View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Gonzaga, PH look to make most of games left in AVC Despite his unusual arrangement, Jose still makes it a point to show that he’s all in for both teams.And what better way for the former FEU stalwart to prove that for Cignal than with his stellar play in the semifinals, uncorking a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to help his side sweep Marinerong Pilipino, 87-64 in Game 2 to book its ticket to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I knew I had to give my best because I’m unable to attend our practices because I had to go to Gilas. So I make it a point that in the games, I’ll really give my all,” he said in Filipino.Even coach Boyet Fernandez admits that with Jose largely out of the team’s practice sessions, his hand is forced to keep the bruiser come off the bench. But that didn’t seem to affect the output of the 6-foot-4 forward, doing it all for the Hawkeyes as he averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds through the course of the semifinals. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I’m really thankful for Raymar. He’s pulling a double duty and he still gives his all no matter what,” said the mentor.Gilas Pilipinas is set to leave for Kuala Lumpur in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Friday and with the finals set to start next week, after CEU extended their semis against Flying V, Jose will miss the championship series. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESDivided in his attention with Gilas Pilipinas and Cignal HD, Raymar Jose knows that he has to give his all whatever jersey he’s wearing.But the two parties understand that national cause comes first, which meant the hardworking forward missing much of the Hawkeyes’ practices.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.”
A paradox is a situation when a mathematician proves a thing true which is otherwise untrue. The latest CII report on net job creation in the MSME sector probably falls in this category of paradox as against all gloom over joblessness in the country. The report was a surprise because only a few weeks ago NSSO’s leaked survey said the unemployment rate was worst in 45 years. The chairman of PM’s Economic Advisory Council had said, “We will have a new round of the NSS which will… show …substantial employment and substantiated job creation”. Now CII has come up with a survey that proves his claim. Everything seems to have a pattern in this election season. The CII report claimed that MSME sector in India has shown a 13.9 per cent net increase in jobs in the last four years, ie a 3.3 per cent growth per year. It was the result of surveying 1.05 lakh selected MSME firms based in 350 industrial centres across 28 states of the country. CII research scholars, let us assume they are bonafide, seem to have forgotten to verify the survey results they landed at with other tools available. A little common sense will convince that the level of growth in job creation should have been reflected in the growth pattern of everything of or related to MSMEs, such as investment, credits, production, electricity consumption, deployment of machineries, and the status of their being operational or closure etc on the one hand, and savings, consumption, and well-being of the employees on the other on the other. Since MSME is the second largest sector in providing employment in the country giving employment to about 12 crore people, such level of net job creation should have not been gone unnoticed by common people as well as experts. One cannot understand as to why there is no explanation on the fact that out of about 63.4 million registered units few millions remained non-starter, and another few millions shut down. As per a report published by SIDBI in association with TransUnion Cibil only 51 million MSME units were operational at the end of the period under consideration. Shutting down or closure of about 12.4 million units does not reflect the growth. Every document, the government’s and the institutions’ mentioned the adverse impact of demonetisation and implementation of GST, from which the MSMEs are now recovering, albeit slowly. Even RBI mentioned the dual economic disruption for the corresponding period in connection with the credit off-take by MSMEs which remained very poor along with overall NPA rate for the sector hovering around 8 to 11 per cent. One of the SIDBI-Cibil report mentioned that default rate among the MSME borrowers taking multiple loans for a period of 60 days have increased from 2.5 per cent to 4 per cent during September 2015 to September 2018. Even Industry people claim that MSMEs are in crisis and therefore, they are not able to earn even enough to pay their debt. Had there been growth in jobs, it would have been translated into earning of the MSMEs with less number of defaulters. One cannot also ignore the fact that the growth of MSME GVA has been sharply declining since 2012-13 when it was 15.27 per cent. The latest data available with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that the growth rate declined to 7.62 per cent at the end of March 2016 per cent of the GDP. When we consider it in the backdrop of the widening of the domain of this sector across sectors of the economy producing a diverse range of products and services the relative growth of each individual sector, it is clear that all of them are declining. The trend aggravated more sharply after demonetisation and introduction of GST. In the backdrop of the recent controversy over ‘jobs’ and ‘joblessness’ in India, the CII survey itself has become a suspect. First, because the report lauds certain Union Government’s programmes such as a beneficiary does. Secondly, the pragmatics of language reveals that its language is not that much neutral as a research work or survey requires. Thirdly, it has its limitation too obvious, because the data on which the report is compiled is provided by the government’s Labour Bureaus. Fourthly, it has a very small fresh empirical data set that cannot be treated as conclusive and quality of sampling and analysing data is questionable. The sample is from the operating MSMEs while the job losses in about 12.4 million shutdown or closed units are not taken into consideration while calculating the net job creation. Moreover, the claim contradicts all available data provided by the government and other national and international institutions. In the fag-end of January this year, the leaked NSSO’s report said that joblessness in India touched 6.1 per cent, the worst since 1972-73, in July 2017-June 2018. The government was not ready to publish this report though it was scheduled to be released in December last year. Two of the senior members had to resign in protest. NITI Aayog clarified that the report was being processed, but not contradicted or approved the content. Aayog merely called it a draft report and promised to share it by March, which is yet to happen. NITI Aayog CEO, however, had accepted lack of good quality jobs and the crisis of the large informal and MSME sector. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, a leading independent think-tank, said the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year. Though the Govt of India claimed that MSMEs have created 11.10 crore jobs during 2014-18, we find discrepancies in the data. How such level of job creation is possible when even skilled persons are not getting jobs? For example, MSME technology centres skilled 6.42 lakh people but provided only 91.6 thousand jobs in four years. Under ATI, 2.07 lakh people were trained but only 43.7 thousand got wage employment, and 21.7 thousand could be self-employed. A recent RBI report said that the core problem of MSMEs of lack of access to formal finance remains which means the sector is still suffering from financial crisis. How can they have contributed to job creation up to such an extent while struggling for their own survival? Most probably the CII survey has landed at wrong conclusion. There is no reason to believe it to be true and all other directly or indirectly contradicting official and non-official reports false.(The views expressed are strictly personal)
Right wing James Neal — who leads the Knights in scoring this season — recorded 40 goals in the 2011-12 season and has scored at least 50 points four times in his career. Winger Reilly Smith brings more scoring touch (he notched 25 goals with the Florida Panthers in 2015-16) and respectable possession metrics to the table. And while winger David Perron’s career scoring pace of 48 points per 82 games doesn’t qualify him as an elite scorer, it still makes him a nice addition — through seven games, he’s tallied the third most points for the Knights. Vegas even managed to nab a three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury.4Fleury was a starter for only one of those three cups, but he played in at least 35 regular season games in the seasons the Penguins won those cups.But despite scoring some key pieces in the expansion draft, the Knights are still an expansion team. The average expansion team since ’92 collected just 57 points in its first NHL season — which is to say that the average expansion team hasn’t been very good.5For reference, only four teams in the past four NHL seasons have notched fewer than 57 points: the 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche, which is among the worst hockey teams in the history of the NHL; the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Sabers; and the 2014-15 Arizona Coyotes. And before the season began, some writers predicted that the Knights might even be very bad. (The regular kind of bad or, worse, the historically kind of bad.) Still, there’s hope for the Knights — they may just have to wait a few years.Five of the other nine expansion teams improved enough early on to qualify for the playoffs by their fourth season, and only three teams — the Atlanta Thrashers (who are now the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets), the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators — took at least six seasons to earn their first playoff berth. However, none of them became .500 teams by the end of their fifth season, and only a handful have become postseason mainstays. 1992-93Lightning+186.3+121.9-11.8+296.4 1993-94Panthers+130.7+162.1+155.1+447.9 1992-93Senators+217+76.8+18.9+312.7 2000-01Blue Jackets+295+73.5+31.7+400.2 1998-99Predators+254.9+18+2.9+275.8 One of those mainstays is the San Jose Sharks. Their first-season roster was middle-of-the-pack as far as expansion teams go, and while they struggled mightily early,6The Sharks won just 11 games during their second season. they’ve been by far the most successful expansion team of the past three decades in terms of playoff appearances: In their 25 seasons, they’ve made the postseason 19 times. But then there’s the case of the Thrashers/Jets, whose first-year roster matched San Jose’s in terms of previous season GVT but who, after 17 seasons, still haven’t managed to win a playoff game. An expansion team’s previous career GVT isn’t a guarantor of immediate success, but of the nine expansion franchises that came into the NHL between 1991 and 2001, only the Florida Panthers — whose previous career GVT is second only to the Knights — took less than a decade to get to the Stanley Cup Finals, making it in just their third season.7Despite a glut of playoff appearances, it took the Sharks 24 seasons to make their first Stanley Cup Finals. And three of the nine expansion franchises are still without a finals appearance to their credit.The Panthers, like the Knights, were able to snag an established goal scorer (Scott Mellanby) and goalie (John Vanbiesbrouck) in the expansion draft, so they had some crucial puzzle pieces in place from the jump. They also drafted well early on — they snatched Rob Niedermayer in their inaugural draft and Ed Jovanovski the following year — and that mix of fresh talent and solid veterans came together in a magical, rubber rat-infested run to Eastern Conference preeminence. We’re not sure how Vegas will draft, but if they’re able to score the right players, they may find themselves in a similar position as those early Panthers teams.But the sun has rarely shone in Sunrise since that early success — in the 20 seasons subsequent, the Panthers have made the playoffs only four times. For the Panthers, previous career GVT correlated with early success, but it meant little in the way of long-term franchise well-being.Truth is, expansion franchises since 1991 haven’t had a whole lot of success in terms of championships won. Only two — the Lightning and the Ducks — have lifted Lord Stanley’s mug, and neither did so within their first decade of existence.The Knights are off to a historically great start, but history also suggests they’re still probably looking at a spring void of playoff hockey. And if it’s a Stanley Cup they’re after, the Knights shouldn’t hold their collective breath. But who knows: maybe the Knights, with their historically good expansion roster, will shock the NHL. Source: Hockey-Reference.com, HockeyAbstract Three weeks into the NHL season, there’s little that makes sense in the standings. The Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers — Eastern Conference stalwarts in recent years — have combined for three wins.1One of which came when New York beat Montreal. Meanwhile, several of the league’s recent doormats — like the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils — are looking surprisingly dangerous. But perhaps the biggest oddity of all is this: The Vegas Golden Knights are playing some good hockey.Of course, it’s early and the Knights are up against some tough narratives: The quixotic practice of desert hockey hasn’t exactly worked out for the NHL to this point (looking at you, Phoenix), and no expansion team from the past 26 years has made the playoffs in its first season. But no expansion team from the past 26 years — or in the history of the NHL, for that matter — has gotten off to this good of a start, either.The Knights’ six wins in seven tries are remarkable considering how their expansion brethren have fared. Among the other nine expansion teams that began play since 1991, only three — the 1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning, the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and the 1993-94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim — managed to win more than one of their first seven games. And then there’s the case of the putrid 1992-93 Ottawa Senators, who didn’t win their second game until their 23rd try.What’s more, there’s reason to believe the Knights aren’t hovering around the top of the Western Conference standings by accident. The team’s roster — like all expansion teams — is largely a Frankenstein’s monster of the rest of the league’s broken parts. But the Knights cobbled together a decent group of players! (As far as expansion teams go, and as far as teams in the 2017-18 NHL go, too.) According to goals versus threshold (GVT) statistics,2GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s VORP in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in goals above what a replacement player would contribute. the Knights entered the NHL with one of the best expansion rosters of the past three decades.3We looked at expansion teams dating back to the league’s seventh expansion, which happened in 1991-92 and saw the addition of the San Jose Sharks. Average+201.4+78.6+36.6+316.7 PREV. CAREER GVT 2000-01Wild+95.8+50.9+10.8+157.5 Vegas has some of the best expansion talent everGoals versus threshold (GVT) in previous careers for expansion teams’ top 12 forwards, top six defensemen and top two goalies, since 1991 1993-94Mighty Ducks+51.1+70.5-2.3+119.3 1991-92Sharks+280.8+9.4-6.5+283.7 1999-00Thrashers+225+90.4+30.5+345.9 2017-18Golden Knights+277.7+112.8+136.9+527.4 YEARTEAMFDGTOT
To make the most of their abilities, young tennis players need training, coaching and good health. Then there’s another factor, also important and beyond their control: the luck of the draw.The careers of young Americans Ryan Harrison and Christina McHale show what a difference luck can make. When Harrison has been lucky in Grand Slam tournaments, he has been very good. But he’s usually been unlucky, drawing one of the tournament’s top players in the first round and losing. The latest Harrison conqueror was Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 13 player in the world, who straight-setted Harrison out of Wimbledon on opening day Monday in London. Harrison’s frequent early exits from Grand Slams have contributed to his fall out of the top 100.McHale, meanwhile, has been much more fortunate. She opens her Wimbledon campaign Tuesday against the 97th-ranked player in the world, Chanelle Scheepers. In the 17 Grand Slam tournaments where McHale could have faced a seeded player in the first round, she has done so just three times — and never had an opponent in the top 20.Along with the intended intrigue and variety, the random draw at tennis tournaments creates inequity. For the 128-player Grand Slam singles draws, this is, roughly, how the draw works: The best 25 percent of players are given seeds, and each of the 32 seeded players is slotted in a four-player pod in which the other three players are unseeded (kind of like our Burrito Bracket). In the first round, the seeded player plays one of the unseeded players in the same pod, and the other two unseeded players play each other. Drawing players randomly into these pods, rather than seeding all 128 of them, helps keep things interesting, creating tough sections of the draw and openings elsewhere.Every unseeded player has a one-third chance of drawing a seeded opponent in the first round, which is, generally, an unlucky draw. That’s not always the case: Sometimes the seeded opponent isn’t as tough as rankings suggest, because of weakness on the tournament’s surface or a recent injury. Drawing a weak seed near the bottom of the top 32 players can open up a player’s draw, since the next opponent wouldn’t be seeded.All else equal, though, if you’re unseeded, you don’t want to match up against a seeded player in the first round. Yet Harrison seems to be drawn inexorably toward seeded opponents by some as yet undiscovered magnetic field. In the 16 majors he’s entered as an unseeded player, he’s drawn seeded opponents nine times. By chance alone, he could have expected just five such tough matches. More than 98 percent of players with 16 opportunities to draw a seed in the first round should do so eight times or fewer, according to the binomial distribution. Harrison is in the unlucky 1 percent.Not so with McHale. About 13 percent of players who have played 17 majors as an unseeded entry, as she has, could expect to get three or fewer seeded opponents. She has also never drawn a top 10 opponent in the first round, something just 15 percent of players in her shoes could say.Against unseeded first-round opponents at majors, Harrison is a dominant force: He’s 5-2, including wins in his past five matches. Against seeded opponents, he’s 1-7; Harrison’s loss to Dimitrov Monday was his seventh straight against seeded opponents. All those first-round losses have contributed to Harrison’s drop in the rankings to 150 from 43 two years ago.Luck of the draw matters for non-Americans, too. I studied 18 young men and women at Wimbledon who have entered at least five majors without a seed. Together they have won half of first-round matches against unseeded opponents, but fewer than one-third of matches against seeded players.As hard as Harrison’s had it, he’s been blessed to avoid the fate of David Goffin. The 23-year-old Belgian has entered nine majors unseeded. Seven times he has drawn a seed in the first round, including four top 10 seeds. Of 1,000 players with his Grand Slam history, 999 could expect to have drawn fewer seeded first-round opponents, and fewer top 10 seeds.Goffin hasn’t won a Grand Slam match in two years, and his ranking fate has resembled Harrison’s: He’s dropped from No. 42 in the world to No. 105. His latest rough draw came against defending champion Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed at Wimbeldon. Murray dispatched Goffin in straight sets on Monday.
