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Weve released 3.14 cr as allowance for 175 TOP athletes: Min

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) The government has released Rs 3.14 crore as out of pocket allowance of 175 sportspersons under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme in the last quarter of 2017, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said today.The amount has been released from the the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for the period from September to December last year, Rathore said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.”The rate of Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA) from NSDF is Rs 50,000 per month and it is admissible with effect from September 2017 or from subsequent months of selection of the athlete whichever is later,” he said.The TOP Scheme aims to identify, groom and prepare potential medal prospects for Olympic and Paralympic Games. The selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their customised training at institutes having world class facilities and for other necessary support.Answering another question, Rathore informed that 110 and 67 sportspersons failed dope tests in 2015 and 2016 respectively.The minister said in a bid to eradicate doping, the government has decided to establish regional centres to spread awareness and impart anti-doping education.”Government of India has decided to established five regional centres to increase the anti-doping education and awareness at all levels of sports in the country. One has already been established,” he said. PTI APA PDS PDSlast_img read more

Greek Sports Funding Cut 50%

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first_imgATHENS – Hopes of fielding an Olympic team for 2016 that will do better than the disastrous performance at the 2012 London games have likely been dashed after the government said it would cut funding in half for the sports federations.The agencies overseeing athletes will receive state funding of 12 million euros for 2014, the country’s Sports Undersecretary Yiannis Andrianos said, citing the country’ continuing economic crisis as the reason. That is less than 25 percent of the 50 million euros the country will spend hosting the symbolic, powerless six-month rotating European Union Presidency.Already plagued by a series of doping scandals and complaints from athletes they’ve been left on their own to train as they represent their country, Greek sports is feeling because of harsh austerity measures.Andrianos informed the Hellenic Olympic Committee at a meeting of the latest cutbacks which are included in the state budget. Last year 24.5 million euros was provided by the state to Greek athletics, also a 50 percent cut from the previous year.In the last two years, Greek sports has seen a 66 percent reduction in subsidies as even the Olympic team, representing the country where the games began, haven’t been spared.Last year, after the sports federation SEGAS protested original cuts of 80 percent and warned all sports would be shut down, the government came up with five million euros.Water polo and swimming have also suffered, with Greece pulling its swimmers out of the European short-course championships at the end of 2011 for the first time in 16 years. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sports chiefs from around the world meet in London to tackle corruption

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first_imgLondon, Dec 6 (IANS) More than 100 government ministers from around the world gathered here on Thursday for a major summit as part of the global fight against corruption in sports.They were joined by delegates from international sports organisations and experts from around the world to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport, reports Xinhua news agency.Attendees at the three-day summit include representatives from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, Interpol and the Commonwealth Games Federation.Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) met to discuss how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding major sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent.They will also develop tools to prevent corruption around procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded.Britain’s Culture and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: “Today’s event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport. Every fan and athlete should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld.”The event has been co-ordinated by a Core Group of partners including the Council of Europe, the IOC, the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the UK Government, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IPACS consists of a Steering Committee composed of governments, sports organisations and inter-governmental organisations.Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “The IOC remains committed to fight corruption in sport at all levels. Integrity entails credibility, and corruption threatens the very credibility of sports organisations as well as competitions. We know we cannot win this fight alone, but need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement.”Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said: “Match-fixing, illegal betting, bad governance, insider information, conflicts of interest, and the use of clubs as shell companies, the Council of Europe covers all these aspects through the Macolin Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, signed today by the UK Minister of Sport, as well as through the Council of Europe anti-corruption body, GRECO.”We are ready to develop further an inclusive co-operation framework with states and other international stakeholders to be put at the service of our IPACS partners. When it comes to corruption in sport, there must be a change of gear. We must enable national governments, international organisations and sporting bodies to demonstrate their capacity to take on this problem in a spirit of unity, determination and effectiveness.”–IANSgau/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

Video: Sam Ehlinger’s Mom, Girlfriend Go Viral During LSU Game

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first_imgSam Ehlinger's mom and girlfriend at LSU game.Texas is currently trailing No. 6 LSU at home, 3-0, early in the second quarter at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.The Longhorns had a chance to get on the board early with a touchdown pass on a fourth-down conversion, though the play was blown.It was a brutal drop.How do you drop this?!?!?! #Texas pic.twitter.com/rZnMm2DdT8— #Boomin (@ftbeard_17) September 8, 2019 The play would’ve been a big one for Sam Ehlinger and Co., though the Longhorns had to turn the ball over on downs.Video of Ehlinger’s mom and girlfriend reacting to the play has gone viral on social media.This one? https://t.co/tEsshh4cbU pic.twitter.com/IAYBfHJOsA— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) September 8, 2019Hey, it looked like he might have caught it for a second on television, too. They probably didn’t have that great of an angle from the stands.LSU is leading Texas, 3-0, early in the second quarter.The game is on ABC.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on gloves

