2011 Football Highlights

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Absolutely SPECTACULAR.My favorite part is Randle flipping the ball at the camera at the 0:46 mark.last_img

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Video: Iowa WR Tevaun Smith Breaks Odell Beckham’s World Record With 41 One-Handed Catches In A Minute

first_imgClose-up view of Iowa footballs.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Your Guinness world record didn’t last very long, Odell Beckham. The New York Giants’ wide receiver set a world record on Thursday, catching 33 of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees’ passes in a minute with one hand on ESPN’s Super Bowl set in Scottsdale, Ariz. Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith one-upped the NFL star on Friday, snagging 41 passes using only one hand. .@TevaunSmith goes for @OBJ_3‘s one-handed catch world record and snags 41 in a minute! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 http://t.co/BnLBmRNutP— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) January 30, 2015Smith had two less catches in that one-minute video than he did during the entire 2014 season, during which he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns.last_img read more

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Defensive revolution! How Man Utd will line up with £80m Maguire

first_imgAfter what has felt like a drawn-out transfer saga, Harry Maguire has finally joined Manchester United from Leicester City.While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is far from done yet with his Old Trafford rebuild, his new United is beginning to take shape.With an increased focus on young, hungry talent, players ready to hit the ground running thanks to their familiarity with the requirements of the British game, the Norwegian will be hoping that his team can get off to a better start this season than they managed under Jose Mourinho in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But what will Maguire bring to the Red Devils having finally become a United player?In the England international, Solskjaer has somebody who has delivered with a decent level of consistency in his Leicester career and has also shown a level of work-rate at his previous club Hull City which has clearly persuaded Mike Phelan – then Tigers number two and latterly manager, now Solskjaer’s right-hand man – to put in a good word for him at United.He could also prove to be very versatile thanks to his role in differing shapes in his career so far.Maguire has been widely identified as not being quick enough to fit in to the kind of high-pressing outfit which the new United look set to become, apparently unable to make up any ground lost to nippy forwards in behind the defensive line.But he has proven his powers of recovery time and again in the shirts of Leicester and England.Manchester United Back Four PSWhat speed he gives up in his legs he often accounts for in his head, with his anticipatory defending getting club and country out of many a tight spot. He’s a big, brave leader of a defender too, which is something United have lacked too often in recent years.Just as Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the first natural right-back at the club for a good few years, with the instincts of a defender and the ability to effect a tackle in the heart, the body and the mind rather than in the memory bank, so Maguire is unique in United’s ranks in that he is a fearless centre-back at the top of his game.But for Lindelof, who can’t have been far behind Luke Shaw in the club’s Player of the Year polling last season, United’s centre-back options have all failed them to some extent of late. As such, Lindelof and Maguire should now be considered the primary partnership when Solskjaer looks to line up with his favoured four-man defence to begin the new campaign.The only question mark may be in relation to which right-footer plays on their more natural side, with Maguire having played to the left of Wes Morgan for Leicester and Lindelof having often played in the same channel alongside Chris Smalling for the Reds.Lindelof has said in the past that he is happy to fill in on the left, but Maguire seems to have fitted in on that side more naturally.“For me, it’s not a problem. I’m used to playing on the left side as well but I’ll play wherever the manager wants me to play,” Lindelof told ManUtd.com in October 2018.“I don’t see a problem having two right-footers as central defenders. I have quite a good left foot and can manage to play on the left as well so it’s not a problem.”Man Utd possible XIAnother option open to Solskjaer would be to go with three at the back, particularly if he wants to play with an extra edge in attack and allow Paul Pogba more responsibility in midfield. Maguire has played in a back three extensively, both with England and with Hull.At the KCOM Stadium he managed to eventually force his way into a line-up which had seen Steve Bruce abandon his traditional 4-4-2 for a three-man back line with Alex Bruce, James Chester and Curtis Davies having initially filled the roles.And with England the 26-year-old became something of a national hero when playing as part of a trio at the 2018 World Cup finals alongside Kyle Walker and John Stones.That would allow Wan-Bissaka and Shaw greater freedom to get forward as wing-backs for United, supplying width from deep in attack.However Solskjaer chooses to deploy Maguire, he and Wan-Bissaka look likely to make United a far more solid proposition defensively than they have been in quite some time.The manager’s rebuild will likely continue well into the 2020-21 season, with United clearly needing far more than just three or four additions to what was quickly proven to be a squad lacking in quality last term.However, their defence at the very least should be far more reliable and consistent in the forthcoming campaign than it has been under successive managers since 2013. 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Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus with triple camera, Snapdragon 660 leaked ahead of April 2 launch

