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first_imgCongress national president Sonia Gandhi arrived in Goa on a private visit on Wednesday afternoon.Sources in the Congress here said that Ms. Gandhi arrived in Goa by a private aircraft and checked into a five-star resort at South Goa’s Mobor beach.She is likely to leave for Delhi on Thursday, after spending a day at a beach-front resort where she stays during her private visits to Goa. Goa Mahila Congress president Pratima Coutinho said that it is a matter of pride that the president of the Congress chooses to visit Goa on private visits.“It is something to be proud that our national president comes to Goa to relax. She comes because Goa is pollution-free and gifted with scenic beauty and beautiful beaches,” Ms. Coutinho said.All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar and Ms. Coutinho told The Hindu separately on Wednesday that when Ms. Gandhi comes on a private visit, it is obvious that no one should disturb her. They ruled out any of the Congress leaders meeting Ms. Gandhi.Ms. Gandhi last visited Goa for a holiday in November last year along with daughter Priyanka Vadra. Next she returned to the same five-star hotel at Mobor beach to celebrate New Year.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has reminded the Sarbananda Sonowal government of the commitment to clarify its stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, “now that the updated draft of the National Register of Citizens has been published”.Also Read Now clarify stand on Citizenship Bill: Tarun Gogoilast_img

first_imgVirat Kohli thanked his fans on twitter for all the birthday wishes that poured in for the Indian cricket team’s captain on Sunday.Kohli, who turned 29, was wished my his huge number of fans and players alike and he didn’t forget to record a video and appreciate them.”Hi guys, thank you for all the love and wishes. It has been really overwhelming and heartening to see all the wishes that have come in,” Kohli said.Really overwhelmed to see all the love and the wishes. ???Also the perfect day to announce this. Play up to show up and grab a spot in my #One8Crew. ??? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 5, 2017A young, passionate cricketer is now the leader of a world beating team. U’ve come a long way, wish you tons of success ???#HappyBirthdayVirat sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2017What a journey it’s been for @imVkohli, 29 today! Take a look back at the India captain over the years! ICC (@ICC) November 5, 2017#HappyBirthdayVirat @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) November 5, 2017Many happy returns of the day mate, wish you loads of success and happiness @imVkohli- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 5, 2017Happy Birthday @imVkohli bhai. You are an inspiration to me and it’s special to play with you.God bless you with all the happiness and joy.? Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) November 5, 2017Wish you a very happy birthday bro.. have a grt one @imVkohli ???????????????? Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 5, 2017He also spoke about an initiative that he has taken, asking people to come out and play a sport and send him a video, from which he will choose the best and play a game with them. (Virat Kohli opens up about his cheat meal: Chole Bhature)”Today on on my birthday I’m going to start something really special. I want you to go out with your friends and play a sport…any sport that you like and send me a video footage of that game with the hashtag One8Crew, send it across to me and I will look at all those who can be a part of my crew and play a game or two with me. Don’t forget to send me your videos and stay in touch so that where and when we are going to play. Cheers,” Kohli signed off. (Virat Kohli says Rohit Sharma funniest, Yuvraj Singh never orders food)WATCH VIDEOThe 29-year-old has been on a record-breaking spree in one day internationals and recently became the fastest man to breach the 9000-run mark.Kohli also surpassed Ricky Ponting in October to move to second in the list of most century-scorers in ODIs. Kohli currently has 32 hundreds to his name and is only behind Sachin Tendulkar (49). Many feel that record is well within Kohli’s grasp too. (Virat Kohli opens up about his special bond with MS Dhoni)In terms of international hundreds, Kohli now has 49 tons, which is the second most by an India batsman behind Tendulkar’s 100 hundreds.Kohli is ranked No.1 in ODIs and is currently the leading run-getter in the format in 2017. He has been India’s most prolific chaser since his ODI debut and has scored 16 hundreds in successful run chases for India so far.Also, under him, India have become the No.1 ranked Test team and has won seven billateral ODI series in a row and will go on top of the ODI rankings as well when India play Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series next month. Currently, India are second with 120 rating points tied with South Africa, who are also on top with 120 points. But the Proteas lead the table due to their superior seven point lead. India have 6,379 while the former have 6,386.India, however, are fifth in the T20I standings but will look to improve on that when they take on New Zealand in the series decider on Tuesday at Thiruvananthapuram. The series is currently tied at 1-1.last_img read more

first_imgWell, after much begging and a small monetary contribution to Kyle’s children’s college fund, I get to keep writing for PFB. I’m moving on from breaking down plays to breaking down recruiting film. On to today’s recruit, Mique Juarez. Juarez is an athletic OLB. He could potentially play the star position with his speed and size. The star position is basically a third safety. In the Big 12, defenses need as much speed on the field as possible. Jordan Burton was OSU’s star linebacker this year. Burton is 6’3 215, Juarez is listed at 6’2 215. As you can see, Juarez is an athlete. His 40 time is listed in the 4.6 range. That’s solid for a linebacker. Juarez plays DE, LB, QB, and WR, he also had some kick return action in there. Juarez looks like a college athlete playing pee wee. He’s aggressive, mean and likes to head hunt. His combination of speed and power are too much for high school players to handle. Juarez also shows nice patience in waiting for the play to develop before attacking. That is something OSU needs badly. On Perine’s big touchdown run, OSU’s linebacker shot inside and there wasn’t anybody to the outside to contain the edge. Juarez also has the make up speed if he does step the wrong direction. His vision is probably his greatest strength, he sees the play, and he understands what the offense is trying to do. His experience at QB will pay off big time when it comes to defense. He does have some things to work on, he often times slings people to the ground. That works when you are considerably bigger and stronger than everyone. It won’t work against D1 level running backs. What skills he lacks in are coachable; you can’t coach speed, vision, and power.Strengths: Speed, field vision, power, explosiveness, and size for the position.Weakness:  Arm tackling, and getting by on athletic advantage instead of using good technique.Player he reminds me of: Eric Striker, they have similar size, athletic ability and explosiveness.Juarez would be a game changer for OSU’s defense. The linebackers are really good players, they just are missing someone who can take over a game, similar to how Striker took over Bedlam. OSU had no answer for his relentless attack. OSU has recruited well at DE, imagine having a good DE and putting blitzing Juarez on the same side. Likeliness of OSU getting him: I’d say 25 percent, it’ll be tough to fight through the California schools and OU. Hopefully he picks the good guys this winter.I’ll be back later on to break down some of our other big name recruits.  