Boxing: Daniel Dubois batters Tom Little to stop him in five rounds

first_imgAdvertisementBefore these two entered the ring tonight, there was a bit of history between the two. Both men previously sparred in training with eighteen ounce gloves. Little seemed to believe based on the sparring session, his opponent was a bit “overrated.”Little came into this fight coming off of a knockout loss to former Croatian Olympian Filip Hrgovic. Dubois was boasting a record where all seven of his previous opponents failed to make it past the third round.Through the first three rounds, the underdog seemed to respect the power of Dubois as he was continuously pushed on his back foot behind the jab. However, there were times when Dubois was required to use his intelligence with positioning and punch selection as Little sought to find opportunities to counter.In the third round, in the midst of flurrying against a hurt opponent, Dubois was clipped by a flush left hook. The punch knocked him off balance but did not appear to hurt him. The significance lies in the fact that he knew he had to pace himself better.This is exactly what we seen for the duration of the fight. The fourth round consisted of Dubois setting up his ability to work the body behind his jab through patience. It payed off as he was able to drop Little with a powerful left hook to the solar plexus.His opponent was able to survive the round but it was obvious the fight would not go on much longer. From the start of the fifth round, he continued where he left off until the referee decided the punishment was too much.Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Argentina look to overcome mutiny and unhappy Messi

first_imgArgentina must win and win handsomely against Nigeria if they are to save themselves from embarrassment at the FIFA World Cup 2018.Lionel Messi-led Argentina languish at the bottom of Group D after a draw and shocking defeat in their first two matches of the tournament.Argentina, the runners-up four years ago in Brazil, have struggled big time and have scored just once so far in two outings. Their only goal came during a stunning 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland last week.Messi has looked under enormous pressure and that has not helped their cause either.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMedia reports suggest that there could be a rift between the Argentina players and coach Jorge Sampaoli.Midfielder Javier Mascherano denied reports that a rift had opened between the players and coach following their 3-0 World Cup drubbing by Croatia, saying the relationship between the two sides was totally normal.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”The relationship with the coach is totally normal,” said Mascherano.”Obviously, if we feel uncomfortable about anything, we let him know….and that goes for the players on the bench as well as the ones on the field,” he said at a press conference in Moscow.Mascherano said he had played under eight national team coaches in his Argentina career and none of them had complained afterwards that the players had picked the team.”There are many myths about the team and about this generation,” he said.Watch: Argentina fans beat up Croatia supporter after World Cup shockadvertisementAt 34, Mascherano is one of the most experienced and influential players in the squad.His teammate Messi will again be under the spotlight and will have another shot at redemption in the crunch game for Argentina on Tuesday.However, Argentina great Pablo Zabaleta is convinced all is not well in the camp and added he was worried to see Messi “unhappy” and “stressed”.Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to Croatia”His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game on Thursday. To see Leo looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry. He is my friend as well as my former team-mate and I felt really sorry for him. It is very unusual to see him like that, but it was a sign of what was going on in his head,” he wrote in his column for the BBC.”At times like these, there is a huge pressure on him because people expect too much, and for him to do everything for the national team.”I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us. As a player myself, I know that if you go into a game and you don’t really enjoy it then it is very difficult to play well,” Zabaleta wrote.Zabaleta further said it was time for the Argentina players and the support staff to unite and work towards the welfare of the team.”I have not spoken to any of the Argentina players but I have heard the reports that the players wanted to get rid of him [Sampaoli].”Sampaoli makes a lot of changes to his teams as well as his tactics, and even from the outside I can see how that would affect the atmosphere around the squad.”But now is the time for unity and I think they all need to sit down together – players and manager – because this kind of situation is normal in football in tough moments after bad results. The players can listen to the manager – and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him. If that happens, the players could really turn up on Tuesday. They have to if they really want to go through,” he concluded.The two-time champions got a lifeline after Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0. However, they must beat the African nation in their final Group D match on Tuesday to stand a chance of reaching the last 16.last_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni eyes major landmark as Rajasthan Royals host Chennai Super Kings

