Sebastian Vettel hails team principal Maurizio Arrivabene as key man for Ferrari

first_imgSebastian Vettel has hailed Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene as the right man for the job amid speculation about the future leadership of Formula One’s most successful and glamorous team.The four times world champion made a robust defence of the Italian at the Mexico Grand Prix on Thursday, crediting the former Philip Morris marketing executive with a key role in transforming the team.Media reports have suggested Arrivabene could be replaced at the helm by technical head Mattia Binotto after recent technical failures saw Ferrari’s constructors’ championship challenge fizzle out.Asked whether he wanted Arrivabene to stay, Vettel replied: “Absolutely.”Look at the results. Look at where Ferrari was after 2014, how competitive Ferrari was in 2014 and how — sorry to say –what miserable shape it was,” said the German.”The spirit was down so I think he’s the key person responsible for bringing most of that back and to make the team grow, to open things up, to change things that have been set like that for 20 years.”I think he has a very innovative and creative way of thinking. So I think he’s the right man, he’s a very strong leader, I think he’s well respected … so absolutely I’m a fan,” he added.Ferrari failed to win a race last year but came back this season with a bang, Vettel winning the opener in Australia and leading the championship until last month.In 2014 they were only fourth in the championship, also without a win.Events have gone against Vettel since Singapore, where he and team mate Kimi Raikkonen collided at the start, with an engine problem in Malaysia sending him to the back of the grid and a broken spark plug in Japan leaving him empty-handed.advertisementThe German is now 66 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with three races to go. Hamilton needs to finish only fifth on Sunday to secure his fourth championship, but Vettel refused to abandon hope.”We want to win the last three races and I think we can. So that’s our goal. And then we see what happens,” he said.”Overall, I think the team has done incredibly to be where we are now. Which, again, nobody expected. We’ve proven probably everybody wrong.”Vettel said Ferrari were still growing as a team with increasingly high expectations.”The most important thing is that if you look at the result, it’s coming,” he said.”I think where we’ve gone, 2015 to 2016, especially through ’16 and then for ’17, things are going and heading the right way and he (Arrivabene) is a key person in that.”last_img read more

Martinez Hall Cap Says Red Sox

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap.Now he is waiting for a decision on his hairstyle.The Hall of Fame announced that Martinez will have a Red Sox cap on his plaque, John Smoltz’s will have the Atlanta Braves and Randy Johnson’s will feature the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I’m extremely honored. But I expected it — that wasn’t a surprise,” Martinez said at the annual dinner of the Boston BBWAA, where he was to receive the prestigious Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to baseball.“Now it’s just a matter of going with the Jheri curls or not. And I would say ‘Yes,’” Martinez said.Martinez won his first Cy Young Award with the Montreal Expos and the next two with the Red Sox, in 1999 and 2000, in one of the most dominant performances in baseball history. He pitched seven scoreless innings to win the third game of the 2004 World Series sweep of St. Louis — Boston’s first title since 1918.Smoltz was the only player on all of Atlanta’s record-setting 14 consecutive playoff teams from 1991-2004. Craig Biggio, the other player to be inducted on July 26, did not present an issue: He spent his entire 20-year major league career with the Houston Astros.“The museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense.“For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable,” Idelson said.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff chief Ken Choo hails away support for Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff chief Ken Choo hails away support for Leicester winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City chief Ken Choo hailed the away support for victory at Leicester City.Choo reacted to the victory by paying tribute to the Bluebirds supporters”What a way to end 2018!” he said.”A big thank you to all our fans for the fantastic support.”We’re working incredibly hard as a club to give you the best Premier League experience possible. Here’s to a great New Year.” last_img read more

Best ever Test match I have played in: Sourav Ganguly recalls historic 2001 Eden Gardens Test

