India lose men’s hockey final 0-8 to Aus

first_imgAfter holding equal possession with Australia in the beginning of the first half, India went down 8-0 at the end of the second half in the final match of CWG men’s hockey at the Dhyan Chand stadium. All Australian goals came through penalty corners.Indian men’s hockey team not only disappointed but were dealt a severe thrashing by Australia on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14.last_img

Dia Mirza’s spontaneous jig steals show at IIFA do

first_imgDia Mirza was in town on Thursday to announce a fashion show at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards weekend, scheduled to be held from June 23 to 25 in Toronto, and she did make quite a song and dance of the affair.She didn’t waste the chance to break into an impromptu jig to the beats of Mera naam chin chin chu from the 1958 hit, Howrah Bridge at the show.She insisted she would only sing if the crowd sang too – which they did. In a short while, IIFA and its deliberations were forgotten as the entire focus was on Dia.Once she had ensured the limelight was on her, Dia then smartly went on to use the platform to promote her next film Love Breakup Zindagi , which incidentally marks her debut as a producer along with fellow struggling actor Zayed Khan.They also star in their joint production, which is directed by newcomer Sahil Sangha, these days, a ‘close friend’ of Dia.Also present at the event was Anil Kapoor. When asked about Amitabh Bachchan vacating the position of IIFA brand ambassador after a decade’s association, Anil said: “Every actor associated with IIFA is a brand ambassador in his or her own way. Just as the Oscars and the BAFTA awards do not need a brand ambassador, IIFA too doesn’t need one.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

India handed first loss of Sultan Azlan Shah by Australia

first_imgIndia’s hockey team was overpowered by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 despite starting strongly and suffered the first loss in three matches of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Tuesday.In the match pitting last edition’s finalists, India kept the Australian attackers at bay before taking the lead through Harmanpreet Singh, who drove from the right – a rare field goal for a defender cum set-piece specialist in the 26th minute.Australia’s equaliser came four minutes later when Eddie Ockenden dived near the right post to put the ball in as both the teams went into the half-time 1-1.After the break, Australia continued their attacking game, earning as many as three penalty corners in the first four minutes. The third one saw Matthew Swann mistrapping but Tom Craig capitalised on it and banged one into the near post, stunning goalkeeper Akash Chikte.The goal further boosted the Australians’ confidence, and they controlled the midfield which forced India on to the backfoot. Jake Whetton came close to double Australia’s advantage as he fired from the top of the ‘D’, but the ball missed the mark by a whisker in the 48th minute.Then came a moment of solo brilliant effort from Tom Wickham, who dodged past three Indian defenders from the right to arrive at the centre of the circle before employing an emphatic backhander to beat Chikte.Despite the two-goal advantage, Australia didn’t relent and kept attacking. India put out their goalkeeper to put one more outfield player. They did get a couple of opportunities to counter-attack but none of these came close to reducing the goal difference, as Australia, the tournament’s record champions, delivered a clinical second-half performance.advertisementThis was India’s first loss of the tournament, having earlier defeated England and New Zealand. They face Japan on Wednesday before meeting hosts Malaysia in their final round-robin match on Thursday.last_img read more

Mike Gundy On the Spring Game: ‘We’re an Improved Team’

