SHARE Published on Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger 9 COMMENT Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated P V Sindhu for winning the Silver medal in Rio Olympics, saying her accomplishment is historic and will be remembered for years.He praised Sindhu for fighting it well in Badminton final in which she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin.“Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought.Your accomplishment at #Rio2016 is historic & will be remembered for years,” the Prime Minister tweeted.The 21-year-old Indian crumbled under the relentless pressure created by Marin to lose 21—19, 12—21, 15—21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre here.Sindhu, the two-time World championship bronze medallist, became the first Indian woman player to clinch a Silver in the Olympics and fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics. Pusarla V Sindhu poses with her silver medal after her match with Spain’s Carolina Marin in women’s Singles final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Friday. – PTI × sport Pusarla V Sindhu poses with her silver medal after her match with Spain’s Carolina Marin in women’s Singles final at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Friday. – PTI August 19, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS
Me and Kohli are aggressive and passionate cricketers: GambhirMe and Kohli are aggressive and passionate cricketers: Gambhir
New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir today said both he and current India Test captain Virat Kohli are aggressive individuals who are passionate about cricket. Gambhir said his characteristics are similar to Kohli and both of them share a common goal, i.e to give their best for their respective teams on the field. “When you are playing against an opposition you want to go out there and win a game and for that you have to be aggressive. As a leader you want your team to play as you are. Both of us are aggressive and passionate individuals and want to do well for our respective teams,” Gambhir said. “Even if we have difference of opinion there is nothing wrong in it. We both have same ambition that is to make our country proud and try to win each and every game as possible and try to contribute in the teams success. There is nothing personal about it. “This is what professional people do. We are pretty good friends on and off the field,” he told NDTV. Gambhir and Kohli had a verbal duel during the 2013 IPL match between their respective teams — Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Bangalore Challengers. Also this year, Gambhir had apparently kicked a chair during the celebration of KKRs victory over Kohlis RCB and was later fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct. In the wake of the recent diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, Gambhir said he is completely against playing the troubled neighbouring country until and unless they stop killing innocent Indians across the border. “Not at all. I cannot think about playing Pakistan. Life of people of this country is far more important than any sports or any other thing,” the left-handed opener said. “I am talking as an Indian and not as as a cricketer. I believe we should not have any ties or relationship with Pakistan. For me it is very important to protect out people,” Gambhir concluded. PTI SSC ATK ATKadvertisement
Top West Indians will continue international snub, says Darren SammyTop West Indians will continue international snub, says Darren Sammy
Leading West Indian cricketers will prefer to play in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world instead of representing the Caribbean side under the current administration, former captain Darren Sammy has said.Players such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have long been embroiled in contractual disputes with the board and the team even abandoned a tour of India midway through the 2014 series over a payment structure row.Cricket West Indies (CWI) only select players for their international sides if they feature in domestic competitions, leading to many high-profile absentees who ply their trade in overseas Twenty20 leagues.”I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family,” Sammy, who led West Indies to two World Twenty20 titles, told BBC Radio Five Live.West Indies have had little success outside the shortest format and missed out on qualification for the recent Champions Trophy, played among the top eight 50-over sides of the world.They are ranked ninth in one-day internationals and one place higher in the test format.Sammy tore into his home governing body immediately after guiding the side to their second World T20 title in India last year, saying the players “felt disrespected by the board coming into the tournament”.The 33-year-old has since missed out on selection for the West Indies.”The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere,” said Sammy, who has played 38 tests and 126 ODIs.”I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for us.advertisement”If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments.”CWI said it was working with stakeholders to resolve the issue and was focussed on direct qualification for the 2019 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.”Regarding player eligibility, since the July 2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale, there has been ongoing meetings with the players in large and small groups, and we feel we are closer to a resolution,” the BBC quoted a CWI statement as saying.”Cricket West Indies remains focused on its role to facilitate player development through its competitions and other support services.”
Spain Lopetegui told Spain sacking could have been avoided with Real Madrid clarity Josh Challies 21:53 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Spain Real Madrid World Cup Primera División RFEF president Luis Rubiales says he spoke to Florentino Perez for just 20 seconds about a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for La Roja’s head coach Real Madrid’s move for Julen Lopetegui would not have been an issue for Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales if he had been kept in the loop.Rubiales claims he had just a 20-second discussion with Madrid president Florentino Perez prior to Lopetegui’s appointment as Zinedine Zidane’s successor at the Santiago Bernabeu being announced on Tuesday.The RFEF president replaced coach Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro less than 24 hours later – just two days before Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal – and thinks such drama could have been avoided if proper contact had been made. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I called Florentino and spoke with him for 20 seconds, then I spoke to Lopetegui for a minute. I asked them, as I do not know anything, to be calm and not to announce anything because they had left us on the sidelines,” he told Cadena Ser.”If this had been discussed with us, there would have been no problem. Neither Hierro nor I had knowledge of this.”I did not know anything at all, I’ve been sitting next to Julen and the other members of the coaching staff day after day until I left for Moscow.”Rubiales was disappointed with the way Lopetegui went about the move, but does not feel “betrayed”.”I’ll have to get the messages because I have messages with him. I have messages and I’m very angry about how things have been done,” he added.”I feel Julen Lopetegui is wrong but I do not feel betrayed by him. There are things that are intolerable.”
