Previous governments did not give push to infrastructure: Modi

first_imgThe third phase of the Pune Metro Rail project would address the traffic woes of lakhs of professionals working and living in one of India’s biggest IT hubs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday after laying the foundation stone of Line 3 of the Pune Metro rail project.The 23.3 km stretch will link Pune’s IT hub in Hinjewadi with Shivajinagar in the heart of the city.Speaking at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sports complex in Balewadi, Mr. Modi said,“The Metro is fast turning into a lifeline of a growing city. People, be they students, professionals or businessmen do not want to waste valuable time on commute. They want to maintain a proper work-life balance. This line [bridging Hinjewadi with Shivajinagar] will considerably provide relief to citizens hassled by traffic congestion.” The line is being developed by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) on the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis at an estimated cost of ₹8,313 crore.Reiterating the Centre’s commitment to enhancing connectivity in cities, Mr. Modi said the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro was the first project to be based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model under the Centre’s new policy introduced in 2016.Crediting the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government for bringing the Delhi Metro project to fruition, Mr. Modi administered a veiled rebuke to the opposition for their tardiness in executing development works.“If the Vajpayee government had been given more time, then all parts of Mumbai and many other cities would have been connected by Metro till now…our government has given infrastructural projects like the Metro rail speed and scale,” he said, observing that 650 km of new Metro lines in the country would be completed in the near future.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the proposed Metro line would also help improve the efficiency of Hinjewadi’s IT workforce.“Lakhs of people working at the Hinjewadi IT park have helped put Pune on the global map. Yet, they have had to face severe traffic problems and lose valuable time in their daily commute. So, the decision to launch this metro line was taken by keeping in mind people who are creating jobs and value for us,” Mr. Fadnavis said.He said that employees would be directly able to reach the gates of their offices once the line was completed.“This will not only help save precious commute time but also help reduce environmental pollution,” said the Chief Minister, adding that the deployment electric buses in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad in conjunction of the Metro routes would considerably reduce the city’s traffic problems in the future.Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao were also present on the occasion. Opposition boycotts However, while Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and MP Anil Shirole were present on the dais with the PM, conspicuously absent were NCP MP Supriya Sule as well as the two Shiv Sena MPs of Pune district – Shrirang Barne from Maval and Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil from Shirur – who decided to skip the inauguration as their names were ‘missing’ from the list of invitees.“The invitation card that I received only carried the name of BJP MP Anil Shirole. It only reflects the condescending attitude of the BJP which wants to grab all the credit for the development works,” said Mr. Adhalrao-Patil.last_img read more

