The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) in conjunction with the National Investment Commission (NIC) and SPARK will today, July 6, host an industry fair for the visiting Dutch trade delegation, comprising 41 businesses from the Netherlands.The delegation, led by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus disease and striving to recover from huge economic losses.According to statement released by the delegation, the Dutch companies are interested in partnerships with local Liberian firms, in the areas of Agriculture, health care, automotive, among others.The goal of the visit is to promote trade between the Netherlands and Ebola affected countries and allow Liberian businesses have the opportunity to network with companies in the Netherlands providing information (IT), logistics, shipping, port maintenance and pharmaceutical services and products.The visit is the second Dutch business delegation to visit Liberia. The first was in 2012, during which the delegation evaluated opportunities for investment in the agricultural sector.SMI-L is sponsoring the Dutch trade fair as part of its business linkages service, which assists international buyers in identifying cost-competitive and high-quality domestic products and services. To date, SMI-L has facilitated over $3 million worth of contracts through this service. SMI-L is implemented by Building Markets, a non-profit social enterprise that works to create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities.The USAID Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) creates jobs and sustains peace by working across sectors with both large and small companies to support local businesses, build and strengthen local supply chains, and ensure monies spent in Liberia stay in Liberia.Since its inception in March 2012, USAID SMI-L has supported more than 153 local businesses in winning contracts worth $50 million and enabled businesses to create over 1,500 full-time jobs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LOS ANGELES — Short on the premier defenders of past Warriors teams, Steve Kerr will rely even more on Draymond Green this season.“He’ll have to still captain the defense, but maybe from a different scheme. Maybe with a little more patience with the younger guys who he’s working with on the floor,” Kerr said before Wednesday’s preseason game against the Lakers at Staples Center.The Warriors lost Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston this offseason, and Klay Thompson won’t be in …
SharePrint RelatedProjekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – December 15, 2010December 7, 2010In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Holiday Geocaching Gift GuideNovember 21, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” It’s the holiday season and some geocachers are pulling out all the stops to ask for geocaching gear. Check out this version of the “Signal Baby” song. Thanks to geocacher and volunteer reviewer, honeychile, for writing and singing the “Signal Baby” song and producing the video. Tell us, what’s on your geocaching wish list this year?[vsw id=”Gw7q6mjGn6k” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Share with your Friends:More
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments The country finished seventh in its last AWCC stint and a win in their next game would give the Filipinos the same ranking.“Now this is time to prove yourself. We still have one more game. You should not lose to Vietnam. I don’t want to go home without a win,” Vicente told his players after dropping a close match to Iran’s Sarmayeh Bank on Tuesday, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Philippine club, whose core will form the national team, is expected to play Vietin Bank of Vietnam on Wednesday. It has dropped all five games so far including one against the Vietnamese club (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14) in the group stage.Gametime is 11:30 a.m. Manila time. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Let’s not go home without a win.Rebisco-PSL Manila head coach Francis Vicente urged his players to win the team’s last game at all cost and at least match the Philippines’ best finish in the Asian Women’s Club Championship (AWCC).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Philippines has been playing strongly the past two games here but has generally lacked the ability to finish off sets. That weakness was highlighted in the loss to the Iranian side, where the Filipinos could have notched two set wins.“Those two sets, those were ours to lose,” said Vicente. “But then again, these are experiences we have to gain playing in international level. There are plenty more things we need to work on.”Rebisco-PSL Manila’s all-heart brand of play earned it a share of fans at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace, but it has done little in satisfying Vicente.“Yes you have the fighting heart, but we need more,” added Vicente.Jaja Santiago, a spectacularly agile 6-foot-5 spiker, accounted for 14 points for the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Ceres XI hopes to weave home magic
