TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa and his health status are one of the biggest storylines in the country heading into this year’s College Football Playoff.Alabama’s star quarterback suffered an ankle injury during the SEC Championship Game victory over Georgia. He was forced to undergo a minor procedure in anticipation of the Orange Bowl game against Oklahoma.Here’s the latest on his status.Tagovailoa opened up about his injury during an interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor.From 247Sports:How’d you know the ankle injury was bad?“My body was telling me no. My body was telling me there’s no way. I wasn’t able to extend plays. I wasn’t able to move the same and I was basically a pocket passer. I’m glad Jalen (Hurts) had that opportunity and got to step in for us and make big things happen.Wheeling you off to the locker room, what went through your mind?“How long is this going to take for me to recover? I was looking at the recovery time.”Has has rehabilitation been post-surgery?“I’ve been hitting on all cylinders. I’ve had the opportunity to run some. I’ve been able to work on my footwork a little bit.”Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, issued a promising update on Tagovailoa’s status earlier in the week. It was good news.“He can run. I don’t think he’s 100 percent change in direction yet, but he’s already going 100 percent on the gravity treadmill,” Saban said earlier in the week. “So, he’s been able to practice, and he’s made really, really good progress, so we’re encouraged by that.”Alabama and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Stay tuned for more updates on Tagovailoa.
Geneva: The UN migration agency says migrant children have died or gone missing at the rate of at least one per day worldwide over the past five years, with treacherous journeys like those across the Mediterranean or the US-Mexico border continuing to take lives. In its latest “Fatal Journeys” report, the International Organization for Migration has released findings that some 1,600 children some as young as 6 months old are among the 32,000 people who have perished in dangerous travels since 2014. The Mediterranean remains the most fatal crossing, with over 17,900 people dying there many on the hazardous trip between Libya and Italy. The IOM also pointed to rising deaths every year along the U.S.-Mexico border since 2014, totaling more than 1,900 over five years.
Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says Unifor members have ratified a four-year labour agreement covering about 1,200 employees responsible for maintaining rail cars and locomotives.The two sides reached a tentative agreement for Unifor Local 101R in early December. The previous contract is set to expire Dec. 31.Details of the agreement haven’t been disclosed but Unifor national president Jerry Dias said on Dec. 2 that the union had been able to push for significant gains.
Chennai: A little over half of Tamil Nadu’s over 5.84 crore voters cast their votes in 38 Lok Sabha seats Thursday till 3 PM, even as the DMK charged the ruling AIADMK with planning to do “booth-capturing” later in the day. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said no reports of booth capturing or any other untoward incident regarding law and order has been received so far. He said the voter turnout in 38 Lok Sabha segments stood at 52.02 per cent at 3 PM, while maintating that polling was peaceful. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Karur recorded the highest voter turnout at 56.85 per cent while Chennai Central clocked the lowest at 45.65 per cent, according to the EC data. At 3 PM, the turnout was 55.97 per cent in the 18 Assembly segments where bypolls are being held along with the Lok Sabha elections. Sahoo said that while the polling would come to a close by 6 PM, those already in the queue would be allowed to cast their votes even after the deadline as officials would provide tokens for this purpose. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Meanwhile, the DMK filed a complaint with the CEO and the DGP (Elections), Ashutosh Shukla, alleging that the ruling AIADMK planned to do “booth-capturing” after 3 PM. They demanded that the officials put in all measures to ensure transparent elections. Responding to this, Sahoo said polling has been peaceful so far. “We have not received any report of booth capturing, neither are there any law and order issues,” he said. Earlier, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin waited in queues at Edappadi in Salem district and Chennai, respectively and cast their votes. After casting his vote, Stalin alleged that there has been distribution of cash and accused the Election Commission of being an “ally” of central and state governments. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi and Karti Chidambaram of Congress are among key contenders. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kanyakumari: “This is a massive democratic festival which will decide the fate of India. I have exercised my franchise…A silent revolution is happening.” AIADMK leader and state minister D Jayakumar said 13 per cent voting in the morning “is a joyous thing.” “This shows there is a wave for Amma and MGR,” he said, exuding confidence that the AIADMK-BJP combine would emerge victorious. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran alleged “malfunctioning of EVMs is an achievement of the Modi government.” CPI national secretary D Raja expressed confidence that people were voting for the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu as they wanted to see the end of the BJP government at the Centre. Dayanidhi Maran voted here along with his family members. Besides 38 of the total 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state, excluding Vellore, bypolls to 18 assembly segments are also underway. Polling stations were teeming with enthusiastic voters even before 7 AM when polling began and the Chief Minister was among the early electors in his native Salem district. While senior Congress leader P Chidambaram voted at Kandanur in Sivaganga district, Dhinakaran execised his franchise along with his family here. Top actor Rajinikanth and popular stars Vijay and Ajith Kumar voted in Chennai. BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararjan and actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan also cast their votes here. DMDK chief Vijayakanth, his wife and party leader Premalatha and Pattali Makkal Katchi chief S Ramadoss voted in Chennai and Tindivanam respectively. The state’s electorate is 5.84-crore (after deducting the 14.26 lakh voters in Vellore) strong. Adequate security arrangements, with the deployment of over 160 companies of central police forces and one lakh state police personnel, have been made. In the run-up to the polls, election authorities had seized over Rs 129-crore cash, gold and other precious metals with a total value of over Rs 284 crore from all over the state. Tamil Nadu has a total of 67,720 polling stations and 7,780 booths have been categorised as critical and vulnerable where more Central Armed Police Forces personnel, and micro-observers were deployed. Measures like webcasting and videographing of proceedings are also in place. As many as 1,50,302 ballot units, 89,160 control units and 94,653 VVPAT which allows the electors to cross check the votes they have cast for seven seconds are available. Every constituency has one all-woman polling station. While polling is being held between 7 AM and 6 PM in 37 constituencies, it has been extended by two hours until 8 PM in Madurai Lok Sabha segment, due to the Chithirai festival, which marks the grand entry of Lord Kallazhagar into the Vaigai river.
Australia is not fully satisfied with the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) as it fails to fully address alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.The Australian Foreign Ministry said today (Monday) that the Australian government has studied closely Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report, and welcomes its recommendations for addressing the post-conflict situation. The LLRC report contains 285 principal observations and recommendations divided into six sections: ceasefire agreement; international humanitarian law issues; human rights; land issues; restitution and compensation; and reconciliation. Australia provides practical support for Sri Lanka’s efforts towards reconciliation and reconstruction in conflict-affected areas. President Mahinda Rajapaksa formed the LLRC in May 2010 to investigate events during the conflict between February 2002 and May 2009 and to make recommendations to advance restitution and reconciliation. The LLRC included five Sinhalese, two Tamil and one Muslim representatives. Since 2009, Australia has supported the clearance of land mines and unexploded ordnance from 74 square kilometres of land and the reconstruction of around 4,600 homes and an estimated 20 schools in northern Sri Lanka. “The Australian Government has consistently urged Sri Lanka to investigate all allegations of crimes committed by both sides to the conflict, including those raised in the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts report.“In light of the report’s failure to comprehensively address such allegations, we continue to call on Sri Lanka for all such allegations to be investigated in a transparent and independent manner.“It is now also critical that the Sri Lankan Government endorse the LLRC report’s constructive elements and set clear, firm timeframes for their implementation,” Rudd said in a statement. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the LLRC report contains constructive proposals for advancing reconciliation and reconstruction, including through reducing the presence of security forces in the North, care of internally displaced persons and media freedoms.“Nonetheless, while the LLRC’s conclusion that further investigations need to be undertaken in specific cases is certainly welcome, wider issues relating to accountability need to be dealt with more thoroughly.
