A 24-year-old youth from Hyderabad, who had arrived with a friend last week, died due to suspected overdose after partying at a rave club in Anjuna, in North Goa on Sunday, the police said on Monday.Police identified the deceased as Shashank Sharma and said he was partying till Sunday afternoon. “The deceased is from Hyderabad. He felt uneasy after he left the club, following which he was referred to the Goa Medical College Hospital in Bambolim in North Goa, where he expired late on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said. Police sources said that before he died, Sharma told his friend that he had taken a tablet at the club after which he felt uneasy.
Atletico Madrid star forward Antoine Griezmann on Tuesday extended his contract and will remain with the Spanish football club until June 30, 2022, ending a period of uncertainty about the future of the French international amid speculation about a possible 100 million euros move to Manchester United.The previous contract of the 26-year-old was to run till June 30, 2021. But with the player sticking with Atletico following the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding a transfer ban on the club until January 2018, the Spanish outfit has rewarded Griezmann with a new contract.”Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement with Antoine Griezmann for the extension of his contract for one more season,” the club posted on its website.Griezmann, who had earlier spoken of his desire to win trophies — sparking rumours of his move to a new club — felt that his statements were misunderstood.”The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements. Maybe I expressed myself badly or someone wanted to make news where there weren’t any,” he said in a statement.”But since I came, I have given my all for my club, my teammates and my coaching staff, and I’m very happy to live one more season with all of you.”According to reports, the new contract significantly increases the 260-year-old’s salary to around $250,000 per week, but it also maintains his buyout clause at 100 million euros, which is within reach of Europe’s biggest clubs.Griezmann has been with Atletico since July 2014, scoring 83 times in 160 games in all competitions.advertisementAtletico finished third in La Liga last season and are to compete in the next edition of the Champions League.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius hit the ball about as hard as he can. Right to the second baseman.Gregorius lined out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and whipped his bat toward the dugout, a telling sign of frustration for the New York Yankees during a costly 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 5.“If you look at the video, I never had the chance to get out of the box,” Gregorius said.Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single and Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single as the Rays handed Nathan Eovaldi (14-3) his first loss since mid-June, snapping the right-hander’s nine-game winning streak.Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria left with a bruised right forearm, three innings after he was hit by a pitch. He said gripping the ball to throw became a bigger problem than swinging a bat, but he expects to play Sept. 6.“It actually feels a lot better now after some treatment and ice. I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to go,” Longoria said.On the fringe of the AL wild-card race, the Rays improved to 6-9 against the Yankees this season.New York, which leads the wild-card hunt, fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-1.Trailing by one, the Yankees mounted a rally in the eighth after Carlos Beltran lined out to first base for the second out. Chase Headley and rookie Greg Bird singled before pinch-hitter Brian McCann drew a walk from Alex Colome.With another chance to deliver a huge hit during his first season in pinstripes, Gregorius lashed a line drive directly at second baseman Logan Forsythe, and the Yankees were denied.“We hit three balls on the screws that inning,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I like the approach, I like the at-bats, we just didn’t get the results we wanted.”Exasperated at his hard luck, Gregorius fired his bat in the direction of New York’s dugout.“I actually kind of like it. I like that he’s upset. You don’t want to see someone get hurt, and no one did, but that’s frustration and understanding what time of year it is, and I like his intensity,” Girardi said.On Aug. 31, Gregorius flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded to end a one-run loss at Boston.Xavier Cedeno (4-1) struck out four in 1 2-3 hitless innings, and Brad Boxberger got three quick outs for his AL-high 34th save in 39 chances.Eovaldi gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven but equaled a season high with four walks.The right-hander was 9-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his previous 13 starts, the longest winning streak in the majors this season.Rays starter Matt Moore was mostly effective in his return to the majors, but got pulled after 79 pitches one out short of qualifying for a win. He gave up Gregorius’ run-scoring double and Brett Gardner’s RBI groundout in the fifth.An All-Star in 2013 when he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA, Moore came back from Tommy John surgery on July 2 this season. The 26-year-old lefty went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA in six big league starts before getting sent to the minors for a month to find his form.“I thought he was outstanding. I was happy for him. In my opinion, he looked like a different guy,” manager Kevin Cash said. “That was a definite bright spot, to see where he is right now.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)
santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State University has released a strong statement in response to the latest story from Brett McMurphy, which alleged that Urban Meyer “covered up” a “racially-charged” incident between Zach Smith and a former Buckeyes’ player.The school strongly stands by Urban Meyer, disputing the story.“We stand by Urban Meyer and strongly refute the reported allegations,” Ohio State President Michael V. Drake tweeted.We stand by @OSUCoachMeyer and strongly refute the reported allegations. https://t.co/zra6D7u66s pic.twitter.com/yHqd18AsKH— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) November 13, 2018Here’s the full statement:The Ohio State University unequivocally and vehemently disputes the unfounded allegations by Brett McMurphy. Any allegations of racism are outrageous and false. The university told McMurphy that we have found no evidence to support these allegations. Reporting in this manner is irresponsible, inflammatory and a severe invasion of privacy of a student athlete and his family as well as a baseless personal attack on Coach Meyer. It is regrettable that McMurphy and his employer would use such poor judgment in running this inaccurate story.Several Ohio State players have taken to Twitter to deny the story, too. Multiple Buckeyes’ players who were at the practice claim the incident did not take place.“Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen,” quarterback Tate Martell tweeted.Trevon Grimes was my best friend back then… and is still my best friend to this day. This report about “racially-charged practice altercation” is 100% false. Not a single player or staff member would have allowed this to happen. https://t.co/6wLZN8ASWX— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) November 13, 2018“There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense,” Parris Campbell tweeted.There’s no way that anyone would believe this. NO WAY. This lie is just out of hand. I was present during the entire altercation and what’s said in this article NEVER HAPPENED. I can guarantee it. Crazy how social media gives people platforms just to spread nonsense. https://t.co/FRBLucb9WY— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 13, 2018McMurphy has yet to respond to the latest disputes against his story.
zoom Oslo-listed dry bulk specialist Pioneer Marine Inc. has taken delivery of its first 38,464 dwt, Green Dolphin eco-design handysize dry bulk carrier – the M.V. Falcon Bay – from Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding, China. The ship’s fuel consumption is about 6 tonnes per day lower than the non-eco design vessels, according to Pioneer Marine.The Green Dolphin newbuilding is equipped with a hull strengthened to Ice Class 1C, fully logs fitted, suitable for the carriage of various dangerous cargoes, grab fitted, ABB Octopus system for fuel consumption optimization, as well as mass flow meters on the bunker line.The Falcon Bay will commence a 1 year charter on a floating rate based on the Baltic Handy index plus a premium. The charterer may extend the charter for up to one additional year.The delivery of the Falcon Bay expands the company’s operating fleet to thirteen handysize vessels and one handymax vessel, with additional 11 handysize newbuildings on order for delivery through 2016 and 2017. The handysize Green Dolphins newbuildings are designed by SDARI.
Image Courtesy: FESCORussia’s intermodal transport operator FESCO Transportation Group has completed the summer navigation in the eastern sector of the Arctic Region.During the season, the company’s icebreaker Admiral Makarov provided pilotages of the vessels with containers, general and national economic cargo to the ports and the port-points of Chukotka and the Northern Sea Route (NSR).The 7,560 dwt Admiral Makarov provided navigation of 31 vessels which delivered 78,000 tons of general cargo to the ports of the NSR and taken out 67,000 tons during the vessel’s Arctic voyage which lasted from July 18 to November 25, 2016.Besides the 14,058 gross ton Admiral Makarov, FESCO’s ice-class general cargo ships FESCO Pevek and FESCO Primorye also took part in the Arctic summer-autumn season transportation, according to the company.FESCO has been providing pilotage of vessels through the Northern Sea Route at the request of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency of the Russian Federation since 2004. The company said it has been providing ships navigation in the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route for more than 60 years.Additionally, FESCO ice-class cargo vessels deliver general cargo to the northern ports of Russia.
