Joc Pederson makes most of second chance in Dodgers’ win

first_img“Players kind of have a certain DNA but they’re always trying to get better,” Roberts said. “I don’t think Joc enjoys striking out. I don’t think that’s the case at all. He’s working in the cage to get better. … I think that his approach with two strikes has changed, and we’ve talked about that.”Said Pederson: “mechanically, I was doing a lot of stuff wrong last year toward the second half and the end of the first half that was causing me to swing at bad pitches. Slowing it down. I made some mechanical adjustments that are putting me in a better hitting position for me to be able to recognize pitches better. It’s still early.”After Pederson’s home run erased an early 1-0 deficit, Yasiel Puig created the Dodgers’ third run almost single-handedly. He led off the seventh inning with a single, stole second base, then scored when Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford smothered a soft single by Yasmani Grandal in shallow center field but couldn’t throw home in time.That made a winner of Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (2-0), who was finally scored upon but still hasn’t lost a game in the major leagues. Take away an 81-mph slider to Joe Panik that landed in the bleacher seats, and Maeda could claim the best start to a career by any starting pitcher in Dodger history.Panik’s home run in the third inning ended Maeda’s scoreless-inning streak at 14. Only Dave Stewart and Bob Welch went longer from the start of their careers with the Dodgers without allowing a run.“I wasn’t too concerned with the streak,” Maeda said. “After the home run, I pitched tough.”Maeda allowed back-to-back singles to begin the fourth inning, but got out of that jam thanks to a double-play groundout. He never got into trouble again, cruising through the seventh inning while throwing 98 pitches. He walked a total of three batters and struck out seven.Told he gave Maeda an ERA, Panik quipped, “it’s still a pretty small ERA.”It’s 0.47 ‑ the smallest by any pitcher who’s started three games this season.Chris Hatcher threw a remarkably uneventful eighth inning and closer Kenley Jansen survived a leadoff single in the ninth to record his fifth save in five chances before the announced crowd of 48,911.After taking two of three from the Giants, the Dodgers have an off-day Monday followed by a six-game road trip to Atlanta and Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pederson was penciled into the No. 7 slot in the batting order Saturday, and his number was called in a high-leverage situation. With a runner on third base and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pederson popped out to foul territory. The Dodgers lost 4-3, and Pederson finished 0 for 4 with a strikeout.Roberts dropped Pederson to eighth in the batting order Sunday, which brought him up with two outs and a runner on base in the fifth inning against Jeff Samardzija. A grooved fastball on a 2-2 count must have looked like a beach ball; Pederson clobbered the pitch out to right field for his second home run of the season.“I’ve been working hard all offseason, working on becoming a better line-drive hitter and making more contact,” Pederson said. “That was the last thing on my mind right there, to hit a home run. I guess it worked out well. I was just trying to choke up and put a good swing on it.”Pederson has struck out in 14 of his 20 plate appearances that have gone to two strikes. This was his first home run with two strikes.While Roberts has leaned toward platooning Pederson, shielding him from all but three plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, the 23-year-old has tried to give himself more chances to succeed too.center_img Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes in second chances.For Joc Pederson, his second chance came quickly. The young center fielder couldn’t deliver in the clutch in the Dodgers’ loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. But he was back in the lineup Sunday, hitting a two-run home run that lifted the Dodgers to a 3-1 win.“I really didn’t think about not having him in there, whether he didn’t get any hits yesterday or got four hits,” Roberts said. “It’s a long season and he’s working hard.”last_img read more

