Pakistan violates ceasefire along International Border in J&K’s Kathua

first_imgPakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages with small arms firing along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on October 19. The firing from across the border in Manyari-Chorgali area in Hiranagar sector was unprovoked and started around 7.30 p.m. on October 18 and continued intermittently throughout the night, the officials said. They said the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated effectively. There was no report of any casualty or damage in the Pakistani firing which ended around 4.15 a.m. on October 19, the officials said.last_img read more

Tokyo prepares for 2020, facing rising costs, new sports,Tokyo prepares for 2020, facing rising costs, new sports

first_img COMMENT Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a strenuous workout with the next Summer Olympics headed her way.The practice started when she received the Olympic flag Sunday in the official handover ceremony from her Rio counterpart, Mayor Eduardo Paes.“I hope the flag is not too heavy,” she joked the day before. “Although I have trained my muscles to receive it properly.”The next three Olympics are in Asian countries that have already held Games: Tokyo’s Summer Games in 2020, sandwiched between Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and in Beijing in 2022.This will come as a relief to the International Olympic Committee after two trying games in Sochi, Russia, and Rio.That doesn’t mean they’ll be easy, particularly for Tokyo.“I don’t think that you can ever relax,” said John Coates, the IOC member who heads the inspection team for Tokyo. “There are some big issues, even for Tokyo.”Here’s a look at some of them.THE COSTSThe new national stadium is an example of Tokyo’s rising costs — or underestimating costs. The original bill was expected to be $1 billion, but the price soared to three times that much in a design by the late architect Zaha Hadid.Organizers scrapped that design and adopted a new one by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The cost will still be at least 50 percent more than the original estimate with completion set for November 2019.“I will not leave white elephants for the taxpayers,” Kioke told reporters in Rio, just weeks after being elected Tokyo’s first female governor. “The citizens of Tokyo are the taxpayers. We must have the understanding of the taxpayers about whatever we do.”Costs are rising elsewhere, too.The Tokyo organizing committee’s operating budget was 350 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in the original bid document. But officials say it will be revised upward to account for inflation and unexpected costs.This is the budget for running the Games themselves, and does not include building roads and other infrastructure.Tokyo organisers say 50 per cent of the venues already exist, though they have not made public the cost for building new venues and preparing the city.Constructing scaled-down venues — following Rio’s model — could still be costly in Japan. The buildings must be earthquake-proof, and Japanese taste might not accept stripped-down architecture.TRANSPORTATIONTokyo proposed compact games in its winning bid three years ago. But venues have been spread out to save money and take advantage of existing structures.Tokyo’s games are divided into two basic sectors — a zone around Tokyo Bay, and a so-called Heritage Zone, which is anchored around the new national stadium.The remaining venues are scattered around, from cycling in Izu, southwest of Tokyo, to soccer venues in Sapporo, Miyagi, Saitama, and Yokohama.“You’ll travel a lot because there isn’t the concentration,” Coates said. “If you go to the heritage area, they’re all stand-alone (venues) largely.”Tokyo has a sophisticated transport system, but it’s crowded and not particularly foreigner-friendly. Coates said getting around might be more complex than Rio, which was difficult in a city sliced up by the sea, mountains and poor roads.“They have a very good transport infrastructure that connects all parts of the city,” Coates said. “I think they’re up for it, no worry about that, but you can’t say it’s going to be easy.”Tokyo’s narrow roads are a problem, and so are the 3 million who commute daily from the outskirts to the city’s centre.“We’ll have to ask the citizens for various forms of cooperation,” Kioke said.THE EVENTSFive sports have been added to Tokyo’s program: baseball-softball, skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing. They enter under new IOC rules that allow cities to propose events from their own games.The new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes to the program. The Tokyo Games will feature 33 sports and about 11,000 athletes, compared to the usual number of 28 sports and 10,500 athletes.The new sports may give Japan some advantages, particularly in baseball and softball, which are very popular in the country.Japan won 41 medals in Rio, topping its previous record of 38. Look for the home nation to get another medal bounce from being host.The competition schedule is sure to create tension.Evening events in Tokyo will take place in the early morning in North America — and vice versa. This isn’t ideal for US rights-holder NBC. Some events might be moved around to work better on television. August 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE sport 0 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

