Greinke leads Dodgers, who earn 10,000th franchise victory

first_imgThe Dodgers join the Giants, Cubs and Braves as the only franchises to win 10,000 games. Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig each added two hits and an RBI.Eduardo Escobar had a career-high four hits and two RBIs for the Twins.It rained most of the day on Wednesday and a tarp covered the pitcher’s mound and batter’s box at Target Field 15 minutes before first pitch.Greinke wasn’t fazed, and won his 12th game in 17 starts since Aug. 5. The right-hander has pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer in 18 consecutive regular season starts. MINNEAPOLIS >> Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings, Juan Uribe had two RBIs and the Dodgers earned their 10,000th win in franchise history, 6-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.Greinke (5-0) struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run through drizzling rain and temperatures that dipped into the 30s by the end of the game.With the bases loaded and the Twins trailing 5-1 in the seventh, reliever Chris Withrow got Trevor Plouffe to pop out to shortstop on a 3-0 pitch to end the threat.Plouffe’s two-run double in the ninth made it 6-4, but Kenley Jansen retired Chris Colabello to earn his 10th save in 12 chances. With Minnesota up 1-0, Drew Butera slid headfirst and touched home just ahead of Kurt Suzuki’s tag after Hanley Ramierz singled to left in the third.Manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the safe call by home plate umpire Chris Segal, but lost after the call was confirmed following a 2-minute replay review.Uribe’s two-RBI single made it 5-1 in the seventh.Minnesota advanced a runner at least to second base six times against Greinke, but couldn’t break through beyond Escobar’s double.Kyle Gibson (3-2) allowed five runs in 6 2-3 innings and lost his second consecutive start after beginning the season 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA.Twins second baseman Brian Dozier did his best to help Gibson. When Gonzalez’s grounder to first took a bad hop and ricocheted of Joe Mauer’s shoulder, Dozier hustled over, dove, and scooped the ball to Gibson with his glove for the out.Tuesday’s series opener was postponed due to wintry weather and the two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday.Kershaw goes five innings in rehabDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during Wednesday night’s injury rehabilitation stint with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.A 29-pitch first inning kept Kershaw from being dominant against the Tennessee Smokies, but he still finished with nine strikeouts.“I would like to have gotten through six or seven innings, but I had a good time working with these guys,” Kershaw said. “It’s tough when pitch counts are in the back of your mind. Obviously the main goal of why I was here was to get my pitch count up and be ready for 100-plus pitches in the big leagues.“At the same time, you’re trying to compete, too. Fortunately for me, I am kind of done with that and can go pitch now.”Kershaw threw 86 pitches Wednesday after tossing 56 Friday during his first rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga of the Class A California League, when he allowed two hits in five scoreless innings. He opened this season getting a win for the Dodgers over Arizona in Australia on March 22 but went on the disabled list for the first time in his career several days later with a strained upper back.“I’ve learned I don’t like it,” Kershaw said of his DL stint. “As much as you try and be a part of this team, our team is playing right now while I’m in Chattanooga. It’s a weird process for me, and you kind of feel isolated a little bit. Hopefully I never have to do it again.”Kershaw said he feels healthy but didn’t know when he would be joining his big-league teammates.John Andreoli drew a leadoff walk for the Smokies in the first inning, and Dustin Geiger drove in the first run off Kershaw with a two-out double to left. Geiger singled to left in the fifth inning to score Andreoli again.Kershaw’s appearance resulted in a sellout crowd of 6,318.“I think it’s pretty great for this city to get to see Clayton Kershaw, one of the great pitchers in the game doing a rehab assignment,” Dodgers player development director DeJon Watson said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to see our overall brand of baseball and having Clayton Kershaw as a model of what we do from an organizational standpoint. We’re trying to get him in the best position to get him prepared to get him back in the big leagues, and coming here kind of worked out the best.“The competition level is pretty good here, and he was forced to execute good pitches in key counts.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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President Cyril Ramaphosa leads South African delegation to UN General Assembly

first_imgOn Saturday 22 September 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa will embark on a Working Visit to New York where he will lead the South African delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).This marks President Ramaphosa’s inaugural participation in UNGA as Head of State and Government. President Ramaphosa will participate in the annual General Debate which is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.President Ramaphosa and other world leaders will meet in New York from 25 to 27 September 2018 under the theme: “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable societies.”The theme is inspired by the commitment of Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the General Assembly (PGA) to making the United Nations a more relevant, efficient, transparent and democratic organisation.The UN General Debate will be preceded by the unveiling of a statue of President Nelson Mandela and the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, a high-level plenary meeting convened by the PGA in honour of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president.The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit will be an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to commit global support towards ending conflict in the world and on the African Continent in particular, in line with the African Union’s aspirations of “silencing the guns by 2020”.In his inaugural address at the UNGA, President Ramaphosa is expected to outline South Africa’s domestic and foreign policy goals and priorities. These include the country’s land reform programme aimed at fostering greater stability, inclusiveness and transformation within the South African economy.The President is further expected to lay out South Africa’s priorities for its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2019 to 2020.While in New York, President Ramaphosa will meet with CEOs of major global companies as part of the drive to attract foreign direct investment in order to ramp up the South African economy.This will form part of the build-up to South Africa’s International Investment Conference which will take place on 26 and 27 October with a focus on bringing investment of $100 billion into the South African economy over the next five years.President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Lindiwe Sisulu,;Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Finance Mr Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.– The Presidencylast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 35 | Livestock robotics, Christmas trees, and veal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Joel Penhorwood, and Matt Reese come together to talk agriculture and the Ohio State win in episode 35 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.A number of topics in this weeks meeting, including Ty Higgins with Jeff Sizelove of Zoetis talking developments in agriculture, partly the further involvement of robotics down the road.Matt Reese hears from Al Divencenzo, president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.Joel Penhorwood talks upcoming veal housing requirements ready to go into effect January 1, 2018. He hears from Dr. Marissa Hake of the American Veal Association.All that and much more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

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7 Tech Companies That Raised Funding Today: Which Will Shape Our World? (Poll)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Venture Funding#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img leela cyd ross Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today we’re looking at seven companies that announced investments raised over the past 24 hours. In the cutthroat world of startups and great ideas, which company will significantly affect our lives? On today’s list we’ve got a site that makes it even easier to order in a pizza for dinner (as if we needed further prompting to make such a decision!), a site to help us find a job (for just an hour or a lifetime) and the company behind the super addictive Angry Birds app. We’ve got many more promising companies to consider. Tell us, readers, which of these companies will shape the world?Yesterday’s Poll winner was StackExchange, a realtime question-and-answer forum site used heavily by programmers, but also by many others seeking advice on one of the 46 topics StackExchange addresses. This site came out far ahead of the seven other companies listed, earning 53% of RRW readers’ votes. Today’s Companies:Topsy, a real-time search engine that includes social sites within its Web, raised $15 million. Clovr Media, a digital advertising startup that converts banner, text, mobile ads or video into Card Linked Offers (CLOs), raised $8.3 million in its second round of funding.GrubHub raised $20 million in funding, which will help the restaurant location directory grow its existing technologies and expand into new cities. It wants to make it even easier for us to order in a pizza (the most heavily ordered cuisine according to its “about page). SnagAJob.com, an online employment site with listings from full-time to one-hour commitments, raised $27 million in a Series C round of funding.Rovio, the Finnish game company behind Angry Birds, raised $42 million in Series A round. Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype, is one of several investors. GroupCommerce, a commerce platform targeted at group-buying for publishers and merchants, raised $8 million.BackType, a San Francisco-based Web-marketing company that helps businesses understand social analytics, raised $1 million.With all this money being invested, which company do you think is ready to change our world?last_img read more

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English club West Ham United Ladies signs Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

first_imgIndia women’s national football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan has been signed by English club West Ham United Ladies. Aditi, who played for the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia, becomes the first ever woman from the country to play for an English football club.The club, on Sunday, said that the Indian international goalkeeper was a late addition to their squad during pre-season. West Ham Ladies are currently in the Football Association’s (FA) Women’s Premier League Southern Division, a league in the third level in the women’s football structure in England.CHAUHAN: Indian international goalkeeper Aditi Chaucan was a late addition to our squad during pre-season #COYI pic.twitter.com/H45BAnHNJD West Ham Ladies (@westhamladies) August 16, 2015Chauhan’s football journey began when her school coach asked her to participate in Delhi under-19 team trials.”At the age of 17, I got selected for the under-19 national team camp and was away from home for almost three months for the first time. But I did not let it get to me because my aim was very clear – to be the first-choice goalkeeper for the team. I trained hard and achieved it. I represented the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia,” Chauhan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.Chauhan was praised for her contribution to India winning the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in 2013. The Delhi girl believes in training hard and says that she would train six days a week and the intensity of her training would increase before a national camp. She attributes her ability to grip the ball well to the basketball training she received in school.advertisementChauhan, who chose football as her career option, stresses on the importance of education for girls in the country. The Indian goalkeeper, who is currently pursuing Master of Science degree in sports management from Loughborough University, UK, also represents the university team there.last_img read more

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Nubia to launch Z11 phone in India in mid-December at under Rs 30,000

first_imgNubia is set to launch its flagship phone, the Z11 in India, in mid-December, sources have confirmed to India Today Tech. In addition, the company will also launch a budget phone with emphasis on a big battery (4,500-5,000mAh) alongside the Z11. While the Z11 will be tentatively priced at under Rs 30,000 the budget phone (that Nubia is hoping to keep as a surprise element) will likely be priced anywhere between Rs 10,000-15,000.The Z11 was launched in June earlier this year and is Nubia’s flagship phone for the year 2016-17. The USP of the Z11 is its near bezel-less screen that amounts to a 75.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio on the phone. The phone has virtually no side bezels so it appears as if the whole screen runs edge-to-edge. To emphasise this fact further, the phone’s software — custom Nuibia skin based on Android Marshmallow — comes with characteristic edge features.     The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The dualSIM phone is backed by a 3000 mAh battery and supports fast charging.Nubia, until now, has resisted from bringing its top-tier flagship phones to India. Its last launch here was the Z11 Mini which was launched in October. Moving on, the company is looking to change that and streamline the whole process so there would be a lesser gap between its phones’ global and India unveiling, sources have further told India Today Tech. This also means, the company would be launching more phones here in the days to come. advertisementAlso Read: ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini review: Camera and battery life make it a superstarlast_img read more

