Vincent Kompany out, Liverpool pair in Belgium’s Euro 2016 preparatory squad

first_imgVincent Kompany was officially left off Belgium’s 23-man squad for next month’s European Championship on Thursday.Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said Kompany’s absence is “a shame for him, for the team.””Let’s not cry about it,” Wilmots added, “we are looking resolutely to the future.”Kompany was injured early in Manchester City’s loss at Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals and had already said he would miss the tournament in France.Liverpool forwards Divock Origi and Christian Benteke were named in the squad, despite Origi’s ankle injury and Benteke’s struggle to get into Liverpool’s first team.”Every time I have seen him play, whether it was for only 10 minutes or a quarter of an hour, he was good,” Wilmots said of Benteke.Wilmots named nine defenders amid doubts over injuries but will drop one by May 31, the UEFA deadline for squad lists.Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to fill in for Kompany, controlling the center of defense, while Manchester City forward Kevin De Bruyne will play up front.”I think it’s essential to have three attackers,” Wilmots said. “Kevin is the perfect man to hold up the ball.”Wilmots also named seven players on standby.At Euro 2016, Belgium will play in Group E along with Italy, Ireland and Sweden.Squad:Goalkeepers: Thibault Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen)Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Brugge), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St. Petersburg), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)Midfielders: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit St. Petersburg), Radja Naingollan (Roma)Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)advertisementlast_img read more

Sindhu storms into final, wrestler Babita makes early exit

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18 (PTI) Lanky shuttler P V Sindhu made an epoch-making entry into the final of the womens singles in Olympic Games badminton when she outclassed Japans higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara and assured herself and the country of a silver medal here today. Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, went one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, bronze medal winner in London four years ago, by becoming the first ever Indian to enter the summit clash in the shuttle game in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion and world no. six, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play to enter tomorrows gold medal clash. The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad, a two-time bronze medalist in world championships, will meet Spains world no. 1 Carolina Marin who ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 victory. Sindhus heart-warming feat came a day after woman grappler Sakshi Malik had won a bronze in the 58 kg class to end the medal drought for India in the Games on the 12th day of competition. However, another wrestler made a tame exit from the competition today to end the womens campaign here. Babita Kumari lost her opening womens 53 kg category wrestling bout 1-5 against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece and got eliminated from the Games. Much was expected of Babita, winner of two medals in past Commonwealth Games and bronze medalist in the World Championship in 2012, when she got on the mat a day after teammate Sakshi had provided India with their first medal in this Brazilian city. But the 26-year-old grappler could not succeed against the tight defense put up by her Greek rival and lost points in both the periods of their pre-quarter final bout. And when Maria too lost her quarter-final bout against Venezuelas Betzabeth Angelica Arguello Villegas 3-6, it spelt curtains for the Indians slim hopes of replicating Sakshi and win a bronze through the repechage process. In both the three-minute periods, Babita got a leg hold on her rival but the Greek somehow managed to extricate out of the difficult situation and turn the tables on the Indian grappler. Yesterday while Sakshi won bronze in the 58 kg, Babitas cousin Vinesh Phogat suffered a ligament tear during her bout in the 48 kg class against a Chinese rival, got stretchered out and also bowed out of the wrestling competition. PTI TAP SSR ATK SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

Steel Ministry mulls award to promote innovation in secondary steel sector

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 13 (PTI) The Steel Ministry is looking to constitute a prestigious award like Khel Ratna for secondary steel players to promote innovation in the sector, Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said Thursday.The award will be given to a player for research and development work and patent development for steel production.The ministry wants to bring domestic secondary players at par with the primary steel players, Singh said at the first edition of Secondary Steel Sector Awards, instituted to acknowledge the role of the secondary sector in the domestic steel industry here.”The secondary industry contributes 57 per cent to the total domestic steel output. It is claimed that when the capacity would be 300 million tonne (MT), their share would increase to 70 per cent. It is very important sector and are being awarded for the first time. “I have seen awards for integrated steel players like Tata Steel, JSW Steel, SAIL and RINL… We also have plans of having Khel Ratna like award which is the highest honour in sports. It will be given to a player who works on research and development (R&D) and develops a patent of its own to produce steel,” he told reporters.The minister also said that 86 per cent products being produced by the secondary sector are BIS-complaint.”We will bring the rest 14 per cent under the BIS code soon. In the beginning, they were reluctant. We explained them if you will go for any tender of any big project you will be disqualified on the very basis that you don’t have BIS standard, your products are not of the required grade,” Singh said.advertisementThe ministry wants secondary sector to have a remarkable position in the global steel market. The minister further said “we want to bring secondary industry in par with the primary industry… I have also asked them to get in touch with SRTMI (under Steel Ministry) to identify the R&D needs of the country. The secondary sector must realise that besides increasing output, it must keep on exploring new and latest ways of producing steel.”New Steel Secretary Binoy Kumar said that the secondary sector is going to play a major role in India’s economy and with this kind of recognition, the ministry wants to see how the sector gears up for the challenges of 2030-31.Kamal Agarwal, Secretary General of All India Induction Furnaces Association (AIIFA), highlighted that the minister has also assured them of resolving their issues of high power tariffs and raw materials.The AIIFA had earlier requested the minister to reduce the basic customs duty on scrap from 2.5 per cent to zero and take steps to help the players in dealing with the issue of high electricity rates in different states. PTI ABI MRMRlast_img read more

Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc to use the same engine that cost him Bahrain win

first_imgCharles Leclerc missed out on his first Formula One victory in Bahrain last weekend because of an unprecedented short-circuit in an injection system control unit, his Ferrari team said on Friday.The 21-year-old Monegasque driver will be able to use the same power unit in China next week, round three of the championship.Leclerc finished third at Sakhir after his car lost power with some 10 laps to go while he was leading the race comfortably.Race winner Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas both overtook the youngster before the chequered flag, with the Leclerc salvaging a podium place thanks to the safety car being deployed for the last three laps.Ferrari said the problem had never been seen before on that particular component.Leclerc had also started on pole position for the first time in his Formula One career, and in only his second race with Ferrari.Shanghai will be the 1,000th Formula One championship grand prix and Ferrari will be favourites to win despite champions Mercedes finishing one-two against the odds in the first two races of the season.Also Read | Bahrain GP: Lucky Hamilton grabs first win after Leclerc’s Ferrari faces engine troubleAlso Read | Bahrain GP pole will not be Charles Leclerc’s last one: Ferrari principal Mattia Binottolast_img read more

Iceland Cricket offers Ambati Rayudu permanent residency post World Cup snub

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was left disappointed after he was not included in the 15-member Indian squad for the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.Rayudu, who criticised the selectors for not picking him in India’s World Cup squad, was not called up even following injuries to Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar, with Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal selected instead of him.And now, Iceland Cricket has offered Rayudu permanent residency in their country so that he can play for them after being rejected time and again by Team India.On Tuesday, Iceland Cricket put out a tongue-in-cheek tweet about how Mayank, who is the latest member to join the Indian team in England, has only three professional wickets at 72.33 and that Rayudu could play for them instead.Iceland Cricket also tweeted out the application form for permanent residency in Iceland if the Indian batter intended to take them up on their offer.”Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least Ambati Rayudu can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things,” tweeted Iceland Cricket.Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least @RayuduAmbati can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things. #BANvIND #INDvBAN #CWC19 Cricket (@icelandcricket) July 1, 2019A lot of questions have been raised over the performance of the Indian middle-order, especially their intent in the last 15 overs of the game where the Indian batters have just not been able to collect as many runs in the ongoing tournament. M.S. Dhoni has been criticised the most, both by fans and former cricketers, and there have been questions raised over his capability to hit the ball and his intent of taking the game deep.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Maybe Bangladesh will be the people’s team, says coach Steve RhodesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL RahulAlso Seelast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera: Solskjaer game plan led to Spurs victory

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: Solskjaer game plan led to Spurs victoryby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera believes that it was the manager’s game plan that helped them beat Tottenham.United managed an impressive 1-0 win at Wembley, their first away win over Spurs in the league since 2012.And Herrera credited interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the coaching staff for preparing the players in the best possible way.”The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained to the United website after the game. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.”We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” last_img read more

FOX Sports 1 Makes Embarrassing Graphics Mistake During Game

first_imgThe FOX Sports 1 logo in blue, black and white.FOX Sports 1 is televising tonight’s UCLA-Fresno State game in Los Angeles. The Bruins are currently losing to the Bulldogs, 16-7. This would be UCLA’s third straight loss to open the Chip Kelly era.So, it would be an understatement to say that UCLA is having a bad night.So, too, are FOX Sports 1’s graphics operators.An embarrassing mistake was just made on a graphic for a UCLA player.”Rookie”? ROOKIE??— Will Stewart (@WillStewartTSL) September 16, 2018Yeah, “rookies” don’t exist in college football, FOX Sports 1.Lake isn’t even a freshman. He’s a sophomore.FS1 identifies UCLA’s Quentin Lake as a “rookie.” That would be bad enough – except he’s a sophomore— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 16, 2018UCLA and Fresno State, meanwhile, are halfway through the second quarter.last_img read more

Grimaldi Deepens Cooperation on Scrubbers with Alfa Laval

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Alpha Laval The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement with Alfa Laval for PureSOx connectivity services on five vessels operated by its Atlantic Container Line (ACL) brand, specialized in transatlantic cargo shipping.Under the three-year contract, Alfa Laval will provide ACL compliance monitoring and data for use in optimizing PureSOx operation.ACL has hybrid PureSOx scrubber systems installed on all five of its Generation 4 (G4) vessels: Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun.The PureSOx systems on these vessels will now be retrofitted with the Alfa Laval Remote Emission Monitor (ALREM), a data reporting and storage device that is the basis for the PureSOx connectivity program.The deal is part of a much larger PureSOx service agreement for the ACL vessels, which includes training, yearly inspections, spare part supply and a sensor exchange program. “We are eager to start taking advantage of connectivity with our PureSOx systems,” says Pierluigi Marmo, Technical Manager of the ACL G4 vessels.“The customized connectivity services will increase our own insight and give us even greater access to the Alfa Laval service organization. Both of those things will make life easier for ACL and the Grimaldi Group as a whole.” Grimaldi Group is also working on a proprietary solution to connect equipment across its vessels, into which the ALREM will also be integrated.In this way, Grimaldi aims to have access to all valuable information in one place.“We’ve seen the value that collected data can offer,” says Dario Bocchetti, Corporate Energy Saving Manager for the Grimaldi Group.“By evaluating data from the current data logging system, for example, we’ve realized that PureSOx releases even less SOx than if we were sailing on MGO. With a fully connected solution based on the ALREM, such analyses will be far easier to perform.”Bocchetti sees the potential for making even better use of the PureSOx scrubbers across the Grimaldi Group.“Connectivity is useful for seeing where we are and demonstrating our compliance easily, but it will also be beneficial for our operational levels down the road,” he explains.last_img read more