first_imgMike Gundy, ever the deferrer, thinks the Spring Game went pretty well but that Oklahoma State still has a long way to go as a team. He talked about some of the highlights after the festivities wrapped up on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.“I thought the defense played really, really well,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Saturday after his defense mucked up what’s going to be an interesting 2016 offense. “Some guys made plays and we were able to run some of our offense and have a good day.“Overall it was a good day for us. The real work starts now. Finish up in the classroom over the next two weeks and get in the weight room and get ready for a great summer.” The defense was impressive. As Kyle B. points out here, it was much more impressive than the offense.Justin Phillips with a nice interception for Team Black! #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 16, 2016Gundy doesn’t seem too concerned about the lack of a run game for the third (?) straight year.“We’re in a divided unit, we substitute a lot in a lot of our packages, so there’s kind of a minimal opportunity for us to be diverse as we want to,” Gundy said. “As is the case in most springs, there’s an advantage for the defense. They’ve seen the same plays for two months, but they’ve got to get lined up and make plays also.”Which they did. Gundy mentioned that he really liked the play of Jarrell Owens and Jordan Brailford (for obvious reasons).“We’re an improved team,” added Gundy.But.“We have a lot of work ahead of us.”I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by Gundy saying this is an improved team, but I think I am. You didn’t lose a ton in terms of numbers, but man, you lost a lot of leadership. Seth Jacobs, Ryan Simmons, Emmanuel Ogbah, Jimmy Bean and David Glidden is a lot to lose when it comes to being an elite team. So while you might be able to plug in some bodies, it’s going to be tough for this team to replicate its 10-win season from a year ago (Gundy even noted that depth was a concern at a couple of positions). But he also said on Saturday that they’re improved.Five months until we find out.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Moreno: I live for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Moreno claims to ‘live for Liverpool’ after rediscovering form Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 09:10 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alberto Moreno Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League The Spaniard saw his presence at Anfield questioned over the summer, but he has answered his critics in the best possible manner in the 2017-18 season Alberto Moreno claims to “live for Liverpool” and credits that dedication to the cause with him recapturing his form for the Reds.The Spanish full-back has struggled to produce his best on a consistent basis since moving to Anfield in 2014.Moreno 6/1 to score v West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having been restricted to just 18 outings in all competitions last season, it was suggested that he could be moved on by Jurgen Klopp.Moreno has admitted to being aware of the exit talk, but is delighted that he ultimately stayed put and played his way back into contention at a club that means everything to him.The 25-year-old told reporters on his experiences since the summer: “I’m happier now things are going well for me and I’d say so far this has been a decent season for me, if not the best in my career as a professional football player.“I’m nearly at my best, but none of this comes without very hard work. Helping the side has its roots in the sacrifices you make, the hard work in pre-season and the battling to get back in contention.“All that is because of my desire to be here at Liverpool, one of the best clubs in the world. “I live for Liverpool. I love Liverpool. I always want to win when I’m wearing the shirt of Liverpool.”Alberto Moreno Sydney FC v Liverpool Friendly 24052017While Moreno is now very much a red, he was raised in Seville and turned out for his hometown club before making a move to England.Liverpool are set to face Sevilla in their next Champions League fixture on November 21, with Klopp’s side taking aim at a place in the last-16.Moreno added on that contest: “It will be a special game, if I’m selected to play.“Lots of family and friends will be going to watch.“Irrespective of the occasion, we’ll be going there to win. I’ll fight hard for victory, like I do every time I pull that shirt on.“I’ve only played in the group stages of the Champion League, so to get through to the next round would be really special, as I’m sure it would be for everyone here.“It’s been a few years since we got through as a club to the knockout stages. The fans deserve a happy event like that.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Selene Leader’s Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty

first_imgThe chief engineer of the car carrier M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty on Friday, November 14th in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), according to Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsch and U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland.Noly Torato Vidad was the chief engineer of the vessel, which was operated by Hachiuma Steamship Co LTD, a Japanese company, between August 2013 and the end of January 2014.According to the plea agreement, in January 2014, engine room crew members of the M/V Selene Leader under the supervision of the defendant transferred oily wastes between oil tanks on board the ship using rubber hoses and then illegally bypassed pollution control equipment and discharged the oily wastes overboard into the ocean.Before such waste can be discharged into the sea, the law requires that it must first pass through an oil water separator, and the operation must be recorded in the vessel’s oil record book for inspection by the United States Coast Guard.When the Coast Guard boarded the vessel in Baltimore on Jan. 31, 2014, Mr. Vidad tried to obstruct the Coast Guard’s investigation and hide the illegal discharges of oil by falsifying the oil record book, destroying documents, lying to Coast Guard investigators and instructing subordinate crew members to lie to the Coast Guard, Public Affairs Office of US Department of Justice said in a release.Sentencing in this case is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2015.The case was investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney P. Michael Cunningham of the District of Maryland and Senior Trial Attorney David P. Kehoe of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section.Press Releaselast_img read more

Paramedics Receive Exemplary Service Medals

first_img “Nova Scotia has the best ground ambulance system in the country and one of the best in North America,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “As a former paramedic, I’m very proud of these highly-trained, committed paramedics being honoured today. It is because of their hard work that our ambulance system is held in such high regard. “I’m proud to congratulate all of them for receiving such a prestigious award.” Nominations for the medal are submitted by the provincial awards committee to the national committee, which submits them to the Office of the Governor General. They are then awarded on behalf of The Queen. The exemplary service medal is also given to people in other public safety professions such as police, corrections, fire rescue services, coast guard and peace officers. “Recipients receive this honour as national recognition for their unwavering and consistent dedication to the paramedic profession over 20 or more years,” said Jeff Fraser, EHS operations director and awards committee member. The Emergency Medical Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994 to recognize paramedics who perform their duties in an exemplary manner through good conduct, efficiency and number of years in service. To be considered for the award, a paramedic must have been employed with an emergency medical service on, or before, Oct. 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of exemplary service, including 10 years service in situations of potential risk. The province honoured nine paramedics today, Sept. 12, for their work to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians. The paramedics were awarded The Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services. Each of the Emergency Health Services paramedics has dedicated their career to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service. The awards were presented by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House in Halifax. “When tasked with stressful, life-and-death situations, paramedics regularly go above and beyond to deliver better health care to Nova Scotians and their families,” said the lieutenant-governor. “They play a vital role in our health care system and deserve recognition.” The medal is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk professions that enhance Canada’s public safety. The 2012 recipients of the Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services are: Sterling Carter, Amherst Gary Dares, Lunenburg Peter Hawes, Sherbrooke Kevin Huston, Pugwash Robert Langille, Pugwash Kevin MacMullin, Glace Bay Peter Nickerson, Woods Harbour Craig Popwell, Sydney Bob Veniott, Amherstlast_img read more

