BJP scores ‘cent percent’ in Jamner municipal poll

first_imgIn a resounding victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday snared all 24 seats in the Jamner municipal poll in Jalgaon district, with Sadhana Mahajan, the wife of senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan, being elected to the presidential post.The result is expected to strengthen Mr. Mahajan’s bastion in Jalgaon district. The win was especially crucial for the Water Resources Minister as Jamner happens to be his Assembly constituency.Ms. Mahajan, who was the BJP’s nominee in this ‘battle for prestige’, easily trounced the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) candidate Anjali Pawar by more than 8,000 votes to be elected as president of the Jamner Municipal Council.She polled 17,893 votes, coasting to victory by defeating Ms. Pawar, who garnered 9,540 votes. Large numbers of jubilant BJP workers staged a victory rally across Jalgaon district soon after the results.“The people of Jamner have delivered an emphatic verdict by voting for the BJP’s development works. They have rendered the politics of caste practiced by the NCP and the Congress completely ineffectual,” said an ecstatic Mr. Mahajan, who joined the victory procession following the results.In the 2013 election to the Jamner Council, the Congress-NCP alliance was in the ascendant, winning 14 seats with the coalition’s candidate Paras Lalwani serving as president for the first two-and-a-half years.A strange turn in political fortunes led to Ms. Sadhana Mahajan serving as president of the Jamner council in 2015.According to election observers, Ms. Mahajan’s victory this time was a fait accompli as Mr. Mahajan had thrown his full weight in the poll arena, even going so far as to canvass in Jalgaon on his wife’s behalf a fortnight before the polling on April 6. The win also enables Mr. Mahajan, viewed as a close aide to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, to score political brownie points over his party rival, former Minister Eknath Khadse, who is another Jalgaon strongman from the Muktainagar constituency.last_img read more

Portuguese TV network demands apology from Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgPortugal’s Correio da Manha TV channel has demanded an official apology from football star Cristiano Ronaldo after he threw the microphone of one of its journalists in a lake.The director of information of the station, Carlos Rodrigues, on Wednesday said that Ronaldo’s attitude was very dangerous and, in his opinion, shames the whole nation, because the images have went around the world which is not exemplary, EFE news reported.Rodrigues said that the least the network deserves is a formal apology by the Portuguese Football Federation and Ronaldo who, as captain, has an institutional role.During the team’s morning walk, accompanied by the press without any restrictions, one of the journalists approached the Real Madrid forward to ask if he was ready for the match on Wednesday against Hungary in group F of Euro 2016.Ronaldo did not respond and snatched the journalist’s microphone and threw it into the water without saying a word.last_img read more

Coco Gauff salutes Roger Federer’s words of wisdom

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Roger Federer says he plans to play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:10Transwoman, transman? They don’t exist in the dictionary – Sotto02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Now, I try to enjoy the tennis and I barely think of that fist-round loss two years later.”Gauff, meanwhile, confirmed she is “100 percent” ready to play at this week’s Luxembourg WTA event where she will enjoy a career-high ranking inside the top 70.She started the week in Linz at 110 in the world and was originally set for an early departure from Austria after losing in the qualifying rounds before grabbing a lifeline as a lucky loser.“For sure, I’m 100 percent playing in Luxembourg,” said Gauff whose rise has been meteoric — at the end of 2018, she was 686 in the world.“I’m excited, it will be my last event for the year. I’m playing doubles there also (with regular partner Caty McNally).ADVERTISEMENT The teenager is managed by Federer’s Team8 and even shares an Italian pasta sponsor with the 20-time major winner.On Sunday, she revealed that a pep-talk by the Swiss superstar, after she suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open junior event, has helped her on a path which this year saw her reach the last 16 at Wimbledon and US Open third round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He did give me some advice at the Australian Open in 2018 when I lost in the first round (after being amongst the favourites),” Gauff recalled.“He told me not to focus too much on the pressure or the outside drama. He gave me some perspective. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco Gauff of the US reacts after scoring a game point against Timea Babos of Hungary during their Round Two Women’s Singles tennis match of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 29, 2019. (Photo by DOMINICK REUTER / AFP)Coco Gauff hailed Roger Federer for his words of wisdom as the 15-year-old US prodigy on Sunday became the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since 2004.Gauff defeated 2017 Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the Linz final for her maiden title.ADVERTISEMENT “This is the opportunity to see how I perform at back-to-back tournaments.”Gauff’s career timetable has suddenly shifted into overdrive, with her breakthrough WTA trophy coming much more quickly than might have been expected.“My goal was the top 100 and to get into the main draw of at least one Grand Slam,” said the player, who has now earned a main draw spot for January’s Australian Open.“I’ve accomplished all of those goals this year, now I need to work on improving my game.“I’ve gone through what was supposed to be my timeline for the next two years. It’s been crazy.”“I didn’t expect to be on the Tour in general right now,” the 2018 French Open junior champion said.Gauff, coached by her father, said she expects to start gaining confidence as she gets more accustomed to the WTA circuit.“I’m new to the Tour and I’ve not faced a lot of the players. I’m sure the more matches I play the more confident I’ll get, along with the more experience I’ll have.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Sembcorp Marine Recorded Full Year Net Profit of USD …

