Congress demands full-time CM in Goa

first_imgPanaji: A day before BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Goa, the Congress demanded a full-time Chief Minister to replace Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the U.S. Former Union Minister of state for law and senior Congress leader Ramakant Khalap told presspersons on Saturday that the Congress would petition the Bombay High Court at Goa challenging the constitutionality of the three-member Cabinet Advisory Committee(CAC) appointed by Mr. Parrikar to administer the state in his absence. “We demand that Mr. Shah give the state a full time Chief Minister. In 2017, we had got the people’s mandate to form government, but Mr. Shah usurped it. Now the state has no full-time CM and the BJP does not even bother to fulfil its responsibility,” Mr. Khalap said on Saturday. in the presence of state Congress president Girish Chodankar. “We hope the Bombay High Court at Goa will take cognisance of the “unconstitutional manner” in which the state is being governed. The three-member CAC is unconstitutional in nature. There is no provision for three persons to rule a state. The result is chaos and absolute chaos in administration,” Mr. Khalap said.last_img read more

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Modi, Mamata to kick-start poll campaign in Bengal today

first_imgThe battle of Bengal is all set to heat up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee kick-starting their campaign on Wednesday in the State that sends the third largest number of Lok Sabha members to Parliament. While Mr. Modi will address a rally at Siliguri, Ms. Banerjee will hold her first public meeting for the general election in the State at Dinhata, both in North Bengal.War of words likelyPolitical circles are agog that a war of words is on the cards with Ms. Banerjee deciding to hold her public rally on the same day the Prime Minister will begin his campaign in the State.Ms. Banerjee, who was earlier scheduled to begin her campaign on April 4 in North Bengal, has advanced it by a day to address the rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar constituency, which goes to the polls in the first phase.West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats, the third largest number after U.P.’s 80 and Maharashtra’s 48.After a good performance in last year’s rural polls and a few bypolls in Bengal, the BJP has pipped the CPI(M) and the Congress to emerge as the main challenger to the TMC. BJP president Amit Shah has set an ambitious target of winning 23 seats in the State.Ms. Banerjee, who has been playing an important role in bringing together anti-BJP parties on one platform and whose party sees a potential PM candidate in her, is sparing no effort to stop the BJP from increasing its footprint in the State.“The Chief Minister will address the rally at Dinhata on Wednesday at 3 p.m.,” TMC Cooch Behar district secretary Rabindranath Ghosh said.Ms. Banerjee’s nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee will also address two rallies in the district — one at Sitalkhuci and the other at Tufanganj on the same day, Mr. Ghosh said.Other campaigners The PM is scheduled to kick-start his campaign from Siliguri at 1 p.m. and will hold another rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata at 3 p.m. the same day.BJP State chief Dilip Ghosh said apart from the Prime Minister, several other top party leaders will hold rallies in the State. Mr. Shah, U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Cabinet Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani will address rallies in the State, Mr. Ghosh said.last_img read more

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Top Stories: Self-Destructing Trees, Smart Skin, and Fat Neandertals

first_imgDid Europeans Get Fat From Neandertals?A new genetic analysis reveals that modern Europeans—but not Asians—inherited fat-processing genes from our extinct relatives, the Neandertals. These genes may have helped Europeans adapt to their colder environments. Today, though, they may be implicated in diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.’Smart Skin’ May Be the Next Big Thing in Wearable ComputersSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Imagine a world in which a single, wearable “smart skin” patch can check your vitals, beam the information to a doctor, and administer medication as needed. While such a device still faces substantial obstacles before wide-scale implementation, two teams of researchers have announced innovations combining standard electronics with flexible materials that may bring the futuristic concept closer to reality.Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing TreesTurning wood into biofuels is expensive. That’s because engineers must remove one of wood’s key components, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s used for fuels. But now, researchers have figured out how to get the lignin in poplar trees to self-destruct under mild processing conditions—a trick that could slash the cost of biofuels.Japan Ordered to Stop Scientific WhalingJapan has to stop capturing and killing whales under its whaling program in the Antarctic, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said. In 1982, the International Whaling Commission adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, allowing the taking and killing of whales for research purposes only. Antiwhaling critics say that Japanese whale research is a fig leaf for commercial hunting, as whale meat can be sold to cover research costs. This week, the ICJ ordered Japan to revoke existing permits to catch whales for scientific purposes and to stop granting such permits in the future.Scientist Quits Effort to Live-Blog STAP Cell ReplicationControversy continues to swirl around two recent papers reporting that simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells called STAP cells. Scientist Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, who has been trying to reproduce STAP cells and has been regularly blogging about his progress, has given up, writing “I don’t think STAP cells exist and it will be a waste of manpower and research funding to carry on with this experiment any further.” Lee hopes others will continue to investigate whether the new approach—which has been dogged by claims of research misconduct—can really lead to stem cells. 00:0000:0000:00last_img read more

