Cabinet gives nod to moving official amendments in 2016 Surrogacy Bill in bid to ban commercialisation of practice

first_imgThe Cabinet, on Wednesday, gave its approval for moving official amendments in a bill which aims at banning commercial surrogacy, allowing altruistic surrogacy to needy infertile couples and its effective regulation in the country.The ‘Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016’ proposes to regulate surrogacy by establishing appropriate authorities at the central level and in states and Union Territories, an official statement said.Read it at First Post Related Itemslast_img

WWE: Ember Moon on how her finisher The Eclipse changed over time

first_imgAdvertisementWWE Raw star Ember Moon was interviewed by Gamespot ahead of her upcoming ladder match at Money in the Bank on Sunday. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:On her upcoming match at MITB:“I’m pretty confident. It’s not my first time getting to have fun with some ladders. There is a bit of uncertainty just to have competitors I’ve never been in the ring with, ever.”How her finisher The Eclipse has changed:“When I first started doing The Eclipse, I did it off the second rope. I was totally terrified to go to the top rope. I remember going to [Booker T, one of her many trainers during her career], and he was like, ‘Man, you really need to try to top that off the top rope.’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m cool. I’m cool on the second. This is my home right now. We’re going to be good here.’ And he talked me into doing it off the top rope, and it was so much more fluid as well because when you do it off the second you have to spin a lot faster ’cause you have to make sure you get around, but doing it from the top rope just worked.”You can check out the full interview here or in the video below.Also Read..WWE: Aleister Black talks pressure being NXT Champion Advertisementlast_img read more

Waqar Younis slams Shahid Afridi after Pakistan’s World T20 debacle

first_imgCoach Waqar Younis has criticised captain Shahid Afridi for his casual attitude during the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 in a report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board. According to ESPNCricinfo, who claim to have a copy of Waqar’s report, the former Pakistan skipper has also questioned PCB’s selection criteria.”Shahid Afridi didn’t attend few meetings, practice – and this is not how a captain leads from the front. (Also Read: Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Yousuf blame Waqar Younis for Pakistan’s decline)”We lost to New Zealand, Asia Cup and the World T20 due to poor captaincy. Over several occasions, I had made it clear that Shahid Afridi was not performing with the bat, ball or as a captain but I was not listened to. Poor tactics, really cost us matches. A meeting was held after the New Zealand T20 series, where the boys emphasised that they felt confused with what the captain was telling them to do,” the report stated.Pakistan suffered early exits at the Asia Cup and World T20 and also lost series in New Zealand prior to the mega event.About the selection criteria, Waqar also slammed selection of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad and further recommended the duo to go back to domestic cricket. (Also Read: Shahid Afridi begs for forgiveness after Pakistan’s horror show in World T20)”All the time he (Akmal) managed to retain his place back in the team. Is this the criteria we are setting for the selection of a new player? Andrew Symonds was a very talented player for Australia or Kevin Pietersen for England but due to their behaviour they were dropped and never picked again irrespective of their talent.advertisement”Are we bold enough to take this step or do we fear the media or pressure from different people to play certain players? I can assure you that sacrificing one Umar Akmal will allow us to develop other players who can truly and proudly wear the star on their chest and represent Pakistan,” he said.Waqar said he was surprised by Shehzad’s recall into the side, calling the selectors “bullies”.”This was a complete knee-jerk reaction, how can you consider a player in one tour when you have dropped him in a previous tour? What is the criteria to be selected? To gain support from the media and then bring back into the team, this is bullying and not a good example for others to follow,” he said in his six-page report.last_img read more

116 stranded PoK residents leave for their homes

first_imgJammu, Aug 21 (PTI) As many as 116 PoK residents, stranded here for over a month due tothe closure of the Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service, left Poonch for the Kaman crossing point in Baramulla to return to their homes today.Three Indians, stranded in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), will also return today, Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, told PTI.The PoK passengers left in several buses through Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, around 5 am, he said.Tanveer, who is among several officials accompanying the passengers to ensure their smooth deportation through Kaman post in Uri sector of Baramulla district, said the PoK passengers reached the sports stadium Poonch yesterday and were given government accommodation for the night.They will return to their native places via Aman Sethu (peace bridge) which connects Uri with PoK.Baramulla district administration has been informed and requested for providing logistic sport and other necessary arrangements for crossing of overstaying PoK guests, he said.While the weekly Cross-LoC bus service, named Karvaan- e-Aman, continues to ply on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, the facility along Poonch-Rawalakot road remained suspended since July 10 due to heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side.The early opening of the Kaman crossing suffered a set back on August 8 after fresh firing from Pakistan ended a lull of 19 days and left a soldier dead.Pakistan again resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing along the LoC in Poonch district on August 12, leaving a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman dead. PTI TAS AB RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

