Yanks Almost Blow 8-Run Lead

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols were pulled, Jered Weaver was peeved and the Los Angeles Angels were getting pummeled.Out of the game, they appeared. Then, out of nowhere, they rallied.The Angels bolted loose to score six runs in the ninth inning, their comeback falling just short Friday night in an 8-7 loss to the New York Yankees.“Oh man, our bench was alive,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “That ninth inning was fun and, unfortunately, we just couldn’t push it across a little more.”Down 8-1 in the ninth, the Angels really got going when a routine popup by Grant Green dropped between first baseman Chase Headley and second baseman Jose Pirela for an RBI single.Green had subbed in for Trout in the eighth, and Pujols also came out as both teams made multiple changes late. Headley and Pirela had just moved to their spots, too.“They helped us a little bit with the popup they missed and, obviously, the walks, the base on balls,” Scioscia said.“These guys went in there and got it started for us and almost finished it off. It was coming around again. You’d like to have those guys back in the lineup — we’re talking about Mike and Albert and Erick (Aybar) — but at 8-1 in the eighth inning, we would do it again, get them off their feet.”Overall, the Angels’ first eight batters reached base against relievers Esmil Rogers and Dellin Betances.The Angels still had the bases loaded with no outs, down 8-6. Betances, nicked for an earned run for the first time this season, retired the next three batters for his second save.Shortstop Didi Gregorius overcame an earlier error by stopping Johnny Giavotella’s hard grounder in the hole for the second out. Betances struck out pinch-hitter Carlos Perez with runners at the corners to end it, sending Los Angeles to its third straight loss.The last time the Angels had scored at least six runs so late was 2009, when they got nine in the 13th inning at Baltimore.“We got close and made them use some of their pitching, which is a plus,” Scioscia said.Alex Rodriguez moved past Barry Bonds for second place on the career RBIs list and got four hits as the Yankees won their fourth in a row.Light-hitting Stephen Drew homered twice and Mark Teixeira connected early as theYankees took advantage of their ballpark’s short porch in right field and Weaver’s soft tosses.Rodriguez singled for his 1,997th RBI and trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) on the chart kept by the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s official record keeper. The RBI didn’t become an official stat until 1920 and that cost Babe Ruth, credited with over 2,200 on other tallies.A-Rod scored his 1,950th run, breaking a tie with Stan Musial for eighth place. Rodriguez has 2,991 career hits.Nathan Eovaldi (5-1) left with a 4-0 lead after walking the bases loaded with one out in the sixth. The Angels drew a total of nine walks.Weaver (4-5) exited after his final pitch, an 82 mph fastball, was put into the seats by Drew for a solo shot with two outs in the sixth and a 7-1 lead. That was among 14 pitches in the inning that Weaver didn’t throw faster than 83 mph.Weaver fell to 1-3 with an 8.71 ERA in five starts at Yankee Stadium.After Teixeira lofted his 17th homer, a two-run fly in the third, Weaver looked into the Los Angeles dugout and stuck his arm out with a blank expression. When the inning ended, he flipped his glove in the air as he walked to the bench.“Going in to it, you know it’s not a flyball pitcher-friendly ballpark. But it comes down to three 315-foot homers,” Weaver said.A three-time All-Star, Weaver had won his previous four decisions.“I just feel bad that the runs weren’t taken off the board a little bit so we could’ve came back and won that game,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: RHP Matt Shoemaker will be in the bullpen this weekend, but there aren’t any injury concerns. The Angels have a couple of off-days, and manager Scioscia wants to keep his other starters fresh.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Garrett Richards (5-3, 3.26) made his major league debut at YankeeStadium in 2011. He’s 0-2 in four career games vs. New York going into Saturday night’s start.FAR OUTNASA astronaut Joe Acaba threw the ceremonial first ball, tossing it from the rubber and reaching catcher Brian McCann on a fly. Acaba, who grew up in Anaheim, California, once called the Angels from the International Space Station. He took some players and staff on a NASA tour in April when the club was in Houston. Acaba remembered rooting for Nolan Ryan, Gary DiSarcina and others as a kid. “Going to the Big A, we’ve had a lot of good teams,” he said.last_img read more

