Dodgers’ Brett Anderson brings the rain, Giants bring the pain in 4-0 win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN FRANCISCO >> This whole thing about Brett Anderson pitching in the rain is only funny when the Dodgers are winning. That doesn’t happen at AT&T Park anymore, though Anderson had a few jokes waiting after the Dodgers’ 4-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.“If there’s a drought somewhere, send me there for a couple days,” he said. “Mojave, Sahara, wherever — L.A.”It’s at least an interesting coincidence. On May 8 in Colorado, Anderson was credited with a complete-game victory when the game was called in a heavy downpour after five innings. In his next start on May 14, Anderson’s outing ended when Dodger Stadium experienced its first in-game rain delay since 2008. The most drought-resistant organism on the planet, Anderson made it through a couple of dry innings at AT&T Park on Wednesday before the rain began again — first as a light mist, then something too heavy to be classified as fog.“The rain was slightly less than the last two times I pitched,” Anderson said. “I’ll take that. It’s baby steps to normal circumstances.”Turns out Anderson pitches pretty well in the rain. He didn’t allow a run for five innings until Brandon Crawford dumped an RBI single a few feet in front of a diving Alex Guerrero in left field. The way the Dodgers have been scoring lately, one run is enough to beat them.San Francisco tacked on three more runs anyway, dealing the Dodgers their second consecutive shutout defeat. The Giants have won all five of their home games against the Dodgers this season and will try to make it six at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.center_img The cause of the current curse is unclear. Is it the venue, or veteran right-handers named Tim? The Dodgers had few chances to score against Tim Hudson on Tuesday; they had a couple against Tim Lincecum on Wednesday.Yasmani Grandal doubled to lead off the fifth inning and went to third base on a wild pitch. Lincecum came back to retire Andre Ethier on a softly hit ground ball, a foul pop-up by Juan Uribe and a groundout by Joc Pederson.In the seventh inning, Grandal sent a fly ball to the top of the fence in left-center field. Angel Pagan brought it down with a leaping catch at the end of a long run.In the eighth inning, Buster Posey caught a foul pop-up by Pederson with his abdomen arched over the railing of the Dodgers’ dugout.Lincecum, the resurgent right-hander, allowed three hits in seven shutout innings. He hasn’t allowed a run at AT&T Park in his last 22 innings. The Dodgers haven’t scored in their last 22.Maybe the curse goes beyond one man or one park.“It’s a pitcher’s park,” Grandal said. The Giants’ pitchers, he added, “are very smart. Lincecum has two Cy Youngs for a reason.”The Dodgers are 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position in the series, but manager Don Mattingly said the stat doesn’t bother him.“We’ve got a group that’s pretty solid as far as coming ready to play, staying even,” he said. “They’ve been through these stretches before. We just need a couple big hits.”The Dodgers got a couple in the eighth inning.A single by Justin Turner and a double by Howie Kendrick against Giants reliever Jean Machi gave the Dodgers runners at second and third with two outs. With the left-handed swinging Adrian Gonzalez due up, Giants manager Bruce Bochy tapped his bullpen again for southpaw Javier Lopez. Gonzalez, who is tied for third in the National League in RBIs, grounded out to end the inning.Anderson was charged with three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings; one scored when Yimi Garcia inherited a runner in the seventh inning and allowed a home run to Buster Posey. Anderson walked three batters and struck out seven. Like Carlos Frias the day before, it was enough to win on most nights. The Dodgers and the state of California are both in a drought, but one man can only do so much. Did you know…The Dodgers have been shut out in back-to-back games and haven’t scored in their last 22 innings. The last time that happened? June 25-27, when they lost three consecutive games without scoring a run — to the Giants, in San Francisco.last_img read more

Half-time: Leicester 1 Chelsea 0

first_imgMarc Albrighton’s strike in first-half injury time put Leicester ahead against an out-of-sorts Chelsea.The Blues, who need two wins to be sure of the Premier League title, barely threatened, with Didier Drogba squandering their best opening.And the Foxes took the lead when Albrighton sidefooted home from close range after great work by Jamie Vardy on the left flank.Both sides looked lively in the final third but it was Leicester who settled first and were sharper in the midfield battle.Vardy’s pace caused problems to Chelsea’s back four from the start and Vardy’s fellow striker Leo Ulloa then miscontrolled when he would have been through on goal.But Chelsea then began to threaten, mainly through the pace of Willian and Eden Hazard.The pair combined to tee up Drogba who shot well wide, while Cesc Fabregas opted to cross rather than shoot after more fine work by Hazard.But it was Leicester who went ahead when Albrighton calmly shot home.The Foxes, who have won four in a row to climb out of the relegation zone, suffered a double first-half injury blow, with midfielder Andy King and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth both having to come off.Drogba started up front, with Diego Costa once again left out of the squad, while Petr Cech is in goal with Thibaut Courtois left on the bench. Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Hammond, James, Mahrez, Wood, Kramarić. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Oscar, Cuadrado. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA pushes for energy-efficient industry

