Pogba saga comes to an end, player to undergo medical at Manchester United

first_imgFrance midfielder Paul Pogba is to undergo a medical at Manchester United ahead of a transfer from Serie A champions Juventus, the English Premier League club said on Sunday.United have been widely reported as being prepared to pay a world record fee of 120 million euros ($133.03 million) for the 23-year-old who joined Juventus on a free transfer from the Old Trafford club in 2012.“Paul Pogba has been granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United,” said the statement.Pogba, who combines physical strength with outstanding technique, scored eight goals and contributed 12 assists in Juventus’ title-winning campaign last season. He has won four Serie A titles in as many seasons with the Turin club.Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, speaking after his side’s 3-2 friendly victory over West Ham United in London on Sunday, refused to confirm that a deal was close to completion.“I don’t know much,” Allegri told journalists. “Tomorrow we’ll see if Pogba is still a Juventus player or not.”Pogba himself tweeted: “When too many people talk nobody understands, talk very soon.”Pogba came through Le Havre’s youth system before moving to United’s academy in 2009.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield match against Leicester City, United coach Jose Mourinho hinted that a deal for Pogba was close to completion. Source: Reuters (Ken Ferris), cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sudha gets job from UP government, says better late than never

first_imgBy Muhammad Mazhar Saleem Lucknow, Aug 28 (PTI) Asian Games silver-medallist Sudha Singh has been offered a job by the Uttar Pradesh government and the veteran long distance runner has termed it as a case of “better late than never”.”I am neither happy nor unhappy with the decision. I should have got the job earlier. My file for the job through sports quota has been there since 2014. It’s better late than never,” Sudha said while talking to PTI over phone from Indonesia. The 32-year-old Sudha, who won a silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase in the Asian Games yesterday, was reacting to the recent announcement of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offering her a job of gazetted officer.”I have won gold and silver in Asian Games (in 2010). I participated in Olympics, have won medals in Asian Championships and World Championships. I have got Arjun Award also. I want to work in the Sports Department and I am eligible for becoming a Deputy Director in the sports department,” she said.”I want to thank the CM but he might not be aware that my file was pending in the government for past four years. I will only work in Sports Department and not in any other department,” she said.The CM yesterday announced Rs 30 lakh and gazetted officer’s job to Sudha, who hails from Rae Bareli district, about 80 km from the state capital.Sudha’s brother Pravesh Narain Singh said, “Despite the eligibility, she had to face humilation by the government as she was not given a job. She was hurt and is presently working with Central Railways since 2005.”advertisement In a government order of 2015, those winning medals at Olympics and Asian Games are eligible for government jobs, but it was not followed in Sudha’s case. “She tried to meet the then CM Akhilesh Yadav in 2016 thrice but could not succeed. Due to this, she could not perform well in 2016 Olympics,” Pravesh said. PTI ABN PDS PM PMlast_img read more

Salah brace ends Egypt’s World Cup wait

first_imgMohamed Salah Liverpool forward Salah bags brace to send Egypt to first World Cup since 1990 Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 04:02 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mohamed Salah Egypt Mohamed Salah World Cup Egypt v Congo Congo Egypt Liverpool WC Qualification Africa Premier League The Reds star helped his country to a vital 2-1 victory over Congo which has booked their place at the 2018 finals in Russia Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the hero for Egypt as he booked their first appearance at a World Cup since 1990.The Pharaohs headed into a meeting with Congo knowing that victory would see them progress as winners of their qualification group.They were, however, made to sweat on their place in Russia until the dying stages of a crunch clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Everything looked to be going to plan when Salah opened the scoring just past the hour mark, but a dramatic stoppage-time penalty was required to get the job done.Two goals from @22mosalah – one a 95th-minute penalty – helped secure World Cup qualification for Egypt tonight!— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 8, 2017Salah broke the deadlock to put Egypt in control, but Congo hit back two minutes from time through Dijon’s Arnold Bouka Moutou.A stalemate would have taken the battle for qualification down to the final round of fixtures.There was, however, to be a late twist in the tale.Egypt were awarded a 95th-minute spot-kick, and Salah held his nerve to find the back of the net and wrap up a historic win.He will now be gracing the grandest of stages next summer alongside his international colleagues and many of his Liverpool team-mates.QUALIFIED!Congratulations, Egypt!Welcome back to the #WorldCup finals and see you in Russia! #WCQ— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) October 8, 2017Egypt have only turned out at the World Cup finals on two previous occasions, in 1934 and 1990.They have never won a game at that level, so there is the chance for history to be made in 2018.Salah will be hoping to play a leading role in that quest, with the 25-year-old proving to be a talismanic figure for his country.His brace against Congo means that Liverpool’s €42 million summer signing is now the leading scorer in the CAF section of qualifying with five goals.Liverpool 8/5 v Man UtdEgypt, who now boast a four-point lead over Uganda, will face Ghana in their final fixture on November 6.last_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury Reportedly Trying To Bring A College Head Coach With Him To NFL

