Rupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck,Rupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck to the back of her office door. It signifies a healthy balance between her work life as the inheritor of south India’s largest cement company, and a loving mother to her two daughters Tara and Sharada.No matter who you are in the office, Gurunath, 38, daughter of India Cements’ vice chairman and managing director, N Srinivasan, greets you with the same disarming smile and a warm hello. One picture that does stand out in her office in RA Puram, Chennai, is of her with her husband, Gurunath Meiyappan of AVM, one of the oldest and leading film and TV production houses in the south. Both are dressed in bright yellow Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jerseys, holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2011 trophy.This season, there is a lot to look forward to for Gurunath, who is pregnant with her third child at the moment. To add to that, CSK, owned by India Cements and worth Rs 943.95 crore, is the IPL’s most successful team, shaving won the title twice (2010 and 2011). CSK is captained by Team India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a recent statement to the media, Meiyappan, team principal of CSK, said they were going in for a hat-trick and was excited about the team’s recent acquisition of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Family ties: Gurunath at a CSK game with her family in 2010″Jadeja is a good utility cricketer who will add to our spin bowling as the second spinner in the middle period. We were missing such a bowler. He is also a useful batsman,” said Meiyappan, who is seen at every match CSK plays, cheering on his players, with Gurunath by his side.An avid cricket fan herself, Gurunath says that she goes to the matches as a spectator and nothing more. “Although I have no favourites as such, I must confess that my older daughter is a diehard fan of captain Dhoni and the younger one is an ardent Suresh Raina follower,” she says. Visibly pumped up about the team’s continuing success she says,”I am excited by the way Super Kings are performing from both a sporting and a business perspective.”Apart from the sporting talent in the team, she believes that every sporting activity needs the support of professional managers. “Given India Cements’ long association with the game, we have an able internal team of professional managers to handle the sports division and I strongly believe that they are one of the key reasons for our success,” she says.Gurunath’s association with sports does not end there. One of the top women golfers in the state, she applies the rules of the game to running the company. “In golf, you begin each game by visualising the playing of a hole completely, but once you’ve done that, you detach yourself from the big picture and focus your entire being only on getting your next stroke right,” she says, adding, “the same thing I think applies to handling a business as well. Once you break your goals down to bite-sized pieces, it helps you focus better and is much less daunting.”advertisementThe fountainhead: Gurunath with father N SrinivasanThese are the rules she has been applying to her business since the day she joined in 2007, after her father was slated to become chairman of India Cements. Already familiar with the company, her first day wasn’t awkward. “From 1990, I was always running in and out of our office just to visit my father or to be a part of office pujas. I have spent short periods of time in different departments including the shipping division. My first day was just an extension of that,” says Gurunath Her first task was to learn about the various departments in the company and understand its workings. For the first few months, she did not even have a desk of her own.Gurunath, who has a computer science degree from Anna University, went on to do an MBA from the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai. The entrepreneurship course gave her a lot of grounding, she says, but her biggest lessons have been learnt on the job, from the people in the company. “Their understanding of the sector, company and function have enriched my perspective tremendously. The perspective they gave me is not an economic one alone, since it includes the culture of the organisation and its value systems,” she says. Gurunath admits that she’s still learning everything there is to know of the business. She is supporting the senior management team for the company’s expansion in the western and northern markets. “We are looking at setting up of production facilities but also want to strengthen our distribution and marketing,” she says. At the same time, Gurunath adds, one of the key challenges is to ensure that the core culture and value system of the company will not be diluted in this expansion process. Her goal is to make India Cements a leader in cement across the country in the years to come. Rupa Gurunath”We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says. Her goal, she says, is to make India Cements a pan Indian leader in cement in the years to come. “We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says.Gurunath’s grandfather, T.S. Narayanaswami, founded India Cements in 1946. Being part of the third generation to take over the company, she understands the weight of her responsibilities. “There is a sense of need which inspires me to look after the company, to nurture it and not just focus on the growth aspect. The reason behind the success of the company is sheer vision and a lot of hard work,” she says. Her father is her biggest inspiration and she has learnt much from his leadership style. “He has the ability,” she says, “to share his vision and carry the team forward with him. And he never acts against his beliefs.” Gurunath also cites T.S. Raghupathy, the executive president of India Cements, as a mentor in helping her learn the business and act as a sounding board for her ideas and thoughts. “Of course, my husband has always been a strong pillar of support in enabling me to pursue my dreams,” she adds. In her five years at India Cements, she says there hasn’t ever been a dull moment, thanks to the advice her father gave her on never being afraid of asking questions and looking ignorant. “You cannot be expected to know everything. There are experts in each field to guide you and the important thing is to take a decision based on the assessment of information given to you.” This is the very advice that helps Gurunath in running her empire. ScoreboardCSK earned Rs 1.4 billion in the previous edition of the IPL and is targeting a 15-20 per cent growth from season 5 of the cash-rich league.The team has long-term deals with some of the biggest brands such as Aircel, Gulf Oil, Amrapali Group, Reebok and Pepsi.CSK plans to launch an entire range of apparel at various prices across 380 outlets in Tamil Nadu and is also opening a store at the Chennai airport soon.Their Facebook membership has crossed 1 million currently. The aim is to make it to 2 million by the middle of the IPL 5 season.The team bagged allrounder Ravinder Jadeja through the highest bid of $ 2 million in the IPL players auction for the season.advertisementadvertisement
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has said he is “devastated” after his calf injury ruled him out of the third test against Pakistan.The 25-year-old tore his right calf muscle during England’s series-levelling 330-run win against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Monday, in his first appearance since undergoing a knee surgery in May. (Also read: Ben Stokes injury leaves a hole in England team, says Trevor Bayliss)”Devastated about the injury especially with all the hard work put in by myself and others to get me back to FULL fitness,” Stokes tweeted on Thursday.But he suggested he was optimistic about returning soon, adding: “Another couple weeks of rehab and hoping to finish off what has been great summer so far for @ECB_cricket.”The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said Stokes will be assessed next week.The third test in the four-match series against Pakistan begins on Aug. 3 at Edgbaston.
Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Santiago Solari called it a “sporting decision, nothing else” as if that made it better but he was only fanning the flames of what has become his first niggling problem at Real Madrid. If Isco was injured, his absence from even the substitutes’ bench for the Champions League win over Roma on Tuesday would hardly have warranted a second look, but Solari’s tactical choice pointed to something deeper. Solari had not picked him in any of his first five starting line-ups but three times brought him on, against Real Valladolid, Viktoria Plzen and Eibar. Then, at the Stadio Olimpico, Isco was not involved at all, instead sitting in the stands, dropped beneath the likes of 20-year-old Federico Valverde, 21-year-old Javi Sanchez and 22-year-old Dani Ceballos. Solari has demoted Keylor Navas fully below Thibaut Courtois in goal but Isco feels like the first marquee player to be significantly worse off under Madrid’s new coach. He underwent an appendix operation towards the end of September but the expected recovery time was only a month. He was also loyal to Lopetegui, who showed faith in him for Spain when Zinedine Zidane was ignoring him at Real Madrid.Related News “If they sack him, they should sack all of us,” said Isco, when Lopetegui’s job was on the line last month, a remark quickly rebuked by captain Sergio Ramos. It has been suggested Solari took note and saw in Isco’s comments the kind of cockiness some believe was the cause of the malaise under Lopetegui. But there was no suggestion of that in Italy. “These are calls that you make in a certain moment,” Solari said. “It was a sporting decision, nothing else. There are no guaranteed starters, or substitutes, in football. It is up to all players to be at 100 per cent, to make the coaches pick them.” AttitudeThe implication was a problem with attitude, which Marcelo, speaking close by in the stadium, hardly denied. “We are all adults,” he said. “You have to work. I do not say that Isco does not work but he must work and see why he is failing to play.” Perhaps Lopetegui’s departure hit Isco harder than most. He might have felt he finally had a Real Madrid coach that believed in him, only for Solari to take over and put him back on the bench. When Isco’s future has looked uncertain, he has never been short of suitors. Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, even Barcelona, were reportedly trying to nab him before his latest contract renewal in September last year. That deal included a reported release clause of 700 million euros, not a figure usually attached to fringe players, but club support for Isco has not always chimed with confidence from the coach, whether it be Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez or Zidane. When he left Malaga for 23 million euros ($26.1 million) in 2013, the sense was Real were adding their own touch of Xavi Hernandez or Andres Iniesta, a Spanish midfielder from the next generation with technique, swagger and an eye for a pass. But doubts have always lingered around his tactical discipline. A club documentary, ‘Heart of the Thirteenth’, about last season’s Champions League triumph showed Zidane at half-time ordering Isco to play higher up, behind Liverpool’s midfield. By the 61st minute, he was being replaced by Gareth Bale. Questions will be asked again if he is left out of Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Valencia, where Real will be hoping to prove their loss to Eibar last weekend was just a blip in an otherwise impressive revival. Five points still remain between them and Barcelona, in second place, while only six separate the entire top seven, with Sevilla top and Alaves, Espanyol and Girona all well placed. Atletico will go top if they beat Girona on Sunday but will instantly be leapfrogged by Barca, if the Catalans win at home to Villarreal. Sevilla will trump both with a victory away to Alaves, a team who have already beaten Real Madrid this season and missed the chance to sit top of the pile when they last Friday. La Liga remains wide open. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
Arsenal have denied any meetings have taken place between their head of football, Raúl Sanllehi, and José Mourinho as pressure continues to mount on their head coach, Unai Emery.The club have moved to quash widespread reports on Sunday morning that Sanllehi had met Mourinho for dinner, telling PA that no such meeting took place, and that the pair have not spoken for years.Mourinho was reportedly in attendance for Arsenal’s Europa League win over Vitória last month, fuelling speculation that the Portuguese could be in line to replace the under-fire Emery. Reuse this content Unai Emery A section of home supporters have turned on the Spaniard following a run of two wins from their last nine Premier League games. Emery came in for criticism for his tactics again after the 1-1 home draw with Wolves on Saturday.Raúl Jiménez’s header earned the visitors a point at the Emirates Stadium, just three minutes after Emery had replaced holding midfielder Lucas Torreira with winger Bukayo Saka.The Arsenal manager has suggested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could continue as captain, after the forward wore the armband against Wolves in the absence of Granit Xhaka. Emery opted to leave Xhaka out of the squad after the club captain swore at supporters who jeered him during last week’s draw with Crystal Palace.