Tabata, Cole lead Pirates over Diamondbacks 6-2

first_imgJose Tabata is greeted by manager Clint Hurdle after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning of the baseball game on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jose Tabata heard all the rumors in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and understood the significance of slugging prospect Andrew Lambo being called up this week.“I know people are saying the Pittsburgh Pirates need a right fielder,” Tabata said. “It makes me feel like I’ve got to do something. Whatever the front office wants to do, that’s their thing. I just want to help my team win.”Tabata did that Friday night with a two-run homer and rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings to lead the Pirates over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2.Tabata’s drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis.Lambo had started the previous three games in right field after having his contract selected from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. However, Tabata got a chance to get back into the lineup Friday night after getting three hits off the bench Thursday against the Cardinals.Tabata, who is hitting .269, sent an opposite-field shot to right after Gaby Sanchez doubled.“It’s always a good sign for Jose to drive a ball the other way like that,” Clint Hurdle said. “That’s the gift he’s brought to the game since he’s been a young player. That’s one of the first things I saw in 2010 when I was (the hitting coach) with the Texas Rangers and they played the Pirates. That’s one of the first thing people here talking to me about when I became the manager.“He squared some balls up in St. Louis and hit a ball hard tonight. That puts him in a good spot where he’s aggressive in the batter’s box right now.”Cole (6-5) was pitching on eight days of rest. He had his previous turn in the rotation skipped in part to allow veteran A.J. Burnett to pitch Thursday against the Cardinals and also to get extra rest. The 22-year-old Cole has pitched 140 innings between the major leagues and minor leagues in his second major league season.The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.The first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft won for just the second time in his last seven decisions after winning the first four starts of his career.“It was tough to get a feel for the breaking ball, Cole said when asked about the effect of extra rest. “I threw some good one but there were others where I wasn’t totally committed to trusting it would break.”Having more days off is something I’ve got to attack, though. It’s going to happen again. It’s something I’m going to have to get used to.”Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen had two hits each for Pittsburgh.Brandon McCarthy (2-7) lost his fourth straight decision, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.“The whole thing felt like I was in a fight,” McCarthy said. “I was able to command my sinker, but that was about it. My cutter was as bad as I can remember it in a long time.”Martin Prado had two of Arizona’s five hits.Pittsburgh broke a 2-all tie and moved in front for good with a two-run fifth.Marte doubled with one out and scored on Neil Walker’s double. McCutchen then singled in Walker to make it 4-2.Pedro Alvarez’s two-run single put the Pirates ahead 2-0 in the third. The hit scored Walker, who had walked, and McCutchen, who had doubled.Arizona answered with two runs in the fourth. Cole walked Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill with one out, and they scored on singles by Prado and A.J. Pollock.After winning three straight games against Baltimore in their final at-bat, the Diamondbacks didn’t have the same magic as Jeanmar Gomez and Mark Melancon combined for three scoreless innings of relief.“Cole threw the ball good, moved the ball in and out very good, had good velocity, the ball was moving,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.NOTES: RHP Trevor Cahill (3-10, 4.66 ERA) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.43). Cahill has been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip. … Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius did not start after going 8 for 47 (.170) in his previous 14 games. Cliff Pennington took his place. … Pittsburgh signed RHP Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract as a free agent and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. The 15-year veteran was released Aug. 9 by Tampa Bay.last_img read more

