LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The broadcaster, which is owned by an Ontario Crown corporation relies heavily on funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, says it has not seen an increased in the last two years despite rising operating costs and declining cable revenues, so programs and people must be cut.“We need the Ontario government to urgently review operational funding for TFO to maintain its critical Canadian cultural, political and social programming,” said Naureen Rivzi, Ontario Regional Director.The union received this grim news while in bargaining trying to reach a new collective agreement for the 80 technical staff at TFO.“These cuts will have a devastating impact on our members and on our francophone viewers who have limited options for local in their first language,” said Alfred St-Aubin, Vice President of local 72M which represents 80 technical staff at TFO.Unifor is Canada’s largest media union representing 12,000 workers in the sector across Canada and a total of 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future. TORONTO, June 13, 2018 – Canada’s largest media union is alarmed to see Ontario’s only French public broadcaster, Télévision française de l’Ontario (TFO), cut programs and lay off 37 workers, including 11 Unifor members.“Lack of provincial funding means the more than 600 thousand Ontario francophones will have fewer options to see Canadian programming, and our members are losing their jobs needlessly,” said Richard Paquin, Unifor National Representative. Advertisement TFO provides unique Canadian educational programming for children and adults in Ontario, but cable providers in Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba also carry it. The cuts include camera operators, editors, switcher directors, archivists, a purchaser, production assistant, props, and marketing staff represented by Unifor as well as journalists and non-union staff. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a meeting of the agency’s 35-member Board of Governors that although Iran had cooperated on some issues, such as improving safeguards at a fuel enrichment plans, “on all other issues? there is stalemate.“Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy water-related projects as required by the Security Council, nor has Iran implemented the Additional Protocol [of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty],” Dr. ElBaradei said at the board meeting, held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.He called on Iran “to respond fully to all the questions raised by the agency in order to exclude the possibility of there being military dimensions to its nuclear programme.“To this end, it is essential that Iran substantively re-engage with the clarify and bring to closure all outstanding issues, including the most difficult and important questions regarding the authenticity of information relating to the alleged weaponization studies, by granting the agency access to persons, information and locations.”Dr. ElBaradei said that if Iran does not implement the Additional Protocol, the IAEA “will not be able to provide credible assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran, especially given Iran’s past record of failing to declare material and activities.”Iranian authorities must also clarify their future intentions regarding the nuclear programme, he stressed.“This is essentially a question of confidence-building between Iran and the international community through comprehensive dialogue and other measures. I call on all parties to begin this dialogue as soon as possible and urge Iran to respond positively to the recent United States initiative in this regard,” said Dr. ElBaradei, referring to an offer of talks.Elsewhere in his report to the board, the Director General also said he was dismayed by allegations of some Member States that information concerning Iran’s nuclear programme had been withheld from the board by the IAEA secretariat, calling them “politically motivated and totally baseless.”Turning to Syria, he said that while authorities in Damascus had cooperated with the IAEA over its verification activities at the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor, they have not yet granted the agency access to information, locations, equipment or materials concerning a destroyed building at Dair Alzour, which has been alleged by some to be the site of a nuclear reactor.“I urge Syria to cooperate with the agency in its verification activities related to the nature of the Dair Alzour site. It is in Syria’s interest to enable the agency to corroborate its statements. I also call on other States which may possess information relevant to the agency’s verification to make such information available.” 7 September 2009The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog warned today that the agency has reached a deadlock with Iran over most aspects of its nuclear programme as he urged the country to credibly answer the international community’s concerns over potential military dimensions to the programme.
Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake who was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recently in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen, was today further remanded till June 9.Senanayake was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations over the murder. Earlier this month the police DIG in charge of motor traffic Amarasiri Senaratne was also questioned by the CID over Thajudeen’s murder. He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case. The Colombo Additional Magistrate in February ordered the CID to arrest the suspects linked to Thajudeen’s murder.Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. According to police reports in 2012, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road.The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim.However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was murdered. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft’s quarterly earnings, revenue exceed analyst forecasts as Windows sales rise by News Staff Posted Apr 19, 2012 5:37 pm MDT REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft’s fared better than analysts anticipated in its latest quarter, boosted by a surprising rise in sales of its Windows operating system for personal computersThe fiscal third-quarter performance announced Thursday comes as investors look forward to the release of Windows 8 later this year. The next version marks the most radical overhaul of the widely-used operating system in decades.Microsoft Corp. earned $5.1 billion, or 60 cents per share, during the three months ending in March. That was down from net income of $5.2 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year ago.Last year’s results were boosted by a $461 million.Revenue rose 6 per cent from last year to $17.4 billionAnalysts had anticipated earnings of 58 cents per share on revenue of $17.2 billion, according to a FactSet survey.“We’re driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.One of the quarter’s bright spots came in Microsoft’s Windows division, which has faltered in the past year as more people bought Apple Inc.’s iPad and other tablet computers instead of desktop and notebook computers. Analysts also have assumed that many businesses and consumers thinking about buying a PC would hold off until Windows 8 hits the market in the fall.That didn’t turn out to be the case during the three months ending in March as revenue in the Windows division edged up by 4 per cent from last year to $4.6 billion. Microsoft attributed the gain to an uptick in businesses who bought licenses for Windows 7. It marked only the second time in the past six quarters that Microsoft has registered a year-over-year gain in the Windows division.On the flip side, Microsoft’s entertainment division sagged in the past quarter as demand weakened for its Xbox video game console. The division’s revenue fell 16 per cent from last year to $1.6 billion.Microsoft’s long-suffering online division, which has struggled for years to compete against Internet search leader Google Inc., managed to narrow its losses in the latest quarter. The division’s operating loss of $479 million compared to a loss of $776 million at the same time last year.Microsoft shares added 90 cents, or nearly 3 per cent, to $31.91 in Thursday’s extended trading.