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Report: Chelsea 3 BATE 1

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek provided a timely reminder of his quality with a fine hat-trick in just his second start of the season as Chelsea sealed a comprehensive 3-1 win over BATE in the Europa League.The England international has found playing time hard to come by this term, but grasped a rare chance afforded by head coach Maurizio Sarri as the Blues made it three wins from three in Group L to close on the knockout stages.Loftus-Cheek had not scored a Chelsea goal since April 2016 before pulling off two expert finishes inside the opening eight minutes at Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea team featuring a number of fringe players overwhelmed an inferior BATE side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The pick of his goals came in the 53rd minute to put the result beyond doubt and, despite Aleksey Rios scoring a late consolation goal for the visitors, he continued to shine on an evening that will go down as one of his best as a Chelsea player.A HAT-TRICK FOR RUBEN! #CFCvBATE pic.twitter.com/32x9lzGrO8— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 25, 2018Davide Zappacosta sped down the right flank in the second minute and cut the ball back to Loftus-Cheek who provided a clinical finish, steering a first-time shot just to the right of goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski without hesitation.Loftus-Cheek’s second was all about his positional play, the 22-year-old arriving ahead of Olivier Giroud to apply a side-footed volley to Willian’s corner and again finding the net low to Scherbitski’s right.A move that started with Loftus Cheek in his own half saw Pedro burst down the left flank and, when he was dispossessed, Chelsea’s home-grown talent was on hand to guide home his hat-trick goal.Sarri gave 17-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi half an hour as a substitute and he showed glimpses of why he is considered an exciting prospect as the Blues continued to attack.Though Chelsea switched off for a moment to allow Rios to arrive unmarked and volley Igor Stasevich’s cross into the net from close range, it failed to take the shine off a more than satisfactory night for Sarri’s men.What it means: Belarus’ best no match for back-up BluesSarri has found a winning formula in Europe without fielding his preferred strongest line-up and will have been delighted to see the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill step up while Eden Hazard and David Luiz were rested.Loftus-Cheek brings back memories of RussiaThe World Cup may seem a long time ago as the UK winter draws closer but Loftus-Cheek’s confident display of attacking link play and near-constant endeavour brought back memories of his best moments for England in Russia.Hleb a shadow of his former selfAlyaksandr Hleb was a force to be reckoned with during his time at Arsenal and Barcelona but at the age of 37 he struggled to keep up with Chelsea’s fast, free-flowing brand of football.Key Opta Facts:- Chelsea have won their first three group stage games in a season in major European competition for the first time since the 2010-11 Champions League campaign.- Ruben Loftus-Cheek became the first English player to score a European hat-trick for Chelsea since 29th September 1971; when Peter Osgood scored five goals and Tommy Baldwin netted three against Jeunesse Hautcharage in the Cup Winners’ Cup.- Loftus-Cheek’s opening goal versus BATE came with his first shot on target for Chelsea in 2018-19 (in his fourth appearance) – he then scored with his second and third shots on target of the season later in the game.- Loftus-Cheek scored more goals in the opening 53 minutes of this match (three) as he had previously in 35 games for Chelsea (two).- Willian’s appearance in this match was his 250th in all competitions for Chelsea since joining the club in August 2013.3 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the first English player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League since Harry Kane for Spurs vs Asteras Tripolis in October 2014. Treble. pic.twitter.com/zFTMnMm61h— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 25, 2018What’s next:Chelsea, who drew 2-2 with Manchester United last weekend, travel to Turf Moor as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Burnley on Sunday, while BATE will aim to take a step closer to the league title as they face Gomel. read morelast_img read more

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I dream of playing for India one day, says Prithvi Shaw

first_imgPrithivi Shaw is only 17 but his batting belies his age. The Mumbai batsman has already slammed four hundreds from five first-class matches and is currently an unstoppable force in the Indian domestic circuit.So far, among Indian batsmen, only one player scored more first-class hundreds before the age of 18 – maestro Sachin Tendulkar who had seven three figure scores.Shaw had announced his arrival in Ranji Trophy by scoring a century on debut against Tamil Nadu in the semifinal in the 2016-17 season.India Today caught up with Shaw to get to know him more:  ON PLAYING RANJI TROPHY INSTEAD OF U-19 CRICKET”I feel when you come from U-19’s to this level you meet more experienced players. So what Rahul (David) Sir decided for me not to play U-19, it must be for my good because he felt I will gain more from playing here.”ON THAT HUNDRED vs TAMIL NADU FEATURING R ASHWIN”I enjoyed the contest against an experienced bowler like Ashwin. There was no special plan. I just wanted to keep it simple and play my natural game. It obviously gives you confidence when you score against a top bowler like Ashwin, who tops the charts. I gained a lot of experience batting against him. He is someone who when handed out any wicket, be it flat, knows what to do.”ON DRAWING PRAISE FROM TRENT BOULT PRAISE”It felt very good to hear Boult praising me. It felt very good to score against his speed. It was very challenging against him. He came up to me and told me ‘keep going’ which felt good.”advertisementWORLD RECORD MEMORIES AT SCHOOL”I will never forget that record. The knock of 546 was my break through innings. After that, I have been managing these good performances year and after year.”INDIA DREAMS”Yes I dream of playing for India one day. But I will go step-by-step. Right now, the focus is on Ranji Trophy.  After that, I will look at the under-19 World Cup.”last_img read more

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Bindra calls for improvement in athlete support system

