Athletics’ big hit knack disappears in first loss to New York Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — That big hit the A’s couldn’t avoid on Friday night was elusive Saturday. The A’s went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 runners on base. Yet, the Yankees took 11 innings to beat the A’s, 4-3, on DJ LeMahieu’s first-pitch walk-off home run off Lou Trivino.“They ran some pretty good pitchers out there,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We left 15 on, that comes back to bite you at some point in time.”Despite the anemic RISP average, the A’s had a chance to pull out a …last_img read more

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Infographic: Rising to the challenge of Africa’s urban future

first_imgBy 2016 50% of Africa’s population will be living in cities and there will be 65 cities with populations over 1-million. By 2030 the 18 largest African cities will have a combined spending power of $1.3-trillion. While Africa’s rapidly urbanising population is creating new markets it presents infrastructure and humanitarian challenges.Click image for a larger view.last_img

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Forage management considerations after frost

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heading into November we had a few, light scattered frosts in the area that have generated some questions about forage use after a frost. The two most common questions concern the use of warm season grasses in the sorghum family and grazing alfalfa. The issue with grasses in the sorghum family, which includes sorghum-sudangrass hybrids, sudangrass and Johnsongrass in addition to sorghum, is that they contain cyanogenic glycosides and enzymes that convert those compounds to free cyanide (sometimes called Prussic acid) within their cells. Prussic acid or cyanide is a lethal toxin.The potential toxicity after frost varies by species. Sudangrass varieties are low to intermediate in cyanide poisoning potential, sudangrass hybrids are intermediate, sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and forage sorghums are intermediate to high, and grain sorghum is high to very high and is most likely to be toxic after a frost. Piper sudangrass has low prussic acid poisoning potential. Pearl millet and foxtail millet have very low levels of cyanogenic glucosides and rarely cause toxicity.Other species that have potential to have toxic levels of prussic acid after frost are Johnsongrass, chokecherry, black cherry, indiangrass, elderberry, and some varieties of birdsfoot trefoil.Under normal circumstances the cyanogenic glycosides and the enzymes are held in different locations within the plant cell and don’t come into contact with each other. However, when plant cells are ruptured after being frozen, chopped, wilted or crushed, those cell barriers are broken and cyanide can rapidly form. Cyanide is a gas and it will volatilize and leave the plant tissue but it takes some time, thus the recommendation is not to allow livestock to graze frost damaged forages until several days (three or four) have passed. Generally this refers to a hard frost. In the case of light frosts where the temperature is greater than 28 degrees F, there are publications that say to wait two weeks until grazing. The highest concentration of prussic acid is found in the leaves of immature plants (less than 18 to 24 inches tall) while stalks of mature plants (greater than 30 inches tall) contain the lowest concentration.Probably the safest and least risk practice of utilizing sorghum species forages after frost is as a dry hay or ensiled forage. By the time the plants are dry enough to bale, the cyanide gas will have volatilized and dissipated from the plant so there is no feeding risk. In the case of an ensiled forage or wet wrapped baleage, the cyanide concentration is greatly reduced during the ensiling process. The general recommendation is not to feed these ensiled or baleage forages until at least four to six weeks after ensiling or wrapping.Occasionally there are questions about grazing alfalfa after a frost. Anytime a pure or very high percentage legume is grazed, the livestock owner should take precautions to prevent bloating, but in the case of alfalfa, the risk of bloating is increased for a few days after the plants have been exposed to a hard frost of 25 degrees F or lower. Once those plants start to wilt (in the case of a hard killing frost) or several days have passed, the risk of bloat decreases.Animals can die within minutes if they consume forages such as the sorghum species that contain high concentrations of prussic acid in the plant tissue. The prussic acid is released from the forage and interferes with oxygen transfer in the blood stream of the animal, causing it to die of asphyxiation. Before death, symptoms include excess salivation, difficult breathing, staggering, convulsions, and collapse.Ruminants are more susceptible to prussic acid poisoning than horses or swine because cud chewing and rumen bacteria help release the cyanide from plant tissue.For those livestock owners with tall fescue pasture, frost is actually good news because the sugar content within fescue increases. It is part of the reason that tall fescue works well for stockpiled late fall and winter grazing.last_img read more

