first_imgJaipur (rural) Lok Sabha constituency is generating a lot of buzz ever since Congress declared Krishna Poonia will contest against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Rajyavardhan Rathore.Krishna Poonia (42) is Commonwealth gold medallist in the discus throw. Rajyavardhan Rathore (49) on the other hand is Olympic Games silver medalist in shooting. They both are contesting against each other from the constituency.If Krishna Poonia had Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot present at her pre-nomination rally on Monday (April 15), Baba Ramdev was there for Rajyavardhan Rathore on Tuesday (April 16).Rajyavardhan Rathore also expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a rally in his constituency.Rajyavardhan Rathore and Krishna Poonia respect each other’s sports achievements but here, their political role is in question.”I must ask why Rajyavardhan Rathore did so little for the people and did not make much out of his MP fund (sic),” Krishna Poonia said at a rally.She won as an MLA from Sadulpur in Churu in 2018, having lost in 2013. So, she had the disadvantage of being new to the area but she insists the problems such as of water that locals face are as much the same as were in Sadulpur.Rajyavardhan Rathore knows that the BJP did less than expected in his constituency in assembly elections in 2018 and so he let his aides remind people what he has done for his constituency as an MP; that includes building stadiums and holding training camps through the Army to prepare youths for recruitment in forces and making flyovers and subways along Jaipur-Delhi National Highway which touches five of either assembly segments under him.advertisement”This is the worst planned highway in which the company, with alleged links to a UPA minister from Rajasthan, made huge money,” Rajyavardhan Rathore said.Krishna Poonia has been fielded to bring a caste factor because she is a Jat and Rajyavardhan Rathore is a Rajput, and the two castes are always engaged in fierce election battles.Yet, Poonia insists that no one caste can make you win.”Nationalism and economic reservation has overridden caste factors here,” Rajyavardhan said.Rajyavardhan Rathore soon returned to Narendra Modi and core issues with Narendra Modi’s delivery on Swachh Bharat and loans through Mudra Cards.Krishna Poonia was quick to counter. She said that her party was always patriotic, sensitive to masses and will implement NYAY as promised in its manifesto.Rajyavardhan Rathore Rathore calls NYAY a “Dhokha Patra”.Rajyavardhan Rathore is using social media to his advantage. But, during his visits to villages, he has a rusty vehicle modified into a mobile dais which plays the song in local dialect calling him “Hindustan Ki Shaan”.In contrast, Krishna Poonia’s rallies are better organised by the Congress since the party wants to introduce her to the workers.NYAY has generated interest but Kamlesh Saini, a bystander at Poonia’s rally said, “This is a fake promise as loan waiver since it is so difficult to get Re 1 from our government.”Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Krishna Poonia shames Rajyavardhan Rathore for no work done in JaipurAlso Watch | Pakistan is a frustrated nation: Rajyavardhan Rathorelast_img read more

first_imgShare on WhatsApp The Observer Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal left to hold his head as Stoke escape Share on Pinterest Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger On Quaner’s reaction to being taken off, Wagner added: “Collin was angry about his performance: he had every reason to be. But he is human. Today wasn’t his day and this is why I reacted.”Spurs have not lost since their December defeat at Manchester City. Their form has also been continually improving during that time. Their attacking play is now that bit faster, that bit more assertive than in the opening half of the season.Pochettino also appears to be timing things exceptionally well, but he is not one to get carried away. When told that his record of 100 wins from 197 Premier League games is equal to that of Kenny Dalglish, the Argentinian replied with a smile: “Kenny Dalglish is a legend, but I am only a simple man.” Read more match reports Share on Twitter The ease with which Spurs won this match might suggest a run-of-the-mill win. But the quality Mauricio Pochettino’s side displayed, in his 100th victory as a Premier League manager, does not deserve to go unremarked upon. Tottenham are purring right now, and Juventus should be worried as they approach their Champions League decider on Wednesday.A goal from Son Heung-min in each half was the bare minimum the hosts deserved from their 17th consecutive match unbeaten. It was not a lead they ever looked like giving up either, even at 1-0, as attacking prowess was matched by defensive power.Huddersfield, for their part, were far too meek, clearly struggling to believe they could get anything from the game. Such an assumption was probably correct but it does not reflect well on David Wagner’s men. Their submission was certainly a compliment to Tottenham, however, and shows that Wembley is no longer an advantage for away teams. Huddersfield Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Troy Deeney’s late winner for Watford leaves Alan Pardew on brink Share via Email Share on Facebook Read more Topics Premier League “I’m happy with a very professional performance,” Pochettino said. “Our objective was to win three points and we did that. We are in the league table fighting, and in the battle for the top four. I am so pleased with the fantastic run we are on. The fact we can now say Wembley is our home is so important for the team. Playing here last season was a strange feeling but now, both for the fans and for us, it feels like our home. The results here are positive.”Pochettino picked what many consider his strongest side for this match, despite the imminent confrontation with the Italian champions. Partly a reflection of the competitive nature of the league table, it likely also shows his faith in preferred players to get the job done efficiently. With Son’s goals coming in the 27th and 54th minutes, the game was decided soon enough for the manager to give some of his players a rest.Both goals were of the highest quality. They also conformed to a similar pattern: advanced Huddersfield possession being disrupted and then converted at the other end in the blink of an eye. Rajiv van La Parra was dispossessed by Christian Eriksen for the first goal, the Dane then poking the ball to Eric Dier. He chipped a pass forward to Harry Kane, who chested down to Dele Alli, who split the defence with a pass to Son, who rounded Jonas Lössl and then finished inside the far post. It was absolutely perfect.La Parra was the culpable party for the second goal, too. This time the Dutchman was forced into a misplaced pass by Alli, and the ball was pushed forward to Kane just inside the Huddersfield half. The forward took a touch or two out of his feet then whipped a cross fully 35 yards to the back post where Son, running in, headed it home on the bounce. It was the South Korean’s second headed goal for Spurs and his celebration seemed somewhat muted by shock.Wagner called Kane’s cross “unbelievable”, and was as verbally in awe of his opponents as his team were physically. Wagner did try to affect the game, replacing the winger Collin Quaner after just half an hour. Quaner, who had been forced into playing as a second full-back in a defensive line of six, threw his gloves on the floor as he stormed off.“At the end we have to say this was a deserved defeat‚” Wagner said. “We were defeated by quality. We’ve tried to confront them with effort, attitude and fighting spirit but this was not enough. For the second goal we had a half-chance, then made a misplaced pass. Then there was an unbelievable pass from Harry Kane and they scored. That says everything about the teams that met today.”last_img read more