Sprint raises buyout offer for Clearwire by 14 per cent; still opposed by minority shareholder OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sprint Nextel Corp. is offering 14 per cent more than before for the stake in wireless data network operator Clearwire Corp. it does not already own, but a large shareholder said the offer was still inadequate.Sprint said Tuesday that it is offering $3.40 per share, or $2.5 billion, for the remainder of Clearwire Corp. Its previous offer, from December, was for $2.97 per share.Sprint said this is its best and final offer, but investors appear to hold out some hope of an even better offer. Clearwire shares jumped 15 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.41 in afternoon trading, just above Sprint’s offer.A vote on the previous offer had been scheduled for Tuesday, but Clearwire said it is postponing it until May 31.Clearwire’s board had already accepted the earlier offer, but minority shareholders have opposed it. A vocal shareholder, Crest Financial, said Tuesday that the new offer was also inadequate. It said Sprint, as the majority shareholder, was strong-arming smaller ones. It wants Clearwire to pursue a competitive bidding process instead.Sprint is Clearwire’s only major wholesale customer and uses its network to provide “Sprint 4G” service. Sprint has accepted a buyout offer from Softbank Corp. of Japan, giving it the financial means to consolidate its ownership of Clearwire. But both Sprint and Clearwire have gotten competing bids from satellite TV broadcaster Dish Network Corp., which wants to get into the wireless business.Clearwire’s main asset is its wireless spectrum — space on the airwaves — that could be used to provide high data download speeds. Those are a crucial competitive factor in today’s wireless industry. But Clearwire’s frequencies are difficult to use. They require many cell towers to cover an area, and the signals don’t penetrate well into buildings.Clearwire is based in Bellevue, Wash.Separately, Sprint said it can now let Dish see its books and talk with Dish to see whether its competing offer to buy Sprint is better than its current deal with SoftBank. Sprint said late Monday that SoftBank had waived provisions of its deal with Sprint that will allow Sprint to talk with Dish.SoftBank currently has a $20.1 billion deal with Sprint to buy 70 per cent of the company. Dish last month offered $25.5 billion for the whole company. Softbank says it brings expertise and cash to Sprint. It says it still wants to close its deal by July 1. Many Wall Street analysts view Dish’s bid as superior but risky, as it will result in a combined company with high debt. by The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 9:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dotted the “i” during Script Ohio to open the day’s action at Ohio Stadium, but it was the Buckeyes’ offense that stole the show against Rutgers. After a slow start by both sides, No. 2 OSU dominated the game in all aspects, topping the Scarlet Knights 58-0.Rutgers received the opening kickoff and started to march down the field against the Silver Bullets, but an untimely mistake on a trick play quickly stalled the drive. A fumbled lateral pushed the Scarlet Knights backwards before having to punt.After Rutgers’ opening drive, it was all OSU.Led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes could not be stopped during the first half, amassing 360 yards and four touchdowns during the first two quarters. Barrett was responsible for all four of those touchdowns, connecting with a different Buckeye receiver in the end zone each time.During the first quarter, Rutgers redshirt senior linebacker Greg Jones was carted from the field after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Although a scary moment in the game, ESPN’s Austin Ward reported that Jones had feeling in all extremities and was communicating with trainers on the field, per a Rutgers team spokesperson.Barrett connected with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin and redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh for touchdowns in the second quarter, tying and then breaking the OSU career passing touchdowns record of 57 previously held by Bobby Hoying. Connecting on one more touchdown in the second half, Barrett has now thrown for 59 touchdowns in just 27 games.“I’m a Ohio State fan. So I know all the great quarterbacks at Ohio State, all the great players,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “And to see J.T. Barrett throw 60 in 21 starts, averaging almost three touchdowns per game, and that’s just incredible feat when you consider the school that he broke that at.”Meyer mentioned 60 touchdowns thrown by Barrett, although his total currently stands at 59. However, much like Meyer said, there is still plenty of football to be played, which will likely lead to Barrett further increasing his number.The poise and maturity shown by Barrett shows, and his teammates are quick to mention just how much influence he has on the Buckeyes.“His leadership; when J.T. talks, everybody listens,” McLaurin said. “His command of the huddle; He didn’t like our before the game but he came at us and I feel that’s what got us off to a pretty good start.”Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber exploded in the first half for 91 yards rushing, averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Weber benefitted from a consistent push on the right side of the offensive line by sophomore tackle Isaiah Prince.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel continued to be a dynamic threat, amassing 129 total yards in the first half. Once again leading the Buckeyes in receiving, the junior picked up his first score to close out the first half on a 5-yard touchdown reception.Much like the first three games of the year, OSU’s defense smothered the opposing offense. Rutgers failed to produce more than 100 yards in the first half, ending each one of its first half drives in its own territory.Rutgers junior quarterback Chris Laviano was put under constant pressure, and was sacked two times. Connecting on just 25 percent of his passes, Laviano did not produce a touchdown for Rutgers.Laviano was replaced by true freshman quarterback Tylin Oden in the third quarter. The Columbia, Tennessee, native did not fair much better, finishing the game without a pass completion.Weber recorded his best game as a Buckeye to date, churning out 144 yards on the ground and picking up a touchdown on a 46-yard carry. Even with an outstanding output by the Detroit, Meyer jokingly critiqued his running back on a breakaway run Weber was tripped up on.“The guy we had last year would not have been caught,” Meyer said through a smile.Barrett and Weber were replaced with four minutes remaining in the third quarter by redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow and freshman running back Demario McCall.McCall’s second carry of the day resulted in a 20-yard scamper into the endzone, giving him his second career touchdown. Following in the footsteps of Weber, McCall finished the game with 85 yards.Overall, OSU limited the Scarlet Knights to 116 total yards, and prevented Rutgers from finding the entering the red zone through all four quarters. The Buckeyes have now prevented an offensive touchdown in three of four games in 2016.“Everybody’s making plays, and everybody’s having fun,” OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes said. “It’s an exciting feeling knowing that what we practice everyday actually works and be putting it on the field.”The Buckeyes failed to record a turnover for the first time this season. However, the Scarlet and Gray have now produced 400 yards on offense in all four contests so far.With a perfect 4-0 record overall, a 1-0 conference mark and a No. 2 AP ranking, the Buckeyes will return home next Saturday against Indiana at 3:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.