If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_img Facebook match reports Share on WhatsApp New Zealand’s Erin Naylor (in goal) and Abby Erceg (No 8) are unable to stop Jill Roord’s winner for the Netherlands. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA “Football is not fair,” said the Netherlands manager, Sarina Wiegman, after her team picked up three points with an injury-time winner. New Zealand came within 120 seconds of a well-deserved point in Le Havre, only to have their hearts broken by the substitute Jill Roord.It had been billed as a mismatch. European champions and rising heavyweights against Pacific small fry who have never made it past the group stage of a World Cup. For an hour and a half it looked anything but – a defensive masterclass from New Zealand frustrating the usually deadly Dutch strikers.“We were searching for a goal and they were looking for a draw,” said Wiegman, who won 104 caps for her country as a player. “I was not nervous but I certainly thought we could play better than we did.” New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands: Women’s World Cup 2019 – as it happened Share via Email Pinterest “I think we can go far,” Roord said. “We just have to do better than this.” Martens, the player of the match, echoed the sentiment. “It wasn’t our best game,” she said.New Zealand must regroup and prepare for a similar challenge with Canada on Saturday. “We can’t let the heartbreak of that late goal determine what we do going forward, [we must] look at the 90 minutes as a whole,” the manager, Tom Sermanni, said.The Scot, who is at his fourth World Cup, added: “I think when we do that we come away with a lot more positives than negatives. The players will be absolutely devastated but they are a resilient group and I am confident we will bounce back.” Read more New Zealand women’s football team Twitter Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD)Last-minute joy for the Netherlands…. but heartbreaking for New Zealand.What a time to win it.#NZL 0-1 #NED Live on @BBCRedButton 👉 (link: #ChangeTheGame #bbcfootball#NZLNED 11, 2019 Netherlands women’s football team Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger It was New Zealand who had the first opening in the 10th minute, when Olivia Chance collected a loose ball and darted into space. The Everton midfielder unleashed a shot from the edge of the area that slammed against the crossbar and bounced clear.The Netherlands dominated as the first half wore on, their possession count at one point reaching 68%, but they struggled to pose real danger. If anything a determined New Zealand, with their occasional rapid counterattacks, looked the more threatening team.They should have scored in the opening stages of the second half, with a double opportunity squandered by their lone striker, Sarah Gregorius. The Netherlands responded immediately, Vivianne Miedema denied by the onrushing Nayler before Martens had another attempt moments later. Women’s World Cup 2019 The match opened up, with both teams searching desperately for the points to gain an advantage in group E. But despite chance after chance – a ball flashing across an open New Zealand goalmouth, a powerful goal-bound header at the other end – the score remained unchanged.At one point the Netherlands spent several minutes camped around New Zealand’s box, unable to find a route to goal.Finally, when it looked as if New Zealand would get their reward, Roord pounced. Her goal extends the Netherlands’ winning streak to five matches and leaves them confident of progressing to the knockout stage after Canada beat Cameroon in unconvincing fashion on Monday. Chile 0-2 Sweden: Women’s World Cup 2019 – as it happened Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Topics Just as the boisterous Dutch fans were beginning to lose their voices, Roord reinvigorated them. Arsenal’s new signing finished from close range to deny a clean sheet to Erin Nayler, who to that point had marshalled an impenetrable defence. It was Roord’s first goal in national colours for 872 days.“It was a long time [between goals] – I don’t even want to think about it,” the midfielder said. “The goal came really late but the most important thing was that we got the three points.”From the start, the Netherlands were bent on their usual attacking game – to the appreciation of a largely orange-clad crowd. In one of the first moves of the game, the 2017 world player of the year, Lieke Martens, outpaced CJ Bott and sent in one of many crosses. But New Zealand’s compact defence, who did not concede once while qualifying via the Oceania Nations Cup, held firm. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.” last_img read more

first_imgAlabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)We’re only minutes into the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, but one fan is already going viral on Twitter for his epic reaction.The Crimson Tide had an excellent start on defense to this game, forcing a very quick three and out. However, the offense quickly relinquished their momentum to the Tigers.After making back-to-back precise throws for Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa threw an awful pick-six to A.J. Terrell.It was an uncharacteristic mistake for the star quarterback, especially considering that he rarely turned over the ball throughout the entire regular season.While Clemson supporters were celebrating at Levi’s Stadium, one Alabama fan was stunned by the interception.Here is the photo that is buzzing on social media:Earliest surrender cobra of all-time?— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 8, 2019Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa redeemed himself with a jaw-dropping touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy.Clemson currently leads 14-7 over Alabama because of a touchdown from Travis Etienne.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Other summer interns were offered part-time placements, while others were given extensions based on their levels of impact during their period of engagement. They are Pauline Nelson, who has been employed to Suretime Emergency Medical Services; Shamari Drysdale, at Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ); Mickelle Hall at Money Masters Limited; Trudi-Ann Cunningham, at the Jamaica Observer, and Bianca Cummings, at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa. Five of 650 participants in the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) 2018 summer internship programme have been offered permanent jobs, following the programme’s conclusion. Five of 650 participants in the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) 2018 summer internship programme have been offered permanent jobs, following the programme’s conclusion.They are Pauline Nelson, who has been employed to Suretime Emergency Medical Services; Shamari Drysdale, at Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ); Mickelle Hall at Money Masters Limited; Trudi-Ann Cunningham, at the Jamaica Observer, and Bianca Cummings, at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa.Other summer interns were offered part-time placements, while others were given extensions based on their levels of impact during their period of engagement.An awards ceremony was held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on August 28 to single out approximately 90 of them deserving of special awards.In his address to the interns at the ceremony, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the aim of the programme was “to give them an experience that would help define (them) and create a purpose”.