Indias high tariff unacceptable says Trump ahead of G20

first_imgWashington: India’s high tariffs on US goods is “unacceptable” and must be withdrawn, President Donald Trump said Thursday ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. President Trump early this morning tweeted, “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!” Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France Trump will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. This would be his first meeting with Modi after the BJP’s stunning victory in the general elections. It comes after the India visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which he met Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The Trump-Modi meeting assumes significance in the wake of the strain that has popped up in the bilateral relationship on a host of trade and economic issues. India has raised tariffs on 28 items exported from the US in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products. The Trump administration wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lower the trade barriers and embrace “fair and reciprocal” trade.last_img read more

Higher allocation for environment but no vision to curb airpollution

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Union Budget of 2019-20 financial year got higher allocation for the environment sector, however the Centre did not present any vision to combat air pollution which is a major issue in Delhi, said the environment lists. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the budget as “Green Budget”.The Centre on Friday increased the allocation for Environment Ministry from last fiscal by 10.4 percent to Rs 2,954.72 crore for 2019-20. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget speech, allocated Rs 460 crore for pollution control schemes including National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) with a vision for “pollution-free India with green Mother Earth and blue skies”. The revised budget for pollution control schemes in the last fiscal was a mere Rs 5 crore. The finance minister proposed lowering of the GST on electric vehicles (EVs) from 12 to 5 percent. Also to make them affordable to consumers, the government will provide additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase EVs, Sitharaman said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsNCAP is a time-bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner. However, the environmentalists see no push in the vision of combating air-pollution which is a major issue in Delhi and in the northern parts of India. “This budget was presented amid the talks on the water crisis in India and air pollution. While the government focused on infrastructural development, there has been no focus on ecology, air pollution and public health,” said Vimlendu Jha an environmentalist. “Air pollution in Delhi and northern India is a major issue and it deserves a separate focus. The EV policy and water related announcements were also nothing new, therefore there is a lack in all over push to combat air pollution in Delhi and adjacent area,” said Jha.last_img read more

Stand more to combat effects of sedentary lifestyle

first_imgSpend more time standing to increase energy expenditure and combat the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, a new study suggests. The research published recently has also found that we burn 45 kilocalories more, per six-hour period while standing compared to lying or sitting. “If we take steps to combat a sedentary lifestyle by making small lifestyle changes, such as spending more time standing, this could reduce the risk of developing diseases such as obesity or Type 2 diabetes,” said study lead author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, the researchers used a sample comprising 53 young adults, who were classified into two types, “savers” and “spenders” of energy, depending on the amount of energy expenditure they consumed when switching from sitting or lying to standing. “Savers consume very little energy in their activities and, therefore, the difference between sitting/lying or standing is practically nil for them. But energy spenders burn approximately 10 per cent more energy when they switch from sitting or lying to standing.” The factor that appears to have the greatest effect is muscle mass. People with more muscle mass expend more energy than people with less muscle mass, said the researcher. In light of the results, the authors recommend spending more time standing in the office as a good strategy to use up more energy and thus avoid storing it as fat.last_img read more

Canadas Mali mission will emphasize deployment of female peacekeepers

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian military’s upcoming foray into Mali is expected to include a marked female presence as the Trudeau government looks to have Canada lead by example in the push to have more women on peacekeeping missions.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Monday will unveil details of Canada’s mission to Mali, which will be centred around the deployment of up to six military helicopters.The aircraft will include a combination of Chinook helicopters tasked with providing medical evacuations and logistical support and smaller Griffons to act as armed escorts for the larger transports.The exact numbers are still being finalized, a senior government official said Sunday on condition of anonymity since an official announcement had not been made.The decision to send military helicopters to Mali follows a direct request from the United Nations and fulfils the Trudeau government’s promise in November to make such aircraft available to a future peacekeeping mission.But Canada will also take the opportunity to make good on another commitment made in Vancouver, the official said, namely to champion an overall increase in the number of female peacekeepers.The UN has adopted a target of having women represent at least 15 per cent of military personnel serving as peacekeepers by 2020, and 20 per cent of police officers.But many countries are falling short of those targets — including Canada even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled several measures in Vancouver aimed at getting other countries to do more on the issue.Of the 19 Canadian police officers deployed on UN missions at the end of February, five were women, which equates to 26 per cent. But only two of 22 military personnel were women, which is just over nine per cent.Canada has a way to go, the government official acknowledged, which is why the military will attempt to ensure women are well represented among the 200 to 250 Canadian military personnel deployed to Mali.“One of the key things that we committed to in Vancouver was to increase the participation of women in missions, and we will be seeking to meet our objectives as much as possible,” the official said.“So within that entire deployment, we will seek as much as possible to meet our objectives to increase the number of women.”The Canadian helicopters will be deployed later this year to the northern city of Gao, which serves as a main staging area for the UN into northern Mali where Islamic militants and Tuareg rebels are active.Canada is expected to take over from the Belgians, who are currently in the midst of replacing the Germans after filling the gap for several years.The plan is for Canada to hand the mission over to another country, perhaps Jordan or the Netherlands, in 2019. Trudeau spoke to the leaders of both countries in recent days.Mali has long been seen as a frontrunner for where Canada would deploy peacekeepers, after the Liberals promised a return to UN missions during the last federal election.But the government had nonetheless dragged its feet for several years, in part because of perceptions that it was an extremely dangerous mission given that dozens of peacekeepers have been killed in attacks there since 2013.Most of those killed were peacekeepers from developing countries, who are responsible for patrolling and guarding against attacks from the militants and rebels.Two Germans were killed last year when their helicopter crashed due to what was later deemed to be a technical error, while two peacekeepers from the Netherlands died in a similar incident in 2015.But one foreign diplomat whose country has experience operating helicopters in Mali nonetheless told The Canadian Press that the risk was relatively low, with the country’s harsh climate posing perhaps the greatest risk.“There are no concerns about anti-aircraft weapons. So it’s safe,” the diplomat said.“The issues that might cause a challenge are more the climate: it’s the strong winds with the sands in the desert, which are really tough for highly sophisticated helicopters. That and the heat.”last_img read more