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Engineers in Maharashtra to go on pen down strike on Monday

first_imgThousands of engineers across the State will go on a ‘pen down’ strike on Monday to protest the attack on a deputy engineer by a group of Congress supporters led by Nitesh Rane, MLA, on the Mumbai-Goa highway earlier this week. The Maharashtra Abhiyantriki Seva Mahasangh (MASS), an umbrella body of working engineers in the State, has written to Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Public Works Department (PWD), Manoj Kumar Saunik, informing him of the strike.Under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, a pen down strike is defined as a “labour action” in which employees do not mark attendance or do any work while dropping their pens. The strike takes place in an office setting as opposed to an industrial setting, according to the law. A video which went viral on Thursday showed Mr. Rane, MLA from Kankavali, shouting at a PWD deputy engineer Prakash Shedekar while his supporters poured buckets of muck on him. Mr. Rane, who had gone to inspect the progress of the Mumbai-Goa highway, was later arrested along with other supporters. The attack drew widespread criticism even from State cabinet ministers, including PWD minister Chandrakant Patil who promised the union that some action would be taken.In its letter, the MASS has said that engineers alone cannot be blamed for the poor quality of roads in the State. It is the contractors who carry out sub-standard work, which is intimated to the public representatives who do not take action against the contractor. Secretary of MASS, Ashok Sasane, said, “There is a general increase in attacks and use of foul language against engineers. There is fear amongst the engineers because of the rising attacks by politicians, while they are beating up the engineer for a mistake he has not even committed.” The MASS has urged the government to look for a wholistic solution and re-establish the trust of engineers in the law and order mechanisms. “There were a lot of other people with the MLA when he beat up our engineer this week. The government must act against all with an iron hand. To ensure the government is focussed on taking action, we are forced to call a pen down strike,” he said adding that engineers from several departments including PWD, Water Resources, Irrigation will participate in the strike on Monday. “Please take note of our strike and ensure it does not happen in future again.”last_img read more

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NLEX gets Baguio in 3-team deal

first_imgView comments Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Can Horn beat a revitalized Pacquiao? Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The 37-year-old Baguio had said he wanted to “reunite and hopefully end his career with coach Yeng.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCyrus Baguio is reuniting with Yeng Guiao at NLEX, and the 6-foot-1 swingman could very well be ending his pro career as an integral part of the Road Warriors’ resurgence.Baguio was the biggest piece moved in a three-team, four-player deal which also saw GlobalPort give up Dylan Ababou to get Mac Baracael from NLEX and Phoenix Petroleum getting Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round Draft rights.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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McTominay reveals Man Utd role models

first_imgManchester United McTominay reveals Man Utd role models as he seeks more minutes under Mourinho Chris Burton 19:50 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Scott McTominay, Man Utd Getty Manchester United Premier League Paul Pogba The highly-rated midfielder has seen more senior game time this season and is hoping to learn from the experienced stars around him at Old Trafford Scott McTominay considers the likes of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic to be his role models at Manchester United.The highly-rated midfielder has seen more game time under Jose Mourinho this season after graduating out of the Old Trafford academy system.He is just 21 years of age and has several international performers ahead of him in the Red Devils pecking order. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player McTominay is, however, eager to make the most of any opportunities which come his way, with it up to him to prove that he can learn from and then work alongside his more illustrious colleagues.The youngster told MUTV ahead of a Premier League meeting with West Brom: “Even when I don’t play, it’s so important to watch the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick – people who play in my position – and study everything that they do on the pitch.“Then, whenever you go out on the pitch, you need to emulate that and be yourself on the pitch. I thought I was doing that the other night [against Bournemouth] and, as I say, I just want to progress from here and go into the second half of the season really strong.”Scott McTominay Manchester UnitedOn those he is seeking to emulate, McTominay added: “There are lots of different styles of play and there are a lot of attacking and defensive players so that’s a really good balance to have in the team and it means the manager has some good options.”United will head to The Hawthorns on Sunday sat 11 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table.Belief remains high inside the Red Devils camp, though, with McTominay echoing the likes of Matic and Juan Mata in stating that he considers the title to still be up for grabs despite a recent derby reversal against Pep Guardiola’s side.He added:  “That’s the main thing – keeping the pressure on, keep plugging away. We can only use that result [a 2-1 defeat to City] as motivation for the end of the season and where we want to be.”We want to be challenging at the top and we won’t give up. We’re Man United and we never will do, that’s the philosophy of the club – to keep going right until the end and that’s what we are going to do.”  McTominay has made six appearances for United in all competitions this season, having made his debut in a Premier League meeting with Arsenal on May 7.last_img read more

