Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
zoom KNOT Offshore Partners LP has completed its acquisition of the ownership interests in the company that owns and operates the shuttle tanker Lena Knutsen – KNOT Shuttle Tankers 26. The 156,559 dwt Lena Knutsen was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea and delivered in June 2017. The 284.3-meter-long vessel is operating in the Brazil under a five-year time charter with a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which will expire in the third quarter of 2022.The company has been acquired for an aggregate purchase price of USD 142 million less USD 133.8 million of outstanding indebtedness plus approximately USD 24.1 million for a receivable owed by Knutsen NYK to KNOT 26 and USD 1 million for certain capitalized fees related to the financing of the Lena Knutsen.On the closing of the acquisition, KNOT 26 repaid approximately USD 41.9 million of the indebtedness, leaving USD 91.9 million of debt outstanding under the secured credit facility related to the vessel.KNOT Offshore Partners LP owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the deep-water offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil. Including the Lena Knutsen, the partnership now has a fleet of fourteen vessels with an average age of 4.5 years and a fixed average employment of 4.4 years.
APTN National NewsThe national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced its first public hearings will be held in Whitehorse on May, 29.The announcement comes seven months after the inquiry was first unveiled by the Justin Trudeau Liberal government.The commission confirmed there will be 32 hearings across the country in total, but no other locations or dates have been released.The inquiry has also yet to confirm a location and time for the hearing in the Yukon city.The inquiry has been holding sessions with families in cities across the country to get their thoughts on how the inquiry should conduct its two year journey investigating the root causes of the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who fall victim to violence.New dates for these sessions were also announced Tuesday.They include:Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3Northern British Columbia and Saskatoon: May 16, 17 and 18In addition, there will be a family advisory circle for Quebec in Montreal on May 9 and firstname.lastname@example.org
13Radim VrbataRW36ArizonaFlorida13.88.5 6Alexander RadulovRW31MontrealDallas56.310.7 24Daniel WinnikRW32Washington———5.3 21Martin HanzalC30MinnesotaDallas34.85.6 19Andre BurakovskyLW22WashingtonWashington23.07.5 12Jaromir JagrRW45Florida———8.6 4Andrei MarkovD38Montreal———11.1 10Thomas VanekLW33Florida———9.5 9Anders NilssonG27BuffaloVancouver22.510.2 7Sam GagnerC27ColumbusVancouver33.210.6 26Karl AlznerD28WashingtonMontreal54.65.1 20Jonathan BernierG28AnaheimColorado12.85.6 16Mike FisherC37Nashville———7.9 2Kevin ShattenkirkD28WashingtonNY Rangers46.712.7 *A re-formulation of Hockey-Reference.com’s Point Shares that measures a player’s value over a replacement-level player at the same position.A player’s displayed salary represents his annual cap hit.Sources: Hockey-Reference.com, ESPN Kevin Shattenkirk, New York RangersCome trade deadline time the past several seasons, Kevin Shattenkirk’s name has been linked seemingly to every team in the NHL (including the Rangers in February), and for good reason — since his rookie season in 2010-11, Shattenkirk ranks 10th among defensemen in goals scored, tied for eighth in assists and 10th in total points. His 35 power play goals are tied for fifth over that same stretch, and his power play points are good for third.The New York Rangers ranked 10th in the league in power-play percentage last season, and that should only improve with the addition of hometown1He’s from nearby New Rochelle. boy Shattenkirk. The newly minted Rangers defenseman chews up big minutes, and he’s never finished a full season with a Corsi For percentage of less than 51.2. For the uninitiated, a Corsi For score of more than 50 percent means the player’s team was controlling the puck more often than not when he was on the ice, so the addition of Shattenkirk should make the Rangers a stronger possession team from the jump.Over the past five seasons, the bulk of the blame for each Rangers playoff ouster seems to have pointed back to the blue line. With a mishmash of overworked veteran defensemen and disappointing acquisitions, the Rangers sit roughly in the center of the pack in shots allowed per game over the past five seasons. Adding a puck-moving defenseman who is entering his prime with better-than-average possession numbers should help decrease those shot totals — and take some of the burden off the suddenly human-appearing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s shoulders.The Rangers’ defensive corps will look different with the retirement of Kevin Klein and longtime defenseman Dan Girardi going to Tampa Bay, but the franchise that hasn’t had a legitimate defensive star since Brian Leetch landed a big upgrade in Shattenkirk.Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins (re-signed)Justin Schultz’s career began with so much promise. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he scored 27 points from the blue line as a 22-year-old rookie. But in the 2.5 seasons that followed, he failed to match the impressive points-per-game numbers he put up as a rookie, and people in Edmonton began to sour on him. Oh what a difference a few seasons and some new scenery make.Since joining the Penguins, Schultz has transformed into a top-line defenseman, and he was a key piece to their Stanley Cup-winning campaign last season. In less than two seasons with Pittsburgh, he’s scored 0.61 points per game from the back,2He produced 0.41 points per game during his time in Edmonton. and he’s driven possession at a better clip, too.Of the free agents in the 2017 class, Schultz’s goals above replacement3Goals above replacement aims to estimate the number of net goals a player produces compared to a replacement-level player in the same amount of ice time. (The replacement level represents the amount of production a team could expect from a minimum-salary player at a given position.) mark of 13.9 ranks at the top. Pittsburgh may have lost Trevor Daley to free agency, but a defensive core built around Schultz and a healthy Kris Letang is nothing to turn your nose up at.Justin Williams, Carolina HurricanesThe Carolina Hurricanes were pretty close to making the playoffs last season. They ended up falling eight points short of an eighth seed but were in the hunt until the last few weeks of the season — and if they make the 2018 postseason, they’ll be glad they signed Justin Williams. Williams is well-known around the league for being a playoff beast. His career playoff points per game rate of 0.67 is better than his regular-season rate of 0.63, and he’s tied for 14th among active NHL players in game-winning playoff goals — and he’ll be returning to the place where he lifted the first of his three Stanley Cups, and where he twice netted 30-plus goals.Ten times in his career, Williams has scored 40 or more points, which should help a Carolina team that finished in the bottom third of goals scored last season. Oh, and Williams can do more than score timely playoff goals; his career Corsi For percentage of 56.9 isn’t too shabby either.Alexander Radulov, Dallas StarsAlexander Radulov is … mercurial. The Russian winger has been on alternating