Takeaways: Talk of a Sharks’ goalie controversy ends with blowout loss in Vegas

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.LAS VEGAS — A 53-second stretch in the second period told the entire story.Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 late in the period, Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after he argued with the referees over a tripping call. Less than a minute later, head coach Pete DeBoer got tossed from the game, as well.In the third, Barclay Goodrow …last_img read more

Africa investment bucks global trend

first_img28 June 2013Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to African countries increased by 5 percent to US$50-billion in 2012 even as global FDI fell by 18 percent, according to the latest annual survey of investment trends by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).Unctad’s World Investment Report 2013 was released in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.The report found that, while investment in extractive industries remained the most important driver of FDI to Africa in 2012, there was increased investment in consumer-oriented manufacturing and services, reflecting the growing purchasing power of the continent’s emerging middle class.“Between 2008 and 2012, the share of consumer-related industries in the value of greenfield investment projects in Africa grew from 7 percent of the total to 23 percent,” Unctad said in a statement. Greenfield investment is investment in businesses or economic sectors that are new to a recipient country.SA the continent’s biggest investorThe report found that companies from emerging markets were increasingly active in Africa, with the biggest investors in 2012 being Malaysia, South Africa, China and India in that order.South African companies were active in acquiring operations in industries such as mining, wholesale and healthcare during 2012, pushing FDI outflows from South Africa up to $4.4-billion and elevating the country to the position of largest source country of FDI in Africa.By contrast, however, FDI inflows to South Africa dropped by 24 percent to $4.6-billion in 2012.This mirrored a sharp drop in investment in the southern African region, from $8.7-billion in 2011 to $5.4-billion in 2012 – even as some countries in the region saw substantial increases. Inflows to Mozambique, for example, doubled to $5.2-billion, attracted by the country’s huge offshore gas deposits.East, central, north Africa gainFDI flows to West Africa also declined, slipping by 5 percent to $16.8-billion, the report show. Of investment channelled to the two major oil-producing countries in the region, FDI to Ghana remained stable at $3.3-billion, but inflows to Nigeria declined by 21 percent to $7-billion, accounting for much of the diminished flows to the region.Energy resources such as recently discovered gas reserves in Tanzania and oil fields in Uganda saw FDI inflows to East Africa expand from $4.5-billion in 2011 to $6.3-billion in 2012.Central Africa, meanwhile, saw its inflows rise to $10-billion, a record high, maintaining a trend of increasing FDI since 2010. The region’s natural resources continued to attract investment from mining companies, with significant FDI, for example, targeting the expansion of the copper-cobalt Tenke Fungurume mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.North Africa, the report found, was beginning to see a revival in cross-border investment following the political turmoil of 2011, with FDI flows increasing by 35 percent to $11.5-billion in 2012.Much of this increase was accounted for by a turnaround in Egypt, where inflows climbed from a net divestment of $0.5-billion in 2011 to a positive $2.8-billion in 2012 – though still much lower than the levels reached in Egypt before 2011.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

John Deere adds to technology portfolio with precision ag product updates

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New products improve serviceability, efficiency, and monitoring for field operations John Deere announces new precision ag products, including John Deere Harvest Mobile and John Deere Field Connect with a Gateway 3G upgrade and Wireless Radio Kit.“These newest updates to our ISG products provide our customers with more functionality and service, resulting in higher levels of machine performance and decision-making in the field,” says Diana Reed with John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG). “We introduced John Deere Harvest Mobile – a performance and information enhancing system – and improved serviceability to Field Connect with 3G modems and the Wireless Radio option.”John Deere Harvest MobileJohn Deere Harvest Mobile is an easy-to-use tool that optimizes machine functions to improve grain harvesting operations. It also features data collection and transfer to help operators make timely decisions with a simple, usable interface that makes harvest information easily available to operators and trusted advisors.“Harvest Mobile integrates with a customer’s equipment and technology, making the transition simple and easy,” says Reed. “Plus, the Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA) function displayed in Harvest Mobile optimizes combine performance by guiding users to make adjustments when necessary.”Aside from setting adjustments, ICA helps to improve grain quality, which reduces docking fees with the clean grain optimization function. It also helps operators capture more grain and reduce harvest losses. Harvest Mobile will be available to order on August 31.Field Connect Gateway 3G and Wireless UpgradesThe new Field Connect Gateway 3G and Field Connect Wireless Radio option allows users a wider range of serviceability when installed in the field for remote moisture and environmental sensing. All new units will be shipped with 3G modems in the Field Connect Gateway. Current Field Connect users looking to upgrade units from 2G to 3G can do so at a low cost and with a quick turnaround.Upgraded 3G modems, available now for order, can reach more locations with faster connection speeds. In addition, the upgrade prepares field units for wireless connectivity, an optional feature that maximizes the use of Field Connect Gateway in remote locations.“The Wireless Radio Kits allow producers to add up to eight radios to be used as field nodes for each gateway to provide more detailed field information,” adds Reed.  “Customers can use the kits to optimize the number of nodes within one mile of the gateway, and can connect up to eight nodes per gateway with 3G coverage.”The wireless option is compatible with existing Field Connect Gateway systems, soil moisture probes and environmental sensors, and will be available to order starting August 31.For more information on these precision ag products and other innovations from John Deere, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.last_img read more

