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  • What You Gain from Cold Calling in Addition to Appointments – Episode 159

    first_imgThe goal of a cold call is to gain an appointment. But in making your calls, you gain much, much more.last_img

  • Formula One: Red Bull’s Alex Albon Starts Russian Grand Prix from Pitlane

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sochi: Red Bull new boy Alex Albon will start Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix from the pit lane after his team fitted a new floor to his car following a crash in qualifying.He was due to start 18th following an earlier five-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. The team have used the opportunity to give Albon a new gear box and other power-unit parts including a new turbo-charger.Albon said: “It’s a good track in terms of fighting and you can overtake here. It’s not like Singapore, for instance, where it is so difficult.”The likely revised final grid for the race includes local hero Russian Daniil Kvyat starting from the back of the grid in his Toro Rosso behind the two Williams of Robert Kubica and George Russell on the ninth row.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is set to start from ninth place after taking a five-place penalty for taking new Honda power unit elements. He qualified fourth.Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will start from 16th having had a similar penalty for the same reason. Alex AlbonF1formula onemax verstappen First Published: September 29, 2019, 3:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Phil Mickelson grabs British Open lead and share of major record

    first_imgPhil Mickelson charged up the leaderboard at the British Open on Thursday, grabbing the first-day lead and a share of the record for the best score in a major championship.Aided by birdies on 10, 14, 16 and 17 on Royal Troon’s tricky back nine, the 46-year-old American posted a 63, equalling the record low for majors first set by Johnny Miller in the 1973 US Open.Mickelson came within a fraction of an inch of breaking the record outright. His curling 15-foot putt for birdie circled the hole on 18 before settling just outside it.”That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical,” Mickelson said at a news conference. “I knew it, and with a foot to go I thought I had done it… and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”It was still good enough for an eight-under effort and a bogey-free round, and it put him three ahead of compatriot Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer of Germany.All three seemed to be well-positioned for the second day, but Kaymer at least was not getting ahead of himself.”It’s only a quarter of a marathon…” he said. “It’s a good start, It’s a very good start. But tomorrow we’ll see how the weather will turn out and then play another good round. That’s all you can do.”Reed’s early 66, a round punctuated by an eagle from the fairway on the par-four third hole, set the clubhouse lead for much of the day. He has no intention of changing his approach, although the weather is forecast to turn wet and cold after Thursday’s warm sun and gentle winds.advertisement”My game plan is to play to certain areas on each hole,” he said. “I’m not really going to stray too far away from that. It’s just going to probably determine what club off the tee. Some holes today might have been a 4-iron, but if the wind is howling, it might be a 2-iron … you just never know.”Just behind Reed and Kaymer were a shifting cast of players who kept threatening and the falling back throughout the day, making four-under a bar that was hard to clear.Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson, among others, advanced to four or five-under and then retreated.WATSON’S WOENorthern Irishman McIlroy double-bogeyed the 13th to drop back from four under. Watson fell farther and faster: he was leading the championship on five under until he triple-bogeyed the short eighth, the Postage Stamp.Reed’s eagle showed early on that it was possible to jump in the right direction, too.Former champion Louis Oosthuizen emphasised the point when he aced the 14th hole, his tee shot taking two hops and diving out of sight, helping him to finish with a 71.The day began with local favourite Colin Montgomerie hitting the opening drive, his first appearance at the Open in six years and what may well be his last.He carded a double-bogey on the first hole after finding one of Troon’s deep greenside bunkers. But he took one shot back with a birdie on the third and another on the fourth.The Scot narrowly missed a third straight birdie on the fifth, then went ahead and made one on the sixth.On the Postage Stamp, his tee shot landed within six feet of the pin. He made that birdie and added a fifth on the ninth, meaning as he finished his front nine, Montgomerie was tied for the lead on three-under.He fared less well on the back nine but still finished at even-par.last_img read more

  • New Zealand Certifies First Vessel under MLC

    first_imgzoom Cook Strait passenger ferry Straitsman has become the first New Zealand ship certified under the international Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).“Today is the culmination of a significant amount of work for Maritime NZ and the commercial maritime sector – in working through changes to the maritime rules to reflect the convention and liaising with the commercial sector about what is required to comply,” Keith Manch, Director of Maritime NZ, commented.“While New Zealand has aligned itself to the MLC convention, NZ labour standards on our vessels are already good. The MLC is aimed at raising standards on vessels where the living and working conditions for seafarers are poor,” Manch added.The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) MLC convention, which came into force in New Zealand on March 9, 2017, aims to protect international and domestic seafarers and improve their safety and wellbeing on board foreign-flagged and New Zealand vessels.The convention applies to about 890 foreign commercial cargo and cruise ships visiting New Zealand annually. Maritime NZ is expanding its Port State Control functions to include checking that foreign ships visiting New Zealand comply with the applicable provisions.Meanwhile, 22 New Zealand ships – including Cook Strait ferries, coastal tankers and cement vessels – are required to comply if they operate beyond inshore limits, while the convention does not apply to fishing vessels.The 13,906 gross-ton Straitsman, owned by Strait Shipping, operates between the North and South Islands. In addition, Straitsman has to travel internationally to Australia for dry-docking requirements, according to Clive Glover, Strait Shipping’s General Manager of Marine Operations.“In New Zealand, seafarers enjoy reasonable standards and conditions compared to the conditions some international seafarers have to work under. MLC sets a standard and prompts other countries to meet it,” Glover said. New Zealand is among 82 member states that have adopted the ILO convention.last_img read more

