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Ray Ratto: Sharks learn series won’t be simple; what else is new?

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first_imgYou almost certainly watched the Battle of Winterfell rather than Avalanche-Sharks 2 because, well, most of your chums and chumettes at work would be talking about it a lot more readily than the second game of this dysrhythmic series.You did the right thing. Besides, there are going to be lots more games in this series. Sunday night pretty well guaranteed that.Colorado’s 4-3 victory in Game 2 of this series at Le Centre du SAP was essentially as head coach Jared Bednar would have wanted it in …last_img read more

Tyler Beede, six Giants relievers combine to stun the Dodgers in shutout win

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first_imgWith closer Will Smith unavailable due to back tightness and primary set-up man Tony Watson out due to a bruised left wrist, it was Gustave who received a shot to shut the door in his 17th game with the Giants.“Will told me ‘I’m down today’ and he told me, ‘It’s probably you, you’ll be in the game,’ ” Gustave said.After walking A.J. Pollock to open the inning, Gustave put the game on ice by getting Kiké Hernández to roll into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.“When I was in the minor leagues, all the time I would have trouble with the first hitter,” Gustave said.Abad, a journeyman left-hander who spent the first four-plus months of the year at Triple-A, may have been the bullpen MVP on Saturday. After Coonrod hit Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner with a 98-mile per hour sinker, Abad entered and induced an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play from Cody Bellinger to end the bottom of the eighth.Beede had given up at least three runs in eight consecutive starts, all of which the Giants lost, but the right-hander showed fans why the club has been adamant about keeping him in the starting rotation throughout the second half of the season.Beede allowed seven baserunners in five innings, but never let the Dodgers score as he preserved a shutout with a fantastic pitch to the Dodgers MVP candidate, Bellinger, to end a pressure-packed bottom of the fifth.“That was hopefully a big out for him,” Bochy said. “To get that win, to get one of the best hitters out in the game with what was at stake.”After the Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs, Beede fell behind in the count 2-0 on Bellinger before painting back-to-back fastballs on the outside corner. The Los Angeles right fielder swung and fouled off the first before he sent a routine flyball to left field to end the inning.“I’m happy that I could get out of that situation facing a guy like Bellinger who’s so talented,” Beede said. “A lot of respect for him, but yeah that situation, just going right after him was the plan.”In his best performance since throwing eight shutout innings against the Mets on July 19, Beede proved he has an ability to go head-to-head and thrive against the toughest lineup in the National League. Anyone suggesting Beede’s performance was a fluke would be wrong, too, considering he threw six innings of one-run ball at Dodger Stadium to earn his first MLB victory on June 17.“Beede threw great, that’s the best his curveball has been in a long time,” Vogt said.The pitcher who followed Beede, Anderson, also enjoyed a strong outing as Anderson struck out two of the three Dodgers hitters he faced in the bottom of the sixth inning. Anderson topped out at 96.1 miles per hour with his fastball and picked up six swings and misses on 16 pitches.Anderson was a college closer at the University of Florida before transitioning into a starter role in the minor leagues, but after losing his spot in the Giants’ rotation this season, it’s possible Anderson has a more promising future as a reliever.“Anderson was special tonight,” Vogt said. “That was a glimpse of something pretty special.”Three of the first four Giants to come to the plate on Saturday reached against rookie starter Tony Gonsolin as the Dodgers rookie surrendered a leadoff bloop single to Mike Yastrzemski, a walk to Evan Longoria and a line drive single to Vogt.Pillar put the team on the board with a slow groundout to the left side of the infield that scored Yastrzemski, but that was the only run the club scored against Gonsolin.Pillar’s RBI groundout helped him become the first Giants player since 2016 (Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey) to record 80 RBI in a single season. A year after Andrew McCutchen led the club with 55 RBI, Pillar has a chance to become the first Giants batter with 90 RBI since Posey drove in 95 in 2015. The only run the Giants scored came on a routine RBI groundout from center fielder Kevin Pillar in the top of the first, but it was all they needed to hold off their rivals.Beede opened the night with five shutout innings before Giants manager Bruce Bochy began parading relievers from the visitor’s bullpen beyond the right field fence to the Dodger Stadium mound.The Giants used seven different pitchers including five rookies and held the Dodgers to just four hits in a performance that moved Bochy within five wins of 2,000 for his career.Relievers Shaun Anderson, Tyler Rogers, Andrew Suárez, Sam Coonrod and Fernando Abad combined to hold the Dodgers scoreless in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before rookie Jandel Gustave took the mound to try and earn his first career save.“What those kids did, they just handled themselves so well,” Bochy said. LOS ANGELES — A sleeping giant? Or sleeping against the Giants?It’s difficult to explain what happened to the Dodgers’ record-setting offense on Saturday night, but when the alarm clock started ringing in the late innings for Los Angeles, no one woke up.The Dodgers average more than 5.5 runs per game and have already set a new National League standard with 253 home runs this season, but a Giants pitching staff led by starter Tyler Beede tossed a stunning shutout in a 1-0 series-clinching win.“It was one of the most fun games I’ve ever caught,” Stephen Vogt said.last_img read more

