Dynamite blast targets La República correspondent in Ayacucho

first_imgNews Follow the news on Peru Help by sharing this information Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable April 1, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned an attack on Elías Navarro Palomino, editor of the weekly Línea Roja and local correspondent of the national daily La República, in which an explosive charge was set off near his home in the southern city of Ayacucho on 30 September. Already the target of death threats and violence in 2003, Navarro has been the subject of harassment again for the past two months.“The initial investigation leaves little doubt that Navarro is under threat because of his work as a journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “We think this attack could have been avoided if the authorities had paid more attention to the previous attempts to intimidate him, which began some time ago. It is imperative that he should be given protection and that the investigation into the explosion should produce results quickly.”The dynamite charge that went off near Navarro’s home in the early hours of 30 September caused minor damage and no injuries. Navarro said the dynamite was left outside a neighbour’s house by mistake. He told the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (a Peruvian press freedom organisation) that he received death threats by telephone in August and September after his weekly reported alleged management irregularities in a local savings and loans cooperative. A note found near the site of the explosion contained similar threats against Navarro.Members of the staff of the cooperative, the Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa María Magdalena, had tried to force their way into the home of Yquique Arica López, the owner of the company that prints Línea Roja, on 8 June. Threats were made against Navarro at the time.Navarro received death threats on 5 March 2003 from a group of coca growers led by Nelson Palomino, whom he suspected of links with drug trafficking. Six weeks later, on 18 April 2003, Navarro, his deputy editor, Edwin Segovia, and Magno Sosa Rojas, the editor of the weekly Horas de Lucha, were attacked by about 10 people during an agro-industry fair. They suspected the same coca growers were behind this attack, which prompted Navarro to request police protection. RSF_en PeruAmericas center_img December 4, 2019 Find out more PeruAmericas October 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dynamite blast targets La República correspondent in Ayacucho News February 10, 2017 Find out more to go further Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Receive email alerts China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reportinglast_img read more

Pride week begins in Hoboken with events; new LGBTQ community liaison…

first_img× HOBOKEN– On Monday, Aug 6 the city kicked off its inaugural Hoboken Pride Week with a flag raising ceremony.At the ceremony, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a new volunteer LGBTQ Community Liaison to the city, Laura Knittel.Knittel will act as a point person with the mayor’s ear who will be able to bring concerns from the LGBTQ to the city and advocate for them on their behalf.Also at the ceremony, Hudson Pride Center CEO Michael Billy presented Mayor Ravi Bhalla with the organization’s Evolution Award.“Our understanding of gender and sexuality are ever evolving, and as we evolve, so must our society and so must our policies and laws,” said Billy. “In a few short months, Bhalla has set the bar high in New Jersey by protecting the dignity of trans and non-binary individuals with his gender-neutral bathroom ordinance. Beyond that, our community is intersectional, and his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, working parents, and the homeless help lift us all up.”Bhalla is the only elected official to have received this award.Bhalla said he was humbled by the award and said he is just “trying to do my part to make life more equitable for members of traditionally marginalized groups.”He said the award is not the end goal. “This award is a motivator. It tells me that we here in Hoboken are on the right track in bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”Hoboken Pride Week is part of the first-ever Hudson Pride Month, with events happening across Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne throughout the month of August.Pride events Hoboken events are scheduled throughout the week.On Tuesday Aug 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hoboken University Medical Center will host an Every Woman Wellness Event where members of the lesbian, bisexual, cis, and trans community can get free yearly medical exams, safe sex resources, and more.On Thursday there will be a LGBTQ networking mixer from 7 to 9 p.m. at Giannone Wine & Liquor a $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going to Hudson Pride Center.On Saturday there will be a Foam N’Glow Dance Party at Sinatra Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.the dance party will feature live music and foam cannons with a live performance by Felipe Rose one of the founding members of the village people.Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.For more information, see this coming weekend’s story in the Jersey City Reporter (hudsonreporter.com) or visit https://jerseycitypride.com/upcoming-pride-events/.last_img read more