first_imgzoom Sembcorp Marine recorded a full year net profit of $556 million amid a challenging operating environment in 2013. Earnings per share for the group were 26.6 cents while Return on Equity was 22%.The group net profit at $556 million in 2013 was 3% higher as compared with $538 million a year ago. On a quarterly basis, 4Q 2013 net profit at $182 million was 9% higher as compared with $167 million in 2012. Excluding the non-operating items, the group’s net profit at $553 million in 2013 was 11% higher as compared with $500 million in 2012 while net profit in 4Q 2013 at $182 million was 45% higher than the $126 million recorded for the corresponding quarter last year.Overall, the higher turnover was attributable mainly to higher revenue recognition with more rig building projects achieving initial progressive recognition in 4Q 2013 resulting in a 23% increase in turnover from $1,378 million in 4Q 2012 to $1,693 million in 4Q 2013.For the rig building sector, 4Q 2013 turnover at $1,197 million was 38% higher as compared with $870 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was attributable to the initial recognition of the second unit of the group’s repeat drillship design, one accommodation semisubmersible rig and two jack-up rigs.On a FY 2013 basis, turnover increased 51% to $3,564 million as compared with $2,356 million in 2012. A total of eight jack-up rigs comprising of diverse designs were delivered during the year. These deliveries include four jack-ups from the group’s proprietary Pacific Class 400 design series, two Friede & Goldman JU3000N design rigs and two remaining units based on the Friede & Goldman JU2000E design.The ship conversion and offshore sector registered a 5% decline in turnover from $330 million in 4Q 2012 to $314 million in 4Q 2013 attributable to the timing of projects that achieved progressive revenue recognition during the period. For FY 2013, it was 14% lower from $1,395 million in 2012 to $1,204 million. The decline was due to the timing of projects coupled with lesser number of projects that achieved progressive revenue recognition during the year.Turnover from the ship repair sector in 4Q 2013 was $163 million as compared with $167 million for the same period in 2012 due mainly to the timing in recognition of the repair and upgrade projects. For FY 2013, it was $681 million, a 6% increase as compared with $642 million in 2012.OUTLOOKThe group has a net order book of $12.3 billion with completion and deliveries stretching into 2019. This includes $4.2 billion in contract orders secured in 2013, excluding repair and upgrade contracts.Demand remains strong for Sembcorp Marine’s big docks, including the four VLCC drydocks that commenced operations at the Group’s new 73.3-hectare Sembmarine Integrated Yard at Tuas Phase I facility in August 2013. The new yard will position Sembcorp Marine for long-term sustainable growth with its innovative design, advanced automation and optimised facilities.Construction on Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz, Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned shipyard in Brazil, continues to progress well and the yard remains on track to commence initial operations in second half 2014.Sembcorp Marine, February 25, 2014last_img read more

