Bodies of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were recovered from debris in Pulwama on Tuesday morning, at the end of a 24-hour encounter.“The encounter started on Monday morning and one militant was killed in the initial exchange of fire. The other militants took shelter in houses. “The operation ended around 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Three bodies and three weapons were recovered,” said Inspector- General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan. He said a search operation was on, as the security agencies suspect a “fourth body” could be buried in the debris.Shifting positionsFive houses were seen burning on Tuesday as the militants, who were frequently shifting positions, engaged the security forces in a long- drawn battle. Four security personnel, one a CRPF officer, were injured in the gunfight.“The operation became prolonged as the village Buhmoo is located on a raised ground. They had a dominating position. Room-to-room intervention was not easy. We had to proceed strategically to avoid collateral damage,” Mr. Khan said.Operation delayedThe operation was also delayed as the residents marched along the roads and threw stones. Scores were injured in clashes in the past 24 hours.Meanwhile, two slain militants were identified as Kifayat and Jehangir. The identity of the third could not be ascertained. Reports suggest multiple funerals were held for Jehangir, a resident of Chak Keller in Shopian district, where anti-India and pro-freedom slogans were raised.
Abaco announced the Obox, an R&D evaluation platform designed to reduce the time, expense and risk of developing autonomous platforms for military applications on land, in the air and on the ocean. A fully rugged (-40°C to + 71°C) enclosure houses customer-specified combinations of Abaco’s latest 3U VPX single board computers, FPGA/DSP subsystems and AI/GPGPU-enabled platforms to deliver up to 14 TeraFLOPS of computing power, together with high speed network switches. Scalable and flexible, the Obox has been specifically designed to capture the input from sensors – including Lidar, radar and cameras, integrated over Ethernet – and to drive actuators controlling velocity, trajectory and more. It enables the full range of autonomous operations, including detection, recognition, tracking, fusion, perception, planning, decision and effecting.The Obox leverages best-in-breed COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) technologies, including Xeon processors from Intel; CUDA-enabled GPUs from NVIDIA; and FPGA technology from Xilinx.Software integration at the ground- and node layers offers the customers the benefit of pre-consolidating the image processing and neural network algorithms widely used in machine learning for autonomous vehicle applications.Two ‘accelerator’ processors support the ability to run high performance neural network-based inference engines to perform tasks such as object detection and image segmentation of multiple video image streams and Lidar point clouds. Developers can utilize GPUs via NVIDIA’s Deep Learning SDK, or FPGAs via Xilinx’s ML suite.The Obox is fully supported by Abaco’s powerful, flexible, easy-to-use AXIS software development environment. Of note is AXIS ImageFlex, which provides optimized visualization capabilities to combine video, Lidar, radar and other sensor information into one unified viewer application. It provides high performance algorithms for image transformation to correct for optical distortions in real-time and also to project the image for different viewpoints.The OBox can optionally be leased, ensuring that it is regularly updated by Abaco with the latest revisions of hardware and software – again, minimizing customer time and effort.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Minimizing energy consumption in Amazon FreeRTOS applicationsNext Bulgin: cost effective IIoT solutions with new slimline photoelectric sensors
The Rainbow Laces campaign has returned to English cricket for the second year. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has teamed up with LGBT equality charity Stonewall to celebrate lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) players and fans at every level of cricket.Run by the ECB, professional and amateur clubs nationwide will don Rainbow Laces for the second year in a row, to show that cricket is everyone’s game.Like last year, the ECB has teamed up with LGBT equality charity Stonewall to bring Rainbow Laces to the T20 Blast and Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL) from July 27 to July 29.Not only laces, but stumps, flags and big screens will also feature the rainbow to further indicate ECB’s support for the campaign, which will feature at every T20 Blast and WCSL fixture across the three days.Four of those games – Yorkshire Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder (WCSL), Yorkshire v Birmingham Bears (T20 Blast), Durham v Notts Outlaws (T20 Blast) and Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning (WCSL) – will garner extra exposure from being live on Sky Sports.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Cricket is a game for everyone and we’re pleased to be supporting Stonewall and Rainbow Laces once again.”Everyone should feel that they are welcome in sport and we want to play our part in building an increasingly inclusive and accepting culture.”
