Invokes ESMA, bans strikes

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act banning strikes in all departments and corporations under it for a period of six months. A notification to this effect was issued by Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey on Monday night. The move comes in the wake of a strike call given by some government organisations from February 6 demanding old pension scheme.last_img

IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgCaptain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary put on an unbeaten 85 for the third wicket as Kolkata beat Punjab by 8 wickets during their IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing 120 for victory, Punjab left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt got the better of Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis on one. The Kolkata score at the stage was 5. The other opener Eoin Morgan too fell to Bhatt in the fifth over when the Kolkata score was 35.Post that wicket captain Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary partnership frustrated the Punjab bowlers even as they tried hard to break their stand. But the two remained relentless and put on an unbeten 85 runs for the third wicket helping Kolkata win by eight wickets in 17.2 overs.Punjab inningsEarlier, Punjab batsman Dinesh Karthik scored 42, the highest in their caamp, as the visitors scored a meagre 119/6 against Kolkata during their IPL match.Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field. And Punjab opener Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a fine start scoring at 6.66 runs an over.The run rate soon dropped as Kolkata’s Yusuf Pathan scalped Valthaty in the fifth over of the match and then Shaun Marsh ended up getting run out in the seventh over when the score was 40.Then Iqbal Abdulla got the better of Punjab captain and opener Adam Gilchrist on 26. The ball kept low and even as Gilchrist wanted to play it across the line, the ball passed through his legs and crashed on to the stump when the team total was 44.advertisementThe 10th over saw Abhishek Nayar walk back run out on a duck even as the Punjab score read 53/4.Dinesh Karthik and David Hussey put 33 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Iqbal Abdulla, adjudged LBW on the last ball of the 15th over. Punjab were 86/5 at the stage.Finally, Punjab managed to score 119/6 in their 20 overs with Dinesh Karthik top scoring with 42, before being run out in the last over.last_img read more

Not approached by Olympic association yet: Rahman

first_imgMumbai, May 9 (PTI) Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman says he hasnt been personally approached by Indian Olympic Association to be the brand ambassador for the contingent going to Rio Olympics.There were reports that he is being considered for the position by the IOA.”I heard it from the press but nobody (approached me). It was all over the press, in the google news spread. But I didnt get any email yet. Maybe my management knows,” Rahman told reporters here.The composer was speaking at the trailer and music launch of the Hollywood film “Pele”.Recently, superstar Salman Khan was named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association.IOAs decision to pick Salman received a lot of flak and left the sporting fraternity divided with London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar and the legendary Milkha Singh leading the criticism.When asked what he feels about the “Dabangg” stars appointment, Rahman said, “I think he is a very popular face, so why not.” PTI JUR DK BKlast_img read more

