first_imgCurrent Queensland and Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker capped an extremely successful 12-month period when he was named the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Leagues Club Senior Sports Star of the Year at a glittering ceremony at the Rockhampton League’s Club on Friday 19 October 2007.It was a case of sixth time lucky for the two time World Cup hero who has been nominated five times previously for his home town’s top sporting gong, only to be thwarted by a classy field of outstanding nominees that give rise to the contention that Rockhampton is one of Australia’s top sporting nurseries.  The Central Queensland town has produced a plethora of talented athletes over the years from the original ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ Rod Laver, who is the only tennis player in history to win all four Grand slam titles twice, to Olympic Gold Medalists swimmer Duncan Armstrong, cycling’s Anna Meares, and Australian Men’s Hockey duo Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles.There have been a host of Junior and Senior world champions across a wide range of sports that have come out of Rockhampton, as well other athletes in professional sports such as National Rugby League stars Rhys Wesser and Matt Sing. Shuker, who has spent his whole life in “Rocky”, was ecstatic to finally claim his hometown’s major sporting award.“I usually rock up every year to the Awards night and go “I’m gooonnnee” …   There’s Anna Meares with an Olympic Gold Medal here, and Jamie Dwyer with his Gold medal over there… It doesn’t bother you – it’s just a privilege to be nominated in such great company, and it’s certainly a great field of athletes every year. I reckon I’m fortunate that there were few major sporting events this year and I got lucky for a change,” Shuker said.Despite the self-effacing veteran’s “got lucky” contention, nothing could be further from the truth. Shuker’s ascent to the top Award is the culmination of a stellar year of achievement for the two-time World champion who has excelled at all levels of the game in 2007.The modest 34 year-old achieved one of the biggest honours in the game by captaining Australia to a cherished Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup victory in South Africa in January 2007.In an incredible twelve months for the long serving playmaker, Gavin was named joint Flag bearer for Australia at the FIT World Cup Opening Ceremony with four time World Cup champion Amanda Judd and long serving Australian World Cup player and coach Dean Russell.“Shukes” went on to lead the Australian Men’s Open Team to an emphatic 8-5 World Cup final victory over arch rivals New Zealand to bookend his 2003 FIT World Cup triumph in Japan with the Australian Men’s Open Team who have annexed every World Title since the tournament’s inception in 1988 in the 19 year history of the game at World Cup Level.To cap off a wonderful World Cup journey, Shuker was awarded the prestigious Phil Smith Medal as the Australian representative who contributed most to Australia’s retention of the World Cup.The award was voted on by every member of the Australian contingent participating at the 2007 FIT World Cup.Shuker’s impressive catalogue of achievements in 2007 have continued throughout the year with him leading his beloved local club “Buckaneers” to the Rockhampton Men’s Open title, as well leading Central Queensland to their first Men’s Open Grand Final appearance ever in the history of the Queensland Touch State Regional Championships, held just a few weeks ago in Toowoomba.The significance of the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year Award and the pathway he has traversed in his involvement in the game is not lost on the industrious Australian Captain.“It means that bit more because I’ve managed to achieve on a bigger stage without having to leave home. It’s tougher when you’re from the country. You do have to work that bit harder and you do have to invest that much more effort because the standard of competition isn’t there, so you have to work hard to create it and we’ve done that to a large extent. I see the award as recognition for Touch Football in Rockhampton and Central Queensland, rather than myself,” Shuker said.The popular father of two has been an outstanding role model and mentor to players in the Central Queensland and Rustlers NTL permit catchment areas over an incredible 20 year career in which he has achieved consistent success at Regional, State, National, and International level.Shuker is revered and respected by his teammates and opposition alike for his talent, dedication, passion, will to win, and commitment to achieving his best at all times.Shuker is a tough competitor, but a fine sportsman who wins with humility and takes a loss with class, befitting his lofty standing in the sport.Shuker, a fireman, paid tribute to the role his wife Tanya and his family has played in his rise and rise in the sport.“Tanya and my daughters Nalani and Tahlia mean the world to me. Tanya’s been a rock supporting me and understanding the time I need to invest to achieve the goals I have been lucky enough to reach. That she is an athlete herself is a big bonus for me,” Shuker said.The big hearted Shuker who has invested years of time and effort into developing the standard and individual games of a generation of Central Queensland’s best young players has donated $1000 of his $3000 prize money for winning the Rockhampton Sports Star of the Year to the Emmaus 13 Years Boys Team who won the prestigious 13 Years Boys Qld All Schools Championship Title in Brisbane in October.Shuker’s development efforts have helped to nurture some outstanding talent for the sport with National 18 and 20 Years Youth, Queensland Schoolboy, 20 Years, Mixed and Open Men’s players of the ilk of Dan and Clint Withers, David Zanette, and Damien Moar all benefactors of Shuker’s tactical and technical prowess, and his inspirational leadership qualities.In 2004 Shuker led a Central Queensland (CQ) based “Queensland A” team to a shock Series victory over a touring New Zealand Open Men’s Team in the “Touch Showdown” in Toowoomba, and the selfless number seven continues to be a generous fountain of knowledge and support to the ongoing development and structure of Touch Football in his home region.In the last 12 months, Shuker has given coaching assistance to Rockhampton Junior State Cup and QTA State Junior Championship teams, the Rustlers Women’s 30s Team, and the CQ 18 Years boys team who performed brilliantly with a semi-final appearance at the recent X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.Shuker also organized for the Rockhampton Touch Association to host the Australian Men’s Open team’s final training camp before the 2007 FIT World Cup in December last year.This weekend, Shuker will assist National Rugby League identities Matt Bowen, Willie Tonga, and Sonny Bill Williams at a development camp for Indigenous athletes in Rockhampton, again displaying his charitable nature and willingness to assist others to grasp the skills of our sport.Shuker hopes to continue contributing to Touch Football for as long as he is enjoying the game and he feels he has something worthwhile to offer.“I love the game and love doing what I can. I will play as long as it’s still fun and I’m contributing positively. There’s plenty here to keep me busy and it’ll be fun to watch all these young kids develop over the next few years,” Shuker said.With Gavin Shuker running the show you can rest assured that the Aussie Men’s skipper won’t be the last Touch Footballer to be crowned Rockhampton’s Sports Star of the Year.last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says productivity is the most pressing development issue at present, and there is need for the country to revolutionize its approach to the matter.“Productivity happens to be at the heart of any strategic action we will contemplate for the future, whether at the level of the enterprise or of the country. If we do not seek to put drastic improvements in productivity at the centre of our concerns to energize for action, in respect of the opportunities before us, then success for growth and the full development of our potential will continue to elude us,” the Minister argued.Mr. Kellier was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 31st Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) annual three-day Business and Workplace Convention and Expo, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 2.The Minister said he is aware that some business enterprises have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the opportunities that may arise when the present economic recession would have passed, and unless the issue of improvement in productivity is given keen attention, the expected benefits will not materialize.Presenting data to support his point, he stated that research done by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, is showing that between 1972 and 2007 the country’s labour productivity has been declining at an average annual rate of 1.5 per cent.He also noted that productivity involving labour, capital, energy and other inputs, has declined by an average annual rate of 1.74 per cent over the same period.“The upshot of this has been slow and low growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and literal stagnation in the GDP per capita, or the standard of living for most Jamaicans,” the Minister said.He emphasized that it is important to note that Jamaica is not the only country in the region that is so affected.The Minister said that the tri-partite movement of Labour, Management and Government have a crucial role to play regionally in going forward, in reversing productivity decline and accelerating economic growth. Mr. Kellier added that as globalization deepens, improvements in productivity will become increasingly important to competitiveness and integration into the global economy.Meanwhile, President of the JEF, David Wan, said the Convention and Expo come at a very opportune time for the government, private sector and the country as a whole.He expressed the view that against the background of the recently signed deal between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government, both private and public sectors will have to become much more efficient.“We will have to do more with less, and a large part of this is optimizing the human talent we have in place,” Mr. Wan said.The three-day event is being held under the theme: ‘Energize for action….our cause…our call’.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Rashid Khan has been left isolated with renowned Indian golfers steering clear of the controversy, a day after the two-time Asian Tour champion was detained by police for trying to enter the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) here. Rashid and nine other caddie-turned-golfers were detained and taken to Tuqhlaq Road police station for questioning after they tried to enter DGC to practice on Saturday. The 28-year-old from Delhi on Sunday alleged that the DGC is discriminating against golfers from humble background. He even threatened to quit the sport and give up his Olympic dream if the club doesn’t allow him to use its facilities. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWhile Rashid received the support of two-time European Tour champion Shubhankar Sharma and domestic regulars Shamim Khan and Mukesh Kumar, former Asian tour winners like Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar decided not to comment on the issue. “I don’t want to comment anything. I don’t have the whole picture, I dont know what is happening. I don’t know what was discussed between Rashid and DGC officials, so I would rather not comment,” Randhawa said. Chawrasia, who is playing in Denmark, said: “I don’t know exactly what happened. I am not from Delhi so I never had such issues. Some players are playing while some are having issues apparently. So it is a thing between players and DGC. There is a system in place and hope it gets sorted.”last_img read more