“It is not just about enabling you to get a stipend, a salary and remuneration to assist you to buy books or provide some basic creature comforts. The purpose is to create character and build integrity, to be given a task and to complete it well,” he said.The Minister emphasised that investment must be made in the “human capital” and in the “enhancement of the human capacity”, as the people are “Jamaica’s richest resources”.It is for that reason that the Ministry invested approximately $53 million in the internship programme to “enable more people… to deliver more”, the Minister said.“Young people, the future for you is not to be what you are, it is to be what you must become. It is to grow beyond your moment and to accept that what you do today is only to make tomorrow a better experience for you,” Mr. Bartlett advised.In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Suretime Emergency Medical, Dr. André McDonald, hailed the internship programme and urged the Minister to ensure “it is replicated in larger companies in Jamaica”.Suretime has partnered with the TEF over the last five years and took four interns this year in the areas of pharmacology, nursing, customer service and human resource.Head of the Summer Internship Programme, Diane Brown-Allen, said that this year, the internship programme saw the largest cohort of participants in its 11-year existence.She explained that it was made possible due to an increase in the budget, the duration of the periods of employment offered to the interns to give each of them a chance, and the partnership forged with 11 new companies.For next year, she informed that plans are in the offing to partner with the Abilities Foundation and to include more wards of the State.During the ceremony, Jared Braham and Kerone Ross were awarded prizes for being Top Boy and Top Girl, respectively, in the programme.last_img read more

first_img“Smyth/Williams” is set to hit a Toronto stage on March 3.BY DIANA MEHTA Advertisement The former commander of Canada’s largest military airfield also pleaded guilty to 82 fetish break-and-enters and thefts as well as two sexual assaults. But Seelig says he only moved to make the play a reality after noticing what he called a recent urgency around the issue of violence against women, particularly against women in the military. The majority of the lines in the play will be taken directly from a transcript of Smyth’s interrogation of Williams, Seelig said, but the play will also incorporate dialogue that comes from some of Williams’ victims, which was played at Williams’ trial and is found in a book on the killer. “I would agree with the people who say it is hard, it’s heavy, it’s difficult, but it is necessary to look at it, to examine it, to raise awareness about it if we’re ever going to have any chance of understanding it and curbing it.” Seelig acknowledges that a play based on Williams’ confession to horrifying crimes deals with disturbing material. But he said current discourse around violence against women, and the recent dialogue around women’s rights in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, makes the play particularly relevant. The military commander came in for questioning and eventually caved under Smyth’s masterful interrogation techniques. Having the actors in the play alternate roles between Williams and Smyth was also a deliberate decision to ensure a single performer was not over-burdened by playing the sadistic criminal, Seelig said. A Toronto-based theatre company is developing a play based on the intense police interrogation in which convicted sex killer Russell Williams confessed his crimes. “Now is the time to look at what I will call truly tragic violence,” Seelig said. Advertisement The company’s artistic director, Adam Seelig, says he first got the idea for the play in 2010, when Williams’ case and his confession to Ontario Provincial Police Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth was making headlines. Facebook In his videotaped confession, Williams admitted he started breaking into homes in 2007 to steal underwear — some from girls as young as 11 — which he wore while masturbating on their beds Williams, once a rising star in the Canadian Forces, was sentenced to life in prison in October 2010 after pleading guilty to the murders of two women — 37-year-old Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd. The Canadian Forces stripped him of his rank after his conviction and, in a rare move, burned his uniform. Williams methodically chronicled and catalogued his crimes, shooting videos and still photos of himself in the act and amassing a huge collection of undergarments stolen from women and girls. Dozens of gruesome photos were shown during his trial. Williams came under police suspicion in February 2010 after officers stopped him at a roadside canvass after Lloyd went missing. Officers noticed the distinctive tires on his Nissan Pathfinder, similar to the treads they’d found near Lloyd’s Belleville, Ont., home. The One Little Goat Theatre Company plans to premiere “Smyth/Williams” in March, with an all-female cast that will alternate the roles of the interrogating officer and Williams through the performance. “For one person to take on Williams and to say what Williams says is almost too much for a person who feels deeply, and most actors do,” he said. “Part of it is to distribute the weight.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “The importance of that was to really contrast the matter-of-factness of Williams’ account of his crimes, the neutral almost emotion-free way in which he expresses them with the true horror that was perpetrated,” Seelig said. Seelig says he was amazed at the time by Smyth’s ingenuity and chilled by Williams’ matter-of-fact confessions to heinous crimes — all strong material for a theatrical performance. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

TOKYO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef.Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he hoped President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will strike a trade deal during his boss’s visit to Japan later this month.Japan’s limits on imports of meat and other farm products have been a recurring issue in years’ long trade talks with the U.S.The Trump administration worries that Japan will buy more from other nations that have signed trade deals with Japan in recent years, such as Australia and Europe.Japan, a country of 126 million, is the fourth largest market for U.S. agricultural products.The Associated Press read more

3 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concern today at reports of the recent build-up and movement of armed elements on both sides of the Chad-Sudan border, and called on the two countries to ease tensions. “In this context, the Secretary-General welcomes the discussions towards the normalization of bilateral relations between the Governments of Chad and Sudan held this week in Doha,” Mr. Ban”s spokesperson said in a statement issued today.The Secretary-General, in his most recent report on the deployment of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), stated that “the security situation along the Sudan-Chad border continued to be tense and unpredictable” during February and March of this year. Last week in a briefing to the Security Council, Rodolphe Adada, the Joint African Union-UN Special Representative for Darfur and head of UNAMID, cited the state of relations between Sudan and Chad as an important factor with regard to the ongoing conflict in Darfur.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes in Darfur since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