Leaked US climate change report should be replicated in Canada Institute

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian government should look at trying to replicate the research in a new U.S. report leaked this week that bluntly says climate change is real and is already having an impact on weather patterns in America, a national environmental think tank said Tuesday.Erin Flanagan, director of federal policy for The Pembina Institute, said the American report helps to make the costs of climate change real to people.The report was to be part of the mandated National Climate Change Assessment mandated by law to be produced every four years in the United States.It points to thousands of research studies that demonstrate the reality of a warming planet — the cause of which is largely attributable to greenhouse gas emissions which trap heat in the atmosphere — and the fact that science can now link some extreme weather events to it.Scientists leaked the report to the New York Times, fearing the administration of Donald Trump wouldn’t make the report public because it contradicts the president’s stance that climate change is not real.Flanagan said while some of the science in the report can be applied in Canada, this country has some unique differences, particular the vast north where there is a higher rate of warming.There have been federal government reports in the past that looked at the impacts of climate change in Canada but she said they are not up to date.“I think I’d like to see Canadian scientists do this same kind of research,” said Flanagan.“I think it is time for an update and it does help frame the discussion in Canada which is often about the incremental costs of new policies like a carbon tax without that counter weight. What happens if we don’t do enough or what happens if we do nothing which is certainly not a free pass on costs.”Environment Minister Catherine McKenna would not comment on the U.S. report. She said only, via an emailed statement, that tackling climate change “is the right thing to do.”The most recent federal report on climate change in Canada appears to be a Natural Resources Canada report from 2014.Flanagan said the real choices people have to make about whether to support federal climate change policies need to be informed.“It’s something that will transform our economy and the places we live,” she said. “It’s a missing part of our discourse.”last_img read more

Moroccan Magazine Under Fire for Cover Asking Should We Burn Homosexuals

Rabat – Weekly magazine Maroc-Hebdo has come under fire after it ran a cover deemed by many as homophobic.The cover depicts two men ‘intimately’ looking at each other in a swimming pool under the headline “Shall we burn homosexuals?”“Sure it’s an individual right. But what about moral and religious values,” the sub-head added. The magazine’s latest issue, which hit newsstands on Thursday, comes few days after the Health Ministry called on authorities to decriminalize homosexuality.The Ministry recommended a policy change in order to reach as many members of the gay community with HIV and other STDs prevention services.The survey has also found a difficulty in fighting against STDs among the gay community, mainly because of social stigma and criminalization of same-sex relationships.The magazine’s cover has caused outrage on social media platforms, with many denouncing what they described as the magazine’s attempts to incite hatred.This is not the first time the magazine runs a controversial front page cover. In 2012, it ran a front page dubbed as ‘racist’ on immigration from sub-Saharan countries with the title “the Black Peril.”Many readers also accused the magazine of ‘stealing’ the photo it used for the controversial page. They claimed it was taken from a gay-friendly Mexican resort page on TripAdvisor.This also comes one week after British rock band and Femen expressed support for the gay community in Morocco. read more

Morocco Determined to Pursue Migratory Policy Minister

Rabat  – Morocco is determined to pursue its migration policy in the same spirit of humanitarianism and solidarity, and in respect for human rights, said Wednesday in Rabat minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs, Anis Birou.Morocco is a leader in migration policy, Birou told the press after a meeting of the National Commission for regularization and integration of migrants in Morocco, in accordance with the royal instructions concerning the immediate launch of the second phase of the integration of irregular migrants in Morocco.The presidents of several countries congratulated HM King Mohammed VI for this policy, the minister said at the end of the meeting, the first of this second phase. This phase is taking place in a context where Morocco and Germany are preparing to organize the Global Forum for Migration, he said, pointing out that Germany is a pioneer in this field in Europe, as is the case for Morocco in the south shore.The minister said the commission will hold a meeting with civil society, which, he said, is a key partner in the development and implementation of migration policy in Morocco.The offices of foreigners responsible for receiving requests for regularization under the second phase will be opened as of Thursday throughout Morocco’s provinces and prefectures, he added.This phase will capitalize on the success and achievements of the previous operation, initiated in 2014.King Mohammed VI gave his instructions for the immediate launch of the second phase of integration of irregular migrants, as was expected at the end of 2016. read more