Yanks Lose Again, 5-3 to Rays

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Yankees are below .500 in the second half of a season for the first time in seven years. They’ve scored fewer runs in the American League than everyone but Houston and Boston, and the pinstriped players in the Bronx are hardly bombers.No matter. Manager Joe Giardi is confident the Yankees will turn it around.“This team never quits,” he said. “They never quit and they won’t quit.”New York failed to protect three leads July 2 in losing its season-worst fifth straight game, 6-3 to Tampa Bay. Sean Rodriguez had the big blow in the finale of a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium, a two-run homer in the sixth that helped the Rays to its season-best fifth win in a row.New York is below .500 at 41-42 for the first time since April 11. The last time the Yankees were below .500 during the second half was in 2007 when they were 42-43. They went 52-25 the rest of the way to earn the wild card.Brett Gardner hit a lead-off homer and an RBI single against Jake Odorizzi (4-7) and added another hit for the Yankees. New York could muster little other than Brian McCann’s long ball on a sweltering day at Yankee Stadium. Humidity made the temperature feel as if it were in the high 90s.New York fielded a lineup without two of its most productive players. Jacoby Ellsbury was given a day off for being “kind of beat up,” according Girardi. Mark Teixeira was also out after having fluid drained from his left knee, but Girardi expects him back in the lineup July 3.An offense that has scored only 330 runs and hit 71 homers stalled after Gardner’s bouncer got past James Loney for a 3-2 lead in the fourth.“I still believe in this team,” Girardi said. “We just need to play better. It’s a lot of different phases. You can look at almost every phase and say we need to play better and we have to find a way to get it done.”The Rays, on the other hand, are finally finding ways to win.Ben Zobrist doubled twice among his three hits for the Rays, but ran into two outs. Rodriguez was thrown out trying to stretch an RBI single to the wall in right field in the fourth.“That’s the one thing we’re trying to do, it’s turn up that aggressiveness dial,” Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon said. The Rays finished off their first road sweep since taking three in the Bronx Sept. 24-26.The Rays improved to 11 games under .500 for the first time in a month after falling 18 under on June 10.Joel Peralta tied Esteban Yan’s record for appearances with the Rays at 266 when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Brad Boxberger was perfect in the ninth for his first save.Brandon Guyer had an RBI single in the fifth. The Rays put runners on base in every inning but the second against Vidal Nuno (2-5) and three relievers.Tampa Bay scored its first run on McCann’s passed ball in the third. McCann made up for it in the bottom half, homering into the short porch in right field with two outs. Despite hitting .220 coming in, McCann batted third with Ellsbury out.After the Rays tied it on Rodriguez’s RBI single to right in the fourth — he was thrown out by Alfonso Soriano, a call upheld by review — Gardner put the Yankees back on top 3-2 with a bounced single.In this back-and-forth game, the Rays immediately tied it up in the fifth on Guyer’s RBI single to left field. But Zobrist was thrown out by Gardner trying to score from second.Logan Forsythe led off the sixth with a single to chase Nuno. Rodriguez greeted reliever Shawn Kelley with a drive just left of Monument Park for the first two-run lead of the day.Nuno yielded four runs — three earned — and eight hits in five-plus innings. Jake Odorizzi was also pulled in the sixth. He gave up three runs and eight hits. It was the most runs he’s allowed since being charged with four on June 5.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic can’t wait to show Wimbledon trophy to his son

first_imgNovak Djokovic was back to where he belongs, winning trophies, as he defeated South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title for the fourth time on Sunday.The Serb was back roaring into the skies in triumph as he captured a 13th Grand Slam title to end a 25-month barren run at the slams.After being kept on court for almost 11 hours during his last two wins over defending champion Roger Federer and John Isner, fatigue finally caught up with Anderson on Sunday as he failed in his bid to become the first South African man to win the Wimbledon title.Wimbledon 2018 Men’s Singles Final: As It Happened | Report”It feels amazing because for the first time in my life, I have someone screaming ‘daddy, daddy’ and it’s a little boy right there,” he said mentioning his son who was with his mother in the stands.Swapping parenting tips with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…@DjokerNole #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018″He wasn’t allowed into the matches because he is under five, but we were hoping if this happened, if I hold the trophy, he can be there to witness it, so I cannot be happier. I am very emotional for him being there, my wife and my whole team.”He was by far the best sparring partner I had in the last couple of weeks,” he added.”For the first time in my life, I have someone screaming daddy, daddy!”A 13th Grand Slam title for @DjokerNole, but this one will hold a special place in his heart #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Djokovic had also spent more than five hours to subdue Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals but he relied on his supreme levels of fitness to outlast Anderson, with the South African netting a service return on match point.A hug for the #Wimbledon champion… (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Anderson though will have to walk away without the title, after having played more than 11 hours in the last two leading up to the final.”In the first two sets Novak beat up on me pretty bad. I tried my best to keep at it, work hard, I came within a point or two of a fourth set, but Novak isnt easy to play, a true champion of our sport so congratulations to him and his team,” he said after the match.”I’m definitely not as fresh as I was coming into the week. This is such aa amazing opportunity for me to be on this court. There have only been a few individuals who have played here in the past few years,” he added.”I’d have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play out here – it really meant a lot to me”Touching words from our 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Anderson will climb to a career-best rank of No. 5 in the ATP rankings thanks to his superb show at The Championship.But being the first South African to play in the Wimbledon final since 1921, is no small feat and he is ready to do it all over again.”I would have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play here, it meant a lot, thank you,” he signed off.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Satire: TCU owes success to frequent crying

