10 years ago: India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in epic final to claim inaugural World T20 title

first_imgThis will always be remembered as one of the golden days in the history of Indian cricket as MS Dhoni’s young brigade won the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.India won the inaugural World T20 on Sepetember 24, 2007 as the MS Dhoni-led side beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in the Johannesburg final.After an embarrassing group stage exit in 2007 World Cup in West Indies — a tournament in which the team went in as favourites — it was decided that India would send a rather young side for the T20 World Cup.ICC Twitter Photo The inaugural World T20 changed the landscape of Twenty20 cricket with India going from outsiders — they barely had a domestic T20 setup owing to the BCCI’s apathy towards the format — to lifting the title at a packed The Wanderers after beating arch-rivals Pakistan in an epic final.India won the toss and elected to bat first in the final. Gautam Gambhir was the star with the bat for India, hitting 75 off 54 balls to get the total to 157 for 5. Further, Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 16-ball 30 proved a crucial cameo in the match.As far as the bowling was concerned, RP Singh struck early with the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal, and Irfan was excellent with figures of 3/16 in his quota as India took the driver’s seat. Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and never seemed to be on top of the chase.Already 10yrs when we ???? won T20 world cup in South Africa 2007..feel like it happen yesterday.What a day it was for all of us @BCCI ?????? pic.twitter.com/jmBSyw64GYadvertisement- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 24, 2017Although Pakistan began to regain some momentum after Misbah hit Harbhajan Singh for three sixes in the 17th over but Joginder Sharma again turned the tide in India’s favour.Pakistan needed just 13 from their last over with one wicket in hand.Dhoni after a long discussion handed over the ball to Joginder Sharma but the Haryana all-rounder started off with a wide and Misbah deposited the second ball of the over for a maximum.It looked like Pakistan would pull off a memorable win when Misbah cheekily looked to scoop Joginder over short fine-leg with just 6 runs required off 4 balls.He failed to connect properly and Sreesanth took the catch as India went onto win the World Cup.ICC Twitter Photo No one took T20 seriously back then, especially the BCCI who laughed at idea of a 20-over cricket match. The fans too didn’t expect much from the team.But India started off well and kept on gaining momentum throughout the tournament, losing only once against New Zealand.The final against arch-rivals Pakistan was a match made in heaven. India had already beaten them in the group stages in a bowl-out, after the match had ended in a tie.It was one of the biggest victories of MS Dhoni’s career which wrote a new chapter in the history of Indian cricket.Further, it also established him as one of the greatest skippers to lead India apart from earning him the title of ‘Captain cool’.last_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Early Score Predictions For Week 4’s Biggest Games

first_imgStanford's football team huddled up on the field next to a PAC-12 logo.PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 07: The Stanford Cardinal huddle in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Week 4 of the college football season is on the horizon. This is when you start to see conference title chases begin to take shape.There are some really intriguing matchups coming up this week, including a major Pac-12 showdown, two big SEC games and the return of Urban Meyer for Ohio State.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 4.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games.You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.last_img read more

From Props to Propeller a HomeBrewed Success Story

first_imgJohn Allen, the founder and president of Propeller Brewing Company in Halifax, recalls the defining moment that led to his transformation from prop master to brewmaster. “I was standing in an artificial rainstorm in the middle of the night trying to light actors’ cigarettes,” he says. “And I was cold, and I kept thinking, ‘I don’t want to be doing this in 10 years’ time,’ and that’s when I had my epiphany — I had to go for it.” And he has. The microbrewery, which opened in 1997, has received international recognition for its products and earned a loyal following. Creativity, resourcefulness and a commitment to quality have all played a part in Propeller’s success. Propeller makes five types of beer year-round — extra special bitter, pale ale, London-style porter, honey wheat ale and India pale ale (IPA). The microbrewery also produces a selection of seasonal ales such as its Revolution Russian Imperial Stout, a new Czech-style Pilsner and Propeller Pumpkin Ale. Propeller also makes all-natural, preservative-free sodas in the flavours of root beer, ginger beer, orange soda and vanilla cream soda. Honey from the Annapolis Valley’s Cosman and Whidden Honey Limited is an ingredient in the vanilla cream soda and in honey wheat ale. “Our two original brands were pale ale and bitter — two of my favourites,” Allen says. “After that, as we increased our capacity, it became beer styles and flavours of sodas that interested us.” In addition to its own retail store, which fronts the microbrewery in downtown Halifax, Propeller’s beer can be found in Nova Scotia liquor stores and is on tap in about 80 restaurants and bars throughout the province. Its soda is available in 80 to 100 Nova Scotia bars, restaurants, corner stores, delis, markets and health food stores. While it ships to other provinces, including New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia, Propeller’s focus has always been Nova Scotia. “We’ve been averaging a 20 to 22 per cent increase in revenues year over year for three years,” Allen says. “Ninety-five per cent of that is Nova Scotia growth, which is good because this is where we’re from and this is where we do business.” That is not to say its reputation hasn’t spread beyond provincial borders. In 2006 and 2007, Propeller’s IPA and Extra Special Bitter struck gold at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. Closer to home, the microbrewery’s pale ale won a silver medal at the 2006 Canadian Brewing Awards, and its London-style porter won silver at the 2007 competition. Propeller’s growth from a two-person to an 18-person operation, and its significant increase in production, have required creativity and resourcefulness. In fact, the microbrewery has added five fermenters in the last 12 months, essentially doubling its capacity. “I was a very naive entrepreneur and was quite prepared for Propeller to remain a very, very small keg-only operation,” says Allen. “When we had to keep expanding, we had to be resourceful — bottling, labelling, distribution, all that kind of stuff, with very limited funds to operate with was quite challenging.” Allen says creativity comes into play from the beer-making process itself through to coming up with seasonal offerings and label design. It is also evident in his decision to adopt a concept used by others in the brewing industry — the growler. The most popular item in Propeller’s retail store, the growler holds roughly the equivalent of a six-pack of beer. Customers put down an $8 deposit on the glass bottle and pay $8 for it to be filled with the beer. The customer can swap an empty bottle for a clean one and refill it as desired, or get the original deposit back. “People like it — there’s no wasted packaging, no boxes, just the one bottle, and it’s a big deposit, so they always bring them back,” Allen says. “I anticipated doing 25 a week … We average about 90 per day through the summer.” While Propeller can now brew the equivalent of 600 cases of beer a day, keeping up with demand remains a challenge. Allen says the microbrewery is trying to avoid having to expand into a bigger building. Fittingly for the former film industry worker, the microbrewery is on the site previously occupied by Wormwoods Cinema, and Propeller’s bottling line and packaging area are where Critic’s Choice Video used to be. While the microbrewery has experienced substantial growth, quality — the priority for Propeller since its beginning — has not been sacrificed. “We say we only make beer that we want to drink ourselves, so we don’t make any compromises on that,” Allen says. Jenny Osburn owns the Union Street Café and The Wick Pub in Berwick. She first encountered Propeller’s extra special bitter when she was working at a downtown Halifax pub, and she says it became “my beer of choice.” Today, she has the bitter on tap and a second tap that offers a rotating selection of Propeller products. “I’m definitely a loyal fan,” she says. “Essentially their product is very consistent but still manages to have a real small-batch flavour, which is kind of a delicate balance. It’s award winning and it tastes great.” Allen attributes that success to the climate in the province he’s happy to call home. He says, “Halifax is a very nice size city, big enough to support a pretty wide range of businesses, including ours. Plus, we’re half an hour from our little house on the sea.” “There are a lot of things possible here, and I think I experienced that to some degree in the film business,” he says. “That business grew from almost nothing to a pretty vibrant industry over the 12 or 13 years that I worked in it. And why not? Why not Nova Scotia? There is a very good quality of life here.” -30-last_img read more

