Transportation Safety Board sends investigators to assess BC seaplane crash

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is sending a team of investigators to the scene of a seaplane accident that killed four people and left five injured on a remote, uninhabited island in British Columbia.The TSB says investigators will gather information and assess the crash, which took place on Addenbroke Island around 100 kilometres off the northern tip of Vancouver Island on Friday.Lt. Chelsea Dubeau with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says they received word at around 11 a.m. on Friday that a Cessna 208 float plane operated by Seair Seaplanes had crashed.The centre says the chartered plane had nine people aboard and was headed to neighbouring Calvert Island, the location of the Hakai Land and Sea fishing lodge and a Hakai Institute research station.Hakai Institute founder Eric Peterson says the flight was not bound for the research station and no one affiliated with the institute was on the plane.  According to weather data from Hakai’s Calvert Island station, there was intense rain between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Friday, around the time the crash was reported.Brenna Owen, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Spanish Minister: Moroccan Marhaba Operation Is Exemplary

Rabat – Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has commended Morocco’s annual Marhaba Operation, a special service put in place by the Moroccan government to facilitate the transit of diaspora returning to Morocco during the summer months.On Monday, the official said that the Marhaba operation is “the largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world.”Referring to the  good diplomatic relations between Rabat and Madrid, Grande-Marlaska said that the operation is an  “example of good coordination between the different public administrations and between neighboring countries.” Read Also: Marhaba 2019: A Special Service to Welcome the Return of Moroccan DiasporaThe official made his remarks during his visit to the port of Algeciras in the south of Spain.The Spanish official said that the”30-year expertise helped this operation to reach a high level of efficiency and coordination in its implementation, which resulted in fewer delays in ports and better services for travelers.”Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), he added that the operation involves the transit of over 3 million people and 700,000 vehicles between the European and African continents over 3 months.“The aim is to help reunite families and friends on both continents.”Grande-Marlaska also visited the new facilities of the Consulate General of Morocco in Algeciras and the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, located in the city’s port service area.On May 21, the Moroccan-Spanish Joint Commission for the 2019 Marhaba operation held a meeting to discuss the preparations for receiving Moroccan diaspora. The commission discussed  the necessary measures to ensure the best conditions for the success of the annual operation. read more

Loblaw under investigation by Competition Bureau for pricing strategies with suppliers

OTTAWA — The federal Competition Bureau is investigating the relationship between grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. and a number of its suppliers.A spokesman for the regulator confirmed in an email Monday that the bureau is probing certain practices related to “pricing strategies and programs” by Loblaw with respect to its suppliers which “could raise concerns under the Competition Act.”“The bureau is looking at these practices and the impact that they could have on competition in the marketplace,” spokesman Greg Scott said.Loblaw’s profit beats expectations as Shoppers Drug Mart boosts pharmacy salesBeyond chicken and fries: Loblaw seeks bigger bite of restaurant sales with new fresh-food offeringsWalmart Canada has hiked the price of its groceries, BMO report findsWhen the Competition Bureau approved Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart earlier this year, it imposed certain “behavioural restrictions” on the grocer in connection with its agreements with suppliers for up to five years.The bureau was concerned that without restrictions on certain programs and agreements, the deal would likely lead to higher wholesale prices paid by other retailers and, in some circumstances, higher prices for consumers.The federal regulator also said at the time that it would continue to investigate certain pricing programs and agreements by the company.Loblaw called the probe the latest step in that review.“Given it’s the nation’s largest-ever retail acquisition, we understand the bureau’s interest in maintaining competition in the marketplace,” Loblaw spokesman Kevin Groh said in a statement.“We don’t believe our commitment or practices are inconsistent with a competitive market. But, we continue to co-operate with the bureau and have worked to provide them the clarity they require.”Scott said Monday the bureau filed 12 applications with the Federal Court last week for orders that would require certain grocery suppliers to provide records and written returns of information to the bureau.“It is important to note that there is no allegation of wrongdoing by any of these companies,” he said.“While I cannot discuss the specific details of our investigation for reasons of confidentiality, I can say that we are seeking information regarding pricing strategies and programs by Loblaw, with respect to its suppliers, which is relevant to our investigation,” Scott said.The Canadian Press read more