Delhi fraudsters try to pull off a sporting con in Bangalore

first_imgOn July 5, the Raichur district administration in Central Karnataka received a letter from Sports Authority of India (SAI), New Delhi, informing them about an official visit of ‘SAI deputy director Kabir Hashmi (IAS) and his private secretary Sarvesh Kumar’.The district administration adhered to the official protocol and ensured the visiting officials received the best treatment as state guests. When the duo reached Raichur by Karnataka Express train on July 7, they were assigned an official car and treated as central government guests at the official state guest house.The Karnataka Police with the three conmen.Kabir Hashmi, however, was not the SAI deputy director neither was he, or his ‘private secretary’, SAI officials. The two men were, in fact, conmen who tried to fool the Raipur district in-charge deputy commissioner.The duo visited the local Nehru Yuvaka Kendra under the pretext of an inspection where they even took the Raichur district in-charge Deputy Commissioner, V.V. Jyothsna, to task for lack of basic infrastructure at the Nehru Yuvaka Kendra in Raichur. However, their con was soon busted when they came face to face with the Raichur deputy commissioner.Deputy Commissioner Vijaya Jyothsna said, “When I asked Kabir Hashmi about his IAS batch, he mentioned a particular year. But his behaviour was suspicious. So, I crosschecked with IAS batchmates of that particular year and found out that he had lied to me. I was told that no one named Kabir Hashmi was in the particular IAS batch he mentioned.” “As I tried to dig deep, they became evasive, making the suspicion grow. In the meantime, our office contacted the SAI office in New Delhi and found out that Kabir Hashmi was impersonating an IAS officer. I immediately informed the local police, who took him into custody (on Tuesday),” Jyothsna said.advertisementRaichur district Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj said that the Delhi-based duo was in Raichur to collect money from people they had duped. The duo was in Raichur to collect money from youths whom they had promised jobs in central government departments.They had enlisted the support of a local accomplice named Ubedulla, who had informed local youths that he had connections with the Sports Authority of India in New Delhi, and that he can get them government jobs.”The duo came to Raichur posing as SAI officials and collected Rs 15.42 lakh from the youths and Ubedulla. It was a well-oiled racket. The duo have conned people in other states as well,” the SP said. However, what is confusing the district administration is how the two conmen managed to get an original letterhead from SAI in New Delhi. “This shows that somebody in the SAI office is hand in glove with this duo. We have informed the authorities concerned in New Delhi about this,” the police added.last_img read more

Ray Parks on PBA debut: Blackwater win ‘most important thing’

