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first_imgIoTNEXT 2015 is bringing together an esteemed list ofIoTNEXT 2015 is bringing together an esteemed list of global experts and decision makers from IoT focused System OEMs, IT Services companies, network providers, IoT startups/entrepreneurs and end-users for a 2-day summit to explore trends, vision, best practices, deployment scenarios and financial models along with panels and expert talks to take deeper dive into specific technology domains and case studies.This Global IoT summit will include sessions and tracks on Industry 4.0 and Make in India, Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture and Water, Driving Innovation and Healthcare Product Showcase. Sharad Sharma of iSPRIT will take us through a journey of few innovative Indian startups who are leapfrogging in technologies and markets and Professor Sadagopan, Head of IIIT-B will head a panel on Academia-Startup connect to discuss fundamental technologies that are required for the next wave of IoT Innovation. The Healthcare Product Showcase will showcase innovative and impactful next-age IoT enabled healthcare products. Application for the showcase is still open for corporates and startups at http://www.iotnext.org.Companies presenting and participating at the Global IoT Summit include GE, Siemens, Bosch, Analog Devices, IBM, Accenture, Tata Consultancy, Foxconn, Nabard, Microsoft, Samsung and many more.(MORE) PRN AKGlast_img read more

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One In Five Have Had A Secret Romance At Work

first_imgEncourage openness about the relationship Some people love their jobs. Others take that idea a little further and find love at work. A new study by AOL Jobs reports that 20 percent of people secretly dated a co-worker. More men said that no one found out, compared to women.The survey also found that 25 percent had an affair with someone at work — and out of those having an affair, 43 percent reported that one of the people involved was married.Sneaking into the copy room before walking down the aisleScott and Kelly Anderson met while working for Wendy’s International almost two decades ago and have been married for 17 years. Ironically, they both worked in Human Resources, the department typically responsible for employee dating policies. They still work together today.“At the time the company did have a fraternization policy,” Scott tells AOL Jobs. “We actually were not in violation of that policy, because we did not have a direct reporting relationship. But based on our positions, we still felt it necessary to be up front. In our current company we ask the same of our employees.”The couple even wrote a book about their experiences and success in the fast food industry, ‘Flip-N-Burgers.”‘Kelly says their situation has its unique challenges.“Most couples come home after a day of stress at work and vent to each other. They provide empathy, understanding and advice,” she says. “In our situation that is just not possible. We are so tired of talking, confronting and challenging each other during the day, that we don’t want to have more conversation at night. We are better off limiting conversation and giving each other space during the week.”When work relationships failRelationships fail all the time. But when they fail at work, it’s a big deal. Your life is impacted not just in the hours outside of work, but eight or more extra hours too. You’re potentially the subject of gossip and sideways looks, not to mention the awkward moments of passing the ex in the hall.For former advertising copywriter Caryn Starr-Gates, the only solution to her two-year relationship with a superior that tanked was to jump ship and leave Atlanta for New York. The relationship was a secret at first, but co-workers figured it out.“When we were having a fight or disagreement or negativity in the relationship, he brought it to the workplace for sure,” says Caryn. “Very unpleasant. But most of the time we worked well together.”Caryn didn’t swear off work relationships after this situation. In fact, she got married, switched industries, and had an affair with someone at work in food service. She learned the trade so well that her new career took off. The relationship didn’t.“I think it’s crazy NOT to expect work romances to happen” she says. “In fact, people do spend quite a lot of time together in the workplace and often become quite close as friends.”Make love at work betterMary Hladio, is president of EmberCarriers, a human resources and leadership consulting company. She says many companies encourage co-worker friendships. As for deeper relationships, she suggests companies manage them, rather than ban them outright, especially with small companies.“Many workers there have overlapping responsibilities and frequently interact. Love affairs are quickly noticed and co-workers are especially sensitive to favoritism, whispered confidences, and tensions and hostilities, all of which may affect morale and even performance.”Hladio suggests companies:Take an offensive approach; companies should provide advance training on dealing with workplace relationships Discourage displays of affection in the workplacecenter_img Prepare a written PolicyOverall, workplace relationships should not be banned, she says.“Employees may view it as an affront to their privacy and out of touch with workplace realities,” says Hladio.– By Carol BermanOriginally published on AOL Jobslast_img read more

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La Liga: Lionel Messi strikes twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas in empty Camp Nou

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-0 win over Las Palmas in a match played without fans following clashes between police and voters in Catalonia over a disputed independence referendum.League leaders Barcelona tried to have the game postponed, local media reported, but their request was turned down by La Liga and the club announced 25 minutes before kickoff that the game would be played behind closed doors.Spanish riot police on Sunday burst into polling stations across Catalonia, to try to halt the banned referendum on a split from Spain and Catalan officials said 337 people were injured in the crackdown.Sergio Busquets scored for the first time in the league in three seasons to give Barca the lead in the 49th minute, leaping to head in a curling corner from Messi.The Argentine struck his 10th league goal of the season to double Barca’s advantage in the 70th minute.He barely celebrated the strike, adding to an atmosphere which was more akin to a training ground exercise than a league game.Messi then latched onto a pass from Luis Suarez to pounce again in the 77th, sealing Barca’s seventh straight win of the league season and maintaining their 100 percent start in the league and Champions League.Barca lead the standings on 21 points, five clear of Sevilla in second. Champions Real Madrid, who are sixth on 11 points, play at home to Espanyol later on Sunday searching for a first home win of the season in the league.last_img read more

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Pooja Dhanda: Star in the making

first_imgPooja Dhanda recently made heads turn after beating Olympic champion Helen Maroulis twice in the Pro Wrestling League season 3. The 24-year-old wrestler, hailing from a small village called Gudana in Hisar district of Haryana, has shown a lot of promise.When Pooja, representing Punjab Royals, defeated Helen for the first time, many dismissed it as a one-off victory. She had never beaten an Olympic and world champion before. The critics were, however, silent when Pooja beat Helen for a second time in two weeks, leading her team Punjab Royals to second consecutive PWL title triumph last month.Even Helen praised Pooja highly, and the youngster was ecstatic to hear that from someone she has admired.”After the final match Helen told me that ‘I am your fan now’. I was like over the moon. I have always admired Helen for her wrestling and beating her twice was like a dream come true.”Yeah, I know when I first beat Helen, it was not considered as a proper win. People were thinking I cannot do it again. But I again beat her and this was awesome. I have learnt many moves by watching her videos so it’s a special feeling to win against her,” Pooja told Mail Today.Before 2009, Pooja had bagged three international medals in judo. But later, on the advice of wrestling coach and Asian Championship winner Kripa Shankar Bishnoi during the national camp in Aurangabad, Pooja joined fulltime wrestling. Bishnoi had told Pooja she can’t continue with two sports and that her body structure and interest was more suited to wrestling than judo.advertisement”Since childhood, I wanted to be a wrestler but because of my age, I joined judo in 2007 and won medals for the country. But later when I was 16-year-old, I was advised to opt one sport and I joined wrestling,” she said.The journey of the girl from Hisar hasn’t been easy. She comes from a humble background, but a supportive father helped her cruise through the tough times. While training at the national camp in Lucknow, she suffered an ACL injury. Her knee needed surgery. While in Mumbai for the surgery, she had to stay in rent and financial crisis crept in. On top of that, the first surgery failed and her knee had to be operated again. Fortunately, that was successful.After Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal finish at the Rio Olympics, there has been great interest about women’s wrestling in the country. She has motivated the likes of Pooja that they can win medals at the big stage.Pooja (57kg) is currently training in the national camp in Lucknow as she is scheduled to participate in Asian Championships, starting February 25 and Commonwealth Games in April.”I am fully fit now. My focus is to improve my wrestling so that I can win medals in international level. Coaches here are very supportive and helping us a lot,” she added.Pooja will represent India at CWG and she is confident of winning gold. She beat Geeta Phogat in the trials of 57kg to secure the berth.Now, she knows the responsibility she shoulders.last_img read more