UN unveils members of panel to monitor Sudanese referenda

21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he has appointed the three members of a United Nations panel tasked with monitoring the upcoming referenda on the self-determination of Southern Sudan and the Abyei Area. The former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa will head the panel, while former Portuguese foreign minister Antonio Monteiro and former Nepalese election commission chairman Bhojraj Pokharel will serve as the other two members.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the panel will make periodic visits to Sudan through the holding of the two referenda, which are both slated to take place on 9 January next year.Inhabitants of the south will vote on whether to secede from Sudan or remain united with the rest of the country. Residents of Abyei, located in the centre of the country, will vote separately on whether to retain Abyei’s special administrative status in the north or become part of the south.“The upcoming referenda are extraordinarily important for the future of Sudan,” today’s statement noted. “The Secretary-General is confident that the panel can play a helpful role in encouraging credible, Sudanese-led processes that reflect the will of the people of Southern Sudan and of the Abyei Area.”Mr. Ban said the panellists will engage “with all relevant actors,” including the referendum commissions, civil society, observers and the two parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending the long-running north-south civil war – the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).The panel has been formed as a result of a direct request from the parties to the CPA.“The panel will follow key referenda processes, as well as the political and security situation. In addition to reporting to the Secretary-General on the conduct of the referenda, the panel will work directly to enhance confidence in the process by encouraging the parties [to the CPA] and the relevant authorities to take corrective measures to resolve any significant problems or disputes that may arise.”The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is already provided technical, logistical and security assistance for the two ballots, but the support being provided through the panel is independent of that.Last week the Security Council and an independent UN human rights expert called on all parties to take steps to ensure that the referenda are staged peacefully and on time. read more

UN official sees shared commitment to breakthrough at UN antiracism forum

“It has been, for me, really very encouraging to see the shared commitment to going together – every country – to Durban to complete the work and to have a real breakthrough against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters on the final day of the current session of the Preparatory Committee for the forum, which will open in Durban, South Africa, on 31 August. The High Commissioner said her positive assessment was shared by officials from various countries attending the preparatory session. “A number of delegates have been saying to me over the past few days that the spirit has changed and the whole atmosphere is so much more positive,” she observed. “The feeling is there has been considerable progress in regard to language on the identification and description of victims, and also language on how we address the past,” she said, recalling that how to deal with past injustice had been a difficult issue at the outset. “There is a genuine feeling that this is going to be one of the real breakthroughs in Durban.” Concerning ongoing discussions on how to address the situation on the Middle East, she said the focus was now “on whether it is possible to find appropriate language.” Previously, there had been “great resistance” from certain quarters to any text on the subject. With sensitive negotiations still going on, Mrs. Robinson refrained from commenting in detail on the issue. “It may be that if appropriate text can be found, this problem can be surmounted, but it is at a very delicate stage in many ways and I really don’t want to say any more,” she said.Asked about the role of the United States in the preparatory process, Mrs. Robinson said she appreciated Washington’s active engagement, which had led to “very important progress” on certain issues. She added that the World Conference was of great importance to the United States. “I know from my two meetings on it with Secretary of State Colin Powell that he personally believes that it is very important, and that he personally dearly wishes to go to Durban.” Later, in closing remarks to the preparatory meeting, Mrs. Robinson likened the present situation to that of a marathon runner who knows that the worst is over and the finish line is in sight. “We have come a long way, especially over the last two weeks,” she said. “At the same time, we are conscious that an extra strong effort will be needed to finish the course.” read more

Burundis President asks Security Councils help to end violence keep peace on

In an address this morning to an open meeting of the Council, President Buyoya said that while there was reason for hope in Burundi, there were still real challenges that could compromise the road to peace. The first was the continuing violence, President Buyoya noted. The peace process had been negotiated without a ceasefire and now that it had been signed, the rebellion and the violence continued. In light of that situation, he recommended another visit by the Council to Burundi to evaluate the situation on the ground. The second challenge was the reconstruction of his country, the President said. After eight years of crisis, the Burundian economy had suffered and the percentage of the population living in poverty had nearly doubled since 1992. Exports were down, debt repayments were way behind and debt continued to be a major problem. Mr. Buyoya appealed to the Council to heighten international awareness of the situation in Burundi so that substantial support would be given to the peace process. The President said that recently in Geneva, donors had pledged almost $800 million to Burundi for the next three years. Additional inputs, however, would also have to be made since repatriating refugees, resettling internally displaced persons and rebuilding infrastructure required more resources. On the more positive side, President Buyoya said the political climate in Burundi had improved considerably, especially since the establishment of transitional institutions on 1 November 2001. Of particular note was the establishment of a transitional Government, which represented all the signatories and parties to the Arusha Agreement with the exception of one that did not wish to participate. According to President Buyoya, Burundi was also actively following the problems in the subregion. Improving bilateral relations with its neighbours was a necessity, he said, and his country was committed to doing just that. Immediately following President Buyoya’s briefing, the Council met in a private meeting to discuss the situation in Burundi. read more