When to use a standalone RTC IC instead of an MCU embedded RTC in low power IoT devices

first_imgWhen Real Time Clock ICs (RTC ICs) appeared in the semiconductor market around the late nineties, their primary purpose was to keep the time and provide data and time information in a more usable way compared to a simple clock counter. Since then, these products have evolved, introducing several new features such as alarms, watchdog, timestamp recording, embedded memory, and various others. They also reduced the power consumption to shallow values. However, in the last ten years, the RTC function has often become an integrated function in MCUs (MCU-RTC) with performances like standalone RTC ICs.So why use standalone RTC ICs? Moreover, if so, for which applications and to what extent?We’ll look at standalone RTCs used in some specific applications, such as IoT, where either the power and the accuracy are key factors. A one-to-one comparison on features and electrical parameters can help designers to take the most value from a standalone RTC IC. Key requirements in IoT and other low power applications IoT applications embrace several types of devices: from powerful multi-core smartphones to small connected sensors. However, extended battery lifetime is a common need for all these devices. In particular, this requirement is fundamental in the IoT devices with small batteries or those powered by harvested energy. Figure 1 shows the typical block schematic of a low power IoT device. The MCU manages the various functions of the device. It decides to turn-on or -off the peripherals according to the application conditions. The on/off time management of the various functions is a key way to reduce power consumption. It is minimized if the MCU goes in deep sleep mode when not needed and if the time base is accurate enough not to create significant time shift between the wake-up signal and the actual need of the peripheral activation. Figure 1: Typical IoT Architecture Most RTC ICs have a very flexible interrupt management that allows waking-up the host MCU from millisecond periods to yearly periods. Even if the MCU in RTC mode has the same function, the RTC ICs interrupt management is entirely independent from the software execution, which allows full sleep mode of the MCU and improves the robustness of the application.When compared to the MCU current draw in RTC mode—in the range of a few micro amperes—RTC ICs provide these precise interrupts with current consumption below a few hundred nano amperes—a significant current reduction. Timekeeping and backup power For all IoT devices, keeping time is crucial. In the absence of the main power source, having reliable information of event occurrences and communication time slots is accomplished with the use of either a small battery or a capacitor. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT center_img Continue Reading Previous Acceed: 12 port gigabit switch with 4 SFP portsNext Infineon: safe and robust LED driver IC for a large set of use caseslast_img read more

Synergy between Act East Policy and OBOR can be built focussing on economic co-op: Chinese envoy

first_img(Eds: Updating with additional quotes) New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) A synergy between India’s Act East Policy and China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ could be built keeping in mind the focus on economic cooperation between the two countries, Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui said here Friday. He said there is a need to take concrete measures to enhance youth exchanges between India and China and noted that the future of relations between the two countries lies in their hands. Speaking at the China-India Youth Dialogue, Luo said India and China relations are at “one of the best periods in history”. Responding to a question from an Indian delegate, he said, “Every country is focusing on connectivity and free trade. India and China also have similar policies. Act East and OBOR are natural and how to synergise these two together for economic development is important.” He said even the work on Bangladesh China India Myanmar economic corridor is going well. “(Chinese) President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modiji held the Wuhan Informal Summit in April. It is a historic milestone in the bilateral relations. Both sides are implementing the consensus reached by the leaders,” he said. The dialogue was organised jointly by the Chinese embassy and the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL). Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his congratulatory note for the dialogue.  “The dialogue will provide a platform for the youth of both nations to build a great wall of trust and cooperation between the two countries,” Modi said in the note read out at the dialogue.advertisement Calling youth the “pioneers and driving force” to enhance cultural exchanges between India and China, Luo said the future of the relations between the two countries lies in the hands of the youth. He said sound bilateral relations and friendly cooperation have provided a “solid basis” and opportunities for youth exchanges but China and India need more concrete measures to enhance the youth exchanges. He also suggested ways through which exchanges between youths of the two countries could be strengthened. “The interaction with CYL should be more often and should be regularised. Second, we need to expand the scope of exchanges among the youth and arrange some dialogues with the big cities,” he said. “Third we shall encourage more exchange programs in sports and movie industry. Fourth, we shall encourage more Indian engineers to work in China and more Indian students to work in Chinese enterprises in India, he added. “Fifth, we shall encourage more Indian students to study in China and more Chinese students to study in India. Sixth, we will work with the Indian government to map out a plan for youth exchanges,” Luo said. PTI UZM  AARlast_img read more