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury is set to be officially introduced as the Arizona Cardinals’ next head coach today. The former Texas Tech head coach/USC offensive coordinator accepted the job on Tuesday.The former college football head coach is reportedly interested in bringing a college football head coach with him to the NFL.Texas State’s head coach, Jake Spavital, is reportedly a candidate for Arizona’s offensive coordinator position.Spavital and Kingsbury coached together at Houston.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman is reporting the news.“SOURCES: The Arizona Cardinals have interest in #TexasState head coach Jake Spavital for the offensive coordinator job under Kliff Kingsbury. (They coached together at Houston.),” he reports.SOURCES: The Arizona Cardinals have interest in #TexasState head coach Jake Spavital for the offensive coordinator job under Kliff Kingsbury. (They coached together at Houston.)— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 9, 2019Hiring USC’s offensive coordinator as your head coach and then Texas State’s head coach as your offensive coordinator would be quite a move for an NFL franchise.These are the NFL times we’re living in, though.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Well and good

first_imgWell and goodThe global wellness trends signal a shift towards holistic healing, both of the mind and body.advertisement Next India Today Spice New Delhi January 10, 2019 ISSUE DATE: January 21, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 16:29 IST Holistic nutrition is big.The wellness industry is currently booming. One of the major reasons for this is that we have gone back about 50 years in many aspects of nutrition and lifestyle. We are now suffering the consequences of our excesses and are searching for answers for optimal health. Here are some ofThe wellness industry is currently booming. One of the major reasons for this is that we have gone back about 50 years in many aspects of nutrition and lifestyle. We are now suffering the consequences of our excesses and are searching for answers for optimal health. Here are some of the major wellness trends that I have seen emerging in the last few years.Holistic nutrition is bigWhile there is a huge interest in the food and pharmaceutical industry, very few take interest in finding out which is the best path to wellness. There are too many mixed messages about what is healthy and what isn’t. We have a huge number of people who think they are suffering from a genetic or chronic illness but they don’t relate it with a lifestyle problem. They think they take care of themselves. “I eat healthy. I go to the gym,” they say. But upon investigation it’s often found that they are not living an optimal life. There is research in the nutritional habits of people in countries where a significant number of people live for more than 100 years and it has been found that 90 per cent of their diet is fat-based with fish being eaten less than three times a week, meat less than five times a month, no dairy, lots of cereals, vegetables, grains and nuts with tea and water being the beverage of choice. This also aligns with what the Harvard Medical School has described as the ideal food pyramid and the Mediterranean and Japanese diets which are followed in countries with the highest life expectancy.advertisementStarving is not sustainableCreating a diet that is attractive but effective is important. Starving and suffering never work in the long run. We believe that for someone to make a change in their life, whether it be diet or exercise, it should be tempting and sustainable enough for the person to want to incorporate it in their life. People will only make a couple of changes and they start to experience the benefit of these changes which leads them to make healthier changes. It is important to listen to your body, as it will give off warning alarms to signal when something is amiss.Technology boosts wellnessNew research and tech allows us to make significant improvements in health recommendations. Bio-energetic medicine allows us to test energy, look for energy blockages and imbalances and give very precise results. It’s helpful in designing lifestyle recommendations. We also have advances in genetic testing which allow us to determine and examine premature ageing, which organs are ageing faster than others and why. The latest non-invasive aesthetic medicine like infiltrations are also giving excellent results. There are tests to determine your level of concentration, relaxation and mindfulness which help personalise wellness techniques. A ground breaking technique developed by NASA and Harvard also allow us to increase brain activity through a neuro-feedback helmet that has been giving remarkable results. The LED light pulses in the helmet help lower depression, anxiety and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Shifting perceptionsThere is also a change in the way people view wellness. Earlier, a wellness getaway was considered the bastion of people with some free time to kill. The majority of people who seek wellness now are decision makers, CEOs, heads of government, members of royal families, elite sports people and top models among others. Essentially these are people who, when they have free time, would like to make it count by improving their vitality, resetting and becoming a better version of themselves. As people care more about being healthy, the wellness industry will undergo a paradigm shift.By Alejandro Bataller The author is the Vice-President of the award winning SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Holistic healinglast_img read more