It Doesnt Hurt To Hire Alumni As Head Coaches But It Doesnt

There were 27 head-coaching changes this offseason, but only one — Northern Illinois’s hiring of Thomas Hammock — involved an alumnus returning home. Hammock and 11 other head coaches — all non-alums — made their FBS coaching debuts over the weekend, while Miami’s Manny Diaz made his debut the previous Saturday.If the recent success of certain high-profile alumni head coaches is predictive, Hammock should lead a successful squad in 2019. Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs were among the most efficient teams in the country. Fitzgerald led Northwestern to its first appearance in the Big Ten title game a third consecutive bowl game victory. Jeff Tedford coached Fresno State to its best season in school history. Scott Satterfield turned Appalachian State into the darlings of the Sun Belt and parlayed it into a job at Louisville. Bryan Harsin led Boise State to the Mountain West championship game for the second consecutive season.In total, alumni head coaches went 159-122 (.566) in 2018. According to’s Simple Rating System, the average alumnus-led program was 4.16 points better than the average team in 2018, the highest mark of any season since 1975. However, alumni-coached teams have also seen a broad range success relative to the average team in this time period.There were 146 alumni head coaches from 1975 through 2018. In total, they won 52.6 percent of their games, and the median alumnus-coached team was 2.2 points better than the average team in a given season. Non-alumni head coaches, of which there were 641, won 51.1 percent of their games and were on average 0.37 points better than the average team in a given season.That divide has increased over the last 20 years. Alumni head coaches have gone 2469-2029 (.549), while non-alumni have gone 13177-12299 (.349).4These win percentages don’t add up to 100 because NCAA sanctions — and resulting win vacations — have altered end-of-season records.In addition to recent success, there are several qualities that make the alumni coaches unique. Alumni traditionally begin their college head coaching careers where they suited up. Of the 146 alumni head coaches from 1975 to 2018, only 26 (17.8 percent) had previous Division I head coaching experience. That has continued to be the norm. Since 2000, of the 53 alumni head coaches who were hired, all but eight were becoming first-time head coaches.Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich knew at some point in his career he’d return to Honolulu. It ended up being where he got his first crack as the man in charge. “One of my real goals in coaching is to repay Hawaii [for] what Hawaii as a state and a university gave me,” Rolovich said. “Which is everything.”And once installed at the head of the program, alumni seldom leave. Of the aforementioned sample, more than 75 percent didn’t take another Division I head coaching gig after securing the job, and nearly 70 percent spent their entire college coaching careers at their alma mater.One potential reason for this continuity is that alumni seem to be working with a longer leash, perhaps as a result of performance. Since 1975, more than 80 percent of alumni head coaches lasted at least three years with a program, while the same is true for just 15 percent of non-alumni. While more than 12 percent of alumni last at least 10 years, only 2.2 percent of non-alumni can say the same.5Not counting coaches with stints of 10 or more years who didn’t coach 10 or more years after 1975.Some alumni coaches attribute this trend to their one of their strengths: having already demonstrated an ability to represent the university well as a student-athlete. “It’s very easy for me to talk about Boise State,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said. “I don’t need a map.”“If you can have success, then hopefully they’ll be proud of you,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s the hope, at least.” But is hiring an alumnus predictive in any significant way?Not especially.To measure how predictive hiring an alumnus is of on-field performance, I pulled all of the head coaches from 1975 to 2018 as well as their alma maters, their head coaching experience and their team’s SRS (as well as its previous season SRS), removing interims from the sample.6If a coach didn’t start the season as the head coach and was at the helm for fewer than six games in a given season, they were removed from the sample. Then I ran a linear regression. Controlling for the coach’s experience and the previous SRS of the team, coaches at their alma maters are statistically indistinguishable from non-alumni.However, a team’s previous season SRS (0.72) is far more predictive of on-field performance — each point of SRS in a previous season is worth around three-quarters of a point in the current one. Furthermore, whether it was the first year of a head coach at a given school is also more predictive of on-field performance than whether they were