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra today called for improvement in the professional support system of the athletes if the country wants to produce a continuous line of top performers.Bindra said all the National Sports Federations need to have a professional set up and appointment of a High Performance Manager.”Indian sports have come a long way. But there is still much distance to travel. Until we address and improve the overall depth of professional support of our athletes, we will not have the consistency that is needed to keep on replacing the top athletes,” Bindra said.The Beijing Olympics 10m air rifle gold medallist was speaking at the launch of ELMS (Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy) Foundation, of which he will be one of the leading lights, along with Pullela Gopichand.”I wonder what results can be produced if we introduce and groom our most talented youngsters systematically in a scientific and professional manner. While I have achieve my dreams and have been successful in my own sporting career, I now have new dreams and wish to empower the next generation of talents in a meaningful and sustainable way,” he said.”We want to develop the best minds in the world regarding the aspects of physical literacy, sports performance, administration and management. We intend to train high performance managers.”Talking about High Performance Managers, Bindra said, “One of the recommendations of the committee to draft the National Sports Code of which I am a member was to mandate each of the NSFs to have a HPM on its staff. The results a particular sport achieves will be directly proportional to the quality of the person who is appointed HPM.advertisement”The draft code is yet to be notified but I am delighted by the recent comments of the sports minister that this will be soon required for all federations. This will not be a moment too soon but that said we will need to train and equip these people,” he said with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sitting by his side at the dais.”A High Performance Manager is someone who has an intrinsic deep knowledge of sports and then oversee the whole sport in a result-oriented mindset. They are not bound to one sport and can seamlessly move and develop different sports.”We want an individual who has gain a world perspective of sports and who can then improve our local situation here.” PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

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Tanaka Plays Catch, Pineda Strong

first_imgNEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka took a very small step toward returning to the New York Yankees’ rotation, playing a pain-free game of catch.Tanaka made 25 throws from 60 feet Aug. 4, his first action since being sidelined in early July with a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.The rookie sensation from Japan was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA before landing on the disabled list. He is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery, which would sideline the 25-year-old All-Star for at least a year.“I think it all went well,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I think I get to the next step, so I’m very relieved about that.”Manager Joe Girardi cautions that this is slow start in a long process, but was encouraged the throwing in the outfield went well.Tanaka will play catch again Aug. 5 and will increase the intensity as he goes along. Girardi said the real test will come when Tanaka gets on a mound and faces competition.“It’s way too early to see,” Girardi said. “It’s positive that he didn’t feel anything today, but it’s really light catch.”Michael Pineda, another sidelined Yankees starter, appears much closer to a return from a right shoulder muscle injury. The right-hander threw 58 pitches in 3 1-3 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 3.A day later, he was happy with how his shoulder felt.Girardi said the Yankees would like for Pineda to make two more rehabilitation starts and increase his endurance to 90-100 pitches.But New York might have a heightened need for the big righty, who was hurt in a simulated game as he prepared to return from a suspension for being caught using pine tar to help his grip in late April.Fill-in starter David Phelps was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 4 before New York played the Detroit Tigers because of right elbow inflammation.The Yankees recalled Matt Daley from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill Phelps’ spot on the roster.Phelps will not pick up a baseball for two weeks so he cannot be counted on for much of August. Girardi, however, said a second MRI on Phelps’ elbow showed only tendinitis.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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VersaLogic: dual Gigabit Ethernet expansion module in Mini PCIe format

first_img Continue Reading Previous Conrad: new range of data loggers and sensors from Vernier InternationalNext Mouser: ATmega4809 8-bit MCU for command and control applications VersaLogic extends its line of industrial temperature, rugged Mini PCIe expansion products with the “E5”. This new Dual Gigabit Ethernet expansion board provides an easy and economical way to add additional Ethernet ports to high-stress embedded computer systems.Unlike similar Mini PCIe boards, the E5 is completely self-contained with on-board magnetic isolation. There is no need for off-board magnetics or special cabling.The E5’s extremely small form factor format allows it to be added to systems with very little impact to the overall size of the solution. It’s ideal for size and weight optimized applications.Many applications required extreme temperature operation. Fully tested thermal management assures reliable operation over the full industrial temperature range (-40 to +85C). Latching connectors and Mil Standard 202 shock and vibration testing ensure performance in demanding environments. The E5E is engineered and validated to excel in unforgiving environments. Bundle it with a rugged embedded computer board from VersaLogicfor a one-st op solution to your industrial application needs.The E5 is customizable, even in low OEM quantities. Customization options include conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, customized testing and screening, etc. Software compatibility. The E5 is compatible with a variety of popular operating systems such as Linux and Windows. As with all VersaLogic products, the E5 Dual Gigabit Ethernet expansion board is designed for high reliability and long-term availability. VersaLogic’s proven design expertise makes the E5E a rock solid solution for both standard and environmentally challenged applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test series

