Manchester United do not need to practise their finishing to improve their goal-scoring record ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Everton, manager Jose Mourinho said.United have won only two of their last 10 league games, severely damaging their title aspirations as they sit sixth in the table, 11 points behind leaders Chelsea after 13 matches. (League Cup: Man United storm into semis, Arsenal ousted by Southampton)”Not the finishing as this is something we always do,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.United have failed to convert many chances, particularly in home games they have dominated this season, but they did beat West Ham United 4-1 in a League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.”What we did before West Ham, and to be honest it wasn’t just before the cup, it was before the league game too, was to play against that system with three central defenders and two wing backs,” Mourinho added. (Need more time at Manchester United: Jose Mourinho)”We had to find the right way to explore that system as it was one that – like every system – has good qualities but creates problems.”German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger made his first appearance of the season against West Ham and Mourinho said the 32-year-old was the “powerful one” in negotiations with the club because he has a contract until June 2018.”Of course he can. When you have a contract with the club you are the powerful one – you can decide your future,” Mourinho said when asked if Schweinsteiger could stay beyond January. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic confident of winning Premier League with Manchester United)advertisement”In the summer we tried to make something happen for Bastian to get a different future, but he was the powerful one and decided to stay, even in difficult circumstances.”He worked for that and deserved the happiness of the last match. I like people who are determined… He is one who can help us.”After being substituted during the win over West Ham due to injury, left back Luke Shaw is doubtful for the match against Everton, but Mourinho will welcome midfielders Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini back from suspension.Captain Wayne Rooney will miss the trip to his former club as he serves a one-match ban.
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok ended at tied-24th to earn the Partial Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour membership for 2017 at the qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach.Golfers finishing in the top 20 after the final round earned the full LPGA status for 2017, while a partial LPGA status was given to those who finished between 21st and 45th. (Career-high for teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok)With this, Aditi became the second woman after Simi Mehra to earn the status.Aditi scored a 1-over 73 in her first round, then made a strong comeback in her next rounds, shooting a 2-under 70, 1-under 71 and 1-under 71 to begin the final round On Sunday in the tied-27th position.”It’s been a long week @ROAD2LPGA qualifying. Short by 2 to earn a full status @LPGA but had great experience with Terry McNamara on my bag,” Aditi wrote on Twitter. (Aditi Ashok wins inaugural Qatar Ladies Open)Jaye Marie Green of the US won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament with an overall score of 13-under 347.
Praising Kuldeep Yadav for his recent exploits in international cricket, India discard Suresh Raina today said credit should be given to former head coach Anil Kumble for shaping the young spinner.”Kuldeep (Yadav) is doing very well and the credit goes to Anil Bhai (Anil Kumble). He worked really hard with him,” Raina told reporters at an event.”I was talking to him (Kuldeep) in the IPL and he always use to message Anil Bhai. He is the product of Anil Kumble.”He (Kuldeep) has done well with (former Australian chinaman) Brad Hogg. He is the guy who will change everything in bowling department,” he said.The 22-year-old chinaman from Kanpur was impressive in his debut Test series against Australia and also became the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs against the Aussies in the last series.Raina along with Olympian Kavita Raut launched the logo of Skechers Performance Goa River Marathon which will be held on December 10.Raina has been out of the Indian team for a long time and the 30-year-old said he is working hard to earn his place back in the team.”I am working hard and there is nothing tough in life, if you enjoy your process and enjoy your cricket and I have always done that,” he said.”When I got injured that was a difficult time of my life.So it (the comeback) is nothing and I am enjoying it and things will come in my time,” the former Chennai Super Kings player said.advertisementThere were reports that Raina failed the Yo Yo Test.Asked about it, Raina quipped, “You (the reporters) speak to BCCI.”Raina-led Uttar Pradesh lost to Railways in the Ranji Trophy opener after they were bundled out for 72 in the fourth innings chasing 94.On the loss, Raina said, “The boys are still learning.The wicket was little different. We have still five more games to go and after that match we had a chat.”In the Duleep trophy you have seen wicket and its not in my hand to win the toss. So we had to bat on the fourth day and it wasn’t easy,” he signed off.
By Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football WriterATLANTA (AP) — Super it wasn’t — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.The projected shootout Sunday with the Los Angeles Rams never developed. Then late in the game, Tom Brady led one classic drive capped by rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard run with 7 minutes remaining to put New England up 10-3. A late field goal clinched the game 13-3, the lowest-scoring of the 53 Super Bowls.In a season when all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book.No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams averaged just over 60 points a game.When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Rob Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles 2, the time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown.With 4:17 left, All-Pro Stephon Gilmore picked off an ill-advised pass by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed overwhelmed by the big stage all night, at the New England 2.Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining, completing a 72-yard march that took more than three minutes off the clock and included 26-yard runs by Michel and Rex Burkhead.It was a workmanlike conclusion for the Patriots (14-5), whose losses all came away from New England. They beat the top two offenses in the Chiefs and Rams (15-4) in the postseason, and tied Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl titles.The Patriots were terrific all game on defense, allowing the fewest points in a Super Bowl (tied with Dallas in 1972 against Miami).The Rams who reached the NFL championship game with the aid of a major officiating error in the conference title victory at New Orleans, never really threatened to reach the end zone.At 66, Bill Belichick became the oldest winning Super Bowl coach. The Patriots beat the Rams, then representing St. Louis, to begin their dynastic run in the 2002 game. They also have beaten Carolina and Philadelphia (2004 and ’05, the last repeater); the Seahawks in 2015; and the Falcons in 2017 in the only overtime in Super Bowl history.They have lost three times, including to Philadelphia a year ago. New England is the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to win a Super Bowl the year after losing one.How they did it was atypical. It was close, for sure, yet the 10-point margin was their biggest in winning a championship.Brady, who has won four Super Bowl MVP trophies, wasn’t particularly sharp — except when throwing to his buddy, Julian Edelman, the game’s MVP. Edelman, who was injured and didn’t play the 2017 season, was the steadiest offensive player on the field, finishing with 10 catches for 141 yards.All those suspicions about the Patriots declining this season became moot as a defense with few stars carried it, making the 24-year-old Goff look awful and turning All-Pro running back Todd Gurley into a nonfactor.New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball ahead of Los Angeles Rams’ Cory Littleton (58) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)TweetPinShare1010 Shares
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 6 (AP) Twenty-four years after parading through Brazilian streets while lifting the World Cup trophy, Romario is again dancing in the back of pickup trucks. This time, he’s campaigning to become Rio de Janeiro’s next governor. Evoking his soccer past on the campaign trail is only natural for one of the best players in a country where the sport is king. Romario Faria de Souza has ridden his wave of stardom into a career as a lawmaker, winning one term as congressman and another as senator. Now he eyes a much bigger challenge: running a state mired in crisis politics, financing, security since the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics. To look more like a fresh politician, the 52-year-old Romario joined a new centrist party called “We can” (Podemos in Portuguese). Polls indicate that on Sunday the former Brazil national team and Barcelona striker will finish second to former Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who ran Brazil’s most famous city during the Olympics, and force a runoff vote Oct. 28. A runoff election will take place if none of the 11 candidates gets at least 50 percent of the vote. On Thursday, in one of his final campaign events, the charismatic “Shortie,” as he is nicknamed by Brazilians, showed off his star power in two of Rio’s most violent favelas. Any politician wishing to visit Mare and Complexo do Alemao needs approval from the drug lords who run the slums. “How could anyone say no to this man?” said Rodrigo Alves, a 34-year-old vendor and staunch supporter of Romario, who grew up in the Northern Rio favela Vila da Penha.advertisement “Just look around Mare and you will see: There are no ads, posters or banners of his adversaries in the governorship race. Only Romario’s. Why do you think that is?” he said. As Romario paraded through the favelas with Bebeto a Rio state congressman and a former teammate youngsters and adults ran next to his truck as if he were back in his soccer days. Women blew kisses from improvised balconies on their shacks, and men armed with assault weapons waved. At a low period for politicians in Brazil, his supporters sing his campaign jingles and display his banners. Romario focuses more on anti-corruption slogans than on policy. But few voters seem interested in his politics. “The people of Rio need someone that truly cares,” one of Romario’s jingle says. “He is a man people know. He has the courage to change Rio. He is ready for this challenge.” At Complexo do Alemao, Romario spoke with journalists as fans screamed for autographs. “We will put more police on the streets. I am sure that we will reduce the figures of robberies and cargo theft,” he said, his tone not much different from that of other local politicians. The problem for his opponents? None scored goals in a World Cup. Romario has made adjustments along the way. He has cut back on the quips that have caused controversy, such as saying the great Pele was a poet when he doesn’t speak, or insulting once friend and teammate Edmundo by calling him a jester. Fans still get glimpses of his irreverent style on the campaign trail. In a recent TV debate, left-leaning candidate Marcia Tiburi said she resented being the only woman in a race with no minorities on the electoral tickets. “I need to make a correction here,” Romario said. “I am the black man in this debate.” That moment made other candidates take the legendary player more seriously. But that doesn’t mean he gets a pass because of his fame. “You couldn’t even manage the nightclub you had,” Wilson Witzel said during a debate. “No one knows where your money comes from and where it goes to,” Indio da Costa said. Paes has