10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorra

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has signed the son of Tito Vilanova for FC Andorra.Adria Vilanova is already training with Andorra, reports Sport.Adria came through Barcelona’s academy and was a highly-rated centre-back as a teenager. While with Barça B he joined Hercules on loan before moving to Mallorca B this season. His switch to FC Andorra is a step up to an ambitious club with the aim of re-finding his best football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

IRClass Wins ERS Contract for 33 SCI Ships

first_imgzoomHead of Technical for IRClass, C. R. Venugopal. Image Courtesy: IRClass Ship classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), to undertake emergency response service (ERS) for 33 vessels.The contract, effective from the end of February 2019, will cover oil tankers, bulk carriers and containerships.According to IRClass, the ERS is aimed at providing technical support by way of an assessment of the damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident such as grounding, collision or fire.Issues potentially arising from such incidents include excessive trim/heel, loss of stability, progressive flooding, structural impairment, etc.On alerting the relevant communication channel, IRClass team starts to recreate the status of the vessel, by using a pre-developed 3D hull model and applying the data received from the vessel.As explained by the classification society, the reliability of the service is established by way of mock drills conducted periodically.SCI currently has a fleet of 63 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, boxships and offshore supply vessels, according to the company’s website. The fleet has a total market value of more than USD 1 billion, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more

Finance Bill 2014 draft the main focus of Moroccan editorials

first_imgRabat – The editorialists of the daily newspapers, published on Wednesday, focused on the Finance Bill 2014 draft, which outlines will be presented today by the Minister of Economy and Finance before the Chamber of Representatives.Under the title a “project with no perspective,” the columnist of Rissalat Al Oumma says that the Finance Bill 2014 contains numerous indications announcing more austerity at the expense of the purchasing power of citizens under the pretext of the need to cope with the impact of the financial crisis, lethargy of economy and lack of investment.For its part Annahar Al Maghribia writes that it is possible to understand the regional and international situation surrounding the drafting of the Finance bill 2014 without, for all, conceiving the way in which the government has interacted with the environment. L’Economiste says that, despite affronts and neglects, considering the Finance bill 2014 can take place in the standards. “This return to the standards of governance should be highlighted and praised,” said the editorialist.last_img read more