  • Fault lines exposed in MF industry several risky investments made for higher

    first_imgMumbai: In a tough message for returns-focussed mutual funds, regulator Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi on Tuesday said the industry has exposed its fault lines with several risky investments made for want of higher yields and it is high time for them to play as per the rule book and stop compromising on safety. Referring to the industry’s tagline of ‘Mutual Funds Sahi Hai’ (mutual funds are right), Tyagi said the investors repose a lot of faith and trust in these funds but the industry must remember it takes years to build this trust but even a single event may erode it. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAddressing the mutual fund industry body AMFI’s Members Summit here, Tyagi said a certain element of self-discipline by the players themselves could have averted the problems they have landed into after credit defaults and the regulator might not have been required to step in with remedial measures. He said the industry needs to remember the clear distinction between lending and investing and a mutual fund’s investment strategy needs to have required elements of safety as well as returns. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe also said trustees cannot remain passive participants in the MF ecosystem and they need to step up their efforts as first-level gatekeepers in cases of concerns and lapses. Trustees need to take immediate remedial steps and inform Sebi and not wait for the regulator to step in and take corrective measures, he said. “Sebi’s primary objective is the protection of investor’s interest, based on which we have issued appropriate regulations and circulars from time to time. These regulations and circulars have been drafted with wide consultation with all stakeholders and due analysis. Needless to say that the industry needs to adhere to them and play as per the rule book,” he said. Tyagi said till about a year back, the significant growth of the mutual fund industry was one of the most talked about success stories of capital markets in India. But, events in the last year, exposed the fault lines in the industry and showed that a credit event in even one issuer or group could have a contagion effect leading to liquidity risk across the market, he said. A number of high-profile credit default cases including at IL&FS and DHFL groups have led to mutual funds bearing huge losses. Stating that the figures speak for themselves, Tyagi said it has been around a year since the defaults started, but the AUM of open ended debt schemes is yet to reach the AUM levels seen at the end of August 2018. “Such instances do not reflect well on the industry practices. While Sebi stepped in and took several measures in the interest of the investors, the need for us to step in may not have arisen if many of these measures were taken by the industry itself,” he said. Continuing with his plainspeaking, Tyagi said Sebi’s study of liquid schemes showed that in 20 per cent of the instances, the average holding in liquid instruments was less than 5 per cent of AUM as compared to an average net redemption in these schemes of around 19 per cent. “A certain element of self-discipline by the industry could have averted such a situation,” he said. “The recent events also threw into the spotlight several risky investments made by the industry in the quest for higher yields. The safety of the investment cannot be compromised for want of higher yields. While we have taken steps to restrict such investments, the industry as a whole needs to do its own analysis on a regular basis to avoid such situations in future,” he said. Tyagi also said the role of trustees is pivotal in the mutual fund ecosystem and he wants to see greater proactivity on the part of trustees where there are concerns and lapses. “However, a balance is required so that it does not hinder the day-to-day operations and fund management activities,” he said. Tyagi said inspections conducted by Sebi has thrown up several issues, some of which are case-specific in nature, but certain issues are quite prevalent in the industry as a whole. “In this scenario, trustees are not expected to be passive participants in the MF ecosystem. Where there are concerns and lapses, we expect the trustees to step up their efforts as the first level gatekeepers, take remedial steps and immediately make necessary intimations to Sebi and not wait for Sebi to step in and take corrective measures,” he said. On investor outreach, Tyagi said it is encouraging to see increasing number of millennial and women investors in mutual funds, but there is a large space that remains untapped. He also pitched for making the process of entry, exit and management of investments simple and easy. Referring to the government’s announcement for improving market access for the domestic retail investors by permitting Aadhar-based KYC for opening of demat account and making investment in mutual funds, he said Sebi will work with the government on this with a view to operationalizing the decision. To further ease the process of investing in mutual funds, a working group had been formed some time back by Sebi with multiple stakeholders. The group has since submitted the report and we are in a process of implementing its recommendations, he said.last_img read more

  • AfterSchool AllStars Award Atlanta Hawks Guard Devin Harris Hoop Hero

    first_imgNBA Atlanta Hawks guard Devin Harris recently toured the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) program at BEST Academy for Boys in Atlanta and received a most valuable “Hoop Hero” award for his community service with ASAS Atlanta.NBA Atlanta Hawks Guard Devin Harris visits ASASASAS provides free daily after-school programs to help low-income, urban youth succeed in school and in life. BEST Academy for Boys focuses on business, engineering, science and technology (BEST) to develop leaders by providing a college preparatory curriculum utilizing gender-based strategies in a safe and nurturing learning environment.BEST Academy for Boys is just one of 11 Atlanta schools that are part of the ASAS program, which serves more than 2,700 Atlanta students annually. ASAS Atlanta is one of the 14 chapters of ASAS, a non-profit organization that serves more than 92,000 young Americans, 90 percent of which are underrepresented minorities. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.Harris was greeted by ASAS student ambassadors, ASAS executive director Walt Thompson and BEST Academy School principal. Harris toured ASAS programs including career exploration, nutrition, guitar, gardening and robotic classes. After the tour, students convened for Q&A, and Harris was presented with Hoop Hero Award by ASAS Atlanta executive director Walt Thompson.last_img read more

  • Gasoline prices lift US consumer inflation 04 per cent

    first_imgWASHINGTON – Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 per cent in November.The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 per cent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose a modest 0.1 per cent in November.Over the past year, overall consumer inflation is up 2.2 per cent and core inflation is up 1.7 per cent.Inflation pressures have remained subdued even though the U.S. economy is gathering momentum. Economic growth has clocked in at an annual pace of 3 per cent or better in each of the last two quarters for the first time since 2014. The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low 4.1 per cent. But the tight job market has yet to generate significant wage growth, which would push inflation higher. Many businesses still fear losing customers if they raise prices.Even though hiring has risen steadily, wage gains have been modest.The Federal Reserve later Wednesday is expected to announce its third interest rate hike of 2017.Food prices were flat in November. Housing prices rose 0.2 per cent. Air fares fell 2.4 per cent. Apparel prices fell 1.3 per cent, biggest drop since September 1998.last_img read more

