University of Mysore notifies recruitment: Apply before August 25

first_imgThe Department of Science in Chemistry, University of Mysore has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the post of Project Fellow. The candidates will work under the project entitled “Development of inhibitors of heparanase for cancer therapy” on temporary basis. The interested candidates can apply on or before August 25. Vacancy details:Total post: 1Name of the post: Project FellowEducational qualification: The candidates should possess a Master’s of Science in chemistry/ biochemistry from a recognised university or institute. Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in an interview. Pay scale: The candidates will get a consolidated salary of Rs 14,000 per month.How to apply: The eligible candidates can submit the application along with essential documents such as attested copies of the certificates and mark sheets to ‘Principal Investigator, ISF-UGC project, Department of Science in Chemistry, University of Mysore, Manasagangothri, Mysore-570006, Karnataka’ by post so as to reach before the closing date. Important date:Last date for the submission of an application: August 25For more details, the candidates can check the official website.READ: IISER Pune is looking for Office Assistants: Class 12 passouts, graduates can apply! READ: Indian Navy Recruitment 2016: Apply for 262 MTS posts For more updates on government jobs, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Onkar Singh elected Asian Cycling Confederation Secy Gen

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Cycling Federation of India Secretary General Onkar Singh has been elected as Secretary General of the Asian Cycling Confederation during the Congress of the continental body in Bahrain. Onkar Singh will take over as ACC Secretary General from Boo Woong Choi of Korea. The ACC Congress also elected Cycling Federation of India President Parminder Singh Dheendsa as its Vice-President. Sheikh Osama Ahmad Al Shafar from UAE will be the new president of the ACC and he will take charge from Hee Wook Cho of Korea. 65-year-old Onkar Singh became Secretary General of Cycling Federation of India in 2011 and since then he has promoted the game in the country. India recently hosted the 37th Asian Track Cycling Championships here. Onkar Singh thanked all the 41 Asian nations for the faith they have shown in the new President and Secretary General. “I am doing my best to uplift the cycling sport in India and with this new energy I can do more with new strategy,” he said after his election to the top post yesterday. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho defends “professional” Paul Pogba after recent slump

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his record signing Paul Pogba on Friday after the midfielder was criticised in the British media for his failure to provide defensive cover.Mourinho substituted United’s record signing in last month’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur after angrily gesturing at him from the touchline and dropped the Frenchman to the bench in favour of academy graduate Scott McTominay for last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Town.That led to suggestions United were struggling to make best use of the Frenchman, with former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness saying the 24 year-old lacked the concentration to operate in central midfield.”I had a few laughing over the past week because I heard and watched, read a few things, and I’m not English but I think I understand English enough when you want to say box to box,” Mourinho a news conference on Friday.The boss on href=””>@PaulPogba: “It doesn’t matter the tactical system the team plays – for me Pogba is a midfield player. He is a midfield player and that’s it. And it is difficult to find a midfield player with more potential than Paul, because he has everything.” href=””>#MUFC Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 9, 2018″But with some comments from some important people in football I got a little confused.”There is no confusion between me and Paul though. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul. I don’t see a problem.”advertisementPogba was first out to train at Carrington on Friday and appears likely to be recalled for the visit to Newcastle United on Sunday.”Paul had a very professional behaviour,” Mourinho said. “The week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional. He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him.”Mourinho has not won in six Premier League games at St James’ Park across two stints as Chelsea manager, recording three draws and three defeats.”I lost and I drew a few times, I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game will not be difficult,” Mourinho said.”They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, with Kenedy and (Islam) Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team.”(Rafa) Benitez knows how to get points so I think it is going to be difficult.”United are second in the table, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.Mourinho indicated full back Luke Shaw is set to sign a new long-term contract after the 22-year-old worked his way back into the first-team plans.”He has been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy,” Mourinho said.”The natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a United player for years.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Rohit Sharma cherishes big win over CSK: ‘Wanted to win this desperately’

