Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his greatest rival Lionel Messi to take up a new challenge and join him in Italy just after the weekend that saw the Argentinian maestro score two stunning free kicks to lead Barcelona to a solid win over Espanyol.While Ronaldo has already begun making and breaking record in Serie A at Juventus, Messi has also been having a brilliant season in Spain so far. Ronaldo said he hoped Messi would accept a challenge like he did by coming to Italy and said he does not miss competition with Messi while at Juventus.”I’d like him [Messi] to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday.When Ronaldo was asked if he misses Messi, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, the Portuguese cheekily replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me …”I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.”Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.”He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.”I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” Ronaldo said.Messi and Ronaldo recently had their duopoly broken when the latter’s former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric scooped the Ballon d’Or in Paris last week. After 10 years of dominance over the award, the era finally came to an end and though Ronaldo was disappointed to not win the award, he was not “crying” about it.advertisement”Of course I’m disappointed, but life goes on and I will continue to work hard,” said the 33-year-old.”On the pitch I’ve done everything to win the Ballon d’Or, numbers do not lie, but I’m no less happy if I do not win, I have wonderful friends and a family, I play in one of the best clubs.”Congratulations to Modric, who has earned the award, but next year we will meet again and I will do everything to win the prize again.”Do you think I’m going home and crying?”Ronaldo said he believed moving to Juventus was the “right option” and knew the “atmosphere in the stadium” was going to be fulfilling.”I had different options. I won’t say which but I had them. Juventus is a solid club. It has a long history,” he said of his decision.”I knew the atmosphere in the stadium. I’d played several times in Italy. I like the city, the people and the club. I knew it could work.”I couldn’t be 100 percent sure I was joining the best club in the world. After nine years at Real Madrid it was difficult to compare.”Now I’m 100 percent sure it was the right option.”Juventus will take on Young Boys in their final Champions League group game in Switzerland on Wednesday, even as they have already made it to the knockouts. Ronaldo is hoping that his experience of winning the Champions League five times can be of use to Juventus.”The Champions League cannot be an obsession, you have to think about it calmly,” he warned.”Yes we all want it but we have to get there step by step.”Look at the game against Manchester United (2-1 defeat), if it had been a quarter-final we would have gone out. You need a little luck.”Also Read | Watch: Lionel Messi scores two stunning free kicks as Barcelona thrash EspanyolAlso Read | Diego Maradona was much better than Lionel Messi, says Pele
Transfers Lukaku, Salah & the Top 10 signings of the Premier League season so far Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Chelsea Liverpool Huddersfield Town Manchester City Watford Arsenal Newcastle United Premier League Romelu Lukaku Morata Mohamed Salah Opinion Goal takes a look at the players who already proving to be excellent value for money since changing clubs during the the summer transfer window The Premier League is well under way, and the drama is coming thick and fast.The two Manchester clubs lead the way, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in hot pursuit. Burnley are sixth, while Watford and Newcastle find themselves in the top 10, and Crystal Palace are yet to win or even score.Lukaku 2/1 to be PL top scorer Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But away from the teams, who have been the best individual signings this season thus far? Goal takes a look at those lighting up the English top flight…ROMELU LUKAKU | MANCHESTER UNITEDA £75 million transfer fee spent on a proven Premier League striker should, in theory, guarantee goals, yet Romelu Lukaku has still managed to upend expectations at Manchester United this season.Lured from Everton, Lukaku has scored in every single game he has played in for United, bar one – a 2-0 win over Leicester City – and that, amazingly, includes European competition.He leads the Premier League goalscoring charts with seven from seven, and has had a profound impact on Jose Mourinho’s team, which now has a pacey, powerful centre forward around which the whole unit revolves. ALVARO MORATA | CHELSEAThe sight of Alvaro Morata limping out of Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City was greeted with abject sadness from the majority of Blues’ supporters, such has been his impact at Stamford Bridge following a big-money move from Real Madrid.Diego Costa may have sealed his homecoming to Atletico Madrid, but Morata has stepped into his shoes admirably, scoring six goals in seven games and also providing two assists.Morata may be the purest striker Chelsea have had since Didier Drogba and they will be praying that he is not injured for too long, as his absence could seriously hinder Antonio Conte’s hopes of reclaiming the Premier League title.MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOLElectric pace coupled with an unerring eye for goal makes Mohamed Salah an absolute