Kerala police to investigate threat message from Pakistan insulting Indian troops in Kashmir

first_imgKollam West police on Wednesday registered an FIR and started investigation into a threatening message received by District Disaster Management Cell, reportedly from a Pakistan-registered mobile number.According to police officials, the WhatsApp message from Pakistan was followed by a video call.“The message, originally in Hindi, was typed in English. It’s a derogatory message insulting Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir and also threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later a video call came from the same number, but the Disaster Management Cell officials didn’t attend it,” said an official.Since the text landed through WhatsApp, the department has sought the help of Cyber Cell and will be contacting WhatsApp for collecting more details.“We have registered the FIR, but we may hand the case over to some other agency. Meanwhile, we have intensified the security of Kollam collectorate after the incident,” he said.last_img read more

Nadal pulls out of Mexican Open as hip injury flares up

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stunner Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving FILE – Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his singles match against Belgium’s David Goffin on day two of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKACAPULCO, Mexico — Rafael Nadal’s comeback from a hip injury is on hold after the second-ranked Spaniard pulled out of the Mexican Open, saying he needs more time to recover.Nadal was forced to retire during the Australian Open quarterfinals and hasn’t played since. He was set to play Feliciano Lopez in his opening match on Wednesday but said he felt pain during his final training session on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Nadal said “I think this is less serious than what happened there (in Australia). But there is a risk to make this problem bigger.”The former No. 1 still hopes to be fit to play in Indian Wells and Miami next month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal won the Acapulco tournament in 2005 and 2013. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Giants Hungry to Beat Redskins

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mention the Washington Redskins to Larry Donnell and the New York Giants tight end smiles.It has nothing to do either with the rivalry between the NFC East teams or that the Giants have won the last four games.None of that. It’s more personal. Donnell not only had the best game of his career against Washington a year ago, his three short first-half touchdown catches led New York to a 45-14 win in a nationally televised game made him an instant celebrity for a week or so.“That’s always what you want, and what you hope for,” Donnell said of his heroics. “If my number is called I am going to answer. How many times it may be, I don’t know? It will always be good to see it happen again.”Last year’s performance was memorable for the undrafted free agent from Grambling. He emerged in training camp in 2014 as the No. 1 tight end and had his breakout game against Washington, catching seven passes for 54 yards. He even earned his first trip to the main podium in the post-game interviews.Donnell finished with six touchdowns last season as the Giants continued their domination of Redskins.New York took the second game when Odell Beckham Jr. caught three touchdown passes in December.“He’s a heck of a player, obviously,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Beckham, who had seven catches for 146 yards and touchdown in the loss to Atlanta on Sunday. “Hurt us really bad the second time we played them. The first time, it was a tight end that got us.”The Giants are desperate for a win this time against Washington. In dropping their first two games, New York has blown fourth-quarter leads and lost late to Dallas and Atlanta.“We were up 10 points in the fourth quarter two times in a row,” Donnell said. “It’s not like we were losing by 10. We were up. We had it. We just didn’t finish. This is a game we need to win just to put ourselves in the race. We want to win to get the moral up.”This is a somewhat different Washington team. It has averaged 171.5 yards rushing and controlled the clock for almost 38 minutes a game.New York forced eight turnovers against Kirk Cousins and the Redskins in sweeping the two games last year.“We’re excited,” Cousins said. “You know, we’re 1-1 with a chance to go 2-1, a chance to take a step forward in our division, a chance to get a win against a division rival on the road, what a great opportunity, great challenge. We need to have an outstanding game.”The Redskins also want some payback, with the first game being the one that hurt.“It was a game that we expected to go out and play well in, and they embarrassed us, so yeah, of course we’re going to take that with us, but that doesn’t serve us any good,” offensive tackle Trent Williams said.“We can’t win a game off of last year. If you’ve got to dig back to last year for some fuel in Week 3, you’re probably in the wrong profession.”Donnell said his focus is to improve week to week.“I had a good game against them last year but that’s in the past,” Donnell said. “I have to get ready for this one and try to do the same thing.”The Giants are going to need Donnell to step up with fellow tight end Daniel Fells coming  off a foot injury and Jerome Cunningham out with a knee injury.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review: Comfortable, affordable if you want something simple

