Pochettino blasts ‘painful’ Spurs defending

first_imgTottenham need to drastically improve their defending if they are to challenge for the Premier League title, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs’ perfect start to the season came to a crashing halt on Sunday as Watford came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Pochettino’s side had taken the lead just after the restart when Abdoulaye Doucoure turned into his own net, but the Hornets surged back and took all three points through headers by Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The defeat is Tottenham’s first of the campaign and brings them back to earth with a bump after their superb 3-0 win over Manchester United on Monday.Pochettino was left exasperated with his side’s defending and is demanding a significant improvement when they return from the two-week international break.”From two set-pieces we conceded two goals,” he told Sky Sports. “If you want to be a contender and to be on top you cannot concede from this type of action.”I think it is important to clarify the point, first half we were so relaxed, we dominated the game, but we were not aggressive enough. A lot of unforced mistakes. You need to show more strength, be more aggressive in your defending. You need to show you want to win.”Of course, in every single Premier League game this situation will happen, with any team, and you need to show more strength defending, because that situation is when you really show that you want to win.”Of course, I’m disappointed with the result, but the reality is clear, this is why we lost.”I told everyone after the [Manchester United] game that I wasn’t happy, and again we try to defend long balls and you need to show that strength, personality, character to play football and defend in the moment.”I think it is clear from the analysis. It is clear and easy to explain.”Lucas Moura Watford Tottenham 09022018Christian Eriksen Tottenham 2018-19He continued in his press conference: “It is of course so painful to concede two goals like this, so painful that the first half looks like a friendly game.”I think it is a very good wake-up call for everyone, to listen more about the reality and not the perception. Today it is good to compare those. If you want to be a contender, today you should win and win easy.”I think it is good to pay today, to feel the pain, I am sure it is going to help us in the future to be better.”The result means Watford have now won their first four games to a league season for just the second time in their history.A rejuvenated Deeney was a talismanic figure up front for the hosts and boss Javi Gracia was quick to pour praise on the 30-year-old.When asked about Deeney’s ability to motivate the team, he told Match of the Day: “Not only today, always. He has a special personality.”For us I’ve already seen and said he is very important. He showed that again but it is no surprise for me.”last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Resurgent Delhi Daredevils pose stiff challenge to Kings XI Punjab

first_imgReturning from an eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab will face a daunting task when they take on a resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Saturday.Delhi’s confidence got a major boost after the massive 97-run victory against Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday, thanks to an all-round show from the likes of centurion Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, skipper Zaheer Khan and leg-spinner Amit Mishra. (Pep talk with Dravid came me confidence: Mishra)The visitors, on the other hand, failed to extend their two-match winning momentum when after being outplayed by KKR at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Going into Saturday evening’s double header, the Daredevils will not only aim a repeat of their pervious match’s performance but also start their campaign at home on a winning note. (Kohli and Zaheer are inspirational leaders: Karun Nair)With promising batsman Shreyas Iyer back in the squad after recovering from chicken pox, Delhi’s batting will once again revolve around the young trio of Samson, Rishabh Pant and Sam Billings.If Iyer is to be included in the playing XI, it could be at the cost of his Mumbai captain and misfiring opener Aditya Tare.Delhi will also expect their all-rounders Morris and Corey Anderson to fire with the bat, lower down the order. Morris’ fiery nine-ball 38 in the last match helped Delhi seize the momentum against Pune.With Zaheer and Mishra sharing six wickets between them in the last match, the hosts will once again be spoilt for choice when it comes to their bowling department. Australian Pat Cummins also chipped in with two wickets making him too hard to be ignored.advertisementSouth African quick Kasigo Rabada and India’s Mohammed Shami are yet to play a match despite Shami sweating it out at the nets on Friday.Meanwhile, Punjab will expect a better batting effort, specially after Thursday’s horrific three-wicket over from pacer Umesh Yadav.With the likes of power-hitters like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller in good form, Punjab can hope for another good start from Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha can also use the long handle at will which makes them a good batting unit.On the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel have delivered more often than not in this IPL while veteran Ishant Sharma got to bowl just two overs against KKR and Varun Aaron managed to pick a wicket.With the IPL still in its preliminary stages, Saturday’s match will provide another opportunity for both the teams to get a settled line-up as the tournament progresses.Squads:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite and Sam Billings.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, K.C. Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T. Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

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Real Madrid face Sevilla eyeing first European Cup-Liga double in 59 years

first_imgReal Madrid, still crowing from reaching a third Champions League final in four years, will turn their focus to winning their first La Liga title since 2012 when they play Sevilla in their final home game of the season on Sunday.Real’s Champions League triumphs in 2014 and 2016 have distracted from rivals Barcelona’s creeping domination in the domestic league, with the Catalans winning five of the last seven titles.Even Atletico Madrid, who Zinedine Zidane’s side saw off for the fourth consecutive year on the European stage on Wednesday with a 4-2 aggregate victory, have won the title more recently than Real.In a nail-biting end to the campaign, Real and Barcelona are locked on 84 points at the top of the table. While Barca have a superior head-to-head record, Real have a game in hand, facing Celta Vigo next week before their final fixture against Malaga.Seven points out of a maximum nine will be enough to end Real’s five-year run without winning the domestic title.”Now we have to go for the league title, we really want to win it, and then we’ll have time to think about the final in Cardiff,” said Cristiano Ronaldo.Even though they have a record 32 Liga crowns and 11 European Cups, Real have often struggled to combine their domestic and European campaigns. They last achieved the double in 1958.Fourth-placed Sevilla look like Real’s most difficult opponents in the three remaining games, though Jorge Sampaoli’s team are far from the swashbuckling side that ended Real’s 40-game unbeaten run in January.advertisementSevilla have won just three of their last 12 games, stumbling towards fourth place and the final Champions League berth. Sampaoli is expected to leave the club in the summer to take up the vacant Argentina job.Champions Barcelona, meanwhile, make the long journey to the Canary Islands to face a Las Palmas side also struggling for form, having lost seven of their last 10 games, and who the Catalans thrashed 5-0 back in January.Barca’s hopes of a third successive title depend on Real Madrid slipping up, but forward Neymar said his side were only focusing on their games.”We can’t be thinking about Madrid, we can only think about ourselves,” the Brazilian said in an interview with BeIN Sports.”If we do what we have to, I think we can become champions. If we don’t give everything then we won’t win our games.”last_img read more