Drewry: North America Needs Bigger, Automated Terminals

first_imgzoom Drewry’s new report Container Terminal Capacity and Performance Benchmarks compares capacity and performance benchmarks for 500 terminals worldwide that help to explain some of the underlying factors hindering ports in North America, especially the ports on the U.S. west coast which are currently suffering from chronic congestion.The congestion will eventually ease as steps are taken to address the issues, and U.S. ports will return to “normal”. However, this norm is still one that sees North American terminals under-perform the rest of the world in terms of the intensity of the use of the three key assets of container terminals – the quay line, gantry cranes and terminal land area, according to Drewry.  The average performance of North American terminals is well below both the world average and the best performing region average for all three metrics.There are very significant reasons for the current congestion in U.S. ports, but underlying this it is clear that North American terminals do not make as intensive use of their infrastructure and equipment as elsewhere. If U.S. terminals could improve this position, then it would help to avoid or defer the onset of any future congestion problems.The Drewry report shows that terminals with a significant proportion of transhipment perform better than those focused more on gateway traffic. U.S .terminals handle very little transhipment (a reflection of the relatively high handling costs in the U.S., themselves a consequence of high labour costs). In addition, the gateway traffic handled by U.S. terminals is mainly imports, and import traffic tends to have longer dwell times in the yard than exports, and more complicated handling requirements. It seems unlikely that U.S. terminals will markedly change their traffic mix in the foreseeable future, so this factor has to be regarded as immovable, says Drewry.The typical terminal size in the U.S. is around 25% smaller than the world average, and the Drewry research shows that bigger terminals perform better than smaller ones in terms of intensity of asset use. Fragmentation of terminal capacity is therefore a very significant issue, especially on the US west coast.Activity is spread across a number of smaller terminals rather than being concentrated in a few large ones, as is the case for example in large European ports like Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Hamburg. This is an area where the U.S. ports can and (in some cases) already are seeking to take action and physically consolidate terminals through construction/reconstruction, according to the Drewry’s report.The below average performance of North American ports is also a reflection of working hours. Elsewhere in the world, un-interrupted 24/7 working is more common, sometimes across all aspects of a terminal (landside and well as shipside), whereas in the US in particular, factors such as labour agreements and costs restrict the feasibility of this.In this respect, Drewry thinks that terminal automation would help, as automated machines have no aversion to working unsociable hours and without breaks. Automation is something which is now picking up pace in the U.S. after a long hiatus since it was first introduced at the former APM Terminals facility in Virginia way back in 2007. However, it remains to be seen how effective the employers and unions are prepared to allow automation to be in practice.Drewry believes that North American, and in particular U.S. container terminals, need to take steps to improve the intensity of infrastructure and equipment usage. This will require substantial investment and the cooperation of employers and the unions. The alternative is potentially huge macro-economic costs of further port congestion in future years. Source: Drewry; Image: Port of Oaklandlast_img read more