A long drive, deep over the outfield wall … without a boost from performance-enhancing drugs.It’s an old-time ideal that Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has played out over and over again. Earlier this week, he smashed two home runs, closing in on a relatively exclusive honor: membership in the 400 home run club. (Beltre needs one more dinger to become a card-carrying member.)In our view, and according to advanced stats, Beltre should be a Hall of Famer someday. But we worry that he won’t be because his conventional stats lack that Cooperstown shine.Why do we think Beltre should be enshrined alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Bill Mazeroski (more on him in a minute)? Beltre is a rarity — a player who excels at both offense and defense. And in both cases, that excellence is best illustrated using sabermetric measurements.1His offensive bona fides are also clear from such traditional statistics as home runs, of course. Among third basemen, Beltre, with his nearly 400 long balls, ranks fifth all-time; three of the four ahead of him are either already in Cooperstown or are locks to make it someday (Chipper Jones).For instance, in terms of per-plate appearance rates, Beltre ranks in the 80th percentile of his peers2Qualified hitters (according to Fangraphs’ leaderboard) who played between 1998 and 2015. in isolated power, the 70th percentile in contact rate, the 50th percentile in speed and the 82nd percentile as an overall hitter. (His only real offensive weakness is a 27th-percentile walk rate.) And those are just the rate statistics; Beltre’s durability has also seen him notch the second-most at-bats of any active player and the 53rd-most of any player ever.That longevity is a big reason why Beltre ranks ninth all-time in offensive wins above replacement (oWAR) among third basemen. Only one non-Hall of Famer, the easily forgettable Toby Harrah, ranks higher, and Beltre should pass him (plus Home Run Baker) this season, assuming that Beltre’s 2015 oWAR resembles his yearly output over the past five seasons. In fact, based on projections from Baseball Prospectus, there’s a good chance that the only players ahead of Beltre in oWAR by the end of his career will be offensive juggernauts Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews and Mike Schmidt.And defensively, Beltre’s advanced numbers are among the best ever. Per defensive WAR (dWAR) and defensive runs saved above average (DRAA),3Defense is harder to measure than offense, and traditional measurements have a way of propping up horrible defenders (see Jeter, Derek). But advanced statistics such as dWAR and DRAA (which is based on video-tracking data for recent seasons and estimated “zone ratings” for years before that) seem to capture defensive skill well. All modern players in the top 10 for DRAA have won at least one Gold Glove, and all but two have won at least four. Beltre is the second-best defensive third baseman in baseball history. Only Brooks Robinson, whom Reds manager Sparky Anderson had nightmares about after Robinson’s unforgettable defensive performance in the 1970 World Series, ranks better. According to dWAR, only 19 other players (across all positions) in baseball history were more valuable defensively than Beltre has been.The defender most like Beltre at this point is Mazeroski, who made it to the Hall almost entirely on his defense. Beltre, by contrast, combines Mazeroski-like defense with vastly superior offensive stats and greater durability.Yet, we worry about Beltre’s fate because his traditional measurements lag behind his advanced ones. The case against Beltre starts by saying that his nearly 400 home runs may be somewhat devalued by the steroid era — more than half of the club’s 51 members hit the majority of their home runs in the 1990s or 2000s — even if Beltre has never been implicated for steroid use. And Beltre’s other impressive credentials (four Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and four All-Star Game nods) are good, but not great. Eric Chavez, for example, will only see Cooperstown as a visitor, but he won six Gold Gloves at third base. In addition, Beltre is unlikely to hit above .290 for his career or win a most valuable player award, and he has never won a World Series (only playing in a single Fall Classic).Simply put, Beltre’s conventional résumé falls short of Cooperstown’s traditional benchmarks. While there is no generally accepted baseball equivalent of Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame probability metric, Bill James developed a few good ways to gauge a player’s traditional statistical portfolio: the Hall of Fame Standards and Monitor tests, as well as the Black Ink and Gray Ink tests. Together, those metrics measure how well a player met certain (admittedly arbitrary) benchmarks that, historically speaking, are strongly correlated with Hall of Fame induction.In the “Ink” tests — which measure how often a player led the league and finished among the top 10 in important statistical categories — Beltre sits well behind the typical Hall member. He does fare somewhat better in the other, benchmark-based calculations (though he still ranks below average in both the Standards and Monitor tests), and at just 36 years old, Beltre still has time to add to his totals. But overall, he may not even have a coin flip’s chance at the Hall of Fame, according to traditional gauges. A logistic regression between the James metrics and Hall of Fame enshrinement for the eligible players on Baseball-Reference.com’s leaderboards4With additional variables for a player’s era and whether a player was publicly linked to steroids. would assign Beltre a mere 18 percent chance of induction if he retired today.But our hope is that Hall of Fame voters are slowly moving past the older considerations. If they look instead at Beltre’s advanced numbers, they’ll see a Hall of Fame worthy outlier. Look at the Jaffe WAR Score system, or JAWS.5For those curious, the eponym behind the number is Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe. Built on the foundation of WAR, JAWS attempts to strike a balance between players who compiled value over a long period of time (think Paul Molitor, whose JAWS was 57.5) and those who burned brightly for a shorter span of seasons (think Jackie Robinson, whose JAWS was 56.8). And the difference between Beltre’s actual JAWS and what we’d predict from his conventional credentials6As measured by a regression using the James metrics. is stark.Beltre is one of only 10 non-Hall of Famers7Among either eligible players who were not elected or those ineligible for induction. in major league history to produce a JAWS rating above that of the average Hall of Famer, despite a predicted JAWS below the average Hall of Famer.8Predicted JAWS is designed so that its average equals the average JAWS.How can there be such a big difference? It’s partly because predicted JAWS doesn’t take into account defense (because it’s using conventional stats) and actual JAWS does. As we noted previously, defense is very hard to measure in a conventional sense. That’s especially the case at third base, where people can’t even agree on the best skill set for the position. It used to be impossible to say what exactly a player’s defensive range was, for instance. That’s why James’s metrics don’t make much of an attempt at incorporating defense, with the exception of taking into account a player’s position and where it sits on the defensive spectrum.But now we can understand how valuable Beltre is defensively. And we know that his mixture of offensive and defensive production for a third baseman is very rare.The question left is whether Hall of Fame voters will see things that way, conventions be damned.