Labour Day parade not ending at CNE to show solidarity with lockedout

first_imgTORONTO – Marchers in Toronto’s annual Labour Day Parade broke tradition on Monday, opting not to end the procession at Exhibition Place to show solidarity with stagehands who have been locked out of the venue since July.“We’re not going to cross that picket line. We’re going to support the workers by not taking our members through that picket line and (not) having them go to the Ex like we normally do,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor’s regional director for Ontario.Exhibition Place’s board of directors and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 58, which represents about 400 workers, said talks over the weekend broke down.Both sides of the negotiations said they were unsuccessful after a 12-hour meeting on Saturday that focused on the locked-out employees’ contract.Negotiations will resume Tuesday — a day after the fair ends. The employees were locked out on July 20, and the union said the workers have been without a contract since December 2017.But in spite of the ongoing dispute and change in parade route, officials with the Canadian National Exhibition struck an optimistic tone.“Monday is a very big day for us. We attract audiences from across the spectrum,” said John Peco, chief officer, business development and innovation of the CNE association.“Traditionally the Labour Day parade does terminate at the fairgrounds, so we’re quite optimistic that many of those people will return to the fair following the parade with their friends and family.”But Rizvi said Unifor members have rented boats at the city’s habourfront, and other unions in the march will be hosting barbecues instead of going to the fair.“We’re not crossing the picket line at the expense of another union’s workers who are trying to fight for their jobs,” she said.Before the start of the march, Unifor president Jerry Dias spoke to attendees about the importance of fair wages and work environments.“As we march together I want you to think about solidarity,” he said. “I want you to think about our union moving forward.”Justin Antheunis, president of IATSE Local 58, said he’s thankful for the support from the Labour Day marchers.“The solidarity that Local 58 has seen from the entire labour movement not just in Toronto but across the country has been fantastic and it means a lot to us that they’re not going to cross the picket line.”—With files from Gabriele Roy.last_img read more

WestJet profit down by twothirds due to fuel costs intense competition

first_imgSoaring fuel costs, labour unrest and steep competition at home and abroad have made for a turbulent third quarter for WestJet Airlines Ltd., which saw profits plunge compared to the same period a year ago.“Obviously, this year has not turned out the way we expected or wanted it to,” said chief financial officer Harry Taylor. “But we’ve hit a bunch of marks this year and executed.“We are not where we want to be financially. We need to get back on that path,” Taylor said on a conference call with investors Tuesday morning following the release of quarterly earnings.The Calgary-based company reported a third-quarter profit of $45.9 million, down 66 per cent from earnings of $135.9 million in the same quarter last year.Fuel costs climbed to 85 cents per litre, a 37 per cent spike from a year ago that amounted to the largest operating expense.In May, WestJet pilots voted in favour of strike action before the Air Line Pilots Association and the company agreed to a settlement process two weeks later. The initial threat scared off potential passengers and prompted discounted fare offers that cost the carrier “tens of millions of dollars” throughout the second and third quarters, said chief executive Ed Sims.Intense competition is another concern. A freshly expanded Flair Airlines, soon-to-launch Canada Jetlines Ltd., Air Canada’s low-cost Rouge and transatlantic players such as Iceland’s Wow Air and Norwegian Air are all crowding the budget airspace that WestJet has flown into with its four-month-old, ultra-low-cost Swoop.“We saw a dramatic increase in fares and then an even more dramatic decrease in fares. We’ve seen another low-cost entrant come in and double the size of their network,” Sims said, referring to the privately owned Flair.“The domestic market we do see as saturated in a way that WestJet’s capability to bring inbound leisure traffic from markets like Europe is not saturated,” he added, saying that its Boeing 767 wide-bodies are a “very effective weapon against that Rouge product.”Earlier this month, WestJet launched sales of non-stop flights from Calgary to Dublin, Paris and London’s Gatwick Airport with the first three of an expected 10 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in a bid for business passengers that challenges Air Canada’s transatlantic dominance.WestJet announced Tuesday it will add a Toronto-Barcelona route as well as a Calgary-Atlanta route, with sales starting immediately.“Typically it’s been very difficult to get into the southeastern U.S. for us in the West,” noted spokesperson Lauren Stewart, highlighting market access carved out by a joint venture with the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced in July.Karl Moore, an aviation expert at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, sees WestJet in “transition” from a low-cost domestic carrier to a full-service, intercontinental airline.“I think they’ll always try to be the feisty Canadian competitor…somewhat rooted in the West,” Moore said. “But it becomes less David and Goliath and more Goliath and a big player.“High oil price is absolutely a problem. High competition is absolutely true. I think there’s a bit of bumpiness right now, but I think they’re positioning themselves very well to the future,” he said.Third-quarter profit amounted to 40 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with $1.15 per diluted share a year ago, the airline said.Revenue totalled $1.26 billion for the quarter, which included the busy summer travel period, up from $1.21 billion a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 33 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.WestJet’s capacity — measured by available seat miles — in the quarter was up 9.9 per cent from a year ago, while traffic — measured by revenue passenger miles — in the quarter increased 8.6 per cent.Its load factor decreased to 84.6 per cent compared with 85.7 per cent a year ago.A resolution with the WestJet pilots is expected in December, with binding arbitration submissions wrapping up this month.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to WestJet as a Montreal-based airlinelast_img read more