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Balasaheb Thorat is new CLP leader in Maharashtra

first_imgWeeks after struggling to find a replacement for Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, the Congress on Friday named his arch-rival and senior leader Balasaheb Thorat as the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader. Deputy group leader Vijay Vadettivar, MLA from Chandrapur’s Bramhapuri constituency, will be the new group leader in Assembly and is also likely to be chosen the new Leader of Opposition (LoP). Naseem Khan, Chandivali MLA, will be the deputy group leader in Assembly. The letter, issued by Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal, appointing Mr. Thorat as CLP reportedly doesn’t say Congress president appointed him. Instead, said sources, the letter mentions that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved the appointment. Mr. Vikhe-Patil was CLP and group leader in Assembly. The party has now decided to have one leader each on both posts. Mr. Vikhe-Patil, a senior Congress leader, quit as CLP after his son Sujay joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and successfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Ahmednagar. He and Mr. Thorat have a long-standing rivalry in the local Ahmednagar politics.In other changes announced on Friday, Basavraj Patil was named chief whip, and K.C. Padvi, Sunil Kedar, Jaikumar Gore, Yashomati Thakur and Praniti Shinde appointed as whips. In the Council, Sharad Ranpise will continue as group leader, Ramhari Rupanwar will be deputy leader, while Bhai Jagtap will be the whip.With Assembly elections due later this year, the monsoon session beginning Monday will be the last session of the present House.With the resignation of Mr. Vikhe-Patil as MLA, the Congress’s strength in the lower House is 41. Kalidas Kolambkar, Nitesh Rane, though rebel MLAs, continue to be part of the Congress group. Another MLA, Abdul Sattar, is suspended from the party but he continues to remain MLA. The party has 16 members in the Council.last_img read more

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Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Day is in the midst of what he called a “very poor season” with only two top 10 finishes and no wins in 15 starts. But the world’s former No. 1 player feels like he’s about to turn the corner after finishing tied for 24th last week at Bridgestone.He’s also drawing confidence from his past success at the PGA Championship, winning at Whistling Straits in 2015 and finishing second last year to Jimmy Walker at Baltusrol. His renewed confidence may not be good news for the rest of the field this week. Jordan Spieth is aiming for a career grand slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m motivated now,” said Day, who withdrew from a tournament in March to be with his cancer-stricken mother.His best finish this year is second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he lost a playoff to Billy Horschel. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Jason Day of Australia, talks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day’s swagger — and his motivation — have returned.“I’m hungry again — and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys,” Day said Wednesday on the eve of the 99th PGA Championship.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul That pressure, along with his mother’s lung cancer surgery in March, led to a rough start to the 2017 season. He tearfully pulled out of the Match Play Championship six holes in, too distraught to play, to join her ahead of the surgery.“It was difficult for me to be on the golf course and even think about actually playing at the time,” Day said.On the course, his driving deteriorated and his normally reliable short game eluded him. In short, he felt like his game plateaued.“You’re not panicking or anything, you’re just wondering why,” Day said. “You’re up at night thinking about, ‘OK, what do I need to do to get back to that winning room?’”If Day does get back to No. 1, he’s vowed to handle things differently. In some ways, he’s already done that.He didn’t arrive in Charlotte until Tuesday night and checked in to the tournament on Wednesday morning so he could spend more time at home in Ohio away from distractions.Day refuses to call this a lost season.Sure, he’s finished out of contention at the Masters (tied for 22nd), the U.S. Open (cut) and the British Open (tied for 27th), but he believes his putting and driving are coming back.And he harkens back to 2014 when he finished the year strong, which served as a springboard for two incredible seasons.“I want to win again,” Day said. “So I’m excited about that.” DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Day entered the season as the top-ranked player but has since dropped to No. 7 — something that he says “annoys and motivates me at the same time.”He made it clear his goal is to get back on top — and anticipates that will start with a strong performance this week at Quail Hollow.The 29-year-old Australian said his passion waned late last season after getting “burned out.” Looking back, Day felt like he spread himself too thin trying to fulfill obligations and spending less time practicing and relaxing.“I was trying to do too many things,” he said.By the time the end of last year rolled around, Day said he was exhausted after spending nearly a full year as the top-ranked player.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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England will host day-night Test, says ECB chairman Colin Graves

first_imgThe concept of day-night test found a new taker in England with board chairman Colin Graves confirming the country will host a twilight Test.Australia and New Zealand played the first floodlit Test last November at Adelaide Oval and the innovation is taking roots across Asia.’CAN’T TURN YOUR BACK’ India and Pakistan are scheduled to play day-night Tests this year while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are considering following suit pending the results of domestic trials.”You can’t turn your back on it, it will happen,” England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Graves told BBC Sport.”We just have to decide when it is going to happen. We’re doing a lot of work on it and we’d love to see day-night cricket.””PINK-BALL CRICKET’S SUCCESS’ The first floodlit Test at Adelaide Oval lasted only three days raising doubts if the pink ball can last the duration of the required number of overs in an innings.But the Test also attracted more than 123,000 fans through the gates at the picturesque ground, a welcome sight at a time when the game’s longest format is grappling with dwindling crowds with the advent of the shortest Twenty20 format.’ADDING OOMPH TO TEST CRICKET’ England have also attempted a minor shake-up by proposing a points-based system to determine the winner of their home series against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday.The points-based system is aimed at injecting more excitement into the tour and add context to matches that otherwise maybe of merely academic interests.Graves said work needed to be done to make the longest format more exciting and relevant.advertisement”We have to make Test cricket meaningful and we have to put some ‘oomph’ behind it,” Graves said.”Test cricket is safe if we do something about it, but I don’t think it is safe if we do nothing. That is not an option.”The International Cricket Council are looking at it and the other countries are looking at it.”last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S8 may come with 4K display, dual-camera