News story: Lord Duncan holds financial services roundtable

first_imgLord Duncan updated the group on the UK Government’s Chequers position, and confirming that we are seeking a financial services regulatory and stability arrangement. This will provide stability for the EU-UK financial ecosystem, preserving mutually beneficial cross-border business models and economic integration.The UK Government’s negotiating position is critical to Scotland’s future. That is why the course agreed at Chequers was one intended to enhance our prosperity and security outside the EU and build a country that works for everyone. UK Government Minister Lord Duncan has met leading figures in finance, investment and Fintech to discuss a range of issues affecting financial services companies and organisations in Scotland and the UK.The meeting in Glasgow included representatives from the Bank of England, Scottish Financial Enterprise and the Financial Conduct Authority. They discussed the opportunities arising from the UK’s departure from the European Union, the differences between the Scottish and UK economy, as well as the UK Government’s support for the FinTech sector.Lord Duncan said: It’s well known that Scotland’s financial sector punches above its weight. We have internationally renowned firms, cutting edge technology and some of the brightest minds in the business. That’s why it is so important that I hear directly from representatives from these businesses in order to hear directly what their concerns are, and where they see areas of development as we leave the EU. Fintech is an area that I’m keen to hear more about – and something that the UK Government is fully behind. Earlier this year the UK Government published the Fintech Sector Strategy, which outlined how the government would act to make the UK the best place to start and grow a Fintech business and looked at areas where we could help remove barriers to entry and growth faced by these firms. I was pleased to welcome Stephen Ingledew, the Chief Executive of FinTech Scotland which is an example of the benefits of collaboration between the government and the private sector. It’s really important that the UK Government, Scottish Government and organisations such as those represented today work closely together for the benefit of the sector. During a speech last month the Chancellor said that we are standing on the brink of a technological revolution – with leaps and bounds being made in AI, robotics, biotech, Fintech, and a whole lot more. We need to capitalise on this and be ambitious in our development – working with other leaders to share knowledge and expertise. We have Fintech Bridges with Singapore, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Australia, which builds on collaboration between us and those countries – enhancing bilateral trade and investment flow. It is obvious that there is a bright future and a wealth of opportunities for these companies and the whole sector, and I look forward to discussing them in more detail.last_img read more

Bonnaroo Brilliantly Continues With Day Two Performances From LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, And More