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 07:53 IST Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces which was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s glovesICC asked the BCCI on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s glovesMS Dhoni holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute RegimentMahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves with the with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces has caused a furore in the cricketing fraternity with Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry now slamming the former India captain for supporting the crest.Fawad Chaudhry, who is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, put out a tweet on social media voicing his opinion on the matter of Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves and slammed the Indian media for debating on the matter.”Dhoni is in England to play cricket not to for MahaBharta , what an idiotic debate in Indian Media,a section of Indian media is so obsessed with War they should be sent to Syria, Afghanistan Or Rawanda as mercenaries,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on MS Dhoni’s gloves during India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on Wednesday as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.The pictures of Dhoni’s gloves went viral on social media within no time and fans poured in love and respect for the 37-year-old.The rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) however, clearly state that “equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.”The ICC as a result, asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.advertisementClaire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. “We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” she said.Balidan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidan Badge.Dhoni, who has been conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015.Also Read | No more balidan for Dhoni: ICC objects to Army insignia on his glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni sports Balidaan Badge, insignia of Indian Para Special ForcesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni glovesFollow Balidan badgeFollow World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on glovesThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get the symbol removed from MS Dhoni’s gloves.advertisementlast_img read more

What to Mix with Eggnog: A Simple Guide to Getting it Right

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first_img How to Make a Whiskey Sour Editors’ Recommendations Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The holiday season has arrived and that means a perennial (and polarizing) holiday treat is back — eggnog! As hot apple ciders cede their position of power on top of the pyramid of holiday cheer, the nog seemingly comes out of nowhere, entreating holiday revelers with a bounty of sweetness and calories. Originally known as egg milk punch, or just milk punch, eggnog has been part of holiday traditions across the world for centuries. A mix of cream, egg whites, egg yolks, sugar, and booze, eggnog is a heavy, delicious treat when you need to warm your bones.Eggnog is a rich and full beverage on its own, but in our opinion, it is much, much better when booze has been added. First, we’ll go over how to make your own eggnog (or what types of brands to look for), then we’ll get into what booze goes best in one’s eggnog.Before we get to the specifics, though, we thought it important to talk about the latter half of the word — nog. Not only is it fun to say (try it), but the word nog has been popping up in the English language since the 1690s when, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it was “a kind of strong beer brewed in East Anglia.” An alternative definition (and one that also goes along with the current definition) is that nog is a derivative of “noggin,” which was a Middle English term for a drinking vessel.Either way, fun to say. Now, back to the matter at hand.What to Mix with EggnogYou should typically stick with dark, amber-colored spirits with a higher proof. With these, the higher alcohol content will neutralize some of the egg nog’s sweetness. In turn, the other flavors in your eggnog will overpower the nuances of premium liquor, so there’s also no need to reach for the highest of the top shelves. Simply add a shot of reasonably priced, high-proofed booze and stir it well.What Alcohol Goes Best in EggnogBourbonRyeAged rumIrish whiskeyBlended Scotch whiskyBrandyAdditional Ingredients to Liven Up Your EggnogOnce you mix your eggnog and liquor — and add a dusting of nutmeg — you’re all set to enjoy your festive beverage. To make your eggnog eggs-tra special, however, consider some of these traditional additions (which are especially important if you’re using store-bought nog):Cordials: Ginger liqueur, peppermint schnapps, white chocolate liqueurSpices: More nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla extractOther goodies: Coffee (highly recommended), light brown sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrupFeel free to play around with all sorts of eggnog concoctions. If you like it, it can’t be wrong, right? We advise against going overboard with ingredients, though. Instead, select one or two items from each category and try different combinations — ideally not all in one night.How to Make EggnogWe understand if you’re too lazy — or too hungover — to make your own ‘nog from scratch. Any store-bought eggnog will work with the ingredients below, but shooting for a higher quality is always a good bet. If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest trying Organic Valley’s Eggnog or another fresh, local brand in your area.If you are feeling adventurous (or like you have to step up your game to shut Steve from 2A up about his homemade hard cider), making eggnog is pretty simple to make. Check out our basic recipe below, which serves 10-12. One thing to note: eggnog is a very rich drink. If you’re looking to cut calories around the holidays, you’re going to want to look elsewhere.12 large eggs8 cups whole milk2 cups heavy whipping cream*1.5 cups white granulated sugar.5 tsp salt2.25 tbsp vanilla extract1 tsp nutmeg1 tsp ground cinnamonMethod: In a saucepan, whisk together eggs, sugar, and salt. Slowly add the first 4 cups of milk to cook. Stir over low heat for about 30 minutes (or until the temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not let the mixture boil. Once the temperature has been reached, transfer to a bowl and stir in the vanilla, spices, and the rest of the milk. Place the bowl in an ice bath and stir until cool. Transfer to the refrigerator until chilled. When ready to serve, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Whisk cream into the rest of the liquid. Garnish with additional nutmeg.*Note: Some recipes call for using egg whites for whipping. We use heavy cream because we’ve found it to be easier to prepare when needing to make multiple batches (as opposed to separating egg whites and yolks).How to Make Spiked EggnogMore than likely, you’re here because you want to know how to make eggnog boozy AF. We hear you — we think eggnog is better when it gets those oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors of a bourbon cutting through the thick cream like an icebreaker in the Arctic, too. The question then, is how much booze do you put into a pitcher of eggnog and when? The short answer is as much as you want and after the eggnog is ready, but for the sticklers out there, we’ve broken it down below.With a spirit that falls into the 40-50 percent ABV area (we’re talking most whiskies, rums, brandies, et cetera), you’re going to want to have around 1.5 ounces per serving (you could do 1 ounce, but it’s the holidays … live a little). With the recipe above accommodating 10 servings, you’re looking at about 15 ounces of spirit (a little more than half of a standard 750 ml bottle of alcohol). If you’re using a stronger spirit (such as a barrel-proof bourbon or rye), then you’ll want to cut that back — no one at the party wants Aunt Mildred throwing up eggnog because she can’t hold her whiskey.If you plan to use cordials, liqueurs, or other liquids, you’ll also need to adjust the amount of the base spirit that you’re using. Say you wanted to make a ginger bourbon eggnog. You’d use the recipe above, then add:12 oz bourbon3 oz ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)Ground ginger, optional for garnishYou want the flavor of the liqueur to show up, but to act in a supporting role and not take over as the star of the show. You can, of course, adjust from there to taste, but it’s always easier to add more of something than to take it away.last_img read more

