India succumb to 0-4 loss against Australia in first hockey test

first_imgIndia succumb to 0-4 loss against Australia in first hockey testAustralia rode on two goals each from Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers to outclass India in the first match of the two-test series at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.advertisement Press Trust of India PerthMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 18:16 IST Jeremy Hayward gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the second quarter (Hockey India Photo)The Indian men’s hockey team were blanked 0-4 by world no.2 Australia in the four match of the tour Down Under with Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward scoring a brace each for the hosts, here Wednesday.After remaining unbeaten in their first three matches of the tour, world No.5 India were handed a lesson in hockey by the Kookaburras with Govers (15th, 60th minutes) and Hayward (20th, 59th) finding the net twice each.India started the match well as they pressed Australia higher up the field, but were dealt two successive blows in five minutes.The visitors had earlier earned themselves an early penalty corner in the fifth minute, but Harmanpreet Singh’s shot was successfully blocked by the first rusher.In the 12th minute, Harmanpreet was in action again as he played one-two with Nilakanta Sharma on the right flank, who played in a well-calculated through-ball back to the defender, but he failed to reach the ball quickly enough.Seconds from the first quarter Australia secured their first penalty corner, which resulted in a penalty stroke for the hosts and Govers made no mistake from the set-piece.Five minutes into the second quarter, Australia earned back-to-back penalty corners and from the second chance Hayward beautifully flicked the ball low into the right side of goal past India goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak to double their lead.But three minutes later, Pathak came to India’s rescue to deny Australia from another penalty corner opportunity.Aaron Kleinschmidt then missed a great chance for Australia in the 25th minute as he found himself unmarked inside the box, but shot just wide of the post.advertisementStruggling to keep the possession, India won their fifth penalty corner through Sumit Kumar, but Australian goalkeeper Johan Durst made a brilliant double-save to deny Harmanpreet.Australia’s fifth penalty corner in the last minute of the second quarter saw Trent Mitton’s shot forcing a great save from Pathak on his right, which meant Australia took their two-goal advantage into the half-time break.The third quarter, however, witnessed a close battle between both the teams but Australia defended stoutly to keep Indian strikers at bay.India started the last quarter well and it was captain Manpreet Singh who created the first chance as he ran into the striking circle and shot at goal, but Australia’s Durst made a diving stop on his left side to deny the visitors.India secured another penalty corner in the 51st minute but Harmanpreet’s effort was once again saved by the Australian custodian.Desperately in search of goals, India withdrew their goalkeeper for an extra outfield player but the move backfired as Australia scored two goals in the last two minutes.Australia’s third goal came off a penalty corner conversion by Hayward before Govers scored through a fierce reverse shot to round off a disappointing day for the Indians.India will again play Australia on Friday in their fifth and last match of the tour.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jeremy HaywardFollow Blake GoversFollow Australia vs India Nextlast_img read more

Young athlete inspired by his Volleyball family to compete in Summer Games

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games continue on the Ochapowace First Nation,APTN caught up with one family of volleyball players – with big plans and prospects for the future.Larissa Burnouf has more.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Toronto stock market closes higher while US stocks were mixed Loonie falls

first_imgTORONTO – The energy and industrial sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Monday, while U.S. stocks were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 67.74 points at 15,552.06 to outperfrom U.S. markets as oil prices remained elevated, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Were seeing a bit of a continuation this week from last week’s gains in equities domestically, so we saw the Canadian market outperform US equities last week, really on the strength of oil prices.”He said Canadian equities were also boosted by comments from Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz who suggested he was not overly concerned with inflation running above the two per cent target, said Fehr.“I’d say today, it’s a little bit of a different message, which is that we’re seeing domestic equities get a bit of a lift based on some of the commentary from the Bank of Canada, which suggests they’re not going to be overly aggressive in tightening rates near-term, and so we’re seeing that boost sectors like financials today.”Poloz’s comments had a negative effect on the Canadian dollar, however, which averaged 77.92 cents US, down 0.65 of a US cent, as a near-term rate hike looked less certain.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 14.25 points at 24,448.69 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 17.52 points at 7,128.60. The S&P 500 index ended up 0.15 of a point at 2,670.29.The June crude contract ended up 24 cents at US$68.64 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.74 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed down US$14.30 at US$1,324.00 an ounce and the May copper contract ended down three cents at US$3.11 a pound.last_img read more

