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19 days agoBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury. last_img read more

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Comments On Prospect Of Conference Adding Teams

first_imgA pylon with the Big 12 logo.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 25: The Big XII logo on a pylon at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Earlier today, Oklahoma president David L. Boren made headlines when he stated that he would like the Big 12 to add two schools to put the conference’s membership at 12. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has now commented on Boren’s statement. He wasn’t very surprised by it. Bob Bowlsby: “We talk about membership at ever meeting. I think our presidents individually have their own opinions on things.” (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (more): “President Boren expressed his today. … His comments are not troubling. This is out there. ,,, (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (cont): “I have not gotten the indication that the majority of our presidents feel that way. … (more)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby (cont): “I get the feeling that nothing has changed since we last discussed it.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Bowlsby said at some point majority in Big 12 may feel “that we should get bigger. I have not heard at this point that they feel that way.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 24, 2015Which teams would you want added to your conference, Big 12 fans?last_img read more

Overtime work culture a ‘huge blessing’: Chinese Alibaba founder Jack Ma

first_imgSHANGHAI: Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the gruelling overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a “huge blessing” for young workers. The e-commerce magnate weighed into a debate about work-life balance and the overtime hours demanded by some companies as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth. In a speech to Alibaba employees, Ma defended the industry’s ‘996’ work schedule, which refers to the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. workday, six days a week. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing,” he said in remarks posted on the company’s WeChat account. “Many companies and many people don’t have the opportunity to work 996,” Ma said. “If you don’t work 996 when you are young, when can you ever work 996?” The issue has fuelled an online debate and protests on some coding platforms, where workers have swapped examples of excessive overtime demands at some companies. Ma, a former English teacher who co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has become one of China’s richest people, said he and early employees regularly worked long hours. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”In this world, everyone wants success, wants a nice life, wants to be respected,” Ma said. “Let me ask everyone, if you don’t put out more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?” Ma referred to the tech industry where some people are without jobs, or working at companies in search of revenue or facing closure. “Compared to them, up to this day, I still feel lucky, I don’t regret (working 12 hour days), I would never change this part of me,” he said. This month activists on Microsoft’s GitHub, the online code repository site, launched a project titled “996.ICU” where tech workers listed Alibaba among the companies ranked as having some of the worst working conditions. On Thursday, an opinion piece published in a state newspaper argued that 996 violated China’s Labor Law, which stipulates that average work hours cannot exceed 40 hours a week. “Creating a corporate culture of ‘encouraged overtime’ will not only not help a business’ core competitiveness, it might inhibit and damage a company’s ability to innovate,” the unnamed author wrote in the People’s Daily.last_img read more

In Ayodhya, Modi avoids temple talk

first_imgLucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first visit to Ayodhya after becoming Prime Minister, addressed an election rally on Wednesday but avoided talking about the Ram temple issue. Though the Prime Minister ended his speech with “Jai Shri Ram”, he did not make any mention of the Ram temple. He mentioned the grandeur with which ‘Dev Deepawali’ was held in the holy city and the ‘Kumbh Mela’ in Prayagraj. The Prime Minister’s rally was held about 25 kilometres away from Ayodhya at Gosainganj on the Ayodhya-Ambedkar Nagar border. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also did not visit the makeshift Ram temple and Mahant Paramhans Das said that it was unfortunate that the Prime Minister failed to give any message to the people about the BJP’s commitment towards the construction of a grand Ram temple. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, said he had wanted Modi to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram temple. “If the Prime Minister had sought the blessings of Ram Lalla, then nothing could be more beneficial for him. It would have sent a positive message across the country,” said Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Prime Minister mounted a scathing attack on the opposition and the alliance-terming it ‘mahamilavati’-and said that these parties were more interested in grabbing power than in strengthening the country. He said that his government has worked to check terrorism which had emerged as the biggest threat to the nation. “We have given a strong message that this is ‘Naya Hindustan jo chhedega nahin magar chhodega bhi nahin. Hum bhi ghus ke marenge. We have controlled terror activities but not eradicated completely,” he said. The Prime Minister slammed the SP and BSP for claiming to be followers of Lohia and Ambedkar but demolished the ideologies of these leaders. “These parties should have been concerned about labourers but did they do anything? The Congress talks about removing poverty but has it done anything to remove poverty?” he asked. The Prime Minister said that a strong government was needed at the Centre to make the country stronger. He also listed the various welfare schemes initiated by his government for the poor and asked people to vote for lotus which was a vote for Modi. Modi had visited Ayodhya during the 2014 elections but did not offer prayers at the makeshift temple.last_img read more

A marriage that ended up with wife’s murder

first_imgNew Delhi: It all started in April 2015, when Padma Tiwari, an MBA graduate, came in contact with Rahul Kumar Mishra (a mechanical engineer) and got into a relationship. But this relationship landed both of them into police net as they were found involved in the murder case of an MNC executive, wife of Rahul, in South West Delhi.Police said that both the accused have disclosed that they studied together in Sindri, Dhanbad in Jharkhand from KG to XII and were very close friends. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThereafter, they parted their ways to pursue their higher education and was not in touch for years. “In April 2015, Padma Tiwari was added to a WhatsApp group of their school where she discovered that Rahul was also a part of that WhatsApp group,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya. He further stated that she contacted him and they came in touch again and with the passage of time, their love rekindled and they got into a relationship. Their relationship hit a brick wall when their families disagreed to their marriage. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”They tried to persuade their families but to no avail but they continued with their relationship. In January 2017, the marriage of the accused Rahul was fixed with one girl Pooja Rai, who also belonged to Sindri, Jharkhand,” the investigating agency said. Padma and Rahul wanted to marry but couldn’t do so owing to objection from the family. Rahul told Pooja about their relationship with a hope that she herself would say no to the marriage but she didn’t and the marriage went through. Rahul married Pooja on April 23, 2017. The fact that Padma and Rahul couldn’t get married because of Pooja as she didn’t say no to the marriage despite knowing about their relationship which let to hatred for Pooja. “In October 2018, on the asking of Rahul, Pooja contacted Padma to get her a job and get his CV updated. Thereafter, they started talking on the phone,” police said. In November-December 2018, on several instances, Pooja taunted Padma about her relationship with Rahul and also suspected that they are still in touch. Padma conveyed the fact to Rahul and he got angry and they decided to do something about her. Later, they hatched a conspiracy to murder Pooja. After the murder, a fake letter was kept close to the deceased in which everything was written against Pooja in order to dodge police.last_img read more

Is Deshaun Watson Better Than Lamar Jackson Depends On What Skills You

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin. read more

Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more

Crews Rescue Man From Cliff Near Ninilchik

first_imgIt took crews roughly 1.5 hours, and the individual was brought to safety and the incident was terminated, according to NES. NES responded with Medic 1, Rescue 1, Utility 1, and ATV 1 responded with 7 personnel. The Anchor Point Emergency Services High Angle Rope Rescue Team was requested, and responded with mutual aid assistance with 2 Command Vehicles, Utility 2, Rescue 1, and Medic 41 with 9 personnel. Photos courtesy of Ninilchik Emergency Services Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Ninilchik Emergency Services responded to a person that had fallen over 100 feet from a cliff on Saturday, June 2. In a Facebook post, “NES strongly recommends caution along these cliffs as this is not the first time this kind of incident has happened – sometimes with life-altering injuries. The banks along these cliffs can appear deceivingly shallow, but are nonetheless very steep and dangerous, and people are prone to slipping and falling. Also, these cliffs are often weak, especially near the bottom as erosion naturally occurs.” The Alaska State Troopers as well as Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska State Park Rangers responded as well.last_img read more