avoided taking swipes at Romario, so far. Analysts were impressed that Romario was ahead in the polls of former governor Anthony Garotinho and other establishment Rio politicians on the left and right. “He is building a consistent political career almost exclusively based on his football career. Romario isn’t quite a politician yet,” said Rafael Salies, a Rio-based political analyst. “That helped him in this moment of massive mistrust against traditional politicians.” Bebeto, a former Brazil and La Coruna striker, doesn’t have a clear political platform as state lawmaker. But he pledges, like Romario, to improve education and health care. Bebeto switched to Romario’s Podemos party for this year’s elections so they could team up again. “We are not in this for money. We got enough as players,” Bebeto told The Associated Press shortly before jumping on a pickup with his old friend for almost an hour.advertisement “Our slates are clean and people need to know that whoever is in power doesn’t want to steal from them.” (AP) AHAH
Investigators say they still don’t know what happened to a 20-year-old Iowa college student who vanished nearly two weeks ago.Lead investigator Kevin Winker of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, says they are working every lead and tip that comes in to determine what happened to Mollie Tibbetts:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TIBBETTS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………we would do so. ;21He says investigators have drawn no conclusions about what happened, but that her disappearing on her own is “not consistent with her past”:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TIBBETTS4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………her disappearance. ;08Tibbetts was last seen jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn on the evening of July 18th.Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn’t show up to work.Family members have said she was dog-sitting at the home where her longtime boyfriend, his brother and the brother’s fiancee live.Radio Iowa
San Francisco: Hitting a notable milestone, the Android edition of Microsoft Word has crossed the “1 billion installs” mark on Google’s Play Store after four years of its release. Microsoft Word for Android was launched in 2015 to let users create, edit and view any document in Word format. This milestone was ironic especially after last month, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates mentioned in an interview that his “greatest mistake ever” was missing out on the mobile operating system (OS) world, The Verge reported on Sunday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Gates noted that there is space for only one competitor for Apple’s iOS — and that it should have been “a natural thing for Microsoft to win”. While Microsoft’s mobile efforts have never reached the success of its competitors, its mobile versions of Microsoft Office still enjoy a significant amount of market penetration, much like their desktop counterparts. Other Office apps from the software giant including Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive each have more than 500 million installs, while email client Outlook for Android has more than 100 million installs.
Last week, WildAid celebrated its international ambassadors at a special event in Los Angeles.Josh Duhamel and Fergie at WildAid’s LA Gala; photo in background by Nick Brandt/Big Life FoundationCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidThe event, hosted by the Montage Beverly Hills, raised over $2.5 million to support WildAid’s programs throughout the world.Actress Maggie Q was honored with WildAid’s 2015 Wildlife Champion Award. A WildAid ambassador since 2012, Maggie stars in the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign, which in part educates consumers about the myths of rhino horn’s medicinal properties, as well as the “I’m FINished with Fins” campaign against shark fin soup. She has filmed several PSAs, and has participated in multiple photo shoots and media interviews to help raise awareness of the plight of animals around the world.John Corbett and Bo DerekCredit/Copyright: Brian To Photography via WildAidJoining Maggie at Saturday’s gala were Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Paula Abdul, Chevy & Jayni Chase, Tanzanian music artist Alikiba, Kristin Bauer, Michael Cudlitz, Bo Derek and John Corbett, Junior Nyong’o, Amy Tan and many more devoted WildAid supporters.Source:WildAid
Feeding America has launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) starring celebrity actress Jennie Garth to bring attention to childhood hunger.Video: Feeding America Child Hunger PSA with Jennie GarthFeeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council since 2008 on a Hunger Prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and the fight to solve it, led by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Jennie Garth donated her time and talent for the project, as have other celebrity activists in past PSAs, including Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.“No child should go hungry in this country,” said Jennie Garth. “Feeding America is working hard to make sure that, in our near future, childhood hunger will be a thing of the past.”According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggles with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long-term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“Childhood hunger is a problem we have the power to solve. It takes motivated people to support local food banks and the acceptance that hunger is faced by far too many children in every community across America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so grateful to Ms. Garth for lending her influence to this issue, and hope that these new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem.”The new PSAs feature Garth in a food bank discussing the disproportionate effect of hunger on children and pointing out the fact that the billions of pounds of surplus edible food wasted each year in the U.S. can help feed families who are hungry. The ads encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.“We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to continue to produce compelling work and help solve this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “No one should go hungry in America, especially around the holidays. We hope that Garth’s recognition will encourage volunteers, supporters and donors to support the millions of children in need.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign which was launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. The new TV PSAs were created pro bono by 360i. Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $374 million in support for the PSAs.
