Astros’ AL West title delayed with 8-4 loss to AngelsHOUSTON: Astros starter Wade Miley couldn’t break out of his recent rut on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) and Houston’s magic number remained stuck at one. The Astros remained just shy of their third straight AL West title, wasting a chance to clinch when Miley was hit hard in an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that ended a six-game winning streak. Houston (101-54) needs just one more win to ensure first place. The Astros also would clinch with a loss by second-place Oakland. The A’s routed Texas 12-3 later Saturday.Miley (14-6) allowed four runs and four hits while getting just three outs and leaving with two on in the second. He is 1-2 in his last four starts, allowing 18 runs in 7 1/3 innings as his ERA rose from 3.06 to 3.91. “I’m not doing my part, I’m not getting the job done, and I’m not giving us a chance,” Miley said. “It’s tough to swallow, but at the … [Read more...] about Astros’ AL West title delayed with 8-4 loss to Angels
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(REUTERS) - Mitsubishi Corp said on Friday (Sept 20) that a rogue trader at its Singapore-based unit had lost the company US$320 million (S$441 million) through unauthorised, wrong-way bets on crude oil derivatives. The Chinese national at its Petro-Diamond Singapore unit, whom the company declined to name, was fired and reported to the police. While Mitsubishi says it is the first such loss by Japan's biggest trading house by revenue, it is dwarfed by trading scandals at other firms over the past 25 years: • Dec 1995: Nick Leeson, the original rogue trader, was sentenced to 6½ years in Singapore's Changi Prison after his stock futures trades in the city-state sank Barings Bank. His losses at the British institution amounted to US$1.4 billion. He was released in 1999. • March 1996: Yasuo Hamanaka, a former Sumitomo Corp trader, was sentenced to eight years for forgery and fraud for amassing US$2.6 billion in trading losses. Hamanaka was nicknamed Mr 5 Per cent for the … [Read more...] about Traders in trouble: How does Mitsubishi’s $441m loss stack up?
ABU DHABI - Saudi Arabia's new energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said Monday that oil production cuts would benefit all exporting nations, in an indication he will support further reductions to address an oversupplied market and sagging prices. In his first comments since being appointed by his father King Salman on Sunday, the minister signaled no major change in approach in Saudi Arabia, the de facto OPEC leader which pumps about a third of the cartel's oil. "The pillars of our oil policy are pre-determined and will not change," he told Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya. The prince was in Abu Dhabi to attend the World Energy Congress, followed by a meeting on Thursday of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) of the OPEC+ alliance for a supply cut deal reached last year. The ministers will consider fresh reductions, even though analysts are doubtful such a move would succeed in bolstering crude prices which have been badly dented by the US-China trade war. Crude … [Read more...] about New Saudi oil minister endorses production cuts
The Bank of Thailand logo is seen in Bangkok, April 26, 2016. (Reuters file photo) Thailand's central bank held its benchmark interest rate steady for a fourth straight meeting on Wednesday, as widely expected, while cutting its forecast for economic growth and predicting no increase in exports this year.The Bank of Thailand's (BoT) monetary policy committee voted unanimously to hold the one-day repurchase rate at 1.75%. In a Reuters poll, 14 out of 15 economists had predicted no change to policy while the other forecast a quarter-point cut. The BoT now expects 2019 economic growth of 3.3%, rather than the 3.8% seen three months ago. It predicts exports will be flat, compared with a 3.0% increase seen earlier. The central bank forecast headline inflation of 1.0% this year, identical with its March projection. In 2018, the economy expanded 4.1%, the highest rate in six years. … [Read more...] about Central bank holds key rate, cuts 2019 growth, export outlook
Unless you own the Time Stone, your last name is Strange and you’re from the Marvel Comic Universe, it’s quite fair to say that you don’t know what the future has in store for your health. For instance, will you have to rely on a wheelchair to get around, or will you still be able to ride an e-scooter 10 years down the road?The Ministry of Health Singapore estimates that one in two healthy Singaporeans aged 65 could become severely disabled in their lifetime and require long-term care. And no, this isn’t the result of accidents or disease but a sobering peek into your future if you don't take care of your muscles now.For starters, not many welcome growing older. Your skin develops wrinkles and dark spots. You now have to mind your cholesterol levels, and the clincher: Weight gain. While all that is happening, you’re also losing muscle mass, no thanks to the ageing process.“Studies show that starting at the age of 40, we lose about 8 per cent of … [Read more...] about How to protect yourself against age-related muscle loss