first_imgBest ever Test match I have played in: Sourav Ganguly recalls historic 2001 Eden Gardens TestBack in March 2001, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Harbhajan Singh scripted one of India’s greatest Test victories. Thanks to their heroics, Sourav Ganguly’s Team India crushed the all-conquering Australians by 171 runs on March 15, 2001.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 16:25 IST VVS Laxman had scored 281 and Rahul Dravid 180 in India’s historic Test win against Australia at Eden Gardens. (Getty Images)Exactly 18 years ago, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid paved the way for arguably India’s greatest ever victory in Test cricket. At the Eden Gardens, Laxman and Dravid hauled India out of the pits with a 376-run partnership. It was on March 14, 2001 that VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid essayed two of the most iconic knocks in Test cricket.At the start of Day 4 (March 14), India were 254 for 4. Laxman was unbeaten on 109 and Dravid was batting on the overnight score of 7. Australia were still overwhelming favourites to win the Test and clinch the series before the team set out for the final match in Chennai.But Laxman and Dravid had other plans. On March 14, 2001, the two men battled the heat and humidity of Kolkata and added 335 runs through the day. They did not allow Australia a single breakthrough. Laxman was unbeaten in 275 while Dravid had moved to 155 not out.On March 15, Laxman was set to become the first Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket but he fell to Glenn McGrath for 281. Dravid would go on to score 180. Harbhajan Singh ripped through the Australian batting line-up with a six-wicket haul as India stormed to a 171-run win, A few days later, India won the Chennai Test to clinch a historic series win.Ganguly, who was captain of the Indian team then, said the Eden Gardens Test was the best ever he was part of.The best ever test match I have played inSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 14, 2019Speaking at India Today Conclave South last year, said he had learnt a lot of life lessons during his epic knock in Kolkata in 2001.advertisement”I don’t mind that because everyone will remember that Test match. Whenever anyone talks about that 281, they will remember that Test match. And as I have said n number of times, I have learnt a lot of life lessons during that Test match and during that partnership with Rahul Dravid. The number one takeaway from that Test match was to never give up,” Laxman said at India Today Conclave South.”You know the situation we were in.. 274 runs behind, three days to go. To come back from that situation and go on to win the Test match and eventually the series was a great learning experience for all of us.”I am glad people remember that 281 but I always tell people that 281 is an unlucky number for me because I got out on 281 but I am happy people remember that knock and the Test match.”And it’s not only the Indian team, when you talk to the Australian team, they will tell you that it was probably the most competitive Test series they were part of in the last 20 or 30 years. It was a great opportunity for me and for the entire team to do something special for our country,” Laxman said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow VVS LaxmanFollow Rahul DravidFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

Canada has high level of confidence USMCA will be ratified in US

first_imgNEW YORK — Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada takes seriously comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump about withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement.But Morneau told a gathering in New York today he had no insight into when that might happen.And the finance minister said he has a “high level of confidence” that the new pact negotiated to replace NAFTA will be ratified by all three countries involved.Morneau made the comments at an event co-hosted by Politico and the Canadian consulate in New York.He said it’s clear U.S. lawmakers are in the first stages of negotiations toward ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.On Saturday, Trump told reporters he planned to give formal notice of his intentions to withdraw from NAFTA, which would give American lawmakers six months to approve the USMCA or have no free-trade pact with Canada and Mexico.“We take everything seriously,” Morneau said when asked whether he took the president’s comments at face value.“While we’ll have to watch and ensure we get through this next stage, we have a high level of confidence that’s achievable.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNESCO deplores killing of Iraqi journalist who exposed corruption

Hilal al-Ahmadi died on 17 February after being shot as he headed to work in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mr. al-Ahmadi was a freelance reporter who contributed to several publications.Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), issued a statement from the agency’s Paris headquarters today in which she stressed that “attacking journalists cannot be tolerated.“By denying citizens access to information, these crimes tear at the very fabric of emerging democracies,” Ms. Bokova said. “They must be investigated and punished.”Many journalists have lost their lives in Iraq in recent years. The non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters with Borders said seven journalists were killed there last year alone. 10 March 2011The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of an Iraqi journalist who was well known for articles exposing corruption in his country. read more

Manulife Financial subsidiary to sell life insurance business in Taiwan

TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. says its subsidiary, Manulife (International) Ltd. has agreed to sell its life insurance business in Taiwan to CTBC Life Insurance Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd.Under the agreement, CTBC Life will assume virtually all of the life insurance business-related obligations of Manulife (International) Lrd. Taiwan Branch, and will offer jobs to all existing employees and agents.CTBC Financial Holding Co Ltd , the parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, will acquire the local insurance unit of Manulife Financial for less than T$1 billion (US$33 million), said a source with direct knowledge of the deal on Wednesday.The deal marks the latest exit by a global financial company of the island’s crowded life insurance market. AIG and New York Life are among those that have left the Taiwan market in recent years.Manulife Financial says the sale is not expected to have a material impact on its consolidated financial results.The deal is expected to close by the end of 2013, pending typical closing conditions and regulatory approvals.Manulife Financial says its asset management operations in Taiwan, Manulife Asset Management (Taiwan) Co., Ltd, is a separate operation and not impacted by this transaction.Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries had $555 billion in funds under management as of March 31. read more

