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79 more cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, no new deaths

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday August 21stNext articleMcMonagle’s winning week continues in Kerry News Highland Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twittercenter_img 79 more cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, no new deaths WhatsApp There are 79 more cases of Covid-19 in the Republic and no more deaths.43 of the cases are in Dublin, nine are in Kildare, and the others are spread across 11 other counties, including Donegal.It brings the total number of cases to 27,755, while the death toll remains at 1,776. Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – August 21, 2020 last_img read more

Olympic flame to arrive in Japan as plans for Tokyo Games forge ahead despite pandemic

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Pool/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(TOKYO) — After being lit at a sparsely attended ceremony in Greece, the Olympic flame is slated to arrive in Japan on Friday amid growing calls for the upcoming Tokyo Games to be postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Hellenic Olympic Committee announced last week it was cancelling the Olympic torch relay around Greece “in order to contribute to the containment of the virus.” The handover ceremony to Japanese Olympic officials was carried out as planned at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, but with no public in attendance.Bringing the flame to Japan takes organizers one step closer to their goal of staging the 2020 Summer Olympics as scheduled on July 24, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 25. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed hard for Tokyo’s selection as the host city during an International Olympic Committee meeting in 2013.But a global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has shrouded the games in doubt, even as organizers maintain they are forging ahead with the events as planned and encourage athletes to continue training.More than 222,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with the new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, since it was first detected in China back in December. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.A number of Olympic athletes have voiced concerns on social media about the games still being held as scheduled this summer amid the global health crisis.Greek Olympic champion pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi wrote on Twitter that the International Olympic Committee’s advice for athletes to keep training is “risking our health, our family’s health and public health.”“This is not about how things will be in 4 months. This is about how things are now,” Stefanidi tweeted Tuesday. “You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months.” This is not about how things will be in 4 months. This is about how things are now. The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family’s health and public health to train every day? You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months.— Katerina Stefanidi (@KatStefanidi) March 17, 2020I understand that sport isn’t everything and there are more important issues sourrounding coronavirus but thought I would speak out purely on what my situation of it has been. Hope the UK, France and the rest of the world stay safe and look after each other in these crazy times— KJT (@JohnsonThompson) March 17, 2020British Olympic heptathlete wrote on Twitter that she feels “under pressure to train and keep the same routine which is impossible.”“We’re trying to follow information with how to continue safely whilst reducing the risk to everyone around us and the information of the IOC and local government are at odds with one another,” Johnson-Thompson tweeted Tuesday.“The IOC advice ‘encourages athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games as best they can’ with the Olympics only four months away, but the government legislation is enforcing isolation at home with tracks, gyms and public spaces closed,” she continued.Just under 1,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Japan, and a top Olympic official is one of them. Kozo Tashima, the president of the Japan Football Association and vice-chairman of the Japan Olympic Committee, revealed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.“I pray that the Olympics and all sports can be performed safely in Japan and around the world,” Tashima said in a statement.With the Tokyo Olympics just four months away, Japan is scrambling to prevent further spread of the disease on home soil. The Japanese government has established the Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters, while the Tokyo metropolitan government has set up an internal task force. The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has also established its own task force.Meanwhile, the Japanese prime minister has ordered all elementary, middle and high schools to stay closed until spring holidays begin in late March.More recently, Abe announced that travelers from dozens of European nations and other countries, including Egypt and Iran, will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Japan. He said an entry ban will also be imposed on visitors from Iceland as well as virus-hit areas of Italy, Spain and Switzerland.After last week’s symbolic lighting of the Olympic flame in the ancient Greek site of Olympia, the International Olympic Committee confirmed its “full commitment to the success” of the upcoming games and said it would continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organization.“We remain absolutely in line with our Japanese hosts in our commitment to delivering safe Olympic Games in July this year,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement on March 12.“At the same time, the world is facing challenges that are also impacting sport. But with 19 weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the many measures being taken now by authorities all around the world give us confidence and keep us fully committed to delivering Olympic Games that can bring the world together in peace,” the statement continued.The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee’s CEO, Toshiro Muto, reiterated to reporters Tuesday night that “everyone is committed to having the games as scheduled.”“Our point of view, our stance is that as scheduled the Olympic games will take place in a safe and secure manner,” Muto said at a press conference in Tokyo. “We will continue to make efforts for that to happen. That is our stance.”A spokesperson for Tokyo Olympic organizing committee told ABC News Thursday that their stance has not changed since the CEO spoke.One employee at the headquarters for the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games acknowledged the doubts surrounding the games but, when asked how he felt about it, he simply shrugged and said, “I have no choice but to believe the games will happen.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 19, 2020 /Sports News – National Olympic flame to arrive in Japan as plans for Tokyo Games forge ahead despite pandemic Written bylast_img read more

