Giants mailbag: What will the franchise do to win back fans after hiring Gabe Kapler?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In the last eight days, the Giants have hired a new general manager and field manager, lost closer Will Smith to the Braves and had ace Madison Bumgarner reject a qualifying offer to return to San Francisco.In other words, it’s been a tumultuous week for a franchise that has had a tumultuous 12-plus months.The Giants have dealt with several high-profile off-the-field incidents in the last year and their decision to hire Gabe Kapler as field manager angered many fans and forced …last_img

Darjeeling tea gardens set to reopen

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills, which have remained closed for over three months because of the shutdown over , will be opened and bonus will be given to all employed there.She made the announcement after meeting Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders Binoy Tamang and Anik Thapa at the state secretariat.“A meeting for opening up the tea gardens will be held at Siliguri on September 21 in presence of the labour commissioner. It will be a tripartite meeting involving owners and union representatives. A decision on opening the gardens has already been taken by the Chief Secretary,” Ms. Banerjee said. About 87 tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills are shut since June 15, following an indefinite strike over the demand for Gorkhaland. Apolitical body formedMeanwhile, with the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), which was set up by political parties and non-political groups in the hills to take forward the movement of Gorkhaland, turning defunct, members of the civil society in the hills have set up another body called National Gorkhaland Committee ( NGC).The body comprises academicians like Mahendra P. Lama, former vice-chancellor of Sikkim University, Munish Tamang and Shravan Acharya, professors at Delhi University, Lt. Gen. (retd) Shakti Gurung and Trilok Dewan, the former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.last_img read more

Giving Back Fund Presents 6th Annual Sports And Entertainment Philanthropy Summit

first_imgThe Giving Back Fund will host the 6th Annual Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit in LA from July 25-27.This is your chance to hear from Olympic gold medalists such as Nadia Comaneci, Meryl Davis, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Sebastian Coe and more.The Giving Back Fund periodically brings together the top leaders in the sports and entertainment philanthropy community through its Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit. Executive directors, development directors, representatives from the sports leagues, entertainment agencies, and family members of philanthropic celebrities gather for for this event to learn from and interact with their peers and top experts from all areas of philanthropy. Topics include strategy, programming, marketing, fundraising, social media, special events, law and governance, sponsorship, cause-marketing and many other relevant topics.This year’s Summit will span three days commencing Saturday, July 25, at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the DOHA GOALS (Gathering Of All Leaders in Sport) Forum being held in conjunction with the Special Olympic World Games. Attendees of the GBF Summit will also receive complimentary registration at the exclusive invite-only DOHA GOALS Forum, making this particular Summit one not to be missed.The event will feature speakers such as Special Olympics chairman Timothy Shriver, former NBA star Jamal Mashburn and Conversation Farm founder John Duschinsky.For more info and registration, click here.last_img read more