MANY OF THE 32 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS WHO HAVE COME TO TOWN FOR THE NAIA TOURNAMENT WERE INFORMED OF THE CITY’S WATER PROBLEM WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THEIR HOTELS MONDAY.TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR COREY WESTRA SAYS COMMITTEE MEMBERS GOT THE WORD OUT QUICKLY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NAIA3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….REALLY GOING ON. :17WESTRA SAYS BOTTLED WATER WAS SUPPLIED TO ALL OF THE TEAMS BY THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE AND THEIR HOTELS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NAIA4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……DONE SATISFACTORILY. :18THE DRINKING FOUNTAINS WERE COVERED AT THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER TUESDAY MORNING FOR THE NAIA SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLINIC, AND BOTTLED WATER WAS SUPPLIED THERE.
Transfers Everyone at Arsenal knew Ozil was going to stay, insists Bellerin Ryan Benson 22:51 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Mesut Özil Premier League The playmaker ended months of speculation by signing a new contract at the start of February, though his team-mate never had doubts “Everyone” at Arsenal always knew Mesut Ozil was going to commit his future to the club because of the German’s passion for the Gunners and London, Hector Bellerin insists.Reports began to circulate at the end of January that Ozil, who was in the final months of his previous deal, had agreed a renewal to keep him at the Emirates until 2021.Arsenal made the agreement official on February 1, ending a long period of speculation surrounding Ozil’s association with the club and providing a further lift to the fanbase following the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ozil’s future had been the subject of rumours for over a year, but Bellerin says he was always confident the former Real Madrid playmaker was set to stay.”Everyone in the training ground, everyone in the team knew he was going to stay,” Bellerin told the club’s official website.”He is a guy that loves London, loves Arsenal and he always gets really angry when things don’t go well, so you know how much it means for him to win or lose for this club. So I think everyone in the club, the dressing room, was sure.”It is as exciting as a new signing. To have a player with Mesut’s qualities and all he brings to the team to sign for a few more years, it is really exciting for Arsenal and for the fans.”The Gunners bounced back from a shock midweek defeat to Swansea with a 5-1 thrashing of Everton at the weekend to keep them within striking distance of the top four. Henrikh Mkihitaryan added three assists while Aubameyang scored a debut goal to go along with Aaron Ramsey’s hat-trick and Bellerin saw the performance as an indication of Arsenal’s potential as an attacking force. Bellerin added: “Today I was in the game and I’m seeing the other players we have up front, and even the players we have on the bench who can come on. It makes you think that the creativity and electricity they bring into the team is something that is very rare to find in any other team.”Arsenal currently sit on 45 points, four back of fifth place Tottenham, five behind fourth place Chelsea and six adrift of third place Liverpool.
England opener Alex Hales handed 21-day ban for recreational drug useAlex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons after being named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 22:48 IST Alex Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThis is the second time Alex Hales has failed a drug testPrior to his ban, Hales had taken an indefinite break due to personal reasonsHales is in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World CupEngland opener Alex Hales has been banned from all cricket for 21 days by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after he failed a drug test. It is being reported that Hales has tested positive for a recreational drug.According to a report in the Guardian, he is currently serving a 21-day ban after returning positive in the test. This is the second time Hales has been found guilty of using a recreational drug.Prior to his ban, Alex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire had confirmed earlier.Hales was named in England’s provisional 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, which starts from May 30.Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week.Hales was earlier fined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with team mate Ben Stokes in Bristol in 2017.The 30-year-old Hales was given a six-match one-day international ban in December. He had already missed two games and the remainder of the ban was suspended for 12 months so he could be available for selection.The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) said it would not comment “on any individuals in relation to the recreational drugs policy” due to the organisation’s duty of confidentiality.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) could not immediately be reached for comment.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Alex HalesFollow England CricketFollow England and Wales Cricket BoardFollow ICC World CupFollow 2019 Cricket World Cup
The Government has set aside more than $16 million for the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) to conduct in and out of competition testing and public education programmes.This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, while making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 5.She said the figure represents an almost 14 per cent increase in budgetary allowance and speaks to the Government’s commitment to the world-wide fight against doping in sport.“We will continue to implement measures, through JADCO and other related agencies, that will foster dope-free sport at all levels,” she stated.She informed that the allocation will also facilitate the commencement of the collection of blood samples during this fiscal year.The Sport Minister noted that since 2012, the Government has almost tripled the budgetary support to JADCO to guarantee the integrity of Jamaica’s anti-doping system.This increase in allocation, she said, allowed the Commission to increase the number of tests conducted in the 2012/13 financial year by 110 per cent over the previous year.“The Government supports the principle that sport is the expression of one’s true self and the realisation of one’s own unique natural potential. Being successful in sport requires the right attitude, practice, time and effort. The giving of one’s best is good enough,” she remarked.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
-30- Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road The Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure from Wednesday, March 12 until Wednesday, April 30. Detour routes are available on Steadman Road, Route 221 and Rockwell Mountain Road.
