Valtteri Bottas will have to justify his seat at Mercedes next season: Toto Wolff

first_imgValtteri Bottas has what it takes to succeed with Formula One champions Mercedes but he will also have to show next season that he deserves to be there, according to team boss Toto Wolff.The Finn failed to win a Grand Prix this year and ended up fifth overall while British teammate Lewis Hamilton took 11 wins and became only the third driver to win five world championships.”Every racing driver in a Formula One car has to look over his shoulder. It is a very brutal sport where only the best ones survive and they are very well aware,” Wolff told Reuters.”They have made the selection of the top 20 racing drivers in the world and every single year they have to justify that they deserve the place. It is not only valid for Valtteri but all the others as well.”Mercedes have 22-year-old Frenchman Esteban Ocon as their reserve driver for 2019 after he lost his race seat at Force India, now renamed Racing Point, to Canadian Lance Stroll.Wolff said last month that Ocon would be doing simulator work and some testing to be ready to return to racing in 2020. Whether that is with Mercedes, or another team using the same engines, remains to be seen.Bottas said at the end of the season that he just wanted to go home, recharge and come back strong again next year. Wolff expected the 29-year-old to do that.”Valtteri is a fierce warrior and he wouldn’t be where he is today if he was not an outstanding racing driver. I think he absolutely embraces the challenge of being teammate and competitor to Lewis Hamilton,” said the Austrian.advertisement”I think where things have gone wrong with Valtteri in 2018 was that he was very unlucky. He could have, should have — but that doesn’t count — won three races.”The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku was a big blow, with Bottas robbed of victory by a puncture three laps from the end. Had he won there, instead of Hamilton, he would have led the championship.Once he was no longer in contention for the title he then had to help Hamilton win, never an easy situation for a teammate.”I think within any racing driver there’s a certain mental setback that happens. And it happened to Valtteri and he will work on it over the winter and will start the season fresh,” said Wolff.”All points go back to zero and he has the same opportunity like he has in the last year to win the driver’s title. He certainly has the talent and the intelligence.”last_img read more


10 months ago​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will look at Eddie Howe if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.With Pochettino linked to jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is a possibility he will leave Spurs.And according to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth boss Howe is the man chairman Daniel Levy would target to replace the Argentine.It would cost a club £40 million to buy out Pochettino’s contract at Spurs, as he signed a new deal this past summer.English papers have suggested he is open to a move to United, as he knows it is an opportunity that may be too good to turn down. last_img read more


The 5 College Football Teams On ‘Upset Alert’ Week 3

first_imgToledo's football stadium, the Glass Bowl.We’ve already seen some pretty big upsets during this young college football season. More could be coming in Week 3.Here are the five teams on “upset alert” heading into College Football Week 3.At least three ranked teams have tough road games that they need to be very prepared for, or else they could add a big ‘L’ to their records.No. 10 Washington (-6.5) at Utah Utah fan holding up a giant U.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)Night games at Rice-Eccles Stadium can be a tough place to play, especially at night. While The Salt Lake Tribune has peeled back the numbers to counter the narrative of the MUSS, Utah has knocked off some huge opponents at home in the Pac-12.In 2013, No. 5 Stanford fell in Salt Lake City. In 2014, the same happened to No. 20 USC, and in 2015, it was No. 23 Cal. The 2016 USC team that wound up winning an epic Rose Bowl against Penn State was unranked when it visited Utah, falling to the Utes 31-27. It proved to be the team’s final loss that year.So Rice-Eccles Stadium may not be a night game at LSU, but Washington definitely can’t let its guard down on Saturday night.No. 21 Miami (-10.5) at ToledoToledo's football stadium, the Glass Bowl. Toledo has been one of the most consistent Group of Five teams in the country for years. That hasn’t changed with Jason Candle at the helm. He is 22-7 as head coach, with a 11-3 record last season, and is off to a 1-0 start this season.Miami won last weekend’s game against Savannah State 77-0, but it doesn’t erase a seriously disappointing loss to LSU to open the year.Miami has a talent edge, and it is very early in the season, but the S&P analytics-based college football ratings system actually ranks Toledo (No. 19 in the country) ahead of The U (No. 32). This will be a real road test for the ‘Canes.No. 23 Arizona State (-5.5) at San Diego StateThe San Diego State Aztecs get pumped up before a game.San Diego State has been a consistently dangerous Group of Five team, and gets Herm Edwards’ upstart Arizona State Sun Devils at home.ASU is coming off of an upset of its own, edging out Michigan State at home in Week 2. That win propelled the team into the rankings. Of course, Michigan State was nearly knocked off at home the week before by Utah State, so there are serious questions about how good Mark Dantonio’s team is.So far things have looked good for the former NFL head coach. If this has been smoke-and-mirrors so far, we’ll find out soon.Nebraska (-11.5) vs. TroyTroy football player celebrates a Pick Six vs. Boise State.Troy has turned into a power in the Sun Belt Conference, and broke through on a national level with its win at LSU last season.The year before, the Trojans gave eventual national champion Clemson a serious run, falling 30-24.Neal Brown’s team is a real threat, and with the status of Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez up in the air for now, this is no gimme first win for Scott Frost. Even with Martinez healthy, this could be a very close one.Arkansas (-7) vs. North TexasNorth Texas wide receiver celebrates a touchdown.The Razorbacks were handed a surprising loss to a Group of Five squad last week, falling to an 0-2 Colorado State team that had just been beaten up by Hawaii and Colorado.Unfortunately for the Hogs, North Texas is probably a better team than the Rams.Seth Littrell has installed one of the country’s most explosive offenses in Denton, and the Mean Green put up points in bunches. They blew out SMU in Week 1, 46-23, and Incarnate Word last week, 58-16. Quarterback Mason Fine has 862 passing yards and 7 touchdowns through two games.Last season, North Texas went 9-5 and won its Conference USA West division. They should be even better this year.last_img read more