Fire Marshal Assesses Scene of Explosion in Waterville

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal has completed its assessment of the explosion site at Porter Lane in Waterville. The incident happened today, Feb. 24, at 1:15 a.m. Provincial fire marshal Harold Pothier conducted a scene examination and determined the explosion was caused by a combination oil and wood-burning furnace that overheated and ruptured. The explosion was originally thought to be gas related. “Thankfully, the occupants were sleeping, and therefore laying down, which may have saved their lives,” said Mr. Pothier. Six occupants were taken to hospital and treated, five of whom have been released. The explosion destroyed the single-story home. -30-last_img

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgWhistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.last_img

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

PCs NDP say Liberals afraid to make decisions Wynne names 36 advisory

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 9:31 am MDT PCs, NDP say Liberals afraid to make decisions; Wynne names 36 advisory panels AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Kathleen Wynne has created three dozen different panels to advise the Ontario government since she became premier last February because the Liberals are tired and out of ideas, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Tuesday.“Thirty-six panels in nine months has to be some kind of record,” Hudak said as he launched an attack against Wynne during question period. “Why is it the only way you can get a good job in the province of Ontario is to be on another Liberal panel?”The New Democrats also wondered why the Liberals needed so many expert panels to advise them when they’ve been in power for more than a decade.“If they haven’t figured out what the people of this province want and need in terms of good government, then they’ve been asleep at the switch for an awfully long time,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.A fired-up Wynne told the legislature she wasn’t about to apologize for consulting the public on issues such as funding public transit, supporting Ontario’s horse-racing sector and increasing the minimum wage. The previous Conservative government always acted without first talking to people, added Wynne.“If the party opposite, when they were in government, if they had consulted, if they had talked to anyone about the sale of the 407, if they had talked to anyone about cutting social assistance rates, if they had talked to anyone about amalgamating cities and amalgamating school boards … we would be in this province in a very different position,” she said. “But the decisions that were made by that government undermined the social fabric of this province.”The Liberals also have panels advising the government on jobs and growth, payday loans, the towing industry, a long-term energy strategy, the scope of practice for nurses, changing the mining tax, putting calorie counts on restaurant menus, university course loads and even bee health.“I’m not going to apologize for being a government that understands that talking to people outside the walls of this building is a very important aspect of making good decisions,” said Wynne.The premier set up all the advisory panels to distract from the fact the Liberals haven’t come up with a plan to boost the economy or create jobs, said Hudak.“You seem to define jobs by how many panels you can instruct. Look, it’s getting to the point of ludicrousness, premier,” he said. “You appointed a panel to study taxes for transit and then you appointed a panel to study your panel. You can’t make this stuff up.”Horwath admitted she too likes to consult the public before the NDP take positions on certain issues, but said eventually the time comes for real decisions and the Liberals don’t seem to be able to make them.“There is definitely value in consultation, but at some point you have to get to the actual action,” said Horwath. “The problem is while all of these panels are doing their various bits and pieces of work, not much is happening in the province except for the things New Democrats are forcing Liberals to take action on, like youth job creation and lower auto insurance rates.”Wynne said the government has taken steps to help 1,500 young people find jobs with the help of a youth employment fund, and has helped create more than 60,000 other jobs across Ontario.“We must make investments in people and in infrastructure, and we have to talk with business to make sure we create an environment that is going to allow them to thrive,” she said. “That’s what we’re doing.” read more

US trade deficit drops to 434 billion in October with oil imports

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2014 6:37 am MDT FILE – In this Friday, May 16, 2014 file photo, a Maersk Line vessel is guided by a tugboat as it heads into the Port of Miami off of Miami Beach, Fla. The Commerce Department releases international trade data for October on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) US trade deficit drops to $43.4 billion in October with oil imports falling to 5-year low WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.The Commerce Department says the deficit edged down 0.4 per cent to $43.4 billion, down from a revised $43.6 billion in September.Exports climbed 1.2 per cent to $197.5 billion, recovering after a September dip. Imports were up as well, rising 0.9 per cent to $241 billion but that increase was held back by a 0.6 per cent fall in imports of petroleum, which dropped to the lowest level since November 2009. The average price of a barrel of oil dipped to $88.47, the lowest point since February 2011.Through October, the deficit is running 4.8 per cent below the same period in 2013. A lower deficit provides a boost to economic growth. read more