first_imgChennai Super Kings are on a roll in their title defence in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Having lost only one match to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, CSK, with five wins from six matches, are on top of the IPL points table.The Super Kings have continued to enjoy success in their fortress in Chepauk, having won all the four matches they have played at home in IPL 2019 so far. However, CSK will face some sterner tests as they will be on the road over the next 10 days during which they play four matches.Chennai Super Kings couldn’t have asked for a better start to their journey on the road as they face struggling Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Another 100 for MS Dhoni?Chennai Super Kings will be keen on beginning their series of away matches on a positive note. All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the CSK captain is a win away from achieving a major landmark. Dhoni will become the first-ever captain in IPL cricket to win 100 matches if CSK walk away with two points in Jaipur.MS Dhoni has 99 wins as captain from 165 matches at a staggering win percentage of 60.36. The CSK skipper has won 28 more than Gautam Gambhir, who is second on the list with 71 wins (129 matches).Dhoni has been in fine form in IPL 2019. Having played a few match-winning knocks already, the wicketkeeper-batsman has collected 156 runs from six matches and has remained unbeaten on three of those occasions.advertisementCan CSK better away record in Jaipur?Chennai Super Kings also enjoy a superior head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals as the three-time champions have won 13 of their 21 meetings.On the other hand, at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rajasthan have found more success, winning four of their six clashes.However, former champions Royals have played some ordinary cricket in IPL 2019 and are only placed above Royal Challengers Bangalore in the points table with just one win from five matches.The Royals were crushed by 8 wickets at home by Kolkata Knight Riders on April 7 which was also their second defeat in three home games this season.Watson, Jadeja eye milestones in battle vs former teamApart from MS Dhoni, a couple of other Chennai Super Kings players are also nearing personal landmarks in IPL.Shane Watson, who has been struggling to replicate last year’s form for CSK, needs another 31 runs to complete 1,000 T20 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Can the big-hitting Australian hit peak form against his former club?Also, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a consistent performer for CSK, needs two more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Twenty20 league.Also Read | MS Dhoni fans ensure CSK have support in away games, says BravoAlso Read | MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finishAlso See:last_img read more

9 days ago​Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaff

first_img​Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaffby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot does not want the club to overhype youngster Matty Longstaff.The younger of the Longstaff brothers shone for the Magpies against Manchester United in a 1-0 win.It was his long range strike that gave the home team all three points in an intense clash. While Elliot sees Matty’s talent, he urges caution.He said to reporters: “It’s given the club a massive lift in the fact that we had a tough result [against Leicester] but it just showed there is lots of optimism coming through and we’ve got a new star on the rise.”I would just say, don’t expect him to do that every week. He’s a young kid and we still have to look after him.”It’s not to say he’s going to play every game until the end of the season, obviously I’m not involved in that process but we just need to make sure that we understand he’s still a young lad at 19.”What he did was absolutely amazing and hopefully he goes on to keep replicating that.”But his development isn’t just next weekend, it’s over the next three, four years.”He might be playing, not playing, playing different roles and he’s going to have up and down days – the same with Sean, so we just have to be patient.”The good thing is there are kids coming through with the potential to achieve whatever they want to achieve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oklahoma Freshman Linebacker Reportedly Considering Transfer

first_img He has yet to play in a game for Oklahoma. Perhaps Perkins is worried about playing time moving forward.On a side note, the Sooners recently played UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Interestingly enough, that’s near to Perkins’ childhood home and family.It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up. But it wouldn’t be surprising if Perkins chose to play for a school closer to home. A team like UCLA could without-a-doubt use a player like him.Just a few hours ago, Perkins took to Twitter and sent a message. It’s clear he’s keeping his head up during a potentially difficult transition.Never Lose Faith— Jonathan Perkins (@perkiooo) September 24, 2019Which school could you see Perkins playing for next? A closeup of an Oklahoma football helmet on the sideline.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 19: Oklahoma Sooners helmets before the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane September 19, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Tulsa 52-38.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s 2019 recruiting class ranks sixth in the nation. It’s truly one of the elite classes in the country — specifically on the offensive side of the ball. The Sooners’ top five signed prospects play on offense.While OU’s offense has been one of the best in nation in recent years, the defense has been mediocre. To bolster that side of the ball, Lincoln Riley signed on 12 defensive prospects in the 2019 class. One of those prospects being 3-star OLB Jonathan Perkins.But the Oklahoma linebacker may have played his last game in a Sooners uniform. Perkins is currently in the transfer portal.Breaking: #Sooners freshman LB Jonathan Perkins is in the transfer portal.Perkins was a three-star LB signed in #OU 2019 class.Not a huge surprise.— Brandon Drumm (@BrandonDrumm247) September 24, 2019last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane on Mankad row: Sadly not allowed to comment on controversial issues

