SOUTHASIANFEST2019 – THE SOUTH ASIAN FESTIVAL KICKS OFF FOR ITS 11TH YEAR

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook OTTAWA – The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is pleased to announce the launch of its annual showcase event, the South Asian Festival (www.southasianfest.net), the largest such festival in North America to celebrate the cultural heritage of the south Asian region.The 10-day festival is sponsored by the TD Bank Group as its title sponsor as well as Fineqia International Inc. Financial support has also been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport via its Celebrate Ontario 2019 program, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), Human Concern International, the City of Ottawa and the Rangar family.Branded as the “TD SouthAsianFest,” it offers visitors a glimpse of arts, crafts, food, music and dance performances, primarily from the Indian sub-continent from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18. This year’s festival is being held in honour of the founder of the festival, Hunsdeep Singh Rangar (“Huns”), who tragically died in June this year (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/festivals-ottawa-film-asian-lgbtq-indigenous-1.5239969). Twitter Advertisement Advertisement The festival, running for the eleventh year, with its kick-off Splash! dinner and dance boat cruise on the Ottawa river on Aug. 9, which offers dinner and dance to the tune of Bollywood and bhangra music. This is followed by Ticket to Cricket event on Aug. 11, in collaboration with the Defence Cricket Club at Rideau Hall.The festival adds a new event in the form of Women of Influence at the National Arts Centre on the evening of Aug. 12. Aside from networking opportunities, it will feature a panel of notable south Asian women from Canada and the US. Opening remarks will be provided by Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well as a spokesperson from the Human Concern International.Other eminent persons addressing the festival include the former Minister of Employment and Social Development Mr. Pierre Poilievre, the former Minister of State for Multiculturalism Mr. Tim Uppal and Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.“We’re grateful to have such a show of attendance from community leaders and those interested in south Asian culture, at a time of deep sadness for our family,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, President of OSACA and brother of the festival’s founder. “SAF2019 has only been possible by the countless hours of behind-the-scenes work by OSACA’s TeamHuns support team.”On Aug. 13, visitors get a 15% discount at select Indian restaurants across the capital by simply stating they’re part of the celebration of south Asian food called FoodFest!From Aug. 14, the festival shifts to the Ottawa City Hall, with dance lessons from professional dancers, including Masala Bhangra at the Dance Showcase. On Aug. 15, artwork from local artists of south Asian background, or else influenced by the region, is featured in The Focus is ART!On Friday Aug. 16, the Vedic Sanskruti organisation partners with the festival for live Gujarati dancing via the Garba in the Park show. On Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the family-friendly shows continue with star south Asian singers from Canada, India, Pakistan, the UK and the US such as Sharry Mann, Miss Pooja, Raghav, H Dhami and Nasreen Shoshi performing on stage.In addition, approximately 20 local singers, musicians and fashion designers will present their talent during the final two days of the festival. Festival fun will include entertainment such as henna artistry, face painting, magicians, bouncing castle installations, video games, among other items.On the final day, an India Day parade will be held to celebrate India’s Independence Day, whereby a flag will be hoisted by His Excellency Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada.During the entire weekend of Aug. 16-18, stage performances as part of the Mirch Masala Mega Mela are accompanied by vendor booths displaying culinary delights, arts and crafts from the Indian subcontinent and supported by Mirch Masala radio programs on CHIN Radio 97.9 FM.OSACA’s TeamHuns members include Jagdeep Singh Perhar, Meeta Singh, Jyoti Bhullar, Meenakshi Sharma-Vadnais, Sheryl Singh Bagga, Becky Dipa Khan, Lovejot Singh Deo, Maipal Singh Bali, Chetan Sharma, Farid Pirzada, Anuj Joshi, Virender Chopra and Ilon Tyan, who has been the lead coordinator of activities.The 10-day event is proudly supported by the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, the India Canada Association and Cistel Technology among other organisations and companies.For more information, please visit www.southasianfest.net.ABOUT OSACAThe Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) was founded in 2009 as an Ottawa-based, Not-for-Profit Corporation with a mandate to promote Cultural Awareness through an Annual Event showcasing South Asian Talent in the National Capital Region targeted towards the Canadian Mainstream. 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Grassy Narrows chief to run for the federal New Democrats in fall

