House keeps problematic bills in Prolegnas, aiming to pass them by October

first_imgThe House of Representatives has decided to proceed with the deliberation of controversial bills included on this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list with a goal of passing them by October this year, while dropping several much-touted bills.The House held a meeting with the government and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) on Thursday, in which they agreed to revise the priority list, citing the House’s limited capacity to deliberate all the bills included on it. “Some bills excluded from the Prolegnas can still be proposed to be included on next year’s priority list, which will be deliberated in October,” House Legislative Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas of the Gerindra Party said upon chairing Thursday’s meeting.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the list had to be evaluated because the priority list was unrealistic following the COVID-19 pandemic. “This has always been a debate. Our capacity is far from the target.”There were 50 bills on the 2020 Prolegnas priority list. The legislative bodies and the government decided to drop 16 of them, while adding three more: the national development planning system, judges tenure and prosecutor bills. Among the bills that were kept on the list were the omnibus bill on job creation, as well as the criminal code, correctional center and Pancasila ideology guidelines (HIP) bills. Deliberations for the last three bills are still awaiting approval from the government.Lawmakers of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs had previously urged the government to resume deliberation of the controversial revisions to the Criminal Code and the 1995 Correctional Center Law, despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and public disapproval.Deliberation of the criminal code and the correctional center bills was postponed last September following massive student protests in Jakarta and other regions, who demanded the bills be rejected for their threat against democracy and civil rights.Among problematic provisions in the Criminal Code revision were articles that critics fear would overcriminalize activities in the personal domain, such as cohabitation and consensual sex between unmarried people.Meanwhile, the current draft of the correctional center bill contains provisions that would remove prevailing regulations that stipulate strict criteria for issuing remissions and parole for prisoners convicted of extraordinary crimes, including terrorism and corruption.Read also: Govt opts to postpone deliberation of controversial bill on Pancasila amid backlash against HouseDeliberation of the HIP bill, which was proposed by the nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was also recently blocked thanks to a coordinated campaign by Muslim organizations and Islamist political parties at the House.Parties opposing the Pancasila bill argued that it would lead to the reemergence of communism in the country due to its provisions saying that state ideology Pancasila will have three basic characteristics called trisila (three principles) consisting of socionationalism, sociodemocracy and cultural divinity. All three values would then be crystalized in ekasila (one principle) of gotong royong (mutual cooperation).Several lawmakers questioned the decision to keep the problematic bills, while others supported the decision to continue prioritizing them.Mulyanto of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said the HIP bill should not be included on the priority list as the government had opted to postpone its deliberation amid outcry from the public who questioned its urgency and some of its contentious articles.Supratman responded that the Baleg could not do anything about the HIP bill as they were waiting for the government’s official response. “We should wait for the House leadership’s decision. We’ve also sent the bill’s draft to the President.”On the other hand, lawmakers supporting the deliberation of the problematic bills cited the recent passing of a controversial revision to the Coal and Mineral Mining Law as an “inspiration” for the commission to pass them.Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus said the decision to withdraw some bills from the Prolegnas was questionable as the House still had until the end of the year. The withdrawal, he said, was just a sign of the House’s inability to do its job.”They’re also inconsistent. They drop some bills but add several new bills at the same time,” he said. “It is also possible that such revisions carried out amid the COVID-19 pandemic show the House’s eagerness to pass the controversial bills that are in their personal or group interest.”Lucius also questioned the House’s awareness of what the public wanted, as it dropped bills that people had been hoping for, particularly the sexual violence bill.Center for Policy and Legal Studies (PSHK) researcher Fajri Nursyamsi said the revision to the House’s Prolegnas was not so shocking as the legislative body had always been too ambitious and set its target too high since the beginning.He went on to say that the House should assess its ability to pass bills in line with the government’s goals. “A Prolegnas should be based on our development goals, such as the RPJMN [National Medium-Term Development Plan]. However, we’ve seen the list is often unrealistic.”Read also: Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delayThe wiretapping and marine security bills were also replaced by the Bank Indonesia and continental shelf bills.NasDem Party’s Taufik Basari questioned the decision to withdraw the sexual violence bill from the priority list, which had caused public outcry.National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Mariana Amiruddin said the House had shown no concern for the victims of sexual violence by delaying the bill’s deliberation. Moreover, many Twitter users were enraged at the House’s excuse that the bill was “complicated”.Supratman said the withdrawal was due to overlapping criminal provisions with the criminal code bill, the deliberations of which had been delayed since September last year. At that time, students held massive protests in several regions across the country, demanding the bills be rejected for being a threat to democracy.“We hope we can include the sexual violence bill in the Prolegnas after we pass the Criminal Code bill,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Eto’o names Yaya Toure as his best teammate, aside Messi

