Pressure rests on Padres

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts knew desperation last October in Boston. Here he is again, facing the possible end to his postseason. “Something needs to spark us, and I think that we’ll do something tomorrow night,’ Roberts said. “Whether it be a great play or a big hit, a two-out hit, something like that. We haven’t had any of the above. We need to get something like that to kind of get the momentum.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “You come in here and everyone’s expecting us to lose three straight,’ Roberts said Friday. “If we can win one game and maybe kind of put the pressure on them a little bit and win another game, then things can change. “But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to win one game.’ The most notable thing the Padres have done in this series, besides losing ace Jake Peavy to a broken rib, is hit into seven double plays in the first two games in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 8-5 on Tuesday and 6-2 on Thursday. “We haven’t had a lead in two games,’ said Roberts, the center fielder and leadoff batter who will be back in the lineup Saturday night against right-hander Matt Morris. The Padres will counter with right-hander Woody Williams, who made four postseason starts for the Cardinals last year, including Game 1 of the World Series against Boston. center_img Roberts and his San Diego Padres will disappear without a trace from the playoffs unless they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of their division series tonight at Petco Park. The Padres won the weak NL West with only 82 victories, and not many people gave them a chance against the Cardinals, who at 100-62 had baseball’s best record, and lead this series, 2-0. last_img read more

Brands turn to online video marketing

first_img23 June 2008Major brands such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Die Burger and Kick Off are moving into the online video scene, with each having their own dedicated brand channel on MyVideo.co.za, which bills itself as South Africa’s first online video platform.MyVideo.co.za said in a statement this week that online video consumption has internationally proven to be a hugely successful way to spread brand messages, and that international brands have leveraged significant gains in brand awareness through the integrated use of online videos in their marketing strategies.“MyVideo’s South African focus allows local brands for the first time to do the same amongst South African consumers,” MyVideo.co.za said.Brand channels can also be extended onto a brand’s current website, with Kick Off Magazine being one of the many brands that use the MyVideo Channel offering on their website.“Not only has our website broadened to include videos we have posted online through MyVideo, but we now have another avenue to touch our readers through a different media form,” says MyVideo online business manager Nick Said.MyVideo, launched in January 2007, set out to improve the internet video-sharing model by creating a site specifically targeted at South African internet users.“Where videos posted on YouTube are likely to get lost in a sea of clutter, MyVideo ensures that South African content is aired as the sole focus, ensuring that companies who use it are connecting with targeted internet traffic,” says MyVideo marketing officer Tristan Owen.South African brands have traditionally used television commercials as their only form of consumer-focused video content, MyVideo says, adding however, that the rise of online on-demand video has created a need for video content that both entertains and communicates a subtle brand.“By developing content that is both relevant to your brand as well as topical to users, you are creating an empire of possibilities,” says Owen.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘Sound policies will see us through’

