October to forget: Kershaw, Dodgers lose World Series again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Clayton is the Dodgers,” he said. “I just hope they do the right thing.”Manny Machado could be gone, too, after a short stay in Los Angeles. He was hitless in four at-bats Sunday, with three strikeouts, including one to end the game.Acquired before the July trade deadline, Machado showed excellent defense at shortstop, but his lack of hustle and incendiary antics were even more notable. Injured Corey Seager will be back in the hole next year.Roberts hasn’t received a contract extension, but he said afterward, “I expect to be managing the Dodgers.”A year after leading the majors in victories, the Dodgers were on a whipsaw ride. They often fell behind and had to rally. Many times it worked. Other times not.“I expect us to be back here next year,” Roberts said.Maybe not everyone, though. 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Last October, it was Houston partying at Chavez Ravine after winning Game 7 by the same 5-1 score.This time, the Dodgers only lasted five games.“It might not be a personnel thing,” Kershaw said of his team’s failures. “It might just be a play better thing.”Manager Dave Roberts visibly exhaled. Rookie Walker Buehler stared at the Red Sox hugging near the mound.“This one hurts for all of us,” Roberts said.ADVERTISEMENT The Dodgers managed just one baserunner — via walk — after the third inning. They were held to three hits.Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked none. Kershaw has a 6.06 ERA in six career postseason starts with his team facing elimination, the worst among any starter with four such appearances — Pedro Martinez is next on the list at 5.92.After falling out of contention to start the season, the Dodgers beat Colorado in the NL tiebreaker for a record sixth straight division title and got by Milwaukee in seven games to earn their second consecutive NL pennant.But they couldn’t get it done when it counted most. It’s been 30 years since the storied franchise won the last of its six titles.“Ran up against a very good ballclub,” Roberts said, “and just a little bit too much for us.”Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract now that the World Series is over. Dodgers ownership has made it clear they’d like to keep their 30-year-old ace. He has never played anywhere else during his big-league career.“I’ve got three days now to think about all that stuff, and so it will be an eventful three days for me,” Kershaw said. “I haven’t made the decision yet. We have three days to talk, between us and the Dodgers, see what happens.”Roberts addressed his team after the game, and singled out Kershaw, who has been the face of the franchise for years.“I did mention Clayton by name as far as his legacy with the Dodgers, and what’s he done for the organization, the fan base,” Roberts said. “Wearing this jersey, Clayton exemplifies what it is to be a Dodger and to be a man of character.”Fellow left-hander Rich Hill credited Kershaw for being what he called “the heart and soul of this organization.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Well-traveled Pearce finds a place as World Series MVP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers watch from the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw couldn’t rescue the Dodgers from the brink of World Series elimination, and now the pitcher regarded as the best of his generation might be on his way out of Los Angeles.Down 3-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers turned to their three-time NL Cy Young Award winner to deliver a victory and force the best-of-seven Series back to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, it was another postseason shellacking for Kershaw.The left-hander gave up three home runs, including a two-run shot by Steve Pearce in the first inning, and the Dodgers lost 5-1 on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to win World Series“It just hurts worse when you make it all the way and get second place,” Kershaw said quietly.last_img read more

Why it’s ok to be concerned about the Warriors’ poor preseason play

first_imgThe Warriors’ preseason loss to the Lakers Wednesday was bad. All sorts of bad.It was the kind of performance that can create a pessimist out of even the most optimistic Warriors fan.Thank goodness it didn’t count for anything. One preseason game isn’t a viable reason to panic — especially when you consider that the Warriors were without three presumed starters for the game.Stephen Curry — who did not play on Wednesday — will cover up a lot of the Warriors’ woes. Adding wings …last_img read more

