It’s that time of year again when Greek Australian Ellen Koutsodimitropoulos together with her family set out to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.For the past seven years they have held fundraisers at the Greek Community of Broadmeadows and Districts hall two weeks before Easter raising much needed funds.“I want to congratulate my local Roxburgh Park resident Ellen Koutsodimitropoulos who has raised nearly $40,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, ‘Every Kid Counts’ through her fundraising efforts,” said Representative for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP. So far, the Koutsodimitropoulos have raised $31,000 for the hospital, and already this year have surpassed $7,000.Ellen, who volunteers at the children’s hospital said she gets to see first-hand the difference these funds make.If you would like to donate, visit https://2017goodfridayappeal.everydayhero.com/au/every-kid-counts Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
It is said that when fate closes one door, it opens another.Thursday night, fate dealt the Kansas City Chiefs a rotten blow when reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes dislocated a kneecap. Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce told ESPN, “His knee didn’t even look like a knee. It was all out of whack. I couldn’t even describe it.”Clearly Mahomes won’t be coming back soon.But wait, was that a knock on the door? Yeah, we get it. Not a week goes by without a Colin Kaepernick …
FOR OPTIMISTS1. A powerful offenseMike Trout and Anthony Rendon are two of just six players in the majors to have produced at least 4.5 WAR in each of the last three years, according to Baseball-Reference. That’s as good a 1-2 punch as any team in the majors. They’ll have Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton with them in the middle of the order. Surround them with David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons and maybe Jo Adell, and the Angels should have no trouble scoring runs.2. A deep bullpenAlthough it’s fair to say that no team can be really confident in how its bullpen will perform over a 60-game sprint of a season, the Angels have reason to believe theirs will be solid. Hansel Robles had a breakout year as a closer last year, and Ty Buttrey and Keynan Middleton have both shown closer stuff throughout their young big league careers. If they perform as expected, and even two of the others — Cam Bedrosian? Jacob Barnes? Ryan Buchter? — are average major league relievers, they can cover a lot of innings and hold a lot of leads.3. Young blood in the rotationOhtani and Griffin Canning weren’t going to be in the rotation at the start of the season as scheduled, but the delay allows both to start the season healthy. Each has about half a season as a big league starter under his belt. Ohtani in 2018 was better than Canning in 2019, but both showed the ability to be pitch in the front half of a rotation.FOR PESSIMISTS1. Rotation question marksJulio Teheran is the only one of the starters who has had multiple full seasons as even an average big league starter, and he’s starting the season on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Although Ohtani and Canning have potential, Ohtani is coming off Tommy John surgery and Canning had recent elbow issues. Dylan Bundy has never lived up to his potential and Andrew Heaney has struggled with injuries and inconsistency.2. Offensive ups and downsSimmons and Upton are both coming off disappointing offensive seasons, with injuries largely to blame. The Angels are planning on both bouncing back, but Simmons is 30 and Upton is 32, so even if they’re healthy they may not be as good at the plate as hoped. Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin both had career years, so it remains to be seen if they can repeat them.3. The competition is toughThe Houston Astros won 107 games last year. The Oakland A’s won 97. The Dodgers won 106. Those three teams will make up nearly half of the Angels’ schedule. They’ll play the Astros and A’s 10 times apiece and the Dodgers six times. The teams in the AL Central will have a softer schedules, and the Angels will be competing with them for the wild card.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Most analysts figure the Angels to be around a .500 team, which normally wouldn’t be quite good enough to make the playoffs but this season could get them a spot in the newly announced 16-team field.“Anything MLB wants to do in regards to making it more interesting right now I’ll take it,” Manager Joe Maddon said a day before the new playoff format was official. “Obviously it enhances your chances as a club to get involved.”Still, though, Maddon isn’t figuring on the Angels to be mediocre and sneak into the playoff field.“Our goal is to win the division,” he said earlier this week. “There’s a possibility, a strong possibility we are going to get to the playoffs. We’re not just going to show up and be fodder for somebody else. We’re here to win. I like our group a lot, not just a little bit.”With that in mind, here are three reasons to be optimistic about the Angels, along with three reasons to be concerned. For months, fans of the Angels and all major league teams simply wanted some kind of baseball season.That season, which at times seemed like it may not happen, is finally here. And although the buildup to this season has been like no other, in some ways it’s now perfectly normal.Questions about the coronavirus will not go away, but now right alongside them are all the usual questions.Will the Angels have enough pitching? Will they avoid injuries? Will they finally get back to the playoffs, putting Mike Trout onto the sport’s biggest stage? Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
He said it is important to have an objective approach and extend equal treatment to all countries when fulfilling the assigned mandate. With regard to High Commissioner Pillay’s reference to the last days of the armed conflict, Prof. Peiris stated that the Sri Lanka military was involved in the largest hostage rescue operation in contemporary history. It is factually known that the LTTE ruthlessly annihilated people trying to escape from their clutches. While noting that Ms. Pillay too had called on Sri Lanka to end military operations, the Minister stated that if Sri Lanka had acceded to that call the present ground realities would have been different as a responsible government steps had to be undertaken to safeguard the Sri Lankan people not heeding to calls of some external elements.The Minister also referred to the High Commissioner’s concern over the inclusion of the police under the newly created Ministry of Law and Order, instead of the Ministry of Justice. He indicated that her stated position is fundamentally unacceptable and does not move in accordance with the established procedures of Sri Lanka. The Minister pointed out that the Police Department has consistently been under the Ministry of Defence and only briefly, 2002-2004, under an Interior Ministry. It has to be noted that most countries too have Police under Ministries other than Justice, and further, he indicated that the creation of the new Ministry of Law and Order under which the Police Department is now placed is in line with a LLRC recommendation. (Colombo Gazette) On the aspect of accountability, the Minister highlighted the action taken by the law enforcement authorities and cited the instances of some members of the Special Task Force having been indicted in relation to the killing of five students in Trincomalee and status of investigations with regard to the Muttur incident involving the ACF workers. He further explained the difficulties encountered in identifying the perpetrators due to the conditions prevailing at the time of incidence, with regard to the ACF case. The Minister informed however that mobile phone evidence is being pursued in this regard, and therefore the case remains open. He drew a parallel with the case of the assassination of the former Foreign Minister late Lakshman Kadirgamar, where conviction has not been possible due to the lack of evidence.Addressing allegations of disappearances, Prof Peiris explained that the Ministry of Justice has formulated a draft amendment to the Penal Code to criminalize enforced disappearances, also formulated amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act in order to give effect to recommendations in the National Human Rights Action Plan. He outlined the difficulties in identifying the missing due to instances involving persons having migrated to other countries holding multiple identities, and those host governments not divulging their details. This fact aggravates the difficulty in compiling correct statistics. It was indicated that the repeated use of baseless and arbitrary figures in respect of disappearances, eventually acquire authenticity in the face of the massive propaganda that is being carried out against the Government of Sri Lanka. The government says there is no culture of impunity in the country and in instances where evidence is available action to conduct legal proceedings have been instituted irrespective of the status of those accused, which include politicians, public officials and officers of the law enforcement agencies.External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris said this when he met visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay at the Ministry of External Affairs today. Minister Peiris reiterated to High Commissioner Pillay Sri Lanka’s firm resolve to work with the United Nations system. However he said that there is a perception in the country about the lack of objectivity and fairness in the treatment meted out to Sri Lanka. The Minister added that Sri Lanka accepts constructive and justified criticism but resents vicious and baseless positions which are incessantly repeated.