Craniopagus twins arrive in Odisha, admitted in hospital

first_imgCraniopagus twins, Jaga and Balia, who were separated successfully at the AIIMS in New Delhi in October 2017, returned to Odisha on Saturday after about two years.They were immediately rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. The hospital campus was barricaded as a large number of people had gathered to catch a glimpse of the twins, who hail from Kandhamal district. A team of doctors were waiting at the hospital to examine the children, who underwent the rarest-of-rare surgeries at AIIMS in New Delhi. After the procedure, the children went through rigorous post-operative care for nearly two years. A 14-member doctors’ team has been formed at the SCB hospital to continue the rehabilitation of the children as per the advice of the doctors from AIIMS.A team of doctors from AIIMS accompanied the twins and hospital sources said that the doctors will stay with the children for some time to monitor their health. “A special ward is ready with all necessary facilities for the twins and a team of doctors and paramedics has been assigned to take care of them,” said hospital superintendent C.B.K. Mohanty. If required, ICU facilities will be made available to the children, he added.Prof. Mohanty said the rehabilitation of the twins, including their diet and physiotherapy, will be done in accordance with the suggestions of the AIIMS doctors. Last month, the State government had decided to bring back the twins to Cuttack.last_img read more

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Liverpool set to sign Super Mario, ready for Balotelli madness

first_imgMario Balotelli was nothing but trouble for Manchester City during his stay in EPL last timeLiverpool could be about to replace one controversial striker with another.Italy international Mario Balotelli has been lined up by the Premier League club as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who left Anfield to join Barcelona for $130 million.Balotelli, who spent two and a half years with Manchester City up to 2013, left the club’s Milanello training ground on Thursday for possibly the last time.”Mario Balotelli left Milanello’s sporting center at 1330 (local time) after saying goodbye to his teammates,” Milan said in a statement. “Before going through the gates, he said goodbye to members of Milan’s press office.”Balotelli scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for Milan last season. He netted 12 times in 13 matches the previous campaign, helping the team to a third-place finish in Serie A.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is looking to add a striker to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 1.Suarez was sold to Barcelona after being handed a four-month worldwide ban for biting an opponent during the World Cup.Milan could turn its attention to FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez – who impressed at the World Cup with Colombia – as a replacement for Balotelli.last_img read more

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Mark Wood recalled, Steven Finn dropped from England’s Champions Trophy squad

first_imgDurham fast bowler Mark Wood has been named in England’s 15-man squad for the ODI series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy tournament in June having recovered from ankle surgery.Wood, who has 11 one-day international caps but missed the winter tour of India, is joined by fellow paceman Liam Plunkett who is yet to play for Yorkshire this season because of a calf injury.A separate 14-man squad was named on Tuesday for two ODIs against Ireland next month with three players — Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes — not included because of their Indian Premier League commitments.All three are in the Champions trophy squad.Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn made the squad for the Ireland games but is not included for the Champions Trophy which takes place in England and Wales in June.Yorkshire all-rounder David Willey is in both squads having missed the West Indies series in March with a shoulder injury.”We have made encouraging progress over the past 18 months in white ball cricket and the squads selected reflects consistency and gives options across all disciplines,” National selector James Whitaker said in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement.”It is pleasing that Mark Wood and David Willey have returned to full fitness.”They add variety and quality to our bowling strengths and David’s ability as an attacking batsman is also an important element for us.”England face Ireland in Bristol on May 5 and at Lord’s on May 7. They then play South Africa on May 24, 27 and 29.advertisementEngland’s first match in the eight-team Champions Trophy is against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1.Champions Trophy Squad: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Woodlast_img read more

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Consistency of Usain Bolt not matched by anyone: Michael Johnson to India Today

first_imgFour-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson chose Usain Bolt over fellow American Carl Lewis as the greatest track and field athlete and said his consistency has not been matched.In conversation with India Today, Johnson praised Usain Bolt’s consistency and longevity and said his year-by-year achievements have made him great.”Usain Bolt, that was easy (choice between Bolt and Carl Lewis). Three Olympics in a row and 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and world records and every event and World Championships for years; his consistency and longevity hasn’t been matched by anyone,” Johnson said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOJohnson cheekily added, “Why wasn’t I on that list?”Johnson spoke of the legacy that Usain Bolt has left behind and felt that the happenings of London World Championships are going to make no difference to people’s opinion of him.”At the end of the day, Usain Bolt’s career has been amazing. While the London World Championships didn’t go the way he wanted it to but I don’t think it’s really going to affect anyone’s opinion of his legacy and what he has done in the sport,” Johnson added.Like Bolt, Johnson had to return his fifth Olympic gold medal that he won in the relay category because one of his teammates was caught for doping. But the American sprinter feels that he focuses on the medals that are under his control and his three individual Olympic golds fill him with pride.”I have four Olympic gold medals and I am happy with all of them. At the end of the day, it’s an individual sport and so, I take my individual achievements as the one I am most proud of and that I have control over.advertisement”The fifth gold medal was part of a relay and someone was cheating on that, so I chose to give that medal back. The three individual Olympic gold medals I have, I know for certain that those were won clean, so that’s what I am most proud of. No one will ever be able to take that away,” Johnson concluded.last_img read more

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Tottenham v Liverpool: match preview

