ScienceShot: Lightning-Fast Recycling

first_imgA lot happens in the instant you yank your hand away from a hot stove. Your neurons fire, releasing hundreds of bubbles filled with chemicals called neurotransmitters (orange in artist’s conception above) into a microscopic junction called a synapse, which connects the cell to its neighbor. Then the bubbles reform (yellow), and the whole process begins again. Now it turns out the process is even faster than scientists thought. By genetically programming mouse neurons to fire in response to flashes of blue light, freezing them with liquid nitrogen at millisecond intervals, and photographing them with an electron microscope, a team of researchers has discovered that the whole thing happens in about 100 milliseconds—up to 200 times quicker than previously proposed mechanisms. Rather than using a protein to facilitate the process by building a scaffold for the vesicles, or another proposed mechanism called “kiss-and-run,” in which vesicles merely “kiss” the inside of the first neuron, briefly merging with it and emptying their contents into the synapse, the researchers found that vesicles are fully formed, then recycled to form new bubbles only one-tenth of a second after they release their cargo into the synapse. This near-instantaneous recycling is likely what makes the nervous system so fast and its function so seamless, the scientists report today in Nature. They say studying the process could enhance our understanding of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Tim Cone ‘steaming mad’ at Raymond Aguilar for garbage-time shot in Ginebra win

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra locked up the third seet PBA Philippine Cup playoffs after an 86-76 win over also-ran Meralco on Wednesday, but Ginebra coach Tim Cone wasn’t all that happy with how the game ended.Greg Slaughter gave the Gin Kings an 84-73 lead with 1:07 left, enough time for the Bolts to make a last-ditch comeback but they couldn’t convert on the three chances they had with Chris Newsome missing a three with around 20 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT With still a game left in its schedule, Ginebra is assured of the no. 3 spot regardless of the result of Wednesday’s match against NorthPort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles READ: PBA: Ginebra locks up 3rd seed after crushing also-ran Meralco With the game all but over, Raymond Aguilar decided to sneak in a late basket to give Ginebra the 86-73 lead but Cone did not like his player’s antics one bit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m furious at Raymond taking that shot, I’m steaming,” said Cone as per the league’s official website. “I’m sorry to coach Norman [Black] and his team for this.”Aguilar played just 42 seconds in the game and his last-minute layup was his only field goal of the match. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Amid inconsistent season, Desiree Cheng eager to put on better performance for La Salle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sreesanth gave 70+ seats to BJP in Kerala, exit polls give 0-4

first_imgIn Thiruvananthapuram, former India cricketer S Sreesanth is in a situation politically equivalent to a batsman coming down the crease but missing the ball. The pacer’s demeanour in the Assembly elections has reflected supreme optimism like the batsman’s footwork, but much like the stranded hitter, his political career hangs very much in the balance.”I am optimistic about BJP’s chances. I am looking at 71+ seats,” said Sreesanth when he landed in Thiruvananthapuram after casting his vote in Ernakulam. Sreesanth is the BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.Sreesanth hopes central power comes to KeralaSreesanth seemed upset as he visited several polling booths in the constituency. “All symbols except the lotus works in some booths,” he said pointing out how he noticed during his lunch break that “the media is only talking about UDF and LDF without asking people who have voted for the BJP”. Sreesanth hopes that the central power comes to the state and he would have voted for the saffron party even if he was not a candidate. But 71+ seats for the party that is yet to open an account in Kerala is quite a bit of a stretch considering exit polls gave them 0 to 4 seats.The former cricketer whose career in sports went up in smoke after he faced allegations of spot fixing, jumped fences. From sports to movies to music to business to politics.Shashi Tharoor said Sreesanth is out of his depth as politician”I like Sreesanth as a person and as a cricketer but Sreesanth as a politician is out of depth. His own party has not done him a favor fielding him in this constituency. He is from the Kochi area,” said Shashi Tharoor MP, a concern many youngsters in the city too shared.advertisementTharoor pointed out that his constituency Thiruvananthapuram, with several government servant, retired officers, was not very hospital to celebrities or sportsmen. Despite this, Sreesanth was fielded to contest against the sitting MLA and Kerala’s Health Minister VS Shivakumar.But Sreesanth’s confidence is unmatched to any other candidate one would have met in the last two months across Kerala. Not just for himself but for the party too. Or is it unrealistic over confidence? May 19th will answer. Like Sreesanth said “there is so much politics going around. I am learning something everyday.”last_img read more

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10 months agoCarroll admits West Ham let themselves down for Burnley defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Carroll admits West Ham let themselves down for Burnley defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Andy Carroll says they let themselves down for defeat at Burnley.The Hammers gave themselves a mountain to climb after falling 2-0 down to goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil before the break – and it was a summit they couldn’t reach even after the introduction of Carroll and Grady Diangana at half-time.“It was very disappointing, a poor game for everyone,” he said. “We’re much better than that and I thought we could have done better from start to finish.“Second half we created a few more chances, but it was disappointing not to get many before then and obviously see them create so many.“Luckily we had Lukasz in net and he’s been great all season. He kept us in it.“I had a couple of chances, it was a great save from Tom Heaton. Cress put a good ball in and he saved it well. I was unlucky there, but overall it’s just a bad day.“We’re a good team and we’ve had a lot of players out injured. When they come back it will be a big boost, but we have a good team and we’ve just got to put this behind us and move on.” last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa replace Nagarkoti and Mavi in KKR squad

