Matt Olson, Mark Canha deliver with bats and gloves in Oakland Athletics’ win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — There was one split moment in the A’s 6-2 win over the Yankees upped manager Bob Melvin’s heart rate a bit. But how worried could he be, really?Matt Olson — ever the quietly reliable, yet, simultaneously spectacular first baseman — was trotting toward DJ LeMaheiu’s ground ball dribbling down the line. With Michael Tauchman on first, all of Olson’s momentum pointed to an easy tag out that advanced the runner into scoring position.But then Olson switched gears and fired to Marcus …last_img

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VD Linde lifts FIA Academy Young Driver Award

first_img22 July 2014South African motor racing prodigy Kelvin van der Linde was awarded the Driver of the Year award for the 2014 International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Young Driver Excellence Academy at a graduation ceremony at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on Friday.The 18-year-old was presented with a trophy and certificate at the culmination of a seven-month programme that included five different workshops attended by 10 young racing drivers from eight countries. Van der Linde was the official representative of the African continent.The Young Driver Excellence Academy is an initiative of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.Intensive selection processVan der Linde earned his place at the 2014 Academy after an intensive selection process that involved events around the world at the end of 2013. Each FIA National Sporting Authority (NSA), including Motorsport South Africa, nominated a driver to attend the selection process. Five qualifiers were chosen and were joined by five wild card participants.The Academy offers a fully-funded training programme to help develop the participants’ motor sport careers, while increasing safety skills and promoting fairness and responsibility on and off the track.‘Expert tutelage’Drivers benefitted from the expert tutelage of former Formula One driver Alex Wurz of Austria and former World Rally Championship co-driver Robert Reid of England.As part of Van der Linde’s prize, Wurz and Reid will assist him in his career progression, ensuring he has the chance to meet key people and develop opportunities in the sport.‘A well-deserved winner’Wurz commented: “Selecting a winner is never easy. However Kelvin’s performance across the entire range of the Academy was outstanding and makes him a well- deserved winner.“It’s always at the end of the Academy during this last workshop that you realise you work with such promising talent and appreciate the friendships you have built with such extraordinary young people like this year’s Academy graduates.”Reid said: “Kelvin is a well-deserved winner of the Academy. He has performed well throughout, but also learnt a lot and improved on all levels.”ImpressedAccording to the Academy, Van der Linde, the 2012 South African VW Cup champion and 2013 European VW Scirocco R-Cup champion – he is the youngest to have won either of these titles – impressed not only with his speed on the circuit, but with his willingness and enthusiasm to engage with the Academy programme, which is aimed at developing and improving motor sport safety and sustainability and promotes excellence and achievement in all areas of motor sport.He also demonstrated a strong appreciation and understanding of key safety aspects of the Academy throughout the year.Van der Linde, who currently leads the ADAC GT Masters Championship for GT3 sports cars in Europe at the halfway stage in a Prosperia C. Abt Audi R8 with German co-driver Rene Rast, was thrilled to be named Academy Driver of the Year and said he is excited to continue implementing the lessons he has learnt.‘This is amazing’“I’m really speechless right now. To come to the Academy as the African representative where, despite being a large continent, racing is still growing and to win this is amazing,” he said.“I came here with an open mind, ready to learn, and gave it my best. It’s great to win and receive this trophy, but the real work starts now.”That work includes a return to the “real world” and catching up on his matric preliminary examinations at school. He missed the first three exams because of last week’s final Academy workshop in France and will be working hard to catch up this week.“While a motor sport career is what I have chosen for myself, I realise the value of completing my school education and intend to achieve as good a matric result as I can,” Van der Linde said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Mdzananda goes the extra mile for pet care

