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PM to inaugurate athletics track via video conferencing

first_imgKozhikode, Jun 12 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate, via video conferencing, the synthetic track at the Usha School of Athletics at Kinalur in the district on June 15.Addressing a press meet, former national athletic champion P T Usha said the 400m eight-lane synthetic track was laid under the supervision of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Steel Authority of India (SAI).”The two-layer track with all allied facilities is the third in the state, the other two being at Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam,” she added.The school spread over an area of 30 acres of land, was constructed with a grant of Rs 8.5 crore from the National Sports Development Fund, has besides the synthetic track, a mud track, a 40-bed hostel and gymnasium.”The next step would be to install floodlights at the campus,” Usha, who made all out efforts to realise her dream project, said. PTI KV SSlast_img read more

Embarrassed and hurt that I let my children down as their father: Shane Warne

first_imgShane Warne’s mesmerising bowling prowess coupled with his personal life (which has long been fodder for the tabloid press) has made him one of the world’s most illustrious sportsmen.Along with the reputation of being the greatest leg-spinner in the history of the game, Warne also dominated headlines throughout his cricketing career thanks to his relationships with various women.It is therefore, hard to sum up the Warne’s journey in a few words which is why he has launched his new autobiography titled, ‘No Spin’, which contains the true stories behind the headlines and challenges some of the enduring myths and untruths that surround the legendary cricketer.All that worship of the baggy green made me want to puke: Shane WarneUncompromising and compelling, it is destined to rank alongside some of the greatest sports autobiographies ever, the publisher has promised said.Ahead of its launch, Warne has been giving interviews at various media outlets around the world, talking about the various topics in his life including that of his children.Another big day doing radio & book signings. Been blown away by all the wonderful feedback so far – thankyou! I will continue to check Amazon for all your thoughts, so keep the comments coming ! pic.twitter.com/u9rAyGmcvPShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 10, 2018Warne recently met former England captain Michael Vaughan opened up about his life off the field and controversies surrounding his divorce and relationship with British actor Elizabeth Hurley which was particularly distressing to his children.advertisementAlso Read – When Shane Shane Warne rightly predicted India-England 2011 World Cup result”I regret hurting my children. I’m embarrassed and hurt that I let them down as their father and as a husband to Simone [Callahan] I wasn’t very good. The whole book is fact. I do [love sex]. It’s true. If I didn’t love sex that much I probably wouldn’t have got myself in half the trouble I have,” Warne told Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live.”I’ve enjoyed being a father, I love being a father and I think I’m a good father. The kids are my number one priority I’ve shown them that. They’ve said some wonderful things in the book and I didn’t sit with them when they did that.Also Read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane Warne”They were asked, ‘tell me what you think about your dad?’ And they were brutally honest. They don’t pull any punches. I’ve had to live with that. Live with that guilt that I let my children down and it’s led in a way to a great relationship now because we talk about so much stuff.”Any time we have an issue we have a thing where we say, ‘assume the position’ and we all sit and say, ‘right, it’s my turn to speak’ and we all listen. They ask me any questions they like and I have to answer them truthfully,” Warne, the second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said.”The real me is preferring to be on the couch with my kids, in tracksuit pants. The other stuff is a bit of fun but I much prefer the quiet life. But it’s about balance. Too much couch time and chilling and you crave a bit of social stuff and too much social stuff and you crave being at home,” he went on to add.Among all of his 708 Test wickets, one holds a very special in his heart. The Ball of the Century, which Warne bowled to dismissed Mike Gatting in 1993, is the most famous delivery any bowler has ever bowled in the history of the game. And Warne did it with his first delivery in an Ashes series.Warne though, calls it a fluke that changed his life forever. “It was the perfect leg break,” he said.”To do it first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, ‘yes’ it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn’t know how to cope with the attention off the field. I’d walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there’d be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.”I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away. We’d go for a beer after play and there’d be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips.”At that time I didn’t understand why they were doing it. I’m proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there’s no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do,” Warne said.advertisementWarne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals).A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. He played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He also captained the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the IPL in 2008. He officially retired from all formats in 2013.last_img read more

