Three MBA students drown in Mulshi dam near Pune

first_imgThree business management students of a leading educational institute in Pune drowned on Thursday morning in the waters of the Mulshi dam near here, according to the police.“According to the information we have, seven to eight MBA students had come to Mulshi on picnic on Wednesday. On Thursday morning three of them ventured into the dam waters without gauging the depth,” said an officer attached to the Paud police station.The students — Sangeeta Negi, Shiv Kumar and Shubham Sinha (all in thier early 20s) — were pursuing MBA at the Bharati Vidyapeeth and had gone to Mulshi’s Valane village, a popular picnic spot 45 km from the city, along with friends on May 1. While they were drowning, the other students raised an alarm, he said and a hunt was immediately launched by rescue teams aided by local villagers to retrieve the bodies.“By the time help could reach them, all three went missing. We have fished out all the three bodies and sent them for post-mortem,” said the officer.Sources said while Sangeeta hailed from Delhi, Shubham and Shiv were from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively.College authorities and parents of the three students had been informed of the tragedy.In April 2018, three students from a Chennai-based school, who were part of a summer camp in Katarkhadak village near the Mulshi dam, had drowned.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

ABL: Alab Pilipinas rebounds with Macau win, stays perfect at home

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Puerto Rican tandem of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos combined for 58 points and 23 rebounds for the Philippine side, which went on a 16-3 blast late in the fourth quarter to break the game wide open.Balkman fired a game-high 37 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds and four steals while Ramos added 21 points and 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLeague-leading Alab stretched its undefeated home record to 6-0, six days after falling 1-2 on the road following a 73-72 setback at the hands of Formosa in Taiwan.A dunk by Balkman with 1:50 remaining made it 106-91 to cap Alab’s run after Macau pulled to within just two. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE: Edward Kelly out to prove he can beat Christian Lee the conventional waycenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Alab Pilipinas scores another home win. Photo from ABL WebsiteSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas sure felt good to be back home.Alab Pilipinas bounced back from a heartbreaking loss after beating the Macau Black Bears, 106-99, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Friday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ray Parks posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists while Lawrence Domingo had 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting off the bench. Ethan Alvano also dished out 10 assists on top of his seven points and five rebounds.Alab shot an impressive 52 percent from the field thanks to their unselfish play. The team assisted on 36 out of its 41 made field goals and turned the ball over just 11 times.Ryan Watkins and Anthony Tucker each notched a double-double for the Black Bears, who have now lost three in a row and slipped to seventh in the standings with a 6-5 card.Watkins had 24 points and 15 rebounds while Tucker collected 22 points and 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READlast_img read more

Oppo Reno to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch launch event live

first_imgThe Oppo Reno series is set to launch in India today. The company is holding a launch event in New Delhi where it will announce the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the regular Oppo Reno smartphones. The new Reno series aims to offer attractive, youth-centric phones at affordable prices. The Oppo Reno phones tout an all-glass design, notchless displays and shark fin pop-up cameras, among other things.Update: Oppo has launched the Reno and Reno 10x Zoom in India. You can read about the pricing, release date and launch offers right here.The Oppo Reno launch in India will be livestreamed on the official Oppo India YouTube channel. The event will kick off at 1pm IST which is when the company will announce the price and release date of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and Oppo Reno smartphones.Oppo Reno series expected price in IndiaThe Oppo Reno series was first announced in China last month. The flagship phone among the two is the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition as it packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset. This phone has been priced starting at CNY 3,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant and CNY 4,799 for the 8GB + 256GB version. This means the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition could cost somewhere between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in India.The regular Oppo Reno gets a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset and a price of CNY 2,999 in China. This suggests the phone could cost around Rs 30,000 in India. The final Indian pricing of the phones will be announced later today.advertisementOppo Reno series specificationsThe Oppo Reno is a Snapdragon 710-powered handset, while the Reno 10X Zoom Edition packs a flagship 2.8GHz Snapdragon 855 processor. The former sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display, while the latter gets a 6.6-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) screen. Both the phones are notchless AMOLED displays that offer 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio and support in-display fingerprint sensors. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 on the top.The rear panel is also protected by a layer of 3D curved Gorilla Glass 5 to give the devices a premium look. The phones have been launched in China in Jet Black and Ocean Green colours and these options are expected to come to India as well.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition gets a triple camera setup on the back that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The regular Reno gets a dual camera setup with a 48MP + 5MP configuration, losing out on the telephoto zoom lens.Both the phones offer similar shark fin-like pop-up selfie camera that houses a 16MP selfie sensor. The Oppo Reno packs a 3,765mAh battery, while the flagship model houses a larger 4,065mAh battery, and both the phones support fast charging with VOOC 3.0. They also ship with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.ALSO READ | Oppo K3 launched with full-screen display and SD710: Specs and pricelast_img read more

