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Abhishek Gupta, banned for doping violation, selected for Duleep Trophy

first_imgPunjab cricket Abhishek Gupta, who is currently serving a doping ban, has been named by BCCI in the India Red squad for the upcoming Duleep Trophy.In what turned out to be a major faux pas for the governing body for cricket in India, Abhishek is banned from participation in cricket till September 14.Duleep Trophy, on the other hand, is scheduled to take place from August 17 to September 8.Abhishek Gupta was handed a retrospective eight-month suspension for an “inadvertent” doping violation in June but was effective from January 15.Back in June BCCI had said that Abhishek had accidentally taken a prohibited substance called Terbutaline, which is commonly found in cough syrups.The Board said it was satisfied with Gupta’s explanation.”Gupta had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T-20 competition on January 15 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.”Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.”Abhishek had consumed the banned substance at the prescription of his doctor, the BCCI stated.””The BCCI is satisfied with Gupta’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an URTI and not as a performance-enhancing drug.”The selectors met in Kolkata on Monday to pick the squads for Duleep Trophy. Faiz Fazal will captain India Blue, Abhinav Mukund will lead India Red and Parthiv Patel will skipper India Green.Abhishek has played six first-class matches, six List A games and nine T20s.advertisementIn January, former India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan too was handed a five-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test. His test sample too contained Terbutaline.The BCCI doesn’t allow the National Anti-Doping Agency to test cricketers despite repeated requests from the government agency.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

WATCH: Can City make EPL history?

first_imgEverton v Arsenal WATCH: Can rampant Man City make Premier League history? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:45 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Manchester City celebrates Stoke City Premier League Getty Images Everton v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Chelsea v Watford Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Manchester City v Burnley Everton Manchester United Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Chelsea Watford Huddersfield Town Burnley Manchester City Premier League Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring league-leaders face Burnley hoping to match Everton’s remarkable home record of four straight wins by a five-goal margin Pep Guardiola’s side host Burnley hoping to equal Everton’s remarkable home record of four straight home wins by a five-goal margin, matching a run set way back in 1931.City have looked unstoppable so far this season, hitting an astonishing 29 goals in eight league matches, and have averaged 3.2 goals-per-game over their last 10 contests with Burnley.They sit two points clear of second-place Manchester United, who travel to Huddersfield hoping new signing Romelu Lukaku will end a run of 17 matches without a goal against newly-promoted sides. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On Sunday, Liverpool will hope to get their domestic campaign back on track when they host third-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the game of the weekend.Only reigning champions Chelsea (5) have recorded more wins over Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino than Liverpool (4), and the Reds are also on a four-game unbeaten run in the league.The action kicks off Saturday lunchtime with Chelsea hosting an impressive Watford side, who will be out for their first competitive victory at Stamford Bridge since 1986.Who will handle the pressure?The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Pep ridicules Mourinho’s referee criticisms

first_imgManchester City Pep ridicules Mourinho’s referee criticisms – ‘Last year he said the same thing!’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:31 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Pep Guardiola Manchester United Manchester City Getty Manchester City Premier League Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Suggestions from the Special One that his team should have had a penalty received short shrift from his victorious rival after winning at Old Trafford Pep Guardiola brushed off claims from Jose Mourinho that Manchester United suffered from refereeing mistakes in Sunday’s derby defeat, suggesting that his rival is beginning to sound like a broken record. Manchester City took all three points and local bragging rights with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford, goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi coming either side of United’s solitary strike via Marcus Rashford. The victory extends City’s Premier League lead to 11 points, but Mourinho suggested after the final whistle that his team should have received a penalty after Ander Herrera tangled with Otamendi.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player To Guardiola, however, those criticisms of the match officials sounded strangely familiar, with Mourinho having claimed before the game that City’s players go down too easily under challenges. “Last season it was the same – we won here and it was the referee. Today as well,” the manager said to Sky Sports. “Yesterday he spoke about the referee. We are an honest team. We had 75% ball possession, which means we wanted to play. We came here and did that.”It’s not true that my players go down easily. That is not an argument I believe.”The Citizens have taken England by storm in Guardiola’s second season, and he believes that he is debunking a few old myths along the way.”The personality to play here is what I want. We can play this way in England. People said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona in England but it is possible and we did it,” he added.”I knew that last season. Always I believed we could do it. Everyone can play how they want, that’s why football is so beautiful. I’m happy to go to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and to beat them in this way.”Football is incredible. We spoke about how to play United but never set-pieces offensively, and then we score two. Football is unpredictable.”This win means a lot in the way we played for our confidence but in three days we go to Swansea in the winter time. We are going to face a lot of difficulties. In December it’s impossible to be champions but it’s good for us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

