first_imgResuming the debate, Channi again hit out at the Badals,Resuming the debate, Channi again hit out at the Badals, alleging that they only worked for their “own interest”, leading to heated exchanges between the ruling benches, led by Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, and the Opposition MLAs.Intervening, senior Congress leader Lal Singh told the Speaker that opposition members should not be disturbed while debating on the no-confidence motion.”You are scared,” Channi said while pointing towards the Treasury benches.However, Valtoha and other Akali MLAs said they will not allow the proceedings of the House to run until Channi apologised for using “unparliamentary words”.Akali MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala, who was in the Speakers seat at that time, asked Channi not to make a personal attack.The House saw unruly scenes with both the ruling parties and opposition members raising slogans against each other.Wadala, who too was sporting an Akali Dal badge, was asked to remove it by the opposition members.However, he refused and said, “Tomorrow, you will ask me to remove my blue turban. I will not remove the badge. I am impartial.”In the meantime, Atwal came back and seeing the unruly scenes, said the opposition did not want the proceedings of the House to run smoothly.He then ordered a voice vote to be taken on the no-confidence motion which was defeated. Thereafter, he adjourned the House.After the motion fell through, Congress members rushed to the Well of the House and threw papers towards the Speakers chair. Channi even stood up on his seat and started raising slogans against the SAD-BJP combine. PTI CHS VJ RC SK RCadvertisementlast_img read more

NFL Hall of Famer Noll Dead

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died June 13 at his home. He was 82.The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said Noll died of natural causes.Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.The Steelers won the four Super Bowls over six seasons (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979), an unprecedented run that made Pittsburgh one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, one that breathed life into a struggling, blue-collar city.“He was one of the great coaches of the game,” Steelers owner Dan Rooney once said. “He ranks up there with (George) Halas, (Tom) Landry and (Curly) Lambeau.”Noll’s 16-8 record in postseason play remains one of the best in league history. He retired in 1991 with a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons, after inheriting a team that had never won a postseason game. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll worked so well with Steelers President Rooney that the team never felt the need to have a GeneralMmanager. When he retired, and was replaced by Bill Cowher, only four other coaches or managers in modern U.S. pro sports history had run their teams longer than Noll had.“Chuck Noll is the best thing that happened to the Rooneys since they got on the boat (to America) in Ireland,” Art Rooney II, the former Steelers personnel chief and the son of the team founder, once said.A former messenger guard for his hometown Cleveland Browns who earned the nicknamed Knute Knowledge — as in Knute Rockne — Noll was an assistant with the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Colts for nine seasons. Then he accepted what seemed a dead-end job in January 1969 as coach of the NFL’s least-successful organization.Art Rooney Sr. often hired friends and cronies as coaches, and only two of the Steelers’ first 13 coaches had winning records. At the time Noll took over, the franchise was 105 games below .500 in its history.Noll, hired only after Penn State’s Joe Paterno turned down a $350,000, five-year offer, was different from any Steelers coach before him. He immediately brought intelligence, toughness, stability, confidence, character and a can-do mindset to a franchise accustomed to constant upheaval and ever-changing personnel.Asked at his first news conference if his goal was to make the Steelers respectable, Noll said, “Respectability? Who wants to be respectable? That’s spoken like a true loser.”Perhaps not the most colorful coach behind the microphone, Noll could often be counted on for memorable, motivational one-liners that became rallying cries.Phrases like “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning,” and “Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it,” and “The thrill isn’t in the winning, it’s in the doing,” spoke volumes about what Noll was trying to accomplish. They went over well in a football-crazed region of Pennsylvania.The day after Noll was hired, the Steelers drafted defensive lineman Joe Greene. He was the first of the nine Hall of Famers selected during the Noll era. Four of the others were drafted within Noll’s first four seasons: Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Franco Harris.Four more arrived in the first five rounds of the 1974 draft: Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. And the 1971 draft, though it produced only one Hall of Famer (Ham), generated seven starters.While the Steelers surprisingly won their opener under Noll in 1969, beating Detroit, they lost their final 13 games that season, and their first three in 1970. By then, some were questioning Noll’s hiring.The Steelers’ turnaround began in earnest in 1970, the year they moved into the AFC after the NFL and AFL merged. They drafted Bradshaw with the No. 1 pick, moved into Three Rivers Stadium after years of being a secondhand tenant of Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. They won five of eight during one stretch.By 1972, the year Harris arrived to give them the ground game Noll sought, they were championship contenders with an 11-3 record and a we’ve-turned-the-corner attitude. Noll had long since run off underachievers and pushed the Rooneys to bring in the players he wanted.“He’ll argue a point with you and keep yelling, ‘No, this is right, you’re wrong,’” Dan Rooney said. “Sometimes you have to say, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it.’”The first traditional playoff game in Steelers history on Dec. 23, 1972, also signaled what was to come. The Steelers were in control of the John Madden-coached Raiders most of the game, until quarterback Ken Stabler scored in the final two minutes to put Oakland up 7-6.With the Steelers down to fourth-and-10 on their side of the field, Bradshaw lofted a pass downfield intended for Frenchy Fuqua. As Fuqua and safety Jack Tatum converged on the ball, it bounded high in the air for what looked to be a certain incompletion. Instead, Harris, trailing on the play, caught the ball nearly at his shoe tops and raced into the end zone for an improbable touchdown.The play would quickly become known as the “Immaculate Reception.”Noll’s Steelers did not win the Super Bowl that season — they lost to unbeaten Miami on a fake punt in the AFC title game. But, with their roster completed by their remarkable 1974 draft, they finally became NFL champions and did it three more times by January 1980.Still, Noll’s best team might have been in 1976, when the Steelers rebounded from a 1-4 start to go 10-4 — even with Bradshaw injured and out most of the season — by playing the greatest stretch of defense in NFL history.The Steel Curtain shut out five of their final nine opponents while yielding only 28 points. At one point, they didn’t allow a touchdown for 22 quarters.However, Harris and Rocky Bleier, 1,000-yard rushers that season, were injured in a playoff game against Baltimore. Without a running game, they lost the AFC title to Oakland.A year later, Noll wound up in a federal court trial. He accused Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, who had leveled Swann with a brutal hit the season before, of being part of the NFL’s “criminal element.”Noll prevailed, but there were hard feelings when, under oath, he included Blount as also being part of that criminal element. The Steelers went 9-5 that season, but rebounded to win the championship in the 1978 and 1979 seasons.When all the talent began to retire, the championships ended. Great drafts gave way to poor ones. The Steelers won only two playoff games and no conference championships in Noll’s final 12 seasons, missing the postseason eight times.Noll never was much of a yeller or screamer, though he had his moments. He confronted Oilers coach Jerry Glanville at midfield and warned him about the team’s borderline-legal blocking techniques.“He didn’t feel like it was his job to motivate,” Bleier said. “It was his job to take motivated people and give them a direction and get the job done.”When he retired, Noll always said he would never coach another team and he didn’t.In 2007, the football field at St. Vincent College, the Steelers’ longtime training camp home in Latrobe, was named for Noll, even though he played at and graduated from Dayton.Born in Cleveland, Noll attended Benedictine High School, where he played running back and tackle, winning All-State honors, before gaining a scholarship to play for the Flyers. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh’s biggest, most traditional rival, in 1953.At 27, he retired as a player from the Browns in 1959.(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

