Next Step for NBA is Hiring Women in Positions of Power

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league.Hire more women in positions of power.“I think there just has to be more, more of the same,” said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon, moving her one step closer to a head coaching seat. “There are more Beckys out there, they just have to be noticed and given the opportunity by people who are wise enough and courageous enough to do it and not just sit in the old paradigm.”And not just on the bench, but on the business side of the NBA as well.The NBA routinely gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. Still, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better, and he made his feelings known in a memo to teams in the wake of the Dallas Mavericks’ embarrassing scandal.Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in their workforce, but beyond a handful — including Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson — the next step for the league seems to be more women in positions of power such as CEOs and COOs.FILE – In this March 3, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss sits in the stands prior to an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Memphis guard Mike Conley said it’s important for basketball, business and society itself to have women in positions of authority.“We welcome it, and we do want to see more of that,” Conley said, “and I think that will help bridge that gray area and all the things that have been happening with the Mavs and situations like that and hopefully it will never occur” again.The NBA earned an A+ for racial hiring practices but a B for its gender hiring practices this summer from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports . That puts the NBA “significantly above” other professional sports, even as the number of women hired at the team level dropped for a third straight year with the percentage of women in team vice presidents and professional staff dipping as well, according to the report’s author, Richard Lapchick.When the NBA began investigating a report of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct involving the former team president, the Mavericks did not have one woman at the executive level. Owner Mark Cubanhired former AT&T senior executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO and president in February , promoted four women to executive roles and now has eight women among 18 leadership roles.A memo obtained by The Associated Press last month shows the NBA plans workshops in Atlanta and Los Angeles in mid-November on the diversity and inclusion efforts. The NBA also set up an anonymous tip line after the Mavs’ story broke.NBA teams surveyed by The Associated Press say they’ve already been holding seminars on workplace conduct and putting women in leadership roles.Irina Pavlova represented the Nets on the Board of Governors before leaving last year and was replaced by a woman as president of the company that runs the Nets, Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum. The Toronto Raptors have Teresa Resch as vice president of basketball operations and player development, and Dr. Lisa Callahan is chief medical officer for both the Knicks and the WNBA’s Liberty.The Miami Heat recently hired Ruth Riley Hunter as its newest television and radio analyst, a move in motion before Silver talked about wanting more women in the NBA.Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has seen the number of women in the NBA jump dramatically since he joined the league in 1986 and believes its heading in the right direction. Chantal Hassard has been with the Grizzlies since the franchise was in Vancouver and is entering her third season as VP of team operations and player programs. Memphis also just brought back Nicki Gross as a basketball analyst after she was the D-League’s only woman assistant in 2015 with Iowa.“I think it adds a viewpoint, a skillset that is very beneficial for the teams,” Wallace said.Silver wants teams hiring more women, including jobs with power, so the NBA is going to help. The NBA plans an event at the All-Star break in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February to grow the “pipeline of female talent in basketball operations roles.”Lapchick said hiring more women has to be a combination of efforts by both the NBA and its teams.“Teams saw the results in Dallas with no women in leadership to stop/confront bad behavior, which I believe is not uncommon toward women in the workplace in and out of sport,” Lapchick told the AP. “Adam has the respect to push and I am impressed by the NBA’s actions after the decline in gender grade when the Report Card was published followed by the post investigation in Dallas.”Ethan Casson, CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Lynx, said it can’t be a quota approach — and believes there are qualified women in the candidate pools. About 40 percent of Minnesota’s full-time employees are women with 35 percent of department heads and above women. He noted how transparent the NBA and its teams have been on this issue.“It’s constantly challenging your organization’s thinking and creating what that environment is, and that’s what makes the diversity inclusion so important,” Casson said. “You’re a better organization when you’re built that way from the ground up.”___By TERESA M. WALKER , AP Sports WriterAP Basketball Writers Tim Reynolds and Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell, Andrew Seligman, Janie McCauley, Anne M. Peterson, Schuyler Dixon, Pat Graham, Tom Withers, Howard Fendrich, Brett Martel, Kyle Hightower and AP freelance writers Raul Dominguez, Clay Bailey and Ian Harrison contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mbappe stars as France beat Argentina to enter World Cup 2018 quarter-finals

