French Authorities On High Alert Ahead of Euro 2016 Soccer Championships

first_imgPARIS  — With Europe on high alert, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that the deadly explosions in Brussels are a reminder that a “very high security level” will be required during this year’s European Championship in France.Speaking hours after three explosions killed dozens in the Belgian capital, Cazeneuve said that everything will be put in place to guarantee “collective security” at the June 10-July 10 tournament, with the mobilization of specially trained emergency staff, police forces and firefighters.In the wake of the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead in November, France remains in a state of emergency which was recently extended to May 26, two weeks before the opening game. Tournament organizers had strengthened security measures and made changes to the particularly vulnerable fan zones well before the events in Brussels.Fan zones are typically set up in squares or parks near the center of the city, allowing supporters to watch a game on a big screen. Security can be lighter than at stadiums.About seven million supporters visited the fan zones in the host cities during Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and there are concerns the designated Euro 2016 areas for the public could be targets for attackers. Each fan zone can hold 10,000 to 100,000 people and French authorities want to maintain a festive atmosphere within those areas while protecting crowds.Cazeneuve said Euro 2016 should bring “sportsmanship, festivities and security for teams, accompanying staff and spectators.”French authorities last week used an open-air screening of a match to simulate a chemical attack that would be more devastating than the explosions near the Stade de France on Nov. 13, when suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium while France was playing a friendly match against Germany.After the simulation exercise, Cazeneuve said more training has been planned ahead of Euro 2016.Although France’s rugby team has played three matches there in the Six Nations Championship since then, the football team returns for the first time next Tuesday night, when it hosts Russia.France players Laurent Koscielny and Antoine Griezmann both said the match should go ahead.“No, I am not worried about our safety, the federation has put security measures in place. We are serene,” Koscielny said Tuesday at France’s training camp. “Whether it’s the French state or in Europe, everyone’s taken exceptional security measures for the games in March and at the Euro.”Koscielny hopes Friday’s match away to Netherlands and the game against Russia can help lift spirits.“We have a game to play on Friday and we have to. Life continues, even though it’s difficult given what happened in Belgium and France,” he said. “We must try to give pleasure to the fans and to those watching on television. That’s the only thing we can do.”Griezmann, whose sister escaped uninjured from the attack on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris on Nov. 13, was shaken by the attacks in Belgium.“When I found out this morning it made me think a bit about things that I’m trying to forget. All our wishes and support are with the victims and their families,” Griezmann said. “But in terms of the match, we have total faith in the security.”According to senior officials handling Euro security, explosives sweeps of all fan zones will be done when they open each day, with systematic pat downs and the possibility of metal detectors being installed at entrances. Fans carrying large bags won’t be allowed inside and the areas will be placed under video surveillance. Cazeneuve said the state will contribute up to 2 million euros ($1.1 million) for video surveillance in the fan zones.Organizers announced last month that about 10,000 people had been privately hired for security, among them 900 agents mobilized for each of the 51 matches. Tournament organizers are in charge of security within stadiums, with French authorities dealing with it outside, meaning the privately-hired security officers handling entrances and interior of fan zones will not be armed.Organizers are looking to hire more people for security but are confident they will have enough trained by June. France’s agency for job seekers has identified 10,500 people currently on unemployment lists who have the proper background and experience to work as fan zone guards.In addition to the risk of extremist-led attacks, organizers also need to deal with the high possibility of hooliganism. French authorities have been working with spotters from the qualified nations in order to identify potential hooligans. Five matches from the qualifying round are treated as high risk: England vs. Russia, Turkey vs. Croatia, England vs. Wales, Germany vs. Poland and Ukraine vs. Poland.England’s game against Russia — which has been dealing with serious hooliganism problems in recent years — will be played in Marseille, where English and Tunisian fans clashed during the 1998 World Cup.SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Jerome Pugmire contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe ordered

first_imgThe Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) will form a three-member committee to look into the matter of state U-19 players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a match.”The committee will be formed by tonight and whoever is responsible will be taken to task,” BHA Secretary Swapan Banerjee told PTI.The Bengal U-19 team lost to Namdhari XI 1-5 in the quarterfinal of the Junior National Championship (B Division) in Jabalpur.Coach Anand Kumar had allegedly told the players during half-time that he will have their heads tonsured if they lost.While some members of the squad said they did it after returning to Kolkata out of respect and disappointment, a few said they were forced.The U-19 squad comprised 18 players and it was learnt that all of them except two had shaved their heads. A dozen of the players were from SAI’s Eastern Regional Centre at Salt Lake.”I scolded them during the match and never said anything after that. Why will I force them? I will talk to the players about what happened. I did not get a chance to speak to them as I am in the hospital for my wife,” the coach said.SAI Director Manmeet Singh Goindi said he will speak to the players and then take necessary action.”I will speak to the players once they are back from school. Necessary steps will be taken,” said Goindi.Also Read | Former captain Sardar Singh named in selection committee of Hockey IndiaAlso Read | Hockey India to advertise for senior coach, Harendra Singh offered charge of junior teamAlso Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip Tirkeyadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Bale has Real credit and shouldn’t be sold’

first_imgTransfers ‘Real Madrid shouldn’t sell Bale’ – Man Utd target still has ‘credit’ in Spain, says Arbeloa Chris Burton 00:13 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Gareth Bale Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Gareth Bale Manchester United Primera División Premier League The former Blancos defender has seen serious questions asked of the Welsh forward, but believes he has done enough to earn an extended stay Gareth Bale has not “run out of credit” at Real Madrid and should not be sold this summer, claims Alvaro Arbeloa.Amid another injury-hit campaign for the Wales international in the Spanish capital, regular rounds of transfer rumours have suggested that his days at Santiago Bernabeu may be numbered.Manchester United have long been linked with a move to take the former Tottenham star back to the Premier League, and interest could be rekindled if Real open themselves up to offers. 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 Arbeloa, though, believes Bale is deserving of an extended stay in La Liga, with the 28-year-old having offered enough when fit to make the Blancos think twice about sanctioning a sale.The former Real defender told reporters at the presentation of the Mambo FC web series: “I wouldn’t sell Gareth Bale.“I don’t think he has run out of credit, or that he is in a bad moment.“If I were [Zinedine] Zidane, I would try to make sure everyone is in a good moment and try to take care of Gareth Bale to make sure he arrived at the end of the season well because everyone knows the problem he has had with injuries.”Another of those to have seen a summer move away from Madrid mooted is Dani Ceballos, with the 21-year-old midfielder struggling for regular game time following a 2017 arrival from Real Betis.He was handed just 29 seconds of a 3-1 victory over Leganes in midweek, with the Spain U21 international reported to have been left less than impressed by a pointless late run out.Arbeloa, though, doubts that the youngster will have aired his frustration, with every outing important as he seeks to prove his worth at a heavyweight outfit.”It can never be humiliation for a player to go out and help his team in any way,” added a man who took in 237 senior appearances for the Blancos across two spells.“I went on in a final for Liverpool with six minutes left. “Zidane might have needed to stop the clock or to stop the game and if Dani Ceballos is angry, I don’t know, but I hope that he went training in good form so that the next day he can play more minutes.”last_img read more

