When Kenley Jansen set down Arizona with a perfect ninth inning to ring up his 26th save of the season, finalized when left fielder Skip Shumacher gathered in a fly ball from Aaron Hill in the bottom of the ninth, the dugout emptied onto the field and a congregation took place around the second-base bag.Jansen spelled relief in many different ways.Despite the Dodgers’ ridiculous run during July and August, September had been a struggle. After a six-game win streak brought them into the month, the group that manager Don Mattingly couldn’t always find enough healthy bodies to fill a suitable lineup card with had put together a clump of games where they went 4-9 coming into Thursday’s contest.Opportunities to wrap up the NL West during a series at Dodger Stadium last weekend didn’t happen. Then they lost two of the first three games of this series in Arizona.Ramirez’s three-run homer in the third inning could have signaled a flicker of life, if not for Arizona scoring six of their own off Ricky Nolasco to snuff it out.When Ramirez homered again to lead off the seventh inning, suddenly the Dodgers were tied again at 6-6. When Ellis led off the eighth with his drive to left that just cleared the wall, the advantage wasn’t going to be squandered again.Bottles of the California bubbly that had been on ice for too long the past week were finally uncorked in the small visitors locker room at Chase Field.“To watch this team celebrate, and I’m part of it, it’s emotional,” said Ellis, a longtime minor-league catcher who has finally established himself as the everyday blue-collar player on a roster of high-paid marquee names. “No one wanted to go to San Diego (where the Dodgers start a three-game series) and start scoreboard watching.”With nine games left in the regular season, the Dodgers’ lead over second-place Arizona isn’t a concern anymore. It’s now time to focus on getting players healthy and setting up a rested pitching rotation and bullpen to be in place once they find out who they will play in the NL Division Series that begins Oct. 3.Matt Kemp, who just came off the disabled list Monday after missing more than half the season with a variety of shoulder, ankle and hamstring injuries, took off his goggles amid the spraying champagne in the locker room long enough to dry his eyes and look back before trying to see what lies ahead.“Sometimes, this season has seemed like it’s been a little off course for me, but it’s been fun to watch players like Hanley and Yasiel Puig, just hoping I can get in there and contribute,” Kemp said.“I think we might have got a little comfortable after we made the playoffs two years in a row (going to the National League Championship Series in 2008 and ‘09) and the last three years have been tough. You’ve got to enjoy these moments when they come and not take them for granted.”Ned Colletti, the Dodgers’ general manager who was given a super-size checkbook to go out and acquire the players he desired under new management starting a year ago, isn’t taking this first step for granted.“This has been a process all year long, and there’s even more to do,” he said. “We can still have the best record in the NL. We have to be consistent with our approach. We can’t take our foot off the gas.”Tough luck for any other team trying to get in their way at this point. PHOENIX >>Kirk Gibson said it earlier this week about these Dodgers: “They’ve had an exceptional second half, but their journey is just beginning. This is the easy part. A lot tougher things are to come.”Tougher than coming back from 9 ½ games and sitting last as major underachievers in the National League’s West division in mid-June, watching their manager squirm and fans get flustered, to scrambling all the way into first place by August and then becoming baseball’s first team to clinch a playoff berth?Easy for him to say. These Dodgers’ veterans, rookies and everyone else in between may be wise to listen to the current Arizona Diamondbacks manager and one of the toughest Dodgers anyone would want to have as a teammate on the 1988 World Series title squad.Maybe there’s a reason why this franchise hasn’t won anything improbable, or impossible, in the past 25 years.It wasn’t as if Gibson was standing in the home team’s dugout yelling at all these kids to get off his lawn Thursday afternoon. He just had nothing left in his power to prolong the Dodgers’ victory celebration after Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and A.J. Ellis’ eighth-inning home run capped a four-run comeback and turned the Dodgers into National League West champs with a 7-6 victory over Arizona.The toughest thing the Dodgers have at the moment is how to get the smell of Korbel champagne out of their drenched uniforms.The toughest things for Dodgers fans might be trying to rein in their budget when the National League Division and Championship Series tickets go on sale Friday morning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The clinic would provide care for patients in the community that don’t have a family doctor. The clinic would allow doctors to help see unattached patients without having to have a family practice.Dr. Chapman says discussions are underway on how they will staff the clinic. “It certainly have different people from different clinics coming to help out there. It’s also an opportunity for physicians who want to do a little bit of general practice to go there and work as well.”Northern Health opened a similar clinic in Prince George in 2008, when that community was in a similar situation on. According to Chapman, the clinic has helped to dramatically reduce the number of unattached patients in that community.- Advertisement -“Our experience with Prince George is that the numbers were low, we had a high unattached population, and now we are actually in a good position as far as physicians and our unattached population is much much lower.”Northern Health will still have to focus on recruitment. Canada can no longer recruit doctors from South Africa, but Dr. Chapman says there are still other options. “Canada is our number one resource pool. The other places we can directly recruit from is the United States, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. So those are the countries that we do have access to those physicians. If they do want to come, they can certainly work in Canada.”Five doctors announced they would be closing their family practices this July, leaving over 6,000 people without a physician. That is on top of over 18,000 people that already don’t have a family doctor.Advertisement