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SHENZHEN, China — One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 per cent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric. Last year, it still had 7,500 gasoline-powered taxis on the roads. A few can still be found, but electric ones far outnumber them.The metropolis of 12.5 million is the second to achieve this feat in China and the largest. The northern China city of Taiyuan, with a population of 4.3 million, has had only electric taxis since 2016.Shenzhen’s bus fleet has been all-electric since 2017. It’s one of 13 pilot cities promoting alternative-energy public transport to cut smog and develop the alternative energy industry.The Associated Press
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,442.07 up 57.58 points)InPlay Oil Corp. (TSX:IPO). Energy. Up five cents, or 7.94 per cent, to 68 cents on 6.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down eight cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $5.90 on 5.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up three cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $1.72 on 5.3 million shares.Sherrit International Corp. (TSX:S). Basic Materials. Up 4.5 cents, or 16.98 per cent, to 31 cents on 5.2 million shares.Western Resources Corp. (TSX:WRX). Basic Materials. Up two cents, or 8 per cent, to 27 cents on 5.2 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $38.94 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting news:DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Consumer Cyclical. Up seven cents, or 4.32 per cent, to $1.69 on 1.6 million shares. The company named Eric Ellenbogen, a former president and chief executive of Marvel Enterprises, as its new chief executive. He replaces Michael Donovan, who has stepped down as CEO and executive chair.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR). Industrials. Down 10 cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $122.60 on 854,288 shares. The company signed a deal to acquire the Massena rail line, which runs between Quebec and New York, from CSX.The Canadian Press
The Fifth High-Level Meeting between the United Nations and Regional Organizations, to be held tomorrow and Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, is intended to build on the progress made during previous gatherings, hosted every two years by the Secretary-General. In addition to the regional organizations, UN agencies, funds and programmes are also expected to participate. The first two meetings, held in 1994 and 1996, focused on general principles and modalities to guide cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in international peace and security. In 1998 and 2001, the meetings examined the potential for greater interaction and cooperation in conflict prevention and peace building. In his invitation this year to the heads of regional organizations, the Secretary-General pointed out that “in the twenty-first century many of the challenges we face are global. The rise of international terrorism and the proliferation of small arms and weapons of mass destruction only reinforce the need to rethink our common challenges ahead and achieve greater unity of purpose and actions.” The meeting will address the need for the United Nations and regional organizations to work together with redoubled vigour to face myriad threats of today, including civil wars and the disintegration of States; the scourge of international terrorism; the growing volume of organized crime throughout the world and gross violations of human rights. The spread of deadly viruses and environmental degradation are also challenges that must be met.
Target unveils winter wear as retailer seeks to bolster Canadian fashion profile TORONTO – Target Canada brought a dizzying display of winter weather styles to the runway on Tuesday, part of the retailer’s plans to bolster its presence on the homegrown fashion scene while continuing to make improvements to its business operations.“Style is really kind of key to our DNA,” Livia Zufferli, vice-president of marketing at Target Canada said in an interview prior to the retailer’s show at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week.“We’ve been in Fashion Weeks in the past — both in Toronto and in Montreal — so it is really key to what we’ve been doing. And we’re going to continue to amp up that focus on style and deliver to our guests what we believe is great design, great style at prices I don’t think they can find elsewhere for the quality and the style that they’re getting here.”The Minneapolis-based discount giant has faced its share of challenges since its March 2013 launch north of the border, initially faced with high expansion costs and disappointing sales as Canadian shoppers complained about near-empty shelves and notably higher prices than at U.S. Target stores.Target Canada recently announced a number of initiatives aimed at helping to boost performance, including a long-term partnership with Canadian interior designer Sarah Richardson and expansion of its Beaver Canoe home decor offerings.Zufferli said the retailer’s number 1 focus is still on operations. She added that they’re continuously making improvements to ensure products are stocked on shelves. “We’re making that progress, and we’re happy about the progress that we’re making.”Under the Fashion Week tents at David Pecaut Square, the focus was on styles for men, women and children for the chilly months. Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha sat front row for the splashy presentation, complete with a red-carpeted runway and illuminated bull’s-eye logos.The presentation showcased what Zufferli described as “cosy Canadiana chic” with items like plaid shirts and tuques interspersed with European-inspired looks.Cheery models showcased a vast array of cold weather wear with pretty, patterned cardigans, faux furs, quilted coats, bomber jackets and blazers. Styles for women encompassed the ultra-feminine — like sheer blouses, slinky lace camisoles and jumpsuits — alongside more edgy, embellished options like leather studded gloves.The retailer also displayed a selection of looks from its upcoming collaboration with Toms: a limited-edition line of home goods, apparel, accessories and shoes which is launching next month. And even Target’s bull terrier mascot, Bullseye, took a turn on the runway for the show’s finale.Target is well-known for its high-profile designer collaborations with top labels like Jason Wu and Missoni, and they’ve also brought Canadian talents into the fold for similar partnerships. Toronto-based Sarah Stevenson designed a line for select Target stores across Canada while Montreal-based designer Melissa Nepton did the same for the retailer’s Quebec-based stores.“We are looking at fostering that Canadian talent as well, in addition (to) supplementing the broader North American partnerships that we’re bringing to the market,” Zufferli said.— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 10:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Bank towers are shown from Bay Street in Toronto’s financial district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Canada’s largest city is getting itself a new resident this year: the headquarters of the federal government’s new infrastructure financing agency.Putting the bank in Toronto will give its members easy access to investors in the city’s financial district whose dollars the Liberals need to make the agency a success. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrien Veczan by Jordan Press and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 6:58 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Trudeau government was on the defensive Monday over its plans to create a new infrastructure financing body amid opposition accusations that the Liberals had given global investors too much power over the agency’s design.The Liberals have consulted private investors for months about how to build the agency after a federal economic advisers, including some whose groups could benefit financially from infrastructure investments, recommended the government create a bank to build more roads, bridges and transit systems to fuel economic growth.And late last year, the Liberals asked global investment giant BlackRock to bring together some of the world’s top private and institutional investors and refine the government’s pitch for their money.During question period on Monday, the opposition parties charged that the new agency would help well-connected investment bankers, pension-fund managers and their clients who are helping with the bank’s design pad their bottom lines.“This is a blatant conflict,” interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said. “The prime minister has turned to BlackRock for all kinds of advice setting up this bank. That’s like the three little pigs hiring the big, bad wolf to be their contractor.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government consulted private investors, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and local chambers of commerce about the design of the Liberals’ infrastructure program, which includes the bank. He said the Liberals need the bank to help pay for all the country’s infrastructure needs.“Drawing in on different sources of capital, so that people can get to work and home on time, people can get their goods to markets, create good middle-class jobs, is a priority for us,” Trudeau said.The proposed bank would take $35 billion in government funding to entice private investment in projects like public transit systems, highways and electrical grids that generate revenues through user fees or tolls. Approximately $15 billion of that will be cash, with the remaining $20 billion in the form of repayable loans or equity stakes that the Liberals say won’t affect the government’s bottom line.The Liberals predict they can leverage three or four times the federal investment in private dollars for projects in three key areas: trade corridors, green infrastructure and public transit. Any project selected for the bank would have to generate revenue and be in the public interest.The Liberals argue the federal money going to the bank is a fraction of the overall spending infrastructure plan and that cities, provinces and territories will have the option of using the bank.The Liberals plan to spend $81.2 billion on their infrastructure program over the next 11 years, including the money for the bank.“The role of the bank is to structure financial deals,” Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said after question period. “It is not the role of the bank to build infrastructure or procure infrastructure. It’s just to bring players together to better finance the infrastructure.”The opposition charges in question period overwhelmed a day when the Liberals had hoped for some positive headlines about the new agency.Earlier Monday, Sohi was in Toronto to announce that city as the future home to the bank’s headquarters. The government hopes the location gives officials easy access to investors in the city’s financial district whose dollars the Liberals need to make the agency a success.Quebec Liberal MPs pushed to have the office located in Montreal, home to a light rail project being financed by the province’s pension fund which could be an early candidate for funding from the federal agency. And Alberta officials, including Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, publicly promoted Calgary as a home for the bank.But the Liberals appeared set on Toronto weeks before Monday’s announcement after private consultations kept leading back to the investors along Bay Street. Sohi said the city was home to the necessary expertise that the bank needs.The Liberals are also starting a search to find a chair for the agency’s board of directors, the directors themselves and the chief executive officer. Anyone is able to apply for one of the appointments, but there are few people internationally with the expertise and job experience for the positions.The government expects the agency to be up and running by the end of the year. Liberals put on defensive over plans to create infrastructure investing machine
Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State’s freshmen had a big weekend at one of the most competitive meets of the season, the Tennessee Relays, in Knoxville, Tennessee.On the men’s side, freshman Eric Harrison and freshman Andre Jeff had impressive days individually and contributed to some of the top performing relay teams. The women’s 4×800-meter-relay team finished second with freshmen Aziza Ayoub and Mary Figler providing a bulk of the support for the unit. The meet involved many professional athletes, including world record holders such as Christian Coleman and Kendra Harrison. Four-time Olympic athlete Justin Gatlin also competed at the meet. Men’s recapOhio State’s sprint medley team, consisting of freshman Tavonte Mott, junior Kyle McKinney, freshman Paul Bete and Jeff, finished first with a time of 3:27.Harrison, junior Nick Gray, senior Duan Asemota and senior Zack Bazile brought Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 39.31 seconds. The Buckeyes fell to America’s ProForm team, a professional group that carried Coleman and Gatlin.Harrison set a personal best, finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.70 seconds. Jeff finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 46.92 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski finished third in pole vault with a jump of 5.30 meters.Bazile finished third in long jump with a jump of 7.79 meters.Asemota, senior Jerry Jackson, junior DeJuan Seward and freshman Joseph Cooper led Ohio State’s 4×200-meter relay team to a third-place finish with a time of 1:25.30.Senior Nick Demaline finished third in the shot put with his last throw of 19.62 meters.Women’s RecapJunior Sarah Kanney won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:54. Ohio State’s 4×800-meter relay team made up of freshman Aziza Ayoub, freshman Mary Figler, senior Olivia Smith and sophomore Annie Ubing finished second with a time of 9:02.Junior Sarah Stanley finished second in javelin throw with a 42.23-meter throw.In the 400-meter dash, senior Maggie Berrie finished second with a time of 52.88 seconds.In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray placed fifth with a personal best time of 13.11 seconds. Ray was among fast company in that competition. Kendra Harrison, who won the race, owns the 100-meter hurdles world record. Ohio State will host its only outdoor meet, the Jesse Owens Track Classic, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, all day both Friday and Saturday.
So, a streak like this isn’t all that uncommon, even among the league’s cadre of great players. But it’s still worth dissecting what’s wrong with Sid the Kid during this particular slump.For starters, the Penguins just aren’t lighting the lamp when Crosby is on the ice. In 19 games this season, they’ve scored only 23 goals during his shifts, and 14 of those have been on the power play. At 5-on-5, they’re notching only 1.5 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby in the game, which ranks 12th-worst among forwards who’ve logged at least 200 minutes. And defensively, the numbers have somehow been even worse — the Pens are yielding a staggering 4.4 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby on the ice during 5-on-5 play. Among that same group of qualified forwards, only his fellow Penguin Conor Sheary ranks worse. (It’s beginning to seem like the Pens have some defensive issues.)But the more troubling sign for Crosby is that he’s just not generating the same level of possession metrics we’ve been accustomed to seeing from him over the years. Crosby’s expected +/- — the plus/minus rating we’d expect a player to have based on the volume and quality of shots his team (and opponents) took while he was on the ice — is easily the worst of his career so far in 2017. For the past three seasons,2The stat is new, so it has only been calculated back to 2014. Crosby’s expected +/- has hovered around 15, but in 2017 it has dipped below zero. And it’s not just a quirk of one model: Crosby’s expected goals +/- at Corsica Hockey has also been in the red. Which is to say that, remarkably, in 2017, Crosby’s play appears to be hurting the Pittsburgh Penguins.To Crosby’s credit, he seems unfazed by his scoring dearth. “No matter who you’re playing against, just try to keep doing the right things and trust they’ll go in,” he told NHL.com.But it’s not like Crosby hasn’t had chances to score: In 2017, 61 percent of his possessions have begun in the offensive zone. That’s good for the second-highest percentage of his career, trailing only last year. The number of faceoffs you take in opposing territory can have an immense effect on your possession rates, so Crosby doesn’t have much of an excuse for not not converting some of those scoring opportunities into goals.During a season where goals are up and goaltending is down, you’d expect the most prolific scorer of his