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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has cleared a 804-member Indian contingent, including 572 athletes, for the Asian Games but said it will bear the expense of 755 members with 49 out of 232 officials allowed at no cost to government. The ministry cleared all the athletes and officials recommended by the Indian Olympic Association with the only rider being that only 49 officials can be part of the contingent at the cost of their respective federations. The government will bear the cost of 572 athletes, 183 officials, 119 coaches and 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 43 other extra officials. Out of the 572 athletes cleared to take part in 36 sports, 312 are men while the rest 260 are women. The government refused to bear the cost of all the 26 managers named in the list submitted by the IOA. Three coaches and 20 other extra officials were also cleared at no cost to the government. The long protracted process of naming of the Indian contingent and subsequent clearance by the ministry thus came to an end without any major tussle between the government and the IOA, which had submitted its list on Monday. In fact, in a somewhat surprising move, the sports ministry cleared a 12-member IOA contingent, which includes the Chef de Mission and his four deputies, at government cost without the list even being presented before it. The IOA had said that its 12-member contingent, which includes office staffers and medical team, need no clearance from the government as they would be sent at its own cost. It had not submitted the list to the ministry which had earlier raised objections to Raj Kumar Sacheti being named as one of the four deputy Chefs de Missions.advertisement “…convey the approval of the government for participation of 804 members (572 athletes, 122 coaches/high performance directors, )26 managers, 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 63 other officials including the IOA contingent and medical team) of the Indian contingent to participate in the Asian Games,” said the official letter from the sports ministry to the IOA. “The participation of these 755 members of the Indian contingent has been approved at cost to government. Actual air passage cost (economy class) inclusive of visa fee, airport tax in respect of 572 sportspersons, 119 coaches/high performance director, 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 43 other officials cleared at cost to government,” it added. Three out of the 122 coaches submitted by the IOA has been cleared at no cost to government as P-Card category. The ministry letter said that the 43 other officials “includes 12 members of IOA contingent and one extra official on fencing team. Actual number of other officials cleared at cost to government will depend on the details received from IOA”. Athletics, which had given the highest number of medals (13) in the last Asian Games in 2014, has most number of participants (50) and its contingent is the biggest at 75. Surprisingly, canoe-kayak is second in terms of number of players (49) and number of contingent members (60). Hockey is third with 36 players forming a 51-strong contingent. Shooting, which had yielded second highest number of medals (9) in the last edition, will have 28 participants out of 36-strong contingent. Athletics is the worst hit in terms of number of officials, with seven of them being told to bear their own cost. Besides two managers, five officials have been cleared at no cost to government. Four personal trainers, including coach of sprinter Dutee Chand — N Ramesh Singh — have been cleared as P-Card category. 400m coach Basant Singh is the other official cleared at no cost to government. All the six team officials of kurash have been cleared at no cost to government with one being given P-Card category. For handball also, five team officials out of 10 submitted will have to bear their own cost. Unlike the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games contingent in April, the IOA has not allowed any parents of the players to be named as extra officials. However, badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu’s personal physios have been included in the contingent and they have been cleared at government cost. Badminton will go to Jakarta with four physios. The two foreign coaches of the badminton contingent — Dwi Kristiawan and Edwin Iriawan — have also been cleared at no cost to government. The lone nominated coaches of golf and karate have also been asked to bear their own cost. Shooter Heena Sidhu’s husband-cum-coach Ronak Pandit and star gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s personal coach Bishweshwar Nandi have also been cleared at government cost. The 572 athletes and 119 coaches will get an out of pocket allowance of USD 50 per day while USD 25 per day will be given to the 21 doctors and physiotherapists and the 43 other officials, including the 12-member IOA contingent which will have the Chef de Mission and his four deputies.advertisement The out of pocket allowance will be given for the period not exceeding the total duration of the Games plus actual number of days before the Games (for acclimatisation) and one day after the event. PTI PDS AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame's Torii Hunter Jr. suffering an injury.DeShon Elliott may not have been flagged for targeting for the big hit that concussed Notre Dame’s Torii Hunter Jr., but he still took the time to apologize to the wide receiver.DeShon Elliott explained that decision to Austin American-Statesman writer Danny Davis.“I tried to strike in the strike zone; I didn’t know I was that high up until after the game when I saw the video,” Elliott said. “I apologized to Torii Hunter… I’m glad they did not call targeting, though.”Hunter accepted the apology, which came via Twitter, and said he understands that Elliott was just trying to break up what could have been a huge Notre Dame touchdown. From the Chicago Tribune:Hunter, who after watching video of the play said maybe it should have been reviewed, didn’t take umbrage with Elliott, who reached out to him on Twitter to apologize for the hit.“He said he didn’t mean to target me,” Hunter said. “And jokingly I said: ‘So you did target? … You were just trying to make a play like I was, and it’s all good.’”Hunter missed Notre Dame’s Week 2 game against Nevada, but says he has passed concussion protocol, and has started practicing in a non-contact capacity.Big 12 officials who reviewed the play ruled that it was not targeting, while Brian Kelly says that the ACC officials he asked said it was “most likely” targeting.Notre Dame renews its rivalry against Michigan State this weekend in South Bend. It is unclear if Hunter will be able to play against the Spartans quite yet, but the talented wide receiver would be a huge lift for the Fighting Irish offense if he can go. Of course, the most important thing is that he is healthy, and not at risk to make things worse by returning too soon.[Austin American-Statesman; Chicago Tribune]last_img read more