Actuarial association calls for relaxation of IORP full funding requirements

first_imgIt also noted that Hayes had, in his initial report to Parliament from July, suggested an expansion of such full-funding requirements to all new or additional schemes.“Again, we are supportive of being fully funded at all times as an ambition,” the association said.“We need to be realistic and understand there will be situations where there is an underfunding.”It later suggested cross-border funds should be treated no differently than their domestic counterparts, and be allowed to submit funding proposals.Where underfunding occurs, schemes should determine if it was the result of decisions made by management or other, external problems, and then implement a recovery plan.The AAE suggested that, where underfunding was found to be the result of mistakes by management, then the recovery plan should stipulate measures to ensure better management is put in place.Hayes in October distanced himself from amendments for the funding of “new or additional [cross-border] schemes”, submitting revised wording that will be put to vote by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) next week.European parliamentarians have also been urged to vote in favour of a number of responsible investment provisions when meeting on 1 December.In a letter by Eurosif, the UK’s ShareAction, 2 Degrees Investing, WWF and other NGOs, the signatories urged MEPs to reinstate provisions requiring pension funds to conduct risk assessments of climate and environmental risks.“The European Parliament has the opportunity to take a leadership role in seeking to protect pensioners’ financial futures through promoting a culture of responsible investment,” the letter said.It also urged MEPs to back any one of three similar resolutions by ECON members Anneliese Dodds and Paul Tang, UK and Dutch members of the Socialists and Democrats, or Bas Eickhout, a Dutch MEP and member of the Greens.These resolutions argued that a beneficiary’s best interest and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters were not incompatible.The letter said studies by the Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK’s Law Commission had shown that the duty was often interpreted as requiring a short-term focus on returns, excluding long-term, ESG considerations.  “As such, MEPs must use the opportunity presented by the revision of this Directive to clarify the law in this regard,” it said. The successful passage of one of the amendments would once again raise the issues of fiduciary duties, less than a month after the UK’s “extremely disappointing” decision against amending domestic law.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to paper by Actuarial Association of EuropeLink to letter signed by ShareAction, Eurosif Cross-border pension funds should not be subject to full funding requirements, the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) has argued.Releasing its position paper on the revised IORP Directive, the association repeatedly sided with MEP Brian Hayes but questioned the IORP rapporteur’s attempts to extend more stringent funding requirements to all new schemes launched.The paper said it supported the parliamentarian’s notion that “unnecessary obstacles” holding back the launch of cross-border pension funds should be removed but argued that requiring funds to cover liabilities at all times was one such obstacle.“We would note that the requirement to be fully funded caused [the] closure of the many existing cross-border arrangements when the Directive came into effect,” the paper added, citing examples of cross-border provision between Ireland and the UK.last_img read more

