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Athletics turn tables on Astros with 21-run, six-home run win

first_img What A’s winter ball … HOUSTON — What’s the best answer to a 15-0 loss? How about a 21-7 win the next day.For the first time since 1908, every single A’s starter had a multi-hit game. The A’s hit six home runs through five innings, tying a season-high for home runs in a single game. The A’s recorded a season-high 25 hits.Matt Olson hit his 30th and 31st home runs, joining Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi as the only first basemen in A’s history to hit 30 home runs.Related Articleslast_img

Liliesleaf: one day back in ’63

first_imgLiliesleaf Farm, home of the ANC leadership in the early 1960s and the scene of the arrest of the Rivonia trialists, is now a museum. Denis Goldberg, one of the surviving trialists, and Bob Hepple, who escaped before the trial, tell Lucille Davie about one of the key events in South Africa’s history.On hearing that they had got life sentences, Denis Goldberg shouted: “Life! Life is wonderful!”And life was wonderful on that day, 12 July 1964, because instead of sentencing the Rivonia trialists to death, Judge Quartus de Wet had handed down life sentences to each of the men instead.“All rationality aside, and for all our preparedness to die for freedom in South Africa, we started smiling in disbelief at first and then in complete relief as it sunk in that the judge said he would not impose the maximum penalty, even though it would be an appropriate sentence,” said Goldberg, more than 40 years later.“By the time he had finished speaking we were openly laughing. Most of us got four life sentences, but in the end you can only serve one of them!”It meant that they would live, but spend up to 27 years of their lives in jail – not seeing their children grow up, not seeing their wives struggle to hold things together, or deal with harassment by the security police or imprisonment themselves, sometimes with their children.Eight of the 10 trialists sentenced to life were Nelson Mandela, Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Elias Motsoaledi and Raymond Mhlaba.Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein and James Kantor were acquitted. Kantor had been arrested a month after the Liliesleaf raid.A living museumThe Lilieseaf Trust, established in 2001 by former president Thabo Mbeki whose father was among those arrested in 1963, is tasked with the development and maintenance of the site as a vital part of South Africa’s history.The Liliesleaf farmhouse and outbuildings in Rivonia, where the trialists were arrested and Mandela lived for a time, have been restored, and were opened as a museum on 9 June 2008.The complex now includes the Liberation Centre and the Liliesleaf Resource Centre.Liliesleaf was declared a national heritage site in July 2011. There are plans to build a small boutique hotel and conference centre on the farm.Read more: South Africa honours Rivonia trialistsOn MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Liliesleaf to sprout new hotelIn 1961, the South African Communist Party bought Liliesleaf farm to use as its headquarters. In those days it was a quiet, 28-acre smallholding just outside Johannesburg.Goldberg, a civil engineer by profession, said Liliesleaf had an “exhilarating atmosphere”.“We ate, slept, dreamed, worked at how to make a revolution. That is what we did. That is why it was exhilarating. Buying a Kombi, buying a farm, moving house, sorting out weapons manufacture, where to get the things needed, how to buy them, how to transport them, how to train people, endless problems to solve.”‘Idyllic bubble’Mandela lived there in disguise, as David Motsamayi, a gardener and cook. He recalls in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “The loveliest times at the farm were when I was visited by my wife and family.”He says they were times of more privacy than they ever had at their tiny home in Orlando West, Soweto. “The children could run about and play, and we were secure, however briefly, in this idyllic bubble.”But it was not to last. The top leadership of the ANC were arrested at Liliesleaf on 11 July 1963. The apartheid government was smug – they had seized and put away for life the top echelons of the African National Congress, whom they had caught hatching Operation Mayibuye, the plan to switch to violence to overthrow apartheid.Reunited: Rivonia trialists Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Nelson Mandela and Denis Goldberg in July 2009. Photo: Nelson Mandela Centre of MemoryArrestsWhen the police swooped on the farmhouse they arrested Sisulu, Mbeki, Kathrada, Goldberg, Bernstein, Mhlaba and Bob Hepple. Arthur Goldreich, who was ostensibly the owner of Liliesleaf, drove into the farm shortly afterwards, and was arrested along with the others.Goldreich made a dramatic escape from prison, together with Harold Wolpe, Mosie Moola and Abdulhay Jassat, crossing the border shortly afterwards.Mandela was already on Robben Island, serving a five-year sentence for inciting workers to strike, and for leaving the country without a passport.Mlangeni and Motsoaledi had been arrested on 24 June, and were charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government and leaving the country illegally, but were charged together with the other Rivonia trialists.Hepple acted as lawyer for Mandela in 1962, also representing Sisulu and other ANC and PAC leaders. He managed to escape over the border before the trial.‘It’s the cops’Professor Sir Bob Hepple, now retired Emeritus Master of Clare College and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, recounts the events on the afternoon of the arrest.“At about 3.15pm, 15 minutes into the meeting, a van was heard coming down the drive.“Govan Mbeki went to the window. He said: ‘It’s a dry-cleaning van. I’ve never seen it before.’ Rusty Bernstein went to the window and exclaimed: ‘My God, I saw that van outside the police station on my way here!’