New Delhi: The country will need to grow by 9 per cent every year for five years continuously and raise aggregate investment rate to 38 per cent of GDP to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of turning India into a USD 5 trillion economy, EY has said. In its latest edition of Economy Watch, EY said assuming India grows by projected 7 per cent in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, the size of the economy will grow to USD 3 trillion from USD 2.7 trillion in the previous year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal It will have to grow by 9 per cent in each of the five subsequent years to take the size of the economy to USD 3.3 trillion in FY21, USD 3.6 trillion in FY22, USD 4.1 trillion in FY23, USD 4.5 trillion in FY24 and USD 5 trillion in FY25. “Assuming an inflation rate of 4 per cent which is the target inflation rate as per the Monetary Policy Framework, a real growth rate close to 9 per cent would be required to increase the size of the Indian economy to USD 5 trillion by FY25. This implies a nominal growth rate of 13 per cent, assuming an average annual depreciation of the rupee viz-a-vis the US Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost at 2 per cent,” it said. In FY19 (2018-19), the gross investment rate, estimated at 31.3 per cent, was able to deliver a real growth rate of 6.8 per cent. The implicit incremental capital-output ratio (ICOR) was 4.6, it said. “This is relatively high because of deficient capacity utilisation.” Historically, India’s average ICOR during the three-year period from FY17 to FY19 has averaged 4.23. The highest achieved investment rate in India was 39.6 per cent in FY12. EY said achieving such levels would be consistent with the requirements of our demographic dividend. In China, average saving and investment rates of close to 45 per cent have been maintained for a long period. Total investment is the sum of public investment, household investment and investment by the private corporate sector. Raising the growth rate to 9 per cent in FY21 would require uplifting the investment rate to close to 38 per cent of GDP as against 31.3 per cent in FY19, it said. “If the inflation rate is lower than 4 per cent on an average and if the exchange rate depreciation is higher than 2 per cent per annum, reaching the size of USD 5 trillion would be delayed even beyond these target years.” While the central government plays a four-fold role in determining the overall investment rate through its budgetary capital expenditure, spending through PSUs, policy initiatives inducing private investments and coordination with state governments, the Centre’s share in country’s aggregate investment was quite small at 1.6 per cent of GDP in FY19. As per actuals from the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), this constituted only 5.1 per cent of the aggregate investment. After adding central PSU’s capital expenditure of 2.4 per cent of GDP in FY19, the Centre’s contribution to the investment increases to 4 per cent of GDP, which is 12.6 per cent of the total investment. “This can be substantially improved. The center may therefore provide a policy framework to induce the state governments and the private sector to uplift their investment rates,” EY said. “Furthermore, if the central government can successfully reduce its revenue deficit, there would be room for higher capital expenditure with the same fiscal deficit. It can also induce additional investment through the CPSEs while keeping in mind, the overall constraint of resources in the form of savings in the system.”
Today, Prizeo and Charitybuzz, part of the Charity Network, – and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda announced that the campaigns to win Hamilton tickets have raised $2 million for charity, the majority of which will benefit the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit organization that uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth and families locally and nationally.As an online giving platform that enables those at any income level the ability to participate and give, the Prizeo “Your Shot” experience allowed fans to donate as little as $10 for a chance to win tickets to see Miranda’s last performance as Hamilton on July 9th and to attend the wrap party as his guest. Fans were also able to bid on tickets to Miranda’s last performance through Charitybuzz brining the impressive cumulative total funds raised to over $2 million.“You put money towards a good cause and look what came back! We did it together, and here we are,” Lin-Manuel Miranda told one of the excited winners. “You’re going to come with us. You’re going to come to the last show, you’re going to come to the party after! It’s all happening.”Hamilton has been one of the most successful campaigns to date run through the Charity Network, which was launched by Todd Wagner in March 2016. The Charity Network provides a one-stop shop for brands, celebrities, and nonprofits launching fundraising and awareness campaigns. Each platform within the Charity Network is an established leader in its own field: Charitybuzz in online charity auctions, Prizeo in sweepstakes and experiences, and Chideo in cause and entertainment content. Today, the three fundraising giants work together to offer an unparalleled and customizable “menu” of resources to raise funds and awareness for charity.“The Hamilton campaign is an excellent example of the work the Charity Network can do to help influential and talented celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda leverage awareness and raise funds for causes close to their hearts,” Todd Wagner, founder and chairman of the Charity Network said. “We are so proud to work with and celebrate not only his success with Hamilton, but also to help champion the work that Hispanic Federation is able to do.”Winners of the Prizeo experience were announced on the Prizeo website on July 2nd.