first_imgYou'll be surprised at what TCU is contributing its success to this season. (USATSI)You’ll be surprised at what TCU is contributing its success to this season. (USATSI)While TCU may have gotten off to a rough start as a member of the Big 12, their place in the conference is all but secured at this point.Despite going 7-6 and 4-8 in their first two years in the conference, TCU has gotten off a promising 7-1 start this year, with their only loss coming in a shootout with rival Baylor.Head coach Gary Patterson said even in their loss to Baylor, he loved the effort. And the tears.“That’s something we’ve been really big on this year,” said Patterson describing the sudden turnaround for the Horned Frogs. “We cry every practice.”Patterson said that this year they’ve also begun every meeting and film session with a brief time for tears.“I think we began fall camp by showing the guys the beginning of Up, and I kid you not,” said Patterson. “buckets. After the clip was over, I got up and told them that there would be a lot more of these [sad moments] this year, and they needed to be ready to respond.”While a significant change in the usual rhythm for the team, the coaching staff quickly embraced the idea and integrated weeping into their daily routines. Safeties coach Chad Glasgow says that he and the guys take a knee before daily drills and tell a sad story.“I led it off,” said Glasgow, “because these guys won’t respect you if you don’t lead by example. I talked about a little boy who was excited to get some ice cream dropping it on the ground before even getting one lick. There was bawling and hugging. It was special, and every practice since has been just as special.”Offensive Coordinator Doug Meacham said that he doesn’t always begin his sessions with the players with crying.“You’ve got to mix it up from time to time,” said Meacham, “keep them on their toes. Sometimes we’ll be in the middle of a film session, and they won’t know when it’s coming, and then boom, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’”Starting quarterback Trevone Boykin said that as the team has prepared for their pivotal game with Kansas State this weekend, the coaches have ramped up the intensity.“They’ve sort of opened up the playbook on us. They started dropping in those Hallmark commercials,” said Boykin, beginning to tear up, “like that one with the dad who hikes all that way before opening the card from his daughter… I’m sorry I can’t do this right now.”Junior running back B.J. Catalon noted that the coaches have found particular success with him by showing clips of dogs.“Dogs, man,” said Catalon, rubbing the edges of his eyes. “It doesn’t even have to be sad. It could just be a small pack of puppies hopping through the grass, and I just handle it.”When asked about whether or not he was concerned that KSU might try to exploit TCU’s new strength in crying, Patterson said he’s not worried.“We scrimmage every week with the scene where Bambi’s mom dies playing on loop on the big screen,” said Patterson. “If we can get through that, we can get through anything.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Maradona: Football was waiting for Zlatan

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović ‘Football was waiting for you’ – Maradona welcomes Ibrahimovic return at Man Utd Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:02 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Oli Scarff Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League The legendary Argentine is delighted to see another enigmatic figure back out on the field, with the Swedish striker having recovered from injury Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to action at Manchester United has been hailed by Diego Maradona, with the Swede told: “Football was waiting for you”.The enigmatic frontman has been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury in April.Ibra evs to score against Basel 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 Having been forced to undergo surgery, it has been a long road to recovery for the 36-year-old frontman.He has, however, shown enough to earn a new deal at Old Trafford and was welcomed back into the fold by Jose Mourinho during United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.Argentine legend Maradona is among those delighted to see Ibrahimovic back out on the field after he featured as a substitute against Newcastle.The veteran striker maintained throughout his rehabilitation that he would return, and that he would be stronger than ever.He now has the chance to deliver on those promises, with United welcoming added competition within their ranks.Ibrahimovic scored 28 times for the club last season as the Red Devils secured three pieces of silverware under Mourinho.Replicating those efforts will be tough, but 1986 World Cup winner Maradona is clearly looking forward to seeing a modern-day icon face that challenge head on.last_img read more

