Virtual meetings about tourism announced: Meet up: SMART TOURISM 5.0

first_imgMeetings are held online, and the participation of numerous tourism professionals from Croatia and the region is expected, who will be able to ask questions to panelists and comment via chat. Participation is free, with mandatory registration at www.smarttourism.live Conference organizer Can Croatian Tourism 365? u suradnji s organizatorima turističkih događanja – HTI Health Tourism Conference, International Tourism Fair PLACE2GO i Taste the Mediterranean festival, will talk to experts from the tourism and hospitality sector and travel writers, bloggers and influencers who will share current trends and domestic and international experiences, give ideas and projections of future business and discuss how to prepare for tomorrow’s tourism, after the crisis caused by months of isolation and by interrupting all travel.  On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, starting at 10 a.m., there will be virtual meetings on tourism in Croatia called Meet up: SMART TOURISM 5.0  Participation was confirmed by experts from Croatia and important emitting markets, such as: Christopher Hinteregger, CEO of PKF tourismexperts from Austria; Dutchman Jan de Jong, CEO of Webpower Adria; Christian Fadi El-Khouri, partner of MESC International Patient Service from Germany; Dr. Sherif Hassan, Director of TripSetc Travel Company / Innovation from the USA; Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President of Valamar Riviera; Siniša Topalović, Executive Director of Horwath HTL Croatia, Dr. Meri Bura, Director of the Mulier Holistic Center; Marin Rendić, chef of Bistro Apetit in Zagreb and one of the initiators of the initiative #chefkuhadoma; Chloé i Yvan, francuski par koji je u Stari Gradu na Hvaru otvorio Gourmet dućan “Za pod zub” s hrvatskim delicijama i pokrenuo projekt Hvar chef te poznati putnici i putopisci Vlado Šestan, Ivan Bengeri i Putoholičari, i drugi. Panele će moderirati organizatorice Ivana Kolar (Turizam 365), Leila Krešić-Jurić (HTI), Damjana Domanovac (PLACE2GO), Ingrid Badurina Danielsson i Dubravka Tomeković Aralica (Taste the Mediterranean). Partner i suorganizator događanja je SLO-CRO Poslovni klub.center_img “For the first time in Croatia, four tourism business event organizers are bringing together knowledge, expertise and partners to bring together the tourism sector and connect tourism professionals in the business debate after COVID19. It is known that crises are often an incentive to catalyze new ideas and opportunities to improve business – which is why we want to encourage reflection and discussion on how to do business in the coming months and what it means for Croatia, what kind of tourism we will develop and how to deal with future challenges. a super-smart ”society 5.0 in which everything is subordinated to human well-being – from robotics and artificial intelligence to the circular economy and sustainable resource management. Ultimately, both society and tourism should be focused on creating a healthy living environment, and we believe that in the new circumstances this is possible in Croatia.”Said Ivana Kolar, conference initiator, tourism consultant and director of Julius Rose doo The professional virtual conference on tourism in Croatia will bring together renowned experts from the country and abroad to exchange information and business experiences during and after the corona crisis and to see new market opportunities in the future “smart” society. last_img read more

