Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But his best right-handed reliever, Dylan Floro, was unavailable based on usage recently – he pitched in three of the previous four games and warmed up in the other. So Roberts went with Chargois.“I just felt Arenado does a lot of damage against lefties. There’s some history there,” Roberts said. “You’ve got Desmond behind him. It’s a great runway for Shaggy who’s shown the ability to consistently get righties out, put them on the ground or strike them out. You got that. You got an out. I just felt it was the right play.”The history between Alexander and Arenado is minimal – four plate appearances, one hit (a home run) and a walk.“Arenado has homered off him before so he has put the ball in the air off him,” Roberts said, defending his decision. “You look at the ground-ball ratio and the success with Chargois — it’s pretty stark that Chargois has a better chance.“Neither guy has really closed. I just felt to put both those guys in a position to have success, that was the right decision.”Based on the results, it wasn’t.Chargois fell behind 3-and-1 then hit Arenado in the left hip with a slider. Perhaps Chargois’ best pitch, he had difficulty controlling his slider Saturday.“That’s fair to say. He wasn’t as sharp with it today. But that happens,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “He’s still got a good mix with his sinker. We should still be able to get guys out.”Chargois got Ian Desmond to bounce a ball up the middle. Second baseman Brian Dozier made a sprawling stop then flipped the ball from his glove to Manny Machado while lying on the ground. Dozier made the same play for one of three double plays the Dodgers turned for Buehler.This one only went for a single out and brought up the left-handed McMahon. Roberts’ only left-handed option to face him was two-handed Pat Venditte.He left Chargois in and McMahon clubbed his 1-and-0 fastball over the scoreboard in right field.“Arenado, we were trying to attack with sliders and get ahead of him,” Chargois said. “Battled with Desmond and got a ground ball. Unfortunately, it was in a place where we couldn’t get the double play.“Left that (last) pitch up and he hit it.”A win either Friday or Saturday would have moved the Dodgers ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks and alone atop the division. Their bullpen wouldn’t let it happen.“We have confidence in all these guys,” Barnes said. “I think everybody is capable of getting big outs in big situations. Obviously it was a luxury having Kenley for so long. He’s one of the best in the game. But we’re confident in all these guys stepping up for us.” But Jansen is sidelined, being treated for an irregular heartbeat, leaving the Dodgers’ bullpen with no back.“Obviously you don’t have that guy who’s proven to get outs in the ninth inning. That’s where we’re at right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We talked about ‘closer-by-committee’ and giving guys opportunities and the matchups that we feel will give us the best opportunity to get those last three outs.”After rookies Walker Buehler and Caleb Ferguson combined to get a shutout into a ninth inning at Coors Field, Roberts convened the committee.Scott Alexander has been the Dodgers’ most reliable reliever and the leading candidate to assume the closer role in Jansen’s absence. But that is not the Dodgers’ plan. Matchup-based decisions are.Alexander struck out the left-handed Carlos Gonzalez but gave up a double to right-handed Trevor Story. Nolan Arenado did not start the game because of a sore shoulder. But when Rockies manager Buddy Black sent Arenado up as a pinch-hitter, Roberts wanted a right-hander. PreviousColorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, jokes with teammates as they warm up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland throws to first base to put out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig steals third base against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier, left, throws over Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez after forcing him out at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by Trevor Story during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig tosses his bat after singling off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon left, applies a late tag as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) pulls into third base with an RBI-triple in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after striking out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland, front, reacts after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, back, in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado follows the flight of his double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner follows the flight of his RBI-triple off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, left, jokes with center fielder Enrique Hernandez as they warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez leans over the dugout rail while waiting to warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta waits to bat as he warms up before a baseball game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, jokes with teammates as they warm up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 19Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER – So this is their life now.For the second consecutive night, former Mater Dei two-sport star Ryan McMahon drove home the point. This time, the Dodgers were only one out away from taking sole possession of first place in the National League West when McMahon hit a three-run walkoff home run to give the Colorado Rockies a 3-2 victory Saturday night.On Friday, McMahon hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 victory.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In both cases, the victims – left-hander Zac Rosscup on Friday and right-hander J.T. Chargois on Saturday – were pitching in situations they probably would not have been in if Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen were available.
