Franklin Barreto reacts to Opening Day demotion as A’s make room for Morales

first_imgOAKLAND — Franklin Barreto sat in the black leather chair at his locker inside the A’s clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum with his feet propped up on two brown boxes.He knew what was coming.When the A’s announced a trade to acquire slugging first baseman Kendrys Morales from the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night, Barreto sensed he would be the player going down to the minors in order make room on the active roster. Sure enough, Barreto was called into the coaches’ room just before Thursday’s …last_img

Photo library: Infrastructure 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Kings Park Stadium. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, » Download high-res image Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal province: Bridge and highway. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal province: Construction of an extension to the Gateway Mall, already the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: A container ship leaves the harbour. Photo: Rodger » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The harbour. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: Early morning traffic rolls onto the city’s highways. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: Sunset on the beachfront. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The city’s extensive system of highways. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The new system of roads and other infrastructure at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 8: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Building Retrofit Proposal Shaved from NYC’s Green Plan

first_imgWith its abundance of high-density residential and commercial buildings, New York City already operates with a relatively high degree of energy efficiency. But many of us who regularly visit the place sometimes struggle with the notion that it could someday be a green-building showcase.Part of that struggle is based purely on perception – the feeling that current economic pressures have pushed energy efficiency down the list of priorities in a town where the building mix includes everything from the architecturally stunning to the regrettable, the dignified to the tacky, the well maintained to the decrepit, and the ambitiously green to the environmentally wasteful.City leaders have decided to impose at least a few new standards on the energy efficiency component of that mix. In an effort to reduce New York’s greenhouse gas emissions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and many on the city council have been promoting legislation that would further the “ambitiously green” agenda. As affirmed last week, though, lawmaking is rarely easy in New York: the plan’s supporters eliminated a provision from the proposal that would have required buildings of 50,000 sq. ft. or more to be audited for energy efficiency and then, based on audit findings, renovated to improve their performance.A timing issueThe deletion came at the behest of building owners, who cited the lousy economic climate, which includes lenders who are reluctant to offer financing for such projects. Highlighting that constraint, That constraint, a recent story in the New York Times points out, is the fact that the city has only $16 million in federal stimulus funds available for loans toward what would have been about $2.5 billion in private investment for improvements.Supporters of the plan said that the renovation requirement, which was a major component of the overall package of provisions, would have affected about 22,000 buildings and, along with the other initiatives in the plan, would have created 19,000 construction jobs. Those supporters say that even without the renovation requirement, the legislation will still create almost as many jobs, although one local construction-industry group, the Building Trades Employers’ Association, isn’t convinced.“I’d be shocked if 5,000 of those jobs were created,” the association’s president and chief executive, Louis J. Coletti, told the Times. “The world of real estate and construction financing have been upended by the economic crisis.”Building owners still aren’t happy about the likely costs they’ll have to bear when complying with the audit requirement, which remains in the legislation. Audit information would be passed along to tenants to help them identify ways they could cut energy costs. The Times also notes that the plan includes the city’s first energy code for all buildings, along with requirements for lighting upgrades and energy system inspections. In any case, even with the elimination of the renovation requirement, the remaining provisions have prompted at least some of the plan’s supporters to see the glass as half full.“Even though the bill is not as strong, it’s still ahead of the rest of the country,” Ashok Gupta, director of energy policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, told the paper.last_img read more