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Liverpool Premier League resources Match previews Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool have beaten what has been put in front of them so far but this fixture represents a step up; a defining test. If they can make it five wins out of five for only the third time at the start of a season then title talk would ignite. Tottenham are wounded after their meltdown at Watford while Mauricio Pochettino has had to deal with numerous issues, from new stadium delays to Hugo Lloris’s drink-drive conviction. It could be a classic. David HytnerSaturday 12.30pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Wembley StadiumLast season Tottenham 4 Liverpool 1Referee Michael OliverThis season G3 Y7 R2 3 cards/gameOdds H 2-1 A 24-17 D 5-2TOTTENHAMSubs from Gazzaniga, Aurier, Walker-Peters, Rose, Foyth, Wanyama, Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Son, LlorenteDoubtful Foyth (thigh)Injured Alli (hamstring, 22 Sep), Sissoko (hamstring, 22 Sep), Lloris (thigh, Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y6 R0Form WWWLLeading scorer Lucas 3LIVERPOOLSubs from Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Fabinho, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Shaqiri, Solanke, Jones, Camacho, PhillipsDoubtful NoneInjured Lallana (groin, 26 Sep), Lovren (stomach, 26 Sep), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee, May)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y5 R0Form WWWWLeading scorer Mané 4 Reuse this content Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Jason Roy ready for Sri Lanka and keen to increase options with England

first_imgfeatures Australia cling on at the death to deny Pakistan victory in first Test But while his 128 against Essex in the season finale came after the Test squad for Sri Lanka were selected, Roy’s name is still understood to have featured heavily in the discussion. Joe Root, captain though not a selector, is believed to have been very much in favour.What likely tipped the balance was a concern about Roy versus the left-arm orthodox spin expected to be sent down by Rangana Herath and instead he will join the England Lions in the United Arab Emirates next month to work with Graham Thorpe, the batting coach, and play a four-day match against Pakistan A.“It is a good opportunity for me to showcase some skills there,” said Roy, who averages 38 from 80 first-class matches, with nine centuries. “There is a six-day training camp before the game so I can do some work with Graham Thorpe. I have still got a huge love for the [first-class] game. It is a very pure form and I enjoy going out there with no ambitions at going at eight runs an over. It is quite nice just to stand there, watch the ball and bat.” Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Jos Buttler’s unqualified success in Test cricket during the summer, despite a light back catalogue in the first-class game, has another member of the England one-day team eyeing a similar transition.Jason Roy’s limited-overs prowess has seen his exposure to the red ball reduced of late, and last summer he played only two County Championship matches at the back end of Surrey’s title-winning campaign. Hide The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Quick guide Sri Lanka v England 2nd ODI teams and details Share on Messenger Support The Guardian England cricket team Share on Pinterest Read more Read more Cricket Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… England in Sri Lanka 2018 “That’s a beautiful stat and something to keep working on. It is all good foundations leading into next year’s World Cup,” said Roy, whose 66 one-day games have produced six centuries. “We are free-flowing batsmen who express ourselves and look to take it to the bowlers. He has got different scoring areas to me, so the bowlers have to bowl different deliveries.”Roy has unfinished business from that match. He looked in good order against the seamers, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep, and crunched four typically clean fours before his fourth ball from the mystery spinner, Akila Dananjaya, saw him misjudge the length and spoon the simplest of catches to mid-off.As was the case with India when they played England in the summer, it was mildly curious Sri Lanka did not open with spin. Though Roy is strong against off-breaks, the left-armers have had early success against him and the home side have one (albeit a wrist-spinner) in Lakshan Sandakan. Was this helpful? Share on Facebook Topics Dambulla, 5.30am BST Saturday 13 OctoberSri Lanka (possible): U Tharanga, N Dickwella (wk), K Perera, D Chandimal (c), D de Silva, D Shanaka, T Perera, A Dananjaya, L Sandakan, N Pradeep, L Malinga.England (possible): J Roy, J Bairstow, J Root, E Morgan (c), J Buttler (wkt), B Stokes, M Ali, C Woakes, A Rashid, O Stone, M Wood.Umpires: P Reiffel (Aus), R Martinesz (SL)Third umpire: A Dar (Pak)Match referee: R Richardson (WI)  Roy sees it differently, of course, even if his own net routine suggests he is aware that despite an impressive average of 46 in Asia, a slight chink in his armour remains. “I’m not really surprised they didn’t [open with spin],” he said. “Especially in the powerplay, it is quite a risky thing. It is something we have been working on in the nets. The first thing I face is spin, so I am ready for whatever they throw at me. It’s not anything new. Other teams have tried to do that in the past, it’s the way they game is.”As regards his goals for the series, Roy said: “Just batting as long as possible and learning different techniques. Before, in the subcontinent, I have got 70, 80 and 90 and got out, so getting some scores will put me in good stead for the next few years.”Could it result in a Test call down the line, too? With Buttler England’s leading batsman against Pakistan and India, it is certainly not out of the question. Roy’s focus is on the 50-over format, with he and his teammates hoping the rain does not return for Saturday’s one-day international against Sri Lanka after only 15 overs were bowled during the series opener in Dambulla on Wednesday.Game two is at the same ground, but the morning start may allow more play (afternoon is when storms tend to build up) and there is also a reserve day, one that will finish off the match rather than see a full restart. Unless the second pitch is markedly different, both sides are likely to be unchanged.It was during the hour of cricket on Wednesday that Roy and his opening partner, Jonny Bairstow, passed a landmark, having become the first England pair to pass 1,000 ODI runs together in a calendar year – and from only 18 innings. Sri Lanka cricket team Share on LinkedIn Crisp, clear, fun: TalkSport’s opening cricket stint avoids apocalypse Reuse this content Show Thank you for your feedback.last_img read more