IT dept files 4 fresh chargesheets against lawyer Gautam Khaitan

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Income-Tax Department has filed four fresh chargesheets against lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the multi-crore VVIP chopper deal scam, on charges of tax evasion and possession of undisclosed bank accounts in Singapore, official sources said on Tuesday.They said four supplementary chargesheets or prosecution complaints were filed before a special court here last week against Khaitan for offences under section 276C (1) (wilful attempt to evade tax) and 277 (giving false statement on oath) of the I-T Act. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe department filed at least nine chargesheets against him in 2018 and the year before on similar charges of possessing undisclosed foreign assets and non-disclosure of all assets and income to tax authorities in India. The sources said the latest development comes after the taxman obtained “fresh evidence” that Khaitan was maintaining three bank accounts in his “own” name in Singapore. The four chargesheets pertain to financial years of 2009-10 to 2012-13, they said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey claimed that Khaitan had not disclosed the ownership of these bank accounts before the tax authorities and that there were “substantial credit entries” or financial transactions in these bank accounts. The department, few months back, had also recorded his statement in the Tihar Jail as he was under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. A total of 13 chargesheets have now been filed by the tax department against Khaitan. Last year, five such complaints were filed against him and his wife Ritu Khaitan under the anti-black money law for possessing alleged undisclosed assets abroad while in 2017 four chargesheets were filed against him for allegedly “maintaining four bank accounts in Singapore in the name of British Virgin Islands-based shell companies as well as his own name.” The ED, which is probing the role of the Delhi-based lawyer in two money laundering cases, including in the high-profile VVIP choppers case, has said he has been a beneficiary of Rs 850 crore slush funds generated out of defence deals. It had arrested Khaitan in ter cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).last_img read more