Ontario Tories significantly more popular with male voters than Liberals poll

first_imgTORONTO – A new poll indicates a dramatic gender divide in how Ontarians plan to vote in the spring election, with the Progressive Conservatives significantly more popular with men than the other two major parties.A phone survey conducted by Ekos Research Associates found just over 50 per cent of men said they would vote for the Tories “if the election was held tomorrow,” or were leaning towards voting for them.That’s compared with roughly 27 per cent of men who said they would support or were leaning towards supporting the governing Liberals, and almost 16 per cent who said they would choose or were leaning towards choosing the New Democrats.Among the women voters polled, around 35 per cent said they would vote for or were leaning towards the Tories, compared with nearly 32 per cent for the Liberals and about 26 per cent for the NDP.“(Gender gaps) are a common faultline in Canadian politics but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one this large ever,” said Ekos’s president, Frank Graves.“If the election was just held with men, (Tory Leader Doug Ford) would get over half the votes and win pretty well almost every seat in parliament. Not every one, but he’d win a huge majority,” Graves said.“But if the vote today were held with only women, it’s a highly competitive race — the parties are only a few points apart.”There are other key faultlines, however, Graves said.The survey found the Tories, led by Ford, draw strong support from a demographic that “mirrors the populist constituency that propelled Donald Trump to victory in the United States.”It shows the party is very popular with middle-class voters and has a large lead with working-class voters, as well as a small lead with low-income voters. The Tories also do much better with voters who have a college or high school education.Voters with a university education, meanwhile, are more solidly aligned with the Liberals, the survey shows.“There has been a tendency, including in the recently concluded (Tory) leadership campaign but elsewhere for the Conservatives, the institutional establishment has a blind spot to the depth of the emotional resonance of populism right now,” he said.“This is the most important new divide and it really isn’t the traditional left-right, it seems to be more this ordered versus open outlook.”Overall, the poll shows the Progressive Conservatives in the lead with 43 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for them or were leaning towards voting for them, compared with about 29 per cent for the Liberals and roughly 21 per cent for the NDP.The numbers show the New Democrats are not benefiting from Liberal fatigue as many expected, and are instead stuck at roughly the same level of support as they were after the last election, Graves said. This suggests they could split the centre-left vote in June, he said.The Tories’ apparent lead does not guarantee them the win, Graves said, noting the Liberals have staged dramatic comebacks to emerge victorious in the last three elections.But if they want to stay in power, the Liberals “have to make progress with males,” he said. “You can’t surrender that kind of difference and win the election.”The survey was conducted between March 20 and April 5 with a sample of more than 1,000 Ontario residents 18 and older.It included households with landlines, cellphones or both and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