  • Police may have to give thumb impressions before going for railway station

    first_imgNew Delhi: In upcoming days, the Delhi Police teams who guard the various railway stations in the city may have to give their thumb impressions before going for patrolling.Highly placed police sources said that the plans are going on to increase the visibility of police and also to make sure that personnel are regularly patrolling. Police sources told Millennium Post that in the recent meeting between senior officers of Delhi Police railway unit there was a discussion on the staff’s visibility at different stations. Setting up of biometric machines at various locations was also discussed. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Through thumb impression, there will be a record of police personnel that when they came for patrolling and when they exit,” added the police source. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Gupta said that currently, they are maintaining registers of patrolling team in which they are keeping records of patrolling signed by staffs involved in the activity. “In the details of the register like the timing of patrolling, arrests, recovery is written, so that senior officers can keep the vigil at different stations and also alertness of the staffs,” added DCP Railway. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaHe further said that currently, they are also using technology like video calling to keep a tab at various railway stations. When asked about the thumb impression initiative, DCP Railway said that there are some planning but at a very initial stage. “It is in process but not finalized yet,” added DCP Railway. According to Delhi Police Annual Report 2018, the railway police looks after 45 railway stations and approximately 150 kms. track through its seven police stations and two police posts. 19 railway crossings are also located. The railway police has present strength of total 486 police personnel. “With this meager staff, the Railway Police takes all preventive measures to keep the crime and law & order under control including patrolling and strategic picketing. Constant listening with RPF and adjoining police stations of Delhi NCR and other agencies are being kept for better crime prevention and detection,” said Annual Report. The patrolling staff of New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin and other Railway Police Stations have been connected with a WhatsApp group.last_img read more

  • Mohammed VI is the Best King in the World Cheb Khaled

    Rabat – Cheb Khaled, the king of Rai, has hailed Morocco and King Mohammed VI in a press conference held on Sunday, on the sidelines of the ninth annual Rai Festival of Oujda. Cheb Khaled stated that “Morocco is experiencing a real revolution at all levels, to the point that His Majesty the King may God glorify him, became the best king in the world.”“May God prolong his life and protect him for all Moroccans and the Maghreb region,” Cheb Khaled added. The King of Rai received a standing ovation from all journalists attending the press conference, in appreciation of his comments.The author of the famous song “Aicha” also talked about his friendship with King Mohammed VI, saying it is based on respect and cordiality.Cheb Khaled, one of Algeria’s most famous artists who is married to a Moroccan woman, was offered Moroccan nationality by royal decree issued on August 20, 2013.Khaled told Telquel in an interview in 2009 that he had the honor to meet King Mohammed VI when he was still a prince.“When he became king, he did not turn his back on me. Quite the contrary, he has not changed and it touches me,” he explained.“We kept our friendship, because he is a character of my generation, who [has a young mentality]. He often invites me to his house when I’m in Morocco,” Cheb Khaled concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

  • Morocco Urged to Vote on UN Declaration To Protect Peasants Rights

    By Isabella WangRabat – La Vie Campesina, the international movement behind the UN peasants’ rights declaration, has urged Morocco to approve the measure at the UNGA. Next month, the United Nations General Assembly will take a final vote on the “Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas.” Negotiations on the declaration have lasted ten years. After a decade of debate and negotiating, under the guidance of the Human Rights Council, farmers’ unions and peasant associations are now waiting for the decision in New York. La Vie Campesina has urged Morocco to vote. Yabiladi Mohamed Hakach, coordinator of the MENA chapter of La Vie Campesina and member of the National Federation of the Agricultural Sector (FNSA) explained, “This is a very crucial moment for us.” The declaration’s text is created “in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.”La Vie Campesina is an international organization which coordinates farmers’ organizations from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. It is a coalition of 182 organizations in 81 countries. Why is the declaration important?The declaration sets out to affirm the rights of peasants. It entails the fundamental human rights of peasants and farmers, already recognized by the UN, while also incorporating new rights to protect peasants. The declaration asserts for peasants new rights, including the right to land in article 4, the right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice in article 5, the right to the means of agricultural production in article 6, the right to information and agricultural technology in article 7, the freedom to determine price and market for agricultural production in article 8, the right to the protection of local agricultural values in article 9, the right to biological diversity in article 10, and the right to preserve the environment in article 11. The first article of the declaration sets out to create an international definition for “peasant,” differentiating the word from big farmers who focus on investment rather than actually working on the land. In Morocco, peasants, also known as small farmers, constitute a population of approximately 1.5 million people. The number does not include the small professionals who work in sectors involving the rural industry or in other trades in the countryside.  Creating a clear definition for “peasant” helps ensure that a clear set of human rights are applied to peasants, particularly when it comes to lawmaking. The declaration can regulate the parameters and laws applied to peasants and food production. Hakach stated that the declaration will aim to “strengthen the value of food sovereignty and put an end to the various violations that peasants suffer throughout the world.”Many countries now do not have specific laws in areas of food production and food sovereignty. Under the current laws, small farmers under the control of large corporation, unions, or government, can be prevented from choosing the type of agricultural production which best suits their environment. By enabling small farmers to have autonomy, the declaration not only aims to assure the rights and freedoms of the farmers but also aims to enable more effective production.The rights and sovereignty of small farmers has been critical to the drafting process of the declaration. When addressing the challenges which had delayed the treaty, Hakach stated, “The first is related to the parties that have no interest in this declaration being adopted, namely the multinationals and the big decision makers of this world. This vote will be a political decision and we are creating awareness amongst the Moroccan government on this.”He continued, “In addition, another limit is that of the peasant organization. In our country, it was not until last July that the National Union of Peasants was created. In the field, small rural workers have a lot of trouble defending their interests, because we are lacking the organisation [to defend them].Ramifications for MoroccoIf the declaration is successful, it is highly likely that Moroccan agricultural policy will undergo greater reform to assure the rights and benefits of peasants. Faical Ouchen, secretary general of the National Union of Peasants (SNP), one of 17 agricultural unions affiliated to the FNSA, stated that current agricultural policy in Morocco “is mainly based on the Green Morocco Plan (PMV) directed mainly to large farmers.”Consequently, the adoption of the treaty, with or without Morocco’s vote, would lead to reviews in Morocco’s agricultural policy and a greater focus on small farmers. The declaration has garnered support from many other African countries while facing opposition from some European countries.Ouchen highlighted the benefits for small farmers in Morocco. He explained that the declaration “protects them [small farmers] from random expropriations, which especially in Morocco, are operated by mafia real estate agencies and in addition large seed industries who produce non-reproducible seeds. Both of these force small farmers to depend on these large structures.” read more

