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Province Seeking Another Tidal Energy PartnerProvince Seeking Another Tidal Energy Partner

first_imgNova Scotia is strengthening its commitment to be a world leader in tidal-power development with another invitation to test technology in the Bay of Fundy. The province is seeking proposals for a fourth developer to join the tidal test program at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in the Minas Channel. Energy Minister Charlie Parker made the announcement at the Ocean Renewable Energy Group’s 2012 annual conference in Halifax today, Sept. 13. “Our tidal energy test facility is a leading centre for research that is helping develop a technology that can withstand the most powerful tides in the world,” said Mr. Parker. “Now another developer will have an opportunity to test its technology and contribute to our understanding of how these devices interact with the marine environment.” The request for proposals is open to developers interested in testing a single device, or array of devices, up to five megawatts. The successful proponent will join Alstom, Atlantis and Minas Basin Pulp and Power. Sub-sea cables will transmit power from the four test sites to the province’s electricity grid. “This is an opportunity for technology developers unlike any other in the world: the most powerful test site, the largest electrical facilities, and an enormous resource potential,” said FORCE executive director Doug Keefe. “It’s really the ultimate proving ground for tidal turbines. Developers will also be assisted by our research to understand the site at a level of detail never seen before.” FORCE is a not-for-profit partnership that allows industry, government, scientists and academics to study the performance and interaction of tidal energy turbines with the Bay of Fundy. Tidal energy is an important part of the province’s long-term plan to reduce reliance on costly imported coal, meet federal coal and greenhouse gas emission reduction regulations, and diversity its energy mix. In May, the province released the Marine Renewable Energy Strategy, outlining its approach to commercial production of clean, safe renewable energy from tides and waves. The strategy will be part of the province’s Cleaner Energy Framework to be released this fall. The request for proposals can be found at The deadline is March 31, 2013. More information on the tidal project can be found at or www.fundyforce.calast_img read more

Toronto Zoo welcomes news addition – a baby pygmy hippopotamusToronto Zoo welcomes news addition – a baby pygmy hippopotamus

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Zoo is celebrating the birth of a rare and endangered pygmy hippopotamus.Kindia, a 12-year-old female, gave birth to a female calf late Friday night.The zoo says the species is endangered and there are only about 2,000 to 3,000 left in the wild in West Africa, mostly in Liberia. Small numbers also found in neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.Over the past 100 years, the pygmy hippo’s habitat has declined dramatically due to logging, farming and human settlement.While the calf appears healthy and is feeding well, the zoo says the first 30 days are critical for both mother and calf.Kindia arrived at the Toronto Zoo from a zoo in France in June 2016 as part of a global breeding program. This is Kindia’s first surviving calf and the seventh birth of a pygmy hippopotamus in the Toronto Zoo’s history.last_img read more

Big city mayors press Liberals to speed up flow of affordable housingBig city mayors press Liberals to speed up flow of affordable housing

first_imgOTTAWA – The mayors of Canada’s biggest cities say they don’t need the federal government to pony up more money for affordable housing units — they just need the cash to move faster.The Liberals’ housing plan unveiled last year outlines billions in federal cash and matching funds from the provinces and territories, but much of the money will take years to flow.Included in the plan was cash to build 100,000 new affordable housing units and repair 240,000 more.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, who chairs the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ big-city mayors caucus, said the mayors pressed Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Thursday to loosen the federal purse strings so the repair money is spent in the coming fiscal year while details are worked out on cash for new construction.There is already a lag between when work takes place and federal dollars are spent because cash only flows once cities and provinces submit receipts for reimbursement.The mayors want to avoid a long delay in spending on repairs and new funding agreements for social housing providers to avoid losing thousands of units and families losing their homes.“We can put new roofs and new windows and new boilers and new furnaces and new insulation in aging social housing buildings this year and create jobs and get them back into supply,” Iveson said during a midday press conference.“There are units that are not … habitable right now because they’ve been waiting so long for that investment and we’d like to get those back in the hands of Canadians who need them and create the jobs now, not in a year or two.”Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the Liberals want to work with cities on the issue.“We’re here to find solutions to problems and this is a problem that has been identified.”Iveson and other big city mayors were in the capital for a pre-budget version of political speed dating, meeting individual cabinet ministers throughout the day to outline their wants and needs for the Feb. 27 federal budget.Other groups have joined a similar fray for federal help to cities in the coming budget. The Canadian Global Cities Council, an umbrella group for multiple chambers of commerce and boards of trades, last week called on the Liberals to craft a national urban strategy to better identify where money is needed.For the first time in years, the municipal leaders didn’t ask for any more infrastructure money from the federal government, having received $180 billion over 10 years in combined spending from programs set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government.The first batch of money from the Liberals’ transit and water system program was supposed to be spent by the end of March, but delays in projects have required the Liberals to extend the spending deadline to 2020.Federal and provincial officials say the lessons learned from the first phase of the program will be used in designing the second phase.The Liberals are aiming to finalize funding agreements by March 31 for $33 billion in upcoming infrastructure, which is part of the $81.2 billion in the Liberals’ long-term infrastructure program that Sohi specifically oversees.Provinces are pushing the government to let them use the dollars on planned transit and water system projects, rather than put the money towards new projects.Meanwhile, cities are asking the Liberals to press the provinces to cover a larger slice of project costs to reduce the financial contribution from cities.Toronto Mayor John Tory said the federal money was meant only to apply for new projects and not to help provinces replace their own spending.“We have new projects that the federal government are going to fund. That’s where that funding should go and the province should be stepping up to match.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

GM says it has 2700 jobs for workers slated to be laidGM says it has 2700 jobs for workers slated to be laid

first_imgDETROIT — The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected.The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.GM still plans to lay off about 8,000 white-collar workers and another 2,600 factory workers in Canada.In November, GM announced plans to end production at the U.S. factories and one in Ontario as part of a restructuring.Legislators and President Donald Trump have hammered GM over the layoffs. GM says the factory hires were in the works before its announcement.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN continues to help Ugandan landslide victimsUN continues to help Ugandan landslide victims

18 March 2010The United Nations is continuing to assist people in eastern Uganda affected by deadly landslides, which have killed at least 94 people since they occurred earlier this month. Another 300 people are still missing in Bududa district, near the extinct volcano of Mount Elgon on the Kenyan border. Search-and-retrieval operations led by the Ugandan army are ongoing.Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 300,000 people near the mountain and the neighbouring lowlands have been displaced.Nearly 800 households are sheltering in Bulucheke camp, and that number is ultimately expected to climb to 900, the Office said today.Following the lead of the Ugandan Government, the UN peacekeeping mission in nearby Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) helped to conduct an assessment to see whether it is possible to deploy more effective equipment to move rubble.The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has cleared a landing site for the UN mission, known as MONUC, to airlift this equipment. MONUC has also supplied a heavy-lift helicopter to transport backhoes or digging machines to the area.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent recreational kits for 800 children, and along with its partners, will provide school services within Bulucheke camp.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has helped distribute one month’s worth of food to the nearly 800 households in the camp, and UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are immunizing children against polio and measles.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is training communities on how to preserve cassava cuttings ahead of the next planting season.More than 33,000 people have been affected in Butaleja district, mainly due to the loss of crops, OCHA reported today. read more