Saudi Aramco to proceed with possibly world’s largest IPO

first_imgSaudi Arabia’s national oil company Saudi Aramco has announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering – possibly record-breaking – on the Main Market of Tadawul – The Saudi Stock Exchange.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Saudi government intends to sell a portion of its shares in Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company, and the Capital Market Authority approved the Company’s application for the initial public offering on November 3, 2019.In a statement on Sunday Amin H. Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco said the IPO was a proud moment in the company’s history, promising long-term value creation to its shareholders.Saudi Aramco – which had a net income of $111.1 billion last year – did not announce the date of the Initial Public Offering nor on the pricing or the volume of shares to be sold.According to the announcement, the final offer price, the number of shares to be sold, and the percentage of the shares to be sold will be determined at the end of the book-building period.Reuters has said, citing unnamed sources, that the IPO could be the largest ever, as the company could raise between $20 and $40 billion by offering 1%-2% of its shares on the local exchange. The Guardian has said that the company might float 1% to 3% of its shares on the Saudi Exchange, and raise $40-45 billion. The Chinese online sales giant Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 is still holding the record as the largest ever.Also, it has been reported that Saudi Aramco could reach a valuation of $1.5 trillion, surpassing Apple’s and Microsoft’s market caps of $1.14 trillion and $1.1 trillion, respectively.Lowest cost, biggest reservesIn its announcement, Saudi Aramco presented its strengths compared to other international oil companies, such as low production price, huge reserves, refining capacity, and low carbon of its crude oil production, among others.Saudi Aramco said that as at December 31, 2018, its proved liquids reserves were approximately five times larger than the combined proved liquids reserves of the Five Major IOCs. In addition, the company’s net refining capacity as at December 31, made it the fourth largest integrated refiner in the world based on a comparison with the most recently available third party capacity data, the company said.According to Saudi Aramco, as at December 31, 2018, reserves were 256.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The Company’s oil equivalent reserves were sufficient for proved reserves life of 52 years, which was significantly longer than the 9 to 17 year proved reserves life of any of the Five Major IOCs based on publicly available information.The company’s oil equivalent reserves consisted of 201.4 billion barrels of crude oil and condensate, 25.4 billion barrels of NGLs and 185.7 trillion standard cubic feet of natural gas.Saudi Aramco also boasted the fact that the company is the lowest cost producer globally, with average upstream lifting cost was SAR 10.6 ($2.8) per barrel of oil equivalent produced in 2018, thanks to the”the unique nature of the Kingdom’s geological formations, favourable onshore and shallow water offshore environments in which the Company’s reservoirs are located, synergies available from the Company’s use of its large infrastructure and logistics networks, its low depletion rate operational model and its scaled application of technology.”Significant step towards Vision 2030Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco and Governor of the Public Investment Fund said: “Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the Company and important progress towards delivering Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s blueprint for sustained economic diversification and growth. Since its formation, Saudi Aramco has become critical to global energy supply. With a focused, long-term strategy and staunch governance, Saudi Aramco demonstrates world-class standards of operational performance and financial discipline.The Company’s strategy is underpinned by long-term, exclusive access to the Kingdom’s unique hydrocarbon resources, which it manages in order to optimize production and maximize long-term value. At the same time, the Company seeks to preserve the low carbon intensity of its crude oil production to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The Company has a strong track record of creating value for its current shareholder, the Government. I look forward to welcoming new shareholders who, I am confident, will benefit from the Company’s reliability and continued growth.”CEO: Long-term value for shareholdersAmin H. Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, said: “Saudi Aramco’s vision is to be the world’s pre-eminent integrated energy and chemicals company. Over the last three years, we were responsible for one in every eight barrels of crude oil produced globally and our proved liquids reserves, at the end of 2018, were five times larger than the combined proved liquid reserves of the Five Major IOCs.“Our mission is to provide our shareholders with long-term value creation through crude oil price cycles by maintaining our pre-eminence in oil and gas production, capturing additional value across the hydrocarbon value chain and profitably growing our portfolio. Building on our position amongst the world’s least carbon-intense sources of crude oil, Saudi Aramco aims to grow its business sustainability by leveraging technology and innovation to lower our climate impact. We deploy technology, with the aim of producing oil and gas ever more efficiently, reliably and sustainably.”Saudi Aramco has appointed Citigroup Saudi Arabia, Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Goldman Sachs Saudi Arabia, HSBC Saudi Arabia, J.P. Morgan Saudi Arabia Company, Merrill Lynch Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia, NCB Capital Company and Samba Capital & Investment Management Company  as joint financial advisors (collectively, the “Joint Financial Advisors”)Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Drinking over recommended limit ‘raises cancer risk’

