Gold for brides, corporation for Muslims in Assam budget

first_imgGold for brides, a development corporation for indigenous Muslims and e-bikes for girls securing first division in higher secondary examinations were among a slew of sops in the ₹1,193.04-crore deficit budget presented in the Assam Assembly on Wednesday.State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a ‘golden gift’ for brides of all communities. The facility will be for the economically weaker sections with an annual income of below ₹5 lakh.“I am happy to announce that we shall give one tola (11.34 gram) gold, costing around ₹38,000 today, to brides… The benefit can be availed upon formal registration of the marriages under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954, and will reach the beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage,” he said.A sum of ₹300 crore has been allocated for the scheme named after Arundhati, the wife of sage Vashisht.Mr. Sarma also announced a scheme to provide battery-operated e-bikes to all girl students who secure first division or above in their Class XII examinations for commuting to their places of higher studies. For parents whose annual income is below ₹2 lakh, the Finance Minister announced admission fee waiver and free textbooks up to degree level. The scheme, called Gyan Deepika, currently covers Classes up to XII.A section of the budget was devoted to religious places with ₹4.11 crore earmarked for 160 Hindu temples and monasteries across the State as total annual grant besides a one-time grant of ₹1 lakh each to install CCTV cameras. Grant for templesThe annual grant for 2019-20 is 451% more than the ₹91.03 lakh for the current fiscal.A few mosques and dargahs are among more than 800 religious destinations to be provided ₹10 lakh each for infrastructure improvement. But the Finance Minister laid more stress on creating a development corporation for the indigenous or Assamese Muslims, who have been demanding a council like some ethnic groups.Such a development council “will take up various programmes aimed at their holistic development. Once the corporation is formed, ₹100 crore will immediately be sanctioned,” Mr. Sarma said.According to the 2011 Census, Assam has 1.18 crore Muslims, of which the indigenous or Assamese Muslims are estimated to be 72 lakh. Before the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to protect the identity of the indigenous Muslims against the Bengali-speaking migrant Muslims.The budget also focuses attention on tea plantation workers who account for 17% of Assam’s population and are a major vote bank for the BJP. “The government has decided to provide rice, which is presently provided at ₹ per kg, free of cost to 4 lakh families in the tea garden areas as well as 2 kg of sugar per month,” Mr. Sarma said.Nutrition planBeyond the tea estates, 53 lakh households would be provided rice at ₹1 per kg under the Affordable Nutrition and Nourishment Assistance Yojana. The current rate is ₹3 per kg, he said.“We will start the pilot implementation of this scheme from March, for which ₹377 crore has been allocated,” Mr. Sarma said.last_img read more

Spurs Rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to Win Series

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gives out instructions during the second half in Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. San Antonio won 114-75. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Already without veteran Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2, the Spurs looked to be the underdog entering this one without Leonard’s scoring and defense.Instead, things went wrong early for the Rockets with Aldridge scoring 10 points in the first quarter as San Antonio dashed out to a 31-24. Houston was already down 50-29 when Harden took his first shot midway through the second quarter. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, but it didn’t get the Rockets going.The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run, with six points from Aldridge, to extend their already big lead to 69-43 with about 9 1/2 minutes left.The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt after that with 3-pointers from Ariza and Eric Gordon to cut the lead to 71-50 with about seven minutes remaining in the third.A 3-pointer by Harden not long after that got Houston within 20, but San Antonio scored the next four points to make it 77-53 a couple of minutes later.Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn’t make shots from long-range going 13 of 40. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall.TIP-INSSpurs: Danny Green got a technical in the third quarter for a scuffle with Ariza. … Patty Mills had 14 points and seven assists, and Pau Gasol added 10 points and 11 rebounds.Rockets: Ariza received a technical in the third for the scuffle with Ariza. … Coach Mike D’Antoni added Sam Dekker to the rotation after being criticized for not adding anyone to the rotation Tuesday in the first game since Nene suffered a season-ending thigh injury. Dekker had six points … Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.STINGY DEFENSEThe Spurs held the Rockets to less than 100 points for the third time in this series after they been limited to less than 100 points just five times in the regular season. The 75 points Houston scored on Thursday night was a season low and the fewest points the franchise had scored in a playoff game since managing just 70 against the Los Angeles Lakers on May 17, 2009.THEY SAID ITGasol on the lopsided win: “No one expected a Game 6 … win like this, but we just played hard.”UP NEXTGame 1 of the conference finals is Sunday at Golden State.TweetPinShare0 Shares HOUSTON (AP) — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard.Aldridge, who is in his 11th season and second in San Antonio, had failed to get out of the second round in his previous six postseason trips. He added 12 rebounds in his second big game of the Western Conference semifinal series to pick up the scoring slack with Leonard out after rolling his ankle in San Antonio’s overtime victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night.“He’s really turned it on,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “Demanded the ball, got in good position … he was wonderful on the boards and of course he passes it really, really well and gets it moving for us.”Aldridge became the first Spur to score 34 points with 12 rebounds in a playoff game since Tim Duncan against Phoenix in 2008.San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, dribbles as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela defends during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)“I just touched it a little bit more tonight so I had a chance to figure it out,” Aldridge said. “I was trying to be more dominant down there. So I was willing to take some contested shots tonight and I got into my rhythm early and after that I was good to go.”The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a game that was over quickly, and didn’t let up to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. The 4-2 series win sends them to conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.Trevor Ariza led Houston with 20 points on a night when MVP hopeful Harden capped his stellar season by tying a season low with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting before fouling out with 3:15 left.A somber Harden was clear about who was to blame for the loss.“Everything falls on my shoulders,” he said. “I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor. It’s tough, especially the way we lost at home for Game 6. But it happened and we move forward.”Houston coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t sure if the disappointment of losing a winnable Game 5 could have lingered with his team and contributed to this embarrassing blowout.“It could, “he said. “I’ve been on both sides of this thing. Sometimes life hits you in the face. No matter what it was, we just didn’t have it tonight.”Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense.San Antonio was up by 23 after the third quarter and scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it 94-64 and send many of the home fans streaming to the exits.last_img read more