Martha Troian APTN InvestigatesBrian Rae remembers his nephew, Dario Strang, as someone who was smart and did well in school. Rae thought Strang had a bright future ahead of him.But on June 8, 2009 everything changed.After visiting a family member from Sioux Lookout, Ont., Strang returned to his home in Pikangikum First Nation and lost his life to suicide.He was just 18 years old.“He was a young man, he had everything going for him at that time,” says Brian Rae, originally from Sandy Lake First Nation, from his home in Sioux Lookout.“He was in school. He had aspirations of going into the army. He was already accepted to go into the Bold Eagle Program.”The Bold Eagle Program is a summer military program for Indigenous youth.Strang is just one of the hundreds of Indigenous people who have lost their lives to suicide in northern Ontario.APTN Investigates took a closer look at data collection around suicide and ethnicity and has learned the federal government and a handful of provinces are not keeping track of these deaths, despite there being a crisis.According to Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization that oversees 49 communities in the north, there have been 562 suicide deaths since 1986. Of those deaths, 334 were males. Many of these deaths are also young people between the ages of 15-20 years old, accounting for 218 suicides.The most common method used was by hanging, accounting for 417 of the deaths based on the data.Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum said these numbers do not shock her, knowing the issues facing the north.(Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. Photo credit: Nishnawbe Aski Nation)“Our leadership, along with our NAN citizens acknowledge the need for community based processes and programming to address underlying issues. We’re committed to advocating and lobbying for strength-based and empowering initiatives.” said Achneepineskum.Issues of sexual abuse, bullying to addictions all contribute to suicide, Achneepineskum said, noting how the executive team at NAN remain committed to addressing these issues.Almost 100 children lost to suicide in the northFor decades the suicide rates of Indigenous people in Canada have soared, spiking three times higher than the national public average, and five to six times higher than non-Indigenous youth in Canada.Suicide rates have also been a continual presence in northern Ontario. Many of those suicides involving Indigenous youth, and in some cases children.For instance, in the NAN territory, 87 lives were lost to suicide between the ages of 10-14 since 1986, based on NAN’s data.Achneepineskum says there are special circumstances present, too, when it comes to these young children taking their own lives, such as the involvement of the child welfare system.Child welfare agency suspected First Nations girls were planning suicidesNDP MP Charlie Angus is appalled that the federal government is not keeping track of these losses, knowing how high the number of suicide deaths there are for northern Ontario.(NDP MP Charlie Angus)“I feel it is unconscionable for a nation like Canada that we don’t have the information the staggering death levels of young people to suicide,” said Angus.“In the case of Canada, the lives of Indigenous young people somehow don’t seem to be that much of a priority, and so nobody seems to think these horrific death rates are a cause for action.”Angus is pushing to launch a national action plan for suicide that entails the government of Canada providing community-based suicide prevention programs linked to a comprehensive statistical overview of suicide.Despite spending millions on prevention, feds don’t keep track of suicide epidemic of Indigenous peopleEven though data collection around suicide varies or is not gathered at all, as in the case of New Brunswick and the federal government, millions of dollar are allocated to suicide prevention and mental health by Health Canada.More healing centres coming to OntarioThe Ministry of Health and Long Term Care stated 10 healing and treatment centres will be established across Ontario. The centres will offer 50 new beds for Indigenous people and provide mental health counselling and cultural supports.One healing centre is currently operating in Fort Frances, as for the other healing centres, the exact locations have yet to be determined.Although Achneepineskum is happy to see one centre in Fort Frances, she says it is still not located far enough north, given the number of residents living there.“This has been part of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s strategy and that is we have adequate resources for mental health whether it’s treatment or through healing centres,” says Achneepineskum.“We will continue to ensure we bring these services closer to home, especially for our children, whether they are in the court system or in the child welfare system.”