Morocco Beats Tunisia to Win 2019 Street CAN in France

Rabat – A Moroccan squad has won the popular streets African Cup of Nations, which took place in Creteil,  a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France on Sunday.The final game ended with Morocco’s victory against Tunisia (9-4).Le Parisien reported that  the competition attracted 2,000 spectators during the semi-final held on Thursday. On Sunday, the number of people doubled to reach  4,000 spectators, who attended the final between Tunisia and Morocco on Sunday, an unexpected number for the organizes.The news outlet reported that a Franco-Senegalese resident Moussa Sow launched the “Living together” idea without expecting a nod from the African and Maghreb youth living in France.“Wherever we go, every day in the city, in the streets, in mosques, churches, and in supermarkets, people only talk about that! The last time Creteil vibrated [with such excitement], it was for the Senegal – Cameroon friendly match in 2005. It’s a huge pride.”Iliass, a Moroccan man living in Essonne commented on the competition emphasizing that “it is only fun.”Read Also: Morocco’s Atlas Lions to Play 2 Friendly Games Before 2019 CANHe also added that he and his friends will convene for drinks to celebrate the win.  Later in June, Egypt will host the 2019 African Cup of Nations, with the participation of Morocco’s national football team, one of the favorites to win the title.Morocco’s national football team will play two friendlies in preparation for the game. The first friendly will be against Gambia on June 12, while the second friendly game will take place on June 16 against Zambia.The CAN will start on June 21 in Egypt. read more

Older Nova Scotians Continue to Have Positive Impact

When we talk about our aging population, discussion often turns to health. The need for home care and long-term care. What government is or should be doing and whether it is enough. Our government has been investing millions of more dollars in home care and expanding access to caregiver benefits because Nova Scotians tell us they want to stay in their homes as long as possible. We also know long-term care will be required for some which is why we have increased funding for long-term care facilities across the province and cut the waitlist in half. The new investments include improvements or upgrades, replacing long-term care facilities and adding new beds. There is more work to do but we are continuing to work hard to improve health care services. However, as Minister of Seniors, one of my objectives has been to change the way people think about aging. I have met so many older Nova Scotians in communities across our province who are active, healthy and engaged. I have seen how they continue to contribute to our communities and our economy. With the demographic shift, comes even more opportunity to tap into this wealth of experience and expertise. More than a quarter of our population is expected to be over the age of 65 by 2030. This should not be looked at as a burden, rather an opportunity. That has been the focus of SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population which government launched in 2017. We recognize and value the contributions older Nova Scotians have made and know they have so much more to offer. Through SHIFT we are encouraging volunteerism, entrepreneurship, we are working to create age-friendly communities, expand community transit, increase funding for home repairs and home accommodations and expand home care. We are embracing the experience and expertise our older Nova Scotians have to offer. They are community leaders, entrepreneurs, volunteers and mentors. They are the backbone of our communities and have the experience and knowledge to continue making our workplaces and communities even stronger. Did you know 44 per cent of older Nova Scotians volunteer and they often volunteer more hours than most other age groups? Also, 25 per cent of people aged 65-69 are still in the workforce and 25 per cent of them are self-employed entrepreneurs. We have made considerable progress since the action plan was launched in 2017. From supporting senior entrepreneurs, retaining older workers, supporting more housing options, helping people stay healthy, improving accessibility and combating social isolation. We are tapping into all the benefits of an aging population provides. So rather than focusing on the challenges that come with aging, I encourage all of us to celebrate those who have come before us and recognize and embrace all the knowledge and expertise they have. By doing so, we will create an even stronger, more vibrant province. -30- read more

Les écoles sont fermées pour poursuivre le nettoyage

Toutes les écoles publiques en Nouvelle-Écosse seront fermées le mardi 10 septembre. Sur la recommandation du Bureau de gestion des urgences, les écoles resteront fermées pour poursuivre le nettoyage après le passage de l’ouragan Dorian. Un bulletin sur la réouverture des écoles sera publié le mardi 10 septembre. -30-

Investissements pour aider plus de NéoÉcossais à bénéficier de logements abordables