Nova Scotians Receive Diamond Jubilee Medals

first_img “This is a great honour,” said Robert Layton. “Receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal wasn’t something that was on my bucket list. My many years of volunteering in the fire service has been to help others in need. I enjoy this community service, it is what living in a rural Colchester County community is all about. Thank you for this honour.” Throughout the year, the Diamond Jubilee medal will be awarded to 60,000 deserving Canadians. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee and the medal, visit http://novascotia.ca/diamondjubilee . Five deserving Nova Scotians were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal today, Aug. 20, for their contributions to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter presented the medals at a ceremony in Brookfield, Colchester Co. “The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates outstanding contributions made by Canadians and Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s recipients are making Nova Scotia a better place to live, and are great examples of what can be achieved when you get involved in your community.” The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, and honours her service and dedication to Canada. Hundreds of Nova Scotians will be honoured throughout the year with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Today’s recipients were nominated personally by the premier. The medal recipients are: Carl Douglas Elliott (Economy) Terrance (Terry) Campbell Henderson (Brookfield) Robert Francis Layton (Great Village) Judith Margaret Matheson (Brookfield) Jenna Snelgrove (Lantz)last_img read more

1 killed another hurt as unidentified vehicle hits them

first_imgNoida: A 52-year-old man was killed while his wife sustained critical injuries after an unknown vehicle hit them on early Friday morning when they had gone for a morning walk in sector 45 area of Noida.According to police, the victims have been identified as Chetak Singh Chauhan and his wife Sarvesh, residents of Sadar Sarai in Sector 45. Cops said that Chauhan died while being taken to the hospital while his wife is still battling for life. “The incident occurred around 5:30 am when the couple had gone for a morning walk. A passerby informed police about the injured couple and a team rushed to the spot,” said Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Station House Officer of sector 39 police station in Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarNoida. “The victims were taken to nearby private hospital where doctors declared Chauhan dead on arrival while his wife, who has been critically injured in the incident, is undergoing treatment,” Sharma added. Meanwhile police have registered a case into the matter. “Following the incident and based on complaint filed by victim’s family, a case under section 304 A (causing death due to negligence) has been registered against the unidentified driver of the vehicle. We are trying to get CCTV footage of nearby area to identify the accused while further investigations are underway,” Sharma further added.last_img read more

Tajikistan probes poisoning deaths of 14 prisoners

first_imgDushanbe: Tajikistan has opened a criminal investigation after 14 prisoners were fatally poisoned while they were being transported between jails, the justice ministry said Monday, suggesting that another inmate may have given them contaminated bread. The incident happened on Sunday as more than a hundred prisoners, including eight women, were being transferred in a convoy from prisons in the north of the Central Asian country to jails in the south. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The justice ministry said in a statement that a prisoner handed around bread to a group of 16 inmates travelling in one of the vehicles during a stop on the journey. It said that “16 prisoners, who were in the back of one of the cars, experienced nausea, dizziness, vomiting” half an hour after consuming the bread. Medical staff were only able to save the lives of two of the prisoners, according to the statement, which was relayed by the Khovar state information agency. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The state prosecutor had opened a criminal case into the incident, the ministry said. It comes after a riot inside a prison close to the country’s capital Dushanbe in May left 32 people dead including three guards, sparking fears over the security of prisons in the country. Authorities blamed the Islamic State group for the riot. In November 2018, another riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand, a city in the northeast of the country. That riot was initiated by a former IS member seeking to spark a mass escape, authorities said. Tajikistan, the poorest country to claim independence from the Soviet Union, endured a five-year civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives shortly after the bloc’s collapse. Rights groups regularly criticise the reign of 66-year-old President Emomali Rakhmon, who has led Muslim-majority country since 1992, tolerating little opposition.last_img read more