CBSE to conduct 13th edition of CTET on Dec 8

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct the 13th edition of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on December 8, the CBSE said on Friday. The test will be conducted in 20 languages in 110 cities across the country. An information bulletin containing details of examination, syllabus, languages, eligibility criteria, examination fee, examination cities and important dates will be available on CTET’s official website from August 19. The aspiring candidates will have to apply online only from August 19. The last date for submitting online application is September 18 and fee can be paid up to September 23 till 3.30 pm.last_img read more

Avoiding a cash crunch when its time to pay your taxes

first_imgNEW YORK — While many business owners know they’ll owe the government less money or perhaps get refunds under the new tax law, others are still unsure about what they might have to pay while they file their returns. They need to be sure they have some extra cash, or access to financing, in case they’re facing sizeable tax bills.The owners with some of the greatest uncertainty are those who are sole proprietors, partners and shareholders in S corporations; they are the ones hoping to claim a 20 per cent deduction for their qualified business income. Their returns and tax payments are due April 15.The problem for these owners is that the deduction is based on their taxable income and therefore includes other income that they have, even if it’s not from the business. And if they’re married, their spouses’ income is included in the calculations. Another factor is whether they have employees.But owners have time to accumulate cash, and they may discover that it’s easy to find ways to free up money in their companies.Small business advisers suggest first that owners stay on top of invoicing and payments. Getting invoices out promptly is a start. And if some customers are slow payers, it may be necessary to negotiate different terms or give them incentives to pay faster.Another way to bring in more money is to raise prices where possible. That may be easier in the first couple of months of the year.Lowering expenses also helps. Owners should take a hard look at everything they spend, and see if they can order fewer goods and supplies and/or negotiate discounts with vendors. They should encourage employees to save energy by turning off lights and putting electronic devices into sleep mode.Owners might consider crowdfunding, giving people who donate money merchandise or other rewards in return.Some owners who get an unpleasant surprise at filing time might consider not filing their returns, something they should just not do — they’ll end up paying hefty late filing penalties as well as late payment penalties and interest. The advice from the IRS is, file and pay what you can. Owners must do this whether they file their returns or get an automatic extension of the filing deadline. They can seek an installment payment agreement with the IRS. The agency’s Publication 4849, Can’t Pay the Tax You Owe has information. It can be accessed on the IRS website, .____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

When Muhammad Ali told the World about the True Islam

New York – Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the U.S., former American heavyweight boxer champion Muhammad Ali and American actor Will Smith sent a message to the world about the true Islam.The video was made in 2001 when hate speech about Muslims was spread across the world, especially in America.Unfortunately, many did not understand the message of peace and 14 years later the same statement applies. Following the recent anti-Islam rhetoric and hate speech that targets Muslims, Occupy Democrats, a U.S. political organization shared a famous video where Muhammad Ali tells the world about Islam.The video has been repackaged and addressed to Donald Trump’s supporters who along with their candidate blame all Muslims for the terrorist attacks committed by ISIS.The video is captioned, “don’t judge an entire religion by the actions of the few”.“Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, color and religions. This man might be the most famous person in the world,” Smith says to introduce Muhammad Ali.“He’s one of the greatest heroes of our time – and he’s a Muslim,” he added.He goes on to remind us that “It was hate, not religion that motivated the horrible acts of September 11”, adding that we should not “respond to mindless hatred with blind vengeance”.After speaking up his mind, Will Smith cedes the turn to “The People’s Champion” to express himself in one of the most touching and sincere statements defending the truth of Islam.“I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim for 20 years. I’m against killing and violence, and all Muslims are against it. People should know the real truth about Islam. You know me. I’m a boxer. I’ve been called the greatest of all time. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth,” Ali said.“I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it was really like terrorists make it look. I think all people should know the truth, come to recognize the truth, because Islam is peace,” the champion firmly stressed.“I’m against killing, murder, and the terrorists, and the people doing that in the name of Islam, are wrong, and if I had a chance I would do something about it,” he concluded.Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali changed his name in 1964 when he joined the Nation of Islam (NOI). He converted to Sunni Islam, which aligned with his beliefs, in 1975 after the death of NOI’s former leader. read more