first_imgSamsung is all set to unveil its flagship phablet Note 6 — or will it be called Note 7 — this year. According to recent reports, the Note 7 will be launched in August. While currently all the buzz, as far as Samsung’s Galaxy is concerned, is about the leaked images and specifications of the Note 7, rumours about the Galaxy S8, which should come in first quarter of next year have also started doing rounds.A report by Android Headlines suggests that Samsung will launch Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next year. But that’s not the big leak because that is a given. Samsung, for the last few years, have always launched the next Galaxy at the MWC. The news this time is that the next flagship phone will sport a dual-camera setup on the back and a 4K UHD display on the front.The rumour of a 4K display fits in line with the recent announces from Samsung. The company recently unveiled 5.5-inch 4K UHD display during SID Display Week last month. The UHD display has a resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels.The report says that the company is probably coming up with such high-resolution display because of increasing popularity of virtual reality. Now with the launch of Google’s Daydream it seems feasible that a leading Android brand will try to make use of it.Daydream is Google’s in-house project to deliver high quality mobile VR. “Together with Android manufacturers, we’re working on upcoming phones, and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said at the IO event last month.advertisementOther than the 4K UHD display, the report also suggests that the Galaxy S8 will come with a dual-camera setup on the back. Not much is known regarding the dual-camera. But it is expected, due to a 4K display and increased camera requirements, the phone will also carry a bigger battery.Considering the launch of S8 is still a while away, not many details are available on the innards of the flagship. However, the phone is rumoured to carry a Snapdragon 830 processor, which is still in production. The Snapdragon 830 will be more energy efficient than the current 820.None of the reports offer any details about the screen size or design of the phone. Since both the last flagships, S6 and S7, shared similar designs, we can expect the company to take a step forward and deliver something new.last_img read more

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REFEREES UPGRADED AT NTL

first_imgCongratulations to the following referees who were upgraded at the 2007 National Touch League.Level 6Mandy Besant (Senior)Freda Black (Senior)Gary Brickell (Senior)Debbie Bridgman (Senior)Sandra ClarkKaren Davies (Senior)Jillian DonohueTanya FindlayMark KellyMark LeonardSally Melzer (Senior)Victor Naumovski (Senior)Marcellus PhillipsKim SkellyLevel 5Dave BorgLeigh BryantTanya ConoleBrett FreshwaterLouise FrostBrendan GaleaPeter GregoryAndrew SmithAdam StevensonGreg Eggins (Senior)Greg Davis (Senior)John Salisbury (Senior)Steve Thornhill (Senior)The rankings and finals appointments for the two tournaments were as follows:Referee of the Tournament: Greg TaylorOpensLeading Male Referee: Dave BaggioLeading Female Referee: Kathy Sweeney1. Mens: Dave Baggio, Keith Steel, Adam Foley;2. Mixed: Richard O’Connor, Mike Medlin, Luke McKenzie;3. Mens 20s: Dale Lawrence, Sam Mournehis, Greg Myers;4. Womens: Nic Hollingworth, Kathy Sweeney, Annabelle Connolly;5. Womens 20s: Anthony Smith, Jamie Oliver, Bill Slade;6. Mens Plate: Brendan Antrobus, Damien Carlson, Bernard O’Donohue;7. Womens Plate: Matt Vernon, Mark Kelly, Mark Leonard.SeniorsLeading Male Referee: Dave BaggioLeading Female Referee: Karen Woods1. Mens 30s: David Baggio, Luke McKenzie, Phil Morabito;2. Mens 35s: Matt Vernon, Greg Taylor, John Bedford;3. Mens 40s: Damien Carlson, John Frost, Joe Lo Grande;4. Womens 30s: Karen Woods, Karren Strachan, Jillian Donoghue;5. Mens 45s: Dave Brown, Peter Cominos, Victor Naumovski;6. Mens 50s: Gary Brickell, Mick McGrath, Ron Robinson;7. Womens 40s: Sharon Foster, Freda Black, Karen Davies.last_img read more

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10 months agoRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chance

first_imgRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chanceby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is delighted for Liverpool pal Xherdan Shaqiri after his brace for Sunday’s win over Manchester United.At £13million, Shaqiri was not a big-money signing like Naby Keita, Fabinho or keeper Alisson.Robertson said: “He’s seizing his chance — and good on him.“You can use it to your advantage because you might go under the radar a wee bit because there might not be as big a deal made about your signing. That gives you time to get your feet under the table and Shaq has hit the ground running.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Report: Bo Pelini Bringing Back Brother Carl As Youngstown State DC, With Head Coach-In-Waiting Agreement

first_imgBo Pelini wearing a headset on the sideline,PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Bo Pelini of the Youngstown State Penguins looks on in the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Fiery former Nebraska Huskers head coach Bo Pelini is reportedly bringing his brother Carl Pelini back on staff as defensive coordinator.After Bowling Green announced that the younger Pelini was leaving the program, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.Carl Pelini served as BGSU’s interim head coach this year, after the school became the first of the season to fire its coach, letting go of Mike Jinks.He wasn’t promoted to the full time job. Instead, the program hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, but Pelini was set to stay on as defensive coordinator.BGSU announced his departure today, and FootballScoop is reporting that he will return to Bo Pelini’s staff at Youngstown State after a year away.He served as coordinator and linebackers coach from 2015-17, which included a run to the FCS Championship Game.Interestingly, this Carl Pelini hire seems to have some ramifications for Bo Pelini’s future with the school.Bo’s contract runs up next month, and while the team slipped to 6-5 in 2017 and 4-7 this past fall, it is expected that he will return for 2019.Per the report, though, Carl Pelini is joining the Youngstown State staff with an agreement to be the school’s next head coach.Source tells FootballScoop that Bowling Green defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is leaving BGSU to return to Youngstown State, where he is expected to be named defensive coordinator…and either expressly or with the understanding that he is now head coach in waiting.It is unclear if that means that Bo Pelini will be gone after 2019 or 2020, or if he just wants to secure the job for his brother whenever he lands another job.It certainly doesn’t make it seems like he plans to lead the Penguins for the longterm future though.[FootballScoop]last_img read more