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Robert Russell Gets CD For Contribution to Entertainment and Tourism

first_imgHaving contributed four decades of his life to entrepreneurship and development of the hospitality, tourism and entertainment sectors, Robert Russell, hopes his success will be an inspiration to young, aspiring business operators.The owner of the popular nightlife spot on the Montego Bay waterfront, Pier 1, advises young entrepreneurs to set careful targets and move steadfastly towards their goals.“Don’t look left or right until you get there. And then set another target and keep moving ahead and moving upward, so you can contribute to Jamaica and to employment, and to the economy,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Russell will this month be appointed a member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for outstanding contribution to the Music, Entertainment, Tourism and Film Industries. He will be awarded during the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House on National Heroes Day (October 16).He was also a recipient of the 2017 Abe Issa Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA).“I feel very honoured and humbled by the kind of recognition I am receiving and hope that other young business people will see it as an incentive for them in whatever their chosen field is,” Mr. Russell says.The Calabar and St. George’s College old boy, in collaboration with a small group of Montego Bay business interests, founded the popular, internationally renowned festival, Reggae Sumfest in 1993. He was Chairman for 18 years and is still integral to the show’s production following its sale in 2015. For 10 years, he also co-produced the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.At one point Mr. Russell operated three restaurants out of Mandeville, where he was also canteen concessionaire, supplying some 1,500 Alcan Kirkvine workers with meals.He also owned a hotel in Ocho Rios called Little Madness, which was one of the first to use the all-inclusive concept in the island.Mr. Russell currently manages, alongside his children, the all-inclusive hotel, Deja Resorts, in Montego Bay.“I think it’s an insatiable will to succeed and a stick-to-itiveness that I have had over the years, to just not give up when faced with hardships and the many problems faced as a young businessman. I just stayed with it and kept my eyes on the goal and made sure I got there,” he tells JIS News.He also attributes his achievements to the steadfast support of his family and to his children who also operate businesses in the hospitality industry.In his earlier years, Mr. Russell was also keenly involved in the film industry, working with the Director, Perry Henzell, to produce the first feature film, written, funded and directed by Jamaicans – ‘The Harder They Come’ – which would become one of the most popular local cult classics.He produced a second film with Vista Productions called, ‘No Place like Home’, which may be released this year.Throughout the years, Mr. Russell has also contributed significantly to the public sector through his involvement on several Boards. He was Chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo.) for four years and Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Montego Bay Advisory Board.He is currently Commissioner of the Casino Gaming Commission and is a Member of the Entertainment Advisory Board.last_img read more

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NIA gets 10day custody of Shah Bhat Andrabi

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to question Kashmiri separatist leaders Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam Bhat and Asiya Andrabi till June 14 in connection with a terror funding case. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal sent the three to 10-day NIA custody. Masrat Alam Bhat was brought to Delhi from a prison in Jammu and Kashmir. Their custody was sought for interrogation in connection with a terror funding case which the agency registered in May 2017 after violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC So far, the agency has arrested several separatist leaders including Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah. Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. Shahid-ul-Islam is Farooq Dar’s aide and Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat. Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested in August 2017. The NIA had on January 18, 2018 filed a chargesheet against 12 persons including Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin in connection with the terror funding case.last_img read more

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Democracy showing greater strain than at any time in decades UN chief

“It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system,” he continued.  “It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.”The UN chief encouraged everyone to look for ways of invigorating democratic systems and values, calling on people everywhere to seek answers to the challenges facing democratic governments the world over.Lamenting that democracy “is showing greater strain than at any time in decades,” he stressed that working for a future that leaves no one behind, requires everyone to consider essential questions, such as: What impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations? How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? Democracy is particularly close to the current Secretary-General’s heart. In his 20s, Mr. Guterres was part of the Carnation Revolution of 1974, in which Portugal overthrew its authoritarian dictatorship. He went on to become Prime Minister of his country, between 1995, and 2002.“On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy,” concluded the Secretary-General in his message.The theme for this year’s observance is “Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World.” Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Day is also an opportunity to highlight the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy. read more

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Coric gives Croatia 10 lead against France in Davis Cup

LILLE, France — Borna Coric had no problem adjusting to clay on Friday, giving Croatia the first point in the Davis Cup final against France with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy.The 12th-ranked Coric, who practiced on hard courts last week at the ATP Finals in London as a reserve, delivered a flawless display on the slow surface picked by the French hosts.Marin Cilic, Croatia’s top player, will next face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second singles match at Pierre Mauroy Stadium.Chardy, who was picked by France captain Yannick Noah ahead of Lucas Pouille, was playing in his first Davis Cup final. He was overwhelmed by Coric’s deep groundstrokes in the first set, dropping 14 consecutive points at one point to trail 4-0.The Frenchman changed his strategy in the second set and tried to force Coric into longer rallies but failed to convert his rare chances. Despite the vociferous support of a partisan French crowd which often showed no respect for Coric by applauding his first service errors, the Croat fended off two break points with big serves in the fourth game.He broke for a 6-5 lead after hitting a superb lob that Chardy could not return, followed by a pin-point forehand return that pushed the Frenchman to commit a mistake.Coric then held at love and built on the momentum with another break in the third game of the next set. After getting his legs massaged by Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan, he briefly left the court after the seventh game for treatment but did not look hampered once he returned.Croatia is trying to win its second Davis Cup title in its third final, while defending champion France is bidding for an 11th title.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSamuel Petrequin, The Associated Press read more