first_imgThe early portion of Friday’s schedule was jam-packed with emerging talent. So many up-and-coming artists were given the opportunity to strut their stuff to open the first full day of the festival, and they all introduced themselves to the rabid Bonnaroo crowds with high energy performances.First up, Nashville local Rayland Baxter brought his chill vibes to the This Tent. Baxtee talked of attending the festival countless times while growing up, and he certainly seemed to know how to push the right buttons. Baxter brought his Paul Simon-esque vocals, tight band with great musicianship, and electrifying guitar solos for what amounted to an impressive debut performance at Bonnaroo.Next up, Athens, Georgia outfit Mothers played the Who Stage, delivering a crisp set that showcased their experimental indie-rock sound.Allen Stone was the the perfect act to open the huge What Stage. His 70’s funk/r&b/pop/soul vibe came with a super tight band and a noticeably happy front man in Stone, who spent most of the performance grinning widely.Rising saxophone master Kamasi Washington performed an incredible set of jazz fusion with hip hop elements, including a DJ who was scratching along with the band. Focusing on funky R&B-tinged improvisation, Washington and his band were met with a huge reception from the packed This Tent crowd. In a cool family moment, Kamasi brought out his father, jazz musican Rickey Washington, to jam with the band.After a surprise performance on the small Kaliope stage Thursday Night, GRiZ brought his brand of funky electronic music to one of the main stages. He was met with a humongous crowd that was excited to keep the party going from the night before, and the energy was palpable, even as fans were dealing with the heavy sun exposure provided by the Which Stage.Flosstradamus then threw it down on the That Tent, with a high-octane electronic duo perfectly setting the stage for a night filled with high profile, dance-based acts.The reunited LCD Soundsystem were Friday’s headliner. New to being top level headliners, the Brooklyn dance/punk band certainly felt worthy of their lofty spot on the bill, as they whipped the crowd into a complete frenzy for a 100 minute performance filled with extended, almost-jammed-out versions of songs from across their diverse catalog.The band opened with a powerful quartet of LCD classics in “Us V. Them”, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”, “I Can Change”, and “Get Innocuous”, followed by a run through deep cuts like “You Wanted a Hit,” “Tribulations,” and “Yeah (crass version)”. Frontman James Murphy addressed the crowd several times, mentioning his fond memories of their 2010 late night performance, and how happy the band was to be at Bonnaroo.LCD began the final potion of their set with back-to-back introspective masterpieces in the funky “Losing My Edge” and the emotional “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Finally, the familiar drum intro to “Dance Yrself Clean” started up, and the crowd went absolutely wild when the beat dropped, with an ocean of glowsticks rising into the Tennessee sky, followed by fireworks synced up with the end of the song. The band performed an epic “All My Friends” finale that had the die-hards screaming along with every lyric.Tame Impala performed a much anticipated Late Night performance, which unfortunately fell a little flat. The vibe of the open field Which Tent didn’t seem to properly capture the energy of the Australian band’s performance. Combined that with the band only performing 90 minutes when they were advertised for 120, and the set left a lot of fans scratching their heads. The playing, however, was excellent, as the band featured a mix of songs from throughout their career and executed them flawlessly.After a huge day on Friday, all eyes turn to Saturday’s headlining performance from Pearl Jam, an exciting performance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and the highly anticipated tribute to Tennessee at tonight’s Superjam featuring Kamasi Washington, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno and The Shady Horns, and more.Enjoy these photos, courtesy of Rex Thomson: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Tournament honors Valero, raises money for charity

first_imgNotre Dame and Keenan Hall lost a member of their collective family when junior Sean Valero died last March. But Keenan residents honored his memory by playing in the Sean Valero Memorial Basketball Tournament on April 14. Juniors Ryan Dunbar, Gabe DeVela, Preston Scott and Stephen Schwaner started the tournament last year as a new event that would benefit charitable organizations. The event also took on the role of commemorating Valero’s life. “Last year, my roommates and I decided to organize a charity basketball tournament and started to get a list of charities compiled,” Dunbar said. “During that process, Sean died, and so we made one of the options for the guys to donate to a memorial for Sean.” Dunbar said the overwhelming response from the Keenan community supported contributing the tournament’s earnings to a memorial fund for Valero, whose memory is also commemorated in the hall itself with a large crucifix and plaque on the third floor. This year, the tournament featured sixteen teams of two Keenan residents each, but Dunbar said participation could be expanded for next year’s tournament. “Next year, we are passing the tournament on to some new people, and whoever does will be asked what they are looking to improve about the tournament,” Dunbar said. “Maybe expanding it to nearby dorms, or making a co-ed division with Keenan guys and some other girls’ dorms.” Sophomores Sean Healey and Jeremy Riche won the tournament for the second year in a row. Riche said their team formed out of their existing friendship. “He was my partner last year and in my section and we were good friends at the time,” Riche said. “So we went along with it [this year], we’re friends and I wanted to play with him.” Riche said he and Healey originally entered the tournament just for fun. However, he said the tournament’s charitable nature was a reason to participate as well. The duo plans to enter the tournament again next year to defend their championship once again. “As long as we’re around and as long as the tournament is around, we’ll be entering and looking to win,” he said. This year, Keenan Hall raised $200 for La Casa de Amistad, a South Bend non-profit organization that strives “to provide the Latino [and] Hispanic community within Michiana by providing educational, cultural and advocacy services in a welcoming bilingual environment,” according to its website.last_img read more

