Indianapolis, In. — The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) recently recognized the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) with a Visual Arts Award for their Real ID promotional logo. The logo asks the question, “Will Your License Fly?” and serves as a reminder for Hoosiers to upgrade to a Real ID by October 2020.A Real ID is indicated by a star in the upper-right corner of a license, permit or ID and meets security standards passed by federal legislation in 2005. As of October 1, 2020, anyone who does not have a Real ID-compliant license, permit or ID will not be able to board any domestic commercial airplane without a passport. Also, individuals without a Real ID cannot currently enter military bases and some federal facilities.To obtain a Real ID-compliant credential, applicants must bring documents to any BMV branch to prove their identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency. Detailed information pertaining to Real ID and the documents required to upgrade can be found at REALID.in.gov.The BMV also received three service awards from AAMVA. The awards recognize projects and services conducted in 2017 to benefit Hoosiers and the motor vehicle and law enforcement communities.A Regional and International Community Service Award for an agency-wide food drive conducted in 2017. The food drive donated nearly 24,000 items to community food pantries throughout the state.A Regional and International Service Award for Innovative Use of Technology. The BMV received this award for their initiative to bring a BMV Connect center to Fort Wayne’s Pine Valley Branch.A Regional Excellence in Government Partnership Award for the agency’s role in the development of the Indiana Coalition on Automated Vehicles.AAMVA is a non-profit organization developing model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement, and highway safety. Their awards program fosters a tradition of excellence in the motor vehicle and law enforcement community by honoring individuals, teams, and organizations who have committed their time and resources to safety initiatives, outstanding customer service, and public affairs and consumer educational programs throughout North America.
Few members of the bullpen, Treinen included, have met the standard they established last campaign. The A’s have already lost six games they led after seven innings this year, up from just one last season. They have three high-usage relievers with ERAs over 4.00: Treinen, Trivino and Joakim Soria.Their lack of deadline trade activity for bullpen help, then, was somewhat surprising. Last week, they acquired left-hander Jake Diekman, but on Wednesday they were unable to secure another deal for a late-inning option. They did, however, add starter Tanner Roark from the Reds.”We had further conversation about bullpen pieces (before the deadline),” general manager David Forst said. “Just didn’t work out.”MORE: Here’s how to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ an MLB whiparound show, free on DAZNThe past couple of weeks have bared Oakland’s potential vulnerability amid a tight American League wild-card race. Even Liam Hendriks, its most counted-on reliever, has blown three saves in his past four appearances.A’s record last year when tied after seven: 16-8.This year: 8-6.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) July 31, 2019In-house reinforcements should be coming: Top prospect A.J. Puk and right-hander Jharel Cotton are among those expected to join the bullpen soon. Diekman brings prolific strikeout numbers to the team. Plus, acquiring Roark from the Reds and starter Homer Bailey from the Royals may decrease the reliance on relievers. Left-hander Sean Manea may return from injury to join the rotation this month, as well.The A’s have expressed confidence that their recent adjustments are enough. Designated hitter Khris Davis said Sunday that “we’re going to the playoffs this year” and first baseman Matt Olson said Tuesday that Davis’ declaration reflected the entire clubhouse’s thinking.But Oakland’s limited July additions will likely make improvements by Treinen, Trivino and Soria even more vital to the A’s wild-card hopes.Trivino and Soria are still trending the wrong way. Trivino posted a 5.00 in July and Soria wasn’t much better at 4.76. Treinen, however, is beginning to regain Melvin’s trust behind six straight outings without an earned run allowed.Last Thursday, while on the verge of allowing a big inning after giving up a single and walk to the Rangers, Treinen regrouped with a strikeout and popout. Such a mid-inning recovery has been rare this year.”Couldn’t find the strike zone for a little bit, but then got into his rhythm,” Melvin said. “His velo picked up, his movement picked up. So we’ve seen some spurts where he’s throwing the ball really well, and hopefully he’ll continue getting better.” Treinen getting anywhere near his 0.78 ERA from 2018 would obviously be a huge gain for Oakland, as would upticks from his fellow relievers.Whether the combination of internal improvements and outside additions makes the bullpen elite again will be one of the defining questions of the coming months. Hours after the deadline, at least, the organization was optimistic.“We’re very happy with all of our acquisitions from the past couple of weeks,” Forst said. “It was kind of what we hoped to accomplish here.” OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s bullpen held up well last season when manager Bob Melvin pushed its depth and stamina, but this year, the team’s relievers have repeatedly floundered when asked to preserve leads.Oakland built its 2019 roster around the expectation that the group, led by closer Blake Treinen and setup man Lou Trivino, would again be a strength. It limited investment in starting pitching, instead banking on its relievers to come in as early as the fifth inning and shut down opponents the rest of the way. The gamble has not yielded anticipated results.
