March 23 during an interview with ESPN. His plan was confirmed by spokesman Ron Berkowitz.“I won’t play after next year,” the three-time AL MVP was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”Rodriguez is 75 homers shy of matching Barry Bonds’ career record and likely would be unable to reach it unless he plays into 2018. Also ahead of him are Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).“He’s going to be 42 at the end of his contract. You don’t see players playing really past that age. I’m not surprised,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before a March 23 exhibition game against WashingtonBut Girardi said this may not be Rodriguez’s final decision.“I think he’s allowed to change his mind,” the manager said. “With his love of playing the game and competing, if he had two really good years, I wouldn’t be surprised if he changed his mind.”Later, two New York-area newspapers reported that Rodriguez told them — one in an email and the other in a text — that he has not made a definitive decision on his playing future.“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017,” he told the New York Post and New York Daily News. “After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play.”Rodriguez, who joined the Yankees in 2004 after playing for Seattle and Texas, was suspended for the 2014 season by Major League Baseball for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.He returned last season, shifted from third base to designated hitter and batted .250 with 33 homers and 86 RBIs despite a late slump.“I don’t think it should be too big of a surprise. He’s almost 50 years old, right?” Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said. “The numbers obviously speak for themselves. He’s been a lot of fun to be around the last year, year-and-a-half since he came back.”Girardi would not predict whether Rodriguez would be a Hall of Famer. “That’s to be judged because of what he’s been through,” Girardi said. “Obviously, everyone that has been found guilty of the PED, they (haven’t) been allowed in the Hall of Fame yet.”Girardi thinks there will be a place for Rodriguez in baseball once his playing days are over. Girardi said “he’d be great” as a coach.“Sometimes, guys get painted a certain way in the media, and it’s kind of hard to shake that,” Gardner said. “But he’s always been great to me. He’s always been a great teammate. He’s always welcomed me with open arms and more than willing to talk about anything, whether it be baseball related, business related, on the field, off the field, or anywhere in between. He’s always been willing to give me his time. I’ll always be grateful for that.”(CARL KOTALA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

STUDENT HOSPITALIZED PRINCIPAL CALLS OFF BUS SERVICE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – Clement Howell High principal, Kadean Cunningham has cancelled bus service to students this afternoon in the aftermath of an accident which has left a student hospitalized.Apparently a school bus ran over the child’s foot.MAgnetic Media has no further details at this time, but Mrs Cunningham did reach out to say the Bus Service for hundreds of students would be suspended. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Related Items:Bus accident, clement howell high school, Hospitalize, Kadean cunningham Recommended for you Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships National Heritage Month endslast_img read more

Baghdad suicide blasts kill 26

first_imgIraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq 15 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersA double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days.Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded”.”Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.Tayyaran Square is a bustling centre of commerce and a place where day labourers gather in the early morning waiting for jobs.It has been the site of deadly attacks in the past.An AFP photographer at the site of the bombing said many ambulances had gathered and security forces had been deployed in large numbers.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Islamic State jihadist group.In December, the government announced the “end of the war” against IS, which has been expelled from the Baghdad region and urban areas of Iraq that it controlled.Jihadist elements are still active, however, north of Baghdad.last_img read more

NKDA launches drive to keep stray cows off roads

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Tuesday launched a drive to catch stray cows. The owners of the stray cows will be fined and NKDA authorities feel that the drive will make the owners of the cattle aware that they should not be allowed to roam about aimlessly on the main thoroughfare.Earlier, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2018, which empowers the chairman of NKDA to pass orders of seizing cattle that stray in public premises in New Town, was passed by the Bengal Legislative Assembly in March 2018. The notification for the amendment has already been released by the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe list of animals that can be seized under the order of the NKDA chairman Debashis Sen, includes any cattle, horse, pig, dog or similar animal or bird, if found straying on public roads.It may be mentioned that in order to keep the seized animals with care, a cattle shed has recently been constructed in New Town. The cattle shed has facilities for feeding the animals, a small administrative office and an open ground for the cattle to graze.The area, spread over 3 acres, is located in Action Area 1D and steps are being taken to frame draft rules regarding fees and procedure to be followed, in confining the animals and releasing them subsequently. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNKDA has appointed a veterinary doctor and assisting staff to catch stray cattle and discussed the matter with senior officials of the Animal Resources Development department. Stray cows pose a serious threat to the smooth movement of vehicles on Biswa Bangla Sarani. Road accidents often occur when the drivers try to save the straying animals. The Biswa Bangla Sarani has witnessed a handful of such accidents in recent times, leading to injury to both cattle and people.The worst accident occurred on October 26, 2017, when six-year-old Deepshika Chakraborty, her father Pravat and his colleague Goutam were killed, after the motorbike they were travelling on skidded off the road, trying to avoid cows near the Akankha Crossing.last_img read more