Four-Star Safety Chris Thompson Jr. Announces Commitment

first_imgan overview of auburn's jordan-hare stadiumAUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Scholarship offers have been flying in for four-star safety Chris Thompson Jr. this summer. With interest from across the country, Thompson has decided to end his recruitment and make his college decision.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Thompson announced that he would be committing to Auburn. He visited the Tigers campus back in April before taking visits to Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and USC this summer.If you never leave, you never learn… Be comfortable with being uncomfortable ~ Lebron #COMMITTED247Sports rates Thompson as the No. 210 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 18 safety in the nation, and the No. 33 recruit from the state of Texas.A starter at Duncanville High School in Texas, Thompson earned District Defensive Sophomore of the Year honors in 2017. If you never leave, you never learn… Be comfortable with being uncomfortable ~ Lebron #COMMITTED 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/ymEFnBS5u4— ChrisThompsonJr (@cdotcaash_) August 4, 2019Thompson’s addition is big for Auburn, who coming into the day had only one other defensive back in the Class of 2020. His choice also came as a surprise to 247Sports, whose Crystal Ball Predictions unanimously had him picking Texas.Recruiting analysts have called the decision a “shocking” one.BREAKING: #Rivals250 DB Chris Thompson Jr. has pulled off a shocker and commits to #Auburn #WDE over #Texas. Analyzing the ebbs and flows of Thompson’s decision and the game-changing safety that Auburn added to the back end of its defense➡️ https://t.co/8Xf35N3EI8 pic.twitter.com/UKaa4ibrQP— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) August 4, 2019Auburn now has the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation for 2020, and the No. 6 class in the SEC.The Tigers are coming off their sixth straight winning season under Gus Malzahn. They went 7-5 in the regular season before torching Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl.last_img read more