The chart above contains two extreme outliers: the 2016 Texas Rangers and the 2012 Baltimore Orioles, the only two teams in recent history with a better than .750 winning percentage in one-run games. In isolation, both performances were extremely unlikely to happen by chance (less than 1-in-10,000 odds), though given the huge sample of seasons we have so far — 2,452 team-seasons in MLB’s history — you’d expect such a thing to happen eventually.One-run performance is messy, but it isn’t all luck. The correlation between a team’s bullpen strength and its one-run winning percentage is significant but fairly weak, highlighting the role of randomness in these situations.3The r value is .28. Just as any given plate appearance can produce almost any imaginable outcome, a game that hinges on only a single run is mostly up to chance.That said, a good bullpen elevates the probability of holding a one-run lead. Add up that edge over the course of a season, and each win above replacement from the bullpen is worth about one extra point to a team’s winning percentage in one-run games. A five-win bullpen upgrade, which could take a team from roughly the bottom 10 percent of MLB bullpens to the top 10 percent, would net an extra five points of winning percentage. Over an average number of one-run games (46 per season), that’s equivalent to 2.3 more wins. If you total up that improved bullpen’s contribution in one-run games and their estimated contribution over the rest of the season (3.6 wins4If there are 46 one-run games per season, that leaves 116 other games, or 71.6 percent of the season. 71.6 percent of their five wins is 3.6 wins.), that five additional bullpen WAR ends up buying you about 5.9 wins in on-field results.55 WAR of bullpen talent can buy 5.9 wins for a team because of the high-leverage situations in which relievers are deployed, where talent is able to be converted to wins at a greater rate. This fact may help to explain why relievers seem to be overvalued by front offices relative to the sabermetric consensus.But all of this assumes a top-notch bullpen anyway. And, surprisingly, the Rangers’ bullpen hasn’t been exceptional — or even good — this year. Although the 2012 Orioles’ relievers produced more than six wins of value, the Rangers’ pen has a paltry 1.1 WAR between them. Based on that alone, we’d expect their record in one-run games to fall below .500.Anchored by closer Sam Dyson and Matt Bush, the top of the Rangers’ bullpen has been fine. But that duo has been dragged down by poor outings from other relievers such as Tom Wilhelmsen and Cesar Ramos.Of course, Wilhelmsen and Ramos are typically used in low-leverage situations, only appearing in one-run games as a last resort. So I also looked to see whether I could explain one-run performance better by focusing on the top relievers in a given bullpen. But counting only the top three or top five relievers didn’t improve the model after controlling for the total WAR of the bullpen. Neither did looking at exceptionally unbalanced bullpens, i.e. those whose top relievers produced much more WAR than their teammates. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility that WAR fails to account for something special that the Rangers’ bullpen might be doing to win one-run games, but league-wide data doesn’t provide much support for that notion.If the Rangers can’t attribute their one-run success to the greatness of their bullpen, to what do they owe it? The answer is timing. The Rangers have played much better when the game is on the line, as measured by FanGraphs’ Clutch score. Their bullpen ranks eighth in the league in Clutch score, but even more impressively, their offense ranks first.6Their starting pitchers are more average, ranking 13th in baseball. Combine these two performances and you have a team that saves and scores runs better than any other when it counts.But unfortunately for the Rangers, performance in the clutch is not a stable indicator of success. We need look no further than the 2016 Phillies for proof: Philly dominated the league in one-run games for the first two months of the year, rolling out to a 14-3 record in those contests through May 20th, which would have shattered the all-time mark if it had continued. It didn’t. By the end of the first half, the Phillies’ one-run record was down to 20-9 (which still would have been put them in the top 25 all-time); now they’re at a pedestrian 25-17 for the year, which drops them below the 200th position on the all-time list.The lesson here is that a team’s record in one-run games tends to regress to the mean. The Rangers are more than 90 percent likely to make the playoffs, but they won’t be able to count on this kind of luck in tight contests when they get there. The 2016 Texas Rangers are making history. Their 30-8 record in one-run games gives