“He could be,” he replied when asked if Aubameyang, who opened the scoring on Saturday could remain as captain beyond one game. “I think he can take that responsibility and today he did that. We will analyse the match first, and our situation for the next matches and decide.”Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves felt the visitors should have left north London with all three points. “We should have won that game, I think we deserved it,” he told the club’s official website.“You have to keep on working to do this step forward and start winning these kinds of games. When we play well and have these kinds of chances, we must win it. If one team deserved the win today, it was our team.” Share on Twitter José Mourinho Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Arsenal drop points again after Raúl Jiménez header earns Wolves draw Read more Arsenal news Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email
16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now We know we’ve been bombarding you with a heap of Star Wars content recently, but this life-size model of a TIE fighter was just too good not to share.British YouTuber, inventor, and all-around badass Colin Furze has built a number of cool contraptions over the years, including a video game-accessible microwave, a homemade hoverbike, and a jet-powered Go-Kart, to name a few. He even holds a number of Guinness Book World Records (fastest scooter, longest motorcycle, largest bonfire, etc.).In celebration of the newest intergalactic installment, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Furze constructed a life-sized remake of Kylo Ren’s TIE silencer spacecraft that is so cool, even a non-Star Wars fan can appreciate it. (OK, so it’s technically a TIE silencer, not fighter … but you get the idea.)Furze was behind a similar project last year that coincided with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — a life-sized AT-ACT Walker. Whether you believe it or not, Furze purchased all of his materials from eBay, who aided in the building of both the TIE silencer and the AT-ACT models.One week before the The Last Jedi debut (which is December 15, by the way), Furze shared a “making of” video of his new TIE silencer so we could see how everything came together in just six weeks. First, Furze bought a toy model of the TIE in order to bring his life-sized replica to full-scale proportions.This project was so big that Furze was forced to move locations, obtain heavy-lifting equipment, and a few helping hands for the building process. Because of the size of the model, the team welded steel beams and floor grating for much of the TIE silencer frame, wings, and cockpit. The video then shows highlights of some of the more challenging and visually pleasing parts of the process.Furze acknowledged that each little touch was meticulously designed to make things perfect, and that took just as long as piecing together the frame itself. That’s right. Each side pod, pretend weapon, and hatch was built to match the ships that are seen seen in the new movie.To check out some of Colin’s other projects, head over to his YouTube channel or website. For some last minute holiday present ideas, our Star Wars gift guide is worth a look. Editors’ Recommendations This Guy Created a Life-sized TIE Silencer From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Close On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That
increase the Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s board members from six to eight allow the minister to request various reports from the commission, as deemed necessary, give the minister power to object to rules made by the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, and replace references to trial division of Supreme Court and appeal division of Supreme Court, to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A fact sheet on the amendments to the Securities Act is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc . Finance Minister Michael Baker introduced amendments to the Securities Act today, Nov. 2, that will help to protect Nova Scotia investors and harmonize Nova Scotia securities regulation with others across Canada. Amendments to the Securities Act, will make it possible for investors in the secondary market to sue public companies when those companies fail to make timely disclosure or misrepresent public information. A secondary market is the term used when an investor purchases an existing investment product through, for example, a broker or investment dealer. These amendments are consistent with recent changes made to similar legislation in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia. Changes to the act will also give the Nova Scotia Securities Commission the power to order repayment, up to $100,000, of money lost through illegal or improper trading practices. As a result, some investors will no longer have to undertake costly legal action to recover their losses. “It is important to give Nova Scotians greater protection against the wrongdoing of others,” said Mr. Baker. “It is also important to have a way to seek compensation that does not add to the financial burden of those already affected by the misconduct of others. The changes we are introducing today in this legislation will do both.” Tougher penalties for those found guilty of illegal or improper conduct are also being introduced. Amendments are being made to provide for fines of up to $5 million and imprisonment of up to five years less a day. The current legislation provides for fines up to $1 million and imprisonment of not more than two years. Other amendments will make it possible for Nova Scotia to meet its commitment to other provinces and territories to move toward harmonized securities laws and regulation, and create a single window access to capital markets, referred to as a Passport System. Changes will allow for the harmonization and streamlining of, among other things, definitions and various reporting and registration requirements. Amendments to the act also include some housekeeping measures that will:
Colombo: Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga was sacked as ODI skipper with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday naming Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne to lead the country at the 50 over World Cup in England beginning May 30. The World Cup squad will be announced on Thursday, SLC said. “Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 31-year-old Karunaratne, who didn’t play a single ODI since the 2015 World Cup, has only featured in 17 ODIs and averages 15.83 with a high score of 60. He will replace Malinga, who had captained the team during the 0-5 loss to South Africa in the ODI series. Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to a World T20 trophy in 2014, had personal disagreements with the team management and certain senior players, which also soured his stint as captain. Karunaratne, a Test opener, forced himself into the ODI captaincy following his success in the Test arena. He led Sri Lanka to a historic 2-0 Test triumph in South Africa and made Sri Lanka the only Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe other option was Angelo Mathews, who has been Sri Lanka’s ODI captain in two separate stints before. But Mathews is said to have declined the offer to captain citing his disagreements with coach Chandika Hathurusinghe. The news will come as a blow for Malinga, who had played a domestic match in Kandy, only 14 hours after playing an IPL match for his franchise Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, earlier this month. Apart from Malinga and Mathews, Sri Lanka had also tried Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera to lead the side at various stages over the past two years since the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in 2014. The team’s fortune dwindled as it slipped in ICC rankings in all formats since then.
GATINEAU, Que. — Canada’s anti-spam law is being used against a former CEO who is accused of using several businesses operating under names such as Teambuy and Dealfind to bombard consumers with emailed discount coupon offers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is seeking $100,000 from Brian Conley for allegedly allowing or ignoring violations of the law while he was president and chief executive officer of nCrowd Inc.The CRTC says Conley is the first individual to be held liable for violations committed by a corporation. It says nCrowd and several other companies led by him and his associates have ceased activity.The commission’s staff initiated an investigation in April 2015 following complaints against nCrowd and the related Couch Commerce group of companies.The federal regulator alleges that the two groups failed to get consent to send the emails, contrary to a Canadian law that was designed to protect consumers from unwanted electronic commercial communications — also known as spam.Conley has the right to appeal the CRTC’s decision. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.The Canadian Press
A woman was killed following a shooting incident in Nittambuwa today.The Police said that the woman and her son were injured in the shooting incident. The woman was in serious condition and succumbed to her injuries in hospital. (Colombo Gazette)
Every March since 2012, sabermetricians have gathered in Phoenix for their own version of spring training: the SABR Analytics meeting, which serves as a showcase for some of the latest developments in baseball analysis.I made the pilgrimage to the desert for this year’s edition, expecting the modern baseball research conference’s usual emphasis: how to communicate sabermetric insights to coaches, players and executives — a worthy (if not groundbreaking) endeavor. However, the conference brought sabermetrics back to its roots in the data instead. And the game’s newest methods of collecting information, including such diverse offerings as the radar tracking system Statcast and neurological monitoring, have the potential to upend a number of sabermetric truths we once thought settled.Judging from the long shadow it cast at the conference, Statcast might be the chief disruptor of Sabermetrics 1.0. Daren Willman of MLB Advanced Media and Mike Petriello of MLB.com demonstrated the power of the system to monitor factors as varied as the spin on Jake Arrieta’s curveball and Kevin Kiermaier’s defensive range. Sabermetric evaluations of defense, in particular, may benefit greatly from Statcast, as analysts will be able to more precisely measure all aspects of defensive play — from a fielder’s first step to his maximum range and the velocity of his throws.For example, during the first wave of sabermetric defensive measurements, shifts especially confounded our ability to home in on a player’s true fielding skill. Statcast addresses that flaw by measuring the positioning of every fielder before each pitch, and when that information eventually