Men’s Basketball Faces UNI Saturday

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team returns to the road to face in-state rival UNI on Saturday evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center with the contest being broadcast on Panther Sports Network affiliates and The Valley on ESPN3.Both teams are aiming to return to the win column as Drake is 5-10 this season and has lost three-straight MVC contests to open the conference season. UNI is 9-7, but has dropped two-straight conference games to stand at 1-2 in the MVC. Of Drake’s 10 losses, seven have been by 10 or fewer points and six have been by eight or fewer points.Saturday’s game features two of the most accurate three-point shooting teams in the nation. Drake currently ranks 12th nationally at 41.5 percent while UNI is 24th at 39.8 percent. However, the Bulldogs have shot 34.0 percent in their three MVC games to date. The Bulldogs have shot 40 percent or better from the arc in 10 of their 15 games this season and over the last three seasons, the team is 7-26 when failing to shoot 40 percent or better from the arc.Three Bulldogs – Reed Timmer, Kale Abrahamson and Graham Woodward – rank in the top 10 in the MVC in three-point percentage while Timmer is averaging 17.4 points per game this season, the 12th-most in the nation by a sophomore and most in the MVC. Timmer is fourth overall in scoring in the MVC while Kale Abrahamson is seventh with 15.5 points per game. Graham Woodward adds 12.8 points per game to rank 11th in the league in scoring.The Panthers are led by Wes Washpun’s 15.2 points points per game that ranks eighth in the MVC this season. UNI has won two-straight meetings to hold a 41-25 lead in the series and a 25-5 margin in Cedar Falls. Following Saturday’s contest, the Bulldogs remain on the road to face Evansville on Jan. 12 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Raiders’ Incognito has surpassed expectations

first_imgALAMEDA — It was pretty much a good news day for the Raiders before they boarded buses and left for the airport and a flight to Houston.Leading rusher Josh Jacobs made his way to the practice field Friday after the media window departed and was limited but expected to play with a sore shoulder. Right tackle Trent Brown was limited with a calf injury but also appears good to go, as does wide receiver Tyrell Williams — out for the last two game with plantar fasciitis. All were listed as …last_img

New Mandela tapestry for airport

first_img17 December 2015In honour of Nelson Mandela, a giant tapestry has been unveiled at Cape Town International Airport, according to Amnesty International.Measuring approximately six by three metres, and called Flying Madiba, the work of art was designed by acclaimed Czech artist Peter Sis and woven by Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France. It is on display at the airport’s international arrivals hall, and was installed on 10 December 2015 to mark International Human Rights Day.“This tapestry is a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela, a champion of human rights across the world,” said Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty’s founder. “It will provide a constant reminder to the millions of people passing through the Cape Town International airport about his legacy, not only for South Africa but for the world.”According to Amnesty International, the tapestry was generously backed and funded by musicians and artists such as Bono and The Edge of the band U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono.“Madiba sacrificed his own freedom to see a better world for everyone,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa. “With this tapestry, we are honouring his sacrifices and hoping that he will be remembered forever.”Mandela received Amnesty International’s most prestigious award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in 2006.“The tapestry will take pride of place in our International Arrivals Hall. It will be the final piece of a broader ambience programme in that area which already has various elements creating a sense of place,” said Deidre Davids, the manager for communications and brand at the airport.‘Explore philosophy that places our problems in an international and historical context’ – Nelson Mandela.— Art for Amnesty (@Art4Amnesty) December 6, 2015Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.Source: Amnesty Internationallast_img read more