first_imgRohit Sharma was a relieved captain as his 56 not out steered Mumbai Indians (MI) to an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune on Saturday.Rohit kept a cool head in the end and smashes four boundaries off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over to almost guarantee the win for MI. Finally, it was a single from Hardik Pandya to gave Mumbai the win, with two ball remaining.It was a must-win situation for Mumbai who had won only one match off their last six games. With this win, MI now have two wins off seven matches and keep their hopes alive in the tournament.Rohit was appreciative of the overall performance and credited a collective effort for the win over MS Dhoni’s CSK. Despite a blistering beginning from Ambati Rayudu and a 75 not out from Suresh Raina, MI bowlers managed to restrict CSK to 169/5.Also read – MS Dhoni looks at positives after Mumbai loss: ‘Losses like these make you humble’Thereafter, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis gave MI a perfect opening partnership and Rohit and Pandya finished the job.”Very much alive (in the IPL). Wanted this win desperately. Spoke to the boys that we didn’t want to take any decisions for the team in desperation. Wanted to stay calm. We’ve played good cricket. But that finishing touch wasn’t happening. Today we batted well, bowled well, fielded well. When you want to win games like this, all three departments have to come collectively. That’s when you get results,” Rohit said after receiving the man-of-the-match award.advertisementAlso read – IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma 56* trumps Raina 75* in MI’s 2nd victoryRohit hoped that the team could take momentum from this win and continue with a similar performance in the games to come.”If I look back at it, except the Sunrisers game where we batted poorly. Rest of the game we put on 190-plus. Even when we were defending, the bowlers nearly pulled it out for us. Hope we will continue from here on, this should give us momentum,” Rohit said.Rohit said that as a captain, he needed to understand the strength of the unit and create a team balance. He added that the players were ready to sit out for the benefit of the team.”We saw how this tournament is, batting-dominated tournament. Few bowling teams like Sunrisers have defended low scores, but for me as captain, I need to understand what our strengths are. Guys are ready to miss out if team balance demands, we have a positive atmosphere in the dressing room, we still backed our team.”Kieron Pollard was dropped from the match and JP Duminy took his place in the side. Pollard has been an MI stalwart since he joined the franchise in 2010 and MI last played without him in 2016.The Mumbai Indians captain said it was difficult to drop Pollard but he does not want to dismiss him completely. He added that there will be changes in the team going forward, according to the opposition and the surface.”Leaving out Pollard was tough, it was hard. He’s done so many good things for us.He was ready to accept that, going forward I don’t want to dismiss him completely. He’ll still be a match-winner but we’ve go with whatever gives us a chance to win. JP had done well for us, as he’s done for Delhi. I don’t want to be dismissive of anyone. We may have a few surprise changes going forward, whatever gives us a chance to win.”last_img read more

QLD Junior State Cup

first_imgA mammoth 136 teams will contest the 2008 Qld Junior State Cup in Caboolture from Friday, 11 July to Sunday, 13 July 2008.Teams will compete in Girls and Boys divisions in 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s age brackets.The wonderful facilities at Caboolture on the Sunshine Coast will see fifteen fields in operation which is almost double the amount at the previous QLD Junior State Cup.To keep informed of the progress on the tournament, log on to

9 months agoSolbakken: Solskjaer surely winning his Man Utd audition

first_imgSolbakken: Solskjaer surely winning his Man Utd auditionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the Manchester United job after victory at Tottenham. Solskjaer outshone Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino last night as they both compete for the permanent Old Trafford post.FC Copenhagen coach Solbakken said, “It’s not that I don’t think Pochettino can handle both clubs, but there is actually a difference between the demands made by United and Tottenham.”I think Solskjaer can actually get the job. If United shows stability and great progress, playing steady battles against the best and beating some of them at home, then I think it’s a strong application. They may have a plan ready and have him as a B or C choice. Or they have no plan yet, see how it goes and give him the chance to show that he is the right man.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping list

first_imgHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City midfielder Jarrod Bowen is high on Newcastle United’s January shopping list.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park.Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions.One name fed into summits is Bowen, who is entering the final year of his contract. But the Tigers have an option to trigger another year, which they plan to do.Bowen would tick every Newcastle box and is understood to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park – but whether United would extend to the reported £20million fee is another matter. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Marseille Fos’ Passenger, Cargo Volumes Surge in July

first_imgzoom The French port of Marseille Fos has experienced a “hot month” as it reported a surge in cargo volumes and passenger numbers during July.Marseille Fos handled 18.6% more cargo during the month, amounting to a total of 7.8 million tonnes, against the same month in 2015, while the port’s passenger numbers increased by 13% to 387,000 for the period.General cargo was up by 8% to a total of 1.64 million tons, reflecting the growth in all three sectors, containers, ro-ro and conventional.Container throughput rose 11% to more than one million tonnes, representing a 12% unit increase to 112,768 TEU.Liquid bulks were 26% better at 5.11 million tons. Oil and gas volumes rose 28% to 4.76 million tons, which included crude imports up 41% on 3 million tons and LNG surged by 71% to 0.62 million tons. Liquid chemicals and agro-products saw a 4% increase to 0.35 million tons.Additionally, dry bulks gained 3% for 1.07 million tons, largely due to imports of raw materials for the steel industry rising by 8% to 0.79 million tons.Passenger throughput was notable for a 31% increase in cruise numbers to 199,000. Those in transit rose 36% to 149,000, while the home port total of 50,000 marked an 18% improvement. Ferry carryings on North Africa and Corsica services were 1% down on July last year at 188,000.last_img read more

