Rafael Nadal puts Stefanos Tsitsipas in crosshairs after slaying giantkiller Frances Tiafoe

first_imgAnd Nadal, 32, warned the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who knocked out Roger Federer in the fourth round, to be ready as the Spaniard would be at his best in Thursday evening’s semi-final.“For me is always the same: you are in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, you can’t expect an easy opponent,” he told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Stefanos is one of the best players of the world. To have the chance to be in that final, I need to play my best, and that’s what I am looking for.”Unseeded Tiafoe, 21, had shocked fifth seed Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 20, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion proved too formidable for the popular American in his first major quarter-final. LATEST STORIES Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala aboard missing plane He repeated the lesson at the start of the second, continuing a game plan that seemed to be based on overpowering the speedy young pretender by keeping him pinned to the baseline.‘Barbecued chicken’“I knew he was going to bring crazy intensity, I knew the ball was going to be jumping,” said Tiafoe.Tiafoe was thrust into the global limelight partnering Serena Williams at the recent mixed teams Hopman Cup and the best Grand Slam performance for the youngster prior to this tournament was third round at Wimbledon last year.He was bidding to be the youngest American man to make the semi-finals since Andy Roddick in 2003.The problem was that Tiafoe, who turned 21 on Sunday, was up against the only player in the draw not to have dropped a set.“I knew if he got hold of a forehand, it was going to be barbecued chicken,” said Tiafoe.“But point in, point out, I’ve never seen someone so locked in.”Tiafoe finally forced chances to break at 1-2 in the second set, but Nadal twice held out to keep up an amazing run of not dropping his serve since 5-3 up in third set of his first round tie against James Duckworth.He broke Tiafoe again in the first game of the third set to end any fading hopes that the American could mount a comeback. MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The Spaniard has been in irresistible form in Australia in his first tournament since limping out of the US Open and having foot surgery.“I feel lucky to be where I am after what I went through to be able to compete at this level,” he said.“That’s why I get up in the morning and go to the gym and work hard.”Nadal had never faced the world number 39 before but decided rather than feel his way into the match he would bludgeon Tiafoe from the start.An immediate break of serve was the result and a controlled romp to the opening set in 31 minutes as he imposed his authority.ADVERTISEMENT If Nadal wins his 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne to move two behind Roger Federer he will create his own slice of history.His second Australian Open crown would make him the first man in the Open-era, and only the third of all-time along with Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to win each Grand Slam on two or more occasions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States’ Frances Tiafoe in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Ruthless Rafael Nadal brutally swatted aside a bright young star in the Australian Open quarter-finals Tuesday, before setting his sights on the leading new kid on the block, Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Spanish second seed continued his relentless progress by slaying giantkiller Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just 107 minutes of power-packed, precision tennis.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete PLAY LIST 00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s pre-match message inspired Manchester United: Chris Smalling

first_imgManager Jose Mourinho’s pre-match message of embracing the occasion of playing in front of a packed Old Trafford crowd inspired Manchester United to a 4-1 rout of Premier League champions Leicester City, defender Chris Smalling has said.After back-to-back Premier League defeats by Manchester City and Watford, United were under pressure from their fans and returned to winning ways with Smalling beginning the rout of the champions with a first half header.”The boss really wanted to get the enjoyment factor across,” Smalling told the club’s website (www.manutd.com). “He stressed how there is 70-odd thousand people in the stands who want to be in our shoes and in his shoes. (Also read: Record-signing Paul Pogba on target as Manchester United thrash Leicester 4-1)”It’s a case of realising how lucky we are and how we should go out there and enjoy it. You can see that everyone did enjoy it and the message clearly did get across.”The victory moved United to sixth on the table with 12 points from six games and released the pressure on the club and Mourinho, though his decision to relegate England captain Wayne Rooney to the bench created more speculation.Smalling, however, said the 30-year-old is still the “main man” under Mourinho. (Also read: Polished Paul Pogba leads Manchester United’s rout of Leicester)”He was the same, as in before the game when we’re all getting ready. He is often one of the most vocal and he was the same on Saturday,” Smalling added.advertisement”Regardless of whatever the situation is, whatever game, whether he is on the bench or playing or whatever, he is always that same type of character and that’s why he is England’s main man and our main man.”last_img read more

Asiad TT: Indian men’s team settles for historic bronze after losing to South Korea