first_imgAn animal clinic running from six recycled shipping containers treats dogs and cats from a community of over 1.5 million people without help from the City of Cape Town. (Image: Mdzananda Animal Clinic)The township is overrun with stray dogs and cats, while family pets also lack the necessary health care but Mdzananda Animal Clinic aims to change all that: it has re-launched its mobile outreach clinic services to impoverished communities in Cape Town.Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only veterinary council registered animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Mdzananda – meaning distemper in the local isiXhosa language – was established in 1996 to treat animals that did not have access to veterinary care in the fast-growing community.THE ANIMALS ARE LOVEDDr Blessing Chiriseri, a veterinarian at the clinic, recalls his arrival at Mdzananda: “Just over a year ago I finished vet school and moved to Cape Town to become part of the great Mdzananda Animal Clinic team. Shortly after arrival I found myself overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of roaming pets in the township. My initial reaction was probably what most people would have – that ‘No-one really cares for these poor animals.’”It took a year for Chiriseri to realise the amount of work that goes into running Mdzananda and the love the people have for their animals, even though they cannot afford proper health care for them. “One year on, my perspective has taken a complete 180° turn. Twelve months and thousands of animals later has helped me made understand how much dedication there is from the Mdzananda team.“However, the greatest depiction of care and love has been the countless numbers of people, young and old, pushing their pets in shopping carts from far and wide in search of help. I have completely immersed myself in this beautiful interaction,” Chiriseri says.MEASURING IMPACTThe clinic took time a few months ago to take a closer look at its outreach programme, which was meant to serve communities that were further away from the established Mdzananda structures.“This step back afforded us the opportunity to assess the impact we had had over the years and a lot seemed out dated and inadequate,” Chiriseri explains. “Shifts in lifestyle and the economics of the communities meant a lot required to be tailored to better suit the different areas and particular household structures, and particularly the times when people are at home and available to bring their pets to mobiles.”The clinic found that the most important element – education – was missing. “The major aspect that required and still requires immediate and meticulous attention is education. The interaction with clients has revealed how little animal health care information these owners are equipped with. However the community seems very keen to learn [a priceless tool].”With this in mind, the new mobile outreach programme will include specific days set aside for educating people, with satellite clinic days as well.“Our satellite clinics are simply an extension of our consultation rooms, which means we are now able to properly treat some animals at these sites and to identify and admit patients needing hospital care back at Mdzananda HQ… The methods we are going to use are entirely tailored to each area we will visit. The socio-economic situation of each household visited will be appraised and then given the utmost consideration. It is always important to realise that the quality of life of the animal will only be determined by that of its owner.”Chiriseri believes these are exciting times for the clinic, and the team will have the best possible outcomes with the mobile clinic and impact powerfully on the community and the lives of their pets.“In conclusion I must say, the first day of our re-launch was a great success. The team really showed a different but positive kind of enthusiasm and we intend to keep it that way for decades to come. We are striving to make education Mdzananda’s long lasting legacy,” he adds.Anyone can help the mobile clinic by sponsoring a pet per month. Each pet receives a vaccination and de-wormer at the cost of R70 to the clinic. Each unsterilised pet is also sterilised at a cost of R200. If you are able to sponsor one pet a month for either of these treatments the team at Mdzananda Animal Clinic will be extremely grateful. Send an email to marcelle@mdzananda.co.za if you are interested in becoming a monthly donor.last_img read more

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Rajiv Gandhi statue vandalised in Ludhiana

first_imgA statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was vandalised in Ludhiana on December 25 by some persons, who Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh claimed, owed allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal in the State.The Chief Minister has asked the police to take action in the matter and identify the perpetrators. Paint was sprayed by miscreants on the statue at the Salem Tabri area in Ludhiana, police said. They carried out the act in full public glare and blamed Rajiv Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, they said.Condemning the incident, Capt. Singh tweeted, “Strongly condemn vandalisation of Rajiv Gandhi’s statue by @Akali_ Dal_ workers in Ludhiana. Have asked Police to identify the guilty & take strict action.” “@officeofssbadal should apologise to people of Punjab for this obnoxious act,” he posted on Twitter tagging the office of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Capt. Singh also asked the SAD to apologise to the people of Punjab for this act.Police said the miscreants demanded that statues of Rajiv Gandhi across the country be removed and Bharat Ratna conferred on him be withdrawn. The statue was later cleaned by some Ludhiana Congress leaders.Ludhiana Congress unit president Gurpreet Singh said they have lodged a police complaint.last_img read more

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Hosni Mubarak’s trial adjourned till September 5, no live telecast