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Olympiakos Overtakes Malmo, 4-2

first_imgPIRAEUS — Kostas Mitroglou and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals to grab a 4-2 win for Olympiakos over Malmo in the Champions League on Dec. 9.The Greeks finished third in Group A for a place in the Europa League, after struggling to break down the hard-working Swedes, who finished last in the group that also included Atletico Madrid and Juventus.“It was a great match and all the players should to be congratulated. We got the win and we deserved it,” Olympiakos captain Giannis Maniatis said.Malmo started the match with an attacking mindset at Karaiskaki Stadium but fell behind in the 22nd minute when Pajtim Kasami headed a pass to David Fuster who also headed the ball to score.Substitute Simon Kroon leveled on a counterattack in the 59th, with a one-touch strike off a pass from the right by Emil Frosberg. But the Greeks were back in the lead four minutes later courtesy of Chori Dominguez who beat goalkeeper Robin Olsen from the edge of the area.Markus Rosenberg made it 2-2 with a near-identical counterattack in the 81st, before Olympiakos struck twice in the final three minutes — through Mitroglou from close range and Afellay, who punished a tired Swedish defense in injury time.Malmo finished the game with 10 men, after Enock Adu was sent off for a second booking.Michel Gonzalez, the Olympiakos coach, appeared relieved with the night’s performance following a run of disappointing results in the Greek league.“We’re very happy with this victory and happy to give something to the fans. It’s not a question of this result making it more calm. What we need to do is to keep playing the way we did tonight, as a team.”Malmo midfielder Magnus Eriksson said the Swedes were both proud and disappointed with their run in the Champions League. “It was a tough game,” he said. “But if you let your opponent score four times, you can’t win a match in the Champions League.”Malmo pulled off a 2-0 win against the Greeks at home in October, but on Dec. 9 coach Age Hareide praised his opponents as the better team.“The difference was their experience at this level. We made mistakes … and you can’t do that against a team like this,” he said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes, and I hope we can come back here. It’s a great place to play football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sturridge & Co. repay Klopp’s loyalty

first_imgLiverpool Sturridge & Co. prove Klopp was right to stick rather than twist Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 01:17 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier League Getty Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Opinion Jurgen Klopp opted to stick rather than rip up the script on Saturday, with his players righting their wrongs against Huddersfield For 45 minutes, David Wagner may have believed he would need to console his best friend post-match. But when the final whistle went at Anfield on Saturday evening, it was Jurgen Klopp providing a comforting embrace and a kiss to the cheek of his ‘brother’, former room-mate and – unnaturally – his opponent.Klopp WagnerThe Huddersfield manager had wanted Liverpool to rediscover their verve and identity in midweek against Maribor rather than at the expense of his side. And in the first-half, his disobliging tactics seemed to be just the tonic to keep the Reds agonising over a much-needed victory, but after the restart, they turned into the “top-class” machine Wagner labelled them as. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leicester 9/1 to beat Everton 2-0Klopp demanded that his charges, following the chastising 4-1 defeat at Tottenham, “prove we are better than some currently think we are. We have the opportunity to say this is the real us, this is what we are.”It took Liverpool longer than they would’ve liked to hit their stride, but they ultimately achieved the aim of striking back. It was crucial that they did, too, not merely based on their underwhelming recent results, but to reward the loyality of the Reds boss.Klopp opted to stick rather than shred the script following the hapless surrender at Spurs last weekend. He persisted with his under-fire backline and Dejan Lovren’s non-participation here was down to picking up a thigh injury in the warm-up, with Ragnar Klavan deputising.There were only two changes to the line-up, one enforced due to Philippe Coutinho’s injury, as Klopp opted to trust his men to right their wrongs.Salah missed penaltyIt was not the popular choice ahead of kick-off, nor the easy one, but perhaps was the correct one in terms of promoting confidence and unity.”If something doesn’t work you can change everything or you can stick to what you did before,” Klopp explained. “I was convinced before the Tottenham game that these boys are the right ones and I will not change after one very bad performance, so I am not that confused. Then we had to change [because of Lovren’s injury] and you could see Raggy needed a little bit to find in the game; it was very difficult for him, two minutes before we went in with the squad [he needed to play] and it was not a real warm-up for him as a sub, they are not in the mood to start in the next second. In the first half, he struggled a little bit but in the second half he was really good. Good news for us.”The opening 30 minutes was not “cinema at its best” – the description used by Wagner to summarise Liverpool’s play ahead of the encounter, but more in keeping with a sedative plot that leaves you drifting in and out of slumber.Huddersfield, as predicted, were obstructive after the template earned them victory against Manchester United. It was up to the hosts to supply all the adventure and initiative, which was always going to be blunted sans the absent Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana.Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier LeagueMohamed Salah and James Milner shot straight at Jonas Lossl, with the goalkeeper again effective in the only other decisive moment of the half.With the interval approaching, Kevin Friend spotted Tommy Smith’s shirt tug on Roberto Firmino in the area as the Reds attacked a free-kick. Joel Matip headed Milner’s delivery narrowly wide, and when the whistle went, he thought he was being penalised. Anfield, too, didn’t realise the referee would point to the spot and there was little expectation that Salah would stand over the kick.Milner and Firmino, who both missed their last penalties for the club, would have been first and second choice naturally but the Egyptian seemed to ask for the ball.Fresh off firing his country to the World Cup from 12 yards with a composed take in the most pressured circumstance, Salah’s attempt against Huddersfield gave Lossl too little to do.The goalie saved with his legs and Jordan Henderson’s follow-up hit the left post as it started to feel like ‘one of those’ afternoons.Liverpool came alive in the second period, though, with Daniel Sturridge and Firmino scoring within eight minutes of each other to put the game beyond the visitors.The England international’s cool lift over Lossl was his 100th career club goal, with 62 of those netted for the Merseysiders. The Brazilian powered his a header off Milner’s corner into the bottom-left corner to grant a mixture of ecstasy and relief to the home crowd.Gini Wijnaldum added the finishing touch with a combination of finesse and power. The midfielder, restored after taking a knock to his knee in training prior to the 4-1 humiliation at Tottenham, received possession from Salah and ousted four markers to blast a shot in off the roof of the net.It ended up being a comfortable victory against a deep-defending side, although a clean sheet cannot truly be celebrated given Huddersfield registered a sole shot in the game.It would be naive for Liverpool to think their problems, especially at the back, are solved. But they showed the desired reaction at Anfield, which is a decent place to start steering things in the right direction. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Veda Krishnamurthy defends defensive approach as Velocity qualify for final on NRR