Ressources supplémentaires (en anglais seulement) Faits en bref Site Web du Plan d’action : Tous les Néo-Écossais méritent d’avoir un chez-soi, un endroit sûr, abordable et qui leur convient. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement provincial investit 88 millions de dollars sur trois ans pour que près de 3 000 ménages dans le besoin aient accès à plus d’options en matière de logement abordable. Le plan triennal de la Province est le premier à voir le jour en vertu de la nouvelle entente fédérale-provinciale sur le logement. Outre ce financement à parts égales, la Province investira environ 70 millions de dollars pour faire avancer ses priorités et ainsi aider 2500 autres ménages. « Les besoins en logement évoluent et il existe une plus grande demande pour des logements abordables, indique Chuck Porter, ministre des Affaires municipales et du Logement. Avoir un chez-soi et un toit sur la tête donnent plus sens aux éléments de notre plan d’action. Le plan reflète notre objectif à long terme qui est de préserver et de transformer le parc de logement social et public et de stabiliser notre secteur du logement communautaire, le tout afin d’aider ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. » Le plan offre un équilibre entre les nouveaux programmes et ceux qui existent déjà, notamment les suppléments au loyer, les programmes de réparation et de renouvellement des habitations, et de nouveaux programmes comme la construction de nouveaux logements en milieu urbain pour les Autochtones, la création de suppléments au loyer nouveaux et ciblés, de même que de nouvelles aides au secteur du logement communautaire. Le plan d’action de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour le logement abordable de 2019-2022 continuera d’assurer des programmes d’aide destinés à nos groupes les plus vulnérables, soit les personnes âgées, les femmes et les enfants qui fuient la violence familiale, les personnes à risque d’itinérance, les Autochtones et les personnes qui vivent avec un handicap. Citations Nous sommes ravis de voir l’engagement solide du gouvernement en vue de soutenir le secteur du logement communautaire pour aider ainsi à répondre aux besoins en logement des Néo-Écossais. Les organismes de logement à but non lucratif jouent un rôle clé dans la résolution des problèmes de logement dans la province, et nous avons hâte de travailler avec le gouvernement afin d’offrir plus de logements abordables. Fred Deveaux, directeur général, Cape Breton Community Housing Association Le plan d’action triennal est le premier de trois plans exigés en vertu de l’Entente Canada–Nouvelle-Écosse sur le logement. Près de 3 000 ménages dans le besoin auront accès à des options de logement plus abordables. La Province prévoit investir environ 70 millions de dollars pour concrétiser ses priorités et ainsi aider 2 500 ménages de plus. Dans le volet provincial du financement à parts égales, qui s’élève à 44 millions de dollars, 17,6 millions représentent du financement neuf et 26,4 millions sont des fonds existants destinés à poursuivre les programmes actuels. Les facteurs qui influencent les besoins en logement sont la croissance de la population, les faibles taux d’inoccupation, l’augmentation des loyers et l’accès à des logements locatifs abordable à l’extérieur de la MRH. Les trois premières années du plan d’action porteront sur les points suivants : 2 100 logements sociaux préservés; 450 logements publics réparés; 300 logements communautaires réparés ou réaménagés; 1 300 propriétaires à faible revenu bénéficiant des programmes de réparation et d’adaptation; 200 logements locatifs abordables seront mis à disposition grâce à la rénovation ou aux nouvelles constructions; 40 nouveaux logements locatifs abordables seront créés dans le secteur du logement communautaire; 65 nouveaux logements locatifs seront créés grâce à un nouveau fonds de transformation; 200 suppléments au loyer seront reconduits; 230 nouveaux suppléments au loyer seront créés; 71 logements pour les Autochtones en milieu urbain seront réparés au cours des trois premières années et quatre nouveaux logements seront construits. Nous accueillons favorablement l’appui de la Nouvelle-Écosse aux coopératives d’habitation dans son premier plan d’action triennal, plan qui reconnaît le rôle crucial que jouent nos membres en fournissant des logements abordables à de nombreux Néo-Écossais. Les coopératives d’habitation accueillent plus de 1749 ménages en Nouvelle-Écosse. Notre secteur prend de l’expansion pour combler les nouveaux besoins de ses membres et pour offrir aux nouveaux membres un endroit abordable où ils peuvent se sentir chez eux. Tim Ross, directeur général, Fédération de l’habitation coopérative du Canada Site Web de Logement Nouvelle-Écosse : Les logements abordables pour les Autochtones sont de plus en plus en demande, et les investissements contenus dans le plan d’action contribueront à protéger notre parc. Le financement et l’engagement contenus dans le plan d’action sont un bon début et nous les voyons d’un bon œil. Le secteur du logement pour les Autochtones affronte une crise importante et nous avons hâte de travailler avec Logement Nouvelle-Écosse pour déterminer des moyens de garantir la viabilité à long terme des logements pour ce groupe. Brian Dezagiacomo, directeur général, Tawaak Housing Compte Twitter du ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement : -30- read more

