Manohar Parrikar files Rajya Sabha nomination from UP

first_imgDefence Minister Manohar ParrikarA day after being inducted into the Union cabinet as defence minister, Manohar Parrikar on Monday filed his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.Parrikar was accompanied by Union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Kalraj Mishra, MP Jagdambika Pal and other senior BJP leaders.The biennial election for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP is slated for November 20.Rajya Sabha members whose term will be expiring on November 25 are Akhilesh Das, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Brijlal Khabari, Brijesh Pathak, Raja Ram and Veer Singh (all BSP), Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav (both SP), Kusum Rai (BJP) and Mohammad Adeeb (Congress).The ruling Samajwadi Party can win six seats and the BSP two based on their strength in the UP Assembly. BJP and Congress can get one each with support of other parties.Samajwadi Party has 231 members, while BJP has 41, BSP 80 and Congress 28 beside others in the 403-member House.While SP has fielded Ram Gopal Yadav, state cabinet minister Azam Khan’s wife Tazeen Fatima, Neeraj Shekhar, who is son of former prime minister Chandrashekhar, Ravi Prakash Verma, Javed Ali Khan and Chandrapal Singh Yadav, Congress has nominated PL Punia.BSP has fielded Raja Ram and Veer Singh.58-year-old Parrikar quit as Goa Chief Minister to join the Narendar Modi Cabinet and was entrusted with the Defence portfolio which was held by Arun Jaitley.last_img read more

BCCI sets up advisory committee to appoint coach Duncan Fletcher’s successor; players want Ravi Shastri in control

first_imgDuncan Fletcher’s stint as Team India head coach ended with the World Cup in March, but five months down the line, there is no word on who will succeed the Zimbabwean.India’s coaching staff await contract extension The BCCI is happy passing the buck to the Cricket Advisory Committee every time the likes of secretary Anurag Thakur and president Jagmohan Dalmiya are questioned on the inordinate delay in the appointment. But the real reason for the absence of a full-time coach is the players’ insistence on having Ravi Shastri at the helm as Team Director till next year’s ICC World T20.The BCCI appointed the threemember advisory panel – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman – on June 1 and announced that the three legends will pick the next chief coach of Team India. But more than two months later, the committee is yet to recommend their choice. And a senior BCCI official said that unless an agreement is reached with the players, it is highly unlikely that a name will be announced.”The players want Shastri at the helm of affairs and are happy with the current set-up where Sanjay Bangar, R. Sreedhar and Bharat Arun work under him. In this scenario, it is highly unlikely that a new name will be announced as coach. I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe after the World T20, things could change and an appointment could be made,” he told MAIL TODAY.Thakur had said on several occasions that a new coach was on the verge of being named, before adding that the threemember committee would soon meet to decide on the matter.advertisement”The three-member cricket committee, which includes big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has been entrusted with the job of suggesting names for the post of chief coach. BCCI will wait for their suggestions. As of now, Shastri has been the given the charge of the team till the Sri Lanka series. We will probably take a call on the coaching staff before the South Africa series begins in October,” Thakur said recently.”If the cricket committee suggests the name of a coach, the Board will pursue it and do the needful. Till then, the current arrangement would continue.” he added, keeping the doors open for a postponement in the appointment.Test skipper Virat Kohli has made no secret about the fact that he wants Shastri to give his young team direction.”He is the most amazing person to have around this team right now because it is a young unit and the kind of confidence he gives. He has authority; when he speaks, people respect him. There is no talk just for the sake of it. He is sensible and something that gives you a lot of confidence and a lot of assurance. That is what you need as young players,” Kohli said.Even ODI and T20 skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni echoes Kohli’s sentiments. “Ultimately, it is the individuals that go out and adapt and do what is required. We have enough people in the support staff to take care of us. And even if the position of the coach is vacant for some time, it is okay. Don’t put just anybody there just because the post is vacant,” he said.Even though the two skippers differ in their leadership styles, it seems they aren’t willing to have anyone else but Shastri at the helm for the time being.last_img read more