first_imgKylian Mbappe scored a brace as France defeated Argentina 4-3 in their round of 16 match at the Kazan Arena on Saturday to book a berth in the quarter-finals of FIFA World Cup 2018.This means there will be no Messi vs Portugal face-off and France will now face the winner of the Uruguay vs Portugal round of 16 match.With Argentina’s exit, both the 2014 World Cup finalists are out of this tournament. Defending champions Germany had crashed out after losing to South Korea last week.Argentina, two-time world champions and 2014 runners-up, were on the verge of elimination last week following a 1-1 draw against Iceland and 3-0 defeat to Croatia. However, Lionel Messi found his rhythm and Argentina booked a berth in the round of 16 by overcoming Nigeria 2-1.#FRA #FRA #FRAWe have our first quarter-finalists! #FRAARG pic.twitter.com/zcc3nDcc0lFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAfter opening the scoring with an Antoine Griezmann penalty, France looked too strong for Argentina, but they wasted chances to bury their opponents and were punished either side of the break.Angel Di Maria benefited from the French defence’s passiveness to equalise with a long-range cracker before Gabriel Mercado flicked Lionel Messi’s shot past Hugo Lloris.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATSPavard’s stunning half-volley, which brought back memories of fellow full back Lilian Thuram scoring twice in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, restored parity, and Mbappe’s raw pace ultimately made the difference.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSMbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele, in the 1958 final, to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002.advertisementMbappe’s first goal came seven minutes later when he snared a loose ball, taking one touch to race past his marker and firing it home with his left foot through Armani’s dive.His second came after 68 minutes at the end of a flowing French move with Olivier Giroud providing the subtlest of touches to lay the ball into Mbappe’s path and the teenager finishing right-footed with some elan.What a performance from @KMbappe!Here’s his @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch interview following #FRAARG… pic.twitter.com/IhLeSX27n8FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018Argentina continued to fight over the last 20 minutes but Aguero’s header from Messi’s cross in stoppage time was too little, too late.France will now play Uruguay in the quarters on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Mayank Agarwal slams 220* as India A score 411/2 on Day 2 vs South Africa A

first_imgMayank Agarwal slammed a double hundred while Prithvi Shaw chipped in with a century as India A scored 411 for two on the second day of the ‘unofficial’ Test.Agarwal sent the bowlers on a leather hunt with an unbeaten 220 off 250 balls while Shaw punished them with a well-made 136 off 196 balls during a 277-run opening stand.India A now enjoy a 165-run lead after Mohammed Siraj took five for 56 to bowl out South Africa A for 246.It was a day when India A openers scored runs at an average of 4.72 with an astounding 58 boundaries and five sixes.Out of these, Agarwal alone hit 31 fours and four maximums. Shaw had 20 boundaries and a six in his seventh first-class hundred.The hero of the day certainly was local boy Agarwal, who hit his eighth first-class century.After a tremendous last season in domestic cricket where he scored well over 1000 runs, Agarwal continued his good form during the India A tri-series in England with three hundreds in List A tri-series.”I think, I have seen the best knock from the blade of Mayank. He batted really well and I expect him to get more runs under the belt,” Shaw told reporters after the second days play here.On his knock, Shaw said:”I played according to the merit of the ball. When I saw ball to be it, I did simply that. I have been an aggressive batsman since my school days and I play my game as such,” he said.Both Shaw and Mayank played the morning session out and took the score to 122 or no loss after they had cracked a superb half centuries.advertisement”The first session is very crucial or us. If you play that period in the morning, it is easier for the batsman afterwards because the ball comes nicely on to the bat. After that you can see our score kept moving,” Shaw said.Brief scores: India ‘A’ first inngs 411 for 2 in 87 overs (Mayank Agarwal 220 not out, Prithvi Shaw 136; Duae Olivier 1/69, Dane Piedt 1/56)South Africa ‘A’ first inngs: 246 for 8 in 88 overs (Rudi Second 94, Sarel Erwee 47; Sarel Erwee 3/56, Navdeep Saini 2/47, Rajneesh Gurbani 2/47).last_img read more