Man Utd target Onana ‘wants new success’ at Ajax

first_imgAndre Onana says he wants to stay at Ajax and “fight for new success” as speculation continues to circulate that Manchester United will look to the Cameroon international goalkeeper to replace David de Gea.The 23-year-old was one of the stars of the young Ajax team that went on a scintillating run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.The Dutch giants knocked out Juventus and holders Real Madrid en route to the last four, where they were eliminated by a heart-breaking stoppage-time strike from Tottenham’s Lucas Moura.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The team also won the Dutch Eredivisie title after an intense run-in with their great rivals PSV, and beat Willem II 4-0 to lift the KNVB Cup to land a domestic double.And Onana’s performances have attracted the attentions of Old Trafford scouts as they contemplate possible replacements for Spain number one De Gea, who is entering the final year of his contract.“I am still young and with Ajax we have just proved how much we can achieve with this club,” the Cameroon international told Voetbal International.“It will not be easy to surpass that. But I want to fight for new success with Ajax.”That team has already begun the process of being dismantled, with star midfielder Frenkie de Jong having departed for Barcelona and central defender Matthijs de Ligt on the verge of joining Juventus.Morocco international Hakim Ziyech has also been heavily linked with a move to La Liga outfit Sevilla, whilst Donny van de Beek, whose goal against Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final first leg looked to have set the team on their way to the final, is in Real Madrid’s sights.It was reported earlier in June that United are readying a £40m (€44m/$50m) bid for Onana, and the matter of securing a new goalkeeper has become increasingly urgent for Old Trafford chiefs with De Gea entering the final 12 months of his contract and with no indication he will sign a new deal.Onana himself signed a renewed contract with Ajax in March and said at the time: “Ajax did so many things for me and that’s why I extend my contract. For me it’s important to give something back.”last_img read more

Oklahoma Star Kenneth Murray Saved A Woman’s Life

first_img “She looked like she was dead to be honest,” Murray told The Daily at Big 12 Media Days Monday. “Immediately going through my head was to start CPR. I had my girlfriend call 911.”Murray performed CPR for minutes while Val stood close by on the curb while calling the paramedics. The woman looking after her was frantic and panicking, but Murray persisted. He knew he had to keep going until an ambulance arrived. For a minute, she was unresponsive. Then suddenly, she was awake.Murray performed CPR for several minutes before she woke up and began breathing again.“We got her back, got her breathing,” Murray said. “We got her to the point where she was blinking a little bit.”Murray says that he learned CPR when he was 12 or 13, but this is the first time he’s used it in a real life situation. Luckily he was confident, and did exactly what he needed to assist the woman in her time of need.[The Daily] Oklahoma football's Kenneth Murray interviewed after win over Army.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Linebacker Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray represented the school at Big 12 Media Days this week. It makes sense, given his selection as the conference’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year.Just last week, Murray proved why he is seen as such a great leader for the Sooners. It had nothing to do with his abilities on the football field.On July 7, Murray and his girlfriend Val were driving home from church, when they came on a pair of deaf women, one of whom was on the ground unconscious, and bleeding from the head. The football star quickly sprang into action.As Val called for help, Kenneth Murray performed CPR and revived the woman.He described the scene to those at Big 12 Media Days. From The Daily:last_img read more

Nova Scotia Recognizes Year of the Entrepreneur

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced today, March 23, that the province is joining the government of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in recognizing 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurs are, by definition, risk-takers,” Premier Darrell Dexter said. “They are innovators and they are a source of new ideas and new economic value, which is why they are an integral part of the economy here in Nova Scotia. “It is important that we take this opportunity to recognize the business owners who are helping our province adapt and stay competitive now, and well into the future.” Premier Dexter made the announcement while addressing members of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce in Halifax. Ninety-four per cent of the about 29,000 businesses in Nova Scotia have less than 100 employees, and 85 per cent have less than 20 employees. Many of those businesses were started by enterprising entrepreneurs.last_img read more

No bloodstains found in Dennis Olands car officer tells murder trial

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Although it was dirty and appeared not to have been cleaned, the car Dennis Oland was driving the evening his father, Richard, was murdered did not produce any suspicious bloodstains, a Saint John court was told Tuesday.Sgt. Mark Smith is on the stand this week at Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder trial, describing in minute detail the many objects he collected from the crime scene and the search for evidence in and on items belonging to the accused.Dennis Oland, 50, an investment adviser, is on trial for a second time for the bludgeoning death of his multi-millionaire father, Richard, a member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family. He is the last known person to have seen his father alive on July 6, 2011.Oland has pleaded not guilty. This is a retrial, since an earlier conviction was overturned on appeal and the new trial ordered.Saint John police seized Dennis Oland’s Volkswagen Golf on July 14, 2011, a week after Richard’s body was found lying on the floor of his Saint John office in a pool of blood. He had been struck more than 40 times, mostly on the head, with both a sharp and blunt instrument.A weapon was never found.Smith, a police forensics officer, told the trial on Tuesday that he visually inspected the Golf inside and out and identified several areas for chemical testing.In addition to possible stains, he told Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot he was interested in areas that would have been touched, such as the steering wheel and door handles.But the tests, particularly with chemicals that react to traces of blood, failed to produce positive results, he said,“I didn’t get a real strong reaction anywhere,” Smith said of his examination of the car.Oland’s defence team has said the lack of strong blood evidence argues in favour of their client.The most incriminating blood evidence is several small spots found on the brown jacket Dennis Oland was wearing on July 6, 2011, when he visited his father. The blood spots matched Richard Oland’s DNA profile.Smith’s calm, careful account of the work he did is in contrast to some difficult testimony last week from police officers who had different and at times conflicting recollections of the investigation.The former deputy chief of the force, Glen McCloskey, disputed officers’ accounts of his actions, including one allegation that he suggested one officer alter his testimony.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Remind The World That Girl Scouts Grows Female Leaders Who Drive

