Giants win behind impressive rookie, flip switch on Padres who suddenly look different

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants traveled to Petco Park for the first series of the 2019 season, they helped the San Diego Padres inspire hope in the local fan base.The young, exciting Padres turned heads with their energy, their raw talent and three wins in four games over a Giants squad that appeared slow, flawed and behind the times.The Giants (28-38) haven’t exactly turned the tables over the last two months, but they managed to flip a switch against San Diego in this week’s two-game …last_img

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SA public transport enters new phase

first_img16 October 2013 Johannesburg has commissioned the second phase of its multi-billion rand bus rapid transit system – part of a 13-city integrated public transport system rollout that is creating tens of thousands of jobs and driving the localisation of bus manufacturing in South Africa. The system, featuring dedicated bus lanes, easy access stations, reliable scheduling and routes designed both to integrate with other transport modes and connect previously underserved urban areas, promises to transform public transport in South Africa’s major centres. Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems are currently being constructed in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth, and the the government plans to extend it to seven more cities – Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, East London, Polokwane, Msunduzi, Ekurhuleni and George – over the next five years.Opening up South Africa’s cities Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, speaking at the opening of the east-west link of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya BRT system on Monday, said the system aimed “to bring many of the benefits of car ownership to the public transport system: namely flexibility, speed and wide access”. Patel noted that the spatial geography of apartheid had separated economic hubs from residential areas, both countrywide and in the cities, where large townships such as Soweto served as “dormitory settlements from which workers were transported daily to the industrial and commercial areas and affluent suburbs”. The new integrated public transport system for South Africa’s cities sought to address this by connecting work and residence in a more integrated way. “Modern cities work on a combination of transport modes,” he added. “Our challenge has been to connect these seamlessly so that workers can use these in combination to reach their destinations.” Patel said that Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya system had so far created 21 925 jobs in its construction phase, and that Johannesburg and Cape Town would be spending R624-million between them this year on 220 locally assembled BRT buses. As the BRT system is rolled out in other cities, “they too will specify locally manufactured buses for public entities to purchase, creating we hope the economies of scale and market size that will see a dynamic, competitive local bus assembly industry”.Infrastructure for inclusive growth Patel noted that the BRT system was part of a wider, R4.3-trillion infrastructure programme that would fundamentally reshape South African economy and society. “The national infrastructure plan announced in 2012 is the biggest intervention by government to lay the physical platform for inclusive growth and social development in more than 40 years.” The plan comprises 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs), including plans to build a new seaport and inland ports, along with new roads, power stations, windfarms, dams, hospitals, universities, and railway lines to the country’s untapped mineral reserves. “All these programmes are intended to make the life of citizens better through creating new economic opportunities and creating jobs, and by making our cities and rural areas better places to live,” Patel said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Brown up for IRB Sevens Player of the Year