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details and Sharath quotes) Jakarta, Aug 28 (PTI) The Indian table tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal after going down 0-3 to South Korea in a lop-sided semifinal at the 18th Asian Games here today. The team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj couldn’t put up a fight against the mighty Koreans, who set up a summit clash against defending champions China in a repeat of 2014 edition. G Sathiyan, ranked 39, suffered a 11-9 9-11 3-11 3-11 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game as India lagged 0-1. The experienced Sharath Kamal, word No 33, was then entrusted with the responsibility to bring India back in the game, but he went down 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11 after a valiant fight to Young Sik Jeoung in the second match, as South Korea led the tie 2-0. In the deciding third game, Amalraj was beaten 5-11 7-11 11-4 7-11 by 22-year-old Woojin Jang as South Korea clinched the tie 3-0. Sharath opened up with a good lead only to surrender midway as he led 7-4 and then let Jeoung level at 9-9 before allowing two easy points on Korean’s service. In the second, too, the Indian led briefly but the Korean went 8-4 up only to lose the advantage when Sharath made it 9-9. Yet again, Sharath failed to claim the two crucial points with serve on. But Sharath did not give up and won the third and fourth games with utmost ease, as he led more than comfortably in both.advertisement With the decider on, the Korean switched himself on to a cruise mode and beat Sharath with sheer speed. Sharath did have his chance but he missed the return when he could have made it 7-8 to give a twist to the tale. But a few unforced errors made things easy for Jeoung. A disappointed Sharath agreed that he missed the chance of levelling the score. “I should have taken the tie, but few mistakes at crucial junctures upset me really. Maybe, it (a win in the tie) would have give us a semblance of chance,” he said at the end of the match. He, however, was happy with the way India played overall. “It was good to go home with a medal. All team members are more than happy to reach the podium,” he added. India did not have a single medal in the sport which was introduced in the Games program in 1958. The likes of China (61 gold), Japan (20) and South Korea (10) dominated the medals tally for a long time. PTI ATK AHlast_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Ambati Rayudu flops as Kerala beat Hyderabad, Goa defeat Jharkhand

first_imgVijay Hazare Trophy: Ambati Rayudu flops as Kerala beat Hyderabad, Goa defeat JharkhandVijay Hazare Trophy: In the Elite Group A game, Chhattisgarh continued its winning run after beating Andhra by 56 runs. Elsewhere, Ambati Rayudu fell for 0 as Kerala beat Hyderabad.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 20:07 IST Ambati Rayudu had earlier made a U-turn on his retirement. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmbati Rayudu was dismissed for 0 as Kerala beat Hyderabad by 62 runsMeanwhile, Chhattisgarh continued its winning run in the Vijay Hazare TrophyIn another Group A match, Goa defeated Jharkhand by 42 runsIn his much-awaited comeback after taking a U-turn on his retirememt, Ambati Rayudu once again failed to make an impact with the bat as the all-rounder fell for 2-ball duck as Kerala defeated Hyderabad by 62 runs in a Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.In Elite Group A match at Alur on Sunday, right-arm medium pacer K M Asif impressed with the ball and returned with figures of 4-34 as he rattled the Hyderabad batting order to haul Kerala to a win.In the third match of the Elite Group A held at Just Cricket here, Goa defeated Jharkhand by 42 runs to bag four points.In the Elite Group A game on the same day, Chhattisgarh continued its winning run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, beating Andhra by 56 runs.Asked to bat first, Chhattisgarh, who had stunned defending champions Mumbai on Saturday, crawled to 268/9 in their allotted 50 overs at the Alur cricket stadium II near here.After opener Jiwanjyot Singh (16) fell early, Shashank Chandrakar (54) and one-down Ashutosh Singh (75) rallied the innings with their 50-run stand for the second wicket.Shashank and skipper Harpreet Singh Bhatia (16) fell cheaply, but that did not deter Ashutosh from playing his shots as he completed his 50 in 71 balls. His 93-ball knock had six fours.But the Andhra bowlers made a significant comeback as they did not allow the opposition batsman to settle. Ashutosh walked back to the pavilion, following which Amandeep Khare (27) also fell early. Then only Shashank Singh made a quick- fire 45 off 25 balls, with two fours and four sixes, to ensure that his team got past the 260-run mark.advertisementThe chase began well for Andhra as their openers conjured 48 for the first wicket before Ashwin Hebber (22) was caught by Puneet Datey off Shashank Singh. Another opener D B Prashanth Kumar (44) and K S Bharat also fell as Andhra were in a spot of bother at 90-3.Chhatisgarh bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals and the Andhra innings eventually folded up at 212, way short of their target. Shashank Singh, an offie (3-37) was the pick of the bowlers, while right-arm medium pacer Puneet Datey (2-40) and slow-left arm orthodox Ajay Mandal (2 -34) grabbed two wickets each.Also Read | Vijay Hazare Trophy: Chandigarh stun Mumbai, KL Rahul shines in Karnataka winAlso Read | Vijay Hazare Trophy: Vijay Shankar smacks 91 in Tamil Nadu’s seven-wicket win over BiharFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