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 18:46 IST IPL 2019: KC Cariappa joined Kolkata Knight Riders for training ahead of the new season. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTS27-year-old Sandeep Warrier stepped in for injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for IPL 2019Shivam Mavi was also replaced by KC Cariappa due to injuryKKR have their IPL 2019 campaign opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on March 24Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scouts always had an eye on Sandeep Warrier and the little-known Kerala pacer was “highly” recommended by them, the team’s bowling coach Omkar Salvi said here on Sunday.The 27-year-old medium-pacer was drafted in the squad after Kamlesh Nagarkoti was ruled out for this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a foot injury.Karnataka spinner K.C. Cariappa was also signed as replacement for the injured Shivam Mavi.”Warrior has done really well in the domestic season. Our talent scouters watched him and recommended his name strongly,” Salvi told reporters on the sidelines of KKR’s practice session at the Eden Gardens.”KKR has been blessed with a lot of unique and versatile bowlers. We are excited to work with them,” he said.Warrier took eight wickets in the recently-concluded T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. During the domestic tournament, he also starred in Kerala’s nail-biting win against Andhra by picking up a hat-trick.It’s Official: We have a warrior among the #Knights!Welcome Sandeep Warrier, who will join our squad for #VivoIPL 2019#KKRHaiTaiyaar #KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/nW78enkngvKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 17, 2019With 12 wickets, he was also the highest wicket-taker for Kerala in the Vijay Hazare trophy this season. The 27-year-old has also been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore setup in the past.Meanwhile, leg-spinner Cariappa, has represented Kings XI Punjab in 10 matches, taking eight wickets.In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 24-year old Cariappa played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s title triumph by taking 10 wickets at an average of 20.60.advertisement”He did really well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali and throughout the year in Vijay Hazare too. He deserves a spot and that’s why he is there. He has developed himself into a much better bowler,” Salvi said when asked about bringing Cariappa back despite not getting success in his first attempt with the franchise.KKR have a lot of variety in the bowling department, salvi said and added, with the Eden track having good bounce and carry, the two-time champions would look to thrive on the conditions.”We have lot of variation in our attack. From what I have seen, the wicket has good bounce and carry,” he said.KKR will start their campaign with a clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens on March 24.Also Read | Full IPL schedule likely to be released on Monday: BCCI officialAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik will be in World Cup mix for finisher’s role: KKR assistant coachAlso Read | If all goes well, we will play all home games in Kolkata: KKR CEO Venky MysoreAlso Read | Kolkata Knight Riders look to win third title in IPL 2019For 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Sandeep WarrierFollow kc cariappaFollow Kamlesh Nagarkoti IPL 2019: Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa replace Nagarkoti and Mavi in KKR squadIndian Premier League 2019: Sandeep Warrier was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders as an injury replacement for India U-19 World Cup-winning pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti while KC Cariappa replaced injured Shivam Mavi.advertisementlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road, between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one lane closure from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Saturday, May 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road, about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The tolling system at Cobequid Pass on Highway 104 is being renovated. Motorists are asked to follow posted construction signs. Renovations are expected to be completed in mid-July. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-893-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from the Hants County line to Princeport Road, about 7.9 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling, asphalt recycling and asphalt paving from Monday, May 25, until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, for about 700 metres, will have alternating lane closures for sewer installation until Wednesday, July 15. Flashing lights, barrels and traffic cones are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A detour is available on Route 331 and King Street in Bridgewater. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road from the Amherst town line west to Route 302, about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and asphalt concrete paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336 from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line, about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, east from Exit 10 for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold-planing and paving until Saturday, May 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bass River Wharf Road and Judge Fulton Road will be closed, except to local traffic, for chip seal, pulverization and gravelling until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure Traffic on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Tuesday, June 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Drivers using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Tuesday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Officer: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1, through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and asphalt paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 Fax: 902-543-5596 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 between Exit 29 at Barney’s River, Pictou Co., to the Antigonish County Line will be reduced to one lane for road improvements until Tuesday, June 30. Delays are expected. There will be signs, flashing light units and traffic control people on site. Work will take place from Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Wilson Mountain Road Wilson Mountain Road, near Greenfield, will be closed, except to local traffic, for chip sealing until Friday, May 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 10 and Exit 11 will have one-lane closures for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 west of Exit 22, about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, asphalt concrete milling, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 from 318 Overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville, is closed for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 (West Bound Lane) Highway 104, west-bound lane, from CNR overpass to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt cold planing and paving until Monday, June 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101, at Exit 8 near Hantsport, will be reduced to one lane to allow for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, June 3. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road The Bog Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic to allow crews to complete the Bog Road Overpass until Wednesday, May 27. Signs will be in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242 from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan West to Lower Maccan Road, about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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BJP makes inroads into Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The BJP made stunning inroads in Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal, with the trends of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday showing a virtual saffron sweep in the state’s northern parts as also the western tribal heartland while Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s party managed to hold on to its ground in and around Kolkata and a major chunk of the south Bengal.After close to nine hours of counting, the saffron party was leading in 18 of the 42 seats in the state, up from only two in 2014.last_img