generation to be reaping the benefits — but so far, Crosby has been a ghost. As a result, his Penguins are reeling — they’ve lost more games than they’ve won, and if they hope to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup, they’ll need their captain to score some goals. Although some of Crosby’s woes will probably reverse themselves eventually, Pittsburgh will hold its collective breath until that happens. Of course, Crosby’s résumé as one of the greatest to ever play the game means that he is often held to an unrealistic standard. But his relatively precipitous dip begs the question: Are any NHL superstars slump-proof?Looking at the top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, seven of them had an 11-game stretch that was worse than Crosby’s current skid at some point in their careers. (Crosby’s current teammate, Phil Kessel, had an 11-game streak with Toronto in 2015 where he notched only 3 points and posted a -16 plus/minus.) And now that Crosby has finally joined the club, every single player on the list can gripe about at least one 15-game run where their SGV was below replacement: Source: Hockey-Reference.com Jonathan ToewsCHI2017145-3-0.04 STATS DURING 15-GAME SLUMP Paul StastnyCOL2009246-10-0.56 Jeff CarterPHI2007033-11-1.52 Thomas VanekBUF2012224-8-0.48 Zach PariseMIN2016246-14-0.99 Claude GirouxPHI2010134-11-0.99 Corey PerryMDA2006033-6-0.64 Nicklas BackstromWSH2014167-9-0.37 Sidney CrosbyPIT2018437-11-0.17 Anze KopitarLAK2017257-13-0.72 Evgeni MalkinPIT2015/16246-7-0.12 Alex OvechkinWSH2014527-18-0.80 Joe PavelskiSJS2013123-5-0.58 Ryan GetzlafANA201211011-15-0.44 Patrick KaneCHI2009134-8-0.70 PLAYERTEAMSEASONGOALSASSISTSPOINTS+/-SGV Mikko KoivuMIN2006011-4-0.83 Steven StamkosTBL2009167-10-0.30 Jussi JokinenFLA2017101-9-1.35 Phil KesselTOR2015246-17-1.30 It’s time we talked about Sidney Crosby. Crosby is the best hockey player of his generation — and among the best to ever lace up a pair of skates — but he’s been a virtual nonentity on the Penguins’ stat sheet this season. You read that correctly — two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby seems to have forgotten how to score.In his past 11 games, Crosby has scored zero goals, contributed just 3 assists, and has a -9 plus/minus. It’s the second-longest goalless streak of his career — but even during his longest goalless streak in 2011-12, he still dished out 17 assists in those 12 games. More importantly: That streak occurred when he was dealing with recurring concussion symptoms and actually bookends a three-month absence from the team.In terms of overall production, this is by far the worst 11-game stretch of Crosby’s career. We figured that out using a simple regression that estimates a forward’s goals versus threshold1GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s value over replacement player, in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in terms of goals above what a replacement-level player would contribute. based on his scoring stats, plus/minus and time on ice in a given game. Using this metric — which we’ll call “simple goal value,” or SGV — Crosby has been worth 1.1 fewer goals than a replacement-level scrub during this miserable 11-game streak. If you broaden the window slightly beyond his scoreless streak to look at his last 15 games, this has been the only 15-game period of Sid’s entire career where he performed at a below-replacement clip. John TavaresNYI2010044-15-1.64 Everybody’s gotta slump sometimeWorst 15-game stretches according to simple goal value (SGV) for NHL’s top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, 2005-2018
OSU coaches (from left) Dave Dickerson, Jeff Boals, Thad Matta and Greg Paulus look on during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70, in overtime. The coaches wore tennis shoes to show support for Coaches v. Cancer.Credit: Lantern file photoThe non-conference schedule for the Ohio State men’s basketball 2014-15 season was announced by coach Thad Matta Monday.The Buckeyes’ season will be its first in the three-year, newly-launched CBS Sports Classic, which pits OSU against North Carolina Dec. 20 at Chicago’s United Center. The round-robin style tournament will also see Duke match up against UCLA this season, while OSU is scheduled to play Kentucky in 2015 and UCLA in 2016.OSU’s regular season is set to begin Nov. 14 against University of Massachusetts Lowell at the Schottenstein Center.After playing Marquette on Nov. 18 at home for their second game of the season, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Louisville on Dec. 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes currently hold a 6-6 record in the tournament, and the face-off will be OSU’s 13th game of all-time in the challenge.The team is set to play North Carolina A&T on Dec. 17 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus, satisfying an NCAA requirement “to play a regular-season game at the site where 2015 NCAA Tournament Second and Third Round games will be played,” according to a press release.Games against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23, Campbell on Nov. 26, James Madison on Nov. 28 and Colgate Dec. 6 are part of the 2014 Buckeye Classic.The Big Ten Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date, according to an OSU press release.2014-15 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference ScheduleNov. 9 — Walsh (exhibition)Nov. 14 — UMass-LowellNov. 18 — MarquetteNov. 23 — Sacred HeartNov. 26 — CampbellNov. 28 — James MadisonDec. 2 — at LouisvilleDec. 6 — ColgateDec. 10 — High PointDec. 13 — Morehead StateDec. 17 — North Carolina A&T at Nationwide ArenaDec. 20 — North Carolina at United Center, ChicagoDec. 22 — Miami (Ohio)Dec. 27 — Wright State