German unemployment rate edges up to 5 in JulyGerman unemployment rate edges up to 5 in July

BERLIN — Germany’s unemployment rate edged up to 5% in July as the summer holidays weighed on hiring and worries increase about the strength of Europe’s biggest economy.The Federal Employment Agency said Wednesday that 2.275 million people were registered as jobless in July, 59,000 more than in June, but 49,000 fewer than July 2018. The unadjusted unemployment rate ticked up to 5% from 4.9% in June.In seasonally adjusted terms, unemployment stayed at 5% for the third consecutive month.Senior agency official Daniel Terzenbach said “companies’ demand for new employees is declining slightly” and employment is “still increasing but less dynamically.”ING economist Carsten Brzeski said “the industrial slowdown of the last 12 months is finally leaving its mark on the domestic economy and more particularly on the labour market.”The Associated Press read more

Under Moyes Manchester United Wasnt Particularly Good — Or LuckyUnder Moyes Manchester United Wasnt Particularly Good — Or Lucky

Manchester United fired manager David Moyes with four matches left in the English Premier League season, the club announced on Tuesday. His removal — after only 10 months on the job — left Moyes more than 25 seasons shy of the tenure of his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson. Going by results, that’s understandable: Ferguson’s United sides won England’s top league 13 times, while United under Moyes was languishing at seventh in the league, eliminated from the lucrative, Europe-wide Champions League for the coming season.Although Ferguson selected him as his successor, Moyes was always going to have big shoes to fill. Yet less noticed was that Ferguson had been, in his final season, lucky as well as good. By several crucial stats, United wasn’t as good last year as it seemed in winning the league by 11 points. The team has been worse by all these measures under Moyes. But the club has also been far less lucky.Soccer analysts, inspired by ice hockey’s Corsi stat, have begun to examine teams’ ability to create and prevent shots. Teams’ share of all shots taken, and their share of all shots on target, are far more predictive of future success than teams’ percentage of shots converted or of opponents’ shots saved, as soccer analyst James Grayson has shown.Last season, United was far from leading the Premier League in creating the lion’s share of shots, or shots on target. United ranked eighth of 20 teams in proportion of shots, and seventh in proportion of shots on target, according to Grayson; and seventh and fourth, respectively, according to Benjamin Pugsley, who uses a slightly different set of underlying numbers. (Soccer doesn’t yet have completely standardized stats — or, as, Pugsley puts it, “Football and numbers is really new.”)How, then, did Manchester United nonetheless lead the league in goal differential? By leading the league in shooting percentage and placing fourth in save percentage. Grayson calls the sum of those two percentages, multiplied by 1,000, PDO (after its hockey name), and he’s shown that it has essentially no value in predicting future results. United led the Premier League in PDO by a big margin last year. It did the same the year before, which at the time prompted Grayson to forecast a United decline — a year too early, as it turned out.So United’s path to the league title last year was a lucky one; its performance didn’t predict continued success this season. Sure enough, United’s PDO has declined from league-leading to seventh best, and that, combined with less-precipitous declines in share of shots and shots on target, has led to the club outscoring opponents by less than half a goal per game, compared to more than a goal per game last season.Not only did United convert shots, and prevent shots, at unusually high — and unsustainable — rates last season. The club also won more matches than expected based on its goal differential. United won the league by 11 points over Manchester City last season. It also had 12 more points than expected based on its goals scored and allowed. This year, it’s getting about as many points as expected based on goal differential.Was Ferguson just lucky last season, or was he able to conjure consistently high levels of shooting accuracy and goalkeeping even after his club’s edge in shots had eroded? On the one hand, his United clubs sustained high levels of PDO during his tenure. On the other hand, there’s some out-of-sample evidence from United’s Champions League performance, this season and last season.In Ferguson’s last year at the helm, United played eight Champions League games, yielded nine more shots than it took and outscored opponents by two goals. Real Madrid eliminated United in the round of 16. In this season’s Champions League, under Moyes, United allowed 32 more shots than it attempted, yet United still outscored opponents by eight goals, advancing to the quarterfinal stage.These results suggest United’s overachievement in the Premier League last season was due more to luck than to anything Ferguson did. read more

The Save Ruined Relief Pitching The Goose Egg Can Fix ItThe Save Ruined Relief Pitching The Goose Egg Can Fix It

