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first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 29, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard from Maria Laura Casalegno, a Young Champion working in MexicoYoung Champion Martha Fikre Adenew wrote about maternal health in LouisianaThe Maternal Health Policy Dialogue Series streamed live on the Wilson Center’s websiteYoung Champion Anna Dion updated us on her work in ArgentinaFormer MHTF staff member, Kate Mitchell, wrote about her work with community health workers in IndiaYoung Champion Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi wrote about her first month of work in India Some weekend reading:Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says maternal health is a priorityAn evaluation of women-led community mobilization intervention (PDF) for maternal and newborn healthA gel to replace the pill?Share this:last_img read more

Govt mulling another booster dose to reinvigorate economy

first_imgNew Delhi: The finance ministry is working on one more booster dose to give a leg-up to the economy that has hit over six-year low of 5 per cent, a senior finance ministry official said. The blue print for the stimulus is ready that would be announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the next few days, the official said without giving further details. The government announced a slew of measures in three dosages which include a special window for real estate, export incentives, bank consolidation and sops for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the automobile sector. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEarlier this week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had said the government has taken a number of measures to boost the economy in three phases and indicated that more steps are likely. “I think with right measures taken, things should improve. It’s a positive trend that the government is responding fast and I don’t think we have heard the last from the government with regard to dealing with the current economic situation… My expectation is that it will be a continuous process and they would definitely be dealing with other challenges,” he had said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe first set of announcements was made on August 23 that included rollback of the enhanced surcharge imposed on foreign portfolio and domestic investors in Budget 2019-20. Sitharaman had in her maiden Budget raised the surcharge on income tax paid by super-rich individuals. The surcharge, levied on top of the applicable income tax rate, was hiked from 15 per cent to 25 per cent for those with a taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore, and to 37 per cent for those earning more than Rs 5 crore. This increased the effective tax rate for these two groups by 3.12 per cent and 7 per cent to 39 per cent and 42.74 per cent, respectively. Some 40 per cent of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) automatically came under the higher tax rate as they have been investing as a non-corporate entity, such as trust or association of persons (AOPs), which in the income tax law is classified as an individual for the purpose of taxation. It was followed by announcement with regard to consolidation of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four on August 30. According to the consolidation exercise, United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce are to be merged with Punjab National Bank, making the proposed entity the second-largest PSB. Syndicate Bank is to be merged with Canara Bank. Allahabad Bank will be merged with Indian Bank. Andhra Bank will be amalgamated with Corporation Bank and Union Bank of India. This would be the second round of consolidation of PSBs. Earlier this year, State Bank of India had absorbed its five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank to form the biggest public sector lender. In another merger, Bank of Baroda had taken over Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. Last week, the government announced a slew of measures to boost exports and the real estate sector. During the week, the finance minister will chair the 37th meeting of the GST Council, which is expected to discuss rate revisions for various sectors, including automobiles, fast-moving consumer goods, and hotels. Besides, she will meet heads of the PSBs to discuss issues, including following up on transmission of monetary policy rates.last_img read more

Casablanca Buses to Adopt the Trams Ticket System in mid2014

first_imgCasablanca – According to daily La Vie Eco, Casablanca’s M’dina buses will start using the same ticket management system used by Casa Tram by the first half of 2014.According to the same source, the project has reached a completion rate of 85%. However, for interoperability to be effective, there remain certain issues that need be addressed, starting with the rates and the distribution of revenues between the company that manages M’dina buses and the one that operates the tramway.These points will be discussed by the City Council during the first quarter of 2014, as the quality of services or investments made by each party are unequal. It should also be noted that after a year of service, Casa Tram has already exceeded its objectives in terms of number of passengers.With 21.8 million transported passengers, the tram transports a daily average of 100,000 passengers, while the initial objective was set to 85000.This has generated revenues of MAD 123 million last December. However, the company could not avoid a deficit of MAD 189 million in its first year.For the management of Casa Transport, interoperability with the bus will play a key role in balancing the tram’s finances, since it would help generate sufficient revenues to cover operating expenses.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

A Baseballs Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter One Part Pitcher

