US Seeks to Revoke Citizenship of Indian American

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first_imgThe United States has filed a complaint in the Federal Court in the District of New Jersey to revoke the citizenship of an Indian American over charges of fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alleges that Baljinder Singh alias Davinder Singh obtained his naturalized U.S. citizenship through fraudulent means.A similar complaint was filed by the USCIS against two men of Pakistani origin. All three are alleged to have concealed prior orders of exclusion and deportation under different identities than those under which they naturalized. The cases were referred to the Department of Justice by the US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) and identified as part of Operation Janus, an initiative by the Department of Homeland Security that has identified about 315,000 cases in which fingerprint data was missing from the centralized repository.If convicted, Singh, as well as the two Pakistanis, Parvez Mansoor Khan and Rashid Mahmood, would be deported to their home countries. The complaints were filed against Singh, Khan and Mahmood in the federal court in the District of New Jersey, Middle District of Florida, and District of Connecticut, respectively.“The Justice Department is committed to preserving the integrity of our nation’s immigration system, and in particular, the asylum and naturalization processes,” Chad A. Readler , the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said.“The civil complaints charge that defendants in these cases exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalization. The filing of these cases sends a clear message to immigration fraudsters – if you break our immigration laws, we will prosecute you and denaturalize you,” Readler added.Baljinder Singh alias Davinder SinghAccording to the complaint, Baljinder Singh aka Davinder Singh from India arrived at the San Francisco International Airport on Sept. 25, 1991, without any travel documents or proof of identity. He claimed that his name was Davinder Singh and was placed in exclusion proceedings. Failing to appear for his immigration court hearing, Singh was ordered excluded and deported on Jan. 7, 1992.The complaint alleges that on Feb. 6, 1992, Singh filed an asylum application under the name of Baljinder Singh, and claimed to be an Indian who entered the United States without inspection. Following his marriage to a U.S. citizen, Singh abandoned his application for asylum. His wife filed a visa petition on his behalf and he was naturalized under the name Baljinder Singh on July 28, 2006. He has been living in Carteret, New Jersey, since.The complaints against Singh include charges of illegal procurement of naturalization by not being lawfully admitted for permanent residence (fraud or willful misrepresentation), illegal procurement of naturalization due to lack of good moral character (false testimony) and procurement of U.S. citizenship (concealment of a material fact or willful misrepresentation; false testimony).Denaturalization cases are quite rare and usually pursued against those accused of involvement in war crimes or individuals who secured citizenship through fraud. Singh’s case will be tried in federal court, a process that can take years, which will determine whether his citizenship should be revoked. Related ItemsBaljinder Singh naturalization caseDe-naturalization USAIndian American deportationLittle Indianaturalization AmericaNRI naturalizationlast_img read more

NBA: Celtics are ‘team of the future in the East,’ coach Kerr says

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first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Although the boys of Beantown are situated on the Eastern Conference side, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is keeping tabs on the league’s hottest team.“It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie (Irving) is amazing,” Kerr told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNo stranger to accumulating consecutive victories both as a coach and a player, Kerr had nothing but compliments for the Brad Stevens-led squad.“That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come,” he said. “Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Oakland, California. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not yet ready to return to the bench as the franchise prepares for its third straight trip to the NBA Finals.After dropping its first two games of the season, the Boston Celtics are sitting at the top of the NBA Standings, winning 13 straight games.READ: Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straightADVERTISEMENT The odds didn’t seem to be in the favor of the storied franchise at the beginning of the year, retaining only four players from last year’s team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals.To make matters worse, the team’s prized off-season free agent signing Gordon Hayward suffered a season-ending ankle injury on opening night.Anchored by Irving’s magnificent play and steady contribution from veteran Al Horford and young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics are once again primed to rule at the top of the East and perhaps even more.“Even without Gordon Hayward and that awful injury, Boston is just crushing people,” Kerr shared.“So, it’s going to be really fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it’s going to be,” he added, referring to the team’s match-up with the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kerr added: ”They’re really sound, and they’re motivated. It’s a team that’s been on the rise the last couple of years. They lost in the conference finals. They want to win a championship, and it looks like it”.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Bucks Clip Clippers, but Antetokounmpo Injured (Vids)

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first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds before leaving with an apparent lower leg injury in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 128-118 victory over the Clippers on Thursday night that snapped Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak.Antetokounmpo went to the floor and held his right ankle after dunking the ball with 7:46 left in the game, and he immediately went to the bench and didn’t return. He missed two games last week with a sprain to the same ankle.Giannis limped to the Bucks bench with an apparent lower leg injury after stepping on Garrett Temple’s foot in the 4th quarter. He remained on the bench, but did not return to the game. pic.twitter.com/2XV7zfeVVw— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 29, 2019Khris Middleton had a season-high 39 points with eight rebounds and five assists as Milwaukee won its fourth straight. Eric Bledsoe added 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Bucks (57-19) cut their magic number to two to clinch home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.Sterling Brown, in the starting lineup with the Bucks’ rotation thinned by injuries, had 15 points.“I was able to get to my spot and my teammates were just finding me,” Middleton said.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Clippers (45-31) with 21 points, and JaMychal Green added 16 and Wilson Chandler 15.Greek Freak is looking ready to enter playoff mode ?(➡️ @MetroByTMobile) pic.twitter.com/uRDipoOyHr— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 29, 2019The Bucks led 67-46 at halftime as Antetokounmpo had 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Middleton added 15 points and Brown 10 as Milwaukee shot 55.8 percent from the field (24 of 43).Los Angeles went on an 8-1 run to open the second half, cutting its deficit to 14 and leading Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer to call a timeout.The Bucks led 79-69 before going on a 9-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Pat Connaughton, putting them ahead 88-71 with 2:49 left in the third quarter.Middleton completed a four-point play late in the quarter and had 13 points in the period as the Bucks took a 100-77 lead entering the fourth quarter.By: Charles F. Gardner, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LIVE: Tunisia vs England

