Leakage of my letter to PM should be treated as high treason: Army chief

first_imgFacing demands for his dismissal, Indian Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Thursday said the leak of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting a grim picture of the force’s defence preparedness should be treated as “high treason” and the source of leakage dealt with “ruthlessly”.The assertion by the General to trace the source of the leak came even as Defence sources said that Intelligence Bureau has been asked to inquire into leakage of the letter to the media.As tensions between him and the government escalated over the leak of his official letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gen Singh hit back saying a “cynical approach” to tarnish his reputation should stop.In a brief statement released by Army Headquarters, Gen Singh, who is currently in Jammu and Kashmir, further said his official communication with the Prime Minister and Defence Minister A.K. Antony is “privileged” communication.”The leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason. Cynical approach to tarnish my reputation should stop. Sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly,” said Singh, who is due to retire on May 31.Singh’s leaked letter led to demands by political parties — Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) — for his dismissal on Wednesday even as government and Opposition were agreed his concerns should not have come out in the open.There was a strong demand to launch a probe how the letter was leaked to the media. It was also felt that the Army chief should have first raised his concerns on the risk to the country’s security directly with the Defence Minister. The General was also accused of breach of discipline.The media leak of the letter came on top of an acrimony between the Army chief and the government since early this week over his media interview in which he had claimed that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a retired Lt Gen for swinging a sub-standard defence deal.”I have made serious note of the observations. After consulting the prime minister and colleagues, we will take appropriate action,” Antony said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after members expressed serious concerns over issues of national security.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“The standards may not have gone up or are going up “The standards may not have gone up or are going up slowly. There may not be a bunch of players coming up from say Spain, France, Germany, Nertherlands etcetera. These countries federations need more funds,” said the former badminton great. “In USA they are trying (to popularise) by holding World Championships. In Australia, tournaments have been upgraded but players have not come up. Lack of funds is one of the major reasons for not able to develop the sport the way they want.” Prakash, a fine exponent of net dribbles in his prime, concurred with the view expressed by another former shuttler, Anil Pradhan, that after the introduction of point-a-rally in the game, the number of strokes played has come down. “Stroke-play has come down to a great extent. Now they only smash. They like to be on the attack most of the time as they are not confident. If you clear (toss high) or play a defensive stroke you may lose the point. “To some extent its true and taken some sheen off the game. But its evolution of the game, like in cricket where you have T20 now. You have to adapt and players are doing so.” PTI SSR DK AH AH PTPlast_img read more

Rio Olympics day 8: Events India will participate in today

first_imgDay 7 of Rio Olympics again brought the mixed news for India. The country will be hoping that its dry run at the quadrennial event ends and the sports persons in various categories bring medals.Here is a look at the Indian athletes who are participating in the events today: 1. Golf Men’s individual:4 pmImage courtesy:sport360.comShiv Chawrasia: He took up the sport at the age of 10. He got interested in golf as his father worked as a greenskeeper at the Royal Calcutta Golf club in Kolkata.2. ShootingMen’s 25 m rapid fire pistol:5:30 pmQualificationImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comGurpreet Singh: The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist will try and put his best foot forward for qualifications.Men’s skeet: 6 pmQualificationImage courtesy:sportingindia.comMairaj Ahmad Khan: He is the first Indian to qualify for the event at the quadrennial event.3. RowingMen’s single sculls: 5:20 pmFinal CImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comDattu Baban Bhokanal: The 25-year-old army man had ranked 15th overall, during the qualifying round of rowing. He is the only Indian rower to represent the country at the international sports event. 4. Field HockeyWomen’s tournament, group B: 6:30 pmImage courtesy:indiahockey.netIndia vs Argentina The Indian women’s hockey team will face the Argentina team. They will be hoping to win the match despite being practically out of the contention.5. AthleticsWomen’s 3000m steeplechase:6:51 pmRound 1Lalita Babar, who made to the Rio Olympics courtesy her performance where she broke the National record while winning the Asian championship steeplechase gold at Wuhan. Babar along with Sudha Singh will be representing the country at the event.Women’s 400m:7:30 pmRound 1advertisementImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comNirmala Sheoran: Hailing from Haryana, Nirmala made the cut to the Rio Olympics by clocking 51.48 sec at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships held in Hyderabad. This is her debut Olympics.6. BadmintonWomen’s doubles, group A:7:15 pmImage courtesy:ReutersIndia vs ThailandJwala Gutta:The Arjuna awardee is a left-handed badminton player from Hyderabad.Ashwini Ponnappa:The 26-year-old has represented the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines.The top badminton duo from India will try to put their last loss out of their mind and focus on winning the match against P Supajirakul and S Taerattanachai of Thailand.Men’s doubles, group D: 4:25 am (August 14)India vs JapanBS Reddy and M Attri  the duo from India will try and put their past loss out of their mind and focus on winning the match against K Hayakawa and H Endo of Japan.7. TennisMixed doubles: 11:30 pmSemifinalsImage courtesy:youtube.comIndia vs United StatesThe winning pair of Sania Mirza and R Bopanna will look to continue their winning streak in the match against V Williams and R Ram of United States.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Andre Russell appeals to have one-year ban dismissed