Will gender bias follow us to Mars and beyond

first_imgIt was supposed to be a historic moment—the first all-female spacewalk. And then it was cancelled, for reasons that only reinforced the need for it. But space is unforgiving, and the slightest slip can be fatal, so when a second suit in a woman’s size couldn’t be found, there was no other choice. Instead of a legendary achievement towards equality, the world got a good look at the challenges facing women in traditionally male-dominated fields.It’s a problem that goes beyond spacesuits—but when physician and astronaut Shawna Pandya heard the news, she recognized a phenomenon she’d experienced everywhere in her career, from the operating room to a simulation of a mission to Mars. We used to say the world is made for men—does that apply to space, too? Even in 2019?GUEST: Shawna Pandya, physician and citizen scientist-astronaut candidate can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

Prescott group home owner Amy Owen didnt die in our care

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThe owner of a group home in Prescott, Ont. where a First Nations girl was said to have died by suicide while in their care last month says the 13-year-old girl had been transferred a few months prior to another home in Ottawa.Amy Owen, of Poplar Hill First Nation, died April 17 and it’s been reported by media, including APTN National News, that she was in a Prescott group home at the time of her death based on information from her family.“I cared for Amy like she was my own daughter,” said an emotional Esther Aiken, owner of Beacon Home. “It’s not us.”Aiken said Owen was moved from her home Jan. 8 because she kept threatening to run on nearby railway tracks to kill herself.“I had to get her away from those railway tracks,” said Aiken.When she heard Owen had died her heart sunk, she said.“I thought, ‘Oh my god. I made the wrong decision. I made the wrong choice,’” she said Wednesday breaking down in tears. “The poor kid. The poor family.”Owens father, Jeffrey Owen, told APTN and other media that his daughter was in a Prescott group home when she died.When reached on Wednesday in Poplar Hill, a First Nation on the Ontario/Manitoba border about 2,000 km from Ottawa, Jeffrey Owen was surprised.He had thought all this time his daughter died in a different city.“That’s news to me,” he said. “There’s no communication whatsoever.”When his daughter was in the Prescott home she was under 24-hour care, with one-on-one supervision, meaning a staff member was with her at all times said Aikens.Aikens said at night it was the hardest and Owen would try to self-harm or take off for the railway tracks.“That is when she wanted to run,” said Aikens.A staff member would be outside her door through the night.She doesn’t know if the 24-hour supervision was lifted after Owen was transferred, but Jeffrey Owen said he was told it wasn’t and questions how his daughter was able to die by suicide.Owen was one of three First Nations girls that died while living in Ontario group homes in the last six months.Courtney Scott, 16, of Fort Albany First Nation, also died in Ottawa on April 21 after a fire in her group home in the Orleans suburb of the city.Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, also of Poplar Hill First Nation, died in late October 2016 while living in a group home in Sioux Lookout. Her family said they were told it was death by suicide, as well.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Highest award for six war heroes

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will award the ‘Parama Weera Vibhushanaya’ award, the highest gallantry award any military person receives from the Head of State, on six war heroes tomorrow.The awards will be handed over to the family members of the six soldiers who were killed during the war, Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over the  gallantry awards during the Victory Day parade to be held at Galle Face tomorrow to mark four years since the end of the war. The slain soldiers receiving the awards are: Captain G N Punsiri (Gajaba Regiment) killed on 2 July 2007 at Uvarakkulam, Lt W T Jayatillake (The Gemunu Watch Regiment) killed on 20 April 2009 at Iranamadu, Staff Sergeant Perera K G N (Commando Regiment) killed on 21 April at Puthumatalan, Sergeant Gunasekara KGD (Commando Regiment) killed on 16 February 2009 at Dara Point, Corporal Nilantha Kumara H A (Commando Regiment) killed on 29 January 2009 at Puthukuduiruppu and Corporal Pushpamal SPML (Commando Regiment) killed on 21 April 2009 at Puthumatalan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council calls on lapsed countries to report to CounterTerrorism Committee