first_imgVeda Krishnamurthy defends defensive approach as Velocity qualify for final on NRRVelocity qualified for the Women’s T20 Challenge final on net run-rate. Veda Krishnamurthy defended the defensive move as not wanting to lose “a heap of wickets”.advertisement Asian News International JaipurMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 10:57 IST Velocity lost to Supernovas by 12 wickets but both teams qualified for the final (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVelocity lost to Supernovas by 12 wickets in the third match of the Women’s T20 ChallengeSuperior net run rate was enough for Velocity, even if they lost the match against SupernovasVeda Krishnamurthy defended the defensive move as not wanting to lose “a heap of wickets”Velocity’s Veda Krishnamurthy defended her team’s defensive approach of playing for the net run-rate in the match against Supernovas in the Women’s T20 Challenge on Thursday.The team’s decision to play according to the net run-rate sparked off a debate on whether the team should be playing for winning or for the net run-rate. Velocity ended up losing the match against Supernovas by 12 runs.”In the previous game, we made a lapse by losing a heap of wickets because we were in a rush to close out the chase,” Krishnamurthy told reporters in Jaipur.”So our initial aim on Thursday was to qualify for the final because we had a certain target 117 to get. So, we were asked to play accordingly. And when we got close to that target is actually when we tried to go for our shots,” she added.Chasing a score of 143 against Harmanpreet Kaur’s led-Supernovas, Velocity was clearly seen chasing the spot in the finals. The team needed 66 off 51 balls for the win or make 40 runs in the same period to edge past Smriti Mandhana led-Trailblazers on net run rate. A superior net run rate was enough for Velocity to secure their position in the finals, even if they lost the match against Supernovas.Supernovas vs Velocity it is on May 11 of #WIPL pic.twitter.com/aqifcIc4D6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 9, 2019After being 77 for three, Velocity made 53 runs off the remaining 51 deliveries without losing a wicket and they registered only two boundaries off 43 balls until reaching the score of the 117-run mark which was the cut-off for Velocity’s qualification.advertisementVelocity had secured a win in their first match against Trailblazers by three wickets. The team was in a comfortable position in the first match, but they lost five wickets in a hurry which hampered their net run-rate, thus forcing the team to play with a defensive approach.Velocity take on Supernovas in the finals of the Women’s T20 Challenge on May 11 at Jaipur.Also Read | Mithali Raj hits out at critics, says unfairly targetted over T20 strike rateAlso Read | Velocity lose to Supernovas but both teams enter finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Veda KrishnamurthyFollow VelocityFollow SupernovasFollow Women’s T20 Challengelast_img read more

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Punjab Board Class 12 Results 2019 declared at pseb.ac.in: The fate of 3 lakh students is here

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 11:56 IST The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has announced the results of class 12 board exams 2019 today, on the official website, the link for which is pseb.ac.inPSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Result 2019: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has declared the results for PSEB Class 12 board exam, today May 11, 2019. Students are requested to check their results on the official website of Punjab Board i.e. pseb.ac.in after 6 pm. The Punjab class 12 examinations were held from March 1 to March 29, 2019 and around 3 Lakh Students appeared for the examination. The Pass Percentage for 2018 was 65.97 percent.PSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Result 2019: How to checkStep 1: Log on to the official website of PSEB, pseb.ac.in.Step 2: Click on ‘PSEB Punjab Board Class 12th Result 2019’.Step 3: Enter your roll number.Step 4: On submitting the same, the results will be displayed on the screen.Step 5: PSEB Punjab Board Class 12th Result 2019 will be displayed on the screen.Step 6: Download the result and take print out of the same for future use.PSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Results 2019: Last year dataThe overall pas percentage of the class 12 board exam 2018 was 65.97 percent with 198,199 students passing the exam.PSEB Punjab Class 10 Board Result 2019The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared the Class 10 board examination result 2019 on, May 8, 2019 (Wednesday). The pass percentage of the 2019 Punjab Board was 85.8 percent. Neha Verma of Ludhiana district of Punjab was the state topper. She scored 647 out of 650 marks and has 99.54 percent, while Nandini Mahajan scores 100% to become topper in the sports category.About PSEB:The Punjab School Education Board came into existence through a legislative enactment in November 1969 for the development and promotion of school education in the state of Punjab.In 1987, the Vidhan Sabha amended the Board’s Act to grant it autonomy.The scope of Board’s functions is very wide and covers almost every aspect/stage of school education.advertisementRead: PSEB 12th Result 2019 Live update: Punjab Board PSEB 12th Result 2019 to be out in 30 minutes at pseb.ac.inRead: Punjab Board PSEB 12th Result 2019 to be out today! Check PSEB Class 12th results @ pseb.ac.in.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKaran Yadav Tags :Follow PSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Results 2019Follow psebFollow PSEB 12th class results Punjab Board Class 12 Results 2019 declared at pseb.ac.in: The fate of 3 lakh students is hereThe Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has announced the results of Punjab Board class 12 board exams 2019 today, on the official website, the link for which is pseb.ac.in.advertisementlast_img read more

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160 Greenhouses Set Up on Reclaimed Bauxite Lands

first_img Some 160 greenhouses have been established on mined-out bauxite lands in St. Ann, Manchester, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth at a cost of approximately $240 million.Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Parris Lyew-Ayee, said the greenhouses, which are under vegetable cultivation, are providing earnings of up to $3 million annually for the farmers.He informed that marketing arrangements are made with hotels, supermarkets and other buyers, who pay market price for the “high-quality produce”.The greenhouse project is part of the JBI’s Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP), aimed at promoting agricultural activity on reclaimed bauxite lands.Mined-out pits are reconfigured and sealed to become catchment ponds for rainwater, which is transmitted to holding tanks by solar-powered pumps. Clusters of greenhouses are built around the ponds by farmers of prime vegetable crops, which are watered by drip irrigation from the holding tanks.The initiative is supported by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and also has input from the bauxite companies.Mr. Lyew-Ayee said the World Bank supported the project “and is returning to assist again, as it would like to use our project as an example of true sustainable development in a mining environment”.He was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the JBI and Timeless Herbal Care for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands, at the Ministry of Transport and Mining in Kingston on September 6.Mr. Lyew-Ayee said the JBI is always looking for opportunities to assist the mining communities “to be able to have sustainable economic activities in a life after bauxite”.He said the JBI, in addition to providing the lands for the project with Timeless, will also be giving all the technical assistance where possible, to “ensure that this venture is a successful one”. Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Parris Lyew-Ayee, said the greenhouses, which are under vegetable cultivation, are providing earnings of up to $3 million annually for the farmers. Story Highlights Mined-out pits are reconfigured and sealed to become catchment ponds for rainwater, which is transmitted to holding tanks by solar-powered pumps. Clusters of greenhouses are built around the ponds by farmers of prime vegetable crops, which are watered by drip irrigation from the holding tanks. Some 160 greenhouses have been established on mined-out bauxite lands in St. Ann, Manchester, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth at a cost of approximately $240 million.last_img read more

