Gupta firms lose bid to have banker Baroda remain in South Africa

first_imgAlmost 20 South African companies linked to the Gupta family have lost a court bid to have India’s Bank of Baroda, the last lender doing business with the firms, maintain its operations in the country, local news service Eyewitness News said.Baroda’s South African division was thrust into the spotlight two years ago when it agreed to take on the Guptas after South Africa’s major banks turned their back on the family’s businesses due to reputational risks.Baroda said a month ago that it had pulled the plug on its South African business, citing a strategic shake-up to slim down in international markets.Read it at Reuters Related Itemslast_img

Iceland’s Wow Air to Launch Low Cost, Long Haul Flights to India

first_imgIceland’s low-priced carrier WOW Air announced on Tuesday it would start flights from December 7 connecting New Delhi to the island country’s capital city of Reykjavik and onwards to Canada, U.S. and London at fares starting from ₹13,499. Meals, check-in bags and seat selection will be charged seperately, if one wants to opt for them. That will start with basic, which covers only the fare and excludes charges for the seat, baggage and food, and goes up to premium, which is similar to businessRead it at Click Lancanshire Related Itemslast_img

Lady Gaga’s eight wax statues on display at Madame Tussads

first_imgLady GagaPop star Lady Gaga has become the first celebrity to have her eight statues unveiled at Madame Tussauds worldwide. The Paparazzi hitmaker wax models flashing her famous outfits were displayed yesterday at London, New York, Las Vegas, California, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai and Hong Kong museums, Contactmusic reported.”It’s been quite a challenge to keep details of eight figure launches top secret but the fans certainly seem to have enjoyed the intrigue,” said General Manager of Madame Tussauds London Edward Fuller.The 24-year-old singer’s London statue sports Philip Treacy telephone hat teamed with a midnight blue jacket and flared trousers paired with high-heeled shoes.While the Hong Kong figure stands tall wearing a black body suit with oversized neck ruff and has platinum blonde hair whereas the Berlin’s model wears black satin body suit with leather belt and silk jacket.Shanghai’s Lady Gaga is in black trousers and top with boots and stripe make-up over one eye while Madame Tussauds Amsterdam’s model wears a nude body suit with white blazer and towering purple hair piece over waist-length platinum blonde locks. Eight models are reported to have cost whopping USD 2.4 million and took four months to complete.last_img read more

Brazil’s armed forces get extra funds before Rio Olympics

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s interim government announced Tuesday that it is beefing up funding for the military to help it meet security needs for the Olympics that open next month in Rio de Janeiro.Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani said that despite a budget crunch, the government is granting the armed forces an additional $24 million at the request of the Defense Ministry.The military will begin patrolling sports venues July 24.Some 85,000 police and soldiers are to be deployed during the Aug. 5-21 games. That’s roughly twice the security contingent that was used at the London Olympics.Rio de Janeiro state has slashed budgets across the board, including that of the police. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Jake Livermore spat with West Ham fan spoils Andy Carroll’s late show