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 10:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSHMD Global is expected to announce the Nokia X71 on April 2.The Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus is tipped to sport a punch-hole display.The Nokia X71 may come with triple rear cameras and a Snapdragon 660 SoC.HMD Global is expected to announce a brand new Nokia phone in Taiwan on Tuesday, April 2. The company sent out invites for a launch event where it is rumoured to announce the Nokia X71. Now, there seems to be some confusion whether the Nokia X71 will be named Nokia 8.1 Plus or Nokia 6.2, but for the sake of staying in line with most recent reports, we will be going with Nokia 8.1 Plus. The upcoming handset is expected to come with a punch-hole display, triple cameras and a Snapdragon 660 chipset based on new reports.The Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus was spotted on Geekbench last week, revealing that the mid-range smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. Additionally, the benchmark listing mentions 6GB of RAM and Android Pie software running inside what is expected to be an Android One smartphone.The upcoming Nokia phone is widely expected to be HMD’s first phone with a punch-hole display of around 6.22 inches. Past renders have suggested a hole in the display on the top left side to house a selfie camera. Interestingly, while past renders have suggested dual rear camera, newer reports now claim triple cameras for the Nokia X71 or Nokia 8.1 Plus. Nokia X71 sketch courtesy NokiaPowerUserNokiaPowerUser reported based on a “dependable” source that the Nokia X71 will come with triple rear cameras. As per the latest leak, the triple camera setup will include a 48MP primary camera, a 2MP secondary camera and a third camera with a 5MP sensor. The leak doesn’t specify the types of lenses being used, but we expect an ultra wide-angle lens to be part of the configuration. Notably, the leakster told NPU that the Nokia X71 will not be called Nokia 6.2, which once again leads us to believe it will be called Nokia 8.1 Plus.advertisementThe report by NPU backs the Geekbench listing when it comes to the Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. However, the latest report claims the Nokia X71 will sport a 6.4-inch display rather than a 6.22-inch screen. This will come with a FHD+ resolution, which isn’t surprising. The handset is also said to house a 3,500mAh battery.If HMD Global indeed announces the Nokia X71 on April 2, we won’t have to wait too long to find out the official specs and design. We might have to wait a bit longer to know whether it will be called the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 8.1 Plus.ALSO READ | Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus with 48MP camera to launch on April 2Get 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow nokiaFollow Nokia 8.1 PlusFollow HMD Global Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus with triple camera, Snapdragon 660 leaked ahead of April 2 launchA new report reveals that the Nokia X71 aka Nokia 8.1 Plus will come with triple rear cameras that will include a 48MP sensor. The phone is also expected to launch with a Snapdragon 660 SoC and punch-hole display.advertisementlast_img read more

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PAJ Engages Stakeholders on Proposed Development of Goat Islands

first_img President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Professor Gordon Shirley, on November 1, engaged several stakeholders at the Jamaica Conference Centre with a presentation and discussion surrounding the proposed development of the Goat Islands.The proposal made by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is for the establishment of a transshipment port and an industrial commercial economic zone on the Goat Islands and on lands north of the Old Harbour Bay area, in St. Catherine, as part of the global logistics hub initiative.Professor Shirley, in putting the need for development in perspective, indicated that the rest of the world is moving in sync with the expansion of the shipping industry, which has seen ports along the east coast of the United States expanding, such as Miami, which recently added four new cranes.He emphasised that Jamaica must capitalize on its unique position of having the most favourable location in the region, particularly with the impending expansion of the Panama Canal.   “We must deepen our channel to stay in the game or the shipping lines will go away,” Professor Shirley warned.The President expressed the need to ensure that the ports operate at world class levels. “We have to move in a direction of adding greater value to the cargo which comes to Jamaica and at the moment this is the single largest opportunity to do so,” he added.Professor Shirley also mentioned the impending privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal under a concessionary arrangement which would span 35 years, noting that there are three pre-qualified players in the tender process. They are CMACGM China Merchant Marine, Singapore Port Authority and Dubai Port World. The process should be completed by mid 2014.A report on an Environmental Management Scoping Survey of the Portland Bight Area, in Clarendon,  of which the Goat Islands are a part,  was shared by Professor Shirley. It was undertaken on behalf of the PAJ by Conrad Douglas and Associates Ltd.The survey was intended to assess and monitor the proposed project area, undertake detailed environmental and feasibility studies and offer guidance to the Chinese investors about the required development processes and approvals, which must be followed.The President, who was in his first day on the job, made it clear that the Environmental Management Scoping Study was in no way intended to replace an Environmental Impact Assessment, which would be undertaken after a Framework Agreement had been done and the project submitted to Cabinet for approval.Professor Shirley said the proposed development is important to Jamaica, not just for employment creation, but also for development of the maritime sector.Stakeholders included residents of Old Harbour Bay, members of academia, environmentalists and representatives of the private sector.A summary of the key points of the Environmental Management Scoping Study report can be viewed on the PAJ’s website at: www.portjam.com. Professor Shirley says Jamaica must capitalize on its unique position in the region. Story Highlights Professor Shirley said the proposed development is important to Jamaica for development of the maritime sector. PAJ indicated that the rest of the world is moving in sync with the expansion of the shipping industry.last_img read more