Court issues notice to attach properties of absconding SP MLA

Muzaffarnagar: A court in Shamli district has issued a notice to attach the properties of Kairana’s SP MLA Nahid Hasan, who is absconding in connection with a cheating case. On Sunday, police pasted the notice, issued under Section 82 (proclamation for person absconding) of the CrPC, outside the SP MLA’s house, Shamli SP Ajay Kumar said. The MLA has been given time till November 5 to appear before the court. Twelve cases were registered against Nahid Hasan, Kumar said, adding that the SP MLA’s mother and former Kairana MP Tabassum Hasan was also involved in some of the cases. read more

Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari swornin as AP HC Chief Justice

Amaravati(AP): Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari was on Monday sworn-in as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan administered the oath of office to Justice Maheshwari at a public function in Vijayawada. However, after the main function, the Governor had to administer the oath a second time inside the VIP room of Tummalapalli Vari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram, as Justice Maheshwari erroneously read “Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh” while being sworn-in the first time at the open ceremony. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Inside the VIP room, Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, judges of the High Court and state Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam were present when the mistake was corrected. Governor’s Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena pointed out the mistake in the oath-taking and got it corrected. Prior to his elevation, Justice Maheshwari served as a judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Last week, President Ram Nath Kovind issued an order appointing Justice Maheshwari as the first regular Chief Justice of AP High Court. Post-bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh got a separate High Court on January 1 this year and it started functioning from a temporary premises in the Amaravati capital region. Justice C Praveen Kumar held charge as acting Chief Justice till now. read more

Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession govt doing

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday accused the government of doing nothing to improve the country’s economy even as various companies have resorted to staying shut for several days every month due to lack of work. She took to Twitter to attack the government over the country’s low economic growth. “Companies are being shut down for 10 days in a month due to recession as there is no work. But the BJP government has deliberately closed its agenda for improving the economy,” said Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet in Hindi. “The economy is in real bad shape and the government is shying away from finding a solution to improve it,” she added. She also attached with her Tweet a news report which said companies are being shut down for 10 days in a month due to recession and bad economy in the country. read more


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Botnet takes advantage of weak passwords poorlypatched systems report