For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets its way to an outfielder’s glove or lands just inches outside the foul line, it’s a consequence of the batter and the defense, but not the pitcher. That argument is what led to Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a statistic that attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance only for the events for which we know the pitcher has definite responsibility (walks, strikeouts and home runs — in sabermetrics parlance, the “Three True Outcomes”). FIP throws out base hits completely on the basis that they are partially a product of the defense.But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.But first, let’s talk batters. Last week, I used Statcast to show that harder-struck pitches tend to fall for hits more often. That, generally, makes hard contact good for the hitter and bad for the pitcher. Obviously, some hitters are better at hitting the ball hard. What Statcast tells us is that some pitchers are better at making batters hit the ball softly.That’s not to say pitchers hold the upper hand. In my models1Specifically, I used a linear random effects model with the R package lme4. The model was specified as follows:Batted ball velocity ~ (1|hitter) + (1|pitcher) + (1|ballpark).In total, batter explains 3 percent of the variance in batted ball velocity, while pitcher explains 0.6 percent and park 0.03 percent. of batted ball velocity that incorporate the pitcher, batter and ballpark, the batter’s effect dominates the pitcher’s. A ball’s exit velocity after a bat strikes it is about five times more the batter’s doing than the pitcher’s. This fact seems to partially vindicate FIP — batters really are the ones in control.At the same time, the pitcher’s effect is not negligible.2Deriving a p-value in a random effects model is tricky. However, the random effect for pitchers significantly improves the model by AIC, improves out-of-sample prediction accuracy, and is larger than expected under a null distribution derived from permutations. While the best batters increase batted ball velocity by as much as 7-8 mph, the best pitchers suppress it by 1.5 mph compared with the average pitcher.That has real significance: Such a decrease roughly equates to a 13-point decrease in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a given batted ball.3This number comes from a logistic regression of exit velocity for each batted ball. Over the course of a game, the pitchers who can best decrease exit velocity save about a quarter of a run (on average). A quarter of a run doesn’t sound like much? Multiplied over a season, all those quarters of a run add up to about one win of value.4Run expectancy numbers are derived from a linear regression of linear weights value per pitch on batted ball velocity. Linear weights values come from Pitch Info.So that means FIP is flawed as an overall value metric, at least for some pitchers. Who are those pitchers? Here’s a table of all 485 pitchers with batted ball data this season as of the writing of this article.5This amounts to 17,768 batted balls. You may notice that most relievers are close to zero on this list. That’s because the model does not have enough data per reliever to be certain that they are altering velocity heavily, so it regresses their readings to the mean. Search for your favorite pitcher and see how many miles per hour he takes away from or adds to the average batted ball. The five best pitchers in the league: the Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (balls leave the bat 1.63 mph slower than average when Chen pitches); the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale (1.56 mph); the Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards (1.53 mph); the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.46 mph, before he experienced a season-ending injury April 25); and the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (1.40 mph). Many of these pitchers are bona fide aces, most obviously Sale, Richards and Wainwright (Clayton Kershaw also lurks in ninth place). These players are not only adept at managing contact, they are also skilled strikeout artists. FIP accurately tabs them as great pitchers even without information about their contact-controlling abilities.These pitchers control their opposition’s quality of contact partly by driving the hitters into bad counts. In pitcher’s counts, hitters tend to put weak, defensive swings on the ball, resulting in glancing contact. About 15 percent of pitchers’ exit velocity suppression comes from controlling the count.6This estimate is derived by incorporating count into the model as a fixed effect and then determining how much the pitcher’s estimated random effect decreased. Richards, for example, has reached two-strike counts in 92 of his opponents’ plate appearances, compared with three-ball counts in only 38; in the former, hitters have a .271 BABIP, whereas in the latter, they have a .333 BABIP.7The league difference is a bit smaller, but still significant: .291 BABIP with three balls, .281 with two strikes.Chen is an intriguing case. The best at suppressing batted ball velocity, Chen also has the largest gap between ERA and FIP among qualified starters. In fact, Chen has put up a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP in three of the four years in which he’s pitched in MLB. Lacking batted ball velocity in years prior, we cannot say that his skill is consistent, but his results appear to be.FIP doesn’t only fail to credit the pitchers who manage their opponent’s batted ball velocity, it also fails to blame bad ones who consistently get hit hard.The league’s bottom five in that respect: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Vance Worley (1.43 mph added to a ball’s exit velocity, compared with average); the Tampa Bay Rays’ Nate Karns (1.39 mph); the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum (1.16 mph); the Kansas City Royals’ Yordano Ventura (1.11 mph); and the San Diego Padres’ James Shields (1.06 mph). Just as the best pitchers tended to be better than average even by FIP, these five are worse. And while the aces use the count to their advantage, these pitchers are liable to find themselves in hitter’s counts, which causes some of their problems in the first place.Their exit velocity stats are also worse because they serve up pitches down the middle of the plate. Batters crave these meatballs and can punish them for extra-base hits and home runs. When I took pitch location out of the model, the pitchers’ effects on batted ball velocities fell by 20 percent on average.8Location was added into the model with a quadratic term for horizontal and vertical coordinates after adjusting for the count.Ventura, the Royals’ young flamethrower, is a conspicuous member of this worst-in-the-league list. Like Worley and Karns, he tends to throw his four-seam fastball more often than the league average.9Using pitch tags generously supplied to me by Pitch Info. That’s significant because fastballs tend to get hammered the hardest (even adjusting for count and location). Ventura, and other fastball-heavy starters, run the risk of allowing harder contact and more hits.The idea that pitchers can, in fact, influence their BABIP is not new. Shortly after the initial publication of DIPS, Tom Tippett (currently employed by the Red Sox) wrote about how the best pitchers seemed to be able to control the probability that their struck pitches would fall for hits. Tippett had only anecdotal examples such as Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, so the sabermetric community coalesced on the idea that they could be exceptions to a very reasonable rule.Now that we have Statcast’s data, we can see otherwise. No one will mistake Wei-Yin Chen for Pedro Martinez, but it appears that Chen can repeatably depress his opponent’s batted ball velocity, and a statistic such as FIP will fail to credit him for that skill.10Fortunately, new statistics such as Baseball Prospectus’ DRA (Deserved Run Average) do take into account all the events in which a pitcher plays a part. In fact, individual pitchers’ DRAs better correlate with the velocity suppression effects I calculated than their FIPs do, indicating that DRA is capturing some of this skill. Statcast’s data is beginning to challenge not only our views of specific players, but also some of the fundamental precepts of sabermetrics.Special thanks to Baseball Savant for the batted ball data; Pitch Info and Harry Pavlidis for the use of pitch tag data; and Jonathan Judge, Greg Matthews, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Turkenkopf for helpful comments and feedback.CORRECTION (May 22, 11:38 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Wei-Yin Chen had a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP all four years in which he pitched in the league. That wasn’t true in 2013, when his ERA was slightly higher than his FIP. read more