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Poseidon Goes Public

first_imgzoom Containership operator Poseidon Containers Holdings Corp. launched on Tuesday its initial public offering of 15.4 million common shares targeting to raise $231 million in net proceeds.The company will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2.3 million additional common shares. The estimated price range for the offering is USD 14 to USD 16 per common share.Poseidon said it expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund a portion of the contracted purchase price of four containerships that it has agreed to acquire. The funds would be streamlined to fund either  a portion of the purchase price of additional high specification or new design fuel-efficient containerships or the company’s acquisition of two additional containerships and the newbuilding contracts for the construction of two further containerships.The company has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PCON.”Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., UBS Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Jefferies LLC, and ABN AMRO Securities (USA) LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the initial public offering. DVB Capital Markets LLC, Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., and UniCredit Capital Markets LLC are acting as co-managers.The company has a fleet of 19 containerships, comprising of five Handymax vessels, two Panamax vessels and 12 Post-Panamax vessels, of which three are new-designs, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 95,717 TEU and a TEU-weighted average age of approximately 11.5 years.last_img read more

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Highdose Flu Vaccine Available in LongTerm Care Facilities

first_imgThousands of Nova Scotians living in long-term care facilities will have access to a new flu vaccine this fall, which will provide greater protection for seniors and is expected to reduce hospital stays. The high-dose vaccine is formulated specifically for elderly adults with chronic, complex health conditions. It is four times the strength of the standard vaccine and helps boost immune response. It is significantly more effective than the standard vaccine for the frail elderly. “Nova Scotians living in long-term care facilities have the highest rates of severe illness and hospitalizations from influenza,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “By making the high-dose flu vaccine available in our long-term care facilities this year, we’re helping protect those most at risk.” Government will purchase more than 7,000 doses of the vaccine for adults living in long-term and residential care facilities across Nova Scotia. Evidence suggests immunizing all long-term care residents with the vaccine could result in about 100 fewer hospital stays. Adults 65 and older represent only 15 per cent of the Canadian population, but experience 67 per cent of influenza-related complications and 88 per cent of influenza-related deaths. The H3N2 strain, which is currently the predominant circulating Influenza A strain in Canada, produces particularly severe illness in the elderly. “Because the immune system declines as we age, older adults are more susceptible to influenza even when they are vaccinated – and this is especially true of individuals in long-term care,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “For the general population, the standard vaccine provides adequate protection against the flu. But evidence shows that for elderly people with multiple chronic conditions, the high-dose vaccine yields better protection and fewer complications from the flu.” Vaccines for the upcoming flu season will be available in the fall. The standard flu vaccine is available to all Nova Scotians free of charge through their care providers, community pharmacies and public health and employer clinics.last_img read more

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Uncapped Jalaj Saxena scripts first class record

first_imgAlur (Karnataka): The Duleep Trophy contest between India Red and India Blue ended without a result but all-rounder Jalaj Saxena achieved a rare feat. While playing for India Blue, the 32-year-old became the only uncapped player to score over 6,000 runs beside scalping 300 wickets in first-class cricket. With this, Saxena has entered an elite group of legends to achieve the feat but he is the only one who is still to get a call in the national team. So far, the right-arm off-spinner has featured in 113 first-class games, amassing 6,044 runs and 305 wickets. Despite such performances, Saxena, who was pocketed by Delhi Capitals in IPL this year for Rs 20 lakh, has been overlooked by the national selectors.last_img read more

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Sherritt to transfer part ownership of Madagascar mine to settled debt woes

first_imgTORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) says it has reached a deal with the joint owners of a Madagascar mine that will see it transfer more ownership to cut its outstanding debt.The Toronto-based miner says it will shift a 28 per cent interest in the Ambatovy nickel mine joint venture to partners Sumitomo Corp. and Korea Resources Corp. in a deal that will eliminate $1.3 billion in partner loans from its balance sheet.Sherritt will be left with a 12 per cent stake in the mine, but remain operator until at least 2024.The company has struggled to make payments on its debt to the partners, and has been operating under a temporary deferral agreement while unable to make cash payments.Sherritt says the Ambatovy mine is the world’s largest finished nickel operation of its kind, with expected production this year of 36,000- to 39,000-tonnes of finished nickel and 3,300 to 3,600 tonnes of finished cobalt.The company also says it has had a fatality at its Energas S.A. power generation in Cuba due to an apparent electrocution.last_img read more

