Oakland A’s bring back left-handed reliever on free agent deal

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman agreed to a two-year contract, with a 2022 club option, with the Oakland A’s, the team announced on Tuesday.The contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million over the two years, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.Diekman came to the A’s in a trade with the Kansas City Royals at the 2019 July deadline. He recorded a 4.43 ERA with 21 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 3.95 FIP and allowed no home runs in …last_img

Mamelani helps develop a healthy sense of self

first_imgMamelani’s Youth Development programme looks to guide young people into adulthood become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self. (Image: Mamelani)Mamelani Projects, operating across Western Cape, is working to relieve the social pressures slowing the progress of the province’s poorer citizens. Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with. They are making it easier for citizens to access medical care and help young people fulfil their potential.A lack of information can lead to poor health management, and bad decisions can lead to situations that could have been avoided had they been informed. Mamelani’s Community Health Programme aims to improve people’s understanding of health care, helping them make better decisions when it comes to improving and maintaining their health.The Youth Development programme builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences.YOUTH DEVELOPMENTMamelani’s youth development programme is aimed at children state care. The programme was developed to help them become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self outside of state care.The programme also helps them build healthy relationships and grow their resilience to help them on their journey to adulthood.Eighteen-year-olds who have been raised in youth care can find it difficult to make their own way in the world. The youthful participants are taught to live independent of the state and how to move on to being contributing members of society.The course builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences. To prepare them for the working world, participants are taught how to put together a CV and how best to enter the job market.The programme guides them through the process, offering help when needed but participants are expected to engage challenges and find solutions for themselves if they can.Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with.GET INVOLVEDMamelani is always open to getting help from the public, local businesses and corporations in order to meet their operating costs and increase their reach.If you believe you can lend a hand, have a look at Mamelani’s get involved page on their website for details on how and where you can help.For more information you can also contact Mamelani on 021 448 2725 or via email on [email protected] YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot

first_imgUichico is raving about Ravena’s ability to read game situations and make quick decisions.“I have to be smart because I am not as athletic as the other (point) guards in the team, or in theleague,” Ravena said. “I use that to offset some of my deficiencies, like being slower than the other guards.”While in college, the so called experts have declared that Ravena would be a “project” when he makes the jump to the PBA – being smaller and less athletic than the other swingmen who are dominating the league at the moment.If the 6-footer from Iloilo wasn’t as hot a prospect before, his performances for Gilas here has certainlychanged all that.And turning pro – which everyone knew to be inevitable – is like coming home for Kiefer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Kiefer Ravena has gone back to his roots and has gotten the chance to prepare for his pro career in the process.Playing point guard for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup Invitational here, Ravena has easily handled the transition back to his boyhood spot, which he abandoned when he tore the opposition while leading Ateneo to glory in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Well, fate had it that he wouldn’t do well in that game.“My stat line was consistent – zero points and most of everything else was the same,” he said with a smile.Then came the genius that is Black.“The following practice, and in our next games, coach Norman turned me into No. 2 (off guard) and had me playing alongside Eman,” Ravena said. “That was it. I was able to help the team more.”Jong Uichico, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants at Gilas, has become a Ravena fan ever since this team was assembled. And the veteran internationalist believes that there is no better spot for Ravena to play, especially when he turns pro.“He’s got instincts and IQ that you don’t see everyday,” Uichico said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m very comfortable playing the point,” Ravena said after his fourth game. “It’s a spot I used to play in high school. I even came to college as a point guard.”Though his glorious collegiate career happened just a couple of years back, Ravena talked about it as if it were a lifetime ago because circumstances surrounding his conversion into a shooting guard has made him the hottest amateur of his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he has Norman Black to thank for it.“I remember my first game, it was against Adamson,” Ravena recounted. “I was excited, all pumped up and I was a point guard. I was Eman Monfort’s chief reliever and I knew I was going to play a lot even if I was a rookie.” Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more