Canada supports economic sustainability of Northern Province

Ms. Jennifer Hart, Counsellor, Political, Economic and Trade and Mr. Sundaram Arumainayaham, District Secretary of Kilinochchi were also present at the handing over of the Cooperative Society Centre, which was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the Agro-Economic Development Project (ADP). The Cooperative Society was established in 1972 as a means of supporting the local economy in the Killinochchi District in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The value addition Centre will now ensure that over 1,240 farmers in Killinochchi District will directly benefit from this intervention, through the sale of crops such as rice, ground nuts and fruits etc.Thanking the Government of Canada, Mr. Suntharam Arumainayaham, District Secretary of Killinochchi stated “This value addition center for locally produced agriculture products will support the community to go a long way in the future and to ensure sustainability in their livelihoods”. Canada is supporting the economic sustainability of the Northern Province, a UN statement said today.The statement said that David McKinnon, High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka made an official visit to the Thiruvaiyaru Educated Youth Project of Agriculture Products Consumers Cooperative Society (TEYCS) in Kilinochchi, where he handed over the “Fruits Collection, Storage, Value Addition, Processing and Sales Centre” to the community. Funded by the Government of Canada, the joint UNDP-FAO intervention includes the construction of the facility, renovation of the milling unit, provision of machinery, tools and equipment, technical training on processing and value addition, business development support and facilitating market linkages. Speaking at the event H.E David McKinnon, stated, “The Government of Canada is proud to support the work of UNDP and FAO as these projects play an important role in reconciliation and rehabilitation through the economic sustainability of the Northern Province. Canada is pleased to be able to support these interventions to make an impact in peoples’ lives”.The ADP is a three-year Project aimed at improving livelihood opportunities of the target communities in the North by supporting value-addition, establishing market linkages and private sector partnerships and creating an enabling environment for socio-economic recovery through the restoration of physical infrastructure and community institutions in the districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Several bodies recovered after Kalmunai battle

Among the bodies recovered are of three women and six children. He said that initially there was an explosion and then shots were fired towards the STF commandos.Gunasekera said that the STF retaliated and the military was called in to assist in the operation.Military spokesman, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said that troops were deployed to Sainthamaruthu to face a group of suspected terrorists. Several bodies have been recovered after a major battle took place in Kalmunai last night.The Police said that 15 people were killed in a gun battle and explosion. The Police said that two gunmen were killed in the gun battle while a civilian caught in the crossfire also died.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Special Task Force (STF) came under attack during a search operation in the area last night. The Police suspect a suicide bomber had triggered the explosion. He said it was believed there were between 3-6 terrorists in the area at the time. A Police curfew was also imposed in Kalmunai, Chavalakade and Samanthurai when the operations were underway. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Airbus wins hundreds more plane orders than rival Boeing but future for