Sea Harvest helps children in need

first_imgZoe Brown (Radio DJ & TV Presenter) with Cadi Chloe de Jager, an 8-year-old past patient and champion for the ICU campaign. (Image and Video: CH Trust)A fishing company is contributing to medical assistance for children who need specialised care and urgent surgery.Sea Harvest has contributed R300 000 to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town, as part of its Kids for Kids initiative. The initiative has been running for six years; through it, a portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products are donated to the trust.The latest contribution brings the amount donated to the trust so far to R1.6-million since the Kids for Kids initiative was launched.“Often we consider the state of the world and the pain and suffering that others experience and we feel powerless,” said Jared Patel, Sea Harvest’s marketing manager. “However, each year we inform consumers about the drive, which usually runs from November to February, to provide them with an opportunity to be a part of this initiative.“Since 2010, Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids initiative has donated funds to the trust for various projects at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, including a surgical skills training centre, a general medical ward, a new medical imaging complex, and a Childsafe Research and Educational Centre.”The funds donated will go towards an upgraded and expanded paediatric intensive care unit (ICU), the largest such unit for children in Africa.It currently has 22 beds for critically ill or injured children who come for specialised care and emergency surgeries from South Africa and other African countries. The demands on this unit are higher than its capacity to deliver.Thanks to donations from Sea Harvest and others, the first of four sections in the expanded ICU will be opened next month and the full ICU will be ready in October 2017.“There is a dire need to expand the ICU to accommodate up to 39 beds, which includes a 10-bed high care unit for neonatal patients and the establishment of eight isolation cubicles,” said Louise Driver, the trust’s CEO.“It is not only the increased amount of beds that is essential, but also the provision of more space around beds to comfortably accommodate critical life-saving equipment. Thanks to donors like Sea Harvest, we are able to fund important projects like this that ultimately help to save children’s lives.”Watch Cadi, who has personally experienced being sick at a tender age, speak about the ICU campaign. She is so passionate about it, she has taken on the fundraising as a personal crusade and is the youngest champion ever of the Children’s Hospital Trust.last_img read more