DALLAS SMITH AND BILLY RAY CYRUS TO COHOST THE 2019 CANADIAN COUNTRY

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A multiple JUNO and CCMA Award-winning entertainer, Dallas Smith is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country music. Smith, always one to dominate uncharted territory, is the first and only Canadian country artist in the Nielsen BDS era, to have seven #1 singles, including four consecutive chart-toppers from the same album. Nominated for four 2019 CCMA Awards (Apple Music Fans’ Choice, MNP Male Artist of the Year, FORD Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year), Smith will be heading out on the road across Canada following his co-host duties as part of the Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour this fall, alongside Dean Brody.“This is really a full circle moment for me because I received my first ever platinum record plaque while I was in Canadain the 90s. We also shot the series ‘Doc’ in Toronto, so it feels like coming home every time I’m in Canada. I’m really looking forward to co-hosting the show with Dallas,” Cyrus shared.This is the first time that Billy Ray Cyrus will be hosting an award show and his first time taking to the CCMA Awardsstage. The award-winning artist has been making headlines since his 1992 breakout single “Achy Breaky Heart” and has continued to make waves in the industry since. His country-rap, hybrid collaboration with Lil Nas X continues to break chart-topping records, hitting 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts making it the longest-running #1 single in history and the new single “Chevys and Fords” is already a country music playlist essential.Tickets to the 2019 CCMA Awards are available for purchase at ticketmaster.ca. For each ticket sold, $1 will go directly to the MusicCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives.Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.For more information on the CCMA and the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD please visit ccma.org.Global is a Corus Entertainment Network and is available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels.About Billy Ray Cyrus Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which has remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 18 consecutive weeks. Returning to his Kentucky roots, on July 19, BBR Music Group/BMG released Cyrus’s new single with emerging artist Johnny McGuiretitled, “Chevys and Fords,” which Rolling Stone Country proclaimed is “a gently rocking country tune brimming with Springsteen-inspired, vehicle-based nostalgia…finds the two vocalists singing about how they come from a long line of Chevys and Fords.’”About Dallas Smith A multiple JUNO and CCMA Award-winning entertainer, Dallas Smith is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country music.  In 2018, the Platinum-selling Country star added to one of the most notable careers in Canadian music with two CCMA Awards for “Male Artist of the Year” and “Video of the Year”.  He has amassed international appeal since making his Country music debut with Jumped Right In, a project that netted a CRIA Gold-certified single, 5 CCMA Award nominations and a JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year. He followed with the infectious CRIA Platinum-certified single “Tippin’ Point” and continued to dominate the Canadian Country charts with songs like “Lifted”, multi-week #1 hits “Wastin’ Gas”, “Autograph”, “Side Effects”, “Sky Stays This Blue”, “Sleepin’ Around” and “Make ‘Em Like You”. Adding to the list of accolades, Smith has two CRIA Platinum-certified singles, 12 CRIA Gold-certified singles and 3 CRIA Gold-certified albums. Smith continues to dominate uncharted territory and is the FIRST AND ONLY CANADIAN COUNTRY ARTIST in the Nielsen BDS era, to have four consecutive #1 singles from the same album, topping the three from Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”.  Smith also surpasses Shania Twain for the most #1 songs by a Canadian Country artist in the Nielsen BDS era with seven. On March 15th, Smith released “The Fall” EP, which includes his latest single “Drop” and will join Dean Brody for the co-headlining “Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone” national tour this fall.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.About TD MusicSince 2013, TD is proud to sponsor over 80 music festivals and 100 community music programs from coast to coast. From national stages that bring thousands of music fans together, to classrooms and resources that give the next generation a platform for education, expression, collaboration and inclusion, we strive to create opportunities for people to come together to experience the power of music.With an interest in creating opportunities for people to come together and emerging artists to thrive, TD invests in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow.About Corus Entertainment Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Advertisement Musicians Billy Ray Cyrus, front, and Dallas Smith pose for a photograph in Toronto on July 16. The two will be hosting the upcoming 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Advertisementcenter_img CALGARY, Aug. 6, 2019 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) and Global are proud to announce that reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year Dallas Smith and recent Billboard record-breaking singer, songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus are co-hosting the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD. The 2019 CCMA Awards will air live on Global from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on September 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Global has also extended its broadcast to stream on Twitter and broadcast live on Corus radio stations Country 105 (Calgary), CISN Country 103.9(Edmonton), and Country 104 (London/Woodstock).Ahead of the 2019 CCMA Awards, Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus each sat down with ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey to talk new music, hosting an award show, and more. Watch ET Canada tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EST/PST to catch the exclusive one on one interviews. Click here to watch a promo.“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s CCMA Awards with Billy Ray Cyrus – he’s a legend!” shared Smith. “This is going to be a great time and I can’t wait to celebrate country’s biggest night with everyone.” Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

City of Burnaby serves eviction notice to antiTrans Mountain pipeline activists

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsThe City of Burnaby has ordered anti-Trans Mountain pipeline activists to pack up and leave an occupation camp set up near the gates of Kinder Morgan.The city gave the water protectors living at Camp Cloud an eviction notice this week.Now the camp’s occupants have less than 48 hours to evacuate the site.But as APTN’s Tina House reports, the activists say they’re not going anywhere.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Residents of Ifrane and its Region Welcome Snowfall

Ifrane – After Morocco’s National Directorate of Meteorology announced last Sunday that snowfall was expected in the beginning of the coming week, the residents of Ifrane and its surrounding areas woke up on panoramic snowy views on Monday.Heavy snow has been coming down since the early hours of Monday. Many residents have expressed their joy and happiness on social media after facing a lengthy dry spell that has impacted the entire country.Several photos and video clips have been posted on social media showing residents of the Middle Atlas enjoying the snow. Many of the residents of the Ifrane region went outside to enjoy the snow, despite the freezing cold temperatures.Omar L-ghorfi, a 25-year-old student from Ain Leuh, a town a few miles away from Ifrane said, “Today, I am really happy. It’s been such a long time…I have never seen people in such a good frame of mind. Today, I noticed that they were acting as if they were saved from a serious death. We have to be grateful to God.”Students of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane also woke up excited to see the snow.  Many took the opportunity to document happy moments in the snow.“Once I opened my eyes at 8 a.m., I looked at out from of my window. I felt like an integral part of Ifrane’s spirit was restored. I felt somehow quiet and peaceful. The first thing that came to my mind is to take photos of cars at a park that have been covered with snow,” Sara Lamsili, a student at AUI, said.A video filmed in Sidi Addi, a town nearly 30 km away from Ifrane, showed students playing in the snow, pelting each other with snowballs.Today’s snow appears to have satisfied Middle Atlas residents long anticipating the winter’s first snowfall.Edited by Kelsey Fish ALC Fès Talent Show read more

