PDP-BJP government anti-youth: Omar Abdullah

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that the youth of the State had been left in lurch by a nepotistic and anti-youth PDP-BJP coalition government. Hard-working, meritorious and qualified youth of the state are being pushed against the wall because of open political patronage to nepotism and an unprecedented chaos in recruitment, competitive examinations and at service commissions, Omar, the working president of opposition National Conference (NC), said here. He was addressing a one-day meet of youth NC provincial body at the party headquarters, Nawa-e-Subha. Omar said the state has highly qualified and talented youth who have given their sweat and blood to be equipped with great academic credentials, but that the present dispensation seemed hell-bent to alienate them after robbing them of their merit and rights. The NC working president said the “deteriorating” law and order situation and the “instability” in the state in the past three years had a direct bearing on the future of the youth. It is the youth that suffers the most due to the government’s inability to preserve and nurture peace and stability. It affects their studies, robs them of employment opportunities and creates a sense of hopelessness that is dangerous considering the circumstances in the state. The biggest injustices with the youth are being perpetuated while the government has precious little to offer apart from rhetoric and photo opportunities, he said. Omar said rising unemployment in the state was a matter of grave concern and was a telling indictment of the failed policies of the present government. Our unemployment numbers are rising and could well have crossed a million unemployed skilled and unskilled young men if an objective analysis is undertaken. With the complete collapse of the tourism sector and zero headway in encouraging a private sector growth, diminishing jobs in the public sector have created an alarming situation. Especially, how even those limited jobs in the public sector seem to be reserved for the kith and kin of the ruling alliance leaders, he said. He asked the party’s youth wing to reach out to the youth and empower them politically to become opinion-makers and stake holders in finding solutions to these problems. “Be it the aim of curbing nepotism, of fighting corruption, of holding the government accountable or of ushering the state into a corrective era of growth, peace and progress, our youth hold the key. They have the answers to the problems that plague our state and their voice should be amplified and represented at every policy level,” Mr. Abdullah said.last_img read more

Indian American Technologist Nambi Seshadri Honored with the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

first_imgThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recently announced that it has awarded Nambi Seshadri with its prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Medal.Seshadri, Indian American chief technologist at San Jose, Calif.-based Quantenna Communications Inc., was selected for the honor for his exceptional contributions to wireless, networking and engineering. In addition to this high honor, Seshadri’s prize consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and an honorarium, according to a Quantenna Dec. 5 news release.“The innovations by Nambi form the basis for some of today’s Wi-Fi and other wireless networking standards and systems, now in use by billions of Wi-Fi users,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, chairman and chief executive at Quantenna. “We are honored to have such a distinguished and accomplished chief technologist on our team. The process is extraordinarily competitive, this is a great lifetime accomplishment and one of the most prestigious honors that one may receive in our field.”Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Football dreams are made of this

first_imgTwo Filipinos are about to take their young football careers to Germany where they will join the training camp of famed sports club FC Bayern Munich.Jan Meir Mitra of De La Salle Zobel, Konrad Keim Sollorin of Iloilo, Aeron Christian Tenollar of Baguio and Michael Antillo at Archie Dela Cruz of Don Bosco will fly to Bali, Indonesia, next week for the three-day Allianz Junior Football Camp to be conducted by Bayern youth coach Maximillian Knauer and retired Brazilian striker Giovane Elber.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lady Warriors, Jet spikers dispute semis slot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ They will vie for two of the five slots to the Germany camp set late August against players from China, India, among others.The Philippine representatives aged 14 to 16 years were chosen during the recent National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz PNB Life, Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Henry V. Moran Foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When you are in the field, you have to make sure that you work as a team and you develop self-discipline,” said Allianz PNB Life branding communications and digital director Rei Abrazaldo during the media presentation Tuesday at Ayala Museum Cafe in Makati.Jess Landangan was assigned by the PFF to handle the Filipinos’ Bali camp. —ROMINA S. AUSTRIA El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Adapting to the conditions in Rio will be key: Saina Nehwal

first_imgAdapting quickly to playing conditions at the Rio Olympics will pose the biggest challenge for players, says Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to better the badminton bronze she won in London four years ago. (Saina up to No. 5 in BWF rankings)After fighting her way back to fitness following an Achilles injury sustained at the end of last year, the 26-year-old’s confidence was given a boost ahead of her third Olympics when she won the Australian Open Super Series title last month. (New-look Saina Nehwal primed for success at Rio Olympics: Prakash Padukone)The Indian shuttler said, however, that victory would have little bearing on her chances at the August 5-21 Olympics and she was more concerned about hitting the ground running in Brazil.”It all depends on how you get adjusted to the conditions there, that’s more important,” she told Reuters in an interview in Bengaluru. (Honest toiler Saina senses golden Rio oppurtunity)”If the Australian Open was one week before Olympics, maybe it would have an effect, but the gap has given all players time to prepare. They will all come stronger.”There are a lot of things like time difference that will affect us only after we go there. How well you prepare here is not the main thing, but how you take care of the other aspects there is important.”MORE AGGRESSIONNehwal added that she had surprised herself by her aggressiveness during her second Australian Open win in Sydney and wants to carry that trait into Rio.advertisement”I was not playing like that in the last couple of months. My net (play) was good, and I was very attacking in the tournament,” she said.”I want to play at the Olympics the same way I play at the tournament.”Nehwal, the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal, topped the women’s singles rankings in April last year but injuries stalled her progress and she currently sits fifth ahead of the Games.AIMING FOR CONSISTENCYThe shuttler is targeting greater consistency to counter the threat posed by world number one Carolina Marin, defending Olympic champion Li Xuerui and London silver medallist Wang Yihan of China.”I am at a stage where I have improved a lot, but there is a lot more to go. There are players like Carolina who are faster, Li Xuerui has a good technical game, Nozomi Okuhara is good in rallies,” she added.”I feel I need time to match these players. To be at your best you need the seven-eight weeks. Till now it’s pretty good, hopefully in the next four weeks it goes well.”Several athletes, including a number of high-profile golfers, have pulled out of the Games citing health concerns over the Zika virus, but Nehwal said her mind was focused only on one thing.”I am going there as an athlete, there is not a single thing other than badminton that I’m thinking about now,” she added.last_img read more