There are money-saving advantages to running computers with older operating systems that aren’t carefully patched. But it may come at a price: being infected with malware that makes machines part of a global botnet for harvesting credentials and spreading cryptomining software. That’s the takeaway from a report this week by security vendor Guardicore into what some researchers are calling the Smominru botnet. Guardicore estimates in August alone August, Smominru infected 90,000 machines around the world, with an infection rate of 4,700 machines per day. After breaking into one of about 20 attack servers behind the botnet, Guardicore concluded the attack compromises Windows machines using a stolen exploit apparently created by the U.S. National Security Agency called EternalBlue, as well as by brute-forcing several Windows services with weak passwords. Then it spreads laterally, stealing victim credentials, installs a Trojan module and a cryptominer and propagates inside the network. The EternalBlue exploit works on older versions of Windows such as Win7 and XP on desktops, and WinServer 2003, 2008 and 2012. Microsoft released patches for the EternalBlue vulnerability in March 2017. However, unpatched — or poorly-patched — computers and servers continue to be victimized. Not surprisingly, says Guardicore, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are the most infected operating systems, representing 85 percent of all infections. These are Windows versions for which there is an operational EternalBlue exploit available on the internet. Other victim operating systems include Windows Server 2012, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. These are either systems which have been out of support for many years, or about to be end of life. “Among other things, we found that many machines were reinfected even after removing Smominru. This suggests that these systems remain unpatched, and therefore vulnerable to this botnet or other similar attackers. Since patching is often complicated in large data centers, it is highly important to use additional security controls, such as applying network segmentation and minimizing the number of internet-facing servers,” the report says. The compromised attack server allowed Guardicore to see some of the infected machines. (The company has tried to notifiy victims where they could be identified). Among the things it gleaned is that infected machines are primarily small servers, with 1-4 CPU cores. However, more than 200 victim machines had more than 8 cores. One such machine was running on a 32-core server. To the report authors this suggests that while many companies spend money on expensive hardware, they aren’t taking basic security measures, such as patching their running operating system. The report takes a detailed look at the botnet’s attack flow, which includes downloading a worm (u.exe / ups.exe) for spreading the malware laterally, a Trojan (upsupx.exe) for command and control, screenshot capturing information stealing and installing a Monero cryptominer, and an MBR rootkit (max.exe / ok.exe). In its current iteration, Smominru downloads and runs almost twenty distinct scripts and binary payloads. Guardicore believes most of the attack servers are hosted by ISPs in the U.S., with some hosted in Malaysia and Bulgaria. “Many hosting companies proactively detect and block malicious activity coming from their networks,” says the report, which goes on to question why some U.S. providers can’t do the same.   This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

Duke of Cambridge Visits The Royal Marsden

The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, visited The Royal Marsden in Chelsea to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families.Prince William Visits The Royal MarsdenCredit/Copyright: royal.ukThe Royal Marsden opened its doors in 1851 as the world’s first hospital dedicated to cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. Now, it is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating and seeing over 50,000 NHS and private patients every year.The staff of the Royal Marsden work tirelessly to continue to make a national and global contribution to cancer research and treatment, so that more people are cured and quality of life is improved for those living with cancer. The Duke met staff to thank them for their incredible read more

The Elders World Leaders Risk Climate Catastrophe With Warm Words And No

As the UN Climate Summit concluded, The Elders appealed to world leaders to act on the outrage of millions of strikers around the world and upscale commitments to end fossil fuel use.Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, said: “This is a fight for our lives and, currently, we are losing. World leaders must act on the legitimate outrage of millions of climate strikers and drastically upscale commitments to end fossil fuel use.We have seen encouraging announcements on carbon reduction from several countries at the UN Climate Summit, including impressive commitments from Denmark, Finland and Slovakia. We have also heard from businesses, investors, and both regional and city authorities taking bold action. But what we really need now is action from the G20.“The world’s major economies must heed the call of young people about the intergenerational injustice of climate change: unite behind the science, seize the solutions that are at hand, and make ambitious commitments without delay.“We urge all nations to commit to achieving carbon neutrality before 2050; to immediately end construction of, and investment in, coal power; and to implement a green transition that is just and equitable.”On climate justice, Mary Robinson added:“Intergenerational injustice, poverty injustice, gender injustice, racial injustice – climate change exacerbates them all. Anyone who cares about justice must now step up and join the fight against climate change.”Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, stated:“The science demands that countries around the world step up and address the climate emergency. Political leaders must heed the call of Secretary-General Guterres and end the financing of fossil fuels.”Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization, added:“We have talked about sustainable development for decades, and we have come together year after year to talk yet again of grand plans and new ideas. But future generations will condemn us if we do not urgently turn this talk into action. We are failing them, and they will rightly not forgive our inaction.”Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, emphasised the need for decisive action:“Despite the acknowledgement of the climate emergency by many nations, global carbon emissions are rising. This is simply not good enough. Governments must come to the Santiago COP in December with clear plans, and they must be ready to implement those plans. All nations need to firmly commit to net zero by 2050 and say no to new coal investment.” read more

