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AAIB to probe runway mishap at Shirdi airport

first_imgThe Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will be initiating a probe into the incident involving an Alliance Air aircraft, which ended up in the Runway Safety Area after overshooting the runway by 117 metres during landing at Shirdi airport on Monday.Forty-two passengers on board the flight from Mumbai to Shirdi were declared safe after the incident. Officials said a preliminary probe revealed that the aircraft, an ATR turbo-prop, had encountered strong tail winds during landing and had a long float before touching down. “After touchdown there was less runway available and the aircraft overshot before coming to a halt in the gravel,” an official said. Shirdi airport officials said that engineers of Air India arrived from Mumbai and retrieved the aircraft on Tuesday morning following which the airport was reopened to air traffic. The two pilots have been grounded pending investigation. An Alliance Air flight each from Mumbai and Hyderabad operated as usual on Tuesday. Built at an investment of around ₹350 crore, the airport at Shirdi has a 2,500-metre runway.last_img read more

Football: Son of Manchester United legend Phil Neville signs with the Red Devils

first_imgUncle Gary Neville was also delighted on hearing his nephew’s signing and posted the following on his Instagram: “Congratulations @harvey.nevilleyou’ve practiced so hard to get where you are! Keep going 🔴⚪⚫” AdvertisementHarvey Neville, son of Phil, joins Manchester United; Photo Credits: talksport.comHarvey Neville rejoins his father’s and uncle Gary Neville’s former club after a stint in Spain with Valencia. Harvey follows dad Phil – the England women’s manager and uncle Gary after signing on his 16th birthday. The Neville brothers made a combined 664 league appearances for the Old Trafford side.His father Phil Neville was thrilled by the news and posted this on his Instagram: “Proud of you @harvey.neville 🔴⚪⚫ go follow your dreams!!!” Harvey has genuinely impressed the academy with his technical attributes with some even comparing him to Red Devils legend and former England captain David Beckham.Now that he has signed with Manchester United it remains to be seen what new chapter the Neville dynasty might write. The youngster himself was visibly overjoyed having joined the club he loves, posting: “I am very proud and excited to have signed for the club I have supported my whole life 👹👹@manchesterunited.”center_img Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13FIFA World Cup 2018: Swiss Internationals escape bans after political goal celebrations Advertisementlast_img read more

Adidas Creators Contest Day 21

first_imgTO WHOM IS THE ADIDAS GOLDEN GLOVE GIVEN IN THE WORLD CUP?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT indiatoday.in/sports/fifa-world-cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

10 months agoGalatasaray, Marseille join battle for Tottenham striker Llorente

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Galatasaray, Marseille join battle for Tottenham striker Llorenteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe race for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente is heating up.Llorente is prepared to leave Spurs next month after being restricted to a bit-part role this season.The centre-forward has talked up a return to former club Athletic Bilbao, however they’re not alone in their interest.Fotomac says Galatasaray and Marseille are also interested in Llorente.The 33 year-old’s contract runs out at the end of this season. last_img read more

Traffic Signals to be suspended at Washington Boulevard/Duhaney Drive intersection on Monday, June 15, 2018

first_img Mr. Shaw explains that Washington Boulevard is one of those roadways in the Corporate area, which have been identified to serve as an alternative route as major road works progresses at Three Miles and other locations. The National Works Agency (NWA) will be taking the traffic signals at the Washington Boulevard/Duhaney Drive intersection in St. Andrew out of operation for approximately eight hours on Monday, June 18 to complete road improvement works which were recently undertaken at the location.Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says the traffic signals will be turned off at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18 to facilitate the relocation of the traffic signal mast arms and control cabinet.He says this forms part of works being undertaken along Washington Boulevard to improve the alignment of the lanes along critical sections of the major corridor. Similar works were recently completed at the Washington Boulevard/Molynes Road intersection.Mr. Shaw explains that Washington Boulevard is one of those roadways in the Corporate area, which have been identified to serve as an alternative route as major road works progresses at Three Miles and other locations.The traffic signals will be switched back on at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18. The police will be assisting with directing traffic through the intersection during the period the traffic signals will be suspended.Road users are being advised to proceed through the intersection with caution. Contact:Ramona LawsonSenior Communications OfficerNational Works AgencyTel: 482 – 1795/733-4182 Road users are being advised to proceed through the intersection with caution.center_img The National Works Agency (NWA) will be taking the traffic signals at the Washington Boulevard/Duhaney Drive intersection in St. Andrew out of operation for approximately eight hours on Monday, June 18 to complete road improvement works which were recently undertaken at the location. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Losses Drive Down Mitsui’s Full Year Forecast

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) has cut the financial forecast for fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 due to losses in both consolidated and non-consolidated financial results during the 3rd quarter ended December 31, 2015.The forecasts were downgraded amid losses of JPY 3.8 billion (USD 31.8 million) reported by MES subsidiary on construction of four offshore support vessels during the 2nd quarter due to repeated design changes and problems. MES said that additional losses of JPY 7.2 billion have been anticipated, including a provision for losses during the 3rd quarter due to unforeseen increases in materials and man hours.MES itself has recognized a JPY 0.9 billion loss on valuation of shares of subsidiaries and has posted a JPY 6.3 billion provision for loss on business of subsidiaries, as extraordinary losses.As a result, the forecast for the year ending March 31, 2016 has been downgraded from JPY 830 bn to JPY 810 bn in net income.last_img read more

