‘Crazy Vikas’ drives BJP bonkers in Gujarat

first_imgThe much vaunted ‘Gujarat model of development’, once the poster-child of economists, has “gone crazy”, according to the top trending hashtag on social media. With State elections barely two months away, the ruling BJP is worried.Over the past two weeks, witty posts, satirical memes, and audio-visual capsules — all with the Gujarati hashtag, ‘vikas gando thayo chhe’ (‘Development has gone crazy’) — have gone viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Mostly shared by youngsters, it has turned into a trending social media campaign that has put the ruling BJP on the defensive.The campaign began spontaneously after the monsoon rains that left potholes in roads across the State, including in cities such as Ahmedabad, and the government’s claims about smart cities and world class infrastructure took a beating. Soon, people started sharing photographs or video clips of caved-in roads, decrepit State transport buses, roadside garbage dumps, flooded streets, and figures of swine flu-related deaths, all tagged with the catchy ‘vikas’ punch line.Sensing an opportunity, the Congress party’s social media teams latched on to the campaign. As the phenomenon became a talking point across age groups, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani responded by blaming the Congress. “Those who are saying ‘vikas gando thayo chhe’ have themselves gone crazy,” he said. Recently, party president Amit Shah felt compelled to ask the State’s youth not to “fall prey to anti-BJP social media campaigns.”However, many BJP leaders admit that they are unable to counter the forceful social media posts on fuel price hikes, high GST rates, and job losses.“This campaign is a huge success. Even BJP supporters are forwarding these posts,” said Saral Patel, a Congress social media volunteer.Though the Congress social media team has taken credit, the phrase “Vikas gando thayo chhe” is attributed to 20-year-old Sagar Savalia, a civil engineering student and member of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti which leads the Patidar quota agitation.“On August 23, I received some photographs of a dilapidated State transport bus. I forwarded them with the line, ‘Stay Away! Vikas has gone crazy in Gujarat’, and it went viral,” Mr. Savalia told The Hindu.last_img read more

Two hundred and nineteen million stars, and counting

first_imgA 10-year survey of our home galaxy has yielded an extraordinarily detailed celestial catalog that includes at least 219 million stars. The researchers used a 2.5-meter telescope in the Canary Islands to take more than 7600 images within a 10°-by-185° swath of sky that includes the edge-on view of the Milky Way. In the regions not blocked by interstellar dust (dark areas in the image above, which depicts only a small part of the Milky Way visible from Earth), the researchers could spot individual stars as dim as magnitude 20, about one-millionth as bright as the dimmest star that can be seen with the human eye. Toward the center of the galaxy, the most densely populated part of the team’s star images, the team tallied about 300,000 stars for each square degree of sky. The new catalog contains more than 99 bits of data for each of the 219 million objects surveyed so far, including information about each star’s position, shape, and brightness in various wavelengths, the researchers report online this week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Unfortunately, about 8% of the target area couldn’t be suitably observed during this survey, usually because of bad weather in winter months. Since November 2012, when the decadelong survey ended, researchers have filled in about half of the gaps. Future efforts, they say, will look at the same broad swath of sky in different wavelength bands in order to collect even more data about the stars.last_img read more

Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan leaves the ice following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Somewhere in the midst of hundreds of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls stood Yuzuru Hanyu.Oh yeah, there he was, at center ice, bowing to a huge ovation for an Olympic-record short program.ADVERTISEMENT Hanyu might have done his best work avoiding the Poohs — sort of his trademark because he collects them — that fell around him when he finished his skate. Thousands of mini-flags featuring the Japanese rising sun had greeted Hanyu to the ice. The defending Olympic champion from Japan scored 111.68 points Friday, building more than a four-point lead over Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who happens to share the same coach, two-time Olympic medalist Brian Orser.Hanyu’s countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China’s Jin Boyang at 103.32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHanyu missed two months of training with an ankle injury and only recently returned to full practices. No matter. He hit every element of a highly difficult program with precision and grace.“I just wanted to show everyone I’m back, I’m here,” Hanyu said. Read Next Was he ever. In what amounted to a spectacular jumping contest complemented by superb spins and intricate footwork amid intense pressure, the top four were magnificent and spotless.“I probably could get a little bit more points into the program, but not much more,” Fernandez said. “We’re hitting the limits of figure skating right now.”Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen, a pre-games favorite, was anything but spot-on. He missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.“I’ve never been in this spot so I really don’t know what to do,” Chen said. He skated after Hanyu and the Pooh bear delay, something Chen had experienced before without being bothered by it. “I thought I did everything right in my general approach and it just didn’t work out the way it was supposed to.”Fellow American Adam Rippon finished seventh without attempting a quad in what was otherwise a high-wire act for the men.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Smith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees

first_imgHowever, Jayson Castro believes that TNT must play through those distractions and focus on the game at hand.“That’s how it is. What we must do is to focus on the game and don’t mind the officiating. We can’t do anything about that. The officials are doing their job and they might get things wrong cause they’re just human. But we have to focus on our game and bounce back next game,” he said.Game 6 is on Sunday, where the KaTropa shoots to force a winner-take-all Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT import Joshua Smith went straight to the point and lambasted the referees on the heels of his squad’s 111-102 Game 5 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.“PBA officials are terrible,” he said, obviously pissed off with how the game ended.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Relaxed and resting LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img What ‘missteps’? Smith felt slighted by the way the game was officiated, calling out referees Noy Guevarra, Rey Yante, and Mao Orioste, “terrible.”When pressed to elaborate on his statement, the hulking reinforcement repeated the same words thrice before reporters decided to abruptly end the interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSources close to the situation shared that Smith’s frustration is from what he felt were a lot of non-calls against him, which paved way for Beermen to come back from a 15-point halftime hole and eventually take the 3-2 series lead.Not helping was the 32 fouls whistled on the KaTropa, which led to 38 free throw attempts for San Miguel. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Suresh Raina lauds hat-trick hero Andrew Tye after Gujarat’s first win this season

first_imgGujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina was a happy man after his team registered their first victory in this year’s Indian Premier League by beating the Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets in Rajkot on Friday.Gujarat rode on Brendon McCullum and Dwane Smith’s explosive opening stand to chase down 172 in just 18 overs with seven wickets in hand after debutant Andrew Tye’s hat-trick in the first innings. (Also read: Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17), who ended with the best bowling figures for a debutant in the IPL, drew high praise from the captain.”AJ bowled brilliantly. I’m very happy for him, he’s a smart cricketer and varies his pace smartly in the death overs,” said Raina. (Also read: Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Raina also lauded the team for a good comeback after losing two games back-to-back.”Losing 2 games it was very difficult for us. To come back strongly we needed a good team performance,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman. (Also read: Andrew Tye, Samuel Badree: 2 matches, 2 hat-tricks, different results)The Lions, after going top heavy and playing four overseas batsmen in the first two matches, finally found the right combination as Smith was sent up the order to re-unite him with his partner in crime McCullum and that paid off perfectly. The duo smashed 94 runs in just 8.5 overs before Smith fell on 47 to Shardul Thakur.Talking about the dynamic duo up top, Raina said that he was happy with their seasoned performance.advertisement”Jason missed out today, but Baz and Smith did the job for us. They had good partnerships last year also. It’s a good team effort today. They did it for so many years for CSK and now they are doing it for us. Very happy,” he said.Today was a special day for the Gujarat captain as he played his 150th IPL match and he thanked god before signing off with a smile.”God has been really kind to me, 150th game and can’t ask for more (on claiming a win in his 150th game in the IPL,” said Raina as he signed off.last_img read more

India vs Australia, Women’s World Cup live streaming: When and where to watch

first_imgIndia will aim to take one step closer to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup when they take on mighty Australia in their penultimate round robin clash here at the Bristol County Ground on Wednesday.Both sides were beaten last time out, India by a huge margin of 115 runs at the hands of South Africa, and Australia in dramatic circumstances by hosts England by only three runs.For Australia, a strong net run-rate means the situation is not yet alarming, but India faces this match, followed by a clash with New Zealand, knowing that it almost certainly has to win one of these games.Where to watchTV – Star Sports HD 1Online – Live Stream on hotstar??º????Want to watch your team in action today? Here’s where you can catch today’s #WWC17 games! #AUSvIND #SLvSA #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/0cWjBNLlA0- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 12 July 2017last_img read more