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Jeweller among 4 held for robbing 1kg gold in Noida

first_imgNoida: Fours persons, including a Jeweller, have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police in connection with the 1kg gold robbery incident that took place earlier in the month in phase-II police station area of Noida. Police officials said that the accused persons have looted nearly a kilogram of gold and have sold the gold to a jeweller for Rs 30 lakhs. Police have recovered Rs 30 lakhs and 400 gms gold from possession of accused persons.According to police, the arrested persons were identified as Vikas (23), Bhupendra (32), Israr (22) and Ashwini (26), all natives of Dadri area in Greater Noida. Cops said that Ashwini is a jeweller and runs a jewellery shop in Dadri area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar gold reporters that the accused persons were caught while distributing the robbery amount among themselves. “The arrest was made from Dadri area of Greater Noida when the accused persons were distributing the robbery amount. Upon interrogating them, it came to light that Vikas, was the main person who planned robbery and involved his two friends Bhupendra and Israr. Vikas worked at a automobile parts manufacturing company in NSEZ of Noida when he came to know about the movement of two employees of Divya creation company in NSEZ who were ferrying gold in a car to another company’s branch in Okhla,” said Krishna. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”Vikas came to know about the gold from the dispatch counter of NSEZ where they maintain a record of all the goods which is being taken out of the company. He remained stood at the main Gate and soon as the two employees left company with gold, he informed his accomplices who began following them. The employees stopped a car to purchase a pan masala from shop and forgot to take off the car’s key. The duo of accused came to the car and one of them fled with the car while another travelled on their motorcycle. They later left the car at a secluded spot and fled away taking gold which they later sold to Ashwini for Rs 30 lakhs,” added Krishna. The officer further said that the accused will be produced before the court and will be sent to jail.last_img read more

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Algeria Distorts Inaccurately Translates Kerrys Speech on Presidential Election

first_imgFez- Two days after US Secretary of State, John Kerry‘s visit to Algeria, Washington issued a communiqué saying that Kerry’s statement at the opening of the US-Algeria Dialogue during his first visit to Algeria earlier this week was distorted. Following the speech delivered by John Kerry, Algeria’s official news agency released a report in which it stated that the United States “expresses its satisfaction with the electoral process in Algeria.”But the US State Department was quick in issuing a communiqué in which it denied that Kerry made such a statement, adding that his speech was distorted and inaccurately translated, which gives the impression that the United States endorse the electoral process and prejudges the transparency of the presidential elections. “There has been some erroneous reporting on Secretary Kerry’s remarks at the Opening Plenary Session. You have the full English transcript of what Secretary Kerry said. However, we would like to provide for you the State Department’s French translation of Secretary Kerry’s statement that is being incorrectly reported,” said the statement of US State Department,” said the communique.  The US State Department pointed out that Kerry’s original statement that has been inaccurately translated is: “Lastly, you have an election coming up here in Algeria two weeks from now. We look forward to elections that are transparent and in line with international standards, and the United States will work with the president that the people of Algeria choose in order to bring about the future that Algeria and its neighbors deserve.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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UN envoy on sexual violence welcomes African commitment to eradicating the vice

31 March 2011The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today underlined the role of the African leadership in combating sexual violence in the continent, and welcomed the commitment expressed by the African Union (AU) to ensure that the problem is eradicated. “The scourge of sexual violence traverses all of geography and history. But without the political leadership of Africa, we will not succeed in eradicating this international crime,” said Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.“It is essential that the commitment expressed by the AU Peace and Security Council also translates into concrete actions,” Ms. Wallström said in a statement two days after addressing a session of the AU Peace and Security Council dedicated to the issue of women and children affected by armed conflict.She also welcomed the AU’s decision to appoint a Special Representative on Women, Peace and Security and pledged her support for the envoy, who will serve as a point of contact to strengthen AU-UN partnership on the issue.“Some practical areas for such cooperation include ensuring that sexual violence is reflected consistently in curricula of the major peacekeeping training institutes in Africa, and in the training programmes of all African troop-contributing countries,” said Ms. Wallström.She lauded the decision to deploy advisers to AU peacekeeping and political missions to ensure that women, peace and security concerns are consistently reflected in monitoring and reporting, mediation efforts, and in peace processes and agreements, and commended the AU’s support for the appointment of more women as Special Representatives and its support for women’s involvement in peace processes.“In order to ensure concerted action, I strongly encourage the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council to include conflict-related sexual violence as an item on the agenda of their annual meeting,” Ms. Wallström added. read more

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Worlds postal workers can help bridge digital divide says UN agency chief

“Today, the post office is so much more than the place you go to send or receive a letter or parcel; it is also a hub for electronic and financial services,” Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director General Edouard Dayan stressed in a message for World Post Day, celebrated annually on 9 October, the day the UPU was founded in 1874.Thus the postal sector plays an important role in achieving the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Tunisia next month.“The Post is present everywhere, even in the remotest corners of many countries, and serves as a key point of access to the outside world. Its doors are open to all, without discrimination, making it a fundamentally universal phenomenon, a force for integration,” Mr. Dayan said, stressing the important role the postal sector plays in the new information society.The world postal network is pushing back the physical, digital and financial frontiers through the effective use of new technologies, thus helping to build national economies and reducing poverty around the world, he added.Mr. Dayan, a veteran French postal official, took over the leadership of the Berne-based 190-member UPU in January, declaring his vision of an efficient, innovative, united and open organization, ready to use the tools of the new age.Each year, 5 million employees process and deliver 424 billion domestic letter-post items, some 6 billion international items and more than 4.4 billion ordinary parcels. read more

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Visiting scholars settle in at Brock

