All four monitor lizards at the Delhi Zoo have died of “shock” after being taken out of their enclosures during hibernation by a staff member.“The lizards were pulled out by a zoo ranger on January 28 without seeking any permission. We have taken disciplinary action against the staff,” curator Riyaz Khan said.As per the postmortem report, the lizards died of shock.Mr. Khan said the reptiles died on February 1, 2, 11 and 15.According to the curator, the lizards go into hibernation from November to March. “They are not disturbed. No food or water is given to them during this period,” another zoo official said.The zoo now has no more monitor lizards. The curator added that a detailed report was being prepared by the zoo authority regarding the incident and further action would be taken after the Director examined the same.The zoo had reopened in January after a brief hiatus owing to the bird flu scare last year which claimed the lives of 14 water birds.
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Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ BC ASTANA 65 — Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Degtyarev 8, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Yergali 6, Kolesnikov 2, Marchuk 2, Chsherbak 0.Quarters: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Pingris grateful for coach, teammates’ support as he gets 5k points Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games BC Astana stayed alive in the fourth quarter, thanks to back-to-back triples from Anthony Clemmons and Alexandr Zhigulin in the final 3:48 that cut Chooks’ lead down to two, 65-63, but LA Revilla and Austin iced the win with huge baskets in the end game.Dmitriy Gavrilov paced BC Astana with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Clemmons and Justin Carter both had 10 in the defeat.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will shoot for its second win on Saturday as it takes on Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.The Scores:CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 73 — Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeri. Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jero. Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 23-year-old also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, including the game-sealing freebies with 20 seconds left in the clock as Gilas got off to a good start in the continental club competition.Isaiah Austin also impressed in his first game in national team colors, firing 17 markers, 18 rebounds, and six blocks to hold the paint for Chooks-to-Go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJett Manuel also added 10 points, while Jeric Teng got seven in the victory.Chooks rallied back from a 51-44 deficit midway in the third quarter with a 13-2 blast, punctuated by a Jeric Teng three to take a 57-53 lead with 1:14 left in the period. View comments Photo from FibaAsia.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas did just enough to hold off BC Astana, 73-65, to open its 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup campaign Friday at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.Kiefer Ravena uncorked nine of his 22 points in the third quarter, where the Philippine side staged a huge fightback after being down by as big as 11, 40-29.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa read more
Ratliffe expects semis vs Rhodes, Beermen to go the distance “I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was tired, but that’s just because I was just playing as hard as I could,” James said. “But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds. I don’t contribute as losing this game because we got tired. We missed some shots, and they made some.”Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, “It’s so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results.“They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch. They got stops and then they made play after play down the stretch.”“You go against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it’s definitely draining.”Irving felt it as well.“But game four, I look forward to it,” Irving said. “Another challenge for us to get better and go against a great team.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he never considered resting James or Irving with the game on the line.“I decided to stick with those guys, being at home, down 0-2. Great players, they always dig deep and have their will to win. And they gave us everything they had,” Lue said.“Durant made eight straight points that was very critical, three big shots, and that’s why they brought him here, for those situations.“They’re a great team, but I think we’re a great team also. They’re playing at a high level. Our team scrapped and competed. I can’t be disappointed with the effort.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken For superstar LeBron James, who achieved a life dream by rallying his hometown Cavaliers last year to win Cleveland’s first major sport title in 52 years, the focus will be on improving every possession in every quarter.“It’s a dramatic situation to be in,” James said. “We’re going to come in tomorrow, watch some film, see ways we can get better and just try to take it one game at a time.“I’ve got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time.”James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 45 minutes, tiring at the end as even his indomitable will was found wanting when guarding Durant on a pivotal 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that gave Golden State the lead for good.