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Premier Congratulates Joggins on World Heritage Site Designation

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald congratulated the residents of Joggins on their successful bid have the fossil cliffs designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs received the prestigious designation on July 7. “All Nova Scotians owe a debt of gratitude to the many people in the Joggins area who have worked tirelessly to show the World Heritage Committee how special and unique the Joggins fossil cliffs are,” said Premier MacDonald. “The newly opened Joggins Fossil Centre, together with this important designation, will provide an opportunity for scientists, Nova Scotians and visitors from around the world to understand an important stage of the earth’s history.” The exposed layers of rock of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs reveal the world’s most complete fossil record of the coal age, 300 million years ago. “For years, the people of Joggins have protected and conserved this natural treasure,” said the premier. “Their careful stewardship, aided by the UNESCO designation, means many future generations will have the opportunity to study this unique piece of geological history.”last_img read more

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We were sitting ducks Veteran shares memories of Dieppe

first_imgMONTREAL – At age 100, Honorary Col. David Lloyd Hart still remembers every detail of the bloody and chaotic scene on the beach during the ill-fated Allied raid on Dieppe in 1942.Hart, a communications operator, remembers being stuck on a crippled boat about five metres from shore, unable to swim for the beach because he couldn’t leave the vessel’s radio unit.“The fire was terrible,” he said at an interview at his home in Montreal.“There was mortar fire, and there were machine-gun nests in the cliffs which weren’t seen by our intelligence people because they had them covered, and they had heavy six-pounder or more cannons shooting at us.”The Canadian Forces calls Hart, who was born in July 1917, the country’s oldest and longest serving officer. (He has the honorary rank of colonel).He enlisted in the reserves in 1937 with the Fourth Signal Regiment and was called to active duty in 1939.He went on to receive a military medal for bravery for his actions in Dieppe after he insisted on briefly going off air to locate two brigades and pass on an order to withdraw.The raid on occupied France would prove to be the bloodiest single day for Canada’s military in the entire Second World War.What was supposed to be a stealth operation quickly went wrong when the Allied forces were spotted by German troops, who barraged the boats with heavy fire.“We were sitting ducks,” said Hart, who escaped without a scratch.Of the almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the raid on occupied France, nearly 3,400 were captured, injured or died. The number of deaths totalled 916.Hart remembers seeing soldiers crouched behind the seawall, trying to dig with stones for a place to hide.“They couldn’t, they were actually helpless,” he recalled.The ship he was on, hopelessly damaged, had to be towed all the way back to England.Hart stayed in the military after the war, eventually going on to command the 11th Signal Regiment.Since leaving active duty he has served in various honorary positions.Hart, who is still active and who looks much younger than his 100 years, says he’s impressed by today’s young soldiers, who he believes are “just as good as we were.”He’s also glad the military is doing a better job than they used to of supporting the many veterans who return from wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.At times, however, he’s disappointed to see some people losing interest in Remembrance Day, or wearing white poppies to promote pacifism.“People don’t understand,” he said. “They seem to think that wars should be abolished. But war has been around ever since people were fighting one another 5,000 years ago.”He returned to Dieppe for the 75th anniversary of the conflict this summer, which he described as an emotional experience.While he says all veterans “have to live with our memories,” he says that given the chance, he’d sign up again — if he were young enough, that is.Hart, who remembers the days of scratchy crystal radio sets and gramophones, believes the drive to win military conflicts spurred many of the “marvellous” advancements in medicine, science and technology he’s seen in his lifetime.“We have people going to the moon, and we have a spaceship that’s up in the sky doing experimentation,” he said. “And we’re talking about finally sending someone to Mars.“These are all marvellous things.”last_img read more

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Great Medal of Francophonie awarded to Fouad Laroui

Paris – Moroccan novelist and essayist, Fouad Laroui was awarded the Great Medal of the Francophonie, an annual award established by the French Academy in 1986, according to the recipient.In a statement to MAP, Mr. Laroui said he was very “touched” by the award which “honors all Moroccans.”“It highlights the linguistic and artistic diversity of a country that is open to all cultures and all trends. We must protect this diversity and be proud of it,” he said. The Great Medal of the Francophonie rewards the work of French-speaking persons who contribute to the promotion of the French language in their countries or at the international level.Fouad Laroui received Goncourt prize in 2013 for his novel “The Strange Case of the pants of Dassoukine” read more

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Afghanistan signs pact with UN to prevent recruitment of child soldiers

The United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan today signed an agreement in which the country made a commitment to protect children affected by armed conflict and to prevent the recruitment of minors into the national armed forces.“Today we come together to undertake a big step for a better future for the children of Afghanistan,” Zalmai Rassoul, Afghanistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who represented the Government at the signing of the agreement in Kabul with Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict.Also signing the document was Staffan de Mistura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“This is not only the responsibility of the Government. The entire community is called upon to work together for the protection of all children in Afghanistan,” Mr. Rassoul.In April last year the Afghan National Police (ANP) was cited in the Secretary-General’s report on Children and Armed Conflict for the recruitment and use of children into its ranks.The Government responded by establishing the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Children and Armed Conflict, comprising eight ministries, the head of the National Directorate of Security, and the Presidential Advisor on Education and Health.The steering committee and the UN-led country task force on children and armed conflict developed the Action Plan signed today. The plan sets out various activities that the Government will undertake to address issues such as the strengthening of birth registration and age-verification mechanisms, investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of under-age recruitment and sexual violence.The Government also undertook to include child-specific provisions in any peace and reconciliation outcomes, including dialogue with armed groups for the immediate release and reintegration of children under the age of 18 in their ranks.“Today’s signing of the Action Plan to halt the use and recruitment of children into the Afghan National Security Forces and to address other child rights violations is an important first step to end such practices,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy.Peter Crowley, the UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan said: “We welcome the signing of this Action Plan which marks a renewed commitment by the Government of Afghanistan to reinforce international standards ending the recruitment and use of children in the security forces.” 30 January 2011The United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan today signed an agreement in which the country made a commitment to protect children affected by armed conflict and to prevent the recruitment of minors into the national armed forces. read more