Shaquile Coulthirst fires Barnet to shock FA Cup win over Sheffield United

first_imgSheffield United Barnet Read more match reports Topics Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn FA Cup third round serves up shocks as Barnet, Oldham and Newport strike Share on Facebook Minutes after the final whistle had been blown Barnet’s players slid on their knees in unison towards 966 delirious visiting supporters, looking down on their heroes from the top tier of the Bramall Lane end. It was a real wrench for Darren Currie, the caretaker manager taking charge of Barnet for the third time and the nephew of the Sheffield United director, Tony, to leave the pitch, and the scenes of jubilation behind. When he and his players, after wildly swinging amber scarves thrown from above in celebration, eventually did, hundreds of home supporters yet to funnel out of the stadium joined Barnet fans in applauding an assured performance by the non-league side.Inside the dressing room, the party had started. Barnet players chucked a bucket of water over their manager, who arrived for his press conference with his shirt saturated. “This is all new, I was only coaching last week,” Currie muttered as he sat down, before later tracking down his uncle in a nearby suite. It was Shaquile Coulthirst, the former Tottenham youngster, who slammed home the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Barnet, 15th in the fifth tier, pulled off an upset to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008.So composed and courageous was Barnet’s display it was difficult to know which team are in the National League and which are third in the Championship and fighting for promotion to the Premier League. United, booed off at the final whistle, were unconvincing at best. Even the second-half introduction of the captain Billy Sharp, one of 10 players rested here by the manager, Chris Wilder, could not force a replay.This was always going to be a family affair. Currie was put in caretaker charge of Barnet following the sudden departure of John Still, who walked away from football management after 42 years last month. Currie’s father, Paul, is the brother of the former England midfielder, Tony, who grew up in Hendon, a few miles from Underhill, Barnet’s previous home. The latter is considered a legend in this half of the city and here the rookie manager found himself pacing the technical area in front of the packed Tony Currie Stand, renamed after his uncle – voted the Blades’ best ever player five years ago and still a director at the club – in the summer. Share via Email FA Cup Share on Pinterest If things had worked out differently during a trial as a teenager, Currie could have counted United among his former clubs but, instead, he played for Barnet and Wycombe, among others.Currie told his players to play with no fear and they certainly followed his orders, flying out of the blocks with Coulthirst having a strike ruled out for offside inside six minutes after a slick interchange. Jack Taylor, playing as a No 10, was influential for Barnet and it was his cute one-two with Coulthirst that provided another chance for the visitors, only for Richard Stearman to intervene with a superb sliding challenge.Stearman’s timing was not so clever second time around, with Ephron Mason-Clark hauled down by the defender in the box following brilliant hold-up play by Coulthirst after collecting a ball in the left channel. Coulthirst immediately ran to scoop up the ball and hammered his penalty beyond Simon Moore, the United goalkeeper, who could get only a weak left hand to his effort. Barnet had established a deserved lead but did not relent, with Taylor and Craig Robson both trying their luck from distance. As the visiting supporters began singing about a trip to Wembley and beckoning Currie to wave back at them, the hosts struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances, with Paul Coutts’ ambitious volley about as good as it got. Barnet, effective on the counterattack, would have doubled their lead through the lively Coulthirst after more good work by Mason-Clark on the byline but for a last-ditch intervention from Marvin Johnson. “I think we have been quite fortunate that it was not two or three,” a fuming Wilder said. “They got everything right and we got everything wrong.”At full time the home supporters acknowledged Barnet’s efforts. It was a classy touch and Mason-Clark and Coulthirst proved such a nuisance that, when they were taken off, swaths of home fans applauded them. By the time Kieron Freeman dragged wide after the interval, Wilder had seen enough and summoned Mark Duffy, then Sharp, who last week scored his 220th league goal. Then came Chris Basham. But Barnet held on through a nerve-jangling final couple of minutes, with Mark Cousins tipping Leon Clarke’s header on to the bar.As the final whistle sounded, an inevitable chorus of “We’re going to Wembley” filled the stadium but equally predictable was the clamour for Currie to be given the job on a full-time basis, after hatching a historic upset in only his third match in management; Still, his predecessor, walked away from the game last month after managing more than 2,000.For Currie, whose team face Dorchester on Saturday, few are likely to be as memorable as this. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevilla

first_imgLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevillaby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile some of Europe’s top leagues were enjoying their winter break, the sun was shining bright in the south of Spain for Sunday’s highly anticipated La Liga fixture between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.The sublime conditions only furthered the excitement within the stadium for what was an enthralling contest between second and third on the table.The opening 25 minutes played out much as you would’ve expected from both sides; the hosts controlled the majority of possession early while Diego Simeone’s dogged outfit were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Despite their control down the middle of the ground, Atleti afforded their opponents far too much space on the wings, with Jesus Navas having a field day against makeshift left-back Saul Niguez.The Spaniard’s dominance almost paid off when, on the 30th minute mark, his teasing cross was floated to the back post, only for Sergio Escudero to send his header two metres over Jan Oblak’s goal. With their tails up, Sevilla’s relentless attack resulted in the match’s first goal after 36 minutes through Wissam Ben Yedder. After Andre Silva’s long range strike smacked off the post, the resulting corner saw Ben Yedder in the right place in the right time, receiving a pass from Daniel Carrico on the edge of the six yard box and finishing neatly past Oblak for his ninth La Liga goal of the season.The home supporters weren’t celebrating for long, however. With the last kick of the half, Atleti’s superstar, Antoine Griezmann, drew his side level with a superb curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík fixed to his line.The 15 minute interval done nothing to quell the growing tension from both sides. Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded three yellow cards within the first nine minutes of the second stanza – and would hand out 12 by the final whistle – as the match ramped up in intensity with both sides searching for another goal.Ben Yedder once again found himself in a wonderful position inside the box after receiving Roque Mesa’s knockdown. But this time the Frenchman’s shot, which had Oblak beat, dragged across the far post. With eight minutes remaining, it was Griezmann who would squander Atleti’s best chance of winning the game. Must to the confusion of an otherwise strong Sevilla back three, the World Cup winner found himself onside, but his tame effort was hit straight at the outstanding Vaclik.The result means Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a win over Getafe on Sunday night. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Diaspora Conference Launch in Canada May 30

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will launch the Diaspora 55 Conference in Canada on Tuesday, May 30, at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.The conference, slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme: ‘Partnering for Growth’, is one of the key activities of the Jamaica 55th anniversary Independence celebrations.The event is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the Jamaican Consulate in Toronto, headed by Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Lloyd Wilks.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that he will be part of a small team, including Acting Undersecretary of the Diaspora, Protocol and Consulate Division, Ambassador Sharon Saunders, who will travel with the Minister for the launch.He said the aim is “to galvanise support” and to share various aspects of the preparations in place for the event.“Of course there are partnership opportunities that we need to share with them and for them to be apprised of,” he added.The launch will be attended by a broad cross section of Jamaicans living in Toronto, including members of the Steering Committee of the Jamaica 55 Secretariat in Canada. High Commissioner to Canada, Janice Miller, will also speak at the event. There will also be an endorsement from the Diaspora President of the Jamaica/Canada Association, Adaoma Patterson.Last month, there were Diaspora Conference launches in Miami and New York, in the United States.last_img read more

Opec signs new charter with Russia and other allies

first_imgVienna: The OPEC bloc of oil producers on Tuesday formally signed a new charter of cooperation with major allies including Russia, one day after thrashing out the document at a marathon meeting. The new agreement between OPEC and its so-called OPEC+ partners is being seen as a sign of the cartel’s efforts to stay relevant in a market which has been transformed by booming US shale oil output. Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih hailed this week’s meeting as “historic” and said that “market volatility” meant that a new framework was needed with “more producer power than OPEC alone can provide”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepOPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo compared the new partnership to a marriage, telling reporters: “It’s for eternity!” “We’re confident that with the course of time, probably by next time we meet, we may have some new members joining the charter,” Barkindo said. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak declared on Monday that all of OPEC’s ministers had agreed to prolong its daily production cuts. Speaking through an interpreter after Tuesday’s meeting, Novak said that the new cooperation accord between OPEC and its allies was not only the result of growing US output. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We do not shape our strategy in response to US actions; we shape our actions in response to what the market does,” Novak said. The production cuts signed off on this week by OPEC and its allies had been agreed by Russia and OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia at the G20 summit in Osaka last weekend. OPEC+ comprises the cartel’s 14 member nations plus 10 extra crude producers: Russia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Malaysia, Oman, Sudan and South Sudan. Monday’s gathering of OPEC ministers ran almost five hours late into the evening as ministers discussed the details of the new charter. Iran was more sceptical of the idea and its oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on leaving the meeting that the charter would have “no impact on OPEC and its mechanism or decision taking”. Also speaking late Monday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the charter would allow OPEC and non-OPEC countries to establish “a structure for technical meetings, ministry meetings, regular summits” with the OPEC secretariat in Vienna acting as “the main coordinator”. While Monday’s agreement in Vienna had initially sent oil prices surging, on Tuesday they were more subdued amid fresh worries over the global economic outlook. Novak said on Tuesday that in his view oil market volatility was being worsened by “trade wars which are intensifying as we speak”. “We see sanctions being used freely without any justification and more and more frequently,” Novak added.last_img read more