US Open: Ice creams, milk shakes- Nick Kyrgios admits he lacks dedication

first_imgPlaying basketball, eating ice creams and drinking milk shakes during tennis tournaments.Nick Kyrgios admitted he had not been dedicated in his rollercoaster of a career after being dumped out of the US Open in the first round on Tuesday.The mercurial 22-year-old, one of the most gifted players on the tour, lost 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 against fellow Australian John Millman after hurting his right shoulder.The 14th seed had treatment at the beginning of the third set after levelling at 1-1, but Kyrgios gradually appeared to lose interest in the match.The 22-year-old received a warning for allegedly cursing and broke his racket as he produced a string of unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium in front of his coach, Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.”I’m not good enough for him. You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach,” Kyrgios told a news conference that turned into a self-battering session.”He probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”Although he said he was focussed on the US Open, Kyrgios said he had not always been dedicated, citing his behaviour at the Cincinnati Open, where he reached the final.”I was probably less dedicated than I was this week. I was playing basketball at Lifetime Fitness every day for two hours. Like I played an hour of basketball before I played David Ferrer in the semi-final,” he said.”I was going to ice cream, like this Graeter’s place getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated.”advertisementReuters PhotoKyrgios added he did not know if he would continue with Grosjean, explaining he was not a player who could be trusted.”I keep letting people down,” he said.”I’m not dedicated to the game at all. There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”Nothing that really depresses Kyrgios, though.”It’s not the end of the world. I will get over it in probably half an hour. I will get food and watch the matches. It is what it is,” he said.There is one thing, however, that Kyrgios manages to get seriously involved in: the Davis Cup.”I have put a lot of effort into Davis Cup this year. I obviously made myself available for every tie,” he said.”You know, really bought in, really gave everything, we are doing so well. It is my goal to win the Davis Cup, so we’ll see.”Australia take on Belgium in Brussels form September 15-17.”Well, I’ve got time up my sleeve now,” said Kyrgiolast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Sends Message To Ohio State Football’s Captains

first_imgA closeup of Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 05: Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the “BCS Title Game” panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)The Ohio State football team announced its captains today. Jordan Fuller, Tuf Borland, J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, K.J. Hill, C.J. Saunders and Jonathon Cooper will all be leading the Buckeyes in 2019. Fuller and Borland are the only returning captains from last year.A former Ohio State football captain in his own right, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for the players picking up the mantle. Taking to Twitter after the announcement, Herbstreit called being a captain the “greatest honor you can have.”He wished the seven players luck and hopes that they serve as examples for the rest of the team moving forward.Congratulations fellas!! Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!!Herbstreit played for Ohio State from 1989 to 1993, and was named a co-captain as a senior in 1992.Congratulations fellas!!Greatest honor you can have—because YOUR teammates know what’s up!! They elected YOU to LEAD them through the 2019 season!! Good luck and serve your teammates!! https://t.co/L0Y4k84ExB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 19, 2019Getting the leadership right is going to be key to Ohio State retaining their Big Ten title in 2019.The team has a brand new head coach in Ryan Day, and as of today, has a new quarterback in sophomore Justin Fields.Ohio State heads into the 2019 season as a top five team in the AP preseason poll.last_img read more

Advisory Occupational Health and Safety Sales Calls

first_imgThe Department of Labour and Workforce Development is receiving calls from concerned business owners who were contacted by a company selling occupational health and safety training. The vendor suggested that people must be retrained about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) because the province’s laws and regulations had changed. This is false information. No changes have been made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations that would require employers to retrain their staff. “Training that raises awareness about occupational health and safety is good but business owners must carefully consider any sales pitch for Occupational Health and Safety services, as they would for any other goods or services,” said Jim LeBlanc, executive director of the department’s Occupational Health and Safety division. Occupational Health and Safety service providers who provide potential clients with inaccurate information could be fined. Business owners who have concerns about the sales practices of any company can contact the Competition Bureau of Canada at 1-800-348-5358 (toll-free in Canada), 1-800-642-3844 (TTY, for hearing-impaired only), fax 819-997-0324 or visit the Bureau’s website: www.competitionbureau.gc.ca .last_img read more