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The head of a company that pays people to donate blood plasma says he’s hoping to get at least 1,000 donors a week at a newly opened clinic in New Brunswick.Canadian Plasma Resources CEO Barzin Bahardoust said he’s confident they can reach that target within two years at the clinic in Moncton, which opened last Monday.“We can achieve our target of 1,000 donations per week with a donor base of approximately 2,500 people. People can donate as often as once a week but we don’t expect everyone to do that,” he said.Bahardoust said he expects most will donate every couple of weeks, or about 20 times a year.Blood plasma is the yellowish fluid that remains after red and white blood cells and platelets are removed.Donors are given $30 for each donation, but he said that’s upped to $50 if they donate more than five times per quarter.“We want the donors to give as frequently as their time allows,” Bahardoust said.But a coalition of labour groups is pressing Health Minister Victor Boudreau to enact legislation banning pay-for-plasma clinics.Danny Legere, vice-president of CUPE New Brunswick, said the province should look west for guidance.“We’d like to see the New Brunswick government do what Quebec, Alberta and Ontario did, and bring in a piece of legislation that simply bans remuneration for blood or blood products,” he said Thursday.Legere said the group — known as the New Brunswick Health Coalition — plans to make it an issue during next year’s provincial election.Boudreau has said he welcomes Canadian Plasma Resources as long as it meets all the regulations set by Health Canada.But Legere said the concern is the impact on the public system of blood collection by Canadian Blood Services.“You will see a migration from voluntary donors to paid donors, especially those who find themselves in a vulnerable position, because you can give every week,” Legere said.He said the clinic’s location near the University of Moncton could exploit students and the poor.But Bahardoust said about 85 per cent of the plasma products used in Canada come from the United States, where donors are paid. He said it’s contradictory for opponents to say that’s acceptable in the U.S. but not in Canada.“Do we want to do this here at home and bring the jobs and benefits to the economy to Canadians and have direct oversight by Health Canada on the collection of plasma, or do we want to just rely on another jurisdiction?” Bahardoust said.Canadian Plasma Resources currently sends the plasma from Moncton and their other clinic in Saskatoon to a fractionation plant in Germany for processing into a variety of pharmaceutical products.Bahardoust said they’d like to be able to sell the finished product back into Canada and are hoping to win a tender from Canadian Blood Services.Provinces currently fund and get blood products from Canadian Blood Services, a non-profit agency that takes volunteer donations. The exception is Quebec, which has its own blood agency, Hema-Quebec.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,474.12, down 42.11 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 13 cents, or 6.07 per cent, to $2.27 on 20.8 million shares. The Montreal-based company seems headed towards a double barrel of bad news Tuesday with the potential to affect its commercial aircraft and railway businesses. The first hit came from Europe, where German industrial equipment maker Siemens AG says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge its train-building business with French rival Alstom. The other piece of bad news could come from Washington, D.C., when the U.S. Department of Commerce announces its decision on imposing preliminary countervailing duties on sales of CSeries planes.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 20 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $38.40 on 4.9 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.52 on 4.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 1.13 per cent, to $14.29 on 4.05 million shares.Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 3.36 per cent, to $1.44 on 3.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $24.77 on 2.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Freshii Inc. (TSX:FRII). Restaurants. Down $3.11, or 35.10 per cent, to $5.75 on 2.2 million shares. The Toronto-based restaurant chain says its growth has been slower than expected, resulting in the closure of some stores and a reduced target for net openings this year. The revised outlook was announced late Monday after shares closed at $8.86. The stock began trading publicly in January at $12 after a $125-million initial public offering of its stock. Freshii says it now expects between 90 and 95 net new openings for its 2017 financial year ending Dec. 31, down from the previous target of between 150 and 160 net openings including closures.Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSX:LUC). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 5.22 per cent, to $2.42 on 530,552 shares. The Vancouver-based mining company has sold a tennis ball-sized diamond to a luxury jeweller for about C$65.6 million. The 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough stone is reputed to be one of the largest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. read more

India has also been alarmed by the String of Pearls, which surrounds the largest South Asian country. In the planned joint statement, Japan and Sri Lanka will confirm “the importance of the rule of law based on the principles of international laws, such as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea,” according to the sources.Specifically, the statement will refer to the expansion of cooperation between Sri Lanka’s maritime security authorities and the Japan Coast Guard and between the Sri Lankan Navy and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, respectively. Japan plans to strengthen its maritime security alliance with Sri Lanka to curb China’s growing influence on countries with Indian Ocean coastlines, The Asahi Shimbun reported today.A joint statement on maritime security cooperation will be issued after a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on March 14, sources said. China has also been expanding its influence elsewhere in the region through economic assistance. It has supported construction of port facilities in Gwadar in Pakistan and Chittagong in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka is located in a strategic position along sea lanes in the Indian Ocean.One possible component of the String of Pearls is a large port facility under construction with Chinese investment in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota, near where Rajapaksa was born.A senior Foreign Ministry official expressed concerns about the facility, saying, “It could be converted into a military port for China’s navy.” A government source said tightening ties with Sri Lanka is “a step toward driving a wedge into the String of Pearls.” The Japanese newspaper report said that China, which replaced Japan as the largest aid provider to Sri Lanka in 2009, has been helping with construction of a number of port facilities in countries around India in a strategy known as the “String of Pearls.” read more