stints between the NHL and Russia’s KHL for his entire professional career: two seasons in Nashville, four in Salavat, a few more weeks in Nashville, four seasons in Moscow and then one in Montreal. So after his 54-point campaign with the Canadiens last season, he was bound to go anywhere from British Columbia to Siberia. He chose Texas. He’ll be there for a while, too, signing a long-term deal with the Dallas Stars. (Radulov’s signing in Dallas can also be read as a rebuff of KHL league chairman Arkady Rotenberg — and his close friend Vladimir Putin — who hopes to pry as many Russian players away from the NHL to ensure eligibility for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.)But Radulov is a world-class scorer — he’s tallied 156 points in 230 NHL games and scored 492 points in 391 KHL games — and was by all accounts a great teammate in Montreal, so the Stars were lucky to land the big sharp-shooting right winger. Pair Radulov’s propensity for burying the puck with an insanely talented top line of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and the Stars might have on their hands the highest-scoring top line in the NHL next season.Patrick Marleau, Toronto Maple LeafsThe Toronto Maple Leafs were a formidable offensive force last season, ranking fifth in total goals scored. The Leafs got a ton of scoring — 32 percent of their 250 goals — from their three rookie sensations: Calder Trophy-winning Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. Patrick Marleau will make the Leafs’ offense only more dangerous, and you could do worse as far as mentor figures go.Marleau, 37, has been in the NHL for 19 seasons, and until now he’s never worn anything but “deep Pacific” San Jose teal. In his 19 seasons, he’s made a point of scoring at least 19 goals — he’s only failed to do so three times, and one of those seasons was shortened to 48 games by a lockout. Marleau has also played in 177 playoff games, experience that should help the upstart Leafs — who gave the mighty Washington Capitals a serious scare in the first round of last season’s playoffs — immensely.Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (re-signed)“Jumbo” Joe Thornton is easily one of the best passers in NHL history. And he is certainly the best passer in NHL history who has a beard that is probably sentient. One of the premier centers of his generation, Thornton trails only Jaromir Jagr — who himself remains mysteriously unsigned — on the active assists leaderboard.4He also ranks 13th all time and needs just 43 more to leapfrog Gordie Howe as the ninth-highest dime-disher in NHL history. Jumbo hasn’t scored fewer than 50 points in a full season since he was a 19-year-old playing for the Boston Bruins in 1998-99.He’s not going to score a ton of goals — never really has — but San Jose was probably smart to prioritize Thornton over his longtime teammate Marleau. (Fun fact: Thornton and Marleau went first and second, respectively, in the 1997 NHL draft.) Thornton isn’t the lights-out goal scorer Marleau is, but he creates more opportunities for his teammates than his longtime counterpart; 43 of Jumbo’s 50 points were assists, 18 of which came on the power play. For a team that struggled mightily on the power play last season — San Jose ranked 25th in the league — the Sharks will need all of the passing acumen they can muster with the man advantage next season.Ryan Miller, Anaheim DucksRyan Miller probably won’t play much in Anaheim — starter John Gibson is just 23 years old and had a spectacular 2016-17 season — but there aren’t many teams in the NHL that can say they’ve got a backup who was once considered among the best goalies on the planet. Miller’s numbers were down a bit last season, but you can’t really blame him — his Vancouver Canucks gave up the sixth-most shots of any team in the league. Despite his impressive résumé, Miller might have to battle with Reto Berra for the backup position in Anaheim. Still, though, the Ducks are in great shape between the pipes — there aren’t many teams in the NHL that have the luxury of choosing from three proven(ish) NHL goaltenders.Karl Alzner, Montreal CanadiensAndrei Markov, unsignedThe Washington Capitals probably didn’t have the cap space to re-sign longtime defenseman Karl Alzner, but they probably didn’t really care to either. No worries for Alzner, though, because the Habs delivered a pretty solid payday. But truth be told, the native of Burnaby, British Columbia, got an awful lot of money — a cap hit of $4.6 million a year, to be exact — for a guy whose Corsi For percentage ranked 184th out of 229 qualified5With a minimum of 20 games played. defensemen in 2016-17.Alzner actually doesn’t do a whole lot very well — in 82 games, he scored just 13 points, zero of which came on the power play. He’s still relatively young for a defenseman — he’ll turn 29 before the 2017-18 season begins — and so perhaps Les Habitants are hoping Alzner’s game has room to grow. But that doesn’t change the fact that they signed a guy whose possession stats are subpar to a lucrative deal while their longest-tenured player — Andrei Markov — remains seated on the bench, waiting to see if he’ll play in Montreal next season.Markov is old, but if last season’s performance is any indicator, he still has some gas left in his tank. Markov was limited because of injury but put up impressive numbers in the 62 games he did play in. At 38, and still playing more than 21 minutes per game, he drove possession at the best rate of his career. He also scored 36 points from the blueline, good for .58 points per game.6Markov’s career points per game rate? .58.In 16 NHL seasons, Markov has only ever worn a Habs jersey. Montreal would be foolish not to re-sign their longest-tenured player. The NHL’s top free agents of 2017According to 2016-17 goals above replacement (GAR)* PLAYERPOSAGE2016-17 TEAMNEW TEAMYRS$M/YRGAR 1Justin SchultzD27PittsburghPittsburgh35.513.9 18Joe ThorntonC38San JoseSan Jose18.07.7 17Ryan MillerG36VancouverAnaheim22.07.7 22Nick RitchieLW21Anaheim———5.5 15Scott HartnellLW35ColumbusNashville11.08.0 11Philipp GrubauerG25WashingtonWashington11.59.1 During their free-agency period, NHL teams haven’t engaged in an all-out superpower arms race like their basketball brethren. Rather, NHL free agency has been a methodological redistribution of assets — one that can be traced to the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights and the expansion draft that ensued. All that extra movement of bodies and money, coupled with every general manager’s rush to add or retain a free-agent gem, means there will be a lot of familiar faces in unfamiliar jerseys next season.Not every free agent has signed — in particular, this year’s rather elderly free-agent class has a few graybeards who remain without suitors — but most of the league’s big targets have decided where they’ll play next season. So without further ado, here’s our unofficial and admittedly incomplete guide to the moves that will affect the 2017-18 season. 8Patrick MarleauC37San JoseToronto36.310.3 3Evgeny KuznetsovC25WashingtonWashington87.812.0 25Brett RitchieRW24DallasDallas21.85.3 5Justin WilliamsRW35WashingtonCarolina24.510.9 23Kyle QuinceyD31ColumbusMinnesota11.35.4 14Tyler JohnsonC26Tampa BayTampa Bay75.08.2