first_imgThe Egypt court ruled that the trial of Hosni Mubarak will no longer be telecast live.The historic trial of Egypt ‘s fallen president Hosni Mubarak was on Monday adjourned till September 5 after the ailing former strongman returned to court wheeled on a stretcher to answer charges of ordering the killing of over 800 anti-regime protesters, as his followers and opponents scuffled in the streets outside.In another dramatic day at the trial that has gripped the Arab world, the court ruled that the proceedings will no longer be telecast live.Judge Ahmed Refaat also decided to merge Mubarak’s trial will now be merged with that of ex-interior minister Habib al-Adli, a step welcomed by lawyers for the families of protesters killed in the uprising.Mubarak, 83, faces death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of around 800 pro-democracy protesters.He is also facing corruption charges along with his sons Alaa and Gamal, both of whom were also present in the case in prison uniform.As the toppled leader made his second appearance in court, scuffles broke out outside the court house between the former president’s supporters and antagonists.”Hosni Mubarak is not Saddam” and “He is Egyptian until death” read the placards as a number of his supporters gathered outside the court guarded by hundreds of riot policemen.Mubarak, wearing a navy blue sports sweater, appeared in a caged defendant’s box and answered “present” when trial judge Refaat called his name. He was earlier flown in to the court in a military helicopter from a Cairo hospital.He was also seen exchanging words with his sons during the proceedings.The proceedings were often unruly and chaotic as a large number of prosecution lawyers raised their points.The judge ordered the merger of the trials of Mubarak and al Adli, and announced that live TV coverage would end “in the interest of the public” while adjourning the case to September 5.The trial of Adli on charges of killing nearly 800 demonstrators during the uprising had resumed yesterday. He has already been sentenced to 12 years in prison for money-laundering.Defence lawyers have also demanded that Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who was Mubarak’s defence minister for two decades, and now leads the military council, testify over the former president’s role in suppressing the uprising.Mubarak was ousted in a massive uprising against his 30 year long regime in February following which the military took up the role of a caretaker government to make way for democratic elections in the country.advertisementlast_img read more

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William And Elizabeth Shatner With Wells Fargo To Host Check Presentation

first_imgWilliam Shatner will join his wife Elizabeth, Wells Fargo Greater Los Angeles Lead Region President, David DiCristofaro and Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Jonathan Weedman at a news event to announce a major contribution to support therapeutic service for military veterans, Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 AM at Shadow Hills Riding Club, 10263 La Canada Way, #2, Shadow Hills, Calif.As part of the news conference, Wells Fargo will make a check presentation to The All Glory Project, an organization seeking to promote, foster and support programs and institutions that utilize animal-assisted and adjunct therapies in aiding military veterans and their families.The All Glory Project’s mission is to educate the public about opportunities to support equine-assisted therapy.last_img

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Lance Stephenson Takes Less to Sign With Hornets After

Lance Stephenson, who blew into LeBron James’ ear during a playoff game, drawing criticism from around the NBA, blew $17 million by signing with the Charlotte Hornets instead of re-signing with the Indiana Pacers.Stephenson apparently considered the Pacers’ five-year, $44 million offer an insult and instead signed on with the Hornets for a deal worth $27 million, according to league sources.The mercurial swingman met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho, head coach Steve Clifford and associate head coach Patrick Ewing on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The move ends Stephenson’s productive yet controversial time in Indiana.Stephenson, who led the league in triple-doubles, felt the Pacers’ offer was “low ball.” The Charlotte contract pays him $200,000 more per year, but the overall value is much lower than what Indiana offered him. At the end of the day, he left $17 million in guaranteed money on the table.There is a chance this could end up being a smart move for Stephenson. He will be just 26 when his contract with the Hornets is up in the summer of 2017. With the salary cap set to skyrocket in the wake of the league’s new TV rights deals, Stephenson could be well positioned to cash in if he continues to grow as a player.“Reports throughout the negotiation process with Indiana have often strayed from the truth, but suffice it to say that it was less about the money,” Stephenson’s agent Alberto Ebanks said in a statement. “Lance will miss the city, the team and the mentor who helped transform him into the dynamic player he has become. He looks forward to making a strong contribution and beginning a new chapter with the Charlotte Hornets. … While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides, there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract.”The Pacers were unwilling to offer Stephenson a shorter deal, spanning two or three years, sources said. Indiana was also unwilling to increase its offer.Stephenson, who challenged James in the regular season and fought with teammate Evan Turner in practice, would have signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks for $20 million had the Houston Rockets matched the Mavs’ offer to Chandler Parsons. But the Rockets let Parsons go, opening the way for Jordan and the Hornets.Like many teams, the Hornets, while fans of Stephenson’s play, had concerns about his antics and attitude. But sources say those concerns were alleviated in Tuesday’s face-to-face meeting. read more

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What The NCAAs Longest Win Streak Looks Like