Defense does it again: When 49ers needed it, Saleh’s guys brought it

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first_imgSANTA CLARA – Last Sunday, lineman Damontre Moore was cooking and watching his 6-month-old son at his house outside of Dallas, wondering if he would ever play in the NFL again.This Sunday, he made the play that sealed the 49ers’ 36-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.With the Cardinals down four with 31 seconds left, Moore tracked down receiver KeeSean Johnson from behind and forced a fumble that was recovered by safety Jaquiski Tartt at the Arizona 30. The 49ers later scored …last_img read more

No bedbugs for early humans

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first_imgArchaeologists sorting excavated material at Sibudu cave. (Image: Christine Sievers) Leaves in a plaster jacket. In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.(Image: Marion Bamford) Sibudu sediments showing evidence for the burning of plants. (Image: Lyn Wadley) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lindsay Marshall   Maropeng  +27 14 577 9021 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng sets green standard • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Angola a fossil hotspot • SA varsity leads the way in geosciencesWilma den HartighArchaeological excavations have delivered yet another significant find – this time at a rock shelter near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province. The fossil discovery, made by a team of researchers, reveals fascinating insights into the development of behavioural practices of early modern humans in Southern Africa.Archaeologists have been excavating the middle Stone Age site at the Sibudu cave, a sandstone cliff in northern KwaZulu-Natal about 40km north of Durban, since 1998.In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.The fossilised leaves and other artefacts discovered at Sibudu, such as the oldest bone and arrow, the oldest needle, and fossilised grass stems and leaves, are now on show in a new fossil display at Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng.Evidence of modern human behaviourThe discovery is an important addition to South Africa’s existing archaeological collection.What makes the plant bedding discovery so significant is that it reveals new information about the evolution of modern human behaviour, and shows how early Homo sapiens lived.Lindsay Marshall, curator at Maropeng, says that similar evidence has been discovered elsewhere in the world, but these discoveries date back to a more recent period than that of the Sibudu caves.The newest discovery is 50 000 years older than earlier reports of preserved bedding.The fossilised leaves reveal that early humans were using plants with insect repellent properties and placing them on the ground to sleep on – and possibly to live and work on too.This discovery could also be the earliest evidence of modern floor coverings, such as the carpets that we have in our homes today.According to the research team, led by Wits University archaeologist Prof Lyn Wadley, the findings suggest that during the Middle Stone Age, 77 000 years ago, our human ancestors had the cognitive ability to choose plants that contained insect repellent to sleep on.The fossilised grass stems and leaves were most likely sourced from the uThongathi River near Sibudu. Wits botanist Marion Bamford identified the leaves as belonging to Cryptocarya woodii, also known as the Cape laurel or river wild quince.The leaves of this tree contain chemicals that are insecticidal, and would be suitable for repelling mosquitoes.Wadley says that the selection of these leaves for the construction of bedding suggests that early inhabitants of Sibudu had an intimate knowledge of the plants surrounding the shelter, and were aware of their medicinal uses.Microscopic analysis of the bedding, conducted by Christopher Miller, a junior professor in geoarchaeology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, suggests that the inhabitants repeatedly refurbished the bedding during the course of occupation.In what could be an early form of house cleaning, the microscopic analysis found that the inhabitants of Sibudu regularly burned the bedding after use, possibly as a way to remove pests.According to Miller, this would have prepared the site for future occupation and indicates a novel use of fire for the maintenance of an occupation site.A rare fossil displayMarshall says that this discovery is one of a long list of important finds at Sibudu over the past decade. Over the years, this rock shelter has become a highly valuable site for archeological research.Other items discovered during the excavations include perforated seashells, believed to have been used as beads.“It is interesting to wonder what the beads were used for,” she says. “They were probably used either as gifts or for exchanges with other communities. Either way they had value,” she says.Wadley considers the discovery of the fossil plants and the perforated shells as major career highlights.“Sibudu is only the second site in South Africa where these shells have been found,” she says. “The other is Blombos Cave in the Western Cape.”Sharpened bone points which could have been used for hunting were also found at Sibudu, and indicate some of the earliest examples of modern human technology.The exhibition consists of lots of smaller items such as pieces of stone tools, tiny shells and fossilised leaves that can be viewed with magnifying glasses placed in each display cabinet.At a glance it might seem like a random collection of bits and pieces of stone, but what you are actually looking at are rare finds that are usually not displayed in exhibitions open to the public.“In the exhibition you look at small things, but their historical significance is huge,” says Marshall. “These discoveries are usually reserved for laboratories and journals.”• The exhibition, What makes us human: The significance of the Sibudu cave shelter, runs until the end of May at the Maropeng.last_img read more