Although the youngest athlete competing in Rio is 13-year-old Gaurika Singh, a swimmer representing Nepal, gymnastics is unique for its high concentration of teenage girls. This year, 16.8 percent of gymnasts are younger than 18, and all of those young athletes are women. Swimming has a higher total number of competitors under 18, but that group makes up only 9.1 percent of the field. That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old from Uzbekistan, is competing in her seventh Olympics, making her the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. Chusovitina will compete in the vault finals on Sunday.What about the other end of the age spectrum, where I might have a chance? With a median age of 36, equestrians are the oldest Olympians. More sedate sports also tend to have older athletes; golf and shooting are near the top of the list. Beach volleyball, tennis and cycling also have older competitors.The prize for the oldest Olympian in Rio goes to 62-year-old Julie Brougham, a rider from New Zealand who is attending her first Olympics. Brougham had her Olympic debut Wednesday, in individual dressage. But Brougham isn’t the only athlete in Rio who has lived at least six decades. There are four other Olympians who are 60 or older, all of whom are competing in equestrian events. Still, equestrian is not dominated by older competitors: Among Olympic sports, it has one of the widest distribution of ages, with athletes that range in age over a 44-year span. As I expected, gymnasts are among the youngest Olympians. Of all the groups I looked at, women’s artistic gymnastics (the “regular” gymnastics)2There are two other categories of gymnastics at the Olympics: trampoline and rhythmic. has the lowest median age — 19. That puts Biles in the very middle of her peers. Also, artistic gymnastics (along with golf) has the largest gap between the median ages of men and women participants — five years. That’s because of the sport’s high number of women and girls under 20. It’s not age holding me back from being an Olympian. If I want a shot at gold in 2056, I had better go find a horse. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Most adults probably feel as though they missed their chance at making it to the Olympics. Even at 24, I feel decrepit and ancient watching 19-year-old Simone Biles execute flips and twists at the Rio Games with an athleticism that I will never attain. Still, Biles got me wondering which Olympic events I theoretically might still have a shot of participating in at my age (assuming I could change pretty much everything about my genetic makeup and lifestyle in a very short period of time). For each sport of the 2016 Games, I looked at the median age of the participants — overall, men and women — using data from athlete profile pages on the Rio 2016 website.1As of Aug. 3, there were 11,384 athletes on the site for which we obtained age data.
2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers61.1Detroit Pistons38.9 SEASONWIN VS. GOOD TEAMOPP WIN %LOSS IN NEXT GAME VS. BAD TEAMOPP WIN % 2012-13New York Knicks65.7%Phoenix Suns31.6% 2014-15Houston Rockets69.7Utah Jazz34.3 The mind-boggling stat raises two questions: Why have the Bulls been so inconsistent for this long? And can this new group of players eventually find a way to break the troubling pattern?Several premises might help explain the Bulls’ bizarre showings in recent years.Although the injury bug didn’t necessarily bite Chicago way more frequently than other teams, the ailments hampered the Bulls in a way that few clubs could relate to.Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, now with the New York Knicks, suffered devastating injuries with the Bulls. But beyond those two, basically every other regular starter — Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and even Butler last season — battled something at one point that kept him out for a significant time. The locker room looking more like an infirmary often threw the club out of rhythm and prevented Thibodeau from being able to make full use of arguably the NBA’s best bench.It’s also fair to wonder whether the Bulls’ smothering, precision-based defense, ingrained by Thibodeau, might have left players worn down for their next game.“He loved to have his players go lay it all on the line,” Bulls power forward Taj Gibson said. “Everybody knew what kind of team we were: a hard-nosed, defensive team that was going to play hard till the last minute of the game.”The blood and sweat paid dividends: The Bulls were regularly among the NBA’s best defenses during Thibodeau’s five seasons, which started in 2010-11 and ended in 2015. Chicago also ranked near the top in terms of how much ground they covered each night despite playing at one of the slowest per-possession paces in the league. That means they moved considerably farther and faster than the average club on each play. (Looking at Minnesota’s repeated second-half meltdowns this season, the Wolves may be suffering some of the same fatigue problems.)The human nature part of all this: that a player, or a team, might get more amped to play some teams as opposed to others, as former Bull Pau Gasol surmised about his old team last week. “The Bulls usually get up against good teams,” he said. “The challenge is getting up against the not-so-good teams and winning those games.” (No one was more tightly wound than Noah when he’d play against LeBron James — a whopping 14 percent of Noah’s career technical fouls have come against James and his teams, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.)To be clear, it’s not out of the question that the Bulls could turn over a new leaf and start playing more consistently, regardless of the quality of their opponent. That trend of beating good teams and then immediately losing to bad ones occurred almost entirely under a previous regime, of which just a handful of players remain.Even with that in mind, it’s hard to ignore some of the unusual tendencies that started under Thibodeau and, at least for now, have continued under second-year coach Fred Hoiberg. Consider, for example, that the Bulls have won an astonishing 16 consecutive home games on TNT’s Thursday-night broadcasts since February 2013, beating, among others, the Heat, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers and Cavs over that span.Since March 2013, the Bulls have snapped Miami’s 27-game win streak, the Knicks’ 13-game win streak, Golden State’s 19-game win streak at home and, last week, the Spurs’ 13-game win streak on the road — all in nationally televised games, either on ESPN, TNT or NBATV.Wild inconsistency has played a role in the national TV success, too. Fans often joked that Hinrich, the ex-Bull, seemed to morph into Michael Jordan whenever Chicago played on national television. But there appeared to be some truth to that. Hinrich’s best performances during each of his last three seasons as a pro — per Basketball-Reference.com’s Game Score stat — were during nationally televised games: a 14-point showing at Phoenix on ESPN last season, a 20-point night against Cleveland on ESPN in 2014-15, and a 19-point explosion on TNT during a blowout win over Houston in 2013-14.It probably isn’t a great omen, then, that one of Hinrich’s replacements once carried around a similar reputation, with at least a little statistical backing.As for these Bulls, sitting at 13-10 nearly a third of the way through the season, no one would say they’re without flaws.The perimeter shooting, red hot to start the season, has regressed to where many thought it would. In a league that prioritizes spacing and shooting more than ever before, Chicago ranks dead-last in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted and 3-point percentage. (Things may get a bit better now that Doug