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A dozen great ideas

first_imgMundane becomes magicalVrinda Mathur, 27, Sahej Bhatia, 27 and Navya Aggarwal 27, Co-founders Studio Wood, Delhi, www.studiowood.co.in Back in 2014, a group of college graduates and design enthusiasts came together to do something unique. Under the banner of Studio Wood, they created furniture that explored the limits of form and,Mundane becomes magicalVrinda Mathur, 27, Sahej Bhatia, 27 and Navya Aggarwal 27, Co-founders Studio Wood, Delhi, www.studiowood.co.in Back in 2014, a group of college graduates and design enthusiasts came together to do something unique. Under the banner of Studio Wood, they created furniture that explored the limits of form and function; it became an instant hit. They then decided to take it up a notch by designing spaces for “the young at heart”. Their USP, lies in their mixed bag of skill sets and design styles. Vrinda Mathur and Navya Aggarwal are design graduates from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, while Sahej Bhatia is an architect currently pursuing his masters in design at Harvard University. They have successfully completed over 40 projects in the last two-and-a-half years. AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: The trio was awarded India’s Best Young Design Studio in 2016 by the IBDSA (India’s Best Design Awards) and has won an award for furniture design in Decowood’s Design Divas. Their latest achievement is their selection and participation at Salone Satellite, a pavilion for designers under 35 years at the Salone del Mobile, Milan.WHAT’S NEXT? “We are launching a new range of flat-pack tables. This year will also see a range of projects from residential, offices to retail stores designed with a different aesthetic sense than what one usually sees,” says Mathur.By Ridhi KaleBreathing new lifeAnica Kochhar, 35, Architect and founder Phenotype Architectural Design Studio, Delhi, www.phenotype.in Anica Kochhar was 11 when she realised her love for architecture- with the lines and drawings that make a structure complete and composite-and decided to pursue the subject seriously. Armed with a bachelors degree from the Pratt Institute, New York, she started working with architecture firm Morphogenesis when she returned to India. She went on to do her masters in urbanism at the Architectural Association, London, and decided to launch Phenotype Architecture Design Studio soon after. With a portfolio of projects ranging from residential architecture, pre-fabricated construction to retail and restaurants in Delhi, as an architecture firm they take thrie design cues from the site’s constraints and client’s brief. “This allows us to play, push, experiment and also shed a skin with every space, exploring new territory and new aesthetics,” says Kochhar. RECONGNITION A regular at design exhibitions, Kochhar’s works stand out for her novel approach. LOOKING AHEAD With Borderline Studio, Kochhar plans to keep creating everyday objects with a playful spin. She is also working on retail and residential projects.advertisementBy Shelly AnandColour and craftSona Reddy, 34, Founder Sona Reddy Studio and Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.roomtherapyhome.com Photo: Krishnendu HalderAfter working for over four years in architecture and construction in the US, Sona Reddy returned home to Hyderabad only to find herself hunting for the right furniture and accessories for her projects here. As a result, in 2013, she started designing her own furniture and accessories and established a studio at home under the label Room Therapy. When the interest in her work started anew she launched Sona Reddy Studio in 2014. Reddy has since designed several homes and new-age spaces such as the Japanese restaurant, Haiku that is unconventionally Asian or a cafe called Kaficko with its inviting subdued charm.CURRENT OBSESSION: “We have just finished a gastro-lounge and it is minimal and clean with elements of surprise here and there,” says Reddy of her recent venture in uptown Jubilee Hills. UP NEXT Besides her projects at the studio, Reddy is currently working on designing a new line of furniture for Room Therapy, refurbishing antiques to give them a new contemporary spin. By Mona RamawatBeauty in simplicitySaif Faisal, 32 Founder and designer Saif Faisal Design Workshop, Bangalore, www.saif-faisal.com How did a car designer end up making fancy home decor? Saif Faisal attributes the birth of Saif Faisal Design Workshop in 2014 to “the distinct displeasure I got from the local design scene”. He felt that the best way forward was to develop his own studio that gave him the freedom to work and explore different disciplines. Faisal has trained as an architect at Bangalore’s RV College of Architecture before opening his eponymous multidisciplinary design studio. He works across architecture, product design, furniture, lighting, craft, interiors, brand identity, design development, creative direction, motorcycle design, automotive racing and jewellery design. WINNING STREAK: He was nominated for Beopen Future London in 2012, won the I Design Award in 2015, Godrej Design Lab in 2015, EDIDA (Elle Deco International Design Awards) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Lexus Design Award in 2018, A Design Award in 2018, and just won the Perspective Asia’s 40 Under 40 in Hong Kong 2018.advertisementIN THE PIPELINE: “I’m designing a commercial Aquaponics farm which will supply the ingredients to a restaurant with a special menu. I am also working on some conceptual projects dealing with culture and sociology, it has to do with emotional intelligence,” he says. Besides this he is working on a Cafe-Racer e-motorcycle concept, creating art design pieces, and making limited edition designs using Bidri craft.By Ridhi KaleThe right contextSachin Bandukwala, 40 and Melissa Smith, 34 Founding Principal architect and partner, Banduksmithstudio, Ahmedabad, www.banduksmithstudio.in If you are looking for a fresh approach to architecture and design that also looks into the impact it makes on the environment and its surroundings, head straight to banduksmithstudio in Ahmedabad. Established in 2011 by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith the studio ‘works with the processes of construction, and materials available, to create a design that fits perfectly in each particular location and the surroundings in which it is placed’. “Our work engages processes of making through built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Projects come at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and object design, to interiors, renovations, additions, and residential, institutional and commercial architecture,” says Bandukwala.SUCCESS STORY: The studio won second place in the Indo Swiss Dynamic Shades Competition in 2015; was named India’s Hot 100 Commercial Designers in 2014 and won the Archhello Emerging Generation in 2013 and IA&B Practice of Consequence in 2012. FAST FORWARD Their upcoming projects include a library for children in Gandhinagar, lake regeneration in Ahmedabad and a home called the Floating Metal House in Ahmedabad.By Ridhi KaleTradition with a twistRanjan Bordoloi, 28 Founder and designer, Studio Bordoloi, Guwahati info@studiobordoloi.com Back in 2015, Assam-based Ranjan Bordoloi was busy putting the finishing touches to his graduation collection at the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. One of his designs, the Pitoloi Chair, caught the attention of judges (from Elle Decor India and The Park Hotels) and he won The Park Elle Decor Student Award 2015. The result, he was given a chance to exhibit the chair at India Design ID 2015 in Delhi. Here Giulio Cappellini, the Art Director of Milan-based furniture giant Cappellini spotted it and offered to showcase it at Cappellini Next in Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2015. The global attention pushed him to start Studio Bordoloi the same year. “Since its inception, we have been collaborating with the artisans practicing a dying craft of brass utensil making in Assam,” says Bordoloi. WINNER’S CIRCLE: From Red Dot Design Award 2017 in Singapore to the EDIDA 2018 in India, the studio has won several awards. In 2016 Bordoloi was one of eight young designers to be selected by Godrej Interio, where he developed a chair called Kaathfula in collaboration with their engineers.MUCH AWAITED: Currently the studio is working on a project in collaboration with NIFT Bangalore called USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) sponsored by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. “We are exploring possibilities