Hailing the progress achieved by the Counter-Terrorism Committee set up one year ago in the wake of the 11 September attacks against the United States, the United Nations Security Council today called for those States that have failed to report to the panel to meet their obligations promptly. “The Security Council notes with satisfaction that 174 Member States and 5 others have submitted a report to the Counter-Terrorism Committee,” said Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member Council. “It calls on the 17 Member States which have not yet submitted a report to do so urgently,” he added in a formal statement read at a meeting which marked the culmination of a debate that began on Friday and included the participation of over 40 speakers. [On Friday, CTC Chairman Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom reported that 16 Member States had failed to submit a report, but the Council added one – East Timor – to that list after it joined the UN in the interim. Six of the 17 countries – Chad, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Swaziland – have not yet contacted the CTC, while a seventh, Tonga, made contact on Monday, indicating its intention to submit a report.] The President’s statement also invited the Committee to continue pursuing its agenda, focusing on ensuring that all States have legislation in place to implement resolution 1373 – the landmark text which set up the CTC – and are prepared to ratify, as soon as possible, all of the UN’s 12 treaties relating to terrorism. The Committee should also continue to ensure that States have “effective machinery for preventing and suppressing terrorism financing,” he said. In addition, the Council invited international, regional and subregional organizations to continue to find ways of improving their collective action against terrorism and, where appropriate, to work with donor countries to establish suitable programmes. Resolution 1373 bans all forms of support for terrorism and compels States to cooperate in rooting out the terrorist threat. In adopting that text on 28 September 2001, the Council invoked Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force. Video – Security Council meeting read more

Ont deficit for 201112 falls to 13B but shortfall this year still

Ont. deficit for 2011-12 falls to $13B, but shortfall this year still at $14.8B TORONTO – Ontario’s budget deficit for 2011-12 came in at $13 billion, but the deficit for the current year is still projected to be $14.8 billion.The government used a $700 million reserve built into the budget to help reduce the deficit.Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says the better-than-expected final figure for 2011-12 doesn’t mean he will be able to eliminate the deficit before 2017 as scheduled.He says the economic recovery is very slow, as is job creation, so there is still “a very long way to go” before he can balance the books.Duncan also says there is still no money available to pay for wage increases for teachers, doctors, nurses or any of the 1.3 million public sector workers in Ontario.New Democrat Gilles Bisson says the Liberals are “gaming the numbers for their own political advantage” by predicting a higher-than-expected deficit to make themselves look good when the final numbers come in.Bisson says the government is notorious for doing what’s right for the Liberal party, not necessarily what’s good for Ontario. by News Staff Posted Sep 13, 2012 9:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Loonie down a little as traders hang tight for US Canadian jobs

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Tuesday, but only slightly, as traders look to the U.S. and Canadian jobs numbers due at the end of the week.The loonie fell 0.16 of a cent to end at 101.60 cents US.The loonie “is moving back to trading on the major market themes of Europe, global growth and the global central bank response,” said Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotiabank.The workforce numbers are likely to provide a better glimpse of the economy, which has been wracked with uncertainty — most recently by the possibility that Spain may soon move ahead with a bailout request.The country’s prime minister downplayed expectations that he will turn to the eurozone for help as early as the weekend.In commodities, gold backed off a seven-month high with December bullion falling $7.70 to close at US$1,775.60 an ounce. The December contract for copper rose 1.6 cents to US$3.80 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries.November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 59 cents to US$91.89 a barrel. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2012 5:10 pm MDT Loonie down a little as traders hang tight for US, Canadian jobs numbers read more