Less than 50 days to the Touch World Cup

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is less than 50 days until the eyes of the touch football world are fixed on Australia.Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire, NRL Head of Football and TFA board member Todd Greenberg, Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council Denise Knight were on hand to countdown the final few weeks before the 2015 Touch World Cup begins on April 29 at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.Teams from 25 countries will participate over the five-day tournament led by the host nation Australia, who is looking for an unprecedented eighth consecutive World Cup Champions Trophy victory.“We are purely excited about the month ahead with the Touch World Cup,” Mr Maguire said.“There will be 93 teams across nine divisions and from 25 countries participating. “We are looking forward to bringing the world to Coffs Harbour.”Mr Fraser was excited to have another international event in his region.“To have the [touch] world here, will be unbelievable. Coffs Harbour is already on the international stage, this is just an addition,” Mr Fraser said.Councillor Knight described Coffs Harbour as the “touch capital of Australia”, and few could argue with her as the National Touch League is being played in Coffs Harbour this week.Federation of International Touch secretary general Bill Ker said half of the member nations will be playing at the World Cup.“The sprinkling of the countries that are coming are widespread. They’re coming from Europe, the Americas, Asia, pacific area, and right across from Africa and the UAE,” Mr Ker said.“We are on an express train and it’ll be here before we know it.“We are thrilled to put on the best international show touch has to offer.”Mr Greenberg was looking forward to the tournament.“There is a place on the field for everyone; it’s one of our [NRL’s] catchphrases. As we walk around the field you can see that. Whether you want to play at the elite level in the NRL Premiership or touch football with men and women across the country, there is an opportunity to be involved.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information about the 2015 Touch World Cup in the following ways: Websites www.internationaltouch.orgwww.touchworldcup.comwww.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus  Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksTouch World Cuplast_img read more

ESPN Releases Grades For Every Power-5 Team’s Recruiting Class

first_imgDabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)On Thursday night ESPN revealed the national signing day grades for every Power-5 college football program.National Signing Day wrapped up on Wednesday, though there were a few tops recruit left over who signed on Thursday. After the classes became official, the Worldwide Leader graded every recruiting class.Only one college football program left with an “A+” while the worst grade handed out was a “C-“.So, which team received the “A+”? That distinction would belong to the Alabama Crimson Tide after bringing home their sixth No. 1 class in the past eight seasons.Nick Saban and company continue to recruit at the highest level despite losing key assistants each and every year.This season, Saban had to replace seven assistants on his staff, but still ended up with the No. 1 class.The man who dethroned Saban last year, Kirby Smart, finished the 2019 recruiting cycle with the second-best class as Georgia brought in a plethora of five-star recruits for the second-consecutive year.Other notable programs who received an “A” for their recruiting classes were the Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators.The SEC finished with five of the top 10 overall classes – showing why it’s the deepest conference in the country year-in and year-out.You can see the full list of draft grades here.last_img read more

Philly Tankers AS Okays USD 568m Deal with Kinder Morgan

first_imgzoom Majority of investors at the tanker operator Philly Tankers AS have agreed to sell the contracts for four tankers to be built by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard to a subsidiary of the energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan for USD 568 million.On August 10, Kinder Morgan signed a definitive agreement with Philly Tankers LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Philly Tankers AS, to take assignment of contracts for the construction of four new 50,000 dwt, Tier II tankers.The Extraordinary General Meeting of the shareholders of Philly Tankers AS was held on September 2, where shareholders accounting for 87.21% of the shares in the company voted to approve the transaction.Each LNG-conversion-ready tanker will have a capacity of 337,000 barrels. The Jones Act vessels will be delivered to Kinder Morgan between November 2016 and November 2017.The first two that are scheduled for delivery in late 2016 and early 2017 are under long-term contracts. Contract discussions for the two tankers to be delivered by late 2017 are ongoing, and executed contracts are expected to be completed by early 2016. Approximately 10 percent of each vessel’s all-in price will be paid upon construction start, with the pro-rata balance due upon each ship’s delivery.These four new vessels will increase Kinder Morgan’s Jones Act tanker fleet to 16 ships by late 2017, of which 14 are under long-term contracts.last_img read more

Gaelic Day at Highland Village

first_imgMay marks Gaelic Awareness Month for Nova Scotia as the province celebrates more than 200 years of Gaelic language and culture. Highland Village Museum in Iona, Victoria Co., will observe the month with a guest presentation by Lewis MacKinnon, CEO for the Office of Gaelic Affairs, on Thursday, May 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mr. MacKinnon will talk about the history of Gaelic Awareness Month and its importance in bringing public attention to the vital Nova Scotia heritage. A céilidh session will follow with songs and stories from Mr. MacKinnon and interpretation staff Jim Watson and Joanne MacIntyre and friends. Nova Scotia shares a heritage of language and kinship with Gaelic Scotland, but also has its own history with both innovation and preservation of story, song, dance, music and material culture, to become distinct in character as a Canadian identity. The Highland Village Gaelic Awareness Month Céilidh welcomes all ages to this fun and informative afternoon activity. Admission is by donation and light refreshments will be served. For more information on this event or other Highland Village programs call 902-725-2272 or e-mail highlandvillage@gov.ns.ca. Highland Village is a living history museum and cultural centre in central Cape Breton, overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. Through its 11 historic buildings, representing eras from the time of immigration to the early 20th century, the village is dedicated to interpreting the life and times of Gaelic Nova Scotia and supporting its cultural community. It is part of the Nova Scotia Museum family.last_img read more