City Harvest Hosts StarStudded Evening Of Practical Magic

first_imgCity Harvest’s 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic, held at Cipriani 42nd Street, raised nearly $2.7 million to support City Harvest’s anti-hunger programs – enough to help feed over 9,860 families for a year.Ja Rule performs onstage with Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel at the City Harvest’s 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical MagicCredit/Copyright: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for City HarvestCity Harvest’s Evening of Practical Magic paid tribute to the efforts of individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to support City Harvest’s work. Lise and Michael Evans received the Harry and Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award, Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman, was presented with the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence, and Chelsea Clinton was awarded the City Harvest Award for Commitment. City Harvest also acknowledged Food Bazaar as 2017 Food Donor of the Year.Hosted by fashion designer Zac Posen, the evening featured appearances by: City Harvest Food Council member and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen; lifestyle expert Martha Stewart; actress Bridget Moynahan; Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard; reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel; actors Jean Reno and JJ Field; as well as renowned culinary experts Eric Ripert, Ted Allen, Marc Murphy, Sunny Anderson, Marcela Valladolid, Masa Takayama, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony. At the end of the evening, Ja Rule took the stage for a special performance presented by Fyre with “backup dancers” Geoffrey Zakarian and Bethenny Frankel.The live auction, led by Nicholas Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries, gave one lucky bidding attendee and nine of her closest friends the chance to be wined and dined in the luxury of her home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee, and Sunny Anderson. A bidding war arose when the night’s honoree, Geoffrey Zakarian called on his table guest, Grammy-nominated recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule to guest bartend the event. Once on stage, Ja Rule upped the excitement by adding a private performance to the lot which was sold for $150,000.Highlights from the live auction included:· CALIFORNIA DREAMINGGuided by Aldo Sohm, “Best Sommelier in the World in 2008”, Wine Director at Le Bernardin and namesake of New York City’s acclaimed Aldo Sohm Bar, and Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, four guests will receive VIP treatment at Napa’s most exclusive cellars, including Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Chateau Montelena, Screaming Eagle, Shafer Vineyards and Arnot-Roberts Winery. Guests will also enjoy two vintner-housed lunches, two dinners and a dreamy, four-night stay in a three-bedroom guest house.Winning bid: $140,000· TV DINNERTen lucky guests will receive the chance to be wined and dined in the winner’s home by the co-hosts of Food Network’s Emmy Nominated Daytime Talk Show, The Kitchen’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcela Valladolid, Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson. The night will also include a hands-on cocktail demo by Geoffrey and special performance by recording artist, singer, songwriter, Ja Rule.Winning bid: $150,000· INSTAGLAM COCKTAIL PARTYThe lucky winning bidder and 19 of his closest friends will receive the chance to sip on craft cocktails and tasty bites in the luxury of Isaac Mizrahi three-bedroom home in Greenwich Village and enjoy a menu curated by Danny Meyer and Isaac Mizrahi.Winning bid: $38,000· HOST A LEGENDARY FEASTThe winner of this exciting lot will receive the chance to turn his/her home into a Michelin-starred restaurant for 20 lucky guests with dinner by culinary legend Eric Ripert, the chef and co-owner Le Bernardin, one of the finest restaurants in the world.Winning bid: $340,000· OMAKASE DINNER PARTYThe winning bidder will receive the chance to savor the magic of Masa’s Omakase experience with a private tasting dinner for six by Chef Masa, the man behind Masa & Bar Masa in Columbus Circile, Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side, and the forthcoming Tetsu in Tribeca, opening this summer. The dinner will be in the winner’s home. Winning bid: $220,000· VIOLINIST VIRTUOSOThe winning bidder will receive the chance to join world-class violinist and Grammy-award winner, Joshua Bell, in his sophisticated Gramercy Park penthouse for a private performance and cocktail party for 20 of her closest friends.Winning bid: $55,000City Harvest is grateful to event sponsors Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I.Halper.last_img read more