Rabat Conference Calls For Creation Of Regional Training Center for Border…

first_imgRabat  –  The countries taking part in the 2nd Regional Ministerial Conference on Border Security, which kicked off Thursday in Rabat, agreed to establish a regional center for training officers in charge of border security in the states of the region. According to the Rabat Declaration, the center aims to capitalize on the expertise of other countries and partners.The participating countries agreed to accelerate the setting up of a secretariat within the framework of the Tripoli Plan of Action and the Declaration of Rabat. Libya will prepare a proposal on the structure of the secretariat, which will be presented to the members meeting to be held in Tripoli, in a period not exceeding two months from the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Rabat. They also agreed to set up working groups on security, intelligence, customs and justice to draft proposals in these areas prior to the next ministerial conference, to be held in 2014 in Egypt.The participants called for the implementation of priority projects on border security, taking into account all the relevant strategies and initiatives presented by various United Nations agencies, international and regional organizations as well as all the mechanisms the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.The participants at the Rabat conference also agreed on the need to build the capacity of countries in the region in terms of equipment and new technologies to help them better secure borders.The second regional ministerial conference on border security is marked by the participation of foreign ministers, ministers in charge of security issues in the countries of North Africa and the Sahel- Sahara region, as well as representatives of regional and international institutions.The conference is be attended by Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, the USA, and the UK, the same source said.Several international and regional organizations are taking part in this meeting, such as the UN, the AMU, the Arab League, the European Union, NATO, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN -SAD), the organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, and the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.The Rabat conference is be also attended by experts representing mainly the World Customs Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Executive Board of the Committee against Terrorism, the Interpol, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the United Nations Office against Drugs and organized Crime.The Rabat conference is part of the monitoring process of the first regional ministerial conference on border security, held on March 11- 12, 2012 in Libya, as well as the implementation follow-up of the “Tripoli plan Action”  with the aim to strengthen security and border control in the region of North Africa and the Sahel-Saharan region.The conference will culminate in the “Rabat Declaration” which will include proposals and recommendations to achieve the expected goals of border security in the countries of North Africa and the Sahel-Saharan region.last_img read more

Citing rising terrorism UN extends Afghan security force for another year

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers.ISAF, which now has 47,600 personnel on the ground, was established after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation.In today’s resolution the 15-member body recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources.”It expressed serious concern with the high number of civilian casualties resulting from the fighting. While recognizing ISAF’s efforts to minimize this risk, it called on the Force “to take additional robust efforts” by continuously reviewing tactics and procedures and conducting after-action reviews in cooperation with the Afghan Government.The Council called on all Afghan parties and groups to engage in peaceful political dialogue and in socio-economic development and to avoid resorting to violence including through the use of illegal armed groups. Stressing the importance of increasing the functionality, professionalism and accountability of the Afghan security sector, it urged ISAF and other partners to continue training Afghan national security forces towards the accelerated goal of setting up self-sufficient and ethnically balanced national forces to provide security and the rule of law. The 12-month extension begins on 13 October. 22 September 2008The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers. read more

