Loggers come out firing, take Big 5 opener

first_imgThe Loggers made a statement of intent in their league opener Friday afternoon, comfortably defeating the Huskies 6-0 and taking the early advantage in the Big 5.Eureka scored three times in the top of the first and never looked back, shutting down the Fortuna offense with a dominating pitching performance, with four pitchers combining to allow just five hits.“I thought we played good,” Eureka head coach Jeff Giacomini said. “We hit the ball very well. We had a lot of hard hits right at …last_img

Dog days are a good thing for A’s Triple-A team and its four-legged bat boy

first_imgDuring their colorful history, the A’s have enlisted a mule as a mascot. They have employed a mechanical rabbit to pop out of the ground to deliver baseballs to the home plate umpire. During their short stay in Kansas City, they allowed sheep to graze beyond the right field fence and goats to wander the outfield. (No, not during the game. That would be weird).One time they endeavored to have a real elephant throw the ceremonial first pitch before a game in Oakland. With its trunk. If memory …last_img

Tesla Powerwall is now available in South Africa

first_imgElon Musk’s Tesla Motors will open a South African office this month, which will be managed by Evan Rice, the chief executive of GreenCape, an organisation formed to help develop the market for renewable energy in Western Cape.(Image: Tesla Powerwall)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African Tesla operation will start off with only one employee. But Rice told the htxt website that “if we can find some solid business cases and get them going, we will be expanding”, hinting at further announcements for the company’s presence in South Africa and the rest of the continent later in 2016.Rice says the company’s priority in South Africa will be to develop a market for Tesla’s industrial-scale battery pack, called the Powerwall. It was introduced to the world in 2015 by Musk. At the launch, Musk called the revolutionary device “the most suitable and cost-effective way to manage energy grids and supplement renewable energy sources for both industrial and home markets”.The Tesla Powerwall is a home battery system charged with solar energy that can provide power after sunset. The system can be plugged into the power grid, connected to buildings or paired with solar panels. Utilities can use them to operate their grids more smoothly and avoid having to build more expensive power plants that create pollution.Powerwall batteries are currently manufactured in Nevada, in the US. Tesla already has distribution deals in place to sell Powerwall products in South Africa through several renewable energy companies, including Dako Power and Rubicon, according to Rice.Rice also says the company, together with GreenCape, has spoken to municipal energy providers about feed-in tariffs which would allow customers to sell energy back to the grid. This would help to encourage private capital to invest in the systems, he says.“At the moment, we’re seeing the majority of solar going into shopping malls or retail parks where all the energy produced can be used on site,” Rice explains. “If you could sell some back to the grid it would make (investing in storage) a much more attractive business case and help to leverage private capital.”While Tesla has no plans to bring the group’s electric vehicles here, the anticipated success of the Powerwall home battery system in South Africa – which is no stranger to electricity constraints – might push forward plans to introduce the hugely popular vehicle in the country.Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by Musk and a group of Silicon Valley engineers looking to improve the performance and cut the costs of electric motors. The defining aspect of the Tesla vehicles and the Powerwall is the principles of the AC induction motor patented in 1888 by inventor Nikola Tesla. The resulting Tesla Roadster not only set a new standard for non-emission vehicles, but was also the fastest and most cost-effective electric car in the world.Tesla Motors turned its first profit in 2013, according to Forbes magazine, giving Musk a net worth of $13-billion (R209.4bn), while making Tesla a household name in the United States.Born in 1971, Musk grew up in Johannesburg and Pretoria and immigrated to Canada when he finished high school. He sold his first start­up, a company that provided maps and business directories, to Compaq Computer for $22-million. He went on to co-create the PayPal online payment system, which he later sold to eBay for $250m. This, in turn, financed Musk’s interests in alternative energy and space technology. His two business focuses now are Tesla and SpaceX, the private space exploration company dedicated to developing affordable and advanced space travel and research.Described by biographer Ashlee Vance as a “possessed genius on the grandest quest anyone has ever concocted, (Musk) is no less a (chief executive) chasing riches than a general marshalling troops to secure victory. Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.”Source: AFKInsider, Tesla Motors, Elon Musk websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.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 shutoutHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Yao Ming Rockets deal rumors fizzle out

first_imgFormer NBA star Yao Ming attends a press conference after being elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in Beijing on February 23, 2017.NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for “urgent” reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on February 23. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTFormer NBA star Yao Ming has scotched rumors he was interested in buying his old team the Houston Rockets, saying he was too busy to consider the possibility. Yao, who played for the Rockets from 2002 to 2011 before retiring, told the official Xinhua news agency on Friday he was dedicated to his role as president of the Chinese Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of Indiacenter_img “I have no time to consider anything else (including buying Houston Rockets),” said Yao, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last September.His comments came after long-time Rockets owner Leslie Alexander put the club up for sale last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Chinese centre’s strong ties to the club had fueled speculation about his possible interest in buying. He was feted by the Rockets earlier this year when they retired the ground-breaking Chinese player’s number 11 jersey. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Yao, who averaged 19.2 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, became a global ambassador for the sport during his eight NBA seasons. He continued promoting the game after he was forced into retirement by repeated foot injuries and purchased his hometown team, the Shanghai Sharks, after returning to China. The Rockets are the eighth most valuable franchise in the league at $1.65 billion and their annual revenue is $244 million, according to Forbes magazine. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.” last_img read more