MSI launches BSVI compliant Ertiga priced at 754 lakhMSI launches BSVI compliant Ertiga priced at 754 lakh
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India on Thursday said its popular multi-purpose vehicle Ertiga petrol version has become BS-VI emission norm compliant and will be available at a starting price of Rs 7,54,689 (ex-showroom Delhi). This is the sixth model from the company’s portfolio after Alto, WagonR, Swift, Baleno and Dzire to be BS-VI compliant, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. Commenting on the development, MSI Executive Director, Marketing and Sales Shashank Srivastava said, “With the new BS-VI compliant petrol engines, much ahead of the government deadline, we reinforce our commitment towards cleaner environment.”
Friend concerned for detained Canadian after fundraising effort shut downFriend concerned for detained Canadian after fundraising effort shut down
OTTAWA — A friend of Michael Spavor says he is worried about the detained Canadian’s well-being and financial future now that an online fund-raising effort in his name has been derailed.Andray Abrahamian was among the organizers of a GoFundMe campaign for Spavor, a Canadian arrested last month in China for allegedly endangering Chinese national security.GoFundMe says today the campaign was shut down because its third-party payment processor was unable to handle the donations.GoFundMe would not elaborate on the reasons why.Spavor is director of the Paektu Cultural Exchange, an organization that facilitates sporting, cultural, tourism and business exchanges with North Korea.He and fellow Canadian Michael Kovrig were taken into Chinese custody just days after Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Meng Wanzhou, a senior executive with Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, so she can be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges.The Canadian Press
Future NAFTA talks face uphill battle as Mexico Canada grapple with tariffsFuture NAFTA talks face uphill battle as Mexico Canada grapple with tariffs
WASHINGTON – Any chance of a quick deal on a renegotiated NAFTA has been scuppered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end an exemption for Canada and Mexico from crippling tariffs on steel and aluminum exports, Canadian government insiders say.Indeed, one well-placed, senior official said the chances of striking any deal on NAFTA, ever, have “just fallen through the floor.”Trump, meanwhile, resurrected Friday an idea he’s floated before — negotiating separate bilateral trade pacts with Canada and Mexico if no deal can be reached on modernizing the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement.But coming one day after Trump antagonized both countries by using national security concerns to justify imposing tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum on the U.S.’s NAFTA partners, Canadian officials said the renewed pitch for bilateral deals is a non-starter.“The government commitment remains NAFTA,” said one of several officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations and efforts to manage deteriorating relations with the United States.While Mexican negotiators are scheduled to return to Washington next week to resume talks on the pivotal NAFTA issue of autos, Canadian officials say the round-the-clock phase of negotiations of the past few weeks is over. Talks will continue in a slower, less urgent fashion, with the next potential window for more intensive negotiations likely not coming until after the July 1 Mexican presidential election.Even then, one senior official predicted the chances of striking a deal are slim. That’s because the Trump administration has, in Canada’s view, made a “massive, massive strategic blunder” in thinking it will be able to drive a harder bargain with a new Mexican president.It’s compounded that miscalculation by lifting the steel and aluminum tariff exemption on Mexico, the official said, predicting the move will compel presidential contenders to take an even harder line against U.S. trade practices during the campaign and, thus, limit the eventual winner’s room to manoeuvre on NAFTA.That could mean no deal will ultimately prove possible, which could provoke Trump to follow through on his oft-repeated threat to tear up NAFTA. However, Canadian officials contend such a unilateral move is likely illegal under U.S. law and, in any event, they expect a backlash from Congress, American business leaders and — most importantly for Trump — Republican fundraisers, who would probably force the president to back down.Still, Trump reiterated Friday his preference for two separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico, rather than the continental pact.“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t mind seeing NAFTA where you’d go by a different name, where you’d make a separate deal with Canada and a separate deal with Mexico,” he said after a meeting with North Korean officials.“You’re talking about a very different two countries. I wouldn’t mind seeing a separate deal with Canada where you have one type of product … and a separate deal with Mexico.”NAFTA, Trump repeated, has been “a lousy deal for the United States from day one.“We lose a lot of money with Canada and we lose a fortune with Mexico. But it’s not going to happen like that anymore,” he said.However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are showing no sign of breaking up the united front they’ve demonstrated so far.“The leaders expressed their strong concerns and deep disappointment with the imposition of U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum exports,” Trudeau’s office said in a summary of a Thursday phone call with the Mexican leader.“They also discussed the North American Free Trade negotiations and agreed to continue working toward a mutually beneficial outcome.”In retaliation for the tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, Trudeau announced Thursday that Canada will impose $16.6 billion worth of “countermeasures” that hit a range of U.S. products, from flat-rolled steel to playing cards. Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including flat steel.In the wake of the burgeoning trade war, some trade experts also question whether there might actually be a NAFTA negotiating table to return to given the reality of the political calendar. Mexico’s presidential election is one month away and the U.S. congressional midterms follow in the fall.Trump’s latest move amounts to “blackmail” in the NAFTA renegotiation, although it doesn’t kill chances of carving out a deal, said Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a veteran of Canada’s free trade battles.Beatty said Canada should not walk away from the NAFTA table.“We should not ever agree to blackmail of the nature that was proposed here,” said Beatty, who was a federal cabinet minister at the time of the original Canada-U.S. free trade negotiation that produced NAFTA’s precursor.“We should remain at the table as long as there is a table to remain at, and look for a deal in which everyone wins.”Beatty said future negotiations have been altered by Trump’s “classic bully techniques” which are designed “to extort the conditions that Donald Trump wants to see in NAFTA.”Eric Miller, of the Washington-based Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said it is possible to move forward with NAFTA on a separate track from the tariff dispute. That’s not unprecedented because when the original Canada-U.S. free trade talks were happening, the two countries were mired in the softwood lumber dispute.But this time it’s different, he said.The key is for Canada to move forward with NAFTA while keeping the “damage done” in steel and aluminum contained in its own separate lane. After parsing the statements of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Miller said it is clear the two countries want to do that.“If the U.S. thinks this, in some way, will soften up Canada’s position or make it want to give concessions to resolve the NAFTA, they are misunderstanding the situation,” he said.“Canada knows this is the big ball game and they have said from the very beginning they’re not going to yield to pressure tactics.”A leading American trade lawyer said the window for serious NAFTA negotiations has simply closed for the year because it has been overtaken by the political calendar.“I believe the real challenge on NAFTA will be Mexico. I do not believe we can proceed in any significant way on NAFTA before the July 1 election,” said Dan Ujczo, of the firm Dickinson Wright PLLC.Others said there’s no way NAFTA’s negotiators can look each other in the eye after Thursday’s developments.“It’s hard to imagine how you negotiate with a knife to your throat,” said Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada.“I would break it off. That’s not good faith.”
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for the temporary suspension of animal sacrifices in the country.The request comes as a tense situation was likely to arise with animal sacrifices scheduled to take place at the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil in Chilaw on Saturday. The exposition of the Kapilavastu relics in Sri Lanka is to be held till September 11. The sacred Buddhist relics were brought to Sri Lanka from India after more than 30 years on August 19. The district court in Chilaw had this week ordered that no protests or demonstrations be held around the vicinity of the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil until September 2. The order came in response to a complaint filed by the Chilaw police. President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that the President has requested that animal sacrifices are not made especially during the exposition of the Kapilavastu relics in Sri Lanka.
Mihin assures staff made redundant will be compensatedMihin assures staff made redundant will be compensated
Mihin Lanka today assures that its staff who will be made redundant by the end of this year, will be compensated.It was decided to discontinue the services of Mihin Lanka, with effect from 30th October 2016. The decision was made by the Government, as part of its long-term strategy to restructure the local aviation industry and strengthen the offering and efficiency of Srilankan Airlines. The management of SriLankan Airlines has advised that due to the business operations of Mihin Lanka coming to an end on 31st December 2016, the airline envisaged that several staff members would be made redundant.Foreseeing this development ahead of time, the airline says it has made elaborate plans for the redeployment of Mihin Lanka staff. So far recruitment processes have been completed for a total of 130 (out of a total of 304) employees of Mihin Lanka. This recruitment and redeployment process is expected to continue until Mihin Lanka’s closure in December and all staff members who do not have the opportunity to join the national carrier, will be given a service severance package in alignment with specified government guidelines. Several discussions took place between Mihin Lanka staff and management at Mihin Lanka’s head office recently.The meetings were held to discuss employee concerns regarding their employment, compensation and the airline’s amalgamation with the national carrier, which is currently underway. Mihin Lanka says the meetings were conducted in a cordial and professional manner, without hostility and with the full cooperation of all parties involved.The management of the airline also reassured staff members that as many Mihin Lanka staff as possible will be absorbed. Accordingly details of the compensation package have been shared with all members of staff at Mhin Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Mihin Lanka had been making a net loss since its inception in 2007. Projections for the current financial year ending 31st March 2017 were also declared as a net loss. All routes in Mihin Lanka’s route network, will now be serviced by SriLankan Airlines thus marking a new beginning for the national carrier and building a strong, efficient and competitive airline that will be a force to be reckoned with in the region.