World Cup 2019: Match against South Africa will be challenging, admits Liton Das

first_img Asian News International DubaiJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 16:25 IST Playing against South Africa will be difficult but the team can win if they play to the best of their abilities, says Bangladesh’s wicket keeper Liton Das (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSBnagladesh had finished as semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017The team is captained under Mashrafe MortazaBangladesh will be facing South Africa at the Oval on June 2Wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das admitted that Bangladesh’s opening ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against South Africa would be a tough challenge but stressed that his team can win if they play to best of their abilities.Bangladesh have improved in multi-nation tournaments. The team had qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2015 edition and finished as semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Bangladesh, captained by Mashrafe Mortaza, will meet South Africa at The Oval on June 2.”Nothing will be easy. South Africa has a bowling attack and the batsmen. They are used to these conditions and it will be challenging for us but it’s not like we won’t be able to do it. If we play well on that day, then we will win,” ICC quoted Liton, as saying.Liton further said Bangladesh will start their World Cup campaign with a mentality to win.”It’s not about this being the first match. Even if it was the last match, we would be thinking of winning because that is what we came here for. So we will play with the mentality to win,” he said.Bangladesh were handed a 95-run defeat at the hands of India in their second warm-up match after their first practice game against Pakistan was washed out. Liton impressed with his 90-ball 73, which included 10 boundaries, against India. The right-hander stressed that he is preparing to bat in the middle if the team requires.”So far I have been opening the innings. Now I will have to grow this mentality (to play down the order) in the practice session so that I am prepared to bat anywhere.”advertisement”It is not that only three cricketers are looking for a spot, all the 15 members are looking to get in. But you cannot play more than 11 cricketers, so naturally a few will be warming the bench. All I can say is that I will wait for my opportunity and try to utilise it to the best of my ability when it comes my way,” he concluded.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Archer must be licking his lips after watching Pakistan collapse, says WaqarAlso Read | World Cup 2019 Match 3, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: When and Where to watch live streamingAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Bangladesh vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Liton Das World Cup 2019: Match against South Africa will be challenging, admits Liton DasBangladesh is rising up the ladder as the team is getting ready to face South Africa in their World Cup opening match. 24 year-old Liton Das said that the team will start their match with a mentality to win.advertisementlast_img read more


Award Winners Announced at International Human Rights Day

first_imgThree Nova Scotians are the recipients of the Human Rights Award for their continued dedication to advancing Human Rights in the province. The awards were presented at the International Human Rights Day Event today, Dec. 10, held at L’nu Sipuk Kina Muokuom/Indian Brook House of Learning, Indian Brook. The recipients of the 2009 Human Rights Awards are: — Helena Jockel, Halifax. She has taken her message about the brutality of the Holocaust and genocide to young people across the province. As a survivor of the Holocaust, Ms. Jockel believes that, despite the pain of sharing her story, it is her duty to warn young people about injustice and human cruelty so that they may overcome hatred and intolerance in the future. — Philip Riteman, Bedford. He is a Holocaust survivor who works to give voice to the millions who died in the concentration camps and can not speak for themselves. By telling others about his time in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Mr. Riteman aims to silence Holocaust deniers who claim that the extermination of six million Jews by the Germans during the Second World War either never occurred or was greatly exaggerated. The message he carries is one of love rather than hate so that a future without genocides may be possible. — Viola Robinson, Truro. She has been an advocate and leader for Mi’kmaq rights in the province. She served as the president of the Native Council of Nova Scotia and the Native Council of Canada and has worked tirelessly to end discrimination against Mi’kmaw people and Aboriginal women. Ms. Robinson worked with the provincial and federal governments and the Mi’kmaw community to help develop the Made-in-Nova Scotia process for negotiating treaty rights and governance. “Helena Jockel, Philip Riteman, and Viola Robinson are exemplary examples of the strength and resilience of the human spirit,” Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act said in a statement. “They have overcome adversity and used their experiences to make Nova Scotia a better place for human rights and for today’s families.” “The theme of today’s event was Stand Up for Hope. The recipients demonstrate this by standing up in their communities and the province,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “Their messages and stories highlight the need to create awareness about human rights and continue to inspire other to do the same.” The event was a joint effort by L’nu Sipuk Kina Muokuom/Indian Brook House of Learning, Partners for Human Rights and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. It featured a variety of speakers and dancers and a cultural breakfast. “Partners for Human Rights really enjoyed working with Indian Brook House of Learning to take the event into a community outside of the Halifax area,” said co-chair Sandra Smith Muir. “Together, we encourage all Nova Scotians to stand up for hope and make positive changes in our communities.” A human rights celebration also took place in Kings County. The Municipality of Kings County, the Race Relations and Anti-discrimination Committee, and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission held a public ceremony and flag-raising in Kentville. On Dec. 10, 1948, members of the United Nations gathered in Paris to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Canadian John Humphrey drafted the original document, which shaped and enhanced human rights across the globe.last_img read more



