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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The International Market Place is promoting its proprietary platform for digital native, e-commerce and legacy brands to set up shop in a physical store.

International Market Place now offers short-term rental options for plug-and-play retail spaces with fast turnkey solutions for every phase of the store opening process.

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More recently, we did a feature on the 16-year-old entrepreneur who opened a boutique on the second floor of the International Market Place.

Breana Grosz, managing director of International Market Place, said Kyra Lung had used the program and they were thrilled to see her flourish.

“We were thrilled to be able to support Kyra Lung in her entrepreneurial quest through our ‘Emerge with Taubman’ program,” said Grosz.

Their Emerge with Taubman program gives business owners the ability to lease and market faster and provides prime positioning.

He said new brands are often positioned alongside established tenants in increased foot traffic and exposure.

In Kyra’s case, she’s nestled between Sketchers and Harley Davidson, two very established storefronts on the second level.

“This is an exclusive platform we launched in 2020 to help local brands, designers and artisans wanting to open outlets with flexible terms and we love working with them,” Grosz said.

He said the program also features seasoned store designers to help bring brands to life, and it’s easier for pop-up stores to become permanent stores if they can.

“Our team of highly experienced professionals are able to provide assistance with every detail of opening a pop-up or online store,” said Grosz.

He said that last season alone, the Emerge With Taubman platform helped place a variety of new tenants. From up-and-coming designers and art galleries to traditional and European brands.

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2022 College World Series results: Homerun-fueled Ole Miss heads to Game 1 over Oklahoma Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:20:27 +0000

For Ole Miss, the theme for Game 1 of the College World Series Finals was power.

Power pitching, power swings – it was a dominant display from the Rebels on the mound and at home plate. And it was that power that helped them to a 10-3 win over Oklahoma on Saturday night in Omaha, Neb.

Ole Miss did most of her damage in the eighth inning, smashing back-to-back homers — the first time in a College World Series game since LSU did it in 1998.

The pick of the bunch was Calvin Harris’ 430-foot moon shot into right-center field, which sent his teammates — and the largely pro Ole Miss crowd — into a frenzy.

Harris’ dinger was one of four long balls the Rebels hit Saturday night. Their hitters were a threat all night collecting 16 hits, the most in a College World Series Finals game since 2008.

But much of Ole Miss Saturday’s success has also come from the bump. It all started with the second Jack Dougherty. He entered the College World Series final with an ERA over 5.00.

He was largely untouchable on Saturday, however. He took a perfect game in the sixth inning and at one point struck out five consecutive batters. It was the kind of show you remember.

And when Dougherty faltered in the sixth, the Rebels found another pitcher to stop the Sooners. Freshman Mason Nichols came in, dragged the Rebels out of a bases-laden traffic jam, then fired a wideside strike in the seventh.

After their dominating display, the Rebels are now one win away from capturing their first national championship in school history.

The Sporting News followed live score updates and highlights for Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma. Follow the results of Game 1 of the 2022 College World Series below.

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Ole Miss Baseball Score vs. Oklahoma

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College World Series Live Updates, Game 1 Highlights

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10:37 p.m. – And that’s it! Pettis strikes and Ole Miss wins Game 1 of the 2022 College World Series.

10:21 p.m. – Ole Miss set up two more on the board in the top of the ninth, extending their lead to 10-3. The Rebels are three out of Game 1 of the College World Series Finals.

9:55 p.m. – Oklahoma retires a run after Pettis scores on a Blake Robertson single. However, that’s all the Sooners get. OU had one round left to get back into the game.

9:45 p.m. – Just when it looked like the Sooners had retired in the eighth inning, Ole Miss decides to power up.

Umpires rightly call off a steal from Ole Miss after Chatagnier’s foot slipped from the third base bag.

No problem for TJ McCants, however, who fired one into the stands after Chase Martinez laid down a breaking ball in the middle of the area.

Not to be outdone, Harris smashed a ball 430 feet into center field on the very next at-bat. I must like back-to-back valets.

And you know what’s better than two consecutive circuits? Three consecutive circuits! Bench also knocked one down to the left center field wall — the first time a team has hit back-to-back home runs in the College World Series since LSU in 1998.

The Rebels blow up the game, now lead 8-2. What a sleeve!