of using age old crafts such as rosewood inlay of Mysore and toy making craft of Channapatna,” explains Bordoloi. He is also planning a solo exhibition in Mumbai for his self-produced works.advertisementBy Ridhi KaleA flair for dramaKunaal Kyhaan Seolekar, 30, Founder and creative director, Studiohaus and Koy, Pune www.studiohaus.in and www.koy.store Photo: Danesh JassawalaAn architect dons many hats-from dabbling in interior design to turning art consultant and sometimes even doubling up as the contractor. But Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar, who studied architectural design at the Parsons School of Design, doesn’t just don many hats he juggles them with flair. Seolekar started studioHAUS in 2012. “I believe that design tells a story, hence each work of ours holds a strong design concept that evokes emotions through its materials, textures and patterns. We specialise in private residences, which expanded into concept stores, exclusive resorts and villas,” he says. In 2017, he launched KOY, an interior design concept store. Seolekar is recognised not just for his designs but also as an actor and model. He made his acting debut in Fireflies (2013), and then as Aarif in Fitoor (2016). Design, however, remains his first love. WILL TO WIN Seolekar won the Young Talent of the year Award at EDIDA in 2017 and Best Residential Interior of 2017 for parkHAUS, Pune presented by Trends Excellence Awards. Photo: Danesh JassawalaFORTHCOMING PROJECTS: “We are busy with a future-ready hospitality project with 80 one-bedroom suites, a minimal concept store for a multi-brand boutique and private residences with modern contemporary finishes and furniture,” he says.By Ridhi KaleLarger than lifeShone Saju, 35, and Dinesh Shanmugam, 35, Co-founders, Living Edge Architects & Designers (LEAD), Bangalore, www.lead.co.in “Clean lines, clutter free aesthetics and creative integration of exterior and interior spaces are integral to all our designs,” says Shone Saju, co-founder of Living Edge Architects & Designers (LEAD), a Bangalore-based architecture firm. Started in 2010, the prayer hall with a built up area of 25,000 sq ft at Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, was their first project. “Our design philosophy is to create innovative places and identity. We are committed to enhance people’s lives through better architecture and design,” adds Saju. The design studio today specialises in luxury homes, interiors and hospitality ventures. THE SHOWCASE The duo makes it a point to particiapte in key exhibitions in India. HANDS FULL Currently they are working on several projects such as private residences, cafes and a recreational centre. By Shelly AnandChanging the gameRohan Chhabra and Kriti Chaudhary, Co-founders, Re-Culture, Delhi, www.re-culture.com With a desire to transform the semantics of everyday objects, Rohan Chhabra and Kriti Chaudhary started Re-culture in 2014. Chhabra has a background in industrial and fashion design, while Chaudhary is a ceramicist and product designer. Interestingly this Delhi-based design collaborative came into being when the duo, who had their own independent practices, found a common ground for their interdisciplinary ideas. “As a team we believe in ideas that are generated through the design process and culture at large. In our products we aim to achieve a combination of enlightenment and enchantment by re-culturing the language of everyday things,” says Chaudhary. So, they project personalities onto inanimate objects giving them a sense of playfulness and ambiguity. NO PRIZES FOR GUESSING: Their first project Dear o’ Deer was a finalist in the ‘Unique Youngstar’ competition by German Design Council and was chosen to be exhibited at Spoga Gafa in Cologne in 2014.THE NEXT MOVE: They are currently working on a menswear line of apparel and accessories for a collection called Project AID, which stands for Animals in Danger. Illegal poaching and human population pressure are threatening the survival of many animal and plant species and their design will highlight this.By Ridhi KaleGeometry of good designAanchal Goel, 28 and Sugandh Kumar, 30, Partners, Objectry, Delhi, www.objectry.com Photo: Rajwant RawatDelhi-based studio, Objectry is more than just a play of form and materials- its geometry meets functionality meets minimalism that is rooted in a deep understanding of traditional art and crafts. The brainchild of Aanchal Goel and Sugandh Kumar, the duo started Objectry in 2015 after a stint with an export house where they worked with metal and went their separate ways (Goel experimented with pottery and Kumar opted for woodwork). “Objectry is an attempt to make products of basic utility interesting. We achieve this by exploring various Indian handicrafts and giving them a crisp and modern aesthetic,” says Goel. In the three years since they started they have successfully created products, furniture and interiors of a few retail stores and a design studio. “We have also managed to work with a few handicrafts including woodwork, black pottery, terracotta pottery and metal work,” says Kumar. Photo: Rajwant RawatTO THEIR CREDIT: Objectry has been nominated by EDIDA in 2017 and also participated in the London Design Fair in 2016.UPCOMING PROJECTS: “Our most exciting upcoming project is a chic residence in Gurgaon. It’s a relatively new area for us and we are extremely excited about it,” says Goel. This doesn’t mean they will leave product design. They will continue to showcase the interplay of clay, metal and stone to make lights, furniture and accessories.By Ridhi KaleA spin doctorIshrat Sahgal, 29, founder and interior Warchitect Mishcat CO and Ishrat Sahgal Studio, Delhi, www.mishcatco.com Photo: Rajwant RawatHer products are easily the most instagramed designs on this side of the globe. Why? She has that rarest or rare qualities: good taste. The designer in question is Ishrat Sahgal, who founded Mishcat Co in 2013 that creates a yarn from saree scrap and spins them into beautiful eye-catching carpets inspired by everything from nature’s bounty to the way sun’s rays create a shadow on the iconic Connaught Place in Delhi. “Mishcat was born with the aim of finding the sweet spot between traditional Indian craft, globally conscious interior design and sustainability. The idea was to be a one-stop shop design house that brought some of the fun and playfulness back into the carpet selection process,” says Sahgal. But that’s not the only thing the Rhode Island School of Design graduate does. Since she is an interior architect by profession she runs a boutique practice called Ishrat Sahgal Studio. Recently completed interior projects include the official headquarters for Caparo London in Delhi, Cafe Kothi at the lovely 28 Kothi in Jaipur and a rooftop cocktail bar called Upstairs Club, which is a part of the ITC chain in Chandigarh. Photo: Rajwant RawatPRAISE WORTHY: Sahgal made it to the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list and her rugs can be seen in some of the best dressed homes.NEW HORIZONS: At the moment she is working on opening a new design studio in London.By Ridhi KaleIn graphic detailNischal Abhaykumar, 36, and Jesal Pathak, 34, Co-founders, M9 Design Studio, Bangalore, www.mnine.in Creative expression is as tricky as it is capable of uplifting any space. Bangalore-based architectural firm M9 Design Studio specialises in the latter. Founded in 2009 by architect Nischal Abhaykumar, in 2014 Jesal Pathak joined him as the creative lead. Abhaykumar has a Master of Art and Architecture Design from Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt, Germany, while Pathak has a Master of Design from Domus Academy in Milan. “We strive to impact people through spaces. No matter what project we’re designing, we always aim to make a difference in the city’s landscape,” says Abhaykumar. They have a varied portfolio ranging from residential, recreational and commercial to hospitality and institution.WINNER’S CIRCLE: The studio has won several awards. These include Emerging Architect of the Year (under 35) at the NDTV Design and Architecture Awards in 2017; Gold winner, Architecture Public Building, Architecture Ideas 3.0 by FOAID (Festival of Architecture & Interior Designing) in 2017; and Young Designers Award for M9 Workspace at the 361 Degree Design Conference in 2017. Photo: Lantern CameraCOMING UP:”Currently we are working on two institution projects located in cities with extreme climate conditions- one, extremely dry and hot and the other, very humid,” says Pathak. They are also working on a sports arena, a library competition and a couple of hospitality projects.By Ridhi Kalelast_img read more