nightmare for defences, and the prototypical Liverpool player under Jurgen Klopp.It should come as no surprise, then, that the Egypt international has lit up the Premier League since his move to Anfield from Roma, having a hand in six goals in seven games and also leading from the front with his energy and dynamism on the ball.Liverpool have struggled somewhat in recent weeks, but it could have been far worse had they not procured the services of the former Chelsea star.AARON MOOY | HUDDERSFIELD TOWNIt is never a surprise to see a promoted club spend a fortune on a truck-load of new players in the summer before their crack at the big time, but Huddersfield Town made probably the smartest move they could have done in the summer, by tying down the exceptional Aaron Mooy to a permanent contract.Having called upon his services last season in a loan deal from Manchester City, Town paid £8 million to make the move permanent, and Mooy has since been relentless.An all-action midfielder, only Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City has made more tackles than Mooy this season, while the Australian also scored the winner in the club’s first home game in the Premier League, as they beat Newcastle United 1-0.At £8m, Mooy represents a bargain in today’s market, and he is pivotal to their hopes of survival. KYLE WALKER | MANCHESTER CITYWhen Manchester City acquiesced to Tottenham’s demand of £45m for Kyle Walker, many pundits immediately labelled the deal a farce, decrying City’s decision to spend such a lavish sum on a full-back.Yet Walker has been exceptional since moving north, adding a true attacking outlet from defence that was unseen at the Etihad Stadium last season, and fitting snugly into Pep Guardiola’s vision of how football should be played.A harsh red card against Everton blots his copybook somewhat, but the facts remain that City have conceded just once while Walker has been on the pitch, and they have yet to lose in the Premier League.RICHARLISON | WATFORDA snip at £11.5m, Watford appear to have secured the services of one of the brightest young Brazilians in the game in Richarlison.Unheard of in England before his move to London, the 20-year-old already has something of a reputation for rescuing matches for the Hornets, scoring a late winner against Swansea City before netting an injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw with West Brom.Quick, strong and agile, Richarlison speaks barely any English, but he has done just fine in expressing himself on the pitch, and his heroics have left Watford safely ensconced in the top half of the table.NEMANJA MATIC | MANCHESTER UNITEDChelsea’s decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United remains something of a mystery, but the Blues’ loss has almost certainly been Mourinho’s gain in recent months.A colossus in midfield, Matic allowed Paul Pogba the freedom of the pitch before his injury, and is now allowing Marouane Fellaini to cause havoc further forward – the Serbian is exactly the type of player Mourinho loves, his calmness on the ball and aggressiveness off it personifying the Portuguese’s gameplan.It is no coincidence, then, that United, like City, have yet to taste defeat in the Premier League.ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE | ARSENALWhen utilised correctly, Alexandre Lacazette is one of the most fearsome striking prospects in the league. A striker with a deft touch and a clinical eye for goal, Lacazette scored in his debut game for Arsenal following a £50m transfer from Lyon, but that outing remains the only match in which he has played 90 minutes.Nevertheless, he has still scored four goals for the Gunners and he has the talent to become one of the very best Arsenal strikers of recent years, if Arsene Wenger can build his team around him. Lacazette is a thoroughbred waiting to score goals, yet he was left out of the starting XI as Arsenal were thumped 4-0 by Liverpool in their third game of the season.There is a clear message for Wenger there, and if Lacazette can continue the form he showed in September, when he scored three goals in three games, Arsenal will be on to a winner. MIKEL MERINO | NEWCASTLE UNITEDA loan deal that flew somewhat under the radar in the summer, Newcastle’s acquisition of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino looks shrewder by the day.Though Mike Ashley may not have stumped up all of the funds that Rafael Benitez so clearly asked for, he did get a deal over the line for a truly elegant midfield player.Merino has an excellent eye for a pass, and has injected both creativity and forward thinking into a team in need of a cultured head in the centre of the pitch. Deployed in defensive midfield by Rafael Benitez, Merino was excellent in the recent 1-1 draw with Liverpool, and promises to be central to the Magpies’ hopes of success this season.JONAS LOSSL | HUDDERSFIELD TOWNOf the goalkeepers to keep four or more clean sheets this season, all but one play for a team that is playing in European competition this term, and he can, amazingly, be found at Huddersfield Town.Jonas Lossl, signed on loan from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer, has excelled for the promoted team this season.It took him three games to concede a goal in the top-flight and though he shipped four against a rampant Tottenham side before the international break, Lossl remains in esteemed company, alongside Petr Cech, Hugo Lloris and Ederson in the clean sheet ranks. He will hope for a few more as David Wagner’s side bid to beat the drop this term.