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Ban concerned after troops from neighbouring countries enter Bahrain

14 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted with concern that troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council have reportedly entered Bahrain, where public protests against the king have led to growing violence. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was troubled that the violence had left many people injured over the past few days, adding that the United Nations is in touch with all the Bahraini parties, including the Government and key opposition parties who have conveyed their concerns to the Secretary-General on the latest developments. “The Secretary-General strongly believes that peaceful means should be adopted to ensure national unity and stability,” the statement stressed. “He appeals to all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to do everything possible to prevent the use of force and further violence. He also underscores the responsibility of all parties to act in strict accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law.”Mr. Ban reiterated his call on all national stakeholders to reach common ground without delay on a meaningful and broad-based national dialogue, and on Bahrain’s regional neighbours and the wider international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reform.“The United Nations continues to stand ready to provide support to nationally-led efforts, if requested to do so,” the statement concluded.Last month, Mr. Ban called for an immediate end to violence against peaceful protesters in Bahrain and said he would be contacting leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to urge them to institute bold reforms and not repression in the face of the popular demonstrations that have swept the region. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also voiced alarm at what she called the excessive use of force by Bahraini authorities, including the killing of peaceful protesters, and urged respect for the right to demonstrate. read more

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Korea to provide USD 25 million for maritime university

In response to the Sri Lanka Government’s request, KOICA extensively analyzed various factors such as status and development potential of oceanic industries and their contribution to the national economy, their forward and backward linkages, the stakeholders’ interests and the future market expansion as a whole in several feasibility studies, and then prioritized the areas for principal support in accordance with the Sri Lankan Government’s policies for economic growth, employment creation and increasing the foreign exchange earnings.This project includes a master plan for the upgrading the Ocean University and capacity building program for academics and government officials of Sri Lanka. Korean experts will provide the technical expertise for the master plan development process which includes formulating the academic development road map, developing curriculum for suggested academic programs, and determine equipment plan coupled with the concept drawing for the university. Further, post graduate study opportunities for the academic staff and short term training programs for government official will be provided under the capacity building program.Since Sri Lanka is striving for development in the maritime sector and become the maritime hub in the South Asia, this project can be considered as a significant mile stone in the country’s development path. The skilled man power result from this project will contribute to the sustainable development of the country creating more opportunities out of untapped oceanic resources. KOICA looks forward to the dawn of a new day for Sri Lanka being the hub of marine and maritime industry in Southwest Asia and the bridge between the East and West. As an island nation in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is blessed with many oceanic resources such as fish and marine species, beautiful beaches, minerals, and petroleum. Currently, the country owns 517,000 km2 of Exclusive Economic Zone and is in the process of expanding its boundaries. The agreement between the two countries for the project was signed by Lee Dong Ku; Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office, R. Ranepura; Secretary to the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and Priyantha Rathnayake; Director General of the Department of External Resources. The Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Chandima Weereakkody also attended the event. The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea.A grant of 2.5 Mn USD is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university. The geographical location of the country also provides close proximity to maritime logistics routes linking the Southeast Asian, Middle East and African markets which are advantageous for harbor services and shipping industry. Although the country is abundant with oceanic resources, the ocean industry is not well developed and the resources are not tapped to its potential. Moreover, the country is lacking in training, education and research capacities to produce skillful labor force to uplift the industry.By addressing the need for a specialized higher educational institute for maritime and ocean sciences, the Government of Sri Lanka established the Ocean University in 2015 replacing the National Institute of Fisheries Nautical Engineering (NIFNE) and sought the financial and technical assistance from the Republic of Korea, one of the leading economy in the world that has well developed blue economy, to upgrade the capacities of the University. read more

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Majority of Canadians want to invest more but say they cant afford

TORONTO – A majority of respondents to a new poll about retirement savings feel they haven’t invested enough but say they just don’t have the extra money to put away.The annual survey by Scotiabank found that 64 per cent of those polled cited affordability as an obstacle for them to invest in their RRSPs by the March 1 contribution deadline.That figure is up this year from 59 per cent in 2011 and 53 per cent in 2010.The poll also found that 81 per cent say they haven’t invested enough, compared with 76 per cent in 2011 and 71 per cent a year earlier.Only 17 per cent of those polled say they don’t have any investments at all, compared to 21 per cent last year.Mike Henry, Scotiabank’s senior vice-president and head of retail payments, deposits and lending, urges people who are serious about investing to come up with a financial plan.“Within the framework of a good financial plan, even small contributions can have a big impact over time and get people to the place they want to be financially,” he said in a release.The survey also found that 39 per cent say they wish they had invested at an earlier age, with 23 per cent agreeing that in retrospect, they would’ve spent less and contributed more to their investments.Of those who do have retirement investments, 51 per cent started setting aside money before they turned 30 years old.The poll also found that savings accounts or mutual funds (64 per cent) were still the most popular vehicle for putting away money, followed by RRSPs (56 per cent) and tax-free savings accounts (44 per cent).The poll was conducted online using a Harris/Decima propriety panel that surveyed 1,003 people from a random sample of adults aged 18 and over from across Canada.The survey was conducted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13, 2012. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 10:36 am MDT Majority of Canadians want to invest more, but say they can’t afford it: poll AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Descartes Systems buys Ohiobased MacroPoint trucktracking business