first_img No data available! scorecard Ajinkya Rahane on Mankad row: Sadly not allowed to comment on controversial issuesIPL 2019: R Ashwin Mankaded Jos Buttler at a crucial juncture when Rajasthan were cruising in their 185-run chase. commentary Rohan Sen JaipurMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 00:26 IST Ajinkya Rahane refused to comment on the Ashwin-Buttler Mankad controversy after the match (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSR Ashwin Mankading Jos Buttler was met with criticism from cricket pundits”We will take the match-referee’s decision sportingly,” Rahane said after the lossKings XI Punjab (184/4) beat Rajasthan Royals (170/9) by 14 runs in JaipurRajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane refused to comment on the Mankad controversy surrounding R Ashwin and Jos Buttler on Monday even as his team ended up on the losing side against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur.Ashwin Mankaded Buttler at a crucial juncture when Rajasthan were cruising in their 185-run chase. The Royals completely lost their way after the controversial run out as they collapsed from 108 for 1 to 164 for 9 in 20 overs to lose the match by 14 runs.With Buttler going strong at 69 off 43 balls while chasing 185 runs, Ashwin mankaded the Rajasthan Royals opener without giving him any warning.As per the laws of the game, the third umpire declared Buttler out but such a dismissal had always raised eyebrows as it is considered against the spirit of the game.”We are not supposed to comment on a controversial issue. The match referee will take the call. We will take the decision sportingly,” Ajinkya Rahane said after the match.Ashwin justified his actions by saying that he was within the rules of the game.”No real argument to that. I didn’t even load and he left the crease. It’s always been my take on it, because it’s my half of the crease. We ended on the right side of it but those things are game-changers and batsmen need to be wary of it,” Ashwin said after being questioned about the incident at the post-match presentation.It would be unfair to take anything away from a spectacular bowling performance by Kings XI Punjab but Rajasthan Royals would wonder how differently things could have ended for them had Buttler not been Mankaded at that crucial stage of the game.advertisementBefore the collapse, Rajasthan openers Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane had smashed 78 runs in quick time to lay the foundation for the run chase and entertained their home crowd with some lusty blows early on. Buttler and Sanju Samson then added 30 runs for the second wicket before the controversial run out of the Englishman.Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot and Sam Curran then stood up for Kings XI and picked up 2 wickets each to derail the Royals run chase and win the match for Kings XI Punjab.Also Read | RR vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Kings XI win in Jaipur after Ashwin-Buttler Mankad controversyAlso Read | RR vs KXIP Highlights, IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab win by 14 runsAlso Read | Chris Gayle celebrates entry into Club 4K with 25th IPL fiftyAlso Read | Chris Gayle fastest to 4000 runs in Indian Premier League historyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow R Ashwin Mankads Jos ButtlerFollow IPL 2019Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Jos ButtlerFollow RR vs KXIPFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Kings XI Punjabcenter_img graphs view more view less advertisementlast_img read more

Technology to remove iron arsenic and fluoride in water to help tide

first_imgKolkata: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has invented new technologies of purifying water contaminated with iron, arsenic and fluoride.On Tuesday two private companies were handed over the technological details using which they will manufacture water purifiers for commercial and community purpose. Professor Harish Hirani, Director of CMERI on Tuesday stated that keeping the water crisis in mind, their institute had taken up the project long time ago. After long research they have found the way to serve quality of drinking water. He said: “In India ground water is a major source of drinking and agricultural use. At a number of locations in rural as well as some urban India contaminants like arsenic, iron and fluoride in groundwater exceed the permissible limit causing health hazards. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAlso, there is continuous depletion of ground water.” According to Hirani apart from purifying iron, arsenic and fluoride contaminated waters, CMERI has also invented technologies to recycle and purify sewerage water with intention to reuse for daily purpose other than drinking. But that technology is yet to get commercialised. Also installing the purifier is very easy with hand pumps in rural belts as it needs to be attached only. Hirani expressed his hope that in future these technologies will be popular and effective for water conservation across the country.last_img read more

Manmohan to file nomination for RS on Aug 13

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose tenure as Rajya Sabha member ended in June this year is set to return to the Upper House from Rajasthan, party sources said. A Congress source said Manmohan Singh will be the party’s candidate for the Rajya Sabha. He said the former Prime Minister will file his nomination on August 13. Manmohan Singh has represented Assam in Rajya Sabha for 28 years. The Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan was necessitated after the death of BJP MP Madan Lal Saini, who passed away in a Delhi hospital. Saini was elected to the Upper House last year when the BJP was in power in the state. The Congress has majority in the 200-member Assembly.last_img

Puja committees spreading dengue awareness to get awarded

first_imgKolkata: The Health department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will give away 120 prizes to the Durga Puja committees this year to acknowledge their efforts in creating dengue awareness. The move of awarding Puja committees with “Swastha Bandhab Sarad Samman” for their efforts in curbing the vector-borne disease in their respective areas was started by the civic body last year and prizes were given to 80 Puja committees. “We have found in the last few years that a good number of dengue cases have been reported after the Durga Puja. So we have decided to involve the Puja committees in our campaign against dengue. The idols, the décor of the pandal are an integral part of the festival. But the clubs should not forget their responsibility to keep the residents safe and secure,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh who is in-charge of KMC Health wing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMayor Firhad Hakim cautioned the Puja committees to check the space under the stage where the idols are placed to ensure that water does not accumulate in any sort of container. “We have been able to eradicate smallpox and have now taken up the challenge to prevent dengue and malaria,” he added. The Puja committees will have to create awareness in their areas from September 18 to 22 and then will organise a day’s camp.last_img read more