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first_imgTunisia v England Tunisia vs England: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane England Tunisia World Cup 180618 Getty Tunisia v England World Cup Tunisia England Powerade England begin their World Cup campaign with a Group G clash with Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena Thank you for joining us this evening, see you next time!England and Belgium are off the mark in Group G. Both sides can qualify for the next phase of the competition in their next matches, with Tunisia facing a must-win contest against Belgium on Sunday.England are off the mark with a victory thanks to their skipper Harry Kane. The striker notched a brace converting from two corners, the last of which came in stoppage time as he guided a close-range header past Farouk Ben Mustapha. It looked as though Tunisia had done enough to secure a point as Ferjani Sassi canceled out Kane’s opener from the penalty spot. However, the Three Lions kept on pressing and found their goal to claim the victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move FULL-TIME: TUNISIA 1-2 ENGLAND90+4 mins: England take time off the clock in the corner and that could be it for Southgate’s men.90+3 mins: A defensive sub for England now as Dier replaces Lingard.90+1 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! KANE AGAIN!!!!! ENGLAND LEAD 2-1!!!!! Kane scores his second of the game with a well-placed header from close range. He may have won the game for his team at the death. Trippier’s corner was headed to the back post by Maguire where Kane was lurking without the presence of a Tunisia defender. He only had Ben Mustapha to beat and he directed his effort beyond the reach of the keeper into the net.90 mins: There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played here, can either team net a late winner? Loftus-Cheek battles down the right flank to win a corner for the Three Lions.89 mins: Loftus-Cheek makes another burst down the right, but this time the ball escapes his feet and rolls out for a goal-kick.88 mins: Loftus-Cheek makes a good run down the right and he cuts the ball back for Rashford. The striker opts to leave the ball for Lingard, but Syam Ben Youssef makes the interception.86 mins: Rashford is pulled down and the referee awards a free-kick to England. Trippier brings the ball forward a few yards off the touchline, much to the displeasure of the Tunisia players.85 mins: Khalifa replaces the tiring legs of Khazri.83 mins: Another keeper down for Tunisia as Ben Mustapha takes a whack from Stones in the air. The referee awards a foul for the challenge, although it was a fair contest between the two players.82 mins: Rashford charges down the left flank and he drives into the box before winning a corner for the Three Lions.80 mins: Alli makes way for Loftus-Cheek. The Tottenham man had battled with a thigh injury since the first half.79 mins: OVER! Young bends the ball over the wall, but he lifts his strike sails over the bar.78 mins: Alli is tripped on the edge of the box and it hands England a free-kick in a dangerous position. Young will take the set-piece.77 mins: Rashford bamboozles his man on the right flank before knocking the ball back to Trippier to cross. Kane nudges it back to Lingard, but Syam Ben Youssef makes the interception.75 mins: The tempo is too slow from England as Tunisia sit deep in their shape at the back.74 mins: A defensive-minded sub from Tunisia as Ben Amor replaces Sliti, which will see Khazri move up front.73 mins: Sliti has space on the edge of the box and he strikes at goal with his left foot, but his shot sails comfortably wide of the post.72 mins: Khazri latches on to a ball over the top and he goes for the blast, only to fire his effort straight into the legs of Stones.70 mins: Henderson teases a pass over Syam Ben Youssef towards the back post for Alli’s run. The defender lets the ball drop to the keeper and Alli almost breaks in, although he was offside anyway.Harry Kane England Tunisia World Cup 201860 mins: Henderson picks out Trippier on the right flank, but his low cross into the box is cleared behind by Maaloul on the slide.69 mins: WIDE! Trippier goes for goal as he curls his effort over the wall towards the bottom corner. However, Ben Mustapha watches the ball sail comfortably wide.68 mins: Alli and Kane are caught in quick succession, the latter of which yields a free-kick in a good position for the Three Lions. Just before the set piece is taken, Sterling makes way for England as Southgate does alter his attacking options, with Rashford entering the action.66 mins: England build down the right and Henderson whips a cross to the back post for the run of Maguire, but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.65 mins: Sterling collects the ball in a decent position and tries a backheeled offload to Young, who loses out to Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the corner.64 mins: Alli wins a header in the final third, but the ball does not fall for Sterling. Southgate may have to ponder changes with his attacking options.62 mins: Sterling backs into Meriah and has a hold of the Tunisia defender’s shirt. The referee awards a free-kick to Tunisia for the shirt pull.59 mins: Sterling turns his way into the box and tries to turn his way past two white shirts, only to be stopped in his tracks.58 mins: England are trying to push up the field to leave Tunisia no space to play out from the back. It’s a compressed game at the moment.56 mins: Kane sends Henderson down the right inside channel, but his cross just evades Alli at the back post. England are just lacking that cutting edge in the final third.54 mins: Tunisia are not afraid to use the ball in possession, knocking the ball around at the back. England are trying to close them down, but they are just getting around the red shirts.52 mins: Khazri makes a good run past Maguire down the right inside channel. Pickford commits himself and does not reach the ball. However, Khazri is caught offside from the long ball as he takes possession. Replays show that he timed his run to perfection. It has not been a good night for the officials thus far.51 mins: Meriah has his arms all over Kane at the resulting free-kick, but the referee waves play on. Stones makes contact with Trippier’s corner, only to head straight at Ben Mustapha.50 mins: Sterling runs at the Tunisia defence, but he loses possession as he looks for a team-mate. However, Meriah puts Ben Mustapha in all sorts of trouble with his backpass, with the keeper slicing his effort out for a corner.48 mins: A sloppy start to the second half as both sides give away possession cheaply. Southgate will want his side to retain their composure.46 mins: The second half is underway!The teams are back out here at the Volgograd Arena and kick-off is just moments away!Gareth Southgate’s men were the better side, but missed a slew of chances. Tunisia have looked active on the break and pose a threat with the speed of their attack. The game remains in the balance heading into the second half.Kyle Walker, EnglandIt’s all square in the Volgograd Arena after 45 minutes. England took the lead through Harry Kane in the 11th minute as he converted from close range after John Stones saw his header saved. However, the Three Lions were unable to capitalise on their chances and were duly punished at the other end. Tunisia won a penalty when Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with a loose arm. Ferjani Sassi fired his effort into the bottom corner to notch the equaliser.HALF-TIME: TUNISIA 1-1 ENGLAND47+2 mins: Both sides are slowing the tempo of the game as we approach the end of the half. Tunisia seem keen for the half to end as soon as possible.45 mins: Not long left to play in this first half and there will be three minutes of added time.44 mins: OFF THE POST! Lingard makes a brilliant run into the right inside channel to latch on to Trippier’s ball over the top. He knocks the ball past Ben Mustapha, but it strikes the wrong side of the post before heading wide.43 mins: OVER! Trippier floats a cross into the box from a free-kick and Maguire wins the head. It falls to Lingard on the penalty spot, only to see his left-footed drive diverted over the bar.41 mins: England are putting the pressure back on Tunisia after conceding. However, their finishing has not been the best in the final third.39 mins: CLOSE! Young floats his free-kick to the back post and Maguire knocks the header down. Alli flicks it over his head towards goal, but three Tunisia defenders are on the line to clear. Sterling takes a swipe at the ball, only to miss-kick his effort. Stones suffers the same fate before Tunisia clear the danger.38 mins: Sterling goes down on the left flank in the corner. Young will lift the set-piece to the back post.36 mins: Alli is struggling with a thigh complaint for England. He may have to make way here.Kyle Walker England Tunisia penalty World Cup 18061835 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! SASSI LEVELS FROM THE SPOT!!! 1-1! Sassi holds his composure from the spot as he fires his effort beyond the reach of Pickford into the bottom corner. Walker is punished for his mistake and Tunisia notch the equaliser.34 mins: PENALTY TO