‘Definitely draining’ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Teammates check on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, who lies on the floor after contact against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Having made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to beat Golden State last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers need an even better rally to defend the crown after Wednesday’s 118-113 loss to the Warriors.Golden State’s Kevin Durant scored 31 points, including seven in a game-ending 11-0 run that stretched the Warriors’ playoff unbeaten run to 15-0 and their lead in the best-of-seven championship series to 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series in 126 attempts, although no club had rallied from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals until the Cavs did it last year to defeat the Warriors.And while the Cavaliers are far from surrendering, there is a sense the addition of Durant has made Golden State a much harder team to vanquish even once — let alone four times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re a juggernaut of a team,” said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 38 points in game three. “They do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo and just made some big-time plays down the stretch.“We have to come out with an unbelievable mindset, unbelievable focus like we have and limit some of the things they’re comfortable at.” read more
Lenovo, the company that now owns Motorola Mobility for all intends and purposes is gearing up to launch at least one more (and possibly two) Moto phones. The Moto M (and Moto M Plus) has been subjected to numerous leaks in the past. A new report now gives us a closer look at what the upcoming Moto M could look like. The Moto M, as per a set of new leaks , looks like a premium phone, but judging by its rumoured specs, it looks like a mid-ranger device.Not much is known about the Moto M for now; however, a good look at the leaked images shared in the report does give us a hint or two. For one, it looks like the phone would come with an all-metal body with prominent antenna lines. The phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a Moto-fashion camera module that sits underneath a glassy surface. The phone will likely come with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and a MediaTek processor under the hood. Lenovo recently bucked the trend when it launched the Moto E 3 Power recently with a MediaTek chipset. The Moto E3 Power was the first Moto phone to not ship with a Qualcomm chip. The Moto M could be the second.The Moto E3 Power comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of inbuilt memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE connectivity.advertisementIt sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery and supports fast charging.Also Read: Moto E3 Power review: Affordable but not powerful enough read more
“I guess you can say he was a legend and in the state of Kentucky, and for me, it’s important to pay respect to those who came before me, whether they played for the University of Kentucky or Louisville,” Brown said in a telephone interview.[…]“We wanted to be an example of how, no matter if you played for the blue or the red, how important it is for us to come together and support one another, both in and out of sports,” Brown said.“The rivalry between the schools is intense, and it’s great, but at the end of the day, all that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you remember that we’re all in this game of life together, whether you played for the blue or the red.”He’s not alone, either. Two other former Louisville stars, Deion Branch and Chris Redman, are also making contributions, according to the piece.A celebration of life will be held in Lorenzen’s honor tomorrow, from 2-6 p.m. local time at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, Kentucky.[Forbes] LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Jared Lorenzen #22 of Kentucky looks for the open receiver against Florida on September 27, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Florida won 24-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is one of the most heated in all of college sports. Of course, some things are much bigger than the hate people have for their rivals.After his tragic passing last week, former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen’s family and the greater Wildcat community have received a tremendous outpouring of support. That includes those who wear red and black, and typically cheer against UK at every chance.Jamon Brown, a former Louisville offensive lineman who just signed a pretty lucrative deal with the Atlanta Falcons, is taking things a step further. Through his foundation, he’s making a contribution to help pay for Lorenzen’s funeral costs.In an interview with Forbes, Jamon Brown, a Kentucky native like Jared Lorenzen, explained the impact the former Wildcat great had on their home state.Brown is contributing $5,000 to help cover costs of the funeral, which will take place tomorrow. read more
Reuters MiamiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 10:42 IST Ashleigh Barty said the key to the match was extending rallies on the warm day in Miami (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1) 6-3 in the finalBarty is the first Australian women since Samantha Stosur to crack the WTA’s singles top 10Barty had taken a break from tennis in 2014 to play professional cricket for the Brisbane HeatAshleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1) 6-3 on Saturday to win her maiden Miami Open title and become the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world rankings.After dominating the first set tiebreak, Barty broke the big-serving Pliskova in a 12-minute game to open the second set.From there on the fatigued Czech, whose semi-final win over Simona Halep finished after 1 am local time earlier on Saturday due to rain delays, put up little resistance.Barty pumped her