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first_imgShe burst into the first day with a two under 70, struck a 71 on day two and another 70 on day three.She began the final day one shot behind Menendez, 25, facing the daunting task of keeping the finish line in sight.The first nine she shot two bogeys and a birdie but was helped by a poor start from Menendez who fired four bogeys, giving the rising Thai star a cushion as the two went into the back nine.If Atthaya felt pressure, she did not show it, firing another birdie on the back nine and calmly slotting home the final par putt.“I’m so proud and so happy for my score and win this week,” she told reporters in slightly broken English moments after her win. “I’m so excited, thank you so much.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Her victory smashes the current record set by Canada’s Brooke Henderson who won the Canadian Women’s Tour in June 2012 aged 14 years, nine months and three days.She also beats the Ladies European Tour record held by former number one Lydia Ko who took the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.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 starsAtthaya, who hails from Thailand’s western province of Rachaburi, turned 14 on 20 February. Local media said she first picked up a golf club aged six.The shy but seemingly always smiling teenager had a dream week at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya. As an amateur, she does not take home any prize winnings.That means the top €45,000 ($51,000) prize went to runner up-Menendez while €27,500 went to third placed pro Whitney Hillier.Final top scores for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.283 – Atthaya Tithikul (THA) 70-17-70-72285 – Ana Menedez (MEX) 68-72-70-75286 – Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74-72-69-71287 – Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER) 73-73-74-67; Parinda Phokan (THA) 75-73-71-68; Amy Boulden (WAL) 73-74-67-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Atthaya Thitikul (Photo from her Facebook page)BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai teenager became the youngest known winner of a professional golf tournament on Sunday, overcoming huge pressure to secure a two-shot victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya.There were gasps from the crowd as Atthaya Thitikul – aged just 14 years and four months – calmly slotted home a must-win final putt on the 18th to see off Ana Menendez of Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Marquez ‘surprised’ Pacquiao failed to stop Horn in 10th roundlast_img read more


first_imgThe Maharashtra government has decided to accord the status of ‘adventure sport’ to the centuries old traditional ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations that mark Janmashthami every year. An announcement in this regard was made by the state education minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Wednesday.Minors aged between 12-15 can take part in the celebrations – which entails forming tall human pyramids of six or more levels – only with the written consent of their parents. The venue will need matting so that there are no injuries after a fall and there will be no limit on tiers of pyramids.”With the status of ‘adventure sports’, we shall form a state-level body to govern ‘Dahi-handi’ with a set of rules and regulations. Any celebrations that do not adhere to this would not be recognised,” Tawde said.Under the new status, it will be mandatory for all organisers of high-profile ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations to ensure proper insurance for all participants, provisions of first-aid, ambulances to shift the injured ‘Govindas’ to nearest hospitals.Additionally, they must organise safety nets, helmets, safety harness, mats and other security requirements to prevent injuries – and possible deaths – after the human pryramids come crashing down.Tawde said sometime ago, a committee headed by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar was told to prepare a report on ‘Dahi-handi’ and it has recommended to declare it as an ‘adventure sport’ on the lines of mountaineering, rock-climbing etc, which was accepted by the state government.The minister said henceforth, ‘Dahi-handi’ would not be restricted during Janmashthami, but will be celebrated round-the-year under the auspices of a state-level governing body.advertisementJanmashthami celebrations in Mumbai have become an annual big business affair with prizes running into crores of rupees, mega-sponsors, intense competition among various groups, mostly backed by politicians and political parties, attracting millions of locals, domestic and foreign tourists.In the past few years, there have been several casualties, including temporary injuries or permanent handicap and deaths of ‘Govindas’, which led to court cases and questions raised on the safety and security of the participants.last_img read more


first_imgIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.The award was presented to Ashwin by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a function held at the Cricket Club of India.Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.Meanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award for his superb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that his first autograph which he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.”Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.”The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very very critical,” said Ashwin.last_img read more


