Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee (88) has been admitted to the critical care unit of a private hospital in Kolkata following a brain clot.Sources in the Belle Vue clinic said a hemorrhagic stroke resulted in the medium-sized clot and his condition was not unstable but improving.He was admitted to the hospital on Monday for speech and motion impediment. A CT scan that was scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to additional ailments concerning his lungs, liver and urinary tract.Hospitas CEO Pradeep Tandon said Mr. Chatterjee was visited by MLA Biman Bandopadhyay, and CPI(M) members Shyamol Chakraborty and Sujan Chakraborty.Mr. Chatterjee was the Speaker in the first five-year term (2004-2009) of the United Progressive Alliance government.
Bhubaneswar, Aug 29 (PTI) Prominent woman athlete Purnima Hembram was today conferred with the prestigious Biju Patnaik Sports Award while Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also felicitated six other Odia girls, who participated in the Rio Olympics, on the National Sports Day.While Purnima Hembram got Rs 2 lakh, citation for the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2015, Abinash Mishra received Rs 1 lakh as the winner of the Biju Patnaik Bravery Award.Four women hockey players from Odisha- Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz and Sunita Lakra, two sprinters- Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda, who participated in the Rio Olympics, were also felicitated by the Chief Minister on the ocassion.All the six players were given Rs 5 lakh each by the state govenrment.Similarly, Asirbad Behera was felicitated and given Rs 50,000 for his contribution towards development of sports in the state, while coach P Dharma Rao (weight lifting) and Chitrasen Patra (football) were felicitated and given Rs 1 lakh each.Prominent sports journalist Tanmay Das was felicitated and given Rs 50,000 for his contribution to the field, while five other persons- Naresh Chandra Baliarsingh Mohapatra, Bikram Keshari Nayak, Debasis Sahu, Mahendra Kumar Nayak and Dhyananda Panda -were felicitated and given Rs 25,000 each for social service.Addressing the gathering, Patnaik said a good sports climate is coming up in the state.”It is a pride for the state that six Odia girls have participated in the Olympics, 2016. Though they have not won any medal, their participation itself will encourage other sports persons in the state,” Patnaik said.advertisementAsserting that the state government was setting up “world class” sports infrastracture and coaching facilities, Patnaik said this will further brighten the prospect of sports persons in Odisha.”To encourage youths in the sports, the state government has announced jobs and other incentives for the sports persons,” the chief minister said. PTI AAM SUS AQS
Jurgen Klopp blasted referee Szymon Marciniak after Liverpool’s Champions League hopes were left hanging by a thread following defeat to Paris St Germain.The Reds lost 2-1 in the French capital and must beat Napoli at Anfield – either 1-0 or by two clear goals – in their final Group C game to qualify for the knockout stages.His team were outplayed for swathes of the contest, but an angry Klopp’s main focus in his post-match interviews was on the performance of the official. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Pole issued six yellow cards to Liverpool and two to PSG – one of which, for Marco Veratti’s foul on Joe Gomez, the Liverpool boss was adamant should have been a red.And the German was further angered by the referee’s apparent uncertainty about awarding the penalty from which Liverpool scored through James Milner, with the assistant referee influencing the decision.Klopp ranted to Viasport Fotball: “I think we won the fair play competition three times in a row in England and today we [were made to] look like butchers!”We have six, seven, eight yellow cards and we were close to a red card.”Yes, there were one or two holding things which were yellow cards, but all the others – it’s unbelieveable.”We got a penalty – the ref didn’t want to give it but I don’t know how that’s possible.”The ref needs to be prepared for a game like this and he looked not prepared.“But they scored two and we only [got] one so it’s our fault.”He continued on the same theme in his press conference, adding: “That was a red for me, clearly from Veratti. I saw it very well and for sure it was not the same colour card as the 500 we got tonight.”Asked if the official had been infuenced by apparent play-acting by PSG star Neymar, Klopp snapped: “It’s not for me to talk about Neymar.”And he added to his interviewer: “Ask the ref. You can. Try.”Despite his anger, Klopp says his side remain confident of reaching the knockout stages ahead of a do or die test against Napoli.”Napoli is unbelievabley strong and we have to win by two goals which is not an easy job but we’ll have Anfield at out backs and we still believe,” he said.”We are dispoointed, for sure but we’ll have to be spot on.”Liverpool return to action on Sunday when they host Everton in the season’s first Merseyside Derby. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