first_imgSamsung has been a dependable name in the industry when it comes to offering a smart, connected family of products. Smartphones aside, the company has given equal importance to creating good-looking and convenient smart products like tablets and smartwatches. I recently reviewed the mid-range Galaxy Tab S5e, so it was time to shift my attention to the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched in India late last month and I have been using it for a few weeks now.The Galaxy Watch Active is priced at Rs 19,990 and is currently being sold on Amazon India and the Samsung India website. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched alongside the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e activity trackers. While the Galaxy Fit is a fitness band, the Galaxy Watch Active is a full-fledged smartwatch that touts a circular AMOLED display, a lot of health tracking features as well as exercise and sleep tracking, among other things. I review the Galaxy Watch Active to find out whether it is worth its price and how it compares to the Apple Watch Series 3, which is available for around Rs 30,000 in India.Galaxy Watch Active DesignThe Galaxy Watch Active looks quite minimal in its design compared to the Galaxy Watch. There’s no rotating bezel here that allows you to easily navigate the UI. You simply get a small circular body that feels much lighter on the wrist than the Galaxy Watch. It’s great if you’re looking for a sporty smartwatch that doesn’t look chunky and big, although some people do prefer that. Personally, I felt the Galaxy Watch Active was a bit too petite for my wrists as I’m used to wearing slightly bigger watches that can cover the surface area of my wrist, so the Active did feel weirdly small at first, but I got used to it. The silicone straps are extremely soft and makes the watch easy to wear continuously, even while sleeping.advertisement If you’ve been used to seeing Samsung offering rotating bezel on its smartwatch, you will miss it here. While you do get used to navigating by swiping the screen with your finger soon enough, the rotating bezel offered a convenient way to scroll through the UI and read messages or emails without covering the screen. And with a display as compact as this, you will find your finger covering a good portion of the display when scrolling.The Galaxy Watch Active comes in Black, Deep Green, Rose Gold and Silver colours. The unit I received was in Black, which is a pretty safe choice to go with. Black goes well with pretty much anything you wear, if you’re worried about the fashion aspect of it all, Not only is the metal body of the Galaxy Watch Active completely black, but so is the strap and the buttons on the side. Speaking about the buttons, you get two of them on the right side of the frame. The top button is kind of like the back/ home button which takes you to the previous page of an app or all the way back to the home screen. The bottom button brings up the app carousel that will show you all the preloaded and downloaded apps. The buttons themselves are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that clicky feel. It would have been nice if the buttons were a little more out there and pronounced, but it’s a minor gripe.Galaxy Watch Active DisplayThe Galaxy Watch Active sports a 1.1-inch circular Super AMOLED (360×360) screen with Gorilla Glass protection on top. The bezel around the screen is quite thick and that can make the display look even smaller than it already is. In comparison, the Galaxy Watch gets a 1.3-inch display while the Apple Watch Series 3 offers a bigger 1.65-inch screen. If you’re looking for a smartwatch to act as a proper alternative to your smartphone for texting and viewing notifications, the Galaxy Watch Active may feel inadequate. Once you get over the screen size, though, you’ll be satisfied with the display of the Galaxy Watch Active. It is a stunning display with colours that look rich and vibrant. The Active delivers good sharpness brightness levels so you won’t have any trouble reading the screen if you’re going for a run outdoors in daylight. The display is complimented with a colourful UI as well.Galaxy Watch Active Performance, Software and Fitness TrackingWhat makes navigating the UI a bit of task is that the Galaxy Watch Active runs on Tizen OS 4.0, which is actually designed for Samsung watches that come with a rotating bezel. The app drawer sees tiny apps arranged in a ring-like shape. This is perfectly designed for the rotating bezel as you would be able to select the app you want or rotate the bezel clockwise or anti-clockwise to move to the next page without needing to touch the display. On the Active, you will need to touch the screen and cover a portion of the display.advertisementYou get the usual set of Sansung apps on the Galaxy Watch Active like Calendar, Alarm, Weather, Bixby, Samsung Health and so on. The problem here is that you won’t be able to download more apps, and that’s quite limiting compared to competition like the Apple Watch. The Galaxy Store will only offer a handful of apps, which includes Spotify, but they aren’t a lot and not all of them work well in India. Tizen OS 4.0 feels extremely smooth and fluid and touch response is great. Swiping through the UI is easy and I didn’t encounter any lag or slow down at any point. I’m not a big fan of most of the watchfaces that come preloaded, but you do get the option to choose from over a thousand more via the Samsung Store. In this regard, I prefer the watchfaces on the Apple Watch as they look more attractive and offer more complications, allowing you to see more data on screen.Ultimately, the Galaxy Watch Active is about offering a simple, no-frills software experience for those who simply want a fitness-centric smartwatch. To that end, the Active offers a bunch of activity modes like Walking, Running, Swimming, Treadmill, Cycling, Hiking, Circuit Training, among others.I couldn’t try out all the activity modes, but I did use the Treadmill, Cycling, Running and Swimming (it is rated 5ATM for water resistance) modes on my workout days. I found that the smartwatch is often close to being accurate. A 3 km run on the treadmill would show up as 2.8 km on the watch, while a 15-lap swim session would be on point. You can also customise some of the activities such as setting a target distance for running or the length of the pool to get a more accurate reading.The Active will automatically detect a workout and will also pause a session if it feels you’re taking a break, but this doesn’t always work so well. The smartwatch also comes with sleep tracking and constant heart rate monitoring as well. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage with about half that’s usable to store some music for offline listening while you’re out for a run. The Galaxy Watch Active is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. I paired the Active with the iPhone XR and was able to see notifications. However, you won’t be able to reply to the notifications when paired with an iPhone. For a full notification experience that includes replying via text and emoticons, you will need to pair the Active with an Android device. For an even better experience, the Active should be paired with a Samsung smartphone as the watch offers the company’s own suit of apps like email and messaging.advertisementBixby is present on the Galaxy Watch Active, but I’ve rarely got it to understand my commands on the first attempt. Even simple ones like “Text Mom” or “Start a workout” would often be misheard, causing me to go manual instead. Similar commands work better using Siri on the Apple Watch Series 3.Galaxy Watch Active BatteryThe Galaxy Watch Active isn’t big on battery life. It will last you around two days and maybe a few more hours depending on your usage. It’s almost at par with the Apple Watch Series 3, maybe just a touch better. The Active comes with an Always On display, which will constantly display the time, but will significantly eat up battery life and will get you only a full day on a single changer. A wireless charge comes with the box that can be attached to an adapter. A 15W output will take around 2 hours to charge up the Active from zero to 100 per cent. The Watch Active will not work with any other Qi wireless charger, but you can charge it on the back of a Galaxy S10 phone, if you have one, or…Works with Samsung Wireless Power BankWhile testing the Galaxy Watch Active, I also thought it would be a good time to check out the 10,000mAh Samsung Wireless Power Bank, which the company launched only recently in India priced at Rs 3,699. The power bank can charge a device either through wired Adaptive Fast Charging method or by placing a device that supports Qi wireless charging standard on the surface of the power bank. I placed the Galaxy Watch Active on the power bank, which took around 3 hours to charge to 100 per cent. Wireless charging via the power bank is slow and it takes much longer to charge a smartphone like the iPhone XR. But the convenience of having a power bank that can be used as a wireless charging pad is worth it. Do note that the Samsung Wireless Power Bank will not charge the Apple Watch.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active?The Galaxy Watch Active is a great option for Android users who aren’t looking for too much from a smartwatch. The Active comes with a few limitations such as the lack of third-party app support, smaller display and an unreliable Bixby. It also misses the rotating bezel that we have loved on previouos Samsung watches. But if you accept these limits, then there’s a lot to love about the Galaxy Watch Active.The lightweight design and soft silicone strap makes the Galaxy Watch Active one of the most comfortable smartwatches I have worn so far. You also get an attractive display, a number of workout routines and continuous heart rate monitoring, all at a pretty affordable price point.The Galaxy Watch Active is unlikely to be the first choice for iPhone users, but it should be for Android users looking for a good option under Rs 20,000. The Galaxy Watch Active is one of the better affordable smartwatches you can find. You do have options like Fitbit Versa, Fossil Sport and Huawei Watch GT that are priced lower, but the Active offers a nice mix of style, comfort and usability.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review8/10ProsAttractive OLED displayComfortable and lightweightPlenty of activity modesConsNo rotating bezelLimited third-party app supportBixby not easy to uselast_img read more


