BOSTON — The Sharks didn’t have a big team meeting or something of the sort before Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.“We have to stop talking,” Sharks center Tomas Hertl said, “and play hockey right now.”The Sharks, two days removed from a disheartening 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, finish their five game road trip with arguably their toughest test, as they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.The Sharks have just one win in five games and entered Tuesday with a 4-7-1 record, the …
Unicef is hosting a fundraising gala in South Africa for the first time, in May. The proceedings will benefit socioeconomically disadvantaged children.Unicef national ambassador for South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss will moderate the organisation’s gala event on 6 May 2017 in Johannesburg, its inaugural fundraiser in South Africa. (Image: Jo-Ann Strauss, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) will hold its inaugural fundraising gala in South Africa on 6 May 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Rosebank, Johannesburg.At the gala, the international organisation will highlight its global campaign, Ending Violence against Children. The gala, Unicef said, was seen as an opportunity to “profile our mandate and values that guide our daily work, for every child, in South Africa”.In attendanceIt would be “a VIP event that will help catalyse further investments for children in need”, the organisation said. Actress Priyanka Chopra, a goodwill ambassador, will attend.South African Unicef national ambassadors, former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss and clothing designer Gavin Rajah, will play prominent roles. Strauss will moderate the event, and Rajah will feature a fashion show.Funds raised from the live auction will go towards Unicef South Africa child protection programmes.Thanks @AskMotswako for being part of our efforts with @UNICEF_SA @UNICEF and for helping us help the children of Africa. pic.twitter.com/CDyl5QkVK6— Jo-Ann Strauss (@jo_annstrauss) March 23, 2017Progress madeHerve Ludovic de Lys, Unicef representative in South Africa, said the Convention on the Rights of the Child was the first international treaty signed by a democratic government of South Africa. “Over 20 years later we have collectively learned how to create effective circles of care and protection for children.“The urgent matter today is twofold: to put this knowledge into use by enhancing effective child protection approaches; and to support the millions of children trapped in poverty by improving the quality of public expenditures.”Watch:Source: Unicef South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Phagwara, Jun 20 (PTI) AAP will release its manifesto for the youth of Punjab at Amritsar on July 3, the partys youth wing chief of the state Harjot Singh Bains today said.”It will be released by AAPs national convener-cum-Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” he said here.Kejriwal will also pay obeisance at Golden Temple and Durgiana mandir on that day, he added.Claiming that the manifesto will contain the roadmap for the improvement of the youth in the state, Bains said it will chalk out plans to rid them of drugs and unemployment, create job avenues, boost sports and industry etc.Describing the current scenario in Punjab as “dark and dismal”, Bains said AAP and Kejriwal were the “only hope and silver lining in dark clouds hovering over” the state.Claiming that the common Punjabi is raring to go to the 2017 Assembly polls to rid the state of the Badals, Bains predicted a sweeping victory for AAP in all the 117 Assembly constituencies. PTI CORR CHS RC ZMN SMN
Greater Noida: Three children were charred to death in a fire triggered by a blast in an electronic transformer in sector phi-III of Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Victim’s family members alleged laxity on part of the electricity department as they made several complaints regarding malfunctioning of the transformer but no one responded.According to police, the deceased were identified as Rinku (13), Golu (8) and Sagar (8), all natives of sector phi-III in Greater Noida. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs per reports, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm when the children were playing cricket near the transformer. “They were playing cricket at the road near transformer room and entered the room fetch their cricket ball. However, the transformer exploded and all the three children failed to escape the room and were charred in the fire,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, the family members have alleged that the transformer has been installed in a room situated at a boundary walled plot but the gates always remained open. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”We have made several complaints to the electricity department about malfunctioning of this particular transformer but no one ever paid heed to them. Moreover, no attendant was ever appointed in the transformer room while the gates of the plot and shutter of room, where transformer was placed, remained open always,” said one of victim’s family members. Police officials said that they will lodge an FIR into the matter and will investigate. “Police were informed around 4 pm and a team rushed to the spot. We found that the three children were completely charred in the fire triggered by an explosion in electricity transformer. The bodies have been sent for the post-mortem while samples have been collected by forensic team. We will register an FIR into the case and will investigate the matter,” said Shwetabh Pandey, Circle officer-I, Greater Noida. The parents of these deceased kids were working at construction sites. The transformer was placed at the sub station of Noida Power Company limited (NPCL). Following the incident, senior police officials along with officials from NPCL reached the spot. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh was announced for the family members of all three children by NPCL board, said Shwetabh Pandey.
