Legalising weed could see $675m a year spent on health interventions – report

first_imgOn top of that GST income, it also forecasts around $640 million from excise tax and $440 million from a specific harm reduction levy.In total, it would mean more than $1 billion a year coming in from taxes on legalised cannabis.READ MORE: “Using the suggested minimum prices of $20 for low THC products, $30 for medium THC products, and $40 for high THC products, it is likely that a total of $335 million in GST will be raised by the sale of 110 tonnes of recreational cannabis,” the report says. It recommends a limit of 110 to 120 tonnes of dried cannabis produced per annum – a significant increase on its current modelling, which estimates around 74 tonnes of cannabis is currently consumed each year in New Zealand.center_img NZ Herald 8 September 2020A legal cannabis market for recreational use could generate $675 million a year for the Government to spend on reducing cannabis-related harm, new economic modelling shows.Two reports by Business and Economic Research Ltd (Berl) also say that legalisation would see an initial spike in cannabis use, accompanied by more cannabis-related hospitalisations.But this would recede in the longer term and, with excise tax revenue put towards effective health interventions, cannabis users would have improved health outcomes while the justice system would save $11.4 million a year.Berl’s modelling was done for the Ministry of Justice in the lead-up to next month’s referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use.It was going to be published after the referendum in case it might unduly influence voters, but it has been released today following Official Information Act requests.Justice Minister Andrew Little has so far been coy about the value of any levy on legal cannabis products, which would be ring-fenced for health services such as therapy or addition treatment.But Berl estimated the level of excise tax based on the current price of cannabis and three different levels of potency of THC – the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.It estimated the tax would net the Government $640 million per year.Adding the revenue from licensing fees minus the cost of administering the scheme, Berl says there would be $675m a year that could be used for health services.READ MORE: cannabis would create thousands of jobs, earn around $1 billion per year in taxes – reportTVNZ One News 9 September 2020If cannabis is legalised after this year’s referendum, it could see up to 5000 new jobs created in the sector and bring in more than $1 billion in taxes, according to two newly released reports.The Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) report was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and was proactively released to media today.last_img read more

West Brom sack manager Tony Pulis

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion sack manager Tony PulisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | West Bromwich Albion sacked manager Tony Pulis on Monday after a miserable run of form that has seen the Chinese-owned club slump to 17th in the Premier League table.Pulis has won just two of his past 21 league games following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Chelsea and West Brom sit one place above the relegation zone after an 11-game winless run in all competitions. “These decisions are never taken lightly, but always in the interests of the club,” chairman John Williams said on West Brom’s official website.“We are in a results business and over the back end of last season and this season to date, ours have been very disappointing.“We would like to place on record our appreciation of Tony’s contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership.“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”Assistant head coach Gary Megson has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until further notice.Owner Guochuan Lai watched the Chelsea defeat after flying over from China for a pre-arranged trip and is now tasked with finding a new manager, with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes — a former West Brom captain — linked to the post. Pulis, 59, replaced Alan Irvine when the Baggies were a point above the relegation zone in January 2015, eventually leading them to 13th.They finished 14th in 2015-16 and came 10th last season, but failed to win any of their final nine matches.In a statement released by the League Managers Association, which represents managers in England, Pulis defended his record at The Hawthorns.“Over the last three seasons we have achieved a great deal and I am proud to have managed West Bromwich Albion,” he said.“My remit was to develop the squad and ensure we delivered results which would in turn improve the club’s financial position.“We have achieved this year on year and I am pleased to have played a part in the club’s growth.“Our final league position in the last three seasons has represented the accomplishment of our targets as a club; sustaining our status in the Premier League and delivering stability, throughout the club’s transition of ownership.”Pulis, who boasts a proud record of never being relegated as a manager, has previously been in charge at Crystal Palace.He also had two stints at Stoke City, where he reached the FA Cup final and qualified for Europe during his second spell at the club.The number of top-flight sackings was already at a five-season high even before the Welshman’s exit, with four up to November 20 compared with the next highest mark of three by the same stage in 2015-16.The other managers fired so far this season are Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton) and Slaven Bilic (West Ham United).Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England Golf celebrates progress