Manchester City is still unrelenting in their move for the Real Betis’ defender Junior Firpo, according to Mirror.Firpo’s place in the team became more important after Pep Guardiola’s frustration following Benjamin Mendy’s injury in the previous season.Although Firpo will not come at a cheap price for Guardiola’s side because of the release clause which Real Betis’ has placed on the youngster. It is known that there is a £54m to him should City really seek his place in their team.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The report also has it that Guardiola has had his eye on Firpo after he was called to join Spain’s Under-21 and is consistently making a name for himself. This report was made according to the claim by Eldesmarque.If City is able to sign Firpo over to their side, it will bring their left-back squad only up to a £100m worth. This shows how important the club manager takes this position.
Dear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade has hit the rock bottom at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) on Tuesday and collected lesser amount than last week’s release iSmart Shankar.Dear Comrade opened to a big response in the Telugu states on July 26 and word of mouth helped it remain strong on the following days. Having made a good collection, the movie recovered around 60 per cent of the distributors’ investment in its opening weekend. But considering its hype and promotion, its business was not up to the mark. The distributors hoped that it will earn well on weekdays.But to their shock, Dear Comrade witnessed a steep decline in its collection at the AP/TS box office on Monday and its business hit the rock bottom on Tuesday. Andhra Box Office tweeted, “#DearComrade : Huge Drop on 1st Monday. Not Looking Good!.” Today it added, “#DearComrade Crashes on weekdays with some areas reporting Nett Figures lesser than Rentals.”Dear Comrade has failed to collect even Rs 50 lakh gross at the AP/TS box office on Tuesday. According to buzz on social media, it has just added Rs 25 lakhs to the total distributor share of Rs 13.85 crore in the Telugu States. Telugu 360_BO tweeted, “#DearComrade went down further on Tuesday with a distributor share of 25 lakhs in the Telugu States. 5 days AP/TS Share : 13.85 Cr Breakeven : 22.60 Cr.” iSmart ShankarTwitterAnother buzz on social media is that Ram Pothineni’s iSmart Shankar has collected more money than Dear Comrade in the Telugu state on its 13th days. Sai (@saipspk1638) tweeted, “#iSmartShankar Day 13>#DearComrade Day 4 in APTG Shocking collapse by #DearComrade.”The distributors have spent Rs 22.60 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states. Dear Comrade has recovered 61.28 per cent of their investment. What is shocking about its collection is that the movie has just returned 1 per cent of their investment on Monday and Tuesday together. Considering its present trends, the film is heading to be a disaster and likely to incur huge losses to its distributors.