WTF ‘He’d build a strong defensive wall’ – Morgan invites Trump to be Arsenal manager! Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Twitter WTF Arsenal Premier League The TV personality presented the U.S. president with an Arsenal jersey during a recent interview and asked if he’d like to take Arsene Wenger’s job Piers Morgan has taken the #WengerOut campaign to new lengths.The TV personality and famed Arsenal supporter presented Donald Trump with a Gunners jersey during a recent interview, asking if the U.S. president would be willing to take over as manager at the Emirates Stadium.Tweeting a picture of himself gifting Trump the No. 45 shirt, Morgan wrote: “The moment I invite President Trump to be Arsenal’s new manager – because he’d build a strong defensive wall, have an attacking philosophy & want to win big trophies at all costs. See his hilarious response on Sunday night, ITV, 10pm.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In a follow-up tweet, Morgan added: “It would be a high risk appointment, admittedly…”There may already be an Arsenal fan in the Trump family: His youngest son, Barron, was photographed during the White House Easter Egg Roll in April wearing a Gunners kit. Barron Trump also is a member of D.C. United’s academy, having played for the club’s Under-12 side.*WORLD EXCLUSIVE*The moment I invite President Trump to be Arsenal’s new manager – because he’d build a strong defensive wall, have an attacking philosophy & want to win big trophies at all costs.See his hilarious response on Sunday night, ITV, 10pm. #TrumpMorgan pic.twitter.com/pVZdFD6N0J— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 26, 2018The president also has some history in the sport, having played varsity soccer at the New York Military Academy in the 1960s and helped conduct a League Cup draw in 1992.U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has said Trump is a supporter of the unified USA-Mexico-Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup, though Gulati recently indicated the president’s policies are complicating that proposal.Arsenal, meanwhile, sit sixth in the Premier League and earlier this month were eliminated in their FA Cup opener for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996.The embattled manager did get a boost, however, as the Gunners secured a 2-1 aggregate win over Chelsea on Wednesday to advance to the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.Hope he said no 🙄 https://t.co/EDRyiap4ni— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 26, 2018And one Arsenal player wasn’t exactly thrilled by the idea of Trump taking over in north London, with Hector Bellerin responding on Twitter: “Hope he said no.”
Manchester City Man City players being ‘butchered’, says Sterling Sam Lee 06:30 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero Burnley The winger says the Premier League leaders are suffering “awful” fouls which could force he and his team-mates out of this summer’s World Cup Raheem Sterling says Manchester City players are being “butchered” and fears some could miss this summer’s World Cup as a result.Leroy Sane is out of action for around two months after being fouled by Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett last weekend, while Kevin De Bruyne and Brahim Diaz were lucky to avoid injury following poor challenges by West Brom duo James McClean and Matt Phillips three days later.De Bruyne has suffered three further poor challenges, two against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve and one against Tottenham in December, and Sterling himself was also caught by a nasty Harry Kane lunge in that Spurs game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bernardo Silva said on Wednesday that he felt City players are being targeted, and Sterling has now joined Blues boss Pep Guardiola in calling for referees to better protect players from what the England man brands “awful”.“I find it a bit unfair at times,” he told the Premier League. “I feel that we haven’t been protected enough in certain situations. I think some of the challenges have been awful. It’s not what I expect to see in a top flight football match – especially when teams are losing and just go out to kick players.”I don’t think that’s right. I do think we need to cut down on that because we’ve got a World Cup at the end of the year and majority of the players in the top flight and in our team will be playing in it and it would be sad to see someone miss the tournament due to a silly tackle and someone get away with it.”These tackles can happen – but it can’t be every game we’re getting two players coming in with injuries. There are going to be challenges that are badly timed and probably not all of them are intentional but at the same time if it’s a dangerous tackle, it’s a dangerous tackle and I think the referees and officials need to cut these tackles out because as you can see some of the players are getting butchered, butchered out there and it’s sad to see. But I just feel we need to try and cut this out of the game.”He added in an interview with Talk Sport: “Especially if it’s a high tackle, when the studs are up. some of the tackles in the last few games should have been straight reds, maybe the refs didn’t see it at the time but it can’t continue for the rest of the season.”Sterling has played a major role in City’s impressive season so far, with 19 goals to his name in all competitions, and he has credited Guardiola with the improvement in his scoring output and overall performances.