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Cardinals take care of step one by sweeping Padres

first_img St. Louis quickly moved past overmatched San Diego, advancing to the NL championship series for the second straight season and fourth time in six years after finishing a division series sweep Saturday night. “We’ve got a great club,” Carpenter said during a brief break from dousings. “We’ve got to continue to play the way we’ve been playing in this series to continue to move on. We’ve got some quality guys here. We played quality games. We went out and swung the bats early.” SAN DIEGO – Chris Carpenter stood soaked with champagne in the St. Louis clubhouse as he reeled off everything the Cardinals are doing right this postseason. They jumped to big leads in all three first-round games against San Diego. Carpenter and the other starters were superb and the bullpen sealed it each time. The defense turned enough double plays that the Padres never found any kind of offensive groove. This St. Louis team has long considered itself a World Series contender, especially hungry for another shot at winning it all after being swept by the Boston Red Sox for the championship last October. Only two members of the Cardinals have rings: Reggie Sanders with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and David Eckstein in 2002 with the Angels. Both played key roles in Saturday’s 7-4 win at Petco Park, where the Padres and their sellout crowd had little chance of slowing the Cardinals. St. Louis has carried the success from its major league-best 100-62 regular-season record right into the next phase. The 37-year-old Sanders, in the postseason for the fifth time in six years, set an NLDS record with 10 RBIs. He hit a grand slam and drove in an NLDS-record six runs in an 8-5 Game 1 victory, then added two-run doubles in each of the next two games. Afterward, his teammates chanted “MVP! MVP!” and “Reggie! Reggie!” through the clubhouse. center_img “In a short series, that’s kind of what you look for,” manager Tony La Russa said. “You get a hot hitter or two, a hot pitcher or two, you swing the games. He was big in each game. I don’t think he had a meaningless RBI. … One of the things we believe about our club is that we have a bunch of guys that are prime-timers. They’re not afraid to take big at-bats. He’s one of them.” The personable Eckstein, who stands all of 5-foot-7 and weighs only 165 pounds, hit a two-run homer that just cleared the left-field fence in the second – his first career postseason home run in 22 games. Sanders’ bases-loaded, two-run double came four batters later, and just like that the Cardinals had taken a 5-0 lead and knocked former teammate Woody Williams out of the game after 1 2-3 innings and 53 pitches. “It was very important for us to go out there and set the tone early and find a way to get a win,” Eckstein said. “Every game can change momentum. Especially after we had that lead, you definitely don’t want to lose that lead because in that situation you could end up all of a sudden they come back, then it’s a whole new ballgame tomorrow.” While St. Louis players calmly walked off the field as if having just completed a regular-season series sweep, the Cardinals let loose in the visitor’s clubhouse a few minutes later with a crazy party. Some players got bubbly poured down the back of their uniform pants. They figured they’d earned the chance for a wild, albeit brief, celebration. Everybody involved insisted it wouldn’t last long before the Cardinals would return to getting ready for whoever is next. Their opponent was decided Sunday, when Houston advanced to the NLCS with a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves in 18 innings. The Cardinals and Astros will play in the NLCS for the second straight year beginning Wednesday at Busch Stadium. “I think we all know what we need to do and it’s just having a little fun while we’re getting there,” second baseman Mark Grudzielanek said. The Cardinals never trailed in the first round, and now they will have home-field advantage for the NLCS, though the way they are playing it hardly seems to matter. Carpenter will go in Game 1 after pitching six shutout innings in the opener against San Diego. Mark Mulder, the Game 2 winner, is still nursing a bruised left biceps he sustained on a line drive by Joe Randa and it’s unclear when he will pitch. La Russa acknowledged he started thinking about the next round before Saturday’s game, brainstorming how he would set the rotation depending whether the Cardinals played the Braves or Astros. “I was thinking it was too superstitious to think about it, but now we can,” La Russa said. The Cardinals certainly appear to have the talent for another run at a ring. They can beat opponents with pitching, defense, home runs and hit-and-runs. What did they prove with their first-round sweep? “That we’re a good team,” Grudzielanek said with a grin. “It’s a great experience for anybody to be involved in something like this. It just doesn’t come around too often. Fortunately we have an opportunity to get back where we were last year, and that’s our mission.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Real-life terror: Ballybofey mum reveals daughter’s fear as she spots burglar in garden