There’s a three-way tie for top spot after four draws at the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Wednesday in Trail.Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna, Craig Lepine of Langley and Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka all sit at 3-1 midway through the provincial tournament.Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, was the last unbeaten team to fall.Wes Craig of New Westminster rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three in the sixth end to knock off the Kootenay reps 7-5.After scoring the bundle in the sixth, Craig stole singles in the seventh and eighth ends to put away Shypitka.After going undefeated to open the tournament, Castlegar’s Myron Nichol lost two straight to sit in the middle of the pack at 2-2. Nichol lost 8-6 to Shypitka in the morning draw despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two ends.Shypitka scored three in each of the third and fifth ends to grab the victory.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, lost 6-3 to Lepine.Thursday Nichol opens the morning draw against 2-2 Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club before meeting winless Ken Teskey of Williams Lake.Shypitka meets 2-2 Rick Pughe of New Westminster to open the day before playing 3-1 Gelowitz.The top four teams advance to the playoff round Saturday with the final set for 2 p.m.On the women’s side of the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Curling Championships, Kootenay rep Teresa Hiram of Grand Forks finished the day at 1-1 to sit 1-3 in the championship.Hiram, third Rhonda Lee Bedard, second Rose Beauchamp and lead indy Pettapiece defeated Penny Shantz of Salmon Arm 8-7 in the morning draw before dropping a 12-1 decision to Karen Lepine of Langley.Lepine leads the women’s standings with a 4-0 mark.Hiram plays Brenda Ridgeway of Nanaimo (3-1) and Wendy Cseke of Salmon Arm (2-2) Thursday.
Dedicated e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are coming under increasing pressure from mobile phones and tablet devices like the iPad. According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, sales of e-readers with broadband connections will peak in 2014, as users decide to opt for multi-purpose devices like the iPad. According to Informa, the best way for e-reader manufacturers to survive is to focus on cheap devices that don’t feature built-in wireless connectivity.The Real Question: E-Paper or LCD Displays?Many readers swear by e-paper displays that look and “feel” more like regular paper than traditional computer displays. These e-paper displays don’t need backlighting and consume far less power than tablets that use back-lighted displays. A number of e-paper manufacturers are working hard on developing color displays with faster refresh rates that will allow Kindle-like devices to compete with the feature set of tablets. The question, of course, is if users will really flock to low-end e-readers or if they will opt for more expensive multi-purpose devices like the iPad instead. In the near future, some of these tablets will likely feature more advanced e-paper displays that will combine the best of both worlds, though they will probably cost about the same as an iPad. The Disadvantages of Dedicated E-ReadersFor now, however, these advanced displays aren’t ready for the consumer market, while tablets are getting more market share and iPad apps like Wired’s new magazine app get a chance to show the advantages of tablet computers. A number of universities have experimented with the Kindle as a textbook reader, and it’s quickly becoming clear that today’s e-readers aren’t ready for this market, as students ask for a more flexible devices that are more akin to tablet computers than a dedicated e-readers.Sony ExpandsThis study comes on the same day that Sony announced its plans to expand the availability of its e-reader to Japan, China, Australia and a number of European countries. Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for e-readers, so this move definitely makes sense. With its low-end e-readers, Sony will be in a good position if Informa’s predictions turn out to be true. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Emerging from his absence in the public sphere, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made an appearance in Rampur on Monday. The Rampur MP, who was last seen in Rampur during Id celebrations in August, presented himself before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) official Dinesh Gaur in the Mahila police station. He was accompanied by his wife, Rajya Sabha MP Tanzeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam, who is an MLA from the neighbouring Suar constituency.The Uttar Pradesh police have declared Mr. Khan a “land mafia” and has lodged FIRs against him in more than four dozen cases. On September 25, the Allahabad High Court had granted stay in 27 of these cases.The SIT had asked him to appear before it on September 30. Mr. Khan spent almost 45 minutes at the station. Later addressing the party workers, he said he would need four to five days to respond to the “long list of charges”.He described the administration’s behaviour towards him and his family “vindictive” and added that they were following the orders of their “political masters”.Before presenting himself in front of the SIT, Mr. Khan accompanied Ms. Fatima to file her nomination papers, on an SP ticket, for the upcoming bypolls for the Rampur seat. Mr. Khan has represented the seat nine times. The seat fell vacant when he was elected to the Lok Sabha earlier this year.Earlier in the day, Ms. Fatima deposited the bill and penalty of ₹30 lakh in the electricity department. She was charged with power theft at her Humsafar resort.