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Canadian style innovation strategy has to stop being nice and start picking

“We spread around incentives like peanut butter — evenly — and that has a very negative set out of outcomes associated with it,” said Anthony Lacavera, founder of Globalive Holdings, a Toronto-based investment firm, and of WIND Mobile. WIND began as a startup telecommunications firm that Lacavera later sold for $1.6 billion to Shaw Communications.In his book ‘How We Can Win: And What Happens to Us and Our Country If We Don’t’, a study of Canadian innovation policy, Lacavera points to the various pitfalls that have hindered innovative Canadian companies from growing into multinational “anchor” firms.“Business is about winners, and we need in Canada to start recognizing that we need to pick winners, and we need to help our companies become global success stories,” he said.Lacavera is advocating a return to an older form of innovation policy that focuses more on companies or specific areas rather than laboratories, and making bigger bets on fewer innovative firms. In short, that would mean taking a far less egalitarian, or perhaps “Canadian,” approach to innovation.“Structurally, we are trying to excel in too many digital and knowledge economy areas,” Lacavera said. “It’s the Canadian style — spread it around, give everyone a shot. And then no one wins.”Experts have long called for an overhaul that could simplify Canadian innovation policy, starting with a streamlining of the various programs aimed at supporting promising companies. Ottawa went at least part way toward that goal in its 2018 budget, after promising to whittle down the total number of federal grant programs from 92 to around 35.Lacavera points to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit as an area ripe for improvement. The tax credit dishes out more than $3 billion every year to reimburse research and development spending for thousands of companies, either at 15 per cent or 35 per cent.But the program has been criticized for being geared too specifically towards smaller companies, effectively incentivizing laggard companies to remain small, even as they enjoy subsidies year after year. The issue has become so prevalent that the program has long been called the “Walking SRED” in some business circles, a nod to the zombie TV series Walking Dead.“You have companies that really should have already failed, or should have already been consolidated, or are really never going to get to scale, just sort of walking around,” Lacavera said.Innovation programs can also add an administrative burden for entrepreneurs.Wealthsimple CEO Michael Katchen says the government has been supportive, but the paperwork is daunting. Tyler Anderson/National Post Michael Katchen, the co-founder and CEO of Wealthsimple Financial Inc., raised around $1 million through government programs in the early days of his company, from both the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), a long-standing federal program aimed at small and medium-sized companies, and The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, which offers early-stage loans to firms.Katchen said the process was administratively intensive, forcing the small firm to hire a consultant just to assist with the mounds of paperwork. What’s more, the application process for FedDev effectively repeated the due diligence already carried out by Impression Ventures, a Toronto-based venture capital firm that invested $1.9 million in Wealthsimple in September 2014.“The most bizarre part of it was I had just raised $1.9 million from really sophisticated investors, and I had to start from scratch on an even more arduous process, this time from a much less sophisticated government agency,” Katchen said.Still business owners are also quick to defend Ottawa’s innovation efforts under Navdeep Bains, the minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.“In general the current government has been very supportive,” Katchen said, but added that in meetings with Bains he has suggested Canada needs to be more ambitious in attracting talent and innovative companies. “We can’t match dollar for dollar investments that other bigger countries are making, so we need to pick our spots and really double down.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made innovation a central part of his mandate in 2016, underpinned by a new initiative to create several innovation superclusters that he hopes will create the the next technological breakthrough.Those policy efforts were then bulked up again in the 2017 budget when Ottawa raised spending on university research and development.Navdeep Bains, the minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.OTTAWA — Oilmen often fancy themselves as self-reliant innovators, never in need of government handouts. But it was a Crown corporation, the Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority, that rode to its rescue in the 1970s with funding for steam-assisted gravity drainage technology, which eventually unlocked a new wave of growth in the oilpatch.SAGD revived the sputtering industry, and is now expected to drive growth in the oilsands.“Without it there wouldn’t have been an oilsands industry in Alberta,” said Dan Breznitz, professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies.AOSTRA was seen as a template for how government-funded innovation ought to work: a temporary program crafted to meet private sector needs, and singularly focused on achieving one goal. But fast forward nearly 50 years, and it seems Canadian policymakers have taken few lessons from the program.Read our full Innovation Nation seriesIt will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economyForeign tech brings cash and jobs, but at what price?Despite spending piles of money on research and development in recent years, Canada’s innovation space remains a messy tangle of government grant programs, tax credits and the newly-minted “supercluster” initiative, often with sprawling and ill-defined goals. Business investment in R&D, meanwhile, has stagnated. Many Canadian business leaders are calling for a reset.Business sector spending on research and development has been in steady decline since 2001, falling from 1.2 per cent of GDP down to 0.9 per cent in 2015, well below a 16-country average of 1.7 per cent, according to the Conference Board of Canada. That decline has come despite a steady rise in R&D spending in the public sector, particularly by higher education institutions, which has outpaced spending in other developed nations. Anthony Lacavera, founder of Globalive Holdings, a Toronto-based investment firm, and of WIND Mobile, has written a book about the pitfalls of Canada’s innovation policy. Peter J. Thompson/National Post Even so, critics argue the $950-million superclusters program is ultimately a drop in the bucket when considering it is spread across five different groups, encapsulating everything from protein-rich potatoes to marine sensors that track animal activity.“It’s what you would call an accounting error if you look at the overall budget,” Munk’s Breznitz said.Breznitz suggests Canada should instead unleash its capital from various government programs and funnel it directly into a few select sectors where Canada has demonstrated potential: artificial intelligence, stem cell research, autonomous car manufacturing or financial services, to name a few. Most importantly, he says, the funding should go directly toward technologies that can be sold on the market, rather than focusing on tests in the laboratory.“Where the federal government should be focusing is on what needs to be done to move more Canadian companies towards R&D — full stop,” Breznitz said. “Instead, any time there’s a hot new trend, something new and shiny, we spend a lot of money on it. And we spend almost no time looking at how to turn this into an industry.”Such solutions come with their own set of challenges, however. By loosening  government controls over how capital is spent, and by funnelling capital more directly into companies and technologies, Ottawa runs the risk of throwing billions of dollars at abject failures.Indeed, Jack Mintz, fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, is wary of government-directed innovation that can be subject to the vagaries of politics.“Governments are not great at picking winners, but losers are great at picking governments,” he said.Take, for example, Ottawa’s recent decision to use its Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to pay out $250 million in reimbursements for steel and aluminum producers hurt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs.But observers argue that direct programs are nonetheless preferable to the more passive, and widespread, tax credit system. A 2011 report by Tom Jenkins, now the chair of the National Research Council of Canada, recommended Ottawa scrap much of its tax credits for corporations in favour of higher direct spending on innovation.It’s an approach that even skeptics are warming up to.“I’ve been leaning more towards grants these days,” said Mintz. “The one criticism of a grant rather than a tax credit is it can be used politically. But I think if it’s administered well, it can certainly be subjected to far less political intervention.”The way forward for Canada then, is perhaps to embrace a policy that is much bolder than its current form. The right government program helped usher in the second wave of oilsands development in northern Alberta. Similar breakthroughs are crucial, especially if Canada wants to be front and centre of the next industrial shift.“In Canada we do two things that employ every single person: we pull resources out of the ground and we finance that activity,” Wealthsimple’s Katchen said. “That’s our economy in a nutshell. Twenty years from now that will not be true—or if it’s true, we’re in trouble.”***A SHORT LIST OF INNOVATION-INDUCING PROGRAMSCanada has a long list of government grant programs and tax credits available to innovative—or even not-so-innovative—businesses. That list could soon get a lot shorter after Ottawa announced in its 2018 budget it would streamline the number of existing federal grant programs from 92 down to around 35. Here is a brief rundown of some of the most prominent programs.Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED): A tax credit program that effectively reimburses Canadian businesses for investments in research and development. It is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. Companies can claim input tax credits (ITCs) at either 15 per cent or 35 per cent, depending on the company and size of investment.Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): A program aimed at scaling up innovations in small and medium sized companies. IRAP is one of the oldest programs in Canada, founded shortly after the Second World War. Contributions come in the form of anything from consultations to financing for innovation. It is administered by the National Research Council of Canada, and is widely considered one of the most effective programs of its kind.Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP): A program that offers loans to businesses with gross revenues of $10 million or less. Loans can be a maximum of $1 million.Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII): A federal initiative that offers loans to companies in southwestern Ontario. Loans range from $150,000 to $500,000, and are geared toward helping small and medium-sized companies scale up technologies. It is supported through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF): A fund focused on “encouraging R&D”, attracting investments, facilitating growth and advancing industrial research. The fund will spend $1.26 billion over five years (ending in 2023) in both repayable and non-repayable contributions to companies and post-secondary institutions.Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC): An agency focused on developing clean technologies. SDTC oversees two separate funds. One is the SD Tech Fund, totalling $550 million, which provides money to pre-commercial clean technology projects aimed at greening air, water and soil. The other is the NextGen Biofuels Fund, totalling $500 million, which is aimed at developing renewable fuels through private equity financings. The fund is currently being wound down.• Email: jsnyder@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