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe chief of a northern Ontario  First Nation plagued by mercury contamination will be running under the NDP banner in the fall federal election.Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are to make the announcement later today in Ottawa.Turtle is being acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the federal riding of Kenora, where the party’s nomination period has closed.Mercury issueThe chief has been outspoken about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and has suggested his community wants to see further evidence of progress on the mercury issue, including a promised medical treatment facility.Grassy Narrows First Nation has suffered from the health impacts of mercury contamination from a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., that dumped 9,000 kilograms of the toxin into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.Earlier this year, Turtle publicly called for the federal government to put $88.7 million – the estimated 30-year cost for the facility – into a trust fund to ensure the project moves ahead no matter the election results.last_img read more

Paying down debt is Canadians financial priority in 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – For the ninth year debt repayment is number one as a financial priority for Canadians.Findings from a new CIBC poll goes on to share 29 percent of Canadians have taken on more debt in the past year due to day to day expenses attributing to the mounting debt.39 percent of Canadians do worry they are focusing too much on their debt and not contributing to savings yet the majority of 84 percent believe it is better to pay down debt than build savings. Statistics Canada recently reported the average Canadian household owes $1.78 for every dollar of disposable income. With 63 percent of Canadians fearing the stock market has reached a peak, so these people may be motivated to focus more on debt than savings, a CIBC report states is based upon emotions and not fact.“Debt weighs heavily on Canadians, so it’s no surprise that Canadians continue to put debt concerns at the top of their list of priorities each year. Debt can be a useful tool for achieving long-term goals such as home ownership or funding education, but if you’re turning to debt to make ends meet, it may be time for cash-flow planning instead,” says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, CIBC Financial Planning and Advice“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet – not debt or savings, but both,” says Mr. Golombek. “It boils down to tradeoffs and balancing your priorities both now and down the road. The idea of being debt-free may help you sleep better at night now, but it may cost you more in the long run when you consider the missed savings and tax-sheltered growth,” said Golombek Tips for making your money go further in 2019 by Jamie Golombek;Write down your income and expenses – for a three month period to determine if your cash flow is positive (money left over), neutral (no extra or shortage) or negative (short on income to cover expenses).Make a plan – If you’re cash-flow positive, use the extra cash to pay off high-interest debt — not your mortgage — first. Next, you’ll want to use the surplus to build long-term savings in an RRSP or TFSA for yourself and put away a little extra for the kids in an RESP. Lastly, if your long-term savings are on track, consider increasing your mortgage payments. If you’re cash-flow neutral or negative, look for ways to cut expenses or lower interest by consolidating debt at a lower rate.Automate your plan – Time your savings or debt-repayment plan with your payroll. Putting money directly to your goals right off the top can help you both achieve your goals and get by with less.Review and prioritize your goals – You likely have many goals competing for your wallet. Meet with an advisor to build a financial plan that gets you on track to achieving what’s important to you today and the many years ahead.last_img read more

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

RIL outsmarts US sends fuel to Venezuela from India EU

first_imgNew Delhi/ Mexico City/ Washington DC: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar US-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data, reported Reuters website. Reliance had been supplying alkylate, diluent naphtha and other fuel to Venezuela through its US-based subsidiary before Washington DC imposed sanctions in late January aimed at curbing the Opec member’s oil exports and ousting Socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. At least three vessels chartered by the Indian conglomerate supplied refined products to Venezuela in recent weeks, and another vessel carrying gasoil is expected to set sail to the South American nation as well, according to the sources and data, Reuters added in its report. A Reliance spokesman wrote to Reuters in an email: “Reliance is and will remain in compliance with the sanctions and shall work with the concerned authorities.” He added that “the volume of products supplied to and crude oil imported from Venezuela have not increased.” PDVSA’s second-largest customer in India is Nayara Energy, partially owned by Russian energy firm Rosneft, one of PDVSA’s primary allies. Reliance has significant exposure to the financial system of the USA, where it operates subsidiaries linked to its oil and telecom businesses, among others. The Indian market is crucial for Venezuela’s economy because it has historically been the second-largest cash-paying customer for the Opec country’s crude, behind the United States. Meanwhile, a top US official has said that India has been co-operating with the US on the Venezuelan sanctions and it is the “understanding” of the Trump administration that private Indian companies have stopped importing oil from the Latin American country. The US official’s comment came as Washington ramps up actions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. The senior Trump administration official said: “My understanding is that Indian private companies, who were importing Venezuelan oil, have stopped”. These companies, which also have interest in the US, are unlikely to ignore the US sanctions, he told reporters. Responding to a question on India’s response to the US efforts against the “authoritarian regime” in Venezuela, the official said that India has been co-operative with the US. “The Indians have been cooperative in communicating to the private companies,” he said, adding that the issue has been part of India-US discussion. “We value our relationship with India and the strategic partnership,” the official said, adding that it is natural that Venezuela, which is very important right now, would be raised in its discussions with India. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a meet with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, said that he hoped India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country.last_img read more