2016 Trans Tasman Series Game Times

first_imgBe sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your messages of support for the teams on our social media channels.Related LinksGame Times Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’ Please find below the game times for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, New Zealand. Watch game three live here.  Watch day two games live here.To watch all of the day one action, please click here. Wednesday and Thursday will see the Australian Men’s and Women’s teams take on Japan, stay tuned to our social media pages and YouTube channel for plenty of highlights!Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the three Test matches between Australia and New Zealand, stay tuned to our website for all of the links for live streaming. Wednesday, 27 April 12.30pm (NZST) / 10.30am (AEST) – Australia v Japan (Women’s Open) 1.45pm (NZST) / 11.45am (AEST) – Australia v Japan (Men’s Open) Thursday, 28 April 10.00am (NZST) / 8.00am (AEST) – Australia v Japan (Women’s Open)11.15am (NZST) / 9.15am (AEST) – Australia v Japan (Men’s Open)Friday, 29 April 3.30pm (NZST) / 1.30pm (AEST) – Mixed Open Game One4.45pm (NZST) / 2.45pm (AEST) – Women’s Open Game One6.00pm (NZST) / 4.00pm (AEST) – Men’s Open Game OneSaturday, 30 April 1.00pm (NZST) / 11.00am (AEST) – Mixed Open Game Two2.15pm (NZST) / 12.15pm (AEST) – Women’s Open Game Two3.30pm (NZST) / 1.30pm (AEST) – Men’s Open Game TwoSunday, 1 May10.00am (NZST) / 8.00am (AEST) – Mixed Open Game Three11.00am (NZST) / 9.00am (AEST) – Women’s Open Game Three12.00pm (NZST) / 10.00am (AEST) – Men’s Open Game ThreeWe’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:last_img read more

Stream the NRL Touch Premiership on Kayo!

first_imgWe’re pleased to announce that you’ll be able to watch 2019 NRL Touch Premiership games, live and on demand, on Kayo!The season starts 6th April and runs through to the grand finals on 18th August.No lock-in contracts, cancel any time.Use this special link to access the NRL Touch Premiership and get a 14-day free trial: goto.kayosports.com.au/c/1396894/585543/9635?sharedid=artlast_img

Gibson Ice Class Fleet Sees Lack of Investment

first_imgzoom The ice class fleet witnessed a significant lack of ordering activity in the recent years, according to a report from Gibson Shipbrokers.Most of the recent newbuild investment has gone into Aframax tonnage with a mix of Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A and 1C orders.Last November, Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF) announced a huge investment in ice class 1A tonnage, ordering six Aframaxes (plus options), and at the same time stating their commitment to environmental standards by making them LNG powered.Back in October 2016, Euronav made a rare venture into the newbuildings market by ordering ice class 1C Suezmaxes, with seven-year time charter attachments to serve the Quebec refinery to replace some of their older units.Ice class tonnage by the nature of its employment is expensive to run and costly to repair and of course only command a premium during the short ice season. Older units, although built to ice class rules, may in fact drop out of these trades into the more conventional markets because of escalating maintenance costs.Today, 72% of the Aframax fleet is over 10 years of age. Additionally, 70% of the Handy/MR fleet, as well as 78% of the Suezmaxes fleet, is over 10 years old. To put this into context, 68% of the whole ice class fleet today is over 10 years of age.Analysis of the tanker orderbook shows only a handful of ice class units are currently firm orders, most already with committed employment. With so many units from the mid-2000s heading towards third special survey over the next few years, this niche market could potentially be heading for a shortfall, Gibson writes.Forty-three percent of the fleet was built between 2003-2007 (10-15 years of age). Given that ice class tankers spend the greater part of their working lives in the ECAs, the impact of the 2020 sulphur legislation will be limited.However, over the next few years many units will be required to invest in Ballast Water Treatment systems as well as the added expenses associated with working in ice in terms of steel replacement etc. Also, ships now have to comply with the safety part of the Polar Code by their first renewal survey. Many of the older units may require changes to fuel tanks to comply with the code.As all of this comes at a cost, the companies that operate ice class tonnage will have some interesting choices to make over the next few years, according to Gibson.last_img read more

US women’s football team sues federation for discrimination

first_imgLos Angeles: Twenty-eight members of the American women’s national football team have filed a suit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination, marking a new phase in a dispute that goes back years. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, accuses the USSF of “institutionalised gender discrimination”, reports Efe news. Besides complaining that they are paid substantially less than their male counterparts, the women say USSF discriminates against them in terms of scheduling matches, the quality of physical training and coaching and in travel accommodations. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “A comparison of the WNT (Women’s National Team) and MNT (Men’s National Team) pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game,” the suit said. This is not the first time the women’s team has challenged the USSF: in 2016 five players presented a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which subsequently authorised the aggrieved athletes to sue the federation. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open One of the original five complainants, former goalkeeper Hope Solo, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF last August. The plaintiffs in the suit filed Friday are seeking to be certified as a class, which would give them the right to represent any of the dozens of players that have been part of the national team since February 4, 2015. The 28 plaintiffs include some of the biggest stars of international women’s football, such as Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. They are seeking several millions of dollars in damages, according to The New York Times. The US squad is the most successful in international women’s soccer, with three Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and 10 Algarve Cups. Their counterparts on the US men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. “Each of us is extremely proud to wear the US jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that,” Morgan said. “We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility.” The women’s team are preparing to defend their title this summer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup tournament in France The filing of the lawsuit coincided with the observance of International Women’s Day.last_img read more