first_imgCaribbean transport ministers have agreed to ork together to develop a regional policy for maritime transportation. The move was among measures to come out of the Regional High-Level Symposium on International Maritime Developments held last week in Montego Bay. Development of the policy will ensure that the Caribbean maritime industry operates in a sustainable manner. Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu, who spoke to JIS News after the closing session on Friday, February 22, hailed the move. “This is significant. What they have achieved today was a sort of collective willingness to achieve sustainable maritime in the Caribbean region,” he stated. He noted that the Rio+20 summit held in Brazil last year had established the way forward in terms of environmental sustainability, but “you cannot talk about sustainable development without shipping.” “We therefore want to ensure that the shipping itself will be sustainable,” he added. The IMO head, who was visiting Jamaica for the first time, said he was delighted at the outcome of the discussions and the level of commitment by the ministers. “I am looking forward to further collaborations among member governments of the (International) Maritime Organization in this region,” he told JIS News. The high-level meeting, held over four-days at the Iberostar Beaches Hotel, brought together ministries and senior officials from the Caribbean maritime sector to discuss critical developments that will affect their countries’ reputation as responsible maritime states. Among issues looked at were opportunities for capacity building, and the maritime labour convention. Minister of Transport and Works, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, told JIS News that the delegates examined ways in which the region could meet the requirements, which have been established by the IMO for various countries. He said that Mr. Sekimizu was “impressed with where we are and is now very cognizant of what our needs are to bring all our countries up to international standards.”He noted that there are some challenges for the smaller countries and Jamaica has offered to assist in helping them meet their obligations.The IMO Secretary General’s attendance, he said, was indicative of the region’s growing importance in the industry and the extent to which Caribbean nations are providing trained personnel to work in the sector.Dr. Davies, who is the Chairman of the Caribbean Transport Ministers, marshalled the discussions and guided the participants into completing the draft Jamaica 2013 symposium resolution, which will determine the way forward for the industry.According to the resolution, the agreement for the development of a Caribbean maritime policy is in recognition of the importance of “safe, secure, environmentally sound and efficient maritime transport services for the movement of goods and people, and the socio-economic benefit, to states and territories, of a clean marine environment to the livelihood and well-being of their inhabitants and the growth of their fisheries and tourism industries.”As such, the participants committed to: “providing the necessary means and support at the national and regional levels for adequate marine environmental research, monitoring and evaluation, in order to maintain the ecological integrity of the marine and coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea, given its critical socio-economic and environmental importance to member states.”last_img read more

first_imgENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Minister Responds to Consumer Advocate’sReport The minister responsible for auto insurance, Ron Russell, saysmany of the recommendations contained in the auto insurancereport released today, Sept. 24, by consumer advocate GeorgeJordan will be addressed in legislation that will be introducedin the upcoming session of the House of Assembly. “The consumer advocate did a great job monitoring and listeningto the concerns of Nova Scotians during the government’s publicconsultation process. We have had ongoing meetings with Mr.Jordan throughout this process to make sure consumers’ concernsare addressed,” said Mr. Russell. “His input has been a keyfactor in shaping the government’s response to the auto insuranceproblem.” The minister said government’s goal continues to be an effectivereduction in rates and increased protection for Nova Scotians. “In response to the Consumer Advocate’s Interim report we havealready passed several changes to the current legislation thatwill allow us to make regulatory changes,” said Mr. Russell.”These changes have addressed several protection issues thatconsumers had. The upcoming legislation will focus on providingconsumers with rate relief and more protection, fairness andchoice.” The minister thanked Mr. Jordan for the report, saying it wascomprehensive and thorough and that it is a significant step inthe auto insurance reform process. He is glad the consumeradvocate will continue to build on this report and be vigilantlooking out for the insurance concerns of Nova Scotians. Government has been dealing with the issue of rising autoinsurance premiums since February 2002, when it directed the NovaScotia Utility and Review Board to conduct a rate review. In themonths that followed, government hired a consumer advocate,developed education guides for consumers, held a publicconsultation, and introduced legislation to freeze rates andprevent unfair discrimination. It also conducted consultations,research, and analysis that would allow it to develop anappropriate solution for reforming auto insurance in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgYORKTON, Sask. – Police had to restrain a man after he burst into a Saskatchewan courtroom and demanded closure from a former RCMP officer accused of assaulting him and two other males when they were boys.The outburst happened Thursday in a Yorkton courtroom when Alan John Davidson pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault, while a third count was stayed.The pleas ended a trial that had begun this week for Davidson, who was charged after three people reported to police in 2014 that they had been assaulted while they were living in or visiting Yorkton between 1987 and 1991.Davidson, who is 62 and now faces a sentencing hearing, was stationed in Regina, Coronach, Lloydminster, North Battleford and Yorkton between 1981 to 1996.The alleged victim of the third assault had become upset by the defence lawyer’s cross-examination and found it difficult to continue his testimony.He entered the courtroom following word of the plea deal.Davidson is also to be sentenced in British Columbia where he was found guilty by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last month of indecently assaulting five boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s.He was found not guilty of two other charges of indecent assault involving two other complainants.During his trial in Kamloops in September, the complainants testified that the assaults included sexual touching and oral sex.Court heard Davidson was in his 20s and coached hockey, basketball and baseball at the time of the offences and served as an auxiliary Mountie before later becoming an RCMP officer in Saskatchewan.The former officer was arrested in March 2014 in Calgary where he was living and working for Alberta’s sheriff services.Davidson, who also served at RCMP detachments in Alberta, retired from the force in August 1996.(CJGX, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