first_img14 Apr 2016 England Golf celebrates progress England Golf is celebrating progress on its strategy, Raising Our Game, at its two-day annual conference – and looking to the future. The opening session higlighted a host of achievements and the news that the decline in golf participation appears to be stabilising – with the first signs of growth in some areas. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink, who has been in post for exactly a month, told delegates he was inspired by the achievements of the past year and paid tribute to volunteers, partners and staff. “I am really excited being here and about the opportunities ahead,” he said. “We know things are starting to work and move in the right direction, but we can’t rest on our laurels, we still have a lot of hard work to do. “It’s about putting golf at the heart of everything we do and knowing what golf means to people involved in the game and those not involved in the game.” He went on: “I passionately believe that we have great potential with families and young people. My 3½-year-old son has the golf bug! I promise I won’t push him but it’s a great game which brings us together, and as a youngster growing up I had a lot of fun playing golf with my grandfather.” Raising Our Game has seven key themes to grow the game including more players, more members and stronger clubs; as well as winning golfers, outstanding championships, an improved image and excellent governance. Delegates were updated on progress with a presentation which featured initiatives including: The Get into Golf campaign, which is to be supported by Sky Sports. It offers all clubs the opportunity to upload their beginners’ sessions and courses on to the website. Last year 760 clubs took advantage of this, the website received 800,000 hits and almost 3,900 Get into Golf participants took up some form of club membership. Sky Sports’ support for the campaign was announced on Tuesday and Julian Sheldon, their senior PR manager, told delegates that greater exposure of the campaign will broaden the reach of golf to all sports fans. “This goes back to the ethos of Sky Sports to drive participation in all sports at all levels,” he said.  Golf Express, which piloted in Staffordshire to promote nine-hole golf to time-poor and unattached golfers, and has proved a huge success. Projects to attract women and girls, such as support for Sports Publications’ #ThisGirlsGolfs video campaign to change perceptions; and Girls Golf Rocks, run with the Golf Foundation, which uses county girl players as mentors to inspire and encourage new girl players. Examples of working in partnership were outlined by Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, and Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA, who summed up: “Everyone is in this together. We all want more people playing the game playing more often and becoming members of golf clubs.” The conference includes workshops on a wide range of topics include speeding up the game, shorter formats, creating and developing talent and protecting the sport. The England Golf Awards – to golfers and clubs who make the game great – will be presented at a gala dinner. Caption: Nick Pink address conference delegates (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Final Fate Of Red Bank Residential Project To Be Determined

first_imgProject Needs Numerous Variances from Zoning BoardBy John BurtonRED BANK – The borough Zoning Board of Adjustment may cast the deciding vote for a project that could finally result in building on a long-vacant West Front Street lot.The board, over a handful of hearings, has been considering the The Element, a four-story, upscale residential project intended for 55 West Front Street. The site for many years had been home to Meridian Extended Care, a facility that had been owned and operated by Meridian Health, which owns and operates Riverview Medical Center here. But what is now being proposed is reduced from what was initially slated for this property.Located across from the borough’s Riverside Gardens Park, the site has remained vacant since 2009, when the care facility was demolished.What is being considered now is “a class A multifamily development,” said Debra Tantleff, who is working on the project.“We believe we are fundamentally designing a building that embodies all of the elements of quality living in a downtown environment,” said Tantleff, by way of the project’s name.Tantleff is the founding principal partner of TANTUM real estate, a Jersey City-based development firm, involved in 55 West Front Street, LLC, looking to develop the project. According to Tantleff, her firm specializes in multifamily and mixed-use projects, mostly in northern New Jersey.The local zoning board had approved a plan for the site back in 2007 that would have allowed for the construction of a five-story building with 27 fairly spacious condominiums and a below-grade parking deck.After winning approval, however, developers ran headlong into the 2008 Great Recession and “a market that wouldn’t enable the condos to move forward,” Tantleff observed.“The owners of the property have repositioned and redesigned this,” scaling back the original concept, she said. Now the project would have 35 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments and in three stories, with the ground level, fourth story intended as a parking tier.Should the project be approved, the one-bedroom apartments will range in size between 750-800 square feet; the two-bedroom units are planned for “north of 1,200 square feet,” Tantleff said. The structure will feature “A more appropriate architectural design, to cohesively fit into the streetscape” of the area, with the building’s exterior featuring brick and stone in a Victorian style, she said.Scaling back the project, Tantleff maintained, would improve the situation for its immediate neighbor, Trinity Episcopal Church, 65 West Front St., by creating “expansive open space that separates us from the church,” she said.The Element will be marketed to young professionals and empty-nesters, both demographics appreciating what Red Bank has to offer and easy access to mass transit and local attractions, and is similar to what Woodmont Properties and Metrovation/ Terranomics Development accomplished with their West Side Lofts project, just west on West Front Street, Tantleff stressed.As to what the rents might eventually be for the 35 units, Tantleff responded that “It’s a little premature to get specific.”For the project to proceed, the zoning board would have to approve a use variance for density; according to local zoning regulations maximum density is 25 dwelling units per acre is permitted, while given the size of the property it equates to 47 units per acre, requiring the variance; and another because it exceeds maximum height by 6.7 feet. The board would also have to approve variances for the parking lack of required parking and other relief for such things as rear property setback, as well as various design waivers, according to the borough Office of Planning and Zoning.The developers have presented their professionals and testimony at previous zoning board hearings and all that remains before a final vote is the public comment session, Tantleff saidlast_img read more