Huddersfield vs Man City: Team news & TV

first_imgManchester City Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 16:35 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Kompany Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Huddersfield Town v Manchester City Huddersfield Town Premier League Pep Guardiola’s side can capitalise on points dropped by their rivals when they take on the Terriers in West Yorkshire on Sunday Manchester City have a chance to capitalise on their rivals dropping points when they face Huddersfield Town on Sunday.Manchester United won their Saturday fixture but Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool and Tottenham’s stalemate with West Brom could make this a profitable weekend for City.They will face a stern test, though, in West Yorkshire, with the Terriers sitting 10th after a bright start to life in the top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City Date Sunday, November 26 Time 16:00 GMT / 11:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM David Silva Manchester CityIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League or by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN and by stream via NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Live SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Coleman, Green Defenders Smith, Cranie, Lowe, Schindler, Malone, Zanka, Hadergjonaj Midfielders Mooy, Whitehead, Hogg, Van La Parra, Williams, Ince, Palmer, Sabiri Forwards Depoitre, Kachunga, Lolley, Quaner, Mounie Huddersfield have Christopher Schindler and Jonathan Hogg back. Schindler missed the loss at Bournemouth due to suspension, while Hogg was attending the birth of his child.Michael Hefele, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Philip Billing are back in training but not fit, but Kasey Palmer is nearing contention.Potential starting XI: Lossl; Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Schindler, Malone; Williams, Hogg, Mooy; Van La Parra, Depoitre, Ince. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Bravo, Grimshaw Defenders Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Walker, Danilo Midfielders B. Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, Sane, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Diaz, Foden Forwards Sterling, Aguero, Jesus John Stones remains out for City, while Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee.Vincent Kompany made his return last weekend against Leicester City and is expected to continue alongside Nicolas Otamendi in Stones’ absence.Potential starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Thomas Ince Huddersfield TownMan City are 2/11 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Huddersfield priced at 14/1 and the draw available at 6/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Leroy Sane Manchester CityThere is some debate as to how many games Manchester City have actually won in a row.The point of contention is their penalty-shootout win over Wolves in the Carabao Cup, and whether or not that counts as a victory having ended 0-0 after 120 minutes.If we talk only about final outcomes by any method, anyway, City have won 17 matches on the trot.They look almost unstoppable at present and even on a night on which they were not at their dazzling best in the Champions League against Feyenoord in midweek, they kept a clean sheet and found the solitary goal they needed late on.Taking nothing away from the exceptional work Pep Guardiola has done since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium, he also seems to be getting the rub of the green of late.City have largely remained injury-free and just as they did lose one key player in John Stones, an ideal replacement – Vincent Kompany – made his comeback.Huddersfield Town held City to a draw in the FA Cup last season but they will find a much sterner test in front of them this time around.last_img read more