BCs only support group for HIVpositive women closes after funding cuts

first_imgVANCOUVER – Valerie Nicholson believes she might be dead if not for Positive Women’s Network.She was addicted to drugs and sleeping in decrepit hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she was diagnosed with HIV about 13 years ago. She assumed it was a death sentence.“I decided to shove a needle in my arm because I thought I was going to die anyway,” she recalled.That changed when she learned about Positive Women’s Network, British Columbia’s only community-based organization specifically serving HIV-positive women. She met women living full, healthy lives with HIV and got the support she needed to treat her addiction.Nicholson, 61, was heartbroken when she heard the group was closing due to a lack of funding. She said she knows women who are now afraid to leave their homes because they have nowhere else to go.“That was the only place that some of them went because of the stigma and discrimination we still face. It’s like they’re scared to live,” she said through tears. “And what about the newly diagnosed women? Where are they turning?”More than 30 per cent of HIV/AIDS organizations lost federal funding last year when the Public Health Agency of Canada realigned its priorities for fighting the disease. The agency cited a shift in focus from treatment support to prevention.Following an outcry from the 42 groups that were defunded, former Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the organizations would be eligible for transition funding until spring 2018.But in April this year, the board of directors of Positive Women’s Network announced they were closing their doors.“We have made this difficult decision in response to the shifting landscape of HIV and hepatitis C services, especially as these relate to women, as well as the challenge in sustaining long-term funding to run PWN’s programs,” a letter on the website reads.The board declined to comment further to The Canadian Press.The Public Health Agency of Canada said transitional funding was provided to Positive Women’s Network to support strategic planning to help keep the organization sustainable, but the group decided to close before undertaking the planning.It said its new approach to funding HIV groups will be more efficient and have a greater impact on the health of Canadians. A review is underway to identify lessons learned for future proposal solicitations, it added.Gary Lacasse, executive director of the Canadian AIDS Society, said he was “dumbfounded” when Positive Women’s Network closed. It was one of the few groups of its kind in the country, he said.In the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the disease was seen as primarily affecting gay men, Lacasse said. Women had to fight for their place at the table for funding and research, and Positive Women’s Network was a leader in that fight, he said.“They were trailblazers in developing programs for women that they really collaborated a lot on across Canada,” he said.Lacasse’s group also lost federal funding, though it has been replaced by transition money for now. He said Ottawa should recognize the role that care groups play in prevention — when people are supported and taking their medication properly, they won’t transmit the virus.The Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital provides clinical care to women and children living with HIV/AIDS, but advocates say Positive Women’s Network played a key role in offering emotional support.The Positive Living Society of BC hopes to fill some of the gaps. It offers health and support services that can be accessed by both women and men, as well as a women’s-only lounge in its downtown Vancouver building, said board chairman Neil Self.The society also has female peer navigators who provide advice and support to newly diagnosed people. Nicholson was previously the society’s first Indigenous chairwoman and now works as a peer navigator.Positive Living expects to lose almost $200,000 in federal funding when the transition money runs out in the spring. It also lost $300,000 in funding in 2015 due to provincial government cuts, which Self said also hit Positive Women’s Network.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Packers Plus files appeal of court ruling fracking technology patent is invalid

first_imgCALGARY – Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. has filed an appeal of a Federal Court of Canada ruling in December that declared invalid its patent for a well-completion technology that has helped usher in the shale oil and gas boom in North America.In a filing with the Federal Court of Appeal, the Calgary-based fracking technology company asks that its patent be upheld and that its patent infringement claims be supported.Defendants it names include Houston-based Weatherford International and Baker Hughes, along with producer Harvest Operations Corp. and service firms Essential Energy Services and Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc. of Calgary.In the December decision, the judge ruled that Packers’ patent isn’t valid because it was an “obvious” improvement on existing techniques and had been publicly disclosed before the patent application was filed.Packers’ system, patented in Canada in November 2002, is used to control and separate high-pressure injections of liquids and sand used to break up tight underground rock and free the oil and gas to be produced from horizontal wells, a process called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.It says in court documents the technology invented by Daniel Themig has been used in more than 10,000 wells since 2001 and has helped Packers grow from 30 employees to almost 1,000.last_img read more

No YoYo test for CSK players

first_imgNew Delhi: The Yo-Yo test might be considered a must under the leadership of India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, but MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will not be performing the fitness test as they gear up for the rigours of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Former India trainer Ramji Srinivasan, who is associated with the franchise till the first game of this season, has picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run and the Sprint Repeat test as the measuring scale to gauge the fitness of the players. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenRamji explained how he prefers smart training and designs tests keeping in mind the specific requirements of individual players rather than carrying a common testing parametre like the Yo-Yo test. “I have picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run to check the fitness standards of the players as also the Sprint Repeat test. Just because the national team does the Yo-Yo test doesn’t mean I need to follow the process. “I believe in the need to prepare challenges for players keeping their specific requirements in mind. For example, even when I was with the Indian team, the training regime I prepared for Dhoni wasn’t the same as the one for Sachin Tendulkar. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”Similarly, if Virat Kohli is keen to do deadlifts and his body reacts positively to it, doesn’t mean that MS must also do them. The Yo-Yo is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started. “Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. Overall tabulation is very important to look into the various factors like strength, power, agility, endurance, flexibility etc,” he said. Asked to explain Dhoni’s workout regime, Ramji said: “MS is in a different zone altogether. He likes to keep things very simple. He doesn’t do clean-and-jerk and other forms of power lifting. He likes to do his strength work and boxing work. Basically he is a smart trainer and works on a set of exercises that is simple and helps sharpen his skills.”last_img read more