Fatality Inquiry Called into the Death of Howard Hyde

first_imgMinister of Justice Cecil Clarke, after consulting with the chief medical examiner, said today, Sept. 17, a fatality inquiry will be held into the death of Howard Hyde. Mr. Clarke outlined the terms of reference for the inquiry and said it will examine the circumstances under which Mr. Hyde died, Nov. 22, 2007, the cause of death, and the manner of death, and may make recommendations about any matters arising from the inquiry. A judge who conducts an inquiry under the Fatality Investigations Act has all the powers of a commissioner appointed under the Public Inquiries Act which includes, the authority to hold public hearings and hear witnesses.last_img read more

Midterm polls in Karnataka would be a burden on people Sadananda Gowda

first_imgBengaluru: Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda Sunday said mid-term polls would be an additional burden on the people of Karnataka and if given a chance the BJP would “rectify things”. Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra at Nelamangala on the city outskirts, the minister for chemicals and fertilisers said elections bring to halt all development works. “Mid-term poll is a burden on the people. Under the present circumstances, let new government take over but burdening people with mid-term poll is not proper,” Gowda said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “We don’t like to trouble people just to achieve our political ambitions. If they cannot rectify things then we will do it if given a chance,” he added. He said development works could not be done in the last three-four months due to the Lok Sabha elections and a mid-term poll in the state would result in a similar situation for another 40 to 50 days. “It will ultimately result in additional burden on the people. This is not good,” Gowda pointed out. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The comments came days after JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda created a political storm by saying mid-term poll in the state was imminent amid squabbling in the ruling coalition. However, later he retracted the statement, saying he was referring to the local body elections and not the assembly polls. Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, his son, was also quick to get into damage control and asserted that his government was safe. Congress leaders like former chief minister Siddaramaiah and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara too ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls and said the government was stable and would continue for the next four years. BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa said his party would not let it happen and would take the reigns of power in the state to avoid mid-term polls. He said the coalition government has become a hub of confusion and internal fights.last_img read more

Three more cases of E coli confirmed none found in tested Canadian

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested more than 2,000 samples of fresh lettuce and packaged salads looking for the source of an E. coli outbreak but hasn’t found any produce that contains the bacteria.Aline Dimitri, the deputy chief food-safety officer for the agency, says the results don’t mean E. coli is gone from Canada’s food supply but it does suggest if it’s present it is there in very low levels.Three more cases of E. coli were confirmed in Ontario and Quebec Friday, bringing the total number since mid-October to 22: one in New Brunswick, four in Ontario and 17 in Quebec.Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public-health officer, says experts tracing the patients’ food histories found most of them had eaten romaine lettuce in the days before they got sick.The agency is recommending people in those provinces not eat romaine lettuce and throw out any they still have in their fridges.Njoo says the most recent illness began Nov. 1 but a delay in reporting means the agency didn’t find out about it until this week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oil NAFTA trade talk optimism help boost loonie and Toronto market

first_imgTORONTO – Rising oil prices and optimism on NAFTA trade talks helped push the dollar and Canada’s main stock index higher Wednesday while U.S. markets ended slightly down after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.The Canadian dollar climbed 0.70 of a US cent to close at 77.17 cents US after encouraging news on both commodities and trade, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.On trade talks, the U.S. confirmed Wednesday that there has been a breakthrough on sticking points in the auto sector, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he believes there will be an agreement in short order on a renewed North American free trade deal.The progress is relieving some of the downward pressure on the loonie since U.S. President Donald Trump rattled trade relations by imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on all countries outside Canada and Mexico, said Pashootan.“We’ve seen the Canadian dollar weaken off of the assumptions that NAFTA might completely unravel… but the worst case scenario is starting to look like it might not come to fruition, and then the outcome might be a little bit better than the worst case that was priced in. So we’re seeing the dollar also strengthen off of that, but again it’s still unclear where NAFTA goes, and that’s the wild card.”Continued geopolitical uncertainty has been helping prop up oil prices in the meantime, with the May crude contract up US$1.63 to close at US$65.17 per barrel Wednesday, said Pashootan.He said the rise in oil prices, as well as commodities in general, have helped boost the loonie but that stumbles on trade talks could set it back.“It’s meaningful that we’re seeing oil prices up and the loonie rally, but I wouldn’t hold my breath here or get comfortable with the Canadian dollar at these levels, because all bets are off the table if NAFTA unravels.”Oil price-fuelled gains in energy stocks helped push the S&P/TSX composite index up 58.92 points to close at 15,675.28, including Encana Corp up 7.52 per cent to $15.73.The U.S. market had already priced in the expected rate hike from the Federal Reserve, leaving investors to try and decipher from comments Wednesday whether there will be the guided three rate hikes or four this year, said Pashootan.He said the markets oscillated today as investors balanced concerns about rising interest rates that could tamper stock prices and optimism on economic growth that would help boost profits.“You’re seeing evidence of that play out in the tug of war that’s taking place on the S&P 500 in terms of it going green to red and red to green.”In the end the S&P 500 index was down 5.01 points to 2,711.93 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 19.01 points to 7,345.29. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 44.96 points to 24,682.31.The April natural gas contract ended down four cents to US$2.64 per mmBTU. The April gold contract closed up US$9.60 to US$1,321.50 an ounce and the May copper contract ended up two cents to US$3.06 a pound.last_img read more