first_imgGirl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today released a new national PSA, “Lifetime of Leadership,” heralding the organization’s legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in fields such as technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have created through activism, speaking up, breaking glass ceilings, and more — and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change.From philanthropist Melinda Gates and athlete Venus Williams, to supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, Girl Scout alums highlighted in the PSA have inspired people worldwide. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the PSA also features Dolores Huerta, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ellen Kuras, Dr. N. Jan Davis, Tyra Banks, Sheryl Crow, Céline Dion, Dakota Fanning, Susan Wojcicki, Senator Susan Collins, and Cassandra Levesque, a 19-year-old Girl Scout alum who worked to ban child marriage in New Hampshire.“Lifetime of Leadership” brings to life what recent studies have shown: Girl Scouts have better life outcomes than their non–Girl Scout peers. They are more confident, seek challenges to a greater degree, are more active decision-makers, and are more proficient problem-solvers in their communities. The PSA also shows how civic engagement is a core part of the Girl Scout DNA — which is why it premiered today at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. This unique event, which took place in Philadelphia, featured a keynote address from educator and former second lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, and a panel moderated by writer, professor, and television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Thousands of girls and those who care about them joined in-person and virtually for a conversation about preparing girls to lead positive change. The PSA brought to life what a Girl Scout’s leadership journey can look like as she grows into a woman, and it inspired all in attendance to take the lead and take action in support of causes they care about.“We are proud to premiere our powerful new PSA and showcase the impactful change that Girl Scout alums have created to make the world a better place,” said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA CEO. “We know that leadership and meaningful civic action start at a young age — at home, at school, and in local communities. This PSA is a rallying cry for more girls to realize their leadership potential with Girl Scouts. The world is counting on them, and we hope our more than 50 million alums will be inspired to reconnect with us and share their leadership journey with the next generation of girls who will lead our country into the future.”“I have no doubt that the girls of today will become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Supporting them, empowering them and ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve is good for all of us,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “My Girl Scout experience taught me confidence, perseverance, and gave me skills that inspired me to pursue public service and helped me become a better leader. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization that gives girls the place and the opportunity to develop their powerful voices.”The new Girl Scout PSA was created and written by Girl Scout alum, Rachel Howald, founder and CCO, Invisible Man.To watch the PSA and for more information about Girl Scouts, visit read more