Artists chosen for Great Art for Great Lakes

Norfolk County artists Michael Barber, Suzanne Earls and Holly Anderson have been chosen to participate in Great Art for Great Lakes this year.They were among artists to submit proposals for a community-engagement project to strengthen local residents’ relationship with the Great Lakes. The project is in partnership with Norfolk County.Barber is working on a piece, entitled Water Mother, a wood-and-resin sculpture that combines woodworking and sandblasting, among other things.“My work had to reflect the body of work that I do on a day-to-day basis,” said Barber. “I wanted to create something for this project that people would look at and recognize as my work regardless.”Barber will be teaching residents a technique so they can leave their mark on the sculpture.“Having your mark in this sculpture is your commitment to take care of water and respect nature more,” said Barber.Earls and Anderson are working together on a project entitled Depths & Consequences.Being in the right place at the right time led to the duo working together on the project.Anderson said that, during the information session about the projects, she was looking for someone with whom to collaborate. Earls walked up to her and showed her a note that said she wanted to do a collaboration with Cleaning Up Norfolk, which Anderson founded. The pair began discussing possible projects.They are creating is a 2-D mosaic of a sturgeon made of recycled glass tiles, mixed with single-use plastic found along the Erie shores during planned cleanup days.“The inspiration is the reduction of single-use plastic waste, as well as the regeneration of lake sturgeons,” said Earls.The pair noted that sturgeon were once plentiful in Lake Erie, but their population has dwindled due to over-fishing.“Lake Erie has in some spots a greater concentration of plastic pollution than even parts of the ocean,” said Anderson. “The reality is Lake Erie has a major plastic problem and we need to address that.”The public will be invited to participate by designing fish scales from discarded plastic.The public can find out when they are able to help with the two projects by visiting Great Art for Great Lakes website.The pieces will be on display in the community.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Buster Posey Has Quietly Become A Lock For Cooperstown