first_imgUnityPoint Health and Amerigroup Iowa have reached an agreement on a Medicaid Health Plan contract.That means UnityPoint will continue to be part of the Amerigroup provider network in 2018.Individuals covered by the Amerigroup Medicaid plan do not need to make any changes to their doctors or health plan to continue their care with UnityPoint Health.UnityPoint Health and Amerigroup will each provide additional communication to identified Amerigroup patients to help make them aware of the update.last_img read more

Inaugural National Deaf Touch Football Championships

first_imgThe headquarters of Touch Football ACT, Deakin Fields, will play host to the first national championships for Deaf Touch Football Australia on Saturday, 12 January and Sunday, 13 January 2013.Teams will come from New South Wales and Queensland as well as one ACT team, with three divisions – Men, Women’s, and Mixed being played.  Queensland looks to be the favourites to win all three divisions – they are the current Men’s and Mixed national champions from the 2012 Australian Deaf Games in Geelong. The heat of summer always serves Queensland well, as well as in the Mixed and Women’s divisions there will be some real speed on display from a number of their female players. New South Wales will be looking to upset Queensland in what should be a series of State of Origin battles among the divisions. In the Men’s division, two New South Wales teams will look to work together to meet each other in the finals on Sunday, while in the Women’s, New South Wales will look to challenge in each of the three game series. In the Mixed, New South Wales looks to have a good chance of making the final should they keep the speedy Queensland players contained over the weekend.The locals, ACT will contest the Men’s division and have already claimed the developing state ‘underdog’ tag in the tournament. There will be reliance on knowledge of the Deakin fields and hope to be inspired by the home team support as they aim for a place in the final on Sunday.The Deaf Nationals are unique in the way that all players who take the field must remove their hearing aids or cochlear devices, this alongside with the eligibility of 40 decibels in their better ear, means that the shrill of the referee’s whistle or the call from a teammate are almost non-existent. For coaches calling from the sub-box, it won’t simply work as the only means of communications is via signing or providing visual clues. This brings challenges for the tournament referees who will be using a unique buddy system where there may be as many as four referees officiating a match rather than the three.Finals will be played on Sunday, both Men’s and Mixed Finals will have the Australian National Anthem played both in sound and in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) prior to the match.  Times for the finals are Men’s at 1.00pm, and Mixed 2.30pm, with overall presentations at 3.15pm. For more information about the Deaf Touch Football Australia National Championships, please visit the following website: Thank you to David Brady for providing the article content. Related LinksDeaf Touch Nationalslast_img read more