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has appealed to have his one-year ban for a doping whereabouts rule violation dismissed.Russell, a two-times Twenty20 World Cup winner, was revealed to have committed the violation a year ago after registering three filing failures in 2015. That constituted a failed drugs test under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.Reuters has obtained a copy of Russell’s appeal document that was submitted to the Jamaican Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal on March 20. It calls for the decision rendered by the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel be set aside??.Jamaica’s anti-doping commission (JADCO) has appealed to have Russell’s suspension doubled from one year to two.In a second filing, Russell called for this appeal to be dismissed on the grounds that there is no basis for his suspension to be extended.last_img read more

Rai backs under-fire Kohli

first_imgKolkata, Jan 26 (PTI) BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai today backed under-fire Virat Kohli, saying there is nothing wrong in giving the India skipper a free hand in selection matters.Kohli was criticised for his bold selection decisions in the ongoing Test series against South Africa with former batsman Virender Sehwag saying there is no one in the dressing room to point out Kohlis mistakes.However, Rai said theres nothing wrong in giving Kohli a “free hand”.”He has motivated the players. Hes very aggressive and systematic on the field. Hes doing an excellent job,” Rai told PTI.”A captain should be given a free hand in the matter (of team selection). You cant have a captain being controlled from outside. I think hes given a total free hand and hes been able to mould an excellent team.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) is pushing for an Olympic return of the sport, probably with the T20 version, in the 2024 edition.But the ICCs hopes hinge on India as without the BCCI approval, the crickets international body cant dare to make the bid.Rai said: “Its still under consideration. We will see. It depends a lot on the cricket loving population of the country. Whats the kind of cricket they want. It will take place slowly.”Rai also urged former greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev to get into cricket administration.”I think its high time that cricketers come into administration too. The pain of playing was demonstrated this year and Sourav will agree,” he said while speaking at a session on cricketers at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.advertisement”The Lodha Committee has done a very good thing. They have said that one of the members in the BCCI has to be an ex-cricketer. Ive been feeling for a long time that people like Sourav, Sachin and Kapil whom Ive personally requested come into cricket in a big way.”They are the people who have come up the hard way. They learnt at every level what it means to be playing cricket. Cricket administration must at least some sprinkling of former cricketers in it to make the game much better in terms of quality.”On the upcoming IPL, he said they are trying their best to maintain the sanctity of the sport as theres an “emotional connect”.”The number of people who follow the sport passionately are Indians all over the place. We would very much like to ensure their interest and trust and the way forward for them is preserved for this country.”He said they would like to nurture the team in a way that they deliver the 2019 World Cup.”The fact the best in the world today is nurtured cherished and provided for so that they can actually be able to deliver the World Cup for the country,” he concluded. PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

