BMC agrees to give BEST ₹600 cr., with riders

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.last_img read more


Texas Football Staffer Took Shots At Texas A&M And Baylor’s QB Development During NFL Draft

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgMike Giglio says how certain Texas schools don't teach enough about football.Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]last_img read more


Epic Fan-Made Florida Hype Video Sets Great Expectations For 2016

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgFlorida Hype video for 2016 season.Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.last_img read more


Ethics watchdog clears finance minister on timing of 2015 stock sale

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner has cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau of allegations that he and his father benefited from insider information to save half a million dollars on the sale of shares in their family-built company.Political opponents asked ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to look into several sales of millions of dollars worth of shares in Morneau Shepell Inc. in late 2015 by Morneau and his father. The sales came just days before a major tax announcement that the minister’s accusers say triggered a dip in the stock market.Morneau’s December 2015 announcement raising income taxes on the highest earners had a wide-reaching market impact, they argued, because it encouraged wealthier shareholders to sell off some their stock holdings before the changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Doing so meant big savings for the Morneau family, they alleged.Not so, Dawson said in a Jan. 5 letter to Morneau released Monday: there was no privileged information acted upon, since the tax increase was first announced publicly “well in advance” of the family’s stock sales.“With respect to the sale of Morneau Shepell Inc. shares in the fall of 2015, I am of the view that you did not benefit from insider information,” writes Dawson, whose seven-year tenure as conflict of interest and ethics commissioner happened to end Monday.She referred to statements to the media made Nov. 4, 2015, by then-House leader Dominic LeBlanc, who said the tax measures would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Dawson also noted that the Liberals’ 2015 election platform had promised to introduce the tax changes.“This was well in advance of the sale of your Morneau Shepell Inc. shares on Nov. 30, 2015, and the tabling of the Dec. 7, 2015, ways and means motion on this matter.”The other sales by Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., were made Nov. 23 and Dec. 3.In a separate examination, Dawson also cleared Morneau of allegations that he was involved in the Bank of Canada’s renewal of its contract with Morneau Shepell to manage its employee pension plan. The Bank of Canada renewed its contract with the company for four years in February 2017.Dawson said she opted to close the matter after reviewing documents provided by the Bank of Canada and comments sent to her by Morneau’s counsel. “I am satisfied that, as minister of finance, you had no involvement in the Bank of Canada’s decision of the renewal of the Morneau Shepell Inc. contract.”Morneau’s name, however, has yet to be fully cleared by the ethics commissioner’s office, which has another formal examination underway related to his connection to Morneau Shepell.The review was launched amid conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents say the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, Morneau has denied the conflict-of-interest accusations.A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office confirmed Monday in an email that the examination remains active.These were all among several high-profile controversies that battered Morneau in the second half of 2017.In July, he enraged small-business owners by proposing tax-system changes. The ensuing uproar forced him to eventually back off elements of his plan.He has also faced intense political pressure over how he handled his personal financial arrangements after coming to office. The questions focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, for which he was executive chairman until his election win.In response to the controversy, he sold off the remainder of his holdings last fall in the pension management firm, which were worth about $21 million.He promised to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust. Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million.Dawson also fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa, but — owing to what his office called an administrative oversight — failed to mention the ownership structure itself.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Morneau said that his office was “pleased with the outcome” of the commissioner’s latest examination.“The minister will continue to work with the office of the ethics commissioner to ensure he is in full compliance with the rules,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email. “The minister has gone above and beyond the initial recommendations from the ethics commissioner by divesting all his family’s holdings in his former company.”However, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre continued to say Monday that Morneau was wrong to sell his shares shortly before introducing the tax hike on the wealthiest Canadians — whether or not he actually broke conflict of interest rules.“Conservatives believe it is unwise for ministers to buy or sell shares in the weeks immediately before the introduction of tax measures,” Poilievre said in a statement.“Finance ministers should lead by example. It is not good enough for ministers to boast that their actions are not illegal.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Muzaffarpur horror Delhi court fixes Mar 18 as date for framing charges