first_imgA Donegal mother-of-two has told of the panic in her daughter’s voice after she had spotted a man trying to gain access to their home in the early hours of yesterday morning. Ursula Quigley-Moore, who lives in The Beeches area of Ballybofey, told Donegal Daily how her 16-year-old daughter panicked when she saw a ‘hooded man’ lurking in the garden.Quigley-Moore said: “My daughter came home at around 2.30 am as she was at an Irish Dancing party in Harvey’s Point. “She wasn’t in her room five minutes when she came running into my room in a panic saying there was a man in a black hoody lurking in our front garden looking up at the bedroom windows.“I looked out and he was still there standing in the middle of the garden. We knocked on the window to let him know we could see him and he started to walk away.”She explained that neighbours revealed to her the following morning that the man had attempted to secure entry into several properties in the estate before having one final attempt at the Quigley-Moore residence.“After that, we could hear a lot of commotion outside. We looked out again and the guards had arrived into the cul de sac. “They called into our house to make sure everyone was ok,” she added.“Yesterday we got an updated story on events. Our neighbour and her boyfriend got home from a night out just after my daughter got home.“They saw the offender coming from the side of my house and they shouted to him what he was doing. He continued to hide behind the bushes in my garden and my neighbour’s boyfriend came over to confront him and see what he was at.“He then chased my neighbours into their house and starting banging on their door and shouting at them.“At this stage, they rang the guards who arrived at the scene promptly, chased the assailant, caught him and arrested him. “Apparently he had been across the road at my other neighbour’s house who also saw him and knocked out at him and then he proceeded to check my house.”It is understood that a chase ensued when Gardai arrived at the scene at which point the man tried to flee.“At this stage, the guards arrived at the scene promptly, chased the man, caught him and arrested him.“Nobody likes to hear their daughter in a panic at any time of the day but in the early hours of the morning your stomach just lurches. “Her voice was between a cry and pure panic,” the Donegal mother explained.“When she said he was looking up at the windows and just lurking in the garden with a hoody up I knew he was up to no good.“I felt relieved when he was arrested and then angry the next day thinking how dare someone violate our privacy as we sleep.“We try to build a nice environment for our children in a nice estate and try to give them nice things for some low life to come in and take it all away.”Real-life terror: Ballybofey mum reveals daughter’s fear as she spots burglar in garden was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyburglarfearGardaimumlast_img read more

Barrington Harvey has big day, but leaves Humboldt County Fair injured

first_imgFERNDALE >> Fifty-three-year-old Jamaican jockey Barrington Harvey has evidently found the “Fountain of Youth” in Ferndale.Nicknamed the “Marathon Man” for having piloted back-to-back winners of the C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Marathon Handicap in 2010 (Come Back Native) and 2011 (Steel Blue), Harvey is doing his version of the “Barrington Bossanova” dancing in the winners’ circle again this year.Harvey looked like he turned back the clock on the opening day of the Humboldt County Fair when …last_img