England aim to weather Women’s World T20 storm with win over South Africa

first_img Read more Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Women’s World Twenty20 Topics Robinson is leaving his options open as to whether he sticks with a spin-heavy attack or picks an extra seamer, Tash Farrant, for the South Africa match. “I’ve looked at our pitch and it looked completely different to anything else,” he said. “I’m probably on to plan C.”If England can get the job done it will mean their final game of the group stage, against the in-form West Indies, will dictate who tops the group. Casting forward, a semi-final against Australia could be on the cards.“They have been talked up by you guys a lot, which is always entertaining for us to watch,” Robinson said, pointedly.“They are a good team and nobody can say anything different. We’re just trying to concentrate on ourselves. We have a hell of a game against South Africa and they will be coming at us hard.” Ominous Australia relocate mojo at Women’s World T20 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. South Africa cricket team Read more Amy Jones looking to seize World Twenty20 chance with both gloves Reuse this content England women’s cricket team Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Women’s cricket Cricket Share on WhatsApp If England can overcome South Africa, the team they squeezed past in last year’s World Cup semi-final, they can go to sleep on Friday having eliminated their recent rivals and secured safe passage to the final four of the Women’s World T20.That, according to coach Mark Robinson, would be some achievement given the hurdles presented to the team in terms of player availability and preparation in St Lucia, constant rain last weekend still preventing their bowlers from training at full tilt. That South Africa capitulated against West Indies – losing nine for 28 to be bowled out for 76 – only makes them an even more dangerous proposition. “They have always been a bit temperamental,” Robinson said. “On their day they are absolutely brilliant and they can beat anybody. This will be their Cup final – they need to win.”Since the rain largely subsided, England’s batters have been able to go through their paces across three heavy days of training but not the bowlers with run-ups unsuitable at their practice facility.Robinson is impressed by how they have rolled with the punches. “The girls have been outstanding,” he said, noting that the coaches had “flogged” them in the nets in order to make up for the vital days they had lost. “It is good to have stiffness and tiredness for the right reasons. I’d rather go in like that and slightly better prepared than undercooked.”Instructively, Robinson acknowledged he does not yet consider his team as likely to win the trophy as he did earlier in the year. “It has been quite hard work because we lost Sarah Taylor and Katie George and Katherine Brunt, then practice has been quite disjointed,” he said.“If you had asked me midsummer I would have thought we could have won it. Now we are just starting to get our teeth back into the competition.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more

a month agoHeskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man City

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Heskey questions Liverpool depth to overcome Man Cityby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey believes Liverpool lack the squad depth to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.Former Reds striker Heskey says Jurgen Klopp’s side will struggle if one of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah don’t score.”It’s a tall order because at this moment in time City have the best squad in terms of depth,” Heskey told Omnisport.”If you take certain players out of City they’ve always got someone who can step in and do a specific job, the way the manager wants him to do it.”Liverpool, if you take Salah, Mane or Firmino out, it’s not quite the same, whereas City have a better blend.” last_img read more

Saine riding rollercoaster career

Hampered by injuries, running back Brandon Saine’s career as a Buckeye has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. Saine was named ‘Mr. Ohio Football’ following his senior year at Piqua High School. In his senior season, Saine rushed for 1,895 yards and 27 touchdowns. Four years later, Saine admits that he’s not the same athlete as his high school career. “Here at OSU, I think I’ve been able to do pretty well, maybe not quite Mr. Ohio football standards.” Partly due to injury, Saine has struggled to put up equivalent numbers. He underwent knee surgery in spring 2007. “I’m glad it happened when I was a little bit younger. Injuries definitely set you back a little bit, but I think that not only physically, but it hurts you mentally too,” Saine said. Two hamstring injuries, one during camp his second season, were big disappointments but served as jumping-off points for improvement. “That injury was able to help me kind of get my head on straight and realize that there’s more to OSU than just starting and playing football,” Saine said. Although his numbers aren’t nearly as impressive at OSU, Saine has become a versatile athlete, finding speed at both running back and wide receiver. Saine has 183 rushing yards and 174 receiving yards on the season. He clearly has the ability to function in both respects. “We think he’s really dangerous as a receiver and as a runner,” Tressel said following the 38-10 victory over Indiana. Saine is third on the team with six touchdowns, only behind wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and running back Dan Herron, seven and nine respectively. Both Saine and Sanzenbacher have affirmed they are best friends. When it comes to performance on the field, Saine might be slightly more competitive. “I can definitely make it somewhat into a friendly competition (against Dane),” Saine said. “I think it can be fun to maybe towards the end of the year, really see who comes out on top.” Last season, Saine received the Rex Kern award, voted on by coaches and given to an outstanding back. Saine shared the accolade with Herron. “It was a great honor. Anytime you’re able to receive an award like that it kind of shows that your hard work pays off,” Saine said. Saine’s career highlight came on Nov. 21, 2009. “Being able to score a touchdown against Michigan,” Saine said. read more