TUNISIA! Fakhreddine Ben Youssef goes down under the arm of Walker and the referee points to the spot. Walker goes into the book for his challenge on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.33 mins: England work the ball down the right and Alli fires the ball low into the box, but Syam Ben Youssef is there to clear the danger ahead of Kane.31 mins: SAVE! England win a free-kick following a handball by Bronn. Trippier floats his cross to the back post for Maguire to head at goal. The defender gets a decent connection, although Ben Mustapha gets down to make a comfortable save.29 mins: Henderson plays a cross-field pass that Trippier almost works into the path of Lingard in the right inside channel, but Meriah is across to make the covering challenge.28 mins: Khazri bends a threatening delivery towards the near post, but Maguire is on hand to win an important header to clear the danger.27 mins: WIDE! Two mistakes from Maguire and Walker allow Tunisia to break to the edge of the box. Skhiri goes for the strike, only to see his effort diverted behind by a wall of red shirts.26 mins: Khazri makes a good run to latch on to Syam Ben Youssef’s ball over the top. Pickford races off his line and is able to beat the forward to gather on the edge of the box.24 mins: CHANCE! Young floats a dangerous cross to the back post where Lingard is unmarked. The midfielder has an age to figure out what to do with his effort, only to scuff his strike at goal. A huge opportunity spurned by the Three Lions.23 mins: OVER! Khazri’s corner travels over the heads of everyone in the box. Sliti gathers and beats the challenge of Alli before firing at goal, but he hammers his effort over the bar.22 mins: Bronn finds space down the right and he charges past Alli. He gets to the byline before Alli gets there to make the block, although Tunisia win a corner.20 mins: Kane and Alli look to combine on the edge of the box, but the presence of Maaloul is there to stop the latter’s run into the box.Harry Kane, England18 mins: SAVE! Walker releases Trippier down the right flank and he fires a low ball into the box. It somehow misses Kane and Alli in the middle. Henderson gathers on the edge of the box and fires at goal on the half-volley, but Ben Mustapha gets down to make the save.17 mins: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef tries to bring the ball forward for Tunisia, but Young makes a strong challenge to knock him off his stride.16 mins: Kane has scored in seven of his last eight appearances for England, including each of his last four (nine goals).15 mins: Ben Mustapha comes on to replace the injured Hassen. Mathlouthi started the last game against Spain, but now seems to be third choice.13 mins: Hassen is down again for Tunisia. He appeared to aggravated his injury when denying Stones’ header. He may have to make way here.11 mins: GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! KANE STRIKES!! ENGLAND LEAD 1-0!!!! Kane has a dream start to the tournament as he taps home from close range to put his team ahead. Young floated his cross into the middle for Stones to attack. The defender powered an effort towards the top corner. Hassen made a fine save, but Kane was there to pounce on the rebound to convert.10 mins: BLOCK! Kane turns in the final third after collecting Maguire’s pass. The striker goes for goal from the edge of the box, only to see his effort deflected behind for a corner.9 mins: Tunisia build in the England half with a neat spell of possession, but Sassi wastes the attack with a loose pass out to Bronn.8 mins: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef goes down off the ball under contact from Young. The referee has a word with the wing-back, but nothing else as England are allowed to continue with their throw-in.6 mins: Hassen falls awkwardly as he raced out to confront Lingard. He receives treatment on the pitch before continuing for Tunisia.5 mins: England break through Alli and he offloads to Lingard in the left inside channel. He cuts the ball back to Sterling, but the winger is offside as he connects in the box.4 mins: CLOSE! Maguire wins the head from the resulting corner and his effort loops towards the corner, but Hassen gets across to make the stop, turning it away from Kane.3 mins: SAVE! Lingard almost gets England off and running as he latches on to Sterling’s cutback. However, Hassen sticks out a leg and turns the ball past the post.2 mins: Trippier over hits his offload towards Lingard down the right flank and it travels through for Hassen to gather. However, Hassen is then put under pressure by a pass from Ben Youssef and he puts his pass wide of Bronn into touch.1 min: We’re underway!5 MINS TILL KO: The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.10 mins till KO: Swarms of flies have been an issue in Volgograd due to the heat. Both sets of players will have to contend with the insects, although the temperature inside the Volgograd Arena should be cool.Youssef Msakni is missing for Tunisia after suffering a knee injury in April. It places further responsibility on Khazri and Sliti in the final third to maximise their opportunities. England kept seven clean sheets in their 10 games before the tournament, highlighting the challenge ahead of Tunisia’s attack this evening.15 mins till KO: Tunisia have made the one change from their loss against Spain last time out. Khaoui drops out of the line to be replaced by Khazri, who lines up behind Sliti in attack.Meanwhile for England, Southgate has opted for Pickford in goal rather than Butland, with the two having split duties in the friendly matches. Maguire, Young and Henderson get the nod ahead of Cahill, Rose and Dier. Lingard starts ahead of his Manchester United team-mate Rashford, while Kane leads the line alongside Sterling.20 mins till KO: A few pre-match stats for you ahead of the game.For their 9th successive World Cup tournament, England’s starting XI in their opening game have never all previously started a England game together before.England’s starting XI has an average age of 26y 16d; their youngest for the opening game of a World Cup tournament since 2002 vs Sweden (25y 207d).25 mins till KO: Here’s a reminder of the team news tonight, starting with Tunisia.TUNISIA (4-4-2): Mouez Hassen; Dylan Bronn, Syam Ben Youssef, Yassine Meriah, Ali Maaloul; Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Anice Badri; Wahbi Khazri; Naim SlitiTunisia subs: Farouk Ben Mustapha, Yohan Benalouane, Oussama Haddadi, Rami Bedoui, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Mohamed Ben Amor, Ahmed Khalil, Aymen Mathlouthi, Bassem Srarfi, Saber Khalifa, Ghilane Chaalali, Hamdi Nagguez.ENGLAND (3-1-4-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard; Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.England subs: Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Jamie Vardy, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Marcus Rashford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope.30 mins till KO: Tunisia’s nine-match unbeaten run was ended by Spain in their final warm-up match before the tournament. They have beaten the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Iran, Guinea and Costa Rica over the past year. However, Nabil Maaloul’s men will need to raise the level of their game this evening.England have been in good form since qualifying for the World Cup. Southgate’s men are unbeaten in their 10 matches, with their last defeat coming at the hands of France in a friendly match last year. The Three Lions warmed up for the tournament with victories over Costa Rica and Nigeria, without firing on all cylinders, but they have momentum to take into the contest in Volgograd.35 mins till KO: Tunisia will be desperate to emulate Iceland’s performance. They have reached the tournament for the first time since 2006, but in their four forays into the competition they’ve never advanced beyond the group stage. Wahbi Khazri leads the line and the Sunderland man will be keen to continue his form with a shining display on the world stage.40 mins till KO: England will be looking to kick off their World Cup campaign on the front foot to banish the memories of their last exploits at major tournaments into oblivion. The Three Lions suffered the ultimate humiliation at the hands of Iceland, knocking them out of Euro 2016. It brought about the end of Roy Hodgson, and via Sam Allardyce, Gareth Southgate is now charged with an improved performance this time around.45 mins till KO: Hello and welcome to Goal’s LIVE match commentary of the Group G World Cup clash between Tunisia and England!Squads & Team News Tunisia XI: Hassen; Bronn, S Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; F Ben Youssef, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri; Khazri, SlitiTunisia subs: Khaoui, Ben Amor, Benalouane, Haddadi, Khalifa, Mathlouthi, Srarfi, Khalil, Nagguez, Bedoui, Mustapha, ChaalalEngland XI: Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young; Lingard, Henderson, Alli; Sterling, Kane.England subs: Vardy, Rashford, Pope, Delph, Jones, Dier, Welbeck, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Butland, CahillTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC BBC iPlayerlast_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was difference