first_img23 November 2011 “We all know that an economy cannot grow without energy, but that does not mean inefficient use of energy,” the Department of Energy’s Ompie Aphane said at the official launch of South Africa’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project. “It is clear that we cannot continue on a wasteful path as we have been on,” Aphane, the department’s deputy director-general for electricity, nuclear and clean energy, said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The project, first introduced following the rolling energy blackouts in the country in 2008, is a collaboration between the Departments of Energy and Trade and Industry, the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and the UK Department for International Development. It seeks to provide a framework for businesses to follow in becoming energy-efficient, with focus so far on the agro-processing, chemicals and liquid fuels, metals processing, and engineering sectors. The Department of Energy’s executive director, Tshenge Demana, said industrial energy efficiency could be a significant contributor to climate change mitigation. At the same time, he said, the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project had already demonstrated the importance of energy efficiency to industrial competitiveness. “Energy-intensity reductions, in the manufacturing sector especially, lead to superior productivity and therefore contribute positively to national industrial competitiveness,” Demana said. Over the past few years, energy costs have become an increasingly significant portion of total production costs for South Africa’s manufacturing sector. Demana said that, in order for the industry to achieve better ratios of energy intensity to production, change was necessary. Industrial Energy Efficiency National Project Manager Gerswynn McKuur said the project had created an enabling policy framework, a framework of measurement standards, codes of conduct, and other support measures to industry implement energy efficiency measures. “The project has been on-going for the past 18 months,” McKuur explained, adding that over 900 people have been skilled in the project’s energy management system, while seven large companies had been recruited to implement energy management systems within their operations. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Female refugees face particular problems

first_imgThe particular issues and challenges of female refugees were the focus of a Women’s Month event at the Joburg Metro Centre that included the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (Cormsa), the Department of Home Affairs, and the city of Johannesburg.Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan said the winds of change had brought economic emancipation. “The African consumer market is of great interest to investors and Africa is still the great untold story. We want, as women, an Africa that is peaceful, prosperous and celebrates diversity. This is the birthplace of humankind… We are underrepresented in all spheres, political, social and economic. We must empower women.” (Image: DHA)Melissa Jane-CookAugust is Women’s Month in South Africa and discussions, events and celebrations are held throughout the month. South Africans should “support social cohesion, move the agenda for women forward, encourage social economic empowerment and eliminate violence against women and children”, said Nonceba Molwele, Joburg’s mayoral committee member for health and social development, speaking at the event on 25 August.Cormsa executive director Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane brought attention to migrant issues and migrant rights. “We need to highlight women. Woman all over the world face challenges and struggles, but in a foreign land it is even worse. There are issues that need to be addressed, what it means to be a human being and how in a foreign land the conditions are not always favourable for women to thrive.”Frequently, these were family issues that could not be resolved. Migrant and refugee women who turned to the police were often ridiculed and not offered help. “There is great discrimination that women and children face,” said Shange-Buthane.Cormsa, a non-profit organisation, promotes and protects the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and international migrants. Members include legal practitioners, research units, and refugee and migrant communities. In meeting its mandate, it develops working relationships with service providers, government departments and other stakeholders.Home Affairs Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan said the winds of change had brought economic emancipation. “The African consumer market is of great interest to investors and Africa is still the great untold story. We want, as women, an Africa that is peaceful, prosperous and celebrates diversity. This is the birthplace of humankind… We are underrepresented in all spheres, political, social and economic. We must empower women.”Her department had a key role to play in the safety and security of South Africa and its citizens. “It contributes directly to three of the 12 national outcomes – that all people in South Africa should feel and be safe, that our country should have a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path, and that we need to develop an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship.”The management of refugees, legal services and the front office improvement project, her specific areas of responsibility, were all linked to these outcomes. “South Africa is part of a global world where the security and socio-economic realities in one country impact on the security and economy of other countries.“On the one hand, we have an obligation in terms of our values as a nation to fulfil our constitutional and international obligations to protect persons who have a well-founded fear of persecution or are escaping from life-threatening situations. To this end, we need to adjudicate asylum seekers efficiently, fairly and humanely and integrate those persons accorded refugee status into our communities,” she said.“On the other hand, we need to put a stop to the large scale abuse of the asylum seeker system in South Africa as this places genuine asylum seekers at a disadvantage and creates social and economic risks for the country.”South Africans would agree that there had been steadfast improvement in the Department of Home Affairs. “We remain committed to further improve our operations to ensure that we have a safe and secure South Africa where people are proud of, and value, their identity and citizenship.”In terms of the National Development Plan’s objective to facilitate faster and more inclusive economic growth, the country needed refugee policies, legislation and processes that would address national priorities, maximise benefits and reduce risks to the country.To achieve this, the department would, among other steps:• Finalise the implementation of its policy position to relocate refugee reception centres closer to borders, with the help of the Public Works Department;• Improve international co-operation, especially in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), regarding the management of asylum seekers and refugees; and,• Develop an immigration policy document that proposes strategies for the management of unskilled economic migration to streamline the refugee process and to integrate genuine refugees into South African society.About the second point, Chohan said agreement was needed between SADC countries on how to manage refugees and asylum seekers who were nationals of third countries, as well as how to implement the first safe country principle.The challenges were two-fold: to create access to the formal economy for those who had no access, and to help women move up the corporate ladder if they were already in the economic landscape. “Africa must work towards achieving peace. As women we must own the continent; we must make sure she prospers and ensure we are on the move.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 7 Sales Numbers…Sort Of