Lucia Porcu or Tolga Torun chat at the We Welcome the World reception.Neither Lucia Porcu or Tolga Torun had been to Canada before when their planes touched down a month ago. Now, they navigate Brock University like pros.The visiting PhD candidates – Torun from Bilecik University in Turkey, Porcu from Granada University in Spain – said when they first got to Brock, the campus seemed “complicated” to get around.“The first day, it seemed so big,” Porcu said.Now they are among 17 visiting scholars who have become part of the fabric of the university, all honoured at Brock International’s We Welcome the World reception at Pond Inlet on Oct. 25.Porcu and Torun study marketing communications. Porcu is researching integrated marketing communications, while Torun researches the impact of marketing communications in virtual communities like Facebook and MySpace. Both came to Brock to work with Philip Kitchen, new Dean of Business and recognized expert in the field.“He’s a very good professor. He’s had a very important impact,” said Torun, who describes Kitchen as “a guru” in marketing communications.Torun, who will be at Brock until February 2011, calls Canada a “nice place to live.” Porcu, at Brock until December, describes it as quiet compared to bustling southern Europe.Their visit has been more than just academia. They’ve already toured Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Travel plans before they head home include Toronto, Montreal and New York City.Brock’s current visiting scholars include professor and graduate students from as far as Pakistan, Egypt, China, Iran and Columbia. Among them are:Jurgen Kramer, a professor from the University of Dortmund in Germany teaching courses in Joseph Conrad and Later Victorian LiteratureSalwa Helmy Aly Youssef, a PhD candidate from Beni Suef University in Egypt who is researching human rights educationRui Li, a PhD candidate from Central University of Finance and Economics in China who is researching earnings consistency and riskiness related to executive compensationYutae Seo, a graduate student from Myungji University in Korea, who is working with Mathematics professor Thomas Wolf to research the game GoRussell Lawson, a professor from Bacone College in the U.S., is a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies. He will give his inaugural lecture, “The Messengers,” at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Pond Inlet.Get The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

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RBC Capital Markets says Glencore International fast track into the FTSE 100″

first_imgRBC Capital Markets forecasts a near doubling (+98%) of Industrial Activities EBITDA over the coming three years, one of the strongest near-term growth profiles amongst the diversified miners. Glencore’s Industrial asset base is diverse, but EBITDA generation is focused on just five key assets. Kazzinc, Prodeco, Katanga, Mopani, and the Xstrata stake account for 90% of this EBITDA growth contribution through 2013E. “Aside from the five key Industrial assets, the Marketing business is the other key contributor to Glencore, accounting for 38% of group EBITDA last year. Despite forecasting Marketing EBITDA growth of 31% year over year in 2011, our future EBITDA forecasts still do not surpass that generated in 2008 ($3.2 billion). With low visibility in the marketing model we remain conservative on our forecasts, despite Glencore having indicated a strong start to 2011E in trading.“Kazzinc optionality could provide further funding in 2012E We think one of the more interesting near-term aspects of the Glencore story lies with the transformation in the Kazzinc (KZ) stake. $2.2 billion of IPO proceeds are to be allocated to a 42.3% stake purchase, bringing Glencore’s stake in KZ to 93% by year-end 2011E. Glencore may also consider a spin-off of KZ’s Altyntau gold assets as early as 2012E. This fundraising could not only prove significantly value-accretive for Glencore, but it could also raise funds for further industry consolidation.“We have valued Glencore at £6 per share, with a Sector Perform, Average Risk rating. With the inclusion of Glencore in the FTSE 100 (as of the close on May 24), we expect index buying to continue in coming months. We think the stock could trade as high as £6.10 during this period; however, for the stock to trade significantly (+10%) above its current price we think the sector will also need to rerate. Glencore is likely to remain one of the more topical mining investments over the coming 18 months.last_img read more

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ERI wins two desalination contracts for major mining plants in Chile

first_imgPX Pressure Exchangerä (PXä) devices from Energy Recovery Inc (ERI), a global leader in the design and development of energy recovery devices and pumps for desalination and other industrial processes, have been selected for two separate large-scale desalination projects in Chile. The Copiapó Valley project, located in northern Chile, will be built by ACCIONA Agua and is owned by Grupo CAP. The second project, awarded by an undisclosed firm, will also use ERI’s industry-leading PX devices to maximise availability and decrease costs. Both projects are expected to be built in 2012.The desalination projects are designed to secure an adequate supply of water for mining operations. Acciona’s selection of ERI’s PX devices ensures the highest energy efficiency and operational availability while producing water of the best quality, all of which are critical, as projects are subject to strict environmental, financial, and quality standards.The Copiapó plant, producing 17,000 m3/d of water, is expected to be increased to 52,000 m3/d. “Providing critical fresh water supplies to Grupo CAP for mining operations in this region is a task that requires the most reliable and efficient technology possible, which is why ACCIONA selected ERI’s energy recovery devices,” said Julio Zorrilla, ACCIONA Agua International Construction Director. “In selecting ERI, we trust that the PX technology will eliminate costly, unscheduled shut-downs while ensuring that our costs remain low.”“We are pleased that, to date, ERI has been selected for the vast majority of desalination projects in Chile for mining applications. Our unique PX technology is a perfect fit for this application,” said Tom Rooney, CEO of ERI. “With an uptime of 99.8% and a design life of 25 years, our PX devices will ensure fresh water supplies for the mining operations for decades to come.”last_img read more

