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Greek Soccer Players Fixed Matches

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Judicial investigators said they believe four Greek soccer players colluded to fix matches so they could pool the winnings from betting on the games.Their names weren’t given but authorities said they were from a Super League team and had won scores of thousands of eurosAccording to the probe’s results, seen by Kathimerini, a 24-year-old player repeatedly contacted a 28-year-old man regarding betting issues ahead of a game between perennial champion Olympiakos and Panionios.The soccer player advised his contact to bet on there being more than 13 corners in the game. There were in fact 16 – 13 conceded by Panionios and three by Olympiakos. This allegedly led to a post-tax betting win of 19,100 euros.Wiretaps on the players’ phones suggest that the 24-year-old was to be paid 6,300 euros and the other three players lesser amounts.The 24-year-old was also found to be in contact with a 48-year-old gas station owner to whom he allegedly owned 30,000 euros. In a text message, the player appears to suggest he could help fix matches.Allegations of corruption and match fixing have been rampant in Greek soccer but have done little to discourage fans known for their blind devotion to their teams.last_img read more

Rahane, Vijay flop as Shaw and Vihari shine in New Zealand

first_imgFour out of the six Indian batsmen who got bat scored fifties to help India A finish with 340/5 at the and of play on day one of the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.At stumps on the first day of the four-day game, the experienced Parthiv Patel was batting on 79 off 111 balls, with Vijay Shankar slated to join the wicketkeeper in the middle on Saturday.Having made 86 off 150 deliveries, Hanuma Vihari, who made his Test debut in England with a half-century, was dismissed in the last ball of the day.Also read – Time for chopping and changing in ODI team over, declares Ravi ShastriVihari hit eight boundaries during his stay in the middle, while Patel has so far found the fence 10 times.Also scoring fifties were Mayank Agarwal (65) and the 19-year-old Test opener Prithvi Shaw (62).After the visitors opted to bat first, India A were given a fine start by Shaw and his senior partner Murali Vijay, who fell for 28.Also read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat KohliThe Mumbaikar then added exactly 50 runs for the second wicket with Agarwal, before he was dismissed by slow-left-arm spinner Theo van Woerkom.Vihari joined Agarwal in the middle and added 73 runs for the third wicket till the later was bowled by medium pacer Blair Tickner.Shaw struck six boundaries and a six in his 88-ball stay, while Agarwal hit 10 fours and two sixes.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli promises to give it back if Australia are aggressiveSkipper Ajinkya Rahane did not last long, falling for 12 off 19 balls, but the duo of Vihari and Patel put together a stand of 138 runs for the sixth wicket to consolidate India A’s position at the Bay Oval.Tickner was the most successful bowler for the hosts, finishing the day with 2/48 from 15 overs.Rohit Sharma was originally named in the India A squad for the first unofficial Test in New Zealand but was advised rest by the BCCI medical team keeping in mind his workload.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

Scars don’t bother me

first_imgYOUNG Aishwarya Pissay had no inkling that a below average performance in the twelfth grade would pave the way for a career that she had only imagined in her wildest dreams. Having grown up in a regular Indian family, she was expected to take the college-graduation-job route like her peers.,YOUNG Aishwarya Pissay had no inkling that a below average performance in the twelfth grade would pave the way for a career that she had only imagined in her wildest dreams. Having grown up in a regular Indian family, she was expected to take the college-graduation-job route like her peers. She set out on a road trip with her seniors and incidentally they were biking. “I always admired my seniors, the women who rode bikes. But I was used to hearing women don’t ride motorcycles,” she says. Her interest in biking led her to apply for the then popular show, MTV Chase the Monsoons with a friend. “It was a bike trip that took me from the Rann of Kutch to Cherrapunji, and once it was over I knew I wanted to do a lot more of that,” she says.She returned to join the Apex Racing Academy in Coimbatore where she was the only woman training in professional track racing at the time. “The first time I was riding on the track, I realised that there was a lot I had to unlearn. Biking involves a lot of discipline,” she explains.In February 2016, at her first national professional race, Pissay finished a disappointing fourth but it left her determined to perform better going forward. This was followed by a road racing and a national rally win in the same year, a first for an Indian woman. She gained a sponsorship, went on to win more national titles in rally racing and there was no looking back. In 2017, Pissay had to choose between road racing or rally racing. “I enjoyed off-roading more since I was on a bike in the wilderness often for long periods. It is a lonely sport, but much more satisfying,” she explains.advertisementThis year, Pissay finished first at the Dubai Baja championship, third at the Portugal Baja and is gearing up for the forthcoming legs of the World Baja Championship in Spain and Hungary. She currently stands in the lead in the women’s category and in the second place in the Juniors category which includes both men and women. But these successes haven’t come easy. Last year, at the Spain Baja where she was the first Indian woman to ever participate, Pissay suffered an injury that left her with a ruptured pancreas. “My doctor said I wouldn’t be able to walk for six months. But, I was back on the track in that time. This championship has been a process of rehabilitation for me to get back on the track,” she explains.Despite major injuries, Pissay seems quite unfettered and is actively working towards bringing more women on the track. “I am only human and I’m scared when injuries happen. But people seem more concerned about scars and injuries with women. Scars don’t bother me,” she says. “Besides, injuries are a part of every athlete’s life,” she adds.Pissay dreams of being the first woman in the prestigious Dakar Rally and won’t stop short of that. In her own words, she lives a dream every day. “I play games on the Playstation and ride bikes for work, I couldn’t ask for more,” she says.last_img read more