Mourinho’s place in United pantheon? Simply part of a botched succession

first_imgJosé Mourinho Share on Pinterest Barney Ronay Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Manchester United features Read more Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email Smiles were fairly thin on the ground during the Mourinho years at United. There was a sourness in Manchester that was a poor fit for the Theatre of Dreams. While few would grumble if that hackneyed epithet were also to be retired in time for Christmas, Manchester United managers are among those expected to play along with the hype. In the end this one managed to make a supposed dream job look like an unwanted stay in a forced labour camp. Manchester United fans on Mourinho: the ‘serial winner’ who had to go Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn A couple of months ago, around the time his Manchester United side were due to play against Chelsea, José Mourinho was asked whether his present club could ever hold the same place in his affections as his former one.Diplomatically, he chose to turn the question around, suggesting that he would always be held in special regard by Chelsea supporters for back-to-back league titles, Didier Drogba, John Terry and all the fun that was had in his first period at Stamford Bridge, but it might take a while to produce the same effect at United, who had known successful managers before and given the latest incumbent a lot to live up to. Share on WhatsApp It could be argued Mourinho was always fighting a losing battle against United’s storied past, attempting to restore former glory at a time when they were not even the slickest football operation in their home city, let alone the country, though it should not be forgotten that losing battles have become something of a Mourinho speciality.He knows where he stands in the overall Chelsea pantheon: he is the nearest thing the club can boast to a Sir Alex Ferguson-type figure – a transformative manager who not only brought unprecedented success but reshaped the entire footballing operation in his own image.The question now is where Mourinho fits in to the United pantheon, in the history of a club that has its own Sir Alex Ferguson, not to mention Sir Matt Busby. Ultimately, one feels, he will simply come to be regarded as part of a generally botched succession. He might be vastly more experienced and medal-strewn than David Moyes and a more entertainingly volatile character than Louis van Gaal, but all three’s Manchester United experience amounted to a similar sort of failure.Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season, which was something, just as Van Gaal managed to have his photograph taken with Ferguson while holding the FA Cup, though it is plain that the club’s trajectory in what may now come to be regarded as five interim years has been a downward one. Not even the prodigious amounts spent on marquee names such as Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez and Ángel Di María has been able to hide the fact that United are struggling, casting around for inspiration, and may be for some time.Perhaps even Ferguson in his pomp would have found it hard to cope with the money and the manager City presently boast, while it is also true that Liverpool and Tottenham look stronger now than at any point in the Premier League era. So maybe Mourinho was just unlucky, to catch a flabby United on the way down. Maybe he was right after all to make such a fuss of finishing second last season, for the available evidence suggests it may be a while before United reach such heights again.Mourinho deserves to be remembered at United more fondly than Wilf McGuinness or Frank O’Farrell, those clearly out-of-their-depth managers who floundered in the wake of Busby, yet the past few years will not be recalled with the sort of smile that accompanies memories of Tommy Docherty or Ron Atkinson, men who at least knew where the club ought to be aiming. Share via Email Mourinho and United ended up like a loveless celebrity marriage Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Penn State Posts Awesome Video Of Late Football Legend Wally Triplett

first_imgWally Triplett leads players in "We Are Penn State" chant during 2015 visit to Penn State football.Penn StateFootball trail blazer Wally Triplett passed away this morning at the age of 92. Triplett broke down barriers at both Penn State, where he became the school’s first African-American starter and letterwinner, and in the NFL.In 1949, after a storied Nittany Lion career, Triplett was taken in the 19th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.During his second year in the league, he set an NFL record for kick return yardage in a game, with 294 during a game against the Los Angeles Rams.This afternoon, after news came out of Wally Triplett’s passing, Penn State posted an awesome tribute to the legendary player.Back in 2015, Triplett visited with Penn State football, during James Franklin’s second year on campus.Triplett is credited with a moment that helped lead to what became the famous “We Are…Penn State” chant. From a Centre Daily Times article on that 2015 visit:“Legend has it that Triplett, alongside teammate Dennie Hoggard, was one of the reasons the “We Are” chant became a part of Penn State’s culture (local lore aside, extensive research by Penn State historian Lou Prato found that Penn State cheerleaders helped develop the phrase in the late 1970s). As one of the few African Americans playing college football at the time, the Nittany Lions voted in 1946 to cancel a regular-season game at the University of Miami when told they could not bring their African American players.It’s said (and confirmed in 2012 by Triplett himself) that then-captain Steve Suhey responded to Southern Methodist University’s similar request by saying, “We are Penn State. There will be no meetings.”During the practice, he led the Nittany Lions in that same chant.The Penn State Football family is extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Nittany Lion great & trailblazer, Wally Triplett. Wally will forever be admired for the history he made at Penn State & beyond.Forevermore, We Are…?: https://t.co/mu6PXkpbeS pic.twitter.com/jKS5c6rJVV— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 8, 2018PSU cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, a Nittany Lion alumnus, called Triplett’s visit “the greatest day in my PSU life.”Our thoughts go out to the Triplett family, and everyone else affected by the loss today.last_img read more