McDermott, one of the precious few competent shooters on the team, is back after suffering two concussions. But it’s troubling that Nikola Mirotic’s game continues to oscillate between that of Channing Frye and a late-career Andrea Bargnani, who now finds himself playing overseas at age 31.)Crunch-time offense should be a concern for the Bulls, too, even if it hasn’t truly cost them yet.Despite the worries about the range-impaired backcourt featuring three players who each need the ball, Rondo, Wade and Butler haven’t gotten in each other’s way for the most part. The trio has handled opponents comfortably overall, winning by 6.3 points per 100 plays in 353 minutes.But things have played out far differently in clutch moments, when the game slows down and spacing gets cramped because teams refuse to guard Rondo near the arc. CHICAGO — After dealing a former most valuable player, letting a fiery, ex-defensive player of the year walk in free agency and signing a future, yet aging Hall of Famer, the Bulls were bound to change. We just didn’t know whether it’d be for better or for worse.But, ironically, even with a mostly new cast surrounding star swingman Jimmy Butler, one of the most bizarre tendencies from past Bulls’ teams persists: the baffling ability to take down some of the league’s best teams one night but lose to its very worst the next. Many have tried to explain the phenomenon, and the explanations range from an unfortunate run of injuries to team style and composition influencing consistency to the general wear and tear of life under the exacting rule of former coach Tom Thibodeau, who’s set to storm the opposing sideline in Chicago for the first time Tuesday night as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.The Bulls’ puzzling, two-faced play stands out most when it happens in consecutive games, as it did earlier this month. The club beat the defending-champion Cavaliers the night before getting drilled by the Dallas Mavericks, who, along with the Wolves and Sixers, have the worst record in the NBA.The showing wasn’t out of the ordinary. During the past five full seasons and what’s been played so far this year,1The data from Elias covers games from the start of the 2011-12 season through games played Sunday night. the Bulls have had nine instances — more than any other club2Five teams had eight. — in which they knocked off a team with a pre-game winning percentage of at least .600, only to then lose to an opponent with a .400 winning percentage or worse the next game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Bulls narrowly escaped laying another egg by holding on to beat a lowly Miami unit this weekend after an impressive win over San Antonio. 2016-17Cleveland Cavaliers76.5Dallas Mavericks16.7 2014-15Golden State Warriors85.7Los Angeles Lakers26.1 2012-13Golden State Warriors63.4Washington Wizards24.4 2014-15Toronto Raptors60.3Detroit Pistons35.3 2014-15Toronto Raptors87.5Indiana Pacers30.0 2012-13New York Knicks66.2Toronto Raptors38.5 Bulls wins against teams with .600 winning percentages or greater that were followed by a loss to a team with a .400 winning percentage or lower, since the 2011-12 seasonSource: Elias Sports Bureau That explains why the Bulls own the NBA’s worst field-goal percentage during the last five minutes of close games and how the same three players are losing by 12 points per 100 plays in fourth quarters.Nevertheless, the Bulls have been able to survive many of their late-game scares with solid defense. They’ve been surprisingly good on that end of the floor, limiting opponents to 18 free throws a game, second-fewest in the NBA, while also forcing turnovers at a better rate than last season.And for how horrible their shooting is, the Bulls make up for some of that with their newfound ability to draw fouls — never much of a strength of the old-look Bulls and their star. Their free-throw attempts — more consistent than relying on someone like Butler’s jump shot — are up more than 21 percent from the same point last season. Another welcome source of scoring: the offensive glass. Chicago, similar to the Bulls teams that Thibodeau coached, owns the best offensive-rebounding rate in the NBA and scores more second-chance points per night than any other club.By no means are these improvements enough to make the Bulls real contenders again, like they were under Thibodeau before Rose’s injuries took root. But they at least give Chicago a shot to find consistency with Butler and Hoiberg, both on national TV and otherwise.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Chicago Bulls: The NBA’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Ohio State starting pitcher John Havird (23) throws in NCAA tournament game versus Louisville on June 4. Courtesy: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team fell in a large, early hole and was unable to climb out as they lost 15-3 to the host, and No. 1 seeded, Louisville in the second round of the Louisville regional.After striking out the side on 11 pitches in the top of the first inning, sophomore starting pitcher Brendan McKay helped his own cause in the bottom half of the inning, driving a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 advantage.In the third inning, the rain started pouring down in Louisville, and so did the runs. It was again McKay who sparked the offense as he delivered a RBI single to right with runners on first and second. After two doubles and a passed ball scored three more runs, senior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum mashed a two-run home run to deep left-center field to expand the lead to 8-0. That would end the night for Ohio State’s starter, senior left-hander John Havird. Two more runs off redshirt sophomore right-hander Austin Woodby would make it 10-0 Louisville before the third inning ended.From that point on, it was all Louisville. The Cardinals added three runs in the fourth inning off another home run from Rosenbaum and they plated an additional run in the fifth.The Buckeyes would eventually put themselves on the board. With a runner on first, senior pinch-hitter Daulton Mosbarger hit a homerun over the right field wall to cut the deficit to only 12. A run in the bottom of the eighth by Louisville and a run in the top of the ninth by Ohio State brought the final score to 15-3It was a brutal outing for Ohio State’s starting pitcher on the mound. John Havird entered the day with a 6-3 record and a 3.02 ERA, but ended the night with a loss and a 3.73 ERA. He failed to register an out in the third inning as he gave up six runs on a walk and five hits in the inning. Havird finished the night with two innings pitched, eight hits, eight runs (all earned), two walks and only one strikeout. He also surrendered two home runs in his two innings of work after only allowing two in his previous 92 innings.Louisville’s sophomore starting pitcher Brendan McKay, on the other hand, was extremely sharp both on the mound and at the dish. McKay delivered 5.2 scoreless innings before his outing was cut short by a 48 minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed only six baserunners off three hits and three walks. McKay struck out ten batters in the outing. At the plate, McKay was two for four with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scoredFollowing the loss to the Cardinals, the Buckeyes will attempt to stave off elimination and keep their title hopes alive in a rematch against the Wright State Raiders on Sunday at noon.