VIDEO: Nordana Sea Makes a Big Splash

first_imgDutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit launched Nordana Sea, the third vessel in a series of six being built for its compatriot shipping company Symphony Shipping BV, on December 11, in Leer, Germany.The 10,500 dwt cargo vessel will be chartered out to the Danish shipping company Nordana, and sail in its fleet after delivery.Nordana Sea features an Ecobox design, and is characterized by its flexibility of loading combined with very economical and ecological performance, large loading floor area for project cargoes, including complete movable tweendeck, two 85 ton cargo cranes and a deckhouse placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling to load oversized items over the stern.The vessel also has the ability of sailing in all weather conditions without maindeck hatches to transport large project cargoes without height restrictions, and the Ferus Smit ECO bulbless Canoe type bow, designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed.Additionally Nordana Sea has a propeller equipped with a duct for enhanced thrust at lower speeds and reduction of maximum installed propulsion power.Video: Schiffs Kanallast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown Ferry will be out of service from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, for safety reasons in light of construction in the parking area. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-last_img

Any discussion on Kashmir will only be with Pakistan bilaterally Jaishankar

first_imgBangkok: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday made it clear to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally, days after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue. Jaishankar is in the Thailand capital to attend a number of conferences, including the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting, the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the 26th ASEAN Regional Forum and the 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Held wide ranging discussions with @SecPompeo on regional issues,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” he tweeted. He met US Secretary of State Pompeo on the sidelines of the second day of 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers meet in Bangkok. This was the first official meeting between the two top officials after President Trump’s controversial comments on him mediating between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.last_img read more

Stars Unite To Stop Rhino Poaching

first_imgA number of celebrities stormed social media recently to help the Zoological Society of London win £500,000 Google Global Impact Award as ‘fan favourite’Famous faces including actor Leonardo DiCaprio, adventurer Ben Fogle and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary all backed the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) campaign to win a £500,000 grant from Google to help stop rhino poaching in Africa.Twenty five celebrities lent their support to the project, which will use the grant to install a network of next-generation cameras across Tsavo National Park in Kenya to help stop gangs of armed-poachers killing thousands of rhino every year.The influential VIPs helped ZSL spread their message by sending all-important tweets to their followers – totalling more than 20 million people. Their support helped ZSL gain the most public votes and see off tough competition to become the “fan favourite” and win the incredible grant.This crucial funding will see cameras with automated sensors installed in poaching hotspots within months – saving hundreds of animals over the next two years. As well as instantly transmitting images of intruders the cameras can detect vehicles from vibrations and triangulate the sound of gunshots, so that park rangers can pinpoint the location of poachers and intervene immediately.ZSL’s director of fundraising, James Wren, says: “It’s fantastic to have won this important Google grant, and we couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support from our VIP friends and the public. These life-saving cameras will help stop the slaughter of rhinos, elephants, and more, before it’s too late.”Other stars who joined the campaign included Edward Norton, Derren Brown, Gail Porter, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Bill Bailey and many more.last_img read more

