US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held talks on July 12 with Brazilian officials on beefing up aviation security and facilitating travel and trade between the two countries. “As our countries and societies become more connected and dependent upon shared systems of transportation, commerce and communications, we must work together to address shared threats,” Napolitano told the American Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo on the second day of her visit to Brazil. “We continue to collaborate with our international partners to strengthen aviation security and the global supply chain, and facilitate legal travel and trade, which are critical to our economy,” she added. On July 11, Napolitano joined Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota in Brasília to sign a statement of intent to set up a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) working group. In January, US President Barack Obama announced new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States, setting goals for processing visas and foreign visitors. In line with Obama’s executive order, Napolitano’s agency is backing efforts to boost non-immigrant visa processing capacity for Brazilians by 40 percent in the coming year, expand the VWP and travel by nationals of VWP countries. VWP facilitates trade and travel, enabling nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. More than 1.2 million Brazilians visited the United States in 2010, contributing some $6 billion to the economy, according to US figures that estimate the number of visitors could reach 2.8 million by 2016. Napolitano also signed a joint statement of intent on civil aviation security with Brazilian Civil Aviation Minister Wagner Bittencourt. In São Paulo, she also huddled with Mayor Gilberto Kassab and state security secretary Edsom Ortega for talks on information sharing, intellectual property rights enforcement and combating media counterfeiting and piracy. By Dialogo July 16, 2012 this idea is very good, Brazil is already the sixth worldâ€™s economy.
continue reading » Congress has a busy fall ahead as both chambers reunite in Washington this week. The Senate will likely continue to take up key nominations (including those to the NCUA and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection), and both the House and Senate will need to begin debate on several government appropriations measures before a Sept. 30 deadline. Credit unions are encouraged to tune into NAFCU’s member call tomorrow for an update on these activities and more.During Wednesday’s member-only call, credit unions will hear an insider view of the association’s advocacy efforts and be able to ask any pertinent questions. The call will be led by President and CEO Dan Berger and senior government affairs staff. Register now for this free call, available as an exclusive benefit of membership in NAFCU.Credit unions are also encouraged to register for Congressional Caucus – Sept. 11-14 in Washington – which will give credit unions a first-hand experience joining in NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy. During this event, credit union leaders will hear from a strong lineup of speakers, including Watergate-breaking journalist Bob Woodward, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Treasury Counselor Craig Phillips, among many others. Registration for Caucus and background material on the speakers and issues that will be discussed are available online. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
With many of world football’s best players entering their final years of active play, there has been a clamour for the brightest young talents.One such player is 17-year-old Brazilian full-back Yan Couto, who has been noted as the next big thing in attacking wide players.The player’s stellar performances have earned him lots of praise and comparisons to another marauding Brazilian full-back, Dani Alves.Couto might earn his big break sooner than expected as Premier League giants, Manchester City have agreed a deal for the Coritiba youngster.He had attracted the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs including the defending Premier League champions, Barcelona and Arsenal.Man City, however, appear to have won the race and have agreed a £5m fee for the player.Pacy and skilful Couto was one of the stars of Brazil’s U-17 World Cup-winning side last year.Aside his technical ability, he is a decent defender and, like, Dani Alves, has a wicked shot on him.Take a look at some of his best skills below: read more