TORONTO – Canadian shoppers who like to buy products from the U.S. online have reason to rejoice about the revised NAFTA deal, but some homegrown retailers could be in for a struggle, say experts.Under the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada may increase its de minimis level — the value of product consumers can buy online without being forced to pay import duties or taxes — to $150 for custom duties and $40 for sales taxes. The U.S. had been pushing for Canada to raise their threshold from $20 to $800.The new threshold will mean Canadians will get a break on lower-cost U.S. goods that they order online , said Walid Hejazi, a University of Toronto associate professor specializing in international trade.“This is fantastic,” he said. “Canadians should be thrilled at the idea that they can now buy things from the U.S. and other countries and bring them in without paying the duties…Canadians should celebrate.”He considered the change a win for shoppers because the previous $20 de minimis level was among the lowest around the globe and had been set long before the rise of e-commerce.He said that raising the limit would boost competition between retailers, perhaps even causing prices at Canadian stores to drop as retailers try to deter shoppers from looking abroad for items.Larry Rosen, the chief executive officer of luxury menswear brand Harry Rosen Inc., said the high prices of the men’s suits and other products his company sells means it is “fairly immune” to the impact of de minimis, but he worried other retailers selling less expensive goods would see some negative affects.Under the new de minimis levels, he said if shoppers buy something from an online U.S. retailer for $39 with free shipping it will be cheaper than if you buy the item at a Canadian retailer at the same price and have to pay the harmonized sales tax.Rosen expected the deal could also cause “funny behaviour” because if you want to buy three $39 T-shirts from across the border, he said, shoppers and retailers could get crafty and realize that they can save if they buy and ship the products separately to avoid the taxes.“It is not ideal and it is not perfect. It is going to hurt some low-price retailers,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be an advantage for U.S. online retailers selling lower priced items into Canada…I am heaving a sigh of relief and saying it could have been a lot worse.”Karl Littler, the vice-president of public affairs at Retail Council of Canada, said he didn’t expect the de minimis threshold to have a significant impact on Canadian consumers because the threshold wasn’t raised as high as the Americans wanted.However, he felt the level created “an uneven playing field” between merchants operating within Canada and people shipping products in from outside.“If the federal government wants to increase the benefits for consumers, what it could do is take the customs duties off the products that Canadian merchants import,” he said. “That would make a difference.”The council has long been pushing for such a measure and on Monday, Canadian Tire Corp. released a statement prodding the government to extend the same relief to homegrown retailers.The council was intently watching NAFTA negotiations because a 2017 study it took part in found that if Canada increased its threshold to US$200, it would cause 286,224 retail or retail-related job losses, a $8.8 billion dip in labour income and an $11.5 billion drop in gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.If the threshold was raised to US$800 as the U.S. hoped, the study said it would cause the loss of 300,244 retail or retail-related jobs, $9.2 billion in labour income and $12 billion in GDP by 2020.NPD Group, a research firm, also previously released a study that found that increasing de minimis levels to $150 will make U.S. prices “more attractive” for Canadians because many products Canadians buy online are well over the previous level.“Canadian retailers will need to continue to offer a greater breadth of assortment online to give themselves the best chance at winning over the Canadian e-commerce consumers,” said Armin Begic, the NPD Group’s retail business group director, in an email to The Canadian Press.He said his company’s study also found that over the last few years, more Canadians are choosing to make online purchases from retailers shipping from within the country, while cross-border shopping has declined.Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.
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He also noted that BlackBerry met all of its key financial targets for the 2019 financial year and exceeded analyst revenue and profit estimates in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28.“We believe total revenue growth is a significant milestone to both the company and our shareholders,” Chen said.“This profitable growth is a clear indication that we have successfully pivoted to become an enterprise software company.” How BlackBerry transformed from a ‘basket of parts’ into a money-making cybersecurity company BlackBerry timeline: From rags to riches to rags to … BlackBerry creates separate subsidiary to ‘deepen reach’ within U.S. government Although other companies still make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones under licence, BlackBerry itself concentrates on producing and selling software, services and intellectual property licences.Shares of the Waterloo, Ont.-based company were up $1.73 or 14.5 per cent at $13.64 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Since Chen’s arrival, BlackBerry shares have generally outperformed the broader Toronto market benchmark but underperformed Apple Inc., which became a devastating rival after the iPhone was introduced in 2008.Part of the challenge for investors is gauging the success of Chen’s go-slow approach to delivering growth over the long-term from the sales of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices, including autonomous vehicles.In a later call with reporters, Chen said he takes comfort in the fact that BlackBerry has returned to profitable revenue growth.“When I first joined (in late 2013), the company was making US$6 billion in revenue but losing a lot of money,” Chen said.Now, he said, BlackBerry is “making money and generating cash.”The company, which reports in U.S. currency, said it earned $51 million or eight cents per diluted share for the quarter. That compared with a loss of $10 million or six cents per diluted share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, it earned 11 cents per share. Revenue, using U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, totalled $255 million, up from $233 million and above analyst estimates.Analysts on average had expected a profit of six cents per share on revenue of $241.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The quarter included BlackBerry’s US$1.4-billion acquisition of Cylance, a California-based artificial intelligence and cybersecurity firm. The deal, the biggest under Chen’s leadership, closed a week before the quarter ended.BlackBerry’s cash level fell by $1.4 billion over the quarter as a result of the all-cash Cylance acquisition, but remained at a comfortable $1 billion.Chen said that Cylance’s artificial-intelligence assisted technology represents a new generation of cybersecurity for end-points — devices at the outer edges of an enterprise network.However, BlackBerry hasn’t factored revenue growth from Cylance in its revenue guidance — even though the two companies have overlapping customers — because it will be 12 months before integrated products will be ready.“So the next fiscal year will (see) growth from that. Then, after that, we will integrate Cylance into the QNX offering.”BlackBerry’s Ottawa-based QNX business is primarily focused on the automotive industry, as a leading supplier of software for vehicle entertainment systems and for self-driving vehicles of the future.Chen noted that the strategy for the QNX business relies on getting “design wins” that will give it a long-lasting, steady flow of licensing revenues from the sale of products that include its embedded software.In BlackBerry’s fourth quarter, licensing intellectual property generated $99 million in revenue, up from $58 million a year earlier, while revenue at BlackBerry Technology Solutions, which includes QNX, grew to $55 million from $46 million.Meanwhile, revenue from software and services for enterprises, part of BlackBerry’s legacy business, fell to $92 million from $108 million a year earlier. Bloomberg BlackBerry Ltd.’s share price jumped Friday after the former smartphone company beat analyst estimates for profit and revenue in the fourth-quarter and announced an upbeat outlook for the coming year.This profitable growth is a clear indication that we have successfully pivoted to become an enterprise software companyBlackBerry chief executive John Chen The company, based in Waterloo, Ont., had a full-year profit of US$95 million on revenue of US$904 billion, which were both down from the prior year. But the focus was on BlackBerry’s strong fourth quarter and future expectations.During a morning conference call, executive chairman and CEO John Chen announced the outlook for BlackBerry’s current 2020 financial year includes estimated revenue growth of between 23 per cent and 27 per cent.BlackBerry Ltd’s shares spiked after earnings beat expectations Friday.