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Anishnawbe health where western medicine meets tradition

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe death of a First Nations girl in Ontario has ignited a debate between supporters of traditional Aboriginal healing methods and western medicine.Can the two comfortably co-exist?APTN’s Delaney Windigo takes us to one medical centre in Toronto that is successfully blending the two ways of healing.last_img

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Scrappy Venezuela newspaper drops print edition

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – A scrappy, independent newspaper in Venezuela that never shied from fights with the country’s powerful socialist leaders circulated its last print edition Thursday, but its staff of reporters and editors aren’t declaring defeat.Launched in 2000 by a former leftist guerrilla fighter, Tal Cual will continue to tell stories of the country’s tumultuous times as an internet-only publication.It’s 26-year-old editor, Luisa Quintero, said she views the changing platform as a reinvention — not a step backward.“This country doesn’t give us time to be sad,” Quintero said. “We won’t have paper, but we’re going to keep working.”Newspapers around the world have faltered in recent years under economic stress and declining advertising revenue. The problem is compounded in Venezuela, a country beset by triple-digit inflation.The newspaper said its move to a digital format is driven by the scarcity of newsprint controlled by the Venezuelan government and the astronomical cost of importing paper on its shoestring budget.Founding editor Teodor Petkoff is a former guerrilla fighter who later entered the government as the country’s planning minister and ran for president. He launched Tal Cual by calling out political rival and charismatic former President Hugo Chavez with a front page headline: “Hola, Hugo.”At its height, Tal Cual circulated just 15,000 copies throughout the country, but it packed a punch.The newspaper’s edgy stories and cutting opinion pieces over the years have drawn blowback from the government, including a defamation lawsuit filed by Diosdado Cabello, then president of the National Assembly, which was later dropped.Now age 85 and in poor health, Petkoff has stepped away from daily operations of the newspaper, but the editorial content remains unrelenting.The front page of Thursday’s final print edition sent a message on a black backdrop to current President Nicolas Maduro, saying: “MADURO, WE’LL CONTINUE ON THE WEB.”Gloria Villamizar, 54, has been on staff since the paper launched. She lamented its third major format shift — from a daily print publication to a weekly circular and now digital-only. But Villamizar, director of the opinion section, said that she and her colleagues aren’t letting down their guard.“Either way, we will be telling the stories,” she said.last_img read more

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Chamber Luncheon with BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson

first_imgJoin the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce and the ICBA to hear B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s views on the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. Mr. Wilkinson will discuss why a new voting system could mean the end of local representation, clear the path for fringe parties to make decisions in the BC Legislature, and why he believes the deck has been stacked by politicians to ensure the referendum succeeds.The event will happen Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.The B.C. Opposition Leader will also discuss pipelines and taxes. Tickets are $35 plus fees and taxes for Chamber Members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased by clicking here or by visiting Energetictickets.ca.last_img read more

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Snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass

first_imgSee the full warning below.  For road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caA photo from the Pine Pass taken at 8 a.m. March 11, 2019.Issued at 2019-03-11 11:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James.Snow is expected to ease this evening with total amounts up to 10 cm expected. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass with another 10 cm of snow expected on Monday.Environment Canada says the Pine Pass could see 10 cm of snow on Monday.  The snow is expected to diminish by the evening.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

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