first_imgPremier League Read more Share on Facebook Topics match reports “The only thing I know is I see Jake in the crowd, which disturbed me,” Alan Pardew, the West Brom manager, said. “You don’t want to see a player in the crowd. There’s no way he’s going in the crowd, because I know him, he’s a great lad, unless he was provoked severely. That’s all I know. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Jake. I’ll speak to him and we’ll go from there.”West Brom, who remain winless since Pardew replaced Tony Pulis, felt the disappointment of this defeat bitterly. They were beaten by Andy Carroll’s winner in the 94th minute and only goal difference is keeping them off the foot of the table.The visitors were dead on their feet. While West Ham had enjoyed the luxury of a week off, West Brom had 48 hours to recover from their draw with Arsenal, such is the increasingly weird scheduling over the festive period.“It was a tough last 20 minutes,” Pardew said. “We were really hanging physically and mentally. It’s very evident on the pitch. We lose Matty Phillips in the warm‑up. It was too much for us. It’s unfair.”Most spectators had given up hope of seeing a winning goal when Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic launched one final attack. West Brom, who had felt the lactic acid rising in their muscles as a tight match wore on, were seconds away from earning a valuable point. “It didn’t look likely for long periods,” David Moyes said.Yet West Ham’s manager had an unlikely hero in the form of a striker who has often cut a frustrated, angry figure this season. Carroll had not scored since last April before he cancelled out James McClean’s opener with towering header in the 59th minute and his second goal hauled West Ham a point above the bottom three, leaving West Brom heartbroken in the process.The game started so promisingly for Pardew’s side. Their impressive organisation frustrated West Ham and they took the lead when McClean’s shot from 25 yards hit Pedro Obiang and spun over Adrián after half an hour.Lanzini had two efforts saved by Ben Foster in the first half and Carroll spurned a wonderful chance shortly after half-time. Starting for the first time since 24 November, Carroll perked up after that miss and he showed there remains a spring in his legs when he leapt to meet Aaron Cresswell’s cross. This was him at his rollocking best as he bullied Jonny Evans and Kieran Gibbs, muscling both defenders out of the way to direct a low header past Foster.Arnautovic went close after being played in by Lanzini but West Brom had a threat on the break. Oliver Burke had two chances after replacing Jay Rodriguez, but Pardew found himself criticising the young winger after he gave the ball away in the buildup to West Ham’s winner.“I expect him to run it in the corner,” Pardew said. “Maybe because we were under pressure to win he’s stuck it in the box.”West Ham flew to the other end, Lanzini found Arnautovic and Carroll converted the Austrian’s cross from a tight angle. Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente pushes Swansea deeper into trouble Share on WhatsApp Read more West Bromwich Albioncenter_img Share on Twitter Manchester City steamroller Watford after Raheem Sterling’s rapid opener Share on LinkedIn Amid the euphoria of a vital victory for West Ham in their fight against relegation, the mood was spoiled by Jake Livermore having to be led down the tunnel after the West Bromwich Albion midfielder became involved in a confrontation with a spectator during the second half at the London Stadium.A suggestion that something had been said to Livermore by a West Ham fan sitting behind the dugouts could not be verified on Tuesday night. John Carver, West Brom’s assistant manager, could be seen remonstrating with stewards and West Ham are investigating the incident, which took place after Livermore’s substitution in the 65th minute. The Football Association is likely to be interested in the club’s observations. West Ham United Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Man Utd reach agreement for £52.5m man Fred

first_imgTransfers Man Utd reach agreement for £52.5m man Fred Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:46 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Fred Brazil 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Brazil international has moved a step closer to completing a switch to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils now having a deal in place with Shakhtar Manchester United have moved a step closer to completing the £52.5 million ($70m) signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with the club confirming that agreement has been reached.With a deal having been in the pipeline for some time, Goal confirmed on Monday that the Brazil international had arrived in England to undergo a medical .Fred’s former manager at Shakhtar, Mircea Lucescu, then confirmed that a move had been made , with the 25-year-old taking a much-deserved step up onto a Premier League stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United have now announced that a big-money transfer is imminent, with the finishing touches being put to their first signing of the summer.A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).”United had been in the market for midfield reinforcements after seeing Michael Carrick head into retirement.There is also much uncertainty when it comes to the future of Marouane Fellaini, with the Belgium international seemingly set for a move elsewhere as his contract runs down .The addition of Fred will help to plug those holes, with the South American a player being acquired for both the present and future.He should still have his best years ahead of him, but boasts enough domestic, European and international experience to slip seamlessly into a star-studded United squad.Lucescu said of his imminent arrival at Old Trafford: “I’m really pleased Fred has completed his transfer to Manchester United, I am proud of him.“When I signed him at Shakhtar, Taison and Bernard were playing in his position.“I transformed his position, giving him a more defensive role.”Fred has earned eight caps for Brazil to date and will form part of their ranks at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia .last_img read more