115431 Ontario public sector workers were paid over 100000 last year

by Keith Leslie and Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2016 8:36 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Four executives with Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games committee cracked the Top 10 on the Ontario sunshine list of public sector workers paid more than $100,000.Pan Am CFO Barbara Gail Anderson was paid $862,000, executive vice-president Allen Vansen $817,000, senior vice-president Karen Hacker $804,000 and vice-president Katherine Henderson more than $776,000.Former Pan Am CEO Saad Rafi was the highest paid civil servant in 2015 at $427,326.64 plus $15,378.81 in taxable benefits as a deputy minister. Pan-Am Senior Vice-President of Communications and Media Relations Neala Barton was paid $300,000.“The Pan Am Games were widely regarded as the best games ever,” said deputy premier Deb Matthews. “It’s an international sporting event and you’ve got to pay those rates.”As usual, the electricity sector had the highest public sector salaries, but unlike previous years, about half the power workers who used to be on the sunshine list are now excluded because the Liberals sold 15 per cent of Hydro One.Tom Mitchell, the former CEO at Ontario Power Generation who resigned last summer, topped the 2015 list at $1.59 million, followed by William Moriarty, CEO of the University of Toronto’s Asset Management Corporation, at $1.47 million.Former Hydro One CEO Tom Marcello was paid $745,000 in 2014, but compensation for his replacement, and all workers at the utility, is no longer public information.There are 115,431 people on the 2015 list, an increase of nearly 4,000 despite the fact 3,774 Hydro One workers who were paid over $100,000 last year are no longer included.The opposition parties said the Liberals should not have exempted Hydro One from the sunshine list, or from oversight by the auditor general, ombudsman and financial accountability officer.“When you consider the taxpayers own 85 per cent of Hydro One, to not have any of their staff listed on it I think is a terrible omission,” said Vic Fedeli, Progressive Conservative finance critic.The New Democrats said removing Hydro One from the sunshine list is hardly open and transparent as the Liberals claim to be.“We’re going to see a big hole where there used to be disclosure around Hydro One, and that is not good for the people of Ontario,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.Donna Quan, the former Toronto District School Board director of education, who resigned last year amid troubles at the board and is now an adviser to the Ministry of Education, got $607,287 in salary and benefits.Radiologist Robert Vinson of the Woodstock Hospital is the top earner on the list who isn’t a president, vice-president or managing director, at a salary of $654,052.Fifty-eight people had salaries over $500,000 last year.Ornge air ambulance President and CEO Andrew McCallum made $418,000.Workplace Safety and Insurance Board president and CEO David Marshall made $400,000.Some other highlights from the sunshine list include:— eHealth CEO Cynthia Morton made $377,163.— Keiko Nakamura, CEO of the now-defunct Goodwill Industries Toronto, made $224,363.— Toronto police constable John Hall was paid $202,000 while Toronto Staff Sgt. Keith Haines made $203,000.— an advanced care paramedic in Hamilton made $183,694.— an asphalt raker in Hamilton made $157,630.— three wait staff at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre topped the $100,000 mark.Premier Kathleen Wynne, who was paid said $209,374 in salary and benefits, said she had no plans to raise the $100,000 threshold for the sunshine list, even though it was set 20 years ago.“I think there are lots of people, many, many thousands of people in this province, who would say $100,000 is still a lot of money to earn,” she said. “I think it’s still relevant at that rate, and so that’s why we’ve left it there.”Wynne denied the government tried to bury the list by releasing it at the start of a four-day weekend, and at the same time as the verdict in the high profile trial of former broadcast Jian Ghomesehi, but the NDP disputed her claim.“They use these kinds of opportunities when there’s another big news story or when there’s a long weekend to try to avoid the accountability and transparency on things like the sunshine list,” said Horwath. “So I’m not surprised. They do it every time.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said William Moriarty is the CEO of the University of Toronto and that Neala Barton was director of communications 115,431 Ontario public sector workers were paid over $100,000 last year read more