Trump Might Ruin US 2026 World Cup Bid

Rabat – Sunil Gulati, President of US Soccer Federation has expressed concerns over the US 2026 World Cup bid. For Gulati, international political issues surrounding US President Donald Trump may affect the three-nation North American bid.Gulati described the bid as a “tough battle” for the three countries, according to to the US-based sports TV channel, ESPN .The United States is involved in a joint bid with Mexico and Canada to claim eligibility to host the 2026 World Cup. The three-nation North American bid has one rival: Morocco. The federation president is certain that the US-Canada-Mexico bid has all that it needs to make the voters support their bid.“We have to go out and convince what eventually will be 104 voters to vote for us,” Gulati said. He added that the North American three-nation bid seeks a “few extra votes to break the one-vote swing. But this won’t be easy.”Speaking about his concerns, Gulati mentioned recent US political controversies, such as the American embassy relocation to Jerusalem and Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate potential roadblocks to the bid.“This is not only about our stadiums and our hotels and all that. It’s about perceptions of America and it’s a difficult time in the world,” Gulati said.He added that there are few things that is beyond his control. “We can’t control what happens at the 38th parallel in Korea, we can’t control what happens with embassies in Tel Aviv and we can’t control what happens with climate change accords. We do the best we can. We have the support of Washington.”Gulati will retire his presidency of the US Soccer Federation next month, after having served as its chairman for 12 years. Howeve, Gulati will remain the chairman of the committee board of directors for the three-nation bid.In December, Gulati said that the North American bidders are expecting Morocco to “campaign hard” in order to host the 2026 World Cup.“We expect Morocco to put forward a very good bid […], we expect them to campaign hard,” he said.Earlier this month, President of Morocco’s Football Federation Fouzi Lekjaa said that Morocco is ready to face the North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup.The bid will be based on a vote by all members of the FIFA. Lekjaa added that this could be in Morocco’s favor, “unlike previous times when only the Executive Committee had the last word on the matter.”Lekjaa said that 104 votes for Morocco would be enough for the country to host the 2026 world tournament.  In June 2018, 221 national federations will gather at a congress in Moscow to finalize eligibility decisions for the 23rd FIFA World Cup host site. The candidates’ files should meet FIFA’s technical terms, including infrastructural and commercial criteria.Candidates will have to submit their complete candidacy files and proposals by March 16.Morocco submitted its candidacy to host the tournament on August 11, 2017.  Ahmad Ahmad, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, highly endorsed his nation’s bid read more

US applications for unemployment aid rise to 278000 averages still indicate robust

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 6:38 am MDT WASHINGTON – More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 6,500 to 292,750. That average has plunged 15 per cent over the past 12 months.“The trend still shows improving labour market behaviour,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.The weekly increase comes after applications plummeted 42,000 in the prior week to 267,000. There has been volatility in recent reports due to the end of the holiday shopping season and the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, when state unemployment offices were closed. The government tries to adjust for such seasonal patterns, but isn’t always able to do so perfectly.Weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs. The decline indicates that companies are keeping their workers and potentially looking to hire on the expectation that the economy will continue growing.The Friday employment report is expected to show that employers added 230,000 jobs in January, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.Nearly 3 million new jobs were created in 2014, as the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 per cent from 6.7 per cent.But the increased demand for workers has yet to boost incomes by much. Average wages rose just 1.7 per cent in 2014, essentially in line with inflation. Wage growth of 3.5 per cent is consistent with a healthy economy. US applications for unemployment aid rise to 278,000; averages still indicate robust hiring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, instructor Lavinda Young, left, helps Fabian Perez, center, and Lazaro Chaviano, right, with their resumes during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute, in Miami. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits for the week ending Jan. 24 on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) read more

Pipeline in Alberta began leaking between June 29 and July 15 Nexen

Nexen Energy said a major oil pipeline leak detected last week in northern Alberta started some time within a two-week period dating back to late June.Ron Bailey, the company’s senior vice-president of Canadian operations, said officials still don’t know precisely when the pipeline ruptured.Bailey said the company believes the pipeline started leaking between June 29, when crews finished a cleaning, and July 15, when a contractor discovered it.The spill of about five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water was discovered near Nexen’s Long Lake oilsands facility, about 35 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray.Nexen Energy said the pipeline was installed last year and a warning system didn’t detect the leak.On Sunday, a dead duck was found at the site of the spill, but the company said it believes the animal died before it put fences,wildlife cannons and other deterrents in place.The affected area is about 16,000 square metres.Bailey said it will take months before the company can determine what caused the leak.(The Canadian Press) by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 22, 2015 3:22 pm MDT Pipeline in Alberta began leaking between June 29 and July 15: Nexen Energy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hundreds attend White Privilege Symposium at Brock