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – A police force in southern Ontario says two of its officers are facing numerous charges related to an alleged local drug ring.Durham Region police say the officers came under investigation as the force began looking into alleged activities at a bar in Ajax, Ont.Police say they began looking into allegations of drug transactions and excessive alcohol service at the Black Bear Bar and Grill in the summer of 2016, and eventually discovered that the two officers were connected to the bar’s owner.On Tuesday, police arrested the two officers along with three other people and laid numerous charges related to the alleged trafficking of marijuana and cocaine.Const. Husen Aswat, who has been with Durham Region police for nine years, is facing 19 charges including seven counts of breach of trust and four counts of trafficking in cocaine.Eight-year force veteran Const. Amandeep Thakur is facing four charges including two counts of breach of trust and possession of property obtained by crime. Both officers are currently suspended from duty.Three other men are facing a total of 23 charges between them. Police did not indicate whether the owner of the bar was included in those charged.Durham Region police said the investigation was conducted in collaboration with officers from Toronto. Chief Paul Martin said the officers’ alleged conduct was particularly troubling.“Obviously it’s very concerning and disappointing when we find ourselves investigating our own employees,” he said in a statement.When the force became aware of the possible involvement of its members, Martin said they conducted a “vigorous” investigation.“No one is above the law and every one of our employees is accountable for their actions,” he said. “I want to assure the community that this is not a reflection of our women and men who work so hard every day to uphold the law and keep our communities safe.”All five of the men charged have been held in custody for bail hearings.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice each to the BJP district president of Nadia Mahadev Sarkar and Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for their derogatory remarks. Sarkar had made some derogatory remarks on Mahua Moitra, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on a Trinamool Congress ticket. The Commission has taken a strong objection to his remarks after watching the video where he was heard saying the words. Sarkar has been asked to clarify why he made such remarks about a candidate of his rival party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Commission had earlier sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, regarding the statements made by Ghosh Kar. The Commission has now show-caused her after it found her statements highly derogatory in nature. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has gone through the report submitted by the DM in this regard. The TMC MLA found herself at the centre of controversy after she made some objectionable remarks regarding the Central Force. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed to the members of the party’s Mahila Morcha to “chase Central Forces away with broomsticks.” In another development, an FIR was lodged with the Hooghly police against Locket Chatterjee, who is contesting the election from Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency on BJP’s ticket. During a rally, Chatterjee had allegedly made some remarks which could have triggered communal tension in the area.last_img read more

In an effort to assess the effectiveness of polio surveillance in Afghanistan, a group of experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a week in villages across the country examining a system used to detect the paralysing disease in children under the age of 15.The strategy identifies cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and then investigates them to determine, through laboratory testing, which AFP cases are as a result of the poliovirus and which ones are not.“The first and most important step toward eliminating polio is to know where the polio virus is circulating,” said Peter Graaff, WHO Representative to Afghanistan.“This is because low quality AFP surveillance can miss poliovirus transmission and we need to constantly monitor and improve the system, in order not to be misled about the level of progress made toward reaching the eradication goal,” Mr. Graaff said.The main recommendations of the review mission included training more community health workers on AFP surveillance, scaling up participation of the private health sector, and improving the documentation of reported cases.Based on the findings, the review team concluded that ongoing transmission of wild poliovirus in the “reviewed’ areas is very unlikely to be missed.Due to security reasons, the southern and south-eastern regions of the country could not be accessed by the team.Polio, also known as infantile paralysis, is a highly infectious and potentially lethal disease that spreads from person to person. Wild poliovirus could infect virtually everyone who is not yet immune through vaccination, and there is no cure.Afghanistan is one of the four remaining countries in the world that has yet to become polio-free, the others being Pakistan, India and Nigeria. In 2010 alone, Afghanistan has had 13 polio cases, especially in parts of the southern region where access for health workers is not possible due to insecurity.Currently, there is a network of more than 10,000 community members across the country that report children showing signs of potential paralysis to the next level of the health system. They include health workers, pharmacists, religious leaders and shrine keepers among others.WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International are leading the efforts to eradicate polio in Afghanistan. 30 August 2010In an effort to assess the effectiveness of polio surveillance in Afghanistan, a group of experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a week in villages across the country examining a system used to detect the paralysing disease in children under the age of 15. read more

5 October 2010The deadly lead pollution crisis in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara due to backyard gold digging is far from over, with hundreds of lives already lost and thousands of people at risk, a United Nations investigative team warned today. “Rapid and coordinated intervention is imperative,” the five-member team from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said after collecting and analyzing dozens of soil and water samples from five villages.Lead poisoning, while treatable to some degree, does irreparable damage to young children’s neurological systems, including reduced IQ, behavioural disorders and loss of control of muscles. It threatens the unborn since it passes directly through the placenta, leading to stillbirths and birth defects and, in breastfeeding, passes freely to babies through mothers’ milk.A spike in lead-related illnesses and deaths emerged at the start of this year in two districts of Zamfara, due to attempts by locals to extract gold from lead-contaminated soils in and around their houses and compounds, and the team said most illness and deaths go unreported.It is likely that many children have not been brought to medical clinics because the rainy season has impeded access from villages. Also, mothers who typically have up to five or 10 children cannot leave family behind, and crucial extended care facilities are lacking for children who come from polluted villages that must be cleaned before it is safe to return. So far, only two villages have been cleaned. The team reported that polluted water is less of a concern than soil, and even possibly food such as meat and crops, and called for urgent further study, adding that the lead seems to come from the external sources of processing rather than naturally occurring in wells. It did not call for banning mining but for safer practices, such as setting up cooperatives to enable ore to be stored and processed safely outside villages rather than within family compounds.It focused on the quality of drinking water for both humans and cattle, and found that public wells often do not meet UN World Health Organization (WHO) or national standards for lead limits and ponds are often polluted, while soil is highly polluted with lead. In addition, there are often high concentrations of mercury in the air.At one former mine processing site in the village of Bagega, with some 8,000 inhabitants, air mercury levels of 5,000 nanogrammes per cubic metre were registered, a hundred times the maximum recommended level of 50. Mercury, which is used in the gold extraction processes, affects the nervous and digestive systems when inhaled. A final report will be available by mid- to late-October, feeding into a larger process to address this crisis involving a variety of actors, including state and federal authorities, WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which have launched a major effort to remove lead- and mercury-contaminated soil and water from the villages. read more