“I moved to the open door and saw the panel of the van, which read Trade Steam Pressers. I could see a man wearing a white coat, hat and glasses on the front seat. I pulled the door closed. A few moments later I heard dogs barking. Rusty shouted: ‘It’s the cops, they’re heading here.’“Govan had collected up the Operation Mayibuye document and some other papers and I saw him putting them in the chimney of the small stove in the room. The back window was open, and I helped Govan, Walter Sisulu and Kathy Kathrada to jump out of it. There was a second or two as I moved back near the door, with Rusty next to me and Ray Mhlaba sitting next to the window.“The door burst open. Detective-Sergeant Kennedy, whom I had cross-examined in a political trial earlier that year, rushed in: ‘Stay where you are. You’re all under arrest.’‘A mysterious man’“He walked up to me with an excited sneer: ‘You’re Advocate Hepple, aren’t you?’Hepple was the chair of the youth section of the Congress of Democrats, which was part of the anti-apartheid alliance in the 1950s. He was a member of the secretariat which serviced the central political leadership of the ANC.He says that he had been anxious driving to Liliesleaf, or Lil’s place as it was called, from his chambers in the CBD. “My anxieties led me to stop more than once to ensure that I was not being followed. I took a secondary road to avoid passing the Rivonia police station.”He’d had a visit from a “mysterious man” who had appeared unannounced at his chambers that morning, with a message from the Natal leadership for the central underground leadership.“Ever since Mandela’s arrest there had been suspicions about a possible police spy and lax security in Natal. I feigned ignorance and told him to come back the next day. I intended to check his credentials at our meeting at Lil’s place that afternoon.”Living in secrecyThe leadership were worried about the police discovering Liliesleaf farm, where they had been secretly meeting and living for the past two years. A new property had been bought, a smallholding called Travallyn in Krugersdorp, and Goldberg had moved into it along with Sisulu, Mbeki, Mhlaba and Wilton Mkwayi. It was to become the new ANC headquarters, but the next meeting did not take place there.“It could not take place at Travallyn because that would repeat the security failure of bringing people to the place where the leaders of MK Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC were living in secrecy,” explained Goldberg, referring to Liliesleaf.“They could not at that moment decide on a safe venue, therefore they decided to have one more meeting at Liliesleaf,” he said. “It was the pressure of the security police surveillance and the house arrests, banning orders etcetera, that led to the fateful decision.”Solitary confinementImmediately after the arrest Hepple spent almost four months in solitary confinement, like the other Rivonia arrestees, before being offered freedom from prosecution if he turned state witness.He agreed to do so but as soon as he was released from jail he escaped across the border with his wife, making his way to England, where his young children and parents joined him later.Hepple said he found his jail time extremely difficult: “In the long hours of isolation and boredom, especially as I lay awake at night on the cold stone cell floor, I became obsessed with our predicament.“As the days and nights slowly passed I became increasingly confused and created my own world in which reality and fantasy were hard to separate.“Threats and promises made by the police during continuous periods of interrogation became distorted out of all proportion in my mind and my capacity to reason was seriously impaired.“I say this with hindsight, because one of the consequences of sensory deprivation and exhaustion is that one is unable to realise the extent of the changes taking place in normal behaviour.”Self-discipline, determinationMlangeni spent 26 years in prison, with his fellow Rivonia trialists, on Robben Island. He used simple methods to get through the low moments in prison.“I personally would take out the letters I received from my wife and read them over and over again. Look at the photographs I received and that helped me to get myself together again and go back to my studies.”Mlangeni became a politician on his release, and is still a member of Parliament.Goldberg says it took discipline and determination to get through his 22-year prison sentence in Pretoria Central Prison. He did not go to Robben Island like the others because he is white.“I believe it was our self-discipline and determination to uphold our dignity, to demand respect, and that the warders act within their own rules, that was the key to survival. We found ways of creating our own little world of politics and social contact that enabled us to support each other.“For myself, too, there was the sense of living time day by day. Time was flexible: at Christmas and New Year another year stretched out ahead, and suddenly it seemed the year was over. This was more so for lifers who had no release date.”Apartheid’s harshest prisonKathrada says in his book, Memoirs: “Nothing could have prepared me for the enormity of losing all choice in such mundane matters as deciding when to wake up and when to sleep, or comprehend that minor joys such as letter-writing and meetings with family and friends would be so severely curtailed and controlled, and that fundamental human rights would become privileges that had to be earned and were always under threat of removal.”Kathrada has been honoured with awards and honorary degrees; while in prison he obtained several degrees. In 1999 Letters from Robben Island: a Selection of Ahmed Kathrada’s Prison Correspondence was published. He is retired but still serves as the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council.Mandela describes Robben Island as the “harshest, most iron-fisted outpost in the South African penal system”. Being placed at Robben Island was “like going to another country. Its isolation made it not simply another prison, but a world of its own, far removed from the one we had come from.”He says that in Pretoria Central Prison, from where they were flown immediately upon being sentenced, they had felt