Vadra plea to quash case not maintainable ED tells court

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday opposed Robert Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of a money laundering case in which he was questioned by the probe agency, saying it was not maintainable as he “wilfully suppressed” material facts from the court.The ED contended that the plea of Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was an abuse of process of law. When he feared that “law will catch him, he challenged the PMLA provisions”, it added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel asked the probe agency to file its response in the form of an affidavit regarding the maintainability of two separate but similar petitions by Vadra and his close aide Manoj Arora within two weeks. The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 2. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the ED and the Centre, raised objection over the maintainability of the two petitions and said no relief should be granted to them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let me file an affidavit to show that the petitioners (Vadra and Arora) are in suppression and not interested to reach to the root of the matter,” the law officer argued. ED, also represented by advocates D P Singh and Amit Mahajan, said Vadra has not approached the court with clean hands and there is suppression of the most crucial and material facts by him. The ED case relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. The property is allegedly owned by Vadra. Vadra, represented through senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, has also sought that various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, be declared unconstitutional. The bench asked as to why they have approached the high court when the Supreme Court is seized of various pleas challenging certain provisions of the PMLA, including its power to arrest and the burden of proof. To this, Singhvi said he has challenged six provisions of the PMLA here while the Supreme Court is only hearing the challenge on two of the provisions. Vadra has sought in his plea that Sections 3 (offence of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 19 (power to arrest), 24 (burden of proof), 44 (offences triable by special courts) and 50 (powers of authorities regarding summons, production of documents and to give evidence, etc) of the PMLA be declared ultra vires or unconstitutional. He has contended that since these provisions constitute the main parts of the Act, the entire legislation was liable to be struck down on the grounds of being unconstitutional. On Vadra’s application seeking direction to the agency to not take any coercive step against him till the pendency of his quashing petition, the bench said he has already been granted interim protection by the trial court. The bench was informed that pleas by Vadra and Arora seeking anticipatory bail are listed for hearing before a trial court, which later on Monday extended Vadra’s interim protection from arrest till March 27.last_img read more

Russian plane in Venezuela amid reports of Russian military arrival

first_imgCaracas: Two Russian military planes delivered troops and equipment to Venezuela over the weekend, Russian state news agency Sputnik reported Sunday. “Two Russian planes arrived in Venezuela on Saturday with equipment and personnel to fulfil technical military contracts,” the agency reported on the Spanish-language version of its website. It gave no other details but quoted an unnamed official from the Russian embassy in Caracas saying “there is nothing mysterious” about the flights. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Sputnik report was published after an independent Venezuela journalist, Javier Mayorca, said on his Twitter feed that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet, apparently an Ilyushin Il-62, had landed at the main airport outside Caracas on Saturday. He said the planes offloaded around 100 Russian soldiers led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia’s armed forces, and disembarked 35 tonnes of equipment. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSocial media and non-state Venezuelan media picked up the information and posted pictures of the planes at the airport. One picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it. An AFP journalist early on Sunday saw one of the planes on the tarmac at Maiquetia airport, with a Russian flag on its fuselage. It was guarded by a contingent of Venezuelan National Guardsmen. A picture of a Russian-flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it on the tarmac. Venezuelan authorities offered no information about the flights. The Russian embassy in Caracas declined to comment to AFP on the reports. Russia and China are the main allies of Venezuela. Both have lent billions of dollars to the oil-rich South American country, propping up the anti-US government of President Nicolas Maduro. Russia has also vocally opposed US moves to sanction Maduro and his government, and to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. US moves against Caracas have ratcheted up in recent weeks, with President Donald Trump warning that “all options” — implicitly including US military intervention — were being considered. On April 28, US sanctions are to jump up a level with a ban on crude imports from Venezuela. Historically, the US has been Venezuela’s biggest oil buyer, and the new sanctions are expected to severely crimp the Maduro government’s already badly diminished finances. Russia previously signalled its support for Maduro by sending two Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela last December to take part in a military exercise.last_img read more