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first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was differenceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s quality made the difference for Saturday’s defeat.Chelsea won 2-1 with Willian proving the matchwinner.Benitez said afterwards, “When you’re playing against a very good team, sometimes these things can happen. We made a mistake but to be fair, Willian was great and we had to make double effort. To be fair we cannot complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.”We made a couple of big mistakes with the first goal and the first goal after we scored but overall we were fine in a lot of parts of the game. Always I talk about the final third decisions. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have.”It’s even more important now. We know that we have difficult games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row. We have to get the points we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoParker delighted as Fulham thrash Reading

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Parker delighted as Fulham thrash Readingby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott Parker was delighted with Fulham’s ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker’s Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift’s red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship table after 10 games.Speaking after the match, Parker said: “I was delighted with the performance.”I’ve been delighted with the performances over the past four or five weeks but the results have been missing a little bit.”That’s what most people usually look at and I understand that. But tonight, I thought that we were first class from start to finish.”In the first 30 minutes, we were devastating – even though they had a man sent off.”But, prior to that, I felt that we had really stamped our authority on the game and showed our quality.”We’re going to be a team very hard to deal with in the first 20 or 30 minutes. Even when Reading had 11 men, it was still difficult for them.”We moved the ball very quickly and with an intensity. And we were really clinical in the final third.”Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked a lot on getting that cutting edge about us.” last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESSMODEL STEFANIE SHERK DEAD AT AGE 37 HUSBAND DEMIAN BICHIR WRITES

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first_imgAdvertisement Bichir did not specify the cause of death. He asked for respect during his time of mourning.The couple started their relationship in 2010 and did not have children together. Bichir has a daughter, Gala, born in 2011.Sherk was born in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont. She appeared in Bichir’s directorial debut “Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song,” as well as the films “Star Power,” ”Valentine’s Day” and ”Loco Love.” She also starred in ”#Hashtag: The Series.”Bichir, 55, was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in 2012 for his role in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” He has also appeared in films like “The Hateful Eight,” ”Che: Guerrilla” and ”Sex, Shame & Tears.”UPDATE:  The L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled her death a suicide as confirmed to PEOPLE Magazine.Are you in a crisis? If you need help, contact Crisis Services Canada at their website or by calling 1-833-456-4566. If you know someone who may be having thoughts of suicide, visit CAMH’s resource to learn how to talk about suicide with the persoGeneraln you’re worried about.RELATEDSTEFANIE SHERK’S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED AS SUICIDE BY DROWNING – PEOPLEACTRESS STEFANIE SHERK DIED BY SUICIDE, MULTIPLE CAUSES OF DEATH: REPORTS – THE EPOCH TIMESREMEMBERING STEFANIE SHERK: A LOOK BACK AT HER LIFE AND LOVE WITH DEMIÁN BICHIR – PEOPLESTEFANIE SHERK, CANADIAN MODEL AND ACTRESS, DIES AT 37 – CNN Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Demian Bichir announced the death of his wife Wednesday in a heartfelt message on Instagram, saying that Sherk died “peacefully” on April 20. She was 37.“It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain,” he said in his post with a picture of Sherk. “It is our sincerest hope that our beautiful Stefanie, my angel and love of my life, will rest in eternal peace.” Twitterlast_img read more

Walking trail near Fort St John Hospital closed until further notice

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first_imgHe added that at this point it’s not known when the trail will be reopening, but that the City will be notifying residents via its Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City officials say that one of the walking trails located near the Fort St. John Hospital will be closed until further notice.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that work crews were attempting to resolve drainage issues near the walking trail along the south side of the hospital property when some of the equipment caused damage to the trail itself.Harvey said that the City is currently working with engineers to try to get the drainage issues in the area resolved while also determining what repairs need to be performed on the trail itself.last_img

The old fire hall approved for rezoning

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first_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the Public Hearing held in the Council’s Chambers, the motion was approved to amend the zoning for the old fire hall.The zoning was being changed from Institutional to General Commercial to allow the site to be developed as mixed-use commercial office space on the bottom and residential above.The city property at 9407 Avenue sold for $625,000 to 1117731 BC Ltd company.last_img

Groupe Alliances EBRD sign partnership to develop Moroccan tourism industry

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Casablanca – Alliances Hospitality, subsidiary of the Groupe Alliances which specializes in hotel industry, signed, on Friday in Casablanca, a partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the building of 3 and 4 star hotels in Morocco.The agreement was signed by CEO of the Groupe Alliances Mohamed Alami Lazraq and tourism director at EBRD Claudia Pendred.The project provides for an investment worth 50 mln euros, 10 mln euros to be paid by EBRD and 15 by the Groupe Alliances. The project will be carried out by Alliances Hotel Investment, a newly-established company owned by EBRD (40%) and Alliances Hospitality (60%).The first hotels will be constructed in Casablanca and Marrakech, then in other Moroccan cities as Tangier, Rabat and Oujda.

Video Young Moroccan Rants Against ONCF Delays at Train Station

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Rabat – A young woman, who recently returned from a stay in France, broke down at a train station after waiting for nearly half an hour for a train to take her to Casablanca. The woman, who did not identify herself nor her location, ranted about her frustrations in a video she recorded of herself on a mobile phone. Haditouna TV, an online magazine, published the video on its YouTube channel on Thursday.“I don’t understand this ONCF [sic],” she said, referring to the national train company. “Always late! I just returned from France and I see this chaos in Morocco – this isn’t right!” The woman, wearing a black sweater, said she has never boarded an ONCF train on time and that the routine delays cause her to be late to her appointments. A man at the station tried to talk her during her rant, which she recorded while sitting on the ground against a wall. It remains unclear if he was an ONCF employee or a fellow passenger. Towards the end of the video, the man told her the train is due to arrive in the next five minutes, but she was not inclined to believe him.“Why shouldn’t I get angry?,” she argued. “I’m not going to get up off the ground. I am going to create chaos for you people.”The woman said Moroccans should strike against the train company’s delays to force them to stick to the schedule.Last summer, ONCF pledged to improve their quality of service and punctuality after the trains’ overhead cable system experienced technical problems, creating massive delays and customer frustration. read more