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).last_img read more


FA Cup Man City hit back to reach semifinals after Swansea scare

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgSwansea: Sergio Aguero kept alive Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple as they survived a major FA Cup scare in a thrilling fightback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Swansea in Saturday’s quarter-finals. Aguero had watched from the substitutes’ bench as second-tier Swansea roared into a stunning first half lead through goals from Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina. But the Argentine emerged as City’s saviour on a rainy night in south Wales by setting up their first goal for Bernardo Silva, before completing the comeback with a last-gasp winner after Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt scored an unlucky own goal from the Argentina striker’s penalty to draw City level. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHaving already won the League Cup and advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals, Premier League leaders City remain in the hunt for a clean sweep of all four major trophies. It was a fortunate escape for City on Saturday however, as replays showed Raheem Sterling was fortunate to win the penalty that led to the equaliser, while Aguero was marginally offside for the winner. City boss Pep Guardiola had named a strong starting line-up and Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva both went close early on. It only looked a matter of time before City took the lead but Swansea ensured it was anything but one-way traffic. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThey showed they could give the visitors a run for their money with a neat passing game that pushed City on to the back foot. Grimes put Swansea ahead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Fabian Delph carelessly fouled Connor Roberts after the City defence was wrong-footed by Mike van der Hoorn’s crossfield pass. Grimes had not scored in his three-and-a-half years at the Liberty Stadium but took over penalty duties following Celina’s embarrassing spot-kick miss in a 3-0 midweek defeat at West Bromwich Albion. The 23-year-old centre back made the most of Delph’s misjudgement by confidently driving the ball high into the roof of the City net. It went from bad to worse for City nine minutes later as Guardiola’s defence disintegrated following a nine-pass move involving seven Swansea players. This time Swansea attacked with pace and purpose and, after fine play on the edge of City’s box by Nathan Dyer and Daniel James, space opened up for Celina to curl the ball delightfully beyond Ederson. Guardiola looked flummoxed in the technical area as he mulled over finding a way back into the tie while Aymeric Laporte lost his head following referee Andre Marriner’s half-time whistle and was booked for shoving Swansea winger Wayne Routledge in the chest. It was a dire situation that left City in danger of a repeat of last season’s embarrassing FA Cup exit at Wigan. But Guardiola replaced Sane with Sterling in the 57th minute and Aguero came on for Riyad Mahrez six minutes later. The moves paid dividends soon after as City hit back. City’s pressure was rewarded in the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva hit a crip shot beyond Nordfeldt after he was teed up by Aguero to set up a thrilling finale. The visitors drew level in the 78th minute when Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Sterling was deemed a penalty even though the defender appeared to touch the ball first. Aguero restored parity in fortuitous circumstances when his spot-kick hit a post and went in via Nordfeldt’s back. City laid siege to the Swansea goal in the final stages and Aguero had the final word with a stooping 88th minute header that survived the hosts’ offside claims as VAR was not available. City’s celebrations were marred by a pitch invader, but there was no disguising their relief after a dramatic revival. agencieslast_img read more


Infosys Q4 net up 105 sees 7595 in FY20

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBengaluru: IT major Infosys Friday posted a 10.5 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 4,078 crore for the March 2019 quarter, and guided towards 7.5-9.5 per cent growth in revenue for FY 2019-20. The country’s second-largest software services firm said it expects its topline to grow 7.5-9.5 per cent in FY 2019-20 in constant currency terms. In October, Infosys had raised its revenue growth outlook for FY19 to 8.5-9 per cent from 6-8 per cent (given at the beginning of the fiscal). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Looking at what we have done in terms of the full year in new wins but also making sure that we look at what is going on in the market…we have a very strong acceleration in the full year. And therefore, guidance if you recall for fiscal 2019 was 6-8 per cent and now, we have bumped it up to 7.5 to 9.5 per cent,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Salil Parekh told reporters. He added that from the company’s perspective, this is “a very strong movement on the guidance in the growth direction”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFor the full financial year, Infosys’ net profit declined by 3.9 per cent to Rs 15,410 crore, while revenue increased 17.2 per cent to Rs 82,675 crore. “Our planned investments have started yielding benefits. As we look ahead into fiscal 2020, we plan to deploy various measures of operational efficiencies across the business,” Parekh said in a statement. He termed the results as strong on multiple fronts, including revenue growth, performance of digital portfolio, large deals and client metrics. In the fourth quarter, Infosys’ digital revenues were at $1.03 billion (33.8 per cent of total revenues) — registering year-on-year growth of 41.1 per cent. Infosys expects its operating margin in FY20 to be in the range of 21-23 per cent. Margins for FY19 stood at 22.8 per cent. For the financial year 2019, the company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 10.50 per share. After including the interim dividend of Rs 7, the total dividend for the fiscal will amount to Rs 17.50 per share. Sanjeev Hota, AVP Research at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said Infosys has delivered mixed set of earning performance but its revenue guidance is a tad “conservative”. “Deal wins remain strong and management has guided for 7.5-9.5 per cent revenues growth for FY20E (estimate), which we believe is bit conservative. “Nevertheless, company delivered strong growth on digital revenues front. On the flip side, management has lowered the margins guidance to 21-23 per cent, which was below our expectations and also attrition inched up during the quarter,” he said.last_img read more