9:36 p.m. – Ole Miss is doing everything in her power to put this game aside early. Chain a pair of singles to start the eighth inning. Let’s see if they can kick things off and give their bullpen a little more work in the final two innings.

9:30 p.m. – This is how we are out of danger! Nichols kicks to the side and lands a small punch as he struts towards the dugout. Still 4-2 rebels. The Sooners had six outs left to get back into the game.

9:21 p.m. – After some problems at the start of the seventh, Oklahoma came out of the round unscathed. Let’s see if they can put some more pressure on Nichols and the Rebels in the bottom of the seventh.

9:15 p.m. – Spikerman comes in to score on a step, reducing the Rebels’ lead to 2. However, Nichols induces a ground ball to get out of the inning before anything else comes out of it.

4-2 The rebels head up the seventh.

9:02 p.m. – Mason Nichols enters the game for Dougherty and strikes out the first batter he sees with a mean upstairs slider. He is one ball away from coming out of this round unscathed.

8:56 p.m. – Now things get interesting. Dougherty walks Spikerman around, loading the bases while ending Dougherty’s night in the process.

Despite struggling in round six, Dougherty was largely impressive. His final pitch line proves it: five innings, six strikeouts and only three hits allowed.

8:53 p.m. – There’s this chaos that the Sooners like to cause on the base path. Kendall Pettis sets up a bunt perfectly along the first base line, getting to first base with ease. The throw to first is wide, driving the lead runner home.

Oklahoma finally on set. 4-1 now with two over and no over.

8:51 p.m. – Can the Sooners start a rally? Consecutive singles put two without an out. This is the first adversity that Dougherty faces today. The arms are heating up in the bullpen, but it looks like Ole Miss is letting Dougherty figure it out.

8:48 p.m. – Dougherty finally gives up his first base runner after Jackson Nicklaus lined up a single in center field. Impressive display from Dougherty, whose bid for a perfect play ends at 15 out.

8:47 p.m. – Oklahoma needs to beat again and we’ll see if they can do anything to crack Dougherty.

8:39 p.m. – Bennett gives a first single to Peyton Chatagnier. Slowly but surely crawling towards 100 locations.

8:35 p.m. – When you’re good, you’re lucky. Wallace Clark lines up a ball on Dougherty’s foot and it looks destined to be a hit.

But Jacob Gonzalez reacts quickly and throws a pitch to first base to keep Dougherty’s perfect play intact. Sensational display from Dougherty so far.

8:29 p.m. – Bennett gives up three times in a row, including two strikeouts. However, unless the Sooners’ bats come to life, it looks like the outcome is going one way.

8:24 p.m. – Dougherty has retired seven of his last nine batters. Always perfect in four rounds. What a performance so far.

8:14 p.m. – Bennett finds his footing after giving up an opening single, inducing a pair of groundouts before pulling Bench out. The Sooners need their bats to come to life as soon as possible.

8:05 p.m. – Dougherty cooks on gas. Scratched to the side to complete his third perfect run. Oklahoma hasn’t come close to making good contact on the ball so far. 4-0 Rebels in three sets.

7:52 p.m. – Tim Elko does what Tim Elko does best. Bennett throws a meatball to the middle of the plate and Elko pumps it to the opposite court for a first homer. OR digging into a small hole early.

7:50 p.m. – Dougherty seems locked in early. Two perfect runs for second to start the game. Ole Miss still leads 3-0.

7:41 p.m. – Bennett just isn’t finding his groove early. He got two strikeouts to start the inning but gave up a field single to Calvin Harris.

Followed that with a wild pitch that sent Harris down to second. Justin Bench pushes it with a smoke single between second and shortstop. The Rebels’ lead increases to 3-0.

7:31 p.m. – Three up, three down for Dougherty. Comes out first in 14 throws. That will be enough for the rebels.

7:27 p.m. – Jack Dougherty takes over for Ole Miss. John Spikerman leads for the Sooners.

7:25 p.m. – Ole Miss added another after shortstop Peyton Graham threw a fly ball. The Rebels lead 2-0 in the bottom half of the first.

7:17 p.m. – And first blood goes to Ole Miss! Kevin Graham hits a ball beyond third base, easily scoring Elko. The Rebels lead 1-0 early in the first.