NFL Coaches Are Getting Away With Crimes Against MiddleSchool Math

Just 54 seconds of game time later — after Rodgers pulled the requisite pair of canonizing miracles out of his backside — all the Packers needed to win the game and knock off the second-seeded Cardinals was 2 more yards.As the game went to commercial, I hoped against hope that Mike McCarthy would do the right thing and let that game live or die on Rodgers’s ability rather than try to send the game to overtime, on the road, against a superior opponent.Was I being emotional about what I’d just witnessed? Sure. Even if the Packers ended up winning, it was depriving Rodgers — my sometimes muse — of the opportunity to complete what would have been probably the greatest drive in NFL history. But I also felt the passion of conviction — that this was the right choice — and the desperate hope that the professional NFL decision-maker would have arrived at the same conclusion. With a twinkle in his eye, Richard wished the others luck and let go. It was one of the most satisfying moments of my televiewing life. It filled me with optimism that, yes, human beings are smart and capable creatures. Hatch went on to be the inaugural “Survivor” winner, claiming his $1 million prize (in addition to jail time for failing to pay taxes on it).The opportunity for the Packers to cap off that already legendary drive with a counterintuitive but mathematically sound two-point attempt — whether successful or not — had the potential to be another such reason-affirming moment for me. But alas: The NFL divisional playoff action once again demonstrated that NFL coaches are terrible at basic win-maximizing tactical decisions. In particular, there were two glaring spots where teams failed to go for two despite it being a fairly straightforward decision.In the wake of Green Bay’s loss to Arizona — in which the Packers conceded a relatively routine winning touchdown on the first drive of overtime after spectacularly driving the length of the field (and then some) to tie the game in regulation — debate rages about whether the NFL needs to guarantee that both teams get a possession in OT. Whatever you think of the overtime rules, they are what they are, and under those rules, the Packers abandoned their best chance of winning by kicking the game-tying extra point at the end of regulation instead of going for it.Much more quiet, but no less frustrating, was the call after Kansas City — which never seemed like much of a threat to New England — scored a touchdown with 1:13 left in the game that cut its deficit to 8. No one outside of sports nerd Twitter raised an eyebrow as the Chiefs kicked the extra point to draw within 7, and after they failed to recover their attempted onside kick, it’s likely that no one will ever care. But failing to go for two in this exact situation is one of the clearest and easiest-to-demonstrate mistakes in all of football, and how coaches continue to make this error virtually 100 percent of the time is a melancholy mystery.Look, “advanced” stats can be opaque. In midfield situations, whether to punt or go for it on fourth down, for example, takes some confidence in expected points and expected win models that are statistically somewhat complicated and can sometimes get things a little wrong. Although I think those models are pretty good (or are at least good enough for most of the types of decisions they’re used to analyze), I can see how someone might find them foreign or overly abstracted. And yes, the statsy crowd can be preachy and overconfident. We probably don’t know as much as we think we do, and we often aren’t very good at explaining ourselves to skeptics.1Side note: In my opinion, the term “analytics” is one of the worst things to happen to serious sports analysis, as it created an artificial barrier between traditionally informed methods and data-informed methods. Either way, the goal is to understand the dynamics of a sport to figure out where winning comes from. Some analysts study film, some build statistical models — each method has strengths and weaknesses.But some decisions — like the ones faced by Green Bay and Kansas City — aren’t that complicated. Analyzing them requires no advanced statistical techniques, and solving them requires no more than grade-school-level math and an eye on win maximization.First up: How Green Bay broke my spiritAaron Rodgers got utterly jobbed. To recap — not because you aren’t familiar, but because it’s not possible to relive this too much or too soon — at one point, the Packers’ last drive looked like this: In the first season of “Survivor,” the three final contestants were Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth and Rudy Boesch. Rudy was everyone’s favorite elderly curmudgeon. There would be one more challenge, and the winner would get an automatic berth in the final and the ability to vote off either of the two remaining opponents. Functionally, this meant they could choose their own opponent in the jury vote, in which eliminated contestants would choose the overall winner. Richard had a long-standing alliance with Rudy and was faced with an interesting strategic conundrum. If he won the final challenge and took Rudy with him, he would likely lose the voting to the lovable old homophobe. But if he betrayed Rudy, all that Rudy love would likely turn into Richard hate, and he would likely lose the jury vote to Kelly.The “Survivor” forums were abuzz with strategic discussions,2Remember, this was all relatively new back then. “Survivor” strategy has since come a long way. and people saw this conundrum coming weeks before it came to fruition. The solution to Richard’s problem — indeed, his only option if he wanted to win — would be to lose his final challenge intentionally. Then if the third player (ultimately Kelly) won, she would be forced to eliminate Rudy herself. (If Rudy won, none of this was likely to matter, as he seemed likely to win the final vote regardless of who his opponent was.) The “will he or won’t he?” suspense when it came down to the final four was amazing. On the one hand, the logic was sound and it was clearly the right choice, but on the other hand, it’s asking a lot to expect someone to see past the seemingly lower-risk play of winning the challenge and guaranteeing his spot in the final two.After whittling the field down to the final three, the anticipated situation finally came to be. The final challenge was called “hands on an idol” — each contestant had to stand on a small log while keeping one hand on a pole, and the last one to break contact would win. At first it looked like Richard was going to play the game straight-up. Hours passed (or so the show told us). Jeff Probst offered an orange to any contestant who wanted to join him. And then, finally, it happened: Now, don’t get me wrong: That the Packers should have gone for two wasn’t obvious. But just because it wasn’t obvious doesn’t mean the call was difficult. This requires no advanced math and could literally be on a middle school homework assignment.The question is: Which is greater, the chances of (1) Aaron Rodgers converting that 2-point conversion, or the chances that the Packers (2) make the extra point and (3) win in overtime? To make this comparison, we need to know or estimate three numbers.Let’s start by looking at league averages:Two-point conversion success rate: Since 2001,3As far back as the play-by-play data set I’m using goes. teams have converted 47.2 percent of their 2-point tries from the 2-yard line (431 of 913).Extra point success rate: Since the inception of the longer extra point this season, NFL kickers have made 94.3 percent of their attempts from the 15-yard line (1,131 of 1,199).Expected winning percentage in overtime: Since 2001, the away team has won in overtime 45.5 percent of the time (110 of 242 overtimes that produced a winner).With these numbers (which used only division), we can find our chances of winning for each option using — wait for it — multiplication.Go for two: With no time left, this is exactly equal to the estimated 2-point success rate: 47.2 percent.Send to overtime: Chances of making extra point multiplied by chances of winning in overtime. 94.3 percent * 45.5 percent = 42.9 percent.There, we already have a baseline 4.3 percentage point advantage to going for two for a typical road team in the Packers’ position, using nothing but grade-school mathematics.But those are just baselines, right? Everyone from coaches to media to fans will tell you that averages miss the hundreds of situation-specific factors at play. This is a technically true but often misleading rejoinder — and one that’s almost always used only to defend the status quo.But in the spirit of accuracy and transparency, I’ve tried to refine the assumptions that go into that calculation above.Two-point conversion success rate: Adjusting for team strength and refining the data to the most comparable situations boosts our estimate to 48.8 percent.Extra point success rate: Adjusting for league trends and kicker Mason Crosby’s skill raises our estimate to 95.9 percent.Expected winning percentage in overtime: Adjusting for the overtime rules changes and playoff dynamics lowers our estimate to 42.6 percent.If you would like a little more detail about how I arrived at those estimates, here is a longish footnote.4OK, here’s a little nitty-gritty: Two-point conversion success rateFirst off, if you believe in momentum or destiny, the fact that Rodgers obviously had miracle mode switched on suggests that his chances of making that conversion were likely closer to 1,000 percent than to 47 percent. (It’s fun watching old-fashioned football types having to choose between old-fashioned concepts like momentum and old-fashioned strategies like playing for overtime!) But seriously, there are good reasons to think that 47.2 percent is low for Rodgers.For one, teams taking 2-point attempts tend to be slightly worse than average — which stems from the fact that teams take 2-point attempts more often when they are behind.Winning teams (teams who finished the season over .500) account for just 41.4 percent of all regular-season 2-point attempts since 2001 and converted exactly 50 percent of them (189 of 378). For comparison: Losing teams made up 46.2 percent of all attempts, converting 44.1 percent, and .500 teams made up 12.4 percent, converting 49.6 percent of them. Of course, being successful in 2-point attempts may ever-so-slightly improve their chances of being a winning team in the first place, but the numbers hold for winning teams playing other winning teams as well. In those cases, teams have converted 50.5 percent of the time (95 of 188). In the playoffs, teams have converted 53.5 percent (23 of 43) of attempts. Also, in the rarer but more neutral situation of fourth-and-goal from the 2 — which is slightly harder than a 2-point conversion because the average distance is greater than 2 yards, plus teams still must exercise some restraint for fear of losing field position on the turnover — teams are 41 of 79 (51.9 percent). Although Arizona had a better record than Green Bay, the trends suggest that team strength has more of an effect on its 2-point conversion chances than opponent strength. Even in cases where a team with nine to 11 wins makes an attempt against a 12-plus-win team, they have made 48.8 percent.