Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses While the result put group leader Nigeria’s hopes on hold, it definitely ended Cameroon’s, meaning the one-time World Cup quarterfinalist’s revival to win the African Cup of Nations in February was short-lived. The draw that sealed Cameroon’s World Cup fate came three days after it was beaten in Nigeria 4-0, a result that did not befit the African titleholder.There was one other qualifier in Africa on Monday, when Libya produced a big surprise to beat Guinea 1-0 in a game played in neutral Tunisia.GROUP AFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLibya had a heart-breaking experience in Guinea last week when it fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 only to concede three minutes into injury time as Guinea won 3-2.This time, Libya scored first through Hamdou Mohamed and held on, playing the last half-hour with 10 men after Mohammed al-Gadi’s red card. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cameroon’s goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa helps injured Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIThe African champion won’t be in Russia for next year’s World Cup.Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the final round of qualifying in Africa after drawing with Nigeria 1-1 at home on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season LATEST STORIES Nigeria, showing some long-needed consistency, remained unbeaten in the final round of qualifying and will make certain of a place at Russia with a win over Zambia next month in its penultimate qualifying game.The five group winners will be Africa’s World Cup qualifiers. Tunisia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Uganda are the group leaders and if that stays the same there will be two World Cup debutants from Africa next year in Burkina Faso and Uganda. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC After collecting its first points of the group stage, Libya still has a chance of qualifying for the World Cup — albeit a very, very remote one.Tunisia leads Group A by three points ahead of Congo. Those two meet on Tuesday.GROUP BNigeria led in Yaounde through Moses Simon’s 30th-minute goal.Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon’s match-winner in the African Cup final, equalized with a penalty in the 75th.Cameroon pushed hard in the last 15 minutes as a World Cup place slipped away, with Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa pulling off a double save in the dying minutes to deny Arnaud Djoum and Collins Fai.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
Ex-Wolves midfielder Andrews slams Liverpool pair Sturridge, Shaqiriby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves midfielder Keith Andrews was unimpressed by Liverpool for their FA Cup defeat on Monday.Andrews pulled no punches when looking back on the match and picked out Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri for particular criticism.Speaking to Off The Ball, Andrews said: “A few of those Liverpool players need to have a good look in the mirror after their performances, some of them were shocking, they’re fringe players and it shows they haven’t got the strength in depth.”There’s talk of Sturridge getting a new contract, but I don’t know where that’s come from.”Shaqiri only got going when the big boys came on, he was having a sulk up. Fabinho at the back, forget about it.“I wanted to bring up that issue from that game, I wasn’t watching it in depth, it was on at home, the first half, in particular, was horrendous.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has commended Jamaica’s diplomatic partners for their contribution to the country’s social and economic progress.He noted that the achievements “in the past year [have] not been accomplished by our national efforts alone, but by collaboration and partnerships from many of your countries, which complemented our own commitment and hard work”.“It is through your noble endeavours that together we have established and continue to build and fortify shared pathways to sustainable development,” he said.The Governor-General was addressing the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner at King’s House on March 14.Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Lady Allen, before the start of the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s House on Thursday (March 14).Diplomatic Week, spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, was observed from March 12 to March 15.The Governor-General, in his address, said that the Week is a time to reflect on the commonalities that underpin Jamaica’s ties with other countries.He noted that Jamaica “is blessed to have a talented, robust, and vibrant diplomatic corps, and we are grateful. We work together in pursuit of mutually agreed foreign policy goals”.The Governor-General welcomed the new heads of missions, including non-resident heads, noting that the accreditation of the diplomats “reflects the level of high esteem and mutual respect that their countries enjoy with Jamaica”.He extended congratulations to the new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency Guy Sevrin.Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), greets Ambassador of Belgium and new Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Guy Sevrin. Occasion was the annual Diplomatic Week Cocktail Reception and Dinner for resident and non-resident High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Jamaica, at King’s house on Thursday (March 14).“I am confident, Ambassador, that the corps stands to benefit greatly from your leadership in the months ahead,” he said to Ambassador Sevrin.The Governor-General told the diplomats that they enjoy a “unique privilege and responsibility to serve their respective countries at the national and international levels, but more importantly, through collaborative processes where you can make a much more significant and positive difference globally”.
