7 Nov
2019

Victorian Women’s Team To Play In Storm Half-Time Exhibition

first_imgThe Victorian Women’s Open team will take to the field at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Monday night to play an exhibition match during the half-time break of the Melbourne Storm versus Cronulla Sharks NRL game.The half-time game is part of the Touch Football Victoria (TFV) Women in Sport program and will be a great way to showcase the talent of the 2012 Victorian National Touch League (NTL) Women’s Open team in front of thousands of Rugby League fans. The top grassroots players from the local Fawkner Park competition will take on the Victorian Women’s Open team in the match, while Victoria’s first Australian Open representative, Leah Percy, will be interviewed and highlights of her performance at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series will also be played on the big screen. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au to find out how the game on Monday night went. For more information about Monday’s game, please visit www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksStorm Exhibition Gamelast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoWatford keeper Foster admits ‘shock, embarrassment’ after Man City thrashing

first_imgWatford keeper Foster admits ‘shock, embarrassment’ after Man City thrashingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford goalkeeper Ben Foster admits Manchester City are the best team he’s faced after conceding eight goals yesterday.Speaking after the match, Foster conceded his side were far from their best, but said at times he could only stand and admire the way City were playing during the thrashing.”It’s probably a bit of shock, embarrassment,” said the goalkeeper when asked to describe his emotions.”I think we let ourselves down today and the fans a bit. The fans were giving it everything, all they’ve got, unfortunately we on the pitch didn’t give it all we have got.”As a keeper coming to City and Liverpool, if you let five in in 20 minutes you fear the worst, you think cricket scores. They are without doubt the best team I have ever played against. We were poor, didn’t lay a glove on them but at times it was breathtaking watching them.”You come away to City and I’m not joking, you come here and think if you keep it to two or three – they are so good. Them and Liverpool are a different level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Issues with Toronto subway raise questions about citys position as major hub

first_imgTORONTO – A combination of emergencies on board a train, signal malfunctions and a cracked rail brought much of Toronto’s subway system to a halt last week, raising questions about the city’s readiness to become a major business, sports and entertainment centre in North America.Even without the frequent service delays, subway overcrowding during rush hours has become a frequent cause of frustration for commuters, who are increasingly relying on ride-hailing services to get to their destinations.Mayor John Tory is the first to acknowledge that the 60-year-old subway system no longer meets the needs of Canada’s largest city, which is bursting at the seams.“Toronto is growing fast, and we have to keep up,” Tory said at a recent news conference. “Strong and robust transit is vital to the residents and to their lives. It’s vital to the economy, and to the whole city and province in terms of our liveability and competitiveness.”Tory, who is facing a municipal election in October, has ambitious goals for the city, including hosting Amazon’s second North American headquarters — a $5-billion project that would create 50,000 new technology jobs. Toronto is also bidding to host several games for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. And the city has partnered with Google parent company Alphabet in a project that aims to build a futuristic “mini-city” on the lakeshore.However, experts say Toronto needs to move faster.“We need to be mindful not only about attracting talent, but also with keeping up with the growth that we’re already projecting to occur in Toronto,” said Cherise Burda, the executive director at Ryerson’s City Building Institute.Burda said the population of the city’s downtown core — currently 240,000 people — is expected to double over the next 25 years.“We cannot double the number of cars on the road. So in my opinion, we are not moving fast enough to build transit,” she said.Murtaza Haider, a transportation engineer also with Ryerson University, says the city desperately needs a relief subway line — another east-west line about a kilometre south of the existing one, which he calls a necessary redundancy.“We have built the wrong transit in the last 20 years,” said Haider, adding that people have been calling for a relief line for decades. “Where transit is really needed, we find excuses not to build it.”Meanwhile, commuter frustration came to the fore last Tuesday, when thousands of people faced long delays during morning rush hour following the shutdown of one of the two major north-south subway lines due to technical and emergency issues. Commuters expressed their anger on social media, with many posting photos of overcrowded subway platforms and complaining about lack of information.Teddy Wilson, who works near one of the city’s busiest subway stations, was caught in the Tuesday delay.“I was trying to save money on Uber, so I thought I’d take the subway to work,” he said, but that proved to be a mistake.“When I got on the platform, there was nowhere to go, because it was a sea of people. It was like gridlock, but people.”Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross said the city has done a good job of integrating different transportation modes, such as streetcars, subways and buses, but some of the other infrastructure is out of date and slow.“Every city is unique, every city has its own challenges, every city does some things really well and suffers at others. Toronto is the same,” he said. “That is something that we are addressing through the replacement of the existing system … The problem is that it takes time.”Tory agrees there’s been quite a lot of discussion about the relief line.“It sits at the top of the priority list, but it sits at the top of the priority list with a necessary schedule to be followed,” he said.The municipal, provincial and federal governments have pledged $100 million to the design and planning of the relief line, which the city projects will be built by 2031.“That’s not soon enough,” said Burda. “Without a downtown relief line, it’s just going to get worse and more congested,” she said.In the meantime, the relief line is in the planning phase, and there are steps the city can take to help relieve the excess pressure on the existing subway, she said.“In the downtown core, a huge percentage of people walk or cycle. It’s growing. And I think it’s growing because people are frustrated with the transit system,” Burda said.The city should build up its network of bike lanes, Burda said. Cyclists, along with pedestrians, reduce the number of people waiting on train platforms.“Compare that to building a subway. It’s cheaper and it’s faster.”last_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Trump defends tax plan proclaims economy set to rock