BJP will win this Lok Sabha election on proincumbency sentiment Ashish Sood

first_imgIn an exclusive interview with Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, BJP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha in-charge Ashish Sood said that the saffron party will win this election on a pro-incumbency sentiment that runs deep within the country. Excerpts: How is this year’s campaign going to be different from the one BJP ran in 2014? You see, last time we did not have the achievements of Narendra Modi. So, as a result, this time around we have a huge base of beneficiaries who have reaped the advantages of various government schemes introduced in the last five years. This sentiment is very strong among people, so this will be our poll plank for MPs and party activists. We now have a class of voters to whom we need not showcase what we will do. They are already satisfied with our government’s work. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDo you really believe there is no anti-incumbency sentiment running through the country? Look, the pro-incumbency runs deep this time around. And the reason anti-incumbency has been a feature in every other election is there used to be an opposition that was after the blood of the incumbent government on a list of corruption issues. This time, with this government, you don’t have that in hand. The opposition only has fake issues. Five years down the line, what they are charging us with is: this is a dictatorial government. They are presenting themselves as saviours of democracy. If we have not done the work in the last five years, then the opposition must come out with the issues instead of misleading voters. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWill your campaign then only focus on the work your government has done? In Delhi, what our MPs have done, what the Central Government has done, and it could have done will be showcased. As a result, it will also be important to show the inability of the incumbent Delhi government to deliver on what they promised their electorate. For example, we could have and we wanted to give Ayushman Bharat to the poor of Delhi. It was denied. These will be the issues. The Delhi government made promises they knew they couldn’t keep, and hence they are now raising issues such as the demand for full statehood in the Capital. BJP had also made demands on statehood. What do you think made the party switch its stand? We have not switched our stand on it. Look the statehood issue was addressed in 1991 when Delhi became a National Capital Territory and a resolution was adopted. No doubt we were asking for more powers for the state but parties always can change their stand. And moreover, no one else except the present AAP govt is responsible for harming the cause for full statehood when they tried to stop Republic Day celebrations. Do you believe that any parliament will grant full statehood if these kinds of scenarios are created? You see, we still want more powers to be granted to the state government. In terms of grievance redressal of people, the multiplicity of governance should be changed. But more importantly, some kind of uniformity in the system of governance is required. The basic idea is to solve governance issues created by the complicated system in Delhi and not fixate on wanting autonomy. What are the challenges in campaigning this time? The biggest thing we would want to implement is door-to-door campaigning (like mera parivaar, bhajpa parivaar). And reaching out to more of the electorate who at the time of anti-corruption agitation of Anna Hazare had stood by Kejriwal. More and more of those households have to be reached so that the present AAP government is exposed. As South Delhi in-charge, what are your plans for the campaign in the constituency? There is only one plan. The plan is to reach out to the beneficiaries, reach out to workers and make sure they vote at the earliest on the voting day. See, what we are going with in this election will be to highlight the failure of AAP to deliver even after getting 67 seats in the assembly. The only points will be about the 500 schools, the CCTV cameras, and the jobs that were promised. We won’t let them go scot-free for their failures on these issues. Do you think the proposed alliance may affect the way you run your campaign? You see, we are not worried about that. Regardless of whether it actually happens or not, it won’t change the fact that the opposition has failed to deliver. And even if it does come through, it just goes to show the hypocrisy of opposition members. A gentleman who had once vowed to fight corruption in Sheila Dikshit’s government is now ready to ally with her. BJP govt in the Centre and we in Delhi are wanting to contest the election on the achievements of our central government. Is AAP contesting on their achievements of the last four and half years? All they have to show for themselves is their failures and then they go as far as blaming it on the absence of full statehood.last_img read more

Maruti Celerio annual sales crosses 1 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Friday said its compact car Celerio sold 1,03,734 units in 2018-19, joining the club of company’s models with sales of more than one lakh units in a year. The model has cumulatively sold 4.7 lakh units since its launch in 2014, MSI said in a statement. The sales of the model grew by 10 per cent in 2018-19, it added. Celerio was “the first car to democratise the two-pedal (auto gear shift) technology and the recent upgrade in its safety features has significantly enhanced its appeal as the perfect city car”, MSI Senior Executive Director – Marketing and Sales R S Kalsi said. Celerio’s 1-litre petrol engine delivers a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/ltr for both Auto Gear Shift (AGS) and the manual transmission variants. The factory-fitted CNG Celerio offers a fuel-efficiency of 31.76 km/kg, MSI said.last_img read more