connected to their families and supporters, but on the island, although they were together as a group, it was little consolation. “My dismay was quickly replaced by a sense that a new and different fight had begun.”That fight involved the Afrikaans-speaking warders demanding a master-servant relationship. “The racial divide on Robben Island was absolute: there were no black warders, and no white prisoners.”It was to be a long, hard 18 years on the island before he was moved to Pollsmoor Prison, then Victor Verster Prison, just outside Cape Town, for nine more years, before being released in February 1990.The world on releaseGoldberg says that the world he entered in 1985 was very different from the one he had left in 1964. “The world was different after 22 years. Colours were brighter, everything moved faster. I flew in a jumbo jet. I wasn’t sure of how to deal with the outside world.”Goldberg lived in England after his release, representing the ANC in exile and continuing his anti-apartheid activities. He settled in Cape Town in 2002, where he became special adviser to the Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry. He is now retired.Kathrada was inundated by family and well-wishers when he arrived at his brother’s house in Lenasia, Johannesburg.“Except for a few indelible memories, most of that first day has always been a blank,” he says in Memoirs. “My most precious recollections are of my little grand-nieces and nephews, clambering all over me, clasping their little arms around my neck, holding my hands, hugging and kissing this strange man they had never seen, but had learnt to love in absentia.“After 26 years on my own, no other welcome could have meant as much as this spontaneous display of unconditional love and immediate acceptance.”‘and there was a roar’Mandela arrived on Robben Island in the prime of life – he was 44 years old. He left prison as a 71-year-old man.He walked out of Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990 to thousands of assembled people, hundreds of photographers, television cameras and journalists. He says in Long Walk to Freedom: “When I was among the crowd I raised my right fist, and there was a roar. I had not been able to do that for 27 years and it gave me a surge of strength and joy.”His first night of freedom was spent at Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s house in Cape Town. “We were led inside the house, where more family and friends met us but, for me, the most wonderful moment was when I was told that I had a telephone call from Stockholm. I knew immediately who it was. Oliver Tambo’s voice was weak but unmistakable, and to hear him after all those years filled me with great joy.”Mandela says that in his 27 years in prison, he held “a life-long conversation with him in my head”, and that when Tambo died in 1993, he felt like the “loneliest man in the world”.Liliesleaf information7 George Avenue, Rivonia, 2128, JohannesburgTelephone: (011) 803-7882/3/4Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pmTours from 45 minutes to 3 hours available. Booking recommended.Conference facilitiesWebsite: www.liliesleaf.co.zaAdapted from an article written by Lucille Davie in June 2008 for the City of Johannesburg.Reviewed: July 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Nokia Announces 30,000 Ovi Apps, Talks Strategy

first_imgNokia revealed during its Q4 earnings call last week that its mobile application market, the Ovi Store, now offers 30,000 apps available for download. In previous announcements regarding Ovi Store numbers, Nokia talked in terms of downloads, not actual apps. For example, in October 2010, Nokia announced its Ovi Store was seeing 2.3 million daily, 70% of which were app downloads (Nokia’s Ovi Store offers non-app purchases, too).Now Nokia has hit an app milestone it feels is worth sharing: 30,000 apps, along with 4 million downloads daily and operator billing partnerships with 100 mobile service providers worldwide.Some Good News, Some Bad NewsWhile 30,000 apps is a drop in the bucket compared with the hundreds of thousands of apps on the Apple iOS platform and Google Android (estimated at 350,000+ and 200,000, respectively), it’s competitive with the smaller app stores from RIM (BlackBerry) and Windows Phone 7. RIM has 17,000 apps and Microsoft’s WP7 has 6,500.But all news was not good news for Nokia this go-round. During the call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop admitted that the company has challenges ahead, as evidenced by this morning’s report that Android has now unseated Nokia Symbian as the top smartphone platform worldwide as of Q4 2010.Says Elop, Nokia has been in the process of assessing the company’s strengths and weaknesses, and in the coming months, will focus on expanding its channels’ reach, advancing its software and services’ assets, harnessing its demand/suppy network and “building upon the passion of people inside and around Nokia.”To clarify what that means, Elop explained that Nokia knows it must improve both the “quality of its execution” and “accelerate the speed at which we execute and enhance the effectiveness of our partnerships.”“In short,” said Elop, “our industry changed, it’s time for Nokia to change faster.”Where’s MeeGo? Speculation on Android, WP7 Partnerships Heats Up While Elop made no specific mention of MeeGo during the call, he did note that the company plans to embrace its “strong hardware innovation and production capabilities” that allow it to differentiate from low end to high end handsets and across a wide range of hardware components. That doesn’t sound like a change in strategy, really, just a continuation of its plans regarding the MeeGo roadmap, as explained to us during Nokia’s annual conference last September. At that time, Nokia executives were clear on the fact that MeeGo was designed to address the high-end of the smartphone market.However, the fact that MeeGo was not called out by name, along with other comments regarding how Nokia needs to “build, capitalize and/or join a competitive ecosystem” has led to speculation that Nokia will indeed scrap its MeeGo plans and partner