Organizers of the White Privilege Symposium at Brock University over the weekend had a simple goal: to bring the issues of racism and privilege to the forefront.“We did accomplish what we set out to do because we had multiple lenses through which to gain insight to how exclusion is tied to power, white privilege, colonialism and racism,” said co-organizer Dolana Mogadime. “WPSC arrived at a crucial time for Brock as well and many universities across our nation, as we are having to account for how we are responding to racial issues on campus.”More than 400 people from across the province attended the conference, including nearly 100 Brock students.“It was a true success. We’ve received lots of positive feedback from participants about their WPSC experience, both in terms of the quality of the keynote speakers and interactive workshops; and in the way that Brock University took a leading role in bringing people together to have these important conversations,” said co-organizer Brad Clarke, Director, Student Life and Community Experience.He said, in addition to encouraging dialogue about challenging topics, the symposium was meant to increase the profile and reach of Brock’s Racial Climate Task Force and “to highlight the efforts underway to better understand the dynamics of race and racism within the Brock context. And to initiate activity that will improve the racial climate at Brock.“The Symposium was a key step towards each of these goals,” he said.Among the keynote addresses was that of Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo, who gave a moving first-person account of the residential school experiences for Indigenous children in Canada.“Her personal story is important for every Canadian to hear,” Mogadime said. “We will work better together on the goal of understanding and advocating for Indigenous rights in relation to social justice after hearing Chancellor Cheechoo’s insights.”The conference organizers are hoping to continue the conversations that were started at the event through a call for papers related to the WPSC conference. read more

The Royals Basically Have As Many AllStars As They Deserve

After much hand-wringing over how many Kansas City Royals would start the MLB All-Star Game, the final fan voting tallies were released late Sunday, and the rest of America can breathe a sigh of relief. The tabulation revealed that “only” four K.C. players — Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez — will be slotted into the lineup by the fans.(Two Royals relief pitchers, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera, were added by the players and Royals manager Ned Yost, who is managing the American League this year. Third baseman Mike Moustakas has a chance to become the fifth Royal chosen by the fans in the final round of voting, which ends Friday.)It was a far cry from the staggering eight Royals who were in position to start the game for the American League a few weeks ago, a number that sparked accusations of improper ballot-box stuffing (which MLB officials denied). Had the Royals sustained that number — or even one fewer, if we exclude designated hitters, as Baseball-Reference’s yearly table does — it would have been historic. Since baseball ditched dual All-Star Games in 1963, no team has garnered more than five non-DH position-player starters in one midsummer classic.Kansas City almost certainly didn’t deserve that many players on the lineup card. Based on the historical relationship between a team’s All-Star Game position-player starters and its record, a team with seven starters (again, excluding the DH) should have won something like 68 percent of its games through midseason, which would come out to 110 wins over a full season.1If we regress to the mean, as good sabermetrics would suggest we should, it would work out to a true talent of 103 wins. (Which is still a lot.) That’s as many as the juggernaut 1927 Yankees had.2Albeit in 154 games.But the Royals aren’t the ’27 Yankees. Fangraphs projects that the Royals will finish the year with 92 wins if they maintain their first-half form.As it is, four All-Star starters is an impressive count. Only 14 teams since 1963 have had that many position players as starters.You can quibble over how many starters the team actually deserved. According to Fangraphs’ version of wins above replacement (WAR), only left fielder Gordon leads American Leaguers at his position thus far in 2015. And based on historical teams with the same midseason record, there was only a 1.9 percent probability that the Royals would get four or more starters. The voting power of Kansas City’s fans certainly seems to have exceeded the performance of its players.But the Royals do boast five players who rank among the AL’s top four at their position in WAR (Gordon, Cain and Perez, plus Eric Hosmer and Moustakas). And Kansas City’s record is also very much in keeping with those of the four-starter club’s other members: As of Sunday, their winning percentage on the season (58.2 percent) was only marginally lower than the average first-half winning percentage (59.1 percent) for all teams with four All-Star Game starters since 1963.Yes, the Royals fan base was particularly mobilized during this season’s voting cycle, perhaps out of leftover enthusiasm from last year’s World Series run (which came after years of futility). But maybe that’s a key part of the story as well. From 2001 through 2013, K.C. didn’t have a single All-Star starter; less than a month ago, it looked like they’d have eight in one year. Sympathy turned into backlash. The fans’ votes eventually found the equilibrium between those extremes, and that the Royals ended up with four starters isn’t so crazy after all. read more