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has begun an intense criminal probe into the murder of officer Satish Menon, who was on his way from the village of Leposavic towards Mitrovica, a town with a Serb-majority north and an Albanian-majority south that was the scene of violent demonstrations last year.“UNMIK police is here to assist in establishing the rule of law,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Acting Special Representative Charles Brayshaw said today. “By attacking the police, those responsible for this attack will not succeed in distracting the police from its duties.” Calling it a despicable act, Mr. Brayshaw added: “I know that the people of Kosovo are astounded and repudiate completely this murder. I know they find this as repugnant as I do. This was a direct attack on international forces of law and order.” UNMIK was established in 1999 to provide an interim civilian administration under which the people of the province, ravaged by war between ethnic Serbs and Albanians, could progressively enjoy substantial autonomy. read more

Being launched this October, the Best Practice Programme (UK) will show delegates from the automotive supply chain, training providers and other interested parties, excellent examples of modern business management in UK auto manufacturing. For more details, or to apply for the course, please contact: Academy Chief Executive, Dr Alan Begg said of the new programme, ‘If the UK is to retain a viable manufacturing base, automotive companies must embrace and apply the very best in industry practices. The Academy’s Best Practice (UK) programme will expose people to the very best elements of our industry and help them to apply those tools and techniques to their place of work. I applaud the spirit and generosity of the people and companies who will open their doors to us.’ East or West? Home is Best. Applications are now open for the first programme to be run between 17-21 October, with a second running from 14-18 November. The delegate rate of £2,500 includes all the course materials, transportation between venues, bed and breakfast accommodation and dinner. Also included is exclusive access to the special guests joining the programme to share their experiences and expertise. Did you think the very best of automotive manufacturing can only be experienced in Japan? Then think again! Japanese companies may have pioneered the most advanced ideas and set the global standard, but many UK organisations, have now embraced those same lean tools and techniques and can provide an excellent forum for learning. This is the message being given on the Automotive Academy’s new Best Practice Programme. The five-day programme is made up of a series of themed workshops and company visits to the likes of Nissan in Sunderland, TI Automotive in Telford, Kautex Unipart in Coventry and, for a non-auto perspective, Electrolux in County Durham. Each visit will show leading-edge aspects of process management such as cost engineering, lean accounting, problem solving, lean manufacturing and e-procurement. Topic experts will also join the group over dinner each evening for lively discussion. Arthur David on 0121 717 6600, e-mail arthur.david@industryforum.co.ukorIan Buckingham on 0121 717 6655, e-mail ian.buckingham@automotiveacademy.co.uk Note:The full course brochure can be downloaded belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