Urban Meyer I do believe Braxtons a Heisman candidate

Braxton for Heisman?Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better, however, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that Shazier and Roby were named OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said. read more

Asensio Vazquez give De Gea new nickname

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio and Vazquez were seen calling the United goalkeeper Karius in the tunnel before the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday in Miami.It is understood that De Gea might have been giving the nickname ‘Karius’ in the Spanish camp during the World Cup.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper was heading onto the pitch when he heard familiar voices call him Karius and the voices turned out of be those of Spanish teammates Asensio and Vazquez.The goalkeeper smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the duo before heading out to the pitch to warm up.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…De Gea had a difficult making just one save in all four games as La Furia Roja exited the competition in the second-round after a penalty shootout loss to host Russia.These below-par performances have led to comparisons with Liverpool’s Loris Karius by his Spanish teammates.Karius has had a difficult time of late. The German goalkeeper had a frustrating outing in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid and he’s has been unconvincing in preseason friendlies as well.Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record-goalkeeper fee to solve their problem in that department.last_img read more

Raul Albiol bullish about Serie A title hopes

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol is adamant the Serie A title is far from over despite Juventus’ perfect start to the season.Juventus currently hold a 100% record in the Serie A as they bid to reclaim their title.The Bianconeri have established a six-point lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s side with a win over them last weekend but Albiol is bullish about his team’s chances.“A few mistakes cost us,” Albiol recalled on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“In those kinds of games, you get punished for every mistake. They were more aggressive after they equalised, but the goal was more about our mistake.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“After 2-1 we started playing again, we had a lot of chances but it’s difficult having 10-men away at Juventus.“Is the title race already over? No, it’s not over. We knew from the start that Juventus were favourites, they spent a lot of money and bought great players. But it’s too early to say they’ve already won.“We know we have to do a lot to be up there with them, but there’s no use talking we just have to think about winning, starting with Sunday.“If we keep winning then it’s all to play for.”last_img read more