first_imgIndia have their task cut out as they prepare to take on England in the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, starting August 18.With Virat Kohli’s side 0-2 down in the five-match series, the Trent Bridge match for visitors is going to be a battle to stay alive in the series.The task, however, is not going to be easy by any stretch of imagination for India as they walk into another fortress for the hosts.Trent Bridge traditionally hasn’t been the greatest of happy hunting grounds for England, but their record at the venue since the turn of the century has been imposing.Trent Bridge hosted its first Test in 1899 and since then 62 Test matches have taken place at the venue with England winning 22 and losing 17, 23 matches ended in a draw.England star Jonny Bairstow not ready to write off India yetThose numbers have witnessed a sharp turnaround since 2000, with England losing just four out of 16 matches. They won nine matches during the same period.On the other hand, India have won only once in six matches played at Trent Bridge. England’s head-to-head record at the venue against India stands at 2-1 with three matches finishing in a draw.The lone victory for India at the venue came in 2007 and it should serve as a source inspiration for the current unit as it was a series-winning victory for the visitors. The Rahul Dravid led side defeated England by seven wickets back then to register a famous 1-0 series win over the hosts, their last series win in England.advertisementTheir previous match in 2014 ended in a draw before India went on to lose the series 3-1.Virat Kohli is a good captain and will get better with time: Kumar SangakkaraAfter a slow start at Edgbaston, England pacer James Anderson found his mojo back at Lord’s in the second Test as he took nine wickets to condemn India to an inning and 159 runs defeat.Anderson also became the first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’s during the second innings and India should get ready for another trial by swing.Anderson is also the highest wicket-taker at Trent Bridge. The pacer has snared 60 wickets in just nine matches at an average of 18.95, with seven five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.Can Virat Kohli’s India respond to harsh criticism from former players?His new-ball partner, Stuart Broad has taken 37 wickets in eight matches in Nottingham. While Mike Atherton (1083) holds the record of being the highest run-getter at Trent Bridge, current captain Joe Root has scored 405 runs at the venue in four matches at an average of 81. The last time India played England at Trent Bridge in 2014, Root slammed an unbeaten 154.Meanwhile, Kohli has had a forgetful time in 2014 with scores of 1 & 8 in the two innings.Virat Kohli’s team only enjoying coffee in English conditions: Sandip PatilTrent Bridge has also witnessed some of the most memorable England wins in the recent year. It was here in 2005 that England took a series-winning 2-1 lead against Australia to regain Ashes for the first time in 16 years. They defeated their arch-rivals once again in 2015 to secure the Ashes.England are heavy favourites for the third Test and are looking to seal the series, while the job for Kohli and Co would be to defy all the odds as they fight to stay alive in the series.last_img read more

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Vine: Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs Got Ejected For Punching A ‘Nova Player In The Face

first_imgSterling Gibbs punched Villanova player in the face.Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.last_img read more