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Eddie Jones urges England to inspire the nation with World Cup glory

first_imgShare on Pinterest Eddie Jones has urged his England players to inspire the nation by seizing World Cup glory when the eyes of the watching world are upon them in the final against South Africa on Saturday. The England coach described the showdown against the Springboks as “the biggest sporting event in the world” and challenged his team to play with no fear and clinch the title for the second time.Jones on Thursday named an unchanged XV from the side who ruthlessly defeated New Zealand in the semi‑final to install England as favourites and move them to within 80 minutes of emulating Clive Woodward’s 2003 World Cup winners and their own piece of sporting immortality. Share on LinkedIn The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Since you’re here… Jones, however, sees an opportunity for his players to pave the way for future generations. “They can inspire a whole country now, they can inspire a sporting community. That’s the opportunity they’ve got and all the messages that we’ve seen back in England at the moment is that there’s a bit of a rugby fever going on, so now mums are telling kids ‘play rugby’, be the next Kyle Sinckler, be the next Ellis Genge, and that’s the opportunity they’ve got.“It changes how the country feels about itself for a period of time – it might change at the next general election – but for a period of time it changes how people feel about themselves and that’s the greatest joy. You’ve got this opportunity to change people’s lives through the ability to play rugby, and it’s a gift isn’t it?” England rugby union team Support The Guardian England’s Rugby World Cup finals: the inside story on 1991, 2003 and 2007 Rassie Erasmus says winning World Cup can help heal divisions in South Africa Read more Rugby World Cup 2019 Topics Share on Messenger Share via Emailcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby World Cup Jones is contracted with the RFU until 2021 but refused to answer questions whether he will extend his stay to the next World Cup. On Thursday he was nominated for World Rugby’s coach of the year award while England have been shortlisted for the team accolade. Part of the reason Jones believes his side are enjoying a growth in popularity along with their success is because he has instilled an English identity into his side.“I always had an idea of how I wanted to play, but it depends on the players you have,” he said. “I wanted to develop a power style of rugby as England have tough, big players. It suited us to play a power style of rugby and we will be tested on Saturday as we are playing against the other most powerful team in the world. “The players are proud of the style they play and they know it’s their style. It’s not someone else’s style. They have evolved the style of play they have evolved the tactics they play with and they own the game. So they are really proud of how they play.”The World Cup final on Saturday will be Jones’s third, having been in charge of Australia when they lost against Woodward’s side and a consultant for the Springboks when they defeated England in 2007. “I know how much South Africa enjoy the rivalry with England, I know the depth of their feelings and some of it is historical,” he said. “We know what to expect from the South Africans. Rivalries run deep between countries and it’s always the social context of the game which makes it interesting and that’s the great thing about international rugby.” Read more Rugby union Share on Facebook Eddie Jones Share on Twitter ITV’s audience peaked at 10 million for England’s victory against the All Blacks but somewhere approaching double that is expected for a final that kicks off at 9am in the UK.If England win it is believed an open‑top bus parade around London will be staged on Tuesday while the players will share a jackpot of nearly £7m if they overcome South Africa and million-pound sponsorship and endorsement deals would follow.The Rugby Football Union would expect a spike in participation numbers and a surge in interest for next year’s Six Nations tickets as well as the 2020 autumn internationals, when South Africa, New Zealand and Australia are due at Twickenham.As England stand on the verge of a life-changing victory in their first World Cup final for 12 years, Jones has insisted his side are undaunted by their date with destiny. “We will play with no fear,” he said. “How fantastic is it for a young bunch of guys we have? It’s the biggest sporting event on at that time. Saturday is the biggest sporting event in the world. And our players get to play in that arena, what an exciting opportunity for them to be themselves, to play with spirit, to play with pride and an English style of play.”With the RFU having had to make cuts of around £10m, it is the community game budget that has been hit hardest while England’s preparations for the World Cup, on the other hand, ran over budget. A report published in July showed that the number of people playing rugby union had dropped by 20,000 from 2016 to 2018 while the latest Sport England figures show the number of regular participants is 228,000. Ten years after England last won the World Cup, in 2003, the decline in participation was a staggering 65,000 – the RFU unable to create a legacy of Woodward’s winners. news Share on WhatsApp South Africa rugby team Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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New Sites Chosen for Chronic Pain Services