Road Improvements for Hants County

first_imgResidents of Hants County will see more road improvements thissummer. A contract worth $870,000 has recently been awarded for repavingfive kilometres of Trunk 14 near Rawdon. “This project is part of the province’s continual upgrading ofthe trunk highways in Nova Scotia,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “All our highway upgradesbenefit residents and visitors to our province.” The project includes repaving Trunk 14, from Route 202 at CheeseFactory Corner, westerly to Route 354 at Beaverbank Road. The contract was awarded to Basin Contracting. Work has startedand is expected to be complete by Sept. 30. Another 10 kilometres of Trunk 14, from New Ross Road northerlyto Windsor Forks, was completed earlier this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Dust storms claims 19 lives in UP leave 48 injured

first_imgLucknow: Nineteen persons were killed and 48 others injured due to dust storms and lightning in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Friday. A state Relief commissioner said: “While six persons were killed in Mainpuri, three persons each died in Etah and Kasganj and one each in Moradabad, Badaun, Pilibhit, Mathura, Kannauj, Sambhal and Ghaziabad in incidents related to dust storms and lightning.” Various parts of the state had witnessed dust storms late on Thursday night that led to trees being uprooted and house collapses. The maximum number of 41 people were injured in Mainpuri district. Principal Secretary Information Awanish Awasthi said that the “Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the officials to take all necessary measures to provide relief to the affected persons. He has directed ministers in-charge of concerned districts to oversee relief operations in their areas”.last_img read more

Cree leaders join antirailway demonstrations in Finland

first_img(Cree Nation deputy grand chief Mandy Gull (far left), Cree Nation Youth Grand Chief Kaitlynn Hester-Moses (second from left) and activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (second from right) are joining the Sami peoples in their fight against a planned railway development in Finland. Credit: Greenpeace Canada)APTN NewsThree First Nation leaders are in Finland this week rallying against a planned railway development through the Boreal Forest that has parallels to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Cree Nation deputy grand chief Mandy Gull, Cree Nation Youth Grand Chief Kaitlynn Hester-Moses and activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, who’s also a member of Pukatawagan Cree Nation, are joining Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Sami peoples in protesting the railway.The Finnish and Norwegian governments are planning an Arctic Corridor railway that would cut through the Boreal Forest, carrying goods from Rovaniemi in northern Finland to the Arctic Ocean in Kirkenes, Norway.Greenpeace has argued that this project threatens the health of the Boreal Forest, including the reindeer population that Finland’s Indigenous peoples, the Sami, rely on.“Everything that they do – their way of life, their activities, their relationship with the seasons and the cycles of the year, it’s all around reindeer,” said Gull. “It’s their livelihood. This is what they’re doing to supplement their income, but most importantly, it’s a part of their identity.“They are people of the reindeer.”The group has created a boundary through the Boreal Forest, at select locations along the planned railway route, with banners that read “Our Land Our Future” and “No Access Without Consent.”It’s a similar tactic seen with the Trans Mountain pipeline protests.And this rally in Finland comes on the heels of the Federal Court of Appeal’s game-changing ruling on the project.Last week, the court ruled the federal government failed to properly consult with Indigenous peoples on Trans Mountain. Further, the National Energy Board made a “critical error” when it neglected to consider the pipeline’s impact on the Southern resident killer whale population on Vancouver’s coast.Thomas-Muller is using Trans Mountain as an example to the Sami in Finland.“As Indigenous peoples, we can go up against these huge, massive developments and win,” he said. “Many Sami that I have spoken to here view the train corridor in the same way that First Nations view the Trans Mountain pipeline, that they have a very direct, right-of-way.”The Finnish and Norwegian governments are planning to open the railway in 2030.last_img read more

UK expands no-fly zone for drones around airports

LONDON — Britain is extending the no-fly zone for drones around airports to 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport.The Department for Transport says the zone will widen on March 13 from the current 1 kilometre (0.6 miles).Officials are also working on new legislation to give police more powers to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Wednesday that people who fly drones near airports “are not only acting irresponsibly, but criminally, and could face imprisonment.”More than 100,000 travellers were stranded or delayed before Christmas after drone sightings near Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport.U.K. aviation authorities say 125 near-misses between drones and aircraft were reported in 2018, up from 93 in 2017.The Associated Press read more

