By Dialogo June 13, 2012 Brazil is engaged in increasing its naval power in order to protect its multi-million-dollar reserves of oil and gas located in very deep waters, President Dilma Rousseff said at a Military ceremony on June 11. “The investments that are being made in new patrol ships will be favorable to an increase in the state’s presence in our territorial waters, where the majority of our oil and gas reserves are located,” the president maintained. Rousseff defended the modernization of the Navy as a “strategic demand,” in a speech on the occasion of the 147th anniversary of the naval battle of Riachuelo, which contributed to Brazil’s victory in a war against Paraguay. “We know that our role in keeping the peace depends on Brazil’s deterrent capability. The action of our Armed Forces (…) requires quality equipment ready for use and appropriately trained personnel,” she added. Along those lines, she highlighted an agreement signed years ago with France to acquire four Scorpene diesel-electric submarines and build Brazil’s first nuclear submarine. Likewise, Brazil announced in May the purchase of four river boats from Colombia as part of the program to protect its oil reserves, the Amazonas River basin, and its 7,491-km coastline. Brazil, which has Latin America’s largest navy, invests around 1.5 percent of GDP in its defense budget.
Willett won a pair of crystal glasses for an eagle on the 13th in his opening round and carded a second consecutive 71 on Friday to reach halfway at two under par. That left the 27-year-old alongside 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, albeit 12 shots adrift of the record pace being set by Jordan Spieth. Press Association “This week has been everything I’ve dreamed of and more,” Willett said. “It’s fantastic and the amount of people here is phenomenal. The atmosphere and the roars are incredible. ” I’ve not just scraped over the cut line but I’m up there quite nicely and it’s the position I wanted to be in. Take away Spieth and Charley Hoffman (who is nine under) and I’m only three or four back, so I’m really, really pleased.” Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell also made the weekend despite a second round of 74 which left him on one over par. “I continued to drive it like a wally,” McDowell said. “I’m not sure what’s going on with the driver, it’s one of my strengths normally. I drove the ball terribly the last few days so to make the cut from there, I’m pretty happy with that. “I had a couple of clumsy three-putts on the front nine today to put me behind the eight ball a bit, but I dug in and birdies on 15 and 16 were very important. “It’s nice to be here for the weekend, get another couple of rounds under my belt and keep building for the rest of the season. Of course I’d love a big finish, but I need rounds, I need reps, I need to see shots.” Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson was alongside Gleneagles team-mate McDowell after a 71 and enjoyed his first experience of playing in the same group as Tiger Woods. “It was great,” Donaldson said. “He’s a great bloke. He’s a down to earth guy and top fella. I’ve never played with Tiger before so to do that at Augusta was nice. I enjoyed it. “It’s great to play with players who are better than you so you can learn from them and try to add things to your game that they do. His demeanour is unbelievable. He’s so calm – that’s the main thing I learned from him.” Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke was also one over after matching Donaldson’s 71. “I want to compete and put some scores on the board,” Clarke said. “I’ve been playing better of late so I just need to keep on doing what I’m doing. “Augusta is always tough, it’s a very stern examination, so this is a good way to start the year in the majors.” Ian Poulter was another player to finish one over par but was not happy with his putting in a round of 72, writing on Twitter: ” Really disappointed with today. It’s simply unacceptable and disgraceful putting. 34 putts for level par is pathetic.” Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood made the cut on the mark of two over par, with Westwood having lipped out for an albatross on the par-five second in his second consecutive 73. Former champion Bernhard Langer, Shane Lowry, Luke Donald and Stephen Gallacher all missed out by a single shot, with debutant Lowry writing on Twitter: “Can’t believe that’s going to miss the cut. Thought I had just done enough. Gave it my best but just not good enough. #gutted.” Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was another casualty on five over par. “It was a disappointing finish yesterday evening and I sort of carried that into today,” he said. “I suppose I lost a bit of momentum there. I was playing nicely (yesterday) but bogeyed 16 and 17, which weren’t the toughest holes, so it was a disappointing finish and I came out and bogeyed the first hole today and after that I was always on the back foot.” England’s Danny Willett continued to enjoy a dream Masters debut after comfortably making the halfway cut at Augusta National.
