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Impact Players To Watch For Baylor

first_imgWe already looked at what to watch for this weekend when OSU heads to Waco to play Baylor, but I also wanted to look at some of Baylor’s impact players. They have some horses on both sides of the ball so let’s get to know them.No. 17 Seth Russell, QBIn seven games last season, Russell averaged 300 yards passing to go with four touchdowns and less than one interception, to go with nearly 60 yards on the ground and almost one touchdown per game. Russell has been named on nearly every watch list you can imagine (Maxwell, Walter Camp, O’Brien) and is the unquestioned leader of the offense.The 6’3”, 220-pound passer was timed in at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and while they haven’t ran him much yet, get ready because interim coach Grobe says the “offense is geared towards a quarterback who can run and throw and that’s what Seth’s strength is.”No. 9 KD Cannon, WRThe conference’s most productive receiver has 352 yards through three games, averaging 14.7 yards per catch and scoring four touchdowns so far. The former Army All-American recruit had arthroscopic knee surgery this summer but has really rounded into shape as non-conference play has winded down. Russell’s favorite target, he’s started 20+ games as a true junior and has a way of getting behind defenses effortlessly. No. 1 Taylor Young, LBThe highly productive junior recorded 80 tackles as a sophomore and was named the 2014 Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year for an incredible freshman season.At 5’10” and 225 pounds, Young packs a punch but also has some playmaking skills in the middle of the field.No. 9 Ryan Reid, CB and No. 28 Orion Stewart, SThe health and consistency of the two redshirt seniors on the back end of the defense will play a big part in determining the course of the game. Stewart, a two time all-conference safety and Big 12 defensive player of the week for his two interception performance against SMU, will team with Reid, Baylor’s top corner and leader of the defense, to slow James Washington and the potent Cowboy passing attack.Reid hasn’t played since the SMU game when a receiver landed on his foot awkwardly and Stewart left the Rice game after incurring some rib issues, but the Bears have said they hope both will be back against the CowboysIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Zidane urges calm after Betis loss

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane not worried after Madrid lose ground on Barca Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 07:26 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) ZinedineZidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Real Betis Real Betis The reigning La Liga champions have slipped seven points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona but their coach is not concerned Zinedine Zidane called for calm after Real Madrid’s shock loss at home to Real Betis, insisting there is nothing to be worried about amid the La Liga champions’ stuttering title defence.Madrid’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu continued on Wednesday, beaten 1-0 by Betis in the Spanish capital, despite the return of reigning Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo from a five-match domestic suspension.Ronaldo 3/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Zidane’s men had drawn back-to-back LaLiga matches in Madrid leading into the midweek clash and their winless streak on home soil in the league extended to a third game following Antonio Sanabria’s dramatic 94th-minute winner.It is Madrid’s worst run at home in LaLiga since Jose Mourinho’s tenure in April 2011 as the titleholders slipped seven points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona, however, Zidane is refusing to panic.”I do not think the situation is delicate,” Zidane told reporters post-match.”We have lost points, but there are also many matches left. All the work we have done is not going to be thrown in the trash because of three bad games at home.”We have not been successful in the shots on goal. I am the coach of this team and what we need is calm, rest and to think about the next game.” FT: #RealMadrid 0-1 @RealBetis (Sanabria 90’+4′)#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/JhPzil7D8K— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 20, 2017The surprise result also snapped Madrid’s record-equalling 73-match scoring streak, extending back to April 2016.”Today the ball did not want to go in. This is football. No need to review it again,” Zidane said.”It has not been a great match, but it has not been a bad match either. Last season, we won games that maybe we did not deserve and now it’s the other way around. Tranquillity.””I do not think there are any reasons to be concerned. We had a good match in San Sebastian [against Real Sociedad]. Do not be worried,” he continued.”What I always want to do is try to win. I’m not going to change. You can make different changes but the idea is always the same: go for the win and even more so at home.”Asked about Ronaldo and his performance, Zidane said: “I don’t think I’ve had anxiety in either Cristiano or the team.”Things have not gone well but I insist, you have to have peace of mind, there’s a lot left.”last_img read more