Bulgaria, Greece Team Up on FLNG Terminal Project

first_imgzoom Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), a company belonging to the Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria, and Greek natural gas company Gastrade have joined forces to prepare a proposal to construct a floating LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece. The duo has signed the terms of reference (TOR) for the creation of a joint working team that will study and propose to the Bulgarian government the optimum way for the implementation of decision of Bulgaria to participate in the project, Gastrade said.The LNG terminal will materially enhance the energy security of Bulgaria offering at the same time the possibility for Bulgaria to differentiate its sources and routes of natural gas supply, according to Gastrade.The facility would supply gas to the markets of South Europe via the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria and the National Natural Gas Transmission System of Bulgaria, operated by Bulgartransgaz.With an estimated capacity of 6.1 billion cubic meters, Alexandroupolis terminal will cost about EUR 370 million (approx. USD 413 million) and is expected to be operational at the end of 2018, Reuters reports.The offshore floating LNG terminal would include the floating LNG storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) with initial LNG storage capacity of 135,000 cubic meters and projected annual gas send-out of 2.6 bcm as well as the permanent FSRU mooring system for the anchoring of the FSRU and the transmission of gas from the FSRU to the subsea pipeline.last_img read more

70 children among 100 persons rescued after fire in building

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 100 persons were evacuated after a fire broke out in a building that houses several coaching centres in west Delhi’s Janakpuri on Tuesday, said a officer from the Delhi Fire Service. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that in the heroic act more than 70 children were also evacuated safely. A call about the fire was received around 11.50 am and three fire tenders were rushed to spot. The fire was brought under control by 12.05 pm. A team under Bhupender Prakash (fire Station in charge) reached the spot. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the officer, the fire was in electric metre, panel and cables on the ground floor. The basement was empty while the ground floor was being used as stilt parking. The upper ground floor houses the State Bank of India and around 20 persons were evacuated from there. Atul Garg further said that the first floor houses the computer lab of Aakash Institute and two persons were evacuated while 65 persons, including 50 students were evacuated from the second floor, which houses Vidyamandir classes and five persons were evacuated from the third floor which houses Bansal Classes, the officer added. He said as a precautionary measure, the building was evacuated. “There were some vehicles parked at ground floor which caused a little bit of hindrance but all the persons were safely rescued and no injury was reported,” said a fire official. The rescue operation was conducted by 12-13 fire personnel.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced a special performance from Europe by Shawn Mendes, who launched the European leg of his worldwide arena tour last night.  Viewers will be treated to the taped performance that will appear on The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan. The 2019 JUNO Awards will be live from Budweiser Gardens in London, ON on Sunday, March 17 at 8 PM ET and broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and globally at“I wish I could be there in person to celebrate Canada’s biggest night in music,” said Shawn. “I love my fans and my country, and I hope everyone enjoys what we have in store all the way from Europe!”Mendes has been nominated for a total of eighteen JUNO Awards, with an impressive six nominations this year, including Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada. He took home the Single of the Year award in 2018, and the JUNO Fan Choice award Presented by TD in 2017 and 2018. Advertisement Shawn’s worldwide arena tour is in support of his self-titled album, Shawn Mendes, released in May of this year and spans over 95+ dates between North America, Europe, UK and Australia.Tickets are still available online at, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 and in-person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Located at Gate 1).The 48th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week 2019 will be hosted in London from March 11 through March 17, 2019, culminating in The JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 17 at Budweiser Gardens.The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS and Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and ShowRunner, Insight Productions. Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Content, CBC; Mark Steinmetz is Senior Director, CBC Music; Lisa Clarkson is Executive Director, Business & Rights and Content Optimization, CBC; Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, Brand & Research, CBC; Susan Marjetti is Executive Director, Radio and Audio, CBC; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content, CBC; and Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming, CBC.Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.The JUNO Awards are made possible with the support of Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC).Lead Partners: Apple Music and TD Bank Group.Funding Partners: The Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London.Links:Official JUNO Awards website: / Digital ToolkitCBC Music: / Facebook: @CBCMusic / Twitter: @CBCMusic / YouTube: @cbcmusicJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwards / Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards / Facebook:@TheJUNOAwards /  Hashtag: #JUNOSShawn MendesTwitter: @ShawnMendes / Instagram: @ShawnMendes / Facebook: @ShawnMendesOfficial / @ShawnMendesAbout CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit  www.junoawards.caAbout CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About CBC Music:   From Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music across all genres. Easy to navigate and available on your smartphone or tablet, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 100 online music streams plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. www.cbcmusic.caAbout Insight Productions:Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials – is back in the producer’s chair for their 18th JUNO Awards.  Headed by John Brunton, Insight is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content.  Insight Senior Vice-President and Showrunner, Lindsay Cox, serves as Executive Producer along with John Brunton on The JUNO Awards, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Launch, A Christmas Fury, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration which was seen by one in three Canadians – among others.  Insight collectively received 21 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2019.  Other 2019 Insight productions include The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada and Intervention.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. For more information on Insight Productions, please visit or on Twitter – @insightprod. or Facebook Shawn MendesToronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more. Shawn Mendes made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three #1 albums, and became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018. The album shot to #1 on iTunes upon release in over 80 countries around the world. Leading up to the album, he released multiple tracks including “Youth” Featuring Khalid, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.” Both “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two songs released off the new album, experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and held the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. With “In My Blood,” Shawn became the first artist to ever have had four #1 singles at AC radio before the age of 20. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x Platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining 7x Platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 2 Platinum albums, and 8 consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 15 million albums, 100 million singles, and has amassed over 16 billion song streams and 5 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. Shawn Mendes: The Tour begins in March 2019, with over 60 dates currently announced across Europe, North America and Australia, with more to be announced soon. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In February 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Shawn Mendeslast_img read more

