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first_imgIndia’s leading software firm Infosys rejects 94 percent of job applicants, according to its annual report. The company offered jobs to 26,200 of nearly 400,000 applicants in 2009 — or one in 16 applicants. Almost 77,000, nearly 20 percent, of the applicants took a written test and 61,000 (15 percent) were interviewed. The chance of making it past the interview — 43 percent. Nearly a quarter —28 percent — of those offered a job turned it down.The company employs 114,000 people worldwide  Related Itemslast_img

India alone responsible for mess not CGF: Hooper

first_imgThe CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Thursday refused to take any blame for the mess in which the Delhi Commonwealth Games finds itself, saying India alone is responsible for all the problems surrounding the mega event.Hooper said the prime responsibility of delivering the Games lies alone with India.”Absolutely. India has made a massive investment in trying to deliver the Games … But at the end of the day the responsibility for delivering on the obligations, promises made sits with India,” Hooper said.”Certainly our job is to work with (OC), get things done.Implementation and delivery is the responsibility of India the Organising Committee, the government of India and government of Delhi etc.,” he told a news channel.last_img

Buta Singh gets sports portfolio, Ghani Khan Chowdhury appointed railway minister

first_imgButa Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out,Buta Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out at the system of the executive class on the Airbus fleet of Indian Airlines, described it as “inconsistent with our avowed socialistic principles”, and declared his intention to abolish it. Cost of introducing the system three months ago: Rs 11 lakh. Cost of abolition: Rs 3 lakh.A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury, the newly-appointed railway minister, took four days to make his first policy statement. He travelled to Calcutta and drove unannounced to Howrah station, where, in the presence of awed officials, he mingled with passengers and listened to their complaints. The same afternoon, he addressed his first press conference as railway minister, and announced that he wanted to give complete autonomy to the general managers.The others who should feel happy at least avoided making public statements. P.C. Sethi, whose appointment as home minister upset bookmakers’ calculations, attended the Assam talks as his first engagement in office. But he made it a point to take with him R. Venkataraman, the defence minister, who had been acting as the home minister, and requested him to carry on as chief negotiator. P. Shiv Shanker, the fat-cat among the ministers, stuck to his smaller office as petroleum minister at Shastri Bhavan, while the larger chunk of the staff now under him sat at the Energy Ministry housed in Shram-Shakti Bhavan.advertisementN.K.P. Salve (left) and H.K.L. Bhagat: InductionMixed Rewards: Buta Singh, the only Sikh in the Council of Ministers, was elated to assume Independent charge of the glamorous sports portfolio on the eve of the ninth Asiad in the capital. C.P.N. Singh, who had slid down the hierarchical steps last year when he was transferred from the powerful Defence Ministry to the backroom Department of Science and Technology, notched up a gain this time as he became the minister of state for the newly-created and ponderously named Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources. Singh was too enthralled at the prospect of getting a bonus foothold to complain about the fact that he now has to shuttle between two bosses, Mrs Gandhi, who is the minister for science and technology, and Shiv Shanker, who holds the charge of energy, conventional and otherwise.Heady excitement marked the two older men entering the ministry this time – N.K.P. Salve and H.K.L. Bhagat. Salve, a seasoned lawyer, proved his skill at treading cautiously in the very first week when he described himself as a “former journalist” but hedged his bets when called upon to comment on the Bihar Press Bill. Bhagat laboriously went round the Asiad construction sites, tramping with commendable diligence over the raw cement, but as in Salve’s case, caution prevailed and he refrained from making any public pronouncements.Vasant Sathe (left) and A.P. Sharma: DemotionAmong the dispirited back-benchers were Vasant Sathe, whose transfer from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, right under the arc lamp of glamour, to the seedy corridors of the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, was archly termed by his critics as the shift from “culture to agriculture”. To make the best of a bad bargain, three rooms were being pulled down in one corner of Shastri Bhavan to set up a new chamber for Sathe. No doubt, all care is being taken to ensure that the suave minister’s aesthetic sensibilities are not hurt in the least.A.P. Sharma divested of his twin empire of civil aviation and tourism, sulkily avoided the press. As the new communications minister, the first gift he received for the house-warming party was the depressing news of the failure of the much-touted Indian communication satellite INSAT-1A. Hopefully, his future at his new ministry will not be as ill-starred as his beginning.last_img read more