fists when Pliskova sent a forehand long on match point to hand the 22-year-old the biggest win of her career, which includes a $1.3 million pay check.Barty said the key to the match was extending rallies on the warm day in Southern Florida.”It was important for me to try to make it physical,” Barty, the first Australian to win the Miami Open singles title, said in an on-court interview.”Kaja has the ability to really hit you off the court and take it away from you so I knew I had to have my running shoes on today to try and make as many balls as possible.”Barty fired 15 aces, with Pliskova barely making an effort to return some of them.”I tried to make the most of it,” she said of playing an exhausted opponent.”You don’t get these opportunities every single day and it was important for me to continue and try to do the right things and enjoy the moment as well.”Pliskova, who will rise to world number four on Monday, praised her conqueror.advertisement”I’ll make it quick because I’m very tired and it was a long two weeks,” the 27-year-old said.”Congrats to Ashleigh. She played incredible all week, all the matches were close and especially today I thought she came up with some good tennis.”The win capped a memorable week for the 2011 junior Wimbledon champion, who took a break from tennis in 2014 to play professional cricket for the Brisbane Heat.Barty, the 2018 U.S. Open women’s doubles champion, is the first Australian women since Samantha Stosur to crack the WTA’s singles top 10.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ashleigh BartyFollow Karolina PliskovaFollow Miami OpenFollow WTA Ashleigh Barty stuns fifth seed Karolina Pliskova to win maiden Miami Open titleAshleigh Barty pumped her fists when Pliskova sent a forehand long on match point to hand the 22-year-old the biggest win of her career, which includes a $1.3 million pay check.advertisement Next read more
Next Indo-Asian News Service Rio de JaneiroMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 09:23 IST Neymar gives Brazil’s Copa America injury scare. (REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSA TV footage showed Paris Saint-Germain clutching Neymar’s left knee, while being looked at by medical staffThe incident came 17 days before the start of the Copa America, to be played in Brazil for the first time since 1989Brazil will campaign against Bolivia before facing Peru and Venezuela in the group stageNeymar sent a scare through Brazil’s national team camp when he left a training session early with a knee problem.On Tuesday, the 27-year-old limped off the Granja Comary training pitch in Teresopolis, around 100km north of here, after awkwardly striking the ball with his left foot, reports Xinhua news agency.Television footage showed the Paris Saint-Germain forward clutching his left knee and grimacing while being assessed by medical staff.The Globo newspaper reported that initial scans showed no serious damage to the knee, but Neymar was due to undergo further tests on Wednesday.The incident came just 17 days before the start of the Copa America, to be played in Brazil for the first time since 1989. The hosts will begin their campaign against Bolivia before also facing Peru and Venezuela in the group stage.The five-time World Cup champions will prepare for the tournament with friendlies against Qatar on June 5 and Honduras four days later.On Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced that veteran full-back Daniel Alves has replaced Neymar as Brazil’s captain following a series of controversies surrounding the former Barcelona and Santos star.Earlier this month Neymar was banned for three matches by the French Football Federation for punching a fan after the French Cup final. In April, he was suspended for three UEFA Champions League games for insulting officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination from the tournament.Also Read | Dani Alves will replace Neymar as Brazil’s captain for Copa AmericaAlso Read | Kovac hails Bayern as German champions seal domestic doubleAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow NeymarFollow Paris Saint-GermainFollow Daniel AlvesFollow Copa America Neymar’s injury gives Brazil Copa America scareNeymar limped off the Granja Comary training pitch after awkwardly striking the ball with his left foot, sending a scare through Brazil’s national team camp before reports said that initial scans showed no serious damageadvertisement read more
During their summer meeting, premiers discussed the findings of a working group of finance ministers that assessed the impact of the proposed changes by the federal government to major transfers to provinces and territories. The news release is available at novascotia.ca/cof/docs/Fiscal-Arrangements-July-27-FINAL.pdf . The report is available at novascotia.ca/cof/docs/CoF-Working-Group-on-Fiscal-Arrangements-Report-and-Appendices-July.pdf . -30-
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsElders from across Quebec travelled to the Huron-Wendat territory to share their knowledge with young people who also travelled from different parts of the province.More than 100 youth met with Elders to learn traditional ways of hunting and cooking as an example.The weekend’s event was years in the email@example.com@tfennario
As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be released.For more information on this story, CLICK HERE GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – Update, RCMP Major Crimes North and Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section have charged a suspect in relation to a homicide that occurred in Bezanson April 23, 2019.Randy Stephen Fiddler (59) has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of his wife Merna Fiddler (55).Fiddler remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on April 24, 2019.