first_imgNova Scotians suffering from chronic pain will have access to more chronic pain services starting Nov. 1. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced the locations of the part-time clinics at a conference focusing on current perspectives on the management of chronic pain today, Oct. 12, in Halifax. The clinics are part of the $1 million the Department of Health invested in the treatment of pain in the last budget. “We know many Nova Scotians suffer from chronic pain and with these new services and this investment, we will be able to deliver more services in more communities,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Patients will now have access to a family physician with training in pain management, physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist, psychiatry or psychology services, case manager and administrative support. Clinics that offer secondary services means patients will have access to an anesthesiologist if they require some type of nerve block. Starting Nov. 1, chronic pain services will be offered at the following locations: One-day-a-week at the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick and at St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish; Secondary services will be offered two-days-a-week at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital, and one-day-a-week at the Colchester Regional Hospital, Cumberland Mental Health Services and the Aberdeen Hospital. Funding is also being provided to improve existing chronic pain clinics in the Cape Breton District Health Authority, the Capital Health District Authority and the IWK Health Centre. The Department of Health is providing $60,000 a year to each primary care clinic and $140,000 a year to each secondary care clinic as part of its action plan, developed with representatives from all nine district health authorities and the IWK. Patients already on a waiting list for chronic pain services will automatically be placed in a provincewide database. In addition to the new chronic pain sites announced today, there will be funding for education and training.last_img read more

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DLF transfers Rs 330 cr land to JV with GIC for settlement

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF has transferred a three acre land worth Rs 330 crore in Gurugram to its joint venture with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC and is in process to hand over a Noida shopping mall to settle dues. DLF owed Rs 8,700 crore to DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) as on December 31, 2018. In December 2017, the realty firm DLF entered into this joint venture with GIC when DLF promoters sold their entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in the DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by the DCCDL. DLF holds 66.66 per cent while GIC holds 33.34 per cent stake in the JV firm DCCDL. In its latest analyst presentation, DLF has informed that the company has transferred 3.05 acre land parcel near Mall of India, Gurugram for Rs 330 crore. The 2 million sq ft Mall of India project at Noida in Uttar Pradesh is in process to be transferred to DCCDL at a valuation of Rs 2,950 crore, it added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Post this transaction, the outstanding amount would come down to around Rs 5,450 crore. To settle this balance amount by next year, DLF has proposed to sell its stake in its prime commercial project Horizon Centre in Gurugram, Haryana for about Rs 850 crore. That apart, it plans to transfer its mall at Saket in South Delhi at a valuation of Rs 1,050 crore. Another Rs 1,000 crore is proposed to be settled through transfer of DLF’s commercial land in Chennai, while Rs 1,100 crore would be settled as per the previous contract with group firm DLF Assets Ltd. DLF is in discussion with the DCCDL for identifying other assets to settle the remaining Rs 1,450 crore dues. DCCDL currently holds about 28 million sq ft of rent-yielding commercial assets, largely in Gurugram, with annual rental income of about Rs 2,800 crore.last_img read more

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RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya calls it quits

first_imgNew Delhi: In a surprise move, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has resigned from his position at the central bank merely six months ahead of the scheduled end of his three-year term, citing personal reasons.This is the second high-profile exit from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the last seven months. Earlier in December 2018, Governor Urjit Patel had resigned nearly nine months before the end of his scheduled term. “A few weeks ago, Dr Acharya submitted a letter to the RBI informing that due to unavoidable personal circumstances, he is unable to continue his term as a Deputy Governor of the RBI beyond July 23, 2019,” RBI said in a short statement on Monday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceConsequential action arising from his letter is under consideration of the competent authority, it said. Since Acharya was appointed by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the resignation would also be accepted by the panel. With Acharya quitting, the RBI will be left with three deputy governors: N S Vishwanathan, B P Kanungo and M K Jain. Acharya, CV Starr Professor of Economics, Department of Finance, New York University Stern School of Business, was appointed RBI Deputy Governor for three years in December 2016. He joined the RBI in January 2017. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeHe had joined the central bank at a time when it was under fire for repeated changes in the rules related to deposit and withdrawal of money, post-demonetisation. Acharya was looking at the monetary and research cluster at the Reserve Bank. As an independent-minded economist, Acharya had on several occasions courted controversy by criticising the government and the finance ministry and raising the question of the central bank’s autonomy.last_img read more

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RCMP move to extract pipeline protesters hanging from Vancouver bridge

first_imgThe protest began on Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.Jesse Firempong with Greenpeace says the protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but the authorities responded by closing all traffic to tankers in the area.De Jong says about 12 protesters were on the bridge or hanging from it and Mounties will consider recommending charges of mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that protesters may be blocking a tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island, but he added activists have a right to protest as long as they are not breaking the law.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER,B.C. – Mounties say they are moving in to extract Greenpeace protesters who have spent the last day and a half hanging from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong says an aerial extraction team began the process of removing and apprehending the protesters on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.RCMP are in the process of apprehending and removing the protesters that have been suspended off Iron Workers Bridge. Public safety is the priority, both for the protesters and for the police. Updates to follow as event unfolds.— North Vancouver RCMP (@nvanrcmp) July 4, 2018last_img read more

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RCMP deploy spike belt to arrest two men in stolen pickup near

first_imgAfter the vehicle was immobilized, the truck’s two male occupants were arrested without incident. Cpl. Saunderson said that their identities have not been released as it is not known whether charges have been laid. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Two men were arrested at the wheel of a stolen pickup truck near Arras on Thursday afternoon after police deployed a spike belt off Highway 97, closing the highway for several hours.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that officers received a report of a stolen Ford F-350 pickup truck that was travelling eastbound on Highway 97 at around 2:20 p.m. Officers managed to locate the truck a short time later and attempted to pull it over, but the vehicle failed to stop for police.Cpl. Saunderson said that officers did not initiate a pursuit of the truck, but due to the topography of the area, were able to see that the truck had turned off the Highway onto the 247 Road, roughly 4 kilometres west of the New Arras Bridge over the Kiskatinaw River. Police noted that the road had no exit, and managed to contain the vehicle, deploying a spike belt to stop the vehicle when it attempted to flee.last_img read more

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Moroccan Minister Announces Housing Projects for Newlyweds

Rabat – The major new housing projects that the government aims to launch in the field of housing are targeted at recently-married Moroccan couples, said Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah, Minister of Housing and Urbanism on Tuesday.In response to a question about the “real estate crisis in Morocco” during the oral questions session of the House of Advisors, Benabdallah highlights a number of housing projects to be launched, including a housing project for young newly-wed couples.The minister denied that there is a crisis of housing in Morocco, but he mentioned that the government seeks to launch a study about low-cost housing for the lower class and housing projects for citizens unable to own a residence. Benabdallah, who was appointed in March for the second time as the Minister of Housing and Urbanism, added that the government is also determined to launch housing projects for the middle class.With regard to housing in the rural areas, Benabdallah said that the ministry will simplify the required bureaucratic measures and conditions on housing designs while abiding by legal regulations to present illegal development in villages. read more

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UN agency transfers Congolese displaced in North Kivu to safer camps