How To Tell If A March Madness Underdog Is Going To Win

When the NCAA men’s basketball tournament picks up full speed Thursday, many fans will tune in with the hopes of seeing one thing: upsets. Some no doubt will come on last-minute buzzer beaters, but plenty will probably be long-simmering, the kinds of games that you can’t look away from. Those games will be all about tension: The underdog can’t possibly hold on to this lead, can it?We can figure out the answer to that question. Or at least what we should expect to happen when an upset is brewing — specifically, at what point in the game an underdog with a lead is more likely to win than lose.I analyzed play-by-play data from every NCAA tournament since 2004, which is the earliest that second-by-second scoring data is readily available. I considered all games played by teams with different seeds, leaving me with about 700 games to analyze. In the analysis, I estimated the probability that a lower-seeded team (i.e., the better team, according to the selection committee) wins the game, depending on the score and the time remaining.At the opening tipoff, the underdog has a 29 percent chance of winning the game. But if the game is tied or the underdog is ahead with five minutes remaining in the first half, the probability of an upset is higher than 50 percent.1The green line in the first chart does not fully reach 100 percent because games tied at the end of the second half are included in the analysis.It is, of course, not that simple. There’s a big difference between an “underdog” that’s a No. 2 seed and one that’s a No. 16 seed.To better distinguish between these two cases, I split the data based on “big” and “small” upsets. Any game in which there was more than a four-seed difference in the teams’ seedings was considered a potential big upset, and the games in which the difference was four or fewer were counted in the “small upset” category. (A No. 10 seed beating a No. 7 seed is a small upset, a No. 11 seed beating a No. 6 seed is a big one, etc.)2Ideally, I would break up the data more finely by looking at each possible seeding matchup, but with only 700 games and 120 possible matchups to work with, there was not enough data. The graph shows the difference between the average upset, the big upset and the small upset. As you might expect, the big underdogs begin the game with a slightly lower probability of winning (about 20 percent). Also unsurprisingly, a big underdog with the lead does not cross the 50 percent win probability threshold until around halftime.But the results are very different when you look at small upsets. In these matchups, when the underdog has a lead or the game is tied at any point more than five or six minutes into the game, it’s likely that we’re going to see an upset.We all know, however, that all leads are not created equal. Through the rest of the article, I’ll split the data a bit further, based on how big the underdog’s or favorite’s lead is: a three-possession game (a lead of 7 or more points), a two-possession game (a 4-to-6-point lead), or a one-possession game (0-to-3-point lead).The figure above shows the results from this analysis.3The jaggedness in the raw data has been smoothed with cubic regression. When a game is close, within 3 points in either direction (gray), the average favorite is still more likely than not to win. But, assuming the game stayed within 3 points all the way through, the chances of an upset increase throughout the game. By the last few minutes, if the game is within one possession, the average better-seeded team has only a slight advantage in win probability. The probability that an average underdog with a two-possession lead (light green) will win crosses the 50 percent threshold with about five minutes left in the first half. And an underdog who leads by more than 7 points (dark green) perhaps shouldn’t be considered an underdog at all.4Although there are almost zero games in which a team is ahead by seven points in the first minute or two, the cubic regression allows me to estimate these probabilities. There’s more uncertainty about the exact estimates early in the game because there is less data, but this problem disappears just a few minutes into the game. Its odds of completing the upset are more than 50 percent very early in the first half.Things are slightly different in big upset situations; the underdog must wait until the second half for a modest lead (4 to 6 points) to trump the seedings.5The tangling of the curves in the middle graph shouldn’t lead us to believe that a 4-point lead very early in the game is better than a 7-point lead. It is more the result of a very small number of games with huge score differentials early in the game. Those open up the possibility of outliers influencing the shape of the curves on the left side. If, however, you’re watching a game in which a big underdog has a three-possession lead in the first half, keep watching because there’s a good chance that it’ll pull off the upset.In smaller potential upsets, an underdog with at least a 4-point lead (light and dark green) at nearly any point in the game has a better chance of winning than losing. The underdog wins about 40 percent of one-possession games (gray), regardless of the time remaining.So, as you watch games, don’t get too excited about a big underdog with a small lead, at least until the second half. If there is not a big gap in the seedings between the two teams, then the scoreboard, not the seedings, is what matters. And remember, this whole analysis is the aggregation of hundreds of games. Any one particular game can certainly defy the odds. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

3 main points from Urban Meyers latest spring practice press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith its annual spring game looming on April 16, the Ohio State football team held its sixth spring practice on Tuesday morning in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Following the morning of drills and conditioning, OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media to discuss the previous Saturday’s intra-squad scrimmage and how spring drills have been progressing.Here are three of the takeaways from the press conference.Scrimmage standoutsDespite redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis — OSU’s lone returning starter on the defensive line — being out for the spring with a shoulder injury, Meyer said he was impressed with the play of the unit during the scrimmage.Specifically, he commended the performances of redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard, junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton.“D-line is the area of most concern in our program,” Meyer said. “I think that’s shifted a little bit to the O-line now.”After amassing 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks as the primary backup defensive end last season, Hubbard is set to take over as the starter at defensive end for Joey Bosa, who is expected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Holmes is currently getting first-team repetitions due to the absence of Lewis.Hamilton, meanwhile, appears to be making headway at a defensive tackle position filled with question marks after the graduation of Adolphus Washington.“He’s coming out of his shell a little bit,” Meyer said of Hamilton.The coach also mentioned freshman receiver Austin Mack, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and freshman offensive guard Michael Jordan as other players who caught his eye in the scrimmage.Concern at offensive lineAmong the Buckeyes’ mass exodus of players from last year’s team were three of the team’s five starting offensive linemen, with only redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein remaining.Replacing 60 percent of the offensive line has been one of the major concerns for Meyer and his staff this spring.“We’re still trying to find that starting five,” Meyer said.One player who has caught the attention of his coach is Jordan, who has earned first-team practice time with the offensive line.“He just loves it,” Meyer said. “He doesn’t know if it’s right or left sometimes, but at this point, we don’t care. You come in for extra work, enjoy the game, enjoy your practice, and be a tough guy. He’s done all that. We’re really impressed with him.”Sophomore left tackle Isaiah Prince and junior right tackle Jamarco Jones — regarded as the favorites to win the starting jobs at their respective positions — are also “doing better,” Meyer said.“Whoever plays that position, we can’t drop off (from last year),” Meyer said.Tight running back competitionWith 2015 Big Ten offensive player of the year Ezekiel Elliott gone to the NFL draft, the Buckeyes are trying to determine who will fill the sizeable void and take over the starting running back role in 2016.As was widely expected, the former four-star recruit Weber is among those at the top of the depth chart after redshirting his freshman year due to a meniscus tear.However, Meyer said redshirt senior Bri’onte Dunn — who hasn’t seen the field much through his first three years of eligibility at OSU — is “neck and neck” with Weber right now.“I’m so impressed with him,” Meyer said. “You all know a couple years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of conversation about him.”Whether he wins the starting job or is the backup to Weber, Dunn should get his first real opportunity for playing time in his final year donning scarlet and gray. He has only 48 career carries for 287 yards and three touchdowns through his first three seasons in Columbus.Meyer also said freshman Antonio Williams, a four-star recruit out of New London, North Carolina, has stuck out in spring practice and could be the first freshman to lose his black stripe.Meyer and the Buckeyes will continue their march toward the spring game, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Why Mourinho is looking to buy Croatian Marcelo Brozovic