Transfers Juventus talks with Liverpool midfielder Can ‘well underway’ Joe Wright 21:19 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Juventus Chievo v Juventus Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League Serie A Although a deal has not been agreed, the Serie A champions appear confident of their chances of signing the Germany international Talks between Juventus and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can are progressing well, according to the Serie A champions’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.The Germany international has long been linked with a move to Turin and is free to discuss terms with the club as he has entered the final six months of his contract at Anfield.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted to DAZN on Saturday there was a good chance Can would allow his contract to run down rather than sign an extension, although he insisted the player would not leave during the January transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marotta appears confident of striking a deal with the 24-year-old but says they are far from finalising an agreement.”We are in optimum position to achieve all the objectives we have set out,” he told RMC Sport.”Talks are well underway with Emre Can, but the negotiations are not at all concluded.”Speaking over the weekend, Klopp said: “He’ll stay beyond the winter. Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us.”Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract. That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.”And as long as the player behaves like Emre does, then I have absolutely nothing to complain about. He gives everything he has and identifies with the club.”Can has made 19 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring once, while he was also involved in the 3-2 FA Cup defeat to West Brom at the weekend.
Source: Gibson, September 22, 2014 zoom The 2014 had been a much more rewarding year for owners than 2013 with positive spikes seen in the spot market and a definite shift in sentiment, with reasonable expectations for the second half of the year, according to the UK shipbroker Gibson.Based on Gibson’s latest Weekly Tanker Report, some 31 VLCCs have been ordered this year and the vast majority by well-known players, with the Chinese ordering only 1 vessel directly.With a total of 6 vessels on order at Hyundai, added to their recently acquired Samco tonnage of 7 vessels, DHT Holdings Inc. will have a VLCC fleet of 20 units.Capital Ship Management have ordered 2 taking their fleet to 6, Eastmed 2 which will take their fleet to 8 and Maran Tankers 4 increasing their portfolio to 28, part of a wider fleet renewal programme.Metrostar orders total in 6, having booked a further 2 newbuildings, while Genmar have added 2 newbuildings in addition to a single order placed last year, taking their total to 10. Navig8 have ordered 6 newbuildings adding to their previously ordered 8, which will take their total number of new ships to 14 (+3 pool units) eventually taking their VLCC fleet to 17.According to Gibson’s Private Equity report, Wilbur Ross’s Transportation Recovery Fund have teamed up with Anders Wilhelmsen and have 2 ships each.“It is interesting to see how many experienced VLCC operators have chosen to make a move this year and it is worth noting that prices recently firmed to around $98 million, compared to a low point in the first half of 2013 at around $90 million. Whilst this is a review about newbuilding orders, it would be a miss not to mention the fleet expansion of Euronav by some 19 second-hand VLCCs over the course of 2014. With just 6% of the current VLCC fleet over 15 years of age, it appears that there is limited scope for some fleet replacement with modern eco units being the order of the day,” Gibson’s Weekly Tanker Report reads.Around 28 VLCCs deliveries are scheduled for this year, which then drop to 8 in 2015 before picking up in 2016 to 48.“Provided the Chinese keep their hands in their pockets this would seem to be a containable level of replacement in this sector which may not be so true in others,” Gibson added.
Milk+Bookies, a non-profit organization that brings local families and celebrities together to promote literacy in underserved communities, held its popular annual “book-raiser” at California Market Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 17th.Lena Headey Attends Story Time CelebrationThe Story Time Celebration included a day of family fun featuring celebrity readers, arts & crafts, costumed characters… and, of course, milk & cookies!Julie Bowen Attends Story Time CelebrationThe event featured appearances by Milk + Bookies founder Meredith Alexander, Julie Bowen, David Koechner, BJ Novak, Lena Headey, Tamera Mowry, Jay Mohr, Molly Sims, Selma Blair and Miranda Cosgrove, among others. Books collected and inscribed with special messages at Story Time Celebration will be donated to local students and organizations that do not have access to books of their own. Since its launch in 2004, Milk + Bookies has reached over 76,000 children and raised over 285,000 books in more than 520 cities nationwide.