Reacting to a humanitarian crisis which has driven hundreds of thousands of Congolese from their homes in the volatile North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency today announced a new drive to transfer the displaced to safer shelter.Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva that the Congolese who have been uprooted by violence are being moved “from congested makeshift settlements with very difficult living conditions to a new camp set up by UNHCR which has the essential basic facilities.”A first group of 500 people moved from Ndosho – a makeshift settlement of some 1,000 people with no drinking water or basic sanitation – to the new camp at Buhimba six kilometres west of Goma, the main town in the area, she said.Buhimba is the second camp developed by UNHCR for IDPs in the Mugunga area and it can accommodate more than 10,000 people. Bulengo, the first camp, reached its capacity of 10,000 IDPs at the end of September.Meanwhile, displaced people continuing to arrive at sites around Goma. Aid agencies estimate over 370,000 IDPs have been displaced in North Kivu since December 2006. “We fear many IDPs remain in areas inaccessible to humanitarian agencies as people continue to flee insecurity and fighting between the government forces, renegade troops and rebels in many parts of North Kivu,” said Ms. Pagonis. “We are working closely with the authorities to identify additional sites.” 19 October 2007Reacting to a humanitarian crisis which has driven hundreds of thousands of Congolese from their homes in the volatile North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency today announced a new drive to transfer the displaced to safer shelter. read more

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Somali pirates hijack ship with Sri Lankan crew

The Foreign Ministry said it is aware of media reports regarding the alleged hijacking of a reportedly “Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter” by pirates. Somali pirates have hijacked a ship with an eight member Sri Lankan crew. The Ministry continues to remain in touch with the shipping agents, concerned authorities, as well as relevant Sri Lanka Missions overseas to ascertain further information on the matter in order to ensure the safety and welfare of the Sri Lankan crew.Therefore, as and when confirmed information regarding the alleged incident becomes available, the Ministry says it will share information in a manner that would not be prejudicial to the safety of the crew. (Colombo Gazette) The Ministry says it is taking action to verify the alleged incident, and initial inquiries have revealed that while the vessel involved is not registered under a Sri Lankan flag, it has a 8 member Sri Lankan crew. read more

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Egypts Foreign Minister says UN should convene session to adopt antiterror plan

The United Nations should convene a meeting of senior officials from across the globe to formulate a plan to deal with terrorism effectively, the Foreign Minister of Egypt told the General Assembly this morning as it continued its annual debate.Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the recent terrorist attacks which struck many countries, including Egypt, “made it now clear that terrorism is a danger that does not distinguish between peoples or cultures or religions, it is rather a threat to human civilization without any distinction.”Response strategies must include measures to combat terrorism as well as attention to the underlying causes of this scourge, he said. Egypt has proposed convening a high-level meeting of the General Assembly to “a comprehensive action plan that includes the necessary legal and practical procedures to deal effectively with terrorism until it is completely eradicated, without affecting the ability of people under occupation to acquire their independence consistent with international law.”Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa said the conclusion of a peace accord for Sudan had led to increased optimism for settling the conflict in northern Uganda. With cooperation of the Sudanese Government, terrorists from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are being flushed out from southern Sudan. “Uganda’s strategy of peace negotiations combined with maximum military pressure has significantly reduced the LRA’s capacity to commit evil,” he said, while also appealing to the international community to provide assistance to support the Government’s efforts. “There should be no self-serving questions or quibbling about Pakistan’s commitment and contribution to peace and security in Afghanistan,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri. He added that his country is actively engaged in halting illegal cross-border movement and containing the threat posed by the Taliban and Al-Qaida. Pakistan’s military presence along the border far exceeds the combined strength of the national and international military presence in Afghanistan, he added. Chile’s Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker praised the Summit’s establishment of a Peacebuilding Commission and recommended that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund contribute to its work. He also suggested that Haiti “can be the first trial run for the Peacebuilding Commission.”Abdullah Gül, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, said the Summit’s Outcome document “has encouraged us all to focus on the global problems we face and the way to achieve positive change.” He called for action to implement what has already been agreed on. “We welcome the Secretary-General’s proposal to start with an accountability pact,” he said, hailing also the Assembly President’s proposal to outline the Summit-related follow-up work that remains for the coming year.Foreign Minister Alexander Downer of Australia welcomed the Summit’s progress in several areas, including the agreement to establish a Peacebuilding Commission, agreement on the responsibility to act to protect populations from gross and systematic violations of human rights, the call for an early conclusion of a comprehensive terrorism convention and support for development financing. “But alongside these welcome outcomes, many questions and, in some cases, vast disappointments remain,” he added, citing the absence of agreement on non-proliferation, a terrorism definition and Security Council reform. He called for action in these areas, declaring that the world public “expects nothing less.”Canada’s Foreign Minister Pierre Stewart Pettigrew said the Summit marked a beginning, not an ending. “We have a mandate to continue with our efforts and to make this 60th anniversary year a true year of reform.” He called for more specific terms for the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission as well as urgent action to tackle health issues, combat terrorism and protect the environment. In addition, he said the Summit should have confronted the issues of disarmament and non-proliferation, gender equality, and the International Criminal Court.Cyril Svobuda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, said that the Summit took positive steps “in shaping our visions and sharpening our tools.” He questioned whether the Member States really want the UN to grow stronger and more efficient. “The answer depends on us,” he said, stressing that work on reform must continue.The Secretary of State for Global Affairs of Romania Teodor Baconschi said that in times when there are voices calling into question the Organization’s relevance amid a succession of recent mismanagement revelations, “we – the Secretariat and Member States together – need to act resolutely to ensure UN’s efficiency and credibility by improving administration performance, establishing viable mechanisms for responsibility and accountability of the Secretariat, strengthening the audit and oversight functions and endowing the Secretary General with the authority and flexibility needed to effectively manage the mandates entrusted by the membership.”The Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Ahmed Shaheed, said small, low-lying islands are no longer the frontline when it comes to natural catastrophes; climate change can cause destruction anytime and anywhere. “Prevention is the only option where there is no cure,” he warned, calling on all countries to adopt the Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and implement international agreements on helping small island developing States.The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guyana Rudolph Insanally said the recent revision of Europe’s proposal to drastically reduce the price of sugar exports of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States would “plunge many of our people who depend on it into extreme poverty.” Guyana stood to lose some $40 million dollars annually – “a sum that nullifies the $8 million dollars which we will have received from the recent G8 decisions on debt relief.” He called this an example of the “skewed and often incoherent policies pursued by some developed countries.”Mongolia’s Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil said his country spends 7 to 8 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on transportation and related costs – double that paid by other developing countries and triple the costs of developed States. “Last week the world leaders have once again reaffirmed their commitment to address the special needs of the land-locked countries and their special difficulties in integrating into multilateral trading systems,” he said, calling for full implementation of international agreements aimed at addressing these concerns. read more

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Sweden charges Britishborn Italian player for hit on ice