“The current picture is one of rising expectations,” the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, told the organization’s Board of Governors meeting this week in Vienna.Based on the most conservative assumption, the latest report on the subject forecasts around 430 gigawatts of global nuclear capacity in 2020, up from 367 gigawatts today, translating into just over 500 nuclear power plants worldwide by then.This represents a slight rise in nuclear power’s share in the world electricity market, to 17 per cent from 16 per cent, reversing previous downward estimates. Today, some 30 countries produce electricity using nuclear power. Worldwide 441 nuclear plants are in operation and 27 are being built.The upward forecast is rooted in specific national plans but is also driven by factors like the Kyoto Protocol, which recently came into force, committing countries to meet cleaner air targets and imposing a tax on emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.Nuclear electricity plants produce virtually no greenhouse gases. Apart from environmental considerations, nuclear power plants remain most attractive where energy demand growth is rapid, alternative resources scarce and the security of energy supplies a priority.The fastest growth is in Asia. By 2020 for example, China plans a six-fold increase in its nuclear electricity capacity and India plans a 10-fold increase. Mr. ElBaradei told the Board an increasing number of developing countries were requesting IAEA assistance in evaluating their energy needs and options.“In many cases – despite the acute need for energy that are central to these countries’ development – the prospects for using nuclear energy have been hampered because the large size of nuclear plants makes them unsuitable for lower capacity electricity grids,” he said. “For this reason the IAEA has maintained a focus on the potential for innovative small and medium-sized reactor design, and a few projects are moving toward implementation.”
Is a designer handbag a good investment? by Sandra Prusina Posted Jan 16, 2016 7:58 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email With the current downturn in the economy, Canadians are looking at different ways to invest.Could putting your money into designer handbags be the way to go?A new study from baghunter.com thinks so.According to their research, over the past 35 years, Hermes Birkin bags have increased in value over 500%.Between 1980 and 2015, the S&P 500 returned a nominal average of 11.66 per cent. Over the same time span, gold offered an average annual return of 1.9 per cent. Hermes bags increased in value nearly 15 per cent every year.Sounds great, but David Sherlock, portfolio advisor with Sage Investments, has a warning. There are no guarantees someone will actually want to purchase the bag.“A handbag has no value other than what folks decide their taste is at that given time,” explains Sherlock. “Art is a very good example of this. Art can be a great investment, but many people who’ve invested in art have done very poorly.”There are better options, even in a tough economy.“If you pick great companies, and do fundamental work on their earnings and their operations and their people, there are ways to even make money in a down market.”The baghunter.com study, which was trending on social media this week, can be found here.
Astros158699.291.621.12.2 Diamondbacks153287.347.5%4.7%1.2 Giants1498188.8.131.52.1 Royals141461.00.00.00.0 Major League Baseball’s annual trade deadline — this year’s version of which falls at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday — is an annual chance for teams to take stock of their short- and long-term future plans. As our research has shown in the past, World Series front-runners should generally be willing to give up quite a large bushel of future assets in exchange for talent that might bring them a ring in the here and now. Meanwhile, teams on the fringe of the playoffs should be relatively indifferent between playing for the future or the present, and bottom-feeders should frantically sell everything they can.Those guidelines become apparent when we run our “Doyle Number” statistic for this season’s teams. As a quick refresher, the Doyle Number1Named after the infamous 1987 trade in which the Detroit Tigers sent future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, then a 20-year-old prospect, to the Atlanta Braves for 36-year-old Doyle Alexander. represents how many future wins of talent a team should be willing to part with to acquire 1 extra win of rental talent over the remainder of this season (including the playoffs).So the Boston Red Sox, who have the highest Doyle Number in baseball, should be willing to trade away up to 2.2 wins of future talent in exchange for every 1 win of talent they acquire for this year’s stretch run — they’re clear deadline buyers. By contrast, teams with Doyle numbers around zero are obvious sellers — they have no reason to give up future talent to acquire extra wins this season. Finally, a Doyle of 1.0 means a team could swing either way between buying and selling.Here are this year’s Doyle Numbers (as of July 30): Yankees158398.677.517.22.1 Red Sox1591100.296.7%23.8%2.2 Rangers148276.10.00.00.0 Reds147975.40.20.00.0 Cubs155692.479.311.71.9 Indians155291.795.313.31.9 Braves150781.534.92.00.8 Tigers144968.70.20.00.0 Athletics1532184.108.40.206.8 SellersElo RatingExp. Wins per 162 gamesDiv. Series OddsWorld Series OddsDoyle Number Marlins145068.90.10.00.0 Brewers152285.051.94.21.2 Mariners151984.4220.127.116.11 Dodgers156494.265.611.01.8 Rockies151583.318.104.22.168 Although the share of prospects in the hands of top teams isn’t a perfect predictor of how many deadline deals will go down,3Since 2009, its correlation with the share of all trades that happened at the deadline was 0.36. it does