SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 8: General view of Syracuse Orange basketball game against Cornell Big Red on November 8, 2013 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.With 6:33 left in the game, a Justin Bibbs jumped gave Virginia Tech a 63-50 lead. After that play, Syracuse outscored Virginia Tech 22-7 to end the game, with Michael Gbinije scoring seven points in that stretch. Gbinije, who has struggled from the free throw line all season (46.7%), hit both shots from the line to tie the game at 70 with 19 seconds left. After Trevor Cooney baited Tech into a turnover on the ensuing inbound, Gbinije hit a floater to give SU a two point lead, leaving just 0.1 seconds on the clock. At 15-7, with one of the hardest stretches of games in the country approaching, Syracuse needs to finish strong to go dancing this March, but the Orange will live to fight another day after Gbinije’s shot.[Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician]
LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former USC star Tim Rossovich, who enjoyed a successful acting career after playing in the NFL, has passed away. He was 72.Rossovich died earlier this week after suffering from a long illness, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.He was a star on defense for USC’s 1967 national championship team and was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1968 Draft. Rossovich would play for the Eagles from 1968-71 before moving on to the San Diego Chargers for two seasons.After a two-year stint in the WFL with the Philadelphia Bell, Rossovich closed out his football career with the Houston Oilers in 1976.During his time in the NFL, Rossovich, who played linebacker and defensive end, appeared in 88 games (61 starts).Sad news: Football star-turned-actor Tim Rossovich, a consensus All-American DE and NFL Draft first rounder on #USC’s 1967 national championship team, died after a long illness. He was 72.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 7, 2018After his playing days were over, Rossovich went on to appear in a number of films and TV shows.Our thoughts and prayers are with Rossovich’s family and friends.
The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off one of their most memorable seasons in decades. The school rallying around student and superfan Tyler Trent was a big reason for it.In commemoration of Trent’s fighting spirit and love of Purdue, the school is honoring him in a wide variety of ways. But what they did for his family may be especially memorable.On Friday, the Purdue Football Twitter account announced that Trent’s family would be honored with commemorative rings, celebrating their appearance in the 2018 Music City Bowl.The ring has Tyler’s name on the side with the Purdue logo on one side, and the Music City Bowl logo on the other. The front face features the team logo and the words “Tyler Strong.”Trent passed away due to bone cancer several days after Purdue’s appearance in the game.We were honored to present @theTylerTrent and his family with rings from last season.Their impact continues today. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/pdKYb6jkf2— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) August 16, 2019Trent’s cancer battle galvanized the Purdue football team throughout the season. After a 3-3 start, Purdue shocked the world with a 49-20 upset win over No. 2 Ohio State.After beating No. 19 Iowa, Purdue lost back-to-back games against Minnesota and Wisconsin. Their bowl eligibility hinged on a win over arch-rival Indiana.But the Boilermakers dispatched their rivals in a 28-21 win to earn a bowl berth, and were invited to the Music City Bowl.Unfortunately, the Music City Bowl didn’t go nearly as they would have hoped. Auburn beat them 63-14 in a historic blowout.Nevertheless, Purdue has chosen to honor Trent not only with the rings but with a stadium memorial. The student entrance will now be named “The Tyler Trent Student Gate.”
Meeting Nova Scotia skills and training needs will be a priority for discussion as Premier Stephen McNeil meets with Canada’s other premiers later this week. The Council of the Federation meeting takes place in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 15. “I’m looking forward to meeting my colleagues and working with them on national issues that are important to Nova Scotians and all Canadians,” said Premier McNeil. The premiers will discuss a number of priorities, including proposed federal changes to skills training programs. “We have shared interests, and frankly concerns, regarding the Canada Job Grant and other changes advanced by the federal government,” said Premier McNeil. “I am concerned with the unilateral approach in this important area, one that is the jurisdiction of the provinces.” The premiers will also discuss other important areas of shared interest such as income security for retired Canadians, attracting investment and fiscal arrangements with the federal government.