Asian Airgun Championship: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha win

first_img Press Trust of India TaipeiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 17:07 IST India’s gold medal haul rose to 8 Sarabjot and Esha’s respective wins in the 10m Air Pistol events. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSSarabjot Singh and Esha Singh won the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events respectivelySarabjot also partnered Arjun Cheema and Vijayveer Sidhu to win the junior team gold.India’s overall gold medal haul in the Asian Airgun Championships went up to eightSarabjot Singh and Esha Singh won the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events respectively, to bolster India’s overall gold haul to eight at the end of day four of the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.Sarabjot also partnered Arjun Cheema and Vijayveer Sidhu to win the junior team gold.India has so far won eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals with two days of competition left.Sarabjot topped the qualifier with a score of 579 and then shot 237.8 in the final to beat Korean Kim Woojong, who shot 236.6.Vijayveer won bronze with a score of 217.5, while Arjun Cheema, the third Indian in the final, finished fourth.The Indian trio’s combined qualification total of 1718 was way ahead of Taipei’s 1699.Esha also topped her qualifying round with a score of 576 in the junior women’s event and then shot 240.1 to win with consummate ease.Korea’s Yun Seonjeong won silver with a score of 235, 5.1 behind Esha.Other Indian women shooters also made it to the final but Harshada Nithave and Devanshi Dhama managed fifth and eighth places respectively.However, the three combined to win the team silver, behind Korea.It will be back to the senior shooters on Sunday as the Rifle exponents in the men and women categories line-up.Also Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team gold Also Read | Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary bags first senior gold with world recordAlso Read | 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins 4th shooting gold in 4 monthsadvertisementAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstancesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Asian Airgun ChampionshipsFollow Sarabjot SinghFollow air pistolFollow gold medal tally Next Asian Airgun Championship: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winWith their respective wins in the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events, Sarabjot Singh and Esha Singh added to India’s gold haul at the Asian Airgun Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

Kim Kardashian sports maang tika to church slammmed

first_imgLos Angeles; Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has courted criticism for wearing a traditional Indian maang tika, a jewellery piece worn on the head, for a church service. The 38-year-old mother-of-three shared her outfit on social media with the caption ‘Sunday Service Vibe’, but some Instagram users were unimpressed with her mishmash of cultural items, reported Kim, who boasts 133 million followers on Instagram, accessorised her flowing white dress with gold Indian-inspired jewelry, including the head piece typically worn at times of celebration. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The photo made a stir when it was shared online. One user said that “culture is not a costume” and that it was wrong for Kim to adorn it. “This is not a Sunday Service Vibe, it’s an Indian vibe,” another complained. One user explained the cultural significance of the head piece and wrote in depth about how Kim had appropriated her culture. “For those of you who don’t know, the maang tika is a ceremonial head piece traditionally worn by the bride. Wearing white in India is traditionally reserved for funerals,” another explained. “On top of that she wore this to a Christian service. She probably thought it was just jewellery, but when that piece has literally been used for centuries wouldn’t you kinda think there must be some sort of significant meaning held towards it,” wrote another user. There was a different side to the coin as well, as not everyone found Kim’s look offensive.last_img read more

US durable goods orders up 12 per cent in December

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a 1.2 per cent advance in December, the best showing in four months, but much of the strength came from a surge in orders for commercial aircraft. In a worrisome development, a key category that tracks business investment fell for a second straight month.The Commerce Department says the December advance in orders for durable goods followed a 1 per cent rise in November which was revised up from an initial reading of 0.7 per cent.But orders for non-defence capital goods excluding aircraft, a closely watched category used as a proxy for business investment plans, fell 0.7 per cent in December after a 1 per cent drop in November. The strength in the overall number came from a 28.4 per cent jump in commercial aircraft orders.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

OPP to probe gas plant email purge

(Update)OPP commissioner Chris Lewis has confirmed that provincial police will be launching a criminal investigation into the deleted email scandal, regarding the two cancelled gas power plants in Oakville and Mississauga.That comes as the NDP called for Dalton McGuinty to return to justice committee hearings into cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.The Progressive Conservatives had been urging the OPP to investigate.The

Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers title would stand for more than just a championship

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after stealing the ball from the Atlanta Hawks and driving the court for a slam as Hawks’ Kent Bazemore (24) walks away during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 26 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Cavaliers have just advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, and all I can think about is just that year, ‘07.The team was significantly less talented than the Spurs that year, and they probably knew it. LeBron James and company were merely happy to reach the pinnacle of basketball excellence that is the Finals.However, this time they have a legitimate chance at the elusive title the city of Cleveland hasn’t experienced since 1964 when the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0. Cleveland has nearly tasted the championship champagne on several occasions since then — most notably in 1987 and 1988 with the Browns and 1997 with the Indians. However, collectively John Elway, Earnest Byner, Edgar Renteria and Jose Mesa broke the hearts of Cleveland fans everywhere.Not to mention the shot Michael Jordan made over Craig Ehlo in 1989 or the blown 3-1 series lead over the Red Sox for the Tribe in 2007. Throw in LeBron’s decision in 2010 when he took his talents to South Beach, and one couldn’t help but think this city was cursed.I’m almost convinced they all got together and were in on the whole thing, sort of like an Ocean’s 11 ordeal, except to screw over Cleveland sports franchises instead of some multi-millionaire casino owner. There’s no way this many unfortunate events occur for one city. No way, I tell you.Upon LeBron’s return to Cleveland in the summer of 2014, grand expectations surfaced and consumed the fan base, as some went as far to celebrate in front of the man’s Bath, Ohio, home moments after hearing word he would be coming home. What would drive people to go out of their way and celebrate at his house?The answer is simple enough: the shot at a championship that everyone knew was now a very realistic opportunity with the return of one of the five best players to ever play the game of basketball.The hunger for a championship and all that it encompasses filled the minds of fans, and they couldn’t help themselves.A title for this area is larger than basketball at this point, as it can be used to boost the morale of the people, bolster the economy and even give the community something to rally around in the wake of events like the Michael Brelo trial and the death of Tamir Rice that have tormented the city.The area of Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans throughout the state know that the drought may very well be over with their hometown team returning to the forefront of the basketball world.The thing about destiny is it always happens the exact way it should. Maybe all of these setbacks in the history of Cleveland sports were reminders of our resilience and toughness to withstand anything, even a 51-year-old championship drought.Maybe LeBron needed to leave in order to learn how to win and come back with a newfound confidence that exudes in each and every one of his teammates.And maybe, just maybe, all of the losses in the past will make this one even more special and one to cherish forever.Just. Four. Wins. Away. read more

The Royals May Come To Regret Everything That Happened After This Moment

After a miracle postseason run, the Kansas City Royals’ quest for their first World Series championship since 1985 looks shaky. Combining’s in-game win probability model with the series win probability numbers I computed for a post on Friday, we can track the odds of each team winning the series at any point within any game thus far.In the top of the third inning of Game 4, the Royals tagged San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong for four runs, opening up a 4-1 lead. As a result, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was forced to bring in reliever Jean Machi from the bullpen early, and Machi promptly walked Jarrod Dyson to load the bases. At that precise juncture — with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, leading the game 4-1 and the series 2-1 — the Royals had an 82.4 percent probability of winning the World Series.Machi eventually got out of the jam, and San Francisco cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third. But two innings later, the Royals again cracked an 82 percent World Series win probability when Eric Hosmer led off the fifth inning with a double.The odds of scoring at least one run are fairly high with a runner on second base and nobody out, and a three-run lead in the fifth inning would have given Kansas City a better than 80 percent chance of winning the game. With a 3-1 series lead and two of the remaining three games (if necessary) at home, the Royals would have had an 88.5 percent probability of winning the World Series.But they failed to score Hosmer in the fifth, then let the Giants tie the game in the bottom of the inning. An inning later, San Francisco blew the game open with three runs, then tacked on four more in the seventh en route to an 11-4 victory.We may eventually look back at those two moments of Game 4 as the high-water marks for Kansas City’s World Series chances. From the latter point on, the Royals have hemorrhaged win probability. Once tied at two games apiece, the series was almost a 50-50 proposition after taking into account where the remaining games were being played and who was taking the mound for each team. Kansas City still could have pushed its World Series win probability to 78.5 percent with a win Sunday night, but the Royals once again struggled to solve San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, and their odds of winning the series dropped almost linearly from 50.2 percent at the first pitch to 29.3 percent at the final out (just about where they stood after losing Game 1). read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State falls 40 to No 21 Penn State in

