first_imgChennai: Commercial vehicles major Ashok Leyland Ltd closed last month with a 47 per cent drop in sales, the company said on Tuesday. In a statement issued here, the company said that it sold a total of 9,231 units in August, down from 17,386 units sold during the corresponding month in 2018. The company’s sales of goods carrier — light, medium and heavy trucks — came down to 7,432 units last month from 15,945 units sold in August 2018. On the other hand, bus sales last month went up to 1,799 units from 1,441 units sold in August 2018.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreen Party leader Elizabeth May says she wants to see the Indian Act reviewed when a brand new Parliament reconvenes after the Oct. 19 federal election.May said the Indian Act is at the root of many of the historical injustices faced by First Nation people.“A lot of the failures of Canada in achieving justice and fairness and respect with First Nation communities stems from the Indian Act and fixing that is a high priority,” said May during APTN’s first virtual town hall held Tuesday.The virtual town hall with May, hosted by APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie, is the first of three with federal party leaders which will air this week.A virtual town hall featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be broadcast Wednesday followed by an appearance by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Thursday.All the town halls will be livestreamed on APTN’s news website.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event.The town hall covered a wide range of issues, from the need for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the Arctic and pipelines.May said she doesn’t expect to become prime minister, but she expects the election will produce a minority government and she hopes enough Green candidates gain sets to hold the balance of power.May said her party supports an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, but she also wants to see more cultural and gender sensitivity training for RCMP officers who investigate these cases.“We don’t want to just make this an inquiry into people we’ve lost, we need to stop the violence,” said May.May also called the Supreme Court’s landmark Tsilhqot’in decision “the most exciting thing that has happened in Canadians’ history living on Turtle Island.” In particular, May said the part of the decision—which stems from a long-running battle launched by the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia’s interior—that discussed the impact on future generations rings true to her.“Whatever is important to this generation needs to be available to future generations,” said May. “What does this look like generations from now and are we in our generation taking away chances that people in our generation have a right to expect.”May repeated her previous stated stands against the shipping of raw resources, like bitumen or logs, out of the country.“We shouldn’t be shipping any bitumen and all the pipelines being proposed they are all about shipping raw bitumen out of Canada,” said May.May said her party would also push for the re-establishment for a Canadian ambassador for the Circumpolar North to push Canada’s interests in the region which is under acute threat from climate change.“Stephen Harper got rid of the position of ambassador for the Circumpolar North,” said May.The May-led Green party will also push for the application of the principles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the next Parliament.“It is a stain on Canada’s reputation that we were dragging our feet and not accepting it and not implementing it,” said May.When it comes to treaty rights, May said the next prime minister needs to be the one on point when it comes to ensuring Ottawa is living up to the honour of the Crown.“This is the sort of thing that should rest on the desk of a prime minister to make sure treaty rights are observed and taken as a priority,” said May.The Green Party will also push for the next Parliament to address all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that fall within federal jurisdiction, said May. The Green Party will also continue to push for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to have a seat at the Council of the Federation along with the provinces and municipalities.May said all it takes is for politicians to take these issues seriously and place them at the top of their priority lists to push these issues forward.“I think it’s political will,” said May. “I don’t think it’s a money question, I don’t think it’s a legal question.” read more

first_imgKenney acknowledges that some Calgary-based companies that develop B.C. natural gas would not be happy with a toll, but he says the job of an Alberta premier is to defend the province’s economic future.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley banned B.C. wines in response to its proposal to limit diluted bitumen shipments, but she lifted the ban after Premier John Horgan said he would ask the courts to decide whether it can bring in the restrictions.Kenney also clarified his stance on supervised drug consumption sites, saying the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that governments are obligated to license such facilities.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Alberta’s Opposition leader says if he becomes premier there will be “serious consequences” for British Columbia if it blocks the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Jason Kenney says he would be prepared to stop permits for the shipment of Alberta oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline, and place a toll on shipments of natural gas from B.C. through Alberta.The United Conservative Party leader made the comments to reporters in Vancouver today during a trip to B.C. to speak about the need for “environmentally responsible resource development.”last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON– The United States condemned Monday deadly terrorist attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd and offered its full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games.“The United States condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded,” said White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.Stating that the US stands in solidarity with the Russian people against terrorism, she said, “The US government has offered full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants.” Tens of people were killed in bomb attacks in Russia’s Volgograd city on 29th and 30th of December.last_img read more