A few names come to mind when pondering the surefire Hall of Famers playing baseball today. Adrian Beltre, who recently broke the 3,000-hit barrier, is one, as is Mike Trout, despite his youth. But there’s another all-time great who is toiling away on one of the worst teams in MLB: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Giants’ record might make Posey easy to overlook, but his combination of hitting and defense makes him almost a lock to one day join the Hall. In fact, despite being only 30 years old, Posey might already have a Hall of Fame résumé if he retired today.It’s difficult to forecast whether any given catcher will find his way to Cooperstown. Only 18 backstops have made the Hall, and some did so in part because of accomplishments after their playing careers (as managers or executives).1For example, Rick Ferrell is listed by Baseball-Reference.com as having been inducted as a player, but he produced only 29.8 wins above replacement in his career (34th on the all-time list of catchers). However, Ferrell won two championships as an executive before his induction, which probably helped his Hall-of-Fame case. Perhaps because of the strain of constant crouching and the beatings they receive behind the plate, catchers are notoriously quick to decline, and historically great performers can become merely ordinary in the space of a few years.But Posey is special. In a nine-year career, he’s already amassed 37.5 wins above replacement (WAR),2According to Baseball Reference.com. which puts him 25th on the all-time list among backstops. If we look at how productive all catchers have been through age 303That is, up to and including a player’s age-30 season as defined by Baseball-Reference. — Posey’s current age — he looks even better, ranking 11th all-time in WAR.According to Jay Jaffe’s JAWS, a rough guide to measuring a player’s Hall-of-Fame qualifications,4JAWS (the “Jaffe WAR Score system”) determines Hall-worthiness by comparing an average of a player’s career WAR and his WAR in his seven best seasons with the typical mark for a Hall member at his position. Posey would have a decent chance to make the Hall even if he never played another game. I looked at the top 500 catchers’ JAWS scores and used them to calculate the probability that they would one day be inducted into the Hall.5I used a logistic regression model, with JAWS score as a predictor and Hall of Fame induction as the outcome. I excluded catchers who made the Hall as managers but not as players. Posey’s JAWS score is 36.8 — already only a little below the catcher average of 43.9. (Coincidentally, Posey’s current JAWS score is identical to the end-of-career score of stalwart backstop Ernie Lombardi, who made the Hall of Fame.) Based on this analysis, Posey would have about a 29 percent chance of getting to Cooperstown if he retired today — and as we’ll see below, those numbers probably understate Posey’s contributions.Why is Posey’s résumé so strong? It starts with his impressive numbers at the plate. Since 2009, Posey’s first season in MLB, he has the 17th-highest Weighted Runs Created Plus in baseball, and he’s the only full-time catcher in the top 50. Posey has power, to which his 128 home runs (in one of MLB’s least hitter-friendly ballparks) can attest. He also has patience, with a career walk rate of 9.6 percent, well above the MLB average of 8.1 percent.But Posey is much more than just a catcher who hits well. In addition to his power and discipline, Posey has been one of the best defensive catchers in baseball during his career — thanks to his particular knack for pitch framing.Catcher framing is the art of receiving a pitch so that an umpire is more likely to call it a strike. Before the debut of pitch-tracking technology such as PITCHf/x and Statcast, the idea of framing as a skill was unproven, but now it can be measured. And as Hall-of-Fame voters increasingly understand and recognize the importance of framing, catchers like Posey will probably benefit.Baseball Prospectus rates Posey as the seventh-best framer since 1988,6That’s the first year for which those statistics can be calculated. so he’s among the cream of the crop. And because framing isn’t factored into most versions of wins above replacement, Posey is somewhat underrated even by newfangled Hall-of-Fame yardsticks like JAWS.Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR incorporates the number of runs a catcher saves via framing (which the version from FanGraphs does not, and the version from Baseball-Reference accounts for in a much smaller way).7The Baseball-Reference metric for catcher defense has a much smaller range of framing values than Baseball Prospectus’s does. For instance, it assigns Posey only 54 runs of value from his defense over the course of his career, while BP puts the value from Posey’s framing alone at nearly double that (104 runs). Unsurprisingly, Posey’s value under that measure is higher, shooting up to 49.8 WAR. If we recalculate his JAWS score using Prospectus’s version of WAR, then, Posey is already good enough to have an 85 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. Now, Posey’s framing value this year has been minimal, so it’s possible that he’s losing his touch (he wouldn’t be the only older catcher to forget how to frame a pitch). But even if you assume that he will be a league-average framer going forward, Posey’s JAWS could end up high enough to practically guarantee a Hall of Fame induction.8This is based on a series of career simulations described later in the article.In some ways, comparing Posey with the historic greats of yesteryear in this manner isn’t fair. We don’t know what kind of framer Johnny Bench was, for example, and it’s possible that his already-tremendous WAR total would just get more inflated if we did. But we do know that it’s rare for a catcher to have both offensive ability and framing skills. (The few catchers better than Posey defensively tend to be specialists like Jose Molina and Brad Ausmus.) Conversely, there are a lot of catchers who are not great framers but nonetheless have long careers because they excel at the plate. So it’s likely that at least some of the catchers ahead of Posey on the all-time list would see their total value decline if we could measure their framing ability.Add it all up, and Posey has likely already had a Hall-of-Fame career. And his playing days probably won’t end anytime soon — the average catcher who had 20 or more WAR through age 30 ended up playing another six and a half seasons. So Posey has plenty of years to improve upon his already impressive career. To get a sense of how Posey might end up finishing his run, I asked the folks at Out of the Park Baseball — a baseball simulation engine — to game out the rest of his career. Out of the Park came back with four simulations of Posey’s future. And according to each, the hypothetical Busters fared very well. In each simulation, Posey earned an end-of-career JAWS score of greater than 51, which would give him at least a 90 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. With an average of about 2,000 hits, 400 doubles and 250 home runs, Posey’s milestones weren’t overly impressive, so he didn’t make the Hall on the first ballot in the simulations — it usually took three to four years for him to get in — but he was eventually inducted in each universe that was played out. That sounds pretty similar to what will happen in our universe, too.Posey is one of the few catchers in history who can do it all. He can hit and frame, and he even provides extra value by blocking errant pitches and throwing out runners. When you combine his offensive and defensive skills, Posey might just be the most underappreciated Hall of Famer playing today.CORRECTION (Aug. 24, 10:02 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Baseball-Reference.com’s version of wins above replacement does not incorporate the number of runs saved via catcher framing. It does, although Baseball-Reference’s method assigns less value to framing than Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR does. read more

Plagiarizing print editor claims the entire Internet is public domain

first_imgIt seems hard to believe that anyone could be entirely ignorant of the nature and legal protections on the Internet at this point, but those people are still out there, as writer Monica Gaudio discovered when a print editor stole her content and then shined her on by saying “the Internet is public domain.”Here’s the story: way back in 2005, Monica Gaudio wrote an article about apple pie recipes for a blog devoted to — of all things — medieval, Chaucer-era cooking, complete with spellings of certain words appropriate to the era. Five years later, though, Gaudio was alerted to her post appearing in the non-profit Cooks Source magazine… a non-profit publication with a circulation of between 17,000 and 28,000 readers.Gaulio remained calm: mistakes happen. She emailed the managing editor, Judith Griggs, asking for clarification. When it turned out that Griggs had wilfully republished the piece, Gaudio asked for an apology and a donation to Columbia’s Journalism school.Instead, she got this almost unfathomably ignorant retort:But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence [sic] and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Needless to say, the internet is not “public domain.” How could anyone think otherwise? If the internet was public domain, we wouldn’t see music labels suing Bittorrent users for millions in damages.Laughably, Griggs got something else wrong too: the “need of editing” she’s complaining about is actually the correction of archaic spellings used in the apple pie recipes.What a dope. I’m guessing Griggs wishes she’d simply written the check and kept her mouth shut now: this story’s all over the place today.Read more at Live Journal (via Gizmodo)last_img read more