Mumbai: To meet high demand and raise its market, national carrier Air India has earmarked Rs 500 crore to get 19 of its grounded passenger jets back into operations. Currently, the national passenger carrier has 19 aircraft grounded due to various reasons most prominent amongst them being expensive spare parts and engine overhauls. However, an increase in demand due to the peak travel season along with industry’s capacity constraint has led the airline to earmark at least Rs 500 crore for the grounded fleet. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”This is an opportune time to raise our market share and meet the healthy demand. All our assets (aircraft) have been deployed strategically. But we still have more aircraft which are grounded,” a senior Air India official told IANS from Mumbai. “We expect at least two aircraft to join the fleet within days. Addition of other aircraft will aide us to augment our market share.” Notwithstanding the fresh funds, the official said that all grounded aircraft are unlikely to become operational before August. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOver 10 Airbus A320s and the rest Boeing 787-800s Dreamliner and a few Boeing 777s have been grounded. Air India’s fleet augmentation is also in line with the government’s request to airlines to advance their aircraft induction plans. As of 2019, Air India Group — Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air — have a combined fleet of over 160 aircraft which fly to 122 destinations, including 78 domestic and 44 international destinations. Additionally, the airline plans to hire more cabin crew and pilots. The plan envisages the airline to hire over 200 cabin crew from the now grounded Jet Airways. “We have already finalised 150 crew from Jet Airways,” the official added.
Casablanca- The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) released yesterday the results of a study on the Moroccan healthcare sector. Ostensibly, the results are far from being comforting. The study sheds light on the “deteriorating” health of mothers and children. “50% of newborns from teen mothers risk death,” Hakima Himmich, CESE said according to the Moroccan daily Akhabr Al Youm.The Council described RAMED (the Medical Assistance Plan) as “a failure,” for it does not benefit certain social groups including the homeless and sex workers. The head of the Council, Nizar Baraka, recommends that the government to abolish the marriage of minors and confer RAMED to sex workers.According to the same study, 50,000 teenagers gave birth in 2012. Faced with this alarming situation, the CESE “recommends that the government ban Article 20 of the Mudawana, which grants judges the legitimacy to authorize the marriage of minors.”For its part, daily Al Khabar pinpoints the weaknesses of Morocco’s health sector, among which is the lack of nursing staff. The newspaper also notes that 143 health centers have been closed “due to lack of medical expertise.” For daily Assabah, “the health sector is at an impasse.” According to the same source, the main reasons are “the inability to train enough doctors and nurses, the budget shortage and the emigration of doctors and nurses, especially to Europe.”As to the private sector, the CESE notes “a steady progress.” The sector encompasses nearly 50% of physicians, 90% of pharmacists and dentists and nearly 10% of paramedics. However, cities are where this sector is predominantly present.CESE’s study on the health sector in Morocco rings alarm bells in the kingdom. Its publication comes at a critical phase in Benkirane’s freshly reshuffled government. The Executive has been subject to harsh criticism for “his unstudied measures and lack of vision concerning the management of social projects.The results unveiled by CESE shook the dust off a vital sector that is on the edge of oblivion in Morocco. The results have now been imputed on the government’s current strategies and plans in the realm of healthcare, which seemingly hasten its deterioration rather than decelerate it.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistribute
A good deal of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL coverage this season will use Elo ratings, a simple system that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. As we’ve done in the past few years, we’re using those Elo ratings to calculate NFL predictions that include win probabilities and point spreads for every game in this season’s NFL schedule, as well as continually updating team rankings.How do our Elo ratings work? FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver wrote a detailed FAQ about the formula a few years ago, and almost all of it still applies. Teams gain and lose ground based on the final score of each game and how unexpected the result was in the eyes of the pregame ratings. Under Elo, teams pick up where they left off: The initial team ratings for 2017 are by definition the same as last season’s end-of-year ratings, only more compressed because of regression toward the mean. (Specifically, we regress each team’s rating to the mean by one-third, with the league average team clocking in slightly above 1500.)This means that going into Week 1, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are again the NFL’s highest-rated teams, albeit with lower Elo ratings than when they faced off last season in Houston for Super Bowl LI. Why? Like other well-designed predictive rating systems, including ESPN’s Football Power Index, Elo is appropriately cautious early in the season; a team must prove itself to warrant a very high or very low rating. Combine that with the luck inherent in the NFL — the best teams don’t always win — and even the Patriots have just an 18 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. That forecast is actually quite high by Elo standards; indeed, it’s the highest preseason Super Bowl win probability we’ve had since we began publishing these numbers. But at the same time, 18 percent will seem conservative to the NFL fans who assume the Patriots have a 95.5 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl until Tom Brady retires or Bill Belichick resigns.It’s important to note that Elo does not reflect injuries or personnel changes, which helps explain why the forecast for the New York Jets, who spent the summer getting rid of all their players with talent, may seem rosy. We currently have the Jets with a 17 percent chance of making the playoffs; that is very optimistic compared with the long-shot odds that a Las Vegas sportsbook is giving the Jets to win the Super Bowl (1,000-to-1!). Don’t get too excited, Jets fans: Their Elo rating will catch up with them in no time if they are as bad as billed.
It’s hard to find historical comparisons for Luck’s retirementBest quarterbacks through their age-29 season (according to Approximate Value) who didn’t play again after age 29, 1960-2018 Even in a sport where early retirements are all the rage in recent seasons, this one shocked the NFL world. On Saturday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had informed the team he was retiring because he was “mentally worn down”: 5David Woodley1980-8558533711.2 8Joey Harrington2002-078176336.9 32John Hadl1962-69112827815.2 2Cam Newton2011-1812312212216.0 3Fran Tarkenton1961-6912611912116.3 19Randall Cunningham1985-9297858616.2 5Brett Favre1991-9811310910916.0 1Peyton Manning1998-0512812813316.6 30Bert Jones1973-8083777916.4 17Steve McNair1995-02103958814.8 29John Elway1983-89100987912.9 RankQuarterbackSeasonsGamesStartsTotal AVPer 16 Starts 8Russell Wilson2012-17969610016.7 2Andrew Luck2012-1886867914.7 13Ken Anderson1971-78104968914.8 6Matt Ryan2008-1411011010114.7 15Joe Namath1965-7291858916.8 9Tim Couch1999-036259328.7 21Joe Flacco2008-141121128311.9 Luck’s career was off to an all-time great startBest quarterbacks through their age-29 season according to Approximate Value, 1960-2018 And that number might be understating Luck’s value. Because he missed so many games, he averaged 14.7 AV per 16 starts through age 29, the 19th-most of anyone on the list above, and more than contemporaries like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Brady.Luck shined in other metrics as well. As ProFootballFocus noted after the news of Luck’s retirement, he was a fixture atop their player grades, which try to measure player performance independent of teammate contributions. (Last season, he ranked third in the NFL behind Brees and Patrick Mahomes.) According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating, Luck ranked fifth last season; for their part, Football Outsiders ranked him seventh in total value.We’ve seen stars at other positions, like wide receiver Calvin Johnson (who retired after his age-30 season) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (age 29) walk away from the NFL in their primes. But it is exceedingly rare for a quarterback of