2012 State of Origin Series

first_imgNew South Wales will meet Queensland across 13 divisions when the 2012 State of Origin Series is contested in Port Macquarie in September. Teams from Under 20’s Boys and Girls through to Men’s 50’s will battle it out at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September in three games. The State of Origin Series will be run in conjunction with the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships, which will run from Wednesday, 19 September through to Saturday, 22 September. Stay tuned to the State of Origin Series website for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2012 State of Origin Series – www.soo.myclub.mytouchfooty.com. Keep in touch with the New South Wales Touch Association in the following ways:Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch Website – www.nswtouch.com.au Keep in touch with the Queensland Touch Association in the following ways:Facebook – www.facebook.com/queenslandtouch#!/pages/Queensland-Touch-Association/186547374757440 Twitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouch Website – www.qldtouch.com.au Keep in touch with Touch Football Australia in the following ways:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#SOO2012)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausWebsite – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksState of Originlast_img read more

Education Ministry Deploying 100 Mathematics Coaches to Schools Islandwide

first_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has announced that 100 mathematics coaches will shortly be deployed to assist in strengthening primary and secondary students’ performance in mathematics in approximately 1,000 schools islandwide.Senator Reid said the coaches’ will primarily focus on helping mathematics teachers obtain the requisite skills to effectively deliver the subject to students.This exercise, the Minister added, will be facilitated under the National Mathematics Programme (NMP).He was speaking at the media launch for the Professional Development Programme for MOEYI Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Educators at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 16).He noted that the Ministry has invested significant resources in initiatives, such as the NMP, in order to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in Jamaica.Under the NMP, a comprehensive strategy has been implemented to: develop and implement a mathematics policy; improve teacher and teaching quality; improve the culture surrounding the teaching and learning of mathematics; and facilitate coaching for teachers.The NMP will continue supporting teacher training institutions to ensure that ineffective practices are stemmed from the pre-service level.He said the Professional Development Programme for MOEYI Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Educators, which will be financed through the Government of Japan-funded Inter-American Development Bank Technical Cooperation Grant Programme, will also assist with the work of the 100 mathematics coaches.“The Technical Cooperation Grant (assistance) is an important boost to the National Mathematics Programme as it provides additional resources to improve training in the effective use mathematical practices and coaching teachers to use these practices,” Senator Reid said. Story Highlights Senator Reid said the coaches’ will primarily focus on helping mathematics teachers obtain the requisite skills to effectively deliver the subject to students. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has announced that 100 mathematics coaches will shortly be deployed to assist in strengthening primary and secondary students’ performance in mathematics in approximately 1,000 schools islandwide. This exercise, the Minister added, will be facilitated under the National Mathematics Programme (NMP).last_img read more

InFocus asks What are they teaching our kids

first_imgAPTN InFocusThis week on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen takes a closer look at what we’re teaching our kids in school.Are children — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — getting enough Indigenous content in the classroom?Myra Laramee is the elder and knowledge keeper for the Winnipeg School Division. She’s also a retired teacher.“People are trying to take what we’ve always had as Indigenous people and show others what that looks like, what that sounds like, what that feels like,” said Laramee, who believes what is being taught has improved greatly since she started teaching in the 1970s.“(Teachers) are taking young people to sweat lodges that have never been before. And not just Indigenous kids, but all kids who want to go and want to learn about that. I know that in our school division Indigenous Learning is for everyone.”Kevin Kakegamic, Indigenous Outreach Co-ordinator at Thunder Bay Catholic School Division, said his division is working hard to bring Indigenous teachings to students and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students“Last year we started with a program called Walking the Path…an 11-module program that specially offers teachings on important topics such as the history of residential school,” he said.“Another module is on reconciliation, the seven Grandfather teachings, the medicine wheel.”The program is being delivered to Grade 6 students at two schools and pairs kids to work on modules together. It will be in several more schools in the new year.“The feedback I get from the teachers and the students and also other staff from the board really think that this is a good program,” Kakegamic said.“It gets the weekly 75-minute engagement learning about the program. And also, too, it’s nice to see the non-Indigenous students getting really interested and engaged too and learning about the culture.”last_img read more