NYC Man DWI in Hit-and-run That Killed 3, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Queens man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into another car that burst into flames, killing three over the weekend in a Bay Shore hit-and-run crash, authorities said.O’Neil Sharpe, of Springfield Gardens, was apprehended in Rockville Centre and charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.Troopers said Sharpe was driving his BMW westbound on the Southern State Parkway when he rear-ended a Toyota near exit 41 for Bay Shore Road at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe fled the scene but was found at the home of the registered owner of the BMW he was driving. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Baxter says cell-based H5N1 vaccine did well in trial

first_imgJun 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A pharmaceutical company is reporting good results in the first clinical trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine that uses a whole, killed H5N1 virus grown in cell culture—a combination of techniques that entails some risk but may boost immune response and shorten production time.Low doses of the vaccine, made by Baxter Bioscience, generated immune responses against the vaccine strain of H5N1 in most volunteers and also induced responses against two other H5N1 strains in many of them, according to a report published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Formulations without an adjuvant (immune-boosting chemical) yielded the best responses, and the vaccine caused few side effects.Most H5N1 vaccines tested so far have been produced by the conventional method of growing a genetically modified virus in chicken eggs, which takes several months. The Baxter vaccine was grown in Vero cell cultures, a method said to offer increased speed and flexibility.In addition, Baxter took the unusual step of using a whole, “wild-type” (but inactivated) H5N1 virus in the vaccine, instead of a genetically modified, weakened version. Some evidence suggests that whole-virus vaccines against novel flu strains may be more immunogenic than split-virus or subunit vaccines, and producing them takes fewer steps, according to the authors.However, growing large amounts of a wild-type H5N1 virus poses a risk that the virus might somehow escape and trigger devastating outbreaks in poultry. Consequently, Baxter had to build a high-security (biosafety level 3) facility to grow the virus.The vaccine, called Celvapan, is made in a cell-culture system in Bohumil, Czech Republic, Baxter officials said in a Jun 11 news release. “Baxter’s Vero cell manufacturing process is more rapid due to its ability to use a ‘native’ virus that does not need to be modified to allow growth in chicken eggs, therefore accelerating vaccine production,” the company said.The vaccine uses a clade 1 strain of H5N1 virus that was isolated in Vietnam in 2004, known as A/Vietnam/1203/2004.Six formulations testedThe researchers, led by Hartmut J. Ehrlich, MD, and Noel Barrett, both of Baxter, recruited 284 adults (aged 18 to 45) for the double-blind trial, conducted at one site in Austria and two in Singapore. The volunteers were randomly assigned to receive one of six vaccine formulations: 3.75, 7.5, 15, or 30 micrograms (mcg) with an alum adjuvant, or 7.5 or 15 mcg with no adjuvant. Each volunteer received two doses, 21 days apart.The team assessed immune responses primarily by measuring neutralizing antibodies, defining seroconversion as at least a fourfold increase in antibody titer 21 days after the first and second doses. The scientists assessed antibody reactions not only to the vaccine strain, but also to a 2005 clade 2 strain from Indonesia and a 1997 clade 3 strain from Hong Kong.The highest rates of seroconversion were seen in volunteers who received the vaccine without adjuvant: 69.0% with the 7.5-mcg dose and 68.3% with the 15-mcg dose (after two doses). Similarly, those who received nonadjuvanted vaccine had the highest rates of immune response as defined by a virus neutralization titer of 1:20 or more. With the 7.5-mcg dose the rates were 40.5% after one dose and 76.2% after two doses; with the 15-mcg dose the corresponding rates were 39.5% and 70.7%.The formulations without adjuvant also generated high rates of cross-reactivity against the clade 3 virus, as 76.2% of the 7.5-mcg group and 78.0% of the 15-mcg group had a neutralizing antibody titer of 1:20 or more after two doses. Cross-reactivity against the clade 2 strain was lower: 45.2% at 7.5 mcg and 36.6% at 15 mcg. Statistical analysis showed that the no-adjuvant doses induced significantly higher immune responses to both the vaccine strain and the other two strains than the adjuvanted versions did.The vaccine had a safety profile like that of H5N1 subunit vaccines described previously, the authors report. The most common reaction at the injection site was pain (9% to 27% of volunteers, depending on the formulation), and the most common systemic reaction was headache (6% to 31% of vaccinees). Fever occurred in only 2% to 7%.The results, the authors conclude, show “that a broadly reactive immune response to clade 2 and clade 3 of H5N1 virus can be obtained with the use of a low-dose clade 1 vaccine without adjuvant.” Because the 7.5-mcg formulation without adjuvant yielded the best immune response, Baxter has chosen it for further development, they add.Cell culture’s debut hailedIn an accompanying perspective article in NEJM, Peter F. Wright, MD, cites the introduction of a