Man City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompanyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt fortune wasn’t with them for defeat at Manchester City.Klopp was also left angry that City captain Vincent Kompany escaped dismissal for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.He said, “It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.”It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,012.65 up 1.92 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 16 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $2.24 on 27.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 6.13 per cent, to $7.51 on 9.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 32 cents, or 1.48 per cent, to $22 on 9.1 million shares.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS) Metals. Up nine cents, or 15 per cent, to 69 cents on 5.8 million shares. Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.46 per cent, to $4.38 on 4.9 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Up two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.97 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC).Up $1.24 or 4.7 per cent to $27.41. The airline has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc. for $450 million in cash. Under the deal, Air Canada will also assume $1.9 billion of Aeroplan miles liability in a definitive agreement that follows the announcement in August of a tentative sale. Air Canada said it has also signed agreements with Toronto–Dominion Bank Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa that will see them stay on with the Aeroplan loyalty program until at least 2030.Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Down 11 cents or 4.6 per cent to $2.30. A group of Second Cup Ltd. franchisees is each suing the struggling Canadian coffee chain for $300,000, alleging the company’s actions have been detrimental to them. The current and past franchisees outline a long list of complaints against their franchisor in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of Quebec. The company allegedly misused a franchisee-funded advertising reserve, it said. Franchisees must pay the equivalent of two to three per cent of their sales to the ad fund.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Up $13.20 or 7.4 per cent to $191.45. Shopify says it has acquired Swedish e-commerce company Tictail. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Like Shopify, Tictail aims to bring trendy products to the marketplace by helping businesses create an online presence. Tictail was founded in 2012 by four friends, including one who wanted to create the company after he watched his mother struggle to build an online shop for her ceramics.Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA). Down 15 cents to $43.37. Emera has signed a deal to sell its three natural gas-fired power plants in New England to an affiliate of the Carlyle Group for $780 million. The Nova Scotia-based company says proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce debt and for capital investment. Emera CEO Scott Balfour says the deal, worth US$590 million, increases the company’s financial flexibility.The Canadian Press
Lucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped. While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A allows the Himalayan state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the state. Speaking at a voters’ awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Kashmir. “When a person, who has occupied a Constitutional post says such things, then Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed. Since these (provisions) have mostly caused losses, Articles 370 and 35A should be scrapped.” Singh said, “There is a conspiracy in Jammu and Kasmir. Some organisations want to kindle the feelings of separatism among the people, but majority want to stay with India. Barring three-four organisations, the rest are with India” The Lok Sabha MP praised PM Narendra Modi. International Monetary Fund has endorsed that India is growing at rapid speed, he said.
Pratapgarh (UP): An IAF helicopter on a mission to review the security at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally venue on Wednesday developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing on the outskirts of the district here, police said. All persons onboard the chopper were safe. “The helicopter used for reviewing the secret security of the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed a technical fault and made an emergency landing at around 1.00 pm in Barapur village under Jethwara police station, 30 km from here after certain technical glitches were noticed,” Superintendent of Police S Anand said. Police rushed to the spot where the chopper had landed as soon as they got the news, he added. The prime minister, who addressed two election rallies in Ayodhya and Kaushambi on Wednesday, is likely to woo voters of Pratapgarh on Friday.
PA PassLB Wasted yards * Fewer than 20 observationsSource: NFL Next Gen Stats 1st7.1– Distance traveled by a defender while biting on a play-action fake is a fairly precise way to quantify just how fooled a defender was on a play. Continuing to move toward the line of scrimmage when the offense is passing is a problem; defenders want to “get depth” as soon as they can if they identify pass. Any movement toward the line of scrimmage is usually wasted.After summing up the total distance traveled for each of the plays, I calculated that on the average play-action pass play, the middle linebacker covers 7.5 yards of wasted ground. In seven instances in our sample, teams ran 15 or more play-action plays in a single game. Those games would have offered the middle linebacker the most opportunities to figure out the play-action, but the average distance traveled was 8.2 yards — even higher than the overall average.I broke out the average wasted distance traveled by linebackers by the number of times a play-action pass was called in a game to see how teams reacted. It turns out that the wasted distance traveled was remarkably stable. 