first_imgLondon’s Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.Passengers travelling Thursday were advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted. It reopened at around 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday morning but shut down again in 45 minutes when drones were spotted.Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe. The disruption is having a ripple effect on air travel as cancellations mount.The drone sighting came near the height of the busy Christmas travel season.Gatwick is a busy airport 27 miles (43 kilometres) south of central London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The United Nations agency tasked with reducing rural poverty is lending $17 million to Guatemala to help authorities boost development in the Central American country’s central and eastern regions.About 30,000 smallholders, micro-entrepreneurs, artisans and landless peasants will receive upgraded infrastructure and other assistance under the project, which has a particular focus on young people, women and people of mixed Mayan and Ladino origin.Some of the participants will be able to take part in courses in business management and marketing, and access will be increased to such resources as land, water, technology and farm credit.The project was signed last week at a ceremony in Rome, the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), by representatives of the agency and Guatemala.IFAD said the scheme will now be implemented over the next six years in El Progreso, Zacapa, Jalapa, Jutiapa and Santa Rosa departments. 17 June 2008The United Nations agency tasked with reducing rural poverty is lending $17 million to Guatemala to help authorities boost development in the Central American country’s central and eastern regions. read more

We mentioned at the top of the Monday show that Nick Dixon was off, and there was a very good reason why.Meet Nick’s new son, Jack Henry Dixon, who was born just before six Monday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. We’re glad to report that both Jack and his mom, CHCH reporter Brittany Gogo, are healthy and happy. All of us here at CHCH would like to congratulate Nick, Brittany and baby Jack. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Fleet expansion could be in the cards now that Norfolk has hard numbers on which employees should have a county vehicle at their disposal.Using conservative estimates for costs associated with operating a vehicle, Norfolk staff say it makes economic sense to provide a vehicle to employees who log 14,800 kilometres or more a year.A report to Norfolk council Aug. 22 noted that each of the county’s five bylaw enforcement officers will drive 25,000 kilometres in a typical year.As well, each of Norfolk’s four primary building inspectors will drive about 27,000 kilometres a year.The report identifies these job classifications “as prime candidates for the highest return on investment in deployment of vehicles.”“The analysis in those areas supports the deployment of five vehicles to be used by five bylaw officers as well as four vehicles to be used by the four building inspectors who are now required to do the majority of inspections.”Norfolk expects its employees to claim compensation for slightly more than one million kilometres this year. Council increased the per-kilometre compensation rate in June from 45.5 cents to 54 cents.This was the county’s first mileage rate adjustment since 2014. This places the county’s annual mileage reimbursement budget in the range of $540,000.The report was forwarded to Norfolk’s budget committee for further discussion. A nine-vehicle expansion of the county fleet could be on the agenda of council’s budget deliberations in January.If that’s council’s choice, Mayor Kristal Chopp suggested procuring Toyota vehicles as a means of supporting a Norfolk-based industry. Further savings may be realized, Chopp added, if Norfolk opts for vehicles with an electrical component.More decisions in this area could be forthcoming.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