Quebec leaders divided on future of Indigenous affairs

first_img(Geoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs)Danielle Rochette APTN NewsGeoffrey Kelley, Quebec minister responsible for native affairs, thinks it’s time that the provincial government creates a new, bolstered ministry of Indigenous affairs.Currently, the Secretariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) is the body responsible for overseeing the relationship between Indigenous people and the Quebec government.For 35 years, this entity has worked with Quebec First Nations and Inuit to facilitate access to programs and services.But, with the spotlight on the relationship between the Quebec government and Indigenous peoples, Kelley says the province needs to overhaul the SAA and pump more funding into a new Indigenous ministry.“The Quebec government is going to have to make sure that it has resources and the structures necessary to respond,” says Kelley, who’s not running for reelection Oct. 1.But Ghislain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador, was surprised by the minister’s comments.“That suggestion that Quebec would be better served by a ministry of Indigenous affairs just does not hold water as long as I am concerned because it is very much paternalistic and it is like turning back the clock,” Picard says.He suggests a government-to-government model similar to Ontario’s ministry of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, which oversees the relationship between Ontario and Indigenous governments.“Our peoples have the capacity and are in the position to be speaking for themselves,” he says.last_img read more

NFL Quarterbacks Are Leaning On The Short Pass — And Its Not

T. Taylor (BUF)38-0.5544-0.23450.42-0.37 SHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORESHORT%Z-SCORETOT. PASS THROWNATTEMPTSCOMP%YPATD%INT%CONV. RATE C. Wentz (PHI)35-0.9239-0.9534-1.06-2.93 D. Brees (NO)52%1.3854%1.1053%1.393.87 M. Ryan (ATL)34-0.9745-0.1041-0.09-1.17 J. Goff (LAR)40-0.1841-0.69440.26-0.60 T. Siemian (DEN)34-0.9742-0.59460.50-1.05 J. McCown (NYJ)490.97470.20460.521.69 J. Brissett (IND)460.48531.0342-0.061.45 A. Smith (KC)480.82551.32460.542.68 J. Cutler (MIA)420.02510.66561.772.45 M. Stafford (DET)40-0.22500.5437-0.70-0.38 FIRST DOWNSECOND DOWNTHIRD DOWN J. Winston (TB)30-1.6232-1.9522-2.54-6.10 Short of the sticks67273.2%6.61.2%2.4%12.5% C. Beathard (SF)501.07470.19551.652.91 B. Hundley (GB)511.24480.25470.562.05 B. Bortles (JAC)501.12480.35480.702.17 D. Prescott (DAL)36-0.8132-1.9642-0.05-2.82 C. Keenum (MIN)501.07460.02460.501.59 M. Trubisky (CHI)29-1.64531.01490.900.28 A. Dalton (CIN)39-0.43581.6636-0.760.46 E. Manning (NYG)430.12551.3440-0.221.25 C. Newton (CAR)501.0738-1.1039-0.37-0.40 C. Palmer (ARI)29-1.6346-0.0340-0.33-1.98 D. Carr (OAK)430.1145-0.12450.330.32 R. Wilson (SEA)36-0.7337-1.2738-0.52-2.52 Picture this common scene on a Sunday afternoon. Your team could really use a scoring drive to turn the tide. On a 3rd-and-10, before the quarterback is even pressured, he quickly throws a 2-yard pass, and the receiver is tackled a few yards later to bring up fourth down. The crowd grumbles, the offense casually jogs off the field and the punting unit comes on. Better luck next time.Sure, once in a blue moon the offense may throw a bubble screen on 3rd-and-33 and end up with a 52-yard touchdown, like the Rams did with Robert Woods against the Giants in Week 9 this season. But that is the rarest of exceptions.Generally, safe passes like that don’t accomplish much, and we have the data to back that up. How does that 2-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 work out? According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, quarterback passes thrown no more than 2 yards beyond the line of scrimmage on third down with at least 10 yards to go have been converted only 10.9 percent of the time this season. On throws that travel at least 10 yards, quarterbacks have converted 38.6 percent of the time. So an offense can more than triple its conversion rate just by doing the most obvious thing when trying to move the chains: throwing the ball past the imaginary yellow line on your TV screen.And yet despite this, NFL teams are leaning on the short pass more than ever. The same league that transformed into a passing league over the past 10 years is slowing morphing into something else: the dump-off league.There are some risks with throwing deeper, of course, such as a higher interception rate. And in some special situations, getting a first down isn’t the primary goal of a drive, especially when facing third-and-long. Sometimes teams are just trying to get enough yards to make a field-goal attempt shorter. Or with a big lead in the second half, they’re hoping for an easy completion that will run some clock and gain field position.But when an offense really needs to score points, playing it safe and throwing short of the sticks on third down is often the inferior strategy. We looked at the data from ESPN Stats & Info for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer for Weeks 1 to 13. We divided the passes between those thrown short of the sticks and those thrown at or beyond the sticks:1For reference, a 12-yard pass on 3rd-and-13 would be considered short of the sticks. Which quarterbacks are the most conservative passers?Which quarterbacks throw short of a “successful” pass distance the most relative to their peers (as measured by the z-scores — the standard deviations above/below the mean — of the Short%* for each down added together), minimum 200 dropbacks through Week 13 of the 2017 season A. Rodgers (GB)602.38520.8924-2.280.99 D. Kizer (CLE)37-0.6842-0.52440.28-0.91 D. Watson (HOU)30-1.5331-2.1340-0.26-3.92 The completion rate for short throws is more than 30 percentage points higher than the rate for longer passes and yet the conversation rate is more than 30 points lower. This is not surprising because defenses are playing to prevent the first down and are willing to concede a fraction of the yardage. However, this positioning make it very difficult for a team to throw short and run after the catch to convert.So far we have only talked about third downs, the crucial down for maintaining offensive success. However, analyzing aggressive and conservative passing