“He’s completely helping with the basics, helping me to become more ruthless,” the 23-year-old added in his Premier League interview. “That’s what I’m trying to do. He and his coaching staff help with that. It’s been a great environment for me to continue learning and that’s the most important thing that I’ve got, that environment and the people around that are helping with my education in football.”This is Sterling’s best ever campaign in terms of goals and he puts his improved tally down to the simple fact he is spending more time in the opposition penalty area.“Probably being in the box much more often, following things in and always trying to be around the box to try and sniff out a goal. [I would describe myself] not as a complete player, [but as] a player that’s learning, a player that’s loving his football at the moment. As I said it’s the environment that I’m in. I’m just loving it and hopefully that can keep happening. I’ve got plenty of room to grow. There’s fine things, little details that I need to sharpen up on. It’s something that I’m learning every day, that I’m trying to improve on and I’ll definitely get there.”Sterling was called over to Guardiola’s technical area after missing a presentable chance against West Brom in midweek, but instead of earning a rebuke he was embraced and given a kiss on the cheek.“It was a bit strange!” Sterling explained. “I didn’t think he was going to kiss me, I thought he was going to give me some advice so when he kissed me I was thinking a bit; “oh ok.” I knew I was going to get a bit of banter from the boys after as well. But it was alright.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
April 22, 2014 zoom IHC Merwede has been awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 5,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa.The company was selected after a successful submission into an open tender process for what will be the largest dredging vessel of its kind operating in the country. The new TSHD will join TNPA’s existing fleet of IHC Merwede-built vessels, which features: the 4,200m3 TSHD ISANDLWANA (ordered in 2008); and the grab hopper dredger ITALENI (ordered in 2013).As one of the five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd., TNPA is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the South African national port system.It manages eight commercial ports along the country’s 2,954km coastline in a landlord capacity, with two main service categories: the provision of port infrastructure; and the provision of maritime services, such as dredging and marine operations.As part of its contract with TNPA, IHC Merwede will execute a social development plan in order to help improve local industry in South Africa. This initiative will feature the appropriate transfer of some of the company’s advanced technology and knowledge base to aid the development of the workforce’s skills within the region.
“Our steering panel is pleased to see government bring forward a strategy that reflects what we heard from four panels of expertise and input from Nova Scotians,” said retired Chief Justice Constance Glube, steering panel chair. “It reflects a commitment to changing the status quo, and the necessary balancing to ensure healthy and sustainable natural resources for future generations.”Other panel members were Joe Marshall and Allan Shaw. The province’s natural resources strategy and action plan is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr . improve legislation, including laws that help manage biodiversity, forest regulations, and the Mineral Resources Act provide job training for the forestry sector develop a Code of Practice, a set of principles, guidelines and technical recommendations for the sustainable management of Nova Scotia’s forests review and reallocate resources so more species at risk can be recovered conduct research into how to best reclaim land affected by mining operations help publish a Mi’kmaq interpretative plan for provincial parks to increase awareness and understanding of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture carry out a detailed visitor survey to collect information on the park system Nova Scotia’s natural resources strategy will improve resource management and sustainable practices in the province, while creating good jobs. “The strategy is a balanced approach to natural resources management, inspired by a vision of a sustainable and prosperous future — a vision described to us by Nova Scotians and reflected in jobsHere, the province’s economic plan,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. Our Path to Share, A Natural Resources Strategy for Nova Scotia, 2011–2020, released today, Aug. 16, was guided by an independent steering panel. More than 2,000 Nova Scotians provided input into the strategy, as well as more than 700 written submissions. The strategy will be a guide for improved management of Nova Scotia’s biodiversity – the complex mix of all living things – and of forests, geological resources and provincial parks. The province has accepted the steering panel’s 26 recommendations and has already begun implementing the strategy. A companion document, From Strategy to Action, lays out how the strategy will begin to be implemented over the next 24 months. It includes actions to:
New Delhi: It was a hot morning in Delhi on Tuesday with the minimum temperature settling at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle later in the day, which is likely to bring some relief form the heat. The humidity in the morning was recorded at 50 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 40 degrees Celsius, a meteorological department official said. The maximum and minimum temperature on Monday were recorded at 41.6 and 30.6 degrees Celsius respectively.