Beothuk remains to be returned to Canada

first_imgThe remains of Demasduit, who died in 1820 and was one of the last living Beothuk, will be returned to Canada.Martha TroianAPTN NewsThe remains of two Beothuk people that had been kept in a Scottish museum are coming home.The National Museums Scotland announced an agreement has been reached with the Canadian government to transfer the remains.The remains, two skulls, belong to a Beothuk husband and wife named Nonosabasut and Demasduit from Red Indian Lake in central Newfoundland.The remains have been at the museum since the 1850s.It is believed that the Beothuk people of what is now called Newfoundland and Labrador have been extinct since 1829.The decision to transfer the remains was made by the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland following an official request from the Canadian government last year, and has been given approval by the Scottish government.APTN has been following this story:Canada finally makes request for Beothuk remains held in Scotland“We are pleased to have reached this agreement and to be able to transfer the remains of these two Beothuk people to the country where they lived and were buried,” said Dr. Gordon Rintoul, the director of the National Museums Scotland in a press release.“Following careful consideration in line with our Human Remains in Collections Policy, the board approved the request and we have subsequently sought and now received the required approval from the Scottish Government. We have informed the Canadian Government and the Canadian Museum of History and are now making arrangements to transfer the remains.”John Paul of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat says the remains will be treated through ceremony once they return. John Paul, executive director with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chief Secretariat, an advocacy organization for Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu communities, couldn’t be happier.“It’s very good news that they finally heard our voices in the wilderness basically to actually listen,” says Paul.“It is a positive undertaking on behalf of the museum and I think that [the remains] will be treated through ceremony when they’re brought back.”Paul was unaware of the news until APTN informed him.Miawpukek Chief Mi’sel Joe has been instrumental in the effort to have the Beothuk remains returned to Canada.Misel Joe, the chief of the Miawpukek First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community located at Conne River, could not be reached by phone, but has been instrumental in fighting for the return of these remains and even travelling to Scotland on several occasions.“Misel Joe from Newfoundland has been working on this for a number of years with the provinces, with the federal government and directly with the museum,” says Paul.Watch Todd Lamirande’s APTN Investigates episode ‘Extinction Event’ here.The National Museums Scotland, located in Edinburgh, is regarded as one of the leading museum groups in the United Kingdom and Europe that looks after collections of national and international importance.No mention of funeral objects associated with burial to be repatriatedIn November 2017, a formal request was made by the federal government to have the remains repatriated but a spokesperson with the department of Canadian Heritage wrote that the delay was because specific requirements were needed to complete the formal request.A provincial spokesperson with the government of Newfoundland said at the time the request was complex based on the fact that there are no genealogical descendants that can represent the interests of Demasduit and Nonosabasut.William Epps Cormack, the son of a Scottish merchant, stole the skulls and burial objects in 1827 and gave them to his mentor to be included in the collection at the University of Museum in Edinburgh, now called the National Museums Scotland.According to a press release by the National Museums Scotland, the remains of two Beothuk people will be repatriated, but the release does not mention the funeral objects associated with the remains.APTN asked the National Museums Scotland what will become of those items and was told by a spokesperson that “it is not our current policy to consider transfer of items in the collection outside of the category of human remains.”The spokesperson also stated the two Beothuk remains will be handed over to a representative from the Canadian Museum of History, and are currently discussing arrangements to make this happen.Not only are museums housing numerous Indigenous human remains and artifacts, but universities are too.APTN Investigates reported hundreds of human remains ranging from small bones fragments to complete skeletons and some from as far back as the ninth century held at universities across Canada.Hundreds of Indigenous human remains at Canadian universitiesMany of those human remains have been with the universities since the 1920s and are stored in plastic bins, wooden trays to even cardboard read more

Ahead of LS polls: Schools in Delhi & NCR likely to conduct electoral literacy campaigns

first_imgNEW DELHI: Schools in Delhi and NCR are planning to conduct electoral literacy campaigns ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to help students become “electoral ambassadors” and encourage people to vote. With the new academic session set to begin, the focus of the campaign will be to enlighten students about the importance of vote, to train them in the electoral process and encourage them to ensure the adults around them exercise their franchise. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe campaign will run through the month of April. “We have planned a series of activities to make students understand the value of their vote and the need to exercise their suffrage in a confident, comfortable and ethical manner so that when they pass out from school and enrol themselves as first time voters they are enlightened enough about the process,” said Seema Trikha, Principal, Vasant Global School in Noida. She said the students will also be encouraged to act as electoral ambassadors in their respective neighbourhoods or nearby slums where they can impart the knowledge gained by them at school. The sessions will begin from April. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA senior official of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said, the electoral literacy clubs which has teachers with election duty experience will help students understand the constitutional, legislative and legal provisions, technological innovation besides the role of the EC, courts, media and other stakeholders in the poll process. Shiv Nadar school in Gurgaon and Noida have scheduled mock elections for the students next month and are also advancing the teaching of the chapters on legislature elections to time it with the Lok Sabha polls. “We will be planning mock elections for the students to give them an idea about how the entire set up works. There will be screening of certain videos related to the poll process to help students understand the functioning of the democratic set up and importance of exercising votes”, said Dr Smriti Sabbarwal, teaching faculty, Shiv Nadar School Gurugram.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges peaceful solution at UN meeting on Question of Palestine

9 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a peaceful and negotiated two-state solution as the UN Committee opened the UN African Meeting on the Question of Palestine today in Pretoria with the South African Government’s support. “A viable and independent Palestine and a safe and secure Israel would not only be a blessing for the two peoples, but would also help promote peace and stability in the wider region,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Tuliameni Kalomoh, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.He said that he is encouraged by recent international and regional efforts to spur action on the Middle East peace process, while pointing out that challenges remain.“The United Nations will continue to support international efforts aimed at bringing an end to the occupation that began forty years ago, and achieving a two-state solution,” he added.The two-day gathering sponsored by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Africa will be followed on 11 May by the UN Public Forum in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, to be held at the University of Pretoria.Under the theme “African solidarity with the Palestinian people for the achievement of its inalienable rights,” the gathering aims to “encourage broad international action, including by African States, in support of achieving a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the Committee said in a news release.Among those invited to participate are internationally renowned experts, including Israelis and Palestinians, diplomats, parliamentarians, representatives of the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of civil society and the media. read more