Tyronn Lue is returning to the NBA. The Clippers are hiring Lue as the team’s top assistant coach under Doc Rivers, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Lue previously worked on Rivers’ staff with the Celtics from 2011-13 and with Los Angeles in 2013-14. The New York Times reported last week the sides were close to an agreement.Former Cavaliers championship coach Ty Lue has agreed on deal to join the Los Angeles Clippers as the top assistant coach on Doc Rivers’ staff, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 21, 2019Lue will be joining a team with high expectations heading into 2019-20. The Clippers retooled their roster this offseason as they signed star Kawhi Leonard in free agency and acquired Paul George in a blockbuster trade with the Thunder. Related News Clippers, Steve Ballmer unveil plan for potential multi-billion dollar, privately funded arena Kawhi Leonard says he was ‘very close’ to choosing Lakers, Raptors over Clippers NBA free agency news: Patrick Patterson signs 1-year deal with Clippers “I grew up a Clippers fan,” Leonard said during his introductory press conference. “I loved the Clippers as a kid. With Doc (Rivers) being a championship head coach, that is something I wanted, an experienced coach. And the front office is very transparent with me. They want to win. It’s an opportunity for us to build our own (thing) and make history.”Lue has been out of the league since he was fired by the Cavaliers in early October after an 0-6 start to the season. He registered a 128-83 record and won a championship during his time as Cleveland’s head coach. Lue was reportedly close to joining the Lakers as their head coach and reuniting with LeBron James this summer. But, those negotiations fell apart and the Lakers eventually hired Frank Vogel.
For Obama, this will be his last tour to Asia as he isFor Obama, this will be his last tour to Asia as he is set to relinquish after two terms. But his meeting with Xi is taking place in the backdrop of July verdict of the South China Sea and Washingtons stand that the judgement, though rejected by China, is legal and to be implemented.Chinas claim over almost all of SCS is contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.They enjoy the backing of the US.Beijing is emphasising that Washington shouldpeg down tensions over the SCS and is also trying to persuade the US not to go ahead with its plans to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in South Korea as it considers them a security risk in view of their radars powerful ability to monitor deep into China.The tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands in the East Chinas Sea and Beijings ire over Tokyo wading into the SCS besides their strategic competition around the world remained a source of friction reflecting in Xi, Abe meetings.Xi will also be meeting new British Prime Minister May but again China is very upset about her governments move to halt theUSD 24 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant agreed to by her predecessor David Cameron.Reports from London said the May government explained thedelay saying that it needed time to consider all components of the deal. But speculation is rife that concerns over Chinese investments was at the heart of the reassessment.advertisementFor its part, the Chinese official media has been saying that the focus of the G20 summit will serve as a vital platform for reversing the trend of trade protectionism and giving new impetus to global trade growth.The G20 summit comes at a time when the growth of global trade is lower than that of the global gross domestic product (GDP), which is “indeed rare”, Zhang Yuyan, director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Xinhua news agency.Protectionism, as it often does at times of sluggish economic growth, is on the rise.The World Trade Organisation (WTO) in June this year urged the G20 economies to dismantle anti-trade measures, 1,583 of which have been erected at an all-time-high pace, while just 387 have been removed since 2008, a Xinhua commentary said.Since taking the rotating G20 presidency at the end of last year, China has done “considerable amount of work,” Zhang said, citing the initiation of the G20 trade and investment working group and the institutionalisation of the G20 trade ministers meeting.These efforts are believed to be a good beginning for the upcoming summit, he said.The G-20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US and the European Union. PTI KJVPMS AKJ PMS