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De Gea or Donnarumma? Bring them on! – Navas

first_imgTransfers De Gea or Donnarumma? Bring them on! – Navas Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 18:11 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) navas-cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Levante v Real Madrid Levante Primera División The shot-stopper would welcome an additional challenge at the Bernabeu and says that he is “calm” over the situation Keylor Navas is not worried by the prospect of Real Madrid bringing in another goalkeeper at the end of the season, insisting that he would welcome the competition.Madrid have regularly been linked with the likes of David de Gea and Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga emerged as a leading candidate before signing a new long-term contract at San Mames in January.Such long-lasting speculation could be enough to worry some players, but Navas claims he is “calm” about the situation and will be ready to fight for his place should a rival be signed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am calm because one day I will have to go,” said the Costa Rica international. “Nobody will last here forever and only God knows when [I will leave].”I give my all in every training session and in every match, so I can live with that. I don’t know if the club have doubts about me, I only know that I still have a contract and I will remain calm.”If Real Madrid were to sign a goalkeeper in the future and let him compete with me, then I would like that and it wouldn’t intimidate me.”Navas played the entire match on Saturday as Madrid slumped to another disappointing result, drawing 2-2 at struggling Levante.Madrid were 2-1 up heading into the 89th minute before Giampaolo Pazzini equalised for the home side and Navas hopes that, despite recent struggles, supporters remain optimistic for the upcoming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.”This has not been an easy year and we’ve had to put up with a lot,” added the 31-year-old. “The team has tried to move forward, but it hasn’t come off.”All we can do to move forward is to work. We know we must concentrate for the entire 90 minutes to win. I think this is a moment to be united.”I hope the fans that go to [the PSG game] will believe that we can move forward, as that’s what we need right now.”last_img read more

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10 days ago​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaoui

first_img​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Manila Streamlines Container Handling

first_imgzoom The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), operated by the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has started implementing a vehicle appointment system called Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) an electronic platform for booking containers in the two international ports of Manila.TABS is designed to optimize the entry and exit of containerized cargo to and from MICT, and developed in response to restrictive road policies that were introduced to combat the congestion of Manila ports in 2014 as a result of the truck ban imposed by the Manila City Government.“The implementation of TABS is a move in the right direction. It is the port sector’s contribution to easing road congestion in the Philippine capital by implementing a system that will schedule movements of trucks in and out of the Port,” said Mohamed Ghandar, MICT General Manager.“With a booming economy and the ongoing major infrastructure projects in the metropolis comes the issue of road capacity. Movement of trade in the Port of Manila, specifically that of container-handling trucks, has to co-exist with the movement of the commuting public.”TABS will address the current unpredictable surge of trucks that ply the roads by scheduling the time slots for container pickup and drop-offs.The system is scheduled for an official launch in October 2015. The soft launch comes ahead of the expected surge in economic productivity in Manila in September as shipments increase in preparation for the holiday season.last_img read more

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Japanese SOx Scrubber System Gets First Certification

first_imgzoom After a year of testing a newly-developed Hybrid SOx Scrubber System for removing sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines, the system received its first certificate of compliance from the Republic of Panama, the country where the test ship is registered.Conducted aboard the 2016-built vehicles carrier Drive Green Highway, the test operations, undertaken by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha (MKK), verified that the system’s effectiveness in curbing emissions of air pollutants complies with international regulations.K Line said that the test unit of the Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first installation of a system jointly developed by MHI and MKK specifically for marine applications.The system had been undergoing verification testing ever since the 7,500 CEU ship was delivered in February 2016 and the test results mark the first time Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) has satisfied international guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems 2, according to K Line.In response, Panama approved that the vessel is equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system whose effectiveness has been substantiated, and on January 11 a certificate of compliance, the first awarded to a Panamanian ship as Japanese SOx Scrubber System, was conferred at the Embassy of Panama in Tokyo.Image Courtesy: K LineThe certificate comes on the back of a decision reached at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in October 2016 to tighten regulations on the sulfur content of marine fuels in all waters of the world except designated emission control areas (ECA), from the current 3.5% limit to less than 0.5% starting January 1, 2020.The Hybrid SOx Scrubber System is the first commercialized system in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that took effect, starting with ECAs, in 2015.Going forward, K Line said that it will, together with MHI and MKK, continue to pursue diverse environmental protection initiatives, including the development of measures to prevent air pollution, in order to help curb increasingly heavy environmental loads on a global scale.last_img read more