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as Mizoram Guv

first_imgAizawl: Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here. Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mukhi. Mukhi is also the Governor of Assam. He succeeded Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the latter resigned on Thursday and his resignation was accepted by the President Ram Nath Kovind who appointed Mukhi to take additional charge of Mizoram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!After taking charge of Mizoram Governor, Mukhi said he would administer the oath of office to C Lalsawta as chairman of the first Lokayukta on Monday at Aizawl Raj Bhavan. Lalsawta, a retired IAS officer was recently appointed as chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on February 28. Mukhi would deliver his customary gubernatorial address in the Mizoram Assembly on Tuesday, the first day of the Budget session.last_img read more

Condoms essential element in fighting AIDS epidemic – UN

“Condoms are an essential part of combination prevention,” which also includes access to HIV information and treatment, waiting longer to become sexually active, reducing multiple partners and concurrent relationships, ensuring human rights and reducing stigma, the agency said in a press statement.“An HIV prevention approach based solely on one element does not work and can hinder the AIDS response,” UNAIDS stressed. “There is no single magic bullet for HIV prevention.”It appealed to nations to use a mix of behavioural, biomedical and structural HIV prevention actions to meet anti-disease needs.Countries must understand the epidemic and tailor their response accordingly, the agency said, calling on nations to use all human rights-grounded approaches that are informed by evidence.The most recent UNAIDS report on the global scourge shows how significant increases in HIV prevention and treatment efforts are producing results in several countries.Condom use among young people with multiple partners is gaining momentum in some nations hardest hit by HIV, including Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.Sub-Saharan Africa is still the most heavily HIV-affected region in the world, with some 22 million people living with the disease, and the region accounting for two-thirds of all people living with HIV and for three-quarters of deaths from AIDS.Last week, UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibé said that even in the face of the current global economic turmoil, investing in AIDS responses is crucial to prevent 1.3 million deaths in the next two years, highlighting how the agency’s top priority is to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.“Universal access means saving lives and restoring dignity to people,” Mr. Sidibé told reporters in Geneva.It encompasses stopping mothers from dying and babies from being infected with the virus; stopping people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis; and stopping drug users from becoming infected with HIV, he said.During the financial crisis, “economic adjustments should be made with a human face in mind,” he stated, underscoring that a mother should not have to choose between receiving treatment and feeding her children.Resources for responses to AIDS should be viewed as investments, and not expenditures, to avert 2.6 million new HIV infections and to put nearly 7 million people on a course of treatment, he told journalists at his first press conference since taking office as UNAIDS Executive Director. 18 March 2009With over 7,400 new HIV infections daily, comprehensive approaches – including condom use – are essential to stop the spread of the AIDS epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today, warning that there is no “single magic bullet” for prevention. read more

Broadband development to be accelerated in Sri Lanka

According to Ovum’s research, Sri Lanka’s fixed-broadband penetration compared to a broad basket of South and Southeast Asian countries is relatively high, ranking 5 out of 10 countries surveyed by Ovum. However, Sri Lanka trails leading markets such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, where both DSL and FTTH penetration rates are far higher. Fixed-broadband household penetration remains low, with DSL penetration of 10.3% at the end of 2015. Low household penetration and the lack of a strong FTTH market correlates closely to the country’s lower ranking in terms of average download speeds. “As a new era of rapid worldwide development dawns for the global broadband industry, we strongly believe that this is indeed the ripe time to accelerate broadband development in Sri Lanka,” he said. The forum served as an industry dialogue platform, bringing together senior policy makers of the government, local operators, service operators, and industry stakeholders to shape a shared agenda of facilitating the widespread of broadband rollout as the key component to digital economy in Sri Lanka.The half-day event featured a top line-up of speakers from the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Huawei, a global leading ICT solution provider, Ovum, iFlix, as well as major local telecom operators. The Minister was speaking at the first Sri Lanka national broadband forum, themed “a Better Connected Sri Lanka” co-hosted by Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, co-organized by Huawei which was held in Colombo today. Wang Shunli, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Sri Lanka expressed his company has been ongoing support the country’s telecommunication sector and celebrate its 10 years operation in Sri Lanka.“Huawei began its operations in Sri Lanka in 2005. We cooperated with local operators to achieve one of the fast growing market in Southern Asia, with a 10-year CAGR of 17.3% and 44.4% in mobile and fixed broadband sectors, and today, serving 15 million Sri Lanka’s citizens.” “We are delighted to have been a part of this grand platform and was encouraged by the success of the forum in facilitating meaningful dialogue within the broadband space. The vision of building a digital connected nation is a formidable undertaking and we appreciate the government’s efforts to spearhead initiatives that inspire constructive participation from industry leaders. I hope this is just the first of many broadband forums hold in Sri Lanka. Huawei, as the global leading ICT solution provider, is very glad to share our knowledge, solutions and experience and to face the construction challenge together. We are committed to long time contribution in Sri Lanka such as cultivating local talents.” said Wang.With Sri Lanka currently embarking on a journey of transformation to become a digitally enabled and empowered society, the importance of having a robust fixed-broadband base to build upon is critical. The Government says now is the ripe time to accelerate broadband development in Sri Lanka.Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando, said the telecommunication industry of the country has showcased tremendous improvement over the recent years. The inaugural Sri Lanka broadband forum concluded with calls from industry players, experts and government agencies for the implementation of efforts toward the rapid delivery of broadband development strategies, encouraging conductive regulatory policies, and significantly increased inter-ministerial and industry collaboration within the country’s broadband sector – all of which were discussed at the event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stocks back off as Chinese trade data disappointment trumps Alcoa earnings