Only 2% automotive firms in India implementing AI

first_imgMumbai: Just two per cent of major automotive companies in India are implementing artificial intelligence (AI) projects compared with 25 per cent in the US and 9 per cent in China, according to the French technology services major Capgemini. Globally, just 10 per cent of major automotive companies are implementing AI projects, with many falling short of an opportunity that could increase operating profit by up to 16 per cent, said the report. Since 2017, the number of automotive companies that have successfully scaled up AI implementation has increased only marginally, from 7 per cent to 10 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, more significant has been the increase in companies not using AI, from 26 per cent to 39 per cent, the findings showed. According to the report from the Capgemini Research Institute, just 26 per cent of companies are now piloting AI projects, down from 41 per cent in 2017. “These findings show the progress of AI in the automotive industry has hit a speedbump,” said Markus Winkler, Executive Vice-President, Global Head of Automotive at Capgemini. “While some companies are enjoying considerable success, others have struggled to focus on the most effective use cases, vehicle manufacturers need to start seeing AI not as a standalone opportunity, but as a strategic capability required to shape the future which they must organise investment, talent and governance around,” Winkler said.last_img read more

Ex-Kadhafi security man killed in Libya’s Benghazi

first_imgBENGHAZI- Gunmen on Sunday killed a former security officer who served under slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the violence-ridden eastern city of Benghazi, security and medical sources said.“Retired colonel Muftah Najem was shot dead,” said a spokeswoman for Al-Jala hospital where the body was taken.A security source said unidentified men fired from a vehicle as Najem was driving in Al-Sabri district, “killing him on the spot”. Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Kadhafi and led to his killing by rebels in October that year, has suffered a wave of attacks.Both security forces and foreign missions have been targeted, including a September 2012 assault on the US consulate that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.The government has struggled to consolidate control in the vast and mostly desert country, which is effectively ruled by a patchwork of local militias and awash in heavy weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenals.last_img read more