  • Hurricane Dean UN stands ready to help affected countries in the Caribbean

    20 August 2007The United Nations has deployed a team of disaster assessment and coordination experts to the Caribbean to assist countries hit by Hurricane Dean which has left a trail of death and destruction in its rampage past St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and on towards the coast of Mexico. “The United Nations stands ready to support relief efforts with other measures, including the release of emergency funds,” spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing, adding that the world organization was is in close contact with the Governments of affected countries. In a statement, she said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was deeply saddened to learn of the human and economic losses brought on by Hurricane Dean in the Caribbean, and extended condolences to those who lost family and friends. Military and police units of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) joined local police in helping to evacuate some 2,000 people living near the shore. In addition, the mission helped warn the local people of the eventual health and other risks and necessary preventive measures in the wake of the powerful storm. Also in Haiti, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday sent drugs to support 2000 people for three months to Jacmel Hospital. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Population will be in charge of distributing the drugs based on emerging needs, according to a situation update produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

  • New UN study examines social responsibility of transnational corporations

    The study – one of two issued today as part of UNCTAD’s series on Issues in International Investment Agreements – explores the relatively wide range of issues arising from the economic and social impact of transnational corporations. Based on a stocktaking of relevant instruments and codes of conduct, the paper describes options for dealing with social responsibility in international investment agreements. It concludes that social responsibility standards must be applied with sensitivity to the realities of local conditions in developing countries. The other study released today examines how international investment agreements address commitments to protect the environment. UNCTAD focuses on how to involve transnational corporations in the provision and use of environmentally sound technologies.The study sets out a number of options for dealing with environmental matters in international investment agreements, ranging from not addressing the issue to agreeing on mandatory legal duties to observe certain environmental standards.The UNCTAD series is addressed to government officials, corporate executives, representatives of non-governmental organizations, officials of international agencies and researchers. It seeks to provide an in-depth and balanced analysis of the issues that may arise in international discussions on, or negotiations of, international investment agreements. read more

  • UN rights experts speak out against outrageous conviction sentencing of Saudi blogger

    “This outrageous conviction should be overturned and Mr. Badawi immediately released,” said the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt; the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue; the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez; and the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas. “Mr. Badawi is a prisoner of conscience, who has been convicted for peacefully expressing his views on religious and other issues,” they added in a news release.They recalled the right of all people to “freely manifest their views in matters of religion or belief and to write, issue and disseminate information and ideas in these areas through any media without interference.” The detention and charges brought against Mr. Badawi “appear to be part of an ongoing practice of prosecution against people who publicly express dissenting religious views in Saudi Arabia,” they added.Mr. Badawi, the co-founder of a website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was detained in June 2012 on charges of “founding a liberal website,” “adopting liberal thought” and for “insulting Islam,” after publishing a number of articles on his blog site and social media. He was convicted in July 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. At the time, his lawyer claimed that his trial was marred by irregularities and contested the impartiality of the judicial process in the case. In December 2013, an appeals court overturned his conviction and sent the case to Jeddah’s Criminal Court for review. However, last week, the Criminal Court toughened the sentence imposed on Mr. Badawi. The experts reminded the Saudi Government of the international standards concerning the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of belief, and the obligation to ensure that prisoners are treated humanely. “Corporal punishment, such as flogging, violates international law, which prohibits torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” they said.Mr. Badawi plans to appeal this new decision. However, his attorney may not be present at the trial as he was recently detained and prosecuted for “undermining the image of the kingdom” and “breaking allegiance with the King.” The Saudi Government was urged to embark on “more comprehensive reforms” to bring its judicial system in compliance with international standards. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