The Indian claim their fishing nets were also cut while the fish were thrown back into the sea. They also claimed that their GPS equipment and cell phones were seized. A group of Tamil Nadu fishermen claim they were attacked near the Katchatheevu Island in Sri Lankan waters yesterday.The Press Trust of India quoted the fishermen as saying that they were attacked by the Sri Lankan navy, an allegation Indian fishermen continued to raise even during the war. Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy had last month said India and Sri Lanka were close to clinching an agreement on drawing a fishing boundary in the Palk Strait to avoid incidents of attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen.The Sri Lankan navy has always denied involvement in the alleged attacks. (Colombo Gazette) According to the Indian media report 12 fishermen from Thondi in the Ramanathapuram District, were fishing in a mechanised boat when they were surrounded by, who they claim were sailors of the Sri Lankan Navy, who attacked them with sticks. The fishermen arrived at Rameswaram on last night and were treated as out-patients and given some pain killers and ointment by local doctors, the Indian media report said.The alleged attack comes after a brief lull in such incidents. In a welcome gesture, Sri Lankan Naval personnel, had on January 24 offered refreshments to a group of fishermen from Rameswaram when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. read more

In a letter to the Council President, the Secretary-General informs the 15-member body that he has named Atabou Bodia of Senegal, Johan Peleman of Belgium, Harjit Singh Sandhu of India and Alex Vines of the United Kingdom to the panel.Last week, the Council unanimously voted to re-establish the panel to look into and compile a brief independent audit of the Government’s observance of a Council resolution adopted in 2001 and to report on its findings no later than 8 April.That resolution called for Liberia to end financial and military support to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone, to expel rebel members from the country and to prohibit their activity on its territory.By the same text, the Council also imposed an arms embargo on Liberia, restricted its diamond exports and banned the country’s senior officials from travelling abroad, except for humanitarian reasons. read more

April big bus registrations up 53% “¢ Last year’s orders still support strong big bus registrations. “¢ April’s coaches down 46% to 69 units due to major impact of recession. “¢ Small minibuses down 53% to 54 but larger single-deckers up strongly. “April’s big bus registrations show the benefits of last year’s strong sales but the recession has hit the coach and small minibus sector hard,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Manufacturers are increasingly worried about falling orders, so it is imperative that the government takes action to restore confidence among bus and coach operators.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Friday, Feb 27, 3:28 p.m.The panel: “Commissioner’s Perspective: 1 on 1 with Rob Manfred”The panelists: Brian Kenny, Rob ManfredRob Manfred has a long history with Major League Baseball. And Major League Baseball has long tried to avoid letting its history weigh it down. In a wide-ranging interview at Sloan on Friday, one month into his tenure as league commissioner, Manfred sounded like a man trying to make sense of how to reform a game without hollowing it out.A few days ago, Manfred said that there was a universe in which baseball could shave eight games off its regular-season schedule “sometime down the road.” A reduction in the current 162-game schedule could make the sport’s playoff timing a little more flexible, and might increase fan interest in each game. At Sloan, Manfred said he chose the 154-game mark because it would take the majors “back to a number that’s already in our record books.” Could he see MLB going even lower, to 150? No, because then “you’re going to go have a record book with 150, 154, 162 …” Only in baseball, a sport hallowed enough to get the Ken Burns treatment, could the record book be more important than the ledger. Integrity is paramount. (Or as Manfred, who has worked for the league for nearly two decades, put it when talking about whether to reform gambling laws around sports betting: “Integrity, it’s Rule One.”)Yet this is a commissioner who clearly wants to find ways to change the game. Manfred has introduced rules to speed the pace of play, and said Friday he’s very happy with the replay system MLB added last year. He said that in the future — “past Rob Manfred” — the league could have a team outside North America, and before that, maybe even one in Mexico. Now that would be historic. — Chadwick Matlin Sunday, March 1 12:17 a.m.After what conference co-organizer Jessica Gelman said was a “heated discussion,” voters for the top research paper at Sloan reached a split decision and split the $30,000 prize pool between two papers. The winners:Who is Responsible for a Called Strike? by Joe Rosales and Scott SprattCounterpoints: Advanced Defensive Metrics for NBA Basketball by Alexander Franks, Andrew Miller, Luke Bornn and Kirk GoldsberryRosales and Spratt, both of Baseball Info Solutions, presented work suggesting that pitch framing, which has traditionally rewarded most of the credit to catchers alone, is actually a function of three independent participants: the catcher, pitcher, and umpire.Franks, Miller, Bornn, and Goldsberry — all members of Harvard’s XY Hoops group — used player tracking data to quantify individual defensive play in the NBA. The academic version of this group’s paper has been accepted at the statistics journal Annals of Applied Statistics.The groups behind the winning papers each received $15,000 for their efforts. Additionally, Bornn and Goldsberry, along with co-authors Alex D’Amour and Dan Cervone, received the conference’s top poster prize of $1,000 for “Move or Die: How Ball Movement Creates Open Shots in the NBA.” — Mike Lopez Friday, Feb 27, 11:55 a.m.Daryl Morey has been as instrumental to the rise of the Sloan conference as he has been to the rise of the Houston Rockets. Morey, the general manager of the Rockets, has steered the team to third place in the Western conference — behind MVP-candidate James Harden, whom he acquired in a now-legendary 2012 trade — and helped start the Sloan conference in 2007. At Sloan on Friday, I boxed him out to ask a few questions about advanced basketball analytics, specifically player-tracking data from companies like STATS’ SportVU technology. While he can’t divulge the details of the Rockets’ private statistics, Morey’s remarks about the publicly available numbers are especially insightful because the Rockets are one of the most stats-savvy teams — not just in the NBA, but in all of sports. — Andrew FlowersAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Saturday, Feb. 28 3:15 p.m.Will sports betting inevitably become legal in the U.S.? It sure seems like it.Momentum behind legalization has grown since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times in November 2014 explicitly endorsing legal sports gambling. The facade of professional sports leagues that oppose sports betting is beginning to crack. And it’s clear why: money.Silver estimated the market for illegal sports wagering is currently $400 billion per year, though it’s likely that figure is inflated. But even lower-end estimates of around $80 billion still represent a huge market. Sports betting is already enormous in Europe, Australia and many other regions. State governments want in because of the potential revenues.Professional sports leagues are intrigued because they see gambling interest as a ratings driver, much like fantasy sports have been. (And, coincidentally, daily fantasy sports sites – with cash prizes – bear an eerie resemblance to gambling anyway.) Gambling is already inherently analytical; but the appetite of stats-savvy