Blanket of smoke from BC fires cause health concerns in Vancouver

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe city of Vancouver is warning elderly, people with respiratory issues and parents with young infants to stay indoors.With nearly 200 fires burning throughout British Columbia, smoke wafting into Vancouver and the surrounding area is now causing health concerns.And with 30 new fires popping up each day, the air isn’t expected to clear anytime soon.APTN’s Tina House reports.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Numerous temperature records broken across the Peace Region Wednesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record.  Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.last_img read more

UPFA PS member arrested

Police Media Spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana had said that she was released in Ratnapura by her abductors.Panditharatne later told the police that an armed gang had abducted her. UPFA Bulathsinhala Pradeshiya Sabha member Lakmini Anupama Panditharatne has been arrested over allegations of committing fraud.The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested her yesterday and produced her before a magistrate who remanded her till the 25th of this month, the police media unit said. According to the police, Panditharatne had duped a woman by obtaining Rs. 400,000 from her after promising her employment in Korea. Just last month Panditharatne was reported missing and was later alleged to have been abducted by an armed gang and later released. read more

UN urges creation of special court in Sri Lanka after new report

“Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence, recruitment of children and other grave crimes,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release. “This report is being presented in a new political context in Sri Lanka, which offers grounds for hope,” he continued. “It is crucial that this historic opportunity for truly fundamental change is not allowed to slip.” The report indicates that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the country’s conflict – the Government of Sri Lanka and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Among the most serious crimes documented in the report are numerous unlawful killings, sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, torture, child recruitment, attacks on civilians, denial of humanitarian assistance, and violation of the rights of internally displaced persons in closed camps.The report also documents “years of denials and cover-ups, failure to carry out prompt investigations, stalled investigations and reprisals against the family members of victims and others who have pushed for justice,” states the news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR).Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system, says the report, is not adequately equipped to deal with the violations, as it lacks a reliable system for victim and witness protection and has been corrupted by decades of emergency, conflict and impunity.As such, the report recommends the creation of a hybrid special court that integrates judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, to ensure that justice is served, as well as a range of measures to develop a comprehensive transitional justice policy to address the human rights violations of the past 30 years and prevent their recurrence. “Sri Lanka must now move forward to dismantle the repressive structures and institutional cultures that remain deeply entrenched after decades of erosion of human rights,” said the High Commissioner, who welcomed the positive steps taken by the new Government of President Mathiripala Sirisena since January.“The levels of mistrust in State authorities and institutions by broad segments of Sri Lankan society should not be underestimated,” he said, adding that it is for this reason that the establishment of a hybrid special court is so essential. “A purely domestic court procedure will have no chance of overcoming widespread and justifiable suspicions fuelled by decades of violations, malpractice and broken promises.” read more

Over 2100 people called rape helpline over Christmas 2012

first_imgFIFTY VICTIMS OF rape and sexual assault were brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in the Rotunda Hospital over the Christmas period by Rape Crisis Centre volunteers last year.That is in addition to the 2,113 calls that the national 24-hour helpline for rape and sexual abuse.The CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop says that the figure is rising, something that must be arrested.“We must do everything in our power to try and stem the rise in the numbers of these heinous crimes being committed in our society with impunity. Unreported because victims more often than not feel too ashamed, particularly if they were under the influence of alcohol and they will expect not to be believed. However the perpetrators who may also have been under the influence of alcohol will not feel any shame even though they behaved recklessly and did not get consent to sexual intercourse.To tackle the rise in rape and sexual assault, the RCC are targeting men. They telling men “Don’t Be That Guy” – to ensure that their partner is consenting, to not take advantage of women who are too drunk and not to use alcohol to rape someone.Stay safeThe Rape Crisis Centre are advising people to stay safe this Christmas by staying with friends, keeping their drink in their hand, not accepting drinks from strangers and sharing taxis.Says O’Malley Dunlop “We would hope that in doing so that people will be able to have a happy and safe Christmas and be able to let their hair down but not their guard.”Read: RCNI strongly disagrees with lowering the age of consentRead: Rape Crisis Network: We should follow UK’s lead and ban Tysonlast_img read more