7:14 p.m. – After two quick outs, Rebels slugger Tim Elko singled and took second on a wild pitch.

7:07 p.m. – About two minutes from the first pitch. Southpaw Jake Bennett on the mound for the Sooners.

MORE: Most College World Series titles by school

How to watch Game 1 of the 2022 College World Series Finals

  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Direct: ESPN+, fuboTV

ESPN will provide coverage of the 2022 College World Series. Game 1 will air on ESPN. Viewers can also catch the action on ESPN+ or fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

“Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasters Eduardo Perez and Karl Ravech will be joined in the booth by Ben McDonald. Dani Wexelman will round out ESPN’s coverage as a traveling reporter.

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2022 University World Series Schedule

Saturday June 25

Game 1 Time TV
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma 7 p.m. ET ESPN

Sunday June 26

Game 2 Time TV
Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss 3 p.m. ET ESPN

Monday, June 27

Game 3* Time TV
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma 7 p.m. ET ESPN

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International Buyers Praise Return of London Screenings | New Fri, 24 Jun 2022 10:56:30 +0000

International buyers gave a generally positive response to the three-day London Screenings event held this week at Picturehouse Central from June 21-23, hosted by Film London.

“It was great to catch up after Cannes to get a broader picture of what’s coming out of the UK,” said Anna Lindstrom, acquisitions manager at Stockholm-based Lucky Dogs.

Lindstrom confirmed she made an acquisition at the event for a film she discussed at Cannes.

British titles that have been buzzing include Aisha, the Irish asylum drama by Frank Berry, starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor, which premiered in Tribeca and sold by Cornerstone; New feature doc coming soon from Mark Cousins My name is Alfred Hitchcocksold by Dogwoof, and Bankside drama The rebel and the hippocampus, with Rebel Wilson.

Romantic comedy The Swearing Jar, starring Kathleen Turner and sold by Metro International Entertainment, Cannes title by Mark Jenkin Enys Men by Mark Jenkin, sold by Protagonist, and sci-fi thriller Deus, sold by Darkland Distribution, also had admirers.

“The films have been of good quality but we haven’t acquired anything as we are not looking for a finished product at the moment,” said Tobias Seiffert, head of international acquisitions and co-productions at Berlin-based Tobis Films. “London Screenings is an integral part of my schedule and is always a fantastic event to catch up on films we didn’t see at Cannes and a chance to meet sales agents with more time.”

On the pre-sales front, Film Seekers reported strong buyer interest in feel-good dramas Pizza with love, with Colin Morgan and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers.

Silver Mountain’s The Guinness Girl, the screen adaptation of Maria McAteer’s play. Set in 1970s Newcastle, this is an autobiographical story about Ireland’s first black world champion dancer. It will be directed by Len Collin.

However, some buyers balked at the prices charged by sales companies. “There are still sales companies who think there was never a pandemic when they hear the asking prices.” said Jean Heijl, president of Amsterdam-based J&J Films.

Meetings or movies

Most attendees welcomed BFI’s Coming Soon showcase, presented by Mia Bays, Director of the BFI Film Fund. Robert Morgan’s Horror Photo stop-motion, produced by Blue Light and sold by Wild Bunch International, seem to particularly pique the curiosity of buyers.

Some wondered about the balance between screenings and encounters. “If you have meetings, you can’t see movies,” J&J’s Heijll said, suggesting one day for meetings and two days for showings.

A national rail and underground strike in London on Tuesday did not affect most international shoppers, who had arrived in London on Monday, but the number of UK shoppers at screenings that day was reportedly down.

Some UK sales agents booked hotels to ensure they could make it to the event. Others “fought on”, according to Helena Mackenzie, head of foreign investment and business development at Film London.

Distributors in town for the screenings included M2 Films from Poland, Twelve Oaks Pictures and Inopia from Spain; Teodora and Blue Swan from Italy, X Verleih from Germany J&J Films and One2See Movies from the Netherlands, and Renaissance Media and Cineplex from Canada. Beirut-based Phenicia Pictures was one of the few buyers present from the Middle East. There was a good turnout despite the fact that the event coincided with a similar German screenings event being held in Munich.