Airbus wins hundreds more plane orders than rival Boeing, but future for both clouded by China by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 2:37 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Airbus overcame technical toilet troubles and engine delays to win hundreds more plane orders in 2015 than rival Boeing, but a bigger problem may cloud this year for both companies: China’s economic slowdown.Airbus SA and Boeing Co. are battling to win market share in China, forecast to become the world’s biggest air travel market in a little more than a decade. But concerns about China’s plunging financial markets and slowing growth are rippling throughout Asia, where a growing middle class has driven demand for new airplanes in recent years.Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier largely shrugged off the recent market turmoil on Tuesday, insisting that his Toulouse, France-based company is sticking to plans for a new facility in Tianjin next month and to its overall strategy in China.“We should not mix up problems we can see on the financial markets and the real economy,” he told reporters in Paris, in presenting Airbus’ annual orders and forecast for the year.Bregier predicted that new U.S. visa policies would boost Chinese air travel, and that Asian middle class demand would continue to grow.As its economy slows, China is trying to shift its focus away from manufacturing toward consumer spending. That could help increase air travel, but only if the economy does not suffer a sharp drop.Chicago-based Boeing reached a deal last year to build an assembly plant in China, as the U.S. company tries to match Airbus’s presence in the world’s second-largest economy.China, too, is trying to get in on the industry. Chinese state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. has unveiled the first plane produced by a Chinese initiative to compete in the market for large passenger jetliners, the C919. Bregier downplayed the potential Chinese challenger.Airbus executives remain upbeat about the overall aviation industry despite signs that aircraft demand is slowing. Industry association IATA recently lowered its long-term air traffic forecast and warned that low oil prices have hurt prospects in key emerging markets such as Russia and Brazil.Airbus is ramping up production in 2016, especially of the new A350 wide-body, to keep up with the pace of orders — and to try to catch up with Boeing’s dominance in aircraft deliveries.Increased automation and “digitalization” — including 3D printing of some plane components — will be key to boosting production, Bregier said.Airbus said Tuesday that it exceeded its targets in 2015, taking in 1,036 net orders and delivering 635 jets to airlines and other buyers. The manufacturer says it has a backlog of 6,787 aircraft worth $996.3 billion at list prices, though customers usually negotiate discounts.Boeing says on its website that it took in 768 orders last year and delivered 762 aircraft.Boeing had more success selling big-budget wide-body jets such as the 787. Most of the planes Airbus sold were from the single-aisle A320 range of jets.Airbus hopes to deliver more than 650 planes this year. Bregier said the proportion of single-aisle versus longer-haul jets would remain roughly the same.The company’s top-selling plane, the A320neo, suffered last-minute engine delays and is only being delivered to its first customer this month. Airbus also faced certification and production problems with a company supplying seats and toilets for the A350, Zodiac Aerospace.Airbus announced a late firm order for three A380 superjumbos — its first sale for the costly 500-seater in all of 2015. The planemaker wouldn’t reveal the customer, though it’s reported to be Japan’s All Nippon Airways.Chief salesman John Leahy said the A380 is “still very important to us” despite slack sales, and the company hopes to break even on the program this year. Airbus SA CEO Fabrice Bregier, center right, flanked with Airbus’ chief operating officer for customers John Leahy, left, delivers his speech during the annual press conference in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Airbus won hundreds more plane orders last year than rival Boeing, but the American planemaker handed over more aircraft to customers. Airbus SA said Tuesday that it exceeded its targets in 2015, taking in 1,036 net orders and delivering 635 jets to airlines and other buyers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) read more

Warriors Stephen Curry could play during upcoming road trip

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is expected to resume practicing next week with a strong chance he would return to game action during an upcoming five-game road trip as he works back from a strained left groin.The Golden State star was re-examined Saturday after making significant progress in recent days. He did some scrimmaging work at the practice facility, and coach Steve Kerr said there were no lingering physical issues from a car accident Friday in which Curry was unharmed.Curry missed his ninth straight game Saturday against Sacramento and also was set to be sidelined for Monday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic to conclude a four-game homestand. The 30-year-old two-time MVP, who played in just 51 regular-season games last season and missed the opening round of the playoffs, was injured Nov. 8 against Milwaukee trying to contest a shot by Eric Bledsoe in transition.___More AP NBA: and McCauley, The Associated Press read more

Vegas Is The Best Expansion Team In NHL History

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:, 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 read more

Adrian Beltre Is Hall Of Fame Worthy

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’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’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. read more