A Website Went Offline And Took Most Of Womens College Basketball Analytics

If you’re filling out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and want some statistical background to the broader forecasts, you have a slew of options. Start at Sports-Reference.com: powerful search tools; team rankings for anything from pace to point differentials adjusted for strength of schedule; and player pages with stats such as usage percentage, win shares and Box Plus/Minus. Ken Pomeroy’s site offers more detailed and adjusted team rankings and a wide array of individual player metrics. For $100 a year, Shot Analytics delivers detailed spatial analysis of shot selection, including weighted shot charts.If you’re looking for similar information to help you fill out an NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket, you’re out of luck.Last week, leading into the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sue Bird wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune about this analytic gender gap, noting, “The disparity between NBA data — even data across all male sports — and WNBA data is glaring. Data for the WNBA is relegated to basic information: points, rebounds, steals, assists, turnovers, blocks. While worthy of being noted, those are the most rudimentary numbers in our game.” There are a few slightly richer sources of data for the women’s professional game — Basketball-Reference.com will let you see the true shooting percentage and usage rate for WNBA players, for example — but Bird’s overall characterization of the data disparity is dead-on, and the effect is even stronger in college basketball. That’s true this month more than most.Until recently, the one repository for advanced statistics such as usage, true shooting percentage, pace-adjusted player statistics and adjusted team ratings for women’s college ball was WBBState.com, a vertical of data company National Statistical. But that source disappeared Feb. 29, when ServerAxis, the company that provided server space to National Statistical’s hosting company, suddenly took all its equipment offline. There are reports that ServerAxis was having financial problems, but the company has so far not responded to requests for comment. National Statistical also declined to comment on the situation on the advice of lawyers as it works to recover its data and bring the site back online.Exactly how a web hosting company pulls up anchor, ditches its Miami headquarters, and ends up 1,300 miles away in Chicago, allegedly waiting for its servers to find their way home, is almost certainly a fascinating story, but it’s secondary to the reality that an entire sport’s advanced metrics wing can be wiped off the map by a few nerds absconding with a few hard drives and turning off their phones. This is a corollary to the more global lack of statistical interrogation of women’s basketball — the data isn’t just shallow, it’s scarce, and that scarcity makes it fragile.What’s left behind is a patchwork collection of disparate scraps of data. ESPN has some statistics available for players and teams, but these cover only basic stats and are organized as leaderboards, so they can’t be searched or sorted beyond the top 50. You can find the full lists for most of those statistics, and a few others, on the NCAA’s website. It’s a thin statistical slice, and they are available for only the current season. Right now, if you wanted to find out where Breanna Stewart’s true shooting percentage ranked this season, or how many points per 100 possessions Baylor allowed, you’d need to scrape the data and calculate it yourself.A paucity of data in any sport doesn’t just trim down the “analytics” branch — it fundamentally changes the types of stories that can be told about teams and athletes. “The more data you have,” says Howard Megdal, a contributing editor for the women’s sports site Excelle Sports, “the more you have the ability to parse it, and to compare it, and to do it more easily, the more stories that are out there.”That’s no small point. In the landscape of women’s sports, college basketball in general and the NCAA Tournament in particular are enormously important. The nation’s attention has turned to college basketball, expecting rich, compelling and thorough analysis, and the women’s side, already handicapped by neglect, has lost one of its legs to a freak woodchipper accident. This leaves the writers who cover the tournament, missing servers be damned, in quite the lurch.“The NCAA has the standard points and rebounds,” Megdal says, “but I’m writing today and trying to make the point that South Carolina’s offense is actually more efficient than its defense. You know people talk about South Carolina’s defense all the time. I only knew that because of WBBState, and being able to see the tempo-free stats. So when I went to go and prove it, I can’t right now; I can’t reference those numbers. All I can do is say that they’re 17th in points per game, or whatever. And as I’m doing it, I’m well aware that I’m using a highly flawed stat that doesn’t begin to capture what I’m after.”In a way, that sums up the state of analytics in women’s basketball: Everyone knows that there are more powerful tools of observation waiting just out of reach, but there just isn’t much to do about it. Sometimes that’s because women’s leagues lack the financial might or institutional support to run in the lead pack; other times it’s because the wrong web host picked the wrong month to blow town. Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Ian Levy read more

Womens Swimming Liz Li breaks Big Ten record claims Big Ten Championship

OSU then-sophomore Liz Li poses for a picture at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSenior Liz Li won her second consecutive Big Ten championship title in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships Thursday. Her winning time of 21.48 seconds established a new conference-record in the event that she previously set at the meet, and tied her own school record that she set for Ohio State last season.Coming into this event, Li held the third fastest 50-yard freestyle time in the country. She now holds the record for the fastest time in that event, earning her third individual Big Ten title of her career.Dating back to 2005, only five different swimmers have won a Big Ten championship in the event, all of whom have won it at least two consecutive seasons. Li has now become the fifth straight Big Ten swimmer to earn consecutive conference titles in the 50-yard freestyle.Li’s teammates earned success throughout the day as well.Senior Lindsey Clary claimed a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.65, while junior Meg Bailey placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.75. Li also competed in the 400-yard medley relay with senior Zulal Zeren, senior Taylor Vargo, and junior Macie McNichols, who claimed a fifth-place title with a time of 3:34.91.The Buckeyes stand in fifth-place overall after Day Two, behind Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota respectively.The competition will continue Friday with championships in the 100-yard butterfly, 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, three-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. read more