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UNAIDS will implement recommendations on streamlining national programmes

The Global Task Team of the Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), comprising representatives of more than 55 governments and organizations, submitted recommendations to the governing board two weeks ago for improving the use of available resources.The recommendations include aligning external assistance to national strategies, policies, systems and cycles, more closely coordinating UNAIDS work at the country level, installing a problem-solving team at the global level to answer national requests, clarifying the division of labour among institutions and increasing financing for technical support.”We are at a critical stage in the AIDS response where ‘making the money work’ for countries is vital if we are going to get ahead of the epidemic. The agreement on the recommendations by the UNAIDS governing board is a major step forward and shows that everyone is fully committed to helping countries lighten the burden of AIDS,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said.Many developing countries have experienced serious difficulties in expanding their delivery of HIV prevention services and AIDS treatment to their communities, UNAIDS said.Efforts to support these countries have been slowed by conflicting planning, financing, programming, monitoring and evaluation processes that are often imposed on them by donors and international organizations, it added.”The inclusive and open Global Task Team process brought key donor and international organizations and partners together to examine critical issues, test the outer limits of what is possible and develop recommendations that are both bold and realistic. This is much more than agreement on principles. This will change the way we work on AIDS,” said Global Task Team Co-Chair Michel Sidibe, who is also UNAIDS Director of Country and Regional Support. read more

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Ban launches UN Ebola response mission advance teams to arrive in West

Following the unanimous adoption yesterday of a key resolution by the 193-Member UN General Assembly, and after Thursday’s historic meeting of the Security Council, which declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, Mr. Ban announced that he has now established the UN emegerncy response mission, to be known as UNMEER. The Mission’s initial roll-out is a major step in the UN’s expanding effort to tackle what World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan has declared to likely be “the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced.” In a statement issued last evening by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General explains that the Mission will provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid, effective and coherent action necessary to stop the outbreak, to treat the infected, to ensure essential services, to preserve stability and to prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected. “I have issued instructions that UNMEER advance teams deploy to the mission headquarters in Ghana, and to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, by Monday, 22 September 2014,” said the statement, referring to the three countries hardest hit by the unprecedented outbreak of the virus, which has infected some 5,000 people and killed more than 2,500 others, according to WHO. Mr. Ban says in his statement that UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, will provide strategic guidance to the Mission. The Secretary-General meanwhile plans to appoint a Special Representative to head UNMEER and accelerate support to the countries and people most affected by the Ebola crisis. “The Mission will rely on the support of the entire UN system, in particular the critical technical expertise of the World Health Organization (WHO), and will work closely with Member States, regional organizations, civil society and the private sector,” the statement concludes. read more

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Everyone You Should Watch At The Masters Not Named Tiger Or Phil