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Ndamukong Suh Is Cursed

Andy LevitreGTEN201310.664.5-1.5 Average:7.96.8-1.1 Paul PoslusznyILBJAC201110.883.7-4.3 Nnamdi AsomughaCBPHI201120.8107.3-2.7 Brandon CarrCBDAL201221.188.0+0.0 Sidney RiceWRSEA201112.5710.3+3.3 Mike WallaceWRMIA201324.478.0+1.0 D. Rodgers-CromartieCBNYG201410.576.0-1.0 Johnathan JosephCBHOU201119.668.0+2.0 Branden AlbertLTMIA201419.588.0+0.0 Jared AllenDECHI201411.785.0-3.0 Jared VeldheerLTARI201412.81011.0+1.0 Jermon BushrodLTCHI201318.3106.5-3.5 Eric DeckerWRNYJ201411.384.0-4.0 With one splashy signing, the Miami Dolphins became nominal winners of one of the most anticipated bidding contests in the history of NFL free agency (for a non-quarterback). Their prize: The Detroit Lions’ three-time first-team All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh — and $114 million in contract liability. Of that, $60 million is guaranteed, a non-QB record.While big-time free agent signings are exciting, they don’t often end well.1Quarterbacks are an obvious exception — but mostly because the top QBs are almost certainly extremely underpaid relative to their true value. Players frequently regress to the mean or turn out to be less valuable in new circumstances. But even if Suh turns out to be as good in Miami as he has seemed to be in Detroit — which is far from certain — it’s unclear whether this could ever be a good deal for the Dolphins. With both a hard salary cap and salary floor, an NFL team doesn’t win by paying players exactly what they’re worth — it wins by paying them far less than they’re worth.To help explain why, come back in time with me to a lecture hall on Hillhouse Avenue, where I took Economics 159: Introduction to Game Theory. The teacher — an enthusiastic business school professor — illustrated concepts through a variety of amusing games, and he played for real money.“Who Wants a $20 Bill?” was one game we played. Nothing fancy, just an open auction for a $20 bill. The “winner” ended up paying $20.2This is how I remember things, anyway. It’s possible the names, structures and actual dollar amounts of these games were different. The follow-up game was: “I’m putting an undisclosed amount of money in this envelope and selling it to the highest bidder.” The envelope contained $10, but the “winning” bidder bid $20. (Prof showed no mercy.)3I only recall him showing mercy once: when we played War of Attrition, a game meant to show how out of hand things can get when both sides have steadily increasing incentives not to lose. It got out of hand.That game was meant to illustrate “the winner’s curse” — a well-known phenomenon by which the winners of certain types of auctions tend to overpay. In particular, the “curse” applies to auctions in which the bidding parties have varying opinions about the value of what they’re bidding on: Whoever overvalues the object is more likely to win — and vice versa.If there ever was a pool of people capable of a wide range of misestimates about commodity value, it’s NFL general managers. While a lot of discussion goes into “team needs” when it comes to potential free agent acquisitions, virtually every high-quality player has a number of teams that need them about equally. That constitutes their market. Of that group, the team that is most irrationally bullish on the player will be the most likely to sign him to a big contract.All of that is present in Miami’s commitment to Suh. The Dolphins weren’t much more “in need” of an All-Pro defensive tackle than most teams, but their bid “far exceeded” that of others.But how expensive is this contract, really? It’s not as simple as its top-line figures — the $114 million for six years. Looking at contracts only in terms of how much and for how long is generally very deceptive. Most NFL contracts aren’t designed to go the distance; they’re designed to work for a couple of years or so and then force everyone back to the table. But one thing a team can’t get around is guaranteed money.4While the timing of its impact on a team’s cap can be shifted around a bit, that’s all just smoothing out the edges: This is the money a team has committed to have that player do whatever he ends up doing for it. This is what it’s agreed to pay for that player’s exclusive services — everything on top of the guaranteed money is just indicative of the option to keep paying the player.Thus, a metric I like to use when comparing contracts is the amount of guaranteed money a team gives a player relative to the league’s salary cap at the time the contract was signed. By that measure, until this offseason, the richest non-QB free agent signing in the past four years was Mario Williams’s contract with Buffalo in 2012 that included $31.4 million in guaranteed money, or 26 percent of the league’s $120.6 million salary cap. Here are all the non-QB signings over the past four years in which the guaranteed money exceeded 10 percent of the league’s salary cap and in which the signing team had won between six and 10 games the year before.5I excluded the teams that had really good or bad records to avoid excessive regression to the mean. Also, if a team had more than one such signing, I listed only the largest acquisition it made that year. The change in each team’s average win total over the next three years is also included: Kamerion WimbleyOLBTEN201211.295.0-4.0 PLAYERPOSTEAMYEARGUARANTEE/ SALARY CAPPRIOR WINSAVG. WINS, NEXT 3 YRSCHANGE Greg JenningsWRMIN201314.5106.0-4.0 Jared CookTESTL201313.076.5-0.5 Mario WilliamsDEBUF201226.0%67.0+1.0 Robert MeachemWRSD201211.688.3+0.3 The average change in wins of these big-splash free agent signings: 1.1 more losses. That’s not how it’s supposed to go. Unless you’re an economist, in which case it’s exactly how you’d expect it to go.Of course, the sample is too small to draw conclusions based on the data alone. And as for Suh, they’re not even very good comparisons. Suh’s contract blows all of these out of the water:The $60 million guaranteed is 42 percent of the announced 2015 salary cap of $143.6 million.There’s a reason that free-agent contracts like this don’t usually happen: Teams don’t want to give big contracts to players they’ve never had in their own locker rooms. This is a perfectly rational response: They have less information about those players (not just about their skills, but how they will fit with teammates, etc.). This uncertainty is like a tax that the player’s previous team doesn’t have to pay.But we all know Suh is great, right? So maybe this uncertainty tax shouldn’t apply. From this perspective, Suh’s contract is a tiny bit less unprecedented. In recent years, teams have shown a willingness to give even non-QBs some pretty big money, with J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy, Calvin Johnson and Patrick Peterson all getting deals with more than $50 million guaranteed. But even including players re-signed by their own teams, Suh is a huge outlier for defensive tackles:Of course, the goal of signing Suh is to improve the Dolphins’ defense, and it would be pretty surprising if that didn’t happen. But evaluating these kinds of deals can be more complicated than that. The consequences of overpaying can manifest in any number of ways. Perhaps tying up 10 percent to 15 percent of their salary on an interior lineman every year means the Dolphins are unable to pursue a quarterback in future offseasons, etc. And, similarly, a lack of defensive improvement doesn’t necessarily mean that a defensive signing isn’t working: If a team gets a really good player at a good price, it may decide to spend less money on the rest of its defense and spend more on the offense, etc.It’s tough to condemn the Dolphins and Suh’s fate based on only a few years of solid contract data (though other historical salary data generally backs up the idea that paying big money to non-QBs isn’t a value play). And granted, these signings sometimes work out under the right circumstances — like when one player drastically affects the balance of power or when the timing coincides with the arrival of a Hall of Fame quarterback. But for every Deion Sanders in Dallas or San Francisco, there’s an Albert Haynesworth, or a Dana Stubblefield, or a Deion Sanders in Washington.The tricky thing about the free agency game that the Dolphins are playing isn’t the worst-case scenario, which is when a team pays a big chunk of its money to a bust. It’s that the best-case scenario is still pretty much paying $20 for a $20 bill. read more