EMIEnterprises Forum in Rabat Supports Moroccan Youth Innovation

Rabat – Morocco’s youth are key to driving innovation, said speakers and students at the EMI-Enterprises Forum, April 3-4, which connects Moroccan students with businesses searching for talent. The challenge is finding them the right opportunities.“The forum will help students immerse themselves further into [the] development and progress of our country and all future relative projects,” said Moulay Larbi Abidi, director of the Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI), in his remarks at the opening ceremony.This year marks the 25th EMI-Enterprises Forum, which EMI holds each year at its campus. Founded in 1959 by King Mohammed V, the university is Morocco’s leading engineering school and its largest institute of technology. Students stand for the opening ceremony. Photo Credit: Basma Ifzaghan/ Morocco World NewsA quarter-century ago, the forum was Morocco’s first job fair. It has since become EMI’s premier event, bringing companies in from around the globe to Rabat. The forum also hosts experts that workshop students’ resumes and interview skills.Over 100 businesses set up stands stocked with glossy promotional flyers at EMI on Wednesday—more companies than ever before, according to Bilal Khelil, an engineering student involved in organizing the event. “We’re celebrating this year 25 years of excellence, 25 years of leading Morocco when it comes to job fairs,” Khelil said.Economic intelligence for innovationIn March, EMI announced the theme for the 2019 forum’s theme would be “economic intelligence”—the kinds of analytical skills needed to anticipate changes and risk in the economy.It is a hot topic in the job market right now, Abidi said. Mohammed Rhachi, president of Mohammed V University in Rabat, also emphasized the theme in his remarks.Development is held “hostage to the adoption of economic intelligence,” he said, adding that its adoption will stimulate innovation and growth.Moulay Larbi Abidi, Director of the Mohammadia School of Engineers, speaks at the forum’s opening ceremony. Photo Credit: Basma Ifzaghan/ Morocco World NewsSuch training is vital for students just entering the job market, both said—not only for the graduates as they search for jobs, but for Morocco. The Moroccan economy has suffered from an exodus of high-skilled workers abroad, partly as a result of stubborn unemployment rates. More than 600 engineers leave the country annually, according to education minister Said Amzazi.Fighting the brain drainEMI students at the event, clad in formal red-and-black uniforms, talked about their own hopes for the event and fears for the future.“It’s hard to find a job that suits you, a job that you can enjoy,” said Salma Mangoug, a second-year engineering student at EMI. Thousands of engineers, she said, graduate and enter the job market each year in Morocco. For Mangoug, the EMI-Enterprises Forum offered a chance at finding that job. “It’s a real glimpse of hope,” she said.And while companies abroad might continue seeking out students like Mangoug and Khelil for positions outside of the country, Morocco’s business environment is improving in many sectors.“Everyone thinks there are more opportunities abroad, and sometimes they can be wrong,” Mangoug said. “They should think again about Morocco, about working here.” read more

Chinas yuan falls further to US dollar amid trade war fears

BEIJING — China’s yuan has fallen further against the U.S. dollar amid fears about mounting economic damage from Beijing’s trade war with President Donald Trump.The yuan declined to 7.0562 to the dollar in early trading Tuesday, a day after Beijing allowed it to fall past the politically sensitive level of seven to the greenback.The Chinese central bank says the declines are driven by market forces. But they fueled fears Beijing might use devaluation as a weapon in its fight with Trump over U.S. complaints about China’s trade surplus and technology policies.The weakness of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, or “people’s money,” is among U.S. grievances against Beijing. American officials complain it makes Chinese export prices unfairly low, hurting foreign competitors and swelling Beijing’s trade surplus.The Associated Press read more