Expectations hinder Villa – Lambert

first_imgFormer Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists the high expectations surrounding the club is hindering its progress.Paul Lambert who also managed midlands rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers as recent as the 2016-17 season, has suggested that managing Aston Villa is a difficult task due to the expectancy levels at the club.The Villans are currently spending their third campaign in the Sky Bet Championship and after a poor start to the season, former Brentford manager Dean Smith has been appointed as a replacement for Steve Bruce.Smith who will be joined by former Villa defender has been tasked with trying to earn the club a return to the Premier League but Lambert, who had a three-year spell at Villa between 2012 and 2015 feels that the new manager will come under immediate pressure.Lambert told Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole: Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“It’s difficult because of the expectation level really. The club was trying to get sold [when I was there] but the fans have got the history of a European Cup-winning football club.“You’ve got that, a big fanbase behind you, who every time expect you to be up there.”Villa are currently placed 15th on the Championship standings.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of February 17, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Robert M. Ford, 91Stephen M. “Stunch” Johnson, 61Richard J. Lavoie, 85Ronald D. “Herman” Sullivan, 71Francis D. Walsh, 94Previously Lived In Wilmington:Michael A. Graves, 49Estelle May McLaughlin, 74Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas in Las Vegas

first_img Tags Post a comment Record producer and DJ Diplo shared images from the event live on his Instagram account and handled DJ duties at the reception, CBS reports. Turner wore a white satin pantsuit and white veil and carried a bouquet of white flowers highlighted by a blue flashing light. See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Game of Thrones airs Sunday on HBO. Just three episodes remain in the series. In true Vegas style, the couple appears to have been wed by an Elvis Presley impersonator, and instead of wedding bands, they exchanged Ring Pops. Jonas brothers Nick and Kevin served as groomsmen.Goofy Vegas details aside, this seems to be a real wedding. CNET sister site ET confirmed it with a look at the marriage license.Turner, 23, is a British actress who began playing Sansa on HBO’s Game of Thrones when she was just 14. She also plays Jean Grey in the X-Men film series.Jonas, 29, rose to fame with his family music group, the Jonas Brothers, and later formed DNCE, which had a huge 2015 hit with the song Cake by the Ocean. The couple announced their engagement back in 2017 with matching Instagram posts displaying Turner’s diamond engagement ring. 57 Photos 0 Share your voice More on Game of Thrones Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams: Yep, my mom watched that Arya scene Game of Thrones products: The coolest goods for Westeros watchers Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell statistical analysis: Who was the MVP? 187 Photos TV and Movies Congrats @joejonas & @SophieT who just tied the knot in Vegas! 🎉 @nickjonas & @kevinjonas by Joe’s side while @DanAndShay sang “Speechless” as Sophie walked down the aisle. ET can confirm the two obtained a marriage license in Vegas today. You can watch the vows on @diplo’s IG! pic.twitter.com/IjlpCA8akI— Cassie DiLaura (@CassieDiLaura) May 2, 2019 Her Game of Thrones character, Sansa Stark, has had some terrible forced weddings. But on Wednesday night, actress Sophie Turner married singer Joe Jonas in what appears to be a much happier event.The wedding was held at A Little White Wedding Chapel’s Chapel L’Amour after the evening’s Billboard Music Awards, CNET parent site CBS News reports. Game of Throneslast_img read more

Essar Steel Bhushan Steel and Electrosteel are probably up for grabs who

first_imgIndian workers store steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty ImagesNow that the banks have decided to take Essar Steel, Electrosteel Steels, and Bhushan Steel to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The outcome could be one of the three — closure, sell-off of assets or revival.Big fish to eat the little ones?If sell-off emerges as an option, who could be the buyers? India’s steel landscape is dominated by Tata Steel, JSW Steel and state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), while there are many smaller players like Jindal Steel and Power, Maharashtra Seamless and Welspun Corporation.The combined production capacity of the three defaulters is around 18 million tonnes per annum and together, they owe around Rs 1 lakh crore to banks.Before we get to the finer details, here are some details about the steel industry globally:China, Japan, and India are the top three steel producers of the world.In 2016, Global steel production rose almost 1 percent to 1,628 million tonnes, with China accounting for 808.4 million tonnes, or 49.6 percent, of the total world output. Japan produced 104.8 million tonnes while India’s crude steel production was 95.6 million tonnes, an increase of 7.4 percent over 2015, according to the World Steel Association (WSA).India’s steel production crossed 100 million tonnes in 2016-17; the country is aiming for a cumulative capacity of 300 million tonnes per annum and production of 255 million tonnes by 2030, according to the National Steel Policy unveiled last month.Company Company Production capacity*Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Company Tata Steel# Production capacity*9.7 MTPA  Financial Performance FY2017India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 72,367 croreCompany JSW SteelProduction capacity*18 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 41,549 croreCompany SAIL^Production capacity*14.3 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Not Available SAIL^14.3 MTPASales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreNot Available Tata Steel# 9.7 MTPA  India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreNet debt Rs 72,367 crore JSW Steel18 MTPASales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreNet debt Rs 41,549 crorecenter_img Company Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017 Source: Company filings, reports*: Crude steel, million tonnes per annum (MTPA).#: The capacity refers to its plant in Jamshedpur. The company is setting greenfield projects in two Jharkhand and Chattisgarh while the Kalinganagar plant will increase its capacity by 3 MTPA. The global capacity of the company is 29 MTPA.^: The capacity will increase to 21.4 MTPA after the company’s expansion initiatives are completed.Share prices hitThe news of lenders deciding to recover their loans impacted the share prices of other steel companies also on Friday. At around 1.40 pm, SAIL was down 1.54 percent to Rs 57.55, Tata Steel was trading 1.31 percent down at Rs 507.80 while JSW Steel was almost flat at Rs 196.10, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Now the big question remains, who will finally get to take the ‘troubled companies’ home?last_img read more