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Many people do not know that drinking alcohol can increase their cancer risk.Drinking more than a pint of beer a day can substantially increase the risk of some cancers, research suggests.The Europe-wide study of 363,988 people reported in the British Medical Journal found one in 10 of all cancers in men and one in 33 in women were caused by past or current alcohol intake.More than 18% of alcohol-related cancers in men and about 4% in women were linked to excessive drinking.The Department of Health said it was taking action to reduce drinking.Cancer charities say people should limit their drinking to lower the risk.The study calculated that in 2008 current and past drinking habits were responsible for about 13,000 cancer cases in the UK, out of a total of 304,000 cases.Previous research has shown a link between alcohol consumption and cancers of the oesophagus, liver, bowel and female breast.When alcohol is broken down by the body it produces a chemical which can damage DNA, increasing the chance of developing cancer.Glass too farThe latest research found that individuals who drank more than two standard drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women were particularly at risk of alcohol-related cancers.Yet NHS guidelines are a little more relaxed, saying that men should drink no more than three to four units a day while women should not go above two to three units a day.Of the cancers known to be linked to alcohol, the researchers suggest that 40% to 98% occurred in people who drank more than the recommended maximum.The results were gathered as part of a study following 363,988 men and women in eight European countries aged between 35 and 70.The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer study tracked their levels of drinking and how this affected their risk of cancer.Researchers then looked at figures on how much people drank in each country, including the UK, taken from the World Health Organization.The study focused on France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Denmark and the UK.Madlen Schutze, lead researcher and study author, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, said that many cancer cases could be avoided if alcohol consumption was limited.“And even more cancer cases would be prevented if people reduced their alcohol intake to below recommended guidelines or stopped drinking alcohol at all,” she said.‘Best data’Cancer Research UK director of health information Sara Hiom said that many people did not know that drinking alcohol could increase their cancer risk.“In the last 10 years, mouth cancer has become much more common and one reason for this could be because of higher levels of drinking – as this study reflects.“Along with being a non-smoker and keeping a healthy bodyweight, cutting back on alcohol is one of the most important ways of lowering your cancer risk.”Cancer Partners UK medical director Prof Karol Sikora said the message had to be “drink occasionally, but not regularly”.“This is the best data we’ve got and we’re ever likely to get.“The take-home message is that the more alcohol you drink, some of the common cancers – the four cancers that have been identified – do increase, and that’s worrying. So the message has to be ‘look at drinking habits, and reduce.’”The Department of Health is set to publish an alcohol strategy in the summer.Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and chairman of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, called for tougher regulation to curb alcohol consumption.He told the BBC: “It is yet another piece of evidence that really leads us to conclude that sitting back and waiting for people to change their habits, perhaps with voluntary partnerships with the drinks industry included in policies, will not bring about results.“If we really want to see preventable deaths coming down in the next decade or so, I think there will have to be some form of tougher regulation by government.”It is expected to include plans to stop supermarkets selling cheap alcohol and tighten up licensing laws which were relaxed under the previous government.BBC News HealthLifestyle Drinking over recommended limit ‘raises cancer risk’ by: – April 8, 2011last_img read more

Cricket News Shai Hope century propels West Indies to series-levelling win vs Bangladesh in Mirpur ODI

first_imgDhaka: Shai Hope smashed a brilliant century as West Indies edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka. Opener Hope hit an unbeaten 146 off 144 balls, guiding West Indies to 256-6 in 49.4 overs after the visitors relied on three wickets from paceman Oshane Thomas to restrict Bangladesh to 255-7 in 50 overs. Hope shared 71-run in an unbroken seventh wicket stand with Keemo Paul to help West Indies get their first victory on the tour and stay alive in the series after they suffered a five-wicket loss in the opening match on Sunday. Paul, who remained unbeaten on 18, pushed spinner Mahmudullah towards midwicket to complete the victory. The fate of the game was hanging in the balance until Hope struck three fours off pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the penultimate over.Hope, who has now three centuries in ODIs, hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common glory”I just kept backing myself and knew that as long as I bat till the end, we will win. I asked Keemo to bat deep. It wasn’t an easy wicket in the beginning,” man of the match Hope said.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India cricket team break records in Adelaide victoryRubel Hossain and Mustafizur claimed two wickets each for Bangladesh giving away 57 and 63 runs respectively. Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal earlier each scored a half-century to steer Bangladesh to a decent total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Shakib top-scored with 65 off 62 deliveries while Mushfiqur and Tamim made 62 and 50 respectively after West Indies invited the hosts to bat first. Mushfiqur and Tamim laid the foundation of the innings with a 111-run second wicket stand after Oshane Thomas worked up lively pace early in the innings. Thomas, who returned with bowling figures of 3-54, forced opener Liton Das to leave the field with a toe injury before handing Imrul Kayes a duck for West Indies’ first breakthrough. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismissed Tamim, who faced 63 balls, to break his partnership with Mushfiqur, who soon became the second victim of Thomas.Shakib, who smashed six fours and a six, then guided the lower-order to give Bangladesh a competitive score. “It was a 50-50 match in the end, but we couldn’t hold onto the pressure. It was a good match. Hopefully we’ll come back strong in the next game,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. The third and final match of the series will be held in Sylhet on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Phillies’ signing of Zack Wheeler can’t be final piece if team wants to contend for World Series