New Delhi: The country’s crude steel output in February grew 2.3 per cent to 8.74 million tonne (MT) from 8.54 MT in the year-ago month, according to global steel body World Steel Association (worldsteel). The crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the worldsteel was 137.27 MT in February, a 4.1 per cent increase compared to 131.92 MT in February 2018, the association said in its latest report. During the month, China produced 70.98 MT crude steel as against 65.02 MT, a jump of 9.2 per cent during same month a year ago. “India produced 8.738 MT of crude steel in February 2019, up 2.3 per cent over February 2018. Japan produced 7.7.43 MT of crude steel in February 2019, down 6.6 per cent on February 2018. South Korea’s crude steel production stood at 5.471 MT, up 1.1 per cent on February 2018,” worldsteel said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe US produced 6.9 MT of crude steel, a rise of 4.6 per cent as compared with February 2018, it said. In the EU, Italy produced 2 MT, France produced 1.2 MT, and Spain produced 1.1 MT of crude steel in February. While Ukraine and Brazil produced 1.7 MT and 2.7 MT, respectively, in February, Turkey’s crude steel production during the said month was at 2.6 MT. The worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. It represents steel producers including 9 of the world’s 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Its members represent around 85 per cent of global steel production.
LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. 2018 Season2019 Season Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4
BUF0.00.0MIA0.00.00.81395 NO74NO67NO 31, PIT 28-6.6– TEN73TEN74TEN 25, WSH 16-1.4– CAR62%CAR51%ATL 24, CAR 10+9.5– DAL75DAL72DAL 27, TB 20-3.2– DEN0.00.0LAC100.00.01.01518 MIN72.0%+/-31.6CHI100.0%+/-0.063.41597 CHI68CHI73CHI 14, SF 9+0.9– KC100.00.0OAK0.00.00.51492 GB57GB59GB 44, NYJ 38-0.3– TEN62.147.1IND37.847.094.71552 It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season, and that means it’s time to game out all of the fun playoff scenarios facing each team.Here at FiveThirtyEight, we like to measure the most important games of the week based on how much they swing every team’s odds of making the postseason (across every team in the entire league). And by that standard, you can’t top Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, which will shift around nearly 95 total points of playoff probability. (Really, that’s for the two teams involved — the winner will make the playoffs and the loser won’t, which effectively makes it a play-in playoff game.) Oddly, it’s only the third time ever that the Titans will play in NBC’s flagship Sunday night game (the last was in 2009), while for the Colts, it will have been exactly 60 years and two days since they beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in the Greatest Game Ever Played, which helped make TV-spectacle games like this one possible.That may not be the best game of Week 17, however. We also like to include an element for team quality, and Titans-Colts is still just the No. 13 team in our Elo ratings against No. 14. When the Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears, it will be No. 6 vs. No. 11 in Elo, and it’s a game that has plenty of playoff significance in its own right. The Vikings wouldn’t automatically miss the playoffs if they lose, but they would not be in great shape (35 percent), while they would clinch with a victory. And the Bears have plenty to play for as well; a win and a Rams loss would help them get a first-round playoff bye. Of course, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching this game closely: A Vikings win would end Philly’s season, while a Bears win would give the Eagles a chance to play their way in. (Both games kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.) The best matchups of Week 17Week 17 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions DAL100.00.0NYG0.00.00.91488 ATL0.00.0TB0.00.00.91470 MIA61MIA61JAX 17, MIA 7-2.2– LAR77LAR83LAR 31, ARI 9+0.7– LAC66LAC67BAL 22, LAC 10-3.5– HOU100.00.0JAX0.00.01.21489 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CLE60CLE66CLE 26, CIN 18+2.6– IND74IND75IND 28, NYG 27-1.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 16Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 16 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Playoff %Playoff % Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality MIN55MIN63MIN 27, DET 9+4.4– CIN0.00.0PIT15.85.411.01491 DET0.00.0GB0.00.01.41456 BAL84.325.4CLE0.00.051.11524 PHI28.020.0WSH0.00.040.81512 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS There are a few other games with playoff probability on the line. As mentioned earlier, the outcome of the Eagles’ game with Washington is very much of importance to the Vikings, who would clinch with a Philadelphia loss. The Cleveland Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens has done the unthinkable — made Pittsburgh Steeler fans root for the Browns — since a Baltimore win would eliminate the Steelers from the postseason picture. Baltimore could still make the playoffs with a loss, but the Ravens would need Pittsburgh to lose its game against Cincinnati, which is also happening simultaneously at 4:25 p.m. ET. (In related news: Are you ready for a completely insane Sunday afternoon of football?)Although other games could determine seeding, and there are a few stray percentage points of playoff odds’ difference at stake around the league, those are basically the games that will carry the most weight in Week 17, and we can’t wait to see how they all play out.