Bobby Bonilla Was More Than The Patron Saint Of Bad Contracts

When Bobby Bonilla gets name-checked these days, it’s probably in reference to one thing (and one thing only): His deferred contract. Bonilla hasn’t played for the New York Mets since 1999,1Or any MLB club since 2001. but the team has paid him $7.16 million since 2011 and still owes him $22.67 million, to be paid in yearly increments of $1.19 million until 2035. The deal has come to define Bonilla’s career, which isn’t surprising considering that it represents an extreme intersection of our collective disdain for overpaid athletes and our fascination with contractual absurdities.But before he and his contract became the living embodiment of #LOLMets, Bonilla was a very good ballplayer, overcoming long odds to earn that status. Even more surprisingly, he was worth just about every dollar he was paid until the Mets decided to defer his final payday with them.Bonilla was undrafted after finishing high school in the Bronx, normally an inauspicious way to begin one’s pro baseball career. Still available after 853 players heard their names called for the 1981 MLB draft, Bonilla spent a semester at the New York Institute of Technology pursuing his interest in computers before Pirates scout Syd Thrift took a chance on signing him after seeing him play at a baseball camp in Europe. Bonilla would become one of the very few players to have any kind of a notable major league career from an undrafted start.There were more hardships to come. Bonilla broke one of his legs during spring training in 1985, costing him most of that season and leading to his acquisition by the White Sox in the Rule 5 draft, an annual chance for teams to pick over prospects who haven’t been promoted to a team’s 40-man roster. Like undrafted free agents, Rule-Fivers don’t typically go on to have successful MLB careers, since a player who doesn’t sniff big-league action within four years of entering pro ball is usually a marginal talent at best.But Bonilla was, once again, an exception to the cruel realities of baseball’s talent pyramid. After a decent start to his rookie year with the White Sox in 1986, he was traded at midseason back to the Pirates organization, which slotted Bonilla into its big-league starting lineup. After that, his MLB career was off and running.From 1988 to 1991, Bonilla was the 17th-most-valuable position player in baseball according to FanGraphs’ wins above replacement metric, posting MLB’s 11th-best slugging percentage, 13th-best weighted runs created plus and its eighth-most batting runs above average during that time. With his combination of power, patience and batting average, Bonilla evoked memories of the game’s great line-drive hitters of old: players like Orlando Cepeda, Tony Perez, Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell.So it came as no surprise that Bonilla had many free-agent suitors during the winter of 1991-92. Bonilla picked New York when the Mets offered to make him the highest-paid player in baseball with a five-year, $29 million deal. “I’m sure I’m going to get flak for the deal,” Mets general manager Al Harazin said after Bonilla applied pen to paper. Boy, was he ever right. Bonilla’s deferred contract isn’t the only deal that’s regarded as one of the worst in Mets history — his first one is, too.But should it be?Bonilla certainly had his share of run-ins with the fans and media during his first tour of duty in New York City. He infamously wore earplugs at the plate to drown out the boos that rained down on the 72-90 edition of the Mets that took the field in 1992 and then challenged sportswriter Bob Klapisch to a fight in the Bronx during an epic 1993 locker-room meltdown. (Klapisch had written a book about Bonilla’s first season with the Mets that was appropriately titled “The Worst Team Money Could Buy.”) His RBI totals were also down from his Pittsburgh days, when he posted the fourth-most RBIs in baseball from 1988 to 1991.By now, though, educated fans know that RBIs are a hopelessly archaic way to measure a player’s production, influenced as they are by countless factors beyond a player’s control. Bonilla, for instance, went from a Pirates lineup in which he saw the NL’s second-most runners on base in front of him in 1991 (trailing only teammate Barry Bonds) to a Mets lineup that gave him 31 percent fewer base runners in 1992. In retrospect, it was no coincidence that Bonilla’s RBIs dropped by exactly 30 percent in the move from Pittsburgh to New York: He drove runners in at essentially the same rate — there were just fewer of them to drive in because the Mets had a significantly weaker batting order.Bonilla’s on-base plus slugging (OPS) did slip a bit in his first season with the Mets (from 49 percent above league average to 21 percent above). But by the end of the four seasons that Bonilla spent with the Mets (he spent half of that fourth season in Baltimore after being traded), it was only slightly lower than it had been over his final four seasons in Pittsburgh. And although it might come as a shock to Mets fans of that era, Bonilla even earned his money — and then some — during his first stint in New York. According to Matt Swartz’s estimates of how much WAR was worth in past seasons, Bonilla was worth $30.2 million from 1992 to 1995, a full $6.3 million more than his tops-in-baseball salary paid him. The Mets may have had the worst team money could buy, but it wasn’t Bonilla’s fault.After leaving New York, Bonilla continued to be a productive player, including during a stint in Florida where he produced 2.6 WAR for the Marlins as they won the 1997 World Series.The following season was when Bonilla’s negatives started to outweigh his positives. He started 1998 reasonably strong, with a 117 OPS+ for the fire-sale Marlins, but tanked (81 OPS+) after a midseason trade to the Dodgers. Then came his second stint with the Mets — and this time, it couldn’t have been more of a disaster.For the $5.9 million New York paid Bonilla in 1999, he produced 1.3 fewer wins than a replacement-level player would have. The numbers are horrific: a .160 batting average, an OPS 51 percent worse than league average and nearly as many strikeouts (16) as hits (19). Making matters worse, Bonilla was also a malcontent: He feuded with manager Bobby Valentine over a midseason benching and played cards in the clubhouse with Rickey Henderson as the Mets were being eliminated in Game 6 of the NLCS. Rather than keep Bonilla around for the final year of his contract, the Mets released him on Jan. 3, 2000.And with that, the most infamous deferred contract in sports was born.Over the last four years of Bonilla’s career — including two seasons with the Braves and Cardinals after he left New York — he produced -3.5 WAR and was paid nearly $13 million. (Not including the deferred payments the Mets have made since then.) He retired in 2001 at age 38 after not having been a productive player for four years.And yet, over the course of his career, Bonilla’s WAR was worth a grand total of $51.5 million2Again using Swartz’s historical dollars-per-WAR calculations. — an amount almost exactly equal to the $52.4 million he was paid. Bonilla, widely known as one of the most overpaid athletes in history, mostly earned his big-league paychecks. There’s even a case to be made that the Mets’ deferral plan wasn’t a dumb strategy from the team’s perspective. For one thing, they used their Bonilla savings in 2000 to sign Mike Hampton, who had 4.6 WAR for the eventual National League champions. And when Hampton signed with the Colorado Rockies during the following offseason, the Mets used the resulting compensatory pick on David Wright in the 2001 draft, yielding the best position player in franchise history by far (according to WAR). Viewed this way, Bonilla has hardly pulled off the heist of the millennium.All of this is not to say that Bonilla was a Hall of Fame-caliber player, or anything close. (He ranks 64th among all-time third basemen in the Jaffe WAR Score system, or JAWS, Baseball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame metric of choice.) But he’s gotten a bad rap over the years for his falling-out with the Mets and the deferred contract. From humble beginnings in the game, Bonilla beat the odds to become one of its best players during his prime, even playing well after the Mets made him baseball’s highest-paid star. It’s amusing and absurd to think of Bonilla being paid $1.19 million every year by the Mets until he’s 72 years old, but that fact shouldn’t overshadow the rest of his career. read more

Tiger Woods Could Win The Barclays Despite Back Pain

Tiger Woods has been suffering from a stiff back since The Barclays began, but that hasn’t stopped him from positioning himself comfortably to win the championship in Jersey City.On Saturday, Woods managed to finish up with three birdies in his last six holes to get 8-under after three rounds, leaving him in fourth place. That’s only four shots from game leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland, who are ahead with 12-under.Woods begins his days relatively pain free, but by the end of the day, treatment is the only postgame activity for the world’s No1 player.“It starts off great every day, and then it progressively deteriorates as the day goes on,” he said. “Hopefully tomorrow it will be one of those days again and fight through it and see if I can win a tournament.”“I think it’s isolated,” he said when asked if it might be a disc problem. “I mean, once you start off with it and then you keep playing on it, practicing, warming up . . . I’m loading it pretty good. It’s not like I go out there and puff it around. I kind of go at it a little bit.”If Woods is to take his 80th career win on tour, he will need to play through his pain and have a game like he did on Saturday.“Hopefully, tomorrow, it will be one of those days again and fight through it and see if I can win the tournament,” Woods said. read more