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Which HANDBALL STORY in August made the biggest impression on you

← Previous Story Jonas Kallman to play for Swedish IFK Skovde HK! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga (Round 3): HSV destroyed by Bergischer “Lions”! With the beginning of the new season many interesting every-days stories is coming to our handball life. Handball-Planet.com decided to made a list of most interesting. Our visitors will choose the most important one:SG FLENSBURG GOT THE „FIRST BATTLE“Despite SG Flensburg isn’t at TOP 4 at the club’s budget list in German DKB Bundesliga, last season’s runner-up is considered as one of the TOP 2 or TOP 3 biggest contender for the Championship. Ljubo Vranjes’ team won the first trophy in the new season – DKB Bundesliga Super Cup over the biggest rival, THW Kiel. Is that just a beginning of celebration in Flensburg?PSG – VESZPREM 1:2Two teams with EHF CL F4 ambitions – French PSG and Hungarian Veszprem have played three friendly matches on three tournaments Final in three weeks! Ortega and Gardient, now, have clear situation what to do if these teams meet before Cologne or in „Lanxess Arena“.  Veszprem leads 2:1, for now…CADENAS AS „MAGIC“Spanish coach Manolo Cadenas has got nickname „MAGIC“  at the beginning of his work in Polish Orlen Wisla Plock. Handball people already know how good coach is ex-leader of F.C Barcelona and current Spanish NT coach, but in career you always have to prove yourself. That Cadenas did against Montpellier at EHF CL qualification battle. How Wisla’s fans will call him if they won the Polish Championship in front of Vive Targi Kielce?OMEYER AND MONTPELLIER – BREAK AFTER 12 LONG YEARSThe most succesful team in the history of French handball, Montpellier won’t play at VELUX EHF Champions League after 12 years or 10 since they won the EHF CL title in 2003. Legendary Thierry Omeyer won’t play at the elite competition for the first time after same period. Everything began with betting scandal last October, but new squad will have time to make better results in domestic LNH…ONE CITY – TWO EHF CL TEAM – HANDBALL REVOLUTION IN MACEDONIASkopje – capital city of Macedonia, will have two teams at EHF Champions League. If we look closer, we don’t remember for any such a case. RK Vardar and RK Metalurg. Handball revolution has the first positive effects in Macedonia and if we count strong women’s ZRK Vardar, then, three EHF CL teams will host the rivals at „BORIS TRAJKOVSKI“ Hall.RIVERA BEST IN 2012?IHF voting Contest for 2012 got the winner – Ex-Spanish NT coach Valero Rivera. Let’s make a list of 2012 Rivera results – fourth at EHF EURO 2012 and 5-8th place at Olympic Games in London. What is wrong with this Contest? Rivera won the World’s Gold in January 2013.SELLING NATIONALITY – AGAINNew „desert son“ is Goran Stojanovic, ex-Montenegrian goalkeeper who suddenly found some „reasons“ to play for Qatar at WCh 2015. Many people don’t support IHF rule that player can change National Team after three years break. Do we need that? Why we don’t have same rule as some bigger sports as football?BARCA’S FIRST TROPHYFC Barcelona Intersport have won the first trophy at the new season – IHF Super Globe 2013. The replay of the EHF CL Final from Cologne showed to whole handball world what can expect from the best world’s team in 2013/2014 season.BALIC IN BUNDESLIGAHandball „MAESTRO“, Ivano Balic decided to accept offer from HSG Wetzlar and for the first time try DKB Bundesliga at age 34. Legendary playmaker will give a new quality and attention to the best world’s handball league.COLOMBIA AND BEACH HANDBALL – TRUE LOVE!Over 10.000 fans at Beach Handball Final Day during World Games in Cali, Colombia, gave a new dimension to this handball discipline. Beach Handball as a chance to make from handball global sport? Think about that?500.000 PLAY HANDBALL IN FRANCEFrench Handball Federation announced that 500.000 handball licences are made for the upcoming 2013/2014! Great news for all handball lovers and significant improvement for our sport in one of the biggest European countries.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. read more