Sorry Mike Trout The AL West Belongs To The Astros

5Oakland Athletics7679797577.1 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE How forecasters view the AL West 4Los Angeles Angels7883818180.6 3Texas Rangers8483818583.1 2Seattle Mariners8583888685.4 neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I think the AL West is a really fascinating division because the team that is probably the best in it right now (Houston) finished third last year, the third-best team (Texas) finished first, and those two teams are sandwiched around one (Seattle) that has had the hardest playoff luck possible in recent years. And we haven’t even mentioned a team (the Los Angeles Angels) that contains the potential G.O.A.T.Anyway, the projections say the Astros should be the favorites, so let’s start with them. In a weird way, was 2016 an example of the Plexiglas Principle for them? Their actual record only dropped by 2 wins from 2015, but they were down 10 Pythagorean wins in 2016 after a 22-win Pythagorean improvement the year before. Does that portend an improvement this year?ckahrl: Sadly, you don’t get to carry over any accrued, unmet expectations for wins. Hence the wisdom of shaking up that lineup as much as they did by adding Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick and Brian McCann.rob: It was less the Plexiglas Principle — which is really just regression to the mean — and more the case of a legitimately good team snakebit by poor sequencing and Pythagorean luck.That poor luck does not in and of itself guarantee an improvement, but the talent on the team does. Most of the best players from last year are back, and they made a few additions, which together makes them, on paper, the best team in the division.ckahrl: That said, I still have questions about them …I’m reminded of an old saying that I think belongs to Bill James, that a team with five viable first-base options may not have a first baseman. Plus, can George Springer play a whole lot of center field over a full season? And as interesting as pitcher Lance McCullers should be, and as much as I like what they’re doing with pitcher Chris Devenski, is that a staff we should be entirely sold on? I see how the pieces work individually; I wonder about the aggregate.neil: Yeah, the biggest thing for them might be whether a rotation that was way down from its 2015 form — most notably Dallas Keuchel, but also Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers — can reclaim what went right two years ago.ckahrl: A lot of analysts are banking that Keuchel comes back a good ways, but I also accept the suggestion that this team needed to add a better starter than, say, Charlie Morton. But I guess that’s what the trade deadline will be for.neil: In that department, it also helps that they have the third-best farm system in the game. So they have the assets to conceivably go out and make something happen on the trade market if need be.rob: I’m a believer in the Astros’ rotation. I think last year was a bit of an aberration. FIP (fielding independent pitching) has its problems in terms of describing their performance, but it still has validity as a predictive metric. And from that standpoint, we should expect some bounce-backs from Keuchel and McHugh, at least. The 16.4 percent home runs-per-flyball rate that Keuchel managed last year wasn’t entirely his fault, even if he allowed some hard contact.ckahrl: That hard contact seems like a consistent concern, though, no? That isn’t stuff you can fix with defense.rob: That’s true, but contact management is a skill that fluctuates a lot. That goes as much for Good Keuchel — the one who allowed maybe the softest contact in the league in 2015 — as it does for Bad Keuchel. He may end up as a mediocre contact-manager, but that would still be a decided improvement.neil: It also bears mentioning that on the offensive side, Houston had the youngest lineup in baseball in 2016 — though they gave some of that up when they revamped things, like Christina mentioned. But this does seem like a very balanced, complete team now, assuming that the pitchers rebound.Bottom line — is it crazy to think the Astros are on the verge of a great season?rob: No. But I think the more likely outcome is a good season.ckahrl: If Keuchel and McHugh come back as far as they might, if the bullpen gels, if Springer is fully healthy for a season and can handle center, if Yuli Gurriel pans out in the most exciting ways, sure, they could live up to the mid-’90s win total that some of the projectors have them down for.So it isn’t exactly magical thinking. But how many teams get everything they want and hope for?rob: The 2016 Cubs say hi. ;)ckahrl: Hah, yes.neil: OK, so if you’re both a little more bearish on the ’Stros than the projections above, are you bullish on the Mariners or — gasp — the Rangers?ckahrl: Speaking of the Plexiglas Principle, it is certainly fashionable to bash the Rangers.rob: I’m the Designated Rangers Basher around here, so I have to say that they seem like an OK team. But they aren’t as good as their record from last year, and they didn’t make massive improvements. In contrast, the Mariners were good last year and ended up being crushed under the wheels of the Rangers One-Run Magic Machine.Of course, as Christina can tell you, I was wrong about the Rangers last year, while she somehow saw their impressive season coming. So you should probably listen to her.ckahrl: And sure enough, I’m not that down on them. A full year of catcher Jonathan Lucroy and starter Yu Darvish? Those are good things. It’s easy to knock Mike Napoli, but will he be worse than the .699 OPS (on-base plus slugging) the Rangers got from their first basemen last year? (No.) And don’t we expect growth from Nomar Mazara? (We should.)It’s when you get into that rotation’s depth — or the complete lack of any — that things get scary.neil: Yep, when Dillon Gee is the back-of-the-rotation reinforcement …rob: Agreed about the lack of depth, especially in view of the Rangers’ consistent injury problems. Last year, I remember a lot of people saying that they couldn’t repeat their injury woes from the year(s) before. But they ended up with the fourth-most DL days in 2016, according to Jeff Zimmerman’s DL database. The strongest predictor of future injuries is past injuries, and I expect that their depth will be tested once again.neil: And all of this compounds on itself if their true talent was closer to that 82-win Pythagorean team last year than the 95 wins they had in the standings. Your margin for error on injuries and offseason pickups goes down to nothing really quickly.ckahrl: Agreed. To give them their due, though, manager Jeff Banister handles his bullpens well, which helps milk the margins. But even so, the Rangers need to throw good money after bad — and maybe a prospect or two — to add a starting pitcher and take themselves seriously this season.neil: Meanwhile — and you touched on this Rob (plus wrote about it last year) — the Mariners can’t catch a break, it seems. Do they break that trend this season?rob: The Mariners are still squarely in that terrible zone of playoff probabilities that has so haunted them for the past 20 years. If the projections hold true, they’ll be right around 50 percent to make the playoffs, with their success contingent on things like how other teams perform and the vagaries of Pythagorean records. I’d like to say, “Yes, this is their year,” but I’ve seen enough Mariners bad luck to hedge a bit.ckahrl: Talk about a fun team taking some fun risks, though. I like the depth in the rotation and in their outfield. I like a team willing to take a chance on first baseman Dan Vogelbach. I like seeing a team valuing strong