31950April 18155415601556.9 How this year is shaping up for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalryBest Elo ratings for the Yankees and Red Sox (based on harmonic mean of two teams’ ratings) going into their first matchup of the season, 1901-2018 152018April 10154915471547.7 The harmonic mean helps identify pairs where both values are high, which lets us weed out pairs where only one team was very good and the other was bad. 82010April 4156915371552.9 11978June 19154815681558.2 172008April 11153615581547.1 41943April 25156915451556.7 The first Yankees-Red Sox matchup of 2018 is happening tonight, and ordinarily, we’d be full of anticipation over one of the best seasons in memory for the historic rivalry.And yet, between injuries and early-season slumps, a bucket of cold water has been splashed on each team’s start of the season. The Yankees come into the game with a disappointing 5-5 record, headlined by the well-documented struggles of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton — who has turned into a $25 million strikeout machine. And the biggest factor driving Boston’s early success hit the disabled list Monday, as shortstop Xander Bogaerts injured his ankle Sunday sliding into the dugout after a stray ball. Because of these setbacks, we might not see the best the Red Sox and Yankees have to offer until later in the year, with this week’s games merely serving as previews for the true battles to come.Stanton’s problems were on display Sunday, when he had his second five-strikeout performance of the season, this time against the Baltimore Orioles. In the process of earning that platinum sombrero, Stanton became only the third player in MLB history to post multiple five-K games in the same season (joining Ray Lankford of the Cardinals in 1998 — who had three such games — and Deron Johnson of the Reds in 1964). The difference is that it took both Lankford and Johnson months to get rung up so many times in separate games; for Stanton, it took exactly 11 days. (Not to mention that Lankford and Johnson were not reigning National League MVPs.)His whiffs might have also earned Stanton the record for the quickest descent from fan adoration to full-on boo birds at Yankee Stadium, even adjusting for the notorious pressure-cooker that is baseball in the Bronx. Obviously, Yankees fans need to collectively take a timeout and walk around the block — Stanton is sure to regress back to some version of his established norms before long. But Stanton does appear to be a little out of sorts these days. So far this season, he’s swinging at more pitches outside the strike zone than he did last year. He’s getting in favorable hitter’s counts less often. He’s making much less contact, whiffing especially often on pitches inside the zone. And in an era of uppercut swings, Stanton’s swing is flattening out: He’s down to an average launch angle of 10.6 degrees this year, continuing a three-year dip in the metric.Of course, Stanton used only a barely steeper swing plane to bash a career-best 59 home runs last year, even flirting for a while with Roger Maris’s pre-steroids-era record (61) for homers in a season. And Stanton’s average exit velocity is higher this year than last. So it’s a good bet that Stanton will eventually settle down and start delivering on the big expectations that followed him from the Marlins to the Yankees. The question is when — and whether it will come against a Red Sox staff that ranks second in the majors in fielding independent pitching.Speaking of the Sox, before Sunday, finding faults in their MLB-leading 8-1 start to the season was difficult. But without Bogaerts, Boston is down its best hitter this season just as the archrival Yankees are arriving in town. According to the Red Sox, Bogaerts is expected to miss up to two weeks with the ailment. It’s not a severe injury, but it comes at the worst possible time for the budding star.Bogaerts has long been one of the most tantalizing players in baseball, a shortstop with the bat skills to potentially hit .300 and the power to mash 20 homers. But even though he has enjoyed a fine run over the past three seasons and change, he hasn’t quite put everything together in the same season like, say, Houston’s Carlos Correa was able to last year. Just like Stanton in New York, Bogaerts has been a victim of both his own talent and the expectations that come from playing under the microscope of an insatiably baseball-crazed fan base.In the first week-plus of this season, however, Bogaerts appeared to be enjoying the breakout season that Boston fans have been waiting for. Not only was he leading all Red Sox players in wins above replacement, but he also ranked seventh in all of baseball (including hitters and pitchers) in the statistic. If he were to have more games like the six-RBI performance he produced against the Rays on Saturday (which included this mammoth grand slam over the Green Monster), Bogaerts would have been building the foundation for a potential MVP-type season. Now, his absence leaves a hole in the middle of Boston’s lineup.Of course, the Red Sox still have Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and even the resurgent Hanley Ramirez. They also have that stingy pitching staff, led by Tuesday’s starter, ace Chris Sale (who’s off to another Cy Young-caliber season with a 0.82 ERA in his first pair of starts). There’s plenty of talent on both sides going into this initial Boston-New York skirmish.In fact, according to our Elo ratings (a rolling estimate of each team’s quality over time), this is among the best the teams have ever been1In terms of the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings. going into their first meeting in a given season (and the best since 2010): 191999May 18155915311544.6 202009April 24153315511541.9 52000May 26155915541556.7 71949April 22155815481553.0 101939April 20156615351550.5 131998May 22157715211548.5 91942April 17156815371551.9 112005April 3153715641550.2 161979May 18154615481547.2 Elo Ratings 141986June 16155015461547.9 61940April 26158415281555.5 122003May 19156315361549.1 181952April 23155715351546.0 RkSeasonDateYankeesRed SoxHarmonic Mean 21951April 17156515501557.7 Still, there’s a good chance that we won’t see that true potential emerge until we get deeper into the two teams’ 19-game head-to-head slate. Bogaerts will return soon enough, and Stanton will surely get comfortable and go on a home run tear at some point. Last season’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups were the most meaningful they’d been in a dozen years — in terms of influence on the pennant race — and this year’s crop could be even more consequential, given the aforementioned Elo ratings and the projected closeness of the AL East race. This week’s series is just the beginning, a sneak peek for what still ought to be the summer’s most compelling tug-of-war.