JK Guv orders probe into political activists killings

first_imgSrinagar: The killing of a BJP leader in south Kashmir has sparked off a controversy with Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday ordering an inquiry headed by state chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam to “identify lapses” while political parties accusing the top bureaucrat of creating a chaotic situation by withdrawing security of political activists.Condoling the death of Gul Mohammed Mir, 57, the BJP leader who unsuccessfully contested on the party ticket in 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Dooru in South Kashmir, Malik asked the chief secretary to identify any lapses on part of the security agencies in ensuring security of political activists, an official spokesman said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe governor has called for an emergency meeting on Monday, when government offices will reopen in summer capital of Srinagar after the bi-annual ‘Darbar move’, during which he will review the safety and security aspects of all political leaders and sarpanches in the state, he said. Malik directed the chief secretary to get an inquiry conducted into the killings of political leaders belonging to various parties in the state in the last few months. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadMilitants, besides fighting the security forces, target political or social activists in the state. The ultras killed a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Rajinder Kumar at the District Hospital in Kishtwar on April 9. Similarly, a panch, Abdul Majeed Dar, from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir was shot dead by militants at his residence on April 4. On March 14, a political worker associated with the National Conference (NC) — Mohammad Ismail Wani — was shot at and injured by suspected militants in Anantnag district. On March 30, suspected militants shot dead social activist Arjumand Majid Bhat in Baramulla district Mir, whose affidavit shows his age as 52 in 2014 assembly elections, was shot dead Saturday night outside his residence at Nowgam in the Verinag area of South Kashmir. He was shifted to a hospital in a critical condition, but the doctors there declared him brought dead. His son, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, said his father’s security was withdrawn two months ago and all efforts to get it back had fallen on deaf ears. “I had given a letter of the BJP leaders to SSP Anantnag but he expressed his helplessness and directed me to see Munir Khan (Additional Director General of Police in charge of security),” he said. Security of political activists, including the elder Mir, was withdrawn on the orders of the chief secretary in February despite opposition from security agencies, officials said. The security agencies had suggested that no security should be withdrawn until the election process is completed. However, the chief secretary ordered reconstitution of the screening committee and removed police officials from it and appointed state home secretary Shaleen Kabra as its chairman, a move that has come under criticism. Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, while taking a potshot at the chief secretary, said withdrawing security of political activists was a “foolih decision”. “Questions need to be asked but they can’t be answered by the person who was responsible for the actual order to withdraw security. The security withdrawal had been opposed by state and central intelligence agencies so who overruled them and went ahead regardless?,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Somali children increasingly victims of fighting in capital UN reports

12 October 2010The children of Mogadishu are suffering from the recent increased violence in the Somali capital, accounting for one-fifth of the 5,000 people injured so far this year, the United Nations health agency reported today, calling for an urgent upgrade of health facilities. “Service delivery is hampered by a very weak public health system, infrastructure and an insufficient number of health facilities and lack of skilled health workers,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Marthe Everard said, noting that Somalia only has some 250 qualified doctors, 860 nurses and just 116 midwives.The high number of young casualties, coupled with a limited number of skilled surgeons and continuing demands for routine surgical care, requires an urgent upgrade of health facilities in the city, WHO reported.The agency is supporting two hospitals and seven health facilities in Mogadishu to re-equip their operating theatres, provide essential medicines and supplies, train staff and install the computer and information technology needed to manage operations, and $1.94 million in funding is needed to ensure these facilities can continue to provide life-saving services.Twenty years of civil war, without any functioning central government, have devastated the Horn of Africa country, hampering health services and increasing health risks. Since January, at least 5,000 people have been wounded, 20 per cent of them children, and 100 more killed in Mogadishu alone, according to reports from three hospitals. But WHO estimates that over500 people have been killed in that time, although deaths on site are not reported.Somali health facilities routinely lack basic and essential medicines, medical supplies and equipment. Another overall threat is diarrhoeal disease as Somalia suffers from seasonal cholera outbreaks. WHO will be working with health partners to undertake preparedness activities for the expected outbreak period this month, especially for acute watery diarrhoea. In March, outbreaks were confirmed in Mogadishu, with 3,001 cases and 79 deaths reported, and the Lower Shabelle region’s Merka district, with 725 cases, eight of them fatal. Of the total victims, 2,965 were children under five, 73 of whom died. read more

New global fund disburses over 375 million to fight AIDS TB and

A new Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, first championed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, today awarded $378 million to programmes to prevent and treat the three diseases in severely affected countries.The grants, which cover 40 programmes in 31 countries, support a wide range of prevention and treatment programmes over a two-year period, including the provision of antiretroviral treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS in 21 nations.The Board also agreed to fast-track an additional $238 million for 18 proposals in 12 countries, plus three multi-country proposals, provided certain conditions are met. This would bring the total funding over two years to $616 million. Funding after the second year will be approved based on performance. The announcement came at the end of a three-day meeting of the Fund’s Board held at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Board members hailed the progress achieved during that session and urged further efforts to combat the three diseases.”Less than three months after the Global Fund issued its first call for proposals, it is directing funds where they are needed to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria,” said Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga, chair of the Global Fund’s Board and Minister without Portfolio of the Government of Uganda. “The Global Fund’s grants will provide critical support to effective prevention and treatment programs around the world.”Philippa Lawson of the Academy for Educational Development, who sits on the Board representing people living with or affected by one of the three diseases, recalled that the Secretary-General has called for $7-10 billion each year to combat HIV/AIDS alone. While lauding the fact that the Global Fund has raised more than $2 billion in less than a year, Mr. Lawson said, “the Fund needs far more resources to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria – millions of lives are at stake.”Fund officials also announced the appointment of Professor Richard Feachem as Executive Director of the Global Fund. Dr. Feachem, a British national, is currently Founding Director of the Institute for Global Health, and Professor of International Health at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley. He also worked as Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and served as Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. UN agencies sit on the Global Fund’s Board as non-voting members, and provide technical assistance to interested States in preparing grant proposals. read more