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, Manchester United, but there are talks of a new contract at Inter Milan.Brozovic could be playing Croatia’s midfield in the World Cup final against France. He’s one of the most important players of the Croatia midfield, with 40 caps and six goals under his belt, his major role today could be stopping Paul Pogba.Even though the 25-year-old doesn’t start every time, Mourinho has seen his potential and what he could bring to Manchester United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Marcelo is happy at Inter, so much that he could extend his contract on improved terms. Another club coming in is a possibility, as there is a release clause but we are in no rush”, insisted the midfielder’s agent, according to Daily Star.In the Croatian’s midfield, Brozovic is the one allowing Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric to get forward. Today, he may be crucial to the possible first World Cup victory of his country.last_img read more

Millwall is hopeful of a home tie against Crystal Palace

first_imgFor Millwall’s manager, the best opponent they could get in the FA Cup Quarterfinals would be a home match against Palace.Millwall defeated Wimbledon 1-0 yesterday in the FA Cup Fifth Round.The team is not waiting for their next opponent.But Millwall’s boss Neil Harris clearly knows who would be the best option for them: a home tie against English Premier League side Crystal Palace.“What an achievement for a club our size,” said Harris to Sky Sports.“Four times in 15 years, that is an unbelievable achievement. I said to them before the game, ‘it will not be pretty today – it will not be free-flowing’.”“Off the ball, we knew Wimbledon would make it really difficult for us and they did,” he continued.“If we had got the second goal with 20 or 30 minutes to go we may have gone and got three or four and made it more comfortable.”“No disrespect to Doncaster Rovers, but if Palace gets through I want to get them [in the draw],” he commented.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“To be at The Den, 20,000 of our fans to see a cup quarter-final is what I want.”Doncaster Rovers and Crystal Palace will play tomorrow to define who will go to the next round.“If you’re playing a team in the division above and you create a chance early, you’ve got to take it because you know they’re going to be very efficient at what they do,” he continued.“If they get a chance, they’re going to punish you and that’s exactly what happened.”Millwall is currently in the 20th position of the English Championship table with only 31 points. The team has only won seven times in 31 matches, drawing ten and losing four.Another @EmiratesFACup Quarter-Final appearance in the bag!#Millwall 🦁 pic.twitter.com/SLP9MpZI9M— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Pjanic wary of Atletico Madrids threat