first_img Next Realme launch: Realme XT, Buds Wireless and everything else announced this weekIn addition to launching the Realme XT 64MP quad camera phone in India, Realme also announced the Realme Buds Wireless, a new 10,000mAh power bank and key specs of Realme XT 730G.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 08:07 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme XT comes with a 64MP quad camera setup starting at Rs 15,999.Realme XT 730G with Snapdragon 730G to launch in December.Realme Buds Wireless and 10,000mAh power bank also launched.Realme launched a few new products in India on Friday, September 13 to further expand its ever-growing portfolio. In addition to the much-anticipated Realme XT, the company also announced the Realme Buds Wireless earphones and a 10,000mAh Realme Power Bank. Towards the end of the event, Realme also announced the Realme XT 730G coming to India in December.The Realme XT was the star of the event yesterday as it is the company’s latest premium mid-range smartphone. It is Realme’s first 64MP quad camera phone that comes soon after the launch of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. Here’s a quick look at everything the company announced at its Realme XT event.Realme XTThe Realme XT is part of the Realme X-series that the company announced a few months ago. This is the first smartphone in India to bring a 64MP quad camera system, which is what separates it from the competition in its segment. Realme is using Samsung’s 64-megapixel GW1 sensor to offer high-res photos. Additionally, the camera setup also includes an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.Realme XT is also the first phone from the company to feature Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, which offers a more premium look and feel. It comes in Pearl White and Pearl Blue colour options and also features an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Realme XT sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 712 SoC. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementWe just reviewed the Realme XT and called it yet another winner from the company as it offers a combination of attractive features for a price even cheaper than the Realme X.Realme XT India price starts at Rs 15,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. It also comes in 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB configurations, priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999, respectively. Realme XT 730GRealme XT will get a new variant in December. It will be called the Realme XT 730G. As the name suggests, this phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G mid-range processor. The 8nm SoC is made for gaming enthusiasts and that’s how the company will be pegging the Realme XT 730G.Realme revealed some other key specs of the Realme XT 730G as well. It will bring a similar glass design as the regular XT. It will also get a 64MP quad camera setup, 4,000mAh battery, Super AMOLED display and in-display fingerprint sensor.The other big highlight of the Realme XT 730G will be its 30W VOOC fast charging support, which will be faster than the 20W VOOC support seen on current Realme phones. No word on pricing and availability of the Realme XT 730G just yet.Realme Buds WirelessSmartphones aside, Realme is also looking to offer a wide range of accessories. It already offers some wired earphones, but the company has now launched the Realme Buds Wireless. The Bluetooth earphones cost Rs 1,799 and is currently available on Realme.com and Amazon for a 24-hour period.Realme Buds Wireless will take on the likes of Beats X, Boat 225F and Xiaomi’s Mi wireless earphones. It sports a silicone neckband and metal cases on two ends, where one houses the battery and the other a remote control. The earbuds house 11.2mm bass boost drivers to deliver powerful and dynamic bass.Realme says the Buds Wireless has been tuned by Norwegian DJ Alan Walker to deliver good bass and quality sound, especially for EDM genre. The earphones are IPX4 rated for splash resistance and come with 12 hours music playback. The Buds Wireless also supports fast charging. 10,000mAh Realme Power BankLastly, Realme announced a 10,000mAh power bank for Rs 1,299. The power bank comes in yellow, red and black colour options with a smooth, matt-like finish. It supports two-way fast charging over Type-C port at 18W input and output.The power bank is compatible to charge not only phones but other devices like laptops and video game consoles. You can also charge two devices simultaneously by using both the USB and Type-C ports at the same time.ALSO READ | Realme XT review: Stands out from the crowd with a 64MP quad cameraALSO READ | Realme XT vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: What’s different between the two 64MP camera phones?ALSO READ | Realme XT 730G with 30W VOOC fast charging to launch in India in December: Specs revealedGet 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 byPavni Jain Tags :Follow Realmelast_img read more