Saving water all in a day’s work

first_imgThe rainwater is collected and stored in an underground dam on the Vodacom premises. (Image: Vodacom)Thembani Jwambi of Vodacom hopes that other companies will follow Vodacom’s example in stepping up efforts to save water.Water is pumped from the storage dam to the cooling plant, and any excess is used to irrigate the gardens.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Andile April  Specialist: media projects at Vodacom  +27 11 653 5082 or +27 79 141 7109RELATED ARTICLES • New solutions for water conservation • Going underground for water • SA’s drinking water is top class • Rewarding efforts to save the planet • Keeping the water balanceJanine ErasmusSustainability was the name of the game at the launch of South Africa’s largest commercial rainwater harvesting project, located at the Midrand head office of mobile provider Vodacom.The R4.2-million (US$459 000) project is expected to reduce Vodacom’s usage of municipal water for cooling by up to 40%. Fittingly, it’s been completed in the UN-declared International Year of Water Co-operation. Over the last 10 years, says UN Water, global water use has been growing at double the population growth rate, and is unsustainable.“Corporates, even those that don’t use a lot of water, can make a significant on society and the environment by introducing conservation measures,” says Maya Makanjee, the company’s CO of corporate affairs. She also sits on the board of the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa.Decisions taken today will affect future generations more, says Makanjee, because water is available now whereas people in years to come may face greater challenges in accessing the resource. Rainwater harvesting is a technique that has been proven effective in conserving water.Thembani Jwambi, Vodacom’s executive head of facilities, says there were a number of compelling reasons for initiating the project. Firstly, the company wanted to reduce its reliance on municipal water and reduce the volume of municipal water it uses in the HVAC cooling plant in its Commercial Park building.Also, rainwater would require fewer chemicals for treatment, which in turn would help the environment, and lastly, it would contribute positively to the bottom line.The company started on its water-saving drive by filling in the manmade water features and pools on its premises, replacing them with water-wise gardens. In addition, waste water from the cooling plant was used for irrigation. The savings from these efforts amounted to about 15%, but Vodacom wanted to do more.Tackling the water usage of the cooling plant, the team felt, was a way to substantially reduce overall water consumption. The plant uses about 30 megalitres of water every year, but now 12 of those megalitres – or 40% of the demand – are supplied entirely from rainwater. One megalitre is a million litres.Based on 50-year data reflecting annual rainfall in the area, which was calculated at 537mm per year, the company was able to determine the optimal size for an underground dam to collect the monthly downpour.“The capacity of the dam is one megalitre, which is what we are able to harvest every month,” says Jwambi, “and the catchment area is 0.4 square kilometres.”Those million litres a month, which would normally run away into the stormwater drain, are now diverted to Vodacom’s Commercial Park.The water is not exposed to any chemicals, and the only treatment is a filtration process. Monitoring of quality and quantity is automated, and because there is a non-return valve in place, there is no danger of the untreated rainwater and municipal water coming into contact.Excess water will be used to irrigate the gardens.Vodacom aims to become known as a leader in the field of corporate water conservation. “We want to tell other companies that we did it, and they can do it too,” says Jwambi.“Every drop counts. All of us in South Africa need to realise that water conservation doesn’t depend only on the government,” says Phakamisa Mgedezi, programme manager for rainwater harvesting at the Department of Water Affairs. “Rainwater harvesting is not a new idea because people in rural areas have practised it for years, but these days it’s well suited to urban areas because there are better structures in place.”Future demand exceeding supplyBy 2030, an extra 52% of water will be in demand from urban centres, agriculture and industry around the world. Unless steps are taken now to cut down on water usage, the demand will outstrip the supply by 17%, predicts the 2030 Water Resources Group.South Africa’s special challenge, says the group in a report titled Charting our Water Future, lies in the fact that demand is projected at 17.7-million megalitres by 2030, with 34% of this demand coming from households. However, the country currently supplies 15-million megalitres, and not all of that can be guaranteed for the future.“At WWF we are faced by challenges such as preserving wetlands. This issue and others that centre on water availability and scarcity are crucial for the African continent. Today water is available, but we need to look to the future,” says Makanjee.Wetlands are important because they help to purify and store water, thus ensuring a supply during times of drought. They help to minimise flood damage because they regulate water flow, and they control soil erosion. They also provide a home for a wide range of plants and animals, and they are an important source of food and drinking and irrigation water for poor communities. Yet, 50% of South Africa’s precious wetlands have been lost, says Makanjee, and others are suffering under pollution from industrial effluent.“Water availability affects not only society,” she says, “but the economy too, because many companies rely on water for the operations. Vodacom has taken on the responsibility for reducing its water footprint.”last_img read more