Clippers Clip The Nets, 105-95

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It took the Los Angeles Clippers a while to get going against a team with nothing left to play for this season.Eventually, they found some separation in the fourth quarter and went on to a 105-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 29.Jamal Crawford scored 26 points off the bench, Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists and J.J. Redick added 19 points for the Clippers, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 5-8 when they won three in a row on the road.“I got in a pretty good rhythm,” Crawford said. “We just see what’s working for us on a particular night. I have the easy part of just shooting. Those guys are drawing up plays and getting open, so credit to them as well.”Brook Lopez had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which was going for its first three-game winning streak of the season. Instead, the Nets lost their fifth straight to the Clippers at Staples Center.“They trust one another and know exactly where they’re going to be on the floor at all times offensively and defensively, and that’s something we want to work toward,” Lopez said. “It’s our job to continue building that trust and belief.”Crawford carried the Clippers in the fourth, which began with them clinging to a two-point lead. He helped them open their first double-digit lead of the game on a jumper that made it 97-86.“What I remember is Jamal Crawford, one-on-one, jump shot goes in. You see the pick and roll with DeAndre (Jordan) and Chris Paul and the lob-dunk goes in,” interim Nets coach Tony Brown said.“They’ve been playing well together since losing some of their key guys. There was just not enough defensively that we could take away from a lot of their scorers at the end.”Twice in a row, Paul fed Jordan, who converted alley-oops into monster jams. They teamed up again for the same play on the Clippers’ final basket. Jordan had 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Clippers’ defense got stops, too, and the Nets twice turned the ball over on offensive fouls.“When you are playing a team that is out of the playoffs, if you don’t make it really hard for them, then they are going to have fun,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“That is how they played. To make those teams go away, you have to make it a hard night for them defensively. We did it down the stretch, but we didn’t do it all game.”Brooklyn outscored the Clippers 16-4, including seven points by Bojan Bogdanovic, to lead by six late in the third. Los Angeles answered by scoring the final eight points to take an 81-79 lead into the fourth after Crawford’s pull-up jumper beat the buzzer. Bogdanovic finished with 19 points.The Clippers trailed by eight to start the game and found themselves in a back-and-forth throughout the first half. Neither team led by more than eight, and there were 12 ties and nine lead changes.Led by seven points from Paul, the Clippers closed on a 15-6 run to lead 52-46 at the break.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad handed four-month ban by PCB for violating anti-doping rules

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board has handed Ahmed Shehzad a four-month ban effective from July 10, 2018 for violating PCB’s anti-doping rules.July 10 was the date when PCB provisionally suspended Shehzad as he tested positive for a prohibited substance after a random dope test was conducted during the Pakistan Cup domestic tournament.Shehzad was charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-doping rules. He has admitted to the violations but said he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Shehzad was charged with two violations of PCB’s anti-doping rules. The 26-year-old has admitted to the violations but stressed on the fact that he had no intent to cheat or enhance his performance.Apart from serving the four-match ban from international and domestic cricket (till November 10) — Shehzad also has to deliver anti-doping lectures “to such audiences and at such places as the PCB may require”, as part of his rehabilitation process.”PCB has a zero tolerance policy towards doping in cricket and hopes that in future cricketers will exercise utmost care to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enter their system,” Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, said.Shehzad is not the first Pakistani cricketer to fail a dope test as in February 2016, the ICC had banned Pakistani leg-spinner,Yasir Shah for three months after he failed a dope test and pleaded guilty to the charge.In the past, Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have also tested positive in dope tests and faced bans.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more