first_imgWASHINGTON – Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth.The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth.“It’ll be fantastic for the middle-income people and for jobs, most of all,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before travelling to Camp David for the weekend. “And I will say that because of what we’ve done with regulation and other things our economy is doing fantastically well, but it has another big step to go and it can’t take that step unless we do the tax bill.”No stranger to hyperbole, Trump also predicted the legislation would cause the economy to soar beyond its current 3 per cent rate of growth.“I think we could go to 4, 5 or even 6 per cent, ultimately,” the president said. “We are back. We are really going to start to rock.”Many economists believe that attaining consistent 4 or 5 per cent annual growth would be challenging. The nation last topped 5 per cent growth in 1984.The Republican plan is the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade.Under the bill, today’s 35 per cent rate on corporations would fall to 21 per cent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 per cent as their goal but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks.“This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call Friday. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.”The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty — as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It came together as Republicans cemented the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators.Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week.Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security.“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said.The bill embodies a long-standing Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy. Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously.“Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.”The bill would drop today’s 39.6 per cent top rate on individuals to 37 per cent. The standard deduction — used by around two-thirds of households — would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples.The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally.Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained.The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million.People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples.Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week.Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, and two ailing GOP senators missed votes this past week.John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Ohlemacher? at http://twitter.com/@stephenataplast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

The Latest WH says informal talks for Turkey S Korea

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the G-20 summit (all times local):2:45 p.m.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will speak informally with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina rather than in formal meetings.Trump will talk informally with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the G-20 summit.Sanders spoke to reporters travelling with the president on Air Force One. She did not say why the meetings have been downgraded.Shortly after leaving the White House for the summit, Trump tweeted that he had cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Sanders says Trump made the decision to cancel while aboard Air Force One and after speaking with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) and White House national security adviser John Bolton.___2 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Trump tweeted his decision Thursday after departing Washington for a world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Putin were to meet.Trump says “based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Lord Taylor flagship counting down hours to closure

first_imgNEW YORK — After 104 years, the countdown is on for the last hours of Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows is shutting down Wednesday after a blowout sale that has left whole floors empty. Surviving floors still offer an assembly line of racks stuffed with clothes all going for $5.99 that once sold for as much as $100.The 11-story building has been sold to the We Work space-leasing company for more than $850 million.Forty-five other, smaller Lord & Taylor stores remain open, mostly on the East Coast. In addition, Lord & Taylor-branded merchandise is being sold online through the Walmart website.The brand is owned by Canadian corporate giant Hudson’s Bay Company.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

VVIP Chopper deal case Court dismisses alleged defence agents bail plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe agency had said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here.last_img