cell-culture–derived flu vaccine as perhaps the most important innovation represented by the Baxter report. Conventional egg-based technology requires decisions in February concerning the next season’s vaccine strains, he notes. But with cell-culture vaccines, “this schedule could be altered to permit incorporation of late-emerging threats.”A graphic accompanying Wright’s commentary indicates that cell-culture technology would permit mass production of a vaccine within 12 weeks from the time a pandemic flu virus is identified, versus 22 weeks for egg-based technology.Wright, a professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H., also cites the possibility that using whole virus to make the vaccine resulted in higher immunogenicity. This would be consistent with trial results for the swine influenza vaccine created in 1976. But it is not safe to assume that the Baxter vaccine is more immunogenic than the US-licensed H5N1 vaccine—a subvirion vaccine—because different immunogenicity assays were used for the two products, he adds. Further, the whole-virus vaccines in 1976 triggered the strongest side effects in children, so the new vaccine may have a different safety profile in children than in adults.Wright also says the report raises the question whether large-scale production of vaccine from a wild-type H5N1 virus would be safe. The experience in using wild-type poliovirus to make vaccines is reassuring, he writes, adding that the closed systems used to protect vaccines’ sterility “greatly limit the opportunities for spread.”Pros and cons of whole-virus vaccinesJohn Treanor, MD, who conducts viral vaccine research at the University of Rochester in New York, called the Baxter report “intensely interesting” on multiple counts, including the use of a whole, wild-type virus and cell culture production. Treanor is a professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology.Commenting by e-mail, he said the question of whole-virus versus subunit vaccines has raised an “intriguing discussion.” Some data suggest that whole-virus vaccines yield better immune responses than subunit vaccines do in hosts with no previous exposure to the virus (as in a pandemic), which makes some intuitive sense, he said. However, this advantage doesn’t hold true with seasonal flu viruses, and there is good evidence that whole-virus vaccines cause more side effects in young children.Whole-virus vaccines might be easier to make, because they require fewer steps, Treanor said. “On the other hand, most of the current manufacturers don’t make whole-virion vaccines, so they would have to significantly change their current process to go back to a whole-virion approach,” he added. Given the pros and cons, it’s hard to say which approach is better, he said.”Then the really interesting thing that Baxter has done is to use the wild-type cleavage sequence,” Treanor added. He explained that H5 viruses are highly pathogenic in birds because their hemagglutinin (HA) surface protein can be cleaved easily by proteases founds in all bird tissues, permitting the virus to bind to and enter cells. “Viruses that have a highly cleaveable HA must be handled under high containment because of the risk that the virus might escape and cause outbreaks of lethal influenza in chickens—an agricultural nightmare,” he said.The standard approach is to use reverse genetics to replace the amino acid sequence at the HA cleavage site with a sequence from a less pathogenic H5 virus, Treanor said. He added that he’s not sure why Baxter chose to use the wild-type sequence, but this approach eliminates the need to use reverse genetics, “and since that requires licensing, maybe that is what they’re trying to avoid.”Still a long way to go Another infectious-disease expert, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, welcomed the findings but cautioned that the world is still a long way from having the practical capability to quickly make an effective vaccine in large enough quantities to protect most people in the event of a pandemic.”I think it’s an important step forward in that we’re now reporting results from cell culture, but the pandemic clock is ticking, and there remains considerable confusion about what the different serologic results mean in terms of human protection,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.He called Wright’s commentary a thoughtful analysis of the state of flu vaccine research, but said, “His comments . . . fail to take into account the supply and manufacturing facility requirements to make vaccines for the next pandemic. Even if we had a vaccine today that was an ideal candidate for use in the next pandemic, the international capacity to make vaccines, package them, and provide all of the syringes, needles, and other vaccine support materials for a worldwide campaign are extremely limited.”For example, he said it now takes up to 3 years or even longer for the delivery and installation of equipment to bottle and fill vaccinesBaxter’s news release said the European Medicines Agency accepted the company’s vaccine for licensing review earlier this year. The statement also said a federally supported trial of the product is under way in the United States.Ehrlich HJ, Muller M, Oh HML, et al. A clinical trial of a whole-virus H5N1 vaccine derived from cell culture. N Eng J Med 2008 Jun 12;358(24):2573-84 [Full text]See also: Jun 11 Baxter news releaseNovember 2007 CIDRAP News special report: “The pandemic vaccine puzzle, part 6: Looking to novel vaccine technologies”last_img read more