In light of another railway strike on Thursday, some of the airport-bound shoppers faced difficult journeys, but organizers organized carpools to share the cost of taxi rides.

UK sales companies said the screenings were very useful as a post-Cannes event.

“I’ve spent three days being able to have proper conversations with distributors in over 20 territories and we’re growing our sales at Cannes,” said Nicole Mackey, sales manager at Hanway Films.

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Anna Krupnova, co-managing director of London-based sales team Reason8 says the right people are in town to pursue pre-sales on the new UK title The Ripper Ghost, directed by David Creed.

“There will hopefully be some business to finish as all of the conversations have been mostly with decision makers, which is what we’re still trying to achieve,” she said.

Bankside screened two films: The almond and the seahorse and documentary on senior tennis, Silver Servers “It was very positive,” said Bankside chief executive Stephen Kelliher. “We had great turnouts for both films.”

The organization of the London Screenings met with unanimous approval and can be summed up by Caroline Couret-Delègue, head of sales and acquisitions at the British sales company Film Seekers.

“We were thrilled that so many buyers returned to attend the event and the positivity was palpable,” she said. “The Film London team outdid themselves this year with a fantastic oh-so-British garden party last night in the Inner Temple. And amazing historical place and fantastic reception.

Markel International Hires Jeannie Schreiner as Senior Marine and Energy Liability Underwriter Wed, 22 Jun 2022 08:30:00 +0000

Report to Louise FoleyPrincipal Underwriter and Head of M&E Liability at Markel International, Schreiner will be based in the M&E team, where she will underwrite a full range of M&E Liability products – alongside Abigail Piperprimary underwriter, and Catherine Grahame, subscriber. Schreiner’s experience and expertise will enable him to build strong relationships with brokers and will benefit the team, especially junior underwriters, through training and development.

Previously, Schreiner spent 10 years with Talbot Underwriting Services, starting as a claims handler for M&E liability, before moving into the role of marine liability underwriting assistant and class underwriter, respectively. Schreiner is a seafarers under 35 representative for the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) Joint Liability Committee and will retain this position when she assumes her new role.

“Markel’s liability team, led by Andre Carterhas achieved significant growth in gross written premium (GWP) and expertise, as well as an increased leadership profile over the past five years,” said Foley. “With Jeannie on board, she will play a crucial role in our plans using her skills to enhance the underwriting expertise of the M&E Liability team, so that we can continue to focus on service levels for brokers. and clients and portfolio management. »

She added: “Now that we are back in the office, at Lloyd’s, and traveling again, it is one of our priorities to ensure that service levels are kept high, whilst maintaining our position market leader in M&E accountability.”

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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:32:00 +0000
A Russian ballistic missile reportedly hit the Saltiv tram depot in Kharkiv, northern Ukraine, on June 18. (Vyacheslav Madiyevskyi/Ukrinform/ABACA/Reuters)

Russian forces stepped up shelling of areas on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, but its ground forces made no attempt to breach defensive lines, Ukrainian officials said.

The shelling has intensified in the past 24 hours, “especially in the northernmost regions”, according to Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration and the office of the Ukrainian president.

No fatalities were reported, but some people were injured, Sinegubov added.

“On the line of contact in the Kharkiv region, the enemy is mainly focused on defense,” Sinegubov said. “Our defenders are holding their positions firmly.”

A CNN crew in the city of Kharkiv heard several explosions on Sunday evening and Monday morning, but noted that there was only a slight increase in the level of activity.

A bit of context: As the battle for control of the northeastern city intensifies, Amnesty International has accused Russia of war crimes in Kharkiv.

In a 40-page report published last week, the rights group documented the alleged use of cluster munitions and other indiscriminate artillery means.

The report came days after two US volunteers fighting for Ukraine – who have since been taken into custody by Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk – went missing on June 9 during a battle north of Kharkiv.

US citizens Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, of Hartselle, Alabama, were interviewed by Russian broadcaster RT at a so-called internment center Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Friday after being captured last week, according to a report by RT.

On Friday, short video clips surfaced on pro-Russian channels and social media appearing to show the men being held at an unknown location. At the time, it was unclear who held them.

Separately, an edited video of more than 50 minutes was posted on Saturday of Drueke and Huynh being interviewed by HelmCast, a pro-Russian Serbian nationalist YouTube channel.