with either Microsoft, Elop’s former corporate home, for its Windows Phone 7 platform or even Google, with its Android platform.Whether or not that’s the case is all pure speculation at this point. For a well-argued counterpoint on why Nokia may not be ditching MeeGo, see this post from My Nokia Blog, an unofficial Nokia-tracking news site. Among the points made here are the fact that MeeGo development is continuing at a fast pace with the majority of its focus on quashing bugs on Intel platforms, not on ARM; a lack of recent Nokia hires with experience that could contribute to any major moves to a new platform like Android or WP7; and finally, Nokia’s lack of “official” support for the Nokia Labs’ Lighthouse project, which helps developers port its Qt development platform to new platforms.That’s not to say that Nokia hasn’t been working on major changes behind closed doors and plans to surprise the world with announcements at February’s Mobile World Congress, for example. But until there’s official word from the company as to its plans, MeeGo or otherwise, speculation should be taken with a grain of salt. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perezcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#Nokia last_img read more

How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… richard macmanus Simon & Schuster also runs book club type activities on Twitter, plus Facebook.Facebook – Differing StrategiesThe big six don’t all use Facebook in the same way. Hachette irregularly updates its Facebook page (there are only 3 updates in September so far) and probably as a result it only has 3,998 likes currently. Compare that to Random House, which appears to do 3-4 Facebook updates per day on average and has 38,369 likes.However, it could be that Hachette is simply trying a different Facebook strategy from the norm. Because instead of focusing on its corporate brand page, Hachette promotes the Facebook pages of its authors and fan pages for Hachette books. In the fifth and final part of our series, Social Books, we explore how the “big six” book publishers use social media. So far in the series we’ve looked at the largest social network for book lovers (Goodreads), a new social network for book writers (Writer’s Bloq), how public libraries use social media, and whether book highlights are being successfully socialized. We’ve learned so far that almost everything to do with books – writing them, reading them, borrowing them, making highlights in them – has been impacted by Web technologies. So surely the biggest book publishers in America will have adapted to online technologies too, right? Let’s find out!The so-called “big six” in trade book publishing across North America consists of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster. There are hundreds of other publishing firms, some of them subsidiaries of the big six. But for the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on the biggies and highlight three of the main social networks they use: Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.Twitter Book ClubsPenguin USA has done an innovative thing with Twitter, holding a monthly book club with the help of hashtags and tweeting authors. Every month Penguin staff selects a book by one of its authors and invites people to tweet about it using the hashtag #readpenguin. It holds “mini book club meetings” during the course of the month, in which the book author answers questions from readers. The current book of the month is Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. Tags:#social networks#Social Web#web The Author & Reader Take Center StageThat’s just a taste of what book publishers are doing with social media. I got the sense that it’s incredibly varied and that each of the big six is experimenting with social media in a different way. They all had one thing in common though: the author and her audience is paramount when it comes to social media.Whether it’s helping promote an author’s Facebook page, blogging about an author on Tumblr, or organizing a Twitter discussion between an author and her readers, the publishing houses understand that the Social Web is all about authors engaging with their readers. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit One of Hachette’s leading authors, novelist James Patterson, has 3.4 million likes. Patterson appears to be regularly – and personally – updating his Facebook page. He’s not quite as prolific as Paulo Coelho, the master of social media among authors, but it’s still a good effort.Tumblr Is Popular With Book PublishersBlog advertising company Blogads did some research In January this year and found that Tumblr is especially popular with book publishers.HarperCollins, which has a presence on just about every social media service, has a couple of good Tumblrs. The corporate HarperCollins Tumblr features blog posts by staff, alongside quirky promotional ideas like “Seen on the Subway” (photos of everyday people reading HarperCollins books). One of the company’s divisions, Harper Perennial, also does a colorful Tumblr. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Three Hidden Gems in Adobe Media Encoder

first_imgEasy FTP Upload in Media EncoderI upload proofs that my clients need to view and revise/approve to my website, and having to open my FTP program isn’t a hard step, but it is one that can be bypassed using the FTP tab in Adobe Media Encoder. Just give it you server and login info for your FTP space and Adobe Media Encoder can automatically upload your video for you without any extra step. All those small increments of time you save add up!I hope you’ve discovered at least one new feature in Adobe Media Encoder that will make your life just a little easier! If you have others to share let us know in the comments below! Easy Watermarking in Media EncoderAnother great utility under the Effects tab is the Image Overlay. This effect makes it super easy to add a visual watermark to your videos. Just load in an image (one with an alpha channel or transparency is probably best), tweak size, position, and opacity settings, and a watermark is applied to any