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New Paving Initiatives OpEd

first_imgSince coming to office, the government has taken action on building a safe and efficient highway system that keeps communities connected and supports local economies. We have delivered the two largest highway improvement budgets in the province’s history, helping to create good jobs and grow the economy. Over the last two years, more than $635 million has been invested in roads and bridges right across the province. We took another major step forward with the introduction of a Five Year Highway Improvement Plan, a new way of doing business, that supports improved planning for road builders and provides important information for communities. Developing a new asphalt plant and road resurfacing crews is another initiative that will help make sure we get as many kilometres as possible for the dollars taxpayers spend. We currently tender all repaving work, however in some areas, limited or no competitive bidding has led to higher prices. We have carefully analyzed the options and determined that doing some of this work in house will save money for taxpayers. For example, our analysis of tender prices shows that this lack of competition has resulted in asphalt prices between $9 and $24 per tonne higher than we are able to get in areas with competitive bidding. A limited number of bidders has also been an issue. Competitive bidding works best when there are multiple bids for each tender, ideally between six and eight. While there are 12 asphalt contractors who could bid on provincial paving tenders, in 2008 and 2009, 83 per cent of the tenders had three bids or less. In fact, in 2009 one company alone did 50 per cent of the province’s paving work. Compared with the prices we have received in the past, the savings from doing some work in house are estimated to be up to $2.5 million per year from the asphalt plant and $2.2 million from a chip seal crew. The majority of this kind of work would continue to be tendered. This is a model that is working well now. For example, by doing some centerline painting ourselves, we get prices that are 35 per cent to 45 per cent lower than other provinces get when they contract out all of their line painting. The significant investment required to build roads, along with the fiscal challenge we have inherited, means we must take advantage of all options to make the most of every dollar. In our Five Year Highway Improvement Plan we outlined improved approaches to maintaining our roads and bridges, including adopting a more balanced approach that uses a variety of improvement options, meaning we can improve more roads in more communities and pave smarter by preventing more costly problems before they happen. To see the Five Year Plan go to www.gov.ns.ca/tran . We will continue to do all we can to make sure we get the best deal possible for taxpayers. -30-last_img read more

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Delhi soon to get world class teachers training university

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi will get its own state of the art world class teachers training university with the goal to improve teachers training in the state, asserted Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday.The Deputy CM, who also holds the portfolio of the Education Department, said that in the last four and a half years the Delhi government has established 13 new colleges. “By opening new campuses of existing Delhi state universities like DTU, Ambedkar University, etc, Delhi government has opened 13 new undergraduate colleges in the last 4.5 years. This DIET (District Institutes of Education and Training) will be college number 14, and number 15 will be another DIET which we will be launching soon at Defence Colony,” said Manish Sisodia. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Deputy Chief Minister also added that with the new DIET we are opening two new centres for teachers training; One at Shahdara and another at Defence Colony. This will train 200 students who pass-out of class 12 for teaching. Delhi Government currently has a capacity of 1,040 seats for class 12 pass-outs who apply for teachers training in the city spread across the nine centres operational presently. The addition will further add to the availability of a number of seats for teachers training. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOn Thursday Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia laid the foundation stone for a new District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) at the Baburam School campus in Shahdara.”Four and a half years ago, Delhi gave ordinary people like us the responsibility of running the city. When we took over, the city’s social infrastructure was crumbling, whether it was schools, hospitals, water or power supply. The education machinery was completely battered; school buildings were in ruins and teachers were low on motivations,” said CM Kejriwal. He added that Many private schools were running like a mafia, extorting high fees from parents without government regulation. “We started with the intent to change this; we wanted all children – rich or poor – have access to high-quality education. But we were nervous. If in 70 years so many parties had tried and failed, would we succeed in our mission?,” asked the CM. He further said that after coming to power, the AAP government started with the basics.last_img read more

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Morocco Ranked Among the Worst Places to Get Good Internet Connection

Rabat – The online community for expats, InterNations.com published data revealing that Morocco is one of the worst countries for  internet connection.MethodThe data has been collected from the perspective of expats, as these are immigrants who typically need to communicate with their families at home, work digitally, maintain professional and personal contacts worldwide, and keep up-to-date with international news. For a country to be featured in the rankings, the first requirement was a substantial sample size of at least 75 survey participants per destination. In 2018, researchers had a minimum of only 68 participants and still ended up with a total of 18,135 expatriates contributing to the survey, meaning 178 nationalities living in 187 countries or territories were represented.Survey respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the following factors on a scale of one to seven:The unrestricted access to online services such as social media, the availability of government/administrative services online,The ease of getting a local mobile phone number,The ease of paying without cash,And the ease of getting access to high-speed internet at home.MoroccoWhen the results were calculated, the countries were then sorted by their total scores, ranking them into five categories. With the 1st category being the best and the 5th being the absolute worst, Morocco is in the 4th. “Ranking a low 58th place for digital life overall, Morocco is among the worst ten countries in the world for the ease of getting high-speed internet access at home,” the study says.Morocco came in the top ten for getting a local mobile number (10th exactly), but the bottom ten for availability of government services online (63rd). Morocco was also in the bottom for high-speed internet at home (59th out of 68), paying without cash (66th), but relatively average for unrestricted access to online services.In more detail, 56% of expats are unsatisfied with the access to government services online (vs. 26% globally), and one in five (or 20%) is unhappy with the availability of high-speed internet at home (vs. 16% globally). Over nine in ten expats (94%) say getting a local number is easy, which is “eight percentage points above the global average” (which is 86%). Over seven in ten expats (71%) even agree that it is very easy.The best and the worstOther countries sharing negative ratings as the worst countries for digital life are Myanmar, China, Egypt, India, and the Philippines. “Expats in these countries struggle with a lack of government services online, difficult access to high-speed internet at home, or even restrictions in their use of online services,” the report explains.“Destinations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Brazil, which have always ranked among the worst countries for quality of life, could not change their position in light of poor results in the Digital Life subcategory,” the report reads.In the 3rd category, Kenya was ranked as the best African country to be connected and almost nine in 10 expats there are satisfied with their unrestricted access to online services, which ranks above the global average.The best of the best is Estonia “These excellent results help the country compensate its low rankings in terms of available leisure options (51st) and travel opportunities (65th): all in all, Estonia comes in a good 21st place out of 68 countries for its general quality of life.”Read also: Facebook’s Inclusive Internet Index Ranks Morocco 3rd in Africa read more