Household debt trends improving although still serious says Carney

OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney said Tuesday he is encouraged by new developments on the household debt front, noting that recent trends suggest efforts to depress lending is working.Testifying before the Commons finance committee, Carney told MPs that both debt accumulation and the number of new variable mortgages is declining sharply.Household debt has kept growing in Canada despite the weak economy mostly because, as Carney admits, the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates so low they are almost impossible for Canadians to resist.But in recent months, debt accumulation has slowed to four per cent annual growth, from 10 per cent, and the percentage of new mortgages on short-term variable rates has fallen to the low teens, from as high as 30 per cent.Carney said he still regards household debt — which currently is at a near-record 151 per cent of disposable income — as the number one domestic risk to the Canadian economy, but he suggested the recent data was encouraging.“I will note that the proportion of variable debt of new mortgages has gone down quite substantially and is running in the low teens,” he said.“New debt is locking in, the question is whether existing debt is doing the same.”Locking in to fixed-term mortgages leaves household less vulnerable to interest rate increases.As he did last week, Carney repeated his hint that interest rates would indeed increase given the improving global economic outlook and firmer growth in Canada, but gave no further guidance as to when that might occur.The bank has kept it’s policy rate at one per cent since September 2010, and Canadians have taken advantage of it to make big purchases, buy homes and take out loans using their homes as collateral. That has contributed to the price of homes rising, perhaps more than they should, he said.On average, Canadian homes are currently valued at 4 3/4 times household income, compared to the historic average of 3 1/2 times income.Carney specifically singled out condominiums in Toronto and other large metropolitan areas as vulnerable to a price correction.“The level of housing activity, particularly the level of condo activity in some metropolitan areas, is quite high. In fact in Toronto reaching levels last seen in the 1980s … and we have some concerns over those developments,” he said.“There are cases where valuations are firm, and there is probably more downside risk than upside risk in the future evolution of prices.”In recent past remarks, the governor has said his major concern is that some Canadian households will face financial burdens once interest rates rise, and that higher debt payments will squeeze household spending from other areas of the economy, such as consumer purchases.“The interest rate environment is exceptional and exceptions come to an end,” he said.The recent cooling in lending follows new restrictions put in place by the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and other policy measures, including tighter mortgage rules.Most of the testimony to MPs went over ground covered in the bank’s monetary policy review report last week forecasting moderate growth of 2.4 per cent in Canada for 2012 and 2013.Carney said Canada’s economic fundamentals are mostly sound, but that there was still room for improvement, particularly in how businesses respond to new emerging economies.As he has in the past, he cautioned Canada’s over-dependence on slow-growth markets such as the U.S. is limiting growth prospects, and that most of the opportunities lie with Asia and South America.“There are tremendous opportunities for this economy … to capture more of the value added from our resource sector,” he said.He pointed out Canada could become a leader in energy efficiency, for example.“We can make our economy much more productive in its use of resources, in its energy efficiency, and that is a tremendous gain for this economy from a productivity perspective but also it’s a tremendous export (opportunity).”Carney has scheduled a busy week of public events to explain the bank’s latest economic outlook. He will testify before the Senate banking committee on Wednesday, and give a power-point presentation to the Ottawa city council on Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2012 7:20 pm MDT Household debt trends improving although still serious, says Carney read more

On World Mental Health Day Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia

“Schizophrenia is treatable,” affirmed Mr. Ban in his message marking the 2014 observance of World Mental Health Day, the theme of which is Living with schizophrenia.“Appropriate mental and physical health care, along with regular monitoring and psychological and social support can make a profound difference,” he added. The Secretary-General noted that among the estimated 21 million people around the world suffering from schizophrenia, many reside in places devoid of sufficient health and social services and, as a result, are frequently pushed to the margins of society, leaving them homeless and unemployed. In addition, he said, people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia also die on average between 10 and 25 years earlier than the general population due to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, harmful use of alcohol, poor diet and lack of regular exercise.According to the World Health Organization, the UN agency tasked with organizing the Day, schizophrenia is a disorder which, although severe and characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, can be treated, allowing people affected by it to lead productive lives and be integrated in society. Mr. Ban underscored the importance of assisting those with schizophrenia with expanded support networks for patients and carers but also urged all people suffering from the disorder to implement wholesale lifestyle changes by going for regular health checks and seeking advice for healthy living. “Today, we can provide dignity and hope to all those suffering from schizophrenia and other severe mental illness,” the Secretary-General’s message concluded. read more