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2018 CAJ AWARDS PROGRAM

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first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Entries now being accepted for the 2018 CAJ Awards program (CNW Group/Canadian Association of Journalists) You can also go directly to the submission site by clicking here.Members always get the best rates and those considering an entry are encouraged to become a CAJ member as part of entering the awards. For example, CAJ members eligible to submit an individual entry into the Community Media or Community Broadcast categories will have their entry fee waived.“The past calendar year has seen Canadian journalists continue to respond to newsroom closures cutbacks and attrition in the best way they know how – by continuing to produce the kind of journalism that affects change, changes opinions and makes our communities better places to live,” said CAJ president Karyn Pugliese. “The CAJ Awards is one of the most rewarding programs offered by our association and we encourage all those journalists who did good work in 2018 to enter.”The CAJ Awards finalists will be announced by the mid- to end of March 2019, with the winners announced at the 2019 CAJ Conference scheduled for May 3-5, 2019 in Winnipeg.The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.General awards questions can always be submitted to awards@caj.ca Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2018 – The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to announce entries are now being accepted for the 2018 CAJ Awards program, featuring Canada’s top investigative journalism award, the Don McGillivray Award.The deadline for entries is Jan. 14, 2019.Full information on the 2018 CAJ Awards is now posted on the Awards section of our website. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

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first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Apparently The Regular Season Is Irrelevant In The NHL

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While the opening round of the NBA playoffs so far could have been blindly simulated, chaos is governing the ice.Ranked dead last in early January, the St. Louis Blues completed arguably the greatest midseason U-turn in NHL history by advancing to the conference semifinals. And that’s probably just the third-most-surprising storyline of this young postseason. Tampa Bay and Calgary, the top seeds in each conference, survived less than two weeks, combining to win a single game. Never before had the President’s Trophy-winning team been swept. Never before had the top seeds both been eliminated in the opening round.It has already seemed like “the year of the underdog” in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. But unlike its hardcourt brethren, the NHL is accustomed to things not going to plan in the “second season.” So how does this postseason stack up against years past? Using the archived money lines at SportsOddsHistory.com, we can decipher a team’s implied probability of advancing and use that to rank the wildest opening rounds in Stanley Cup history. After marauding the league during the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were installed as 1-to-4 favorites going into their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jon Cooper’s outfit won the President’s Trophy behind 128 points and 62 regular-season wins, which tied for the most ever. Tampa was the league’s highest-scoring team by a generous margin, spearheaded by three 40-goal snipers — a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in nearly a quarter-century. Not since 2009-10 had there been a bigger favorite in a series.1That year, Washington, Chicago and San Jose all had implied odds greater than 77 percent. Columbus checked in at +325, which translates to a 23 percent implied probability of winning after adjusting for the cut of the bookmaker, or the vigorish.2We calculated the true implied odds by dividing the implied probability of one team by the sum of the implied probability of both teams. Tampa Bay fell apart against the new-kids-on-the-block Blue Jackets in what could be argued was the single biggest collapse in modern sport. What’s more, it was the first series win in Columbus franchise history.“In today’s game with the parity, it’s not unusual that an eight [seed] beats a one anymore,” Cooper said after the loss. “Everybody’s that close.”North of the border, the Calgary Flames were given a 67 percent implied probability of winning their series against the Colorado Avalanche. Bill Peters’s squad included the league’s second-best offense3Tied with Boston. and a triumvirate of 30-goal scorers. After taking the series opener, Calgary got buried in four straight games by the Avalanche, a wild-card club with the 17th-best record in the NHL.“Obviously we were the big underdogs,” Avs center Nathan MacKinnon said. “And no one picked us to win.”But the pandemonium didn’t stop there. Despite not having home ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 59 percent implied probability of winning their series against the New York Islanders. They were promptly swept. The Nashville Predators, which had reached at least the second round in three consecutive seasons, had a 61 percent implied probability against the Dallas Stars, but the Preds fell in just six games.The Vegas Golden Knights, last season’s expansion surprise, were slight favorites over the San Jose Sharks despite not having home ice. But the Sharks came back from down 3-1 in the series to force a Game 7, in which they found the net four times on one power play and edged Vegas in an all-time classic. “That’s a once in a lifetime game,” Sharks center Logan Couture told The Athletic. “I don’t think my heart can take another one like that.”The Winnipeg Jets, meanwhile, entered the season on the short list of Cup contenders but were slight underdogs against St. Louis even with their home ice. They lasted only six games in the playoffs. And the Toronto Maple Leafs gave the favored Boston Bruins all they could handle before falling in Game 7. There’s potential for more chaos as well: The defending champion Washington Capitals hold home ice and a 57 percent implied probability of winning. But they failed to put away the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 and will need to win a series-deciding seventh game on Wednesday to stay alive.In total, of the seven teams to advance so far to the second round, just two were favored (St. Louis and Boston), and just three of those with home ice advanced (Boston, San Jose and New York). Last year, seven of the eight opening-round matchups were won by the team holding home ice. Since the turn of the century, only 18 away teams have advanced to the second round without an implied probability of at least 35 percent. Two have come this season.Which is to say, the second round won’t be as top-heavy in terms of quality as it has been in recent years. From the 2010-11 season through last year’s playoffs,4Excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. the average team to qualify for a conference semifinal team had been a 105-point outfit that was 0.39 goals better than the average team in that given season, according to Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System. The average of this year’s crop is a 99-point outfit that’s 0.29 goals better than average. Three of the four best teams in the league didn’t even reach the second round. This means that the eventual winner is anybody’s guess: MoneyPuck.com gives six teams odds of better than 10 percent to win the whole thing, with the Blues leading the pack at 16 percent.These gargantuan first-round upsets are rare, regardless of the sport. In MLB’s wild-card era, only five teams touting the best conference record have failed to reach the second round, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In the NBA, a 1- or 2-seed hasn’t lost in the opening round of the playoffs since the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in 2012. But with its randomness, hockey stands out for its opportunities to surprise. Research by Michael J. Lopez, Gregory J. Matthews and Benjamin S. Baumer found that, on average, the better NBA team in a best-of-7 series advances 80 percent of the time. To match that rate, the NHL would require a best-of-51 series.This postseason has been a difficult one for giants, with new blood chasing Lord Stanley’s Mug. And while the outcome in the NHL is far less predetermined than, say, the NBA or NFL, it’s been a banner two-week stretch of upsets. Suffice it to say that luck goes a long way in hockey (so too does a red-hot goalie). But seldom does the best team hoist the trophy at season’s end. That’s what makes professional hockey special — you can witness history every time you tune in. read more