on first and second down is also important. A bubble screen that loses a few yards to bring up 2nd-and-13 is also putting the offense in a position to fail.Football Outsiders’ key efficiency metrics, including Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (explained here), are built around the concept of successful plays and are adjusted for factors like the down and distance. For instance, a 5-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 is more valuable than a 5-yard pass on 2nd-and-17. For a pass to be considered a successful play, it must gain at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth. A completion that does not meet those standards is considered a failed completion. Joe Flacco of the Ravens set the failed completion record last season, with 144, and he leads all quarterbacks in 2017 with 95 through Week 13.It’s not just Flacco. The ineffective dump-off is happening across the NFL. Leaguewide, 26.1 percent of all completions this season qualify as failed completions. That’s the highest rate for a season in the Football Outsiders database, which goes back to 1989, and if the 2017 rate stays at that level, it will break the current high bar set in 2015 (25.1 percent).This is not to say that the short pass doesn’t have value in the NFL playbook or that every quarterback should begin slinging the ball 25 yards downfield each time he takes a snap. There is no one right way to run an NFL offense, and some teams have been able to use the short pass to devastating effect. To get a better sense of this, let’s look at which quarterbacks throw short most often using air yards stats.2This includes passes that drew a defensive pass interference flag but excludes passes that were intentionally thrown away or became intentional grounding penalties.Football Outsiders has a stat called “Short%” to denote the percentage of attempts that a quarterback threw short of the minimum yards needed for a successful play, as defined above. So if 45 percent of needed yards are required on first downs, then anything shorter than a 5-yard throw on first-and-10 would be considered a short pass here. The league average for Short% in 2017 is 41.6 percent on first down, 45.5 percent on second down, and 42.5 percent on third down. It’s not until fourth down that most quarterbacks realize the importance of needing to convert with a big throw. Short% on fourth down is 26.2 percent (although that is only on a sample of 214 plays).We looked at Short% on first, second and third downs for quarterbacks who have had a minimum of 200 dropbacks this season. For the 35 quarterbacks, we took the z-score (standard deviations above or below average) of each percentage and added them up, to make sure we were accurately capturing quarterbacks who threw short on all of their downs relative to the league. The quarterback with the largest summed z-score in the table below is the most conservative, as a higher percentage of his passes were short of being a successful play. J. Flacco (BAL)480.79551.28511.123.19 B. Hoyer (SF/NE)450.42551.27490.902.59 B. Roethlisberger (PIT)470.6838-1.1136-0.75-1.19 Short passes become puntsKey outcomes for passes on 3rd-and-10 or longer, Weeks 1-13 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group P. Rivers (LAC)440.30510.67450.321.29 T. Savage (HOU)38-0.4742-0.5530-1.57-2.59 T. Brady (NE)36-0.7942-0.5434-1.06-2.40 K. Cousins (WAS)470.70460.03501.051.78 M. Mariota (TEN)37-0.64460.0433-1.10-1.70 At or beyond the sticks39042.89.64.43.842.6 Higher z-scores mean a quarterback throws short more often.*Short% is the share of passes that fall short of a successful play’s distance (at least 45 percent of the needed yards on first down, 60 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third)Source: Football Outsiders Some of the names at the top of the list are predictable, including Flacco and infamous short pass maestro Alex Smith. Jay Cutler has been very dink-and-dunk oriented with Adam Gase in Miami this season, while San Francisco’s first two quarterbacks this season (Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard) made the top five.The real surprise here is the name at the very top: Drew Brees. Not only does he rank as the most conservative passer, but he has consistently stuck to this strategy no matter what the down is. To his credit, Brees has made it work — the Saints rank No. 1 in offensive DVOA and No. 6 in passing. Perhaps more accurately, the running backs are making this offense work. Through Week 13, rookie Alvin Kamara ranked as the best receiving running back while teammate Mark Ingram ranks as Football Outsiders’ top rusher. With two RBs capable of big gains on any play, it’s no surprise that Brees is throwing short early and often. We’ll see if this strategy can sustain itself — the Saints have failed to score 21 points in all four of their losses this season (each was to a playoff contender, including last night’s loss to Atlanta).At the bottom, seven quarterbacks had a combined z-score below 2.0 standard deviations. That includes the trio of favorites for the MVP race in Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, whose aggressive styles this year have been a positive for their offenses. Similar things could have been said about Deshaun Watson before Houston’s standout rookie tore his ACL.But being aggressive is not a magic formula for success as the list plainly shows. Watson’s backup, Tom Savage, has tried to emulate Watson’s aggressive style, but without anywhere near the same success. Likewise, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers is routinely one of the leaders in air yards per attempt, but his lack of consistency remains a problem for Tampa Bay. In Dallas, Dak Prescott is throwing aggressively, but his receivers are getting the fewest yards per carry after the catch in the league.Like with any stat, Short% is only one piece of the puzzle, and every quarterback has his own set of circumstances. As we see with Brees, a quarterback can get away with passive play if he’s extremely efficient and the team is still winning.Few quarterbacks have this type of arsenal or this type of ability, so they would be better served trusting the numbers and resisting the easy dump-off.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