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWhile you’re prepping for the playoffs, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: NE84NE83NE 24, BUF 12-2.0– DEN61DEN62OAK 27, DEN 14-3.1– LAR100.00.0SF0.00.01.21499 NE100.00.0NYJ0.00.00.81467 PHI66PHI51PHI 32, HOU 30-14.7– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN KC54KC56SEA 38, KC 31-5.0– CAR0.00.0NO100.00.00.51587 ARI0.00.0SEA100.00.00.61451 After a shellacking at the hands of our algorithm in Week 15, readers rebounded slightly this week, losing by an average of 25.3 points. Philadelphia’s last-second win over Houston may have kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt, but it cost readers 14.7 points on average in our game. Readers did pick up 9.5 points on average in the Atlanta-Carolina game; though they incorrectly picked the Panthers to beat the Falcons, they did so by a smaller win probability than Elo.Congrats to Scott S, who led all users in Week 16 with an even 300 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,075.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Mr Grosvenor became the seventh Duke of Westminster when his father Gerald suddenly died nine months ago.He inherited the bulk of his father’s estimated £8.3 billion fortune, and became the third richest person in the UK and the 68th wealthiest in the world. The 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, arriving for a memorial service to celebrate the life of his fatherCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They apparently stayed at the exclusive Ventana resort on the Big Sur coast, renowned for its views over the Pacific Ocean.The source added: “He is happiest when he is enjoying time with Harriet and their close circle.”He was left crushed when his father died but Harriet has been a huge support and is helping him to get used to his new responsibilities.”They’re a lovely couple and deserve all the happiness in the world.”Hugh’s father died at the age of 64 on his Abbeystead estate in Lancashire. “They have a lot of shared interests and are both very down to earth and family orientated.”She’s a really lovely girl and very much the love of his life.”The pair, both 26, met while pupils at the private school, Ellesmere College in Shropshire.Miss Tomlinson grew up in Chester near the Duke’s 11,000-acre family estate, Eaton Hall. She went on to study teaching at the University of Wales but chose not to pursue it as a career. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of WestminsterCredit:Paul Grover The Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, on holiday in California Credit: As Britain’s youngest billionaire, and perhaps the world’s most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Westminster has been in high demand.But now Hugh Grosvenor is officially off the market after being pictured arm in arm with new girlfriend Harriet Tomlinson.The pair were seen smiling on a romantic getaway abroad. At the heart of the family fortune is a property portfolio that includes 300 acres in two of London’s most expensive neighbourhoods, Mayfair and Belgravia.As well as property and land holdings in the capital, the new Duke inherited huge tracts of land across the British Isles, including in Oxford, Cheshire and Scotland, as well as in Spain.A source close to the new Duke – reportedly the richest man in the world under 30 – told The Mirror: “Hugh and Harriet are blissfully happy. Instead she became a consultant on the estate agency desk at recruitment firm Deverell Smith in the City of London.Meanwhile, the Duke works as an accounts manager at a green energy firm.Miss Tomlinson and the Duke have apparently taken a string of romantic trips abroad including to California where he is pictured posing in front of a bright yellow Ford Mustang.
Last week, the World Gold Council (WGC) announced three of the world’s leading gold mining companies, Harmony Gold, Peter Hambro Mining and Yamana Gold have joined WGC. This means the WGC now represents 25 companies and 63% of obtainable global gold production.Georges Lequimes, a representative for Harmony Gold, the world’s fifth largest gold producer, commented: “World Gold Council is widely recognised across the gold industry for the success it has achieved in simulating sustained demand for gold. Its work benefits the entire gold industry and with more members and therefore increased funding, we feel confident WGC will continue to build on its successes to date. We would urge other major producers who do not already participate to show their support to this valuable organisation.” Pierre Lassonde, Chairman of the