(Of course, this is really a question of offensive and defensive goal-line strength, which is a pretty hard quality to isolate independently. In general, however, the dynamic is similar: Offensive strength tends to be more determinative than defensive strength. My suspicion is that this is because one-down two-yard defense is less similar to overall defense than one-down two-yard offense is to overall offense.)Finally, let’s look at some specifics: With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, in the regular season and playoffs combined, Green Bay has converted 12 of 23 (52.2 percent) of its 2-point tries. This includes 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) when Rodgers throws and 0 of 2 otherwise. Meanwhile, Arizona’s opponents have converted 3 of 6 attempts (50.0 percent) during Bruce Arians’s reign.All things considered, I think it’s likely that the league average of 47.2 percent is low in this situation, though exactly how low may vary depending on other factors, such as the in-game loss of Randall Cobb. However, one important (though slightly more advanced) point to make here is that a wider skill gap between the Packers and Cardinals will virtually always favor going for two. This is because the gap has a bigger impact on the chances of winning overtime than it does on the conversion attempt. My suspicion is that the Packers’ chance of 2-point conversion success was probably above 50 percent, but to play it safe I’ll go with 48.8 percent (essentially the lowest of our higher indicators). Extra point success rateKickers on the whole did a tiny bit worse on extra points than I expected this year. Since I have considerable faith in my kicking projections, I think it’s possible that this baseline reflects some bad luck and should be a little higher.More importantly, Crosby has been a slightly above-average kicker. In fact, this year he made all 36 of his extra points (though he missed two from the shorter distance last season) and has made 49 of 50 kicks from 33 yards during his career. However, he has missed kicks from similar and sometimes shorter distances: For his career he has made 95.3 percent (81 of 85) kicks from 29 to 33 yards (counting this year’s XPs). The rest of the league has made 93.6 percent over the same period.To be conservative, I’ll use a revised assumption of 95.9 percent — league average for such attempts plus how much better Crosby has been than league average over such distances. Expected winning percentage in overtime: The likelihood of a road team facing a stronger opponent in the playoffs winning in overtime is probably lower than the league average for road teams winning in overtime in general.First, the new overtime rule — giving the kicking team a possession even if it gives up a field goal on its opponent’s first possession — makes overtime results less random. That is, the team with the advantage should be more likely to win. So far, this has been reflected in the results: Since the new overtime system was adopted in 2012, the home team has won 58.2 percent (39 of 67) of the time in the regular season.Second, the playoffs aren’t the regular season. Home field in the playoffs is usually earned, as it was in this case by virtue of Arizona’s superior record. Again, although the number of cases is small, the results are in Iine with what we’d expect: The home team does even better in the playoffs, having won 68.8 percent (11 of 16) before the Arizona game.As for this particular situation, there are other reasons to be skeptical of the Packers’ chances in OT. Although they ran reasonably well against Arizona, they passed poorly — and passing is even more important in overtime. There are a couple of reasons for this: One, if you get the ball first and score a touchdown, you win. Another is that you may find yourself in desperate situations if your opponent gets the ball first and scores a field goal. Note that 101 of Green Bay’s 251 passing yards came on Rodgers’s two Hail Marys on that last drive. And it wasn’t even a great drive otherwise: Under normal circumstances, it would have ended in a punt from out of the Packers’ own end zone. (In other words, the Packers offense wasn’t suddenly rolling like the Seahawks in the second half against Carolina.)So let’s go with a conservative estimate of a 42.6 percent chance of a Packers victory in OT. That actually feels slightly high to me, but it’s apparently what the live markets thought, plus it’s right around how well away teams have done under the new rules (41.8 percent, above).So here’s where we stand under our revised assumptions:Go for two: Equals estimated 2-point success rate: 48.8 percent.Send to overtime: Chances of making extra point multiplied by chances of winning in overtime. 95.9 percent * 42.6 percent = 40.9 percent.Naturally, these educated guess assumptions could be off in various respects, but that 8 percentage point gap is hard to overcome. When people who argue that there’s too much uncertainty to buck the status quo actually list the variables they have in mind (unfortunately, they often don’t), they tend to overestimate the amount that situation-specific variables affect the balance of probabilities. And the variables cited often don’t even cut the way they think they do. For example: In this case, an oft-cited factor is that the Packers’ receiving corps was weakened by injuries, including the loss of Randall Cobb earlier in the game. But, as I discussed in the footnotes, anything that makes the Packers weaker relative to the Cardinals is likely to hurt their chances in overtime more than their chances of converting the 2-point try.Thus, our best (and perhaps slightly conservative) estimate is that the Packers cost themselves about 7.9 percent of a win by kicking rather than going for two, and this whole thing could have been avoided if NFL coaches took the time to sit down and learn some basic percentages.Kansas City fails to butter its toastIn Kansas City, we fast-forward past the long, grueling slog down the field that Andy Reid perpetrated on Chiefs fans. That was painful to watch, but it was a problem of tactics and execution, not arithmetic. Reid went so far as to say that right up until the onside kick, things went exactly as planned. Except the plan went off-rail one play before, when the Chiefs kicked the extra point — an error that is in some ways even more frustrating than the Packers’ because it’s so so simple and has been clear for so long: If you are down 14 and score a touchdown late in the game — where you are very likely to have only one more scoring opportunity, at most — you should go for two.5Note this is a de minimis example. The principle should apply more broadly.This doesn’t require any modeling, it requires just a little thought and a little more grade-school math.In a situation like the Chiefs’ — where there was only 1:13 remaining — it doesn’t matter that their chances of recovering an onside kick and scoring another touchdown are very, very small. We don’t forgo safety checks on airplanes because the odds of a crash are small, and you shouldn’t ignore basic win maximization just because it will only earn you the occasional extra win.The key is to assume you get the second touchdown (and in K.C.’s case, recover the onside kick, but the logic is the same when you have time to kick off and go for a defensive stop) — because if you don’t, it doesn’t matter what you do now, you lose. Once that little leap is taken, this all flows from a little multiplication.If you kick an extra point, you are essentially playing to make two extra points and win in overtime.6You could also kick the extra point now and then go for two after your next touchdown, though if you are planning to go for two at some point, it is far more advantageous to do it now.As above, let’s use league averages. Assume a 94.3 percent chance of making each extra point and a 45.5 percent chance of winning on the road in in overtime.Your chances of winning this way are 94.3 percent * 94.3 percent * 45.5 percent = 40.4 percent.7Slight mismatch due to rounding. 40.4 is based on unrounded calculation. Add in the small chance that you’ll miss the extra point but then make up for it with a successful 2-point attempt, and your overall chances of winning with this strategy are 41.7 percent (of the times that you get the second touchdown).Now, if you go for two and make it (which you should about 47.2 percent of the time), you can win by kicking an extra point (94.3 percent) after your second TD, or (much less frequently) by missing your extra point but still winning in overtime. If you go for two and don’t make it (which will happen 52.8 percent of the time), you can still win by going for two again (47.2 percent) and making it and then winning in overtime.Chances of making 2-point conversion and XP: 44.5 percentChances of making 2-point conversion, missing XP and winning in OT anyway: 1.2 percentChances of missing 2-point conversion, making second attempt and winning in OT anyway: 11.3 percent Combined chances of winning: 57.1 percent (of the times that you get the second touchdown)I won’t bother going into detail trying to find perfect assumptions as I did above, because this calculation isn’t close enough for them to be necessary. Even if you assume a 50 percent chance of winning in overtime and a 100 percent chance of making your extra points, you still only need around a 38.5 percent chance of making each 2-point conversion (which would be absolutely terrible) to make going for it the better play.Despite its obvious correctness, this is pretty much never done in the NFL. The only case of a coach going for two after a touchdown brought the team within 8 points in the fourth quarter since 2001 was Brian Billick with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001. Further back is murkier, though according to Football Perspective, the only time a team trailing by 14 has ever scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to six in the modern era was the 1994 Cleveland Browns — coached by none other than Bill Belichick.And finallyAnother year, another year with NFL coaches not doing their jobs and not being taken to task for it. By now, coaches have no excuse for not having mastered basic decisions like these.People say coaches are afraid of media criticism. But they’re professionals, among the handful of elite who are capable of doing what they do. If a coach cares what the media thinks, let him explain his logic.I recall when the current replay system was implemented, there was concern that people wouldn’t be able to understand what it meant that there had to be “indisputable evidence” to overturn the ruling on the field — even though burdens of proof have been an essential part of our judicial system since this country’s founding.It took a little while, but the refs, and then the media, and eventually fans all came around, and now you can go to your local dive bar and hear arguments in the form of, “It looked like a catch to me, but there obviously isn’t indisputable evidence to overturn the call. Sucka.”It’s time to do the same with arithmetic. read more

