Oklahoma State lit up AP No. 5 TCU on Saturday afternoon in Boone Pickens Stadium. Here’s what everyone was saying afterwards.1. Mike Gundy on how he got OSU ready“I’m really proud of our team. I’m proud of our coaches, and I thought the defensive staff did a tremendous job in their game plan. The players bought in, and we reduced their reps in practice this week to try and keep them fresh. It worked for us. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m just really proud of the guys for being able to run them down some and make some plays.”2. Gundy on how they stopped Trevone Boykin“I had confidence in our defense’s ability to make plays. We played base defense and ran to the football. There wasn’t anything special about what we did, other than some minor things Xs and Os-wise. I used the Kevin Durant example, the one where you don’t let him get to 50 points, just let him get to 25. That’s what they did tonight.”3. Glenn Spencer being the best“I want someone to look at the stats and tell me we had a bad game so that I can laugh it off. For these guys, this was outstanding, and I’m so proud of them. It was a huge night. There were 110 gradeable snaps so they probably played 120 when you take off penalties and such. Those guys are exhausted.”4. Spencer on how he schemed against TCU“That’s another thing people don’t understand looking at that yardage is that the only way for us to get beat in that game was for them to throw over the top of us. The only way for us to lose it was for me to play it like that time Michael Hunter got beat – that was a bad call. He was in press and by himself. At that point in the game, I kicked myself in the tail. I should’ve protected those guys more because that was the only way we were going to lose that game.”5. Mike Yurcich on the unintended consequence of James Washington’s performance“The thing is, if they double cover him, somebody else has single coverage and we said earlier in the week, we have to find the single coverage matchups and throw to the one-on-one. Our guys are going to win those a majority of the time. That’s where we have to go with the ball.”6. Chad Whitener on not letting down“We’re going to celebrate as much as we can tonight, but we’re going to come back healthy tomorrow and we just have to win next week. We have to get to 10-0.”#OKState LB Chad Whitener: “Everybody’s buying in and it’s awesome.”— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 8, 20157. James Washington on math“Coming into the game I just thought to myself that I have to do my 111%. I really just came in and tried to do what I could do to help the team win.”8. Trevone Boykin on OSU“You’re not going to come into an environment like this and have four turnovers and expect to win a game. We played a great football team, and Coach Gundy is a great coach so props to those guys.”9. Gundy on getting to next weekGundy on if #okstate made a statement: “It really doesn’t matter. We play again next Saturday. That’s been our approach.”— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) November 8, 201510. Zach Sinor on BPS“It was loud. It was unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of a college football game that was that loud. It was loud at West Virginia a few weeks ago, but this was a lot louder than WVU.”11. Gary Patterson on getting smoked“First off, you have to give Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys a lot of credit. They kicked our butts. You can’t give up big plays, and you can’t turn the ball over. If you do that, you’re not going to win big ballgames. They had 30 plays and 28 points in the first half. We fought our ways back into it. Basically, the defense gave up one touchdown in the second half, but it was too late. You have to score and get yourself back into things. I give them all the credit.”12. Patterson on whether he was surprised OSU scored so much“Nope. They scored 70 last week. I wasn’t surprised by any of it, and I knew they were going to keep going at us. I would’ve done the same thing they did. That’s their job. They scored and they tried to double-reverse pass, and when you play our offense you need to keep going until there’s no time left. I would do the same thing.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Story Highlights The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).“This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year.These include:• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Solid Waste Facilities) Regulations, which seek to regulate the kinds of material that may be disposed of at a disposal site, and the “manner in which such disposal is done”.• The National Solid Waste Management (Public Cleansing) Regulations, which will outline the full schedule of penalties for all breaches of the Act, and• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Hazardous Waste), (Electronic and Electrical) Regulations and Order, which will provide for the disposal of hazardous waste, to include electronic and electrical items.He said that the Jamaica Fire Brigade, another agency under the Ministry, will acquire eight pumpers in the 2019/2020 financial year, and 20 life rafts for flooding and swift water rescue. “This equipment will strengthen the Brigade’s ability to respond to emergencies,” the Governor-General said.The Governor-General said work continues on the Human Services Bill, which will come before the House this year to replace the Poor Relief Act, abolish the Board of Supervision, transfer the functions of the Board to the Ministry, and “modernise the structures through which human services are provided”Regulations to the Local Governance Act and the Local Government (Financing and Financial Management) Act, to give operational meaning and clarity to the new standards of governance, and the new regime concerning the financing of Local Government are also expected to be concluded and taken before the Parliament this year for consideration, according to the Governor-General. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). “This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).