John David Washington joins Nolan’s next

first_imgLos Angeles: BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington is all set to star in fillmaker Christopher Nolan’s upcoming directorial venture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan will also produce along with his partner Emma Thomas. The project was described as an “event film”, although any other specifics including title and plot are currently under wraps. Warner Bros earlier announced that Nolan’s upcoming untitled film will open in IMAX on July 17, 2020. Washington, known for starring in HBO’s “Ballers”, is also the son of veteran actor Denzel Washington. Nolan’s last release was World War II drama Dunkirk, which won three Academy Awards and earned the filmmaker his first best director Oscar nod.last_img read more

Sri Lanka facing a double burden of malnutrition

This indicates a vicious cycle of malnutrition and the need for improved maternal nutrition, including in urban settings where almost one in two women in reproductive age are either overweight or obese, WFP said. “Fostering social and economic empowerment among Sri Lanka’s women will help break the vicious intergenerational cycle of malnutrition,” said Brenda Barton, WFP Representative. “Poor nutrition early in life reduces learning potential, increases reproductive and maternal health risks, and lowers productivity”.“UNFPA is delighted to start this new collaborative project with WFP, which looks at health and well-being of women and girls in a holistic way. Through this project, we aim to expand choices for women and girls in Sri Lanka, part of the efforts to leave no one behind,” said Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Representative. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is facing a double burden of malnutrition with stagnant rates of undernutrition combined with growing numbers of overweight people and a rise in obesity rates, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said.A press statement said that one in six children under the age of five are too thin for their height (wasting) indicating a critical public health situation, while almost one in six newborns have low birth weight. WFP and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka embarked on a new joint project today to improve women’s nutrition and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka by providing critical information and services on sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and food security over the next year. The project, which will assist communities in six districts – Monaragala, Matale, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Batticaloa, and Nuwara Eliya-focuses on the development of women entrepreneurs through initiatives aimed at enhancing their skills and boosting their income. In addition, the project will aim to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services which would enable the prevention of human rights violations such as gender-based violence.Today this project is being launched as the two agencies commence celebrations linked to the annual global 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign (November 25th to December 10th). Gender-based violence affects primarily women and girls in their reproductive years (15-49); thereby negatively affecting their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and reinforcing the cycle of poverty. read more

Meeting Arafat in Ramallah UN development official pledges aid to Palestinians

Tim Rothermel, Special Representative of the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian people, was the first UN official to meet with Chairman Arafat in his Ramallah compound since the end of the Palestinian leader’s confinement.According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Rothermel informed President Arafat that the agency has spent $1.9 million over the last three weeks on emergency aid for the Palestinian territory. The UNDP official also offered help in repairing the Ramallah compound and pledged support for the rebuilding of Palestinian institutions.Since its inception in 1978, the UNDP Programme of Assistance has provided some $400 million in development aid in the Middle East to help the Palestinian people. read more