Netflix UnitedHealth and Edwards climb Wells Fargo dips

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Netflix Inc., up $21.70 to $354.64The video streaming company said it will raise prices for its U.S. subscribers.Microsoft Corp., up $2.96 to $105.01Technology stocks got a boost from news that China is moving to stimulate economic growth.Wells Fargo & Co., down 75 cents to $47.67The consumer bank’s revenue fell short of expectations as its business remains restrained by federal regulators.Sherwin-Williams Co., down $16.36 to $381.44The paint and coatings maker gave disappointing forecasts and said its sales weakened in October and November.CVS Health Corp., down $1.60 to $63.74The company said Walmart is leaving its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.UnitedHealth Group Inc., up $8.81 to $256.87The largest U.S. health insurer had a stronger-than-expected fourth quarter.Edwards Lifesciences Corp., up $12.60 to $162.09The medical device company said it paid $180 million to settle a series of patent disputes with Boston Scientific.First Republic Bank, up $9.99 to $94.33The bank’s profit was better than analysts expected and its revenue was far higher than anticipated.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Heres how to navigate EI—from applying to appealing—amidst a stuttering economy

Jeremie Dhavernas carries the weary, battle-ready look of someone slugging it out in a perpetual war.In the fight against poverty, the Quebec community worker is enlisted to help people navigate the employment insurance system.“It’s a very complicated program, even just getting through to get information about it,” he said at the office of Mouvement Action-Chomage de Montreal, translated as the Montreal unemployment action movement.In the wake of General Motors’ announcement in November that it plans to shutter its Oshawa assembly plant this year — affecting nearly 3,000 unionized workers and staff — and an economy that shows signs of cooling, experts say Canadians would be wise to brush up on EI and stay alert to its limitations.Typically, anyone who loses their job through no fault of their own — layoffs or work shortages, for example — is entitled to benefits.Those benefits amount to 55 per cent of your weekly wage, up to a maximum takeaway of $562 per week. The cutoff point is a salary of $53,100, above which recipients receive the same amount regardless of income.Benefits flow for between 14 and 45 weeks, depending on the number of hours worked in the past year and the regional unemployment rate. The minimum threshold for time worked varies by region and hinges on employment levels.In Vancouver, where unemployment is below 6.1 per cent, an applicant needs to have worked 700 hours over the last year to be eligible. That amounts to more than four months of full-time work at eight hours a day.Workers in eastern Nova Scotia, where unemployment sits north of 13 per cent, need only have laboured for 420 hours.The most that any one recipient could reap in regular benefits is about $25,300 in high-unemployment regions and $21,350 in low-unemployment regions.The application process begins at Canada’s employment insurance benefits page, which lists the personal information and employment details needed to file a request.The earlier you start the better — even without a record of employment from your employer, which they are obliged to provide — since a filing delay of more than four weeks after your last day of work can cost you benefits, the government warns.Employment and Social Development Canada said in an email that “the EI rules can be complicated and everyone’s situation is unique.”“Service Canada agents undergo extensive training so that they can provide assistance to you, and ensure you receive all benefits to which you are entitled,” the department said.Neil Cohen, executive director of the Community Unemployed Help Centre in Winnipeg, said many of the people he helps wind up waiting two or three months for a decision on their claims application.“The program has really been gutted to a large extent,” he said, citing higher thresholds for hours worked since the early 1990s. “That’s a huge problem, particularly for part-time workers, contract workers — often women and marginalized communities.”The appeals process can be exhausting as well, Cohen said.The Harper government overhauled the system, paring down a tripartite appeals panel that had representation from labour, business and government to a single adjudicator.Donna Wood, an adjunct professor in political science at the University of Victoria, called on the government to restore the Canada Employment Insurance Commission to a more independent status with more authority to adjust premiums.“We’ve got a pretty meagre insurance program…It’s better than the United States for sure, but compared to most European countries, it’s pretty skimpy,” Wood said.Most urgently, though, potential recipients should apply as soon as they can, and seek out the help of community organizations, she said.Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