an alumnus; being a newcomer is strongly negatively correlated with performance (-1.53 SRS).Plus, despite the recent success they’ve had, in terms of historic single-season performance, alumni haven’t produced a ton. Of the 20 best single seasons, as defined by SRS, only one7Bryant’s 1978 Alabama team. In terms of alumni head coaching performance, Bryant accounts for the two best single-season SRS marks and five of the top eight. was coached by an alumnus.Phillip Fulmer is the last coach to win a national title at his alma mater. That was in 1998. Since 1949, only Steve Spurrier, Bryant, Ralph Jordan and Frank Leahy can say the same. That isn’t to say there aren’t obstacles. The allure of returning home is countered by increased expectations, both from inside and outside the locker room. Happiness is fickle and patience wears thin when losses pile up. And sometimes winning isn’t enough, even at your alma mater. At Maryland, Ralph Friedgen was fired after going 9-4 and winning ACC Coach of the Year. He later burned his diploma.“A lot of times, criticism is a faceless person,” Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester said. “But at your alma mater, sometimes it’s a little bit harder because you do know who they are.”It can be a challenge to remember that it is, in fact, a job.“You have to be able to mix the business side with the side where your heart is,” Rolovich said.Regardless of the campus where a coach cut his teeth, the terms of employment remain clear. In college football, the long-term prognosis isn’t stable. “Either we’re going to get fired or we’re going to leave,” former Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship said. Blankenship coached at Tulsa, his alma mater, from 2011 to 2014. “The odds of retiring at the school that hired you is a pretty low percentage.” When David Shaw informed his parents that he was Stanford’s new head football coach, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. “Pride,” he recalled in an interview this offseason, “is such a small word for that feeling.”Shaw remains at the helm nearly a decade later.Stanford is where Shaw was a four-year letterwinner and where his dad was nearly elevated to head coach. It’s where Shaw met his wife and where he proposed; where he left and where he returned. The lockscreen on his iPad is a family photo taken among the eucalyptus trees on campus in 1975, then replicated some 35 years later. “To have so much of your life associated with a place,” Shaw told me, “is weird.”An alma mater, Shaw contends, is an extension of home. In turn, its people — from the dining hall staff to the university board of directors — are akin to family. In 1957, Paul “Bear” Bryant left a winning program in College Station to return to Tuscaloosa, where the Alabama Crimson Tide had endured a fourth consecutive losing season. Why? “I’ve heard mama calling,” he told his players.Hiring an alumnus1For this article, “alumnus” refers to a coach who spent his undergraduate years at the university (not counting graduate degrees). has been a marketable, low-risk, high-reward strategy for athletic departments for almost a half-century. Unless a splashy move is feasible, if an athletic director seeks to turn around a program — or merely wants to sell more tickets — there are far worse blueprints to follow than returning someone to their roots. Which is perhaps why alumni have permeated the market for much of the modern era. Since 1975, 38 FBS football programs2Including West Texas A&M, which moved out of FBS in 1986. hired more than one alumnus as head coach.3The University of Nevada once brought in three consecutive alumni as head coaches. Over that period, there was only one season in which alumni didn’t hold at least 10 percent of the available head coaching gigs.And recently, hiring from within has been a successful strategy. Alumni accounted for roughly a quarter of the coaches represented in last season’s final Top 25 rankings. This season, alumni will command 18 programs, or 13.8 percent of the market. The fraternity includes long-tenured stalwarts (Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun) in addition to the more idiosyncratic personalities in the sport (Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy).Shaw was hired to “take the dips out of Stanford football.” He became the winningest coach in program history two years ago. But was the university seal on Shaw’s diploma in any way predictive of that success? And more broadly, does an alumnus traditionally make for an exceptional hire? When Shaw’s legacy is written, it will no doubt be penned in cardinal red.“It’s one thing to fit the program, it’s another thing to fit the entire institution,” Shaw said. “Because I went to school here, I understand the ethos, I understand the air of this place.”But despite the recent tear of success, that indelible connection that he and fellow alumni head coaches have isn’t terribly predictive of future success.Neil Paine contributed research. read more