Rabat – The United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday the names of the ministers appointed in the new cabinet, including five female ministers.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the appointments to the 12th Cabinet on Wednesday in a series of twitter posts.Most of the new ministers are young with. The youngest is 22-year old Shamma Al Mazrui, the new Minister of State for Youth Affairs who will also preside over the Youth National Council. According to the UAE media, the announcements came after consultations with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the approval of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid revealed the latest cabinet line-up of 29 ministers in a recent twitter post, saying that “This is the team which will achieve our nation’s aspirations.”Here is the 12th UAE Cabinet. This is the team which will achieve our nation’s aspirations— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016“The new Cabinet focuses on the future, youth, happiness, developing education and combating climate change,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.The five new women appointed in the new cabinet are:Shamma AlMazrui as Minister of State for Youth Affairs.She’s 22 yrs old, with Masters’ from Oxford, and BSc from NYU— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016Noura Al Kaabi as Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs. We trust she will add great value.— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016Ohood Al Roumi as Minister of State for Happiness. She remains responsible as DG of the Prime Minister’s Office.— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016Jameela Salem Al Muhairi as Minister of State for General Education, with 20 years of experience in education— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016Najla Al Awar as Minister of Community Development. Mother of 3, Najla was Secretary General of the Cabinet— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016 read more

CRESSKILL, N.J. – Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes is trying to sell his New Jersey home, and is asking for less than he paid for reports ( ) Ailes lowered his asking price for the four-bedroom, 5 1/2 bathroom Cresskill home by $300,000 this week to $1.65 million.Ailes originally purchased the home in 2000 for $1.85 million.Property taxes for the dwelling are $40,240 a year.Ailes resigned last summer following allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes has denied any wrongdoing.___Information from:, Former Fox News chief trying to sell New Jersey home by The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2017 7:08 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada hiked its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for the first time in nearly seven years in what may be the beginning of the end of the era of cheap borrowing that has fuelled the hot housing market and record levels of debt.The central bank raised its key interest rate target to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, the first increase since September 2010, amid rising confidence the economy has turned the corner and expectations of stronger growth ahead.“The economy can handle very well this move we have today,” governor Stephen Poloz told a news conference in Ottawa.He cited the central bank’s “bolstered confidence” in the country’s economic outlook, including brighter prospects for exports and business investment, compared to the beginning of the year.The Bank of Canada cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point twice in 2015 to help the economy deal with the plunge in oil prices. But Poloz said the economy no longer needs as much stimulus.The hike, while incremental, prompted the country’s big banks to raise their prime rates, which are used as a benchmark for variable rate mortgages, home equity lines of credit and other loans.Even with the increase, interest rates remain low from a historical perspective and Poloz said Canadians should be prepared that rates will rise further at some point in the future.“People need to understand that in the full course of time I don’t doubt that interest rates will move higher, but there’s no predetermined path in mind at this stage,” he said.Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said he expects Wednesday’s announcement marks the start of a gradual cycle of rate hikes.Perrault said he’s watching carefully to see if exports and business investment deliver as the Bank of Canada is predicting.“The key thing to the forecast is a pickup in investment and a pickup in export growth because the household side has been doing too much of the heavy lifting,” he said.“If that were to continue, I think that speaks very favourably for growth prospects going forward and kind of a continued gradual pace of increases from the bank.”Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said the central bank was cautious in the spring because it has been disappointed before when economic data has failed to live up to expectations.But she said the data since May — including positive momentum in jobs and exports as well as a broadening of growth across industries and regions — has helped instil confidence.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said he expects the next rate hike will occur in October, but wouldn’t rule out such a move at the central bank’s next scheduled announcement on Sept. 6.