3rd7.8– 15th*11.1– The play-action pass is one of the most effective calls in all of football. The three teams that use the play-action the most — the Rams, the Patriots and the Chiefs, according to data from Sports Info Solutions — each locked down a first-round bye in the playoffs. Across the league in 2018, quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts average 1.39 yards per attempt more out of play-action than they do on all other plays.1And it’s not just guys like San Francisco’s Nick Mullens and his +4.2 yards per attempt play-action differential who are bringing up the group average. Of 40 qualifying quarterbacks, 77.5 percent have a higher yards per attempt on play-action passes than on other plays. This pattern of play-action success holds true for every year that we have data.22005 through 2018. Yet despite this success, the league average share of plays that are play-action passes is just barely above 20 percent.Why is play-action so effective? When defenders bite on a play-action fake, they move out of position for defending the pass and create clear lanes for the QB to throw to the intermediate and deep parts of the field.But NFL coaches tend to run them only a handful of times per game because they appear to believe that overuse of play-action will cause linebackers to stop biting on the fake. Diminishing returns will set in, defenders will stop respecting the run, and the superiority of play-action will vanish. But is this actually the case? Do linebackers start to ignore the fake handoff if they see it many times in a single game?Until very recently, we had a hard time answering this question with the data that was available. But in the past couple of weeks, the NFL released a tranche of Next Gen tracking data for 91 games from 2017 via its inaugural Big Data Bowl. Michael Lopez, the NFL’s director of analytics, spearheaded the effort to allow analysts to dig into the tracking data and mine it for insights. I was able to use this data to quantify the effect of play-action on the movement of middle linebackers — and to see if a high number of play-action plays had any effect on the outcome of the plays.I took each of the 1,235 play-action plays in the sample and isolated just the middle linebacker’s movement from snap to throw.3Both outside linebackers and box safeties are also influenced by play-action, but their run fit responsibilities are sometimes less clear, so for this study, I focused just on the middle linebacker. I measured the distance traveled by the defender while moving forward toward the line of scrimmage at any angle, and I stopped counting the distance as soon as he turned and retreated into coverage. If two linebackers were playing on the inside, I included only the player who moved the most toward the line of scrimmage during the play. Below are three animations that help illustrate the process.4Animation code courtesy of the NFL.The first shows the entire play with all players involved: 5th7.5– 6th7.3– More play-action passes do not mean fewer wasted yardsAverage yards wasted by the middle linebacker on each play-action pass in a game 10th7.9– There is a lot of good research showing that teams don’t run enough play-action. Most of the arguments for limiting its use are unsupported by the evidence. Now, thanks to the NFL’s Next Gen data, we can add evidence that middle linebackers won’t stop biting on the play-action, even if it’s used more than NFL coaches have been comfortable running it. 9th8.4– The third shows when I stopped counting the linebacker’s movement as “wasted” for the purposes of the study: 16th*4.7– 4th7.1– 11th7.2– 14th*6.4– Linebackers bite just about the same amount the 11th time a play-action pass is called in a game as the first time it’s called. It’s only after we get to 12 play-action passes in one game that things start to get wonky — but that may be because of the small sample sizes of those instances.Across the entire sample of 91 games and 1,235 plays, I found no correlation at all between the number of times a team ran the play-action and total yards of wasted ground by middle linebackers.5R-squared of 0.001775, p-value of 0.5766. We’d love more data to examine, to look closer at what happens when more play-actions are run. But given what we know about the effectiveness of the play, the self-imposed threshold set by play-callers of roughly six to nine play-action fakes per game is likely too low.Stopping the run is a major focus at every level of football, and the NFL especially makes it a high priority to effectively defend the run. Teams do this by coaching their linebackers and box safeties to play the run first in nonobvious passing situations. This emphasis on run stopping comes at a cost, however. Defenders must read their “run keys” — movements by the offense that indicate a run is coming — and react quickly to fill their gaps and prepare to make a physical play. It could be the case that defenders simply don’t think about how often the team is faking the run but instead just read and react to their run keys.To play fast in the NFL, it’s often said, you can’t think but instead must react based on instinct and training. Perhaps that instinctual reaction explains why play-action continues to be effective no matter how often it’s used. It’s also probably the case that certain teams and players are more susceptible to play-action than others, and smart NFL teams will identify and exploit their opponents’ tendencies.Those smart NFL teams should also pay attention to exactly how they use the play-action. According to the Sports Info Solutions data, passes thrown 7 yards deep or less are caught less frequently on play-action than on other passes. This could be because defenders have moved toward the line of scrimmage and are in better position to make a play on the ball. Play-action is only more effective than other passes when the ball travels at least 8 yards in the air — over the head of the linebackers who’ve been fooled. 12th*8.5– The second shows the entire play with the middle linebacker and quarterback isolated: 8th7.2– 2nd7.7– 13th*10.5– 7th7.2– Check out our latest NFL predictions.