first_imgMiralem Pjanic admits Juventus need to improve their Champions League form as he suggested Atletico Madrid have a “similar philosophy” to the Serie A side.The first leg of the Round of 16 is at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Wednesday evening.And Pjanic is wary of the threat posed by Diego Simeone’s men owing to their tactics and style of play.“Their philosophy is not easy to deal with at all, so it’s up to us to control both games and most importantly try to score a goal in Madrid,” the midfielder told Football Italia.“Atleti do have a lot of similarities with Juve, as both teams are solid, allow few spaces and don’t concede many goals.“They are very aggressive when marking or pressing opposition players, whereas we have stronger individual talents. That is where we must make the difference over the two legs.”The Champions League Final this season will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano.“They’ll be even more motivated because they want to play the Final on home turf, having played two in the last five years. They’ve got the same record reaching the Final in that period as Juve.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Pjanic claims the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo means Juventus are among the favourites to win the Champions League, which would be their first since 1996.Everyone. Everywhere. #GETREADY#AtletiJuve #UCL #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/yyuRKtMpMc— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 17, 2019“We feel strong, even if we’ve been knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta. Other than that, we’ve only had great results this season.“There have been some more complicated matches lately, so we need to improve in two or three areas when facing these knockout ties.“We’ve conceded too many goals recently and it is not like us. The team must defend as a unit and when I say all together, I really mean it. Even the strikers must participate in helping the defence.“This is an important year and we’ve got to focus.”last_img read more

Weekly Road Construction Updates

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews will be off the roadway for Labor Day weekend from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3.Expected to begin Tuesday, September 4, drivers should be alert to a DETOUR with reduced speeds at MP 61.3 (Skyline Trail) for approximately 4 weeks. Construction crews will be installing the new Skyline Trail Head pedestrian undercrossing.Through the night of Thursday, August 30, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations from MP 65 to 68, from 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction at MP 71.5 (Watson Lake) will continue with fill placement Monday throughSunday, 8:00pm to 6:00am.Expected to begin Tuesday, September 4 crews will begin working a day shift from7:00am to 7:00pm and night shift from 8:00pm to 6:00am. Drivers should be alert to PILOT CAR and flagging operations throughout the project.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should be aware of milling and paving operations.Drivers should expect traffic control from 8:00pm to 6:00am nightly.Drivers should be aware that asphalt may be a milled surface; motorcyclists should use extreme caution.Please be aware that there may not be a useable shoulder throughout the project.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY, MP 12 to 18 PAVEMENT PRESERVATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through SeptemberConstruction crews are working nightly from Monday to Friday, weather permitting, and at varying times on the weekends. Drivers should expect short DELAYS.Drivers please be aware of traffic control devices and signs, as well as PILOT CAR and flagging operations.Drivers should be aware that asphalt may be a milled surface; motorcyclists should use extreme caution.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonConstruction crews are working on the Kenai Spur Highway between MP 5 and 8.Until the end of August, road work is partially suspended to allow utility work to be completed.Minimal traffic control should be expected at this time.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonINTERSECTION CLOSURE: Expected to occur between 8:00pm Friday, August 31 and 6:00amMonday, September 3, the Gas Well Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection will be CLOSED. Please follow posted DETOUR route.INTERSECTION CLOSURE: Expected to occur between 8:00pm Friday, September 7 and6:00am Monday, September 10, the Ciechanski Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection will be CLOSED. Please follow posted DETOUR to Kimberly Drive and Kristina Way. Drivers should expect DELAYS up to 10 minutes during each CLOSURE.Vehicles longer than 60 feet traveling eastbound on Kalifornsky Beach Road may have issues turning right onto the Gas Well Road DETOUR.Drivers should expect SINGLE LANE CLOSURES, multiple flagging operations and temporary approach CLOSURES between 8:00pm and 6:30am.Off-road vehicles should be aware of construction crews and construction activities by the ATV trail.Traffic signals are on a timer, drivers should be aware of changed traffic patterns.HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY SHOULDER WIDENING MP 97 to 118ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonExpected to begin in August, construction crews will be working nightly from Sundaythrough Thursday, between 8:00pm and 6:00am.Drivers should expect flagging operations, LANE RESTRICTIONS, and construction vehicle activity. Please drive with caution in construction zones.Drivers should also be aware of crews working on the shoulder during the day.last_img read more

