What happens if the Giants decide not to sell at the trade deadline?

first_imgDENVER — Fast forward to Tuesday, October 1.The Giants have just finished off one of the best second halves in team history and secured one of the National League’s two Wild Card playoff berths.As they prepare to take the field, Madison Bumgarner is warming up in one bullpen. Johnny Cueto is warming up in the other.It’s a potential nightmare scenario for the Giants and up until three weeks ago, facing Bumgarner with the season on the line was wildly unrealistic. It’s long been assumed that …last_img read more

Referee Affiliate of the Month

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) ‘Referee Affiliate of the Month’ sees TFA highlight an affiliate that has demonstrated success in referee development, but most importantly provide information and ideas from that affiliate as a profile for other affiliates and competitions to utilise. TFA congratulates the third Referee Affiliate of the Month, Northern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia and thanks the affiliate for providing the included information. To view the Northern Districts Touch Association case study, please click on the attachment below or click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3591-0-0-0&sID=282883Related Filesnorthern_districts_touch_referee_affiliate_case_study-pdfRelated LinksRef Affiliate of the Monthlast_img read more

The Latest White House hosts tech execs Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on a White House tech meeting (all times local):11:20 a.m.The White House is hosting what it calls a listening session to hear from tech leaders including the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm.The Thursday lunch meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in artificial intelligence, wireless technology and quantum computing and how that will affect jobs and the economy.The gathering comes amid strained tensions between President Donald Trump and the tech industry over the U.S.-China trade war and other topics. The president isn’t likely to attend but his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is organizing it.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.Also attending are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and academic leaders.___12:05 a.m.Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was up 4 cents at $5.1820 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.2 cents at $3.7600 a bushel; Mar. oats gained .2 cent at $2.742 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 2.2 cents at 8.8220 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .18 cent at $1.2080 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .48 cent at $1.4730 a pound; Feb. lean hogs fell .6 cent at .6032 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Environment Canada reinstates smoky skies bulletin in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Environment Canada satellite photos, the smoke appears to be coming from wildfires burning in the Central Interior and the Stikine Region, and does not appear to be coming from local wildfires.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects. Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.last_img read more

CongressAAP alliance is insult to Sikhs RP Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP National Secretary RP Singh at a presser on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party of having double standards, saying that the party is betraying the Sikh community by choosing to ally with Congress. Singh said that whileon the one hand, AAP had promised justice for Sikhs by jailing people responsible for the 1984 massacre, it seems to hell-bent on going ahead with the Congress alliance on the other hand. Singh said that despite having over 90 per cent seats in the Delhi Assembly, the AAP wants to ally with Congress, which doesn’t have even have a single MLA. He added that Arvind Kejriwal’s party had in 2015 claimed in its “Delhi Dialogue” that senior Congress leader might have been involved in the 1984 riots. “Today, Kejriwal meets Sheila Dikshit and takes photographs with her. She is the person against whom he had claimed to have charges of corruption running 370 pages and also talked about sending her to jail,” he said. Singh claimed that despite promising action against Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in their manifesto, investigation in the cases has hit hurdles. He claimed that witnesses weren’t being deposed properly and that victims of the violent riots are still living in dilapidated buildings in colonies like Tilak Nagar with no access to education, healthcare, or employment. “Today we want to ask them where are those employment opportunities which were to be offered to the victims,” Singh, who was joined by Delhi BJP Vice-President Rajiv Babbar said. Singh further claimed that AAP MLAs had withdrawn a resolution to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna after pressure from Congress leaders. “At that moment the people of Delhi understood that there is connivance between Congress & Aam Aadmi Party,” he said. Singh said, “Aam Aadmi Party’s Head Arvind Kejriwal is adding insult to injury of the Sikhs by trying to form an alliance with the Congress.” In addition to this, Babbar said that Narendra Modi after becoming Prime Minister had formed a Special Investigation Team for an impartial probe into the cases related to the 1984 violence. He claimed that the probe has resulted in the life imprisonment of a former Congress MP and that another leader is absconding. But Babbar said this goes to show that the Modi-led government is determined about fulfilling its promises to the Sikh community.last_img read more