Canadian mining exec kidnapped by Colombian rebels has been released

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TORONTO — A Canadian mining executive who was kidnapped seven months ago by Colombian rebels opposed to his company’s gold mining project has been freed and will soon return home, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday.Gernot Wober, 47, was released by National Liberation Army rebels in a rural region in northern Colombia and was transferred by a Red Cross helicopter to the city of Barrancabermeja, north of Bogota.The ICRC said Wober was in good health.Wober, vice-president of exploration of the Toronto-based Braeval Mining Corp., was abducted on Jan. 18, along with two Colombian employees and two Peruvian consultants.The National Liberation Army, or ELN, had demanded that Braeval drop plans to explore for gold at the Snow Mine property in southern Bolivar state, saying the land had been stolen from its legitimate owners. Braeval announced last month that it was pulling out of Colombia.The ELN is far smaller than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which is currently engaged in peace talks with the government.Both groups emerged in the 1960s, largely as an outgrowth of rural peasant movements seeking a more equitable distribution of Colombia’s agricultural lands.The ELN has been seeking to join those talks, but Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said earlier this year that there would be no talks with the group until Wober was freed unconditionally.A spokesman for Braeval Mining said the company is “greatly, greatly relieved” about Wober’s release, adding that the Toronto-area man is receiving assistance from Canadian consular officials and will return home “at the earliest opportunity.”“Gernot does have a wife and a young child and we have every expectation that they want to be united as quickly as possible,” Chris Eby said.Braeval Mining announced late last month that it would be pulling out of its Snow Mine project because the site had been idle since Wober was kidnapped.In a news release issued last month, the company cited the shutdown to “unfavourable market conditions” and said it is shifting its focus to other exploration projects.The Canadian Press read more

Warning that Middle East violence could spread Annan urges parties to talk

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“I am worried that if we do not contain the crisis it could spread,” Mr. Annan said today in Austria during a press encounter held jointly with the country’s Foreign Minister, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. He noted that tensions in the region had reached levels “not seen in many years.”Responding to questions, the Secretary-General also calle attention to the human toll exacted by the current “tragic” situation. “We have innocent people suffering and I think the international community has an obligation to do whatever it can to bring an end to this misery,” he said.Mr. Annan said the clashes underscored the need for dialogue. “In my judgement it is when the killing is going on, when you are living that tragedy, that you must talk,” he said. “I do not see how you can bring the situation under control if the protagonists do not come around the table.” In that regard, he expressed support for efforts by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to bring the parties together.The press encounter followed a meeting between the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Ferrero-Waldner, during which they discussed the crisis in the Middle East as well as other issues, including the situation in the Balkans and the fight against AIDS.The Secretary-General began his day by meeting with Pino Arlacchi, the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention. read more

Senior UN rights official concludes trip to Kyrgyzstan

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The Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, was in Kyrgyzstan as part of an official two-week visit to Central Asia. He met in Bishkek with President Askar Akaev and a host of top officials, including the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs, and stressed at every level that the real test of a national human rights policy was the extent to which it promoted genuine respect of human rights.The Kyrgyz leadership updated the UN rights official on the President’s National Human Rights Programme for 2002-2010, which emphasizes the constitutional values of human freedom, dignity and honour. They underlined the significance of the establishment of the post of Ombudsman and noted the recent announcement of the establishment of a Council on Democratic Security that would work on the elaboration of a Kyrgyz code of democratic values.While Mr. Ramcharan welcomed these initiatives, he stressed the importance of actual implementation of human rights. He urged that the Ombudsman be given the resources and support he would need to fulfil his mandate. He applauded the support that the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing the Ombudsman, and expressed the hope that the project would be generously supported in the future.Mr. Ramcharan also recalled that the UN Human Rights Committee had indicated a number of problems, including in the functioning of the Kyrgyz judiciary, the treatment of detainees and prisoners, and violence against women. He urged tangible action to correct these continuing problems. He also urged that the recently revised Constitution, as well as relevant laws, be interpreted and applied in the letter and spirit of international human rights norms.The chief aim of Mr. Ramcharan’s trip has been to enhance dialogue and technical cooperation between the governments of the region and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as to follow-up on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s visit to the region in October 2002. read more

Volunteers needed for Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp

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All it took was one volunteer experience for Steffannie Hancharyk (BPhed ’08, BEd ’08, MA ’14) to become hooked.There was just something so heartwarming about the big smiles and determination on the faces of youths from Brock’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Summer Movement Camp that she could not resist.It was just after completing her master’s degree in 2014 that the Brock alumna, a third-degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate, was invited to be part of the camp.She ran an introduction to martial arts station that helped campers explore various movements.“It was such a rewarding experience that I was inspired to start my own company,” said Hancharyk, who shortly after her camp participation founded Experience Physical Activity. The not-for-profit organization partners with various agencies such as Autism Ontario, RAFT and Community Living to offer martial arts training to individuals experiencing disability.“When I offered my first camp session, I didn’t know what to expect,” Hancharyk said. “It was an awesome experience. After providing some background to the participants and volunteers, my lesson plan went out the window and I just started teaching basic skills of kicking and blocking, before progressing to combinations.”The martial arts station became an immediate success and has been integrated into the ASD camp every year since. “One of the reasons why these lessons are so successful is because the martial arts movements that Steffannie does with the participants are not only transferrable to other gym stations, but they are also useful movements for daily living,” said Elyse Lappano, Brock’s Experiential Learning Co-ordinator, Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity.The movements, which are broken down into simple small parts, are then built onto additional tasks, which reinforce the pattern and can be taught by other camp volunteers.“The volunteers and participants are learning the same martial arts taught in dojos, but Steffannie teaches them in an adaptive way. This pushes them to constantly practise and leads to increased success,” Lappano said. Hancharyk has also gone on to hire alumni who have volunteer experience with Brock’s inclusive and adaptive physical activity programs.“I rely heavily on Brock graduates who have volunteered with the ASD camp and the Special Needs Activity Program,” Hancharyk said. “We really need our alumni and students to step up and help out. These programs provide quality training to volunteers and give participants the confidence to participate in other opportunities.”The ASD Summer Movement Camp, which runs from Aug. 20 to 24 and Aug. 27 to 31, provides developmentally appropriate movement programming for participants.The camp needs at least 25 student volunteers to work with youth who require one-on-one support (and in some cases two-to-one support) and can only accept campers based on volunteer commitment.“These camps fulfill a gap in much-needed services for this group of youth in Niagara,” Lappano said.Students are currently needed for both camps and may volunteer for one or both weeks. A training session will take place on campus on the Sunday before each camp.Volunteers should be interested in teaching and working with youths and teens who are neuro-diverse in a movement context. They will learn strategies that are transferable to any teaching profession and may gain course credit for volunteering.When a volunteer commits to camp, a camper is invited.“If the volunteer does not show up, we cannot turn that camper away. This results in a serious safety issue due to lack of student support,” Lappano said, while stressing the importance of sticking to that commitment.Undergraduate and graduate students from across all Faculties and departments and alumni with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.The camp will take place in Gym 2 of Walker Complex.There will be trips each afternoon to participate in a variety of recreation activities throughout Niagara, including:Low ropes courseBowlingSafari NiagaraGo-kartsMcBain splash pad and poolKiwanis splash pad and poolThe ASD summer movement camp is one of many ways Brock emphasizes its commitment to experiential education and community engagement.To register or for more information, e-mail elappano@brocku.ca read more