U.S. Open’s indoor courts to serve as temporary hospital

first_imgThis is Armstrong Stadium in BJK National Tennis Center. Other parts of the center will become a hospital. This stadium is a food prep & distribution center where hero staff will prepare up to 25,000 food packages daily, each w/2 days’ worth of meals for patients, workers & kids. pic.twitter.com/smh1YYkvmu— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 3, 2020″If you want to say the glass is half-empty, you would say these tennis courts symbolize what we’re all going through right now,” noted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’d all like to go back to the times when things were normal and people were out here playing tennis. We all feel that, I feel that. We miss it and it’s sad but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever. It will be very intense but thank God, it will be brief.””Right here at the Billie Jean King Center, named after someone who is such a hero to so many of us, I think it’s very fitting,” he added.”I think Billie Jean would agree, that this place will be a life-saving place.” But with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the globe, and New York City being an epicenter for the United States, its 12 indoor courts are being transformed into a 350-bed facility. The New York Post reported it will be used, for now, to treat non-coronavirus patients as the number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise and overwhelm city hospitals.MORE: Coronavirus forces Wimbledon to cancel for the first time since 1945″The USTA BJK National Tennis Center is a public park, and it is wonderful to see the venue being put to use to help our community in need,” the facility’s namesake said on Twitter. “I am proud of the USTA and everyone at the National Tennis Center for stepping up in this critical time.”The @USTA BJK National Tennis Center is a public park, and it is wonderful to see the venue being put to use to help our community in need.I am proud of the USTA and everyone at the National Tennis Center for stepping up in this critical time. https://t.co/0c9i82hI7z— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 1, 2020Situated in Flushing, Queens, the NTC is the home for professional tennis’ final Grand Slam of the season, the U.S. Open. Normally held the last week of August through the first week of September, the tournament is still scheduled to occur, though whether it actually happens is anyone’s guess.MORE: U.S. Open preparing to go ahead as scheduledOn Tuesday, six of the indoor courts — which are routinely used as practice courts during the tournament while also serving the community throughout the year — were converted to a 100-bed facility, with the remaining beds going up later in the week and opening next week.“It’s an incredibly small part, but it’s the least we can do,” said COO Danny Zausner, via the tournament’s website. “(One of the hardest-hit hospitals), Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is a stone’s throw away from the tennis center. For us to be in the local community where our hands are tied, but to support the local community and help take some pressure off of Elmhurst Hospital is a huge thing for us to help out in any way we can.”Louis Armstrong Stadium, which reopened in 2018 after the original building was torn down and replaced with a retractable roof, will serve as a meal distribution site. The second-largest court, after Arthur Ashe Stadium, will provide up to 25,000 packages of meals consisting of two days’ worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner for patients, workers and children. It was not designed for this purpose.The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center wasn’t — built — or rebuilt — to be a hospital.last_img read more

Beto O’Rourke, in Iowa campaign swing, addresses flood concerns

first_imgCARROLL — Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke officially launched his presidential campaign last weekend and he’s in Iowa now for a string of campaign appearances.A tavern in Carroll opened early Thursday morning for his first event of the day.“I am getting the feeling, 19 or 20 days into this race, that the people of Iowa take this very seriously,” O’Rourke said, drawing applause from the crowd.O’Rourke began by talking about the flooding in western Iowa.“From infrastructure that was not invested in, from climate change that is taking its toll, from a government that cannot yet pass full disaster relief funding,” O’Rourke said. “And, even if they do, it looks like it will not make up for the stored grain that has been damaged and spoiled in these floods.”O’Rourke said some of those farmers had stored grain, hoping to sell it later after the Trump Administration settles its trade disputes with China.“Rural America does not need handouts…It doesn’t need anybody’s sympathy or pity. It needs a partner,” O’Rourke said. “It needs a partner in the investment in infrastructure along the banks of the Missouri River.”Lynne Genter of Rockwell City, who intends to review the records of all the Democratic candidates, drove to Carroll to see O’Rourke.“I want a candidate that frankly will defend Iowa’s motto: ‘Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain,’” she said. “In today’s atmosphere, I think our rights are slowly being taken away.”Genter asked O’Rourke about the abortion issue and O’Rourke said he will try to expand “common ground” about women’s health care, but O’Rourke said there are “perverse, unintended consequences” when a woman’s right to choose is restricted. He cited the closure of more than a quarter of the family planning clinics in Texas.O’Rourke spoke at Morningside College in Sioux City last night. He’s scheduled to make stops today in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Grinnell.’last_img read more