In a statement read out by Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, the 15-member body also condemned the attacks on staff from the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the troops of the Kosovo international security force (KFOR).”The perpetrators must understand that an attack on the international presence is an attack on the international community as a whole and that extremism has no role in Kosovo’s future,” the statement said.The Presidential statement was read out after a Council debate about the situation in Kosovo, which has faced the worst public unrest since the UN took over its administration nearly five years ago.Speaking at the outset of the session, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Council, “We cannot close our eyes to the fact that this violence is ethnically motivated, with communities attacking each other.” He said they highlighted how fragile Kosovo remains despite the progress made since the war of 1998-99.Mr. Annan described the deliberate targeting of residential houses and religious sites as “shameful and inexcusable.”The Secretary-General also said he especially wanted to remind the leaders of the Kosovo Albanian community, the province’s biggest ethnic group, of their responsibility to protect and promote the rights of all Kosovars, particularly its minorities.In the Presidential statement, the Council offered its full support to UNMIK, KFOR and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Harri Holkeri. It also welcomed moves to strengthen the international security presence there.Mr. de La Sablière said in the statement that all parties in Kosovo should remain calm, avoid inflammatory behaviour and use peaceful and democratic channels – such as the UN and Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) – to resolve their grievances.He said the Council wanted to emphasize that legal investigations were underway into the shooting of a Kosovo Serb teenager in Pristina and the deaths of three Kosovo Albanian children in Mitrovica.Serbia and Montenegro’s Foreign Minister, Goran Svilanovic, said the violence towards Kosovo’s Serbs was designed to send a signal that they should leave and that UNMIK and KFOR have no real authority over the province.Mr. Svilanovic called for the strengthening of international forces and extra measures to protect Serbs, who he said were preparing to escape to central Serbia. He said “Albanian extremism and terrorism” was responsible and had to be stopped.The Foreign Minister also said that Serbia and Montenegro’s international borders with Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) must be secured to prevent “groups of armed terrorists” from coming in to Kosovo “with large quantities of arms and other military equipment.”
Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) shakes off a defender while running the ball in the third quarter of the Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State doesn’t have much room to complain about the year-to-year cycle of losing and replacing players. Massive turnover is just part of the cycle as a college football program — and given their recruiting prowess, the Buckeyes have it easy. That does not mean things always run smoothly.A large base of high-level talent means the program loses players to the NFL every year. The coaches have pressure to turn first-year starters into NFL-caliber players. And while coaching and developing those athletes, the staff must prepare for the future by recruiting against the nation’s top teams.The cycle often changes. Last year, the Buckeyes had several second-year players at key positions. They entered the season returning its starting quarterback, an All-American center, a bookend left tackle, the deepest defensive end group in the country and an experienced group of linebackers.But as spring wraps up, Ohio State once again is in the position of relying on a smattering of first-year players to step up into roles in which they are relied to be major contributors. That, of course, begins at the quarterback position, but extends elsewhere. Out went J.T. Barrett, Rimington Trophy winning center Billy Price, first-team All-Big Ten left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, a two-year starter.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to take down Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (10) in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes, along with defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, are gone. Behind them, the defense lost its leader in linebacker Chris Worley and two-year starting linebacker Jerome Baker. Safety Damon Webb and cornerback Denzel Ward also have left the team.The Buckeyes will likely have first-year starters at tight end, center, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, safety and cornerback. The large amount of new starters is not necessarily a bad thing to head coach Urban Meyer, who preaches competition — even at quarterback.“There’s zero stress, minimal stress when you have great players that are competing,” Meyer said on March 5.Despite the anticipation that Ohio State will rely heavily on unproven players, optimism about the situation is not hard to find. Because the Buckeyes have recruited better than ever before, the expectation exists that former five-star recruits and four-star prospects will step into primary roles in the fall.Several former five-star prospects — sophomores defensive end Chase Young, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade — will compete for open spots, along with many four-stars and a few three-stars. Even when a former three-star prospect — like sophomore Thayer Munford, who is penciled in as the starting right tackle — grabs a spot, he is seen as a worthy starter because he beat out highly regarded recruits for the role.The expectation also differs by position. Not only are Okudah and Wade former five-stars, but they play a position at which Ohio State has had immense success. Whoever wins the starting center role — Brady Taylor, Josh Myers or Matt Burrell — will feel massive pressure in replacing Ohio State’s second consecutive Rimington winner. That is especially true on the defensive line, historically a position group of strength that does not just hope to have a major impact, but views that as a necessity.Ohio State freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (29) breaks up a pass in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think the standard’s been set,” Meyer said. “We just can’t drop below that.”But not everyone pans out, which often gets forgotten. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, junior wideouts Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor and redshirt senior linebacker Dante Booker slid into starting roles with opportunities to take advantage with big seasons. Though none completely failed in their roles, none significantly broke through. So while Ohio State should be confident in redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry, sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper taking a step forward, a cautiously optimistic attitude might be the best approach.This situation is not new for Ohio State. Nor is it unfamiliar to Meyer. And sometimes, despite the lack of experience, a fresh group of talent works well.In 2014, the last time Meyer returned to Columbus with a national-championship trophy, the Buckeyes’ core consisted of first-year players in key positions. In his first season as the starter, Barrett tossed passes to first-year starter Michael Thomas and handed the ball off to first-year starter Ezekiel Elliott. A bevy of first-year starters — Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell, Steve Miller and Eli Apple — helped turn the defense into a feared unit.In a sport with more than 130 teams at the Division I level, it might seem insane to see a national championship berth — or, at the very least, a College Football Playoff appearance — as an expectation. But Meyer did not just earn a $1.2 million raise to view a New Year’s Six bowl game as a success. Ohio State did not make offensive coordinator Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano the first two million-dollar assistant coaches in program history with the goal of anything other than a national championship.In order to raise the level of play to that level, the Buckeyes must ensure a high level of play from their first-year starters.