The big hittersDustin Johnson (odds to win: 12-to-1): Johnson entered Augusta last season having won three consecutive tournaments. He was among the favorites to win. Then he fell down a flight of stairs.This could be the year he exorcises those what-could-have-been demons.The 33-year-old is tied for the PGA Tour lead in par-4 scoring average and leads the tour in par-5 scoring average. He’s also No. 1 in total strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And Johnson’s putting has been sensational; he ranks in the top 15 in strokes gained with the putter. With an ostentatious ability to drive the ball — he leads the tour in strokes gained off the tee — Johnson owns five of the tour’s 50 longest drives this season, providing ample opportunities for attendees to crow “mashed potatoes.”1Please don’t.Johnson has owned the longest holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, with a career mark of 46 under par on par-5s, according to ESPN Stats & Info. To compete this weekend, though, he’ll need to improve on par-4s, on which he’s a career 44 over par.Bubba Watson (odds to win: 16-to-1): The two-time Masters champion enters this weekend as arguably the player on tour in the best form.After going more than 40 events without a win, he has won twice in the past two months — at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Genesis Open. The same guy who was contemplating retirement last season during a rapid weight loss is now vying to become the ninth player to win the Masters at least three times.The 39-year-old’s unorthodox style feels tailor-made for rounds under the Georgia pines. The course allows him to attempt 45-yard hook shots with a pitching wedge, for example, and to uncork his 316.2-yard drives. And because he annihilates his tee shots, Watson has over his career played the par-5s at the Masters 65 under par, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The short game has traditionally held Watson back, but he has moved from outside the top 140 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green and with the putter last season to inside the top 80 in both this season.Rory McIlroy (odds to win: 12-to-1): With a roaring final-round 64, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, his first victory since the fall of 2016. Then came shots of vodka with the media.A win this weekend would complete the career Grand Slam for the 28-year-old. Since 2014, only Jordan Spieth has led more rounds in major tournaments than McIlroy has — and no player save for McIlroy can claim four top-10 finishes at Augusta over the past five years.After an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign, McIlroy has surged up the leaderboard in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 25 in total strokes gained, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained with the putter. His drives are averaging a blistering 314.1 yards, a top-five mark on tour.To win, McIlroy will have to improve on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he’s a combined 26 over par since the final round in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The kidsJon Rahm (odds to win: 20-to-1): It can be easy to forget that Rahm is 23 years old — and not only because he has the face of a 35-year-old accountant. “Rahmbo” has been so good so fast that he’s the highest-ranked player to not have a major championship to his name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Rahm’s putting has improved mightily: He’s jumped from No. 49 in strokes gained with the putter and No. 66 in putts per round last season to No. 32 and No. 13, respectively, this season.He cranks the ball 306.7 yards off the tee, which makes him No. 23 on tour. But he ranks much higher in strokes gained off the tee — second — because whether he’s blasting his driver or using another club, he’s effective in maximizing his first shots, covering 67.5 percent of hole yardage with his tee shots. Club selection is paramount at Augusta, particularly off the tee — will Rahm’s skills there and his improved putting help him notch a win?Jordan Spieth (odds to win: 10-to-1): Last weekend’s final-round 66 at the Houston Open gave Spieth’s supporters a reason to be optimistic about Augusta, where Spieth’s track record ranges from the sublime to the five-alarm tire fire.In the aggregate, though, Spieth has been dominant at the Masters: In his four starts, he hasn’t finished lower than 11th; three times, he ranked in the top 10. In 2015, he became the fifth-ever wire-to-wire winner and tied the all-time lowest winning score (270, -18). Since 2015, Spieth has been 20 shots or better than any other player at majors, according to ESPN Stats & Info.But Spieth has fallen off a cliff with his putter. In each of the past three seasons, he ranked 42nd or better in strokes gained with the putter. In 2018, he’s No. 185. But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking the longer holes on tour; he ranks in the top 20 in par-4 and par-5 scoring average. With a win, Spieth would be just the third player to claim four majors before his 25th birthday (the other two are Woods and Young Tom Morris). He turns 25 in July.Justin Thomas (odds to win: 10-to-1): Had he turned in a stronger performance last month, Thomas could have entered this weekend as the top player in the world. Should he win this weekend, few would question his place atop the global leaderboard.The 24-year-old has won an astonishing seven times since the start of the 2016 season, more than any player on tour. But the occasionally profane Kentucky native has struggled in his two previous appearances at Augusta, where he’s never shot in the 60s or finished in the top 20.However, Thomas comes into the tournament with much more momentum this time around. He has jumped from a No. 45 ranking a season ago to No. 5 this season in percentage of yardage covered by tee shots, largely because his drives are averaging 312.5 yards, the longest average distance he’s posted since he turned pro.The Europeans (and one Canadian)Paul Casey (odds to win: 20-to-1): The 40-year-old is one of the the least-discussed veterans in this year’s field, and though he has repeatedly demonstrated his poise at majors, he’s never quite managed a win.Casey has finished in the top 10 at each of the last three Masters, and he has logged top-10 marks at every major at least once in his career.This season, only Sergio Garcia, Johnson and Casey rank in the top five in both strokes gained tee to green and total strokes gained. The Englishman has also notched a win stateside this year at the Valspar Championship, though it’s possible his victory was overshadowed when a certain someone on a comeback tour finished tied for second.Alex Noren (odds to win: 40-to-1): The Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 36 all season, racking up three top-10 finishes. In search of his first major victory, Noren has come to the right place. Eight of the last 11 Masters winners had never won a major before taking home the green jacket, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Noren cut his teeth on the European Tour, where he won five times between July 2016 and May 2017. He enters this weekend ranked in the top 20 in total strokes gained and in strokes gained with the putter, on approach, and from tee to green.Justin Rose (odds to win: 12-to-1): Rose has been a perennial contender at Augusta, and this could be the year he finally breaks through and wins a green jacket. He has finished in the top 10 in the tournament each of the last three years, twice coming in second, and over the last three Masters combined, he has the best score relative to par of anyone on the tour. Rose has ended up in the top 25 in 10 of his 12 starts at the Masters, which is an absurd success rate. Among players with at least five starts at the tournament, only Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan have made the top 25 more consistently.Adam Hadwin (odds to win: 150-to-1): A Canadian made the list! Hadwin has finished among the top 20 in every tournament he’s played in since early February. If he can withstand inconsistencies off the tee (he ranks No. 129 in strokes gained off the tee) and on the green (No. 131 in strokes gained with the putter), his approach game can do most of the work (No. 22 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green, No. 7 in strokes gained around the green). This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Weir’s improbable victory at Augusta to become the first Canadian man to win a major. Hadwin has finished in the top 10 three times so far this season, and like Weir, he’s deft with the short game. It’s Masters week, which means that it’s time to cancel your weekend plans, turn the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz’s voice up as loud as your television and neighbors will allow, and watch — in its piano-saturated glory — golf’s most popular event.The 82nd installment of the Masters will be the smallest field since the mid-1990s, and it will be the most competitive in at least the past decade. There are 10 players with shorter than 20-to-1 odds to win the tournament (two more are at 20-to-1 exactly), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Tuesday. That’s the most of any Masters since at least 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Tiger Woods, a golfer you might have heard of, is in that group, as is another familiar name: Phil Mickelson. But they aren’t the only players worth paying attention to. Below, I’ve highlighted the other marquee players you should look out for, as well as the under-the-radar players who could find themselves in a green jacket by Sunday night. read more