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Boring couple win 1 compensation for Street View trespassing

first_imgWhile most people see Street View data collection as a good thing allowing us all to better navigate the world, there are a growing number of people who are turned off by it and see it as an invasion of privacy. In some cases that privacy invasion may be warranted, especially if Street Views vehicles start driving down private roads.Aaron and Christine Boring decided to take action against Google for just such an offence. In 2008 a Street View car drove up their private road and captured images of their property. The couple saw this as an invasion of privacy and stated it incurred a devaluation of their home.The case has been ongoing with most of the charges being thrown out of court due to the information Google captured already being publicly available elsewhere. But the Boring couple persevered and have finally got a ruling in their favor. Google is guilty of a Count II Trespass and the judge has awarded them $1 in compensation.Google’s comment on the ruling is as follows:We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs’ acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1. We’re not sure how Aaron and Christine feel about this, hopefully they are focusing on the fact they at least won on one count.Read more at TechCrunchMatthew’s OpinionI can’t help but wonder what would happen if someone drove a car on to one of Google’s properties and started taking photos. Would they sue the individual?If the information collected by the Street View car hadn’t been available elsewhere then this could have gone a completely different way. Google may have been facing up to most of the charges brought, and having to pay much more than a dollar compensation.While Google has every right to travel through public areas taking photos, it should respect private land. When we originally reported on this in 2008 Google stated they do not drive on to private land, but that statement was retracted when someone asked an actual Street View driver and they said they were just told to drive and take pictures. Hopefully more clear guidance is given now.last_img read more

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Rapid Revolution the Irishman making waves in the American sports landscape