“And so the tide begins to turn,” Porter wrote in a brief note to clients. “The overall tone of the statement and the bank’s updated forecast are on the upbeat side of expectations.”In its outlook for the economy, the Bank of Canada estimated growth to be 2.8 per cent this year, 2.0 per cent next year and 1.6 per cent in 2019. That compared with its April forecast for growth of 2.6 per cent this year, 1.9 per cent next year and 1.8 per cent in 2019.The rate increase comes as inflation remains below the bank’s two per cent target. But it said it believes the recent softness is temporary, with the effects of food price competition, electricity rebates in Ontario and changes in automobile pricing expected to fade. The bank expects inflation to ease further this year due in part to Ontario electricity rebates, but return close to two per cent by the middle of next year.Consumer spending is expected to continue to be a significant contributor to the economy, but the bank said it believes high levels of household debt and a slowdown in the housing market will weigh on spending.The announcement follows signs that the housing market, a key economic driver in recent years, is adapting to government changes meant to cool the real estate sectors of Toronto and Vancouver and help improve financial stability.“Looking ahead, residential investment is anticipated to contribute less to overall growth,” the bank said. “Macroprudential and housing policy measures, as well as higher longer-term borrowing costs resulting from the projected gradual rise in global long-term yields, are all expected to weigh on housing expenditures.” Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada holds a news conference concerning the rise of the bank’s interest rates, in Ottawa, Tuesday July 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘The tide begins to turn,’ as central bank hikes rate for first time in 7 years read more

Marking International Day of the Girl Child, senior United Nations officials today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in classrooms and improve the quality of learning for all children. “To achieve meaningful results, we need fresh solutions to girls’ education challenges and we must heed the voices of young people,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the International Day.An estimated 31 million primary school aged girls currently miss out on school, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which is leading the UN system’s activities marking the Day.“Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family,” Mr. Ban noted.The International Day of the Girl Child was designated as 11 October by a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, to recognize girls’ rights and highlight the unique challenges girls face worldwide. This year focuses on “innovating for girls’ education.” Innovation ranges from improving means of transportation for girls to get to school to corporate mentorship programmes to help them acquire critical work and leadership skills and facilitate their transition from school to work, to deploying mobile technology for teaching and learning to reach girls in remote areas. “Education can transform the lives of girls and strengthen their communities,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “Innovation can help us reach every girl by transforming education.”In Bangladesh, innovative solar-powered floating schools help ensure uninterrupted learning for children living in communities affected by floods and rising sea water. Meanwhile, in Uganda, girls at some schools have access to a solar-powered Digital Drum, a rugged computer kiosk built into an oil drum and pre-loaded with dynamic multimedia content on health, job training, education opportunities, and other services.While in South Africa, for example, the TechnoGirls partnership among UNICEF, the Government, and over 100 private sector companies, aims to connect 10,000 adolescent girls with mentors from the tech sector to boost their skills and job readiness in non-traditional jobs, such as water pipe engineering.“Innovation is giving us powerful new tools to reach and teach more girls than ever before,” said Mr. Lake. “To help more girls go to school, stay in school, and complete their learning, we need to keep learning ourselves, using these new tools, generating new ideas, and scaling up the most promising innovations.” Empowerment and education of girls is part of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which the international community aims to reach by the 2015 deadline, as it prepares a new set of global development goals for the post-2015 period. In addition, education is also a priority for Mr. Ban who last year launched the Global Education First Initiative. Hosted by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Initiative aims to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship.UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown has been working with partners to galvanize support for the Initiative, which got an additional boost earlier this year from Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes. Addressing young people at the UN General Assembly, she urged them to use education as a weapon against extremism.In a statement today from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a group of UN and regional rights experts proposed key action points for Governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and global policymakers to give all the “Malalas” in the world a better future through education. “The exclusion of girls from the education system carries too high a cost to girls themselves, their families and the wider society to be ignored,” the experts stressed calling for swift action to eliminate barriers to girls’ education. The experts noted that despite a significant reduction in school drop-out figures in developing countries – from 102 million in 2000 to 57 million in 2011 – gender disparity in enrolment at the primary and secondary levels