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team took a 4-0 loss to No. 21 Penn State in University Park, marking back-to-back losses for the Buckeyes after falling 1-0 to Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 3-4-0 overall this season. The first goal for Penn State came from freshman forward Kim Dubs in the 32nd minute, putting the Nittany Lions in the early lead after a 8-yard shot off the left post.Eight minutes later, Penn State senior midfielder Charlotte Williams added another goal from eight yards, making the score 2-0 for the Nittany Lions. Sophomore midfielder/forward Frankie Tagliaferri marked an additional goal with just over five minutes to go in the first half, upping Penn State’s score to 3-0 just before halftime. Finishing from six yards, sophomore defender/midfielder/forward Kerry Abello tallied one more goal for the Nittany Lions, increasing their final score to 4-0.  In this matchup, Ohio State totaled four shots and four saves, holding a 6-4 edge in corner kicks over Penn State. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions recorded 12 shots and three saves. After coming off of a 1-2 loss at home against Virginia, the Nittany Lions clinched the victory against the Buckeyes at Jeffrey Field, improving their overall record to 5-3-0 on the year.  The Buckeyes will stay on the road to face off against their next opponent Illinois on Thursday at 8 p.m. read more

Haver Boecker optimises process operations with NIAflow software

first_imgHaver & Boecker, a leading equipment manufacturer and solutions provider in aggregates and mining, has introduced NIAflow plant simulation software. It helps producers optimize quarry and mine operations by diagramming plant flow, machine placement, product pre-calculations and more.Developed by Haver & Boecker engineers, NIAflow instantly analyses existing or proposed processes, records plant statuses, and recognises potential for plant optimisation. The software is available for download on Windows-based systems. NIAflow supports the user in every engineering phase, from drafting flow diagrams for product pre-calculation to plant start-up and simulating parameter changes. Its intuitive menu control makes it easy for all levels of experience, and the company provides several levels of training, if needed. These can be group, company or even individual training sessions.“As part of our ongoing efforts to optimize plant efficiency for our customers, we are constantly developing innovative machines, programs and software to help them be successful,” said Karen Thompson, President of Haver & Boecker Canada. “NIAflow will serve as a cornerstone in the development of process engineering projects. When paired with other Haver & Boecker technology, such as Pulse vibration analysis software, our customers will hold all of the tools they need to optimize process flow and increase productivity and profits.”NIAflow allows users to analyse more than 90 different process equipment pieces, from crushers and vibrating screens to material washers and conveyers. Beyond equipment, the system uses scientific-based methods to monitor the operation’s input, output and waste piles. The program calculates the mass and volumetric flow rates as well as the valuable content with machine-specific operating parameters to prevent plant bottlenecks before equipment is in place. “NIAflow will significantly impact the efficiency and profitability of our mineral processing customers,” said Joachim Hoppe, Haver & Boecker Mining General Manager. “The thought process behind this software development was to give our partners tools to closely monitor their plant setup as a whole, allowing them to identify problems and plant bottlenecks. NIAflow helps producers discover the most efficient set up for existing equipment as well as determine equipment needed to enhance productivity and increase production.”NIAflow is available for purchase for aggregates and mining. The NIAflow Aggregates version is the extensive, full version of the NIAflow simulation software that allows unlimited machine input. NIAflow Mining complements the Aggregates full version, but offers additional equipment options, such as classifying and sorting equipment. A basic, complementary version of NIAflow is available for download at The company has also announced a three-year leasing option for its Pulse vibration analysis service program, giving mining and aggregate customers insight to their equipment’s performance. The leasing options — basic and professional — fit small and large operations. Both programs include an industrial-grade tablet computer, eight tri-axial sensors, a monthly maintenance package and optional expert analysis reports.last_img read more

Heidi Loke in Gyor

← Previous Story Oscar Carlen in HSV Hamburg! Next Story → Glandorf ready for WC 2011? Gyor handballHeidi Loke One of the best line player in female handball, golden Norwegian, Heidi Loke (28), signed two years contract (from the summer 2011) with Hungarian super team, Gyor. After her friend, Katrin Lunde Haraldsen, one of the best players of Larvik, a team who had fantastic start of the season in the EHF Champions League, Loke decided to this step as a new challenge in her carrier.