BUCKSPORT — Erik McCarthy of Old Town led the way early Saturday morning to take first place in the 43rd running of the Tour du Lac 10-Mile Road Race in Bucksport.McCarthy finished with a time of 52 minutes, 53 seconds. It was his second straight victory in the race after winning with a time of 53:51 last year.Andrew Kephart of Ellsworth was the top finisher from Hancock County. Kephart placed second with a time of 58:54.Tracy Guerrette of Bangor was the first-place finisher on the women’s side for the third consecutive year. Guerrette’s time of 1:01:34 earned her third place overall, an improvement from her eighth-place overall finish last year.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJonathan Goupee of Orrington finished fourth, and Perry LeBreton of Blue Hill took fifth. Bradford Eslin of Bucksport, Bob Ciano of Castine, Alison Chase of Brooksville, Ethan Dapice of Brewer and Scott Potter of Portland rounded out the rest of the top 10.The race, which began on Broadway near Tim Emery Municipal Pool and took runners around Silver Lake, drew a total of 62 runners. Below is a list of the race’s top-50 finishers.Erik McCarthy, 52 minutes, 53 secondsAndrew Kephart, 58:54Tracy Guerrette, 1:01:34Jonathan Goupee, 1:02:07Perry LeBreton, 1:02:11Bradford Eslin, 1:05:04Bob Ciano, 1:05:57Alison Chase, 1:06:51Ethan Dapice, 1:07:26Scott Potter, 1:07:47Ian Fraser, 1:08:50Tim Pearson, 1:09:01Thomas Sherman, 1:10:29Joe Roberts, 1:11:55Peter Cannon, 1:13:48Chris Jones, 1:14:29Scott Heidemann, 1:14:46Shane Martin, 1:14:48Ed Hughes, 1:16:52Aaron Hoovler, 1:17:52Deedra Dapice, 1:19:15Heather Knowles, 1:19:29Kristine Guaraldo, 1:21:30Mary Clapper-Buck, 1:21:35Jack Burnett, 1:21:40Lance Days, 1:22:15Dave Farrar, 1:23:09Daniel Gerrish, 1:23:21Margaret Capehart, 1:24:42Joe Capehart, 1:24:43Laura Anderson, 1:25:14Lisa Kearns, 1:25:19Robin Clarke, 1:25:19Mark Libby, 1:25:34Amy Cangelosi, 1:26:26Erica Doyon, 1:26:46Lisa Tweedie, 1:27:01Christopher Almy, 1:27:29Donna Kausen, 1:27:50Katherine Collins, 1:30:23Dave Lebel, 1:31:20Eric Boberg, 1:32:41Allison Dorko, 1:34:40Robert Garnett, 1:36:33Maegan Haney, 1:37:13Kim Shire, 1:37:13Andrew Clappitney, 1:40:59Julie Commick, 1:42:54Ginger King, 1:44:16Jen Noonan, 1:44:23
Jackson, who co-hosted the event, said she wanted the vigil to be a place for the USC community to come together and express their respect for Hussle, whether or not they were from South L.A. Richardson was one of the over 50 individuals who gathered in front of Tommy Trojan Tuesday night for a vigil hosted by the Black Student Assembly to honor the life of Hussle, an artist who dedicated much of his career to giving back to his home community. One by one, students and members of the local community stepped forward to speak about Hussle’s legacy and what his advocacy meant to both the South Los Angeles and black communities. “This death was kind of like a double whammy,” Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs coordinator Saphia Jackson said. “It goes to show that you really can’t take life for granted. These are all leaders in our community, whether or not you knew Victor, whether or not you knew Nipsey, or knew of him or knew of his songs or even his legacy.” “The black people in these communities are suffering,” Lezama said. “They need help, but there’s no access to these resources … We need to speak up, we need to get in there, we need to do more.” More than 50 USC and local community members gathered at Tommy Trojan Tuesday to mourn South Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who died Sunday. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) “It’s hard knowing that your hometown hero died the way he did over some stupid shit,” Richards said to the crowd. “It was like a hole was in my heart because he did so much for my community. He was there; he was the presence that everybody looked up to besides all the bullshit you see in the news … The man did so much for me and my family. He was that figure that I looked up to when temptation struck.” Hussle’s death isn’t the first to have impacted the USC community in the last few weeks. Victor McElhaney, a USC senior who studied jazz music, died after getting shot in a failed robbery attempt over spring break. Anijah Lezama, a freshman majoring in dance, said that Hussle’s death points to the lack of resources available in the black community — something Hussle had worked to combat. Jonathan Richards recalls feeling his body shake and his stomach flip upon learning that rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle had been shot on Sunday. “Within this last month, I can really understand why people get bitter. It’s not even this last month it’s been the past years or so,” said Jackson, a senior majoring in public policy. “This is like my eighth or ninth time talking about gun violence, talking about another black man dying by ignorance … It hit me close to home.” “His music and just the way he moved around life just taught me a lot about how to carry yourself how to believe in yourself,” said Nicholas Earl, a senior majoring in cinema and media studies. “The way he lived his life made me excited to live my life, and I can’t wait to get my degree, get out of here and make a bunch of money so that I can give back to my home.” “I literally sprinted to my car and went back home and went to Slauson to figure out what was going on,” said Richards, a freshman majoring in business administration. “Then we got the tweet that he died. Everybody was in shock. We didn’t know what to do.” Hussle was shot Sunday in Hyde Park outside of the store he co-owned, The Marathon Clothing, shocking many in the local community. Despite his fame, Hussle worked on youth initiatives, as well as projects like Destination Crenshaw, an art installation aimed at preserving the black culture of South L.A.