CJI Ranjan Gogoi to visit Srinagar if necessary

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Monday said he will visit Srinagar and oversee the functioning of the High Court. This, after allegations that the high court was not accessible for litigants.”It is a very, very serious matter if people are unable to approach the High Court, I will myself visit Srinagar,” Gogoi said. The top court also directed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice to submit a report on whether the High Court is accessible to litigants or not in the wake of restrictions put in place following the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Justice Gogoi also warned the petitioners to be ready to face the ‘consequences’ if the HC chief justice’s report was contrary to their plea. The plea was filed by child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly alleging difficulty in accessing the High Court. The Supreme Court was hearing a bunch of petitions regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Centre revoking the special status granted to it under Article 370 of the Constitution. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The court granted permission to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramullah and Jammu districts to enquire about the well being of his family members. In a separate plea, the top court issued notice to the Centre on the detention of former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The top court also directed the Centre to ensure normalcy is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Pembina buying Kinder Morgan Canada and US portion of Cochin pipeline

first_imgCALGARY — Pembina Pipeline Corp. has signed a deal to buy Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline system in an agreement it valued at a total of about $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.The deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US. Companies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Teenager who died in care was under the age of two when

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe life and death of a 17-year-old First Nations girl is the subject of a new ‘disturbing’ report released by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth.The report titled In Need of Protection: Angel’s Story documents the teen’s, who is only referred to by her first name, involvement with Child and Family Services beginning at the age of one and ending with her tragic death in 2015.“From the time she was an infant Angel was exposed to persistent abuse, neglect and violence,” Daphne Penrose told reporters Thursday.The report provides a harrowing timeline of Angel’s involvement with the child welfare system.It paints a picture of a short and tragic life grounded trauma and the series of systems who failed her.The first time Angel was sexually assaulted she was just 21 months old.The assaults would continue until her death.By the age of 12 she was apprehended 14 times, and she went through 46 different placements in her life.The report documents she used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain.She was 11 when she first attempted suicide.In fall of 2015 Angel died from an accidental drug overdose.She was in care at the time of her death.“Her story as you read it is one that stands out as a shocking reminder that too many children and youth in our communities are subject to immense trauma and are taken too soon,” said Penrose.Throughout her life Angel was allowed to return to live with her mother but Penrose’s investigation found the mother was not provided any supports to help care for Angel as she was suffering from her own traumas.“There wasn’t enough assessment done to determine whether or not mom had the capacity to safely parent and then to find an alternative permanent family placement or alternative placement for her,” said Penrose.Penrose makes six recommendations in the report including the need for specialized mental health and addiction supports for youth.She said her office found 24 instances where outside agencies determined Angel required mental health support but found child welfare workers didn’t follow through.She also expressed the need for more protection for youth at risk of being sexually exploited as it is a ‘right now’ problem.Her investigation found Angel started seeking help when she was eight-years-old but everyone around her were unable to recognize the signs.The report also featured the stories of seven exploited youth Penrose’s office is currently dealing with.“It wasn’t a situation that happened just to Angel. This is happening to hundreds of young girls in our province right now,” said Penrose.Penrose said she presented her report and recommendations to department officials a few weeks ago but the office of Manitoba’s Families Minister Heather Stefanson said they weren’t “privy to those discussions.”In a statement Stefanson wrote, “MACY’s recommendations require a whole of government response and senior officials from multiple departments will develop responses and discuss options to collaborate on a sexual exploitation public awareness campaign.”“They plan to meet with the advocate to discuss ways to collaborate.”This is the second child death report publicly released after the province made changes to the child welfare legislation allowing the advocate to release her reports.The advocate’s office is working on another eight cases.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Moroccan FM Calls on South Africa to Work With Morocco for