zoom Navios ShipManagement Inc., a member of Navios Group, is looking to hire DuPont Clean Technologies as its preferred supplier of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for the company’s vessels. Under a letter of intent, Navios and DuPont Clean Technologies said that they would carry out a joint feasibility study and techno-economic analysis of marine scrubbing units for retrofitting or new build installation on a variety of vessels, from bulk carriers to containers and tankers.The planned feasibility study will examine the viability of fitting DuPont™ Marine Scrubbers on both retrofit and newbuild projects.“Talks with Navios reached this point because both companies are focused on efficiently reducing emissions. With our technical capabilities and flexible, reliable exhaust gas cleaning systems, we are able to ensure that Navios maintains its emissions standards with full confidence,” Marco Dierico, business development manager for DuPont™ Marine Scrubbers, said.Navios Group operates a fleet of 163 owned and long-term charter-in vessels ranging from Capesize to Panamax, Ultra-Handymax and Handy size bulk carriers, container vessels and MR2, LR1 VLCC and chemical tanker vessels deployed for freight movement around the world.
For the fourth consecutive year, the province is holding itseducation property tax rate at 35.1 cents per $100 of assessment. Nova Scotia levies the tax, known as the mandatory education tax(MET), to property owners on behalf of school boards.Municipalities collect it along with their own taxes and pass iton to the boards. Even though the rate is unchanged, revenues from the MET will be$159.3 million in 2005-06 — an increase of $9.2 million. Theincrease is because of a rise in property values. The MET is not a tax on municipal revenues or assets, but ratherthe assessed value of property in Nova Scotia. Using municipalsystems to collect it avoids duplication of effort, but it is nota tax on municipalities. “This year will see more money go to public schools to benefitstudent learning,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “As hasbeen the practice, some of that new money will come from theprovince’s general revenues and some will come from the MET. Iexpect the proportions to be about the same. “Most provinces support their schools in part with a propertytax, although Nova Scotia is at the low end of the scale in thatregard.”
Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday strongly rejected the Indian Government’s decision to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and vowed to exercise all possible options, including appealing to the UN, to counter India’s “illegal” and “unilateral” step. The Indian government on Monday abolished Article 370 and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USReacting to the announcement, Pakistan Foreign Office said “Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognised disputed territory”. “No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan,” it said. Pakistan strongly condemns and rejects the announcements made by the Indian Government regarding Jammu and Kashmir, it said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” it said. Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination, the statement said. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan would request and appeal to the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, friendly countries and human rights organisations not to remain silent on this issue. The situation in Kashmir was more serious than before, Qureshi said. We will consult our legal experts…, he added. “There are several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on this and they have accepted this as a disputed territory Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee had accepted this as a disputed territory,” said the foreign minister. Qureshi said the move by India showed they no longer had any hope from Kashmiris. The foreign minister stressed that Pakistan like before would continue to support the Kashmiri people and history would prove India’s decision wrong. Pakistan on Sunday warned India that it is ready to respond to any “misadventure or aggression” by the Indian forces, as the country’s top civil and military leadership discussed the sudden spike in tensions with New Delhi during a meeting of the National Security Committee. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that India is totally disregarding the international obligations and the country’s “arrogance will only result in heightening the conflict dynamics in the region.” Khan invited the attention of the world leaders and international bodies towards “irresponsible, unilateral and irrational behaviour” of the Indian leadership.