speak broadly to the ability of contenders to act on the advice that their Doyle Number would recommend. In 2016, for instance, the Cubs’ surplus of top prospects — and urgency to win a World Series after a 108-year dry spell — led Chicago to trade a number of gifted farmhands (headlined by stellar 2018 rookie Gleyber Torres) to the Yankees for a few months’ rental of closer Aroldis Chapman.It wasn’t the first time that future talent was pawned off for an immediate payoff, and it was far from the last. Because of their low pay and endless promise, minor leaguers serve as the ultimate grease in the wheels of the trade-deadline machine. And they may yet help smooth along another blockbuster in the next few hours, perhaps one including Bryce Harper, Jacob deGrom, J.T. Realmuto or Chris Archer. But if the deadline does end up feeling a little slower than we’d expect from the buyer/seller profiles implied by this year’s standings, it could just be because most of the buyers have already bought and the sellers have already sold.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Rays150581.20.60.00.0 Mets147073.40.10.00.0 Padres143966.60.00.00.0 Pirates150080.08.00.40.2 Blue Jays148576.70.00.00.0 Where each team stands at the 2018 deadlineTeams ranked by Doyle Number — how many future wins of talent a team should trade away to acquire 1 win this season Expected wins are derived from the team’s current Elo rating.Source: FanGraphs.com Cautious BuyersElo RatingExp. Wins per 162 gamesDiv. Series OddsWorld Series OddsDoyle Number Twins149679.14.00.20.1 Orioles143265.00.00.00.0 Angels151722.214.171.124.0 This year’s crop of buyers is unusually robust — three teams have Doyle Numbers north of 2.0 (most recent years have usually had only one or two) and six teams are at or above a Doyle of 1.8 (when the typical year has two or three in that range). At the same time, 12 teams have Doyle Numbers that round to 0.0, compared with an average of nine in the previous three years we’ve been calculating the metric.It’s all a consequence of this supremely stratified, tank-tastic MLB season. On the one hand, you might imagine that such a surplus of buyers and sellers would pave the way for more trades than usual, since a lot of teams have their motivations aligned for deal-making. And there have been some notable moves made thus far: Manny Machado to the Dodgers, Cole Hamels to the Cubs, Ian Kinsler to the Red Sox, Mike Moustakas to the Brewers, J.A. Happ to the Yankees and so forth. But the particulars of this year’s market could also play some tricks with what we think of as ordinary deadline business, when we consider who has how much of which asset — long-term vs. short, young talent vs. established stars. Elite teams can only swap with rebuilding ones if they have the right prospects to send away, and there’s evidence that many of the best youngsters have already flowed from the contenders to the tankers before anybody had a chance to do their deadline shopping.To see this, we can look at how many members of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects are in the farm systems of top teams, as opposed to everybody else. For each full season since 1990,2So, excluding partial seasons in 1994 and 1995. I gathered the list of top prospects and assigned each ranking slot its average future value, according to my research here. To focus on prospects that haven’t yet made a dent in the big leagues — i.e., the kind more likely to be thrown into deadline trades — I filtered out players who exhausted their rookie eligibility during the season in question (or, for this year, players who are on pace to do so). Finally, I calculated the percentage of leaguewide prospect value that belonged to teams in the top third of all MLB teams by projected end-of-season record (using our Elo ratings, as of July 30 each season). And this year, only 27.5 percent of prospect value is in the systems of top-tier teams, the lowest such mark in any full season since 1991. White Sox143766.00.00.00.0 Cardinals151383.06.60.40.2 Nationals152284.99.1%0.7%0.3 Solid BuyersElo RatingExp. Wins per 162 gamesDiv. Series OddsWorld Series OddsDoyle Number Phillies150681.551.53.01.0
The chase is on for the Ohio State football team, and it’s clear the Buckeyes are the hunters, not the prey. OSU held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which houses a full indoor football field. At the south end of the facility hangs a new banner with two big words adorned on the scarlet background. “The Chase,” it reads. What exactly is the chase? Coach Urban Meyer said it’s different for everyone. “We’re all chasing something,” Meyer said. “We’re 15 practices behind every team that played in a bowl game last year, so the chase is on. Some guys are chasing starting positions, some guys are chasing bowl games, some guys are chasing NFL contracts.” But though Meyer acknowledges every individual’s pursuit has a different path, it seems clear that they all are aiming to intersect at the same place: the top of the college football world. It’s no secret what Meyer and his staff are chasing. On the team schedule listed in the media room, all the regular season games are listed. Then there’s the Rose Bowl. Then there’s BCS National Championship. That’s the prey, and everything – even the stretching and calisthenics during the very first spring practice – is designed to track it down. The expectations for this OSU team could not be higher. Rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller graced the cover of the latest “Sports Illustrated,” most preseason rankings have the Buckeyes somewhere in the top three and with nine returning starters on offense, nothing short of a championship will be viewed as a success. A perfect 12-0 season during a year with a postseason ban was enough to quench the fans’ thirst during year one of the