Church of Haile Selassie I Gets Legal Status

first_imgThe Government has officially recognised the Church of Haile Selassie I as part of the religious expression of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica.This follows the passage of the Church of Haile Selassie I (Incorporation and Vesting) Act, 2013 in the Senate on Friday, October 25, after it was approved by the House of Representatives on October 8.Piloting the Bill in the Upper House, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislative establishment of the Church of Haile Selassie I will further legitimise the faith and religious practices of Rastafarians and their families.Noting that this signals a historic moment in Jamaica, Senator Golding said he is particularly pleased that after spending several years before the Private Bill Committee of Parliament, the legislation “has finally successfully emerged from that process”.The Bill seeks to make provision for the incorporation of the Church of Haile Selassie I and to vest certain assets in the church and to allow it to hold property.Supporting the Bill, Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, said he is pleased that a “home grown” religion, has finally received legal status and state recognition in Jamaica.“The Rastafarian movement has contributed significantly and positively to our history. There have been incidences in the past that would need, maybe, some investigation, and lessons can be learned from that…and to encourage the Minister to reach out to the other sector groups so that they too can be legitimate,” he said.Government Senator, Lambert Brown also gave his support for the Bill, contending that it “has been a long road for the Rastafarians” who have been setting positive examples and have been preaching self-reliance as part of the way forward for the country.“I’m happy to associate with all of the progressive and positive contributions that the Rastafarians (have made to the country).  Despite oppression, despite brutality, despite all the negative things said about them by high society, they have led the way. I’m very happy that today, I can participate where we recognise the religious practices of a group of Rastafarians….I’m happy that we are recognising them today and allowing them to be part of the system, because they have been positive,” he said.Among the aims and objectives of the church are to develop the social and administrative mechanisms to organise and centralise the Rastafarian movement according to the operational guidelines, which the federation and the movement see fit; to achieve official recognition for the federation and Rastafarians,  leading towards democratic representation; and to provide cultural and political education for members of the federation, Rastafarians and for others, who conscientiously wish to become informed about the movement.The Church of Haile Selassie I was formed in 1987, by Brother Emmanuel Fox, a Rastafarian activist along with other brethrens.last_img read more

Government Lauded for Emphasis on BPO Sector

first_img Chairman of Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the Government has wisely tapped the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as one of the key industries to “ramp up” growth and employment.Speaking at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shirley said that with its rich potential, the sector will now require a bank of skilled workers for its continued growth and sustainability.“The Government has acknowledged this and has mandated its various educational arms, such as HEART Trust/National Training Agency, the numerous universities and colleges, as well as secondary schools, to harness and enhance our human capital,” Mr. Shirley said.“The educational system is not only geared towards facilitating the present demand of the local BPO players but also to prepare it for the future demand of the industry, which we intend to move to what I consider to be a seven-star industry,” he added.Mr. Shirley said the Government recognises that, strategically, it must be the “great facilitator” to provide the cutting-edge space for the industry to do business, employ Jamaicans and allow operators to meet investment targets.He noted that government agencies, such as the FCJ and the Port Authority of Jamaica, have been mandated to build space at competitive rental rates to facilitate the industry’s demands.The Chairman said that the Port Authority has more than 600,000 square feet of BPO space, facilitating the largest workforce within the industry.He pointed out that the FCJ has evolved into the premier provider of space with more than 1.7 million square feet under its management for the various industries, such as agro-processing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and the BPO.“We are now mandated by the Government to provide over 1.8 million additional square feet of space over the next two years,” Mr. Shirley added. Chairman of Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the Government has wisely tapped the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as one of the key industries to “ramp up” growth and employment. Story Highlights Speaking at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shirley said that with its rich potential, the sector will now require a bank of skilled workers for its continued growth and sustainability. “The Government has acknowledged this and has mandated its various educational arms, such as HEART Trust/National Training Agency, the numerous universities and colleges, as well as secondary schools, to harness and enhance our human capital,” Mr. Shirley said.last_img read more