Yahoo deletes tweet that included racial slur

Yahoo deletes tweet that included racial slur by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2017 6:06 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yahoo Finance says it accidentally tweeted out a racial epithet when promoting a story about the cost of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to increase the size of the U.S. Navy.The headline for the story on Yahoo Finance is, “Trump Wants a Much Bigger Navy: Here’s How Much It’ll Cost.” But when it was tweeted Thursday, the word “bigger” had an ‘n’ as its first letter instead of a ‘b.’The tweet was deleted and Yahoo Finance tweeted an apology , chalking up the mishap to a spelling error. A company spokeswoman referred to the statement when asked for further comment.Yahoo’s mistake quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, the logo of Yahoo appears on a smartphone in Frankfurt, Germany. Yahoo Finance deleted a tweet that accidentally included a racial epithet Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File) read more

Synchronized Swimming Ohio State synchro success begins with recruiting talent and personality

The Ohio State synchronized swimming team gathers for a cheer prior to the Zero Waste Dual Meet on Jan. 13, 2018 at Ohio State. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsA young synchronized swimmer sent a video to Ohio State demonstrating her talents. The video was filmed in a home pool — an unusual setting for a recruiting video — but everything else seemed standard. The recruit went through three or four maneuvers encompassing her overall skillset. When the routine was completed, she swam out of the frame and re-entered in a canoe.That recruit was Asia Luke, who went on to swim at Ohio State for four years and contribute to two national championships.Ohio State head coach Holly Vargo-Brown said as soon as she saw the canoe appear, it became clear what needed to happen next.“I have to have that kid on this team,” Vargo-Brown said.Synchronized swimming is a sport of uniformity. Athletes are recognized for mirroring the actions of those around them. In the water, unity and synchronicity are necessary to succeed.But when building the most consistently dominant synchronized swimming program in the country, 30-time national champion Ohio State looks for athletes that are far from uniform.To find swimmers from around the world capable of carrying on the program’s rich tradition, Ohio State seeks athletes who display distinct personalities capable of enhancing the team community in addition to raw talent. “If everybody’s exactly the same it doesn’t work as well,” Vargo-Brown said. “It’s when they’re different and they figure it out … Those are the very best teams.”Synchronized swimming has a small talent pipeline that begins to manifest itself early on in swimmers’ careers.“The girls start young,” Vargo-Brown said. “Sometimes as young as 6 … Because it’s such a small sport you start to see some names start to hit the top soon.”Though the pipeline develops early, it becomes narrower and more refined as swimmers grow older. Players move from across the country to specific programs known for producing college and Olympic-level talent. This is where Ohio State begins to pinpoint its top recruits.“As [the athletes] get older … they will move out and train with a better program,” Vargo-Brown said. “We tend to get a lot of our athletes from those better teams.”These programs include the U.S. National Team as well as a few reputable programs on the West Coast. Getting athletes to abandon the West Coast to swim in Ohio would be a challenge, but Ohio State has one selling point that encourages the athletes to overlook distance and dreary weather: success.No other team can boast a resume as strong as Ohio State: 30 national titles, 14 Olympians and 110 All-Americans.“Truthfully because [the championship banner] says 30 national championships over there a lot of times people will come to us,” Vargo-Brown said.Since Ohio State does not struggle to find athletes that want to compete for the team,the decision often comes down to what types of young women the team believes can foster an environment of success.There’s no single quality that marks a potential contributor to the team’s winning culture, yet Vargo-Brown cited the canoe video as a time when she knew immediately that a potential recruit demonstrated the type of character the team wants in its athletes.“Original, thinker outside the box, confident … I always refer back to [Luke] as a person that ended up being a great Buckeye,” said Vargo-Brown, who is in fourth season as head coach and competed for the Buckeyes from 1981 to 1984.To the athletes, the team’s dedication to creating a diverse, supportive group of personalities is as important as its reputation. “I noticed [the supportiveness] on my recruit trip,” senior Monica Velazquez-Stiak said. “Just watching how they practiced and worked together was really inspiring to me and really drew me to the program.”The team’s history of success and the culture it strives to cultivate are connected. Players want to join a program in which they will have the opportunity to win, and a team with a sense of community contributes to this opportunity. “What I love about this current year’s team is how diverse everybody is,” Vargo-Brown said. “Diverse personalities of young women. I think when you embrace that and you allow that to come together some really special stuff happens.”If the team’s success in the water is indeed a product of the synthesis of its swimmers’ personalities, Vargo-Brown’s assessment has been proven correct thus far. The Buckeyes most recently won the North Regional Championships to improve to 22-0. They will next compete at the national championships on March 28. read more