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Brolly recovering in hospital after donating kidney to fellow coach

first_imgJOE BROLLY, FORMER Derry footballer and GAA pundit, is recovering in a London hospital after donating a kidney to a fellow coach at the St. Brigid’s club.The All-Ireland winner donated the kidney to his fellow under-10s coach Shane Finnegan last Wednesday in Guys Hospital in the English capital.“I’m honoured to have been in the position to help Shane,” Brolly told RTE.“When I heard that the only possibility of a one was through a live donor I contacted his medical team. “And of course in my considered opinion it’s all going according to plan – and thankfully the doctors concur.”The 40-year-old Finnegan said that Brolly’s kindness was “overwhelming and, of course, there are no words to thank him or his family for his wonderful gift.”Dermot Dowling is the chairman of St. Brigid’s and he said that Brolly’s act “epitomised the kind of man Joe is and the selflessness he displays.”Who’s involved in the new Dublin senior football management team? >last_img read more

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5 things Ireland U20s must do to beat England in tomorrows JWC

first_imgIreland face England in the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship at QBE Stadium in Auckland tomorrow morning. Kick-off is at 6.05am.1. Get the line-out rightMIKE RUDDOCK’S SIDE  enjoyed a near-perfect afternoon of scrummaging against Fiji, but throughout the tournament the secondary set-piece has not matched that standard.Against a heavier pack, the line-out is one area where a team can make hay; either with clever movement pre-jump, good mauling technique after the catch or simply by tying up numbers before moving the ball away.Too often in this tournament, the mechanism of the lift or throw has malfunctioned when Ireland had worked themselves into a striking position within the 22. That kind of position can’t be tossed aside against the reigning champions.2. Keep Itoje quietEvery good team at a Junior World Championships has a forward who looks like they have no business playing at under 20 level. For England this year, Saracens lock Maro Itoje is the man running the show from the heart of the pack. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesThis point ties in with the wider element of the line-out, but if Ross Molony and Peadar Timmins can limit Itoje’s impact then it will be a massive fillip for the green pack.The Saracens’ forward’s dynamic physique means he plays almost like a flanker, so managing his ability will be a task shared among the Irish team. 3. Believe, take every chanceThe point above must be counter-balanced with Ireland focusing on their own game.There was a brief sense of white-line fever in the first half against Fiji, but Ireland’s own processes and systems have taken them this far. Now is the time to trust in them rather than obsess over what the opposition will do.We’ve also seen Irish sides at all levels attempt to force early try-scoring opportunities rather than take an easy three points on offer. When Irish sides are confident, they keep the scoreboard ticking.4. Put Taggart and O’Donoghue in position to carryCaptain Jack O’Donoghue has scarcely had a chance to rest this past week, but he will have to have a big game to get Ireland over the line and into the final. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOThe first line he’ll be concerned about though is the gainline. Putting England on the back foot is a must if they are to be beaten. If O’Donoghue and the powerful openside Frankie Taggart can offer Nick McCarthy viable carrying options and recycle the ball quickly, then that just might be what the Irish pack delivers.5. Lay a platform for Byrne and Ringrose to wreak havocRoss Byrne has marked himself out as a superbly skillful out-half in this tournament and his performance against Wales showed he has the ability to conduct a game and create plenty of chances for his side. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHOWhile Cian Kelleher has nabbed the tries, Garry Ringrose has (for us) been the stand-out back for Ireland in this tournament, showing an ability to pass excellently in contact, beat defenders with his footwork and also make his presence felt at ruck time. ‘Every single player in this squad believes we can win JWC’ – Ross MolonyCian Kelleher confident Ireland U20s can topple England to reach JWC finallast_img read more