Enceladus Cannot Spout for Billions of Years

first_img(Visited 652 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 You can tell when theorists are getting desperate. Their assumptions get more and more implausible, and they gloss over falsifying facts.Enceladus, the little geysering moon studied intensely by Cassini from 2004 to 2017, puts out so much material it creates a large, broad ring around Saturn – the E-ring. Keeping this moon’s completely unexpected activity going for even a few million years has been challenging, let alone billions. NASA just sent its latest idea up the flagpole to see if anybody salutes. Announced by JPL, the article “Powering Saturn’s active moon” introduces the b-word in the first sentence:Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn’s moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA’s Cassini mission.The basic idea is this: if Enceladus has a porous core with 20 to 30 percent empty space, if the rock is the right kind, if the pore spaces are filled with liquid water, if Enceladus receives tidal pumping, if it has a global ocean of sufficient depth, and if hydrothermal activity occurs, then perhaps the activity can be sustained for a long time. The perhapsimaybecouldness index is sky-high in this model, but the moyboys have no choice: they have to keep this tiny moon going for the age of the solar system.Ocean? Water? That vision sent the media into a hydrobioscopic frenzy:“The internal ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be old enough to have evolved life, finds study” (Monica Grady at The Conversation).“Enceladus’s hot, gritty core may cook up ingredients for life” (Leah Crane at New Scientist).“Choblet and his colleagues found this effect could heat Enceladus from tens of millions of years to billions of years. This may be long enough to supply the kinds of conditions needed for life to develop, they said.” (Space.com)Many readers, seeing the b-word billions in the opening sentence, may feel sufficiently nudged to return to the cozy warmth of the moyboy consensus. Only careful readers reading below the fold may run into the problems with this model:“The ocean in Enceladus would have frozen within 30 million years,” the scientists admit. That’s less than 1% of its assumed age leaving a huge amount of time to keep the moon warm enough to spout.Look how small this moon is!2. “The amount of energy required to produce these temperatures is more than scientists think could be provided by decay of radioactive elements in the interior.” Scientists cannot, therefore, rely on the contribution of heat from the typical radioactive sources.3. Enceladus lacks enough mass to keep losing some of it to space for billions of years. The press release says,The researchers estimate that, over time (between 25 and 250 million years), the entire volume of Enceladus’ ocean passes through the moon’s core. This is estimated to be an amount of water equal to two percent of the volume of Earth’s oceans.In other words, in 5% of its assumed age, Enceladus would have already lost its entire ocean. For the entire age (assumed to be 4.5 billion years), Enceladus would have lost its entire ocean through its geysers twenty times over! In Earth terms, that would be 40% of all the water in all the oceans on Earth—for a moon the diameter of Arizona (about 300 miles).Notice how the lead author minimizes the implications of Cassini’s observations:“Where Enceladus gets the sustained power to remain active has always been a bit of a mystery, but we’ve now considered in greater detail how the structure and composition of the moon’s rocky core could play a key role in generating the necessary energy,” said the study’s lead author, Gaël Choblet from the University of Nantes in France.It’s just “a bit” of a mystery. No big deal, right? Only a ‘bit’. Notice that Choblet says it “has always been” a mystery. They’ve had 13 years to solve this problem. The latest idea, considering the problems listed above, is not a convincing case. It only “could” play a “key role” in the solution, Choblet says. That’s like saying that Mark Wahlberg “could play a key role” in his Broadway flop if he could sign him up.The paper is published in Nature Astronomy. Sure enough, they add tons of hoc to their ad hoc model to hawk it. They rely on unobserved “orbital evolution” of the moon’s eccentricity. They tweak the mineral composition of the core, which nobody can see, relying on serpentine but no brucite or magnetite that would reduce those billions of years. Assume, assume, assume. For example:Even though the conditions inside Enceladus’ core are different from those considered in laboratory tests (lower frequency, higher pressure), we assume that a similar trend should occur when the core materials are subjected to cyclic strain. This assumption will have to be confirmed by future mechanical tests in the appropriate range.It’s clear they are forcing Enceladus to be old, not following the evidence where it leads. Assumptions about billions of years lead the way in this clumsy walk. As for life out there, they’ve had 150 years to figure out life by chance, and are even further away from an answer than they were in the heady days of visions of Darwin’s warm little ponds.This paper seems to be a desperate attempt to answer creationists. Since CEH has taken the lead for years in calling Saturn’s billions of years into question (with possibly the help of Spike Psarris and his videos), we might even presume they are trying to respond to us. Of course, they would never say that. They mustn’t acknowledge we even exist. But since we have put out dozens of articles that quote the moyboys’ own scientific papers and show the folly in their arguments, and since they know a lot of people read it, what other motivation do they have? If Enceladus cannot be old, nor Titan, nor Saturn, nor the rings, then their moyboy house crumbles and Darwinism with it.And we demand of the secular media: quit the hydrobioscopy act. We’re onto you. You know it’s a distraction, a red herring. Teasing your audience’s attention away from one problem with a far bigger problem is not helpful. Focus on the facts at hand: Enceladus is pumping 200 kilograms of stuff per second to space. That’s 6.3 billion kilograms per year! Over the assumed age of the solar system this little moon would pump 30 billion billion kilograms of stuff at that rate. Can anyone believe that this little moon has discharged a third of its mass through its geysers? If that is not sufficiently disturbing to shock you back to reality, what about Jupiter’s moon Io? It would have erupted 40 times its entire mass through its volcanoes in 4.5 billion years. Don’t be ridiculous. Follow the evidence where it leads: these (and many other objects in the solar system) are young.last_img read more