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau hit the reset button on his government’s controversial small-business tax reforms Monday but the awkward spectacle of the prime minister sidelining his finance minister, along with mushrooming questions about Bill Morneau’s personal financial arrangements, suggests the political crisis roiling Liberal ranks isn’t over just yet.Indeed, the controversy has morphed into a test of credibility for Morneau, Trudeau’s most important minister, the architect of the Liberals’ economic agenda and the chief salesman for the tax reforms.At a news conference to announce that the government will belatedly honour its promise to cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent, reporters asked as many questions about why Morneau hasn’t put his substantial assets in a blind trust as they did about the tax measures.Trudeau didn’t help matters by initially insisting on fielding questions directed specifically to Morneau, who stood by watching while the prime minister defended his beleaguered minister’s ethics.“You have to ask a question of me first because you get a chance to talk to the prime minister,” Trudeau told one reporter before finally allowing Morneau to explain that he has followed “to the letter” the recommendations of ethics commissioner Mary Dawson for dealing with his assets and avoiding any conflict of interest.The uncomfortable news conference prompted New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen to wonder aloud if Trudeau “is starting to lose confidence in his finance minister.”“Certainly many Canadians are,” Cullen said.“The rollout of this small business tax plan has been so badly botched, I think we’d agree that both the message saying to many small business owners you’re tax cheats and also the messenger in this case — somebody who is so inherently conflicted, and I’d suggest maybe legally conflicted — is causing a lot of problems for both the prime minister, his Liberal caucus and for this finance (minister).”In the House of Commons, opposition parties zeroed in on the lack of a blind trust, plus last week’s revelation that Morneau failed to disclose a private company that owns a family villa in France, to cast further doubt on his credibility.Conservative MP Peter Kent said “this extremely wealthy minister” seems to believe “he is above conflict of interest and ethics reporting rules.” His party’s House leader, Candice Bergen, went even further, accusing the finance minister of becoming “so arrogant and so entitled that he actually thinks he is above the law.”Cullen sarcastically attributed the multiple controversies surrounding Morneau to forgetfulness.“He forgot that cutting small business taxes was a promise that he ran on, he forgot he owned a luxury villa in France, but, hey, what middle-class Canadian hasn’t? He also forgot to tell us that his vast wealth was not, in fact, in a blind trust and he only comes clean when he is in a world of trouble.”As for the reviving the promise to cut the small business tax rate, which Morneau shelved in his first budget, Cullen dismissed that as damage control in the face of the angry backlash that greeted the small business tax reform proposals from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop keepers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers.“When Liberals have totally screwed up a small business tax plan, when they have attacked small businesses while ignoring their wealthy friends, when they are backed so deep into a corner they have nowhere else to go, then and only then will Liberals honour their commitments to Canadians.”Opposition MPs also kept up a barrage of questions about a now-withdrawn Canada Revenue Agency notice that employee discounts will henceforth be considered taxable benefits. While Morneau was not involved in that fiasco and the government has insisted it has no plans to tax the discounts given to retail sector workers, ongoing confusion over what other discounts might be taxable gave opposition parties more ammunition to question the credibility of the government as a whole and its claim to be a champion of the middle class.Business groups, who’ve bitterly denounced the tax reform plans, were more charitable about Monday’s partial climb-down, welcoming the reduction in the small business tax rate and the promise of changes to the proposed reforms to be unveiled later in the week.“It’s certainly an awful lot better than it was only a few short hours ago,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.Nevertheless, Kelly added that the business community will want to see the details of the changes and have tax experts analyse them before giving a thumbs up. There’s been “a bit of a trust erosion with the government” which makes the business community “a bit shy to react,” he said.“We really need to make sure that what the government’s intentions are is actually the case when we study the proposals in detail,” he said.“There’s no question it took a knock, it did affect the trust the business community has with government and with the ministry of finance, and it’s going to take a little bit of time for that to come back. But I think it can come back if the government is sincere and taking some new approaches.”Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the government appears to be doing “a dance of the seven veils” with its changes to the tax reform proposals and it’s not until all the details are known that its impact can be judged.“At this point, everybody’s from Missouri. They want to see something that’s concrete,” he said.Beatty said part of the problem with the original proposals was that the government understated the impact, essentially telling business people, “‘Don’t worry, be happy’ and what we heard from all the tax practitioners across the country was, ‘Worry.’”
TORONTO – Eddie Lampert, the chairman and chief executive of Sears Holding Corp., is blaming Sears Canada for exacerbating its problems before it filed for creditor protection.Lampert’s ESL Investments is the largest shareholder in Sears Canada, which is in the process of liquidating and closing its remaining stores.In a post on his blog, Lampert says the retailer’s reinvention strategy was risky and untested.“In particular, ESL noted that it would be risky and unwise for the company to pursue additional borrowings on onerous terms to fund a new, untested strategy,” he wrote.“Despite this advice, management decided to proceed with these actions and the company’s operating losses and cash drain rapidly worsened.”Lampert posted the comments in response to a report by the Globe and Mail that chronicled Sears Canada’s troubles.Sears Canada has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act since June, but had been struggling for years.It had hoped to restructure and keep many of its stores open, but the retailer received court approval earlier this month to begin its liquidation sales after failing to find a buyer for its operations.A group led by Brandon Stranzl, who stepped down as the company’s executive chairman following approval of the liquidation sales, had been in talks to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it, but no deal was reached.