The Diamondbacks Are Turning Back The Clock

Welcome to Full Count, our weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at neil.paine@fivethirtyeight.com or @Neil_Paine.The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks won this many games this early in a season, the team was in the midst of defending a world championship, powered by a group of talented veterans taking one of the their last shots at glory before parting ways. That Arizona team was a bit different from its modern-day descendants, but if you strip away the star power and hideous jerseys, the old-school Dbacks also had a lot in common with today’s version (to the surprise of many analysts, including yours truly). Is it possible the franchise is finally set up for its first truly sustained run of success since that championship era?The 2001 Diamondbacks team remains the oldest one ever to win a World Series, and the follow-up edition was (unsurprisingly) even older. Mainly propelled by a stable of power arms — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the rotation, plus Byung-Hyun Kim in the bullpen with a host of other deceptive relievers — Arizona ranked second in pitching wins above replacement1As always, averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (WAR) that year, second in strikeouts per nine innings and second in fewest walks per nine. Feeding opponents a healthy dose of nasty sliders all season long, the Dbacks allowed the league’s second-fewest park-adjusted earned runs, cruising to 98 wins and the NL West crown in the process.This year’s version cuts a similar profile on the mound, albeit with more youth and much less star power. No. 1 starter Zack Greinke is by far Arizona’s most experienced and decorated pitcher; going into the season, he had over 40 more career WAR than anyone else on the roster. And Greinke has certainly been doing his best Big Unit impression in the early going — Johnson was the last qualified D-Back pitcher with a better K/BB ratio than Greinke’s current 6.0 mark. But the rest of the staff is pulling its weight as well. After adjusting for park effects, seven of Arizona’s top nine pitchers carries an ERA better than league average. As a result, Arizona ranks second in pitching WAR this season — just like it did back in 2002. 28Braves501467.122Best since 2015 24Twins481480.434Best since 2015 26Rockies484245 9Cubs584552 16Angels551501.355Best since 2015 21Pirates531490.531Worst since 2012 5Yankees7.32.7 3Nationals511554.5100Best ever! 3Dodgers8.13.0 18Tigers521496.330Best since 2015 TEAMGAMESELOFRANCHISE PERCENTILEMILESTONE 22White Sox511488.122Worst since 2015 27Royals511467.210Worst since 2007 15Rangers504949 10Blue Jays515252 Each team’s 2017 season, in context 4Indians501548.091Best since 1996 23Pirates474747 8Blue Jays521520.963Worst since 2015 Which teams have the platoon advantage most?Show more rows* A team has platoon advantage when its hitters face an opposite-handed pitcher or its pitchers face a same-handed batter.Through May 29.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 20Brewers521492.752Best since 2014 6Dodgers624252 1Astros531573.9100thBest ever! 27Royals504045 14Mets501509.565Worst since 2015 26Reds511472.612Best since 2015 15Cardinals491505.739Worst since 2008 18Nationals504749 19Giants541494.216Worst since 2009 16White Sox554349 PITCHING 4Red Sox7.72.7 28D-Backs484145 23Marlins501483.842Worst since 2015 In just two months, the Dbacks have gone from merely hoping Greinke could bounce back from his disastrous 2016 season to counting up the pitching riches beyond their ace. “Pitching depth” is a nebulous thing to measure, but if we give more weight to the contributions of pitchers deeper into a team’s staff,2Specifically, giving 100 percent credit to its 10th-best pitcher’s WAR, 90 percent to its ninth-best pitcher’s WAR, 80 percent to its 8th-best and so forth. the Dbacks have enjoyed the second-deepest well of pitching value in baseball this season, trailing only the division-rival Colorado Rockies.So Arizona’s pitching is doing its best job to recall the glory days. And the team currently ranks eighth in position-player WAR, roughly where its championship precursor placed 16 years ago.3And better than the team’s 14th-place finish in 2002.But not everything is a carbon copy of the past. The 2017 Snakes have achieved their offensive success in a very different way than the Diamondbacks of yesteryear did. Those teams walked a lot, but they didn’t burn up the basepaths or mash opponents into submission with homers, no matter how many memories you harbor of Luis Gonzalez crushing fastballs deep into the Arizona night. This offense might be the opposite: It has more glaring weaknesses (with the league’s seventh-worst strikeout rate and its 10th-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio), but also a unique combination of strengths, the likes of which has seldom been seen in baseball history. Not only does Arizona rank second in the majors in Bill James’s power-speed number,4Which measures how well a team combines hitting home runs and stealing bases. but pro-rated over a full schedule, the Dbacks’ number would rank 31st-best since MLB’s expansion era began in 1961. They’re an all-or-nothing lineup in the mold of, say, Buck Showalter’s Orioles, but with the added twist of stolen bases and opportunistic baserunning.The surprising catalyst for all this is 6-foot-3 first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.5Who’s already just 1.6 WAR shy of passing Gonzalez as Arizona’s greatest-ever position player by WAR. As the Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg recently pointed out, Goldschmidt steals an incredible number of bases (65 in 77 attempts over the past three seasons) for a player so, well, slow. Instead of using pure speed, he’s been able to strike on the basepaths with a combination of smarts and sneaky lead-taking. And he’s not alone — a handful of Arizona’s regulars are positive baserunners (according to FanGraphs’ measurement, which includes steals, extra bases and double-play avoidance) despite dubious foot speed.6The team’s second-best baserunner (behind Goldschmidt) is the 250-pound Yasmany Tomas, he of the seven career steals. Then, throw in some hitters who do have wheels to go with their pop — such as Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock and even Jake Lamb — and Arizona has an offense that can hurt you with its power and its speed, sort of like a lineup full of Junior Spiveys would have done a generation ago.Of course, for a team coming off