Chiefs take Ontario Ottawa to court over breached RobinsonHuron Treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of First Nation chiefs have filed court action against Ottawa and Ontario over owed treaty annuities promised under the Robinson-Huron Treaty.The Robinson-Huron Treaty was signed on Sept. 9, 1850 and covers about 21 First Nation communities with a population of about 30,000 Anishinabek people. The treaty area covers about 35,700 square kilometres of territory in northern Ontario. The claim, which was filed with the Ontario Superior Court in Sudbury, Ont., states the Crown has failed to live up to the treaty which, the claimants argue, promised annuities would increase along with revenue generated from the treaty territory.“Shortly after the treaty was entered into the chiefs began petitioning the Crown for an increase in annuities with limited results,” said Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers. “The Robinson-Huron Treaty anticipates and provides economic benefits for us in perpetuity. The annuity was intended to be our revenue stream, our share of wealth generated by revenues from our territory, yet many of the beneficiaries live in poverty.”Currently, treaty beneficiaries get $4 a year which has seen no increase since 1874.The chiefs, behind the claim, say they are seeking a tally of the revenue generated by their treaty territory since 1850, an increase of annuities and compensation for losses stemming from the Crown’s failure to increase annuities.“It couldn’t be plainer that the territory has generated vast amounts of revenues from forestry, mining and other resource development. Still we receive four dollars per year,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “That is unfair and not what we bargained for.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Ghislain Picard said it was time for Canada to rectify the “long-standing breach” of the treaty.“Canada has grown rich off the traditional territories of First Nations and both provincial and national economies benefit while too many of our communities face chronic poverty,” said Picard. “This is clearly unfair.”news@aptn.calast_img read more


Apples stock sours Microsofts soars Say what

first_imgWall Street investors are enamoured with a newly emergent tech company.It has nothing to do with posting selfies or finding a soul mate. The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world.Say hello to Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment – eclipsing Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.And now it is close to surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.Yes, that Microsoft. As other tech giants stumble, its steady resilience is paying off.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.“Microsoft looks like they’ve finally turned the corner and have become a viable cloud player,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust. “They’ve made a very strong transition away from the desktop.”A brief period of trading Monday was the first time in more than eight years that Microsoft was worth more than Apple. Microsoft surpassed Apple again briefly Tuesday, before Apple closed on top with a market value of $827 billion, just 0.5 per cent ahead of Microsoft’s $822 billion.Apple has been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock has fallen 25 per cent since early October, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Just a few years ago, Microsoft’s prospects looked bleak. The company was dependent on licensing fees from the Windows operating system used in personal computers, but people were spending money instead on the latest smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results earlier this month amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Morgan said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below: Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Grand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more


Moroccan Fans will Protest Unfair Arbitration at Spain Game

Rabat – June 25 will be a day of mourning for Moroccan football fans as it will mark the last day for Morocco’s Atlas Lions in the 2018 World Cup. The fans who followed the Moroccan team to Russia are expected to protest against the arbitration of the Morocco-Portugal game.In a Facebook post, the Equipe National du Maroc fan page of the national football team called on Moroccan citizens in Russia to protest the arbitration “injustice” in the Portugal match by lifting banners with clear messages addressed to FIFA.“We have received many messages saying that the Moroccan fans present in Morocco-Spain match should put a badge on their arms to show our sadness and anger against FIFA and to protest against the scandalous arbitration imposed to Moroccan national team in its meeting with Portugal,” wrote the page in a post published yesterday. The post received more than 6,000 likes and was shared more than 1,300 times.The first post by the fan page reads: “We can express  anger against the arbitration injustice in the Portugal game in an easy move:  raising white wipes or banners with clear messages to FIFA to make it a snapshot of history witnessed by the whole world.”Moroccan fans expressed dissatisfaction and anger over the “injustice” of the US referee who denied Morocco two penalty kicks in the Morocco-Portugal game.Morocco lost to Portugal 1-0 on Wednesday, but the penalties could have changed the result and provide Morocco with a shot to move to the next phase of the 2018 World Cup.Morocco’s team will return home after their game with Spain on June 25 as the Atlas Lions are pointless after their first defeat against Iran on June 15.Saddened by Morocco’s disqualification, Moroccan football fans launched a petition on Change.org addressed to FIFA to denounce the “unfair” arbitration in the game.The petition reads: “Anyone who watched the match will realize how much unfair it was: Morocco should’ve had 2 PK [penalty kicks] but no one bothered to check the Var.” read more