‘Good people’ back Brazil pro-gun stab victim presidential candidate By Gabriela VAZ

first_imgRio De Janeiro, Sep 9 (AFP) Armando Piccinini’s father was gunned down outside a bank 16 years ago, but now the 53-year-old is a gun-ownership advocate who says weapons are self-defense necessities in crime-ridden Brazil.”Rio is on the brink of civil war, and it will soon be declared,” said businessman Piccinini at the Calibre 12 shooting range in Niteroi, near Rio.He was with his father the day he died.”Good people will arm themselves to defend their families, their property, and this war will be declared if the authorities don’t do something.”Legalising gun ownership has been one of front-running presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign pledges.And it has gained momentum since the right-wing former army captain was stabbed during a rally in the southeast on Thursday.”If it wasn’t tragic, it would be ironic,” said Rildo Anjos, 52, one of the Calibre 12 instructors.”A pro-gun candidate suffering a kitchen knife attack; it just proves that it is man, not guns, that is guilty of violence.” Brazil suffered a record 30.3 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. That was 62,517 murders, 44,475 of those using guns.”I don’t think the way to solve the dramatic problem of a country with more than 60,000 murders a year is to distribute guns,” says Marina Silva, the environmentalist presidential candidate currently running second alongside centre-left nominee Ciro Gomes in polls, behind Bolsonaro.”On the contrary, this would increase violence.” Silva and Bolsonaro could finish in the first two places in the October 7 election, after which they would go to a run-off three weeks later.advertisementPolls predict Silva would win that hands down.But Bolsonaro’s campaign seems to have been boosted by his stabbing.He’s been all over television and the internet, giving him a huge profile lift.”We’re all behind Bolsonaro,” said Paulo Alberto, 55, one of 210 Calibre 12 members.”Today, the criminals are more numerous and better armed that security forces,” he added, gun in hand and wearing protective glasses.”I live close to a favela and I’ve been woken up by gunshots. When you leave the house, you don’t know if you’ll come home.”We good citizens demand the right to defend our families and our possessions.”At Calibre 12, where there is a smell of gunpowder and camaraderie, people go to learn sport shooting or to take a competence course that would earn them the right to carry a weapon.A 2003 law in Brazil tightened the regulations over gun ownership, something Bolsonaro wants to revoke.His position has caused a number of scandals, such as in July when he appeared in a viral video seemingly showing a young girl how to imitate a gun with her hands.”Kids in Brazil need to view weapons as something linked to responsibility and the protection of life,” he told O Globo newspaper in justifying his actions.Such statements turned Bolsonaro into a target for many of his rival candidates, but those at Calibre 12 agree with him.”My son is here,” said Anderson Lessa, a 46-year-old shopkeeper, pointing to a teenager.”I’ve taught my three children to drive, swim and shoot. For me, that’s a basic right.” Piccinini says: “There’s a family atmosphere here.” It’s the “only tourist business in Brazil that promotes excursions in which you can have your first contact with a gun.”To buy a weapon in Brazil, you must be at least 25, present proof of psychological and technical aptitude, and a “statement of necessity,” explaining why you need one.”The statement of necessity is the biggest lie in the world,” said Anjos.”Do I need a statement of necessity to buy a car?” As for guns, it’s “because I want to protect my biggest asset, which is my life!” Anjos agrees that people need training to learn how to use a gun but claims the 2003 law has done nothing to reduce violent crime.That’s not the opinion of the “2018 Atlas of Violence” prepared by the Institute of Economic Investigation and Brazilian Forum of Public Security, though.It claims that but for the 2003 law, the murder figures would be worse.Alberto says the 2003 law prevents “good citizens from the right to legitimate self-defense, as guaranteed in the constitution.””They’ve taken away our main form of defense. It’s ended up favouring criminals,” he insists.When asked if anyone has ever needed to use their gun in the streets, the Calibre 12 members laugh uncomfortably.Then one voice answers: “No one likes to talk about that.” (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