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita has urged South Africa to work with Morocco to achieve a better climate for cooperation, in an interview with the South African weekly newspaper the Sunday Times.Citing their geographical location and continental sense of belonging, Bourita emphasized that Pretoria and Rabat should not experience bilateral problems.Tension between the two countries climaxed in 2014 when Pretoria recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). South Africa continues to support the Polisario Front. South Africa’s latest move to undermine Morocco’s territorial integrity was in March, when it co-hosted a hostile meeting with Namibia to express support for Polisario’s independence claims.Commenting on the event, Bourita said that the symposium was against the “UN process aimed at finding a solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.”He added, “South Africa, as a member of the international community, must help with the necessary neutrality.”In a spirit similar to Morocco’s dialogue initiative to Algeria in 2018 to break a political stalemate, Bourita emphasized Morocco’s support for the fight of the South African people “against the apartheid regime.”The Moroccan official also recalled the friendly ties which connected Morocco with South African leader Nelson Mandela.“We do not share the same borders, we do not have territorial problems,” Bourita said.Bourita argued that the problems between Morocco and South Africa are due to Pretoria’s position on a conflict in a “region located hundreds of kilometers away, a position that runs counter those of the United Nations and the African Union.”Ahead of the hostile symposium held by South Africa and Namibia in March, Pretoria’s President Cyril Ramaphosa had vowed to support the “struggle” of the Sahrawi people.Read Also: Western Sahara: South African Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Headlong Rush to Disrupt the UN ProcessAddressing Pretoria, Bourita said: “Normally, if you are a country that works within the framework of the international community, you should help without bias or siding with a party.”In 2017, German news outlet Deutsche Welle said that the “cultural heritage between Morocco and South Africa should enable the two parties to move forward.”Bourita made the same argument, noting the countries have important economies in Africa.Bourita added that both countries are “called upon to join hands to help Africa move towards the continent’s economic emergence.”Western Sahara should not be compared to Middle East issuesBourita argued that the UN had clearly defined the parameters in which a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara should be fulfilled.Bourita added that the UN framework calls for a “realistic, pragmatic, durable solution that is based on compromise.”Bourita also stressed that the conflict over Western Sahara should never be compared to issues in the Middle East, such as the Palestinian case.“In Palestine, the UN has adopted a resolution calling for a two-state solution. Regarding the Sahara, there is a political process to find a settlement with Algeria,” he said.Bourita added that Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories is globally recognized as an occupation.Marrakech conference on Western SaharaMorocco recently hosted the African Ministerial Conference on AU Support for the UN Political Process on the Regional Dispute over the Sahara in parallel with South Africa’s hostile symposium against Morocco’s territorial integrity in March.Bourita commented on Morocco’s event held in Marrakech, emphasizing that the conference was a measure to show that 37 African countries support Morocco’s position and that “the Pretoria conference should not be considered as a reference to the African position.”Bourita added that the Marrakech event intended to show that the Pretoria conference was a means to “divide Africa,” recalling the consensus reached at the 2018 31st AU summit in Nouakchott to support the UN’s exclusive role in mediating the Western Sahara conflict.“Who divides Africa? Who decided that those who oppose Morocco should meet?” the minister asked.“Our message was that unity was in Marrakesh and division was in Pretoria,” the Moroccan official said. read more

Mahinda has majority support in SLFP says SB

However he said the goal of the UPFA is now to defeat the UNP at the election and form the next Government under a new Prime Minister.Dissanayake, who had joined the SLFP-UNP coalition Government under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe this year after supporting Rajapaksa at the January 8 election, said the Government had failed in several fronts, including in ensuring the development of the country was taken forward.He said that after the August 17 Parliament election, the Parliamentarian who has the majority support of Parliament will be appointed as the new Prime Minister and he will work with the President to take the country forward. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member S B Dissanayake says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has the support of a majority of the members in the SLFP.Speaking in Kandy, Dissanayake said that the defection of a few SLFP members to support the United National Party (UNP) will not hurt the party. He said that some differences of opinion had however arisen during the discussions and those who failed to agree with the stand taken, had decided to support the UNP at the election and after the election they will consider working with the UPFA again.Dissanayake said that the Jathika Hela Urumaya and Minister Rajitha Senaratne played a key role in ensuring a change took place at the January 8 Presidential election and their contributions cannot be forgotten. He said that while there are a few SLFP members who are supporting President Maithripala Sirisena, there is a majority of SLFP members who still back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Dissanayake said that after several rounds of talks between the SLFP members who back Sirisena and those who support Rajapaksa, it was decided to contest the August 17 Parliament election with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in order to ensure the unity of the party. read more