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St Francis Xavier to Lead Centre for Innovation

first_imgGovernment is partnering with St. Francis Xavier University to create a new Centre for Employment Innovation. The centre is a key part of the province’s redesigned employment services system, Nova Scotia Works, which was launched last week. “The employment services transformation is about providing consistent, quality employment services across the province to all Nova Scotians,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “This centre is the cornerstone of the redesign, and will help build on our existing knowledge and expertise.” St. Francis Xavier’s Centre for Employment Innovation will act as the provincial hub for research and innovation in employment services delivery. Since the new system has more front-line workers to support Nova Scotia’s workforce, it will be important that the centre work with them, as well as with communities, to develop and test new approaches for inclusive, best-in-class employment services to help people get jobs. “St. F.X. is pleased to house the new Centre for Employment Innovation,” said Dr. Kent MacDonald, president of St. Francis Xavier University. “Our campus is a great place to bring people and knowledge together to strengthen people’s skill sets and enhance our region’s workforce. St. F.X. has a deep commitment to enhancing the economic prosperity of this region and we are pleased to have such a willing partner in the Nova Scotia government.” The Centre for Employment Innovation will receive $2.1 million dollars over three years through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement. It is expected to open this fall. “To grow the middle class and strengthen our economy, we need to help Canadians get the right skills to get good quality jobs,” said MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “Through our partnership with Nova Scotia, the Centre for Employment Innovation will allow Nova Scotians to benefit from the best research and training to develop the skills that employers need.” Government began working with service providers in November to redesign the $23-million employment services system. The redesign includes hiring more front-line workers, adopting an inclusive and consistent suite of services for youth, businesses and workers, and promoting service excellence. For more information, and a list of Nova Scotia Works employment centres, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/works .last_img read more

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Pawan Hans stake sale Govt extends EoI deadline

first_imgMumbai: The Government has extended the deadline for submission of expression of interest (EoI) for Pawan Hans stake sale by a week, a source said on Wednesday. The deadline was to expire on Thursday. The government holds 51 per cent stake in Pawan Hans, which has a fleet of 43 helicopters. The remaining 49 per cent is with oil and gas behemoth ONGC. This is the second time the date has been extended since the government came out with the Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) for strategic disinvestment in its chopper services providing entity Pawan Hans Ltd in July. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The date for submission of EoI for stake sale in Pawan Hans has been extended by a week now from the earlier deadline of September 12,” the source said. The Government had on July 11 issued fresh bid document for strategic disinvestment on PHL with August 22 as the last date of submission for EoI and intimation to a short-listed bidder in September. However, it announced the extension in date to September 12, and timelines for all other subsequent activities were also changed accordingly. The government has appointed SBICap as its advisor to advise and manage the strategic disinvestment of PHL.last_img read more

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Quebecor going to court to fight financial assistance for media competitor

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecor Inc. wants the courts to strike down a provincial government decree that gives $10 million in repayable financial assistance to another media organization.The media conglomerate has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court to have the government move declared null and void.Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau says the money earmarked for Groupe Capitales Medias shows what he calls “blatant favouritism” on behalf of the government.Groupe Capitales Medias owns Quebec Le Soleil, Trois-Rivieres Le Nouvelliste, Ottawa Le Droit, Saguenay Le Quotidien, Granby La Voix de l’Est and Sherbrooke La Tribune.“At a time when print media are facing both a financial crisis and a crisis of confidence, every effort must be made to ensure that government support for the media serves to strengthen public confidence in the press, not to undermine it,” Peladeau said in a statement.“The assistance granted to Groupe Capitales Medias misses the mark by every measure.”Quebec Economy Minister Dominique Anglade defended the government’s decision last December, saying it was business-driven and was an investment in a Quebec “company” as opposed to a Quebec “media organization.”She said 400 jobs were at risk.Quebecor holds an 81.53 per cent stake in Quebecor Media, whose interests include its flagship Le Journal de Montreal as well as Le Journal de Quebec.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

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Mexican specialist wins UNESCO award for popularizing science

3 January 2012A Mexican physiologist and neurobiologist renowned for his work on sleep has won a United Nations award honouring those who have helped to promote science, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. René Raúl Drucker Colín will officially receive the 2011 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science at a ceremony today in Bhubaneswar, India, the agency said in a press release.Professor Drucker Colín was chosen for the biennial award – which was created in 1951 – by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, on the recommendation of an international jury.The professor, who holds a degree in psychology and a doctorate in medicine, is best known for his work in identifying the role played by neurotransmitters during sleep, and has been described by UNESCO as “an ardent promoter of science.”He writes regularly for La Jornada, a daily Mexican newspaper, and has also participated regularly on the science programmes of Televisa, a national television broadcaster.Professor Drucker Colín is slated to receive a cheque for $20,000, the silver UNESCO-Albert Einstein medal and a certificate at tomorrow’s ceremony, which will take place during the Indian Science Congress.The prize is jointly funded by the Kalinga Foundation and the Government of the Indian state of Orissa, of which Bhubaneswar is the capital. read more

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Bombardier wont be shocked by another high CSeries duty next week