Report JayZ Begins Selling Shares of Brooklyn Nets

Jay-Z, a minority owner of his hometown Brooklyn Nets, has begun the process of selling his stake in the team so that he can become an NBA agent, according to a Yahoo! report.ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted that Jay-Z’s .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the Nets is worth approximately $350,000, and he could sell it tomorrow if he wanted to.Jay-Z would be required to relinquish his stake in the team in order to represent NBA clients as an agent. Rovell reports that the league told him he had to sell after he announced his desire to become an agent.“It would be disappointing [if he left],” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said to Yahoo! “I’d be disappointed.“He had an enormous amount to do with the rebranding of the team. I wasn’t close to it at all, but from what I’ve seen, it would be hard to overstate his importance in this all. I like his involvement in the team; he’s at the games, and maybe he’s around more than I realize behind the scenes. But he’s an excellent fan, one that wasn’t just around this year, but a lot in the past too, which is very telling to me.”Nets CEO Brett Yormark would not comment.Jay-Z’s Roc Nation recently partnered with Creative Artist Agency (CAA) and landed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano as his first client. read more

MeerZorgen New Years accident leaves 1 dead several injured

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Police confirm three dead in Coverden Smash upOctober 18, 2013In “Crime”One dead, another injured in accident at Waller’s DelightDecember 20, 2017In “Crime”Cyclist killed in collision on Anna Catherina public roadDecember 7, 2017In “Crime” A 24-year-old man is now dead following a two vehicle collision involving two hire cars on the Meer-Zorgen public road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) during the wee hours of New Year’s morning which has left four other persons hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Dead is Aslam Baksh of La Grange Old Road, West Bank Demerara.According to police information, the accident occurred at around 02:15hrs on Monday and Baksh succumbed to his injuries at around 13:45hrs, the same day.The driver of HC 7477- who was involved in the accident- was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road when the other motorcar, HB 4105, which  was proceeding in the opposite direction allegedly drove into his path, resulting in the collision.Police reports indicate that as a result of the impact, the driver of HB 4105, 42-year-old Vijay Bidoor, of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara and occupants of the vehicle – identified as Amanda Rickyram, 28, of Unity Street, La Grange,WBD; Gobin Dannyram, 29, of 225 Goed Fortuin,WBD; Diana Chand,19, of Cemetery Road,Georgetown and the now dead Aslam Baksh, 24, of La Grange Old Road,WBD- were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).They were subsequently transferred to the GPHC.The driver of HC 7477 who was identified as a 24-year-old La Grange, WBD, resident is presently in police custody, assisting with investigations. read more

I started with a programming book that cost 40 quid Now we

first_img Oct 22nd 2016, 9:30 PM MICHAEL ‘MICK’ CREAN knew almost nothing about the internet, so when he decided he wanted to sell car parts online he was blissfully unaware of the how hard it would be.It was the turn of the decade when the Mayo native first began to explore the possibility of setting up a website, shortly after returning from a three-month trip to Australia with his girlfriend.Although he had worked in sales in the automotive industry after finishing an engineering course in DIT, Crean was always interested in the possibilities of the internet and had moved into a low-level software testing position.However, he found himself unemployed upon his return to Ireland just after the burst of the dotcom bubble, when tech jobs suddenly evaporated. With no sign of any great new opportunities in the near future, Crean decided to see if he could start something for himself.That was around the time when he first had the idea for car parts website, MicksGarage.“The initial aim was to set up an e-commerce website so that I could get back into employment,” he tells Fora. “I focused on car parts because I knew about car parts and they had been devoid of IT equipment.“It was my first time working 12 hours a day and I was unemployed, but I loved it. There was no downside, there were only two upsides; one was to get employment for building a commerce system, and the other was to get a business out of it.”Crean had a nonexistent budget and says that the only cash he spent launching the site was money to buy a basic computer programming book.“It was 40 quid, so it was actually quite expensive at the time,” he says. “I followed it from start to finish. People asked me how I would do this when I didn’t have a degree in software development (but) I would say that a bit of naivety helps, you look at things and you don’t foresee problems.”While it took a while to get up and running, MicksGarage would grow to become one of Ireland’s biggest e-commerce sites.What do you do and how long have you done it for?Based in Dublin, MicksGarage is a website that sells and delivers millions of different car and accessories.Crean started the site from his house near Ballina in Mayo in 2003 with an initial selection of a few hundred parts for sale after convincing several automotive manufacturers to get on board.“It was set up with (my brother) Ciaran, and we alternated working full- and part-time for a while. Towards the end of 2006 was when we started ramping up, when I eventually went full-time in the business,” he says. MicksGarage CEO Ciaran Crean (left) with brother Michael Source: YoutubeMick Crean served as the company’s chief technology officer, while Ciaran became its CEO. Although many businesses were devastated by the recession, Crean says it had virtually no impact on them.“It is difficult to impact something so small, (if anything it helped) because customers became more savvy and they started looking to buy parts elsewhere,” he says.The brothers raised about €550,000 from investors in 2008 – something that Crean says helped to “validate” the business – and continued to grow, taking on €2.3 million in 2012 as its selection continued to grow.“In 2008 we had about €600,000 turnover. When we took on the other round in 2012 it was about €2.5 million, and this year we are looking at doing close to €12 million,” Crean says.What are your costs and how do you make money?MicksGarage makes all of its money from selling car parts, and there are two main ways that it gets them.The company either buys in the parts and sells them on through one of its two distribution centres, which are in Dublin and the northern English town of Barnsley, or works with local distributors that get the car parts to their intended customer.“It is about 50:50 and there is no difference for the web user (and) suppliers ship to us about three or four times a day,” Crean says, adding that about 85% of the websites customers get their purchase the day after they order it.The company also devotes significant attention to marketing and its public image, which is kept light and breezy.Transport and shipping are also big expenses for the firm, which employs 58 people, 20 of whom are split between the distribution centres. Crean is currently focused on trying to make things run more smoothly. Source: MicksGarage1/YouTube“We have five staff in Barnsley at the moment, but because much of it is automated, we will be able to ship more out of there with five than we can here (in Dublin) with 14,” he says.“Our biggest cost is software development. Our order management system, image monitoring, the website, every single bit is developed in-house.“If I make a change to the website I can get it done and be live today. When you outsource it you get put in a queue and it could take months, it’s far too slow.”Although it has accumulated losses to date of about €2.5 million, the website is generating cash and recorded a slender profit of €24,000 last year.What is your market?With its base in Dublin, Ireland is unsurprisingly the company’s largest market, accounting for about a third of sales. However, that share is dropping as the company looks to push into more locations overseas.“Our Irish sales aren’t falling, it’s because other areas are picking up more. For example, it’s easier to grow sales in the UK,” he says.Crean says that the company sells parts to “about 25 countries a month”. The majority of these are countries where traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road and the vehicles are right-hand drive, as it is in Ireland, as different types of cars need different parts. MicksGarage staff demonstrate how to change brake discs Source: Youtube“The UK is our next biggest market, then Australia and Malta (although) we target the right-hand market too”, Crean says. “Lots of cars have differences, like dashboard types or lights, depending on what type of car it is.”He adds that although the company sold some parts for high-end cars early in its lifetime, it doesn’t anymore. “It is a fickle market, we just do normal run-of-the-mill stuff,” he says.What is the competition?While it was somewhat ahead of the curve setting up online in 2003, plenty of other car parts selling sites have since come onto the scene to take their own slice of the market.In Ireland sites like are popular, while abroad, pages like Euro Car Parts dominate markets such as the UK.Crean says that the company is helped by the fact that many manufacturers are wary about selling too much of their stock through a single portal.“They don’t want to put their eggs in one basket, like in Euro Car’s basket, so they look to us and the market sorts itself out,” he says. Ciaran and Michael Crean with Taoiseach Enda Kenny Source: Conor McCabe PhotographyCrean acknowledges that some local Irish car shops will sometimes beat the site on price but adds that the company looks to make up for it with high-quality service.“There is a lot (of undercutting) but we’re not targeting the small guys, we’re targeting big guys like Euro Car,” he says. “We aren’t the cheapest on everything, we can’t be, but we offer convenience and good service. Being on the web isn’t all about price.”What is your vision?Crean has stated on several occasions that the company’s goal is to pull in €100 million in sales by 2020, and it’s an aim that he is sticking too.Although he previously indicated that the firm would launch a new range of products under a different website banner, and it did actually set up a bike part site called MicksBikeParts, the attention is definitely on MicksGarage for now.“We have invested heavily in our Barnsley facility, we just need to get manufacturers in there and products on the ground and the growth will be exponential,” he says.“We did launch MicksBikeParts, but we pulled back on it, there was a loss of focus and we are looking to focus on getting MicksGarage to the €100-million mark.”Despite his focus on building the site, Crean says that he doesn’t see himself sticking around forever and will probably look towards a different project in the near future.“I want to move on over the next few years if I can. I have lots of ideas and I want to set up several tech platforms,” he says“I won’t go into detail but (it would be) some kind of software service. I love putting together tech on the web that customers can use and make products that solve real problems.“Ciaran is able to run the business and, once it is on a really good footing, over the next 24 months or so I would be able to start something else.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 9:30 PM Short URL 18 Comments Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,850 Views Share291 Tweet Email1 By Fora Staff ‘I started with a programming book that cost 40 quid. Now we sell to 25 countries’ As part of our weekly How My Business Works series, we profile Irish car parts site MicksGarage.last_img read more