Schoolboy charged with murder of Annandale pensioner

Timothy Vanmaalson of Buxton, East Coast Demerara (CED), was today (Tuesday), charged with the murder of 72-year-old Krishnachand Dabee of Annandale, ECD, when he appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate Court before Magistrate Peter Hugh.Murdered: 72-year-old Krishnachand DabeeThe now 16-year-old boy was not required to plea to the charge. He was remanded to jail until October 08 when the case will be called at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.The Court session was not opened to the public.The pensioner’s body was found at his home last month by his daughter after she failed to make contact with her father for an extended period of time.There was a slight fracas at the court today. Vanmaalson turned 16 years old today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related23 – Year – old charged with murder of PensionerAugust 7, 2014In “Crime”Fisherman charged with murder of Good Intent pensionerJuly 10, 2018In “Court”Annandale man charged with murdering sonOctober 1, 2016In “Court” read more

Defiant Ranieri vows to never give up

first_imgAfter their 2-1 loss at Turf Moor on Saturday, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his team will not “give up” as they look set for a relegation battle.Fulham lost 2-1 at Burnley as they conceded two unfortunate own goals from Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi after Andre Schurrle had given them the lead in the second minute.Their 14th defeat of the Premier League season has left them five points off Premier League safety, but Ranieri has vowed to keep fighting.“It’s unbelievable. Football is fantastic,” he told Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think we deserved more than the draw but as for the football we scored early and played well.“They had three chances and scored two own goals. It’s unbelievable. We can draw the match in the first half but we hit the crossbar. In the second half, they save on the line. It’s a bad moment but we are alive.“We never give up. We continue to fight.”last_img read more

Winning the Paywall Debate

first_imgThough it may seem anti-climactic to you, given the rigorous discussion and testing around other publications’ paywalls, this is giant for us. We’ve finally moved from discussion to doing, and I, for one, could not be happier. Movement and experimentation, not standing still and hiding, is how smart business decisions are made.Previously, half of our content was behind a paywall that pushed people to subscribe. Now, the majority of our new content will be paywalled for at least a day or two, as it’s released. Editors will gradually rotate all pieces in front of the paywall during the week, so that every single piece will get its chance to circulate for free. This allows editors to better control the timing and PR strategy surrounding the release of content, but especially helps the efforts of the marketing team. Because our issues go live each week, the impact of our paywall is to encourage people to pay for instant access to our content.One of the most unanticipated pushbacks has been not from readers, but from writers who worry about cutting off eyeballs to their page. Our editorial staff has done a good job of communicating the necessity of testing, and I hope that my points below help other publications open a constructive dialogue about paywall strategy with their writers.1. Our financial vitality is necessary in order to further our editorial mission. Being a subscription-based publication, we rely on money from our readers in ways that other places do not. I’m not giving away free copies of The Nation at the dentist’s office; our basic annual rate for a printed magazine is $79 (a pittance compared to $138 for The Economist). We are not beholden to advertisers or a ratebase, leaving us to refreshingly cover what we want how we want. News media across the board have been fighting an uphill battle against free news on the web for years; The Nation is not immune. But I sense a shifting of the tides, and the industry has been teaching readers, little by little, that good, factual journalism costs something. Sending a reporter to Egypt or Russia or a photo-essayist to Detroit costs more than travel fees—these reporters are in Syria or Russia or Detroit, and readers should expect to have to pay people for the work that surrounds these issues. Believe it or not, solid, rigorous reporting isn’t done from a desktop or pieced together from a bunch of Wikipedia facts. Real journalism, like a crane operator or a chef, requires nuanced skill, time, and expertise. Writers know this. But it’s easy for them to lose sight of this in a vacuum—especially in an era we’ve created where we make clicks and pageviews count more than actual content, which practically demands a reversal. What needs to be reiterated is how, in order to avoid becoming a slogfest of half-truths and online “facts,” we need money to fund their work. If we’re not relying on advertising, then we need to rely on circulation. And in this day and age, a paywall is just another type of circulation.2. Our readers, not our advertisers, are our future. I liken our readers to Packers fans. Green Bay is the only community-owned sports franchise in the country. Cheeseheads are rabid about their Packers because they have a psychological stake in the team (no dividends are paid out; extra monies go to a variety of non-profits throughout Wisconsin). The structure is different, but the sentiment is similar: The Nation’s writers give readers a point of view they don’t often read. We need them both on board to continue our work. As long as we push affordable business initiatives to a new audience, we can build said audience with a greater psychological investment in our content provided by the writers. The readers and writers work in tandem, walking along a tightrope of limited funds, and without those funds, both will falter.3. Leverage the exclusionary aspect to inspire a bigger audience. It’s not rocket science: the glut of crap on the internet is astounding, and we all read it, but we don’t remember it (when was the last time you quoted a Yahoo News statistic at a meeting?). Everything has been’ed to the point where news has become trivia questions, not actual substance. But the writers can fight that, with their own followings and via their own audiences, by talking about their “exclusive” content on The Nation. It’s a way to leverage money for the paywall, but also for readers of their content. They want more eyeballs, not less; their resistance is to the general idea that a paywall will reduce eyeballs. This may be accurate on the outset. But the ownership is on everyone at the magazine—from the PR team to the writers’ own connections—to emphasize the importance of their pieces, offer teasers, and establish a firm stance that there is a reason we are asking you to cough up some money (in our case, $9.50) to read content. We’re like an exclusive club that costs next to nothing to join.4. Finally, this too shall pass. This is only temporary. This is only a test. Remember: it will either work or it won’t. If it works, then you’ve got the eyeballs, and we’ve got money to pay you. If it doesn’t, we experiment with something new and try a different angle. I promise you, it’s not in my interest to pour money into a continually failing strategy. Trust that your business staff is doing the best they can in your interest and in the publication’s, and that we won’t do something that will hurt the future of magazine. We’re doing something revolutionary at The Nation: we’re finally testing different paywall strategies. Sharing this is like dumping my purse on the table of a restaurant—it’s a mixed bag of embarrassment and pride. Why haven’t we done this sooner?It’s a little tricky, of course, being a subscription-based publication with a 150-year history of an audience allied to very strong editorial content. We have become increasingly forward-thinking with our approach to advertising, but at the core of it, our subscribers fund the magazine. At The Nation, Editorial Rules. We’ve been slower to test for all the reasons you think: less money; limited staff; an audience of truth-seekers who find paywalls a moral hindrance if nothing else; a founding prospectus that emphasizes our role to engage open, critical discussion of political and social issues; a staunch belief in the freedom of the press.last_img read more