UN mission welcomes announcement of Nepalese election date

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) today welcomed the unveiling of a date – 22 November – for the Himalayan country’s Constituent Assembly elections, calling it a critical step forward in the peace process. The announcement of an election date “indicates the strong commitment of the political parties to work together to fulfil the historic promise to the people of Nepal to form a democratically elected Constituent Assembly,” the Mission said in a press release issued in the capital, Kathmandu. The Assembly will adopt a new constitution for Nepal, where a decade-long armed conflict that killed some 13,000 people came to a formal end when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord last November. The polls were to have been held in mid-June but had to be postponed because regulations governing the process were not ready. November was the next earliest available date because of the monsoon season and several major national holidays. UNMIN said it was now essential that all parties committed themselves to ensuring that there is a free and fair atmosphere for the ballot. “A date is necessary, but not in itself sufficient,” the Mission said. “The parties must now put forward a realistic plan and timetable to achieve rapid progress on simultaneous fronts, both technical and logistical, as well as on political and security issues. UNMIN stressed the importance of the Interim Government reaching out to historically marginalized groups in Nepal, including Madhesis, Janajatis, Dalits and women, to ensure there is as broad a consensus as possible on the elections. It added that public security continues to be a key challenge, and called for “the creation of conditions in all districts and villages which allow all parties to conduct their activities from now on without facing intimidation and violence.” The Mission also noted that it has consistently urged the setting up of a fully independent national monitoring body to support the implementation of the peace process, adding that it remains willing to help such a body. Meanwhile, the UN Electoral Expert Monitoring Team (EEMT) has wrapped up a two-week visit to Nepal, where the five-member group met with senior Government ministers, parliamentarians, election officials, civil society groups and others. Appointed by the Secretary-General, the EEMT – which is not part of UNMIN – is tasked with regularly assessing the electoral process to determine whether it is proceeding in a manner which will lead to a result accurately reflecting the will of the Nepalese people. 25 June 2007The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) today welcomed the unveiling of a date – 22 November – for the Himalayan country’s Constituent Assembly elections, calling it a critical step forward in the peace process. read more