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12 Oct
2019

Housing sales down 5 in JanMar 2019 on changes in GST rates

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales dipped by 5 per cent to 75,706 units in nine major cities during January-March period because of transition in GST rates, according to a report by property brokerage firm PropTiger. The company, which is part of News Corp-backed Elara Technologies that also owns Housing.com and Makaan.com, Monday released its ‘Real Insight Report’ for Q4 2018-19 that tracks housing sales and new launches in nine major cities — Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gurugram and Noida. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Housing sales in India’s nine key property markets declined 5 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) and new project launches fell 32 per cent annually during Q4 2018-19,” the report said, adding that the unsold housing stock numbers declined by 10 per cent. PropTiger attributed the decline in home sales numbers to changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) transition rules. In contrast to PropTiger report, real estate consultant Anarock recently said housing sales rose by 58 per cent to 78,520 units in seven major cities during January- March period of 2019. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysData analytics firm PropEquity said sales saw a 5 per cent rise at 56,146 units during January-March 2019 over the year-ago quarter in the nine major cities. As per the PropTiger data, housing sales rose maximum in Hyderabad by 26 per cent at 7,059 units in the January-March quarter of 2019 from 5,618 units in the year-ago period. Gurugram witnessed 10 per cent rise in sales at 5,764 units from 5,220 units in the corresponding period of the previous year. Sales in Kolkata were up by 8 per cent at 3,623 units. Pune saw 5 per cent rise in sales at 14,348 units from 13,712 units during the period under the review, while Mumbai reported 4 per cent increase in sales at 23,718 units. However, housing sales declined by 23 per cent in Bengaluru to 8,402 units. Chennai, too, witnessed 13 per cent dip in sales at 4,197 units. Ahmedabad reported 10 per cent dip in sales at 4,739 units. The maximum fall in was in Noida, with sales dropping by 50 per cent at 3,856 units. “While there might not be any significant improvement in new launch and home sales numbers in the first quarter of 2019-20, things may start to change after the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced. “In fact, as more clarity emerges pertaining to GST issues, these numbers might see improvement in the quarters that follow. Property rates would also see an upwards movement in the times to come,” Elara Technologies Group Chief Operating Officer Mani Rangarajan said. In late February, the GST Council decided to cut GST rate on affordable homes to 1 per cent from earlier 8 per cent. The GST on under-construction flats, which are not under the affordable housing segment, was reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent earlier. The new GST rates were made effective from April 1. The developers were also denied input tax credit.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

Morsis family not to attend trial session

first_imgCAIRO  – The family of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said on Sunday the deposed leader is unfazed by what it described as “trumped up” charges against him, and asserted they would not attend the first session of his trial, due on Monday.In a statement sent exclusively to Anadolu Agency, the family cast doubts on the authenticity of statements that the Egyptian daily Al-Watan claims that Morsi had said during his meetings with visiting politicians and rights groups from his unknown detention place since July 3.The paper said it obtained leaked recordings of Morsi’s meetings at his detention place, which is still being kept secret. The family said releasing the statements one day before the trial’s first session aims to influence the public.The statement was signed by Morsi’s elder son, Osama, who identified himself as the official spokesman of the “abducted legitimate Egyptian president”.“The president is steadfast despite months of violations against his rights as a president and a citizen and despite all the smear campaigns launched against him by a people of no value,” Morsi’s family wrote in the statement.It said the ousted president would not be brought down to his knees by “trumped up” charges or “kangaroo courts.”Morsi is due to appear for the first time since his July 3 ouster in court to face charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December when he was a president.At least 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and ex-presidential aides are due to appear with him in court as well.The families of seven of the defendants in the case already said they would not attend the trial because they don’t recognize the court’s legitimacy.– RecordingsAccording to al-Watan newspaper, Morsi said during a meeting with Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, that he was illegally detained and this should not happen to a head of state.He called on the European Union and the United States to intervene for his reinstatement, promising to redress the mistakes he had committed during his one year of rule, according to the newspaper, which said it has video and audio recordings of Morsi’s statements.It said Morsi expressed objection to holding a public referendum to decide whether he should stay in office or hold early presidential elections, saying the Egyptian constitution did not contain articles that make this possible.Al-Watan said it would post the video and audio recordings of Morsi’s statements to prove the authenticity of what it marketed as a “scoop.”It said Morsi insisted during his meeting with another political delegation to describe his ouster as a “military coup”, saying that he is still the president according to the constitution.Morsi, however, said he was being treated well at his detention place.He said he rejects his trial, saying the president should have different grilling procedures according to the constitution, the newspaper said.“If I go to the court I will defend myself before the judges,” Morsi was quoted by the newspaper in its report as saying. “I am not involved in the killing of demonstrators. I will say this to the judges.”By Hussein al-Qabanilast_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Even If They Dont Win Tonight the 76ers Are Getting Better