A special gift for the non-profit group Chic Geek Wednesday as the province came through with a $47,000 grant.The purpose of Chic Geek is to reverse the trend of women leaving careers in technology and to encourage their efforts.Minister for the Status of Women Stephanie McLean said it’s something she wholeheartedly supports.“We do know that more women are getting their university degrees but unfortunately, the gender pay gap still exists and women are leaving their careers, we know that, part way through in numbers much higher than men are,” she said.The grant also marks this week’s celebration of Ada Lovelace Day.Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer.
OTTAWA – The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in September as increases in the price of gasoline continued to ease.Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in September was up 2.2 per cent from a year ago compared with a year-over-year increase of 2.8 per cent in August.Economists had expected the September figure to come in at 2.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The inflation report comes ahead of the Bank of Canada’s rate decision next week when it will also update its forecast for the economy in its monetary policy report.The central bank, which aims to keep inflation within a target range of one to three per cent and adjusts its interest rate target to help achieve that goal, is expected to raise its key interest rate target, which sits at 1.5 per cent, by a quarter of a percentage point.TD Bank senior economist James Marple said the softer-than-expected inflation report did little to alter TD’s expectation that the Bank of Canada will raise rates next week.“I don’t think one month of soft price growth is going to change the Bank of Canada’s mind on a rate hike,” he said.Marple said the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement removed a key risk for the economy, but added challenges such as high household debt remain.“There’s still are some underlying risks that have always been there and maybe weren’t in the spotlight because we were all focused on trade,” he said.“We have very high household debt levels. We have mortgage rates that have been increasing and will continue to increase even with very little action from the Bank of Canada.”Statistics Canada said prices were up in all eight major components for the 12 months to September.The transportation index, which includes gasoline, was up 3.9 per cent in September compared with a 7.2 per cent move in August as gasoline prices last month were up 12 per cent compared with a 19.9 per cent increase in August.However, the transportation group remained the largest contributor to the overall year-over-year increase in the index.Food prices were up 1.8 per cent, while shelter costs rose 2.5 per cent. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 4.4 per cent.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter noted the price of air fares, while up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, fell 16.6 per cent compared with the previous month. Hotel rates were also down 5.2 per cent compared with a year ago.“With travel tours also down 3.2 per cent, that meant that tourism overall got a lot cheaper in Canada last month,” Porter wrote in a brief report, adding that vehicle prices were up just 0.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis.“All of these soft sectors combined to clip core inflation as well, although the easing there was much less dramatic than in the headline tally,” Porter said.The average of the three measures of core inflation, which look to strip out more-volatile items like gas prices and are closely scrutinized by the Bank of Canada, was 2.0 per cent in September compared with 2.1 per cent in August.In a separate report, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 0.1 per cent in August to $50.8 billion as sales moved lower in seven of 11 of the subsectors tracked by the agency.Sales at gasoline stations were down 2.0 per cent, while clothing and clothing accessories stores fell 1.2 per cent. Motor vehicle and parts dealers saw sales increase 0.8 per cent.Retail sales in volume terms were down 0.3 per cent.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said today at a forum in Vancouver that his company is preparing final investment documents with plans to start construction on a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal near Kitimat later this year.Business in Vancouver reporter Nelson Bennett tweeted earlier today that Calitz spoke at the Globe Forum 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and said that LNG Canada is preparing final investment documents for the project, with the plan to start construction some time in 2018. Direct quote: “At the time (2016) we said we wanted to be in construction in 2018. My answer remains unchanged.” https://t.co/bJwNJt0VmB— Nelson Bennett (@nbennett_biv) March 15, 2018Energeticcity.ca has attempted to reach out to an LNG Canada spokesperson, though phone calls have not been returned. Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir said that he heard Calitz speak last fall, saying that a year from then he anticipated announcing some good news.“If within that timeframe he has come forward today to indicate that they’re going to be spending in anticipation of the F.I.D., that is a major development. I think it means that the upstream side in the Peace is going to be very excited. I’ve heard that everyone’s working around Fort St. John right now, that it’s a very brisk period. This is a good time for someone to start a project because they’ll be looking for that labour from the labour pool. Maybe they’re starting to see that things are picking up generally and they better get going.”The day after his government came to power last June, B.C. Premier John Horgan stated that LNG Canada’s proposed project had the support of his party, something he echoed in January at the Premier’s B.C. Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. While speaking with Muir at the forum, Horgan said that he imagined the potential for as many as several LNG export facilities to be built in B.C. over the next few years. Andy Calitz, CEO for LNG Canada, tells #GLOBEforum plan is to start construction on Kitimat project 2018, FID documents being prepared.— Nelson Bennett (@nbennett_biv) March 15, 2018Quoting Calitz directly, Bennett said in a follow-up tweet that the LNG Canada CEO stated two years ago that his company wanted construction to have started on the project some time this year, and that those plans remain unchanged.