A Week 11 college football gambling guide

first_imgJustin Southwell1-411-23 Carson Cunningham4-119-15 Aaron Schnautz2-318-16 Kyle Porter2-318-16 OKC Dave3-216-18 Guest (Nolo)3-218-16center_img Matt Amilian4-115-19 Predicting the lines for OSU’s last three gamesI didn’t want to leave OSU just because we have a bye week. I’m going to take a stab at the spreads for the Pokes’s remaining games. Disclaimer: It won’t be pretty11/15 vs. Texas: Pokes -211/22 at Baylor: Bears -1812/06 at Oklahoma: Sooners -15If I were a big betting man, I wouldn’t hesitate to throw down on Baylor and OU to cover those numbers. I just think the oddsmakers will inexcusably give us credit they shouldn’t.I won’t touch the Texas game. OSU could win by 14 or lose by 14 and I wouldn’t be surprised.Big 12 LinesI truly believe half the teams in the Big 12 can hang with any team in the country. The conference has basically already proven that given the matchups we’ve seen against SEC powerhouses Bama and Auburn.I’m not a big believe in the transitive property, but look what OU did to Tennessee and you’ll see the best in the SEC have had similar games with the Vols.All that to say we have a couple great matchups this weekend in the Big 12 and it’s a shame more emphasis is put on who loses rather than who beats who when national media compares the Big 12 to the SEC.Baylor (+5) at OklahomaDo you all remember how it seemed like once a year OU would always get a tough opponent at home at absolutely tear them apart? I don’t think OU will necessarily “tear them apart” but I’m leaning toward this being a game that OU controls.Also, Bryce Petty’s stats aren’t as Baylor-ish as we’ve come to expect from that team, at least not consistently. In Baylor’s two toughest road games this year (Texas & West Virginia), Petty’s completion percentage is just under 40%.Pick: OU -2.5West Virginia (-3.5) at TexasConsider this pick my effort to get myself over the “Well Texas is still Texas and can pull off a win at any time” mindset. I can see West Virginia struggling coming off that lost to TCU but I’m not going to talk myself into the Horns.Pick: WVU -3.5Kansas State (+6) at TCUIt seems like the majority of opinions are leaning for TCU to win this one relatively easily. I think 6 points is a lot to give Bill Snyder and this K-State squad. They aren’t intimidated by playing on the road and TCU isn’t a nightmare venue anyway.Pick: K-State +6Iowa State (-4) at KansasI’m picking Kansas to win. Don’t let me down Jayhawks. Yeah, yeah I know.Pick: KU +4PFB Picks ATSThanks to OSU alum Garrett Wales for joining us as the guest picker this week.  If you feel like you could take down the PFB crew in these weekly picks, voice your opinion in the comments section and maybe you’ll get your chance.Baylor (+5) at OUSouthwell: OUCunningham: BaylorSchnautz: OUOKC Dave: BaylorPistolsguy: BaylorWales: OUAmilian: OU“Mike Stoops is already practicing his ‘I’m shocked that our secondary is getting torched’ face and his postgame speech about poor execution.” – OKC DaveBama (-6.5) at LSUSouthwell: BamaCunningham: LSUSchnautz: LSUOKC Dave: LSUPistolsguy: LSUWales: LSUAmilian: LSU“LSU fans might make Death Valley a literal thing for Bama fans that show up.” – Amilian[1. Ed. note: I love it when Amilian quotes himself.]Ohio State (+3.5) at Michigan StateSouthwell: Michigan StateCunningham: Ohio StateSchnautz: Michigan StateOKC Dave: Michigan StatePistolsguy: Michigan StateWales: Michigan StateAmilian: Michigan State“I wish we could use an English Premier League rule and relegate the Big 10 to FCS until they prove they belong on the national stage.” – CarsonKansas State (+6) at TCUSouthwell: TCUCunningham: TCUSchnautz: TCUOKC Dave: Kansas StatePistolsguy: Kansas StateWales: TCUAmilian: Kansas State“Snyder and Patterson have a pregame conversation about the merits of using Jay-Z as an agent.” – OKC DavePicker’s ChoiceSouthwell: Wisconsin -17 at PurdueCunningham: Oregon -8.5 at UtahSchnautz: SMU +13.5 at TulsaOKC Dave: WVU -3.5 at TexasPistolsguy: WVU -3.5 at TexasWales: ND +2.5 at Arizona StateAmilian: Arizona State -2.5 vs Notre Dame“I really wanted to take Bye (+3) at OSU, but couldn’t find it anywhere.” – SchnautzEnjoy the OSU bye week! (I certainly will)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! ContributorLast weekSeason It could be a long week for Mike Stoops. (USATSI)It could be a long week for Mike Stoops. (USATSI)When was the last time any OSU fans thought, “Whew. It’s nice to have a bye this weekend.” Unfortunately for Justin Southwell, the betting post doesn’t get a bye to prepare for next week.last_img read more

Bowl Game Has Sold Out Of Tickets For First Time In Its History

first_imgArmy football coach Jeff Monken.BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 13: Head coach Jeff Monken of the Army Black Knights stands with his players and sings the teams fight song following their 17-10 loss to the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)A major bowl game has sold out of tickets for the first time in its history.The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which is pitting Army against Houston, has sold out of its tickets.“Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Houston on Saturday is officially sold out – the first sellout in the bowl’s 16-year history.”Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Houston on Saturday is officially sold out – the first sellout in the bowl’s 16-year history.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 18, 2018That’s pretty awesome. It’s great to see two programs like Army and Houston getting that kind of fan support.Army and Houston are set to meet on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