WestJet cutting back on scheduled flights from Calgary Edmonton

A pilot taxis a Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. WestJet is cutting the number of scheduled flights from Calgary and Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 12:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Fewer WestJet planes will be flying in and out Alberta’s two biggest cities as weakness in the energy sector puts a damper on demand.As of March, the airline said it will be reducing service between Calgary and Edmonton. Several more routes to and from those two cities are either being cancelled or scaled back.“We look at our service based on supply and demand,” WestJet vice-president Richard Bartrem said Monday.“With the downturn in the economy, we’re seeing less demand for travel to and from the energy markets and into areas across Canada. We’ve decided that we would move some of that capacity into markets where we’re seeing less of that impact so that we’re actually using the fleet as effectively as possible while minimizing the effect on the guest.”Bartrem said the decline in traffic has been “noticeable enough” to warrant changes, but did not specify how big of a drop the airline saw in the affected markets.WestJet will be removing flights between Calgary and two B.C. destinations — Terrace and Prince George. Direct flights between Edmonton and Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C. are also being cancelled. Bartrem said customers can still get between those destinations by changing planes elsewhere.As well, WestJet is reducing the number of flights between Calgary and Brandon, Man. and Fort McMurray, Alta. And there be fewer flights between the provincial capital and Abbotsford, B.C. and Grande Prairie, Alta.WestJet (TSX:WJA) says it’s transferring more of its capacity to Eastern Canada, meaning more trips between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal as well as to Atlantic destinations like Halifax and Fredericton.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter WestJet cutting back on scheduled flights from Calgary, Edmonton read more

The Giants Clustered Their Luck

The 41,911 fans who filed into AT&T Park on June 8 got lucky. It was a perfect, 74-degree Sunday afternoon (instead of the notoriously fickle San Francisco weather), and the sky was filled with glorious sunshine. Those in attendance got a taste of baseball glory, too. The Giants beat the Mets 6-4 that day, making it five wins in a row for Los Gigantes. With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball.They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time. After owning a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8, the Giants have given most of it up, clinging to a half-game lead on the Dodgers. You can find all kinds of reasons for that swoon. Injuries forced journeyman Tyler Colvin and light-hitting rookie Joe Panik to take on regular playing time, with predictably bad results. Mike Morse, an early-season terror at the plate, hasn’t hit a lick for the past month. And closer Sergio Romo turned into a piñata, becoming former closer Sergio Romo in the process.Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.You’ll sometimes hear a broadcaster talk about a team that scores in bunches, or a pitcher who knows how to scatter hits. But those streaks don’t tend to last very long, since these aren’t sustainable skills for most teams, or players. So when a team has high cluster luck numbers, it usually means its luck isn’t going to last long. Losses are likely around the corner.Sports analyst Ed Feng, proprietor of, calculates cluster luck by using the Base Runs formula to compare actual runs scored and runs allowed to expected runs scored and runs allowed. When that Grantland article ran just over a month ago, Feng had found that the 32-19 Giants ranked second in the majors in cluster luck. And while Giants hitters had bunched hits together about as well as an average team’s hitters would, their pitchers had been astoundingly fortunate, giving up 22 fewer runs than you’d expect over their first 51 games.1Three days after my Grantland article ran, the excellent Colorado Rockies blog Purple Row published an article that noted how the Giants had put up better numbers than any other team both in high-leverage pitching and hitting situations. So cluster luck wasn’t the only factor at work, nor the only one likely to regress.On Wednesday, Feng updated his cluster luck rankings. Below is the ranking of the 30 teams from luckiest to unluckiest:Whatever luck the Giants had earlier in the season, these latest numbers show that their good fortune has almost completely evaporated. A lot of that pullback falls on Romo. From May 29 to June 28, the team’s erstwhile closer allowed 12 hits in nine and two-thirds innings — subpar numbers for a closer, but not necessarily fatal ones, assuming those hits were spread out. They were not. Romo worked four straight perfect innings from June 4 through June 12, with all 12 of those hits coming in just six appearances. All told, opponents blasted him for 10 runs in those six appearances, netting a 16.88 ERA. The biggest beating came on June 13, when the Colorado Rockies clobbered him for four hits, drew a walk and tallied five runs in just one-third of an inning.2The Rockies have been a house of horrors for Romo this year. His past four outings against them netted this line: three innings pitched, 11 hits, 11 runs.The Giants are a talented team, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend for the NL West title, and maybe even make a run at the World Series. They have a young ace in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson enjoying a late-career revival, Tim Lincecum suddenly pitching masterfully, All-Stars Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval heating up after lousy starts, excellent first baseman Brandon Belt due back soon after a long stint on the disabled list, and a general manager who’s made lots of aggressive trades in his 18 years at the helm. The cluster luck regression has come, yet they’re still hanging onto first place.We could see more teams experience cluster luck pullbacks, starting with Seattle. The Mariners boast plenty of front-line talent themselves, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. Robinson Cano is performing about as well as a guy with six home runs can, and 23-year-old Mike Zunino is emerging as a top defensive catcher and dangerous power hitter. Underrated third baseman Kyle Seager is putting up career-best numbers, and the bullpen is leading the American League both in ERA and in fielding-independent metrics. This is also a team with lots of holes, one that has 36-year-old banjo hitter Endy Chavez leading off every day, to name only the most glaring problem. Yet the Mariners are on fire, having won four in a row, 10 of their last 12, and 27 of their last 43 games.That’s what happens when your hitters bunch together hits better than any other team. Through Tuesday, the Mariners had scored 31 more runs than you’d expect from a club with average hit distribution. That Tuesday game offered a Ph.D.-level course in what happens when your hitters click at the same time. Coming into the sixth inning, Seattle clung to a narrow 3-1 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and an infield single, followed by two straight groundouts by the lineup’s 1-2 hitters. Then, an outburst. Cano doubled. Seager doubled. Logan Morrison doubled. Zunino doubled. Michael Saunders singled. Finally, Ackley capped the monster inning with a sixth straight Mariners hit, this one an RBI single. All told, Seattle scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth, an incredibly tough feat to pull off without the benefit of a single homer.None of this is meant to suggest that the Mariners will fall into an immediate slump, the way the Giants did.3Or that teams with poor cluster luck numbers like the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates will suddenly go on monstrous winning streaks and steamroll the rest of the league. There are good reasons to like the chances of all three of those teams, to varying degrees. They have the best pitcher in the American League, and a supporting cast that’s getting increasing contributions from younger players. After sweeping the lowly Astros, they now play seven straight against the struggling White Sox and Twins. And they recently called up top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from the minors, a far better fifth starter than Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer or others Seattle might have considered.Still, the Ms probably shouldn’t settle for the roster they have now. They already opened the vault for Robinson Cano last winter, and they’ve got the ample TV revenue they’ll need to go after other big talents. The cluster luck beast is lurking in the shadows, and the trade deadline is coming up. Might as well try to fight back. read more