WHITEHORSE – A climber trapped on Canada’s highest mountain was uninjured, healthy and has a good supply of food and fuel, a Parks Canada spokeswoman said Wednesday.Natalia Martinez of Argentina was making a solo ascent of Mount Logan but her plans were disrupted by two powerful earthquakes that jolted the Alaska Panhandle and southwestern Yukon early Monday.Parks Canada’s Christine Aikens said in an interview the quakes generated avalanches and caused glacial ice to fall in the area of the woman’s camp, which is at 3,900-metre level on the East Ridge of Mount Logan.She said the visitor safety team from Kluane National Park in Haines Junction was working with Martinez to develop a plan to get her off the mountain.“Weather conditions in the icefields are poor and are preventing any access to the area,” Aikens said in a news release issued later Wednesday.An official with the company that flew the 37-year-old to the east ridge of Mount Logan several weeks ago said the experienced climber moved her camp to a safer area and was in good shape.“She had ascended the hardest part of the route when those earthquakes hit, so there was a lot of avalanches and rock fall,” said Sian Williams of Icefield Discovery.“We were very happy to hear that she was safe when we heard from her the morning after the earthquake.”She said Martinez was dealing with stormy weather and heavy snow that could prevent any rescue until Thursday or Friday.The route taken by Martinez is also highly technical, meaning few other climbers are close by, Williams said.“It’s a more technical route. Most people would be on the ‘C’ route, which is up the King Trench, (that’s) still a very hard expedition, but yeah, Natalia is taking it to another level, doing a solo ascent,” she said.Aikens said there are two other groups in the icefields of Kluane National Park and Reserve, and one of them is on the mountain.An average of 25 climbers attempt to summit the mountain every year, but Aikens says solo attempts are rare.(CKRW, The Canadian Press)
Michela Luci is a ten-year-old #Actress who has been singing, dancing, and performing since the age of three. A pianist and a trained dramatist, Michela has appeared in a number of television shows and in numerous movies. She has been featured on household name channels such as PBS and Netflix. Michela’s biggest break to date has been playing the starring role in the Amazon Original Series “#Dino Dana.”“Dino Dana” is a brand-new children’s television series that debuted on Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K. in May of 2017.READ MORE Young actress Michela Luci is enjoying her part on ‘Dino Dana’. / Photo via Michela Luci and Laura Liebeck, used with permission. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E14: This week, Jonathan speaks with Senior VP of Global Solutions Marketing at Dell EMC Guarav Chand about the pitfalls and benefits of IT transformation. He also speaks with SOCAN’s Kit Wheeler about a new cloud-based tracking tool which has made its way into clubs and events.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/11/22/business-of-tech-nov-17-s1e14.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market chalked up a small loss Wednesday following another record-high close as traders continued to digest earnings reports from the Canadian banking sector, in this case a solid report from National Bank.The S&P/TSX composite index cancelled out most of Tuesday’s 20-point rise, declining 18.6 points to 15,600.61. The Canadian dollar was up 0.49 of a cent to 91.8 cents US.U.S. indexes were little changed with the Dow Jones industrials off 2.54 points to 17,104.16, the Nasdaq declined 2.78 points to 4,567.86 and the S&P 500 index dipped 0.64 of a point to 1,999.38.Quebec-based National Bank posted net earnings of $441 million, up 10% from a year ago. Adjusted earnings came in at $1.20 a share, nine cents ahead of estimates.Total revenues for the country’s sixth largest lender were $1.42 billion, up from $1.29 billion in the same period last year.The bank’s return on equity for the quarter was 19.4% compared with 20.1% year-over-year, and its shares gained 77 cents to $50.17.National Bank’s earnings followed reports from Royal Bank, which on Friday posted a record quarterly profit that beat expectations and a dividend increase. Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank reported mixed results Tuesday. None of those results have resulted in big stock moves with expectations elevated for a sector that is up 12% year to date. CIBC and TD Bank report on Thursday.In the U.S., luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. reported earnings of $124.1 million or 96 cents a share in its fiscal second quarter, beating estimates by a dime. The company posted revenue of $992.9 million in the period, also surpassing expectations.In other corporate news, workers at Bombardier in Thunder Bay, Ont., have rejected the latest offer from the transportation company. Unifor says the company’s demands for concessions would hit all workers and retirees enrolled in the company’s benefit plan. The workers have been on strike since July 14. The Thunder Bay light rail facility builds new subway and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission, as well as cars for Ontario’s GO train commuter service. Bombardier shares dipped a penny to $3.80.Uranium miner Cameco said Wednesday it its preparing to stop work at its McArthur River mine and Key Lake mill operations in northern Saskatchewan due to a labour dispute. It said the company and the roughly 535 unionized workers represented by the United Steelworkers are set to begin a strike-lockout at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 30.Cameco said a labour disruption is not expected to affect its 2014 uranium delivery commitments. Its shares fell 43 cents to $21.48.On the TSX, industrials led decliners, down 0.25%. The energy sector declined 0.15% while October crude in New York was up nine cents to US$93.95 a barrel.The base metals sector was positive, up 0.25% even as December copper was down two cents to US$3.19 a pound.The gold sector was flat while December bullion gained 70 cents to US$1,285.90 an ounce.