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is happy with his team’s response after they beat Blackburn 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.Eddie Howe made nine changes to his starting XI on Tuesday, following his team’s 4-0 drubbing at Burnley. And the Cherries responded well with a victory thanks to a late goal from Callum Wilson.“We desperately needed a performance tonight after the Burnley game, of course, we needed a reaction,” he said.“You feel better but still Burnley is not far away in my thoughts. That’s just how I am and until we put that right in the Premier League that will still be with me.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…He added: “I’d say (tonight) 90 percent was positive. I thought we played some good football and then suddenly bang, bang, we concede two goals.“Only we could do that to ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot twice, made some bad decisions and then it’s in the balance.“And then you’re thinking the lottery of a penalty shoot-out was going to be the outcome of the game and it should never have been in that position.“But credit the players again because we get ourselves in these positions and sometimes we get out of that hole we’re in because of our attitude, because of our spirit.”
A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai August 22, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileAn oversubscription of 104 times is bound to result in a premium listing for Avenue Supermarts, the operator of supermarket retail D-Mart. The question on investor’s mind will be: At what price will it list? The answer lies probably in the valuation of listed rivals, according to an analyst.”At the upper end of the price band, the pre-issue P/E works out to be 32.5x its annualised 9MFY2017 earnings, which is lower compared to P/E multiple of its peers i.e. Trent – 73.9x, Shoppers Stop – 123.8x and Future Retail 36.5x,” Angel Broking had said in a note on March 4, recommending investors to subscribe.For the nine-month period (9MFY2017) in the current fiscal, the company’s net profit was Rs 387 crore on sales of Rs 8,784 crore.On Friday, Trent closed at Rs 239 (face value Re 1), Future Retail at Rs 262 (face value Rs 2) and Shoppers Stop at Rs 320 (face value Rs 5 per share).BSE, which got listed a few weeks ago, closed at Rs 936, after listing at Rs 1,085 on February 3 against the issue price of Rs 806.The Rs 1,870-crore initial public offering (IPO) by the 15-year-old company in the price band of Rs 295-299 per share (face value Rs 10) got an overwhelming response during the issue period (March 8 to 10).The portion reserved for institutional investors (QIBs, FIIs, DIIs, mutual funds) was oversubscribed 144 times while the pie earmarked for non-institutional investors saw an oversubscription of 277 times.In sharp contrast, retail investors were relatively less enthusiastic, oversubscribing 7.51 times, according to data available on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Earlier, the company raised Rs 561 crore from anchor investors by issuing 1.87 crore shares at Rs 299 per share and the investors included SBI Mutual Fund, Singapore government, JP Morgan, T Rowe Price, HDFC Mutual Fund, Reliance Mutual Fund and ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund.Highlights of the IPO and Avenue Supermarts (according to Angel Broking):Avenue Supermarts Ltd. (ASL) is amongst the largest and the most profitable Food & Grocery retailer in India. It offers wide range of Food and non-food products. ASL operates total 118 stores in 9 states and 1 Union Territory.ASL has increased its store count from 45 in FY2011 to 118 in 9MFY2017 with total retail business area of ~3.9 mn sq. ft in 45 cities. Further, the company has plans to increase total retail space by 2.1mn sq. ft by 2020, which will support its growth.ASL has reported revenue CAGR of ~40 percent over FY2012-16 on the back of same store growth and expansion of its business by adding new stores. On the bottom-line front, the company has reported CAGR of ~52 percent over FY2012-16 due to good business and gradual improvement in the operating margins. Return on equity has also improved from 9% in FY2012 to 32 percent in FY2016.Better RoE profile, promoter’s strong background, strategically located stores, intense focus on maintaining lower costs and strong brand perception are the compelling factors indicating that ASL is a long term story that will unfold going ahead.The company’s net profit and sales for FY2016 stood at Rs 319 crore and Rs 8,588 crore, respectively.The promoters’ share after the public issue will come down to 82.2 percent from the earlier 91.4 percent.The Sensex closed 17 points higher at 28,946 on Friday. The markets will open on Tuesday, being closed on Monday for Holi. The trading will factor in the election results to the five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai in this June 7, 2017 file photo. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeBank of Baroda and Canara Bank could acquire smaller banks like Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India and United Bank of India, officials said on Thursday, according to a report in the Business Standard.The financial daily said that the government is holding discussions with six or seven banks to examine synergies as it pushes for consolidation among public sector banks. Public sector lender State Bank of India has started the process by merging with its associate banks, even though there is no timeline for the mergers.”Talks are on to see which fit will be the best. We should see something emerge from the discussions with six or seven banks over the next month or two,” an official told Business Standard.Following reports that the government is considering merging public sector lenders with strong smaller state-run lenders, the shares of Dena Bank had surged nearly 15 per cent on Wednesday.ET earlier reported that the balance-sheets of Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of India look too weak to absorb other lenders.A few Bengaluru-based banks like Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. According to reports, the government has picked relatively stronger lenders including Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and Canara Bank as possible acquirers in this process of consolidation. The banks have made presentations to the government on whether they are in a position to merge with smaller banks and the synergies that various combinations may throw up.A Bloomberg News report noted that the the government had last year approved the merger of SBI with its remaining five associate banks. The consolidation process went smoothly with the merger taking effect from April 1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a interview to Bloomberg News earlier this month that the government would be contemplating a few more bank mergers following the merger of SBI with its associates.Banks have been asked to explore issues such as overlap of branches, technical integration and whether there would be anti-competition concerns that could emerge, Bloomberg News said. The objective would be to ensure that the exercise does not turn out to be counterproductive, the official said.Bloomberg News said, quoting a senior bank official, that some Bengaluru-based banks which share their headquarters, such as Canara Bank, Vijaya Bank and Syndicate Bank are already in talks for a proposed merger. Similarly, Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank and UCO Bank may also form a combined entity.