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Parents Get More Information on Bullying

first_imgThe province is providing more support for parents and guardians looking for information to help their kids through bullying and cyberbullying issues. An anti-bullying website was launched today, May 24th, that provides information tailored to four audiences: children and youth, parents and guardians, educators and schools, and community. The province is also creating a parent handbook on bullying and cyberbullying that will be distributed to all parents and guardians of children in Nova Scotia’s public schools at the start of the new school year. “As a parent, I look forward to resources that will help parents make informed decisions on bullying intervention and prevention involving their children,” said Vanda Dow, parent and president, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations. “It’s very important for parents to be part of the solution so, hopefully, the information shared through the website, parent handbook and other avenues will encourage conversations between parents and schools.” A recent student drug-use survey released by the province revealed that some of the most important issues children face are some of the hardest for them and parents to talk about, reinforcing the need for resources that can help parents start these conversations. The province is also launching a public education campaign to make parents aware of the resources, services and people available to help if their child is struggling. “Having these resources will be great for parents, great for schools and great for communities,” said Gary Walker, principal at Halifax West High School. “Parents need clear, straightforward information to recognize and deal with different types of bullying. A website and handbook will give people options to support the children and teenagers in their lives through difficult situations.” Youth, parents, teachers, community organizations and others will also have an opportunity to learn how they can work together to address bullying in their communities at a leadership and anti-bullying conference held by the province Aug. 15-17 at Mount Saint Vincent University. More details on registration, speakers and sessions will be available in June. “Parents want to protect their children from bullying, but often they don’t know what to look for or where to turn for help,” said Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Marilyn More. “The website, handbook and upcoming conference will provide parents and guardians with practical, research-based information on recognising and responding to bullying behaviour.” The parent portion of the website includes information on how to recognize and report bullying behaviour, and how to talk to your children about bullying and cyberbullying. It also includes links to organizations and programs that deal with bullying, Internet safety, adolescent mental health and other issues affecting youth. The handbook will include information on causes and types of bullying, how to identify bullying behaviour, how parents can help and where to turn for help in the school system and in the community. The province’s new anti-bullying website is available at www.antibullying.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

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Leaked UK memos warn of food drug shortages in Brexit disruptions

first_imgLondon: Leaked British government documents have warned of disruptions across the country in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal on October 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is prepared to charge out of the EU regardless of whether he is able to renegotiate the Brexit deal struck with Brussels by his predecessor, Theresa May, over the next 10 weeks. The Sunday Times published what it said were confidential government memos outlining the consequences of tearing up May’s deal, warning that a sudden British exit could lead to a decrease in the supply of fresh food. The memos also warn of “significant” disruptions to drug supplies that could last for up to six months. Britain’s Cabinet Office did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Meet the Canadian woman Hollywood calls when they need to talk to

first_img“I spend a lot of my time working on Mayan languages,” Coon says of her study at McGill University in Montreal where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Linguistics. When aliens first appear in the movie Arrival, no one can understand them, so a linguistics professor — an expert in lost languages played by Amy Adams — is asked to figure out a way to communicate with them. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “Before they started filming they sent me several drafts of the screenplay and I was asked just to give feedback on some of the more linguistically relevant parts,” she says. To get the movie’s science right, the producers called upon Jessica Coon, a real life linguistics professor.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Once filming began, the production worked to have their fictional expert match their real-life consultant. Twitterlast_img read more

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Toronto librarys popular free Museum and Arts Pass program loses funding

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Sun Life Financial has pulled funding for a popular Toronto Public Library program that offers free passes for museums and attractions like the ROM, Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre, leaving its future uncertain.The 10-year-old (MAP) Museum and Arts Pass initiative gives people with library cards access to passes for up to two adults and five kids that can be borrowed at any of the library branches.Sun Life provided about $200,000 a year but decided to cancel that money because the program didn’t align with its re-evaluated priorities, said Paul Joliat, assistant vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MOREcenter_img The Toronto Public Library’s Museum and Arts Pass offers free admission to museums and attractions like the ROM. The library program’s sponsor, Sun Life Financial, says it’ll pull funding after 2018. (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Dubais Landmark Group Suspends Sales of Donald Trump Products