Mike Henneman3066782.071.620.2 1978Rollie Fingers661991Paul Assenmacher47 Todd Jones319Billy Wagner421 Randy Myers347Kent Tekulve517 Lee Smith478Hoyt Wilhelm641 YEARNAMEGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSCONV. %REPLACEMENT-LEVEL CONV. %GWAR Rollie Fingers339Lindy McDaniel507 1988John Franco56591.873.85.7 Career leaderboards for saves and goose eggs, 1930-2016 1964Dick Radatz712004Brad Lidge53 Mariano Rivera61410885.0%70.5%54.6 Dave Smith3477881.673.019.2 Troy Percival358Sparky Lyle520 Trevor Hoffman601Rollie Fingers663 Bruce Sutter55713480.672.230.3 John Wetteland330Mike Marshall489 2004Joe Nathan41295.371.15.4 Miller and Familia’s league-leading total would have been paltry by Gossage’s standards, however. In addition to being the lifetime leader in goose eggs, he’s also the single-season leader, having recorded 82 goose eggs (almost as many as Miller and Familia combined) in 1975, when he threw 141.2 (!) innings in relief for the Chicago White Sox.The top firemen of Gossage’s day routinely had 60 goose eggs or more in a season, with their totals sometimes reaching into the 70s or — in the case of Gossage in 1975 and John Hiller in 1974 — the 80s.Just one pitcher since 2000 — the Angels’ Scot Shields in 2005 — has had as many as 60 goose eggs in a season, however. These days, it’s rare for a pitcher to record even 50 goose eggs. League-leading goose-egg totals have plummeted even as saves have risen. The turning point seems to have been 1990, when Bobby Thigpen and Dennis Eckersley both beat the single-season saves record while rarely working more than one inning at a time. In the 1970s and 1980s, the average league leader in saves threw 112 innings over 69 appearances. Since 1990, by contrast, the average saves leader has also appeared in 69 games but has thrown only 71 innings. Huston Street324Francisco Rodriguez430 No runs (earned or unearned) are charged to the pitcher in the inning and no inherited runners score while the pitcher is in the game; andThe pitcher either:Records three outs (one inning pitched), orRecords at least one out, and the number of outs recorded plus the number of inherited runners totals at least three. Lindy McDaniel50713079.672.922.3 1980Doug Corbett681087.271.86.3 1987Tim Burke42295.570.75.7 1979Sid Monge651996Troy Percival47 Goose Gossage310Roberto Hernandez404 Joe Nathan3445386.671.930.4 Tom Henke311Stu Miller405 Jose Mesa321Todd Jones425 Dennis Eckersley3528181.372.020.8 1921-1940Lively Ball Era0.2873.8% Bullpens are still built around the saveWhile I come to bury the save, let me first sing some of its praises. The statistic, invented by the sportswriter Jerome Holtzman and officially adopted by Major League Baseball in 1969, came into the world with noble intentions. Relief pitchers were becoming more commonplace — the share of starts that ended in complete games would decline from 40 percent in 1950 to 22 percent in 1970. But these pitchers’ contributions were largely unheralded by fans, Holtzman correctly noted, because they rarely earned wins or losses and ERA did not reveal much about which relievers had been used in clutch situations.Furthermore, some of the intuitions behind the save rule are correct. Modern statistics such as leverage index find that late-inning situations when a team holds a narrow lead are indeed quite important. For instance, an at-bat5With the bases empty and nobody out. Also, throughout this article I’m averaging the leverage index for such an at-bat in the top of the inning and the bottom of the inning, which have slightly different leverage-index values. in the ninth inning when the pitcher’s team leads by one run has a leverage index of 3.3. That means it has more than three times as much impact on the game’s outcome as an average at-bat.The problem is that there’s a fuzzy relationship between the most valuable relief situations and the ones that the save rewards. Take a look at the following chart, which shows the leverage index in different situations based on the inning and the game score:6As in the previous example, these reflect the leverage index with nobody out and no one on base. And they average the values between the top and the bottom of the inning. Armando Benitez3317381.970.723.6 The typical modern closer is really just a ninth-inning specialist. In 2016, the average closer threw 66 innings, and 56 of them came in the ninth inning. This included 11 innings in games where his team led by three runs in the ninth — a save situation, but not a high-leverage one. Conversely, it included just six innings in tie games in the ninth, which is not a save situation but is one of the highest-leverage situations you can find.Again, this is pretty much how you’d use your bullpen if the goal was to maximize the number of saves for your closer (instead of the number of wins for your team). Managers seem so conditioned by the “only use your closer in the ninth inning with a lead” heuristic that they often use their closers in the ninth inning when their team leads by more than three runs, which is a not a save situation8Unless the tying run is at bat or on deck. and is even more of a waste of the closer’s supposed talent.9And before you ask: Yes, the closer is usually the most talented relief pitcher on his team. Other than the Indians and Miller, few teams are deliberately using their best reliever in a fireman-type role, although an increasing number are using co-closers or closers by committee. Baseball teams have supposedly reached a state of statistical enlightenment — but their closer usage is every bit as stubborn as NFL teams’ too-frequent refusal to go for it on 4th down. Francisco Rodriguez4308783.271.930.3 Goose opportunities are increasing You’ll notice that the rules are more forgiving to pitchers who enter the game with runners on base, since these cases can have much higher leverage indexes than situations where the bases are empty. For instance, if a pitcher enters the game with two runners on and records a single out without allowing a run, he’ll earn a goose egg.But the rule is strict about what it means by a scoreless inning. An unearned run cooks a goose egg, just as an earned run does. (The eggs are delicate.) And a pitcher doesn’t get a goose egg if a run scores while he’s in the game, even if the run was charged to another pitcher.Overall, these rules can yield high goose-egg totals among many types of relievers, not just closers. That’s clear when you look at the goose egg leaderboard for 2016, for example. The Indians’ Miller11Miller also pitched for the Yankees in 2016; his 42 goose eggs represent his combined total between both clubs. and the Mets’ Jeurys Familia tied for the major league lead with 42 goose eggs last year, but Familia was used as a typical modern closer (and led the majors with 51 saves) while Miller often entered the game in the seventh or eighth inning. Mets setup man Addison Reed tied for fourth in the majors with 39 goose eggs last season, meanwhile, even though he had just one save. 1946-1962Postwar Era0.5375.9 1998Trevor Hoffman51591.172.75.4 Source: Retrosheet Dennis Eckersley390Trevor Hoffman580 1970Lindy McDaniel70988.674.25.9 Addison Reed77.21.974-214395 Tyler Thornburg67.02.158-5138397 1984Willie Hernandez65790.373.16.4 Plus select seasons since 1921.Source: Retrosheet Sam Dyson70.12.433-2385365 Lee Smith58915679.171.628.9 Single-season goose-egg leaderboard, 1930-2016 1993-2009Juiced Offense Era0.8473.8 1983Bob Stanley701780.568.85.3 1977Bruce Sutter621086.171.15.6 Roberto Hernandez326Ron Perranoski444 1969Ron Perranoski791385.972.26.6 PITCHERINNINGS PITCHEDERAW-LSAVESBLOWN SAVESGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGS 1982Bill Caudill651086.772.45.6 Sparky Lyle52013080.073.621.6 Plus select seasons since 1921Sources: Retrosheet, Roberto Hernandez40411178.469.823.3 Kent Tekulve51713479.472.523.4 1973Mike Marshall791996Trevor Hoffman55 Jeurys Familia77.22.553-4515427 1979Kent Tekulve711384.571.75.6 1977Sparky Lyle662007Heath Bell48 Kenley Jansen68.21.833-2476346 1974John Hiller802005Scot Shields60 1950Jim Konstanty691997Trevor Hoffman50 Plus select seasons since 1921Sources: Retrosheet, 1980Doug Corbett682011Tyler Clippard50 Jeff Reardon52013080.072.525.4 Dave Righetti3729280.272.219.2 Rollie Fingers66316480.274.325.3 1977Rich Gossage741993Jeff Montgomery54 2008Brad Lidge340100.069.55.4 1980Bruce Sutter661992Lee Smith47 YEARPITCHERGOOSE EGGSYEARPITCHERGOOSE EGGS Goose Gossage67714682.373.139.4 THROUGH 1989SINCE 1990 Jonathan Papelbon368Tug McGraw521 1984Willie Hernandez652004Tom Gordon47 1979Aurelio Lopez54788.570.65.7 Imagine that one evening, Pitcher A throws a scoreless eighth inning in a game where his team leads by one run — a situation that has a leverage index of 2.4 — before being pulled for his team’s closer. Meanwhile, in another ballgame on the other side of town, Pitcher B enters the game in the ninth inning when his team holds a three-run lead — a leverage index of just 0.9 — and gives up two runs but eventually records the final out. Pitcher A’s performance was quite valuable. Pitcher B’s was not — in fact, it was kind of crappy. But Pitcher B gets a save for his troubles whereas Pitcher A doesn’t. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.There are other problems with the save, also. It doesn’t give a pitcher any additional reward for pitching multiple innings — even though two clutch innings pitched in relief are roughly twice as valuable as one. And a pitcher doesn’t get a save for pitching in a tie game, even though it’s one of the highest-leverage situations.I know I’m not breaking much news here: Stat geeks have been complaining about the save for years. But don’t modern, post-“Moneyball” teams know better than this? Aren’t they using their best relievers in the highest-leverage situations, whether or not they yield a save? In a word: no. (In 11 words: Mostly not, except maybe for the Cleveland Indians and Andrew Miller.) The next table reflects how teams used their closers (as defined by, a site that tracks bullpen usage obsessively) over the course of 2016,7The closer could change over the course of the season; the stats are based on who listed as the team’s closer on the day the game occurred as measured by the number of innings the closer pitched in different situations: Todd Jones42510180.869.730.2 Defining a goose eggIf managers were thinking about goose eggs rather than saves, they’d find plenty of better ways to use their best relievers. So let’s define a goose egg, officially. Just as for the save rule, the formal definition is a bit more complicated than the quick-and-dirty version I described above. But here goes:A relief pitcher10Starting pitchers, who have plenty of their own statistics, aren’t eligible for goose eggs. records a goose egg for each inning in which:It’s the seventh inning or later;At the time the pitcher faces his first batter of the inning:His team leads by no more than two runs, orThe score is tied, orThe tying run is on base or at bat 1974Tom Murphy661993Jim Gott48 Broken eggs and GWAR(goose wins above replacement)Having only learned about the goose egg a few moments ago, you might still be a little suspicious of it. Sure, closers are pitching fewer innings than they used to and getting fewer goose eggs. But perhaps they’re pitching more efficiently and providing more overall value as a result? It goes without saying that pitchers like Miller and Zach Britton are really good at their jobs.To properly value relievers, we need a companion statistic called the broken egg, which is to a goose egg as a blown save is to a save. (I wanted to call this companion stat a “blown goose,” but my editors decided that vaguely dirty jokes were the hill they wanted to die on.) We’ll define it as follows:A relief pitcher records a broken egg for each inning in which:He could have gotten a goose egg if he’d recorded enough outs;At least one earned run is charged to the pitcher; andThe pitcher does not close out the win for his team. In other words, you get a broken egg when you could have gotten a goose egg but are charged with an earned run instead, with an exemption if you get the last out of the game.12This is to deal with the specific situation where the pitcher enters the ninth inning with a two-run lead, gives up one run, and finishes the game with his team earning a one-run victory. I’m not sure a pitcher should get a lot of credit for that performance, but I don’t know that he should get much blame for it either. Therefore, it’s a “meh,” rather than a goose egg or a broken egg. Note that this leaves some situations that result in neither goose eggs nor broken eggs, which we’ll say are a “meh.” For instance, if a run scores while you’re in the game but it isn’t charged to you, that’s neither a goose egg or a broken egg; it’s a meh. I’ll speak no more of mehs in this article because they’re pretty boring; when I use the phrase “goose opportunity,” it means a goose egg or a broken egg.There are usually about three goose eggs for every broken egg, meaning that relievers convert about 75 percent of their goose opportunities. And unlike saves and blown saves, which are highly punitive to guys who aren’t closers,13Last year, for example, the White Sox’ Nate Jones — an excellent middle reliever who converted 83 percent of his goose opportunities — led the American League with nine blown saves, whereas he had only three saves. The problem is that you can only get a save if you finish the game, whereas blown saves aren’t restricted to the final inning. the goose system gives middle relievers a fair shake. For instance, Mark Eichhorn — a good-but-not-great middle reliever for the Blue Jays and other teams in the 1980s and ’90s — converted 76 percent of his lifetime goose opportunities, about the same rate as an average closer.Goose eggs and broken eggs — when taken together — also do a good job of replicating more complicated statistics. For instance, there’s a 0.78 correlation14Among pitchers since 1974 with at least 50 relief innings pitched in a season. between a simple linear combination of these stats15Namely, goose eggs minus (3 x broken eggs). This is based on the ratio of goose eggs to broken eggs; also, when running a regression of goose eggs and broken eggs on WPA, a broken egg hurts a pitcher’s WPA about as much as three goose eggs help it. and the highly sophisticated statistic win probability added (WPA), which is arguably the best way to value relief pitchers. WPA is a lot of work to calculate, however, so goose eggs and broken eggs get you to mostly the same place but are relatively simple counting statistics. Saves and blown saves,16When combined in the same way — that is, saves minus (3 × blown saves). on the other hand, have a much noisier relationship with WPA (a correlation of 0.50). Robb Nen3146084.071.224.8 1965Stu Miller791990Bobby Thigpen56 David Robertson62.13.475-3377367 1941-1945World War II0.2177.2 2000Keith Foulke42393.367.76.0 PITCHERSAVESPITCHERGOOSE EGGS 1963Dick Radatz731186.973.95.7 So perhaps you can argue that modern closer usage at least helps the best relievers to preserve their longevity, even if it almost certainly doesn’t maximize their value over the course of a given season. Then again, Rivera and Hoffman and Billy Wagner might just have been freaks; there’s been a ton of turnover in the closer ranks lately. Of the top 10 pitchers in saves in 2011,22These were Jose Valverde, John Axford, Craig Kimbrel, J.J. Putz, Rivera, Heath Bell, Drew Storen, Joel Hanrahan, Francisco Cordero and Brandon League. only three23Craig Kimbrel, John Axford and Drew Storen were still in the league in 2016, and only one (Craig Kimbrel) was still regularly working as a closer. As long as teams are burning through relief pitchers, they might as well try to get more value out of their best ones.So how should an ace reliever be used?Managers have a lot of room for improvement if they forget about saves and use goose eggs as a bullpen guide. A bare-bones workload for a goose-optimized closer would look something like this:Pitch in all goose situations, including ties, in the ninth inning. For a typical team, that works out to about 40 or 45 innings over the course of the season.Pitch in goose situations in the eighth inning when his team leads by one run exactly, with the plan of usually also pitching the 9th when the game remains in a goose situation. This will add another 15 innings or so.Pitch in any goose situations in extra innings, up to a maximum of two total innings pitched for the game. Keep in mind that this will often be impossible because the closer will already have been used earlier in the game. Still, this should amount to another five or 10 innings in a typical season.That will work out to a total of around 65 innings pitched for the season — about the same number that closers throw now — over roughly 50 appearances. But those innings would come with a super-high leverage index of about 2.5. And the pitcher would go from around 40 or 45 goose opportunities in a season to 60 or 65 instead, potentially generating nearly 50 percent more value as a result.For an older or injury-prone closer (say, the Los Angeles Angels’ Huston Street), that might be basically all the work they could handle. But there are lot of teams that might want to replicate MiIler’s success, and there are younger, fitter pitchers who could build on this minimal workload. Depending on the day, they could enter in the eighth inning in tie games, for instance. And they could come into the game with runners on, even in the seventh inning; it can be worth using your best reliever to get your team out of a jam in these cases even if you have to remove him from the game later. A pitcher picking up some of these situations might wind up throwing 85 or 90 innings — and a roughly equal number of goose opportunities — over the course of a season in which he makes 60 or 65 appearances. Those pitchers could have roughly double the value that modern closers do. It’s really not that radical a shift from how pitchers are used now.But it doesn’t have to stop there. Modern teams have about 150 goose opportunities in a season. One day, they’ll find a guy with the right genetics and the right mentality to throw two or three innings every second or third day — someone who really could approach Gossage’s usage pattern — and when that happens, Gossage’s 82-goose-egg single-season record might come under threat. It would be a high bar to clear. But it would be an accomplishment worth chasing down, whereas a save record usually isn’t.You can download detailed data on goose eggs and broken eggs for all pitchers since 1930 here. 2010-2016Strikeout Era0.9276.5 1996Mariano Rivera54690.068.76.6 1988Doug Jones51591.171.65.7 1978Gene Garber52788.170.55.4 1963Dick Radatz731996Mariano Rivera54 1965Eddie Fisher661991Mitch Williams48 If managers want to squeeze every ounce of potential and talent out of their top relievers — maybe even doubling their value — it’s time to give up the save and embrace the goose. Francisco Rodriguez430Mariano Rivera614 The best relief-pitching season of all time, according to this metric, belongs to Stu Miller, who had 79 goose eggs and just 7 broken eggs for the 1965 Baltimore Orioles. Miller’s traditional numbers looked pretty good that year — he went 14-7 with a 1.89 ERA and 24 saves in 119.1 innings pitched, finishing seventh in American League MVP balloting. His goose stats make it clear that he was almost unhittable in high-leverage situations, however.21Miller allowed just a .478 OPS against in high-leverage situations that season. He contributed 7.5 wins above replacement according to GWAR, which is a Cy Young Award-caliber performance.After Miller’s 1965 comes Gossage’s 1975, and then there’s a year from Rivera. But Rivera’s best season according to GWAR was not 2004, when he had a league-leading and career-high 53 saves, but 1996, when he was used as a setup man to John Wetteland and had just 5 saves in 107.2 innings of 2.09 ERA relief. Rivera was promoted to closer the next year, but his value declined as the Yankees held him to 71.2 innings despite the success he’d had in the fireman role.Only two of the top 40 relief seasons have come in the past 10 years. You can be literally almost perfect — as Britton and his 0.54 ERA were last year — and yet still not provide as much value as pitchers like Gossage did because you didn’t have enough volume in high-leverage