Vistara to reduce business class seats to boost load factor

first_imgVistara, the airline promoted by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA), is planning to reduce business class seats to carry more passengers, as it struggles to increase its passenger load factor (PLF).”Demand for the business class was relatively low and the growth witnessed can be attributed primarily due to a strong demand for the economy class. We are also required to operate on regional routes which have minimal business class demand,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, told the Financial Express. Launched in January last year, Vistara now covers 12 destinations in the country, including four metro cities — Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It has a fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft and operates 365 flights a week.However, the carrier runs few flights on high traffic routes like Bangalore to Hyderabad, while the rivals operate many.”The number of flights from Hyderabad and Bangalore are very less and it is difficult for us to sell Vistara tickets as the time slots are not convenient. Also a lot of their business class seats are remaining vacant which is also a concern,” Jyoti Mayal, chairperson of Airline Council, told the daily.The airline has cut fares to compete with top domestic carriers, like Indigo and SpiceJet. It is focusing on the New Delhi to Mumbai route to improve the passenger traffic. Currently, it operates eight flights daily on that route.”We will also be offering more choices of destinations and improving the timings of our flights based on customer feedback. We are also gearing up to expand the footprint by 50% in 2016,” Phee Teik said.Vistara had a market share of 1.3 percent in the domestic passenger traffic in December, while its PLF was 77 percent. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.last_img read more

Man crushed under train in Rajshahi

first_img.A man was crushed under the wheels of a speedy train in Raipara area of Sadar Upazila on Tuesday.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Officer-in-charge of Rajpara police station Hafizur Rahman said a Chapainawabganj-bound commuter train hit the man at around 1:30pm, leaving him dead on the spot.The body was sent to Rajshahi Medical College for autopsy, the OC added.last_img

No election now in country says Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadMentioning that there is no election in the country these days, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Saturday demanded that the polling system be reformed, reports UNB.”Candidates are being elected uncontested or through false votes or election engineering,” Ershad said at a programme organised by Jatiya Party-led United National Alliance (Shammilito Jatiya Jote) at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram.Turning to bank scandals, Ershad said looting banks, including the reserve heist of the Bangladesh Bank, are rare incidents in history.”The banking system in the country has collapsed as the government didn’t take any legal steps,” he said adding, “So, we’ve to save our country as people want a change.”Criticising the government’s activities, the former military ruler said the ruling party men are looting banks in the name of development.About the prime minister’s promise to provide rice at only Tk 10, the Jatiya Party chief said, “Now rice is sold at Tk 60-70. How will a rickshaw-puller who has 3-4 children feed his family?”Talking about the country’s development during his rule, Ershad said, “No government could make development like I did in my tenure. So, the people of the country want to see me in power again. We don’t want a one-party government. Jatiya Party wants to form government with the participation of all parties.”Ershad called upon people to get united and come forward to save the country.last_img read more

