SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Appel is a big league ballplayer nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall in the amateur draft. Appel has been promoted by the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander, who turns 31 on July 15, went 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. “Completely overwhelmed. I have so many thoughts I want to share but can’t find the words, so I’ll just say this: I’m thankful,” Appel posted on Twitter on Saturday. “Today, I get to play a game I love as a Major League Baseball player.” Appel is stepping in for right-hander Connor Brogdon, who has been placed on the COVID-19-related injury list. Appel was selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft after a standout college career at Stanford. He was an Astros fan growing up in West Houston and received a $6.35 million signing bonus from the team. He went 10-3 with a 4.37 ERA while making a total of 25 starts at Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, and then was traded to … [Read more...] about Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel reaches majors with Phillies
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Iran executed more than 100 people in the first three months of 2022, continuing a worrying upward trend, according to a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that was presented Tuesday. Speaking before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN deputy human rights chief Nada Al-Nashif presented Guterres’ latest report on Iran, decrying that executions in the country were on the rise. “While 260 individuals were executed in 2020, at least 310 individuals were executed in 2021, including at least 14 women,” she said, adding that the trend had continued this year. Between January 1 and March 20, she said, “at least 105 people were executed,” many of whom belonged ing to minority groups.” Guterres’s report had noted with deep concern the increase of executions for lesser crimes, including for drug-related offences, Nashif said. “The death penalty continues to be imposed on the basis of charges not amounting to ‘most serious crimes’, and in ways incompatible with fair … [Read more...] about More Than 100 Executed In Iran In Between January And March: UN
Mark Kiszla, sports columnist : The Avs are the team with more talent. The Lightning is the team with more belief. So what wins out? Talent, provided it steps up for Colorado. I’m not pointing a finger of blame here. But defenseman Cale Makar has done everything coach Jared Bednar could ask. And more. Nathan MacKinnon, who has tallied only a single goal in this series, needs to take on a heavier burden. The Lightning has gotten in his grill (here’s looking at you, Patrick Maroon). My concern? The pounding has started to get inside MacK’s head. There’s no time to be flustered now. Ryan O’Halloran, sports reporter : Through five games, Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with eight points so you’re probably asking, “Hey, genius, No. 96 is doing his job.” Kind of, sort of. Eight Avs players have scored at least one goal in the series and Rantanen isn’t one of them. For the playoffs, he has five goals among his 25 points. He is a natural goal scorer and does terrific work on the … [Read more...] about Game 6 debate: Which Avs player needs to step up for Colorado to stave off Tampa Bay?
BERLIN — International powers with conflicting interests in Libya’s civil war have called for a cease-fire and agreed to respect a much-violated arms embargo in an effort to end the country’s long-running conflict. The agreement comes after a warning that the conflict that has spiraled into a proxy war risks becoming the "next Syria." The agreement on Sunday came after about four hours of talks in Berlin where German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted leaders of 11 countries, with Libya’s two main rival leaders also in the German capital but not at the main conference table. Merkel told reporters that powers had agreed that a tentative truce in Tripoli over the past week should be turned into a permanent ceasefire to allow a political process to take place. A special committee made up of five military officials from each side will monitor the truce, she said. Libya has sunk further into chaos since the 2011 ouster and killing of its longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi. … [Read more...] about Libya players agree cease-fire amid warnings war may become ‘next Syria’
World No. 32 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus got the better of world No. 11 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in a tight, 7-5, 6-4, match to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday (IST). In the latest chapter of a rivalry that dates back more than a decade, the two major champions traded breaks three times in the opening set, and Azarenka won the last three games to take it — saving three break points to stave off a first-set tiebreak. The second set proved much the same, as Kvitova won four straight games from 3-1 down to take the lead before Azarenka again won a trio of games to seal victory. “It was really exhausting year. Since COVID started, it’s pretty exhausting I think for everybody. My body is just not really handling perfectly. That’s why I’m ending right now, to take some extra weeks to recover my body, to heal everything what is there,” said Kvitova, following her last match of the season. “Overall the season, well, I definitely had better seasons than … [Read more...] about Indian Wells: Victoria Azarenka Edges Past Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep Knocked Out