The DPR did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the detention of Drueke and Huynh.

CNN chose not to air the videos of American detainees because they show men speaking under duress.

Germany: Foreign and economic ministers of the Greens targeted by hackers | News | DW Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:05:26 +0000

A cyberattack on the German Greens, a member of the country’s ruling coalition, has compromised accounts previously used by Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, the party confirmed on Saturday.

The two green politicians were co-leaders of the party before reaching important ministerial posts: Baerbock is now Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Habeck is in charge of the economy and in particular the energy sector. After the start of the war in Ukraine in February, ministers played a key role in Berlin’s confrontation with Russia as Germany sought independence from Russian energy sources and to coordinate EU efforts to help Kyiv.

Twelve other accounts were also compromised – including those belonging to current party co-leaders Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour – and some emails were transferred out of the system, according to the Greens.

Baerbock and Habeck accounts inactive for months

The hack was first reported by German magazine Der Spiegel earlier this week. The magazine also cited early indications that the attack could have come from Russia. But the party declined to confirm this, citing an ongoing investigation.

“We informed the security authorities, the [German government’s] data protection officer, and made a police report,” a party spokesperson said.

The attack was first noticed on May 30, according to the party. They said Baerbock and Habeck had not actively used their party accounts since January and network logs showed no increase in traffic volumes that could indicate large amounts of data had been stolen.

According to Der Spiegel, federal investigators and authorities in Berlin, which is also one of Germany’s 16 states, have opened an investigation into possible spying and data tampering.

German politicians have been repeatedly targeted by hackers in recent years. A massive attack, reported in early 2019, targeted hundreds of people from all political backgrounds, including then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Chancellor’s communications were also intercepted by the US intelligence agency the NSA under President Barack Obama, one of several revelations made public by Edward Snowden in 2013.

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Haiti must remain “at the forefront” of the international agenda, according to the Security Council | Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:42:55 +0000

She called for increased support for the Caribbean nation, as the prolonged insecurity and protracted political uncertainty, together with the dire economic situation and growing humanitarian needs, are seriously hampering development and undermining peacebuilding efforts. .

“It is essential that Haiti remains at the forefront of the international community‘s agenda and that national authorities receive the assistance they need to address these interrelated challenges. Nevertheless, only Haitians hold the key to unlocking lasting solutions to the country’s protracted crisis,” she said.

Gang control expands

Ms. La Lime, who also heads the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), reported growing gang control over large areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Kidnappings and homicides are also on the rise. Last month alone, 201 people were killed and 198 abducted, which represents an average for each of almost seven cases per day.

The violence has kept people trapped in their homes or neighborhoods and forced the closure of dozens of schools, medical centers, businesses and markets. Some 17,000 people have been displaced.

Support the national police

The growing sense of insecurity is exacerbated by the “apparent inability” of the Haitian National Police (PNH) to deal with both the situation and impunity.

“More than ever, Haiti needs immediate assistance to develop its national police and combat growing crime and violence,” said Ms. La Lime.

She called for increased support for the force, which currently lacks the human, material and financial resources to effectively fulfill its mandate.

Much of the instability is due to what the UN envoy described as the “prolonged institutional vacuum” in Haiti.

Elections “highly unlikely”

The country has been without a functioning parliament for more than two years, the justice sector is almost completely paralyzed and it has been a year since the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse.

Initiatives on the way forward have so far yielded few concrete results, she said, and BINUH is engaging with the parties in efforts to build consensus on the path to elections, although it is “highly unlikely” that they will take place this year.

“The stalled investigation into the assassination of the late President Moïse – to which a fifth judge in 11 months was recently assigned – illustrates the deep-rooted problems plaguing the Haitian justice system, a branch crippled by limited financial and material resources. , frequent strikes by judicial personnel, and the deterioration of the security situation,” she said.

“Resolute efforts are needed not only to enable the courts to process and adjudicate a myriad of pending cases, but also to ensure that prolonged levels of pretrial detention are sustainably reduced.

In addition, the Government and the judicial institutions concerned must urgently find a consensus on the appointment of the judges of the Supreme Court so that its activities can resume.

Action on the reform of the penal code, to align the framework with international norms and standards, is also necessary.