11 January 2009International telecoms equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with the Telkom Foundation to establish an e-learning centre and internet cafe at Grassy Park High School in Cape Town.The centre will be able to provide free access to high-speed broadband internet to students as well as residents from the neighbouring community.Latest technologyIt will be equipped with the latest high-performance computers and a complete set of learning facilities and tools, and will be able to accommodate about 25 users at a time.“This initiative is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate social investment programme, which places education high on its agenda, with a view toward developing local talent and providing better learning opportunities for underserved areas,” Alcatel-Lucent South Africa MD Mervin Kamoetie said in a statement this week.“We believe that young people must have access to information technology during their formative years, so that as a country, we can be competitive globally.”Grassy Park High School serves a disadvantaged community in the Cape Flats, with the vision to be a community-based school that contributes to the development of the country by providing education services to both young students as well as to adult learners.Narrowing the digital divide“For Alcatel-Lucent, this e-learning centre is not just a donation, it is a part of our role in the community as we aim to sustain our global technological leadership and help the world communicate better, while meeting our obligations to the communities we live and work in,” said Thierry Albrand of Alcatel-Lucent’s Digital Bridge initiative.“This commitment to social responsibility is one of Alcatel-Lucent’s most enduring and important corporate values.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
27 October 2010Broadband Infraco, the state-owned company tasked with improving internet access and bringing down broadband prices in South Africa, will start selling wholesale bandwidth capacity to the country’s telecoms companies and internet service providers in November.In October 2009, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) awarded Broadband Infraco an individual electronic communications network services licence (I-ECNS).The licence allows the company to sell high-capacity long-distance transmission services to licensed fixed and mobile network operators, internet service providers and other value added network service providers, which they can either use to expanding their own networks or resell to their customers.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” Broadband Infraco account manager Charmaine Fredericks told MediaClubSouthAfrica in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband Conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon, and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” Fredericks said.While the official launch will only take place in November, local website MyBroadband.co.za reports this week that several telecoms operators and internet service providers are either trialing or preparing to trial the Broadband Infraco network.“Broadband Infraco has been providing backhaul capacity for Seacom traffic to Neotel, between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, since 2009,” MyBroadband.co.za reports.Major urban areas connectedBroadband Infraco has installed 11 000km of fibre-optic cable connecting Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and other major centres including Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit and Polokwane.According to several media reports, the company is said to have spent approximately R1-billion on building its network.Licensed operators will be able to buy multiple capacity increments of 155 megabits per second up to 10 gigabits per second, with Broadband Infraco’s lowest capacity service translating into being able to stream about 20 high definition (HDTV) movies simultaneously.The fibre-optic cables are scalable up to hundreds of gigabits of data per second, depending on future growth.According to an article on local website TechCentral this week, Broadband Infraco CEO Dave Smith says the company is now looking to the private sector to form partnerships, instead of replicating networks.“Instead of building multiple cables to Mtunzini, why not consolidate and build it together. It makes more sense,” Smith told the website, which goes on to explain that Mtunzini, on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, hosts the landing stations for the SA-Far East, Seacom and the East African Submarine System cables.Providing regional linkagesBroadband Infraco’s network also extends connectivity to the borders of neighbouring countries, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.Broadband Infraco has also made a significant investment as an anchor party in the new West Africa Cable System (WACS), an undersea cable that will link countries in southern Africa, western Africa and Europe with 5.12 terabits per second of international bandwidth capacity. The cable is scheduled for completion in the third quarter 2011.The state-owned enterprise was established by the Department of Public Enterprises in 2006 under a statutory mandate to increase availability and affordability of access to electronic communications through the provision of both electronic communication network services and electronic communication services.The department owns 76% of the company, with the remaining 24% being held by another state-owned institution, the Industrial Development Corporation.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe third and largest jury award in a series of nuisance lawsuits in North Carolina yielded a $473.5 million award for plaintiffs claiming harm from hog farms owned by Smithfield. The verdict will reduce to $94 million due to a state law that caps punitive damages.Agricultural interests are claiming that the lawsuits circumvent state right to farm laws and are seeking state legislative responses. Opponents are also hoping to reverse a gag order issued by the court to impose communication restrictions on potential witnesses, parties and lawyers in the cases. The federal judge in the case, Hon. Earl Britt from the Eastern District of North Carolina, is stepping down due to health issues. Hon. David Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia will replace Judge Britt and will soon hear a fourth trial that targets a 7,100 head hog farm in Sampson County, North Carolina.