Sherbrooke Village Receives Casavant Organ

first_imgA restoration project is breathing new life into a century-old pipe organ at a church in Sherbrooke Village. A 1917 Casavant organ installed in the St. James Presbyterian Church in Sherbrooke this summer is poised to provide a second century of beautiful music, after being rescued by a team of volunteers that protects pipe organs in Nova Scotia. A ceremony to mark the installation will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. at the church. The Organ Rescue Project, run by the Royal Canadian College of Organists Halifax, obtained the organ from the Milton Christian Church in Queens County, which is downsizing and could not house the instrument. “We are pleased to assist our friends from Milton Christian Church find a new home for this incredible piece of Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage,” said Mark Sajatovich, executive director of Sherbrooke Village. Over the years, changes were made to the organ, such as replacing the original hand-blown mechanism with an electric blower. The Casavant Opus 717 was built in Quebec as part of a production of pieces aimed at wealthy Americans who would purchase them for their houses. Because of Casavant’s reputation for beautiful craftsmanship and longevity, smaller churches found them an attractive alternative to a custom-designed instrument costing considerably more. Sherbrooke Village, part of the Nova Scotia Museum, depicts a typical Nova Scotian village during the province’s industrial boom in the late 1800s and early 1900s.last_img read more

Barry Manilow To Perform At Columbus Citizens Foundation 2017 Gala

first_imgPop music legend Barry Manilow will perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation 73rd Annual Gala on Saturday, October 7 at the New York Hilton.The Gala will honor Leonard Riggio, the Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, and will benefit the Foundation’s Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund.The theme of this year’s Columbus Day Celebration and parade is “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” Mr. Riggio, the parade Grand Marshal, created the theme to recognize the achievements of Italian-American writers. The black-tie Gala will incorporate this theme and feature Mr. Manilow as the guest performer.All proceeds from the Gala will be used to support the Foundation’s mission of providing quality education to students of Italian descent who have academic ability but need financial assistance.Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. He’s had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for “Copacabana”), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.“It is an honor to have renowned performer Barry Manilow as this year’s Gala entertainment,” said Foundation President Angelo Vivolo. “The Gala holds high significance in the celebration leading up to the Columbus Day Parade, and to have legendary singer Barry Manilow perform shows the importance of the Foundation and its goals.”Mr. Manilow will be a part of a program that pays tribute to Grand Marshal Riggio, Italian-American authors, and this year’s honorees, Tom Iovino, CEO of OHL America, and Dr. Laura Forese, Executive Vice President and COO of New York-Presbyterian.Tickets are still available for this exceptional evening. Please email gala@columbuscitizens.org for further details.last_img read more

New stamps commemorate Nobel Peace Prize awarded to UN Annan

The new stamps by the Vienna-based UNPA feature the UN flag with the caption “United for Peace.”There are three versions of the stamps in English, French and German, reflecting the three currencies of the UN Postal Administration.Separately, UNPA issued special first day hand-cancellations in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize.In addition, “United for Peace” limited edition special folders were issued from New York, Geneva and Vienna, featuring one full miniature sheet from each office as well as a full sheet stamp mount. The text of the citation of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize was also included. read more

Security in Afghanistan key to success of political process Security Council told

The outcome of the months-long effort to establish a stable and democratic Government in Afghanistan hinges on how well the country – with foreign support – can respond to threats to stability, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.“The question of security continues to be the foremost concern, and the manner in which it is addressed by the international community and the Afghans together may well determine in the very near future the success – or not – of the Bonn process,” said Kieran Prendergast, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, referring to an effort by Afghan factions which began at a meeting in that German city last year.The convening of an Emergency Loya Jirga on 22 June would mark the next key milestone in the process, he noted. “There is a continuing danger that the existing security apparatus, both Afghan and international, does not adequately address the security threats that are currently discernable, and that are likely to increase as the convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga approaches,” he warned.While noting that the 4,500-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was conducting round-the-clock patrols in Kabul, Mr. Prendergast pointed out that the main threats to the Interim Authority emanated from the provinces. Afghans had “demonstrated overwhelming support for the Emergency Loya Jirga, including support for the participation of women,” but they had also expressed “fear that armed groups could affect the selection or election” of its members. The commission charged with overseeing the process had so far been able to operate without outside interference, “but there are legitimate fears that political pressure will increase substantially” in the future, the Under-Secretary-General cautioned.On the positive side, he said there had been “significant” progress in re-establishing the Afghan civil service, and voiced gratitude to all donors who had made it possible to provide salaries for public servants, while stressing the need for additional funds to help Afghanistan meet its immediate needs. “Without these millions being available today, the billions pledged at Tokyo [during a donor’s meeting] may be of much less use,” he warned. Mr. Prendergast also praised the Afghan interim leader, Hamid Karzai, for serving as “an ambassador not only for Afghanistan’s dire needs, which require international assistance, but also for Afghanistan’s aspirations, which are built on international responsibility and cooperation.” read more

