It was a good omen when Carl Crawford singled off the glove of Padres right-hander Tyson Ross to begin the eighth inning. Turner was up next. He’d seen four sliders from Ross already, hitting one for a single.“The last few innings, when he fell behind (in the count) he was going to the slider a lot,” Turner said. “When I fell behind 1-0, I was looking for that slider up in the zone.”True to form, Ross hung one over the plate. Of Turner’s 11 career home runs before Thursday, none had put his team ahead after the fourth inning.“Davey (Lopes, the Dodgers’ first base coach) was waiting there to give me a high-five,” he said. “That was really cool. I’d never really gotten to high-five a first base coach on a home run before. “That’s one of the most exciting moments of my career, one of the biggest hits I’ve ever gotten.”Clayton Kershaw (15-3) pitched eight dominant innings yet nearly lost. He had a no-hitter going until Ross, a career .169 hitter, singled with two outs in the sixth inning. In a scoreless game, the announced crowd of 39,596 people acknowledged the moment with a round of applause.Kershaw, who threw his first career no-hitter in June, said he didn’t allow the thought.“Sixth or seventh inning, the fans will let you know,” he said. “I gave up a hit to a pitcher, so I guess it wasn’t my night.” In the seventh inning, Kershaw lost his shutout bid on a single by Abraham Almonte, a walk by Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single by Rene Rivera. Minutes after losing the no-hitter, Kershaw and the Dodgers were suddenly in position to lose.In eight innings, Kershaw allowed three hits, walked two batters, struck out 10, and left trailing 1-0.Before Turner’s home run, Rivera was poised to play the unsung hero. He threw out two Dodgers attempting to steal bases, Crawford and Dee Gordon. He reached base twice against Kershaw — a monumental task on this night. With two outs in the eighth inning, Rivera framed a called third strike over the inside corner to catch Gordon looking with a runner on second base.Ross (11-12) lived up to his end of the pitchers’ duel.When he wasn’t breaking up no-hitters, the right-hander was limiting the Dodgers to four hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out eight and the Dodgers had only two runners in scoring position all game.“Tyson, he’s really, really good,” Kershaw said. “I knew I was in for a battle tonight.”Kenley Jansen allowed only a walk to Jedd Gyorko in a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out Yasmani Grandal to end the game and pick up his 36th save.A night of firsts — the Dodgers’ first eighth-inning comeback, Turner’s first high-five rounding first base — allowed thoughts of bigger and better firsts. The first MVP award for a National League pitcher since 1968. Maybe, the Dodgers’ first championship since 1988. Maybe it’s something to start talking about now. By J.P. [email protected] @jphoornstra on TwitterVin Scully and Dick Enberg were in opposite broadcast booths Thursday, so the Dodgers and San Diego Padres could have ended their game any way they chose and two men with 165 years of combined life experience had probably seen it before. Over the decades, the near no-hitters tend to fade to obscurity. The list of baseball legends burnished on a cool August night is short. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For the young men in the Dodgers’ dugout, this was not just another night. Forty-six times this season, they had trailed after seven innings. Forty-six times, they’d lost.When Justin Turner uncorked a two-run home run to left-center field in the eighth inning, the Dodgers found a new way to win — for them, literally.“Maybe you guys can stop talking about that now,” Turner said after the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory.“It’s a new trend,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re one for our last one.”Jokes aside, the Dodgers had yet to prove they were capable of orchestrating a late-inning comeback — to themselves, to their fans, to their opponents. Come-from-behind wins might not be essential to winning a championship, but they certainly help.