first_img At Inter Milan, he combined well will Sneijder to help the Italian giants win a treble in the 2009-10 season when they won the Champions League, Serie A, and the Coppa Italia. Xavi, now manager at Al Sadd, is often rated among the best Spanish players of all time. However, Xavi, who was his teammate at Barcelona where they won a treble the season before, did not make the Cameroonian’s cut. Together at Camp Nou, Eto’o and Xavi won two Champions League titles, four La Liga, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana titles. Instead, he named four-time African Player of the Year Toure, who he believes is an unbelievable midfielder.Advertisement Samuel Eto’o has named Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure as his greatest teammate aside from Lionel Messi, overlooking Wesley Sneijder and Xavi Hernandez, among others. “Messi, Iniesta, Deco, Ronaldinho, Yaya Toure. It’s difficult to pick one. Apart from Messi? …Yaya Toure,” Eto’o told Goal. Yaya also stood tall when the list was narrowed down to the finest to have come from Africa. “Two of the greatest African players I’ve ever played with are Yaya Toure and Jay Jay Okocha,” he continued. “He [Yaya] is an incredible central midfielder one of the very best that the world has seen, and I was lucky enough to play with him. “Also, Okocha from Nigeria. He is a fantastic footballer, what an enigma!” Now one of the La Liga ambassadors, Eto’o is also the closest any African has come to winning the Ballon d’Or award since George Weah’s triumph in 1995. He finished third behind then Barcelona teammate Ronaldinho and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard in the 2005 edition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Equifax reports major data breach

first_imgBatesville, In.— Officials from Equifax say as many as 143 million American may have lost personal information in data breach recently. Reports indicate hackers were able to get driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, dispute documents, personal identifying information and in some cases even credit card numbers.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computerand an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.You also can access frequently asked questionsat the site.Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:Check your credit reportsfrom Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit to find out what to do.Consider placing a credit freezeon your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closelyfor charges you don’t recognize.If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alerton your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.File your taxes early— as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill estimates 3.8 million Hoosiers may have been compromised.last_img read more

COVID-19: Minister, NFF leadership meet over League season

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has engaged the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation via video conference to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football in Nigeria and firm up strategies to mitigate the effect of the disruptions and protect the domestic football industry.The Minister informed the NFF team that in view of the Coronavirus pandemic that has practically paralysed the sports industry, it is imperative to assess its impact on the domestic sports industry, including football, and consider strategies for charting a new course for football in the post-COVID-19 era.He reiterated the need for the NFF to keep stakeholders, including the Government and private sector, duly informed on the steps being taken so they can consider interventions to protect the industry.It was also agreed that the current football season will be concluded within six to eight weeks of the re-opening of the country and a clear go-ahead by the relevant authorities is obtained to commence football activities.The format to be adopted upon the resumption of football activities regarding the completion of the various Leagues and Cup competitions will be determined by the time available, health and security guidelines, as well as decisions by global football authorities on football calendar and international competitions (CAF and FIFA).NFF will constantly review the football calendar as the issues develop and periodically keep stakeholders informed on proposals and plans, Dare said.The Minister was said to be working on many channels including but not limited to the setting-up of an Athletes Protection Fund and sourcing for intervention/support funding that could be utilised to support athletes and sports, including the football industry, affected by this pandemic.Tags: Nigeria Football FederationSunday Darelast_img read more