first_img8 May 2014Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown was one of four players nominated for the coveted 2014 IRB Sevens Player of the Year Award, the International Rugby Board announced on Wednesday.With Brown leading, the Blitzbokke began the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series with a fourth place finish in Australia before reaching five successive finals, winning two of them. Those results took them to the top of the standings.Unfortunately, he suffered a serious concussion in South Africa’s very first match in the Hong Kong Sevens and since then the Blitzbokke’s fortunes, in his absence, have dived.They failed to make the Cup semi-finals for the first time this season in Hong Kong, having to settle for victory in the Plate final. Then, this past weekend, they suffered their worst result of the season, losing in the semi-finals of the Plate. Coincidental or not, it is noteworthy that in Brown’s absence the Springbok Sevens team’s performances have fallen off dramatically.ShortlistBrown is joined on the shortlist by an Englishman, a Fijian, and a New Zealander.Ahead of the final round of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in London this coming weekend, Brown (South Africa), Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand), Tom Mitchell (England) and Samisoni Viriviri (Fiji) were named as the nominees for the prestigious honour.Their nominations came from the management teams of the 15 core sides who compete at all nine rounds of the World Series.The winner will be announced at a function following the final round of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham on 10-11 May.NominationsThe IRB nominations read as follows:Kyle Brown, SA – As captain of South Africa, Brown has led the Springbok Sevens to Cup wins in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas this season, and six top-four finishes. A flanker in the 15-man game, Brown’s versatility and strength allows him to play hooker in Sevens, a position he has made his own, and he is a fine ambassador for the game.Tim Mikkelson, NZ – The reigning IRB Sevens Player of the year, Mikkelson makes the shortlist on the back of another supremely consistent season for champions elect, New Zealand. Able to play in the forwards and across the backline, Mikkelson’s fitness levels make him one of the best support players in the game and he is second only to Viriviri in the try-scoring charts.Tom Mitchell, ENG – Handed the England captaincy by new coach Simon Amor, Mitchell has led by example and inspired his side to six top-four finishes so far. His restarts are key to England’s ball-winning capabilities and he is also the season’s top point-scorer with 310.Samisoni Viriviri, FIJ – In the mould of all the greatest Fijian flyers, Samisoni Viriviri has electric pace and a sharp eye for the line. His clinical finishing has helped Fiji to wins in Dubai and Tokyo and he scores at the rate of one try per game, with 48 so far this season.‘Highest accolade’IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, said in a statement: “These four players have performed supremely this season and to be nominated by the teams you have played against is the highest accolade you can receive as a player.“This shows just how significant their individual contributions have been for their teams and I would like to thank them and all the rest of the players for their dedication this season, and for making the HSBC Sevens World Series such a huge success.”The men’s Sevens is the first IRB Award to be announced in 2014.IRB Sevens Player of the Year – Roll of honour  2013: Tim Mikkelson, New Zealand2012: Tomasi Cama, New Zealand2011: Cecil Afrika, South Africa2010: Mikaele Pesamino, Samoa2009: Ollie Phillips, England2008: DJ Forbes, New Zealand2007: Afeleke Pelenise, New Zealand2006: Uale Mai, Samoa2005: Orene Ai’i, New Zealand2004: Simon Amor, England SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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ASA honors Joslin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently honored the late Rob Joslin, of Sidney with its Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus, at its annual awards banquet during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.The Lifetime Achievement Award-Association Focus is ASA’s highest recognition. It honors individualsRob Joslinwho have provided many years of outstanding leadership and dedication to the work of ASA and U.S. soybean farmers.Joslin, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2016, was remembered by fellow soybean farmers and friends during the awards banquet, and his wife Ellen Joslin and daughter Gail (Joslin) Kelley accepted his posthumous award.Joslin was a member of the Ohio Soybean Association and ASA for nearly 30 years. He served on numerous committees and in all top leadership positions at both the state and national level. He was also a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary.During nearly a decade on the ASA Board of Directors, Joslin served five years on Executive Committee, and began his year as ASA president in December 2009.During his three-year officer cycle with ASA, Joslin spent hundreds of “volunteer” hours working on policy, regulatory and trade issues to benefit soybean farmers.He was instrumental in developing ASA positions on two farm bills. He was engaged in many legislative efforts, involving such issues as the biodiesel tax incentive, estate taxes and ag appropriations. He also provided strong representation for U.S. soybean farmers on numerous trade issues.“Through all his work, Rob led with integrity, a deep knowledge of the issues and a vision for the future. He left his mark on the soybean industry and ASA is proud and grateful for his impact,” said Ron Moore, ASA President. “Rob was a true leader, forging collaboration and non-partisan relationships and always with a positive outlook and a determination to do his best in every way.”last_img read more

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Bicycling Directions, Trails Come to Google Maps