a 69-win season, the usual caveats apply to Arizona’s early record. Our Elo ratings, for instance, remain unconvinced that the Diamondbacks are much more than a .500 team that has won a few extra games to start the season, an assessment echoed by other forecasts. Despite the similar statistical profile so far, this year’s Dbacks are probably nowhere near as good as the early-2000s version was. But they’re much younger, playing a style that might be more entertaining (if not as effective).It’s also worth noting that Arizona made its big splash the offseason before last, gearing up for a run just like the one they’re currently on, only to be wrecked by more injuries than almost any team in recent memory. Although the flurry of deals made by former GM Dave Stewart were roundly derided (and not without cause) it’s hard to deny that the Diamondbacks are now living out the future he envisioned — even if it came a year too late to save Stewart’s job.In other words, there is real talent blooming in the desert. What remains to be seen is whether this is merely another one-year blip, like so many before in the franchise’s post-championship era, or the start of something more long-lasting.Trout outAmid the fallout from Mike Trout’s injury Sunday (which will shelve the L.A. Angels star for 6 to 8 weeks), one of the least-pressing concerns was what it will potentially do to his place in the all-time WAR pantheon. But since that’s a topic I’ve covered ad nauseum here, let’s dive right into it.According to Baseball-Reference’s version of the stat, Trout has never ended a full season without being the all-time WAR leader for a given age. (Let that sink in for a moment.)7This isn’t quite true if you use FanGraphs’ WAR, which considers Mel Ott better through age 20. And regular readers will know that I prefer to average B-R and FG’s WAR numbers together anyway, to smooth out discrepancies between the two methods. But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick with B-R, just to see whether Trout can keep up the feat in the eyes of at least one WAR system. Before he got hurt, Trout already had 3.5 WAR this year, so he just needed to produce 3.7 over the remainder of the season to keep pace with Ty Cobb as the all-time leader through age 25.Even a conservative estimate would have called for Trout to generate something like 5.5 WAR in the last four months of the season, which would have enabled him to clear Cobb with ease. However, losing half of that remaining time would put Trout’s G.O.A.T. trajectory in real jeopardy. He’d have to return from injury without a hitch (no guarantee) and play slightly better down the stretch than he’d done over the season’s first two months — when he posted new career highs in virtually every hitting category. That’s a tall order!However, Trout could also come back in only five weeks if he follows the accelerated recovery path of teammate Andrelton Simmons, who suffered the same injury last season. If so, Trout would “only” need to play at an 8.3-full-season-WAR pace (which, comical as it sounds, is something he’s done in four of his five full MLB seasons) to catch up to Cobb.That’s the best-case scenario; in reality, Trout will probably face a real struggle to keep his title as G.O.A.T. at every age. But there’s still a chance.Franchise milestonesIn the day-to-day grind of a baseball season, it can be tough sometimes to zoom out and see the bigger picture of where a team stands in the context of its own history. That’s where something like the FiveThirtyEight Elo ratings come in handy, since they try to estimate how well a team was playing going into (and coming out of) every game in franchise history. I tracked where each team’s current Elo8Using the version from our interactive, which accounts for the starting pitcher in each game, rather than the version from our Complete History of MLB interactive. ranks relative to past seasons9Starting in 1901, the first season of the American League. for the team (measuring that using its percentile ranking) through the same number of games, as well as an Elo “milestone” — how deep in history we have to dig to find a season where it had a higher or lower Elo rating, depending on which number takes us further back in time: Some teams — like the Astros and Nationals/Expos — are playing the best they ever have at the third-of-a-season mark. Others are in down cycles: amazingly, the Phillies haven’t had an Elo lower than their current rating through 54 games of a season since 1962!Platoon power!I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of platooning, using the natural benefit of facing an opposite-handed pitcher (or a same-handed batter) to help a team become greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, different teams are constructed to use it better than others, so it’s not always up to the manager to play for the platoon advantage. Nevertheless, here are the teams who’ve had the lefty-righty edge in the highest percentage of their plate appearances (both batting and pitching), according to Baseball-Reference.com: 5Cubs511544.789Worst since 2015 6Red Sox511537.978Worst since 2015 13Yankees534650 9Rays551515.268Best since 2015 4Phillies635056 17Orioles501498.259Worst since 2011 11Diamondbacks541512.168Best since 2013 20Angels445248 12Mariners531511.988Worst since 2015 TEAMHITTINGPITCHINGOVERALL SHARE OF PLATE APPEARANCES WITH PLATOON ADVANTAGE* 2Diamondbacks8.33.3 3Twins664857 Percentiles are calculated from franchise seasons since 1901, including the same number of games the team has played so far in the 2017 season. Milestones are determined by finding the last time the team had a higher or lower Elo rating through the same number of games as in 2017. Stats are through May 31.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet * We derived a team’s WAR depth by giving more weight to the WAR contribution of pitchers ranked deeper into a team’s top 10.Through May 29.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 8Rays535152 2017′s deepest pitching staffs 30Padres541438.96Worst since 2003 5Athletics545353 22Orioles454947 11Brewers495251 29Red Sox454344 12Padres534850 14Astros504950 25Athletics511474.033Worst since 1998 29Phillies501442.712Worst since 1962 17Cardinals465249 10Rangers531513.271Worst since 2015 2Mets675661 TEAMWARDEPTH* 21Giants514447 30Tigers474144 7Yankees491531.740Best since 2013 25Mariners464747 13Rockies541511.783Best since 2010 19Braves484848 7Reds554952 24Marlins484647 1Indians73%53%63 2Dodgers531571.198Best since 1974 1Rockies9.34.0 read more