WhatsApp reunion for Lankan refugee siblings after 36 yrs

However, Samuel kept searching for his sister all these years and visited Thoothukudi often but in vain. Jesudoss, son of Samuel who is now 36-years-old, said he frequently visited Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli along with his father in search of his aunty. “We shared the photograph of our aunty along with a message to the mobile numbers through Whatsapp. Fortunately, the message reached my aunt’s family who immediately called us,” Jesudoss said.“We had a grand reunion of our families on Friday in Trichy where my father met his elder sister after a gap of 36 years,” Jesudoss said. The couple migrated to Tamil Nadu seeking refuge in Rameswaram in the same year with their new-born son Jesudoss. Since then, Samuel lost contact with his sister Gnanapoo. He was eking out a living by working in a church in Rameswaram. “My aunty was married to Rasayya, a merchant from Thoothukudi, after falling in love during his frequent visit to Kandy. Though we were living in the same state for over three decades, we could not meet each other with any means of communication,” he said.During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, Samuel showed the photograph of his sister to Salomi’s relatives who gave mobile numbers of some people in Thoothukudi. Separated by the unrest in Sri Lanka more than three decades ago, a 72-year-old refugee reunited with his 76-year-old sister on Friday in Trichy, thanks to social networking mobile application WhatsApp, the Times of India reported today.Samuel, 72, and his elder sister Gnanapoo, 76, were residents of Kandy, before the ethnic war broke out in Sri Lanka. Gnanapoo migrated to Thoothukudi after her marriage way back in 1979. Samuel was married to Salomi, 65, and the couple was living in Kandy till all hell broke loose in 1982 with the war between LTTE and the Lankan government intensified. read more

Security Council calls for West African cooperation to curb small arms trafficking

Following a daylong, high-level meeting chaired by Foreign Minister François Lonseny Fall of Guinea, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution containing a declaration on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and mercenary activities in West Africa. The declaration emphasizes that the unchecked spread of small arms and the phenomenon of mercenary activities contribute to serious violations of human rights and international law, which the Council condemned.The Council requested West African countries to ensure that relevant measures adopted at the national, regional and international levels to combat the illicit traffic in small arms and mercenary activities are put into effect. The Council also called on the States of the sub-region to consider other appropriate steps, including recommendations emanating from today’s interactive meeting.Among the declaration’s provisions was a recommendation that the West African countries consider broadening the 1998 small arms moratorium of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to include an information exchange mechanism for all types of arms procured by ECOWAS members, as well as for arms transfers by supplier countries. The Council also called on all arms-producing and exporting countries that have not yet done so, to enact stringent arms regulations and administrative procedures, and recommended the establishment of an ECOWAS national register that would record national holdings of those weapons.Among the more than 20 speakers that took part in the Council’s discussion, Nana Effah Apenteng of Ghana, which currently holds the chairmanship of ECOWAS, informed the 15-nation body that of the 500 million light weapons believed to be in circulation worldwide, perhaps as many as 30 million were in use in Africa – nearly 8 million in West Africa alone. The continent also accounted for about 300,000 child soldiers and 10,000 mercenaries, signalling dire implications for the entire continent. “It is only through concerted efforts and the support of the international community that these problems can be overcome,” he said, stressing that it might be worth examining whether any potential advantages could be derived from revising the 1998 Moratorium and making it a permanent instrument.Mohamed Chambas, ECOWAS Executive Secretary, said the alliance remained engaged with issues surrounding the “twin devils” of small arms and mercenary activities. The ECOWAS heads of State meeting in Dakar in January had recommended the establishment of a small arms unit within ECOWAS to strengthen its capacity to reduce, manage and eliminate small arms and to enhance human security as a means of facilitating harmonious development. He appealed to the Council and to the international community help with the establishment of a well-resourced small arms unit.For his part, Said Djinnit, Interim Commissioner for Peace, Security and Political Affairs of the African Union, said the plethora of weapons and the use of mercenaries exacerbated conflicts, increased the risk of an explosion in tense inter-state relations, and rendered war even more atrocious. Underlying that was the weakness of the democratic culture and discrimination against minorities. While he cited numerous initiatives and regional counter-measures, he stressed that the best programmes would be of no use without the necessary political will to implement them. A moratorium could only operate if it had an independent follow-up and monitoring mechanism and the necessary means to identify those who violated the regime, he said. read more