first_imgThis is a Phillies team that’s won a lot of headlines over the past calendar year or so — hi Bryce, Cutch, J.T., Jean and David! — but hasn’t won nearly enough games (they haven’t finished over .500 since 2011) and is still, by most any objective measure, the third-best team in the NL East, behind the reigning World Series champion Nationals and reigning division champion Braves. This, folks, wasn’t a Phillies team just one starting pitcher away from a World Series title.MORE: MLB Winter Meetings dates, location, rumorsHeck, at the moment, the depth chart lists Scott Kingery as the starter at both second base and third base, lists Jay Bruce — entering his Age 33 season, coming off a .235 on-base percentage in 51 games for the Phillies last year — as the starter in left field, has spots in the rotation filled by guys who posted FIPs of 4.85, 4.89 and 5.21 last year (Zach Elfin, Jake Arrieta and Vince Velasquez, respectively) and brings back a lot of bullpen arms from the group that finished 12th of 15 NL teams with a 4.91 FIP. So, yeah. What’s next, Philly? There’s no reason to think the front office is done, of course. December has barely started and the Wheeler signing is a big step in the right direction. There’s still room in the budget for signings, and not just low-hanging fruit. The free-agent market was given an small influx of talent when 56 players were non-tendered, as teams chose to pursue other options instead of heading into the arbitration process. There are, certainly, at least a couple of potential lower-cost upgrades in that group for the Phillies to consider, should that be the path. Oh, and owner John Middleton is motivated. MORE: Are teams going for it now out of fear of long strike or lockout?“Listen, we didn’t make these moves so we could get 83 wins,” Middleton said. “That’s not where we’re going here.” Middleton, of course, said that last year, talking with a group of reporters after the Bryce Harper introduction last spring on the field of the Phillies’ Clearwater field. The Phillies didn’t even get to 83 wins in 2019, and it’s safe to assume Middleton’s desire hasn’t dimmed after yet another season of frustration. “Frankly,” Middleton said last spring, “all I really care about is getting that trophy.”Wheeler isn’t the final piece of that equation, but he is movement toward that goal. The Phillies have address a major area of need, if their reported signing of right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal is true (and there’s no reason to believe multiple reliable reporters are wrong).And that big, huge, massive deal brings up one important question: Good move, but what’s next? last_img read more