PM Urges Unity as Country Goes Through Economic Transformation

first_img The PM commends NAJASO for its significant contributions to Jamaicans Prime Minister Simpson Miller honoured with the Lignum Vitae Award Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is urging Jamaicans to remain focused and keep their eyes on the ultimate goal as Jamaica goes through what is perhaps its most ambitious and far-reaching economic transformation programme.She noted that in implementing that economic programme, the administration “is aware that it’s now or never,” and it is “our last opportunity to get it right, to lay the foundation for our children, to ensure that we secure their future.”Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Gala Awards Banquet at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay, on July 20, where she was honoured with the Lignum Vitae Award for her outstanding achievement of becoming the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica and for her significant contribution to the country’s political and economic welfare.The ceremony was the final event of the organisation’s 36th annual conference which ran from July 18 to 20 under the theme ‘NAJASO – A partnership for transformation’.“This is indeed a time for transformation. You have chosen this transformation theme at a time when Jamaica needs to mobilize all its resources, primarily its human resources at home and abroad in one massive effort to transform this piece of rock, this jewel in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She informed that this year, the Government had to take “some serious, hard and bold decisions which have serious consequences for all of us.”“Yet I believe with all my heart and with the knowledge of our common history that if we pull together as we ought, nothing will prevent us from (successfully) going through our difficulties,” she added.The Prime Minister said that the message to all Jamaicans was very clear, that if all commit to the changes, Jamaica would be in a position to say “Mission accomplished.”She noted that the goal is to build a Jamaica where there is “equality of opportunity, peace and social order, respect for each other, care for our natural environment and our public spaces.”Mrs. Simpson Miller expressed appreciation to NAJASO for recognizing her work in the country and commended the membership for its significant contributions to the health and education of thousands of Jamaicans.NAJASO is an umbrella organization of over 500 member groups in the USA, Bermuda and Jamaica. Its main goal is to serve Jamaicans at home and Jamaican nationals in the USA in different capacities. NAJASO’s scope has expanded to include the greater Caribbean and Central America. The Lignum Vitae Award is its highest honour. Government had to take “some serious, hard and bold decisions”last_img read more

Unnao protests updates Kuldeep Sengar was suspended by party long ago says

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after the Unno rape survivor met with an accident and a CBI probe was ordered into the incident, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh on Tuesday told media that Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused, was suspended from the party long ago. The state BJP chief further clarified that Sengar still remains suspended from the party. Earlier in the day, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday arrived at the trauma centre in Lucknow where the Unnao rape victim is battling for her life. The victim’s mother and her family have staged a protest outside the hospital, demanding the release of her uncle who is lodged in jail in connection with an attempt to murder case. The victim, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of sexually assaulting her in 2017, and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday. The woman’s uncle has accused Sengar of planning the accident and alleged that the truck owner is an associate of the MLA. A CBI probe has been ordered in the case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Echoes of the case were, meanwhile, heard in Parliament as well. The Opposition is trying to corner the government in Lok Sabha over the case. The BJP, however, is yet to take visible action against its MLA. A BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh said: “The party has to take action against the MLA. There is no other way. The delay is damaging the image of the party and its leaders.” (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Justin Bieber cancels remaining dates on Purpose world tour

first_imgCanadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the rest of the dates on his Purpose world tour. He has played more than 150 shows in support of the album. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.” It is unclear why Bieber decided to cancel the rest of the shows.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the remainder of his Purpose world tour, including two dates in Toronto.A statement on Bieber’s website said the cancellation stems from “unforeseen circumstances.”“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” the statement reads. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Future of North Dakota pipeline in judges hands for now

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn a week, a judge in the United States will decide whether construction on a pipeline in North Dakota can proceed.The Dakota Access pipeline has physically brought together thousands of protesters.It’s also rallied many more around the globe.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more on what can be expected in the next week.last_img