New York eyes textalyzer to bust drivers using cellphones FILE – In this May 31, 2013 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference to announce the increase in penalties for texting while driving in New York. New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving. Cuomo announced Wednesday, July 26, 2017, that he would direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a textalyzer that allows an officer to quickly check if a cellphone has been in use before a crash.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday directed the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology and the questions about privacy and civil liberties its use would raise.“Despite laws to ban cellphone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel — placing themselves and others at substantial risk,” Cuomo said in a statement first reported by The Associated Press. “This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behaviour and thoroughly evaluate its implications to ensure we protect the safety and privacy of New Yorkers.”The device is called the textalyzer because of its similarity to the Breathalyzer, which is used to identify drunken drivers. Once plugged into a person’s phone for about a minute, it will indicate whether a motorist was texting, emailing, surfing the web or otherwise using his or her cellphone before a serious crash.Supporters of the technology say the officer would not be able to access personal information on the phone, such as pictures, emails or web browsing history.The technology is still some months away from being ready, according to Cellebrite, the Israel-based tech company developing the device.Digital privacy and civil liberties groups already have questioned whether the technology’s use would violate personal privacy, noting that police can already obtain search warrants if they believe information on a private phone could be useful in a prosecution.Many security experts are skeptical when it comes to promises that the textalyzer would only access information about phone usage, and not personal material, according to Rainey Reitman, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for civil liberties when it comes to digital technology.“I am extremely nervous about handing a cellphone to a law enforcement officer and allowing them in any way to forensically analyze it,” she said. “This is a technology that is incredibly problematic and at the same time is unnecessary. There are already legal avenues for a police officer.”Westchester County resident Ben Lieberman lost his 19-year-old son Evan Lieberman to a fatal car crash in 2011 and later discovered the driver of the car his son was in had been texting while driving. He’s now a leading advocate for the textalyzer and has worked with Cellebrite on the project. He said he understands concerns about privacy but they’re unfounded, noting the device would only tell police whether a driver had been breaking the law.“A Breathalyzer doesn’t tell you where you were drinking, or whether it was vodka or Jack Daniels, just that you were drinking,” he said. “This is the right balance between public safety and privacy.”Count Emily Boedigheimer as a supporter of the idea. The Albany area resident said she’s fine with police using a textalyzer, as long as there are rules about what police would be able to see.“If you’re texting and driving you’re breaking the law and you’re risking people’s lives,” she said during a lunchtime walk in downtown Albany on Wednesday. “Why can’t you wait, or pull over, to make that one call or read your texts?”The committee will hear from supporters and opponents of the technology, law enforcement officials and legal experts before issuing a report, Cuomo’s office said. Particular areas of focus will include the effectiveness of the technology, constitutional and legal issues and how the device would be used in practice.Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Westchester County Republican, this year sponsored legislation that would have set out rules for the use of the textalyzer. The bill didn’t get a full vote, but Murphy said he believes it’s only a matter of time before New York and other states adopt the technology.“It’s not if, it’s when,” he said. “This will literally save lives.”Under Murphy’s bill, motorists who refuse to hand over their phones to officers could have their licenses suspended.Twelve people were killed and 2,784 were injured in cellphone-related crashes in New York state from 2011 to 2015, according to figures from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research. State statistics show 1.2 million tickets for cellphone violations were issued in that period.