Global figures to gather at UN next week on advancing Africas development

The MDG Africa Steering Group was set up last September after data showed that despite faster growth and strengthened institutions, Africa remains off-track to meeting the Goals. At its 10 March meeting, the Group will review a set of key recommendations and initiatives to boost development efforts on the continent. The situation is particularly dire in sub-Saharan Africa, the only region in the world where not even a single country is on track to meeting the MDGs.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair the gathering, which will include the participation of Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank, Alpha Oumar Konaré of the African Union, Robert Zoellick of the World Bank, Louis Michel of the European Commission, Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Angel Gurría of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).A second forum, the MDG Africa Working Group, led by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, is responsible for following through with the Steering Group’s decisions and recommendations. The General Assembly also agreed yesterday to convene a high-level meeting in September – on the eve of its annual general debate – on how to better meet Africa’s development needs, given its struggle to achieve the MDGs. 5 March 2008International development leaders will convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York next week to address how to accelerate Africa’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets the world has set itself to slash poverty, hunger, maternal and infant mortality, and other social ills, all by 2015. read more

High River Gold shares soar as Nord Gold seeks to buy out

TORONTO — A major shareholder of High River Gold Mines Ltd. is proposing to buy the rest of its stock in a deal that values the Canadian company at more that US$1.17-billion.Nord Gold NV of Amsterdam, which already owns about 75% of High River Gold’s stock, said it would offer $1.40 per share in cash or stock for the rest.Nord Gold said selling shareholders had a choice of receiving cash or shares.High River, which has interests in producing mines and advanced exploration projects in Burkina Faso and Russia, says it has formed a committee of directors to evaluate the offer.[np-related]Nord Gold said in its press release from Amsterdam that it has lockup agreements with several minority sharholders, representing 28% of the High River shares that it doesn’t already own.High River Gold shares gained 18 cents or more than 14 per cent on Wednesday to trade at $1.41 per share on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes humane treatment of ethnic minorities in Laos

“The Secretary-General welcomes the reports received of the humane treatment extended to the group of 171 men, women and children from ethnic minorities, including Hmong, who have come out from remote areas of the Xaysomboune Special Zone in Lao People’s Democratic Republic early on Saturday morning,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.Mr. Annan urged the Lao Government to continue to provide the necessary assistance to the Hmong, “should a larger number come out of the jungle in the days ahead.””The Secretary-General also reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to provide every kind of humanitarian assistance to such groups that the Lao Government may request,” he added.The Xaysomboune Special Zone is a northern area of jungle near Viet Nam in the landlocked Asian nation, one of the least developed countries (LDC) and among the poorest in the world. read more