It’s Almost May

first_imgBelieve it or not, this is our last article in April for Huddle Up.  Next Monday is the beginning of May already.  That means two of the largest sporting events of the year are coming up.Next weekend is the Kentucky Derby which draws an unbelievable number of people for a horse race.  It has been called “the greatest 2 minutes in sports” by track announcers.Of course, here in Indiana the month of May means the Indianapolis 500.  It is known as the “greatest spectacle in racing”!  You have two “greats” that are an easy driving distance from Batesville and the surrounding area.  I hope you are able to see both of these events at least once in your lifetime.  I have seen the 500, but I have not made it to the Kentucky Derby yet.last_img read more

Nigeria places 30th as 2013 IAAF World Youth Championship ends

first_imgTeam Nigeria’s only medal hope in the boys 200m, Ejowokoghene Divine Oduduru Sunday finished sixth to take the country to the 30th position on the placing table, as the 8th IAAF World Youth Championship ended in Donetsk, Ukraine.Oduduru, who injured himself in the race, returned a time of 21.37 seconds. Having been admitted in the IAAF Medical centre soon after the race, he was replaced in the boys medley relay event, where Nigeria finished 7th.Jamaican Michael O’Hara won the 200m in 20.63 seconds, while Brazil’s Victor Hugo Dos Santos and Cuba’s Reynier Mena were second and third respectively.Oduduru’s sixth place finish, moved Team Nigeria from 39th position to 30th. The country finished 5ft in the girls 400m and 8th in the boys’ 110m hurdles.Though no medals were won, Team Nigeria was able to reach four finals as against the three finals at the last edition in France.Top athletics countries such as Bahamas, Colombia, Belgium, Canada and The Netherlands occupied between the 43rd and 52nd positions at the close of events yesterday. Jamaica with six gold and two bronze medals was top on the table, followed by Kenya (four gold, three silver and four bronze.Australia and Ethiopia had three gold medals, while the United States finished with two gold medals. Hosts, Ukraine had one gold.last_img read more

West Palm Beach to Celebrate Nationals’ World Series at Clematis by Night

first_imgThe World Series national champions, the Washington Nationals, are back in West Palm Beach for the next five weeks for spring training.But first, the Nationals will celebrate October’s championship with the city of West Palm Beach.Tonight, the city will hold a parade and rally for the champs as part of the weekly “Clematis by Night” event.The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at the 500 block of Clematis Street and will finish at the Waterfront Commons. The event, which runs until 9 p.m., will feature appearances from players and a performance by the Valerie Tyson Band. The first 100 fans will receive free “swag” from the Nationals.Led by star pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, Washington begins its title defense after topping the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game World Series last season. The Nationals, who share the West Palm Beach spring training facility with the Astros, began full-squad workouts began on Tuesday.Washington plays its first spring training game on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. versus Houston at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. One day later, the Nationals will play the first of seven spring training contests against the Miami Marlins, who train 12 miles north at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium. First pitch for Sunday’s split-squad match-up is slated for 1:05 p.m. at RDS.last_img read more