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first_imgThough the Beermen saw spectacular performances from Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter, Fajardo remained as the focal point of San Miguel’s bid to defend its crown.On track to win his sixth Best Player of the Conference award, Fajardo pulled down 11 rebounds and had 35 points on 15 of 19 shooting, including the last two decisive field goals of the Beermen that doused the KaTropa rally.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the nightcap, Magnolia had to overhaul a 20-point deficit before joining its sister team  in the next round.Mark Barroca not only sizzled from the field but also made life difficult for the high-scoring Terrence Romeo to help lift the Hotshots to a come-from-behind 86-79 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Emotions heightened in the first game with the outcome already decided as Jericho Cruz planted an elbow on the nape of Arwind Santos, who earlier pushed the TNT guard in a fast-break play.Santos was thrown out for getting a second technical while Cruz was sent to the bench for the flagrant foul.In the Final Four, San Miguel will face either Ginebra or Rain or Shine while Magnolia will take on the winner between the NLEX-Alaska setto.Ginebra and NLEX will try to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FIRST GAME SCORES:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC June Mar Fajardo has established himself as a certified defensive nightmare for any team.The four-time Most Valuable Player again sowed terror in the paint, carrying the San Miguel Beermen to the semifinals of the Philippine Cup with a forceful 106-93 win over the TNT Ka-Tropa on Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus SAN MIGUEL 106—Fajardo 35, Lassiter 20, Santos 15, Ross 13, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Pessumal 2, Espinas 1.TNT 93—Castro 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 17, A. Semerad 16, Williams 15, Cruz 3, Torres 2, Garcia 2, Tautuaa 0, Paredes 0, Carey 0, Reyes 0.Quarters: 31-23, 52-44, 77-72, 106-93 Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cojuangco, Vargas end hostilitieslast_img read more

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London Olympics: Surprises aplenty but prices a big pain

first_imgS. KannanHaving heard horror stories about the preparedness of the Heathrow Airport to handle huge passenger traffic, it was with trepidation I moved towards the immigration officer.No doubt, the lady behind the counter was curt and wanted to clear me quickly, but she had to fully satisfy herself about my bona fides, and the fingerprint matching was done properly. These days, nothing can be left to chance if you are entering London, with the clock ticking down to the opening ceremony on Friday.Past immigration, getting the media accreditation card was also not a problem at all. It really came as a surprise how all this was happening so smoothly, since athletes had complained they had to face long waits.But the bigger surprise was how the transportation by tube or the Heathrow Express into Paddington in central London was even more efficient. There was no fear of getting lost in official cabs and, in less than half an hour, five Indian mediapersons were in central London.The surprise did not end there as shared cabs were available for onward travel from central London to Stratford, where the Olympic Park is situated.Cabbies the world over like to chat. Sixty-five-year-old Mike was no different. Once he got talking, it was hard to stop him. He spoke of everything from recession to the high prices of tickets for the Olympics and how Stratford was a dirty area and had now been transformed.But his anger was aimed towards the London organisers (LOCOG) as he felt the tickets were overpriced. “It’s just too much, paying 150 per ticket for athletics, and I have been told I will be allowed inside the arena just for three hours. Imagine, I spend 1,000 for the family and it seems like a waste,” he thundered.advertisementDespite the pound being a strong currency, the mood all over London is similar, as people feel tickets have been overpriced. Plus, many of the million tickets up for sale have disappeared!That’s a story very similar to our own Commonwealth Games, where the organising committee printed a lower number of tickets, resulting in empty stands.Mike then went on to thank us for bringing sunny weather to London. After heavy showers for weeks, bright sunshine saw Londoners take off their woolens and dress lightly. But he warned us to be cautious when he said: “Don’t be fooled, one can never say when it will again start raining.”Finally, when I reached Stratford, the Olympic hub in east London, I got a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. Security was tight and like the Delhi cops, they were shooing us away from vantage points, minus the abuses!To be sure, Stratford in itself is a sleepy suburb. Plenty of malls and so on have come up in a big way, but the crowds aren’t really huge.Locals who live closer to the Olympic venues aren’t the ones who will be filling in the arenas as tickets are priced high and had to be booked in advance.Inside the high-security Olympic Stadium complex, which also houses the International Broadcast Centre and the Main Press Centre, the final coat of paint is being applied. There is a busy look and security is very tight. From wallets to cell phones and cameras and even wrist watches, everything is put through the scanner.Yes, the security personnel are courteous, but they do look worried as the crowds have started trooping in. Food outlets are getting ready and junk food stalls are bound to do good business.One does have to pay a steep price for communication too. Unlike the New Delhi CWG, where the data cards were free, here it costs almost 180. And that comes to almost Rs 16,000 for the fortnight.If you want to extend your stay for the Paralympics, it costs a bigger bomb. Welcome to London!last_img read more