Article 50 is triggered but how are people around the border reacting

first_imgThen come the gloating texts from listeners in Sheffield and Hemel Hempstead, who in unison bid “auf wiedersehen, pet” to the union. One even has a poem.But, mentions of a border, either hard or soft, that would run from Dundalk to Derry from March 2019? Zero.“I voted Leave, but not for the reasons you’d think,” one man who has lived in Strabane all his life tells me. “I voted Leave because I don’t like globalisation.”He describes himself as a socialist with republican leanings, but says any talk of soldiers on the bridge to the Republic is “disingenuous”.“I’m old enough to remember the checks on that bridge before the British Army were called in and it wasn’t a ‘hard border’ by any stretch. Me and my friends would often smuggle drink or cigarettes across.”Passport pushThough Strabane is a town of just 18,000, there are a number of ethnic groups. Around 400 are supported by the Strabane Ethnic Community Association and project coordinator Kamini Rao says those communities are scrambling to get passports – Irish passports.“A lot of our members don’t have citizenship, but the day the vote happened, it was crazy with people coming in. They were completely worried.We’ve been trying to get their citizenship sorted and Irish passports are the one mostly everybody is opting for. It’s the least expensive and requires the least documentation.Kamini says a UK passport application costs around £1,000 and may not be granted. For one family who she advises, that means eight passport applications would run to £8,000.“An Irish application costs €195 and you pay the remainder if it’s granted.“People are racing to get the passports done. Most of them have been here for around 10 years and had their EU card, which was fine, they have jobs, some have kids who were born here and are part of the community.They were so easy going. I’d been seeing them in town saying ‘you have to get that (passport) sorted and they’d be like ‘yeah it’ll be another few years’, but this weekend has been constantly printing out forms.Bridge over water A file photo shows an Army border check outside Derry, not far from Strabane. Source: Eamonn FarrellIf you take the short drive into Lifford, there’s a more discernible worry about the idea of a hard border.Here, most businesses have their prices in sterling and euro and some remember when a customs hut was at the foot of the bridge.“That’s what’s worrying people most,” says Danny.“There’s nobody wants the border brought back. Are we going to have to take our passports to cross the bridge? Are people going to have their shopping checked by customs?” 69 Comments That’s the feeling from most people here, he says.A woman I speak to says that she has grown up hearing of “soldiers on the bridge and snipers over it”, meaning that Strabane was a no-go until she was in her teens.Now, she nips across to Asda or the Chinese.“I really hope there’s no border because it’ll close off that side of the river for a lot of people.”Another worry in Lifford is petrol. Service stations display their prices in both currencies because Strabane only recently got its first petrol pumps.So the flow of people into Lifford is constant, but the concern is that nobody will be willing to drive across a hard border just for petrol.But, with two years of negotiations still to come, those worries could last for a while.Read: ‘No turning back’: The UK has triggered Article 50 to leave the EU Mar 30th 2017, 12:05 AM Article 50 is triggered, but how are people around the border reacting? Where the word has been uttered thousands of times in the last nine months, Brexit fatigue has set in. Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 12:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3314009 By Paul Hosford Source: Paul Hosford/Twitter Short URLcenter_img Mood in Strabane is more mixed on #Brexit. Three people have told me they voted Leave but not because of anything to do with the border. pic.twitter.com/W3B9oxrorE— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) March 29, 2017 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: I’m in Lifford and Strabane today to talk to locals about #Brexit. The customs checkpoint used to be right here. @thejournal_ie pic.twitter.com/unztyKPW0g— Paul Hosford (@PTHosford) March 29, 2017 Source: Paul Hosford/Twitter This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back.IF THERESA MAY’S words on the triggering of Article 50 were meant to sweep the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, the people of Strabane didn’t hear it.While Sir Tim Barrow was handing the letter which begins the UK’s divorce from the EU to European Council President Donald Tusk, life was going on as normal.The Tyrone town shares a bridge with Lifford and Donegal but wasn’t exactly buzzing with talk of a hard border.Here, where the word has been uttered thousands of times in the last nine months, Brexit fatigue has set in.Brexhaustion, if you will. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieA woman named Jenny says that while she knew Article 50 was being triggered today, she hadn’t given the subject much thought.“They’ll be talking for two years anyway, so there’s no point in really thinking about it, is there?”Read our Brexit coverage hereIn a shop on Castle Street the owner tells me that he has no strong opinions because he has nothing to base his opinions on.“We don’t know what the deal is, so we’re in limbo. But I can’t say how I feel about it because there’s no deal yet.”Border PatrolWhile much of the talk from Merrion Street to Westminster has focused on the border, there are some that don’t seem that bothered.Indeed, on the drive in to Strabane, the car radio automatically switches from RTÉ Radio One to BBC Radio Two – you’re not in Kansas anymore – and Jeremy Vine is on Brexit watch.Within seconds of the switchover, Nigel Farage is on the air, because, much like the British Empire once spanned the globe, Nigel Farage is always on a radio somewhere. He wants to talk about movement of workers, about trade and about manufacturing. Nick Clegg is brought on the line to argue against Farage and says the EU is a great thing, altogether. Share5 Tweet Email2 21,738 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Amazon Channels Review