MLB remembers Sept. 11 with on-field tributes

first_imgTexas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis talks with players in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports WriterTexas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis still has vivid memories of that day 12 years ago, when two hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center towers.Back then, Pettis was a coach for the Chicago White Sox, who had arrived in town only a few hours earlier for a scheduled game that night against the New York Yankees.“You could smell the smoke. It wasn’t a good feeling that day,” Pettis said Wednesday before a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It’s so sad that so many people lost their lives, and it’s ruined other peoples’ lives. … It’s like it was a movie, it’s like that wasn’t something that actually happened. I still can’t believe it.” What he does believe is the importance for Major League Baseball — and all Americans — to take a moment to remember Sept. 11.Players, coaches and umpires wore American flag patches embroidered on the side of their caps in commemoration of the tragedy. Special lineup cards were used, and patriotic on-field tributes were planned for the day’s 15 games, involving all 30 teams. Flags were half-staff, and there were moments of silence across baseball.There were impromptu remembrances, too.In New York, art students made a chalk drawing in blue and orange on the sidewalk outside Citi Field, showing the Twin Towers, the Mets logo and the words “Never Forget.”New York Mets manager Terry Collins wore an NYPD hat and his players wore caps representing other first responders during batting practice before hosting Washington.“You’ll always remember how you felt on 9/11,” Collins said.With so many tributes planned at the stadium, a memo was written on a board in the Nationals’ clubhouse — “Note: Everyone on the field @ 6:55.”Both dugouts were filled with applauding players, managers and coaches as members of rescue and security organizations marched onto the field. The Mets and Nationals then lined up along the baselines for a moment of silence and the national anthem.At Rangers Ballpark in Texas, the 531st U.S. Air Force Quintet performed the national anthem instrumentally. The honorary first pitch was thrown out by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, who was 19 when she was captured along with five other soldiers after the U.S. Army’s 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Iraq in 2003. She was held for nine days before being rescued.The Cleveland Police Department presented the colors at Progressive Field before the national anthem at the Indians’ game against Kansas City.Cleveland’s Jason Giambi was with Oakland when the Athletics were in the 2001 playoffs against the Yankees. He recalled the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium being “unbelievable,” even more electric than usual for the postseason.“It will always be a time I’ll remember, going out there playing against the Yankees during that time,” Giambi said. “It kind of healed the nation, especially the city of New York, which was hit so hard. There they were, the Yankees playing in the playoffs, going all the way to the World Series.”Giambi signed with the Yankees after that, and spent seven seasons in New York.“Playing there all those years, the kids, the firefighters, the people who lost their lives saving the other lives, I’ll always remember that, very much so,” Giambi said.At Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, where the Reds hosted the Chicago Cubs, a steel beam from the World Trade Center was on display courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.Before San Francisco hosted Colorado at AT&T Park, first pitches were thrown out by two San Francisco firefighters who went to New York in the days after Sept. 11 to provide help and support. Dean Crispen, captain of Station 28, and Derek O’Leary, driver of rescue squad one from Station 1, flew on the first commercial flight allowed to land in New York.Pettis and the White Sox had arrived in New York 12 years ago around 2-3 a.m., and he was awoken by a phone call from a friend checking to make sure he was OK.“I said, ‘Yeah, I’m OK, I’m asleep.’ He said, “you don’t know, do you?” Pettis recalled. “I turn on the TV and I see that the building — smoke’s coming out of the building — and they said there had been a plane crash.”Like so many others, Pettis thought maybe it was just a tragic accident before the second plane hit the other tower.The White Sox were staying in a hotel at Grand Central Station, a little more than three miles from the World Trade Center site. Pettis and the rest of the staff worked to locate everybody with the team, and to get out of the building, with concerns about more potential attacks.“We were going down the stairs and you hear this rumble, and we’re going what the heck is that?” Pettis said. “We just kind of take off running out the doors, and now we see people running out of the train station, and we had no idea what they were running from.”Pettis can’t believe it’s been 12 years. Before going to the ballpark on Wednesday morning, he turned on his TV knowing what he was going to see.“It took me a minute to get up and get my day going because I started watching some of the stories and listening to some of the people talk about being there, and then seeing some of the messages that were left for families,” he said.Pirates infielder Clint Barmes remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing 12 years ago. He was only 22 years old in his second season of pro ball, and on the way home after winning the championship with high-A Salem the night before.“I didn’t get a chance to see anything on TV until I got home later that evening. … Had my car already packed ready to go,” Barmes said. “I woke up, jumped in my car and started driving home before I realized exactly what happened.“There’s a lot of things that goes through your mind when something like that happens. It was a scary moment for sure.”To veteran Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, it was a day to remember the terrible images on television, and a pal.“One of my best friends in college has just been appointed the head of the N.Y. Port Authority. Neil Levin,” he said. “So then I’m thinking, ‘OK, Neil’s pretty cool, he’s the boss, he’s going to show up late, he’s not going to be there early.”“As it turns out he was having breakfast that morning in that restaurant on the top floor. So we lost Neil on that one,” he said. “So whenever I hear 9/11, this date … while I was riding my bike today, seeing the flag at half-mast, I thought of Neil.”Washington star Bryce Harper was just 8 and at home in Las Vegas when the attacks occurred.“I was in my mom’s bed, watching TV. I used to watch ‘CHiPs’ and ‘Saved by the Bell’ in those days. Then it came on, all over the news,” he said Wednesday. “I was trying to understand it, we were trying to decide whether I should go to school.”“I remember my dad came right home from work. I remember he came in the door and I ran right to him, gave him a big hug and told him, ‘I love you.’”Harper said he and some Washington teammates hoped to visit the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza in lower Manhattan late Wednesday night, after their game against the Mets, to see the “Tribute in Light.”“We wanted to see the beams,” Harper said. “I think it’s important.”___AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker and AP freelancers Tommy Magelssen in Arlington, Texas, Mark Schmetzer in Cincinnati, Steve Herrick in Cleveland, Rick Eymer in San Francisco and Mark Didtler in St. Petersburg, Fla., contributed to this report.last_img read more