“The programme aims to bring nutritional support to children, while helping to keep kids, and especially girls, in the classroom,” WFP spokesperson Jennifer Abrahamson told reporters in Islamabad. “It will also give food incentives to teachers and provide food rations and wages to laborers who will help to physically reconstruct schools.” The agency has already distributed high-energy biscuits to over 33,000 schoolgirls in Mazar-i-Sharif. Ms. Abrahamson explained that the effort would yield both nutritional and educational results. “Some 6,600 kilogrammes were distributed to all 20 girls schools in the city to encourage the girls to return to school after a four-year ban on female education, and to fortify their diets,” she said. While caring for Afghan children, the agency is continuing its efforts to feed the population as a whole. Today, WFP assessment teams moved into two locations in Faryab province to investigate food security and health conditions of families living in hard-to-reach mountain villages, according to Ms. Abrahamson. In addition, she announced that the agency had signed an agreement to distribute urgently needed food rations to members of Afghanistan’s civil service. Starting early next month, WFP will provide a monthly ration including lentils and cooking oil to some 60,000 employees in Kabul. “The rations are worth is worth roughly 50 per cent of their cash salaries,” she said. read more

San Francisco-12.9% Sam Houston State+27.5% Stony Brook+9.7% Sacred Heart-13.1% SeasonBearkats’ assist boostVisitors’ boostTotal boost Nicholls State-11.3% Montana State-11.5% 2010-11+31.3%+25.6%+29.1% Lehigh+10.5% UNC-Asheville+14.8% Michigan State+9.5% Hawaii-10.3% Army-13.1% In January, the Sam Houston State University Bearkats traveled to Hammond, La., where they beat Southeastern Louisiana University, with 29 field goals, nine of them assisted. Two months later, the Bearkats hosted a rematch back in Huntsville, Texas, this time scoring 28 field goals, with an astounding 26 of them assisted.Basketball fans know that lots of variables determine whether a shot is deemed assisted: the quality of the pass, how much time and how many dribbles separate the pass from the shot, and, most essentially, whether the shot goes in. But another factor can be just as important in assist decisions: where the pass was made. Not where as in where on the court, but where meaning at which venue.Like errors in baseball and tackles in football, assists are subjective, and the decider’s philosophy matters. Sometimes the effect is extreme: On some courts, assist counts rise or fall dramatically, as if players suddenly learned or forgot the art of the pass. And nowhere in men’s college basketball is the effect more extreme than at Sam Houston State’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.In more than 800 team-seasons at the NCAA Division I level over the last three years, the scorers who were most generous in awarding assists were those at Sam Houston State.“Our philosophy has always been, if the pass creates the basket, it’s an assist,” said Jason Barfield, a spokesman for Sam Houston State’s athletic department.Sam Houston State’s twitchy assist-scoring trigger finger is well known around the Southland Conference, Barfield said. “We’ve always kind of been known as being too liberal on assists,” he said. “People laugh about it in our league.”At the conference tournament last month, where the Bearkats lost in the final, other teams’ officials laughed as they flipped through their media guides to check which of their single-game assist records were set when playing at Sam Houston State, Barfield said. That’s a permanent record of the school’s equal-opportunity assist generosity.Spokesmen for other teams in the conference didn’t criticize the Bearkats’ assist-counting, acknowledging that it’s a tricky stat to measure. “The assist is about the most subjective part of basketball,” said Shane M. Meling, spokesman for University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.The more room for interpretation in stat collecting, the more interpretations will differ. The evidence is in assist numbers. ESPN Stats & Information supplied box-score stats for the last three seasons of Division I men’s college basketball for pairs of teams that played home games against each other in the same season. I compared the two teams’ combined assist percentage — percentage of field goals assigned an assist — in each pair of games.1The simplest way to compare teams is to examine their home assist rates, where assist rate is percentage of made field goals that are credited with assists (assists divided by field goals made). But that doesn’t account for different styles of play: Some teams set up more of their shots with passes, while other teams have players who generate their own shots.One step toward controlling for the team’s style of play is to subtract its road assist rate from its home assist rate. But teams in college hoops don’t all play balanced home and away schedules. So the difference in their home and away assist rate may reflect differences in opponents’ defensive schemes.So I isolated my comparison to the most similar pairs of games I could find: those between the same two teams. And since most of these were home and away games, I didn’t include pairs with neutral games, in case those had different properties than away games. These pairs of games are nearly always, at the college level, between teams from the same conference.I isolated the analysis to teams that had at least five pairs of home and away games in each of the last three seasons: 279 teams in all. Then I calculated the average of each team’s assist percentage and of its combined assist percentage, and compared those figures for home and away games.One weakness of this method is that a team that plays mostly against teams with home scorers who are, say, especially generous with assists might look stingy because of the tough comparison. However, it’s unlikely this affected the results because the outliers were spread out over many different conferences. Another possibility is that some teams play a different style at home than on the road, even against the same opponents.Some schools are especially fertile ground for assists. Over the last three years, scorers at five schools have consistently awarded assists on a far higher percentage of made field goals than scorers judging the same matchups at a different venue: Sam Houston State, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Lehigh University, Stony Brook University and Michigan State University.2This is based on averaging overall assist percentage — for both teams in our home-road pairs — in each game and subtracting the away percentage from the home percentage. All five schools ranked in the top 15 percent of schools in our sample by this measure in each of the last three seasons. Scorers at eight schools are stingy about awarding assists: the U.S. Military Academy (Army), Sacred Heart University, the University of San Francisco, Alcorn State University, Montana State University, Nicholls State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Hawaii.3All eight schools ranked in the bottom 15 percent of schools by this measure in each of the last three seasons.If there were no consistency from season to season, we’d expect roughly one school to rank in the top 15 percent, and another in the bottom 15 percent each season. There were 279 schools for which we had stats in each of the three seasons, for at least five pairs of games in each season. So about 42 schools ranked in the top 15 percent in 2011-12. By chance alone we’d expect 15 percent of these, or about six, to rank in the top 15 percent again in 2012-13. And again by chance we’d expect 15 percent of those, or roughly one, to rank in the top 15 percent in 2013-14. That there are instead five and eight schools, respectively, in the top and bottom 15 percent in each season suggests a meaningful finding. Team4Average over last three seasons, of average effect on total assist rate of playing at home against teams also faced on the road. Teams shown ranked in bottom or top 15 percent in each of the three seasons.Assist