Pinnacle Continues to Slide

ETV News stock photo by Jeff BarrettThe Panthers had a game on Wednesday against Bryce Valley, a team that they beat 8-1 earlier in the season at home.Pinnacle struck first and had a three-run lead in the third inning but it was all Mustangs from then on out. Bryce Valley scored one in the third, four in the fourth, six in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take the 13-3 victory.The Mustangs held the Panthers to only three hits. Jakai Ellington had one of those hits and drove in two runs for Pinnacle.Pinnacle (3-9, 0-6 Region 19) is still looking for its first region win and will get another chance on Friday when it hosts Valley (10-3, 4-2 Region 19).

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 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 — 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, 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

Rooney I want to become a coach next

first_imgWayne Rooney revealed that he’s already begun work on earning his coaching badges as he enters the final stage of his playing careerThe 33-year-old striker will make an unexpected England farewell appearance against the United States tonight at Wembley.Despite rumours linking him with a short-term loan move back to the Premier League, Rooney will then return to Washington – where he intends to see out the remainder of his career.While his form for DC United suggests that his playing days are far from over, even Rooney knows that time is not on his side.However, the Manchester United legend plans on remaining involved with football by returning to England as a coach.“It is something I am passionate about and I want to do,” Rooney told the United website.“Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get.”While coaching is his preference, Rooney wouldn’t rule out working as a TV pundit in the future.Fellow United legends Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have all taken up regular punditry roles.“I would prefer to give coaching or management a go,” said Rooney.“If it doesn’t work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you.”Rooney is contracted at DC until 2021 after joining the MLS club in June.The friendly at Wembley between England and the US will begin tonight at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Double Date in US largest state for Turks and Caicos Islands Promotional

first_img Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agent Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Related Items:dallas, houston, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing, travel agents, turks and caicos promotional tour Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouston & Dallas, TEXAS – May 20, 2015, A whirlwind day for a 20-person delegation from The Turks and Caicos Islands led by the country’s Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Porsha Smith as the group took on two major cities; Houston and Dallas in Texas.An increase in airlift connecting these two Texas cities to Providenciales, the World’s #1 Island Destination, made the double date a must do for the team. The city’s most trusted in travel bookings were invited to a lavish luncheon held at an award winning steak house, Pappas Brothers (Houston) and a sky scraping lounge, the celebrated Crescent Club at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel & Resort, (Dallas) for a business soiree.“Well these are wonderful networking sessions and it is very nice to have our Ministers here, like our Minister of Tourism and our Premier because it shows the agents and the attendees that we appreciate them. I think that is very important because these are the people that make our destination grow and help to bring business to us and it is very important to have these people here to say thank you very much for the business you are sending us and continue to do that,” said Pamela Ewing, Regional Marketing Manager for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board in the US.The newly debuted video promotion for the Turks and Caicos Islands once again held both audiences in awe as the story tellers took viewers on a riveting ride through white roads to picturesque hills and beaches, into exotic mangroves and skipping over the turquoise waters across the chain of islands to dizzying heights above the surf which included lofty locations outside of the world famous, Providenciales.Travel Agents agreed, the presentation gives them enhanced insight as they continue to send city-weary vacationers for a true Caribbean escape in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Connie is with Precision Travel in Dallas and shared, “The video was great and it makes me want to go back and send more clients there, it is beautiful; shows that there is a lot to do. Mostly I sell the water and the sand and the peace and quiet, because it’s what I loved so much when I was there.”Connie adds that escaping the hustle and bustle and stagnancy is often the motive for her clients to book Turks and Caicos vacations, “I can tell you that if you’re living Dallas, you want to get away to the cool.”Over fresh south western salads, thick juicy steaks, flavorful seafood, tasty tamales, decadent desserts and crystal goblets filled with the finest in wines, there were vigorous discussions about the video feature and increased opportunities for enjoyable, enviable travel experiences to the Turks and Caicos Islands.Ingo Reckhorn, Sales and Marketing Director for the Beach House, Blue Haven and the Alexandra Resorts in Providenciales agreed that the shift from spoken presentations to a visual one gives room to introduce the other islands in the chain: “This year is a little bit different because we are putting a lot of emphasis on the things that go beyond the beach and the sand and the sun and we are emphasizing the other islands, the outer islands a lot – first of all with the video but also in our discussions with the agents and they are extremely interested in that.”The Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz continues next to Illinois and the city of Chicago, where over 100 travel gurus are expected at Virgin Hotels for cocktails and tapas. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCIlast_img read more