UN agency Ethiopian Government appeal for additional 40 million and food aid

Already struggling with the effects of severe drought conditions and food shortages, Ethiopia is also experiencing a major health threat fuelling a likely malaria epidemic and water related diseases, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).The appeal document, entitled “Update of Emergency Assistance Requirements and Implementation Options for August to December 2003” and released last Friday, says the most urgent requirements are the provision of targeted supplementary food, malaria prevention and control and the supply of more emergency health kits.Water provision and sanitation for an estimated 4.2 million beneficiaries are also particularly under-funded areas of most concern.In agriculture, additional funding is required for animal health, feed and fodder bank development as well as the recovery of non-cereal crops and early warning and coordination activities.The appeal update also indicates that as of last month, 2.4 million additional beneficiaries need food assistance, out of which 1.8 million people need an extension of assistance and 600,000 are new beneficiaries. read more

Dollarama secondquarter profit up 116 as sales rise to 729 million

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dollarama second-quarter profit up 11.6% as sales rise to $729 million MONTREAL – Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) is reporting $106.4 million of net income for its second quarter, up 11.4 per cent from the same time last year.Net income was equal to 88 cents per diluted common share, up from 74 cents per share or $95.47 million in last year’s second quarter.The Montreal-based retailer says the improved profit was due to higher sales from its expanding chain of low-priced general merchandise stores.Revenue for the 13 weeks ended July 31 was nearly $729 million, up 11.6 per cent from $653.3 million a year earlier.Comparable store sales were up 5.7 per cent while the number of stores grew to 1,051 from 989 on Aug. 2, 2015.

The Red Sox Bucked Convention To Build A Champion

After Manny Machado waved at a Chris Sale slider for the final out of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday — the final pitch of the 2018 baseball season — Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez bolted toward the pitching mound and leaped into the arms of the lanky Sale. The celebration began there and spilled into the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox sported goggles to protect themselves from the salvos of alcohol. They sang “New York, New York” and “California Love” as both songs blasted from portable speakers. The Red Sox had their fourth World Series title this century with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the series four games to one.But it’s how the Red Sox arrived at this point, as perhaps the greatest Red Sox team of all time, that is so interesting. While dominating the American League from wire to wire, and then doing the same to a postseason field of super teams, the Red Sox challenged so many narratives along the way.David Price proved that players can shed the most damning of labels with a change in approach (and perhaps just a larger sample of work). Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, cashed in trade assets accumulated by former general manager Ben Cherington for premium, veteran players like Sale — even at a time when so many teams were hoarding prospects and young talent. And when other teams elected not to spend in free agency, the Red Sox nabbed the best position player on the market in J.D. Martinez.MLB’s stiffer luxury tax acted something like a soft cap last winter as even large-market clubs like the Dodgers and Yankees vowed to stay under the tax threshold. The Yankees did so for the first time in the luxury tax era, and the Dodgers spent just $4 million on free agents, electing not to bolster what became a suspect bullpen in this World Series. These teams may have taken this route in part because free agency is increasingly viewed as an inefficient way to build a club — but they also likely had an eye on the upcoming free agent class headlined by Bryce Harper, Machado and perhaps Game 5 Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw if he elects to opt out of his deal.The Red Sox, meanwhile, were aggressors in a season of passivity. They ranked fourth in free agent spending, going over the luxury tax while leading the majors in payroll. With the slow free agent period, Martinez didn’t even reach an agreement with the Red Sox until spring training camps had opened. The five-year, $110 million contract he signed might not produce value for the club in its later years, but the Red Sox wanted to win in 2018 — and Martinez rewarded Boston with an MVP-caliber season and a home run in the clinching Game 5.1The Red Sox chose Martinez over Eric Hosmer, who inked an even greater deal — $144 million guaranteed — but posted a replacement-level season with the Padres.Those investments — salaries that not every club was willing or able to pay — paid off this October. In many ways, Boston built a super team the old-fashioned way.While much of the Red Sox’s positional group is homegrown beyond Martinez, the Red Sox paid a premium price to acquire Sale from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season — and he has been an elite arm in Boston. Prior to 2016, the Red Sox surrendered premium talent for closer Craig Kimbrel. They also gave a record deal to Price that winter — seven years, $217 million. It was their investment in Price that paid off in a big way in the final two weeks of October.On the biggest stage in baseball, Boston kept handing the ball to a pitcher who many doubted could perform in the postseason. Entering his Game 5 American League Championship Series start, Price had never won a playoff game he had started. He was 0 for 11 with a 6.16 ERA.To change his postseason reputation, Price changed his pitch mix.In dominating the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS, Price threw a career-high share of change-ups, at 41.9 percent of his pitches. He followed that up in Game 2 of the World Series with a change-up rate of 28.4 percent before nearly matching that on Sunday in Game 5 when he threw 89 pitches, 23 of which were change-ups, for a rate of 25.8 percent. He threw just seven cutters, which was his most frequent nonfastball pitch in the regular season.After allowing a lead-off home run to David Freese on his first pitch of the game, Price blanked Los Angeles for seven innings. He retired 14 straight Dodgers before beginning the eighth by walking Chris Taylor, which ended his night. He allowed one run, two walks and three hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out five.Price has now won three straight October games, including each of his World Series starts. He’s no longer a choker. “This is why I came to Boston,” he said during a postgame interview. “I know it’s a tough place to play. I know it’s challenging with everything that is going to go on here. I’ve been through a lot in three years since I’ve been here.”Despite Price’s contributions, it was Steve Pearce who was named the World Series MVP for his home-run heroics, including a two-run blast off of Kershaw in the first inning Sunday. Pearce — acquired in a midseason trade — led all players in the series in win probability added, which measures the change in win expectancy between plate appearances. The Red Sox acquired Pearce for his platoon advantage against left-handed pitching, and he came through for them.All teams are trying to do the little things, to find value where others do not. All teams are employing data and video, development and coaching, to get more out of players already on the roster. But the Red Sox did a lot of big things, things that others thought they ought not to. They ignored many common narratives and leaguewide trends.It paid off in a big way. read more