The Philadelphia 76ers are one loss from tying the NBA record for longest losing streak. And barring an enormous upset on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, they’ll tie the 26-game run of futility by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. The Sixers have a better chance of losing their last 11 games of the season than they do of beating the Rockets to avoid matching that ignominious record.But in a lost season in Philly, fans have two reasons to hope the 76ers can keep from setting a new losing-streak mark. First, up next after Houston is a home game Saturday against Detroit. The Sixers have a 1-in-3 chance of winning that one. Second, they’ve played well recently, in the latest demonstration that wins and losses alone don’t show how well a team is doing.An NBA team’s probability of winning a game depends on its performance level as measured by Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System, its opponents’ SRS, and home court. Incorporating all three factors,1I used SRS — a formula based on teams’ margin of victory and schedule strength — regressed to the mean by adding seven games of league-average play, as suggested by my colleague Neil Paine last year. Then I used the formula for win probability outlined by Justin Kubatko last year on his blog. I found that Philadelphia has a 4 percent chance of beating the Rockets on Thursday. Houston is more than five points per game better than league average, and will play with home-court advantage against a Sixers team with a typical level this season of 11.5 points per game below average.So, let’s say the Sixers lose to Houston as expected. Then Detroit comes to Philadelphia, with a losing-streak record on the line. The Pistons are three points below league average, and will be playing on the road. Philadelphia has a 34 percent chance of winning the game, and a 33 percent chance of breaking its losing streak. (I’m accounting for the minuscule probability that the 76ers beat the Rockets first.)Detroit is the second-easiest game left on Philly’s schedule, after a home date with Boston in the season’s penultimate game. The Sixers have a 38 percent chance of winning that one, but just an 8 percent chance of breaking their streak in that game, because most likely it will have ended before then.I ran the numbers on Philly’s chance of winning each remaining game, as well as of breaking the streak in each game. The latter probability is lower than the former for each game after the one against Houston, because two conditions must be met: Philly must win, and must not have won before. Based on these calculations, Philadelphia has a 12 percent chance of finishing the season on a 36-game skid — or three times its probability of beating Houston on Thursday.Some factors might make it easier for Philly to win than these probability calculations suggest. Opponents that have clinched their playoff spot and seed, or that have been eliminated from the postseason, might rest their stars. Then again, no team wants to lose to an opponent with a losing streak of 25 games — or longer.There’s another reason Philly’s chances might be better than they look: In the Sixers’ last five games, they’ve been closer to mediocre than terrible. I evaluated their performance level by taking their margin of defeat in each game, adjusting for home-court advantage2The average home team wins games this year by 2.57 points per game, through Monday, the day Philadelphia last played. and opponent strength.3Based on SRS, regressed to the mean with seven league-average games. In four of the last five games, the Sixers have played better than their typical level this season.4Again, regressed to the mean with seven average games. Without that step, Philadelphia is an even worse 11.5 points below league average. They were within five points of league average in their one-point home loss to the Knicks, and were even better in a nine-point road loss to the East-leading Pacers. In that game — in which Philadelphia trailed by three with under two minutes left — the 76ers performed at a level just two points below league average.Moral victories don’t end losing streaks. But they could bode well for Philly’s chances. Already, the Sixers have attained their best average level over five games since the five games that immediately preceded the start of their losing streak, in which they went 2-3.5The last of those five games was their last victory, and it could easily have been a defeat: Philadelphia trailed Boston by a point before Evan Turner’s last-second shot. If Boston had won that game, and all subsequent events were unchanged, Philly’s losing streak would now stand at a record 29 games. Philadelphia’s average level over its last five games — 7.2 points below league average — is 10.5 points better than its level during the 25-game losing streak. It’s also better than the 76ers’ average level during three separate 2-3 stretches earlier in the season.So, over the last five games, the Sixers have improved to a level somewhere between the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks, the two teams just above them near the bottom of the league power ratings. Does that mean the chances of the 76ers winning their remaining games, and of ending the streak, have gone up? History doesn’t provide many precedents. Just six other NBA teams have had losing streaks of more than 20 games. Two of those streaks extended over two seasons, and any effect of the team’s level at the end of the first season was unlikely to carry over to the start of the next season. The Charlotte Bobcats lost their last 23 games of the season in 2011-12, and showed little sign of winning a game near the end: Their performance in four of their last six games was more than 20 points below league average.That leaves three teams that broke losing streaks of longer than 20 games during the regular season: the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies, in the first year of the franchise; the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets; and the 2010-11 Cavs. The Grizzlies suffered the worst loss of their 23-game losing streak two games before ending it. The Nuggets showed no signs of improvement near the end, performing at least eight points below average in each of their last eight losses. The Cavs, though, signaled their potential toward the end of their record 26-game streak: Their best five-game run of the streak came in the last five games, including a three-point loss in Dallas against a strong Mavericks team two games before Cleveland finally won, beating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime.These streaks had at least one thing in common: All three teams won their first game in more than 20 against teams performing at a level more than two points below average. So circle that game against Detroit, Sixers fans — and be ready to circle the home game against Boston if Philly doesn’t get it done against the Pistons on Saturday. read more