Austrian disaster in Serbia – 2739 Andersson – I am shocked

← Previous Story In Bercy BIG final: France – Croatia Next Story → Hungary draw with Poland for winning the tournament Austrian handball teamMagnus AnderssonSerbian handball team Austria suffered first defeat after Magnus Andersson came for the coach of the national team. In Belgrade, Serbia was clear better – 39:27 (23:11), expecially in the first 30 minutes, when Veselin Vuković played with Ilic and Vujin in attack. After 18 minutes, “Eagles” had a lead 17:5, what is enough explanation about a small catastrophe of Austrians. “Revenge for Linz”, where Austria was eliminated Serbia at the EHF EURO 2010, was some of the titles in Serbian newspapers…Belgrade – 2000 spectatorsSerbia: Marjanac four saves, Pribak 2/3, Šešum 7/10, Vujin 9(2)/13, Nikčević 0/1, Ćurković 1/1, Toskić 5/5, Stanić 11 saves (46%), Ilić 3/3, Marković 4/5, Pejanović eight saves, Prodanović 3/4, Stojković 3/3, Rnić 0/2, Vilovski, Vučković 0/2, Mitrović, Stanković 2/4.Austria: Bauer 3 saves, Fulzer 1/4, Kainmiler 0/1, Božović 3/7, Vos 2/3, Abadir 0/1,  Majer 2/4, Marinović six saves, Silađi 4/11, Poš 2/2, Vlčinski 2/2, Johum 0/3, Fride 2/5, Šlinger 6/9, Vagesrajter, Veber 3/6.Scores in time: 4:0 (4.) 8:2 (10.) 15:4 (18.) 18:6 (24.) 21:8 (27.) 31:17 (42.) 35:22 (50.)After this match, it was interesting to heard Swedish legend, Magnus Andersson, coach of Austrian NT:– I am dissapointed.We played against seriuos opponent. I am a little bit in shock. This is the first defeat fo Austria with me. We had a really bad start. Many things in our play wasn’t ok. I don’t know what to tell more. When after 1t minutes you had minus 12, then that explains everything… read more


← Previous Story Pablo Simonet five months out! Next Story → DANISH DERBY: Skjern – BSV Silkeborg 31:20 handballhandball fair playRok Skol The situation from the match of Slovenian Junior League between Trimo Trebnje and Celje PL 23:20 is currently the most handball video across Europe. The reason for that is decision of Trimo’s player Rok Skol to give ball to the rival, after he shoot Celje’s goalkeeper in the head from 7-meters. When he saw where he sent the ball, Skol just give the ball to the rival… read more

Williams would welcome Llorente back to Athletic Bilbao

first_imgAthletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams says all good players are welcome following Fernando Llorente’s comments that he would like to return to his old clubThe Spanish striker has only had 47 minutes of competitive action this season without making a single start at Tottenham.Llorente will be out of contract at the end of the season and will very likely be heading out of North London with former club Bilbao a potential destination.The World Cup winner spent eight years at the San Mames, where he scored 111 goals in 327 games, before leaving for Juventus in 2013.And Bilbao’s Williams welcomes the idea of Llorente returning to the club.“All good players are welcome to join the team,” Williams told AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Right now, though, we are focused on winning the match [against Deportivo Alaves] on Monday.”Llorente confessed his desire to return to Bilbao this week.“I would like to go back to Athletic. My priority is to feel important in the team,” said Llorente.“If I have the opportunity and can talk to them, for me, yes, I would like to go back.“Leaving in the winter market does not depend on me, Athletic would have to talk to Tottenham and Levy.”last_img read more