Chrysler 1Q profit falls 65 per cent as factories make slow transition

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2013 8:49 am MDT Chrysler 1Q profit falls 65 per cent as factories make slow transition to new models AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Three Chrysler factories were slow to switch from old models to new ones, and that helped dramatically reduce the company’s first-quarter profit.The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker said Tuesday that its net profit fell 65 per cent from January through March, mainly because production didn’t keep pace with sales.Chrysler freshened up the Jeep Grand Cherokee large SUV and its Ram heavy-duty truck for the new model year, and is replacing the Liberty midsize SUV with the all-new Jeep Cherokee. But the plants that make those vehicles were slow to crank out the new models.Chrysler’s profit dropped from $473 million a year ago to $166 million. Revenue dropped 6 per cent to $15.4 billion. Total inventory fell to 419,000 last quarter, enough to supply dealers for 66 days of sales, down from 73 at the end of last year.Chrysler and other automakers book revenue when cars and trucks are shipped to dealerships. But while Chrysler’s global and U.S. sales rose 8 per cent during the quarter, the slow plants drove shipments down 6 per cent.“We sold all the cars that we could potentially sell,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday. “I did not build enough to replenish what we sold.”Chrysler shipped 574,000 cars and trucks during the quarter, down from 607,000 a year ago. And the three vehicles that ran short are all high-price, big-profit vehicles.Marchionne mostly blamed the decline on the end of production of the aging Liberty at a factory in Toledo, Ohio. That factory is being completely retooled to build the Cherokee, which will go on sale in the third quarter. With no production at the plant, Liberty shipments plummeted by 31,000 for the quarter.The Toledo plant won’t be cranking out Cherokees until late spring or early summer because the company installed all-new equipment to produce a radically different vehicle built on car rather than truck underpinnings. The new Cherokee comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the Liberty’s four-speeds, and it has a high-tech all-wheel-drive system that automatically disengages two wheels when they’re not needed, in order to save fuel.But the amount of retooling caused added kinks in production compared with other factories, Marchionne said.“Maybe it’s the fact that we haven’t done this with this intensity for a while, it’s difficult to tell,” he said. The Cherokee is the company’s first entirely new vehicle since the Dodge Dart compact came out a year ago.Marchionne didn’t specify problems with the other two factories, the heavy-duty Ram plant in Saltillo, Mexico, and the Grand Cherokee factory in Detroit. He did say the 2014 Grand Cherokee, while not a completely reworked model, got major improvements such as a new engine and new eight-speed transmission.Marchionne said the company is sticking to its full-year net earnings prediction of $2.2 billion based on the expectation of a strong second half. Chrysler also held to previous guidance of full-year revenue between $72 billion and $75 billion and shipments of 2.6 million to 2.7 million vehicles. The company expects to ship more than 650,000 cars and trucks in the second quarter.He characterized the first-quarter decline as a “one-off” event, and said he told workers to “just close your eyes and plug your nose and move on from here.”The 2014 Grand Cherokee went on sale last month, while the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks went on sale starting in January.Marchionne said that Cherokee sales should boost second-half profit. The midsize SUV will compete against the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape in the biggest part of the fast-growing crossover SUV market.Marchionne conceded that hitting the forecasts won’t be easy. “There’s not a guy in this house who thinks it’s going to be a walk in the park,” he said.Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive, an industry consulting firm, said the Ram, Grand Cherokee and Liberty bring big dollars to Chrysler, so it’s not surprising that any production loss hurt the company’s net income.Robinet expects more automakers to see delayed launches as they try to preserve quality while moving faster to update vehicles to meet intense competition. Chrysler, for instance, has about a dozen new or refurbished models coming in the next two years alone.Also during the first quarter, Chrysler’s incentives such as rebates and low-interest financing rose $300 per vehicle to $3,400, compared with $3,100 a year ago, the company said. “The incentives hit your bottom line,” said Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics of Birmingham, Michigan.Chrysler’s quarter looked much worse when compared with Ford Motor Co., which last week said its first-quarter profit rose 15 per cent to $1.6 billion as record earnings in North America tempered big losses in Europe. Ford’s sales were up 10 per cent worldwide.Fiat was given management control of Chrysler in 2009 when the troubled company nearly ran out of cash and had to be rescued by a U.S. government bailout. Now, with Europe battered economy dragging down car sales there, Chrysler is providing a financial lifeline to Fiat, which owns 58.5 per cent of Chrysler.____AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin contributed to this report. read more