Ohio State mens basketball upset by UT Arlington at home 7368

OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) tries to get a shot up over UT Arlington’s Nick Pallas during a game on Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 73-68.Credit: Hannah Roth / Lantern photographerIn the first 107 games against unranked nonconference teams under coach Thad Matta, the Ohio State men’s basketball team had only lost once.That mark doubled on Friday evening at the Schottenstein Center against University of Texas-Arlington after the Mavericks (2-1) outplayed the Buckeyes (2-1) to a 73-68 score.“This definitely was one of the biggest wins, if not the biggest win, in the history of the program,” UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. “For sure, the biggest for me, individually. Our guys played their hearts out. We did play as good of a basketball game as we possibly could.”After taking just a two-point lead into the half, Matta’s team was ransacked by the visitors in the second half, as the Buckeyes were outscored by seven over the final 20 minutes.“We just got outcompeted tonight,” OSU junior forward Marc Loving said. “UT Arlington came in with a chip on their shoulder. Hats off to them. They played a very confident and competitive game, and they gave it their all.”A pair of sophomores in center Kevin Hervey and guard Erick Neal led the way for the Mavericks, scoring 18 and 17 points, respectively. All but two of Neal’s points came in the second half, as he led the way from the outside with a pair of 3-pointers.Much of the Buckeyes’ offensive deficiencies Friday night could be chalked up to what they left at the free-throw line, as the Scarlet and Gray missed 14 of their 27 free-throw attempts, while the visitors connected on 19 of 22.The teams grinded through a sloppy first half, combining to shoot 40.6 percent from the field and register 13 turnovers and 18 fouls.Though the Mavericks did minimal damage from the outside, the Buckeyes were unable to find an answer in the paint, as UT Arlington burned OSU for 26 of its 32 first-half points around the basket.“We just didn’t communicate as well as we know that we can,” OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said about the performance in the interior. “We know we’ve just got to continue to work on that.”That number could have been much more lopsided for the home team had it not been for the defensive efforts of freshman center Daniel Giddens’ five swats in the first half.The start of each half featured far from the best basketball the Buckeyes have offered. In the first three and a half minutes of the contest, OSU shot just 1-of-4 with three turnovers, as the Mavericks jumped out to a 7-2 lead.It was more of the same to begin the second half. OSU found itself down by as much as eight points early in the latter stanza, in large part due to a 7-0 UT Arlington run to begin the half.“It was just lack of communication,” Tate said about the poor start to the half. “We thought we had came out of the locker room and talked about having intensity, but we just got mixed up.”The script was flipped in the second half for the visitors, as just two of the Mavericks’ first 12 points in the second half came in the paint. That included a trio of 3-pointers within the first few minutes after connecting on just one in the first half.There were a myriad of undesirable stats for the Buckeyes on Friday, including free throws (13-of-27), rebounding margin (46-37), second-chance points (15-7) and points in the paint (34-22).Despite the number of flaws in OSU’s performance, Matta said more than anything the loss was a reflection of how well the visitors played.“I give them all the credit,” Matta said. “They outplayed us.”Giddens was a bright spot for the Buckeyes, scoring seven points to go along with nine rebounds and six blocks — five of which came in the first half. Giddens’ six blocks were tied for the fourth-most by a freshman in OSU history.Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop led all OSU scorers with 16 points, while freshman guard JaQuan Lyle contributed 15.On a team that only features one rotation player in Loving who has been on the team for more than a year, Matta said, while Friday’s loss still comes as a shock, he expected a heavy learning curve early in the season.“I’m still kind of learning this basketball team,” Matta said. “Tonight was a great eye-opener in terms of where our toughness is mentally, physically, and we’ve got a long, long way to go.”The Buckeyes will look to get back on track with another nonconference game at home against Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

New underground ventilation system for Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico

first_imgUS Department of Energy officials recently joined with local Southeast New Mexico community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new and improved underground ventilation system for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS) is key to increasing waste shipments to WIPP by allowing mining, waste emplacement, rock bolting and maintenance activities to occur simultaneously. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the only deep geologic long-lived radioactive waste repository in the US. Located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico, WIPP permanently isolates defence-generated transuranic (TRU) waste 2,150 ft underground in an ancient salt formation.“In my first trip to WIPP as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in breaking ground on this new ventilation system. The new system provides WIPP state-of-the-art air handling capabilities, which will be a significant improvement to WIPP in support of its critical role in our national mission,” Anne White said.“The new ventilation system will provide WIPP more than 500,000 cubic feet per minute of air to the WIPP underground, while running in a filtration mode that will be protective of the public and environment,” said DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager Todd Shrader. “It allows us more flexibility while performing waste emplacement and mining activities.” A continuous miner remove salt rock from the WIPP underground.The SSCVS provides a modern air supply system designed to run continuously in HEPA filtration. The system will provide approximately 540,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air to the WIPP underground, significantly more than the current ventilation system in place at the facility. The new system also allows easier filter replacement and preventative maintenance activities. At an estimated cost of $288 million, construction of the new ventilation system is expected to be completed by early 2021.“This is a significant improvement for WIPP in support of its important national mission,” said Bruce Covert, President and Project Manager of Nuclear Waste Partnership, the WIPP management and operations contractor. “I am appreciative of the unwavering support from our local, state and federal elected officials and stakeholders who ensure we have the proper funding to make infrastructure improvements, like the new ventilation system.”last_img read more