zoom South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group plans to invest USD 1.8 billion in research and development (R&D) programs by 2021 through its newly established independent shipbuilding company – Hyundai Heavy Industries.Under the plan, the new HHI will invest in developing eco-friendly and smart ships, enhancing offshore engineering capability, and establishing smart shipyards.For quality enhancement of its products and services, HHI will set up lessons-learned database by accumulating engineering failure cases.In the longer-term, HHI Group plans to spend 6-7% as a percentage of annual sales in R&D.HHI Group has split up its businesses into four different companies: HHI; Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems; Hyundai Construction Equipment; and Hyundai Robotics.The four companies will appoint chief technology officers in charge of driving product development, drafting technology strategy, and nurturing human resources, and expand numbers of researchers to 10,000 from current 4,000.At a tree planting ceremony at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard to commemorate HHI Group’s rebirth, vice chairman & CEO of HHI Kwon Oh-gap, said: “As today marks new chapter in our history, the three newly established companies will make utmost efforts to rank the global top 5 in their respective fields by making quality and technology top priorities.”
What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty, a choice made by just a quarter of respondents.Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they’d most like to have dinner with, and the top choice – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – earned just eight per cent of votes.The survey even found dissent on some of the country’s most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.Canadians did display more loyalty to animals that have come to be seen as national symbols, with 85 per cent of respondents standing by the beaver and 82 per cent expressing fondness for the Canada Goose.Canadian beer also earned the support of 72 per cent of participants, who proclaimed it among the best in the world.Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself.“I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “We’re a country where people come from everywhere, have different views, and I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.”The survey results hinted at what some of those core values might be, Wilson-Smith said, pointing to the only two findings to garner any kind of widespread support.A quarter of respondents used the words freedom or liberty to describe Canada, while 20 per cent identified the word home as their descriptor of choice.Wilson-Smith speculated that those words are particularly appealing to a diverse population, many of whom have routes in countries where freedom could not be taken for granted.The variety of other responses on words to describe Canada, which included best, opportunity, equality, multicultural, and inclusive, attest to a diversity of national priorities, he said.Consensus was even harder to attain when discussing famous Canadians that might make for good company over dinner.Trudeau’s eight per cent support from respondents was followed by Quebecois singer Celine Dion, who secured five per cent of respondents’ support. Former Prime Ministers Sir John A. MacDonald and Pierre Trudeau and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky rounded out the top five, the survey found,The poll also explored Canadians’ favourite home-grown inventions, finding a greatest appreciation for the electric oven (44 per cent of respondents), IMAX films (32 per cent), and the snowmobile (25 per cent).One thing Canadians do seem to agree on is a desire to celebrate the country’s upcoming 150th birthday.About 80 per cent of the survey’s 1,003 respondents said they planned to acknowledge Saturday’s sesquicentennial in some way.The Ipsos poll was completed using an online panel between June 7 and 8. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population
TORONTO – One of Toronto’s infamous raccoons startled some commuters when it boarded a subway train in the city on Friday.The Toronto Transit Commission says the furry critter made its way onto a southbound train at Bloor Station during morning rush hour, causing a brief delay.TTC special constables used a special stick with a lasso to catch the animal and held it in a trash bin until Animal Services arrived.TTC spokesman Brad Ross said it was a humane capture and jokingly asked the raccoon not to make riding the subway a habit.Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted that the city always knew rolling out new raccoon-resistant green bins would have consequences.(680 News)
Here’s your chance to join Monique Coleman and the cast of High School Musical for a very special reunion.“It’s been five years since we “graduated” from High School Musical, and people are always asking me, “Monique, when is the gang getting back together?” said Monique. “Well, the time has come: WE’RE HAVING AN HSM CAST REUNION PARTY — and you’re invited!”Prizeo.com, the charity-fundraising digital platform, is giving you the chance to be part of the reunion and support charity at the same time.“Support this Prizeo campaign benefitting my foundation, GimmeMo’, and you and a friend could win a trip to LA (flights from anywhere in the world included) to join us for our private homecoming bash featuring all your favorite Wildcats: Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Kaycee Stroh, Olesya Rulin, our director Kenny Ortega, myself, and more!” said Monique. “Zac Efron really wishes he could be there, but since he can’t, he’s got a special surprise planned for the winner!“I founded my 501c3, the GimmeMo’ Foundation, to address the most pressing issues facing youth globally. I’ve always had a passion for young people and believe that with empowerment and education they can change the world. Since 2010, we’ve produced two seasons of a philanthropic youth talk show addressing issues such as bullying, self esteem and youth homelessness. We also initiated and funded a global tour to 24 countries on behalf of the United Nations for the International Year of Youth.“The proceeds from this Prizeo campaign will be invested in programs that empower youth and used to create positive content that addresses issues such as teen suicide, cyber security, and unemployment.“I believe young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but if given a voice and a platform they can be the leaders of today!”Just by donating $50 to the campaign, you will get an exclusive HSM tee. $100 will score you a hoodie, while $200 will get you a signed photo of the cast.So what are you waiting for – get’cha head in the game and bop to the top. Click here to find out more.