22 days agoBarcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembeleby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has warned interested clubs off Ousmane Dembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the team and in addition he is young. “We made a big effort to rejuvenate the team. We have to balance the positions. He has a very special way of playing, but aside from his injury handicap, which is sometimes cyclical, he contributes a lot. We do not plan to sell Dembélé. We want him to evolve and bring us positives.” last_img read more

World’s First Battery Driven Car Ferry Named Ship …

first_imgzoom The world’s first battery driven car ferry – ZeroCat™ 120 owned by Ferry owner Norled and being built by Fjellstrand Yard has won the prestigious “Ship of the Year” industry award presented in Hamburg today.Norled’s new ferry is expected to enter operation on a fjord crossing on the Norwegian West Coast in 2015, and will produce no local emissions. ZeroCat™ 120 has space for 120 cars and up to 360 passengers.An important factor in the development of the ferry was to provide a propulsion system with the lowest possible energy consumption during fjord crossings, and at the same time ensure safe and efficient low speed manoeuvring when operating near piers.Rolls-Royce contributed to the innovative ZeroCat™ 120 ferry with optimized Azipull thrusters and hull design and hydrodynamics, based on advanced analysis.The propulsion system is a key element in lowering energy requirements, enabling a reasonably sized battery pack to be installed onboard. To achieve high energy efficiency, the system from Rolls-Royce has a low propeller rotation rate, propeller blades with high aspect ratio and a low blade area, as well as a slender thruster body. The battery technology and electrical systems are provided by Siemens.The vessel has one thuster at each end of the catamaran’s hulls. The Azipull 085 thrusters are the first to have a propeller that can be adjusted to a fully feathering position. This means that the four propeller blades on the front Azipull thruster (which are not in use during the crossing) are adjusted to an angle that minimises resistance from the water flow.Hydraulic steering of thrusters has been replaced by electric steering to further reduce energy consumption. Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: Fjellstrandlast_img read more

Surplus of Teachers for the Future

first_imgNova Scotia is headed for a surplus of teachers, according to the Department of Education’s 2007 Teacher Supply and Demand Report. The report, released today, Dec. 13, expects an increase of teachers in English and social studies, with shortages in specialized subject areas such as technology education and French first-language. It will also become difficult to recruit and retain teachers in rural areas of the province. “We have some major challenges ahead of us,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We will be working with universities and other partners to ensure we have an ample supply of quality teachers in every subject area and in every part of the province.” The report examined current labour market data and the system’s long-range requirements. Despite a projected 16 per cent drop in student enrolments, the demand for teachers will remain strong well into the next decade. “I would never discourage a student from pursuing a career in teaching, but I would encourage prospective teachers to look closely at the opportunities in key areas of need when they apply to one of our fine teacher education programs,” said Ms. Casey. The public school system is expected to need about 3,320 teachers, or about 385 teachers a year, between now and 2015 to replace those who retire, leave the profession or move to other jurisdictions. The supply of teachers is estimated to average about 1,000 per year over that time frame. That number includes 333 Nova Scotians who graduate from Nova Scotia universities annually. “Nova Scotia universities are already taking steps and are doing a good job to match admissions to meet labour market needs,” said Ms. Casey. Since the last teacher supply and demand study in 2004, there has been a significant increase in the number of newly certified teachers joining the labour market. In addition to the surplus in English and social studies, the report predicts there will be small but manageable surpluses of mathematics, science and business education teachers. There should be an adequate number of French subject teachers, although there are expected to be challenges recruiting French-speaking teachers with academic backgrounds in other subject areas. There will also continue to be a need for more teachers in physics, fine arts, physical education and family studies. The surplus will also have an impact on teachers who substitute, potentially resulting in more teachers choosing to leave Nova Scotia. About 700, or one-fifth of substitute teachers now leave the province or the profession because they cannot find enough hours or secure full-time employment. Ms. Casey said the information in the 2007 Teacher Supply and Demand Report will help the province better manage its teacher workforce over the next decade. She said the information contained in the report will also provide valuable information to the Teacher Education Review Committee, which is examining how teachers are trained in Nova Scotia. A copy of the report can be viewed at www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Cant reach 5 tn economy without top class engineers