Urmila Matondkar is Congress nominee for Mumbai North

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar was named on Friday as the Congress candidate for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency. She will contest against the main rival, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty. The decision of the Congress’ Central Election Committee was announced by its General Secretary Mukul Wasnik. IANS had first reported on March 25 that her name was in “an advanced stage of consideration by the party high command” and awaiting the final nod of the top bosses. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Matondkar, 45, who shot to fame as a child star in “Masoom” (1983), was welcomed to the party fold on Wednesday by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other top leaders. Upon joining the party, she dismissed all apprehensions on her political role, saying : “I am here to stay – even after the elections.” Talking to the media, she said there were questions pertaining to freedom of people under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have entered politics to articulate those questions.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K She also praised Gandhi saying a leader should be judged by people for their qualities and not their background. Married to a Kashmiri, M.A. Mir, Matondkar poses a formidable challenge to Shetty in the constituency, which was once regarded a BJP bastion. Mumbai North is one of two constituencies out of 48 in the state which has a glamorous personality in the fray in the 2019 elections. Well-known South Indian actress Navneet Kaur-Rana is the Yuva Swabhiman Party candidate for Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, supported by the 56-party Congress-led Grand Alliance. The 33-year old actress, married to Badnera independent legislator Ravi Rana – the nephew of yoga guru Ramdev Baba – will lock horns with five-time Shiv Sena MP, Anandrao V. Adsul, 71. Mumbai North, after Mumbai North-West (now Mumbai North-Central) represented by actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt five times since 1984, is the second Lok Sabha constituency in the country’s glamour capital which has elected a well-known film personality. Bollywood actor Govinda had earned the title of ‘giant-killer’ in 2004 when – in a major upset – he trounced former Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, who is now the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, in the seat. In 2009, Naik had faced his second consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of the Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam. But, in 2014, Nirupam was defeated by Shetty during the BJP-wave which catapulted Modi as the Prime Minister. Mumbai’s six Lok Sabha constituencies are going to the polls on April 29, along with 17 others in the state’s fourth phase of elections. Starting her successful acting at the age of seven as a child actor, over the years Matondkar has worked in some of the biggest blockbusters with the top actors in Bollywood, Marathi and South Indian films.last_img read more

AAP Congress will form alliance in the end says Delhi BJP leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.last_img read more

2 dead 4 injured in North Carolina campus shooting

first_imgCharlotte (US): A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. Officers who had gathered ahead of a campus concert raced over and disarmed the suspect. The shooting prompted a lockdown at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and caused widespread panic across campus as students scrambled to take shelter. “Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampus Police Chief Jeff Baker said authorities received a call in the late afternoon that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said at a news conference. He said two people were killed, and three remained in critical condition late Tuesday. He said a fourth person’s injuries were less serious. Students were among the victims, but officials would not say how many. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending. Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck. “I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.” She added: “My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same. And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.” The suspect’s grandfather Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said that Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. But Terrell never showed any interest in guns or other weapons and the news he may have been involved in a mass shooting was stunning, said Rold, who had not heard about the Charlotte attack before being contacted by an Associated Press reporter. “You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.” Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.last_img read more

Trial of Ali Anouzla postponed until February 18

first_imgRabat- The judge in charge of terrorism cases in the Court of Appeal in Sale on Monday decided to postpone until February 18 the trial of Ali Anouzl, editor-in-chief of  the Arabic version of independent news website Lakome.Anouzla was arrested on September 17 after his website “Lakome” posted a link to a video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). He was accused by the Moroccan authorities for giving the jihadists a platform.After spending more than one month at the prison in Sale, Rabat’s twin city, Anouzla was freed on bail in late October while the judge investigates his case. He is accused of defending, providing material assistance to and inciting terrorist acts, accusations that have drawn international criticism.Under Morocco’s tough anti-terrorism law, which was adopted in 2003 after a string of suicide attacks in Casablanca, the journalist risks up to 20 years behind bars if tried and convicted, according to Amnesty International.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Heat Rolling Along Nicely Without LeBron So