Mobile App Ecosystem 2010: A Look Back

first_imgMobile analytics firm Distimo has just released its year-end report summarizing the figures, statistics and changes which occurred in the mobile application ecosystem during the course of 2010. The report looks at the major mobile platforms of the day, including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Windows (6.x and Windows Phone 7).Some of its findings are more obvious than others (e.g., free apps are downloaded in higher numbers than paid apps), but other tidbits of data may give developers pause as they consider how best to monetize their mobile applications. For example, developers may be surprised to hear that the revenue earned from in-app purchases within high grossing free apps more than doubled during the 2010, suggesting a new trend in app monetization.Growth by the NumbersIn looking at the absolute number of applications, Apple’s App Store grew the most in 2010, doubling its last-year’s total to almost 300,000 apps by year-end (excluding the iPad store). But in terms of percentages, the runners-up did better. Google’s Android Market is now 6 times the size it was last year. (For what it’s worth, Distimo pegs that size at 130,000 applications, although the third-party application monitoring service at AndroLib.com found there to be 200,000 earlier in December. This number was widely reported, often without noting that AndroLib counts everything, even apps that are no longer on the Market.)RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store also tripled their growth over the year, growing to 18,000 apps on BlackBerry App World and 25,000 apps on Ovi. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Average App PricesThe average price of paid apps on the four top platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia) declined in 2010. Distimo found that price drops could be observed in the 100 most popular applications, even though the percentages differed. With the exception of the Android Market, the average listing price is lower now than it was in January 2010.The average price between all apps and just the top apps shows slightly different trends, however. On BlackBerry, the price of top apps is significantly lower than all paid apps, something which is also happening to a lesser extent in the Apple App Store (for iPhone). In Google’s Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store, the top apps are more expensive than the average price for all paid applications.As 2010 progressed, all four stores became more in line with each other. Here, there was a shift towards the lower price tiers where the $1.00-$1.99 tier gained popularity across the board. Note that Google’s Android Market introduced many new categories during the year, which is why Application-Health’s growth is lower than the average. For more details on the rankings of individual applications per platform, you can see Distimo’s report here. Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Growth Categories per StoreDistimo noticed that during 2010, there were more business-oriented applications available for iPhone, reflecting the switch occurring in many workplaces where employees are now allowed to use the iPhone instead of whatever mobile phone the company’s I.T. department had previously recommended or enforced. Outside of the workplace, more people are using the iPhone as a productivity tool.Meanwhile, the business-friendly BlackBerry platform saw its App World receiving more entertainment-focused applications, as it tries to shift in the other direction, towards being a more consumer-friendly product.Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store saw more balanced category growth. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Related Posts Note that Google’s Android Market introduced many new categories during the year, which is why Application-Health’s growth is lower than the average. For more details on the rankings of individual applications per platform, you can see Distimo’s report here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Growth Categories per StoreDistimo noticed that during 2010, there were more business-oriented applications available for iPhone, reflecting the switch occurring in many workplaces where employees are now allowed to use the iPhone instead of whatever mobile phone the company’s I.T. department had previously recommended or enforced. Outside of the workplace, more people are using the iPhone as a productivity tool.Meanwhile, the business-friendly BlackBerry platform saw its App World receiving more entertainment-focused applications, as it tries to shift in the other direction, towards being a more consumer-friendly product.Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store saw more balanced category growth. Average App PricesThe average price of paid apps on the four top platforms (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia) declined in 2010. Distimo found that price drops could be observed in the 100 most popular applications, even though the percentages differed. With the exception of the Android Market, the average listing price is lower now than it was in January 2010.The average price between all apps and just the top apps shows slightly different trends, however. On BlackBerry, the price of top apps is significantly lower than all paid apps, something which is also happening to a lesser extent in the Apple App Store (for iPhone). In Google’s Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store, the top apps are more expensive than the average price for all paid applications.As 2010 progressed, all four stores became more in line with each other. Here, there was a shift towards the lower price tiers where the $1.00-$1.99 tier gained popularity across the board. Free vs. PaidObviously, free apps do well in terms of downloads. Says Distimo, the high download volume has convinced many developers to switch monetization methods from paid to something else.The number of free apps in Apple’s App Store (for iPhone) and Nokia’s Ovi Store both skyrocketed in 2010, but the extreme difference in Ovi’s case may be attributed to the unavailability of operator billing in a number of Nokia’s markets.Download VolumeIn the U.S., the top 300 free apps generated over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid apps were downloaded daily. However, those paid app download numbers still represent a 30% increase from June 2010. (Data excluded downloads after Christmas, to obtain a more “normal” view of the numbers). sarah perez In-App PurchasesThe share of revenue generated by in-app purchases climbed steadily over the course of the year, says Distimo. Also, when comparing June to December, the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad. However, in-app revenue is smaller on iPad (15%) than iPhone (34%). Free vs. PaidObviously, free apps do well in terms of downloads. Says Distimo, the high download volume has convinced many developers to switch monetization methods from paid to something else.The number of free apps in Apple’s App Store (for iPhone) and Nokia’s Ovi Store both skyrocketed in 2010, but the extreme difference in Ovi’s case may be attributed to the unavailability of operator billing in a number of Nokia’s markets.Download VolumeIn the U.S., the top 300 free apps generated over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid apps were downloaded daily. However, those paid app download numbers still represent a 30% increase from June 2010. (Data excluded downloads after Christmas, to obtain a more “normal” view of the numbers). In-App PurchasesThe share of revenue generated by in-app purchases climbed steadily over the course of the year, says Distimo. Also, when comparing June to December, the share of revenue generated by in-app purchases more than doubled on both iPhone and iPad. However, in-app revenue is smaller on iPad (15%) than iPhone (34%). The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,Mobile analytics firm Distimo has just released its year-end report summarizing the figures, statistics and changes which occurred in the mobile application ecosystem during the course of 2010. The report looks at the major mobile platforms of the day, including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Windows (6.x and Windows Phone 7).Some of its findings are more obvious than others (e.g., free apps are downloaded in higher numbers than paid apps), but other tidbits of data may give developers pause as they consider how best to monetize their mobile applications. For example, developers may be surprised to hear that the revenue earned from in-app purchases within high grossing free apps more than doubled during the 2010, suggesting a new trend in app monetization.Growth by the NumbersIn looking at the absolute number of applications, Apple’s App Store grew the most in 2010, doubling its last-year’s total to almost 300,000 apps by year-end (excluding the iPad store). But in terms of percentages, the runners-up did better. Google’s Android Market is now 6 times the size it was last year. (For what it’s worth, Distimo pegs that size at 130,000 applications, although the third-party application monitoring service at AndroLib.com found there to be 200,000 earlier in December. This number was widely reported, often without noting that AndroLib counts everything, even apps that are no longer on the Market.)RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store also tripled their growth over the year, growing to 18,000 apps on BlackBerry App World and 25,000 apps on Ovi. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