TORONTO – CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii Financial has joined BMO in offering free credit monitoring for tens of thousands of customers whose personal and financial information may have been accessed by “fraudsters.”A CIBC spokesman says the bank is replacing affected clients’ bank cards and taking additional steps to monitor and protect the approximately 40,000 Simplii clients who may have been impacted by the breach.BMO said yesterday it was offering free credit monitoring, and will additionally block online and mobile access to accounts of those affected, which the bank believes is fewer than 50,000.Both banks are also vowing to return 100 per cent of any money lost by impacted customers through the incident.BMO said it learned of the potential breach on Sunday when it was contacted by individuals claiming to be in possession of its clients sensitive information and threatening to make it public.CIBC learned of the potential issue on the same day, and says it continues to reach out to those that have been impacted to offer support.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Here are some key dates in the history of the Trans Mountain pipeline and Kinder Morgan Canada’s efforts to expand its capacity:October 1953: The Trans Mountain pipeline begins shipping oil with an initial capacity of 150,000 barrels per day. The project features four pump stations along its 1,150-kilometre route and a marine dock that connects loading facilities on the east side of Edmonton with ocean tankers in Burnaby, B.C.1957: Pipeline capacity is expanded via the construction of a 160-kilometre pipeline loop. The Westridge Marine Terminal is built and commissioned in Burnaby, B.C. Jan. 12, 2016: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says in a written submission to the NEB that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in the best interests of both Alberta and Canada.Jan. 27, 2016: The federal Liberal government says pipeline projects such as the Trans Mountain expansion will now be assessed in part on the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the extraction and processing of the oil they carry. Proponents will also be required to improve consultations with First Nations.May 17, 2016: Ottawa appoints a three-member panel to conduct an environmental review of the Trans Mountain expansion project.May 29, 2016: The NEB recommends approval of the pipeline, subject to 157 conditions, concluding that it is in the public interest. Jan. 14, 1985: Trans Mountain’s biggest spill occurs at a tank farm in the Edmonton area. Nearly 10,000 barrels of oil are released.2006 – 2008: The Anchor Loop project adds 160 kilometres of new pipeline through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park between Hinton, Alta., and Hargreaves, B.C. The extension includes 13 new pump stations and modifications to existing stations, increasing capacity from 260,000 bpd to 300,000 bpd.Feb. 21, 2012: Kinder Morgan says it wants to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline after receiving support from oil shippers and will begin public consultations.Dec. 16, 2013: An application is made to the National Energy Board (NEB) to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. Construction is proposed to begin in 2017, with the aim of having oil flow through the expansion by December 2019.November 2014: More than 100 people are arrested after they camp out in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain, east of Vancouver, to block crews from conducting drilling and survey work related to the pipeline expansion. Most of the charges are later dropped.August 2015: The NEB postpones public hearings after striking from the record economic evidence prepared by a Kinder Morgan consultant who was to begin working for the regulator. Nov. 29, 2016: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sanctions the Trans Mountain expansion, part of a sweeping announcement that also saw approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement but the end of its Northern Gateway project.Jan. 11, 2017: B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces her support for the project, saying Kinder Morgan has met five government conditions including a revenue-sharing agreement worth up to $1 billion.May 15, 2017: The Federal Court of Appeal grants Notley’s government intervener status in a lawsuit filed by municipalities and First Nations against the project.May 25, 2017: Kinder Morgan makes its final investment decision to proceed with the development, now estimated to cost $7.4 billion, subject to the successful public offering of Kinder Morgan Canada.May 29, 2017: The B.C. NDP and Greens agree to form a coalition to topple the Liberal party, which won a minority government in an election earlier in the month. The parties agree to “immediately employ every tool available” to stop the project.May 30, 2017: Kinder Morgan Canada debuts on the Toronto Stock Exchange after a $1.75-billion public offering.June 29, 2017: The B.C. Liberals lose a no-confidence vote, clearing the way for NDP Leader John Horgan to become premier.Aug. 10, 2017: The B.C. NDP government hires former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice as it seeks intervener status in the legal challenges against the project filed by municipalities and First Nations.Oct. 26, 2017: Kinder Morgan Canada asks NEB to allow work to begin despite a failure to obtain municipal permits from the City of Burnaby.Dec. 7, 2017: NEB allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass Burnaby bylaws.Jan. 17, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada warns the Trans Mountain expansion project could be a year behind schedule.Jan. 18, 2018: NEB establishes a process to resolve permitting issues between Kinder Morgan Canada and provincial and municipal authorities.Jan. 30, 2018: B.C. government moves to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies, a move that increases the uncertainty for Trans Mountain.March 9, 2018: B.C. Supreme Court grants interim injunction aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby.March 15, 2018: B.C. Supreme Court grants indefinite injunction preventing protesters from coming within five metres of two work sites for the project.March 23, 2018: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart arrested at a protest against the pipeline expansion; Federal Court of Appeal dismisses a B.C. government bid challenging a NEB ruling that allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws.March 27, 2018: City of Burnaby, B.C., says it will file an appeal to the Supreme Court in connection with the Federal Court of Appeal ruling.April 8, 2018: Kinder Morgan Canada suspends non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion project and sets a May 31 deadline to reach agreements with stakeholders.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Regional Airport welcomed a special visitor on Thursday, September 5, to Fort St. John.As part of an expedition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, a newly restored British Silver Spitfire fighter plane from the Second World War landed in Fort St. John.The Mk IX Spitfire is being flown by British Pilots and is en route to Alaska after having left Britain five weeks ago. As of Friday, the Spitfire is 6,450 miles into its 27,000-mile four-month expedition of flying around the world.According to expedition organizers, the Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was built in 1943 and was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after World War II.To follow the Spitfire’s expedition, you can visit silverspitfire.com.
Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Monday advised the Congress to refrain from spreading confusion by leaving seven Lok Sabha seats for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh. In a series of tweets, she said the Congress is free to field its candidates in all the 80 parliamentary constituencies of the state. Mayawati made it amply clear that her party will not enter into any alliance with the Congress. She also said that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is capable enough of defeating the BJP on its own. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children The Congress on Sunday said it would leave more than a dozen Lok Sabha seats for other parties, including seven for the SP, BSP and RLD alliance in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, the grand old party also said that it will leave two seats for the Apna Dal, and entered into an electoral agreement with the lesser known Jan Adhikar Party. The SP and the BSP had forged an alliance on 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. As per the deal, the SP will contest 37 Lok Sabha seats in UP and the BSP 38, leaving three for the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal and two for Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi).
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Holi.”Greetings and best wishes to fellow citizens in India and abroad on the auspicious occasion of Holi,” tweeted Kovind, who had also released a statement on Wednesday.”The festival of colours, Holi is a celebration of spring and fraternity in our society. May it bring peace, joy and prosperity to everyone’s lives,” Kovind said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNaidu tweeted that Holi was a celebration of the victory of good over evil and a festival that expresses joy, camaraderie and conviviality.Modi also extended greetings to the nation on the occasion of Holi and said that the festival of joy and gaiety would strengthen the colour of unity and goodwill.Extending wishes, Rahul Gandhi said: “Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holi. I pray to God that this festival brings colours to your life.”
It’s not just Seager that has Dodgers fans drooling. Twenty-two-year-old rookie sensation Cody Bellinger launched 39 home runs and knocked 97 RBIs in 2017 to lead the Dodgers in both categories, and is a frontrunner for the NL Rookie of the Year award. LA also has 21-year-old left-handed starting pitcher Julio Urias, who missed much of 2017 with a shoulder injury, but is still one of baseball’s most promising talents. And there’s more. LA has one of the top-ranked minor-league systems in the game, so there are even more talented Dodgers to come. Which is likely why they opened the offseason as 2018 World Series favorites.Houston Astros (88.6 wins per season)2017 Elo Rating: 1575.0 (15th)2017 batting WAR: 36.5 (5th)2017 pitching WAR: 17.0 (42nd)2017 average age, batters: 28.8 (21st-youngest)2017 average age, pitchers: 28.5 (17th-youngest)For Houston, it’s been a completely different journey to the top. The Astros were really bad for more than half a decade, when they averaged an MLB-worst 69 wins between 2006 and 2014. But while the organization floundered at the major-league level, the Astros’ front office steadily stockpiled the organization’s minor-league system with high-ceiling talent through the draft and international free agency.In 2006, Houston signed a 16-year-old named Jose Altuve for just $15,000 — Altuve is now a three-time reigning AL batting champion. In 2009, they drafted Dallas Keuchel in the 7th round of the draft, and he went onto win the AL Cy Young award in 2015. Two years after that they drafted George Springer out of Connecticut, who this week was crowned World Series MVP. Then in 2012, the Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa with the No.1 pick in the draft — this year Correa had the team’s second-highest Wins Above Replacement in the regular season.Put that all together and Houston had the largest WAR of any team in MLB from their homegrown players in 2017. They’ve done their time at the bottom, and now with their star trio leading the way, it’s Houston’s time to shine. Baseball’s best young shortstopsIn a player’s first three MLB seasons, most wins above replacement (WAR) while playing at least half of games at shortstop 21Phillies1470.926.526.6220.127.116.11 20Braves1466.528.629.615.09.079.3 10Cardinals1514.628.028.124.114.682.8 5Yankees1570.728.727.628.824.085.8 11Brewers1510.527.318.104.22.1682.7 1Arky Vaughan1932-3442917.3 10Cal Ripken, Jr.1981-8326812.5 7Nomar Garciaparra1996-9831813.8 4Cubs1546.026.630.826.915.587.5 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 1Dodgers1581.627.729.729.921.390.0 TEAMELO RATINGBATTERSPITCHERSBATTERSPITCHERSPREDICTED WINS/SEASON WAR is