fans for geeky coverage about odds is growing. Jeff Ma, a contributor to ESPN’s new sports-betting site, Chalk – said gambling analytics would meet the demand from those with a “high-brow” interest.But there are major risks to legalization. The revelations that former NBA referee Tim Donaghy owed gambling debts and bet on games he officiated was a reminder of the long, scandalous history of how gambling can challenge the integrity of sports. Here, too, analytics can help. Ryan Rodenberg, a professor at Florida State University, suggested statistical scrutiny of betting markets would combat fraud and fixing. Several private European firms already specialize in such analytics.The panelists were asked that if they had to bet on legalization sweeping the country, when it would happen. The lines offered by the panelists ranged from 2-to-10 years. Dan Spillane, the Assistant General Counsel for the NBA, didn’t offer a timeline, however. He just said “years, not months.” — Andrew Flowers Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:00 p.m.The session: “Analytics of the Tommy John Injury Epidemic”The speaker: Glenn FleisigWe’re in the midst of an epidemic of elbow injuries among major league pitchers. Twenty-five percent of current MLB pitchers have had an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”) and 15 percent of minor league pitchers have undergone the procedure. Over the last decade, the problem has trickled down to high school and little league players. In 1990, none of the baseball players coming to the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center clinic Tommy John surgery were kids. Today, one third of them are high school age or younger, said Fleisig, the research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute.What’s to blame for the epidemic of torn elbow ligaments? Are more players getting hurt? Or are we just better at diagnosing these injuries? Are doctors more willing to do the procedure? Or are patients more eager to have it?The answer, said Fleisig, is all of the above. Some players assume they should go in for surgery at the first sign of elbow pain, just “to get it over,” but that’s the wrong attitude. Best case scenario, the surgery can return a player to the career trajectory he was on before he got injured, but it won’t improve performance and not every player makes it back to play, Fleisig said.About 80 percent of major league players who get Tommy John surgeries make it back to the mound, but only two thirds of those who undergo the procedure make it back and stay there.Most elbow ligament injuries occur due to overuse. During the middle part of the pitch when the elbow is held upright at a right angle, the joint experiences severe torque. “It’s like holding a string with five 12-pound bowling balls,” Fleisig said. (That’s why doping raises the risk of an elbow injury — “If you’re on the juice you’re making your muscles too strong for your tendons and ligaments to handle.”)There’s a common notion that curveballs are dangerous, but the research doesn’t bear that out, Fleisig said. “We expected the curveball to have more torque than the fastball, but it turns out it has less.”Four things determine which players get injured — biomechanics, how much a player pitches, training and recovery. “It’s not one of these things or the other, it’s all of them,” Fleisig said.Wear and tear on the elbow is one of the most important factors, and when Fleisig’s group followed a group of 500 kids over a ten-year period, they found that pitching more than 100 competitive innings more than tripled the risk of needing a Tommy John surgery. Likewise, more than 80 pitches per game quadrupled the risk of injury, and kids who pitched when fatigued had 36 times the risk of having surgery.In an effort to cut the rates of elbow injuries among young pitchers, Fleisig and his colleagues have teamed with Major League Baseball to create Pitch Smart, age-appropriate guidelines to avoid injury. Suggestions include limits on the number of pitches thrown and not pitching when fatigued. “The best computer we have is right here,” Fleisig told me, pointing to his head. — Christie Aschwanden Saturday, Feb. 28 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 11:20 a.m. Friday, Feb 27, 12:21 p.m.The Panel: “Valuing Franchises: How Sports Teams Break the DCF”The Panelists: Lyle Ayes, Aswath Damodaran, Joe McNulty, Randy Vataha, Abe Madkour (moderator)The recent sales of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clippers for over $2 billion have opened up a new paradigm in sports franchise valuations. As shocking as the price of those transactions may have been, the mood at this Sloan panel was buoyant. In fact, panelists seemed to be most worried about prices getting so high that billionaires would be priced out of the market. As Lyle Ayes, managing director of the investment bank Evercore’s sports advisory practice said, “how many people can pay $4 billion for an asset?”Panelists thought the seemingly inexorable rise in franchise valuations was driven by the increasing value of media and content rights. Aswath Damodaran, an NYU professor who focuses on valuation (and FiveThirtyEight contributor), commented that across the entertainment industry, owning content is becoming king. Ayes cited the NBA’s massive new TV deal as evidence of this trend. He noted that advertisers put a large premium on live content like sports because viewers are relatively captive during the event. Interestingly, none of the panel members thought that a team’s performance had a large impact on valuation. The most important factor, according to the panel, was metro area population and GDP. The New York Knicks can command significantly more from their local TV rights for bad basketball than the San Antonio Spurs can command for good.Despite the increase in the real earnings of teams as media deals improve, panelists (with the exception of Ayes), broadly agreed that sports franchises still do not make sense as actual businesses. While they are relatively low-risk and uncorrelated with other potential investments, almost any analysis of the current cash flows — or lack thereof — will not find them to be great investments. As Damodaran noted, the supply of franchises is relatively fixed, while demand has been growing. The panelists did not see this dynamic changing any time soon. — John Ezekowitz Friday, Feb 27, 2:20 p.m.The panel: “Basketball Analytics: Push the Tempo”The panelists: Shane Battier, Mike Zarren, Sue Bird, Mike D’Antoni, Pablo TorreAre basketball teams now so saturated with data and analytics that it’s hard to use them for a competitive advantage?Mike Zarren, assistant general manager for the Boston Celtics, raised an interesting point about what qualifies as analytics in an analytics age. “If I know how well a player slept last night, is that analytics?” The breadth of topics discussed — injuries, biometrics, pace, traditional positions, rest, incentives, shot selection, team chemistry — reveal what a truly broad spectrum of questions and answers fall under the umbrella of basketball analytics. However the field is defined, it all serves the same master: talent. Shane Battier, the poster boy for the adoption of analytic ideas at the player level, summed up the mission perfectly: “It’s about creating space to allow talent to do what they do.”Zarren returned to a well-worn focus at this conference — communication of insights — and defended that arena as the place where a competitive advantage still exists: “You have to use it, it has to affect the decisions you make. I don’t think there is a saturation of that yet.” — Ian Levy Friday, Feb 27, 10:40 a.m.The panel: “Innovators and Adopters”The panelists: Shane Battier, Michael Lewis, Daryl Morey, Jeff Van Gundy and Jackie MacMullanPity Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Out