them a .789 winning percentage that, if it holds up, would set a record for the best winning percentage in one-run games since 1901. But the Rangers have a not-so-slight problem that could haunt them in the playoffs: performance in one-run games is almost entirely — though not exclusively — a matter of good timing and luck, not skill.By all accounts, the Rangers are a decent team. Their run differential is +9, and sophisticated projection models such as FanGraphs’ (which looks at talent alone, not their record so far) would call for them to win 84 games over the course of a full season. Their excellent record in one-run games has helped put them over the top, though. They’ll probably finish with more than 90 wins and the AL West crown, despite the rival Houston Astros posting a much better run differential.Performance in one-run games is notoriously variable. But one argument for the Rangers’ ability to sustain their record-setting mark might be a lights-out bullpen. Closer Sam Dyson has 30 saves, so perhaps the Rangers’ relief corps has earned more of those one-run wins than most teams with a similar record would deserve.To test this theory, I looked at the relationship between a team’s bullpen performance and its record in one-run games, going back to 1988.1That year was chosen because it is the beginning of the current era of baseball. I used data gathered through Aug. 27, after which the Rangers won two more one-run games. I summed up FanGraphs’ wins above replacement for each team’s bullpen, and then plotted it against the team’s winning percentage in one-run contests.2I also tried the same analysis with Baseball Prospectus’ version of wins above replacement and got similar results.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After the first Being Greek Festival ran out of food last year, this year’s festival committee felt the need to put out a disclaimer: “No matter what system is in place, when several thousand people want to be fed at once an unfortunate and unavoidable fact is that people will have to wait for food,” the Being Greek Festival Facebook page read. “Therefore, if you have young children we recommend you exercise common sense and bring something to feed them.” Feeding a 50,000 strong Greek community in the St George area of NSW isn’t an easy task, but the organising committee made sure food was in abundance this year, with a variety of Greek themed treats and the smell of grilling meats in the air. Greeks all around NSW, and many of those who wanted to be ‘Greek for a day’, came to celebrate OXI Day on Sunday in Crass Park, Kogarah. Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou had the crowd a bit star struck, as did Mary Coustas, who brought out Effie for some fans. Greek Australian DJ Krazy Kon had the crowd bopping their heads when he officially launched his new Greece Summer 2013 album. The modern interlude was well appreciated after a heavily traditional program full of Greek dances and music.
A general strike being organized by labor unions to protest the government’s ongoing austerity drive will disrupt public services and transport with no international flights between noon and 3 p.m. as air-traffic controllers join the action.There will be no intercity train, Proastiakos suburban railway or ferry services while some forms of public transport will run a limited service. Buses and trolley buses will only run before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. while the tram and ISAP Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway will operate normally. The Athens metro will be running too, apart from the section between Doukissis Plakentias station and Athens International Airport.The 24-hour walkout is to close courts and schools as lawyers and teachers join the walkout and leave hospitals on skeleton staffs.Much of the city center will be closed off for several hours as the civil servants’ union ADEDY and the main private sector workers’ union GSEE are to hold a joint rally at Pedion tou Areos at 11 a.m., with the Communist-affilated labor union PAME to hold a separate gathering at Omonia Square at 10 a.m. Both rallies are to culminate in marches to Syntagma Square.In a joint statement, the two unions said they would continue their protests “as long as the government insists on adopting the disastrous policies of the troika that aggravate the impasse.