Opposition writes Intl Bodies to not recognise Govt after March 21

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIRO urges political leaders to maintain peaceMarch 16, 2019In “latest news”Plans afoot to arrest and charge Jagdeo – PPPApril 16, 2019In “latest news”Opposition Leader says Govt conspiring with GECOM to rig electionsMarch 21, 2019In “latest news” With just six days remaining before the 90-day deadline expires, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has written several international bodies asking that they do not recognised the Coalition government after March 21.Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, disclosed that they have written the Commonwealth, Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).\The Cabinet ministers“In all three cases, we are requesting that these agencies not recognise the government of Guyana after March 21. There are other issues we’ve raised in the letters; we give them a detailed briefing as to how the government has deliberately been slowing down the process of complying with the constitution, how they’ve acted in bad faith throughout even at the engagements we’ve had, and so we’ve brought the international organisations up to speed on those things and we’ve requested non-recognition of the government,” Jagdeo assertedHe noted that these international bodies have acknowledged receipt of the letters but did not indicate their position of the treatment of the Guyana government post March 21.Nevertheless, Jagdeo said they will be following up with these bodies. In fact, he disclosed that he had already contacted the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, and plans to do the same with the Heads of the other organisations.In addition, the Opposition Leader pointed out that over the coming days the Opposition will also be reengaging the diplomatic community here to discuss, among other issues, non-recognition of the Coalition government. The first meeting is expected to be held sometime tomorrow. read more