SDMC pulls down political hoardings and banners

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC has been taking swift action against hoardings, banners and posters in its all 4 zones keeping in view of the implementation of code of conduct immediately after announcement of 2019 general elections in the country. Under this action, all publicity material related to political matters/ elections are being removed. Under Najafgarh zone, 2,127 hoardings, banners/posters, 1,162 in central zone, 214 in west zone and 259 hoardings, banners/posters in South Zone have been removed; in all total 3,762 hoardings and posters have been removed. It is also stated that since announcement general election till Wednesday total 97,594 hoardings, banners/posters have been removed; the zone wise break up is the highest 33,384 in Najafgarh Zone, followed by 32,154 in Central Zone, 18,273 in South Zone and 13,783 in West Zone.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending August 18, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. True Skate, True Axis9. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi Limited10. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca ABTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Remind: School Communication, remind1012. TikTok – Make Your Day, musical.ly Inc.3. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC4. Gmail – Email by Google, Google LLC5. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.6. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.7. aquapark.io, Voodoo8. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.9. Google Maps – Transit & Food, Google LLC10. Facebook, Facebook, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi Limited7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Fantasy Football Draft Kit ’19, Roto Sports, Inc.9. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU10. XtraMath, XtraMathTop Free iPad Apps:1. aquapark.io, Voodoo2. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC3. Collect Cubes, Alictus4. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.5. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC6. OnPipe, SayGames LLC7. Puzzle Fuzzle, Lion Studios8. Sticky Block, Voodoo9. Google Chrome, Google LLC10. Gmail – Email by Google, Google LLC__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

UN tsunami envoy brings words of encouragement to humanitarian workers

“Everywhere I go in the world, they say thank you to people like you for what you are doing,” Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Erskine Bowles declared. “I bring that message.”Mr. Bowles, a top aide of former United States President Bill Clinton who was named deputy envoy after Mr. Clinton was temporarily sidelined as Special Envoy by surgery, said he wanted the relief and reconstruction community in Sri Lanka to know that the former president “sees his role as helping you, and he wants to keep the sense of urgency that you have shown and to make sure you get the resources you need.”Mr. Clinton’s objective and his own, he said, “is to keep the money coming in during the three- to five-year recovery stage,” and to make sure that countries honoured the pledges they have already made.Some 90 per cent of the $977 million flash appeal launched by the United Nations to cover the first six months of relief for the disaster, which killed more than 200,000 people and devastated large swathes of coast in a dozen Indian Ocean countries, is already covered, with more than $500 million paid up and the rest firmly committed. But much, much more is needed for long-term reconstruction.Mr. Bowles, who also visited Indonesia and the Maldives, said he would write a full report for Mr. Clinton immediately on his return to New York, and the two would then meet with the heads of UN agencies and international non-government organizations (NGOs).”The UN is at a point of risk right now and we all need to work together,” he added, citing some of the political pressures and attacks currently challenging the world body. Regarding the relief and recovery efforts in Sri Lanka, he stressed the need for “real transparency and accountability.” read more