first_img22 October 2008South Africa’s low level of debt, prudent approach to fiscal policymaking and sound banking system will enable the country to weather the global economic storm, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said in Cape Town on Tuesday.Delivering his medium term budget policy statement – a three-year guideline to government spending – in Parliament, Manuel said the world was facing an economic crisis on a scale last seen when panic selling led to the Wall Street crash of 1929.“The storm has arrived, it is fiercer that anyone could have imagined, and its course cannot be predicted,” Manuel said.However, the South African government had seen the signs early and taken appropriate action, he said.“Our banks are sound, our investment plans are in place, our course is firmly directed at our long-term growth and development challenges, and we will ride out this storm, whatever it takes, together, on the strength of a vision and a plan of action that we share.”South Africa’s low level of debt, especially foreign debt, and its prudent approach to fiscal policy, had provided the country with the space to adjust its policies to cushion the economy against the worst effects of the global crisis.Since 1994, South Africa’s government had balanced meeting basic needs with promoting growth and investment by trying to rein in inflation, gradually relaxing exchange controls, and strengthening bank regulation while steadily accumulating foreign reserves.“We have adopted a macro-economic framework and a fiscal stance capable of withstanding tough times and protecting our economy and our people during times of global economic turbulence,” he told Parliament.“I am very aware that our policy decisions have sometimes been controversial.“But if our economic policies [had been] designed for their short-term populist appeal, if we [had] tried to finance everything, at once, for everybody, then short-term gains would quickly [have given] way to long-term misery,” Manuel said.Instead, South Africa’s policies were aimed at sustainable progress for workers in factories and on farms, support for families through steadily rising social services and income transfers, businesses that could invest in the confidence of a sound fiscal and financial environment, and public services that would continue to serve future generations.The minister has increased the total spending allocation for the next three years by more than twice the R80-billion he added in last year’s medium term budget policy statement.“The unforgiving global economic climate highlights the need for South Africa to address its primary economic policy challenges – reducing unemployment and poverty – in a more concerted way.”While South Africa would escape the worst effects of the global economic downturn, decreasing export demand, financial volatility, exchange rate fluctuations and uncertain economic conditions in the future would have an affect on the country’s economy.He revised the country’s economic growth forecast for 2008/09 down from the 4% forecast in February to 3.7%, and from the 4.2% forecast for 2009/10 to 3%.“Depending on international developments, gross domestic product growth is expected to recover to above 4 percent in 2010 and beyond.”“The proposed fiscal framework for the 2009 Budget takes into account both slower economic growth and the need to support continued infrastructure investment and social development in a context of heightened uncertainty,” the minister said.Navigating through such a changed economic environment would be a tough challenge, the minister said, but the government would continue to expand and improve public services, and invest in the infrastructure needed for growth.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Team Lakay coach confident of Eustaquio’s chances

first_imgONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund Awarded UEFA Equal Game Award for Tackling Racism, Supporting Refugees

first_img borussia dortmundBurnleyfootballracism First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:07 AM IST Nyon: UEFA has given Borussia Dortmund a share of European soccer’s annual award to fans for the club’s “tireless long-term work” tackling racism and supporting refugees.UEFA says Dortmund will share the Equal Game award with Burnley fan Scott Cunliffe as “role models highlighting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football.” Dortmund is praised for “tackling far-right infiltration of their fan base, challenging everyday racism, and adopting a clear policy on the humanitarian rights of refugees and asylum seekers.”UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says Dortmund “set an important example for other clubs throughout Europe.”Cunliffe ran to each of Burnley’s away games in the Premier League last season, covering nearly 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) and raising more than 60,000 euros ($66,000) for charity.UEFA presented the awards on Thursday at the Champions League draw in Monaco. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Happy not to repeat World Championships’ mistakes in Denmark: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth has had a dream year so far, three Super Series titles and four Super Series finals, matching Saina Nehwal’s year of 2010.From winning the Super Series titles in Indonesia and Australia in June to quarter-final exits in World Championships and Japan Open to coming back and lifting the Denmark Open Super Series title — Srikanth has had some journey.”I think I have played well throughout and even in the World Championships, I didn’t put up a bad performance but I couldn’t win and made some simple mistakes. In Denmark, I didn’t repeat them (mistakes) and I am really happy with the way it went for me,” Srikanth said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.On his way to the top in Denmark, the 24-year-old shuttler toppled the World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen finally after going down in their previous two encounters at India Open and Japan Open.Against Axelsen in the quarter-final, Srikanth came-from-behind to stun the Danish. While Srikanth was completely dominated in their previous meetings, this time however, it was the Indian who got the better of Axelsen.”They (my coaches) told me not to give easy points and an early lead. My plan was only to focus till the end,” Srikanth conceded.After losing the first game, Srikanth battled through the second game to edge 22-20 and completely turned the game on its head to dominate Axelsen 21-7.”I did nothing special in the third (game), it was only to stay in the game and give my best. For me it was all about winning each point.”advertisementBeating the in-form Axelsen infused immense confidence in Srikanth and that showed. The Guntur shuttler eased past Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong into the final of the Denmark Open only to win the title against 37-year-old Lee Hyun Il of Korea in a mere span of 25 minutes.”Because I was playing well, it was only about being consistent and staying focussed. He (Hyun Il) is such an experienced player and he can turn around matches from any moment and so, I really wanted to be focussed and not give him any chance or easy points,” Srikanth shared..@FFBaDFrench badminton fed prez felicitates @srikidambi for his success at Denmark Open in an event organized by @Indian_Embassy @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/IZZUdhZzdo- India in France (@Indian_Embassy) October 24, 2017With Srikanth, PV Sindhu leading India’s charge in the world of badminton and Indian men’s challenge rising to standards every now and then, the whispers of India becoming a dominant force have begun. Srikanth, though, feels it’s too early to feel strong.”I think it’s still early to say this. We are slowly growing but we need to improve a lot and be more consistent and we are working on it. Definitely not now but may be in future, you can say this.”Srikanth has reached Paris for the French Open now and has begun his preparations. Back in June, he won the Indonesia Open and Australian Open consecutively and all eyes will be on him when he steps on to the court on Wednesday. But the Indian is taking it easy or rather one step at a time.”It’s a new week and new tournament and it will definitely be a tough one for me. In the first round, I really have a tough draw so I am only focussed on doing well in the first round and that’s all,” Srikanth concluded.last_img read more

