At the city stadium in Ilijas, FK Bosna Sema won against the team “Sporta“ in the penultimate match of the season within the Group B of the Cantonal League of Sarajevo.It was their twelfth consecutive win, by which they ensured a place in the final of the Cup.The first half of the match passed in the initiative of the team from Sarajevo, they had several chances, and Hiros brought them in a leadership, after the assist of Hrvanovic.The opponent, team of “Sporta“, tried in several occasions to create a chance for a goal from counter-attacks and half-counters, but unsuccessfully.The second half passed in a quite nervous game, especially of the team “Sporta“, which was more concrete in the second half and had a slight initiative at intervals. Although, with the strong defense and the determination, Bosna Sema managed to keep the lead and come out as winners.“Sporta“ finished the game with two players less, after two red cards.On Friday, Bosna Sema plays against the team of Butmir at the additional stadium Asim Ferhatovic Hase, and finishes the season with its game. In the further period, they will play two semi-final matches and one final match.The following players played in the Bosna Sema team: Tipura, Mahić, Sinanović, Ćatić, Ferhatović, Branković, Bečić, Hrvanović, Hiroš, Mujanović, Mujić. Additionally, Handanović and Redžo played as well.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)
Story Highlights Twenty-seven personnel have already been trained under a programme of upskilling, which forms part of the Public Sector Transformation Project (PSTP). Twenty-seven personnel have already been trained under a programme of upskilling, which forms part of the Public Sector Transformation Project (PSTP).The training, organised by the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), targeted officers in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the training focused on the use of economic and statistical data analytics software to improve planning and forecasting.“The next training initiative is workforce planning with the human resources [group] in the public sector,” he informed, while providing an update on the transformation and modernisation exercise, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, recently.The five strategic pillars under the transformation programme are Public Sector Efficiency and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Shared Corporate Services; Public Bodies; Human Resource Management Transformation; and Wage Bill Management.Dr. Clarke noted that upskilling of public officers is pivotal to the programme, as changes, particularly in ICT “will require new skills and new jobs”.“We will need… skills in data analytics and data security, reporting and forecasting, and other areas… to allow for navigation of this new era… because it’s going to be a different public sector,” he pointed out.He said that the TIU will be working with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to identify and provide the necessary training that enables all officers to navigate the impending changes.“To ensure successful implementation of these five pillars and the policies and steps that they comprise, it is our intention to [train and] certify 84 change managers across the public sector in the initial phase,” Dr. Clarke indicated.He said the training will equip them with the requisite knowledge to help public officers through the process “and ensure that they are ready for the new environment”.Additionally, the Minister said the programme will be supported by “robust and aggressive” communication, to ensure that stakeholders are “engaged and updated accordingly”.Citing the upcoming public-sector debate competition, which will be open to all officers across MDAs, Dr. Clarke said “it will provide an opportunity for public officers to tackle the issues around public-sector transformation and propose solutions for a better public service”.The competition will take place between March and April 2019. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the training focused on the use of economic and statistical data analytics software to improve planning and forecasting. The training, organised by the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), targeted officers in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).
Story Highlights Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mrs. Sewell said the document will be made available to Jamaicans as soon as it is approved by the Cabinet. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, received Jamaica’s 3rd National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, today (March 27), for submission to the Cabinet.The National Communication highlights the activities that Parties have completed or are planning to complete in fulfilment of their obligations as Parties to the Convention.Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Una May Gordon, handed over the document at a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Climate Change Division is the National Focal Point to the Climate Change Convention and has responsibility for the preparation of the document.Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mrs. Sewell said the document will be made available to Jamaicans as soon as it is approved by the Cabinet.“The acceptance of the third National Communication is an integral step in the process to obtain Cabinet’s consideration of this important report by the Minister with responsibility for Climate Change in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,” she said.The Permanent Secretary noted that the document, a repository of useful climate change information, includes the most up-to-date inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2006 to 2012 as well as a profile of projected GHG emissions up to 2050.Additionally, she said the document contains several assessments of Jamaica’s vulnerability and options for coping with the adverse impacts of climate change on several sectors, including water resources, agriculture, human health, coastal resources, human settlements and tourism.“This information will be used by several individuals, including urban and rural planners, decision-makers, students, project developers, energy generators and a host of persons who rely on climate change information specific to Jamaica,” she noted.The Permanent Secretary also revealed that Jamaica submitted the First Biennial Update Report in 2016, in association with its implementing partner, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica.In her remarks, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP, Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said it is important that all aspects of climate change be addressed, “given the impact of climate change on economic growth and poverty reduction.”She said the UNDP had worked with personnel of the Climate Change Division to complete the publication of the 1st and 2nd National Communication.“This is the third and we will continue to work on the fourth. We will continue to support the Government’s National Communication and other future endeavours,” she added. Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Una May Gordon, handed over the document at a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Audrey Sewell, received Jamaica’s 3rd National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, today (March 27), for submission to the Cabinet.