In the news today March 13

first_imgFour stories in the news for Wednesday, March 13———SUNWING TEMPORARILY GROUNDS BOEING 737 MAX 8 AIRCRAFTSunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for “evolving commercial reasons” unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan this morning in Ottawa. Before clearing his schedule to meet with experts, Garneau said Tuesday he has no plans to ground Canada’s fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft, but that “all options are on the table.”———JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO MEET TODAY ON SNC-LAVALIN CASEThe House of Commons justice committee will meet today to discuss whether they should hear more testimony on the SNC-Lavalin scandal. And if the Opposition MPs get their way, the committee will hear again from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. Both the NDP and Conservatives want to be able to ask about the period after she was shuffled from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs in mid-January, including why she resigned from cabinet. Wilson-Raybould has alleged that several senior advisers and aides to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were involved in a sustained effort to get her to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal-based engineering giant on charges of bribery.———IMPERIAL TOBACCO GETS CREDITOR PROTECTION IN $15B SUIT Imperial Tobacco Canada is the latest company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court. A judge granted Imperial Tobacco Canada creditor protection Tuesday, and JTI-Macdonald Corp. was granted creditor protection last Friday. The two companies, along with Benson & Hedges, lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1. The Ontario Superior Court decision suspends legal proceedings against all three companies until April 5, even though only Imperial Tobacco Canada amid JTI-Macdonald sought protection from creditors.———WOMAN CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE DIES OF INJURIESA woman who was caught in an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains west of the Alberta-B.C. boundary has died of her injuries. Parks Canada says she was with a group of ice-climbers in Yoho National Park on Monday when the slide happened near Field. The woman, who was believed to be in her 30s, was airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Parks Canada says she was participating in a guided ice climb on Massey’s Route on Mount Stephen. Risk of avalanche in Yoho National Park is expected to increase in the coming days.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Marrakechs National Festival of Popular Arts

By Aya SoulimaniMarrakech – The National Festival of Popular Arts is an annual festival held in Marrakesh. It was first established in 1960 by King Mohamed V and has gained lots of popularity throughout the years. It is one of the oldest festivities of its kind and features traditional music, theatre, poetry and art. Although the festival is considered a national festival to celebrates Moroccan tradition, it also welcomes and supports international groups and artists. In this festival, Moroccan rhythms, dances and songs from various villages, which have survived multiple generations, give insight into the diversity of the Moroccan popular arts throughout the ages.Collaboration of cultures both new and old come hand in hand to create a memorable performance. The combination of both ancient and modern cultural elements and traditions in Morocco encourages the new generation to hold on to their roots and reminds the older generations of the “good old days.”Throughout the years, there have been electrifying performances by people from all parts of Morocco and world. Previous performers included Rayssa Fatima Tachtoukt, an amazighi singer; the Orchestras National des Barbès, a Franco-Algerian Gnaoua group with elements of rock, jazz, and reggae; and Hamdallah Rouicha, son of the deceased Mohamed Rouicha.This year, the festival is being held in Theatre Royale and El Badi Palace from July 1st July 31st. Similar to the previous editions, this year’s edition of the National Festival of Popular Arts will include both international and national artists. Furthermore, there will also be groups singing Malhoun, a form of music that originated in Morocco that means “the melodic poem.” read more

Boxer Hassan Saada Released From Custody in Brazil Pending Trial Returns

Rabat – Hassan Saada, the Moroccan boxer charged with having committed sexual assault in the Olympic village of Rio de Janeiro, was able to leave Brazil Friday after Brazilian authorities returned his passport. He arrived in Casablanca on Saturday morning.After rejecting several previous requests, the Brazilian court has allowed boxer Hassan Saada to return to Morocco pending his trial. Saada’s case had been all but forgotten, so much so that his appearance before the Brazilian court  revealed no tangible elements.After 10 months of incarceration followed by house arrest in Rio de Janeiro, the judge of the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro returned Saada’s passport and authorized him to leave the country and return to Morocco. Initially deprived of his travel document and forced to remain in Brazil, the Moroccan boxer was finally able to return to Morocco.Saada was released without any bond by the Brazilian judge, said Ben Abdennebi, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Morocco (CNOM), who expressed, in passing, his surprise at the decision. He added that the Royal Moroccan Boxing Federation (FRMB) had asked the judge to authorize Hassan Saada to participate in the African Boxing Championship by proposing to pay bail and provide a guarantee of appearance.The 22-year-old Moroccan boxer, originally from Casablanca, was arrested on August 5 for sexual assault on two housekeepers in the Olympic Village a few hours before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games. He was initially placed in pretrial detention for 15 days before being released pending trial. read more

