TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Will Smallbone thrilled with new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Will Smallbone has signed a new contract.The 18 year-old has penned terms to 2021.“It’s amazing, I’ve been at the club now for quite a while so it feels good to first be offered a contract and then to get it signed,” he said, “it’s a dream come true.”“It’s a really proud moment for my family; I remember I got the call after the Manchester United game and Craig Fleming told me that they were looking to offer me a new contract. I told my mum straight away and she was just so proud.”Smallbone added: “Hopefully with the new manager coming in, if I keep playing well then I can catch the eye and try make my debut with the first team as soon as I can.”
October 12, 2019
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recreation department of Fort St. John is promoting ‘Back to School with a Flash’ an incentive to encourage safety amongst students, citizens and classrooms.September 3rd through 27th, 2019, staff from the city’s recreation team want to see back to school safe for students by getting involved and possibly winning a prize. Students are being encouraged to be as bright and visible as they can with the use of reflectors and high visibility, take a picture and email with a description of why safety is important.Citizens that live on a direct school route are being encouraged to brighten their home for mornings as children travel to school. Take a picture and email your submission for a chance to win a prize.Teachers/ Classrooms are encouraged to take a group picture of their students in their safety wear and share why safety is so important and email your submission for a chance to win a bouncy party a the field house.The staff of the recreation department share prizes will be determined depending on entries and the ages of selected winners.Photo entries of your outfit, or lit-up house, or your whole class and a description of why safety is important must be submitted to [email protected]
October 12, 2019
New Delhi: India-domiciled companies filed over 4,600 patents in the US between 2015-2018, a majority of which were from the technology domain, a report by industry body Nasscom said Friday. The report titled ‘Emerging Technologies: Leading the Next Wave of IP Creation for India’ highlighted how companies in India are creating intellectual property (IP) assets in the US, which is one of the most favoured destinations for filing patents. Interestingly, Indian start-ups have filed nearly 200 patents in the US during 2015-18, and a majority of these focused on emerging technology areas including image processing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, vehicle technology and Internet of Things (IoT). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOverall, the share of technology patents from India-domiciled companies has consistently increased to 64.8 per cent in 2017-18 from 51 per cent in 2015, the report said. Within technology patents, the share of emerging technologies has increased consistently to 56.3 per cent in 2017-18 from 38.3 per cent in 2015, while the share of computer and communication technology patents witnessed a decline. AI led the emerging technologies patent race both in terms of number of patents (330 patents) as well as growth over the period 2015-18. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostApart from AI, there has been a consistent growth on building IP in other emerging tech domains with patents being filed in cyber security (193), IoT (107) and cloud computing (88) accounting for over 50 per cent of the tech patents filed in 2017-18, the report said. Innovation is the key to driving transformation and such patents and trademarks are a testimony to this transformational growth, Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said. “As a country, India can further strengthen its potential as an innovation hub through more investments in research and strategic collaborations. We are confident that we will usher in a new wave of innovation and intelligence in the country,” she added.
September 28, 2019
CURRENT RANKINGCAREER AT MAJORS PLAYERSTARTENDLENGTH (MAJORS)WON A MAJOR? Paul Azinger1990 British1990 PGA2✓ Based on how many career “major shares” a player had going into each major tournament since 1979. To be in the running, a player had to make the cut in at least half of the previous eight majors.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports A chronology of the “Best Player To Never Win A Major” Nick Price1988 PGA1990 Masters6✓ Loren Roberts2004 U.S. Open2004 PGA3 Westwood, at age 44, is perhaps the most decorated English golfer in recent history — he’s racked up 23 European Tour victories and seven Ryder Cup victories and even snapped Tiger Woods’s 281-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in 2010. But the majors have been painful. He’s finished in the top 10 on 18 different occasions and been runner-up three times. This has earned him close to $9 million in prize money in the majors alone, but an empty trophy case.Now on the unfamiliar grounds of Erin Hills (a Wisconsin course that’s never hosted a major before), Westwood can only hope his reign as BPTNWAM is short. He’s off to a good start, finishing Thursday 3 strokes under par — but the first three rounds are generally not the problem for the Englishman. Going into this week, Westwood’s average score in rounds 1 through 3 at the majors has been 72.0, but on Sunday, that number rises to 72.6, according to the statistical site Golfstats.The bookmakers don’t like his chances this weekend, either. Before the tournament, his odds of winning were 65-to-1, according to VegasInsider.com. Maybe they’ve been scoping out the success rate for past BPTNWAMs: Even including Garcia’s victory in April, the title-holder won just four times in 149 tries (2.7 percent) going back to the 1980 Masters. That’s a big reason why the average BPTNWAM hung onto the designation for 11.5 tournaments (nearly three years’ worth of majors) over the same time period.Westwood is also nearly outside the career phase where any golfers have ever won a major. So most likely, his BPTNWAM reign will end when he stops playing majors regularly, rather than with a championship victory. But golf has also given us a few stellar moments by players older than Westwood, including Jack Nicklaus’s Masters win at age 46 and, more recently, Tom Watson forcing a playoff in the British Open at age 59. Perhaps it won’t happen this week, but Westwood might just have enough left in the tank to shed his newfound, inglorious title in a grand way. Crenshaw would plug away for the next 18 major tournaments before finally shedding the label with a win at the 1984 Masters. (A player can leave the BPTNWAM list three ways: Winning a major; falling behind another player’s major shares; or not playing enough to qualify for the list anymore.) Among all the title-holders since 1979, Crenshaw’s streak was the third-longest — though it paled in comparison with the streak that Garcia just ended.Garcia was the modern king of the BPTNWAMs. Before his win at the Masters, he had gone 35 consecutive majors (back to the 2008 British Open) as the BPTNWAM, and before that, he’d traded the title back and forth with Chris DiMarco a few times. His 37 total tournaments as BPTNWAM are the most of any player since 1979 (eight more than No. 2 Colin Montgomerie).Now the honor falls to Westwood, whose 0.86 career major shares leads all major-less players in the U.S. Open field: Sergio Garcia2005 Masters2005 Masters1✓ Marc Leishman2735130.20 Chris DiMarco2006 PGA2006 PGA1 John Cook1994 U.S. Open1995 PGA7 Sergio Garcia2007 Masters2007 Masters1✓ Andy Bean1986 PGA1988 British8 Gil Morgan1991 PGA1994 Masters10 Sergio Garcia2008 British2017 Masters35✓ Colin Montgomerie2005 British2006 British5 Rickie Fowler169220.42 Phil Mickelson2002 Masters2004 Masters9✓ Peter Oosterhuis1984 U.S. Open1984 PGA3 Chris DiMarco2005 U.S. Open2005 U.S. Open1 Lee Westwood2017 U.S. Open—— Scott Piercy1286280.09 Greg Norman1985 Masters1986 British7✓ Matt Kuchar2815290.20 * Official World Golf RankingSources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Golfweek PLAYERGOLFWEEKOWGR*CUTS MADEMAJOR SHARES Steve Stricker1385540.47 Andy Bean1990 U.S. Open1990 U.S. Open1 J.B. Holmes9152150.10 Branden Grace4429140.26 Colin Montgomerie1996 Masters2001 PGA24 The 12-foot birdie putt Sergio Garcia sank to win the Masters in April had bigger consequences than ensuring him a garish new jacket. It also meant somebody else would have to take on the title of “Best Player To Never Win A Major,” a crown that Garcia had worn for nearly a decade. And according to our calculations, that player should be England’s Lee Westwood, who shot 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.No pressure, Westy.The golf world usually hands out the dreaded “BPTNWAM” designation by reputation and consensus, but we wanted to take a crack at it using a formula. In the past, we’ve judged the quality of a player’s performance in majors — win or lose — using “major shares,” which estimate how many majors a player would be expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. (Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; also-rans garner scores at or near zero.) So for our purposes here, I’m considering the BPTNWAM to be the player who, at the time of each major, had the most career major shares without an actual major victory.1I also added the qualification that a player must have made the cut in at least half of the previous two years’ worth of majors, to make sure that he was still playing at a high level at the time of the tournament in question.According to those rules, here’s a chronology of the BPTNWAM since the great Ben Crenshaw took over the title in August of 1979: Andres Romero609798120.13 Nick Price1991 Masters1991 British3✓ Chris DiMarco2007 U.S. Open2008 U.S. Open5 Who’s the new “Best Player To Never Win A Major”? Ben Crenshaw1979 PGA1984 Masters18✓ Brandt Snedeker3138260.13 Lee Westwood5254580.86
September 28, 2019
A long road trip can be boring, uncomfortable and emotionally and physically draining, but it might be just what the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team needs. The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes will take a roughly 500-mile bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to play Lake Superior State in a two-game series starting Friday. OSU (14-7-4, 10-6-4-1) is winless in its last six games, and playing on the road in the CCHA can be a daunting task. However, getting away from Columbus to play the Lakers (13-11-4, 8-9-3-3) could put the Buckeyes back in the win column. “I think right now, we need a trip like this,” said OSU junior defenseman Devon Krogh. “It’s great team bonding, to get away from Columbus, focus all on hockey and turn this funk we have going on right now around.” OSU has seen its lead in the CCHA, which was seven points in early January, drop to two points during the skid, but coach Mark Osiecki said he thinks the trek up to northern Michigan could get the Buckeyes back on track. “To have 22 players jump on a bus and have all external distractions away, and be able to put that away and just focus on hockey, 22 guys can somewhat rally around each other and move forward,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes will look to move forward against a team they have already beaten twice this season. OSU and LSSU played on Dec. 2 and 3 in Columbus. OSU won both games, 5-2, and 2-1, respectively. The two wins were the team’s eighth and ninth in a row at the time. In order to win this weekend, Osiecki said the mistakes his team has been making during the winless streak, such as poor line shifts and giving up easy goals, need to be corrected. “The good thing about them is that they’re really fixable,” Krogh said. Krogh helps lead a Buckeye defense that has given up 15 goals in the past four games. OSU has been struggling on the offensive end of the ice as well, scoring seven goals in that four-game span. Krogh said he thinks better defense this weekend could lead to more offense. “Offensively, we’re obviously not as hot as we were, so we need to tighten up defensively,” he said. Strong offensive and defensive play could allow the Buckeyes to take an early lead against the Lakers, something OSU hasn’t done much lately. The last time OSU held a first-period lead was on Dec. 2 against Lake Superior State. “We’ve talked about the first punch and I think we want to go into this weekend and have a good start and hopefully pop the first one,” said freshman forward Max McCormick. Krogh agreed. “It’s not fun to play from behind,” he said. “We always talk about having a first-punch mentality, trying to get off to a good start, and it’s something we have to work on. Obviously, it’s nice to get up and play with a lead. It’s all about turning things around right now.” OSU will try to turn things around starting Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. at 7:05 p.m., and again at the same time Saturday.
September 18, 2019
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced they’ve accepted Stephen Constantine’s resignationThe English coach had been in charge of India for the last four years in what was his second spell with the national team.But a 1-0 defeat to Bahrain on Monday ended India’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Asian Cup for the first time in their history after Jamal Rashed’s injury-time penalty.The result left India eliminated by finishing bottom of Group A with Constantine announcing his resignation to the press afterwards.“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football,” read a statement from the AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das, on Twitter.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“Mr Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team.“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football.”Mr. @StephenConstan has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision & thank him for his contribution to #Indianfootball: Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF pic.twitter.com/S792tJ6r1h— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019
September 16, 2019
JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner The opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) last October has quickly bitten into the profits of ferry service provider TurboJET, with owner Shun Tak Holdings revealing a 20% year-on-year decline in its busiest Hong Kong-Macau route in 2018.Operating profit for the route fell from HK$307 million in 2017 to HK$246 million last year while overall passenger volume was down 10% from 14.5 million to 13 million. Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August In its 2018 result announcement, Shun Tak pointed to a combination of rising fuel costs and “a drop in passenger numbers due to the diversion of some traffic to the HZMB.”Revenue for Shun Tak’s transportation segment fell 8% to HK$2.20 billion for the 12 months to 31 December 2018, however the loss of some ferry traffic was softened by the launch of the company’s HZMB bus service.Shun Tak is part of a conglomerate that won exclusive rights to operate coach services between Hong Kong and Macau on the HZMB, with its subsidiary Shun Tak & CITS Coach (Macao) Limited reporting 7% growth in revenue to HK$177 million in 2018 thanks to the addition of the bridge route. Load More RelatedPosts
September 14, 2019
Shannon McCarthy, DOT Spokeswoman: “We kick it off here in Alaska to remind people to be more careful in work zones, because work zones are typically a change of traffic patterns. We jut want people to be really alert, and put down any distractions. Really pay attention to the cones, traffic signs, and flags.” DOT&PF reminds drivers to stay alert and be cautious when driving through work zones by minimizing distractions, following signs and flaggers, and reducing speeds. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The ground may still be covered in snow across most of the state, but here on the Kenai Peninsula the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is looking ahead to the quickly approaching construction season. This week, the department joins other DOTs around the nation to celebrate National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13. According to the DOT, Alaska averages approximately 135 highway work zone crashes each year.