Anthony Davis trade: Who are now the 5 favorites to win the West? The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019Teams are already expressing significant interest in the No. 4 overall pick belonging now to the Pelicans, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are expected to continue over the next few days. This deal could get even bigger for the Pelicans.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019The Pelicans acquired a staggering amount of young assets from Los Angeles and have the No. 1 pick in next week’s draft — presumably Duke star Zion Williamson. Regardless, conversations about possible deals for the No. 4 pick are expected to take place for the “next few days,” the report states. Los Angeles made blockbuster offers when Davis asked New Orleans for a trade in February, but it appears like the Lakers’ unexpected success in this year’s draft lottery sweetened the deal. The Pelicans also engaged in discussions with Boston, but its refusal to move Jayson Tatum apparently caused a halt in negotiations. Related News The Pelicans could have more in the works.New Orleans traded star big man Anthony Davis to the Lakers on Saturday in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, according to an ESPN report. Multiple teams have shown “significant interest” in trading for the No. 4 pick, and New Orleans is willing to listen. NBA free agency rumors: Anthony Davis deal makes Kemba Walker a ‘top target’ for Lakers The Boston Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in trade talks with New Orleans, league sources say, putting the Lakers in prime position to strike the deal that teams Anthony Davis with LeBron James— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 15, 2019While New Orleans finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the postseason, its summer haul could set up success for years to come. read more
MORE: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Auction ValuesFantasy Baseball Mock Draft: ADP RisersPlayers in the top 100Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs (Current ADP: 44.58 | Change in ADP: +3.96)Baez regressed in 2019 after his outstanding ’18 campaign. His strikeout percentage rose by two percent and despite a similar BABIP, he saw his batting average dip from .290 to .281. His aggregate projections on FanGraphs show an increase in his counting stats over last year due largely to an expectation of his games played rising from 138 to 152 The rise in his ADP appears to be due to the fall of others in a similar range, specifically Jose Altuve, Mike Clevinger, and Yordan Alvarez. He is the No. 9 shortstop off the board, going in the fourth round of 12-team drafts. The Mock Draft Army likes Baez a bit better, drafting him around the 35th overall player.MORE: Fantasy Alarm 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideLuis Robert, OF, White Sox (98.97 | +4.04)Robert is this year’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He is hyped to the hilt — and you are going to have to pay for him. His ADP over the past two weeks in the NFBC is 76.49, but the Army has him at 108. Why the difference? Robert is going for a premium due to his stolen base potential. He hasn’t had a single at-bat in the majors. He is being taken ahead of Marcell Ozuna, Nicholas Castellanos, and Michael Conforto, among others. Now, none of these players have his speed, but they have all proven they can put up 25-plus homers and drive in 80-plus runs. The Army understands the risk of rookies and have shown restraint by not picking him too early. I think the Army’s ADP is more in line as to where it should be. Let someone else take the risk at the earlier ADP.Relief PitchersWhy a generic RP category? Relief pitchers were the top four risers in ADP in this group and occupied the top five spots in the 101-200 ADP category. Have RPs all of a sudden gained value across the board? On average, these nine relievers have risen a half-round each. There was also a group of relievers going in the 211 to 222 range that rose a full round. In the top 100, Roberto Osuna, Aroldis Chapman, Josh Hader, and Kirby Yates all rose to about five spots. In the 101-200 range Hector Neris, Hansel Robles, Edwin Diaz, Archie Bradley, and Sean Doolittle rose around seven slots. I honestly don’t know how to explain the overall rise of all these relief pitchers, but it’s real, so if you usually wait on a closer, you may want to take one a round earlier than you planned. The Army is in lockstep with the current ADPs of the relievers, and this helps validate the trend.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamPlayers in the 101-200 rangeTim Anderson, SS, White Sox 104.9 (+4.34)Anderson had a breakout year last year, leading the majors in batting average at .335. He coupled that with 18 HRs and 17 SBs in just 128 games, making him a major contributor to a lot of fantasy championships. Even with this breakout, he is being taken as the No. 12 SS. The Mock Draft Army’s ADP for Anderson is 115, largely because a BABIP regression is expected after his .400 mark in that category last year (nearly 100 points above the league average). His miniscule walk rate of 2.9 percent gave him the worst BB/K ratio in the majors. Red flags abound. The MDA is seeing them — why isn’t everyone else?Nick Castellanos, OF, Reds (108.12 | +6.39)Castellanos has enjoyed some very good seasons the past three years in Detroit and Chicago. After being traded to the Cubs last year, he hit 16 home runs in just 51 games compared to 11 in 100 games with the Tigers. Now Castellanos moves to the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, and in turn he is moving up draft boards. The Reds lineup also added Mike Moustakas in free agency, giving it a middle of the order consisting of Castellanos, Moustakas, Eugenio Suarez, and Joey Votto. Castellanos will get a lot of RBI opportunities and likely score close to 100 runs. I find myself taking him in the mocks often after the likes of Andrew Benintendi, Ramon Larureano, Luis Robert, and David Dahl are chosen. His move up in ADP is no surprise, and it might rise even more as we approach opening day.Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (144.77 | +6.23)Before his Tommy John surgery, Seager was hailed as the next great hitting shortstop. His Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016 was followed by a solid ’17 and then an abbreviated ’18 due to his injury. Upon his return last year, Seager performed well and is looking to build on it. He had an 18-percent strikeout rate and a BABIP of .303, which is about the league average. With a little luck, look for him to improve on his ’19 numbers. He could be a very good value in the 12th round. With so many shortstops being taken ahead of him, you could wait on the position and pick him up in the 11-12th-round range. His MDA ADP is 135, as the Army appears to be expecting a bit more from Seager than the aggregate.2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: ADP fallersPlayers in the top 100Mike Clevinger, SP, Indians (Current ADP: 33.83 | Change in ADP -6.76)Clevinger had arthroscopic knee surgery for a cartilage tear in mid-February and was projected to miss six-to-eight weeks. He is already beginning his throwing program, and as I have said on several occasions, I think he’ll only miss a few starts. He has gone from a second- to a fourth-round pick in most drafts, and I believe he’s a bargain at this price. There are no arm issues here, and a clean-up knee scope will not keep him out long. Buy! Buy! Buy!Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Reds (67.95 | -5.90)Suarez is recovering from shoulder surgery for loose cartilage suffered while swimming in the offseason. He hasn’t appeared in a spring training game as of yet, and this is driving his price down. As long as there isn’t much in the way of pain from where the cartilage was torn, his shoulder should rebound fairly quickly. This isn’t as serious as rotator cuff or labrum surgery. This is another buying opportunity for someone who bashed 49 home runs last year and drove in over 100 runs for the second consecutive season. With the addition of free agents Mike Moustakas and Nicholas Castellanos, Suarez should continue to produce. Take advantage of this discount and add him in the sixth round.Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Yankees (68.45 | -10.62)Stanton cannot stay healthy. Early this spring, he suffered a grade-1 calf strain and is expected to be out past opening day. There is no word as to a date for his expected return at this time. Stanton only had 72 plate appearances in 18 games last year. When he’s healthy he hits, but how many games can we expect him to play? The Army’s ADP is at 77, as its trepidation is high. In the latest mock that took place on March 5, he went No. 88. This could turn out great if you take him in the sixth round or later; then again, it might not.MORE: Fantasy Alarm 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuidePlayers in the 101-200 rangeYuli Gurriel, 1B/3B (134.46 | -9.94)In the wake of the Astros cheating scandal, one would expect a drop in ADP for most of the Astros hitters. Gurriel appears to be the only one who has dropped significantly. Alex Bregman has dropped a bit from late first-round pick to an early second-round choice. The number hasn’t moved much on Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, and Carlos Correa. Why the larger drop for Gurriel? Can we expect the Astros hitters to struggle? Will the players from 2017 be affected more than those who weren’t with the team then? These are all questions that will be answered as the season progresses. The fans have been relentless in Florida, and this will continue as the Astros go on the road once the season starts. If the players weren’t cheating last year as they claim, then any discount you get on an Astros player may be something to take advantage of.Shohei Ohtani, SP/UTIL (137.98 | -10.52) Ohtani is progressing with his throwing program, and the Angels announced that he won’t pitch until May. This is the most likely reason for his ADP fall, as early drafters were expecting him to pitch right away. He is an interesting pick, and your league rules will dictate how valuable he’ll be to your team. If your pitching lineup is set only once a week like in the NFBC, declaring him a pitcher will not allow you to get his hitting stats for the week and vice/versa. The MDA also has him as a 14th-round pick with an ADP of 132.Aristides Aquino, OF, Reds (179.92 | -9.6)Aquino has been affected by the acquisition of Castellanos, which has made the Reds outfield a crowded situation. Castellanos will be an everyday player. Fighting for playing time