Drug technicians from Peel, the OPP and Health Canada will be back at an upscale home in Brampton today after a two month investigation led police to a meth lab.The investigation began with the discovery of chemicals used in the manufacture of crystal meth dumped on a private property in Halton Hills.Halton Police were able to identify two people connected to the waste, and that led them to a home on Midsummer Drive in Brampton.Police from Halton and Peel, along with the OPP, raided the home late yesterday and found a small lab, along with 5-6 kilograms of crystal meth.Three people were arrested at the house, and two others were arrested in Toronto.Police evacuated about 10 homes in the area until the volatile chemicals inside were neutralized.
OTTAWA — An Ontario shipyard is ending its bid to have a trade tribunal determine whether the federal government’s plan to add a third shipyard to Canada’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy has been rigged in favour of a Quebec company.Last month, Hamilton-based Heddle Marine asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to launch an investigation, alleging some of the requirements needed to qualify for consideration as the third yard seemed aimed at disqualifying all contenders except Quebec’s Chantier Davie.The federal procurement department subsequently amended some of the requirements, but Heddle asked the tribunal to press ahead with its probe.The government then invoked a national-security exception that prevents such investigations.The tribunal was still weighing how to respond to the government when a lawyer for Heddle notified it last week that the Ontario shipyard was withdrawing its complaint, without providing a reason.The third shipyard will be tasked with building at least six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard, whose own icebreaker fleet is on its last legs.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press read more
In a press statement, Council members expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed and to the Government of Cameroon, as well as to the Transitional Authorities, the people of the Central African Republic, and to MINUSCA.“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups,” the statement noted. “They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law.” They also called on the Central African Republic authorities to swiftly investigate the attack, with the assistance of MINUSCA, and bring the perpetrators to justice, stressing that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable. Meanwhile, the 15-member Council reiterated its full support for MINUSCA to assist the Transitional Authorities, which bear the primary responsibility to protect the population in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country.MINUSCA, which was set up in April 2014 to help bring peace after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious intercommunal fighting between mainly the Muslim Séléka group and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement, currently maintains nearly 11,000 uniformed personnel in the country. read more
“If there is something I take very seriously it is the fact that, as Secretary-General, I am the depository of the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT),” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks to a biennial conference on facilitating the Treaty’s entry into force, held at UN Headquarters in New York. “A CTBT that is in force would be a milestone on the road to a world free of nuclear weapons. It has the potential to prevent a nuclear arms race and an escalation of regional and bilateral tensions,” he added. Since its adoption in 1996, 183 States have signed the Treaty and 166 States have ratified it. However, for the Treaty to enter into force, it must be ratified by all the 44 States that formally participated in the 1996 session of the Conference on Disarmament and possessed nuclear power or research reactors at the time. If we want to eliminate the risk of nuclear attacks, we need to stop nuclear testing. If we want to stop nuclear testing, we need a legally binding instrument.Of the 44 States, China, Iran, United States, Egypt and Israel have signed the treaty but not yet ratified it. DPRK, India and Pakistan have not signed it. Mr. Guterres noted that for almost 20 years, with the sole exception of the DPRK, all countries possessing nuclear weapons have helped to create a global culture against nuclear testing through their voluntary unilateral moratoria. “Sadly and dangerously, the destabilizing and provocative actions by the DPRK seek to undermine this norm – and along with it, global stability,” he said, reiterating that it is time to translate this shared norm into a legally binding obligation. Also addressing the meeting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcák said that when the CTBT enters into force, a complete halt to all nuclear testing will be in even clearer sight. “Make no mistake: we need this Treaty,” he stated. “If we want to eliminate the risk of nuclear attacks, we need to stop nuclear testing. If we want to stop nuclear testing, we need a legally binding instrument. And if we want an instrument, we need political will to achieve it.” read more