Police yesterday said their search teams had recovered over 400 exhibits, samples and items as part of the ongoing police investigation.Scotland Yard also warned that searches for any other potential sites or sources of contamination are expected to continue for several weeks, if not months.AC Basu described the investigation as “one of the most complex and difficult that UK policing has ever faced”.But the fact police have yet to confirm how the bottle came into the possession of Mr Rowley and Miss Sturgess and where they found it has left Salisbury residents deeply uneasy. He was also taken to hospital critically ill, but has since regained consciousness and has been interviewed by police.It is thought Mr Rowley, 45, was able to help detectives as to the whereabouts of the source of the contamination when he emerged from his coma last week. Police have admitted there could still be traces of deadly Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, prompting renewed concern over the safety of residents and the continued impact on the city’s tourism economy.The warning came after officers discovered a small glass bottle at the Wiltshire home of Charlie Rowley, which has since tested positive for the chemical.Mr Rowley’s girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital last Sunday evening after being exposed to the nerve agent the previous weekend. Yulia Skripal, who survived a Novichok assassination attempt on her and her father Sergei, a former Russian spyCredit:Dylan Martinez/PA It is thought they may have come across it in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, close to the centre of Salisbury, before catching a bus to Mr Rowley’s home, where they collapsed within hours of each other. The large park has since been sealed off by police. AC Basu added: “The safety of the public and our officers remains paramount and we are continuing to work closely with Wiltshire Police, scientists, health experts from Public Health England and other partners.”PHE has maintained its advice to the public not to pick up any discarded object in the Salisbury area, such as containers, lids, syringes, needles, cosmetics, which could contain liquid or gel.Scotland Yard said tests at the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire, had confirmed to that the substance contained in the bottle was Novichok and further tests are being carried out to establish whether it came from the same batch that contaminated Mr Skripal and his daughter. Further tests on the bottle and its contents are now being carried out and it is hoped it could provide crucial evidence to prove who attacked the former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March.But announcing the discovery of the bottle as “a significant and positive development”, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, also warned: “We cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time. This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team.” Sabrina Burr, 38, who lives less than 200 metres away from Mr Rowley’s home in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, said: “I can’t believe that something so deadly could be so close. It’s scary to think what could have happened, children play around here, what if something happened to them?“I’m quite concerned that anyone around here could have been exposed, it makes me a little angry. Is there more of it?”Ms Burr added: “I’m happy police have found it but I hope this is the only source of it, if they could just pick it up, then anyone could.”Officers yesterday continued their forensic examination of Mr Rowley’s home, where a fire engine and a special incident response ambulance remained in position.Another of Mr Rowley’s neighbours said she is now scared to let her children play either on the green next to his home or in Queen Elizabeth Gardens.She said: “It’s really scary knowing that something that can kill you so easily was just hundreds of metres away from my home and children.“You would see Charlie and Dawn around, they were always very nice, but to think they were carrying something so deadly is horrible.”She added: “It’s scary that they were able to just pick it up off of the floor. I hope there isn’t anymore, but you just never know, I don’t think we will ever know for sure.” The impact of the second Novichok poisoning has left Salisbury’s economy reeling, just as it was starting to recover from the fall out of the attack on the Skripals.Footfall in local shops has dropped by an estimated thirty per cent, a similar drop to that which followed the Skripal attack – but at a time when the cathedral city should be busy with tourists.Local sources say many American coach parties have simply stopped coming to Salisbury, a favourite location close to Stonehenge.The Government is to provide a £5 million recovery package for the city to support businesses, boost tourism and meet unexpected costs.Mr Dean said: “People are very nervous about the continuing economic impact on the area. We have had very poor tourist numbers this year, despite the good weather. People are very concerned about that especially after they had started to feel they had turned a corner after the March attack.” Police outside the home of Charlie Rowley, 45, in Muggleton Road in Amesbury, Wiltshire, where a bottle containing Novichok was foundCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Matthew Dean, leader of Salisbury City Council, told The Sunday Telegraph: “A very big question remains over how the container got there and if it was found by one of them in Salisbury what are the implications for the people of the town.” 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.