UN says 30 more countries to ratify climate deal

UN says 30 more countries to ratify climate deal by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2016 6:51 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) STOCKHOLM – Thirty more countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact’s chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, the United Nations said Tuesday.More than 170 world leaders have signed the deal, but it won’t take effect until 55 countries accounting for at least 55 per cent of global emissions have ratified or accepted it through their domestic procedures.That was initially expected to take several years, but 28 countries accounting for 39 per cent of emissions including the world’s two biggest emitters, the United States and China, have already ratified the deal.The 30 ratifications expected to be handed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a special event at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday would bring the total to 58 countries — but many are small and their total emissions likely won’t reach the required 55 per cent.Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are the largest emitters on the list announced late Tuesday by the United Nations. But the 30 countries will only bring the emissions total to 47 per cent.At least half a dozen small island nations including Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Kiribati are expected to ratify along with several countries from Central America, Africa, Asia and one from the Mideast — the United Arab Emirates.“We are ready. We will announce it in New York,” Moroccan Environment Minister Hakima el-Haite told The Associated Press.In the world of international diplomacy, this is considered a blistering pace, reflecting a sense of urgency in the fight against global warming and a desire to seal the deal before Ban and U.S. President Barack Obama leave office.After years of negotiations, governments agreed in Paris last December to curb the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet.Ban, who has made climate change a top priority since he became secretary-general nearly 10 years ago, urged world leaders in his keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to bring the Paris Agreement into force by the end of the year.“The Earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms,” Ban said. “With the Paris Agreement on climate change, we are tackling the defining challenge of our time.”U.S. diplomats are also pushing other countries to accelerate their ratification efforts so that the deal can enter into force this year. The White House says Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry plan to corner foreign leaders in the hallways during the U.N. gathering to personally pressure them to join this week.“We’re very anxious to have it move forward quickly,” U.S. climate envoy Jonathan Pershing told the AP. “We are talking to everybody about the urgency.”Pershing said the haste comes down to the fact that “this is a problem that can’t wait.”Others say another factor is the potential of a shift in U.S. climate policy depending on the outcome of the presidential election in November. Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton has said the U.S. must implement the Paris Agreement, but Republican candidate Donald Trump has said he will cancel the deal.“The Obama administration clearly would like to see this done before they leave office,” said Alden Meyer, a veteran observer of the U.N. climate talks at the Union of Concerned Scientists.“That doesn’t guarantee that the next president will fully implement Paris,” Meyer said. “But it would take at least four years for the U.S. to formally withdraw.”The Paris Agreement asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns across the globe. It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions, though the targets themselves aren’t internationally binding.The European Union, which considers itself as one of the architects of the Paris deal, is trying to fast-track its ratification process to avoid the embarrassment of sitting on the sidelines when it comes into force.The EU, which accounts for 12 per cent of global emissions, originally planned to wait for its 28 member states to approve the deal domestically, but now wants to ratify it on their behalf.“It’s technically possible,” said Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, a spokeswoman for EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete. “But politically it’s a decision of the member states.”With or without the EU, there’s a chance that the deal can enter into force as early as the next U.N. climate conference, which starts Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.For some the timing is mostly symbolic, because the first round of emissions targets doesn’t start until 2020. For others, like the island nations who face an existential risk from rising seas, it’s imperative that countries prepare to implement — and improve — their targets as soon as possible.“We cannot wait,” said Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, who chairs an alliance of small island states. “We are at the forefront of climate change and we are the people who will suffer if there is no action taken early.”___AP writers Edith M. Lederer, Michael Astor and Josh Lederman at the United Nations contributed to this report.___Follow Karl Ritter on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Karl_Ritter read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State dominates William and Mary in 9762 blowout

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) hands the ball off to senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) kept it close with William and Mary (6-3) for about seven minutes before bursting out on a run to end the first half. The Buckeyes never took their feet off the pedal again and drove away to a dominating 97-62 victory at the Schottenstein Center Saturday afternoon.One of the top shooting teams in the nation, William and Mary shot just 52 percent from the field and only 31 percent from 3-point range. It was held to its fewest 3-point shot attempts on the season at just 16, and Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that was a key heading into a matchup against the No. 2 3-point shooting team in the nation.“I had this conversation with Ken Pomeroy at some point in the last three or four years about teams that shoot this volume [and then with this efficiency]. What’s really key is limiting their attempts,” Holtmann said after the game. “Now that extends you, that opens you up to slips and drives and that affects your 2-point field goal percentage a little bit, but I’ve seen those guys shoot through eight games and if we were going to allow them to shoot 28-30 3s, they’re going to make 14 or 15 of those and we’re in trouble.”Ohio State had its best shooting day of the year, hitting a 65 percent of its shots from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range en route to its highest point total of the year. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led the charge for Ohio State with a career-high 27 points and five rebounds. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson also posted strong numbers in his seventh start, finishing the game with 17 points and seven rebounds.Guard David Cohn led the Tribe in points with 15, while forward Nathan Knight and guard Connor Burchfield also registered double-digit point totals with 13 and 12, respectively. Down by one with 12:28 remaining in the first half, Ohio State went on an 20-2 run, led by Bates-Diop’s eight points, to jump out to a commanding 39-22 lead. The Tribe had made 8-of-10 shots from the field — including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, but once leading 20-19, shots refused to fall down as it shot just 5-for-16 the rest of the half, going only 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.William and Mary finished the half strong, however, going on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 48-32.Holtmann said he was disappointed in the early defensive effort by his team and said that every team goes through a bit of a lull at some point in the game. But he was impressed by the way his team stayed strong defensively outside of those first eight minutes.“I just didn’t think we were playing quite hard enough and we’ve had pockets in the game where we don’t always have the kind of effort we need to have defensively,” Holtmann said. “I’m sure most teams can say that, but we certainly and when that happens, we get really exposed. Outside of the first few minutes when we were kind of just trading baskets with them, I was pleased with that.”Ohio State came out firing in the second half, making its first 10 field goal tries with Bates-Diop accounting for five of those makes. And while the Tribe attempted to keep the game from getting out of hand, holding Ohio State to only a 28-20 advantage in the first eight minutes of the second half, the Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run to put the game well out of reach.Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams compared the second half of this game to the second of Ohio State’s 20-point comeback win against Michigan, another strong shooting team, in how the team improved defensively to shut down the opposing offense.“We were always on our toes because we know they’re capable of putting a lot of points up. With their 3s,” Williams said. “We just had to make an adjustment like we did in the previous game. Put more pressure on them, clog up the lanes. Just made them feel us and it worked out for us.”The Buckeyes have a week off before hosting Appalachian State at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Fielding Runs vs. Avg When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? From ABC News: read more