SecretaryGeneral hails commitment of Burundian political actors to dialogue

“This meeting marks another step forward for Burundi. For the first time since 2010, you have come together to discuss elections. And more broadly to shape your country’s political future,” Mr. Ban stated in a video message to participants at an electoral lessons learned workshop organized by the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB).“I hope your discussions will help define Burundi’s next steps on the path of democracy and development. I applaud your commitment to dialogue. I encourage you to have open, constructive discussions on sensitive issues,” he said.Representatives of more than 40 political parties and political actors, including some who left the country after the 2010 elections, as well as civil society leaders, are attending the three-day workshop aimed at analyzing the lessons from the 2010 electoral process and determining elements for a road map towards the 2015 presidential and parliamentary elections.The Secretary-General stressed the importance of the elections for Burundi, “which is determined to address its peacebuilding and development challenges, but also inclusive dialogue” during the pre-electoral period.“Elections are not the only ingredient in a democratic system. Inclusive dialogue is critical even before elections. Democracy also demands diversity, openness and participation. These contribute to an environment conducive to free, fair and transparent elections,” he added.“After elections, the winners must display magnanimity. The losers must accept the outcome with dignity. Both must work together to benefit all citizens,” Mr. Ban noted, as he reiterated the UN’s willingness to continue supporting Burundi.The workshop was inaugurated by the First Vice President of Burundi, Therence Sinunguruza, who expressed the Government’s openness and willingness to work with all parties involved towards “the preparation of a legal and institutional framework towards peaceful, free, transparent and democratic elections” in 2015.On his part, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Burundi, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, remarked that the massive presence of participants was a clear sign of political actors’ will to move forward and in line with President Pierre Nkurunziza’s appeal in August 2012 for a well organized electoral process in 2015.Mr. Onanga-Anyanga stressed that the workshop provides an opportunity to place dialogue at the heart of the democratic process. He also raised the need to reinforce the political dialogue process initiated in 2012 and to sustain it through 2015 and beyond, as well as the need to create a pre-electoral environment that will enable all political parties to conduct their activities unhindered. The workshop focuses on political and technical issues related to the electoral process, international standards, and experiences related to the holding of elections.Last month the UN Security Council extended the mandate of BNUB until 15 February 2014 so that it can continue to support peace and long-term development in Burundi, including assisting the Government in fostering inclusive elections in 2015. read more