first_imgNew Delhi: India cannot achieve $5 trillion economy without producing top class engineers, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Saturday. Engineers build the country and top-class technology enables us to leapfrog, he said. Kant was congratulating the 30 recipients of the Ratti Chhatr scholarship, sponsored by Panasonic India. “Today we are seeing a huge disruption brought about by the young startups. They are not merely doing e-commerce but changing the paradigm in education, health and agriculture sectors. They are using real-time data based on the soil and weather conditions to increase productivity of our farmers. Many startups are using data to improve learning outcomes, using artificial intelligence and machine learning,” he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”All of you must look at ways on how to use technology to drive India. With the scholarship provided by Panasonic, you must strive to excel. This is about building not just the country’s future, but your future too,” he said addressing the students selected from 19 IITs. Kant added that by initiative such as these, the private sector is playing a role in building new India. “The private sector is playing a key role in building a new India. It demonstrates that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from a Japanese company starts a scholarship called Ratti Chhatr scholarship programme to select 30 most brilliant people building a completely new India. This is a unique programme which has been replicated by all companies that have made FDI in India. So I come here every year as I get to see the faces of the bright young Indians,” said Kant. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAditya Naik, a student of IIT Indore who has been selected for the scholarship said that not just him but his family was delighted that he received the award. “I come from a financially challenged family and thus the scholarship will help realise my dreams by providing me the necessary financial assistance. As part of the selection process, an online test of 30 minutes was conducted followed by a telephonic interview,” he said.last_img read more

Court to hear former NS child refugees request to pause deportation lawyer

first_imgHALIFAX – A Federal Court will hear a request to temporarily stop the deportation of former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi this week, according to his lawyer.Abdi, who never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, said federal officials are pushing for a deportation hearing to go forward, after turning down the 24-year-old’s request to have the process put on hold while he pursues a constitutional challenge.“A deportation order automatically strips Mr. Abdi of his permanent resident status, including the right to work and the right to health care,” Perryman said in a statement Sunday.“Mr. Abdi argues he will be irreparably harmed if he is stripped of his rights before having the merits of his court case decided.”Perryman added that Abdi risks being returned to prison if he loses his job, saying that working is a condition of his release to a halfway house in the Toronto area last month.The lawyer said the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has been asked to proceed with a deportation hearing, which he said will inevitably lead to a deportation order given the circumstances of Abdi’s case.Perryman said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has the authority to temporarily halt the government’s attempts to deport Abdi, but has refused to do so.A spokesperson for Goodale declined to comment on the Abdi case for privacy reasons. Scott Bardsley said the minister is not involved in the decision-making process for individual removals, instead delegating that authority to the Canada Border Services Agency.Bardsley said the minister does have the power to postpone a removal, but only uses it in exceptional cases where time is a significant factor.Ultimately, Bardsley said, only Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada can determine whether individuals receive permanent or temporary residency in Canada.Perryman said a court hearing on Abdi’s request for a temporary stop of the deportation process will be held in Halifax on Thursday.He said Abdi’s constitutional challenge is still in its early stages, and a Federal Court has not yet decided whether there will be a full hearing.last_img read more

Mark Hamill Visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

first_imgStar Wars legend Mark Hamill visited patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) this week.Mark Hamill visits GOSHCredit/Copyright: Alex Lentati via GOSHHamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the legendary films, was visibly moved on a visit to the hospital where he met dozens of patients and staff including four-year-old Jake, from Barnet, who recently had a kidney transplant.As he handed out presents on the wards, he called on readers of the Evening Standard to donate to their Give to GOSH appeal.He said: “One of the greatest things I am given, because of the profession I am in, is the ability to give back. It feels wonderful. It can be harrowing emotionally because your heart goes out to these children but it’s also very uplifting. You walk away thinking that being an actor is so trivial compared to helping needy children.”Hamill said he chose to go to the hospital rather than appearing on the Graham Norton Show, which some of the Star Wars cast were filming during his visit on Thursday. “Rather than going on TV chat shows I would rather give back somehow by going to hospitals. I want to do more of that.“Star Wars movies are meant to be a couple of hours of diversion from reality, and we need that. They are optimistic and hopeful stories. But in comparison to what we can do with this [the hospital], last night [the Star Wars premiere] is very trivial.”Hamill visited patients and their families as part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s long-standing partnership with Disney.To read more about Mark’s visit, click here.Source:GOSHlast_img read more

Rising boxing star killed in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsA rising First Nations boxing star was killed in a car accident Sunday night.Jonathan Andre, who is originally from Fort McPherson, NT., was killed after he was struck by a car in Edmonton.Andre, 30, was a two-time Alberta amateur champion.He made his professional debut last year. He was 2-0 as a pro.Police said the vehicle that hit Andre may have been racing.No charges have yet been laid.last_img

USfunded Afghan aid groups reel in wake of Taliban attacks

first_imgKabul: Humanitarian groups were reeling Thursday from yet another attack targeting aid workers in Afghanistan, as authorities confirmed nine people had been killed in a Taliban assault in Kabul a day earlier. The targeting of Counterpart International, a US-funded non-profit group working with marginalised people, highlights the continued vulnerability of aid groups across Afghanistan, where some organisations have been forced to suspend operations or pare their presence. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportWednesday’s attack came during the holy month of Ramadan, and as US and Taliban officials were meeting in Qatar for peace talks — throwing into question the progress of ongoing negotiations. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the death toll from a car bomb and follow-up attack in central Kabul had risen from five to nine. Among the victims were three workers — a driver, a watchman and a technical advisor — from anti-poverty group CARE, whose offices are next to Counterpart. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”This attack reflects the increasing dangers of humanitarian work in conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan and the unfortunate daily reality of violence for many Afghan families,” CARE said in a statement. Afghanistan was once a hub of foreign aid but deteriorating security in recent years has seen international groups shrink their footprint, making it even more difficult to deliver desperately needed help to the war-torn country’s most vulnerable citizens. Last year was particularly deadly. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 30 aid workers were killed in 2018, compared to 19 in 2017, and 16 in 2016. British aid group Save the Children suspended operations across Afghanistan following a 2018 Islamic State group attack on its compound in the eastern city of Jalalabad that killed three employees and wounded several others. Ann Hudock, Counterpart’s president and CEO, said attackers had targeted “innocent civilians, development professionals who dedicate their lives to improving the lives of Afghanistan’s most vulnerable, including women, youth, and the disabled”. The Taliban, known for their brutal repression and isolation of women before their ouster in 2001, said they targeted Counterpart because it promoted the “inter-mixing” of men and women.last_img read more

Nexen Energy shuts down Long Lake oilsands on pipeline suspension order

CALGARY — Nexen Energy is shutting down its Long Lake oilsands operations as it complies with a pipeline suspension order from the Alberta Energy Regulator.The company, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd., says it will take up to two weeks to complete the shutdown of the complex steam-assisted gravity drainage operation.On Aug. 28 the regulator ordered that the company cease operation of 95 pipelines in the province after determining that it was not complying with pipeline maintenance and monitoring regulations.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd halts crude production at Syncrude mine after fireAlberta Energy Regulator orders shutdown of 95 Nexen pipelines after leakNexen said in a release it had voluntarily disclosed the non-compliances to the regulator on Aug. 25 after an internal audit of its pipeline integrity management system.Jim Ellis, president and CEO of the AER, has said the regulator will not lift the suspension until Nexen can demonstrate that the lines can be operated safely and within all regulatory requirements.The pipeline suspensions come as the regulator continues to investigate a pipeline spill July 15 at Nexen’s Long Lake operation that leaked about five million litres of a mixture of bitumen, produced water and sand into muskeg. read more

Actor Rupert Everett becomes Special Representative for UN AIDS agency

The British actor Rupert Everett was today named as a Special Representative for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), tasked with raising public awareness and encouraging the film and broader media industry to participate more in the fight against the pandemic.Announcing the appointment in a statement, UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot noted that Mr. Everett has already been active in the AIDS response for several years, taking part in several major international conferences and working also with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to raise awareness.“People in the public eye like Rupert can inspire and motivate others to unite against AIDS,” Dr. Piot said. “I am confident that he will speak up, and speak out, building on the good work he has been doing to raise awareness and break down HIV-related stigma.”For his part Mr. Everett pledged to do whatever he could to advocate on the issue.“I have lost loved ones to the epidemic and I have seen with my own eyes the devastation that AIDS and AIDS-related discrimination brings,” he said.Best known for such films as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mr. Everett is slated to begin his duties immediately, taking part in a World AIDS Day event today in the Indian capital, New Delhi. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State drops conference opener to Illinois 7570 despite Lyles

Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basketball against a Connecticut defender in a game on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe year 2016 was a year the Ohio State men’s basketball team and coach Thad Matta would like to forget. The Buckeyes had the opportunity to turn the page on New Year’s Day in Champaign, Illinois, and start 2017 and Big Ten play on the right foot. However, the same head-scratching, disappointing outcomes seemed to have stuck with OSU into the new year.The Illinois Fighting Illini beat OSU, 75-70, dropping the Scarlet and Gray to 0-1 in conference play and 10-4 overall. Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 12 points in the team’s 11th win of the season, moving to 1-1 in the Big Ten, 11-4 overall. Tracy Abrams had 16.Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle led the Buckeyes with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. He scored 18 of those points in the second half.Lyle scored 16 straight points for the Buckeyes over a span that lasted almost seven minutes to take OSU’s first lead at 58-57 in the second half since the 10:05 mark of the first half.Illinois guard Jalen Coleman-Lands hit a 3 with 3:28 remaining to retake the lead, 66-64. Down 69-67 with under a minute to go, Hill beat OSU junior forward Keita Bates-Diop to the rim, extending the Illini lead to four.After two Illinois free throws, senior forward Marc Loving knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to three points. Once Abrams hit two free throws for the Fighting Illini to go up five, Loving’s off-balanced 3 was rebounded by the Illini, ending any hope OSU had for a comeback. OSU shot 42 percent from the field to Illinois’ 43 percent. Illinois forward Leron Black dominated the glass with 15 rebounds while OSU’s redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson struggled with foul trouble and ended the night with six points and four rebounds.Loving had 10 points.OSU’s next try for its first conference win of the 2016-17 season comes on Thursday against the No. 15 Purdue Boilermakers (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten). read more