first_img Mr. Shaw emphasised that Jamaica “cannot afford to miss this boat”, and encouraged all Jamaicans to be “bold and move with a deep sense of urgency” towards tapping into the derivable economic benefits. Addressing the opening ceremony for the University of Technology’s (UTech) third annual Jamaican Medical Cannabis Integration Symposium (JAMECANN) on Thursday (July 5) at the institution, the Minister noted that several other countries are “rushing” to take advantage of this “multibillion-dollar global industry”. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is committed to providing the leadership to mobilise the requisite resources and personnel for the development and success of the medical cannabis industry. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is committed to providing the leadership to mobilise the requisite resources and personnel for the development and success of the medical cannabis industry.Addressing the opening ceremony for the University of Technology’s (UTech) third annual Jamaican Medical Cannabis Integration Symposium (JAMECANN) on Thursday (July 5) at the institution, the Minister noted that several other countries are “rushing” to take advantage of this “multibillion-dollar global industry”.Mr. Shaw emphasised that Jamaica “cannot afford to miss this boat”, and encouraged all Jamaicans to be “bold and move with a deep sense of urgency” towards tapping into the derivable economic benefits.He said Jamaica cannot ignore the tremendous growth that has taken place globally in the medical cannabis industry, adding that he is currently formulating a strategy to help fast-track its development locally.However, Mr. Shaw said the Government is mindful of its responsibility to abide by local and international laws in treating with cannabis.The Minister reiterated amended provisions under the Dangerous Drugs Act for possession of two ounces or less of the weed. Additionally, he said there is acknowledgement of the Rastafarians’ rights to use cannabis as a sacrament.He underscored the need for a close working relationship to be established between the Ministry of Health and State regulatory agency, the Cannabis Licensing Authority, “because there are clear demarcations there in respect of the roles and responsibilities”.Importantly, Mr Shaw added, is the need for consensus on the outcomes of this undertaking to develop the medical cannabis industry, while emphasising that public education will be pivotal.Mr. Shaw also lauded UTech’s role in and contribution to this dispensation, adding that “it is great to have a partner such as UTech bringing much-needed science to help (to) shape our path”.“The more we are able to educate the general public… the greater (I believe will be) the pace of general acceptance. So, it is in that role that I look forward to working with you and others, including our international partners, to make Jamaica the best of the best in the world. Jamaica is building a medical cannabis industry as the rest of the world is doing,” he said.The two-day event is being held under the theme ‘Merging Science, Spirit and Business’.The symposium is focusing on several key topics, including the ‘Legislative Implications of the Dangerous Drugs Act (2015)’, and ‘Medical Cannabis Product Innovation’.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has entered into agreement on reduction of future time charter payments with unnamed Japanese shipowners, relating to nine vessels on long-term charter.The company did not disclose any details regarding the type of vessels in question.As part of the agreement, Norden has made a one-off payment of USD 51.5 million in return for a reduction of future time charter payments of USD 62 million in the coming 4 years corresponding to a total reduction in hire of USD 10.5 million.After the one-off payment of USD 51.5 million, Norden’s cash and securities amount to USD 220 million while undrawn credit facilities amount to USD 419 million, the company said.Norden added that the change in the time charter agreements would not affect operations in the period from 2015-2018.According to Norden, the move will pave way for significant savings.last_img read more


first_imgA discussion paper on condo development and operation is available for public feedback. A committee of provincial staff and representatives of interested groups is reviewing the Condominium Act and has released a discussion paper on the legislation. “Consumer protection continues to be a priority for the province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The condo market has grown considerably in the past 10 years and it was time for a review of the act.” The discussion paper and response booklet are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/condoact or by phoning 902-424-5200 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. Deadline for feedback submissions is Feb. 13. The Condominium Act feedback is a separate initiative from Homeowner Protection Review, which dealt with, among other things, new home construction.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The telecom tower industry has urged the Finance Ministry to allow accelerated depreciation rate of 65 per cent on batteries, 20 per cent funding through External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for the working capital and inclusion of telecom towers in the priority sector for lending by banks. The industry uses lithium ion batteries, which have an average life of 3-5 years. A higher depreciation rate for these batteries can help higher adoption of these batteries, which can decrease dependence on diesel for power back-up. Diesel adds to the higher cost of production for the tower companies. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Accelerated depreciation is a method whereby an asset loses book value at a faster rate than the traditional straight-line method. Generally, this method allows greater deductions in the earlier years of an asset and is used to minimise taxable income. Apart from these key demands, the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) in its submission to the Finance Ministry, said it wants inclusion of the telecom infrastructure service providers in Section 72A in the cases of mergers and amalgamations. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails As tower industry is an inseparable part of telecom services, the specific inclusion will bring parity for the tower companies with telecom operators and other key industrial sectors. The benefit of Sec 72A was introduced to telecom operators in FY 2002-03 with a view to encouraging rapid consolidation and growth in the sector. Before that, each telecom operator used to set up its own towers to cater to its own need for passive infrastructure (telecom towers, shelters, power back up) services. Accordingly, the concept of TISPs was not envisaged in FY 2002-03, when the benefit of Section 72A was extended to the telecom sector. Section 72A of the Act allows accumulated losses of amalgamating company to be carried forward and set off in the hands of the amalgamated company. Currently, the carry-forward of losses is limited to industrial undertakings or ships, hotels, aircraft or banks. The term “industrial undertaking” has been defined to include the companies which are engaged in the business of providing telecommunication services, whether basic or cellular, including radio paging, domestic satellite service, broadband network and internet services, said T.R. Dua, Director General, TAIPA. There have been consolidations in the tower industry in recent times. India’s telecom tower industry is expected to see further consolidation after the Bharti Infratel-Indus Towers merger. The combined entity of Bharti Infratel Ltd — the tower arm of Bharti Airtel, and Indus Towers, post their merger, will own more than 1,63,000 towers and will create the world’s largest tower company outside China. In the tower industry, if ATC seals the deal with Idea, then the former would operate over 78,000 tower sites in India. State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) owns 66,000 towers. TAIPA also seeks to amend the definition of “plant and machinery”. “Plant and machinery means apparatus, equipment, machinery fixed to earth by foundation including telecommunication tower and shelters, that are used for making outward supply and include the term ‘telecommunication tower’ for the purpose of Input Tax Credit,” it said. According to TAIPA, the tower industry is expecting to install around 25,000 towers in the coming FY with around Rs 1.25 lakh taxes paid on each. The current situation could result in increase in cost of providing the telecom service. The Association rues that under the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 (CGST Act), telecommunication towers have been specifically excluded from the definition of “plant and machinery” provided in the explanation to Section 17. “Digital India, smart cities, providing e-governance services to the common man and other flagship programmes of the government depend entirely on the availability of critical telecom infrastructure and any tax/ levy on such nation building installations will ultimately increase the cost of the services to the end-consumer. “Towers are the backbone of the telecommunication industry and any denial of this credit would substantially increase the cost of services to the common man,” said TAIPA.last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Less than a month to go before Christmas, there remains a backlog of packages and regular mail as postal workers are told to get back to work.Despite threats by the union to challenge the back-to-work legislation, the federal government is convinced it will hold up in court.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is outraged its workers are being forced back on the job, saying it is looking at all options — including legal ones — to fight this bill.RELATED: Postal workers return to picket lines as Senate set to debate back-to-work billThe union argues the legislation is unconstitutional because it violates their members’ right to strike, an argument that held up in court when the previous Harper government took similar actions.But Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says she is confident this bill will stand the test. “We put forward legislation that had a Charter statement. We did so in a way that drafted the legislation completely differently than the previous Harper government’s legislation.”But she says ultimately, it could be the courts’ call.The minister claims the move was a last resort, but a necessary one.“There was a significant, growing economic harm to the country. Small businesses were struggling. Rural and remote communities were struggling. There really wasn’t a way forward for the two parties. They were at a complete impasse.”last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:Boeing Co., down $10.60 to $331.90Exporters’ stocks fell as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen U.S.