The streak is likely to survive into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have one game scheduled against a ranked opponent: Feb. 27 against 22nd-ranked University of South Florida Bulls – whom the Huskies beat in January 102-37 (no joke). But once they get to the tournament, they have a better chance than most years of losing, particularly to the Maryland Terrapins, whom they only beat by 6 points in December, or the Baylor Lady Bears, who despite also losing to the Huskies in November have been putting up Huskies numbers themselves this season. Related: Hot Takedown Leading by only 2 points with under 6 minutes left in the third quarter against the Gamecocks, the Huskies looked beatable — yet they won again. Such has been the story of the season so far. We’ll see if they can keep it up through March Madness. Though they’ve managed to keep the streak that was built on the back of Breanna Stewart’s remarkable career going, the Huskies haven’t dominated as much as they’re used to. This is unsurprising, considering they lost Stewart and their two other best players to the WNBA draft after last season (those players went 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall). Indeed, they’re probably having one of their worst statistical seasons in several years. Unfortunately for the rest of basketball, the Huskies’ off years are the stuff most schools’ dreams are made of: The No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies beat the 6th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 66-55 on Monday night for their NCAA-record 100th consecutive win. They last lost on Nov. 17, 2014, when they fell to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal, 88-86 in overtime. That loss snapped a 47-game winning streak itself, meaning that, between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost one game.Yes, once more for emphasis: Between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have four times as many national championships as they have losses.This is Connecticut’s third record-breaking streak this millennium. First, between 2001 and 2003, they won 70 games in a row – the longest winning streak in NCAA women’s basketball history, and in 2008-10, they won 90 games to break UCLA’s 88-game record set in 1970-74. Here’s what being the mother of all powerhouses looks like: Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? read more

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Huawei open to selling its 5G chips to Apple says report

first_img $999 Best Buy Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Huawei’s foldable Mate X phone uses the company’s in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The future of 5G on the iPhone is getting messy.Starting in 2016, Apple used chips from both Intel and Qualcomm to power its iPhone’s modem, connecting it to 4G cellular networks. But in 2018, the company switched entirely to Intel’s wireless chips for its $999 iPhone XS, $1,099 iPhone XS Max and $749 iPhone XR. And it’s believed the next iPhone will also use only Intel chips as well.That’s led to speculation the iPhone won’t be able to offer new 5G wireless technology until at least 2020. In the meantime, Apple and Qualcomm are battling in court over patent licensing, with the latest trial scheduled for next week in San Diego. While that court battle continues, it’s unlikely Qualcomm will supply 5G chips for iPhones anytime soon.While that drama plays out, the Chinese tech giant Huawei says it has a solution for Apple. The company said it’s “open” to selling its own 5G Balong 5000 chipsets to Apple, Engadget reported on Monday, citing an unnamed “source with knowledge of the situation.” Huawei declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. While Huawei may offer an alternative with its 5G modem, which is used in the Mate X phone, the company reportedly sells almost none of its wireless chips to other device makers because of national security concerns.Lawmakers in Washington consider Huawei a security threat, in part because of its close link with the Chinese government. As a result, federal agencies are banned from using the company’s products. The US has also encouraged other countries not to use Huawei tech with their 5G networks. As a result, Huawei devices are hard to come by in the US, despite it being one of the top phone makers in the world. For Apple, though, the lack of 5G wireless technology could be a liability. Every other major phone maker will have a 5G phone available by 2019.First published April 8, 1:13 p.m. PT.Update 2:30 p.m. PT: Adds details about Apple’s legal problems with Qualcomm, and Huawei national security concerns. Post a comment $999 Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See it See It $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img $999 Mobile Apple waiting on a 5G phone, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint… reading • Huawei ‘open’ to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Share your voice 0 5G Huawei Apple 1:08 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See Itlast_img read more

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Riva Ganguli visits Maitree bridge site

first_imgRiva Ganguly. Photo: UNBIndian high commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguly Das, visited the under-construction Bangladesh-India Maitree Bridge-1 and Ramgarh land port in Khagrachhari on Sunday.While visiting the sites Riva Ganguli said, “Maitree Bridge and land port will increase scopes of business besides developing inter-communication.”Khagrachari Hill District Council Chairman Kongjari Chowdhury, deputy commissioner Md Shahidul Islam, additional police super M M Salauddin, Ramgarh upazila chairman Bishwa Pradip Kumar Karbari, zilla parishad member Mongshui Pru and Jewel Chakma among other were present.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina jointly laid the foundation stone of India-Bangladesh Maitree Bridge over Feni River remotely through video conferencing in 2015.The bridge will connect Sabroom, a border town in southern Tripura with Ramgarh in Bangladesh. The construction is supposed to be completed by April 2020.On the other hand land acquisition for the construction of terminal, offices, depot and other infrastructures is nearly complete.last_img read more

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