The 10 Types Of NFL Quarterback

That cohort has a similar number of great games but also a large bump around QBR 20, which are bad games by any measure — a bump that the Luck group avoids. Not surprisingly, the Luck group has a career win percentage of 59 percent, while the former cohort is only 53 percent. In the NFL, interceptions (a key component of a low QBR score) can drag a team, and a QBR, down.Now compare both of those groupings to the one with Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson.They, too, have a bump around QBR 25, but their peak checks in somewhere around a QBR of 85 — a score that gives a team a very good chance to win. That elevated number would explain why the group’s 64 percent win percentage is the highest of the three groups previously mentioned. The occasional bad game won’t break a quarterback as long as his good performances are strong enough.Other quarterbacks might not like their company. Alex Smith chafes at the idea that he’s a “game manager,” and talent scout Russ Lande thinks he might not be. “Smith is often referred to as [a game manager], but physically, he doesn’t limit you,” he says. “You don’t have to make him a game manager. I think it’s just that some quarterbacks have that philosophy, ‘I’m never going to throw it where it’s a risk.’ It’s more based on their mentality than their physical skill set.” And yet the stats group Smith with E.J. Manuel, Jason Campbell, Josh Freeman, Josh McCown, Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez. Among that company, perhaps game manager is a generous term.One of the most interesting groups involves a player who is no longer in the league. Favre’s games after 2006 landed in the same cohort as post-2006 Michael Vick and Vince Young, two quarterbacks known for making plays with their feet and not much else. We can explain this by breaking down Favre against Dalton. Although their average QBR is nearly identical, the vast majority of Dalton’s games fall between a QBR of 25 and 75. Favre, the ultimate freelancer, has a big bump around 15 QBR and another between 80 and 85. Dalton won’t win a team the game, but he probably won’t lose it. Favre, however, is likely to do either.That difference results from playing style, according to John Westenhaver, president of Football Evaluations and a long-time quarterback talent evaluator. An average quarterback makes about half of his throws using nontraditional mechanics because he’s forced out of the pocket or rushed, but the former Green Bay Packers star made many more than that, often to his detriment. “Favre, to me, put that to the extreme. Although he’s passed for a gazillion yards, I think he leads the league in interceptions.7Favre threw 336 career interceptions, well ahead of second-place George Blanda’s 277. Sometimes you have to make a decision: Am I going to throw from this alternative platform, or is it best to select some other alternative, which may be to take the sack, throw the ball out of bounds, run the ball?”Rivers and Luck offer similar stories. Their career QBRs — 61.5 and 60.8, respectively — aren’t quite Manning’s 76.1 or Brady’s 70.1, but they are good enough to rank the pair in the top 10 of quarterbacks whom we examined. Both can make all the throws and post huge numbers, but there’s a general perception that Luck — a Stanford graduate who has the reputation of being a football savant — makes fewer mistakes. We see this in their game curves. Luck has fewer bad games but fewer truly exceptional ones as well, while Rivers has more bad games and great ones, with less middle ground.This season’s playoff picture provides a look at one possible future. Whereas Rivers watched from home, Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a win over Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, then an upset over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. He didn’t win the games with his play, but more importantly, he didn’t lose them. In other words, a team might not need a quarterback with a huge bump on the right side of the graph to prevail in the NFL, but one with a peak on the left probably dooms it to failure.We made an interactive tool with all the quarterback curves. Click here to graph density curves of your choosing, and look at the splits for home and away games. There’s a larger sample size of QBs in the interactive, which means players like JaMarcus Russell are involved. Because who doesn’t want to find out which QBs are most similar to JaMarcus Russell?CORRECTION (Jan. 16, 1:46 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated Rivers’ and Luck’s career QBRs. Each quarterback is given his own density curve, which represents the distribution of game-by-game QBR. The dark black curve in each figure represents the average density for all quarterbacks in that group. The groups are designed such that quarterbacks within the same group are similar, but from one group to the next, there are differences in the centers, shapes and/or spreads of each quarterback’s density curves.Some groupings weren’t a surprise. Brady, Rodgers and Peyton Manning — widely considered the three best quarterbacks in the NFL and the trio ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in average QBR — make up one group with a curve that spikes dramatically as QBR rises.Other groupings, however, offered some counterintuitive results. One cohort consists of five players: Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Schaub, Teddy Bridgewater and Tony Romo. Each quarterback in this group had more bad games and fewer exceptional ones than the Brady/Manning/Rodgers set, but he posted more strong games than poor ones over his career.This would suggest that if you’re going to call one of these quarterbacks “elite,” you need to at least consider that all of them are or were. Even though the narrative around Kaepernick, Schaub and Romo is that they’re inconsistent, their curves suggest otherwise.Compare that with a larger group that includes Cam Newton, David Garrard, Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco and Robert Griffin III.6Given that company, would you want to pay Flacco’s $120.6 million contract? This weekend, two perennial MVP candidates and two up-and-coming stars will be under center in NFL conference championship games. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are the establishment; Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are the hopeful usurpers. They’ve all reached the conference title game, in part, because they’re among the highest-performing quarterbacks in football — all falling within a career average Total Quarterback Rating of 59.6 and 70.1.1ESPN’s QBR, measured on a scale from 0 to 100, debuted in 2006. It’s not retrofitted to quarterback performances before 2006.But that’s just an average, and sometimes averages can deceive. Turning several observations into a single metric like a Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) obscures some information. For example, post-2006 Brett Favre2His final five seasons. (average QBR: 52.1) and Andy Dalton (52.0) have roughly identical numbers, but would anyone think of Favre when thinking of Dalton?A more thorough analysis makes use of the complete set of observations. The distribution of each quarterback’s QBR can offer a more thorough understanding of performance. When we look at quarterbacks this way, we find some players who consistently minimize bad games and others who can be brilliant one week and horrible the next, regularly handicapping their teams.3Quarterbacks who post a single-game QBR above 90 in a game win 90 percent of the time, whereas a score of less than 10 corresponds with a loss more than nine times out of 10.Comparing each quarterback’s distribution of game-by-game QBR can be done using a density curve, which is used to estimate the fraction of a player’s performances that occurred in a given interval — in this case, the probability that a quarterback had a QBR of a specific number in any individual game.4For a description of density curves and its application to hockey players, see this post on the blog WAR on Ice. We looked at the 45 quarterbacks with at least 10 starts in the past two years or 50 career starts since 2006, and found that the quarterbacks stratified into 10 categories.5We used k-means clustering on different percentiles of each quarterback’s distribution. Although there is no correct value for k in implementing k-means, we found the best performance with between k=8 and k=10. As the curves looked much easier to interpret with k=10, we went with that. Once we had fixed 10 clusters, we ran the algorithm about a dozen times and used the clustering with the highest within-cluster similarity of those iterations. This helps justify the choice of player groups but doesn’t exactly imply that the QB groups are perfectly stable from one iteration to the next. That is because the k-means algorithm is non-deterministic — it doesn’t give the same answer with each run. read more