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its annual Small Business Awards.Nearly three dozen entrepreneurs have made the list.President Sandip Lalli said the awards recognize contributions to the business community.“They’re trying to pull the rest of the Calgary business community forward,” Lalli said. “They also very much take pride in being in Calgary and being a business in Calgary.”Small Business Expo Week begins October 15. This year’s awards ceremony is October 19.All the nominees can be viewed at smallbusinessweekcalgary.com
TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa confirmed Monday he plans to include housing affordability measures in his upcoming budget.Premier Kathleen Wynne has said her government is working on a “comprehensive set of plans,” to deal with rising home prices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), as well as rising rental rates.Sousa said he’d like to include those plans in the spring budget.There is a “suite of options” available to the province, but the province must be careful to avoid “unintended consequences” from those measures, he said.Morneau not finished addressing hot housing markets: ‘There are clearly supply issues in … Vancouver and Toronto’Just the facts: Ottawa beefs up spending in federal budget for data collection on the housing marketSousa also spoke about pressures on both the supply and demand side of the GTHA housing market.“Demand is high for a number of factors,” he said. “Could be speculators, could be people from outside the country, it could very well be the many who are now moving into Ontario creating that demand.”“The degree of supply is in question and how to expedite that is also something we’re trying to address,” he added.The housing package in the budget will concern the red-hot housing market in the GTHA, while taking into account different circumstances in the rest of the province, Sousa said.Just prior to the release of the federal budget, Sousa had asked federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for changes to the taxation of capital gains on the sale of homes that are not classified as a primary residence, as a way to address speculative investors flipping homes.Speculative investing in the real estate market — buying a home in the hope of turning a profit rather than to live in — is believed to be one of the culprits behind the soaring house prices.While Sousa’s wish wasn’t granted in the federal budget, Morneau did not rule out capital gains changes in the future.No date has been set for the Ontario provincial budget, but it’s expected in the coming weeks.The Canadian Press
Several Sears Canada creditors are looking to sue the company’s executive officers and directors for negligent misrepresentation and oppression.The creditors are asking an Ontario judge for permission to launch their case against the company that is protected under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The retailer’s court–appointed monitor has advised the creditors that “it believes such motions should be delayed,” but that the group should schedule a date for the court to hear their claim.Lawyers of former employees are also asking for the creation of a ‘hardship fund’ for those that were fired without severance. The funds would come from a pool of money set aside for employee bonuses.The monitor told the Canadian press that it approves of this fund.
According to a spokesman in New York, one of the agency’s offices in Kabul was broken into Monday night. The area was sealed off for evidence collection by Afghan police right after the incident was reported, and there is a joint investigation underway with UN security.”No one was hurt in the incident,” the spokesman said. “We understand that some cash was taken from the office during the break-in, but we have no information as to the amount.” The ongoing investigation should determine exactly what was taken.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2013 5:36 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,794.25 up 68.56 points):Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up $1.70, or 10.82 per cent, at $17.41 on 13,384,166 shares. The BlackBerry maker closed at its highest level since mid-January of last year as the stock added to recent gains as it benefits from recent analyst upgrades. As well, CEO Thorsten Heins suggested in an interview with a German newspaper that the company could sell its hardware division and license its operating system to a third party.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $9.53 on 5,937,967 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 14 cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $14.44 on 4,140,913 shares.ROI Canadian Mortgage Income Fund (TSX:RIL.UN). Investment fund. Down four cents, or 0.42 per cent, at $9.45 on 3,488,246 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $17.53 on 3,242,822 shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $3.70 on 3,169,811 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,236.60 up 1.28 points):Galway Gold Inc. (TSXV:GLW). Gold explorer. Up 6.5 cents, or 16.25 per cent, at 46.5 cents on 6,086,360 shares.Anatolia Energy Corp. (TSXV:AEE). Oil and gas explorer. Down 1.5 cents, or 27.27 per cent, at four cents on 5,045,079 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up four cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $2.44 on 2,283,167 shares. The stock continued its recent rise despite news that the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane fell off after it landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport on Sunday. Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said pilots kept complete control of the plane during the incident, which saw emergency vehicles race out to the plane as a precautionary measure.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 36 cents, or 3.13 per cent, at $11.86 on 169,835 shares. The embattled company announced the appointment of a new chairman, renovated and expanded its board to 14 directors from 12 and hired a consulting firm to speed up a reviews of strategic priorities announced late last year.