Photo by USA Today.For all the disappointment in Miami and excitement in Cleveland that LeBron James changed teams last summer, it is the Heat that have the most to smile about at this early stage of the season.Luol Deng, who was ripped by Atlanta Hawks general manager as “having a little African in him” and being a locker room weak link, has stepped in nicely in James’ place. He’s been a steady influence in his demeanor and his play has been solid, culminating with his best performance in the team’s biggest win of the season in Dallas.Deng lit up the high-flying Mavericks for 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting with four assists Sunday in Miami’s impressive 105-96 victory. He also shut down Dallas’ key offseason acquisition, Chandler Parsons, holding him to just four points on 2-for-20 shooting.LeBron who?”We still have a lot to figure out,” Deng said. ”Their game plan today, they doubled Bosh and D-Wade, and we did a good job of moving the ball and had a lot of open jumpers.”Chris Bosh stayed with the Heat after James departed to Cleveland and is more of a featured player than in the four years with James at the helm. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in his hometown. Dwyane Wade, James’ old sidekick, had 10 assists and seems to enjoy again being the team’s top player.The win in Dallas was “our best win of the year so far,” Wade said.They took down the Mavericks in Miami’s sixth game in nine nights, on the road. They are 5-2 and second in the Eastern Conference, while James’ Cavaliers are wallowing at 2-3, ninth place in the conference.It stands to reason that James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will find a rhythm and end up being the stellar team that most pundits expected when the consensus best player left Miami to return to his home state.But for now, Miami seems as if it has the goods to be better than expected. Maybe the Heat will not fall apart without James. Maybe Eric Spolestra can coach. And maybe Cleveland and Miami will face each other in the playoffs. That would be worth watching. read more