Ebola response must be based on scientific evidence not on fear urge

“The fear factor plays a strong role in the crisis. I encourage the Member States and businesses and individuals as well, to take decisions based on scientific evidence, not on fear,” urged UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, as he opened a high-level briefing for Member States at UN Headquarters in New York on the Organization’s response to the unprecedented outbreak.The latest number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases in affected countries Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, stands at 3,069, with over 1,552 deaths, making this the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. An unprecedented number of health care workers have also been infected and died due to this outbreak.Joining the Deputy Secretary-General were other senior UN officials including Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. “The outbreak is more than a health crisis,” said Mr. Eliasson, explain that the health systems in the affected countries are overwhelmed by the magnitude and complexity of the problem. These countries are finding it extremely difficult to cope, and as such, the international community must step up its efforts and help boost the capacity of the affected countries and their health systems.“As far as the UN is concerned, this is one of the most serious health challenges we have ever faced. The reality on the ground is no different from those caused by natural calamities and conflicts of great magnitude – and in some ways even more difficult with dire consequences in several other areas of society,” Mr. Eliasson said.There have been strong responses by Governments, multilateral and regional organisations, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other partners. At the country level, an enormous amount of work is already being done by the UN Missions, peacekeeping operations and UN Country Teams.Mr. Eliasson went on to say that the Secretary-General has established a United Nations System Ebola Virus Disease coordination mechanism to be guided by leadership provided by WHO and Dr. Nabarro, who just returned from visiting affected countries in West Africa. “But we cannot do it alone. We need effective strategies, partnerships, and capacities. There cannot be any weak links in this operational chain. We also need to think in unconventional terms and demonstrate speed and flexibility in defining and executing our strategies,” Mr. Eliasson said. Explaining that the UN is faced with severe strains on its own staff working in such difficult conditions, he said: “We may need to involve Member States in this coordination task. I recall the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and the Haiti earthquake when we had a more active role of Member States in those operations.”For her part, Dr. Chan said this was the largest, most severe and complex Ebola outbreak ever seen in the nearly 40-year history of this disease. The outbreaks are “racing ahead of the control efforts” in the affected countries. “Ebola is now being labelled as an African disease, this is not justified, this is unfair and uncalled for. The level of anxiety and fear is high worldwide because of the severity of the disease and there is a lot of misunderstanding,” she said. The three hardest hit countries are “isolated” and “marginalized” hampering efforts because WHO cannot fly in experts to help. Early treatment has improved the prospect of survival- about 50 percent of people infected survive. People must be educated about high risk exposures such as of unprotected care, unsafe burials, taking care of sick family members at home. Dr. Chan said that WHO and its partners are training “burial boys” and healthcare workers. Ebola has become a global threat which requires urgent global efforts in solidarity with affected countries. Efforts must be led by national authorities. The outbreak “will get worse before it gets better” and it requires a well-coordinated, scale up of outbreak response urgently. It requires creativity and culturally appropriate actions. Last week, the WHO launched the Roadmap for Ebola response, because it believes this outbreak can and will be controlled. WHO is also coordinating the scientific community to fast track the work on experimental therapies. “We want to look at the vaccines, we want to look at medicines and identify those with good potential for preventing Ebola or for treating Ebola,” she said. Stressing the “whole world is responsible and accountable to bring the Ebola outbreak under control,” Dr. Chan urged partners, non-governmental organizations, and Member States to come together to do more. Meanwhile, on the ground, disruptions in food trade in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. “Access to food has become a pressing concern for many people in the three affected countries and their neighbours,” said Bukar Tijani, FAO Regional Representative for Africa in a statement to the press. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones aimed at combating the spread of the virus have seriously curtailed the movement of food. This has led to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, according to an alert issued by FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).Labour shortages on farms due to movement restrictions and migration to other areas will seriously impact farm production, jeopardizing the food security of large numbers of people. “With the main harvest now at risk and trade and movements of goods severely restricted, food insecurity is poised to intensify in the weeks and months to come. The situation will have long-lasting impacts on farmers’ livelihoods and rural economies,” Mr. Tijani added. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are all net cereal importers, with Liberia being the most reliant on external supplies. However, the closure of border crossings and the isolation of border areas where the three countries intersect are sharply increasing food prices. For example, in Liberia, the price of cassava – drought-tolerant crops – went up 150 per cent within the first weeks of August. “Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the affected areas were spending up to 80 percent of their incomes on food,” said Vincent Martin, Head of FAO’s Dakar-based Resilience Hub, which is coordinating the agency’s response. “Now these latest price spikes are effectively putting food completely out of their reach. This situation may have social repercussions that could lead to subsequent impact on the disease containment,” Mr. Martin added. According to WHO, the latest official number of Ebola virus disease cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone stands at 3,069, with over 1,552 deaths, making this the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded.It is critical that rural communities understand which practices pose the highest risks of human-to-human transmission as well as the potential spill-over from wildlife. Toward that end, the FAO has activated its networks to help sister agencies communicate risk to affected populations.Meanwhile, to meet short-term food relief needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency aid operation targeting some 65,000 tonnes of food to 1.3 million people in health centres and quarantine areas. In a statement today, WFP Regional Director for West Africa, Denise Brown, said that her agency was also multiplying efforts to bring food assistance to people in need and to provide logistical support to sister agencies working to contain the virus.WFP is deploying a total of 50 additional staff across the three most affected countries and is urging it needs $70 million to carry out its aid operations through November. Meanwhile, yesterday in Dakar, Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General for West Africa (SRSG), held a meeting with the heads of UN regional support teams to review ongoing efforts made to eradicate Ebola and provide support to people affected. According to a statement released today by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), the Special Representative and the Regional Directors deplored the ongoing socio-economic consequences of Ebola, including in particular the isolation of the affected countries with the risk of stigmatizing people. The solution is not in travel restrictions but in ensuring that effective preventive and curative health measures are put in place. International resource mobilization is critical as food insecurity could further undermine national government efforts, they reiterated. read more

UN agency deploys artificial fish habitats along Somali coast to boost sustainable

In a statement issued today, FAO explained that the devices consist of a floating buoy and so-called ‘habitat mat’ a few metres across. “Plant life quickly grows under the mat, attracting large numbers of fish – in essence crating new high – density fishing grounds where none existed before,” the statement said.These ‘fish magnets’ will attract many different fish species, including tuna, that normally small – scale fishers cannot easily catch, making fishing more safe and efficient, while also encouraging fishers to switch their fishing efforts away from habitats such as coral reefs and sea grasses that are vulnerable to overfishing.“The FADs initiative is at the heart of the work by FAO and our partners to boost coastal livelihoods, strengthen resilience, and tackle the underlying causes of piracy – illegal fishing, degradation of local fisheries, high levels of youth unemployment, and food insecurity,” said FAO representative in Somalia, Richard Trenchard.The effort has been funded by the governments of Japan and Switzerland, while the European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) – which has a regional role in combatting piracy and monitoring fisheries – has provided critical protection and logistical support for the vessel that deployed the FADs.According to FAO, the European Union Head of Delegation and Ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, commended the programme as a crucial addition to efforts aimed at creating employment in Somalia’s piracy-affected areas. “This is an integrated approach to creating long-term, sustainable employment opportunities to youth and women as alternatives to piracy and migration, by developing the value chains of the fishery and livestock sector within the coastal communities of Puntland, Galmudug and Banadir where traditionally communities have combined seasonal fishing and pastoral activities,” said Mr. d’Urso.FAO has worked with 20 communities as well as federal and regional ministries in Somalia to identify the deployment locations and ensure that the FADs would be accepted and well used.“Just over one million people in Somalia currently face severe food insecurity, while an estimated 307,800 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished,” FAO noted, pointing to sustainable fisheries as a key element of tackling food insecurity in the country.In addition, Mr. Trenchard explained that the devices should help kick-start further longer-term development support to these communities, most importantly, investment to strengthen market linkages.“As well as expanding the FADs programme to other areas,” he said, “we will be working with the ministries and the fishing communities to attract further investment for ice machines, cold storage and processing facilities, improved landing sites and, of course, better roads to bring fresh fish to markets as quickly as possible.”Related FAO activities in Somalia include boat building, fish preservation training, distribution of solar fridges, construction of jetties and the registration of fishers, much of which has been supported by generous funding from Norway and the United Kingdom. Additionally, with European Union funding.FAO plans to launch a broader programme to stimulate further growth across the fisheries sector and further reduce the chances of piracy re-emerging in the future.While FADs can have negative environmental impacts when used unwisely, FAO has been at the forefront of developing guidelines for their sustainable use, building on lessons learned elsewhere.In Somalia, the FAO devices have been deployed in carefully targeted deep-water locations and are anchored to the seabed.Further, FAO has been actively engaging with women, youth and fishers, as well as relevant authorities to develop local management best practices and agreed rules that will reduce the chance of local conflict and ensure sustainable use of each FAD. These rules are enshrined in local agreements, signed by village elders, co-op leaders as well as government ministries. read more