AU President Remains Silent on Algerias Deportation of SubSaharan Migrants

Casablanca — In a somewhat controversial move, President of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has remained silent on the issue of Algeria’s deportation of hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees — could this indicate an implicit alliance with Algeria?Various media across the continent (namely in Morocco, Mali, the Ivory Coast), have picked up on Dlamini-Zuma’s silence on the mistreatment and mass deportations of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees out of Algeria, labelling the utter lack of reaction as indication of an implicit alliance between Dlamini-Zuma and Algeria. Assabah’s weekend edition, for one, says, “The silence denotes a blatant compromise with Algiers on the part of Dlamini-Zuma, who preferred to turn a blind eye to condemnations expressed either officially or by international human rights NGOS.” Regardless of the idea of a somewhat unethical rapport between the AU leader and the union member country that is Algeria, it remains quite odd that Dlamini-Zuma has not felt compelled to denounce or even discuss, at the very least, the mistreatment of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees in Algeria, even while the injustice currently being carried out is undeniable. Last week, an investigation carried out by RFI revealed that deportees being transported out of Algeria and to Niger by way of Tamanrasset had been fed poorly and held in deplorable conditions. “The police won’t let us outside. If we go out, they beat us. They’re treating us like dogs,” one migrant told RFI over the phone. On December 9, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report saying that “Algerian authorities since December 1, 2016, have rounded up more than 1,400 sub-Saharan migrants and reportedly deported at least several hundred across the border into Niger.”The HRW report went on to demand the halting of deportations in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, both of which Algeria is party to. No word, however, has yet to be given on whether or not Algerian officials intend on discontinuing the deportations in response to these demands. read more