The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, bringing an end to his two-season tenure with the club.The move would seem to be an easy call, judging from the Astros’ record under Porter. Among those with at least 300 career games managed, only seven managers in the history of Major League Baseball had a lifetime winning percentage worse than Porter’s .367 mark. But Porter also took over during the worst four-season stretch in the Astros’ history. (His predecessor, Brad Mills, also has the 14th-worst career record of any manager with 300-plus games.) The team won fewer than 60 games in each of the two seasons before Porter arrived in Houston, hitting its nadir with 51 wins in Porter’s first year. But Porter’s Astros were greatly improved this season and are on pace to win about 70 games.There’s evidence that coaches and managers are fired not on the basis of absolute performance — rather, their employment depends on whether they beat expectations. And by that standard, Porter did a pretty great job this season. Putting aside that much of a manager’s perceived ability to coax good or bad years out of his players is little more than random variation, a 70-win campaign from this Astros team was fairly unexpected.Before the season, FiveThirtyEight presented projected wins for every MLB team, according to ESPN’s forecasting panel, which uses the wisdom of crowds to make predictions. On average, the panel expected the Astros to win 62.6 games, which was a number in line with sources such as Las Vegas’s over/under win totals. Traditionally, such forecasts have had a standard error of about nine wins in either direction, so the Astros would have only had about a 21 percent chance of winning 70 or more games this year. They essentially had a season in the 79th percentile of all possible expected outcomes, which ranks sixth in all of baseball.There are, of course, other factors that can determine a manager’s continued employment beyond outperforming expectations. ESPN’s David Schoenfield suggests that Porter was always just a placeholder during the Astros’ prolonged rebuilding process, destined to be cast aside when the team was ready to move out of MLB’s basement. (There have also been reports of philosophical differences between Porter and the team’s front office.) But if he is to be judged on what the Astros accomplished this year — both relative to preseason expectations and where the franchise had been over the previous three seasons — Porter should have been commended, not fired.CORRECTION (Sept. 2, 12:24 p.m.): A previous version of this article listed the projected wins for every team based on regressed winning percentages but didn’t take into account “banked” wins that teams had already earned.
However, Cibulkova told journalists that the move, which knocked her out of being seeded for the tournament, was unfair. “I have the right and I should be seeded. My opinion about it is that I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” she said.For Williams her return to Wimbledon carries extra significance this year, as it is 20 years since she made her debut, reaching the third round as a teenager. “I can’t say I thought I’ll be here 20 years late,” she said. Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, ranked 156th in the world, was not seeded for the competition, which starts today amid week-long forecasts of warm weather. Murray has spent a year battling hip injury problems, and announced yesterday he was not ready to compete. She admitted it will be emotional to appear in front of her husband and daughter for the first time.Earlier this week she took her daughter onto the turf at Wimbledon, where she has appeared in nine Wimbledon singles finals and, together with sister Venus, helped transformed the profile of women’s tennis.”I did take her to Centre Court early on this week when I was here. I don’t know. I got a little emotional when I was telling her a story about a girl who had a big dream,” she said. Speaking on Sunday, Williams said: “I think I would be very ungrateful if I sat here and said [the seeding] was too low, to be honest.”I don’t at all feel that way. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. I came in here expecting that maybe I wouldn’t get a seed.”I do know Wimbledon tends to kind of beat to their own drum. That’s kind of one thing that’s been able to set them apart. 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. “It was a little bit in the back of my mind, that I would have a chance, but I didn’t put that on it.”The move by officials at Wimbledon’s seeding committee to place Williams stands in stark contrast by a decision by the French Open against seeding her.She did play in Paris, where she reached the fourth round of the competition before injury forced her to quit ahead of her clash with Maria Sharapova, but her appearance stopped short of offering conclusive evidence of Williams’ continued competitiveness at an elite level. Serena Williams poses with the winner’s trophy in 2016Credit:AFP Serena Williams in 2017Credit:Peter Parks Serena Williams takes part in a press conference on the eve of the 2018 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:AFP The move to seed Williams was a major departure for tradition by the AELTC, but it was supported by three-time former champion John McEnroe, who told The Telegraph last month that he didn’t “think there would be a player that would complain”. Serena Williams has revealed her “surprise” at a controversial Wimbledon decision to boost her ranking after her return from maternity leave, a move that divided the tennis world and led to bitter recriminations from some of her rivals.The 36-year-old American, who has dominated women’s tennis for nearly 20 years but took a break from the sport in September following the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia, said she was not sure she would be seeded for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday and thanked officials at the All England Club for the decision.Williams, who played her first Grand Slam in over a year at the French Open last month, is placed 181st in the world after nearly a year out of the sport, but she was placed in the Wimbledon draw as 25th seed to ensure that neither she nor other top players can meet each other until the third round at the earliest.Some Wimbledon club officials had privately expressed concerns that seeding Williams would unfairly penalise other players who had worked all year for their place in the top 32. But, officials agreed that she should not be punished for taking time off to have a child, despite bitter complaints from Slovakian world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova who was bumped from the seeding group as a result. Serena Willaims’ daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. sits on a court at Wimbledon