DSME Clinches 10 VLCC Orders in 2018

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the South Korean big three shipbuilders, has secured two more orders for very large crude carriers (VLCC).Undisclosed American shipowner is said to be behind the contract, being signed in anticipation of oil exports growth in the U.S.Under the terms of the deal, the duo, to be built at DSME’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje, is slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2020.With the latest contract DSME has managed to collect 10 VLCC orders so far this year, the company said.The Korean builder has been on a roll over the past few months, booking orders for high value-added vessels such as crude carriers, giant containerships and LNG carriers, which have driven the company’s financial recovery.The latest contract comes in less than a week from Korea Line’s order for a VLCC pair at DSME, which also reported an additional VLCC order from an unidentified European shipowner last week.The shipbuilder’s orderbook for this year stands at 19 ships, comprising eight LNG carriers, ten VLCC and one special-purpose vessel, totaling in USD 2.36 billion.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: DSMElast_img read more

Another BC salmon farm owner applies for injunction against protestors

first_img(Karissa Glendale, left, and Molina Dawson outside BC Supreme Court. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Laurie Hamelin APTN News SaturdayA second salmon farm owner in British Columbia has applied for an Injunction against anti-fish farm protestors.Cermaq Canada’s application came at the end of an already long day of injunction proceedings with Marine Harvest Canada, one of the world’s largest Atlantic Salmon fish farm companies.Marine Harvest served Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale who were occupying their Midsummer facility on Nov. 11, among others.Thursday’s hearing at B.C’s Supreme Court in Vancouver comes after a one-month adjournment, giving defendants time to prepare their response.If either injunction is approved, police can begin arresting protestors who breach it.APTN News contacted Cermaq Canada requesting details of its application, but the company did not respond.We can confirm that Dawson and Glendale were served at the courthouse, but two other protestors mentioned by Cermaq’s lawyer were not yet identified.“Cermaq can’t find who they’re serving or what their location is so surprisingly they announced that their solution is to find and serve them via Facebook,” said Glendale. “We don’t know exactly who they are, we have had a lot of supporters come stand with us.“Activists from all over BC have come out to show their support in a variety of ways.”(Activists and Supporters outside BC Supreme Court. Photo by Rob Smith/APTN Investigates)Matthew Nefstead, the lawyer for the defendants, said this isn’t new.“Historically, substituted service was done through an ad in the newspaper.”Information on Cermaq’s website said that on two different occasions earlier this month, activists boarded their Burdwood salmon farm, harassing employees and stressing fish, by launching a diver and kayaks into a pen.On Cermaq Canadas website, a notice was posted from David Kiemele, Cermaq Canada’s managing director.“This group is clearly not interested in constructive discussion or peaceful demonstration,” the statement said. “They deliberately ignore the practices, policies and procedures we have in place to protect our people and our salmon.”But Dawson, from Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w Nation, said she has every right to be there and is there to protect wild salmon.“Karissa and I have been boarding Cermaq owned farms peacefully, handing out statements,” she said. “The statements basically say that we’ve been asking this company and this industry to leave for the last 30 years.“We are trying to make it very clear that we don’t want them here.”A collective of First Nations in BC’s Broughton Archipelago, including Kwakwaka’wakw territories of the Mama̱liliḵa̱la, ʼNa̱mǥis, Ławitʼsis, Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w, Maʼa̱mtagila, and the four tribes of the Musgamagw Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w, say these fish farms are operating without their consent.They believe that open-net salmon farms affect wild salmon.“We have the right as Indigenous people to be monitoring and protecting our land and waters. Peacefully occupying or boarding these farms is necessary in order to protect our culture,” said Dawson.Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of three fish farms that have been occupied by First Nations at different points since August, said they finally filed an injunction application after failed attempts to talk with protest organizers.“We have sought this injunction after many months of activist activity and numerous failed attempts to begin dialogue – many who do not reside in the region, said Vincent Ernest, Marine Harvest Canada’s managing director.“Our staff must be able to work in a safe environment, and free of harassment and intimidation.”During the hearing, Roy Millen, the lawyer for Marine Harvest, told the court about issues of harassment and intimidation to staff, concerns of safety for everyone, and like Cermaq, activists entering a farm site and sending a scuba diver down into a fish pen.“They have accused us of a lot of things, and I’m not surprised”, said Glendale. “They are trying to find reasons to make us look much worse than we are.”Although activists and supporters left the courthouse feeling a bit disheartened, Dawson is adamant First Nations are not giving up.“We are certainly not quitting because we can’t quit, our livelihoods and our futures, our siblings and nieces futures are in danger here so whether the Injunction is granted or not, we’ll definitely still be making our voices heard, however that looks.”A verdict is expected in the next several days.lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more