Humanitarian needs are increasing

Ms. La Lime also briefed the Council on the economic situation in Haiti, saying it remains a serious source of concern as gross domestic product contracted by 1.8% last year and government revenue declined.

Meanwhile, humanitarian needs continue to increase, particularly following the devastating earthquake of August 2021.

An estimated 4.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year, she said, and at least 4.5 million are expected to need emergency food aid.

June 14 live updates: UK employment rate hits record high, gas prices in Europe rise Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:14:42 +0000

The pots contain rare earth minerals produced by Lynas from its Mount Weld operations in Western Australia © Melanie Burton/Reuters

The US Department of Defense has signed a $120 million deal with Australia’s Lynas Rare Earths to build the country’s first commercial-scale rare earths separation facility, as part of a US government campaign aimed at ending China’s dominance of critical mineral supply chains.

Rare-earth elements are essential in low-carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and wind turbines, as well as military equipment and consumer electronics. China is responsible for almost 90% of the world’s refining of rare earths, according to the International Energy Agency.

Under the deal with Lynas, China would be completely bypassed. Lynas, the world’s largest producer of rare earths outside of China, will export rare earth carbonate refined in Australia to the United States, where it will then be processed for commercial purposes.

The facility, which expands a pilot project launched in 2020, will be the first commercial-scale rare earths plant within U.S. borders. It will achieve some of the goals set out in a strategic review on building supply chains and local manufacturing industries in semiconductors, batteries, critical minerals and pharmaceuticals released last June by the President’s administration. Joe Biden.

The Defense Department, which led the work on critical minerals for the review, warned that the dominance of Chinese industry carries geopolitical, supply chain and environmental, social and governance risks.

“The concentration of global supply chains for strategic and critical materials in China creates the risk of disruption and politicized business practices, including the use of forced labor,” the department said at the time.

The $120 million will cover the full cost of building the plant, which is expected to be built in Texas and be operational by 2025, Lynas said. He added that using ore mined and refined in Australia would address some of the department’s environmental, social and governance concerns.

CAOT Hosts 28th International Little League Convention Opening Call | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 13 Jun 2022 06:31:41 +0000

A panel discussion hosted by former Little League greats José Maiz, Todd Frazier and Luke Ramirez, as well as a tribute to the 21 shooting deaths at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in May, headlined the summons. opening ceremony of the 28th International Little League Convention at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

Uvalde Little League, active since 1959, received the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award, after a moment of silence to honor the victims. Rachel Lathe, district administrator for the 21st District of Texas, was on hand to accept the award and a check for $5,000 to use as a grant for Uvalde’s Little League.

“The indescribable and tragic event that happened less than a month ago is something no community, parent or child should ever have to face, and no words can express the sadness and horror. we have all felt over the past few weeks. Often, in the wake of a tragedy, Little League grounds can become a place that brings back a sense of healing to a community and we hope Little League members and the entire Uvalde community will be able to find that comfort through the Uvalde Little League program.We have seen many of our local leagues and communities around the world who have supported the Uvalde Little League program during this tragic time and we are happy to be able to present this award as a step forward as they begin to heal as a community,” said Little League CEO Stephen Keener.

Longtime MLB umpire Gerry Davis was also honored, as he received the President’s Award. Davis, who retired from Major League umpiring last year, was a 40-year big league veteran and is the only umpire to officiate at both the Little League World Series and MLB World. Series.

After remarks from local dignitaries such as Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter and State Senator Gene Yaw, and an in memoriam presentation, among other housekeeping measures, the recognition of hundreds of delegates from around the world from each region of Little League led us to the round table. .

Maiz, a 2005 inductee into the Little League Hall of Fame, was a member of the Industrial Little League 1957 World Series Champions from Monterrey, Mexico, the first team outside the United States to win the series. The team was immortalized in two films, the 1960 film The Little Giants and the 2009 film Perfect game, based on Maiz teammate Angel Macias’ perfect game in the 1959 championship game, the first and only championship game in World Series history. He went on to a successful construction career and now owns the Monterrey Sultanes of the Mexican Baseball League. He is also an executive for Little League Baseball in Mexico.