15 days agoBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedom

first_imgBurnley winger McNeil appreciates Dyche freedomby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley winger Dwight McNeil appreciates the freedom manager Sean Dyche has granted him.Dyche recently claimed McNeil, who has three goals to his name, will “outgrow” the club and revealed he is wary of “over-coaching” him.”The gaffer will let me figure it out on my own, which I think is good for my development,” McNeil said.”He and the coaches will talk to me when they need to, when I’m doing well and not so well.”They help me in and out of possession because I’m maturing as a player, tactically and physically. I’ll give everything I have got to help the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

RPD’s Strategies to Include Ethics in Schools

first_img Speaking at the RPD’s 10th anniversary church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Port Royal on Sunday, June 17, Commissioner/Principal Director (Acting), Cranston G. Morgan, said the Department will step up enforcement activities as well as engage more civil society groups. The Revenue Protection Department (RPD) will continue to fight corruption by including in its strategies the recommendation to introduce ethics in schools. Story Highlights Mr. Morgan highlighted that according to the 2017 corruption perception index, Jamaica has improved 15 places to be ranked 68 of 180 countries, and encouraged Jamaicans to strive to reduce corruption even further. The Revenue Protection Department (RPD) will continue to fight corruption by including in its strategies the recommendation to introduce ethics in schools.Speaking at the RPD’s 10th anniversary church service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Port Royal on Sunday, June 17, Commissioner/ Principal Director (Acting), Cranston G. Morgan, said the Department will step up enforcement activities as well as engage more civil society groups.Additionally, he said the RPD will continue the fight by assisting more Government entities to put systems in place to deter corrupt activities.Mr. Morgan highlighted that according to the 2017 corruption perception index, Jamaica has improved 15 places to be ranked 68 of 180 countries, and encouraged Jamaicans to strive to reduce corruption even further.“Improvements must come from all sectors. Government must continue to set the tone by being open and transparent, and public servants must continue to understand what acceptable ethical behaviour is, and to live it,” the Acting Commissioner said.He said that in addition to this, the public must take responsibility as well, “as it takes two to tango, and if they are not willing to participate in bribery or other forms of corruption, then public servants won’t have corrupt opportunities”.The Acting Commissioner urged the media to continue to shine the light on corrupt practices, while calling on the church to “continue to preach the truth and to be our collective conscience”.He called on civil society; non-governmental organisations and other special-interest groups “to continue to agitate for better and to expose those among them that are corrupt or seek to corrupt public officials”.Acting Commissioner Morgan said that the RPD, within the last 10 years, “has stopped the Treasury from being fleeced of millions of dollars, has successfully brought perpetrators of fraud to Justice, has stemmed the leakages of tax dollars already collected, and has dealt with persons and agencies attempting to breach the laws of Customs”.The RPD engages primarily with the Jamaica Customs Agency and Tax Administration Jamaica in helping to make their systems and processes more robust by investigating cases involving tax fraud; enforcing tax laws and screening potential employees.Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said good governance is integral in moving Jamaica forward as a country, and the RPD is part of that good governance infrastructure.She emphasised that the role of the RPD is very crucial, as it ensures “that the tax of the people of Jamaica finds its way to what matters for the people, such as roads, bridges, drainage systems, general infrastructure and the uplifting of the lives of those who suffer”last_img read more