Sylhets rail link with Dhaka Ctg cut off

first_imgMoulvibazarTrain communication of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong remained suspended following the derailment of an intercity train in Kulara upazila in Moulvibazar on Thursday morning, reports UNB.Nurul Islam, TI of Kulaura railway station, said one of the compartments of the Sylhet-bound Jalalabad Express from Chittagong veered off the tracks around 9:45 am, halting the train communication on Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chittagong routes.On information, a salvage train from Akhaura junction is on way to the spot to rescue the derailed compartment.last_img read more

Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels

first_imgIsraeli soldiers and UN peacekeepers gather at the site where the Israeli army works on the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon. Photo: APAs Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.The mood was light as the crowd observed in real time what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed “Northern Shield” — aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. The young men posed for selfies, with the Israeli crew in the background, as they burned fires and brewed tea to keep warm.But Lebanese soldiers were visibly on high alert, deploying to new camouflaged posts behind sandbags and inside abandoned homes. About two dozen U.N. peacekeepers stood in a long line, just ahead of the blue line demarcating the frontier between the two countries technically still at war.The scene highlights the palpable anxiety that any misstep could lead to a conflagration between Israel and Lebanon that no one seems to want.Underscoring such jitters, shadowy figures appearing across the misty hills of the border village of Mays al-Jabal last weekend sparked panic, and Israeli soldiers fired in the air to warn a Lebanese military intelligence patrol, according to Lebanese reports. Israel said it fired at Hezbollah members who came to the site to dismantle sensors installed to detect tunnels.Israel’s tunnel search comes at a time when the civil war in neighbouring Syria seems to be winding down. Hezbollah had sent hundreds of troops to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. With Assad’s forces emerging victorious, attention now seems to be returning to the tense Israel-Lebanon border.Israel said its troops have discovered at least three tunnels along the frontier — a tactic used by Hezbollah in previous wars — and called on the international community to impose new sanctions on Hezbollah.The militant group, which fought a bruising but inconclusive war with Israel in 2006, has not commented on the Israeli operation or statements.Lebanese villagers smoke a water pipe and take souvenir pictures in front of Israeli excavators, in the southern border village of Mays al-Jabal, Lebanon. Photo: APLebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday that neither Israel nor Lebanon wanted to go to war, but noted that Israel violates Lebanese airspace and international waters on a regular basis.He said the Lebanese army “will deal with this issue” after receiving a full report from the UN peacekeeping force, but did not elaborate.The peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, has confirmed the presence of tunnels and said it is working with both sides to address the situation in line with UN Security Council resolutions.In southern Lebanon on Thursday, Lebanese army soldiers observed the frontier in Mays al-Jabal, taking photos of their Israeli counterparts operating only a few meters (yards) away. At times, the Lebanese soldiers asked the young men to move back, away from the frontier.Ali Jaber, a 21-year-old resident of Mays al-Jabal, said he believes that Hezbollah is more popular after the Syria war, and that this is the reason Israel is now turning to it. “But whoever puts up a shield and is hiding and making fortifications must be scared,” he said.Hussein Melhem, a 19-year old electrician from the village, came to watch. His cheeks ruddy on a cold but clear day, he covered his head with a tight hood. He alleged that Israel is trying to change the border.”If they could occupy all of this, they would,” he said, in an apparent reference to Israel’s 18-year military occupation of southern Lebanon which ended in 2000. “But the resistance will prevent them.”As a seven-year-old in 2006, Melhem and his family left Mays al-Jabal when Israel invaded. His village was badly damaged but has since largely recovered and he said he found their home intact.It is hard to forget about war in the villages and towns along the frontier. Pictures of Hezbollah fighters who died in the 2006 war, as well as the one raging in neighbouring Syria, known locally as the “Sacred Defence,” are everywhere. Posts on town squares boast of defeating Israel or urge the locals to “know their enemy.”During the Syrian civil war, Israel has frequently carried out airstrikes in Syria against Iranian-allied forces, particularly Hezbollah. Israel says it aims to prevent sophisticated weaponry from reaching Hezbollah, which it considers its most pressing security concern.In Lebanon, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings have raised suspicions that he is also using the tunnel operation as a diplomatic pressure card.Netanyahu has called for more sanctions against Hezbollah. In a visit to the frontier earlier this week, he warned that if Hezbollah tries to disrupt the search for tunnels, “it will be hit in a way it cannot even imagine.”In Israel, some newspaper commentators have been critical of the U.N. peacekeeping force, whose mandate Israel and the United States have unsuccessfully attempted to expand to include “intervention and deterrence.”About 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the north from Mays al-Jabal, Israeli soldiers are also operating along another frontier to uncover what they suspect is a tunnel location.There, a high concrete wall separates them from the Lebanese village of Kfar Kela.UN peacekeepers and Lebanese army separately patrol the area. Israel began building the wall in 2012, and this section was completed weeks ago. While graffiti covers the older slabs of concrete, water has collected under the newer segment of the wall.A UN peacekeeping force was working to clear the water after Lebanese residents complained it comes from irrigation drainage from the other side.last_img read more