Bike-sharing rivalry crowds Beijing’s sidewalks by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 7:28 am MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – The shiny bicycles in bright orange, yellow or blue are everywhere in China’s most prosperous cities, even in places they probably shouldn’t be.The two-wheelers are unlocked and tracked using smartphone apps and can be rented for as little as 7 U.S. cents for half an hour. They are the latest symbol of heavy spending by venture capital firms in China’s internet sector, where startups are racing to attract more users, seemingly regardless of the cost.Around 2.2 million bicycles have been deployed in China by companies that include Ofo, Mobike and Bluegogo, and are most frequently used in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, according to internet analyst Xue Yu at IDC China.In their rivalry to be market leader in bike-sharing, the companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars and are offering discounts and free rides to attract more users. It’s unclear if the business model is sustainable or how it might change if a winner emerges.China was long known as the “bicycle kingdom,” but that moniker has become outdated as more and more Chinese buy cars amid the country’s economic boom. China overtook the United States in 2009 as the world’s biggest auto market, but authorities have encouraged bicycle use to reduce pollution and congestion.Shared bicycles are now ubiquitous in Beijing, where Xue estimates more than 200,000 have been deployed.They’re pedaled on the roads by commuters getting from subway stops to their workplaces, homes or other destinations. On weekends, tourists use them to wander along traditional alleyways in the city’s historic centre, near the Forbidden City.But as more and more bikes hit the streets, they add to the urban chaos, as riders leave them basically anywhere.Rush-hour users park them in public-bus lanes, leaving them for street attendants to pick up and move aside. Rows of bikes, some of them toppled, crowd the sidewalks, leaving pedestrians little space to walk.Vandalism has become common, and repairs can be costly.
If you’ve been paying attention to the 2017-18 NHL season, you may have noticed something: There is no shortage of goals. We’re more than a third of the way through the season, and scores are, on average, the highest they’ve been since 2005-06. Through Sunday, there have already been 31 games settled in regulation in which the teams combined for double-digit goals. A year ago there were only 45 such games across the whole season. We’re still a long way away from the 1980s golden era of goals, but for a league that’s been repeatedly criticized for being too low-scoring, this sudden glut can only be read as a positive development.It’s difficult to point to just one cause for the scoring uptick. The league instituted a number of rule changes at the beginning of the season,1The NHL did something similar after the lockout of 2004-05, introducing a sweeping array of rule changes with the express purpose of increasing goal scoring. and those changes have contributed to an increase in power play opportunities — teams are averaging 3.3 power play opportunities per game so far this season, the highest mark in five years.2Those changes also include a crackdown on slashing and a conservative interpretation of what a center can and cannot do at the faceoff dot: If a center does not stand squarely facing his opponent’s side of the rink, he is subject to being thrown out of the dot. If that happens consecutively to centers from the same team, that team will be subject to a bench minor. The league wants to see less stick work and less cheating on the faceoff dots. And it’s evident the league wasn’t kidding about cracking down on slashing — through Sunday, officials had doled out 623 penalties for slashing. That number was just 791 for all of last season. Slashing0.641.22+0.58 Hooking1.030.97-0.07 Holding0.640.67+0.03 The box is getting crowdedMinor penalties per NHL game over the past two seasons Roughing0.840.67-0.18 More power play opportunities translate to more odd man advantages, which translate to more shots on net per game: Teams are surrendering more shots per game (31.6) than they have in the past three decades. The math is simple: more shots on goal equals more pucks finding the twine.And even though goals against averages are up across the league — the current mark of 2.76 is the highest it’s been in a decade — the goaltenders cannot be blamed for the league’s recent scoring outburst. Among qualifying goalies,3We looked at goalies who’ve played at least 200 minutes. the league average save percentage (92.18) is slightly higher than the league average expected save percentage (92.13), which is the save percentage an average