Boxoffice pressure unreal for Dangal director

first_imgNew Delhi: The 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer blockbuster “Dangal” will stay in the hearts of many for its entertainment value. The film broke various records, one of them being crossing the Rs 2,000-crore mark at the global box-office — a feat that is not easily achieved by Bollywood. The films director Nitesh Tiwari returns with his next directorial, “Chhichhore” soon. However, he isn’t feeling the box-office pressure.”As far as the box-office is concerned, we didn’t know ‘Dangal’ would become such a huge success. We made ‘Dangal’ purely for the love of the story. We felt that the story needed to be told. We never kept the box-office result in mind, so there was never pressure when we made ‘Dangal’,” Tiwari told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”However, after the success of ‘Dangal’, the only pressure I would take would not be the box-office pressure. That would be unreal to have… to take that pressure. You can’t say ‘My film is going to perform so much at the box-office’. The only pressure and it is only human for me to feel that way is, I want to live up to the expectations of people. Whatever expectations they may have of me after ‘Dangal’. I hope I will be successful in exceeding their expectations.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaAfter narrating the inspiring story of a wrestler in “Dangal”, Tiwari is set to take the audience back to his college days in “Chhichhore”. Unlike “Dangal”, which had superstar Aamir, his new film has a young cast, including Sushant Singh Rajput, Varun Sharma, Tushar Pandey, Prateik Babbar and Shraddha Kapoor.On finalising the cast, he said: “All of them needed to be great performers. It was something that was a given. The way I write most of my stories, there is a lot of scope for interesting performances. I was looking for people in a specific age category so that if I cut down a few years from them, they would look like college-going kids and if I add a few years, they would look like middle-aged people effortlessly. That’s why I kind of migrated towards actors who are in their early 30s.” It is a college buddy film and the director has extracted a lot of stuff from his IIT days. Does it also deal with bullying?”It touches upon various aspects of college life and hostel life in a positive manner. It’s all what I lived. We were made to feel extremely comfortable when we were juniors at IIT Bombay,” he said of his time in the prestigious engineering institute where he even got to shoot a portion of the film.”I consider myself fortunate (to have got the chance to shoot inside IIT). I got to shoot where the germ (of the idea) originated. But mostly, I shot all over Mumbai,” said Tiwari, a fan of shooting at real locations. That sadly, won’t be possible for his next big-budget film.Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar – who directed “Mom” – are set to helm a 3D version of the “Ramayan”. With an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore, this will be a live-action trilogy in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.”The location doesn’t exist, so I can’t shoot in a real location. I’ll have to create that,” he said with a smile.The project is unlike any of his past films, in terms of genre or budget.”Physically, it will be very different, but emotionally it follows the same pattern that I follow – (my films are) all great human stories. And ‘Ramayan’ is a fabulous human story on relationships,” said the “Chillar Party” director.Why “Ramayan” — a story that has been repeatedly told, especially on the small screen?”I think we don’t really remember too much of the ‘Ramayan’. What happened back then on TV was fine. Time has passed, many people only know ‘Ramayan’ at a surface level. If you dig deeper, it is far more beautiful than what it seems on the surface. People need to know the essence of ‘Ramayan’,” said Tiwari.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis plans to list on new exchange in near future

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc. is the latest Canadian licensed marijuana producer planning to list on an international exchange.The Edmonton-base company has been looking at listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the New York Stock Exchange or the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, an international market for smaller, growing companies, for some time now, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer.Aurora, which already trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ACB,” hopes to execute on those plans fairly soon, he said, but doesn’t have an immediate timeline.The company hs consistently taken steps to increase its shareholder audience, Battley said, so it makes perfect sense for it to look at additional international listings as it and the shareholder base expand rapidly around the world.As for whether the company could eventually list on multiple international exchanges, Battley said “let’s wait and see.”Late last month, Cronos Group Inc. became the first Canadian cannabis company to have its shares listed on the Nasdaq.It trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRON” and remains on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “MJN.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)last_img read more