Subdued business outlook for the next year Bank of Canada poll says

Subdued business outlook for the next year, Bank of Canada poll says OTTAWA – Canadian businesses are anticipating only a minimal acceleration in sales growth over the next 12 months amid bleak expectations among firms linked to the energy industry, a new Bank of Canada poll suggests.The central bank’s latest business outlook survey released Monday said that companies hit hard by the oil price slump reported that indicators of future sales, such as new orders, had seen scant improvement compared to a year ago.“The moderation in future sales expectations was concentrated among firms in the Prairies, which see few signs of a recovery from the oil price shock,” the bank’s quarterly survey said.In other regions of the country, the poll said “steady, albeit modest, domestic momentum” supported brighter sales outlooks.The survey found that businesses outside the affected commodity industries and in the service sectors were more optimistic about the coming year. Rising demand from the United States and the past depreciation of the Canadian dollar remained key sources of stronger sales expectations, the poll said.The survey also suggested that overall, firms generally expected to add jobs over the coming year — but found hiring intentions remained below post-recession levels and diverged considerably by sector.Plans to reduce staff were prominent among companies in the goods sector, while firms in the service industries intended to boost their workforces to meet growing demand, the poll found.“Hiring intentions remain modest overall,” the bank said.Firms also remained cautious about business investment, with many companies tied to the energy sector budgeting for further cuts, the survey said. However, businesses in the service sectors were found to be more willing to invest and expand, it added.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said the survey indicates that the repercussions from the fall in energy prices will continue to be felt.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Shenfeld said in a note to clients. “The energy shock dented Canada over the past 12 months, but the Bank of Canada’s latest survey suggests that the tide isn’t yet turning back in our favour.”The Bank of Canada’s survey of senior managers from about 100 companies was conducted between May 9 and June 8, and therefore doesn’t reflect any potential changes in expectations linked to the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union.National Bank senior economist Krishen Rangasamy said that companies’ actual investment and hiring may end up being softer following the result of the so-called Brexit vote than the opinions reported in Monday’s survey.“Intentions to hire and invest remain weak, which does not bode well for economic growth in the second half of the year,” Rangasamy wrote in a research note.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 4, 2016 8:52 am MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US productivity rose a modest 09 pct rate in spring

US productivity rose a modest 0.9 pct. rate in spring by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The productivity of American workers rose just modestly in the spring, extending a worrisome issue that has persisted throughout this expansion.Productivity grew at an annual rate of 0.9 per cent in the April-June quarter, slightly better than a scant 0.1 per cent rate of increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. Labor costs edged up at a 0.6 per cent rate in the second quarter, a sharp slowdown from a 5.4 per cent growth rate in the first quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak throughout the economic recovery, now in its ninth year. Many analysts say the issue is the biggest economic challenge facing the country.For 2016 overall, productivity actually declined — the first fall in 34 years. Productivity last year had previously been reported as a slight increase of 0.2 per cent. However, that gain evaporated as part of the government’s annual benchmark data revisions. It marked the first annual decline in productivity since a 1 per cent drop in 1982.The small improvement in the second quarter reflected the fact that overall economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, accelerated to a 2.6 per cent rate of increase compared to a 1.2 per cent gain in the first quarter.Since 2007, annual productivity increases have averaged just 1.2 per cent. That’s less than half the average annual gains of 2.6 per cent logged in 2000 to 2007, when the country was benefiting from increased efficiency from computers and the internet in the workplace.Rising productivity means increased output for each hour of work, which allows employers to boost wages without triggering higher inflation.The challenge of boosting productivity back to the levels before the Great Recession of 2007-2009 will be a key factor in determining whether President Donald Trump will achieve his goal of boosting overall growth. The economy’s potential for growth is a combination of labour force expansion and growth in productivity.During the campaign, Trump pledged to double growth to 4 per cent or better. But since taking office, his administration has projected a slightly lower but still ambitious goal of pushing annual growth back up to 3 per cent. Trump’s first budget projects that faster economic growth will produce $2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, a forecast most private economists view as overly optimistic. read more

