October 6: CWG Events

first_imgArcheryMorning: 8.30 am to 11 amWomen: Recurve. Men: RecurveAFTERNOON: 1.30 pm to 4 pm.Women: Compound. Men: CompoundAthleticsEvening: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm.Women: Hammer throw; 100m; 400m.Men: 100m; shot put; 5000m (final)BadmintonMORNING: 9 am to 1 pmMixed team event (group matches)AFTERNOON: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)EVENING: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)BoxingAfternoon: 1 pm to 5 pmLight flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, flyweight, lightweight, welterweightEVENING: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pmHeavyweight, super heavyweightCycling trackMorning: 11.30 am to 3.30 pmMen’s: Keirin (final); 40-km pointsrace (final). Women: 25-km pointsrace (final); team sprint (final)Gymnastics (Artistic)Afternoon: 1.30 pm to 7 pmMen’s: Individual all-around (final)Women: Individual all-around (final)HockeyMorning: 8.30 am to 12 pmMen’s: Australia vs Scotland.Women’s: Canada vs EnglandAfternoon: 1.30 pm to 5 pmMen’s: England vs Trinidad & Tobago.Evening: 6.30 pm to 10 pmMen: New Zealand vs South Africa;Pakistan vs MalaysiaShootingClay TargetMORNING: 10 am to 4.30 pmMen’s: Double trap pairs (final)Pistol and Small BoreMORNING: 9 am to 6 pmMen’s: 10m air rifle (final); 50m pistol(final) . Women: 25m pistol (final)SquashAfternoon: 1 pm to 4 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women: Singles (quarter-finals)Evening: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women’s: Singles (quarter-finals)Swimming and synchronised swimmingMorning: 8.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: 800m freestyle(heats); 100m butterfly (heats);200m breaststroke; 4x200mfreestyle (heats); 100mfreestyle (heats); solo technicalroutine (final); duet technicalroutine (final).Men’s 100m freestyle (heats); 200mbackstroke (heats); 4x200m freestyle (heats), routine finalEvening: 4 pm to 6.17 pmMen’s: 200m backstroke (final), 100mfreestyle (semi-final); 50m butterfly(final); 100m breaststroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final). Women: 100mfreestyle (final); 100m butterfly(semi-final); 200m breaststroke(final); 100m backstroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisMorning: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s team event (Rd V)Men’s team event (Rd V)Evening: 4 pm to 9 pmWomen: Team event (quarterfinals).Men’s: Classification gamesTennisMorning: 10 am to 3 pmMixed team event (group matches)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI)Evening Session: 5 pm to 10 pm)Mixed team event (quarter-finals)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I)WeightliftingWomen’s 58kgEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmMen’s 69kgWrestlingMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg, 66kg,84kg, 120kg (elimination)].Evening Session: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg,66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage(finals)]Star To Watch Out For – Shane PerkinsCountry: Australia Sport: CyclingSilver medallist in sprint race at the 2010 World ChampionshipsBronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more

Bulgaria to Play One Game Behind Closed Doors For Racism During England Game: UEFA

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bulgaria will play their next competitive home match behind closed doors and pay a 75,000 euro ($83,000) fine, European soccer’s ruling body UEFA ruled, after finding some of their supporters guilty of racist abuse of England players.England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria in the Euro 2020 qualifier played in Sofia on Oct. 14 was halted twice after fans taunted visiting black players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants. Since the incident, Bulgaria Football Union (BFU) president Borislav Mihaylov and team head coach Krasimir Balakov have resigned, and authorities have identified 16 suspects and made 12 arrests.The sanction will affect Bulgaria’s qualifier against the Czech Republic on Nov. 17.UEFA also imposed a further one-match stadium ban, suspended for two years and ordered the BFU to display a banner with words “No to Racism” with a UEFA logo on it.Bulgaria was also fined a further 10,000 euros for causing disturbance during the national anthem, with England to pay 5,000 euros for the same offence. BulgariaEnglandfansfine First Published: October 29, 2019, 11:26 PM ISTlast_img read more

Boxer Shiva Thapa hopeful of more Indian boxers in Rio

first_imgMumbai, May 30 (PTI) The lone Indian boxer to have qualified for Olympics so far, Shiva Thapa said he is hopeful that more boxers will make the cut for Rio even though only one qualifying event is left on the calender. “In the London Olympics there were so many boxers and Vijender Singh gave Indian boxing a face (to be proud of). I am hopeful that more boxers will qualify for the Rio Games as some qualifiers are left (to make the grade),” said the 22-year-old boxer today after being felicitated by the NGO Olympic Gold Quest along with eight other Rio-bound sports persons. The 22-year-old pugilist is the lone Indian to have booked a berth for Rio in boxing and it will be the second Olympics for the 56-kg fighter after he became the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics in London in 2012. “This is my second Olympics. I am totally focused and working really hard. The last four years have just flown and I have learnt a lot. I am looking forward to the Rio Games and I am pretty sure that we (Indian contingent) will bring more medals than in the last Olympics,” said the Guwahati-born boxer. Thapa is sad as he had to fight in the Asian qualifiers, where he won a silver, under world body AIBAs flag due to the absence of an elected national boxing federation currently. “It felt sad that we were not fighting under our countrys flag. Its very important to represent the country and fight under its flag. Now AIBA has allowed us to fight under the Indian flag in Rio and I am feeling better,” said Thapa, who aims to follow Vijenders footsteps at some time in the future and turn professional. Meanwhile, pistol shooting hope and Incheon Asian Games champion Jitu Rai sounded quietly confident that he will do well in Rio, though his performance in 2015 and this year has been up and down after a great 2014 when he won both the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) and Asian Games gold medal. (More) PTI SSR KRK ATK KHS BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in English Channel, father calls it a bad dream

first_imgThe wreckage Emiliano Sala’s aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month with the Cardiff City player in the plane has been found in the underwater search, the marine scientist directing the private search said on Sunday.The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21.A privately funded underwater search had begun on Sunday, several days after investigators said they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning,” marine scientist David Mearns, who directed the search, said on Twitter.Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSalaDavid Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019Mearns said Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had moved its vessel over the position his team had located to visually identify the plane using a remote-operated vehicle.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” Mearns said.The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSalaadvertisementDavid Mearns (@davidlmearns) February 3, 2019Sala’s father Horacio Sala, who is still back home in Argentina, woke up with the news of the plane wreckage being found. He has accepted that all this feels like a “bad dream”.”I can’t believe it. It’s a bad dream,” Horacio Sala told Cronica TV at his home in Progreso.Sala’s father is the only member of the family who stayed behind at home as the whole family went to Nantes to help with the search.”I talk to them every day. But since I don’t have WhatsApp it’s expensive to call them or for them to call me. But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane,” Sala’s father said.France striker Kylian Mbappe donated USD 34,000 for the search and rescue operations of the missing plane carrying Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala.More than 300,000 euros ($340,000) had been raised online to allow Sala’s family to fund a private search, after an official rescue operation for the light aircraft was called off after three days. Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona were among those making pleas to resume a search.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s trip to Arsenal on Tuesday, their first match since Sala’s plane vanished, manager Neil Warnock said this has been the most difficult week of his career and admits he had questioned whether he could even carry on doing his job.”You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on,” Warnock, told reporters.”It’s impossible to sleep. I’ve been in football management for 40 years and it’s been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile.”It’s been a traumatic week and even now I can’t get my head around the situation.”Also Read | Emiliano Sala would be proud of Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth: WarnockAlso Read | Some players reluctant to join Cardiff after Emiliano Sala disappearance: manager WarnockAlso Read | Cardiff City players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance: Defender Sol BambaAlso Read | Cardiff City, Arsenal pay tribute to Emiliano Sala in 1st match since his disappearancelast_img read more

Ontario highway sign goes from James Snow Parkway to Jon Snow Parkway

first_imgMILTON, Ont. – An Ontario highway sign has received the “Game of Thrones” treatment.Motorists travelling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in Milton, Ont., just west of Toronto, on Friday morning saw the name of the James Snow Parkway exit sign changed to the Jon Snow Parkway.The name James on the sign was blacked out and replaced with Jon — a reference to the character Jon Snow, played by British actor Kit Harington, on the popular HBO series.A spokeswoman for Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says the sign was vandalized sometime early in the morning.Astrid Poei says the sign was back to normal by about 11:45 a.m. Friday and provincial police, who were notified about the incident, will continue to monitor the area.News of the sign’s name change prompted many jokes on social media.“It appears #MiltonON has become Winterfell. Are you ready to serve on the Escarpment, now known as The Wall?,” one person tweeted, referencing key elements of the show.“Can’t we just leave it?” another person said.The James Snow Parkway is named after an Ontario politician who served as a Conservative MPP for the area from 1967 to 1985.last_img read more

Halifax artists cartoon in response to Kavanaugh hearing grips internet

first_imgHALIFAX – A political cartoon depicting the assault of Lady Justice has gone viral in the wake of recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.The graphic image by Halifax-based Bruce MacKinnon shows Justice blindfolded and pinned down, her scales cast aside as a man’s hand covers her mouth — an explicit reference to how California professor Christine Blasey Ford described an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh dating back to 1982.In the picture, the cuffs on the shirt the man is wearing are decorated with the Republican elephant.Like many viewers over the past week, MacKinnon, a cartoonist for The Chronicle Herald, was gripped by Ford’s televised testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee, which culminated in a request for an FBI investigation and the delay of a Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.“I watched the testimony as it happened. It was riveting,” MacKinnon said Sunday. “It was one of those things where you couldn’t even exhale until she was finished.”Ford alleged Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing after he pinned her to a bed at a house party when she was 15 and he was 17 — claims he vehemently denies.MacKinnon said he was compelled to draw the cartoon, which was published in the weekend edition of The Chronicle Herald, to illustrate what he believes to be a crucial example of how allegations of sexual abuse are treated in North America.“In a year that was so dominated by the #MeToo movement and the changes that I think we all hope will come from that, this seems to be an almost watershed moment and a very pivotal one for America,” he said.The image has gone viral since Saturday, amassing tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares on social media websites like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook.It caught the attention of actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano, who tweeted it out Sunday with the caption: “You’ve made a misogynistic, hurtful, joke of our Supreme Court, @realDonaldTrump. … Women won’t forget. And we vote.”Some users have described feeling a “gut punch” upon seeing it, and one woman tweeted the provocative cartoon made her feel like she couldn’t breathe.But MacKinnon said these feelings of disgust are, in some ways, the point of his cartoon.“I think it’s important that people face up to it. It is disturbing. But it’s exactly the scenario (Ford) described,” he said.“So if we don’t talk about it, if we turn away from it and pretend it isn’t there, we’re not going to solve the problem.”It’s not the first time the award-winning cartoonist has taken aim at situations to the south, but MacKinnon said the culture of sexual assault is pervasive on both sides of the border.The flurry of responses to his work — both positive and negative — came as a surprise to MacKinnon, but he said he was glad his cartoon is contributing to a conversation that he believes is important to have.“I was surprised by the response and really encouraged by the fact that there was so much discourse that came from it, so much open debate,” he said.“There was a lot of nasty stuff out there too, no question. It does underscore the deep divide and the real polarization of opinion here and in the U.S., but that’s what an editorial cartoon is for: to provoke debate, and hopefully, in the larger picture, some things get worked out.”Michael de Adder, a freelance cartoonist also working out of Halifax, drew a similar cartoon and posted it on his Twitter account on Friday: in his, Lady Justice is lying on a bed with her scales and sword beside her as Kavanaugh and an elephant — a symbol for the Republican party — walk away, laughing.He said the similarities between his and MacKinnon’s cartoons were coincidental.On Sunday morning, he tweeted his and MacKinnon’s drawings together and said political cartoons are not always meant to be funny.“A political cartoonist does not depict sexual assault casually. The message to the people in power has to outweigh the consequences of drawing something so horrible,” he wrote.“These two cartoons are horrible. But so were the events of the past week.”On the web: http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/editorial-cartoons/editorial-cartoon-sept-29-2018-245696/last_img read more

Toronto Filmmakers Sell Four Short Films to France

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook All of the films are two-hander scripts starring a selection of Toronto acting talent including: Vienna Hehir (Darc, Remedy), Katie Uhlmann (My Roommate’s an Escort, Recall), Franck Fon (Gnawed of Approval, IRL the Series), Jessica Reynolds (Taken, Nikita) and executive producer of the films Matthew Willson (Arrival, Skinning the Cat).All films are written and directed by Bobby Del Rio (creator of IRL the Series) and produced by Stephanie Baird (77 Days, IRL the Series).If you are interested in watching the films, please see below for a list of show times this November:Politics – November 11th at the Toronto International Short Film Festival (info)Schrödinger’s Cat – November 11th at the Hamilton Film Festival (info)The Hotel Room – November 12th at the Hamilton Film Festival (info) Advertisement Twitter Toronto filmmakers Matthew Willson, Bobby Del Rio and Stephanie Baird sell four of their short films to international distributor, Gonella Productions (www.gonella-productions.com).The films, under the production company Willson Entertainment Productions, include Politics (2016), Schrödinger’s Cat (2016), The Hotel Room (2015) and The Negotiation (2015) and range from 3 to 8 minutes in length.For questions or enquiries about these projects please contact Meg Sethi of Evolution Public Relations at meg.sethi@evolutionpr.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

AntiEnbridge protestors occupying Hamiltonarea terminal served with injunction

first_imgAPTN National News HAMILTON–A group of protestors occupying an Enbridge pipeline pumping station near Hamilton have been served with a court injunction ordering them to leave the site.The group has been given two hours to vacate the premises, said Melissa Elliott, a Tuscarora woman from Six Nations who is acting as spokesperson for the protest.Elliott said the protestors, who have locked themselves to the gates of the station, are currently discussing their next move.“Those talks are happening right now,” said Elliott.The five-day long protest has stalled worked by Enbridge in their Westover terminal for phase one of their Line 9 project which aims to bring tar sands oil to the east.Protests in support of the Hamilton area action are also planned across the country Tuesday as part of the “Sovereignty Summer” campaign spearheaded by an alliance between Idle No More and the Defenders of the Land.Protests are planned in places like Vancouver, Edmonton, Sarnia and Toronto, along with other locations.last_img read more

Mother talks about the struggles of getting by in Nunavut

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsThere’s a statistic that has been around since Nunavut was founded – the territory has Canada’s youngest and fastest growing population.It is often seen as a threat, a territory pressed to provide basic services facing a population bubble.APTN News met with one young mother and she’ll explain that in Nunavut, the challenges are basic, and daily.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img

Party leaders remember Ambedkar

first_imgOUR CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was a staunch advocate of equality and social justice. He was speaking after paying floral tributes on the occasion of 128th birth anniversary of Ambedkar in a function organized at Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Kejriwal further stated that Baba Saheb was the chief architect of the Indian constitution, which is unique in the world. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajender Pal Gautam and MLAs, were also present on this occasion. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit also offered floral tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, at a function organized by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s SC Department. On this occasion, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that the views being presented by the political parties these days are quite different from the views of Baba Sahab. “The purpose of Baba Sahab was not class war but social harmony, politics of coordination and right to education and social justice. He tried his best for it. Baba Sahab was so much highly educated person of his time that he could have joined service like IAS, not only this he could have secured highest post in London but he pledged to ensure justice for the last man in the queue in India itself. Tiwari said that Baba Sahab was of the view that everybody has equal rights over the opportunities available in the country. “Everybody should get equal opportunity to avail it. Baba Sahab tried his best in his entire life for it. He suffered injustice himself with his family but he worked for ensuring justice to the people,” he said.last_img read more

Egypt policeman gets 10 years for Islamist prisoner deaths

first_imgCAIRO, March 18, 2014 (AFP) – An Egyptian court sentenced a policeman to 10 years Tuesday for the deaths of 37 prisoners who suffocated on tear gas in one of the most brutal incidents in a crackdown on Islamists.The court verdict, which also saw three other police officers handed one year suspended jail terms, was the first against policemen for violations during the crackdown on supporters of president Mohamed Morsi since his ouster by the army in July.The prisoners were killed when tear gas was fired into a truck taking them from a police station to a prison near Cairo on August 18, at the peak of the crackdown. The officer given 10 years was deputy head of the police station who oversaw the transfer. The four officers were convicted of manslaughter after the court accepted prosecution evidence that they had acted recklessly towards the victims.The interior ministry said at the time of the incident that police fired tear gas when the inmates rioted as they were being transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo.Tuesday’s verdict was handed down after the court heard testimony from seven wounded prisoners. It can be appealed.The court also heard from a justice ministry expert who testified that the truck was designed to carry just 24 people, but was packed with 45 on the day of the tear-gassing.The deaths came four days after security forces stormed two Cairo protest camps set up by Morsi’s supporters, triggering clashes that killed hundreds.Egypt’s official National Council for Human Rights said in a report this week that both police and armed protesters were responsible for the deaths of more than 600 people in the August 14 violence.Amnesty International says more than 1,400 people have been killed since Morsi’s overthrow, and thousands more arrested. It has repeatedly accused the security forces of using “excessive” force against Islamist protesters.Morsi himself and top Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been put on trial on charges that could be punishable by death.On Tuesday, police prevented the pro-Morsi Anti-Coup Alliance from holding a press conference, asking journalists to leave.An AFP correspondent who went to attend found police deployed outside the venue. Militant attacks targeting police and troops have increased since Morsi’s ouster.A new Islamist group claimed responsibility for a spate of attacks on policemen in the Nile Delta. Ansar al-Shariah, a name used by jihadist groups in other countries, had recently announced its formation in Egypt, before issuing another statement on Monday saying it targeted 28 “treasonous” security men.More than 200 policemen and soldiers have been killed by militants based in the restive Sinai Peninsula since Morsi’s ouster.The statement, posted on Facebook and circulated on militant Islamist forums, said the attacks in the Nile Delta over the past few months were to avenge abuses against “our sisters,” a possible reference to detained Islamist women. The statement’s authenticity could not be verified.last_img read more

Court Copyright claim against rapper 50 Cent must be tossed

NEW YORK, N.Y. – An appeals court in says it agrees with a judge who rejected a New York copyright lawsuit against rapper 50 Cent on the grounds it was filed too late.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Friday. It says rapper Young Caliber brought his lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court after the three-year statute of limitations had expired.The 2010 lawsuit had sought unspecified damages on the grounds the 2007 hit song “I Get Money” used a beat after Young Caliber had bought the exclusive rights to it in 2006.Young Caliber’s real name is Tyrone Simmons. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.50 Cent’s attorney says the ruling vindicates 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 3:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court: Copyright claim against rapper 50 Cent must be tossed read more

Opinion Twitter not all fun and games for studentathletes

Photo illustration by Mark BatkeImagine not being able to say whatever you want on Twitter because one bad tweet will make headlines all over. That’s often the case for student athletes when it comes to social media, and it’s particularly true for Twitter.In 2009, Texas Tech University linebacker Marlon Williams decided not to keep his comments to himself when he tweeted about his coach being late to a team meeting.“Wondering why I’m still in this meeting room when the head coach can’t even be on time to his own meeting,” Williams tweeted.Williams’ tweet and account were deleted soon after.In 2011, then-Western Kentucky University and current Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews had something to say to the fans of WKU.“One thing I can say bout #UKfans is they loyal. No matter how sorry they team is they always support them. Can’t say that bout #WKUfans smh,” Andrews tweeted.Andrews was sidelined the following game.Finally in 2012, Ohio State’s very own quarterback, Cardale Jones, then a freshman, made headlines for his controversial tweet about his opinion on attending classes and playing football.“Why should we have to go to class if we have came to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are pointless,” Jones tweeted.Shortly after, Jones’ tweet and his Twitter account were deleted, but the tweet was already captured by many.Student athletes become the face of their school whether they like it or not. They are obligated to represent their university in everything they do, including the tweets they create on Twitter. Any and everything they say will be judged by many.“It’s tough knowing that everything you do is watched pretty closely because I’m doing the same stuff I’ve always done. It’s just now people actually care what I do,” former Texas A&M quarterback and current Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said to USA Today in January of 2013.Being a student athlete is not always easy. Yes, they might get the perks of having thousands of Twitter followers, but someone is always watching to make one simple tweet into headlines across the globe. Therefore, ask yourself, “Do I really wish to be Cardale Jones and have thousands of followers that watch my every move?” Some might say yes and some might say no, but I personally would rather stay as the average student whose tweets do not make headlines. read more

Jake Arrieta Is Not Your Normal Ace

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta capped off his impressive Cy Young case with the first no-hitter of his career late last month. Arrieta’s 2015 résumé lists a 1.99 ERA, 19 wins and the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in the league.1Here, I’m using Baseball Prospectus’s version of pitcher WAR, which is based on its new pitching statistic Deserved Run Average. This incredible year builds on a 2014 season in which he was one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. So it’s no surprise that this year, Arrieta has confirmed he’s an ace. But how he became one isn’t the usual story of a phenom flying through the minors and into hitters’ nightmares. Instead, it’s the story of a guy who kept changing the way he threw a baseball until everything started to click into place.Two years ago, Arrieta was a near-replacement-level player, worth a win or so as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Cubs. His career to that point had been lackluster. As a fifth-round draft pick, Arrieta had already exceeded expectations merely by making it to the majors, but his performance there hadn’t been especially impressive: Arrieta recorded a grand total of 3.1 WAR in 78 games spread over four years, never putting up an ERA better than 4.66.While Arrieta’s surface stats were static and unimpressive, his mechanics were busy evolving. Where a pitcher releases the ball is one of his most important characteristics: High release points establish more downward plane on the ball, causing a pitch to sink as it enters the zone; release points far to the left or right create more horizontal motion through the zone.Most of the time, the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a pitcher’s release point are fairly constant, determined largely by mechanics learned long before he made the majors. In Arrieta’s case, however, his release point changed the more time he spent in the bigs. Every year, Arrieta’s release point increased in height and moved further toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber. The total change is extreme: Arrieta moved his release horizontally across the rubber by nearly a foot and upward by nearly six inches. Since Arrieta didn’t get any taller or wider during that time, the variation in his release point means that his pitching mechanics changed.2It’s popular to attribute the change to Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, who has had success in developing other pitchers, but it appears as though Arrieta began his transformation long before getting to Chicago. Release points change arm angles, and those in turn affect platoon splits, or how well a pitcher does against batters of different handedness. Sideways arm angles — the product of low release points — establish more horizontal movement, which can befuddle same-handed batters. Typically, pitchers perform better against same-handed batters, and before the 2013 season, Arrieta was no exception. But as his release point drifted upward, Arrieta, who is a right-hander, began to show a reverse split: For the past three years, he’s been better at getting lefties out than righties.Beyond the modified platoon split, Arrieta’s new release seems to have allowed him to develop a consistency he didn’t have before. The standard deviation of Arrieta’s release is substantially narrower than average (meaning he was more consistent) in 2015 and 2014, after being wider than average in all his previous seasons. Release point consistency is correlated with walk rate, and along with Arrieta’s more steady release came a profound improvement in command, from 4.90 walks per nine in 2013 to 2.08 in 2015.Arrieta’s release point evolution is extremely rare. In a given year, most pitchers sustain a game-to-game standard deviation in release point of only a single inch. (Think about that! Hundreds of times, pitchers perform a motion as violent as hurling a 95-mph fastball with a consistency of plus or minus a single inch!) Even from year to year, so practiced are their mechanics that pitchers vary their release points by merely 1.8 inches on average.3For these calculations, I used Pitch Info’s corrected release point coordinates, which adjust for calibration errors between parks.Arrieta is a different story. His largest single-year change (from 2012 to 2013) ranks in the 90th percentile of all players’ single-year changes since 2009.4I got that stat after z-score normalizing the average horizontal and vertical coordinates for each pitcher, in each year since 2009. I limited my analysis to pitchers who threw more than 1,250 pitches per season, eliminating relievers and partial seasons. That was done to ensure that the other pitchers in the data set could be fairly compared with Arrieta. Arrieta’s ongoing trend toward a higher and farther-right release point is even more impressive over a longer time period. Over any two years between 2009 and 2015, Arrieta’s release point change is in the 95th percentile; over three, only 13 pitchers made larger changes to their release point. Over four years, only eight pitchers5Out of the 203 pitcher-spans that qualified. experienced as much release point movement as Arrieta did.Those eight pitchers are very different from Arrieta. Many are pitchers who have suffered extensive injuries since 2010, including Brandon McCarthy (missed 417 days), Clay Buchholz (306), J.A. Happ (235) and Tommy Hanson (238).6All data on days missed comes courtesy of Baseball Prospectus, in particular Corey Dawkins’s manually curated injury database. The only pitcher on the list who has missed fewer days since 2010 than Arrieta (161) is Cole Hamels (101), but Hamels was already an established frontline starter in 2010. His evolution since then has been more about coping with the normal effects of age, as opposed to growing into an ace, as Arrieta has.Perhaps the best parallel for Arrieta is Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, who missed 222 days. Like Arrieta, Estrada seems to have embarked upon a program of steadily moving his release upward, becoming more of an over-the-top arm slot. But unlike Arrieta, Estrada — who is also a right-hander — has moved toward the center of the rubber and away from third base. Whether that choice is at all related to Estrada’s lack of success (his 3.31 ERA and 4.50 FIP in 2015 are uninspiring) is an interesting question. Maybe, like 2013 Arrieta, Estrada is only a few inches of release point away from becoming an ace.What makes Arrieta unique is not that he changed as much as he did — it’s that the changes were associated with such a drastic improvement. Most of the time, a release point transformation like Arrieta’s is the product of injury. But in Chicago, Arrieta didn’t just change; he adapted into one of the best pitchers in the league. read more

Ohio State field hockey season comes to a close with tourney loss

Members of the Ohio State field hockey team sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a 2-1 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefOhio State field hockey fell short against top-seeded Maryland, 5-0, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Thursday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich.Maryland’s Sarah Sprink, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, scored a pair of goals in the victory. The junior defender started off the scoring 17 minutes into the game with a goal off a penalty corner from Big Ten Freshman of the Year, midfielder Moira Putsch.With less than 10 minutes to play in the half, Sprink was awarded a penalty stroke, and she connected to give Maryland a 2-0 lead at the half.The Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) didn’t hold up on their attack coming out of the half. Instead, they put the game away with a six-minute onslaught.Freshman defender Carrie Hanks scored in the 42nd minute off a crossing pass from Putsch to start Maryland’s second-half rally.Less than five minutes later, Sprink found space again and found junior midfielder Anna Dessoye for a tip-in goal.For good measure, senior forward Katie Gerzabek scored Maryland’s fifth goal with 22:39 to play to put the game out of reach for the Buckeyes.OSU was outshot, 22-7, and the Terrapins held an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners.Second-team All-Big Ten performer Peanut Johnson got three shots on goal during the game, but the Buckeye junior forward was not able to find the back of the net.OSU finished its season 6-12 after going 6-13 in 2013. The Buckeyes are set to return 12 freshmen next season, including leading scorer Maddy Humphrey, who finished the season with 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists.Johnson is also set to return for her senior season after finishing with a career-high 11 assists and combining with Humphrey for 59 points in 2014.Since defeating Indiana on the road to get coach Anne Wilkinson’s 300th victory, OSU lost four consecutive games to end the season.Maryland is set to face Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Mens Volleyball No 3 Ohio State sweeps No 8 Penn State 30

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State Men’s volleyball team (5-2) swept No. 8 Penn State (3-2) in straight sets, winning 3-0 Sunday night at St. John Arena.Head coach Pete Hanson said prior to the game, his team did not know what type of line-up to expect from Penn State due to an injured Nittany Lion, but that the Buckeyes still prepared for a tough match in the days leading up.“The last few days in practice, it was a lot about our blocking and our defense in terms of, when we got Penn State into trouble, could we win that point by blocking them?” Hanson said. “Could we win that point by digging the ball and then letting Sanil set a hitter and kill that ball?” Ohio State came out aggressive and big on the net in the first set, setting the tone for the rest of the match by winning 25-19. As a team, the Buckeyes hit .500, swinging hard from the middle and wing positions, while committing only two service errors in the first set. Powerful serves by Ohio State challenged Penn State’s defense and forced out of system plays for the Nittany Lions. Ohio State redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson stayed ready on the net, putting down at least three of Penn State’s overpasses. Redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes and senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had seven and five kills, respectively, in the first set, to contribute to the Buckeyes’ effective offense. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen had five of Ohio State’s seven digs in the set. Ohio State showed improved stats in both blocks and digs from previous matches. Szerszen said the Buckeyes have been spending time in practice trying to improve in blocking and controlling the ball for stronger counter-attacks.“We want to serve tough. When we serve tough the other team struggles and then it’s easier for us to get blocks and digs,” Szerszen said. “It’s really frustrating when we do that and then we don’t get those blocks or digs and counter-attack on them. The first couple matches we struggled a little bit with that.”The Buckeyes got off to a slower start in the second set. They battled Penn State point-by point until the two were tied at 14 when Szerszen scored a kill for the side-out and served for an eight-point run. After a service error, Penn State got the ball back, but lost it in the next play when Leeson put the ball down for Ohio State. Though Penn State provided stiff competition for the first half of the second set, Ohio State’s aggressive offense picked back up in the second half, shutting down the Nittany Lions. Penn State redshirt sophomore setter Luke Braswell, named last week’s EIVA player of the week for averaging 9.86 assists per set and helping his team hit an overall hitting percentage of .522, had only four assists in the second set. The team hit a .409 in the second set with six kills and six attacking errors. Penn State lost the second set by 10 points, 25-15.Ohio State started the third set with a large presence on the net, a stark contrast to Penn State’s diminished energy. The Buckeyes hit a .520, with which Penn State could not keep up. The Nittany Lions raised their hitting percentage to .125, but had only eight kills. Ohio State finished the set quickly, beating Penn State 25-17 and sealing the match victory.Topping the kill leaderboard were Hanes (16), Hervoir (10) and Szerszen (9). Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas had fewer assists than usual, but still topped the leaderboard with 29. Szerszen’s 10 digs were the most in the match and Leeson finished first in blocks with four. read more

Lil Wayne vs Oreo Rapper Crumbles Cookies Dreams to Set Facebook World

first_imgIt appears more people like convicted rap stars than delicious chocolate cookies with vanilla frosting inside. That’s right, Lil Wayne has thwarted Oreo’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most “Likes” on Facebook.Lil Wayne asked his 20 million Facebook fans to “Like” his post so that he could break the Guinness World Record for most “Likes” on a post in 24 hours. Within an hour, the rapper had close to 200,000 “Likes,” leaving Oreo in the dust with only 56,615 at that time.According to Mashable, Lil Wayne’s digital manager, Mazy Kazerooni, said she wants people to think of Lil Wayne like they do Bieber and Gaga. AdChoices广告At the time of this post, Lil Wayne had 357,718 “Likes,” and Oreo had only 75,505. It is indeed a sad day for cookie-lovers. I wonder if they have Oreos at Rikers?last_img read more

Android 40 Ice Cream Sandwich the core new features

first_imgAs expected, Google launched the latest iteration of the Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, alongside the Samsung announcement of the Galaxy Nexus. While Samsung certainly wowed the audience with a truly impressive phone, the real star of the show was Android 4.0.Andy Rubin, Matias Duarte, Hugo Barra, and many more iconic Googlers took to the stage to show off the many facets of the new Android OS. At the end of their presentation, they announced that the Android SDK was already online for developers and users to get a deeper look into the new features offered by this upcoming version of Android.While Google offered a terrific demonstration of many of the impressive features in Ice Cream Sandwich, I am somewhat concerned about the overall ability to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich experience, and whether or not manufacturers will be willing to follow in Google’s vision for the future. We’ll tackle that in a separate post, for now, lets focus on the core features of the OS.Total UI OverhaulPlain and simple, if you have never used a Honeycomb tablet, Android 4 will be something of a jarring experience for you. In order to become comfortable with this brave new world, there’s a few things you should know.– The tiles move: Instead of removing all of your Notifications all at once with a clear button, you will have the option to remove individual notifications by simply brushing them off of your notification bar with the swipe of a finger. Additionally, when looking at your previously opened applications you will have the option to sweep individual applications away as well.– Your Notification bar has superpowers: Now called the Action Bar, your top drawer pull down sports a whole new list of features now. First of all, it’s available to you from the lockscreen so you don’t even have to unlock the phone to check incoming email, SMS, etc. Additionally, your Music controls are available from inside the Action bar, meaning not only is your music available to you on the lockscreen, but the developers of your favorite apps will be able to put goodies up there as well.– Your Launcher is customizeable: As a Google Voice user, I have zero need for the stock SMS app for Android, and yet so many phones force it to the dock assuming you want it there. Now, you can pick and choose what you want to go on your launcher dock. When you open the app drawer, you will have access not only to your apps, but also your widgets on a separate tab for quick and easy placement on your homescreen. Oh, and those widgets? All of the Google ones are resizeable, and the API’s are there for developers to be able to do the same to their widgets.Control your phoneWith Android 4.0, you have a lot more say in how your phone behaves, and how it performs. Instead of using your phone and seeing the results when you are finished, you have real-time access to many parts of your phone for better control.– Real time voice input: Instead of speaking a sentence and seeing how right/wrong Google got it, the results show up as you speak them. Additionally, you can double tap any word Google gets wrong and push the change back to Google in the hopes that they wont get it wrong next time.– Choose your own spell check: Maybe English isn’t your language of choice, or maybe you have been on the internet too long and you’d prefer Urban Dictionary to Mirriam-Webster. Google allows you to use any third party dictionary and language kit, and plug it right into their input and spell check system.– Network Data Control: In this day of limits, caps, and insane overage charges, Google has provided users with the tools necessary to control the data that passes over a mobile network. You can shut down mobile data on your phone when you reach a limit that you have set on yourself, or set a warning for when you have consumed a specific amount of mobile data. You can look at a detailed breakdown of which apps are using the most data and when, and you can even stop apps from using data in the background if you don’t want them to.Social ContactsYour contact manager has gotten a pretty serious visual update as well, but believe it or not that’s actually not the significant thing here. Google has seen fit to make your contact manager social in certain ways, in an attempt to unify your phone based communications with your social communications.– The “Me” profile: at the top of your contact manager now is the most important person in your phone, you! Not dissimilar from what you see now on any of Google’s desktop services (the black bar in Gmail, docs, etc) is the “Me” profile. Everything about you is in your Me profile. This includes contact information, social networks, birthday, anything Google has stored on or about you from other services is available to you here.