BlackBerry Ltd gets 750 million boost from EDCs Vodafone loan

The loan to Vodafone provides BlackBerry with a boost of confidence as chief executive John Chen works to turn around the smartphone company, which has fallen out of favour in the consumer market.BlackBerry has faced an onslaught of competition for its longtime business customers from the likes of Apple, Samsung and other larger companies.Last month, BlackBerry announced it would partner with Samsung to make its mobile security technology available for the Android operating system next year. The security offering will be made available through Rogers in Canada and Vodafone in the U.K.For the third-quarter, analysts are estimating BlackBerry generated about US$925 million of revenue, which would be down about 22% from the comparable period last year.According to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, analysts estimate BlackBerry will have reduced its third-quarter net loss to about five cents per share on an adjusted basis — an improvement compared with a year-earlier loss of 67 cents per share. TORONTO — BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is getting a major boost from Export Development Canada, as part of US$850 million in financial assistance being given to European telecom giant Vodafone.The Crown corporation has struck a five-year loan agreement with the telecom company, which includes a commitment of $750 million to BlackBerry’s handsets, software and support services.“It’s right across the board, so they’ll be buying everything from BlackBerry,” EDC spokesman Phil Taylor said in an interview on Tuesday.The announcement comes as BlackBerry prepares to launch the Classic, an updated version of its popular older keyboard smartphones, on Wednesday. The Waterloo, Ont-based company is also slated to report its third-quarter financial results on Friday.EDC provides financing to international companies to help promote Canadian goods and services, or other international relationships.The loan to Vodafone includes $100 million dedicated to “corporate purposes” supported by the EDC, which include making business connections with Canadian supply chain companies that match where Vodafone wants to grow its business, Taylor said.‘They need another hit’: BlackBerry Ltd seeks return to its roots with upcoming Classic smartphone launchBlackBerry Ltd has a plan for China — but it won’t involve a takeover, says ChenBlackBerry Ltd offers iPhone users up to $600 to switch to its Passport smartphoneIt is the second time the EDC has loaned money to Vodafone. In 2012, the London-based telecom provider received a $750-million loan that was recently repaid by the company, Taylor said.Last year, Spanish telecom company Telefonica was loaned 200 million euros, or about $265 million, by the EDC to buy BlackBerry phones and services.Vodafone is a longtime partner with BlackBerry, carrying its phones during its early rise to fame in the early 2000s. It operates in 26 countries and has 438 million mobile customers.Simon Dawson/Bloomberg read more

Catalyst Capital raises number of HBC shares its seeking to 198 million

TORONTO — Investment firm Catalyst Capital Group Inc. says it has boosted the number of Hudson’s Bay Co. shares it’s seeking to buy in an effort to oppose a proposal to privatize the retailer.The firm says it is now seeking to buy up to 19.8 million shares at $10.11 each, up from 14.8 million shares, for a total bid value of $200 million.The offer, seeking about 10.75 per cent of outstanding shares, came after an insider group led by board chairman Richard Baker made a bid in June of $9.45 per share to take the retailer private.Catalyst says the Baker-led offer greatly undervalues the company, which owns the Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay, Lord &Taylor and Saks OFF 5th retail brands as well as significant real estate holdings.A committee of independent directors said last week that the Baker-led offer was inadequate.The Catalyst offer remains open until 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 16 unless it is extended, varied or withdrawn. Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press read more

100 Women support Moms Tots program

The Moms & Tots Program at the Norfolk Community Help Centre has received $16,600 from 100 Women Who Care Norfolk.This money will be used to support women in the program who are working towards their high school diploma. Participants also engage with volunteers and peers to improve their social skills including their command of the English language.There are currently 30 women registered in the Moms & Tots program. Many are from the local Mennonite community.This program is offered at no cost to the attendees and since many of these women live in remote areas of the county, travel is subsidized.Along with the mothers being provided learning opportunities, supports and mentorship, their pre-school children learn valuable skills to ensure they are ready when they enter school.  This year, Norfolk Community Help Centre partnered with H-N REACH to provide programs.Literacy can empower individuals to make informed choices about their lives, make better financial decisions, manage their health, and utilize technology which in turn allows them to engage with society more fully. read more

UN panel on threats and challenges holds first meeting tomorrow

The Panel, chaired by former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun of Thailand, will meet with the Secretary-General and then go to a venue outside New York City for intensive briefings and meetings until 7 December.The 16-member panel is also being asked to identify the contributions of collective action in addressing major challenges and threats and to recommend changes necessary to ensure effective collective action, especially by the UN.