situations.The lifetime GWAR leaderboard is somewhat more forgiving to modern closers. Rivera tops the list, with Hoffman second and Gossage third: Doug Jones303Darold Knowles400 Randy Myers4049281.572.223.9 Kelvin Herrera72.02.752-6123359 NAMEGOOSE EGGSBROKEN EGGSCONV. %REPLACEMENT-LEVEL CONV. %GWAR But if you take your statistics with an extra helping of rigor — and if you’ve read this far, you probably do — there are a few more things to consider. It’d be nice to adjust performance for a pitcher’s park and league; it was a lot easier to convert goose opportunities at Dodger Stadium in the low-offense 1960s than at Coors Field during the juiced-offense era. We’d also like to know how valuable a late-inning reliever is, which will require some notion of what the replacement level is for the goose statistic. Considering that a lot of high-performing closers — including Rivera — were once middling starters, is the job really that challenging?To answer those questions, we need to create another new stat: goose wins above replacement (GWAR). To do that, I went back to the history books. Over time, the number of goose opportunities per game has increased (as teams pull their starting pitchers earlier) while the success rate for converting them has varied. The offense-friendly era from 1993 through 2009 was a rough one for relief pitchers, who converted a middling 73.8 percent of their goose opportunities. The best relievers from this era, such as Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, might be slightly underrated without considering this context. But since 2010, which has seen a revival of pitching, the goose-egg conversion rate has improved to 76.5 percent. 1982Bill Caudill652003Eric Gagne47 Single-season goose wins above replacement (GWAR) leaderboard, 1930-2016 1993John Wetteland56690.371.86.0 Zach Britton67.00.542-1470401 Familia, Miller tied for goose-egg lead in 2016 Francisco Cordero329Gene Garber468 Billy Wagner4218084.069.837.0 Jeff Montgomery3608980.270.821.8 1977Sparky Lyle66889.273.36.1 1999Billy Wagner44491.768.05.9 1979Bruce Sutter631185.170.95.5 2016Zach Britton40197.672.65.3 1979Kent Tekulve711998Trevor Hoffman51 1965Bob Lee721998Robb Nen53 Andrew Miller74.11.4510-1122427 1969Wayne Granger59986.871.05.6 1973John Hiller59789.472.25.9 Tug McGraw52110183.873.034.9 Stu Miller4058183.373.724.3 1963-1972Neo-Deadball Era0.7177.5 1982Greg Minton63888.774.15.4 Plus select seasons since 1921Source: Retrosheet 2008Francisco Rodriguez47 John Franco424Lee Smith589 ERA and W-L record cover relief appearances onlySources: FanGraphs, Retrosheet 1979Joe Sambito52689.771.85.4 1975Goose Gossage821992Doug Jones67 Mariano Rivera652Goose Gossage677 Career goose wins above replacement (GWAR) leaderboard, 1930-2016 2002Eric Gagne46393.972.55.5 1980Dan Quisenberry651998Jeff Shaw47 1983Bob Stanley702011Jonny Venters51 Dan Quisenberry3808781.472.322.1 Hall of Fame relief pitcher Richard “Goose” Gossage isn’t the biggest fan of the “Moneyball” revolution. Here at FiveThirtyEight, we don’t think his expletive-laced tirades about nerds ruining baseball have always found their target the way his fastballs once did. But on one point, he’s absolutely right: The save is a stupid [bleep]ing statistic.Gossage recently lashed out against modern closers — including all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera — arguing that they aren’t used in the right situations and that cheaply earned saves exaggerate closers’ value compared to the pitchers of his day. “I would like to see these guys come into more jams, into tighter situations and finish the game. … In the seventh, eighth or ninth innings. I don’t think they’re utilizing these guys to the maximum efficiency and benefit to your ballclub,” Gossage said. “This is not a knock against Mo [Rivera],” he continued later.1Fact-check: Yes, it was. “[But] I’d like to know how many of Mo’s saves are of one inning with a three-run lead. If everybody in that [bleep]ing bullpen can’t save a three-run lead for one inning, they shouldn’t even be in the big leagues.”Gossage is right about pretty much all of that. A pitcher probably shouldn’t get much credit for handling just the final inning when his team has a three-run lead. Moreover, the top relief pitchers today are less valuable than they were in Gossage’s heyday in the 1970s and ’80s. In large part, that’s because managers are trying to maximize the number of saves for their closer, as opposed to the number of wins for their team. They’re managing to a stat and playing worse baseball as a result.But there’s a solution. Building on the work of Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton,2In a 2013 article for Baseball Prospectus, Carleton came up with a stat called the “new save” that’s similar to a goose egg. I’ve designed a statistic and named it the goose egg to honor (or troll) Gossage. The basic idea — aside from some additional provisions designed to handle inherited runners, which we’ll detail later — is that a pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning. Specifically, he gets credit for throwing a scoreless inning when it’s the seventh inning or later and the game is tied or his team leads by no more than two runs. A pitcher can get more than one goose egg in a game, so pitching three clutch scoreless innings counts three times as much as one inning does.The goose egg properly rewards the contributions made by Gossage and other “firemen” of his era, who regularly threw two or three innings at a time, often came into the game with runners on base, and routinely pitched in tie games and not just in save situations.3Twenty-seven percent of Gossage’s career opposing plate appearances came in tie games, while just 17 percent of Rivera’s did. I’ve calculated goose eggs for all seasons since 19304Through the end of the 2016 season — there isn’t data for 2017 just yet, but check back in over the course of the season. — plus select seasons since 1921 — based on play-by-play data from Retrosheet. While Gossage ranks only 23rd in major league history with 310 saves, he’s the lifetime leader in goose eggs (677) — ahead of Rivera and every other modern closer. Billy Wagner422John Franco589 Bob Wickman3449278.970.219.7 1965Stu Miller79791.9%75.0%7.5 Roberto Osuna74.02.684-3366354 Troy Percival3546484.769.433.3 1983Dan Quisenberry601184.569.85.4 1974Mike Marshall661997Jeff Shaw48 Rick Aguilera318Jesse Orosco416 1967Ted Abernathy51394.472.56.2 Jeff Montgomery304Randy Myers404 YEARSERAAVERAGE GOOSE OPPORTUNITIES PER GAMECONVERSION RATE Dave Giusti3055485.073.421.5 1996Troy Percival47394.069.06.5 Robb Nen314Doug Jones410 2014Tony Watson47 John Wetteland3076283.269.925.6 1969Tug McGraw46492.071.65.3 1972Tug McGraw65691.575.95.8 1975Goose Gossage821188.274.36.7 2004Eric Gagne46590.269.85.4 Jeff Reardon367Jeff Reardon520 Keith Foulke2636280.969.319.7 Nate Jones70.22.295-339388 Huston Street3256383.872.223.3 Joe Nathan377Bruce Sutter557 Tom Henke3578181.571.423.1 Ron Perranoski4449981.873.722.8 John Franco58913281.772.036.3 Jose Valverde2524584.871.620.5 To determine the goose replacement level, I looked at the performance of pitchers since 199617More precisely, from 1996 through 2015; my source,, did not have detailed contract information available for 2016. who made no more than 150 percent of the league’s minimum salary18I also included pitchers whose salary information was missing on These are usually obscure players who are making at or near the league-minimum salary. and who were acquired in free agency, on waivers, or through the Rule 5 draft. Essentially, these are the guys who are available to any major league team at any time for next to nothing — the literal definition of replacement-level players. But they actually weren’t too bad in goose situations. They converted 71.5 percent of their goose opportunities during this period, as compared to 74.7 percent for the league as a whole. To put that in more familiar terms, these relievers had a 3.91 ERA, weighted by their number of goose situations, as compared to a 3.64 weighted ERA for the league overall.Therefore, a team shouldn’t be spending a lot for average relief pitching — the average relievers just aren’t that much better than the replacement-level guys. Pick up a few failed starters off the waiver wire, tell them to limit their repertoire to their two best pitches, and test them out in Triple-A or in low-leverage situations. You won’t necessarily have the next Gossage or Miller — those guys are scarcer and more valuable commodities — but you’ll probably find a couple of pretty good late-inning relievers without paying a lot to do it.A complete formula for GWAR, which adjusts for a pitcher’s park as well as his league and converts performance in goose situations to wins,19The conversion rate is based on maximizing the fit to WPA. can be found in the footnotes.20The formula for GWAR is as follows:GWAR = .52 * (GOPP) * (pitcher’s GPCT – replacement-level GPCT)In the formula, GOPP is goose opportunities (goose eggs + broken eggs) and GPCT is goose percentage (goose eggs divided by goose opportunities).Replacement-level GPCT, which adjusts for park and league effects, is calculated as follows:Replacement-level GPCT = league GPCT + .105 – .0014 * PPF… where league GPCT is the leaguewide goose percentage (that is, for the American League or the National League, rather than for the major leagues combined) and PPF is the pitching park factor for the pitcher’s home stadium.The best relievers of all time, according to gooseEven with all this extra work, however, we come to basically the same conclusion that we did before: Most of the best relief seasons came a long time ago, and from pitchers who followed Gossage’s usage pattern rather than Rivera’s. 1970Lindy McDaniel702000Danny Graves51 TRADITIONAL STATSGOOSE STATS Jonathan Papelbon3615287.471.733.7 Trevor Hoffman58011383.771.643.7 1993Jeff Montgomery54788.569.56.0 Todd Worrell3508081.472.220.7 1955Ray Narleski44295.773.35.4 Hoyt Wilhelm64114681.473.831.3 1972Tug McGraw651996Roberto Hernandez47 2004Mariano Rivera47 Craig Kimbrel2273487.073.019.0 2004Mariano Rivera47492.271.85.4 1969Ron Perranoski791993John Wetteland56 1973-1992Balanced Era0.7976.3 read more