MoroccanMalian relations take new turn following signing of several agreements

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBamako – Relations between Morocco and Mali took a new turn on Thursday following the signing of several bilateral agreements. The 17 agreements relate to different sectors and reflect the commitment of the public and private sectors to get involved in the new impetus given to bilateral relations by King Mohammed VI and Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.In a statement to MAP, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, highlighted the extreme importance of the agreements which accompany and complement the vision of Morocco for this region that is in need of significant investments in many sectors.For his part, Minister of Health, El Hussein El Ouardi, highlighted the depth of relations of friendship and brotherhood that bind Morocco and Mali, adding that South-South partnership will have a positive impact on the two countries.President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (CGEM), Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun said the agreement with the National Council of Employers of Mali lays the groundwork for a partnership between Moroccan and Malian companies in many areas.last_img read more


Derrick Rose is Back and Stronger Than Ever Defying

Posted On Sep 30 2019 by

You don’t have to like basketball or be a fan of the NBA or even care about Derrick Rose. But if you have a heart and love a story of redemption, you almost have to root for the Chicago Bulls’ point guard.He is an athletic promise that has been denied total fulfillment in the most cruel fashion: injury. Three times.Other great talents have had their bodies fail them, but few cases have been as polarizing as Rose’s. For some reason, countless NBA fans have, instead of empathizing or even feeling sorry for Rose, have called him “soft” and selfish as he endured rigorous rehabilitations.Mind you, none of these “critics” had gone through playing in the NBA and overcoming a torn ACL, then suffering from a torn medial meniscus and then aggravating that injury and requiring a third surgery in three years. How was Rose “soft” for not coming back until he believed he was ready? How can someone judge how someone else’s body feels?In fact, Rose should have been credited for not rushing back, for taking control of his career and not succumbing to outside pressure. Instead, he was criticized by people who apparently do not understand the mental and physical toll major injuries take on a world-class athlete.All that, and there was Rose this weekend, stronger than ever, if not physically, certainly mentally. He played brilliantly and explosively in the Bulls’ Game 1 first-round playoff victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored 23 points and displayed the kind of dynamic speed, power and quickness that made him the league’s MVP just four years ago.When he left the game to a standing ovation at the United Center, it marked a triumphant end of an emotional return, a return his naysayers hardly believed would happen this year when he was felled about three months ago.“I only had, like, three goals,” Rose said of his first playoff game in three years, “and that was to have fun, have no expectations and to compete.”That’s another thing about Rose. Despite all the criticism, he remained centered and humble, always resisting the urge to fire back. That takes strength.“I’m grateful to be playing with my teammates,” Rose said. “They allow me to play the way I normally play. It’s an honor. I’m really fortunate because I think, anywhere else, it wouldn’t be the same.”Maybe Rose will never return to NBA MVP form. Here’s the thing: He doesn’t have to be that player again. He can be just what he was Sunday and still rank among the game’s best.“You’re talking about a guy now who’s sort of in the middle of his career,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s been through a lot. I think early on, you’re 22 years old, you’re the M.V.P. of the league, and there weren’t many bumps in the road. He’s hit a few bumps. He’s gotten through those.”That’s the other thing: Those who called Rose “soft” got it backward. He showed strength in coming back after the first injury. He empowered himself by creating a timetable that worked for him. People didn’t like that he said he wanted to be healthy enough to play with his kids when he quit basketball—a noble gesture from here. He showed enormous strength in coming back after the second injury, when he could have emotionally collapsed. And to suffer a third surgery a few months ago, only to return before the season’s end, and to play as he did in Game 1. . . strength.Of course, there are many who will stick to their original position on Rose. But they will be missing the fact that Rose is still here, still playing, still has his head up. For all he has gone through, that’s hardly soft. read more