30 Oct 2012 COBRA PUMA gift supports get into golf activities Sporting goods company COBRA PUMA GOLF has given hundreds of golf clubs to support England’s County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) as they work to encourage more people to get into golf. The company has donated over 200 packs, each of four seven-irons, to be used by beginners at tasters and follow-on coaching sessions with PGA professionals. The clubs are going to 23 of the country’s CGPs, which work to grow the game at grass roots level. The CGP network is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf and part of its vision to make England the world’s leading golf nation. COBRA PUMA GOLF already supports England Golf’s GolfMark Club of the Year Award, which recognises clubs which make an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf. Ian Barrett, EMEA Marketing Manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF said: “We are delighted to further our support for England Golf, and particularly the County Golf Partnerships as they work very hard to get more people of all ages into the game. “Our philosophy at COBRA PUMA GOLF is very much about getting people to enjoy golf. By supporting important programmes like this, which are influential in the development of grass roots golf, we look forward to working in partnership to help grow the game and provide opportunities for the bright stars of the future.” Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, commented: “This is a wonderful gesture by COBRA PUMA GOLF and their gift will be of great benefit to our County Golf Partnerships and to the growing number of people who are having a go at golf.” All CGPs offer activities, such as taster sessions and coaching programmes, to attract beginners and returners to the game, particularly those aged 16 and over. Each partnership has a development officer and they build strong relationships with local golf clubs, ranges and PGA professionals. A number of partnerships are starting to work with their local universities, colleges and businesses to create even more interest in golf. This year their activities have been highlighted by the promotional Get into golf campaign.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2016)–Making his second start following a 16 ½ month layoff, A Red Tie Day was an impressive gate to wire winner of Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, as he prevailed by a half length under Mario Gutierrez while negotiating a mile and a quarter on turf in 2:01.98. Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, the 6-year-old horse had been idle since Aug. 28, 2014 prior to running eighth in a mile and one eighth turf allowance here on Feb. 7.“I told Mario to go to the lead, but if they want it really bad, then let them have it,” said Baltas. “Speed is holding and it seems like his best races have come when he’s been up close.“Jeff (Bloom, owner) turned him out late in the summer of 2014. He had a little injury and then they rehabbed him and was off about a year and a half. He’s been with me for about four or five months now.”Off at 13-1 in a field of eight older horses, A Red Tie Day paid $28.40, $15.60 and $8.20.A Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, A Red Tie Day collected his third win from 12 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $149,265.Ridden by Flavien Prat, longshot Street Fashion saved ground at the rail while sitting a close fourth into the far turn, angled off the fence turning for home and made the winner run late as he finished a half length in front of favored China Girl Lover for the place. Off at 29-1, Street Fashion paid $25.40 and $12.60.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, China Girl Lover was last turning for home and was gaining on the top two at the wire. Off at 9-5, he paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.75, 48.85, 1:13.56 and 1:37.71.There is a Pick Six carryover of $40,304 into Friday at Santa Anita. With first post time at 1 p.m., the Pick Six will begin with race three. It is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $250,000. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $40,304 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $250,000
Tags:#Finance#international#policy#smartphone Only The Income Gap RemainsMobile computing is a fast-moving revolution that is spreading online access to all who welcome it. In fact, the majority of adult Americans and more than a third of teens now own a smartphone. That said, household income remains a differentiator – there is still a clear gap in smartphone ownership between rich and poor.Expect this too to disappear very soon as prices continue to fall.Android smartphones and the latest Nokia Asha devices, for example, are available for less than $100 (no contract needed) all around the world. In the U.S., many smartphones now come free with a carrier voice and data plan. Prices for devices and services will almost certainly continue to drop.In an interview with Bloomberg last month, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen noted that “$50 Android smartphones” would be available this year. Carriers that demand fees that millions cannot afford are likely to be routed around – by Google fiber as likely as legislation. Fewer and fewer people, particularly in the United States and other rich countries, will be denied always-on, any-place connectivity to the global Web.The Smartphone Is The ComputerNaysayers like to retort that smartphones don’t fully erase the Digital Divide because, even more than tablets,they are primarily “consumption” devices. While “real” computers, the argument goes, can be used to