Massive damage to Nepals healthcare services has put millions of quake survivors

“We need to urgently restore regular health services for the millions of affected people – for the pregnant women, newborns, children, the aged, people with diseases such as TB (tuberculosis), heart ailments, diabetes, [among others]. Without critical services their health could be at serious risk,” Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO’s South-East Asia Region, told the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction 2015 in the capital, Katmandu.WHO, in a press release, said displaced populations continue to live in temporary shelters with sub-optimal hygiene, sanitation and water conditions. “They are vulnerable to diseases and health risks in the ongoing rainy season and the approaching winter,” according to WHO. “Many of the affected people – the injured, need long term care or rehabilitation. A large number of people need mental health care to cope with the trauma caused by the calamity.”WHO said it has been working closely with the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population on the health sector response that has focused on trauma management and temporary reinstatement of the critical health services, and is now transitioning to early recovery and reconstruction.One of WHO’s key interventions during ongoing monsoon season is the medical camp kits consisting of water proof tents that are strategically located in the most affected districts to serve as temporary patient consultation and treatment facilities and to ensure the “critical” continuity of services.With 80 per cent of health facilities in the 14 most affected districts damaged, the task of reconstruction is huge but equally important, WHO said.Dr. Singh said long-term development and the scaling up of risk reduction and preparedness will be key features of WHO’s contribution in the recovery and reconstruction phase.WHO said it has been supporting Nepal’s disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness initiatives and as a result, the major hospitals in Kathmandu covered under these initiatives withstood the earthquakes and continued to function with its trained staff demonstrating the importance of resilient health facilities in emergencies for saving lives.Two separate earthquakes and a series of powerful aftershocks struck Nepal in April and May, killing more than 8,000 people and devastating large parts of the country.Also addressing the conference via video message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Nepal’s “exceptional efforts” in working to help the country recover from the devastating earthquakes.”This conference is an opportunity to build a new partnership to support Nepal to get back on its feet and to build back stronger and safer,” Mr. Ban declared as he applauded the Nepalese people for having “stood strong during this crisis.””The United Nations stands ready to support the government and people of Nepal in this endeavour,” he added. read more

What Explains The Carolina Panthers Rise

Denver111138+26 PASS DEFENSE Washington6591+26 But perhaps the most overlooked factor that explains Carolina’s rise is that they weren’t in a terrible place to begin with. Although they went 7-8-1 a year ago, giving them one of the worst records of any playoff team ever, they still finished the season with a solid 1,551 Elo rating3Implying that they had roughly the true talent of a 9-win team. and were projected by Elo to win 9.2 games before the season started. (Yes, playing in the NFC South helps, too.) Based strictly on preseason numbers, there was a 2.9 percent probability that the Panthers would improve their Elo rating as much as they have — making their surge more likely than the Elo improvements of either the Patriots (2.6 percent) or Bengals (1.1 percent).Carolina still represents an unlikely success story, particularly because of how the team has achieved its undefeated record. But while its 8-0 record is surprising, the fact that Carolina is good isn’t. Elo is optimistic about the Panthers’ chances — according to our simulations, only New England has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl. Atlanta82103+21 Oakland7990+12 Tennessee84101+17 When the Denver Broncos fell to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, just three teams remained undefeated in the 2015 NFL season: the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.For the Patriots, starting a season 8-0 is old hat; they also did it in 2007, the year they navigated an entire (regular!) season without a loss. And although the Bengals hadn’t started a season 7-1 or better since 1988, they also had the league’s sixth-best record in the four seasons leading up to this year — they weren’t exactly strangers to the top of the standings.Only Carolina, who was essentially a .500 club over the preceding four years (and worse than that last year) seems to have taken the NFL completely by surprise. Based on our preseason Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s favorite system for estimating an NFL team’s skill level at a given moment — there was a 1.8 percent probability that the Panthers would be 8-0 through Week 9. By contrast, New England had a 6.6 percent probability of being unbeaten at this stage.The Panthers have improved their rating by 116 Elo points (the equivalent of 4.6 points of per-game scoring margin) since the start of the season, and, according to our simulations, they’re on track to win 4.6 more games than was projected before the year. That’s an unusually big jump. But the manner in which Carolina has improved is also unconventional. While the typical big first-half Elo gainer1Which I’m defining as a team that tacks at least 100 points onto its Elo rating through Week 9. does it with a significantly improved passing game, the Panthers’ aerial attack is virtually the same as it was last season — league average, basically, in the eyes of expected points added (EPA).2Using TruMedia data.Although quarterback Cam Newton gets the headlines for the Panthers’ offense, which has improved its overall EPA by about half a standard deviation since last year, almost all of the change is owed to a more efficient rushing game. (Newton himself is on pace for about the same production in the rushing game as last season.) Of all the teams who improved their Elo as much as the Panthers have, only about 14 percent did so with a passing attack that, like Carolina’s, didn’t improve relative to the league. Generally speaking, to win more games in the NFL, you need to throw the ball more effectively.That is, unless you improve your pass defense — which is exactly what the Panthers have done this year. Using the EPA grades I introduced last week, which rate teams on a scale in which 100 is average and one standard deviation is 15 points, only four defenses have improved more against the pass than Carolina’s has this season: TEAM20142015Δ GRADE N.Y. Jets89113+24 Carolina102125+23 Philadelphia97120+23 Pittsburgh8798+11 St. Louis105123+18 read more