Shenanigans Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill

first_img‘Shenanigans’ – Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett accused the government of ‘dancing to the tune of fossil fuel companies’. Share279 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 2:33 PM By Christina Finn 23,086 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Source: DÁIL WAS suspended twice today following a row over proposed laws that would ban the granting of any further oil and fossil fuel exploration licences.People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett accused the government of blocking TD Bríd Smith’s Bill for “political reasons because the Taoiseach and government do not support its contents”. He accused the government of “dancing to the tune of fossil fuel companies”, adding that procedures are being used to “hold hostage” the Bill. “You think you can get away with this by shenanigans,” he proclaimed. The Bill calls for a ban on fossil fuel exploration off the Irish coast and aims to stop the issuing of any new licences for the exploration of fossil fuels.The government lost a vote on the proposed legislation last February, which allowed it to proceed to Committee Stage in the Oireachtas, despite the government’s opposition.The passing of the Bill puts Ireland on a path to being the fourth country in the world to ban fossil fuel exploration. Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures.At a private meeting of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Committee this week, the vote was tied on whether to have a report on the proposed Bill sent back to the Dáil, therefore blocking its progression through the Houses.There were heated scenes in the Dáil toda when Boyd Barrett first angered Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl when he said the government was deliberately delaying the legislation, stating that committee members on the Oireachtas Environment Committee were being used to block the Bill. He said it was a “sabotaging of the democratic process” of the Dáil, stating that the House voted “overwhelmingly” to pass the legislation last year.  Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher threatens to suspend the Dáil for the day. Source: Oireachtas TV“This is a very serious abuse of the democratic process of this Dáil,” he added. The Ceann Comhairle suspended the Dáil for five minutes, but when it resumed, it was then suspended for a second time, when Boyd Barrett raised a point of order, and refused to sit down when Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher was standing. The Leas Ceann Comhairle then threatened to suspend the Dáil for the entire day. The House was suspended for ten minutes. “It is you that are responsible for the abuse, not us,” said Bríd Smith. Last October, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources Seán Canney dismissed the Climate Emergency Measures Bill, describing it as “extremely worrying”.  57 Comments Feb 21st 2019, 2:33 PM last_img read more

Découverte des plus petites grenouilles du monde

first_imgDécouverte des plus petites grenouilles du mondeDécrites dans ZooKeys, les plus petites grenouilles du monde, découvertes en Nouvelle-Guinée par un naturaliste d’Honolulu, mesurent moins d’un centimètre de longueur !   Travaillant sur le terrain, le chercheur Fred Kraus, du Bishop Museum d’Honolulu, a découvert, dans le sud-est de la Nouvelle-Guinée, non pas la plus petite grenouille, mais les plus petites grenouilles connues à ce jour dans le monde. Ces deux nouvelles espèces, chez lesquelles l’adulte ne dépasse pas 8 à 9 millimètres de longueur, ont été baptisées respectivement Paedophryne dekot et Paedophryne verrucosa.À lire aussiLes 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaitre ce 16 juinEn 2002, dans la même région, ce chercheur avait déjà découvert deux autres nouvelles espèces du genre Paedophryne, remarquables par leur taille de 10 à 11 millimètres. Les amphibiens appartenant à ce genre ont vu se réduire la taille de leurs doigts, corollaire d’une réduction du poids corporel, afin de pouvoir grimper dans les litières de feuilles et de mousses qui constituent leur habitat. Ce type d’habitat est d’ailleurs commun chez les grenouilles miniatures, ce qui pourrait refléter l’exploitation de nouvelles sources d’alimentation.Le 18 décembre 2011 à 17:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Del Mar seabluff collapse delays train service

first_img Updated: 3:50 PM February 15, 2019 A bluff collapse in #DelMar near Seagrove Park temporarily halted train service Friday on a stretch of ocean-front rails in northern #SanDiego County.Details:— KUSI News (@KUSINews) February 15, 2019DEL MAR (KUSI) – A bluff collapse near Seagrove Park temporarily halted train service Friday on a stretch of ocean-front rails in northern San Diego County.A roughly 55-foot-wide chunk of earth sloughed off a cliff near the foot of 14th Street in Del Mar about 12:15 a.m., city lifeguard Mike Emerson said. No injuries were reported.A number of people, including a surveyor who happened to be in the area, witnessed the collapse, and several videotaped it, city lifeguard Mike Emerson said.Due to the close proximity of train tracks in the area, North County Transit District officials suspended rail service between Sorrento Valley and Solana Beach to allow for a safety inspection.Several other non-injury bluff collapses have occurred in the same general vicinity in recent months. Del Mar sea-bluff collapse delays train service KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wrongway driver 88 cited on I5

first_imgEmergency dispatchers received word about 6:55 p.m. Monday that a man was driving northbound on southbound Interstate 5 between the Main Street exit and 78th Street.Washington State Patrol Trooper Richard Bettger said a Clark County sheriff’s deputy headed south heard from a dispatcher and was able to turn on his flashers and warn the man to drive onto the freeway shoulder.“He (the wrong-way driver) made it as far as the 63rd Street overpass and a Clark County deputy was able to put on emergency lights on get him to stop,” Bettger said.He said the man is 88 and was cited for driving the wrong way on a freeway.Bettger said family members were called to get the car turned around and drive it home for the man.Alcohol was not involved, Bettger said.last_img