US advisory against jet skiing in The Bahamas raises concerns about the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2016 – There was another US Advisory against The Bahamas after a Nassau jet-ski driver was charged with allegedly raping a tourist woman over the weekend; the incident draws attention to proposed changes in the Turks and Caicos for similar businesses. The US has told its citizens not to participate in Jet ski adventures in Nassau, and it is affecting business there. Magnetic Media is told by smaller water sports and tour operators locally that some of the proposed measures for changes in the National Parks Ordinance will hurt their dreams; possibly even putting them out of business.There are three outlined stipulations which the appointed committee has recommended, but the one requiring for vendors to now have insurance coverage – to cover life and property – before the issuance of a protected area license may drive some out of the industry. While this stipulation sounds reasonable on the policy making side; some vendors say they have already found that they either do not qualify for insurance coverage because their area of service is deemed too high risk or that they do not have the preferred experience to get the insurance coverage. One insurer we spoke to agreed that these types of potential clients are deemed high risk, but that their company is able to underwrite many categories of vendors through London. There are numerous proposed changes to the current law, including one which would give DEMA officers the power to make on the spot arrests and issue tickets for infractions like sexual assault or harassment. Go to the DEMA website, look for the amendments and lodge your views – there are just 10 more days now to offer comment before the consultation process closes. Recommended for you Related Items:jetski, us advisory Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Statement by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation in response to US travel advisorylast_img read more

Ashley Williams apologizes for insulting Cardiff fans

first_imgWales Captian Ashley Williams has issued an apology after a video surfaced online showing him insulting Cardiff City fans.Williams was caught on camera calling Cardiff fans “mugs” at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, which incurred the wrath of Bluebirds’ fans on social media, who went as far as saying that the 34-year-old should never play for Wales again.The former Swansea defender was forced to apologize and said he meant no ill will to Cardiff City football club.“I think it’s obviously disappointing but it was not meant how it came out at all,” Williams said at a Tirana press conference before Tuesday’s friendly against Albania, via BBC Sport.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“There was a bit of banter with me and Sean Connelly [Wales’ former Cardiff physio] and it was picked up but I didn’t mean to cause offense at all.“We have that banter all the time in the squad and it was just picked up this time.“So apologies if it caused offense to anyone.”last_img read more

Judge to allow ICE officials to forcefeed Russian detainee on hunger strike

first_imgJudge to allow ICE officials to force-feed Russian detainee on hunger strike August 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge in San Diego granted an emergency request today to force-feed a Russian detainee in ICE custody who has been on a hunger strike for more than two weeks.The request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was filed Wednesday to involuntarily feed and hydrate Evgenii Ivanov, 41, who has been on a hunger strike at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility since Aug. 4. According tocourt documents, he has been refusing medical examinations and food, but the court papers filed by the government do not say why Ivanov began his strike.He’s missed at least 51 meals since his hunger strike began, court documents state, though he has been drinking water.A declaration from a physician indicates that Ivanov risks “severe physical injuries” as a result of the strike, including organ failure or death. In addition to force-feeding, the physician also recommended involuntary blood draws and other medical testing to ascertain his health.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw granted the order, finding “there is a likelihood of irreparable harm” should steps not be taken to provide nutrition for Ivanov.Another hearing for motions on a preliminary injunction is set for Sept. 4. Ivanov’s next immigration court hearing is Sept. 27. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Car crashes into house at Mill Plain and Reserve Street

first_imgA car reportedly crashed into a house Wednesday morning at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and East Reserve Street.Police were called to the scene at 9:14 a.m. and found the driver of a Mustang convertible uninjured, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. There were no reported injuries, she said.Information about damage to the house was not available.A natural gas pipe was bent in the crash, Kapp said, and crews from NW Natural went to the scene to make sure there were no leaks.last_img