create things and do real work, smartphones are all about downloading content and chatting on Facebook. Work is changing, however, in many cases to take advantage of the spread of smartphones. Such changes may, in fact, disproportionately favor minorities. A separate Pew study last year revealed that Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to use their mobile devices for a wider range of activities than do Whites. (See also Teenagers & Smartphones: How They’re Already Changing The World.)Further, some have called the notion that smartphones are not designed for “real work” an elitist view: To discount identity performance, socialization and other activities on social media as not productive, not educational, not meaningful, pure entertainment and a waste of time offensively reduces less privileged folks as “an other,” less worthy and less human.Productivity Divide?If smartphones connect an increasing number of Americans to knowledge resources, job opportunities and cultural amenities, are they delivering a clear and calculable economic benefit equivalent to that provided by PCs? It seems that economic analysis has simply not yet caught up with the impact smartphones are having on work and the economy. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that already today’s smartphones possess the computing power of a “desktop” in 2005 and that “at heart [smartphones] are like all computers before them. They are efficiency engines, a means of saving time, bridging distance, reducing cost.”Nonetheless, the Journal acknowledges that proving smartphones’ aggregate economic value remains difficult: Yet there’s something bizarre going on. Even as an estimated 130 million smartphones roam the U.S. streets, economists can’t quite find them.Still, as the Journal also states: “Can you find an area of life and business not being affected by the devices?” Global PhenomenonThe situation may be even clearer overseas. Already, 89% of the developing world has a mobile device. It’s a solid assumption that these mobile phone users will soon transition to smartphones. Indeed, smartphone sales now eclipse traditional mobile phone sales. According to the International Telecommunication Union, “mobile broadband” subscriptions have grown from 278 million in 2007 – when the iPhone was first introduced – to 2.1 billion this year.These numbers continue to grow – and researchers say the trend is already making a big difference:Bridging The Digital Divide In Developing Nations Through Mobile Phone Transaction Systems – University of West GeorgiaMobile Finance Options Changing Lives In Developing Countries – Bankless TimesMobile Technology’s Role In Combating Global Poverty And Enabling Entrepreneurship – Brookings InstitutionAlleviating Poverty: Mobile Communications, Microfinance And Small Business Development Around The World – Brookings InstitutionAs smartphones continue to spread to every demographic group in every corner of the world, there’s just no more room for the Digital Divide. That’s a big deal, and likely to bring significant economic, social and cultural effects over the coming months, years and decades.(See also The Numbers Are Clear: Mobile is Taking Over the World.) Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Since at least the 1990s, when personal computers first became commonplace, public policy experts have worried the ill effects of a Digital Divide. That is, a learning, socialization and economic gap across socio-economic status, race and gender caused by unequal access to computing resources.No need. The Digital Divide has now been bridged by smartphones – the most advanced personal computing devices ever. While personal computers were disproportionally used by the rich, the white and the male, smartphones are more likely to be used by Blacks and Hispanics than Whites, and by girls as equally as boys.Whites Trail In Smartphone OwnershipAccording to a Pew research survey conducted last year, 49% of Hispanics and 47% of Blacks own a smartphone, compared to only 42% of Whites. The survey also revealed than men and women were about evenly split (46% to 45%, respectively) in smartphone ownership, as were suburban and urban residents (49% to 48%, respectively). Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces brian s hall Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Everton boss Marco Silva lands new unwanted record after Spurs thrashingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has established a new unwanted record after defeat to Tottenham.Silva saw his side thumped by Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday, losing 6-2.And in the process he became the first Premier League manager to concede six goals at home for three different clubs.With Hull City he suffered a 7-1 home defeat again to Spurs.And when in charge of Watford he was beaten 6-0 at Vicarage Road by Manchester City. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BAGHDAD – Iraq says it will start receiving bids next June for projects to develop nine oil and gas fields in an attempt by the war-ravaged nation to boost energy revenues.Abdul-Mahdi al-Ameedi, who heads the Oil Ministry’s Licensing and Petroleum Contracts Department, said on Monday that detailed energy information on the nine areas in question will be disclosed at the end of this month.Al-Ameedi says companies that bid on the projects will for the first time be able to take part in the drawing up of the contract, as an incentive for the bidders.He says five of the nine fields or blocs as they are called are shared with Iran, three with Kuwait and one is located in the Persian Gulf.Iraq has the world’s fourth largest oil reserves.
EDMONTON – Foresters and provincial officials are burning tens of thousands of trees east of Jasper National Park to try to slow the spread of mountain pine beetles.“There’s a lot more activity in the Edson-Hinton region, higher than past years, as we deal with some of this immigration that’s occurring,” said Mike Underschulz of Alberta Agriculture.The province expects to cut and burn up to 90,000 trees killed by the beetles this year throughout the province, Underschulz said. Fully half of them will be in the Edson-Hinton region, where smoke from the burning obscured parts of the Yellowhead Highway earlier this week.The area has seen a huge influx of the pests from the park. Beetle infestation in Jasper is considered rampant and uncontrollable, and foresters along its edge saw a tenfold increase in the problem in just months last year.“We’re trying to limit the damage,” Underschulz said. “We’re trying to buy some time.”Down the road, he’s hoping for a serious cold snap early in the winter to ultimately bring beetle numbers down.Richard Briand of West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) says the company has moved crews from other areas of its lease to deal with infected trees near Hinton.He said West Fraser has had to change its long-term plans because of damage from the beetles.“The concentration of our logging around the community of Hinton is higher because that’s were the beetle is today. As we’re controlling it through our logging, we go to where the beetle is and that’s been around the town of Hinton.”Underschulz said the province is spending up to $20 million this year to burn and remove trees killed by the bugs.The good news has been that crews are finding fewer new trees have been attacked than previously feared. That’s allowed them to work close to the park boundary in an effort to reduce beetle numbers.Underschulz said even without control programs, it will take years for the pine beetles to march their way across the province in significant numbers, especially because the makeup of the forest changes.However, the Edson-Hinton region is likely to remain a hot spot for a while because of the vast reservoir of beetles within the park.“We’re trying to keep the populations at bay as much as we can while the inflight from Jasper persists.”
MONTREAL – Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday.Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.“From my perspective coming into this fresh — I’ve been in Canada four months now — I personally believe there’s a huge opportunity in Canada,” said Swoop president Steven Greenway.Greenway is an Australian native who has worked in executive positions at airlines including Japanese low-cost carrier Peach, Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic and Qantas.Swoop marks his sixth airline startup.By discounting travel, Swoop, Flair Airlines and others are trying to repatriate the more than five million Canadians who cross the border to catch flights from airports in Buffalo and Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Bellingham, Wash.“From our perspective there’s the opportunity to fill a gap, there’s an opportunity to stimulate demand, there’s an opportunity to welcome Canadians back from crossing the border. We believe there’s a significant enough market to be able to thrive,” Greenway said in an interview.He expects competition will increase significantly over the next 12 months as Canada Jetlines gears up to join Swoop and Flair in offering deeply discounted fares along with charges for everything from a onboard drink to carry-on and checked baggage.Flair welcomed the extra competition.“We think that having more people in the space helps promote the fact the space exists and will work to each other’s advantage,” executive chairman David Tait said in an interview.“I don’t think Canada’s big enough for half a dozen players in this space, but there’s certainly plenty of room for two and maybe three.”Meanwhile, Tait said Flair plans to move its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna, B.C., over the coming months to help promote its growth.“Kelowna was a fine base for a charter operator but it didn’t really give us the scope, the potential we need as we’re growing.”Swoop is entering an area of the airline business that doesn’t have a stellar history of success in Canada: Jetsgo, Air Canada’s Tango, Canada 3000 and Roots Air have all floundered in the past.Canada is the only G7 country without a true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) and the model has been successful in Europe, Australia and the United States, said transportation analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a true ULCC model in the Canadian marketplace before so I think we’re in somewhat uncharted territory,” he said.“I think there’s also frankly some opportunities if they do it well to be successful with it.”Murray estimates the Canadian ultra low-cost market can handle 10 million passengers per year, enough to support up to 50 aircraft. The service is particularly suited to leisure flights to Las Vegas, Arizona and Florida, he added.Swoop says fares should be 30 to 40 per cent lower than a national carrier.The key will be to keep costs down from lower labour costs, cramming 189 seats into Boeing 737-800s, and stimulating demand from people who don’t normally fly because of the high cost.The arrival of new travel options has contributed to a 20 per cent cut in domestic summer airfares from 2016 and a seven per cent reduction in one year, said Steve Sintra, Canada country manager for the Kayak search engine.“One of the biggest changes we’re seeing is the fact that with ultra-low cost carriers, you’re seeing more options for Canadian travellers, whether that be new airports that airlines are travelling to or just the ability to choose what amenities they want to have included in their airfare.”Swoop, however, has already had something of a bumpy takeoff.WestJet’s launch of Swoop had been a source of labour strife between the company and pilots, who were on the brink of a strike last month before reaching an 11th-hour deal.Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company’s proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.A federal arbitrator ruled earlier this month that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly Swoop, which means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.Initial one-way flights start at $49 tax included from Abbotsford to Winnipeg, $129 between Hamilton and Abbotsford and $99 between Hamilton and Halifax.The fares don’t include a range of fees, including for carry-on luggage and checked bags starting at $26.25, seat selection starting at $5, and an additional $15 to contact the call centre if service can’t be carried out on the website.No pets aside from guide dogs are allowed on board and any credits are only valid for 90 days. No loyalty points will be awarded.Swoop is starting with two planes, with plans to roll out six by year-end and 10 in 2019.Instead of flying from Toronto Pearson International, flights will fly out of Hamilton’s lower-cost airport. Other initial cities are Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax and Abbotsford.Additional destinations will be added, including international flights likely by the end of 2018, said Greenway. Flair plans to fly to Orlando and Palm Springs, Calif., next winter.While there is a real concern that passengers could feel being “nickled and dimed” by a series of ancillary fees, experience in Europe over the past 20 years suggests passengers ultimately focus on the fares, said Greenway.“It is an education process and I think people will adapt over time.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly referred to Birmingham, Washington.
WATSON LAKE, Y.T. – At least three homes in the community of Lower Post along the Alaska Highway have been consumed by the Lutz Creek Fire, which has merged with the nearby Blue River Fire and ballooned to 106,000 hectares.The BC Wildfire Service says that there are currently 41 firefighters, four helicopters, and three pieces of heavy equipment battling the blaze, along with three Type 1 fire engines that are assisting structural protection crews.An evacuation order was issued for the community last Tuesday, and at this point it’s not known when the order will be lifted. The CBC is reporting that three homes in Lower Post have been consumed by the Lutz Creek Fire, and that Northwest Fire Centre deputy manager Tony Falcao said Wednesday evening that the situation around Lower Post is “not good,” adding that there are several things to consider before the evacuation order is lifted.The Alaska Highway has reopened to traffic in both directions between Watson Lake, where Lower Post residents have been evacuated, and Coal River.Heavy smoke is being reported along the highway, and motorists are being advised to turn their lights on in the area.With files from CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/watson-lake-lower-post-evacuees-1.4795624
New Delhi: The country’s telecom subscriber base grew marginally to 120.5 crore on account of a net addition of customers by Reliance Jio and state-owned BSNL, according to data published by telecom regulator Trai on Thursday. Both Reliance Jio and BSNL jointly added a net of 86.39 lakh mobile subscribers but the rest of the telecom operators jointly lost a net of 69.93 lakh wireless customers with Vodafone Idea losing the biggest chunk of mobile connections, as per the data. The number of telecom subscribers in India increased to 120.54 crore at the end of February from 120.37 crore in January, according to the Telecom Monthly Subscriber Report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The sector, dominated by wireless connection, recorded an increase in the mobile services subscriber base to 118.36 crore in February from 118.19 crore in January. Reliance Jio alone added 77.93 lakh customers, taking its total subscriber base to 29.7 crore at the end of February. According to a television commercial of the company, it has crossed 30 crore customer base now. BSNL added around 9 lakh new mobile customers, taking its total subscriber base to 11.62 crore in February. “BSNL is the only operator other than Jio that has gained customers. Our performance shows that customers have faith in BSNL. We are able to compete and gain customers with our much-improved 3G network. In our endeavour to provide service, all our officers and employees are together,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said. The state-run firm is competing in the market with 3G network, while all other operators are loaded with spectrum for 4G services. It has requested the government for the allocation of spectrum for 4G services through an equity infusion in 2017. The government is yet to take final decision. The country’s biggest telecom operator Vodafone Idea lost 57.87 lakh mobile subscribers, reducing its total customer base to 40.93 crore in February. It was followed by Tata Teleservices that lost 11.47 lakh mobile customers, Airtel lost 49,896 subscribers, MTNL 4,652 and Reliance Communication 3,611 subscribers. The broadband subscriber base in the country grew 1.89 per cent to over 55 crore from 54 crore during the period.