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has weighed in on the recent debacle where the flag-raising ceremony of the Corriverton Town Council was cancelled by the coalition Government after the Council refused to have Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan speak at the ceremony.Officers from the Springlands Police Station had reportedly informed the Council that they could not go ahead with the event, as no permission had been granted.The PSC however, has condemned “without hesitation, the intervention of the police and the seizing of the National Flag by them, regardless of who did or did not give instructions to that end.”According to the PSC “a disgraceful and unacceptable series of events followed in which, most unfortunately, the police were clearly directed to intervene and prevent the Flag Raising Ceremony from taking place on the specious excuse that prior permission had not been sought from the police.”See the PSC’s full statement below:The raising of our National Flag on the occasion of celebrating, each year, the anniversary of our becoming a republic, is a national event to be honoured and respected by each and every one of our citizens regardless of political affiliation or involvement. It has always been so.On each of these occasions, our National Flag has been raised at an official ceremony where our government, regardless of the political party in office, has been formally represented either by a Minister of the government or by an official of the government.It is extremely unfortunate, therefore, that this year at the Republic Flag Raising Ceremony at Corriverton, this time honoured national tradition was sullied by political intervention and interference.According to the facts at our disposal and reported at some length in all of the media, the Corriverton Town Council quite properly invited Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, to represent the government and be the Guest Speaker at the ceremony, but the Minister, quite wrongly, neglected to respond to the invitation.It is reported, however, that the Regional Executive Officer had previously contacted the Mayor of Corriverton, Krishnand Jaichand, conveying the government’s wishes that the Minister of Public Security, Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan, should represent the government and deliver the Feature Address. This call was supported by another from Minister Bulkan. The Corriverton City Council, an opposition elected local Council, however, rejected the government’s proposal.Mayor Jaichand then received a further call, this time from Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, making it clear that Minister Ramjattan was the government’s choice to officiate and speak at the Flag Raising Ceremony. There, the matter should have ended. The Corriverton Council preferred to put politics before accepted national behaviour and convention and refused to accept the government’s appointment to speak at the Ceremony.A disgraceful and unacceptable series of events followed in which, most unfortunately, the police were clearly directed to intervene and prevent the Flag Raising Ceremony from taking place on the specious excuse that prior permission had not been sought from the police.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) condemns without hesitation, the intervention of the police and the seizing of the National Flag by them, regardless of who did or did not give instructions to that end.The Private Sector believes that on the 48th Anniversary of our becoming a republic and the 50th Anniversary of our becoming independent, our political parties should be adult enough to set aside crass political behaviour in favour of honouring and respecting the raising of our National Flag at a national event. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is preparing its response to the troika after the country’s lenders demanded a firmer commitment from Athens on fiscal and structural measures, which likely means that the current bailout will have to be extended by at least a month so an agreement can be reached.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis to discuss the troika’s response to Greece’s proposals. The government received an e-mail from its lenders on Wednesday and, according to sources, demanded clarification of some points as well as a stronger commitment that Greece would take extra fiscal measures next year if the fiscal gap emerges as being bigger than estimated.The government has proposed cancelling the 30 per cent reduction in the solidarity tax as one of the steps it could take to cover the shortfall if needed. The coalition would prefer these measures to be included in a supplementary budget next year but the troika may insist that they are passed earlier in a multi-bill, with clear triggers that would lead to them being implemented.The issue may be will be discussed at the Eurogroup next week. Given that time is running out for the program review to be concluded and an agreement on a precautionary credit line to be reached this month, an extension to the bailout seems certain. The issue that must be tackled now is what period the extension will cover. The government favours only a one-month prolongation of the bailout, although there is the option of it being stretched out for another six or 12 months.Samaras wants to avoid the latter options as he feels they would damage the coalition’s chances of winning the presidential vote in February.Addressing a business conference this week, Samaras said negotiations with the troika were tough but that Athens was participating in a “responsible and decisive” way and looking forward. “We are emerging from a difficult period of successful fiscal adjustment,” Samaras said, adding that Greece is “entering a new era, a new period of sustainable growth,” and pointed to a gradual drop in unemployment.Samaras’s deputy Evangelos Venizelos, who was in Brussels, struck a similar tone, noting that Greece has “made impressive achievements and therefore has significant arguments.” He called on Greece’s creditors to “realise that Greece has exhausted its capabilities.”Source: Kathimerini