The Fly Ball Revolution Is Hurting As Many Batters As Its Helped

Among players who increased their fly-ball rate, it was almost exactly a toss-up as to whether their wOBA would get better or worse.149.3 percent increased their wOBA, while 50.7 percent saw it decline. Similarly, players who decreased their fly-ball rate had about a 50/50 split of improving and worsening wOBAs. Overall, the correlation between a batter’s changing fly ball rate and his subsequent change in production is nonexistent. That same lack of correlation holds if you use the more advanced metrics (such as launch angle) tracked by MLB’s StatCast system.Although there are some fly-ball success stories, plenty of hitters have swung up only to see their wOBA dive down. For every Yonder Alonso there is a 2016 Kiké Hernandez, who spiked his fly-ball rate by 11.7 percentage points, only to watch his wOBA drop by 89 points. Or maybe you’d prefer Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, the owner of a dreadful wOBA 21 percent worse than the league average in 2016. The Cubs are at the vanguard of the fly-ball revolution, reportedly championing the phrase “there’s no slug on the ground.” Heyward seems to have listened, because he increased his fly-ball rate by almost 10 percentage points after joining the Cubs. But in contrast with the success stories of players such as Alonso and Martinez, the change has had a disastrous effect on Heyward.So adopting an uppercut swing won’t necessarily make a player great. But it will probably make them hit more home runs. (When players up their rate of fly balls, the consequence is usually more dingers.)2In my data, there was no inverse relationship between the change in rate of fly balls and the rate at which those fly balls went over the fence. The increasing rate of fly balls leaguewide seems to explain some of the explosion in home runs from 2015 to 2016 (although that still leaves the mid-year 2015 increase in home runs a mystery, even setting aside the speculation around — and puzzling evidence for and against — ball juicing).3In total, the league hit 701 more home runs in 2016 than in 2015. A simple regression of the number of home runs versus the fly-ball rate for each player would predict about 400 additional home runs in 2016.Home runs are great! But the problem is that fly balls also come with other, less desirable consequences. For example, players who hit more fly balls into the outfield also hit more pop-ups on the infield, which are about as valuable as striking out. Given his aforementioned criticism of fly balls, maybe it’s no coincidence that Joey Votto is also one of baseball’s best at avoiding infield pop-ups — he probably knows the two are related.Moreover, the conscious effort to adapt an unnatural swing plane could harm a player’s natural hitting motion. Heyward had been a productive hitter earlier in his career with similar fly-ball rates as last season, but his swing mechanics were notably confused a year ago, which resulted in an obvious weak spot against low pitches.In an interview with CSN Chicago, Cubs hitting coach John Mallee described the work he was doing to improve Heyward for the 2017 season. “He’s trying to mirror the swing that he had then…. It’s not actually making a change; it’s just getting him to who he was,” Mallee said. Bucking the revolution, Heyward has hit significantly fewer fly balls this season, and his production has improved, as well (although he’s still underperforming expectations).Stories such as Heyward’s show that the fly-ball revolution is not for every hitter. Notably, many of the players who have transformed the most by adopting uppercut swings were underperforming before. Alonso was a below-average hitter last season; Donaldson was a former high draft pick who struggled for years to come into his own. Tinkering with their swing planes might have been the secret to unlocking their full potential. But for players with established mechanics like Heyward, adopting a new philosophy is a riskier proposition. All told, it’s tough to predict whether more fly balls are the missing ingredient for a hitter, or just a harmful distraction. From J.D. Martinez to Josh Donaldson, hitters throughout the big leagues have been honing a new approach at the plate, hunting for big flies and eschewing worm burners. It’s a change rooted in the latest metrics, which say balls hit in the air tend to be more valuable than grounders — particularly since the home run surge of 2015 started turning a higher percentage of fly balls into home runs than ever. So, over the last two years, batters have adjusted their swings accordingly, sending ever more balls skyward.The resulting trend toward fly balls has significantly improved a handful of hitters, helping them achieve far better results than when they slapped more grounders. Some observers have even suggested it could be contributing to the surge in home runs. But a closer look at the data shows that, while there is a sweeping transformation underway, it seems to be hurting as many players as it is helping.A batter can hit more fly balls by changing the angle of his swing. Instead of the slight downward plane recommended by many instructors, more of today’s batters are adopting uppercut swings that drive the ball into the air. And across the league, the effect is palpable.Over the past three seasons, the ratio of ground balls to fly balls in MLB has dropped from 1.34 grounders per fly in 2015 to 1.25 this year. For individual players, the changes are even more significant. FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan documented a historic number of players who have dropped their ground-ball percentage by 5 percent or more since 2015.Some of those players have benefited greatly from these swing changes. Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso nearly halved the number of grounders he’s hitting so far this year, and he also boasts a personal-best 178 weighted Runs Created plus, one of the best marks in the league. There are similar anecdotes for Martinez, Donaldson, Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy and others.So there is definitely a fly-ball revolution underway in baseball. But that revolution is not without its discontents. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto recently disparaged the trend towards fly-ball hitting in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I see it with a lot of guys. Everyone tells the good stories, but there’s a lot of s—ty stories of guys who are wasting their time trying things,” Votto said, as quoted in the Enquirer.Votto is right; being a more productive hitter really isn’t as simple as “elevate to celebrate.” Over the last three years, just as many hitters have suffered by increasing their fly-ball rate as have benefited. Here’s a chart showing each hitter’s change in fly-ball rate from the previous year, in comparison with his change in weighted On-Base Average (wOBA). read more