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There’s nothing worse for a bicyclist than finding yourself a mile in to a two-mile stretch of shoulder-less, busy, highway-speed traffic with no alternative route. Before today, this was a common occurrence if you went to trusty Google Maps to get bicycling directions, but starting today, that has all changed.Google has added bicycling directions, lanes and routes to Google Maps, meaning you no longer have to drive, walk or bus to get directions. And we can tell you, bicyclists are excited.Before now, the only option to cyclists to get even remotely appropriate directions, was to use the walking option, but this would still ignore bike trails. Google has heard the pleas of cyclists and, from first look, we have to say that the feature is well implemented.We gave it a test to see if it would put us on some of Austin’s more bike unfriendly streets, but it managed to chose some good alternative routes and stick to the bike trails when it could. The directions got a little wonky when we threw it a few curve balls, but we expect this to happen with any mapping service, especially one still in beta. But, as we’ve learned, you can’t just go mindlessly follow directions, lest you end up in a lake.The new feature also includes a “Bicycling Layer”, which shows bike paths and bike-friendly streets with or without lanes. Three different lanes appear in the layer. Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail;Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road;Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanesAccording to Google, it has also taken steps to avoid uphill and long downhill routes, busy roads and even busy intersections. Google says that it even takes hills and other factors into account when calculating your trip time. “Assuming typical values for mass and for wind resistance, we compute the effort you’ll require and the speed you’ll achieve while going uphill,” Google says in its Lat Long Blog.Google worked with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to bring more than 12,000 miles of biking trails to its map, along with bike lanes and recommended streets for 150 cities across the country. Google makes sure to point out that the feature is still in beta, so feel free to tell Google the next time you find yourself on a crowded, shoulder-less highway because of Google Maps.And for those of you headed to fair Austin this week, make sure to take a look at the new feature, because it includes all of Austin’s numerous bike trails and bike lanes. If you’ve never been to Austin for SXSW before, bicycling is the way to get around town and now you’ll know how to get there.last_img read more

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The Browns Have A Tight End Whos Defying Time

Jerry Williams311954LH6668610 RECEIVING YARDS Barnidge has 667 receiving yards for the Browns through 10 games (on pace for 1,067), plus seven touchdowns. That’s more than the 603 yards he totaled in his first seven seasons. This kind of late blooming is rare: The table below shows all players who had at least 500 receiving yards in a season after turning 30 and in that season surpassed their career total up to that point.1We looked at players with at least 1 receiving yard before their breakout year. Woodley Lewis331958RE9690642 M.L. Harris301984TE5759487 Mervyn Fernandez301989WR31,0691,041 Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is 30 years old. Most would call him a young man — a millennial, even! He was 4 when the Berlin Wall came down, one of his favorite actors is Jonah Hill, and he’s participated in a reality TV dating show.In NFL years, though, he’s a geezer. Our perceptions of the average age of an NFL player are sometimes skewed by visibility — the best players tend to have the longest careers. But only 19 percent of active players are 30 or older, and most players peak in their mid-to-late 20s. Which is why it’s impressive that Barnidge is having the best season of his career, by far: Gary Barnidge302015TE8667603 Pat Curran301975TE761983 Willie Miller311978WR376757 PLAYERAGEYEARPOSSEASON #IN SEASONCAREER PRIOR Jim Jensen301988WR8652414 These are not exactly household names — it’s tough to build a memorable career with such a late start, and most of these players had just the one good NFL season to their name. Barnidge’s closest comp is probably Pat Curran, another tight end with a particularly belated breakout season (seven years in, to Barnidge’s eight). Curran faded after 1975, tallying 349, 123 and 92 yards in his last three seasons, but Barnidge could be on pace for a lot more yardage in his breakout year. Although the list above can’t make anyone optimistic about his prospects, the Cleveland end is in uncharted territory. Lou Piccone301979WR6556537 read more

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Womens swimming Lindsey Clary takes home Big Ten title in 400 IM

Ohio State then-junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsSenior Lindsey Clary captured a Big Ten championship title in the 400-yard individual medley for the second consecutive year and her third individual Big Ten title of her career. Clary won the event with a time of 4:04.09, dropping two seconds off her time in the preliminaries to seal the championship. Junior Liz Li had another stellar turnout on Friday after taking home a Big Ten title the previous day. Li placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time 50.90, breaking her own OSU record. The final day of competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m., again. Fans will be able to watch the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving, and 400-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes remained in fifth place through Friday’s competition — behind Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively. Li also contributed to another OSU record Friday, alongside teammates sophomore Maria Coy, junior Macie McNichols and junior Cheyenne Meek. The foursome combined for a new OSU record of 1:27.99 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning the Buckeyes a second-place finish, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The Buckeyes had four top-10 finishers in the 400-yard individual medley, while no other school had more than one. In addition to Clary’s triumph, junior Meg Bailey and freshman Kathrin Demler finished in the top five with times of 4:08.35 and 4:09.75 respectively, and freshman Molly Kowal finished 10th with a time of 4:12.64. The success of these four made this the strongest event for the Buckeyes so far this weekend. read more

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