Heres how Richard Bruton plans to create 7000 jobs a year in

first_imgInternational competition has increased dramatically, and many of the tools we relied on previously – cost competitiveness, the high performance of the IDA [Industrial Development Agency], competitive corporation tax regime, State support – are no longer enough to mark Ireland out.Addressing the media at today’s launch, the Minister laid out the government’s position on the corporation tax regime.The 12.5% [rate] has been a bedrock of our system. The FDI landscape has changed dramatically in recent years… In the three years 2011-2013 we attracted an average of more than 6,000 extra jobs per year… The indications from the first six months of this year are than investments are up significantly… We have protected that even when the country was under the greatest stress…and what the Minister for Finance has said is that we will compete under fair rules, but we will be competing to win.Some of the more specific proposals in today’s statement include:Keeping the 12.5% corporation tax ratePursuing new FDI sources, such as emerging economiesTargeting a top-five ranking for Ireland for international competitivenessLooking for new forms of FDI, such as joint ventures and high net worth individualsScroll down to read the full Policy Statement on Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland.Read: FDI companies love doing business here – and not just for our corporation tax rate>‘Highest level of job creation’ through IDA in over a decade> ‘No longer enough to mark Ireland out’The policy aims to create 7,000 new jobs a year by 2020 in multinational companies, as part of the the government’s strategic growth plan to replace every job lost in the crisis and attain full employment in five years’ time.Launching the masterplan, Bruton noted some recovery in attracting investment since the crisis, but pointed to international competition as a major challenge:center_img Talent – make Ireland internationally renowned for problem-solving, creativity and adaptability of workforceTechnology – although “we cannot be world-leaders in all areas,” today’s announcement seeks to be world-leading in research and innovation in certain key areasQuality of life – play to the strengths of different regions, offer “great places to live”, and  make Dublin a “vibrant capital city” with a dynamic start-up communitySectors – identify and pursue emerging sectors and industriesAddressing the issue of attracting companies beyond Dublin and throughout Ireland, Bruton told the media:You have to have the living environment. You have to have the schools and the houses… If we want to get regional spread, we create the regional environment that is a magnet to those companies. IRELAND MUST IMPROVE what it has to offer multinational companies if we are to compete for foreign direct investment (FDI) on the global market, according to the government’s FDI masterplan.The Policy Statement on Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland, launched by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton this morning, has called for a focus on four ways to attract multinational companies into the country:last_img read more

ASA Talks Succession Planning with Growers in Fort Wayne

first_imgKevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design, discusses the five keys to preserving the farm and passing a successful operation to a well-prepared next generation at the ASA workshop in Fort Wayne, Ind.ASA continues its regional Succession Planning Workshops this week in Fort Wayne, Ind.The Succession Planning Workshop titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning,” focused on planning process, good communication strategies and how to overcome obstacles.In this session, participants learned the five keys to preserving the farm and passing a successful operation to a well-prepared next generation. The five keys to planning success include:Planning processOvercome obstaclesCommon goalsGood communicationCommitmentAttendees of the ASA Succession Planning Workshops say the information provided is invaluable for soybean producers as they prepare to protect their family farms and ensure a profitable business future.“My wife Linda and I, being close to retirement age thought we needed to start looking at ideas to help continue our family’s business,” said David Lowe, Chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and attendee at the workshop. “Our family is a fourth generation family farm with and ag business in Portland Indiana. We needed to start the process because we wanted to continue our legacy and pass it on correctly to the family.This workshop has been very thought provoking.”The Indiana workshop is the fourth of six regional sessions. This workshop was sponsored by Farm Credit, AGCO, Michigan Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Association. There are two more workshops Moline, Ill. on Dec.4 and Columbus, Ohio on Jan.  15. For more information about the Succession Planning Workshops click here read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Wilmington Selectman Frank West Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.Sincerely,Frank WestFormer Wilmington SelectmanNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

A34 reopens after being shut due to overturned lorry near Congleton

first_imgThe road is closed in both directions between point A and point B (Image: Inrix) It is unclear if anyone has been injured in the accident. Police remained at the scene while recovery took place – and have now confirmed the road has roepened. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The A34 between Congleton and Monks Heath traffic lights – road is now open Read MorePolice searching for missing 15-year-old Bradley Williams It is unclear at this stage if any other vehicles were involved in the accident. We will bring you an update on this story as soon as we get one. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Cheshire road was closed for several hours after a lorry overturned in the early hours of the morning. The A34 Manchester Road and Congleton Road was shut in both directions due to the overturned lorry between A536 and A537 Chelford Road (Monks Heath Crossroads), just north of Congleton. Traffic was still able access the road via unclassified side roads, however both ends of the A34 have been closed off, according to traffic data company INRIX. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 2am this morning – with the road reopening at around 4.45am. last_img read more