The Steelers Have The Best Running BackReceiver Duo Ever

49ers1989Roger CraigJerry Rice3,0436,55046.5 TEAMYEARRBWRRB+WRTEAMSHARE Packers2014Eddie LacyJordy Nelson3,0856,36448.5 Packers1995Edgar BennettRobert Brooks3,2335,96754.2 * Projected for the full seasonSource: Pro-Football-Referencetball-Reference.com Texans2008Steve SlatonAndre Johnson3,2346,32051.2 Rams2000Marshall FaulkTorry Holt3,8317,33552.2 Cowboys1991Emmitt SmithMichael Irvin3,3445,37462.2 Cowboys1995Emmitt SmithMichael Irvin3,7515,94263.1 Colts1999Edgerrin JamesMarvin Harrison3,8065,84265.2 Their share of total team production1Based on yards from scrimmage. is increasing from already historic levels, too. Since the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978, there have only been 18 tandems of backs and wideouts to each notch 1,500 yards from scrimmage.2The 1995 Detroit Lions actually had two of these pairs: That year, running back Barry Sanders hit the benchmark with two different wide receivers, Herman Moore and Brett Perriman, so Sanders is counted twice in our tally. Among that group, Bell and Brown will rank third all time if they keep up this pace — they’re generating 62.8 percent of their team’s total yards this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference. Their share is not far behind the high mark on this list: Edgerrin James (2,139 yards) and Marvin Harrison (1,667) were responsible for 65.2 percent of the 1999 Colts’ yards. And just ahead of Bell and Brown are another famous duo — Emmitt Smith (2,148) and Michael Irvin (1,603) posted 63.1 percent of the 1995 Cowboys’ yards.This degree of volume obviously requires a heavy — if not reckless — amount of usage. Bell, who leads the NFL with 283 rushes, is on pace to carry the ball 348 times and haul in 92 passes. If the free-agent-to-be Bell does leave Pittsburgh in the offseason, the Steelers seem determined to make sure they’ve wrung every ounce of value they can get out of him first.Meanwhile, Brown’s 160 targets also lead the NFL, as do his 99 catches, by a wide margin. Simply put, no receiver has dominated his position like Brown since Jerry Rice was at his peak. Some are even calling for Brown to be the league’s MVP, an award that no receiver — not even Rice, who was arguably the greatest player in NFL history — has ever hauled in. If the award is going to one member of the Steelers duo, Bell would be the more obvious choice, since running backs occasionally bypass quarterbacks for the award. But it’s almost impossible to determine which skill player is most valuable, even just to the Steelers.And that’s the thing that seems to make the duo unstoppable. Defenses cannot key in on stopping one of the two because it will leave them unprepared for the other. Even though all three Pittsburgh stars have been in the league a while and the Patriots frequently face off against the Steelers, Belichick doesn’t have a lot of experience dealing with Roethlisberger and his two biggest weapons at the same time. Either Roethlisberger or Bell has been injured and missed all or part of every Pats-Steelers matchup after Bell’s rookie year, when he wasn’t nearly the force he is today. And even with the rookie Bell, the Steelers rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense. But the Patriots gained over 600 in a 55-31 victory. Bears2013Matt ForteAlshon Jeffery3,4596,37854.2 YSCRIM Lions1995Barry SandersBrett Perriman3,4346,26354.8 Steelers2017*Le’Veon BellAntonio Brown3,9306,25762.8% Cardinals1984O.J. AndersonRoy Green3,3306,72249.5 Falcons2015Devonta FreemanJulio Jones3,5056,20856.5 Bill Belichick is famous for meticulously studying his opponent’s offensive strengths so that he can neutralize them with his defense. But as he prepares for his epic AFC showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, he could probably skip some of the film study — Pittsburgh’s likely attack plan is so obvious that a first-grader could decipher it. They will run the ball with Le’Veon Bell. They will throw the ball to Antonio Brown. And that’s basically it. (OK, they may also throw the ball to Le’Veon Bell.)Pittsburgh’s holy trinity of Ben Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell — or the Killer B’s, if we must — has always thrived when on the field together. But lately, it’s gotten absurd.Simply put, Bell and Brown are making a very compelling case for being the best running back-wide receiver tandem in NFL history. Currently, Bell is on pace for 2,073 total yards and Brown is tracking for 1,857. That combined projected total of 3,930 yards — or about 2.2 miles — would break the record for the most yards by a RB-WR duo where each totalled at least 1,500. The current record holders won’t be too bent out of shape if that happens, since Bell and Brown set the record in 2014 (the last time Bell played a full season) with a combined 3,926 yards. What makes the pair’s current pace all the more impressive is that Bell labored in three September games this season after refusing to sign a contract all summer; he totaled just 79 yards per game in those first weeks, about half his production in the ensuing 10 games.The last three games in particular have been off the charts. Brown and Bell have combined for 973 yards — or 324 per game. That’s more yards per game than 13 teams currently average. And it represents a stunning 70.5 percent of the Steelers’ total output from scrimmage in that span. The best RB-WR duos in NFL historyTeams where a running back and wide receiver each had at least 1,500 total yards and what share of the team’s total output that represented 49ers1994Ricky WattersJerry Rice3,1886,25950.9 Broncos2000Mike AndersonRod Smith3,3576,77549.6 Texans2012Arian FosterAndre Johnson3,2396,16952.5 Lions1995Barry SandersHerman Moore3,5846,26357.2 Steelers2014Le’Veon BellAntonio Brown3,9266,74958.2 read more

Homeless people wearing barcodes to accept cashless payments

Russell Blackman, the Big Issue’s managing director, said earlier this year that they are looking into ways to roll out cashless payments to all its vendors.“It is vital that we develop the right contactless solution for our vendors, ensuring that they can get instant access to their funds, even if they don’t have their own bank account due to a lack of permanent address,” he said. 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. When you scan the barcode on your smartphone, a profile of the homeless person appears. This tells you more about their circumstances, such as how they became homeless or what their job used to be. The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case worker The project, which is being trialled in Oxford, is supported by Oxford University Innovation and Oxford’s Said Business School.Neil Coyle MP, the Labour co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness, said: “Necessity has again become the mother of invention and now there is an app to try and help generate more public donations to homeless people.“This intervention should not be necessary but with a Government ignoring the scale of the problem, any extra donations may help homeless people directly.”He added that homelessness has escalated in recent years, and the app will not help address the broader issues such as a lack of drug and alcohol cessation programmes, affordable housing and mental health care.  Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “It’s encouraging to see that people want to help rough sleepers, but the bigger picture here is that neither rough sleeping nor any form of homelessness should be an issue in Britain today.” The Big Issue has previously said that Britain’s move towards a cashless society is contributing to declining sales as it trials contactless payments to help the homeless. The magazine, which is sold by homeless people, has suffered as a result of people walking up and down Britain’s high streets without coins and notes in their pockets, as they now rely on cards and mobile phones for payments. Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative.A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets.  Passersby who wish to give money – but who may not have any change in their pocket – can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person.The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case worker who ensures that the money is spent on agreed targets, such as saving for a rental deposit or a new passport.“The problem we’re trying to solve here is that we live in an increasingly cashless society and as well as this when people give they worry about what this money might be spent on,” Alex McCallion, founder of Greater Change, told the BBC.“So the solution we’ve come up with is a giving mechanism through your smart phone with a restrictive fund.” The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case workerCredit:BBC read more