Hummels on Sane He cant expect the same status as Muller

first_imgMats Hummels believes that it is wrong for a young player like Leroy Sane to expect to be regarded on the same status as the likes of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil in the Germany squadThe Manchester City winger was shockingly left out of Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup at Russia after having an outstanding campaign in the Premier League this season, which had seen the 22-year-old being crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.However, Sane has yet to find the back of the net for Germany in his 12 appearances for the senior side and had a disappointing display in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Austria.In light of this, head coach Joachim Low elected not to select Sane for the World Cup this summer.The 58-year-old has been criticised for the decision, but Hummels has backed Low and instead criticised the attitude of the younger generation.“Leroy Sane has not the same standing as Thomas Muller or Mesut Ozil,” said the defender, according to SportsKeeda.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Sometimes it takes time to have the same standing in the national team as in your club.“It is noticeable that the guys coming up from youth ranks – at Bayern too – are different guys to 10, 12 years ago.“That is the new generation. They are characterised by a different behaviour, like on social media.“I was always the youngest one in my team and I had to carry the goals. That is simply normal. Nowadays you notice some 18-year-olds don’t understand why they have to do this.“I didn’t talk a single word in the Bayern locker room during the first weeks. I only talked to Stephan Furstner and Michael Rensing because I knew them from the second team.“To everyone else I maybe said ‘hello’, but today everything is faster and after one week players behave like they’ve already played three years for the team.”last_img read more

Steele praises Brighton teammates

first_imgAccording to the goalkeeper, the 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth was thanks to the defensive determination of his teammates.Brighton and Hove Albion defeated AFC Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round match.The Seagulls advance to the next round, while goalkeeper Jason Steele was able to praise his teammates for their good work.“It’s no disrespect to anyone I’ve played with before, but the way those players in front of me work and their dedication to not let the ball go in the back of the net is unbelievable,” he told the club’s official website.“We were under the cosh a lot in terms of ball possession, and the boys stuck at it with the two center-halves and the full-backs stopping the crosses and picking up men.”Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“Even the little things like the way they marked their men so tightly meant I could come out and claim things,” he added.“Personally, I was very excited to play again. This club has given me an awful lot in the last few months and I just wanted to show why I’ve been working hard. Thankfully it worked out for myself and the team today.”“I made a couple of saves, I’m disappointed I conceded a goal, but I haven’t watched it back and I don’t think there’s a lot I could have done about it,” he explained.“It was a good strike and I felt that it was going to take something good to beat me. That’s a nice positive frame of mind to have and it’s not something I’ve had for a long time.”last_img read more

Huesca interested in signing Lunin on loan

first_imgSD Huesca are reportedly interested in a deal to sign to bring Andriy Lunin to the club from Real Madrid on loan, according to Marca.Madrid had hoped the Ukrainian shot-stopper’s loan spell with Leganes would provide him the opportunity of more first-team football, yet Leganes are believed to be in the market for alternative options.During his loan spell with Los Pepineros, the 19-year-old played just two league games and, with the club unlikely to overcome a 3-0 first leg defeat in the Copa del Rey, chances of Lunin getting more opportunities to play for the remainder of the campaign look very bleak.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Leganes manager Mauricio Pellegrino made clear that his team were in the market for a new goalkeeper, and this suggests that the departure of Lunin is a possibility, as many may have thought when the transfer window opened this month.Axel Werner has spent the first half of the season on loan at Huesca from Atletico Madrid, but he’s expected to return to the Spanish capital this month.Aleksandar Jovanovic joined the newly promoted LaLiga side in the summer and he has proven not to be the answer to the team’s goalkeeping problems, and it seems as though a deal for Lunin could help the club in their fight against the drop.last_img read more

Police shoot and kill another suspect in gun fire exchange investigation launched

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PoliceshootandkillsuspectinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Nassau – Friday evening a man was shot to death by Police after he reportedly fired a gun at officers who were on a search for the vehicle and those inside as suspects.   An all points bulletin was launched Friday morning and Police say around 7pm, the vehicle described was spotted by officers and a chase ensued.     The suspects crashed into another car, the passenger exited the sky blue coloured Nissan Bluebird SD and that man, pointed and fired at Police.   His move caused a return of gunfire from Police and the suspect was killed on the spot.Another man is in custody, arrested and an Austria Glock pistol and ammunition were retrieved from the scene explained the report.   The shooting happened on Cordeaux Avenue and Washington Street; it is under investigation.#MagneticMediaNews#PoliceshootandkillsuspectinNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more