New Evidence Emerges in Journalist Hajar Raissounis Abortion Case

Rabat – Five days after Hajar Raissouni’s arrest, on August 31, new evidence has emerged causing more controversy around the case. A medical report, signed by Dr. Samir Bargach from Rabat’s Ibn-Sina Hospital, confirms that Raissouni underwent an abortion.Additionally, the medical report claims that this pregnancy and abortion was not Raissouni’s first. According to the report she had undergone a previous abortion six months prior to the alleged procedure that prompted her arrest.However, newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Raissouni’s employer, drew attention to inconsistencies within the report. According to the medical report, “there is no trace of a tenaculum being used on Hajar’s uterus”. However, the newspaper noted that “abortion is impossible without the use of a tenaculum”. The new evidence will be presented in the next hearing session, on September 9. Until then, Raissouni, along with the other defendants in the case, will remain in custody.Raissouni’s arrest dates back to Saturday, August 31. According to Raissouni’s narrative, relayed by Akhbar Al Yaoum, six undercover police officers surrounded her and her fiance, a Sudanese researcher and activist, right after they left a gynecologist’s office in Agdal, Rabat.The police officers then proceeded to take them both back to the doctor’s office, saying that Raissouni had undergone an abortion, which she denies. Raissouni, her fiance, and the medical staff were all arrested on a range of charges related to illegal abortions.The defense of the doctor mentioned that the medical check-up done on the journalist when in custody proved that she had not undergone an abortion. “Expertise at the University Hospital Ibn-Sina, at the request of the judicial police, confirmed Raissouni’s medical state,” according to Al Yaoum 24.Online backlashThe arrest of Hajar Raissouni sparked a lot of controversy, with Moroccan people divided on the motives behind the journalist’s arrest.Some Moroccan internet users have speculated that the charges against Raissouni are based on a “hidden agenda”. Raissouni’s uncle, Ahmed Raissouni, is the former head of the Movement of Unity and Reform, a branch of the Justice and Development Party (PJD).The arrest also comes about one year and a half after Taoufik Bouachrine, the founder of Akhbar Al Yaoum where Raissouni works, was arrested for “adultery” and “human trafficking”.On the other hand, while some Moroccans defend the importance of anti-abortion laws, others believe that it is a personal affair that shouldn’t have been made public in the first place.Toute l’affaire de #HajarRaissouni me rend dingue, le maroc se transforme en une dictature à la nord-coréenne. Nous sommes d’accord qu’il y a une thérorie du #complot derière cette histoire.— Stendhalienne (@stendhalienne) September 5, 2019“The whole case of Hajar Raissouni makes me mad. Morocco is turning into a North Korea style dictatorship. We agree that there is a conspiracy theory behind this story,” posted one twitter user.Tout mon soutien à #HajarRaissouni, injustement arrêtée pour soit-disant “relations sexuelles hors mariage” et “avortement illégal”. Tout laisse penser qu’il s’agit d’une arrestation politique. S’il vous plaît, lisez ce thread, elle a besoin de soutien.— Rachid l’instit (@rachidowsky13) September 4, 2019“All my support goes to Hajar Raissouni, arrested unjustly for ‘out-of-marriage sex’ and ‘illegal abortion’. Everything leads to think that it is a political arrest.”, commented another twitter user.Je refuse de savoir si #HajarRaissouni a véritablement subi un IVG ou pas. Je m’en fous de le savoir. C’est sa vie privée. La presse doit pouvoir dénoncer ces pratiques, et parler clairement d’un 2 poids 2 mesures sur l’application de ces lois, à la base très contestées— Othman Naciri (@othmannaciri) September 5, 2019“I refuse to know if Hajar Raissouni underwent an abortion or not. I don’t care to know. It is her personal life,” reads a tweet.Abortion in MoroccoThis arrest also reawakened the public debate about abortion laws in Morocco.It is illegal to carry out an unauthorized abortion as a doctor, and for a pregnant woman to undergo the unauthorized procedure.However, article 453 of Morocco’s penal code stipulates that abortion is not punishable if it is practiced to preserve the mother’s health in case of a medical threat. In this case, abortion can be openly practiced with the spouse’s authorization.In 2016, the Moroccan government agreed to legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, situations where the mother has serious mental health issues, or when the fetus has a serious illness or malformation. However, these changes have not yet been implemented. read more

UN health agency announces plans to develop new antimalaria drug

Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year, mostly African children, according to WHO, which says new medicines to treat the disease are badly needed because of the emergence of increasingly drug-resistant parasites.Under the accord signed today, the new combination drug – called pyronaridine-artesunate – will be jointly developed by the Tropical Diseases Research Programme, the Medicines for Malaria Venture and Shin Poong Pharmaceuticals. Assuming clinical studies begin as planned in the second quarter of next year, the medicine – if shown to be safe and effective – could be registered by early 2006.WHO said the dose of the new drug would be a single tablet taken once a day. As this represents an easier regime than existing combinations, the agency predicts that more people would fully comply with the course of treatment – a factor considered critical not only for attaining higher cure rates but also for delaying the development of drug resistance. read more

UN starts radio broadcasts in Burundi to support peace process

The weekly hour-long radio show, which is half in French and half in the local language, Kirundi, is broadcast over five radio stations covering 90 per cent of Burundi, ONUB spokesperson Isabelle Abric told the UN News Service today. The broadcasts will serve to bolster the peace process by explaining ONUB’s work in such areas as judicial reform, human rights and security, she said. With a referendum on Burundi’s constitution planned for late November or early December, the broadcasts will cover the process and support efforts to get people to register to vote, Ms. Abric said. Plans are also underway to produce new broadcasts daily in both French and Kirundi, she added. Established in May by the UN Security Council, ONUB took over from an African Union mission to help implement the peace process in Burundi, which aims to foster a multi-party, power-sharing government after more than a decade of civil war. read more