Happy retirement Mr Sompersadh

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Ashookan Sompersadh has decided to retire from his post as manager of Public Works & Basic Services at Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality after many years of service.Mr Sompersadh is formerly from Durban and moved to Ladysmith in 1997.He started working as an assistant manager in the Public Works & Basic Services Department and began running the department in 2000.He has been blessed with a beautiful wife and two children.Staff and management at the local municipality became very fond of Mr Sompersadh, building a great working relationship over the years.He says he made many friends through his work and has been described as a man who was always willing to help people, no matter what race or age.“I would like to thank my colleagues, family and the community for all their help and support throughout my years at the municipality. I was blessed with a loving family there.“Now someone else has the opportunity to work in my position,” smiles Mr Sompersadh.A farewell function was held for him at Malibu Palms on Friday afternoon. His family and colleagues got together to show Mr Sompersadh just how much they appreciate him for all his hard work and dedication throughout the years.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 11, 2010 Charitable Funds for Cervical Cancer Screening Add Up January 11, 2010 – HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and is recognized as the leading cause of cervical cancer. About 80 percent of women in the United States will have an HPV infection in their lifetimes. Some of those infections lead to cervical cancer, making routine cervical cancer screening, which may include Pap and HPV testing, important in detecting this preventable disease early.The global women’s health initiative to raise awareness and provide donations for women who lack access to cervical cancer screening, organizers of “Promise to Me” announced today the expansion of the program for funding cervical cancer screening for women in need. For every person who makes the promise to get screened and passes it on, Hologic, a diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products manufacturer dedicated to serving women’s health, will donate funds to support preventative screening for underinsured and uninsured women.In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Hologic is partnering with the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) to fund cervical cancer screening for women in need. For every person that “makes the promise” and passes it on through the Promise to Me website, Hologic will donate $1 towards healthcare for women.“Most women who develop cervical cancer haven’t been routinely screened,” said Edward Evantash, M.D., medical director and vice president of Medical Affairs at Hologic. “The Promise to Me initiative will help provide screening to those without access while also raising awareness about cervical cancer. Education about cervical cancer – and other women’s health issues – is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of women.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Sydney Airport outage brings flights to standstill

first_imgSydney Airport has experienced a power interruption, which is causing flight delays throughout T2 domestic terminal.The outage which started at 8:30am this morning is causing long queues and flight delays, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.The power outage also means that baggage handling and screening facilities are down.In addition, the outage is affecting a number of aerobridge gangways.A spokesperson for Sydney Airport said that power will be restored as soon as possible.However, Qantas services from T3 have not been affected.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

Jamaica promotes Kingston as a leisure destination

first_imgWith a strong visitor growth in 2018, the Jamaica Tourist Board aims to boost leisure travellers in Kingston. Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, has always been the centre for business travellers, but the country’s new Tourism Director, Donovan White wants Kingston to be promoted focussing on the leisure travellers as well. The city of Kingston is filled with authentic culture, music history, fine dining and nightlife.To boost leisure travellers in the capital city, the Jamaica Tourist Board has taken up the initiative to build a pop-up cruise terminal, informed the tourism director. “Whether or not we have a pop-up cruise terminal in Kingston, which is still in the exploratory stage, it is the capital of Jamaica and the heart of business and entertainment in Jamaica,” explained White. “And we also pride ourselves in providing a diversity of options in Kingston from gastronomy to nightlife, to large entertainment events, to business conferences and lots of stuff.”The aim is to get the travellers to spend a couple of nights in Kingston before travelling to the beach destinations. “There is a lot of things to do and we encourage visitors to plan a day or two in Kingston to fill out the Jamaica experience,” said White. “If you haven’t experienced Kingston, you haven’t truly experienced all that Jamaica has to offer.”“Part of what we are doing is reinventing the product of Kingston to include tours of its vistas and the journey to the Blue Mountains. But a tour of Kingston is so much more. This is also where you can have fine Jamaican cuisines downtown and you can stop at the ‘Devon House I Scream’ shop for a scoop. You can then go up to the government museums, see the Hope Botanical Gardens heritage site and then head over to the Bob Marley Museum,” added White.According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, there were 1.25 million stays over tourist arrivals from January to June 2018, a 5.9% increase in arrivals over the same period last year and over one million cruise arrivals representing a 4.8% increase compared to last year. Jamaica witnessed an overall market growth of 5.4% for the first six months of 2018.Speaking about this achievement, White asserted, “It has been all hands on deck as teams locally and overseas spread the message of destination Jamaica’s commitment to providing exciting and authentic experiences to all visitors. As we ramp up our digital marketing strategies among a range of other initiatives, we are confident that the value of our tourism product will continue to attract visitors.”last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Sean ConsidineSFootDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDNP – Did Not ParticipateLimited – Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normalrepetitions)Full – Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) Kerry RhodesSFootFullFullFullProbable Ben WatsonTEHeadDNPDNPDNPPlaced on IR Rob HouslerTEShoulderLimitedFullFullProbable Dave ZastudilPBicepsLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable Quinton SpearsLBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Cleveland BrownsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFriStatus Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Clark HaggansLBHamstringLimitedFullFullProbable Montario HardestyRBCalfFullLimitedLimitedQuestionable DeMarco SampsonWRRibsLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Josh CribbsWRGroinDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Kevin KolbQBHeadLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Friday Status DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDoubtful – At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable – A 50-50 chance will not playProbable – A virtual certainty of being available fornormal duty D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Shawn LauvaoGAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Beanie WellsRBKneeLimitedLimitedFullProbable Joey PorterLBKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Arizona CardinalsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFriStatus Tony PashosTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Top Stories T.J. WardSFootLimitedDNPDNPOut The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinalsand Cleveland Browns for their Week 15 game. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Jabaal SheardDLForearmFullFullFullProbable Owen MarecicFBHead/AnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Colt McCoyQBHead/HandDNPDNPDNPOut Brandon KeithTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets W