Two men arrested after burglary and fire at Chief Whips office

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first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested in connection with burglaries and fires at two commercial offices in New Ross Co Wexford early this morning, including the constituency office of government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe.It is understood that the second premises targeted by the two men was a solicitor’s office in the town.Both offices were ransacked and small fires were lit inside each property – in one case in the boiler room of the building – but were quickly brought under control by emergency services.Gardaí confirmed that two men, aged 21 and 33, were detained in New Ross today and are being held for questioning in connection with the incidents.Read: Chief Whip says leaking of elements of IBRC plan is ‘unfortunate’>last_img read more

I needed something to centre myself around US woman learned Irish to

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first_img‘I needed something to centre myself around’: US woman learned Irish to improve memory loss Shannon O’Neill is travelling to Ireland in the summer to visit Gaeltacht areas and advance her level of Irish. You’re not just a sick person, you’re a person that’s getting better. You have goals, whether it’s learning a language or reading a book and it’s about having something there to ground you, celebrating the small victories, and using them on the days when you think ‘oh my god am I ever going to get better?’SHANNON O’NEILL was studying Music Education in Los Angeles when she got sick in her senior year.She was diagnosed with viral meningitis, and although it wasn’t fatal or deadly, it seriously impacted her cognitive ability, both her short-term and long-term memory.“It’s like the flu, it can hit you at any time,” the 22-year-old told TheJournal.ie.“It was so unexpected when I got sick. You hear about it happening other people, but suddenly that person was me, and it forced me to reform my identity.”Shannon is a fifth generation Irish-American. The family on her father’s side were from Ireland and married into the Irish-American community in Michigan.But even though ‘O’Neill’ is her last name, she said she never felt she could claim her ancestry as her own, as she was so far removed and had never been to Ireland.Her diagnosis sparked Shannon to reevaluate what was a priority, and took the opportunity to turn something negative into a positive. So she started learning Irish.By working on something every day, recognising words and remembering grammar, I was improving my short-term memory. It gave me something to centre myself on so I didn’t feel so lost in my day-to-day life.Through using DuoLingo everyday, her memory function started to improve, and she developed a curiosity about Irish culture.“I became really interested in the culture that I had no idea about. I started getting books out of the library on Irish culture, politics, literature and music.”After 462 days of learning Irish, Shannon’s completed DuoLingo’s ‘skill tree’ and now describes herself as an advanced beginner/intermediary speaker of Irish.I do struggle with the way the language visually looks differently to how it sounds. But I have to be patient with myself and give it time. Apr 23rd 2017, 9:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3349879 15 Comments 22,201 Views Share865 Tweet Email7 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL She says although DuoLingo isn’t an all-inclusive tool to learn a language, it does give learners a solid footing to progress their language skills further.Once I started learning Irish, connecting with that community, I started going on Irish language days and weekends in the learner community.“I do think it was a formative transition in my life that’s really stuck with me.”Shannon’s also recovered from the symptoms of meningitis with minimal lasting effects.Céim eileThe next step for Shannon is to travel to Ireland, visiting all the Gaeltachts in the area in an attempt to improve her Irish. Source: Shutterstock/Evelien BuijnstersThis summer, I’ll be using the rest of the money I’ve saved up for college to travel for three months around the different Gaeltachts and speak as much as possible.Her plan is to fly to Dublin, travel west to Limerick city, the Dingle peninsula, up to Galway city, and then hugging the coastline all the way along the west, north and then east, bringing her back down to Dublin again.After that, she returns to her job as a substitute teacher, and wants to teach Irish in middle school (secondary school for 11- to 14-year-olds).Does she think students would be interested?