Report details dangers at Pendleton

first_img On July 10, Pendleton Woolen Mills filed an appeal of “all factual and legal aspects of all alleged violations” cited by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries. Those include 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules, which included fines of $93,300, and five smaller violations.In the appeal process, the violations may be upheld, changed or reversed in full or in part. The penalties may be reduced or eliminated. Or a settlement may be reached that involves certain terms. If Pendleton isn’t satisfied with the result, it may take the matter to the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, a separate agency from L&I. Either party could appeal from that board to Superior Court.However, L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer said a final outcome of Pendleton’s appeal is expected Thursday.— Aaron CorvinIn seeking comments from managers of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, The Columbian was referred to the company’s public relations representative, Cheryl Engstrom, president of Bothell-based Engstrom Public Relations. At Engstrom’s request, the Columbian submitted its questions in writing.In an Aug. 30 emailed response to The Columbian, Engstrom said the company wasn’t able to “provide any specific answers” because it was in the middle of the appeal process with the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. She released this statement from the company:“Pendleton’s management and employees are committed to a safe and healthy work environment. The company has worked cooperatively with L&I for decades and welcomes their contributions and guidance. The L&I inspections are an opportunity for Pendleton to improve its safety programs. During this past inspection process, management dedicated hundreds of hours of time to work with the inspectors. Immediately following the release of the report, Pendleton addressed the issues raised in the report with most abated. The appeal filed is allowing for continued dialogue with L&I to work through any remaining issues and provide further clarification and information. During this process, the company is not in a position to provide any further comment.” The Washington Department of Labor & Industries cited Pendleton Woolen Mills’ textile plant in Washougal, shown, August 3, 2012, for 36 iseriousi safety and health rule violations, meaning situations where a worker could be seriously injured or killed.last_img read more

The FBI Files and Mob Ties of Frank Sinatra

first_imgFrank Sinatra is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide, and his unique voice remains recognizable and often imitated to this day. Sinatra was born in 1915 into a New Jersey that was already under the control of the Genovese Crime Family.Both of Sinatra’s parents were Italian immigrants, and his connection to the mafia was forged at birth, his Godfather was the Genovese underboss Willie Moretti.The family was named after Vito Genovese.The early to mid-20th century was a golden era for the American mafia. Under the management of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, the five families streamlined their operations and, thanks to Prohibition, they were able to pay or terrorize the right people into turning a blind eye to their illegal operations.After Prohibition ended, the power held by the Mafia continued to grow, and by the 1950s the five families controlled the docks, the worker’s unions, and all construction in New York.Sinatra (far right) with the Hoboken Four on Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour in 1935.They were powerful, dangerous and now could call themselves legitimate businessmen.Sinatra was edgier than the blue-eyed crooner we consider him today. The FBI was particularly interested in his movements and kept a file on him for four decades.Frank SinatraNot that Sinatra cared, as Karen McNally discusses in her 2015 book When Frankie went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and the American Male Identity. Sinatra refused pressure to Anglicize his name, he embraced his roots rather than shying away from them.He regularly played up to the stereotype of a tough working-class Italian-American and embraced elements of the criminal underworld as part of this identity; Sinatra himself said that if it weren’t for music, he would “probably have ended up in a life of crime.”Sinatra as Tony RomeSinatra’s Mob ties came in useful while he was chasing his dream. It’s likely that Sinatra’s godfather Willie Moretti had a hand in getting Sinatra his early gigs and it is also likely that, when Sinatra was ready to go solo, Moretti helped Sinatra get out of his contract with Tommy Dorsey; the story goes that Dorsey released Sinatra’s contract for $1 whilst staring down the barrel of a gun.Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Barbato, was also first cousins with an associate of Moretti.Singer Frank Sinatra with his daughter Nancy, 3, and 1st wife Nancy at home. Photo by Herbert Gehr/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty ImagesThroughout his life, Sinatra denied association with the Mob but was regularly seen socializing with Mob bosses and their associates.Sinatra allegedly introduced Sam Giancana to John F. Kennedy and the President was rumoured to be involved in a mafia plot to kill Fidel Castro.Mob boss Sam Giancana.There was also the time Sinatra was seen attending the Mafia Havana Conference with Lucky Luciano.The press was scandalized but enthralled by Sinatra’s association with the Mob and regularly reported his movements in the gossip columns.Frank Sinatra in 1955.Sinatra, in turn, flaunted these friendships. He would regularly go golfing and gambling with known Mob types and counted Sam Giancana and Bugsy Siegel as good friends.Sinatra had always denied any wrongdoing and at one point, when the rumors grew too intense, he offered to become an informant for the FBI.The offer was rejected, and even after extensive FBI surveillance Sinatra was never charged with any mafia-related crimes.Mugshot of mobster Lucky Luciano in 1936Later in his career, when he owned a share in a Las Vegas casino, Sinatra’s gambling license was revoked when Sam Giancana was spotted in attendance at his casino.Sinatra also came under scrutiny from the FBI due to his political affiliations; he was a champion of civil rights and supported progressive causes, which made him a target of anti-communist McCarthy era paranoia.Frank sinatra in 1989. Photo by Alan Light CC By 2.0Once again, even after extensive FBI investigation, no charges were ever brought against him.Sinatra was a fascinating character who commanded deep loyalty from his friends and counted criminals to be among those he considered close.Read another story from us: The Red Hot Relationship Between Ava Gardner and Frank SinatraThere is no hard proof that he engaged in illegal activity, but both the Mob and Sinatra benefited from their exclusive relationship.last_img read more