-China trade tensions.Lam Research Corp., down $3.96 to $145.73Martin Anstice resigned as CEO as the semiconductor equipment maker investigates allegations of misconduct against him.The Children’s Place Inc., down $16.48 to $106.67The children’s clothing and accessories chain forecast earnings for the current quarter below what analysts were expecting.Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., up 97 cents to $16.02The technology company reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ forecasts.PulteGroup Inc., up $1.02 to $26.65The homebuilder said it was raising its dividend 22 per cent to 11 cents a share.At Home Group Inc., down $4.06 to $23.75The home decor retailer forecast earnings for its full fiscal year that were below what analysts were expecting.Citigroup Inc., down $2.20 to $60.06The bank’s chief financial officer said its bond trading businesses is slowing.Okta Inc., up $6.30 to $66.95The identity management company issued forecasts for the current quarter that were better than analysts had expected.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Rabat – Fifty percent of Moroccans favor the abolition of the death penalty, according to the results of a survey conducted by the High Commission of Planning (HCP) on the nation’s take on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.Urban areas (47.8) supported the lethal punishment’s abolition less enthusiastically than rural areas, which garnered a 52.2 percent anti-death penalty position, Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, the head of the HCP, told reporters on Tuesday.The HCP randomly selected citizens from every region in Morocco to take the survey, which helped “the government understand citizens’ evaluation of dimensions of human development in their daily lives,” between the 1st of July and the 19th of August. Morocco has not carried out the death penalty since 1993, however courts have sentenced 122 people, including three women, to the punishment.The U.N. started a new push to implement its 17 development goals for the next 14 years at the top of 2016. The goals include ensuring every human being has access to a good education, a healthy natural environment and a peaceful and just society.The survey’s results show that 80 percent of Moroccans believe the kingdom can achieve all of the U.N.’s goals by 2030, while 50 percent of respondents said they had taken steps to improve their interactions with the environment in the past five years.Morocco has led the charge in global anti-climate change efforts, as demonstrated in 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP) held in Marrakesh last month. The kingdom is on track to source 52 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030. read more


LONDON — A senior adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed concerns about tensions arising from Parliamentary debates over Brexit, telling supporters that it isn’t surprising that people are upset about the country’s failure to leave the European Union.The prime minister has been accused of whipping up division with his charged language about Brexit opponents in the House of Commons this week.But Dominic Cummings told backers at a book launch that the only way to calm tensions is for lawmakers to respect the results of the 2016 referendum.He says the current chaos is “a walk in the park” compared with the 2016 referendum campaign in which the country narrowly voted to leave the EU. Three years later, Britain and its politicians remain bitterly divided over how, or whether, to leave the 28-nation bloc.The Associated Press read more


“There are 850 million hungry people around the world and this is too much because the world produces enough food to feed them all,” WFP spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told a news briefing in Geneva today about the march planned for 21 May. “It is a problem of mobilization and lack of political will.”The “march the world” will start in each country at 10 a.m., with some 360 such events being organized and will cover about six kilometres in an effort to sensitize people to the food shortages around the planet. In Paris, 150 life-sized fibreglass bovines decorated by artists have been dotted around the French capital where they will continue grazing for two months before being auctioned off. The profits will go to WFP and the Africa Alive Foundation. In past auctions elsewhere such as in New York, Sydney and Prague, the so-called “Cow Parade” has raised up to $25,000 for a single animal. Meanwhile across the English Channel, British commuters will be able to tune in to on-screen broadcasts of a selection of WFP’s public service announcements. Huge outside screens at railway stations in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, will carry footage, including WFP’s “Horn of Africa” appeal. The screening has been made possible by a generous donation of time by one of Britain’s biggest outdoor advertising companies, “Titan Outdoor.” The company says that in the space of one week, some 28 million people will walk past the screens carrying the WFP commercials. Of these, it is estimated that almost 2 million will stand and watch for a period of time while they wait for their trains to arrive. In recent years, as consumers begin to get information from an increasingly diverse array of media, WFP has made use of advertising space on billboards, in newspapers, on big outdoor screens as well as television and cinema as a key strategy for getting messages about hunger across to the general public. read more