an average of the metrics found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Which MLB teams have the brightest futures?Most predicted wins over the next five seasons, based on 2017 team characteristics 14Rangers1497.128.428.922.214.171.124 2Indians1596.7126.96.36.1992.589.2 9Charlie Hollocher1918-2032612.6 25Orioles1474.228.628.015.47.378.0 17Angels1512.829.929.217.412.679.9 15Royals1477.328.930.312.914.380.3 19Mariners1506.629.627.922.410.479.8 6Corey Seager2015-1731414.1 3Francisco Lindor2015-1741116.2 7Red Sox1549.927.328.419.222.884.8 12Rays1505.628.327.624.012.081.5 9Twins1509.827.129.726.58.484.1 29Giants1465.829.629.07.112.176.8 8Diamondbacks1534.428.328.319.425.884.1 5Rogers Hornsby1915-1720714.5 13Marlins14188.8.131.527.12.581.0 18White Sox1463.926.728.915.15.879.9 16Rockies1506.428.526.614.920.380.0 AVERAGE AGEWAR Of course, it’s also worth noting that although the Dodgers currently project for the most future wins of any current MLB team, the Astros rank third. Sandwiched in second place between the two World Series participants are the Cleveland Indians, who were upset in the ALDS by the New York Yankees but still had one of the most impressive seasons of any team in recent history. Across their entire roster, Cleveland was a little younger than either the Dodgers or Astros, so they should be a force to reckon with for the foreseeable future. Add in other up-and-coming teams (such as the Yankees) and old standbys (such as the Cubs), and 2017’s glut of good teams should continue into next season and beyond. 3Astros1575.028.828.536.517.088.6 26Padres1447.826.028.08.55.378.0 23Athletics1491.528.727.617.110.378.9 PLAYERYEARSGAMES AT SHORTSTOPWAR 22Reds14184.108.40.2062.81.279.2 6Nationals1550.729.029.923.223.485.4 24Pirates1486.528.3220.127.116.118.1 4Carlos Correa2015-1736015.0 8Glenn Wright1924-2642213.3 27Mets1460.329.127.318.67.777.6 2Johnny Pesky1942-4743316.8 30Tigers1442.929.728.413.69.876.8 28Blue Jays1496.618.104.22.1687.577.5 Hope you didn’t get sick of the Astros and Dodgers, because you’re going to be stuck with them for a lot of Octobers to come. Based on our analysis of all MLB teams since 1988,1That’s when free agency truly began to reshape the way teams build following a period of collusion between owners. this year’s Astros and Dodgers each appear to have two of the brightest futures for any pair of World Series teams ever.Here’s how we figured that out. We gathered data on all MLB teams from 1988 to 2012 and tried to see which factors best predicted their win totals over the following five seasons. After testing different combinations,2Specifically, variable selection was performed using the Lasso. we found that five metrics emerged as significant predictors of a team’s future record: A team’s Elo rating through the end of the World Series (which contributed about 33 percent to a team’s future win projection); its batting wins above replacement (WAR)3Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (29 percent); its pitching WAR (13 percent); and the average ages — weighted by playing time — of its batters (6 percent) and pitchers (12 percent) — plus a bonus for making the World Series (7 percent).4Winning the World Series, while all sorts of fun, didn’t predict much for the years to come, after accounting for all this other stuff.Unsurprisingly, having a talented young core (especially on the hitting side) is a good ticket for a return trip to the World Series. After running the numbers for the final two teams standing this year, here’s how the Dodgers and Astros stack up against the other 56 World Series teams in our data set:Los Angeles Dodgers (90.0 wins per season)2017 Elo Rating: 1581.6 (11th)2017 batting WAR: 29.9 (18th)2017 pitching WAR: 21.3 (21st)2017 average age, batters: 27.7 (5th-youngest)2017 average age, pitchers: 29.7 (33rd-youngest)Despite losing to the Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday, LA appears to have the brighter future of this year’s World Series teams, albeit only just. The Dodgers are projected to win about 90 games per season for the next five years, but that’s nothing new to them. Since 2013, the Dodgers have averaged an MLB-best 95 wins per season and were twice denied a shot at the World Series. The bulk of this year’s production for the Dodgers has come from a mix of young phenoms and veteran stars. Turner, Clayton Kershaw and 23-year-old Corey Seager were the top three WAR contributors to the Dodgers. Seager has emerged as one of the premier players in the league and, with just three years of MLB experience to date, he ranks sixth all-time for the most WAR among shortstops in their first three seasons. Although he was up and down during the playoffs — he missed the NLCS with a back injury and hit just .237 in the postseason — Seager is one of the biggest reasons LA’s future looks so bright.