Sandfire consolidates 100 ownership of the highgrade Monty coppergoldmine

first_imgSandfire Resources NL has signed a binding conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement with Talisman Mining Ltd to acquire Talisman’s 30% interest in the Springfield exploration and mining joint ventures in the Doolgunna region of Western Australia. The purchase price comprises A$72.3 million for Talisman’s subsidiary, Talisman A Pty Ltd, on a debt-free and cash-free basis and an ongoing 1% Net Smelter Return (NSR) royalty payable to Talisman on any future discoveries at the Springfield joint ventures. Sandfire will also be required to pay stamp duty in relation to the Transaction and has also incurred other transaction costs.Through its acquisition of Talisman A, Sandfire will also assume the existing 2.25% gross revenue royalty held by Taurus Mining Finance Fund payable on 30% of the copper and gold produced from Monty, capped at 29,700 t of copper and 16,500 oz of gold from the Monty deposit area (based on a 30% revenue share).Consolidation of 100% ownership of the Monty copper-gold mine and surrounding exploration tenure strengthens Sandfire’s exploration and development pipeline in the Bryah Basin. The Springfield joint ventures include the Monty copper-gold deposit, currently being developed as a new satellite underground mine to feed Sandfire’s nearby DeGrussa copper-gold mine (the Springfield mining joint venture) and the surrounding exploration tenements (the Springfield exploration joint venture).The package also includes Talisman’s interest in the Halloween West project.Sandfire will fund the acquisition from existing cash reserves on hand of A$243 million (unaudited group cash as at 30 June 2018).Sandfire CEO Karl Simich said, “We are pleased to be progressing this transaction to consolidate our interests in the Monty project and surrounding tenement interests. While copper prices have come down in recent weeks we remain committed to this acquisition and its value for shareholders of Sandfire and Talisman, and strongly believe in the building future strength in the copper market.”DeGrussa mine, located 900 km northeast of Perth, is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s premier, high-grade copper mines. Construction and development was completed on time and on budget during 2012 at a total cost of approximately A$400 million.Commencing with an initial two-year open pit mining operation which was completed in April 2013, the DeGrussa operation is based on a long-term underground mine delivering sulphide ore to an on-site 1.5 Mt/y concentrator.The underground mine plan comprises over 38 km of lateral development, allowing for the simultaneous extraction of ore from multiple faces, on multiple lenses. Having four deposits gives Sandfire a strategic advantage from an underground mining perspective – providing production flexibility and enabling it to maintain consistent ore production of 1.5 Mt/y through the decline.The Maiden Probable Ore Reserveifor Monty of 80,000 t copper (and 42,000 oz gold) is at the exceptionally high grade of 8.7% Cu. This places Monty amongst the highest grade copper mines globally.Total Mine Plan copper-in-ore of 74,000 t over an initial ore production life of 30 months.last_img read more

Martin McGuinness I dont expect people to forgive me for being in

first_imgProtesters outside The Peace Centre in Warrington. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)Parry and McGuinness both acknowledged the protesters outside the centre this evening, admitting they understood why they felt aggrieved.“People see him as the face of the IRA,” Parry told RTÉ News.McGuinness said “his heart goes out” to those impacted by the 1993 bomb, and all those affected by The Troubles.He told the audience that “two innocent boys very wrongly lost their lives”.During a question and answer session, he said that he does not expect people to forgive him for being in the IRA.“I was once in the IRA. I am now a peace builder. I don’t expect anyone to take me at my word. I expect them to take me by my deeds. he said during his lecture.”He also accused the Real IRA of trying to destroy peace process.Read: Parades, protests and flags on the agenda as US diplomat arrives in BelfastMore: Victim of The Troubles: We are living scars on societyRead: No public inquiry into Omagh bombing THE FATHER OF an IRA victim has said that although he does not forgive the terrorist group for killing his 12-year-old son, he is also happy with his decision to invite former commander Martin McGuinness to give an annual for his peace foundation.Speaking to BBC Breakfast earlier today, Colin Parry, who set up the the Tim Parry – Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Warrington, England with his wife Wendy, said, “Forgiveness is a whole separate question…I haven’t forgiven the IRA for killing Tim nor has anybody in my family and we never will.Nonetheless, we are pragmatic about the principles of building good relationships between communities and nations.He said that some people have criticised his decision to invite the Deputy First Minister to the town which was bombed by the IRA in 1993.“But, by and large, most people have been positive and said this is absolutely what you need to do if you are leading a peace foundation which proclaims the importance of talking rather than fighting,” he added.In that sense, it is absolutely consistence with our message.He said the invitation was given on impulse but added that he did not regret it, describing it as a “hard-headed decision”.Commenting on McGuinness’s “significant journey”, he said that “history is littered with former terrorists who become political leaders and McGuinness is the latest of that breed”.Parry’s son Tim was 12 years old when he was killed on 20 March 1993 in northwest England. Three-year-old Johnathan Ball also died in the attack, with another 56 injured. Nobody has been prosecuted for the murders.Along with his wife Wendy, Colin established the Peace Centre in March 2000 with an aim to “to create a safe place where ordinary people could learn about the causes and non-violent resolution of conflict”.last_img read more