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market fell about one per cent Tuesday as further indications of a slowing Chinese economy helped extinguish early optimism arising from a better than expected earnings report from U.S. aluminum giant Alcoa Inc.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 122.45 points to 11,512.22 its fourth consecutive loss, and the TSX Venture Exchange dipped 12.62 points to 1,199.36.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar slipped 0.32 of a cent to 97.79 cents US amid sliding oil and copper prices.U.S. markets also lost steam even as Alcoa reported adjusted earnings of six cents per share, which beat the consensus estimate by a penny. Revenue dropped nine per cent to US$5.96 billion, mainly because of weak prices for aluminum in the slowing global economy.Alcoa’s performance reflects broader economic trends because aluminum is used in a wide range of products from automobiles to beverage cans. The company’s reports are also know for kicking off the start to earnings seasons south of the border.Despite the showing, expectations are generally low for second-quarter earnings. Big American multinationals are feeling pressure from a greenback that ramped up as the European debt crisis worsened in the quarter along with slowing economic conditions around the globe.The Dow Jones industrials fell 83.17 points to 12,653.12.The Nasdaq composite index was down 29.44 points to 2,902.33 and the S&P 500 index declined 10.99 points to 1,341.47.Traders got another reminder of the fragility of the economic recovery after China’s trade growth plunged in June, hurt by weak U.S. and European demand.Import growth fell by half from May’s level to 6.3 per cent while export growth declined to 11.3 per cent from May’s 15.3 per cent.Growth in the world’s second-largest economy has tumbled to its lowest level since the 2008. That is bad news for companies and investors looking to relatively strong Chinese growth to shore up global demand as the United States and Europe struggle.In particular, it’s also a negative for the resource-heavy Toronto stock market and the price of oil and metals.Strong Chinese demand for commodities boosted prices for crude and copper and supported resource stocks on the TSX earlier in the year. But crude has fallen from US$106 in May, copper has tumbled 11.6 per cent and the TSX has fallen almost six per cent in 2 1/2 months. The Toronto market now is down about 3.7 per cent year to date.“Any reason for being optimistic was China, India, Brazil, probably Russia, (other countries) in Southeast Asia,” said Jim Muir, director at Fraser Mackenzie.“And it just looks like that’s all slowing. So the question is, is it just a normal slowdown and then they get going again? That’s our only hope in my estimation.”Commodity prices fell following the release of the Chinese data with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.08 to US$83.91 a barrel. Crude prices also fell after Norway intervened to halt a labour dispute that threatened its North Sea production.The energy sector lost almost two per cent as Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 48 cents to C$25.84 and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) declined 66 cents to $32.25.The base metals sector shed 2.3 per cent with August copper off three to cents at US$3.40 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was down 30 cents to C$7.79 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 51 cents to $30.57.The gold sector was off about 2.6 per cent as bullion gave up early gains to climb down $9.30 to US$1,579.80 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 99 cents to C$36.37.The financial group stepped back 0.35 per cent and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 48 cents to $52.50.Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) shares were off 36 cents or 4.62 per cent at $7.44 as shareholders gathered for the BlackBerry maker’s annual meeting. Chief executive Thorsten Heins noted that there have already been major changes this year and promised that “there will be more to come as we work to turn around the company’s performance.”The industrials group was down 0.46 per cent with heavy equipment dealer Finning International (TSX:FTT) off 58 cents to $23.09.Shares in transportation giant Bombardier Inc (TSX:BBD.B) were up one cent to $4.04. Its subsidiary, Bombardier Aerospace, says Latvia-based Air Baltic Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire 10 of its next generation CS300 aircraft and take purchase rights on a further 10 of the passenger jets.In other earnings news, drug store chain Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) says unusual gains on its U.S. Rite Aid holdings as well as improved revenue helped quarterly earnings soar eight fold to $397.4 million and its shares rose two cents to $14.77.Quebec-based convenience store and fuel station chain operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) reported quarterly net profit of US$117.8 million or 65 cents a share, up $53.3 million or 82.6 per cent from a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was up 28 per cent to US$6.06 billion and its shares ran up $1.66 to C$45.90. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2012 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks back off as Chinese trade data disappointment trumps Alcoa earnings read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