Which NFL Teams Really Have the Toughest And Easiest Schedules in 2014

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday night, confirming the dates and locations of all 256 matchups (and ending your chance to enter the St. Louis Rams’ schedule-guessing contest, even though you had no chance of winning). With the slate solidified, you can probably expect to see more of the standard strength-of-schedule analysis that averages the 2013 winning percentages of a team’s opponents. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t especially useful, because they assume each team will be exactly as good in 2014 as it was in 2013; in reality, NFL teams vary quite a bit from season to season, and our ability to predict which ones will and won’t be good in a given year is extremely limited.For example, going into the 2013 season, the Detroit Lions were expected to have the league’s second-hardest schedule based on the 2012 records of their opponents. So, what ended up happening? According to the strength-of-schedule component of Pro-Football-Reference’s Simple Rating System, Detroit actually had the league’s easiest slate of opponents last season.In cases like this, a better tactic is to make regressive predictions. We can use a regression formula to predict each team’s 2014 Simple Rating from its ratings over the previous two seasons, while building in plenty of regression to the mean to reflect our limited knowledge. If we base each team’s projected 2014 strength of schedule on these regressive predictions (while also taking into account a 2.5-point home-field advantage depending on where the game is being played), we arrive at the following projected schedule strengths for 2014:The biggest differences between our projected SOS numbers and the NFL’s official rankings center around a handful of teams in the AFC East and NFC South. The AFC East’s record was better in 2013 than it had been in 2012 — despite posting a poorer point differential — while the NFC South had a better record in 2012 than in 2013 (mainly because the Atlanta Falcons’ record declined so much in 2013).Because the regression is looking at two years’ worth of data (albeit weighing results from 2013 about 2½ times as strongly as those from 2012), it expects Atlanta to be roughly an average team in 2014 — not the 4-12 team it’s perceived to be by the NFL’s official SOS metric — which feeds most heavily into the SOS ratings of Atlanta’s divisional foes in Carolina, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.Meanwhile, the two-year regression is skeptical about the AFC East having as good a record in 2014 as it did in 2013. It’s not so much about the AFC East’s improved out-of-division win-loss record in 2013 (it was 22-18 outside the division in 2013, only a modest improvement over its 19-21 record in 2012), but more about the way the division’s records didn’t match up with its teams’ point differentials. According to Football Outsiders, AFC East teams’ actual wins exceeded their pythagorean wins by 3.9 victories in 2013, including 2.6 for the New York Jets alone. Research has shown that such overachievement is rarely sustainable, so our regression method would be expecting a decline for the Jets (and the division as a whole) in 2014.Such a regression-based system is far from perfect; for example, it doesn’t even know about which players changed teams in the offseason between 2013 and 2014. (But even methods that try to account for such wrinkles do a relatively poor job of prediction compared with simple metrics like our regression.) In other words, the above SOS rankings are going to be wrong — but they’re almost certain to be a more accurate gauge of each team’s schedule difficulty in 2014 than the official rankings that only tap into last year’s records. read more