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Descartes Systems buys Ohio-based MacroPoint truck-tracking business WATERLOO, Ont. – Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) has acquired an Ohio-based company that provides location-based truck tracking in a deal valued at US$107 million.Cleveland-based MacroPoint LLC uses on-board electronic logging devices, smartphones and other technology to track vehicles and identify opportunities for additional freight moves.It complements Descartes online logistics services that clients use to route, schedule, track and measure resources around the world.Based in Waterloo, Ont., Descartes paid US$87 million in cash and shares worth US$20 million to acquire MacroPoint. read more

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The Bears Dont Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback

When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the worst defense in franchise history.“We obviously aren’t a good team,” defensive end Jared Allen succinctly put it in 2014 after the Bears allowed consecutive opponents to pile up 50-plus points, a feat that had no precedent in modern professional football.Now, Chicago is under the direction of head coach Matt Nagy, atop the NFC North and in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 season. But seemingly all anyone can talk about is Fangio’s defense.In its most recent victory, Chicago dismantled Tampa Bay’s then-league-best offense in a 48-10 bloodletting. Chicago’s front seven had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, who made his season debut, running toward the nearest airport.Fitzpatrick and Winston haven’t been Chicago’s only victims, though.When it comes to getting at the quarterback, the Bears are off to the third-best start in franchise history. Even though the team had a bye in Week 5, its 18 sacks rank second in the league, one shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19. One-fourth of Chicago’s 16 best single-game sack performances since 2015 came in the first four weeks of this season. At 4.5 sacks per contest so far, Chicago is on pace to tie the NFL single-season sack record of 72, a record the Bears set in 1984.Chicago’s 11.6 percent sack rate1Sack rate is the number of sacks of the opposing quarterback divided by the quarterback’s total dropbacks, including passing attempts and sacks. is 1.5 percentage points ahead of the next-best team. If the Bears can maintain that pace, they would set the the fifth-best mark since 1980, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Chicago’s defense is collapsing the pocket better than perhaps any team.But here’s the remarkable thing about the Bears: They are racking up the sacks despite hardly blitzing.The Bears rank last in the league in blitzing, defined as sending five or more pass rushers at a quarterback who’s dropping back to throw, with 5.0 per contest, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. If Chicago maintained its blitz average for the rest of the season, it would be the sixth-lowest rate since 2006, the first year for which data is available. Other teams have used this formula before. Most notably, Jacksonville last season was able to get to the AFC championship game and field one of the best defenses in football while ranking second in sacks and last in blitzes. Chicago’s defense is 7.6 points better than average this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference’s Defensive Simple Rating System. That’s the franchise’s best mark since the 1985 and 1986 campaigns, when the Bears went a combined 29-3 and won a Super Bowl.Blitz-less defenses aren’t always dominant; the 2006 Indianapolis Colts blitzed the least of any team for which data is available and were the fourth-worst defense in the AFC. But Chicago’s defense is dominating, leading the league in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average,2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” while ranking no lower than third in pass and rush defense.This weekend, Chicago travels to Miami to take on a Dolphins outfit missing several offensive linemen, setting the stage for more defensive highlights from the Bears. A franchise long synonymous with hard-nosed defense and strong play from the linebacker corps has re-established its identity under Fangio.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This is in no small part a function of the Bears’ new $141 million linebacker. Khalil Mack, who became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history after the Bears traded for him last month, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (five) and tied for first in forced fumbles (four). In terms of pressure applied, Mack is ahead of the pace he set in 2016 when he was named defensive player of the year. In Week 3 of this season, during the Bears’ 16-14 win over Arizona, the Cardinals went as far as tasking three men with containing Mack. Late in the second quarter, after Mack beat every last one of those Cardinals, his teammate Akiem Hicks swooped in for the sack.Mack is not only a transcendent talent capable of getting to the quarterback on seemingly every snap; his play has also raised the performance of his teammates. Mack, Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris have accounted for at least 1.5 sacks apiece this season. “Those boys inside can raise so much hell, it’s outrageous,” said hell-raiser Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame defensive end and a member of the vaunted 1985-86 Bears defense, in an interview with The Athletic.Blitzing requires a defensive player to eschew coverage in favor of pressure. Like so many other aspects of football, the blitz is a risk-reward proposition. Get to the quarterback quickly enough, and the play is over — and you may have even created a takeaway. Get to the quarterback a step late, and he will likely find a target in the hole you’ve left.Leaguewide, blitzing is trending down, largely because the game has gotten faster and offensive efficiency continues to skyrocket. It seems that defensive coordinators are content to send fewer pass rushers at the quarterback and instead rely on their secondary in coverage. In four consecutive seasons, the number of blitzes faced by quarterbacks has dropped, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. Opposing quarterbacks saw a 17 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017 in total five-man blitzes.Long a proponent of blitz-scarce schemes, Fangio oversees an optimal situation in Chicago, where the Bears largely abstain from blitzing — yet they still manage to get to the quarterback.“I think the ideal thing is you’d like to pressure when you want to and not feel like you have to,” Fangio told The Athletic. “If you can get to that point, then you feel pretty good.”Fangio was well ahead of the trend of blitz-less defenses. He has held an NFL defensive coordinator role each season since 2011, when he took that job with the San Francisco 49ers, and over that stretch, his defenses have always been among the league’s most blitz-reluctant outfits. read more