Culture Blends with Coffee in DCs Brightwood Park

first_imgOne year ago, the Brightwood Park neighborhood, a predominantly residential area in northwest Washington, D.C. just north of Howard University, welcomed a not-so-ordinary coffee shop called Culture Coffee.It’s a place where local vendors serve up much of the daily menu, such as Quentina Hampton’s breakfast quiches and 81-year-old Christien Thomas’s lemon pound cake.Step into Culture Coffee and, depending on the day or time, you may find yourself in the midst of an open-mic poetry reading, a neighborhood book club meeting, a birthday party or just a local community gathering. Lining the walls are the works of local artists for sale that you won’t find at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.“We have a space for pretty much anything you like,” said Saundrell Stevens, one of the café’s co-owners. “It’s not your typical coffee house.”Veronica Cooper, the other owner, agreed.“We are named Culture Coffee because we cater to different age, education and ethnic groups,” Cooper said. “It is really a big melting pot.”That is exactly what Cooper and Stevens had in mind for their coffee shop when they came up with the idea three and a half years ago.Stevens was frustrated about the lack of coffee shops in the neighborhood. She wanted to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee without driving miles away from home to get it. Cooper felt like coffee was speaking to her.“That Sunday of President Obama’s first inauguration, my girlfriend headed that ball,” Cooper said. “She asked me to help her put 1,000 bags of coffee in the gift bags. Every day, a coffee situation was coming up just like that.”Stevens said they both wanted something a little different from the typical coffee bar.“I wanted a nice coffee bar to go to that wasn’t so traditional,” she said. “I wanted something where people could go and sit down and get comfortable.”So far, the community has responded well.“[Culture Coffee] is far superior to Starbucks,” said Lisa Tucker, a real estate agent and frequent customer. “The local aspect and the coffee are better.”Danielle Parsons, a public health specialist, is also a fan.“Going to Culture Coffee is less about what I’m getting to drink and more about the environment, and who I might see there and who I might chat with,” said Parsons, 31.Cooper, a seamstress, and Stevens, a full-time government employee, took three and a half years to properly prepare for launching Culture Coffee. First, they saved money from their income. Next, they took out a Small Business Association loan worth $100,000. They put together a business plan and submitted it to a bank for approval.“After that, you find a location,” Stevens said. “We had the location maybe six months before we actually got approved for the loan. We just knew it was going to happen. You have to believe.”Culture Coffee opened for business on Nov. 2, 2013.“I was very nervous,” Stevens said. “I did not sleep at all, but I was very excited.”They sell coffee, tea, smoothies, milkshakes and wine, and sandwiches, pastries, salads, snacks and breakfast food are also on the menu. Not only do they boast an extensive menu, but all items are affordable.“Certain things are cheaper than at Starbucks, and they taste better,” customer Nishon Brown said.With their extensive and inexpensive menu and openness to the community, Culture Coffee is exactly what Cooper and Stevens envisioned. However, Cooper and Stevens said the business has not been profitable yet.“Business is steadily growing, a nice, even, slow pace, nothing fast,” Cooper aid. “It is a slow, steady climb.”Culture Coffee is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

