Sonowal, Laos Ambassador discuss ties between both countries

first_imgGuwahati, Jun 7 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met Laos PDR Ambassador to India Southam Sakonhninhorm in his office today and discussed a gamut of issues on strengthening bilateral ties between India and Laos, more particularly concerning Assam.Chief Minister Sonowal said Assam was keen to work with Laos in the fields of trade and commerce, cultural exchange, sports and strengthening road connectivity through Myanmar, said a government release here.Asked about the sectors Laos could tie up with Assam, the Ambassador said Assam could tie up with Laos in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, organic farming and hydro-electricity and there was huge potential for investments in these sectors, the release said.Terming the 59-years long diplomatic relationship between Laos and India as cordial, Sakonhninhorm said there was enormous potential for investments in various sectors as both countries were ASEAN members.The Ambassador said Laos was keen to invest in tourism and mining sectors in which Assam has enormous potential and extended invitation to the Chief Minister to visit Laos, the release said.The Chief Minister pointed out that avenues for trade and commerce and cultural relations vis-a-vis socio-economic development would open up by strengthening connectivity between Assam and Laos.Underlining the need for establishing ties in the sectors of sports and culture initially and then subsequently expanding it to other fields of cooperation, Sonowal urged the Indian Ambassador to Laos PDR, Ravi Shankar Aisola, who was also present in the meeting, to take the lead.Asserting that the Centre has accorded top priority towards development of Assam and the North East by formulating the Act East Policy, Sonowal said opening up of the Stilwell Road, for which efforts were on, would act as a catalyst for more growth and development in the region, the release added. PTI ESB DKB IKAadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoAccrington Stanley eager to do more business with Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Accrington Stanley eager to do more business with Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAccrington Stanley are eager to keep hold of Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser.The Lancashire Telegraph says Barlaser is set to extend his stay at Accrington Stanley until the end of the season while the Reds are also eyeing up a January move for Newcastle United defender Liam Gibson.Stanley entertain Peterborough United in League One tomorrow looking to close the gap on the top six. That game was due to be Barlaser’s last in his loan deal from Newcastle United but the 21-year-old is expected to sign up until the end of the season.He has made 21 appearances for John Coleman’s men so far this term, scoring twice, and has established himself as first choice in the middle of midfield.Stanley have built up a strong relationship with the Magpies and also have striker Luke Charman on loan at the club. last_img read more

Transgender job fair aims to help integrate trans people into workforce

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto transgender woman is holding a job fair geared toward transgender and gender-nonconforming people to try to spark systemic change in the Canadian workforce.Biko Beauttah, who came to Canada as a refugee from Kenya 11 years ago, says transgender people often struggle to find work in conventional jobs and turn to things like drug dealing and the sex trade.She started Trans Workforce, an organization that is setting up next week’s job fair and supports the transgender community in Toronto. After multiple attempts to set up the job fair, Beauttah said she was able to set up the event with help from LGBTQ community groups.“The idea came around based on my lived experience and my inability to find work despite having nine years of post-secondary education,” said Beauttah, a transgender woman who identifies as female.“The continued marginalization of trans people, you can see it with how we’re not represented in the corporate structure … we’re not given enough options,” said Beauttah.The absence of transgender people in the general workforce is something Beauttah sees as one of the major unresolved issues in the LGBTQ rights movement.Beauttah said there will be around 15 employers at the job fair, which will take place on Nov. 20. Some potential employers include the Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Indigo.As more companies began to show their interest in the fair, Beauttah said that picking employers who actively wanted to normalize the presence of trans people in their workforce was an important factor.A Facebook event page for the group shows more than 200 people are either interested in the event or plan to attend.While Beauttah hopes that events like these will catch on in other cities, she also said that the transgender and gender-nonconforming community could soon reach a point where they don’t need to rely on her organization.“I hope there comes a time when Trans Workforce isn’t really needed because people will be hiring people because of their skill and talent, and not based on their gender,” said Beauttah.last_img read more