The Australian High Commission in Colombo said yesterday the 30 single adult males had arrived in Australia on a number of boats over the last week or so.“The government is committed to breaking the people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking these dangerous boats to Australia. We will continue to regularly transfer people to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island. And where appropriate, the government will certainly continue to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations,” the Australian High Commission said. A group of failed asylum seekers who were deported from Australia have been produced in court and remanded, the police media unit said today.The police said that six of the 30 asylum seekers were produced before the Negambo magistrate yesterday and remanded till the 20th of this month. The Sri Lankan nationals were deported on a charter flight to Colombo from Christmas Island yesterday. Since 13 August, 156 Sri Lankans have returned home from Australia – both voluntarily and involuntarily – as people realise that these smugglers only sell lies and false promises about what awaits people in Australia, the High Commission said.People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. The other 24 failed asylum seekers were produced in court today and remanded till next week. The CID is conducting investigations.
“We urge your Excellency to take all necessary measures to guarantee that the rights and the freedom of religion or belief of the various religious communities living in Sri Lanka are respected and protected and ask of the government of Sri Lanka to adopt effective measures to prevent the recurrence of these acts,” the letter sent to the UN Chief said.(Colombo Gazette) He suspects the summons may have something to do with a letter he sent to the UN recently. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities.He said in the letter that the Government of Sri Lanka had failed to honor, article 2 (1) of the 1981 Declaration of the General Assembly which states that no one shall be subject to discrimination by any State, institution, group of persons, or person on the grounds of religion or other belief.The letter, a copy of which has also been sent to the UN Human Rights Council, says the government of Sri Lanka is failing to uphold and is pushing the country towards another holocaust. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, had said that radical members of the Buddhist clergy were taking the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. Just last week the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) had also issued summons on Salley to appear at the CCD office. Sally however did not go to the CCD office. Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader Azath Salley says the police had attempted to arrest him yesterday.Sally told the Colombo Gazette that police officers had gone to his house yesterday to arrest him and he had then filed for bail through his lawyers and will appear in court on Thursday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SKorean, Chinese-led consortium to buy 15% of ArcelorMittal Canada for $1.1B LUXEMBOURG – An Asian-based consortium is acquiring a 15 per cent stake in Montreal-based ArcelorMittal Mines Canada for $1.1 billion in cash.The transaction will see a group led by South Korean steelmaker Posco and China Steel Corp. enter into a joint venture partnership that will own ArcelorMittal’s Labrador Trough iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Quebec’s northern region.The consortium also includes other investors, who were not identified in the announcement.As part of the deal Posco and CSC will enter into long-term iron ore supply agreements.“This joint venture, incorporating a long-term off-take agreement, is consistent with our strategy to forge strategic relationships with key customers as we build our global mining business,” said Peter Kukielski, ArcelorMittal’s chief executive for mining.“The consortium will be an excellent partner as we pursue further expansion at AMMC,” added Kukielski, who is also a member of the group management board.The deal, announced by the company’s Luxembourg-based parent, is subject to various closing conditions, including regulatory clearance by the Taiwanese government. It is expected to close in two instalments in the first and second quarters of 2013.Reports that ArcelorMittal was looking to sell a minority ownership stake in its Quebec iron ore assets had been circulating since last fall.While observers cited low prices and weak Chinese demand as drivers behind such a move, conditions have since changed. Iron ore prices have risen almost 70 per cent since hitting a three-year low last September and Chinese demand is expected to surge in 2013.In October, ArcelorMittal slashed its dividend as it slid into a third-quarter loss on the back of a slowdown in China.Arcelor also said it was committed to reducing its debt and increasing its productivity and efficiency. The Luxembourg-based steel and mining giant saw its debt increase by $1.2 billion during the third quarter, to $23.2 