54th National Shooting Championships: Rajkumari rules as Tejaswini misfires

first_imgWorld champion Tejaswini Sawant came up with a lacklustre effort, getting beaten to the gold by Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore in the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 54th National Shooting Championships in Delhi on Friday.Rajkumari, who was on a break from shooting in the last year-and-a-half for having a baby, shot 592 out of 600 to clinch top spot in this non-Olympic event, in which no final is held. Meena Kumari of Himachal Pradesh finished second with 591 while Tejaswini, representing Maharashtra, was third with 589.However, the efforts of Tejaswini, Deepali Deshpande and Tejaswini Mulay gave Maharashtra the senior team gold with a total score of 1750, with army taking the silver and Railways the bronze. Karnataka’s Rekha C. took the juniors’ gold with a score of 586, while the junior team gold went to Madhya Pradesh.Rajkumari, 28, told Mail Today after her match that the key to her success had been a will to compete with herself. “Basically I didn’t go into the match thinking about the fact that I was shooting against the world champion or anything. It was just a case of trying to better my own score and that happened, so I’m very happy,” she said.When asked about how she manages her shooting and family, Rajkumari said: “My husband’s mental support is something I really appreciate, because I don’t have a coach. Also, nowadays, leaving my one-and-a-half year old daughter, Sanskriti, is difficult for me but in the last two World Cups that I competed in last year and also here, I have left her behind because my mother-in-law takes great care of her.”advertisementMeanwhile, the men’s 10m air rifle also got underway on Friday with India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, leading the way. Bindra shot with a rifle bearing a logo that said – ‘Ready for London’. However, his score of just 592 out of 600 did not indicate he really was ready. Hardeep Singh (591) of the army lies second, with Karnataka’s Rakesh Manpat (590) and navy’s PT Raghunath (589) close behind. World record holder Gagan Narang will compete on Saturday, after which the final will be contested.In another event on the day, Jaspal Rana made a storming start to the rapid-fire pistol, finishing up with a score of 285 out of 300 in the first stage of the two-stage competition. Rana, representing Delhi, is currently placed second, along with army’s Pemba Tamang and navy’s Rahul Panwar, with another armyman, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vijay Kumar, in the lead at 289. The second stage and the final – which will be played in a new format devised by the International Shooting Sports Federation – will be held on Saturday.Mansher leads in trialSingh took the lead on Day 1 of the first trial with a score of 73 out of 75. Mansher, who has been a constant feature in the national team since the early 1980s, overcame a major disappointment in the national final last week – where he finished fourth – to reel off scores of 24, 25 and 24 in the three rounds.National champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and junior champion Kynan Chenai trail Mansher by two points.In the skeet trial being conducted simultaneously, army shooter Allan Daniel Peoples shot a brilliant score of 75 out of 75 to lead the way, ahead of Arozepal Sandhu (73) and national champ Mairaj Ahmad Khan (72).The final two rounds in both these events will take place on Saturday, with a second trial to be held on Monday and Tuesday.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren says no-one is getting carried away with being top of the table.Lovren says the current team has slowly learnt to neither look back or forward, at history or at what they hope to achieve. Instead, the calm around the training ground allows them to concentrate fully on the task in hand.“We don’t look at who is behind us or in front of us. It’s more only about us and that’s how we should do it always,” he said.“We learn from all these previous seasons. When you look against Newcastle it was quite a tough first half, there were chances but we couldn’t find the right spot to score.“Luckily enough I scored but again we had this winning mentality that kept us going, and the second half we played like a new game.” last_img read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