Why Some Tennis Matches Take Forever

But some players matter just as much as the year or surface. The difference between Dustin Brown, the fastest player with at least 50 matches, and Nicolas Massu, the slowest, is 12.6 seconds per point — bigger than the difference between the slowest and fastest years, or slowest and fastest tournaments.7All the player data is relative to retired American Aaron Krickstein, again chosen because he came first in alphabetical order. Since he played slightly faster than average for his time, the regression output shows the average player as contributing time to matches, so is best used to compare players to each other, and not as an absolute number. I’m listing only players with findings significant at the p<0.02 level — a stricter standard than p<0.05 to be more confident in the findings, but not quite as strict as p<0.01, which eliminated many more players — both for matches they won and for those they lost. My method found different estimates for winners and losers, but they were highly correlated — r-squared = 0.76 — so I combined them to form a single measure for each player, weighting the two estimates by his number of wins and losses in the data set. That’s the estimate shown in the following table. We’ve posted pace estimates for 218 players and for 205 events on GitHub.This analysis isn’t only about how much time players take between points. The official stats don’t break out that number. A player can affect the pace of play both by how much time he takes between points — mainly when serving — and how much time it takes him to play a point. Players who are fast between points but engage in epic rallies during them — such as Monfils — don’t show up as outliers. Nadal, meanwhile, is slow between points and also plays many long rallies.To check what I was capturing, I went back to Little Data. Using my trusty smartphone stopwatch function, I timed how long 15 players took to serve at the French Open. Then I correlated the time they took between each serve with the time the analysis showed they add to the average point. The two quantities had a fairly high correlation, suggesting that the players who add time to matches do so at least in large part by adding time between points.8The 15 players were as follows: Faster than Aaron Krickstein: Nicolas Almagro, Roger Federer, Daniel Gimeno Traver, John Isner, Andrey Kuznetsov, Nick Kyrgios, Benoit Paire, Lukas Rosol, Bernard Tomic. Slower: Pablo Andujar, Carlos Berlocq, Borna Coric, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal. I measured time before 120 of their serves between Thursday and Saturday. They were playing on courts at the same facility, in roughly the same weather conditions. The r-squared for the correlation was 0.44. The serve speed data also is on GitHub.Playing slow puts players in good company. Some of the greatest players of all time do or did: Nadal, Djokovic and Murray join fellow multiple-Slam-winners Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, who were all slow, albeit relative to their cohorts’ faster times. But slower players are only marginally better: There is essentially no correlation between career winning percentage and relative speed of play.9r-squared=0.01 Great players like Federer and 2001 Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic played faster than average.My analysis assumed each player maintains the same pace throughout his career, but anyone can change his pace of play. To find out who has, I compared actual and expected pace for each match10By inserting the regression coefficients, so I was controlling for opponent, surface, year and other factors.:Nadal is vexed that time has become such a pressing topic lately. “I don’t know why but is very interesting that we are talking a lot about time the last three years,” he said in response to a question of mine at a news conference here at the French Open. “I have been on the tour for 13 years, so for the first 10 years I have been on the tour I don’t think I was quicker than now, and we were not talking about that.” Nadal was so peeved by one umpire’s enforcement of time rules earlier this year that he asked for the ump to be removed from his upcoming matches, a request that was granted.Murray knows sometimes he is too slow. “I don’t mean to do it,” he said. Then again, it’s hard to know when he’s taking too much time. “Are we supposed to spend the 25 seconds before you serve counting in your head to 25? No, you’re thinking about tactics or, you know, other things, what you’re about to do with the serve, where you’re going to play the serve. And, yeah, sometimes you can go too slow.”Since Murray and Nadal grew tired of all the time questions, I asked some of today’s fastest players why they push the pace. All of them said that’s always been their style.Australian Bernard Tomic said he plays fast deliberately. He told me that mixing up pace between points is another way to throw off opponents, like changing the speed or spin of the ball. “Everyone plays differently,” Tomic said. “That’s the weapon you have these days.”Lukas Rosol, a Czech player, and American Sam Querrey both said they like to get into a rhythm when serving. Waiting too long between points can break that up. Querrey gets annoyed when he has to wait too long to return, and he figures spectators do, too. “Sports that are popular are ones that have pretty good pace of play,” he said. Some players told The Washington Post they want the game sped up, such as by forcing servers to hit their first ball toss, no matter how errant.On Monday, during Nadal’s slow-paced match against Sock, I caught up with some more outliers among retired greats at a joint news conference to promote the seniors tournament. The ex-players’ sense of their own pace generally squared with the analysis.“I didn’t take any time,” said Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champ. “I just liked to play fast.” He recalled playing Agassi, another fast player, in a five-setter that took two hours. He was a bit off, but the match was still pretty fast for a five-setter, taking two hours and 50 minutes. Ivanisevic has to watch a lot of tennis these days, as coach of defending U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, and he wishes players would move faster. “Maybe they should go to the towel just half the time,” he said.Michael Chang, the 1989 French Open champ, correctly guessed that he was somewhere in between Ivanisevic and Nadal in pace. He doesn’t blame Nadal: “A guy like Rafa, he sweats profusely,” Chang said.So did Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champ. “I was one of the sweatiest players in the history of the game,” he said. He also often ended points at the net, so he needed time to walk back to the baseline. Nonetheless, he used to rush as a young player, until he was taught to slow down — so slow, he was one of the slowest players, relative to his era.Cash thinks that the sport, with its protracted baseline rallies, is better today, and that there’s nothing wrong with players taking a 30-second break after a rally at least that long. “Spectators have got to catch their breath,” he said. Nine-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal is one of