Paedophile aged 101 faces being the oldest person ever jailed in Britain

first_imgA 101-year-old paedophile faces being the oldest person ever to be jailed in Britain after he was found guilty of a string of historic child sex offences.Ralph Clarke – who was born in March 1915 – showed no reaction as the jury delivered the 21 guilty verdicts on Friday.The pensioner, who was in his late 20s when he served in the RAF during World War Two, sat back in his chair and leaned on his white walking stick as he listened. Retired lorry driver Ralph Clarke, aged 101, arriving at Birmingham Crown CourtCredit: Joe Giddens/PA Retired lorry driver Ralph Clarke, aged 101, arriving at Birmingham Crown Court Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He (the boy victim) was also abused in the garage workshop. He vividly remembers that the defendant would take his teeth out beforehandMiranda Moore QC His three victims wept as the verdicts were delivered and hugged each other in court after they were completed.Clarke, of Erdington, Birmingham, admitted nine sex offences against a boy, who he abused between the ages of nine and 14, halfway through his two-week trial.A jury of six men and six women took just under eight hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts on 21 sexual offences against two young girls.He was cleared of one charge of indecency with a child.Judge Richard Bond said he would sentence Clarke on Monday morning after he had heard victim impact statements and submissions on the guidelines.Clarke, who walks with the aid of a white stick, was given special permission to sit outside the dock at the back of the court during the trial. The retired lorry driver listened to proceedings through his hearing aid and had an intermediary sitting next to him for support.Judge Bond told the jury he was “speaking slowly” for the benefit of the OAP and had reduced sitting hours of between 9.30am and 1.30pm to allow Clarke to go home.The court heard Clarke indecently assaulted the three victims in his lorry cab and his “man cave” shed between 1974 and 1983.Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told the jury he also abused the children, who are siblings, in the bath and in a bed.He bribed the young girls with sweets and money and would even take his false teeth out before committing sex acts on the boy.Clarke was arrested after his two female victims walked into a police station in August last year to make a complaint against the centenarian.Miss Moore told the jury they were “tipped over the edge” when he turned 100 in March 2015 and “everybody was saying what a good life he had led”.The court heard Clarke abused one of the girls from the age of seven and would force both female victims to perform sex acts on him.Miss Moore said: “(The victim) said it was a daily event. The defendant was very handy, he could mend things.”He had one of those workshops, probably today it would be called a man shed or man cave. All three victims talk about being in a garden shed or a workshop.”(The victim) remembers sitting on the bench, she remembers that the abuse happening in the shed was in the summer. When he did these things he was a young and strong man and they were children.”Clarke was found guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault and nine counts of indecency with a child relating the two young girls. The boy victim…vividly remembers that the defendant would take his teeth out beforehand He also denied five charges of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and two charges of attempting to commit buggery.But he changed his pleas to guilty to all nine counts, which all refer to the male victim.Miss Moore told the jury: “He (the boy victim) was also abused in the garage workshop. He vividly remembers that the defendant would take his teeth out beforehand.”Giving evidence, Clarke told the jury the offences against the boy were “something that happened”.But he claimed there wasn’t enough room in his makeshift workshop for anything to have happened between him and the two girls.Clarke said: “What room was in there, I needed. I had always got a pile of kids around the garage because I used to repair all the bikes for them. They’d come from all over.”All the children used to know me as Nobby.”last_img read more