Did You Know

first_imgStory Links Did you know…?A student-athlete may practice, but not compete, during the first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled less than full-time, provided the student is otherwise eligible. See Bylaw 14.2.1.6 below for more information. 14.2.1.6 Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan w Videos

first_imgUsing ‘Air Multiplier’ technology, air is pushed forward, dragging air from behind and from the sides.Without rotor blades, a smooth airflow is created. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: For detailed information on the design and how the bladeless fan works, visit the Dyson website.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Unlike conventional fans that rely on fan blades to chop the air and push it forward, the bladeless fan technology uses an airflow principle modeled after an airplane wing. Air is pulled into the machine’s cylindrical base using a small brushless motor. The motor’s impeller pushes air into a hollow ring and is then forced out a slit that runs all around the ring. The air is then accelerated into the circular chamber which is called a loop amplifier. The video below illustrates the airflow technology. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — James Dyson, inventor of the bag-less vacuum cleaners has taken his invention one step further with the unveiling of the bladeless fan. Using ‘Air Multiplier’ technology the bladeless fan pushes 119 gallons of air per second. In an interview with Dyson, he said: “I’ve always been disappointed by fans. Their spinning blades chop up the airflow, causing annoying buffeting. They’re hard to clean and children always want to poke their fingers through the grille. So we’ve developed a new type of fan that doesn’t use blades.” Citation: Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan (w/ Videos) (2009, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-dyson-unveils-bladeless-fan-videos.html Video: Swine flu health tipslast_img read more

Derek slams BJP for featuring children in promotional video

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien came down heavily on the BJP for flouting the model code of conduct laid down by the Election Commission of India by featuring children under the age of 14 in its political promotional video.In his Twitter handle, O’Brien said: “After being insensitive to children with dyslexia, Modi and the BJP do it again! Children under 14 being used in political promo music video. Breaking EC rules. Shameless. #CheatIndia So desperate for votes?” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe pointed out that the Delhi High Court in a judgment on 15 July, 2013, advised political parties to take note of provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 which is concerns children in the age group 14 to 18 years. The court had said that the provisions under the act should not be flouted during election campaign. He alleged that Modi used pictures of jawans to seek votes. It may be mentioned here that various top Trinamool Congress leaders had been vocal against the BJP for its attempt to take credit of the Balakot air strike. Many banners were put at various points in the city by the state BJP leaders with photos of armed forces. They also brought the matter to the notice of the Election Commission. The Commission has however issued necessary instructions to the administration to remove all such banners.last_img read more

What Will It Be Like to Fly in a Blue Origin Spaceship

first_img 2 min read Like fellow moguls Elon Musk and Richard Branson, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos hopes to send humans to Mars and beyond with his company Blue Origin. But first he has his eye on getting civilian passengers into Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceships in 2018 for suborbital journeys — after trained astronauts test them out.To that end, Bezos has a former NASA engineer named Nicholas Patrick overseeing development of the vessels as the company’s human integration architect.Passengers interested in one of Blue Origin’s future suborbital flights can expect to experience a brisk 11-minute journey, complete with up to three G’s of acceleration and roughly four minutes of weightlessness, GeekWire reports.Related: Blue Origin Successfully Tests Capsule Safety, Lands BoosterPatrick recently spoke at an Astronomy on Tap event at the Peddler Brewing Company in Seattle, where he discussed some of the details that he and the Blue Origin team are working to determine.“Obviously, everybody’s goal is to get this price down a long way. We’re not going to get millions of people living and working in space by charging a quarter of a million dollars or $100,000 just for a suborbital flight,” Patrick said. “We need to get that cost down to thousands or even hundreds of dollars eventually. That way we can afford to send a lot of people up there, which is when the space-based economy will really take off.”Related: Jeff Bezos’s Space Startup Blue Origin Soars Into the Reusable Rocket RacePatrick said that the company is developing a safety training program that would take place over the course of several days, rather than weeks or years, like the ones career astronauts have to complete. But unlike the professionals, New Shephard passengers will only have to wear flight suits, not heavy space suits.“It’s simpler, it’s easier and it’s more comfortable,” Patrick said. “It will make for a better experience. And we’re not going to spend a long time in orbit where we can’t come back immediately. We know where (sic) we’re coming back. It’s 11 minutes after we launch.”For a clearer sense of Blue Origin’s plans, check out some concept art in the video below. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 16, 2017last_img read more