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IPL 2016: MS Dhoni wonders what could have been after sealing thriller

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed glimpses of his old attacking self when he single-handedly sealed a brilliant last-ball thriller against Kings XI Punjab today. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Clobbering Punjab bowler Axar Patel for 22 runs, including three sixes in the last over of the match, Dhoni powered Pune to a face-saving four-wicket win over Punjab to help them avoid a last-place finish in the Indian Premier League table. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)Chasing 173, Pune never looked in contention, but Dhoni played the orchestrator with an unbeaten 32-ball 64 to secure an improbable win for the debutants. (Dhoni heroics help Rising Pune Supergiants avoid last-place finish)Pune looked down and out at 86 for five in the 14th over before Dhoni brought out his best and smashed five sixes and four boundaries.Needing 23 runs in the last over, Dhoni struck three sixes and a four. In the last ball of the match, RPS required six for victory and the captain hit a ‘helicopter’ shot over the mid-wicket boundary.However, for Dhoni, who had successfully led Chennai Super Kings in the previous editions of the tournament, mostly finishing in top four besides winning the title twice, this has been his most disappointing campaign.DHONI LOOKS BACK”It was a fantastic game. This is a game you want to win and get into the knockouts, though that was not the case.Looking back, we started well and ended well. We were never completely outplayed, which gives us the confidence that we can do better next year,” Dhoni said.advertisement’HAVE TO LIFT OUR GAME'”We have to lift our game slightly, which will have an impact on our team. Right from the start, bowling was one department where we were worried. When we have started well with the new ball, the spinners have done well. Otherwise they have struggled. Overall, there were glimpses of some very good talent,” he said.’LACK OF BENCH STRENGTH'”We don’t have the luxury of having outstanding players on the bench, but this is still a very good team. How we change our game according to our demands is important, so adaptability is the key. This IPL, the best wickets were provided,” said the Pune skipper.last_img read more

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Jaguar Land Rover production crosses half million-mark

first_imgJaguar Land Rover (JLR) consolidated its position as Britain’s largest car builder on Tuesday by announcing it produced more than half a million vehicles for the first time during the past year.In its annual report, JLR said in the full year to March 31, 2016, it built a record 521,571 vehicles, a 13 per cent rise over the previous year, Xinhua reported.ALSO READ: Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez drives new Jaguar F-Type SVR to 323kmphDr Ralf Speth, CEO, JLR said, “Jaguar Land Rover has sold more cars than at any time in our history. We are now the largest automotive manufacturer in Britain and our vehicles have received more than 140 awards across the range for design, technology, safety and environmental sustainability.””During this fiscal year, we have delivered sustainable, profitable growth and introduced new models — such as the Discovery Sport, Jaguar XE and XF — that have redefined their market segments,” he added.ALSO READ:Jaguar F-Type SVR to debut at Geneva Motor ShowJLR said it plans to invest 3.75 billion pounds ($5.49 billion) during 2016-17.The company said solid growth in markets including Europe, North America and Britain helped support full-year financial revenues of 22.2 billion pounds, up 342 million pounds on the previous 12-month period.Profit before tax was 1.56 billion pounds after an exceptional charge for the Tianjin Port explosion of 157 million pounds.ALSO READ:JLR, Katrina Kaif launches Jaguar XE; prices at Rs 39.9 lakhThe report said the generally positive outlook for the global premium automotive market and the forthcoming launches of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are expected to support the growth of the company in the future.advertisementlast_img read more