  • Mens soccer OSU earns draw over weekend against No 7 Indiana

    With No. 7 Indiana coming to town, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to take down another Big Ten foe at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Coming off a dominant 3-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday, the Buckeyes looked to ride momentum in hopes of improving their conference record of 2-3.OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried (1) prepares to return the ball to midfield during the Buckeye’s game against Valparaiso on Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 4-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern PhotographerOhio State and Indiana played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon, with neither team able to find a game-winner through two overtime periods.“It could have gone either way,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Earlier in the year we lost three games in sudden-death overtime. I think our guys were determined not to let that happen again.”The Buckeyes opened up the scoring early in the first period.In the 5th minute of play, junior forward Nate Kohl secured the ball in the box after a failed clearing attempt by the Indiana goalkeeper. Kohl deflected the ball off his chest then slid down to redirect it into the back of the net, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.For Kohl, it was his team-high fifth goal of the season.Indiana netted an equalizer in the 18th minute with a header by sophomore midfielder Jeremiah Gutjahr.However, it did not take long for the Buckeyes to answer back.In the 20th minute, Kohl worked a ball down the sideline. He slotted a pass through the middle in between a couple Hoosier defenders, finding senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick, who used a good first touch to get around his defender. He then fired it into the back of the net from 12 yards out, putting OSU back on top 2-1.“Me and Ben have worked on and off the ball together pretty well,” Kohl said. “I know how he plays and he knows how I play so it just keeps getting better. Its sad it took until the end of the season to start working, but I guess it’s as good a time as any.”Just as it seemed like the Buckeyes had the game in the bag, Indiana upped the tempo and started applying pressure deep in the offensive zone.With just seven minutes remaining in regulation, senior defender Billy McConnell deflected an Indiana shot inside the box that rolled just out of reach of OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried to tie the game up at two.Neither of the two teams had many scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods, as the game ended in a tie.“When you let up an equalizing goal that late, your team could fold,” Bluem said. “For those last 27 minutes, our guys strapped them back up and fought hard to not allow that winning goal.”The Hoosiers outshot OSU 14-5, including an 8-1 advantage in the second period. Siegfried made five saves.The two teams seemed to have some bad blood, as things got chippy as time went on. Indiana accumulated a staggering 28 for calls, including four yellow cards for Indiana. OSU amassed 12 total fouls.“They were getting a little upset that they are the No. 7 team in the country and we were putting the pressure on them and taking the wind out of them,” Kohl said. “Things got a little chippy, but nothing we couldn’t handle.”Bluem said he was very proud of how his team played despite missing a few of their key guys to injuries.“We have a lot of talent sitting on our bench that can’t play,” Bluem said. “Yaw (Amankwa) couldn’t play today. Danny (Jensen) is out. (Marcus) McCrary is out. The guys that are being called upon in their place are really doing a great job.”Next up for the now 4-9-1 Buckeyes is a road contest against No. 4 Louisville on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. read more