Violence creates huge economic cost for countries – WHO study

The report, released on the final day of a four-day conference in Vienna devoted to injury prevention and safety promotion, found that at least 1.6 million people around the world die from violence every year, with millions of others injured or suffering from physical, sexual or mental health problems as a result. Violence is the biggest cause of death among people between 15 and 44, accounting for 14 per cent of male deaths and 7 per cent of female deaths in that age bracket. The killers of males are usually strangers, but almost half of the women who die because of violence are killed by their current or former husbands or partners. The WHO report focused on the economic costs to countries of violence from murder, sexual assault and violent injury, measuring the medical, legal, judicial and police costs as well as the indirect costs of lost productivity, psychological suffering and future criminality. It found that Colombia and El Salvador spend 4.3 per cent of their GDP on health costs related to violence, while Brazil spends 1.9 per cent and Peru 1.5 per cent. Catherine Le Galès-Camus, an Assistant Director-General of WHO, said the study highlighted the expensive economic consequences to societies of violence. “Responding to violence diverts billions of dollars away from education, social security, housing and recreation, into the essential but seemingly never-ending tasks of providing care for victims and criminal justice interventions for perpetrators,” Dr. Le Galès-Camus said. Industrialized countries also face high economic costs. In Australia, for example, workplace violence costs $837 million to the economy each year and $5,582 to employers for every victim. In one province of South Africa, Western Cape, homicides alone cost $30 million each year. Sexual violence, especially involving children, also leads to high costs. Data from some countries suggests about 20 per cent of women and between 5 and 10 per cent of men were abused as children. WHO said one study had indicated that child abuse costs the United States economy as much as $94 billion a year – or about 1 per cent of its GDP. Urging countries to do more to prevent violence before it occurs, Alexander Butchart, WHO Coordinator for Violence Prevention, said the study’s findings show this makes good economic sense on top of the obvious benefits to health and safety. Dr. Butchart said programmes that target high-risk youth should be expanded and services for victims of crime improved if the world is to reduce the incidence of violence. read more

US stocks mostly lower as investors wait on Fed manufacturing output drops

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2014 10:10 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are mostly lower at midday as investors wait for the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting that starts on Tuesday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 16,999 as of noon Eastern time Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,980. The Nasdaq fell 52 points, 1.1 per cent, to 4,515.U.S. manufacturing output fell in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. Output at plants fell 0.4 per cent in August after rising in July, the Federal Reserve said.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note eased to 2.59 per cent from 2.61 per cent on Friday.Molson Coors jumped 8 per cent amid reports of merger activity among brewing companies. US stocks mostly lower as investors wait on Fed; manufacturing output drops in August read more

General Assembly should have final say on Security Council resolutions DPRK minister

“Unless the high-handedness and arbitrariness of certain countries are not eliminated thoroughly, it’s hard to say that the UN is playing its function and role as a centre for coordinating cooperative relations between states based on the principle of sovereign equality as enshrined in the UN Charter,” the Vice-Foreign Minister told the Assembly on the last day of its annual General Debate at its UN Headquarters in New York. “The most serious issue in the international arena at present is violation of the principles of respect for sovereignty and equality,” he said, citing “the unjustifiable interference, pressure and use of force” violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, where more than 18,000 people have been killed and 260,000 others driven from their homes since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted some 19 months ago.Calling for UN reform, the Vice-Foreign Minister said democratization and strengthening the authority of the Assembly are urgent issues, with the 193-member body representing the general will of all the UN Member States for the supervision of the overall activities of the UN. “In particular, the UNGA (UN General Assembly) should be given the authority to undertake final review of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions related to peace and security such as sanctions and use of force,” Mr. Pak stated.At present, according to the structures of the UN system, only resolutions passed by the 15-member Security Council are legally binding.“The UNSC reform, which is at the core of the overall UN reform, is a matter that brooks no further delay and it should be carried out in such a manner that it guarantees responsibility, transparency, impartiality and objectivity in its activities and ensures full representation of developing countries in its composition,” Mr. Pak said.He noted that politicization, selectivity and double-standards in deliberations of human rights should be ended, adding: “We should never allow the continued situation where the human rights situations of selected countries are either called into question or simply ignored in accordance with the political purpose and interests of the West and the western standard values.”The DPRK official is among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday. read more