first_img Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on target Amazon, it’s not just for instant toilet paper buttons. The online retail giant is also one of the biggest sources of online video streaming, with acquired and original content that rivals Hulu, YouTube, and famous Iron Fist service Netflix. You don’t even need a larger Amazon Prime subscription to jump in anymore. You can subscribe just to Amazon Video for $8.99 per month (even if the $99 per year Amazon Prime offer is a better deal).However, a base Amazon Video subscription doesn’t give you access to all the video Amazon has to offer. Far from it. Amazon Channels, not to be confused with Seattle fashion line Amazon Chanel, is an à la carte streaming TV service for watching premium channels from across all genres. If you’re only interested in one or two channels, this a way to get them directly. However, if you’re looking to completely rebuild your TV library after you’ve cut the cord, be aware that prices will add up.To start watching any Amazon Channel first you need to be an Amazon Prime member, so that’s already a cost. Then you subscribe to whatever channels you’re interested in on a monthly basis. The price depends on the channel. An HBO subscription costs $14.99 per month whereas PBS Kids is only $4.99. Each channel comes with a one-week free trial. Amazon Channels are also now available in more countries than before.Once you’ve subscribed, you can access all of the TV shows and movies that particular channel has to offer. You use the same trusty video player Amazon uses for all of its other video content, and that means the videos are also available to watch through Amazon’s mobile apps and streaming media devices like the Fire Stick. That’s convenient. I watched the bewildering first episode of the new Twin Peaks on my tiny iPhone screen, just as David Lynch intended.Whatever genre you’re into, you can most likely find a channel that suits your needs. There are the usual premium suspects like HBO and Showtime and Starz and Cinemax. But there are also more niche channels like Shudder for horror, Seeso for comedy, and Up Faith & Family for… the faithful with families. There are channels just dedicated to fitness, prestige cinema, and (really) anime, the exact opposite of prestige cinema.That’s a lot to choose from, and collectively you could build a broad TV alternative with these channels. The only problem is that if you subscribe to all those premium channels, their premium prices will add up and leave a premium dent in your wallet. Again, you already need a base Amazon Prime subscription to even have the luxury for paying for Amazon Channels. And since, on average, each channel’s subscription costs roughly the same as a Prime subscription, each channel you add multiplies that cost by another factor. (I’m not a mathematician).Amazon Channels also add another layer of confusion to what you can watch with what Amazon status. Amazon Video lets you watch Amazon original shows like Transparent as well as a collection of other shows and movies. But Amazon Channels require their own separate subscriptions. Meanwhile, there’s also an even larger library of current and old shows and movies you can purchase or rent individually whether you’re a member or not.And sometimes these groups overlap. Anyone can buy individual episodes of Silicon Valley season three. But season four, the latest season, requires an HBO Amazon Channel subscription. Meanwhile, older HBO shows like The Wire and The Sopranos are just included with the base Prime membership. It can be tough to keep straight, especially if you don’t want to spend money unnecessarily.If you’re already an Amazon Prime membership and just want to watch Game of Thrones without going through traditional TV hassle, Amazon Channels will quickly give you the onion knights you’re looking for. But if you want your TV diet to be any larger, there are better bulk deals.Subscribe to Amazon ChannelsView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.last_img read more

Pioli reveals why he dropped Giovanni Simeone

first_imgHead coach of Fiorentina football club Stefano Pioli has revealed why he refused to feature Giovanni Simeone for Fiorentina’s trip to Torino.Stating that he “was not satisfied with his recent performances,” Fiorentina’s coach surprisingly started with Kevin Mirallas and Valentin Eysseric and left Simeone on the bench.“We brought home a good result, considering we didn’t play well, and that is nothing to be sniffed at,” said Pioli in his Press conference via Football Italia.“In the second half we actually played better and had the best scoring opportunities. We struggled with their pressing and didn’t move enough off the ball.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We can and must work on many situations, but the psychological approach from my players was excellent and a real sign of progress. We suffered for the result and that is important.“I wish we converted more of our chances and have to improve the final ball too. It was tough against a physically strong opponent, but we never let go.”“I was not satisfied with his recent performances and there were other players who had impressed me more during the week.”last_img read more

Cautions from DEMA as Whale Watching Season starts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2016 – It is one of the more beautiful sea spectacles in the world and it happens right here in the Turks and Caicos: it is whale watching. DEMA reminds that we are in the season to see the migration of Humpback Whales and while this is a wonderful encounter it could also prove dangerous, even deadly if audiences are not careful. A list of Do’s and Don’ts was distributed today by DEMA. Among the cautions are that all vessels should approach slowly, carefully and quietly while maintaining a distance which does not stress or threaten the whales… avoid what DEMA called fencing the whales. It is when you block them in too close to shore or trap them between boats. You can tell that a whale is stressed when it changes its direction from 3 to 5 times and if you don’t think that is important, DEMA warns that whales can become aggressive and given their size, we are pretty much no match for the mammals. At sea courtesy is also encouraged, DEMA said boaters should communicate to each other if they want to share the whale watching experience, first. Last March, a Canadian woman was killed when a Humpback Whale landed on her tourist boat in Mexico and in September, two kayakers in Calilfornia were nearly crushed to death when a Humpback Whale lunged up and landed on their flimsy boat. DEMA explained that “Humpback whales travel great distances during their seasonal migration, the farthest migration of any mammal. In winter, the whales migrate to calving grounds in subtropical or tropical waters, such as the Turks & Caicos Islands, giving us an opportunity to experience these majestic mammals first hand.” Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Recommended for you Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Related Items:cautions, dema, whale watchinglast_img read more