Hoard of 2000yearold silver Roman coins unearthed by group of friends and

King recalled the signal from the metal-detector while they were out field-walking. They found themselves digging up coins, some of which were stuck together: “Straight away we knew it was a hoard.”  The excavation is being conducted by DigVentures, founded by archaeologists in 2012 to fill the gap left by severe cuts to research archaeology by universities and local authorities.Casswell praised King and his friends, who acted responsibly in reporting their discovery to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which encourages the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public. A coroner will decide ownership of treasures such as these silver coins.Asked about the rarity of such a Roman settlement in Britain, he said that, while there are examples from the 3rd and 4th centuries, “it is rare to find one of such an early date”. The evidence at this site includes post-holes and foundation trenches, with the remnants of stone walls that once stood there.   A hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins has been unearthed by three metal-detecting friends in Yorkshire.Such a find would be thrilling enough, but it has also led to a further significant discovery – evidence of a high-status Roman settlement, to the excitement of archaeologists, The Telegraph can reveal.The hoard was unearthed by Paul King, a semi-retired logistics manager, and his friends Robert Hamer and Robin Siddle.Weather permitting, they go out most weekends, with a shared passion for learning about the past, rather than hunting for treasure.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Criss-crossing nine counties over many years, they have discovered various gems, including a medieval pilgrim’s badge, but nothing quite as significant as their Roman hoard of 18 silver coins.Although they discovered it in 2015, it has been kept secret until now, to enable archaeologists to explore the site first.  Last week, two of the friends were working alongside archaeologists as yet more silver coins were uncovered, with hundreds of Roman pottery sherds and a tiny brooch, found on one of three neonatal burials.   The excavation is being conducted by DigVentures, founded by archaeologists in 2012 The hoard was unearthed by Paul King, a semi-retired logistics manager, and his friends Robert Hamer and Robin Siddle  Roman Denarius of Titus dating from 79-81 ADCredit: Charlotte Graham The excavation is being conducted by DigVentures, founded by archaeologists in 2012  Roman Denarius of Titus dating from 79-81 AD King used to work as a logistics manager, looking after fleets of vehicles and a warehouse. He developed a passion for metal-detecting many years ago, teaching himself by reading books on history and archaeology: “They call us detectologists… a blend between archaeologists and detectorists because we’re quite knowledgeable.”   The hoard was unearthed by Paul King, a semi-retired logistics manager, and his friends Robert Hamer and Robin Siddle He said that they have only scratched the surface of the site, whose discovery is “very exciting and important”, partly because it is one of the earliest Roman settlements to have been found. “We have discovered evidence for… a high-status site.”  He added that the evidence suggests one or two villas, or “a pretty posh part of a settlement”: “We have a team of people field-walking and metal-detecting throughout the project. We’ve been surveying some of the other fields. That’s where we found a lot of [mosaic] tesserae in quite significant quantities.”He noted that plenty of pottery has been found at other Roman sites, but that it is often “bog-standard, run-of-the-mill stuff”.Examples found at this site are very different, he added: “Someone forked out quite a bit of money for it… There are decorated bowls and amphorae, which would have transported olive oil and wine from the Mediterranean. Lots of really fine pottery.” He added:  “You just want to know about things. How did people live? What did they do? When you pick up that Roman coin out of the ground, after it’s been there for 2,000 years, it still puts tingles up my spine that the last person to touch that coin was a Roman… It’s fascinating.”  Lisa Westcott Wilkins of DigVentures asked the Sunday Telegraph not to identify the site’s location because of the danger of night-hawkers. There is now a high level of surveillance on the site.  The project is partly funded by a £61,100-grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. An important part of DigVentures’ work is accessibility and they will present the finds at various public events.  They are also involving the public through their DigNation festival, taking place in September on Lindisfarne, with lectures and the chance to experience excavations, among other events.  All the finds so far date from the 1st century, he said: “There’s a lot of silver coins coming out, and they all date to the time of the emperor Vespasian [AD 69–79], when the Romans finally marched north and established a centre at York.” Chris Casswell, who is heading the excavation, said: “It’s a beautiful little brooch… The kind of size to keep a cloak around a baby. It’s so small and delicate, still completely intact.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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How Carl Beech went on the run to the edge of the