EPCUK brings safety to the fore with new Esprit dEquipe mobile app

first_imgEPC-UK says it is again emphasising safety as a number one priority for all of its employees and customers with the launch of its innovative new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app. This free multifunctional mobile app provides the user with safety alerts and the very latest safety information, as well as the ability to track and record individual CPD activity. It can also report issues directly to EPC-UK which, when combined with its inbuilt tools can save valuable time when on-site. “With easily accessible information, such as detailed product guides; event information, including upcoming exhibitions and seminars; news stories; and an understandable and easy to use format, the app is extremely user-friendly.”“Available on all Android and Apple devices, the app allows downloaded information to be accessed offline, eliminating the need for data or a Wi-Fi connection.  The Push functionality also means the user will be kept up-to-date with the latest safety data, helping them to stay at the forefront of this challenging industry. The new app not only reduces the need for excessive paperwork, but it enables EPC-UK employees to instantly access information on-site, regardless of location or network coverage and disseminate this information directly to the customer in real-time.”Externally, the app’s powerful tools enable complex calculations to be made by blast designers and shotfirers, helping to increase on-site efficiency and effectiveness, as well as safety.  It also allows EPC-UK employees to collaborate more closely on safety issues and provides employees and customers with updates on new EPC-UK initiatives and developments, as well as the ability to instantly access the EPC-UK website and Twitter feed.The Esprit d’Equipe app has been developed in collaboration with EPC-UK’s Safety Ambassadors.  Safety Ambassadors were introduced to the company to assist in communicating the importance of safety throughout the organisation.  The Ambassadors also assist to ensure that safety standards are being met and that these standards are taken out on-site and ultimately to the customer.“The inspiration for the app came from EPC-UK’s Esprit d’Equipe initiative and is based on the group’s core values, which are encapsulated in the word ’SPIRIT’– safety, passion, integrity, respect, innovation and team work – with safety being the number one priority.”“In our industry, safety must always remain at the core of everything we undertake.  The new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app will bring safety to the forefront of everyone’s minds, consolidate all of our knowledge and expertise into one place, and help us reach our ultimate goal of zero harm,” explains Ben Williams, Managing Director for EPC-UK.“Real time safety information will also prove invaluable when on-site, whilst the ability to record and track activity will provide us with the vital information we need to make EPC-UK even more effective – and more importantly safer – in the future, benefitting both our employees and our customers,” adds Williams.last_img read more

Spain escape defeat against Slovenia

← Previous Story Norway take Croatian scalp Next Story → Russia beat Hungary for Main Round hope Slovenia had +1 and attack in the last minute of the clash with Spain, but that wasn’t enough. After terrible shot by Dean Bombač, Cristian Ugalde leveled the result on 24:24 (13:10) only 15 seconds beore the final buzzer. Slovenians tried once again to score the winner, but Borut Mačkovšek had no chance against strong block in the last second.Slovenian team led by Veselin Vujovic had a good start, 6:2, 11:7, but Spaniards managed to turnover on 19:18. However, Luka Žvižej (6) and his compatriots managed to overtook control over the results once again in the last ten minutes of the match. At the end, lack of good decisions and match winners took cut a point…STATISTICSphoto: read more

Cyprus may call extra bank holiday to get time to pass unpopular

first_imgCYPRUS HAS POSTPONED an emergency debate in parliament on a controversial EU bailout today, threatening a prolonged closure of the island’s banks as MPs baulk at an unprecedented tax on savings.Fellow eurozone countries and international creditors imposed the deeply unpopular levy of up to 9.9 per cent on all deposits in the island’s banks as a condition for a desperately needed €10 billion bailout.Conservative President Nicos Anastasiades needs to get the legislation ratifying the deal through parliament before banks reopen or face a run on accounts.But Cyprus media reported that the scale of revolt against the agreement among MPs has thrown into disarray his efforts to do so over a three-day holiday weekend, and he may have to declare an additional bank holiday on Tuesday.Negotiations are under way with the central bank to keep branches closed for an extra day, despite the potential economic cost, the privately run Sigma TV reported.Anastasiades is struggling to secure even a simple majority for the terms of the bailout in the 56-member parliament in which his conservative DISY parliament holds just 20 seats, the channel said.State television said the government had decided to postpone the debate to “ensure MPs were fully aware of the situation and were better informed.”The president also postponed until Monday a planned address to the nation to defend the “painful” sacrifices which he insisted were the only way to save the island’s banking sector from total collapse.MPs will now convene at 4:00 pm (2pm GMT) on Monday to debate ratification, the state broadcaster said.The debt rescue package, agreed in Brussels early on Saturday after some 10 hours of talks, is significantly less than the €17 billion Cyprus had initially sought.Most of the balance is to be made up through the bank deposit levy – the first eurozone bailout in which private depositors are having to help foot the bill.Bank customers aren’t happyCustomers queue to use an ATM outside of a Bank of Cyprus branch on Saturday (AP Photo/Pavlos Vrionides)Savers in Cyprus banks reacted with shock and anger after Anastasiades agreed to the tax in an 11th-hour U-turn on months of promises that it was a red line he would never cross.“I feel betrayed,” public sector employee Elpida told AFP. “This decision might bring good results in terms of arithmetics but it will break our trust in the economy.”Opposition politician George Lillikas called on his supporters to protest on Tuesday, charging that the president, who was elected only last month, had “betrayed the people’s vote.”The tax will hit everyone with savings in Cyprus banks from pensioners to Russian oligarchs, and even the president of the European parliament Martin Schulz expressed concern about the hit being imposed on small depositors.“The solution must be socially acceptable,” Schulz warned.Britain, meanwhile, announced that it will compensate its diplomatic and military personnel for any losses from the levy – but not the tens of thousands of other British expatriates on the island.Cypriot ministers will meet at 8:30 am on Monday to thrash out the draft legislation to put before parliament, state media said.Europhile former president George Vassiliou pleaded with MPs to accept an agreement that he said was the only one acceptable to the parliaments of EU creditor nations like Germany.“The Germans told us they couldn’t pass a Cyprus bailout through the Bundestag without a haircut on bank deposits,” Vassiliou told state television from Berlin. If this bill isn’t approved, there will be a run on the banks and they will collapse.But the socialist EDEK party said its five MPs would vote against the “catastrophic” deal and would not be strongarmed into agreeing to it because of the deadline of the banks reopening.“We refuse to succumb to this dilemma by blackmail,” the party said.The communist AKEL party, which has 19 seats, refused to sign an agreement on similar terms while it was in power before Anastasiades’s election last month.And even the president’s coalition partners – centrist DIKO with eight seats – voiced strong reservations.However German political analyst Hubert Faustmann said that ultimately MPs had little choice.Parliament will have to vote it through because the alternative is bankruptcy. They cannot amend it, as far as I know, it is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote — and a ‘no’ means bankruptcy.- © AFP, 2013Read: Bank deposits hit as EU/IMG bailout for Cyprus agreed >last_img read more