British engine manufacturing down 63 in March as production for domestic market

British engine production down -6.3% in March with 244,201 units manufactured.Demand at home and abroad down -14.1% and -1.5% respectively.Q1 output down -7.6% overall driven by double digit -15.1% fall in domestic market.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,An eleventh successive month of decline in engine production for domestic vehicle assembly shows the underlying weakness of UK automotive manufacturing given the political instability and erosion of confidence. Exports, however, are holding up better, down only -3.0% in Q1 and taking almost two-thirds of all output so far this year. Once again, this reinforces the importance of maintaining free and frictionless trade with our key export markets and the importance of securing a favourable Brexit deal, fast, cannot be overstated.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The NFL Is Botching Kickoff Returns

Citing concerns about safety, the NFL adopted a rule change last offseason that moved touchbacks on kickoffs five yards out to the 25-yard line, ostensibly to reduce the number of kick returns, though perhaps with the added benefit of juicing the league’s offense.For its stated purpose, the effect of the rule change has been underwhelming. Of non-onside kickoffs this season, 39 percent have been returned. While this is an all-time low, it’s only down from 42 percent last season, which was already well below the 52 percent average from 2011-14, which was way below the average before the tee placement for kickoffs was moved to the 35-yard line in 2011. It’s not clear that this decline is any greater than what we would have expected if the rule change on returns hadn’t been adopted, based on the ongoing kicker improvement that has been taking place across the board.While there are multiple issues at play, the main reason the change hasn’t been more effective is straightforward: Despite kick returns out of the end zone being rendered a demonstrably worse bet, teams keep trying them.Below is a chart showing the league average starting field position for standard kickoff returns1Meaning returns from non-onside kickoffs kicked from the 35-yard line, excluding returns that ended in a lost fumble. from near the end zone: In 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned 24 percent of kickoffs out of the end zone, and had the seventh-worst average starting field position in the league. In 2016, they have the lowest return rate from the end zone in the league at just under 9 percent3Jacksonville returned 8.7 percent to the Carolina Panthers’ 9.3 percent. and are tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the second-best starting field position after those kickoffs (both 0.8 yards better than if they’d taken the touchbacks). Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears went from returning 37 percent in 2015 to returning 48 percent in 2016. Yet, despite seeing their starting field position improve from the 23-yard line to the 24-yard line, their advantage fell from being tops in the league (by a wide margin) to being 20th — and one of the 25 teams that would have been better off always taking a knee.Further complicating matters, kickoffs that drop short of the goal line seem to be better for the kicking team than touchbacks (as you can see on the first chart above). Before the new rule came into play, the league anticipated that coaches and kickers might try to game the system by kicking just short of the end zone. This seems to have happened, at least somewhat, with 79 percent of kickoffs going into the end zone this season, down from 87 percent last season. That’s a low mark since the kickoff spot was moved in 2011 (in a stat that had been on the rise). But the fact that teams have been willing to inefficiently return out of the end zone may have limited the incentive to try.If this rule stays, it’s likely that teams will adjust eventually on both sides, meaning fewer returns out of the end zone but fewer kicks into the end zone, as well. Kickoffs may essentially go the way of punts, with how often a kicker pins the opposing team inside the touchback line (“In 25”) becoming an important stat for kickoff specialists.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This chart doesn’t give any bonus value to touchdowns, which are slightly more valuable than their equivalent in yardage, though it also doesn’t reflect returns with fumbles lost (which are rare, but still considerably more common than return touchdowns). While some endgame situations may arise where even a bad return is worth trying, and perhaps some of those returns were legitimate responses to openings presented by the kick-coverage unit, ultimately there is no reason to be significantly under the red line save poor judgment. If the entire league had simply taken a knee on these 356 kickoffs it returned out of the endzone, it would have saved a combined 1,108 yards of field position.Kick returners have been more judicious this season — just 23 percent of standard kickoffs have been returned from the end zone, compared with 33 percent last year2That 33 percent was also down from the 42 percent between 2011 and 2014. — but little has changed about the average result of such returns, other than whether they’re worth it.Some teams appear to be figuring this out and have been rewarded as a result. Others have declined the free yards and continued running it out, and they have been punished accordingly: read more