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BillionDollar Billy Beane

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The film version of “Moneyball” depicts many establishment baseball types as ignorant of where wins in baseball come from and clueless about how to properly value talent.Take, for example, the scene when John Henry — the billionaire owner of the Boston Red Sox — tries to recruit the Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane. Henry tells Beane that any managers not rebuilding their teams with Beane’s system in mind are “dinosaurs,” and then hands him a slip of paper. On it, there’s an offer for Beane to become the new Red Sox general manager for the insane amount of $12.5 million over five years. His fictional colleague tells us that the offer would make Beane “the highest-paid GM in the history of sports.” Despite appearing tempted, Beane ultimately declines the deal, claiming, “I made one decision in my life based on money and I swore I’d never do it again.”1In real life, Beane briefly accepted the Red Sox’s offer before changing his mind (citing community and family reasons). He even began negotiating with the A’s over what compensation the Red Sox would have to give his old team for stealing him away. At the press conference announcing that he’d changed his mind, Beane was asked about that negotiation (from a contemporary news report):“Asked from a baseball talent-evaluator perspective what he was worth, Beane laughed and said, ‘I had one opinion before [accepting Boston’s job] and once I got there, I had a different opinion.’”Beane may not be the highest-paid GM in the history of sports, but he may be the most famous. An outfielder originally drafted 23rd overall by the New York Mets in 1980, Beane made his MLB debut in 1984, but was never successful against top competition. After getting washed out of the league, he became a scout for the A’s and eventually worked his way up to GM in 1997. As GM, he has used Bill James-style advanced statistics to inform his decisions, and taken a strictly economic approach to valuing and acquiring players. Under his leadership, the A’s have been a very successful franchise despite routinely carrying one of baseball’s smallest payrolls. Beane’s story caught the attention of author Michael Lewis, who made him the central character in his 2003 bestseller “Moneyball” and something of a cultural icon for sports analytics.Beane’s methods continue to be analyzed and celebrated by sabermetricians, and the A’s continue to massively exceed expectations given the amount they spend. They own the best record in baseball so far this season, and have the fifth-lowest payroll.2While also being rated as the “unluckiest” team this year. They currently lead MLB in Pythagorean wins by an even wider margin. It’s the best 100-game start of Beane’s career, and the best for the organization since its 1990 pennant-winning squad. Over the last 15 seasons,3The period covered by Baseball Prospectus’s payroll data. the A’s under Beane have had the fifth-best winning percentage in baseball, with the fourth-lowest total payroll. (The data used here is current through Monday, July 21.)Beane has been a godsend to the frugal A’s, enabling them to achieve top-tier performance at bottom-tier prices. For this, the A’s have paid him fairly modestly4In general, good GMs are probably way underpaid, but Beane is even more so. — but since we don’t know how much winning is worth to the A’s organization, it’s hard to say exactly how much Beane has been worth to them.For a team like the Red Sox, however, the picture is much more clear. Over the last 15 years, they’ve happily spent over $2 billion in the pursuit of wins — and because they’re one of baseball’s most successful franchises, no one in Beantown is complaining.From a strictly economic perspective, not offering Beane however much money it took to get him may have been one of the Red Sox’s poorest decisions since letting Babe Ruth go to the Yankees for next to nothing. And I mean that literally: Over the past 15 years, Billy Beane has been nothing less than the Babe Ruth of baseball GMs. The Red Sox offered Beane $2.5 million per year,5The 2002 Boston Red Sox paid Dustin Hermanson — a relief pitcher with a 4.21 ERA — $5.5 million, or more than twice as much in annual salary as they offered Beane. but even $25 million would have been a bargain.Finding Beane’s potential dollar value to the Red Sox is relatively simple: It’s the amount the team spent under general managers Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington, minus the amount it would have had to spend for the same performance with Beane as GM.6Hat tip to Jeremy Kahan — a hedge fund analyst and good friend of mine — for zeroing in on the Red Sox angle to this question.To show this, we first we need to figure out just how many A’s wins Beane has been responsible for, and how much those wins would cost on the open market.Let’s start by comparing the A’s performance under Beane’s leadership to the performance we would expect from a typical GM with the same payroll.7Prior to their change in ownership in 1995, the A’s maintained a healthy payroll, including the largest in the league in 1991, following their World Series appearance the year before. By the time they started downsizing, Beane was already with the team. This means there’s no way to compare Beane’s performance to that of a different A’s GM with a similar payroll. I created a logistic regression model8A type of model used to predict things like win percentages. that predicts a team’s win percentage by season based on the team’s relative payroll (excluding Oakland from the data), as measured by how many standard deviations it was above or below the average MLB payroll for each season. Below, I’ve plotted the non-Oakland team-seasons from 2000 to 2013 (on which the model is based) in groups of 15 by payroll (so, the dot farthest to the right represents the 15 team-seasons with the highest relative payrolls), and plotted the model’s prediction as a red line. I then plotted Oakland’s 15 seasons through 2014 as a single green point:The point on the upper right represents the 15 team-seasons with the highest relative payrolls. These teams were 2.68 standard deviations above the mean payroll on average and won 58.5 percent of their regular-season games on average.9Note there’s not much difference from a linear regression, which would have an underlying (season-by-season) R-squared value of .183 (though this can be increased by using less noisy metrics such as run differential). Oakland, on the other hand, averaged .81 standard deviations below the mean payroll and won 54.8 percent of its games on average.From this we can take each team’s expected wins per season based on payroll,10The logistic regression formula in Excel is: =1/(1+EXP(-(-0.009677+0.127212*[SD Payroll]))). and then see how many games above or below average it ran. Here’s Oakland, broken down by year (Note: 2014 is through the season’s first 98 games only):This comes out to 180.2 wins above expectation given the A’s payroll (165.5 prior to this year). That’s 12.0 wins above expectation per season (and there’s a good chance of that per-season average rising).“Wins above expectation” may sound familiar to you. It’s conceptually very similar to wins above replacement (WAR), the stat we use to evaluate how many wins a player earns a team versus how many games that team would expect to win without him.11There are two main differences between wins above expectation and wins above replacement:WAR is based on direct player performance metrics like hitting, fielding, etc., while a general manager’s wins earned are imputed indirectly from his team’s performance (both of these methods have their pluses and minuses).WAR is above “replacement,” meaning it’s the number of wins a player earns not over an average player, but over a borderline player — someone you would pay the minimum. A GM’s wins here are measured above what we would expect from the average non-Beane GM.But the difference between a “replacement” GM and an average GM is unclear to me: They all cost a pretty similar amount, and how much value they add is a mystery, so I thought an average GM was the appropriate baseline. Regardless, this means that this comparison could be understating Beane’s value. For example, Babe Ruth earned only 126 wins above average as a batter, compared to his 163 wins above replacement.Beane’s 12 wins per season above what we would expect of an average general manager is slightly more wins than Barry Bonds earned when he hit 73 home runs in 2001 (11.9 WAR). The most WAR earned by any batter over his entire career was 163 by Babe