Ready Or Not For Kindergarten Some Research Says Enroll Anyway

first_imgLA Johnson/NPRWhen I was 4 years old, my parents faced a decision. My birthday is in late November, so should they send me to kindergarten as the youngest kid in my class? Or, wait another year to enroll me? — A practice referred to as academic redshirting.Since I was already the oldest sibling, they decided it was time for me to experience something different. So, they sent me to school.For me, the age gap didn’t really matter until my freshman year at college when I was only 17 and couldn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election with everybody else. Feeling left out, I started to wish my parents had waited to put me in school. But, Diane Schnanzenbach, an education professor at Northwestern University, and Stephanie Larson, director of Rose Hall Montessori School, have made me think twice.The two recently published an article on the emotional and economic toll that redshirting can have on students, despite all its praise from writers like Malcolm Gladwell.I spoke to Schnanzenbach about why it might not be worth the wait. This interview has been edited for clarity.What about your article contributes to the research on redshirting that’s already out there?I guess what I’ve learned is that it’s really useful to put those things into terms that people can understand.I have found since I started working in this area, every couple of months I would get an email from some random parent somewhere saying, “I read Malcolm Gladwell and I was doing a Google search of things, so I just thought I’d write to you directly.” And they’ll ask these really intelligent questions.Of course, the goal of this article was to try and present more information so that parents feel equipped to make the decision that they think is best for their kid. Certainly, we don’t think never redshirting is the right idea, but we did think it was going to be useful to provide additional info, especially to the type of parent who wants to understand [what the data shows.]Even though kids won’t start kindergarten until the fall, many parents have to decide now whether to enroll them. What should parents keep in mind before making their decision?Let me answer you with an anecdote. When Stephanie and I were writing — this was back in December and January — at the time, my daughter is finishing up preschool and going to start kindergarten the next year. We were not thinking about redshirting her, but the thought crossed my mind because she was not talking. It was very upsetting that she wasn’t talking, and we had taken her to speech therapy and that didn’t really go anywhere. She just wouldn’t talk. And between January and today, some switch has flipped in her.Anybody who has kids can relate to that. But of course, it makes you nervous as a parent because you can’t really predict what my kid is going to be like in September. Our advice is: As you’re weighing these pieces, keep in mind the kid in September might be quite different from the kid in April.What seems to be the biggest reason that parents choose to delay their kids’ enrollment into kindergarten?It really does seem to be emotional development. In the data you can see, clearly, that this happens most for boys who are born in the summer time to highly educated parents. They want [their kids] to be able to walk tall into a classroom, advocate for themselves, be an active participant in their learning.I want to tell the story of Julia from our church. She was so bright and so self-possessed. And she was just annoyed that the boys weren’t behaving well enough. And for her parents to say, “Oh, we’re going to redshirt her because she’s short.” You’ve got to be kidding me. There’s nothing you’re gonna do here to make her not short. These kids are going to drive her nuts. That’s the piece that I really worry about.In the article, you write that redshirting can even have a financial effect on students — an $80,000 decrease in earnings. Can you elaborate on that?It is only one additional year in the workforce, but it was fun to do that calculation and see, how much money is that going to be worth?Every year, typically, you get a raise over time. You add up all of that, and [by the time you retire], you’ve just been in the labor force one [less] year. And that does add up. Often times when you see people talk about this issue, they’ll talk about, “Oh, you should give your child the gift of time.” And as an economist, I want to respond, “Actually, it’s the cost of time.” You’re imposing an $80,000 lifetime cost on them by holding them back if it really doesn’t improve their outcomes.In that case… Thanks, Mom and Dad. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

TET exam to be held after finding exact no of vacancies

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government will take a call on conducting primary Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) after finding the exact number of vacancies in state-run and state-aided primary schools, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Saturday. Besides, the student-teacher ratio in every primary school would be examined, he said. “After calculating these figures, we will arrive at the actual vacancy figure (in primary schools) and conduct the TET examination accordingly,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Delays after lorry hits central reservation on M6

first_imgWant to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.10:56RTC J18-19 M6 NB the lorry has now been recovered from the scene debris is being cleared from the carriageway— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) October 25, 201810:09#TrafficUpdate- the M6 is currently closed northbound between Junction 18 and 19 while recovery work takes place following the earlier collision. There are long delays across the network and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible pic.twitter.com/P2dd3vqzXf— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) October 25, 201808:47TRAFFIC REMAINS HELD #M6 #Cheshire northbound btwn J18 #Middlewich #HolmesChapel and J19 #Knutsford following a lorry that has collided with the central barrier. Specialist recovery crew’s are on scene working to lift the vehicle from off the barrier, approx 2 hour delays. pic.twitter.com/6elpfl1SS2— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) October 25, 201808:46RTC J18-19 M6 NB one lane of traffic is running again @cheshirepolice pic.twitter.com/P2iXIG83KH— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) October 25, 201808:40RTC J18-19 M6 NB traffic stopped at present to allow recovery to scene @cheshirepolice pic.twitter.com/2CbaZdMvMt— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) October 25, 201808:20RTC J18-19 M6 NB traffic is passing the incident however there are tailbacks to J18 therefore the entry slip at J18 is closed @cheshirepolice— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) October 25, 201808:13Traffic monitoring company Inrix are reporting the travel time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes. 08:11 Very slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. 08:11RTC J18-19 M62 EB debris in carriageway— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) October 25, 2018 There are delays on the M6 motorway this morning after a lorry hit the central reservation of the route in Cheshire. Highways England report the vehicle collided with the barrier on the northbound carriageway of the motorway between J18 iddlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). The accident took place at around 7.15am with two lanes closed as of 7.50am today (Thursday October 25). All traffic was held on the carriageway but North West Motorway Police have since confirmed one lane is running past the scene. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports specialist equipment will be required to recover the vehicle, as it has come to rest on the central reservation. Delays are expected to continue throughout the rush hour as a result of the collision. Read MorePlans revealed for new supermarket, shops, petrol station and dozens of homeslast_img read more