Google Adds an ASCII Mode to Its VirusTotal Malware Scanning Service

first_imgStay on target If you need to check a file someone sent you to make sure it’s malware-free, VirusTotal is one of the best places you can go for some reassurance. It’s even better in the new retro-tastic ASCII mode.While it might look like the kind of Easter egg Google enjoys sneaking into its apps from time to time, it’s not just a fun little diversion. It’s a stripped-down version of VirusTotal that allows browsers that don’t support the full JavaScript experience.Google also cut back connections to third-party libraries to the bare minimum and there’s not a single image on the page.The result is an app that works nicely in text-based browsers like Lynx and newer browsers that just have JavaScript disabled for security or privacy reasons. It also loads in about half the time that the full version does.VirusTotal ASCII site in ‘Sci-Fi’ style (Photo Credit: VirusTotal)You can still jazz things up a little if the black and white color scheme isn’t your thing. BleepingComputer shared a handy list of style codes you can append to the URL: retro, 1337 (naturally), sci-fi, bright, and cute. ‘Sci-fi’ adds a nice cyan glow. ‘Cute’ adds a splash of pink. Use ‘1337’ for the classic green-on-black look.Files you submit are still processed the same way they would be by the full version of VirusTotal. Anything you submit gets checked by dozens of different anti-malware engines.VirusTotal ASCII site in ‘Cute’ style. (Photo Credit: VirusTotal)Just about every major security software provider pitches in: AVG, ESET, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec… Upload a file and VirusTotal will make sure it’s analyzed by them all.Apart from providing you with a generous amount of peace-of-mind, VirusTotal gives those companies ready access to samples that they might not have encountered otherwise. That’s great for all of us — the more they share, the more sophisticated the protection they can offer.More on Geek.com:Japan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 OlympicsUS Newspapers Stymied By Cyber AttackEpic Games Calls Out Google for Revealing Fortnite Vulnerability 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

KUSI Exclusive live interview with Congressman Duncan D Hunter

first_imgKUSI Exclusive live interview with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s been the toughest day of his political career. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter defends himself in studio regarding his recent indictment on campaign finance violations.The indictment alleges the couple used more than $250,000 to finance family trips, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets and even fast food purchases.“This is politics. This is them going after me in a way that they could not beat me in an election. The Department of Justice now does the bidding of Democrats within government. You see it with Trump, and you see it right now with me” the Congressman said.Congressman Hunter and his wife both pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses.Congressman Hunter reaffirms his supporters that he is not backing down from these allegations saying, “We are not quitting. We’re going to win, we’re going to take it to him. My constituents know me, they trust me. And again, all of these things in the indictment, it’s whatever they want to say without any back and forth with me. I haven’t talked with them for a year and a half, and they pull just two months out from the election. There’s no way to clear my name in this amount of time. This is clearly to get my Socialist-Democrat opponent elected in a seat where Democrats could not win ever, unless the Department of Justice helps them out a little bit. And they’re doing so.” August 23, 2018 Updated: 6:17 PM Posted: August 23, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter RELATED STORY: Congressman Duncan D. Hunter in Federal Court for arraignment Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Condé Nast Layoffs A Roundup So Far