video using that preset! Adobe Media Encoder is an incredibly powerful application, and has only become more useful with Creative Cloud’s frequent updates. Here are 3 settings you probably don’t know about in Adobe Media Encoder that may save you time and hassle!I love Adobe Media Encoder. Especially since the CC version came out, Adobe has done a fantastic job of adding new and powerful features, but sadly, a lot of them go unnoticed by most editors. In this post, I want to share with you my 3 favorite hidden gems in Adobe Media Encoder.Easy BITC in Media EncoderIf you don’t know what BITC is, it’s a video where the timecode has been overlayed onto the video (literally: Burn In TimeCode). At my work, we make BITCs pretty regularly. We used to have to do it in our editing program by putting an effect on either the video clips, or on an adjustment layer above.These days, we just pass the media or the sequence through Adobe Media Encoder and use this great setting in one of our presets. In the presets settings, there’s an Effects tab. In previous versions, all that was here was a gaussian blur, which – let’s face it – was mostly useless. In a recent version, Adobe added several new effects that Adobe Media Encoder can apply during compression, and one of them is a timecode overlay.Here’s an example of this effect applied to a QuickTime movie, but this also works when exporting from Premiere using a preset, or when sending a video from Premiere or After Effects to the AME queue.last_img read more

Column: Let’s ignore Drake for the rest of the NBA Finals

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Rapper Drake, left,, says something to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Warriors in Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Obnoxious sideline celebrities are as much a part of the NBA as slam dunks and getting away with an extra step or two.From Jack Nicholson to Spike Lee to Jimmy Buffett, we’ve grown accustomed to boorish, entitled superstars doing their best to make themselves part of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Dangerous game: Anthony Joshua fights Andy Ruiz Jr, with others on his mind MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Welcome to the club, Drake.The Toronto rapper-slash-superfan has gotten as much air time as anyone on the court with his antics during the playoffs. He mocked Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. He rubbed the shoulders of Raptors coach Nick Nurse during a game. And, after the opener of the NBA Finals, he exchanged some heated words with Golden State’s Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHere’s an idea: Let’s ignore Drake for the rest of what could be a memorable series between the Raptors and Warriors.That goes for the TV cameras that can’t seem to turn away from him. That goes for those of us in the media who can’t seem to quit writing about him (I promise, this will be my one and only Drake column). And it most certainly goes for the Warriors, who need to stay focused on the important task at hand — trying to win their fourth championship in five years — when Drake starts hurling his childish taunts. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Green insisted the incident in Game 1 was no big deal.“You got a question about basketball?” he shot back when a reporter brought it up afterward. “It wasn’t really a scuffle because I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me, and I didn’t push him and he didn’t push me. We talked. We barked a little bit, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a scuffle.”No doubt looking to move records and build his brand, Drake was in his full troll mode for the start of the first Finals held outside the United States, turning up at his familiar courtside seat in a replica of the Raptors jersey worn by Dell Curry at the end of his career — a jab, of course, at Dell’s son, Warriors star Steph Curry.After Toronto secured its 118-109 victory, Drake confronted Green on his way off the court. It’s not clear all that was said between the two, but Drake could be seen mouthing “trash” as a smiling Curry stepped in to make sure Green went on to the locker room.With a night to sleep on things, Green was downright diplomatic during the off day Friday. He knows the best way to answer Drake’s insults is to play better than he did in Game 1, when he contributed a mere 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting and struggled to contain the Raptors’ emerging star, Pascal Siakam.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “He talks and it gets more attention because he’s Drake,” Green said.While the NBA certainly loves the off-the-court attention that it celebrity fans generate, Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that there’s a line Drake should not cross — which he clearly did in the Eastern Conference finals by briefly grabbing Nurse’s shoulders as the oblivious coach looked up at the scoreboard during Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks.“We certainly appreciate his superfan status, and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto,” Silver said. But, the commish quickly added, “Certainly we don’t want fans, friend or foe, contacting an NBA coach during a game. I think that even as Nick Nurse later said, ‘I didn’t even realize it was Drake or hardly was aware that I was being touched,’ and I think those can lead to dangerous situations. You’re in the middle of coaching a game and you’re completely focused, you obviously don’t want somebody who is not on your team touching you.”Better than any other league, the NBA knows how to nurture and protect its superstars — a philosophy that has extended to its most famous fans at least as far back as the days when Nicholson was razzing Los Angeles Lakers’ opponents during the Showtime era, or Lee was getting away with far more than most fans while taunting Reggie Miller during playoff games at Madison Square Garden (yes, kids, the New York Knicks were once a competitive NBA franchise that made the postseason on a regular basis).Silver said the league spoke with Drake and his management team about avoiding contact with players and coaches, apparently coming to an understanding that he wouldn’t do it again.