Toyota shows school pupils the road to manufacturing

Toyota has opened up its car manufacturing plant in Burnaston to young people from the local area, giving them a unique insight into the opportunities available to them in the automotive industry.Running over the last two weeks as part of the See Inside Manufacturing initiative, pupils from nine schools in Derbyshire and Staffordshire took part in various hands-on activities at the firm’s Burnaston plant, which builds more than 100,000 Auris and Avensis models every year.Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, said, “Toyota welcomes initiatives designed to promote a greater recognition of the contribution and importance of manufacturing to the UK economy.“The See Inside Manufacturing initiative complements our existing activities aimed at engaging with young people to encourage and inspire them to be the next generation of Engineers.”A number of manufacturers across the UK are taking part in See Inside Manufacturing throughout October. For details of all the events click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ryan Coogler to Produce LeBron James Space Jam 2

This combination photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on March 13, 2018, left, and filmmaker Ryan Coogler at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the “Space Jam 2” team.James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.’ animated characters.“Random Acts of Flyness” creator Terence Nance will direct James, and Bugs Bunny, in the film.According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, production is tentatively slated to being in 2019 during the NBA offseason.The Space Jam sequel with @KingJames has been announced! How many championships will the Tune Squad win?— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 19, 2018 read more

One More Reason To Raise A Fist At Boston Sports The Bruins

DALJ. BennT. SeguinA. Radulov201360.6 None of this is to say the Bruins are a one-line team — they’re far from it. Rookie forwards Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk have already chipped in with 11 goals each, and rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy5McAvoy recently underwent minor surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, but is expected to return in two weeks. is building a solid case for the Calder Memorial Trophy. And David Krejci is a pretty decent second line center, too: He’s scored 24 points in 29 games, and he’s winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs, by far the best mark of his career.Boston will lose in regulation again — Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension, and McAvoy’s temporary absences should ensure this happens sooner than later. But there’s nothing in recent memory suggesting Boston’s top line will cease to be a possession beast any time soon.6All three forwards finished in the top ten in Corsi percentage in 2016-17. If they keep getting (and burying) their chances — and if Rask’s ascendancy holds up, which his dazzling career implies it might — the Bruins might find themselves playing hockey in June again. TBLV. NamestnikovS. StamkosN. Kucherov261957.8 TMLeft wingCenterright wingForVS.For % Each member of the line must be on the ice for a goal to qualifySource: Left Wing Lock NYIA. LeeJ. TavaresJ. Bailey241955.8 Goals TORZ. HymanA. MatthewsW. Nylander24972.7 BOSB. MarchandP. BergeronD. Pastrnak21387.5% For the first couple months of the season, the Boston Bruins had more problems than they could handle. They had lost more games than they had won. They were firmly out of the playoff picture. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron and his linemate Brad Marchand had both missed time with injuries. So had second-line center David Krejci. Goalie Tuukka Rask was a husk of his former self, and looked for a moment as though he might lose his starting job. Matt Beleskey, who the Bruins decided to pay $19 million because he had a handful of good weeks during the spring of 2015, had been placed on waivers.1He cleared them and now plays for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence.This was a team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy as recently as 2013-14, and that had a core made up of several skaters who’d played in two of the past seven Stanley Cup Finals. This was also a team that had failed to qualify for two of the past three postseasons, and that hadn’t won a playoff series since they beat the Detroit Red Wings in the spring of 2014.But since a loss to the Washington Capitals in mid-December, the Bruins have been damn near untouchable: They are 14-0-4 in their last 18 games. The Bruins looked like basement dwellers a few months ago, and now pundits are wondering whether they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But are they for real, or is this streak just a tantalizing aberration?The Bruins are a balanced hockey team — seven skaters have at least 25 points — but much of their recent form can be attributed to the extraordinary play of a rejuvenated Rask and the top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak, which has established itself as one of the best in the NHL.In his last 18 starts, Rask has lost exactly zero games in regulation; in his prior 13 starts, he had won just three. During his recent dominant stretch, Rask has stopped 94 percent of the shots he’s faced; during his disastrous stretch, he stopped just under 90 percent of the shots he faced.2Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s all-time leader in save percentage.Goaltender play is notoriously unstable, so these gulfs in Rask’s performance aren’t actually as shocking as they seem on the surface. Even if Rask’s save percentage regresses and he stops roughly 92 percent of the shots he faces for the rest of the season, the Bruins will be in good shape.To explain the dominance of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, the best place to start is their possession numbers. Bergeron is yet again among the league’s elite faceoff takers, winning more than 57 percent of his draws.3That number drops a bit to roughly 53 percent on power play draws, but Bergeron can be forgiven — unless he’s the man in the penalty box, teams often task their best faceoff man with taking draws on the penalty kill. Among qualifying skaters, all three on Boston’s top line rank in the top 50 in Corsi percentage,4Adjusted for score, zone and venue. which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. And because the Bruins’ top troika are sending so many shots toward their opponents’ nets, all three also rank in the top 15 for goals per 60 minutes.Among lines that qualify, only 11 others in the NHL have a higher combined shooting percentage than the combination of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. And their goals for percentage — which takes the total number of goals scored while a line is on the ice together and calculates the percentage of those goals that were goals scored by the line — is by far the best in the league. LOSA. IafalloA. KopitarD. Brown201360.6 VGKR. SmithW. KarlssonJ. Marchessault321666.7 PHIC. GirouxS. CouturierJ. Voracek231069.7 COLG. LandeskogN. MacKinnonM. Rantanen291467.4 The best among the best lines in the NHLThe top 10 lines in the NHL in goals scored while playing 5-on-5, by percentage of goals for CGYJ. GaudreauS. MonahanM. Ferland251267.6 read more