effect 2011-12+32.0%+16.7%+24.7% I also tested whether any schools were tilting the scales for their own players. None gave an unusually high boost to the home team’s assist percentage in each of the three seasons.5This is based on calculating a team’s net assist percentage — its assist percentage minus its opponent’s — for both the home and road game in each matchup, then subtracting the road net assist percentage from the home percentage. I averaged that over all the pairs of games in each sample for the teams studied, then searched for teams that ranked in the top 15 percent in each season. This stat, by the way, had almost no correlation (R=0.015) with our measure of a team’s assist generosity — suggesting whether teams were more likely to give assists overall wasn’t related to whether they were more generous to their own players than to opponents. Scorers at Eastern Kentucky University, though, appear to hand fewer assists to home players. (It was the only school to rank high in this category in all three seasons, so it could just be a statistical fluke.)6As mentioned in an earlier footnote, we’d expect about one school each to rank in the top and bottom 15 percent of each of our measures.The NCAA Basketball Statisticians’ Manual defines the assist, but leaves plenty of leeway for the scorer to exercise judgment: “An assist should be more than a routine pass that just happens to be followed by a field goal. It should be a conscious effort to find the open player or to help a player work free. There should not be a limit on the number of dribbles by the receiver. It is not even necessary that the assist be given on the last pass.”“At times, statisticians have to use their judgment and knowledge on how to score a certain play,” said NCAA spokesman Ketrell Marshall. “Similar to how an official scorer in baseball has to judge a hit or error, the same applies in basketball where one statistician might give an assist on a particular play while another statistician would not.”Some athletic departments whose men’s basketball scorers came up as outliers in the research cited the subjectivity of assists as an explanation for their stats.“While the NCAA Statisticians’ Manual provides several examples of what is and isn’t an assist, and those rules are followed, to quote Justice Potter Stewart, I know it when I see it,” said Daniel Snowden, athletic department associate director for media and public relations at the University of Mississippi, which is one of the leaders in my measure of awarding assists in the last two seasons. He added, “It does not surprise me we are at the top of the conference.”Snowden said he and the Rebels’ official scorer are “very proactive” about awarding stats other than points, such as assists and blocks. “I don’t believe any team deliberately underreports assists, or blocks for that matter, but I have noticed that some teams are less liberal in awarding assists. When I have mentioned this in the past, the response is usually the scorer forgot to add it. Rarely, if ever, have I had someone not agree that a play wasn’t an assist or a block. Basketball is an extremely fast-paced sport to stat on a computer, and sometimes things are simply missed.”“We try and be objective for both teams and maybe I’m a little more liberal than some places,” said Mike Gore, who does most scoring for home basketball games at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, which was one of the top venues for assist rates. “I’ve been doing this 28 years and every place is subjective,” he added.Schools on either end of the assist spectrum think other scorers are too generous or too stingy with assists. “It’s an extra keystroke, so sometimes people are being lazy when they don’t give the assist,” Barfield said. “When you go on the road, you’ll see obvious assists that aren’t marked for one reason or another.”He’s baffled by road box scores in which the Bearkats are credited with five assists on more than 20 field goals.7They had two road games with six or fewer assists and 19 or more field goals in 2012-13. “That’s almost an impossibility,” Barfield said. “Our guards are very involved in ball movement. Very few of our shots are where the guard just dribbles it up and takes a shot. Probably once a year we’ll play a game where we get the box score back and see something like that.”Dave Guffey, a spokesman for the University of Montana, which awards a relatively low assist rate at home, said, “I think there are at least two teams in our conference that over-count assists.”Some spokespeople cited factors other than their scoring tendencies — such as statistical flukes, or playing styles differing at home and away. One of the venues we found to be suppressing assist rates is Sacred Heart University’s William H. Pitt Center.“My guess is it’s more of an anomaly than anything else,” said Chris O’Connor, associate athletic director for external affairs at Sacred Heart. He said several different people have scored games over the last three years, reducing the likelihood of a rampant anti-assist philosophy. He also pointed out that the analysis, restricted to games between teams that played in each others’ arenas in the same season, excluded some home dates where visitors got lots of assists: Long Island University’s Jason Brickman had 12 at Sacred Heart this year, but the Blackbirds played LIU only once so the game didn’t count toward this assist analysis.8Brickman also had 12 or more assists in two home games against Sacred Heart over the last two seasons — plus 13 this season in a visit to Sam Houston State.Told that his players’ assist percentage relative to opponents’ was much higher at home than on the road, Kevin Lorincz, director of athletic communications at Rutgers University, said, “I would be really surprised if our home stats weren’t markedly better, given that we shared the ball and played much better at home.”9Rutgers wasn’t included in the list of outliers because it had fewer than five pairs of home-away games in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Lorincz added, in an email, that opponents wouldn’t be shy if they thought their players were getting shortchanged in visits to Piscataway, N.J.: “You develop relationships with your fellow [sports information directors] and being the team that ‘loads up its box scores’ would be an uncomfortable and short-lived exercise.”In special cases, though, teams might do just that. “In my experience that typically happens when there’s a direct benefit in a particular stat — for instance when a team or player is near the top of conference, national or all-time school leaders,” Lorincz said. “We had a center a few years back that was a tremendous shot-blocker. We didn’t give him any blocks he didn’t deserve, but we certainly didn’t miss any either.”Lorincz added, “I’m not denying that home stat crews can be somewhat optimistic at times.”In their home game last month against Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State players got the benefit of optimistic scoring. Many of their 26 assists were clear-cut, catch-and-shoot situations.10I watched a video cut of the Bearkats’ assists using Synergy Sports Technology. Four passes credited as assists, though, ended with a Bearkat catching the ball near the three-point line. In each case, the player then took several seconds and dribbled through the defense before scoring from near or in the paint — once on a reverse layup. On a fifth occasion, Kaheem Ransom caught a pass from James Thomas behind the three-point line, waited two seconds for a pick to be set, then took a few dribbles before shooting from elsewhere in three-point territory, 4.5 seconds after receiving the pass. Thomas got credit for an assist.