South Africa, Somalia formalise ties

first_img14 March 2012 South Africa has established formal diplomatic relations with Somalia, and committed R100-million to help the transitional Somali government build adequate institutions of governance in the troubled Horn of Africa country. The South African government will work with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and international partners to ensure that Somalia has institutions of governance that will be sustainable beyond the TFG’s mandate – which should ultimately see that country equipped to govern itself. South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met with her Somali counterpart, Abdullahi Haji Hassan, in Pretoria on Tuesday. The two signed an agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations – a move that will coordinate interaction between the two countries. Addressing journalists after the meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said the R100-million would provide capacity and institution building, socio-economic support, as well as specified training in key government sectors. “This move will also afford us an opportunity to closely assess the situation in Somalia and propose interventions in partnership with Somalis and other key players towards the realisation of lasting and meaningful peace in Somalia.” Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa stood ready to share its own constitution-making experiences with Somalia.Diplomatic representation She added that South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Ndumiso Ntshinga, would be accredited to Somalia until circumstances allowed for the opening of a South African mission in Mogadishu. Pretoria currently engages with Somalia through the Somali embassy in Kenya. “We will also be happy to receive diplomatic representation from Somalia in the near future, which will not only enhance our bilateral relations and outreach to Somalia, but also serve Somali nationals in South Africa,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. Somalia has been plagued by internal strife for the past decade. Civil war, coupled with a hunger crisis – 750 000 people face imminent starvation, according to UN data – has rendered the country extremely vulnerable, and earned it a place among the top “failed states” in the world.Situation on the ground ‘stabilising’ Haji Hassan thanked South Africa for its support, and said they could learn a lot from SA’s experience, especially in constitution-making and peace-building. Asked about the situation on the ground in Mogadishu, and whether the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) had requested military assistance from South Africa, Haji Hassan said they had not, as the situation had stabilised, and that people had started rebuilding their lives. He added that South Africa was already doing a lot to help them. Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has seen a huge influx of people fleeing hunger and civil war, making it difficult for the government to provide basic services. Pretoria has been active in responding to the humanitarian situation in Somalia, offering aid and logistical support for humanitarian efforts by Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and the international community.Political solution ‘the only option’ Nkoana-Mashabane said a political solution was the only option to resolving the situation in Somalia, and encouraged all stakeholders who still remained outside of the peace process to participate in the talks to ensure an inclusive Somali-owned process and solution. “We would like to call on all Somali armed opposition groups, including Al Shabab, to lay down their arms and to join the peace process that has already been embarked upon,” Nkoana-Mashabane said, voicing concern about the continuing violence and loss of life in Somalia and the ongoing piracy [along] the country’s coast. Nkoana-Mashabane said she was, however, encouraged by the determination of the current Somali leadership to embark on a constitution-making process that would serve as the basis for a new political dispensation that would replace the current Transitional Federal Institutions by August 2012, when the TFG’s mandate expires. “We believe that the solution to piracy is on land, and that the issue of piracy will only be solved once there is political stability in Somalia. It is necessary that Somali institutions be strengthened to enable them to play their role in the prosecution of [pirates].” The two ministers also discussed efforts to bring home Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz, South African citizens long held hostage by Somali pirates. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa embraces spirit of competition