Ruth.12At least for now, Ruth does maintain a slight edge over Beane in total WAR (with 183.6) on account of his 20.6 WAR as a pitcher. In fact, if you assemble the top 15 position player seasons of all time, they still trail Beane’s 15 seasons as GM, with 180.1 WAR combined versus Beane’s 180.2 wins above expectation.No one can get that lucky. If you’re expected to win 1,116 out of 2,364 games, winning 1,296 games instead may not look impossible, but that’s because our intuitions about these things are terrible. Excel’s binomial distribution function makes calculating such odds pretty easy:13The Excel formula to calculate odds of winning a certain amount given an expected win rate is: =BINOM.DIST([Games]-[Wins],[Games],1-[Expected Win Percent], TRUE). In this case they’re somewhere around one in 13 trillion — effectively zero.14Granted, though odds that they’ve just gotten lucky overall are nil, it’s likely that the A’s have been “running well” to some extent — meaning, their performance has probably exceeded their true expectation. But this is true of any top team. Of course, we can’t know to what degree Beane alone is responsible for the A’s success. But as GM, Beane is formally responsible for the A’s performance, and there aren’t any other obvious causes that would suggest he isn’t responsible (there have been several different managers and 100 percent turnover of players during Beane’s tenure).Imagine the A’s wanted to have exactly this level of success and were willing to pay whatever it cost. With Billy Beane, the A’s have paid $839,902,108 to their players from 2000 up to and including the start of the 2014 season (but prior to recent acquisitions). How much do other teams normally have to pay for this level of success?There are a lot of estimates for the price of wins out there, ranging from ESPN’s Dan Szymborski’s $5.5 million per marginal win and FanGraphs $6 million on the lower end to Lewie Pollis’s $7 million and up to Hardball Times’ $7.6 million on the high end. To make things a little more complicated, the price of wins has also risen substantially with the growth of payrolls in the last decade15I’ll stick with FanGraphs and Hardball Times, because their historical estimates are readily accessible.:If we use these values to price wins above or below expectation on a year-by-year basis for every team as we did for Oakland above, and then sum up by team, it would look like this:FanGraphs’ value for Oakland’s performance adds up to $812 million since 2000, while the Hardball Times’ value adds up to $891 million. Over three-quarters of a billion dollars — that’s huge! We can smell-check these numbers by looking at the overall picture. Leaving aside standard deviations and year-by-year breakdowns for a moment, we can see how each team’s total payroll over the last 15 years has compared to its performance:That trend line shows us how well teams have performed relative to how much they’ve paid, but we can also use it for the reverse:16By solving for Win Percentage. In Excel: =([WPct]-0.4130893)/(0.0000669). The Oakland Athletics have won 54.8 percent of their games, so the corresponding 15-year payroll (the amount we would expect a team to have paid for that win rate) is about $2.02 billion — about $1.18 billion higher than the Athletics actually paid.So the smell-check turned out a higher number than the estimates based on the normal price of wins, when that normal price already seemed absurd.This isn’t broken down year by year, so it could just be that the A’s won a lot more in years when wins were cheaper. To correct for this, we need a more empirical method for pricing wins. On a year-by-year basis, how big would each team’s payroll have to have been to buy its performance? Using the regression above (and some fancywork in R17This is done using the inverse of the logistic regression built above, which leads to very complicated math, but can be done fairly easily in R using the boot package (where “mod” is the logistic model):require(boot)invPred <- function (W,G,mod) {(logit(W/G) – coef(mod)[[“(Intercept)”]]) / coef(mod)[[“payroll.sd”]]}I should note this leads to some very valuable-looking seasons (like Seattle’s 116-win season in 2001), because that kind of success is virtually impossible to “buy.” But it sums up across seasons very accurately.), we can model this and see that wins may be harder to buy than standard win-valuation models (FanGraphs, Hardball Times, etc.) would suggest. Valuing each team’s relative season-by-season performance this way leads to a very different accounting from above:Over the past 15 years, the A’s have exceeded expectations by close to $1.38 billion — even better than our smell-check estimate of $1.18 billion. This suggests that they’ve performed slightly better in years when they were at a bigger payroll disadvantage (at 2013 market value, those A’s wins would cost closer to $1.78 billion).18Note: though I use a logistic regression so the price of wins isn’t perfectly linear, this approach corresponds roughly to a price per win of around 4.7 wins per standard deviation of payroll. So the table of win prices over the years corresponding to those of Hardball Times and FanGraphs above would look like this: Yes, that’s “billion” with a B. (Or two.)* * * * *Now that we have a sense of Beane’s performance and how much it would cost to replicate it, let’s turn back to the Boston Red Sox and their failure to sign him (or even to offer him anywhere near his worth).The situations in Oakland and Boston aren’t directly comparable. Exploiting market inefficiencies is probably easier for Beane than it is for a successful big-money team, because he has never had to face the winner’s curse or the diminishing returns of spending. On the other hand, the A’s have been way above average, not just a little above average. Aside from the Red Sox’s post-season successes,19I should also note that, while not having any championships to show for it, the A’s have made the playoffs the same number of times the Red Sox have (seven), and they’ve been remarkably unlucky, losing all six series-deciding Game 5s they’ve played. the team has only performed 0.6 percent better than the A’s over the 15-year period — for which they’ve paid an extra $1.2 billion in salaries.But some of that money was spent and some of those wins came before the Red Sox attempted to hire Beane. To be conservative, let’s just look at the period since Henry made Beane his offer: In the last 12 years, the Red Sox spent $1.714 billion on payroll, while the A’s spent $736 million. We can then break down what it could have looked like if Beane had worked for the Red Sox like so:Let’s say it would have cost Boston the same $736 million that it cost Oakland to get the A’s performance with Beane.At the hypothetical $25 million-per-year salary I suggested earlier, Beane would have cost the Red Sox another $300 million. (It’s possible that Beane would have wanted more, but it’s even more possible that they could have gotten him for less.)The difference in performance between the A’s and the Red Sox over that period (where the Sox were as successful as at any point in the franchise’s history, and the A’s were supposedly stagnating after Beane’s early success) has been about 50 games for Boston. Since we don’t know exactly how good Beane would be at procuring additional wins above his Oakland performance, let’s assume that the Red Sox would have had to pay the typical amount teams have paid for wins in the period to make up the difference. According to the year-by-year price of wins from my calculations above, those 50 wins (taking when they happened into account) would have a market value of about $370 million (though this might have been lower with Beane in charge).If we combine these — the price of the A’s performance ($736 million) plus Super-Expensive-Billy-Beane’s salary ($300 million) plus the additional 50 Red Sox wins at high market estimates ($370 million) — merely duplicating their previous level of success still would have saved the Red Sox more than $300 million relative to what they actually spent, and that’s with reasonably conservative assumptions. That’s money they could have pocketed, or spent making themselves even better.In other words, failing to understand Beane’s true value may have cost the Red Sox hundreds of millions of dollars or more. “Moneyball” isn’t just some nerdy obsession that helps a few teams save a bit of money. It’s about more than nickels and dimes; it’s about millions and billions.CORRECTION (July 24, 7:10 p.m.): A footnote in an earlier version of this story misstated the most recent year the Oakland A’s played in the World Series; it was 1990, not 1991. read more