CIBCs Simplii Financial direct banking launches but customers find glitches

first_imgTORONTO – The launch of CIBC’s new Simplii Financial direct banking brand on Wednesday has not gone exactly to plan, as some customers are finding glitches with the new offering.The bank (TSX:CM) has switched over customers from President’s Choice Financial to Simplii after reaching a deal with Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) in August.The companies decided to end a decades-long partnership and go their separate ways, with Simplii taking the savings, chequing and mortgage accounts and PC Financial keeping its MasterCard credit cards and PC Plus points program.Some customers say they have found long call waits for customer services, and others are complaining on Twitter that the mobile application isn’t working or that they’re unimpressed with the changes.“There are no innovations. They simplii just changed the app logo and colour. It’s still the worst mobile banking app in Canada,” tweeted Andrew Chisholm.Others were simply confused about where their new banking cards are (they will be mailed out between today and next April) and while some were pleased by new Simplii offerings such as free e-transfers.The company has responded on Twitter saying that its mobile app is being updated throughout the day and suggesting customers delete and reinstall the app if they have issues.Communicating with customers is key in situations like this, said IDC Canada associate analyst Bob Smythe, adding that any impact on the brand will be limited if problems are fixed quickly.“In any situation where someone’s forced to do something, you’re going to find people who are annoyed. But I guess it depends how smoothly it goes over the next couple of days.”“I think if it carried on for very long it would be a problem but, if it’s rectified quickly, they can overcome any negative feelings,” Smythe said.In announcing the deal in August, CIBC (TSX:CM) promised a smooth transition for existing PC Financial clients, with no changes to account numbers, mortgage terms or automatic payments and deposits.CIBC spokeswoman Olga Petrycki said by email Wednesday that the company “seamlessly transitioned nearly 2 million clients to Simplii today,” and that the technical issue experienced by a few people was limited to a slow refresh of the Apple app that customers could solve by reinstalling it.last_img read more

Campaigning ends for 5th phase

first_imgKolkata: More than 1 crore people will exercise their franchise on May 6 in seven Lok Sabha constituencies where campaign came to an end on Saturday afternoon.These constituencies are Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Trinamool Congress had won in all these constituencies and political experts said the situation will remain the same. In these constituencies, the TMC supremo has not changed the candidates. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Bongaon, Mamatabala Thakur had won by 1.46 lakh votes in 2014. Binapani Devi, the head of the Matua community, had showered her blessings on the Trinamool Congress. But after her demise on March 5, the Matua community became divided and Shantanu Thakur, son of Manjul Krishna Thakur, is contesting on a BJP ticket against Mamatabala. Of these seven constituencies, the most important battle is between Dinesh Trivedi, the sitting MP of Trinamool Congress and Arjun Singh, who recently joined BJP from TMC. In 2014, Trivedi won the seat by 2.06 lakh votes and got only 37,382 votes from Bhatpara from where Singh was the MLA. Political experts said though a section of the media are creating a hype, Singh will not be able to create any dent within the Trinamool’s fort. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Howrah, Prasun Banerjee, the sitting MLA, had won by 1.96 lakh votes in the 2014 elections. Rantideb Sengupta of the BJP is contesting against Banerjee. Sajda Ahmed, the widow of Sultan Ahmed, is contesting from Uluberia. In 2014, Sultan Ahmed won the seat by 2.01 lakh votes. After his premature death, Sajda was elected in the by-election and is contesting from the seat. Kalyan Banerjee had won by 1.52 lakh votes in 2014 from Serampore Lok Sabha seat. Dr Ratna Dey Nag, the sitting Trinamool MP, has been re-nominated. She had won the seat in 2014 by 2.89 lakh votes. This is her third consecutive term. Her principal opponent is BJP’s Locket Chatterjee. TMC’s Aparupa Poddar had won the Arambag seat by 3.46 lakh votes. Political experts said the Trinamool Congress will have no problem retaining the seat. Mamata Banerjee had addressed meetings in all these seats and took part in road shows that had attracted thousands of people. The election to these seats will take place on Monday between 7 am and 6 pm.last_img read more