No 4 Virginia holds off Dayton in Battle 4 Atlantis semis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — De’Andre Hunter matched his career high with 23 points to help fourth-ranked Virginia hold off Dayton 66-59 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.Hunter made a 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left and Virginia protecting a 60-56 lead. It turned out to provide just enough cushion to keep the Cavaliers (5-0) in control and send them into the championship game Friday against No. 25 Wisconsin.Ty Jerome added 15 points for Virginia, and Kyle Guy had 14.Josh Cunningham led Dayton (4-1) with 15 points. Dayton will face Oklahoma on Friday in the third-place game.NO. 6 NEVADA 96, TULSA 86LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Caroline had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Nevada beat Tulsa in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.Nevada (5-0) will face Massachusetts in the championship game Friday night. Massachusetts beat Southern Illinois 84-62.Caleb Martin added 21 points for the Wolf Pack, making all 10 of his free throws. Jazz Johnson had 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.Sterling Taplin led the Golden Hurricane (4-1) with 22 points, and Martins Igbanu had 14.NO. 25 WISCONSIN 78, OKLAHOMA 58D’Mitrik Trice set career highs with 25 points and a tournament-record seven 3-pointers to help Wisconsin beat Oklahoma in the Battle 4 Atlantis.Trice started 7 for 7 from behind the arc, the last coming when he pump-faked a defender and stepped to his right to bury the shot for a 66-47 lead with 6:22 left. He finally missed a 3 less than a minute later to finish 7 for 8 for the Badgers (5-0).Christian James scored 18 points for the Sooners (4-1).___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Spartak Moscow charged after fan confronts captain

MOSCOW — Spartak Moscow is facing punishment from UEFA after a fan ran onto the field during a Europa League game to confront the team captain.The bearded fan in Spartak colours ran up to midfielder Denis Glushakov in the 70th minute of Spartak’s game against Rapid Vienna. Glushakov shoved him away before other players and security took the fan off the field.Russian state news agencies have reported the fan was later arrested. UEFA has charged Spartak over the “field invasion.” The case will be heard Dec. 13.Spartak was leading 1-0 at the time of the interruption but went on to lose 2-1 and now sits last in Europa League Group G.Many Spartak fans have accused Glushakov of helping to force out the popular coach Massimo Carrera, who was fired last month.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