Los Angeles records ‘alarming’ surge in COVID-19 cases to more than 100,000

first_imgDemocrats leading the biggest metropolitan areas in Texas on Monday renewed calls for Governor Greg Abbott to give them the authority to make decisions on mandatory mask wearing and social distancing to protect their hard-hit populations.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Abbott to give local leaders back the powers they had in April, until an executive order from the governor nixed it: their ability to fine people who do not follow rules mandating masks and social distancing.New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Monday that indoor dining will no longer resume on Thursday in the state as planned and would be postponed indefinitely.In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly imposed a statewide mandate requiring residents to wear masks in public spaces, a move she said was necessary to avoid another shutdown.Beaches in Florida’s Broward County and Palm Beach County will not open for the July 3-5 holiday weekend, officials said on Sunday, a blow to residents hoping to celebrate Independence Day there on Saturday. Miami-Dade County had already announced beach closures for the holiday weekend.AMC, the largest US movie theater chain, on Monday said it was pushing back the reopening of its theaters to July 30 from July 15.Arizona and Georgia were among states reporting record new cases this week. Last week, a total of 15 US states reported records, according to a Reuters tally.In June, 22 US states reported record increases in new cases, often multiple times, including Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon and Utah.Face coverings have become a political issue, with some conservative politicians and many supporters of US President Donald Trump arguing that such mandates are unconstitutional.The city of Jacksonville, Florida, venue for part of the Republican nominating convention in August, said on Twitter it would be requiring masks for all public locations starting later on Monday.White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday that Trump “has no problem with masks and to do whatever your local jurisdiction requests.”US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday pressed Americans to adopt face masks during a trip to Texas and wore one himself, a sharp turnaround for the administration. Other Republican politicians in hard-hit states also are now calling for masks.The New York Times reported on Monday that 43 percent of US deaths from COVID-19 were linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The paper cited its own tracking database. Topics : “Otherwise, we are quickly moving toward overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing even more devastating illness and death,” Ferrer said.The county reported a single-day record of 2,903 new cases.California, which on Sunday ordered bars in Los Angeles and six other counties to close, is among several US states including Florida, Texas and Arizona battling a new wave of infections as the nation emerges from weeks of clamp-downs on residents and businessesTexas and Florida ordered the closure of all their recently reopened bars on Friday.center_img Los Angeles County recorded an “alarming” one-day spike of nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, taking its total to more than 100,000 cases, public health officials said, warning that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.Los Angeles and neighboring counties have become a new epicenter in the pandemic as cases and hospitalizations have surged there despite California Governor Gavin Newsom’s strict order last week requiring masks in nearly all public spaces.”The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations signals that we, as a community, need to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said in a statement announcing the sharp upswing.last_img read more

European pensions industry heartened by Fed hike, market reaction

first_imgEuropean pension funds have welcomed the US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise US interest rates from their near-zero levels, saying the hike and the muted market reaction to it boded well for any return to normal rates in Europe.As widely anticipated, the Federal Reserve yesterday followed through with a well-flagged interest rate rise, increasing the target for the Fed funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25%-0.5%.It is the first time short-term interest rates have been hiked in the US in almost 10 years.Inger Huus Pedersen, head of fixed income and ESG at Denmark’s PKA, said the market had not reacted very strongly to the new, which she said was reasonable given that “whether the short term rate is 0% or 0.25% doesn’t change many people’s business model fundamentals”. She welcomed the increase.“The low-interest-rate environment is a drag on our future returns, and, although there is no hike in sight from the European Central Bank, it is nevertheless a good signal,” she told IPE.“We were a bit surprised not to see it earlier, but it’s better late than never.”The Federal Reserve’s move will have no direct near-term implications for the Danish pension fund’s fixed income investment strategy, according to Huus Pedersen, but longer-standing monetary policy divergence could occur.“In the longer term, if rates stay very low in Europe, and you can achieve higher returns in the US, then we would probably be more likely to look more at US assets,” she said.In Finland, Timo Viherkenttä, chief executive at VER, the State Pension Fund, its said the Federal Reserve had pulled off a difficult task.“The Fed was in an uncomfortable situation where the market would probably have reacted negatively both to a more dovish and to a more hawkish measure,” he said.“Although market impact shouldn’t be the main priority for Fed, they seemed to hit the bull’s eye in this respect.“In all, the combination of the actual decision and its communication was obviously well thought of and balanced.”Tom Mergaerts, chief executive at Amonis, the largest pension fund for healthcare workers in Belgium, said he was encouraged by the equity market’s muted reaction to the rate rise and the implications thereof for an eventual return to normal rates in Europe.“Normally, although not always, interest rate increases are combined with a selloff in equities,” he said. “Clearly, this is not the case this time, at least not yet, and it is a big achievement.”It is an important and positive sign Europe can return to “normal” interest rates “without going through a trough or crash”, he added.He attributed the steady market reaction to the advance warning the Federal Reserve had been giving for some time and contrasted it with what happened in 2013, when rumours first surfaced that the central bank would begin to taper quantitative easing.“Back then, just the rumours the Fed was considering tapering triggered a huge sell-off in the markets,” Mergaerts said. “This week, they raised interest rates, and there was no effect in the markets.”In the Netherlands, Mercer said the Fed’s decision would not necessarily affect the long-term interest rates relevant for Dutch pension funds’ liabilities.Drawing on the development of interest rates since 2000, Dennis van Ek, an actuary at the consultancy, pointed out that long-term rates, such as the 30-year swap rate, did not always respond to adjustments of short-term rates by central banks.“Even if long-term rates in Europe rise as a consequence of the Fed’s decision, the European Central Bank is likely to take additional measures to keep rates low over here because of its inflation target of 2%, as the ECB has already indicated,” he said.His assessment was echoed by Sander van Ginkel, chief economist at the €110bn MN, the fiduciary manager for the large metal schemes PME and PMT.He said “some” upward pressure on interest rates in Europe would come no sooner than the second half of 2018.He added that MN had already factored the Fed’s increase into its base-case investment scenario, and that the fiduciary manager saw no need for portfolio adjustments at the moment.Van Ginkel said markets had responded positively to the Fed’s decision, with equity markets improving and volatility indices, such as the VIX, declining.He said he expected the Fed to have increased interest rates to approximately 3% by the end of 2017, but he warned of the risk of volatility somewhere along the way “if the markets, which currently expect a slower increase, start catching up”.Mercer’s Van Ek noted that some investments and investment funds – such as funds for US property and mortgages, as well as hedge funds – could be affected by a higher interest burden, “as this will have an impact on companies’ ability of paying back”.According to the actuary, liquidity problems have recently emerged at some high-yield funds and hedge funds.“Pensions funds with a stake in these investments should monitor developments closely,” he said.last_img read more