Anderson Packers–19491562 ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION Baltimore Bullets–19471419 Fort Wayne PistonsDetroit Pistons19481495 120015-67Historically awful 150041-41Average Sheboygan Red Skins–19491405 There are just a few NBA-specific parameters to set, which we’ll describe below.The K-factorElo’s K-factor determines how quickly the rating reacts to new game results. It should be set so as to efficiently account for new data but not overreact to it. (In a more technical sense, the goal is to minimize autocorrelation.) If K is set too high, the ratings will jump around too much; if it’s set too low, Elo will take too long to recognize important changes in team quality.We found the optimal K for the NBA to be 20. This is higher than we expected; it’s in the same range as the K used for NFL and international soccer Elo ratings even though the NBA plays far more games than those sports. It’s much higher than the optimal K for baseball. It implies that you ought to give relatively high weight to an NBA team’s recent performance.One way to interpret this is that NBA data is subject to relatively little randomness. This makes it different from sports like baseball and hockey, whose game-by-game results are pretty noisy; in those sports, your default assumption should be that a winning or losing streak is mostly luck. That isn’t so true for basketball. Streaks may reflect true, if perhaps temporary, changes in team quality. When the Atlanta Hawks went on a 19-game winning streak this season, for instance, they were undoubtedly getting a little lucky, but they were probably tougher to beat than at other points in the season.There are still some cases in which Elo seems too slow to catch up to reality, like when Michael Jordan left the Bulls or LeBron James left the Cavs. But remember: Elo is only looking at game scores and not the composition of the roster. If that’s all the information you have, setting Elo to react more quickly to these cases would make it overreact to others. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never dipped below 1508 this year despite its 3-12 start, for instance, and that proved to be prudent since the team went 42-25 the rest of the way and ended the year with an Elo rating of 1583.Home-Court AdvantageHome-court advantage is set as equivalent to 100 Elo rating points. One hundred Elo points is equivalent to about 3.5 NBA points,1As for our NFL Elo ratings, it’s possible to translate NBA Elo ratings into point spreads. Here’s the formula: Take the difference of the two teams’ Elo ratings, add 100 points for the home team and then divide by 28. That gives you a projected margin of victory for the game. For instance, in Game 1 of the 2013-14 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had a 92-point Elo advantage over the Miami Heat, as well as home court, for an overall advantage of 192 Elo points. Dividing that by 28 would make San Antonio roughly 7-point favorites in the game. so that’s like saying the home team would be favored by 3 or 4 points if the teams were otherwise evenly matched.In practice, the magnitude of home-court advantage has waxed and waned over the NBA’s history. Home teams won by an average of 5.8 points in the 1987-88 regular season, for instance, but by just 2.4 points in the past season. And some teams (especially those like Denver and Utah that play at high altitudes) have historically had slightly larger home-court advantages.Still, the spirit of the Elo system is to keep things simple. We experimented with a dynamic home-court advantage rating that changes over time, but we found that it made almost no difference to the overall ratings, partly because each NBA team plays about half its games at home and half on the road. So we’re using the constant 100-point home-court advantage instead.Margin of VictoryElo strikes a nice balance between ratings systems that account for margin of victory and those that don’t. While teams always gain Elo points after wins and lose Elo points after losses, they gain or lose more with larger margins of victory.This works by assigning a multiplier to each game based on the final score and dividing it by a team’s projected margin of victory conditional upon having won the game. For instance, the Warriors’ 4-point margin over the Rockets in Game 1 of this year’s Western Conference finals was lower than Elo would expect for a Warriors win. So the Warriors gain Elo points, but not as many as if they’d won by a larger margin. The formula accounts for diminishing returns; going from a 5-point win to a 10-point win matters more than going from a 25-point win to a 30-point win. For the exact formula, see the footnotes.2The margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows.Take a team’s margin of victory, add 3 points and then take the result to the power of 0.8.Divide the result by the following formula: 7.5+.006*(elo_diff), where elo_diff represents the Elo rating difference between the teams, accounting for home-court advantage. Elo_diff should be negative in games won by the underdog.For instance, in Game 1 of the Warriors-Rockets series, the Warriors entered the game with a an Elo rating 118 points higher than the Rockets’ and had home-court advantage, for an elo_diff of +218. They wound up winning the game by 4 points. Thus, their margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows:What if the Rockets had won by 4 points instead? Since they were underdogs, they’d get a larger multiplier:While this formula may seem clunky, it accounts for the fact that favorites tend to win games by larger margins than they lose them. Failing to correct for this will introduce autocorrelation into the system and make the ratings less stable. See here for further discussion.Year-to-Year Carry-OverInstead of resetting each team’s rating when a new season begins, Elo carries over a portion of a team’s rating from one season to the next. In our NFL Elo ratings, teams retain two-thirds of their rating from the end of the previous season. In our NBA ratings, by contrast, they keep three-quarters of it. The higher fraction reflects the fact that NBA teams are more consistent from year to year than NFL squads.For example, the Miami Heat ended the 2012-13 NBA season with an Elo rating of 1754. The team’s Elo rating for the start of the 2013-14 season is calculated as follows:(.75 * 1754) + (.25 * 1505) = 1692Detail-oriented readers may see something that seems amiss here. Each team’s Elo rating is reverted to the mean, and — as we’ve said — the long-term mean Elo rating is 1500. So why does a slightly different number, 1505, appear in the formula?Expansion, Contraction and MergersThe reason has to do with the way we handle expansion teams. In principle, the implementation of this is pretty simple. Each franchise begins with an Elo rating of 1300 in its inaugural professional season. The reason we revert to a mean of 1505 rather than 1500 is that there are liable to be a couple of relatively recent expansion