David Byers, Interim Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia, has been reading the World Gold Council’s new essay collection, Gold 2048, we reported yesterday. He notes “new uses for gold including in antibiotics, smartphones and electric vehicles will bring new opportunities over the next three decades for gold companies in Australia, the world’s second-largest gold producer and largest exporter.“The report shows that world gold demand has soared in the past 30 years due to significant growth in emerging economies – particularly China and India. And growth has not just been limited to gold’s traditional role as an investment asset or for use in jewellery, with gold increasingly being used as a component in modern consumer electronics products such as smartphones and in the circuitry of electric vehicles.“According to Dr Trevor Keel at the World Gold Council gold compounds are also ‘showing promise as a new class of antibiotic in early-phase clinical studies. It is conceivable that gold-containing drugs will form part of our defence against infection by 2048’.“These new applications for gold combined with traditional investment demand in growing economies presents a significant opportunity for Australian gold mining companies to play a major role in future global supply chains.“However, this opportunity is far from guaranteed, with the report listing a range of production challenges: ‘discoveries have been scant; permitting timelines are long; capital costs have ballooned; ESG [environmental, social and governance] requirements are becoming more challenging; operating costs have risen; and political risk has increased’.“These factors handicap the capacity of Australian gold producers in their efforts to develop new mines and sustain existing operations. The recent risk of increased gold royalties in Western Australian and the Northern Territory shows a short-sighted approach to encouraging a worldclass Australian industry at a time when production costs are growing.“Australia has already missed an opportunity in the past decade. The report shows much of the recent growth in global gold demand has been supplied from new emerging gold regions and mines in other parts of the world.“Both federal and state governments must support Australian gold miners with stable royalty and tax systems, sound environmental regulation and a commitment to exploration programs if Australia is to make the most of the next phase of technology-led growth in gold demand.”
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target Do you like visiting museums? They can be hit or miss, depending on which ones you go to. There are too many loud kids, not enough exhibits, or boring exhibits at that in some cases. What if you had a chance to check out Sailor Moon-themed exhibits at a space museum? Would you be interested? If your answer was anything but an enthusiastic and resounding “absolutely,” then you might not want to continue reading.The TeNQ space museum in Tokyo Dome City is having a special Sailor Moon collaboration that starts on December 15 this year and extends through April 15 next year. You’ve got several months to check it out, and the event is called Over the Sailor Moon. It’s meant to explore the Sailor Soldiers’ relationships regarding the cosmos itself, such as celestial bodies, the planets, astrology, and more.【更新】東京ドームシティにある宇宙ミュージアムＴｅＮＱとの夢のコラボレーションがついに実現！ 企画展『Over The Sailor Moon ～宇宙への招待～』の開催が決定しました！https://t.co/pGHwtan1Qp pic.twitter.com/TiJIQvZJOy— セーラームーン25th公式 (@sailormoon_25th) October 25, 2017There are five different themes with myths from the planets and stars, photography areas to help you get into the mood with the Silver Millennium-themed decorations with the Moon Kingdom, and an area to draw Sailor Moon characters and create messages for others to be shared in the corner of the museum. It’s going to be a full-on Sailor Moon explosion, with plenty of excellent sights to see for fans of the show and those who want to learn more about the real-life planets and their role in the expanse of space.There’s also a whole lot of awesome Sailor Moon merch to buy too, with tote bags, necklaces, bookmarks, and plenty of other items to purchase that will commemorate your time spent at the museum. If you’re interested in attending and will be in the area, make sure you reserve your ticket and snap up this limited-edition march, because as you can imagine it’ll be going quick. And who wouldn’t want to remember their awesome time spent at a museum with an entire area dedicated to Sailor Moon?
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Kieran Trippier made his international debut less than one year ago – and now, he is about to be included in England’s starting eleven in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.The Tottenham Hotspur full-back admitted that the last year has been a bit crazy for him as he was called up to the national team for the first time and now, he is about to be given a chance to play in the World Cup.Trippier spoke about his current feelings as he said, according to tottenhamhotspur.com:Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I made my England debut last year and if I thought then about having the chance to go to the World Cup and even starting…it’s an unbelievable feeling.”“I grew up watching the World Cup and to now actually be a part of it, I’m speechless really.”“To be involved in a World Cup, just to be there and part of the squad and now people talking that I could start, it’s incredible. I can’t wait and whatever happens, I’ll give my all.”