“I believe that I could make it interesting by teaching the background to it. I know interest hasn’t been a huge success in Ireland but it’s making a comeback and I’d like to be a part of that.”And what does her family make of her new-found passion for her Irish ancestry?“They’re interested, but they’re not quite sure what to think.I guess you don’t realise the work and studying someone’s put in everyday until they get a job in that field.This weekend Shannon will be attending the New York City’s Féile na Gaeilge, an annual all-day celebration of the Irish language. This year will focus on the classic Irish-language novel Cré na Cille, with speakers, lecturers and translators attending.“One thing I have to say,” Shannon adds, “is the community of Irish learners are the friendliest and most supportive community. The people I’ve met through learning Irish are so kind and so passionate about learning the language.”Read: A Czech Gaeilgeoir tells us why people should go to this Irish-language festivalFactCheck: Are there really more Polish speakers than Irish speakers in Northern Ireland? Source: Shutterstock/Osadchaya OlgaBeing diagnosed with an illness, I sometimes explain it as, ‘I had to greet myself as a new friend’ because there are changes that you have to accept, and you need something to centre yourself around. Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

Quelque 100 fermes solaires verront bientôt le jour au Japon

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first_imgQuelque 100 fermes solaires verront bientôt le jour au JaponLe gouvernement japonais a fait passer une loi qui oblige les compagnies d’électricité à acheter à un tarif déterminé toute la production issue des énergies renouvelables. De ce fait, les fermes solaires poussent comme des champignons.Le gouvernement japonais souhaite augmenter de façon considérable la part des énergies renouvelables dans la production d’électricité. En effet, depuis la catastrophe de Fukushima le 11 mars 2011, 49 des 50 réacteurs nucléaires que compte le Japon restent à l’arrêt (un vient d’être redémarré) et la population ne veut plus de l’énergie atomique. Dans cet esprit, une loi est entrée en vigueur hier. Elle oblige les compagnies d’électricité à acheter toute la production d’électricité proposée par des fournisseurs tiers à un tarif fixé par avance et censé encourager les initiatives de nombreuses entreprises.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, de nombreux projets ont déjà vu le jour. Comme le rapporte l’AFP, la société Softbank a inauguré ce dimanche une centrale solaire à Kyoto et son patron a prévu la construction de 11 centrales solaires ou éoliennes dans tout l’archipel. De même, diverses municipalités ont mis en exploitation de nouvelles installations capables d’alimenter plusieurs centaines voire plusieurs milliers de foyers. En tout, il y aurait actuellement en construction ou projet dans l’ensemble du Japon plus de 100 fermes de panneaux photovoltaïques d’une puissance unitaire de plus d’un mégawatt, estime le groupe d’information économique Nikkei. Le gouvernement estime que la puissance électrique fournie par les énergies renouvelables atteindra cette année l’équivalent de deux réacteurs nucléaires de moyen gabarit, soit 2 500 mégawatts.Les plus gros chantiers sont prévus à Minamisoma, à moins de 30 kilomètres de Fukushima, où le groupe Toshiba s’apprête à construire un parc solaire réparti en plusieurs lieux de la ville pour alimenter environ 30.000 foyers. De même, le groupe Kyocera a annoncé la construction prochaine d’une centrale solaire de 70 mégawatts destinée à approvisionner 22.000 maisonnées dans la préfecture de Kagoshima (sud-ouest) et divers autres projets de plus ou moins grande importance sont en cours dans l’ensemble du pays. La maison de commerce japonaise Marubeni et une dizaine d’autres entreprises nippones ambitionnent quant à elles de créer une ferme d’éoliennes flottantes au large de Fukushima. Si ce projet se réalise, il devrait permettre de fournir du courant à 100.000 foyers. Le 2 juillet 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gerrards Rangers need to push Celtic says Former Rangers McCulloch