Rabat – Dubai’s retails giant Landmark Group has decided to stop selling Donald Trump-branded products in its Lifestyle outlets.The retaliatory measure comes following the controversial presidential candidate’s anti-Islam comments on Monday when called for banning Muslims from entering the United States.The Dubai firm terminates the deal it had signed with Trump last February to sell Trump Home collection to customers in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “As one of the most popular home decor brands in the Middle East, Lifestyle values and respects the sentiments of all its customers,” Lifestyle CEO Sachin Mundhwa said, in a statement according to Arabian Business.“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home décor range,” it added.At the time of writing, Landmark Group is the only firm in the Gulf region that has decided to boycott Trump’s products.Less than a week after the San Bernardino attacks believed to be perpetrated by a two Muslims, Trump released statement on Monday morning in which he called simply for banning Muslims from entering US soil. Trump repeated his comment in a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, as well as in an interview with CNN on Tuesday morning. read more

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Officials defend plan to end govt control of Fannie Freddie

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials are going before Congress to defend their plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The giant mortgage finance companies nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a cost to taxpayers of $187 billion.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson are testifying Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee on the plan for returning Fannie and Freddie to private ownership.Fannie and Freddie have become profitable again. Their profits would no longer go to the Treasury but would be used to build up their capital bases as a cushion against possible future losses.Democratic members of the banking panel including Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have condemned the plan.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

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Congolese refugee loses life during melée at camp UN mission says

The mission said it had learnt that yesterday an angry mob of refugees formed, causing a threat to the physical integrity of an NGO (non-governmental organization) worker responsible for food distribution at the campsite.“As the mob grew more violent, ONUB soldiers stationed in the area intervened to protect the aid worker. It was during this operation that one refugee died and two others were injured,” it said.The mission, expressing condolences, said it was conducting an inquiry into the circumstances. read more

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A Fast Fastball Isnt Enough Anymore

Baseball creates an endless evolutionary cycle where hitters and pitchers battle to find an edge and maintain it. The periods where one side or the other seizes control have often been measured more in decades than years. Earlier this decade, pitchers gained the upper hand and they did so — at least in part — by throwing baseballs really, really fast. The pendulum has now swung back toward the hitters in the past couple seasons, and only time will tell whether that was the result of the ball itself or some other factor. Regardless of how this unfolds, one thing is clear: Those really, really fast pitches are no longer making hitters look silly.While more pitches than ever have been coming in at 95-plus mph,1This also includes pitches that are between 94.5 and 95 mph, to match the rounded numbers you see on TV broadcasts. today’s hitters have seemingly adapted, gaining the supernatural ability to hit these pitches. Last year, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, hitters faced 110,529 fastballs traveling 95 mph or faster. That’s an increase of 124 percent from 2011, when hitters saw the fewest such fastballs in the period (starting in 2009) for which this data is tracked, and a spike of 32.6 percent from 2016. But the returns are diminishing as blazing-fast heaters become the norm. In 2017, 28,749 plate appearances were decided2This includes any plate appearance that ended on a pitch at this speed, whether that pitch was a ball four, a strike three, or something hit into play. on a 95-plus mph fastball, and batters’ on-base plus slugging percentage against them was .734. That’s 80 points higher than in 2014, when OPS against these pitches hit a low of .654, and the high mark for the period in which the velocity data is tracked. Hitters produced home runs on 2.8 percent of plate appearances decided by 95-plus mph pitches in 2017, also the highest since 2009, and an increase of 75 percent from a low of 1.6 percent in 2014. Weighted on-base average, which more precisely assesses the value of every plate appearance, also spiked against 95-plus gas last season, and players were less likely to make the kind of soft contact that can lead to easy putouts. YearNo. of 95+ mph fastballsall pitches95+ mph fastballsDiff. league OPS against … 200951,0440.7510.701-0.050 201149,2650.7200.665-0.055 201359,6270.7140.678-0.036 * Any pitches whose speed rounds to at least 95 mph, so includes pitches of 94.5 mph and above.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 201463,5840.7000.654-0.046 This is a one-sided development. Think of these hitters like the cheetah evolving enough speed to catch a gazelle: This advantage doesn’t mean they can’t also catch slower prey, and MLB hitters are feasting on slower fastballs, too. In 2017, batters across the league were almost as good at hitting fastballs that came in at 95 mph or above — .734 OPS — as they had been in 2014 at hitting midrange fastballs — .754 OPS on fastballs between 92 and 94 mph. And on fastballs under 92, big league hitters sported a .906 OPS last year. In other words, hitters have gotten better at handling all species of fastball.Of course, some are better at it than others. Over the previous two seasons, the king of smacking fast fastballs, according to wOBA, was J.D. Martinez, now of the Red Sox. In 128 plate appearances decided by fastballs at 95-plus mph, Martinez hit .360 with a wOBA of .542 (far above the league average of .327) and a 1.314 OPS that includes an .830 slugging average, courtesy of a Ruthian 10.9 percent homer rate.3Actually, “Ruthian” doesn’t do Martinez’s rate justice. In his career, Babe Ruth “only” homered in about 7 percent of his plate appearances. (For reference, among active players who had at least 100 plate appearances decided by fastballs of 95-plus mph, Brandon Moss was second in the league in home run rate on these pitches over the last two seasons, and he was more than two points behind Martinez at 8.7 percent.) The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo isn’t far behind Martinez in wOBA (.457) among active players, and he posted a 1.059 OPS in plate appearances decided by high-octane pitches. And while pitchers understandably try to muscle up to retire Joey Votto, one of game’s greatest hitters, the Reds’ future Hall of Famer is undeterred — he managed a higher on-base percentage (.479) and a nearly identical slugging average (.563) in 217 plate appearances against pitches at 95 mph and above as he had against all pitches in those two seasons (.444 OBP, .564 slugging).Pitchers do find that pure velocity can still put some hitters away, of course. Fans wondered why the Rays gave up on Corey Dickerson this spring, but in 2016 and ’17, the current Pirate had one of the biggest drops in production4Among players with a minimum of 100 plate appearances decided by fastballs of 95-plus mph. (his OPS fell by 475 points) against high-octane heat compared to fastballs thrown at 94 and below. Trevor Story of the Rockies struggled after a record-setting debut in 2016, and it seems like teams have figured out that the hard stuff can get him out, as his OPS drops by 441 points against 95-plus mph fastballs compared to slower heaters. And there’s Chris Carter, who had 113 plate appearances decided by 95-plus mph fastballs in the previous two seasons, and who posted an OPS that was 609 points worse against the fastest fastballs (1.053 against fastballs up to 94 mph compared to .444 against fastballs at 95-plus mph). That helps explain why the player who hit 41 home runs for the Brewers in 2016 is currently a proud member of Salt Lake Bees.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 201683,3250.7390.726-0.013 201051,9670.7280.692-0.036 2017110,5290.7500.734-0.016 201581,5720.7210.698-0.023 201252,0120.7240.685-0.039 Hitters are catching up to the fireballersHow MLB hitters have fared against fastballs of 95-plus mph,* by on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS), 2009-2017 read more