billion, because of negative operating cash flow.The steelmaking giant has a portfolio of more than 20 mines in operation and development and the reports said the company had been prepared to sell up to a 30 per cent stake in its Mont Wright mine in Quebec, acquired as part of its 2006 takeover of Dofasco.Industry analysts said attracting partners could help fund ArcelorMittal’s (NYSE:MT) plans, announced last May, to spend $2.1 billion to expand annual production to 24 million tons from 14 million tons by 2013 at the facility near Labrador.Asian steelmakers would be interested because they are looking to secure raw materials. And although costs to ship ore from Canada to Asia are higher than from Australia, they are manageable, analysts said.ArcelorMittal is a leading integrated global steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries.In 2011, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $94 billion and crude steel production of 91.9 million tonnes, representing approximately 6 per cent of world steel output.ArcelorMittal shares closed up 38 cents, or 2.18 per cent, to US$17.85 Wednesday in New York. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 4:54 pm MDT
“However, sustaining the gains made will require continued and greater investment in the security services, as well as commensurate improvements in the justice and corrections sectors,” Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the 15-member Council’s briefing on the work of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Mr. Ladsous further reported that the political environment in the west African country remained dominated by preparations for presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for October 2017, and that the next President’s inauguration in January 2018 would mark a historic milestone for Liberia’s democracy.“What happens next year, therefore, will be critical: it will demonstrate whether the foundations of peace built since the conflict ended 13 years ago are strong enough to be sustained,” he said, underlining the need to ensure that measures are put in place now to deliver a free, fair, transparent and credible elections.Reporting that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had outlined three possible options for the UNMIL’s future: withdrawing and establishing a successor mission; maintaining the status quo; or continuing its drawdown.Emphasizing that Liberia should remain on the Council’s agenda through the installation of the next administration, he said it was essential to retain some capacity to respond should stability deteriorate.In its last resolution on the situation in the country, in September this year, the Security Council had extended the mandate of the UNMIL until 31 December.Also speaking today, Per Thöresson of Sweden, on behalf of the Vice-Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, said that the root causes of the country’s conflict remained unresolved and stressed the need for continued implementation of the national reconciliation roadmap.“Strong political leadership is required to fully and comprehensively address reconciliation in Liberia,” he said, adding: “Building social cohesion requires addressing historical inequalities, unequal access to resources and power.”Noting the economic challenges brought by the Ebola outbreak and that 63 per cent of the country’s children were out of school, as well as residual peacebuilding tasks in 2017 which required sustained international support, he underscored that these and other factors should be kept in mind when considering the future of the UN presence in Liberia, especially given the upcoming electoral period.Also addressing the Council was Victoria Wollie, National Coordinator for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding–Women in Peacebuilding Network in Liberia, who said many young people are involved in sexual and gender-based violence, which remains the “number-one” crime reported to police.Indeed, more than 1,500 cases of rape had been registered in 2014 and 2015, but less than 4 per cent of the alleged perpetrators had been convicted. Women and girls were also victims of harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, abductions and forcible initiations into secret societies. “As I speak to you today, I am expressing the fears of the women of Liberia regarding security and logistical gaps without UNMIL which could present challenges that could be exploited by unscrupulous politicians to question the credibility of the elections, thereby triggering unwanted violence,” said Ms. Wollie, underscoring that Liberian women needed the Peacebuilding Commission to fill any gaps left by UNMIL’s departure.Recalling that the international community had applauded the heroic contribution of Liberian women to ending the civil war, helping disarm the armed groups, conduct peaceful elections, prevent a relapse into conflict, and defeat the Ebola epidemic, she said: “I represent these women here today . I can tell you that there isn’t a more meaningful tribute to Liberian women than the long-lasting and sustained partnership of the international community.”
YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRSAVG OPPONENT SRS 22017Netherlands434.100.87 Includes only teams who made the WBC final or semifinals. Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for that year’s tournament, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds; SRS is scaled such that an average team is rated 0.0. Average opponent SRS is determined by all WBC games since 2006.Source: Wikipedia Before the United States began its World Baseball Classic run a couple weeks ago, I wrote about how downright mediocre the team’s track record had been at the event. Things have changed!Going into 2017, the U.S. was 10-10 in three WBC appearances, with a below-average run differential after accounting for its strength of schedule. Since the best American players were once again sitting the event out, there wasn’t much reason to think U.S. fortunes were due for an improvement this time around. Except the U.S. is now in the WBC final, beating Japan — only the most successful team in WBC history — to get there. Suffice to say, it’s been a wild, impressive ride for the Americans.But their greatest test might come in Wednesday night’s championship game against Puerto Rico. The blond-dyed baseball machine from the Caribbean is in the midst of the most dominant WBC performance of any team since the event began in 2006.Using the same Simple Rating System (SRS) framework I employed in my earlier story to adjust for the overall quality of each country’s WBC program,1With a few tweaks: I amended the home-field advantage to better reflect past WBC results (more on that later). I also added a stabilizing factor that regresses each team’s rating to a mean of -4.5 runs per game (with a weight of about 12 games), to avoid overrating teams with few total games played. we can measure a team’s performance in each individual tournament relative to how it played against their opponents. And this season’s Puerto Rican national team is crushing it: 12017Puerto Rico704.300.14 42009Japan723.790.53 52013Dominican Republic803.430.71 32006Japan533.90-0.29 72017United States521.28-0.18 62009South Korea632.771.04 92013Japan520.82-1.34 102006Cuba530.791.69 82017Japan611.12-1.19 The best World Baseball Classic performances, by SRS In the grand scheme of things, across every WBC game ever played, the U.S. still has a slightly below-average SRS rating, far below Puerto Rico’s mark. According to SRS, Puerto Rico is the third-best team in WBC history, trailing only Japan and the Dominican Republic.But if America does have one edge on Wednesday, it’s that the game is being played on U.S. soil, at Dodger Stadium. In the WBC, host teams outscore opponents by about one more run per game than they do when playing elsewhere, which translates to about 5 to 10 extra percentage points of win probability (or nearly twice what home-field is worth in Major League Baseball). That probably isn’t enough to close the gap between the U.S. and Puerto Rico completely, but in concert with Marcus Stroman taking the hill for the Stars and Stripes, Team USA might have a fighting chance to win this thing after all.CORRECTION (March 22, 3:00 p.m.): A table in an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the records of the U.S. and Puerto Rico teams. Puerto Rico is 7-0 in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, not 7-1. The U.S. is 5-2, not 5-3. Share on Facebook
Two Mercedes – a C-Class and C-Estate – were written off after the crashCredit:Solent A suspected drink-driver wrote off two parked Mercedes as his car crashed into the wall of a garage and landing with its back wheels on the thatched roof, causing nearly £100,000 of damage.The silver Vauxhall Astra overturned as the driver turned right at a junction opposite the garage, but was unable to get round the corner.The vehicle careered into the C-Class and C-Estate parked on the forecourt in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester, Hampshire, and ended up standing on its nose in the early hours of Friday.Police arrested a 27-year-old man at the scene. Graham Sharland, who works at the Mercedes specialist garage, said the two vehicles – worth £32,000 in total – are now a write-off and structural damage to the building could bring the total cost to almost £100,000.After watching CCTV footage of the crash, he said: “The driver came across the brow of the hill opposite the garage and realised he was going too quick and tried to turn right, but instead rolled the car.”I reckon he was going about 60mph to 70mph as he tried to turn the car.”Both the Mercedes he hit will be written off now, so that’s £32,000 worth of damage and then there’s a crack in the wall and other structural damage to the building.”We could be looking