Foxconn naurait pas changé les conditions de travail de ses ouvriers

first_imgFoxconn n’aurait pas changé les conditions de travail de ses ouvriers.Foxcon, le plus important sous-traitant informatique au monde, avait été le théâtre de vagues de suicides à répétition. Mais malgré de belles paroles, les conditions de travail du million d’êtres humains qui travaillent dans leur usine ne se sont toujours pas améliorées. Un nouveau rapport conforterait cette idée. Le New York Times avait tiré la sonnette d’alarme : les usines Foxconn, où sont fabriqués entre autres les produits Apple, n’honorerait pas ses employés vis à vis des conditions de travail qu’elle propose. Des vagues de suicides plus tard, Apple est bien ennuyé pour son image de marque. Le mois dernier, ils ont accepté de communiquer à cœur ouvert, avec un rapport portant sur leurs sous-traitants, et en particulier Foxconn.À chaque fois, Foxconn a promis des améliorations. Aujourd’hui, on apprend dans le China Labour Bulletin que rien n’a changé. Les conditions de travail des ouvriers seraint toujours aussi mauvaises, avec notamment des pratiques dangereuses, un management abusif et des horaires discutables.Le sous-traitant d’Apple, avait notamment beaucoup perdu en image de marque aux États-Unis lors de la retransmission d’une partie de la pièce de l’acteur Mike Daisey intitulée “Agonie et extase de Steve Jobs” dans l’émission de radio “This American Life”, le 6 janvier.  Très critique envers Foxconn, la pièce avait fait parler d’elle. Et pourtant, comme les producteurs de l’émission l’ont avoué la semaine dernière, elle contenait du contenu véridique mais aussi “de nombreuses inexactitudes”. Foxconn a déclaré lundi qu’il n’envisageait pas de porter plainte conte la radio, même si l’émission lui avait fait beaucoup de tort.Les inexactitudes seraient apparemment liées au fait que que l’acteur Mike Daisey ait fait un compte rendu de son voyage en Chine, dans lequel il affirme que les vigiles de Foxconn sont armés, par exemple, alors que seuls les militaires et les policiers sont autorisés à porter une arme en Chine.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les critiques du China Labour Bulletin sont en tout cas un nouveau souci pour Apple, qui fait partie de la FLA, Fair Labor Association, organisation visant à l’amélioration des conditions de travail des usines dans le monde entier. Ils n’ont visiblement pas assez serré la vis à leur fournisseur, et pourraient assister à un regain de vigueur des mouvements de boycotts de l’iPhone qui les avaient déjà inquiétés.La FLA enquête, et ses premières conclusions seront normalement disponibles sur son site internet ce mois-ci.Le 21 mars 2012 à 12:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hockinson says farewell to Superintendent Sandra Yager

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — When Mussè Barclay started sixth grade at Hockinson Middle School, he was feeling self-conscious about his appearance, but Superintendent Sandra Yager told him something that has stuck with him more than six years later.“I had this curly hair in a mostly white school,” said Barclay, now 17. “I didn’t even know who she was then, but she stopped me and said, ‘I love your hair. It’s so curly. It’s so handsome.’ It was a motherly thing to do.”Barclay, who was born in Ethiopia and adopted by a family in Hockinson when he was 6, used the word “motherly” multiple times when talking about how Yager has looked after Hockinson students during her tenure with the district, which is coming to a close.Yager, 52, has served Hockinson for 17 years, first as the principal of Hockinson High School when the district moved from a K-8 to K-12, and for the last eight years as superintendent. In November, Yager announced she would step down after this school year to take the same position with Cornerstone Christian Academy in Vancouver. The school board hired Steve Marshall, currently the director of educational resources for the Camas School District, as her replacement.Yager is sad to leave Hockinson, she said, but is looking forward to joining Cornerstone, an opportunity she feels like she has been working toward her entire life.last_img read more

Guardiola promises to watch LiverpoolUnited clash

first_imgPep Guardiola promised to keep close tabs on Liverpool’s Super Sunday clash with Manchester United after his side went back to the top of the Premier League.Gabriel Jesus double and Raheem Sterling’s header secured City’s 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.The result took City back to the  summit after Guardiola’s 100th win in all competitions with the clubHowever, closest rivals Liverpool are currently two points behind and hosting Manchester United live on Super Sunday.A win would take them back above City and Guardiola revealed to Sky he’ll be tuning in.When asked if he’s going to watch the game, he replied: “Of course.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s a nice game to watch. I will watch it.”Since Guardiola was appointed, Everton have scored more Premier League goals against City than any other side and caused problems for them once again.Richarlison missed a glorious early chance at 0-0 before Calvert-Lewin did get them back to 2-1 before Sterling restored the two-goal cushion.“It was a tricky game after the Champions League, less than three days’ recovery,” Guardiola said.“They were able to draw at Stamford Bridge and at Anfield – until the last second. They are a top side, not just the 11 that started.“Today it was in our minds we were going to suffer and so we did. The game was not over until the end.”last_img read more

Charges coming in Trayvon Martin death official says

first_imgSANFORD, Fla. — A law enforcement official says that charges are being filed in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.The official with knowledge of the investigation says a prosecutor will announce charges against George Zimmerman at 6 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday. Zimmerman’s arrest is also expected soon.The official didn’t know the charge and spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information.last_img