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first_imgEx-Ranger’s captain Lee McCulloch has said that fighting for the title and winning silverware has to be the major aim for Steven Gerrard, new Ibrox manager who resumed duty today.He also said that managing the expectation levels of the fans will be a big challenge since the Ibrox side intends to cut the gap on Celtic.“A good season would be challenging Celtic all the way,” McCulloch, 40, told BBC.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Obviously winning would be brilliant, but if you don’t it’s got to be at least second best, and to bring some sort of silverware back to Ibrox.“The expectation level of the fans, because they had the glory years for so many years apart from the last four and five, has been ‘we’ve got to win’.”Gerrard had won nine trophies as a player with Liverpool, including the year 2005 Champions League, and was capped 114 times by England. He went into coaching with Liverpool’s academy before agreeing to move to Glasgow. He takes over from Graeme Murty, who left the manager’s job three games before the end of last season.last_img read more

Klopp on Dortmund defeat We didnt create chances

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first_imgJurgen Klopp was left feeling that Liverpool ultimately paid a big price for failing to convert their early dominance into goalscoring opportunities as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on SundayLast season’s Champions League runners-up got off to a promising start at the Bank of America stadium in their United States tour with defender Virgil van Dijk’s first-half header setting the side on course for their fourth win in five pre-season games.However, the players began to fatigue as the game progressed before American forward Christian Pulisic equalised for Dortmund with a penalty.The highly-rated youngster then added a second before Danish winger Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed a 3-1 win for Dortmund.“The beginning of Dortmund was good, then we controlled the game kind of but we didn’t create chances,” Klopp told the club website.“But we scored the goal after a nice set-piece. Set-pieces were probably the most positive thing today. In the second half we played much better against a completely different Dortmund side. Our pressing was much better. Dortmund tried to play football and played our cards, if you want, which helps us a little bit to do this. We won the balls but we didn’t do very good things with the balls we won.”He continued: “The surprise is that we scored the goal in the first half and not in the second half. We had two big chances after set-pieces again with Dom Solanke and Joe Gomez. We had a big, big chance with Ojo. Daniel was in a few good moments. We had these moments and I liked the football we played there.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The German coach lamented the penalty they gave away that enabled Pulisic to equalise for Dortmund.“We had two drinks breaks that were not drinks breaks deep in our own half, around our box. We lost the ball again, had it back and lost it again; Pulisic can go in the box and it’s a penalty. Dortmund scored a similar goal against City. That can happen, I don’t like it but it can happen and it’s easy to explain. On a day like this, you have to stay strong and show desire still or kind of greed that you at least want to keep the result at 1-1,” said Klopp.But overall Liverpool’s inability to create enough chances were what ultimately sealed their fate against Klopp’s former club.“At one moment we could have scored again and had this very tight offside situation. I watched it back and they were both onside but we cannot change that anymore. It felt like that in the game. It would have been two big chances, James Milner alone in front of the goal,” he said.“It doesn’t help really and I don’t want to excuse the result but we had these situations and didn’t, or couldn’t, use them. Then Dortmund scored a second and the third was really too much. The fourth would have been possible after we lost the ball again, you could see morale was really down. We have to learn from it, that’s how it is, and then we have to go again.”Liverpool will next face Manchester City on Thursday morning at 02:05 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Health care website passed recent security test

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first_imgWASHINGTON — Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama’s health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.But a congressional hearing featuring three senior technology experts from within the Health and Human Services Department also revealed a broader internal debate before the hapless launch of HealthCare.gov last fall.One of the witnesses, HHS Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman, said he personally brought security issues to the attention of the department’s second-in-command, Bill Corr, as well as another senior official. It’s unclear what, if anything, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House officials were told.The maddening technical problems that frustrated consumers for weeks as they tried to sign up for health insurance would pale in comparison if a serious security breach compromised the names, Social Security numbers, incomes and other personal information of millions of Americans.Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are trying to build a case that the administration recklessly ignored security concerns to meet a self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline for flipping the switch. The administration — and Democratic lawmakers– say all issues were addressed through special vigilance instituted just before the launch. While Republicans have raised questions, they have yet to find a smoking gun.last_img read more