250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam “It’s great to be one of the last two teams standing, we’ll see how it goes,” said Kevin Durant, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.San Antonio’s only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUnsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with “Manu, Manu” chants as the game came to a close.“An amazing competitor, even more fun playing against him,” Durant said of Ginobili. “He was phenomenal this series.” Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. San Antonio didn’t go down without a fight despite the injuries.Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.The effort made Spurs coach Gregg Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors’ depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.Golden State shot 56 percent and were 14 for 39 on 3-pointers.Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay NBA: No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Lue View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Bryn Forbes (11) defend during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. AP(Updated, 12:56 p.m.) SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Curry scored 36 points as the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night (Tuesday, Manila), becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The Inside Out Film Festival is an LGBTQ film festival. It runs May 23 to June 2 in Toronto.A Night at Switch n’ Play premieres June 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. A documentary about the long-running, Brooklyn-based queer performance art collective Switch n’ Play will have its world premiere at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival.A Night at Switch n’ Play (pictured) chronicles one night at Brooklyn’s eponymous queer bar, featuring a series of subversive drag and burlesque shows. The one hour and 10-minute film follows the performers and the community that forms in the famous safe and inclusive performance space.The film is produced by Sour Peach Films and Grit & Glitter Productions. Cody Stickels directs, with Chelsea Moore producing. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement A Night at Switch n’ Play
APTN National NewsThe federal government wants to shut the doors on Insite, the country’s only safe injection site. In Vancouver, where Insite is located, supporters are rallying to save the institution. They say Insite saves lives; over seventeen thousand of them, according to one metric.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts spoke with Insite’s supporters in Vancouver.
2012U-17 WCYouth32.00 Dynasty Points are awarded for success in a tournament. A team gets 1,000 points for winning the tournament, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16.* Ties are counted as a half-win.Source: FIFA YearTournamentTypeMatchesWins*Dynasty Points 2015World CupSenior76.51000– 1991World CupSenior66.01000– 2004U-19 WCYouth65.0350– Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which began in 1991), capturing the Cup three times and winning more matches (33) than any other country. Along the way, Team USA has given us multiple generations of superstars, the latest of which includes names like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath — all of whom figure to represent the Stars and Stripes in France next summer.But this won’t quite be the same roster as the one last seen hoisting the World Cup in 2015 (or even the one America sent to the 2016 Olympics). Likely gone are goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Christie Rampone and Ali Krieger, among others. And while the U.S. has perpetually been able to retool on the fly with the emergence of even greater young talent than before (remember Morgan’s breakout performance as a 22-year-old at the 2011 World Cup?), there’s growing concern that the next generation won’t be as ready to carry the torch.Specifically, the U.S. results at the youth level — including both the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups — have been pretty mediocre in recent years. The U.S. didn’t advance out of its group in either tournament this year and has advanced past the quarterfinals just twice at the youth level since 2008.1That year, Morgan helped power the U.S. to the championship at the Under-20 Cup with this ridiculous goal. 2002U-19 WCYouth66.01000– 2003World CupSenior65.0350– Is the USWNT’s youth-level talent pipeline drying up?Results for the United States at both the World Cup and youth-level tournaments Obviously, those 2018 youth players won’t be old enough in 2019 to figure into the senior team’s World Cup fortunes. But the lack of earlier success could suggest a down period coming for the Americans in upcoming World Cups. At least, that’s assuming youth-level results are predictive of future senior-team outcomes. But is that true?Fortunately for the U.S., the relationship there is only a moderate one. To measure this, I’m using a system called “Dynasty Points,” which I’ve used before to track a team’s postseason success over multiple years. In each tournament, you get 1,000 points for winning the whole thing, 500 for finishing second, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16 (when applicable).2These values are roughly scaled to reflect how many teams you needed to beat out in order to reach a given level of the tournament, while keeping the value of winning at a constant 1,000. If a team’s performance at the youth level was cause for concern or optimism for later iterations of the senior team, we’d expect a strong relationship between World Cup dynasty points and dynasty points produced by the youth teams in the decade between five and 15 years before.But looking at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups (and weighting by the number of youth tournaments that led up to each — meaning 2015 had more of a sample, since the era of two youth tournaments didn’t begin until 2008), the correlation coefficient between youth performance and World Cup success is 0.49. That’s not a nonexistent relationship by any means, but it also indicates that about three-quarters