becomes public1During his talk, Willman confirmed that the data will be released to the public someday. it will undoubtedly reshape our defensive metrics.Baseball Info Solutions analyst Scott Spratt offered one potential transformation at SABR, with a new model for integrating shifts into fielding stats such as Defensive Runs Saved. In situations where several fielders could make a play on the ball because of an extreme shift — which places several players on one side of the field, making it difficult for current metrics to apportion individual credit for a defensive run saved — the model gives some of the credit to the whole team. According to Spratt, the Tampa Bay Rays (not surprisingly, one of the most sabermetrically savvy teams in baseball) led the league in these separate, team-based runs saved on shifts last year.Another of the conference’s talks dug deeper into Statcast’s exit velocity information. Most notably, Brian Cartwright, creator of the Oliver projections at FanGraphs, discussed how exit velocity alters our view of defense-independent pitching statistics. DIPS theory is one of sabermetrics’ most treasured counterintuitive insights — the idea that pitchers bear no responsibility for the results of balls in play — but Cartwright showed that a ball’s velocity off the bat is partly attributable to the pitcher (even if the batter deserves more of the credit). He also broke down exit velocity by angle and explained that even fly balls allowed by ground-ball pitchers travel at a lower angle, making them more difficult for the defense to field. For instance, Andrew McCutchen and his fellow Pirate outfielders were notably harmed by their ground-ball pitching staff’s tendency to allow these low screamers.Most analyses of exit velocity so far have concluded that, contrary to DIPS, pitchers do vary some in their ability to prevent hits. So even if, generally speaking, a pitcher’s fielding-independent metrics are more predictive than his ERA, Cartwright’s results suggest that pitchers still deserve some credit in a given year for the batting average they allow on balls in play. As we come to better understand the granular data from Statcast, it’s possible that popular DIPS metrics such as fielding independent pitching will become outmoded.New data could also revamp our understanding of player health. Injuries are one of the last remaining unknown areas in sabermetrics, partially because they are not tracked in the box score or other sources of data. (Although the disabled list gives some injury information, it’s nowhere near complete, as many major leaguers play through pain and discomfort.) But Baseball Info Solutions began tracking injury data in 2015, with stringers manually rating every incident in which a player limped on the bases or was struck by a foul ball.Unsurprisingly, Joe Rosales of Baseball Info Solutions reported at SABR that catchers suffer by far the largest injury burden, thanks primarily to foul balls and backswings from the batter. Rosales also showed that catchers coming off games with multiple injuries to the head see a reduction in offensive performance for the next few days.2It’s not clear whether this includes concussions; the data only notes when a player was hit in the head and doesn’t give the severity of the injury unless the team releases that information. That injuries have an impact on performance isn’t shocking, but gathering the data to prove it is a big step forward.Finally, there’s another source of data even more exotic than exit velocity and defensive positioning. A company called deCervo specializes in monitoring the brain activity of athletes as they perform tasks such as pitch recognition. DeCervo’s software simulates the flight of a pitch and asks users to decide whether it will be in or outside of the strike zone. In a separate game, users can practice their pitch recognition by identifying the pitch type based on its motion. Using a combination of techniques,3Specifically, electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging. deCervo CEO Jason Sherwin showed that certain areas of the brain light up as athletes monitor the flight of the “pitch” and make the split-second decision to hit a button to react.Sherwin had preliminary results that showed correlations between neurological readouts and performance (for example, on-base percentage), so deCervo’s technology could be promising for identifying athletes with major league potential. And even without any neural monitoring, it allows athletes to “gamify” their training by attempting to distinguish the motion path of different pitches at varying speeds and arm angles based on real PitchF/X data. Sherwin said he believed this kind of software would offer a new way for athletes to sharpen their pitch recognition skills.What many of these new data sources have in common is an emphasis on process. Outcomes — strikes, walks, home runs and so forth — are already well-tracked and have been scrutinized by sabermetricians for decades. But the new generation of data will allow analysts to understand how those outcomes are generated, perhaps even down to the level of a player’s brain activity. Some of this process-oriented data challenges cherished analytics theories like DIPS; some of it confirms the utility of sabermetric dogma like shifting. And some of it will probably advance our understanding of baseball in ways we can’t yet predict.Disclosure: The author works as a statistical consultant for the Toronto Blue Jays.