He told the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough, New Zealand: “A perfect wine pairing doesn’t exist. We’re doing a lot of damage the way we’re matching wine and categorising it. We need to start a campaign to stop wine and food pairing. “We need to celebrate the diversity of consumers, not make them feel stupid. You can serve Sauvignon… Tim Hanni, a wine industry business consultant and lecturer, and one of the first Americans to ever become a Master of Wine, has said that wine pairing is “pseudo-science”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the past, it was traditional to serve white wine with fish and red with a steak. However, these wine pairing rules are nonsense, according to one of the world’s leading experts. read more

Kristian Asmussen, the goalkeeper that made an immediate move to SC Magdeburg from Nordsjaelland has decided that it’s time to go back home once again, even though his contract runs until next summer. The “rescuer” of SC Magdeburg after Gustavsson’s injury, served well and helped SC Magdeburg reach group phase in the EHF Cup, and finish the first part of the season on the 8th place in the Bundesliga. Whether “Fips” will be playing again for Nordsjaelland is still unknown. ← Previous Story Alexander Petersson to miss WCh 2013 – Olafur is back! Next Story → Nenad Bilbija agrees new contract with GWD Minden, stays until 2016 asmussenMagdeburgnordsjaelland read more

Domagoj Duvnjak will transfer from HSV Hamburg to archrivals THW Kiel in the summer of 2014. The Croatian will join THW Kiel and sign a three-year deal with a possibility to extend it for one more. As a replacement, HSV Hamburg will bring next season the Atletico Madrid player Joan Canellas, who will also sign a three-year deal. Domagoj DuvnjakHSV HamburgJoan CanellasMartin SchwalbTHW Kiel ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: Belarus, Austria, Russia, Macedonia to Denmark, Slovenian “Heroteam” stays home Next Story → EHF EURO 2014 Draw: France in Pot 2! read more

first_imgSource: Fotawildlife/YouTube(Source: Fotawildlife/YouTube)FOTA WILDLIFE PARK is hoping the first part of a new €6 million development will attract thousands of visitors this summer.The new Tiger Forest is close to the Fota Island golf course, where 100,000 people will descend for the Irish Open between the 19 and 22 June.The area will house two Sumatran tigers, both two-years-old – Denar from Warsaw Zoo and Dourga from Le Parc des Félins in Nesles, France.There are just 500 of these animals left in the wild.The park’s new Asian Sanctuary will continue to expand, with animals already at the zoo such as the red panda and lion-tailed macaques being moved to the new enclosures, and the introduction of species like the Visayan spotted deer.It will open be open to the public tomorrow.“The opening this weekend is not only an exciting time for us,” Stephen Ryan Head of Marketing for Fota Wildlife Park said, “but we feel it is of huge benefit to the region as we open the first piece of a €6m development that we hope will turn the park into an iconic visitor attraction.”Read: Meet Fota’s new baby giraffes… and suggest some names for them >More: Watch the newborn cheetah cub exploring at Fota Wildlife Park >last_img read more

Chelsea set to appeal ban

first_imgChelsea FC have released a statement confirming they will appeal FIFA’s decision to ban them from registering new players for the next two transfer windows.The World football governing body found Chelsea guilty of breaching rules regarding the signings of 29 minors.Which means permanent deals for ex-Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain are equally in doubt.However, the Blues hit back in an official statement: “Chelsea FC has today received a decision from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concerning alleged breaches of the FIFA Regulations that relate to the international transfer of players under the age of 18.“The decision imposes a transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods and a fine of 600k Swiss francs. Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will, therefore, be appealing the decision.“The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation.“Initially, Chelsea FC was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players. We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.Chelsea Football Club has today issued the following statement. https://t.co/V4HBdmdcyr— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 22, 2019“Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”The future of manager Maurizio Sarri has also come back under the spotlight, amidst speculation of a move to Roma next season.Chelsea fans will be hoping for the brighter side of things when they face Man City in the Carabao Cup finals. A trophy may help douse the tensions that has rocked the club in recent weeks.last_img read more