SecretaryGeneral decries devastation caused by landmines

The weapons, which devastate both civilians and combatants, “prolong the horrendous consequences of armed conflicts,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, to the ninth annual conference on the Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. “Their developmental and humanitarian impact on post-conflict societies threatens future generations,” he added. Mr. Ban stressed that Amended Protocol II – which entered into force in December 1998 and currently has 88 States parties – is key in outlawing the devices. “Universal adherence to this instrument is of primary importance,” the Secretary-General stated, urging intensified efforts to increase the number of countries adhering to the pact. He appealed to nations which have yet to do so to ratify other international agreements serving as the legal framework of mine action, including the Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 6 November 2007Landmines and other explosive weapons exacerbate the suffering wrought by war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, appealing for the elimination of these “distressing and pernicious” devices to remain a global priority. read more

Will DAngelo Russell Help The Lakers Call On The Hall Again

As we highlighted in our NBA preview last fall, the Los Angeles Lakers have built a substantial amount of their considerable success as a franchise on the backs of Hall of Famers — Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the like.But recently, the Lakers have been in the midst of a Hall of Famer shortage. In 2015, Kobe Bryant’s 2.0 wins above replacement (WAR) were the only L.A. victories generated by players likely to make the Hall (according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame probability metric), this coming on the heels of a 2014 season that saw only 1.5 WAR come from Hall hopefuls. The past two years represent the fourth- and fifth-fewest WAR the Lakers have ever gotten out of probable Hall of Famers in a single season.Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak has been working hard this week to end the drought. With the Lakers owning the second overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, rumors were flying about whether L.A. would cast its future in the hands of a rookie or trade the pick for a promising veteran.Regarding the latter strategy, L.A. was reportedly in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings over mercurial center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big men in the league. But it’s unclear whether he’s the future Hall of Famer the Lakers so covet. If we zero in on the Hall of Fame odds for a player with a specific WAR total at a given age,1Using a logistic regression model there’s a 34.2 percent probability that Cousins will be Hall of Fame-worthy based on his output thus far. He’d need to beat his previous career high by more than 2.5 WAR next season just to give himself a coin flip’s chance at the Hall going forward.Perhaps that’s partly why L.A. ultimately turned to the draft instead — and selected guard D’Angelo Russell, to whom our model assigns the highest probability of superstardom in the 2015 draft class.2The “superstar” designation isn’t completely synonymous with a Hall of Famer, since each draft contains about twice as many future Hall of Famers as superstars.According to our model, Russell is a boom-or-bust prospect. On top of his class-leading superstar potential, he also has the highest “bust” probability of any player ranked among our top 25 college prospects. Russell’s usage rate and shooting efficiency were off the charts as a freshman, implying that he has the potential to be an elite NBA scorer if his skills translate, but he might not have as much to fall back on as other prospects if not.In other words, drafting Russell was a gamble. But it was a good one for a franchise traditionally fueled by a pipeline running directly to Springfield. Los Angeles has always been a dream destination for free agents, trade targets and rookies alike, but snagging a future Hall of Famer is still a lot harder than L.A. has made it look over the years. And sometimes it requires taking a chance on a high-risk/high-reward player to keep the talent flowing. read more