Texas AirHogs’ Na Chuang (36), Song Yunqi (15), Yang Yanyong (1) and Yang Jin (29), all of China, stand for the playing of the Chinese national anthem before an American Association of Independent Professional Baseball game, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The small ballpark in Texas just a few miles from downtown Dallas is home this summer for the Chinese national baseball team under an unprecedented setup. The Chinese players are part of a revolving roster in a professional league, getting to play more games and against tougher competition to strengthen their team for future international competitions like the 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — The starting lineups are announced in English and Spanish at home games for the independent Texas AirHogs, and then the Chinese national anthem is played.For about 30 members of the Chinese national baseball team, the suburban ballpark adjacent to a horse track and only a few miles west of downtown Dallas has become their summer home and training ground in an unprecedented setup.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams to play 2 events in run-up to US Open Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew They are a revolving part of the roster for a professional team in the United States, playing more games and against tougher competition while working to improve their team for future international events such as the upcoming Asian Games and 2020 Olympics.“The system that they’ve created here, where we work out in the morning, we’ve got weight training, the pitchers have a system where we throw on, the coaches have kind of set up a system that’s really helped them to be able to make the adjustment to play more games,” Sun Jianzeng, a 26-year-old right-hander, said through a translator.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Chinese players, who professionally back home would play only 20-30 games a season, make up about two-thirds of the expanded roster for the American Association team now formally known as the AirHogs powered by Beijing Shougang Eagles. The players ranging in age from 18 to 29 rotate on and off the active roster to play 6-7 games a week in one of the low-minor leagues not affiliated with Major League Baseball.“It makes it workable, because we don’t want to wear these guys down,” said AirHogs manager John McLaren, a big league coach for three decades who has worked with Chinese teams since 2011. That changed when the Chinese Baseball Association made arrangement with the AirHogs, allowing them to focus on daily development.They are now together all of the time in a 12-team league that stretches more than 1,300 miles south to north through the middle of the United States — and into Canada with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The closest stop is Cleburne, Texas, where 53-year-old former big league slugger Rafael Palmeiro is starring for the Railroaders.China’s only Olympic berth was in 2008, going 1-6 in group play after an automatic berth as the host nation. That was the last time baseball was part of the Summer Games until its 2020 return in Tokyo.The AirHogs are a league-worst 17-44 this season, but player-coach Na Chuang said the team has progressed faster than expected, increasing the confidence of the Chinese players who will leave with McLaren and some of their national coaches for the Asian Games in Indonesia before the end of the 100-game AirHogs season.Kevin Joseph, who pitched in the majors briefly with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2002, is part of McLaren’s staff as an assistant pitching coach and invaluable translator. He learned Mandarin Chinese while spending more than eight years teaching baseball to young people after a friend with connections to baseball officials in China invited him there.“The big need I think for China is they don’t play a lot of games. So for them to be able to come, and to learn the rhythm of a baseball lifestyle, play against better competition, has been a great experience,” Joseph said. “The players have really meshed well with the Chinese guys, they love them.”There are the inevitable hiccups because of communication issues and culture differences, including the style of play the Chinese players were used to, but Joseph said things have gone great overall.“It’s fun just to watch them interact with everybody, and themselves, and show up every day, kidding and joking,” said McLaren, sitting in the coaches office next to a narrow room cramped with lockers. “It’s a clubhouse. They’re a different culture, speak a different language, but the laugh in the clubhouse is the same.”Joseph said hitters have changed the way they swing the bat, being more aggressive and ready to hit against velocity beyond what they’d ever faced.For the pitchers, the emphasis has been on throwing more fastballs and fewer breaking balls. Hardy said the catchers have started to understand what the coaches are looking for from pitchers. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Players not on the active roster for games go through early workouts at AirHogs Stadium, 10 minutes from the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers. There are conditioning and weight training drills that are new to the Chinese players.“They’re trying to do something they’ve never done before, which is play this many games on a daily basis, and you throw into the fact that with the exception of maybe three or four pitchers, they’re physically and experienced-wise overmatched,” said Larry Hardy, a former Rangers pitching coach filling the same role for the AirHogs. “But they’re getting better.”McLaren, who had a short stint managing Seattle in 2007-08 and was Washington’s interim manager for three games in 2011, was on the Philadelphia Phillies staff the past two seasons.He also managed China at the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017. Over that time, there would be gaps of six or seven months when he wouldn’t even see the team, and players would barely play baseball. China has a 2-10 record in its four WBC appearances, getting outscored 102-18 in those games.“These guys, I don’t think they’d ever played twice in a week,” McLaren said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments “The level of play is a lot higher,” Jianzeng said. “You can make smallest mistakes, can be hurt here as a pitcher. … Because you’re playing so many games, you’re learning about yourself as a pitcher, and you’re getting a lot more experience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced