Aguero will start against Brazil – Scaloni

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed Sergio Aguero would start for the Albiceleste in their Copa America semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday.Aguero, 31, has been in the first XI for three of Argentina’s four games at the tournament, scoring one goal and setting up two in a front three including Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez in wins over Qatar and Venezuela.Amid some doubts over the Manchester City star’s place in the starting XI for the blockbuster clash at Estadio Mineirao, Aguero’s spot was the only one Scaloni would confirm on in a press conference ahead of the match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “What I can confirm is that Aguero is going to be a starter,” Scaloni said.”It always comes out that the doubt is Aguero and he ends up playing.”The Argentine boss then joked about the selection situation of Lionel Messi – with the superstar forward failing to reach top form with only one goal in his four matches.”The rest is not confirmed, not even Messi,” a laughing Scaloni added.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina realizó hoy la última práctica antes del choque con @CBF_Futebol . #VamosArgentina — Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) July 1, 2019 Argentina must turn around a poor record away to Brazil, who are tournament hosts and arguably favourites, if they are to reach the final of South America’s football championship.The Selecao have never lost a competitive game at home to Argentina, winning eight and drawing two.Scaloni believes Tite’s side, who scraped past Paraguay on penalties in the quarter-finals, are favourites to win the Copa America.”They are in an important situation. They have been playing together for a long time, the coach has been [in charge] for a long time. That is an advantage for them,” he said.”Brazil are the favourites for the Copa, the rival that everyone wants to beat.”Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993 when they defeated Mexico in the final of the Ecuador-based edition.Their opponents Brazil haven’t clinched the honour since a 2007 triumph in Venezuela.last_img read more

LUMA Hotel is New York City’s Brightest Getaway off Broadway

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Times Square isn’t usually the neighborhood that comes to mind when you think of the true New York City experience. Most visitors would rather stay downtown or in Brooklyn if they’re looking to live like locals rather than tourists. But that’s not to say that Midtown Manhattan isn’t convenient, especially if you’re seeing a Broadway show, plan on exploring Central Park, or want to be steps away from a multitude of subway lines. If you’re looking for that downtown boutique feel in a convenient, central location, LUMA Hotel Times Square is your best bet.First off, you’ll be happy to know that this LUMA property is a few steps closer to Bryant Park than it is to Times Square — excellent news if you love the hustle and bustle of NYC but aren’t looking to bump into tourists at every step. The lobby is small but comfy and features a plush sitting area, as well as a bar where you can enjoy a libation or continental breakfast. Every afternoon the hotel hosts a complimentary sangria happy hour for guests.The contemporary, light-filled rooms offer excellent views of Times Square’s twinkling lights and the surrounding neighborhood. They’re designed to utilize the available space and feature details like custom armoires with built-in safes and lights that switch on when you open the door. Everywhere you turn, there’s a USB port to keep you charged. A large under-the-bed drawer stashes necessities like the hairdryer and iron, keeping them conveniently in reach but also out of sight. Electronic blackout shades make for a good night’s sleep, while in-room Nespresso machines ensure a productive morning. The bathrooms are sleek, spacious and stocked with Etro Italian bath products.While there’s no on-site gym, LUMA offers complimentary passes to nearby Blink Fitness if you’re in the mood to exercise. For a quick, in-room workout, the hotel will send up their “Gym-in-a-Bag,” which includes a Bionic Bar, push-up bar, resistance bands, ab wheel and muscle relaxation balls. If you’re in need of a blowout or makeup application, LUMA’s concierge will arrange an appointment with their Glam Squad, which brings the treatments straight to your room.One of the best meals in Midtown can be found in LUMA’s lobby at Ortzi, a restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Garces. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of Basque country in northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Think delicious charcuterie like jamon Iberico and chorizo Pamplona, along with snacks like hamachi crudo with piquillo pepper and saffron, and a fava bean salad with feta, Meyer lemon, gordal olives and smoked egg yolk. The succulent main courses leave little room for dessert — we indulged in rich, traditional dishes like braised oxtail with chickpeas, tomato and fennel sofrito, and wagyu sirloin steak with royal trumpet mushrooms and veal jus. An extensive wine list and expertly-crafted signature cocktails will whet your appetite for the feast to come.Whether you’re visiting NYC or just need a great place to quench your thirst for a staycation, consider LUMA Hotel. Between the incredible food, excellent service and super convenient location, the boutique-style vibe will make you feel special at every turn. Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

Funding Announced Under Community Development Trust

first_img economic and trade diversification improved productivity, innovation and training preparing for and developing community transition plans helping workers who are facing adjustment challenges Nova Scotia will invest $34.9 million from the new national Community Development Trust to support communities facing economic hardship. The announcement was made today, March 28, by Premier Rodney MacDonald and Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The trust, announced earlier this year, is worth $1 billion over three years. It will enable provinces and territories to help communities and workers affected by economic difficulties stemming from instability in the global financial and commodities markets. “Sustainable communities are crucial to the future strength and prosperity of the province and this fund will support community development and diversification,” said Mr. MacDonald. “We will use funding from the trust to help communities and workers who are hard hit by global competition, weakening economies and a strong Canadian dollar.” “This significant contribution underlines the government of Canada’s determination to assist communities and workers,” said Mr. MacKay. “The Community Development Trust builds on a host of other initiatives undertaken by the government to protect Canadians from turbulence in international markets, and helps us build a stronger and more prosperous future for Nova Scotia and Canada.” The province will use funding from the trust to enhance sustainable prosperity, especially in the areas of: Funding from the Community Development Trust will be used in a number of ways in Nova Scotia. Forestry, fishing, manufacturing and small business are four sectors that will benefit from the initiative. The trust will be used to help communities such as Canso and Trenton that have been hard hit by the loss of major industries. The province has agreed to respect Canada’s obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Canada-United States Softwood Lumber Agreement, and the World Trade Organization in administering its portion of the trust funding.last_img read more

Katy Perry And Staples Make Roar Happen In Portland

first_imgStaples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continued to “Make Roar Happen” in Portland last week by announcing 58 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to fully funded the balance of every project from the highest poverty schools that was on from Portland Public Schools today. This $54,710 donation helped 49 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 3,341 students in the Portland community. For example, Mr. Marvit, a teacher at Roosevelt High School, will receive graphing calculators to help his students explore mathematics; and Ms. Rothery, a teacher at Lent Elementary School, will receive Acer Chromebooks so her students can conduct research, write and edit papers and create presentations.“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential,” said Katy Perry.Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to Make Roar Happen and support teachers. Through the “Make Roar Happen” program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to, a charity which has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. $54,710 of that donation went to high poverty Portland classrooms last week.“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and look forward to working together with to ensure teachers have the supplies they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it’s imperative we support these everyday heroes.”Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen’ for local teachers by donating $1 to at nearby Staples stores or online at The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters’ communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on“The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to through ‘Make Roar Happen’ has made a great difference in classrooms across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, “We understand the financial hardships teachers in the Boston area face when it comes to providing their classroom with the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen’ in the classroom.”Customers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided on their store receipt to enter online at for a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets, participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1 to Sept. 25 at read more

Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a national park in 2019

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender spires that seemingly tottered from their bases.The scenery wasn’t enough to convince Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives that anyone would visit after his group that set out in a steamboat wrapped up an expedition in 1858.“Ours has been the first and, doubtless, will be the last party of whites to visit this profitless locality,” he wrote. “It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed.”That clearly wasn’t the way things worked out, and the Grand Canyon in 2019 will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a national park.It now draws more than 6 million tourists a year who peer over the popular South Rim into the gorge a mile (1.6 kilometres) deep, navigate river rapids, hike the trails and camp under the stars.Early explorers came on boat, foot and horseback often with the help of Native American guides. The wealthy travelled by stagecoach in a two-day trip from Flagstaff to the southernmost point on the canyon’s South Rim in the 1880s.The first passenger train rolled in from Williams in 1901, but the railroad was more interested in mining copper than carrying tourists. The automobile became the more popular way to reach the Grand Canyon in the 1930s.Early entrepreneurs charged $1 to hike down the Bright Angel Trail used by the Havasupai people whose current-day reservation lies in the depths of the Grand Canyon, developed camping spots and built hotels. Tourists paid for drinking water, to use outhouses and for curios in a tent pitched at the South Rim.Ralph Cameron, a prospector for whom the Navajo Nation community of Cameron is named, was one of the major opponents of naming the Grand Canyon a national park because he saw how much money could be made from tourism.President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the park in 1919 but Teddy Roosevelt is credited for its early preservation as a game reserve and a national monument.He famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”Centennial events will include Roosevelt impersonators, a historical symposium, a living history week and efforts to get visitors beyond the South Rim by showcasing lesser-known sites on social media. The park’s actual birthday is Feb. 26.Vanessa Ceja Cervantes, one of the centennial co-ordinators, said the park will broadcast ranger talks, the founder’s day event and other virtual tours throughout the year.“A lot of our visitors come for the day and they’re drawn here for this amazing landscape,” she said. “But we really want to give them reasons to stay, to learn about the geology, the natural resources, cultural or historic because there’s something here for everyone.”Visitors might even learn about the Apollo 11 astronauts who trained at the Grand Canyon, a spotted skunk there who does a handstand when it feels threatened, a commercial airline crash that spurred the creation of the Federal Aviation Administration or the story of a heart-shaped rock embedded in wall for a hotel waitress.Before Grand Canyon became a national park, the land was home to and visited frequently by Native American tribes.As the story goes, Spanish explorers reached the canyon in the 1540s, led by Hopi guides. They descended into the canyon but misjudged its depth and vastness, turning back before they could reach the Colorado River. Their reports likely deterred others from exploring the region for centuries.Gertrude Smith, who works in the cultural office for the Yavapai-Apache Nation in Camp Verde, said tribes continue to revere the Grand Canyon as a place of emergence and where they forage for plants and nuts, and hunted before it became outlawed.“People do forget the Native people were the first people to dwell in these places and use the resources,” she said.Wayne Ranney, the immediate past president of the Grand Canyon Historical Society, moved to Phantom Ranch to work as a backcountry ranger in 1975, a job that would create a bond with his paternal grandfather who first visited Grand Canyon National Park in 1919. He worked for the railroad and could get a roundtrip ticket for $5, Ranney said.In the years after World War II ended, the National Park Service began to modernize places like the Grand Canyon. The gorge hit 1 million visitors annually in 1956, a number that has only grown since.“Its popularity is never diminished,” Ranney said. “For most people, even though it may be crowded when they visit, they still come away with a feeling of awe.”Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Thousands of dengue fever cases emerging in Pakistan UN reports

30 September 2011More than 12,000 cases of dengue fever and 125 deaths linked to the disease have been reported across Pakistan so far this year, with the majority occurring in Punjab province, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. WHO is supporting sub-groups that have been formed by Pakistani authorities to respond to the epidemic through case management, community mobilization, vector control and public awareness campaigns, the agency’s spokesperson, Tarek Jasarevic, told reporters in Geneva.He said WHO has also been facilitating and supporting dengue case management training at the district level in several provinces. A WHO expert on the disease arrived in the country last week to provide technical guidance on dengue fever control.A dengue fever booklet for teachers has been printed and is being circulated. WHO has also circulated new clinical case management guidelines drafted by Pakistani doctors on the basis of a retrospective study of Pakistani hospital data and global and regional experiences.Last year, 11,024 confirmed cases of dengue fever and 40 deaths were reported in Pakistan, but this year the number of cases has climbed to 12,466.Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of four dengue viruses. Symptoms appear within three days to two weeks after a bite by an infected mosquito.Symptoms can include fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and a rash. read more

Toronto stock market closes lower led by declines in mining and gold

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange closed lower Thursday, led by declines in the metals and mining and gold sectors, while the loonie continued its slide, hitting its lowest closing price in more than a decade for the second day in a row.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 41.75 points to close at 14,265.37.The metals and mining sector of the TSX was the biggest decliner, losing almost five per cent, followed by the global gold segment, which lost 3.8 per cent. Energy and financials also slipped, while health care, consumer staples and telecom sectors closed higher.Meanwhile, the loonie inched 0.01 of a cent lower to 76.69 cents US, replacing Wednesday’s close as its lowest closing price since Sept. 1, 2004. In New York, markets closed lower following lacklustre earnings reports from 3M and Caterpillar. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 119.12 points to 17,731.92, while the Nasdaq lost 25.36 points to close at 5,146.41 and the S&P 500 slipped 12 points, ending the day at 2,102.15.“It’s really dominated by the quarterly earnings results that are going on right now,” said Mark Allen, vice-president of Canadian equities at RBC Wealth Management.The September contract for crude oil was down 74 cents at US$48.45, as investors braced for lower demand stemming from weak global economic conditions and a glut of supply from Iran.Iran recently reached a deal with global powers over its nuclear program, which will result in economic sanctions being lifted. The country is planning to boost its production of oil, but Allen says it might take some time before that oil gets to market.“There could be technical issues in terms of the reservoir,” Allen said.“For three years they’ve been producing about a million barrels per day less than they were before the sanctions. When the fields are left for three years in a row, they might need to stimulate the reservoirs or repair or update the facilities that are in place in order to ramp up the production. It might take them a while to do that.” Despite the negative impact of low crude prices on the oil-heavy TSX, it isn’t all bad news, Allen said.“From my perspective, lower oil prices are actually really positive for delivering a recovery in oil eventually, because it tends to mean there is less spending going on,” he said.“The companies, when they’re evaluating their budgets and looking at a low oil price, will be more conservative in their approach to spending. Ultimately this is what will contribute to establishing a market balance.”Meanwhile, the August natural gas contract was down 8.1 cents at US$2.816 while the August gold contract rose $2.60 to at US$1,094.10. read more

President raises concerns over safety of Lankans on ship

Meanwhile, the Xinhua news agency said that one person has died and four others were injured on Thursday when Puntland forces engaged in a gun fight with the pirates who hijacked the ship in the Bari region of northern Somalia.Ali Shire Mohamud, commissioner of Alula district where the ship is being held, told reporters that the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire in the morning and at noon. “May Noble Triple Gems protect the victims,” he said. He also said that the Combined Maritime Force in Bahrain is in contact with the Somali Maritime Police on Sri Lanka’s behalf. Pirates on Monday hijacked an oil tanker with 8 crew from Sri Lanka off the coast of Somalia. The confrontation occurred when a boat from the shore tried to send supply to the pirates holding the ship, Shire revealed to reporters.He added that negotiation was ongoing to rescue the hijacked ship and its crew.Sources revealed that Puntland maritime forces were among those injured in the gun battle. President Maithripala Sirisena has raised concerns over the safety of the Sri Lankan crew on the ship hijacked by Somali pirates.The President said he had instructed the Navy Commander to communicate Sri Lanka’s concerns about the safety of the Sri Lankans on board the captured ship. The incident came against a backdrop of reduced piracy activities in Somalia. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Presenters invited to participate in Social Justice Forum

Organizers of the annual Niagara Social Justice Forum have put a call out for papers for the April 9, 2011 event.Last year’s event attracted more than 150 from Brock and the greater Niagara community. Topics included homelessness, food sovereignty, Habitat for Humanity, “Native Woman — Endangered Species” and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer films.Organizers invite individuals and groups with an activist orientation to submit a proposal to host a workshop, performance, exhibit or information table. Themes should have strong local relevance. Art, music, drama and non-traditional modes of interaction are encouraged.For more information on the call for papers, download the PDF. For more on the 2011 Niagara Social Justice Forum, visit the forum website.The deadline for proposals is Nov. 19.Related articles:• Caledonia documentary headlined social justice forum | The Brock News• Saving Niagara’s threatened landscapes | The Brock News read more

Annan pledges UN support to Nigeria Cameroon in Bakassi Peninsula ruling

In a statement released by a UN spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan commended the two countries for resorting to the ICJ for a peaceful settlement of their territorial dispute, “and for the steps they have recently taken to restore the fraternal and neighbourly relations that have traditionally existed between them.”The statement also reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to help the two countries in the implementation of the Court’s decision.Citing a 1913 agreement between Germany and the United Kingdom, the ICJ today settled the issue of sovereignty over the oil-rich Peninsula and delineated the boundaries between Cameroon and Nigeria. Located at the border area in southeastern Nigeria, the Peninsula has been a subject of intense, sometimes violent, disputes between the two countries for dozens of years.Apart from the 1913 document, the ICJ also based its decisions on an old colonial agreement, the Thomson-Marchland Declaration of 1929-1930 that was incorporated in another colonial document, the Henderson-Fleuriau Exchange of Notes of 1931 between Great Britain and France.In its ruling today, which is final, binding and cannot be appealed, the ICJ requested Nigeria to “expeditiously and without condition withdraw its administration and military or police forces from the area of Lake Chad falling within Cameroonian sovereignty and from the Bakassi Peninsula.” The Court also asked that Cameroon “expeditiously and without condition” remove its forces from the land boundary which, according to its ruling, fell within the sovereignty of Nigeria.The ICJ noted Cameroon’s promise to continue to protect Nigerians living in the Bakassi and Lake Chad areas and dismissed both countries’ claims regarding “State responsibility.”In 1994, Cameroon asked the ICJ to rule on the dispute relating to the question of sovereignty, alleging that part of the territory was under military occupation by Nigeria. It also urged the Court to determine the maritime boundary between the two countries.At a meeting on 5 September in Paris with the Secretary-General, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and President Paul Biya of Cameroon gave their assurances that they would respect and implement the ICJ decision.The two leaders also agreed on the need for confidence-building measures, the demilitarization of Bakassi, a visit to Nigeria by President Biya and the avoidance of inflammatory statements over the issue. read more

Trade paths of the poor blocked while others consume unsustainably Annan

In remarks delivered in Rome by his Special Adviser and Personal Representative for the UN Dialogue among Civilizations, Giandomenico Picco, Mr. Annan said, “too many people in developing countries are still excluded from globalization. Too many people who want to trade their way out of poverty continue to face obstacles that tilt the playing field against them. And too many countries continue to pursue unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, treat the environment as an isolated category and resist efforts to fully integrate environmental considerations into economic policy-making.” Mr. Picco spoke before a meeting of the Pio Manzu conference, which is an Italian society concerned with UN activities.Mr. Picco also thanked the group for their posthumous award to Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN diplomat who was killed in the terrorist bombing on 19 August of the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad.”Sergio was an outstanding servant of humanity, who exemplified the highest ideals of the United Nations,” he said. “As we carry on his work we will continue to be inspired by his compassion, his courage and is profound commitment to relieving the sufferings of his fellow men and women, defending their human rights and upholding the principles of the United Nations.” read more

On World Day UN chief highlights plight of family and friends of

“They have a right to know the truth regarding the circumstances of these disappearances, the progress and results of any investigations, and ultimately, the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones,” Mr. Ban underlined in his message on the Day.Referring to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which defines a victim as ‘any individual who has suffered harm as the direct result of an enforced disappearance,’ the UN chief reminded all States of their obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish enforced disappearances, as well as to provide redress to the victims.The UN General Assembly voted in 2010 to designate 30 August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to draw attention to the global problem of enforced disappearance. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, risks of enforced disappearances are high in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents.In his message, Mr. Ban noted that with support from their communities, human rights defenders and non-governmental organizations, these victims seek and demand adequate responses from the authorities. “However, [they] often face a lack of responsiveness or outright hostility from the authorities to which they reach out,” said Mr. Ban, drawing attention to the accounts of reprisals such as arbitrary arrests, threats and intimidation against relatives, or against those that support them, received by the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the two main UN expert mechanisms in this field.Calling on Member States to acknowledge that family and friends of the disappeared are also victims, and to guarantee their right to full protection from any form of reprisals, the Secretary-General urged them to “sign, ratify or accede to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which includes specific provisions against the ill-treatment or intimidation of witnesses, relatives, and persons participating in the investigation of enforced disappearances.”“Let us all show solidarity with the victims and their relatives as they strive to realize their right for truth and justice,” he added. read more

The Best MLB Teams Of AllTime According To Elo

FRANCH.TEAMCOMP. ELOWON WS?RANK AMONG BEST TEAMS EVER –OAK1916Philadelphia Athletics14025 –TB2002Tampa Bay Devil Rays144296 –LAD1953Brooklyn Dodgers158640 –CHC1962Chicago Cubs144194 GRAPHIC: We calculated Elo ratings after every game in MLB history — more than 400,000 ratings in total. Explore every team’s history » –KC2005Kansas City Royals143771 –BOS1912Boston Red Sox1584✓46 –ATL1911Boston Rustlers14149 –MIN1904Washington Senators13871 The 1939 Yankees and 1906 Cubs are in a league of their own, more than 10 Elo points ahead of the other franchises. The Marlins have only been around since 1993, but it’s still sort of sad that their best team ever (World Series champions no less!) is just the 601st-best team ever. The Colorado Rockies, a franchise that was also born in 1993, are about as sad, but without the World Series rings. The San Diego Padres have had a much longer commitment to mediocrity; the franchise’s best team in its 47 seasons of existence comes in at No. 480. Fans of the Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Twins and Phillies may also be disappointed by their team’s position in this list. All seven franchises go back to 1903, but none of their teams in the last 113 seasons have come close to cracking the top 25.But great seasons aren’t the only way to be an exceptional baseball team. Here’s every MLB franchise’s worst squad ever: –PHI1942Philadelphia Phillies14004 After the Yankees dynasty declined, MLB’s best teams started to be a lot less good. The 1960s were understandably weak — with just two teams in the Elo top 100 — because MLB expanded by eight teams during this span. The 1980s don’t have the same excuse, and the decade’s best squad — the 1986 Mets — rates as only the 62nd-best team ever. The first six seasons of the 2010s were similarly middling; of the teams from those years, the 2011 Phillies rank the highest on the all-time list, at No. 76. –TEX2011Texas Rangers1568141 –COL2007Colorado Rockies1537596 –TOR2015Toronto Blue Jays1565161 –TOR1979Toronto Blue Jays141922 –ATL1998Atlanta Braves158642 –OAK1911Philadelphia Athletics1607✓7 –MIL1969Seattle Pilots1443✓103 –SEA2001Seattle Mariners159034 –CHW1917Chicago White Sox1579✓68 –PIT1953Pittsburgh Pirates141819 –KC1977Kansas City Royals1560213 –SF1905New York Giants1601✓13 –DET1935Detroit Tigers1585✓43 –MIA1993Florida Marlins1449✓146 –CHC1906Chicago Cubs16202 –COL1993Colorado Rockies1444✓105 –CLE1915Cleveland Indians1451156 –ARI2002Arizona Diamondbacks1564166 –HOU1998Houston Astros1572110 –STL1908St. Louis Cardinals143251 –MIN1933Washington Senators157774 –MIL1982Milwaukee Brewers1558246 –ARI2004Arizona Diamondbacks1449143 Every MLB franchise’s worst season, 1903-2015 * 1994 World Series was not played Although that Philadelphia team lost in the division series, it still rates as the best Phillies squad in history. Here’s every franchise’s best team ever: –NYM1986New York Mets1580✓62 FRANCH.TEAMCOMP. ELO1ST YEAR?RANK AMONG WORST TEAMS EVER –DET2003Detroit Tigers13972 –NYM1962New York Mets1398✓3 One hundred and 10 years ago, the Chicago Cubs ended the regular season with a 116-36 record. That .763 winning percentage is the best in modern baseball history by a comfortable margin, but the Cubs went on to drop the World Series to the White Sox in six games. Might they still be the greatest team in baseball history?We recently calculated historical Elo ratings for every team after every game as part of our Complete History Of MLB interactive graphic. (We’ve done the same for the NBA and NFL.) Elo ratings are one of our preferred metrics at FiveThirtyEight, because their simple inputs make them useful for comparing the relative strengths of teams across the entire history of a league. We can also use Elo to calculate season ratings for every MLB team since 1903, when the first modern World Series was played.1Our interactive goes back a little further, to 1871. The quality of 19th-century baseball teams was pretty uneven — meaning the top teams from that time would dominate historical rankings — so to focus on more recognizable franchises, this piece is looking only at seasons since 1903. We arrived at an overall season rating — what the table below calls “composite” Elo — by blending each team’s peak, average and final Elo for each season. This lets us take into account a team’s highest level of performance, its sustained performance throughout the season and, broadly, how well it did in the postseason.2Elo ratings are carried over from season to season, which means that most of a team’s rating at the start of a season is based on its previous season. This is useful when trying to estimate a team’s quality early on, but for assessing individual seasons, it unfairly dings teams that rose to greatness after a terrible year. For our season calculations, “average” and “peak” Elo calculations start at game 40.So who comes out on top? The 1906 Cubs have the highest peak Elo, but because of their World Series loss, they rate as the second-best team since 1903, behind the 1939 New York Yankees. We ranked all 2,374 team-seasons from 1903 to 2015 — you can explore them below: –CIN1934Cincinnati Reds143669 –PIT1909Pittsburgh Pirates1609✓4 Every MLB franchise’s best season, 1903-2015 –BAL1911St. Louis Browns141715 –NYY1908New York Highlanders1449136 –WSH1994Montreal Expos1561*208 –SD1969San Diego Padres1419✓23 –WSH1969Montreal Expos1421✓25 Our Elo ratings find that the league was a bit more top-heavy in its earlier decades. If you scan through the top of the list, you’ll notice that most of the best seasons since 1903 happened more than 50 years ago — in fact, 71 of the 100 best seasons fall before 1960. The New York Yankees’ insane dominance in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s is responsible for a lot of this imbalance. Twenty-five of the 100 best seasons are Yankees seasons from those decades: –BOS1932Boston Red Sox141412 –LAA1969California Angels1464279 –LAD1905Brooklyn Superbas143146 –HOU2013Houston Astros142535 –SD1998San Diego Padres1543480 –SEA1978Seattle Mariners142940 –CLE1954Cleveland Indians159424 –CHW1932Chicago White Sox143561 –PHI2011Philadelphia Phillies157776 –STL1942St. Louis Cardinals1605✓8 –SF1985San Francisco Giants1461251 –TB2012Tampa Bay Rays1558237 –MIA2003Florida Marlins1537✓601 –CIN1976Cincinnati Reds1595✓23 –LAA2002Anaheim Angels1576✓81 –BAL1970Baltimore Orioles1600✓19 –TEX1973Texas Rangers143144 –NYY1939New York Yankees1623✓1 The 2003 Detroit Tigers lost 119 games, winning five of their last six to avoid the 120-loss modern record set by the 1962 Mets in their first season as a franchise. Elo isn’t fooled, though — the 2003 Tigers had a slightly worse run differential than the 1962 Mets and have a slightly lower rating here. The 1904 Washington Senators, now the Twins, were even more terrible according to Elo, going 38-113 (the equivalent of a 121-loss modern 162-game season). Angels fans probably don’t look back on the 91-loss 1969 season too fondly, but, compared with the other franchises’ lousiest seasons ever, it’s not a bad low point, ranking just 279th-worst.So what will come in 2016? The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds have had a rough start and could make a run at new Elo lows for their franchises. But the real team to watch is the Chicago Cubs, who have started the season at 24-6 with an incredible +102 run differential. It’s a hard pace to keep up, but if they do, the Cubs could make a run at becoming one of the greatest teams of all time.See the complete history of every MLB team.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Extract We must anticipate war 1945 Irish diplomats on the threat of

first_imgDocuments on Irish Foreign Policy VIII (1945-48) is edited by Michael Kennedy, Catriona Crowe, Ronan Fanning, Dermot Keogh and Eunan O’Halpin. For more information visit the Royal Irish Academy website or follow Documents on Irish Foreign Policy on Twitter @DIFP_RIA.Extract: How Eamon de Valera & the Irish rebels lived in English prisons>Extract: ‘Mr de Valera’s conviction that Hitler would win the war was stupid’> The rapid development of offensive weapons, and especially of the atomic bomb, has no doubt lessened the likelihood of immediate war, and has even brought about the possibility that war on a great scale might be completely abandoned as a means of settling disputes.If the statements of scientists are to be credited, the destructive power of the atomic bomb is so appalling that it would be suicide for any State now to risk aggression unless it was well provided with this means of attack.Even then, mutual destruction might result.Changes in warA devastating attack might in fact be made without warning long before any real danger of war would be apparent. The whole approach to war will be different, as will the strategy and tactics of war.Every State will have to take account of the new situation in connection with the training and equipment of its forces, and the situation of the civil populations in times of tension as of war will also have to receive new consideration… Even neutral countries in the future will probably be in far greater danger than they were during the late war. Atomic or other modern bombs dropped ‘in error’ on cities or towns, would do far greater damage than before.Outlaw nuclearI greatly doubt whether the use of atomic bombs can be outlawed or whether there is any analogy with the question of the use of gas. Both sides, in the late war, were well prepared for gas warfare, and Hitler would certainly have used gas, protocol or no protocol, if a sudden attack could be decisive. In the case of atomic bombs, a sudden attack might be decisive.That is the great difference and the great difficulty which will have to be faced in a world where signed pacts are not sacred and where weapons can be constructed in secrecy. Extract from a letter from Francis T Cremins to Joseph P Walshe (Dublin)BERNE, 1 November 1945 Letter from Robert Brennan to Joseph P Walshe (Dublin)WASHINGTON DC, 22 October 1945 Extract from a letter from Michael MacWhite to Frederick H Boland (Dublin)ROME, 30 August 1946 Influential personages amongst the military authorities here are beginning to voice their regret that the defeat of Germany was so thorough on the grounds that there is now no barrier to Russian expansion.They think that at some stage in the conflict they should have pulled out so as to leave Germany and Russia more evenly matched. Some say that they should have switched to Germany’s side at some time though that would have been impossible because of public feeling.They say that Mr. Roosevelt realised too late that it would be a disaster to bring about a situation which would leave Russia master of the field and that it was this realisation which killed him. A year ago I was of the opinion that war between Russia and the Western Democracies was out of the question for a generation at least, but the Soviet demands at Paris show that instead of helping post-war reconstruction they are doing their utmost to introduce an era of chaos and disorder. America is now wide awake to their game and that of their Polish and Yugoslav puppets.SuspicionA former member of the Roosevelt Cabinet (Frank Walker) told me some months ago that it would take Russia about seven or eight years in the conditions then prevailing to make the atomic bomb… Russia is experimenting with the German V bombs and the Americans know pretty well how far they have succeeded. They are not going to wait eight years before they strike.Unless there is a complete Russian change of front within the next year or two, I am of the opinion that we must anticipate another war in 1949 or 1950 at latest. It may come sooner. The following account of Hiroshima was given to me (and a few others) by an American officer who visited the place some time after the explosion. The centre of the city for three miles was flattened out and nothing was left but a sea of cinders and ashes. The shells of a few concrete buildings still stood. The bomb released a heat of two million degrees Fahrenheit.Mushroom cloudThe air rushing in to fill the vacuum thus created caused a wind which levelled houses and trees in its path. It was this air converging on the centre of the explosion and rushing upward which caused the huge giant mushroom-like vapour formation which in an incredibly short time reached a height of 40,000 feet. Trees far from the centre of the explosion were seared yellow.There were upwards to 50,000 people killed outright of whom 25,000 were children on their way to school. The succeeding death rate was about 500 a day. The weight of the explosive in the bomb is 40 ounces though the whole contrivance weighs 50 to 100 lbs and is shaped like a gate post. The final explosion is caused by bringing together two substances by means of a chain of explosions.WarningBefore the bomb struck there had been an alert sounded in the city but the all clear signal was given in the mistaken impression that the airplane had gone away. Now in its 15th year, the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series continues to open up the secret archives of the Department of Foreign Affairs. These extracts from between 1945 to 1948 show that, during the immediate post-war years, Ireland redefined its global position as a result of wartime neutrality and the developing Cold War.A strong theme in the volume is the threat posed to humanity by the growing divide between East and West and the possibility of global destruction through atomic weapons. The documents below between senior Irish diplomats show how pessimistic the Department of External Affairs was in 1945 and 1946 when it came to the expectation of a Third World War, which they believed was not only possible – but probable.In the excerpts below the Irish ambassadors in Washington, Berne and Rome give their take on the world climate and the likelihood of war to Ireland’s top diplomat, the Secretary General of the Department of External Affairs.  This post was held by Joseph P Walshe to mid-1946 and thereafter by Frederick H Boland.Letter from Robert Brennan to Joseph P Walshe (Dublin)WASHINGTON DC, 19 October 1945last_img read more

Internet Explorer 10 will feature integrated Flash Player

first_imgIf you read the title to this article and said to yourself, “wait a minute, I thought the IE10 Metro browser wasn’t going to support plug-ins,” you’re not imaging things. That’s exactly what everyone thought Microsoft was doing. As it turns out, the reality is a bit more complex. The Disney home page you’re looking at above requires Flash to display rich content, and there it is in the full Metro glory of IE10.How is this possible? As much as Microsoft is pushing for a web driven by open standards like HTML5, they know that a huge number of sites — including many run by their corporate chums like Disney — still rely on Flash for things like gaming, apps, and DRM-wrapped media streaming. It didn’t really make sense, then, to offer consumers a Metro browser that would break some of the most popular sites on the web. Shipping a totally plug-in free Metro IE10 may have given users additional incentive to check out alternatives like Google Chrome.There was also a strong push from Adobe, who apparently offered up the Flash source code to Microsoft so that they could work it into the Metro browser somehow. The result? IE10 will ship with an integrated version of  Flash Player, much like what Google and Adobe did with Chrome.The integrated Flash Player was spotted in a pre- Windows 8 Release Preview build. In another interesting twist, it won’t work on just any old website. Instead, it calls on a Microsoft whitelist to see whether or not a given domain is allowed to fire up the integrated Player. Big sites like YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, and CNN will be on the list. It’s safe to assume the list will grow over time, but right now it’s fairly short — and there are some glaring omissions like Armor Games.What’s not certain yet is whether or not the integrated Flash Player will be included in Windows RT. Adobe has openly said that they’re no longer interested in developing a mobile plug-in, but they might be willing to get their hands dirty one last time for Microsoft. With the Flash source code already in Redmond and support switched on in x86 and x64 Windows 8 builds, would it really make sense to offer up Windows 8 ARM tablets to folks that can’t display Flash-powered websites?More at Within Windowslast_img read more

Business profile Souvlaki Cart – Greek meals on wheels

first_imgThe foodie scene in Melbourne appears to be undergoing a real shift: fine dining restaurants are opening casual eateries, diners are skipping their degustation sets for well-made, hearty burgers with the lot, and the words ‘food truck’ has become something of a siren call, attracting diners to brave the city’s unpredictable weather for a meal on the curbside. The Souvlaki Cart is the new food truck on the block, current parked at the Barkly Square shopping centre in North Carlton. As the tell-all name suggests, the truck’s main draw card are its lamb, chicken and haloumi souvlakis, made fresh to order from a caravan. Also on the menu are hot chips, and mezedes plates piled with a selection of lamb, chicken, haloumi, dolmades and served with pita and a generous dollop of tzatziki. At the end of the day, Souvlaki Cart is about unfussy Greek food. The team behind the wheels this new food venture are Shaun and Ellen McGuinness (nee Korkou). While both come from teaching backgrounds, their passion for Greek food was almost palpable as they took turns dishing out mezedes plates and souvlakis on a Sunday afternoon. “Everything I know about cooking I learnt from my mother and my yiayia. Just the other week my mum was teaching me how to make dolmades!” Ellen admits. “Growing up in a Greek-Cypriot household, family parties are always centred on Greek food and with the food truck I wanted to stick with food I was familiar with.” Ellen’s passion for food have stemmed from her parents, who used to own a cafe in Melbourne. But the former teacher decided against a bricks-and-mortar eatery for the wheeled variety instead. Without the need for kitchen hands or wait staff, it was far more affordable than opening the more conventional type of cafe. Even without the hassle of setting up a full-sized cafe, the couple had to undertake a some manual labour to make sure the Souvlaki Cart’s 1977 retro caravan is up to scratch for council inspections. “The process was a bit challenging, we had to ship the truck from Tasmania, and find tradies qualified and experienced enough to work on it,” Ellen says. “But it was all worth it.” So far council bylaws have prevented most food trucks to venture away from the Darebin and Moreland council areas, which allow food trucks to operate within reasonable distance from both restaurants and residential homes. But increasing popularity of the mobile eateries has encouraged the City of Yarra and the City of Melbourne to reconsider their laws. Meanwhile, food trucks are free to roam at public events such as outdoor music festivals. Being constantly on the move hasn’t prevented food trucks from attracting hungry hoards. Most trucks, including Souvlaki Cart, rely on Facebook and Twitter to tell their faithful followers where they are. When asked if the Souvlaki Cart will be joining the ranks of roving food trucks in the northern parts of Melbourne, Ellen replied, “If our followers want us to take that direction, that’s what we might do. But at this stage we’re taking it as it comes and we’re putting through applications to set up at festivals later on in the year.” The Souvlaki Cart will be trading at lunchtime in North Carlton’s Barkly Square shopping centre very Wednesday and Sunday until the end of August. Follow the truck on Twitter and on their Facebook page. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