Facebook: l’application s’adapte désormais à l’écran du nouvel IpadUne nouvelle mise à jour de l’application Facebook pour iOS a été publiée. Elle corrige certains bugs et apporte plusieurs nouveautés. Mais surtout, elle est optimisée pour supporter l’écran Retina du nouvel iPad.Facebook vient de livrer une mise à jour destinée à l’application iOS du réseau social. Disponible sur l’App Store (lien non disponible), son principal intérêt réside dans sa compatibilité avec les écrans haute définition Retina qui équipent le nouvel iPad. Les possesseurs de la dernière tablette d’Apple pourront ainsi profiter de l’affichage haute résolution, pouvant atteindre jusqu’à 2048×2048 pixels, désormais appliqué par défaut aux images publiées sur Facebook.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’application s’aggrémente d’autre nouveauté comme la possibilité d’apparaître hors ligne dans la messagerie instantanée du réseau social, mais aussi l’ajout de nouvelles langues telles que le tchèque, le danois, le grec, l’indonésien, le malais ou encore le norvégien. Elle corrige également certains bugs comme les problèmes d’affichage des photos de profil ou de listes d’amis, non exhaustives. Pas de Timeline en vue avec cette mise à jour; certains se réjouiront, d’autres prendront leur mal en patience.Le 5 avril 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
Manager Javier Calleja believes the Spartak match was crazy and at the end, the result was good for both teamsRussian Premier League club Spartak Moscow and Spanish La Liga side Villarreal played a very entertaining match tonight in the UEFA Europa League, drawing 3-3 at Otkritie Arena.The game in the Russian capital was played under a light rain and a temperature of only 4 degrees Celcius, leaving both teams sliding in the field.But for Villarreal boss Javier Calleja, the tie was fair after how both teams played.“An away point is always good, although we came to look for the three points,” a very tranquil Calleja asked.“The most difficult part was to take advantage in the scoreboard, and after the second goal we have suffered for more than half an hour, that’s when Spartak fought back to get the lead.”“When they scored the 3-2 we have believed until the end, we fought, and the draw has come. In my opinion, this point is fair,” the Spanish coach added.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Villarreal got the lead twice, but couldn’t keep it and there were almost some minutes where the team almost lost tonight.“We have failed to control the match better. There were many spaces, constant transitions and that has benefited Spartak.”“Today is just one more day to keep learning,” Calleja commented. “In the last half hour of the match, we had to take advantage of the spaces they were leaving by counter-attacking us. We should have killed the match with clearer counter-attacks.”We’re at the UEFA Europa League match between Spartak Moscow and Villarreal.#Ronaldocom #RonaldocomInMoscow pic.twitter.com/18UKsGztmR— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) October 4, 2018
Post a comment Share your voice 81 Photos Tags Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 27 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 52 Photos 0 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Exotic Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 18 Photos Tags Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Enlarge ImageThe revived company’s new logo. Hopefully we’ll get a look at the actual car soon. De Tomaso De Tomaso is back, the company announced Wednesday. The famed Italian carmaker, founded in 1959 and best known for the Pantera sports car, plans to launch a new sports car on July 4 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.The car is code-named Project P and is apparently being developed “with world-renowned technical partners.” As for De Tomaso itself, the company’s rights were acquired in 2014 by an investment firm called Ideal Team Ventures. IVT also owns German boutique manufacturer Apollo Automobili (previously known as Gumpert), and says that the same team that worked on Apollo cars is working on De Tomaso.The timing of the debut is auspicious as this year marks the 60th anniversary of De Tomaso. Company founder and racing driver Alejandro De Tomaso died in 2003. The company said, “De Tomaso remains one of the greatest untold stories in automotive history.”The revived company says it will reveal even more information in the coming months, but otherwise there’s not a whole lot to go on — none of the teaser sketches or outlandish horsepower claims that other boutique carmakers often share, for instance. But the company’s statement promises that “over the coming months the story telling will commence.””Since the acquisition of De Tomaso we have been secretively working behind the scenes on a world-class revival strategy with the intention to go public with our efforts for the 60th anniversary,” De Tomaso general manager and CMO Ryan Berris said in a statement. “When the new car debuts this summer, not only will another special vehicle be added to the brand’s heritage, but the story will finally be told.”Stay tuned to Roadshow over the coming months as De Tomaso gradually reveals its new plans. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Apollo IE is a bonkers small-batch hypercar 69 Photos 10 Photos More From Roadshow Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 49 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments 12 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. More From Roadshow 26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 3 68 Photos Car Industry 71 Photos