DEI Briefs 42914

first_imgEngineering News-Record has released its first digital edition using the Mag+ platform. Additionally, ArchRecord is also now available as a digital edition. The content in both instances will be replica copies of their print versions. Compounding that is the app size, which is 957MB, meaning not only will the issues be larger than many native digital editions, but so, too, are the apps that house them. Look Magazine Upgrades Digital Edition with NewsfeedLook magazine has upgraded its digital edition with a newsfeed that updates readers on the latest news from the fashion world. The app also enables users the luxury of in-app shopping,. The app is available for iOS, Android and NOOK products. Grocery Retailer Enters the Digital Magazine SpacePublix has launched a digital magazine titled Publix Gather & Share. The title borrows its name from the company’s sales brochure, however the magazine experience is aimed to inspire its shoppers to innovate in the kitchen. The branded magazine will be free to readers and will publish monthly. Yahoo! Reimagines Its Travel VerticalYahoo! Travel has been relaunched as an “immersive digital magazine.” The vertical has been part of Yahoo!’s stable since 1997, however the new iteration mirrors a digital magazine with interactive features and more visually engaging content. Also, the new vertical is leveraging sponsored content. McGraw-Hill Rolls Out a Pair of Digital Editionslast_img read more

The XFiles Returns With a What the Hell Was That

first_img After just over a year, it’s here: The 11th and possibly final season of The X-Files premiered last night with the third part of the “My Struggle” series of alien mythology episodes. It was… well, it was better than the previous two from Season 10, so we’ll give them that. By centering the action around Mulder and Scully, and the affection they clearly have for one another, “My Struggle III” delivered a more focused mythology episode that was easier to get sucked into. Even as the rest of the episode made it impossible to tell just what was going on. If you’re still watching X-Files for the Mulder-Scully shipping (and honestly, if you aren’t at least a little here for that why are you still watching?), this episode had a lot for you. Though they mostly behave like old friends toward each other, the love, affection and yes, the tension is all still there. Scully spends most of the episode in a hospital, so there’s a lot of hand-holding and David Duchovny worrying that should set fan’s hearts aflutter.Let’s start with the good stuff. The show opens strong. We get an extended monologue from the Cigarette Smoking Man who speaks of the grand alien conspiracy and goes over his role in history’s most important events. Including faking the moon landing. It gets you in the mood for some real conspiracy theory craziness. We even learn his real name. Carl Gerhard Busch Spender. Guess he really wasn’t lying about that C.G.B. thing. Not that it really matters much that we know his name. I’m still going to call him Smoking Man. It just sounds better than calling him “Carl.” The speech does a great job of getting us ready for another season of The X-Files. As for what else it does well… Well, aside from the aforementioned Mulder-Scully shipping, there’s not much else. Almost the best thing I can say about it is that mythology episodes turned garbage even before the series ended its original run. And this one is a little better than garbage. So it’s not like it’s ruining a classic legacy or anything.David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX)Here’s the real frustrating thing. OK, one of the real frustrating things. Remember the end of Season 10? The finale wasn’t great, but that ending made some big promises. Mulder was dying, Scully was trying to save him and a UFO showed up, bathing Scully in a strange light. Man, where was the show going to go from there? It turns out nowhere. That was all just a dream. Or a vision of the future. None of it happened. Chris Carter says that was the plan all along, and foreshadowed in last season’s finale. OK, that doesn’t make it any less lame. So instead of having to answer any of the questions last season set up, we get Scully unconscious in a hospital, sending a message in Morse code to Mulder via… patterns in her brain activity. Sure, why not? The message reads, “Find Him.” Skinner immediately knows she’s telling Mulder to find their son, but Mulder refuses to leave Scully’s side. Look, this is very sweet and all, but these characters sure spend most of this episode refusing to do anything interesting.Scully wakes up and again tells Mulder to find William, but he decides to go after Cigarette Smoking Man instead. Smoking Man knows this and monologues some more before leaving, allowing Mulder to walk in on two other members of a different conspiracy. Also, Scully leaves the hospital, goes through Mulder’s files and