Beside The Points For Monday April 23 2018

Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetA successful no no nearly killed this man We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeSeattle to earn more frequent flyer milesThe Seattle Seahawks, by virtue of playing in a city that is very far away from other cities that host NFL teams, spend a lot of time on planes. Once every four years, they get a reprieve and get to play in Oakland, a place only 801 miles away. This year the NFL scheduled that advantage away, as Seattle will play Oakland 4,789 miles away in one of the London games. [ESPN]Detroit isn’t as bad off as it seemsEvery year, people talk about a strength of team’s schedule, and every year they tend to use the one thing that isn’t super predictive of future results, namely total wins and losses. Football is fluky, and a team’s win percentage is often no indicator of how a team will do in a subsequent year. What is helpful is looking at Pythagorean wins, which looks at how a team with a given points scored and allowed would be expected to perform as. Ranking strength of schedule by that, a team like Detroit — which has the second hardest schedule according to wins — can breathe easier, as they’d be more in the middle of the pack, with the 15th hardest schedule. [FiveThirtyEight]Pine tar seems like a bigger problem?Gerrit Cole’s spin rate on a fastball jumped from 2,163 rpm last year to 2,332 rpm this season, a jump that Trevor Bauer of the Indians suggested may have been due to the use of pine tar. Several years ago a particularly brazen use of pine tar — which can aid in grip and control of the ball and is super illegal — got Michael Pineda ejected from a game. How widespread this practice is is unclear, but pitchers and managers reportedly seem to tolerate it because many people regardless of club are using it. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Shady way of doing businessWe are several weeks into baseball, which means that finally top-tier talent that was forced to marinate in the minors for an arbitrary two weeks in order to defer free agency for another year is being brought up to the big leagues. The CBA gives teams control over a player for 4 or 5 minor league seasons, then six full major league seasons. Operative word being full; if you force a rookie to spend a few weeks in the minors and then bring him up, teams can defer free agency for an additional year. [The Ringer]Don’t call it a tankThe Miami Marlins, which FiveThirtyEight forecasts will have an estimated 60 wins at the end of this season (the lowest in the league), are in part owned by Derek Jeter, who oversaw a roster wipe. Confronted about this by HBO’s Bryant Gumbel, Jeter vehemently denied that the tank was on and that he truly expects the team to contend this year. [Miami Herald]Browns attempt to defy historySince 1950, the Browns have drafted 49 quarterbacks. Of those, eight were in the first round. Only one of those eight was a successful pick, Bernie Kosar, who led the Browns to three AFC championship games. In their whole history, they’ve had 55 different starting quarterbacks, of whom only 11 started in a playoff game, and only 2 since 1993. Let’s see what they do with their No. 1 pick. [ESPN]Big Number(s)21 pitchesCongratulations to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt and condolences to viewers of a baseball game he played in! Belt has the record for most pitches in a single at bat, with 21 pitches. The at bat lasted 12 minutes and 45 seconds. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:That has to be one of the least likely no-hitters ever(at least based on the opponent)chris.herring:I’m just seeing the highlights of the no-hitter! Thats so shady! The error they called def shouldve been a hit! read more

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POLICE LOG for June 19 Fire Dept Delayed By Train When Responding

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 19, 2019:Police received report of a possible intoxicated male party walking the road at Middlesex Avenue and High Street. Police responded. Male party was returned to his home. (12:58am)Police assisted a Stonehedge Drive resident who had a turtle in their pool. Turtle was successfully relocated. (8:31am)State Police reported debris through a vehicle’s windshield on 93 North, prior to Exit 39. Driver suffered a small laceration to his hand. (9:12am)A vehicle struck a large turtle at Salem Street and Middlesex Avenue. Turtle appeared to still be alive. Animal Control Officer responded. (1:22pm)Animal Control Officer spoke with Reno Avenue homeowners regarding a groundhog under their shed. (2:31pm)Fire Department noted it was delayed by a train at North Wilmington station while responding to a 3-vehicle crash at Woburn Street and Salem Street. All parties refused medical attention. (3:50pm)A Suncrest Avenue caller reported a large duck flew into her house. (8:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 17: Issues At Teen Group Home; Wedding Album Found In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 17: Food Poisoning Causes Poor Driving; Suspicious Man Selling Gift Cards In Market Basket Parking LotIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Mindtree Q1 net profit down 37 to Rs 1235 crore shares fall