No Matter How Much They Make The Best Players In The NBA

Surrounded by reporters the day after the NBA announced a blockbuster new television deal in October, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant contemplated the maximum-salary rule that governs his compensation and that of his superstar peers.“Look at it like this,” Durant said. “Kobe Bryant brings in a lot of money to Los Angeles, that downtown area. People go to watch the Lakers. Clippers are getting up there — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and those guys are bringing in a lot of money as well. Look at Cleveland, look at Miami when LeBron [James] was there. These guys are worth more than what they are making because of the amount of money they bring to that area.”NBA players do not get paid what they’re actually worth. Really young? Really good? Sorry — for you, the market isn’t truly an open one. Analysts — and increasingly players such as Durant and Bryant — can tell you that the maximum-contract rule suppresses the salaries of superstars, that inexperienced players are paid less than their contributions warrant, and that as a result, the NBA’s middle class is paid far too much.In recent years, however, that popular notion appears to have been wrong. I built a model measuring how much NBA teams paid for their players’ wins above replacement (WAR), and it shows that the league has changed. During the 2014-15 season, the middle class was, in fact, paid far less for its production than max-contract players, accelerating a trend that began two seasons earlier. In other words, the role players were suddenly steals.But if this offseason is any indication, max players are the bargains once again. Forgive me for sounding like a bad Internet headline — but you are not going to believe how underpaid Kawhi Leonard is, despite his new max contract. The same salary cap spike that’s made this free-agency period so wacky is shifting what the league’s players are worth yet again.But before we dwell on the future, let’s rummage through the past.For most of the past decade, the hoary aphorisms about which players were relatively cheap (and which were relatively exorbitant) held true. From the 1999-2000 season through the 2010-11 one,1That’s the span between the league’s two season–shortening lockouts. players on rookie contracts (think Derrick Rose when he won the MVP award in 2010-11) generated 23 percent of the league’s WAR but were paid only 12 percent of the league’s money.2Beyond minimum salaries, that is. Throughout this article, I’m adjusting the money teams paid players to account for the fact that the monetary equivalent of “wins above replacement” is “salary above the minimum.” This is because a team should expect a minimum-salary player to produce, by definition, zero WAR. Players on maximum contracts (such as James and Bryant) were also shortchanged, generating 24 percent of the wins but making 22 percent of the money.And the rest of the league — the players I’m calling “middle-class” because they’re neither rookies nor max players (and therefore their earning power isn’t systematically capped) — gobbled up the surplus, making 65 percent of the money despite generating 52 percent of the wins.If the market were truly efficient, all the players would be paid the same for each win; there wouldn’t be a difference between any of the curves in the chart above — they’d just be one big, fat, overlapping line, ebbing and flowing in unison. Instead, the prices per win for players are clearly stratified by type of contract, particularly during the period before the league installed a new collective bargaining agreement for the 2011-12 season.Recently, though, a shift has taken place. Young players are still drastically underpaid, of course; the numbers in the chart aren’t adjusted for increases to the NBA’s salary cap, making the young players’ relatively flat line striking, given that the cap nearly doubled between 1999-2000 and 2014-15. But the price of a middle-class win took a downward turn sometime around the 2008-09 or 2009-10 seasons after years of shadowing the max-salary line.Since then, buying a win from a max-salary player has become more expensive than ever before. While the salary cap rose by 8.7 percent between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the cost of a max player’s wins rose by 39 percent. The per-win price of a middle-class player in that time fell by 15 percent. The middle-class players were the hidden gems.Max deals have always come with risk: Between the 1999 and 2005 offseasons, 57 percent of max contracts weren’t worth it, failing to deliver more value than the teams paid for. But during that era, enough max players succeeded — and tended to be home runs when they did — that on balance, they represented a better deal than middle-class players. After 2005, though, max players became more dangerous to invest in: Only 14 percent of all max deals3Of those that were signed in 2006 or later and have finished since then. since then have delivered a positive return. By the late 2000s, when those contracts were in full swing, max players were collectively providing less bang for the buck than the middle class — a first since the max salary was instituted in 1999.This was a significant development because it suggested a path to contention that didn’t involve superstars (a rarity in NBA history). Traditionally, the market for mid-level players has been a place for also-rans looking for scraps after the hyenas have had their way with the max-contract types. That dynamic reinforced the NBA’s competitive balance problem by effectively forcing smaller-market teams to spend more for their talent, on a per-win basis, than the league did overall. Any mechanism that made it cheaper for those types of teams to buy talent, though, stood to give the NBA a much-needed injection of parity.But an unprecedented rise in the salary cap might end all this. The early indications are that how much a million bucks can buy in each salary class will be upended once again. Just when the guidelines of a player’s worth were beginning to shift in an interesting (and more competitive) direction, the rising cap may bring the old wisdom all the way back around to being right again.To help model this and other matters of NBA interest, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and I have been skunkworking a little model around here that will (theoretically, hopefully, god-willing) begin to do for basketball what PECOTA did for baseball. Using a player’s advanced metrics4Namely, Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and Player Efficiency Rating. and his statistical tendencies, it can project a player’s development into the future by comparing him to similar players from the past. We call it CARMELO.5 We spent a long time backronym-ing this in the office. What we came up with: “Career Arc Regression Model Estimator (with) Local Optimization.”Using the beta version of CARMELO to analyze this summer’s free-agent signings, I found that 10 of the 16 maximum-contract signees (as of July 12) project to bring a team a positive return on investment.6Assuming the value of a non-cost-controlled win scales upward with the cap in future seasons. As a group, it looks like they’ll be underpaid by an average of $5.6 million per year. (Leonard lords above them all: He’s projected to bring $26.9 million of extra value to the Spurs every year.7Whoa — how does that math work out? CARMELO thinks Leonard will generate 54.6 WAR over the life of his five-year deal, which would make his “fair salary” about $45 million per season (remember, the cap increases dramatically over that span). Since he’ll only make about $18 million a year, he projects to generate nearly $27 million in surplus value per season.) That’s quite a bit bigger than the average non-max signee of the summer, who thus far projects to bring his team just $850,000 of extra value per season.In other words, the max player is once again a far better deal than his middle-class peers.The cheapest way to build a great team in today’s NBA remains to concentrate on young players still on their rookie contracts. And it’s worth noting that the long-range implications of the league’s sudden salary cap explosion won’t be fully understood for years. But although basketball’s long-understood rules of value seemed on the verge of disruption in recent seasons, this summer offered an early peek into how teams and players will behave during the coming boom years, and it suggests that everything old is new again. See all the free-agent signings (through July 12), and whether the players will be underpaid or overpaid here: read more