SecretaryGeneral deeply concerned by violence political crisis gripping Iraq

“The Secretary-General calls on the Iraqi Security Forces to exert utmost restraint in maintaining law and order, and he calls on the demonstrators to preserve the peaceful nature of their protests,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The United Nations chief also expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.“He welcomes the successful meeting between the representatives of the demonstrators, local officials and the Iraqi Security Forces which has defused tensions in Ramadi, Anbar Governorate,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General urges all Iraqi leaders to come together and engage in constructive and inclusive dialogue with the firm determination of overcoming the deep political crisis the country is facing,” it said.Mr. Ban also welcomed the recent visit of a high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region to Baghdad and the resumption of dialogue with the Central Government to find long-lasting solutions to their outstanding issues. In addition, the Secretary-General voiced concern about the recent decision to withdraw licenses from several TV channels in the country and urged relevant authorities to reconsider their decision. He recalled that freedom of the press is a fundamental pillar of democracy.Earlier today, the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urged the country’s Communication and Media Commission to reconsider its decision to suspend the licenses of several television stations, while stressing the importance of ensuring press freedom in the country. “Press freedom is a fundamental pillar of democracy, one that the United Nations takes very seriously,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative. read more

Man Gets 30 Years for Road Rage Killing of

FILE – This 2013 file photo shows New York Jets running back Joe McKnight.  (AP Photo/File)GRETNA, La. (AP) — The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.Ronald Gasser, 56, had faced up to 40 years in prison. Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neighboring Jefferson Parish.McKnight’s mother testified Thursday during the sentencing hearing. Jennifer McKnight left the courtroom sobbing after angrily telling Gasser: “You didn’t have to do that.”Witnesses at the trial said McKnight had been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed before the shooting. Prosecutors acknowledged to the jury that he was, in the words of Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute, “driving like a jerk.” But they argued that Gasser escalated the conflict, following him down an exit that he would not ordinarily have taken moments before the shooting.Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open, passenger side window of Gasser’s car before he was shot. But he said physical evidence proved Gasser lied during extensive police questioning when he claimed McKnight lunged at him.McKnight had been a high school football hero at Louisiana’s John Curtis Christian School. He signed with the University of Southern California in 2006. In the NFL, he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.Gasser was indicted on a second-degree murder charge. The jury voted 10-2 for the lesser verdict of manslaughter.Gasser did not leave the scene of the shooting and he was released for a time after being questioned. He is white and his release after the shooting of the black athlete sparked protests from some who said race was a factor.Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, who has since retired, denied that race played any role and noted that a thorough investigation led to Gasser’s arrest and indictment. Prosecutors later recounted a painstaking investigation, including an extensive search for witnesses and physical evidence that eventually led to Gasser being charged.The case in some ways echoed another New Orleans-area road rage shooting from 2016. Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was gunned down in that April incident. The shooter was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years. read more