Report: K Line to Slash Smaller Bulker Fleet by Half

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd ( “K” Line) will cut in half its fleet of smaller bulkers within its restructuring measures, Bloomberg reports citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.As disclosed, the cuts would be carried out by returning of ships to their owners and “K” Line is reportedly willing to pay breakup fees for returning vessels early.The move is being taken as a response to worsening conditions in the shipping industry, especaily in dry bulk business, which have prompted “K” Line to downgrade its forecast of consolidated financial results for fiscal year ending March 2016 as the company expects to log JPY 50bn loss (USD 445 million) against JPY 5 bn profit announced in January.The downgrade is assigned to the losses arising from the company’s structural reform in dry bulk business, plus additional loss on valuation of investment securities.As a result, the company has decided to speed up its fleet rationalization, mainly relating to small and medium-size vessels to reduce the exposure to risks from market conditions.“We estimate roughly 50 billion yen of losses for this purpose, consisting of additional disposal of some of our own fleet, early termination of charter agreements, impairment loss of some of our dry bulk vessels, and so on,” the company said early April.“K” Line is not the only one rushing to cut its losses by getting rid of surplus bulker fleet. Namely, the company’s compatriot Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is reducing its Capesize fleet by about 10% by cancelling some charter-in contracts and selling some dry bulkers it owns.MOL said that it has already started returning chartered-in vessels based on agreements with business partners.The move is being taken as the company recorded a major profit plunge for 2015 amid industry woes plagued by overcapacity.Due to the restructuring steps, the company is bracing to record a consolidated extraordinary loss of JPY 179.3 bn (approx. USD 1.6 bn) in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, a somewhat reduced amount from the projections in February amounting JPY 180 bn.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

May Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed more than 163,000 visitors in May — the same as May 2006 — while room nights sold were up five per cent. “We’ve done a lot of advertising and promotional events through the spring to bring more visitors to Nova Scotia this year, and we’re continuing through the summer, including more online activity,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re encouraged with steady visitor numbers so far this year and we’ll get a better sense of how the whole tourism season is unfolding as we get the numbers for our peak period which runs through the summer and into the fall.” Room nights sold varied in regions in May. There was a 39 per cent increase on the Northumberland Shore, likely due to a number of conferences and sporting events held in the area. There was a one per cent decrease in Halifax/Dartmouth. This region’s accommodations sector has been relatively steady with an average of 120,000 room nights sold for the month of May in each of the past few years. All other regions reported increases. There were 14 per cent fewer American visitors, which represents 2,800 fewer people over May 2006. There were 17 per cent fewer visitors from other countries, which is about 1,000 fewer people. Visitation from Ontario and Western Canada, which have been targeted with recent tourism promotions, increased by 21 and 37 per cent respectively, or about 8,000 more visitors in total. In keeping with recent trends, the number of people traveling to Nova Scotia by road decreased one per cent, while the number arriving by air was up three per cent. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for June are expected to be released in early August.last_img read more

100 Woman Who Care Fundraising Gala

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 6th Semi-Annual Gala hosted by the 100 Woman Who Care Dawson Creek Chapter will be held on March 4th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn.The 100 Woman Who Care, is a group of local woman who has come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the woman come together to listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the woman. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 woman there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity. Since 2016, members have given approximately $85,000 to local charities.To contact the Dawson Creek Chapter, email: 100womendawsoncreek@gmail.comFB Page; CLICK HEREThe Fort St. John Chapter will be holding their event, March 12, 2019, at the Lido TheatreTo contact the Fort St. John Chapter, email: 100wwcfsj@gmail.comFB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

North American stock markets higher at latemorning loonie down against US

The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading, boosted by a broad-based rally led by the energy, financial and industrial sectors, while U.S. stock markets also pushed higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 100.09 points at 16,099.10.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 45.36 points at 25,961.36. The S&P 500 index was up 8.19 points at 2,792.68, while the Nasdaq composite was up 26.86 points at 7,559.39.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.45 cents compared with an average of 75.94 cents US on Thursday.The April crude contract was down 60 cents at US$56.62 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up 3.5 cents at US$2.85 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$8.90 at US$1,307.20 an ounce and the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.95 a pound. read more