Africa’s miners gather in Cape Town

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first_img30 January 2015More than 900 mining corporates will be attending the 21st annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, where chief executives representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will speak about the sector, where it is at present, its future, and mining and sustainable development.“For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal role in the success and growth of the Investing in African Mining Indaba; in fact, it is viewed as an investment barometer that generates significant media interest and business news coverage globally,” says Jonathan Moore, the managing director of the indaba.“In bringing Africa’s top mining leaders, we showcase all of Africa’s attractive mining investment opportunities to global investors seeking to invest in new projects and regions on the continent.”The indaba takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from 9 to 12 February. There will be more than 50 corporate mining presentations featuring chief executives and board level representatives at the indaba and its complementary conference, the Investment Discovery Forum, which takes place in Cape Town on 8 and 9 February, before the conference gets under way.They will be addressing the status of current and new projects, overall corporate initiatives and other key issues that investors want to hear from the captains of the African mining industry.Chief executives that will be making presentations over the four days include:Tom Albanese, Vedanta;Graham Briggs, Harmony Gold;Mark Bristow, Randgold Resources;Alan Davies, Rio Tinto;William Dawes, Mkango Resources;Robert Friedland, Ivanhoe Mines;Brad Gordon, Acacia Mining;Chris Griffiths, Anglo American Platinum;R Michael Jones, Platinum Group Metals;Ben Magara, Lonmin;Bruce McFadzean, Mawson West;Christian de Saint-Rome, Copperzone Resources;Mike Schmidt, African Rainbow Minerals;John Simpson, Peninsula Minerals;John Sisay, Sierra Rutile;Sylvie St-Jean, Ambatovy;Paul Thomson, A-Cap Resources;Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), Anglogold Ashanti;Neil Woodyer, Endeavour Mining Corporation; andNikolai Zelenski, Nordgold.The annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, now in its 21st year, is the world’s preferred brand and destination in African mining. This year it is better positioned than ever to deliver an unparalleled deal-making and discovery platform for global investors and African mining companies, according to the organisers.The conference provides a diverse and proven platform that gives all delegates – investors, financiers, mining executives, government officials, and other industry stakeholders – exceptional access to compelling investments across the entire continent.The Mining Indaba, as it is known, is dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It is the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s largest mining event. For two decades, it has served as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa’s mining value chain – opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects. It is now part of Euromoney Institutional Investor.Join the Mining Indaba global community:Twitter.com/MiningIndaba;LinkedIn.com/Company/Mining-Indaba;Facebook.com/africanminingindaba; andYoutube.com/Miningindaba.Source: APOlast_img read more