You Called A Run On First Down Youre Already Screwed

San Francisco-0.3733.320 Arizona-0.7133.314 Rush-pass-pass-0.0834.025 Detroit+0.0050.014 Pass-rush-rush+0.5688.9%5% Rush-rush-pass wasn’t effective for SeattleThe Seattle Seahawks’ three-play sequences in 2018 by frequency, expected points added and success rate Cincinnati-0.2647.410 Cleveland+0.3746.715 Carolina-0.1440.912 Green Bay-0.1040.010 Dallas+0.1546.413 Rush-rush-rush+0.3152.013 Pittsburgh+0.7061.514 Pass-pass-pass-0.3921.110 Oakland-0.7233.316 Seattle+0.1741.2%26% New Orleans+0.0441.714 Miami-0.5022.618 Atlanta+0.3751.714 sequenceepasuccessfrequency N.Y. Jets+0.1950.013 Frequencies do not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.Sources: NFL, Elias Sports Bureau Rush-rush-pass+0.1741.226 L.A. Chargers-0.1341.220 Rush-pass-rush-0.1538.57 Washington-0.3234.812 Indianapolis-0.0345.516 L.A. Rams+0.2860.016 New England+0.0339.112 Minnesota-0.2841.916 N.Y. Giants+0.2351.516 Play-calling patterns that end in a pass on third down have a negative expected value across the board. If we look at each sequence in terms of EPA per play, we see that the only positive EPA values on third down are on running plays. This makes sense: If you are passing on third down, it strongly implies that the first two plays in the sequence did not end well, and you likely have a third-and-long situation.Meanwhile, the opposite outcome is true on first and second down. There are no positive EPA rushing nodes, and all passing plays return positive expected value. These results hold generally across the league as well. Pass-rush-rush is the most successful three-play sequence, followed by pass-pass-rush and rush-pass-rush.On first down, passing will net you at least 5 yards (enough to make the play a success) 47 percent of the time, while running the ball will get you the same result just 32.8 percent of the time, 14.2 percentage points less often. On second down, the gap closes to about a 7 percentage-point advantage for passing. Baltimore+0.3244.412 Kansas City+1.1953.39 Jacksonville+0.0540.016 Throughout the 2018 regular season, the Seattle Seahawks made a conscious effort to establish the threat of the running game in the minds of their opponents. In the face of record offensive production across the NFL — driven in large part by prolific passing offenses — head coach Pete Carroll doggedly maintained that sticking with running the ball gave the Seahawks the best chance to win. Though they attempted the fewest passes in the NFL, the Seahawks went 10-6 and earned a playoff berth.But that reliance on the run may have been Seattle’s undoing in its 24-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild-card game. In the first half the Seahawks’ running backs rushed nine times for an anemic 2.1 yards per carry. Most of those runs came in a particular sequence: rush-rush-pass. All but three of Seattle’s first-half rushing attempts originated from the rush-rush-pass play sequence. And despite the lack of success using that pattern of plays against the Dallas defensive front, Seattle opened its first possession of the second half by calling it again. The result was a punt.The notion of establishing the run is deeply ingrained in NFL culture. Coaches and play-callers laud the approach for its ability to keep a team “on schedule” and “ahead of the chains,” both of which are football shorthand for picking up enough yards on first and second down that you stand a good chance to extend a drive. True believers think that if you abandon the run too early, you make your team one-dimensional and forfeit an important edge in toughness. You’re no longer imposing your will on a defense, and this will manifest itself in worse results overall. But is this true? Does running help a team convert more first downs and extend drives? And does the order in which you call pass and run plays matter?To answer these questions, I looked at every play called in the NFL regular season from 2009 to 20181Using data from the NFL and Elias Sports Bureau. and compared the result of each of the possible permutations of run and pass play sequencing2Excluded plays involving a penalty. using expected points added and success rate.3Expected points added adjusts for things like down, distance and field position, and it includes positive plays like touchdowns as well as negative plays like sacks and interceptions. Success rate is the percentage of plays that are positive in EPA, and it maps fairly closely to how coaches think about play success in the NFL. Success rate is analogous to picking up 5 or more yards on first down, 4 or more yards on second down and converting to a new set of downs on third down. I calculated EPA and success rate for every first-down play; then I looked at every sequence that did not absorb into a first down and extended to second down and then third down, calculating the EPA and success rate for each call.Leaguewide, rushing is the preferred play call on first down, after which passing takes over as the dominant play type, especially on third down. Tampa Bay+0.4447.814 Kansas City, the most dominant passing team in the league, was successful 53.3 percent of the time with rush-rush-pass. But the Chiefs ran the sequence just 15 times all season for a total share of 9 percent of all plays — 7 percentage points below league average — and they were mostly unsuccessful with the first two plays in the chain. When the Chiefs called back-to-back runs on first and second down, the second run was successful just 47.7 percent of the time. This suggests that the success of their third-down passes owes itself more to the strength of the Chiefs passing game and quarterback Patrick Mahomes than to the running plays that led up to them.The story is similar in Los Angeles. Sixty percent of rush-rush-pass play sequences ended in success, and the Rams used the pattern at exactly the league-average frequency. Again, however, when the Rams called back-to-back runs to begin a sequence, the second run was successful just 46.1 percent of the time, leaving them 5.8 yards left to gain for a first-down conversion on average. The success the Rams enjoyed on third-down passing attempts appears to be independent of the rushing plays that preceded them.While the precise order in which passes and runs are called may not matter so much — several combinations are roughly equivalent to one another according to success rate — some trends are clear. Passes are more effective when called on early downs, and runs are more effective on third down. Running on first down, while often a mistake, can be salvaged with a pass on second down. And if you’re going to rush on back-to-back plays to open a series, you should do so sparingly because it will leave your team in an obvious passing situation more often than not. Your passing attack — and QB especially — will need to be well above average to consistently convert in those high-leverage spots where all deception is gone and defenders can be confident that they know what’s coming. Buffalo-0.2643.921 Over the course of the 2018 season, there was no three-play sequence that Seattle favored more than rush-rush-pass. The Seahawks called rush-rush-pass 26 percent of the time, a rate 10 percentage points higher than league average. Yet despite the high frequency with which Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer used the pattern, they were not successful with it. Just 41.2 percent of their rush-rush-pass sequences ended in success. Meanwhile, on three-play sequences where the Seahawks started with a pass and mixed in a run afterward, they were successful 88.9 percent of the time (pass-rush-rush), 71.4 percent of the time (pass-pass-rush) and 50 percent (pass-rush-pass) of the time. Tennessee-0.2341.324 Chicago-0.0941.415 How each team uses rush-rush-passThe frequency — and effectiveness — with which every NFL team called rush-rush-pass in a three-play sequence Houston-0.3238.918 teamepasuccessfrequency Sources: NFL, Elias Sports Bureau Pass-pass-rush+0.5071.44 This result is the exact opposite of what we would expect to find if establishing the run via play sequences like rush-rush-pass were winning strategies. Instead of making a team less predictable, establishing the run on first and second down creates a game state that is often quite predictable for the defense. The opposing team is expecting a pass on third down because the first two plays were unsuccessful.Surprisingly, two of the top three teams in net yards per passing attempt in 2018, the Rams and the Chiefs, actually do have success with the rush-rush-pass play sequence. Philadelphia+0.6650.09 Pass-rush-pass+0.3450.012 Check out our latest NFL predictions. Denver-0.4732.417 read more