Statistics Canada says July jobs report had error updated data to be

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says it made an error in formulating its July jobs numbers.The federal agency says the source of the error has been identified and corrected, and updated July job estimates will be released on Friday.A week ago, Statistics Canada reported that a measly 200 jobs had been created in July, a number that fell spectacularly short of expectations.Economists had expected that the economy would bounce back from an unexpected decline of 9,400 jobs in June, and add as many as 20,000 new jobs the following month.Instead, Statcan reported that the number of full-time jobs fell by 59,700 while part-time jobs increased by 60,000 — figures it now suggests were faulty.Statistics Canada says it takes the error “very seriously” and is launching a review of its data verification methods. The results of the review will be published as soon as they’re available.The news comes as Finance Minister Joe Oliver meets with guests at a two-day summer retreat in Wakefield, Que., over the next two days to discuss the Canadian economy, with job creation one of several items on the agenda.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian Alex Harvey finishes 17th in 15km cross country World Cup

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Canada’s Alex Harvey finished 17th in the 15-kilometre World Cup cross country race Saturday while Norway’s Sjur Roethe skied to gold.Roethe completed the race in 36 minutes 34 seconds — six seconds ahead of fellow countryman Didrik Toenseth. Russia’s Denis Spitsov was third.Harvey, of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, crossed the finish line in 37:54.5. The 30-year-old Harvey was coming off his first podium finish of the season Friday, when he finished third in the 1.6-km sprint.In other Canadian results Saturday, Andy Shields of Thunder Bay, Ont., was 61st and Russell Kennedy of Canmore, Alta., was 64th.The Canadian Press read more