How Liverpool Built A Potential Champion

Seasons with Klopp 2015-16 only includes games when Klopp was manager.Source: Opta Sports In the round of 16, Liverpool got to face Porto and avoid a match against Real Madrid or Juventus. This increased the Reds’ chance of winning the Champions League from about three percent to about five percent. For the quarterfinals, Liverpool got a tough matchup in Manchester City, but most of the other remaining teams were also extremely strong, so the draw caused only marginal movement in Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League. Then the semifinal draw brought the greatest bounty, as the Reds avoided Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to face Roma instead. This increased Liverpool’s chance of winning the league from about 20 percent6The exact number was not available, so I extrapolated from the last number available before that draw. to 29 percent.The table to the left shows the net total improvement, in percentage points, of the chance SPI gave each team of winning the Champions League before and after the draw for each round. Among the teams that reached the quarterfinals, none benefited more than Liverpool. (And this calculation doesn’t even include Liverpool’s luck in the group draw, when the Reds were given the weakest of the eight groups.)Liverpool can winAs the table of team luck shows, Real Madrid has reached the Champions League final by facing a true gantlet. They got Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, Juventus in the quarters and Bayern Munich in the semifinals. However, the draw is not the only method by which good fortune may affect the outcome. Real would not have made the finals if Bayern Munich had not been extremely profligate with its chances. Bayern scored only three goals, but based on the chances the team got, we would expect them to have gotten 6.9 goals.But the way Bayern got all those chances bodes well for Liverpool. They pressed high and created turnovers. If Liverpool can execute its pressing game as effectively as Bayern did, the Reds should also be able to make trouble for Real Madrid. In this game, Liverpool’s defensive flexibility probably will be less help — sitting back and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo time to find space in the penalty area does not seem like the best option. With heavy metal soccer, Klopp may finally win a Champions League and bring a trophy back to Liverpool.CORRECTION (May 24, 2018, 6:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described Real Madrid’s path to the Champions League finals this year. They played Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Liverpool had the luck of the draw in this tournamentChange in each team’s chance of winning the Champions League before and after the draws, according the Soccer Power Index, 2018 Sevilla+3 Direct attacks to final third conceded per match25.021.218.7 The Egyptian-born Salah was coming off a 15-goal campaign with Roma in Serie A, but the signs of even bigger breakout were there. Liverpool inked him for around $47 million in June of last year, which was then a club record, and 42 goals later, that deal is looking like an incredible bargain. Firmino and Mane both similarly showed their potential before their Liverpool signings: Firmino’s production for Hoffenheim in 2014-15 and Mane’s for Southampton in 2015-16 were among the best player seasons in the sample I examined, which included non-striker attacking players in the five biggest leagues over the previous three seasons.3Minimum 2,500 minutes played combined between the player’s domestic league and the Champions League and European League. Liverpool used data to identify players who weren’t just on a hot streak but who demonstrated repeatable skills, and those purchases have paid off in goals.Liverpool adjusted to improve its defenseJurgen Klopp has called his style of play “heavy metal” soccer. His teams focus on creating and exploiting transition opportunities, the moments when neither team has established possession or set its defensive structure. His teams press high up the pitch, closing down opponents even when they have the ball well into their defensive half. In Klopp’s first season with Liverpool in 2015-16, his team led the league with a roughly 52 percent success rate in breaking up new opposition possessions. This metric calculates how often and how successfully a team closes down its opposition early in the opponent’s possession, which reflects the degree to which they implement a pressing defensive style.4Pressing rate is calculated by identifying when a new possession begins, and then tracking if the team in possession either completes three consecutive successful passes or completes an attack (by taking a shot, playing a pass into the penalty area, or winning a corner). If the possession is stopped, whether by a turnover, a foul or the ball going out of play for a throw-in, that counts as a “press.” The next season, with a year of training under their belt, Klopp’s players stepped up their pressure, breaking up nearly 54 percent of opposition possessions early. Once again, this rate led the league. However, there were some drawbacks to this style: In both those first two seasons, Liverpool was relatively vulnerable to direct attacks. If the first line of press failed, the Reds often found themselves chasing back to stop a counterattack headed for their goal. This is measured by direct attacks into the final third of the pitch, which shows when an opposition team can break forward into dangerous areas.5Direct attacks are calculated as attacking moves in which at least 50 percent of the movement is directly toward the goal, meaning that if you draw a straight line from where the attack started to where it ended and then measure the total distance the ball covered over all the passes and runs in the move, the ratio between those two distances must be at least 0.5.This season, Klopp has drilled his team to drop the pressing intensity in matches where it’s not needed. While they still can press high, Liverpool can also sit back and absorb pressure, as they did to great effect in the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City. This improved tactical flexibility has yielded results — reducing opponents’ goals, chances and successful fast attacking moves by a significant margin. The Champions League final seems immune to upsets. Real Madrid won three of the last five finals, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona taking the other two. And now Madrid is one win away from its fourth title in six years and third in a row. But this list of winners should not obscure that smaller clubs have come close. Atletico Madrid has taken Real Madrid to extra time twice in the last five finals, and Borussia Dortmund lost a nail-biter of a final 2-1 to Bayern. This year, it is Liverpool that has a real shot at upending a traditional power structure in the Champions League. And according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, a Liverpool victory would not even be that much of an upset: SPI gives the team a 47 percent chance of lifting the trophy on Saturday.How did Liverpool become a true Champions League contender? To a certain degree, this is unsurprising. For starters, Liverpool is no upstart, at least historically. The club has five European Cups and its revenues are among the highest in European soccer.1Ninth highest last season, according to Deloitte. But the Reds have played in the Champions League only four times in the last decade, and this season is the first time they have even reached the knockout stages since 2009. It took an extensive and highly successful rebuilding effort to get Liverpool to the cusp of a European trophy. The three key components of this effort were smart analytics, innovative tactics and the usual helping of good luck.Liverpool struck gold in the transfer marketThe engine of this Liverpool team is its front line. Manager Jurgen Klopp prefers a 4-3-3 formation with four defenders, three central midfielders, and a forward line with a central striker flanked by two wide attackers. Center forward Roberto Firmino and left forward Sadio Mane combined for 44 goals and 22 assists between the Premier League and the Champions League, while Mohamed Salah matched that production almost by himself with 42 goals and 14 assists.Every one of these players was acquired in the transfer market: Firmino in 2015, Mane in 2016 and Salah last summer. Hitting on star attackers in three consecutive transfers is a major accomplishment no matter what your budget, but it’s especially impressive for Liverpool, which cannot afford to pay as much as the world’s richest clubs — as was made evident when Philippe Coutinho forced his way out of Liverpool for Barcelona in January. To build one of the world’s most dangerous front lines, Liverpool had to look for relative bargains, which more or less ruled out peak-age players at the height of their powers. Further, with Klopp’s pressing style, the team had to avoid the typical lumbering center forward and look for players versatile enough to press high and interchange in the attack. They needed attackers who could play anywhere in the front line. To find these key pieces, the team turned to analytics.One of the simplest ways to identify undervalued attackers is with expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA) — two metrics that estimate the quality of scoring chances, built from information collected by sports-data company Opta.2The model for calculating expected goals seeks to give a single estimate for the likelihood of scoring a given shot, and the estimates for each shot are then added up over a season to give an expected goals total. You can find further methodological details in previous writeups. The ability to get on the end of good scoring chances, or to create them with a telling pass, is more stable across seasons than the ability to finish off such a chance. Over the last three years, very few young players have put up big numbers in xG and xA per 90 minutes while playing on smaller clubs and getting the majority of their minutes from outside the center forward role. Liverpool found three of them. Klopp has improved Liverpool’s defense this seasonHow Liverpool has fared in three defensive statistics during seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool got lucky tooIt is practically impossible to win a cup final without some good fortune. Liverpool, by using its resources smartly and developing more flexible tactics, put itself in position to take advantage of good fortune when it arrived. And this year, every time the UEFA drew teams into competitive fixtures, Liverpool benefited. Expected goals conceded per match1.030.970.86 Roma-3 Pressing rate51.753.749.5 Juventus-2 Barcelona+6 Defensive stat2015-162016-172017-18 Bayern+9 Liverpool+11 Man City+2 Real Madrid-11 Source: FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index TeamChange in chance of winning read more