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Croke Park Proposals need to be evaluated carefully says SIPTU

first_imgWe will carefully examine the documents that have been published and will be coming forward with a series of detailed questions on the implications of what is being proposed over the coming days.Read: Government, public service unions reach deal on extending Croke Park> THE CROKE PARK extension deal reached a crucial stage today – and now the unions involved are considering the latest proposals.SIPTU’S General President Jack O’Connor said today that the “issue here is to try to evaluate the proposal and try to decide whether or not another strategy would yield a better result”.Earlier today, after a 13-hour meeting, the Government and the trade unions representing most of Ireland’s 292,000 public sector workers concluded the first steps on extending and amending the terms of the Croke Park pay deal.The proposals include pay cuts for higher-earning public workers, a freeze on increments for all staff, extended working hours and cuts to the Sunday premium and overtime rate.O’Connor told the RTÉ 6 O’Clock News that it falls to the executive council of the union to take a view in a week or two on whether or not it will make recommendations on the proposals.He said that he believed the proposals are “the best that can be achieved by negotiation” and that they now have to be evaluated very carefully.O’Connor added that the contours on the proposal document “are structured on the basis of people who have the most contributing the most”.However, Liam Doran of the INMO said their “worst fears are being realised with what we’re hearing” on the proposals. He said that shift work is going to be hit harder and that the proposals are not fair.Resist urge to oversellFianna Fáil Public Expenditure Spokesperson Sean Fleming TD has warned the Government to resist its urge to oversell the proposals.He also questioned why there is no focus on maintaining public service quality in the agreement and called on Minister Brendan Howlin to explain why he failed to engage directly in the talks to prevent the departure of nursing and Garda unions.last_img read more