Luck of the Irish Another EuroMillions winner but they have yet to

first_img No (1198) I wish (1258) IT MUST BE the luck of the Irish or there could be something in the water (drink up!) because just two months after an Irish person won a cool €93,968,807 in the EuroMillions jackpot, another person in the Munster region has scooped a whopping €12,801,474.A spokesperson at the National Lottery would not reveal to in what county the ticket was bought but they did admit the lucky winner had been in contact with Lotto headquarters.The winner or syndicate matched their numbers on Friday and they will share in the €25.6 million jackpot with a player in Spain.The winning numbers were 11, 23, 25, 32, 37, and the lucky stars were 4 and 7.Poll: Are you the lucky €12.8m EuroMillions winner? Yes (707)center_img Poll Results: YesNoI wishVoteThis is the north Dublin shop where the €94m lotto ticket was sold…>At last: the EuroMillions winner has just claimed their €94m winnings>last_img read more

Candidates line up for GOCNSW election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This weekend elections will see 20 members voted onto GOCNSW’s management committee. Whilst candidates jockey for position behind the scenes for the biannual elections, one group of individuals have signed a manifesto for the future direction of the organisation, in their efforts to win the hearts (and votes) of the membership. Ten members, under the banner of ‘renewal and rejuvenation’, have set out their intentions, if elected, to encourage a greater degree of transparency in the organisation’s workings, more effective long-term planning, and the strengthening of GOCNSW’s ability to meet the needs of the Community. In terms of literally concrete proposals, the group is also proposing the creation of a new cultural centre. Sue Thliveris, who is running on the ‘renewal’ ticket, told Neos Kosmos that at the heart of the group’s aspirations was the need for longer-term planning. “The crux of the matter is that we need to put a program in place for the next five years, rather than tackling things with a knee-jerk reaction,” said Thliveris, who has been a member of GOCNSW for 32 years. “What we’re also saying is we want more younger voices on the board. It’s time for a few members who have been there for many years to move aside and let the younger ones in.” Thileveris believes, like other signatories to the ‘renewal’ manifesto, that GOCNSW is at a crossroads which requires a new approach and a new direction. “We want to grow and modernize, the whole bit. In order to move forward we need to recalibrate the organisation.” For Soula Thliveris and her fellow ‘renewalists’, the nature of GOCNSW’s election procedure, heavily weighted towards proxy votes, may be an obstacle. Some members maintain the proxy system in the past has been prone to manipulation, and used by members seeking election to harness the votes of others affiliated to political parties such as Pasok and KKE. Thliveris describes the proxy vote system as “far from democratic” and urges members to make the vote in person on the day. GOCNSW’s long-time president Harry Danalis accepts that concerns exists about the proxy vote system, which he told Neos Kosmos are likely to account for 70 per cent of the votes at this weekend’s election. “We’ve looked into this in the past and tried to see if we can change the constitution to ban proxies, but after legal advice we were told this cannot be done,” said Danalis, though accepts that it may be possible to “make it more stringent in terms of how proxies are used.” Asked if members