201516 NBA Preview Andrew Wiggins Might Be The Next Carmelo

Oddly enough, the Wolves have a fair amount of frontcourt depth, so Gorgui Dieng could see his playing time decrease despite being one of Minnesota’s more effective players last year. He has a relatively common profile for a big man, and one that tends not to age all that well: good defender, excellent shot-blocker, but limited by his inability to create his own shots. Sometimes CARMELO comparables are eerily resonant. Shabazz Muhammad, a former high school slam-dunk champion, draws comps including Harold Miner (his No. 1 overall comparable) and Cedric Ceballos (No. 6). Both Miner and Ceballos won the NBA slam-dunk contest but were minus defenders and otherwise never quite gelled as NBA players. At 23 this season, Muhammad is far from a lost cause, but the Wolves have a lot of other projects who might be higher on their priority list. So take CARMELO’s 29-53 projected record for the Wolves with a grain of salt. It’s a rough guess. More to the point, it doesn’t matter all that much. If the Timberwolves somehow hang around the .500 mark because of surprisingly good last-gasp seasons from veterans like Kevin Garnett and Kevin Martin, it’s not going to do much beyond worsen their lottery position. This year is more about how their young players develop, instead. No player is more important to their future than Wiggins, so we’ll start our CARMELO-guided tour of the roster with him: CARMELO likes the No. 2 pick in last June’s draft, D’Angelo Russell, slightly better than No. 1 Karl-Anthony Towns. But this is nonetheless a pretty good projection for Towns. True, his top two comparables (Andrew Bennett and Greg Oden) couldn’t be more discouraging, but that conceals some favorable names (Chris Bosh, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis) just a bit further down his list. A plus with players like Towns is that they can be average-or-better defenders almost as soon as they enter the league, even as they’re figuring out their offensive games. Although CARMELO sees high reward — coupled with high risk — for Wiggins, Rubio and Towns, it’s less convinced that Zach LaVine will ever become an above-average NBA player. As my Grantland colleague Zach Lowe explains, LaVine was simply overmatched last year, forced into playing more than 1,900 minutes as a pro after having been only a modestly effective amateur at UCLA. LaVine could turn into a league-average player like Monta Ellis — his No. 6 comparable — but even rebuilding teams like the T-Wolves will invest only so many resources in trying to develop the next Monta Ellis. The Minnesota Timberwolves are very likely to improve on their 16-66 record — and very unlikely to make the playoffs. Beyond that, almost anything is possible. If everything goes well, we could be mentioning the Wolves in the same breath as the New Orleans Pelicans in next year’s CARMELO preview: a team that’s on the verge of becoming a title contender. There really is that much upside on the roster among Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio.But they could also be a total disaster. For now the Wolves are a collection of misfit toys, full of players who are a little too young, a little too old, a little too one-dimensional, a little too injury-prone. They also don’t mesh particularly well together, leading to trouble finding good looks on offense and disorganized, lackadaisical defense. In many respects, we created our CARMELO projection system because we were curious about players like Wiggins. On the one hand, he was a regular starter in the league at age 19, which is usually a very good sign. On the other hand, though Wiggins scored 16.9 points per game, he was one of the least efficient regulars in the NBA according to advanced statistics such as Real Plus-Minus. Our assessments of Wiggins last year ranged from decidedly pessimistic to guardedly optimistic, often sparking ire from T-Wolves fans who were sure they were watching the league’s next superstar.But that was before CARMELO! Now we have CARMELO, and it’s on the optimistic side. CARMELO thinks Andrew Wiggins has a chance to be the next … Carmelo Anthony.Anthony, Wiggins’s No. 1 comparable, is a good example of what Wiggins’s upside could look like. In Anthony’s rookie year in 2003-04, he was a high-volume but fairly low-efficiency scorer, averaging 21 points per game on 43 percent shooting. Middling scoring efficiency is one of the more forgivable flaws for a young player, however. Both shooting technique and shot selection can (and often do) improve with practice and experience, especially for a player on a young, rebuilding team whose teammates are improving alongside him. Some of CARMELO’s breakout picks this year, like Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton, fit into exactly this category.But whereas CARMELO is enamored of Smart and Payton, it’s more tentative in its affection toward Wiggins. The reason is his defense, which cost the T-Wolves about 2 points per 100 possessions while Wiggins was on the floor last season. Wiggins’s D will likely improve, but he could wind up a lot like Anthony: very good, but between mediocre defense and average efficiency, not quite as good as his box score stats suggest. CARMELO slaps the “scrappy veteran” label on Kevin Garnett, which seems to woefully underbill his accomplishments as a 15-time All-Star. But that’s what Garnett is at this point, with his defense and rebounding skills still largely intact but no longer much durability or ability to contribute on the offensive end. His return to Minnesota as a sort of player-coach is a nice story, but he has just enough left that contending teams could eye him for frontcourt depth down the stretch.Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Ricky Rubio is one of the NBA’s bigger outliers, ranking near the top or bottom of just about every statistical category: stellar passer, but turns the ball over a ton and is one of the league’s least efficient shooters. He is a good defender and is younger than you might think (25), having been drafted by the Timberwolves in 2009 when he was just 18, so he still has time to improve. Indeed, CARMELO’s projection for Rubio is fairly optimistic, relying on precedents like Jason Kidd and Rod Strickland, who developed just enough scoring touch to become cornerstone players. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Kevin Martin has always been a miserable defender, so his offensive game has to be superlative for him to be a worthwhile rotation player. Instead, he’s showing signs of age, having posted his lowest true shooting percentage since his rookie season last year. Martin would have more value as a 10-minutes-per-game offensive sparkplug off the bench for a contending club than as someone who’s still logging starter’s minutes. read more

Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes

Sleep onset is normally initiated by a decrease in core body temperature and an increase in skin temperature.Core body temperature continues to decrease until it reaches a stable lowpoint, rising as a person wakes up.Previous studies have found that a cold bedroom is particularly associated with rapid eye movement, where the activity of the brain is quite similar to that during waking hours.Findings from the first new study, reported in the journal Nature And Science Of Sleep, were released to mark Wool Week, part of the Campaign for Wool whose patron is the Prince of Wales.The second study, funded by the wool industry body Australian Wool Innovation, has not yet been published. The research was carried out in Australia over periods of nine and four nights and involved 17 students and 36 older adults.Participants were put to bed in British-level night-time temperatures of 17C (62.6F).Figures from the British National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey indicate that as many as four in ten people in England suffer from some form of sleep disruption or insomnia.The proportion has been steadily rising over the last 15 years, due in part to the increasing use of screens emitting blue light, which triggers production of melatonin and serotonin, the hormones that control wakefulness.Another report conducted by the Sleep Council found that the proportion of people who said that they “sleep very well most nights” fell from 25 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2017.Having the bedroom at the wrong temperature is also thought to play a role in sleep disruption.Experts recommend that a room temperature of just over 18C (65F). Wearing wool pyjamas to bed instead of cotton gives up to 15 minutes’ extra sleep, new research has found.Experts say wool helps keep the body in the “thermal comfort zone” most conducive to restful sleep.Scientists in Australia carried out two studies of young and older sleepers to test the theory.Students in their 20s in the first group nodded off four minutes faster on average when wearing pyjamas made from merino wool rather than cotton, taking 11 minutes instead of 15.They also enjoyed an extra seven minutes more sleep per night.The second study found that woollen pyjamas had an even bigger impact on older adults aged 65 to 70.They fell asleep after 12 minutes compared with 22 and 27 minutes for those wearing polyester or cotton.Researcher Dr Paul Swan, from the University of Sydney, said: “Not so long ago sleeping under wool bedding was the norm, and science is now rediscovering the benefits of sleeping in wool.”Maybe it is not a coincidence because wool regulates your body temperature far better, keeping you in what is known as ‘the thermal comfort zone’. You therefore not only fall asleep quicker, sleep longer, but also have deeper, better quality sleep.”Enjoying good sleep has become increasingly difficult in modern times, and so anything that helps is great for your mental and physical health.” 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. read more

Cajamarquilla zinc refinery to receive gas cleaning technology from Outotec

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract to supply gas cleaning technology for Votorantim Metais, part of the Votorantim Group, to the Cajamarquilla zinc refinery. The value of the order is approximately €16 million and it has been booked in Outotec’s fourth quarter 2014 order intake. Outotec’s scope of delivery includes engineering and supply of a Peracidox sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas cleaning system and a scrubber for the production of sulphuric acid. In addition, Outotec will provide installation, commissioning and startup services. The deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2015-2016.Located east of Lima, the Cajamarquilla refinery produces refined zinc and the gas emissions from the zinc roasting circuits are processed in sulphuric acid plants. Outotec’s solution will reduce the refinery’s SO2 emissions and improve the quality of sulphuric acid produced by removing impurities.“We have cooperated with Votorantim Metais since the late 1970s and this contract once again demonstrates that our customers have a strong confidence in our sustainable technologies. In this case the SO2 emissions will be significantly reduced, which improves the air quality and allows the Cajamarquilla refinery comply with new environmental requirements with low operating costs”, states Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec Americas region.last_img read more

Investing in Latin American mining

first_imgThe team behind the big African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town is now organising Investing in Latam Mining Cumbre in Santiago, Chile, July 11-12. The organisers say “the cusp of macroeconomic reform in countries like Argentina, a stable business environment in Chile, plus improved support for FDI is leading to an improved outlook for the Latin American region. On top of this, cautious optimism about improved returns from mined commodities, in particular, lithium and gold, is making Latin American mining more appealing to investors.“Latin America is also perfectly placed to take advantage of the growing demand for battery metals, thanks to significant investments being made in electric vehicle battery development and the continuing growth in consumer electronics. Coupling this market sentiment with Latin America’s vast lithium triangle provides significant opportunities for the region’s mining companies, governments and international investors.“With recent changes in governments in Peru, Brazil and Argentina, much of Latin America is essentially under new management with policies changing to favour the mining sector – look at the recent slashing of export taxes for mined commodities in Argentina. This all provides an improved outlook for investors, miners and the region’s economy.”Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre aims to:·         Attract a truly international audience of investors and financiers·         Include large Asian mining groups, including Chinese SOEs who are actively buying into resources on the continent or entering into offtake agreements·         Tackle the serious issue of sustainable development while ensuring investments are profitable.last_img read more