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Australian Town Changes Name to Speedkills to Promote Traffic Safety

first_imgDrive the speed limit. That’s the succinct message being driven home by a town in Victoria, Australia, which is changing its name from “Speed” to “Speedkills,” in hopes of raising awareness for traffic safety. The name change will be in effect for the month of March.Said Phil Reed,  a spokesman for the country’s Transportation Accident Commission, “Most people recognize that drink driving is a socially unacceptable activity, they are less convinced about the merits of speed. Our underpinning business objective here is to make the issue of speeding [as] socially unacceptable as drink driving.”Speed has a population of 45 people. Its Facebook page, on the other hand, is doing much better, currently boasting more than 34,000 supporters. The name change became “official” when the page hit more than 10,000 in less than 24 hours.last_img read more

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Carty earns first Ireland start in Schmidts muchchanged team for Wales

first_img JOE SCHMIDT HAS, as expected, made wholesale changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s penultimate World Cup warm-up game against Wales in Cardiff, with Jack Carty handed his first Test start in the 10 jersey.The Connacht out-half has won five caps off the bench since making his international debut during the Six Nations, but is handed his big chance to push his case for selection against Warren Gatland’s side at the Millennium Stadium [KO 2.30pm, Channel 4]. Carty starts at out-half. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOCarty will partner Connacht team-mate Kieran Marmion in the half-backs, as Schmidt makes 11 changes in personnel from last weekend’s record defeat to England in London.Will Addison, Dave Kilcoyne, James Ryan and Jack Conan all come into the starting XV for their first appearances of pre-season, while Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony are the players retained from last week.With Schmidt set to submit his 31-man panel for Japan to World Rugby on Monday, this weekend represents the final opportunity for those on the periphery of selection to stake their claim.Ulster’s Addison starts at fullback having initially been left out of Schmidt’s extended training squad at the start of the summer, but he has rebounded strongly from back surgery and is now firmly in contention for a World Cup ticket.While he will operate in the backfield in Cardiff, 27-year-old Addison has shown his versatility at Test level before in his three caps, having previously fit in on the wing and in midfield.He is joined in the back three by Munster’s Andrew Conway and Stockdale, who will be hoping for a big response after last week, while Chris Farrell and Aki are paired together in midfield.It’s an all-Munster front row as Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan are handed starting opportunities, with Leinster’s Ryan set for his seasonal re-appearance in the second row alongside Ulster captain Henderson.The back row selection is intriguing. After coming off the bench against Italy and England in the second row, Tadhg Beirne starts at blindside, meaning O’Mahony — who captains Ireland — shifts to openside. O’Mahony captains Ireland. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOConan is given his big window to push his case for selection in the number eight jersey in what will be his first outing since Leinster’s Pro14 final win over Glasgow Warriors.On the bench, Rory Best, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong and Devin Toner are involved again, with Jordi Murphy providing the back row cover. Luke McGrath, having featured in both the warm-up games to date, Dave Kearney and Garry Ringrose are the backline options, but there is no out-and-out 10 on the bench with Johnny Sexton again held back and Ross Byrne struggling with a knock. https://the42.ie/4787049 Ireland:15. Will Addison14. Andrew Conway13. Chris Farrell12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Jack Carty9. Kieran Marmion1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. John Ryan4. James Ryan5. Iain Henderson6. Tadhg Beirne7. Peter O’Mahony (captain)8. Jack Conan.Replacements:16. Rory Best17. Andrew Porter 18. Tadhg Furlong19. Devin Toner20. Jordi Murphy21. Luke McGrath 22. Garry Ringrose23. Dave Kearney.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 1:46 PM Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: By Ryan Bailey Carty earns first Ireland start in Schmidt’s much-changed team for Wales Opportunity knocks one final time for a host of players bidding to get into Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad.center_img 39,976 Views Share17 Tweet Email4 Aug 29th 2019, 1:46 PM Follow us: the42.ie 102 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Average Greek retires before 58

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The average retirement age in Greece stands at just 57 years and eight months according to a survey conducted by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).The survey used a sample from the quarterly work force report from the April-June 2012 period for people aged between 50 and 69 years, and reached some very interesting conclusions.The average age of retirement for men is 58 years, while for women it is a few months earlier. Less than one in three (28.3 percent) of the respondents said that obligatory retirement was the main reason for their exiting the labor market. Almost six out of 10 had secured the right to retire, while a 5.7 percent share of workers stated that they had exited the market due to health problems.It also appears that the age of retirement is affected by education level, due to its connection to work and the social security system. It was found that those who have only obtained an elementary education (primary school leavers) are more likely to retire later, at the average age of 59 years and three months. In contrast, the more educated a worker is, the earlier they retire, with the average age of retirement for university graduates standing at 56 years and four months.Private social security programs account for a minimal share of pensioners – less than 0.2 percent (2,208 people). The vast majority of people (88.1 percent) receive their pensions from a public social security fund, while just over 0.2 percent (3,885 people) receive a combination of state and private pensions. If one adds those who are on their way to obtaining a pension from a private sector schemes, it emerges that no more than 6.6 percent of people turn to private funds for their pensions.On the other hand, a very high number of 1,216,495 people aged between 50 and 69 years have opted against retiring for now even though they have attained that right after their years of service. Pensioners on the grounds of age account for 38.9 percent (473,690) of retirees, the ELSTAT survey has shown.last_img read more