Milwaukee BrewersWin43.7 TEAMCONDITIONSPROBABILITY Arizona DiamondbacksWin46.8 Colorado RockiesWin48.6 Chicago White Sox5 runs28.3 Philadelphia PhilliesWin44.5 Odds of getting that pizza discount by team Miami Marlins5 runs24.4 New York Yankees6 runs14.4 Source: FanGraphs LA DodgersWin and 5 runs36.7 Minnesota TwinsWin42.9 Washington NationalsWin and 7 runs13.8 Pittsburgh PiratesWin52.0 Cleveland Indians5 runs28.2 St Louis CardinalsWin52.9% Texas Rangers7 runs9.2 Tampa Bay Rays6 runs12.1 Step aside, ads for daily fantasy and erectile dysfunction: The 2016 baseball season has added another marketing campaign to the pantheon of pervasive (and widely loathed) sports promotions.Major League Baseball has rebranded grand slams1Or in press-release parlance, made “Grand Slams even better.” as “Papa Slams” across all of its properties,2Including MLB Network, MLB.TV and MLB.com. issuing ad infinitum the accompanying promise that every grand slam will yield a 40 percent Papa John’s pizza discount the next day. And thanks to an increased leaguewide home run rate, 28 grand slams have been hit through about 25 percent of the schedule, putting us on pace for 114 grand slams this season3Not counting the kind only the Reds bullpen allows. — the most since 2010.4That’s even ignoring the fact that the ball flies farther when the weather warms up. To watch baseball in 2016 is to live in a constant state of Papa Slam saturation. (To paraphrase another baseball-themed ad you’ve probably watched too many times: well played, Papa John’s.)Baseball is so in bed with Big Pizza that the promotions don’t even stop at a national Papa John’s partnership. They also apply at the local level, thanks to the company’s status as the “official pizza” of 22 big league clubs. Although Papa John’s is far from the first company to sponsor sports promotions of this sort,5And baseball isn’t the first sport Papa John’s has sponsored. an MLB PR official confirmed to us that theirs is the only existing arrangement on the local level that extends to the majority of teams. Basically, it’s Papa John’s discounts all the way down — much to the chagrin of pizza snobs, internet commenters and the petitioning public at large.But there’s an interesting statistical question lurking within the waves of pizza plugs: Which local market is most likely to get a cheap pie?Although every local deal involves some variation on the theme of a 50 percent discount on online orders, the discount conditions in each market are different, ranging from simple offers that activate when the local team wins to more complicated triggers based on the number of runs the team scores, or even the day of the week. According to Papa John’s Senior Director of Public Relations Peter Collins, “local promotion is determined by the local markets and depends on the market dynamics and tolerance to discounting.” In addition, he told us that “team performance is also taken into account.” As Collins pointed out, the Rangers (who scored the third-most runs in the majors last year and play in a hitter’s park) have a seven-run trigger, while the Marlins (who scored the second-fewest runs in the majors last year in a neutral park) have a five-run trigger.Using the specific offers for each market and FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season standings, we calculated the odds that a pizza discount would be triggered on any given game day.6The gory details: For wins-based discounts, we used FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season win probabilities, as of May 16. For runs-based discounts, we assumed that the number of team runs per game follows a Poisson distribution, with a mean equal to FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season runs per game. (Poisson isn’t the best distribution for runs scored, but it was the only distribution we could fit with only projected runs scored figures on hand.) For discounts with multiple criteria, we calculated the probability that a team would score the specified number of runs, then multiplied that by the winning percentage of teams scoring that many runs (or more) in a game during the 2015 season. And we discovered a huge spread in results: Certain markets have discount probabilities in the single digits, while others have better-than-even odds. Seattle Mariners4 runs44.7 Baltimore OriolesWin and 5 runs43.6 Houston AstrosWin on Tuesday8.0 Atlanta Braves6 runs7.7 Kansas City RoyalsWin and 5 runs33.5 San Diego Padres5 runs18.3 As if Cardinals fans haven’t had enough perks, the St. Louis promotion — which takes effect when the home team merely wins — is the deal most likely to pay off, with a 53 percent likelihood. (Wisely, perhaps, Papa John’s has no Cubs-based discount.) In other markets