Tiger Woods Plays His Best In The Midwest

In the Northeast … Finished in top 2580% In the West … Average finish15.9 Average finish17.4 In the Southwest … Finished in top 543% There’s a reason that Woods, like so many other PGA Tour players, has a home — and a private golf course — in Florida.Tiger has finished in the top five in 40 percent of his starts in the Sunshine State. That feat is only further amplified by the fact that he’s played more events in Florida (62) than in any other state. He’s won more than a quarter of those events, including the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, less than a year after his knee surgery.“Once we figure out what courses we like, we tend to play those,” Woods said after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2013 — for the eighth time.He has four wins at Augusta National, tied with Arnold Palmer for the second most by any player,8Nicklaus has six. and he has finished in the top five in at least half of his appearances in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina. Three-fourths of his career starts in the region resulted in top-25 finishes.With its wide fairways, Augusta National is tailor-made for big hitters like Woods. “Augusta has always rewarded length more than any other course,” Nicklaus once said.Southwest Woods has managed his most dominant performances in the center of the country. He has a higher percentage of top-25 finishes, top-five finishes and wins in the Midwest than he does in any other region of the U.S. One-third of the 69 total tournaments he played there resulted in wins, and nearly 30 percent of his PGA Tour victories have come in the region.Woods has won more than twice as many tournaments in Ohio alone (13) as he has in the Southwest (four) and Northeast (two) combined. “He’s just making mincemeat out of golf courses,” the redoubtable Jack Nicklaus said after Woods won the 2000 Memorial Tournament2Which Nicklaus designed. in Dublin, Ohio, by five strokes. The following year, Woods won the tournament by an even wider margin. As he once succinctly put it, “[I’ve] done well in Ohio, I guess.”If you took Tiger’s accomplishments only in Illinois — his two major championships (the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006) among his seven career victories — he would already qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame upon being of eligible age.3He’d also qualify in California, Florida and Georgia.In total, Woods has placed in the top 25 at Midwest tournaments a gaudy 80 percent of the time. From 2000 to 2009, his average finish at Midwest tournaments was an unimaginable 5.3. Fewer than 30 players in the history of the sport have enough total PGA Tour victories to match Tiger’s tally of 23 just in the Midwest.When compared with Tiger’s performance in other regions of the United States, his degree of dominance in the Midwest is unparalleled. So why has his success largely manifested itself in middle America?Three tournaments — the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (formerly named the WGC-NEC Invitational), the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) — served as the backdrop of 18 of Woods’s 23 Midwestern wins. Each is longer than the PGA course average,4Which ranged between 7,200 yards and 7,300 yards from 2003 to 2015, according to allowing bombs-away players like Tiger to attack scoring openings. Firestone Golf Club, home of last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, features a 667-yard 16th hole, among the longest par-5s in the world.5Woods birdied the hole in his first round last week, though he hit water there during the final round and double-bogeyed the hole. Woods has been known to obliterate those kinds of holes with his transcendent power and pin-seeking style of play.Familiarity with a course also helps, particularly when putting: Greens can be deciphered with repetition, which is why Woods so often plays tournaments he’s played before.6Excluding majors and World Golf Championship events, the last time Woods won a tournament the first time he played the course was 1998. Tiger has played four courses in the Midwest7Cog Hill, Firestone, Muirfield Village and Warwick Hills. at least nine times each — accounting for 56 of his 69 Midwestern tournaments played.West Won33% Total events119 Total events31 Finished in top 2575% Finished in top 551% Won7% Finished in top 544% Average finish24.1 Finished in top 558% Average finish14.6 In the Southeast … Finished in top 532% Won14% Out of all the areas in the U.S. where golf is played, the Northeast has been particularly trying for Woods.9As trying as a region can be for an all-time talent the likes of which may never be seen again. He has won just twice in the region — the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston — in 31 starts.If it’s difficult to dominate any golf course, it may be especially so in the Northeast. Just check June’s scores at Shinnecock Hills. Or the memories of the Massacre at Winged Foot.When Woods competed in the 2004 U.S. Open, which was also at Shinnecock Hills, he finished in the top 20 despite shooting 10 over par. When he won the 2002 U.S. Open, he was the only player who finished in the red. But he’s finished outside the top 30 in five of the past seven tournaments in the region.The patience demanded by many courses in the Northeast doesn’t match Tiger’s game or approach. We’re talking about a guy who finished outside the top 10 in driving distance only twice from 1998 to 200710He finished 11th in 2003 and 12th in 2007. but who has often failed to regularly hit fairways. The margin for error in the Northeast is often smaller, so it’s critical to avoid bogeys and mitigate errant tee shots. Deftly navigating recovery shots is paramount. So it’s no wonder that the player many identify with the most competitive and aggressive style the sport has ever seen struggles mightily to play conservatively. Average finish18.4 Tiger Woods has won golf tournaments in pretty much every corner of the map, from Australia to Dubai and even Japan.But the place where he’s dominated most is America’s heartland: the Midwest. He’ll get another chance to pad his numbers there in this week’s PGA Championship, at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. Woods has never won in the Show Me State — nor has he even finished a tournament there before — but if his track record in nearby states is any indication, the PGA might provide him with a good chance to check off yet another stop on his Midwestern victory tour.To figure out which region Woods has ruled over the most, we dug through Tiger’s tournament results since 1992, when he played his first professional event, and cataloged all of his starts.1I used National Geographic’s regional map to determine regions. (Apologies to those offended by Oklahoma’s inclusion in the Southwest or any of the states listed as being in the Midwest). We looked at tournaments held in the U.S. that Woods started, excluding unofficial events or team events like the Ryder and Presidents cups. That gave us a sample of 316 tournaments to parse — and some clear through-lines emerged.Midwest Total events28 Won25% In the Midwest … There was a time when Texas — most notably the Byron Nelson Championship — served as an annual stop on Tiger’s tour schedule, but he hasn’t played a PGA Tour event in the state since 2005.In fact, he’s largely avoided the Southwest in general, having played only four events there since 2010. Maybe that’s because his all-time record for most consecutive cuts made was snapped at the Byron Nelson in 2005; he hasn’t returned since.But regardless, Texas has been arguably Woods’s most successful state in the region; he’s finished in the top five in more than 50 percent of his 15 tournaments and won twice.Northeast Total events69 Total events65 Finished in top 2579% Finished in top 2558% Won23% Woods was born and bred on the West Coast, so it’s fitting that the native son dominates the region. He’s played nearly twice as many events in California (52) as he has in the Southwest (28) over his career, and his home-state trophy case is ostentatiously full.Tiger’s last major championship was the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines, arguably the most herculean performance of his career. With two stress fractures below his knee and a torn ACL, Woods walked 91 holes over five days (because of a 19-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate) at the South Course, which, at more than 7,600 yards, is among the longest courses in major championship history. Effectively playing on one leg, Woods produced one of the greatest individual efforts ever seen in a major.The performance wasn’t an outlier; it was a continuation. Woods won five consecutive events at the course over a four-year stretch and has won nine in total if you count his Junior World title. In at least half of his starts in each of California, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada, he’s finished in the top five.His coastal success at courses like Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Kapalua largely follow the same cadence that his success in the Midwest does: Use length to establish an advantage on the rest of the field, make timely putts and dominate scoring holes.Southeast Finished in top 2577% At this stage of his career, Woods only traffics where he’s had success; aside from majors, you can expect him to tee it up where he’s dominated in the past. This week represents a rarity for Tiger: the opportunity to try his hand somewhere new. Bellerive is enormous, catering to his power-driven approach. Plus, the Midwest certainly qualifies as the backdrop for some prime Woods domination over the course of his career. So even though he hasn’t yet completed a tournament in Missouri, it would hardly be surprising to see him in contention. History says so. read more

Farfan Mendes to establish 70M sawmill training facility

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnsa McAL fully supports RHTY&SC Town WeekSeptember 2, 2016In “Local News”Suriname joins Guyana’s 50th Independence celebrationsMay 25, 2016In “Local News”President says ‘nothing secret’ about D’urban Park project – Opposition differsNovember 24, 2016In “Local News” …as company celebrates 50th anniversary with PresidentPresident David Granger and Managing Director of the Farfan and Mendes Group of Companies, Andrew Mendes engaged in conversation during the cocktail receptionPresident David Granger, on Friday evening, attended a dinner in celebration of the Farfan and Mendes Group of Companies’ 50th anniversary, held at the company’s complex at Providence on the East Bank of Demerara.Managing Director, Andrew Mendes seized the opportunity to restate the company’s commitment to ‘green’ building and the development of the ‘green’ economy in keeping with the President’s vision of a ‘green’ state trajectory.In addition to developing sustainable operational processes, Mendes announced that the company has committed to the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to establish a sawmilling training facility at its Coverden operation at a cost of $70 million and has also collaborated with the GFC in setting up and financing a forestry training centre and the formulation of a code of conduct for wood processing.Commensurate with their commitment to Guyana’s development, Mendes said the Group has also invested in a joint venture with partnering companies in the United States of America to develop logging, sawmilling and value added products from the Iwokrama Forest.“This approach is part of our commitment to providing real world practical solutions based on experience for our customers and it is evidence of my parents and the company’s continued commitment to the development of sustainable growth in Guyana,” Mendes said.Minister with responsibility for Labour,  Keith Scott, members of the Diplomatic Corps and the private sector were in attendance at the event, which featured performances by former Miss Guyana World, Lisa Punch, the Euphoria Dance Company and the Dharmic Nritya Sangh, among others. read more