as potential trade candidates. It’s also worth noting that, even after including borderline-untouchable targets such as DeMarcus Cousins, the average player on the list has an RPM of -0.9. In other words, most rumored trade targets are below-average-to-bad players; otherwise they probably wouldn’t be dangled in trade talks.But some of the players listed do have value or can at least fill a niche role. That’s why it’s always interesting to follow the moves on deadline day, even if zero hour is expected to be relatively quiet.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2:00 p.m.): A previous version of the table in this article repeated some players. These duplicates have been removed. The current version was also updated to include seven new players. Similar to what I did for the NHL’s most popular deadline-deal targets, here’s a table of the NBA players most commonly rumored as transaction fodder ahead of that league’s trade deadline, Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern time. I’ve sorted the players according to their long-term predictive Real Plus/Minus rating,1From the data set used to generate our NBA power rankings two Mondays ago and I’ve also included the offensive and defensive components of their RPM ratings.Most of these players are quite unlikely to go anywhere; the list is simply a collection of names mentioned by various sources2Here are the sources from which the names were compiled:Tayshaun Prince; Marcus Thornton; Brandon BassGoran Dragic; Enes Kanter; Wilson Chandler; Arron Afflalo; Thomas RobinsonDeMarcus CousinsTy Lawson; Miles Plumlee; Jose Calderon; Ian MahinmiDavid West; Taj Gibson; Kenneth Faried; Kevin Garnett; Nicolas BatumTerrence Jones; Jason Terry; Kostas Papanikolaou; Brook Lopez; Joe Johnson; Reggie Jackson; Terrence Ross; JaVale McGeeChase Budinger; Marvin WilliamsJason Thompson; Jeremy LambGerald Green; Pablo Prigioni; Randy Foye; Gary NealIsaiah Thomas; Kevin Martin; Lance Stephenson; Jerryd Bayless; John HensonAndrea Bargnani; Andrew NicholsonPablo PrigioniJameer NelsonChanning Frye; Ersan Ilyasova; O.J. Mayo; David Lee; John Jenkins; Moe HarklessThaddeus Young; Zoran Dragic; Roy Hibbert read more
Nothing preoccupies players, managers and fans during the postseason like an umpire’s strike-zone judgment. While there’s plenty of outcry over balls and strikes in the regular season too, the stakes are much higher — and the complaints correspondingly louder — when an entire championship can hang on one errant call.But although this year’s playoffs have contained a couple of poorly called games, it’s not quite time to kill the umpires yet. Their overall strike-zone accuracy this postseason has not been significantly lower than what it was in the regular season, nor has it been much worse than you’d expect if you picked a handful of MLB games at random.Take, for instance, the Chicago Cubs’ NL Division Series Game 1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, in which both fans and players found fault with an inconsistent strike zone. During that game, home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi missed 15 ball-strike calls, for a total accuracy rate of 88.4 percent.1To measure an umpire’s accuracy, I built a model of the strike zone that takes into account not only the physical coordinates of the pitch, but also the count and the framing ability of the catcher, factors that are important determinants of the zone’s dimensions. That’s bad — it ranks among the worst 10 percent of all MLB games this season — but consider as well that 10 postseason games have been played so far.2This article includes data only through Oct. 10. In a sample of that size, the probability that we wouldn’t see a game called as poorly as the Cubs-Cardinals series opener was only about 34.9 percent,3The probability that all 10 games would rank among the best 90 percent of MLB games is 0.9 raised to the tenth power, or 0.349. so the odds were good that some team was going to be on the receiving end of a bunch of bad calls. The Cubs simply had the misfortune of being that team.Despite that bad game, there’s nothing statistically unusual about this postseason’s umpiring performance. In the playoffs as of Oct. 10, the umps have an accuracy rate of 91.4 percent. Depending on how you feel about robot umps, that kind of