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An article accompanied by a video published in The Wall Street Journal (‘Hedge-Fund Priest: Thou Shalt Make Money’ dated 28 October 2015) has been met with a flurry of criticism by the man who it was written about. Reverend Father Emmanuel Lemelson, 39, contacted Neos Kosmos to voice his disappointment with the article and point Neos Kosmos to two open letters he had written to The Wall Street Journal in response to its claims. He pointed out 14 “significant errors” with the article, containing what he claimed were falsities centring on his life as a priest, his personal circumstances and The Amvona Fund run by him. “Rob Copeland’s recent Wall Street Journal contains dozens of factual errors, misstatements and major errors of omission amongst a litany of insinuation and innuendo,” he said. “This is an extraordinarily error-laden article that projects an utterly inaccurate view of The Amvona Fund, LP and its manager.” He rebuts claims that he labelled Benjamin Graham’s (‘the father of investing’) book The Intelligent Investor ‘the Good Book’, that he boasted about ‘crashing stocks’ and that his hedge fund ‘operates with almost no official scrutiny’. Of the religious insinuations Father Lemelson refers to, he further refutes claims that he lives a double life (through his role with the Greek Orthodox Church and as a hedge fund manager), that he was a ‘disciple’ of investor and tycoon Warren Buffett (a play on religious terminology) and that he instructed investors to ‘pray for the fund and disregard short-term performance’ as a rule of thumb – he also disproved the use of the term ‘Turkish Archbishop’, one he says is non-existent. Of all his grievances, the most alarming were Father Lemelson’s claims that some of the recorded quotes included in the original text were fabricated, others were misrepresented and omitted, and interviews with supposed colleagues were with individuals he had never even met. Writing to the editor of The Wall Street Journal – Daniel Fitzpatrick – Father Lemelson stresses the falsity of the article in its entirety. “Rob Copeland’s recent Wall Street Journal article reads like a directory of fallacies. Inductive reasoning is used throughout to shift between affirming the consequent, begging the question, poisoning the well and equivocation to set up both false causes and false dilemmas in his story,” he wrote. “What was published was a thinly-veiled ad hominem (personal) attack based apparently on Mr Copeland’s personal feelings, the insinuation and innuendo of which are wholly unsupported by evidence.” He finishes his letter by questioning the reporting standards and ethical principles adhered to by the publication.
Bruxelles entend renforcer la protection des données sur InternetLa Commission européenne entend renforcer la protection des données numériques des internautes, et prévoit pour ce faire la mise en place d’une nouvelle législation. Des lois qui seront proposées mercredi prochain par Bruxelles.La Commission européenne travaille à l’élaboration d’une nouvelle législation visant à améliorer la protection des données des internautes de l’UE. Viviane Reding, commissaire européenne à la Justice, aux Droits fondamentaux et à la Citoyenneté, qui fut précédemment chargée de la Société de l’Information et des Médias, l’a affirmé ce week-end lors de la conférence Digital Life Design, rapporte le site Znet. “Les consommateurs ne feront confiance aux sociétés que s’ils sont assurés de la protection de leurs données” a-t-elle déclaré, indiquant que ces nouvelles lois étaient en cours de finalisation et seront proposées mercredi prochain, le 25 janvier. Elles ont pour but d’harmoniser la réglementation en vigueur en Europe, où “nous avons trop de lois conflictuelles”, a expliqué la commissaire, affirmant que ces différences entre les législations nationales coûtent chaque année quelque 2,3 milliards d’euros aux sociétés. Les mesures concernent notamment la façon dont les données de l’utilisateur pourront être exploitées par des sociétés, en échange du consentement explicite des internautes, et la période pendant laquelle celles-ci pourront les conserver. Reuters, qui s’est procuré une copie de ces textes, évoque la mise en place d’une obligation pour les sociétés de prévenir les autorités en cas de fuite de données, ainsi que le “droit à l’oubli” qui permettra à chaque internaute européen de supprimer ses données personnelles publiées sur le web. Bruxelles prévoit en outre de donner aux Européens le droit de réclamer la “portabilité” de leurs données pour passer d’un fournisseur de services à un autre. Les firmes qui ne respecteront pas ces règles seront menacées de sanctions financières à hauteur de 1% de leur chiffre d’affaires global, qui pourront leur être infligées par chaque Etat membre, prévoit le projet de loi de Bruxelles.Le 23 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ WWE has posted interviews with Seth Rollins (above) and Becky Lynch where they talk about winning the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches last night.Lynch is “on a mission” to main event WrestleMania this year after her win.WWE also posted more interviews with Jeff Jarrett (who was surprise entrant at No. 2 in the Men’s Royal Rumble), WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and more. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)
Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff in WarYouTube ScreenshotHrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff have finally given us a glimpse of their high-flying action drama by releasing the teaser of their much-awaited film War. And needless to say, the two superheroes have set the screen ablaze with their action-packed avatar.The 53-second teaser introduces the two arch rivals – Hrithik and Tiger – in their most rugged look ever. While Hrithik walks on with a dramatic background score flaunting his big toned biceps while sporting a salt and pepper look, Tiger makes a stunning entrance by performing one-handed jump over a wooden fence.As the teaser unfolds, we see Hrithik and Tiger getting involved in high octane action sequences. In an attempt to prove who’s the best among them, the two can be seen pushing themselves into extreme conditions which will surely keep you on the edge of your seats. The long and close-up shots just adds up to the drama giving viewers a larger than life cinematic experience.The film’s lead actress Vaani Kapoor, however, gets a blink and miss appearance wherein she is seen flaunting her bikini body and sensuous dance moves.Going by the teaser, it looks like this Hrithik and Tiger’s war saga might turn out to be one of the massive openers at the box office. Directed by Siddharth Anand, War will commence on October 2, this year.Watch war teaser here:
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 2 The National Fire Protection Association has developed an active shooter response standard called NFPA 3000.It’s aimed at first responders, as well as community leaders and business owners.Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen, who took part in its creation, and NFPA Southwest Regional Director Bob Sullivan hosted an information session at Houston’s Crime Stoppers building Monday.“The whole point of the standard is to provide a framework and guidance to all the different responding groups, the different responding agencies, and give them a common game plan to go by,” Sullivan said.Christensen said what makes this emergency response standard different from others is that it includes more stakeholders.“One of the things we want to realize is, especially during the Las Vegas shooting, had it not been for the citizens and the civilian responders, we truly believe we would have lost more casualties,” Christensen said.The program is meant to cover not just shootings, but any type of event involving an active assailant, from the planning to the responding and recovery phase. It leaves it up to communities to incorporate parts that make the most sense for them.For a fee, people can sign up for an online training.Why is the Fire Marshal’s Office taking the lead on this? Christensen said her office is the link between law enforcement and disaster response.“Unfortunately, this is a new preparedness that we’re having to get ready for,” she said. “And our goal with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office was, let’s be that conduit that bridges that gap between all the responders and the community.” 00:00 /00:50 Share
Kolkata: Following Posta and Siliguri, another under-construction bridge collapsed at Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas on Monday morning. However, no one was injured. A detailed investigation has already been ordered by Sundarban development minister Manturam Pakhira. According to locals, the bridge was sanctioned and work started approximately two years ago. It was being constructed to connect West Steamer Ghat and West Gangadharpur. On Monday at around 10 am, locals heard a loud noise. When they moved towards the source of the sound, they found that a large portion of the bridge had collapsed. Administrative wings of the Sub-Division and the District Magistrate were immediately informed. Police also reached the spot to secure the area. Later, government officials arrived and inspected the situation thoroughly. “Some children were playing nearby. But all of them are safe,” said a local resident. Some of the locals claimed that during the construction of the bridge, a crack was found. But following an inspection by the engineers, a green signal was given to continue with the construction work. According to the government officials, there might have been some fault in the girders. Sources informed that the agency which was given the contract, has been showcaused by the Sundarban development department. The Sundarban development minister also raised finger toward the construction agency. A high power committee has also been formed following the incident. Four contractors have been ordered to appear before government officials on Tuesday by Pakhira.