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose five points to 74 this month. That’s the highest reading since July of 1999, more than 18 years ago.Readings above 50 indicate more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor. The index has remained above 60 since September of 2016.The index exceeded the expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet, who expected a reading of 70.All three components of the index rose in December. The reading gauging builders’ view of single-family home sales rose four points to 81, while the outlook for sales over the next six months ticked up three points to 79. The measure of traffic by prospective buyers jumped eight points to 58.The Commerce Department reported late last month that Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 per cent monthly increase — reflecting a strong economy but also a worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.New home sales last month rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000, the third straight monthly gain and the best sales clip since October 2007.Many buyers are turning to new construction due to an ongoing dearth of existing homes for sale. However, new construction has been unable to keep up with demand.Potential buyers are searching for homes amid a healthy job market with a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4 per cent.
OTTAWA – The overall annual pace of inflation slowed to 1.9 per cent in December as gains in the price of gasoline eased up, Statistics Canada said Friday.But economists said the economic strength last year is pushing underlying prices higher.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto noted that two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, ticked higher last month.“Looking past the energy-led deceleration in inflation, hot growth of the Canadian economy in 2017 now appears [to be] turning into somewhat hotter price growth,” DePratto wrote in brief note to clients.CPI-trim — which helps filter out extreme price changes — rose to 1.9 per cent from 1.8 per cent in November, while CPI-common — which filters out prices that changed due to extraordinary circumstances — climbed to 1.6 per cent from 1.5 per cent. CPI-median was unchanged compared with November at 1.9 per cent.“It provides a little more confirmation that the interest rate hike earlier this month was justified from an economic fundamentals point of view,” DePratto said of the move higher in core inflation.“That core mandate of the bank is to control inflation and this speaks to the need for further hikes.”The Bank of Canada aims to keep inflation at two per cent, the midpoint of a target range of one- to three-per cent over the medium term.In raising its trendsetting rate to 1.25 per cent last week, the Bank of Canada pointed to unexpectedly solid economic data as key drivers behind the decision.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos also noted that underlying inflation trends appear to be firming.“Core inflation metrics are trending in the right direction, something that supports the Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates at the start of 2018,” he said.“We could see some deflationary pressure from the stronger Canadian dollar, but given minimum wage hikes, a closed output gap, and what is likely to be stronger average pricing for energy over the balance of this year compared to 2017, inflation is likely to accelerate.”Overall, Statistics Canada said Friday that the consumer price index for the final month of 2017 was up 1.9 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier. That compared with a reading of 2.1 per cent in November.Excluding gasoline, prices were up 1.5 per cent year on an annual basis in December, matching the increase in November.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories as the transportation index, which includes gasoline, and the shelter group led the way.Transportation prices were up 4.9 per cent from a year ago compared with a 5.9 per cent increase in November. Gasoline, a key component of the group, climbed 12.2 per cent compared with a year earlier following a 19.6 per cent increase in November.The shelter index climbed 1.4 per cent compared with a year ago as natural gas prices rose 6.2 per cent following a 3.1 per cent increase in November.Meanwhile, the household operations, furnishings and equipment index fell 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of telephone services slipped five per cent as the country’s big wireless companies battled for market share in December with deeply discounted offers.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority government moved to change its key housing policy legislation on Thursday in an effort to win the support of the three members of the Green party.The amendments came just 48 hours after the speculation and vacancy tax was introduced in the legislature.Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver said during a joint news conference that the three amendments to the proposed speculation tax will soon be tabled to ensure the law passes this fall.James introduced the tax bill Tuesday saying the government wanted to cool the real estate market and convince owners of vacant B.C. homes to either sell or rent their properties.“Because housing affordability is at a crisis and people are calling for a solution, I think you can see that as a government, and with our partners in the Green caucus, we’re committed to acting and addressing the housing affordability piece,” said James, referring to the NDP government’s 30-point housing plan.James said the Green amendments would cut the tax rate for all Canadians who own vacant properties in certain urban areas in B.C. to 0.5 per cent on assessed value from a proposed one per cent, while revenues from the tax would be directed to housing initiatives in the communities where they are collected.Foreign owners of vacant properties in B.C. will still face a two per cent tax on the home’s assessed value under the amended legislation.The changes would also establish an annual meeting between the mayors of the affected communities and the finance minister to review the tax.“Through hard work and many, many, many hours of negotiations, we’ve been able to come up with a compromise that we can both support and I will be bringing forward the amendments to this bill that addresses my key concerns,” Weaver said.The three members of the Green party reached an agreement with the NDP after the May 2017 election to support a minority government. There are 41 New Democrats, 42 Liberals, one Independent and three Greens in B.C.’s 87-seat legislature.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the proposed speculation tax is fading away by the day and losing revenue.He said the cut to the tax rate will cost the government millions.“Originally, they had a two per cent tax for everybody involved,” said Wilkinson. “They dropped it for British Columbians to 0.5 per cent, which meant 75 per cent of that revenue disappeared from British Columbians. Now another 50 per cent is disappearing for all Canadians. So this is tax policy that’s just melting away like a snowman in July.”James said the government estimates a $30-million revenue reduction once the rate is cut to 0.5 per cent for all Canadians.The government originally forecast $200 million in annual revenue when the speculation tax was introduced in February’s budget as part of the NDP’s plan to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.James said Tuesday when she introduced the legislation, the goal of the tax was to improve housing affordability for thousands of people in B.C., including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can’t find a place to live.She said she rejected efforts by many municipalities to opt-out of the speculation tax. On Thursday, James said she’s now prepared to listen to their concerns and drop the tax if it’s no longer needed.“Certainly, if we start seeing more affordable housing in communities and we need to make some adjustments, then that will occur,” said James.Langford Mayor Stew Young said in a letter to James and Premier John Horgan earlier this month that he feared the tax could spark an economic downturn.Young, whose community is in Horgan’s Victoria-area riding, said the tax “will dry up investment in British Columbia and is a recipe for financial disaster.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.
Kanpur/Hardoi: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress over its big ego while continuing his attack on the BJP, suggesting that voters will walk away this time from the tea being offered by the chaiwala’ prime minister Narendra Modi.Mocking Modi at a public meeting in Hardoi, he said people voted for the ‘chaiwala’ in 2014. “As you know the taste of the tea now, will you vote for him again?” the Samajwadi Party president asked. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also called the prime minister a prachar mantri , or a publicity minister. At his Kanpur rally, Yadav sharpened his attack against the Congress, which has been kept out by the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party from their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. “Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said. “We had an alliance with the Congress, but found that their ego is too big,” Yadav said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SP had an understanding with the Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the alliance of the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has shunned it. However, the alliance decided not to field any candidate from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions held by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “The Congress is not stopping the BJP, it’s the SP-BSP alliance which is stopping the BJP,” the SP leader said. He accused the Congress of initiating a CBI probe against his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when it was in power at the Centre. He claimed that a Congress activist was doing this even now. The apparent reference was to Vishwanath Chaturvedi’s attempt to revive an old case, alleging amassing of disproportionate assets by the Yadav family. Chaturvedi had sought a Supreme Court direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to place the status report on a probe in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav.