Questions remain despite Australia’s victory in Adelaide

first_imgAustralia’s new-look side delivered the minimum required with a victory over South Africa in the dead rubber third Test on Sunday but there was understandable caution about proclaiming it the dawning of a new era Down Under.The Australians axed half their team and brought in three new caps for the day-nighter in Adelaide after losing the series in an innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart, a fifth straight Test loss that left captain Steve Smith ‘humiliated’.But although Smith lauded the “fight, resilience and character” shown by the team on Sunday, it was a masterful innings from a 29-year-old batsman who made his debut five years ago that laid the groundwork for the seven-wicket victory.Usman Khawaja’s 145 was his country’s only century of the series and finally gave the undoubtedly world class pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood something to bowl at. (Du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia)New cap Peter Handscomb hit a maiden half-century in the first innings and the winning run in the second, while 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw, who had gritted out an unbeaten 34 from 167 balls, was at the other end when the victory was clinched.Middle-order batsman Nic Maddinson failed to score a run in his maiden innings and the recalled Jackson Bird took 3-111 in a solid, if not spectacular, outing as the third seamer.Matt Wade, also recalled, raised the decibel levels behind the stumps but made four runs with the bat as his predecessor as wicketkeeper, Peter Nevill, made a point of his own with 179 not out for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.advertisementWith a three-Test home series against Pakistan coming up next month, a trip to India early next year and a home Ashes series in 12 month’s time, it looks highly likely the selectors will stick with their hand in the short-term. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)After Hobart, coach Darren Lehmann said only Smith, opener Dave Warner and the two pace spearheads were assured of their places in the side.To that quartet must now be added Khawaja, who has been recalled and discarded with regularity over the last five years.Often criticised for his diffidence in a team culture where the pugnacious Warner is offered as the template, the elegant lefthander’s seven-hour epic was proof that there is more than one way to show character on a cricket pitch.As far as South African skipper Faf du Plessis was concerned, Khawaja’s knock was the difference between the team that lost the first two matches and the one that won in Adelaide. (Australia end losing streak with a consolation win)”Hundreds is what changes games for you,” he said.”And that will be the challenge for the Australian team going forward. If they can do that, they will be a good team.”last_img read more

Vidal refuses to gamble with mohawk

first_imgArturo Vidal scoffed at the idea of gambling his iconic hairstyle on Barcelona winning this season’s Champions League at a news conference on Tuesday.A win against PSV on Wednesday will guarantee Barca top spot in in Group B and a last-16 clash against a runner-up from one of the other groups.Vidal highlighted the prospect of winning the Champions League as one of the main motivations behind his move from Bayern Munich to Camp Nou ahead of the 2018-19 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But put to him that he might put his mohawk on the line and shave it off if Barca go all the way in Europe, Vidal was not prepared to entertain the idea.”No way!” he said.”I do hope that Barca wins the Champions League but I’m not going to change my style because of that.”I hope to keep this [hairstyle] as long as I’m playing football.”After playing a bit-part role early in the season, Vidal has seen his time on the pitch increase slightly in recent weeks and played 85 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.”I’m happier with more minutes and I’m playing more,” he added.”I have more confidence, I’m happy and I hope to continue helping the team when they need me.”Barca have special players and I want to feel important. I want to help the team reach its objectives.”I’m in good form but I hope to keep improving. I’m yet to reach my best but I feel good and I feel confident.”last_img read more

Mercedes-Benz launches GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe in India, priced at Rs 74.80 lakh

first_imgGerman carmaker Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe in India, priced at Rs 74.80 lakh (Ex-showroom, India). It is the fourth AMG model bearing the 43 nomenclature to come to India.The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 that spits out 367hp and peak torque of 520Nm. The only gearbox available along with this motor is the 9-speed automatic transmission. It can do the 0-100kmph dash in just 4.9 seconds and an electric nanny limits the speed to 250kmph.At the front, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe sports a chrome dotted grille with a huge Mercedes Benz logo sitting right in the middle. As you head towards the rear, the roof slowly tapers off to become one with the tail lights. The designers have made a healthy use of lines in the design and the car looks fast, even when it is standing still. The wrap around tail lamps gel well with the cars design.The latest addition to Merecedes Benz India’s AMG portfolio, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe has no real competition in India as other premium carmakers do not have a product in the segment.However, comparing the price, it will definitely clash with the Audi S5.Also Read: Mercedes-Benz unveils their first pickup truck everlast_img read more

Mann Ki Baat: GST more than just tax reform, ushers in new culture, says PM Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while hailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a ‘historic reform’, said its implementation is bringing India closer to the dream of ‘One Nation One Market One Tax’.Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in his 34th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today at 11 am. Modi while describing the ‘Good and Simple Tax’ said it is not merely a tax reform, but a means of encouraging honesty and social reform.Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter on Friday to intimate people about the monthly radio broadcast prgramme.He tweeted, “This month’s #MannKiBaat will take place on Sunday, 30th July at 11 AM. Tune in.”This month’s #MannKiBaat will take place on Sunday, 30th July at 11 AM. Tune in. pic.twitter.com/yfz1cxcFkX- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 28, 2017LIVE UPDATES:Destiny, future of country shall be brighter, let us move ahead with this belief. Lots & lots of good wishes to you all. Thank you!But, the way India supported the women’s cricket team shows a shift. I am happy how India took pride in the team’s accomplishmentI once again extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to the young generation of our country, especially our daughtersWe continually see daughters bringing laurels to country in all fields-education, economic activities, sports & scaling new heightsRakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Utsav, Chauth Chandra, Anant Chaturdashi, Durga Pooja, Diwali – will be observed one after otherI have planned to keep my speech short this time – not more than 40-45-50 minutesFor the previous three 15th August speeches, one consistent complaint has been that my speeches tend to be a little lengthyTransform this campaign into peoples’ movement. A Quit India Quiz also being launched for my young friends on  Narendra Modi AppI would like to invite online community, specially young friends to come forward & contribute innovatively for building New IndiaCasteism – Quit India; Communalism – Quit India! The need for today is not ‘Do or Die’Five years from now, we will celebrate 75 years of India’s IndependenceThe ‘Quit India Movement’ was an important milestone in the Indian Freedom MovementFrom 1857 to 1942, people of India with ardent desire for freedom came together fought together and suffered hardshipsBut very few people know the fact that the slogan, ‘Quit India’ was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher AliThis year, we are going to observe the 75th Anniversary of the Quit India MovementQuit India Movement also known as ‘Agast Kranti’ began on 9th August 1942 & on 15th August 1947 India became independentWe’ve been hearing this as natural fact right from childhood & reason is, Non-Cooperation Movement was launched on 1st of Aug 1920My dear countrymen, the month of August is the month of RevolutionAnd this is not just a tax reform; it is a new economic order that will strengthen a new culture of honestyGST is a fine example of the collective strength of the people of India. This is a historic achievementThe lofty dream of One Nation One Tax has finally been fulfilledUsing GSTApp all info. available on your mobile as to how much price of item was earlier & how much will it be nowOne overriding priority for every govt has been to ensure there is no burden on the plate of poor on account of GSTI call GST, Good and Simple Tax. Indeed, it has produced a big positive effect on our economy in a very short time spanEarlier, because of multiple tax structures, max. resources of transport & logistics sector were expended in maintaining paperworkPollution levels have come down with the increased speeds of the trucks. Goods are also being transported much fasterThe time required to cover distances has come down drastically. Highways have become clutter-freeI have been observing how GST has impacted the transport and logistics sector; how movement of trucks has increasedHe used to be apprehensive about GST but now he began to understand it, he feels things became much easier than beforeWhen a person from North-East, someone living in remote areas, in hills or forests, writes letter to communicate that in beginningI feel very happy, satisfied when a poor writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come downIt has been one month since GST was implemented and its benefits can be seen alreadyPeople are still expressing their happiness about GST, and are also eager to know more about itThis time around, there have been innumerable letters and phone calls in regard to GSTWhenever I prepare myself for ‘Mann Ki Baat’, I find that the citizens of our country prepare themselves even moreWeather forecasts are available these days and the concerned technology has become so advanced these daysVolunteers were enlisted, and a people’s organisation set up to work in this situationNDRF teams were deployed. Aapada Mitra, or Friends during Disaster were identified at various placesBefore monsoons, entire govt machinery was brought into state of preparedness through mock drills undertaken at most of the placesA 24×7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situationWe formulated scheme for crop insurance companies, to make them more proactive, to ensure quick settlements of claims for farmersState governments too are making maximum possible efforts on their part to provide relief to the flood affected peopleWherever possible, my colleagues in the Council of Ministers are also personally visiting affected areasFlood affected areas are being closely monitored. Relief efforts have been undertaken on an extensive scaleRecently, in Assam, North-East, Gujarat, Rajasthan & some areas of Bengal have had to bear brunt of natural disastersClimate change, altered weather cycles, and transformations in the environment, are also having a big negative impactBut sometimes, when rain unleashes full force of its fury, we come to realise extent of the destructive might of waterAnimals, birds, flora – nature in its entirety, is filled with the joys of the seasonAlso Read:advertisementadvertisementHow PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ raked in Rs 10 crore profit for All India RadioNarendra Modi’s 33rd Mann ki Baat: PM recalls dark days of emergencyWatch:Mann Ki Baat: Modi assures proactive insurance to farmers facing losses due to floodslast_img read more

David Moyes tells David Unsworth to leave Everton if denied full-time job

first_imgWest Ham United manager David Moyes has asked David Unsworth not to give up on management and consider leaving Everton for a managerial role in the lower leagues if he misses out on the vacant hot seat at Goodison Park.Everton caretaker boss Unsworth’s chances replacing the sacked Ronald Koeman on a permanent basis are looking slim, with British media reporting the Merseyside club held talks with former England boss Sam Allardyce over the position.”If he doesn’t take the Everton job, I think I would be telling Unsy to go and manage somewhere and earn your corn,” Moyes told reporters ahead of West Ham’s Premier League trip to Everton on Wednesday.”If you want to move on, go and get a job in the Championship or League One. I think there has been a generation of really good players out there who I believe should go and manage and try and come up.”I would say earn your stripes first and show you can organise so that you can control the team and show that your training works, all the things that are linked with management and leadership.”Unsworth guided the under-23 side to the Premier League 2 trophy last season but has struggled with the senior squad since taking charge from Koeman, recording just one win from seven matches in all competitions.Moyes, however, does not believe Unsworth should give up hope of being handed the full-time job at Everton just yet.”I think one way or another David Unsworth will still be hoping he will still be Everton manager, and why should he not be? He has to do that,” the 54-year-old Scot, who managed Everton between 2002-13, added.advertisementWest Ham will kick-off Wednesday’s league match in the relegation zone but a victory would see them climb above Everton on the table.last_img read more

Honor View 20 price in India leaked with color variants ahead of January 29 launch

first_imgThe Honor View 20 is set to launch in India on Tuesday, January 29 after being globally announced earlier this week in Paris. We know that the new Honor flagship comes with a punch-hole display, a 48MP camera and a Kirin 980 chipset, among other things. We also know that the View 20 will be exclusively sold on Amazon India. What is still a mystery is the pricing, but it seems that too has now leaked out.According to a report, the Honor View 20’s price in India will start at Rs 35,999, which keeps in line with past rumours as well. This will be for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We expect Honor to launch the 8GB + 128GB variant as well, but there is no detail on its pricing as of now. If the price is true, this means the View 20 will directly take on the OnePlus 6T which is available at Rs 37,999.The Honor View 20 brings a few firsts for the company. It is the company’s first smartphone with a hole in the display and it is also the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP rear camera. The Honor View 20 somes with a glass and metal design with a unique look on the back which involves V-shaped pattern embedded in the glass and a gradient colour scheme in Midnight Black and Blue Sapphire. Both these colour options will be coming to India as per the latest report.The View 20 offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU for advanced AI and machine learning computation. The V20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with super fast charge support and runs Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on topadvertisementHonor’s newest flagship sports a 48MP Sony IMX586 CMOS rear camera that aims to offer superior clarity and detail. The camera also uses pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode.There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. Up front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 launched with punch-hole display, 48MP camera: Price, specs, India launch detailsALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experiencelast_img read more

GAS LEAK CLOSES SGT. BLUFF PRIMARY SCHOOL

first_imgA natural gas leak caused the Sergeant Bluff School district to dismiss students from the Primary School at 1:00 p.m. today.Crews from Mid American Energy and C.W. Suter’s responded to the leak and indicated that there was no immediate danger.The Gas was shut off at the school and the boilers were taken off-line.A statement on the school district website gave Sgt. Bluff Primary student parents the option to pick up their students at 1:00 p.m. at the Primary School or wait until the end of the day and get them at the 3-5 Elementary School.There will not be BASIC after school today.last_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shivam Dube hundred goes in vain as Karnataka beat Mumbai

first_imgVijay Hazare Trophy: Shivam Dube hundred goes in vain as Karnataka beat MumbaiThe Mumbai batsman Shivam Dube’s hundred went in vain as Karnataka edged Mumbai by nine runs in a thriller at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BengaluruOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 20:26 IST Shivam Dube in action (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKarnataka posted a healthy 312/7 on the board and then bundled Mumbai out for 303 in 48.1 oversMumbai batsmen, apart from Shivam Dube, were unable to put up a fightKarnataka 312/7 beat Mumbai 303 all outA blazing 100 by all-rounder Shivam Dube went in vain, as defending champions Mumbai suffered a heartbreaking nine-run defeat against Karnataka in their Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday.Put into bat first at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here, Karnataka posted a healthy 312/7 on the board and then bundled Mumbai out for 303 in 48.1 overs, with pacer Abhimanyu Mithun (3-40) and spinner K Gowtham (3-51) among the wicket-takers.For Karnataka, opener Devdutt Padikkal put up the highest score with 79 runs in 85 balls, striking 10 fours and a six.Padikkal and his opening partner K L Rahul (58) conjured 137 runs for the first wicket.However, Mumbai struck back taking three wickets in quick succession, and left Karnataka teetering at 3-146.Skipper Manish Pandey (62) and Rohan Kadam (32) rallied the innings with 69-run stand for the fourth wicket.As the two were poised for a big score, spinner Dhurmil Matkar removed Kadam in the 38th over.However, Pandey held the fort along with wicket-keeper B R Sharath (28), as they frustrated Mumbai bowlers.Later, a quick-fire unbeaten 22 off 13 balls by K Gowtham ensured that Karnataka went past the 310-run mark.Mumbai batsmen, apart from Dube, were unable to put up a fight.Yashasvi Jaiswal (22), Aditya Tare (32), Siddesh Lad (34) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (11) threw their wickets away, getting Mumbai in trouble at 4-104.However, Dube had other plans as he took on the opposition bowlers and slammed a quick-fire 118 in 67 balls, with seven fours and 10 sixes to get Mumbai close to the target.While wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Dube played his natural aggressive game.advertisementHowever, the experienced Abhimanyu Mithun scalped Dube’s crucial wicket in the 42nd over with Mumbai needing another 36 runs.Dube was the eighth man to be dismissed.After that, Shardul Thakur (26) and Dhawal Kulkarni (11) delayed the inevitable, but eventually Mumbai’s innings folded up in the 48th over.Karnataka grabbed four points from the match.Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh defeated Jharkhand by seven wickets in a rain-hit match, which was reduced to 31 overs.Hyderabad defeated Andhra by seven runs in another rain-soaked match, which was reduced to 20 overs.Brief Scores: Karnataka 312/7 (Devdutt Padikkal 79, Manish Pandey 62; Siddhesh Lad 1-5) beat Mumbai 303 all out (Shivam Dube 118, Siddhesh Lad 34, Abhimanya Mithun 3-40) by nine runs. Karnataka 4 points, Mumbai 0 points.Jharkhand 119 all out (Virat Singh 32, Kumar Deobrat 23; Veer Pratap Singh 5-29, Puneet Datey 3-21) lost to Chhattisgarh 123/3 (Ashutosh Singh 54 not out, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 25 not out; Anand Singh 2-21) by seven wickets. Chhattisgarh 4 points, Jharkhand 0 points.Hyderabad 171/7 (Tilak Verma 83, B Sandeep 28, Prithvi Raj Yaara 2-36) beat Andhra 164/6 (Ricky Bhuvi 58, D B Prashanth Kumar 57; C V Milind 3-39) by seven runs.Also Read | Idlis and chutney: Mayank Agarwal reveals secret behind incredible runAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Vijay Hazare TrophyFollow Shivam Dubelast_img read more

Tourism Minister says SMTE Conference was a Success

first_imgStory Highlights It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success. The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success.The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth.“It was successful based on the outcomes. We have a blueprint for SMTE development. The ‘little man’ also benefited because he was there, and the funding agencies that he requires to provide capital for development were also there,” the Minister told JIS News.“We were able to ensure that the connectivity was there,” he continued.During the conference, the Organization of American States (OAS) committed a total of US$500,000 to building the resilience of Caribbean SMTEs to deal with disasters.The project, which is being executed over two years through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is managed by the OAS Secretariat for Integral Development.Its overarching aim is to reduce the severity, impact and duration of disruptions caused by a disaster on the operations of SMTEs in the Caribbean.The project will help to identify and address the macro (national) and micro (corporate)-level challenges that affect business continuity during and after catastrophic events, as well as to build the capacity of owners, operators and staff of SMTEs to prepare, execute, review, test and update business continuity/multi-hazard contingency plans.last_img read more

Heidi Klum Drake asked me out and I never texted him back

first_img Twitter One round required her to choose between Drake and Joaquin Phoenix, and though she had picked the rapper over several other celebrities up until that point, she ultimately settled on the Walk the Line star instead.Not long after the show aired Drake got in touch to ask Heidi out, but she’d already met her current boyfriend, Tom Kaulitz, by that time.“Sorry Drake but you snooze you lose, you know what I mean? He basically called, like, a week too late,” the 45-year-old explained. “Someone who I know knows him and I guess he asked to have my number, and then he texted me. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so weird’ but then I never texted him back because I found the love of my life.”Though Ellen was stunned by Heidi’s story, the America’s Got Talent judge failed to see any problem with her texting etiquette and reasoned that she wouldn’t have known how to respond.“Like, what do you say?” she asked. “You want to go out? And I’m like, ‘No.’ It’s better not to say anything.”In hindsight, the style icon admitted she was “embarrassed about it” and looked straight at the camera while apologizing to the 31-year-old personally, but added that she is very happy in her relationship with the Tokio Hotel guitarist.And though she quashed any rumours of a secret engagement or marriage, when asked whether she’d be open to the idea in the future, Heidi said, “Maybe,” with a cheeky smile. Advertisement Advertisement Heidi Klum never replied to Drake when he text her asking for a date earlier this year.The supermodel was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, scheduled to air Tuesday night, when the conversation turned to the game of Who’d You Rather? which Heidi played when she last appeared on the show in February, when she was still single. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

ED arrests Zakir Naiks close aide fresh chargesheet soon

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested a “trusted” aide of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case against him and others, officials said.Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak, a jeweller, has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) for his role in “actively assisting Naik and aiding him in money laundering by transferring funds of dubious origin from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community”, the agency said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The agency will also soon file a fresh chargesheet in this case based on fresh evidence, they said. The officials alleged that Sathak had directly sent about Rs 50 crore funds to Naik, which the preacher illegally routed and laundered. Sathak was also the director of M/s Global Broadcasting Corporation FZE LLC that owned Naik’s Peace TV channel, they said. He will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai. It said the company Global Broadcasting was “controlled” by Naik, who is stated to be in Malaysia at present, through Sathak, who was his “trusted aide”.”An amount of Rs 79 crore was received from GBC to Ms Harmony Media Pvt Ltd. But for these monies, it would not have been possible to produce these controversial speeches of Naik and reach wider audiences through Peace TV,” the ED alleged. It claimed that the source of funds remitted by GBC to Harmony Media is “suspicious” as there were no advertisements run on this channel and Sathak had not submitted any details in this context. Naik has been under investigation since 2016, when the Centre banned his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for five years. Indian security agencies have been monitoring him ever since allegations surfaced that he had inspired one of the militants involved in the Dhaka restaurant attack on July 1, 2016, which left 22 people dead.last_img read more

Would You Rather Be An Outfielder For The As Or A Quarterback

chance of reaching level Which sport should Kyler Murray choose?Probability of reaching various performance levels in MLB or NFL for players similar* to Kyler Murray, by sport SportNever made ItScrubDecentGood/Great Baseball14.7%43.1%29.4%12.8% * Similar players in baseball are college hitters selected between no. 5-15 in the draft (since 1965). In football, they are starting QBs for a team ranked among the AP’s preseason top 10 going into the season (since 1990).Performance metrics cover the first 10 years of a player’s career.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs, The Baseball Cube, Pro-football-reference.com, sports-reference.com/CFB Kyler Murray, a student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma, is facing a very good dilemma right now. Murray plays outfield for OU’s baseball team, and he was taken ninth overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Murray also plays quarterback for Oklahoma’s football team — and he’s currently the heir apparent to the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, Baker Mayfield, under center.Murray won’t have to choose between baseball and football right away, but eventually, he will have to pick a path for his athletic future. (Or at least, the immediate future.) What’s a two-sport star to do?Murray is already in lofty company as a multi-talented athlete, since few players have ever been good enough to potentially start at QB for a top college team while also hearing their name called among MLB’s top 10 draft picks. But if you were in Murray’s position, which path — baseball or football — tends to offer the most success, historically speaking? This decision could mean the difference between Murray becoming the next Russell Wilson or the next Drew Henson.To help do the math on Murray’s decision, I used wins above replacement1In this case, an average of the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. to measure the careers of similar baseball players and Approximate Value2Pro-Football-Reference.com’s rough gauge for NFL productivity. to measure the careers of similar football players.3Specifically, I used a weighted sum of a player’s value produced in the first 10 years of his career, giving a player 100 percent credit for his value in his best season, 90 percent credit for his second-best season, 80 percent credit for his third-best season, and so forth.Who counts as “similar”? For baseball, I looked at college hitters since 19654The first year of MLB’s amateur draft. who were drafted between picks No. 5 and 15 overall. For football, I gathered data since 19905Roughly when the modern era of college offenses really began. on college quarterbacks who started6By which I mean, played regularly enough to be the team’s QB of record on Sports-Reference.com’s seasonal passing leaderboards. for a team that ranked in the preseason top 10 going into the year. (AP hasn’t released its preseason rankings for 2018 yet, but the Sooners seem like a safe bet to be included.) Because I looked at the first 10 years of a player’s career, those who were drafted by MLB or started at QB in college after 2008 were not included in the study.Broadly speaking, these groups represent Murray’s current status in each sport. I then broke their careers down into four categories based on their WAR/AV: “never made it” (players who never played a game in the big leagues),7According to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s data, this includes players who were on rosters or practice squads but never actually set foot on the field for a down of a regular-season or playoff game. “scrubs” (guys who played in the bigs but weren’t regulars and had little impact), “decent” players (those who were regulars but not stars) and “good/great” players (generally All-Star level players and above). Here’s how the players comparable to Murray ended up panning out in the pros: Neither path to stardom is guaranteed; in both cases, more than 50 percent of comparable players either failed to play in the big leagues at all or made a minimal impact once there. But the chance of washing out completely are much lower — by a factor of about three — for highly drafted baseball prospects than for college quarterbacks at top programs. Likewise, the odds of stardom, or simply having a solid career, are much higher for baseball players like Murray than for football players like him.As my research has shown in the past, college hitters (like Murray) tend to be very reliable picks relative to the rest of baseball’s draft crapshoot. Meanwhile, top-level starting college QBs can range from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to Gino Torretta and Thad Busby. Add in Murray’s MLB draft signing bonus (the No. 9 slot carries a value of about $4.8 million), the higher average salary for MLB vs. the NFL in general (even the average QB makes only about a half-million dollars more per year than the overall MLB average) and the concerns that Murray’s height — he’s 5-foot-10 — might prevent him from playing quarterback in the NFL, and it seems obvious that Murray should pick baseball.In fact, to cut down on the injury risk, perhaps Murray should forgo football next season, even though the NCAA does allow players to retain their amateur status in football after signing in baseball. (I realize the temptation to put up ridiculous, Mayfield-esque stats in Oklahoma’s offense is difficult to resist.)Of course, if he doesn’t want to choose, Murray can always take the Tim Tebow path — the Mets are always looking for former QBs who are turning back to baseball in the twilight of their athletic careers. Football43.2%39.1%13.0%4.7% read more

Region 9 REO granted bail for sexual assault charge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmbattled Parker was still on the job long after Bulkan said he was interdicted from dutyJune 2, 2017In “latest news”Region Nine REO interdicted from duty – Minister BulkanFebruary 21, 2017In “latest news”Letter: Until Parker is removed, Communities Ministry will be deemed complicit in tyrannyFebruary 15, 2017In “Letters” The Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Nine was earlier today granted bail in the sum of $200,000 when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on a sexual assault charge. It is alleged that Carl Parker, 53, of Cenotaph Boulevard, Lethem, Region Nine had sexually assaulted a young lady on June 13, 2016 at Yupukari, Central Rupununi, during a village outreach he had hosted. Carl Parker left the courtroom in smiles as media operatives took his photoParker’s Attorney-at-Law, Jerome Khan told media operatives that the accused is a victim and his situation a “perfect political storm,” the intention of which is to have Parker removed from his position. The REO’s lawyer noted that there are allegations that Parker was switching his support from APNU-AFC administration after he followed the procurement act and refused to award contracts to APNU-AFC supporters in Region Nine. The matter was held in court today outside the view of the public for security reasons applicable to sexual offence cases.  Khan’s lawyer however, told media operatives, that he poked holes in the allegation made against his client, stating that the incident was only reported in December of 2016 and not when it had reportedly occurred in June.The Defense Attorney said that he also informed the court that following this alleged assault, the virtual complainant maintained a friendly relationship with Parker, and even visited his home on many occasions. Parker is expected to return to court on February 16, 2017. He is not expected to return to work however, as Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan was quoted in other sections of the media saying that Parker will be removed form his post ‘with immediate effect’ after the charges were laid against him. read more

Gang who flew in Lithuanian brides to UK as part of sham

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Kabliuk Short URL A GANG WHO flew Lithuanian brides into the UK as part of an immigration scam were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court in London today.Ringleaders Lina Kezelyte, 33, and Mohemmed Jemaldeen, 33, ‘match-made’ the brides with their grooms, who were men from south Asian and west African countries who had tried and failed to get visas to remain in the UK by other means.By paying the gang to arrange for them to marry women from Lithuania, an EU nation, they could claim residency in the UK.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the gang saw 26 Lithuanian brides wed to grooms from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria and Nepal, making an estimated £315,000 (about €360,000).In a statement, the CPS said Valentina Kezeliene, 53, the mother of Lina Kezelyte, laundered money and booked flights. Three others helped move money and attended the fake weddings.Swapping roles at weddingsThe scam ended in October 2013 when a wedding ceremony was interrupted by immigration officers.The bride and groom were arrested and subsequently charged and convicted. One of the guests, Beata Jarmolovic, aged 28, had a camera containing photos of six separate weddings but with brides and bridesmaids swapping roles.The sentences include:Lina Kezelyte, 33,  conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration – four and a half yearsMohemmed Jemaldeen, 33, was tried and sentenced in his absence for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration – four yearsValentina Kezeliene, 53, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration – two and a half yearsRuta Sperskaite, 25, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration – two years suspended for two years, plus 200 hours unpaid workRenato Semasko, 53, convert criminal proceeds – 18 months suspended for 18 months, plus 200 hours unpaid workBeata Jarmolovic, 28, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration – Sentencing will take place on MondayRobert Hutchinson, a CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: “This gang made large amounts of money conducting sham marriages as part of an immigration scam involving flying Lithuanian women to the UK.The prosecution case involved looking at suspicious bank transfers, hundreds of flight bookings made for Lithuanian women and forensic analysis of a seized laptop containing crib sheets of questions likely to be asked in immigration interviews.“We showed that the claim made by Lina Kezelyte that this was a legitimate international dating agency did not stand up to scrutiny. This case shows that anyone who tries to circumvent UK immigration law in this way will face prosecution with a strong case put before the court,” Hutchinson said.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Extremist who called Jewish people ‘subhuman animals’ jailed in LondonRead: Murder inquiry begins in the North after body of 29-year-old found By Órla Ryan File photo Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Kabliuk Friday 10 Mar 2017, 6:26 PM Share Tweet Email1 10,315 Views center_img http://jrnl.ie/3281750 Mar 10th 2017, 6:26 PM No Comments Gang who flew in Lithuanian brides to UK as part of sham marriage scam jailed People involved in the scam swapped roles in fake bridal parties. File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Autisme lâge avancé de la mère serait un facteur de risque

first_imgAutisme : l’âge avancé de la mère serait un facteur de risqueCalifornie – Une étude publiée dans la revue médicale Autism Research montre que le risque d’avoir un enfant autiste croît avec l’âge de la mère.Cette étude, réalisée sur 4,9 millions de naissances, remet en question les théories qui voulaient que le père d’âge avancé soit l’unique facteur décisif en ce qui concerne l’autisme de l’enfant. Pour tirer ces conclusions, les auteurs ont analysé toutes les naissances qui ont eu lieu entre le 1er janvier 1990 et le 31 décembre 1999 grâce aux actes d’état civil électroniques où étaient mentionnés les âges des deux parents. Selon eux, toutes les tranches de cinq ans, la femme a 18% de risque en plus de donner naissance à un futur enfant autiste. Ainsi, une femme de 40 ans aurait 50% de risques supplémentaires qu’une femme âgée de 25 à 30 ans.  Le facteur paternel n’est pas pour autant exclu. Le père d’âge avancé est un facteur de risque seulement si la mère est âgée de moins de trente ans. Il y aurait alors deux fois plus de risque d’avoir un enfant autiste que si le père a entre 25 et 30 ans. L’étude dévoile que ces dix dernières années, les accouchements après 40 ans ont augmenté d’environ 300% et les diagnostics d’autisme de 600%. On peut toutefois noter que cette augmentation serait en partie due à un meilleur dépistage de la maladie. Maureen Durkin, chercheuse à l’université du Wisconsin, tient à préciser que le risque pour une femme de plus de 40 ans de donner naissance à un enfant autiste est tout de même inférieur à 4 pour 1.000. Cette étude pourrait bien faire changer la situation en France où le diagnostic de l’autisme est établi chez l’enfant seulement à partir de 3 ans. D’autres pays, notamment anglo-saxons, commencent à le faire dès 18 mois. Cela fait pourtant 40 ans que cette prise en charge tardive est restée la même dans l’Hexagone.Le 9 février 2010 à 13:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Instagram could add new ways to Boomerang

first_img 0 Tags Instagram could be about to give Boomerang an update.  Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Fan of Instagram’s Boomerang feature? Then you’re in luck, as Instagram seems set to add a lot more to the filter. According to noted app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook’s photo-sharing service looks to be readying a number of new updates to the popular video mode. Among the new options are: Hold, which adds pauses to the end of the loopDynamic, which adds “wiggles” to the end of each loopSlow-moDuo, a slightly slower or faster (depending on preference) version of the traditional BoomerangWong found the new unannounced features hidden inside the company’s Android app, bringing them out and sharing what they look like on Twitter on and on her website. Post a comment In addition to the new filters, Wong also discovered new grid layouts for Stories, the ability to share comments, new Story Camera icons and new settings for notifications on the app and website.  It’s unclear when Instagram might release the features, or if they’ll all end up coming to the public apps. Instagram didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. How to post to Instagram from a computer Instagram tips from 7 pros with thousands of followers Share your voicecenter_img Mobile Photography Mobile Apps 1:48 I recreated Instagram’s unreleased Boomerang modes for my blogWas figuring out a better way to preview the feature than a list of videos. Prototyped a bit and this is the result :DMight’ve spent too much time making it but I’m proud of it! :Dhttps://t.co/jdCEHAIaOB pic.twitter.com/n6Af9M9tjv— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 15, 2019 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Rumors Instagramlast_img read more

BNP sees no alternative to immediate army deployment

first_imgBNP on Wednesday demanded immediate army deployment to prevent pre-election violence and ensure proper election atmosphere across the country, reports UNB.”Being alienated from people for their misrule, the ruling party cadres are carrying out violence all over the country in a planned way. The fascist regime has got desperate to hold a voter-less election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “Awami League and the law enforcers have got desperate to keep people away from the election. There’s no alternative to immediate army deployment the way the level of violence is heightening.”Rizvi claimed that their party candidates and their supporters came under attack by Awami League men in 18 districts on Wednesday, apart from the attack on the motorcade of their party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Thakurgaon.Besides, he alleged that the ruling party followers attacked the houses of their leaders and activists at different parts of the country. “The Awami cadres also attacked the election campaigns of our candidates at many places today (Wednesday) as well.”The BNP leader said Awami League is attacking their followers and repressing them to force BNP to quit the election race. “An appalling situation has been prevailing in the country while the opposition leaders and activists are being attacked or arrested.”He said people are witnessing a ‘bizarre’ election as ruling party leaders are carrying out electioneering with police protocol while opposition activists are being arrested even from their houses and party offices.last_img read more

Doctor Who Comic Crossover Concludes With Omega

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Let me tell you a story about a TARDIS that just wanted some peace.It’s called “The Lost Dimension: Omega,” and it’s the grand finale of Titan Comics’ epic Doctor Who crossover.Over the past month, the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors have traversed all of space and time, trying to stop white holes of the Void from tearing apart the universe.Since the super accessible premiere issue hit shelves in October, the somewhat haphazard “Lost Dimension” series has taken readers to every end of the universe. But none of the Doctors’ individual stories (or those of his companions) measured up to the original story told in “Alpha.”A wonderful throwback for long-time fans, mashup is a nonstop bundle of excitement from tried-and-true Whovian writers George Mann and Cavan Scott, who also penned “Omega.”This week’s tale, while page-turningly lively, didn’t quite capture the spirit of its predecessor.“The Lost Dimension: Omega” variant covers (via Titan Comics)What it does particularly well, however, is wrapping up an eight-plus-issue plotline in a tidy bow (tie), with cameos from every incarnation of the titular Time Lord, and some fun interactions between our modern heroes.And with some beautiful art by Mariano Laclaustra (and assistants Fer Centurion). (It may be worth buying an extra copy of “Omega,” just to rip out a few pages to use as home decor.)The 32-page “The Lost Dimension: Omega” is on sale now for $3.99. Titan also this week released “Special #2,” featuring River Song and the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny.Now that the mystery of the Void has been solved and everyone returned to their rightful timelines, you can return to your regularly scheduled Doctor Who comics: The adventure continues for the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors this month.And, start the countdown to Christmas, when the First and Twelfth Doctor team up to save the world (duh) in this year’s holiday special, “Twice Upon a Time.” The festive episode marks the end for showrunner Steven Moffat and star Peter Capaldi, among other cast and crew, and introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.last_img read more