remains high.The difference is even more striking at the higher levels, the UN noted, especially in certain regions with girls accounting for 55 per cent of the out-of-school population.They highlighted religious, political, cultural stereotypes or other ideological factors thwarting the right to primary education for girls.The experts also noted challenges stemming from maternal and reproductive rights, “Barriers to the fuller participation of girls at all levels of education include the burden of care in the household, patriarchal norms that undervalue girls’ education, the threat of sexual violence in and out of school, early and forced marriages and adolescent pregnancies.” Last night, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) held a gala for the health and dignity of women and girls to highlight that reproductive health and reproductive rights are hard-fought and hard-won, according to the UN agency’s website.In his address, delivered by UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin, Mr. Ban said the gathering was more than a celebration, “it is a call to action.” “At this critical moment for international development, let us stay focused on creating a better life for the world’s most vulnerable people,” he said, urging to “push even harder” to reach the MDGs by 2015.The International Day of the Girl Child is being marked today by events around the world.In New York, actress Freida Pinto and a group of young activists from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guinea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Sierra Leone, will “erase” the image of child factory workers, revealing a hidden image of students in the classroom.Also, singer and songwriter Katy Perry is lending her support to the Day with her song “Roar.” As part of an official visit, Ms. Perry had visited a primary school in Ampihaonana, Madagascar, that had been rebuilt by UNICEF after a cyclone destroyed it in 2011. In the north-western city of Wau, South Sudan, the Day’s events kicked off with a procession of teachers, female students and pupils, organized by the state Ministry of Education and supported by UNICEF. The South Sudanese Government, with support from partners, has adopted the Accelerated Learning Programme, which aims to assist girls who had dropped out of school to complete their educations. The programme also focuses on community mobilization and advocacy, and has been credited for introducing school feeding programmes and provision of child-friendly schools with adequate sanitary facilities as a way of ensuring that girls complete their education. read more

David Pastrnak scored twice in quick succession, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, and the Boston Bruins survived a late Toronto surge to beat the Maple Leafs 6-4 on Wednesday to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal at two games apiece.Charlie McAvoy, with a goal and an assist, Zdeno Chara and Joakim Nordstrom, into an empty net, provided the rest of the offence for Boston, which got 38 stops from Tuukka Rask.Auston Matthews, with two, Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott replied for Toronto. Frederik Andersen made 25 saves, Morgan Rielly added two assists.With the victory, the Bruins restored home-ice advantage in the series. Game 5 is set for Friday at Boston’s TD Garden. Game 6 goes Sunday back at Scotiabank Arena.After the Leafs stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to tie things early in the second period, Pastrnak put Boston back in front at 3:16 when he redirected a pass from Marchand on a 2-on-1 for his first goal of the series.The Bruins then got a power play when Matthews went off for roughing, and Marchand whipped a backhand pass to a wide-open Pastrnak, who snapped the puck shortside on Andersen for his second goal in 1:35, and Boston’s second with the man advantage.Coming into these playoffs, Pastrnak had registered 27 points his last 15 games against Toronto, but put up just one assist through the first three contests of the series.Rask, who didn’t look good on the Leafs’ equalizer earlier in the period, made up for that gaffe with a great toe save on Connor Brown at the lip of the crease.Matthews hit the post early in the third, but the Bruins put the game out of reach at 5:39 when Chara fired a shot through a terrific Patrice Bergeron screen to make it 5-2. At 42 years, 30 days, Boston’s captain became the second-oldest player in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs.Matthews scored on the power play with 8:08 left in regulation on a tap-in off a pass from Mitch Marner as Toronto started to make its push before Dermott made it 5-4 through traffic with 6:33 remaining inside a boisterous Scotiabank Arena.Marchand hit the post with just over two minutes to go on a shot that would have sealed it, but the Bruins managed to hold on late before Nordstrom scored into an empty net as Boston evened the series.Down 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Leafs got level just 67 seconds into the middle period when Matthews grabbed a pass in the neutral zone with his glove and fired a shot that squeezed between Rask’s left arm and body for his second in as many games after being held off the scoresheet in Boston.The Leafs and Bruins traded convincing 4-1 victories in Games 1 and 2 in Boston before the teams played a tight contest Monday that saw Toronto squeeze out a 3-2 victory that was accented by two blocked shots by Marner in the dying seconds.Marner, Hyman and John Tavares, along with defencemen Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev, did a good job shutting down the Bruins’ top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron – who combined for 30 points in Boston’s seven-game victory over Toronto last spring – through the first nine periods of the series, limiting the trio to just two points at 5 on 5.That prompted head coach Bruce Cassidy to split up his dynamic trio, promoting Danton Heinen from the third unit and bumping Pastrnak further down the roster, although the triumvirate was reunited on the visitors’ go-ahead goal early in the second.Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the power play at 3:03 of the first when McAvoy started and finished a three-way passing sequence with Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie Coyle before wiring a shot blocker side on Andersen to silence the crowd of 19,638 that had been in full voice moments earlier.The Bruins new first line then connected when Heinen fed a pass in front to Marchand, who scored his second of the series with Zaitsev caught puck-watching at 6:38.Andersen made a great save on Coyle in the slot to keep his team down by two before Toronto started to find its legs, with Rask stopping William Nylander from in tight on a good opportunity.The Leafs couldn’t do much of anything on consecutive power plays, but Hyman got his team on the board just after the second penalty expired, tipping Rielly’s point shot while battling with Bruins defenceman John Moore in front with 2:05 left in the period.Notes: Chris Chelios is the oldest player in NHL history to score a playoff goal at 45 years, 86 days. … Game 7, if necessary, would be Tuesday at TD Garden. … Canadian hip hop artist Drake, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip were in attendance. read more

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) looks towards the basket for a layup during a game against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament March 14. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThis one means a little more.This one — and all the rest from here on out — could be the swan song for two of a program’s most tenured and successful players.This one is the mentor against the pupil. The 14-year head coaching veteran against the young, up-and-coming fireball looking to continue making a name for himself.This is old teammates now sitting on opposing benches after wearing the same colors for two seasons.This is an in-state battle, a major conference against a mid-major adversary.This is Ohio State and Dayton.The No. 6-seed Buckeyes (25-9, 12-9) and No. 11-seed Flyers (23-10, 11-7) are set to battle to take another step forward toward the ultimate goal of winning the 2014 National Championship, Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y. The second game of the South region (Albany defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 71-64, in the First Round Tuesday), the game is the official kickoff for the second round of the tournament.“For us, and for Dayton, you win or you go home,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Wednesday. “There’s not a whole lot more than that.”Matta is slated to face off against one of his old assistants in Archie Miller, who spent two years in Columbus before jumping to Arizona with his older brother Sean and ultimately landing the head coaching job at Dayton.“That’s Columbus, and that’s where they are. It’s a powerful, powerful place. I was very fortunate to spend a couple of years there and feel that and understand it,” Miller said Wednesday. “But at the same time, a place like ours has its own special tradition, has a great program, an unbelievable fan base. In my opinion, the best fan base in the state of Ohio for basketball.”The similarities between Miller’s Flyers and Matta’s Buckeyes lie in the groundwork each set prior to tournament time this season. Both squads dropped five games in January, each peppered with four-game losing streaks within. Both have four players averaging at least eight points a game, and use substitution rotations of nine players. Each team won three games on a neutral floor this season, much like the one they are scheduled to play on at the First Niagara Center.Dayton redshirt-junior guard Jordan Sibert left OSU following the 2011-12 season to get more playing time, and now leads the team in scoring. Two of Sibert’s former teammates, senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., have played in a combined 22 NCAA Tournament games. That’s compared to a combined four games of NCAA Tournament experience for the entirety of Dayton’s roster — two games for Sibert his freshman year at OSU, and two for redshirt-senior guard Vee Sanford, one in both his freshman and sophomore years at Georgetown.Being a senior with tournament experience helps a lot, Craft said.“Just knowing what the routine is, being able to know when you have to concentrate and get things done,” Craft said Wednesday. “Lenzelle and I have been here for four years now. Just because we’ve had a little bit of success before doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have success now, but I think it helps us prepare ourselves mentally for what the NCAA Tournament means and what it’s about.”The last meeting between the two schools was also a postseason affair, albeit in the 2008 NIT. OSU won that game, 74-63, in Columbus, before any member of either team was in college.Smith Jr. said his tournament experience is going to help him personally come tipoff Thursday.“I’ve seen everything,” Smith Jr. said Wednesday. “I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from winning tough games to losing tough games. I just think it helps me mentally prepare better and know what to expect, especially when you get into the tournament.”The game between OSU and Dayton is set to be Miller’s first in the NCAA Tournament at the helm of a program. Going up against another member of his extensive coaching tree in such a situation doesn’t seem to mean much to Matta, however.“I honestly won’t even know he’s down there. It’s the game, it’s what’s going on there,” Matta said. “Before the game, you shake hands. After the game, you shake hands. But in between there, I don’t know what he’s doing or anything like that.”Experienced or not, power conference or mid-major — it all goes by the wayside come tipoff.“The experience isn’t going to put the ball in the basket for us this year,” Craft said. “It’s a balance of understanding it’s a new year and it’s a new team, and it’s a new experience that you’ve got to try to make the most of.” read more