Ahmedabad: Two contractual workers were killed in a fire at an ONGC well near here, the company said Thursday. A fire broke out around 2030 hours on Wednesday at Nandej well when repair and maintenance operations were being carried out by chartered hire Workover Rig Akash 4, it said in a statement. Nine fire tenders — four of ONGC and five from district fire services — were deployed and the fire was completely extinguished in less than an hour. “Unfortunately two contractual workers have lost their lives in the incident. While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25, was brought dead (at hospital on Wednesday), Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27, succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today (Thursday),” it said. Four other contractual workers with severe burn injuries are being treated at a hospital here. “While reasons behind this accident are being enquired into, ONGC is committed to provide all support as per its policy to the bereaved families as well as the ones who have suffered burn injuries,” it said.
Loonie off early highs as traders assess knock-on effects of Cyprus bailout deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Monday but off the best levels of the session as traders considered the effects of a bailout deal reached between the Cypriot government and the so-called troika of creditors — the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the ECB.The loonie was up 0.2 of a cent at 97.92 cents US after Cyprus clinched a €10-billion bailout aimed at preventing the country from sliding into bankruptcy and ditching the euro currency.But in order to get the money, the country had to come up with €5.8 billion on its own. The bulk of that money is now being raised by forcing losses on holders of large bank deposits, with the remainder coming from tax increases and privatizations.Markets were rattled after a top European official said Monday that inflicting losses on banks’ shareholders, bondholders and even large depositors should become the 17-country eurozone’s default approach for dealing with ailing lenders.Banks’ owners and investors must be held responsible “before looking at public money or any other instrument coming from the public side,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the Eurogroup gatherings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers.He later pointed out that “Cyprus is a specific case with exceptional challenges” but traders worry that forcing losses on large deposits could encourage investors to pull money out of weaker southern European economies to more stable nations in the north, like Germany.The European Central Bank had threatened to cut crucial emergency assistance to the country’s banks by Tuesday if no agreement had been reached.The country’s second-largest bank, Laiki, will be restructured, with all bond holders and people with more than €100,000 in their bank accounts facing significant losses.Also on Monday, Cyprus’ president said the central bank will impose some limits on bank transactions on Tuesday, when most of the country’s financial institutions reopen for the first time in over a week.All banks except the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki are due to reopen on Tuesday morning. President Nicos Anastasiades did not specify what limitations would be imposed on transactions.Investors also kept a wary eye on the other major trouble spot in the eurozone as Italy had to pay slightly higher interest rates to raise €3.8 billion in bond sales. The treasury paid a rate of 1.75 per cent in the sale Monday, up from 1.68 per cent at the last such auction last month.Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is holding consultations on forming a new government following elections last month that ended with no clear winner. He is expected make an announcement in coming days.Commodity prices were mixed with the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.10 to US$94.81 a barrel.May copper was down two cents at US$3.44 a pound while April gold bullion fell $1.60 to US$1,604.50 an ounce.Looking ahead, traders will take in the latest read on Canada’s economic strength on Thursday. Gross domestic product is expected to have risen by 0.1 per cent in January following a 0.2 per cent dip the previous month.Canadian consumer price index numbers for February are due on Wednesday. The data is expected to show that inflation jumped 0.7 per cent, on higher gasoline prices, according to consensus expectations from BMO Economic Research. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:44 am MDT
Trump win won’t affect Alberta climate plans: environment minister by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 14, 2016 1:47 pm MDT Related Stories Senate Republican leader says he asked Trump to back Keystone XL pipelineNotley talks energy, environment and sexism following Trump win Alberta|climate change|donald trump|Shannon Phillips (Pexel) Alberta’s environment minister says the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president shouldn’t affect the province’s efforts to combat climate change.Trump is widely expected to pull back on efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.But in a phone call from climate meetings in Marrakesh, Morocco, Shannon Phillips says that doesn’t necessarily mean Alberta will have to as well.She says the province’s plans don’t depend on the United States making major moves and were designed on a business-as-usual basis.She adds jurisdictions all over the world — including China — are moving to put a price on carbon.She believes Alberta’s climate-change initiatives will open up business and investment opportunities for the province, not restrict them. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In “No Team Can Beat the Draft,” my colleague Neil Paine argued that the player-evaluation market in the NFL appears to be pretty efficient. No team or general manager has shown an ability to consistently pick players who earn better stats in their first five years than we would expect given where they were taken in the draft.Neil’s argument doesn’t imply that no teams are better at general draft strategy than others. Some add value by trading their picks for more valuable picks. Some get value by picking in the “sweet spot” — the area where the return on investment for a pick is the highest (typically late in Round 1 or early in Round 2) — more often than others. Some address their team needs better than others. And so on.Of course, there’s also a lot of uncertainty in how players are valued. For Neil’s analysis, that’s not particularly important, because any arbitrary metric will do: If someone drafts better players, they will generally have more fruitful careers as measured by most metrics. But one weakness that almost all of those metrics share is not really understanding how much each player contributes to the overall quality of a team. This is a completely open question in football, with a wide range of estimates.So rather than looking at how players perform, I thought I’d take a quick look at how teams making certain types of picks perform overall over the next five years, relative to how we would expect teams of their strength to perform over the same period.For example, here’s how teams perform relative to their SRS (Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) depending on where in the first round they drafted (using data from 1970 onward):Teams drafting in the top five slightly exceed expectations, while teams in the early and mid-round underperform; teams who draft late in the round do better than we’d think (again, this is in addition to the fact that teams who draft late are generally stronger).This is completely consistent (and, in fact, supports) the Massey-Thaler analysis, which suggests that early first-round picks are somewhat valuable, mid-round picks are not, and then the value of picks rises steadily until peaking in the second round.If we use this result to adjust for when a team makes its picks, we can start to look for other patterns, such as how teams have done after drafting players of certain positions in various spots.For the following table, I first calculated each team’s expected performance (in SRS) over the next five years based on its record, its SRS in the previous year and where it was making their draft pick. Then I compared that expectation to its actual performance, broken down by its draft slot and the position of the player it drafted. Here are the results for the eight positions most commonly drafted in the first round:Granted, these results are noisy. A lot of the difference is likely just variance, but slightly more results seem statistically significant than we would expect. A couple of the strongest results also reflect plausible theories:First, teams who take quarterbacks in the first five picks tend to perform better than expected (unsurprisingly), but teams who take QBs later in the round typically perform worse. This is the result I was hoping to find, based on the theory that marquee quarterbacks are easy to identify, but sorting out the rest is difficult. In other words: If the top QBs are off the board, it’s probably not worth spending a first-round pick (and more money) speculatively.Second, tackles possibly aren’t as valuable as people think. Guards didn’t make the list because a lot fewer of them were taken in the first round, though for those that were, the teams who took them did better than average. This could be explained by tackles being poorly-valued by the market relative to guards.
OSU junior Shelby Hursh (19) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTo obtain its sixth straight win, the No. 23 Ohio State softball team had to be carried by its pitching Wednesday evening, downing Dayton 1-0. OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, taking her season record to 13-3.Redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne recorded the Buckeyes’ only hit of the game on her 18th home run of the year, bringing her within one of the program’s single-season home run record.“One swing of the bat can matter, so just being there for my team is important,” Bayne said. “And them helping me stay up is really awesome.”The Flyers went down in order in the top of the first inning, giving OSU the chance to grab an early lead on Bayne’s solo shot to left center field. Through the following two innings, both teams remained hitless, as Hursh and Dayton sophomore Manda Cash, who struck out nine through six innings, continued to best batters.“(Hursh) pounded the zone,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “We didn’t mix it up, and sometimes we try and finesse the outside corners, which is where we get into trouble with walks.”Dayton got its first runners aboard in the fourth inning with singles from freshman Kyle Davidson and junior Krista Gustafson but could not continue the streak to bring them home. The Flyers threatened the Buckeyes’ defense again in the fifth with a leadoff double from sophomore Kailee Budicin, and junior Katie Ryan reached first on a fielder’s choice with one out.OSU kept its composure and got out of the jam but went down in order in the bottom of the inning, leaving the game in a tight, one-run game.“Her wind-up was something we haven’t seen before, so we just had to zone in on every pitch,” Bayne said of the left-hander Cash.Again, the Flyers got their leadoff batter, junior Gabrielle Snyder, aboard on Hursh’s only walk of the game, but sophomore Becca Gavin caught her stealing on a snap throw to second base in the top of the sixth. Hursh added two more strikeouts to silence Dayton’s bats and give her opponents one last chance to score.“We haven’t been faced with a lot of low-scoring games, so I actually really enjoyed Shelby rising to not even allow a run,” Schoenly said.In the bottom of the sixth, Bayne headed to first base on her second walk of the day and stole her fifth base of the year, but seniors Cammi Prantl and Erika Leonard left her stranded. In the final inning, Dayton went down in order to give OSU a piece of momentum heading into this weekend.“I just want to keep a positive attitude for my team. If I don’t get it done in an at-bat, I know that I can make a difference next at-bat,” Bayne said. “Just embracing every moment.”Schoenly shared Bayne’s optimism of Wednesday’s close outcome, expressing pride in her players’ composure and confidence.“It kept them super hyped, and I think that’s going prepare them for down the road here,” the coach said.That road leads the Buckeyes to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on No. 3 Michigan in a decisive Big Ten weekend series. Friday’s game, the first of three, is set to begin at 6 p.m.