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Hitachi and Wenco embark on cloudbased fleet management Proof of Concept

first_imgHitachi and Wenco International Mining Systems, a Canadian subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery, have announced the beginning of a joint Proof of Concept (PoC) project. The PoC project, initiated by Hitachi and Wenco, and facilitated by Teck, “will combine Hitachi’s highly reliable cloud service and Wenco’s Fleet Management System (FMS) with Teck’s mining operation team to demonstrate how much the efficiency of the system will be improved.” The results of the project is being evaluated for approximately 40 days from the launch date on January 20.In this PoC project, Wenco’s FMS will be installed at Hitachi’s data centre in North America, and will provide cloud-based FMS service to Teck via the internet. Teck will support the project and provide feedback on the performance and efficiency of the system within one of its facilities located in British Columbia, Canada. “Wenco is very excited about the associated benefits our industry partners can leverage with the combination of fleet management and cloud computing. Minimising learning curves on hardware and software, expanding accessibility, and reducing capital costs will increase system longevity and effectiveness for our clients,” said Phil Walshe, President and CEO, Wenco.Using on-board computers, the Wenco FMS is installed on dump trucks, excavators and additional equipment. It displays mine-specific instructions for the operators that help increase efficiencies at a mine site. Currently, the FMS is individually maintained and operated on each mine site, but the cloud-based FMS service utilised in the PoC project will demonstrate the ability for mines with multiple sites to manage their mine sites from one facility. The goal of the project is to reduce the initial start-up and operating costs of the FMS in small-scale mining.Hitachi and Wenco will work together toward the success of the PoC project and its future full-scale application in other mines. Hitachi has positioned the mining-related area as one of the core focus areas of the Social Innovation Business, and will accelerate the global rollout of these business activities. Also Hitachi has organised its smart information related products and services into “Intelligent Operations.” After analysing and evaluating the results of the project, Hitachi will advance the development of an Intelligent Operations for Mining solution as a part of its Intelligent Operations.“The PoC project that Hitachi and Wenco are starting with Teck is a new chapter in the history of resources development. We will work through this PoC project to promote efficiency of resources development by improving efficiency of the equipment with our advanced IT by the whole Hitachi Group,” said Keiichi Shiotsuka, Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Executive Officer of Services Business, Information and Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi Ltd.last_img read more

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Arpad Sterbik expects tough match against Serbia Gold is still far away

← Previous Story Manuel Strlek breaks hand – Goluza calls Nincevic? Next Story → Germany is the first 1/4 finalist! Ex-Serbian, now Spanish goalkeeper, Arpad Sterbik (34) doesn’t want to underestimate next rival of the host team at the World Championship 2013 – Serbia:– We have played two tough matches against Serbia last year in Alicante and London. I expect the same in Zaragoza. Serbia has good team, they played good, but unlucky lost two tight matches. We will try to prepare well and beat them.Are you going for gold in Barcelona?– Our first goal is to qualify for semi-finals. Gold is still far away. There are a lot of good teams. We lost against Croatia and every defeat made small wound. We played in front of 11.000 fans and it not easy to be defeated in that atmosphere – said Sterbik for Balkan-Handball.com read more

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EHF Over halfbillioneuro deal for European handball

European Handball Federation media releaseThe European Handball Federation and EHF Marketing GmbH have signed a major new deal with Infront and Perform Group signalling the start of a long-term partnership that is set to transform the sport.The European Handball Federation and its marketing arm, EHF Marketing GmbH, put pen to paper ahead of the final matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League season in Cologne on Sunday, 27 May, signing a new 10-year media and marketing partnership from 2020 with two of the leading companies on the international sports market, Infront and Perform Group.The deal, worth between 500 and 600 million euro over 10 years, is the biggest in the history of the sport. It brings not only a significant financial investment over the duration of the contract (2020-2030) but also industry-leading know-how, expertise and services from both the EHF’s existing partner, Infront, one of the world’s leading international sports marketing companies, and Perform Group, a global leader in digital media.At the core of the partnership is a new long-term strategy, which will see the two companies work closely with the EHF and EHF Marketing GmbH – together with Forum Club Handball, the organisation representing Europe’s top men’s clubs – to secure significant growth for the sport across both existing and new markets.A key focus of the strategic plan will be to grow the appeal of the sport, particularly to younger audiences, through an enhanced digital offering.Perform is well-placed to provide the innovative media rights strategy and extensive digital expertise required to achieve these objectives. With a proven track record of success with long term rights partnerships with the likes of WTA, FIBA, Conmebol and NFL and digital focussed brands including DAZN, the sport streaming service; and Spox.com, a leading sports website in the German-speaking market, the UK-based company is recognised as the digital leader in global sports media.The EHF’s long-term media and marketing partner for the EHF EURO events, Infront, provides continuity within the new partnership. Having worked with the EHF since the first European Championship in 1994 and at 25 EHF EURO events since, the company – majority owned by the Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd, – has worked closely with the EHF to develop the EHF EURO into one of the highest profile national team sports events on the international sports market. In 2016, the Men’s and Women’s EHF EURO events in Poland and Sweden achieved an all-time high with a cumulative TV audience of 2.2 billion.The contracts were signed at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne by the EHF for its national team competitions including the EHF EUROs (2022-2030), youth and beach events and by EHF Marketing GmbH, the federation’s subsidiary and marketing arm, for club competitions including the EHF Champions League and other European Cup competitions from the start of the 2020/21 season through to 2029/30.EHF Marketing GmbH will continue its successful cooperation with its existing partner MP & Silva for a further two seasons until 2020. ← Previous Story FRENCH FINAL IN COLOGNE: Montpellier to chase HBC Nantes for the title! Next Story → VIDEO: HBC Nantes fans are ready for the final! read more

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