Upwork to Charge Freelancers to Bid on Jobs Further Squeezing Those Who

first_img 8 min read April 3, 2019 Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img This story was updated on April 24, 2019.Global freelancing platform Upwork announced a sweeping policy change on Tuesday that will impact hundreds of thousands of freelancers — particularly new and/or low-earning users.“Connects,” the virtual tokens freelancers use to submit proposals for jobs, will no longer be free beginning sometime between May and June 2019. Instead, Connects will cost $0.15 each — and depending on the job they’re submitting for, freelancers will need between one and six tokens to apply. For the most in-demand jobs, that translates to a little less than $1 per submission.That’s a significant departure from the old model, which provided 60 free Connects as part of the Freelancer Basic plan. In an economy where three in 10 adults take on freelance or “gig” work — “generally as a supplemental source of income,” according to a Federal Reserve report — it’s a tough blow, especially in states such as Georgia, where the minimum wage is just $5.15. Upwork says that on average, most freelancers will spend about $5 or less per month on Connects, but the company didn’t provide details on how it calculated that figure.As for the reason? The freelancing platform, which counts companies including Dropbox, Airbnb, General Electric and Microsoft among its clients, wrote in an email to users: “We want to help professional freelancers like you win more jobs. With paid Connects, we expect freelancers will submit fewer proposals, increasing your likelihood of winning projects and making it easier for clients to identify high-quality talent.”In the message, the company seems to acknowledge that the new pricing structure will deter a significant number of users from applying for jobs on the platform — and implies that Upwork believes freelancers who can eat the new cost of tokens are inherently higher-quality talent.In an online Q&A session about the policy change for users on Thursday, vice president of product Jessica Tiwari said, “I actually do not believe that this change will make it harder for new freelancers,” mentioning that many of Upwork’s clients had expressed feeling overwhelmed by the number of proposals they received in response to a posted project. Many projects receive between 50 and 100 proposals, she said, and many clients sort results to favor the amount of experience a freelancer has on the platform. Because of that, “those new freelancers are at a disadvantage immediately,” Tiwari said. Upwork will also offer a free 20-pack of Connects to new freelancers on the platform.In a statement to Entrepreneur, Upwork wrote, “It’s worth noting that when a freelancer is invited to a job, there is no cost to submit a proposal.” But there is a limit to the number of invitations that clients can send to freelancers. It’s typically three per posted project, but Upwork says the exact number will vary based on the client and on the job itself.The company’s decision has incited controversy on social media and among its freelancers.So, #freelancers, now that @Upwork is charging fees to apply for work on top of fees for contracts, what are your favorite Upwork alternatives? Looks like I’ll be turning my attention to clients I can find elsewhere.— Holly Riddle (@TheHollyRiddle) April 2, 2019I guess @Upwork have never heard the phrase “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. Outrageous changes on their way. Watch Freelance talent flee to competitive platforms in their droves. #upwork— Craig Rich (@craigrich) April 2, 2019Wow. @Upwork just decided to start charging freelancers to apply for jobs. So not only are they collecting on each contract, they’re collecting just from the applications for each contract. Unreal.