This week’s strikes by London Tube staff and Southern Rail drivers have caused travel misery for millions of commuters as many of the capital’s transport connections were shut down over industrial action.The Southern Rail strikes, caused by a conflict between staff and management over whether the driver or a guard opens and closes the doors, have interrupted over 2,000 trains with over 300,000 passenger journeys on a daily basis.ASLEF’s dispute with Southern dragged on throughout 2016 with little sign of resolution, while last year was also characterised by a number of strikes on the London Underground due to proposed plans to scrap many ticket offices and the introduction of the night tube. Police line up at the Battle of Orgreave during the miners’ strike in 1984Credit:Photofusion/REX/Shutterstock But even this pales into insignificance compared to the disruption caused by industrial action in the 1970s and 1980s.In 1979 – the year of the introduction of the three day week – 29.5m working days were lost, while a further 27.1m days were lost in 1984, the year of the miner’s strike.1926 was the worst year in British history for strike action, when labour disputes cost 162.2m working days. 1921, 1912 and 1919 were the next three worst-hit years. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.How strike action has remained relatively low for 30 years. Total work days lost per year (000s)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: line chart.line with 124 data points.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.How strike action has remained relatively low for 30 yearsHow strike action has remained relatively low for 30 years – Highcharts CloudHow strike action has remained relatively low for 30 yearsTotal work days lost per year (000s)19001925195019752000050k100k150k200kSource: ONS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Over the last century, 2005 was the year that has seen the fewest number of working days lost, at just 157,000. Prior to a confirmed national total from the ONS, 2015 looks set to post the second lowest total ever with the monthly figures coming to 169,000 days.Data for the number of working days lost due to Southern Rail strikes in 2015 and 2016 are not yet available. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action. Total work days lost per month (000s)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: Line chart.line with 22 data points.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike action – Highcharts Cloud2016 easily surpassed 2015 for days lost to strike actionTotal work days lost per month (000s)Jan ’15May ’15Sep ’15Jan ’16May ’16Sep ‘16020406080Source: ONS It has been a period of misery for commuters in the South East, with some people losing their jobs and relationships due to Southern Rail’s unreliability. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that between January and October last year 269,000 days were lost to industrial action in the UK, far more than the 169,000 days lost in 2015, with figures for the final quarter of the year still to come.Is this a particularly bad time for industrial disputes?Despite this apparent spike in days lost to strike action, compared to previous decades we’re currently living through a period of relative peace between workers and bosses.As recently as 2014, the latest year with non-provisional tallies, 788,000 working days were lost to labour disputes – the highest level since 2011 when the figure reached nearly 1.4m days.
Portsmouth will be the permanent base for HMS Queen Elizabeth from this autumnCredit:MOD Sir Michael Fallon inspects the dredging at Portsmouth naval base in 2015Credit: L(Phot) Paul Hall/ Royal Navy Specialist vessels have removed the equivalent on 1,280 Olympic swimming pools full of sediment as part of £100m of work to prepare the naval base for the arrival of the carriers. A badge from HMS GangesCredit:MoD Harriet Baldwin, defence minister, said: “Upgrading the future home of HMS Queen Elizabeth is another completed step in the carrier’s journey to becoming the nation’s flagship, ready to operate around the world and help keep us safe in a world of intensifying threats. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Second World War German bomber engine, 36 anchors and eight cannon were among millions of tons of mud dredged from Portsmouth harbour to make way for Britain’s new aircraft carriers.Dredgers have spent two years removing 3.2 million cubic metres of mud from the approach to the historic harbour to make room for the 65,000 ton HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The work to prepare for our naval future has unearthed objects from our naval past which are part of Portsmouth’s proud maritime history.Capt Iain Greenlees, head of infrastructure at the base, said: “The dredging was the culmination of twelve years work monitoring the seabed environment around the harbour and unearthed a huge array of items, some of which may be historically significant, and underlines again Portsmouth’s long maritime history.” The German Junkers Jumo 211 engine from an unknown bomber was found along with a wealth of material from the port’s rich naval history.Engineers also found old ordnance ranging from bullets and cannonballs to a British torpedo. A German sea mine and five large bombs were found, before being made safe by the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team.Elsewhere the dredging uncovered bottles, plates, ceramics and shoes which probably belonged to sailors. A human skull was also found and passed to local police. A badge from HMS Ganges was also discovered.