WGC, and former President of Newmont Mining said: “Its a very positive development to welcome today three new member companies to the ranks of the World Gold Council. This particular mix of companies signifies the international appeal of WGC and the benefits we offer to members of all sizes. “Our three major marketing programmes – investment, jewellery and industrial – continue to deliver significant industry benefit and we look forward to leveraging the industry insight our new members will bring to build on the successes of our programmes of the past few years.”Founded in 1987, the aim of the WGC (www.gold.org) is to stimulate and maximise the demand for and holding of gold by consumers, investors, industry and the official sector. As well as undertaking marketing initiatives to drive demand, the WGC is also instrumental in working to lower regulatory barriers to the widespread ownership of gold products, helping to develop distribution systems and promoting the role of gold as a reserve asset in the official sector. A commercially-driven marketing organisation, it is funded by the world’s leading gold mining companies. Harmony GoldHarmony has operations and projects in South Africa, Australasia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Founded in 1950 as a Rand Mines-managed company, Harmony was independently listed on the JSE Limited in 1997. Today Harmony is listed on seven bourses worldwide: London. Berlin, Paris, Brussels and, a dual listing in New York, on Nasdaq and the NYSE. Harmony’s operations have grown significantly since 1995, expanding from a single, lease-bound mining operation into an independent, world-class gold producer.Peter Hambro Mining PHM is one of the largest gold producers and explorers in Russia with significant assets in a number of regions. Throughout Russia and the UK the group employs approximately 3,930 people. It is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, employee health and safety and support for its neighbouring communities. The group was founded in 1994 in London. PHM’s shares have traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange since 2002. In addition to this, PHM has an ADR programme with the Bank of New York. It has offices in London, Moscow and Blagoveschensk.Yamana GoldYamana is a Canadian gold producer with significant gold and copper-gold production from five operating mines in Brazil, as well as gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions in all three major mineral areas in Brazil.Yamana also owns an operating mine in Honduras, a development stage project in Argentina and significant exploration concessions in Nicaragua. Yamana is producing gold at intermediate company production levels and is targeting 1 Moz of gold by 2009.Current members of the WGC are: Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited AngloGoldAshanti Limited Barrick Gold Corporation Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. MineraBarrick Gold of Australia Cedimin SAC China National Gold Corporation Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. Eldorado Gold Corporation Goldcorp Inc. Gold Fields Limited Harmony GoldThe Hutti Gold Mines Company Limited IAMGold Inversiones Mineras del Sur SAA Kahama Mining Kinross Minera Barrick Misquichilca S.A. Minera Yanacocha S.R.L. Mitsubishi Materials Corporation Newmont Mining Corporation Peter Hambro Mining Plc.Royal Gold, Inc. Yamana Gold Inc.
Power and automation technology group ABB has announced the acquisition of Alstom’s ring motor business to enhance its gearless mill drive (GMD) system business. The business, based in Bilbao, Spain, has about 120 employees and will become part of ABB’s Process Automation division. ABB stated: “GMD systems are used in the mining industry for processing large quantities of ore to extract metals such as copper, gold, platinum, iron and molybdenum. The market for GMD systems is expected to grow due to rising demand for minerals in emerging countries undergoing industrialisation. Deeper mines with more complex ore bodies and lower ore grades require the grinding of increased amounts of material to yield the same volumes of metal. GMD systems are designed to address the need for extremely high ore throughput, reliability and availability of the grinding circuit.”The motor power so far on GMD’s can go up to 28 MW. “The acquisition will combine the leading ring motor product from Alstom with ABB’s electrical offering for GMD systems, enabling ABB to enhance its position as a strong vertically-integrated systems provider” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “The acquired expertise and market strength will provide new opportunities for growth.” The company stated that the ring motor product and ABB’s current electrical offering for GMD systems can only work in combination and are therefore fully complementary: “The know-how, experience and technology that this acquisition brings will enable ABB to increase manufacturing capabilities and strengthen the ring motor business. In the long term, end users will enjoy the benefits of ABB’s enhanced product quality and system performance.”