Microsoft Security Essentials strikes out on questionable AV test

first_imgMicrosoft Security Essentials has just posted another failing grade in a comparative test, though the results this time around might be worth scrutinizing. This latest failure wasn’t reported by AV-Test Labs — the outfit that has watched MSE bomb multiple tests since 2011. The findings this time come from Dennis Technology Labs, an offshoot of UK magazine titan Dennis Publishing.Back in 2009, the folks behind Avast! did some digging of their own and discovered that DTL might not be the best source for reliable test data. Back then, the lab had just opened for business and published a comparative that lauded Symantec’s antivirus protection above all others and downplayed its faults. The sponsor of that test? Symantec, of course. CEO Vince Steckler (a former Symantec man) told me that ever since he blogged about these concerns on the company website, Avast has been shut out of DTL’s testing. It’s a curious omission considering Avast! is in use on nearly 200 million computers worldwide.This time the story is a little different. DTL’s documentation notes that this particular test wasn’t sponsored, but the setup seems to have put MSE at a disadvantage. Security Essentials was designed to work in concert with Windows’ own built-in security measures. It works best on more current releases like Windows 7 and Windows 8, but the DTL test used systems running Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 3 and Internet Explorer 7. No additional updates were pushed to the systems. Microsoft has, of course, pushed loads of updates since Sp3 was released — back in May of 2008.Windows XP currently has less than half the market share of Windows 7. Is using Windows XP in a malware showdown really the best way to get an accurate representation of real world conditions at this point? To make matters worse, Internet Explorer 7 was in use on somewhere between 1 and 3% of computers as of last September. That hardly seems like a solid choice for the test, either.Then there’s this little gem at the back of the report: “Partner vendors contribute financially to the test in return for a preview of the results, an opportunity to challenge results before publication and the right to use award logos in marketing material.” That doesn’t count as outright sponsorship, but it certainly sounds like something that could skew the findings.While the Dennis Labs report is certainly good for generating sensational headlines, it’s probably best to sit tight and see what folks like AV-Test have to say in the coming months. And even if you’re running MSE you probably don’t have to panic. Chances are good that you’re at least running Windows 7 and a much newer (and infinitely more secure) version of Internet Explorer, and both do a much better job at keeping you out of trouble than the unpatched bits DTL tested.last_img read more

Former Publisher Named TV Guide CEO

first_imgBefore TV Guide, Crystal served as president and CEO of Gruner + Jahr U.S.’s business innovator group, which included Inc. and Fast Company magazines. OpenGate Capital, the Beverly Hills, California-based private equity firm that purchased the print edition of TV Guide in October—for the rather astonishing price of $1—has named former TV Guide president and publisher Scott Crystal CEO.In addition to overseeing the magazine’s print operations, Crystal will manage the launch of TVGuideMagazine.com, a site that’s slated to feature blogs, user commentary and behind-the-scenes material from cover shoots. The site is expected to go live early next year.In October, OpenGate acquired TV Guide from Macrovision  for $1 (Macrovision also was to loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest). The magazine’s online component, TVGuide.com—which features TV listings, news and video –was not a part of the deal.last_img read more

Robber arrested after encounter

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested a man who was allegedly planning armed robberies, after a brief encounter in Akshardham area of east Delhi. According to the police, the accused identified as Mohd. Rehan received a bullet injury on his legs during the encounter on Friday night. “There was information that Rehan along with his associates were planning to commit armed robberies in Delhi. One of his associate namely Mohd. Mujeeb was arrested 15 days back, who was wanted in eight armed robberies in Delhi and he also disclosed that Rehan and others were planning to commit armed robberies in Delhi. Rehan was out on bail in a dacoity case,” said P.S. Kushwah, DCP (special cell). Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Following the information, a trap was laid and when Rehan was spotted and asked to surrender, he opened fire on the police party. He had fired two rounds after which in self defence the police also fired back and injured him. “He was immediately rushed to LBS hospital in a PCR van, where after treatment he was discharged. During a search, one 7.65 mm sophisticated pistol along with three live and two empty cartridges and one stolen motorcycle were recovered from him. During interrogation, he disclosed that he was going to meet his associates to commit robbery,” said Kushwah. A case against him has been registered under relevant sections and further interrogation is underway.last_img read more

Nellore Girl students to be trained in selfdefense

first_imgNellore: To instil confidence among girls to face eve-teasers, the state youth services department is going to train girl students in self-defence.Police department too felt the need for such training as it takes some time for police teams to reach the spot to provide timely help to the victims of harassment. The youth services department is planning to impart basic self-defence techniques to the selected candidates by experts in Karate and other martial arts for two months. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Initially, the department will identify Karate instructors who can teach techniques on self-defence and conduct orientation classes for them for two days on the contents of the self-defence module. According to sources, the department has decided to train around 12,500 girls across the state and 1,000 will undergo the training in the district. Officials will identify 20-25 instructors of Karate and other martial arts who bagged blackbelt or other qualifications per district. A committee headed by district collector would select the instructors and send them to Guntur for a two-day training on self-defence techniques to be taught to the candidates. The instructors will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 5,000 per month besides a certificate from the government. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Five colleges will be selected in each revenue division from where 50 girls each will be selected for the training. Colleges would be selected by the district level committee and principal of the college concerned would act as Nodal Officer. Instructors would visit the college and provide training to the selected girls for one to one-and-a-half hours a day for 60 days. Advertise With Us The instructors teach Karate techniques, punches, hand strikes, kicks, basic blocks, fighting, use of available weapon and others as part of self-defence in 60 sessions. They also focus on developing self-confidence, on ways of concentration during attack or harassment, maintain poise when faced with unexpected and shocking situations. Officials are also planning to involve efficient teachers or professionals in psychology for providing classes on personality development and self-defence.last_img read more