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Grad students share their knowledge at reception

From left: Megan Gordon, Nicole Neil, Vincenzo Coia and David AllisonDavid Allison (BKin ’09) hopes to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries.Megan Gordon (BA ’07) is exploring the preparedness of teacher candidates for diverse classrooms.Vincenzo Coia is applying a new field of statistics to help better understand natural disasters.And Nicole Neil is analyzing and evaluating treatment in order to help children with autism learn skills to cope with anxiety.As featured speakers at the recent Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition reception, Allison, Gordon, Coia and Neil put a face to the breadth of research being pursued by Brock’s 1,536 graduate students.The foursome is among more than 200 graduate students who have received, to date, 2010-11 internal and external awards and scholarships for academic and research excellence.“Graduate students are the crowning achievement of the University,” said Murray Knuttila, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, to the audience of 120 faculty, staff, students and donors who attended the May 10 event organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.“Graduate students have the capacity to be creative and systematic and to take information and translate it into usable knowledge and wisdom.”Knuttila also recognized donors for the contributions they are making to graduate student success at Brock.“Today we have people who are sharing their gifts to help others. The ability of our graduate students to create new knowledge and insight wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors.”As part of the Faculty’s recognition of donor-based awards, a special tribute was made in honour of the Michael H. Spironello Memorial Fellowship. The annual award was created in memory of Spironello, a graduate of Brock’s master’s program in Biological Sciences and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto who died five years ago. The award was established by his family and Brock Professors Fiona Hunter and Michael Bidochka.“Michael was a friend, a gifted scientist and a person who exhibited a broad range of interests,” said Bidochka. “The spirit of this award truly reflects Michael’s passion for research and also the importance he placed on a balanced lifestyle.”In her closing remarks, Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, thanked donors, faculty, staff and students for supporting graduate student excellence.“As I look around the room, I am heartened to see such amazing evidence of the collective ‘life of the mind’ that animates our graduate sector,” she said. “Celebrations like today’s capture the vibrant graduate culture that exists at Brock.”Visit “Celebrating the success of our graduate students” to read more about the graduate student researchers who spoke at the event. read more

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Womens basketball Offensive firepower shines in Ohio States victory over No 2

Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper drives the lane against a Maryland defender on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 98-87. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporter“It’s like an orchestra. It’s like soft jazz music, it’s just so beautiful.”That’s how Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper described her team’s offensive spark in its Senior Night upset over the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins. The No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (24-5, 14-1) went to battle with the Terrapins (26-2, 14-1) for a chance to be in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten regular-season title in an electric atmosphere at the Schottenstein Center Monday night. Thanks to 31 points from junior point guard Kelsey Mitchell and 20 from Cooper, the Buckeyes upset the Terrapins 98-87.In a do-or-die game for each team, the Buckeyes came out with the victory and the slight edge they needed to be in position to clinch the title next weekend.Not only was the team fighting for a Big Ten title and top-10 upset, but for its lone senior Shayla Cooper in her final home game in a Buckeye uniform.“It’s a big night,” Cooper said. “It’s Senior Night, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The crowd was amazing and when the ball goes through the net, you just hear them roaring and you’re like ‘okay.’”On Senior Night, Cooper was spectacular. She was perfect on three shots from 3-point range, 6 of 10 from the field and led the team with nine rebounds. Cooper was on fire in the first quarter, putting up ten points to help OSU get an early 35-22 lead.“It means a lot to be able to provide that for my team to secure the win, for one,” Cooper said. “I just felt good throughout the game. They kept passing me the ball and hand down, man down — that’s what I’ve heard in the past, so I just let it rip.”After shooting 78 percent from the field and 88 percent from the three-point line in the first quarter, the Buckeyes fell into an offensive slump and let the Terrapins catch back up in the second and third.In the third quarter, Maryland went on a 13-point run which brought the Terps within two points of tying the game, but the Buckeyes held their ground, starting with making their first four shots of the fourth quarter.“They’ve got a great team,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff. “I knew it would be a game of runs. That’s the part I’m most proud about because we had plenty of opportunity to go away when they made that impressive run, but our kids kind of stuck together.”In addition to Mitchell’s 31 and Cooper’s 19, three other Buckeyes ended the game in double figures. OSU shot 63 percent overall and 56 from the 3-point line.“Well when (OSU) shoots like that, they can go all the way,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “They were sensational.”Now, OSU will travel to Rutgers for its final regular-season game where they could come home with two wins: one over the Scarlet Knights and the second being the Big Ten title.“It shows that we can certainly play with anyone in the country and that we’re one of the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “We’re playing our best basketball at the right time.” read more

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The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Rangers149714801492+12-5 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Braves147415101519+9+45 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Mets149114641484+20-7 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Cubs155815681543-25-15 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Pirates148314831493+10+10 At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Phillies149015071496-11+6 EloChange from … The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Royals145914081407-1-52 Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Yankees156515891571-18+6 Astros157715991585-14+8 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Padres145514461444-2-11 Reds146514841474-10+9 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Marlins144314491439-10-4 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Tigers144914481441-7-8 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Indians157615551566+11-10 Giants149415021490-12-4 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As MLB.com’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. Rays1495151915190+24 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Orioles147514221416-6-59 Angels151015141511-3+1 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason Mariners150815221507-15-1 Twins151014941493-1-17 read more

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Reilly Everyone will have free GP care by 2016 IMO Theres no

first_imgUpdated 3.07pm HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has committed to introducing free GP care for every citizen in the State by the time of the next general election in 2016.But the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has quickly dismissed the pledge, saying there is “no hope” of that happening.The Minister has also pledged to introduce legislation that will allow the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) to crackdown on the number of varied, and in some cases limited, healthcare plans being offered by private health insurers.Speaking to RTÉ Radio’s Saturday with Brian Dowling, Reilly said that the commitment to free GP care in the lifetime of this government remains.“I am saying that every citizen in this country will have free GP care. That is the goal of this government,” he said.But in a statement issued an hour after the interview, the chairman of the IMO’s GP committee, Dr Ray Walley, said there is “no hope” of free GP care for all being introduced within the next two years.“This is government by sound-bite,” Walley said. “The Department of Health have no plan to support this objective and no appreciation of the resources required to implement it.”“Politicians talk up free GP care as if its free for everyone but the reality is that people will still pay for their GP but will simply do so indirectly through their taxes or through an insurance scheme instead of directly as at present.”Universal health insuranceIn the same interview Reilly also said that he intended to put in place “the building blocks” to introducing universal health insurance in the second term of this government if it is re-elected.“We are absolute committed to universal health insurance,” he said. “We’ve always said that this would take two terms not one”.The Fine Gael TD said that most listeners to the programme would acknowledge that “the health service is a huge tanker to try and turn around”.Commenting on the fall in the number of people who have private health insurance by around 6 per cent in the last five years, Reilly said that the government is keen to keep as many people in insurance as possible.“The key here, and the whole key to the successful attainment of universal health insurance, is to get at the absolute costs involved in delivering healthcare in this country,” he said.Reilly also said that the government will legislate in the new year to “beef up” the powers of the HIA in order to help it crackdown on private health insurance providers offering customers plans which exclude treatment at certain hospitals.“I am determined that we will address the issue of the proliferation of plans in the new year,” he said, adding that government will legislate for a “fair and transparent market”.Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher criticised Reilly and the government’s implementation of its health policy.“The government’s policy on health is simply at sea and in disarray,” he told the same programme.First published 1.49pm Read: HSE gets more time to come up with its service plan for next yearMore: “James Reilly is a reforming minister” says ministerial colleaguelast_img read more