Mytopher explained that the big increase in donations this year was due to the event being in its second year, and from other items that were donated to the silent auction. She also said that residents who have been diagnosed with MS are more open to talking about it.“People are more aware that its happening. More people are wanting to talk about being diagnosed with it, that’s one thing that came across this year at the walk. People are ready to talk about it and come out and have a peer support group. They want to have that happen.”Mytopher said that she’s already begun to plan next year’s MS Walk, which includes other fundraisers leading up to the event including a burger and beer night. She said that next year’s walk is tentatively scheduled to happen in Centennial Park during the last weekend in May.Donations are still being accepted at the MS Walk website: http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/BCandYukonDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6159 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After raising nearly $16,000 at the inaugural event last year, the second annual MS Walk in Fort St. John nearly doubled last year’s tally on Sunday.MS Walk organizer Sherri Mytopher said that 91 walkers and 15 teams registered for Sunday’s three kilometre walk, which took place at Centennial Park. She said however that on the day of the walk, there were 130 that checked in, with another 20 who didn’t, bringing the estimated total number of walkers to 150. Mytopher said that both online and cash donations, which are still being accepted, currently total over $34,000. She explained that the total that has been brought in so far is even than events in other communities that are led by MS Society staff.
New Delhi/Lucknow: In a surprise move, the BJP on Monday announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes. However, Sharad Tripathi’s father, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, has been given BJP ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in Uttar Pradesh. Ramapati Ram Tripathi was the UP BJP chief during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Deoria was represented by former Union minister Kalraj Mishra. Last year, Nishad, a joint candidate of SP-BSP, had defeated BJP’s Upendra Shukla in Gorakhpur in a surprise bypoll win, after Adityanath, who had represented the Lok Sabha seat five times since 1998, became the chief minister. However, Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party’s candidate from Gorakhpur. Nishad is son of the Sanjay Nishad, the head of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP. With the list of candidates releases by the party Monday, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which will start on April 11 and continue till May 19. The saffron party has decided to field UP cooperative minister Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014. The party has fielded KP Singh from Jaunpur and Ramesh Bind from Bhadohi, it said.
Kolkata: An NGO and district administration joined hands to make it possible for persons with mental illness to cast their votes in Murshidabad on Monday. Sixty-four inmates of Berhampore Mental Hospital exercised their franchise at the polling station in Krishnanath School in Berhampore.The NGO sought help from local administration to make the initiative a reality. It claimed that this is for the first time inmates of a mental hospital were casting their votes. A section of administrative officials were not sure how persons with mental illness would cast their vote. The NGO members told the officials that these inmates should not be denied their basic rights. The NGO sought the intervention of the Election Commission for necessary permissions for the initiative, which was granted by the Commission. The district administration took all necessary arrangements to help the inmates of the mental hospital take part in the electoral process. The NGO conducted an awareness programme at the hospital so that inmates get acquainted with the electoral process. They stood in queue since the morning braving the hot and humid weather to cast their votes. A social worker was allowed by the commission to enter the polling booth to provide assistance to these inmates. A member of the NGO said all the inmates of the mental hospital were not undergoing treatment and many of them had recovered but they failed to join the mainstream as their families had denied to accept them. The inmates were happy after casting their votes. The inmates of the Pavlov Hospital, which provides medical care to people with mental illness in the city, may also cast their votes for the Lok Sabha elections this time.