In the NBA Its Not Whether You Win or Lose Its Whether

Other factors also affect a coach’s odds of being fired. Deep playoff runs help coaches. First-year coaches sometimes get mulligans and are less likely to be fired. We’ll save that discussion for another post, however.The lesson is simple: A coach is not long for his job when expectations run wild, as they often do in New York. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems likely that Woodson’s Knicks overachieved in the 2012-13 season. That only made it harder for him to keep his job this year. It was the age of foolishness. It was the summer of trading three draft picks for Andrea Bargnani. It was the autumn of J.R. Smith being suspended for marijuana possession. It was the winter of disparaging the shot clock. It was the New York Knicks’ 2013-14 season. So when Mike Woodson was fired as the coach of the Knicks on a warm, spring day in Gotham Monday, New York breathed a sigh of relief.But Woodson’s problem wasn’t just that the Knicks were bad. The Knicks are usually bad. Woodson’s problem was that the Knicks — for a change — were expected to be good. They’d won 54 games and gone to the Eastern Conference semifinals the year before. Preseason over-under lines pegged their win total at 49.5 games. When my ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton, through his SCHOENE system, instead projected the Knicks to win 37 games, his projection threatened to turn Knickerblogger, the eminently sane and stats-friendly blog, into the basketball version of “unskewed polls.”The Knicks went 37 and 45.In the NBA, where about 30 percent of the league turns its head coach over every season, these expectations matter as much as reality. I mean that literally: Las Vegas’s preseason over-under lines predict coach turnover just as well as actual wins and losses do.I went back and collected preseason over-under lines dating back to the 2006-07 season. I compared them to each team’s actual record during the regular season. Then I ran a logistic regression analysis. The dependent variable is whether the team kept the same head coach from the start of that regular season to the next one. Here are the results:The regression output contains two variables: exp_w (the number of games a team was expected to win, per Las Vegas) and act_w (actual wins). For the 2011-12 NBA season, which was shortened by a player lockout, I’ve prorated both totals to 82 games.You may notice that the coefficient on each variable is almost identical, though they have opposite signs. What that means is that an expected win hurts a coach about as much as an actual win helps him.The graph below provides an illustration of this, and measures the probability of a coaching change under two scenarios: a team (like this year’s Sacramento Kings) that was expected to win 30 games, and a team (like the Knicks) that was expected to win 50. If the projected 30-win team wins 35 games, just slightly better than expectations, its probability of a coaching change is only about 17 percent. If the projected 50-win team wins 45 games, just slightly worse than expectations, the probability is 37 percent instead.Lest this seem too abstract, I’ve compiled a list of all teams since the 2006-07 season that underperformed their over-under line by 10 games or more. There are 33 of these. Here’s what happened to their coaches:Nine of them were fired during the season;Nine of them were fired after the season;One of them resigned during the season;Two of them resigned after the season;Two of them, Larry Drew of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets, just completed their seasons and have yet to learn their fates;The other 10 kept their jobs, although five of them were fired during or after their following season. read more

Selfidentifying trans women eligible for allwomen shortlists Labour confirms in new statement

The statement addressed this, saying there was a “diversity of views on what can be a complex and emotive issue for many members, but discussions within the Labour party should never take the form of abuse or intimidation of anyone”. We’re pleased that today @UKLabour NEC re-affirmed it’s commitment to Trans inclusion and to the existing policy of allowing Trans women to stand in all Womens shortlists!— LGBT Labour (@LGBTLabour) May 22, 2018 The Labour Party has put out an official statement ruling that people who self-identify as women are allowed to be on all-women’s shortlists, and stand as women’s officers.On Tuesday, The National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to approve a new statement, which explicitly states that self-identifying transgender women are eligible in selections.It confirms the roles are open to people who were born male and who now identify as women, and they do not need medical certification that they have changed their gender. The statement says: “The Labour Party’s All Women Shortlists are open to all women, including self-identifying trans women. Similarly, women’s officers and minimum quotas for women in the Labour Party are open to all women, including self-identifying trans women.”The “self-id” issue has caused a bitter row in the party, with many arguing that it leaves shortlists open to abuse. Some 300 women said they were quitting the party earlier this month, explaining in a letter to the Times: “Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is.” This comes after David Lewis was suspended from the Labour Party for standing as a women’s officer in his local party to protest self-identification, claiming he “identifies as a woman on Wednesdays”.He said that he pulled  the stunt to highlight problems with self-identification, arguing that he wanted to “inform the constituency Labour Party, and maybe some other people, about what this policy means, about what happens when you say that someone’s gender depends only on what they say and nothing else”. 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. read more