Everything Went Right For The 2018 Red Sox Are The Champs Destined

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

It’s hard to imagine things going more right for the Boston Red Sox than they did last season. Boston jumped out to a scorching 17-2 start, was 38 games over .500 by the All-Star break, posted the most regular-season wins (108) by an MLB team in 17 years, and then steamrolled through the playoffs with an 11-3 postseason record en route to a World Series title. Statistically, it was probably the most impressive performance any major team had in 2018.1Among teams for which we had have game-by-game Elo ratings and predictions — in men’s pro and college football and basketball and Major League Baseball.But now the calendar has flipped to 2019, and as spring training warms up for the Sox in Fort Myers, Florida, Boston must focus on defending its crown — and staving off the inevitable regression that comes in the wake of a season as charmed as the one the Red Sox just enjoyed.As a rule, clubs that win a crazy number of ballgames in one season tend to come back down to earth quickly in the next. Of the 32 teams that cracked the century mark in wins (per 162 games)2We’re including teams in strike-shortened seasons — like the 1994 Montreal Expos — whose wins would prorate out to at least 100. since 1990, 28 had an inferior record the next year,3One team — the 101-win 2003 Yankees — compiled the same number of wins the next season. and 24 failed to return to the 100-win club. (Thirteen failed to break even 95 wins.) On average, these 32 triple-digit winners declined by 9.6 wins the following season. And the Red Sox could be running out of time to make the most of their current core. By 2021, Betts, Bradley, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts and Rick Porcello (plus potentially Martinez, who has an opt-out clause) will have all hit free agency. And team president Dave Dombrowski built 2018’s champion in part by bucking MLB’s prospect-hoarding trend and emptying out the farm system’s next generation in favor of short-term wins, so reinforcements aren’t exactly on the way.The result of Dombrowski’s moves was a championship, and one of baseball’s all-time great single season performances, so I’m pretty sure it was worth it. The question now is how steep the drop-off will be in 2019 — and beyond. In many ways, Boston caught lightning in a bottle last season, enjoying the kind of magical year that comes along only once every decade or so. But if history is any guide, the follow-up will have trouble coming close to matching the original. Red Sox15649567+136744110 Rays15278676+5042153 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Yankees15669567+13774%41%10% Blue Jays14837587-521331 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Teams that won substantially more than 100 games have tended to regress even harder. The 2002 Mariners, for example, won “only” 93 games after the 2001 squad tied a major league record with 116 wins; the 1999 Yankees won 98 a year after the team took home 114. The inescapable truth is that few major league teams actually have 100 wins of “true talent” on their rosters, much less 108. Most of these huge winners were aided by some not-insignificant amount of luck along the way.And it’s hard to argue that the Red Sox weren’t one of the luckier teams in baseball last season. According to the Pythagorean expectation, a team with Boston’s runs scored and allowed should have won four games fewer than it actually did. Furthermore, a team with Boston’s particular statistical profile (its singles, doubles, walks, etc. — both for and against) should have had a Pythagorean record five games worse than it actually did. Add up those two categories, and the Red Sox benefited from an MLB-high 10 extra wins of luck, whether through prevailing in the relative toss-ups of close games or through stringing hits together (or stranding opposing runners) in an unusually favorable manner.On top of all that, there’s another way a team can have everything go right for it, and that’s at the player level: Did everyone outperform their expected levels of performance at once? Injuries can often play a role here — though the Red Sox were in the middle of the pack in terms of man-games lost to the injured list. More pertinently, Boston also saw a number of players post career-best seasons last year, from American League MVP Mookie Betts (10.6 wins above replacement)4Averaging together the versions of WAR from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. to blockbuster free-agent signing J.D. Martinez (6.1), plus young up-and-comers such as Andrew Benintendi (4.1) and even longtime puzzles such as Eduardo Rodriguez (2.7).Altogether, 12 of Boston’s 21 regulars (those who played at least 2 percent of the team’s available playing time)5As measured by plate appearances and (leverage-adjusted) innings pitched, scaled to maintain WAR’s implicit 58/42 split between position players and pitchers. exceeded their established level of WAR, with only Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Nunez and the catching tandem of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez significantly undershooting their previous production levels during the 2018 regular season.6You could also argue that more should have been expected of Rafael Devers, who had 1.1 WAR in a partial season at age 20 in 2017 but produced only 0.5 WAR with more than double the playing time in 2018. But Devers was also only 21, playing his first season as an MLB regular.And this is to say nothing of the unexpected performances the team received in the postseason from the likes of Steve Pearce — a fizzled-out former prospect who arrived in Boston via a midseason trade and ultimately won World Series MVP — or Nathan Eovaldi, another castoff who had a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason innings. (Or, in general, the amazingly fortuitous splits the team had in crucial playoff situations.)All of those different ingredients explain how a team that won 93 games in 2017 suddenly exploded for 108 and won the championship a year later. But again, the pull of baseball’s gravity is strong. Based on data since 1990, we’d expect a team that improved by 15 games between seasons to give back about 5.2 wins the next season. It’s just another data point to toss onto the heap of statistical indicators that foretell a decline for the Red Sox heading into 2019.The good news for Boston is that if your starting point is a 108-win team, you have a ton of room to regress and still be one of the best teams in baseball. Even if the Sox didn’t truly have 108 wins of talent on the roster last year, they still played like a 98-win team according to their underlying statistics, and almost all of that team will be back this season (with the notable exception of closer Craig Kimbrel). According to an early preseason version of our 2019 MLB projections,7Not including Tuesday’s news of Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres, although that move has minimal implications for the Red Sox. we rate Boston as the third-best team in baseball, with a 95-67 projected record and a 10 percent chance of repeating as champs, which is also tied for third-best in MLB.Trouble is, that might make the Red Sox only the second-best team in their own division. Our simulations consider the archrival New York Yankees just as likely as Boston to win the World Series and actually think that New York is ever-so-slightly better talent-wise. Although the Sox got the better of the Yankees last season, winning 13 of 23 games (including an August sweep and a four-game division series victory), for all intents and purposes, our projections have the two teams in an absolute dead heat as we look ahead to 2019: The Red Sox still have a Yankees problem on their handsHow our preliminary Elo ratings are forecasting the 2019 AL East race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Caesar’s Palace Orioles142160102-1981<1<1 read more


How The 68 Raiders Can Still Make The Playoffs

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

The Oakland Raiders have less than a 1 percent chance to make the playoffs. But that means there’s still a chance! To see how they can make it to a wild-card game, watch the video above.


Buckeyes setting sights on run to the Final Four

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

The No. 7-ranked Ohio State field hockey team’s main goal entering the 2010 NCAA Tournament Saturday is simple: win the first two rounds of the tournament and advance to the Final Four. “Even from preseason, our biggest goal was making the Final Four,” senior back Bri Doak said. “If we play like I know we can play, I don’t see why we won’t be in the Final Four next weekend.” OSU (16-4) will play the No. 15-ranked University of Albany (16-5) in the first round of the tournament. Because the bracket for the tournament was not released until Tuesday night, the OSU coaching staff has had little time to scout Albany. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson has seen enough to know Albany will be a tough challenge for the Buckeyes. “They’re strong. They’re very, very strong with their tackling,” Wilkinson said. “They have great individual skills and they are very disciplined with the way they play.” The Buckeyes enter the NCAA Tournament coming off a disappointing loss to the Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Finals. Before the loss to UM, OSU had a 10-game winning streak. With the winning streak gone, OSU players are now looking at the NCAA Tournament as a fresh start. “The Michigan game was a disappointing loss for us,” senior forward Jena Cacciatore said. “The NCAA (Tournament) is a new season. We are 0-0 across the board, so anything can happen.” Cacciatore is excited for Saturday’s game against Albany for more than a chance to make up for the UM loss. Albany’s senior midfielder Sarah Deane is Cacciatore’s good friend and former high school teammate. “I’ve been asking coach to play her for years. When I found out, I knew it would be bittersweet because one of us will get knocked out,” Cacciatore said. “It’s taught me I better be careful what I wish for.” The game will be special for Doak as well. She will be making her 80th career start, setting a new OSU record. “When (Doak) came in as a freshman, she kind of flew under the radar, but she’s always been a constant for us,” Wilkinson said. “She came in with great fitness and has maintained it. She has earned every minute.” OSU plays Albany at 2 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. The winner will advance to the second round and play at 2 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Penn State and Syracuse. read more


Valverde feels red card cost Barcelona

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde feels that Sergi Roberto’s sending off proved to be the turning point in their 2-2 draw against Celta VigoThe Catalan giants took the lead twice at the Estadio Balaidos on Wednesday night, only for the hosts to come back twice and cause Barcelona to settle for a point.While Valverde had made a lot of changes to the lineup, Barcelona did manage to maintain their unbeaten record in La Liga this season.”I thought that we were the better side, then came the red card and we had to change things,” said Valverde, according to Marca.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…”Afterwards, we didn’t have the capacity to form an attack that would have pushed them back completely, and thus the equaliser came.”It is one more point and now we need two victories to be champions. We would like to get them, but we’ll see.”Next up for Barcelona is the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Saturday, before a trip to Deportivo in La Liga.last_img read more