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish prosecutor has charged British-born Italian hockey player Thomas Larkin with assault for blindsiding an opponent during a game last year.Larkin hit Daniel Paille on the ice and left the Canadian with a severe concussion.Prosecutor Joakim Johansson didn’t name the players but said the incident took place on Nov. 7, 2017, during a game between Swedish club Brynas and German team Adler Mannheim in Gavle, adding the accused was playing for the German team.Johansson said last month’s ruling by Sweden’s Supreme Court where a Swedish hockey player was found guilty of assault for cross-checking an opponent paved the way for criminal prosecution.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

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The 2018 Red Sox Are Baseballs Best Champions Since The 1998 Yankees

691989Athletics48613951666973259 681960Pirates948110795566933253 71905Giants1671413106433 411940Reds71547365293542171 1141987Twins114114114114113114114455 21939Yankees111151310 Baseball’s greatest World Series championsAll-time best World Series winners, according to a mix of Elo ratings, winning percentage, run differential (Pythagorean record) and wins above replacement, 1903-2018 31944Cardinals22254123221 51942Cardinals7183794727 481943Yankees52394442377339191 512002Angels35753549664149205 61909Pirates31065151930 871918Red Sox101779994836895340 281919Reds28462630101874132 1011980Phillies1111041081101059982396 6Lou Boudreau1948CLE10.60.010.6 611949Yankees57315041435398235 1022012Giants92105829692103107398 941916Red Sox787072748797101359 8Hal Newhouser1945DET0.79.810.5 751979Pirates53784561718281295 641971Pirates69627169774746239 562013Red Sox47863863775325218 581922Giants40306446755554230 881969Mets7711270915690104341 701966Orioles66538168706558261 231976Reds23142119433012104 341955Dodgers58376758354514152 YearTeammaxavgfinalblendwpctpythWARtotal 261948Indians435849485188115 1122014Giants110110109111111109112443 471931Cardinals36403736253890189 291935Tigers22274326612331141 Wins above replacement 821933Giants83769684776992322 932008Phillies90948089988978354 331917White Sox44424239312059149 531951Yankees54354840375775209 432009Yankees38522837378018172 942010Giants851017790988685359 371968Tigers55566060372634157 7Mookie Betts2018BOS10.60.010.6 1041945Tigers1089510310395102102402 991990Reds109971041071059386391 11927Yankees612232218 271928Yankees8112414255240131 462007Red Sox26602035844522186 431923Yankees65415957324043172 491913Athletics41266945493470198 661972Athletics84658678764145240 541977Yankees70727470565926211 221915Red Sox32363132153520102 1062003Marlins1041099710510510896414 501954Giants67745667433752199 192016Cubs3721302736161089 401950Yankees25281622374168168 201953Yankees1915272025113692 131907Cubs13411103114165 241961Yankees30292325143338110 251986Mets59335143173021111 641957Braves64646566566453239 571999Yankees29472229717547222 591978Yankees51634154656351233 911991Twins9898101101888872349 151970Orioles123481617251371 1101985Royals107108102109105110109433 Show more rowsBlended Elo rating is based on an average of a team’s peak, final and average Elo ratings during a season.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com, Lahman’s Baseball Database 1132006Cardinals89100112106114113113446 81910Athletics17201018137543 662004Red Sox42713350716950240 511952Yankees50444644565055205 641921Giants63555356634179239 601958Yankees46458762814744234 211938Yankees513191130283099 301941Yankees24252924254748144 802001Dbacks88847883988156318 551946Cardinals61505855485064217 741934Cardinals75876676547983292 171975Reds2019182117192481 761924Senators86898387817757302 9Willie Mays1954NYG10.40.010.4 921965Dodgers100999598779184350 781906White Sox72826271617399304 841993Blue Jays79797677889762324 Yet, before Betts homered to give Boston a 3-1 lead in Game 5, he was hitting .200 in the postseason and was 4 for 21 in the World Series. Boston was so deep, top to bottom, that it didn’t even need its MVP to play like an MVP. J.D. Martinez, who would have contended for MVP himself if Betts and Mike Trout were not so historically dominant, had an .881 OPS in the World Series. Reliever Joe Kelly appeared in every game of the series, refusing to yield a single run in six important innings. Much-maligned starter David Price turned around a disastrous beginning to his postseason with four straight rock-solid outings,3Including two-thirds of an inning in relief during Friday’s 18-inning marathon. earning his second victory of the World Series with a win in Game 5.And none of those guys were even named series MVP! That nod went to journeyman hitter Steve Pearce, who didn’t join the Red Sox until a June 28 trade brought him over from the Toronto Blue Jays. After murdering the Yankees in both the regular season and the playoffs, Pearce took home World Series MVP honors with a 1.667 OPS and three homers against the Dodgers. Even in a universe where Edgar Renteria and Pat Borders have won that award, Pearce might be the single most random player ever to emerge as World Series MVP, in terms of just how little he’d done in his career before shining on the game’s biggest stage:42009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui had been the previous mid-30s player with the fewest career WAR to win the award, but he didn’t come to America to join MLB until age 29. Pearce, who made his U.S. pro debut at age 22, has no such excuse. 721995Braves68595764528677279 862005White Sox80927582669588331 Elo RankStat Rank 1091997Marlins11210711111298103111424 311920Indians62435447373823145 In the celebration Sunday after Boston pitcher Chris Sale struck out Manny Machado to end Game 5 of the World Series, clinching a title for the Red Sox, much was made about this being the best Boston team ever. That’s a topic we covered as well going into the series, but this team was also an all-time great squad, period. After all, the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and went a scorching 11-3 during the playoffs.1Even if they were only favored in a surprisingly small number of those games.So, we must ask: How does this Boston squad stack up against history’s greatest champions? Let’s put the Sox to the test using the same metrics we employed to judge another recent all-time champ, the 2016 Chicago Cubs. There, we looked at teams according to a handful of criteria:Winning percentage. With a regular-season mark of .667, Boston ranks 17th all-time among eventual World Series winners. MLB hadn’t seen a 108-game winner since the 2001 Mariners, and no team that had won so much had captured the World Series since the 1998 Yankees. In other words, on wins alone, seasons like that of the 2018 Sox are exceedingly rare in baseball history.Pythagorean record. Perhaps a better judge of a team’s performance than raw W-L record is its underlying run differential, as measured by the Pythagorean expectation. And by this standard, the 2018 Red Sox do drop down a bit — falling to 30th among all-time champs. According to Pythagoras, Boston really “only” played like a 103-win team that saw somewhat good fortune in close games.Wins above replacement. Digging deeper into a team’s performance, we can also look at WAR (averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs) to get a sense of how well its roster played at a player-by-player level. For Boston, WAR per game splits the difference somewhat between winning percentage and Pythagorean record, ranking the 2018 Sox 27th among champions. Their 53.3 total WAR during the regular season was almost exactly the same as Houston’s last season.Elo ratings. Here at FiveThirtyEight, we also have our own pet metric for judging a team’s performance — the Elo rating. In a nutshell, it tracks a team’s estimated skill level over time, updating after every game and accounting for things like home-field advantage and starting pitching in each contest. Just as my former colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum did when rating MLB teams a few years ago, here I’m blending a team’s final end-of-playoffs Elo with its peak and average daily Elo from throughout the season.2Starting at game No. 40, in order to help Elo “catch up” in cases where a team lost or gained a lot of talent over the offseason. As we noted before the game, Boston ranks ninth all-time in final Elo, and its blended Elo comes in 12th among historical champs. Elo is the category in which Boston looks best, since it gives credit for both wins and margin of victory while also crediting the Red Sox for their outstanding playoff run.Pulling it all together, we can add up a team’s ranking in each category — winning percentage, Pythagorean record, WAR and blended Elo — to get a master ranking of world champs since 1903: 361908Cubs21491523332671153 10Mickey Mantle1961NYY10.40.010.4 381947Yankees34244733432267165 91932Yankees116566231146 31998Yankees457249621 611925Pirates60486359545963235 981988Dodgers1061021001049194100389 321930Athletics39223428226137148 961926Cardinals91908592948294362 2Babe Ruth1927NYY12.70.012.7 None of that matters now, though. Pearce and the rest of the 2018 Red Sox are champions, and they can take their rightful place among the best World Series winners in history. As my ESPN colleague Bradford Doolittle wrote last week, Boston’s performance in 2019 and beyond will help further tell us where this group belongs in the context of all-time great team runs. But in terms of one-year performances only, this Red Sox season stands right up to the best the game has had to offer. 431984Tigers56515553345629172 341903Americans76836875242132152 3Lou Gehrig1927NYY12.20.012.2 391956Yankees33235234432861166 791914Braves491114072638597317 811974Athletics876884801096666321 121937Yankees9312922141661 1082011Cardinals9710393100109106103418 PlayerSeasonTeamBattingPitchingTotal 4Mickey Mantle1956NYY11.40.011.4 141912Red Sox273832318101766 901992Blue Jays102969899849669348 1111959Dodgers113113113113104112110439 1001996Yankees105931061029810389392 452017Astros31326138535828177 972015Royals9580898888100108384 182018Red Sox141691217302786 According to this measure, the 2018 Red Sox just edge out the 2016 Cubs (a team built by former Boston general manager Theo Epstein) to take 18th place among all-time champs. That also puts them right next to the 1975 Cincinnati Reds — the best version of Cincy’s “Big Red Machine” dynasty — and makes them the second highest-ranking World Series winner since the ’70s, trailing only the 1998 Yankees.Sure, you can complain about tanking having helped to produce an imbalanced era where the elite teams are vastly better than the bottom-feeders. But even so, this Red Sox season was historic. And unlike its two championship predecessors — the Cubs and Astros — Boston didn’t really bottom out to help get there. The Red Sox finished with a truly bad record only once since last winning the World Series in 2013, and even that was only an ordinary-bad season (71 wins), not the sub-60-win atrocities some of today’s tankers are forcing their fans to endure.But maybe the greatest testament to the team built by Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, was how many different contributions it received along the way to the title. At the top, there was American League MVP favorite Mookie Betts, who had 10.6 WAR during the regular season — one of the best individual performances ever by a player on an eventual championship club: The best individual championship campaignsMost wins above replacement in a single season for players who ended the year on a team that would go on to win the World Series, 1903-2018 1Babe Ruth1923NYY14.50.014.5 1062000Yankees736911086112111105414 821973Athletics82669179927576322 1041964Cardinals1031061051089610791402 711967Cardinals81857981496765262 101929Athletics15817157131550 5Joe Morgan1975CIN11.00.011.0 851962Yankees74578873848487328 Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 161911Athletics1094815173575 771981Dodgers93739285976160303 891963Dodgers96889093669293344 111936Yankees181713171714957 731983Orioles45673652717780280 1041982Cardinals9991949798101106402 read more