teams in the league at any given time. Giving established teams a rating very slightly higher than 1500 counteracts the expansion teams and keeps the league average Elo close to 1500 over the long run.But the league average Elo rating will be slightly different from 1500 in any given season, depending on how recently the league has expanded. It was 1504.5 during the 2014-15 NBA season, for instance, slightly higher than the long-term average because the NBA hasn’t expanded much recently.The league average tended to fluctuate more in the early years of the NBA because of constant expansion, contraction and mergers with other leagues. (We’ve learned way more than we wanted to know about the early history of American professional basketball, like that you could have once watched a game between teams named the Indianapolis Kautskys and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.) The league average reached a peak of 1534.5 in 1954-55 after a number of losing teams had disbanded. By contrast, it was just 1440.5 in the 1970-71 season after the NBA expanded rapidly.There’s one other tricky part. We said a team begins with a rating of 1300 in its first professional season. That doesn’t mean its first NBA season. Instead, teams get credit for their performance in predecessor leagues that merged with the NBA:The Basketball Association of America (BAA), which began play in 1946-47, is usually considered the official predecessor of the NBA. So we track all BAA teams’ Elo ratings explicitly, starting them at 1300 in 1946-47.We also track American Basketball Association (ABA) Elo ratings explicitly — yes, that includes The Floridians! — starting them at a rating of 1300 in the ABA’s inaugural season of 1967-68. The year-end adjustment takes care of the rest, allowing the ABA’s performance to gradually improve over time. The four ABA teams that joined the NBA in 1976-77 simply carry over their ratings from ABA. Because these teams — the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets — had been among the more successful ABA franchises, Elo ratings imply that the merger with the ABA did not weaken the NBA much. The four ABA imports averaged a respectable 40-42 record in their first three NBA seasons, in fact.The National Basketball League (NBL) was a competing professional basketball league that began play in 1937-38 and included colorfully named franchises like the Non-Skids. It merged into the BAA in advance of the 1949-50 season, at which point the combined league was renamed the NBA. In fact, most of the better franchises in the early days of the NBA originated in the NBL rather than the BAA, including the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Fort Wayne Pistons. While we could not track down game-by-game results for the NBL, we inferred Elo ratings for NBL teams based on the season standings and playoff results, and these ratings carry over when teams enter the NBA. For instance, the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) begin with a rating of 1458 in their first NBA season in 1949-50.Finally, one early NBA team, the Baltimore Bullets, originated in a third early league, the American Basketball League (ABL). Confusingly, that original version of the Baltimore Bullets bears no relationship with the team that would later play as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1973 (and which is now known as the Washington Wizards). However, Elo gives the original Baltimore Bullets credit for the seasons they played in the ABL.3Since data on the ABL is very hard to come by, the Bullets’ initial rating is simply calculated by starting them with a rating of 1300 and then reverting them toward the mean of 1505 for each season they played in that league. You can find the starting Elo ratings for the Bullets and NBL teams below: 180067-15All-time great 130022-60LOL 140031-51In the lottery Rochester RoyalsSacramento Kings19481535 Minneapolis LakersLos Angeles Lakers19481527 Waterloo Hawks–19491382 Tri-Cities BlackhawksAtlanta Hawks19491430 Teams retain their prior Elo ratings when they change cities or nicknames. This includes the teams now known as the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets. The NBA, in a bit of revisionist history, considers the current Charlotte Hornets (who were known as the Charlotte Bobcats until this season) to “own” the statistics of the team that played as the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-89 through 2001-02, before they moved to New Orleans. We instead link those Hornets seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, who are now the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver Nuggets–19491295 Syracuse NationalsPhiladelphia 76ers19491458 160051-31Playoff bound Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve had a chance to explore our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each NBA and ABA franchise’s performance through every game of its history.So now for the exciting part: 2,000 words about autocorrelation and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.Actually, this won’t be too bad because Elo is a pretty simple formula. The guts of the system are the same as we used for the NFL and which other researchers have applied to competitions ranging from chess to soccer. For those new to Elo, here are its essential features:The ratings depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played (home-court advantage). They include both regular-season and playoff games. The principal source for game-by-game scores is Basketball-Reference.com.Teams always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. They gain more points for upset wins and for winning by wider margins.The system is zero-sum. When the Denver Nuggets gained 30 Elo points by upsetting the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 NBA playoffs, the Sonics lost 30 points.Ratings are established on a game-by-game rather than a season-by-season basis. So you can see changes in a team’s “form” over the course of the year: The Toronto Raptors had a much higher rating early in the 2014-15 season than at the end of it, while the reverse has been true for the Cleveland Cavaliers.The long-term average Elo rating is 1500, although it can vary slightly in any particular year based on how recently the league has expanded (more about that below). More than 90 percent of team ratings are between 1300 (pretty awful) and 1700 (really good), but historically great or truly execrable teams can fall outside that range: Indianapolis Jets–19481366 170060-22Title contender NBL/ABL TEAMCURRENT FRANCHISEFIRST YEAR IN NBA/BAASTARTING ELO