“Whether the guy takes one step after or four steps on a break, if the pass was good enough to set up a basket, it’s an assist,” Barfield said.Barfield gave examples of types of passes that his scorers see as assists but others might not. For instance, he believes an outlet pass setting up a streaking guard for a score should count no matter where the guard catches it, or how many dribbles he takes afterwards. “That [basket] doesn’t happen if you don’t pass the ball down the floor,” Barfield said. “I would give an assist there, where on the road you might not see an assist there.”He also thinks centers don’t get enough credit for kicking the ball out for a three after collecting an offensive rebound. “For whatever reason, that’s a play where the center does not get an assist, or the forward who gets a rebound will not get an assist there,” Barfield said. “I can’t explain why.”Barfield points out that Sam Houston’s scorer, Paul Ridings, applies his philosophy consistently, lifting opponents’ assist rates, too. “It’s not just our numbers” that are relatively high, Barfield said.And he’s right. In a typical Division I game not played on a neutral floor, the home team’s assist rate is 5 percentage points higher than the road team’s — perhaps a reflection of both a slight lean toward home players by the scorer and home teams simply playing better. But teams that played both home and away games against Sam Houston State in the same season over the last three years averaged assist rates that were 20 percentage points higher in Huntsville than when they hosted the Bearkats.11I took a closer look at Sam Houston State’s stats because of the Bearkats’ status as outliers among assists outliers. Using data from Sports Reference over the last four seasons, I pooled the Bearkats’ Division I games into two groups: those that were part of home-away pairs against the same opponent in the same season, and those that weren’t.For the first group, I ran three regressions using the dummy variable of home or away games: one with the games’ total assist rate, one with the Bearkats’ assist rate and one with their opponents’. All yielded highly significant results (p<10^-4). The first indicated that teams’ combined assist rates rise by 26 percentage points at Sam Houston State. The second indicated that the Bearkats’ assist rate rises by 35 percentage points at home. And the third showed opponents’ assist rate rises by 20 percentage points when visiting Sam Houston State.The second group was all Bearkats games that didn’t fit neatly into home-away pairs — many of these were against nonconference opponents or Southland teams that played the Bearkats just once before the conference tournament. I didn’t include these sorts of games in most analyses because other factors such as team matchups could come into play. Nonetheless, as a check, I ran similar regressions. Since I didn’t have paired games to compare, I checked three variables:total assist rate for these games minus the average of the total assist rate in all other games played by the Bearkats and their opponent in that game;the Bearkats’ assist rate in that game, minus the average of their assist rate in the rest of their games, and the assist rate yielded by their opponents in the rest of their games;their opponents’ assist rate in that game, minus the average of that team’s assist rate in the rest of their games, and the assist rate yielded by the Bearkats in the rest of their games.For each I ran a regression, with a dummy variable for home, away and neutral-site Sam Houston State games. The analyses found, with a high degree of significance (p<10^-7), that Sam Houston State’s assist rate was 33 percentage points higher at home than on the road and 27 points higher at home than on neutral courts; that the Bearkats’ opponents’ assist rates climbed by 24 and 27 percentage points when playing at Sam Houston State relative to their home court or a neutral court, respectively; and that the total assist rate was 28 and 27 points higher at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum than on the road or on a neutral court.The story from the two sets of games was consistent, suggesting that the effect isn’t isolated to Sam Houston State’s conference opponents. Subjectivity isn’t the only downside of the assist stat. It gives equal credit to passes of varying value: Some do much of the work for shooters, while others leave the shooter to make, say, a long jump shot.12A charting project by found that in the NBA, passes that would likely have counted as assists boosted shooting percentage on close shots by more than three times the boost for three-point shots. The passer also gets credit only if his teammate hits the shot — if he misses, or is fouled and hits free throws, there’s no assist.“I believe if the shooter goes to the line and makes both free throws, then the passer should be awarded the assist because his pass led directly to points on the board,” said Lance Fleming, a spokesman for Abilene Christian University’s athletic department. “Help get that written in the rulebook.”A generous assist-scorer will only get a college player so far, since most professional scouts go by video, rather than relying solely on box scores. A working paper by University of Maryland Baltimore County economists found that in relatively weak conferences such as Southland, college assist stats have no statistically significant effect on NBA draft position.A big assist number could get a player past the first screen, though. And leagues outside the U.S. have to rely more on stats than on in-person scouting. Mike Laninga, director of athletic communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he could imagine scouts saying, “Obviously if you had eight assists per game rather than five assists per game, whoa, that’s something we need to look at.”Some players and coaches notice which places are the best and worst for their stats. At Montana, where assists are hard to come by, “Our players have grumbled in the past, but not in recent years,” Guffey said.Visiting players know when they’re going to Sam Houston, “they’re going to get some assists they wouldn’t normally get,” Barfield said. Opposing coaches have commented that “point guards like to come and play against us.”Laninga said this wouldn’t fly at UIC, where assist rates are relatively high.13UIC ranked just below the top 15 percent in our sample in 2011-12 and 2012-13. “Our coaching staff told them, you don’t even get a stat sheet after the game. If a starter ever asked for stats, there would be hell to pay,” he said.The only people who complain about college stats, in his experience, are players’ parents. Alcorn State-11.8% 2012-13+37.2%+13.8%+25.8% 2013-14+36.5%+28.1%+32.0% Northern Illinois-11.3% read more

first_imgEVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.3 – The number of countries – including Ireland – under investigation by the European Commission due to their tax arrangements with multinational companies. Luxembourg and the Netherlands are also under scrutiny.17 – The number of years between the Criminal Assets Bureau seizing the Kildare estate belonging to convicted criminal John Gilligan, and the property actually going on sale earlier this week. The estate is expected to sell for around €500,000.36 – The number of years since NASA’s Voyager probe was launched. It was announced this week that the craft has boldly gone where no probe has gone before and officially left the solar system.67 – The percentage of Irish households which have seen their income reduced in the past 12 months, according to a new survey.80 – The increase in euros of the minimum cost of legal aid. The financial contribution will increase from €50 to €130 under new rules.118 – The size in carats of a diamond due to be sold in Hong Kong next month. It is believed to be the biggest white diamond in the world and is the size of a small egg.400 – The length in kilometres of a human chain in Spain to call for independence for Catalonia. Hundreds of thousands of people joined hands to form the chain across the region to support their cause.1,400 – The number of tonnes of treacle which oozed into a harbour in Hawaii, killing thousands of fish and causing problems for swimmers.1,959 – The number of days Giovanni Trapattoni spent as Ireland manager before he stepped down on Wednesday. In a statement, he said Ireland supporters had his “utmost respect” and thanked everyone who had supported him.57,000 – The number of hot meals that homelessness charity the Peter McVerry Trust served to people in need last year.59,823 – The number of students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday.26,373,626 – The number of texts people in Ireland send on an average day, according to a report from communications watchdog ComReg. The figure is down 22 per cent on the same period last year.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