for the season with injuries after performances well below their high standards, they’re now punching bags in Boston, at least according to the first session of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday.The other panelists treated the retired Battier more or less as Lewis depicted him in a New York Times Magazine article in 2009: the platonic ideal of the intelligent NBA player, one who incorporates insights from advanced statistical analysis to optimize his game for team success. (Battier initially resisted that framing, saying “it was about winning,” before eventually letting on that yeah, he was a pretty smart player.) LeBron James, with whom Battier won two titles in Miami, was the more typical player, open to occasional tastes of analytics-based tips.Anthony and Bryant, though, were depicted as the anti-Battiers, in a question by moderator MacMullan (who, like Battier, works for ESPN, which owns this website and sponsors Sloan). MacMullan noted their selfishness and focus on scoring over other ways of contributing to their teams. (To which my boss, Nate Silver, would respond that Anthony’s shooting makes his teammates better.) Battier made clear how much he relished having those two stars as foils, learning their tendencies so that he could neutralize their strengths when playing defense. MacMullan pointed out that Battier blocked more of their shots than any other player’s. Anthony also topped the Battier leaderboards for balls stolen and offensive fouls drawn. And the pair led another personal leaderboard Battier innovated: They gave him the most “looks of disdain” when they found out he’d be guarding them. — Carl Bialik Friday, Feb 27, 4:35 p.m.At last year’s Sloan conference, Dean Oliver was our ESPN colleague, leading analytics at the Stats & Info Group. This year, he’s here as the Sacramento Kings’ director of player personnel and analytics. I spotted him Friday huddled with a few of his peers from other NBA franchises. Oliver has been in the sports analytics business for three decades, and has seen it grow from a field wrestling with a lack of data to one with more data than it knows what to do with. He spoke with me about the similarities in working for teams and working for sports media, and about what it takes for a franchise to succeed at using analytics. — Carl Bialik Friday, Feb. 27, 6:10 p.m.Walking into a conference at Sloan today I walked by yet another guy in a sports coat — and then did a double take, because this guy’s blazer sleeves were rolled up…and he was a 13 year-old. There are some teenagers running around Sloan but none looked younger than Sam Hafetz and his friends, Manu Hurskovitz, 14, and Jonah White, 14. After calling their parents for permission (hi, Mr. Hurskovitz!), I dragged them to our podcast table. There, Jody Avirgan asked what brought them to Sloan (it’s their second year attending), why they love sports analytics, and what they’d do if they became GMs of the Celtics. — Chadwick MatlinAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Friday, Feb. 27, 4:43 p.m.The panel: “Commissioner’s Perspective: Growing Soccer with Don Garber”The panelists: Don Garber, Grant WahlMLB and MLS share two letters and the pickle of how to balance tradition and innovation. Baseball’s struggle comes from within, as Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred showed earlier Friday. Major League Soccer isn’t as conflicted about changing rules and trying new technologies, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. Its burden, unlike MLB’s, is its peripheral place in a global game.Garber said he wanted goal-line review technology, extra time put on scoreboards (instead of only a ref with a “Timex that probably cost 20 bucks” knowing how much time remains) and a whole lot more. “If I were king, we would have instant replay, we would have cameras on our players, we would be putting them on goalposts.” He’d put a microphone on the field. Players would wear GoPro cameras. He watched hockey players wear GoPros at the NHL All-Star Game and thought it was cool.But Garber can’t have all those things. Other sports’ U.S. pro leagues just need to get the owners to agree, but MLS needs the approval of IFAB, the International Football Association Board — or, as Garber called it, the International Federation of Somebody Who Has Something To Do With the Rules That’s Not Me. Garber’s message to IFAB: “Let us be the Guinea pigs.” He worries that the world’s most popular sport could lose its lead “just because of our structure. We should be able to use the power of our influence to lead.” — Carl Bialik Saturday, Feb. 28, 9:50 a.m.There are bold-faced names headlining the ninth annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, sure. But for academics like myself the real action is in the research paper contest, where academics and researchers are hoping to create the kinds of insights that the bold-faced names one day treat as gospel. For these researchers, Sloan marks the culmination of what can be more than a year’s worth of work. The stakes are high: top prize is $20,000, with second place worth $10,000. For some of the PhD students submitting papers, that may equal their annual salary.But until now, the mechanics of how this contest is judged have largely been cloudy (see an overview of the 2015 contest here, or my personal experience submitting a paper to the 2014 contest here). On Friday, conference co-lead Paul Campbell helped clarify how Sloan makes its picks. “We try to be consistent about what we solicit,” said Campbell. “We kind of have our perspective on the validity of the method, and making sure that the academic and mathematical rigor is there. Also, do the results make sense?”The 2015 research paper contest began back in September, when Campbell and this year’s judging committee, comprised of various MIT student organizers and academic advisers, received 189 abstracts. Of that total, 68 were invited to turn in a formal paper for submission in mid-December. Paper submissions were placed into one of four tracks: basketball, baseball, other sports or the business of sport. The top two submitted papers from each track were given the opportunity to present at this year’s conference. In addition, 11 papers were given a poster in the halls of the convention center.Each of the eight finalists were allotted a 20-minute presentation on Friday. The judging committee identified the top presentation in each of the four categories based on a 50-50 split of the presentation itself and the originating paper.“We have an idea of what the best analytically rigorous paper is, but we want to see if it is presented well. It’s an equal weighting with [the presentation] and the paper,” said Campbell. The four papers still in the running for the top prize, are:Baseball: Who is Responsible for a Called Strike? by Joe Rosales and Scott SprattBasketball: Counterpoints: Advanced Defensive Metrics for NBA Basketball by Alexander Franks, Andrew Miller, Luke Bornn and Kirk GoldsberryOther Sports: Assessing the productivity of NHL players using in-game win probabilities by Stephen PettigrewBusiness of Sports: Diamonds on the Line: Profits Through Investment Gaming by Clayton Graham.Those four finalists are given an additional 10 minutes with which to make their case, this time in front of a larger and more general audience, including Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey and FiveThirtyEight’s own Nate Silver.Those judges, according to Campbell, are asked to judge by something different than the last committee. “Which of these [papers] seems like the most applicable or potentially transformative within the industry?” $20,000 rides on the answer. — Mike Lopez Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:46 p.m.The panel: “Beating