Meyer era, but with one conquest comes higher goals. The Buckeyes’ first spring practice was open to the media, and it was clear what type of operation Meyer was running. Fast. Intense. Efficient. When he huddled the team briefly before breaking out into position drills, the only audible phrases from the sideline were “as fast as you can, go for four to six seconds” and “relentless.” There were no lengthy water breaks or team meetings, and there was no time to dwell on a failed rep. Everything was under the microscope. When a long, blond-haired kicker (who was not listed on the preseason roster) dared to take a swig of water during calisthenics, it was noticed. “What, do you need water, sunshine?” defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs yelled. “We’re stretching and you’re a kicker.” He wasn’t alone. No less than a half dozen assistant coaches were roaming up and down the field yapping at players for not running in a straight line or not going fast enough. “What are you chasing?” Coombs yelled at no one in particular. “What are you chasing today? Who are you chasing today? Let’s get to work. “Today’s not a good day, not a great day. It’s toughness Tuesday.” The transition between drills was a sprint, with the veterans going first, and the newbies waiting their turns so as not to waste time with lengthy drill instructions. The whole operation was a hyper-organized chaos and that seemed to be precisely how Meyer wanted it. Meyer praised Miller afterward, who looked about as good as a quarterback with no pads and no pressure can. “I thought Braxton Miller had a heck of a day,” Meyer said. “Fundamentally, his footwork was not very good last year. I thought it was outstanding today.” He also singled out rising senior Jordan Hall, who moved to a H-back position after a 2012 season riddled with injuries. Overall the second-year coach was pleased with what he saw. His team is in much better shape than it was at this point last year, something probably best illustrated by the fact that the third question of Meyer’s press conference was about the punting situation. But if Day 1 is any indication, there will be no resting on laurels. Meyer is constantly looking toward – chasing – the future. “Who’s going to be the (former offensive lineman Reid) Fragel?” Meyer said. “We’re going to call that the Fragel award, who was a very below average football player who turned out to be a very good football player for Ohio State University. “Who’s going to be that guy that’s coming out of nowhere?” OSU won’t be a team that comes out of nowhere this season. Everyone knows about the Buckeyes and everyone knows where they want to go. Will they get there? The chase continues.
Woman with Aspergers removed from Western film screening for laughing too loudlyWoman with Aspergers removed from Western film screening for laughing too loudly
Hey, @BFI, how about laying on a special, free, private screening for this girl, where she can invite friends and family and laugh at any volume she likes at whatever parts she likes?And then be more mindful of things like this at ANY screening in future. https://t.co/5Je7Yy5R45— Ross Maclean (@ross_maclean) April 30, 2018 “Am shaking with anger. That poor, poor woman. Just a little bit of empathy and everything would have been fine. Such naked intolerance. In the middle of London. Disgusting.” “She’d been laughing very loudly but at moments which were supposed to be funny. Some people complained. She was dragged out shouting ‘I’m sorry I have Aspergers.’ She was incredibly upset. 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. Attendees voiced their anger, with author and cinema-goer Lloyd Sheppard explaining: “Can’t believe what I’ve just seen. Left @bfi screening of Good The Bad And The Ugly after a woman with Aspergers was forcibly dragged out of the cinema. A woman with Asperger’s was removed from a BFI screening of a Western on her 25th birthday because she laughed too loudly.Angered cinema-goers complained on social media of the “naked intolerance” after witnessing the woman being taken from the cinema after a complaint that she was being too noisy.The BFI has apologised for “getting it wrong” after the woman was ejected from the screening of her favourite film – the spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly directed by Sergio Leone.Sabrina Parker, the sister of the women who was removed, demanded an apology from the cinema.She tweeted: “This is about my sister, and how they treated her tonight on her 25th birthday celebration as a woman with Aspergers. Shame on the @bfi This was her favourite movie and you forcibly removed her. #wewouldlikeanapology.”Her mother, Lydia Parker, added: “This happened to my daughter who is on the Autistic spectrum tonight at a screening of #thegoodthebadandtheugly @BFI. She was forcibly removed for laughing at ‘the wrong places’ and publicly humiliated. It’s her favourite film. Thank you audience members who supported her.” A spokesperson for the BFI said in a statement: “We are sincerely sorry to those affected by the incident at Sunday’s screening at BFI Southbank. Our priority is for everyone to be able to enjoy our venue and we try hard to provide a good experience to our customers, however yesterday, in what was a challenging and complex situation, we got it wrong.”We are taking this situation extremely seriously and this morning we have been investigating further to understand what happened in more depth and contacting the customers affected.”We can and must do better in accommodating all the needs of our customers and we will be addressing what additional provisions and staff training we can put in place to deal with all situations with sensitivity. ” This is about my sister, and how they treated her tonight on her 25th birthday celebration as a woman with Aspergers. Shame on the @bfi This was her favourite movie and you forcibly removed her. #wewouldlikeanapology https://t.co/mMSm1pcERY— Sabrina Parker ✨♌️ (@SabrinaParkerUK) April 29, 2018 Wtf. Have just witnessed a woman with Aspergers being forcibly removed from a @BFI screening. Why? Because someone complained about her laughing. I feel sick to my stomach #bfi— Amie-Jo (@amiejolocke) April 29, 2018