…Female colleague held at gunpointA 55-year-old man and his colleague are now tremendously shaken after he was on Friday evening robbed and carjacked in the vicinity of the Kitty Seawall, while his colleague was held at gunpoint throughout the ordeal.Lakha’s vehicle that was stolenHarjeet Singh Lakha, an Indian national, working for several years in Guyana, told INews on Saturday that he was exercising on the seawall, in the company a female colleague, between the hours of 20:00 and 20:30, on the night in question, and had parked his car, a Toyota Premio, a short distance away.He recalled that as he sat to rest, one male wearing a hat joined him and made small talk. Shortly after, he noticed that another man, dressed in similar manner stood not too far from him.Lakha told this publication that he brushed off feelings of suspicion and was about to leave to return to his car when one of the men whipped out a handgun and pointed it to the female associate who was with him, while the other held him at knifepoint.The bandits reportedly searched the 55-year-old and his colleague, relieving Lakha of $12,000 in cash and his cellphone. Further, the men took the keys to Lakha’s black Toyota Premio, PNN 3428 and fled the scene.A report was subsequently made at the Kitty and Alberttown Police Stations and an investigation has been launched.Persons who may have information as to the location of the stolen vehicle are asked to contact the authorities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNorth Ruimveldt taxi driver robbed, carjacked by gunmanOctober 16, 2017In “Crime”Man drowns after going for a swim near Kitty seawallApril 25, 2016In “latest news”Businessman robbed by duo, says he hired suspect to trim trees hours beforeJune 20, 2018In “Crime”
Updated 21:20LEINSTER SPURNED A late four-on-two on the right flank to fall to an 11-6 defeat to Edinburgh at a near deserted Murrayfield.Matt O’Connor’s men struggled to piece together any meaningful, sustained attacks in the first-half due to poor handling and silly penalty concessions. They started the second-half brightly but the Scots’ brutish defence saw them through at the death.Trailing but with ball-in-hand inside the opposition 22, Leinster were faced with a similar end-game to their Heineken Cup loss to Northampton Saints last week. Brian O’Driscoll went close by the posts but was held up. Four Leinster players screamed for the ball out wide but scrum-half Isaac Boss could not extricate it from his forwards in time to make it count. Play eventually went out wide but Tadhg Furlong knocked on under pressure.Rain and heavy winds are lashing both sets of players and the first setpiece of the game told a sorry story. Aaron Dundon’s overthrow was spilled near the back of the line and fell, briefly, into the hands of Dave Denton who knocked on.The ground was cutting up during scrums but Leinster’s front row of Michael Bent, Dundon and Martin Moore battled gamely to achieve parity in the opening stages. Leinster’s first attacking thrust of note came on 19 minutes when Jordi Murphy broke a couple of tackles before he was hauled short in the “22.Leinster’s pressure was rewarded two minutes later as Ian Madigan converted from just outside the Edinburgh 22. The confidence boost of that opening score encouraged the out-half to try an ambitious crossfield kick to Luke Fitzgerald on the left wing. The kick was well judged but Fitzgerald fumbled the ball forward.Greig Laidlaw then got the paltry coupling of home fans out of their seats with a break straight up the centre. He was dragged down 20 metres short of the line by Zane Kirchner but Edinburgh retained possession. Laidlaw was back with the ball in his hand and he found Dougie Fife out on the left flank after fullback Jack Cuthbert took two Leinster players out of the game with a diversionary run.YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12The home side pressed for further points and were rewarded when Isaac Boss was penalised for coming in from the side. Laidlaw, who missed the earlier conversion, slotted over the close range penalty.Madigan kicked an early penalty in the second-half but Laidlaw soon answered with one of his own. A Darragh Fanning drive up the left wing and an O’Driscoll line break were the best the visitors could muster in reply and Leinster fell to their second defeat in a week.Clondalkin rugby club players bare all for charity calendar5 reasons to get excited for this weekend’s Pro12 action