Heres a timeline of Aeroplans turbulent history

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Aeroplan Posted by Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Here’s a timeline of Aeroplan’s turbulent history TORONTO — The saga over Aeroplan came to a close yesterday, with news that the consortium led by Air Canada has reached a deal to acquire the loyalty program from Aimia Inc. The deal, worth $450 million cash plus assumed liabilities, comes after more than a year of uncertainty since Air Canada said in May 2017 that it would switch to its own loyalty program in July 2020.Here are some significant dates in Aeroplan’s history:1984: Air Canada creates the frequent flyers loyalty program Aeroplan1991: The CIBC Aerogold Visa card is launched2000: Rupert Duchesne becomes CEO of Aeroplan2002: Aeroplan operates as a subsidiary of Air Canada2004: Aeroplan adds non-flight rewards2005: Air Canada spins off Aeroplan, which completes a public offering as an income trust2006: Aeroplan launches program allowing members to donate miles to charities2007: Aeroplan launches carbon offset program, allowing members to use miles to offset their carbon footprint2007: Aeroplan says miles will expire after seven years of being collected, effective in January 20142008: Air Canada sells its remaining stake in Aeroplan, which becomes a corporation operating as Groupe Aeroplan2011: Groupe Aeroplan changes name to Aimia Inc., as its strategy shifts to include loyalty programs operating outside of CanadaMore news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth2013: TD Bank becomes Aeroplan’s main financial partner after assuming about half of CIBC’s Visa Aeroplan card customers2013: Aeroplan backtracks and cancels seven-year mileage redemption policy after angry customers launch class-action lawsuitMay 11, 2017: Duchesne leaves the company after four-month medical leave of absenceMay 11, 2017: Air Canada announces that it will not renew its Aeroplan partnership in 2020 as it starts its own rewards program. Aimia shares plunge 63 per cent on the dayApril 2018: Aimia announces the resignation of CEO David JohnstonMay 2018: Jeremy Rabe appointed Aimia’s president and CEOJuly 19, 2018: Aimia announces plans to relaunch the Aeroplan program with charter flights and use of miles for any seats on any airlineJuly 25, 2018: Air Canada, CIBC, TD Bank and Visa Canada offer to acquire Aeroplan for $2.25 billion, including $250 million cash plus assumed liabilitiesJuly 27, 2018: Air Canada says it would restart talks with credit card partners to create its own loyalty program if Aimia fails to accept its offer within six daysMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAug. 2, 2018: Aimia confirms talks with Oneworld airline alliance; talks with Air Canada fail despite higher $325 million offerAug. 3, 2018: Aimia announces deal with Porter Airlines to become an Aeroplan preferred Canadian airline as of July 2020Aug. 6, 2018: Mittleman Brothers LLC, largestshareholder in Aimia, issues public statement saying Air Canada’s offers were too low and suggesting Aeroplan was worth about $1.2 billion.Aug. 7, 2018: Aimia adds Air Transat and Flair Airlines to its list of Canadian airline partners.Aug. 21, 2018: Aimia reaches agreement with Air Canada-led consortium, which will pay $450 million in cash for Aeroplan and assume about $1.9 billion in liabilities associated with miles collected by customers.With file from The Canadian Press Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Andre Ellington has been the most pleasant surprise of the Cardinals’ season thus far. And with a crucial game looming Thursday against Seattle, a storyline to monitor is whether Bruce Arians will continue to use No. 38 in a role that seems to suit him, or rather develop a fever where the only prescription is more Ellington. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Following Ellington’s best statistical game of the season — 92 total yards and a touchdown against the 49ers — the climb isn’t likely to end. At least it shouldn’t.Good things happen when Ellington gets the ball. His 7.0 yards per carry is more than twice the average of starting running back Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington’s 8.3 yards per touch creates an even bigger gap between he and Mendenhall, who averages 3.7 yards each time he touches the ball. In addition, Ellington has more catches (18) for more yards (180) than No. 3 receiver Andre Roberts (15, 150), despite having been the target of fewer passes. The rookie has also scored twice (once more than Michael Floyd) and hasn’t fumbled (Larry Fitzgerald has).And I’ve saved the rookie’s most impressive stat for last: Ellington moves the chains. He’s picked up a first down a remarkable 19 times on just 43 chances. That’s a 44 percent conversion rate. Mendenhall is earning a first down 20 percent of the time. Heck, Adrian Peterson only moves the chains 24 percent of the time, and NFL yardage leader LaSean McCoy converts 29 percent of the time.Granted, Ellington plays mostly on third down, but when the cat is making the entire chain gang move nearly every other time he’s touching the ball, one has to wonder if it’s time to expand his role. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories It’s not always greedy to ask for more. Sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do.Oliver Twist asked for more gruel and touched off a meaningful rebellion.Bruce Dickinson asked for more cowbell and the Blue Oyster Cult soared into stardom.So, don’t be ashamed, Cardinals fans, to ask for more Andre Ellington. It might just be the kick in the pants the offense needs.The sixth-round pick out of Clemson impressed the coaching staff during training camp, enough that he earned a roster spot — just not much playing time. Ellington had one touch in the season opener, but his role in the offense has expanded each week, climbing from six touches in week two to 12 in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. last_img read more