Canyon checkers fly for Noll

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. (June 18) – Jason Noll raced to the IMCA Modified victory during the sixth annual Father’s Day Classic event at Canyon Speedway Park Saturday night.Noll charged from the front row outside to capture his first Arizona Differential IMCA Modified feature event at Canyon since a three-race win streak to finish out last September.  Noll’s first CSP triumph of 2016 came ahead of 19th starter Brian Schultz with Steve Stultz, Chaz Baca Jr. and 11th starter Jay Foster in the top five.last_img

Herman Cain Dead After COVID 19 Diagnosis

first_imgBusinessman and former US presidential candidate Herman Cain has died at age 74 after battling coronavirus, according to a statement on his website.“Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord.”You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God’s strength and comfort to deal… #HermanCain https://t.co/BtOgoLVqKz— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 30, 2020 Cain was hospitalized in Atlanta with coronavirus symptoms on July 2nd and at that time was reportedly not on a ventilator.Cain had attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma ten days before he tested positive for the coronavirus. Cain graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 and climbed the ladder of corporate success with companies such has Coca Cola and Burger King before becoming CEO of Godfathers, one of the first African Americans to reach that level. He made the company profitable in 14 months. He ran for President in 2000 and 2004, but received a lot of attention in 2012 earning some buzz with his 9-9-9 plan, which was flat taxes on business transactions, personal income and a federal sales tax.last_img read more