by The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2014 2:00 am MDT Wynne, Horwath face off in northern debate, Hudak touring Toronto area AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath face off today in a debate on northern Ontario issues, while Tory Leader Tim Hudak tours the Peterborough and greater Toronto area.Wynne says it’s “inexplicable” that Hudak wouldn’t show up and it would never have occurred to her to miss the debate in Thunder Bay.Her predecessor Dalton McGuinty was absent during the 2011 election, but she says she wasn’t the premier then.Hudak says he couldn’t make it because of a scheduling conflict, but adds neither of the two other party leaders have spent more time travelling northern Ontario than he has.The Liberals issued a news release Sunday night with a list of flights to Thunder Bay with available seats that Hudak could use to still get to today’s debate.All three parties have made different promises to woo northern Ontario voters, including developing the massive Ring of Fire chromite deposit.Both Hudak and Horwath have promised to help develop the mining project, but neither has said how much money they’d spend.Wynne is promising to spend $1 billion over 10 years to help build a much-needed transportation route to the remote area, even if the federal Conservatives don’t help out.It’s not clear where or when it would be built if the Liberals are re-elected on June 12, or how they’ll find another $1 billion to complete the route in the remote region if Ottawa won’t provide the funds.The Liberals say those decisions will be up to a development corporation that they’ll create within 60 days of taking office and will include both levels of government, First Nations and private companies.Wynne said the Liberals would also expand major highways to four lanes, including Highway 69 between Parry Sound and Sudbury, the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.The New Democrats have promised to spend $250 million to widen 60 kilometres of highways across Ontario each year, at least of which will be in the north.They say they’ll spend another $20 million a year to restore passenger service on Ontario Northland Rail and $40 million on 200 more snowplows and trucks to improve winter road safety.The NDP has also promised to begin investing in infrastructure for the Ring of Fire “without delay” if elected, but didn’t allocate any money for it in its platform.Hudak, who served as northern development and mines minister under the former Conservative government, said he’d merge the Ministry of Natural Resources with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to create one powerful northern minister.The Tory platform also promises to repeal the Far North Act, saying it would open up the north to more investment opportunities and jobs.The party’s reach only extends up to the North Bay riding of Nipissing. The Liberals hold four northern seats, while the NDP have five. read more


7Billy HarrisF+8.1 On an individual basis, Gretzky’s performance may never be topped — his next-closest active challenger by PSAR, Jaromir Jagr, would have to maintain his career rate of per-season production until age 50 just to catch The Great One. (Although … maybe we shouldn’t completely rule out that possibility.) But we can’t just leave it there — hockey is such a dynamic, free-flowing sport that a player’s individual numbers don’t always capture his contributions to victory.Some of that, as hockey quants have learned over the last decade or so, is due to the noise around infrequent events such as goals. Instead, on-ice shot margin (after adjusting for numerous contextual factors) is a sturdier gauge of team skill — and hence, an individual’s ability to influence it is an important consideration in modern player evaluation. We don’t have these fancy numbers for Gretzky’s career, but we do know his teams were probably not dominating possession, deriving their high-scoring offense instead from a high shooting percentage.Which brings us to Gretzky’s fabled ability to elevate the performance of his teammates. On a shot-by-shot basis, there’s some evidence that Gretzky’s otherworldly passing led to higher shooting percentages for his teammates than when they played without him. (At FiveThirtyEight, we’ve applied this with or without you — WOWY — technique before, to NFL wide receivers.) Among all players with at least 200 career adjusted assists, Gretzky ranks fifth in terms of hikes in teammates’ shooting percentages3Indexed relative to the league average. while playing alongside him, compared with the rest of their careers.Current stathead thinking suggests that only the most transcendent of passers can help a team sustain a sky-high shooting percentage, and the bread crumbs of evidence are there to suggest a real Gretzky Effect on his teammates’ numbers. Then again, it’s not clear how much of that can be untangled from the shooting percentage machine that was the 1980s Edmonton Oilers overall. 