RollsRoyce hosts future talent

This week, Rolls-Royce welcomed more than 60 schoolchildren for a look behind the scenes at the home of the super-luxury manufacturer.With a successful Apprenticeship Programme and more than 60 men and women employed each year on industrial placements, Rolls-Royce has a strong history in developing talent. The company also runs a successful graduate programme, with new positions made available every year.The March CE Primary School, located on the doorstep of the Rolls-Royce plant at Goodwood, hosted students from its partner school from St Malo, France, for the visit. The Year six pupils toured the company’s head office and manufacturing plant to get an understanding of world-leading super-luxury car manufacturing.Andrew Ball, Global Corporate Communications Manager, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “We were delighted to welcome the schoolchildren and to give them a taste of luxury manufacturing.  We were particularly pleased to note the high level of interest in engineering and hope that the schoolchildren will consider future careers in the manufacturing industry.”Potential candidates for all Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ positions are encouraged to apply online at: www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/careers.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jameis Winston Is A Better Quarterback Than Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick runs betterExpected points added on quarterback rushes Jameis Winston-0.01 James Winston+0.22+0.82-0.6049.30% So while Winston is pretty clearly the better passer, there are legitimate reasons to prefer Fitzpatrick. The problem is that those reasons just aren’t terribly compelling. Having a 30-something QB — one who is not even known to be very fast — scramble for first downs is probably not going to be an integral part of the Tampa Bay game plan moving forward. Monken and Fitzpatrick have been great so far this season, but they’ve also been lucky. Passes that travel 25 or more yards downfield are worse than a 40 percent proposition across the league, and 95.7 percent of NFL passes go for less than 30 yards in the air. Optimizing for rare plays with a low probability of being caught probably isn’t wise.Finally, the way a quarterback plays in his first two games has almost no bearing on how he will perform over the rest of the season. (Sorry, Patrick Mahomes.) Using game-level passing data from Armchair Analysis from 2000 through 2017, I looked at how well a quarterback’s yards per attempt in the first two games of the season matched his rest-of-season numbers, and the first two games weren’t predictive.6Yards per attempt in a player’s first two games explains just 8 percent of the variance in the player’s rest of season yards per attempt. R-squared 0.082, n = 766 player seasons Basing your decisions on a two-game sample at the start of the year is deeply unwise, hot hand or not.The Buccaneers have one more week to evaluate Fitzpatrick’s play — and so will America, as Tampa takes on Pittsburgh in Monday Night Football. If Fitzpatrick has a poor game, it will likely make it easier for Koetter to decide to play Winston in Week 4. If Fitzpatrick has another solid game, there will likely be grousing in the locker room if he’s taken off the field, but it’s very likely the correct decision. Monken has shown the ability and creativity to maximize the talents of his players, and the Tampa Bay receiving weapons will be best served in the long run by having Winston under center.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.16 quarterbackPer Pass PlayAiryards after catchSuccess Rate Source: Elias Sports Bureau As a passer, Winston is worth almost twice as many points per play as Fitzpatrick is, and Winston is 4.2 percentage points more successful at keeping his team on the field with his arm. And while EPA per play from yards after the catch is negative for both players, Fitzpatrick has probably been helped more by his receivers than Winston has.In each of the first two games of the season, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken dialed up a deep pass attempt early. On the fourth offensive play of the game against New Orleans, Fitzpatrick threw the ball 38 yards in the air to DeSean Jackson, who then ran 20 yards after the catch for a touchdown. On the first offensive play of the game against the Eagles in Week 2, Fitzpatrick completed another long pass — 35 yards deep to Jackson, who then rumbled 40 yards after the catch, again for a TD. Those two plays account for two of Fitzpatrick’s eight touchdowns and 16 percent of his passing yardage on the year — and 45 percent of those yards were Jackson running after the catch.Apportioning credit for yards in football is notoriously difficult. If we plot Fitzpatrick’s career completion percentage by depth on plays in which he faced no pressure5Work by Eric Eager has shown that QB performance from a clean pocket is more stable and predictive of future performance than when a QB is pressured. and compare it with both Jameis Winston and the league average, we can see that Fitzpatrick is actually quite good on deeper throws. We can also see that across most other depths of target, Winston is the superior passer, consistent with our previous metrics. Still, Monken has been smart with Fitzpatrick, calling deep plays early that take advantage of Fitzpatrick’s strengths, and it has paid off handsomely.Another area in which Fitzpatrick is superior to Winston is an unexpected one: QB scrambles. Despite being 10 years older, the journeyman completely outclasses the youngster when pulling the ball down and running. Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.12+0.60-0.4945.10 quarterbackRush EPA Source: Elias Sports Bureau Atop their quarterback depth chart, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 24-year-old former No. 1 overall pick who won the Heisman Trophy and was handed the keys to the franchise just a couple of years ago. Behind him, they have a 35-year-old journeyman — playing on his seventh team — who is most notable for going to Harvard and having a massive beard.This is not a team that’s supposed to have a quarterback controversy in Week 3. But that’s the reality in Tampa right now.Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Buccaneers to a surprising 2-0 record to start the season, including wins at New Orleans and against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. He has been nothing short of brilliant filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, throwing for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. With Winston set to return from suspension after Week 3, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter won’t commit to either player as his starter. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is on the record saying that Fitzpatrick should keep his job when Winston returns, arguing that the Bucs need to ride the hot hand.Fitzpatrick’s hand has certainly been hot to open the season. His 13.4 yards per attempt leads the NFL, as does his 15.3 adjusted yards per attempt, a stat that incorporates touchdowns and interceptions. It’s the most dominant two-game start to a season1For a quarterback with at least 40 total attempts. since 1972, when Joe Namath threw for 14.5 yards per attempt and 15.7 adjusted yards per attempt in two wins for the Jets.Koetter and the Buccaneers will be faced with a difficult political environment in the locker room if they choose to bench Fitzpatrick in favor of Winston after Jackson’s comments. But what do the numbers say? Should Tampa Bay ride the hot hand or sit Fitzmagic and hand the team back over to Winston?We’ll start by comparing career numbers — they provide the largest sample size and the least noise. Winston has a career yards per attempt of 7.5, well above the league average of 7.1,2Since 2009. while Fitzpatrick is slightly below average at 6.8 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks’ career touchdown rates are similar (4.5 percent for Winston vs. 4.4 percent for Fitzpatrick), as are their sack rates (5.8 percent for Winston vs. 5.4 percent for Fitzpatrick). Winston appears to take better care of the ball than Fitzpatrick does (2.8 percent interception rate for Winston vs. 3.3 for Fitzpatrick), but interception rate is a notoriously noisy stat, so drawing firm conclusions about who is truly better is difficult.These metrics lack context though. Perhaps a better way to compare their performances is using expected points added, which take into account down, distance and field position. Using the EPA model developed by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Maksim Horowitz and play data from Elias Sports Bureau, I calculated the expected points added per pass play for both Winston over his career and Fitzpatrick since 2009.3The first year for which the data is available. I separated passing EPA into points added through the air and points added through yards after the catch. Finally, I calculated the percentage of passes that were positive EPA plays, also called success rate. Success rate is the share of plays in which a team picks up the yards needed to stay “on schedule” for a first down.4Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. Winston’s passes are more effectiveExpected points added per pass — broken down by air yards and yards after catch — plus the success rate of each pass play Expected points added (epa) read more