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The Popinator is a voice activated popcorn launcher

first_imgMaking professional videos that are meant to go viral and get a particular brand exposure requires a lot of skill. The amount of videos attempting to do this that get overlooked must number in the hundreds every year. But Popcorn Indiana has got it just right with the Popinator because it is both ridiculous and something a lot of popcorn eaters would actually buy if it was real.The Popinator is a voice activated popcorn launching machine. It sits there waiting for you to say the word “pop,” at which point the top of the machine lifts up to reveal a launcher that shoots out a single piece of popcorn in the direction of your mouth.How does it know where to fire the popcorn? Ted, the electrical engineer in the video, explains how they employed binaural microphones to figure out where your voice originated from using “small differences in the arrival time of sound waves.”Is anyone thinking “take my money!” while watching the video?The Popinator is not real as far as I can tell, but there’s just enough information in the video to make you think it could be. In fact, I bet there’s a few Arduino-owning geeks out there watching this and thinking “I could get that to work.”If someone does create a working Popinator, it would definitely sell. Who wouldn’t want a food firing machine at their side while gaming, watching TV, taking a bath, or just generally being really lazy?Of course, someone would choke, which would lead to a lawsuit and the inevitable demise of the company producing them.via Popcorn Indianalast_img read more

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A day of raw emotion awaits for Munster at a passionate Thomond

first_img Share189 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13 Comments Oct 22nd 2016, 10:00 AM Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 10:00 AM 22,952 Views By Murray Kinsella A day of raw emotion awaits for Munster at a passionate Thomond Park After a week in which it has been so hard to find the right words, we can find solace in the rugby. Add us: the42.ie Munster v GlasgowThomond Park, 1pmONE CAN ONLY imagine what will be going through the heads of Munster’s players this morning.A funeral to say goodbye to their friend Anthony Foley yesterday in Killaloe, with masses of people once again turning out to pay tribute to a legend.Now, Munster’s squad must confront a Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park – a place littered with memories of ‘Axel.’ Thomond Park will pay tribute to Axel. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOWhile we can all agree that the result is ultimately meaningless, it’s certain that Munster’s players will feel they must represent the jersey that meant so much to Foley as best they possibly can.Their stores of energy will surely be low after a week that has been dominated by shock and grief at Foley’s untimely passing. A full Thomond Park, packed with passionate rugby people, will look to drive Peter O’Mahony and his team-mates through 80 testing minutes.Glasgow’s position in all of this is tricky.Gregor Townsend understands how Munster works, appreciates all that Foley meant to the province and organisation. He must fear the emotional backlash but he will also press upon his players that opportunity beckons for an away win.But first and foremost, this occasion is about honouring Anthony Foley. Munster have asked supporters to get into the stadium early for the 1pm kick-off, with special tributes planned for the former number eight. Foley loved Thomond Park. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOEven imagining the famous roar of Thomond Park lifted by the emotion in the crowd this afternoon brings goosebumps. For those outside Foley’s circle of family and close friends, this is their opportunity to bid farewell to a man who gave them so many days in the sun, and a man who shared some pain with them along the way.Foley would have enjoyed seeing the Limerick venue full again, the stands and terraces packed with red.Filling Thomond Park every weekend was a goal he pursued relentlessly, that relationship with the supporters being something that always drove him and his fellow members of the Munster core.Munster’s number eight jersey has been retired for the day, with CJ Stander instead wearing 24 on his back.The Ireland international is a man who carries on the legacy of pride in the red shirt, much like O’Mahony and Tommy O’Donnell alongside him. In truth, this entire Munster team understands the weight of history and emotion that is in the fabric of the province.Living up to that will be incredibly tough this afternoon, given what has unfolded in recent days, but they are likely to be thankful for this opportunity to do something, anything, to honour Foley with actions. Peter O’Mahony leads Munster this afternoon. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOEveryone in Thomond Park today is likely to feel that in some way. Everyone will feel they can play their part in giving the great Shannon clubman a fitting final send-off at the stadium he loved so dearly.After a week in which it has been so hard to find the right words, we can find some solace in the rugby.Munster:15. Simon Zebo14. Darren Sweetnam13. Jaco Taute12. Rory Scannell11. Keith Earls10. Tyler Bleyendaal9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. John Ryan4. Donnacha Ryan5. Billy Holland6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Tommy O’Donnell24. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Duncan Casey17. Brian Scott18. Stephen Archer19. Robin Copeland20. Jack O’Donoghue21. Duncan Williams22. Ian Keatley23. Ronan O’MahonyGlasgow:15. Stuart Hogg14. Sean Lamont13. Alex Dunbar12. Sam Johnson11. Rory Hughes10. Finn Russell9. Henry Pyrgos1. Gordon Reid2. Fraser Brown3. Zander Fagerson4. Tim Swinson5. Jonny Gray6. Rob Harley7. Ryan Wilson8. Josh StraussReplacements:16. Pat MacArthur17. Alex Allan18. Sila Puafisi19. Lewis Wynne20. Simone Favaro21. Ali Price22. Mark Bennett23. Peter MurchieReferee: Jerome Garces [FFR].The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! http://the42.ie/3040397 ‘Anthony Foley would have wanted it’: Peter Stringer plays for Sale hours after Axel’s funeralOlive Foley paid emotional tribute to her husband this afternoon Short URLlast_img read more