first_img By Eoin O’Callaghan Share55 Tweet Email Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 10:44 PM “I’m a big Drogheda United supporter and still follow the league. It’s challenging. It takes a lot of time and a real long-term vision to build what they’ve built here. It takes a group of people who are willing to take losses in the beginning because they’re trying to grow the overall capital value of their teams. They’re not looking for immediate success that’s then going to flame out. They understand how to build these things long-term. But there are huge benefits from a commercial perspective. In the city of Denver, there are more than enough businesses that are willing to come in as partners of the clubs that enable us to become part of the community and generate the finances that’s required to run a professional club in the right way.There’s a much more holistic approach over here. We employ more people selling tickets than we do in any other side of the business. We have partnership marketing groups. They’re not out there looking for someone to just give them money – they’re looking to create long-term strategic partnerships. That doesn’t happen back home. I think it’s still about surviving. Now, there are a number of tremendous people working very, very hard to drive the league – I know that.I still believe the best bet is to go down a similar road to domestic rugby. I think Ireland can absolutely support four really top teams playing in a North Atlantic league or whatever it would be. That would be a very good system. Then have the regional academies under that that would lead to a national academy which I know the FAI have undertaken. But it requires people to realise it takes time and that you need to build the facilities. You need to build the development academy. You need to build the communities. It requires upfront investment and the return on the investment would be some years down the line. It is possible. It’s more challenging than it is here. A lot of the ownership groups over here are involved in multiple sports. Maybe it will take a commitment from a group of individuals who are willing to invest, with an understanding of it being a vision, that it’s the path to get there and when their return on investment will arrive”.Smith has had offers from both clubs and organisations to move back to Europe. But he says his focus is the US. On Saturday, the Rapids got their new season off to a good start with a 1-0 win over New England.With Smith behind the scenes, it should be another eye-catching campaign for them.No Lampard, no Gerrard, no Drogba: new season signals seismic change in MLS attitudeMuch more than Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle: the Irish history in Major League Soccer “He would’ve been aware that I was interested in moving to MLS at some point. He knew I was doing a lot of work from an analytics perspective. The initial call was that they were looking at bringing someone in as Sporting Director and had some different skills – experience with negotiations, analytics, the business side. Initially I was asked to come over and give an assessment and provide a report. That was July 2014 and then it progressed quickly. Weekly phone-calls with the club to try and prepare for what was happening but it was still very loose. I went back again in the August and was pretty much offered the position. I went back over again in December and was up and running in January 2015. So it happened pretty quickly. The big thing for me was, having known Tim so long, I had a lot of faith in what he was going to build. When he talked to me about the long-term plan, it was something I was very excited about. I had always been interested in this side of the business and it was like the perfect storm – everything came together really nicely. I’m thrilled with the decision. I’ve been back to Europe quite a few times and it’s never really tempted me that much, to be honest. It’s an exciting time to be part of soccer in the US”.Smith has a wide, intimidating remit. He’s responsible for the soccer operations of a club from top-to-bottom. There’s the development of the academy. There’s the senior MLS squad. The coaching staff. The scouting staff. The science and analytics department. He admits it can be very challenging, owing to the volume of work across various aspects of an elite sports organisation. But there’s also the wholly unique Major League Soccer environment.Unfairly, the league is constantly compared to other . But it’s a complex place – still in its infancy, developing an identity and with a mesmerising litany of quirks and idiosyncrasies. Firstly, MLS is single-entity: the league – not the clubs – controls player registrations and contracts. There is a salary-cap. But there are three Designated Players per team who are exceptions to it. There is a draft for younger players, as per other US sports. There is no promotion or relegation. And there are no ‘transfers’, as such. Any trade that happens is done under the supervision of the league and can involve some relentlessly confusing MLS-specific jargon like ‘allocation money’, ‘TAM’ or Generation Adidas. No player deal is ever as straightforward as ‘X signs for Y for Z million’. Even for seasoned MLS reporters, the finer details of the business side of the league are as clear as mud.So, when Smith arrived in MLS, he did so in the off-season – when squad turnover is at its peak, contracts need fresh negotiation and finalising recruitment is a pre-requisite. He needed a crash course in the local language.“There’s a lot going on here”, he says.The understatement leads to inevitable laughter.“It’s a very, very interesting and challenging system. But my background has helped. In Ireland I introduced the Salary Cost Protocol as part of my role with the FAI and had done a lot of investigations into salary caps in various parts of the world as part of that. I followed that up by working on Financial Fair Play with Uefa so I had a very good idea of what was going on and had been following the American system anyway. But it’s only when you get inside and really see the complexity that it all comes into focus. It’s a challenge but a wonderful opportunity too. In salary cap system, theoretically, everyone has the same amount of money to invest. Yes, there are the DPs and certain variants there but, for the most part, we’re all playing on a relatively even foothold. But you have to know where you can gain certain advantages”.One area the Rapids have pinpointed in their search for advantages is analytics. Smith has a long-held fascination with it but acknowledges that it’s just another part of a process. Ignoring everything else and merely focusing on crunching data will end in tears. Still, he’s a numbers nerd, hence the invite from Sloan. And the recent numbers have been good for Colorado.In Smith’s debut season, they endured a dismal campaign. They were the worst team in the Western Conference and second-worst overall. A baptism of fire, certainly. Smith was heavily involved in Colorado signing Tim Howard last year – the goalkeeper proving crucial in their run to the Western Conference final. Source: David ZalubowskiBut, in 2016, there was a complete turnaround. They missed out on the top spot in the West by just two points. They had the best defensive record in the league. They knocked out the LA Galaxy in the conference semi-finals only to lose to eventual MLS Cup winners Seattle in the decider.Data certainly played its part in the Rapids’ upturn.“My interest in it stems from baseball”, Smith says.“I was over in Cape Cod in 1999 on a J1 visa and started to follow the Red Sox. But when you come back to Ireland, the only way you can follow them is in the box scores. Then I started to wonder if it could be translated to soccer. At the time, it couldn’t because there wasn’t enough data but as the whole Moneyball explosion came, people started to understand there was potential there to reap benefits from having more information about what was happening on the field.At the Sloan conference, our panel was discussing what the next big stat will be and when we’re going to get it. The next big metric. And I don’t believe that metric is coming. In baseball, they have a stat called WAR which enables all players to be compared regardless of position. It’s a very easy, nice, all-encompassing number that allows you to compare players. But that’s not going to happen in soccer. The key for us is to use analytics as a tool – as part of how we go out and identify players and what players can fit our system best. That comes from having an over-arching philosophy, a game-model, a clear understanding of what the coaches want players to exhibit in each position and then an ability to determine what metrics most closely correlate with success in those attributes. It’s still at the very, very early stages and has to be used in the right way. If you think data is everything, I’m not sure you’re going to get the best use out of it.One risk is gauging how a player deals with transitioning from one league to another. A former Premier League sporting director once told me about signing a goalkeeper whose numbers were incredibly impressive. But, in a better league, he faced less quantity of shots but more quality. Inevitably, he conceded more goals and made fewer saves. The original numbers were a reflection of a specific environment. So, they were essentially redundant when placed in the context of a different league.Inevitably, the software has moved on since. And such an issue is well-known these days.