OAKLAND, Calif. — The New York Mets still consider themselves a contender in the NL East chase even with a daunting deficit to make up over the final month.They’re counting on building on their latest offensive performance.Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 on Aug. 20 to snap a three-game losing streak.“I hope it lifts us. I hope it gets us going,” Manager Terry Collins said. “There were some big hits and some very good at-bats. I just hope this is the start of a final six weeks with some good offensive nights.”Zack Wheeler (9-8) allowed two earned runs while working 5 2-3 solid innings. The Mets split their quick two-game interleague series.Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his nine outings since June 30. The A’s chased him after two innings in the shortest start of his career on June 25.The right-hander and former San Francisco Giants top prospect improved to 4-1 in his last 10 road starts.Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and walked in a run but avoided further damage. He finished for his fourth save.Campbell and Duda homered during a five-run third against Jeff Samardzija (3-3). Samardzija had been unbeaten in five previous starts at the Coliseum. Instead, he was done after 3 2-3 innings.The A’s closed to 5-2 in the third on consecutive RBI doubles by Coco Crisp and John Jaso. New York added on in the fourth with RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy.“We strung five, six, seven hits in an inning. It’s something to build on,” Duda said. “Hopefully we can continue rolling.”Samardzija cruised through a 10-pitch first inning and got through the second unscathed. Acquired in a July 4 trade from the Cubs, he has never beaten the Mets in nine appearances and three starts.“It’s just having trouble putting guys away,” Samardzija said. “Probably as simple as that.”Oakland lost for the eighth time in 10 games. The A’s returned home from a 1-6 road trip through Kansas City and Atlanta in which they lost their last five.Murphy’s two-run fielding error aided the A’s in the fourth. He nearly had the ball, but it skipped off his glove and then he inadvertently kicked it.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Next week, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign will bring together more than 125 youth and advocates from 26 states for its annual Champion Summit, a three-day event to train and mobilize the next generation of grassroots leaders in the fight against malaria.United States National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice, along with soccer star Abby Wambach, will speak to the Nothing But Nets Champions, inspiring them to use their voices in their communities and help ignite progress against this deadly disease.During the Summit, Champions will learn the necessary skills to help build awareness about malaria and how to talk with their elected leaders about the power of funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Summit participants will hear from additional speakers including: • Kelly T. Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR • Alan Court, Senior Advisor, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria • Thon Chol, Refugee Advocate & Malaria Survivor • Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes For Hope • Dr. Andrew Baldwin, US Naval Officer, Ironman Triathlete, Humanitarian, ABC’s “The Bachelor” • Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, United Nations Foundation • Chris Helfrich, Director, Nothing But Nets • Donya Nasser, U.S. Youth Observer to the UNEvery two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets is the world’s largest grassroots campaign fighting this disease caused by a single mosquito bite. Now in its tenth year, the campaign has raised $60 million and delivered nearly ten million nets through its UN partners to protect refugees and families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 6.2 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased 71% in sub-Saharan Africa.Recently in his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called to end the scourge of malaria and urged Congress to increase funding. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request called for $874 million for PMI, a $200 million increase, and $1.35 billion in vital funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.When: February 21 – 23, 2016Where: Washington Marriot Georgetown, 1221 22nd St NW
February 12, 2010 Our first workshop of 2010 began Sunday, January 31st with seminar week. This week consists of a series of lectures about Arcosanti’s history and tours of the individual departments on site. Also, the new group participates in their first work opportunities for the project. Here the workshop peers over our current construction project, the heat duct tunnel and greenhouse. The tunnel extends from the S.O.D. Building to the greenhouse just above the Greenhouse Guest Rooms. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Looking over construction drawings, the workshop gains a clearer understanding of the project and our construction department. Preparations are underway for the next large concrete pour. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] To assist the landscaping department, the workshop helped to finalize the landscaping around the new pedestrian ramp. [photo: S Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] They helped to set concrete pavers behind the Ceramics Apse. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] And they expressed some creativity in the Silt-Cast workshop. This is an opportunity to work artistically with silt and create a plaster tile to take home. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow]
Al RTV, a channel aimed at Russia’s Muslim population, has launched, coinciding with the Eid holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.The channel is targeted at the country’s Muslims – accounting for about 8% of the population – principally concentrated in the Republics of Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Karachay-Cherkessia and Dagestan in the North Caucasus and Bashkiria and Tatarstan in the Volga region.Al RTV will be included in pay TV operator Tricolor TV’s satellite offering, according to press reports.Damir Mukhetdinov, the deputy chairman of the Russian Muslim Religious Directorate for European Regions, told Russian radio that the channel would be privately funded and was backed by three individuals. The channel’s chief editor has been named as Rustan Arifdzhanov, vice-president of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio Broadcasting.
An eighth patent claim by Rovi against Virgin Media, related to pausing and resuming programming, has been dismissed by the UK’s High Court today. The claim centred around pausing and restarting live and on-demand programming on set-top boxes, with Rovi claiming that Virgin Media TiVo’s ability to pause a programme on one set-top box and resume it on another infringed some aspects of a Rovi patent.Judge John Baldwin QC rejected the claim, finding Rovi’s patent to be invalid, and ordered Rovi to reimburse Virgin Media for its legal costs.The ruling marks the eight patent claim to be found invalid that has been brought by Rovi, according to Marks & Clerk Solicitors, which represented Virgin Media and TiVo.“In addition to the invalidation of eight patents in the High Court, Virgin Media has also opposed around 40 Rovi patents at the European Patent Office, resulting in a further six being found invalid so far,” said Will Cook, lead partner of the Virgin Media team at Marks & Clerk.
Sky has introduced a new function on its top-end set-top boxes allowing viewers to search for programmes using their voices.The voice search will be available to Sky customers with the Sky Q service, which was launched in late 2015 as a premium option for subs.TV tech firm TiVo is delivering the voice search solution, which uses language recognition to allow users to search for films and series across Sky’s linear and on-demand offerings.Users press and hold a voice button on the Sky Q remote and then saying the programme or sporting event they are looking for.Sky claims the search will also work if users say the star, or iconic movie quotes – such as “Say hello to my little friend” – out loud.“We want to make it even faster and easier for [customers] to search, discover and watch TV,” said Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s brand director of TV and content products.“Just ask Sky Q to “show me the money” by pressing the side of the touch remote, making it even easier and faster to find, discover and watch the TV you love.”The voice search was rolled out alongside other new features including the integration of Facebook videos within the current Sky Q photo app.Sky Q is Sky’s most advanced, and expensive, offering. As well as allowing seamless viewing across different sets and devices, it has ultra HD sport, movies, docs and drama content.