Une photo exceptionnelle de la dernière mission de la navette EndeavourUne photo exceptionnelle de la dernière mission de la navette Endeavour
Une photo exceptionnelle de la dernière mission de la navette Endeavour L’astronaute italien Paolo Nespoli a réussi, le 23 mai dernier, à prendre un cliché d’une qualité exceptionnelle de la navette Endeavour de la Nasa, amarrée à la station spatiale internationale lors de sa dernière mission dans l’espace. Une photo enfin dévoilée aux internautes.Si des astronomes amateurs équipés de télescopes avaient déjà réussi à capturer des images d’une navette amarrée à la station spatiale internationale (ISS), aucune de celles-ci n’égale en qualité ni en beauté la majestueuse photo prise récemment par l’astronaute Paolo Nespoli alors qu’il quittait l’ISS à bord d’une capsule Soyouz, pour revenir sur Terre au terme de sa mission de 159 jours.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAIl s’agit d’un cliché de la navette américaine Endeavour, reposant fermement sur l’avant de la station, laquelle se déplace à une vitesse de 27.000 kilomètres par heure et à une altitude d’environ 355 kilomètres. Le timing et le sujet de l’image sont parfaits, puisque la navette est précisément en train de livrer à l’ISS le fameux Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, un détecteur de particules de 7 tonnes : sa dernière mission.Paolo Nespoli a bénéficié de conditions exceptionnelles, les procédures de sécurité voulant normalement que la capsule russe, dans laquelle il était embarqué à cet instant en compagnie du cosmonaute Dmitri Kondratiev et de l’astronaute Cady Coleman, ne soit jamais en transit lorsqu’une navette est présente à proximité de l’ISS. Endeavour est revenue sur Terre le 1er juin et sera désormais exposée dans un musée californien.Le 8 juin 2011 à 20:10 • Emmanuel Perrin
SpaceX Is About a Month Away From First Crew Dragon Demo FlightSpaceX Is About a Month Away From First Crew Dragon Demo Flight
SpaceX is about a month away from launching its first commercial crew mission, according to Elon Musk.The company founder and CEO on Saturday announced the upcoming “first orbital test flight” of its Crew Dragon spacecraft.The ship—currently sitting pretty atop a Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida—is strictly for demonstration purposes; there will be no humans aboard this voyage.Still, the mission will be “extremely intense,” Musk tweeted over the weekend. “Early flights are especially dangerous, as there’s a lot of new hardware.” ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on target Sorry, to be clear, this pic is all real. Nothing rendered.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 6, 2019Partner NASA has been holding out hope for an early January launch. But technical issues (not to mention a partial government shutdown) are causing a delay of what many are calling a “critical” mission.Success would put SpaceX on track to becoming the first private aerospace firm to launch humans into space. And it would give NASA a leg up in sending astronauts to the International Space Station.“First flights of new space vehicles can carry inherent risk,” Wayne Hale, a consultant and member of NASA’s Advisory Council, told Ars Technica. “Test is better but has limitations, too.Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon (via SpaceX)“It is never possible to test the entire integrated system in the complete flight environment,” he continued. “Ground tests and partial environment tests provide some confidence, but there is no test like an actual flight.”SpaceX isn’t going in blind, though. Rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched nearly 70 times over nine years, boasting a 97 percent success rate. The rocket’s first-stage boosters have been recovered in 32 of 39 landing attempts.Just last month, the company sent its reusable Falcon 9 booster on its third flight to space.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Completes First US National Security Space MissionNASA Administrator Publicly Admonishes Elon MuskDespite Deadly Prospects, Elon Musk Wants to Go to Mars
Gambian boxer nominated for Sweden athlete of the yearGambian boxer nominated for Sweden athlete of the year
By Sulayman BahGambian boxer Badou Jack will compete footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovich for the Swedish athlete of the year award 2015.Jack made the short list of nominees carefully scrutinised by judges in the wake of his jaw-dropping performances this year in the ring.Badou, 29, left the world astonished after climbing his way to history securing the Super middle weight Champion belt.Dubbed The Ripper, Badou beat off stiff rivalry from Dirrel to the belt consequently making him the first Gambian to reach such heights.That was followed by another impressive outing, defending his belt in the first attempt against George Groves.Born in Sweden to a Gambian parent, Badou is more identified with his father’s homeland –Gambia.Such display of affection is shown even in the ring when he insisted on getting the Gambian colours emblazoned on sides of his boxing shorts before he signed for Mayweather’s The Money Team.Already he talks of planning a visit to Gambia in December to rejoice with fans over his recent successes.Securing the Swedish Athlete of the Year Award will cap off an already splendid season, he will however need to beat holder Zlatan Ibrahimovich –who had won it four times running –and two others.