— Eric Fadden (@ericfadden) April 2, 2019“When I was just starting out as a freelancer, I wouldn’t have paid to apply for jobs because I had no leeway in my budget,” wrote Jennifer Collins, an Upwork user, in a message to Entrepreneur, adding that the company already charges a 20 percent fee on new contracts. “Now, I have the luxury to walk away and not buy Connects, and I suspect that many expert freelancers are moving to do the same.”In Upwork’s annual investor report, CEO Stephane Kasriel wrote that “now is the time for all of us to work together to ensure the best possible future for the billions of workers in the world, their families, and the generations to come. Having become a public company in 2018, Upwork is now privileged to play a larger role than ever in steering this future.”The company’s 2018 public offering could be a driving factor behind the controversial change.In the investor report, Upwork cites that it operates the largest online marketplace as measured by gross services volume (GSV), ending 2018 with $1.8 billion. But after digging into the concrete definition of that metric, Entrepreneur found that GSV doesn’t just translate to client spend on marketplace offerings — it also includes “additional fees charged to both clients and freelancers for other services.” That umbrella clearly includes the new policy change charging freelancers for every proposal they submit.Upwork also clearly states in the report that its marketplace revenue is “primarily comprised” of service fees paid by its freelancers. “Therefore, marketplace revenue is correlated to GSV, and we believe that our marketplace revenue will grow as GSV grows.”One clear consequence of the change: Freelancers will likely increase their rates across the board to offset the new cost of submitting a proposal. That directly translates into more GSV — and more revenue — for the newly public company.Upwork may have taken that into account in its financial projections for investors. In its full-year results for 2018, the company reported $253.4 million in total revenue. It projects revenues of $298 million to $304 million for 2019.For its part, the company denies that the move is a cash-grab. In Thursday’s Q&A session, a significant amount of users asked about Upwork’s profits from the policy shift. Tiwari cited the current policy — that after users run out of free Connects, they can purchase additional ones for $1 each — and said that a significant amount of freelancers already pay for extra tokens. Therefore, Tiwari said the move is “revenue-neutral” for Upwork. “If this was a revenue play, I think we would’ve come up with something different.”When asked if other user fees will be done away with to compensate for the new policy, Tiwari said there were no current plans to do so.Many users asked about potential alternatives to charging freelancers for every Connect. For example, why not cap the number of proposals for each job and have the client open up the project for another batch of submissions if they’re not happy with the results? Tiwari said that incentivized speed rather than quality.​”I am definitely afraid of scaring off talent with this new policy,” Tiwari said. But she maintained that Upwork will continue to aim to have the best opportunities on its platform in order to retain users. Upwork also invited users to share their opinions on Upwork’s community page and said that the team reads every post.One freelancer, Murtaza Amin, created a user survey about the policy change that’s garnered 463 responses in just over three weeks. When asked to rate the company’s new Connects policy on a scale of one to 10, 55 percent of all respondents gave it a “one.” As for how Upwork fits into their future plans? Forty-five percent of respondents plan to explore other platform options after the announcement, but many freelancers lambast the lack of competition in the space. “The major problem with this new pricing change is that freelancers literally have nowhere else to go,” said Josh Reif, an Upwork user. Based on his experience, Reif guessed that offers one-tenth to 1/100th as many listings as Upwork, depending on the niche. Another competitor, Fiverr, tends to promote quick or one-off projects at lower costs, shying away from longer-term or higher-earning freelance work. According to Upwork’s own 2018 study, commissioned in partnership with Freelancers Union, Americans spent 1.07 billion hours per week freelancing. Now, those hours will come at a higher cost. Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more