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Team will get head of state security in Pakistan: SL Minister

first_imgColombo, Oct 25 (PTI) The Sri Lankan cricket team, which will visit Lahore to play the T20 international on October 29, will be provided security that is normally accorded to a visiting head of state by the Pakistan government, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. “They have guaranteed top security to the team?, Jayasekera said adding that he would accompany the team to Lahore. He said Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has made necessary security assessment and it would be safe to go there. Jayasekera?s comments came as Sri Lanka overlooked the entire band of regulars who had in a letter expressed security concerns in travelling to Lahore. Instead a new look team under Thisara Perera, who was part of September?s World XI squad which played in Lahore, was named. Sri Lanka will thus become the first big international team to visit Pakistan since the terrorists attacked the island nation in Lahore in 2009. Several Sri Lankan players suffered injuries and were in severe mental shock from the attack. Pakistan has been using the UAE venues, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah as their off shore home venue since 2010. Jayasekera said the tour would be important for bilateral Sri Lanka-Pakistan diplomatic relations. “We have to remember that Pakistan along with India came to Sri Lanka when Australia and West Indies refused to come here for the 1996 World Cup,” a reference to the joint Indo-Pak team which played in Colombo leading to the World cup jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. PTI COR BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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OAKA to be Re-named Nikos Galis

first_imgThe OAKA Basketball Stadium, currently home to Panathinaikos and AEK, will be re-named after the Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis. Stavros Kontonis announced the government’s decision on Tuesday.Niko Galis revolutionized Greek basketball and is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play in Greece. The Greek-American played with Aris for 17 years (1979-1992) and finished his career with Panathinaikos in 1994. He led the Greek National team to their first European Championship in 1987 and two years later won the silver medal at Eurobasket 1989 with Greece. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007, which consists of the best basketball players of the game internationally. Galis has received numerous honors throughout his playing career and holds many records.The OAKA will be the second stadium named after Nikos Galis. Aris’ current stadium, “Nikos Galis Hall,” was the first stadium named after “The Gangster.” On behalf of the Greek government, the Deputy Minister of Athletics, Stavros Kontonis, announced the re-naming of the OAKA Stadium to “Niko Galis.” The former Aris star stated “I would like to thank the State and its initiative. It’s a great honor for me, as well as my teammates during that era. I believe that we have offe6red a lot to the people, the youth and the Greek society.”Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Making robot personal assistants ubiquitous

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT “I wouldn’t be surprised if one day I were to be woken up by a robot standing next to me as opposed to an alarm clock that I currently use. This is how advanced I believe technology has gotten so far. It sounds really exciting but worrying at the same time Biometric recognition and authentication – who is talking to me and are they allowed to give those commands 2 thoughts on “Making robot personal assistants ubiquitous” Computer vision – scene analysis, object recognition, etc. Location sensing – where am I and what/who is near me acoustic scenery analysis – recognizing distinctive noises such as a dog barking or glass breaking December 4, 2018 at 4:40 am I recently attended MWC Shanghai. Robots were big – very big. I saw dozens of companies, looking for customers to brand and offer them in any one of many applications. Take just one example application – Tug, the robot nurse.  This doesn’t look much like our sci-fi image of robots, unless you’re thinking of some of the more utilitarian examples in Star Wars. It’s a box on wheels, but it has many of the features we expect in mobile robots, including navigation and obstacle avoidance. It can navigate around a hospital, it will stop if someone steps in front of it and it will steer around an errant IV stand; it can also call an elevator to get to another floor.The point of Tug is to deliver medications and food to patients and it is already deployed in 37 VA hospitals in the US. Imagine the workload that takes off the shoulders of busy candy-stripers. There are multiple other assistant applications, in elder care, in teaching support, restaurants and hotels. Think of this as the next big thing in personal assistants following smart speakers (Amazon already has 100k+ robots working in their warehouses, so obviously they’re working on home robots as a sequel to the Echo). This isn’t science fiction; home assistant robots are shipping today.Robot health assistant (Source: CEVA/Shutterstock) There are obvious technical challenges in producing this kind of robot, not dissimilar to autonomous driving problems, though there are some clear differences. Navigation and obstacle avoidance are common, but concepts of clear driving lanes and traffic management don’t apply for these robots; it’s all about obstacle avoidance and navigation within a building (with remapping to get around temporary immovable obstacles). And while a natural language interface may be a nice-to-have in a car, for robot assistants it may be essential. Who wants to learn to push buttons when the pharmacy sent the wrong medication, or the restaurant messed up your order?Gartner recently came up with a top-10 list of AI and sensing requirements for robots, among which they include: March 6, 2019 at 9:01 am “It is obviously a different sector altogether even if it means utilizing a similar tool. Different requirements are being required in both these sectors and they need to be fulfilled before end users can benefit from them. Though they are based on similar Autonomous movement – ability to move to a target elsewhere in the building without colliding with objects or people MarkSindone says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Log in to Reply ChristopherJames says: The default approach to building systems today with these capabilities starts with building an AI system into the robot based on a multicore GPU platform. This is understandable – product builders can prototype a solution using an off-the-shelf platform without needing to worry about ASIC details, in much the same way they would use a CPU development board for more traditional applications. But as product volume ramps or you are pushing it to ramp, cost and customer satisfaction / differentiation become increasingly important. Off-the-shelf solutions are expensive, they’re power-hungry and it’s difficult to differentiate when you’re using the same platform as everyone else. Which is why inevitably high-volume solutions turn to ASIC platforms. You don’t need to abandon all the investment you put into your prototype; a lower-cost GPU platform might remain part of the solution, but a significant level of AI functionality can be offloaded to a much more cost-effective and more highly-integrated platform.Performance per watt advantages of DSPs over GPUs in machine-learning (ML) applications are well known, derived in part because of fixed point over floating point operations and for flexibility in quantization in some platforms. And the price advantages (in volume) of custom solutions are well known. This is why you’re more likely to see an embedded DSP in volume/price-sensitive ML applications at the edge than an off-the-shelf GPU.But can you do everything you could do in the GPU? It turns out that you can do quite a lot. Take computer vision – positioning, tracking, object recognition and gesture recognition for example. This level of vision processing is already available today in some embedded DSP-based platforms. Or take autonomous movement supporting local retraining (without having to go to the cloud). Again the core recognition capabilities to support this intelligence, the same capabilities you would also find on a GPU, are available on a DSP.Voice recognition/authentication and acoustic scene analysis can also be offloaded. These (along with the other examples here) neatly highlight why offloading makes so much sense. Each of these intelligent operations breaks down into multiple steps, say from voice pickup and direction resolution to perhaps basic word recognition and ultimately even natural language processing (NLP). The last step is challenging and may require going to the cloud. But the steps before that can be handled very comfortably in an embedded solution. Some applications, where only a limited vocabulary need to be recognized or where you want to detect non-verbal cues such as a window breaking, you may not need the cloud (or a local GPU) at all. There are already hints that even limited NLP may be supported at the edge in the near future.An extensive array of solutions have emerged to support these front-end functions using AI at the edge, in front-end voice processing and in deep learning in the IoT. Using these solutions, developers can more easily address emerging challenges for making robot personal assistants ubiquitous.Moshe Sheier is Director of Strategic Marketing, CEVA, where he oversees corporate development and strategic partnerships for CEVA’s core target markets and future growth areas. Moshe is engaged with leading SW and IP companies to bring innovative DSP-based solutions to the market. In his spare time, Moshe rides mountain bikes and practices Aikido. Continue Reading Previous Teledyne LeCroy rolls out new test tools for designers, test engineers, and educatorsNext AAEON: Box PC for Edge AI and machine vision applications A conversational interface – speech recognition and natural language processing AI functions in the robot – not only depending on the cloudlast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captain