Brand South Africa research manager, Petrus de Kock, is the driving force behind the South African Competitiveness Forum.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Brand South Africa.comThe South African Competitiveness Forum was officially launched on 25 July, followed by a number of regional consultations leading up to the main event, which takes place at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on 5 November.Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South Africa, is passionate about the forum and the long-term implications the event could have for the future of the nation brand. “It’s very much a consultative forum – this is a key platform for us to share knowledge and experience, but also to work together to build a stronger reputation and a competitive country to position internationally.”It has a number of key content partners, which means there will be input from many levels and sectors. The forum will include senior business delegates, ministerial officials, representatives from several government departments, and from the Top 50 companies listed on the JSE, he explains.The programme is jam-packed, with a plenary session to be opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, followed by five breakaway sessions. Taking a workshop-style format, these sessions will focus on major themes, such as education, skills and labour; governance and leadership; manufacturing and related services; infrastructure; and foreign direct investment competitiveness.De Kock says the workshops will highlight the country’s reputational and competitive strengths and weaknesses. “We are looking at how we can fix problems and ways we can make the national brand even stronger.”The timing of the forum is hugely relevant, he adds. “Next year, we are celebrating 20 years of democracy [which] is very much founded and built on the concept of stakeholder input, of negotiation, of consultation, so the forum is very much a consultative platform [where] business, government and civil society can together identify the reputational strengths and competitive strengths, as well as challenges. So I think that’s unique, you know, very much as an open, public platform and what we can extract or absorb from that input into, say, our international marketing in the country.”He expects there will be much to learn from the delegates and the sessions throughout the day. “We [Brand South Africa] are not the experts at manufacturing, for example, and we will probably learn a tremendous amount about strengthening the country. I think it’s not just a talk shop; it’s very much focused on those things that we can extract and then incorporate into our operations going forward.”Brand South Africa launched the new payoff line in 2012, he explains – “Inspiring New Ways” – and the South African Competitiveness Forum is an effort by the marketing organisation to create a new kind of a platform and a new way of engaging key stakeholders, industry and the government.“The South African Competitiveness Forum is a call to all stakeholders across business, government and society to provide input and to inspire new ways of positioning the brand both domestically and internationally.”Brand South Africa will also take the opportunity to showcase a decade of creative and branding design work. “The forum aims to inspire delegates to become brand ambassadors through the exhibition of the brand and the work of Brand South Africa and through the thought- and knowledge-sharing. The forum is there as a call to stakeholders to help us to frame the picture in more detail and also to make the value proposition even stronger so that we can work towards realising the goals of the National Development Plan.”De Kock expects a fair amount of robust debate. “The forum promises to be an exciting and an engaging and probably a tough platform. As South Africans, we can engage thoroughly on issues, so I think it will be in-depth conversation … I think the experience people will have will enrich them and I hope, ultimately, that this will build more pride and patriotism and mobilise us as South Africans to work together to realise the strategic objectives that we have as a country.”The South African Competitiveness Forum takes place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 5 November 2013. There will be a commemorative exhibition documenting the creative and design work done by Brand South Africa in marketing the country.For more information, visit read more