Drugs cell phones unearthed at Timehri Prison investigation launched Samuels

Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the discovery of drugs and cell phones at the Timehri Prison.Some of the drugs unearthed on Wednesday at the Timehri prisonHe said that the first discovery of the prohibited items were made on Wednesday around 14:30hrs, while more contraband was unearthed on Thursday around 10:30 after a joint services search was ordered.Cellphones were also confiscated According to information provided by the Prison Director, “a prisoner indicated that a prison staff took pay for the items to pass during a visit.”This publication was also told that the inmate who reportedly “owned” the drugs which were confiscated on Wednesday has since threatened to kill the prison officers at the facility.Samuels said that the  Police have since been called in to investigate.More drugs were discovered during a subsequent raid Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Robert Orzechowski joins NMC Powen Zabrze

Polish NT right wing, Robert Orzechowski (24) will play in the fifth Polish team this season, NMC Powen Zabrze. He signed three years contract with the team who has ambition to become strong side in domestic, but also international competition. Orzechowski, who played for Poland at WCh 2013 and scored the winning goal in the best Polish match against Serbia in Zaragoza, coming from MMTS Kwidzyn.He will also play at right back position in the new team. ← Previous Story ASOBAL EXODUS (new chapter): Iosu Goni on loan to Qatari Al Quijada Next Story → Tatari and Jovanovic to Astrahanocka! handball transfersNMC Powen ZabrzePolish HandballRobert Orzechowski read more

The most borrowed book from Dublin libraries this month

first_imgTHE DUBLIN: ONE City Book choice Strumpet City is the most borrowed book in Dublin libraries this month.So much so, all copies of James Plunkett’s book, chosen to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, are out on loan at the moment.It was also the top seller in original fiction in Ireland last week with over 4,000 copies sold so far this month.“It has been a huge and welcome success for booksellers and has seen a new generation of readers discover Plunkett’s epic work,” says Bob Johnston, Chairperson of the Booksellers Association Irish Branch.The book has also been the most popular choice in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown libraries this month as several scenes take place in the area.Pics: Black and white archive photos of Dublin, as seen in Strumpet City >last_img read more

Road accident kills RAB official

first_imgRoad accident LogoA senior official of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) died after being hit by a container in Kamlapur Railway Station in the city on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Md Abu Zafar. He was a sergeant of communication and MIS wing of RAB Headquarter.The accident took place in the railway station while he was receiving the goods for RAB officials around 8:00pm, leaving him critically injured, said RAB headquarter.Later he was admitted to Combined Military Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead around 8:30pm.last_img read more

Amazon lets you make Alexa audio adventure games

first_imgAmazon has been pushing its voice-powered virtual assistant Alexa quite a bit, and now they’re trying to get gamers interested in the platform, releasing a new set of tools that allows developers to easily create audio adventures.The Alexa Echo and Tap have received rave reviews and work incredibly well for music playback, news, alarms, and an increasingly growing set of skills allowing you to do everything from hail an Uber to boo someone out of your living room. But it turns out that owners love to play games. 20% of the top “skills” (Amazon’s name for apps) are games, although most of them tend to be trivia games, which makes sense given the platform.Interactive adventure games make for a much more immersive experience, though. These newly released tools will give developers a vastly simplified design interface, as well as an open-source Interactive Adventure Game Tool, a Decision Tree template, and a Trivia Game template, because of course. These will allow developers to easily get running with their projects. Amazon seems to be doing all it can to encourage new games for their platform, and it will be interesting to see if Alexa ever gets enough support to be enjoyed as a unique game platform.One game that has shown the device’s potential more than most is The Wayne Investigation, an official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tie-in that lets you investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. It was written by DC Comics writers and plays out almost like a verbal text adventure game, where you tell Alexa what rooms to walk through, making choices in order to find clues as to the culprit. A playthrough lasts anywhere from five to 45 minutes depending on the decisions you make and the game is currently the most popular skill in the Alexa store, which is what prompted Amazon to make it easier for future developers. There’s clearly an untapped market here, and Amazon can’t ignore that!Now that these tools are available we hope to see even more developers make use of this style, because the world can never get enough adventure games.last_img read more