The Latest: Premier League still wants to complete season

first_imgTickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded.___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group. April 17, 2020 The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.”___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling. The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ The Latest: Premier League still wants to complete season The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity.The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___ Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July. The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season.last_img read more

USC defense isn’t enough to stop Cougars

first_imgLast time it was Klay Thompson carrying the load. This time it was everyone else.Despite holding the Washington State sophomore star Thompson to just two points on 0-12 shooting, the USC men’s basketball team (16-10, 8-6) fell once again to the Cougars, this time on the road 51-47.Frustrating · Senior guard Dwight Lewis and the Trojans held Washington State to just 38 percent field goal shooting on Saturday but struggled to produce much offense of their own against the Cougars. Lewis led the Trojans with 14 points. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanWashington State guards freshman Reggie Moore and sophomore Abe Lodwick filled in for their teammate’s lack of scoring, posting 12 and 11 points, respectively, including a combined 12 points in the final five minutes of the game. Moore banked a three-pointer with 51.4 seconds left, giving the Cougars a four-point advantage that proved to be enough to hold off USC.The Trojans’ road struggles continued largely because of poor shooting; they converted only 38 percent of their shots from the field and went a dismal two for 14 from three-point range. Senior guard Dwight Lewis led the team with 14 points, and sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and seven rebounds, but a collective eight points from the rest of the starters doomed USC in the end.“We played very selfishly … for the first time in a long time,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill told the Los Angeles Times. “I thought guys were worried about themselves a little bit too much, whether they were in the game or not. We never got down to playing basketball until the last three or four minutes.”The two teams’ offensive weaknesses kept the score knotted throughout the entire first half (neither squad ever led by more than four points). USC jumped to a 2-0 lead 23 seconds into the game on a layup by redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson but did not score again for four and a half minutes. The Cougars were only able to convert two points in the first five minutes as well, and by the midway point of the first half the score was a meager 8-6 in favor of Washington State.The first half closed on a better note offensively, and the Cougars took a 23-19 advantage into the break.The second half once again featured a glaring lack of offense from USC, but this time it was not reciprocated by the Cougars. The Trojans managed only four points in the first six and a half minutes as Washington State took a nine-point lead and, despite a determined rally in the final minutes, the Trojans were not able to recover. A three-pointer attempt by Lewis to tie the game with seven seconds left that clanked off the iron sealed the loss for USC, which is now 2-7 on the road.The defeat drops USC into sole possession of third place in the Pac-10, one and a half games behind conference-leading California. The Trojans have four games left to play, two of which will be at home, but will need help from the teams above them to have a chance of winning the Pac-10.last_img read more

MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets

first_imgLast Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST MLS Navigates Resuming The Season In Local Markets In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. The league has been buoyed by the success of its MLS is Back tournament in Florida, which concludes Tuesday with the title game between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City. With teams headed home, the plan now is for an abbreviated season.“It started with a tournament in a bubble, but in our minds it had always been that we would get back into the markets at some point soon,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “And that transition from the successful tournament to playing in our home markets is no different than the process with our tournament: It is very closely following the guidance of our medical experts and our infectious disease advisors, and in consultation with the local health authorities and government officials in all of our local markets.”The tournament got off to a rocky start when both FC Dallas and Nashville were forced to withdraw because of positive coronavirus tests. But only two other players have tested positive in the bubble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.MLS, the National Women’s Soccer League, the NBA and the WNBA have been able to successfully play games amid the pandemic, but in controlled environments with players sequestered from the general public. The NHL has resumed its season in “secure zones” in Toronto and Edmonton, and the league says it has not had any positive tests.But MLB, playing in home stadiums without fans, has had some two dozen games postponed because of the coronavirus. Outbreaks have notably impacted the Marlins and Cardinals. The NFL is planning games in the fall, although 67 players have opted out. The players association says 56 players have tested positive since the start of training camps on July 26.The USL Championship, the tier below MLS in American soccer, has been playing in local markets since July 11 but there have been more than a dozen games postponed because of positive tests. LA Galaxy II has had 11 positive tests. The MLS plan comes amid increasing coronavirus cases in the United States, with more than 5 million contracting the virus and 162,000 deaths.Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert who is chairman of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, has reviewed Major League Soccer’s plans for playing out the season and believes it is sound.He pointed to the league’s mandate that teams take charter flights or buses to the games, with no overnight hotel stays. That will cut down on the contact the teams have with the public. The league’s rigorous testing program also should help prevent outbreaks.“I think the major difference between what MLS does and what baseball is doing is, let’s say Atlanta United was playing in New York. They’re flying in the morning, they’re playing and they’re flying back home. So they’re not staying there overnight, there’s no risk of the players going to hotels, staying at an unknown place, having to get meals in a restaurant or go out to eat,” del Rio said. “They’re not having back-to-back games. And that will give them the opportunity to test them again before the next game. So I think there’s some fundamental differences.”But players will individually need to be diligent in protecting themselves away from the team, he said.“I think that’s where the issues are. And that’s why I think it’s very going to be very important that the players have the discipline and have the education about those risks and try to avoid that, because the reality is those are the things you cannot control,” he said. “So it’s less about the bubble or the market, it is more about what happens outside of those settings.”Del Rio is on the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel. He is not so certain about college football this fall, considering all the variables involved. The most important thing, he said, was that the nation needs to comprehensively address the pandemic.For Chicago Fire coach Raphael Wicky, the resumption of the season is a chance for his team to move on from a disappointing showing at the MLS is Back tournament. But he too emphasized the importance of individual responsibility.“Knock on wood, we never had a positive test in our team and in our club. So, I think we were very disciplined, but it’s very important that we keep doing that,” Wicky said. “Especially now, everyone’s back home. It’s summer, everyone has a life, but we tell the players, `Look, you’ve got to be very careful and you’ve got to follow the rules, wearing masks, social distancing.’”Garber said that if circumstances merit it, he won’t hesitate to pull the plug on the rest of the season.“We believe we have a good plan, we believe our players and our staff are focused on adhering to our protocols, and if we’re able to do that, we ought to be able to get our games in,” Garber said. “And if we can’t do that in a way that’s safe, and one that’s ensuring the health of our players, we’ll have to address it. If it doesn’t work then we won’t move forward.” SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img

Continent 8 delivers cybersecurity services to the Philippines

first_img StumbleUpon Submit IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020 Continent 8 will allow businesses in the Philippines to connect globally using local partners, after agreeing to deliver global network and cybersecurity services to the region.The Isle of Man based technology company has selected IP Converge Data Services (IPC) and LR Data Center and Solutions, both headquartered in Makati City in Manila, for sharing Continent 8’s values of service excellence, innovation and integrity.Both significant players in the local connectivity and data centre markets, IPC and LR Data Center and Solutions will benefit from Continent 8’s advanced DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection services, alongside the company’s global private connectivity to Philippines based companies.Michael Tobin, co-founder and chief executive officer at Continent 8, commented: “With nearly 20 years of experience and operations, we have built a global reputation for service excellence alongside a unique global footprint of data centres and network points of presence.“By partnering with IPC and LR Data, we bring to the table advanced DDoS Mitigation services to Philippine enterprises, at a time when attacks are becoming increasingly prolific.”In 2016, Continent 8 announced the completion of its latest network expansion, bringing its European, North American and Asia Pacific networks together to give global coverage across a multi-terabit network, with over 25 points of presence globally. Share Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