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-23. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Since he was hired in January 2013, Bruce Arians has been fond of his catch phrase, “No risk-it, no biscuit.”What it means, at its base, is that he’s willing to take chances when others might not.Never has that style been more on display than in Sunday’s 31-23 over the Washington Redskins, when in the fourth quarter, while nursing a one-point lead and facing a fourth-and-inches from their own 34, Arians left his offense on the field to try and pick up the first. A 14-yard David Johnson run later, the Cardinals were in business.“I was shocked,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I was getting ready to jog off of the field. But, obviously a great call. Phenomenal execution and Dave did the rest.”That play worked, but Arians was not done.With the scoreboard on their side and the clock now their ally, the Cardinals threw three straight passes after the big Johnson run. A defensive hold on the third attempt gave Arizona another first down at the Washington 42, and after a Johnson run went nowhere, Palmer went play-action and threw deep to receiver J.J. Nelson.The result was a touchdown.Biscuit, indeed.“If our left side and tight ends can’t get a yard with the way we’re running the ball, we didn’t deserve to win the game anyway,” Arians said of the decision to go for it on fourth down.Fair enough, but what about the deep ball to Nelson?“We knew they were going to be playing the run at that point,” the coach said while noting it was nice to have good enough protection to get the throw off.The touchdown to Nelson, while exciting and fruitful, did have one drawback. It gave the ball back to Washington down one score with plenty of time on the clock. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While some could question the strategy in that, the truth is, the Cardinals stuck to their identity in being bold.Also, as they put it, why not play like that?“We are desperate for a win,” Palmer said. “What’s the point of playing safe? That’s [Arians’] motto. It paid off for us today.”Or, as receiver Larry Fitzgerald put it, Arians made some gutsy calls because, “what do we have to lose at this point?”The Cardinals, who entered the game 4-6-1, could not afford to drop this one if they had any hope of making it to the postseason. So, what did they have to lose? A lot, actually.“Yeah, the 4th-and-1 I was kind of with Coach on that one — go for it, just try to put the nail in the coffin now,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “But that 2nd-and-10 or 2nd-and-8 or something like that, to see him heave it deep, I was like, ‘Woah, here we go, here we go, touchdown.’ So I’m definitely happy that J.J. brought it in — hell of a catch.”Therein lies the beauty of Arians’ philosophy. It works, often times, because players execute properly or even make great plays. Nelson said the team having confidence in him for such a big moment means a lot, and the coach calling plays the way he does sends a similar message to the rest of the team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img “You put it on our shoulders and it’s time for us to answer the call,” offensive tackle D.J. Humphries said. “When it’s time, we’ve got to do it.”“It says a lot,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “That’s B.A.’s style. He’s been like that since he’s been here. I have a lot of love for him, a lot of respect for him. That’s what it took for us to win.“Our backs are against the wall. We have nothing to lose. This is our last opportunity. We’re going to fight every minute. We’re going to go out there and try to make it happen.”Being aggressive, as Arians so often is, seems to be more about taking the initiative — not waiting for things to happen to or for the Cardinals. If they have a chance to make a play to win the game, they go for it.If that means going for it on fourth down inside their territory or throwing a deep ball when milking the clock would seem like the prudent thing to do, so be it.“Shoot, we’re trying to win, we’re trying to get into it, so it’s going to take some risks some times,” safety Tony Jefferson said.This time, the risks turned into reward. Or, rather, biscuits. They don’t always, and that’s the reality of calling plays in the NFL. They are fun to call when they work. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They are,” Arians said, “and when they don’t, you’re in here answering questions of, ‘Why the hell did you do it?’”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 25 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more