ICMM has launched Working together a guidance note (of over 100 pages) for companies engaging with the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. This is a very important subject, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America. The document is the product of a fruitful partnership with Communities and Small-Scale Mining (CASM), the International Finance Corp’s Oil, Gas, and Mining Sustainable Community Development Fund (IFC CommDev) and ICMM. The interaction between large-scale mining companies and ASM operations has not always been positive, and encounters between the two sectors are increasing. There are a number of ASM sustainable development challenges – including security, human rights and relocation programs – that can require specific ASM consideration.For the first time, Working together brings together a number of approaches and tools for engaging with ASM operators. It is put forward as a pilot, so that further testing and gathering of good practices with companies can take place in the next phase.ASM uses techniques that have changed little since ancient times and continues to provide a source of direct or indirect employment to over 100 million people. ICMM says “there is no doubt that ASM has a legitimate and significant role to play in the social and economic development of many countries. “ASM and large-scale mining (LSM) often operate side by side. Large mining companies have been engaging with artisanal miners and their dependants through general community development programs for some time. However, the particular sustainable development challenges of ASM – including security, human rights and relocation programs – need specific consideration.“The fact that much of ASM activity occurs outside regulatory frameworks – whether illegal or not – can also present significant challenges for companies and regulators. There can be significant tension between ASM miners and their own governments – with companies caught in the middle. In recent years there has been increasing interaction between artisanal operators and companies that has not always been positive.“This document has evolved out of a growing sense that more mutually beneficial engagement between mining companies and ASM operators is needed. For this to happen, ‘good practices’ need further definition and further sharing across companies.“In this spirit, the ASM-LSM guidance note brings together for the first time a number of approaches and tools for companies to engage with ASM. It is put forward as a pilot, fully recognising that further testing and gathering of good practices with companies is needed – activities that will be taking place over the next 18 months. www.icmm.com
In the end of an era in US lead operations, Doe Run Company finally shut down all primary lead operations at its Herculaneum, Missouri location as of December 23, 2013. This was the last primary lead smelter operating in the US. Doe Run’s Missouri lead mines and mills continue to operate, producing high quality lead concentrate. Lead is a key component of batteries used for transportation and backup power in a variety of industries, including technology, communications and renewable energy.Approximately 98% of lead-acid batteries are recycled, turning the used metals and other components into new products. More than 13 million of these batteries are recycled annually at Doe Run’s lead recycling centre in southern Missouri, one of the world’s largest. The Doe Run smelter had been supplying 8 to 10% of US demand for lead through its Herculaneum smelter. Some 75 employees will be retained in 2014 to assist with continued refining and alloying, and the maintenance of our site.Leading up to the closure, Gary Hughes, General Manager of Doe Run’s Metals Division said: “Our final production days will be our best. We intend to meet our customers’ needs in a safe and responsible manner. We will receive the final shipment of lead concentrates from our Missouri mines in the next several days, producing one of the highest grades of primary lead metal in the world in the final weeks of December. Although we will continue to mine and mill lead, zinc, and copper from our underground mines, the ability to produce primary lead metal and their alloys domestically will vanish.”In 2010, Doe Run reached a comprehensive settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Missouri. As part of that settlement, Doe Run agreed to discontinue its smelting operations in Herculaneum by the end of 2013. “We saw no alternative to closing our plant,” stated Hughes. “We are aware of no primary lead smelting process that will meet the standard for ambient air at the Herculaneum site. We believe the only existing technology that can meet today’s standards in Herculaneum, as well as potential future standards, is the new electrowinning lead metal process we announced in 2010. We hoped to be building such a plant by now, however, constructing a full-scale plant given other regulatory compliance spending requirements puts our company at financial risk. We may pursue a smaller scale plant if conditions become more favorable.”The US ambient air quality standard for lead emissions is the most restrictive in the world. In 2008, the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead was reduced from 1.5 µg/m3 (micrograms of lead per cubic metre of air) to 0.15 µg/m3. Doe Run had hoped to bring the revolutionary lead metal production technology online prior to the closure of the smelter. This proprietary, new technology uses a wet-chemical, electrowinning process instead of a heat-based smelting process, greatly reducing sulfur dioxide and lead emissions. In 2012, the company announced that costs to build an electrowinning plant similar in production size to the smelter were too great for the company given the present economic conditions and other demands on operations.