with winning teams, though, Papa John’s sometimes adds difficulty by tacking on victory conditions. In order to secure the D.C. discount, for instance, the Nationals need not only to win but also to score at least seven runs, a 14 percent proposition.Some cities’ chances are even more remote. In a just world, Braves fans would be able to ease the pain of watching their team rebuild by buying affordable food. But to add the insult of full-price pizza to the injury of bad baseball, the Braves are the team least likely to trigger the local discount, with odds under 8 percent. To feed Atlantans, baseball’s worst offense has to score six or more runs, a feat it’s achieved in only six of its 39 games. That makes their chances slightly lower than those of the Astros, who have to win on Tuesdays.7To calculate the Astros’ discount, we multiplied the probability that Houston would win a game by the fraction of their games that take place on Tuesdays (16 percent of their schedule).Surprisingly, Papa John’s doesn’t seem to have gamed the discounts much, if at all, and that means there are major inefficiencies in the pizza-promotion marketplace. (Paging Michael Lewis.) Although there’s nothing preventing the company from adjusting on the fly, as of now Papa John’s hasn’t limited its win-based discounts to teams that are more likely to lose, nor has it tailored the runs per game-based discounts to team quality in any statistically significant way. When we randomly scrambled the discount conditions between teams, we found almost no difference in the probability of getting discounted pizza compared to how the discounts are actually assigned.So with great power to exploit local pizza promotions comes … slightly cheaper pizza, potentially. Armed with a spreadsheet, a list of discount codes, and an unquenchable appetite for Papa John’s, a sabermetric pizza handicapper could save some serious meal money in the right market.Much as we might want to, there’s no writing this redshirt out of this season’s script. So the only question left is whether we’re willing to move to St. Louis in search of a discounted slice.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
He told the conference he hoped to attract a “tidal wave” of support, adding: “I could only say I would love to see many hundreds of growers, brokers, spinners, designers, fashion houses, manufacturers, retailers and others all following your lead by making and embracing the same public commitment. “In so doing, I believe they will position themselves as good citizens of the wool business, with what I hope will quickly become a public and well-recognised seal of approval.” Sir Paul told the audience he “fell in love with wool” as a young designer and urged producers to create more woollen sportswear, saying it could be developed as lightweight and showerproof. The designer proved the point by having a glass of water thrown at him by Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the Campaign for Wool and president of Conde Nast International. Max Whitlock with Prince Charles and Sir Paul SmithCredit:PA Britain’s star gymnast joined the Campaign for Wool when he performed in front of the Prince of Wales and leading figures from the fashion industry. Max Whitlock swapped the Stella McCartney-designed gym kit he wore in Rio for a wool suit created by Sir Paul Smith. The 23-year-old double gold medallist, who said last month he would like to design sports footwear one day, walked on his hands before performing some of his famous pommel horse routines on a table to demonstrate the natural fabric’s flexibility. The performance was one of the highlights of a two-day event described by the prince as the “Davos of Wool”. Known north of the border as the Duke of Rothesay, he was joined at the inaugural Dumfries House Wool Conference in Ayrshire by Steve Rowe, CEO of Marks and Spencer, the model David Gandy, and a flock of sheep. The model David Gandy with Prince Charles at the first wool conference in Dumfries HouseCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Delegates discussed sustainability, animal welfare and the future aims of the industry, with representatives from the four main wool producing nations – the UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – signing the world’s first Wool Declaration. The document commits them to uphold the highest environmental, animal welfare and industrial standards. The prince, as patron of the campaign, which was launched in 2010 to expand the market and promote awareness of wool’s environmental benefits, called for those involved in the industry to sign the declaration. He added that since the campaign started, wool prices have risen and there is “generally higher morale” in the industry.
By Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy | LOS ANGELESA combination photo shows Adele (L) singing “Hello” and Beyonce performing at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, ebruary 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson(Reuters) Adele swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday, taking home statuettes for the top prizes – album, record and song of the year – in a shock, history-making victory over Beyonce on a night marked by political statements and emotional tributes.Adele, 28, won all five Grammys for which she was nominated, including for her comeback album “25” and her soaring ballad “Hello.” She became the first person in Grammy history to win the top three awards twice, following her wins for her last album “21” in 2012.Beyonce, 35, had gone into Sunday’s awards show with a leading nine nominations for her powerful “Lemonade” album about race, feminism, and betrayal. She had been hoping to win her first album of the year Grammy.Adele, who now has a career total of 15 Grammys, seemed stunned, telling reporters backstage that she “felt like it was her (Beyonce’s) time to win.”“My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you,” the British singer said to Beyonce, seated in the front row, as she accepted her award.“I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humble and very grateful. But my artist of my life is Beyonce. This album for me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was so monumental,” she added.SHOW-STOPPERAdele waves to singer Beyonce who is in the audience as she and co-song writer Greg Kurstin (not pictured) accept the Grammy for Song of the Year for “Hello” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonBeyonce and Adele also had the most talked-about moments on the Grammys stage.In her first public appearance since her announcement 12 days ago that she is expecting twins, Beyonce donned a sheer, glittering gold dress and halo crown to perform her ballads “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.”Singing seated on a chair and surrounded by petals, she also appeared in video projections wearing a gold-chain string bikini.Moments later, Adele literally stopped the show after flubbing the start of a tribute to the late British pop star George Michael.“I’m sorry. I know it’s live TV,” she said, cursing, stopping her slow ballad version of Michael’s “Fastlove” and asking to start again. “I can’t mess this up for him (Michael),” she said. She later apologized for causing any offense.Later, Minneapolis band The Time and Bruno Mars performed an up-tempo tribute to Prince, celebrating his musical legacy.POLITICAL STATEMENTSSinger Katy Perry arrives at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. , February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniAs with other recent Hollywood award shows, artists wasted no time getting political.Katy Perry wore a glittering armband saying “Persist” and her performance of “Chained to the Rhythm” featured banners showing the words “We the People”, the opening sentence of the U.S. Constitution.Host James Corden, opening the show with an extended rap about the power of music, sang “Live it all up, because this is the best, and with President Trump, we don’t know what is next.”The other big winner was late British singer David Bowie, whose final album “Blackstar” won all five of its nominations, including best alternative album. The British singer had never won in his lifetime for an individual album or song.“Blackstar” was released two days before his death in January 2016 of cancer.Other winners on Sunday included Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, who won three Grammys including best new artist while Twenty One Pilots won best pop duo/group performance for “Stressed Out.”Drake and Kanye West, who each had eight nominations, were no shows, as well as Justin Bieber. Drake, who won two Grammys for single “Hotline Bling”, is on tour in England.(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken and Bill Rigby) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSinger Natalie Cole diesJanuary 1, 2016In “latest news”Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris over rape claimJanuary 22, 2019In “Entertainment”Pregnant Beyonce photo mesmerises AmericaFebruary 2, 2017In “Entertainment”
Updated 11.20pm HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has said that the health watchdog HIQA will be called in to examine the issues surrounding maternity care at Portlaoise Hospital, promising “we will get all the answers”.Reilly was speaking at Government Buildings this evening after the parents of one of the children who died at the hospital just minutes after being born met with politicians in Leinster House today.“I do believe then that we will in all likelihood call in HIQA. In fact, I believe we will be calling in HIQA,” Reilly said today adding that in the first instance the chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, will investigate the matter.Last Thursday, an RTÉ Prime Time programme examined the deaths of four babies over six years at the hospital’s maternity unit and found that the babies had no physical conditions which would have led to their death, saying that “other factors” had led to the death of the infants.The parents of one of those children, Mark and Roisín Molloy, lost their son Mark 22 minutes after his birth in January 2012. An inquest into his death took a jury just five minutes to rule it as a case of medical misadventure.‘Independent inquiry is essential’ Speaking outside Leinster House after meeting TDs on all sides of the house earlier today, the Molloys said that they wanted a full HIQA inquiry into the issue.“An independent inquiry is essential,” Roisín Molloy said. “It’s been a long road but, at last, it feels like someone is listening to us.”Roisín was echoed by her husband, Mark who said that he wanted HIQA to be involved, saying: “There has to be a full HIQA inquiry. There has to be decisiveness.”Mark said that the meetings with members of the Oireachtas went well, despite the time that has been allowed lapse. “It’s important that the committee members hear from normal people who have been let down by the system,” he said.He said that a meeting held with Minister Reilly had gone well and that Reilly had promised to keep the family informed about any inquiry that was to take place.Reilly later confirmed that he had met with the families on Sunday and said he was “deeply appreciative of them for for meeting with me”. He said he expects Dr Holohan’s report to be completed as “expeditiously as possible”, in a matter of weeks, and said it will “signpost areas of particular concern” for HIQA to carry out its review.The Minister said the Prime Time programme raised an “awful lot of issues” that parents would have “found deeply upsetting, sometimes humanising”.“It will not drag on unnecessarily along but neither will it be completed until we get all the answers. And we will get all the answers,” he added. – additional reporting Hugh O’ConnellFirst published 4.17pm Read: Taoiseach: Independent report into baby deaths would only happen after HSE inquiryRead: Missed the Prime Time investigation last night? Here’s what you need to know…