All the issues of Windows 10 version 1803 you may run into

first_imgAll the issues of Windows 10 version 1803 you may run into by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: May 04, 2018 – 394 commentsIf you have installed the latest feature update for Windows 10, the April 2018 Update, already on a PC, you may have run into one or multiple issues already using the new version of Windows 10.While the bulk of users probably won’t, activity on forums and support sites indicate that at least part of the early adopter userbase ran into issues.I ran the update yesterday evening on a machine and encountered several issues so far on the PC. My issues are for the most part different from issues that users reported on Reddit, Microsoft’s Answer forum and other places.Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below. I divided the issues into major and other. Major affect lots (or even all) users.Major issuesGoogle Chrome may hang the entire device. Microsoft is working on a patch, apparently.Microphone not detected anymore? Sound settings or features not working? Check Settings > Privacy Microphone and test if “Let apps use my microphone” resolves the issue.No microcode update to protect the system against Spectre attacks. Microsoft released updates only for Windows 10 version 1709 and earlier and has not incorporated the updates into Windows 10 version 1803. If you installed the update on the PC in an earlier version and ran the update afterward, you will notice that the PC is no longer protected. Tip: run InSpectre to verify.Other issuesCheck Telemetry data collecting settings under Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback to make sure that they have not been reset.Microsoft Edge won’t start. A reset does not help. (my issue)Mouse acceleration and movement seems different to before. Also, reports of mouse lag.Network devices may not be picked up anymore. Reinstall may help.Right-clicks on programs in the Taskbar don’t display the context menu.Shutdown does not work properly, neither when executed from the Start Menu nor from the command line. Restart works and should be used instead for the time being.Slow Alt-Tab performance when tabbing out of games. Fix: disable Focus Assist in the options under System > Focus Assist.Some users report that the recovery partition shows up as a drive and that Windows may throw “is nearly full” warnings.I did not experience this, but you may want to run Disk Management  hide it.Speaker enhancements may be reset after the upgrade (speaker properties)The regular Start Menu does not open at all on a system with Start10 installed. Not sure if this is caused by Start10 or something else. (my issue)Thumbnails no longer generated for (most) MKV files.Users report that they can’t change the “feedback frequency” setting under Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback anymore. On my system, it states “Windows Insider Program manages this option” even though the PC never joined the program.Windows Defender Security Center won’t open. Terminates after you try to launch it.Now You: did you run into issues after installing the Windows 10 version 1803 update?SummaryArticle NameAll the issues of Windows 10 version 1803 you may run intoDescriptionIf you have installed the latest feature update for Windows 10, the April 2018 Update, already on a PC, you may have run into one or multiple issues already using the new version of Windows 10.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Emerald Princess Pacific debut

first_imgPrincess Cruises has announced a further expansion in the Australian market, with news that its magnificent 3082-guest Emerald Princess will join its local fleet in late 2016 for its first ever season of Australian cruising.The 113,000-tonne superliner will be based in Sydney from November 2016 to April 2017, taking the cruise line’s Australasian capacity to a record 11,800 berths across five ships during the season.Emerald Princess is one of Princess Cruises’ largest ships with more than 1500 guest rooms and will be one of the youngest ships to be deployed in Australia and New Zealand.The ship will undertake a number of cruises from Sydney, with itineraries to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific to be unveiled in March this year.Princess Cruises vice president Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison, said the expansion reflected Australians continued love affair with Princess Cruises.“Since Princess first based a ship here for the summer in 2002 we have been embraced by Australians who love our exciting itineraries and destinations as well as the quality cruise experience we provide, so we’re thrilled to be expanding further,” Mr Allison said.Emerald Princess would cruise from Sydney whilst four other Princess ships will continue to offer programs from Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Sydney.All ships will offer AUD pricing onboard as they deliver a full program of cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Auckland over the 2016-17 summer.With five of its 18-strong fleet cruising down under, Princess Cruises ranks Australia as its biggest market outside the United States.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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