12/17/1986ClemsonArmstrongREG112-39+65 DATEWINNEROPPONENTGAME TYPESCOREELO-ADJUSTED POINT MARGIN 12/23/1998MarylandNorth TexasREG132-57+63 Best men’s basketball wins relative to average expectation 12/11/1954DaytonBowling GreenREG109-39+69 Because Elo measures the difference in relative quality between teams going into a game, it can be used (in conjunction with information about the location of the game) to create a predictive point spread. It can also be used to generate a hypothetical point spread that would have been expected from an average Division I team1With an Elo rating of exactly 1500. against the same opponent in a given game. So against Oklahoma on a neutral court Saturday, for instance, Villanova was expected to win by about 2.5 points; an average team would have been expected to lose by 21. That Villanova won by 44 implies that the Wildcats outperformed their own expectations by 41.5 points and those of an “average” team by about 65 points.Suffice it to say that 65 points is an extraordinarily wide margin for a team to beat the D-I average by in a single game. The record since 1949-50 in any game between two D-I schools is 73, set by North Carolina when it trounced Manhattan College by 84 points in 1985. (Elo estimates that an average team, playing at home, would have beaten the 1200-rated Jaspers by about 11 points.) But that also took place in a forgettable non-conference game two days after Christmas.To find an NCAA Tournament win more impressive than Villanova’s romp, you’d have to go back to 1963, when Loyola of Chicago exceeded average by 70 points with a 111-42 opening-round triumph over Tennessee Tech. And before the Wildcats’ win Saturday, no team had beaten average by 60 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game since 1971, when a previous incarnation of Villanova beat Penn 90-47. 2/27/1994MinnesotaIndianaREG106-56+65 12/17/1995TulsaPrairie ViewREG141-50+72 12/9/1955UtahArizonaREG119-45+64 Source: Sports Reference 12/29/1972New MexicoDartmouthREG107-36+65 4/2/2016VillanovaOklahomaNCAA95-51+65 3/3/2008KansasTexas TechREG109-51+67 3/11/1963Loyola (IL)Tennessee TechNCAA111-42+70 1/12/1952Holy CrossBrownREG100-31+64 3/12/1993KentuckyTennesseeCTOURN101-40+66 12/18/1971IndianaNotre DameREG94-29+64 1/27/1993OklahomaFlorida A&MREG146-65+63 2/27/1956KentuckyGeorgiaREG143-66+65 11/25/1989DukeHarvardREG130-54+63 12/27/1985North CarolinaManhattanREG129-45+73 1/5/1974UCLAWashingtonREG100-48+64 12/10/1994Southern UtahSouth AlabamaREG140-72+71 Ahead of Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Villanova and Oklahoma, our prediction model had the Wildcats only slightly favored, with a 54 percent chance of winning, and nearly a quarter of the game was as tight as that probability suggests. When Oklahoma led 17-16 after eight minutes, our in-game win probabilities listed the odds as essentially the same as they’d been before tipoff. Fans across the country settled in for an exciting game, perhaps like the one Villanova had played against Kansas in the South Regional final.But from that point on, things were anything but close. ’Nova rattled off a 12-0 run, touching off an eight-minute sequence in which it outscored Oklahoma 21 to 4. By halftime, the Wildcats led by 14 — but they weren’t done yet. After the Sooners briefly cut Villanova’s lead to single-digits with 16 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats scored 49 of the game’s next 63 points, including a 25-0 run that lasted approximately five and a half minutes on the scoreboard (but must have felt like an eternity to Sooner fans).The result was a 44-point landslide win for Villanova, the most lopsided victory in Final Four history. That is a matter of historical fact. But using our Elo ratings (which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment), we can also say that it was probably the most impressive NCAA Tournament win in more than 53 years — and the 10th-most-impressive D-I basketball victory, period, since the 1949-50 season: 11/17/2009TennesseeUNC-AshevilleREG124-49+64 read more

first_img“It’s a double-edged sword – building solidarity through petitions is very important but I absolutely believe that in and of themselves they don’t lead very far,” she said. The proportion of people taking part in protests had doubled but remained small, at just 6 per cent. More than one in ten Londoners had taken part in a protest within the past year, the report added, and among Remain voters the proportion was also higher, at 9 per cent.  She said that it had become a panacea for people who want to engage with politics without the risk that comes with more traditional forms of activism, such as protesting on the streets.  The number of people signing online petitions has almost tripled as people turn to “clicktivism” to vent their frustration with politics. According to a study by the Charities Aid Foundation, the proportion of people who said they had filled out a petition within the past year increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 56 per cent in 2016. The report suggested that disgruntlement with events such as Brexit might have driven more people to online activism. More than a third of respondents said they signed a petition during July – the highest for any month last year. The report suggested that this could be down to “the EU referendum vote towards the end of June and the spate of protest petitions following”.The majority of those signing petitions had been Remain voters, the study found, with 62 per cent saying they had done so in the past year compared to 45 per cent of Leave voters. The figures show that the proportion of people who had signed a petition in the past year was highest among young people. Almost two thirds of those aged 16 to 24 had done so, compared to less than half of over-65s. Dr Lina Dencik, co-director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University, which examines the use of data in relation to political activism, said that petition-signing had replaced traditional activism in some areas. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The Duke of Edinburgh oversaw a five-year restoration project at Windsor after a fire broke out in November 1992 while maintenance works were being carried out. Many artworks and pieces of valuable furniture were destroyed. Although no energy modifications have been confirmed, a senior official confirmed that they had been “looking into everything” to make Buckingham Palace greener, including using similar solar panels to the ones at Clarence House.The royal official said additional plans were being considered to cut down the palace’s carbon emissions, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint by 500 tons a year.Since the restoration began in April last year, 10,000ft of unsafe rubber cabling has been removed, reducing the risk of a “catastrophic” building failure.Plans to replace more dangerous wiring and boilers will begin next week in the East Wing. A compound for the workmen will be set up next week on the palace’s forecourt, but it will not get in the way of the Changing of the Guard or state visits and entertaining. Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace. The East Wing houses the Palace balcony, which will remain accessible for the Royal family and in sight for the public. Officials have promised that the palace’s exterior will not be obscured because they are not using scaffolding. The renovation project is due to be completed in 2027 and its £369 million cost is being funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant from the Treasury. The renovation project is already under way, with paintings and chandeliers having been removed from the east wing, under the watchful eye of the Duke.The official added: “The Duke of Edinburgh was very involved in the 1992 restoration of Windsor Castle. He is keen for us to follow a phased approach in the re-servicing project [at Buckingham Palace], and said, ‘You will learn from your mistakes.’” Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next week Among that collection are Chinese pieces acquired in the 1800s for the Pavilion, George IV’s seaside residence.Queen Victoria moved them to Buckingham Palace in 1850 and Prince Albert incorporated them into the East Wing. They have been displayed in the Yellow Drawing Room and Chinese Dining Room since then.Tim Knox, the director of the Royal Collection, said: “Decanting an entire wing of a historic building on the scale of Buckingham Palace is a huge undertaking and requires meticulous planning.“We are delighted that around 150 items will return on loan to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion next summer, so visitors can enjoy these extraordinary works in their original home.”The Prince of Wales is also fully engaged in the renovation project, according to the royal household source, who said that the Prince has expressed a keen interest in making the palace more energy efficient. A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne RoomCredit:Claire Beard/Royal Collection Trust Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next weekCredit:Royal Collection Trust/PA Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace.Credit:Royal Family/PA In 2010, the Prince installed solar panels on the roof of his London residence, Clarence House.  A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne Room Hundreds of artefacts and paintings from the Royal Collection are to be moved away from Buckingham Palace while the work is carried out.A total of 150 pieces, including clocks, chandeliers and a nine-tiered porcelain pagoda, will be shifted to their original home at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion from next week.  Most people in their 90s would be at least a little daunted at the upheaval of having to move while their home is renovated.But when royal aides asked the Queen where she would stay during major works at Buckingham Palace in 2025 – when she will be a year short of her 100th birthday – she simply told them: “Let me know where you would like me to go.”The monarch’s refusal to cause a fuss may in part be explained by the fact that her 97-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public life last year, is overseeing the £369 million, 10-year transformation project.A royal household source has revealed just how accommodating the Queen, 92, has been in accepting the need to move apartments within the palace in seven years’ time.The source said: “The Queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said, ‘Let me know where you would like me to go.’” read more

Britain should adopt the Dutch model of elderly care, with teams of nurses put in charge of communities, the health secretary has said.Matt Hancock said the system could offer “wraparound care” to patients in their own homes, which was cheaper and better quality than traditional ways of working.Under such schemes, groups of a dozen nurses take responsibility for home care of around 50 patients in a neighbourhood, instead of GPs being in charge of co-ordinating their care.The model, pioneered in Buurtzorg in the Netherlands, means more patients can be kept healthy and out of hospital, while avoiding repeated visits to local doctors.Mr Hancock told a conference of GPs that he wanted to see new ways of working, which were better for patients and helped to reduce pressures on staff. The Health Secretary said there were now record numbers of GPs in training, with a 10 per cent increase on last year, with goals to expand numbers by 5,000.But he said other changes were needed to respond to growing demand from an ageing population.Mr Hancock said the  Dutch model gave more responsibility to nurses, working in “small self-governing teams” and more support to patients, who got more help at home.“We must learn from the best, both nationally and around the world,” he told the National Association of Primary Care Conference in Birmingham.