Stakeholders Engage in Good Day for Sports at Nigerian Economic Summit

first_imgStanding outside the conference hall at the Transcorp Hilton, I was handed a copy of a comprehensive 228-page report by the Oxford Business Group which detailed the key sectors the NSE had focused on. A quick scan of its contents revealed that it addressed sectors like banking, real estate, insurance, energy, utilities, industry, agriculture, ICT, capital markets, transport and more, but there was nothing on sports. “Why would you have a major report like this and not include sports?” I asked the OBG representative who handed me a free copy. A bit awkwardly, she explained that their focus was on the real drivers of economic growth.She, they, obviously did not consider sports to be one, especially when, to be fair to them, their report was mostly based on what had gone on before at the NES. So I asked her whether she realised there was a Super Eagles match in Uyo last Saturday. She said yes. I then told her that the city was packed and that many of the people were from out of town. Airlines saw business spike. Also hotels; bars; food outlets; beverage companies; local transportation; farmers; banking and more? She connected with this quickly and wanted me to meet her bosses so we could expand the issue. Sport is a huge economic driver, but many need to listen more. That is why having a session at the NSE was such a landmark event. The breakout session on sports was quite robust and revealing, but it soon became obvious that the debate needed much more than the one and half hours it was allocated. Still valid points were made as key discussants outlined what roles they thought government and the private sector should play to grow the industry. Ultimately it was agreed that the best way to deliver on the promise of sports was through public-private sector partnership. All agreed that sports need to be seen as big business first before corporate social responsibility.Among the industry representatives at the session were the top brass of the League Management Company, organisers of the Nigerian Professional Football League, and one of the sponsors of the event. Chairman of the company Mallam Shehu Dikko was one of the panelists and he argued that sports should be granted a special status. Arguing that government should provide funding for not just participations at competitions, but funding for the proper development of athletes, he gave examples of what other countries were doing. He talked about how the British government invested about £200 million to help start off the English Premier League and pointed to the success this has created. He also spoke about how in Morocco the government has taken money from the budgets of different sectors to invest in 130 football pitches around the country. He however warned that there was a need for the right people to be given charge of the sports federations and for there to be better corporate governance.Former director of BPP, Kashim Ibrahim, pointed out the need for public spaces to be provided in communities nationally for the engagement and development of talents. Giving the example of how seriously India has taken sports, he spoke how they have created ‘land banks’ for this purpose. He also spoke about how they have granted industry status to sports infrastructure and initiated a sports infrastructure summit to fast-track its development.Interestingly the Dr. Amagwu Ibeawuchi of the Central Bank of Nigerian assured that the bank could intervene by providing funding for promising sports initiatives if organisers could properly articulate their business model and value chain, as well as get the buy-in of the presidency, as was the case with agriculture. He also challenged the industry to sell itself better, arguing that if sports were as good an investment as is claimed by its promoters, proper articulation of this would also see private investors get on board as everyone likes a good opportunity.Honourable Nduka Irabor, the pioneer chairman of the LMC strongly advocated for increased government investments, arguing that even in the most advanced economies governments invested heavily in sports infrastructure. He stressed that, given the power of sports to unify the populace, national broadcaster NTA should be financially empowered to buy local sports content and beam to millions of Nigerian homes.Looking at the legal side of things, Mr. Samson Ebomhe was of the view that there was a need for policies that help to protect local sports players. He pointed to the case in the UK where since the 1960s live matches have not been aired on Saturday afternoons in order to protect the lower leagues and encourage people to go to stadiums. He also talked about how TV broadcast policies helped change the game in the USA, where sports TV rights lead the rest of the world in revenues.Progressive nations understand that sports create opportunities across several industries. The Indian sports infrastructure summit organisers capture this in their listing of participants expected on their website. Among these were architecture firms, construction and engineering companies, corporates, government representatives, public sector companies, real estate and infrastructure, sports federations and associations, sports leagues, sports consultants, sports management agencies, schools and colleges, sports investment companies, foundations and NGOs working at the grass-root level, social enterprises and start-ups in sports.That is how far ranging the power of sport is in affecting the economy of a country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram I was in Abuja last week to witness the historic debut of sports at the Nigerian Economic Summit. Welcome as the development was however, I could not help wondering why it took 23 years for such a massive industry to get a chance at a forum where jobs and wealth creation are top on the agenda. Maybe it is because those who manage our economy have not quite grasped the immense value of sports, or maybe the leading players in the industry have not been serious enough to push sports onto the front burner where it belongs.last_img read more