Origin of the Frisbee – An Empty Pie Plate and the Planet

first_imgWalter ‘Fred’ Morrison was not the kind of man to wait around for something to happen. A carpenter by trade and a natural salesman, he always had an eye for new inventions and it was selling a pie tin to a stranger that would be the inspiration for what would become a worldwide phenomenon. Back in 1871, William Russell Frisbie was making delicious fresh pies out of his home kitchen in Bridgeport, Connecticut. As the Frisbie Pie website tells us, by 1915 the family had moved their business to a three-story Bridgeport bakery and the Frisbie Pie Company was born.By 1920, Frisbie Pies were a resounding success, making over 50,000 pies a day, but it was the pie tins themselves that would lead to a new kind of revolution.Frisbie’s Pies 1920s delivery truck.Another big player in Connecticut is the Ivy League College Yale, and the Frisbie Pie Company listed Yale as one of its customers. The official Yale College website stakes a big claim in the invention of the Frisbee, alleging that as far back as 1920, students would throw around Frisbie pie tins during their study breaks.Frisbie pie tin. Photo by Doug Coldwell CC BY-SA 3.0Other legends have it that the whole town of Bridgeport was in on the game and once they had eaten their pie they would throw the pie tins from roofs and shouting “Frisbie!” to warn any unwitting passer-by to watch their heads, much like the golfing shout of “Fore!”.A frisbee made by Wham-O.Fast forward to 1957 and the Wham-O Toy Company (famous as the creators of that other circular plastic toy, the hula-hoop) has just bought the rights to a toy called the Pluto Platter.A dog jumping to catch a frisbee.As reported by the New York Times, Fred Morrison had been developing the concept since 1941, firstly naming it the “Whirl-o-Way” and then the “Flyin’ Saucer” but it wasn’t until it’s third incantation as the Pluto Platter with its aerodynamic shape and intergalactic raised print that the idea started to catch on. Morrison, ever the businessman, sold the idea to Wham-O for lifetime royalty rights.A frisbee containing some of the ashes of Ed Headrick. On display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not, London. Photo by Chemical Engineer CC BY-SA 4.0Within six months of buying the design, according to the New York Times, the executives at Wham-O decided to try out the popular name used by the kids in Connecticut and renamed the Pluto Platter the Frisbee.Refreshment In The Workplace (1951)They removed the intergalactic design and the Frisbee was born, becoming an international sensation and adding a new verb, “frisbee-ing,” to the English language.People have invented scores of games using this simple toy.When Fred Morrison was interviewed by the New York Times for the 50th anniversary of the Frisbee in 2007, he reported that he wasn’t really sold on the new name for the Pluto Platter when it was first pitched to him. “I thought Frisbee was a terrible name,” Morrison said. “I thought it was insane.”Goodtimes Frisbee Show poster created by Ken Westerfield 1980. Photo by Ken Westerfield CC BY-SA 3.0However, after the resounding success of the Frisbee and the clever business deal made with Wham-O he had a change of heart, jokingly saying, “It just goes to show I am a bad judge of names.”The first Frisbee ever designed for a Frisbee disc sport competition, 1972. Photo byAudra454 CC BY-SA 4.0From hamburgers and pizza to the Frisbee, Yale College seems to have a tradition of claiming “firsts.” We may never be able to pinpoint the exact moment that the Frisbee was invented but realistically, nothing exists in a vacuum, especially not good ideas. It was the right time and Fred Morrison was the right man to bring the Frisbee into the public imagination.Read another story from us: The Remarkable Turnspit Dog, a Breed Specially Designed to Help in the KitchenAs quoted in Time Magazine, Dr. Stancil Johnson, who serves as Frisbee’s official historian when not practicing psychiatry, states the reason that Frisbee has remained one of the most popular toys through the generations is that they are “the perfect marriage between man’s greatest tool—his hand—and his greatest dream —to fly.”last_img read more

Assumed dynasties never last as long as you think

first_imgIn The Herd today:Colin’s Takes:Assumed dynasties never last as long as you think.NFL Over/Under picks.The Lakers should sign Harrison Barnes.The NBA Western Conference is like SEC Football.Why he never eats steak alone.Today’s Guests include:Chris Mannix –Yahoo’s “The Vertical” writer analyzes the NBA Draft, Conference Finals, the surging Cavs, and upcoming free agency.Bill Plaschke – Longtime L.A Times columnist joined Colin to talk all things Lakers, including how they’ll approach the NBA Draft, free agency, and the recent hiring of Head Coach Luke Walton.last_img read more