complementary pieces, like utilityman Danny Valencia.neil: And starting pitcher James Paxton is the real deal. He led all qualified AL pitchers in FIP last year.They were, though, the second-oldest team in MLB last year. Also, I wonder if Felix Hernandez is running out of steam just as the rest of the roster is finally gaining it.ckahrl: Yes, and they didn’t get a lot younger by adding thirtysomethings like Jarrod Dyson, Valencia and Carlos Ruiz. There aren’t a lot of tomorrows in their mix. And the bullpen is … well, it’s going to be interesting if the organization doesn’t have another call-up like Edwin Diaz to help contribute.rob: To make matters worse, Hisashi Iwakuma has looked cooked in spring training this year, not that such performances count for much.ckahrl: What if Yovani Gallardo is also ready to be beaten like a drum and King Felix is done? Things get ugly early. At which point, GM Jerry Dipoto can break the team up for parts with his usual manic energy.neil: I guess Mariners fans have stuck with them through the playoff drought this long — what’s another rebuilding cycle? But that’s probably overly pessimistic. There’s a universe where they win this division, or at least a wild card.rob: The wild card seems like slim consolation, given the length of their playoff drought.ckahrl: As an A’s fan, I can agree that the wild card is not much to get excited about.neil: We’ll get to the A’s really soon! But first we should talk the Angels.ckahrl: Leave the fork, we can stick it in the A’s later.neil: So … the Angels are just going to keep on wasting Mike Trout’s talent forever, aren’t they?rob: Yep. The gap in projected wins above replacement between Trout and the next best player on the team is about 5 wins. And Trout has consistently overperformed all predictions, so it may end up closer to 7. He’s ridiculous, the rest of the team is terrible, and personally I see them as closer to PECOTA’s 78-win projection than a .500 outfit.ckahrl: They’re an interesting team because they did a nice job filling huge holes by getting Danny Espinosa and Cameron Maybin for very little. Even if Garrett Richards is all the way back, I just don’t see how that staff keeps them in enough games to get them much further than .500. But at least there are potential slugfests to enjoy now.rob: I struggle to get excited about Espinosa or Maybin. I know they’ve both had good performances at times, but Steamer puts them down as below-average players this year. Or exactly the type of player who ends up playing alongside Mike Trout in a disappointing campaign.ckahrl: Improvement is relative. The kitchen linoleum might be the ceiling for those two, but it’s better than what the Angels have gotten from those lineup slots.neil: Still, it does seem like shuffling deck chairs around on the Titanic. (Ben Revere? Really?) They also have the second-worst farm system in the majors, so help is not on the way.ckahrl: The thing about Trout is … he’s still only 25 years old and signed through 2020. Is it a wasted year? Probably, even if they eke out a whopping 80 or 82 wins. Is that enough of a moral victory to help them with their payroll hangover from the Pujols/Hamilton/Wilson splurge that worked out less than well? Maybe, because I wonder if the Angels aren’t positioning themselves to be players in the stronger free-agent markets of the next couple winters.neil: Amazingly, Pujols’ contract ends after Trout’s does!rob: I do think there is reason to get excited about the long-term future of the Angels. They’ve developed their analytics department in a smart way and made some good hires. Simply hiring people isn’t enough, of course, but in a few years, I can see that paying dividends. Of course, they’ve got the Mike Scioscia problem — his inability to take direction from a GM ended the tenure of the last smart one they had.ckahrl: Well, I wouldn’t sell Angels GM Billy Eppler short. Help isn’t coming soon, but having Trout helps mask what might effectively be a necessary bottom-up rebuild for the organization in the meantime.neil: In the short term, it’s difficult to envision the Angels escaping that 80-ish win purgatory they’ve been trapped in for most of the Trout Era.ckahrl: Have to agree that’s the Angels’ lot, although I’m intrigued by what will happen when Eppler has a shot at spending some money. But with more than $70 million committed per year to Trout, Pujols and Andrelton Simmons in 2018 and beyond, he won’t have as much to spend as he’d like.neil: Finally, we’ve got Christina’s A’s bringing up the rear of the projections — with an OK win total (by their standards)? They made some additions over the offseason that might bring them toward respectability, but are they moving out of a rebuild? What are they doing exactly?ckahrl: Speaking of shuffling deck chairs …It’s brutal, simply brutal, but it’s also a return to the low-stakes, low-upsides bets like when they were going after David DeJesus.rob: I’m really not clear about Oakland’s long-term plan. I feel like the A’s have gone from Moneyball-era prophets of the analytics era to an erratic front office pursuing a series of disconnected moves without an obvious scheme for the next three to five years.ckahrl: The farm system has a few interesting position players, and starter Sean Manaea is going to be fun to watch, but it’s rough sledding in the meantime. Rajai Davis as a 36-year-old everyday center fielder will be a catastrophe for these young pitchers.neil: Just the thing for jump-starting that Sonny Gray renaissance! (If he ever can stay healthy enough to pitch.)rob: Or pitch effectively — he struggled last year in part because of some injuries.neil: Crazy how quickly he went from being one of their lone bright spots to being a non-factor.rob: On that point, the Athletics had the second-most DL days last year, behind only the Dodgers (who seemed to have purposefully built their rotation out of glass). They are likely to have problems again this year, so if their projection is off, I expect it to be overly optimistic.neil: Does Billy Beane get any residual benefit of the doubt at this point? Any hope for the next few seasons? Or is it just a matter of ownership and biding time for a new park?ckahrl: At this point, you can’t give them any residual benefit of the doubt. Results do matter, and with the coming sunset of their revenue sharing, they aren’t going to be anyone else’s charity case. I like Marcus Semien and Khris Davis, and I’d like to pretend I have faith Yonder Alonso’s nice spring means something. But I think 100 losses is way more likely than 78 wins.rob: Beane was brilliant for a long time (see Benjamin Morris’s article), but there’s a strong Red Queen dynamic in baseball analytics these days: You have to run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place. Although the A’s had a strong analytics advantage early on, they haven’t kept up with the pace of growth of analytics in the league. I don’t think they are terribly behind the state of the art in baseball now, but they are falling further and further toward the back of the pack.So I’m inclined not to give him any benefit of the doubt. Staffing is an incomplete proxy for analytics expertise, so maybe he has — or will generate — other advantages to make up for the small front office. But as Christina said, at the end of the day, it’s all about results, and they’ve had some pretty poor results recently. 1Houston Astros9391949292.4 Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 21, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the American League West with ESPN.com MLB editor Christina Kahrl and FiveThirtyEight baseball columnist Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited. read more