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Republic Financial Holdings limited to acquire Scotiabanks banking operations in Guyana

Ronald F deC. Harford, Chairman of RFHLRepublic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in Guyana, St. Maarten and the Eastern Caribbean territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.In a statement on the acquisitions, the Trinidadian based company said that “the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight (8) countries. This price does not include any amounts required to capitalise the branches post-closing. The agreement, executed on November 27, 2018 signalled the commencement of a transaction that is subject to all regulatory and other customary approvals and conditions.”In making the announcement, Ronald F deC. Harford, Chairman of RFHL, said “This acquisition represents another major milestone for the Republic Group. As we grow and acquire significant positions in our existing markets, it is important that we continue to broaden our footprint, regionally and internationally. This agreement, which is subject to all regulatory approvals, affords us the opportunity to reach more clients in the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana, two markets we are familiar with, and build new relationships in St. Maarten. We are confident that our expanded presence or entrance in those markets will redound to the benefit of Scotiabank’s clients and employees as well as Republic’s existing stakeholders. I would like to thank Scotiabank for the confidence expressed in our ability to look after their valuable clients, and we are pleased that all impacted employees of Scotiabank in the 9 countries will join the Republic Group.”The Republic Group’s total asset base as at September 30, 2018 stood at US$10.5 billion, with equity at US$1.5 billion and profits attributable to shareholders for the year ended September 30, 2018 of US$198 million.This acquisition, according to the statement, will increase the Group’s asset size by approximately US$2.5 billion and will be accretive to the earnings of the Group by approximately US$ 0.20 per share. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is advising RFHL on this transaction.“Scotiabank is proud to work with the Republic Group – a leader in financial services in the Caribbean who is well positioned to invest and grow the business, and to provide customers across the region with leading financial solutions that meet their needs,” said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head, International Banking at Scotiabank.Harford explained that RFHL’s focus on seeking out expansion opportunities in the Caribbean is a testament to the Group’s confidence in and commitment to the Caribbean region. He added, “We have a proven track record of adding value to the markets we enter, and we look forward to partnering with the teams in these territories to deliver excellence in customer satisfaction, employee engagement and social responsibility.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnalyst points to job losses, market domination with Republic Bank acquiring Scotiabank’s operationsDecember 5, 2018In “Business”Scotiabank acquisition: Govt worried Republic Bank may wield too much influenceNovember 27, 2018In “Business”Antigua insists on deal for local banks in exchange for giving green-light for Scotiabank saleDecember 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Didipio on target huge resource growth at Côté Lubambe produces Tavan Tolgois