By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/3246563 Feb 17th 2017, 11:10 PM Source: NIFRS/Twitter FIREFIGHTERS IN NORTHERN Ireland ended up downloading an app with sheep noises to rescue a lamb that was stuck in a drain.The Fintona firefighters first attempted to lure out the two-week-old lamb by making sheep impressions before turning to technology.The lamb had managed to find its way into a manhole and then several metres down a narrow horizontal pipe which was several feet underground.It turned around and came back up the pipe with the noise of the app, but not far enough to grab it.A local sheep farmer saved the day by providing a trained sheep dog, which went up the pipe and retrieved the lamb and brought it to safety.A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) have posted about the task on social media saying, “When we’re round the tea table it’s the ones like these we tend to talk about.” 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email4 Firefighters used phone app with sheep noises to save lamb stuck in drain But not before they tried out their own sheep impressions. 2 week old lamb rescued from drain in Fintona https://t.co/yLqoSZH6PS ##NotABAAAAdDaysWork #FarmSAFE #StopandThinkSAFE #Animalrescue pic.twitter.com/4juju2uQGF— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) February 17, 2017 Friday 17 Feb 2017, 11:10 PM Short URL Read: Germany bans children’s doll that can be used as ‘spying device’> 15,467 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank of Australia has again cut rates this week. And given the overall economic outlook and what I’m hearing from those of you in the real economy, the decision is spot on. But what if you are one of the many individuals with money on deposit hoping to maximise the rate of return on those funds? Falling interest rates are not necessarily a good thing. Here are a few things to think about. Risk, return and access are the keys to your cash investment strategy. All saving is a trade-off between risk and return. There are three broad headings under which you can think about savings options. Bank accounts: most cash savers use a transaction account and a savings account such as an online variable savings account. The transaction account might pay zero interest while the online savings account pays a high interest rate so long as you conduct all transactions online.Term deposits: term deposits normally pay you a higher interest rate the longer you are prepared to keep your money in it. Returns on term deposits are also typically higher than a bank savings account, but with penalties for trying to withdraw early. Fixed-income funds: These funds are offered by professional money managers. They invest in ‘fixed-income’ assets like government bonds, bank bonds, corporate bonds and bank deposits. Some funds only invest in very secure and accessible bonds that have their returns tied to the RBA’s cash rate. Others are riskier, with the possibility of higher returns, by investing in less secure bonds that have their returns tied to the long-term interest rate markets. Generally, these funds have higher risk than a bank deposit, but much lower risk than shares. So when deciding where to invest your money you should consider the following points. Save in a way that beats inflation. If inflation rises faster than the interest rate you earn on your money, you will not be able to keep pace with the rising price of the goods and services that you pay for in everyday life. Save in a way that minimises your tax burden. For instance, whose name do you save in? If you have a spouse or partner on a lower income tax bracket than you, perhaps the savings should be in their name. Save in a way that delivers regular income. Some people, especially self-funded retirees and those close to retirement, need to structure their savings so they can earn income from their savings and still have money for day-to-day living. Finally, may I encourage you to make your cash investments work as hard as possible. And if you have questions, please consult a licensed financial adviser. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
Radiations artificielles : elles sont à 98% d’origine médicaleVienne, Autriche – 98% des radiations artificielles auxquelles est exposée la population sont en fait d’origine médicale. C’est ce que révèle un rapport du Comité scientifique des Nations Unies pour l’étude des effets des rayonnements (UNSCEAR).Le rapport indique que “les expositions médicales représentent 98% des sources artificielles et sont désormais le second contributeur principal des expositions humaines à l’échelle mondiale”. De son côté, la vice-présidente de l’UNSCEAR confiait à l’AFP : “Depuis le dernier rapport (en 2006), les rayonnements radioactifs reçus par la population mondiale n’ont en moyenne pas changé”.L’UNSCEAR a pour mission principale de mesurer les niveaux et effets des rayonnements ionisants sur la population, afin que des mesures efficaces soient prises dans le cadre de la radioprotection. Fred Mettler, responsable de l’UNSCEAR, précise : “Actuellement, entre 3,5 et 4 milliards d’examens médicaux avec rayons-X sont pratiqués annuellement. Depuis 1980, la quantité des expositions médicales a doublé. Et dans certains pays, cette quantité est égale à celles des sources naturelles. L’augmentation des radiations en médecine n’est pas nécessairement néfaste, il faut seulement s’assurer de son utilité”.Le 20 août 2010 à 12:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
With the most recent job that Marcelo Bielsa has at Leeds United in English football’s Championship, compatriot Alfio Basile thrashed him for his popularity.We can’t say that we don’t agree with the Argentine former manager Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile, who recently spoke to newspaper La Nacion and harshly criticized Marcelo Bielsa’s inclination towards marketing around his reputation in the sport. Since he started his career as a professional manager, we always wondered why everybody always regarded Marcelo as some kind of genius when he has never really won any major trophies at the highest level of competition. Every time the manager does take a big squad that has many world-class stars in it, something happens that usually ends up with him resigning or getting sacked and yet everybody who talks about him almost attributes the cure of cancer to his name. Someone from his own country finally came out and criticized the manager, who is currently coaching English club Leeds United on the Championship. It was Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile who talking to newspaper La Nacion, went after Bielsa for being so “marketing inclined”.Basile: “Bielsa es lo más marketinero que he visto en mi vida” https://t.co/4ptV7GRil7 pic.twitter.com/YpptC7xffF— LA NACION (@LANACION) August 23, 2018“I don’t want to talk about Bielsa because he is the most marketing-oriented person I’ve ever seen. It’s probably not his fault because he does look like a nice guy, but I still can’t explain how they agree to televise his Championship matches. Who paid that when he managed Lille for example? I just can’t believe it. Plus, he never wants to coach a top-tier club that is pressured to win titles. Who else has had his second division matches televised before? They wouldn’t even do that with Mourinho! I just can’t explain it. I actually spoke to him once in Atocha, the Madrid train station. I went to see the Argentina national team that played in Sevilla once, and he was managing the squad. He saw me and invited me to sit down for a coffee. I remember him asking me how the qualifiers were. After that, I never saw him again. His