What The Hells Gotten Into Daniel Murphy

When theretofore ordinary second baseman Daniel Murphy turned into the reincarnation of Babe Ruth during last year’s playoffs, it was a fun story. Murphy was with the New York Mets through their lean, mediocre post-Madoff years, and he was suddenly the driving force behind their surprise World Series run. It seemed proof that in a handful of baseball games, damn near anything can happen.But for the sabermetrically minded (which presumably included the Mets’ front office), Murphy was still the decent-but-not-great player that his overall record said he was, and at age 30, he was likely on the downside of his career. So during the winter, the Mets moved on from Murphy to Neil Walker at second base — which, according to the stats, was basically the right call. Murphy signed with the Washington Nationals instead, and although projections suggested that he would have a solid season, there didn’t seem to be any way that he would build on his outlier postseason performance.Those projections have turned out to be flat-out wrong. Instead of reverting to his previous form, Murphy has looked an awful lot like the guy who went on that postseason tear: He currently ranks third in the National League in Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)1A measure of a player’s runs generated per plate appearance, relative to the league, where average is 100 and higher numbers are better. and fourth in wins above replacement. (Murphy has also hit Mets pitching especially hard this year, delivering what already ranks as the most RBIs by a player against a team he played for the previous season since 1960.)For a guy who has never ranked higher than 37th in WAR, Murphy has taken a quantum leap forward. If Murphy maintains his current wRC+ for the entire season, it will be the 21st-biggest single-season improvement by a hitter over his previous career wRC+ at age 31 or older2With a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before the season in question and at least 350 plate appearances during the season itself. since 1901: Willie Stargell1971.398.628186.341.503134+52 PLAYERYEAROBPSLGWRC+OBPSLGWRC+WRC+ CHANGE Barry Bonds2002.582.799244.418.585164+80 Joe Morgan1976.444.576184.396.430138+46 Many of the people atop that list — including (but not limited to) Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Caminiti and Mark McGwire — have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, were named in the Mitchell Report or were otherwise implicated in baseball’s steroid scandal via leaked test results. But nothing so sinister has been mentioned to explain Murphy’s rise, and some players outside the steroid era experienced similar (presumably natural) leaps in performance.Murphy has always credited Mets hitting coach Kevin Long with making several key adjustments to his approach at the plate in an effort to help him hit for more power. Here’s Tyler Kepner of The New York Times last October, on Murphy’s swing changes:“Long believed Murphy should harness [his] power by driving more with his legs, moving closer to the plate, getting his front foot down sooner and bringing his hands lower and closer to his body.”The numbers bear this out: Murphy’s 2016 isolated power is 115 points higher than his previous career average, and he’s hitting the ball authoritatively in new areas of the strike zone. Murphy was always a solid hitter on pitches up and on the inner half of the plate, but his new approach has him driving the ball more on pitches in the middle of the plate and even ones low and away: Paul O’Neill1994.460.603171.341.443115+56 Ken Caminiti1996.408.621169.328.402102+67 Barry Bonds2004.609.812233.433.602171+62 Roy Cullenbine1946.477.537182.402.422132+50 Luis Gonzalez2001.429.688173.355.460114+59 Only includes players with a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before season and 350 in season.WRC+ = Weighted Runs Created PlusSource: Fangraphs Lonnie Smith1989.415.533166.362.401116+50 Of course, it’s still unlikely that Murphy has morphed into a hidden superstar after seven big-league seasons. Players in their 30s who improved on their previous career wRC+ by between 40 and 60 points in one season tended to lose 36 points of batting average, 38 points of on-base percentage and 80 points of slugging percentage the next year. But, on average, they were still better than they’d been before. Even a year after the initial breakout, they hit for a wRC+ 15 points higher than their career average had been beforehand.That means Murphy probably is a better hitter now than he was in New York. And considering the damage he’s already personally inflicted on the Mets in head-to-head competition, it also means he may well end up being the key to an NL East title for the Nationals. Not bad for a player most thought would turn back into a pumpkin after his Cinderella story last October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Dixie Walker1944.434.529168.369.434115+53 Mike Schmidt1981.435.644198.375.526145+53 Javy Lopez2003.378.687170.332.478107+63 Jermaine Dye2006.385.622151.334.469104+47 Sammy Sosa2001.437.737186.333.523119+67 Roberto Clemente1967.400.554170.348.455118+52 Biggest hitting improvements at age 31 or older, 1901-2016 Brady Anderson1996.396.637155.349.393103+52 Barry Bonds2001.515.863235.411.567159+76 Mark McGwire1998.470.752205.382.556152+53 SEASONPREVIOUS CAREER Jimmy Dykes1929.412.539143.356.40496+47 Daniel Murphy2016.387.598157.331.424109+48 J.T. Snow2004.429.529153.353.426104+49 Rickey Henderson1990.439.577190.400.429136+54 Victor Martinez2014.409.565167.369.464120+47 Bret Boone2001.372.578149.313.41388+61 Eddie Joost1949.429.453136.332.32187+49 read more