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28 Sep
2019

The 2018 Brewers Sure Look A Lot Like The 2015 Royals

When the Kansas City Royals made back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015 — coming agonizingly close in the former and winning the latter — they launched a thousand think pieces about whether manager Ned Yost’s brand of small ball would spread throughout the game. But then it looked like it might never get the chance: Right after the Royals’ revival, baseball embarked on a record-setting home run explosion, and the appeal of a team built primarily around speed, defense and a lights-out bullpen seemed to wane.1The Cubs and Astros shared some of those strengths, mind you, but each was also packed with ample power up and down the lineup.One of 2018’s top teams is taking a page out of K.C.’s championship playbook anyway. It isn’t just that the Milwaukee Brewers share the same center fielder with those Royals — although another All-Star caliber season from Lorenzo Cain hasn’t exactly hurt the comparison. The Brewers are also leading the NL Central with a strikingly similar combination of fielding, relief pitching and clever base running, even as the advanced metrics remain skeptical. (Sound familiar, Royals fans?) All that’s left is for postseason history to repeat — assuming Kansas City’s winning formula still works in a game that looks very different than it did just a few seasons ago.Going into the season, the Brewers were not expected to build much on last year’s surprising 86-win performance, despite loading up on players such as Cain and Christian Yelich over the winter. In fact, both the Vegas bookmakers and computer projections such as FanGraphs’ depth charts and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA picked Milwaukee to take a step backward, averaging out to about 83 wins for the season with only a meager chance of making the playoffs. In theory, the 2017 Brewers had gotten slightly lucky both in terms of wins and losses — they overshot the record their statistics predicted2At least, according to Base Runs, which estimates how much a team “should” win with neutral luck, based on its raw statistics. by a couple of games — as well as in career seasons from both batters (Eric Thames, Domingo Santana, Travis Shaw) and pitchers (Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, Corey Knebel). So it wasn’t too hard to argue that a tumble would be on its way this summer.But remember, Milwaukee wasn’t supposed to be very good last year, either; all it proceeded to do was hang around the NL Central race far longer than anyone in the media — or on the presumptive division-favorite Chicago Cubs — thought possible. The Brewers led the Central well into late July before the Cubs (along with the Diamondbacks and Rockies) overtook them down the stretch. It was a good enough showing to convince general manager David Stearns to accelerate the club’s recent rebuilding project and raise the franchise’s expectations sooner than originally anticipated. And the result has been the best record in the National League through the season’s first two months.The Brewers aren’t alone in beating projections this year, but what stands out is how they’ve done it. Despite the new firepower in the lineup — and the emergence of hard-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar — Milwaukee ranks in the middle of the major league pack in runs scored, with middling numbers for both power and walks. Their starting rotation has also slipped, from ninth in MLB in wins above replacement3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com’s WAR metrics. per game in 2017 to 20th this season, with Anderson struggling to replicate last year’s form and Nelson missing the entire season to date because of injury.Milwaukee is making up for the difference, though, with the majors’ 10th-best base running WAR per game, along with the third-best WAR per game from both defense and relief pitching. It’s a combination of metrics eerily similar to the one Kansas City produced during its own championship run three years ago: On the basepaths, the Brewers have the majors’ most successful rate of taking extra bases, a category the famously aggressive Royals also excelled in. Milwaukee’s ability to track down balls in the field, led by Cain in the outfield and Orlando Arcia at shortstop, easily recalls the rangy Royals of, well, Cain and Alcides Escobar. And with reliever Josh Hader rewriting the all-time strikeout record book (to say nothing of the 0.60 ERA season Jeremy Jeffress is having), the Brewers have been even more unbeatable with a lead in the late innings than the Royals were in their Wade Davis-led heyday. So far this season, Milwaukee is a perfect 27-0 when leading through six innings, making it the only team in baseball that can say it hasn’t blown such a situation yet. MLB Ranks in WAR from… 2015Royals58.616th12th1st21st2nd 2018 Season2014-15 Seasons 8NYY31391.28LAA1391590.3 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs.com 2018Brewers61.7%17th10th3rd20th3rd This looks familiar …MLB-wide ranks in wins above replacement (WAR) per game from each category, 2015 Kansas City Royals vs. 2018 Milwaukee Brewers 4SF27293.14CLE1341391.2 The Brewers’ bullpen has been positively Royals-esqueBest record when leading after six innings, 2014-15 and 2018 seasons 3BOS32294.13MIA107992.2 SeasonTeamWin %BattingBase RunningFieldingStartersRelievers TeamWinsLossesWin % 2CHC24196.02SD108992.3 6PIT24292.37MIN1131290.4 5BAL13192.95NYY1331391.1 Includes postseason for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Through June 3 for the 2018 season.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 6ATL24292.36SF1441590.6 10CIN18290.010PIT1391689.7 9SD20290.99STL1401689.7 TeamWinsLossesWin % 1MIL270100.0%1KC1501093.8% Kansas City combined for a staggering 150-10 mark across those situations in 2014 and 2015, including the postseason, so the Brewers still have some work to do before catching up to their doppelganger. And the Royals comparison isn’t 100 percent perfect — Milwaukee isn’t quite the batting average machine K.C. was, for instance, because the Brewers strike out at a normal clip, not the freakishly low rate Kansas City did at its peak. But the Brew Crew might be the closest thing we’ll get in the homers-and-strikeouts world of 2018 baseball.Questions also remain about Milwaukee’s place among the pantheon of 2018 contenders. According to The Baseball Gauge, only the Seattle Mariners have gotten luckier this year, in terms of sequencing and winning close games (although the latter can be explained in part by the Brewer bullpen’s aforementioned dominance). After the Brewers dropped two of three to the lowly Chicago White Sox over the weekend,4Which, in fairness, the Royals also did twice in 2014 and 2015, plus they were swept by the White Sox on another occasion. our Elo forecast now thinks Milwaukee will go 54-48 over the rest of the season and be caught by the Cubs in the Central before too long — though it does give the Brewers a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs. (That projection is also on the high side; FanGraphs thinks the Brewers will go 48-54 from here on out, with less than a coin flip’s shot at the postseason.)But that’s just another way in which the Brewers evoke memories of Kansas City’s World Series-era teams. With their unconventional mix of strengths and weaknesses, those Royals squads spent multiple seasons bucking the odds and poking holes in the statistical arguments against them. Maybe now it’s Milwaukee’s turn to do the same.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State prepares for two meets in three days

Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will take on Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Michigan, and Purdue at 1 p.m. Sunday at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, the hometown of Buckeye wrestlers and brothers Bo and Micah Jordan.The Spartans (5-6, 1-4 Big Ten) lost their last meet to No. 21 Wisconsin 28-7, and they lack a single ranked wrestler, giving Ohio State (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) a massive advantage. However, it is rare for a team to win each match, even when there is an edge in the rankings.“Michigan State, obviously they’re not your Iowa or Penn State match, but it’s still a good opportunity to go out there and work on some new skills in a live match,” Ohio State redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore said. “Try some of the stuff that you’ve been working in practice see if you can do it in an actual match.”Moore, who ranks No. 1 at 197 pounds, will wrestle in both Ohio State’s meets. Senior and No. 1 heavyweight Kyle Snyder will neither rest nor compete for Ohio State this weekend. Instead, he will represent the United States at the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Snyder will try to become the first American to win the Yarygin in back-to-back years. Ohio State is coming off of a decisive victory against No. 3 Iowa 22-12 on Sunday, a result that still lingers in the Buckeyes’ minds.“I would argue that that was one of the top-three dual meets of all-time,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “I mean that was a great atmosphere. Our guys really saw the love that people have for wrestling in this region and for the university.”The Schottenstein Center filled up with 15,117 people for the Iowa meet, and the home fans watched the Buckeyes win six of the 10 bouts. Moore beat No. 5 Cash Wilcke, and Ohio State sophomore No. 2 Luke Pletcher beat Paul Glynn at 133 pounds. Both Moore and Pletcher remained undefeated on the season with the victories, but Pletcher saw his performance from a different perspective.“Last year we had the big crowd and I lost,” Pletcher said. “So it was still cool then, but it’s a lot better when you win, obviously. I had a lot of family members come down. My club coach brought some wrestlers down, so it was pretty cool to see them there, and go out in front of 15,000 fans was pretty awesome.” Purdue (5-5, 0-4 Big Ten) has struggled recently, losing its past four competitions, most recently losing 21-12 to No. 14 Illinois. The Boilermakers wrestle North Dakota State on Friday, which will allow them to try to regain some confidence before they take on the Buckeyes.Sunday’s meet will give the Jordan brothers the chance to return to their high school in St. Paris, Ohio, to compete for the first time since the two graduated.“That’s one of the meccas in the country, let alone the state of Ohio,” Ryan said. “They are producing college student-athletes left and right.”Ohio State shifts its focus toward Michigan State and Purdue, though its Feb. 3 meet at Penn State is nearing. read more

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18 Sep
2019

Real Madrid monitor South American sensation Wilmar Barrios

first_imgBoca Juniors’ wonder Wilmar Barrios could soon be heading towards Europe, with Real Madrid lining up a shock January move for the Colombia internationalThe 25-year-old midfielder has been astonishing ever since he arrived at the Bombonera back in 2016. During his two-year spell with the Xeneizes, Barrios has lifted two Argentine Primera Division titles.Now, he is on his way of becoming the champions of the Copa Libertadores, as Boca comfortably cruising towards the big final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although yet unfamiliar to a wider audience in Europe, the former Deportes Tolima man has already built a notable reputation in South America.Now, the Spanish Marca report that Real Madrid prepare to make a January bid for Barrios, as Casemiro and Modric both struggle to rediscover their last season form.With Toni Kross and the aforementioned stars being the only reliable options in the midfield, Florentino Perez has to rush back into the market to provide some depth to his squad.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Govt makes a succession of payments to catch up on InterHealth Canada