Superior outlines Heap Leach Conveyor System

first_imgSuperior Industries launched its Heap Leach Conveyor System to the mining industry during MINExpo 2012. The system is a “complete conveyor package specifically designed for complex heap leach mining applications. With the new system, metal mining operations have the ideal combination of machines to ensure efficient operation when working with a variety of precious materials including copper, gold and iron.” Superior’s system includes four models of the company’s heavy-duty mobile conveyors, all of which are designed and built to each customer’s specific requirements: the TeleStacker Conveyor, a horizontal index conveyor, a horizontal feed conveyor and grasshopper conveyors. While the system is built around these four standard machines, Superior says that it “fully customises its Mobile Heap Leach Conveyor Systems for every customer.”The company adds: “Because every heap leaching operation is different and the process is complex, mines are more likely to improve efficiency with a customised, comprehensive system of equipment. Superior’s team of engineers takes into account each operation’s unique characteristics, then customises the full package, including each individual conveyor, to provide one complete, integrated system designed specifically for the operation.” Customisation includes conveyor belt length and width, belt speeds, load areas, hoppers, mobile tracks, control systems, electrical components and total number of grasshopper conveyors. The strategically selected combination of machines and machine attributes in the Heap Leach Conveyor System help ensure the smoothest material transfer and greatest efficiency possible with minimal machine movement.The core of Superior’s Heap Leach Conveyor System is the Mine Duty TeleStacker Conveyor. The machine’s internal, or stinger conveyor maintains constant motion along the cell to distribute material evenly and maintain a flat top to each heaped pile. It is built with a longer stinger conveyor than similar radial telescoping units for greater flexibility in valley fill applications. The longer stinger also enables the stacking conveyor to pile more material per move. The TeleStacker Conveyor features a patented FB Undercarriage support system for unmatched safety and stability. The robust FB Undercarriage is constructed of durable steel and features a tubular braced structure to prevent twisting and shifting. The conveyor can be equipped with steel tracks and attached to Superior’s patented FD Series Axle. The combination enables smooth travel, extra flotation and quick transition from radial to linear modes, says Superior. Mounted to the TeleStacker Conveyor is the Horizontal Index Conveyor (HIC). This fully skirted conveyor is able to accept material from the horizontal feed conveyor at any point along its length for greater flexibility and minimal material spillage. It’s equipped with a track drive, enabling it to pull both itself and the TeleStacker Conveyor along the cell’s centre line. A horizontal feed conveyor aligns perpendicular to the HIC and grasshopper conveyors, and is a crucial material transfer point between the two. Because a grasshopper isn’t able to rise up and feed directly into the HIC, the horizontal feed conveyor moves material from the grasshopper conveyor to the HIC and maintains a consistent, steady flow of material between the two. Acting as the initial material feed point, the grasshopper conveyor sits adjacent to the horizontal feed conveyor and transfers material to it.Superior’s standard grasshopper conveyors are 100 ft long, but the company can build them in longer, custom lengths often equal to the length of the HIC. Customers can use multiple units in a sequence, depending on the specific size and needs of the operation. Superior engineers all the components and the system as a whole to ensure smooth material movement at all transfer points and the electrical integrity necessary when working with multiple conveyors. Superior also provides onsite assembly and training, which allows a crew to be productive quickly while also maintaining high safety standards.last_img read more

Mahe show for French win over Slovenia

← Previous Story France 2017 only via live stream in Germany Next Story → Strong Spain outplay “new Poland” France beat Slovenia 29:27 (13:13) in the first of two friendly matches in warm-up for the upcoming Men’s World Championshio 2017 which starts on January 11. Kentin Mahe was absolutely No.1 with 12 goals.These two teams will meet also in Montpellier on Sunday.FRANCE – SLOVENIA 29:27 (13:13)France : Gérard, Omeyer (10 saves); Rémili (1/4), O. Nyokas, Narcisse, N. Karabatic (5/5), Mahé (12/16 ), N’Guessan (1/5), Accambray, Abalo (1/3), Sorhaindo (1/1), Guigou (1/3 ), L. Karabatic (4/5), Fabregas (1/1), Claire, Dipanda (1/1), Porte (1/2), LenneSlovenia : Skok (5 saves), Lesjak, Kastelic (5 odb); Blagotinsek, Henigman (4/6), Marguc (2/3 ), Kavticnik (2/5), Janc (2/2), Dolenec (4/5), Cingesar (2/3), Poteko, Miklavcic, Kodrin (1/2), Gaber (3/5), Bezjak (4/4), Zarabec (2/4 ), Mackovsek (1/3) read more