The Papandreou government proposal to set up of a Parliamentary fact-finding committee into the economy was approved last week despite the strong opposition from main Opposition party, New Democracy. PASOK maintains that there are clear indications of political intervention in the fiscal data that was publically released for 2007-2009 and on when that data was released. The main opposition New Democracy party spoke of political expediency last week and called for the terms of reference to be backdated to 1981. In the meantime, LAOS president G. Karatzaferis said that his party would not participate in the fact-finding. The government rejects the the accusation that the fact-finding committee is an act of revenge and insist that Greek people must learn the truth.“We owe a response to Greek people and European partners on what has exactly happened and who is responsible for the situation”, said government spokesman, George Petalotis.“We have not covered up, nor hidden anything; we tell the truth and request the truth.”The PASOK spokesperson labeled the proposal “serious, moderate and in no way divisive and vengeful” and called for all political parties to agree to the inquiry in an effort to restore Greece’s credibility. The government spokesman did not rule out calling on former Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, to Inquiry Committee hearings, underlining that such move is legal and workable.New Democracy party spokesman, Panos Panagiotopoulos said the government’s proposal to restrict the investigation to the period 2004-2009 period was designed to attack New Democracy and would represent an act of “political expediency and partisan bigotry”. LAOS president G. Karatzaferis announced that his party would not participate in the Committee, describing its setting up as being futile since the case has been referred to the public prosecutor.He said that LAOS will not contribute in the two large parties efforts to completely downbase the country’s political history in the last years.Alexis Tsipras president of SYRIZA Parliamentary Group spoke of the fact-finding committee being a ‘cheap communication game.’ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than six out of every 10 jobless people in Greece have been out of work for over a year, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data published. Fourth-quarter figures for 2012 put the unemployment rate at 26 per cent, from 24.8 per cent in the previous quarter and 20.7 per cent a year earlier. The jobless number reached 1,295,535, with 65.3 per cent having been without work for more than 12 months. Still, the reduction in employment amounted to less than 1.5 per cent compared with the previous quarter and 6.4 per cent compared with the October-December period in 2011. The jobless rate is even higher among foreign nationals in Greece, amounting to 36.9 per cent, even though the rate of financially active foreigners is considerably higher than that of Greeks. Rates remain particularly high among people aged up to 24 years (57.8 per cent) and in the most productive age group, 29-44 (32.2 per cent). Women are the hardest hit, with 29.7 per cent being out of work. The tertiary or service sector remains the most important employment pillar, accounting for 70.5 per cent of jobs. The secondary sector, concerning manufacturing, takes a 16.3 per cent share, while the primary sector has no more than 13.2 per cent of jobs in Greece, or just over one in eight, ELSTAT data showed.
‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on target Riverdale is back to… whatever passes for normal after last week’s three-chapter split episode. We once again begin the show with Jughead’s narration telling us what a normal day everyone’s having. That should immediately tell you that things are about to go very wrong in this midseason finale. It certainly leads with a disturbing image. Cheryl walks through the halls to discover that all the River Vixens, Veronica and Toni included, are all suffering a mass seizure. It’s about time we get some answers as to what’s causing these.Veronica’s parents are convinced it’s all because of stress. At least, that’s the explanation they’re giving. She’s pretty sure they have an ulterior motive. To be fair, she’s probably right. The first thing they think to do is ship her off to New York where she’ll be under the care of doctors on their payroll. That doesn’t seem suspicious at all coming from the people who conspired to frame her boyfriend and get him killed in prison. Veronica suspects they’re planning something big. Something they don’t want her around for. Reggie mentions that her father is pulling Jingle Jangle off the market (“It’s so last year.” Ha!), and replacing it with Fizzle Rocks. He even has a new gang distributing them: The Gargoyles. Veronica decides she’ll get to the bottom of her parents’ plans and what they have to do with G&G.Camila Mendes as Veronica and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)Something strange is happening at the school, though. Hiram is using the mass seizure as cover to shut the whole school down. Veronica confronts her father at the school board meeting where it’s about to go down. This has been the most frustrating part of Riverdale this season. We know Veronica is smarter than this. Or at least she should be. She’s able to figure out nearly every step of her father’s plan, but she never figures out how to deal with it. All she can do is call him out in public, and she’s constantly caught off guard when he has a convenient answer for all her points. At least ones that satisfy all the adults in the room. Like, Veronica’s been