Lenglet came to Sevilla as a relative unknown and is now being chased by Europe’s elite.That’s how good the Frenchman has been for Sevilla this season. The defender has featured more than any other player for the Andalusians and was superb in both legs when Vincenzo Montella’s men knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. This is what Lenglet’s coach had to say about him:“Lenglet is a champion in the head and on the pitch,”Considering his release clause is currently set at €30 million, a silly number in comparison to the sums that have been paid recently for players of his caliber, plenty of teams are making phone calls.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Clement has stated that he’s satisfied in Seville at the moment. According to Goal.com, it was the first foreign club that contacted him.“My parents came to Seville and they thought the city was incredible. From that moment, I wanted to come, but my club didn’t want to let me go. So when they called to sign me last January, I fulfilled a dream, something I had been dreaming of since the age of 17.”Sevilla is unlikely to give up on Lenglet easily and if he doesn’t want to leave, he won’t. However, that won’t stop teams such as Barcelona and Manchester United to try to lure him away from Andalusia. At least that’s what Calcio Mercato says. They’re currently the front-runners for his signature with Liverpool and Juventus not far behind.
The Venable Consortium, a group of media industry associations lead by AAAA, IAB, ANA, DMA and backed by counsel providers Venable LLP, recently took a significant, proactive step in the release of its “Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising.” The publication is important because it’s a direct response to a growing call for stricter control over the tracking of consumer behavior online.Up to now, publisher and advertiser trade groups were primarily concerned with keeping the FTC on the side of self-regulation, which it largely has been. Lately, however, lawmakers have become more vocal about introducing legislation that threatens the industry’s self-regulatory status.Congressman Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet subcommittee, has made clear his intention to introduce legislation to bolster consumer privacy protection. “I have previously announced my desire to work with Chairman Waxman, Chairman Rush and Ranking Members Barton, Stearns and Radanovich to develop legislation this year extending to Internet users the assurance that their online experience is more secure,” he said in his opening statement during a joint hearing on behavioral advertising with the Communications and Consumer Protection Subcommittees last June.A Shift Away From Self-Regulation? Currently, the Internet publishing and advertising industry is operating in a self-regulated environment, but online behavioral tracking is being used to ever-growing degrees—from large ad networks of unaffiliated sites to specific vertical networks and down to single-publisher Web site networks and “related content” applications. “Part of what we’re doing with that cookie is enhancing the consumer experience,” says Pam Horan, president of the Online Publishers Association, which, along with the MPA and ABM is part of the Venable Consortium. “It’s to make sure we’re delivering the right content. The advertising piece of it is very important, but so is educating the lawmakers on the fact that the technology is also used for a better user experience.”Congressman Boucher would like to see an opt-out practice introduced where consumers can opt out of first- and third-party use of their information—and then be able to opt in to third-party use.“If you had a first-party opt out, that would be a publisher-consumer relationship,” says Horan. “In that scenario, that Web site would need to provide the consumer with an option.”Introducing that option, goes the argument, could severely undermine an advertising business model that, says Horan, supports 90 percent of online revenues. “At the most extreme, a requirement for opt in could have a huge impact on the business model. Our ability to serve ads is the foundation of our ability to serve that model. It could have a significant impact.”Currently, consumers can opt out via Web sites such as NetworkAdvertising.org. The FTC, for starters, would like to see something more comprehensive. The “Self-Regulatory Principles” guidelines will attempt to take that further by educating consumers via more industry-developed Web sites and marketing campaigns, as well as “new links and disclosures on the Web page or advertisement where online behavioral advertising occurs.”The guidelines are the first step in bringing the advertising and content industries together on a defined set of principles. Next, says Horan, is a set of guidelines for the enforcement of those principles. All of this, she says, is aimed at proving to the FTC and the Hill that the industry is serious about protecting its self-regulation. SIDEBARWhat You Need to KnowRuth Day, chief privacy officer at UBM [pictured], notes the privacy principles published by the Venable group focus on unaffiliated, third-party ad networks. Publishers are considered first-party trackers, and the FTC is clear on that distinction and has essentially backed off any further privacy regulation of first-party tracking of consumers due to the clear, direct relationship. However, many publishers do display third-party online behavioral ads on their sites. For those of you, here’s what Day recommends you keep an eye on.Read the Guidelines—If you work with a third-party ad server, familiarize yourself with the principles to see what they mean for ads that are displayed on your site.Know Who You’re Dealing With—“Publishers need to know whether a third-party ad server displaying ads on its Web sites is part of a behavioral online network, with an appropriate representation in the contract or insertion order,” says Day.Who’s Responsible for What?—“Logically, the third-party ad server needs to be the party responsible for notice because it is the entity collecting information from the visitor to the publisher’s Web site,” adds Day.