Shares in Research In Motion jump 17 but analysts still guarded on

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 5:54 pm MDT Shares in Research In Motion jump 17%, but analysts still guarded on future Shares in Research In Motion spiked dramatically Thursday after days of steady gains, but analysts were still guarded about the potential success of the BlackBerry maker’s new operating system.On a day when the U.S. markets were closed, shares in Research In Motion surged 17.3 per cent to close at $12, up $1.77, its best performance in months on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Telecom analyst Troy Crandall predicted, however, that the BlackBerry 10 operating system has only a small probability of successfully taking consumers away from Apple and Android devices when it’s released in early 2013.“It’s not that we’re super hopeful that this is going to work out,” said Crandall, of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.“There is hope being built in that there’s a chance it could work out.”RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system — which will be unveiled at a Jan. 30 event along with its new line of smartphones — is widely considered a make or break product launch for the Waterloo, Ont., smartphone maker.Crandall said he doesn’t consider it normal that shares in Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) surged 17 per cent in a single day.“Stocks should not have this type of volatility unless there’s something extraordinary going on below the surface,” he said.“I think that’s really what you’re getting and a lot of that is coming from the short selling and it’s magnified by the fact that the U.S. markets are closed.”Investors could be in for a “nasty little surprise” on Friday, when RIM shares will likely go up on New York’s NASDAQ exchange, he said. More RIM shares are traded on the NASDAQ, and it’s rare for a single stock to rise by 17 per cent on that exchange, Crandall said.A more modest gain on the NASDAQ will likely pull down the price in Toronto, he added.He said 95.3 million, or just more than 18 per cent, of RIM’s 524 million outstanding shares are held by short sellers, who have essentially bet against RIM and lose money when the company’s stock goes up.“I think a lot of the short sellers are starting to get scared or they’re actually just basically cancelling out their position, which means they have to buy it back which adds further upward pressure to the stock.”National Bank Financial analyst Kris Thompson also alluded to short selling. He increased his price target for the BlackBerry maker to US$15 from US$12.“We think there is more money to be made ahead of the 2013 launch of BB10,” Thompson said in a research note.“Let’s reiterate our short-term investment thesis. Buy the stock ahead of the BB10 product launch when we expect shipment estimates to increase, especially from U.S. brokers where a break in negativity could lead to short covering and ongoing stock momentum,” Thompson said.Thompson also noted that RIM’s new management team is maintaining the BlackBerry smartphone subscriber base, managing costs and cash, and seemingly readying a February 2013 BB10 global product release, a month earlier than expected.Thompson said an earlier launch should be beneficial to Research In Motion.“The shipments boost reflects about one more month of BB10 product availability, plus a little extra for the positive sentiment building in the industry from our discussions.”Thompson said he has increased his estimate of BlackBerry shipments for fiscal 2014 to 35.5 million from 31.6 million, reflecting 4.5 per cent global market share, up from four per cent.He said certification of the new BlackBerrys by wireless carriers is the key risk to his prediction and estimate of BlackBerry shipments. Carrier certification, which tests the new devices, can take time.On Wednesday, shares in Research In Motion gained almost five per cent on the TSX even though it was reported that the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board had dropped the BlackBerry maker in favour of Apple’s iPhone 5.Earlier this week, a prominent tech analyst gave RIM’s new operating system a small but improved chance of success.Analyst Peter Misek of New York-based Jeffries & Company said Tuesday that he’s still giving the BlackBerry 10 operating system only a 20 per cent to 30 per cent probability of success. read more