Has Mike Trout Already Peaked

Mike Trout has put up an amazing couple of seasons in Major League Baseball, not just for someone as young as he is, 22, but for anyone. His 19.62 wins above replacement (WAR) over his first two full seasons ranks as the 36th best two-year stretch for any batter ever. Only nine batters have had a better stretch by the age of 25, and they’re essentially a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx and Willie Mays. The list of players who put up better numbers at an earlier age doesn’t have any names on it.Conventional wisdom seems to be that Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is only going to get better. Much of that analysis relies explicitly on the traditional aging curve or on similar logic: MLB players and prospects typically improve rapidly through their late teens and early 20s, peaking around age 27. Trout was 21 last season, ergo, he has several years of improvement in his future.But regression to the mean dictates that the better the performance you’re looking at, the less likely it is to be duplicated. Players who put up huge numbers like Trout’s (or anywhere close) this early in their careers have a very high likelihood of having All Star- and/or Hall of Fame-quality careers. But how often do they improve on these initial breakout performances?I’ve taken all the players who put up more than 15 WAR over a two-year period at any point in their careers and broken them down by the age when they first accomplished the feat. Then I asked a simple question: Did they ever manage a better two-year period?The size of the bubbles represent how many players accomplished the “15 WAR in two years” milestone, and the y value of the bubbles show the percentage of those players who surpassed that milestone.As you can see, the odds of someone Trout’s age improving are ostensibly 100 percent, but that bubble represents a single data point: Alex Rodriguez. If you move to the much larger group of players between ages 22 and 24, the odds drop into the 50 percent range.On the other hand, some players who never managed a stronger two-year stretch still managed a strong third season immediately after their initial two-year breakout. In such cases, they may set a new two-year “peak” that overlaps the original. Thus, while never replicating their original two-year performance, they end up with a better two years on the books. This is the most likely time for a player to establish a new “peak,” because pulling it off only takes one well-timed season instead of two.Of the 75 players who achieved 15-plus WAR over two seasons, only 22 managed to replicate or exceed the feat later in their career. But an additional 15 improved their benchmark the following season. Counting these cases, the odds of a player’s two-year performance being his two-year peak drop substantially. Factoring this in and cleaning up the data a bit (I put the players in rolling 3-year age groups) gives us a result like this:For Trout’s case, there are a few other factors to consider:Cutting both ways: Trout’s numbers are higher than average in his age group. This makes it more likely that he’s a uniquely great player, but it also makes the numbers inherently less likely to be surpassed.Cutting in his favor: Trout was 21 last season, and his group covers players age 21 to 23. This gives him a slightly longer career ahead, and thus more chances to put up better seasons. Further, having pulled off such great numbers at such an early age probably increases the chances that he’s truly special. But there’s not really enough data to demonstrate this effect.Cutting against him: Trout is probably less likely to achieve a new two-year peak this year, because the strongest of the two seasons in this run was the first. Improving on his peak will require him posting better than 10.8 WAR — a feat which has happened only 22 times before, six of which were by Babe Ruth. (Also, though outside the scope of this post, it’s possible that the aging curve is no longer as favorable as it used to be).All things considered, the answer to whether Trout has peaked yet is “probably not,” though I think it’s far from being as much of a certainty as many people seem to think. Even some of the Hall of Famers mentioned above peaked early, and Trout’s start has been so strong that he could potentially do the same and still end up joining them. read more