Your New iWallet: Apple Reportedly to Add NFC to the Next iPhone and iPad

first_imgaudrey watters The next generation iPhone and iPad will contain Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology enabling the devices to become your wallet, according to a report today in Bloomberg. NFC is a short-range, high-frequency wireless technology which lets devices – primarily mobile phones – communicate with other NFC devices. This can be utilized in a number of applications including mobile ticketing, mobile money, and smart billboards.The Bloomberg story cites Richard Doherty, director of the consulting firm Envisionering Group, who says that Apple has been working to embed the technology in the “next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc and the iPad 2,” both of which are expected to be launched this year.It’s not an unexpected move. As we have reported previously, Apple has made some strategic hires of NFC experts, and the Android already offers this functionality.NFC Plus iTunesWhat makes the Bloomberg news interesting, if true – other than the fact that the report only mentions this NFC technology in the AT&T iPhone, not a Verizon iPhone – is the way in which NFC, matched with the iTunes checkout system, could truly become a de facto payment method for many of us. Users are already incredibly familiar and comfortable with purchasing things via iTunes, and as we look to alternatives to cash, checks, and even credits cards – particularly when it comes to making payments on the go – it makes sense that Apple provides that service.It makes sense for users and for Apple. As the Bloomberg story notes, it could help Apple cut costs associated with credit card processing fees. But it could also greatly expand the reach of the iTunes service. And according to Doherty, this is in the works for mid-2011, with plans to “revamp iTunes, a service that lets consumers buy digital movies and music, so it would hold not only users’ credit-card account information but also loyalty credits and points.”So get ready to pay with your phone. Get ready to receive targeted ads and coupons with your phone. The industry has been saying that for a while. But while NFC has been touted as the future of mobile money and mobile shopping, one of the major pieces missing from implementation is the infrastructure necessary to facilitate it. And it sounds like Apple, if the Bloomberg report is true, may be working on just that very thing. Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

A New Multifamily Will Put Passive House Performance to the Test

first_imgA planned multifamily project in Minneapolis will give designers a chance to see just how much of a difference Passive House construction makes when it comes to energy consumption, if not tenant comfort.Hook and Ladder Apartments, named after a nearby firefighting museum, is being planned as a pair of nearly identical looking buildings with a total of 118 apartments. Half the project will be built to a slightly enhanced state energy code, the other half to the PHIUS+2015 standard of the Passive House Institute U.S. According to a post at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hook and Ladder will be the first Passive House multifamily project in the state.The $20 million project will provide housing for people earning less than 60% of the area’s median income. The developers hope to show lenders and property owners that the added costs of Passive House construction can be offset by lower operating costs, the Star Tribune said.Newport Partners, a California-based real estate firm, will own Hook and Ladder, but Kim Bretheim of LHB Architects in Minneapolis, which is designing it, said that the impetus came from a neighborhood association and Becky Landon, an affordable housing consultant in the area.Construction of the 117,000-square-foot project is expected to start in 2018, Bretheim said by telephone, and take about a year. Heating and coolingHemer called the plans for heating and cooling one of the most unusual parts of the project. On the conventional side, through-the-wall Magic-pak units provide both heating and cooling as well as a fresh air intake.For the Passive House building, designers chose a variable-refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump system with a half-dozen rooftop compressors and ducted fan-coil units in each apartment. Fresh air will be provided by an energy-recovery ventilator.As for renewables, Hemer said that’s still being studied. The roof of the conventional building may get photovoltaic panels while the Passive House side gets some kind of solar thermal system for hot water.“Right now we’re in the scoping out stage,” Hemer said. “We want to see if we have enough money in our renewable energy budget to cover that system.” With limited sunlight in winter, gas-fired hot water will have to be part of the mix even if the project finds money for the solar thermal system. RELATED ARTICLES “Pricing we have now shows the cost of the buildings is essentially the same,” Bretheim said. “The difference is that one is Passive House, and one has underground parking.”Sharing the same site, the two buildings will have the same mix of apartment types, and draw on the same pool of tenants. Because so many building and site characteristics will be the same, Bretheim said, the project will provide an unusual opportunity compare the performance difference between the two types of construction.Costs for heating and cooling on the Passive House side should be considerably different than those on the conventionally built side, he said. In order to keep out-of-pocket expenses for tenants roughly the same, Newport Partners will pay all monthly utility costs. Maine Gets Another Passive House Multifamily ProjectA Passivhaus Multifamily in Maine Nears CompletionThe Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.Multifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in OregonPassivhaus Apartment Complex Would be a GiantPassivhaus Townhouses Are Underway in Philadelphia The price of parkingBoth sides of the apartment complex might have been built to the Passive House standard had it not been for the need for off-street parking, Bretheim said. The conventionally built side will have an underground parking garage, while the Passive House side will be built partially on a slab with no below-grade parking. Meeting Passive House specs will add roughly 10% to the cost of that building — about what the underground parking cost on the conventionally built side. Keeping construction simpleDesigners looked for ways to keep construction relatively simple so subs won’t be spending a lot of time and money figuring out unfamiliar building techniques.“We wanted to make sure from a cost containment perspective that we were doing it in a simple way that does not leave the subcontractors who have never done this before filling uncertainty with cost margins,” Bretheim said. “We’re trying to build innovative walls consisting of components that people individually are used to building but add up to a cost-effective thermal and airtight barrier.”Differences between the two buildings were detailed by Jeff Hemer, the project manager for Hook and Ladder.The exterior wall assembly for the conventional side of the project is a 2×8 stud wall with 8-inch fiberglass batts (compressed to 7 1/4 inches), commercial-grade Tyvek, and double-glazed fiberglass windows. Hemer said the cavity insulation would have an R-value of 24, with a wall assembly R-value of just under 22. On the Passive House side, walls will be framed with 2x6s and insulated with R-21 fiberglass batts. On the exterior is a 2-inch-thick insulated sheathing combining plywood and polyisocyanurate foam. A layer of OSB on the inside of the stud wall will be an air and vapor barrier. In addition, the wall gets a service cavity on the inside for wiring. Hemer says that the total R-value for the Passive House wall is about 30.Windows on the Passive House building will be triple-glazed vinyl. Windows for both sides of the project are coming from Pella. Cladding on both buildings is a mix of masonry, fiber-cement, and metal paneling.On both buildings, there’s no cavity insulation in the I-joist roof framing but polyiso on top of the framing: R-36 on the conventional side, R-45 on the Passive House side.Hemer said that modeling showed that R-30 exterior walls were enough to meet Passive House requirements. “One of the things we studied was the envelope systems of the buildings,” he said. “The Weidt Group studied a lot of variations of R-values for wall assemblies, roof assemblies, and windows in order to find the sweet spot for those R-values and find that place where it made the most sense to invest in enhancing certain parts. You can build an R-50 wall, but the return on that is so minuscule that it’s not worth the money to do that.”last_img read more