PDM sends Commissioner another message Bring GT Police Officers back

first_img Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jan 2016 – The PDM Leader is calling on the Police Commissioner to send the re-stationed officers back to Grand Turk. In a media statement today, Hon Sharlene Robinson said the Party has written to the Commissioner James Smith stating once again that it was a bad move to take police from the Capital and place them in Provo. “We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to reverse his decision to lower the numbers in Grand Turk. While we appreciate the need for Police presence in Providenciales, we still see this move as one that will cause a breakdown in policing efforts in Grand Turk and a reduction in the level of service the community requires and deserves.” Robinson explained that the PDM is aware of as many as eight police being re-deployed to Providenciales late 2015. In that second letter from the PDM, the Commissioner was reportedly told that this depletion of the Grand Turk police manpower is not good because, one, ‘too small a staff lends only to a 3 shift system,’ two, Police Officers will be overworked having to work longer hours and under greater strain with smaller man shifts,’ three: the move ‘weakens Police Patrol and street presence and that ‘Grand Turk sees more tourists than all other Islands combined.’ A suggested remedy by the PDM Party to cope with the need for more police officers was to activate the concept of District Constables, reopen the Training School and for a more comprehensive Policing Plan to be presented to the people of the country. Related Items:commissioner of Police, james smith, Pdm, sharlene robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Rapid growth of ECommerce offers opportunity for region – Johnson Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United States, November 6, 2017 – Washington DC – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the rapid pace of technological advancement and expansion of e-commerce globally provides opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean countries to increase trade and commercial ties and pursue their respective growth agendas.She was addressing a Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration convened by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at its headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday (November 1).   The two-day meeting, which involved representatives of major corporations such as Google, United Parcel Service (UPS) and Walmart, looked at the obstacles to enhanced integration of the region and explored ways to deepen commercial ties among countries.Minister Johnson Smith said “closer cooperation with Latin America is one of the foreign policy priorities of the Government of Jamaica and, therefore, participation in the Regional Policy Dialogue is an important step to this end”.   The delegates agreed that digital trade and e-commerce are excellent avenues for the countries in the region to expand those links.Minister Johnson Smith pointed out that the Government has been taking steps to expand its digital footprint. She noted that Jamaica is the first Caribbean country to introduce an e-gov platform to facilitate improved connection with and service to citizens.The Minister took the opportunity to update the meeting on policy and legislative developments, which have enhanced Jamaica’s information and communications technology (ICT) framework to better enable the Government to use e-commerce as a vehicle to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.The Regional Policy Dialogue on Trade and Integration also discussed preparations for the 11th Session of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.   While in Washington, Minister Johnson Smith also met with legislators on Capitol Hill on various policy issues.Jamaica’s delegation included Deputy Director, Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Richard Brown; Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban; Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, Nicholette Williams; and Counsellor for Jamaica at the IDB, Arthur Williams.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

National Trust receives regional award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos National Trust won a major regional award – the Heritage Protection Award – at the recently concluded 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Awards, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum.  The award ceremony was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.The Turks & Caicos National Trust received the highest award for Heritage Protection for making significant contributions to protect and promote the heritage (cultural, built, natural, and intangible) of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The National Trust was recognized for its contribution to heritage protection through the following initiatives:~ Efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations~ Documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials~ Educating visitors on local heritage and local stakeholders, including the media~ Sustainable financing of local heritage conservation~ Engagement of local communities, public, NGO and/or private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage~ Communicating actions to local stakeholders, including the media The award is a vindication of the 25 years of hard work that the Turks & Caicos National Trust has been putting in, such as implementing good management practice with relatively limited resources, strong local community participation in the conservation and management of TCI’s heritage sites, and the development of unique multi-faceted conservation schemes – all for the protection of the country’s valuable heritage. The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean.  The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values. The awards were judged by a committee comprising of a panel of experts selected by CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels.The Turks & Caicos National Trust wishes to thank the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board for their support throughout the years, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their partnership and encouragement in the work of heritage preservation.   The organization looks forward to the continued support of the Turks & Caicos Government to further strengthen the efforts of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.The Trust proudly shares this prestigious international award to the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.Press Release: Turks and Caicos National Trust Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more