Woman chases thug after alleged attack on Tube passengerWoman chases thug after alleged attack on Tube passenger

first_imgThe clip was shared on Twitter by Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, who wrote: “Hope perpetrator is found & faces justice for this despicable unprovoked (sic) assault.”British Transport Police said an investigation was ongoing, adding: “We are unable to make any further comments at the moment.”The video has been shared widely on social media, with many expressing outrage at the apparently unprovoked attack.Others have questioned why the person behind the camera was filming the passengers in the first place, and speculating about what interaction, if any, might have preceded the attack.It is not known when the incident in the video took place.The Evening Standard reports that a 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed until November 14.He was arrested on suspicion of “assault occasioning actual bodily harm and using threatening or abusive words/behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress”.Anyone with information about the incident can contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference 554. The passenger chases the attacker Footage of an alleged attack on a London Underground train passenger has emerged on social media.The 23-second clip shows a white man in a black coat approaching a man of Asian appearance, shortly after the train had pulled into Upton Park station in east London.As the carriage doors open, the white man leans forwards and punches the seated man, whose head then hits the window behind him.As the assailant flees, a female passenger, seemingly in the company of the victim, pursues him down the station platform. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The passenger chases the attackerCredit:Twitterlast_img read more

Man admits killing widow 81 and setting her on fire in groundsMan admits killing widow 81 and setting her on fire in grounds