The Cubs Beat The FrontRunning Indians At Their Own Game

YEARTEAMTOTALLEDTIEDTRAILEDLEDLED OR TIED Top front-running playoff teams through World Series Game 1 32005White Sox8153141465.482.7 62014Royals8940331644.982.0 21998Yankees9361181465.684.9 52015Mets9557211760.082.1 The key to front-running is a versatile, opportunistic offense (check), good starting pitching (check) and — most importantly — a lights-out bullpen (um, check). Cleveland is custom-built for winning that way, and they’ve shown just how effective it can be in the small-sample gantlet of the playoffs. You can bet other teams will think about how to copy that style going into next season and beyond.But on Wednesday night, the Cubs beat the Indians at their own game. It was Chicago who struck first, claiming a 1-0 lead within the game’s first 15 pitches; it was Chicago who nickeled and dimed an extra run in the third and tacked on insurance in the fifth; and it was Chicago who kept their lead secure with dominant pitching, including six strikeouts from Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman in three and one-third relief innings. Against the Cubs in Game 2, the Indians trailed in more innings (nine) than they had in the entire playoffs combined heading into the game. It was a win right out of Cleveland’s playbook.As the series shifts to Chicago on Friday, it should be interesting to see how Cleveland responds. Aside from overcoming a brief 1-0 deficit in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, we haven’t really seen the Indians mount any comebacks this postseason. Of course, the Cubs hadn’t been an especially strong front-running club themselves before Game 2 — until Wednesday, they’d led through less than half of their postseason innings — instead showcasing a variety of other ways to win. But given Chicago’s great starting rotation and the apparently rust-proof hitting of Kyle Schwarber, Cleveland might need to prove they can win from behind, too. NUMBER OF INNINGS% OF INNINGS 92007Red Sox10160212059.480.2 72012Orioles6118321129.582.0 81995Braves8535341641.281.2 Includes all postseason games since 1995, when the wild card was introduced, but excludes teams who only played in the wild card gameSources: Baseball-Reference.com, Retrosheet During their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs did something no team has consistently been able to do this postseason: get ahead of the Indians and stay there.Cleveland was 8-1 in the postseason heading into Wednesday’s game, so you wouldn’t expect them to have spent much time trailing. But they were notable front-runners even by the standards of a team with such a great record. Before Game 2 of the World Series, the Indians and their opponents had completed 81 innings during this postseason. Of those 81, Cleveland led through 57 of them — 70 percent — and was either leading or tied through 73, a staggering 90 percent rate of success (or at least, nonfailure) in the scoreboard battle. In games they won, they trailed in just one inning.1Seven of the eight innings they trailed came in one game — Game 4 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays.Going back to the advent of the wild card in 1995, both of those figures were the highest any team had ever carried through Game 1 of the World Series, and it wasn’t especially close. Even the 1998 Yankees — who won 114 regular-season games and then turned the playoffs into their own personal victory lap — only led or were tied through 85 percent of their innings through Game 1 of the World Series. And the oft-forgotten 2005 White Sox, who basically perfected this formula, checked in at 83 percent. These Indians have been the most front-running team in modern postseason history. 12016Indians815716870.4%90.1% 102014Giants10952352247.779.8 42007Rockies7445161360.882.4 read more

Two men in their 20s stabbed in aggravated burglary in Limerick

first_imgTWO MEN HAD to be hospitalised after they were stabbed during a burglary in Limerick city in the early hours of this morning.The men – both in their early 20s – were injured during the assault by a lone male intruder, who entered the apartment at Lower Glentworth Street at around 1.20am today. Cash and mobile phones were stolen in the burglary.The men were taken to University Hospital in Limerick to receive treatment for stab wounds. Their injuries are not life-threatening.A 34-year-old man was arrested close to the scene by gardaí and is currently being held at Henry Street Garda Station. Gardaí said that some property was recovered during the arrest.The investigation is continuing.last_img

Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin Nows your chance

first_img NATIVE AND VISITING Dubliners are being asked to tell the story of their Dublin.The International Literature Festival Dublin is inviting people to tell their stories about the capital in this year’s festival, which takes place from May 20 to 28.The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Already on board are singer songwriter Luan Parle, illustrator Holly Pereira, young playwright Shaun Dunne, poet Kerrie O’Brien, and comedian Kevin Gildea.Aimee van Wylick, the general manager of the festival told TheJournal.ie that the idea will help people connect with the festival.“We’re looking to be a bit more participative and I think this will help the public connect with the festival.“We haven’t yet commissioned any writers for the festival yet but this is different. Any member of the public is invited to tell their story. We want to hear a lot of stories, we’re really keen to get as many responses as possible.”As for the type of story, van Wylick says that’s up to you.“It’s very much open. We want people to be as creative as they can be. We’re not trying to give any guidelines as yet – we’re looking to connect with fans of the festival but also go beyond that.“Dublin is known as a storyteller’s city so it’s about the fabric of the city and the people.“Irish people are storytellers which is not an experience you get everywhere – this is about connection and expression.”The festival is keen to hear from anyone and everyone who would like to share their story in a creative way and reflect on ways in which great writing or reading have played a part in their lives. Individuals or groups are invited to submit an event that they would like to host in their own house or at their work-place in which they tell some part of their story.Proposals should be submitted by email to stories@ilfdublin.com by 3 April.Read: Top US architects are re-imagining Dublin One to make it ‘a vibrant destination’ By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3274678 18 Comments Ever wanted to tell a story about your Dublin? Now’s your chance The Stories From The City events will see volunteers paired with mentors to help shape their ideas. Short URL Mar 8th 2017, 6:09 AM Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:09 AM 7,274 Views Share23 Tweet Email3 Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hundreds attend vigil for victims of Cypriot serial killer