Justice Minister Wants Cases Tried in Timely Manner

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says all stakeholders in the justice system have a duty to reflect on their role as they seek to improve both their performance and input in the delivery of justice.Addressing the Jamaican Bar Association’s annual conference at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James, on November 18, Mr. Chuck said it is important to have cases tried and judgements rendered in a timely manner, adding that the people of the country expect and deserve nothing less.“Six months is a reasonable time within which judgements should be delivered. Indeed, the Jamaica Judicial Conduct Guidelines (2014), which sets out the ethical guidance for judges, recommends three months as the period within which judgement should be delivered. It seems obvious and highly desirable that judgements should be delivered promptly,” the Minister said.The Minister argued that for the Judge, after a trial, the material is fresh in his or her mind, and delays dim the memories of the arguments made at trial.“Prolonged delays, in my opinion, affect the accuracy and judgement of witnesses’ demeanour and, thus, the final decision,” Mr. Chuck said.“I think it is highly desirable for judges to deliver oral judgements within days of the completion of trials and, if necessary, an edited and written judgement within weeks,” he added.Mr. Chuck said that in complex cases, more time may be needed for the judges to read and digest the many cases usually relied on at trial, adding that greater reliance on technology and the requirement for detailed arguments delivered electronically, should help in this process.“Judges could also insist that trial attorneys provide written arguments and relevant passages from cases they quote during the trial. Perhaps if judges demand from the attorneys better particulars and written submissions, it would become easier to deliver judgements,” he reasoned.The Minister said the present situation cannot continue, with litigants having to wait years for the trials, as it is “simply frustrating and grossly disappointing for them to wait months and years to have judgements delivered”.“At the end of 2015, there were 311 Supreme Court matters with outstanding judgements. I hope the information for 2016 and 2017 will show significant reductions,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister noted that other jurisdictions have enacted legislation to determine time standards and other judicial functions, going as far as withholding salary and pension, to get judgements delivered.“I honestly do not wish to see Jamaica go there. I shall continue to use moral suasion to urge the timely delivery of judgements, and hope that I will see less complaint letters coming across my desk on a daily basis,” Mr. Chuck added.The Minister said he will continue to ask the Jamaican Bar Association to provide a full list of judgements outstanding for more than six months, so the Chief Justice and others can be reminded of the extent and impact of the prolonged delays. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says all stakeholders in the justice system have a duty to reflect on their role as they seek to improve both their performance and input in the delivery of justice. “Six months is a reasonable time within which judgements should be delivered. Indeed, the Jamaica Judicial Conduct Guidelines (2014), which sets out the ethical guidance for judges, recommends three months as the period within which judgement should be delivered. It seems obvious and highly desirable that judgements should be delivered promptly,” the Minister said. Mr. Chuck said that in complex cases, more time may be needed for the judges to read and digest the many cases usually relied on at trial, adding that greater reliance on technology and the requirement for detailed arguments delivered electronically, should help in this process. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Questions swirl around fight between hockey players and ref in Manitoba

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of hockey players from a Manitoba First Nations were caught on video piling on top of a referee during a game last week. Media reports put the blame on the players. But there are now suggestions that the players were goaded by the referee.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has been looking into the story and files this report.last_img