the slowest players of the last 25 years. Roger Federer is faster than average. Novak Djokovic is slower than average — but has gotten faster. Andy Murray, on the other hand, has slowed down.I’m not talking about foot speed, or about the speed of the ball off the racket. I’m talking about how long it takes to play a point of tennis. Like baseball, tennis isn’t bound by a clock, but it does keep time. A match isn’t over until one player wins two sets or three. And who the players are goes a long way to deciding how long it takes to go from start to finish.The topic has been especially urgent at this year’s French Open, which lacks a roof and floodlights and must squeeze in play between darkness and rain. If Djokovic and Murray played slightly faster, they might have finished their semifinal Friday. Instead the match was suspended at 3-3 in the fourth set because of an imminent storm at around 8:30 p.m. local time. That will force the winner of the match to play three days in a row, which could be a disadvantage in the final.For an illustration of how much pace matters, consider two four-set matches that finished Monday in Paris. Speedy Roger Federer finished off relatively fast Gael Monfils in two hours and 12 minutes, taking 36 seconds per point. Rafael Nadal’s defeat of Jack Sock, on the other hand, required two fewer points but 41 more minutes; it took 47 seconds per point. All those seconds add up fast.1The Federer match was much faster than Nadal’s even though it had more long rallies: 36 of nine or more shots, compared with 27 in the Nadal match.Before just about every serve, Nadal went through most parts of his usual ritual: He cleaned the baseline with his foot, tapped his shoes with his racket to knock the clay off, rejected one of the three balls he was offered, bounced one of the others with his racket while with his right hand he picked at the back of his shorts, dried his face and the area behind his ears, rubbed his hand on his shirt, rocked back and forth — and served. When he missed the first serve, he did some of the same things on his second serve, including picking at the back of his shorts and rocking back and forth.Players are allowed no more than 20 seconds between serves at Grand Slams225 seconds at ATP World Tour events; if they exceed that threshold twice and are called for it, they lose a first serve. Some players stretch and shrink the time as a tactic to rest or throw off opponents.Over several games and sets, slower play can add 15 minutes or more to a match, throwing off television schedules and testing the patience of fans. It matters enough to the ATP, which runs the men’s tour, that it cracked down on slow play two years ago by enforcing the rules more strictly. Then again, thrilling long rallies take longer and create longer breaks in between, so a slowdown could be a good sign for the sport.I’ve studied the question of what determines the length of a match before, using Little Data: stopwatching the time between a few hundred points, correlating with rally length and other factors. But now we have easy access to big data in tennis. Analyst Jeff Sackmann has posted to GitHub match stats for the last 25 years of the men’s tour. (Match stats for the women’s tour aren’t available.3The WTA, which runs the women’s tour, hasn’t cracked down on slow play like the ATP has with the men. And the men notice. Just after the ATP became stricter, in early 2013, men and women both played an Australian Open warmup event in Brisbane. Andy Murray recalled in a news conference last week that men timed women’s matches and complained that 35-second delays weren’t being penalized, while men were dinged for going two seconds over their limit.) There are nearly 25 years of matches in there — 71,027 in all,4The database was updated through April 27 when I downloaded it. Tennis data is imperfect, including some errors in the historical record. I scrapped all matches with no time info, plus other oddballs (including matches with stats that looked wrong, like a handful of matches with points that averaged less than 15 seconds or more than six and a half minutes). and enough variables for us to tease out which factors have the biggest effect on how long matches take. Like I did last year with baseball games, I ran a regression to see how each of a match’s building blocks affects how long it takes, per point.5I used R. The dependent variable was time divided by points. The variables I included started with the breakdown of points in the match, by type. More precisely, these variables were the percentage of points that were followed by: changeovers after the first game of a set, when there is no prolonged break; changeovers later in sets, with longer breaks; ends of sets; end of matches by one player winning the requisite number of sets; end of matches by retirement; end of matches by default; all other ends of games; tiebreaker changeovers, when players switch side in tiebreakers, after each six points; tiebreaker changes of serve, after an odd number of points; and all other tiebreaker points. I also included four groups of dummy variables: the year of the match; the tournament-surface (treating Madrid’s clay tournament separately from the old Madrid hard-court event and from Rome’s clay event); the winner; and the loser. (We’ve uploaded part of my findings on Github for all to see.)In the early 1990s, the era in which Pete Sampras served-and-volleyed to success and Andre Agassi rushed from one side of the court to the other between serves, the game sped up. Then, starting in the late 1990s, as play shifted to baseline battles, it slowed down — until 2012, when the average point took 4.6 seconds longer than in 1991, all else equal. That doesn’t sound like much, but it amounts to 19 extra minutes over 250 points, a typical number for a best-of-five-set match.In 2012, the five-set Australian Open final between Nadal and Djokovic took five hours and 53 minutes, and raised cries for the game to speed up. The next year, the ATP answered by encouraging umpires to call time violations more strictly — and it appears to have worked. That year play sped up by 2.6 seconds per point, and it has remained roughly at that level since.Surface matters, too. The four fastest tournaments were on grass — with Wimbledon the fastest. The 11 slowest were on clay. Grass encourages the fastest rallies in the sport, which take less time and require less recovery. Clay is at the other extreme.6Because of the nature of the regression, I had to choose one event to serve as the benchmark for all others. So I went with the first one listed when the events were lined up in alphabetical order. All the speed data is relative to data from 1998 to 2007 for ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a grass tournament in the Netherlands. Since it’s played on a relatively fast surface, the regression output shows the average tournament as contributing time to matches, so is best used to compare tournaments to each other, and not as an absolute number. Also note that some of the names were formatted inconsistently, so a few tournaments appear more than once, covering different time periods. That doesn’t affect our findings for other types of variables. read more