Djokovic delighted with tennis fan Ronaldos presence

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgTennis’ world number one player Novak Djokovic was thrilled to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands for his game on MondayThe Juventus star was left out of Portugal’s squad for the current international break and has been making use of his free time by catching up on Tennis.Ronaldo was seen at the 02 Arena in London this week with his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, and oldest son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, watching Djokovic in action.And the Serb didn’t disappoint with a dominant win over American John Isner in their group stage opener of the ATP Finals.Djokovic ended up with a 6-4 6-3 win and later commented on Ronaldo being in the stands.“I had colours of his club [Juventus] on my attire tonight,” said Djokovic, according to Tennis365.“I’m sure he was happy to see that.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s great to have big football star, a sports star like him, court-side watching tennis.“He used to come and watch a lot in Madrid [at the ATP 1000 Madrid Masters].“He used to come watch Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and myself.“He’s a fan of tennis. It’s really, really nice as he’s one of the biggest sports stars in the last decade.“It’s great for our sport to have him there.”Ronaldo will return to action for Juventus’ home game against SPAL in the Serie A on November 24.last_img read more


Return from injury a new chapter – Koscielny insists

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.last_img read more


Facebook Live Q A To Discuss Budget Challenges In KPBSD

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgJones: “Our annual budget is one of the most important things we do each year. We want to give our parents, staff, students, and community members a chance to learn about our budget, participate in the process, and ask questions.” The budget recommendation will be presented to the school board on March 5, 2018. On February 1, from 7-7:30 p.m., Dave Jones the Assistant Superintendent will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A for a community budget forum  www.facebook.com/kpbsd.  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula School District is currently facing a $3.3 million dollar budget deficit for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.center_img Sean Dusek, superintendent: “Alaska is addressing its ongoing fiscal challenges, and it is important that everyone is involved in the conversation to ensure a long-term fiscal plan is implemented.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-KPBSD-live-budget-.mp3VmJennifer-on-KPBSD-live-budget-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more


Dense Fog Limited Visibility Expected On The Kenai

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgVisibility is expected to be one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Very low visibilities can cause very difficult driving conditions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 11am, this morning. Including the cities around Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Nikiski, and Cooper Landing.center_img A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.last_img


Bangladesh faces AIDS boom

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgHealth minister Mohammad Nasim addresses a programme on World AIDS Day arranged on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Photo: PIDWhile AIDS contagion is dropping globally, in Bangladesh it is on the rise. This year 869 people have been diagnosed with HIV AIDS. Last year 148 died of the disease.This was revealed during a programme on World AIDS Day, organised on Saturday by the National AIDS/STD Programme at the auditorium of the Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.Speaking at the programme as chief guest, health minister Mohammad Nasim said the target that has been set to eradicate HIV/AIDSfrom the country will certainly be achieved by 2030.He said that youth should be kept away from drugs as AIDS was spread by sharing needles by drug users.Public awareness must be mobilised, he said, adding that an initiative had been taken to involve the home ministry and social welfare ministry to this end.The latest scenario of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh was presented by the line director of HIV/AIDS programme, professor Mohammad Samiul Islam.He mentioned that till now 869 infected patients have been diagnosed since December last year and 148 had died in that time.Physicians pointed out, the percentage of CD4 in the blood of HIV infected persons decreases.The infected persons lose their appetite, their weight drops drastically and other physical symptoms become apparent. These are the symptoms of HIV AIDS.It was said that the first HIV infection in Bangladesh was diagnosed in 1989. Since then, 6,455 have been identified and there have been 1022 deaths in this connection.At present, there are around 13,000 HIV affected patients in Bangladesh, though all of them could not be identified.UNICEF representative Edouard Beigbeder said that the government has been depending less on the donors and more on its own resources to run the HIV/AIDS control programme.He mentioned that the rate of HIV infected is decreasing in the whole world but not in Bangladesh.He highlighted the treatment provided to the HIV infected community.The president of PL HIV (People Living with HIV) Network Hafizuddin said that the HIV infected people face discrimination in the society.They should be brought within the reach of health insurance, he added.The president of STI Network Abu Yousuf Chowdhury said that the people have to dispel the assumption that the prevalence of this infection is less in Bangladesh.It has to be kept in mind that the prevalence is steadily increasing.The discussion was presided over by additional general director of the health directorate professor Nasima Sultana.Before the programme, government officials and NGO activists took out a procession in front of the National Assembly.last_img read more