A little electrical brain stimulation can go a lon

first_imgA little electrical brain stimulation can go a long way in boosting memory.The key is to deliver a tiny pulse of electricity to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment, a team reports in Tuesday’s Nature Communications.”We saw a 15 percent improvement in memory,” says Michael Kahana, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and an author of the study.The approach hints at a new way of treating people with memory problems caused by a brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease, Kahana says. But the technology is still far from widespread use.Kahana has spent years trying to understand why the brain often fails to store information we want it to keep.”When we’re trying to study a list of items, sometimes the items stick and sometimes we have momentary lapses where we don’t seem to remember anything,” he says.Kahana and a team of researchers thought there must be a way to help the brain do better. So they had a computer learn to recognize patterns of electrical activity indicating that the brain was about to have a memory lapse.Then the team had the computer intervene by delivering a pulse of electricity to different areas of the brain just before the lapse was going to occur. And in the area involved in recalling words, the approach worked.”When we stimulated the left temporal cortex, we found that memory was improved significantly,” Kahana says. “When we stimulated other parts of the brain, memory was, by and large, impaired.”The experiment was done with 25 patients with epilepsy who were in the hospital awaiting surgery to treat their seizures. That meant doctors had already inserted wires into their brains to monitor electrical activity.But epilepsy patients tend to have memory problems and other brain anomalies, says Michael Sperling, an author of the study and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.”We still really lack any experiments in people with other conditions to know for certain whether [the treatment] would prove effective or not,” Sperling says.Even so, Sperling is optimistic that the research will lead to an implantable device that can improve memory in at least some patients. “There’s a good chance that something like this will come available,” he says, “I would hope within the next half dozen years, or so.”The memory research is being funded by the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It’s part of an effort by the agency to develop technologies to help military personnel and veterans with memory problems caused by brain injuries.”We didn’t just do this for the sake of science,” says Justin Sanchez, who directs DARPA’s biological technologies office. “We wanted a real technology that could ultimately make its way out into the world.”DARPA-funded scientists are already working on a version of the brain stimulation system that could be implanted in a person, Sanchez says. And this sort of technology could eventually extend beyond people who have memory impairments, he says.”If any of us could get a 15 percent boost in our memory, that would be transformative,” Sanchez says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more