Trudeau sending First Nations mixed signals on veto rights on pipelines chief

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National News Alberta AFN Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent comments regarding a First Nations veto on pipelines is sending “mixed signals.” At an Edmonton press conference Wednesday Trudeau appeared to skirt a question to confirm a campaign promise he made that First Nations will have veto rights over energy projects on their territories.Instead, Trudeau said a renewed relationship with First Nations centered on respecting treaty rights, creating partnerships and engaging in meaningful consultation. “It kind of makes you wonder. I guess there will have to be more discussion with them (government) on the pipeline issue or there will be lawsuits coming down the road,” said Mackinaw. “I don’t know if the government wants to go down that road because a lot of the inherent chiefs from other regions are dead set against having these pipelines going through their territories. So I’m not sure they’ll agree on a process.”Trudeau’s remarks on Wednesday weren’t as clear and confident as those he made during a televised town hall interview with APTN while campaigning to be Canada’s next prime minister.Trudeau said that “no” would “absolutely” mean “no” if the Liberals were elected. “We cannot have a government that decides where the pipelines (are going to) go without having proper approval and support from the communities that are (going to) be affected,” said Trudeau during that interview. But not everyone thinks Trudeau has swayed from his commitments, including Cara Currie-Hall who led the Rock the Indigenous Vote movement and was recently appointed to the International Oversight committee on Treaty Enforcement and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) committee.“I don’t think he’s broke any promises, yet,” said Currie-Hall while referring to Article 32 of UNDRIP that specifically highlights resource extraction and Indigenous rights. “I would say that the prime minister is really saying that he’s implementing the UN declaration article number 32. A pipeline cannot be put in the ground unless he has the consent of the Indigenous people, which he does not have. Nobody has it.”She said Trudeau may have an opportunity to make progress by placing Indigenous people on the National Energy Board so that they can become engaged and informed.“We’re saying UNDRIP without conditions. (Governments) are required under the declaration to obtain our free, prior and informed consent. You cannot even talk about a pipeline until you bring it to the table,” said Currie-Hall.Trudeau visited Edmonton and Calgary holding meetings this week with Premier Rachel Notley and oil industry executives. The province and industry are upping pressure on the federal government to help fast track transport of oil sands bitumen to tidewater in hopes of kick starting a lagging economy hit hard by a drop in global oil prices. But projects like the Transmountain Pipeline are facing strong opposition from Indigenous groups in British Columbia. On Thursday, 130 First Nations led by the Yinka Dene Alliance signed on to the Save the Fraser declaration in British Columbia in direct opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline or similar tar sands projects to cross their territories. The pipelines are a no go said Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, who just a year and a half ago was arrested on Burnaby Mountain after protesting the Kinder Morgan Mountain project. Phillip said the risks they represent to the environment are too great and that Trudeau should look at rebalancing his priorities. “His own government ministers have said recently that you cannot engage the economy in one conventional economy to ensure that the environment and everything that that represents is properly protected,” said Phillip. “The two go hand-in-hand. They cannot be separated in the fashion that the previous (Stephen) Harper government pitted the economy against the environment. The Trudeau government cannot afford to make the same mistake. He needs to understand that there needs to be a very real, tangible balance in ensuring that environmental protections are securely in place along with the notions of growing the economy. You cannot separate the two.”The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) said in a statement to APTN they don’t believe talking about a pipeline “veto” is helpful. “It’s clear that First Nations have rights, treaties and title that are recognized in Canadian law as well as international standards like the right to free, prior and informed consent. These must be respected. All parties in development must be clear on their roles and responsibilities,” the statement said.The AFN is meeting in Vancouver next week for the First Nations Energy Forum to create dialogues with all levels of government, industry and First Nations. bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Canada optimistic a TransPacific trade deal within reach Tuesday

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is optimistic it’s nearing a deal that would see Canada agree to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as early as Tuesday, The Canadian Press has learned.A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing talks, said Ottawa believes the deal can be struck, even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.“We’re hopeful that a good deal can be reached,” the official said.“We want a good deal, not just any deal.”The negotiations underway in Tokyo are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam, where Canada resisted signing on.The latest round of the Pacific Rim talks come as Canada faces a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in Montreal this week.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been bringing up the Asia-Pacific trade pact in recent months every time he’s had conversations with leaders from the other partner countries, the official said. Over the last week, he discussed the deal with the leaders of New Zealand and Chile by phone.The official said Trudeau also dispatched well-connected Vancouver Economic Commission chief executive Ian McKay as his personal envoy at this week’s negotiations in Japan. McKay, a former national director of Trudeau’s Liberal party, has “deep knowledge” of business in Japan and was engaging with the Japanese government at the highest level, the official said.McKay has joined Canada’s chief and deputy chief TPP negotiators in Tokyo for two days of talks that were scheduled to wrap up Tuesday.The 11 remaining TPP countries started working to salvage the deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew last year.Many of those leaders thought an agreement-in-principle was within reach in November.Trudeau made international headlines at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what has become known as TPP11. Partner countries had been expecting him to come to an agreement.He also made headlines at the summit for how he went about declining the deal.Trudeau’s decision to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of a summit.The cancellation set off a confusing day of talks. Media reports directly blamed Canada and Trudeau for helping to scuttle the scheduled meeting.But Trudeau later argued he had sent signals for days that he would not be rushed into a deal unless it was the right one.TPP trade ministers did agree to a number of changes to nudge negotiations closer to a deal, including stronger protections for the environment and labour rights. They also suspended controversial provisions from the original TPP related to intellectual property, which the Canadian tech sector had long called on Ottawa to remove from the deal.The pact was also rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Besides Canada, the TPP11 partners are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.Most importantly, the deal would open up access for Canada to Japan’s economy, the third-largest in the world. Canada’s agricultural, seafood and forestry sectors would see some of the greatest benefits, the official said.The official insisted that International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have also remained engaged with their TPP11 counterparts. They added that Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, met with Japan’s ambassador last week to discuss the deal.“We’ve made real progress both before and since Danang,” the official said.A spokesman for Champagne wrote in an email late Monday that the government is trying to get the best deal for Canadian workers and businesses.“As success will be determined over decades, it is important to get the details right,” Joseph Pickerill wrote.“We are committed to being constructive, expeditious and ambitious towards that aim and are working collaboratively with our partners to this end.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