We dont fear United – Francis

first_imgBournemouth defender Simon Francis insists he and his teammates have nothing to fear when they face Manchester United this weekend, saying perhaps they are favourites.The Cherries captain feels the team’s form suggests they may even be favourites against the Red Devils.Eddie Howe’s side host United on Saturday, the south coast side are currently sixth in the Premier League and three points ahead of their visitors.Francis said the team’s impressive start to the season could even suggest they’re favourites for the clash at Vitality Stadium.“There is certainly no fear factor. The form book would say we might be favourites going into the game,” he told The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think we see it as a free hit any more, these kinds of games, because we believe we can beat them.“With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, ‘It’s OK, they have had a good start to the season’, but we don’t see it like that.“Even in our first season when we played the big teams, nobody would back us to get any points, but this is our fourth season and we have come a long way.”“These games are the ones we can grab by the scruff of the neck and take to Man United: The lads will be raring to go, are looking forward to every Premier League game and why not? We are on good form.“We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about.”last_img read more

TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against Zika

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 10, 2016 –  The FDA has given the go ahead for genetically altered mosquitoes to be used in the fight against the female Aedes Egypti mosquito which is the insect carrying harmful diseases like Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus and now the dreaded Zika Virus.While the use of these mutant mosquitoes is approved for trial on one of the Florida Keys, there will still be a vote by the public there to determine if the insect is actually introduced to the ecosystem.   Premier Rufus Ewing in July told the Speaker of the House of Assembly that it was something the TCI is considering, and watching to see what other jurisdictions will do about this drastic measure.  In the Florida Keys, residents are resisting, saying the mutant mosquito may open a Pandora’s box of other problems; the decision will be given to the residents of Key Haven in November; Over 170,000 have signed an online petition giving ‘no consent’ to the move. The female Aedes Egypti mosquito carrying the Zika virus is a major health hazard and has the potential to decimate tourism growth in tourism dependent territories like the TCI.  Oxitec is the company which has created this GM mosquito. Related Items:genetically altered mosquito and zika, TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against zika, zika in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Employee Benefits Awards 2019 shortlist unveiled

first_imgThe shortlist for the Employee Benefits Awards 2019 has now been revealed. The full shortlist can be viewed here.Thank you to all of the organisations that entered this year’s awards, and congratulations to the employers that have been shortlisted. A special thank you also to our panel of expert judges, who gave their time to discuss the numerous entries.The winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on Friday 7 June 2019, at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.The highly-anticipated event will see HR, reward and benefits professionals recognise and celebrate the industry’s achievements and successes over the past year. The awards will highlight employers from a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, education, travel and more, across categories such as Best benefits communications, Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, and Most motivational benefits, that cover the full gamut of HR, reward and people strategy.This year, in addition to the coveted Employee benefits professional of the year award, a new Rising star category has been added, to recognise the work of an individual who has made a strong mark early in their career, having joined the industry within the last five years.As well as a lunchtime ceremony, the Employee Benefits Awards 2019 will include a summer party at one of London’s most iconic and historic venues.For more information and to book your seats.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity build homes for 3 South Florida families

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization is lending a helping hand for three families in need of a home.Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Bank of America to dedicate three new homes to the deserving families in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.A group of employee volunteers rolled up their sleeves to frame walls and complete other vital tasks for the Miami home.Meanwhile in Fort Lauderdale, volunteers worked throughout the week to build a duplex for two new homeowners.Everyone involved said the hard work was all worth it. “We believe in the community, giving back, revitalizing the community, vitalizing the neighborhood, so very involved. This is where we live. This is our city,” said volunteer George Bermudez.If you’d like to contact Habitat for Humanity, check out the links below.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Habitat for Humanity in Miami-Dade(305) 634-3628http://www.miamihabitat.org/Habitat for Humanity in Broward(954) 396-3030http://www.miamihabitat.org/Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hump Day Woman walks camel through the Big Apple

first_imgNEW YORK (WSVN) – A woman was caught on camera walking through a crosswalk in New York, but it was what was following her that turned some heads.She was walking a camel that had several colorful handbags strapped to it, Tuesday morning, for a Kate Spade ad photo shoot.Pedestrians stopped to take pictures of the camel as it strolled past the Park Central Hotel.The large animal was not phased by walking through the concrete jungle, nor the hustle on the streets.Only in New York does “Hump Day” actually come to life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more