first_imgMindtree on Monday reported consolidated net profit of Rs. 123.5 crore in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016-17, down 3.7 percent from the year-ago period.The revenues came at Rs.1327.6 crore, up 35.8 percent from the year-ago period and a marginal rise of 0.6 percent sequentially. Retail, banking and technology services were the three segments that contributed to the positive growth in revenues this quarter. In dollar terms, the June 2016 quarter saw a 29 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in revenues at $199 million, while the net profit rose 8.7 percent YoY to $18.5 million. However, the net profit dropped by 5.8 percent month-on-month.Shares of Mindtree plunged 3.76 percent in trade on Monday to close at Rs. 613.80. The IT major declared its earnings after the market hours.The company declared earnings per share at Rs. 7.36 apiece for the quarter.Mindtree CEO Rostow Ravanan, while referring to the challenges the company may face in the near future because of uncertainties in the global markets, said: “While the global environment poses some short term challenges, we remain confident that our investments are on the right track to accelerate growth for our clients and Mindtree.”The company said its client addition and number of staff have slumped from the previous quarter while attrition has risen. In the place of 348 active clients last quarter, the current quarter has as many as 343 active clients.The number of staff stood at 16,110, down 3 percent from 16,623 in the March 2016 quarter. The attrition rate has risen to 16.5 percent from 15.7 in the previous quarter.last_img read more

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Journey to Dhaka begins

first_imgHolidaymakers are returning home after enjoying Eid vacation. Photo: UNBA crowded Dhaka looked somewhat deserted once people started leaving the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their village homes.The holidaymakers have already started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid with their families in their hometowns, reports UNB.They are coming back as the weekday begins on Sunday.On Saturday, moderate crowds of people coming back to the city were found at Railway stations, bus and launch terminals.However, the pressure of the returnees is still low, said witnesses and authorities.Alamgir Hossain, ioint director at Naval Traffic, said 70 launches reached Sadarghat Launch terminal from 23 routes from around 7am to 11am on Saturday.He said the number of returning passengers is not that much high yet, but it will increase on Sunday.Trains were running about half an hour behind their schedules on average, causing delay to the departure of the outgoing ones, said Mizanur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Kamalapur Railway Station.Shahidul Islam, a banker who returned from Kushtia by train, told UNB that he along with his family members had to return today (Saturday) as his office and the schools of his kids reopen on Sunday.”There was a less crowd. So, we didn’t have to suffer much except the delayed train,” he added.Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4am to 6am due to poor navigability in the Padma river causing immense sufferings to passengers.Ten small ferries are in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river, said Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).The dredging worksare going on to solve the navigability problem and soon the ferry services will get back to normalcy, he added.He also said 87 launches and 400 speedboats are transporting passengers on this route.Farhana Dolly, a resident of Shahjahanpur who was returning from Feni, said, it took lesser time to reach Dhaka this time as the highway was relatively free of traffic.As the festive mood of Eid vacation has not lost its charm yet, those who did not leave the city for Eid celebrations enjoyed the city free from traffic jams, noise and crowd.Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz, a Dhaka city dweller, said Dhaka remains free from traffic only during long vacations, especially during Eid holidays.”This is the reason I along with my friends decided to roam around the city to enjoy crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka experience,” he added.This year, along with the three-day Eid holidays, most of the holiday makers got additional two days off — Friday and Saturday.Dhaka is expected to get back to its usual bustle on Sunday when people will be returning to the capital in their thousands from Saturday night.last_img read more

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S Arabia expels Canada envoy over interference

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 13 June, 2018 Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gestures as she speaks after receiving Foreign Policy’s 2018 Diplomat of the Year award in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.The move, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights campaigners swept up in a new crackdown.“The Canadian position is an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours.”The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Canada last week said it was “gravely concerned” over a new wave of arrests of women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi.“We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists,” the foreign ministry tweeted on Friday.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar is a vocal campaigner for blogger Raif Badawi, her brother who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s right campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.The Saudi foreign ministry slammed the Canadian statement, signalling its growing irritation over Western criticism of the kingdom’s poor human rights record.“Using the phrase ‘immediately release’ in the Canadian statement is very unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states,” the ministry tweeted.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image as it prepares for a post-oil era.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a hawkish foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.‘Serious concern’“The rupture in Saudi diplomatic relations with Canada reinforces how the ‘new’ Saudi Arabia that Mohammed bin Salman is putting together is in no mood to tolerate any form of criticism of its handling of domestic affairs,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States.In April, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children now aged 14, 13 and 10 as a single mother.Riyadh’s expulsion of the Canadian ambassador was meant to send a strong message to other critical Western governments, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy, are the tens of thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”last_img read more

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Texas Construction Industry Sounds Alarm on Worker Shortage

first_img 00:00 /00:55 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Seventy-eight percent of construction firms in Texas say they’re having difficulty finding skilled workers, despite record employment in the industry.That’s according to a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.Ken Simonson, the organization’s chief economist, said there has long been a construction worker shortage in the United States, but it’s getting worse every year.That has companies having to spend more on overtime and training.“So they’re also starting to raise the bid pricing for projects coming down the road,” Simonson noted at a press conference held in Houston. “That will be a problem for public agencies that have a limited budget or for homeowners who are hoping to rebuild out of insurance money or savings.”Simonson added it also means projects are taking longer to complete.The Associated General Contractors have developed a plan that calls for federal funding for technical education and more immigrants with construction skills. Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaKen Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, talks about the construction industry’s worker shortage at Marek construction co. in Houston Xlast_img read more

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