first_imgA vigil was held in Nicosia for the victims of a detained military officer, who has so far confessed to killing five foreign women and two girls. The number of the victims is expected to escalate to more, bearing in mind the number of missing foreign women that were presumed to have left the country.Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his “deep sorrow and concern” following the slayings of foreign women, mainly Asian, who came to the island to seek work. The serial killer selectively targeted foreign women online.Police have intensified their search for more dumped bodies. Five British law enforcement officials were coming to the island to help with the investigations.The suspect is a 35-year-old military official who has yet to be formally charged. He admitted to the murder of two bodies found in an abandoned mine but also told police that he had killed another four people. An examination of his computer has shown suspicious conversations with as many as 30 foreign women. The suspect will appear in court on Saturday for another custody hearings.VictimsCypriot police have come under fire by immigrant activists who believe that they did not take missing people reports seriously when it came to foreign domestic workers. Missing persons cases are now being revisited following the discovery of the bodies.The first victim found was Filipino Marry Rose Tiburcio, 38, who had been missing with her six-year-old daughter since May last year. Her bound body was found in an abandoned mine shaft. The girl’s body, believed to have been dumped in a reservoir, has not been found yet.Six days later the police found the body of Arian Palanas Lozano, also from the Philippines. The 28-year-old was dumped in the same mineshaft as Tiburcio.Another alleged victim is Maricar Valtez Arquiola, 31, from the Philippines. She has been missing since December 2017. The suspect denied involvement in her disappearance but reversed himself after a court hearing on Thursday.Police discovered another unidentified body at a military firing range that the suspect pointed them to. The victim is believed to be of either Nepalese or Indian descent.Romanian Livia Florentina bunea, 26, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia Bunea, have been missing since September 2016 and are also believed to be victims of the serial killer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un ver marin qui se nourrit de composés toxiques

first_imgUn ver marin qui se nourrit de composés toxiquesObservé sur les côtes de l’île d’Elbe, le ver marin Olavius algarvensis surprend les chercheurs qui l’ont étudié de par son étonnante alimentation. Ce ver se nourrit en effet de composés toxiques pour la grande majorité des êtres vivants, et constitue un incroyable exemple de “la puissance de l’évolution”.Des chercheurs du département de microbiologie marine de l’Institut allemand Max Planck se sont penchés sur la surprenante alimentation d’un ver observé sur les côtes de l’île d’Elbe. L’Olavius algarvensis évolue dans un environnement peu accueillant, composé de monoxyde de carbone et de sulfure d’hydrogène.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’expliquent les scientifiques dans une étude publiée dans les Proceedings of the National Academy of Science et rapportée par le site Sciences et Avenir, ce ver est couvert, sous sa peau, de millions de bactéries symbiotiques. Celles-ci produisent de la nourriture grâce à l’énergie émanant du monoxyde de carbone et du sulfure d’hydrogène. “Elles le font de façon si efficace que le ver a perdu son système digestif entier, y compris la bouche et l’intestin, au cours de l’évolution et ne se nourrit que grâce à ses symbiotes”, s’étonne Nicole Dubilier, l’une des chercheuses ayant étudié l’Olavius algarvensis.Le ver est en outre capable de recycler ses déchets. Quand les autres animaux sont contraints de les éliminer de leur organisme, ses microbes symbiotiques lui permettent d’utiliser l’énergie qu’ils contiennent. Le ver est ainsi également dépourvu de reins. Pour les chercheurs, cet étonnant animal “fournit un exemple de la puissance de l’évolution. Il constitue un excellent modèle pour une meilleure compréhension des autres symbioses complexes, tels que celles de l’intestin humain”.Le 21 avril 2012 à 14:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cooks and dishwashers left behind in new statewide tipping regulation restaurants say