  • The Browns Suckiness Defies Math And Reason

    32New Orleans136032Cleveland-307.6 30Arizona Cardinals1,676Kurt Warner3,069 32Cleveland Browns-2,805Derek Anderson353 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Cleveland is leading the league in instabilitySince 2000, the NFL teams with the most (and least) total CHAOS* points 29Green Bay132355 3Cincinnati18063Seattle+210.9 1New England Patriots21,050Tom Brady19,743 2Miami16711179 29Indianapolis147229Oakland-205.2 The Cleveland Browns will soon embark on their 20th season since the city got a second chance at an NFL franchise. And in one very specific, very depressing way, the team is right back where it started. When we fire up our NFL Elo ratings for the new season in a couple of weeks — Elo being FiveThirtyEight’s preferred method of tracking a team’s performance over time — the Browns will begin the year with a rating of 1302. (Average is about 1500.) Roll the clock back to Sept. 12, 1999, and Cleveland’s Elo going into the rebooted franchise’s very first game1A note for all the sticklers out there: Yes, the NFL technically considers the “New Browns” to be a continuation of the franchise that left Cleveland to become the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. We don’t, at least not for the purposes of Elo. Since they directly carried over the Old Browns’ roster, the 1996 Ravens were given the initial Elo implied from Cleveland’s performance in 1995, and the 1999 Browns started out with the Elo of an expansion club. was 1300, the same as any expansion franchise. In other words, two decades later, the Browns are essentially starting from scratch — again. ⋮ Most Valuable PicksBest Drafting Teams ⋮ 4San Francisco18064Carolina+166.2 ⋮ 30N.Y. Giants123249 28N.Y. Giants148328Tampa Bay-170.9 YABQ compares a quarterback’s passing and rushing performance (in terms of adjusted net yards) to that of a hypothetical backup-level NFL QB.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com At QB, the Browns are the bizarro PatriotsMost, and least, total yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL teams since 1999 ⋮ 2Indianapolis Colts19,266Peyton Manning16,559 1Cleveland18841Green Bay+296.3 26Miami Dolphins2,569Jay Fiedler998 31New England011340 25Jacksonville Jaguars3,551David Garrard2,117 5Pittsburgh Steelers12,954Ben Roethlisberger10,945 6Los Angeles Chargers11,999Philip Rivers10,634 * Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife points are a weighted sum of a team’s total year-over-year changes at owner (2 points), general manager (3), coach (7) and quarterback (10). Those weights are based on the effect of each type of change on a team’s performance, after controlling for a team’s baseline level of play.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Altogether since 1999, the Browns have sunk the league’s highest percentage of pick capital in the most volatile positions in the draft — receivers, quarterbacks and running backs — and the seventh-lowest percentage of capital in the most reliable positions — offensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. It’s indicative of the team’s get-rich-quick mindset: Cleveland keeps buying scratch-off lottery tickets, trying to end the franchise’s problems overnight, but instead it just keeps coming up empty. Super Bowl winners aren’t built in a day — but if you operate as though they are, there’s a good chance that your team won’t get to the Super Bowl anytime soon.As all the losses and the failed picks have piled up, Cleveland has also gone through countless leadership changes up and down the organization. Since the Browns were reborn, no team has made more season-to-season switches at general manager or quarterback, and only one (the Raiders) has changed coaches more often.11We aren’t including in-season switches in our count if the new quarterback or coach weren’t the primary person in that role the following season. Our research shows that these moves come with a heavy price: Even after controlling for a team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score the previous season,12Since bad teams tend to shake things up far more frequently than good ones. teams that change primary quarterback tend to decline by 1.31 points per game of SRS the following season, while that number is 0.91 SRS points for teams changing coaches, 0.36 SRS points for teams changing GMs and 0.26 SRS points for teams with new ownership.We can roll those relative values up into an overall turmoil tally I’m calling the CHAOS (Cumulative High-Activity Organizational Strife) Score. Between any pair of seasons, you get 2 points for changing owners, 3 for changing GMs, 7 for changing coaches and 10 for changing your primary QB. And since 2000,13The 1999 Browns aren’t included here because brand-new expansion teams aren’t eligible for a CHAOS score — it’s taken for granted that they have all-new personnel, so the metric wouldn’t mean much for them. the Browns are the undisputed kings of CHAOS: 9Dallas Cowboys9,478Tony Romo8,138 Top Passer If only the past 20 years of misfortune could be erased that easily. After the team lost its final game of the 2017 season to give the 2008 Detroit Lions some company in the 0-16 club, Cleveland fans held an ironic parade to “celebrate” the team’s anti-accomplishment. But it is perversely impressive to craft a pro football team so dreadful. No other team in the entire history of the NFL has ever suffered through a stretch of 31 losses in 32 tries like the Browns just did. (The next-worst 32-game period belonged again to those Lions, who won two contests total during the 2008 and 2009 seasons; even the infamous expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 4-28 in their first 32 outings.) On paper, the chance of a totally replacement-level team winning just once in two seasons against a typical schedule is about 0.1 percent.Cleveland’s futility, then, borders on impossibility. It’s almost like you have to be trying to be terrible in order to reach the depths the Browns have encountered these past few seasons. And even if you were trying, you probably couldn’t pull it off. So how could such a hopeless situation emerge organically? And as we sit on the cusp of Year 20, is there any hope for the franchise to reverse its own brief, unpleasant history, restoring the tradition of the original version that won four NFL titles right before the Super Bowl era began?For one thing, this team was not well-positioned to succeed in its second NFL go-round. When the original Browns packed up and left for Baltimore in 1996, they took with them the core of a team that had been built by future coaching GOAT Bill Belichick2Whose Browns tenure was admittedly rocky but who also brought to Cleveland elements of the system that would later help turn the New England Patriots into a dynasty. and would be improved upon greatly by standout Ravens general manager (and former Browns tight end) Ozzie Newsome. That team — the old Browns/new Ravens — won the Super Bowl within a half-decade of leaving Cleveland. The team that took its place was an expansion squad built from other teams’ leftovers. Although some new clubs (such as the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers) have had early success, it usually takes five to 10 years before an expansion team can reach respectability.And as longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto notes in “False Start,” his book about the New Browns,3The book was written in 2004 but feels as applicable today as it did then — which speaks volumes about the Browns’ lack of progress during the intervening years. those teams had a significant advantage over Cleveland from day one. According to Pluto, the amount of time between owner Al Lerner being granted the new franchise and the team’s inaugural game (369 days) was the shortest for any expansion club since the New Orleans Saints in 1967 — and the third-shortest of any new team since 1960. By comparison, the Houston Texans (who joined the NFL just three seasons after the Browns were reborn) had a full 1,068 days to fill out their front-office and coaching staffs, and the Jaguars and Panthers each had in excess of 640 days.By Pluto’s estimation, the NFL spent two-and-a-half times as long (911 days) stalling to drive up the bidding on the Browns’ new ownership as the team had to actually build infrastructure and scout players for its new roster once an owner was finally in place. Is it any wonder, then, that the overmatched Browns went 5-27 over their first two seasons of existence?That, of course, doesn’t excuse the 17 seasons that followed. Even given the disadvantaged start, the Browns simply haven’t progressed like other expansion teams of the modern era.4Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. As noted above, in terms of Elo, Cleveland is the first modern expansion team to tumble back to square one after its first two decades in the league.A central paradox rests at the core of the Browns’ struggles. Since returning to existence in 1999, Cleveland has enjoyed the most valuable collection of draft picks in the NFL, according to the Approximate Value5Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. It’s far from perfect, but it’s one of the only methods available for comparing performance across positions and ascertaining where on the roster teams are getting their production from. we’d expect players selected in those slots to generate early in their careers.6Specifically, their first five NFL seasons. Yet the Browns have also been — by far — the worst drafting team in the league, in terms of the AV its picks have actually produced relative to those expectations. 31Chicago Bears-949Jay Cutler1,504 5Tennessee17475Atlanta+164.4 5San Francisco2479155 24Tampa Bay Buccaneers3,664Jameis Winston1,414 Times team changed… 28Baltimore Ravens2,059Joe Flacco2,490 10Atlanta Falcons9,100Matt Ryan8,251 3New Orleans Saints17,900Drew Brees15,628 23Carolina Panthers3,827Cam Newton2,831 Cleveland’s curse: Draft highly, pick poorlySince 1999, NFL teams with the most valuable draft picks (in terms of expected future Approximate Value by slot) and the best record of draftees exceeding the expected value of those picks 4Green Bay Packers16,894Aaron Rodgers10,992 3Buffalo16710169 RKTeamExpected AVRKTeamAV vs. Expected 29New York Jets1,886Chad Pennington2,588 RkTeamOwnerGMCoachQB⚡CHAOS Points⚡ 30Houston143430L.A. Rams-241.6 It’s a vicious cycle: If you pick highly and the draftees actually work out, then your future picks become less valuable because (duh!) you’re picking lower in the draft. By continually missing on high picks, though, the Browns keep spinning their tires in a constant loop of promising drafts gone to waste.Previous research suggests that much of draft success — after controlling for the typical value of a pick, as we did above — is just luck. But after getting negative pick-adjusted value 15 times in 19 drafts — and only one positive draft since 20077That was in 2011, when the Browns didn’t have an especially high pick and simply snagged a few useful players down the board, such as pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard and defensive back Buster Skrine. That’s the best draft they’ve had in more than a decade. — “bad luck” is no longer a satisfactory answer. Since its reboot, Cleveland has gone through three owners,8The second, Randy Lerner, was the son of original owner Al Lerner. nine general managers and nine head coaches. Somehow, all of them have contributed to the Browns’ poor decision-making in one way or another.Their unifying crime might be a penchant for all-or-nothing, quick-fix gambles. For instance, the Browns are infamous for their quixotic pursuit of the NFL draft’s biggest prize — the Franchise Quarterback™ — and they’ve burned through 29 different primary passers9Defined as a QB who led the team in passing attempts for at least one game. (including seven taken with first-round picks)10By either the Browns or another team. since 1999 trying to find one. (Numbers that don’t even include their No. 1 pick from this past spring, former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield.) At the same time, they’ve also gotten easily the worst production from their QBs (in terms of yards above backup QB) of any team in the league: 27Buffalo Bills2,457Tyrod Taylor1,130 It’s this kind of constant upheaval that probably helps explain Cleveland’s deficiencies in so many of the proverbial “little things” that add up to improve a team’s talent base. They botch easy trades for credible QBs and cut solid defensive backs just before opening day. They waste the prime of a Hall of Fame left tackle and watch him retire from football at age 33. They draft a first-round receiver (after trading down from potentially taking a franchise QB), only to pawn him off for a seventh-round pick within 28 months. The basic operations of running a football team can’t be taken for granted in Cleveland.And just like the franchise’s abhorrent draft record, there are plenty of other factors plaguing the Browns that we’d normally chalk up to bad luck, but in Cleveland’s case we probably have to blame on something bigger. The team went 0-6 in one-score games last season, for instance, and had one of the worst turnover margins in NFL history. They had the third-worst red zone Total Quarterback Rating (2.7) of any team since ESPN began tracking the stat in 2006. As statheads, we know these things tend to regress to the mean over time. But for the Browns, who never stick with any strategy — whether concocted by old-school scouting types or newfangled math nerds14The latter of whom (including chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta) have since been banished from the draft process. Because the team’s pre-analytics approach was working so well before the number crunchers came along. — long enough to give it a chance, it’s fair to wonder whether this endless string of calamities was always more likely to happen in Cleveland, thanks to the scattershot way the team operates in the big picture.As always, there are new reasons that the Browns might begin to break their cycle of despair in 2018. Between underrated ex-Bills starter Tyrod Taylor and the analytics darling Mayfield — plus incoming receiver Jarvis Landry and more games (maybe) from former All-Pro Josh Gordon — Cleveland’s passing game should be substantially improved this season. (It’s not like it could get much worse.) The rest of the roster is littered with new faces as well, presumably the sort of “real players” new GM John Dorsey lamented the team’s lack of at the end of last season. And among the holdovers, second-year defensive end Myles Garrett has the potential to break out as a star. One would even think at least some of the luck-based failures detailed above will reverse themselves eventually.But for now, the Browns are a case study in how bad things can get when a franchise starts on the wrong path and keeps trying shortcuts to get back to the right one. The NFL is a league designed for parity, so it seems like any ordinary bad team would have stumbled across a winning formula by now, even if just by chance. But by the same token, some team eventually had to be as bad as the Browns are now. Although Cleveland may not be cursed, it does play host to the perfect storm of hasty expansion plans, terrible drafting, constant on-field miscues, perpetually bad roster risks, no clear long-term vision and a historic level of instability.Against such forces, did the Browns ever really have a choice but to start from scratch again sooner or later? 28New Orleans124366 1Cleveland28716237 31Washington138931Detroit-246.9 4Oakland12109168 8Philadelphia Eagles10,171Donovan McNabb6,713 7Denver Broncos11,795Peyton Manning4,659 32Pittsburgh111232 2L.A. Rams18602Indianapolis+258.2 RKTeamTotal YABQNameYABQ read more