Simplyhealth revamps benefits and reward proposition

first_imgHealth cash plan provider Simplyhealth has revamped its benefits and reward proposition for its 1,300 UK-based employees, including enhancing the organisation’s defined contribution (DC) pension scheme, introducing financial education and launching a flexible benefits personal spending account.The changes to the organisation’s benefits offering, which were collectively effective from 1 January 2018, have been designed to help increase employee engagement and better support employees with their personal lives and finances, to align with Simplyhealth’s organisational purpose of supporting people. The revised benefits and reward approach was informed by both internal and external research conducted over 2017, which gathered feedback on the benefits that Simplyhealth’s employees valued. This included an in-depth seven-week consultation process with an employee forum held in July and August 2017.As part of the changes, Simplyhealth has enhanced its DC pension scheme by paying a 6% employer contribution into every employee’s pension pot to fulfill auto-enrolment requirements. This means that employees do not have to contribute to their workplace pension in order to save for their retirement. If employees decide to contribute 4% of their salary to their pension, Simplyheath will match this with an additional 4% employer contribution, on top of the initial 6% employer contribution. This additional employer contribution can be placed in the employee’s pension, or be put towards medium- or short-term savings goals instead, such as saving for a rental deposit, buying a house, or paying off a student loan.Previously, employees were only able to receive an employer contribution to their pension by also paying in themselves with a minimum contribution of 3% of salary.Simplyhealth has also introduced a flexible benefits personal spending account, which awards employees with an allocated pot of money to spend on the flexible benefits of their choice, such as travel insurance, private medical insurance, shopping vouchers, or out-of-workplace learning, for example driving lessons or sports coaching. Employees at or under middle management grade will receive an annual personal spending account of £500, and employees above this level will receive £1,200.If employees additionally use some of their own money for out-of-workplace learning opportunities, Simplyhealth will match fund up to £100.Financial education has been added to the organisation’s intranet site to signpost employees to information pertaining to how they can utilise the new benefits and enhancements to make their salary go further. The financial education programme will be developed to include more articles in future, and Simplyhealth also has a view to potentially incorporate financial advice in due course.A new reward framework has been launched to introduce two new ways employees can be paid in recognition of good performance. This includes a group-wide annual bonus that is based on achieving business performance targets, and a recognition bonus for individual employees of between £750 and £5,000, depending on an employee’s level within the business.In addition, annual leave has been increased to 28 days for all employees, with service-related elements removed. Previously, employees needed six-months of service before they could select benefits, but this has also been removed to enable employees to make their benefits selections from their first day.The benefits changes were communicated to managers at the beginning of October 2017, and then cascaded to all employees at the end of that month.This started with events that informed employees of the key benefits changes. These larger sessions were then followed up with one-to-one meetings with managers, personalised paper packs that employees could take home, emails and mail shots, on-site digital screen promotions, and benefits fairs.The benefits fairs, which up to 700 employees attended over the organisation’s two UK sites, were primarily used to launch the new retail vouchers offering, which became effective in October 2017. To date, more than 50% of employees have been active on the retail voucher site since its launch.In December 2017, employees were able to make their benefits selections, with the new benefits and reward framework officially live from 1 January 2018.Paul Thomas (pictured), head of reward at Simplyhealth, said: “So for us, it’s about having meaningful rewards and meaningful benefits that genuinely make a difference to people’s lives. And we’ve really designed this whole reward and benefits approach based on what really makes a difference to our people.“For me, it’s around trying to drive real engagement with our employees, so this is a great way of being able to connect the employees to the organisation that they work in, and if we can make a difference to people’s lives, whether that’s on a daily basis or even every now and again, for me it just means that they’re really committed, really engaged, and want to do their best for the organisation.”last_img read more

Women at high risk of dry eyes during menopause

first_imgMenopause is a natural process that women experience as they age. It is not a disease or a problem, but it is a significant event in one’s life and comes with its caveats and issues. The term is used to describe any changes in a woman’s body just before or after she stops menstruating, signifying the end of her reproductive period.The process can cause drastic changes in woman’s body with severe symptoms and affects not only to person’s eye health, but also to her overall health in general. Other than psychological changes, some common overall health issues of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats and disturbed sleep. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Menopause has also a notable effect on eye health. One of the most common eye health problems faced by women going through the process is chronic dry-eye syndrome. It also raises risk for other problems like cataracts and glaucoma. Take a look at a few ways by which menopause can affect the eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome One of the side effects of menopause is chronic dry eye syndrome. Our eyes have a tear film that ensures they stay lubricated. The tear film’s composition is a combination of water, oil, and mucus. Problems with this tear film cause dry eye syndrome. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us A lot of hormonal changes take place during menopause, such as reduction in the production of estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal changes cause dry eye syndrome in post-menopausal women. However, dry eyes are also considered a multi-factorial disease, meaning that there is more than one thing that may contribute to the condition. Common causes for dry eyes Advertise With Us Decreased tear productionTears drying up too quicklyIneffective tearsFortunately, dry eyes syndrome can be treated by a wide range of solutions: Staying away from environments that trigger dry eyesOver-the-counter medicationsEye dropsPrescription medicationsEye insertsSpecial contact lensesAlternative home treatmentsLimit on-screen timeEat a balanced and nutritious dietCataracts Even though cataracts are not directly caused by menopause, studies have shown that the rate of cataracts is higher in postmenopausal women than men in the same age group. Normally, the disease often develops without any pain after the age of 60. Some symptoms of cataracts include cloudy vision, glare sensitivity, double vision, and difficulty seeing at nights. Glaucoma Glaucoma, like cataracts, normally shows up in older people regardless of their sex. It is the group of eye diseases that can cause irreversible damage to our sight, as the optic nerve gets damaged due to an increased level of eye pressure. The risk factors of glaucoma include family history and age, and it is highly advised for people over the age of 40 to get a comprehensive eye examination every 1 to 2 years to ensure they stay safe from the disease. If you’re facing any problems with your eye health, you should always consult your ophthalmologist before trying out any solutions by yourself. Your ophthalmologist will ensure you get the best treatment for your specific individual case. (Writer is Chairman of Centre for Sight Hospital in New Delhi)last_img read more