29C. KeenumDEN81.256.2 In the original conception of passer rating, an average rating was about 67. In 2018, only one qualified passer (Arizona Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen) fell below that threshold, and even then just barely (his rating was 66.7). But what if the standards for what makes a good or bad performance had evolved as leaguewide numbers changed? Pro-Football-Reference.com does a great job of adjusting for era with its Advanced Passing indices, which are centered on an average of 100 with 15 points representing 1 standard deviation in either direction. But I wanted to rescale the building blocks of passer rating itself to see how today’s passing numbers would translate to a rating if the NFL had simply allowed its rating system to change with the times.To do that, I looked at the distribution of stats in each category that goes into passer rating — completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage and interception rate — from the sample originally used to craft the formula back in the early 1970s (qualified passers from 1960 to 1970). Specifically, I figured out the spread of values (relative to the league) that, in a given category, led to the minimum number of points (0), the average number of points (1) and the maximum (2.375). Under the hood, passer rating is built around these ranges; it hands out points on that 0-to-2.375 scale in each category, then sums up the four values, divides by 6 and multiplies by 100. (Hence, 67 is supposed to be average — a 1.0 in four categories, divided by 6, times 100.)For any era, we can rescale what performance “should” lead to a given value in each category to keep the relative leaguewide distribution the same as it was when passer rating was first conceived.2Just like with PFR’s advanced passing stats, I calculated these distributions using qualified passers in rolling three-season periods to avoid a strange spread in one season causing overly volatile results. (To qualify, a passer needed at least 14 attempts per team game.) So while, say, Alex Smith’s 62.5 percent completion rate in 2018 was worth 1.0 point, so was Don Meredith’s 49.5 percent mark from 1962. Do this for every category in every season, and you have a stabilized version of passer rating that no longer spirals uncontrollably upward with each innovation in the passing game.Some ultra-high ratings change less than you might expect under this new method. Rodgers’s single-season record of 122.5 from 2011 tumbles all the way down to … 121.1. (He was very good that year.) But other seemingly immortal ratings, such as Kirk Cousins’s 99.7 mark this season, get knocked down quite a bit — in Cousins’s case, he falls to a much more reasonable 81.5 rating. (Anyone who watched a Vikings game this year would surely argue that this is more appropriate.) Similarly, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 100.4 mark this season — yes, that is real, look it up — gets heavily penalized in the interception category (his 4.9 percent INT rate was more than double the league average), taking him down to an adjusted rating of 77.4.Moving further down the list, Joe Flacco’s decent-sounding 84.2 classic rating properly falls to a mediocre 62.8 after our adjustment, while the 30.7 rating of WOAT candidate Nathan Peterman becomes an 11.6 — perilously close to the minimum possible rating of 0.0. (If Peterman had thrown enough passes to qualify, that 11.6 rating would have “surpassed” Ryan Leaf’s 19.1 from 1998 as the lowest-rated season since 1950.)All told, the new ratings are once again grounded in a world where an average quarterback scores about 70 — not exactly 67 because the rolling distribution includes multiple seasons for comparison3Causing 2018 performances to score slightly higher on average, since this year was a better passing season than 2017. — and as a result, the numbers make far more intuitive sense at a glance than the ludicrously inflated official ratings of 2018: 20B. MayfieldCLE93.771.7 10K. CousinsMIN99.781.5 PlayerLast YearOldNewPlayerLast YearOldNew 31S. DarnoldNYJ77.649.7 17M. TrubiskyCHI95.473.2 16D. CarrOAK93.974.0 13T. BradyNE97.778.8 PlayerTeamOldNew 4M. RyanATL108.193.4 5P. RiversLAC105.587.3 6D. WatsonHOU103.185.3 Ratings 13L. Dawson197582.982.728F. Ryan197078.078.0 12D. PrescottDAL96.979.0 14D. Marino199986.481.429B. Jones198278.578.0 19C. NewtonCAR94.271.7 26J. WinstonTB90.264.9 Ryan Fitzpatrick2005-184,28581.160.2-20.9 8J. GoffLAR101.183.3 5P. Manning201596.587.120M. Ryan201894.979.8 Marcus Mariota2015-181,60589.467.5-21.9 7C. WentzPHI102.285.1 30B. BortlesJAX79.854.5 9A. RodgersGB97.683.0 10O. Graham195578.284.725R. Gannon200484.778.4 2P. MahomesKC113.898.5 11K. Warner200993.783.726B. Griese198077.178.3 32J. AllenBUF67.937.1 27A. SmithWSH85.764.5 15B. R’lisbergerPIT96.575.7 RatingsRatings PlayerYears PlayedAttemptsOldNewDiff. 1D. BreesNO115.7103.3 According to the NFL’s official passer rating system, the most efficient quarterback in NFL history is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, with a lifetime mark of 103.1.1Pro football’s passer rating has a possible range from 0 to 158.3. That makes sense: Rodgers is generally regarded as one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. But if you scroll further down the list, the results become much harder to explain. In the world of passer rating, Kirk Cousins is better than Joe Montana; Derek Carr and Matt Schaub top Dan Marino; and, after one season, Broadway Sam Darnold is running circles around Broadway Joe Namath.Passer rating is often criticized as Byzantine (have you seen that formula?), incomplete (it does not include data on rushing plays or sacks) and arbitrary (again, have you looked at the formula?). Yet its biggest shortcoming might be the way it is unmoored from changes in the game itself. Passing has never been more efficient than it was this season, in which the league’s average QB posted a rating of 92.9. That is remarkably high considering that a quarterback who posted a rating of 92.9 would have led all qualified passers in 15 separate seasons from 1950 through 1986. Clearly, the scale needs recalibrating. 18E. ManningNYG92.472.3 Chad Henne2008-181,95975.555.3-20.3 Ryan Tannehill2012-182,91187.067.2-19.8 Cam Newton2011-183,89186.466.1-20.3 22R. TannehillMIA92.768.8 21M. MariotaTEN92.370.6 A new all-time passer rating hierarchyCareer classic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* NFL and AFL quarterbacks, 1950-2018 9T. Romo201697.185.024D. Fouts198780.278.4 11A. LuckIND98.779.1 Ratings 2A. Rodgers2018103.192.517B. Starr197180.580.7 PlayerTeamOldNew * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com * Minimum 14 pass attempts per team gameSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 6R. Staubach197983.486.721J. Garcia200887.579.6 7R. Wilson2018100.485.422B. R’lisberger201894.379.0 15K. Anderson198681.981.230J. Kelly199684.478.0 3J. Montana199492.390.018P. Rivers201895.680.5 1S. Young199996.794.216F. Tarkenton197880.480.7 Case Keenum2013-181,84484.561.8-22.6 Mark Sanchez2009-182,32073.352.5-20.8 Who’s been overrated in traditional passer ratings?For qualified* NFL and AFL passers since 1950, the biggest shortfalls between adjusted and classic passer rating 12S. Jurgensen197482.782.927N. Lomax198882.778.1 8D. Brees201897.785.423J. Unitas197378.378.9 According to the NFL’s official system, there have been 93 qualified quarterback seasons since 1950 with a passer rating of at least 100.0, and nine of those happened in 2018 alone. After our adjustment, though, there have been only 46 such seasons since 1950,4Four QB seasons cracked the 100.0 mark under the new system but didn’t under the classic passer rating. and only one of those happened this year — the 103.3 mark Drew Brees put up with the Saints. It’s still a golden age for passing, as nearly half of those 46 seasons have happened since 2000, but we’ve also filtered out 51 “false 100s” — seasons that cracked 100.0 on the old scale but not the new one — of which 47 have happened since 2000.The result of our passer rating adjustment is a much more reasonable career leaderboard that features qualified quarterbacks from a variety of different eras: The biggest beneficiaries of our changes are 1950s-era passers like Otto Graham, who originally rated in the 70s (discarding his eye-popping pre-1950 numbers, which were compiled in the upstart All-America Football Conference) but leaps up into the mid-80s after judging him in comparison with his peers. San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young also gets a boost relative to other great QBs from history, reclaiming the No. 1 slot that he’d held in real life before Rodgers and friends came along.At the other end of the spectrum, nobody loses more points of career rating than Blake Bortles, who somehow has an 80.6 mark under the classic system but falls to 55.2 with our adjustments. Here are the biggest losers between the old and new QB ratings: 23M. StaffordDET89.968.6 Ratings Deflating the ratingClassic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* 2018 NFL quarterbacks 3R. WilsonSEA110.996.5 25A. DaltonCIN89.666.1 4T. Brady201897.687.219C. Pennington201090.179.9 24N. MullensSF90.866.3 Derek Carr2014-182,80088.868.4-20.4 28J. FlaccoBAL84.262.8 14R. FitzpatrickTB100.477.4 33J. RosenARI66.735.9 Jameis Winston2015-181,92287.864.0-23.8 Blake Bortles2014-182,63280.655.2-25.4 * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com A change like this wouldn’t fix the rest of passer rating’s deficiencies, and it wouldn’t include all the fancy bells and whistles you’ll find in a metric like ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. But passer rating itself has always been a surprisingly decent metric within any self-contained era; the team with the higher passer rating (by any margin) in a game wins about 80 percent of the time. It’s the comparisons across eras that have become distorted as the game has changed over time. But a simple fix tethering modern stats to the standards contained in passer rating’s formula would go a long way toward restoring sanity to the metric you still see in every NFL box score and broadcast. The Blake Bortleses of the world might not like seeing their shiny 80-something ratings get dumped into the 50s, but it’s a change whose time has come.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

first_imgTHE US-ANTI-Doping Agency said this evening it has gathered “overwhelming” evidence that Lance Armstrong and fellow US Postal Service cyclist had engaged in sport’s biggest doping conspiracy ever.In a statement, the agency said it was releasing its “reasoned decision” and more than 1,000 pages of supporting evidence to the Union Cycliste International and the World Anti-Doping Agency.“The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” it said.More to followlast_img read more

first_imgSony may have been the first of the big manufacturers to release an OLED TV, but the company has struggled to keep costs down while increasing the size of its OLED panels. They even stopped selling OLED TVs at one point. But OLED technology continues to progress, and Sony has just announced the development of a flexible OLED panel at SID 2012.The 9.9-inch display is still quite limited in terms of resolution, managing 960 x 540 and 111ppi, but this is a work in progress and that’s sure to improve. The good news is Sony manufactured the panel using a process that is easy to ramp up to volume production. That bodes well for this being a low cost solution.In order to create the flexible OLED panel Sony used a combination of glass substrates and film. Two glass substrates have a sheet of film attached to them. One of those films is used to hold the thin film transistors and white OLEDs, while the other has red, green, and blue color filters applied. The two films are then brought together and the glass substrates removed. The end result being a working film display that is capable of being flexed.Sony says that the display is a culmination of the work done in producing the company’s existing OLED panels. This flexible display has only just come off the production line though, and Sony didn’t have one at SID, rather they just had video footage of it in action.The next step is to test just how flexible and reliable the panel is. If they can improve on the resolution then it’s possible Sony could bring a device to market sporting a flexible display. As it’s OLED it also means power use will be very low, making it desirable for use in tablets and laptops.Read more at Tech-On!last_img read more