GreatWest Lifeco to cut 1500 jobs 13 of its workforce as competition

WINNIPEG — Great-West Lifeco says it will cut 1,500 positions over the next two years in response to changing technology and customer expectations.The cuts are equal to 13 per cent of the Winnipeg-based company’s 12,000 employees in Canada.Great-West says the job cuts are part of a transformation of its business as it faces heightened competition.Canada’s banks and lifecos launch fund of up to $1 billion to help businesses growMore to come …08:04ET 25-04-17

UN staff members draw attention to missing detained and disappeared colleagues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Member States today to impose greater accountability on those who commit crimes against United Nations and associated personnel carrying out their assignments, as staff members gathered to draw attention to the abduction, detention and disappearance of nearly 30 of their colleagues.“Last year, at least eight UN staff were taken hostage in separate incidents,” he said in a message delivered by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland to a staff meeting convened at UN Headquarters in New York to raise awareness of the problems on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, which is observed on 25 March.“So far this year, at least 12 peacekeepers have been killed. And at least 26 UN staff members remain under arrest, missing or detained,” Mr. Annan said.He called on the 113 Member States which had not yet become party to the UN Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel, especially those with UN peacekeeping forces, to join the 78 which had done so.Accountability for crimes against those workers was woefully inadequate, he said. “Prosecutions are rare and, even in cases where there have been convictions, sentences have been light,” he said.His report on the safety of humanitarian personnel, issued last September, says 19 UN and associated personnel were being held in West Bank and one in Gaza, two in Lebanon, two in Rwanda and two were unaccounted for in Eritrea.The Day of Solidarity also marked the 20th anniversary of Alec Collett’s abduction in Beirut, Lebanon, while working for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). To mark his former career as a journalist, Mr. Collett has remained honorary president of the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA), in whose rooms the observance was held.“His fate has never been determined. Today is also a time to express, yet again, our sorrow and to reaffirm our solidarity with his wife and loved ones,” Mr. Annan said.Other speakers included UN General Assembly President Jean Ping, UN Staff Union President Rosemarie Waters, Alec Collett’s wife, Elaine, and UNCA President James Wurst. read more

Children in West and Central Africa moving in greater numbers than ever

In its latest report, In Search of Opportunities: Voices of children on the move in West and Central Africa, the UN agency noted that almost a third of that number remained in Sub-Saharan Africa and less than one in five headed to Europe. “Children in West and Central Africa are moving in greater numbers than ever before […], majority of them within Africa, not to Europe or elsewhere,” Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the region, said in a news release announcing the findings. “We must broaden the discussion on migration to encompass the vulnerabilities of all children on the move and expand systems to protect them, in all their intended destinations.” The report, based on a series of interviews with migrants and their families from several countries, has revealed a complex set of drivers for migration beyond poverty. In addition to conflict, insecurity, poverty and lack of services, climate change is also forcing many in West and Central Africa to leave their homes. Furthermore, with estimates that the region could see a three to four degree Celsius rise in temperature this century – more than one and a half times higher than anywhere else in the world – increased tensions and hostilities over access to resources could push even greater numbers of people to move elsewhere. In the midst of such projections, the region’s lack of sufficient protection systems – both within and across borders – to ensure the safety and wellbeing of refugee and migrant children is particularly concerning, said UNICEF in the news release, calling on policy makers to place children at the centre of any response to migration. “This can be done by strengthening the chain of protection for children between countries of origin, transit and destination,” noted the UN agency. “The close cooperation of governments, UN, and non-governmental partners is critical in to ensure children’s access to healthcare, education and other essential services, regardless of their migration status,” it added. UNICEF has also called on all governments, in the region, in Europe and elsewhere to adopt the six-point Agenda for Action for the protection of refugee and migrant children. The Agenda for Action calls for greater protection of child refugees and migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, from exploitation and violence; ending detention of children seeking refugee status or migrating, by introducing a range of practical alternatives; keeping families together as the best way to protect children and give children legal status; keeping all refugee and migrant children learning and give them access to health and other quality services; acting on the underlying causes of large scale movements of refugees and migrants; and promoting measures to combat xenophobia, discrimination and marginalisation in countries of transit and destination. read more