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The Affiliate Management Resource CD

first_imgThe 2011 Affiliate Management Resource CD has been developed with the goal of providing suggested procedures, templates, guidelines or various administrative documents to support affiliate management.The Affiliate Management Resource is in its first year of release and provides a complete package of information previously released to the community throughout 2011. It is our intent to provide this information in a hard copy version for all affiliates at the end of each year therefore updated annually from this point forward. The resources included are designed to save affiliates time and offer ideas, with the opportunity to create a better experience for the end participant of the sport.For more information and to find out how to get your affiliate’s copy, please see the attachment below.  Related Filesintroduction_to_the_2011_affiliate_management_resource-pdflast_img read more

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Reversal of Low Growth Objective of Reform Agenda – Finance Minister

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the ultimate objective of the country’s economic reform agenda is to reverse the long term trend of low growth and declining productivity.“The challenge for us as a Government, with the support of the Jamaican people, is to go beyond the strict confines of the Extended Fund Facility (with the International Monetary Fund) to create an economic and social environment, which encourages and facilitates investment and induces long term innovation and productivity gains,” the Minister said, as he opened the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 18.“We also need to create a public sector that treats our citizens well, so that they spend less time in government offices and more time in productive work. Equally, we need to reduce the size of the public sector and improve its efficiency,” he said.Dr. Phillips said the success of these initiatives will require investors operating large or small businesses as well as individual workers in the public and private sector to: enter into a binding covenant with the government to ensure that all taxes that are due are collected; ensure that there are no cost overruns on public contracts; give a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay; and to give quality service to citizens from whom voluntary tax compliance is expected.He said the economic reform programme, of which the Extended Fund Facility forms a part, is not the Fund’s programme.“It is Jamaica’s programme, which we need to embark on in order to correct the imbalances which have been a feature of our economic environment for a number of years,” the Minister said.“Left to ourselves, there are areas of the Fund programme that we would have cast differently, but we had no such options. In our circumstances, we acted in a manner that left no doubt about our resolve to: reduce the debt; reduce the debt to GDP ratio; and secure the conditions most conducive to economic growth and job creation,” he said.The Minister explained that without the IMF seal of approval, Jamaica would not regain access to either multilateral financing or financing at favourable terms from the private financial markets.He said in due course, after the IMF Board’s consideration, the details of the Letter of Intent will be presented to the House of Representatives.“Nevertheless, the objectives are well known. One of the central objectives is to reduce the debt to GDP ratio, which is in the region of 140 per cent (using the IMF estimates) to 95 per cent of GDP by 2020; reduce public sector wages as a share of GDP to nine per cent by 2015/16; achieve the quarterly quantitative performance targets; andundertake important structural reforms, including implementation of a Central Treasury Management System; and strengthening the tax administration and fiscal responsibility frameworks,” Dr. Phillips said.He said the budget has been cast in the context of an agreed four-year Extended Fund Facility with the IMF.“It is well known that following the Staff Level Agreement arrived at in February, there was a delay in going to the Executive Board because of the request from the Fund to have discussions with some of the multilateral institutions, especially the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank,” he said.Dr. Phillips said while there can be no doubt that the delay certainly had a negative impact on confidence in Jamaica, the end result was nevertheless that additional resources will be provided by the Fund, the IDB and the World Bank.“The IMF increased its commitment from 175 per cent of quota to 225 per cent of quota or approximately US$958 million, an increase of US$200 million. Simultaneously, the IDB and the World Bank have confirmed a minimum commitment of slightly more than US$1 billion,” he said.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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BSNL pays August salaries to staff

first_imgNew Delhi: Ending days of agonising wait for employees, crisis-ridden Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has made salary payment to its staff for August, according to a top official. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director P K Purwar confirmed to PTI that the corporation transferred the funds and made August salary payment to its employees, last week. “Employees have got their salary now. The salary requirements were met internally,” Purwar said. State-owned distressed telecom firms Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and BSNL have been incurring losses and have been facing problems in clearing staff salaries in the recent past. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for some time now has been working on a rescue plan for the two companies in the form of a revival package that entails components such as voluntary retirement scheme, asset monetisation and allocation of 4G spectrum. BSNL’s loss is estimated to be around Rs 14,000 crore with a decline in revenue to Rs 19,308 crore during 2018-19. The public sector firm’s provisional loss was Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16, Rs 4,793 crore in 2016-17, Rs 7,993 crore in 2017-18 and is estimated to swell to Rs 14,202 crore in 2018-19, according to information presented in Parliament. The number of employees in BSNL stands at 1,65,179.last_img read more

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