Top of the silver pile

first_imgThe Coeur d’Alene Mines acquisitions of Bolnisi Gold and Palmarejo Silver and Gold Corp have been agreed by all parties. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome and the addition to Coeur of the Palmarejo silver and gold project, which is expected to increase company-wide silver production to nearly 30 Moz by 2009, and at very low costs,” said Dennis E. Wheeler, Coeur’s Chairman, President and CEO. “The addition of the Palmarejo project to the company’s existing asset mix will transform Coeur into a high-growth, low-cost, long-life, and sustainable world-leading silver company with exciting exploration potential. We would like to thank our shareholders for their support and we look forward to delivering the benefits of this transaction.”   Coeur says the $1.1 billion merger with Bolnisi Gold and Palmarejo Silver and Gold creates the “world’s leading silver company.” The Palmarejo project in northern Mexico is expected to begin production in early 2009 at an annualized rate of approximately 10.4 Moz of silver and 115,000 oz of gold per year with cash costs, net of gold byproduct, of an estimated $0.41/oz of silver and an initial mine life of nine years. Exploration continues on the large land package, with current Measured and Indicated mineral resources of 88.7 million silver ounces and 1.0 Moz Measured and Indicated gold along with additional Inferred mineral resources of 61.4 Moz silver and 0.7 Moz gold.last_img read more

Largest Promotion Exercise for Members of the Defence Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian Migrants Apprehended Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Related Items:coral house base, Dr. Bernard J. Nottage, promotion exercise, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 14 Dec. 14 (RBDF) – The Minister of National Security, The Honourable Dr. Bernard J. Nottage confirmed on 12 December 2014 that promotions and advancements for 371 men and women in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were approved with effect from 1st October 2014.This recent exercise was the largest in Defence Force history with approximately a quarter of the Force being affected. Promotions and advancements comprised 57 Officers, 3 Warrant Officers, 112 Non-Commissioned Officers and 199 junior enlisted personnel.Senior Officer Promotions included the Force Medical Officer, Senior Commander Francis Saunders who was promoted from Senior Commander to the rank of Captain; Commanders Samuel Evans and Philip Clarke were also promoted to the rank of Captain. Officers promoted from the rank of Lieutenant Commander to Commander were Warren Bain, Michael Simmons, Cheryl Bethel, Gregory Brown, and Shonedel Pinder.Among Non-Commissioned Officers advanced from Chief Petty Officer to Force Chief Petty Officer were Lawrence Lloyd, Christopher Mackey and Kenneth Sands.The 112 persons who were advanced from Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer or from Leading Rate to Petty Officer, along with the 199 Junior Enlisted personnel represented all departments of the Defence Force.This promotional and advancement exercise represents the second under the Command of Commodore Roderick Bowe. The last promotion advancement exercise for the Defence Force was on 21 Jan 2012 with effect from 1st October 2011.The Commander Defence Force extends heartfelt congratulations to the Officers and Marines for their continued hard work and dedication to the Force, and gratitude to the Minister of National Security for his support. Recommended for you Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Awardlast_img read more