at something like £100,000 worth of damage overall.”The Astra rolled over the bonnet of the silver Mercedes C-Class, while also scraping the side of the nearby black C-Estate, which had its driver side window smashed and door destroyed. The driver is thought to have escaped with only minor injuries.A Hampshire Police spokesman said a 27-year-old man had been arrested for failing to provide a specimen after the crash.He said: “Police were called at 12.46am on Friday December 2, to reports of a collision. A silver Vauxhall Astra collided with two parked Mercedes vehicles before coming to rest up against a building on the site.”A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.” I reckon he was going about 60mph to 70mph as he tried to turn the carGraham Sharland Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A 27-year-old fisherman, Vishal Jones of Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara pleaded not guilty to a charge of break and enter and larceny on Wednesday morning when he faced Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The police are alleging that Jones broke and entered the dwelling house of complainant, Michelle Michcado, located in George Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, between October 25, 2017 and November 1, 2017, therein stealing building materials and clothing, among other items, totalling $559,000 in value.Jones initially pleaded guilty with explanation and stated, inter alia, that he was innocent and the he has no knowledge of the charge at hand. After hearing his explanation the Magistrate changed his plea to not guilty.Bail was set to the sum of $50,000 and the case will be called again on November 27, 2017, for hearing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLeopold Street resident granted bail for $1.6M theftSeptember 18, 2015In “Crime”Teen accused of stealing Lap Top granted bailSeptember 24, 2013In “Crime”60 – Y – O man busted with Marijuana, accused of Breaking & EnteringNovember 11, 2014In “Crime”
The European Handball Federation has received 25 registrations from clubs for the Women’s EHF Champions League 2016/17.18 national champions and the two runners-up of the top two nations (Hungary and Denmark) have applied for the 24th season based on the EHF ranking list, while further five teams eligible to play in the new Women’s EHF Cup have requested an upgrade for the EHF Champions League.The final list of all participants will be confirmed only at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on Friday 24 June in Vienna.The draw of the qualification will take place on Wednesday 29 June (13:00 hrs) in Vienna, while the group matches draw will be hosted by SELECT, the EHF’s new ball supplier in their headquarters in Glostrup, Denmark on Friday 1 July (13:00 hrs).Teams registered based on the EHF ranking list (20):Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT)HC Gomel (BLR)HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)Team Esbjerg (DEN)FC Midtjylland (DEN)Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP)Metz Handball (FRA)Thüringer HC (GER)Györi AUDI ETO KC (HUN)FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)Indeco Conversano (ITA)HC Vardar (MKD)WHC Buducnost (MNE)Sercodak Dalfsen (NED)Larvik (NOR)MKS Selgros Lublin (POL)CSM Bucuresti (ROU)Astrakhanochka (RUS)IK Sävehof (SWE)Ankara Yenimahalle Belediyesi SK (TUR)Teams registered based on additional places requests (5):HC Leipzig (GER)Glassverket (NOR)Rostov Don (RUS)RK Krim Mercator (SLO)Iuventa Michalovce (SVK)National champions, who did not submit a registration (6):DHK Banik Most (CZE)Madeira SAD (POR)RK Zagorje (SLO)Izvor Bukavicka Arandjelovac (SRB)Spono Eagles (SUI)Galytchanka Lviv (UKR)Source: EHF ← Previous Story Poles without four stars to fight in Netherlands Next Story → Patrick Cazal to stay at Dunkerque until 2020
A POST-MORTEM examination is scheduled to take place today on the body of a 22-year-old man found unresponsive by walkers at Lady’s Cove in Dunmore East, Co Waterford yesterday evening.He was discovered at around 5pm, and treated at the scene, before being removed by ambulance at around 6.30pm.The post-mortem is taking place at Waterford General Hospital.Gardaí say the death is being treated as an accident, and foul play is not suspected.Read: Search & rescue crew distraught after storm causes ‘tens of thousands’ in damage to centre