SA improves travel, tourism competitiveness

first_imgSouth Africa is highly recommended as a destination for businessmen to extend their stay and partake in the many leisure activities on offer.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) South Africa was ranked 30 out of 140 countries for the quality of its natural environment.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The country did not disgrace itself in the WEF survey, but there are numerous areas that can be improved.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 • South African Tourism  +27 11 895 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wine tourism best in the world • SA becomes business tourism hub • Grooming the future of tourism • Sustainable tourism a must • SA’s competitiveness consistent MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which this year included 35 African countries.Published under the theme Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation, the report evaluated a record 140 countries on the basis of the steps they are taking to develop their travel and tourism sectors, and to overcome barriers to this development.The respondents were CEOs and business leaders in the 140 nations under scrutiny, as, says WEF, they are the ones making the investment decisions.The report, explains the organisation, is based broadly on three main categories, namely regulatory framework; business environment and infrastructure; and human, cultural and natural resources.These three categories are made up of 14 pillars of competitiveness – Policy rules and regulations; Environmental sustainability; Safety and security; Health and hygiene; Prioritisation of travel and tourism; Air transport infrastructure; Ground transport infrastructure; Tourism infrastructure; ICT infrastructure; Price competitiveness in the travel and tourism industry; Human resources; Affinity for travel and tourism; Natural resources; Cultural resources.Each pillar is further divided into a number of individual indicators, more than 75 in total.The top countries were somewhat predictable – Switzerland, Germany and Austria were the top three, followed by Spain, the UK, US, France, Canada, Sweden and Singapore.The top-ranking African country was Seychelles at 38, followed by previous regional leader Mauritius at 58, South Africa at 64 and Morocco at 71. South Africa gained two places since the previous report of 2011, up from 66.Download the full report from the WEF website.Country one of the best for extension of a business tripSouth Africa is ranked 3rd in the sub-Saharan region and 64th overall, gaining two places since the last edition in 2011.The report’s executive summary cites the country as scoring high marks for its wealth of natural resources – here it came in 17th overall – and 29 for the policies and regulations that promote development of the tourism sector.With 30 other countries, South Africa was joint first in the world for the presence of major car rental agencies. It scored well in the indicators of cost to start a business (3), its international transport network (14), and quality of air transport infrastructure (15). In the latter two sections South Africa fared better than the likes of Denmark, Spain, Canada, the US and Australia.South Africa also excelled in the indicator reflecting whether or not senior executives visiting the country on business are advised to extend their trip with a leisure component. Here it came in as the top African nation and fourth overall in the world, beaten only by New Zealand, France and Austria. Morocco also made it into the top 10, at nine.In the category of transparency of government policymaking – which indicates the ease with which businesses operating in a country have access to information about changes in government policies that could affect their activities – South Africa scored 35, coming in above developed nations such as Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal and the US.Other categories in which the country performed well included 31 for government prioritisation of the travel and tourism industry; 46 for stringency of environmental regulation; 39 for the number of environmental treaties it has ratified; 39 for the number of ATMs that accept Visa cards, per million of the population; 58 for cultural resources; 46 for the quality of its railroad infrastructure; and 42 for road quality.last_img read more

Video: Watch Peyton Manning Get On Stage And Sing “Rocky Top” At Nashville Bar

first_imgPeyton Manning gets on stage at Nashville Bar.Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos before wrapping up his Hall of Fame NFL career, but he’ll always be remembered as a Volunteer in Tennessee. So when Manning decided to take the stage with country singer Lee Brice and sing “Rocky Top” inside a Nashville bar Monday night, one can only imagine he made some Tennessee fans very happy. YouTuber Ray Casper posted this awesome video. This is fantastic.[Outkick The Coverage]last_img read more

Tanker Activities Push Norden to Profit

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has reported its adjusted result for the first quarter of 2017 at USD 1 million, against a loss of USD 5 million seen in 2016.Coverage prevented Norden from benefitting from a dry cargo market that continued a gradual improvement on the back of strong year-on-year increase in Chinese imports, while the tanker fleet remained well positioned to exploit local and temporary rate spikes in an otherwise challenging tanker market.Norden’s tanker activities generated an adjusted result for the period of USD 10 million, compared to USD 15 million seen in the corresponding quarter in 2016. The tanker result was generated in an overall challenging market that, however, also offered significant local spikes in clean product rates. In the dry cargo market, the steady increase in rates that began in the fourth quarter of 2016 continued and rates were significantly higher than in the first quarter of 2016.However, the dry cargo result for the first quarter has not benefited from the increase in market rates, as Norden entered the quarter with more than 100% cover and the adjusted result for the period ended at USD -9 million, shrinking from USD -20 million reported a year earlier.“On the back of strong performance by our Tanker business in a challenging market, we present our first quarterly adjusted profit since 2015,” Jan Rindbo, Norden CEO, said.“In Tankers, we were able to make the most of regional and temporary market spikes and benefitted from the decision to increase our chartered fleet at relatively low costs at the end of 2016,” Rindbo said, adding that, in dry cargo, the company “did not benefit from the improving rates in the first quarter, but they have increased the value of Norden’s forward position in a year that overall still looks challenging in both segments.”Norden said that the expectations for the adjusted result for the year maintained at USD -20 to +40 million with a dry cargo market that is set to offer rates a little higher than in 2016 and a tanker market that still looks challenging throughout 2017.The company has increased both its short- and long-term exposure during the first quarter of 2017. In the tanker segment, Norden has entered into both short- and long-term charter agreements including two MR tanker newbuildings on long-term T/Cs with delivery in mid-2018.The dry cargo segment has continued the strategic expansion of operator activities with an increase in short-term chartering and a new organisational set-up to support this.At the end of the first quarter of 2017, Norden had 3 vessels held for sale of which the first is scheduled for delivery in April while the remaining ships will be delivered in the second half of 2017 once they leave the yard.last_img read more