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 27 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even after five years of living together in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, something as simple as holding hands or sharing a kiss in public is unthinkable for Dayanny Marcelo and Mayela Villalobos. There is an ever-present fear of being rejected or attacked in Guerrero, a state where same-sex relationships are not widely accepted and one of five in Mexico where same-sex marriage is still not allowed. But this week they traveled the 235 miles (380 kilometers) to Mexico’s capital, where the city government hosted a mass wedding for same-sex couples as part of celebrations of LGBT Pride Month. Under a tent set up in the plaza of the capital’s civil registry, along with about 100 other same-sex couples, Villalobos … [Read more...] about Mass same-sex wedding in Mexico challenges discrimination
Online food delivery platform Zomato Ltd. on Friday said it will acquire Blink Commerce Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as Grofers) for ₹4,447.48 crore in a share-swap deal as part of its strategy of investing in quick commerce business. The company's board at a meeting held on Friday has approved the acquisition of up to 33,018 equity shares of Blink Commerce Pvt. Ltd. from its shareholders for a total purchase consideration of ₹4,447.48 crore at a price of ₹13.45 lakh per equity share, Zomato said in a regulatory filing. Blink Commerce Pvt. Ltd. (BCPL) runs the online quick commerce service under the Blinkit brand. It was formerly known as Grofers. This transaction will be carried out through issuance and allotment of up to 62.85 crore fully paid-up equity shares of Zomato, having face value of ₹1 each at a price of ₹70.76 per equity share on a preferential basis, it added. The company already holds 1 equity share and 3,248 preference shares presently in BCPL, the filing said. … [Read more...] about Food delivery platform Zomato to acquire Blinkit in ₹4,447-cr. deal
The free food grain for poor scheme PM-GKAY should not be extended beyond September as it could strain government finances, the Expenditure Department has said. The Department also said the high food security cover has already "created a serious fiscal situation" and is not needed in non-pandemic times. In March, the government extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) scheme for another six months i.e., till September 2022. The government has spent approximately ₹2.60 lakh crore till March and another ₹80,000 crore will be spent till September 2022, taking the total expenditure under PM-GKAY to nearly ₹3.40 lakh crore. The scheme covers nearly 80 crore beneficiaries. In its monthly report, the Department cited the adverse financial position of the Centre and said that recent decisions on continuation of PMGKAY, a huge increase in fertiliser subsidy burden (both urea and non-urea), re-introduction of subsidy on cooking gas, reduction of excise duty on … [Read more...] about Extending free food grain for poor scheme beyond September not advisable on fiscal ground: Expenditure Department
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday announced a 10% “super tax” on large-scale industries like cement, steel and automobiles, a move he said was aimed at tackling spiralling inflation and saving the cash-strapped country from going "bankrupt." High net worth individuals will also be subject to a "poverty alleviation tax," Mr. Sharif announced after chairing a meeting of his economic team on the federal budget for the next fiscal year 2022-23. “Our first motive is to provide relief to the masses and to reduce the burden of inflation on the people and facilitate them,” Mr. Sharif said in a video message to the nation. “Our second motive is to protect the country from going bankrupt," he said, adding that it has been devastated due to the "incompetency and corruption" of the previous Imran Khan-led government. The sectors on which this “super tax” will be levied include cement, steel, sugar, oil and gas, fertilisers, LNG terminals, textile, banking, automobile, … [Read more...] about Pakistan PM Sharif announces 10% ‘super tax’ on large-scale industries
The story so far: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said on Tuesday, May 17, that a sculpture of a lion , which possibly dates back to the Ganga dynasty, was found during excavation for the controversial heritage corridor project around the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha. This is the third such lion sculpture found during the excavation work. The East Ganga dynasty had ruled Kalinga, as Odisha was called in ancient times, from the early fifth century to the early 15th century. The Odisha government’s ambitious temple corridor project in Puri has become a subject of political controversy between Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik’s Biju Janata Dal government and the opposition BJP and Congress. Three court proceedings are currently underway in the matter. On May 9, the ASI noted in a report submitted to the Orissa High Court that there was every possibility of archaeological remains at the heritage site being destroyed due to the excavation work for the … [Read more...] about Explained | What is the controversy around Odisha’s Jagannath temple Heritage Corridor Project?