10 Things You Should Know Before Starting an Online Business

first_imgCEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Related Posts James Grills The internet is the biggest thing introduced to the millennial, and they are certainly making the most out of this advancement. Apart from using it solely as a tool or source of entertainment, the internet is now becoming the source of incoming for a majority of enthusiasts who are on a mission to do something creative, hence earn money using the creativity. This increasing trend of the internet has permitted the masses to earn money by way of previously non-existent channels. As a result, selling various products as well as services online has become a prevailing fashion for people to earn ample money. Furthermore, the advent of easy-to-handle website building platforms, as well as the omnipresence of social media, has helped these individuals to reach to a great number of people and sell their respective businesses.Starting an online business is neither a cakewalk nor rocket science. There are certain things that you are required to check to introduce your business on the biggest technical platform. If you are planning to sell your business online, here are a few things that you must know before giving your online business a launch: 1) Have a business plan.Before you begin to start your business on to the internet, you must find out an appropriate business plan. Proper planning of the business is essential for its success. Your business plan should include a niche in which you are going to work, at the same time, it must also give an insight into an idea of the possibility of the success that you are going to achieve. 2) Focus on the customer and understand the market.For transforming any business into successful trading, it is very important to master the skills of marketing and sales. Research all the demographics as well as psychographics of your potential customer base and keep a check on their buying habits. Also, watch your competitors indulge in dialogues with similar businesses, browse the websites of your competitors and try to comprehend the feedback of their customers on social media platforms. These strategies will help you to understand the market scenario. 3) Begin with a service and then move towards a product.Starting an online business means having more time than money. Thus, it is always recommended to begin with a service before actually thinking about a product. Get acquainted with your client base and then try to get better at your craft. Although this strategy is very time-consuming, you will be able to learn a lot about your biggest aspirations and deepest pain points while working on the same. Keep working on the service unless it achieves perfection and then prepares to launch your product.4) Pick the right product.Even after outlining the idea of the business and finding out the niche of your business, it is very important for you to be very particular about the type of the product that you are going to sell. This is a very important piece of information for all the individuals who are looking forward to launching their retail business online – pick the right products. If you are not the manufacturer of the product, choose a competent supplier to serve the purpose for you. 5) Domain name and site location.Once you are done mapping out the business idea and choosing the product, a good hosting provider shall come next in the list. After this, you can proceed to set up your very own website and begin with your online business. If you do not have any kind of knowledgeable experience on the domain name and site location, it is always suggested to pursue the advice of an expert. 6) Advertising is the key.A well-planned advertising strategy plays a key role in the overall growth and development of your business. Once all your ideas and products are ready for sale, you must make way for proper marketing as well as advertising strategies to promote your newly-established business. This strategy will help you expand your business to the next level. 7) The right use of social media.Marketing and advertising strategies could be well-executed by taking help from social media. Today, some social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are taken into use to market and promote many business ideas. Using the platform provided by social media, you can easily outreach your target customers. 8) Plan an email list.Starting and maintaining an email list is very important while you are setting up your business online. A number of business enthusiasts though begin with an email list, fail to maintain the same. Your email list should be well-maintained and regular. Using an email list, you would easily be able to connect with all your potential customers and prospects. Send all kinds of content-based emails to your contacts added in the email list. 9) Be quick with the email responses.Again, starting an email list might be a cakewalk, however maintaining it is not. You must, therefore, be prompt with all kinds of inquiries and questions sent in your email list. If someone sends you an online inquiry, you must be prompt enough to reply it at the earliest. Helping all your potential customers is very important for the sound growth of your business. 10) Maintenance of the business activity.Lastly, you must continue to figure out all the ways and means using which you can maintain your business in a sound manner. This process should always be a continuous process because maintaining your business is a refreshing act that makes your business running and evergreen. For this purpose, you must take care of all kinds of technical aspects of your online business such as maintenance of the website, promotional strategies, managing the company inventory, etc. All the other things that you must take care of while maintaining your business include making decisions about the new as well as discontinued products, the introduction of discounts, planning new strategies, etc.Every online business and entrepreneurship is a combination of guts and glory. There are highs and there are lows as well. While hustling for the reward, you must always remember that all these lessons would add to your experience of starting a business on a bigger platform. These ideas will surely improve and enhance the chances of startup success. Keep these things in mind, start with the best and prepare for the worst. Good luck. Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sectorcenter_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… James Grills is a technical writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of mobile application development and IoT technology. He is a marketing advisor – currently associated with Cumulations Technologies a mobile app development company in India. last_img read more

Accident at secret Russian Nmissile test site… 5 dead

first_imgMoscow: Russia confirmed on Saturday that an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site killed five nuclear agency staff and involved radioactive isotopes after a nearby city reported a spike in radiation levels. In a statement, Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom said the accident on Thursday at a secret military facility also left three staff with burns and other injuries. The military had not previously described the accident as involving nuclear fuel and said radiation levels were normal afterwards. But officials in the nearby city of Severodvinsk reported that radiation levels were briefly raised after the accident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe accident occurred in the far northern Arkhangelsk region during testing of a liquid propellant jet engine. An explosion sparked a fire, killing two, the defence ministry said in a brief statement. Rosatom said its staff were providing engineering and technical support for the “isotope power source” of the engine being tested. The authorities have released few details of the accident at the Nyonoksa test site on the White Sea, used for testing missiles deployed in N-submarines and ships since the Soviet era. The defence ministry said six ministry staff and a developer were injured while two “specialists” died of their wounds.last_img read more