XCMG, one of China’s leading construction machinery manufacturers, says it has “concluded a successful trip to bauma China 2018 by reaching milestone deals with leading international companies, including a $100 million cooperation agreement with KBA…and celebrating the first deliveries of its record-breaking machinery products.” KBA stands for KuzbassBelAvto and it is a major mining and construction industry dealer for XCMG based in Kemerovo, Siberia. XCMG’s cooperation agreement with KBA is says will result in “deals in mining equipment and solutions.”During the event, XCMG delivered the first batch of its GTBZ58S aerial work platforms, which at 58.6 m and with a maximum gradeability of 45%, is the tallest work platform in the world, to Sinopec Heavy Lifting & Transportation Co Ltd (SHLTC).“With the support of global dealers, suppliers and partners, as well as the hardworking XCMG staff, the company is progressing fast in the international market towards the goal of achieving 50% of its revenue from overseas sales,” said Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.Valery Aleksandrovich Tubabba, General Manager of KBA, said at a signing ceremony that “XCMG is one of the most renowned construction machinery multinational corporations in the world, with top-notch mining equipment performance, top quality products and a comprehensive after sales and service network. KBA is a very confident to partner of XCMG.”Developed under the brand’s “Advanced and Endurable” gold standard, the GTBZ58S is among the 14 new aerial work platform products that XCMG showcased at bauma China 2018 and it says represents the company’s new strength in the aerial work sector.XCMG also said it hosted an overseas dealers’ appreciation banquet during bauma China 2018. “The company has experienced explosive growth in the global market with more than $1.3 billion in total export value, which marks a 40% year-on-year increase. Its products are now present in 182 countries and regions.”
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has been criticised for dropping a visit to the US state of Georgia where he would have attended a men-only dinner in the city of Savannah.Gilmore would have attended an anniversary dinner for the Hibernian Society of Savannah tonight had he visited the city which holds one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the States.Previous Fianna Fáil ministers have attended the celebrations in Savannah but the Tánaiste told the Irish Times that he would not be going, saying he did not believe in “segregation either on a gender basis or any other basis”.The Fianna Fáil TD and spokesperson on transport and tourism, Timmy Dooley, said he was disappointed that the Tánaiste had ‘snubbed’ a visit to Savannah in order to avoid the Hibernian dinner.“I find it very disappointing that in the year of The Gathering, the Tánaiste has snubbed the second largest St Patrick’s Day Parade in the USA because he appears to have personal issues with the Hibernian Society,” Dooley said in a statement today.He said that the Hibernian Society of Savannah had been in existence for over 200 years and had tended “to the needs of thousands of Irish immigrants”.Last year the Taoiseach sent a message to the society, saying he regretted that he could not attend its 200th anniversary celebrations: YouTube: John Hohenstein“The Society is a part of Ireland’s Diaspora and has been an integral part of the history of the Irish in the southern part of the US,” Dooley said.The Fianna Fáil deputy said that he respected that the Tánaiste may have issues with the fact it would be an all-male grouping but added that it was a “mistake to snub their St Patrick’s Day dinner”.“It is Ireland’s interests that must come first – not the interests of Minister Gilmore or the Labour Party,” he said, adding that it was an “error of judgement”.The Hibernian Society of Savannah was founded in 1812 for the purpose of offering aid and assistance to needy and Irish immigrants and is one of Savannah’s oldest Irish societies.All of its officers, committee members and former presidents are men according to its website.Pics: From Niagara Falls to the pyramids, landmarks go green for Patrick’s DayRead: Enda Kenny meets Mayor Bloomberg in New York, gives him a teapot
OSMAM BIN LADEN’S son-in-law and former spokesman pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism charges in New York, where he was brought a week ago after a top secret US operation.Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, reportedly a 47-year-old Kuwaiti and allegedly a senior propagandist in the Al-Qaeda network, is accused of conspiring “to kill nationals of the United States.”He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if found guilty.Judge Lewis Kaplan, presiding over Manhattan’s grandest ceremonial courtroom, remanded Abu Ghaith in custody until an April 8 hearing at which a trial date is expected to be set.Abu Ghaith, balding and with a short grey beard, wore a dark blue prison smock and was handcuffed in his first public appearance since being spirited to US soil.Security was visibly heavy, with a beefed up presence of marshals and a bomb sniffing dog in and around the courtroom.Amid mystery about the circumstances of his arrest, one of Abu Ghaith’s court-appointed defense lawyers said he was detained “by United States law enforcement” overseas on February 28, then was brought to New York on March 1.The arraignment took place just a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, where the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 by airliners hijacked by Al-Qaeda militants.The proximity of Ground Zero to Abu Ghaith’s upcoming trial was already raising political tensions.In 2010, the government scrapped a plan to put five Qaeda figures on trial in the same court for plotting the 9/11 attacks, after bitter recriminations from some families of those killed in the World Trade Center.There was also concerted opposition from New York officials, who described the prospect of the trials as a security nightmare. Eventually, the five were sent to the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay.The dispute about terrorism trials in New York is also bound up with President Barack Obama’s failure to make good on a promise to close Guantanamo, and Republican pressure to prevent such a move.Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, lashed out at the White House on Friday, saying Congress should have been told about the surprise arrival of Abu Ghaith. He insisted Guantanamo is “the only place where we should be detaining America’s most dangerous enemy combatants — period.”However, Abu Ghaith’s appearance in a civilian court was welcomed by Daphne Eviatar of Human Rights First.“Today’s efficient arraignment is a far cry from the clumsy military commissions proceedings we see at Guantanamo,” she said in a statement.“Today’s hearing took 17 minutes, the government had already turned over the bulk of its unclassified discovery and the judge announced that he will set a trial date next month,” she added.By contrast, 13 hours were needed for the initial processing of the alleged 9/11 plotters when they got to Guantanamo and no trial date has been set.“The prosecution of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith clearly demonstrates that federal courts are the best venue for federal terrorism trials,” she said.Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the arrest showed that the United States would not give up on tracking down Al-Qaeda members.“No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America’s enemies to justice,” Holder said.“There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”In Friday’s hearing, little new was learned about Abu Ghaith or the circumstances of his capture.Kaplan asked him whether he had funds to pay for his defense and when he said, through an interpreter, that he did not, the judge appointed three attorneys.Lead attorney Philip Weinstein said he’d been able to meet “several times” with Abu Ghaith since his arrival a week ago.Meanwhile, prosecutor John Cronan said Abu Ghaith had given an “extensive post-arrest statement” and that the government was in possession of a number of DVDs and videos featuring the defendant that required translating into English.- © AFP, 2013