the Shift: Baseball Analytics in the Age of Big Data”The panelists: Sandy Alderson, Dan Brooks, Dave Cameron, Ben Lindbergh, Jonah KeriSloan’s flagship baseball panel largely focused on teams’ reactions to sabermetric findings. Alderson, the general manager of the New York Mets, spoke about the proliferation of defensive shifts, and how it has led to changes in the way certain players are valued — specifically right-handed power hitters.Along the same lines, no discussion of baseball analytics would be complete without some mention of strike zone analysis and catcher pitch-framing metrics. Despite the volume of research on the subject in recent years, the consensus of the group was that the market may still not be properly valuing catchers who “steal” strikes on the edge of the strike zone at a higher rate than their peers. Then again, part of that may relate to a theory that pitch-framing is a taught skill. (We’d have liked to hear more thoughts about how umpires doing better at calling an accurate strike zone has led to baseball’s aforementioned drop in run-scoring.)Finally, Keri asked the panel their thoughts about wins above replacement (WAR). The panel agreed WAR was a valuable framework, even if its individual parts can always stand to be improved. For his part, Alderson confirmed that teams use at least some version of it, even with its imperfections, because the idea of creating a cumulative statistic is appealing. — Harry Enten and Neil Paine FiveThirtyEight’s delegation made the pilgrimage to this year’s Sloan conference, a kind of mecca for anyone who’s obsessed with sports, data and retelling how they first felt when they read “Moneyball.” We updated all of Friday and Saturday from Boston, where Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and our own Nate Silver roamed the halls. Read on for highlights from the weekend. CORRECTION (Feb 28, 9:47 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the ages of Sam Hafetz and Jonah White. read more

first_imgContinental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) recently presented two new tyre solutions for off-the-road applications (OTR): the Conti EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 as well as the Conti RDT-Master E4. The tyres are “customised for the specific demands in the construction and earthmover segment. The newly developed tread pattern designs make each solution a perfect fit for different environments, ranging from soft, muddy soil to solid terrain. Regardless of the application conditions, both products offer excellent traction and high cutting resistance.”With the introduction of the new OTR tyre products, Continental CST says it has enhanced its comprehensive specialty tyre portfolio and that this underlines its business ambitions in the construction but also ultimately in the mining sector. “The Conti EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 and the Conti RDT-Master E4 are once more successful outcomes of our customised solutions strategy,” says Christian Luther, Product Line Manager Earthmover Tires at Continental CST. “In view of our expansion strategy 2025, we will continue to expand and optimise our product and service portfolio in the segment of construction and mining in the course of the coming years.” The first tyres will be available at the end of 2015. Further sizes and tyre solutions are planned for 2016 and beyond.The Conti EM-Master is available in two versions “which are each perfectly tailored for the specific demands in OTR applications.” The Conti EM-Master E3/L3 is especially suited for application in muddy and soft terrain, while the Conti EM-Master E4/L4 “is an excellent option for use in gravelly and rocky grounds.” The reason is that both tyre solutions offer different tread design features. The Conti EM-Master E3/L3 features a normal tread depth and wider spacing of blocks than the Conti EM-Master E4/L4. This results in excellent self-cleaning characteristics, powerful traction, and good manoeuverability which facilitate the use in muddy terrain. The open tread design and normal tread depth (100%) of the E3/L3 tyre version further offers better cooling and therefore less heat buildup for a long service life.Compared to the Conti EM-Master E3/L3, the E4/L4 tyre version features a greater block size with less spacing between the blocks and a deeper tread depth. “Therefore, the new tyre solution offers a higher carcass protection and superior cutting resistance, minimizing the risk of punctures and downtimes. The less tread block spacing also results in a smoother running even on hard surfaces.” Due to a high tread wear volume, the Conti EM-Master E4/L4 offers an even longer service life compared to the E3/L3. Both Conti EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 will be available in the sizes 23.5R25, 26.5R25, and 29.5R25; the Conti EM-Master E3/L3 additionally also in the size 20.5R25. The tyres “are therefore perfectly applicable on articulated dump trucks (ADTs), loaders, and dozers.”To increase the safety and efficiency of vehicle fleets in heavy-duty applications such as construction, quarrying, and mining, the ContiPressureCheck™ monitoring system can be easily mounted on both Conti EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 and Conti RDT-Master E4. Due to automatic monitoring of the tyre pressure, the risks of puncture accidents are reduced which offers more safety for both driver and vehicle. “Correct tyre pressure further leads to lower energy consumption of the vehicles and to increased mileage capability. Fleet operators can significantly reduce their operating costs and increase the efficiency of their fleets by using ContiPressureCheck™. At the same time, the environmental impact is downsized, since CO2 emissions are reduced and the life of the tyre is extended.”last_img read more

first_img“Tony Maurice trains newbies to drive haul trucks and operate heavy mining machinery in a space so friendly the only risk is spilling their coffee. Safely tucked away in a simulator module some distance from the pit, Tony’s rookie operators are comfortable in the knowledge that an error won’t cost millions of dollars or result in injury. It’s a far cry from when 30-year mining industry veteran Tony himself learned to drive.”“For the first load they put me in the passenger seat of an 85 t haul truck. For the second load I was in the driver’s seat. And then I was off on my own,” remembers Tony, who is based in the Pilbara, the heart of Rio Tinto’s Australian mining operations. “There were no qualified trainers back then. You were just put into the first truck that came past and expected to learn on the job.”Tony was passionate about finding a better way to learn and was inspired to become a trainer himself. He has helped Rio Tinto pioneer the use of simulators to prepare operators for the field. An ingenious interlinking of a computer, screen and tactile equipment: simulators put operators in the cabin of a truck or excavator then throw at them everything they can expect of the job – and a few things they don’t expect. “Learning to operate a piece of heavy equipment in the hustle and bustle of a mine, with horns tooting and machines moving all around them can be incredibly stressful,” says Tony. “Simulators remove that anxiety and create more suitable conditions for learning. They also allow us to challenge more experienced operators with emergencies that even industry veterans have not encountered.”Cy Bettjeman, also a Pilbara-based trainer with long experience in mining, says technology is revolutionising the industry. According to Cy, it has brought about major improvements across the board, from training and safety through to monitoring, data collection and productivity. “With a simulator we’re able to drop drivers and operators into situations