Dallas TX – Reported by Elite Traveler the Priva

first_imgDallas, TX – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas has created an unprecedented new wedding offering which allows couples to marry in Dallas and then to experience a one-of-a-kind London honeymoon, complete with a roster of exclusive activities not available to the general public.The collaboration between The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas and The Ritz London, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel, is a first for the two hotels and provides a combined wedding and honeymoon offered as a complimentary upgrade for brides purchasing The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas’ Ritz-Carlton Royalty wedding package for a minimum of 400 guests with a contracted rooms and premium food and beverage commitment.The Ritz-Carlton Royalty Wedding Package, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas — Highlights • A Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Luxury Suite for the wedding night, including rose petal turndown • Two Deluxe Rooms for the parents of the bride and groom • Access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level for the bride and groom and their parents. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level offers complimentary food and beverage presentations, including wine champagne and cordials, throughout the day, allowing wedding guests to enjoy private dining without having to leave the confines of the hotel’s comfortable room, Club and spa floors. • First-year wedding anniversary certificate for a one-night stay in a Deluxe Suite • Gift certificate for a couple’s massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa • Credit of $500 towards wedding flowers through Dallas’ acclaimed Bella Flora • Four-course reception dinner, including wine pour, custom-designed Ritz-Carlton, Dallas wedding cake and a four-hour premium bar package • All-night “Afterglow” party for guests who aren’t quite ready for the fun to endHoneymoon at The Ritz London – Highlights • Round-trip flight for two between Dallas and London • Airport transportation in The Ritz London’s Rolls Royce Phantom • Four nights luxurious accommodations at The Ritz London • Full English breakfast each morning • A day’s sightseeing tour in The Ritz Rolls Royce Phantom, accompanied by a private guide, to include The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, The Palace of Westminster and Kensington Palace • An individual consultation with John Williams, MBE, the hotel’s Executive Chef, and Thomas Sorcinelli, the hotel’s Head Sommelier, to create a unique six course dinner accompanied by fine wines • A personalized guided shopping tour of legendary Bond Street • Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in The Ritz’s renowned Palm Court, followed by a visit to a London theatre show of the couple’s choice • A private viewing of Ritz Fine Jewellery’s latest collection • Complimentary membership, during stay, of The Ritz Club and Casino • A “Champagne Flight” in a private capsule on The London Eye Ferris wheel The Ritz-Carlton Royalty wedding package is one of three comprehensive new wedding packages offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, each providing an innovative take on typical Texas nuptials. Entitled Southern Chic, Texas Traditions and Ritz-Carlton Royalty, the three wedding packages are priced beginning at $125 per person, with differing complimentary honeymoon offers applying to some of these options as well. www.ritzcarlton.comlast_img read more

Rep Noble secures funds for upgrades to district libraries

first_img Categories: Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Northville, held his monthly office hours last week at the Plymouth District Library. While discussing policy and local issues with constituents, Noble was honored by the library with a t-shirt as thanks for his efforts in securing funds for upgrades.“On top of conquering record funding for our schools this coming year’s budget, we must not forget the importance of what our district libraries do for our communities,” Noble said. “Libraries promote literacy and education for all. I have so much respect for the expert librarians who can help navigate those looking for answers that a simple internet search cannot deliver.”Noble advocated for and secured $96,000 in appropriations for the Plymouth District Library and $81,000 for the Northville District Library. Upgrades will improve technology, enhance software and revamp educational labs to better streamline research.“The goal was to increase educational opportunities for everyone in our community,” Noble said. “Whether you are a child exploring new worlds with your favorite author, or a college student looking for a credible source to include in your research project, or even someone checking out the book your reading club is diving into next, libraries can benefit us all. I pledge to continue my commitment to education throughout our community.”Photo Information: State Rep. Jeff Noble is joined by librarian Sue Stoney as he “rocks” the t-shirt given to him by the Plymouth District Library for his efforts in securing $96,000 for upgrades. 20Jul Rep. Noble secures funds for upgrades to district librarieslast_img read more