8Kris LetangD+8.1 6Clark GilliesF+8.3 9Jari KurriF+7.8 2Paul CoffeyD+10.4 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 4Kevin LoweD+9.1 Lots of Oilers top the WOWY list 1Glenn AndersonF+10.7 5Wayne GretzkyF+8.3 3Charlie HuddyD+9.9 10Jim PappinF+7.5 Wayne Gretzky, widely considered to be the greatest player in NHL history — so widely, in fact, that even Boston homers have to admit it (however tongue-in-cheek the manner) — was born exactly 55 years (and a day) ago. That’s really all the excuse we need to go spelunking in The Great One’s statistical treasure chest.Hockey stats, even the “advanced” ones, are famously lo-fi; even still, there’s a preponderance of evidence to confirm that Gretzky was far and away the most productive hockey player of all time. Yes, his teammates were outrageously talented. Yes, he played in an offensively inflated era, facing small goaltenders who employed archaic techniques. But even when we adjust Gretzky’s numbers for the scoring environment in which they were produced, nobody generated more goals — particularly with his playmaking — than No. 99.One of my favorite stats in all of sports history is that Gretzky could be the NHL’s all-time scoring leader even if he never scored a goal, on the basis of his assists alone. That’s not quite true after adjusting his stats for the era — Gordie Howe’s 2,190 adjusted points eclipses Gretzky’s 1,717 adjusted assists — but the difference between Gretzky’s adjusted helpers and those of No. 2 Howe is roughly the same as that between Howe and No. 28 Mats Sundin. The man’s hockey sense and vision were unparalleled.To pull all of Gretzky’s individual accomplishments together, I like to use my personal modification of Hockey-Reference.com’s point shares, which I call point shares above replacement. (A modification is necessary because, as currently constructed, the distribution of PS between positions is all kinds of messed up. PSAR fixes that and essentially mirrors Hockey Prospectus’s goals versus threshold, with the added benefit that it gets updated in-season.) Among modern1Going back to the 1950-51 season, the first season for which I have data. skaters, Gretzky is the career leader in PSAR by a mile — he beats No. 2 Ray Bourque by the equivalent of about 420 extra goals, or 60 to 70 wins. And compared with his fellow forwards, Gretzky laps the field to a degree that is even more striking:2In this chart, the “share” of a team’s available ice time is the proportion of a team’s minutes (from the 1998-99 season onward) or games played (1997-98 and earlier) at a position that a player played. In an individual season, it effectively acts as a percentage, but across years it can be added up as a cumulative measure of ice time, because every team divvies up roughly the same amount of playing time among its players each season. (It also serves as a way to normalize playing time across different schedule lengths — handy in case of season-shortening lockouts and the like.) PLAYERPOSWOWY Nos. 1 through 5 on the teammate shooting WOWY list all played for the Oilers during that era, so this might be more of a team stat, shared by linemates, than an individual metric. Further evidence: The Oilers collectively maintained a third-place finish in shooting percentage in 1988-89 (down only slightly from first in ’87-88), despite Gretzky departing Edmonton for LA over the summer.All of this also assumes, perhaps incorrectly, that the state of today’s hockey-analytics art can even be applied to the NHL of Gretzky’s heyday. In the run-and-gun air hockey 1980s, Corsi was a player, not a metric, and the possession-is-king rule that guides today’s enlightened clubs doesn’t seem to have been as hard and fast. (For instance, Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh Penguins, another incredibly high-scoring team, also defied what I estimated to be modest possession numbers by sustaining a high shooting percentage over a string of years.)All of this is why, between absent data and changes to the fabric of the sport, deep analysis of historical hockey is inherently limited, despite our best efforts. We’ll never know Gretzky’s zone start numbers or have a player usage chart for his record-shattering 215-point 1985-86 season. But we can appreciate what numbers we do have from his career — and nobody produced stats more glamorous than The Great One. read more


MS Dhoni has a discussion with Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2018, Chennai, April 10, 2018 (ESPNcricinfo image)West Indies are set to be without Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for their ODI series against England.Narine has informed CWI that he is not yet confident enough in his bowling action to get through an ODI, while Russell has informed them his knee is not yet up to the demands of 50-over cricket.Narine hasn’t played an ODI for more than two years, but insists he is keen to return to international cricket. He has struggled with his action for most of his career, first attempting to remodel it in 2011 and then having it reported during the Champions Trophy of 2014.He withdrew from the 2015 World Cup squad to work further on his action. He is expected to work with Carl Crowe, the spin bowling consultant, in the coming weeks. The news almost certainly ends any chance he has of playing in the 2019 World Cup.Russell’s involvement remains possible. He is fit enough for T20 cricket – he has been involved in the BPL and has just been announced as a replacement for Steve Smith in the PSL – but feels his fitness is not quite at the required level for a longer game. He last played an ODI in July. (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLaw wants ‘settled’ team for World Cup qualifierSeptember 22, 2017In “latest news”Andre Russell set to return after year-long banFebruary 1, 2018In “Sports”Miller replaces Narine in World CupJanuary 29, 2015In “Sports” read more