Fitbits could help save the lives of thousands of chemotherapy patients

“For cancer patients who are going through difficult treatments, having the ability to keep track of how they’re doing, much in the same way you keep track of the thermostat in your home or anything else connected to the internet, ultimately is going to have value.”Dr Nieva said the current Performance Status framework of assessing how well a patient is coping, which was developed in the 1950s, is “prone to biases” such as patients tending to downplay side-effects and doctors being reluctant to cut back on treatment. The study follows calls by Jeremy Hunt for a technological revolution in the NHS to slash inefficiency and better tackle the growing burden of disease.In a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual congress, the team tracked 65 cancer patients undergoing harsh chemotherapy courses for two months, finding that movement levels correlated closely with a smaller chance of being rushed to hospital.In practice, this means doctors could use the system to see how often a patient has got out of bed and how far they have walked over a period of days – a more accurate indicator of chemotherapy endurance than asking them about side effects. Family members could also receive alerts if their loved-ones have been active for days at a time. Movement levels correlated closely with a smaller chance of being rushed to hospital, the study found after measuring cancer patient activity Giving NHS cancer patients Fitbit-style bracelets which monitor their progress in real time could save thousands of lives a year, experts have predicted.Oncologists currently use a decades-old framework of questions and visual observations to determine how well their patients are coping with treatment.They frequently misjudge the toll chemotherapy is taking, leading to toxic buildups and other emergencies that ultimately hold up fighting the disease.Such misjudgments have affected around half of patients undergoing chemotherapy, reducing their chances of survival by up to 16 per cent.However a new programme, trialed by the University of Southern California, uses existing wearable devices such as Fitbits or Microsoft Bands to give an accurate picture of a patient’s health by monitoring them continuously between treatments sessions. A significant proportion of emergencies that take place between treatment sessions arise because patients become dehydrated and undernourished as a result of discomfort from toxicity. As well as aiding survival by cutting back on toxic events, the Fitbit system should better help oncologists determine which patients will not ultimately benefit from treatment, he said.Professor Jane Maher, Joint Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “It’s exciting that simple technology has the potential to positively impact the quality of life and survival rates of patients undergoing chemotherapy.”She added: “What this does highlight is that empowering, supporting and listening to patients is essential to improving cancer care across the board.” Scientists behind the trial say the technology would be of particular benefit to women, who are at greater risk of having the side-effects of chemotherapy underestimated because they typically are more presentable when they visit their doctor.Dr Jorge Nieva, who co-authored the study, said: “If you think of the internet of things, we all have our home sprinkler systems and thermostat connected to the internet, so there’s no reason that our patients shouldn’t also be connected and have the potential to have monitoring and smart interventions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Movement levels correlated closely with a smaller chance of being rushed to hospital, the study found after measuring cancer patient activity read more

Stronger Human Trafficking law says Bahamas AG

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Nassau – No more ambiguity, once it is passed, it will now also be illegal to even organize or encourage others to participate in human trafficking based on information gathered in any human smuggling investigation.Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson yesterday presented an amendment to the current law, which she says bolsters the legislation on the books so that no one escapes repercussion for these crimes.  While addressing the Senate yesterday, the AG explained that the 2008 legislation had holes, which saw an accused perpetrator be set free after being convicted; the woman won on appeal at Privy Council.There is a repeal and replacement of a section of the bill which now makes it clearer that actions like withholding documents are indictable offenses, which due to the proposed change will certainly bring convictions.#MagneticMediaNews#notoleranceforhumansmuggling#strongerlawsonhumantrafficking#AllysonMaynardGibson#humantrafficking Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AllysonMaynardGibson, #humantrafficking, #magneticmedianews, #notoleranceforhumansmuggling, #strongerlawsonhumantrafficking Jamaica working to reduce human traffickinglast_img read more

Marshall Public Leadership Award nominations sought

first_imgThe Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking nominations for its annual leadership awards honoring Gen. George C. Marshall.• A nominee for the adult Marshall Public Leadership Award must be a resident of Clark County, 35 or younger, with a four-year college degree. Criteria include leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an active role in public service. The award includes $2,200 toward a trip to the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va., Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.; opportunities to work with community leaders; and a scholarship for Leadership Clark County.• Marshall Youth Leadership nominees must be county residents in the 12th grade. Criteria include activities and projects demonstrating the values of Marshall. The award includes a $2,500 college scholarship; a $500 summer internship in the Trust’s Celebrate Freedom office; a chance to meet local elected officials; and a chance to take part in Celebrate Freedom events.The award dinner is March 18. Tickets are at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.From 1936-1938, Marshall commanded the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks; he was Army chief of staff during World War II.As secretary of state, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his postwar Marshall Plan.Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Forms are www.fortvan.org/marshallawards or the Trust office, O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St.last_img read more