Rangers boss reacts to Lee Wallace first appearance

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard was asked if he regretted throwing on Lee Wallace for his first appearance of the season just immediately before Hartley equalised, and he said according to Daily Mail:‘Because they had four or five big units on there and I have a defender sitting behind me who is 6ft 3 and will all due respect to Ovie – and he was good today – Lee Wallace is a lot better at defending set-pieces and that was the thinking behind it.‘If I’ve got it wrong, I’ll take the blame, no problem.’Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard shot down reports in the Portuguese media linking him with a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Ryan Gauld.‘Nothing’, he straight-batted. I’ve been asked about Nathan Dyer (of Swansea) and there’s nothing in that, either.On possible incomings this week, he said: ‘Hopefully we can get a centre-back in. Not sure if it’s loan or permanent – could be either.’last_img read more

Valencia midfielder ped off at Fellainis goal despite handball

first_imgMarouane Fellaini’s late effort in the first group match between Valencia and Manchester United is still creating controversy.Despite a handball by Fellaini in the build-up, his goal gave the Red Devils a 1-0 win over Valencia in their first group meeting. The Spanish squad will be playing their final group game against Manchester United for a chance to make it to the Europa League next year.Valencia’s Carlos Soler said the team got mad at the situation, but they want to move forward.“It’s true that the hand of Fellaini if he hadn’t scored, we would have the opportunity still intact, so I have no more comment for this,” the midfielder said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Obviously, we are a bit p***ed off with the situation, but we cannot change it so we will have to look forward.”Pressure is mounting on Valencia boss Marcelino, with his side currently in decline in all competitions.“I know how the club thinks about me and the feelings they have for me, so I’m not doubtful in this aspect,” Marcelino said.“I feel absolutely sure about my position in the club and also I think that coaches should always have their priorities clear, and my experiences as a coach tell me my priorities should be trying to improve our results and I am convinced this will happen, that we will get better.”last_img read more

CFO Launches Paid Data Tool

first_imgReason hired a director of financial analysis and benchmarking, who reports to him, to handle the data collection. The $1,200 report price was calculated by factoring development costs—startup and ongoing—and by estimating the time it would take financial analysts to collect the publicly available data themselves.To help facilitate the sale, the transaction is limited to one page and users are offered an immediate low-level teaser of their report so they can see its value. A blanked-out sample report is also provided before the sale is completed.Reason points out that the report generator is strictly an edit tool that doesn’t include sponsorships. He says he had banner ads stripped from the tool’s landing page to avoid unintended associations between the tool and run-of-site advertising.Data a Growing Trend Among PublishersData and reports have been a key opportunity for b-to-b publishers, which have historically excelled in market research. American Business Media recently announced that it has added the category, along with digital revenues, to its BIN reporting service to capture a more complete revenue picture of b-to-b publishing companies.Underscoring the potential of data services, BIN numbers indicate that the category grew 6.7 percent in 2009 to $1.6 billion compared to 2008, while print revenues dropped 24 percent to $7.5 billion.CFO was acquired in January from The Economist Group by Woburn, Massachusetts-based private equity firm Sequin Partners, LLC. The new ownership structure, says Reason, was a key enabler for getting the report tool developed and launched. In an effort to pull more revenue from its readership in the face of declining print advertising industry-wide, CFO recently launched its first fee-based online data tool that generates comparative reports on how much companies in a specific market are paying for their audits.For a flat fee of $1,200, the audit report tool essentially allows readers to benchmark audit fees among their company’s peer group. According to CFO.com editorial director Tim Reason, several dozen reports have been sold in just three weeks—and if that rate continues then the tool could be a half-million dollar business. Based on this early success, Reason says the company is now considering a license model where audit firms would pay into the low six figures, depending on the type of data access they choose.The data business is a new model for 400,000 controlled-circulation CFO and its Web counterpart, which attracts about 425,000 monthly uniques. “It’s the first time, other than conferences, that we’ve asked our readers directly for money,” says Reason.”We think we’re providing readers with value they should pay for, and that’s a paradigm shift for us. Our readers are used to receiving information from CFO for free.”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Special Olympics School Day GamesThe Wilmington and Burlington communities are invited to fill the stands of Wilmington High School Athletic Complex from 9am-1pm for Wilmington’s 3rd Annual Unified School Day Games. This joyful event will feature students from the Wilmington and Burlington school districts in a Unified Sports event – which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.#2) DEADLINE: Write A Thank You Note To Mrs. FenneyAfter nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either Michelle.LeVesque@wpsk12.com or Lisa.Murphy@wps12k.com  by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings July 2728