first_imgTornados are something many people fear due to their destructive power, but according to Canadian entrepreneur Louis Michaud, they also make for a great source of green energy generation, if controlled. And he’s not the only one, as former Paypal co-founder and early Facebook investor, Peter Thiel, has just funded Michaud’s company.AVEtec is attempting to create something called an Atmospheric Vortex Engine, which can simply be described as a tornado that is created and controlled in order to produce energy. In order to work, it requires hot air, which AVEtec says could be supplied from the waste hot air power plants, factories, and data centers already produce.An AVE works by blowing hot air at an angle into a 130 foot column. Due to the temperature difference between this air and the atmosphere above, it is possible to turn this spinning hot air into a vortex. The 40-meter tall tornado that forms in the column can then be used to turn several turbines and produce energy. And as it relies on waste heat and produces no carbon emissions during operation, it classes as an eco-friendly method of energy production. It’s also predicted to be cheaper than using coal at just 3 cents per kilowatt.As an example of its potential, AVEtec states that a 500 megawatt thermal power plant could produce a further 200 megawatts by using an AVE.AVEs for power generation still class as unproven technology simply because no one has built the 130 foot column and supporting infrastructure to get one up and running yet. The funding from Peter Thiel amounts to $300,000 and has come through his Breakout Labs venture, which aims to fund early-stage science projects. With the money, AVEtec and Michaud aim to build a prototype AVE with the help of Lambton College in Ontario. If it proves to be successful, then as well as a growing number of wind turbines being erected around the world, we may also see giant columns appearing next to every hot-air generating industrial site.More at Breakout Labs, via GigaOMlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, multi-award winning Nick Kesidis will be performing his hilariously entertaining show Still One Lonely Guy.An entertainer crossed with elements of street performance, Kesidis knows how to wow crowds, whether it be with a deck of cards, handful of coins, or his quick wit.The show is also a suitable choice for families, though it is recommended that children are aged 9 and over to attend.A ticketed event, the cost of attendance is $20 for adults, $16 for concession, $60 for a family of four and $15 per person within a group of 10 or more. Children under two years of age can attend free of charge, but must be seated on a ticket holder’s lap.Note that if you’re looking for a bargain, on Tuesdays all tickets are $10 per person. For bookings, call (03) 9481 9500 or visit sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest;jsessionid=C1A768BED35FA7653419CAA330BCB98C?eventId=100791026&presenter=AUDAREBINAEC&venue&event&versionWhen: June 30 to July 4, 2015 at 8.30 pm – 9.15 pm Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, VIClast_img read more

first_img Posted: October 31, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsVISTA (KUSI) — A 33-year-old sheriff’s deputy who groped a teenage girl while standing behind her in a Vista fast-food restaurant line was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.Timothy Nathaniel Wilson Jr., who was also placed on five years probation and ordered to stay away from the victim for 10 years, pleaded guilty earlier this month to committing a lewd act with a 14-year-old child and unlawfully taking computer data.Vista Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein imposed the sentence called for under the plea deal. But he indicated the defendant’s act of using his unique username and password to log into a sheriff’s department database to access information on the investigation was an egregious offense that warranted a prison commitment, according to the District Attorney’s Office.Wilson, a 10-year department veteran assigned to detentions enforcement at the Vista Jail, was arrested at work on May 18.Authorities said Wilson fondled the 14-year-old’s buttocks about 7 p.m. March 21 while in line at Panda Express on Main Street, near South Santa Fe Avenue.A surveillance system at the restaurant captured video of the perpetrator, who hurried out of the business and fled in a black sedan.In early May, another sheriff’s department employee reported that Wilson possibly was the man in the security camera images, which was subsequently confirmed. Ashlie Rodriguez, Sheriff’s deputy sentenced for groping teenage girl October 31, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of February 3, 2019:Full-Time Warehouse Person (Loader) at Pepsi Co.Part-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Customer Service Manager at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Shipper/Receiver at AJ Mailing CompanyFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parts4HeatingFull-Time Customer Service Rep at SpeedwayFull-Time Claims Representative at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Support at AltroPart-Time Worker at Garrick-Santo Landscaping Co.Full-Time Team Leaders at TargetPart-Time Crew Member at McDonald’sPart-Time Summer Coaches & Directors at Skyhawks Sports AcademyFull-Time Receptionist at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Office Manager at Super Service TodayFull-Time Maintenance Technician at Stafford Manufacturing Corp.Full-Time Data Presort & Laser Printing at AJ Mailing CompanyFull-Time Warehouse Loader at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Manufacturing Technician at AmetekFull-Time Construction Project Manager at Channel BuildingFull-Time HR Business Partner at Charles River LabsFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Sample Program Manager at Analog DevicesFull-Time RF Test Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Driver/Courier at Kirkwood PrintingFull-Time Operations Manager at Patterson CompaniesPart-Time Assistant Preschool Teacher at Abundant Life Christian Learning CenterPart-Time Residential Life Coach at NuPathFull-Time Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Club Manager at Planet FitnessFull-Time Assistant Manager at Planet FitnessFull-Time Counter Sales Associate at Lennox InternationalFull-Time Solar Site Surveyor at Vivint SolarPart-Time Engineering Intern at Analog DevicesPart-Time Marketing Events Intern (Summer) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time QA Manager at SpectraPart-Time Security Officer at Allied UniversalFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at Kelly ServicesFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time EMC Lab Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Medical Network Manager at AmetrosFull-Time Sales Office Manager at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Warehouse Lead/Back Up Driver at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time ABA Classroom Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time Clinical Supervisor at May InstitutePart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time & Part-Time Servers at 99 Restaurant(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

first_imgCould it be an autonomous off-road machine? Audi Audi has so far revealed three AI-branded concept cars in the past few years, but it’s ready to complete the quartet with what it calls the AI:Trail concept.On Friday, the German luxury brand revealed a teaser for the upcoming concept vehicle ahead of its premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The company called it an “electrically driven off-roader” and the shadowy photo appears to underscore that it will, indeed, focus on off-roading. There’s a set of knobby tires present and the AI:Trail looks to sit pretty high off the ground, which would bode well for tougher terrains. The main set of doors appear hinged in the middle in a more untraditional fashion and the vast amount of glass teases an open and airy cabin. All of Audi’s AI concepts have focused on self-driving technology and this concept car should follow the same trend.It’s hard to tell what’s going on at the front and rear, but the taillight design appears to mimic the look from previous AI concepts. The past three concepts debuted in Frankfurt and China: the Aicon, Elaine and the AI:Me (is that like “Amy?”). The Aicon focused on Level 5 self-driving, which is the highest on the SAE scale of autonomy, while the Elaine showed off Level 4 autonomous technology. The AI:Me from the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year presented a vision of urban autonomous driving and even boasted a virtual reality-infused cockpit.Each of the three concept cars have showcased an ambitious and optimistic look at future technology down the road. I wouldn’t say any of the four concepts directly hint at a specific upcoming vehicle, but perhaps we’ll see autonomous off-roaders at some point in our lifetimes.  2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 0 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Now playing: Watch this: Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 3 Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Post a comment 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Concept Cars Electric Cars Comments Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Audi 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… Audi’s Aicon is an autonomous EV concept writ large 68 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 52 Photos 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Audi’s Aicon offers Level 5 autonomy on a grand scale 10 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 1:41 Share your voice 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 49 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Tags 26 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 71 Photos Tags 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Car Industry 81 Photos 27 Photos More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 18 Photos 12 Photoslast_img read more