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Allegri says he will continue with Juventus

first_imgThe Bianconeri manager has been linked with the Manchester United job after Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was sackedAfter Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was sacked, there have been many names linked with the position with the Red Devils.And one of those names if that of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.“I have a contract with Juventus and I am happy here,” Allegri told reporters according to The 42.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We are doing a great job together with the fans. There are many games to win before the end of the season, there is time before June.”“Italian football is fascinating, I am not tired of it. I want to stay to improve Italian football,” he added.“Outside this world, there are many things to be done, we need to involve the kids to build a better future for this game.”last_img read more

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Two men arrested in connection to Vista druglab explosion

first_img Posted: September 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two men were charged Wednesday with a slate of narcotics and weapons charges in connection with a drug-lab explosion that set a northern San Diego County home ablaze last spring.Gregory Allen Amos, 23, and 34-year-old Christopher Paul Hernandez allegedly were using butane to extract hash oil from marijuana in a house in the 1200 block of Barbara Drive in Vista when the blast occurred about 10:45 a.m. March 27, according to a federal criminal complaint.Deputies and firefighters arrived to find a glass door blown out on a second-floor balcony of the burning residence and dozens of cans of butane strewn on the driveway, the court document states.Inside the damaged home, authorities found the remnants of a butane hash-oil laboratory and related items, including pounds of marijuana, hundreds of cans of butane and glass tubes. Agents also seized about a pound of cocaine and three guns, including a 5.56-mm rifle and a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol.Operating a butane hash-oil lab is an illegal and highly dangerous way extract THC, the principal psychoactive found in marijuana plants.Since January, San Diego-area law enforcement personnel have dealt with at least 17 such illicit facilities, three of which generated fires or explosions, according to federal officials.Using butane to obtain hash oil — which contains extremely high levels of THC and can be up to four times more potent than high-grade marijuana — often results in the highly flammable gas evaporating and collecting on the floor, then accumulating to explosive levels.“BHO manufacturing poses an enormous threat to human life,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “No one is safe — not those involved in the illegal (process) themselves, not those who happen to be living or visiting nearby, not first responders.”Amos, a Vista resident, and Hernandez, of San Diego, are scheduled to be arraigned in the case Friday afternoon. September 5, 2018 Two men arrested in connection to Vista drug-lab explosionlast_img read more

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Mexican football club hires hypnotherapist to boost employee performance

first_imgHere at Employee Benefits, we are intrigued as to whether this approach could have a similar impact on performance in an office environment like ours…any volunteers? Once awakened, Bermudez performs an impressive free kick, landing the ball in the top corner of the net. Something for the weekend: Boosting performance and productivity in the workplace is often achieved through a range of employee engagement and wellbeing measures, however, Mexican football club Chiapas, formerly Jaguares de Chiapas, took a more innovative approach when it hired hypnotherapist Luis Guillen to deliver a unique form of mental training to bolster players’ goal-scoring abilities.Delivering the session at the club’s training ground at Estadio ‘Zoque’ Víctor Manuel Reyna, Guillen worked with 29-year-old midfielder Christian Bermudez, hypnotising him in a bid to improve his sporting performance.Videos posted on the club’s Twitter page show Guillen instructing Bermudez to relax his body and mind, and go into a deep sleep.last_img read more

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Pedestrian struck and killed in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Northwest Miami-Dade.It happened right before 6 a.m., Tuesday, along Northwest 127th Street and 27th Avenue.7Skyforce flew over the scene as mourners gathered at the intersection where it occurred.The windshield of the car could be seen shattered on the drivers side, as well as a big dent on the hood of the car.The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead on the scene.The driver remained on the scene.Northwest 27th Avenue has been shut down north and southbound between 24th and 27th Street as the investigation is ongoing. Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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