first_imgsarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sounds promising, right? Unfortunately, no. This data amounts to a whole lot of nothing, too. As Engadget’s Chris Ziegler rightly pointed out, Android launched on the T-Mobile G1 alone, and it wasn’t until the first half of 2009 that additional markets and devices came online. Windows Phone 7, however, has launched on devices from HTC, LG, Dell and Samsung across North America and Europe. This isn’t a fair comparison, in other words.In addition, WP7 developers come from an already established .NET and XNA developer base – they didn’t have to learn new tools, development environments, libraries or languages.So WP7 reached an app milestone quicker than Android? No surprise there. It certainly should have.The only real number that matters to this platform’s success comes from consumer sales data. But Microsoft isn’t talking about that, despite increased pressure to do so. And that’s perhaps the most telling reveal of all. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile Microsoft has finally released sales data on its newly launched mobile operating system Windows Phone 7…well, sort of. Instead of revealing actual numbers regarding phone sales to consumers, it has announced that its partner handset manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million devices to carriers and retailers in the first 6 weeks the phones have been on the market.That helps Windows Phone 7 “build customer momentum and retail presence,” says Achim Berg, Microsoft’s VP of business and marketing for Windows Phones.Great, so what does that really mean in terms of platform success?The short answer: not much. It shows that carriers are willing to give the handsets a chance, stock them on their shelves. It demonstrates carrier confidence. And yes, if the carriers are on board, that can help any new mobile OS get a good start. Windows Phone 7 has a better chance than say, the Microsoft KIN did, for example.Carrier Sales Don’t Equal Market ShareBut manufacturer to carrier sales tell us nothing about real market share. You can’t infer from this figure how many phones are ending up in consumers’ hands. And let’s be really clear on one thing – if that figure was something to brag about, you know Microsoft would.Instead, we can just wonder. The only “real” consumer sales data came out in November, when a single online U.K. retailer MobilesPlease reported on its blog that Android phones were outselling Windows Phone 7 devices by 15 to 1. The press, of course, glommed onto that number as evidence of a Windows Phone 7 failure to launch.But there are several things wrong with that. For one, that report was from one retailer. One retailer in the U.K. And one retailer who sells phones online. Most mainstream users aren’t going to buy a WP7 phone sight unseen from a website – they’re going to go to a store to get their hands on one first. (Just ask Google how well those Nexus 1 online sales went).But WP7 Has Apps!So what data do we really have, then, on the Windows Phone 7 platform?Well, IDC analyst Al Hilwa said this week that the WP7 Marketplace is off to a good start, reaching 4,000 apps just two months after launch – a faster ramp up than even Android saw. (It took Android from Oct. 2008 to March 2009 to reach this same level, Hilwa said).“I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year,” Hilwa concluded.last_img read more

NAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in Seconds

first_imgCineMatch demo’d their sensor matching tool, which instantly matches footage from the different cameras you may be working with in your edit.FilmConvert owns a company called CineMatch, which is now a plugin for Premiere Pro that allows you to color match when working with multiple cameras. Right now, the plugin is only for Adobe Premiere Pro, but it will eventually be available for DaVinci Resolve, FCPX, Avid Media Composer, and so on.The plugin isn’t just a bunch of LUTs; rather, it’s a collection of dedicated color profiles based on the sensors from the cameras you set it up with (which, right now, includes Sony a7III, BMPCC4K, GH5, Fujifilm X-T3, and Nikon Z6 — this list will obviously grow over time.) There is a demo of the software you can check out here.The way it works, you tell the plugin which camera you want as your standard, and then it matches footage/shots from other cameras accordingly. The plugin is very new, and color grading is always a mixed bag — especially if you didn’t shoot the footage yourself. So since the plugin is about reading the sensor, if the image is exposed properly on each camera, the science should check out, and you’ll get the same look.Cinema5D sat down with Sam Wiles from FilmConvert to talk about the software, how it works, and why it will save you hours of grading.Pretty interesting stuff. It looks like this could be huge (matching cameras can be one of the biggest time sucks). Hopefully, they work out all the bugs before release. (Speaking of, current Film Convert users will get a discounted rate once CineMatch goes live by the end of the year.)If you’re interested in learning how to match two cameras yourself, we have a nifty tutorial just for you! Images via CineMatch.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND FilterNAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle Drivelast_img read more

Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

first_imgThe best of the other regions include Mexico at No. 14, Iran at No. 25, and Egypt at No. 30.FIFA’s October rankings will also decide seeding for eight European teams entering two-leg playoffs in November. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Past World Cup draws have been made by geographical region after the host and seven highest-ranked filled a top-seeded pot.On Dec. 1 in Moscow, Russia — currently No. 64 — and the teams ranked Nos. 1 to 7 in the October rankings will be the top seeds. The other 24 qualifiers will be in draw pots according to ranking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, FIFA has included a rule which should ensure that the 2018 tournament draw follows the balance of previous draws very closely.“No teams from the same confederation, with the exception of (European body) UEFA, which could have two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group,” FIFA said in a statement. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany’s midfielder Leon Goretzka (C) celebrate scoring his side’s fifth goalduring the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match between Germany and Norway in the south German city of Stuttgart on September 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel ROLANDZURICH — Germany is back at the top of world soccer, taking over from Brazil as No. 1 in the FIFA rankings which will have a greater role deciding how the World Cup groups are drawn.FIFA announced a tweak to the World Cup seeding process on Thursday that means all four draw pots will be decided according to rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES NBA: Staying healthy is key to Embiid’s development, Sixers coach says The new rule would avoid what befell Italy four years ago. Despite just missing being in the top-seeded pot, Italy was picked out in a random draw of the nine non-seeded European teams to be taken out of the all-European pot. France was the lowest-ranked European qualifier but escaped being picked in that pre-draw lottery.Italy was then eliminated from a tough group with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica, which stunned world soccer by finishing top.In the September rankings, European champion Portugal rose three places to No. 3, while Argentina fell one to No. 4, and No. 5 Belgium climbed four places.European teams, which each played two qualifiers, gained on their South American rivals and could have six of the eight seeded positions in December.Poland is No. 6, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandler

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandlerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with the progress of Philippe Sandler.Former PEC defender Sandler was on the bench for this week’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester City.”We were planning to take him on tour for preseason, but unfortunately he came to us with injuries,” said Guardiola.”He has started training again in recent months and I have to say that he played’s awesome with the youngsters. It is not easy if you go back to a second team or a team of youngsters, but he has helped his teammates a lot and that says a lot. “We will now decide what is best for him, for the club and for his future perspective.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United are set to ban a supporter for life from their stadium.The Hammers are furious at a fan who tossed a coffee cup at Troy Deeney when they lost 2-0 to Watford.Deeney is the Watford skipper and he had the cup thrown at him when he celebrated the penalty that gave his side the opening goal.A West Ham statement read: “The Club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.”In line with our zero tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”An FA spokesperson added: “The referee (Lee Mason) has reported the incident and we will be looking into it.” last_img read more

a month agoFred confident he can make it with Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred confident he can make it with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFred is confident he can make it with Manchester United.Fred emerged for his first league appearance of the campaign against Leicester earlier this month and has started two of the last three games but is yet to line up in a league fixture.Sources close to Fred have told the Manchester Evening News they view his first year in England as one of ‘adaptation’, since the Brazilian was taken aback by the demands of the Premier League after five years with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Fred has already made arrangements to do extra conditioning to prepare him for a season where United could play over 60 matches.The differences between Ukrainian and English football have been described as ‘notorious’ and Fred, despite his experience, is understood to have found the day-to-day routine at United much harder than he experienced in the Ukraine or Brazil. last_img read more