Morocco to Become Africa’s Gateway: OBG Report

New York – Morocco is on its way to becoming a main gateway to Africa due to its strong economic ties with the African continent, according to the Oxford Business Group’s 2015 report.The British company’s current report noted that Morocco’s overall trade with Africa is in its developmental phase and rapidly expanding, while Europe remains Morocco’s main trading partner.Moroccan economy showed a steady growth, primarily due to the launch of new markets in sub-Saharan Africa explored by the country’s private sector. According to OBG, Morocco has greatly benefitted from foreign investments, which have doubled since 2011.Another benefit to the country’s economic growth has been the increase of value in Moroccan exports and the decline in oil prices, which allowed the government to reduce the trade deficit by 6.2 percent in 2014, the OBG reported.The transport sector in Morocco has undergone a vast development with the construction of new highways across major cities, the installment of railways and the increase in commercial air transport.The plans for structural expansion of the Tanger-Med port will allegedly facilitate the handling of cargo and new logistic and management areas, the OBG said.Morocco’s plans to attract more tourists and the increase of air traffic coupled with the surge of airline schedules connecting the nation’s major cities to other parts of the world, including the African continent, confirms Morocco as a continental gateway.The global leader in business intelligence group shed light on Morocco’s manufacturing sector, which has shown a massive growth in recent years, namely in the automotive and business aviation industries.The establishment of more than 100 global companies in Moroccan territory thanks to its convenient geographical location plays an important role in the continental trade among growing African markets.The OBG’s 2015 report noted that manufacturing production in the North African nation rose in an average of 8 percent annually since 2012, aided in part by the Moroccan government. read more

German government advisers cut growth forecast for 2019

BERLIN — The German government’s panel of independent economic advisers has nearly halved its growth forecast for this year and is now predicting that the German economy will grow by only 0.8 per cent.In a regular update, the panel cut its 2019 forecast from the previous 1.5 per cent and said growth should accelerate next year to 1.7 per cent.The experts said in a statement that the lower forecast was strongly influenced by the effects of the economy’s weak performance at the end of last year, when it was dragged down largely by one-time factors related to new car emissions standards.They also pointed to high risks for the future from factors such as Brexit uncertainty and global trade disputes.The Associated Press

Mozambique UN food agency begins relief flights in wake of floods

22 January 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief flights to central Mozambique, where some 76,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding this month along the Zambezi River valley. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief flights to central Mozambique, where some 76,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding this month along the Zambezi River valley. A helicopter chartered by the agency flew its first mission yesterday morning, delivering 2.2 tons of mosquito nets, tents and plastic sheeting to the town of Mutarara for use and distribution by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The helicopter will transport its first consignment of WFP food assistance today, when it is scheduled to carry 2.5 tons of cereals and pulses to the town of Goligoli, where more than 13,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of floodwaters.In total WFP expects to deliver 74 tons of food to the Goligoli area over the next four to five days, while a second helicopter is on standby to deliver food and non-food supplies.The agency has also started delivering food assistance by road, working with the help of local officials and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to send supplies to camps and resettlement centres in the centre of the country.WFP has provided Mozambican authorities with three boats to assist in rescue and evacuation operations and some people are stranded in areas that cannot be reached by road. Some parts of three provinces – Tete, Sofala and Manica – are now inaccessible by land.This is the second time in a year that central Mozambique has been hit hard by floods. Since January last year, when the Zambezi valley was inundated, WFP has provided relief assistance to about 190,000 people. read more

President to seek foreign expertise on UmaOya project

He said that the protest staged by residents in Bandarawela against the Uma-Oya project was justifiable. A hartal was staged in Bandarawela yesterday against the Uma-Oya project. President Maithripala Sirisena is to seek foreign expertise to study the Uma-Oya project.Speaking in Hatton today the President said the project did not have a proper plan and this resulted in the people in the are suffering. Most shops were closed during the hartal and a protest march was also staged on the streets against the project.Several houses have been damaged as a result of the project and wells have also gone dry. The Uma-Oya Multipurpose Development project is being implemented by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management in coordination with the Ministry of Power and Energy and Ceylon Electricity Board.The plant will add 120 MW to the generation system with 230 GWh of annual energy generation. The estimated cost of the project is 529 million USD and 85% of the total project cost is provided by the Government of Iran through Export and Development Bank as a loan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who risk all to promote peace