BJP using money power to win elections, says Mamata

first_imgAlipurduar/Jalpaiguri: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticising the Trinamool Congress-led Bengal government over its ‘involvement’ in the tainted Saradha and Narada scams, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called Modi the “pied piper of thieves and corrupt people.””Just as the whole city had run after the pied piper, the thieves and corrupt people run after the fake chowkidar who gives them shelter and protection,” she said, adding: “the fake chowkidar addressed the rally today after sharing the dais with a person involved in the chit fund scam.” Banerjee was addressing a rally at Alipurduar on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhile addressing another election meeting at Jalpaiguri late on Sunday afternoon, she said: “BJP does not play any constructive role and its sole business is to incite the people of the Hills against those living in the plains.” Banerjee said BJP has no chance of coming back to power in Delhi. “It will lose the elections in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and Bengal. It will do badly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as well. Come May 23 and you will see how people will reject the party that survives on riot, loot and murder,” the Trinamool supremo said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayBanerjee alleged that the saffron party was spending “cash” to win the elections. “They are giving Rs 1,000 to people to attend their meeting and Rs 5,000 to cast vote in their favour. They have looted people’s money in the name of note ban and are now spending the money to win the elections. They have set up a five-star party office in Delhi by looting people,” she maintained, adding: “They think by changing some senior police officers they will get more votes. But in reality, the more they change police officers, the lesser their votes will be.” Criticising Modi for not opening closed tea gardens, she said: “The chaiwala had promised to open the closed tea gardens before the 2016 Assembly polls. Now there is no chai, milk or sugar and he has transformed into a fake chowkidar.” In Jalpaiguri, Banerjee gave a list of achievements of the Bengal government. “Kanyashree has helped 60 lakh girls, while one crore students have been benefitted by Sabuj Sathi. The state government has spent Rs 700 crore to pay crop insurance of the farmers. But BJP is jealous of Bengal and is not giving clearance to change the name of the state, which was passed in the state Assembly unanimously.” “When there was trouble in Darjeeling or Jangalmahal, Modi did not come to see the situation and now he has come to incite the people there,” she added. The Trinamool supremo reiterated that if voted to power, BJP will change the Indian Constitution. “In the name of NRC, BJP is harassing people. The names of 22 lakh Hindus and 20 lakh Muslims had been dropped from the NRC in Assam,” she said, adding that the Bengal government will never introduce NRC. She urged people to ensure BJP’s defeat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, saying: “The quicker BJP is ousted, the better it will be for the nation.” She called on the young voters in both the constituencies to vote for Trinamool Congress candidates.last_img read more

The World Series Baseballs Sure Seem Juiced But Are They

The rate of long balls is up about 69 percent compared with the regular season, while the next largest bump is only 56 percent, achieved in 2009. According to a simple statistical test, the probability of witnessing so many home runs in the Series (considering the rate in the regular season) is about 1 in 80.1I used a binomial test, assuming that the rate of home runs per contact in the regular season is the true probability. That is a very fragile conclusion, however. Had we performed the same analysis after Saturday’s game, the result would be that the rate of home runs was not as elevated.2The probability of seeing as many home runs as we saw up through Game 4 is about 1 in 20. We ought to be no more certain today that the balls are more lively than we were a few nights ago.Despite the most recent round of allegations, there’s no compelling evidence that the baseballs are especially home-run prone this postseason — or any different than what we saw during the regular season. Since the middle of this year, evidence has been mounting that alterations to the baseball are to blame for the all-time high home-run rates. What we are seeing in this Series might be a result of the prior changes to the ball, rather than a whole new bout of modifications.You won’t find a bigger believer in the juiced ball hypothesis than me, but the evidence for a World Series change driving a home run explosion is much thinner than the broader case that Ben Lindbergh, Mitchel Lichtman and I assembled over the course of the past few years.For starters, the World Series spike is partially due to the fact that the Houston Astros are very good at hitting home runs. The team’s historically excellent offense is the source of many of the gaudy home-run totals already. So far, the Astros have hit 13 homers in five games, which sounds like it could be record-breaking on its own. But there were 103 five-game streaks in the regular season that saw a team drive 13 or more balls over the fence, including six such streaks by the Astros themselves.There’s another problem with the juiced ball hypothesis. Verducci’s article alleges that the balls are more slick than normal. But academic research suggests that a more slippery baseball actually travels less far than a rough one. Similar to the dimples on a golf ball, a little bit of surface texture acts to reduce air resistance instead of slowing the ball down. So while we might expect slick baseballs to mess with a pitcher’s grip, we wouldn’t necessarily expect them to get out of the park more often.There is some evidence to support the idea that the balls are more slippery. I used Statcast’s pitch tracking to compare the air resistance of playoff baseballs to those used in September and found a slight increase in drag in that time. The bump in drag coefficient of 0.023 is enough to reduce fly-ball distance by about 11.5 feet, which doesn’t explain at all why so many hitters are launching homers. Furthermore, this kind of fluctuation in air resistance happens all the time. (Drag coefficient dropped by a similar amount from August to September, for example.) As I detailed in an earlier article, whether because of manufacturing variations or intentional tampering, the drag on MLB baseballs often hops around from month to month, pulling home-run rates with it.One way in which a slicker baseball could be causing more homers is if it is harming a pitcher’s ability to hold the ball. Some pitch types — those that require a more forceful grip on the baseball’s surface, like a slider — are expected to be affected most. Yet the evidence for an effect on that offering is much more murky. The ESPN Stats & Information Group found that pitchers’ spin rates and called-strike percentages dropped dramatically in the World Series, suggesting that they were having trouble getting a grip. But other sabermetricians have found no effect — or contradictory impacts on different hurlers. The increase in home-run rate might be coming from pitchers trying (and failing) to adjust to a new surface texture, rather than the ball itself being more conducive to homers.Without more data — or a sudden wave of candidness from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about any manufacturing changes to the ball — it’s hard to say for sure what’s happening to the ball. For now, we’re left with the possibility that this World Series is just business as usual in the home-run era — or that a new baseball is changing the game again. Just before the Houston Astros’ 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, speculation was running rampant about juiced balls. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci wrote an article detailing accusations from multiple pitchers that changes to the surfaces of the World Series baseballs were behind a spike of home runs in the Fall Classic.This passed the eye test of even the most casual fan. Sunday’s game featured seven long balls, which wasn’t even the most in a game in this series. Game 2 saw eight homers, including five in extra innings — something that hadn’t occurred in any game, let alone a Series game. With one or two games left, the Dodgers and Astros have already broken the all-time marks for home runs in a World Series and in an entire postseason. The current rate of at-bats per home run stands at 15.8, which would slot in between the career marks of Albert Pujols and Frank Thomas. The average World Series rate since 1995 (the beginning of the wild-card era) is a much more pedestrian 34.8 at-bats per homer.Examining the ratio of home runs per contact in all World Series since 1995, this year has the largest increase from the regular season to the Series. read more