first_imgEngland announced their 14-man squad for the 1st of the 5-match Ashes Test series against Australia on Saturday. Joe Root will be leading the hosts at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England’s victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. Ben Stokes, who was stripped off vice-captaincy after Bristol street brawl in 2018, has been reappointed as the deputy to Joe Root.Pacer James Anderson, who missed the only Test against Ireland at Lord’s earlier this week with an injury, has been named in the squad.The fast bowler didn’t feature in England’s record win over Ireland earlier this week due to a left side strain but showed signs of form by taking 2 wickets for Sussex on Friday in the Vitality Blast. This means he will be in a contest for a spot in the playing XI with senior-pro James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked up 9 wickets at Lord’s against Ireland.Jack Leash, who won the Man of the Match award for his 92 as night-watchman against Ireland, misses out.England national selector Ed Smith explained that multiple injuries to bowlers were the reason England have opted for a 14-man squad.”Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here,” said national selector Ed Smith.”Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket. The wider circumstances – a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series – are unprecedented.advertisement”It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open.”England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam CurranAlso See:last_img read more

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Bailly relishing selection battle at Man United

first_imgManchester United No one is entitled to start – Bailly relishing Man Utd competition Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 05:55 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bailly - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League The Red Devil’s strong defence and competition for places could be key in the Premier League title race, says the centre-back Eric Bailly is relishing the competition for places in Manchester United’s defence and believes it is bringing the best out of the squad as they battle for Premier League glory.The United centre-back missed his first top-flight game of the season when he was rested for the 4-0 home victory over Crystal Palace prior to the international break.Bailly and Phil Jones have established themselves as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice pairing, but Chris Smalling and big-money signing Victor Lindelof represent stiff competition, while Marcos Rojo is closing on an injury comeback. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. United have only conceded two goals in seven league games and Bailly feels the fight for places in Mourinho’s side is key to the club’s strong defensive start.”I think it’s very crucial,” Bailly told United Review. “It’s very important too for us young players in order not to relax. “We have to keep on working because at any given moment the others might see their chance and take it. “You have to take advantage of every opportunity the manager gives you. It’s good competition, it creates a positive spirit and helps the team – that’s what we’re aiming for.”[Having a strong squad] is very important for us, it’s important for the team, it’s important for the manager, and when it’s like that, there is also competition among ourselves, so we always have to improve because I don’t think anyone is automatically entitled to their position in that team.Eric Bailly Manchester United Swansea 2017“There’s a good relationship between Phil and me, and with the other two defenders, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling, even though we’ve not had the chance to play together yet.”It’s fine in my view because there are four of us defenders and everyone is ready to make the most of the opportunities the manager gives us.” Asked if he was proud of United’s impressive defensive record, Bailly said: “Of course. It’s the key point for all defenders, to see your goals against tally remain at zero. “It’s key for me to keep the goals conceded at zero and I hope that the good work we’ve done at this start of the season will help us become champions this year.Man Utd 7/4 away at Liverpool”To defend as well as possible and concede less goals, that’s the aim for all of us.”United have a huge away game against Liverpool on October 14 when the Premier League resumes.last_img read more

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Gavin Henson’s deep role fails to lift Newport Gwent Dragons against Cardiff

first_img Read more Support The Guardian The Dragons are starting to breathe fire rather than inhale it, but they are not yet bombproof. Like the capacity crowd, their flame was doused by rain and opponents who played the conditions more cleverly, but a region that was a vote away from extinction seven months ago has success rather than survival as its driver.Had members of the Newport Rugby Club, the then owners of Rodney Parade, voted in the summer against a proposal to sell the ground to the Welsh Rugby Union, the Dragons’ main investors would have demanded their money back and the region, in the words of its chief executive at the time, Stuart Davies, would not have had a future. Now the Dragons have signed two Lions, Ross Moriarty and Richard Hibbard, for next season and have two more, George North and Taulupe Faletau, in their sights. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics “We have made a number of changes in a short space of time, but we are not satisfied with where we currently are,” David Buttress, the Dragons’ multimillionaire chairman, said. “Our intention is not to stay behind the other teams in Wales and we are working hard to add to the playing-salary budget to make the side more competitive. We have made exciting signings and are confident more will follow.”The Dragons had not lost at home in the league since the opening day of the season, while the Blues had lost four in five on the road. But after the visitors overcame early problems at the scrum their greater expertise on the floor and a measure of composure behind on an afternoon when so much was rash and rushed marked them apart, although they should not have exposed themselves to a tense finish.Trying to rise above the frenzy was Gavin Henson, who turns 36 in February. Professional rugby often resembles a dodgem car circuit with its mass of furious collisions but Henson is more a classic rally enthusiast, preferring the open road. He had to endure a few dents to his bodywork, missing a tackle that led to the opening try of the game and going missing for the second but he was alert to opportunity, waiting for a moment that had not arrived by the time he was taken off after 67 minutes.A problem for the Dragons was that Henson’s preference for lying deep left them playing behind the gainline too often on a day when the rain started to fall heavily just before kick-off. Last season that would have meant a pitch even heavier than the home side’s tighthead prop, Nicky Thomas, a throwback to the days when players in his position did not have the inconvenience of tight‑fitting shirts, but a £3m investment in the playing surface last summer was another part of the drive to lift the region from the bottom. Rugby unioncenter_img Cardiff Blues Read more Jonny May red card angers Leicester and helps Saracens to stop the rot Share on Facebook Share via Email Pro14 Newport Gwent Dragons Share on Twitter The largest crowd of the season anticipated a first home victory over the rivals in the league for three years and the opening quarter justified their optimism. The Blues were so taken apart up front that Bradley Thyer was sent to the sin-bin after being held responsible for four successive collapsed scrums. The Dragons’ return from a sustained period of pressure and 10 minutes with a one-man advantage was nothing and as the Blues started to dominate the breakdown and manoeuvre space behind, history started to repeat itself.Gareth Anscombe gave the Blues the lead with a 25th-minute penalty on a day when he missed three of his first four kicks at goal, including the conversion of Aled Summerhill’s try four minutes before half-time after the impressive Owen Lane had trampled through Henson’s challenge and Joe Davies’s head inadvertently gave Summerhill the scoring pass.Henson’s 40-metre penalty before the break made the score 8-3 to the Blues who scored their second try 10 minutes after the restart, Henson rushing out of the line too quickly, and extended their lead to 19 points on the hour through Tom James. The Dragons finally stirred the crowd through Lloyd Fairbrother and a driving maul six minutes from time that resulted in a penalty try, but the cameo was not enough.Bernard Jackman, the Dragons’ head coach, said: “It was an opportunity missed. We showed a lot of character at the end, but the first 55 minutes was not the image of ourselves we are looking to portray. A capacity gate was what we wanted, but perhaps it meant we were not able to deal with expectation. If so, we need to fix it because we want to play in front of big crowds regularly but we are nowhere near where we want to be.”Newport Gwent Dragons Amos (Belcher, 74); Hewitt, Warren (Rosser, 61), Dixon, Howard; Henson (O’Brien, 67), C Davies (Pretorius, 51); Hobbs (T Davies, 51), Dee, Thomas (Fairbrother, h-t), J Davies (Landman, 60), Hill (capt), Wainwright, Benjamin, Sheekey (Roach, 48).Try Fairbrother, Penalty. Con Henson. Pen Henson.Cardiff Blues Morgan; Lane, Smith, Lee-Lo, Summerhill (James, 51); Anscombe, T Williams (L Williams, 70); Thyer (Jenkins, 16‑19), Rees (capt; Myhill, 61), Assiratti (Andrews, 51), S Davies, Cook (Welch, 61), Navidi, Robinson, N Williams (Turnbull, 66).Tries Summerhill, Lee-Lo, James. Cons Anscombe 2. Pen Anscombe.Sin-bin Thyer 14, Myhill 73.Referee A Brace (Ireland). Attendance 8,722. Share on Messenger match reportslast_img read more