When the Raspberry Pi first got announced it promised a tiny computer for an unbelievable $25. And then when the Pi finally launched we only got a $35 version. But last month the Raspberry Pi Foundation finally started producing the $25 Model A board, and if you live in Europe it was possible to purchase one.Now, almost two months later, and it looks as though stock is making its way to the US. The first retailer to offer the boards to an American audience is Allied Electronics, which isn’t adding a premium to the price beyond a shipping charge. Other online retailers are sure to follow soon, but as you’d expect, any stock that appears is disappearing fast.Whether you decide to opt for the $25 Pi over the $35 version depends on your computing needs. Saving $10 means you don’t get an Ethernet port, there’s just a single USB port, and the RAM is cut from 512MB to just 256MB. On the other hand, while you lose connectivity and RAM, you gain a big power saving as the $25 PI only uses a third of the power of its big brother.The delay in getting the $25 Pi launched in the US simply came down to paperwork according to Eben Upton. And as with the original launch, stock will remain tight initially, but every retailer offering the $35 board is probably going to start offering the $25 version in the coming weeks and months. And it shouldn’t take long for stock to catch up with demand.
Stay on target We’ve reached the penultimate episode of the season. With only the finale to go, it was cathartic when someone finally proved to be an unreachable thorn in Varga’s side. Sadly, it was not Gloria Burgle, who could really use a win. Especially after this week. Things don’t start out all bad for her, though they could be better. Emmit confesses to killing his brother, but doesn’t mention anything about Varga or the current state of his business. But hey, at least that’s one mystery solved. For now.The scene where Emmit confesses might be one of this season’s best. It’s just two people talking, but both Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon give stirring performances. You can feel how tormented and heartbroken Emmit is over what happened. He admits that everything Ray said was true. Emmit did trick Ray into taking the car over the stamps, and he’d felt guilty about it ever since. It’s a simple, slow yet captivating scene between two fantastic actors. It made me wish we’d gotten more scenes between the brothers before Ray died. If this guilt had been allowed to surface earlier, maybe we would have been more invested in their feud.Unfortunately, Burgle’s victory doesn’t last long. Varga has a plan to get Emmit out of jail before he can be implicated in anything. He has Meemo kill two other people with the last name of Stussy, first with a piece of glass, second by gluing his mouth and nose shut. By copying the methods of the last two Stussy murders, and making sure to leave evidence behind, they’re able to make Dammik think he’s dealing with a serial killer who switches up his methods. And wouldn’t you know it? The evidence points to a homeless man with a violent past. The man confesses to all four Stussy murders, saying he was molested by a man named Stussy as a child.Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, Ewan McGregor as Emmit Stussy (Photo via FX)All this leads to an infuriating scene where Dammik’s laziness and stupidity reach a new low. Refusing to consider any of Burgle’s evidence, he lays out the neatly-packaged explanation that’s been all but hand-delivered to him. Is he lazy? Stupid? Corrupt? Or does he just not want to believe that a woman would be a better chief of police than he is? Whatever the reason, after telling his very simple story of what happened, he orders Burgle to let Emmit go. His confession must just be a false memory brought on by grief. Burgle knows just how close she is to solving this case, and having it taken from her so abruptly destroys her.She and Winnie Lopez head to the bar, where we’re treated to Carrie Coon’s best scene of the entire season (so far). She just lays everything out for us. She compares herself to the android from her stepfather’s book, wandering the universe saying, “I can help,” but being unable to. She talks about her divorce, how she still doesn’t understand why her husband had to leave. She talks about how technology doesn’t recognize her, and she wonders if she even exists.Such naked character analysis being spoken aloud by the character in question could have been awkward and unnecessary. Coon’s performance makes it work. She delivers the monologue with urgency, and you get the sense she needed this moment to put things into perspective. It also does the same thing for the audience. As the show gets closer to wrapping things up, these one-on-one confessional scenes are an engaging way to make sure all the pieces are in place for the finale. Thankfully, Burgle does get one small victory this episode. After Lopez assures her that she is real, and gives her a long, comforting hug, she goes to the bathroom and finds that the automatic faucet and soap dispenser work for her. Something recognized her as a person. That’s enough to keep her going.Olivia Sandoval as Winnie Lopez, Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle (Photo via FX)Seeing Burgle struggle made it so satisfying to watch someone finally triumph over Varga. Mr. Wrench and Nikki Swango didn’t die or run off to Canada. They’ve spent the last three months preparing to hurt Varga. They hijack his truck, and take a briefcase full of hard drives out. When Nikki tries to ransom the hard drives for a couple of million dollars, she and Wrench are one step ahead of Varga the entire time. They meet in a public place, and Varga has somehow made sure that everyone is wearing the same outfit he is. Nikki guesses he has a sniper trained on her somewhere, and Wrench takes care of him. Varga offers her a job, but she doesn’t want to work for him. She wants to hurt him. Not only is that the coolest line of the episode, it sets up a very important point for the finale: Varga