MLB awards 2019: Full list of nominees, winners for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and more

first_imgBecause of the tight races, this week will be a fun one for baseball fans not quite ready to let go of the 2019 season.MORE: Mike Trout wins 2019 SN Player of the YearAwards will be announced on MLB Network from Monday through Thursday.Here are all of the nominees and award winners.AL MVPWinner: Mike Trout (Angels)Other finalists: Alex Bregman (Astros), Marcus Semien (A’s)NL MVPWinner: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)Other finalists: Anthony Rendon (Nationals), Christian Yelich (Brewers)AL Cy YoungWinner: Justin Verlander (Astros)Other finalists: Gerrit Cole (Astros), Charlie Morton (Rays)NL Cy YoungWinner: Jacob deGrom (Mets)Other finalists: Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers), Max Scherzer (Nationals)AL Rookie of the YearWinner: Yordan Alvarez (Astros)Other finalists: Brandon Lowe (Rays), John Means (Orioles)NL Rookie of the YearWinner: Pete Alonso (Mets)Other finalists: Mike Soroka (Braves), Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres)AL Manager of the YearWinner: Rocco Baldelli (Twins)Other finalists: Aaron Boone (Yankees), Kevin Cash (Rays)NL Manager of the YearWinner: Mike Schildt (Cardinals)Other finalists: Craig Counsell (Brewers), Brian Snitker (Braves)AL Comeback Player of the YearTo be announced. While some 2019 MLB awards are obvious, such as Yordan Alvarez for AL Rookie of the Year, others could cause controversy.Take the MVP races, for example, where Alex Bregman and Mike Trout have legitimate arguments in their favor for the AL honor, while Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich each would be deserving winners in the NL. Finalists: Lucas Giolito (White Sox), Hunter Pence (Rangers) and Jorge Soler (Royals)NL Comeback Player of the YearTo be announced.Finalists: Josh Donaldson (Braves), Sonny Gray (Reds) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers)last_img read more

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Govt continues to plunder nation’s coffers – Ali

first_imgRising debt levelsWeeks after declaring that Guyana was on its way to amassing exorbitant debt levels, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali has once again condemned the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration’s handling of the economy, contending that Government is continually plundering public funds. “Since taking up office in 2015, the APNU/AFC Government continues to plunder the nation’s coffers [by] outstripping private investment to satisfy their growing budget deficit and unruly profligate spending habit,” Ali highlighted on Tuesday.He also contended that market securities were in decline, noting that these were critical sources of foreign currency. Market securities are debts which can be redeemed within a year and can be in the form of stocks or bonds. Ali, a former Minister under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, stressed that his party’s successor was leading the country on a downward trajectory, which could cause the collapse of the nation’s financial system.Ali further observed that even private enterprises were continuing to record large deficits, coupled with shrinking contributions to net domestic credit. It was pointed out that from a fiscal point of view, Government deficits and total debt continue to proliferate.“When assessed, growth in total debt outstripped [Gross Domestic Product] GDP by more than 119 per cent points,” he stated.Ali had observed last month that based on estimates, the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio, using the 2018 GDP forecast of 3.8 per cent, would now be 73 per cent. He noted then that Government was increasing the country’s total debt by more than 28 per cent. It was observed then that the Administration was refusing to adhere to calls by international observers for the country to reduce large-scale borrowing.Highlighting the threats to job creation and supporting sectors such as forestry, agriculture and construction, the PPP executive pointed out a range of outcomes if these industries continued to suffer a decline.Finance Minister Winston JordanFrom rising non-performing loans, there could be a high tax burden, low growth rate and low disposable income. According to Ali, the economic decline will see high unemployment as businesses will opt to downsize their operations owing to high interest rates and low demand, coupled with depreciation of foreign exchange.At the end of December 2017, the Finance Ministry’s Public Debt Annual Report showed Guyana’s total debt, inclusive of external and domestic debt, stood at US$1.66 billion or 45.2 per cent of GDP. Earlier this year, Government secured a US$900 million line of credit from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to develop the areas of agriculture, banking and finance, human development, energy, and rural development.The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the sugar estates’ operations and for the national electricity grid. Finance Minister Winston Jordan had explained that the IsDB financial arrangement has a resource envelope of US$900 million that is potentially available, from which the Government can borrow.However, some observers, including Ali, were of the opinion that these decisions will lead to a “massive” increase in debt.In April 2018, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo opined that Government was, in fact, “pawning our futures”.last_img read more

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Brother and sister appear in court after Gardai raid brothel in Letterkenny

first_imgA brother and sister were among four people arrested in connection with the running a brothel in Letterkenny today.The pair appeared at Letterkenny District Court after Gardai raided an apartment complex in the town on Sunday evening. Detectives revealed how the arrests were a culmination of a week-long undercover investigation which led to the arrests of the four at 1 Riverside Apartments, Pearse Road.Detective Sgt Michael Galvin told the court how all four, who are from Romania, admitted knowing prostitution was taking place in the apartment.He told the court how Gardai seized numerous mobile phones, laptop computers as well as €1,470 in cash which was the proceeds of prostitution.Detective Galvin said that while in the apartment, the various phones were ringing regularly and that one prospective client also arrived at the apartment.He added that several items found in the apartment suggested that an active brothel was operating from the premises.He said the women had advertised their services on the well-known contacts website, Escort Ireland.Before the court were Mihia Margarit, aged 37, his sister Giorgiana Chiscon, aged 34, Adriane Niculu, aged 38 and Elena Florea, aged 35.The court was told that the women were not being trafficked but we working for themselves and were sending the money back to relatives at home.One of the women had three children and another was using the money she gained from prostitution to put her 20 year old son through college.Another of the women was sending money back to her own country so a relative could have a serious medical operation in Spain.Evidence was given that the average wage back in Romania was €500 a month compared to the €50 to €60 the women were charging clients for sex for each half hour here.The court was told that Mr Margarit had only arrived in Ireland recently and was only here to make sure his sister sent the money back to Romania as she had a serious gambling problem and was spending all her money in local casinos.There was no evidence to suggest that Mr Margarit was putting any undue pressure on any of the women to take part in prostitution.Judge Paul Kelly asked Sgt Galvin if there was any evidence that the landlord knew what was happening in the premises and he was told there was no evidence.The women were paying €120 each week to rent the apartment, which was an average rent of the area.Solicitor for all four, Frank Dorrian, said all were reasonable and affable people and were in many ways victims of poverty.He said Mr Maragit and his sister planned to leave to travel back to Romania shortly while the other two women, one of whom was in a relationship here, planned to stay in Ireland.Judge Kelly ordered the destruction of the mobile phones, laptops and also ordered the seized cash of €1,470, be given to the State.He also applied the Probation Act to all four defendants.Brother and sister appear in court after Gardai raid brothel in Letterkenny was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brotheldonegalEscort IrelandGardaiLETETRKENNYPearse Roadsexlast_img read more

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