Which Winter Olympic Sports See The Most Wipeouts

Tianyu Han of China and Yuri Confortola of Italy, at right, crash during men’s 1,500-meter short track speedskating qualifying during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images Perhaps surprisingly, the lightning-fast downhill discipline has skiing’s lowest rate of incidents, with only about 10 percent of runs going unfinished. That number would still be higher than any of the sports we looked at above, but it’s low compared with other familiar high-speed activities such as NASCAR (where 16 percent of individual races ended in a DNF last season) or Formula 1 (24 percent). Downhill takes tremendous speed, skill and courage, and we’ve all seen what can go wrong when a racer makes a mistake, but those moments are still rather few and far between by Alpine standards.DNFs and DQs become much more common, however, in disciplines featuring tighter turns and more gates — those pesky markers that a skier must navigate around to complete the course. Whatever the discipline, failing to send the tips of your skis (plus boots) inside of a gate will get you disqualified from the race.In the super giant slalom (or “super-G”), racers gather speeds comparable to those seen in downhill, but they also must make sharper cuts around more gates, which are bunched more closely together. (They also aren’t allowed practice sessions beforehand, which doesn’t help matters.) Between the men and women, only about 78 percent of Olympic super-G runs are completed cleanly.And super-G is not considered a “technical” skiing event. Giant slalom is, and it involves even more gates and more side-to-side turning. Since 1994, a third of Olympic giant slalom runs ended in DNF or DQ. But the ultimate tough-to-finish Alpine discipline is the standard slalom, with skiers zigzagging back and forth across the slope around pylon-like gates in rapid succession. Almost 50 percent of slalom runs fail to cross the finish line, a testament to the perfection required to clear every gate at world-class speed.Nothing in slalom is guaranteed. For instance, even in successful runs like the one that clinched the gold medal for the great U.S. racer Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2014 Olympics, disaster is always lurking around the next gate: At one point midrace, Shiffrin’s left ski lost contact with the ground, requiring an expert recovery to avert a missed gate — or worse. In addition to skeleton and bobsled, luge is another sport that seems prone to disaster, with its high speeds and steeply banked turns. However, roughly 96 percent of competitors end up finishing their runs unscathed, an even better rate than bobsledding can claim.4That doesn’t mean luge isn’t dangerous, of course. At the 2010 Olympics, amid concerns over an excessively quick course, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died after a crash in practice. Short track speedskating, by comparison, has a more deserved reputation for mayhem, with nearly 9 percent of runs ending prematurely — though the list of offenses that can get you disqualified from a race is fairly lengthy. On the short track, crashes and chaos are features that add to the excitement.But the undisputed king of ending athletes’ races prematurely — and thus dashing gold-medal dreams — is Alpine skiing. Since 1994, nearly a third of all ski runs have ended without the racer actually crossing the finish line. And the breakdown within the sport varies pretty heavily by event: At the climax of everyone’s favorite bobsleigh-based film, 1993’s “Cool Runnings,” disaster strikes the upstart Jamaican team when its ricketty sled flips over during the final race. Everyone from Calgary to Jamaica fears the worst — but the teammates shake off the wreck, determined to finish the race. Together, they hoist up the sled on their shoulders, carrying it over the finish line. Cue that inspirational slow clap.It was a real thing that actually happened … well, aside from a few bits of artistic license. (For instance, they never carried the sled; the fact that all four racers walked away from the crash at all was remarkable enough, given how it looked in slow motion.) But one of bobsledding’s most iconic moments was also a total rarity. As far as Winter Olympic sports go, bobsled has one of the lowest rates of in-race mishaps, with racers completing roughly 95 percent of their runs. In other sports, by contrast, finishes aren’t anywhere near as guaranteed — we’re looking at you, Alpine skiing.To measure how often a run goes awry, we grabbed data from’s Olympics site going back to 19941The year the Winter Olympics switched to its current cycle. for events in nine timed sports: skiing (Alpine and cross-country), skeleton, luge, bobsled, speedskating (short and long track), biathlon and Nordic combined. For each event, we tracked how often it ended in a DNF — “did not finish” — or a disqualification.To be sure, not every DNF or DQ represents a crash like the Jamaicans suffered in 1988.2Technically, they were disqualified for the wreck. For example, in skeleton (you know, the one where you slide face-first down an icy track at stomach-churning speeds), the only DNF or DQ happened not on the course but when Canadian racer Mike Douglas was late for a pre-race inspection.3It should be noted that, before 2002, skeleton had appeared in only two Olympics: 1928 and 1948. The sport was reintroduced to the Olympics in 2002. But DNFs and DQs do usually correlate with the difficulty in staying on course and avoiding spills, missed gates or other sources of misfortune.Since 1994, these are the winter sports with the lowest (and highest) rates of DNFs and DQs among the timed events in our data: Again, not every DNF or DQ is a crash, and research has shown that per-run injury rates are still highest in the speed disciplines (downhill and super-G) versus the technical ones (giant slalom and slalom). This jibes with common sense: Although it’s easy to get disqualified for missing a gate in slalom, those miscues don’t always result in terrifying crashes. Making a mistake at the speeds involved in downhill, on the other hand, can have more devastating consequences.All of this is worth keeping in mind while watching Olympic races over the next few weeks. Some of the most seemingly terrifying sports can actually rank among the lowest in terms of on-course incident rates — although what few mishaps there are tend to be quite dangerous. Meanwhile, anything can happen in the most technical skiing events. As it turns out, hurriedly weaving down an icy slope on skis is difficult to do without skipping a gate or crashing. Who knew?— Ella Koeze contributed research. read more

The St Louis Cardinals Picked The Right League To Cheat In

Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook read more

South Korea expands air defence zone to overlap Chinas

first_imgSOUTH KOREA TODAY declared an expanded air defence zone that overlaps with one announced by China and covers a submerged rock disputed by the two countries, as tensions rise over competing territorial claims.The defence ministry said its new zone, which will take effect on 15 December, would cover Ieodo – a rock in waters off its south coast which China calls Suyan.The airspace above the Seoul-controlled rock – long a source of tension between South Korea and China – is also covered by Chinese and Japanese air defence zones.China heightened tensions last month when it unilaterally declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, in which foreign planes are supposed to file flight plans with Beijing.The zone – which encompasses some areas currently controlled by South Korea or Japan – has drawn intense protests from the two neighbours and objections from key allies such as the United States.“We will coordinate with related countries to fend off accidental military confrontations and to ensure the safety of airplanes,” said South Korean defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok.“The new air defence zone is in line with international aviation rules and protocols,” he said.New zoneKim said Seoul had notified its neighbours and related nations in advance about its new air zone – the first revision to its air defence area for 62 years.The new zone was expanded by about 66,480 square kilometres – or about two thirds of the size of the country — in waters off its south coast, the defence ministry said.There was no immediate comment from China or Japan on the South Korean move.The US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed that Seoul had consulted with Washington earlier, saying US officials “appreciate” the South’s “efforts to pursue this action in a responsible… fashion” by notifying its neighbours in advance.Tension has been high since the air zone declaration by China, which neighbours see as a push to assert its growing military might and territorial claims.In addition to Ieodo China’s ADIZ covers disputed Tokyo-controlled islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, that have been at the centre of a simmering territorial row.Both Tokyo and Seoul have rejected Beijing’s demand that all aircraft traversing the Chinese zone file flight plans and ID details.The US flew two US B-52 bombers through the area without complying, followed by similar moves by Japan and South Korea whose planes also entered the zone without notifying China.Joe Biden’s visitThe latest tension over the air zone overshadowed the visit last week by US Vice President Joe Biden to the three nations.He warned China against raising tension in the region, saying regional peace and stability were in its interests.Biden, during talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, also expressed “understanding” for Seoul’s approach including the revision of its air zone, according to a senior US official.Boo Hyung-wook, a researcher at the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses, said the latest dispute stems from China’s desire to strengthen its claim over the Senkakus by extending its air defence zone.“Since South Korea was so close to Japan, it was unavoidable (for China) to let some of its air zone overlap with Korea, which has led to all this trouble with Seoul,” Boo said.“It’s really time for the three neighbours to sit together to avoid the worst case scenario,” he said, adding however it was “highly unlikely” that the latest row would lead to an actual military clash.- © AFP 2013.Read: 85-year-old American granddad released from North Korea>Read: Japanese and South Korean planes fly through disputed Chinese air defence zone>last_img read more

Poll Do online trolls put you off using social media

first_img Image: Richard Drew By Garreth MacNamee Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 10:03 AM 15,761 Views Poll: Do online trolls put you off using social media? The company has unveiled a number of new safety measures following complaints. TWITTER ANNOUNCED THEY are to tackle the issue of trolling as they rolled out a raft of changes.The firm said that there will be three new initiatives: stopping the creation of new abusive accounts, safer search results, and collapsing potentially abusive or low-quality tweets.The changes come in the wake of complaints by users who said they were being abused by accounts set up specifically with the aim of attacking them online.So today we’re asking:  Do online trolls put you off using social media? Image: Richard Drew YesNo Vote Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 8th 2017, 10:03 AM Poll Results: 117 Comments No  (3673) Share16 Tweet Email1 Yes (3926) last_img read more