Vijay Devarakonda in Dear Comrade.PR HandoutThe Tamil version of Dear Comrade has opened to fairly positive reviews from the audience and critics. While the message and the performances of the lead actors are the highlights, the inconsistent screenplay is the major drawback of the multilingual film, which has Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna in the leads.The story of Dear Comrade revolves around hot-headed student union leader named Bobby played by Vijay Devarakonda and Lily, a state-level cricket player. His violent streaks become a threat to their love story as Lily, who lost his brother in one such violent incident, is unwilling to continue her relationship with him. What follows next should be seen on-screen.Dear Comrade is packed with lots of emotions. It does not have one-sided story with surprises at regular intervals. The conflicts of the two characters have been presented with sensitivity for which director Bharat Kamma deserves appreciation. The movie has some powerful one-liners and a strong message. Justin Prabhakaran’s music is one of the high points of the Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna’s film.However, the screenplay fails to hold the viewers’ attention and poor climax is a big letdown. The dubbing quality of the Tamil version is also not up to the mark. Despite all the odds, it is a one-time watch, say Kollywood cine-goers. Check out their tweets below:Sreedhar Pillai: #DearComrade 3/5. Lovely with a subtle message from Dir #BharatKamma & fab camera #SujithSarang. @TheDeverakonda as fiery student with a violent streak & madly in love is awesome. @iamRashmika in a intense role is a revelation. Drawback 1st & 2nd half looks different & too long.Sidhu: #DearComrade: Hat tip to @justin_tunes for his incredible effort. Definitely one of the best albums of the year, and that’s proved further when the starting bit of Pularaadha gets more claps and whistles than VD or Rashmika’s entry! #DearComrade: Saw it in Tamil (was doubtful about subs for Telugu), and was pleasantly surprised to see the transition done well. Neat dubbing, prop edits and little changes made to suit it to the audience. Cheers to the guy who dubbed for @TheDeverakonda #DearComrade: The film is strong in setting up the tale of Bobby and Lilly, doing it through lovable situations and some fantastic dialogues. When the two conflicts collide, it loses some focus and gets elongated in the process. Still, held together by VD and Rashmika. #DearComrade: A refreshing, mostly effective tale that comes with special performances, great music and cinematography. The second half may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it does get its relationships right and stands up for the theme. Very good film. #DearComrade Interval: So good. A charming, heartfelt love story progressing through the amazing pair of @TheDeverakonda and @iamRashmika . Lot of moments that put a smile on our face, and it gets better thanks to the fabulous music!Haricharan Pudipeddi: #DearComrade is both beautiful (mostly) and problematic (at places) with some pacing issues. A well narrated tale of love, companionship and healing. @TheDeverakonda is terrific and it’s not surprising but this film belongs to @iamRashmika, who is unbelievably good.Prashanth Rangaswamy: #DearComrade tamil – Pathetic Dubbing. Movie very very slow. Second half holds. Mass scenes of @TheDeverakonda and emotional scenes of @iamRashmika – Really enjoyed. An one time watch . Go without any expectations. #DearComrade Interval – Bobby Lilly, Lilly Bobby . Summaa devadas kaalathu kathal, enna maari perusugalukku lighta manda kaayuthu.
Share Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA man holds a placard at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday, reminding travelers that FAA safety inspectors have been furloughed during the shutdown.Updated at 9:45 p.m. ETThe U.S. government has been operating under a partial shutdown since Dec. 22. The shutdown, driven by a political battle over President Trump’s demand that Congress approve funds for a wall along the border with Mexico, is touching the lives of Americans in myriad ways.Nine federal departments (and some smaller agencies like NASA) are affected, at least in part, by the lapse in funding: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and the Treasury. Approximately 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are being required to work without pay.Congress had already passed appropriations bills funding about three-quarters of the federal government, including Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, so those departments and agencies remain operational.Lots of important things are not affected by this shutdown: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace (aka Obamacare). Social Security, disability checks and veterans’ benefits. Getting a passport. And the U.S. Postal Service, an independent agency whose operations are funded by sales of postage and services, not taxes, keeps delivering mail.But other aspects of American life have become complicated, scarce or messy since the shutdown started. Here’s a look at how it’s affecting the country.Air safetyThe Transportation Security Administration is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Many of its workers are considered “essential,” so many are working without pay — though a greater number than usual have been calling in sick. So far, lines at airport security have not been significantly longer.TSA employees are among the lowest-paid federal workers.“If there’s no check on the 26th, I have no idea what we’re going to do,” 36-year-old Jacinda, whose husband is a TSA officer in Portland, told NPR. “Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due. … I’m scared and I’m trying to be OK because I can’t be sad every day for my kids, and I can’t be stressed out because it affects how I parent.” She said her husband is stressed out too — and that he’s been given instructions on how to file for unemployment, though he’s still working 40 hours a week.Also affected: air traffic controllers, who are working unpaid.“It’s a very high-stress job and you need to be on your game at all times,” says Mick Devine of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “There is a concern that as this goes on the human factors aspect of this shutdown will take a toll on the psyche and concentration level of our members.”Many planes are not being inspected and pilot training is not being certified, says Capt. Dennis Tajer, a pilot for American Airlines and a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association.That’s because many of the FAA safety inspectors aren’t working.“We are able to maintain a margin of safety and security, but every day another player is pulled off the field and it comes some point where the game cannot be played properly,” Tajer told NPR.“We are another layer of safety,” inspector Troy Tomey told the Miami Herald. “We’re the last check of the box. Taking us out of it, mistakes can happen.”Food inspectionThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration furloughed about 40 percent of its staff since the government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the agency has suspended all routine inspections of food processing facilities in the U.S., The Washington Post reports. He said he hopes to be able to bring inspectors to high-risk facilities as early as next week.