“From a data perspective, we’re looking at building comparability models”, Smith says. Rapid Revolution: the Irishman making waves in the American sports landscape Padraig Smith has been in Colorado for the last two years as the franchise’s sporting director. Short URL Mar 5th 2017, 10:44 PM 5 Comments Wonderful experience talking ⚽️ analytics with @mixedknuts @daniel_stenz @hendrik & @andrew_wiebe yesterday on #SSAC17 soccer panel pic.twitter.com/94A05BYemS— Padraig Smith (@padraigsmith) March 4, 2017center_img 28,671 Views http://the42.ie/3272140 Source: Padraig Smith/Twitter PADRAIG SMITH HAS just been a panelist at MIT’s much-vaunted Sloan Sports Analytics Conference when we chat.He was part of a group discussion entitled Juggling Expectations: The Emergence of Soccer Analytics. Alongside him were Ted Knutson – the owner and founder of Statsbomb and a former Head of Player Analytics at Brentford and Midtjylland – and Hendrik Almstadt, ex-Arsenal and Aston Villa and now Player Relations Director at the PGA European Tour.The big leagues.“A lot of smart people”, Smith says.“A lot of good, stimulating conversation”.It was his debut as a contributor and he’ll certainly be invited back. Smith, in a very short time immersed in the North American sports landscape, is busily making a name for himself.In November 2014, the Meath native was hired by Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids as their Sporting Director having previously spent three years with Uefa’s Financial Analysis Group and, before that, a similar stint with the FAI as Internal Compliance Office.“I had known Tim Hinchey (Rapids’ president) for some time – ever since his days with Derby County”, he says. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Let’s go @DroghedaUnited …hopefully Fabio has another cup winning performance in him! #FAICupFinal— Padraig Smith (@padraigsmith) November 3, 2013 Source: Padraig Smith/Twitter Colorado Rapids’ manager Pablo Mastroeni. Source: Ted S. Warren“It’s not an exact science yet. You need a far deeper pool of players who have played across multiple leagues so you can really extrapolate and get a better understanding of how that transition will go. There’s still trial and error with this and that’s where the value of subjective scouting becomes so important and understanding the differences in leagues. Certain leagues will exhibit a tactical flavour that’s different from MLS. The Norwegian league is different from the Dutch league which is different from the Belgian league. They all have their own tendencies. So, it’s understanding what you’re looking for. For us, it’s understanding what Pablo (Mastroeni, the Rapids’ manager) wants, understanding what players best fit what he wants and then identify the subjective attributes we see when we scout and the objective performance metrics we can analyse with data and then find and build a profile of a player we think will excel in the system Pablo plays.We’re developing our own proprietary player evaluation system, that’s also a scouting tool. So it looks to combine both objective and subjective measures. And we’re developing an algorithm that will give us a ranking on that basis. We obtain information from a lot of different sources and it’s about refining that and building your own model that allows you to best use that information”.The Rapids are owned by Stan Kroenke, who has a wide portfolio of sporting interests as part of his KSE group. What that means is that Smith and his colleagues have a litany of resources at their disposal and a litany of brains to pick. Source: Richard Vogel“We’re part of such a large sporting group with Arsenal in the Premier League, the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL, the Denver Nuggets in the NBA, we have the Mammoth who play in the lacrosse league”, he says.“In our headquarters downtown, we have a KSE analytics department. We have a full-time analyst with the Rapids but also have this access to a level of expertise that no other club in MLS has, in my opinion. We can bounce ideas off these guys. We can take models they’ve built – particularly in the comparability area – where they’ve investigated how a player can translate from the Canadian amateur league to the NHL. It may not be completely appropriate but it gives us a starting point that’s very useful. And it’s great to sit with these guys and think about things in a different way and not be focused on the prevailing wisdom in soccer. We like to try and think outside the box and examine different areas to see if we can gain marginal advantages we think will be hugely beneficial to us”.It’s all a reminder of where MLS is and how far its come.The perception is of a hokey, half-hearted place filled with fading veterans well past their sell-by date and with the majority of squads made up by a litany of well-intentioned but very limited players. Certainly, the league has had its misguided moments. But in recent seasons, it has emerged as a solid, dependable product.In the past four years, there have been four different champions. The bulk of the US and Canadian national teams now ply their trade in MLS. Some expensive high-profile talent have struggled – namely Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – and were quickly cut. The fanbase has grown smarter and is now acutely aware that the sprinkling of stardust is not a tangible long-term strategy.For years, experience was crucial to MLS teams and they were regularly flooded with players in the twilight of their careers. But there has been a shift. Supporters are now more excited at the prospect of young, exciting talent like Jordan Morris and Jack Harrison than some bloated, ageing import. And so are the franchises.“If you look at the average age of the teams now, it’s well below 30″, Smith says. Jordan Morris, who plays with the Seattle Sounders, is well-regarded and an exciting young prospect. Source: Ted S. Warren“We’re in a space now where, outside of the top-5 leagues in the world, we can compete financially with anyone else. There’s an attractiveness for players to come over here that’s really helping us identify and recruit better talent. The league has grown immeasurably. The TV deals have exposed other players around the world to what’s going on in MLS. And that entices more to come over. And for younger players, they’re now saying, ‘This is a league of choice for me  – this is where I want to be’. This season will be exciting because of that young talent”.So, is MLS now an attractive proposition for young players? Do they feel their game can genuinely develop in North America? Or does it remain a hard sell? Would they rather toil in England’s lower leagues because it’s expected?“MLS is a viable option”, Smith says.“It’s something players will look at more and more and start to understand that they can develop here, particularly as the coaching has improved. MLS and US Soccer have done a great job in ensuring there are Pro-Licence courses for the coaches and by introducing minimum standards for coaches. That’s been tremendous and there are some fantastic coaches in the MLS structure – and the development academy structure as well.There’s real merit in looking at the collegiate route here as well. It gives players the chance to come through into a professional environment – maybe not at the MLS level but the emergence of the USL has been a real boost. One of the key things I learned at Uefa is the number of players who often go unpaid. And that’s another very attractive thing in the US: there’s certainty of wage. That’s something that not all professional footballers in Europe can say. There’s also the lifestyle element – it’s a wonderful place to live – and all of that put together will make it increasingly attractive for young players to move here”.Still, it’s a challenging place. Certain off-field factors can throw even the most seasoned veteran.“The travel and the climate are the ones that get you the most”, Smith says. Steven Gerrard wasn’t the only high-profile player to find MLS a lot tougher than he expected. Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu“During this season, we’ll play a game here in Colorado on a Saturday, travel to Chicago to play on a Wednesday, then travel to Philadelphia to play the following Saturday. You’re crossing two different time-zones. You’re dealing with different climates in both areas. There’s a possibility you can be playing in what’s known as ‘The Oven’ – that’s Houston – in the middle of July with 100% humidity. Here in Colorado, we’re a mile above sea level – that’s an incredible challenge for players to walk into. We believe it takes about a year for a player to come over and truly integrate into US football. Some guys, like Nicolas Lodeiro with Seattle, can come in and hit the ground running – that will happen too. But in general, if you want to judge a player over here who’s coming in from Europe particularly, it’s only fair to give them time – whether that’s six months, 12 months – they need to acclimatise”.Smith has been in Major League Soccer for two years now. It’s a place that has had its difficulties but struggled on, found a strong identity and now continues to develop each year.Could the League of Ireland learn anything from the MLS approach?“I think about it all the time”, he admits.last_img read more