first_imgLondon: Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, on Wednesday took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet. Priti Patel had been a prominent member of the “Back Boris” campaign for the Conservative Party leadership and was widely tipped for the plum post in his frontline team. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “It is important that the Cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party,” she said, just hours before her appointment was announced. A long-standing Eurosceptic, Priti Patel had steered the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU). Also Read – At corruption retrial, Samsung scion may end up being jailed Advertise With Us The 47-year-old was first elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion. She went on to be appointed to junior ministerial posts, Treasury minister in 2014 and then Employment Minister after the 2015 General Election, before Theresa May promoted her to Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2016 until she was forced to resign the post in 2017. Advertise With Us “With Boris Johnson leading the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister, the United Kingdom will have a Leader who believes in Britain, will implement a new vision for the future of the country and a roadmap to move forward and thrive as a self-governing nation that re-establishes our ties with our friends and allies around the world such as India,” she told PTI after Johnson won a landslide victory in the Tory leadership contest this week. “He is committed to securing new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share – the rule of law, democracy, and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage,” said Patel, who has been a champion of India-UK ties ever since her time as Indian Diaspora Champion. The Gujarati-origin politician, who is a prominent guest at all major Indian diaspora events in the UK, is seen as an avid supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK. As a member of the UK Parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), she was part of the team that recently released its damning report warning that the UK was falling behind in the race to engage with India at the end of a lengthy Global Britain and India parliamentary inquiry. “Our report calls for the government to look again at the relationship between the UK and India,” Patel said, in reference to the ‘Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties” report released last month to mark the first-ever India Day in the UK Parliament. “This should be a special relationship based upon the living bridge between our two great countries and a partnership we should be nurturing. The report covers many of the missed opportunities where the UK should be proactively and bilaterally enhancing our ties. We are soon to have a new PM in the UK, which will provide a welcome change in how we engage India’s re-elected PM Modi,” she said at the time. She once again returns as the senior-most British Indian member of the UK Cabinet, having been forced to resign in November 2017 as International Development secretary amid a scandal over allegedly failing to disclose meetings with officials in Israel without informing the UK Foreign Office. She had maintained it was a private visit and Boris Johnson, then UK foreign secretary, spoke out at the time to back her. Describing Patel as a “good friend” with whom he worked closely together for Global Britain, he had said it was “quite right that she meets with people and organisations overseas”. But Priti Patel was effectively sacked by Theresa May, forcing her to the Parliament backbenches from where she continued to voice her criticism of May’s Brexit plan. She was among the rebel Tory MPs who consistently voted against the former Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU as a “bad deal for Britain”, which ultimately sealed Theresa May’s term as Prime Minister.last_img read more

first_imgNasscom has urged policymakers from the European Union (EU) and the UK to adopt measures to alleviate impact of Britain’s exit (Brexit) on the Indian IT services exporting sector, says a PTI report.”NASSCOM urges policy makers in Brussels and London to provide greater clarity and guidance on the next steps as soon as possible, so that our businesses have the certainty they need to continue to invest in UK and Europe,” NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar was quoted as saying.Indian IT companies expressed concern over short-term risks to businesses as they get ready to pull through the consequences of Brexit from the EU.Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said the company was “watching the situation closely” and that he was expecting a possible short-term impact on currency and business.The company’s chairman R Sheshasayee told the Economic Times that political events like Brexit are beyond the scope of business operations but added that the company is working on “hedging strategies” to temper macro level risks. “There is also an immediate impact due to the currency, the GBP has already fallen by 8-10%,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice president of Nasscom.Wipro was quoted as saying that the immediate risks were labour mobility, currency fluctuation and a different financial system.”Wipro has been present in the UK for over two decades and today employs over 4,000 people there. We remain committed to the UK and are optimistic that the close ties between India and the UK will further strengthen in the long run and open up new opportunities for us,” the company said.There was no comment from TCS and HCL.A 2016 Grant Thornton India Tracker report provided a picture of Indian business scene in Britain. India’s investment in the UK increased 65% in 2015, making it the third largest FDI source for the country, says the report.Two IT companies figured in the report’s list of largest Indian employers. HCL Technologies was named the 7th largest employer with above 3,100 employees, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) took a close 8th place with more than 3,000 employees.The report also said the combined tax revenue payed by the Indian firms to the UK went up by £150 million in 2015 compared to the previous year.Echoing Nasscom’s earlier warnings, Ganesha Natarajan, former vice-chairman of Zensar Technologies, said: “Lots of UK companies have trans Europe operations, Britain’s exit will mean reorganization and impact on their business volumes as well, it would shrink their wallets and thereby spending on IT will be hit immediately.”last_img read more

first_img X On Friday’s Houston Matters: The Greater Houston Partnership brings us its annual forecast for jobs in Houston. We find out how the job market might fare in 2018 — and how Harvey affected Houston employment in 2017.Also this hour: NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday is in Houston to produce its show this week, and host Lulu Garcia-Navarro joins us to talk about what stories they’re going to tell while they’re in town.Then: How are the holidays different after Harvey? How can parents help children cope? How can Houstonians grapple with loss and grieving in the wake of the storm? Those are just a few of the questions a group of Houston organizations want to help answer during the holiday season. We learn more.Plus: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we remember an infamous incident in Houston sports history that happened 40 years ago this weekend. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34center_img Listen Share We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more