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on yard sales happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7am-2pmWhere: 272 Lowell StreetDetails: Prices are low, and items are clean. It’s going to be hot… We will open at 7am on Saturday only. Come early and get the best items — antique items, tools, clothes, books & more. [Source: GSALR.com]When: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9am-2pmWhere: Franklin AvenueDetails: Pier 1 Wicker Bureau, Pier 1 Wicker Tall Bureau, small side tables, Reclining Chair (Like New condition), Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set, Vintage, Towel Stand, Easel, Ladies purses (New), Humidifier, home deocor, Craft Supplies, BEADS, clothing, household goods, Bird Houses, Bird Feeders, Picture frames etc … Something for everyone at great prices. [Source: Craigslist]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 10-11)In “Community”last_img read more

Trailblazing KRERA order against GM Infinite flat buyers to get compensation

first_imgGM InfiniteGM InfiniteIn a major blow to real estate player GM Infinite, the Karnataka Real Estate Regulatory Authority (K-RERA) has ordered it to pay penalty until buyers get possession of their houses. The order has been issued on the basis of complaints filed by the homebuyers of GM Infinite E-City Town Phase-2 in Bengaluru for not meeting the project deadline.The K-RERA also ordered the developers to pay a penalty for not registering the project under the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, 2017.The buyers claim that the developers were showing occupancy certificate (OC) issued by civic authorities Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA), and delivering unfinished flats.”We have sold 900 units in the first phase and 1,399 units in the second phase of the project. Our customers are satisfied with our service,” said Gulam Mustafa, the MD of GM Infinite, the TOI reported.”Only 10 buyers complained as they had vested interests. Three of them have withdrawn their complaints. As far as K-RERA’s intervention is concerned, we had clarified to the authority that if the complainants want, we are ready to pay compensation. Still, K-RERA issued this order. It’s unfortunate,” he added. Mustafa also claimed that the project was not registered under the RERA Act because it was completed before the act came into force on July 10, 2017. At that time, GM Infinite had reportedly applied for the OC and the completion certificate.According to the complainants, they had booked the flats between 2014 and 2015. The developers had promised to hand over the flats by July 2017 but failed to do so.Though the project was incomplete, the BDA allegedly issued OC to GM Infinite in June 2018. The complainants claim that they have proof of the flats being in an uninhabitable condition when the developers asked them to complete the formalities.The complainants also claim that the civic authorities are also involved in the case. They questioned how the BDA can issue OC if the project is not complete. BDA commissioner N Manjula said that she will look into the matter and take strict action against the offenders.last_img read more

How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

first_imgThe pain was bad. But the feeling of helplessness it produced in him was even worse. So he channeled his frustration into music and art that depicted his pain. It was “a way I could express myself,” he says. “It was liberating.” Witt’s experience is typical of how an unpleasant sensation can become something much more complicated, scientists say. Read the whole story: NPR It was “this low-grade kind of menacing pain that ran through my spine and mostly my lower back and my upper right shoulder blade and then even into my neck a little bit,” Witt says.center_img When Sterling Witt was a teenager in Missouri, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Before long, the curvature of his spine started causing chronic pain. “I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy,” Witt says. “It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn’t even know how to battle it.”last_img read more