BAHAMAS BAIC Made Donation to the Exuma Farmers Association

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 5, 2017 – Exuma – Executives of BAIC made a donation to the Exuma Farmers Association at the Fish and Farm Store, Produce Exchange, Potter’s Cay Dock on Friday, December 1, 2017.Pictured from left: Gaylord Ingraham, BAIC Assistant General Manager; Troy Sampson, BAIC General Manager; Miriam Emmanuel, BAIC Chairman; Patrick Dwyer, Exuma Farmers Association and Vermon Lockhart, Store Manager, Fish and Farm Store.(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)last_img

Did Amitabh Bachchan sense trouble minutes before Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan and Vivek OberoiInstagram/Varinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi made headlines recently for his “insulting” tweet involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. But just some time before the controversial tweet, the actress’ father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan made an advisory tweet that goes perfectly for Vivek.Vivek tweeted out a meme that involved him, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan with Aishwarya. The tweet did not go down well with majority of people, who trolled and lambasted the actor on social media.The concerned meme involved three pictures of Aishwarya – one with Salman, one with Vivek and the last one with Abhishek, referred to as “opinion polls”, “exit polls” and “results” respectively. This co-incidence came to notice of a lot of people, who were surprised to see the veteran actor making this tweet just some minutes before Vivek created the controversy. While some called it a mere co-incidence, some felt it to be Amitabh’s strong “sixth sense”.”Must say that AB’s tweets have prophetic tendencies. He had put out a tweet shortly before Sridevi’s death, and this tweet was put at 12:07 pm & at 1:23 pm Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan & Abhishek Bachchan,” one person replied to Amitabh’s tweet. A lot of people agreed to it as well.It is to be mentioned, something similar had happened before Sridevi’s death. Just a few hours before the news of Sridevi’s death had broken, he had made a tweet that many felt was a premonition from the megastar.Just a few hours before Sridevi’s demise, Amitabh had made a tweet expressing a sense of unease. While Vivek eventually deleted his tweet and apologised for it as well, he might have refrained himself from making this tweet if he had seen Big B’s advice. Just some time before Vivek made the tweet, Amitabh  tweeted advising people to be careful with their posts on social media.”Social media par soch samajh kar zikr karo, ae-dost, kahin saamajik aitabaar se gair munaasib na ho,” his tweet in Hindi read.last_img read more

Tutoring can relieve math anxiety in kids

first_imgA one-on-one math tutoring programme can relieve anxiety about doing math problems in your kids, says a study by Indian-origin researchers.“The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves performance, but is also anxiety-reducing,” said the study’s senior author Vinod Menon professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It was surprising that we could, in fact, get remediation of math anxiety,” Menon noted. Even if they are good at math, many children feel anxious about doing math problems. For some, the anxiety persists throughout life, discouraging them from pursuing advanced math and science classes as well as careers that rely on mathematical expertise. The brain scans of the children with high levels of math anxiety showed activation in the brain’s fear circuits and so-called “fear centre”, or amygdala, before tutoring. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChildren then participated in an intensive, eight-week tutoring programme consisting of 22 lessons involving addition and subtraction problems. Tutors gave the lessons to each child individually. All of the children performed better on addition and subtraction problems after tutoring. The children who started the study with high levels of math anxiety had reduced anxiety after tutoring, while those in the low-math-anxiety group had no change in their anxiety levels.The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.last_img read more