CEEC finds more board members advocates to share new comminution solutions

first_imgThe Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) has announced a revitalised leadership team to extend its global reach and strengthen engagement across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia, it says.The first of the new directors to join the board is Marc Allen, a Singapore-based energy and emissions expert with a background in minerals processing. Allen has extensive experience in conducting energy audits across mining operations in the Asia-Pacific region, and expertise in renewables, energy costs, business case and risk evaluation, according to CEEC.Chris Rule, a South Africa-based specialist with extensive minerals processing and operational experience including senior management, projects, and design for concentrating, smelting and Refining, is the second new face. Rule brings global knowledge of fine grinding and sensor sorting installations to the role, CEEC said.Nick Wilshaw is the last new CEEC board member. He is a UK-based expert on grinding with experience spanning R&D, product development, production and product marketing, with expertise in plant specification design, commissioning and improvement, according to CEEC, which added “Wilshaw has a passion for reducing energy use via innovative fine grinding approaches”.Two new advocates have also joined the not-for-profit registered charity.This includes John Visser, a Perth-based processing expert with extensive practical industry experience across Africa and the Asia-Pacific, including study and project management, plant design and optimisation, and Romke Kuyvenhoven, a Santiago-based metallurgist with expertise in energy efficient process design. Kuyvenhoven is involved in professional education, industry research and productivity projects, and brings an expansive professional network across South America, North America and Europe to the role, CEEC said.CEEC Director Joe Pease said: “Through these new appointments, we are ensuring that CEEC has experienced leaders strategically positioned around to world to keep us fully engaged with the issues facing comminution and mineral processing site specialists as well as the broader business challenges facing mining companies,” he said.“Our new directors and advocates are actively engaged in their regions and internationally. They will help strengthen our network of mining leaders, technical experts and researchers, and keep us in touch with the latest innovations and leading comminution practices worldwide.“We look forward to expanding our collaborations, partnerships and projects in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.”Allen, Rule and Wilshaw join a CEEC Board already comprised of:Joe Pease (specialist consultant to the minerals industry);Michael Battersby (Managing Director, Maelgwyn Minerals Services Ltd);Simon Hille (VP, Global Innovation, Metallurgy & Processing, Goldcorp Inc);Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic (Technical Director, PETRA Data Science);Greg Lane (Chief Technical Officer, Ausenco), and;Alison Keogh (Chief Executive and Company Secretary, CEEC).Visser and Kuyvenhoven, meanwhile, join a cohort of advocates from South America and North America that includes Chih Ting-Lo (Principal, EELO Solutions, Canada), Vladmir Kronemberger Alves (VKA Technology mineral processing specialist, Brazil), Peter Amelunxen (President, AminPro, Peru and Chile), Levi Guzman Rivera (Applications Leader, Moly-Cop, Peru), Laurie Reemeyer (Principal, Resourceful Paths, Canada) and Robert McIvor (Chief Metallurgist, Metcom Technologies, USA).CEEC advocates support CEEC’s mission by engaging with and presenting to the global mining industry in their regions, helping industry share benefits and options to achieve energy-efficient mineral processing, CEEC said.Pease said this next phase of CEEC’s business strategy signalled a renewed commitment to extending its global reach and collaborative partnerships.“Our mission is to share energy-efficient comminution and minerals processing solutions to help miners achieve lower costs, reduced footprint, greater productivity and enhanced value. We look forward to collaborating with more mining, METS and research organisations in this shared initiative worldwide,” he said.last_img read more

33th FESTA MAJOR in San Esteve Sesrovies – Handball summer in Barcelona

In Catalan small city of San Esteve Sesrovies, close to Barcelona, next summer will be organised 33th edition of the famous handball tournament “FESTA MAJOR”. Since 1981 San Esteve is the place where gathering many Spanish, but also teams from the different parts of Europe everything in organisation of active local team CHSES, who celebrate 40 years of foundation.“FESTA MAJOR” will be held from 19th to 23th of July. Organisers will try to help to all the guests from senior to the youngest categories that time in Spain stay in the unforgetable memories. Mix of handball, tourism and joy in one of the beautiful cities of Europe.“FESTA MAJOR” 2012 has 62 teams from seven European countries. In addition to the domestic teams, also handball clubs from Italy, Belgium, France, Norway, Poland and Serbia enjoyed their time in Spain last summer. In total 755 players in 10 categories.Various solution for accomodation and tournament schedule leaves possibility for all the participants to enjoy their free time in exploring Barcelona.On the four playing courts will play teams begin from senior to the youngest categories – mixed this year (2003-2005)HANDBALL SUMMER IN BARCELONA WAITING FOR YOU Handball “Festa Major”Handball tournamentsSan Esteve handballSan Esteve Sesrovies ← Previous Story Goluza calls for clashes against Hungary Next Story → Ivica Obrvan new Macedonia coach read more