Wrestling Kyle Snyders third individual title not enough for Ohio State to

Ohio State junior Myles Martin squares off with Virginia Tech’s Zach Zavatsky on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. Martin defeated Zavatsky in the 184-pound semifinals by an 8-4 decision. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterRight before the 184-pound NCAA final, Penn State No. 2 Mark Hall lost, which presented the opportunity for Ohio State to win the team title, if No. 2 Myles Martin and No. 1 Kyle Snyder both finished off their championship runs. But before Snyder had his chance, Martin could not get it done.Penn State No. 1 seed Bo Nickal pulled off a stunning pin against Martin to win the 184-pound national championship and clinch the team title for Penn State. This is Penn State’s seventh national championship in the past eight years, with the Buckeyes in 2015 claiming the other title.Ohio State finished second at the NCAA wrestling championships for the second straight season behind Penn State. The Buckeyes held a six-point lead going into the finals, but couldn’t keep up with Penn State, which had four individual national champions, and fell 141.5 to 134.5. “This this was set up for, I watch a lot of sports but, an epic ending. You got the Olympic champion trying to beat the 280 pound, tremendous wrestler himself, to win a team title, if Myles gets that win,” head coach Tom Ryan said.Snyder won his third national championship in the heavyweight final against No. 2 seed Adam Coon of Michigan. The rubber match between the two finished in epic fashion, with Snyder scoring the winning takedown with 19 seconds remaining in the match.“At Ohio State and the Team USA national team coaches, they’ve helped me so much, so couldn’t have done anything without all of their support. There’s a lot of people that go into accomplishing stuff like this,” Snyder said.The 134.5 was the most team points scored by any second place team in history. For comparison, Ohio State scored 102 points when they won the national championship in 2015. Earlier in the day, Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello placed third at 125 pounds in his final collegiate match with a takedown in sudden victory to win 8-6. He finished his career with one first-place finishes and three thirds at the national tournament. No. 1 seed Kollin Moore got upset by unranked Kent State wrestler Kyle Conel in Friday’s quarterfinals. He fought back with three straight wins to advance to the third-place match, but found himself wrestling Conel again. Once again, Moore lost. This time Conel defeated him 5-3, leaving Moore to finish fourth at 197 pounds. Luke Pletcher was upset by North Carolina State freshman Tariq Wilson in the 133-pound third-place match. Wilson opened the first period with a quick takedown to set the tone in the rematch. Pletcher rebounded to take a 3-2 lead entering the second. Wilson then then scored a takedown and a near fall to take a commanding lead. Wilson won 17-8 and Pletcher finished in fourth place.Wilson won 17-8 and Pletcher finished in fourth place.Ohio State 141-pounder Joey McKenna came up short of a national title Friday night, but responded by advancing to the third–place match with a win against North Carolina State No. 5 seed Kevin Jack 4-3. A takedown by McKenna and a quick reversal by Jack saw the first period end 3-2 in favor of in favor of McKenna. McKenna extended the lead to 4-2 with an escape in the second, and held off Jack’s late shots in the match to claim third place. “The bottom line is that, I’m not sure that we gutted out enough close ones to win this tournament,” Ryan said prior to the championship round beginning. “I said at the start of this thing, that this will be the most points scored for any second place team in the history of the sport. I was hoping it wasn’t us.”As the No. 4 seed, McKenna faced another tough consolation opponent, finishing off his season with a 7-2 decision against Missouri No. 2 seed Jaydin Eierman to place third at 141 pounds for the Buckeyes. Ohio State No. 7 seed Micah Jordan went lost both of his matches Saturday with a 4-2 decision going in favor of Cornhusker Tyler Berger and a comfortable 6-3 win for Alec Pantaleo in the fifth-place match. Ohio State senior Bo Jordan only wrestled once on Saturday since his opponent, Lehigh’s Jordan Kutler, medically forfeited the fifth-place match at 174 pounds. Jordan lost to Michigan’s Myles Amine 6-2 in a bout that would have sent him to the third-place match. read more