first_imgUPDATE: Another day, another layoff story (or two). Now, news comes that Wired has been hit and that Glamour is suffering more losses. Style.com is feeling the pinch, too. When I spoke with Townsend on October 6, he said 180 people had lost their jobs. That number is climbing.It’s like Condé has taken a page out of the Time Inc. playbook. Jaws dropped late last year when the mega publisher said it was axing up to 600 jobs as part of a major restructuring. After the announcement, news of more and more and more layoffs were unveiled in slow motion. It must have been a killer for employee morale.The same is happening this year at Condé Nast. While the story(ies) are a boon for some media reporters, I can’t imagine working there and anticipating a pink slip today. Or maybe tomorrow. Or perhaps—well, no one really knows when.And the cuts might continue. A Condé Nast spokesperson told me the company is “not commenting on specific reductions or overall numbers.” She also declined to comment when I asked if Condé was all done reconfiguring its workforce structure. Oh boy. In his memo to staffers announcing the closure of Gourmet, Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride, CEO Chuck Townsend said that workforce reductions were “underway throughout the company.” He wasn’t lying. What he didn’t mention was that the cuts would be made at a painfully slow pace.The first to be let go, of course, were those employees who worked at the affected magazines. But then came news that its surviving bridal title Brides reduced its workforce by 12 people. Before the week was done, Condé Nast Digital was said  to have cut 15 positions.And the layoffs continued to roll. The following week, 14 people were let go between Vogue and sister fashion magazine W. Vanity Fair reportedly lost “a handful” of staffers and Glamour was said to have “trimmed staff,” too. Cuts also came from the company’s corporate sales efforts under the Condé Nast Media Group. The most recent layoffs came last week: Condé’s Golfing Group cut 19 people. last_img read more

Senate Blocks Attempt to Restrict Use of OCO Funds

first_imgIn the most significant policy battle the Senate expects to face as it debates the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, the chamber on Tuesday rejected a Democratic effort to stop lawmakers from authorizing the use of tens of billions of dollars in extra war funds to sidestep the statutory spending caps in a 46-51 vote.Following the vote, it’s not clear whether Senate Democrats will try to block the annual policy bill, S. 1376, from advancing in the chamber. Afterwards, Democrats vowed to stop the GOP from going ahead with its strategy to offer the Pentagon budget relief by adding funds to its overseas contingency operations (OCO) account while ignoring domestic agencies by blocking progress on spending bills.“I don’t know what will happen,” Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters when asked whether Democrats would filibuster the bill if the vote failed. “I think I know what our plan is on appropriations; it’s not as clear on defense authorization,” he said, reported the Hill.Tuesday’s vote took up an amendment from Jack Reed (R.I.), ranking member on Senate Armed Services, which would have restricted the use of $38 billion added to the OCO account unless Congress lifted the discretionary spending caps on defense and non-defense spending. S. 1376 authorizes a total of $89 billion for the OCO account; the Obama administration had requested only $51 billion.“There are many good reforms in the NDAA but they are compromised by the inefficient, irresponsible OCO budget gimmick,” Reed said in a written statement. “Sending the president a bill to veto just leads to more government by crisis, and another partisan legislative cliff,” Reed added. Prior to the vote, John McCain (R-Ariz.), Senate Armed Services chair, urged senators not to make the authorization bill a “hostage” for a dispute over spending, reported CQ.“The NDAA is a policy bill. It can’t solve the Budget Control Act,” McCain said. “It deals only with defense issues, and it doesn’t spend a dollar.”The budget framework adopted by congressional Republicans for FY 2016 endorses the strategy of relying on the OCO account as a way of meeting the total dollar amount of the president’s budget request for DOD without adjusting the Budget Control Act limits. But Democrats in both chambers, along with the White House, have opposed the maneuver in a bid to bring the GOP to the negotiating table.“We shouldn’t wait to solve this problem. We need to get to the table now and work together to eliminate the threat of sequestration, just as every single military leader has asked us to do,” Reed said.  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 16 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, July 16, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Areas of dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.Municipal Meeting: The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Pete The Cat Musical Adventure Party at 10am. Stop Motion Animation at 2pm. PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. Minecraft Mondays at 7pm.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Caregivers Group at 10:30am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For June 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Wildcat Summer Camps Have Best Year Yet 500 Kids Participate