Mumbai police cracks down on MNS party members ahead of Thackerays ED

first_imgMNS chief Raj ThackerayIANSThe Mumbai Police launched a crackdown on key party members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Thursday to prevent them from creating law and order issues. MNS spokesperson Sandip Deshpande and other members were detained by the police and taken to the Shivaji Park Police Station, reported IANS. Deshpande claimed that the detention was a “high-handed action” by the police.The crackdown took place hours before party president Raj Thackeray’s scheduled appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in connection with an IL&FS probe.Thackeray’s business partners Unmesh Joshi, who is also the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi, and Rajan Shirodkar were previously interrogated by the ED.On Wednesday, agitated by the ED’s summon of the MNS chief, a young party activist committed suicide by setting himself on fire.Thackeray himself issued direct appeals to his followers and told them to maintain calm against provocation, keep away from the ED office and desist from any form of agitation or violence.Anticipating public disorder, the Mumbai Police implosed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in areas under Marine Drive, MRA Marg, Dadar, and Azad Maidan police stations.Tight security measures in the vicinity of the ED Offices in South Mumbai, with a huge force deployed, roadblocks, barricades and restricted entry of people were also reported.(With agency inputs.)last_img read more

Apple Gives New iPad Mini a Stealth Release

first_img Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The new iPad mini, which boasts a crisper visual display than its predecessors, became available for purchase on Apple’s website last night. And it may have surprised many shoppers, given that there was no announcement of its release.The price of the new tablet starts at $399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and goes up from there, peaking at $829 for the 128 GB model that can connect to the internet using cellular networks.When Tim Cook announced the new iPad mini with retina display earlier this year, no firm release date was given. The world knew only that it would be available for purchase sometime in November.Apple is not a company known for flying under the radar. Steve Jobs, the company’s late founder and former chief executive, became famous for his showmanship at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where he debuted the original iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. Cook, the current CEO, has continued this practice.According to TechCrunch, shipping times for the new iPad mini vary widely. A limited supply may prevent some would-be buyers from receiving their device before the end of the year.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones, Shares Fall November 12, 2013 1 min read How Success Happenslast_img read more

Canadas Supreme Court agrees to hear case involving airlines treatment of obese

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Delta Air Lines leave to appeal a ruling that found a Halifax passenger rights advocate could stand up for obese people even though he isn’t overweight himself.The court ruled Thursday that it would look at an earlier Federal Court of Appeal ruling involving Gabor Lukacs and a complaint he had originally filed to the Canadian Transportation Agency in 2014.The complaint was over Delta’s practice of bumping obese travellers from flights or making them relocate or buy two seats on a plane, which Lukacs argued discriminates against large passengers and should be banned. The agency dismissed the complaint because it found that Lukacs had no private or public standing in the matter because he wasn’t directly affected by it.The federal appeal court disagreed in a ruling last September and ordered the agency to take another look at Delta’s policy.Lukacs said Thursday he was disappointed the top court had granted the leave to appeal, but said it might provide some needed clarity to the issue.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“This protracts the process of dealing with the substance of my complaint, which is whether this policy is discriminatory,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m very pleased that the Supreme Court recognizes that this is a matter of national importance and that finally there will be some legal certainty created here.”Delta and the agency did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.In its decision, the federal appeal court unanimously agreed that the fact that someone may not be directly affected by a practice should not prevent them from filing a complaint.“There is no sound reason to limit standing … to those with a direct, personal interest in the matter.”While the decision addressed a particular case, Lukacs said it could open the door to more people being able to file complaints with the agency – a quasi-judicial tribunal mandated to provide consumer protection for air passengers and ensure accessible transportation.The complaint stemmed from a 2014 email from a Delta customer care agent to a passenger who felt he was “cramped” on a flight by a large passenger. The passenger notified Delta, which provided him with an explanation of the airline’s guidelines.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsDelta said it sometimes asks large passengers to move to an area of the plane where there is more room, “purchase additional seats” or take another flight.Lukacs had argued that dismissing his complaint simply because the issue didn’t affect him personally was akin to disregarding someone’s concerns over contaminated food just because they weren’t made sick by it.As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for deciding to hear the case, saying only that the leave to appeal was granted without costs. The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Delta Air Lines Canada’s Supreme Court agrees to hear case involving airlines’ treatment of obese passengers Friday, February 24, 2017 last_img read more