Commentary Buzz about Ohio State basketball not the same

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, taking down archrival Michigan, 56-53, but I still don’t care. OK, it’s not that I don’t care, but I just am not nearly as interested as I have been in previous years. Teams led by Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner and Greg Oden were the things my life revolved around. School, work, even relationships took a back seat to watching these teams play. Whatever the record, although they were typically fantastic, I would find the Buckeyes on television and shut out all else. But this season I have found it harder and harder to get really into OSU basketball games. Although the turnout at Woody’s for those students who couldn’t attend the Michigan game might tell you otherwise, there are many students who are dealing with the same indifference. The passion and pure unadulterated joy that came to campus last year after home victories against Duke and Indiana just has not been matched this season. But what is it that is keeping this talented team from garnering the following that previous Thad Matta-led squads have had? It is hard to pinpoint an exact reason as to what has changed from such a short time ago since there are so many factors contributing to the decline in interest. Potentially most clear of all is the inflated expectations this team has suffered from. Ranked No. 4 overall in the preseason AP poll, OSU hasn’t quite lived up to these lofty beginnings, dropping three games to some very talented teams in Duke and Illinois and at home against Kansas. But the drop-off from where they began to where they are now has been a rude awakening for fans who have become accustomed to a consistent top-10 team. Add the lack of new recruits this year, a perfect football season stealing the spotlight from basketball and what I am terming as the Jared Sullinger hangover, it is no wonder fans are showing a lack of enthusiasm this year. With the depth of the conference this year, every game is going to matter and home-court advantage will play into the Buckeyes’ chances at competing for the Big Ten Championship. The fans could by key down the stretch for OSU. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will travel to Michigan State for another tough test against the Spartans Saturday at 6 p.m. before returning to Columbus to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. read more

Gullit Higuain is not a great fit for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes someone like Roberto Firmino would have been a much better striker than Gonzalo Higuain for the club.The Blues pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the winter transfer window by signing Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus until the end of the season.The Argentina international made his debut for Chelsea on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.But Gullit, who played as both a midfielder and forward during his playing career, is not convinced that Higuain’s playing style will suit Chelsea.The Dutchman believes Eden Hazard and Willian will not be able to provide the kind service Higuain needs and suggested that a player like Liverpool’s Firmino would have been a better call.“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but [Gonzalo] Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play,” Gullit told BBC.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves. So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do.“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.“That is how Chelsea’s frontman has to play too, which is why I am not sure [Gonzalo] Higuain is the answer.“At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”last_img read more

Fall Back This Sunday Daylight Saving Time Ends

first_imgWhile the end of daylight savings time means gaining an extra sixty minutes of precious sleep or play, it also means the shorter winter months are upon us. Local emergency responders take this opportunity, twice a year, to remind everybody when you change your clock; you change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you aren’t able to reach your smoke detector, or need assistance for other reasons, call Central Emergency Services at (907) 262-4792.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It happens every year at this time, and Alaskans won’t be seeing any extra daylight as we turn our clocks back one hour on Sunday at 2am.last_img read more