Martinez adjusted and raised his slugging percentage to .500 against fastballs in the upper third and above the zone in 2017 when he became aware of the counterpunch that pitchers were throwing at him with the four-seam spin. Martinez slugged .584 against fastballs in the same location this season.Here’s Martinez versus an elevated 99 mph fastball from Houston’s Gerrit Cole earlier this year:“I knew there was an adjustment that needed to be made,” Martinez said. “I can’t tell you my secrets. No one told me. I had to go in there and grind myself and figure it out.”That’s not the only change Martinez has made.His pull percentage is also at its lowest level (at 37.7 percent) since he was an Astro in 2013. Out of 360 qualified hitters, Martinez ranked 268th this year despite playing in a home park with some of the most favorable left-field dimensions for a right-handed hitter. Perhaps with this approach, Martinez is also trying to combat defensive shifts.While 55.1 percent of ground balls were pulled this season, only 51.9 percent of Martinez’s grounders were hit to the pull side, ranking 252nd out of 340 hitters. In each season from 2014 to 2017, Martinez hit at least 60.8 percent of ground balls to the left side. Also of note is that his ground-ball percentage (at 43.5 percent) is the highest since before his metamorphosis, speaking to a change in swing angle. Martinez dropped his average launch angle from 13.4 degrees in 2016 and 15.2 degrees in 2017 to 10.6 degrees this season.Though Martinez is spreading his batted balls around more on the ground now, he’s always had power to all fields in the air, where he still wants to drive the ball. He had the seventh-highest rate of air balls hit to the opposite field this season at 47.7 percent. Since that 2014 season, when he remade his swing, he has increased his opposite-field fly ball and line drive rate every year. But unlike many hitters, Martinez uses the opposite field for power. Martinez had the fourth highest home run-to-fly ball rate on balls hit to the opposite field this season. He hit .360 on balls to right field and slugged .919.But when he does pull the ball in the air, he’s even better. He hit .828 and slugged 1.813 on air balls he hit to the left side. At a time when so many complain about hitters not using the whole field, Martinez is doing just that.Though Martinez has made plenty of changes, he’s still squaring up pitches like few major league hitters. Statcast’s “barrels” per plate appearances metric, which evaluates the quality of a hitter’s contact using exit velocity of ball off bat and launch angle, has him near the top of the leaderboard again this season — as he has been since the measure was introduced in 2015.Over the past five years, Martinez has been at the vanguard of the sport’s trends. He may just be giving hitters a road map for adapting to an ever-changing game.Check out our latest MLB predictions. J.D. Martinez changed baseball hitting philosophy once. Maybe he’s playing a part in changing it again.Martinez was one of the original fly-ball revolutionaries. He was one of the first hitters to go against convention, possibly risking his career, by adopting an uppercut swing to try to hit for more power. Like many hitters, he was taught to use a flat, level swing. But he wondered more and more why his best swing, what coaches preached, resulted simply in singles up the middle. From 2011 to 2013, while with the Houston Astros, Martinez posted a .251 average, a .387 slugging mark and an 88 OPS+.1OPS+ considers a hitter’s overall ability but adjusts to account for ballpark and run-scoring environment. An OPS+ of 100 constitutes league average. OPS+ allows players across eras to be compared. He knew as a corner outfielder that his career was in jeopardy. After watching former teammate and fly-ball hitter Jason Castro, Martinez sought out a private swing instructor and transformed himself. He tried to convince Astros management that he had changed the following spring, but he was released in March 2014.You probably know the rest of the story. The Tigers picked up Martinez in 2014, and he immediately became a star. Prior to this season, the Boston Red Sox guaranteed him $110 million over five years even though he’s entering his early 30s, when most hitters are expected to begin to decline. But instead of showing his age, the 31-year-old Martinez rewarded the Red Sox with a .330/.402/.629 slash line, 43 homers and 130 RBIs, along with a career-best 173 OPS+. The Red Sox were so invested in Martinez’s style of hitting they even hired a like-minded hitting coach in Tim Hyers. Hyers and Martinez helped Mookie Betts take the next step in his development to become an undersized slugger and the American League’s best player.All of that has taken the Red Sox to just one win away from advancing to the AL Championship Series, with the Houston Astros waiting. Boston meets the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS Tuesday night.Martinez isn’t the same hitter that he was when he turned around his career in 2014. He keeps evolving.“Look at my swing from 2014 to now, and it’s changed so much,” Martinez told me in September. “Just look at it. Just look at the swing. It’s black and white. It’s looks different. Every year it’s kind of changed. Everything changes.”As hitters like Martinez have started to crush low, sinking fastballs, more and more pitchers have tried to counter uppercut swings with elevated high-spin fastballs. In 2015 and 2016, pitchers could and did exploit Martinez at the top of the zone. Consider Martinez’s slugging-per-pitch numbers against fastball locations from 2014-17 (visualized by FanGraphs): In 2015 and ’16, he slugged a paltry .347 against four-seam fastballs in the upper upper third and above the zone. Here’s Martinez flailing at a high fastball from Mike Montgomery in 2015:But that hole in Martinez’s swing is gone this season.
Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson influencing running backs in first season in Columbus. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State released the contracts of its three new football assistant coaches, collectively worth $1.15 million in the 2017 fiscal year and $1.55 million in 2018.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day and co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson have agreed to two years with the program. Linebackers coach Bill Davis has only a one-year deal.According to the terms of the agreement, Davis is slated to make $500,000 in base salary this season.Day signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract. He will make $400,000 in base salary in the upcoming season and the remaining $800,000 his second season.Wilson’s two-year deal is worth $1.4 million. His base salary will be $650,000 in his first year; it will climb to $750,000 the following season. Wilson’s first-year salary is the same compensation former OSU co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner made in 2016.Like most contracts across college football, the assistant coaches can earn significant additional pay from success-based incentives.If OSU wins the Big Ten East, each coach will earn an 8.5 percent raise on their base salary. They’ll receive 4.25 percent raises if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship game. If the team wins at least nine games and doesn’t make a College Football Playoff bowl game, coaches will receive a 4.25 percent raise.Each coach will receive a 17 percent raise from their base salary if the team plays in a postseason CFP game. If the Buckeyes make it to a semifinal CFP and lose, the coaches will receive a 21.25 percent raise on their base salary. Should they win the semifinal game and advance to the finals, each coach will see a 25.5 percent raise in their base salary. Any of the aforementioned incentives will be issued out to the coaches within 60 days following the conclusion of the semifinal game.Though OSU has yet to pay an assistant coach a base salary of at least $1 million, if the highest total of incentives are reached, Wilson would surpass the threshold in his first and second years, while Day would be paid in excess of $1 million in his second year.If OSU wins the Big Ten East, the Big Ten championship game and makes it to the national championship game in 2017, Wilson will make $359,125 in addition to his $650,000 salary. If the Buckeyes were to do the same in 2018, Wilson’s total plus incentives would be $1,164,375, and Day’s total would be $1,242,000.According to multiple media outlets that received the contracts, three Michigan assistant coaches will make over $1 million in base salary in 2017.Wison, Day and Davis are budgeted $600 per month to spend on a car. The trio is also compensated with six football tickets and two men’s basketball tickets.If Davis, Wilson or Day leave OSU to take an assistant coach position at a Power 5 conference, Notre Dame or BYU, they would have to pay OSU $100,000, if they leave before April 30, 2018, and $50,000 if they leave the school between May 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.Ryan Day contractBill Davis contractKevin Wilson contract
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison speaks to the media on National Signing Day. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorGreg Mattison was very complimentary of the defensive line as soon as he was hired as a co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State. He said it was not hard to see the level of talent the group had, saying he wanted to turn them loose as soon as he saw what they could do. Then he saw the rest of the defense. Without having a position room to call his own, Mattison watched everyone: from co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley and the cornerbacks to Al Washington and the linebackers. “When I look at people, I go, ‘Boy, that’s a second-teamer?’” Mattison said. “‘That’s a pretty good second-teamer.’”With the amount of talent at his disposal, Mattison saw a way to utilize tempo, something he has embraced in his 48 years coaching football, encouraging players to go as fast and as hard as they can. Ohio State has the ability to do that because second-and-third team players on the sideline waiting to get their opportunity and play with the same amount of energy and effort when the starter has given his all. “That’s our deal: that we have enough depth and we have enough talent that the next guy steps up, gives you a break,” Mattison said. “It doesn’t mean you did something wrong, it means you can come back and be way, way more healthy and way more vibrant and way more energy, and then the next guy goes back in again.” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said he had something similar this past season in the wide receiver room. He said when Parris Campbell needed a break, then-redshirt junior K.J. Hill could step up and get reps, when Terry McLaurin needed sidelined, Johnnie Dixon was there to back him up. For Day, that’s the ideal situation for the entire team, calling it a “two-deep and a spare.” With that, he said, no matter the position, it keeps players fresh late in games and late in the season. With the experience Mattison has, Day said this was part of the reason why he wanted him on his defensive coaching staff. “He kind of has that mentor feel, where you look to him for advice, been around a long time, seen a lot of football, a lot of wisdom. I feel like that was important to have. He’s someone that the guys look to with a lot of respect, where he’s been, who he’s coached what he’s done,” Day said. “When he speaks, people listen.” On the defense, Mattison highlighted the amount of depth on the defensive line and the linebacker positions as ones that could really make this approach come to life. “When you have a really, really good defense, you don’t have a person second-team,” Mattison said. “You have a first-first team and a second-first team. And that’s how it’s going to look.” Mattison has bought into the Ohio State football culture when it comes to tempo. From junior defensive end Chase Young to sophomore defensive end Tyreke Smith, from redshirt junior linebacker Tuf Borland, who was also sidelined with an injury, to sophomore linebacker Teradja Mitchell, Mattison seems to have the pieces to create a defense that has one common goal. “Our thing is to try and keep it simpler and let them play and not make it too simple, but put it in their hands more,” Mattison said.