“That puts our food supply at risk,” Sarah Sorscher with the Center for Science in the Public Interest says in a statement. “Regular inspections, which help stop foodborne illness before people get sick, are vital.”Food stampsThe Department of Agriculture has announced it will continue to fund SNAP (food stamps) through February. The USDA says it can keep paying SNAP benefits up to 30 days beyond the expiration of the most recent government funding resolution. That means SNAP recipients will actually get their February benefits early, on or before that spending authority expires on Jan. 20. About 1 in 10 Americans relies at least partly on SNAP benefits to buy food.The USDA’s other major nutrition assistance programs have enough funding to continue operations into February.Scientific researchClimate scientists from all over the world are meeting in Vancouver this month, as the lead authors of the next international climate science report. But at least seven U.S. climate scientists who were supposed to help write it aren’t there — scientists for NOAA, NASA and other federal agencies can’t work or travel for work because of the shutdown.Air-quality monitoring is also affected: The Environmental Protection Agency manages sensors all over the country that detect various kinds of air pollution, such as ozone, industrial chemicals and smog. Usually, this data is released to the public right away, but because the EPA isn’t operating at full strength, that’s not happening. Air sensors run by state agencies and private institutions are still working, however.Coast GuardWhile the other branches of the military are part of the Defense Department, the Coast Guard falls under Homeland Security. After some maneuvering, the government found a way to pay its military members on Dec. 31. The nearly 42,000 active duty members of the Coast Guard are still working, as they are considered essential personnel, but it’s not clear whether they will get a paycheck on Jan. 15.Former Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen described a wide range of operations that continue during the shutdown: search and rescues along the nation’s coastlines, efforts to stop drug smugglers, even the piloting of an icebreaker to Antarctica break the ice around McMurdo Station.“I think it’s pretty bad,” Allen told NPR. “I think when you have people providing emergency services to this country without pay, I think we ought to take a serious look at how we’re governed.”Immigration courts and enforcementThe country’s immigration courts are closed, and they already had a huge backlog even before the shutdown. Member station KPCC/LAist reported last month that Los Angeles alone had fewer than 40 judges and nearly 74,000 pending cases.With the courts now closed, the people who were due in court have their cases moved to the back of the line and must have them rescheduled — which could add two or three years to their wait.“It’s not like when we come back, we can absorb the cases,” Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told KPCC/LAist. “There’s no magical way to tell thousands of people to just come to their court hearings two weeks later so that the ones that were not heard can be heard.”The shutdown has also halted E-Verify, a federal program that aims to prevent immigrants from working in the U.S. illegally.“There’s an irony there,” Julie Pace, an attorney specializing in employment and immigration law at the Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, told NPR. “We have an electronic wall for E-Verify that should be being used, that the government has not funded.”Federal courtsThe federal judiciary continues to operate during the shutdown, using court fee balances and other funds. Its employees are reporting to work and remain fully paid, and it estimates it has enough money to sustain paid operations until Jan. 18.If the funds run out before new appropriations are received, “essential work” in the federal courts will continue. “Each court would determine the staff necessary to support its mission critical work,” the judiciary said in a statement on Jan. 7. “In response to requests by the Department of Justice, some federal courts have issued orders suspending, postponing, or holding in abeyance civil cases in which the government is a party for a limited period, subject to further consideration, or until appropriated funds become available.”Criminal cases are expected to continue without interruption.The artsAfter staying open for the first few days of the shutdown, the museums and institutions that make up the Smithsonian have all closed.The National Endowment for the Arts says it will honor its Fiscal Year 2019 grants and that it’s currently accepting applications for 2020 — though during the shutdown, nobody is working at the agency to answer any questions.And some arts organizations receive federal grants on a reimbursement basis, which means they aren’t sure when they will get back the money they paid upfront.“As you can imagine, any nonprofit cultural organization struggles with cash flow, as they really need to expend funds before funds are received,” Dorothy Ryan, managing director of Brooklyn theater company Theatre for a New Audience, told NPR. “And the question about when the National Endowment for the Arts will be distributing funds really hits home for us.”Mario Tama/Getty ImagesThe National Park Service says Joshua Tree National Park will close, after people drove off-road and defaced trees while rangers were furloughed. Previously, only sections of the park had been closed, as seen here on Friday.National parksMany national parks have stayed open through the shutdown, though without staff or servicing. While in some places other parties have stepped in to help — state or local governments, tourist bureaus, or volunteer groups — not all is well.After staying open for nearly three weeks during the shutdown, the National Park Service said California’s Joshua Tree National Park is closing. Without rangers around to keep watch, visitors had driven off-road through parkland, creating new, unsanctioned roads and had destroyed some of the park’s Joshua trees, the NPS said in a statement. “Law enforcement rangers will continue to patrol the park and enforce the closure until park staff complete the necessary cleanup and park protection measures.”Former NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis believes the parks have been kept open to avoid the public outcry that occurred over their closure during the 2013 shutdown. In an opinion piece for The Guardian, he warns of an array of ugly consequences of leaving the parks open: human waste in waterways, overflowing trash attracting wildlife and increasing human/bear encounters, poaching, artifact theft, and damage to fragile natural features.Two weeks into the shutdown, NPS announced it will dip into entrance fee funds to pay for staff and service at some parks — an unprecedented and controversial move, as entrance fees are earmarked for visitor services, not operations and basic maintenance.Oil and gas drillingThe oil and gas business is booming, but much of that drilling is on federal lands and operators worry about a slowdown, Cooper McKim of Wyoming Public Media reports. The Bureau of Land Management says it is still processing online applications to drill; however, it’s not clear what’s actually happening with those.