.The body of a missing Dhaka University student was retrieved from a ferry ghat area of Bhairab river adjacent to Senhati bazar in Rupsa upazila on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Khalid Hasan, 19, a 3rd year student of Pharmacy department of the university, and son of Jalal Uddin, hailing from Shariatpur district.Md Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Rupsa police station, said that Khalid slipped into the Rupsa river around 8:00pm on Thursday while getting up from a trawler along with his brother Jahid Hasan, and went missing. A diver team of fire service carried out rescue drive till Friday but failed to trace Khalid. Locals spotted Khalid’s body in the river around 9:00am and informed police. Later police recovered the body and handed it over to his family members around 12:00pm, the OC added.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /09:25 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan BachmanTen roses left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at the Santa Fe High School. In the aftermath of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Gov. Greg Abbott is hosting a series of roundtable discussions about preventing future such incidents. Republican State Sen. Larry Taylor represents the 11th District, which includes Santa Fe. He told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen he’s open to the possibility of a special session of the Texas Legislature, should the governor call one to address this issue. Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to be in session until January.Taylor said the idea of the roundtables is to bring in stakeholders and experts from various backgrounds — from educators, to security experts, to mental health professionals.“It’s such a complex issue there’s not one answer,” he said. “And, if there was one answer, it might work for one campus but not work for another. So, it’s just very multifaceted. So, bring in all these people in — hopefully in a spirit of unity — to try and find some real solutions and not argue about some of the things that people argue about.”He said some people have suggested putting metal detectors at all schools, but that might not work at every campus and at every district. Others have suggested doors with limited access during school hours, but there are challenges to that at some campuses.“Each school is going to have to do an assessment of their own campuses and what’s going to work best in those campuses,” Taylor said.He said students will play an important role in improving school safety too. And they might have to get used to a new reality of heightened awareness, much like many adults did after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“Look out for your fellow students,” he said. “When you see lonely students or loner-type students walk up to them, talk to them, see if you can’t develop relationships with them. And, frankly, when you see changes in people’s personality or how they’re dressing all of a sudden make people aware because no one knows the fellow student better than the other students. And I think they’re going to have to be our first line of defense.” Share
The 14th annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference is on September 8 in Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. Bethesda, MD 20852. The conference provides tools, strategies and resources to better support Hispanic and minority businesses. For more information call (301) 947-6619 or visit www.mdhbc.com.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit based in D.C. that aims to protect significant historical sites, recently launched the African American Cultural Heritage Fund. The fund is part of a campaign to help support, preserve and protect important African-American sites across the nation.The National Trust and its partners are in the process of raising $25 million for the multi-year national initiative to encourage the movement to uplift and recognize the contributions of African-Americans. The fund will restore and address the funding gaps for the preservation of African-American historic sites and help uncover hidden stories to assist in telling the full American story.Southside Community Art Center in Chicago is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasures. (Photo Courtesy Southside Community Art Center Archive)Brent Leggs, the director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, said the fund was created after the series of events and protests in Charlottesville, Va. last summer. “Preservation was now at the forefront of a national conversation where history, culture, and public spaces collided, forcing our nation to confront the unfinished business of race, emancipation, and inequality,” Leggs told the AFRO. “It was evident to us at the National Trust that the human conflict witnessed by the American citizens and the world demanded national leadership. We at the National Trust felt a social and professional responsibility to help lead our country towards its moral compass and ideals.”The goal of the fund is to also influence and empower young advocates and preservationists to conduct research on contemporary urban problems that affect underrepresented communities and communities of color, according to its website.It is the largest preservation campaign ever undertaken on behalf of African-American history since the birth of the national preservation movement started in 1917 by the National Association of Colored Women, according to Leggs.“A century plus later the African-American preservation movement still remains undervalued, underfunded,” Leggs told the AFRO. “The time is now through the action fund for the National Trust to play a leadership role in helping grassroots organizations and cities have access to the resources to be able to save American history.”“We believe that historic preservation is a form of social justice,” he added. “It is a way to provide equity and resources to advocates on the ground that are working tirelessly and are committed to the preservation projects.”Some sites the fund will directly support are Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Southside Community Art Center in Chicago and Founder’s Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Leggs said their vision is to also bring greater recognition to the role of Black women in history by identifying significant places that honors African-American female historical figures.The non-profit works with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among a number of leading funders. The advisory council includes notable national leaders and the co-chairs of the advisory council include acclaimed actress and director Phylicia Rashad and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.“Without a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of our country, especially when it comes to race, we will not be able to overcome intolerance, injustice, and inequality,” said Walker, according to a National Trust for Historic Preservation press release. “We have an opportunity with this fund to broaden the American narrative to reflect our remarkably rich and diverse history.”
Kashyap will continue directing Gaitonde’s track, while Neeraj Ghaywan (“Masaan”) will take over Singh’s plot. Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles as showrunner and lead writer, respectively.“We’ve been thrilled by the response to ‘Sacred Games’ from fans worldwide, and especially in India,” said Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals at Netflix. Global streaming giant, Netflix has ordered a second season of crime series “Sacred Games.” The Hindi- and English-language show was Netflix’s first Original series made in India.The Mumbai-set show explores the city’s web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance, and pits a jaded cop against India’s most wanted gangster and is based on Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel. Production is by Netflix and Phantom Films, a directors’ collective formed by Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena in 2011.“The second season picks up from Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s third father, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season,” Netflix said. Production in India and abroad is scheduled later this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
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Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman and her daughter whose charred bodies were found inside their apartment in Dum Dum on Friday evening.Police said the victims, identified as Dipti Mukherjee (72) and her daughter Sathi Mukherjee (54) were alone in the flat when the incident happened. Police suspect after preliminary investigation that fire from the gas cylinder led to their death but it is yet to be discovered as to how the charred bodies reached the bedroom. The police have initiated an unnatural death case in this connection and are trying to find out the exact reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that a plumber, who was working in another flat, noticed smoke billowing out of the victims’ flat on the first floor of a multi-storeyed building in the housing complex. The incident took place at around 5.30 pm on Friday. He informed others and the state Fire and Emergency Service department was contacted. Fire fighters reached the spot and broke open the door of the flat to find the charred bodies. The bodies have been sent for an autopsy. Police came to know that three persons — Sathi, her husband and her mother — used to live in the flat. Sathi’s husband was not in the flat when theincident took place.