Another SDSU student diagnosed with meningitis outbreak declared

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:38 PM September 28, 2018 Posted: September 28, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Another SDSU student diagnosed with meningitis; outbreak declared 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego State student was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the second case since the beginning of the month, the university announced Friday morning.A student had previously been announced to have contracted the illness on Sept. 5. County public health officials also disclosed another student meningitis case from June, bringing the total number of student infections in the last four months to three and prompting health officials to declare an outbreak at SDSU, university Student Health Services Medical Director Cynthia Cornelius said Friday.In the June case, the infected student was not attending classes and lived off campus, she said. County officials did not initially announce the case because it wasn’t considered a public health risk at the time.All three cases were caused by the serogroup B strain, Cornelius said. None of the infected students were identified.County officials recommended that all undergraduate students at SDSU receive a meningococcus B vaccination if they haven’t already had one.The county and the university will partner to offer vaccine clinics, Cornelius said. Information on the clinics will be available early next week.Meningococcal meningitis is the bacterial form of the illness, and the most dangerous kind. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it can be deadly and requires immediate medical attention.Symptoms can include a high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash nausea, vomiting and lethargy, and may resemble the flu, according to Cornelius. Because the disease progresses rapidly, often in as little as 12 hours, prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical.The bacteria can be transmitted by direct contact with saliva, through the air via sneeze or cough droplets or even through speaking closely face- to-face, she said. Oral contact such as kissing or sharing items like cigarettes or drinking glasses are risk factors.SDSU will continue to partner with county health officials to monitor the outbreak, Cornelius said. AP, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

72 Earthquake Rattles The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 10:13am Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest.Estimated tsunami start times for selected sites are;Kodiak Alaska 925 AM. AKST. November 30.Seward Alaska 930 AM. AKST. November 30.Homer Alaska 1145 AM. AKST. November 30. Update: 9:45am THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COOK INLET AREAAND SOUTHERN KENAI PENINSULA IN ALASKA…No tsunami danger presently exists for this area.This will be the final U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center message for this region. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. A Tsunami Warning is currently in effect in the Homer and Seward areas.Staff and children from these schools are evacuating to higher ground at Homer High School: Fireweed Academy; Homer Flex School; Homer Middle School; Paul Banks Elementary School; West Homer Elementary School. Seward schools are evacuating to Seward High School. The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning, if you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. The tsunami warning will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. Original Post: At 829am an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.2 followed by a 5.7  occurred 10 miles north of Anchorage on Friday morning. The Central Kenai Peninsula including Kenai and Soldotna area are not in the tsunami area warning.last_img read more

first_imgWaste accumulated inside the compound of Medahalli government higher primary school.Amal RasheedaliYou won’t believe, but this image was shot inside a school campus within Bengaluru city limits. Of course, it’s a government-run school — the higher primary school in Medahalli on Old Madras Road. This is where students were forced to urinate in open areas after the first spell of rain caused a drainage block nearby, making toilets inside the compound overflow with filth. While hygiene in government-run educational institutions in Karnataka has been in dubious state, the situation at the Medahalli school was worse. Students were forced to urinate in the open for 15 days, filth and waste flowed into the compound and students and teachers got ill.Upon investigation, the International Business Times learned that though the teachers complained to the civic authorities no one turned up until the news received wide attention through the media.Ms Vijayalakshmi, the headmistress, told IBT that no one came to the school’s rescue initially. She said the students were suffering from fever due to the unhygienic environment at the school and she was herself on leave due to fever.”The school only has a partial compound wall which is only at the front without a gate. The sewers in front of the school are also partially open as they are recently constructed,” said another teacher.It’s obvious that despite the nation-wide cleanliness drive, the government and civic authorities are paying little attention to basic hygiene in many of the government schools. The Medahalli school does not have a proper compound wall or gate. During rains waste flows inside the school compound and accumulates there. The fact that the adjoining drain gets blocked during rains worsens the filth problem in the compound.  Sewage flowing from the toilet at government higher primary school in MedahalliAmal RasheedaliThe school has some 18 toilets but all of them became unusable after the drain block. The school premises were covered in filth and foul smell was oozing from the toilets, forcing students to urinate in a vacant area nearby the school.When the authorities woke up and acted, they realised that the underground drainage (UGD) pipe was damaged by some telecom companies while they were laying underground cable. The half-built compound wall of government higher primary school in Medahalli with partially covered drainage.Amal RasheedaliAfter the sewage water flowed from the toilets to the main compound of the school, the teachers had to accompany the female students to the empty areas fearing the presence of anti-social elements. The Medahalli school has been functioning from 2001 and has over 200 students studying there.The civic authorities including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Public Works Department (PWD) came on Monday and assured they would clean the mess. They have also promised to build a new compound wall and clear the drainage.  Government higher primary school in MedahalliAmal RasheedaliThe Block Education Officer of KR Puram zone, Saleem Pasha, said he got the complaint on Friday July 19. He immediately contacted BWSSB officials, who said the telecom company had damaged UGD pipe which caused the situation. He said the authorities are attending to the matter and the issue will be cleared within three days.In 2018, the Karnataka government identified 2,007 schools in the state without toilet facilities. After the education board wrote to the government demanding facilities the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) had replied that all the schools would be provided with toilets.As many as 2,007 toilets, 1,357 for boys and 650 for girls, were supposed to be built with a budget of Rs 34.11 crore, with each toilet costing around Rs 1.7 lakh. But still many of the government schools in the state lack proper toilets or most of them are dysfunctional.last_img read more