“Companies are waiting for leases,” said Kathleen Sgamma of the Western Energy Alliance, a group of oil and gas companies. “If you don’t have the full lease hold, it’s hard to do the exploratory work or full development work you’re planning on.”That could be significant in Wyoming, where taxes from oil and gas make up a third of state revenue. More oil and gas lease sales are slated for February and March, but some in the industry worry that if the shutdown drags on, they won’t happen.One place the shutdown isn’t slowing proposed drilling projects is Alaska. BLM is moving ahead with holding public meetings about oil and gas drilling leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Public Media reports. The bureau is part of Interior, one the departments affected by the shutdown.Raúl Grijalva, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wrote a letter to the acting secretary of the Interior, asking how these hearings are happening “while so many other essential services remain shut down.”BLM told Alaska Public Media that it’s using funds from the previous fiscal year to continue working.The District of ColumbiaWashington, D.C.’s courts are funded through the federal government, and its marriage bureau has been shuttered, leaving some engaged couples in the lurch. So the D.C. Council just passed the LOVE Act (Let Our Vows Endure Emergency Amendment Act of 2019) to give D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser the authority to grant marriage licenses during the shutdown. (As member station WAMU/DCist notes, divorces and trials have continued.)The federal government is also the largest customer of DC Water — and it told the utility company it wouldn’t be paying $5 million of its quarterly bill during the shutdown, WAMU’s Jacob Fenston reports. The DC Water board members joked about how to handle this big unpaid bill, perhaps by turning off the water at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.“Water is leverage,” says DC Water spokesperson Vincent Morris. “No one wants to go without it.”Colin Dwyer, Elizabeth Blair, Greg Myre, David Schaper, Rhitu Chatterjee, Philip Ewing, Dan Charles, Joel Rose, Rebecca Hersher, Cooper McKim, Ian Stewart and Marisa Peñaloza contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO is honoring some of Houston’s historic African American sites as part of their Slave Route Project, an international registry of locations associated with the transatlantic slave trade. The list of designated sites includes Emancipation Park in the Third Ward, the African American Library at the Gregory School in Freedmen’s Town, the Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, the Middle Passage Port of Galveston, Olivewood Cemetery and downtown’s Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the sites at the church, which was founded in 1866 by freed slaves.“These locations are considered a registry of historically significant cultural sites that were part of the global transatlantic slave trade, the greatest forced human migration in history,” Turner said. “The Slave Route Project highlights the importance of preserving history and telling the painful truth about the dark past of slavery and how it has affected and impacted the world.”Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the sites.He said the designation connects Houston to national and world history.“UNESCO and the city of Houston will embrace the opportunity to engage and encourage the public to visit the sites of memory and gain a deeper understanding of our history and our future,” Turner said. Raymon Manning, chairman of the board of the Emancipation Park Conservancy, called the designation a thrilling accomplishment.“This is an exciting time for Houston,” Manning said. “We’re taking our place in the cultural tourism world.”Eileen Lawal with the Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy and the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Committee thanked Vanderbilt History Professor Jane Landers for helping the city receive the designation.“We applaud and thank all the scholars, students, historians, community volunteers, committees and advocates who have donated their time and support for many, many hours to complete the successful and demanding UNESCO application process.”Community activists, alongside Turner, have been working for years to create a cultural district in Freedmen’s Town, particularly after a contractor mistakenly removed roughly 200 of the area’s historic bricks while working on a drainage project. Listen Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaAntioch Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Houston was founded in 1866 by freed slaves. X Share
State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, this week eagerly signed on to co-sponsor a bill to repeal the Michigan state pension tax to protect seniors and retirees.“After discussing this issue at length with local constituents, this is an issue that needs to be addressed,” said Hughes. “I’ve been tasked with the duty of representing the 91st District, and this measure would yield positive, life-changing results for the seniors and retirees in our community.”Many seniors are currently living on a fixed income funded by their pension, Hughes said. Because pensions do not fluctuate with inflation, she said, an overabundance of Michigan’s seniors have found themselves in tightly-bound financial situations.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” said Hughes. “Repealing the pension tax would make way for a healthier Michigan economy.”The bill to repeal the pension tax has been designated House Bill 4027.### 15Jan Hughes starts term strong, co-sponsors bill protecting seniors Categories: Hughes News
Sports and special programming accounted for almost 60% of second screen activity in the first quarter of 2013, according to new stats by US social TV analytics company Trendrr.The firm logged 205 million social interactions in the quarter around one-off sporting and special events.” These included the Superbowl, which accounted for a massive 52 million second screen interactions. Other notable tent pole events included the Grammy Awards with 15 million interactions, the Oscars with 13 million and the NFL Playoffs with 12 million.Trendrr, which helps clients measure and analyse the way viewers engage with content, said that overall it logged a 127% increase in second screen activity in Q1 2013 compared to a year earlier.Of the more than 18,700 telecasts it logged in the quarter, it found that the average drew almost 20,000 second screen interactions from “hyper-engaged audiences” – more than 343 million in total.While a “significant amount of this growth” can be attributed to increased activity around one-off events, Trendrr said that excluding sports and specials, “social TV activity continues to accelerate, growing by 53%. The most significant year over year growth occurred in January 65%. February grew by 44% and March by 46%.”
Boxer Systems, a UK solution provider for the video, film and TV markets, has agreed a new partnership with compression services firm V-Nova.Boxer will represent V-Nova’s line of Perseus-powered P.Link products for the contribution and remote production markets and will provide infrastructure support for the V-Nova P.Link customer base.“With a focus on solutions for media production and playout as well as content capture and processing, Boxer will provide a strong local presence and market expertise for our Perseus-powered P.Link compression solutions,” said Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder of V-Nova.Boxer has worked for more than 25 years in the broadcast and post-production arenas, supplying equipment and integrated systems to clients including Arqiva, the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV, and Technicolor.