first_img‘We’re going to find out how they lived’: Researchers to look under the Irish Sea for evidence of first settlers Under the Irish sea is a prehistoric ‘palaeolandscape’ of plains, hills, marshlands and river valleys. A GROUP OF researchers has set out on an undersea expedition to look for evidence of the first Irish settlers.The team, which includes researchers from IT Sligo, University College Cork (UCC), the University of Bradford and the Irish Marine Institute, will explore the landscapes between Ireland and Britain which were submerged following the last Ice Age.Globally, the sea level rose around 120 metres and an area more than twice that of the modern United States was lost to the sea.Beneath the waves of the Irish Sea is a prehistoric ‘palaeolandscape’ of plains, hills, marshlands and river valleys in which researchers expect evidence of human activity to be preserved.This landscape, according to researchers, is similar to Doggerland, an area of the southern North Sea and currently the best-known example of a palaeolandscape in Europe. Doggerland has been extensively researched by Professor Vince Gaffney, principal investigator of this project, which is called Europe’s Lost Frontiers.Gaffney said research by the project team has provided accurate maps and this submerged land is suspected to hold crucial information regarding the first settlers of Ireland and the adjacent lands along the Atlantic corridor.To provide this evidence, sediment is currently being taken by the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Voyager in Liverpool and Cardigcan bays.The research started on 21 February and will continue until tomorrow.“It is very exciting as we’re using cutting-edge technology to retrieve the first evidence for life within landscapes that were inundated by rising sea levels thousands of years ago. This is the first time that this range of techniques has been employed on submerged landscapes under the Irish Sea,” commented chief scientist for this phase of the research, Dr James Bonsall.“Today we perceive the Irish Sea as a large body of water, a sea that separates us from Britain and mainland Europe, a sea that gives us an identity as a proud island nation. But 18,000 years ago, Ireland, Britain and Europe were part of a single landmass that gradually flooded over thousands of years, forming the islands that we know today.“We’re going to find out where, when, why and how people lived on a landscape that today is located beneath the waves”.Read: Aran Islands to be used as testing ground for research into using hydrogen as fuel>Read: Most deepwater fish have ingested microplastics, new Irish study finds> Image: Europe’s Lost Frontiers Share143 Tweet Email4 15,761 Views 42 Comments Image: Europe’s Lost Frontiers Short URL Feb 24th 2018, 8:30 AM Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 8:30 AM By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgDublin’s iconic greyhound racing track at Harold’s Cross has been closed Stadium will be sold as part of IGB plans to cut €20m debt. Feb 13th 2017, 3:49 PM HAROLD’S CROSS STADIUM, one of Dublin’s two greyhound racing tracks, has been closed with immediate effect.The iconic venue, which first opened in 1928, will now be sold as part of the Irish Greyhound Board’s strategy to reduce its multi-million euro debt.The future of Harold’s Cross had been under threat since 2014 when a report commissioned by the Government recommended that it be sold and the money used to address the IGB’s debts from the construction of Limerick Stadium, which currently stand at €20.3 million.But there has been significant opposition to the move, with planned protests by dog owners and breeders forcing two race meetings at Shelbourne Park to be cancelled last week.“IGB has taken the decision to bring forward the closure of the stadium and its sale,” a statement said on Monday.“The decision to close Harold’s Cross with immediate effect has been taken so that IGB can move forward with creating a viable future for the industry without delay. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Harold’s Cross: stadium first opened in 1928. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: The number of race meetings at Shelbourne Park is now set to double to four per week, while the IGB have promised to offer redeployment to all 12 staff affected by the closure of Harold’s Cross.“IGB acknowledges the long and proud tradition of greyhound racing at Harold’s Cross and realises the unavoidable closure will be regretted by its many patrons in the greyhound industry, who will be accommodated in Shelbourne Park.“IGB will work to promote Shelbourne Park in every way possible to ensure its success. The Harold’s Cross closure will avoid the dilution of scarce resources across two locations and makes long term strategic sense from a logistical, financial and organisational perspective.“Stadia are capital intensive and require ongoing investment. Put simply, IGB has not been in a position recently to invest in the future of Shelbourne Park, the industry’s flagship venue.“This is a step in the creation of a long term viable future for a very important traditional entertainment and sports activity in Ireland providing many jobs in the greyhound industry.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Harold’s Cross: stadium first opened in 1928.center_img By Niall Kelly Share93 Tweet Email4 33,929 Views Punter lands over €350k at Leopardstown but falls just short of multi-million jackpot Monday 13 Feb 2017, 3:49 PM 101 Comments The uncertainty surrounding the future of Harold’s Cross has been a distraction for the business.last_img read more