Quota Movement JU students boycott classes and exams

first_imgJahangirnagar UniversityStudents of several departments of Jahangirnagar University have boycotted classes and exams protesting at the recent attacks across the country on the quota protesters, reports UNB.Five of the departments – Botany, Anthropology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry – formed human chains along different locations of the campus around 11:00am on Wednesday and declared they were boycotting classes as well as exams for an indefinite period seeking immediate release of all the leaders of the movement who are in jail.At the latest development, all batches of seven departments – Philosophy, Government and Politics, Accounting and Information, Zoology, Physics, Finance and Banking, and History – boycotted their classes while several batches of eight other departments boycotted their classes and examinations in the same ground.Earlier on Tuesday, Philosophy department students staged a sit-in programme in front of their department and boycotted their classes demanding release of all quota reform leaders under the banner of fair and logical reformation of quota system.last_img read more

Shigeru Miyamoto dont expect a 3DS hardware refresh

first_imgWhen the 3DS was first launched Nintendo made a point of saying they couldn’t shrink the device any further. The components inside barely fit as it is, and no amount of parts shrinkage is going to change that, apparently.At the time I was skeptical and still expected Nintendo to announce a 3DSi and/or a 3DS XL at some point. Now Nintendo’s leading game director Shigeru Miyamoto has said the company is trying to figure out the next generation of handheld, not how to update the 3DS.The 3DS has been on the market for 15 months now, which is about as long as Nintendo waited to introduce the DS Lite after the original DS. The previous generation handheld went on to enjoy a seven year lifespan as Nintendo’s main portable device thanks to two more redesigns.If Miyamoto is saying there’s no more 3DS hardware updates coming at the 15 month stage, it suggests Nintendo is going to start releasing handheld hardware more regularly. It also makes sense to do that as a reaction to the growing threat of smartphone gaming, which typically sees new hardware released on a 12-18 month lifecycle.Introducing a 3DS XL does make sense due to the introduction of the Circle Pad peripheral. Integrating that into the main system, increasing the size of the 3D display, and improving battery life beyond 5 hours would all add to the 3DS’ appeal. But if that’s not going to happen and we get a brand new machine instead, Nintendo just has to hope consumers are willing to buy into it again so soon.via IGNlast_img read more

Ford will sell solarpowered cars in partnership with panel vendors

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com SunPower’s E18 series solar panels can produce around 3,000 kWh of electricity annually. Ford customers installing them on their rooftops can expect about 147 square feet of roof panels, in the form of 11 panels, 4 feet by 2 feet, designed that way in order to accommodate a driver who clocks in about 1,000 miles monthly. The SunPower systems will come backed by a 25-year warranty.The solar equipment package is to include software so that the customer can monitor the solar panels’ performance online, using a Web application or iPhone app. The Ford-SunPower partnership is viewed as an apparent win-win strategy for both businesses. Ford gets to strengthen its public image as an ecologically responsible auto behemoth, which is leading, instead of reacting to, environmental awareness. SunPower gets to extend its customer reach and branded presence as leaders in solar panels and systems.Since the Ford Focus Electric runs on batteries, the solar package option represents an opportunity for the environment-conscious driver to score higher points on the Green scorecard. Although a driver already gets to cut dependence on imported oil via an EV, the owner still faces criticism from environmentalists who point out that electricity from the grid may come from coal and other fossil fuels.Charging up with solar panels engenders less pollution and a lower electricity bill.Ford hopes to electrify as many as one-fifth of its vehicles by 2020 to reach the company’s goal of helping to “stabilize the atmosphere,” according to Mike Tinskey, director of Ford’s global vehicle electrification effort. Overall, Ford’s electric-car roadmap includes the Focus Electric, and subsequently the C-MAX Hybrid, and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. More information: Image credit: Ford Explore further Citation: Ford will sell solar-powered cars in partnership with panel vendors (2011, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-ford-solar-powered-cars-partnership-panel.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Ford has announced a partnership with San Jose-based solar panel vendor SunPower that will offer cars powered by rooftop solar panels. The panels will be installed by SunPower in the customer’s home, in a package deal priced at around $10,000. Prospective owners of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can choose the solar option, to offset around 1,000 miles of driving a month. Ford will start producing an all-electric version of the Ford Focus later this year, and will sell it in California and New York this year. The wider rollout, to some 19 locations, will begin next year. The system will also be compatible with Ford’s plug-in hybrid C-MAX -Energi. via Ford press release Ford’s electric planslast_img read more