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This summer’s sports camps offered by the Wilmington High School’s Athletic Department had the highest participation rate, total revenue and total profit since the camps began in 2009. Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero announced the news to the Wilmington School Committee at their meeting last week.In its tenth year, the camps brought in $85,185 in total revenue and $48,395 in profit, an increase of more than $4,100 from last year.501 children participated in the camps, an increase of 5 students over last summer.Nine camps were offered this summer: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Volleyball, “All Sports,” Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Track.Two additional camps — Boys and Girls Lacrosse — were cancelled due to low enrollment.“Because of the number of no school days this past school year, there was a delay in the start of all the athletic camps. As a result of the delay, these two camps were scheduled to run into early August which likely was the cause of the low enrollment,” explained Ruggiero.The cost of the camps were $175 per week for each sport, with the exception of Track and Volleyball, which cost $150.  Additional camp enrollment was discounted $25 per clinic.All funds generated by the camps are designated to the Athletic Department.“As we look to the future, we will continue to make some modifications/betterments to the camps and we are sure they will continue to grow,” added Ruggiero.Several School Committee members offered praise for the program and complimented Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts and his predecessor, Ed Harrison, for organizing the camps.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWildcat Athletic Summer Camps Attract 519 Kids; Generate $44K Profit For WHS Athletic DepartmentIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Summer Camps Have Best Year Yet, Nearly 500 Kids ParticipatedIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Sports Camps Have Best Summer YetIn “Education”last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (September 11-September 18):VIDEO: Tewksbury Marks 17th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks With VigilOberg, Rockies Stay Hot Down The StretchFriday Night Thriller! Redmen Rally Past Methuen, 31-30Tewksbury Lights Up Gazebo For Substance Abuse And RecoveryTake Part In Tewksbury’s 10th Annual Zero Waste Daylast_img read more

Iran releases 9 Indians from detained ship 45 sailors await repatriation

first_img Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian officials met the 18 crew Indian crew members in Iranian seized ship, Stena Impero on Thursday.V. Muraleedharan/TwitterIran has released 9 out of 12 Indian crew members who were on board the ship MT Riah that was detained in the first week of July. The UAE ship was seized by the Iranian authorities for allegedly smuggling Iranian fuel.Around 45 Indian crew members from three vessels — MT Riah, Stena Impero and Grace 1 — have been detained by the UK and Iran authorities over alleged violations of international maritime security regulations.British authorities detained Iranian tanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar earlier this month based on suspicion that the vessel was carrying oil to Syria, violating European Union sanctions. The ship had as many as 24 Indian crew members.The Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a British oil tanker, Stena Impero, which had 18 Indians on board. Another UAE-owned ship MT Riah, carrying 12 Indians, was also detained by Iran for smuggling oil from the country.  While nine Indian crew members of MT Riah were released on Thursday, the remaining three Indian nationals including the captain of the ship are in the process of being repatriated, according to officials. The crew members detained in Grace 1, which includes 24 Indians, were earlier granted consular access by the UK. A team comprising Indian diplomats in London met the Indian crew and staff on board Grace 1, said the Ministry of External Affairs.”What we saw was the crew members were very calm, very composed. There was no sense of panic, they were doing fine,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters on Thursday:”They have been in regular touch with their family members. We assured them that the government of India would take all necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation”, he added.The 18 Indian crew members on board the Iranian seized tanker, Stena Impero, were also granted consular access by Iranian authorities on Thursday, said Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan.All of them are fine, the minister said, adding India will continue to take necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation.center_img Closelast_img read more

Indian economy enjoying Goldilocks moment Are we going the US way

first_imgIndian workers store steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian economy is enjoying a Goldilocks moment as growth is picking up without spiking inflation, which allows a market-friendly monetary policy.The latest data showed that factories increased production faster while retail inflation eased for the second straight month in February.India’s industrial production rose 7.5 percent in January, beating estimates of a 6.4 percent rise and a growth of 7.1 percent in December. Meanwhile, consumer price inflation eased for the second straight month in February to 4.44 percent.The inflation data brought some temporary cheer to the bond investors – many of whom are state-run banks and are facing losses as much as $3 billion.It also raised optimism that the central bank, which has kept rates steady since a 25-basis-point cut in August, would hold rates at their current level next month.Overall the economic recovery looks on track and investment too seems to be reviving.And this comes on the back of a broader trend that is emerging globally.Last week’s U.S. jobs data showed strength in the American economy while easing fears of inflation. Friday’s labor data for February helped assuage some worries about the pace and intensity of Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes this year.With domestic and global data suggesting a pickup in economic growth, analysts believe that stock markets in India will extend their recent gains but economic indicators will remain a deciding factor for the market momentum.Investors will get a second indication of inflation this week, with an update on consumer prices due Tuesday followed by retail sales on Wednesday, which could provide more insight into the strength of U.S. growth.last_img read more