War increases Coalitions appeal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The latest polling shows that public support for the Coalition government is at its highest for almost nine months, and rose to 47 per cent (up 1.5 per cent) but still trails the ALP at 53 per cent on a two-party preferred basis. Going to war is one of the few areas for national government that’s not subjected to constitutional constraint – Dr Nick EconomouAccording to this week’s Morgan Poll, if an election was held now, the ALP would win, based upon the voting intentions of an Australia-wide cross-section of 3,151 Australian electors aged 18+ over the last two weekends.Primary support for the Coalition was up 1.5 per cent to 40 per cent, while ALP support fell 2.5 per cent to 35 per cent. Support for other parties shows The Greens were at 12 per cent and the Palmer United Party (PUP) at 3.5 per cent.Political analyst Dr Nick Economou told Neos Kosmos that the upward trend for the government should come as no surprise.“It’s improving its position. Going to war is one of the few areas for national government that’s not subjected to constitutional constraint in Australia,” said the Monash University lecturer.“It panders to the egos of Australian national political leaders and gives them an opportunity to strut the world stage and make a contribution to great international events.”Dr Economou says Labor would have steered an identical course on Australia’s second chapter of military involvement in Iraq, which has so far entailed the deployment of eight RAAF F/A 18 Super Hornets to the region, along with surveillance and refuelling aircraft.“There’s a great deal of support for what’s happening within the Labor Party, which can be quite socially conservative on a number of issues. People who have a problem with this have long gone from Labor, they’re now in the Greens.”Meanwhile, Dr Economou says the Abbott government’s actions should not be seen merely as a continuation of conservative Australian governments “seeking to align Australia to the geo-strategic ambitions of our most powerful ally”.“There is a moral argument too about Australia’s involvement in this, in that we participated in the destabilisation of the region which has led to these events, so we have a moral obligation to be part of whatever solution is decided upon.”On Thursday, the RAAF attacked their first Islamic State target in Iraq, dropping two bombs on what Defence described as an IS ‘facility’.Australia is close to reaching an agreement with the Iraqi government for troops to deploy on the ground in the country. The deal will allow the deployment of a 200-member unit of special forces to assist Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamic State. Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of Australia joining a ground campaign against IS militants “down the track”.last_img read more

NCCE Calls for Tolerance During, After Elections

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE), Alhagie Sering Fye, has called for tolerance amongst each other during and after election. In a press release issued to Foroyaa yesterday, the NCCE Chairman Faye described election as a civic duty which every patriotic citizen should discharge as enshrined in Sections 26 and 39 of the 1997 Constitution of The Gambia.According to NCCE Chairman, voting is not only a constitutional right for citizens, but a responsibility as well and a strong pillar for strengthening democracy, maintaining peace and ensuring development of the Gambian people. “Voting gives citizens a voice in the government, allowing them to choose their own leaders and decide on issues that governs them,” he said.He noted that every citizen has the right to associate with any party or candidate of his/her choice as stated in section 25 of the constitution.“As The Gambia prepares for the Presidential Election on December 1st 2016, and the campaign period just a week away, the Chairman of the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) hereby reminds the general public that elections are a constitutional requirement and one of the defining moments in modern democracy,” he said.Faye therefore, encourages all eligible voters to come in mass and vote for their preferred candidates on December 1st 2016.“As we encourage people to participate in the election, I will equally like to remind the Gambians of the importance of maintaining peace during and after the election,” NCCE Chairman stresses. Election, he continues is a season which is coming and will surely past but the Gambia still remains.He called on all party leaders and supporters to adhere to the rules of the game and maintain law and order during the campaign period as stated in Part VI (b) of the election act, as campaign is not about violence but canvassing for votes.“Campaign trails should endeavour to distance themselves from politics of thugs, slander and incitement of violence thereby ensuring peaceful election,” he added.While wishing candidates a successful campaign and peaceful election in the Gambia, he finally thanked all party leaders and more especially Gambians for maintaining peace all this way.last_img read more

Egypt remain uncertain over Salah

first_imgEgypt’s medical staff have confirmed that Mohamed Salah remains a doubt for the national team ahead of their opening game against Uruguay on Friday at the World CupThe Liverpool forward suffered a shoulder injury after colliding with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in last month’s Champions League final.Salah had previously vowed to be “ready” for Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay, but he now appears to be a major doubt after missing training over the weekend.The 25-year-old did return to training on Monday, but he was only able to do limited drills.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We’re keeping an eye on the situation day by day,” Egypt managing director Ehab Lehita told Sky Sports.“We have been following the case since his injury in the final of Champions League. Mohamed trained in Cairo, trained yesterday and is training today. We are watching the situation closely with the doctor.“He has daily treatment sessions on his shoulder. He trains indoors as well in the gym, and today he trained on the pitch. He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match. All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match.”Along with Uruguay in Group A, Egypt will also be facing hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.last_img read more