Rossi was surprised at Sir Alex Fergusons graciousnessRossi was surprised at Sir Alex Fergusons graciousness
During his training time at Manchester United, Italian Giuseppe Rossi revealed that he had lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson and something surprised him.As an Italian player who had a bright future ahead of him, striker Giuseppe Rossi has enjoyed a fairly successful career and a big part of it is the guidance he had from legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.The Italian player has been training with the Red Devils under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who recently confirmed that the club is not really looking to sign him during the transfer window but they are delighted to have him on the squad.Rossi grew up through the Manchester United youth academy thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to sign him from Parma when he was a teenager, but he was sold to Villarreal in 2007 so he could continue his career as a professional.Rossi holds no grudges with the Scotsman, he actually revealed that both of them had lunch together recently and he was surprised when the former manager spoke to him about the time when he was sold to the Spanish club.Rossi was stunned when Ferguson even revealed the sum of money that the ‘Yellow Submarine’ paid for him, as he never imagined that ‘Fergie’ would remember.Giuseppe Rossi entrenando con el primer equipo del Manchester United.Pero… ¿Por qué? Os lo explicamos en este hilo.📽 I @pasport pic.twitter.com/lOA3HVUTs3— SoyCalcio (@SoyCalcio__) January 16, 2019During an interview with Sky Sports, Rossi revealed this story and what he is expecting from the transfer window.“I had breakfast with him at Carrington the other day,” Rossi told Sky Sports.“(He is) the best manager who ever lived. We were talking and talking and he still remembers the transfer fee when I got sold.”“Just think about it: it was 11 years ago and in that 11-year span there have been hundreds of transfer fees, and he still remembered my transfer fee when I went to Villarreal.”“It’s great to see him in high spirits and great to see him just being about here on the football field.” “I just love this game,” he added.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I sacrificed so much in these years, I’ve had many highs, I’ve had a few lows with these injuries that have taken a lot away from me but I never stopped.”“I always want to keep trying to achieve, keep trying to achieve, keep trying to get better and I just love this game so much that nothing’s ever going to take me away from it.”“It’s a part of me and I want to keep fighting and keep doing what I have to do in order to be where I want to be.”’It was 11 years ago and in that 11-year span there have been hundreds of transfer fees and he still remembered my transfer fee when I went to Villarreal.’ Giuseppe Rossi says Sir Alex Ferguson is ‘the best manager who ever lived’ #mufc https://t.co/ln8bzR8R7d— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) January 17, 2019The Italian striker has been getting ready in order to find the best possible destination in order to continue his career, he is only 31-years old and he truly believes that there is still a lot of roads to cover in the veteran years ahead.During his best years as a professional, Giuseppe’s best years were undeniably at Villarreal and then he also made a big impact while playing for Fiorentina.Rossi played all of last season for Genoa but he hardly participated in the club’s Serie A season, something that pushed the board of directors to not renew his contract for one more year.The latest gossip was placing Rossi as a possible transfer for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur, but the North London club hasn’t mentioned anything in public about the chances the Italian has of playing for Spurs for the rest of the season.Rossi has also been linked to several MLS clubs, but he considers that such a decision should come when he doesn’t feel like he can perform at the highest level and he is already thinking about retirement.We will obviously keep you all posted about what Rossi decides in regards to his future.Giuseppe Rossi on Man United and OGS. 🔴🙏🏼 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/StZ724pn9P— Manchester United (@ManUtds_News) January 17, 2019Where would you like to see Giuseppe Rossi play next? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Readers took opposing views on the Senate’s decision to pass a gay marriage bill:Phil BlockI do hope this passes. As long as the people getting married are adults where they are allowed to make up their own minds and as long as they are mentally competent to make their own choice, then it’s just not the government’s business. I don’t understand why the opponents of this have such a problem. Don’t like it then don’t go to their wedding. I guarantee what they do behind closed doors will not change with or without a wedding certificate.The gays are not asking for special rights. Just equal rights. I think that’s a totally reasonable expectation.Lew WatersBut, the point remains, why is the prime importance homosexual marriage when the state if facing dire circumstances?Shouldn’t the first priority be getting the budget back in balance and people back working?Note to readers: Columbian staff have been posting the most read stories on Columbian.com each week since July. We’ve noticed, however, that the stories that received the most traffic don’t necessarily reflect the most important issues to our community of readers.So we’re trying something a little different, posting the stories that received the most comments. These stories got readers fired up for one reason or another and provide a better glimpse of the issues the community is most passionate about and interested in discussing.What do you think about this new approach? What comments and discussions would you like to see highlighted? Tell us in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.1) Herrera Beutler tries to force CRC voteA move by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to stop federal transit funding for the Columbia River Crossing without a local vote failed Thursday in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Five people were taken to the hospital after, officials said, they were involved in a multi-vehicle crash on State Road 84 in Davie.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the three-vehicle crash took place on the westbound lanes near Davie Road.Paramedics took the victims to an area hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.Westbound traffic on State Road 84 was backed up all the way to U.S. 441. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.