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that it was a “sad reminder of the often-perilous nature of our work” but also “testament to the commitment of the thousands of women and men from around the globe who are prepared to risk all to promote peace and provide assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable and needy people.”Each year, @UN personnel risk their safety & security at the service of our shared global agenda for peace & development. Let us remember fallen colleagues who have paid the ultimate price so that we strive towards a + prosperous & fairer future for all. https://t.co/Cgz9hxOtYo pic.twitter.com/r8mQ5h3d8C— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (@Lacroix_UN) May 6, 2019 The UN chief lit a candle in honour of the 115 colleagues from 43 different nations, alongside the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, and this month’s President of the Security Council, Dian Triansyah Djani, who is Indonesia’s UN Ambassador.Ms. Espinosa expressed her profound respect and admiration for their dedication, passion and commitment to humanity. She said that their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.Mr. Guterres noted that most of the fallen, came from the UN peacekeeping family, “which faces increasingly complex and deadly challenges”, and the vast majority hailed from African nations, who had donned the ‘blue helmet’ to service in some of the most dangerous environments in the world. Mr. Guterres said he was grateful for the presence at UN Headquarters of the African Union Chairperson, Moussa Faki.The commitment and sacrifice of African peacekeepers is “a stark testament to the commitment and sacrifices of our African partners to our joint endeavours toward global peace and security”, said the UN chief. He also noted the huge loss of 21 colleagues who had died in the Ethiopian air disaster just in March, and 19 civilians from agencies, funds and programmes. “Our deepest condolences go to all their families and loved ones, many of whom are present here today with us.”After a moment of silence, he said the UN was working hard to mitigate the risks that colleagues face and promoting “better individual preparedness for crises” and providing “enhanced medical and psychological support”.“We are working to speedily settle claims and we are providing more comprehensive counselling, care and assistance to survivors and families,” he said. “But I am aware that there is always more we can do, and I am committed to ensuring our Organization reviews and constantly improves our practices related to the safety and care of staff.”The UN chief said he was “particularly outraged when our humanitarian and peacekeeping colleagues are directly targeted”, adding that it was “essential that we demand justice and accountability for what, in many instances, constitute war crimes.”He called on the whole UN to honour the memory of the fallen, “by rededicating ourselves to the noble cause of promoting peace, prosperity and opportunity for every woman, man and child on the planet.”For a full list of the fallen, you can go here, to the Memorial Service programme, and scroll down. read more

The Patriots Arent Quite Their Usual Dominant Selves This Year

MIN71MIN60MIN 24, GB 17-10.0– Taken altogether, these numbers reveal a Patriots squad that is not fully playing at the level it’s used to at this stage of the season. And that shows up in big-picture indicators such as Elo or even point differential, where the Pats’ +58 margin is its weakest of the decade through 11 contests. But even so, a lessened version of the Patriots still ranks among the league’s top teams. And as we mentioned above, the Vikings will be a good opponent for Belichick to use as a measuring stick for his roster. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs), this will be the fourth-best game of the week: IND29.514.5JAX0.10.114.71468 PIT70PIT69DEN 24, PIT 17+0.0 Here’s a surprise: The New England Patriots are 8-3, leading the AFC East, with some of the best odds in the conference of winning the Super Bowl.Oh, right. I’ve just described basically every Pats season in recent memory. This is the ninth consecutive season that New England has won at least eight of its first 11 games. The team’s current Elo rating of 1641, however, is the lowest it’s been through the same stage of the season since 2009 (and we don’t talk about that season).So what are we to make of these Patriots, then? After overcoming the typical early season hiccups, is this year’s version ready to build championship momentum down the stretch like normal? Or is there still something a little bit off about a team that was showering its punter (of all players) with praise after an uncharacteristically modest win over the lowly New York Jets last week?In advance of New England’s showdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, let’s take a look at some of the Patriots’ calling-card metrics to see whether this season is business as usual in Foxboro.Road warriors?One of the Pats’ most eye-catching statistics during Bill Belichick’s time as head coach has been their near-invincibility at home, where they’ve won 87 percent of their games this decade. But their road record — winning more than 70 percent of the time away from Gillette Stadium — could be even more remarkable. From 2010 to 2017, the Pats’ winning percentage on the road was about 10.5 percentage points higher than what we’d expect from their home record — the third biggest gap in the NFL (behind the Cowboys and Eagles): NO81NO83NO 31, ATL 17-0.9– SEA74.910.5SF<0.1<0.110.51460 MIN62.813.6NE99.11.014.61610 BAL46.118.0ATL4.23.121.01539 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 12Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 12 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND68IND70IND 27, MIA 24-0.6– WSH38.9%+/-19.5PHI23.7%+/-11.130.61525 DAL60.313.3NO>99.90.113.31635 TEN20.57.2NYJ<0.1<0.17.21417 LAC84LAC85LAC 45, ARI 10-0.9– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR62CAR57SEA 30, CAR 27+4.1– HOU95.73.8CLE1.31.45.21462 NE77NE82NE 27, NYJ 13+0.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group BAL83BAL81BAL 34, OAK 17-2.3– On average, Elo beat our readers by 18.9 points in the game last week, bringing its record to 11 wins and one loss so far this season. Readers had the best pick of Week 12 — rightly pumping the brakes on Cincinnati’s chances of beating the Browns — but they were punished for picking against Elo in the Bills’ upset over the Jaguars, and they didn’t show enough faith in the victorious Vikings, Eagles and Bucs.Among individual users who did better than average, congrats are in order to Ryan Gnizak, who led all users in Week 12 with 263.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who held on to a slim lead for the entire season with 934.5 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. DEN13.010.7CIN6.45.316.01453 CAR30.914.9TB0.70.815.71492 GB6.13.0ARI<0.1<0.13.01412 PHI80PHI69PHI 25, NYG 22-8.1– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS CIN75%CIN63%CLE 35, CIN 20+13.4– HOU58HOU63HOU 34, TEN 17+2.3– This year, though, New England is a perfect 5-0 at home but only 3-3 on the road — respectable but nowhere near the league’s best. (The Pats have also been outscored by 11 points in away games, against a road schedule that ranks just 28th in average opposing Elo.) And this might come up in the playoffs, unlike so many seasons in which the Pats had home-field advantage through the AFC title game.1Since 2010, New England has played a total of 15 non-Super Bowl playoff games — of which 13 have been hosted at Gillette Stadium. Right now, New England is in line for the AFC’s No. 2 seed behind the Kansas City Chiefs, but only a half-game separates them from the fourth-seeded Steelers.Owning the turnover battleTurnover margin is one of the most important factors in determining who wins or loses any football game. Conventional stathead wisdom, though, tells us that outlier turnover seasons — whether avoiding them on offense, forcing them on defense, or both — are unsustainable. While there are some ways a team can influence its tendency to have more takeaways than giveaways, a lot of it also comes down to luck.Unless, of course, you’re the Patriots. New England perennially dominates this category, ranking first by a mile from 2010 through 2017 with a +116 turnover differential, almost double that of the next-best team. A lot of that is a function of having Tom Brady at QB; he’s tied for the second-lowest interception percentage of any passer in NFL history. But the Pats are also great at avoiding fumbles — only the Falcons had coughed it up fewer times since 2010, and no team had lost fewer fumbles than the Pats. And their defense had forced the second-most turnovers of any team this decade (behind the Giants), ranking second in interceptions and tied for third in fumbles recovered.Such opportunism has historically paid big dividends for New England, but this year’s squad is still trying to recapture that formula. The Pats are currently +5 in turnovers, which ranks ninth in the league but is nothing special by their standards. Brady has his highest interception rate since 2013 (his seven picks already are only one off of his full-season total from last year), driving a big overall increase in giveaways per game, though the team is being more careful in recent weeks. And while the Pats have forced at least one turnover in all but one game this season, they are tied for eighth-to-last in the league in games with three or more takeaways, six behind the league-leading Bears.Yards and pointsIn addition to — and correlated with — their dominant turnover differential, the Patriots have always had another trick up their sleeves in terms of winning extra games. It involves their yards per point (YPP): essentially, how efficiently they turn field position into scores on offense and how inefficiently they force opponents to do the same. By definition, when you have a lower YPP than the opponent, you will win more often because you’re trading field position for points at a more favorable rate than they are.Like turnover margin, YPP is supposed to be pretty inconsistent from year to year, bouncing around with a team’s luck at picking up key first downs and converting red zone chances, along with the all-important knack for “bending but not breaking” on defense. Yet the Pats dominate this category so thoroughly and so consistently, it might be the single biggest factor in their ongoing success. Not only had they ranked first in both offensive and defensive YPP since 2010, but their net YPP differential of +5.6 was more than double the No. 2 Packers’ +2.5 mark over that span.