2nd Chance Thrift Store will close

first_imgFriends of the Carpenter is closing its retail arm, 2nd Chance Thrift Store, as it addresses an expected budget shortfall for 2019.The faith-based nonprofit informed volunteers during a meeting about a week ago and announced publicly Wednesday that the store would close. The store at 3414 N.E. 52nd St., in Vancouver’s West Minnehaha neighborhood, has been around nearly nine years.“This decision was made very reluctantly. We’re sad to be closing down,” said Executive Director Tom Iberle.Store sales have steadily declined since peaking in 2013 at $166,000. Last year’s sales reached a low of just over $115,000. Taking into account facilities, accounting and staff expenses, the store’s net revenue was just $16,000, Friends of the Carpenter said in a news release.“It was getting less and less lucrative,” Iberle said, adding that they are thinly staffed and struggled to keep the store open.Friends of the Carpenter’s mission is to “provide safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community” at its friendship center in west Vancouver, where people do woodworking projects. Iberle said that by closing the store, the nonprofit’s small staff can give full attention to its primary mission and address the budget shortfall by taking on more contracted projects.Friends of the Carpenter recently built bunk beds for Lifeline Connections’ new Women’s Recovery Center in Vancouver — its largest contract ever, Iberle said. The nonprofit also built a communion table and large cross for the chancel at Vancouver United Church of Christ, which is reopening soon after being damaged by arson.“And there’s more of that coming,” Iberle added.Iberle said the vision for Friends of the Carpenter includes providing more life skills and vocational training and doing more “projects with a purpose.” He feels his nonprofit fills that niche well. If the nonprofit intends to expand, employees can’t be stretched between the store and the woodworking shop, Iberle said. He added that other factors behind the scenes led to the decision and that the nonprofit is looking at its income sources.last_img read more

14yearold goes missing in Little Haiti

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A 14-year-old girl has gone missing, Monday, in Little Haiti.Police said the 14-year-old’s name is Anyla Jaques.Jaques stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds.She was last seen at her home, police said, near Little Haiti wearing a red shirt and gray Mickey Mouse leggings.If you have any information on this missing 14-year-old, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Enforce minimum wages in informal sector Telugunadu Trade Union

first_imgMusheerabad: Telugunadu Trade Union Council (TNTUC) has demanded that state and central governments fix the minimum wage as Rs 20,000 and implement it in the unorganized sector. A meeting was held with senior leaders of TNTU by the vice-president of Telangana TNTUC M Sathyanarayana at TDP Hyderabad district office here on Thursday.The senior TDP leader who attended the meeting as chief guest, Pinnamaneni Sai Baba condemned the anti-labour policies of the central government and asked the governments to declare Rs 20,000 as minimum wage and take measures to implement it in the unorganized sector. Measures should also be taken to ensure that every worker gets ESI and EPF benefits, he said. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us Sai Baba questioned the State government why the Minimum Wages Act was not amended again after 2007. The meeting passed a resolution demanding implementation of minimum wages and ESI and EPF facilities to workers in the unorganized sector as well. Among those who attended the meeting were state secretary of TNTUC MK Bose, M Prasad, V Venkateshwar Rao, Rajashekhar, Venugopal Reddy, EK Mohan Rao, P Narasimha, G Venkatesh, Nallela Kishore, Srinivas, Sathyam, B Narasimha Goud and others.last_img read more