first_img Related Items:interhealth canada, payments, premier rufus ewing, tci hospitals Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jun 2015 – Government said it would clear up back monies owed to InterHealth Canada to ensure there was no disruption in service to the general public.Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing: “Another payment is being processed currently to be paid either today or tomorrow for the month of April, in the amount of $2,264,212 and the payment for the month of May, because we pay in advance of the month, the payment for May will be made shortly.”This information surfaced during May 12, 2015 House of Assembly Debate, where the Premier admitted that payments to Interhealth Canada were not up to date, due in large part to discrepancies in the billing to government. A parliamentary questioned leveled at the Nation’s leader and Health Minister by the Opposition Leader revealed that TCIG is behind on the clinical payments but not the infracal payments. Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing: “The delays were due mainly because there were some discrepancies and due to lack of information and there was some dispute in regards to the invoices, those have been clarified – partially, but to the satisfaction that they payment – we think it is prudent that the payment be made so as to not put in jeopardy the provision of the clinical services at the hospital to the people so that all individuals can get their clinical care. Nonetheless, we still will be in search of additional information that is required to make the necessary adjustments.”In total, TCIG pays nearly $4 million per month for the clinical and infracal costs for our TCI Hospitals combined. The Premier said the invoices in dispute are likely to change and that the reconciliation process takes place quarterly. During that Question and Answer period on May 12, it was also replied that the Draft Immigration Bill would be tabled in parliament before the end of June. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Bahamian man held following police manhunt

first_img Dion Kevin Rigby and Donovan Hanna of Grand Bahama wanted for murder Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Favorite Things – First Female PABX Field Service Tech for Flow TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas July 18, 2017 — One man is now in police custody in connection with Sunday’s fatal shooting. Following the death of the victim Monday morning, Royal Bahamas Police Force launched a nationwide manhunt. The identities of the victim and the man held have not been released. The shooting took place around 10pm on Sunday on Third Street, Coconut Grove. The victim was walking down the street when he was confronted by another male who shot him and got away on foot.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedanewslast_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Rohingyas offer special prayers for safe return

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPRohingya imams offered special prayers Friday for a safe return to their homeland ahead of the second anniversary of hundreds of thousands of the minority fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh.Some 740,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state escaped in August 2017 a military offensive, joining another 200,000 who had fled earlier persecution.Two years later they remain in vast refugee camps in Bangladesh refusing to go home until Myanmar guarantees their safety and gives them citizenship.The imam at the Khadijatul Kubra mosque in Kutupalong — the largest refugee settlement in the world — prayed to “soften up” the heart of the Myanmar government.”Let us go back home in peace,” Abdul Hakim said.Most of the displaced mostly Muslim minority left their homes clutching only what they could carry.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal in 2017 but two attempts to start sending people back, in November and then again this week, failed as the refugees refused to go.In addition to security and citizenship guarantees, they also demanded that their fellow Rohingya Muslims held in Internally Displaced Personnel (IDP) camps in Myanmar be released.”We prayed to Allah to get justice for what has happened to us. We would like to go back home. But only when our demands are met. I prayed for that today,” refugee Safiul Alam told AFP.Rohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe imam also asked the devotees to join a major rally to be held on Sunday in the camp to mark the second anniversary of their arrival.”We, once again, will peacefully tell the world our demands,” he said.The Rohingya are not recognised as an official minority by Myanmar, which considers them Bengali interlopers despite many families having lived in the country for generations.Rohingya Muslim refugees offer their Friday prayers at a mosque in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district on 23 August 2019. Photo: AFPUN investigators say the 2017 violence warrants the prosecution of top generals for “genocide” and the International Criminal Court has started a preliminary probe.”Myanmar has yet to address the systematic persecution and violence against the Rohingya,” Human Rights Watch said Thursday. “So refugees have every reason to fear for their safety if they return.”last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Researchers find a way to close both loopholes in testing entanglement with