(This is one of the big reasons that worries about the Patriots’ defense always need to be tempered. Belichick’s team has traditionally punched above its weight in terms of points allowed, just because it always makes opponents work so hard to turn gains on the field into rewards on the scoreboard.)This season, the Pats remain among the top net YPP teams, ranking fourth, but they are not quite dominating like usual. They rank just seventh in offensive YPP and sixth on defense, with a net YPP of +2.8, which trails the Bears, Saints and Chiefs. On top of the increase in turnovers per game from above, New England’s efficiency rankings on third down and in the red zone are worse, and the team has slipped in those same “situational” categories on defense. And if you want another cause for the Patriots’ YPP decline, their net starting field position is -2.6 yards per drive this season (meaning the opponent starts 2.6 yards closer to the end zone than the Pats), after a decade in which that number was a league-best +4.6.In other words, many of the little things that usually add up to that massive YPP advantage for New England aren’t quite working as well so far this year. But the good news for the Pats is that their turnover margin and net YPP tend to improve radically from this point in the season onward, in no small part because Belichick specifically tries to build a tough, physical team that thrives in bad weather. So even in a relative down season by their key indicators, don’t be surprised if the Patriots build them up at least some before season’s end.Gronk smash!Tight end Rob Gronkowski has long been the Pats’ not-so-secret weapon on offense, helping the team transition seamlessly from the powerful Randy Moss-Wes Welker offense of a previous era to the version that’s been terrorizing the league for most of this decade.But the famously fragile Gronk has appeared to show his age and mileage this season more than perhaps ever before. He’s missed three games with various ailments, and when he has played, he’s been limited to just 63.0 yards per game with a career-low 0.25 touchdown catches per contest. Gronkowski’s reduced mobility has hurt his trademark ability to rumble after the catch for spectacular gains, and it’s made him much less of a focal point in the offense than he’s accustomed to being. When on the field, Gronk has seen only 18.7 percent of the targets in the Pats’ passing game, his lowest number since getting 17.7 percent as a rookie.But Gronk’s influence on the Patriots’ offense remains undeniable. In the eight games the star tight end has played in 2018, Brady’s passer rating is 98.2; in the three he missed, it dropped to 91.6 (league average is 94.9). Even with Gronkowski playing in a more limited physical condition than usual, producing less of a statistical footprint than before, this is confirmation that he’s still one of the biggest engines driving the Patriots’ success. The biggest question might simply be what kind of durability Gronkowski’s banged-up body will have over the rest of the season.Brady stays ageless … sort ofAlong with Belichick, the one constant in New England’s dynasty has been No. 12 under center. Brady has probably been the single most valuable player in the NFL this century, and he’s been crucial in engineering five Super Bowl titles for the Patriots with his consistency, leadership and ability to rally the team back from seemingly insurmountable deficits.But at 41 — an age at which almost no other QB has ever been productive — there is a near-constant watch for any sign of slippage in Brady’s performance. And he has been a bit less sharp statistically than in years past. His adjusted net yards per attempt index at Pro-Football-Reference.com, which measures passing efficiency relative to the league (where 100 is average), is 111 this year, down from 117 last season and 138 the year before that. It hadn’t been so low since Brady was barely above average (102) in 2013.Of course, there are reasons for Brady’s decline that go beyond his advanced age, from Gronk’s aforementioned absences to a four-game suspension for top target Julian Edelman at the start of the season and a WR corps in flux early on before adding Josh Gordon and shuffling roles for the likes of Phillip Dorsett and (WR-turned-RB) Cordarrelle Patterson. But Brady has managed to work around weird receiving situations before — and, in fact, his passer rating was better over the season’s first four games (94.0) than it’s been over the four most recent ones (90.8).Combine that with a ProFootballFocus grade that’s down a bit from last season (though still sixth-best among QBs) and those ubiquitous stats about Brady’s off-target throws (at 22.1 percent, no qualified passer has thrown an errant pass more frequently this year), and it’s fair to ask whether Brady is playing at quite the same level as he did over the past few seasons. Whether because of Brady or the receivers, the Pats are currently tied for eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt — their worst showing since (again) 2013, a season that saw New England fall short in the AFC title game.2Though it does bear mentioning that six of the eight Super Bowl champs this decade ranked among the top 10 in ANY/A, right in line with the Pats’ current performance. LAC88.27.0PIT93.95.612.61619 DAL65DAL67DAL 31, WSH 23-0.5– MIA5.13.9BUF1.31.35.21425 CHI96.33.9NYG<0.1<0.13.91474 BUF56JAX55BUF 24, JAX 21-13.0– KC99.90.2OAK<0.1<0.10.21479 CHI53CHI59CHI 23, DET 16+2.9– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. TB63TB58TB 27, SF 9-5.7– Playoff %Playoff % While the game has a lot more at stake for Minnesota, whose spot in the playoffs is still not fully locked in, there is still plenty for the Patriots to play for as well. Not only will this game affect seeding for the postseason (Elo says the Pats currently have a 60 percent chance of securing a first-round playoff bye), but it will also be another telling data point as to whether the Pats can get back to their mega-dominant form of the recent past, or if they’ll be merely good — but mortal — according to their signature metrics.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIf you want to know where your team stands, FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings are a good indicator. You can check them out in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Try it out, and maybe you can climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: DET1.31.6LAR>99.9<0.11.61550 The best matchups of Week 13Week 13 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality read more