Washington — The nation’s defense infrastructure has not been adequately maintained for the past several years as the Pentagon diverts funds for installation support to higher priority readiness needs, but the military will be able to cope even if the stringent budget caps forcing officials to skimp on facility needs continue through the end of the decade, the department’s top installations official said this week at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit.“We’ve done this before and survived it,” said John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, referring to a similar situation in the 1990s.“It takes years for buildings to crumble,” Conger said. DOD’s investment in facilities that occurred before the department was forced to tighten its belt two years ago provided a base that should sustain it while its buildings are allowed to deteriorate.Of course, budgets for military construction and facility sustainment, restoration and modernization would continue to remain constrained as long as the budget caps stay in place, he said. Both of those accounts are being funded at reduced levels. DOD only requested $5 billion for milcon in fiscal 2016; several years ago, the account received $14 billion.As recently as five years ago, the department would request funding to fulfill 90 percent of the department’s estimated facility sustainment needs. The current year’s budget only allocates 70 percent of its facility sustainment requirements, said Conger.“We’re just spreading it thin,” he said.Beyond facilities, another of the panelists on the Summit’s “Defense Communities at a Crossroads” session predicted a dramatic change to the size of the Air Force over the next several years under the Budget Control Act. The service could shrink by 30 to 40 percent, according to Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.Lawmakers almost certainly will find common ground on a budget deal to relax the caps on defense spending for FY 2016, Eaglen added. The primary question is the exact amount of relief Congress offers the Pentagon. The number likely will be larger than the 2013 Ryan-Murray deal which provided DOD an extra $22 billion for FY 2014, she said.“They’re going to get to some number eventually,” Eaglen said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington. Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners? Any notable snubs? Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:20Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:20?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 … Testing the ASAT today, India showed its military might in space as it became the 4th country to become a part of the elite space power club.Representative imageFor the second time in a week, Pentagon has come out strongly in support of India’s Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test saying that Mission Shakti was imperative considering the threat from space. Pentagon had earlier rubbished the claims of National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) of A-SAT test being terrible and disturbing the space order. It was claimed that the test created 400 odd pieces of orbital debris and posed a danger to the International Space Station (ISS).On March 27, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the launch of the ground to space missile that destroyed a satellite, the nation had joined the elite group of space powers that include the United States, China and Russia.US Strategic Command Commander General John E Hyten told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the key points from India’s A-SAT test were that India did the test to defend itself from the threats in space. Gen. Hyten was responding to the US Senator’s queries on why India conducted the ASA-T test.”The first lesson from the Indian ASAT is just the simple question of why did they do that. And the answer should be, I think to all the committee looking at it, is that they did that because they are concerned about threats to their nation from space,” he said.The US Senators raised the alarm after NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said that the test was a “terrible thing” that endangered the ISS and created 40 pieces of orbital debris. The premier space agency claimed that it had tracked nearly 60 orbital debris and that 24 were going above the apogee of ISS.Pentagon, standing firmly in support of India, said that such incidences had happened in the past as well when China sent 100,000 pieces of debris in 2007 during its anti-satellite test.In 2009, a satellite collision took place between the US and an old Russian satellite that also resulted in debris in the space.Gen. Hyten observed that in such challenging times when four countries have acquired A-SAT capabilities, there was a dire need to introduce safe environmental norms in the space. He advocated for the development of some kind of international norms of behaviour in space.”And where those norms of behaviour should begin, from my opinion, is with debris, because as the combatant commander responsible for space today, I don’t want more debris,” he added. ‘Terrible, terrible thing’, created 400 pieces of debris: NASA Chief on India’s ASAT test
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC)The state-run IDBI bank has filed a petition against Reliance Naval and Engineering Ltd in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for defaulting on debt worth more than Rs 1,250 crore. Reliance Naval is part of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group conglomerate and has a licence and contract to build warships.Mint reported that the IDBI bank has requested the Ahmedabad bench of NCTL to initiate a resolution process against the company. As of March 2018, the total debt owned by the Reliance Naval to its lenders is worth Rs 5349.17 crores.In its petition the IDBI bank said that “As per the valuation report of March 2018, the company’s net market value stood at Rs 1,880 crore while its fair market value by another valuer was around Rs 1,535 crore as on May 21,” IDBI said in its petition. The managing partner of law firm MDP and Partners, Nishit Dhruva who is representing the IBDI bank confirmed the development but declined to share further details.The Congress Party had recently raised questions against the Reliance defence’s involvement in the Rafale deal. The party questioned the selection of a company which is reeling under high debt for the multi-crore deal with the French government.Similarly, the State Bank of India (SBI) has taken Jindal India Thermal Power project in Odisha to the NCTL insolvency proceedings as a process of stake sale failed. Last week, the 180-day deadline to find a resolution ended without anything concrete. The project landed in a trouble after the Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the coal block and recently operating at below optimum level. The total amount of loan held by owned by the Jindal India Thermal Power to a consortium of 17 lenders, led by SBI is around Rs 57.7 billion. Out of the total amount the SBI’s exposure is Rs 14 billion.The SBI is yet to take a decision on the bench where it would be filing the case. Notably, the SBI had announced expression of interest for selling 51 percent stake in the company to recover its debt but the SBI was forced to take the process to the NCLT following muted response.