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Mining and metals processor Nyrstar hit by cyber attack

first_imgNyrstar has been subject to a cyber attack, which has led to certain IT systems, including email, being shut down across its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and, globally, at the Metals Processing and Mining operations.The company, which announced the attack yesterday, said: “The cyber-attack issue has been contained and Nyrstar is currently working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cyber-security agencies. “A number of Nyrstar’s IT systems, including email correspondence, have been shut down to help contain the issue, the company explained, adding that, at the current time, Nyrstar’s Metals Processing and Mining operations were not operationally impacted by the cyber-attack issue.“Nyrstar has taken precautionary measures to ensure the continued operations of its sites,” it said.“Nyrstar is continuing to assess and manage the cyber-attack issue to minimise the impact on its operations, customers and key stakeholders from the current situation,” it said. The company’s business continuity plans are being implemented to minimise the impact on the business.In IM’s recent article on cyber security, Michael Rundus, EY’s Global Mining & Metals Cybersecurity Leader, said the company’s recent Global Information Security Survey identified that 54% of mining companies had experienced a “significant” cyber incident in the past 12 months.last_img read more

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Google Invests 100 Million in a Wind Farm

first_imgGoogle has serious power needs, and the company is looking to make sure its operations are as environmentally friendly as possible. The company has invested in solar power plants and green datacenters in the past, and even has massive arrays of solar panels on the buildings at its Mountain View, California headquarters. Now the company is investing over $100 million into what will be the world’s largest wind farm.The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, located in northern Oregon, will be completed in 2012 and pump out 845 megawatts of electricity. It’ll have 338 wind turbines, and employ 400 people, and be the first wind farm in the United States to use permanent magnet generators, which allow it to generate more electricity than wind farms with more turbines but pump out less power. What Google plans to do with all of this investment in the energy sector is anyone’s guess, but if their public statements are any indication, they just want to be good corporate citizens. It’s also likely they’re looking to make sure they invest enough in renewable energy to offset their future plans for growth and energy demand. [via Treehugger]last_img read more

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Greeces Holy Synod objects churchstate deal to revise financial ties

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The tentative agreement between Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos and the Tsipras coalition government announced earlier this month to revise financial ties has been thrown into the air.On Friday, the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece’s Holy Synod voted to exclude the issue of clergymen’s payroll from church-state negotiations.According to reports, the decision was unanimous, and has been taken as a rejection of the historic agreement.However that isn’t to say that there wasn’t tension, with a number of walkouts reported, including Bishops of Messinia and Kesariani who in protest left the meeting midway through.The idea had been to create a joint fund, which would manage the church’s assets, holdings and investments, in addition to covering the salary of the 10,000 clergymen currently serving the Church, who are listed as part of the civil servant payroll.Following Friday’s news, an announcement was made by the Holy Synod, in which they said that they will continue talks with the state over “issues of mutual interest”.Meanwhile the statement also revealed that a committee will be established to present a report to the Church’s hierarchy over pending issues.last_img read more

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