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Pochettino hails Spurs heroes after 31 win

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on his players following today’s 3-1 win over Leicester City.Davinson Sanchez netted an early opener for Spurs after being set-up by Christian Eriksen with the Danish playmaker later getting on the scoresheet himself in the 33rd-minute of the match.Son Heung-min then scored a stoppage-time third goal after Jaime Vardy had briefly put Leicester back into contention.The 3-1 win moves Spurs back to within five points of leaders Manchester City in third-place in the Premier League.“It’s a good time with the circumstances [to win]. I think my players are heroes. I repeat because our effort was amazing,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.“Again we are there, we are fighting and showing great character. Like this afternoon it maybe wasn’t our best performance, and it’s impossible during 10 minutes to be at the same level, but we’re still in it.”The Argentine coach insists Son was unfairly booked as he didn’t dive in the area from Harry Maguire’s challenge.He added: “It wasn’t simulation first of all. It was a little bit unlucky.“During the game the referee was good but we didn’t have luck in that situation because that was a clear penalty.“Son, when he scored the third goal, he showed how he is with his character, personality and capacity to run more than 90 minutes.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It was a fantastic effort from him, great quality finishing and I was so happy for him because it was the key moment to feel a big relief after the whole game.”Pochettino also provided an update on Eriksen’s future at Spurs following another superb performance today.“We’ve spoken a lot about that, now we need to keep going, for him to continue performing in his best and of course I told you before he’s such an important player for us,” He added on Football London.“We’ll see what happens. I think I’ve used a few metaphors in the past about Christian, remember related with my family and my dog.“He needs to feel freedom to take his decisions. I think keeping going, so happy with him and we’ll see what happens in the end.”Spurs will next host German giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash.Another huge three points in the bag! 💪#COYS pic.twitter.com/oSBjLa9gL5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for April 20 Serious Car Crash With Injuries Car vs

first_imgHopkins Street is closed to through traffic due to a serious motor vehicle crash just before the #Billerica Line. Seek alternate routes. #WilmingtonMA pic.twitter.com/D4Gp5PLWrj— Wilmington MA Police (@WilmingtonMAPD) April 20, 2018—(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log” WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, April 20, 2018:A Fitz Terrace caller reported a male party was fishing on private property. Police responded and moved the man along. (8:03am)A vehicle stroke a pole on Grove Avenue. No injuries noted. RMLD notified. (1:45pm)Police was flagged down by passerby complaining there was a dog on town beach. Police advised the dog owner and moved them along. (5:49pm)A walk-in party reported she was the victim of a fraud. (5:52pm)A bad 2-vehicle crash, with injuries and an entrapment, took place between a black 2005 Honda Civic and blue 2008 Toyota Prius at Hopkins Street and Dorchester Street. One driver was unconscious, the other was entrapped. Road was shutdown. A mailbox was damaged due to the accident. A dog, which was in one of the vehicles, was transported to the vet. Tewksbury, Billerica and Burlington Fire Departments also responded and/or provided mutual coverage. Police filed an immediate threat against the operator of the Honda and faxed the paperwork to the RMV.  (6:30pm)—last_img read more

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WATCH Congress leader in Telangana gets into fist fight with local worker

first_imgEmbarrassing moments are piling up by the dozen for political parties as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner.The most recent incident took place on May 11, Saturday, in Telangana when Congress MP Hanumantha Rao got into a fight with a local Congress party leader, Nagesh Mudiraj, and their entire scuffle was filmed. Hanumantha Rao is a senior Congress leader in Telangana and also served as a Union minister. #WATCH Telangana: A scuffle broke out between Congress leaders V Hanumantha Rao and Nagesh Mudiraj during the protest by opposition parties today in Hyderabad against state govt over the issue of state board intermediate results. pic.twitter.com/lyUsD8ZDKU— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2019They were allegedly fighting over the seating arrangement on the stage and the argument led to blows. The fight then escalated to such an extent that the duo began to drag each other off the stage and to the ground. They only stopped when other leaders came in between and physically put an end to the fight.The incident happened during a meeting organised by the Opposition parties to rally against the TRS government and the irregularities of the results of the state board examinations which led to the suicides of 22 students. The opposition parties included Telugu Desam Party, Left and Congress.The TRS government had set up a committee last month to look into the IT firm which was involved in the publication of the exam results. Many students had resorted to suicide after their intermediate exam results showed that they had failed the exams.last_img read more

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Celebrities face up to 3year ban heavy penalty for misleading ads in

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe new Consumer Protection Bill is no good news for celebrities — they will be made accountable for misleading ads and will have to pay dearly for the offence.  The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 proposes that the celebrities endorsing misleading ads should be made to pay penalty up to Rs 50 lakh and serve a ban from making an endorsement of any product or service of up to three years. However, the bill did not include an earlier recommendation by a Parliamentary Standing Committee to impose jail term for deceptive endorsements.The bill, which seeks to replace the 31-year-old law in force now, was introduced by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in the Lok Sabha.The bill is awaiting clearance by Parliament. The main thrust of the new Consumer Protection Bill is to eliminate the false and misleading advertisements. A Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) is also proposed in the bill.  If it is clear to the CCPA that a particular advertisement is false or misleading, the authority may issue directions to endorsers, advertiser, publisher and traders and manufacturers to stop or make changes. Also the CCPA have the right to impose a penalty of up to Rs 1 million on endorsers and manufacturers. If subsequent violation happens penalty will be of up to Rs 5 million.The authority will also have the power to ban endorser of false or misleading ads from making an endorsement of any product or service for a period of one year, the subsequent violation will attract a ban of up to three years.”No endorser shall be liable to a penalty if he has exercised due diligence to verify the veracity of the claims made in the advertisement regarding the product or service being endorsed by him,” the bill said, reports PTI.The Parliamentary Standing Committee that reviews the Consumer Protection Bill, 2015, had suggested strict penalty and jail term for endorsers of misleading ads. Although, the government did not accept the recommendation of jail term and has instead proposed ban of up to three years. In case of those publishing misleading ads, the Bill empowers CCPA to slap a penalty of up to Rs 1 million. Although, no penalty will be levied if publishers prove that the ad was published in the ordinary course of their business.”No defence shall be available to such person if he had previous knowledge of the order passed by the CCPA for withdrawal of or modification of such advertisement,” the bill said.last_img read more

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