isn’t untouchable. It’s possible that Burgle may not be able to catch him, but we can take some comfort in knowing that Nikki will make his life hell. Either way, things are going to get a lot more difficult for Varga. The episode ends with the IRS auditor from earlier this season being sent a package. Inside are the books for Stussy’s parking company.After a hit-and-miss third season, things seem to be coming together in these last two episodes. Fargo spent this season experimenting with its formula, and only now is it really paying off. We got fantastic emotional moments from Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon, and we’re starting to see how things could wrap up. David Thewlis has a great line when Varga picks Emmit up from the police station: “The problem is not that there is evil in the world. The problem is that there is good. Because otherwise, who would care?” Varga is the most evil antagonist Fargo has had. He’s also especially scary because, using story and propaganda as his weapons, he always seems to win. There’s been a persistent concern that Burgle might not be able to catch him, and that still stands. How do you defeat someone who can manipulate reality with a story? Then, we remember Paul Marrane, who sent Nikki and Wrench on the path they’re currently on. Could he be the good in the world compared to Varga’s evil? And will that be enough to defeat him? We’ll find out for sure where all this leads in next week’s finale. Carrie Coon Joins Infinity War, A Strange Sequel and More MCU NewsFargo Leaves the End of its Story Up to Us
Manchester United will challenge Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to use the match to learn more about his players.Reds Devils will be clashing with third-placed Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium in today and United coach adds that his team are capable of beating anyone.“Of course it will be tough but, then again, we can make it tough for them,” said Ole, when speaking to MUTV during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They [Spurs] have got strengths and weaknesses, as have we, so it’s one of those games that we’ll need, and the cup game against Arsenal, before we go into the Champions League against PSG because that’s the ultimate test.”So, for me, the Spurs game isn’t the be all and end all. Of course it’s important, but it’s preparation for the rest of the season and the way going forward. We’ve won five games and you learn so much by winning but, when you get these tougher games, then you learn more about the personalities and how they deal with these situations.“
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The American Soybean Association (ASA) today joined with other producer groups at a press conference in Washington, D.C., to outline details of what they call the “three pillars”—market access, domestic support and export competition—of successful U.S. trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial that will be held later this week in Cancun, Mexico.The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Grain Sorghum Producers, National Milk Producers Federation, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, USA Rice Federation, and the Wheat Export Trade Education Committee also participated in the conference.”ASA’s support for any final agreement will depend on whether specific objectives are achieved within and between the principal areas of the negotiations,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa.ASA has supported the goals of the Doha mandate, and the direction of the U.S. negotiating position on agriculture, but has stated that the value of any final agreement to U.S. soybean farmers will depend on many details yet to be negotiated. ASA will have a delegation of leaders and staff representing U.S. soybean producers at the Ministerial in Cancun.”The degree to which ASA members will support reductions in trade-distorting domestic programs is dependent on the degree to which market access is improved in both developed and developing countries,” Heck said. “Similarly, the degree to which U.S. producers will support reductions in trade-distorting domestic support is dependent on whether developing countries that are major agricultural exporters agree to accept similar disciplines on their own trade-distorting credit, investment, and tax subsidies.”The U.S. farmer-leaders agreed that market access is the critical element of the Ministerial negotiations. Any final agreement must harmonize tariffs and substantially improve market access for U.S. agricultural exports in both developed and developing countries. Peak tariffs must be capped and reduced over time.”Most of the growth in future demand for agricultural products will occur in developing countries,” Heck said. “For this reason, developing countries must also make substantial improvements in market access and not be allowed to exempt ‘special products’ from required tariff reductions or increases in Tariff Rate Quotas.”At today’s press conference, the U.S. producer group leaders said that domestic support disciplines must be applied consistently to both developed and developing countries that are major agricultural exporters, and that developing countries who are net food exporters must not be allowed to be exempt from production, marketing, risk management and transportation disciplines, or other subsidies that developed countries must discipline.”Countries providing higher levels of trade distorting subsidies must be required to make larger reductions in those support programs,” Heck said. “And expenditures for non-trade distorting policies must not be subject to limits or caps.”In the area of export competition, the groups agree that export subsidies and similar trade-distorting policies like State Trading Enterprises and export monopolies must be eliminated in a timely manner.In addition, Heck said that “parallel” treatment of export subsidies and export credits is inconsistent with the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture and core U.S. negotiating objectives for the Doha Round. It also results in inequitable treatment among commodities when applied on a product-by-product basis. Such “parallelism” must be avoided in favor of a rules-based approach to export credits.”The terms for loan repayment under the U.S. export credit guarantee program must be sufficient to maintain participation by net-food importers in developing countries, and U.S. food aid programs must continue to provide U.S. agricultural commodities and products to food-deficit countries,” Heck said.ASA is a trade group representing 26,000 U.S. soybean farmers. Soybeans were planted on 28 percent of the United States’ cropland this year, and are the highest value U.S. agricultural commodity export. Half the value of the $15 billion U.S. soybean crop is exported each year as whole soybeans, as processed soybean meal and soybean oil, or in the form of value-added foods such as pork, poultry, dairy and fish products.