“We need to look at places where people have got this shift of resources right, and managed to rebalance the system between primary and community care on the one hand and secondary care on the other. Like Buurtzorg in the Netherlands.“People have talked for years about wrap-around care. With Buurtzorg that is happening. Compared with other models, the Dutch model delivers higher-quality care at a lower cost. I want to see it grow.”Jos de Blok, chief executive of Buurtzorg, has estimated that up to half of patients in hospital could be served and monitored at home if they received the right care and proactive management.Under the schemes, nurses not only provide medical services, but also dress and bathe patients, so they do not have to see a succession of different types of care staff. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Repair crews are currently working to fix a water main break in Miami Beach.The eastbound lanes between Lennox and Jefferson avenues were shut down at around 7 a.m., Thursday.7News cameras captured an intersection blocked off by traffic cones.Drivers are advised to avoid the area, as hours later, crews continue working on repairs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, India’s largest car maker appears to be preparing for an aggressive launch in the domestic market in the near future. The company, which recently took the wraps off its much anticipated Celerio in India, has now showcased a few interesting customised vehicles at the ongoing 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo.Maruti’s Swift is undoubtedly one of the best offerings from the company for the Indian auto enthusiasts. The car has earned many accolades sine its foray into the auto market. Now the brand is trying its luck in the hot hatch segment with the sportier version of Swift – Swift Sport.Donned in yellow paint, the new Swift Sports flaunts a sporty and aggressive look. The car accommodates safety features like ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP, dual front, electronically adjustable side-view mirrors, dual airbags in the front, curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver. Other features of the car include HID projector headlights, automatic headlights, power folding wing mirrors, keyless entry and Bluetooth compatible music system.Under the hood, Swift Sports packs 1.6-litre 4-cylinder motor, which can churn out a power of 100PS at 6900RPM and a peak torque of 160Nm at 4,400RPM. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.7 seconds and can attain a top speed of 193kmph.The company also unveiled a new avatar of its Swift Dzire called Swift Dzire Opula. The car houses a slew of features like dual tone seats, dual tone dashboard and a console fitted with display.last_img read more

first_imgJPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said it will repurchase up to $1.88 billion in common shares through the end of the second quarter.The repurchase under the bank’s 2015 capital plan is in addition to the $6.4 billion of shares authorized for repurchase by the board last year.The bank has got a non-objection from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System to increase the amount for the share repurchase.last_img

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bhaturia of Harinakundu upazila in Jhenaidah district on Tuesday night.The deceased Amirul Islam Pocha, 43, was a member of an inter-district robber gang, claims the law enforcement agency, reports UNB.While passing through a check-post set up in the area, a gang of robbers opened fire to the RAB men forcing them to fire back in self-defence, RAB-6 assistant superintendent Golam Morshed said.Later, the RAB members recovered the bullet-hit body of Pocha and sent it to Harinakundu Upazila Health Complex, he said.The law enforcement members recovered one shutter gun, two bullets and a sharp weapon from the spot, Golam Morshed said.The deceased was wanted in 13 cases including that of murder and robbery, said the RAB official.last_img read more

first_imgSpace City FilmsAn astronaut on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:36 X center_img Share Space City FilmsWhen you think about the dangers of a spacewalk, accidentally floating away from your ship or running out of air might come to mind — but not drowning.But that’s what almost happened to an astronaut on a spacewalk in 2013.A new documentary details what went wrong. It’s called EVA 23. EVA stands for extravehicular activity, NASA lingo for a spacewalk.It was July 2013, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano were doing some pretty routine work outside the International Space Station.But things took a turn when Parmitano experienced something unusual: he felt water on the back of his neck.The incident wasn’t cause for panic. Perhaps the pouch containing his drinking water had leaked as they believed it had on a previous spacewalk.But, as time passed, more water began filling Parmitano’s helmet to the point where his eyes and nose were covered — only his mouth remained unobstructed so he could breathe.Space City FilmsItalian astronaut Luca Parmitano demonstrates how water behaves in zero gravity.Eventually the decision was made to end the EVA and return the station. But as he worked his way back in the darkness of space the water began moving as he moved, creating the fear he wouldn’t get back to the airlock before his helmet was completely filled.Space City FilmsNASA astronaut Chris Cassidy describes the problem that occurred with his colleague’s spacesuit, as documented in the film EVA 23.The story of what went wrong and how Parmitano survived with the help of Cassidy and his ISS crew mates makes for a harrowing reminder of the inherent dangers of space exploration.In the audio above, the film’s directors Phil Sexton and Austin Havican of the Clear Lake-based production company Space City Films tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of EVA 23.The documentary is screening now at both the Kennedy Space Center and Space Center Houston.– / 8 Listenlast_img read more