6 of the Best: Square in the Air’s Romilly Evans

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit 6 of the Best: All-in Diversity’s Kelly Kehn October 24, 2019 6 of the Best: Prophet’s Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen October 10, 2019 In this week’s 6 of the Best, we hear from Square in the Air’s Romilly Evans who tells us about which book makes you question everything you ever knew, to the story behind why Romilly backed Miinnehoma to win the 1994 Grand National.Best BookMy bookshelves are worryingly light when it comes to decent novels, but Animal Farm is very manageable for those saddled with shorter attention spans. However, it’s a safe bet others have touched on George Orwell’s unflagging brilliance before. So, let’s go for Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel. I mostly offer this in a naked attempt to make you think I have hidden depths. But the book also does some great digging around the notion of moral luck. It might just pull your preconceptions around to such a degree that you’ll be questioning everything from the value of retributive justice to texting when driving, even socially responsible gaming tools. Not bad for a work published in 1979!Best HolidayNorth Berwick, Scotland. Just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, too. My folks always loved a staycation. So, my brother and I would play 54 holes of golf around the Gullane links most days, before twilight tennis every evening prompted a succession of disputed line calls that taught me everything I know about love, friendship, maddening arguments and unprovoked violence. Stunning sea views, jagged coastlines, Cullen skink, and the constant threat of being kicked to death in a nearby alleyway if you mocked a local for failing to use the cancel-button as a cheat on the pub fruit machine. Salad days.Best AlbumWhile Alan Partridge made a good case for The Best of the Beatles, I beg to differ. Good albums go somewhere meaningful. Greatest-hits compilations, much like a hastily assembled playlist, ultimately leave you stuck on the ring road outside Aylesbury in the middle of winter. Still, if you ever find yourself emotionally marooned there, don the galoshes and wade through High Violet by The National. Booming baritones, coupled to rousing orchestral anthems, first summon the gathering gloom, then shatter it. Particularly if you’re in navel-gazing mood.Best Sporting ExperiencePhil Mickelson winning his first Masters in 2004. I wasn’t there, but you didn’t need to be. After so many near misses at the majors (46 to be exact) and feeding off scraps in the Tiger era, Lefty was destined to wind up a fag paper shy of greatness. Eternally gifted, eternally flawed, eternally carrying my money. We all knew how this disaster-movie ended. Then an unrecognisable Mickelson sprang from Augusta’s azaleas with five birdies to finally shake the major monkey on his back-nine. I must’ve received more texts of congratulations that Sunday night than on any of my birthdays. Even Peter Alliss boldly declaring “it’s not over” after Ph­il drained his winning birdie putt on the 18th couldn’t spoil the moment. The Voice of Golf would never have made it as a data scout.Best Film Seve – The Movie. Too easy. I can’t see anyone disagreeing with that. But any chance to improve DVD sales five years down the line from a fluctuating career in film production. This biopic is a real rags-to-riches tale of fate outstripping adversity. Succeeding against the odds is one thing, doing it in the most cavalier and stylish way is quite another. Nobody did it better than Seve, even if the worldwide box office of this docu-drama begs to differ! The independent film industry is full of people who work hard, set lofty goals and dare to dream. Only to subsequently fall flat on their faces. It’s a valuable life lesson – and one which led me into sports, gaming and betting PR!Best BetMiinnehoma winning the 1994 Grand National. Having ruptured my spleen on holiday in France, I was bedridden for six weeks in an Auvergne hospital, sharing a ward with a family of five other Brits, four of whom had injured themselves in separate accidents! With little more than a copy of L’Équipe and sole possession of the remote control (happily, the family were all hampered by limb-related injuries) to light my way, I happened upon the mount of Richard Dunwoody who gave Miinnehoma an ice-cool ride to finally lift the curse of master trainer Martin Pipe in the world’s greatest horse race. At 16-1 to boot.last_img read more

Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi suspended two games for punch on Avalanche’s Matt Calvert

first_imgThe Department of Player Safety determined that a two-game suspension was fitting due to the nature of unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing, and Bertuzzi’s clean history of conduct. No penalty was given for the punch and Calvert remained in the game. Bertuzzi has nine goals and 16 points this season, which are both tied for the third most on the Red Wings. He will miss their games against division rivals Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi received a two-game suspension for his “unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing” on Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Monday.In a 2-0 loss on Sunday night, Bertuzzi and other Red Wings players grabbed Calvert’s stick while sitting on the bench. Bertuzzi punched Calvert in the head as he was trying to get his stick back. last_img read more