– Unified contacts: Google doesn’t just read up on you, no sir. If your contacts have a Google+ profile, or if you two use the same app with data available to share (Latitude, for example) that information can be made available to you. Want to circle your new Boss on G+ now that your contact manager shows you he’s got one? You can circle him (or uncircle him) right from the contact screen.– Unified calendar: not only are all of your separate calendars glued together and color coded in a nice easy to use way, but apps that you have given permission to play will be able to stick things in your calendar as well.Huge New ThingsWhen iOS 5 came out, the Android fans shouted “Theif!” across the internet. Many of the Android UI changes were likely “inspired” by WebOS and Windows Phone, and to be honest, I hope Google bought licencing from Disney for all the Tron that’s baked into Android 4.0. But Google did see fit to add some really cool tricks that are new to the mobile experience.– Face Unlock: Still struggling to figure out what you are ever going to use that Front Facing Camera for? How about using it to unlock your phone? Unless you have an evil twin, what seems to be the most secure way to lock your phone ever is the ability to lock it to your big smiling mug. The demo for this at the Samsung event didn’t go so well, and I kind of doubt Matias Duarte’s crack about how much makeup he had on affecting the software, but the possibility of using this if it works seems really cool.– All new toys for NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi: Google pulled out the stops on their support of third party toys and apps on Android phones, specifically how they interact with any of the three wireless technologies. Two Android phones with NFC chips inside can share links, photos, videos, whatever, just by setting the devices next to each other, kind of like Bump but way more stable. Support for the Bluetooth Health Device Profile or HDP enabled devices has been enabled, allowing third party medical or fitness devices to interact with your phone. WiFi Direct support was also added to Android 4, supporting peer to peer networks and third party apps that would use those networks for faster transmission of things like movies and music.– Support for Stylus input: in a push to support more education focused devices, Android 4.0 supports controls to distinguish between a finger, stylus, and eraser events. Taking notes in class, drawing on a digital canvas, or maybe just using your device behind thick gloves will be much better supported natively.DevelopersAll of this talk about new features is a ton of fun, but for developers the real shiny new toys are the tools provided to allow them to add the shiny new features to their apps. As expected, Google has delivered API’s for all of the goodies they announced, as well as quite a few other goodies.– All one framework: Tablets, phones, TV’s, and whatever else you can shoehorn Android onto now all function on the same framework. Complete with documentation to prepare your app to support Fragments, the new Action Bar, resizeable widgets, and a much smoother and more stable emulator to test your app on before pushing it to the Android Market.– Further Business support: on an Enterprise level, you can now completely encrypt an Android 4.0 device, offer VPN solutions through the phone, and offer management policies for the cameras on phones that are in secure areas. Managed devices can control both the VPN setting and the Camera policy remotely.Final ThoughtsAndroid 4.0 brings a lot of potential to the Android platform. At Google I/O, we were given to understand that Ice Cream Sandwich would mark the slowing of the release cycles for Google to two per year. If Google sticks with this, there’s a strong chance we will be greeted in the New Year with an impressive onslaught of new tablets, phones, and GoogleTV supported devices ready to take advantage of all this new software.As with all versions of Android, the critical component will be adoption. If OEM’s push ICS to their users in a timely manner, and if there are no huge problems come release time, Ice Cream Sandwich could be the sweetest version yet.last_img read more

Vancouver has housing stock in hopper

first_imgThings are looking brighter in Vancouver when it comes to affordable housing, but only just.The county vacancy rate is 3.9 percent, the median rent has increased 47 percent since December 2015 and families need to make at least $53,200 to afford a two-bedroom unit.But it seems the city’s multifaceted plan to tackle affordable housing and homelessness is on the precipice of working, according to an update presented to the City Council on Monday.“Now we’re coming into more good news,” said Peggy Sheehan, the city’s community development program manager. “We have lots of units in the pipeline.”There are 4,319 units in some form of consideration in Vancouver, meaning developers have paid at least the initial fee to have their project reviewed by city staff. That means they have paid money for the city to look at their project. Of those, 455 are income-restricted. Sheehan said the low-income housing projects are all either under construction or in the final permitting process.The most significant solution to make an impact on affordable housing was Proposition 1, approved by voters in November 2016 to create a funding source for affordable housing projects and preventing homelessness. The Affordable Housing Fund generates $6 million annually for related projects through 2023. The fund has already allocated $4 million to help pay for seven housing projects and will soon allocate its first round of homeless prevention funding.last_img read more