through this countless times and she still thinks she can defeat her father by yelling the truth at him? She should have learned long ago that doesn’t work on him. At this point, watching her go through these motions again and again is just annoying. It’s not even close to fun anymore.What’s much more fun is watching her and Betty’s work come together. Betty spends the episode doing some sleuthing of her own. Last week’s episode ended with Betty coming face to face with the Gargoyle King inside the convent. At this point, we should expect all of Riverdale’s shock endings to be elaborate fakeouts until they prove themselves otherwise. As Betty reveals to Ethel, there is no Gargoyle King in the basement. Betty makes Ethel jealous by talking about how the Gargoyle King spoke with her. She lures Ethel down to the basement and locks her up long enough for the Fizzle Rocks to wear off. The sisters, Betty figures out, have been drugging the girls and using their G&G-based delusions to control them. Now that Ethel has gone through withdrawal, Betty has an ally on her side. Now, they just have to escape and shut the whole evil place down. Long live the Queen. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/Aka5umtKen— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) December 13, 2018They tie up the head mother and learn that the game was a tool to make the girls in their care complacent. They used the instilled obsession with the Gargoyle King to control the girls. Hiram, she reveals, is the one who brought it out of the convent. He’s the one using it to control Riverdale. To what end, or how he plans to do it… the episode doesn’t reveal just yet. Not that we should expect any real answers at this point in the season, but I’d still like a little more. The CW makes a big deal out of its midseason finales and to leave so much in the dark isn’t quite as fun as the show thinks it is. The dialog is all so obviously talking around any specifics, it just gets awkward. Riverdale has never been known for its naturalistic dialog, but this is a whole other level of “nobody talks like this.”That said, it does lead to a couple of genuinely cool moments, exactly the kind of scenes you want from a midseason finale. The first is how Betty breaks the rest of the girls out of the convent. They’re still under the brainwashing of the sisters. Getting them to willingly leave is no easy feat. Instead of making each and every one of them go through Fizzle Rock withdrawal, Betty replaces their deity. She decapitates the gargoyle statue and declares herself the Griffin Queen. Betty really is the smartest person in this whole town, and it’s always fun to watch her let her inner badass out like this.Trinity Likins as Jellybean, Cole Sprouse as Jughead and KJ Apa as Archie -(Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW)The other cool scene is much more sinister. After Veronica and Cheryl syrup-board Penelope for information (God, this f-ing show!), they confront Hermione, hoping to depose her before she can enact Hiram’s plan. She takes her dialog straight out of the climactic scene of Watchmen. “I did it 10 minutes ago.” At that moment, everything goes to hell. We still frustratingly don’t know exactly what Hiram has planned, but the end of the episode is scary ominous nonetheless. It’s just a very well-directed moment of tension. It also helps that we’re at least told what the immediate consequences are. The whole town is under quarantine. And therefore, it’s entirely under the Lodge’s control. So that’s how Hiram plans to keep the outside world from taking issue with his drug empire.Despite the frustrations of watching Riverdale fall back on its worst impulses, this was an enjoyable midseason finale. It’s a good, unsettling cliffhanger with which to send us into the holiday break. It certainly helps that there’s really no way this one could be a cop-out. Riverdale is under quarantine and nobody can get in our out. That’s a damn intriguing premise to come back to. Even the Archie storyline, as cut off from the rest of the plot as it was, was still enjoyable. He and Jughead visit Jughead’s mom and sister for the night. We get some funny comic relief moments, like Jelly Bean’s crush on Archie and the mom assuming Jughead and Archie are a couple. She’s been reading the fanfic. The episode was a bit over-serious as it was, so we needed those little moments.Gina Gershon as Gladys Jones (Photo Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW)They couldn’t last long though. Once Penny Peabody shows up to kill Archie, we find out the full extent of Hiram’s contract. He wants Archie completely out of the picture, along with anyone found helping him. That means if he does go back to Riverdale, his dad and friends will all be in danger. And if Jughead keeps traveling with him, so will he. So they call Fred Andrews to say one last tearful goodbye to his son before driving him to the Canadian border. The heartfelt scene doesn’t quite land the way it should. Maybe because Archie’s story has consistently been the weakest of this season. Maybe because we all know he’ll be back before too long. In any case, the emotional goodbye feels a little hollow. Maybe we’ll be proven wrong, but who knows?At least this storyline had some real consequences. Not only will Archie be on his own, but Jughead and FP can’t get back into Riverdale. They were outside the city limits when the quarantine was declared. Now, there are a bunch of angry men with guns who won’t let them in. Oh, and Hiram Lodge is talking to the actual real Gargoyle King in his office. So there’s a ton more going on there that the show isn’t telling us yet. As frustrating as the lack of answers can be, it’s definitely got me hooked, I’ll give it that. At this point, it’s in more of a guilty pleasure way than a good TV way, but the outcome’s the same. I’ll be glued to my seat when Riverdale returns in 2019.Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on Riverdale:Riverdale Season 3, Episode 7 RecapRiverdale Season 3, Episode 6 RecapRiverdale Season 3, Episode 5 Recap