← Previous Story Meshkov Brest has a new right wing – Miloš Kostadinović Next Story → Šešum and Nenadić “golden boys” in victory over Russia! Alexandrina BarbosaJorge DuenasWomen’s EHF EURO 2012 Former Portugal NT left back Alexandrina Barbosa joining Spanish NT before the Women’s EHF EURO 2012. Three years break has past since the last game for previous NT according to the IHF rule, so Spanish NT coach Jorge Duenas has decided to invite Barbosa to play for Spain at the beginning of new Olympic cycle.She is currently playing in Romanian TOP team Oltchim Valcea.Spanish squad for the EHF EURO 2012:Goalkeepers: Silvia Navarro (CS Oltchim Valcea/ROU) and Cristina González (CLEBA León)Centre backs: Macarena Aguilar (Randers HK/DEN)Backs: Alexandrina Barbosa (CS Oltchim Valcea/ROU), Nerea Pena (FTC Rail Cargo/HUN), Marta Mangué (RK Zajekar/SRB), Eli Chávez (OGC Nice/FRA), Patricia Elorza (Bera Bera), Beatriz Fernández and Nely Carla Alberto (Fleury Loiret HB/FRA)Right wings: Carmen Martin (RK Krim Mercator/SLO) and Marta López (Fleury Loiret HB/FRA)Left wings: Eli Pinedo (Bera Bera) and Vanessa Amorós (Mecalia At. Guardés)Line players: Begoña Fernández (RK Zajekar/SRB) and Verónica Cuadrado (KIF Vejen/DEN)
Ever since Apple announced that Siri would be exclusive to the iPhone 4S, hackers have been chomping at the bit to port the AI voice assistant to older devices. The jailbreak community has released several hacks, including one, Spire, that is the product of some of the most notable developers on the scene.If a recent report is accurate, however, the whole process may have been sitting under our noses for months. An iPod touch owner supposedly set up his device by restoring from a backup he had made from an iPhone 4S. After restoring the device, he was shocked to see that it had Siri installed.Any Siri port is going to need live validation tokens from an iPhone 4S in order to connect to Apple’s servers. Apple added the extra layer of security, which needs a new 4S token every day or two, to make it more difficult for hackers to port Siri. It has worked quite well, as it won’t likely ever be possible for users to simply download a Cydia jailbreak app and get full Siri functionality.Though the backup/restore method isn’t immune to Apple’s protection, apparently Siri’s dictation does work. Attempts to converse with Siri bring up error messages, but dictation works like a charm. If this story is legit, it will offer a simple way to get dictation added to any iOS device with a microphone.That, however, is a huge “if.” Though iOS devices can indeed restore backups from other devices, it sounds unlikely that Siri would be part of any backup — at least without explicit safeguards in place to prevent restores on different devices. The fact that the user’s iPod touch is jailbroken only adds to the suspicious circumstances.For now, we’d say this is a curiosity-inspiring story, but it could be 100% phony. Restoring a backup from a different device can lead to problems, so we wouldn’t advise you to try this at home.via iDownloadblog
Greece’s environment ministry will construct barriers and make use of electrified wire along the Egnatia freeway in northern Greece to prevent cars killing the local brown bears.Environment Minister George Souflias announced the measures following a number of deaths of the endangered species on the Egnatia freeway, which criss-crosses much of the mountainous Pindus range of northwest Greece. Souflias said that until the fences and wires are set up there is to be a constant monitoring of cars whose flashlights scare the bears near the side of the road. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Guépard iranien : une sous-espèce rarissime à protégerPubliée dans la revue Molecular Ecology, une étude autrichienne sur la généalogie du guépard a confirmé le statut de sous-espèce particulière de la population iranienne de ce félin. Les efforts de protections devront être accrus pour sauver ce rarissime animal. Afin de résoudre l’énigme des origines des guépards actuels, des scientifiques de l’Université de médecine vétérinaire de Vienne (Autriche), collaborant avec le Département iranien de l’Environnement et l’ONG Panthera, ont analysé et comparé l’ADN de diverses populations de ces félins, et même celui issu de restes de guépard iranien datant du moyen-âge. “Avec nos données, nous prouvons que les guépards iraniens actuels représentent bien la sous-espèce asiatique historique Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, puisqu’ils partagent un profil génétique semblable à celui du spécimen originaire de l’Iran du Nord-Ouest daté de 800 à 900 après J.C. (…). C’est une base pour la gestion future en termes de conservation. Si le but est de conserver cette biodiversité, les sous-espèces ne devraient pas être mélangées”, explique le Dr Pamela Burger.La population de cette sous-espèce, qui a divergé des variétés africaines il y a 30.000 ans, qui survit uniquement en Iran et dont les effectifs sont estimés entre 60 et 100 individus, dont une moitié d’immatures, est placée sur la liste rouge de l’Union Internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN).”Nous avons réussi à stabiliser leur nombre en Iran, mais nous avons toujours une longue route à faire avant que nous ne puissions considérer cette sous-espèce unique comme sauvée”, conclut Alireza Jourabchian, directeur du Programme “Guépard asiatique” en Iran. Concurrence de l’homme, qui convoite les mêmes proies que lui, détérioration de l’habitat et braconnage direct sont les menaces qui pèsent encore aujourd’hui sur ce félidé. Le 30 janvier 2011 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