first_img For me the most pleasant surprise of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, at least from what we know so far, is that the game’s goal of including every single character ever from the series includes Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Not only is he a cool character whose mere presence adds an air of transgression, a stealthy murderous mature adult man amongst cartoon characters, but his heavy projectile-based moveset is fun and unique compared to the rest of the cast.We’re grateful Snake is back at all, for reasons we’ll explain more in a bit. But now that the Metal Gear bandage has been ripped off, and we still have months of speculation to go through before Smash launches on Nintendo Switch this December, we can’t help but wonder just how much Metal Gear stuff will there be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?AdChoices广告Snake broke barriers by being the first third-party character to join Smash’s Nintendo mascot ranks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008. He opened the door for the likes of Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta. But like the hero of western movie, Snake wasn’t allowed to live in the better world he helped create, and didn’t return in 2014’s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.And we blame Konami, everyone’s favorite dead mall video game publisher. You see if not for time constraints Snake would’ve made it into Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube. And that’s because Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima personally asked Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai to do it. As far as video game auteurs go, few are as singularly associated with their franchise as Kojima is with Metal Gear.But by 2014 Kojima’s time at Konami was nearly done. Once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, an amazing but unfinished game about old soldiers betrayed by their world, was out the door in 2015 Kojima’s “vacation” soon became his retirement from Konami. The next Metal Gear would be a bad generic zombie survival game starring random faceless military dudes called Metal Gear Survive, which we forgot came out earlier this year.Between Sakurai’s friendship with Punished “Venom” Kojima and Konami’s seeming disinterest in truly reviving Metal Gear, we thought Snake wouldn’t have a chance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’d stay under that cardboard box forever. But then we learned that “Everyone is here” really means that everyone is here when Snake materialized on his famous Shadow Moses stage. So the question now is how much effort is going towards Snake’s appearance in his game? He has a new logo, a familiar exclamation mark instead of the Foxhound logo that also doubled as the Kojima Productions logo, but what else has changed?Initially, I was pessimistic. I thought Snake’s showing here would be the bare minimum, a new cleaned up HD character model still from MGS2 with the same moveset (and a deflated butt). Voice actor David Hayter confirmed his role after his controversial absence from MGSV but I figured that meant they were just recycling his voice clips from Brawl. And with these managed expectations I could focus on just being happy that Snake was in the game at all. During my hands-on I asked Nintendo reps if I could look forward to any new Metal Gear content but got no response.However, a recent Smash blog update revealed the existence of a brand new Snake Eater remix, that beloved MGS3 vocal tune about jungle life. This arrangement comes from Nobuko Toda, who has composed for Metal Gear in the past. So if there’s new Metal Gear music in Ultimate, what other new Metal Gear ephemera could there be? Brawl had music and trophies from MGS4, a PlayStation 3 game that wasn’t even out at the time. So will we see anything from Phantom Pain? A Big Boss costume? A Mother Base stage? A Fulton recovery balloon item? A Sins of the Father remix???And if David Hayter is recording new material, which he recently did for the Metal Gear update to Super Bomberman R, will we get new codec conversations giving us Snake’s opinions on the massive 66+ character roster? I need to know what Snake has to say about fighting Duck Hunt Dog, Mii Fighters, and Bayonetta. “Otacon, this woman is nothing but hair!” Will Snake and Palutena crash the universe through their fourth-wall breaking?Snake’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also seems to have led to other Konami inclusions. We already know there’s a Bomberman assist trophy. And a bunch of credible rumors suggest Simon Belmont from Castlevania will be a new fighter. So while we don’t want to be greedy, we hope Nintendo is getting as much Metal Gear goodness as possible while Konami still feels this unusually generous.Buy it now!Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgTweak the Windows 10 Taskbar by Martin Brinkmann on September 10, 2016 in Software – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 35 commentsYou may tweak the Windows 10 taskbar to change or remove functionality using a program called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.The Windows 10 Taskbar offers nearly identical functionality as the taskbar in Windows 7. As you may know, Microsoft made several important changes to the taskbar behavior when it launched Windows 7.One primary change was the ability to pin programs and other files to the taskbar.Programs were created shortly after the introduction of the new taskbar to customize it further. One program that did the job well was 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.Initially designed for Windows 7, the program’s author updated it regularly to make sure it stayed compatible with newer versions of Windows.Since taskbar functionality itself remained more or less identical in newer versions to that of Windows 7, most functionality that the program offered could also be made available for Windows 8 and now also Windows 10.Tweak the Windows 10 TaskbarThe latest version of the program is fully compatible with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version, and previous versions of Windows 10.You may install the program or select to run it as a portable application instead. When you run it, all customization options that it makes available are displayed on a single page.Below is an overview of what the program supports right now in its latest version:Right-click behavior: display jump lists (default), or displayed the standard window menu.Middle-click behavior: open a new program instance (default), or “switch to”, “minimize” or “close”.Drop program on taskbar: pin to the taskbar (default), open with.Hover over icon: show thumbnail preview (default), or “list”, “show tooltip”, or do nothing.Thumbnails: drag to reorder, and “left click on the active thumbnail minimizes the window”.Pinned items: Remove extra gap between items, and open with double-click.Grouping: Group by application ID (default), or don’t group.Options for don’t group: place new items next to existing ones, don’t group pinned items, drag within/between groups using right mouse button.Combining: Use taskbar settings (default), or combined grouped buttons, or “don’t combine grouped buttons”.Decombine: Active group, on mouse however.Left-click on combined items: open thumbnail preview (default), cycle through windows, or “open last window if inactive, otheerwise open thumbnail previewMouse Wheel behavior: Cycle between taskbar buttons and/or skip minimized windows.Minimize/restore when mouse is over: taskbar buttons, thumbnails.Control volume when mouse is over: taskbar, notification area.Double-click/middle-click on empty space: do nothing (default), perform various actions such as opening task manager, Ctrl-Alt-Tab, Toggle mute, show desktop.Other options: hide the start button, hide the “show desktop” button”, “display seconds on the tray clock”, reserve empty space on taskbar.As you can see, there is a lot to customize when it comes to the program. You may use it to disable the jump list feature for instance, change middle click behavior to close instead of open new instance, or disable the displaying of thumbnails when you hover over open programs in the taskbar.Closing Words7+ Taskbar Tweaker is a handy program for all versions of Windows starting with Windows 7. It is fully compatible with the most recent release version of Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest operating system.If you want to tweak the Windows 10 taskbar, this is the program that you may want to try first for that purpose.Now You: Have you pinned programs to your taskbar?SummaryArticle NameTweak the Windows 10 TaskbarDescriptionYou may tweak the Windows 10 taskbar to change or remove functionality using a program called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | July 10, 2012 Radiation Exposure From Medical Imaging Has Increased, Even at HMOs For patients in integrated healthcare systems, exposure doubled from 1996 to 2010, UCSF study finds Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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July 10, 2012 — A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) shows that medical imaging is increasing even in health maintenance organization systems (HMOs), which don’t have a financial incentive to conduct them.Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study is the first to look at how radiation exposure has grown within large integrated healthcare systems. Earlier studies have shown an increase in the public’s exposure to radiation because of medical imaging at “fee-for-service” hospitals and clinics, which make more money the more scans they do. Some experts had speculated that radiation exposures would be different in the closed, integrated healthcare system world, where the same financial incentives do not exist. All the clinical operations fall under the same umbrella as the insurance and payment operations in these systems, and if anything, more medical scans would seem to be financially discouraged.“You would have imagined that the rate of increase would be lower,” said Rebecca Smith-Bindman, M.D., a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at UCSF. “Our results showed very similar growth in imaging within these integrated settings as has been shown outside of these settings.”The work showed a dramatic increase in imaging rates and a doubling in the proportion of patients who incurred high and very high radiation exposures from 1996 to 2010, paralleling the rise in the fee-for-service world. The number of ultrasound examinations doubled, the number of computed tomography (CT) scans tripled, and the number of magnetic resonance images (MRI) quadrupled. The analysis also showed enormous variation from system to system, with some types of imaging being done five to 10 times more often in one system compared to the others. This is significant, Smith-Bindman said, because on the national level, a lot of hope for countering the rise in imaging rates and radiation exposure has been pegged to removing financial incentives by changing the fee structure of radiological exams and capping reimbursements, as Medicare has already done.The new study suggests it may not be so simple. The same drivers of imaging are important in all healthcare systems.Millions of Patients at Six Large SystemsThe rise in radiation exposure due to medical imaging is a cause for public concern because of cancer risk. Imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation (such as CT scans) have the potential to cause cancers to form, and because of the increased use of these techniques over the last two decades, some estimates predict that 2 percent of all future cancers will result from current imaging use.In their study, Smith-Bindman and her colleagues examined the health records of millions of patients in several Western and Midwestern states who participate in six large integrated healthcare systems. This was the first major study to look at how radiation exposure has increased within these private systems. The collaborating healthcare systems are all part of a consortium of 19 HMOs across the United States and in Israel called the HMO Research Network, which has made a commitment to conduct research to improve the healthcare they provide to their members.To the researches’ surprise, for patients in these systems, just as in the rest of the U.S. population, the average amount of radiation has increased over the last two decades. The new study showed a doubling in imaging rates, and by 2010, for every 100 adult patients, around 20 CTs were performed. Older patients underwent even more CT scans. For every 100 patients age 65 to 75, around 35 CTs were obtained. In addition, a significant number of individuals in these systems undergo repeated testing, so they are accumulating doses that are in the range where cancer is a real concern, said Smith-Bindman.”A recent report in The Lancet showed a direct association between exposure to CT and cancer risk in children,” said Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D., a biostatistician with the Group Health Research Institute who co-led the study. “In our study cohort, 10-20 percent of children who underwent a single head CT received radiation doses in the range found to triple the risk of brain cancer or leukemia in The Lancet study.”In this study, nearly 3 percent of patients, and 4 percent of patients who underwent any imaging, received very high doses of radiation — above the limit of what is allowed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for people who work at nuclear power plants and double what the more stringent European regulators allow.“It’s not just that we’re doing more advanced imaging tests, but we are also doing these tests in such a way that the tests deliver higher – and more variable – doses of radiation,” Smith-Bindman said. “I am concerned that physicians have lowered their threshold for advanced imaging so much that it is now used even when they may not believe it is necessary or will really change their management of the patient.”What Patients Themselves Can DoTo address the problem, says Smith-Bindman, both doctors and patients need to change expectations and practice. Patients need to engage their doctors in the decision-making process and insist on the necessity and safety of all radiological scans they undergo. Advanced imaging is an outstanding resource when used as needed, but the need for the scan has to be balanced against the potential risk.Patients need to discuss with their doctors when imaging is necessary and when it can be deferred or may not be necessary, she said. Every examination that delivers a relatively high dose of radiation, such as CT, needs to be very specifically justified. In addition, she added, facilities must begin to monitor patient doses and protect them against unnecessary or repeated scans, or doses that are higher than they need to be.“It is only by measuring the doses that they deliver to their patients that clinicians can begin to do everything in their power to keep those doses as low as possible,” Smith-Bindman said. “The National Quality Forum has endorsed a measure of CT quality that facilities can follow to try to understand how their doses have changed over time and how they compare with other facilities. If facilities began to follow this quality measure, they would quickly learn how they are doing and would be able to lower the doses they use.” She added that patients need to be empowered to monitor their own doses and to check if the place where they obtain their CT scan has complied with this measure so they can make better informed choices about whether to get imaging and where to go to get it. Smith-Bindman is organizing a large virtual meeting to be held February 2013 that is targeted to patients, technologists, medical physicists and radiologists, as well as administrators and referring physicians, to improve their knowledge of radiation-related issues. The meeting will help CT facilities adopt strategies to lower the doses they use and will offer participants the ability to upload a sample of CT data and receive an “instant audit” of how they are doing when compared with other facilities. More information is available at http://rorl.ucsf.edu/Symposium.html.For more information: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more last_img read more