Meath man convicted of raping woman he met on dating app

first_imgMeath man convicted of raping woman he met on dating app Gardaí arrested Martin Sherlock following a “sting” operation in which officers arranged to meet him as he was selling a phone through Done Deal. Monday 18 Jun 2018, 8:09 PM By Fiona Ferguson Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL A MEATH MAN convicted of raping a woman he met on online dating app Badoo was caught through “ingenious detective work” on the part of investigating gardaí, a court has heard.Martin Sherlock (30) and the woman had arranged to meet but she told him they could not have sex without a condom.She started to feel uncomfortable during other sexual activity and said he did not stop when she said “no”. She later realised he had ejaculated inside her.Prosecuting counsel, Eilis Brennan BL, told the Central Criminal Court that the key issue in the case was that the victim had said no to sex without a condom. The woman said she thought Badoo was “a way to meet boys”, but she did not know how to talk to them and said they just wanted sex after meeting.Sherlock of Athlumney Wood, Navan, Co Meath had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman at her Dublin home on 14 August 2015. He had admitted stealing the woman’s mobile phone. He has no previous convictions.Sherlock was convicted following a four-day trial after just over five hours of deliberations.The court heard Sherlock has since lost his job and his wedding plans have been cancelled.Gardaí arrested Sherlock following a “sting” operation in which gardaí arranged to meet him as he was selling a phone through Done Deal. He told gardaí: “I know she said no, but we had already started”.Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned finalisation of sentence until 2 July and remanded Sherlock in custody until that date.Blaise O’Carroll SC, defending, said Sherlock was “profoundly sorry” for the events and wished to apologise to the woman. Counsel said the effect of the publicity around the case had been devastating for Sherlock.The court heard testimonials from family members and from Sherlock’s fiancée who described him as a “caring, kind, generous and shy man”.The court heard Sherlock’s defence was that the sex had been consensual. He admitting hearing some “nos” but after some stopping and starting, thought she was happy to go forward. 35,386 Views Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Jun 18th 2018, 8:09 PM No Comments Share6 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Samsung retire un spot TV pour sa Galaxy Tab

first_imgSamsung retire un spot TV pour sa Galaxy TabLa guerre que se livrent actuellement Apple et Samsung a connu un nouvel épisode avec le spot publicitaire vantant les mérites de sa tablette Galaxy Tab, retiré pour cause de trop grande ressemblance avec les pubs Apple…Les fans d’Apple n’ont pas tardé à réagir. Alors que la marque à la pomme livre un vrai marathon judiciaire à Samsung sur des violations de brevets concernant l’iPad, la firme sud-coréenne a balancé un spot publicitaire sujet à controverses pour vanter sa tablette Galaxy Tab. Une publicité qui s’avère être une véritable copie de celle d’Apple, expliqueÀ lire aussiSamsung Gear S : prix et caractéristiques, la nouvelle montre connectée de Samsung sort en FrancePour ce clip TV qui devait être diffusé en Corée du Sud, Samsung avait même poussé le vice jusqu’à engager une actrice déjà apparue… dans la pub de l’iPhone 4S ! Reste à savoir si Samsung a retiré la publicité de manière définitive ou si celle-ci va faire sa réapparition une fois que les choses seront calmées entre les deux firmes.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa neighbor comes to

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: attack, Dogs June 21, 2018  Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child Posted: June 21, 2018 La Mesa PD received several 911 calls reporting that a small child had been attacked by two dogs in the 6900 block of Waite Drive, in the City of La Mesa at around 8:15 this morning.La Mesa Police Officers, City of La Mesa Animal Control and Heartland Fire personnel responded to the scene, within just minutes.A 29-year-old mother was walking along the sidewalk, pushing a stroller with her 2-year-old son in it. Her 8-year-old daughter was walking alongside her. Two (2) Rottweiler dogs escaped from their backyard kennel, jumped over a fence and ran across the street where the mother and her children were walking. The dogs approached the family and immediately attacked the child in the stroller, biting him several times. The mother attempted to pull the stroller and her child away from the attacking dogs. At this point one of the dogs jumped up on her, knocking her to the ground and began to bite her, while the other dog continued to attack her child.Several neighbors saw what was happening and came outside in an effort to help the family. The dog’s owners also came outside and managed to pull the dogs off of the mother and her child, returning them to their backyard.The mother and child were both transported to the hospital where they were treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries. The mother received several puncture/bite wounds on her arm. The 2-year-old child received several bite wounds to his head, face and arm. The injury to the arm will require surgery. The 8-year-old child was not physically injured.Both of the dogs were declared dangerous at the scene, seized by La Mesa Animal Control and taken to the El Cajon Animal Shelter for quarantine.There is an on-going investigation into this incident being conducted by the La Mesa Police Department and City of La Mesa Animal Control.The La Mesa Police Department would like to thank those persons who saw what was happening and came to the rescue of this family.Jamir Grigsby is reportedly one of the neighbors who pulled the dogs off of the family. Updated: 1:06 PM FacebookTwitter Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa, neighbor comes to rescue Neighbors come to the rescue , last_img read more