Maiz recalled his tournament held in 1959, as the team’s left fielder noted that back then it was a one-elimination tournament all summer, with a loss of your local district to the World Series Finals eliminating you. This Monterrey team has allowed just 14 points in 13 games en route to the world championship.

Also on hand was Luke Ramirez, the 2009 World Series Champions Park View Little League Little League cleanup hitter from Chula Vista, Calif. Ramirez, who was one of the most physically imposing players in Little League World Series history, homered four times and drove in eleven runs in his team’s title chase at Williamsport. After interning with Little League in the summer of 2017, he has since pursued a career in baseball, serving as marketing coordinator for Bally Sports San Diego, the television affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Keener, who moderated the chat with the three former players, asked Ramirez about his memories of his time at Williamsport.

“I think looking back, my favorite memory was kissing my dad on the pitch after the final. A lot of work went into that race…all I remember from my experience here is not are just such good memories and it’s so happy. I’m so happy to watch it year after year and see that these kids are creating the same kind of memories that I am.” said Ramirez.

Keener then asked Ramirez how he dealt with being one of the first little leaguers to play in the World Series in the digital age, noting how much coverage had expanded, since the days when the championship game was televised until today where all regional games are also televised through the ESPN family of networks.

“It was definitely a different experience. It started at the San Bernardino Regional, filling out ESPN quizzes, quizzes about your favorite foods, your favorite colors like that. I think I took it really well. I noticed that I get a lot of questions from reporters most of the time and requests like that. I think it’s just because I was comfortable in front of the camera or talking to reporters at an early age, and then eventually led me to want to stay in sports media after my playing career. said Ramirez.

The highlight of the panel was Todd Frazier. Frazier, the star player for 1998 championship team Toms River International of Toms River, New Jersey, started at Rutgers before an illustrious major league career where he was twice named All-Star and won the Home Run 2015 Derby. Frazier hit 218 homers during his 11-year career and won a silver medal with Team USA at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

For Frazier, it was a no-brainer to come back and speak at the International Congress.

“It worked perfectly. Steve Keener is a very good friend of mine and he asked me: “we have our convention back in Williamsport. I’d love to have you up there for a question and an answer and, you know, meeting new people and going after that’ and I said, ‘it’s a no brainer’, and I’ll don’t anything for this guy. He has done a lot for me in my career. And I’m trying to get back into Little League and help out as much as I can. I train my son at eight years old. I had another son at three so I’ll be there a lot so anything I can do to help for sure,” Frazier said.

Keener asked Frazier about the trip he and his champion teammates took to Yankee Stadium after their 1998 Little League World Series title and him recreating the photo he took in 1998 with Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter when the two were in the big league years later.

Frazier said the photo once again made the rounds on social media, so he had to ask Jeter to recreate it.

The International Congress will continue until Monday.

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Syria halts flights to and from Damascus, hours after Israeli attack Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:34:00 +0000

A SyrianAir Airbus A340-300 is pictured at Damascus International Airport, the day it reopened for scheduled international commercial traffic after months of closure following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in this document published by SANA on October 1, 2020, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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DAMASCUS, June 10 (Reuters) – Syria halted flights to and from Damascus International Airport on Friday “until further notice” after Israeli airstrikes damaged the airstrip and a terminal , announced the Ministry of Transport.

A Syrian military official quoted by the official SANA news agency said Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles, shooting down most of them, but the early morning attack injured a civilian and caused damage materials.

Cham Wings Airline, a Syrian private carrier, said it was redirecting all its flights to Aleppo International Airport.

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The Transport Ministry said the airport had halted all flights, and a later statement said Israeli airstrikes damaged the runway and one of the terminals.

“Due to this damage, all flights in and out of the airport have been suspended until further notice,” the ministry’s second statement said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that Israeli shelling damaged the runway after targeting “Iranian militia warehouses” near the airport.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment.

For several years, Israel has been attacking what it describes as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have deployed to aid President Bashar al-Assad.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian condemned the attack as a “manifest violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity…(and) contrary to international law and human principles”, during a phone call with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, Iranian state media reported.

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Reporting by Maya Gebeily in Beirut, Yomna Ehab in Cairo, Kinda Makieh and the Dubai newsroom; Written by Lina Najem, edited by Catherine Evans, Angus MacSwan and Alex Richardson

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