Opposition of PLA to renovate Lindbergh Field

first_img KUSI Newsroom Opposition of PLA to renovate Lindbergh Field April 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Airport Authority board recently approved a Project Labor Agreement or PLA for over $3 billion in renovations to Terminal One at the airport.PLA is when the government awards contracts for public construction projects exclusively to unionized firms. It requires all contractors, whether they are unionized or not, to subject themselves and their employees to unionization in order to work on a government-funded construction project.Joing KUSI to share the opposition’s perspective of the Project Labor Agreement is the CEO of the Associated General Contrators of America Eddie Sprecco Posted: April 5, 2019last_img read more

Manatees feast outside St Petersburg home

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida woman’s backyard turned into a buffet for a couple of manatees in St. Petersburg.Sea cows visited a St. Petersburg home for the second day in a row in order to feast on the grass.Tropical Storm Colin brought rising waters, which allowed them to pull themselves over the sea wall.Homeowner Nancy Smith posted a video of the animals on Instagram, and it went viral. “Have you ever seen a manatee come up to your yard this close? Never this close. I’ve seen them out here,” she said.She expects the manatees will be back later Wednesday since the tide is predicted to still be high.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Broward Sheriff Under Scrutiny For Handling Of Parkland Shooting

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesSome Republican lawmakers in Florida are calling on Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. The sheriff (center) and Scott (right) are seen here on Feb. 15, the day after the shooting.Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an investigation into law enforcement’s response to the shooting in Parkland earlier this month.Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is under scrutiny for how his office handled complaints it received about Cruz in the years before the shooting, as well as reports that deputies failed to act during the shooting itself.Deputy Scot Peterson, armed with a handgun as the school resource officer, was placed on unpaid suspension and quickly resigned after video showed him standing outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for more than four minutes during the rampage, rather than entering the building to engage the shooter.On Thursday, Israel criticized Peterson and said he was “sick to [his] stomach” at the deputy’s inaction.Also on Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office released the details of the 18 to 20 calls it had received since 2008 concerning Cruz.Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, whom the Miami Herald notes is likely to run for governor, sent a letter to Gov. Scott on Sunday, calling for the sheriff’s immediate suspension. Scott, a Republican, ordered an investigation but has not suspended Israel, who is a Democrat.The FBI has already apologized for failing to act on a tip it received about shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in January, and the governor called for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.Corcoran’s letter, signed by 73 state House Republicans, points to the litany of complaints the Broward Sheriff’s Office received about Cruz in recent years – about which, they write “[n]othing was done.” They say that Israel “failed to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance, and thoroughness among his deputies,” and did not ensure that deputies had adequate active-shooter tactical training.In a letter to the governor, responding to a call on Saturday by state Rep. Bill Hager for him to resign, Israel defended his office’s response, saying “nearly all but two involved routine calls from [Cruz’s] mother relating to parenting issues (her sons were fighting; her son was banging pool equipment against the house; etc)” and none involved “arrestable offences.”But some of the calls paint a darker picture than routine parenting issues, including instances in which Linda Cruz said Nikolas threw her against the wall for taking away his Xbox, and a report by a school counselor that “Cruz was alleged to have possibly ingested gasoline prior in an attempt to commit suicide and is cutting himself. Cruz indicated he wished to purchase a gun for hunting and was in possession of items concerning hate related communications/ symbols.”In these two incidents, mental health counselors advised that Cruz did not meet the criteria for the Baker Act. That’s the Florida law that allows for emergency mental health treatment and evaluation, including involuntary detention for up to 72 hours if certain conditions are met. (Florida lawmakers are now proposing giving law enforcement the ability to confiscate firearms from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others for 72 hours. During that time, authorities can seek a court order as part of the Baker Act to hold the firearms for 60 days or longer.)While he defends his office’s handling of most of the calls, Israel says internal affairs is investigating the response to two of them.One of those incidents involves a call in February 2016 about an Instagram photo of Cruz with guns, along with a concern that he “planned to shoot up the school.” A deputy responded, learned that Cruz possessed knives and a BB gun, and forwarded the information to the resource officer at Stoneman Douglas.In the second incident, a caller from Massachusetts reported in November that Cruz was collecting guns and knives, and the caller was concerned Cruz might kill himself and believed he could be “a school shooter in the making.”That call resulted in no report by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A deputy instead referred the caller to the sheriff in Palm Beach County, where Cruz had moved.NBC and CNN reported on Saturday that Coral Springs police officers say that when they arrived at Stoneman Douglas, three sheriff’s deputies were present but had not entered the school. The sources told CNN the deputies had their pistols drawn and were waiting behind their vehicles. (The Coral Springs Police Department says that “any action or inaction … will be investigated thoroughly.”)Questioned about the report, Israel told CNN’s Tapper, “At this point, we have no reason to believe that anyone acted incorrectly or correctly. That’s what an investigation is. … And if they did things wrong, I will take care of business in a disciplinary matter, like I did with Peterson.”Tapper asked Israel how he responded to the call for him to resign.“Of course I won’t resign,” he replied, and called Hager’s letter politically motivated and full of mistakes.Tapper expressed surprise that Israel was not taking responsibility for his agency’s lack of action on the calls that it had received about Cruz.“I have given amazing leadership to this agency,” Israel said. “On 16 of those cases, our deputies did everything right. Our deputies have done amazing things. … In the five years I have been sheriff, we have taken the Broward Sheriff’s Office to a new level. I have worked with some of the bravest people I have ever met. One person — at this point, one person didn’t do what he should have done.”After the interview, the governor called for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate law enforcement’s response to the shooting.“BSO will fully cooperate with FDLE, as we believe in full transparency and accountability,” Israel said in a statement. “This independent, outside review will ensure public confidence in the findings.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Sean Combs Spreads the Love with 1 Million Check to Howard