ICDDR,BThe people exposed to arsenic in Bangladesh may be at higher risk of childhood respiratory tract infection and diarrhoea, says a new study of icddr,b.The recent systematic review study found links between arsenic exposure and respiratory tract infections or diarrhoea.”The harmful effects of arsenic are well-known yet many people including pregnant women continue to drink contaminated water,” said physician Anisur Rahman, head of icddr,b’s Matlab Health Research Centre and author of the review, in an icddr,b web post.He said the arsenic problem lingered because of the failure to identify an effective strategy to mitigate the problem.”Experience from field-level interventions indicated that people once had limited knowledge of arsenic exposure. Despite knowing the risks many wanted continuous water flow which many water filters could not provide. Rainwater harvesting, as an alternative, did not work in many areas and deep tube-well water may contain other elements in high concentrations, harmful to health,” Rahman observes.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 20 to 40 million people in the country are exposed to arsenic through drinking water or food, the long-term effects of which include skin lesions, cancer of various organs, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and developmental defects.Large-scale mitigation efforts had successfully reduced drinking water arsenic in rural Bangladesh, found another recent study conducted with icddr,b.Despite this, children still had elevated arsenic exposure through contaminated food. Use of arsenic-contaminated water from shallow pumps for irrigation can introduce arsenic into crops such as rice or paddy, contaminating food supply chains.Arsenic in staple food such as rice might have the most far reaching effect on a larger population.Recent findings by icddr,b researchers provide further evidence that arsenic exposure affects lung function both in children and adults.Exposure to arsenic-laced drinking water while in the womb can hamper lung function in children for many years after birth.”In addition, arsenic exposure may also interfere with specific vaccine response in children,” says physician Rubhana Raqib, senior scientist at icddr,b.Physician Muhammad Yunus, an emeritus scientist at icddr,b with extensive experience of conducting arsenic related work, observed that research has generated a large body of evidence to support a wide range of negative health effects stemming from arsenic exposure.”The adverse health consequences including increased death due to chronic arsenic exposure through drinking water are now well established by high quality scientific research from Bangladesh and other countries,” he said.Yunus said research will continue to unearth more adverse effects, but ultimately concerted effort to ensure arsenic-free water for the affected communities is all that is required.
US Bangla plane crash survivor Keshav Pandey. Photo: Kathmandu PostA survivor of Bangladeshi airline US Bangla plane crash said that he has got a new life. Neapli national Keshav Pandey, said that he thinks he is fortunate to be alive.Keshav, who is travel agency operator, spoke to local newspaper Kathmandu Post from a hospital in Nepal.At least 51 people were killed when a Kathmandu US Bangla airliner crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday. Some of the survivors are still in critical condition.The aircraft was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives.Keshav is receiving treatment at the Medicity Hospital Nakhu, Lalitpur. He told the local newspaper that he came to Bangladesh along with 11 travel agency operators and two representatives of US-Bangla aircraft to participate in the Customer Success Summit on 9 March.He told the newspaper that they were supposed to return to home after the programme at Cox’s Bazar but they decided to stay one more dayHe told the newspaper that the flight took off on time on Monday. He said that they sat on the front seats. He said that when the plane entered Kathmandu Valley the aircraft was supposed to take the route of Koteshwor while landing but it took another route and missed the airport.“We thought the pilot was following the instruction from air-traffic control tower,” Keshav said.He said that the pilot was flying the plane above the hills of Budhanilkantha and Bouddha areas while making the turn to the airport. The plane was flying close to houses and trees.“That left all the passengers panic-stricken,” he said.Keshav said that this is the time they felt that their lives were at risk.“When the pilot turned the plane and approached the airport out of nowhere we thought we will survive,” he said.He said that the passengers became hopeful two minutes before the landing.“Shortly after, the plane touched down violently with a bang sound. That’s what I remember. Then after all I can recollect is how I was struggling to save myself. A stream of petrol was oozing out and the plane was emitting smoke. I was trying to come out of the crashed aircraft but couldn’t due to my leg injuries. In the meantime, Nepal Army personnel saw me crawling out of the plane”, Keshav recalled.He said that he was rescued and taken to the Sinamangal-based Kathmandu Medical College.“My family members later took me to the Medicity Hospital for treatment,” he added.He said that he is sad that he lost many friends.“I have got a new life by losing many friends,” he said.