The Chiefs Are In An Unfamiliar Place — No 1 In Our

2San Francisco114201317Jacksonville141999 Well, that didn’t take long. We’re just one week into the 2017 NFL season, and there’s already a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. The Kansas City Chiefs rose to the top slot after beating the preseason No. 1 New England Patriots 42-27 in last Thursday’s season opener, and now Elo gives them a league-best 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.OK, so maybe you shouldn’t bet the farm on that Chiefs championship just yet. (The Vegas books still list K.C. in a tie for the seventh-best Super Bowl odds of any team, alongside the Atlanta Falcons.) But Kansas City occupying first place in an NFL power ranking is a pretty rare sight nonetheless. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, the Chiefs have only held the No. 1 slot for eight total weeks,1Including this week. the same as the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Compare that with the team the Chiefs beat — the Pats, who lead all post-merger franchises with 137 total weeks at No. 1 — and you start to get a sense for just how unusual a top-ranked K.C. squad is.The last time the Chiefs ranked first in Elo? Week 11 of the 2003 season, when Kansas City had just crushed the Cleveland Browns to move to 9-0 on the year. It was K.C.’s fourth consecutive week at No. 1, but the celebration wouldn’t last: Dick Vermeil’s Chiefs were upset by Cincinnati on the road the following week, part of a 4-3 stretch to close the regular season. And in the playoffs, they lost an epic shootout with Peyton Manning and the Colts in which neither team punted. K.C. fell to 7-9 the next season, and the offensive firepower briefly captured with Trent Green and Priest Holmes was never quite achieved again. CAR65CAR71CAR+1.4– 7Washington51199221Kansas City82017 13Seattle30201629Atlanta0— FiveThirtyEight vs. The CrowdLast week, we rolled out a new game in which we invite you, the readers, to make picks against our Elo algorithm — as well as each other. (The more confident you are in your choices, the more points you win.) After each week, we’ll tally up everyone’s scores, and you can see where you stand relative to Elo and your fellow players.As a side benefit of this exercise, we can also use the results of your picks to figure out which games and teams the crowd most disagreed with Elo about — and who was right. For instance, in Week 1, readers were all over the woefully high 57 percent win probability Elo gave the Andrew Luck-less Colts on the road against the L.A. Rams. (In Elo’s defense, it doesn’t factor in key injuries like Luck’s.) Los Angeles ended up crushing Indy 46-9, costing our algorithm a lot of points in the process.Here are all the games from the opening week of the season, in order of how much readers outsmarted Elo:3The Chiefs-Patriots matchup isn’t included here because our game launched last Friday, after the season opener was played. 10Minnesota42201625Buffalo41991 MIN59MIN54MIN-6.7– 6Indianapolis52200921N.Y. Jets82010 our PICKWIN PROB.READERS’ PICKWIN PROB.ACTUAL WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS 8Miami50198524New Orleans62010 9Oakland43200225Cincinnati41982 HOU74HOU75JAX-3.1– IND57%LAR53%LAR+8.2– 14L.A. Rams27200229Detroit0— 4Green Bay67201120Baltimore92009 CIN63CIN58BAL+4.6– 15Philadelphia22200429Houston0— Kansas City is far from being the franchise with the least time spent in first place. Among teams that have reached the top slot, five — New Orleans, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Carolina and Arizona — have spent fewer weeks in first than K.C. Four other teams — Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and (amazingly2Given that they’ve made two Super Bowls.) Atlanta — have never made it to No. 1 in the post-merger era.Maybe the Chiefs will have the staying power of the Patriots, whose 11-week reign at the top K.C. snapped this week. Or maybe they’ll be like last year’s Minnesota Vikings, who spent one solitary week at No. 1 (Week 6, if you’re keeping track) before fading away. DAL65DAL60DAL-6.7– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between FiveThirtyEight reader points won and Elo points won per matchup Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 11Chicago40198827Carolina22015 ATL72ATL80ATL+1.9– GB61GB56GB-6.6– 16Tennessee17200829Cleveland0— WSH58WSH52PHI+4.6– OAK51OAK54OAK+0.5– 12Denver37201628Arizona12015 PIT76PIT86PIT+1.9– DET54ARI52DET-8.3– The Week 1 winner is …Congratulations to Dante Sblendorio of Livermore, California, who absolutely humiliated Elo with this week’s high score of 225 points. Dante, a 25-year-old physicist, went for an extremely aggressive approach that paid off: He picked 12 of 14 games correctly, all at 100 percent confidence. Too bad he wasn’t in Vegas.Remember: You can start playing the prediction game this week, even if you didn’t get your picks in last week.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 5Pittsburgh59200921Tampa Bay82003 3Dallas108199619N.Y. Giants112008 Most weeks spent at No. 1 in NFL Elo ratings, 1970-2017 BUF64BUF71BUF+2.6– 1New England137201717L.A. Chargers142009 DEN74DEN66DEN-8.5– RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1 read more


African miners focus on safetyrelated technology investment

first_imgInvestment plans in the African mining industry point to improving safety first, as well as increasing productivity. In a recent Timetric survey of over 100 key decision makers at operating mines in Africa, respondents were asked about their intentions to invest in 12 different areas of technology at their mine site in the next two years, including several mine management and vehicle-related technologies. The areas most miners (83%) are planning to invest in are new, safety-focused technologies such as ‘fatigue management’ and ‘collision avoidance/proximity detection’, such as the Acumine system shown.Two other technologies with high potential for further investment are ‘equipment health monitoring and diagnostics’ and ‘productivity monitoring systems/tools’, with 80% of respondents planning to invest in these two areas in the next two years. This indicates that companies are keen to ensure they maximise the investments in plant and equipment, and improve productivity given the challenging times faced by the mining sector globally.In contrast, other technologies were less prevalent with limited expected investment in the near term. For example, mining automation had one of the lowest rates of implementation within African mining operations. The state of the labour market and the focus on manned fleets will keep the rate of growth in this area rather slow in comparison to other mining regions. In order to keep production competitive with the rise of automation, companies will look to optimise their fleet’s productivity.Nez Guevara, senior mining analyst at Timetric, says: “As autonomous vehicles are not a viable option for many operations in Africa, those companies who do not employ them will need to tackle the shortfalls of a manned fleet to keep it competitive with its autonomous counterpart and, above all, ensure their workers’ safety. Moreover, as the mining industry is known for long working hours and extreme conditions, it is important that these companies are placing investments directly into the operators and changing the way they work. Engaging safety issues and improving working conditions at the operator level will see rewards and improve production levels.”last_img read more