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. says it won’t be shocked if it gets hit with another large tariff next in a U.S. duty decision Wednesday after being surprised by massive preliminary duties unveiled against its CSeries commercial jet earlier this week.The Montreal-based aerospace company (TSX:BBD.B) said Thursday it is prepared for an “absurd” anti-dumping duty after the Department of Commerce announced a nearly 220 per cent countervailing duty.“We expect it to be a significant number. Pick a number. It makes no sense,” Colin Bole, Bombardier’s sales chief for commercial aircraft, said in an interview.“I think the Department of Commerce and Boeing have not exactly endeared themselves with a rational and sensible approach here.”The U.S. government is scheduled to announce its preliminary anti-dumping decision on Boeing’s petition next Wednesday. The Chicago aircraft manufacturer has requested 79 per cent in anti-dumping, the same amount it requested in countervailing duties.“We thought 79 was pretty outrageous, this is beyond silly,” he said of the 220 per cent countervailing decision.The department’s preliminary findings said Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its CSeries jets south of the border.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Bole said the exorbitant duties are unfounded and the company is confident they will be reversed in final decisions in coming months. He said Boeing can’t justify its claim of being harmed since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu lent his support to the company, telling the Montreal Board of Trade on Thursday that he found the ruling “troubling” because of its effect on stifling innovation and competitiveness.Canada’s largest airline has ordered 45 CSeries aircraft with options for 30 more that will allow it to fly to new destinations after deliveries begin in 2019.“The CSeries is the best-in-class for its size and we see it comfortably co-existing in our fleet alongside our new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft,” he said.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard visited workers at the CSeries assembly plant in Mirabel on Thursday to convey his government’s support of the aircraft program against Boeing’s petition.“It’s an unacceptable attack towards an industry, a province and a country and we shall prevail. What’s happening now goes much beyond Bombardier,” he told reporters inside a large hangar north of Montreal.Couillard said he won’t heed Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s call for cooler heads and less overheated rhetoric in the burgeoning aerospace trade war.“I will not tone down. I will tone up if I need to do it,” he told reporters. “I will fight for Quebec.”He repeated his demand that “not a bolt, not a part, of course not a plane of Boeing” should enter Canada until the conflict is resolved.Ottawa had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets from Boeing to fill what they claim is a critical shortage of fighter jets, but have since threatened to go elsewhere over the Bombardier dispute.Meanwhile, Bole said Bombardier’s sales campaigns aren’t being harmed by the duty decision and the company still expects to land some new orders later this year.Bombardier has estimated that North America will account for about 2,000 of the 6,800 100- to 150-seat planes that will be sold around the world over the next 20 years.Bole said Bombardier doesn’t expect to feel any extra pressure to lower CSeries prices because buyers may sense the company will be desperate to conclude a deal.He said Bombardier is open to discussions with Boeing but declined to say what would be required to strike a deal to end the dispute. Nor would he disclose the contingencies it will offer Delta Air Lines, which is slated to begin receiving CS100s next spring.Bombardier shares regained some ground Thursday, closing up 5.24 per cent at $2.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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In Iran IAEA chief sees uranium enrichment facility under construction

Mr. ElBaradei’s three-day trip, which included the visit to Natanz, is at the invitation of the Iranian Government and was originally slated for December before being rescheduled for this month, an IAEA spokesman in New York said.The IAEA Director-General is scheduled to meet with President Mohammed Khatami and other senior officials tomorrow before wrapping up his visit Sunday with a press conference.

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FEATURE Feudalera Japanese village leader stands as beacon for tsunami education