The property he found was a red, wooden lake house, with two floors, five rooms and a balcony, available for 245,000 Swedish Krona – a little over £20,000 – just outside the town of Overkalix.It had three small outbuildings, 3.5km2 of land and a view of the river Kalix – famous for its salmon fishing in the summer and ice skating in the winter. On Thursday, January 25, Carl Beech appeared in court on five charges of making and possessing hundreds of indecent images of children and one count of voyeurism. A trial date was set for late July, and Beech was released without having to hand over his passport.He flew to Sweden to close the property deal, accompanied by his mother. There is no suggestion that she had any knowledge of the charges against him, his criminal behaviour or saw anything wrong with his plans to move to Sweden. Overkalix Laying the groundwork After the interview, Beech was remanded in Gothenburg’s custody prison – Häktet, where he spent three nights. Show more Carl Beech's Swedish riverside property seen from the quiet road behind the house There were clear and significant attempts to integrate with the community, with the Brit attending Swedish classes for a number of weeks at the Överkalix gymnasieskola.At this point Carl Beech had not yet skipped his bail and was free to live in Sweden. On February 16, Beech made clear his intentions to start a new life in the wilderness. A Facebook page appeared, called SixtySix North, the latitude of Beech’s house in Sweden. “Follow us on an exciting journey to create 66° North Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Swedish Lapland,” said the bio. The page featured pictures, some taken by drone, of his house and garden.  The village of Overkalix, home to 1,000 people, is dominated by the Grand Arctic hotel, a 57-room, 4* riverside retreat, which markets itself as the gateway to the Arctic Circle.Beech’s property is a ten minute drive from town. Nestled deep into Sweden’s northernmost county it is protected by tall fir trees at the front and the river at the back meaning the house is easy to miss, down a slip road off the E10 highway. The town of Overkalix The town of Overkalix is home only to 1,000 peopleCredit:Jeff Gilbert The man who traduced the reputations of a dozen of Britain’s most senior political figures with allegations of sexual abuse, and then admitted to making and possessing indecent photographs of children himself, has finally faced justice.Now, the Telegraph can reveal that Carl Beech – the man known as ‘Nick’ – planned for a new life away from Britain and went on the run in a bid to escape the law, before being tracked down to a small riverside house on the edge of the Arctic circle.At 3.18pm on Tuesday January 9, 2018, just two weeks before he was due to make his first appearance at Worcester Crown Court for making and possessing indecent images of children, Carl Beech started planning for a future outside the UK.Using the name Stephen Anderson, Beech sent an email to an estate agent in Scandinavia.“I am looking for property under 500,000 SEK (£41,000) that has the potential for me to start a guest house,” Beech wrote.He was looking for “somewhere on or near a river, lake or sea and within 1.5 / 2 hours from Lulea or Kiruna airports” and signed off the email in Swedish, saying: “Tack sa mycke, Stephen.” GothenburgJust before 5pm on Sunday, September 30, Carl Beech was buzzed in to the MiniHotel in Gothenburg, checking in under another alias, Samuel Karlsson. He gave a different Swedish phone number, but gave his address as his home in Overkalix.The woman who checked him in said he was friendly, but unassuming. Beech was given an upgrade because the hostel was not full – he had room 207 to himself, and the choice of two single beds and a bunk bed. The following day, Monday October 1, Carl Beech checked out of his hostel at 10.38am. Seven hours and 17 minutes later he was arrested.Stood on platform seven of Gothenburg’s central station, Beech was waiting to catch train 92 – the 18.15 overnight service to Lulea – as three detectives swooped.Detective Inspector Martin Lilja, who runs surveillance and covert operations in western Sweden, along with two of Gothenburg’s most senior officers, Jerry Sorensen and Peter Sundberg, stopped Beech from boarding the train.There was no scuffle or resistance from the Brit. Sorensen said he looked “relieved” to have been caught.Extracts from an interview released by police helped The Telegraph piece together Beech’s life on the run in Sweden. Police arrived down the fir-lined track in September, but Beech was not at homeCredit:Jeff Gilbert Carl Beech’s Swedish riverside property seen from the quiet road behind the houseCredit:Jeff Gilbert In Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, he stayed at three different hostels in September 2018. In Overkalix, the 51-year-old (and his elderly mother) had not gone unnoticed, and residents said they contributed healthily to the local economy. Seemingly flush with cash, Beech, who was given £22,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the wake of his claims of abuse, did not hesitate to pay 450 Krona (£38) for a haircut, £84 for a tin of paint, or £1,350 to fix the air conditioning in his car. The same day, Beech checked into the Grand Arctic hotel, where he stayed for six nights. Living in room 110 under the name Carl Anderson, he paid by card and gave a Swedish telephone number. He told staff he was doing renovations and was “sick of microwave meals.” Fir trees leading to Carl Beech's house Beech made it clear just how much he was enjoying his new life.“So lucky to be able to see the northern lights three times this week already,” he said, posting seven grainy pictures of those famous green lights, dancing above the river Kalix to his Instagram page. In setting up his bed and breakfast Beech contacted a local dog sled company, run by a British couple, looking to see if they were interested in working with his business.In an email seen by the Telegraph, he said that it was still early days and he was busy renovating “our” house, but that he intended “to have four guest cabins overlooking the Kalix river.”But while he was settling in, Beech’s legal problems had not gone away.The beginning of the endCarl Beech was due to go on trial for five counts of making and possessing indecent images of children on July 30.He had attended the earlier hearing in January, and was expected to be there this time, too. But the spotlight of Operation Midland had turned back to him.The 18-month, £2.5 million investigation with 31 full-time detectives, found no evidence to support any of his claims, and on July 3 he was charged with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud. The charges came just 27 days before his first trial, and meant a court date for a second, much more serious case, was set for September.Facing up to ten years in prison and two different trials, Beech then failed to appear at Worcester Crown Court on July 30.As of July 31, he was officially a fugitive. His return to the UK was rubber stamped on October 12, and by Saturday October 20, Beech was stood in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates Court. His life on the run was over. At this point, the whereabouts of Beech’s mother is unknown. Last spotted in Overkalix in the early summer, there is no suggestion that she played any part in aiding her son while he was on the run.One of Beech’s neighbours, Tobias, said that police turned up at the riverside property at the end of September.At least four police cars parked in front of Beech’s house, with officers knocking on doors and searching the garden. He wasn’t at home and hadn’t been there for weeks.On The RunAs a fugitive, Beech travelled around Sweden, by train, mostly, crisscrossing the country. Beech told police that he spent time in Stockholm, Kalix, Gällivare, Kiruna, Abisko, Umeå and Gothenburg.Beech used fake names and travelled light. The pressure was mounting, with police joining the dots and honing in on Sweden.A European arrest warrant was issued on August 9, and despite his attempts to be known by different names, official documentation in the country listed him as Carl Beech. 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