Houston Fire Department Considering Virtual Reality Training

first_imgBrien Straw | Houston Public MediaHeadgear used for virtual reality training.Firefighters enter an office on the 24th floor. Smoke is billowing on the ceiling. Quickly, they close the office door to contain the fire, and help employees escape telling them to stay low to avoid the smoke.It seems real but it’s all created by a computer and seen by a trainee wearing goggles.Houston firefighters might be better prepared to go into burning buildings, or dealing with multiple other emergencies thanks to training using “virtual reality.”“We can start to develop products and platform that continuously judge the caliber of firefighter that we have in the Houston Fire Department. That we can augment our training based on the data that we get back. And that can, as somebody gets near the end of their career and has this wealth of knowledge, that we can capture that and pass it on,” said Patrick Hagan, a tech specialist with the Houston Fire Department.The fire department is working with Houston-based HTX labs which develops training for a variety of safety workers. CEO Scott Schneider said the goal is to develop muscle memory, and uses the Vegas shootings as an example.“They should looking for the guy who’s bringing, six, ten suitcases in over a couple days. Who hasn’t had room service, but they don’t know to look for it. We need to go in and provide training on things like that. And we can do that in virtual reality,” Schneider said.The Houston Fire Department hopes to start using V-R training in 2018. 00:00 /01:10 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Epsons 3D glasses simulate 80inch screen

first_img © 2012 PhysOrg.com At tech events, wearable displays that have showcased in the form of high-tech visors and chunky spectacles or goggles seem to draw measured responses—impressive inventions for private media viewing at home or on the go but silly-looking or even evocative of special-recovery shades for postoperative elderly outpatients. We noticed at least one reference to “grandma glasses.” Epson’s Moverio BT-100 Wearable Display do not look exactly like designer sunglasses but they do have loaded features for gadget collectors who do not think $699.99 is an unthinkable price. Explore further Epson packs features into new Android HMD More information: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Moverio/Home.do According to reports, the glasses have pico projectors that are able to create a virtual experience of up to 80 inches’ display at a perceived distance of about 16 feet. According to Expert Reviews, the headset has a tiny pico projector built into each arm, pointing inwards towards an angled mirror in each lens, which projects the image in the center of the wearer’s vision. The dark outer visor is semi-transparent, letting the wearer see surroundings without being distracted by them. The device carries 1GB of built-in storage. Users access downloaded content via the microSDHC card slot (4GB card included) There is built-in WFi connectivity; a lithium rechargeable battery provides around six hours of continuous use. Built-in earbuds provide Dolby Mobile virtual surround sound. Of all the features, much appears to be made of the Android name in Epson product descriptions, as “Android-powered Moverio glasses.” The glasses connect to a control module; this Android 2.2-based handheld device lets the user select the content to view. Moverio is running on an Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash support. Epson publishes the kernel and an SDK, but the company is requiring developers to submit apps to them for consideration rather than going through an app store. The good news is that Epson is interested in seeing more new Android-based applications and side-by-side 3D content for its Moverio BT-100. To help support application and content development for Moverio BT-100, Epson is offering programs for developers residing in the United States.Meanwhile, Epson’s end-user vision is to see the product adopted not merely for personal entertainment use but also for business and professional ends. Epson America’s Anna Jen, director of New Business Development, said the Moverio BT-100 may play a role in virtual training platforms, 3D-CAD environments, and visualizing 3-D design renderings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Epson America is now shipping Android-powered projector glasses that place your favorite videos, or games, literally in your face, Epson’s Moverio BT-100 wearable display glasses can simulate an 80-inch screen and deliver 3-D viewing. The Moverio BT-100 wearable display launched in Japan last November and is now available in the U.S. The device is on sale through Epson, resellers, or via Amazon. Citation: Epson’s 3-D glasses simulate 80-inch screen (2012, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-epson-d-glasses-simulate-inch.htmllast_img read more

Modi govt is playing with lives of Indian fishermen NDA ally MDMK

first_imgSlamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is ‘playing with the lives of Indian fishermen’ and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain. Alleging that Modi government was ‘playing’ with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, ‘I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the lives of Tamil fishermen should not be taken lightly. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIf the NDA follows the UPA policy on Sri Lanka, the Tamil youth will not tolerate that.’The statement comes in the backdrop of five Indian fishermen being awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for drug-trafficking last week.Slamming the centre on ties with Colombo, from inviting its president Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi’s swearing-in to the continued defence ties, Vaiko said despite these, Chinese naval ships had recently berthed in Sri Lankan waters, which he said was a direct threat for Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind‘Such an approach by the Modi government towards Sri Lanka was a reason for the five fishermen being awarded death penalty as Rajapaksa controlled his country’s judiciary,’ he told reporters after spearheading a protest here against the court verdict.He warned that the centre may have to face the consequences of such an approach towards Sri Lanka. Vaiko had been critical of UPA government’s ‘friendly’ relations with Sri Lanka, including maintaining defence ties, and had accused it of aiding Colombo in its pursuit against the rebel LTTE, with the last leg of hostilities in 2009 witnessing heavy civilian casualties when Rajapaksa was president.last_img read more