first_imgA new statewide regulation prohibits restaurant owners from requiring servers to share tips with cooks and dishwashers. Jack Sprat owner and operator Frans Weits required his servers to give tips to back-of-house employees like cooks and dishwashers when he opened the restaurant in 2001. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)At 3 p.m. at Jack Sprat in Girdwood, servers move in and out of the dining room, cleaning and setting tables. Owner and operator Frans Weits answers a question from his executive chef as he passes through the kitchen on the way downstairs to the prep kitchen. In the hot downstairs, room, cooks chop herbs and thinly slice beets. Another washes dishes.Listen nowEveryone’s doing their part to prepare for a busy evening, but some will be rewarded more than others.Weits said that on a night like tonight during peak season, servers will walk away with around $37 an hour in tips. He pays them almost $10 an hour in minimum wage on top of that.“Now we’re up to $47 an hour,” Weits said. And that’s after servers share tips with support staff like bussers, hosts and bartenders.Executive Chef Andrew Brown prepares for a busy evening at Jack Sprat in Girdwood. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Most of us don’t think twice before adding 10 to 20 percent to our restaurant bills. But how often do you know where that money is going? For years the federal government has been grappling with who owns tips and whether employers can tell servers what to do with them. To clarify, the Alaska Department of Labor implemented a new regulation last month that prohibits restaurant owners like Weits from requiring servers to give tips to back-of-house staff like cooks and dishwashers.“The servers makes two to three times as much as the back of the house. And the cooks, dishwashers work just as hard,” Weits said.Weits understands that wage gap firsthand. He’s worked almost every job in the industry.  So, when he opened Jack Sprat in 2001, he required servers to give a portion of their tips to cooks and to dishwashers. Weits said he keeps raising the kitchen staff’s starting pay, but it’s still hard for them to make ends meet.“It’s a high cost of living in Alaska. So I want everyone to be able to afford to live here, not just servers,” Weits said. “So I would propose that this regulation get reversed. And at least allow employers to help facilitate an even playing field.”Weits can still require his servers to give tips to other workers that customers see, like bussers, hosts and bartenders.Restaurant organizations like Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, or Alaska CHARR, have come out against the new regulation, saying the line it draws between front-of-house and back-of-house staff isn’t fair. CEO Pete Hanson said he doesn’t know of any restaurant that supported it but that several wrote public comments in opposition. He thinks restaurants should be able to decide what works best for them.“Servers are the employees who interface with customers, but a server has a whole team of people behind them in the kitchen, preparing the food, washing the dishes, clearing the tables, preparing the drinks,” Hanson said.Servers have the most to gain from the new regulation. Marty Kimball has worked in restaurants for over 20 years, much of it as a server. He thinks the lines the regulation draws between front-of-house and back-of-house make sense because servers are the ones interacting with the people leaving a tip.“There are sometimes that it can be a beautiful mutually-satisfactory experience, and there are other times that are just absolutely hell, beginning to end, where you just really truly feel like you are sacrificing your soul for a couple extra dollars to make rent,” Kimball said.Kimball thinks servers should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to share tips with the back-of-the-house. Kimball acknowledged that the life of a chef is a hard one but thinks the solution is instead to allow restaurants to pay servers less than minimum wage.Deborah Kelly is director of labor standards and safety for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the department behind the new regulation.“So when a customer comes in, they expect that their tip goes to the person that they give it to, and this regulation helps to protect that,” Kelly said.The state of Alaska used to follow the federal Fair Labor Standards Act for regulations on tipping. But those regulations haven’t always been clear, particularly for states like Alaska where tipped workers have to be paid at least minimum wage. Most recently, they clarified that restaurant owners can’t keep tips for themselves, but they can require them to be shared with cooks and dishwashers as long as they pay everyone at least minimum wage. Kelly said that doesn’t go far enough.“It’s not up to the employer to take tips and then decide how to best distribute them to run their business. They are tips given to the workers, and they belong to the workers,” Kelly said.Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C., which sent a letter in support of the new regulation, said the vast majority of tipped positions aren’t in fine dining establishments where servers are walking away with $30 an hour.“(You have to remember) the person who’s working at the IHOP overnight shift that doesn’t have the tips left over to be able to comfortably share with back-of-house workers and so it really is, you’re taking tips that that person uses to make ends meet,” Shierholz said.Shierholz worries restaurant owners will simply lower the base wage of a cook or dishwasher if they know they can use tips to make up the difference. She suggested that instead, they pay kitchen staff more to stay competitive.Weits from Jack Sprat said his restaurant can’t afford to raise the wages of back-of-house workers any higher. Some restaurants have tried getting rid of tipping altogether or putting a mandatory service charge on their bills, but Weits said he doesn’t want to do that.“It feels good to voluntarily give someone money that served you,” Weits said. “Once you put it on the menu, and you require that, it takes the fun out of it and it feels like, you know, oh you’re locking me into this before I even sit down.”The new regulation doesn’t prevent servers from voluntarily sharing tips with cooks and dishwashers.last_img read more

A dozen assailants attack security guards in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A CCTV footage recorded four security guards being thrashed by a single assailant along with a dozen accomplices in Ghaziabad. The attacker and his accomplices have not yet been identified by police officials yet. The assailant attacked the security guards on Sunday night at 9:30 pm. Dressed in a mustard yellow T-shirt, the perpetrator destroyed a slip vending machine and smashed the glass of the security station room. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us A complaint has been registered in the Vijaynagar ‘Thane’. No arrest has been made so far in this regard. When the attack took place one of the security guards attempted to stop the assailant from injuring other guards but his efforts were futile. The security guards then ran for their life seeing that nothing more could be done to stop the furious assailant. Apart from the prime assailant, there were a dozen other accomplices present at the scene of the crime.last_img read more