Brazil gives green light to samesex marriage

first_imgBRAZIL HAS BECOME the third and largest Latin American country to give a de facto green light to same-sex marriage.In a bold stride for the majority Roman Catholic nation, the National Council of Justice (NCJ), a panel which oversees Brazil’s legal system and is headed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, said government offices that issue marriage licenses had no standing to reject gay couples.“This is the equivalent of authorising same-sex marriage in Brazil,” said Raquel Pereira de Castro Araujo, head of the human rights committee of the Brazilian bar association.Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa explained that there was no reason for government marriage licensing offices to wait for Congress to pass a law on same-sex marriage before extending gays rights they legally already have.Barbosa noted that the Supreme Court in 2011 recognised stable homosexual unions, ruling that the constitution guaranteed them the same rights as heterosexual couples.“Are we going to require the approval of a new law by Congress to put into effect the ruling that already has been made by the Supreme Court? That would make no sense,” he said in comments quoted by the G1 news website.The earlier Supreme Court decision “is binding” and should be followed by the lower courts, Barbosa stressed.CongressIn Congress, a strong religious faction opposes same-sex marriage, and has not yet approved a law on same-sex marriage regulations. And the NCJ’s decisions are subject to appeal before the Supreme Court.Lawmaker Marco Feliciano, also an evangelical Christian pastor, said his Social Christian Party would appeal the change in the high Court.Since 2011 some offices have granted marriage licenses to gay couples and others have not. While some state courts have recognised same-sex marriages, the council’s ruling was the first to set out a national standard.“The decision is timely and is the result of a long struggle of organized social movements,” said Marjori Machi, president of the Rio de Janeiro Association of Transvestite and Transsexual People (ASTRA-RIO).This will reduce legal procedures and ensures more equality to Brazilian citizens. Before this there were first and second class citizens. Now all families will be respected.Luiz Kignet, a family law specialist at PLKC Advogados in Sao Paulo, said a federal law on same-sex marriage does need to be on the books.“The Court authority (NCJ) is not saying a (national, federal) law is not needed,” Kignet said. “But it is saying that same-sex marriage is constitutional even while the legislative body has not produced a law yet.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Northern Ireland Assembly votes against calls for same-sex marriage>last_img read more

How much cash do Irish people spend on preening before a holiday

first_imgUS IRISH LIKE to make sure we’re looking our best before we hit the beach.A new survey shows that many of us like to make a few essential appointments before jetting off.The survey by found that on average Irish people spend €110-€150 on pre-holiday preening.It also discovered that 71% of Irish people visit the hairdresser and beautician before a break.A huge 71% of Irish women say that getting a bikini wax is top priority, followed by a manicure and pedicure.Almost two fifths (38%) go for at least two beauty treatments and 1 in 5 opt for three.Favourite Products But it’s not just beauty appointments that are pushing up the preening costs, 80% of those surveyed say they buy new beauty products before they leave.The top three are:sun-cream (89%)deodorant (69%)razors/hair removal cream (66%).Meanwhile, two thirds (63%) say they buy the travel sized versions of their favourite products before heading off.The survey was carried out on 180 people aged 18-55.Of those questioned – 69% were women and 31% were men.Fake or BakeOver a quarter (26%) of holiday makers say they fake their tan before they even hit the departure lounge.While a further 26% admit to using sunbeds for their pre-holiday tan.Irish skin can be sensitive to the sun and so 77% of those surveyed say they always wear suncream on holidays.The remaining 23% say they apply it ‘sometimes’.The most popular SPF factor is 15-20 with almost half of people (46%) using it.The next in line is factor 30 with 26%.Read: What’s the most popular foreign destination for the Irish?>last_img read more