Ohio Stadium to have permanent lights new FieldTurf additional seats

Ohio Stadium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation project that is set to see the additions of about 2,600 seats, permanent lights and new FieldTurf among other updates.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio Stadium is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation project that is set to see the additions of about 2,600 seats, permanent lights and new FieldTurf.According to an April 23 university press release, the stadium renovation was projected to cost $13.7 million, including the continuation of concrete waterproofing repairs that began last year. Minus the concrete work, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the renovation will cost $8.9 million.“We’re adding (2,600) seats to the south stands,” Patko said. “We’re also adding permanent lighting, which is going to be HD quality. It’s going to be high-level sports performance lighting from (Musco Lighting).”According to a Feb. 9 The Lantern article, the project is set to result in 18,900 total student seats in the south stands.Musco is the same company that provided temporary lighting for past OSU night games, Patko said. He added that the permanent lighting is an indication that OSU will play more night games in the future.While Patko said FieldTurf typically lasts for eight to 10 years, the university decided to replace the stadium turf now for economic reasons. He said the school was already working on a new turf field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and one new outdoor practice field.“We were looking to replace this maybe next year or the year after, and because we put all three together, we saved a couple hundred thousand (dollars),” Patko said.OSU has been using FieldTurf since the 2007 season.On top of saving money on the turf, Patko said the project is saving money by recycling materials from the old field. Instead of a complete redo, the university is utilizing the sand and rubber from the previous field.“We’re just putting a brand new carpet down and in filling it with the sand and rubber from the old field,” he said. “So, we actually have a recycling element to that and we’re excited about that because it saves us a few dollars in the process.”Patko said the field will have all of the same markings. The main visible difference will be the brightness of the colors on the field.The additional seats are coming to the south stands, but the seats on the east side of the stadium are receiving a makeover as well. That project is part of the concrete waterproofing project, which began in 2013 on the west stands. The process is done to help preserve the concrete that has been present since 1922.According to the same Feb. 9 The Lantern article, the concrete waterproofing came in $500,000 above it’s original budget. The process was supposed to cost $4.3 million, but is projected to come out to $4.8 million. The original budget was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2012.“During phase one, after removing the existing waterproofing membrane, it was learned that additional work would be required to level the surface of the concrete to ensure the performance and guarantee of the new membrane,” OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email to The Lantern.Beyond a new field on which to play, the OSU football team is set to have a new tunnel to run out of. The tunnel is set to be larger than in previous years and is set to have a rubber surface to prevent slipping. Patko said the larger tunnel could have benefits for the team’s energy before games.“It’ll bring some new excitement, it’ll allow the team to come out in a larger mass,” he said.The stadium renovations are part of a $45 million project to improve OSU’s overall athletic facilities, according to the April 23 release.The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but Patko said the school is prepared to adjust if need be.“Obviously, if there’s any delays, we’ll give (the renovation crew) as much time as we can before the first game,” he said.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 football season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md. The first game at Ohio Stadium is set for Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech. That game, as well as a Nov. 1 game against Illinois, are scheduled to be 8 p.m. starts under the new permanent lights. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 14 Ohio State stunned in 76 overtime loss to