Transas to Provide Fleet Operations Solution to Wilson

first_imgTransas, a Wärtsilä company, has signed a contract to supply a Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) to Norway-based fleet operator Wilson ASA. The FOS creates an infrastructure that includes onboard navigational and communication components to provide enhanced connectivity for business communications and crew services, and access to fleet data from shore-based locations for complete situational awareness.This will be one of the first applications of the Thesis concept within Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem vision.Thesis creates a collaborative environment for ship operations by connecting fleet operations with the ships, the port, and with coastal traffic management, using shared data to increase safety, reliability, and efficiency.Wärtsilä said that this structure is an important element in its vision for future shipping, which uses high levels of connectivity and digitalisation to enable the optimal use of resources, the highest levels of safety, and the least possible impact on the environment.The FOS comprises an intelligent tool kit designed to improve vessel operations, while releasing resources for other work tasks, thereby promoting improved fleet efficiency, safety and compliance.Wilson will also use the Advanced Remote Training for Seafarers (ARTS) module, an e-learning solution within A-Suite with online access to manufacturer approved, type specific training courses for Navi-Sailor ECDIS. This is fully compliant with SOLAS, ISM, and STCW requirements.last_img read more

Rosenberger speaks about Immigration at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

first_img“27 percent of these vacancies will need to be filled by 24,300 immigrants each year. That’s job ready, labour ready, trained, language ready newcomers each year.”The B.C. Labour Market Outlook estimates that 77 percent of the 903,000 jobs that need to be filled by 2028 will require at least some form of post-secondary education or training.The AMSSA released a report in September 2018 calling for action from the Government of B.C. to increase support for the integration of newcomers. The report provides a series of significant recommendations for investments into BC’s immigration integration system.Rosenberger says the next steps for AMSSA will be working with the Immigrant and Employment Council.“Our next steps around the multi-year immigration levels plan, we’re looking at bringing associations and councils together working with the Immigrant and Employment Council.”For more information on Immigration for B.C.’s Future, you can visit AMSSA’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon on January 22 focusing on Immigration for B.C.’s Future.The guest speaker for the event was Katie Rosenberger, Executive Director of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies.Rosenberger talked about the need for immigrants and said they will play a vital role in filling the Province’s upcoming 903,000 job vacancies.last_img read more