first_imgNo matter how he’s addressed – Puff Daddy, Puffy or P. Diddy – Sean Combs still holds Howard University and Washington, D.C., close to his heart, which he demonstrated during a recent concert where the entertainment mogul donated $1 million to the school.Combs, 46, presented a $1 million check to Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick during a sold out Bad Boy Reunion Tour concert on Sept. 22.In this May 10, 2014, file photo, entertainer and entrepreneur Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs arrives to the 2014 Howard University graduation ceremony at Howard University in Washington. Combs announced a $1 million donation to the school on Sept. 23, 2016, during his concert in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)According to news reports, the money will create a Sean Combs Scholarship Fund, which will award money to undergraduate business majors who show financial need. Scholarship recipients will also get the opportunity to intern with one of Combs’ companies, Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media & TV, and have a mentor from Combs Enterprises. During the concert, Combs referred to Howard and D.C. as home, crediting the school for giving him the fortitude to be the successful entrepreneur that he has become. Combs attended the school in the latter part of the 1980s before he dropped out in 1990. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the school in 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 09, 2009 Elekta Impac, Siemens Interface for Cancer Treatment Interoperability MOSAIQ by ElektaSeptember 9, 2009 – The Edith Cavell Clinic in Brussels, Belgium, recently installed Siemens’ Artiste system to use with its Elekta MOSAIQ 2.0 and its next generation DICOM-enabled interface. This interface was developed through a collaboration between Elekta Impac Software and Siemens.Phillipe Warnier, M.D., of the Edith Cavell Clinic explained, “We had already been using MOSAIQ for five years, and chose to upgrade to MOSAIQ 2.0 with the purchase of a new treatment system.” The Edith Cavell Clinic is currently treating about 25 patients a day, and Dr. Warnier hopes that within a month, that will grow to at least 40 patients a day. MOSAIQ oncology information management system manages all aspects of patient care, including RT simulation, planning, setup, verification, delivery, review and analysis.* It’s capable of supporting any combination of treatment planning/delivery equipment, and enables customers to have access to the latest treatment techniques from major vendors.Integrated with MOSAIQ radiation oncology is the MOSAIQ image-enabled electronic medical record (EMR), which supports the entire cancer care team by uniting diverse systems and devices. The Integrating the Healthcare Environment for Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) initiative seeks to improve the practice of radiation oncology through a standardized exchange of information. Working through the IHE-RO, Elekta Impac Software leads the way in promoting open systems standards, leveling the interoperability playing field and affording vendors greater latitude to focus on maximizing efficiency and achieving high patient throughput.*SEQUENCER is MOSAIQ’s Verify and Record moduleFor more information: www.elekta.com and www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more