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 31 prefeasibility studies, 15 feasibility studies, 26 projects in development, three new mines that have gone into production, eight existing mines that are expanding, seven merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 42 gold projects, 17 copper, 10 iron ore projects, eight silver, six zinc, five on molybdenum, four rare earths and coal projects, three on lithium and tungsten, two on lead, nickel, uranium, PGMs, potash and cobalt, and one project each on bismuth, base metals, tin, vanadium, titanium, manganese, graphite and phosphate and one polymetallic project. OceanaGold has pre-commissioning activities are underway at the Didipio project in the Philippines where the grinding mills are installed; the high and low voltage switchrooms are installed; the first six power generating units have been run synchronously with the remaining six expected to be commissioned later this month; the initial lift of the TSF is completed and ready to accept tailings; crushing of material to the emergency stockpile is expected to commence later in October and capital costs are on target.Bloomberg has reported “Mongolia’s new government will ignore calls for the nation to take a larger share of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, focusing instead on attracting overseas investors to the country’s biggest coalfield, the foreign minister said. The four-party ruling coalition of Mongolia, which the World Bank said was the world’s fastest growing economy last year, hopes to name “within months” who will develop part of the 6,000 Mt Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, Luvsanvandan Bold said in an interview in Tokyo on October 2. The project, which has the US, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea interested, is a priority, he said.”In its largest investment in Mongolia to date, the EBRD aims to raise standards in the country’s mining industry with a $250 million loan for the development of the Tsagaan Suvarga copper mine located in the Dornogobi province, southeast Mongolia. Through the project the Bank is aiming to help develop a sustainable mining sector in Mongolia. The project also has a strong demonstration effect, as it introduces high environmental and social standards in the Mongolian copper industry, as well as supporting the further growth of a domestically grown company.As construction at the Oyu Tolgoi project is essentially complete and initial production is anticipated in the near term, Turquoise Hill Resources provided investors an update on key elements of the project’s development. The Definitive Integrated Development and Operations Plan (DIDOP) underground feasibility study is ongoing and is now expected to be released in the first half of 2013. The study team is currently evaluating the optimum development plan and updating various sensitivity cases. Capital approvals for underground development will likely be approved in distinct stages.The Korean Consortium (which owns 51%) has advanced $6.7 million to Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo (MMB). This additional cash injection has allowed MMB to continue construction of the Boleo project. Baja Mining has a 49% interest in the Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese project located near Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Unanticipated cost overruns at the Boleo project were identified in April 2012. As a result, significant changes have occurred at Baja Mining.Drilling will commence next month to establish a fresh round of underground nickel reserves at the Mount Windarra mine in Western Australia as its new owners ramp up for a production re-start designed by 2014 to deliver one of the world’s few modern era high grade nickel sulphide mines.PMI Gold Corp announced a C$100 million equity financing to fund the development of its Obotan gold project in accordance with its definitive feasibility study, for Ghana exploration activities and for general and administrative expenses. The NI 43-101 feasibility study demonstrated a robust and viable project at Obotan with key highlights including a pre-tax NPV of $614 million, an IRR of 35% using a $1,300/oz gold price and 5% discount rate, and Proven and Probable Ore Reserves totalling 34.2 Mt at 2.1g/t Au for 2.43 Moz across four deposits.IAMGOLD has an updated resource estimate in accordance with NI 43-101 for its recently acquired Côté gold project, located halfway between Timmins and Sudbury in northern Ontario. The mineral resource estimate incorporates assay results from an additional 79 holes (44,856 m) since the February 24, 2012 estimate announced by Trelawney Mining and Exploration. The new Côté gold resource estimate consists of an Indicated Resource of 131 Mt averaging 0.84 g/t gold for 3.56 Moz and an Inferred Resource of 165 Mt averaging 0.88 g/t of gold for 4.66 Moz. The updated resource estimate, based on a cutoff grade of 0.30 g/t gold, represents a 274% increase in Indicated Resources from the previous estimate.Dragon Mining’s preliminary metallurgical testing has been successfully completed for the exciting Kuusamo gold project in northern Finland. The encouraging results have demonstrated that material from both the Juomasuo and Hangaslampi deposits in Kuusamo North is amenable to conventional comminution, followed by flotation and gravity processes with good gold recovery. Managing Director, Kjel Larsson: “The encouraging laboratory results achieved to date combined with strong results from resource extension drilling have reinforced the excellent potential of Kuusamo.”Nyota announced a new mineral resource estimate for its Tulu Kapi project, in Ethiopia. This incorporates the results from the in‐fill drill program completed during the summer of 2012 as well as being calculated using a new cutoff grade that reflects the indicative economic parameters to be used for the DFS. New total in‐situ mineral resource estimate (Indicated + Inferred) of 24.90 Mt @ 2.34 g/t Au, comprises an upgrade and increase in the Indicated category of 33% to 1,108,000 oz of gold @ 2.36 g/t; and an inferred resource of 764,000 oz @ 2.30 g/t Au. The indicative economic studies conducted for the feasibility study indicate that the economic cutoff grade for the Tulu Kapi project is likely to be between 0.3 and 0.4 g/t Au. As a result the new resource was estimated using a cutoff of 0.3 g/t.TNG has a large vanadium-titanium-iron resource at its 100% owned Mount Peake project located close to existing infrastructure in the Northern Territory of Australia. A patented processing flowsheet (TIVAN) provides a significant competitive advantage allowing for high recovery rates of vanadium whilst also achieving high recovery rates for titanium and iron, which can be sold as a byproduct. The company is now well funded to advance the project through the DFS stage and continue exploration within its diverse portfolio.UraniumSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Melbourne-based uranium-extraction specialist Clean TeQ. The companies will collaborate to test the suitability of Clean TeQ’s patented U-HiSALTM process to extract uranium from acidified saline solutions at UraniumSA’s flagship Samphire uranium project south of Whyalla on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. 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23 of female staff believe male colleagues are paid more for the