kind are weird guys, you don’t see them anywhere,” said Basile to La Nacion.? | Upon arriving at the ground, the players take time out to meet and sign autographs for our fantastic travelling support #AllLeeds pic.twitter.com/vfV9pba3jZ— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s real appeal.But studying a bit more about this character and trying to understand him, we do have to say that this is a man who studies football every hour of every day and never gets tired of it. Plus his tactical ideas when seen during a football match are very interesting, he does have offensive inclinations that are very entertaining to watch. Pep Guardiola himself has declared that he is a devoted Bielsa fan, every time he has time to speak about the Argentine only praise comes out of his mouth. But we still fail to understand why he still isn’t able to control his personality, because Bielsa has always had trouble or arguments with important people from every single squad he manages. There have been many reports from the players of Marcelo Bielsa treating them like garbage, the incidents with the Chilean national team players and the Athletic Club roster are well-documented.Diego Simeone goes after Real Madrid’s lack of style again Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 5, 2019 During a long interview for La Nacion, Diego Simeone came after Real Madrid’s lack of school and praised other clubs above them.We’ve all known…40’ Shackleton got to the byline, played a great ball across the goal and Kemar Roofe tapped home1-1 | #SWALEEpic.twitter.com/IXahkxic75— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s current form in Leeds United.Then there is the proof of his football philosophy, Marcelo Bielsa has played fantastic football at Leeds United since he first arrived in the Championship and currently has the squad in second place playing offensive football that is just as entertaining as Josep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It’s pretty easy for any marketing team of any club in the world to market a squad that plays football like that, Marcelo Bielsa is the perfect example of a man who executes his ideas just the way he wants to and there is a huge reason why a lot of people regard him in such high esteem. We still don’t know if Bielsa will be able to take Leeds United back to the Premier League, it would certainly be a great achievement in the Argentinean manager’s career and we would obviously love to watch him play against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the next season of the top division of English football. We get why ‘Coco’ may be salty about this, but after a thorough analysis and consideration, we don’t agree with him anymore.El Leeds United de Marcelo Bielsa suma 3 victorias en 3 partidos. Así saca el balón jugado su equipo en Inglaterra. pic.twitter.com/ywlMWtyqaW— Fonsi Loaiza (@FonsiLoaiza) August 14, 2018What do you think Bielsa has that makes him such a special football manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Based on funding levels in the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, a full-year FY 2018 spending bill would allocate $23.4 billion to restore military infrastructure, including barracks, hangars, roads, runways and hospitals, according to a House Armed Services Committee press release. The backlog of deferred maintenance on facilities has increased from $2 billion in 1978 to $100 billion today, it states. This year’s defense policy bill calls for spending $14.4 billion to sustain, repair, and upgrade military infrastructure, and $9 billion for new construction.Photo by U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Ben Bloker Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Senior Center is pleased to report that Wilmington’s memory cafe, “Our Moment Cafe,” is off to a wonderful start since its opening in October 2018.A memory cafe is a special gathering place for those dealing with memory loss and their caregivers. The Cafe gives the person with memory loss, and their caregivers, an opportunity to socialize, participate in an activity, and to make new friends in a welcoming and understanding environment.“Our Moment Cafe” will be meeting at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue), from 1pm to 2:30pm, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019; Wednesday, February 20, 2019; and Wednesday, March 20, 2019.If you have any questions, contact Terri Marciello or Laura Pickett at the Department of Elderly Services at 978-657-7595.(NOTE: The above information is from the latest Town Topics Newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”
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A multi-vehicle crash on the Seward Highway Friday has left one person dead and several others injured.According to Alaska State Troopers, the crash was reported just after noon on Friday, at mile 80 of the highway in Girdwood.A tour bus traveling north on the Seward highway reportedly hit another northbound vehicle which was stopped, waiting for cars to turn into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.It caused a pileup involving the bus and five vehicles, two of which were towing trailers.Alaska Dispatch News reports Alaska Tour & Travel operates the Park Connection Motorcoach involved in the crash. It services national park areas and was headed from Seward to Anchorage with 42 passengers on board.Troopers responded to the crash along with the Anchorage Police Department and Girdwood Fire Department.55-year old John Zollner III was pronounced dead on scene. Next of kin was also on scene and was notified.Two other people were transported by Life Med helicopter to Anchorage with serious injuries. Additional motorists were transported to nearby medical centers with less serious injuries.According to Troopers, an investigation is underway. Commercial Motor Vehicle inspectors are assisting.The road remained closed for about 10 hours, backing up traffic until late evening.
Police on Monday arrested a local leader of Jatiya Party (JaPa) from Hajiganj area under Fatullah police station of Narayanganj for allegedly torturing and physically assaulting a female school teacher of the area, reports UNB.Police arrested lawyer Abdul Majid Khandakar, member secretary of Narayanganj district unit of JaPa over torturing and physically assaulting Shahinur Parveen Shanu, a teacher of Pacific International School of the area, on Sunday night, said Kamal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Model police station.Victim’s father Shaiful Islam filed a case with the police station on Monday noon accusing Abdul Majid Khandakar and his wife Rokeya Khandakar.Police later arrested Abdul Majid from his residence in the evening.According to the case statement, Abdul Majid Khandaker, and his wife went to Shanu’s rented house on Sunday night and offered her to give tuition to their granddaughter.Shanu refused their offer saying that she has been suffering from kidney complicacies for the last six months.As Shanu refused the offer, Abdul Majid beat her up with shoes in front of her family members.The JaPa leader also strangled Shanu and threatened to kill her by electrocution.Shanu was admitted to Narayanganj 300-bed Hospital, said Sharfuddin, additional superintendent of police (circle- Ka) of the district.The victim bore several injury marks and evidence of physically humiliation, said Tahmina Naznin, an on-duty doctor of emergency department of the hospital.