Backbench TDs would welcome the Troika back as long as theyre on

first_imgYouTube: Hugh O’ConnellFINE GAEL AND Labour backbenchers had a “good, frank” conversation with officials from the Troika this morning in Dublin.Speaking after the meeting at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy said the Troika of officials from the EU, IMF and ECB were “very clear” that availing of a precautionary credit line after the bailout would be a matter for the Irish government.“They are quite satisfied that their job is done here in Ireland,” Murphy said.The meeting was the first time government backbenchers have met with Troika officials since Ireland entered the bailout three years ago.Labour TD Kevin Humphreys said that it wasn’t a case of “good riddance” but that he would like to see the officials come back to Ireland on holidays “rather than as a supervisor for the Irish State”.“I’d welcome them back on holidays,” he said. “I’d welcome them back to see the All Blacks playing in Lansdowne Road.“But I don’t necessarily ever want to see that we would ever have to bring foreign powers back into this country to tell us what we have to do.”Read: Backbench TDs to meet the Troika for the first time todaylast_img read more

Women who use a surrogate mother have no right to maternity leave

first_imgWOMEN WHO USE surrogate mothers to have a child do not have a legal right to maternity leave when the baby is born, the European Court of Justice has ruled.The European Union’s highest court said EU “law does not establish a right to paid leave equal to maternity leave or adoption leave” for women having a child by a surrogate.At the same time, EU member states are free to apply more accommodating rules if they choose to do so, it added.The court was considering two cases: a woman in Ireland who was fertile but had no uterus, used a surrogate mother in California.She and her husband were the child’s full biological parents and recognised as such under US law.Parental rightsIn the second case, one of a British woman who could not get pregnant and had a child, fathered by her husband but carried by another woman and using another woman’s egg.The husband and wife were subsequently given full parental rights over the child with the consent of the surrogate mother.Maternity leaveIn both cases, however, when the women asked for maternity leave so as to look after their babies, their employers turned them down on the grounds that neither had gone through a pregnancy or adopted their children.Reviewing the cases against EU legislation on conditions for working mothers, fair treatment and physical handicap, the court said it could find no grounds to say that such a refusal of maternity leave breached EU law.The relevant 1992 law stated that maternity leave must be granted to a woman “who has been pregnant and who has given birth to a child,” it noted.Earlier this year, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that proposals for the reform of family law in areas such as “non-traditional” families will shortly be considered by Cabinet.“I am aiming, therefore, to develop a system in which a child born through assisted human reproduction using donor material from a third party would be the child of the both members of the couple,” he said.- © AFP, 2014, additional reporting by Christina FinnRead: State to appeal ruling in landmark ‘surrogate birth cert’ case >Shatter: ‘Legal clarity for surrogate and LGBT parents by year end’ >last_img read more

Midleton locals hold protest over ambulance service after boys death

first_imgALMOST 200 PEOPLE protested outside the office of a Midleton TD this morning over the area’s ambulance service, following the death of a young boy in the town last week.Two-year-old Vakaris Martinaitis was injured following a fall from an upstairs window. He was brought to hospital by Cork All-Ireland winning hurler Kevin Hennessy, who met the family following the fall and rang the ambulance service.He was told there was no ambulance available at that time and drove the injured boy to South Doc and then on to the hospital. Sadly, the toddler later died in hospital.Vakaris Martinaitis is to be buried today in Midleton.ProtestPic: Cllr Ger BuckleyLocal Sinn Féin councillor in Midleton, Pat Buckley, told that close to 200 people arrived at Fine Gael Deputy David Stanton’s office at 9am.He described the protest as “just one in a series of many in Midleton to protest over the lack of proper ambulance cover for the town and for East Cork as a whole”.This inadequacy of the emergency services in East Cork will not be tolerated by the people anymore and this morning’s protest is a testament to the people living here and everyone should be congratulated.He said that: “What people want to see is that Midleton gets two ambulances and a rapid response car staffed by an advanced paramedic based in the town, which is very central in its location with regards to East Cork”.The protest was to call on Deputy Stanton to ensure the issue is raised in the Dáil tomorrow. Buckley said that Stanton was receptive to the protestors and that he was hopeful the issue would be raised. The Martinaitis family was informed about the protest.Buckley added that in Midleton “there’s fear, there’s sorrow, there’s still anger” following the boy’s tragic death.“Lets hope and pray that through tragedy something responsible and right will come from this,” concluded the councillor.Photo: Cllr Ger BuckleyInvestigationThe HSE has begun an investigation into Martniaitis’s death. The director of the National Ambulance Service (NAS), in line with the HSE’s Incident Management policy, has commissioned a formal incident review into the manner in which the 999 call received from Midleton at 2pm on Monday 6 May 2013 was managed.The HSE said that the preliminary examination of the facts confirmed that an emergency ambulance was immediately available to respond to the call.However, it said that in order to fully establish all the facts surrounding the management of this emergency call, including why the emergency ambulance was not made available, a formal review has been established.The review team will include experts in pre-hospital emergency care and primary care from both Ireland and the UK and a representative from this team will liaise with the family.The NAS said it would like to reassure the public “that reports of a reduction in emergency cover in the area are incorrect”.It said that the reorganisation of the ambulance service in the region “has seen an approximate increase of 11 per cent in rostered man hours in the area over the last 12 months”.Read: “Black cloud over Midleton” after tragic death of toddler>last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Robot wars serious gamers and perfectly healthy humans