Oilpatch financial results expected to reflect extreme Q4 oil price volatility

first_imgThose discounts, which resulted in a 59 percent drop in the average price for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select oil in the quarter and a 45 percent drop in the average price for lighter Edmonton Par crude, subsided to normal levels or lower in December after the Alberta government announced production curtailments beginning Jan. 1.The price chaos will make it difficult to read too much into financial reports, which are likely to show buoyant returns for those oil and gas producers that also have refining operations, said RBC analyst Greg Pardy in a research note.“Although fourth-quarter results will likely showcase the power of downstream (refinery) integration, we do not look upon them as indicative of the cash flow horsepower of our coverage group,” he said.“This point reflects the severe dislocation of Canadian oil differentials across the complex during the fourth quarter _ and downstream inventory distortions caused by the sharp drop in WTI. As such, we believe fourth-quarter results are truly backward-looking in every sense of the phrase.”About 25 operators who produce each more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day in Alberta have been affected by the government-mandated cuts.Analysts also expect investor interest in prospects for crude-by-rail shipments, as smaller differences between Canadian and U.S. oil prices make that shipping option less financially attractive. CALGARY, A.B. – Fourth-quarter results from Canada’s biggest oil and gas companies will likely feature some surprises, as well as revisions to forward plans, given extreme volatility in commodity prices in the last three months of 2018, financial analysts say.The parade of results begins Friday with Imperial Oil Ltd. and continues next Tuesday with Suncor Energy Inc.During the quarter, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices fell 16 percent from the previous period to average US$58.79 per barrel, but Canadian prices were much more severely impacted thanks to discounts blamed on full export pipelines, according to RBC Capital Markets. “Given how tight differentials have shifted, a number of conversations on the near-term Canadian outlook have centred around near-term rail expectations as spot pricing appears out of the money,” said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.They added they expect rail shipping to continue at a good pace, however, because producers have signed deals with railways to add volume and will likely continue to use that capacity.The fall in world oil prices last month could lead to cuts in capital spending plans announced in the fourth quarter by companies including mid-sized NuVista Energy Ltd. and Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd., the report says.last_img read more

Fort St John 100 Women Who Care Nominations

first_imgThe 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.To purchase tickets; CLICK HERE FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The list of nominations for the upcoming 100 Women Who Care Event have been published.These organizations have all been nominated by women who have participated at previous 100 Women that Care events. Through the nomination process, three local charities will compete for this funding which will help their programs and services. Presentations will be made at the Lido on March 12th, 2019 at 6:00 pm.– Fort St John Women’s Resource Society– Fort St John & Area Senior’s Care Foundation– Fort St John Hospital Foundation– BC SPCA North Peace Branch– Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT)– North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre Society– North Peace Justice Society– Fort St John Association of Community Living– North Peace Seniors Housing Societylast_img read more

Deasan Holdings Limited issued permit to explore subsurface conditions under Old Fort

first_img“It is hoped that the comparison should show the depth of the failure zone during the October 2018 landslide and may also help to determine whether or not historical landslides have happened in the past.”Rock core sampling will be performed to assess residue strength of the material, performing sensitivity slope stability analysis to review the effect of the differentparameters in triggering the slope movement also providing a safe setback for further operations.Exploration work will continue until July 31, 2019.For any questions or concerns, you can contact the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at 250 565-4240. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Deasan Holdings Limited has been issued a permit, by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, to explore subsurface conditions under the Old Fort slide area.According to the Peace River Regional District, this exploration will compare conditions under the slide area with subsurface conditions where the ground did not slide in 2018.The District hopes that the comparison shows the depth of the failure zone during the landslide and determine if any slides have happened historically in the past.last_img read more

Retail inflation at 4month high of 257 in Feb as food prices

first_imgNew Delhi: Retail inflation jumped to a four-month high of 2.57 per cent in February due to costlier food articles, according to official data released Tuesday. The Consumer Price Index-based inflation for January was revised down to a 19-month low of 1.97 per cent from earlier estimate of 2.05 per cent. The retail inflation number for February 2019 is the highest since October 2018 when it stood at 3.38 per cent, the data released by the Central Statistics Office under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) showed. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepFood inflation was lower at (-) 0.66 per cent in February against 3.26 per cent in the same month last year. The retail inflation in February 2018 was at 4.44 per cent. On monthly basis, consumer food price index moved up by 0.15 per cent in February against January 2019. Protein-rich items such as meat & fish and eggs witnessed a quick rise prices at 5.92 per cent and 0.86 per cent respectively in February. Prices of cereal and products went up at 1.32 per cent. Prices of fruits (-4.62 per cent) and vegetables (- 7.69 per cent) continued to decline in February. In January, the prices declined 4.18 per cent and 13.32 per cent respectively. In fuel and light category, the rate of price rise slowed to 1.24 per cent from 2.20 per cent in January.last_img read more