Eton faces backlash after banning mobile phones in the classroom

The ban is one of a number of new initiatives being trialled by Eton College, which has set up a working group to consider boys’ use of mobile phones in school.The school already confiscates phones from teenagers overnight, which Mr Henderson said is an attempt to prevent the “24/7” social media culture.In a letter sent to parents last month, Mr Henderson explained that school intends to develop a strategy that “recognises the benefits of mobile technologies and educates boys in using these responsibly” but which also “protects boys from the downsides of over-use and from the dangers of mobile phone addiction”.A spokesman for Eton College said: “Through the work of our Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning we are developing our Digital Strategy and will be introducing a tablet device programme across the school in September 2019.  “Several pilot programmes are already running and impact is being evaluated by the Centre. Our Year 9s are required to hand their mobile devices in overnight. Several houses are piloting an extension of this policy into Year 10.“In addition, we have just completed a short trial whereby boys are not allowed their phones with them during lesson time. The results of this trial will be evaluated in the coming weeks and will inform future policy.” “You have an instant, dictionary, calculator, encyclopedia…you have an amazing resource there,” he said.   Schools which seek to ban mobile phones risk being seen as out of touch and “fuddy duddy” by youngsters, Mr Francis added. Eton College is facing a backlash from teachers after banning students from using mobile phones in the classroom.  Simon Henderson, headmaster at the £40,000-a-year school, wrote to parents at the start of the academic year to announce the ban, which he said would be introduced as a trial. But the move left some of its teachers “spitting” with anger, with one senior master criticising it as “Luddite” and “Amish”. Joe Francis, an English teacher at Eton College, said the experimental ban caused some consternation among masters who see mobile phones as a useful teaching aid.“There are some teachers who are absolutely spitting about it,” Mr Francis told The Telegraph. “They tend to be the more techy teachers, maths and science people who think it is a bit Luddite and anti-progress.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“There will be people, older people particularly and humanities teachers, who applaud it. I sympathise with [them] but we have to get across this divide.”Earlier this week, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he supports any headteacher who chooses to ban mobile phones, saying that they get in the way of education.But Mr Francis,  who is developing a new kind of education model which will embrace the use of technology, said that mobile phones are an invaluable classroom resource. Simon Henderson, headmaster of Eton College  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Eton College is the latest in a series of schools to crack down on mobile phone use among their pupils. Last year, the £39,000-a-year Brighton College started forcing students to hand in their mobile phones at the beginning of each day in an effort to wean them off their “addiction” to technology. Students in year seven, eight and nine are now required to hand in their mobile phones at the beginning of the day to teachers who will lock it away, ready for collection when they are about the go home.Students in year ten are allowed their phones, but must subscribe to three “detox” days a week where they hand it in, with year elevens having one “detox” day.At Wimbledon High School, a fee-paying day school in south-west London, all children and parents are given a copy of the schools’ digital rules, one of which is “put your phone away at meals and leave your phone downstairs at bedtime – try and be screen free at least an hour before bed”.    Simon Henderson, headmaster of Eton College  read more

Parnis takes its engineering expertise to new heights

first_imgAs difficult market conditions force companies in many sectors to relook at their cost structures, quality refurbishment is becoming more important as a strategy to contain costs. According to Gary Colegate, General Manager of Parnis Manufacturing, such strategies demand that customers find experienced partners with both the technical capacity and responsiveness required for demanding projects, whether these are for existing or greenfield projects.“This economic situation looks unlikely to change in the near future, having being further aggravated by the recent surprise announcements regarding the Mining Charter and its requirements,” says Colegate. Engaged for decades in the mining sector, Parnis Manufacturing has extensive experience in equipment like mine winders and their components, boiler components, fans and fan casings, mill heads and sheave wheels. “Our large vertical boring machine puts us at an advantage to most of our competitors, and allows us to tackle a wide range of engineering projects, where we can assure customers of as new results,” he says.Vertical boring capacity at Parnis Manufacturing extends to a table size of 4.5 m, a turning diameter of 5.3 m and a turning height of 3.2 m, with a maximum load of up to 50 t. Other equipment includes horizontal borers with capacity up to 5.5 m longitudinal travel by 2.5 m high, milling machines with 4,5 m longitudinal travel and a height 1.8 m and an overhead crane lifting capacity of 50 t (tandem).“We have recently delivered a completely refurbished mine winder to a privately owned gold mine in Zimbabwe,” he says. “The equipment – which dates back to the early 1950s – was used for decades on a South African gold mining operation; it was purchased for use in Zimbabwe, and needed to be returned to a high operational standard.”In addition to its base-load work for the mining sector, Parnis Manufacturing has also made great strides into the energy sector. “We have diversified into a number of fields, thanks to the entrepreneurial approach of our founder and CEO Mario Guerini,” says Colegate. “An important area of expansion has been into the design, fabrication and assembly of mobile, modular E-houses – fully equipped electrical substations.” He says the E-house concept saves costs, space and time when compared to traditional methods of building sub-stations.last_img read more