Nightclub fire families upset over Pokemon Go stop at site

by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 11:15 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, mementoes hang from a chain link fence that surrounds the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people in West Warwick, R.I. The memorial to mark the site of the nightclub fire in Rhode Island is nearing completion, and organizers say it has raised more than $1.9 million out of the $2 million it needs to build it and maintain it in perpetuity. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) WEST WARWICK, R.I. – Relatives of 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire and survivors are upset that the site is a stop in “Pokemon Go.”The Associated Press learned of the Pokestop when visiting the site in West Warwick last week. The site is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence while a memorial is built.Some family members and survivors called it outrageous when informed about the stop and called for it to be removed.“You’re kidding me,” said Chris Fontaine, whose 22-year-old son, Mark, was killed. “It’s not a gaming kind of place.”Survivor Victoria Potvin Eagan called it awful and disgusting.“That is just so disrespectful,” she said. “Graveyards and memorial sites especially are meant to honour and respect a certain person or event, not to make light of it.”Robert Bruyere’s stepdaughter, 27-year-old Bonnie Hamelin, was killed.“For them to use a memorial site, that’s just wrong,” he said.Fontaine also was not happy to learn that the description inside the game incorrectly says that the fire killed 200 people, double the actual number killed.“At least have your facts straight,” she said.An email to game developer Niantic was not immediately returned.The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam placed as soundproofing inside The Station nightclub. Many clubgoers were trapped and killed. More than 200 people were injured.Work crews at the site have had to take steps to avoid disturbing human remains that were left behind in the rubble.It’s not clear whether the stop has caused problems, and whether anyone has asked to remove it. The head of the foundation working to build the memorial did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Pokestops have been removed from the atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and other sites.The nightclub site sits on a busy road on a commercial strip in West Warwick. The stop can be accessed from outside the fence that currently surrounds it. The memorial park is on track to open to the public in October.Not everyone with a connection to the fire is upset. Dave Kane, whose 18-year-old son, Nicholas O’Neill, was the youngest victim, said the Pokestop could help spread the word about what happened.“If it draws people over there when we open, that would be great,” he said. Nightclub fire families upset over ‘Pokemon Go’ stop at site read more

The Toolsiest Player of Them All

1.2 2.6 2.1 1.5 If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve heard a scout, general manager or talk-radio yakker call somebody a “five-tool player.” The label promises that a player can do nearly everything — hit for average, hit for power, run, throw and field — better than most. While the tools don’t capture everything about being a good player, the more tools a player possesses, the thinking goes, the more well-rounded his skill set.But in a modern baseball age, the five-tool worldview can seem outdated, and scouting lingo and its 20-80 grading scales for player tools anachronistic. Now that we have a more precise understanding of what makes a baseball player valuable, we know, for example, that it’s more important to be able to hit for power than it is to throw the ball real fast.But after spending a couple of weeks with the data, I found that while certain tools are more valuable than others, estimated toolsiness actually does serve as a leading indicator for sabermetric value. To test this, I selected a representative statistic for each tool. For average, I used projected batting average, blending the ZiPS and Steamer systems. For power, I used projected isolated slugging percentage.1Projections offer a good estimate of a player’s true talent, whereas using historical statistics can leave us vulnerable to issues related to small sample sizes. Also, these numbers were all park-adjusted. For speed, throwing and fielding, I used data from the Fan Scouting Report. For each category, I calculated z-scores, an indicator of distance from the average, for every regular or semi-regular player from 2013. That allowed me to identify the players who were so far above the mean (one standard deviation) in each of the five tools that they can be called baseball’s true five-tool players.Without further ado, they are:Carlos GonzalezTroy TulowitzkiBryce HarperYasiel PuigThere’s no Mike Trout, and there’s no Miguel Cabrera. Just missing inclusion, as well, are Adam Jones and Starling Marte; the former was just shy on fielding, and the latter was just shy on power. Most impressive: Two out of the four players are on the Colorado Rockies.2The Rockies haven’t taken great advantage of this, although it’s worth noting the five tools say nothing about players staying healthy, and both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez have had their share of visits to the disabled list.But if those are MLB’s five-tool players, there’s something to be said for the toolsiest players — the ones who are most above the mean when considering all five tools combined. To measure aggregate toolsiness I just added up all the z-scores in each player’s tool set, and came up with the top 10 below. There’s an unsurprising man atop the list:Mike Trout, 9.1Carlos Gonzalez, 8.5Bryce Harper, 8.5Troy Tulowitzki, 8.3Starling Marte, 7.9Yasiel Puig, 7.8Alex Gordon, 7.6Robinson Cano, 7.3Evan Longoria, 7.2Manny Machado, 7.2While Trout doesn’t count as a five-tool player because of his roughly league-average arm, he’s so good at everything else he makes up for that and then some. He isn’t bad at any one thing, and he’s terrific at several things. See each player’s tool score below: But all tools aren’t created equal. Just adding up a bunch of tool scores assumes that speed is as valuable as slugging which is as valuable as arm strength. We know just from watching the game, though, that this isn’t the case. These days, a player’s value is synonymous with his wins above replacement (WAR) tally.I calculated projected 2014 WAR per 600 plate appearances to balance all the players and estimate their true talent. Unsurprisingly, there is a strong relationship between aggregate toolsiness and projected WAR/600. The correlation coefficient comes out to 0.66, meaning there’s a real relationship there.3An R-value can range only between -1 and 1. It’s evident that the more tools a player has, the more valuable he is.But that correlation is for aggregate toolsiness. Each tool also has its own relationship with WAR, which can tell us how important a given tool is to a player’s value. The table shows the correlation coefficient for each tool against projected WAR/600: Troy Tulowitzki Mike Trout Starling Marte Power 2.1 0.2 2.2 0.8 2.2 1.9 1.4 1.1 Speed 0.1 Power 0.13 1.7 1.5 1.1 2.0 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.1 1.8 1.3 Fielding 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.4 Average Bryce Harper 1.2 2.6 1.1 2.2 Speed 1.0 2.5 Evan Longoria Average 1.6 Robinson Cano Name 1.6 Alex Gordon 0.6 Yasiel Puig Manny Machado 2.2 1.5 1.9 Fielding 1.6 1.5 2.8 2.0 0.53 0.5 Carlos Gonzalez 0.43 2.4 0.53 2.0 Arm 1.3 Arm 2.3 0.9 0.43 0.8 The two most valuable tools are hitting for average and hitting for power, with throwing and fielding close behind. Speed, it appears, is important but not necessary. A player can be successful if he lacks any one tool, but a player who lacks speed is likely to be better than a player who lacks, say, power, if all else was equal.Intuitively, the breakdown makes sense — hitting is the biggest part of the game, for a position player, and while defense is important as well, speed makes only limited contributions to both. A player who only has speed won’t fit anywhere. A player who only has one of the other skills might be able to find a home.Taking a look at projected WAR, you can see how the tools hierarchy manifests. Miguel Cabrera is projected to be one of the best players in baseball this year, but he’s below-average in combined speed, arm and fielding. The same can be said for Joey Votto. Giancarlo Stanton projects well almost entirely because of his power. Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are well below average in speed, but they’re MVP candidates because they can hit while playing an important position.All this makes one wonder more about Billy Hamilton, the young leadoff hitter for the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton has already broken some base-stealing records, and it’s been said he’s a 90 on the 20-80 scouting scale for foot speed. When it comes to running, there might not be anyone quicker. But Hamilton’s strength is also baseball’s least important tool, and the rest of his skill set is thought to be relatively unimpressive. He doesn’t hit for power, he hasn’t hit for much average, and though he can move around in the outfield, he hasn’t been blessed with a strong arm. Hamilton can make the most of his running, but it’s an open question whether it will allow him to be a quality regular. read more