will be Aquino, Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel who is recovering from shoulder surgery, and Shogo Akiyama. Aquino took the league by surprise last year by setting several records, hitting home runs at a record pace before coming down to earth. Contributing to his drop has been his 0-for-14 start at the plate in spring training. He is in danger of starting the season in Triple-A so he could get regular at-bats and work on things. Expect a much larger decline in ADP if he is sent down or someone like Senzel is declared one of the full-time outfielders. Aquino had a 27-percent strikeout rate and a low BABIP. This could have contributed to bad luck, but his high fly-ball percentage will make it tougher to improve on his numbers. When it comes to fantasy baseball mock draft season, keeping a close watch on average draft position (ADP) risers and fallers is as paramount to success in your real drafts as looking at rankings or studying cheat sheets. It’s not just about talent or current performance as much as it is how the public views a particular player. You don’t want to grab someone too early if you don’t have to, and if there is an opportunity to wait on a guy, be it an early-round stud or mid-round sleeper, because other owners are souring on him, well, that’s how you gain value.Let’s take a look at some risers and fallers in ADP using consensus ADP data compiled from Fantrax, RTSports, NFBC and Yahoo from Feb. 19-March 2. We’ll also compare their current ADPs to that of Fantasy Alarm’s Mock Draft Army, which has compiled its ADP over a similar period. The Army is a group of fantasy industry writers and their readers who do live mock drafts as part of their prep for their actual drafts. read more
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Picabo Street remembers the surprising weight, how heavy it felt to have the super-G gold medal slipped around her neck by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy at the Nagano Olympics almost eight years ago. The medal – black onyx etched with inlaid gold and hanging from a bulky blue and gold ribbon – is usually out of sight now, juggled from safe to safety deposit box between the occasional public appearance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The team was shut out at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The American women had no medals at all, and Bode Miller won the men’s only medals with silvers in the giant slalom and combined. The last U.S. man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing was Tommy Moe in the 1994 downhill at Lillehammer, Norway. Street retired after the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill. She’d like to see this American drought end at next month’s Turin Games. “I think definitely this is one of the strongest teams I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There are medal opportunities in every discipline, for sure. The women’s giant slalom is probably the weakest, but other than that it’s looking good. In some we’re looking at two-three opportunities per discipline. It’s pretty impressive.” One of Street’s favorites is Daron Rahlves, the winner of three World Cup downhill races this season. He matched her U.S. record of nine career victories in the discipline with his triumph last weekend on the classic Lauberhorn course in Wengen. “I have such high hopes for him. I want him to win an Olympic medal so badly,” Street said. “I love him. He’s such a good dude. He’s an all-around good athlete, nice guy, respectful and loyal yet real and cool. “I have my gold forever, and no one can ever take it away from me,” Street said. These days, the American ski team feels a different sort of weight: None of its Alpine skiers has won a gold medal since Street in 1998. “Bode is hard to predict. I’m looking forward to the Bode Show like everyone else.” Among the women, Street looks to friend and protege Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season. Kildow placed fourth three times at the worlds last winter in Bormio, Italy, sobbing when she was beaten out for a podium spot in the downhill. “Lindsey has a good in opportunity to medal, and with her world championship experience, she will be OK,” Street said. Street also likes what she sees in Julia Mancuso. “Miss Cool, Julia Mancuso, is just cool enough to come in and ride it,” she said. “She’s good over the flats, she’s got a great touch for snow, she’s experienced enough Olympics and world championships to stay cool.” Street will be working in Turin for NBC’s “Today,” leaving 16-month old son Treyjan at home during the games. She also will be videotaping and blogging. “I only hope I get to watch the women’s downhill,” Street said. “I think I’ll still be able to grasp the sensation even if I’m only living it vicariously.” Street is now 34 and would love another crack at gold, but a few things would have to be worked out. “If I were young and had a young body and had healthy knees and my back didn’t hurt,” she said. “Heartwise, I could be right in there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more