KamoaKakula is the most disruptive Tier One copper project in the world

first_imgIvanhoe Mines Executive Chairman Robert Friedland and Chief Executive Officer Lars-Eric Johansson this week welcomed the positive findings of an expanded, independent preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the development of the Kakula Discovery at the Kamoa-Kakula Project on the Central African Copperbelt, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Given the dramatic expansion and upgrading of the copper resources delineated at Kamoa-Kakula during the past year, the new PEA incorporates potential increased mining rates that are 50% higher than the rates used in the December 2016 PEA. The Kamoa-Kakula Project – a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining Group and the DRC government – has been independently ranked as the world’s largest high-grade, major copper discovery by international mining consultant Wood Mackenzie.The three potential development scenarios examined include:Initial mine development scenario. The Kakula 2017 PEA evaluates the development of a 6 Mt/y underground mine and surface processing complex at the Kakula Deposit – a discovery announced in early 2016 – as the project’s first phase of development.Expanded, two-mine development scenario. The Kakula 2017 PEA also includes an option for an integrated, 12 Mt/y, two-stage development, beginning with initial production from the Kakula Mine, to be followed by a subsequent, separate underground mining operation at the nearby Kansoko Mine, along with the construction of a smelter.Kamoa 2017 pre-feasibility study (PFS). The Kamoa 2017 PFS evaluates the development of the Kansoko Mine as a stand-alone 6 Mt/y underground mine and surface processing complex that would be supplied with ore from the planned development of the Kansoko Sud and Kansoko Centrale areas of the Kamoa Deposit, which were discovered in 2008. The PFS refines the findings of the Kamoa March 2016 PFS, which envisaged a production rate of 3 Mt/y.The Kakula 2017 PEA and Kamoa 2017 PFS were independently prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd, Amec Foster Wheeler E&C Services Inc, SRK Consulting Inc, Stantec Consulting LLC, Golder Associates Ltd, KGHM Cuprum R&D Centre Ltd and DRA Global.While not evaluated in the new PEA, Ivanhoe and Zijin also are exploring potential options to accelerate future production by building the Kakula and Kansoko mines concurrently as well as expansions to 18 Mt/y and beyond as exploration progresses at Kamoa-Kakula and on Ivanhoe’s 100%-owned exploration licences in the Western Forelands area to the west of Kamoa-Kakula, where drilling recently started.“Kamoa-Kakula is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most disruptive Tier One copper project in the world today,” said Friedland. “The 12 Mt/y development scenario clearly shows the economic potential for a phased development plan for Kamoa-Kakula to become one of the largest copper mines in existence. However, we are confident that there are more high-grade copper discoveries to be made in the area and the ultimate scale of operations at Kamoa-Kakula will be much larger. The exceptionally high copper grades, thickness and continuity of the Kakula Discovery really distinguish this project from anything we have seen during our 35-plus years in the industry. These unique characteristics should allow us to build a world-scale copper mine with an initial capital cost expected to be far lower than other operations of this size.”last_img read more

Greek Ambassador visits La Trobe University

first_imgThe Greek Ambassador, Alexios Christopoulos and the Greek Consul General for Melbourne Christos Salamanis visited La Trobe University on April 23 where they met with La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson and other university officials.While on the campus the Greek Ambassador and the Greek Consul inspected the University’s extensive archive, which includes materials related to the migration of Greek immigrants to Australia. The offering of Hellenic Studies by universities such as La Trobe University are important according to Mr Christopoulos because it “connects with the fundamental nature of our culture and society.”The Greek Ambassador expressed his confidence about the University’s on-going support for Hellenic Studies.“It is very helpful to meet the Vice-Chancellor here and having understood his feeling and capabilities I’m sure about the future of Hellenic studies at La Trobe,” he said.In December last year, Professor Chris Mackie, an internationally recognised scholar with a publication record and research agenda combining the ancient and modern worlds, was appointed to the position of Professorial Director of the Research Centre for Greek Studies at La Trobe University.The Research Centre was established earlier in 2009 replacing the National Centre of Hellenic Studies and Research also known by its Greek acronym EKEME. The new centre is within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and promotes multidisciplinary research in topics related to Greece, its language, modern history and the study of Greek Diasporas around the world.Professor Johnson was delighted to welcome the Greek Ambassador to La Trobe and paid tribute to the enormous contribution of volunteers and donors from the Greek community who have generously contributed their time and money over the years to supporting La Trobe’s Hellenic programs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more