first_imgAn aerial view of what is believed to be the body of the victim under a tarpaulin Police told residents not to leave their homes while the suspect was still at large    Mrs Choules had lived alone since her company director husband died of cancer 12 years agoCredit:INS A statement from her family after her death said: “Tina was incredibly special, as was her simple, self-sufficient way of life with no electricity, television or washing machine.”She never liked to sit still and worked tirelessly to maintain her beautiful garden and produce all year round.”Even in her old age she would chop trees, dig up flowerbeds and wrestle with her lovely dog, Georgie.”She was completely selfless in giving away her fantastic fruit and vegetables to friends and family as well as sharing her wonderful Buddhist Stupas (that she built with her own hands) with those that chose to walk in the woodland.”Her friends and family in both the UK and Italy will miss her very dearly.”  Neighbours described her as “a lovely lady of the village who was liked by everyone”.Mrs Choules is believed to have lived at her house, set in large gardens, for more than 20 years. Villagers were free to visit her estate as part of a Buddhist trail she created with her husband Michael, a fellow Buddhist convert. Mrs Cholues was described as "a lovely lady of the village who was liked by everyone" Mrs Choules had lived alone in her home since the death of her husband Michael, a company director, from cancer in 2004.The pensioner lived without electricity and would take care of the wildlife near her remote country home in Ragmans Lane, Marlow.She was known or keeping her garden in an immaculate condition.center_img Narbutas, who suffers from a psychotic disorder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.A murder charge against him was dropped due to his mental health issues.He attacked her on July 6 at 6.30am.Narbutas, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, is due to be sentenced in October. A company director’s widow was killed and set on fire in the grounds of her £2 million rural home by an intruder in her home.Albertina Choules, known as Tina, was attacked after disturbing Tautrydas Narbutas, 24, in her home.The 81-year-old had dialled 999 for help before Narbutas struck her over the head and dragged her outside and set her on fire.When armed police arrived at the property, which is owned by the family of Lord Carrington, father of the House of Lords and last surviving member of the Churchill government, to try and save her he attacked them with a machete. Mrs Cholues was described as “a lovely lady of the village who was liked by everyone” Police told residents not to leave their homes while the suspect was still at large Credit:INS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Man in 60s stabbed to death in broad daylight outside west LondonMan in 60s stabbed to death in broad daylight outside west London

A man in his 60s was stabbed to death in broad daylight near a historic pub in west London on Saturday. He was pronounced dead after police were called to St Mary’s Avenue in Southall at 6.41pm.The victim begged to see his wife after he was stabbed when leaving the pub, according to a witness who gave him first aid.Raj Grover, who lives nearby, said he used a towel to stem the flow of blood from the man’s wounds after he knocked at his door.Mr Grover said the victim told him “just call my wife” before he died from his injuries.”He was just saying, ‘I’m losing it’, I said, ‘don’t worry, stay with us’,” he added. Mr Johnson pledged to extended police stop and search powers and also said the government would be investing £2.5 billion in creating 10,000 new prison places.There have been 88 fatal stabbings reported in the capital this year.  A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He was in hospital under police guard last night being treated for minor injuries.The incident took place within yards of The Plough Inn, a Fuller’s pub dating back to the 17th Century, and near  a primary school and a parish church. It came a week after Boris Johnson said he was determined to tackle knife crime amid a growing “culture of insolence” among “thugs” who believe they canact with impunity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Man enters hospital for tonsil surgery claims he left with GPS trackingMan enters hospital for tonsil surgery claims he left with GPS tracking

first_imgI don’t know anyone who enjoys going to the hospital, especially when surgery is involved. But usually, if you have an operation and then get the all clear to leave it’s a time of relief and relaxation. For Michael Woolman of Lincoln, Nebraska, it was a time of confusion and disbelief.Woolman attended Baylor Health Hospital for tonsil and sinus surgery. After the surgery had been completed he needed to go to the bathroom and discovered his armpit was bloody. Although at the time he thought nothing more of it, he later discovered that the surgeon had implanted him with a GPS tracking device without knowledge or consent being given.Now Woolman has brought a lawsuit against Baylor Health Hospital for breaching his civil rights and medical malpractice.The lawsuit is a difficult one to comprehend mainly because it seems Woolman has written his own lawsuit documents which are less than clear. For example, in the section asking what relief he wants, he simply states the “pain and suffering and mental anguish” the hospital put him through rather than describing what his desirable outcome is. There’s also no detail on how he discovered a GPS chip had been implanted.If you read the lawsuit filing it’s clear to see this is not written by a lawyer and is actually incredibly difficult to make sense of due to the style of writing. Here’s Woolman’s description of what happened as an example:If it turns out to be a valid claim, then Baylor could be in serious trouble. Carrying out a surgical procedure without consent on its own is serious, but to have a system in place for implanting and then tracking patients as well takes this to a whole new level.I find it hard to believe a hospital would choose to do this and see no logical reason why they would. We won’t know all the circumstances and details surrounding this claim, as well as Baylor’s response to it until the lawsuit comes to court.Read more at the Dallas Observerlast_img read more

Google Doodle Honors Crocodile Hunter Steve IrwinGoogle Doodle Honors Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin

first_imgStay on target Steve Irwin, the legendary “Crocodile Hunter” and TV personality from Australia, is being commemorated by Google on what would have been his 57th birthday.Irwin, who tragically passed away in 2006, was known as an avid wildlife enthusiast and loving family man. To celebrate Irwin’s legacy, Google is unveiling six new doodles on Feb. 22. In the drawings, a cute animated Irwin is shown feeding crocodiles, exploring the outdoors, smiling on a billboard, and spending time with his wife and children.Steve has been honoured with a #GoogleDoodle! Happy Birthday for tomorrow, to the greatest Wildlife Warrior. We’re so proud @googledownunder— Australia Zoo (@AustraliaZoo) February 21, 2019As a child, Irwin spent a lot of time at his parent’s reptile park in Queensland, Australia. At the park, he started working with crocodiles and became passionate about crocodile conservation efforts. Eventually, Irwin started managing the reptile park, which was renamed Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Today, the park is known as the Australia Zoo..@BindiIrwin shares a side-by-side photo of @RobertIrwin & Steve Irwin on The Tonight Show— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) February 16, 2019Irwin then met his future wife Terri, who visited the zoo on a trip. The couple spent their honeymoon capturing crocodiles on video, and their footage became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter, an animal series that was watched by over 500 million people worldwide. In 2001, the Australian government awarded Irwin the Centenary Medal for a lifetime of service and three years later, he was nominated for Australian of the Year.Today, the world remembers Irwin’s efforts on Steve Irwin Day, which takes place annually on Nov. 15. The international celebration involves family, fun, and wildlife initiatives that pay tribute to the Irwin family’s animal conservation initiatives.More on Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’ Google Apologizes for ‘Hidden’ Nest Secure Microphone DramaGoogle Maps AR Navigation Is Being Tested by Some Early Users 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

Stocks rally; Dow surges 669, clawing back lost groundStocks rally; Dow surges 669, clawing back lost ground

first_imgNews that the U.S. and China are open to negotiating to avert a trade war put investors in a buying mood Monday, giving the market its best day in more than two years and erasing about half of its huge losses last week.Technology companies accounted for much of the broad rally, which powered the Dow Jones industrial average to a gain of nearly 670 points. Microsoft was the biggest gainer in the 30-company Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, climbing nearly 8 percent.Banks also notched solid gains, benefiting from a pickup in bond yields. Retailers, consumer goods companies and health care stocks were among the big gainers.The market rebound followed the worst week for U.S. stocks in two years as investors traded last week’s jitters for a more optimistic outlook on trade, and an opportunity to buy.“Certainly nothing’s settled,” said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “Investors are still viewing this as a glass half-full market and a constructive economy, so it’s not surprising to see them buy on value here, buy on dips to try to rebuild their positions.”last_img read more