Kolkata: The Rajarhat police station has nabbed three notorious criminals armed with sharp weapons and an iron rod from the Khamar area of Rajarhat. In another incident, they have arrested a person with six liters of codeine phosphate mixture from Indira Nagar.According to police, on Monday night they intercepted a no refusal taxi near Khamar area when the said taxi was proceeding towards Kharibari. When police ordered the driver to stop the vehicle, he allegedly increased the speed and tried to flee. Immediately, police chased the taxi and intercepted it within a while. Sensing danger, some of the occupants of the taxi fled from the spot. Police succeeded to nab three miscreants identified as Md Shoud alias Sonu, Md Samal alias Labbu and Amit Kumar Gupta. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter securing their detention, police searched the taxi and found two sharp weapons and one iron rod. It is suspected that the miscreants might have had intention to rob someone in the area. On Tuesday, three accused persons were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Court. Later, the magistrate remanded Shoud and Gupta to police custody for six days. Sources informed that the taxi is registered in the name of one Ajay Gupta. Sleuths suspect that miscreants borrowed the vehicle with intention to commit the crime. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another incident, Rajarhat police station nabbed a notorious criminal identified as Md Sarfuddin alias Sarfu from Indira Nagar and seized six liters of codeine phosphate mixture, which is banned in India. Before 2016, codeine was used to produce cough syrup. Sources informed that Sarfuddin is a taxi driver by profession and used to deal with the banned drug. He is also a member of a criminal gang which was involved in several crimes in the area. He used to live in Narayanpur but for some reasons he left the area and started residing at Anandapur in Kolkata.
3 min read When it comes to securing work data, mobile devices can leave the door wide open for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive information. Smartphones and tablets can also serve as weak points if employees unknowingly leak data or lose their hardware. Mobile devices can be much harder for IT departments to secure than your typical office desktop computer, since these gadgets follow us out into the field, on business trips and out to conferences. If your company is reliant on mobile tech for internal communications, here are four ways to be proactive about security.1. Install mobile updates.Mobile operating systems are constantly being updated to address vulnerabilities in previous version releases. Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update is a relevant current example. This version addresses several Lock Screen, Spotlight, and other system weak points that could compromise the security of your accounts and your data. Jailbreak group PanguTeam was credited for, and thanked by, Apple for alerting the tech company of the three vulnerabilities that were addressed in this update.Related: BYOD Is the Corporate Norm But Data Security Lags Far Behind2. Don’t permit jailbroken devices.Apple’s closed system might seem like a nuisance to some users, but it can be a major boon for companies that want to keep their data secure. Users with jailbroken devices gain the flexibility of installing unauthorized or unofficial apps and features onto their devices. However, these unregulated apps can contain malicious features. It’s important for companies to enforce a no-jailbreak policy, especially in environments that rely on Bring Your Own Device strategies.3. Use MDM solutions.Mobile Device Management services can be a great way to secure smartphones and tablets over-the-air while keeping track of your inventory. You can create custom user profiles to load onto specific devices, allowing your company to image in-house technology quickly. Your IT department can also define security settings for in-house network connections, wireless printing, “open in” app management and resource access. MDM is also a great way to manage work content on BYOD devices, allowing you to push relevant apps, updates and work materials to your employees wirelessly. You can also un-enroll users remotely if they leave your company, automatically removing managed work apps from their devices. This will prevent former employees from accessing sensitive company data.Related: The Threat Lurking in Bringing Your Own Device to Work4. Enforce passwords.Mobile devices that do not have complex passcode protection are a significant weak point for your company’s data security. For example, what happens if an employee leaves an unlocked tablet on a train before work? Someone who finds the device could suddenly access your company’s address book, correspondences and other internal systems. You can reduce the risk of unauthorized intrusions by enforcing passcode usage on work devices. It’s possible to set rules regarding passcodes via MDM.How safe are your company’s mobile devices? If you haven’t enacted proactive security measures for your work tablets and smartphones yet, then it’s time to work with your IT department to address these needs. As mobile devices become increasingly relevant in the workplace, companies will need to brace themselves for unintentional data leaks, malware and potential attacks.Related: 5 Ways to Encourage BYOD and Keep Your Company Data Secure January 28, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring Crystal’s all-suite butler-serviced accommodations and celebrated service.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “A highlight is our investment of over 20 million euros in new equipment so that the Stralsund shipyard will be able to continue to build cruise ships efficiently in the future.”Crystal is on track for major expansion over the next five years, with the addition of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships in addition to Crystal Endeavor. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — Crystal celebrated a major milestone in Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ expansion, with the steel cutting of Crystal Endeavor in Stralsund, Germany.At the official ceremony at MV WERFTEN Shipyard on Jan. 15, Crystal president and CEO tom Wolber was joined by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK); Colin Au, group president of GHK; Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN; and local dignitaries Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund.“Today is a special day in the development of Crystal Endeavor, which will introduce the next level of exploration for the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the experts at MV WERFTEN as we work toward a vision for Crystal Endeavor that truly embodies the spirit of discovery of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.”