Prince Harry attends Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey with sisterinlaw Kate

The Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the Anzac Day service held at Westminster Abbey to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces in war.Prince Harry, whose first child with Meghan is due any day now, arrived with his sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry was a later addition to the royal line-up. His brother Prince William is in New Zealand paying tribute at a service in Auckland to those who lost their lives in battle.Watch the video above to see Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge at the Westminster Abbey service.

Reduced turbulence and increased efficiency with Cavex® DMS hydrocyclones

first_imgWeir Minerals Africa reports an increased demand for its range of Cavex® hydrocyclones in DMS applications. Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager Cyclones at the com[pany, attributes this to the increased separation efficiencies being achieved using these hydrocyclones.“During the Dense Media Separation (DMS) process it is the ability to recover more economically valuable minerals that is considered vital and for this reason reduced turbulence in the cyclone plays a very real part in the process,” Gabriel says. He says Weir Minerals Africa has leveraged the successes achieved with its classification cyclones worldwide and applied this technology and applications knowledge to the Cavex® DMS hydrocyclone range. This was done while still retaining the traditional Dutch State Mine guidelines. Significantly, the inlet design of the Cavex® hydrocyclone has been engineered to reduce turbulence using a unique laminar geometry. The profile of the inlet section has been designed to incorporate an extended or 360o scroll and to eliminate any sharp or square edges or corners that are commonly found in conventional cyclones. “This design allows the slurry to flow into the hydrocyclone with less resistance consequently reducing interparticle collisions, and this reduces turbulence and friction inside the hydrocyclone,” Gabriel says. This greatly reduced turbulence results in a significant increase in separation efficiency, as the residence time in the separation zone is increased. Another advantage when compared with conventional cyclones is the reduction in misplaced particles in both the overflow and underflow streams. “It should also be obvious that with such a marked reduction in turbulence and friction, there will be significantly reduced wear,” Gabriel adds. In coal and similar applications where highly abrasive slurries are transported, ceramic tiles are engineered specifically for use in the inlet section of the Cavex® DMS hydrocyclone. Tumelo Matsebedi, Senior Process Engineer Hydrocyclones at Weir Minerals Africa, says these specially designed radius tiles assist in maintaining the more rounded profile of the Cavex® in applications such as this. “This further enhances the wear resistance capability of the hydrocyclone, and in extremely high wear applications where very abrasive slurry is being transported the hydrocyclone could be lined with a variety of specialised ceramics and other exotic materials to ensure optimum wear life,” Matsebedi explains.He adds that hard metal cyclones with a minimum of 27% chrome content are considered ideal for diamond and chrome processing operations. This is because this metal alloy is able to withstand the impact forces while at the same time providing a smooth surface for the easy transfer of the material.Where hard metal cyclones are used, a combined cone spigot, sometimes referred to in the industry as a monocone, can be supplied to further reduce turbulence in the lower section of the cyclone and this applies especially to diamond applications.last_img read more

PHOTOS Bruins Great Rick Middleton Participates In Toys For Tots Drive In Wilmington

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Visits Wilmington For Toys For Tots BenefitIn “Videos”Meet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At “Toys For Tots” Drive In Wilmington On December 17In “Community”Meet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At “Toys For Tots” Drive In Wilmington On December 2In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Just days after getting his number retired by the Boston Bruins, hockey great Rick “Nifty” Middleton was in Wilmington, headlining a “Toys For Tots” drive fundraiser.The event, organized by Frank and Karen West and held at West Real Estate (386 Main Street), attracted more than a hundred fans in just two hours. Middleton gave out autographs and posed for photos in exchange for new, unwrapped toys donations.Radio Station AMP 1033 was on site to play music and give away prizes. Several sports-themed prizes were raffled off.  Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 handed out Toys For Tots merchandise.Click on each image for a larger view.last_img read more