A screen capture from a promotional video featuring two mascot characters: Kumamon (front) and Ossan (back), guiding children from a beach to higher ground in an evacuation drill. The subtitle reads “Two promises: decide with your family where to evacuate and make the utmost effort to protect your own life.” Credit: Cabinet Office of Japan, Kumamon (2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon) & OSSAN(UPRIGHT) About 300 pupils and 20 staff members of Vicente Guerrero Primary School in Zihuatanejo de Azueta, State of Guerrero, Mexico, run towards a hill during a tsunami evacuation drill on 14 October 2016. Photo/SATREPS, Mexico In a unique effort, the Cabinet Office of Japan has “appointed” mascot characters as “envoys” for raising tsunami risk awareness.  They participate in various events and lead tsunami evacuation drills across the country.  Their message is clear: when a tsunami occurs, each person should evacuate immediately and as fast as possible.  It is important to decide with family members where you will escape to and make the utmost effort to protect your own life.“Trust that your family is also evacuating, and get yourself to high ground as fast as your legs can carry you. Reunite with your family after you have evacuated,” they say.On 7-8 September, 24 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste and Yemen –participated in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill. In India, the exercise involved evacuation of around 35,000 people from the coastal regions, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat and Goa.Named “IOWave16,” the two-day mock drill was organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which coordinated the setting up of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of the December 26, 2004 tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.The simulation exercise was comprehensive, including not only evacuation and rescue operation, but also a mock interview with the media.   Local residents of Odisha, India, participate in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Tsunamis are rare, but extremely deadly. Records show that, between 1996 and 2015, 250,900 people died in 21 countries affected by 30 tsunamis. The most devastating among them was the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004 in which more than 220,000 people perished, including 9,000 foreign tourists.  Japan’s tsunami on 11 March 2011 left more than 18,000 dead or missing.“Rather than selecting a memorial day or a tragic day, such as 11 March or 26 December, 5 November was selected as a ‘forward-looking’ day when many lives were saved due to proactive actions,” Yuki Matsuoka, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Japan, told the UN News Centre.There is a century and decades-long history to it. On 5 November in 1854, a massive tsunami triggered by a magnitude-8.4 earthquake struck the Kii Peninsula in Japan.  It is recorded that many lives were saved in that event when Goryo Hamaguchi, a leader in a small village, set fire to piled sheaves of newly harvested rice in his own paddy, to evacuate and guide fellow villagers to high ground in the darkness.In Japan, this story is known as “The Fire of Inamura (rice sheaves).”Last December, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day, with 142 countries co-sponsoring a resolution drafted by Japan, which worked with other disaster-prone countries as well as partners such as UNISDR.“Tsunami, originally a Japanese word, is now commonly used in English. This represents the fact that the Japanese people have the long history of grappling with tsunami hazards,” Ms. Matsuoka said.  “Japan built the people’s resilience not only by hard measures, but also by soft measures,” she added. Local residents of Odisha, India, are being transported to an evacuation site in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India The Indian authorities conduct a mock rescue operation during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami simulation exercise in Odisha, India, in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India An Indian administration official responds to questions from reporters during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami simulation exercise in Odisha, India, in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Local residents of Odisha, India, gather at an evacuation site during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Local residents of Odisha, India, gather at an evacuation centre during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Drills have been conducted in various continents that have a potential tsunami risk including countries such as Mexico and Chile.On 28 September, gathering in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.“Public awareness is one of the most important activities,” said Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner of Turkey’s Middle East Technical University, who chairs the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the Northeastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS).Around 130 million people live on these regions’ shores, which also include the Adriatic, Aegean, Marmara and Black Seas. The population rises sharply during the summer tourist season, meaning that risk reduction also needs to target visitors.“There has to be an effort to make sure that messages are readable for the public,” Marzia Santini, of Italy’s Civil Protection Department, told the gathering. “In Italy, we have volunteers – ordinary citizens, not professionals – talking to other citizens about risks and how to behave in the event that hazard strikes, how to know more about the basics of risk management and so on,” she said.Meanwhile, Greece deploys a “tsunami tank.” By cranking a handle, passers-by generate model tsunamis and see their impact. “This really motivates people to ask about tsunamis, so we have a great opportunity to tell them about risk,” said Areti Plessa of the Institute of Geodynamics at the National Observatory of Athens.In April, Israel organized its “Blue Wave” exercise, in cooperation with Greece, Italy and Turkey.  Two weeks beforehand, the authorities put up tsunami signs – which are there to stay – thereby generating public attention for the exercise.The Miracle of Kamaishi is actually not a ‘miracle,’ but the result of awareness and education“It’s a game-changer,” said Amir Yahav, of Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority.These measures are critical as there are episodes that show lives were saved due to preparedness.In Japan’s 2011 disaster, almost all of the nearly 3,000 elementary and junior high school students in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture survived the tsunami, Ms. Matsuoka of UNISDR Japan said.Immediately after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck that afternoon, the students of Kamaishi East Junior High School ran out of the school towards higher ground. Their quick evacuation prompted the children and teachers of the neighboring Unosumai Elementary School to follow, and consequently led many other local residents to follow.As they continued to run, older students supported the younger ones, and together they reached a safe location while the mega-tsunami swallowed their schools and the town. This episode came to be known as “the Miracle of Kamaishi,” Ms. Matsuoka said.According to UNISDR, there are similar tales in other parts of the world, like the story of Tilly Smith, a British girl who, at the age of 10, is credited with saving 100 holiday makers in a Thai resort during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 thanks to a geography lesson at her school that taught her the tell-tale signs of a looming tsunami. But in many disaster situations, making sound judgement is not as easy as in those textbook examples. According to Japanese media reports, 74 students and 10 teachers at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, either died or are still missing, after the 2011 tsunami. Bereaved family members of 23 students sued the Miyagi prefectural and Ishinomaki municipal governments – which run public schools – for compensation.  The plaintiffs argued that school officials were negligent in not evacuating the students to a hill in the back of the school where there would have been a greater chance of escaping the deadly waves.  The defendants argued that the hill was not adequate for an evacuation location as it had a risk of fallen trees. “These stories from Tohoku [Northeast] Region in Japan are indeed sending a critical message to the world,” Ms. Matsuoka said.“The Miracle of Kamaishi is actually not a ‘miracle,’ but the result of awareness and education,” she said.  “They could evacuate effectively on that day based on their knowledge and correct judgement through what they had learnt.”“By raising tsunami awareness through World Tsunami Awareness Day, we can save lives and mitigate the devastating damages caused by tsunamis,” she concluded. In Japan, evacuation drills are being conducted every year in various forms and at different levels under initiatives of the national government, local authorities, schools and communities, according to Ms. Matsuoka. “These accumulated experiences have contributed to generating knowledge and expertise in disaster risk reduction to share with the international community,” she added.Serving as a repository of this expertise is Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata, or the Hall of the Fire of Rice Sheaves, which was established in 2007 in the small municipality of Hirogawa in Wakayama Prefecture, where Goryo Hamaguchi was born.Japan built the people’s resilience not only by hard measures, but also by soft measures“The fundamental purpose of using ‘the Fire of Inamura’ as educational material is to make everyone understand the importance of prompt evacuation,” Kouichi Sakiyama, the Hall’s Director, told the UN News Centre.Mr. Sakiyama explained that in tsunami-prone places, measures have been taken to prevent causalities and damage, such as building sea walls, embankments and other structures.  “It’s natural that people feel a sense of security when they see these big, stark structures, but in reality, people may just rely on those facilities,” he said, warning that a lack of knowledge about the mechanism of tsunami could lead to wrong actions.“Now that the date for the Fire of Inamura has been designated as World Tsunami Awareness Day, I take it that our Hall has assumed the responsibility to spread to the world the message that evacuation is critical in the event of tsunamis,” he said. “We are determined to carry out that responsibility.”The theme of the first World Tsunami Awareness Day is “Education and Evacuation Drills.”Jerry Velasquez, Chief of Advocacy and Outreach Section of UNISDR, headquartered in Geneva, told the UN News Centre that education and evacuation drills are key components of stopping tsunamis from turning into full-blown disasters with massive fatalities.“Even the technologically most advanced early warning systems in the world are only as good as their ability to reach the public and to provoke the appropriate reaction to the warning,” said Mr. Velasquez.Various tsunami awareness raising initiatives are under way around the world.According to UNISDR, crucial to success is to keep awareness-raising as jargon-free as possible.  Scientific accuracy is important, but messages have to be as clear as possible to the general public to achieve their aims.Photo feature: Mock tsunami drill to raise awareness in India’s Odisha province. School children in Odisha, India, line up during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India read more