How To Direct Like Steven Spielberg

first_imgPick up some directing tips from Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, in these fascinating film commentaries.If you want to learn more about the craft of filmmaking and directing you can do little worse than to learn from the best. In a previous post I highlighted some excellent resources (like the video essay above) on director Steven Spielberg’s filmmaking style and instincts.Following up on that post, check out documentary (Filmumentary?) filmmaker and Spielberg super-fan, Jamie Benning, who has meticulously crafted these feature length fan-documentary-commentary-films for both Jaws and Raiders of The Lost Ark – two of Spielberg’s most popular and entertaining films. Watching these is both a lesson in how to craft a superior film commentary (if you ever get to record one yourself – take note!) but also a fantastic lesson in the directorial style and instincts of Spielberg himself.Filmmaking is team sport and it’s these kind of windows into the behind the scenes insights that reveal just how and when a director stamps his imprint on a film. Highly entertaining and informative viewing!Inside Jaws: A Filmuentary by Jamie BenningRaiding The Lost Ark: A Filmumentary by Jamie BenningIf you like Jamie’s work then you can check out the other filmumentary currently available – Star Wars Begins: The Complete Filmumentary on his site. If you really enjoy the films, consider donating to the charity Ambitious About Autism, to whom Jamie is generously giving any income to.last_img read more

October 5: CWG Events

first_imgArcheryVenue: Yamuna Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 12 noon Women: Recurve. Men: RecurveAfternoon Session: 2 pm to 5 pmWomen: Compound. Men: CompoundGymnastics (Artistic)Venue: I.G. Sports ComplexAfternoon Session: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm. Women: Heats & finalBadmintonVenue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pm Mixed team event (group matches)Afternoon Session: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)Evening Session: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)HockeyVenue: Major Dhyan Chand National StadiumMorning Session: 8.30 am to 12 pm Women’s: England vs WalesMen’s: New Zealand vs Trinidad & Tobago; Pakistan vs ScotlandAfternoon Session: 1.30 pm to 5 pmWomen’s: Australia vs Trinidad & Tobago; New Zealand vs MalaysiaMen’s: Canada vs South AfricaEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 10 pm Women’s: South Africa vs ScotlandLawnbowlsVenue: J.N. Sports ComplexMorning Session: 9 am to 10.30 pmMen’s: Triples (Rd III); pairs (Rd II); pairs (Rd III); triples (Rd IV).Women’s: Pairs (Rd III); triples (Rd II), triples (Rd III), pairs (Rd IV)NetballVenue: Thyagaraj ComplexMorning Session: 9.30 am to 1 pm Prelims: South Africa vs England;Jamaica vs MalawiAfternoon Session: 3 pm to 6.30 pm. Prelims: NZ vs Cook IslandSquashVenue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexAfternoon Session: 1 pm to 4 pm Men’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats);singles (Rd of 16 heats). Women’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats)Evening Session: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats). Women’s: Singles (plate Rd of 16 heats); singles (Rd of 16 heats)Swimming SynchronisedVenue: Dr. Sp Mukherjee Swimming ComplexMorning Session: 8.30 am to 10.30 am. Men’s: 50m butterfly (heats); 100m breaststroke (heats); 200m freestyle (heats). Women’s: 100m backstroke (heats); para sport 50m freestyle; 100m freestyleEvening session: 4 pm to 5.23 pmWomen’s: 50m butterfly (final); 50m breaststroke (final), para sport 50m freestyle (final), 100m freestyle (semis), 100m backstroke (semis)Men’s: 50m backstroke (final); 50m butterfly (semis); 100m breaststroke (semi-final); 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisVenue: Yamuna Sports ComplexMorning session: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: team event (Rd III). Men’s team event (Rd III)Evening session: 4 pm to 9 pm Men’s team event (Rd IV). Women’s team event (Rd IV)TennisVenue: R.K. Khanna Tennis StadiumMorning session: 10 am to 3 pmMixed doubles (quarter-final).Women’s: Singles (Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd I); doubles (Rd I)Evening session: 5 pm to 10 pmMixed doubles (quarter-final). Women’s: Singles (Rd I); doubles (Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd I)WeightliftingVenue: J.N. Sports ComplexAfternoon session: 2 pm to 4.30 pmMen’s: 62kg categoryEvening session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmWomen’s: 53kg categoryShootingVenue: Karni Singh RangeMorning sesion: 9 am to 4 pmMen’s (pairs): 10m air rifle (final); 50mpistol (final) Women’s: (pairs): 25mPistol (final); 50m rifle 3 positions (final)Cycling TrackVenue: I.G. Sports ComplexMorning Sesion: 11.30 am to 3:45 pm. Men’s: 1,000m time trial (final); 4,000m individual pursuit (final)Women’s: 500m trial (final) Evening session: 6 pm to 7 pm Men’s: 40km points race******************Medals At Stake: 54Swimming – Women’s: 50m butterfly; 50m breaststroke, para sport 50m freestyleMen’s: 50m backstroke, 200m freestyleWeightlifting – Men’s: 62kgWomen’s: 53kgGymnastics(Artistic) – Women’s team finalShooting – Men’s (pairs): 10m air rifle; 50m pistolWomen’s (pairs): 25m pistol; 50m rifle; 3 positionCycling – Men’s: 1,000m time trial; 4,000m individual pursuitWomen’s: 500m time trialWrestling – Men’s: Greco Roman (60kg, 74kg & 96 kg repechage finals)******************Star to watch out for: Emily SeebohmCountry: AustraliaAge: 18Achievements:  Gold in 4x100m medley at Beijing OlympicsBronze in 100m backstroke at the ’09 World ChampionshipsGold in 100m backstroke at Pan Pacific championships 2010last_img read more