Graphene origami opens up new spintronics features

first_img The scientists, A. T. Costa, et al., from institutions in Brazil, Ireland, Singapore, and the US, have published their paper on graphene origami in a recent issue of EPL.”While bandgap opening and spin-polarized currents are two separate features contained in the wish list of every graphene researcher, we have identified a way that might tick both boxes at once,” coauthor Mauro Ferreira, Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, told Phys.org.Since the bandgap is an energy range where no electron states exist, opening a bandgap in graphene transforms it from a conducting material to a semiconducting material. Semiconducting graphene would be more useful, and could have particularly interesting applications for spintronics devices, which exploit the electron’s quantum mechanical property of spin in addition to its property of electric charge. One reason that graphene is a promising spintronics material is that, compared to other materials, it has an extremely small spin-orbit interaction (SOI). This means that its spin interacts very little with its orbital motion, and so spin dissipation is practically negligible in graphene. As a result, information stored in graphene’s spin can be retained for considerably longer times than in other materials. A small SOI also means that the information can travel over long distances with very little loss.Although a small SOI has many advantages, here the scientists wanted to increase the SOI in parts of graphene because doing so is necessary for opening a bandgap. Recent research has demonstrated that SOI is enhanced when graphene is mechanically bent. Here, the researchers theoretically showed that a 2D graphene sheet molded into periodic ridges and troughs has an enhanced SOI in the curved regions.Increasing the SOI is half of the process to inducing a bandgap; the other half is applying a magnetic field. As the researchers explain, the SOI and magnetic field complement each other in such a way that both quantities must be enhanced to induce a bandgap. The magnitude of the bandgap is ultimately determined by the smaller of these two quantities.One way that a magnetic field can be applied is by doping the graphene with magnetic atoms. Doping is also another way to enhance SOI, so the whole process could potentially be achieved by doping with the right adsorbants. This method has some advantages compared to previous attempts to open up a bandgap in graphene. So far, previous methods have failed to produce technologically relevant semiconducting graphene for several reasons, including that the bandgap size is too small and that disorder emerges into the system. The researchers here predict that the new method may overcome these difficulties and finally achieve useful semiconducting graphene.The second important effect of the new method—that it spin-polarizes the current—means that the electrons’ spins are aligned in the same direction. This feature is particularly important for engineering spintronics devices. In their current study, the researchers showed that the new process can be easily realized by depositing graphene sheets on a substrate with periodic trenches. In the future, they plan to perform measurements on the resulting graphene’s electrical properties. “While we have good experimental control on how the graphene sheets are folded, to measure the transport properties of such origami-like structures remains challenging,” Ferreira said. “The next step is to adapt some of the transport measurement techniques to deal with the structures in this new geometry.” Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (a) To grow graphene fin-like structures, the researchers draped a graphene sheet over a patterned stamp. Below, (b) a scanning electron micrograph and (c) an atomic force microscope image show a small portion of the folded graphene surface. Credit: A. T. Costa, et al. ©2013 EPL 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. More information: A. T. Costa, et al. “Origami-based spintronics in graphene.” EPL, 104 (2013) 47001. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/104/47001center_img Elucidation of spin state of conduction electrons in graphene (Phys.org) —Despite graphene’s many impressive properties, its lack of a bandgap limits its use in electronic applications. In a new study, scientists have theoretically shown that a bandgap can be opened in graphene by folding 2D graphene sheets origami-style and exposing them to a magnetic field. In addition to opening up a bandgap, this method also produces spin-polarized current in the graphene sheets, making them attractive for spintronics applications. Citation: Graphene origami opens up new spintronics features (2013, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-graphene-origami-spintronics-features.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Volleyball association does some fundraising to help Cansa

first_imgEnambithi Volleyball Association (EVA) hosted a Cansa Shave-a-thon at the Oval Shopping Centre on Saturday morning (February 24).EVA club teams joined together to raise funds for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).Young and old supported a worthy cause by giving themselves a new hairstyle.People had the choice of spraying their hair or shaving it off.R4500 in total was raised. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more