first_imgTODAY AVIVA HEALTH Insurance announced that it is to increase its premiums by an average of 5.2 per cent gross on a range of plans effective from 1 January, 2014.Aviva said that it “greatly regrets” that it has to impose the additional increase which they said is due to the “impact of recent changes in government policy on public hospital bed charges”.They added that the increase in the cost of claims has been driven upwards by the shift in the age composition of their customer base.Government policyThey added that the Government’s decision last Friday not to reduce the rates set out in legislation passed by the Oireachtas last July which allows privately insured patients to be charged for the use of a public bed in a public hospital, was a contributing factor. They stated that the decision means that the new bed charge is up to 10.8 times the old charge. They stated:From the 1 January next, our customers will be charged up to €813 per night when they occupy a public bed in a public hospital. The current charge is €75 per night. This new charge directly increases the cost of providing cover for our members.PlansAviva did state however that a number of their policies will not see an increase, adding that they are not increasing the price of popular plans such as some of the recently launched affordable entry level plans, Family Focus and Future Focus. Level 2 Complete Health is also not being increased.Aviva’s CEO, Alison Burns said “we are deeply conscious of the struggle our customers face to maintain their health cover. That is why we have decided not to increase the price of some of our popular entry level plans”. She said: Those due to renew in January and February already face premium increases as a result of the government’s decision to reduce tax relief. With this in mind, we have held our increase to the absolute minimum of an average of 5.2 per cent.Burns stated that government’s recent policy changes have “severely disrupted” the health insurance market. She concluded that “as a responsible regulated insurer” they must ensure that they are in a position to pay the claims of our customers when they get sick.Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS>Read: Health insurance bosses stress the need to attract young people to the market>last_img read more


first_imgThere are a few Android tablets out there right now, and some — like the Samsung Galaxy Tab are even pretty good — but it’s still not very contentious to say right now that Android isn’t very good for tablets. Heck, even Google has said as much.And that’s the whole point of Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb. Google recognizes that making a good tablet operating system is not just about making the display bigger: people use tablets in different ways than they use smartphones, and even the simple act of making the display larger can stress to breaking even the most robust operating system.Honeycomb, then, is a landmark release for Android tablets… one that will make all of the tablets that came before look chunky and half-baked by comparison. But what about smartphones? Will Honeycomb be a similar radical leap for Android smartphones as it will be for Android tablets?Google today has confirmed that it will not. Why? Because Honeycomb isn’t coming to smartphones. It’s a tablet only release.This is coming as a surprise to some, but it’s actually not much of one. Apple, for example, originally released the iPad with iOS 3.2, which never came to the iPhone. Instead, the iPad and iPhone branches of iOS were reunited months down the line under iOS 4.1.The same thing is going to happen here. Google is going to get Android up and running with tablets, then unify both branches of the Android code base later down the line. That’s not to say that some of the more appropriate functionality of Honeycomb won’t be coming to Android smartphones sooner, though: Google’s already promising some gradual feature roll-out of Honeycomb’s more smartphone-specific perks.Read more at PC Maglast_img read more


first_imgSource MailOnline-Conor McGregor left UFC fans stunned as he announced his shock retirement from MMA.The 30-year-old is currently suspended from fighting by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after UFC 229 – a night which saw his defeat overshadowed by a post-fight brawl with victor Khabib Nurmagomedov.With his suspension ongoing, talk has been rife as to his next fight but McGregor looked to call time on his career on social media, only for fans to refuse to believe it is true.It comes after a series of run-ins with the law for the MMA legend, including hurling a five foot tall metal sack barrow at the window of a bus full of rival fighters, smashing the window.Posting on his Twitter page in the early hours of Tuesday morning, McGregor wrote: ‘Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today.‘I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.‘I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!’UFC president Dana White confirmed the shock news just one hour after McGregor’s announcement on Twitter‘He has the money to retire and his whiskey is KILLIN it,’ White told ESPN via text message. ‘It totally makes sense and if I was him i would retire too.‘He’s retiring from fighting. Not from working. The whiskey will keep him busy and I’m sure he has other things he’s working on. He has been so fun to watch! He has accomplished incredible things in this sport.last_img read more