goalie should post given the quality of shots faced.This suggests that goalies are actually outperforming expectations. During the 2016-17 season, goalies stopped fewer pucks than the data suggested they should have stopped (an actual save percentage of 91.94 versus an expected save percentage of 92.17), and yet goals per game totals remained roughly in line with numbers from the preceding nine seasons.Goalies in 2017-18 are also outperforming their peers from the previous year on high danger shots (unblocked shots with an expected scoring percentage of 9 or greater); this year’s cohort is stopping 79.4 percent of shots considered dangerous, while last year’s stopped just 78.5 percent of those shots.Even though teams are converting their power plays with effectively the same efficiency they did in 2016-17, they’re getting more of those man advantage looks, and likely the rule changes — and not poor goalie play4Goalies are always getting blamed; we need to stop blaming those poor goalies. — offer the truest explanation for the higher-scoring brand of hockey being played in the NHL at the moment.And let’s not forget the cadre of young offensive talent that has flooded the NHL in the past several seasons: Last year, six of the top dozen goal scorers were 25 years old or younger. And the top point getter (Connor McDavid) was just 20. All of these very young men are already sharing the leaderboards with future Hall of Famers like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, who are still both in the primes of their careers. This overlap of generational talent could be contributing to all the scoring, too.To be sure, no one in the league office of the NHL is losing sleep over this. More scoring is good news for a league that has been plagued by a spate of absurd calls from pundits to not only tweak the rules of the game, but to change the shape of it too. Reprimanding centers for lining up at the dots incorrectly? Fine, we can all live with that. But making the nets bigger? That’s downright sacrilege. Thanks to the relatively high-scoring climate of the present-day NHL, maybe we can put that tired argument to bed once and for all. Interference0.640.71+0.08 Goalie interference0.100.09-0.01 High stick0.690.58-0.10 Tripping1.081.20+0.12 Holding stick0.110.07-0.03 Penalty2016-172017-18Difference All minors6.657.09+0.44 Cross checking0.300.31+0.01 Through Dec. 17. Differences may not add up because of rounding.Source: ESPN
A 63-YEAR-OLD man has died after the car he was driving left the road, entered a ditch and crashed into a tree in Co. Tipperary this afternoon. It happened on the R687 New Inn to Clonmel Road at approximately 2.45pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where a post mortem is to be arranged. The passenger in the vehicle, a 35-year-old man, has been taken to the same hospital. His injuries are described as being non-life threatening.A section of the road has been closed as forensic tests are carried out at the scene, and diversions are in place. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052 7445630, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
From the moment Microsoft made the Kinect motion peripheral available, people were experimenting with it beyond the realms of the Xbox 360. Interest was so great in fact, that Microsoft ended up releasing a Windows development kit for it.Earlier this week we saw how the Kinect is being used to create a touchscreen on any surface. Now, Microsoft Research has used it to create an interactive 3D holographic system they are calling the HoloDesk.HoloDesk was developed by the Sensors and Device Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and works by creating a virtual scene of 3D objects for a user to play with. The user sits in front of a transparent optical display and can see 3D objects through it. Using their hands it is possible to grab and manipulate those objects in real-time.Of course, the user isn’t actually feeling anything when they touch these virtual objects. The Kinect sensor is just tracking their hands and using a clever algorithm to match them up with the position of the objects in the scene and carry out the manipulations.What’s important is the result, though. This looks to be one of the best examples yet of being able to interact with a 3D scene through “touch” and a natural user interface.Although only an early prototype, there’s a number of uses for such a system. How many doctor’s and surgeons would benefit from being able to practice safely on a virtual body with their hands in this way, for example? What are the possibilities for this kind of interaction being used in video games?The video below gives a great demonstration of HoloDesk in action, and offers up a few more ideas for potential use cases.Read more at GeekWire and TechNet