Jeter Ends Skid, Yanks Bop Rays

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Derek Jeter managed to get a hit that had been most elusive.Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.The retiring Yankees captain lined a single off Alex Cobb leading off the sixth inning. Jeter had an 0-for-32 stretch in April 2004. “I’m one for my last two, guys,” Jeter said. “It felt good, man.”Jeter, who lives in nearby Tampa, went 1-for-4 and scored a run in his final game at Tropicana Field. He got a loud ovation from the announced crowd of 26,332 before grounding out in his last at-bat in the seventh.New York Manager Joe Girardi was relieved that Jeter got a hit. “It was good to see,” Girardi said.The Yankees began the day six games out of the second AL wild-card spot, with four teams ahead of them.Brandon McCarthy (7-4) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Dellin Betances and David Robertson, who got his 37th save, completed a five-hitter.Cobb (9-8) had his streak of allowing two runs or less in 12 consecutive starts — tied for third-best by an AL pitcher in 100 years — come to an end. He gave up three runs and four hits over six innings.Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and had RBI grounder for the Rays. He has 46 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break.Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth that put the Yankees up 2-1. Brett Gardner hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth that was caught by a leaping Wil Myers at the right-field wall.Cobb hit Chris Young on the lower back with a pitch leading off the fifth, but things remained calm. A day earlier, Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz in the eighth, then Yankees reliever David Phelps was ejected in the bottom half for throwing a tight pitch to Kevin Kiermaier.“It was the beginning of that inning where I did lose command,” Cobb said. “I just fell into a bad habit. It was myself not making proper adjustments. I heard the boos, but that’s just unknowledgeable baseball fans, if I dare go there.”Cobb took a no-hitter in the eighth inning of his start Sept. 11th at Yankee Stadium.Six New York batters have hit by a Rays pitcher in the past week.Alan Porter was the plate umpire in place of Joe West, who was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon on Sept. 14. Sean Barber joined the crew and was at third base.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revenge

first_imgBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley is confident Chelsea can exact revenge on Tottenham when the two clubs meet in the EFL Cup semi-final.Tottenham beat Chelsea in an emphatic victory at Wembley last month.”Tottenham are a good side but we come into it with confidence and knowing what we need to do to reach the final,” said Barkley. “We will train really hard.”That will be in the back of our minds [Chelsea’s defeat at Wembley] because there are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals. It’s going to be a very exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img