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first_imgWELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Scary face morphing app of the weekYahoo Japan has released Face Stealer, a slightly unsettling face swapping site that lets you transform your face into that of someone else, in realtime,  including Einstein and the Mona Lisa, Gizmodo reports. You can also create your own masks by taking pictures of your friends (or maybe your pets) and morphing their faces with yours.(Image: Face Stealer/iTunes)Pornographic infographic of the weekThe Porn MD has released this infographic showing global internet porn habits, with the top ten most commonly searched terms on porn sites over a six month period. The Porn MD hasn’t included the Republic of Ireland in the infographic – because nobody here watches porn – so the closest we can get is Britain whose top three search terms were ‘British’, ‘Indian’ and ‘MILF’.Musical Twitter announcement of the weekTwitter is set to release an app called ‘Twitter Music’ by the end of the month, CNET reported this week. The app will suggest artists and songs for users to listen to based on information, like the accounts  a person follows, with songs streamed to the app using SoundCloud.Mind reading gadget of the weekSpeaking of music, these slick looking headphones can read your brainwaves and then choose music to play based on what mood they think you’re in. The gadget plays the music through an iPhone app and changes the tunes as your mood changes. The product is just in the prototype phase at the moment, but this could be the future of music entertainment…(neurowear/YouTube)Oh how the times have changed picture of the week(Image: Today Show/Instagram)The Today Show uploaded this image to their Instagram account this week, showing a stark difference since 2005 in the number of people in the crowd at the Vatican with cameras to capture the Pope’s first address. We’re just dying to know what the next one will look like now.Read all previous Weird Wide Webs>last_img read more

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first_imgADVERTS FROM  eMobile, Three Mobile and The Wright Venue are among 14 found to be in breach of standards according to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland.The ad from eMobile failed due to lack of substantiation while Three Mobile was judged to be misleading and a leaflet from The Wright Venue was ruled to break decency rules.A further 10 complaints against adverts were not upheld with the ads relating to a range of media including social media, leaflet, brochure, press, radio and television.eMobileA complaint was made to the ASAI from a customer who signed up an eMobile 18-month contract on the basis of a TV and press campaign. The customer from the Navan area complained that they were unable to take advantage of the offer because of poor coverage in their area.The ad had outlined how the offer allowed for “45,000 any network minutes monthly” and “10,000 any network texts”.The network had argued that the complaint appeared to relate to the level of coverage rather than the advertisement itself, adding that information about coverage was on their website.But the ASAI disagreed, stating that the ad had not stated that the offer was “subject to availability” and was therefore in breach of their code.Three MobileThe complaint against Three related to the fine-print on a television ad not being clear enough.The ad in question was the carrier’s €29.95 offer which included all texts and internet data for that price.In the fine-print on the bottom of the screen the ad stated that the offer was, “€29.95 for each of the first three months. €39.75 thereafter.”A customer complained that this was not made clear enough in the ad and the ASAI agreed, saying that, although it was written in fine print it was not linked to in the large print offer:They (the complaints committee) noted that while the advertisers had referred to the fact that that the price was a promotional price for three months, they had only done so through onscreen text which had not been linked by way of an asterisk to the main headline claim.The Wright Venue  North Dublin nightclub The Wright Venue were also reprimanded by the ASAI in reference to a door-to-door leaflet campaign for their CAKE event.The leaflet referred to “C.A.K.E – CRAZY, AMAZING, KINKY ENTERTAINMENT” and featured a picture of a woman wearing bikini bottoms.It doubled up as a membership application form and had a blank space running across the woman’s back for people to write their contact details.A complainant said that the leaflet was put through her letterbox and picked up by her 11-year-old daughter.  She considered it inappropriate to deliver such leaflets to homes where young children may see them.  She also objected to the image of the young woman used and considered it sexist and inappropriate to use in order to gain interest for the venue concerned.The advertisers apologised for inclusion of the word ‘kinky’ in their advertising and said they will be more mindful of the material in door-to-door drops.The complaints committee of the ASAI upheld the concerns on a number of grounds, stating that they the advertisers, “should not use offensive or provocative copy or images merely to attract attention”.The pointed to a number of different sections of the code of practice which state that marketing should seek to avoid sex stereotyping as well as take into account how children may react and be affected by certain advertising.In all three of the above cases the companies were told not to run the adverts in the same form again.View the ASAI’s full complaints newsletter here> Read: Adverts in breach: Healing bracelets, shoes that tone and cowboys in vans >Read: Avonmore, Aer Lingus and Eircom breached advertising codes >last_img read more

LG ENote H1000B tablet finally launches

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first_imgLG have officially announced their entry into the tablet market with the launch of the E-Note H1000B (available to start with in South Korea) which according to Engadget is based on the Windows 7 operating system.In terms of its cosmetic appearance the device has a similar look to the Toshiba Folio 100 (released in Europe earlier this month, hopefully this does not have the same problems as the latter).In terms of spec the display features a similar 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive screen and as mentioned runs Windows 7, more specifically the Starter Edition. A 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor runs the show, alongside 16GB of SSD storage and 1GB of memory, all of which are powered by a 4-cell battery.Measuring 14.5-mm thick and weighing 850-grams the case also incorporates 2x USB 2.0 ports and an SD card reader. Wireless technology consists of an embedded 802.11b/g/n antenna and Bluetooth 3.0 receiver.The LG E-Note H1000B tablet comes with the price tag of approximately 961,000 won or, $847. It is bundled with a portable WiMAX router.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Clark County builders get cut of 2 million reimbursement

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first_imgThe Building Industry Association of Clark County is distributing a little more than $2 million among 203 local builders who paid into its insurance program.The money comes from rebate checks for its Return on Industrial Insurance Program, which promotes safety on job sites. Companies that get rebates have paid premiums that exceed their claims in the program.The Building Industry of Washington runs the program statewide and has reportedly collected $90 million in premiums from 1,800 companies, according to the Wednesday announcement.BIA representatives said that companies have received refunds of about 38 percent over the last three years.last_img