England Rugby head chef forced himself on woman in hotel room court

The head chef of the England rugby team sexually assaulted a woman in his hotel room after locking the door behind her, a court heard.Michelin-starred Patrick McDonald, 56, was working as caterer for the national squad when the alleged incident happened at the historic Randolph Hotel in Oxford.Prosecutors claim he invited his victim to his room at 2.30pm before locking the door and groping her over her clothing.He ‘forced his tongue inside her mouth’ and stroked her groin area before the woman pushed him away and fled the room, it is alleged.McDonald, of Suckley, near Worcester, denies a single count of sexual assault at Oxford Crown Court.Opening the case on Wednesday (02/01), prosecutor Edward Culver said: “It is the prosecution’s case that this is not a situation where there has been a misunderstanding or confusion or innocent brushing of bodies or parts of bodies.“The defendant deliberately kissed and touched [the alleged victim], sexual touching, which he knew was both uninvited and unwelcome.“[McDonald] stepped towards her and held her face with his hands, he then kissed her, forcing his tongue inside her mouth. This was for a few seconds.“He then put his right arm around her upper body and with his left stroked her [groin area] over her clothing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Taking to the witness box, the alleged victim said she was left “scared, nervous, and quite shaky” after the alleged assault on February 27, 2018.Detailing the incident from the moment she entered his room – number 30 – she told jurors: “When I heard the door lock I turned around.“He was in front of me and he placed his hands on my face and proceeded to kiss me and force his tongue into my mouth.“His hands seemed to move down my body and started brushing my groin area. After that I pushed him away as hard as I could and left the room as soon as I could.”She told the court that the incident lasted a matter of minutes and she denied ever instigating any sexual contact. McDonald was later arrested at the five-star hotel.During cross-examination, defence barrister Alistair Grainger put to the woman that she had in fact ‘winked’ at her alleged abuser earlier that day.And Grainger suggested she had mimed a sex act to him in an apparent bid to entice him – all assertions she denied.Grainger then put it to the woman that McDonald had never grabbed her and had instead dropped a set of keys on the floor while they were both in the room. The barrister claims that in McDonald’s attempt to pick them back up he had become unsteady on his feet and grabbed hold of her in a bid to retain his footing.Mr Grainger also asked the alleged victim if she was ‘infatuated’ with the ‘superstar’ chef, an assertion which she denied.And he put to her that she had come on to him before being rejected, which left her feeling ‘acutely embarrassed’, as well as ‘dejected’ and ‘rejected’ – also assertions which she denied.The trial continues with a jury panel of seven men and five women. read more

IHF Experts announce Rookie team of WCh 2015 with a few mistakes

← Previous Story Denmark fifth, Germany clinch Olympic qualification spot! Next Story → Hassan Moustafa about restriction of NT foreign stars: We have to respect decision of our Congress The IHF coaching group of experts announced today in Doha the “Rookie team” of the World Championship 2015. It is a great idea, but unfortunately, with a lot of mistakes as the #Experts” nominated on right wing position a 29 years-old Macedonian Goce Georgievski, who already played at World Championship in Spain 2013.Also Russian youngstar Alexander Dereven got the left wing role despite the fact that he is right back.Here is the “Rookie team” of WCh 2015:Left wing: Alexander Dereven (Russia)Left back: Paul Drux (Germany)Playmaker: Kamalaidn Mallash (Qatar)Right back: Alex Dujshebaev (Spain)Right Wing: Goce Georgievski (Macedonia)Pivot: Kamil Syprzak (Poland)Goalkeeper Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (Spain) read more