Vehicles of U.P. govt. agency that acquired land torched

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first_imgPlastic pipes and vehicles outside a State infrastructure agency godown here were set ablaze on Sunday, a day after farmers clashed with police demanding adequate compensation for their land that was acquired for an upcoming township by the agency. The incident took place around 11 a.m. outside the godown of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA) which acquired the land for the Trans-Ganga City project near Kanpur, officials said. “Some anti-social elements had set fire to plastic pipes kept outside the godown. Apart from this, two vehicles were also set afire,” Additional District Magistrate Rakesh Singh said. “No farmer has so far claimed responsibility for Sunday’s act, which means that the work has been done by anti-social elements,” District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey said. On Saturday, farmers demanding better compensation for their land clashed with the police when government officials visited the project site to clear the encroachment. Several farmers were injured as the police baton-charged them, used tear gas and water cannons. Many police personnel were also injured as the protesters targeted them with stones. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch, a forum working for welfare of farmers, claimed that the growers were not indulging in violent protests and were only demanding adequate compensation for their land. “Nearly 30% of the farmers of the clash-hit area are yet to get compensation from the government,” RKM president Shekhar Dixit said on Sunday. The district magistrate, however, had said on Saturday that the farmers were adequately compensated.Priyanka tweetCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a 22-second-long video of the clash on Twitter. “UP Chief Minister is making big speeches in Gorakhpur, but see the condition of his police. A farmer in Unnao is lying semi-conscious after being beaten by laathi (stick). He is still being beaten up. There should be some shame. A person who grows grains for you is subjected to such cruelty,” she tweeted.last_img read more

Canadian CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian will this

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first_imgTORONTO – A policy think tank says Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian worker will make for all of this year.The 11th annual report on CEO compensation by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the average CEO will have earned nearly $50,000 by 10:57 a.m. ET Tuesday, down from mid-afternoon when it first started studying the issue.Its latest report titled “Climbing up and Kicking Down” says the country’s top CEOs now make, on average, $10.4-million a year, or 209 times the average income of $49,738.That’s up from 193 times more in 2015.The report suggests that while the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage has faced debate across Canada, rising CEO wages have gone largely unchecked.It concludes it isn’t likely that any one measure will curtail the overall growth in CEO compensation and decrease the record-high income gap between Canada’s top executives and the average worker.But it says Ottawa could consider more comprehensive amendments to the Income Tax Act and more broadly eliminate the tax preference that encourages companies to pay their executives in stock and stock derivatives rather than regular dollars.last_img read more

HBC stock climbs after exec purchases about 18 million of the retailers

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first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HBC) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co.’s stock is up about 12 per cent after an entity controlled by HBC executive chairman Richard Baker announced it picked up another eight per cent stake in the department store company.Baker and his Rupert of the Rhine LLC say they have acquired almost 18 million shares from a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for $9.45 a share.Baker and Rupert of the Rhine already have a controlling stake in the company and the purchased shares represent about 9.76 per cent of the issued or outstanding common shares on a non-diluted basis.The purchase has caused HBC’s stock to climb to about $8.26 in early trading and comes a month after HBC announced it had a third-quarter net loss of $164 million or 69 cents per share.Baker and HBC previously caught flak from a handful of investors, including Teachers’, which voted in June against the company’s remuneration practices that included a $54.8-million pay package for Baker.At the same time, it faced criticism from activist investor Jonathan Litt for failing to take advantage of its real estate to create more value for shareholders. last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies and Jane Thornthwaite hosts roundtable on mental health and

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”last_img read more

Cong fields Shatrughan Sinha from Patna Sahib

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Saturday fielded actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha as its Lok Sabha poll candidate from the Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar, hours after he joined the party quitting the BJP. The 72-year-old Sinha, the incumbent MP from the seat, will face senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Congress also announced that former Himachal Pradesh minister Ramlal Thakur will contest from the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat in the state against sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Punjab, the party fielded Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa from Khadoor Sahib, former IAS officer Amar Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve), and folk singer Mohammed Sadique from the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat. With the latest list of five candidates, a total of 377 names have been announced by the party for the Lok Sabha elections. The names were announced after party leaders from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar met Congress president Rahul Gandhi earlier during the day. Among those present during the meeting were: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, AICC secretary and the party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Kuldeep Rathore and state CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.last_img read more