Burglars crash into Miami Lakes TMobile steal merchandise

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Employees at a T-Mobile in Miami Lakes arrived to work Thursday to discover their store damaged and their merchandise missing.According to police, four men backed their truck into the T-Mobile near Northwest 77th Court and 154th Street in Miami Lakes.The group then went inside and raided the store.Police are searching for a 2004 white Ford F-150 with the Florida tag HZUH73.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alaskans travel to Standing Rock in opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline

first_imgProtesters camp at Standing Rock. (Photo by Amanda Frank/KUAC)A delegation, made up of indigenous women from across Alaska, is at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to support opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.Faith Gemmill, originally of Arctic Village, said that she couldn’t watch what was happening in Standing Rock from Alaska and felt she needed to support the water protectors.“Every nation from Alaska is represented with our women,” Gemmill said.Gemmill and other organizers said they decided to take a delegation of women to Standing Rock because women often take the front line of environmental issues and are the backbone of the communities and their struggles.“Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunties, daughters; we have a very critical role as caretakers,” Gemmill said.Members of the group were chosen because of the skills each brings to the camp. Some are spiritual leaders and healers. Gemmill said some will work in the medical tents or in the kitchen. Some might even be in strategy sessions and on the front lines of the conflict.“We’re going to be doing whatever is needed to relieve the people who have been here,” Gemmill said.Some of the protectors have been at Standing Rock for several months and Gemmill said they are hoping to help relieve those who have been camped out.“Any kind of fights like this, you need reinforcements behind you to come in and take the line when you’re tired,” Gemmill said.Gemmill also said this movement is important to Alaskans.“The ground is literally melting beneath us; the permafrost is melting,” she said. “We have communities that are looking at being relocated – they need to be relocated like right now and no one is helping these communities.”Gemmill works with the non-profit Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Land, based in Anchorage.REDOIL is a sister organization of Indigenous Environmental Network and it also works with Indigenous Peoples Power Project. Gemmill said the group is working with many ally organizations who help with training and direct actions on the front line.“So that’s the capacity I’m here, but mainly as mom, grandmother,” Gemmill said.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on Feb 27

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex climbed 303 points or 0.89 percent to close at 34,445 on Monday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Tuesday:1. Ashok LeylandJPMorgan recommends ‘Overweight’ ratingTarget Price: Rs 160Current stock price: Rs 136About the company: Ashok Leyland manufactures medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, including buses, tractors, dumpsters, haulage trucks, fire engines, and defense sector vehicles. The company also manufactures industrial & marine engines, ferrous castings and spare parts for automobiles. Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 56 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. Ashok Leyland has a market capitalization of Rs 400 billion. 2. Hero MotoCorpMacquarie maintains ‘Outperform’ ratingTarget Price: Rs 4,400Current stock price: Rs 3,537About the company: Hero MotoCorp designs, manufactures and distributes motorcycles. The company’s products also include motorcycle parts and accessories.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 16 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. Hero MotoCorp has a market capitalization of Rs 706 billion.3. Reliance IndustriesMotilal Oswal Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 967Current stock price: Rs 938About the company: Reliance Industries manufactures petrochemicals, synthetic fibers, fiber intermediates, textiles, blended yarn and polyester staple fiber. The company also owns a petroleum refinery cum petrochemicals complex in Jamnagar, India that produces a wide range of products such as gasoline, superior kerosene oil and liquefied petroleum gas.Stock Performance: The stock has advanced 52 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 19 times forward earnings. Reliance Industries has a market capitalization of Rs 6 trillion.4. Hindalco IndustriesICICI Direct recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 252Current stock price: Rs 246About the company: Hindalco Industries is an integrated aluminum producer and copper manufacturer. The company engages in bauxite mining, alumina refining, coal mining, captive power plants and alumnium smelting to downstream rolling, extrusions, and foils. Stock Performance: The stock has gained 37 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 27 times forward earnings. Hindalco Industries has a market capitalization of Rs 556 billion.5. Gujarat State PetronetDeutsche Bank recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 255Current stock price: Rs 201About the company: Gujarat State Petronet owns and operates a natural gas transmission network in India. The company serves the State of Gujarat and most of its customers are natural gas end-users.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 31 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 21 times forward earnings. Gujarat State Petronet has a market capitalization of Rs 113 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more