affiliated to political parties were likely to influence how proxy votes were cast, GOCNSW’s president said that he felt such affiliations were unlikely to play a major part in deciding a member’s election. “It’s hard to quantity, but the KKE (Communist Party of Greece) has a very small membership here, perhaps 20 to 30 members, for Pasok my guess is between 80 and 150. Affiliation based on family, that’s the big thing that influences people.” On the ‘renewal’ group and their agenda for change, Danalis says it’s business as usual. “Every time we have elections various groups put out platforms on what they intend to do. They’re free elections and every person has got the right to promote themselves. I’ve no problem with their manifesto.” 32 members have put themselves forward for the election which will be held on Sunday 4 Dec 2011. Votes may be cast on the day between 8:30am and 6pm at the Greek Orthodox Community Club , 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba NSW 2195. The ten members running on the ‘renewal’ ticket are: John Daviskas, Vivi Koutsounadis , Stan Koulouris, Solon Kypridemos, Maria Sarelas, Jenny Speis, John Terzis, Soula Thliveris, Joanna Mavrantonis and Elektra Velissaris. The other candidates standing are: Panagiota Avramidis, Dorothy Basil, Chris Belechras, Dimitrios Bekris, Harry Danalis, Panagiotis Dukas, Panagiotis Delimitros, George Diamantaris, Julia George, Chris Georgopoulos, Chris Gravanis ,Ourania Karteris, Kleanthis Kotopoulos , Gerasimos Liberatos, Nikolaos Malaxos, Konstantinos Papanikitas, Sam Pappas, Alexander Samaras, Zisis Tsatsis, Mighael Tsilimos, Panagiotis Tsirioris and Panagiotis Τsintilas.last_img read more

Bumblebees Are Now Considered an Endangered Species in the US

first_imgStay on target If you used to frolic around the pool during the summer dodging bumblebees but realize there don’t seem to be as many as they used to be, you’re on to something. The rusty patched bumblebee is now considered an endangered species according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.This is the first bee species in the United States to be classified as such, and in fact, there’s a race going on right now amongst conservationists to keep it from going extinct entirely. It would be a sad day for sure, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. The population of the rusty-patched bumblebee has, in fact, shrunken by a whopping 87% since the late 1990s, which is startling given all the ways humans and wildlife benefit from their actions.Bees are responsible for pollinating various fruits and crops around the world like tomatoes and melons in a percentage that encompasses 35% of the world’s food supply. But what’s causing this epic downsizing of bees worldwide?Many of the reasons the bee is disappearing are due to a loss of habitats since nearly 40% of all of our land is utilized for agriculture according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. But there’s also chemical use and climate change to blame too, neither of which are simple things to stop. If we’re going to see any kind of drastic improvement or renaissance of this particular bee species, however, we’re going to have to pay close attention.This isn’t the first bee that’s been added to the endangered list in all of North America, however. It comes added to a list of over 47 species that have been labeled as endangered. Hopefully, now that awareness is being raised for this particular species it will have a fighting chance at survival going forward. Research team proves you can teach bumblebees new tricks last_img read more