of the variation between countries in World Cup success is explained by something other than youth-level results in the years beforehand.Broadly speaking, if a team consistently finishes well in the Under-17 and Under-20 events, it tends to do better at the World Cup as well. Many of the most successful youth-level countries — such as Germany, the U.S. and Japan — are also among the best World Cup teams. But the relationship isn’t perfect. According to Dynasty Points, North Korea is the most successful youth-level team since 2002, winning four tournaments and finishing second on two other occasions. Yet North Korea has advanced out of the group stage just once in its World Cup history.3The North Korean team was banned from the 2015 World Cup after a doping investigation. Meanwhile, Norway and Sweden have been incredibly successful at the World Cup level (they rank third and fifth in all-time Dynasty Points, respectively) and have combined to advance out of the group stage of a youth tournament just twice since 2002.The U.S.’s own history is instructive in the imperfect relationship between youth results and World Cup outcomes. Although it dominated junior tournaments from 2002 to 2008 — winning two events, finishing second in another and never losing before the semifinals — it has also made two World Cup Finals and won Olympic gold with the senior squad since its ongoing youth-level dry spell began in 2010. 2007World CupSenior64.5350– 2008U-17 WCYouth63.5500– 2010U-20 WCYouth42.5115– 2008U-20 WCYouth65.01000– 2011World CupSenior64.0500– 2012U-20 WCYouth64.51000– 1999World CupSenior66.01000– 1995World CupSenior64.5350– 2016U-17 WCYouth31.00 2018U-20 WCYouth31.50 2014U-20 WCYouth42.0115– 2006U-20 WCYouth64.0250– 2018U-17 WCYouth31.00 2016U-20 WCYouth63.0250– It bears mentioning that the 2012 Under-20 squad also won gold, so the U.S.’s recent youth results haven’t been completely devoid of success. And it’s also important to note that the senior team can poach promising young stars from the youth level, inherently limiting the U.S.’s performance in U-17 and (especially) U-20 tournaments in favor of bolstering the main roster.It’s true that next summer’s team will be asking more of some players who hadn’t taken on full-fledged starring roles in previous major tournaments. But a number of those have drawn rave reviews during friendlies and qualifiers with the national team this year, including Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both of whom also logged time on the 2016 Olympic team. And forward Mallory Pugh, who will turn 21 just a few months before the World Cup, is as promising as any member of the U.S.’s next generation. Pugh returned from injury to score six goals and set up three others in 10 international games this year — and could be just scratching the surface of her talent.According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age of Team USA in its 2018 games was 26.4 years old, compared with the average age of 32.6 for the group that took the field in the 2015 World Cup. A few standbys do remain from the rosters of old — Lloyd and Rapinoe are still the anchors of this team, while Morgan remains at the top of her game, having scored or assisted on 14 goals in 15 games with the national team this year. But the 2019 World Cup will also serve as a transition of sorts into a new era for the USWNT. And although America’s youth-level results leading up to next year aren’t great, we shouldn’t assume that the U.S.’s senior-team dominance will end any time soon.
During last weekend’s match at Saint Francis, the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team struggled to maintain a lead early in the first set. The Buckeyes settled in during the second and third sets, establishing scoring runs that propelled them to a victory in straight sets.“We kind of expected (a big crowd). (Saint Francis) usually bring out a pretty good crowd when we go out there,” said senior libero Gabriel Domecus. “They were definitely loud and getting in everyone’s ear, but I think we managed — after the first set — to kind of get used to it and use it to our advantage to play better.”OSU (6-0) now has a quick turnaround hosting No. 14 Penn State on Tuesday at St. John Arena at 7 p.m. It will be the teams’ 110th meeting since 1971.“The good thing is that we know Penn State pretty well.” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We’ve got enough veteran guys on our team that know enough about the veteran guys on Penn State to where that’s a pretty easy preparation.”The Nittany Lions come into the matchup after falling to 3-3 last Thursday in a heartbreaker to No. 10 Loyola-Chicago in five sets. Penn State is 71-38-1 against OSU all-time, but has only managed to win one of the last five meetings, including losses in both meetings last season.A win on Tuesday would move the Buckeyes’ winning streak to 30 games. The school record is 32 games set at the end of the 1969 and beginning of the 1970 seasons.“I actually didn’t even know that was the school record to be honest,” Domecus said. “We’re just trying to keep playing well. We keep getting better on a daily basis. I wouldn’t say we’re trying to go out there and specifically break any records.”The Buckeyes will have to watch out for Penn State’s top-hitter, senior outside hitter Chris Nugent. He leads his team with 92 kills on the season. OSU faces stiff competition at the net on offense as well with Penn State’s defense ranking 10th in digs per set. Redshirt sophomore libero leads Penn State with 70 digs.OSU will counter Penn State’s defense with its leading scorers in junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite Miles Johnson. Johnson leads the team in kills with 80. He gained in 1000th career kill in OSU’s game against Stanford on Jan. 14, becoming the 15th Buckeye to reach the mark.“I think when you have zero expectation of something like that and you earn it, it’s a pretty crazy feeling,” Johnson said. “I don’t even know how to describe the feeling. I was kind of in awe.”After Penn State, OSU has back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday against Barton College and No. 4 Long Beach State at St. John Arena.