Police yet to identify culprits in death of inmate

More than one week after Shaheed Ali was beaten to death in the holding area of the Lusignan Prison, the perpetrators responsible for the incident have not been identified.Director of Prisons, Gladwyn Samuels, told <<>> that the matter is not closed and that the police are presently still conducting their investigations in this regard.Dead Shaheed AliAli, who hailed from Albouystown, Georgetown, had been severely beaten by several prisoners following a dispute at the Lusignan penitentiary on April 2 and had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for emergency medical treatment.The now dead 30-year-old prisoner had undergone surgery for several injuries including a fractured skull on April 5, but succumbed to his injuries, at the GPHC.Reports are that at about 22:58h on the night of the beating, Ali was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.The injured inmate was taken to the GPHC where he was admitted as a patient. However, on April 5 at about 20:50h, he succumbed and a report was subsequently made to the police.The then acting Guyana Prison Service (GPS) Director, Kevin Pilgrim, when contacted by this publication had said that the incident is being investigated by the police. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrisoner beaten to death at Lusignan PrisonApril 6, 2019In “Crime”Family of murder accused killed by inmates calls for justiceApril 23, 2019In “Crime”Fiery Camp Street jail break: 1 prison officer dead, several inmates injuredJuly 10, 2017In “Crime” read more

Lusignan Prisoner assaulted by inmates

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInmate hospitalised after attack in prisonOctober 14, 2018In “Crime”UPDATE: Lusignan inmate escaped in ‘full view of Police ranks’ using bed sheetOctober 4, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan prisoner killedJune 26, 2019In “Crime” Marlon Bradley, 36, who was remanded to prison on an illegal gun and ammunition possession charge, was assaulted by inmates of the Lusignan Prison Holding Facility.The assault, which was videotaped, has since surfaced and is making its round on social media.Prison Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels said it occurred on August 8 and so far one inmate has been questioned in connection to incident.In the video, Bradley was begging his attackers to stop as they held him against his will and cut off his hair. The inmates were in possession of contraband items like blades and scissors.Bradley was wanted in connection to the murder of Reginald Atherley (Diesel Boss) who was gunned down during a robbery at his Guyhoc Park home. He was recently shot by police officers at the Stabroek Market Square after he resisted arrest.The Prison Director explained that Bradley has since been relocated to the Lusignan Prison. However, he is unable to identify any of the culprits as they were wearing masks.Nonetheless, by voice recognition, one suspect was identified by prison staff and he was questioned.However, the inmate has not provided any information. read more

Anglo weighs up use of autonomous haul trucks at Dawson coal mine

first_imgAnglo American says it has commenced a study to determine the feasibility of an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) for a portion of its truck fleet at its open-pit Dawson coal mine, in central Queensland, Australia.The detailed study to replace 23 trucks with an AHS at Dawson will be finalised towards the end of this year, at which point a decision will be made about whether to proceed, Anglo said.The timing of the Dawson study is aligned to a key decision on whether to undertake major overhauls on the ageing Cat 797 fleet or replace them, according to Anglo.Operations at Dawson are made up of three operating pits; North, Central and South. First mined in 1961 for export coal to Japan, it was the first mine to introduce draglines into its operation in 1963, according to Anglo.Each year, Dawson produces coking, soft coking and thermal coal, using open pit and highwall mining methods. Coal is railed to Gladstone for export to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India.Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said while no decisions had been made regarding the feasibility of the project, Anglo was conscious of the need to minimise the impact on its workforce.“We’ve informed our workforce that, if the project proceeds, we would work through redeployment options for impacted employees and there would also be new roles created, leading to training opportunities,” Mitchelson said.“We also understand the importance of locally-based employment to our communities, and we have reinforced to our community stakeholders that if the project proceeds, our intent is to protect local jobs and continue to undertake measures to encourage people to live locally.”While AHS has been in use at other mining operations for many years, the technology has now progressed to the stage where Anglo American is assessing the “feasibility of operationalising it in open-pit coal mining”, the company said.In addition to Anglo, Whitehaven Coal is trialling AHS with partner Hitachi at its Maules Creek operation in northwest New South Wales, Australia.Anglo’s Mitchelson said the study was part of Anglo American’s FutureSmart Mining™ approach, which applies innovative thinking and technological advances to address mining’s major challenges.“Anglo American has been at the forefront of embracing innovation to drive the next level of mine performance. This study will focus on whether an AHS has economic and practical application for our Dawson mine, in support of its journey to become a safer and more sustainable mine.”Mitchelson explained that the company’s study is being run in parallel with a process to assess potential AHS providers.“The accelerating pace of technological innovation, particularly in the digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence areas, are opening up opportunities for the mining sector to be safer, more productive and sustainable,” he said.last_img read more