first_imgAlmost a quarter (23%) of female employee respondents believe that their male colleagues are paid more for carrying out the same role, according to research by Totaljobs.Its 2016 Gender pay gap report, which surveyed 4,724 employees and 145 employers, also found that 31% of female employee respondents are unaware of how their current organisation makes decisions around salary and pay rises. This compares to 26% of male employee respondents.The research also found:44% of male employee respondents and 43% of female employee respondents have received a pay rise in their current role.Male employee respondents who have received a pay rise were awarded an average increase of £1,764, compared to £1,377 for female employee respondents.9% of male employee respondents and 8% of female employee respondents who received a pay rise were awarded the rise after directly asking for it.75% of female employee respondents do not feel comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to 59% of male respondents. The reasons given for this by female employee respondents include lacking confidence to ask for more money (37%), not wanting to risk damaging the relationship with their manager (30%), not believing that it is part of organisation’s culture (28%), and because they do not like talking about money (25%).58% of male employee respondents feel that men and women receive equal pay, compared to 44% of female respondents.68% of employer respondents have a clear gender pay equality policy.34% of employer respondents review salaries across gender to safeguard against gender discrimination.29% of female employee respondents and 24% of male employee respondents do not believe their organisation actively promotes equality regardless of age, gender or other reasons.Among employee respondents who were awarded a bonus over the last year, on average, female respondents received £931 less than male respondents; £1,128 compared to £2,059.John Salt (pictured), director at Totaljobs, said: “It is disheartening that our research has revealed that despite efforts gender pay equality remains a prominent issue.The application and interview process is a fantastic opportunity for both men and women to negotiate a fair benefits package, including a salary that meets their expectations. I would urge all female candidates to aim high and feel confident in demanding the same figure as their male counterparts.“It’s not just the responsibility of employees; I would strongly encourage employers to actively monitor for salary differences between make and female employees to ensure gender equality across their organisation. By regularly reviewing salaries, bonuses and pay rises across genders they will safeguard against any unintentional discrimination.”last_img read more

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United Way of MiamiDade Girl Scouts team up to beautify Coral Gables

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Several local organizations came together in Coral Gables for a camp cleanup.Volunteers for United Way of Miami-Dade joined Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida to help beautify Camp Mahachee, located along Old Cutler Road, Saturday.The two groups joined forces in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.“We are about 4,000 volunteers in Miami-Dade County, including Women United, which is 2,700,” said United Way volunteer Kathy Alexander, “and we’re representing Girl Scouts and the power of Women United. We are here cleaning up, painting. We’re actually refurbishing this beautiful area.”More than 100 volunteers worked on the project, which included painting cabins and restoring natural beauty to the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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SB91 Expands Discretionary Parole Eligibility For Current Inmates

first_imgWhen the board is making their determination, they consider the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, adjustment and treatment while incarcerated, and an offender’s future plans. The board also considers the crime’s impact on the victim and the victim’s future safety. Victims and survivors are notified of all discretionary parole hearings. The victim may express feelings and concerns to the Board in writing or testify before the board in person. 629 Discretionary parole hearings were held in 2017, of those 5% were from Wildwood Correctional Facility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The total discretionary hearings, prior to Senate Bill 91, were on average around 179 per year. With theimplementation of SB 91 the total amount of parole discretionary hearings more than tripled in 2017. This means that if an inmate has exceeded the court’s mandatory minimum sentence or has served a quarter of their total sentence, they can ask the parole board for release.center_img SB 91 expanded discretionary parole eligibility to all persons who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 181 days, except for those convicted of unclassified sex offenses, those serving a mandatory 99-year term for murder in the first degree, those serving less than one year pursuant to a suspended imposition of sentence, or those who have been deemed ineligible by the court. To receive discretionary parole, an offender must complete one-third of his or her sentence and receive the approval of the Parole Board, a five member board that is part of the Department of Corrections. Last year, the Board of Parole released prisoners 57 percent of the time during these hearings, according to the DOC. The vast majority of those eligible for discretionary parole were sentenced on or after January 1, 2017.last_img read more

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VVIT students get jobs in campus drive

first_imgGuntur: Ten students of VVIT at Nambur were selected in campus drive conducted by the multinational company Texts in Bengaluru with a salary package of Rs 6.8 lakh per annum, according to its chairaman Vasireddy Vidyasagar. The company conducted campus selections in the engineering college on June 27. Out of 290 students attended the interview, ten students got selected. He further said that over 90 students got selected with a salary between Rs 3.6 lakh and Rs 12 lakh salary per annum.last_img read more

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