Key decision in favour of dedicated use of Rios Pilbara iron ore

first_imgRio Tinto has said it welcomes the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision that its Hamersley and Robe rail lines should not be opened up to other users. Rio Tinto Iron Ore acting Chief Executive Paul Shannon said “This is great news. Rio Tinto runs a highly efficient railway that is fully integrated with our port and mine operations. This would be severely hindered if third parties were allowed to run trains on our rail network, not to mention the knock-on negative effect on the Western Australian and national economies from creating such inefficiencies.”Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Australia’s third largest iron ore miner, has its own multi-billion-dollar rail line but has also been in dispute with Rio and BHP Billiton for access to their lines. The company had previously had a successful High Court decision in September 2012 directing its Rail Access Application to be remitted back to the Australian Competition Tribunal for fresh consideration. The High Court ruling required the Australian Competition Tribunal to make a fresh decision in Rio Tinto’s appeal against a decision by the Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan in 2008 when he declared Rio Tinto’s Hamersley and Robe lines to be available for third party use.The company stated: “Fortescue is disappointed that following that successful decision of the High Court, the Australian Competition Tribunal has made orders to set aside the original decision of the Treasurer to declare Rio Tinto’s Hamersley and Robe Railway Lines. The decision does not affect Fortescue’s current operations and expansion plans, which utilise the company’s existing fully owned rail infrastructure.” Fortescue CEO Nev Power said that “it is regrettable that the Competition Tribunal did not see the merits of providing third party access to this infrastructure to enhance competition and thereby deliver greater productivity and efficiency benefits for all of Australia. Fortescue will continue to provide third party access to our own rail system and will continue to advocate for third party access for all Pilbara rail infrastructure.”last_img read more

Synopsis for upcoming ESPN E60 special on WWE NXT

first_img XFL announces multi-year television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games starting in 2020 Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Vin Diesel Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O. T. Fagbenle ESPN released the following promotional material for their upcoming “E:60” special on WWE and NXT that will first air on May 5:“E:60 Pictures presents WWE: Behind-The-Curtain, a new one-hour documentary film featuring unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Vince McMahon’s billion-dollar global empire. The show will follow three amateur wrestlers on their grueling, high-stakes climb with dreams of making it to the big show, complemented by candid interviews with WWE President Vince McMahon, his Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Paul Levesque (or ‘Triple H’) as well as former WWE talents Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock – Dwayne Johnson, and Hulk Hogan. The result is an inside look into what is perhaps the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment – with its extravagant productions, flagrant drama, and sold-out arenas.With flagship show Monday Night RAW drawing four million viewers per week, storied WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon reveals the reason behind the brand’s success: “Talent is the only natural resource we have, without it we have nothing. There’s no product. There’s no shows. There’s no anything.”For decades, McMahon and WWE have created some of the most iconic characters in pop culture — Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena.But before they become household names, WWE characters are carefully developed in a minor league system, NXT – led by WWE icon and current Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Paul Levesque, aka, “Triple H”. It is a backstage world no one has ever had access to – until now.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 51.12%0:03Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Facebook These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning center_img Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Lindsay Lohan Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more