“Given Drake’s relationship to the team, it’s not the same as just any fan who happened to be courtside touching a coach,” the commissioner said. “But I think that’s an absolute bright line that we have to draw. So that’s one example and I would also say that I think the issue for the league is that he has this ambassador-type role with the team. So he is viewed a little differently than any fan sitting there. But at the same time, I think there are appropriate lines that shouldn’t be cross in terms of how a competing team is addressed or the officials for that matter.”While a case could certainly be made that Drake should be banished to a less-prominent seat during the remaining games in Toronto (as Buffett once was during a Miami Heat contest for cursing at the officials), even Green said that wasn’t necessary.“So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that,’” the Warriors star said. “Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles. He’s worked his (butt) off to be who he is. I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk and the NBA needs to … no, they don’t. He worked to be who he is, (so) you should get more leash. I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me.”The best way for Green and the Warriors to shut Drake up is to win another title.As for the rest of us, let’s just ignore him. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Former NFL Player Hernandez Indicted on Assault Charge While

It has not gotten better for accused murderer and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. In fact, it continues to get worse.The Bristol County district attorney’s office said Hernandez was indicted Thursday on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm. The statement said the alleged assault occurred Feb. 25 at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, and the alleged threat occurred there on Nov. 1, 2013.The February scuffle allegedly occurred when an inmate was being transported from the jail’s infirmary. The man, identified as Andrew Booker, and Hernandez allegedly exchanged words. Hernandez allegedly punched Booker and knocked him to the ground. Neither was injured.Booker’s attorney, Michael P. Malone, has told reporters his client will not testify against Hernandez.“He doesn’t want to be a rat,” Malone said.The threats made on Nov. 1 reportedly involve Hernandez allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a guard at the Bristol County jail after the guard blew the whistle on his schemes to try to get extra food from his jailers.An arraignment date hasn’t been set.Hernandez is being held at the jail without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a Boston man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. read more

Each AL Playoff Teams Biggest Strength — And Weakness

Boston Red Sox (7 percent World Series probability) Strength: That ridiculous offense.To say the Astros are a great hitting team would be an understatement. They’re not merely great by 2017 standards. They rank among the most explosive offensive teams in major league history. Only three teams since 1901 — Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig’s 1927, 1930 and 1931 New York Yankees — had a better wRC+ than Houston did this season, which explains how they racked up nearly 900 runs and led the majors in offensive WAR by a mile. Led by MVP-candidate second baseman Jose Altuve and his .957 OPS, six Astros ranked among MLB’s top 37 hitters by WAR, with a seventh (first baseman Yulieski Gurriel) clocking in at No. 48. And the damage they did to opposing pitchers could have been even greater had shortstop Carlos Correa not missed 42 games at midseason: With Correa in the lineup, the Astros scored 22 percent more runs per game than they did without him. (He’ll be at full strength for the playoffs — be afraid, AL pitchers.)Weakness: Fielding … and the bullpen.The Astros bolstered their starting rotation with the last-minute addition of erstwhile Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has been extra sharp since joining Houston. But there are still some holes in the team’s run-prevention corps: Aside from Ken Giles and goose-egg darling Chris Devenski, the Astros have few impact arms waiting in the bullpen. And on defense, they’ve been the eleventh-worst fielding team in MLB according to The Baseball Gauge, with zero position players who could be fairly classified as stellar with the glove. Houston’s starters aren’t the liability they’re sometimes made out to be, and this lineup might score so many runs that it won’t matter anyway, but the Astros might have reason to worry in tight postseason contests. Houston Astros (16 percent World Series probability) The MLB playoffs are finally upon us, and to help set the scene, we’re previewing the division-series field — sorry, Twins — for each league. For every team, we picked out their most important strength, plus the one weakness that might trip them up en route to the World Series. Now all that’s left is to watch it all play out in what should be one of the most exciting postseasons ever. First up is the American League. Cleveland Indians(25 percent World Series probability) Strength: Pitching.According to The Baseball Gauge’s wins above replacement meta-metric,1Which averages aspects of the versions of the WAR stat found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, in addition to Baseball Gauge’s own WAR metric. Specifically, for this article I set the meta-metric to average together every option equally in each category, with no regression for fielding metrics and the positional adjustment not included in offensive and defensive WAR. no team in baseball got more value out of its rotation or its bullpen this season than the Indians, who boast two of the AL’s top 10 starters (Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco) plus its second-best reliever (Andrew Miller). That trio helped Cleveland’s staff lead the majors in strikeout rate, walk rate and home run rate,2The