Egypt minister Islamists must accept govt before talks

first_imgCAIRO – An Egyptian minister on Sunday ruled out accepting an Islamist offer for dialogue until the Muslim Brotherhood recognises the government’s transition plan and renounces violence.Social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei told AFP the Brotherhood must also accept Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow was a “revolution”.A Brotherhood-led coalition on Saturday proposed its most flexible plan yet for reconciliation talks, but it said the initiative was aimed at other parties and not the military-installed government. “There must be a recognition that June 30 was a popular revolution, and the (government’s) roadmap was agreed on by the Egyptian people to build a modern state,” Borei said.He added that the Brotherhood should accept that its members on trial on murder and “terrorism” charges “are excluded from the idea of reconciliation”.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi himself, are on trial for allegedly inciting violence before and after the Islamist’s overthrow on July 3.The military deposed him following massive protests starting on June 30 calling for his resignation.The Muslim Brotherhood “has to apologise and stop violence on the street,” Borei added.last_img read more

Crans Montana Forum Tangier Med and Casablanca ports stand out

first_imgBrussels – The Club of Africa ports of the Crans Montana Forum awarded, Friday in Brussels, the label of the year’s best port to the Tangier Med port, while the Casablanca port was given the label of the best regional sea port in Africa. These labels of excellence are an official and prestigious recognition for achievements and initiatives made for the development and management of sea industry, according to the strategic committee of the Club of Africa ports of the Crans Montana Forum, held on March 19-22 under the theme “South-South cooperation and Africa’s growing role”.The choice of the two ports are also due to their leadership, quality of services, innovation and relation with customers.last_img read more

Geno Smith Wasnt Better Than His Backup

In the most surreal bit of sports news to hit Tuesday’s wires, Geno Smith, the incumbent starting quarterback for the New York Jets, is going to miss six to 10 weeks with an injury. And it wasn’t just any kind of injury; it was the kind you get when a teammate punches you and breaks your jaw.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now-cut linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Smith because he failed to reimburse Enemkpali for a $600 plane ticket. Jets fans — at least, Jets fans in the FiveThirtyEight office — rejoiced. But coming into the preseason, this Jets team showed at least a vague sense of promise. Are the Jets really better off without Smith? Last year, New York went 4-12 (3-10 under Smith) with one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses, and Smith was pretty bad for the second straight season. In fact, his career has gotten off to one of the worst starts of any QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Although Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw kicked off their careers with equally bad passing efficiency numbers, it’s far more likely that Smith is a talent on par with, say, Kyle Boller than that he’s harboring hidden star potential.And while Smith will be 25 this season, an age at which QBs still show a decent amount of improvement, the typical aging curve wouldn’t even carry Smith to league-average status at his peak.Meanwhile, the Jets’ backup quarterback isn’t a bad one. Longtime Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick occupied the seat behind Smith and — statistically speaking — he’s probably a better QB than the man slated for the huddle, at least in the short term. Over the past two seasons (when he was with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans), Fitzpatrick’s Total QBR1ESPN’s play-by-play-based measurement of quarterbacking performance, which grades on a 0-100 scale. of 54.1 was better than Smith’s 41.2 mark during that span, and Fitzpatrick’s cumulative ProFootballFocus grade of +11.3 vastly outpaced Smith’s total of -37.3. By the numbers, the Jets are better off with the glass-jawed Smith out of the game, holding a clipboard on the sidelines.Of course, these kinds of assessments always come with the caveat that individual football statistics are obscured by countless interactions, coaching decisions and other contextual factors. And the Jets did add a good receiver over the offseason, Brandon Marshall, so it’s possible Smith would have improved significantly in 2015 had he not run afoul of Enemkpali’s fist. But Jets fans shouldn’t worry too much about what might have been: The team’s offense will probably be better with Fitzpatrick under center than it would have been with Smith. read more