The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Tigers144914481441-7-8 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Pirates148314831493+10+10 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Angels151015141511-3+1 Marlins144314491439-10-4 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. Phillies149015071496-11+6 Padres145514461444-2-11 Giants149415021490-12-4 Rays1495151915190+24 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Royals145914081407-1-52 Twins151014941493-1-17 Mariners150815221507-15-1 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Rangers149714801492+12-5 Braves147415101519+9+45 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Indians157615551566+11-10 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Mets149114641484+20-7 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Cubs155815681543-25-15 TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason EloChange from … Yankees156515891571-18+6 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As MLB.com’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Reds146514841474-10+9 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Astros157715991585-14+8 Orioles147514221416-6-59 read more

Royal Navy close by in case of Emergency

first_img Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen CSA Nominees revealed tomorrow Related Items:Department of Disaster Management, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, UK Royal Navy Unified effort to help Fire Victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – The UK Royal Navy could be in the Turks and Caicos Islands within 24 hours if a storm hits. So says DDME Director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux who told media at a press conference today that the Navy is “close by” in the Caribbean and on standby to provide rescue in the event of a national catastrophe. “We are in constant contact with the Royal Navy through the Governor’s Office and the FCO,” Clerveaux told media today.The ship is equipped to evacuate 1,600 persons at one time and supplied with enough food for one week. Nearly 200 officers from the Royal Naval were in the Turks and Caicos early August to conduct training and emergency assessment with the Department of Disaster Management.last_img read more

National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – High winds will buffet the San Diego-area mountains and deserts Thursday evening and Friday, potentially causing driving hazards in some parts of the East County, forecasters advised Thursday.Due to the gusty conditions, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, effective through 9 p.m. Friday in the mountains and the deserts.Wind speeds are expected to range from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph in those areas over the period, the weather service advised.Roadway visibility could be heavily affected by blowing dust and debris due to the winds, meteorologists cautioned. Drivers of large vehicles, such as motor homes and big rigs, were advised to be particularly wary of using desert roads, especially along Interstate 15 across the high desert. Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night June 20, 2019center_img Updated: 7:26 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more