Solo US show for Bitterkomix artist

first_img7 January 2004Conrad Botes, the South African artist internationally known as one of the founders of the irreverent comic publication Bitterkomix, is holding his first solo exhibition in the United States.The Big White Sleep, at the The Scene Gallery in New York City, also features a collaboration with New York artist Stephanie Diamond. It runs until 31 January 2004.Bitterkomix is something of a cultural institution in South Africa. The publication is characterised by its sexually and racially charged imagery and its acerbic debunking of everything held dear by the Afrikaner establishment.The iconoclastic sensibility and bold graphic style of Bitterkomix reverberates throughout Botes’s versatile artistic production.Whether it is in his canvases, in his delicate paintings on glass, or mixed media installations, Botes’s works are distinguished by a pop sensibility, bright colours and a dark, sometimes outright cruel, sense of humour.At the core of Botes’s work is a relentless examination of the unspeakable trauma inflicted to generations of South Africans by the legacy of the apartheid.As Botes says: “Since I grew up as a white male under apartheid it makes sense to make art about hierarchy, abuse of power, domination, suppression and so forth. Self criticism, subversion and confrontation are important elements that I want to pursue in my work.”For his collaboration with Diamond, Botes has painted onto a series of Diamond’s photographs.“Botes’s direct iconography painted on top of my subtle imagery works as if someone was painting my private thoughts,” says Diamond.Botes was born in Ladysmith in the Western Cape in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Anton “Joe Dog” Kannemeyer with whom he founded Bitterkomix in 1992.Botes has exhibited widely in South Africa and Europe. His recent exhibitions include “Passport to South Africa”, Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy; “In Fumo”, Galleria of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy and “Comix 2000”, Institute Français de Bastica, Corsica, France.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World – GC108G08 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 27, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Inside the world of the ice giantsPack warm clothes and get ready to climb a lot of stairs, because we’re headed into the tunnels of an ice cave to log this Geocache of the Week.Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC108G08) is a difficulty 2, terrain 3.5 EarthCache located 25 miles (40km) south of Salzburg, Austria.The ice cave is only accessible six months out of the year. Yet, more than 600 geocachers from 56 countries have managed to log this cache and share over 850 incredible pictures.As the name suggests, Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World is gigantic. In fact, it is the largest ice cave in the world. The cave is millions of years old and extends more than 26 miles (42km).A long walk to the cave entranceThis EarthCache was created by Mountain Ninja in January of 2008 and quickly became one of the most “Favorited” caches in Austria. Its already racked up 116 Favorite Points. Mountain Ninja owns a number of EarthCaches across Austria, all worth exploring.As one geocacher put it, “This place is quite the gem! The cave is definitely worth seeing and experiencing. This huge cave is filled with beautiful ice sculptures, ice tunnels, and frozen lakes. This is my second EarthCache, created by Mountain Ninja. I also took the liberty of exploring the Saltmine Dürrenberg during my visit to Austria. Great way to explore the country and do what I love – geocaching!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] from inside the cave SharePrint RelatedThe Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 9, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”New country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice cave!February 20, 2019In “Community”Watch out for Wampas* — Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Journey to the belly of the A.P.E.

first_img SharePrint RelatedThree Cheers for Brazil, Geocaching’s Newest Country Souvenir!December 16, 2014In “Local stories”Discovering a Vanishing Geocaching Series – The Last A.P.E. CacheFebruary 9, 2012In “Community”Mission to Log the Last of a Vanishing Geocache SeriesJune 15, 2012In “Community” Back in 2001, long before I knew anything about geocaching, a promotions staffer at 20th Century Fox emailed Geocaching.com. The studio was interested in pairing geocaching with promotional efforts for its upcoming science fiction film, Planet of the Apes. Fifteen years later, the results of that promotion led me to visit South America for the first time. (More on that in a minute.)Jeremy Irish, Geocaching HQ’s co-founder and CEO, worked closely with Fox to develop what came to be known as Project A.P.E. (Short for Alternative Primate Evolution, a storyline that Fox created for the promotion.)Jeremy assisted in hiding the now-archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light. (Photo from the Aug/Sept 2001 issue of Business 2.0)At the time, geocaching was a relatively unknown game. The first cache was placed less than a year earlier, and only around 450 caches were listed on Geocaching.com. “It was a very exciting project,” Jeremy says today. “The website was still in its infancy, so it was pretty cool that a major movie studio wanted to partner with us. Project A.P.E. did a lot to inform the general public about geocaching.”An unused A.P.E. cache logbook (left) and the original logbook from Mission 9: Tunnel of Light (GC1169)Jeremy and Fox staffers worked with local cachers to place containers in the USA (New York, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, California, Georgia), the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Each week, clues were released to give hints to each A.P.E. cache location. The clues became more detailed until the complete coordinates were finally revealed. Once the location was known, it was a race to be FTF and get dibs on whatever movie props might be inside the cache.Vanity Fair article from 2001The first A.P.E. cache was published May 24, 2001. It was followed by 13 more listings, with the final cache location revealed August 10, 2001.Some of the A.P.E. caches were archived within weeks of publication. Others lived on for many years. Today, only one remains: Mission 4: Southern Bowl.This cache likely owes its longevity to a remote location. Brazil’s Intervales State Park is a 3-4 hour drive from São Paulo, the nearest metropolitan area. The park is renowned for fantastic birding, caves, waterfalls and other natural wonders. Suffice it to say, the A.P.E. cache is only one of many interesting things to see!My long-planned pilgrimage was helped by a caching friend who lives in Brazil and also happens to be a Community Volunteer Moderator. Rui graciously agreed to meet me in São Paulo and join the voyage to Intervales, even though he had already been there twice! Not only does he know the area well, but he also speaks the language (Portuguese).Rui and I at Intervales State ParkUpon arriving, we visited with park manager Junior (aka JRintervales). Junior maintained the A.P.E. cache for many years on behalf of its original owner, the legendary JoGPS, who sadly passed away last year. Junior recently adopted the cache listing and is a wealth of information for those planning to visit Intervales.We chose to stay at one of the park’s lodges. There is also a dining hall / restaurant on the grounds which serves three meals each day. Add those amenities to dozens of caches around the park, and you have a recipe for a fun caching weekend. Hiking inside Intervales State ParkAnd so after 18 hours of air and car travel, we found ourselves on the trail to one of the biggest items on my geocaching bucket list. Only one problem: I had loaded the cache into my GPS, but the GPS didn’t recognize the A.P.E. cache icon. So, the cache wouldn’t show up on my GPS map! Thankfully, Rui knew the trails well enough to lead us to the general area of the cache. And, as you can see from the photo, the cache is big enough to be pretty easy to spot once you’re close. After inking the log, we snapped the requisite celebratory photos before continuing on to a full day of caching around the park.Me and the last remaining A.P.E. cacheWe were back in São Paulo the next day, and I returned to Seattle the following night. Quite a whirlwind tour!I think we’d all agree that geocaching takes us to places we might never have visited if not for the game. Isn’t it amazing to think that a 15-year-old promotion would lead me and so many others to a beautifully remote area of Brazil that we may not have experienced otherwise?Have you found an A.P.E. cache? If not, is Brazil beckoning you?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Technology Could Be Mental Health’s Biggest Ally