first_img Follow us: GOAT: Tom Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Image: Darron Cummings Short URL Feb 6th 2017, 7:00 AM 41,865 Views Updated at 07.00TOM BRADY INSPIRED the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history last night as the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in an epic overtime duel.In an extraordinary finale to the most challenging season of his career, Brady confirmed his right to be regarded as the best quarterback gridiron has ever seen with a fifth Super Bowl crown.Brady rallied the Patriots brilliantly to overturn a 28-3 third quarter deficit, completing a thrilling win on a night of improbable drama at Houston’s NRG Stadium.Brady, 39, collapsed to the turf with emotion after James White burrowed over from close range to score the winning touchdown on the opening drive of overtime.“We all brought each other back,” Brady said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”The win capped a tumultuous season for Brady, who was banned at the start of the campaign for four games over the “Deflategate” saga.National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell — widely viewed as Brady’s arch-nemesis — was subjected to deafening boos as he presented the Patriots with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Brady, who threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns, shrugged off suggestions that the win amounted to a personal redemption.“There’s nothing you can really say,” said dejected Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.The Falcons meanwhile were left shellshocked after snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory which ensures they remain on the list of teams never to have won a Super Bowl.“That’s a tough loss. Obviously very disappointed, very close to getting done what we wanted to get done, but it’s hard to find words tonight.” Source: Charlie RiedelThe Patriots had looked dead and buried after the Falcons scored three first half touchdowns and an early score in the third quarter to power 25 points clear.No team had ever come back from more than 10 points to win the Super Bowl before, and the Patriots looked to be heading for a crushing defeat as the Falcons ran riot.But Brady, who had looked a pale imitation of himself for much of the game, suddenly fired into life in the second half to produce a performance that will go into National Football League folklore.The Falcons, who had gone into the game boasting one of the most potent offenses in history, were left distraught and still waiting for their first Super Bowl crown.They had appeared to be roaring to the championship with quarterback Ryan pulling apart the Patriots in the first half. GOAT: Tom Brady lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 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Source: Gregory PayanThe Falcons scored touchdowns through Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper before Robert Alford picked off Brady for an 82-yard interception score.The Patriots could only muster a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to go into half-time 21-3 down.A shell-shocked Brady looked bereft after his interception blunder and it got worse for the Patriots early in the third quarter.The misfiring Patriots offense again squandered their next possession and Atlanta were back on the charge, powering forward with a nine-play drive that ended with Ryan lobbing a six-yard pass to Tevin Coleman for a touchdown.New England grabbed what looked like a consolation score when Brady found running back White to make it 28-9.But Gostkowski missed the extra point afterwards, and it seemed as if all Atlanta had to do was ride out the clock.But a further Gostkowski field goal made it 28-12 and when Brady hit Danny Amendola for a six-yard touchdown, with a successful two-point conversion to follow, it had suddenly become a one-score game.Now the Falcons were flustered and a crucial drive faltered and the Patriots won the ball back.An epic drive hinged on a logic-defying 23-yard reception to Julian Edelman, who somehow gathered a deflected pass to put the Patriots in enemy territory. James White celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown during overtime. Source: Elise AmendolaBrady marched his team forward and White scampered in from one yard to make it 28-26. Another two-point conversion followed to make it 28-28 and take the game to overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history.The Patriots won the toss and elected to receive and with momentum clearly on their side, there was only going to be one outcome.Brady, just as he had done in his first Super Bowl victory in 2002, nervelessly led his team forward and soon they were camped on the Atlanta line.It was left to White to score his third touchdown of the night to clinch an amazing victory.- © AFP 2017The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Brady inspires greatest comeback in Super Bowl history The New England Patriots looked dead and buried before going on to win with a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.last_img read more

first_imgVancouver Marathon Facebook pageVancouver USA Marathon websiteBehind every runner, you’ll find a reason they run. For their health, for the sense of community and closeness, for their sanity, for that perfect runner’s high. But Wednesday evening, about 200 local runners added one more reason — for Boston.Two days after explosions shook the 117th annual Boston Marathon, the Vancouver Marathon dedicated its short monthly training run to those affected on the East Coast.“It really just hurts to hear about that,” said Natasha Hirtzel, 31, as she waited at the Grant House for the run to start.Many runners pinned Boston bibs to their running shirts and shorts. Monday’s tragedy was felt by many local residents who knew someone running the race.After hearing about the explosions, Kerianne Christie of Washougal worried about her two friends who were running. Both turned out to be safe. The 42-year-old said she’s seen the tragedy bring the running community closer together, even encouraging people to pick up the sport.“You can’t knock us down, you just push us forward,” she said. Christie expects an even bigger turnout at next year’s Boston Marathon.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — 19th Middlesex State Representative Republican candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) filed her pre-primary (January 1 to August 17) campaign finance report with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance on Monday night.DonorsPina Prinzivalli’s campaign has raised $19,335 since its launch — $7,170 in 2017 and $12,165 thus far in 2018.Prinzivalli also received $4,154,80 in in-kind donations this year, including $2,708 in field assistance and postage costs from the Marlborough Republican City Committee.SpendingPina Prinzivalli’s campaign has spent $4,115.49 since its inception — $643.69 in 2017 and $3,471.80 thus far in 2018.Major 2018 expenditures include:$972.05 to Vista Print for Campaign Cards$541.15 to Signs on the Cheap for Campaign Signs$406 to Luna Rosa for Campaign Kickoff Event$265.63 to East Coast Printing for Campaign SignsRead It For YourselfPina Prinzivalli’s pre-primary campaign finance report can be read HERE.Press Release From The Prinzivalli CampaignTEWKSBURY, MA — On Tuesday, following the OCPF reporting deadline, Pina Prinzivalli, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, announced she closed the Pre Primary reporting period with the highest balance of all of the candidates with $15,219.51.“I’m excited that my campaign to put the ‘Taxpayers First’ is resonating with the people of the 19th Middlesex District and the taxpayers across the Commonwealth who want someone to fight for them at the State House,” said Prinzivalli who launched her campaign last October. “This is a considered a conservative district and my campaign is in the best position to bring home a victory in November for the people who want political balance on Beacon Hill.”OCPF filings show that Prinzivalli has raised $19,335 since launching her campaign, including $12,165 during the Pre Primary reporting period. The Committee also picked up $4,180.54 in “In-Kind” contributions. According to the filings, among the eight candidates who entered the race, Prinzivalli has the second most donations from Tewksbury and Wilmington with 45.“I’m a career professional. I’m the only non politician in this race,” said Prinzivalli. “The fact that I have the second most among a list of career politicians and political insiders with years of donor lists to fall back on says a lot about the campaign I’m running. My platform is picking up financial support from hardworking taxpayers and grassroot teams who are working with me on the ground to help spread my ‘Taxpayers First’ message.”