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first_imgStay on target AlsterPlus: Ultra Powerful USB-C Battery Pack – $179See Deal Manufacturers are adopting USB-C as the standard connector on new mobile devices. And why not? It’s easier to use and far more efficient than anything that’s come before. Need to stock up on essentials for your USB-C powered smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Then check out these offers at the Geek Deals store and save up to 74 percent off the MSRP.AlsterPlus: The World’s Most Powerful USB-C Battery PackMSRP: $258   | Sale: $179   | Save 30 percentThe AlsterPlus may be the last portable battery pack you’ll ever need to buy. It boasts an enormous capacity of 27,000mAh — enough to fully charge a laptop several times — and features two USB-C and two USB-A ports so you can charge multiple devices at once.Simply connect your devices and the charger will deliver a suitable amount of power to each. It offers technology that’ll protect against overcharging, it’s small and lightweight so you can take it virtually anywhere, and the unit itself can recharge in as little as one hour. ANCHOR Cable Stainless Steel Magnetic Cross-Device Cable + USB-C Connector – $17.95See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today ANCHOR Cable Stainless Steel Magnetic Cross-Device Cable and USB-C ConnectorMSRP: $29   | Sale: $17.95   | Save 38 percentLooking for a foolproof way to charge your USB-C devices? Then you need this stainless steel magnetic cable from ANCHOR. It includes a USB-C connector that you plug into your device and leave there all day long. To begin charging, simply touch the end of the cable to the connector and they will form a strong magnetic bond.The cable features a length of 3.9 feet, has a stainless steel casing for durability, and won’t ever tangle. It supports 2.4 A fast charging and, though this package only includes a USB-C connector, it would also work with Lightning and Micro USB connectors if you already have them. CHOETECH USB-C To HDMI CableMSRP: $17.99   | Sale: $16.99   | Save 5 percentPortable devices may be convenient but sometimes their small screens are a little limiting. And that’s precisely what makes this UCB-C to HDMI cable from CHOETECH such a must-have item. It lets you transmit data from any mobile device and display it — with perfect clarity — on a much larger monitor or television screen.Simply plug the USB-C end of the cable into your device and the HDMI end into your television. That’s all there is to it. The cable features a length of six feet so you can control your device while still sitting a comfortable distance away, gold plated plugs for a strong connection, and a premium casing that provides better insulation against heat. Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook ProMSRP: $159.95   | Sale: $39.99   | Save 74 percentThe new MacBook Pro may be powerful but, when it comes to connectivity, it’s sorely lacking. That’s what makes this 6-in-1 USB-C Hub such a great addition. It introduces an array of extra ports to your MacBook that increases its versatility by a factor of three.The hub offers a total of six ports including two USB-C, two USB-A, and Micro SD and SD card slots. It installs easily into your MacBook’s existing USB-C ports and it features an aesthetic that makes it virtually unnoticeable. Omnia P5 Wall ChargerMSRP: $59.00   | Sale: $44.99   | Save 23 percentNeed a portable wall charger that works from anywhere and with all of your devices? Then you need the Omnia P5. This small, packable wall charger fits neatly into any carry on bag and is compatible with virtually everything including MacBooks, smartphones, tablets, and even the Nintendo Switch.Just plug your device into the appropriate port — either USB C or USB A — and the P5 into a conveniently placed wall socket. It features Quick Charge technology that ensures efficient use of your power resources, and it even comes with adapters so you can use it internationally. CHOETECH USB-C To HDMI Cable – $16.99See Deal 6-in-1 USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro – $39.99See Deal Omnia P5 Wall Charger – White – $44.99See Deallast_img read more

Govt Looking To List Entities To Be Privatised On Jamaica Stock Exchange

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 22 (JIS): The Government of Jamaica is moving to change the model used for the privatisation of state-owned entities. Deputy Financial Secretary with responsibility for Public Enterprises in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ann-Marie Rhoden, said the Ministry is looking at listing public entities that are suitable for privatisation on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).Mrs. Rhoden, who was speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (July 21), said that this method will replace the existing process of extending private invitations to investors to purchase entities or soliciting requests for proposals.She said when this model is approved and implemented, it should result in a quicker turnaround time in privatisation of loss-making entities.Mrs. Rhoden informed that the procedure was used successfully in the past for privatisation of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and the Cement Company.“We believe that the time is right for us to return to that model. There are entities that are ready for privatisation and if we were to develop the prospectus and get the entities out to market to the stage of listing, then we could complete a privatisation exercise in six months or so,” she pointed out.Mrs. Rhoden was speaking within the context of recommendations made by a team from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who are in Jamaica, to present their report: ‘Finding Balance 2014: Benchmarking the performance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in Island Countries.’Jamaica, for the first time, participated in the study, which reviews the historical financial performance of SOEs in selected island economies, identifies the drivers of performance, and outlines successful reform strategies to inform future policy action.Former Minister of State-Owned Enterprises in New Zealand, Hon. Richard Prebble, who is a part of the ADB team visiting Jamaica, said the listing of public enterprises on the stock market has been a successful model for the Government in New Zealand.“The present New Zealand Government has listed some SOEs in New Zealand and that has turned out to be very successful. One of the reasons is once you list, the share price appears every day and that’s a great incentive for the directors to start to concentrate on what the business really should be doing, now…and that is a model that has worked,” Mr. Prebble noted.In the meantime, Mrs. Rhoden said that this model will promote ownership of local enterprises by Jamaicans and result in more efficient management and delivery of service.“So it wouldn’t be a matter of ‘selling-out’, because it’s our own Jamaican people on the stock exchange, who would own the asset; not a single or two persons, but the mass of Jamaica that would be owning and feeling good about themselves,” she noted. Related Items:Ann-Marie Rhoden, jamaica stock exchange, Ministry of Finance and Planning, privatisedlast_img read more