first_imgRay Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks was his own toughest critic on Sunday when he made his keenly-anticipated debut in the PBA.Parks was triumphant in his first game, helping Blackwater survive Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES View comments Stepheson led Blackwater with 21 points and 31 rebounds while Mike DiGregorio also shone with 21 points.“We got the win, it’s the most important thing. Rough shooting night, still adjusting but at the end of the day we got the win,” said Parks.“A win is a win but I know we have a lot to work on. We’re still hungry for more wins and we have to get better in order to beat the other top-tier teams. Kudos to Meralco, Meralco is a well-coached team, very talented. We just did a great job tonight holding on.”PBA fans waited years for Parks to finally take his talents in the country’s top basketball league.Parks, who spent his last three years playing for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where he won a championship and three Local MVP awards, didn’t want to put too much into his debut and felt that it was just like “another day” for him.ADVERTISEMENT The 26-year-old guard had a solid outing with 20 points and eight rebounds but what caught his attention more was his eight turnovers and 1-of-6 shooting from the three-point area.Parks knows he still has a lot of room for improvement, but despite the errors and poor shooting, his performance was already enough to make a good account of himself.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, logistics“Just like I said before, Ray is a winner. He brings a lot of things to the table. It may not be all on scoring but he has shown his leadership here. He can make shots, he can defend even in the tightest situations and I’m happy for him,” said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan. “We all welcome him here in the PBA.”“Ray played good. First game in the PBA, it was an impressive game. Ray is really, really good,” said Elite import Alex Stepheson. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Just another day, I played in a lot of different leagues already. I understand that the PBA is the most prestigious league here and I just wanna do my work. As much as possible, try to get more wins than we had last conference,” Parks, who was the second overall pick by Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Draft, said.“It’s good that now I’m in the PBA. Sana masaya na sila (I hope the fans are now happy). I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to help the team. I just wanna start this new chapter in my career in the PBA and I’m excited for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Domestic T20 league likely to replace Global T20 League in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa’s T20 Global League is most likely to be replaced by the T20 Domestic League, which was postponed earlier this month.The six-team franchise competition, scheduled to commence in March 2018, could be started four months before if the South African cricket board approves for the same.The decision by the South African cricket board came after South Africa’s T20 Global League got postponed until next year.The CEOs of the franchise were called on the teleconference to discuss the feasibility of hosting the Domestic T20 in the given time by Cricket South Africa (CSA) reported Espncricinfo.There is no need to sign another partner for the league, as SuperSport already holds all rights of cricket played in South Africa.The Domestic T20 League will be a massive boost for the Proteas as every South African will be available to participate in the tournament. The players will have to miss out with NOCs to participate in other leagues, such as the Bangladesh Premier League, in that given period of time.”If there is an international tour in that time, only 12 or so guys will be playing. What about the rest of the players? They can’t sit around for six weeks and not do anything,” ESPNcricinfo quoted a source saying.Cricket South Africa (CSA) postponed the inaugural edition of the T20 Global League, which was due to start on November 3, to November 2018.The tournament had been facing multiple logistical challenges, including the inability to secure a broadcast deal or a title sponsor, which is resulting in hefty financial losses.advertisementLast week, acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe had said that the board is preparing for a net loss of US $25 million (approx Rs. 342.58 million) from the inaugural edition of the tournament, an amount that accounts for more than half its current cash reserves, reports ESPNcricinfo.last_img read more

Video: Mississippi State May Have The Fastest 60+ Year Old Fan In The Country

first_imgMary, a 60+ year old Mississippi State fan, running the 40 yard dash.Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.last_img read more

The Heat Should Keep Playing Small Ball

Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks. read more

By WVUA 23 Reporter Kate Steiner and WVUA 23 Web C

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Reporter Kate Steiner and WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams IIIFor more about AnnaRemembering Anna Kamplain: Hillcrest Freshman Dies After Battling IllnessAnna Kamplain passed away in late 2017 after battling a rare liver disease for most of her life. A fundraiser was held at Hillcrest High School to celebrate her memory.Anna was just 15 years old when she departed this past December, and she is missed by many. Anna’s family, friends, and teachers gathered at Hillcrest’s football stadium for a field day to introduce the Anna Kamplain Memorial Foundation.Amy Hydrick, a teacher at Hillcrest said that the foundation was started to help pay for Anna’s medical bills. In addition to the medical bills, another check will be written.“They want us to write a check to Children’s Hospital Activity Transplant Center which is where Anna spent some time, as well as all the children undergoing transplants,” said Cheryl Morrow, assistant principal at Hillcrest.Some of Anna’s closest friends attended the event, including Madelyn Clary, who said that Anna could put a smile on your face no matter what was going on.“Remember to live your life to the fullest because we are not guaranteed a certain amount of days,” said Kylee Schlatter, one of Anna’s closest friends.Everyone at the fundraiser said this is exactly how she would’ve liked her passing to be recognized. They said she would’ve wanted all her friends and family to celebrate her life rather than mourn her departure.“She would be so humbled at this, I don’t know celebration of her life that is taking place in so many forms and facets of this community and Tuscaloosa,” said Kristi Kamplain, Anna’s mother.last_img read more