accuracy may seem unacceptable, but it’s right in line with the season-long MLB average of 91.6 percent. And if you randomly chose a set of 10 games from the regular season, you’d find that the umpires were less accurate than they’ve been this postseason about 36 percent of the time.Because MLB bases its postseason crew assignments on merit, we might expect the playoff umpires to have a better accuracy rate than the overall regular-season average. But as my Grantland colleague Ben Lindbergh noted last year, since 2009 there’s been essentially no difference in strike-zone accuracy between regular-season and postseason games.4If anything, the postseason umpires have been slightly less accurate. So although it would be nice if the strike zone were being called more precisely in the playoffs, the umpires’ execution so far is almost exactly what we’d expect based on their performance during the regular season. read more
Fuchse BerlinPetar Nenadic ← Previous Story 8 DAYS UNTIL Men’s U20 EURO 2014: 56 matches keep the secret! Next Story → BM Atletico Valladolid with 350,000 EUR budget in the new season The best scorer of Polish Orlen Wisla Plock in the last season, Petar Nenadic (28) is target of German Fuchse Berlin. One of the best German teams want to get back to the TOP 4 of the German handball and secure the place at VELUX EHF Champions League in the next season. Everything could be easier with service of Serbian playmaker who had to good seasons in Poland.Nenadic has also played in Danish TVIS Holstebro, Spanish Barcelona and Algeciras, Hungarian PICK Szeged, Serbian RK Crvena zvezda…
Grace’s family was living in a corporation residence and he was able to buy their first house with the settlement. He added:“It was actually Charlie that bought it for them so they can put that in the paper if they want!”Read: Movember power rankings: the top 10 sporting mos, week 2>Read: Adventure Film Festival featuring Irish movies opens tonight> COMEDIAN BRENDAN GRACE revealed in an interview that the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey bought his family their first house.In an interview with TV3’s Nora Owen, which will be aired on Wednesday 20 November at 9pm on TV3, Grace said that throughout the course of his career, he had many interesting encounters with many interesting characters, the former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey being one of them.AccidentBrendan recalled how he met the infamous politician after he was struck by an army ambulance while riding his motorbike.He said:I ended up taking an action against, and I’m so sorry I haven’t got the letter, but against Charlie Haughey.Charlie Haughey at the time, I think, was the Minister for Finance. Later in life, he and I became good friends.I did [win the case] and it was out of that particular accident that I was able to buy a house for my mam and dad, and myself and my sister. read more
SALES OF HOT beverages are up by almost 8% in the second quarter of the year, providing a strong indicator of employment, Retail Excellence Ireland said.“The reason we track it is because it’s a really good indicator of footfall and employment”, REI chief executive David Fitzsimons said.The number covers high street retail chains like Insomnia as well as forecourt outlets including Applegreen and Topaz. Source: Retail Excellence IrelandHowever, despite the positive sales of hot drinks, overall numbers for the second quarter showed only a slight increase on 2013, reflecting the challenging environment for retailers in the country.Overall like-for-like sales were up just under 2% on average, with sales figures boosted by Easter falling in April and relatively good weather during the second quarter.Fitzsimons said: “The big point of difference between this quarter and last quarter is the weather. I’d love to say its employment or sentiment but its not.”The leading sales segment was unsurprisingly among Garden Centres, while camera sales declined by a whopping 28%.BudgetFitzsimons called on the Government to preserve the 9% VAT rate in a bid to stoke consumer spending, and also to target reliance on social welfare in the hope that it will encourage people back into the labour market.“You have pockets of unemployment of up to 20% and employers are saying they can’t find people to come and work for them.”He also called for a decrease in tax rates in order to put more money back in consumers’ pockets.Finally, he said that a scrappage scheme for white goods, such as dishwashers and washing machines, would encourage people to trade in older machines that are less water-efficient, and hence more costly once water charges come in.Read: Two-speed recovery underway with consumers unconvinced by economic ‘upturn’>Read: One in four people are struggling to make ends meet> read more