Well Leave It There So McGregor v Mayweather doesnt look likely and

first_img https://the42.ie/3241946 By Eoin O’Callaghan Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 9:04 PM 6 Comments Short URL 12,232 Views Share Tweet Email HomeFloyd Mayweather has quashed rumours of an upcoming fight with Conor McGregor and said there’s no agreement and he’s happy in retirement.Tributes have been paid to Westmeath hurler Donal Devine who passed away after becoming ill at a training session with his club last night.Davy Fitzgerald‘s Limerick IT are through to the semi-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup after getting past UCD by seven points. Things got a bit heated on the sideline as IT Carlow shocked UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Source: Morgan Treacy; ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy/INPHOMeanwhile, DJ Carey’s IT Carlow made some history as they stunned UL to qualify for their first Fitzgibbon Cup semi.Just days before finals weekend, the Sigerson Cup has been rocked by an eligibility row between Garda College and Ulster University – the team that beat them in the last round.Mayo forward Alan Freeman has stepped away from the senior inter-county scene due to work commitments. Source: Neal SimpsonFormer Welsh scrum-half Dwayne Peel has been added to the Ulster coaching staff for next season.Connacht’s Bundee Aki may be out of action for another two weeks because of his ankle injury.Gonzaga will face Blackrock College in the semi-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup after a thrilling 41-24 victory over Roscrea.AwayScotland have been dealt a major blow with the news that talisman Greig Laidlaw will miss the remainder of the Six Nations because of injury.Luke Shaw‘s future at Manchester United looks far from secure after Jose Mourinho revealed the left-back will not be involved in the club’s Europa League clash with St. Etienne on Thursday. Source: Elaine ThompsonOne of the biggest stars in women’s football, Carli Lloyd, has joined Manchester City on a short-term deal.The Best Thing We SharedCork City launched two new kits ahead of the new League of Ireland season (the away shirt was revealed last November).What do we think?Where We Were Today Source: Dan Sheridan; ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan/INPHORyan Bailey was in Donnybrook to see an enthralling Leinster Senior Cup encounter between Gonzaga and Roscrea.On The RecordI didn’t have an Irish accent or the Irish heritage that the boys had, but I’ve got to say that they were very welcoming and supportive of me.”It’s 20 years since a largely-overlooked friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Wales but it was the night Jon Goodman made his debut. Ben Blake caught up with the ex-Millwall and Wimbledon striker.The Fixture ListThe Europa League takes centre stage with a couple of Premier League teams in action.Manchester United take on St. Etienne at Old Trafford as Paul Pogba meets his older brother Florentin. That game kicks off at 8.05 while, before that, Tottenham face Gent in Belgium. That’s underway at 6pm.Mayweather quashes rumours of McGregor fightTributes pour in for Westmeath hurler Donal Devine who died at training last night We’ll Leave It There So: McGregor v Mayweather doesn’t look likely and all today’s sport Elsewhere, a huge blow for Scotland’s Six Nations’ aspirations & a former Welsh scrum-half joins Ulster’s coaching staff for next season. Feb 15th 2017, 9:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Eoliennes offshore Sarkozy annonce un premier appel doffres de 10 milliards deuros

first_imgEoliennes offshore : Sarkozy annonce un premier appel d’offres de 10 milliards d’eurosLe président de la République a annoncé hier l’ouverture, au deuxième trimestre, d’un appel d’offres pour la construction d’éoliennes en mer d’une capacité de 3.000 mégawatts, pour un investissement de l’ordre de 10 milliards d’euros.Lors d’un discours prononcé sur le futur porte-hélicoptères de la Marine nationale, Dixmude, Nicolas Sarkozy a évoqué un premier appel d’offres de 10 milliards d’euros pour des éoliennes offshore. Les candidats retenus seraient sélectionnés l’année prochaine. Cet appel d’offres porte sur cinq zones de développement situées sur la façade Atlantique et la Manche, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Elles devraient accueillir 600 éoliennes en service d’ici 2015 et devraient être localisées au large de Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), le Tréport (Seine-Maritime), Fécamp (Seine-Maritime), Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados) et Saint-Brieuc.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLe chef de l’Etat a déclaré : “Notre objectif est de faire émerger une filière nationale performante pour construire ces moyens de production éoliens offshore et également se projeter à l’export”. Selon Nicolas Sarkozy, une enveloppe de 100 millions d’euros sera débloquée pour “accompagner le développement de cette filière”, qui devrait permettre la création de “10.000 emplois”.Au sujet des “petites polémiques” suscitées dans certaines régions par l’installation d’éoliennes, le chef de l’Etat a répondu : “Je dis une chose très simple, s’il faut en sélectionner d’autres, il n’y a aucun problème (…). Je pose simplement une condition, c’est qu’il y ait une unité des élus”.Le gouvernement -qui s’est fixé un objectif de 23% d’énergie renouvelable dans sa consommation d’énergie en 2020-, veut se doter d’un parc éolien de 25.000 MW, dont 6.000 MW en mer. Aujourd’hui, l’éolien terrestre fournit moins de 2% de la consommation française, précise l’AFP.Le 26 janvier 2011 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Exorcist Found a New Way to Show Us an Exorcism