Walkers And Cyclists Will Take Over Busy Thoroughfare In Houstons Energy Corridor

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img 00:00 /01:32 Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is joined by skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists to announce three new “Sunday Streets.”Houston’s “Sunday Streets” returns this weekend. That’s when the city closes part of a major roadway to motorized traffic so people can walk and bike. This Sunday’s event is on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest. Energy Corridor District Executive Director Clark Martinson says there’s a lot for visitors to see and do. “People can walk shop to shop,” says Martinson. “There’s a dozen restaurants in the area. It’s right at the trailhead to Terry Hershey Park. So ride your bike on Terry Hershey Park, come to the Enclave-Eldridge Parkway intersection. And that’s where we close the street.”The Sunday Streets program started in 2014 with the goal of helping Houstonians become more physically active. This is the first time it’s been held outside the 610 Loop. Martinson says they’re hoping to showcase the neighborhood’s pedestrian and bike improvements. “We are next to the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which are 26,000 acres of open space natural areas,” adds Martinson. “We’re working for new pedestrian bridges that will connect homes across the creeks to the trails.” This Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest from noon to 4 p.m. On November 13, Sunday Streets will be held in the Fifth Ward, on Lyons Avenue near the historic DeLuxe Theatre. On December 4, it’s scheduled for West 43rd Street in the Garden Oaks neighborhood. Gail DelaughterThis Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest.last_img read more


Metros Biggest Union Voted to Strike Will They

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMetro workers are fed up, and on July 15 many frontline workers from its largest union voted to allow its leadership to call for a strike– a form of protesting currently illegal to its members.“Thousands of members turned out for the strike authorization vote yesterday meeting in Forestville, Maryland where members voted “yes” in favor of planning a strike by 94%,” a union release said Monday.Jackie Jeter, president of ATU Local 689, is coy about whether or not her union will go on strike. (Courtesy photo)Yet since striking is still illegal for union members, the overwhelming vote for a strike doesn’t mean it will actually happen.The District’s last transit strike was forty years ago.“The last time Local 689 held a strike authorization vote was in 1978 that resulted in a [weeklong] wildcat strike,” the union release said.President Jackie Jeter of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 689, is not spilling any information on if and when a strike will take place.“The union has no plans to make its timeline of events public, but will share developments at the appropriate time,” the release said.According to WAMU, ATU will probably meet this week to discuss next steps.There’s inherent urgency because if workers do, indeed, strike, the transportation system that spans Maryland and D.C. will no longer be available for service.“If we don’t move, this region doesn’t move,” union vice president Carroll Thomas said after Sunday’s vote and meetings.Political leaders, such as Virginia House Republican Speaker Kirk Cox, are asking that the state challenges the strike to “protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”Virginia, along with Maryland and the District signed on to give Metro $500 million in dedicating funding earlier this year.“The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year,” Virginia House leadership said in the release. “We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.”Despite the political concerns and obvious effect on the public, Metro workers say they are tired of being mistreated.“This is not against the public,” Jeter said. “We’re all on the same side and I wish the public would come out and tell management to treat workers right as [Metro] should treat the public right,” the union president said.Jeter and ATU Second Vice President Raymond Jackson, said workers are concerned after changes were made to the sick leave policy, random background checks were instituted and most recently the hiring of non-union contractors to do custodial work.“[Workers] have reached that point where enough is enough,” Jackson said. Further Jackson emphasized that while the strike is a contract violation, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has also violated the contract many times.“[Thousands] of members don’t show up on a Sunday if there’s not a problem,” Jackson said.Wiedefeld said he is trying to rectify the issues and avoid striking.  He threatened termination for those who strike.“We are prepared to pursue all remedies to protect service for our customers, including seeking relief from the courts and progressive discipline up to, and including, termination,” Wiedefeld wrote to employees on July 13. “To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do, and I am hopeful that no further action is necessary.”Word buzzing in the city is that the union may try to do something major on Tuesday- the day set for the MLB All-Star Game, yet no union member has confirmed or denied the rumor.last_img read more