When law enforcement officers and firefighters die in the line of duty, their survivors may be left without health insurance. Three families of state troopers who died in the past three years have been covered under orders issued by Governors Sean Parnell and Bill Walker. But a future administration could change this. The families are looking for a permanent solution that will cover themselves and other survivors in the future. But there’s a debate over how that should happen.Download AudioPolice car in Juneau(Photo by: Mikko Wilson / KTOO)When Nikki Toll’s husband, Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll, died in a helicopter crash in 2013, she quickly found out that health coverage for herself and their three sons was ending.“His body hadn’t even been positively identified yet and we were without insurance,” Toll said.She was able to purchase coverage through the Public Employee Retirement System. But — due to paperwork problems with her husband’s death certificate, she paid extra. She only received relief a year later. That’s when the shooting deaths of Trooper Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich led then-Governor Sean Parnell to order that the survivors’ families receive health benefits.Anchorage Republican Representative Charisse Millett introduced House Bill 66 to permanently provide these benefits to survivors.But the bill stalled after it was referred to the House Labor and Commerce Committee.Committee Chairman Republican Kurt Olson of Soldotna says the proposal needs to be considered more.He says it’s not clear whether the federal law that regulates state-provided insurance allows for survivors to be covered. He also questions whether it’s legally appropriate to cover some survivors of public workers and not others. He noted that workers with duties other than public safety die while performing their duties.Olson also says it may be more appropriate for troopers’ families to be covered through labor contracts, rather than changes in state law.“If each of the bargaining units are looking for something like that, it should be something that will be negotiated,” Olson said. “And there are other ways that it could be addressed. For example, life insurance or annuities.”Majority Leader Millett tried to insert the legislation as an amendment to the wide
Sriharikota: With the countdown clock freezing minutes before 2 am, the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to moon, was called off 56 minutes before the scheduled time early Monday morning. The GSLV Mark III carrying the orbiter, lander, and rover was to take off at 2:51 am from Sriharikota, the country’s only launch site. The launch was aborted as an “abundant precaution” after a technical snag was noticed in the launch vehicle systems after filling liquid hydrogen in the cryogenic upper stage of the rocket. “A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” a statement from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das is banking on the all-round development work of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, as he hopes to win the Maheshtala by-election scheduled to be held on Monday.The Maheshtala Assembly seat in South 24-Parganas district fell vacant after the death of its two-time representative Kasturi Das of Trinamool in February this year. Das has been pitched against a Congress-Left Alliance and BJP that has emerged as a distant second in the recently concluded Panchayat elections. The CPI(M)-Congress alliance had fielded Pravash Chowdhury while BJP’s candidate is Sujit Ghosh. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Panchayat election results have shown clearly that people of the state are with the development of Mamata Banerjee. Maheshtala is also not an exception. In the last few years, a development wave has swept here. I have been campaigning, highlighting the development work that has taken place and will follow in the next few years,” Das said.According to Das, who is the sitting chairman of Maheshtala Municipality, 80 percent of the sprucing up of the roads has already been completed, along with complete overhaul of the water distribution system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has assured me to construct an intake jetty at Pujali for treatment of water, so that water from Pujali can also be used in Maheshtala,” Das maintained.Major real estate development like Eden City and Bata Riverside has changed the topography of the area. “The 19 km flyover from Jinjira Baazar to Bata will make the connectivity much better,” he added.The seat had been a CPI(M) bastion till 2011, when it lost to Trinamool Congress, which grabbed power in the state. Dulal’s wife late Kasturi Das defeated CPI(M)’s candidate by more than 26,000 votes. In 2016, she returned to defeat the party again by 12,452 votes. In contrast, the BJP received 3,689 votes in 2011 and 14,909 votes in 2016. The bypoll has been scheduled for May 28 and counting will be on May 31.The Maheshtala Assembly constituency has 35 wards of Maheshtala municipality. However, wards from 1 to 7, 9 and 10 have gone out of the municipality area because of delimitation.It may be mentioned that the 26 wards, starting from the border of Metiabruz-Garden Reach up to Shyampur, have a sharp divide not only population-wise, but also in terms of social status and economic sustainability. The area from Shyampur to Batanagar has a dominance of Hindu population, which thrives on service and business, while the 45 percent Muslim population living on the both sides of the railway track from Brace-Bridge to Akra, Memanpur and Dakghar is mainly dependent on the garment industry.