Barrick Golds sustainability strategy pays off with Dow Jones index inclusion

first_imgThe biggest gold miner by production, Barrick Gold, has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the 11th consecutive year.Barrick was also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for a 12th year.While the company did not get top position in the Metals and Mining category of the – a place reserved for its biggest rival Newmont Mining – its Chief Sustainability Officer Peter Sinclair said being included for 11 consecutive years was an honour.“At Barrick, we believe we can generate sustained value by partnering with local communities and host governments. Being included in the index gives us confidence that we are living up to this commitment,” he said.Each year, the DJSI independently evaluates more than 2,500 companies using sustainability criteria to identify the top 10% of performers. Companies are evaluated on a range of sustainability metrics, including governance, social performance, environment, and economic contributions—taking into account both industry-specific trends, as well as sustainability issues facing multiple sectors.Barrick said by operating in a responsible manner, the company creates significant value for its shareholders, employees, local communities, and host countries.In 2017, this included:Continuing a 12-year trend of reducing the company’s total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR). Since 2005, there has been an 88% improvement in Barrick’s TRIFR (from 2.79 to 0.35 in 2017);Developing a climate change strategy aligned with its overall business strategy to grow free cash flow per share through safe and responsible mining. Barrick’s strategy has three pillars: understand and mitigate the risks associated with climate change; reduce its impacts on climate change; and improve the company’s disclosure on climate change. Barrick has set a goal to keep its current greenhouse-gas emissions flat in the short term, and to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 from its 2016 baseline of 3.5 Mt of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted;Contributing $5.1 billion to its host countries and communities in the form of wages and benefits, royalties and taxes, purchases of goods and services, and community investments. This includes more than $351 million in purchases from the local communities where Barrick operates;Employing more than 97% of our 10,000-plus workforce from the countries in which it operates. In addition, approximately 60% of its employees come from the local communities nearest to its mines.last_img read more

MCU News Tom Hardys Venom Black Panther Plot Fillions Place and More

first_imgTom Hardy is Eddie Brock in #Venom, the upcoming film from Sony’s Marvel Universe releasing October 5, 2018 – production starts this fall.— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) May 19, 2017That’s not a terrible choice at all. Hardy is a great actor who, as we saw in his TV series Taboo earlier this year, plays the antihero very well. Over the years, Venom grew from one of Spider-Man’s scariest adversaries to a conflicted hero, who doesn’t always have the same moral obligations that Spider-Man does. Eddie Brock isn’t a particularly good person naturally, but he does try to become better and help those around him. Sometimes. That inner conflict is sure to give Hardy a lot to work with, and it’ll be interesting to see his take on the character.Sony is trying to launch their own universe separate from the MCU with the Spider-Man characters they own the rights to. Even though Tom Holland’s Spider-Man exists in the MCU, Tom Hardy’s Venom will not. Presumably, the Spider-Man movies will exist in both universes. That does make Venom’s origin a little tricky. If the symbiote won’t make an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, how does it find Brock? Does it still have Spider abilities? Does it still block Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense if Holland’s Parker never dons the black suit? We’ll have to see how this movie addresses the character’s origin when it comes out on October 5, 2018.Kevin Feige speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore)Sony creating their own separate Marvel universe may not sit well with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. Screen Rant reports that Feige’s goal is to get all of Marvel’s superheroes back under Marvel Entertainment’s control. That includes the X-Men, who are owned by Fox and the Spider-Man characters Sony has the rights to. His ultimate goal, he said, is to recreate the experience comic book readers have for the movies. That means every Marvel character under the same umbrella, interacting with each other just like they do in the comics.“We’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years,” Feige said. “And certainly, including Spidey in Civil War, in the upcoming Infinity War, is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”For now, it seems unlikely that Fox will willingly part with the X-Men or even the Fantastic Four, regardless of how that last movie turned out. That’s why it’s so interesting that Marvel is partnering with the studios that own the rights its characters. If you can’t get the characters back, might as well make sure you have some control over their stories. In addition to partnering with Sony to get Spidey in the MCU, Marvel Studios has worked with Fox to create X-Men TV shows like Legion and The Gifted. If we’re ever going to get every Marvel character in the same universe (or on the same screen), it’ll likely happen through partnerships like this.Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)As for the rest of the MCU, we’re starting to see exactly what the studio is building towards for the end of Phase Three. New official synopses have been released for both Black Panther and Infinity War that give us an idea of where these movies are headed, Inverse reports. Black Panther‘s plot is probably very close to what you guessed it would be. T’Challa assumes the Wakandan throne after the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War. Of course, not everyone in his country is happy with their new king. He fights a rebel faction that aims to draw Wakanda into a world war. This is pretty well-trodden territory for the Black Panther comics, and it’ll be fun to see some of T’Challa’s greatest moments play out on the big screen.Meanwhile, for Avengers: Infinity War, the synopsis confirms that it will feature the Avengers fighting Thanos. Duh. The synopsis reveals that his goal has changed since his debut in the post-credits scene of The Avengers. He no longer wants to court death. Now, he wants to collect the six Infinity Stones so he can control all of reality. What he wants to do with all of reality remains to be seen. At this point, anticipation for both these movies has been built up about as high as it could possibly go. It’s getting to the point where we’d just wish they’d come out already. We still have aways to wait, though. Black Panther is due for release on February 18, 2016. Avengers: Infinity War will be out on May 4, 2018. At least Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was good enough to tide us over.Speaking of which, our final story from the MCU concerns Nathan Fillion’s mysterious role in it. James Gunn tweeted out this fake movie poster from a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The poster features Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams, an actor who is also the superhero Wonder Man. The poster has him playing Tony Stark in a Jobson his Facebook page-like biopic. Gunn recently explained the reason these posters exist. We’ve known for a while that a Venom movie was on the way, but until today, nobody knew who would play him. Sony Pictures announced on Twitter today that Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock in the upcoming movie. The studio tweeted out the news along with a picture of Hardy wearing a Venom T-Shirt. One of the @NathanFillion /Simon Williams /Wonder Man posters cut from #GotGVol2. Read all about it at— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 17, 2017Basically, the poster was created as an Easter egg to be visible in the background during a certain scene. Unfortunately, the scene slowed the pacing of the movie to a crawl and had to be cut. Gunn is best friends with Fillion, and the actor has appeared in every one of his movies. (He had a voice-over role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.) Gunn wants Fillion to have a significant role in the MCU going forward. That’s why he made this poster implying that he would play Wonder Man.“I didn’t have a good cameo for him in Vol. 2 – and I wanted to bring him more fully into the MCU at some point, so I didn’t want to make him Aakon Guard #2, narrowing his chance of a more substantial role in the future,” Gunn wrote.Gunn says he’s always liked the character of Wonder Man, and could easily see Fillion in the part of the “douchey actor/superhero.” Gunn clarified that Fillion is not a douche, but just very good at playing one. Anyone who’s seen him on Alan Tudyk’s Con Man can certainly attest to that.last_img read more

Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max Pixel 3 XL All specs

first_img 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels $1,099 See All Apple 6.5 oz; 184 g £869 (64GB); £969 (128GB) 64GB, 128GB 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: How do they compare? 4,100mAh Galaxy S10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL specs Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 522ppi Special features £1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB) 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 in Weight (Ounces, Grams) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Sprint Tags Dual 8-megapixel Google Samsung Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in $1,099 None Pixel density 7-megapixel with Face ID Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Android 9 Pie Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus In-screen Lightning 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3,430 mAh Google Pixel 3 XL Video capture iOS 12 reading • Galaxy S10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL: All specs compared 4K $1,000 Price (AUD) Apple A12 Bionic Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS Max (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS Max: Biggest screen, battery and iPhone price tag ever 128GB, 512GB, 1TB Battery Boost Mobile 6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in Display size, resolution Not disclosed Dimensions (Inches) Expandable storage Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone X Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Front-facing camera AU$1,499 $1,099 4K Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) See It Mobile software Share your voice Dual 12-megapixel USB-C Headphone jack 8GB, 12GB No 64 Photos 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels Camera 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm 522ppi Yes Connector See it Price off-contract (USD) Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 £899 12.2-megapixel AU$1,349 (64GB); AU$1,499 (128GB) Storage $899 (64GB); $999 (128GB) Up to 512GB Phones 6.17 oz.; 175 g IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box Back cover No Price (GBP) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4GB iPhone XS Max Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy See It Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 7.3 oz; 208 g • See It 4K Apple iPhone XS Max Review • The XS Max compared to the iPhone XR: Most of us should just buy the cheaper one RAM 6.3-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels Dimensions (Millimeters) 458ppi Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve None CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) USB-C Processor 5 Comments $1,099 4:13 Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.  The Galaxy S10 Plus in all its newness. Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 Plus — the larger brother to the Galaxy S10. The phone was one of four new phones announced including the Galaxy S10 5G and the “cheaper” S10E. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, none of these phones fold in half. The Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with two front-facing cameras housed in a double hole-punch cut-out that Samsung calls the Galaxy O display. Like the Galaxy S10, it has a fingerprint reader built under the display, but unlike the smaller Galaxy, the S10 Plus has dual cameras on the front for selfies.The Galaxy S10 Plus is — on paper — the most powerful Android phone. But it has to contend with Apple’s iPhone XS Max with its blazing fast A12 processor. It’s also up against the Google Pixel 3 XL, which has one of the best cameras on any phone today and is $100 cheaper.Check out our spec chart below to see how these top dollar phones compare. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz octa-core)last_img read more

Perapallamidi villagers children block roads demanding

first_imgNarayanpet: With the RTC stopping additional bus services to the Perapallamidi Thanda, the students and villagers blocked the roads and protested against the RTC officials on Thursday and demanded restoration of additional bus services to their village and facilitate easy transportation.”Despite repeated requests with the RTC officials, they have failed to restore additional bus services to our village. The bus that comes in the morning is full students who go to school. With no additional bus services, we are facing many problems. As no one is heeding our requests, we have decided to block the road and stop the movement of vehicles until the RTC promises to restore the additional bus services to our village,” said school students and villagers, while taking part in the protest. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us At present, only one bus service is allotted to Perapallamidi Thanda from Narayanpet and that too it comes only in the morning and in the evening. However, with more than 200 to 300 students and general public travel to the district headquarters every day, the one bus service is not adequate. In view of the above, the villagers are demanding more services, and threatening to intensify their agitation if RTC remained stubborn.last_img read more

BTech student goes missing in Hyderabad

first_imgAn engineering final year student has gone missing from Mahatma Gandhi Bus station on Thursday. It came to light on Saturday after the boy’s father approached Afzalgunj police. Sai Teja, a native of Khammam has come to Hyderabad on a project work along with his friends. The 22-year-old youngster went to have tea alone at the bus station after which he went missing. The Afzalgunj police registered a case and are probing into it. They are looking into the CCTV footage installed at the bus station.last_img read more