fielding independent pitching triple crown! despite having to face those pesky designated hitters.3Who, granted, aren’t quite as pesky as they used to be. And don’t sleep on the back end of this rotation, either — Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer had strong seasons as well — or a defense that ranked sixth best in baseball. If pitching and defense truly win championships, nobody is better equipped for October than the Tribe.Weakness: Offensive star power.If the Indians do have a weakness — and admittedly it’s something of a stretch to say this about a team that cleared 800 runs scored — it’s their lack of truly dominant bats in the middle of the batting order. Cleveland is a good hitting team — it ranked third in weighted runs created plus (wRC+, a measure of offensive production that’s adjusted for park and league effects) this season — but third baseman Jose Ramirez was the team’s only hitter to rank among the top 25 in offensive WAR. (DH Edwin Encarnacion and shortstop Francisco Lindor ranked 35th and 43rd, respectively.) The midseason acquisition of solid-hitting right fielder Jay Bruce helped in this department, and the Tribe had an MLB-best .843 on-base plus slugging in September, led by a surging Encarnacion. But if we look at the whole season, Houston had four of the top 25 hitters by WAR (more on that later) and even Arizona had two. Again, though, that might be nitpicking. This team is really, really good. Strength: Underlying talent.Even by the standards of baseball’s most successful franchise, the Yankees had a fine year in 2017, winning 91 games and dragging the AL East race down to the season’s final weekend. (The Red Sox also helped in that department.) And there’s a strong case to be made that the pinstripers are much better than their record indicates. New York had an 18-26 record in games decided by 1 run, one of the worst marks in baseball. Yet according to context-neutral stats such as WAR, the Yankees also had one of MLB’s best bullpens — not what you would expect if a team was truly shaky in close games. Between bad luck in those kinds of contests and slightly unlucky sequencing,4Meaning the difference between a team’s actual run differential and what we’d expect based on its underlying stats. This can be attributed to how much a team sequences its hits and walks, concentrating them within innings (which helps scoring), or scattering them across innings (resulting in fewer runs). Much of that is a function of luck, but it can have a profound effect on a team’s record. the Yankees won 11 fewer games than their stats would have predicted, the biggest shortfall in MLB. New York’s 102 wins “on paper” is a much better descriptor of how good it is than its 91 wins in the standings — and that makes the Yankees one of the postseason’s most sneaky-dangerous teams, especially now that they’re through into the division series.Weakness: Offensive inconsistency.Just like its best player, Aaron Judge, this Yankee offense tends to run very hot or very cold. While New York’s runs allowed per game remained pretty constant throughout the year, its scoring rate bounced around between incredible (with particular spikes in early May, June and most of September) and mediocre (see late May, as well as practically all of July and August), resulting in the fifth-largest standard deviation in runs per game of any team in baseball. Judge himself was responsible for this to a large degree, hitting like a runaway MVP in the first half, then cratering for a month and a half before recovering in September. If Judge and company go cold again — and New York’s pitchers can’t offset the drop after a taxing wild-card game — the Yankees’ playoff run could end quickly. New York Yankees (8 percent World Series probability) Strength: Preventing runs.The Red Sox had the second-best earned run average (adjusted for park effects) in the AL during the regular season, and there’s a lot credit to go around for that. Recent hiccups notwithstanding, Boston’s starting rotation ranked fourth in MLB by WAR, led not only by Chris Sale’s historically dominant numbers but also by under-the-radar seasons from Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox bullpen, headlined by AL-leading closer Craig Kimbrel, finished third-best in WAR and often outpitched its overall numbers in important moments. Defensively, Boston ranked fourth in WAR, anchored by Sandy Leon behind the plate and the strong glovework of Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. And Boston might be even tougher to score against in October, with lefty David Price coming back from injury to play what appears to be an Andrew Miller-esque role out of the Sox bullpen.Weakness: Power hitting.Somehow, a team that put almost 900 runs on the board a year ago registered as barely above-average this season, despite the rising tide of baseball offense. Why? Many of Boston’s scoring issues can be traced back to a mysterious power outage that saw them rank third-to-last in isolated slugging (ISO) during the regular season. Among Boston’s nine 2017 regulars5Qualified with at least 200 plate appearances. who were also with the club last season, eight saw their ISO drop, and by an average of 37 points. Compounded by the retirement of David Ortiz, who departed with one of the greatest career-ending seasons ever, the Red Sox’s slugging woes left them ranked 20th in offensive WAR a year after they led all of baseball in the metric. (Aging vets like Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez failed to pick up Ortiz’s slack, and almost all of Boston’s young hitters fell off their 2016 form.) After another month of poor hitting, don’t be surprised if this offense is a major source of anxiety for Boston in the postseason.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Military judge refuses to dismiss murder case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher

first_imgMilitary judge refuses to dismiss murder case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher AP SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military judge on Friday refused to dismiss the murder case of a decorated Navy SEAL, but found the prosecution’s meddling in defense lawyer emails troubling enough to reduce the maximum penalty he faces.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, said an effort to track emails sent to lawyers for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher violated constitutional rights against an illegal search and the right to counsel by interfering with attorney-client privilege.The action also harmed the public’s view of the military justice system and cast doubt on Gallagher’s ability to give a fair trial, Rugh said.The ruling in one of the Navy’s most prominent war crimes cases came just days the judge removed the lead prosecutor as the defense sought dismissal of the case for alleged misconduct in what they characterized as “spying.”Rugh found the intrusion “placed an intolerable strain on the public’s perception of the military justice system.”“Applying its broad discretion in crafting a remedy to remove the taint of unlawful command influence,” Rugh said he would remove the maximum penalty of life imprisonment without parole if Gallagher is convicted of premeditated murder. Gallagher could now face life in prison with a chance of parole.To relieve the “strain of pretrial publicity,” Rugh also said he would allow the defense to reject two more potential jurors without cause during jury selection.Gallagher is scheduled to go to trial June 17 on murder and attempted murder charges.Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke said the Navy vows to give Gallagher a fair trial.On Monday, Rugh removed the lead prosecutor, Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak. He said it was not within his power to determine whether Czaplak engaged in misconduct, but the potential for a probe into his actions could present a conflict and required his removal.It is extremely unusual for a military judge to remove a prosecutor only days before the start of a trial. Gallagher had been facing trial on Monday until Rugh delayed it for another week.Last week, Rugh unexpectedly released Gallagher from custody as a remedy for interference by prosecutors in the middle of a hearing on several defense motions.Rugh rejected allegations that prosecutors withheld evidence that could help his defense.The military justice system has won few war crime convictions and been criticized for being ineffective.Republicans in Congress have lobbied for Gallagher, saying he has been mistreated. President Donald Trump intervened to move Gallagher to less restrictive confinement in March and has considered dismissing the charges.Gallagher pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of an injured teenage militant in Iraq in 2017 and to attempted murder in the shooting of two civilians from a sniper’s perch.He blames disgruntled platoon mates for fabricating complaints about him because they didn’t like his tough leadership.Defense lawyers for Gallagher and his commanding officer, Lt. Jacob Portier, have said most of the court documents leaked to reporters have hurt their clients, so the sources are likely on the government side. But Rugh found no evidence of that.Portier has denied charges of conduct unbecoming an officer after being accused of conducting Gallagher’s re-enlistment ceremony next to the militant’s corpse.Rugh indicated he was misled about the effort to embed code in emails sent to the defense team and a journalist to track where those messages were sent to find the source of leaks that have plagued the case.He said he didn’t have the authority to approve such a tactic and was led to believe Czaplak was working with federal prosecutors so his consent was not necessary.Rugh said he learned Friday that the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego had not approved or coordinated the tracking, defense lawyer Tim Parlatore said.Evidence at hearings last week showed an intelligence specialist from Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducted criminal background checks on three civilian lawyers and a Navy Times journalist who has broken several stories based on documents that are only to be shared among lawyers in the case.Parlatore, who was among the lawyers investigated, accused prosecutors of a “rogue, relentless, and unlawful cyber campaign” that may have violated attorney-client privilege and hurt his client’s ability to get a fair trial.Czaplak downplayed the move, saying the code embedded in emails recorded nothing more than what marketers use to find out where and when messages were opened by recipients.The government said the investigation did not find the source of leaks. June 7, 2019 Posted: June 7, 2019 AP, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Army Reassigns White Sands Engineer Battalion

first_imgThe Army’s 2nd Engineer Battalion — based at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., after it was reactivated in 2008 — is being reassigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, after being reorganized once again.The battalion had 500 soldiers in 2008 but as of its casing ceremony last week, it was down to 200 personnel. Two of the battalion’s companies are moving to Fort Bliss, one company is transferring to Fort Polk, La., one will be inactivated, and the remaining soldiers will be reassigned elsewhere, reported Las Cruces Sun-News.The unit, whose history dates back to 1861, now will be assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division. The unit’s departure will not impact White Sands’ weapons testing mission, according to Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson.“We love having troops here, and we want troops to come back, but the main mission is still going to go on, and most of what we do on a day-to-day basis will be operated as normal. Not much will change from the outside perspective,” Michelson said.The unit’s facilities, which were specifically built for the 2nd Engineer Battalion, will be temporarily “mothballed” until the Army comes up with a long-term plan for the compound.“We’re not going to let them go to waste,” Michelson said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more