Vodafone saw its European TV customer base shrink in the quarter to June, with the international operator being particularly hard hit by losses in Spain.Vodafone lost 32,000 TV customers in the Spanish market in the three months to June 30, compared with a loss of 24,000 for the comparable quarter last year. This followed 10,000 TV losses in the quarter to March.Vodafone recently took the decision not to sign a deal with Telefónica for football rights, saying it had had declined to accept conditions laid down by Telefónica based on minimum guarantees for its El Partizado and Champions League channels.Vodafone blamed competition in the market for its high churn in Spain, which also affected its fixed business, with a loss of 49,000 broadband customers and 59,000 fixed phone customers.On the upside, Vodafone grew its Spanish contract mobile base by 141,000 and Vodafone One, its integrated fixed, mobile and TV service grew its base by 66,000 year-on-year to reach 2.5 million.Elsewhere in Europe, Vodafone lost 13,000 TV customers in Germany, compared with 10,000 lost in the same quarter last year.TV gains in Italy, Portugal and elsewhere failed to offset the Spanish and German losses, with Vodafone reporting a net loss of 13,000 TV customers overall for the quarter, compared with a loss of 6,000 for the same quarter last year. Overall, Vodafone had 9.7 million TV customers at the end of June.However, with the exception of Spain, Vodafone made broadband gains elsewhere, adding 128,000 customers overall to take its broadband base to 14.6 million. The company also reported success in building its base of converged customers, adding 492,000 in the quarter to take its total to 4.9 million.Overall, Vodafone saw revenues slide by 4.9% to €10.9 billion, hit by the entry of Iliad in the Italian mobile market as well as by price competition in Spain. Indian revenue also dropped by 22%.CEO Vittorio Colao said that the decline in revenue had been in line with expectations and highlighted to role of recovery in the UK and growth outside of Europe in offsetting the impact of competition in Italy and Spain. The company reiterated its outlook for the year.
The silver stocks spent equal time trading either side of unchanged on Tuesday. But when all was said and done, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up at tiny 0.14%. It’s better than the alternative, I suppose. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 57 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday within the Comex-approved depositories. For the second day in a row it was Jefferies as the largest short/issuer, this time with 50 contracts. Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan Chase in their client account picked up 35 and fourteen contracts respectively as the biggest long/stoppers. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD, and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The U.S. Mint had a small sales report yesterday. They sold another 2,000 ounces of gold eagles, along with another 500 1-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. The activity in gold within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday is hardly worth mentioning. There were 2 kilo bars deposited at Brink’s, Inc. and that was all. Needless to say, it was a different story in silver. There were 857,048 troy ounces reported deposited, and 263,785 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that action is here. I have a decent number of stories for you today, but hardly anything in the precious metal department. That [last] week’s COT gold and silver readings were encouraging has little to do with short term price action directly ahead. If there is more technical fund selling to be created by lower prices, then rest assured that JPMorgan will be looking to set off that selling by rigging prices lower. Only when the technical fund selling is exhausted will JPMorgan stop rigging prices lower. Unfortunately, there is no way of pinpointing that time without the benefit of hindsight, but we are so deep into this current rigging that it feels we are past, or close, to the point of a cessation to JPMorgan’s rig to the downside. I hope I’m not beating this process to death, but (aside from subscribers) so many observers don’t seem to get what drives gold and silver prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 September 2013 I wouldn’t read a lot into Tuesday’s price action in any of the precious metals. Volumes were very light, and anyone with an agenda could move prices in either direction. And as Ted pointed out in his quote above, the down-side process has probably pretty much run its course. Everyone is in a wait-and-see mode for Bernanke & Co. later this afternoon in New York. Then I expect we’ll see some price action. The only thing I don’t know for sure is which direction it will take, or how fast it will move when it does. The high-frequency traders did the dirty in all four precious metals early in Far East trading this a.m., with the lows coming at 10 a.m. in Hong Kong on their Wednesday morning. Then, starting just before 2 p.m. local time, rallies began that have extended about an hour into the London trading session. Gold volume is already north of 50,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is approaching 14,000 contracts. The dollar index is doing precisely nothing. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that the tiny rallies I spoke of in the preceding paragraph have amounted to nothing, and all four precious metals are trading slightly below their Tuesday afternoon closes in New York. Volumes have really backed off. Gold volume is at 57,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is just under 15,000 contracts, and the dollar index is still trading sideways. Like you, I await the word from the Fed, and we’ll take it from there. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks opened in positive territory, and except for a quick spike down at the gold’s New York low, which came at 10:15 a.m. EDT, the equities chopped higher for the remainder of the day. The HUI finished right on its high tick, up 1.80%. If you’re looking for a reason why the shares closed up yesterday, I don’t have one. The price action in platinum and palladium was somewhat more subdued. Platinum closed down a bit and palladium finished flat. Here are the charts. It was more or less the same trading pattern in silver as well once again. The only real difference was that the low price tick of the day [$21.55 spot] came about fifteen minutes after the Comex open in New York yesterday morning. It recovered a bit, but continued to slide into the close after that. Silver finished the day at $21.735 spot, down 8.5 cents from Monday. Net volume was only 35,000 contracts. Skyharbour Resources Ltd. 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Please visit our website for more information. The high-frequency traders did the dirty in all four precious metals early in Far East trading this a.m. Gold did little of anything in Far East trading on their Tuesday, but volume was decent nonetheless. The price rallied a bit at the London open, but it didn’t get too far. The high of the day appeared to come during the London lunch hour, and from there it got sold down until just past the London p.m. gold fix. From that point it chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close in New York. The low of the day [$1,305.30 spot] came at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,310.00 spot, down $3.90 from Monday’s close. Net volume was around 142,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed late on Monday EDT at 81.28. It’s high tick of 81.35 came just minutes before 11 a.m. in Hong Kong trading. By half-past lunchtime in London, the index was down to 81.15. And except for a brief down/up spike in morning trading in New York, the index traded pretty flat for the remainder of the day. The index closed at the 81.15 mark, which was down thirteen basis points from Monday’s close.