It may be hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since the release of Blizzard’s seminal classic, Diablo. This game had a massive impact not only on the company that created it but for gaming as a whole. This anniversary is a cause for celebration, and Blizzard is doing so in grand style by having each of its biggest games honor Diablo with special in-game events. These titles include Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and Diablo III.Diablo III is holding an in-game tribute event called The Darkening of Tristam that will let players explore a reimagined version of the original cathedral from Diablo. The cathedral is said to contain “some familiar items.”Heroes of the Storm will have a new brawl map where players can earn a new Diablo-themed portrait, while in Hearthstone, players will get to meet a “hooded stranger” that has a “grim” deck of cards in his hands. Overwatch will get some Diablo-themed sprays that represent Diablo III classes.Below is a full rundown of each of the game events as listed on Blizzard’s BattleNet site.Diablo III:Recapture the feeling of your first play through of the original Diablo with The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. Venture through a reimagined version of the original cathedral in Diablo III and keep an eye out for some familiar items.Heroes of the Storm:The battle for the High Heavens continues, and a new Diablo-themed portrait is up for grabs! Can you emerge victorious on this hectic new brawl map?Hearthstone:In this Tavern Brawl, a hooded stranger awaits, holding a grim deck in his hands. Will you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?Overwatch:Bring the battle for Sanctuary into the fight for the future with in-game sprays representing your favorite Diablo III classes—along with a new player icon modeled after the Lord of Terror!StarCraft II:Put the Lord of Terror to work for you with a Diablo-themed worker portrait.World of Warcraft:Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world. Stay on target ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormToy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Guests gathered in Coral Gables Thursday night to see 55,000 lights switched on as part of the annual Merrick Park tree lighting celebration.After the lights lit up on the 50-foot tree, the Coral Gables High School choir treated guests with a performance.The Miami Royal Ballet also performed, along with stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: These reports were compiled by FOLIO: staff editors Tony Silber, Matt Kinsman, Joanna Pettas, Jason Fell, Dylan Stableford and contributor Jill Ambroz.] Welcome to the 2008 FOLIO: 40—the oldest, most comprehensive and most distinguished compilation of its kind. As always, we’ve spent the last year examining the entire industry, as well as a few markets that intersect it, for individuals who best represent an increasingly multifaceted media landscape.The 2008 FOLIO: 40 is not all-inclusive, nor is it meant to be. There are countless success stories that could be on this list from around magazine media. But the individuals here represent the best of what the industry has to offer along with many other inventive minds.C-LEVEL VISIONARIES Michael Carr | president, Greenspun Media GroupDennis McKenna | CEO, e.RepublicStephanie George | president, women’s fashion and lifestyle group and entertainment group, Time Inc.Don Peschke | founder, August Home PublishingMike Reilly | CEO, Randall-Reilly PublishingThomas Flynn | CFO, Summit Business MediaJoe Loggia | CEO, AdvanstarMichael Duckworth | CEO, Source Interlink Cos.Scott Mozarsky | COO, United Business Media LLCBradford Fayfield | founder, Storm Mountain PublishingDIRECTOR-LEVEL DOERSScott Donaton | publisher, Entertainment WeeklyKristy Kaus | research director, Active Interest MediaLauren Wiener | SVP, Meredith InteractiveEdward Adams | editor and publisher, ABA JournalKeith Clinkscales | SVP, content development & enterprises, ESPNSabine Feldmann | VP, publisher, ShapeDavid Tompkins | preflight operations director, ScienceBill Oakes | manager, Chicagomag.comJoy Puzzo | corporate circulation director, Advanstar Communications Inc.Jack Bamberger | SVP, Meredith 360/Corporate Sales/Home SolutionsINDUSTRY INFLUENCERSDavid R. Straus | partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and postal counsel to ABMMichael Arrington | founder, TechCrunchHarry McCracken | VP and editor-in-chief, PC WorldThe Spears FamilyWal-MartOwen Van Natta | chief revenue officer, FacebookJordan Hoffner | head of premium content partnerships, YouTubePublishing IPOsBryan Monroe | VP and editorial director, Ebony and JetDavid Curcurito | design director, EsquireCo-MailersUNDER THE RADARTammy Haddad | video producer, Newsweek and president, Haddad MediaScott McCafferty and Mike Emich | co-founders, WTWH MediaSteve Churm | CEO/Owner, Churm MediaNatalie Zee Drieu | senior editor, CraftMelissa Weber | managing editor, CURETracey Ryder and Carole Topalian | co-founders, Edible CommunitiesThe Journal | Coin Laundry AssociationLaura Jeanne Hammond | VP, editor-in-chief, publisher, Next StepMartha Luchsinger | online media optimization manager, Hanley WoodTom Canfield | VP of circulation, Belvoir Media GroupONES TO WATCHDavid Carey | president, Conde Nast Business Media, Wired and Golf DigestFrank Anton | CEO, Hanley WoodAudience MetricsTim Regan-Porter | president, PasteDoron Grosman | magazine division president, Quebecor WorldSid Evans | editor-in-chief, Garden & Gun Edwin Grosvenor | editor-in-chief, owner, American HeritageRenaissance PublishingBNETSean Brooks | VP of social media, TechTargetZiff Davis and Ziff Davis EnterpriseThe AtlanticLenny Dykstra | Publisher, Players ClubEric Mika | SVP, publishing director, Hollywood ReporterJeff Bewkes | CEO, Time Warner