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Alden McLaughlin Announced As Caymans Premier for the Second Time

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCayman Islands, May 29, 2017 – George Town – The decision of who will be the Premier of the Cayman Islands and form the new government has been rethought and announced three times since the general election, last week Wednesday. This third time might be a charm.Today, it was announced that the Premier will in fact be Hon. Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush. This was the initial announcement that was made last week, following a meeting with both parties where the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) agreed to work together in the interest of national unity.Shortly after that announcement was made, news broke that the agreement fell apart and the Premier would be CDP Leader, McKeeva Bush. The decision of who will govern is now back to it’s initial agreement, and this one seems to be final.The two long-time political rivals met with Governor Helen Kilpatrick to confirm that they would be forming a coalition government of “national unity” for the next four years.Mr. McLaughlin put together a 12-person government consisting of all seven elected Progressives party members, including himself, all three elected Cayman Democratic Party members and two independents. The independent members were Prospect MLA Austin Harris and West Bay South MLA Tara Rivers.Progressives Deputy Leader Moses Kirkconnell was confirmed as Deputy Premier.Mr. McLaughlin said he was seeking cooperation from two additional independent members in joining the government, but has yet to receive confirmation from those individuals.“I’m still hopeful we get on board a couple more of the independents so that we truly have a government of national unity,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I didn’t want four years of battling over nonsense and personality clashes.”The Legislative Assembly is to meet Wednesday morning to swear in its new members, namely Mr. Bush as Speaker of the House and Mr. McLaughlin as Premier.#magneticmedianews#flipflopincaymangovernment Related Items:#flipflopincaymangovernment, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Cell phone outages reported across the country

first_img(WSVN) – If you’re having trouble reaching friends across the U.S. on their cell phones today, you aren’t alone.KOLD-TV reports that four major carriers appear to be experiencing widespread outages across the United States, mainly in large population areas like New York and Chicago. South Florida does not appear to be affected. It’s unclear what is causing the issues so far.According to DownDetector.com, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all are having problems, though a spokesman for AT&T insists they are not experiencing any issues.DownDetector.com compiles reports of outages from users to populate its maps, which show a number of areas in the country that are supposedly experiencing problems:Verizon: http://downdetector.com/status/verizon/map/AT&T: http://downdetector.com/status/att/map/Sprint: http://downdetector.com/status/sprint/map T-Mobile: http://downdetector.com/status/t-mobile/map/Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Cook Inletkeeper Designates Borough As Salmon Champions

first_imgWeir: “The summer of 2018 saw unprecedented closures of commercial, sport, and personal use salmon fishing throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This left residents and businesses facing devastating fishing seasons and empty freezers.”  For salmon overall, closures and restrictions in multiple commercial fisheries this season meant fewer opportunities to catch fish. The 2018 commercial salmon season has been a challenging one for some Alaska fisheries, especially on the Cook Inlet. Cook Inletkeeper is a community-based nonprofit organization that combines advocacy, education and science toward its mission to protect Alaska’s Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cook Inletkeeper presented the Kenai Peninsula Borough with a ‘salmon champion’ award on Tuesday evening, at the borough assembly meeting. Carly Wier, Executive Director: “Cook Inletkeeper recognizes that the Kenai Peninsula Borough is a leader in balancing salmon stream protections, property rights, and responsible development and should be applauded for taking care of its piece of the salmon puzzle.”  Weir: “It was a shocking summer, kind of a wake up call. We looked around and realized there is a really bright spot of what we can do well as we look to manager our salmon habitat here in Alaska. So, our Board of Directors passed a resolution recognizing the Kenai Peninsula Borough.”last_img read more

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