Geek deals 20 off Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet 55 off

first_imgOur other top deals:1 year of web hosting with unlimited storage, domains, bandwidth from WebHostingHub for $10 (reg. $83.40)Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 [download] for $95 (reg. $149.99)Darth Vader Light-Up Lightsaber Keychain for $14.41 + shipping (reg. $22.95 | use coupon TSCSHOPS) Tablets have been a huge industry over the past couple years, but the two names that come to mind in that industry are just Apple and Android. Sure, the Android is comprised of a lot of different manufacturers and the even-more-confusing branched-off versions like Kindle and Nook, but in the end those are two big contenders.Microsoft has been itching to get a piece of that pie for a long time and with the launch of Windows 8 in fall of 2012, they are finally poised to make that attempt. While the merits of a touch-optimized interface for a traditional PC are questionable, Microsoft is putting full effort into the mobile tablet market (e.g. tablets that don’t run a full version of Windows).While Microsoft has taken things into their own hands with their Surface RT tablets, their partners are pushing forward as well and coming up with some competitive Windows RT-based options. Dell’s XPS 10 is one of the more recent models, built around a 10-inch HD screen powered by a Qualcomm dual-core processor and lasting up to 10 hours on a single charge. It has all the usual features we’ve come to expect from a tablet, but of course it runs Windows RT so it can’t run Windows legacy software.Helping the XPS 10 stand out of the crowd, besides the price available in today’s deal, are features like its optional keyboard dock. The dock gives you a 92% full-size keyboard, touchpad, two USB ports, and HDMI video output along with a battery that expands your total runtime to a massive 18 hours. Unlike other standalone keyboard docks, this one is designed specifically for the XPS 10 and can close up in a clamshell like a traditional laptop. It runs an extra $180, but is well worth the extra cost for the right user.High-end, quality tablets these days will run you at least $500 and Dell is pushing hard to get their name into that crowded marketplace. The XPS 10 with 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD, of course) normally runs $499, but for a limited time you can snag it with $100 instant savings, making for a great value on a premium tablet.Dell XPS 10 32GB Dual-core Windows RT Tablet for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $499.99)last_img read more


Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more



6 DU students among 8 arrested over questionpaper leak

first_img6 DU students among 8 arrested over question-paper leak. Illustration/Prothom AloPolice said they have detained eight people on a charges of leaking out question papers.An SMS of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sent to the media outlets said on Tuesday six of the eight detainees are students of Dhaka University.The CID said two of the detainees are the masterminds behind the question-paper leak.The detainees were taken to CID’s Malibagh office. The police, however, didn’t disclose the identities of the culprits behind the question-paper leak.last_img read more


Peace will be restored at Amdanga assures Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, on Thursday urged the people to work together to restore peace at Amdanga.Addressing a party rally at Amdanga on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said he would ensure that peace is restored in the area. “I will personally look after Amdanga and I assure you that peace will be restored here,” he said.Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee alleged that the party was unnecessarily trying to create trouble in the area, just to stall the development work taken up by Mamata Banerjee. “CPI(M) has joined hands with Congress and BJP to destabilise the area. But we cannot allow that to happen. Rest assured, peace will be restored soon,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said in 2016, CPI(M) had formed an alliance with Congress and the result was disastrous. “The party has been washed away. But they have not learned anything from the past and are now trying to create trouble with the help of Congress and BJP,” Banerjee said. He said that during the Maheshtala by-election, central forces were there and CPI(M) had alliance with Congress, but despite that Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das had won by 65,000 votes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said Trinamool Congress does not believe in bloodshed. “We believe in peace and development. In the past seven years, the development that has taken place is Bengal is remarkable. We will not allow anyone to stall that development,” he said.Banerjee said CPI(M) had unleashed a reign of terror in Bengal for 34 years, during which thousands of Trinamool supporters had been killed. “If Trinamool had the intention of taking revenge, we could have taken law into our own hands after winning on may 20, 2011. But Mamata Banerjee asked us not to take revenge and we followed her instructions. We believe in democracy and peace,” Banerjee said.last_img read more