It’s true that we’re spending more and more time on the web. That means we’re using our browsers a good portion of the time we’re on a computer. You’d think that would have made folks a little more interested in Chromebooks, but the supply chain says otherwise.It seems people just aren’t willing to cough up a few hundred bucks for a laptop that features little more than a web browser just yet — even a comparatively advanced one like Google Chrome. When Acer and Samsung unveiled their first models running Chrome OS earlier this year, they looked interesting enough. Long battery life. Fast boot times. Near total immunity to virus infection. What’s not to like about that?Plenty, it turns out. In 2011, people still want to be able to do things like install iTunes, play games purchased through Steam, and download torrents. That desire — along with the fact that Chromebooks were less likely to be spotted in the retail wild than Bigfoot on your next camping trip — has put the clamps on Chromebook sales thus far.According to DigiTimes’ sources, Acer has sold about 5,000 units since its debut in June. Samsung has reportedly sold even fewer — and the Sammy story gets even gloomier.Back at Google IO 2011, Samsung and Google ponied up free Series 5 Chromebooks to everyone in attendance. That was about 5,000 people. If Samsung has sold fewer than Acer, that means they’ve given away more than they’ve actually sold. Ouch.Google’s not giving up on Chrome OS, of course. The updates are still coming: Netflix support was bolted on a while back and now Windows USB drives formatted using NTFS will work with Chrome OS, too. Still, the first five months on the market make TouchPad sales look like the iPad’s — even before HP pulled the plug.More at DigiTimes
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File photo A ‘RADICALISED’ INMATE at a prison in France has been shot and injured in a police raid after he seriously wounded two guards in a knife attack, sources told AFP. The raid also left his visiting partner fatally wounded. Prisoner Michael Chiolo and his female partner were in the family-visiting area of a high-security prison in Normandy when police moved in and detained them, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Twitter.Chiolo and his partner were shot and wounded in the operation.“The woman died” of her injuries, a source close to the case said. Chiolo was less seriously wounded in the cheek.Elite police units moved in some 10 hours after 27-year-old Chiolo wounded the prison guards with a knife.Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet suggested the knife might have been smuggled into the prison by his partner.“There is no doubt as to the terrorist nature of this attack,” Belloubet told reporters earlier.‘Radicalised’Chiolo, who was serving a 30-year sentence, is thought to have become a “radicalised” Islamist while in prison.Chiolo was serving his sentence for kidnapping leading to a death, armed robbery and condoning terrorism.He and an accomplice were sentenced on appeal in 2015 for choking to death an 89-year-old man they had tied up while robbing his home.He was also sentenced to a year in jail – when already in prison – for asking fellow inmates to “reenact” an attack by Islamic State gunmen on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015. During his rampage this week, he shouted “Allahu Akhbar”, a prison staff representative told AFP.France has suffered a series of deadly attacks from Islamist extremists since 2015 and is on high alert amid concerns about the return of Islamic State group jihadists from Syria.The Paris state prosecutor said separately that accounts by witnesses suggested Chiolo “wanted to avenge” Cheriff Chekatt.Chekatt was shot dead by police after killing five people and wounding 11 at a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in December.Demands from prison officersThe attack comes as French prison staff, who have been demanding better working conditions, have repeatedly stage weekly protests on Tuesdays. In January 2018, prison staff held three weeks of protests after a guard was attacked by a jihadist inmate at a high-security jail in northern France.Trade unions and experts have continuously warned of the spread of extremism in French prisons. This has to the government to build special facilities to house dangerous individuals who are sometimes held in solitary confinement. The Conde-sur-Sarthe prison, where the latest rampage occured, is one of France’s most secure jails. Unlike other facilities, it doesn’t suffer from overcrowding, according to Belloubet.Despite having been identified as an extremist, Chiolo was not housed in a secure wing for radicalised inmates which was opened in September, she added.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Mar 6th 2019, 7:49 AM 12,108 Views ‘Radicalised’ inmate shot and detained after slashing guards in French prison attack The raid also left prisoner Michael Chiolo’s visiting partner fatally wounded. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/hrui Share17 Tweet Email Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 7:49 AM File photo Image: Shutterstock/hrui 2 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4526047 By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article