Poll Should you put your phone away while in company

first_imgCAFÉS IN THE US have started deliberately turning off their WiFi so that people are forced to actually talk to each other.In Ireland, free WiFi in cafés is on the rise but people often complain about their friends or other halves being glued to their phones while they’re sitting down for a meal or having a coffee together.We want to know what you think: Should you put away your phone while in company? Poll Results: YesNoI can’t decideVote Yes (8394)center_img No (626) I can’t decide (366)last_img

Check out these awesome Facebook and Twitter skinned Adidas kicks

first_imgGeeks love their geeky sneakers. Ever since Back to the Future II introduced the world to Marty McFly’s futuristic, self-lacing Nikes to the world, geeks have come flocking every time a new sneaker scratching their dorkiest itches has been dreamed up by the lab coat wearing technicians of the world’s most secretive sneaker laboratories. Here at Geek, we’ve talked about a bunch of these dorkier kicks, from replica McFlys to Hans Solo’s own sneakers to WiFi detecting Chucks.AdChoices广告Up for your fashionable perusal today, the newest pair of geeky sneakers, based on everyone’s favorite social networks, Facebook and Twitter. They’re just concepts, unfortunately, and relatively unadventurous ones at that: instead of just painting your feet in the color schemes of a micro-blogging service or social network, why stop there? Why not let your imagination take hold and build in some 3G radios and GPS units, allowing each sneaker to say what it’s doing and where it’s doing it, automatically broadcasting their daily life trawling through the urban jungle on their very own Facebook or Twitter pages?Disappointing, but heck, I don’t care: I’m dorky enough to wear a pair of Adidas even if they just look like Twitter’s homepage.Read more at Geekologielast_img read more