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Myanmar UN rights expert condemns killing of prominent Muslim lawyer

“I am shocked to the core by the senseless killing of a highly respected and knowledgeable individual, whom I have met during all of my visits to the country, including most recently just over a week ago,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said. U Ko Ni was shot and killed outside Yangon Airport on Sunday after returning from Indonesia where he had been part of a Government-led delegation attending an interfaith study tour, according to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “This act was also an act of violence against children. It was committed while U Ko Ni was holding his grandchild, exposing the child to witness one of the most horrific acts of violence,” Ms. Lee emphasized. A suspect has been arrested. Ms. Lee called on the Government to openly condemn this act and to carry out a proper effective impartial investigation into the killing.While noting that no motive had yet been established, the human rights expert called for “everyone in Myanmar to refrain from actions that could excite negative emotions and to join together to counter hate and violence whatever its form.” “This appears to be another shocking example of a reprisal against those speaking out on behalf of the rights of others,” said Ms. Lee, who has recently conducted a 12-day visit to the Southeast Asian country. In her end-of-visit statement, she highlighted her concern at the increasing risks faced by human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists and others working on sensitive issues. “U Ko Ni’s passing is a tremendous loss to human rights defenders and for Myanmar. The State Counsellor and the NLD-led Government must get to the bottom of this senseless act, and give answers to his family and to us all,” the Special Rapporteur said. read more

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The Dodgers Dominated Like Few Pennant Winners In Recent History

2017LADARI34.11CHC55.8789.98-1.98 Which pennant winners cruised through the fieldLeague winners who took the fewest games in the Division Series and Championship Series relative to expected, 1995-2017 42010Texas Rangers5932+27 72009New York Yankees4825+23 RUNS 42005Chicago White Sox4720+27 32017Los Angeles Dodgers4819+29 101995Atlanta Braves4624+22 YEARTEAMOPP.GMSEXP. GMSOPP.GMSEXP. GMSGMSEXP. GMSDIFF 12007Boston Red Sox7036+34 When the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the World Series next week against either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, they’ll be in the midst of one of the hottest playoff runs by a league champion in recent memory. They smoked the Arizona Diamondbacks and the defending-champion Chicago Cubs by a combined 48-19 margin, giving them the third-best run differential in the division and championship series1So, excluding the wild card game. of any pennant winner since MLB expanded its playoff structure in 1995: 72002Anaheim Angels6037+23 Expected games is determined by how long it would take the average playoff team to eliminate the team’s LDS and LCS opponents.Source: Baseball-Reference.com Top pennant winners by run differential1995-2017 62009Philadelphia Phillies5531+24 2005CHWBOS34.15ANA55.89810.03-2.03 1999NYYTEX34.10BOS55.8889.98-1.98 Includes Division Series and League Championship Series; wild card games not included.Source: Retrosheet LDSLCSTOTAL And the way the Dodgers blew away the National League field was especially impressive. They swept Arizona in three games, then won the first three games of the NLCS over Chicago, ultimately finishing the Cubs off in five. In other words, they needed only eight games to reach the World Series — that’s nearly two fewer than we’d have expected from a typical pennant winner against LA’s opponents, based on their Elo ratings:2To compute this, I used Elo to generate the probability of the average pennant winner winning each game of a series against a team’s opponents. Using those numbers and a little math, we can calculate how often we’d expect those series to end in a given number of games. Between these two measures, the Dodgers’ 2017 postseason run has to be on the short list for most dominant in modern history. It’s no guarantee they’ll win the Fall Classic, of course — among the eight teams above them on either list, only the 2007 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox and 1999 Yankees ended up actually winning the World Series. But for now, the Dodgers can celebrate their National League pennant in style. 21996Atlanta Braves5423+31 2016CLEBOS34.16TOR55.88810.03-2.03 RKYEARTEAMSCOREDALLOWEDDIFFERENTIAL 2006DETNYY44.14OAK45.88810.01-2.01 2007COLPHI34.11ARI45.6679.77-2.77 2014KCRANA34.13BAL45.8379.95-2.95 101995Cleveland Indians4018+22 2009NYYMIN34.11ANA65.93910.03-1.03 2012DETOAK54.13NYY45.8399.96-0.96 1995ATLCOL44.07CIN45.8789.94-1.94 72008Tampa Bay Rays6441+23 read more

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The Spurs Defense Against Corner Threes Is Stellar Its Also Invisible

Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.It’s nothing new to hear the San Antonio Spurs described as machinelike. But far too often that label seems to focus solely on the team’s offensive precision as opposed to the club’s perennially outstanding defense.No team over the past two decades has been better at getting stops than the Spurs, who not only stand as the NBA’s best defense this year, but have ranked among the top 10 in defensive efficiency in 17 of the past 20 seasons.In particular, dating back to last season, the Spurs have been fantastic at taking away corner 3-pointers, arguably the most valuable shot in basketball. But is some of that due to sheer luck?San Antonio, after holding opponents to 33 percent from the corners last season (second best, behind the Clippers), is limiting foes to an NBA-low 33 percent again this season. Seems simple enough! Yet those gaudy numbers are harder to explain when you look closely at another set of numbers: The Spurs are often nowhere to be found when opposing teams take corner 3’s. Last year, according to data compiled by SportVU client manager Matt Scott at FiveThirtyEight’s request, the Spurs contested 35 percent of corner 3’s, seventh-lowest in the league; this year, they’re third from the bottom with a similar rate. The Bulls’ spacing problems get even worseEven before the season, we knew the Chicago Bulls, for all the big names they’d tout in their backcourt, would struggle with outside shooting this season. That’s what happens when you sign Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade — neither of whom is a good perimeter jumpshooter — to play next to Jimmy Butler, one of the league’s best talents but not the greatest outside shooter himself.With both Wade and Butler having missed time this month because of illness and injury, coach Fred Hoiberg has turned to a duo that has things even more cramped than usual.Rondo and Michael Carter-Williams, likely the NBA’s worst-shooting tandem, have shared the court for 28 minutes this month. In that span, they’ve posted a horrendous -46.5 net rating, which measures a team’s point differential per 100 possessions. Even more noteworthy: For the season, Chicago’s lineups including those two this season have scored just 87.5 points per 100 plays, more than eight points worse per 100 possessions than any other Bulls two-man configuration with at least 50 minutes under its belt, per NBA.com.Opposing defenses, feeling unthreatened by Carter-Williams and Rondo — who’ve shot a combined 28 percent (25-of-88) from outside of 10 feet when given six feet or more of space to shoot — have camped in the paint, sealing off the team’s ability to get to the basket.As such, just 21 percent of Chicago’s shots have come from within three feet of the rim with the two of them playing side by side, per NBA Wowy2Numbers from this site are through Monday’s games., which tracks team statistics with different lineup combinations. By contrast, the Bulls get 27 percent of their shots near the basket with just Carter-Williams, and 31 percent of their attempts at the rim with just Rondo.So for the Bulls’ sake — and our eyesight’s — let’s hope this lineup is only playing out of necessity these past few games.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Related: Hot Takedown Unlike when the Spurs played in the cavernous Alamodome, where players complained about struggling with depth perception, there isn’t a clear explanation as to how the Spurs defend corner 3’s so much better than other teams without actually defending them.But while the numbers may represent an aberration — there’s an intelligent argument to be made that 3-point defense is somewhat random — a couple of things could explain how San Antonio has avoided getting burned from the corners. Last season, for example, the Spurs played in a division where the majority of the teams were among the NBA’s worst at connecting on corner 3-point tries. That meant they got to play against Memphis (worst), New Orleans (third-worst) and Houston (ninth-worst) four times each, whereas the majority of clubs wouldn’t have had that same opportunity. (Still, that wouldn’t explain this season, given that the Rockets, Pelicans and Mavericks are all hitting corner 3s at about league-average rates, while the Grizzlies rank third best in the NBA in the category so far.)Beyond that, there’s also the fact that San Antonio’s players are tied for the league lead in terms of how fast they move on defense, according to SportVU’s tracking, perhaps forcing opposing players to pull the trigger a split-second sooner than they otherwise would. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the team’s two best wing defenders, have been impactful when contesting shots, holding shooters to a combined 5-of-24 this season when closing out on corner three-point shooters.John Wall’s ability to change speedsIf you’re an NBA defender, you don’t want to see Wizards point guard John Wall approaching you at full speed. He’s lethal in the open court, and is just as comfortable finding a teammate in transition as he is dunking with his left hand. But for how speedy Wall can be in the open court, there are indications that the all-star floor general — in the midst of a career year — has a keen sense of precisely when to turn on the jets.When playing his hardest, according to an analysis run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request, Wall is the NBA’s fastest player by far with the ball this season. His max speed is just over 19 miles per hour, per SportVU, a full 10 percent faster than Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, who ranked second in the database.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/wallsprint.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In analyzing the data1SportVU compiled this research by tracking every time a guard or small forward covered 20 feet or more within three dribbles after a defensive rebound or turnover, with the first dribble occurring in the backcourt and the third dribble being in the frontcourt. more closely, though, there are key differences between someone like Wall and an aggressive player like Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook, who also ranks among the NBA’s top five players in max speed. Where Westbrook ranks eighth in the league average speed while dribbling the ball, Wall drops all the way to 61st (out of 132 wing players) on average.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/walljog.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That highlights Wall’s ability to play at vastly different tempos — much like a power pitcher also having a reliable off-speed pitch — to keep the defense off balance. And it partially explains how Washington is able to maintain one of the league’s most efficient offenses, in both early and late shot-clock situations.Fast-paced Nuggets are not forcing turnoversGoing all the way back to the mid-1970s, before they were even part of the NBA, the Denver Nuggets have long played at a nauseatingly fast pace. Larry Brown, Doug Moe, Paul Westhead and George Karl were all Nuggets coaches who emphasized speed, making Denver perhaps more closely tied to the notion of uptempo basketball than any other NBA team over time.There was some strategy to it. Because the Nuggets play their home games at a high altitude, they figured it would benefit them to run their opponents — who may be feeling oxygen deprivation and fatigue — ragged during contests. As such, they often made teams pay for their mistakes; especially from 2003-04 to 2012-13, when they finished among the league’s top-five in points off turnovers nine times.But this year’s club hasn’t been able translate the frenetic tempo into turnovers. In fact, Nuggets’ opponents are turning the ball over just 10.9 percent of the time, the fifth-lowest rate since the NBA began tracking turnovers in 1977-78, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.The biggest reason for the shift: For how fast Denver plays, the club isn’t as small as the rest of the league. The Nuggets, boasting a roster loaded with big men, play a more conservative brand of defense and put less pressure on the ball than almost any other team. As NBA.com’s John Schuhmann pointed out, Denver generally doesn’t hound pick-and-roll ball handlers as they come off screens, allowing them to shoot more often than any team outside of Utah. Giving that much free space inherently limits the number of turnovers the Nuggets can create. (Also of note: They force the third-fewest deflections in the NBA and — unlike the aforementioned Spurs, who fly around defensively — are the league’s slowest defensive unit.)As such, you get an unusual result: Seeing a historically up-tempo team like the Nuggets ranking dead last in the NBA in points off turnovers. Should they stay in the basement, it’d mark the first time since 1996-97 that Denver finished last in that regard. read more

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