first_img More information: Experimental loophole-free violation of a Bell inequality using entangled electron spins separated by 1.3 km, arXiv:1508.05949 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1508.05949AbstractFor more than 80 years, the counterintuitive predictions of quantum theory have stimulated debate about the nature of reality. In his seminal work, John Bell proved that no theory of nature that obeys locality and realism can reproduce all the predictions of quantum theory. Bell showed that in any local realist theory the correlations between distant measurements satisfy an inequality and, moreover, that this inequality can be violated according to quantum theory. This provided a recipe for experimental tests of the fundamental principles underlying the laws of nature. In the past decades, numerous ingenious Bell inequality tests have been reported. However, because of experimental limitations, all experiments to date required additional assumptions to obtain a contradiction with local realism, resulting in loopholes. Here we report on a Bell experiment that is free of any such additional assumption and thus directly tests the principles underlying Bell’s inequality. We employ an event-ready scheme that enables the generation of high-fidelity entanglement between distant electron spins. Efficient spin readout avoids the fair sampling assumption (detection loophole), while the use of fast random basis selection and readout combined with a spatial separation of 1.3 km ensure the required locality conditions. We perform 245 trials testing the CHSH-Bell inequality S≤2 and find S=2.42±0.20. A null hypothesis test yields a probability of p=0.039 that a local-realist model for space-like separated sites produces data with a violation at least as large as observed, even when allowing for memory in the devices. This result rules out large classes of local realist theories, and paves the way for implementing device-independent quantum-secure communication and randomness certification. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Aerial photograph of the campus of Delft University of Technology. Credit: arXiv:1508.05949 [quant-ph] A way has been found to interconnect quantum devices including preserving entanglement (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Delft University in The Netherlands, has perhaps succeeded in closing the two loopholes that have prevented proving that local realism does not hold at the quantum level. They have written a paper detailing their work and have uploaded it to the preprint server arXiv so that others may see it while it undergoes peer review prior to being published in a yet to be announced journal.center_img Explore further Journal information: arXiv Citation: Researchers find a way to close both loopholes in testing entanglement with Bell’s inequality (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-loopholes-entanglement-bell-inequality.html At issue is proving that quantum entanglement does not occur due to some strange unexplainable communication factor, or variable as Einstein suggested—a task that has proved exceptionally challenging—so much so that despite nearly a century of trying, no one, until now apparently, has been able to do it.One of the ways to “prove” that entanglement does not occur due to some unknown factor that allows for communication to move between two entanglement particles, is to cause entanglement to come about between two particles that are far enough apart that any unknown force allowing them to communicate, would have to travel faster than light, which everyone agrees cannot happen. That was one of the loopholes described by John Bell, who famously came up with a way to prove mathematically that it should be possible to distinguish between quantum mechanics and so-called hidden variables. If such variables existed, he noted, measurements of certain results would have to be less than a critical value. If an experiment could be run that violated that inequality, that would “prove” that quantum mechanics has at least some non-local characteristics. Another loophole, it has been noted, occurs because single photons are difficult to measure—some get lost during transmission, particularly if sending them at a great enough distance to overcome the first loophole, making experimental results difficult to verify. In this new experiment, led by Ronald Hanson, the researchers set about closing both loopholes, which would theoretically shut the door on local realism. They set up two stations for creating photons entangled with an electron spin, far enough apart to close the first loophole. The entangled photons were all sent to a common third location via fiber cable where they were entangled under just the right conditions and measured (and tested for measurement with their entangled mate back at the original site). Knowing that the process would be highly inefficient, they arranged for the whole experiment to be repeated, over and over—at the end of nine days they had just 245 successes, but that was enough to meet Bell’s inequality rule, showing that there was no hidden variable allowing for communication between entangled pairs—”proving” that local realism does not always apply in the quantum world.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Govt to introduce stricter laws to check spitting littering in public places

first_imgKolkata: The state government is set to introduce stricter laws by amending the existing ones to check spitting and littering in public places, to ensure a “clean and green” Bengal.A high level committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De has been set up, to prepare a plan of action to ensure the same. The other members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Virendra, Additional Chief Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department Rajiva Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Environment department Indevar Pandey, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Principal Secretary of the Public Works Department Arnab Roy, Principal Secretary of the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department Subrata Gupta, Secretary of the Housing department Onkar Singh Meena and Commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Khalil Ahmed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the same time, the state government will carry out a massive campaign to create awareness among people. Moreover, police will also be keeping a watch and inform if beautification of any waterbody needs to be carried out at any place. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high level meeting at Nabanna in this connection. Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister and Aroop Biswas, the state Public Works Department minister, held a Press conference after the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile addressing a programme outside Nabanna, the Chief Minister urged local clubs to take steps to keep their respective areas clean. Hakim said: “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said in the meeting that we have to take this (checking spitting and littering at public places) as our next challenge. Massive infrastructure development including projects like setting up of skywalk and floating market is taking place in the city. But there is a section of people who spit at and litter public places. We have to keep in mind that it is our state and it is our duty to keep it clean.” “We will carry out a massive statewide campaign to ensure a green and clean Bengal. At the same time, policemen will be informing if beatification of any waterbody under the jurisdiction of respective police station areas is needed,” Hakim said, adding that steps would also be taken for better solid waste management. The modern technology available for the same will also be looked into. Hakim further said that Biswas has been given the responsibility to check the same in state-run hospitals. It may be mentioned that a person was slapped with a Rs 1,001 fine for spitting inside the recently inaugurated skywalk at Dakshineswar.last_img read more

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