Galaxy Entertainment Group continues strong momentum in 1Q18

first_img 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Galaxy Entertainment Group saw its revenue surge by 32% year-on-year to HK$18.5 billion in the three months to 31 December 2018, despite playing unlucky at its flagship property Galaxy Macau.Group-wide Adjusted EBITDA grew 36% year-on-year and 4% quarter-on-quarter to HK$4.6 billion, with EBITDA for the past 12 months showing a 38% increase to HK$15.3 billion. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Gaming revenue for the quarter was HK$17.2 billion, up 31% year-on-year, with VIP gaming revenue growing 44% to HK$9.9 billion and mass revenue 17% to HK$6.7 billion. Total electronic gaming revenue was HK$601 million, up 14% year-on-year.Galaxy Macau performed strongly again, with revenue growing 27% year-on-year and 2% sequentially to HK$13.0 billion. Adjusted EBITDA grew 26% year-on-year to HK$3.3 billion although bad luck in gaming operations wiped around HK$177 million from that figure.VIP rolling chip volume for 1Q18 at Galaxy Macau was HK$204.9 billion, up 56% year-on-year and up 7% quarter-on-quarter, which translated into revenue of HK$7.2 billion – an increase of 40% year-on-year but down 2% sequentially. Mass table drop grew 18% to HK10.4 billion with revenue of HK$4.5 billion, up 14% year-on-year.StarWorld Macau saw its revenue jump 44% year-on-year and 22% sequentially to HK$4.5 billion with Adjusted EBITDA rising 55% to HK$1.0 billion.VIP rolling chip volume was HK$82.3 billion, an increase of 30% year-on-year, with revenue of HK$2.7 billion, up 57% year-on-year and 26% quarter-on-quarter. Mass gaming revenue at StarWorld was HK$1.7 billion for the quarter, an increase of 32% over the same period last year.Broadway Macau, which is located directly alongside Galaxy Macau but does not offer VIP gaming, produced revenue of HK$142 million, up 5% year-on-year but down 3% quarter-on-quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was HK$13 million versus HK$6 million in the prior year and HK$7 million in 4Q17.Commenting on the results, brokerage Sanford C Bernstein said they reflect the company’s recent focus on premium play.“Premium mass was strong at both Galaxy Macau and StarWorld, while grind mass was softer as the company continues to orient its portfolio towards the premium segment and reallocated marketing spend away from grind mass to premium,” said analysts Vitaly Umansky, Zhen Gong and Cathy Huang.GEG said it is also pushing ahead with plans to build a US$500 million integrated resort in Boracay in the Philippines, despite recent claims to the contrary by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte who has shut down tourism to the island for six months to address pollution.“In March 2018, we announced our initial plans to develop a US$300 to US$500 million premium quality, eco-friendly, low density, low rise resort that would include a small casino with up to only 60 tables,” the company said.“We support the Philippine Government’s decision to temporarily close Boracay and their restoration initiative for the island. We continue to work with our local partner to seek further clarification.” Load Morelast_img read more

Morganstone gains living wage accreditation

first_imgWelsh construction organisation Morganstone has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.Morganstone, which has more than 90 employees, has committed to paying all staff at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour.The living wage is a voluntary, independently set rate, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living. The living wage currently stands at £8.45 an hour across the UK, and £9.75 an hour in London.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the government’s national living wage of £7.20 an hour, which is a statutory rate for employees over 25 years old.Ian Morgan, managing director and founder at Morganstone, said: “It is very important to us that all of our employees are made to feel valued and respected. Committing to the living wage initiative is one way we can show this respect and ensure all our staff have a fair deal.“Offering a living wage helps us to foster a real sense of pride and ownership in the Morganstone business. I feel very strongly that this feeling of staff buy-in is one of the secrets to our success, so apart from being the right thing to do, it makes sound business sense for us to support important initiatives like the living wage.”last_img read more

Houston Gets 94M Grant To Update FloodProne Intersections

first_img Share Brien Straw | Houston Public Media Flooding in Bear Branch subdivision.Houston has been awarded $9.4 million to install red warning lights and high-water sensors in 40 flood-prone traffic intersections as recovery continues from Hurricane Harvey.Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday announced the federal grant. The city, the Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County will also help fund the more than $14 million project.Harvey made landfall in South Texas last August. Torrential rain swamped parts of Houston.Thousands of residents evacuated. Numerous vehicles were abandoned in high water. A Houston police officer drowned when his patrol car was trapped in a flooded highway underpass.The upgraded sites will have red-light warnings, backup generators and batteries, plus guided wave sensors. Most of the intersections now have yellow warning lights. The new sensors will add high-water warnings to electronic traffic signs.last_img read more