first_imgStay on target 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Here we are. You can’t have a show called The Exorcist without an Exorcism. Seven episodes into the second season, we have our main one. Back at New York Comic Con, I heard the Exorcist showrunners say the danger of having a show about demonic possession and exorcism is that it can easily become a show about men chanting. That this season, they wanted to avoid that. Judging by last night’s episode, they’re succeeding. Rather than seeing the effects of possession from the outside, we got to experience the exorcism from the point of view of the possessed. We got to see what it looks like to fight a demon, and how a demon tries to ensure it’ll win.After the end of last week’s episode, there’s no pretending the demon isn’t here anymore. Everyone in this house either floated or saw people floating through the air. Everyone in the house saw Andy hold a woman up against a wall with one hand and stab her. Then they all saw him recoil when when Father Tomas and Marcus approached him with crosses. He’s possessed. There’s no getting around that. This week’s episode picks up pretty much right after that. With everyone accepting that an exorcism is the right thing to do, they put the body in a room off to the side so the exorcists can begin their work. The way they mention that is a little silly. Rose just mentions that there’s a body in the other room they’re going to have to deal with that sooner or later, so the boys better work fast. But hey, it’s all in service of getting us into the exorcism as fast as possible. That being the goal, it’s a success.Alfonso Herrara, Li Jun Li and Ben Daniels (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)This is the exorcism I was hoping for last season. In season one, the show made a huge deal about the exorcism beginning in episode six. Ads carried the phrace “The Exorcism Begins” with the date of the episode. Someone even promised it would be real time. It wasn’t. In practice, there was too much time spent outside the room where all the action was. The show has clearly learned its lesson. All other stories are shoved to the side for a full hour of TV. We don’t see much of the kids. The park ranger is nowhere to be found. The larger demon conspiracy story with Father Bennett and Mouse is put on hold. It’s just 40-odd minutes (plus commercials) of two priests in a room with a possessed man. This time though, it’s from the perspective of the possessed man.That’s the big twist of this season’s exorcism. Though a good chunk of it is spent inside the room where Andy’s being kept, with the priests standing over him and chanting like you expect to see, most of it takes place inside Andy’s mind. We see his memories and how the demon corrupts them. We see the day his wife killed herself. After Truck gets a strangely ominous lunch box note one morning, Andy goes looking for Nicole to give her some coffee. When she’s nowhere to be found in the house, he expands his search. Finally, he finds her in the water. He watches her drown herself. He tries to save her, but can’t find her in the water. Eventually, he has to call in a rescue crew to pull her body from the sound. Over the course of the episode, we see two versions of Nikki. There’s the real one, who appears in Andy’s actual memories, and there’s the demon, who corrupts those memories. Alicia Witt does a fantastic job of playing both. From scene to scene you can see her weave in and out of both characters, making it deeply unsettling when she transitions from the kindhearted Nikki to the demon currently using her memory.Brianna Hildebrand and John Cho (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)It was cool seeing the family come together. We got to see the moment Andy and Nikki decided to become foster parents. Nikki worked in the foster system and had trouble placing a girl who’s been through some real messed up stuff. Nikki is convinced that they are the parents for her. It’s not a surprise that Verity is the first kid they took in, but it was nice seeing how she became part of the family. We saw Verity and Nikki fight and bond as Andy remembered what his wife was really like, vs. the twisted version the demon is showing him. All this makes it all the more disturbing when the demon starts to win.Over the course of the episode, Nikki tries to tempt Andy in different ways. Sex, peace and quiet, a Ferrari in the driveway. She’s deliberately trying to get him to ignore the kids. That’s what this demon does. If you remember the stories of the island we’ve heard in past episodes, this is a demon that attacks families. It’s not motivated by revenge or even all that interested in the grand conspiracy the way the demons of season one were. It wants to make parents kill their children. And by the end of the episode, it’s winning. The last few scenes are easily the scariest in an already unsettling hour. Partly because they come after a brief moment of hope. Andy is rejecting the demon, and at the priests’ encouragement, he nearly fight’s it off. But remember we still have three whole episodes left. The show isn’t going to let us off that easy.Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera (Cr: Serguei Bashlakov/FOX)The demon tightens her hold on Andy, making the priests appear as monsters. That’s probably the coolest part of showing the exorcism from the point of view of the possessed. As horrifying as the demons made the possessed person look, the things they make the person see are worse. Tomas and Marcus appear as sadistic monsters, gleefully branding him with crosses and burning him with holy water. We also have our classic Exorcist head turn, which I believe is a first for this series. We sort of had one in a flashback in season one, but the boy whose head turned around died. Here, it was an illusion. The demon made it look like Father Tomas’ head twisted all the way around. Nobody died, but it sure scared the hell out of me. Even worse, it was followed by Andy surrendering to the demon. We got a disturbingly quiet scene of Andy walking through his house. Each of his foster children are tied up and gagged, begging him to stop. He ignores them and walks out to the water. He sees Nikki about to drown herself. This time, he rescues her. The demon has given Andy what he wants most, making him let his guard down. In the real world, Andy sits up in bed, the demon fully in control and more powerful than ever.This is how you make an exorcism episode scary. It was unrelenting in a way that past episodes haven’t been. Usually, you get a chance to breathe in between scares. Here, nothing ever seemed safe. Even when it was clearly the real Nikki from Andy’s memory, there was always a danger that she would turn. That the memory would become corrupted. You get the sense that they can really only get away with one, maybe two of these per season. That way, it’s a big deal when it happens. Everything else going on in the story takes a backseat. Right now, this exorcism is the most important thing going on and the show isn’t going to give you a break from it. The cool thing is that the exorcism wasn’t just a scary spectacle. The episode did a lot to set up the rest of the season. Now, we’ve seen how the demon works and we know for sure what it intends to do. Now that it’s taken complete control of Andy, we’re going to see it try. What does a fully possessed John Cho look like. I’d really rather not have to wait two weeks to find out, but at the same time, I’m glad we have to. After last night’s episode, I could use the break.last_img read more