Amit Shah wants Presidents rule extended in Jammu and Kashmir

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first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday moved a statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend the President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months with effect from July 3 and said Assembly elections will be held by the year end. While tabling the resolution, Shah said that the Election Commission had agreed to postpone the Assembly elections and that these will be held after the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “It is not possible to hold elections in Jammu and Kashmir now. The Election Commission has decided to conduct the elections by the year end,” he said. “For the past several decades, the elections have not taken place in the state during these months.” The proposal to extend President’s rule was opposed by K. Premachandran of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Manish Tiwari of the Congress. Both argued that if the Lok Sabha polls could be held now, so can the Assembly elections.last_img read more

Nasscom rejects Murthys immigration agents comment on Indian IT firms

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first_imgThe National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) rejected NR Narayana Murthy’s comment wherein he called Indian IT firms as behaving like “immigration agents.” In an Economic Times article dated April 6, Murthy was quoted as saying: “My belief was that a corporation that has global aspiration has to be fair to its global employees. All Indian companies guarantee visas, they guarantee green cards. The whole exercise has become as if they are immigration agents. I am sorry to say that. Indian companies behave as if they are agents for their employees to cross the Atlantic.”The ET cited another report, saying that Murthy reportedly told this to a delegate at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. The chairman emeritus of Infosys said: it was “imperative for the IT companies to create local jobs as it was their responsibility to do so.”  In 2010, Infosysprepared a model to help it reduce its dependence on H1 and L1 visas. The ‘extreme offshore’ model propagated by Murthy along with Kris Gopalakrishnan, however, failed to yield desired results, according to another report by the Business Standard.”I introduced it in 2011, but the model has not been pursued after my exit in 2014,” Murthy was quoted as saying.As the chairman of the software services company then, he had overseen the implementation of the model with an aim to achieve 95 percent offshore utilisation capabilities. His intention was to prepare the company to face an extreme anti-work visa posturing by the U.S. political parties. According to the BS report, the “model was not feasible” even a year after its implementation. Analysts also confirmed the company’s experimentation with the model fell short of expectation.IT industry body said Murthy’s statement was “not the view of the industry.” Nasscom President Chandrasekhar said: “… nor does it reflect the reality of what the industry is doing for companies in the US. The industry has evolved hugely over the years, and the value and efficiency they created for their customers is tremendous. One should also not forget that there is a skill shortage in the US.” With deals getting smaller and competition increasing, analysts believe, being closer to the customer matters. A close look at the industry reveals that good performers are the ones who have remained close to the customer, be it in sales or senior management or talent, they said.”I suppose they still work with a few clients but it did not have any major impact. Moreover it is not possible for the industry to be visa free. There is not enough talent in these markets,” said an analyst of a leading brokerage firm to the BS.Sanchit Gogia, chief analyst and CEO, Greyhound Research, explained that the Indian services model is just not about offshore. He added it has always been a calculated mix of three aspects –offshore, onshore and near shore — and investments over the years have gone to balance these three strategies.The recent two-fold hike in the U.S. visa fee for temporary immigrant workers (categorised as H1B and L1) and the number of such visas apportioned each year have grown to be the sticking points in India-U.S. relations. India’s largest IT service company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the largest employer among Indian companies, both in the U.S and the European markets. The company has stepped up initiatives to hire from US campuses. Infosys, in 2014, had said its campus hiring in the US for the year stood at 250 and the company intended to push the number to 1,000.last_img read more

Editors Council wants free movement of journos vehicles

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first_imgEditors CouncilThe Editors’ Council on Wednesday urged the election commission to ensure the free movement of journalists’ vehicles for three days from 29 to 31 December, reports UNB.The Council made the call in a letter signed by its general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam.The letter was sent to the chief election commissioner as per a decision of the council taken in meeting held on Wednesday.”Free movement of motorcycles of journalists or media activists and motor vehicles of journalists or newspapers should be ensured,” the letter reads.last_img read more

Harris County DA To Review Case Of Freed Death Row Inmate

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first_img Share Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has named Houston lawyer John Raley to review the case of former Texas death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown to determine if Brown is actually innocent of the shooting death of a Houston police officer and eligible for nearly $2 million in state compensation.Brown was freed in 2015 after spending a decade on death row for the 2003 slaying of Officer Charles Clark during a robbery of a check-cashing store. Brown insisted he wasn’t involved. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a new trial, ruling his rights were violated because a detective failed to turn over telephone records that could have aided his defense.The previous district attorney, Devon Anderson, dropped charges but declined to pursue Brown’s actual innocence claim.last_img read more