  • Pregnant woman hit by fleeing car as she tries to stop attempted

    first_imgShe was said to have been on her own in the off-licence, in London Road, when the incident happened.An Essex Police spokesman said: “It is not believed the baby was harmed.”A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, assault, fraud by false representation and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.He was detained at an address in London on Tuesday and taken to Southend police station, where he remains in custody. A car has also been recovered.A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “She was on her own at the time and she is four or five months pregnant. It’s really sad, she only came over from Sri Lanka a year ago”Locals reacted in shock to the news that the family-run business was targeted.Tom Triggs, 54, said: “She has a little boy about two and they are a lovely family. My grandchildren go in there all the time – they are really nice people.” John Lloyd, a barber who works opposite the shop, said: “It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around it.”Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: “The shop was very busy at that time of day and there were also a lot of people in the area who may have seen what happened.”I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information about it to come forward and contact us.” It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around itJohn Lloyd, a barber who works nearby A pregnant woman who tried to stop a crime at a shop suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a vehicle fleeing the scene.The woman, in her 30s and who is believed to be Sri Lankan, had tried to stop an attempted fraud at the shop where she works in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.Police said she was struck by a grey Volkswagen Golf and suffered injuries to her head and face and internal injuries.The victim, who is understood to be four or five months pregnant, was taken to hospital in a stable but life-threatening condition after the incident at around 5pm on Monday. 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.last_img read more