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#Healthcare#mental health#online marketplace#scheduling platform#startup Mental health has dominated the news in recent years, from weak assessments of Europe’s mental health institutions to mass shootings to celebrity suicides. Each story underscores the need for mental health support — and the consequences of not making such support accessible.And the need for it may be stronger than previously believed: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that nearly 44 million American adults suffer from mental illness each year, translating to one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any given year. NAMI correlates this with the high rate of addictions, homelessness, and crime plaguing those with mental health issues, and it notes that suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.With mental health support so badly needed, why do progressive nations have such a hard time supplying it? Part of it has to do with identification, and part of it has to do with accessibility. In an era when we rely on technology to fuel much of our work and medical care, we’ve been reluctant to apply technology to the problem of improving access to mental health support — and UMA Health is looking to change that.Creating a Marketplace for a Silent NeedAccording to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, only 40 percent of those suffering from anxiety issues and related disorders have disclosed this to their employers — despite these issues impacting their work performance and relationships with their colleagues. That means those suffering from mental illness are in a catch-22: They’re afraid disclosure will make their bosses and co-workers view them as weak, but they’re endangering their livelihood through the behaviors their mental health challenges cause.This is unfathomable to Dave Kerpen, the serial entrepreneur who recently became CEO of UMA Health. Kerpen’s father has chronic bipolar disorder that’s led him to spend the past three decades in and out of psych wards in New York. Kerpen says many hesitate to tell their employers for fear of judgment, but it gets in the way of peak performance, which should be the ultimate goal of both the employer and the employee.“I’ve always believed that mental health isn’t about those who are sick vs those who are well — it’s about all of us improving our happiness, security, sense of safety and self-worth,” he says. “It’s about all of us becoming focused on who we are and what we want to get out of life and give to this world.”Thus, he wanted to help build UMA Health, an online marketplace that connects people to mental health professionals and executive coaches, offering transparent information on costs, specialties, locations, availability, and ratings. The platform operates outside insurance processing, making it easy for patients to schedule and pay for appointments in one place. It also removes big barriers preventing those with mental health conditions from seeking help: Will there be a paper trail? Do I need a referral to see a specialist? How do I know this provider can even help me?Eliminating Barriers to CareKerpen says he endured the struggle firsthand while searching for a new therapist after his longtime therapist moved away, and he was frustrated by what he found: a lack of transparency about rates, lengthy phone call loops, and a time-consuming online search that made even getting help feel cumbersome.He believes that this difficulty, combined with the sheer frequency of mental health challenges, should encourage health professionals and private businesses to find ways to smooth the path to treatment and remove the stigma. “Managing mental health appointments should be as simple as getting an Uber,” Kerpen says.UMA is extending its services to companies aiming to improve their productivity. Its UMA for Business program enables employers to purchase discounted stipends for executives and employees seeking mental health care or career coaching. Kerpen says giving the UMA dollars directly to employers removes the fear of being punished for pursuing help for mental health — it emphasizes the forward-thinking perspective of businesses looking to help people before problems arise.And that also highlights the fact that everyone could use a mental health boost, not just those treating an “illness.” Kerpen says, “We’re all living on a spectrum of mental health, meaning there’s always room to move forward. We want to help those who’ve felt stuck at 30 and those who want to move from 95 to 100.”UMA believes the long-term impact is positive for both employees and employers. “Employees feel their development and well-being are prioritized, which keeps them going,” Kerpen says. “And employers remain competitive in their recruitment and retention efforts, being seen by both employees and candidates as providing a supportive environment.”UMA is looking to expand nationwide, and its free membership will help its expansion. Both consumers and mental health care providers or professional coaches can join the platform at no cost, and therapists have already applauded its elimination of administrative headaches: Aplana Choudhury, a licensed mental health counselor in New York, says she’s shifted to using the platform for all her clients, both those obtained through UMA and those who worked with her prior, because it enables them to focus on their work, not administrative concerns.In addition to accepting HSA cards and extending free membership, the company is offering $100 in credits for future appointments to those who sign up. Kerpen says, “We simply want to get people in touch with the providers who can get them where they want to go and keep them feeling as healthy and happy as possible along the way.”Technology has been applied to nearly every other aspect of our existence, but many remain hesitant to apply it to something as nebulous and feelings-centered as mental health. But, as UMA proves, technology may enable us to push many barriers out of the way and get exactly what we need: accessible mental health care for all. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Kapil Dev on managing sports and politicians in sports bodies