Final Fantasy the the most well-know, and arguably, most loved, RPG series across the globe. The series is just as popular in the west as it is in the east, what a shame that Final Fantasy II was never released in the US.Now, you might finally have the opportunity to play FFII in English… if you have a spare $50,000. eBay seller, Fefea, claims to have the one and only English copy of the game in their possession. Even though the NES cartridge says it’s a sample, according to the seller the entire game is playable. The cartridge was originally put together by Square Soft as they intended to show the game at the 1991 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. FFII was set to be released later that year in the US but sadly that never happened as Square decided to focus on other projects.It seems likely that other copies of this game could exist but no other working copies have been found yet. The seller states he’s been holding onto the copy for nine years after purchasing it off a private collector who tried to sell it through forums. At the time that person was unable to sell it because no one believed he had a genuine copy.Why Fefea’s chosen to sell it now is an open questio, but if you are a collector of rare games or simply a huge FF fan, you can put in an offer. Although the buy it now price is $50,000, the seller will consider any serious offer. Over 80 have been made so far. Once someone wins, we should hear back as to whether this copy is legitimate or not.View the eBay listing, via Eurogamer
File photo Image: Defence Forces/Rollingnews.ie Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 7:59 PM ‘Myself and the children are devastated’: Soldiers due to return to Ireland tomorrow face ‘unacceptable’ delay A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said that authorities on the ground haven’t yet been granted approval for transportation. Short URL Apr 3rd 2019, 7:59 PM 31 Comments Share939 Tweet Email1 Image: Defence Forces/Rollingnews.ie By Elaine Keogh File photo 130 MEMBERS OF the Defence Forces are, for the second time in a year, unable to return home to their families tomorrow.The troops are part of the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights and were scheduled to fly out of Beirut and land in Dublin Airport tomorrow morning.Today, it has emerged that they will not be home as scheduled. They have finished a six-month tour of duty and the soldiers to replace them have already arrived.One wife, who did not want her name used, said: “Myself and the children are devastated, we have gone through a long arduous six months without him.”“The kids were so excited about seeing their Dad in the morning and having to break the news to them was heartbreaking. The troops of the Irish Defence Forces are treated with utter disdain by the Irish government once again.”“I know we are in a lucky enough position living close to the airport but some families will have travelled from around the country today to be in Dublin to collect their husbands/dads/sons in the morning.”“I’m also aware of a number of troops who have travel plans this weekend with their families. This is just another example today of the appalling treatment of our troops by the Taoiseach, Minister Kehoe and the pen pushers in the Department of Defence,” she added. PDFORRA confirmed they have been made aware of the issue, and said the delay was totally unacceptable.General Secretary Ger Guinan said, “we are absolutely gutted for their families and we are deeply disappointed this has arisen, especially as it occurred last October too.”Mark Keane, President of PDFORRA said this evening, “Our thoughts and concerns are with the personnel involved and their families. https://jrnl.ie/4575786 46,386 Views These troops were due to depart the Golan today and arrive home to meet with their families tomorrow. For such a hold up to emerge with two successive units is quite remarkable – and all those people affected need an immediate explanation.A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said, “The United Nations is responsible for organising the rotation flights to transport the current UNDOF contingent back to Ireland.” “We have been advised by the UN that the Lebanese Authorities have not yet granted approval of the landing clearance in Beirut for the aircraft scheduled to transport the 58th Infantry Group.” “Defence Forces personnel on the ground are liaising with the local United Nations personnel, who are doing their utmost to resolve this situation.”“At the request of Minister Paul Kehoe, Ireland’s Permanent Mission in New York is engaging directly at the highest levels with the UN in New York, with a view to resolving the situation as quickly as possible.” “Defence Forces personnel remain at their base at Camp Faoar in Syria pending resolution of the situation.” “Families have been informed of this delay by designated Family Liaison Officers, and further updates will continue to be provided as they become available,” the spokesperson added. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article