Mark Jarvis Racing forges new partnership with FSB Tech

first_imgShare Sports betting platform and systems provider FSB Tech has penned a new deal with Mark Jarvis Racing which will see FSB deliver turnkey sports-betting and casino solutions. The new alliance will give Mark Jarvis access to FSB’s sports betting platform, managed trading services, casino aggregation platform with marketing support and compliance services which wil subsequently be rolled out across the independent bookmaker’s shops. Paul Graham, Managing Director of Mark Jarvis, praised the new alliance: “After a challenging recent history, retail betting is necessarily evolving. While we were eager to make this digital upgrade, securing the right partner who could help differentiate our brand in the crowded UK market was vital.“FSB’s dedication to delivering the best possible customer experience coupled with a proven track record for delivering a flexible-yet-reliable platform set them apart. And their peerless racing service and comprehensive solution for both sports and casino games affords our customers the chance to experience the best product on the UK’s sophisticated igaming landscape.“With this state-of-the-art offering, we aim to capitalise on the ramping demand for a mobile-first solution while bringing innovative features to our loyal retail audience.”FSB’s online and mobile sportsbook utilises unique pricing models, alongside odds supplied by the industry’s data feed suppliers. It currently boasts over 2000 casino games, virtual sports and lottery solutions from the industry’s leading suppliers and is delivered as a fully-managed service together with powerful CMS and CRM tools to deliver the best possible customer experience.David McDowell, FSB’s CEO, added: “We’re delighted to join forces with Mark Jarvis, one of the most respected and knowledgeable independent bookmaking brands in the UK. Our platform frames the future for digital gaming, driving the sector forward via innovative sports betting and casino features for online, mobile and retail.” StumbleUpon Share Submit David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Puzzle upon puzzle marks the path ahead June 4, 2020 Related Articles Dave McDowell, FSB: Hitting the bullseye during the global sports blackout June 8, 2020 Fast growth FSB appoints Susan Ball as corporate advisor January 29, 2020last_img read more

Angels, Dodgers notes: Reports say Angels, Mike Trout settle on extension

first_imgMike Trout and the Angels have settled on a six-year contract extension that would keep Trout in Anaheim until 2019, according to a report on Yahoo! Sports. The report claimed the sides still are negotiating the dollar figure, with the Angels offering a little more than $140 million and Trout’s camp countering with a figure above $150 million.Trout’s reaction? “No comment,” he told reporters at the Angels’ spring training complex in Tempe. “I like how a lot of people are writing it. It’s pretty funny.”A six-year contract would make Trout eligible for free agency at age 28. He’s currently set to hit the open market at age 26. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error One key component for the Angels is when the new contract takes effect. If signed before the first day of the regular season, the average annual value of the contract would count toward the Angels’ luxury-tax calculation this year. If signed after the first day of the regular season, the contract wouldn’t be counted until 2015.Owner Arte Moreno confirmed the sides were talking last week, but neither side has commented publicly on negotiations since. Trout is in an unusual position to cash in early in his career. He finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in each of his first two full seasons. The Angels have committed $145.7 million in 2014 to 16 players (and former outfielder Vernon Wells), not including Trout and the other players with zero to three years’ service team, according to the website Cot’s Baseball Contracts.Greinke in hot watercenter_img The Sydney Morning Herald reported local officials are “far from thrilled” with comments Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke made to Saturday. Greinke claimed he has “absolutely zero excitement” to begin the 2014 season in Sydney, where the Dodgers will play two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Dodgers president Stan Kasten said local organizers of the games had not reached out to him as of Sunday afternoon.Greinke is expected to start one of the two games in Sydney. The 30-year-old right-hander went 15-4 in 2013, his firs season with the Dodgers after signing a six-year, $159 million contract.Dodgers hold intrasquad gameDee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs against Hyun-Jin Ryu in a Dodgers intrasquad game Sunday on a back field at Camelback Ranch. Ryu allowed five hits and three runs in two innings against a team drafted by Matt Kemp, who did not play in the game.Right-hander Matt Magill allowed only a double to Yasiel Puig and an RBI single by Scott Van Slyke in two innings. Kemp’s team won the four-inning game, 3-1.Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez each threw scoreless innings in relief.Stephen Fife, Dan Haren, Chris Reed, Paco Rodriguez and Jamey Wright are scheduled to pitch in today’s intrasquad game on a back field at the Dodgers’ spring training complex. Admission is free. last_img read more