they rarely see but need to be prepared for,” says Cy. “For example, I’ve seen guys who’ve been in the mining industry for years yet have never seen a fire. We can now confront them with that situation so if it ever occurs on the job they understand what is happening and know what steps to take.”Another improvement is on the mine floor, according to Cy. “In the old days an operator would have to get out of the cabin to do a ‘floor level’, that is, to check the floor to see they’re digging to the right grade of ore. “It was very dangerous because you had to walk amongst the trucks and the excavators,” says Cy. “Now it’s all done by satellite so the operator doesn’t have to get out of the cabin. Safety is Rio’s Tinto’s number one priority. They’re focused on the health and wellbeing of all their people,” says Cy.Not surprisingly, gamers have an advantage in this new era of high-tech mining, thanks to their high levels of hand-eye co-ordination and extensive multi-tasking capabilities. “These skills have plenty of application in our business – such as for roles as controllers at the Operations Centre in Perth or as leaders who need to juggle competing priorities every day.”“When gamers get into one of our consoles they take to it as if they’ve been doing it all their lives, which many have,” says Simon Velliantis, Regional Manager of Immersive Technologies, the Western Australian company partnering with Rio Tinto to train operators using simulators. In the mines of tomorrow, workers will be technologically adept and will be in charge of processes that increase levels of safety and productivity. And the time may come when a miner may never even step onto a mine site.Josh Bennett manages the controllers at the Operations Centre and has extensive experience working on site in the Pilbara. He believes that for some, the rapid evolution of technology and changing nature of work can be intimidating. The apprehension usually comes from a concern that they may not be able to use the technology or develop the required skills. However, what many overlook is the importance of people skills in using these new technologies effectively.“A lot of people rule themselves out of these new roles based on the technology aspects alone,” says Josh. “What we’ve found with the autonomous truck deployment is that technology usage isn’t always the differentiating factor between good and great. More so, it’s the individual’s cognitive and social skills.”“Many who were initially apprehensive found adapting to the technology wasn’t that much of a hurdle and they were able to use their problem solving and communication skills to leverage more from the technology. They already had some of the essential skills but weren’t aware that these were important.”Continued education in technology is an important complement to the development of strong engagement, leadership and communication skills. “It’s integral we invest in education partnerships to develop the workforce of the future but we are equally focused on the human factors that will be important for working in and around new technologies,” says Josh. “Take the controllers at our Operations Centre who operate our autonomous trucks, for example. Based 1,500 km from the Pilbara, they work with teams on site to deliver the plan safely every day.”“A controller can be fluent in the use of the system and understand the technology really well but that needs to be coupled with the right behaviours. Someone who can engage people in a positive way in a variety of circumstances, continually improve their own performance and achieve results under pressure will always deliver a superior outcome to someone who has only technical ability.” Technology is changing the shape of Rio Tinto’s workforce and the company says it is investing in training and development to help prepare Australians with the skills of the future.last_img read more

first_imgUn G8 des éléphants pour sauver les pachydermesLes éléphants sauvages sont une espèce menacée de disparition. Pour trouver une solution à ce problème, les huit pays qui abritent encore ces pachydermes se sont réunis hier à New Delhi dans le cadre du groupe Elephant-8.Les huit pays que sont le Botswana, le Congo, l’Inde, l’Indonésie, le Kenya, le Sri Lanka, la Tanzanie et la Thaïlande ont formé l’Elephant-8 (E-8) un groupe de spécialistes qui représente “les deux-tiers de la population d’éléphants sauvages de la planète” et qui vise à préconiser des mesures pour les protéger, a indiqué à l’AFP Jairam Ramesh, le ministre de l’Environnement indien. Il a ajouté que “du braconnage pour leur ivoire à la destruction de leur habitat, toutes les questions concernant la protection de l’éléphant doivent être abordées”.À lire aussiDes éléphants viennent en aide à une mère pour sauver son petit coincé dans un trouEn effet, les éléphants sauvages sont principalement menacés par le braconnage et par la destruction de leur habitat. Les éléphants d’Asie sont considérés comme “menacés” par l’UICN,  les éléphants d’Afrique étant, eux, classés dans la catégorie “vulnérable”. Leur nombre ne cesse de diminuer et l’Inde, qui compte aujourd’hui encore 25.000 de ces pachydermes voit chaque année leur nombre chuter de façon de plus en plus préoccupante. Il était donc nécessaire que tous les pays concernés se rassemblent pour faire front commun face aux nombreuses menaces qui pèsent sur l’ensemble des éléphants, qu’ils soient d’Afrique ou d’Asie.Le 25 mai 2011 à 19:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFernando Torres announced that he is going to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the ongoing season but Calen Carr doesn’t think that he would be the right player to become an MLS star.The former Houston Dynamo striker insisted that Torres’ past doesn’t necessarily mean that he would be successful after coming to the MLS as he doesn’t see a team which would be the right fit for the Spanish attacker.Carr spoke about the former Spain international as he said, according to Sky Sports:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“It’s got to be the right team, MLS is at a point now where some of these older stars who’ve done well at Europe aren’t the necessarily right fit or an automatic ‘Yes, we’ll take you’.”“If it is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it’s the right fit for a big club with a global profile like LA Galaxy, it makes sense.”“You hear teams like Atlanta United and LAFC who have gone younger and of the nine DP [Designated Player] signings in the off-season, the average age was just 22 and a half years old.”last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich are prepared to pursue their reported interest in Paulo Dybala in this summer’s transfer window if Robert Lewandowski chooses to leave the club, claims The SunThe Poland international has been strongly linked with a move to the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United over the past year with Lewandowski believed to be growing frustrated by Bayern’s continued failure to win the Champions League title since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.Should the 29-year-old choose to leave in the summer, Bayern will then target Dybala and the German club are convinced that they can sign the star from Juventus for a club-record transfer fee of £88million.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…However, Bayern are not the only ones interested in signing the Argentine forward with Atletico Madrid also keen on signing Dybala at the end of the season.The two-time Europa League winners are resigned to losing Antoine Griezmann to La Liga rivals Barcelona and believe that the signing of Dybala will help soften the blow of losing their star striker.The 24-year-old has scored an impressive 21 goals in 30 Serie A games this season.last_img read more