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 6, 2015 You may have swiped your phone recently to make an in-store payment. Yet that act was hardly more convenient than swiping a credit card, right? Related: The 15 Most Popular Online Payment SolutionsThat’s probably why you’re seeing only 3 percent to 7 percent of consumers using their phones for in-store purchases. But that’s about to change.By 2017, mobile payments are expected to reach $90 billion in the United States alone, a significant bump from 2012’s $12.8 billion total. Of that $90 billion, $41 billion will come from mobile proximity payments — or, to put it bluntly, the act of waving your mobile device — where you once swiped a credit card.Predictions aside, consumers are still apprehensive about using mobile payments. They’re convinced that losing their phones would mean simultaneously losing wallets. Plus, there’s all that sordid business about security.In reality, though, mobile payments such as Apple Pay can be more secure than swiping a credit card. Even if a consumer loses his phone, someone else will find it nearly impossible to access its mobile payment system without the correct fingerprint. This is where the innovation of Apple Pay truly lies.And considering how hackers stole millions of credit card numbers from Target and The Home Depot, mobile payments just might be the answer to more secure in-store transactions through tokenization (a term in data security that describes the substitution of a sensitive data element with a nonsensitive equivalent). Related: 25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and StartupsSpecifically: When you make an in-store purchase with Apple Pay, the retailer you’re buying from isn’t actually getting your credit card number.As more and more people come to understand the technology, then, the use of mobile payments will inevitably grow, and retailers would be wise to hop on board.To leverage mobile payments for your business, keep these four things in mind:1. Implement mobile payments immediately.Mobile payments are here to stay. By adopting early, you’ll not only provide more convenience for shoppers, but also outpace the competition. Staying ahead of the curve with new technology can also lead to revenue growth and better market positioning. Take Dash, a startup from our accelerator program. Its app allows users to split and pay a bill directly from their smartphones. This was initially done by allowing users to store credit card information within the app, but now the app also supports Apple Pay. By adopting this technology early on, the company was able to carve out a nice niche in the marketplace.2. Rethink checkout flows.When you enhance checkout flows, simplify the process and optimize for mobile payments, you remove obstacles that may be impeding conversions. This can result in more users, larger shopping carts, more impulse buys and less cart abandonment. Integrating mobile payments makes the process even faster, easier and more secure, ensuring that only the user (and his or her fingerprint) can close out that tab and make that purchase. It may also help attract new customers to your business, largely due to the simplicity and intuitiveness of mobile payments — something mobile users have come to expect.3. Build around mobile payments.If you haven’t yet entered the marketplace, take a closer look at your product or service to determine whether you should build around the mobile payment technology right off the bat. Making it native to your platform is much easier than retrofitting it later on.A number of startups have hit the scene already equipped with this payment option. They include Spring, a shopping app, and Caviar, a food delivery app currently serving 15 cities in the United States. Eventually, this could become the norm.4. Create loyalty programs. If you’re looking to encourage mobile payments, consider rewarding users for utilizing the system through discounts or deals. Promotions often have a way of incentivizing users and could cultivate larger purchases from your customer base in the long run.Like all technology, innovation is inevitable. By adopting this new feature now, you can blaze the trail of the mobile revolution, keep pace with consumer trends and enjoy the wealth that lies ahead.Related: Google Lifts the Veil on Android Pay, Its Apple Pay Competitor Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/thomas-the-bi-goose-and-henry-the-swans-love-story-to-become-a-statue/ GAYSTARNEWS- It was an inter-species same-sex love story as old as time. The inter-species love story of Thomas, Henry and HenriettaWhen birdwatchers first spotted Henry and Thomas together, they assumed Henry was a female swan.The lack of babies soon suggested Henry was a male swan.Peryer explained Henry went to partner up and have children with another female swan, but Thomas stuck around to help raise the babies.Swans are known to form triad relationships with another male and a female. This way they have the companionship of the male but can still have children.He added: ‘Prior to Henrietta turning up they had about 18 happy years together.’The ‘eternal triangle’ raised 68 cygnets over the years.Thomas was distraught after Henry’s death in 2009. He could be heard crying occasionally said Peryer.He said: ‘Henrietta just flew off with another bird, being a young female, but poor old Tom was left on his own.’Waimanu LagoonThomas went on to father his own children with another female goose. But, they were stolen by George, another goose, who raised them as his own.Peryer explained: ‘You would see George and the babies with Thomas just following them around.’Thomas’s eyesight soon began to fail and he was attacked by swans.He was moved from his home next to New Zealand lake, Waimanu Lagoon, to the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust in 2013.Waimanu Lagoon is in Waikanae, on New Zealand’s North Island.Thomas spent his final years raising orphaned cygnets.Peryer estimates Thomas was 38 years old. He was buried under the commemorative stone which marks where Henry was also buried.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Thomas, a bisexual goose, fell in love with Henry, a swan, in New Zealand. The feathered duo were joined 12 years later by Henrietta, a female swan.This 30-year relationship between these birds could now become a statue.Waikanae Bird Tour operator Mik Peryer has said he would love the three birds to be commemorated in bronze and displayed on the Kāpiti Coast.‘It was an iconic thing, Waikanae could even use the statue as a brand,’he said.Eileen Thomas provided the plan for the life-size sculpture. If cast in bronze, it could cost up to $80,000.Plans for same-sex inter-species relationship to become a statue Kāpiti mayor K Gurunathan spoke at Thomas’ funeral last year.He said getting the money for the statue is not a sure thing.‘That would involve responsibility for the artistic nature of the work and its placement going to the council’s Art Pane,’ he said, according to The Dominion Post.‘If they are happy with that, that’s fine. Otherwise they can look to crowdfunding the project. I think Thomas has the pull to raise that kind of money.“No matter the process, Thomas is a great and quirky Kāpiti story and we should be celebrating our stories through our art.’Thomas (white) with Henry, Henrietta (black) and their cygnets | Photo: Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust Facebook A goose and a swan | Photo: Pexels Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
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Top Stories 0 Comments Share Trailing the Atlanta Falcons 3-0 late in the first quarter and in need of a big play, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer went deep down the middle of the field in the direction of Williams, who was signed by the team as a wide receiver less than a week ago.With no defender even within five yards of him, Williams, a former All-American track star at UT-San Antonio, came down with the 51-yard heave inside the Falcons’ eight-yard line. His first career NFL catch, the longest completion of the day for either team, set up Larry Fitzgerald’s six-yard touchdown catch three plays later — a score that put the Cardinals up for good in their 27-13 victory.The Palmer-Williams connection was somewhat surprising given that the two have barely had any time to work together on the practice field.“That’s the second ball I’ve thrown to him,” Palmer said. “I threw that one in practice to him on Wednesday and it was the same thing. I was expecting him to get on top of the defense, but you don’t want to overthrow him because you expect him to be there.“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Obviously, he can come in and make big plays when his number is called. But to throw two balls to one guy, that’s a good thing to have a bye week for, to get some reps with him.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires While practice time can only aid Williams as he tries to learn the nuances of being an NFL wide receiver, the Cardinals’ newest deep play threat isn’t lacking when it comes to belief in himself.“I have confidence in myself at whatever position I play,” Williams said. “Whatever Coach [Arians] asks me and whatever my teammates ask me, I try to go out there and whatever I can to be successful and help this team.”At least for one afternoon, he did just that for the Cardinals. – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The last four years have been somewhat of a blur for Teddy Williams.From practice squad cornerback/wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys (2010-12) to United Football League kick returner (Aug. 2012 – Sept. 2012) to reserve cornerback/special teamer with the Indianapolis Colts (Oct. 2012- Nov. 2012), Williams has bounced around from one role to the next during his brief football career.Sunday, however, the 25-year-old might have finally turned his latest temporary gig into a more permanent opportunity. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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