tries to tell him about her visions before having another seizure and ending up back in the hospital. Really not her best episode. What follows is a whole bunch of exposition. I realize the X-Files revival doesn’t have the highest budget, but surely there has to be a better way to deliver this information than having two groups of people standing around, talking. Basically, it comes down to this. Smoking Man wants to release an alien virus that will kill everyone who doesn’t have Alien DNA (which includes Scully and William, but not Mulder). Cigarette Smoking Man corners Agent Skinner in his car, telling him to kill Mulder. The people that Mulder runs into are in on a different conspiracy. They want to colonize space and send an elite group of people up so they’ll survive Smoking Man’s virus. So now we have two factions of evil conspirators. Great. Hey, if there’s one good thing to say about all this exposition, at least it’s getting it out of the way so we can get to the good stuff next week.William B. Davis (Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX)Then we get to the biggest reveal of the show, and one that pissed off a lot of fans when it happened. Cigarette Smoking Man reveals that Mulder isn’t actually Willaim’s father. He is. Scientifically. Remember back in Season Seven when Scully woke up in different clothes and accused Smoking Man of drugging her? Yeah, turns out he did. And while she was unconscious, he impregnated her with alien-human baby William. Scientifically. Yeah, no. No no no no no. No. Noooooooooooo. I’m so glad the rest of the season is just standard Case File of the Week stuff because I hate this story so much. Those always have been the better episodes anyway. God, how is the show still this tone deaf? It’s always had problems with how it treats Scully, and instead of taking the opportunity to listen to its fans and learn from its mistakes, it just keeps digging itself deeper and deeper holes. Scully is one of the most iconic women in sci-fi. Hell, she’s one of the best characters in sci-fi. She deserves better than a gross rape storyline like this. No matter how “scientific” it is.Annabeth Gish and Mitch Pileggi (Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX)At least the episode ends decently. A mysterious assassin tries to smother Scully in her hospital bed, but Mulder shows up just in time to cut the guy’s throat with a scalpel. Scully makes a full recovery and suggests they keep looking for the truth in the X-Files. This puts all the garbage mythology away for the season and allows the rest of the episodes (aside from the finale) to be cool monster-of-the-week style stories. That’s where this show has always been at its best. Despite the terrible twist at the end, I’m genuinely looking forward to Mulder and Scully getting back to what they do best. We only have a few more episodes of them, and with the 11th season focusing on single, standalone case files, we can enjoy the final season. It gives the show the chance to go out as the engrossing, scary sci-fi series we’ve always loved. Until the season finale, anyway. After this episode, I’m really not looking forward to that. Stay on target 11 Great TV Shows With Terrible EndingsBuy This Comic: The X-Files: Case Files – Flordia Man #1 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Why we avoid taking stairs

first_imgClose proximity of a staircase to an escalator that seems so much faster and more convenient, discourages people from making the healthy decision of taking the stairs, says a study.To make sure that people take the stairs while shopping in a mall or in the metro station, you just have to make sure that the stairs are far, far away from the escalator, said the study published in the journal Environment and Behaviour.The study by researchers from Concordia University in Canada and Peking University in China looked at how location, height and traffic volume dictate pedestrian choices. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Environmental factors have been explicitly identified as having an impact on stair-climbing, including the visibility of the stairway and its width,” said study senior author John Zacharias from the University of Peking.“This study shows that staircase location is just as important, and should be factored in when planning new buildings.” The researchers monitored 13 stairways and 12 pairs of escalators in seven connected shopping centres in Montreal, Canada. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA total of 33,793 pedestrians were counted ascending or descending over 35 days.When the researchers examined the data, they found that increasing the distance between a stairway and an escalator by 100 per cent, accounted for 71 per cent of variance when shoppers were going up, and 21 per cent of variance when they were going down. Overall, that is a 95 per cent increase in stair use, the study said.last_img read more