Luck’s caliber to leave the game before age 30. If we limit our ranking above to quarterbacks who never played another game after their age-29 season, Luck has the second-most career AV, coming in ahead of former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick — whose exile from the NFL was not by choice — and trailing only ex-Cardinals starter Neil Lomax: 7Vince Young2006-1160503611.5 35Andy Dalton2011-1693937312.6 12Daunte Culpepper1999-0685849117.3 Seasonal age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Matthew Stafford2009-1712512510012.8 16Steve Grogan1975-8299928815.3 26Bob Griese1967-7494908014.2 Seasonal age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 23Jim Zorn1976-8294928114.1 RankQuarterbackSeasonsGamesStartsTotal AVPer 16 Starts 24Troy Aikman1989-9598988013.1 (And here we were thinking that Antonio Brown was the NFL superstar most likely to retire abruptly this preseason…)Luck, who won’t turn 30 until September, had already compiled one of the greatest-ever starts to a quarterback career. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 draft picked up the reins from the recently departed Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and immediately led the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons, reaching the AFC Championship in the 2014 season. But injuries soon disrupted his storybook narrative. He missed more than half of the 2015 season with a string of injuries and all of 2017 after undergoing shoulder surgery. Prior to Saturday’s announcement, he had sat out all of preseason due to a lingering leg injury.When he was on the field, though, the numbers spoke for themselves. Through his age-29 season,1All ages in this story will use Pro-Football-Reference.com’s convention of measuring a player’s “seasonal age” as of Dec. 31 of a season. Luck already had the 84th-most yards, 68th-most touchdowns and 95th-most Approximate Value (AV)2Pro-Football-Reference’s rough way of synthesizing a player’s cumulative value into a single number. of any passer in NFL history. Just looking at seasons before age 30, Luck had about the same AV as John Elway, Joe Montana and Tom Brady: 18Aaron Rodgers2005-1285788818.1 4Dan Marino1983-9011911711415.6 25Tom Brady2000-0696948013.6 28Joe Montana1979-85103798016.2 27Donovan McNabb1999-0594888014.5 3Colin Kaepernick2011-1669584913.5 14Boomer Esiason1984-90101938915.3 6Pat Haden1976-8165553610.5 1Neil Lomax1981-881081018213.0 9Drew Brees2001-081071069514.3 22Neil Lomax1981-881081018213.0 4Josh Freeman2009-1562614110.8 20Philip Rivers2004-1084808416.8 10Ben Roethlisberger2004-111141139513.5 34Terry Bradshaw1970-7797877313.4 11Drew Bledsoe1993-011241239111.8 Unlike Kaepernick, who probably still could play if given the chance (hello, Colts?), Lomax was forced to retire young because of an arthritic hip. He’s not a player many remember nowadays, but he was a Pro Bowler twice, and he led the NFL in passing yards in 1987. Beyond him, Luck and Kaepernick, it’s hard to find any other comparable examples of good QBs who never played a down in their 30s. That’s a big part of what makes Luck’s abrupt decision to walk away from the game on the eve of the 2019 season so surprising.Now the Colts will have to move on without one of the best quarterbacks in the league. With Luck — and his +208 QB rating (relative to a replacement-level undrafted rookie) in our new quarterback-adjusted Elo rating system — we had the Colts rated as the ninth-best team in the NFL, with a 1564 rating (which roughly equates to 9.2 wins per 16 games against a typical schedule). Now they’ll be left with Jacoby Brissett, whose Elo value over replacement is +108.3Also worth noting: the Colts went 4-11 with Brissett starting instead of Luck in 2017. That drop-off leaves the Colts rated with a 1479 Elo, which ranks only 21st in the league and carries an expectation of 7.5 wins against an average schedule.But Luck ultimately made his decision, which he called the hardest of his life, because he had lost his love for the game. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live,” he said Saturday night. “It’s taken the joy out of this game … the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football.” The result is a huge loss — for the Colts, but also for a league that will be missing one of the most promising young quarterbacks to ever play the game. 10Steve Fuller1979-8690423212.2 31Andrew Luck2012-1886867914.7 33Dan Fouts1973-8096897413.3