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Redefining transitions

first_imgInspired by street art and the skate/snow culture of Greece, renowned graffiti artist Dimitris Liossis has transformed the space of Gallery Sarri 12 into a unique skate ramp that looks like an inverted church dome.Using markers, spray paint, stencils and drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom and the Roman church of Sant’Ignazio, ‘Redefining Transitions’ is one of the most artistic skate ramps to be built. “It took me five months of extensive work and dedication to finish it, not to mention some much appreciated help from friends,” Dimitris Liossis tells Neos Kosmos.“The construction took me four months and the artwork one more full month.”Since the opening, the project has garnered a lot of attention from Greek and international media, not to mention hundreds of art and skateboard lovers, who came to see and even try it themselves.“The basic reason an artist hosts a show at a gallery is to impart a message,” he says.“This particular show has three segments, and three divisive timelines so the messages vary.”“Of course, every viewer is unique and sees things differently and in their own way.”Dimitris’ goal as British brand ANIMAL’s team manager is to create a good team in various sports with new, upcoming riders, and develop alongside them, especially after the closing down of Skate Plaza in Athens.“We need to support the scene as much as we can,” he adds.“I think it’s kind of funny and romanticised to expect the government to do anything at this moment when basic institutions like public education, hospitals, infrastructure (roads, sidewalks etc.) are broken.”Dimitris stresses that years ago the EU gave money to local authorities in Greece in order to create skateparks. With only few bright exceptions such as the city of Chalkida, most of the municipalities stuffed the money into their own pockets, he believes.Born in Athens in 1970, Dimitri worked out early on that his love of sport and art could mesh. He has been a skier from the age of four, a windsurfer, snowboarder and BMXer for nearly 30 years. In 1999 he took up surfing, but his love for skateboarding has taken his artistic side to a whole different level.“From a very young age I took on several board-related sports, from windsurfing to snowboarding and surfing,” he tells.“Skating came naturally, although I never was a hardcore skater. I always enjoyed bowl-riding, though.”As a street artist, he has taken part in many art shows and graffiti festivals all over the world. His personal projects include the snowboard park in Kalavryta (2002), in Parnassus (2003-2004), dropin magazine, the skate bowl art installation ‘invert room’ and the digging of the dirt wave. “Since I can remember, I’ve loved drawing and painting,” Dimitris explains.“One day, a friend suggested we go and spray-paint a wall. I immediately got hooked. The rest is history.”Dimitris has organised several graffiti, skate, snowboard and BMX events over the past two decades but his next project is especially dedicated to the sea. “I will participate in a team exhibition inspired by the surf culture,” he says.“My goal is to create some art pieces using broken surfboards.” * The exhibition will be on till 15 April. For more information www.dimitrisliossis.comPhotos: Courtesy of Skateism.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tegan Nox breaks down all injuries to her left leg following Mae Young Classic…

first_img Pinterest Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Tegan Nox, who suffered a serious injury to her left leg during the Mae Young Classic, posted a detailed breakdown of the injury to Twitter this week.The injury, which took place back in August at the Mae Young Classic tapings, turned out to be a dislocated knee cap, torn MCL and LCL, torn ACL, bone contusions and a Segond fracture (a type of avulsion fracture).“Basically, my knee exploded and I made a huge mess.”Nox noted she underwent surgery shortly after the injury back in August. WWE uploaded a behind the scenes look of Triple H checking on her backstage, along with a clip from her match with Rhea Ripley when the injury took place.https://twitter.com/TeganNoxWWE_/status/1052741053328097280 WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Facebooklast_img read more

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Politicians searching for a fix to long DMV wait times

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) — Sacramento Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: the California Department of Motor Vehicles is a mess.Inefficiency and impossibly long waits for service were discussed this week at two legislative hearings in Sacramento.Amid the growing calls for repairing and reforming the DMV, gubernatorial candidate John Cox said the state should bring in experts from the private sector to implement changes.On Thursday, Cox, the Republican candidate for governor said there needs to be more accountability for the agency, which has seen a spike in office wait times, because of more applicants seeking the federal compliant REAL ID.At a legislative hearing on Tuesday on the department’s budget, DMV director Jean Shiomoto asked for $26 million to hire more employees. Democrats like San Diego Assemblymember Todd Gloria said lawmakers earlier approved more funding to create additional positions, but “clearly, it’s not meeting the mark.”Gloria said there’s a need for more change at the agency. “We need to figure out what that is, and implement that as soon as possible,” Gloria said. The DMV is already in line to receive close to $17 million to hire 500 new employees.Even with more staff, many lawmakers believe the agency’s problems may persist. This week, some Republican lawmakers on a joint legislative audit committee called for a state audit of the DMV.The request was not approved, when three Democrats on the committee decided not to support the audit.Candidate John Cox said he favors a DMV audit. “When I’m the governor of this state, we’re going to have full transparency and full sunlight. I’ve made that my mission and that’s what’s going to happen,” Cox said.The DMV has promised rapid improvements to its operations, with technology changes and the hiring of more personnel.The agency said that DMV users will see reductions in wait times by mid-September and more reasonable wait times by the end of the year. Sasha Foo Posted: August 9, 2018 August 9, 2018 Sasha Foo, center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: John Cox FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:52 PM Politicians searching for a fix to long DMV wait timeslast_img read more

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