“During the Democratic Debate last week, all of my opponents came out in favor of raising taxes,” continued Prinzivalli. “We’re at a time of record spending and the Commonwealth has taken in $1.2 Billion more in revenue than originally projected. But for my opponents, that’s not enough. It’s exactly why the taxpayers want and need a friend on Beacon Hill. I’m the only candidate who has actually worked to put more money back into the pockets of the taxpayers.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidates File New Campaign Finance ReportsIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia About TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Fly THAI Amazing Thailand Community spirit key focus on final day of TravelManagers Conference Personal Travel Managers and suppliers get help from police when repairing and renovating tricycles for the disabledCommunity spirit key focus on final day of TravelManagers ConferenceAn early morning start was on the agenda for the final day of the 2016 TravelManagers conference in Bangkok. Over 170 personal travel managers, national partnership office staff and suppliers gathered to learn about this year’s national Conference’s community project, which had been organized in conjunction with Hands Across the Water.“You would expect after a night of partying at Bangkok’s Zense Gourmet Deck and Lounge Panorama, the excitement of getting up early would be not that appealing. A key philosophy of the TravelManagers culture is the difference we can make to the communities within which we live and work, directly and indirectly, locally or further afield. This is a part of the conference everybody loves – the ability to make a real difference so everybody was excited and rearing to go,” says Chief Executive Officer Joe Araullo.Looking good, personal travel manager Nicole Edgar puts a finishing touch to a repainted school wallThe second keynote speaker Peter Baines OAM, founder of the Australian and New Zealand charity Hands Across the Water set the scene for the mornings’ charity event.“After meeting the children left orphaned by the Tsunami, I felt compelled to act. This charity which gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand has gone on to create opportunities for hundreds of children across Thailand,” says Baines.The group was split into teams, each consisting of personal travel managers, national partnership office staff and suppliers who volunteered their helping hands working together for the morning in the Khlong Toei district, a slum and low social economic area of Bangkok.Khlong Toei is located approximately a 30 minute drive from the city centre. The area is made up of a number of small one way roads, with the dwellings being a mixture of single story shacks and multi-story apartment blocks.In light of the recent bombings in provincial Thailand, TravelManagers retained a New Zealand-based security specialist company to survey all locations where conference activities were being held, including the Khlong Toei area.“The safety and security of our people is paramount. We are extremely comfortable following the professional assessment of the Khlong Toei area that security issues are low to medium. It will be important for everybody to be vigilant but the rewards of helping this community far outweigh the potential risks,” says Araullo.Personal travel manager Neil Saunders shows painting can be rewarding and fun by giving the thumbs while painting school fencesWith many helping hands, collectively the group achieved: Repairing seven tricycles for the disabledSewing nearly five hundred craft dolls for the childrenConstructing and painting vegetable garden framing within the kindergartenPainting of the playground and playground equipment within kindergartenPainting walls and furniture at several locations within the low cost housing areaIt was not only the children of Khlong Toei district that was touched by the TravelManagers support.Supplier representative Harley Ilott – American Airlines, Nadine Jones – CIE and Cam McDonell – G Adventures assemble vegetable garden framing for a local kindergarten“This experience was one of those moments in your life that you never forget. Seeing the looks on the faces of the handicapped tricycle riders as they saw their tricycles that had been unusable and badly in need of repair for so long, give them reliable and convenient mobility again is something that will stay with me forever,” says personal travel manager Phil Kimberlee.TravelManagers has been supporting local community projects during its national conference for five years starting with its highly successful 2012 Fiji conference project where all participants worked together to give a local primary school a makeover, after it was damaged by floods earlier that year.“The strongest message for TravelManagers is the culture of our business and our desire to give back to the community. The opportunity for our personal travel managers to do something that benefits the community mirrors our business philosophy of going the extra mile. The entire TravelManagers’ team has done something they wouldn’t ordinarily have had the chance to do and it’s touched their lives. That sums up the culture of TravelManagers and we are extremely proud of that,” says Araullo.The afternoon resumed a more business focus for the final day of this years’ national conference.“From a business perspective the conference objectives focussed on equipping personal travel managers with the skills they need to truly make a positive difference, enhancing the clients’ travel experience from itinerary planning right through to returning home. It’s all about adding value,” says Araullo.The TravelManagers 2016 national conference is being held 19-21 August at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel in Bangkok.last_img read more

first_imgInvestigations at the Mitsero red lake and at the Memi lake in Xyliatos continued on Monday but without result in the search for the two remaining victims of seven people murdered by a self-confessed serial killer.According to head of the fire service, Marcos Tragolas, some critical points in the red lake and Memi based on sonar results, were being investigated. Divers went down twice on Monday to a depth of around 16 metres but did not find the third suitcase authorities believe contains the body of a Filipino woman.At Memi lake, based on new sonar data, they also searched for the body of a girl aged six, the daughter of the first victim found in a mine shaft at Mitsero on April 14, also a Filipino woman.A Romanian mother, 36, and her daughter aged eight were already recovered from two suitcases in the red lake.Trangolas said in the red lake, the focus was on the centre of the toxic body of water “because it has large volumes of mud. We will investigate it by mechanical means and try to sweep the bottom,” he said. He also noted the risk for divers due to non-visibility and mud volumes.On Sunday, three dives were carried out, with the divers reaching a depth of up to 18 metres. The first dive took place in the openings south of the lake and at a depth of 10 metres, the second at a marked square southeast of the lake, and the third, at the same point as the second but and to the west of the lake, near the point where the second cement block was found.The killer had tried to weigh down the three suitcases, in one instance by placing it inside and in the second and third case, attaching it to the bags.So far five bodies have been identified.According to CNA, investigators attended a meeting at the AG’s office on Monday to discuss the case so far and decide the next steps. Suspect, 35-year-old army officer Nicos Metaxas is due in court on Tuesday for a further eight-day remand at the end of which charges are expected to be filed with the court next week.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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