Holiday closures for July 4thHoliday closures for July 4th

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for the Fourth of July:• MAIL: Post offices closed, no home delivery. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, serving Vancouver and most of Clark County, on regular schedule. In Camas, city pickups normally made on Wednesdays will be made Thursday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Camas Public Library closed.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices closed. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow Sunday/holiday schedule. Also, C-Tran provides free service to Vancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, with shuttles departing from the 99th Street Transit Center and Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, about every 15 minutes from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and returning to the same locations immediately following the fireworks. TriMet buses follow Sunday schedule; MAX and Portland Streetcar follow Saturday schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed.• BANKS: Most closed; check your bank for details.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open. Free admission for military veterans, active military personnel and first responders and up to four family members.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed. Circulation lines, 360-694-2312, open 6:30 to 11 a.m.last_img read more

Causeway renamed to honor the lostCauseway renamed to honor the lost

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jevon missick, marco williams, the missick williams causeway Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The current PNP Administration went one step further to pay tribute to the two young men who drowned when their boat overturned in January 2007 when trying to cross the waters between North and Middle Caicos; their death was just months before the causeway was completed.Government today named the rebuilt causeway in the memories of Marco Williams and Jevon Missick who died when they tried to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters. Today, ribbon was cut and the new name unveiled in tribute to the lives lost over the years on that trek. A two phased construction, pegged at $2.9 million and awarded to JACA TCI turned out a new stretch of roadway which should not only illicit better reviews on TripAdvisor but also make for safer, more reliable passage even when the waters are raging. Some have expressed concern though that the causeway is not tough enough as October’s hurricane Joaquin flooded the causeway. It was announced that the project, started in June 2015 would be completed by December 2015; Joaquin and other inclement weather delayed completion.In 2008 Hurricane Hanna destroyed the EU supported first construction by then North Caicos Construction.Still, today was about the end to a six year wait for a renovated link between the country’s two largest islands; the causeway is now called The Missick Williams Causeway. Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tributelast_img read more

ABC Expands Membership into Mobile and EReader MarketsABC Expands Membership into Mobile and EReader Markets

first_imgThe Audit Bureau of Circulations has just expanded its membership with five companies that serve the mobile and e-reader content markets. Joining the firm’s membership are Bite Sized Candy (digital magazines for iPhone and iPod Touch platforms); Pixel Mags (magazine and newspaper developer for iPhone and iPod Touch); Plastic Logic (e-reader developer); ScrollMotion (iPhone e-reader and app developer); and Sony Electronics (Sony Reader creator).The companies represent a significant spike in that sector for ABC. Previously, only, Texterity and Zinio could be counted as part of that market—though ABC president and managing director Michael Lavery noted to FOLIO: in an email that “There are a number of other digital/interactive members involved in areas like ad serving networks, widget platforms, Web site and e-newsletter audits, and so on.”Lavery added that the new members are indicative of the action the market segment is currently seeing. “While it’s early, it’s a very active market with numerous initiatives under way now. Looking ahead, analysts predict that spending on mobile advertising will surge in the next few years. So publishers see the mobile market as an opportunity to expand their brands, reach new audiences and build a foundation for potential revenue growth.” Expanding membership in this area mirrors what publishers have been doing all along—seeking new ways to deliver their content to readers on any platform they want to receive it. Consequently, auditing and reporting services will need to adapt, said Lavery. “ABC’s board and advisory committees are actively looking at how best to augment publishers’ audit reports and statements to ensure that advertisers have access to all relevant and essential audience data, from both print and digital sources.”last_img read more

Shocking accusations against Kate Middletons behavior at baby Archies christeningShocking accusations against Kate Middletons behavior at baby Archies christening

first_imgKate MiddletonGetty imagesKate Middleton may have angered Meghan Markle’s fans with her behavior at baby Archie’s christening. Meghan’s fans have accused Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, of trying to steal the thunder at Archie’s christening by her choice of earrings.We have to say that, earrings are quite an outrageous and nitpicky details to get angry about. Reportedly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex christened their son in an intimate ceremony in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. After the ceremony, they released two official portraits of the big day to share with their fans. The focus of the images was the newly christened Royal. But it looks like some Meghan Markle fans had eyes only for the Duchess of Cambridge. Reportedly eagle-eyed social media users were quick to notice Kate was wearing Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl earrings, which she wore to Harry’s christening. Some fans were not impressed with this move, as they suggested Kate was trying to “upstage” Meghan. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesFans took to Twitter to express their varying opinions on a pair of earrings. The opinions ranged from how Kate Middleton wanted to upstage Meghan, why else would she wear earrings that Princess Diana wore during Prince Harry’s christening. We have to say, that is some deeply researched observation. While another said that the earrings were a tacky move on Kate’s part, something for which Meghan would have been roasted. Meghan sure seems to have some supportive fans.Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle may not be on the best of terms but we thin these fans are reading a little too much into a pair of earrings.last_img read more

ICICI Securities IPO undersubscribed Did high valuations deter wealthy investorsICICI Securities IPO undersubscribed Did high valuations deter wealthy investors

first_imgThe ICICI bank signboard is reflected in a puddle on a street in New Delhi in this file photo. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking unit of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, cut the size of its initial public offering (IPO) after the shares allocated for high net-worth and retail investors were undersubscribed.The Rs 4,017-crore IPO managed just 78 percent subscription on the last day of the issue Monday, according to National Stock Exchange.The non-anchor institutional book saw a subscription of 104 percent while the anchor book, about 60 percent of the shares set aside for large institutional investors, helped raise Rs 1,717 crore ahead of the IPO.Anchor investors are institutional investors that subscribe a day before an IPO is thrown open to the public and have to adhere to a 30-day lock-in.The portion of shares kept aside for retail investors and high net-worth individuals were subscribed 88 percent and 36 percent, respectively.In an IPO, the issuer is required to receive a minimum subscription of 90 percent of the offer.Going by the valuations, the IPO was ideal for investors with high-risk appetite and not for the faint-hearted.At the upper end of the price band, the IPO demanded valuation of 49 times fiscal 2017 earnings while the average price to earnings (P/E) multiple of its peers is 38.1, Bloomberg reported.Weakness in equity markets may have also deterred a few to subscribe to the IPO. ICICI Bank’s share issue came at a time when the benchmark Nifty Index lost 4 percent so far this year, with most of the losses coming after January.Meanwhile, the company’s high dependency on brokerage income was also a cause of worry for a few analysts.”Brokerage income depends on general economic conditions, macroeconomic and monetary policies, market conditions and fluctuations in interest rates, all of which are beyond company control. High level of competition and new technologies may adversely affect the present brokerage revenues,” according to a note by Canara Bank Securities dated March 21.Retail brokerage is the main revenue driver for ICICI Securities, contributing nearly 91 percent to the total brokerage revenue.last_img read more