first_imgI wonder whether scandals bother Indians, unless of course they are of such magnitude that ministers and corporate captains eventually land up in jail. Sports scandals, by that yardstick, are very few because barring cricket, nothing is expensive in sporting India. But many were rattled by the arrest of Suresh,I wonder whether scandals bother Indians, unless of course they are of such magnitude that ministers and corporate captains eventually land up in jail. Sports scandals, by that yardstick, are very few because barring cricket, nothing is expensive in sporting India. But many were rattled by the arrest of Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the Commonwealth Games and a veteran sports administrator, after the Central Bureau of Investigation charged him with financial irregularities committed during the Games. The news came when Indians were filling the stands to cheer ipl teams and many were living with the enduring image of Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifting the ICC World Cup in Mumbai.Central to the crisis is the issue of sports management. Many have argued against politicians filling the slots to run various federations but it has not helped. I am aware of instances of fierce contests between rival politicians for the posts of ethnic sports that have very few takers. That means no one wants to vacate his seat.Kalmadi’s news may be stale now but not many are aware of the mess the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is because of its British coach Bob Houghton. Some want him, some don’t. Houghton wants to leave and the AIFF does not know whom to hire next. See what is happening in hockey. The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) sacked Jose Brasa after last December’s Guangzhou Asian Games and had to drop three key players, strikers Rajpal Singh and Tushar Khandekar and midfielder Bharat Chikara, from the squad for the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia. Now whom will you hold responsible, the IHF or the sports ministry? Unless sportspersons take charge of individual sports, the sporting wave Indians want to sweep across the nation will just not happen. And if that does not happen and politicians, besides ruling the country, rule sports federations, we will never be counted as a sporting power. I am sure there are others to shout me down, arguing India has two Olympic medals in shooting, and a medal each in boxing and wrestling. To me, that’s a joke. We are a nation of a billion plus, right?advertisementAlmost every association is run by a politician or bureaucrat with little knowledge of the sport. Eventually, nothing happens and a total lack of autonomy pulls the sport down. See the difference. In cases where the heads of such associations have confined themselves to what they do best-raising funds, creating the requisite infrastructure and providing much-needed international exposure and allowed coaches and the captain to handle the team selection-the results have been encouraging.Only someone who has been in the game can put a systematic sport development programme in place. Let cricketers handle the willow game, let former footballers handle football and let veteran shuttlers handle badminton. At least they will not, hopefully, get into any scams and trivialise problems affecting the federations. In fact, they will sort out the problems fast. Let professionalism come into sports, let veteran sportspersons take up charge for a fee, identify a couple of tangible factors that, if seriously addressed, would go a long way in laying the foundation of future success.Like cricket, why not place football in the hands of Baichung Bhutia the day he hangs up his boots? Why not ask Pargat for a blueprint for hockey in India so that the official “national” sport at the sub-national level is not played on grass? Why not ask Anand how he can start a chess revolution in India? If it’s sports, an extension of national ambition, so ask the sportsperson. If it’s politics, the politicians will rule the day. No one is eating into their pie. They are eating into ours and messing up the talent that exists at the grassroots. – Kapil Dev, as captain of Indian cricket team, lifted the World Cup in 1983last_img read more