Drunk Rick May Be the Villain but Adult Swim Is Truly Evil

first_imgAdult swim’s live stream is doing a live-action one star production of today’s episode and they’re calling it poor people rick and morty pic.twitter.com/szBYzxQ5mu— mr. fox (@Brendogfox) August 14, 2017Assholes.Alright, let’s get to the actual episode because it was pretty great, even if it didn’t reach the emotional highs of the previous two. Not every episode can be a metaphor for therapy and working through trauma. Even that would get boring after a while no matter how many post-apocalyptic Earths and Pickle Ricks you through at it. Instead, this week gave us a fun superhero/horror movie parody that saw some character growth from Morty, and gave Rick some unpredictability back.The very first episode of this season saw Rick go into full evil villain mode. He used his daughter’s fear of abandonment to get rid of Jerry and threatened to do the same to Morty. The last two episodes were spent walking him back from that extreme. Despite his constant claims of how replaceable his whole family is, he still went to a lot of trouble to make sure they were in his life. This week’s episode pushed him back towards the villain role, having him get drunk and send the Vindicators through a series of Saw-like traps. Because despite what he wishes were true, Drunk Rick is kind of a hack.Rick and Morty are called to join the Vindicators for a galaxy-saving mission, which Rick writes off as a needless sequel to a fun summer hit. Right away, they’re taking jabs at Guardians of the Galaxy. Morty cashes in his adventure loyalty card to force Rick to go, and they find out this is actually the third Vindicators adventure. Rick and Morty weren’t invited to the second. (During which, all the heroes of color died. That’s… a surprisingly fresh and funny take on the oldest joke about Hollywood movies.) Realizing that Morty idolizes the Vindicators over him, Rick gets blackout drunk, defeats the evil warlord and entraps the entire team (including his now-sober self) in a Saw-inspired deathtrap maze.As much as this episode was about making Rick less predictable, Morty was the story’s real star. One of the many great things about this show is its continuity. Nothing is ever reset at the end of the episode. The characters still carry their baggage from one adventure to the next. Morty has grown a ton over the course of three seasons. He sees through Rick’s crap. In the first trap, Morty realizes that the Vindicators’ traits are all interchangeable. “None of you are special or different. That’s always his point.” It gets even funnier in the next room where the trap doesn’t end up having anything to do with the Vindicators at all. Morty just realizes that when Rick gets blackout drunk, he starts rambling about Israel. (Ha!) Even Rick is surprised by Morty’s resigned expertise in dealing with Drunk Rick’s machinations. “Morty, how many of these–” “Too man, Rick!”Of course, most of the vindicators end up dead anyway. The stress causes enough infighting to ultimately prove Rick’s point. The Vindicators (like other superhero teams) are self-involved, ultimately worthless and they write their own press releases. Even with Morty’s experience, he can’t predict Rick’s final test. When asked to put the one thing the Vindicators have that Rick envies on a platform, he can’t think of anything. Rick suggests that maybe it’s Morty. Maybe Drunk Rick was afraid of losing his grandson because Rick gets all emotional when he’s drunk. That would make sense, given what we’ve learned about Rick over the last couple episodes.  But that’s exactly why this one doesn’t go there. In the end, it’s all a tribute to a character we just met: Noob Noob, the only person who laughed at Rick’s joke at the beginning. Great. Even worse, by the end, Rick doesn’t even remember who Noob Noob is.This episode might not have been as “real” as the last two, but it went a long way towards restoring the sense of nihilism that makes the series work. We’ve established that Rick cares about his family much more than he’d like to admit. There’s a danger in letting the show get too sentimental. Rick and Morty works best when the emotional core conflicts with its darkness. When it makes just as much sense for the show to kick a character when their down as it does to help them up. You have to have an episode like this, where Rick is just an out-and-out dick to counterbalance the moments when he begrudgingly cares. It keeps the series feeling chaotic and unpredictable, and allows those emotional moments to feel authentic, rather than cheap. It’s why the joke is still funny in its third season and will continue to be funny for the foreseeable future. The same probably can’t be said for “Poor People Rick and Morty.” But we’ll find out if they try again next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 A new episode of Rick and Morty aired last night. It was a parody of Guardians of the Galaxy by way of Saw. It was well-written, hilarious as always, and had some great character moments from both Rick and Morty. We’ll talk about it in detail later though, because Adult Swim played a wonderful, evil prank on everyone tuning into their Live Stream on AdultSwim.com. For the past two weeks, they’ve streamed new episodes of Rick and Morty at the same time as they aired on cable TV. This week, they changed things up without warning. Because they’re dicks.Instead, they showed a super low-budget, public access-looking call-in show where people dressed in homemade Rick and Morty costumes and read the script for last night’s episode. That was it. Fans hoping to see the latest episode of their favorite adult animated series got a poorly acted, haphazardly shot Sweded version of the episode. It’s such a gigantic middle finger, you have to admire them for pulling it off. When folks in the live stream’s chat complained, they guy reading Rick’s part called them a “bunch of freeloaders.” They called this production “Poor People Rick and Morty.”Now, Rick and Morty fans are justified in being mad. Adult Swim did nothing to communicate that this would happen, nor did they tell anyone that the actual new episode of Rick and Morty was available on the Adult Swim app if you logged in with a cable provider. As such, it was a nasty surprise to fans tuning into the live stream with no way of knowing how to get what they came for. Still, it is an impressive ramshackle production, and I have to applaud a good prank. Even an incredibly mean one like this.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

DeepL Translator promises more humanlike translations

first_imgDeepL Translator promises more human-like translations by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2017 in Internet – 26 commentsDeepL Translator is a new free online translation service that works similarly to popular services like Google Translate or Bing Translate.All you do is type or paste text that you want translated into the form on the DeepL website, and to pick the desired target language to get a translated copy of it.One difference to established translation services is that DeepL Translator supports a limited number of languages right now. You may use the service to translate English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish right now to either of the supported languages.While that limits the use of the service somewhat, as you cannot use it to translate Chinese, Japanese or hundreds of other languages, translations of supported languages appear to be of higher more human-like quality than those by Google or Bing Translate, and other established services.The company plans to add additional languages — Russian, Portuguese and Chinese are mentioned — in the coming months.DeepL Translator You can check out the translation service with a click on this link to give it a try. If you use another translation service regularly, you may want to compare results between the two services to conclude which works better for you.I ran a couple of English to German and German to English tests on DeepL, Google Translator and Bing Translator, and found DeepL’s translation better — but not perfect — than those by the two other services.DeepL’s use of words appears to be more in context with the meaning, while Google and Bing sometimes use words that are literal translations of words that don’t fit in the context.You may click on any word of the translation to display suggestions on the DeepL website. This is useful at times, as you may correct translation errors this way. Another option that you have is to edit the translated text right away, for instance to add or remove words, or change the wording.DeepL is created by the same company that has developed Linguee, a language translation tool that was released almost a decade ago.The translation service is powered by a super computer and the use of convolutional neural networks.Mobile applications for iOS and Android will be released in December if things go as planned.Closing WordsDeepL Translator is a high-quality translation service. It is somewhat limited right now in regards to supported languages, but translations of supported languages appear to be of higher quality than those by comparable translation services.Now You: What’s your first impression of DeepL? (via Deskmodder)Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 17 votes Software Name DeepL TranslatorSoftware Category LearningLanding Page https://www.deepl.com/translator Advertisementlast_img read more