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterA somber Ohio State lacrosse team made its way out of Ohio Stadium after suffering a stunning 7-6 defeat to Towson in the final seconds of overtime Saturday.After giving up three straight goals to the Tigers (3-3) in the first period, the No. 14 Buckeyes (5-2) scored five goals in a row and held Towson scoreless for two quarters to take a commanding lead. The Buckeyes had seemingly secured the win against the Tigers until an illegal body check from Ohio State sophomore defenseman Jeff Henrick in the final minutes of the fourth period aided Towson, giving it a chance to score with a man-up. The Tigers converted, tying the game late.“We’ve got to play with a little bit more discipline, you know, too many penalties is something that we’ll have to look at. But at the end of the day I thought we did enough down there to put us in a position to be successful,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. In recent seasons, Ohio State’s matchups against the Tigers have typically been decided by a single goal. Saturday’s game was no different. In overtime, the two teams went shot-for-shot, both unable to crack the 6-6 tie. In the final seconds of the extra period, Towson junior midfielder Jon Mazza dove to escape the Ohio State defense and rattled off a close-range shot past senior goalie Matthew Smidt with seven seconds left on the clock. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes dominated much of the stat sheet. The Ohio State offense kept Towson redshirt freshman goalie Shane Brennan busy, attempting a season-high 40 shots and going 11-of-17 in the faceoff x. The Buckeyes also collected 25 groundballs to Towson’s 20, and forced 12 turnovers. Brennan made a career-high 16 saves, seven of which were made in the game’s final 35 minutes, to keep the Tigers in the game while a tight defense stifled Ohio State’s offense in the extra period. In the wake of their defeat, the Buckeyes said they weren’t going to dwell on the result, and were choosing instead to turn their attention to next week’s matchup against No. 4 Denver.“This week in practice, it’ll be turning the page on a disappointing loss and getting focused on another big game and another great opportunity in a chance to compete with Denver,” Myers said.From the standpoint of an Ohio State player, a loss in the team’s first game of the season in Ohio Stadium meant even more. “Too much history has gone down on that field to lose like that,” junior attack Jack Jasinski said. “We didn’t hold up our end of the bargain today, but we’re going to get back to work next week and try and rectify it and make it right. We’re just looking forward to Denver now.”  The Buckeyes travel west to Denver Saturday to play the Pioneers at 3 p.m. read more

Official Wolves complete signing of Adama Traore

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have announced the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough on a five-year dealThe newly-promoted Premier League side have paid a reported club-record fee of £18m for the Barcelona academy product after activating his buy-out clause at the Riverside Stadium.This will mark the second time in as many years that Wolves have smashed their transfer record after signing Ruben Neves from FC Porto last summer for £15m.“Wolves are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The 22-year-old completed his medical on Tuesday morning and put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Molineux.”Traore could make his debut for Wolves in the opening game of their Premier League campaign against Everton on Saturday evening if he can recover in time from a shoulder injury.The Spain U-21 international is the club’s eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, while making Diogo Jota and Willy Boly permanent members of the squad.last_img read more

Pochettino loves House of Cards

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”last_img read more

You can sacrifice your happiness for the team Defoe

first_imgFor Jermain Defoe being a veteran footballer is sometimes extra difficult because he has days when he has to act like everything is normal36-year-old English forward Jermain Defoe has been around playing professional football since 1999.And as a veteran footballer, he says sometimes is difficult not to be included in AFC Bournemouth’s first squad, but he says he still has to keep calm.“It’s been difficult, it’s not a situation I’ve had to deal with before so at first you get frustrated because you’re not used to it,” he told the club’s official website.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“But at the same time it’s important that I’m professional because there are a lot of young players in the squad that look up to the senior players and I remember when I was younger and if I saw a senior player like that I’d think ‘if he’s doing that then it’s okay’.”“As a senior player you have to conduct yourself in a certain way, sometimes it’s not easy because you’re human and you want to play but you always have to remain positive and professional,” he explained.“You get your moments and your days when you’re down and when that hunger goes I think there’s no point in me playing, to be honest. I’ve always had that, I’ve always wanted to play football. The team is doing well, so that’s the most important thing.”“You can sacrifice your own happiness for the team. I just need to keep training, stay sharp and then see what happens,” he concluded.last_img read more