first_imgtigerair’s available seat kilometres increased 20 percent, revenue passenger kilometres rose 23.8 percent and revenue load factor jumped 3.1 percentage points for the month of September 2013. The overall yield for September Financial Year 2014 to date was positive in comparison to 2013. Virgin’s domestic operations saw an increase of 2.2 percent last month, while available seat kilometres rose by 6 percent, compared to September 2012. The increase in tigerair’s available seat kilometres has been driven by further improvements in aircraft utilisation, with a stable 11-aircraft fleet since the prior corresponding period. International passenger numbers for Virgin Australia rose 5.2 percent in September 2013, while revenue load factors increased 1.4 percent, compared to the same period last year. Virgin Australia and tigerair have posted positive operating results for the month of September. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Company News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Service Providers 2011-08-05 Abby Gregory August 5, 2011 432 Views Share BAC Going after GSE Practicescenter_img The government sponsored enterprises are feeling the heat from “”Bank of America (BAC)””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/fan. A recent filing from BAC targets “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/kb/index?page=home and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, stating that the “”criteria by which the GSEs are ultimately willing to resolve claims have become more rigid over time.””[IMAGE]BAC claims that the GSEs “”more rigid”” practices could result in critical losses on mortgage bonds, leading to damages that “”may materially change in the future based on factors outside our control.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]By the numbers, BAC sold an estimated $1.1 trillion in mortgage loans to Fannie and Freddie between 2004 and 2008, and during the second quarter of this year, approximately $121 billion of the GSE-owned loans were in default or more than 180 days in arrears.The company says it is fielding and estimated $27.7 billion in claims and that, at that rate, BAC is on track for a 30 percent net loss. BAC’s earning filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second quarter confirm the bank’s statements.Market watchers were caught off guard by BAC’s renewed dispute with the GSEs, since much recent press has been focused on the bank’s issues with private buyers like PIMCO. Analyst Chris Mutascio, who works for “”Stifel Nicolaus””:http://www.stifel.com/framesetURL.asp?URL=/homepageFrameset.asp, noted in a report released this week that an additional $48 billion in mortgage losses has been priced in within the market, representing a total above and beyond the amount BAC has reserved against.Neither GSE has commented publicly on the issues with BAC, nor is any statement is anticipated in the near future. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

first_img Personal income rose $42.3 billion in July but consumer spending increased $46.0 billion, the “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ reported Thursday. The increase in income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 0.3 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô topped expectations of a 0.3 percent boost, and the 0.04 percent increase in spending also met economist expectations.[IMAGE]The Mr. Micawber-like report (“”Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery,”” per Charles Dickens) meant personal savings dropped in July.Disposable personal income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô essentially after-tax income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $39.9 billion in July. Personal savings fell $9.9 billion.Personal savings as a percentage of disposable (after tax) income fell to 4.2 percent in July from 4.3 percent in June. With continuing low interest rates, personal interest payments (non-mortgage interest) fell to $169.3 billion in June from $173.0 billion in May.The originally reported $61.8 billion increase in personal income for June was revised downward to $46.1 billion and the originally reported $1.3 billion drop [COLUMN_BREAK]in spending was revised upward to show June spending flat to May.Wages and salaries grew just $16.3 billion in July, down from the $29.2 billion increase in June. Transfer payments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô predominantly unemployment insurance, Social Security and Medicare ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $10.3 billion in July after increasing $3.8 billion in June. Medicare payments rose $6.9 billion while Social Security payments fell $2.5 billion and unemployment insurance benefits dropped $0.2 billion. The drop in Social Security payments resulted from the calendar: July 1 fell on a Sunday, accelerating July payments into June.The drop in unemployment insurance payments was the seventh consecutive monthly decline ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reflecting congressional mandated reductions.The increase in personal consumption was split between goods (up $26.0 billion) and services (up $20.1 billion). The increased spending on goods though was heavily weighted to non-durable goods suggesting consumers might be reluctant to spend on higher ticket items which are often financed through borrowing. Personal interest payments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô non-mortgage interest payments by households ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $3.5 billion in July, the first month-month increase since March.The Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô often considered the Federal Reserve’s favored measure of inflation ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was unchanged in July and dropped to 1.3 percent above its year ago level. In June, the Index the year-year increase was 1.5 percent. The “”core”” PCE Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô excluding food and energy ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was also unchanged in July and was up 1.6 percent in the last year, compared with a 1.8 percent year-year increase in June. in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Spending Growth Tops Income Expectations In July August 30, 2012 420 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-30 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

first_imgIt seems we may soon get a new Fantastic Four movie! According to reports by Greek WorldWide, with the rights to Fantastic Four back in Marvel’s hands, they may have already started planning how to introduce the first Marvel comic creation.According to rumours, Marvel Studios is aiming for 2022 release for the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot and GWW cites sources that say that ‘Ant-Man’ director Peyton Reed could be directing the new film. GWW further says that Reed has already pitched his vision of Fantastic Four multiple times and his pitch includes a 1960s setting that involves the Quantum Realm, and possibly The Black Knight.According to GWW, Reed has said, “Visually, one of the things we always talked about – and this was 2003 – was The Fantastic Four as daytime superheroes. They don’t have secret identities. They’re very much a part of the fabric of Manhattan. In that universe, if you go to New York to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty or the Baxter Building, it was all a part of that. We talked about it being a ’60s period movie, but Fox at the time was not into it.”For the unversed in Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Fantastic Four were first created by Stan Lee and followed the adventures of Mr Fantastic who had the ability to stretch his body in any way he desired, Invisible Woman who disappear when desired and generate force fields, Human Torch who could turn into flames and The Thing, a man who is entirely made of rock and has superhuman strength.Most fans think of the 2005 Tim Story directorial, starring Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michale Chiklis as the first outing of the Fantastic Four, however, it is the unreleased 1984 film by Oley Sassone, that first showed the four with superhuman abilities. Chris EvansFantastic Fourfantastic four peyton reedMarvel Comics First Published: June 7, 2019, 1:08 PM ISTlast_img read more