19 plan to increase benefits spend in 2016

first_imgAround a fifth (19%) of employer respondents plan to increase spend on employee benefits over the next 12 months, according to research by Aviva.Its Working lives report, which surveyed more than 1,000 employers and 4,000 employees in the private sector during the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2016, also found that 25% of organisations with more than 250 employees intend to increase their benefits spend.The research also found:Around a third (62%) of employer respondents intend to maintain the amount they spend on workplace benefits over the next year.18% of employer respondents are concerned about keeping up with employees’ pay and benefits package expectations, compared to 13%More than half (56%) of employer respondents offer employee benefits to support staff attraction and retention, compared to 44% in 2013.Almost two-thirds (64%) include employee benefits as a key element of their annual strategic planning.67% of private sector employee respondents are happy with the impact of work on time spent with their family, up from 53% in 2013.More than half (56%) of employee respondents in the private sector are happy with the impact of work on their health. This compares to 45% in 2013.25% of employer respondents that have gone through auto-enrolment cite the modernisation of their pension scheme as the biggest effect of the process, while 20% say the biggest impact is the ability to provide better pensions for staff.Almost a third (61%) of employer respondents agree with making the workplace the focus for automatic pension savings, compared to 58% in 2013.Andy Curran, managing director of corporate and business solutions at Aviva, said: “This report paints a very positive picture of the workplace in Britain on the whole, and it is pleasing to see that, with confidence improved since 2013, businesses are again looking to invest in their workplace benefit packages.“Additional benefits are a great way to attract and retain skilled employees and increased investment gives a clear indication that employers are again looking to expand, rather than just survive.“Auto-enrolment has played a major role in that and it’s good to see that those which have been through it are reporting positive experiences. For employers, the journey may not have been as smooth, especially for those smaller businesses with limited resources. But auto-enrolment is encouraging millions of people to save for their futures and the work businesses of all sizes are doing to support it is very encouraging.”last_img read more

Army Launches Registry to Track Housing Complaints

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Army will launch a new privatized military housing complaint registry for maintaining a record of ongoing housing-related health and safety issues, Task and Purpose reported Tuesday.Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West signed a memo to many privatized housing residents.“Through a records review of Army Family Housing work orders, you have been identified as having submitted a work order addressing health or safety concerns,” West wrote in the memo. “In an effort to ensure this and any other concern you may have has been thoroughly addressed, the U.S. Army Medical Command has established a Housing Environmental Health Response Registry.”The registry is the Army’s latest effort to track and resolve recently highlighted privatized housing issues. It will provide recipients with information “on housing environmental health hazards” and help them seek “medical care for any housing related illnesses or concerns.” It will also share the complaints with Army leadership.Army photo by Scott Turkol last_img read more

Gujarat building collapse 4 dead several feared trapped Video

first_imgFive people have been rescued so far.Twitter/ANIAt least three people were killed and several feared trapped under debris after a three-storey building collapsed in the wee hours of Saturday, August 10.The building collapsed in Pragatinagar in Kheda district of Gujarat. The rescue teams have reached the site of the building collapse — looking for survivors.Five people have been rescued so far. The injured have been shifted to the hospital.Here are a few pictures and a video of the incident.Another #Gujarat #HousingBoard Society building collapsed in #Nadidad. Four people died which included a one year girl as well. People tell me it was because of the perennial water logging in the society. Residents tell me, no one had told them to evacuate. #GujaratRains pic.twitter.com/t2EzKvQtU6— Priyanka Sharma ? (@Priyanka0494) August 10, 2019 Rescue operations underway.Twitter/ANI Due to heavy rains in Gujarat, the building collapsed.In another similar incident, at least seven people died and many feared trapped under debris after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri last month.(This is a developing story. More details awaited)last_img read more