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E-mail is the traditional, primary, and the most vital part of communication within business organizations. They hold minutes of important discussions, confidential documents as attachments, high-profile business contact details, and much more. Hence, hackers or intruders often use emails as a medium to deliver dangerous content to the victim via attachments or by providing links to malicious websites. Companies throughout the world take huge efforts to detect malicious content within their communication media by setting up robust antivirus firewalls. But, how secure are they? Many choose antivirus engines based on their popularity than its performance. The myth that famous antivirus packages get you utmost security is now debunked by Email-sec-360°. According to Phys Org, it surpasses 60 other popular antivirus packages known to us. Email-sec-360° is developed by Aviad Cohen, a Ph.D. student, and researcher at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Malware Lab researchers. It detects unknown, malicious emails much more accurately than the popular antivirus products such as Kaspersky, McAfee, Avast, etc. Email-sec-360° vs other popular antivirus engines Present antivirus engines use rule-based methods to analyze specific email sections. These often overlook the other important parts of the email. Dr. Nir Nissim, head of the David and Janet Polak Family Malware Lab at Cyber@BGU, stated that the existing antivirus engines use signature-based detection methods. These methods are at times insufficient for detecting new and unknown malicious emails. However, Email-sec-360° is based on machine learning methods and leverages 100 general descriptive features extracted from all email components, which include the header, body and attachments. Also an interesting fact about this method is that, it does not require an internet access. Thus, it provides a seamless threat detection in real-time and can be easily deployed by any individual or organizations. A well-experimented approach by the Malware Lab The researchers used a collection of 33,142 emails, which included 12,835 malicious and 20,307 benign emails obtained between 2013 and 2016. Later, they compared their detection model to 60 industry-leading antivirus engines as well as previous research. On doing this, they found their system to outperform the next best antivirus engine, Cyren, by a 13 percent range. BGU’s Malware Lab method vs the others BGU Malware Lab plan to extend this method by including research and analysis of attachments (PDFs and Microsoft Office documents) within the Email-sec-360°. Dr. Nissim adds,”since these are often used by hackers to get users to open and propagate viruses and malware.” They are also planning to develop an online system that evaluates the security risk posed by an email message. This system will be based on advanced machine learning methods and would also allow users to submit suspicious email messages and quickly obtain a maliciousness score. The system will further recommend on how to treat the email and would help to collect benign and malicious emails for research purposes. Read more about Email-sec-360° in the Phys Org blog post Read Next Pentest tool in focus: Metasploit 12 common malware types you should know 4 Ways You Can Use Machine Learning for Enterprise Security
Yesterday, Syrus Akbary, the founder and CEO of Wasmer, introduced WebAssembly interfaces. It provides a convenient s-expression (symbolic expression) text format that can be used to validate the imports and exports of a Wasm module. Why WebAssembly Interfaces are needed? The Wasmer runtime initially supported only running Emscripten-generated modules and later on added support for other ABIs including WASI and Wascap. WebAssembly runtimes like Wasmer have to do a lot of checks before starting an instance. It does that to ensure a WebAssembly module is compliant with a certain Application Binary Interface (Emscripten or WASI). It checks whether the module imports and exports are what the runtime expects, namely the function signatures and global types match. These checks are important for: Making sure a module is going to work with a certain runtime. Assuring a module is compatible with a certain ABI. Creating a plugin ecosystem for any program that uses WebAssembly as part of its plugin system. The team behind Wasmer introduced WebAssembly Interfaces to ease this process by providing a way to validate imports and exports are as expected. This is how a WebAssembly Interface for WASI looks like: Source: Wasmer WebAssembly Interfaces allow you to run various programs with each ABI, such as Nginx (Emscripten) and Cowsay (WASI). When used together with WAPM (WebAssembly Package Manager), you will also be able to make use of the entire WAPM ecosystem to create, verify, and distribute plugins. They have also proposed it as a standard for defining a specific set of imports and exports that a module must have, in a way that is statically analyzable. Read the official announcement by Wasmer. Read Next Fastly CTO Tyler McMullen on Lucet and the future of WebAssembly and Rust [Interview] LLVM WebAssembly backend will soon become Emscripten’s default backend, V8 announces Qt 5.13 releases with a fully-supported WebAssembly module, Chromium 73 support, and more
Comments Share Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories LONDON (AP) — Neglect and delays in providing medical treatment contributed to the deaths of three British army reservists who collapsed during a grueling special forces selection march, a coroner ruled Tuesday.Lance Cpls. Edward Maher and Craig Roberts and Cpl. James Dunsby all suffered from heatstroke on July 13, 2013, when the men were taking part in the military exercise in the Brecon Beacons national park in Wales. The 16-mile (26-kilometer) hike took place on one of the year’s hottest days.Maher and Roberts were pronounced dead on the hills, while Dunsby died in a hospital two weeks later from multiple organ failure.Coroner Louise Hunt said all three men died as a result of a “failure to properly organize and manage” the exercise.Risk assessment before the march was inadequate, she said, adding that the three reservists “would have survived” if they received basic medical treatment in time.Brigadier John Donnelly, the army’s personnel director, apologized for the mistakes.“It is necessary to train our soldiers to the high standards to meet the security challenges that we face both in this country and overseas and to do this requires our individuals to push themselves and take some risk,” he said. “However, we must ensure those risks are carefully managed. In this case we did not do this and accept responsibility.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean
Planning ahead can save you big bucks, according to research, that found travellers could pay up to 116 percent more for an airfare purchased one day before travel compared to a ticket booked three weeks earlier.A FCm Travel Solutions study on tickets for the departure date of 5 July found tickets purchased 21 days before the date were at an average cost of $105, while the ticketing price for the day before departure shot up to $227.The company’s regional general manager Nick Queale said the study indicates that last minute tickets with most domestic carriers experience significant price rises and leisure travellers as well as business could benefit from booking early.“Buying tickets in advance is an important strategy for passengers to keep in mind particularly if you’re travelling in peak periods such as Christmas or school holidays when there is a higher demand for air travel,” Mr Queale advised.“For companies looking to reduce their business travel costs we recommend implementing an ‘advance purchase’ policy into staff travel guidelines to ensure maximum savings across all employee travel.”According to the study, even purchasing the ticket 11-20 days before departure can see an average 17 percent increase in cost to up to $123 while a ticket paid for two to five days before departure will rise by up to 43 percent to $150. “It’s crucial a business has access to experienced account managers that have the reporting technology and the airfare experience to know how to capture and benchmark this kind of data,” Mr Queale concluded.“Companies can use this information to improve the way they buy travel to increase savings over the long term.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Home price Homebuying Homeowner school zone 2017-03-31 Rachel Williams Share Though suburban home prices typically go up in relation to school district quality, according to a recent New York Times analysis, there are some “sweet spots,” where affordable housing doesn’t mean sacrificing a good education.Using data from Redfin, as well as test scores from the Stanford Education Data Archive, Times writers Quoctrung Bui and Conor Dougherty analyzed school quality, home price, and commute time. What they found were a handful of pockets in the San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, and Chicago metro areas that still offer quality schools without the high price tag. The catch? They’re further out from the city and require longer commutes.“Living in the suburbs can save money, but residents pay in the form of longer commutes and loss of urban amenities,” Bui and Dougherty wrote.The writers listed Boston as a good example.“In the Boston area (where many suburban school districts are considered first-rate),” the analysis stated, “more expensive school districts like Brookline, Massachusetts, tend to have strong scores and relatively short commutes. Equally good districts, like Lexington, may be cheaper, but people living there face longer commutes.”Bui and Dougherty found that these sweet spots like Lexington are often because, in some cities, residents simply show a preference for urban living—no matter what school quality in the area looks like.“But in some areas–particularly a handful of dense cities with good public transit–the preference for being in the city center seems to outweigh the importance of school quality by a huge margin,” they wrote. “Homes in central city locations are generally more valued than those farther out, and prices in the urban locations have risen far faster than in the suburbs since 2000.”This was seen the most in San Francisco where, even though neighboring cities boast much better school districts, cost per square foot is significantly higher in the city. Minneapolis had the most comparable city vs. suburb prices.“The Bay Area is the most extreme case: Homes in the central city carry such a huge premium that buyers in suburban cities like Albany and San Ramon end up paying several hundred dollars less per square foot even though the schools are significantly better than those in San Francisco.”The public transit is key in these urban-dense cities, and it’s why similar trends can be seen in New York and Boston, too, Bui and Dougherty wrote.“What these cities have in common is that they are less automobile-dominated,” the analysis stated. “They are among the few American cities where a significant share of the population walks, bikes or takes public transit to work. So the lifestyle difference between living in the city and suburbs in those metropolitan areas is much more stark than in other places in America, where nearly everyone drives.”According to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin, there are even smaller towns this applies to, too—namely Alexandria, Virginia, and Somerville, Massachusetts, which Richardson called “dense transit-friendly suburbs.” These are experiencing price increases tied to density, not school quality.“But in places like Phoenix, L.A., Dallas and Atlanta,” she said, “the trade-off between living in the city and the suburbs is not as great, so why not go to where the best schools are and homes cost the least?”According to the article, economists estimate that suburbs see a 2.5 percent jump in housing prices with every 5-percent increase in test scores. March 31, 2017 598 Views Analysis: Better Schools, Housing Prices Require Longer Commutes