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Girona’s strong second-half display proved key to ending Real Madrid’s eight-match unbeaten run.Prior to today’s encounter, Real had secured five successive La Liga wins to put themselves within six points of leaders Barcelona and an unlikely title challenge looked set to go ahead after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-1 last weekend.But Los Blancos were sent back crashing down to Earth this afternoon in front of their home supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu.Casemiro’s 25th-minute header from Toni Kroos’ cross down the right wing appeared to set a heavily changed Real side, who were missing a suspended Luka Modric with Gareth Bale benched, on course for a sixth consecutive league win.Things soon fell apart though in the second-half with Cristhian Stuani’s penalty putting Girona back on level terms before Portu headed in another for the visitors in the 75th-minute to seal a shock 2-1 win.Adding to Real’s misery came when Sergio Ramos was sent off in stoppage-time for an attempted overhead kick that instead caught Girona’s Pedro Alcala.“We played well in the first half, but the pace was not as high as in some of our recent games,” said Courtois on the club website.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“They had two chances which I was able to stop but in the second half they played much better and brought a real threat. Girona always make life difficult, it’s three points we really had to win today”.“The penalty is a shame. After that we struggled to control the game and that’s when they made it 1-2.“We didn’t react well and Girona took the win. Now we have to continue winning games and put in a good performance against Levante. We have to keep fighting, La Liga is a long-run thing”.Santiago Solari’s side are now third in La Liga and will next take a trip to Levante UD next Sunday.FP: @realmadrid 1-2 @GironaFC ⚽ @Casemiro 25′; Stuani 65′ (p), Portu 75’#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/pta596lvkJ— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) February 17, 2019
State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, will lead a weeklong trade mission to Cambodia, where he hopes to promote Southwest Washington agriculture and architecture. “The whole idea is to strengthen both trade and governmental ties with another country,” Benton said. “Washington state is the most trade-dependent state in the nation, as you know. The more we strengthen our ties with the Pacific Rim partners, the better.” Benton said he will take unpaid time off from his position as Clark County’s director of environmental services. He will be acting in his capacity as state senator but said he will spend $2,200 from his own bank account. Some additional costs may be paid by the government of Cambodia, he said, and no state funds will be used for the trip.“We’re trying to generate more business and more imports and exports for Washington state and efforts like this pay off,” Benton said.“I think a lot of folks still see Cambodia as a poor, Third World country and they may not realize the prosperity and growth they have had in the last 10 years.”Benton said about nine other people are planning to travel with him, including one elected county official from the Tri-Cities region. Michael O’Connell, legal counsel to the state Legislative Ethics Board, said the trip fits the bill for a trade mission. There are meetings set up between Cambodian officials and those with a stake in Washington business. “There are no words in the law that says what a trade mission has to consist of, so we look at what the purpose of the trip is,” O’Connell said. “This is an economic delegation, there are opportunities in Cambodia and they are using it to connect businesses with Washington state and leaders.”
In spite of the overwhelming success of LG’s Nexus 4 smartphone, the company on Tuesday said it has no plans for the next generation Nexus device so far.A few hours after LG rolled out its much anticipated white Nexus 4 variant to the global market, Korean smartphone maker put the rumours of the next generation Nexus smartphone to rest. In a report published by Dutch website All About Phones, LG Mobile’s European Vice President Kim Wong said the company does not wish recreate the success of Nexus 4, making it clear that it does not have plans for its next collaboration.”There are currently no plans for a Nexus 5 made by us. We don’t need that kind of marketing exposure anymore. The Nexus 4 was a great success, even with the supply issues and we have a great relationship with Google. But we won’t make the Nexus 5,” revealed Kim Wong.The latest revelation from the smartphone maker came at a time when reports of Google-LG collaboration for the next Nexus device are doing the rounds.LG also confirmed that it will not be launching any smartphones featuring flexible displays this year, as the technology is still being developed.The report also quoted Wong as saying, “The tablet market is currently fairly segmented; nevertheless we continue to invest in it.” He mentioned that LG is prepping an Android tablet for the lucrative tablet market, but did not reveal its availability.
Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly enjoyed some great success together during their playing days. ReutersFormer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly took to twitter and slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after they sent a conflict of interest notice to former cricketer Rahul Dravid. Ganguly stated that this new fashion of Indian cricket can hamper its future.”New fashion in indian cricket …..conflict of interest ….Best way to remain in news …god help indian cricket ……Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI,” his tweet read.Indian spinning legend Harbajhan Singh also criticised BCCI for these kinds of actions. He also mentioned that sending notices to these legends is like insulting them.”Really ?? Don’t know where it’s heading to.. u can’t get better person than him for Indian cricket. Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them.. cricket need their services for betterment. Yes god save indian cricket,” his tweet read. File photo of India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty ImagesRahul Dravid is currently the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He got a notice from BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain as a complaint was filed against the former claiming that Dravid, who is the NCA director currently, is also the vice-president of India Cements group. The complainant is a Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta. He had earlier complained against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.A senior BCCI official on August 7 confirmed that Dravid has been sent a notice, according to IANS.”Yes, Dravid had been sent a notice by Jain last week and has two weeks to reply to the notice,” the official told IANS.But according to reports Dravid and India Cements had mutually decided to stall their association till the time the 46-year-old is the director of NCA.Because of this issue of the BCCI, many former players are refraining from applying for the posts at NCA. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members had to declare about any conflict before their appointment took place.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgPrince George’s County is gearing up to send students back to school in style and prepared for a year of success, through discounts and programming for the whole family to appreciate.Maryland’s Tax-Free Week kicked off August 11, according to WJLA, and ends on Saturday, August 17. The week is used for parents, guardians and students alike, to do some shopping in preparation for school. Clothing items under $100 are exempt from Maryland’s six percent tax. Backpacks under $40 are also exempt.Prince George’s County has been gearing up on September 3. (Courtesy Photo)Prince George’s County itself has a lot of special programming to encourage positivity, ease and preparedness during the back-to-school frenzy.On August 12, the District of Columbia, Mid-Atlantic Aid to Humanity hosted an event along with the Felix Manalo Foundation free school supplies, gently used shoes and clothing, canned goods, services such as health check-ups, and even food, entertainment and a moon bounce. The event was held at Temple Hills Chapel.In addition, Prince George’s County Public Schools is heavily promoting the Back-to-School Block Party at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover on August 17. Thousands are expected to come out to the Sports and Learning Complex from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for hours of entertainment and engaging resources, including a ribbon cutting (8:45 a.m.), school and County information, vendors, free vision and dental screenings for children, and video game trucks. In addition, parents were able to register for a backpack giveaway. “So this is our unofficial kickoff to the opening of school,” Prince George’s CEO Dr. Monica Goldson told WJLA. “And it’s our opportunity to give our students backpacks, school supplies, just to get them ready for the opening of school. It’s also an opportunity for them to come together with other classmates and just have fun. We will have free dental screenings, along with providing them backpacks and supplies,” Goldson added.Attendees are even in for a surprise. “We have a special guest coming to do some music for our students and parents,” Goldson said. “It’s a secret now, you have to come to the Block Party.”Students begin school in Prince George’s County Public Schools on September 3.
In an attempt to honour the works of different authors in 24 recognised Indian languages, Sahitya Akademi presented Sahitya Akademi Awards to writers at a ceremony in FICCI Golden Jubilee Auditorium in the national capital on Tuesday. Twenty one male authors and three female authors won the Awards. Seven poetry collections, six collections of short stories, four novels, five collections of essays / criticism and two plays won the Award.Dr Gopi Chand Narang, eminent Urdu scholar and Fellow of Sahitya Akademi was the chief guest at the function while Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, president, Sahitya Akademi, presented the Awards to the writers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi and Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar, vice president of Sahitya Akademi were also present at the ceremony.In his speech, the chief guest Dr Gopi Chand Narang applauded Sahitya Akademi for carrying out literary service in all the 24 recognised languages and he highlighted various details and Akademi’s achievements to point out how Akademi has been rendering literary service to the nation with writers at the core. He reiterated that the Akademi will always stand by the writers of all kinds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his welcome speech, Dr K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, stated that the Akademi is a home of writers and for the writers. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari said: “It is through literature that unity can be achieved and communal dividing elements can be defeated.” He added that he is proud to be associated with the Akademi which is preserving and propagating all the Indian literary traditions. List of award winners include Assamese – Kula Saikia; Bengali – Alok Sarkar; Bodo – Birendra Kumar Bodo; Dogri – Dhian Singh; English – Cyrus Mistry; Gujarati – Rasik Shah; Hindi – Ramdarash Mishra; Kannada – KV Thirumalesh; Kashmiri – Basir Bhadarwahi; Konkani – Uday Bhembre; Maithili – Man Mohan Jha; Malayalam – K R Meera; Manipuri – Kshetrimayum Rajen Singh; Marathi – Arun Khopkar; Nepali – Gupta Pradhan; Odia – Bibhuti Pattanaik; Punjabi – Jaswinder Singh; Rajasthani – Madhu Acharya ‘Ashawadi’; Sanskrit – Ram Shanker Awasthi; Santali – Rabi Lal Tudu; Sindhi – Maya Rahi; Tamil – A Madhavan; Telugu – Volga and Urdu – Shamim Tariq.
January 8, 2003Archive intern Malcolm Sutherland gathered these images of ancient petroglyphs during a hike in the desert surrounding Arcosanti. [Photos: Malcolm Sutherland & text: sa]