2 separate road mishaps in city none injured

first_imgKolkata: The city witnessed two separate road accidents on Sunday morning that could have turned fatal had they taken place in the rush hours.It was around 4.40 am when a private car hit a light post on Southern Avenue. Though there was no report of any injury, the police took the car to the police station. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the car had lost control and the vehicle hit the light post. The front portion of the vehicle was damaged. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe driver of the car had, however, managed to escape from the place soon after the accident. The police are trying to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident. The investigating officers are also trying to find out whether the driver was in an inebriated state. Another accident took place near Zoological Garden at Alipore in which a car moved onto the pavement after the driver suddenly fell ill. According to the police, it was a narrow escape from a major accident as the car moved onto the pavement that remains congested in the rush hours. The car was headed towards Vidyasagar Setu from Chetla side. There were two persons sitting on the rear seats of the car. They found that the driver was feeling unwell and soon he lost control on the vehicle and it went up onto the pavement. The passengers sprinkled water on the driver’s face and he was finally taken to hospital in another car.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Leach, 35, is a 12-year league veteran who has held downthelong-snapping job with the Cardinals since 2009. Leachwillreceive a new three-year deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Arizona Cardinals continued to re-sign more of theirownfree agents, according to Darren Urban ofAZCardinals.com.Cardsbring back long snapper Mike Leach (3-year contract) andLB/special teamer Reggie Walker (2-year contract).— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) March 26,2012 Top Stories Walker, a reserve linebacker who was an undrafted freeagentout of Kansas State in 2009, played in all 16 games lastseason,primarily as a special teams member. Walker registered 16special teams tackles. He’ll receive a 2-year contract. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

May 5 2010 The Landscaping crew under tutelage o

first_imgMay 5, 2010 The Landscaping crew, under tutelage of manager Ron Chandler, has worked on a project on the east side of the Ceramics Apse. We posted images of some of the early work on March 24. and 26. 2010. Weldplates that were cast into the lower side of two silt-cast walls are now welded to weld plates that were cast into the retaining wall. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] Here workshop participant Ikue Saitou filled in earth behind the walls. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] The crew built a semi-round wooden support frame and covered the inside with a tough plastic tarp. The plan is to cast a large round planter into which the pomegranate tree [in the background] will be replanted [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] The silt has been built up part way. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] In the foreground is a wooden guide that is used to scrape an evenly sloped surface into the silt form for the planter. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] Landscape manager Ron Chandler and his crew member Brian Fritz are completing the shape of the silt form. We continue this on Friday 5/7/10 with a report of Paolo Soleri carving a design into this silt form. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue]last_img read more

Slaghs vote would guarantee auto insurance savings for Michigan drivers

first_img House approves long-overdue bipartisan no-fault solutionState Rep. Brad Slagh today joined colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.The House voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims to help lower costs. The plan will head to the governor for her expected signature.The bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long run as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“Our plan makes car insurance more affordable for everyone in Michigan while providing necessary coverage,” said Slagh, of Zeeland Township. “I’m proud to vote yes today.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating drivers buy unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, with no corresponding cap to what medical providers may charge an accident victims. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options. Categories: News,Slagh News 24May Slagh’s vote would guarantee auto insurance savings for Michigan driverslast_img read more

Greeces public broadcaster ERT is to cointinue br

first_imgGreece’s public broadcaster ERT is to cointinue broadcasting during a restructure process after a Greek court ordered its services to be put back on air.The ruling followed prime minister Antonis Samaras’ decision to shut down the broadcaster overnight to save money a week ago, a move that led to widespread protests at home and abroad, and led to ERT staff continuing to broadcast a signal in defiance of the government.The Council of State, the country’s top administrative court, accepted that a “new” lower-cost broadcaster must be set up but said that ERT must be reopened in the meantime in line with demands from Samaras’ coalition partners.The fractious coalition partners all claimed victory from the ruling, with Samaras’ New Democracy party reitirating that ERT would be shut down while leftwing parties said that the court had confirmed that the government did not have the right to close down the broadcaster.The European Broadcasting Union welcomed the decision.“This is a positive turn because it means public service media will return to Greece. We welcome the news that ERT will reopen, and we offer our support to build a new, successful, independent and sustainable public broadcaster that will contribute to pluralism and diversity in Greek society,” said EBU president Jean Paul Philippot.The EBU had earlier condemned the Greek government’s threat of legal action against satellite operators that continued to transmit ERT’s signal over Europe and Asia.last_img read more