Stephen Curry shoots NBA three-point record in Warriors win

first_imgStephen Curry claimed a record 13 three-pointers in a single game as Golden State Warriors beat New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Monday.The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player had shared the previous record (12) with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.His history-making exploits came three days after the 28-year-old had failed to record a three-pointer in a game for the first time in two years.Curry had previously gone a record 157 games with at least one three-pointer.last_img

Yu Darvish makes a big first impression with his new team

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA >> Legend has it everything is bigger in Texas. After getting their first up-close-and-personal look at Yu Darvish, the Dodgers might believe it.“It’s impressive how big he is,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said after overseeing Darvish’s first bullpen session with his new team Wednesday afternoon. “He is a young man who’s put together very well – a very powerful arm and body. You can look at film all you want to. It’s another thing to see him with your own eyes.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had the same first impression of Darvish, listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds.“He’s more physical (than I expected),” Roberts said. “You see him on TV. You see the No. 11. Obviously he’s got a great presence about him. Then when you get in front of him, yeah, he’s very physical.” Darvish looms very large indeed in the Dodgers’ hopes to make good on their promising regular season with an accompanying World Series title. Their acquisition of the Japanese right-hander has made anything less a potential disappointment – a lot of pressure for the 30-year-old Darvish who also has to arm himself for his own looming free agency.“I try not to think about. Just focus on what I do,” Darvish said through his interpreter, dismissing the topic of pressure quickly.The only concerns Darvish would acknowledge involved a desire to fit in with his new team.“It’s an honor to be here and play for such a good team having such a great season,” he said, following his bullpen session as he met the media for the first time since the trade. “Obviously, this is my first time being traded in the middle of a season so I was worried if I could blend into the clubhouse and everything. But the guys have been great and I feel very comfortable and I’m looking forward to playing for the first time.“You join a new team in the middle of the season and just come in and do whatever you want to do? I don’t want to be that guy. So I’ll do everything I can to be a good teammate because I know it’s important.”center_img At least one teammate was preparing the way for Darvish weeks ago.“At the All-Star Game when I was talking to (Clayton Kershaw), he told me, ‘I’ll be waiting for you in three weeks,’ and it actually happened,” Darvish said. “It’s pretty amazing.”Darvish is scheduled to make his first start for the Dodgers on Friday against the New York Mets.Tipping pointDarvish has not pitched well recently – a 5.81 ERA over his past eight starts, including 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start last week – but Honeycutt said he did not get into that with Darvish during his bullpen session Wednesday. Honeycutt did study some video of Darvish in anticipation of his arrival.“It’s way too early to give a man with his pedigree too much advice right now,” Honeycutt said. “When he gets his pitches to the areas he’s supposed to, he’s still been dominant. He’s just been making maybe a few more mistakes than he has in the past, mainly to the left-handers with some fastballs that maybe have not gotten to the area that he wanted.“But again, when he puts the ball in the zone that he should, makes good pitches, it’s still quality stuff.”There have been reports – acknowledged by Darvish himself – that the right-hander might be compounding his problems by tipping his pitches. Roberts said there have been no discussions with Darvish about that yet. Honeycutt deferred to a higher authority.“I’ll leave that to the expert – Mr. Utley, our team expert – to break him down from that standpoint,” Honeycutt said.Utley is renowned for his abilities in baseball’s dark arts – sign stealing, pitch tipping and the like. He said he was aware of the reports about Darvish.“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “But I don’t necessarily believe everything I read.”Asked if he had done any independent research to see if he could detect something in Darvish’s delivery, Utley smiled and walked away.AlsoDodgers left-hander Rich Hill was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July. Hill was 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, 40 strikeouts and five walks while allowing only 19 hits in 31 innings.Outfielder Brett Eibner’s experiment with pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City never got beyond the stage of throwing in the bullpen and it won’t. Eibner was shut down with a sore arm in June then returned to play some in the outfield earlier this month. He underwent Tommy John surgery this week.last_img read more