CMS reports a 173 mean gender pay gap

first_imgLaw firm CMS has reported a 17.3% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 32.8% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 26.9%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 30.4%. Over this period, 90% of both female and male employees received a bonus payment.Just over half (60%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at CMS are women, compared to 63% in the second quartile, 74% in the third quartile, and 83% in the lowest pay quartile. The majority (70%) of CMS’ workforce are women, and 78% of female employees work on a full-time basis, compared to 22% of women who work part-time. On other hand, 98% of male employees work on a full-time basis compared to 2% who work part-time.CMS has voluntarily completed additional analysis to further break down its gender pay gap data by location and job type. In London, female lawyers and associates earn more than men with mean gender pay gaps of 1.4% and 1% respectively. In both Bristol and Scotland, male lawyers, associates and senior associates earn more than their female counterparts, according to mean gender pay gap results.Analysis of its pay grades for business services and legal support roles also shows that for pay grade two, in London and Scotland, women earn more with mean gender pay gaps of 3.68% and 2.83% respectively. This compares to pay grade seven where men are the higher earners in London, with a mean gender pay gap of 6.94%. The highest mean gender pay gap is in pay grade six for Scotland-based employees, where men earn more. The mean gender pay gap in this category is 15.82%.CMS has attributed its gender pay gap to the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the firm, particularly in the business support teams. The organisation also believes that its high number of part-time female employees has influenced its gender pay gap figures.To address its gender pay gap, CMS is implementing an inclusion strategy to enhance the organisational culture. The strategy will be focused around the pillars of gender diversity, equality of opportunity and talent development. Initiatives included in the strategy include work allocation monitoring and recruitment drives to broaden the size of CMS’ potential talent pool. In addition, the law firm will continue to monitor its maternity and parental leave benefits, which offers mothers, fathers, partners and adoptive parents enhanced pay, flexibility, and the ability to take extended leave. The firm also provides coaching support before and after any periods of leave.Within its report, CMS wrote: “At CMS, we are deeply committed to respect and all aspects of diversity and inclusion. We are therefore keen to publish early our gender pay statistics required under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. Not only have we reported the statistics that are required under law, we have also provided a breakdown of those statistics providing further detail and conclusions. In addition, while the data relates only to UK employees, the spirit of equality is one we are driving through our whole business, for partners as well as employees, and internationally as well as in the UK. [While] our figures may well be in line with those of other international law firms, we are not complacent and accept that there is still work to be done.“Our commitment is to work hard to improve these statistics. With that in mind, we are implementing an inclusion strategy that has embedded a number of initiatives within our firm that work together in a concerted effort to enhance the culture of our workplace. The strategy is robust and sustainable to deliver inclusion across all the different pillars of the firm, including gender diversity and equality of opportunity, and invests in the talent development and future of our firm.”last_img read more

Borough Ballot Propositions Announced

first_imgProposition No. 1General Obligation Bonds to Pay the Local Required Match Portion of the Costs of the Kachemak-Selo New K-12 School (to be voted on by all voters) The proposed new area of the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area as should “the common boundary line between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area be moved south by about 15 miles to Barbara Drive in Ninilchik?” Proposition No. 3Expanding the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area to Include the Land South of Kachemak Bay Excluding the City of Seldovia (to be voted on by voters in the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the new proposed area) The proposed new southern area of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area will be asked “shall the southern boundary line of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area around Kachemak Bay be moved south?” Proposition No. 2Amending the Code to Move the Common Boundary Between the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area (to be voted on by voters in the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the Proposed new Area) To required match for the borough is a $5,450,000 issuance bond for the Kenai Peninsula Borough to pay the local required match portion of the costs of ohe Kachemak-Selo new K-12 School construction project. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There are three propositions that will be on the upcoming ballot for residents of the Kenai Peninsula for the municipal election on October 2.last_img read more

Plantation drive hits a roadblock in Srikakulam

first_imgSrikakulam: Plantation of palm and casuarina saplings along the seacoast has been remained on papers for the last three years. With an aim to prevent damage caused due to strong gales, the forest department officials proposed to plant saplings following directions from the then District Collector P Laxminarasimham in 2016. Srikakulam has 193 kilometres length of seacoast and it is vulnerable for cyclones every year from October to December. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In 2013 Phailin and in 2014 Hudhud cyclones caused huge damage to cashew and coconut plantations besides thousands of houses damaged along the seacoast villages. For prevention of such damage, officials proposed to plant palm and casuarina saplings in 20 lines along the seacoast. These trees will reduce velocity of gales and helps in reducing damage. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us During the cyclone, gales reported at 160 kilometers speed per hour and causing unimaginable damage. In 2016, the district collector also proposed to allot funds for plantation drive under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The forest officials also decided to plant these saplings in reserve forest and revenue lands also along the seacoast and they have sent a proposal for allotment of revenue lands for the purpose. Advertise With Us For all along the coast in Srikakulam, a total of 20 lakh casuarina saplings and 10 lakh palm saplings are required as per forest officials’ estimations. However, the proposals remained on papers and the people experienced huge damage due to Titli cyclone in 2018. The residents of coastal villages are now worrying over coming October to December months by remembering the devastation caused by previous cyclones. “At present, there is no action plan for plantation drive in coastal belt and we will verify old proposals made by the then district collector and take a decision as per the directions of higher officials,” stated district in-charge forest officer G Laxman to The Hans India.last_img read more

Houston Company Seeks To Breathe Life Into Massive Wind Power Project

first_img 00:00 /13:15 Listen Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share A Houston-based renewable energy company is turning to a former Missouri governor to revive a $2.3 billion project.Clean Line Energy Partners is seeking to build one of the nation’s longest power lines across the Midwest. The 780-mile, high-voltage line would transmit power from wind farms of western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to Indiana.Former Missouri governor Jay Nixon is going before the Missouri Supreme Court to argue in favor of the project.How could the case impact other Houston-based energy projects? Tracy Hester with the University of Houston Law Center tells Houston Matters about the bigger issues at stake with the plan.And we hear from Cary Kottler, Clean Line Energy’s general counsel, about why his company sought out the former governor to argue on its behalf, and what’s ahead for the project.last_img read more