Puigdemont urges dialogue with Madrid after leaving German jail

first_imgCatalonia`s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont speaks to the press as he leaves the detention centre (Justizvollzugsanstalt, JVA) of Neumuenster, northern Germany, on 6 April 2108. Photo: AFPOusted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called for immediate “political dialogue” to end the row with Madrid as he left a German jail on bail Friday after judges rejected his extradition to Spain on a rebellion charge.”The time for dialogue has arrived,” Puigdemont told reporters outside the Neumuenster prison, after he walked free on a 75,000-euro ($92,000-) bail while judges mull whether to extradite him on a lesser charge of corruption.”We have demanded dialogue for several years and we have only received violence and repression,” Puigdemont said.There is “no excuse” for the Spanish authorities not to start “a political dialogue with the Catalan political leaders”, he added.The 55-year-old also called for “the immediate release” of all Catalan separatists detained in the spat with Madrid over the wealthy northeastern region’s failed breakaway bid.In a major victory for Puigdemont, the upper state court in Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday dismissed Spain’s request to extradite Puigdemont on a rebellion charge over last October’s independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid.The judges ruled that the charge was “inadmissible” because rebellion — which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in Spain — was not punishable under German law.The closest German equivalent, the criminal offence of high treason, did not apply because Puigdemont’s actions were not accompanied by violence, the judges found.But they said the former Catalan president could still be sent to Spain to face trial for the alleged misuse of public funds in organising the disputed referendum.The German judges said they needed to gather more information before making a decision on the embezzlement charge in the coming weeks, but ruled that Puigdemont could be released in the meantime.Madrid has estimated that some 1.6 million euros in public money was improperly used to hold the referendum. If convicted, Puigdemont faces up to eight years in jail.As part of his bail conditions, Puigdemont must remain in Germany and report to police weekly.- Blow to Madrid -German police detained Puigdemont on March 25 as he was travelling from Finland back to Belgium, where he has been living in self-imposed exile for the past six months.The arrest came two days after Spain’s Supreme Court ordered international warrants for Puigdemont and other fugitive Catalan leaders on charges linked to holding the banned referendum.The German court’s refusal to accept the rebellion charge is a blow to Madrid, as under European law it means Puigdemont cannot be prosecuted for the offence even if he is returned to Spain.Despite the setback, the Spanish government said it “respected” the German judges’ decision.Berlin, which has long expressed support for Madrid’s actions in the Catalan row, declined to comment on the latest judicial developments.”The process lies in the hands of the justice system, as is right,” said German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.One of Puigdemont’s German lawyers, Wolfgang Schomburg, welcomed that the rebellion issue was “finally off the table”, but warned that the legal battle continued.”It would be best for all those involved in Europe if Spain took a different path and did not try to solve internal conflicts through the courts,” he told reporters.- Flights to Europe -Catalonia has been mired in political crisis ever since the region unilaterally declared independence on October 27 in the wake of the controversial referendum.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government responded by sacking the Catalan government, taking direct control of the region and calling early elections.The December vote was won by a block of separatist parties. But they have been unable to elect a president and form a government as their chosen candidates are now either in exile, in jail or facing prosecution.Fresh regional elections will be triggered if a new leader is not elected by May 22.Puigdemont was one of a number of Catalan figureheads who fled abroad to escape prosecution, dragging other European countries into the row.A Belgian judge on Thursday bailed three former Catalan ministers who fled to Belgium with Puigdemont after they handed themselves in to police there.They face charges of rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobeying the state.Another former Catalan minister, Clara Ponsati, was bailed in Scotland last week.Nine other pro-independence figures are currently in custody in Spain, including six members of Puigdemont’s Catalan government and the former president of the regional parliament.A major demonstration calling for imprisoned separatist leaders to be freed is planned for April 15 in Barcelona.last_img

Agent goes viral after posting video of himself mocking OTA user

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: LOL, OTAs Monday, January 16, 2017 Share PERTH — An Australian travel agent has become a social media star and hero among agents after posting a mock video that highlights the pitfalls of booking with an OTA.In the video, which has received 117,000 views on Facebook, David van de Meer from helloworld in South Perth, Australia is seen having a mock phone conversation with a fictitious caller who’s desperate to rebook their flight to Bali following the recent Tigerair suspension.It becomes clear through the one-way conversation that the traveller in question used an OTA to book their original flight, and is now trying to get van de Meer to rebook via the same channel. After patiently listening to the caller, van de Meer gives this prompt and unbothered response: “It has nothing to do with me.”Van de Meer, who says he would never actually address a traveller in such a manner, says that agents are receiving calls like this more frequently. He is quick to remind travellers of the benefits of booking with a travel agent, who can offer assistance throughout the booking process.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHe posted the following message on Facebook:center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Agent goes viral after posting video of himself mocking OTA userlast_img read more

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