  • Classic ToeJam Earl heading to PS3 Xbox 360

    first_imgOne of the great cult classics from the days of old-school gaming is finally set to be re-released in all its glory for a everyone to experience all over again. ToeJam & Earl, which was introduced to the world in 1991 on the Sega Genesis platform, will be available on the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store in November. The game has been available on the Wii’s Virtual Console since 2006 and is available on Steam as well.The game garnered praise for its unparalleled-for-its-time cooperative play mechanic, allowing two players to wander off and explore the various game levels on their own. It also used a random level creation system, ensuring that players would never have the same experience twice.The plot of the game is that titular characters are rap artists from a distant planet in the galaxy, but after their ship makes a crash landing on Earth they have to find all the pieces of the damaged ship. There is a background jazz-funk soundtrack, which is just as iconic as the gameplay itself.The presentation is very sarcastic and sardonic in nature, giving it a tone that was really uncommon back in the day. Sadly, even though there were two sequels — one on the Genesis and a very disjointed re-imagining on the original Xbox — neither one managed to capture the same kind of magic as the original.Nevertheless, for players who want to see the sequel, Sega is also offering ToeJam & Earl 2 for the digital platform. On the PS3, each title will cost $4.99, but on the Xbox 360, users will have to buy both games bundled for $10.via Segalast_img read more

  • Notorious Citadel banking botnets taken down by Microsoft and FBI

    first_imgMicrosoft and the FBI have once again joined forces to disrupt a massive botnet. This time, it was actually more than just one: Operation b54 saw 1,400 total botnets powered by the Citadel malware shut down.It’s not a complete victory over Citadel, which is one of the most widely-used crimeware kits available in the dark corners of the Internet. It has been remixed a thousand different ways and redistributed. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s action will significantly disrupt operations. Richard Domingues Boscovich — Microsoft’s equivalent to McGruff the Crime Dog — said “the bad guys will feel the punch in the gut.”Now that operations have been disrupted, it’s time for the criminal investigations to proceed. Microsoft has identified an individual using the handle Aquabox as the botnet’s master, and an additional 81 botnet herders are listed as accomplices. The FBI and Europol are now coordinating efforts to locate the Citadel criminals and bring them to justice.Citadel has been responsible for pilfering more than $500 million worldwide. It’s been spotted on everything from family PCs to point of sale devices. Those who distribute the malware have modified it to do more than just log keystrokes on banking websites. Citadel has also been caught sniffing Quickbooks and Sage data — and even stealing credentials from remote control apps like Teamviewer, GoToMyPC, and VNC.The coordinated takedown will free many unknowing victims from the clutches of Citadel. It could also pave the way for a follow-up operation. Loads of data gathered during Operation b54 may help uncover the identities of additional botmasters.It’s also created some additional work for a few American IT teams. The Operation discovered 455 Citadel botnets being served up from 40 data centers in the U.S. Time to get to work, boys and girls. You’ve got some holes to plug.last_img read more

  • Un pancréas artificiel testé pour la première fois chez un diabétique

    first_imgUn “pancréas artificiel” testé pour la première fois chez un diabétiqueUn diabétique vivant à Montpellier a été l’un des deux premiers patients à tester un système de pompe à insuline portable. Ce “pancréas artificiel” lui a permis de vaquer à ses occupations sans avoir à se soucier de son traitement.Les piqûres d’insuline pourraient devenir un lointain souvenir pour de nombreux diabétiques. C’est du moins ce que suggère une expérience totalement inédite réalisée chez un patient montpelliérain. Ce diabétique âgé de 58 ans a été le premier en France à tester l’invention présentée à un congrès dédié aux technologies du diabète, organisé du 27 au 29 octobre à San Francisco. Sorte de “pancréas artificiel”, celle-ci lui a alors permis d’aller au restaurant, de dormir à l’hôtel et de passer une matinée sans avoir à se soucier de son traitement, tandis que sa vie était auparavant dictée par des mesures de son taux de glucose sanguin et un apport permanent en insuline, rapporte Le Point. À lire aussiDiabete gestationnel : régime, symptômes, taux, qu’est ce que le diabète de grossesse ?Concrètement, l’invention est un système de pompe à insuline portable qui est capable de s’auto-réguler. Pour cela, un appareil de mesure placé sous la peau relève de manière continue les concentrations de glucose et communique les résultats à un système de contrôle informatique installé dans un smartphone. Au vu de ces données, ce dernier transmet alors à la pompe la quantité d’insuline qu’elle doit administrer pour maintenir la glycémie à des niveaux convenables. Le dispositif élimine ainsi la nécessité de multiples tests sanguins, des injections d’insuline et allège donc le fardeau quotidien associé à la gestion du diabète, relève Santé log.L’an dernier, des médecins de l’université de Cambridge rapportaient, dans la revue médicale The Lancet, avoir testé avec succès un dispositif automatisé de distribution d’insuline chez une vingtaine d’enfants et d’adolescents diabétiques, qui avaient passé une cinquantaine de nuits à l’hôpital pour les besoins de l’expérimentation. Néanmoins, “l’élément innovant principal de notre système par rapport à celui testé à Cambridge est la miniaturisation du module de commande de la pompe selon le niveau glycémique.Jusque-là les expérimentations ne se faisaient pas à l’extérieur de l’hôpital.Autre progrès, le système qui vient d’être testé en France fonctionne en automatique, sans avoir besoin d’une intervention humaine. Notre dispositif autorise donc une grande liberté physique et pourrait-on dire ‘cérébrale’, commente le professeur Eric Renard, médecin au Centre d’Investigation Clinique INSERM-CHU de Montpellier.D’autres essais à venir Parallèlement à cette expérimentation, un second patient habitant cette fois-ci à Padoue en Italie s’est aussi vu brièvement installer le dispositif. Mais au vu des résultats, les essais vont se poursuivre et concerneront au cours des prochaines semaines huit patients supplémentaires à Montpellier et à Padoue, avant que la durée d’étude dans la vie courante ne soit étendue sur plusieurs jours, puis sur plusieurs semaines si les premiers succès sont confirmés. Le 31 octobre 2011 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more