BRHS students Sydney Grey, Tierney McCormick, Alison Achee, Rylee Johnson, Avery Hoffman, Cyrston Lepore, and Farrah Lieb (right to left) protest for stricter gun laws and stand in support of victims of gun violence on February 28, 2018. (Photo by Amara Freeman/ KYUK)On Wednesday afternoon, students walked out of class at Bethel Regional High School to raise awareness about school shootings and to demand stricter gun laws. Community members, parents, and former school staff joined them. The demonstration lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting two weeks ago.Listen nowTo leave the building you have to pass two pictures: one of a smiling young boy, and the other of a white-haired man. Sophomore Josh Palacios and Principal Ron Edwards were killed in the Bethel school shooting 21 years ago in 1997.Holding handmade signs and wearing orange ribbons, the Bethel students walked past the pictures as they left the building and made their way out into the snow. Bethel Regional High School isn’t a place where a shooting could happen; it’s a place where people hope it doesn’t happen again.“Kids do not need to go to school in fear of their lives,” walkout organizer Kelly O’Brien said. O’Brien is a senior at the school. “Teachers don’t need to be holding weapons, and everyone deserves to be safe and educated.”BRHS class president Tierney McCormick stood by O’Brien’s side and addressed the approximately 100 students who walked out with them.“This is also our first step,” McCormick said. “Unless we continue to push for change, nothing is going to happen. So it’s really up to you to make sure that we keep pushing.”During the walkout, Garrett Lieb stood next to his daughter, Farrah Lieb, a senior at BRHS.“When I seen on the news what happened in Florida, it brought up what happened here in Bethel to me. It all came back,” Lieb said.Garrett Lieb was working at the Bethel school during the 1997 Bethel shooting, and he hid kids who were running for their lives in a warehouse beside the building. The Bethel shooter used a .12-gauge shotgun; recent school gunmen have used semi-automatic rifles. Lieb wants those rifles banned.“Those are killing machines,” Lieb said. “We got guns to get our moose and caribou and stuff like that, but nobody needs guns like that out anywhere.”Reyne Athanas was also working at the Bethel school in 1997. The day of the deaths, she told the shooter, student Evan Ramsey, to put down his gun. At the walkout, Athanas urged students to write letters demanding gun reform, and handed out the addresses and phone numbers of Alaska’s congressional delegation.“They might not think you can vote now, but you will vote one day,” Athanas told the students.With two minutes left of the demonstration, organizer Kelly O’Brien quieted the crowd.“Let’s all have a moment of silence,” O’Brien said, “for not only the Parkland shooting victims, but the shooting victims from our school and all the other shooting victims across the U.S.”
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has reportedly decided to increase train passenger and freight fares in the wake of the cash-strapped Indian Railways struggling to raise its revenue.However, the government is yet to decide on the “timing” of implementation of the hike in fares.The Railways will face additional financial burden of Rs 32,000 crore in the next fiscal year as it has to implement the employee salary hikes recommended by the seventh pay panel, even as the department finds it difficult to reach annual revenue target.”(The) rail coffers are virtually empty. A decision on hiking fares has been taken though railways minister Suresh Prabhu remains undecided on the timing and manner of the announcement,” sources familiar with the matter told the Hindustan Times.The railways freight traffic stayed 7 percent below the target set for the April-December period in the current fiscal year. Passenger bookings were also 5 percent lower than projected.A rise in fares can come directly or indirectly, sources said. The public transporter may hike its services cost if it wants to implement the fare increase indirectly.”The hike will be announced before or after the budget,” the sources told the daily.Increasing fares before or after the budget will help the Railways make more income in the peak travel season, which starts from March.Soon after taking charge in 2014, the NDA government had increased train fares by 14 percent, besides levying the Swachh Bharat cess last year.Last week, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had said that the revenue of Indian Railways would increase by 50 percent over the next five years, as the department is in the process of raising funds from foreign investors.The total income of the Indian Railways went up by 12.16 percent to Rs 1,57,880.5 crore in the last fiscal year ending March 2015, compared to Rs 1,40,761.27 crore in the previous year.
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