Theodosiou meets with Australian counterpart

first_imgOn the occasion of the Commemoration of 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Crete, the Deputy Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS), Vice Admiral Alexandros Theodosiou, accompanied by Ambassador of Greece in Canberra Haralambos Darafanos and commander Georgios Pelekanos, held a series of meetings at the Australian Department of Defence. Deputy Chief of Defence met with Deputy secretary Brendan Sargeant, counterpart Vice Chief of the Defence Force Lieutenant General Mark Binskin, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and First Assistant Secretary for international politics, Chris Birrer. Mt Theodosiou also visited the Australian Defence Force Academy, where he met with the Academy Commandant, Commodore Bruce Kafer. In meetings with the executives of the Australian Department of Defence, the Deputy Chief of Defence Mr Theodosiou had the opportunity to reaffirm cordiality which governs relations between Greece and Australia at all levels, and to discuss possibilities for further cooperation. More specifically, Mr Theodosiou had the opportunity to further strengthen his relationship with Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, whom he recently met in Greece on the occasion of the latter’s recent visit to Lemnos, for the celebration of ANZAC Day. Australian side has shown a positive attitude to the prospect of sending naval vessels in Lemnos and Gallipoli on the occasion of the celebrations in 2015, as well as to possible cooperation with Greek Navy in small scale technical exercises in the Aegean. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek deals Dell Inspiron 15 7000 QuadCore Gaming Laptop for 882

first_imgIn the market for a budget gaming laptop? Check out the 15.6-inch Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell. Not only does it ship with a quad-core Kaby Lake CPU, an awesome GTX 1060 graphics card, and a full HD display, but you can save over 200 bucks with today’s sale. • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming quad-core 15.6-inch Kaby Lake laptop for $881.99 (List price: $1099.99)Inside, it sports a seven generation quad-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, a discrete Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card (with 6GB of memory), 8GB of DDR4 RAM (2400MHz), a 128GB solid-state drive, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support.As for the 15.6-inch display, it features LED backlighting, in-plane switching, an anti-glare coating, and a full HD resolution of 1920×1080. And if you want to hook up to your television or PC monitor for a big screen experience, the HDMI port on the side makes that process easy as pie.From a portability perspective, this model measures an inch thick and weighs in at 5.82 pounds. Thanks to the four-cell 56WHr integrated battery, you can get a surprising amount of use on a single charge. Your battery certainly won’t last for a cross-coast flight if you’re pushing the GPU/CPU to the limit, but this beefy battery is still nothing to sneeze at. And with the full-size keyboard (with number pad) and a sizable touchpad, you can play hard and work hard even when you’re away from your desk.Windows 10 Home (64-bit) comes installed by default, so you’ll benefit from Microsoft’s awesome new gaming features. Exclusive Windows Store releases (like Gears of War 4), console cross-play on select titles, DirectX 12, Xbox One controller support, and local Xbox One game streaming make this an incredible operating system for gamers.With a total discount of $218 in play , you’re only paying $881.99 for this superb laptop. And while it can never go toe-to-toe with a full-size dedicated gaming PC, there is more than enough horsepower here to comfortably run your favorite games when you’re on the go.Note: Dell lists this as the member price, but we’ve been able to get the discount during guest checkout. Regardless, the membership program is free to join.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Ruby Riott undergoes second shoulder surgery of the year Rachel Evers has

first_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Cesaro Seth Rollins Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE Superstar Ruby Riott underwent shoulder surgery this past Tuesday, the second of two surgeries to repair a bilateral shoulder injury.Riott had surgery on her right shoulder back in May and was told she would have to wait for the second surgery. There has been no official timetable announced for her return.On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview, we would like to wish Ruby Riott a speedy recovery.Round 2…Fight!— Ruby Riott (@RubyRiottWWE) August 6, 2019Rachel Evers undergoes successful knee surgeryNXT Superstar Rachel Evers underwent successful knee surgery on her torn ACL on Tuesday.We reported over the weekend that Evers, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering, tore her ACL at an NXT Live Event in a match against Lacey Lane on July 27.No timetable has been announced for her return.On behalf of the staff of Wrestleview, we would like to wish Rachel Evers a speedy recovery.Surgery was successful! Now let’s get to work.— Rachael Evers (@RachaelEversWWE) August 7, 2019 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35last_img read more

TCI government is making strides to get more tourists in to shore

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands’ government is making strides to get more tourists in to the shores…Coming out of this week’s Cabinet meeting, Cabinet approved a strategy presented by the Premier and Minster of Tourism to promote tourist travel within our islands and within the region. The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board has also agreed to commence discussions with airlines servicing the region to develop multi-destination packages where we can enjoy a piece of the pie on tourists travelling into countries like Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas – the idea is to give day trip or overnight stay options. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more