first_imgWELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.One I made earlier feature of the weekFacebook has launched a feature that lets you store links from your feed, pages, events and other places on the app so you can view them later. As TechCruch points out, it could be particularly useful for compiling restaurants or attractions to check out while travelling. Or, an easy way of finding that status that really annoyed you so you can compile an unbelievable clever response to it when you have more time… Source: FacebookGamers of the weekA Chinese team has taken home the $5 million prize after winning a massive gaming contest created by developer Valve. The best players of PC game Dota2 were pitted against one another and a total of €10.9 million was distributed between the winners and runners up, BBC reported. Source: ValveQuest for perfection of the weekA new Google project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular data thousands of people to create what is hopefully a full picture of a perfectly healthy human being, the Wall Street Journal reports.Robot wars possibility of the weekJapan’s Prime Minister basically said he wants an all-robot event in the Olympics that would see robots compete against one another in technical skills, AFP reported. We’ll accept nothing less than this… Source: robot-wars via TumblrHeadache helper of the weekScientists have yet to discover a direct cure for migraines but this helpful app does its best to keep track of them and hopefully help prevent them, Mashable reports. Migraine Buddy keeps all the information about your nasty headaches in one place as well as data about other potential triggers so it can try to understand what’s causing them. Source: Delllast_img read more

Man 45 shot in leg by masked gunman at Dublin house

first_imgThe gunman, who was also wearing a balaclava and black gloves, fled from the scene on foot to a waiting car.A blue BMW saloon with a 02 C registration was discovered partially burnt out at Greenwood Walk, on the far side of the Malahide Road, a short time later.According to gardaí:A second car, a black coloured Volkswagon Golf with a partial registration number 99 C was later located close to Shamrock Cottages in the North Strand area. Both vehicles have been seized for technical examination and scenes have been preserved.No arrests have been made. Man (45) shot in leg by masked gunman at Dublin house Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. By Daragh Brophy 18,456 Views Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Updated at 11.50amGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a shooting in north Dublin last night.It happened at a house at Belcamp Crescent, Coolock shortly before midnight.A man aged 45 suffered a gunshot wound to his leg when a gunman forced entry to his house and shot him.According to gardaí:He received medical assistance at the scene before being taken to Beaumont Hospital with non life threatening injuries. No other injuries have been reported.The gunman is described as being:A young manAround 5′ 7″He wore a navy hooded topAnd black runners Share17 Tweet Email Investigating gardaí want to speak to witnesses or anyone else with information, particularly people who may have seen either of the two cars before or after the shooting.You can call:Coolock Garda Station on 01 6664200The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111Or any Garda stationNote: An earlier version of this article, based on a Garda press release, incorrectly stated that a Honda CRV was found in the North Strand area. That detail was updated after a second Garda press release was sent, shortly after 11am. Read: Four fire units tackle blaze at house in south Dublin >Read: Cars that were seized by gardaí destroyed in Louth warehouse blaze > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 30th 2017, 11:40 AM Kilbarrack Fire Engine with FF/Advanced Paramedic on board and our Swords Ambulance attended a shooting incident last night. 1 to hospital.— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 30, 2017 Short URL Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 11:40 AM 9 Comments last_img read more