Kim Jongnam murder suspect avoids death penalty

first_imgKim Jong-nam murder suspect avoids death penalty The half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017. Short URL Doan Thi Huong leaving court today Apr 1st 2019, 9:55 AM 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 1 Apr 2019, 9:55 AM 13,731 Views center_img Doan Thi Huong leaving court today Image: Vincent Thian/PA Images Image: Vincent Thian/PA Images By AFP Share26 Tweet Email A VIETNAMESE WOMAN accused of killing the North Korean leader’s half-brother has avoided the death penalty after charges against her were dropped. Doan Thi Huong had been on trial in Malaysia for a year and a half over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport.The half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un died on his way to hospital after being attacked with VX nerve agent. Following the attack, Huong and Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah were arrested.Malaysia allowed the two women’s suspected North Korean handlers to leave in the days after the murder, amid a diplomatic row as South Korean capital Seoul accused the North Korean capital Pyongyang of plotting the Cold War-style hit on Kim Jong-nam. The women, who claimed they were tricked into carrying out the killing, were put on trial facing a murder charge.Last month, however, the charge against suspect Aisyah was dropped and today prosecutors withdrew the charge against Huong from Vietnam and replaced it with a lesser one.She pleaded guilty to “causing injury” and was handed a three year and four month jail term, with her lawyers saying she would be freed next month due to sentence reductions. The women would have been sentenced to death by hanging if convicted of murder.Huong, a 30-year-old former hair salon worker who had been living a precarious existence among Malaysia’s army of migrant workers before her arrest, said she was “happy” after the verdict was handed down. “This is a fair sentence,” she told reporters at the High Court in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. ”This is a fair judgement, I thank the Malaysian government and the Vietnamese government.”Her father Doan Van Thanh, who was at court, said he planned to “host a big party to welcome my youngest daughter back home”.last_img read more

Man accused of murdering Gareth Hutch tells court it was not his

first_imgMan accused of murdering Gareth Hutch tells court it was ‘not his thing going around murdering people’ Thomas Fox also said he had no reason to fight with the Hutch family. Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Jun 28th 2018, 11:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in 2016. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 11:02 PMcenter_img Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in 2016. Image: Sam Boal/ 16,681 Views Image: Sam Boal/ No Comments By Alison O’Riordan A DUBLIN MAN accused of murdering Gareth Hutch told gardaí he would never take sides in the Hutch/Kinahan feud as it was “between the two families” and “nothing to do with” him, the Special Criminal Court has heard.Thomas Fox also said he had no reason to fight with the Hutch family and it was “not his thing going around murdering people”.Fox said he had tried to distance himself from his co-accused Jonathan Keogh, after Keogh told him there was a threat on his life. He said Keogh was “mixed up with big people” and he felt nervous in his company.Earlier, the court heard Fox went to Mountjoy Garda Station after being persuaded by his mother and told officers he was there to “clear his name”. Fox said his father, Michael Taylor, had been killed in 2011 and he “couldn’t put another family through that”.Fox is one of three Dubliners accused of murdering Hutch (36), nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch. It is the State’s case that he was instrumental in planning the murder of Hutch.The prosecution contend that Fox was parked near Avondale House in a white Ford Transit on the morning of the shooting but due to a change of plans the white van was not required.Hutch was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street in Dublin on the morning of 24 May, 2016. He died as a result of four gunshot injuries.Fox (31) with an address at Rutland Court, Dublin 1, Regina Keogh (41) from Avondale House, Cumberland Street North, Dublin 1 and Jonathan Keogh (32) of Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, have pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Hutch.Fox has also denied unlawfully possessing a Makarov 9 mm handgun on 23 May, 2016 at the same place.EvidenceThe court heard evidence today of seven out of nine interviews conducted by gardaí with Fox.Detective Garda Declan O’Brien, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations, told prosecuting counsel Diarmaid Collins BL that gardaí arrested Fox on suspicion of murder with a firearm at Mountjoy Garda Station at 7.01pm on 24 May, 2016.Fox told gardaí he lived with his mother and had a girlfriend of five years who was expecting their baby at the time.Fox said he was in his aunt’s house on the morning Hutch was killed and she told him about the shooting.“Being nosey” he cycled down to his girlfriend’s house that morning and they walked to Avondale House “to have a look” but they did not go into the flats.In the second interview, Fox said he did not have “the stomach or the balls” to pull the trigger of a gun, adding “what kind of thick would hand himself in” to gardaí.He said it was “not in him” to shoot anyone as his father, Michael Taylor, had been shot in “front of his ma” in 2011 and nothing had been done about it.“It’s not in me to retaliate,” he said.The accused said he knew Jonathan Keogh all of his life but the pair had become more friendly in the previous six months after Keogh started training him in the gym. They also did sunbeds together.Fox’s girlfriend warned him to stay away from Keogh when he told them there was a threat on his life, the court heard.The trial continues tomorrow with the remainder of Mr Fox’s interviews with gardaí.last_img read more