Nouveau changement de PDG à la tête de HP Leo Apotheker remplacé

first_imgNouveau changement de PDG à la tête de HP, Leo Apotheker remplacéL’ancienne PDG d’eBay Meg Whitman remplace Leo Apotheker, renvoyé après seulement un an de service. Un changement qui n’éclaire néanmoins pas sur les intentions du groupe américain.Après une seule année d’exercice, Leo Apotheker a été remplacé de son poste de PDG de HP par le conseil d’administration du groupe informatique américain. C’est l’ancienne boss d’eBay et actuelle membre de ce conseil d’administration, Meg Whitman, qui lui succède. À lire aussiUn écran tactile de 132 pouces chez HP: le HP VantagePoint”Nous sommes à un moment critique et nous avons besoin d’un leadership renouvelé pour mettre en oeuvre avec succès notre stratégie et tirer partie des opportunités du marché à venir”, justifie ainsi Ray Layne, président du conseil, dans des propos relayés par Zdnet. Mais quelle stratégie exactement ?Car si Leo Apotheker avait séparé l’activité de fabrication de PC du reste du groupe et l’avait recentré sur les services aux entreprises, le flou reste entier. Il semble que Meg Whitman veuille redonner confiance aux investisseurs sur la capacité du groupe à s’imposer sur deux secteurs actuellement en panne chez HP, les tablettes tactiles et les smartphones. Son bilan chez eBay, où elle a fait passer le chiffre d’affaires de 5 millions de dollars à 7 milliards de dollars durant son mandat, parle pour elle.Le 23 septembre 2011 à 11:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Étudier les ailes des hiboux pour fabriquer des avions plus silencieux

first_imgÉtudier les ailes des hiboux pour fabriquer des avions plus silencieuxLors d’une réunion de l’American Physical Society, à San Diego, des chercheurs britanniques ont présenté leurs travaux sur l’aérodynamisme des ailes de hiboux, dont ils espèrent s’inspirer pour rendre les futurs avions moins bruyants.Les ailes des hiboux montrent une anatomie très particulière qui contribue à rendre le vol de ces rapaces nocturnes plus silencieux. Un avantage non négligeable quand on sait que ces oiseaux chassent à l’ouïe. Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes ont identifié plusieurs caractéristiques physiques distinctes : un ‘peigne’ de plumes raides le long du bord d’attaque de l’aile, un duvet doux sur le dessus de celle-ci et une frange souple sur le bord de fuite. Mais on ne sait pas encore si la furtivité du vol est due à un seul de ces attributs ou à la combinaison des trois.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est pour tenter de le savoir que l’équipe du Dr Justin Jaworski, de l’Université de Cambridge a lancé de nouveaux travaux. Leur principe : développer, via des modèles mathématiques, une base théorique pour étudier ces mécanismes, afin de faire progresser l’industrie aéronautique. “Toutes les ailes, qu’elles soient naturelles ou artificielles, créent des tourbillons (ou turbulences) en fendant les airs. Lorsque ceux-ci atteignent le bord de fuite de l’aile, ils sont amplifiés et dispersés sous forme de son”, explique le Dr Jaworski. Un phénomène accru sur les avions conventionnels, aux bords de fuite rigides.‘Assouplir’ ces fameux bords en s’inspirant des ailes de hiboux pourrait ainsi rendre les appareils plus silencieux, selon les chercheurs. “Cela implique que la source de bruit dominante pour les ailes conventionnelles pourrait être éliminée. La signature sonore de l’aile pourrait alors être dictée par des mécanismes sonores mineurs tels que la rugosité de la surface de l’aile”, conclut Nigel Peake, un autre scientifique cité par le DailyMail.Le 25 novembre 2012 à 19:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more