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2012 Trans Tasman Series On Fox Sports

first_imgThe Women’s and Men’s divisions was first played on Fox Sports 2 on Wednesday, 13 June 2012. The three divisions will also be played on Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 9.00am (Mixed), 10.00am (Women’s) and 11.00am (Men’s) and will be replayed in the early morning on Wednesday, 20 June. To see what to expect from RJ Media’s production of the series please click on this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHHx8bUJfa4&list=PLE49F532EEA20AC95&index=0&feature=plcpTouch Football on Fox Sports Saturday, 16 June 20122012 Trans Tasman Series – Mixed: 9.00am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Women’s: 10.00am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Men’s: 11.00am (Fox Sports 2)Wednesday, 20 June 20122012 Trans Tasman Series – Men’s: 01.30am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Women’s: 02.30am (Fox Sports 2)2012 Trans Tasman Series – Mixed: 03.30am (Fox Sports 2)Stay tuned to the website for more information about when you can see the 2012 Trans Tasman Series on television.Related LinksTrans Tasman On TVlast_img read more

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Hafnia Shareholders to Decide on Merger with BW in January

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BW Group Shareholders of Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers are to decide on the proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group, in January, the company informed.On January 10, 2019, an extraordinary general meeting will be held in Malmö, Sweden, during which Hafnia shareholders will consider, and if thought fit, approve, a plan of merger.Hafnia Tankers signed a merger agreement with BW Tankers on December 21, 2018.Under the plan, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations. The shareholders of Hafnia will in the merger receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows the BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Related: Hafnia Tankers, BW Tankers Looking into MergerExplaining reasons for the potential merger, Hafnia Tankers said: “The management team and board believe in a future rise in freight rates across the markets in which Hafnia operates, which will in turn lead to an uplift in both valuation and institutional investor interest in the business… the combination of Hafnia and BW Tankers is the best way to meet the future developments in the market.”“The management team expects that there will be a number of important synergies to be achieved with the combined platform, including improved terms for financing, global commercial platform with chartering teams in Singapore, Houston and Copenhagen and increased efficiency with both in-house technical (from BW Tankers) and use of third party providers,” the company added.The combined company will have a fleet active across all relevant segments and will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels (including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels).last_img read more

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Bihar Tejashwi makes sudden appearance after more than a month of poll

first_imgPatna: Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Legislative Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Thursday made a sudden appearance in the House after shunning public engagements for over a month after decimation of the RJD-led ‘grand alliance’ in the Lok Sabha elections.Tejashwi Yadav made his maiden appearance in the ongoing monsoon session of the House on its fifth day. The session had begun on June 28. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s younger son’s absence after poll results was taken kindly by the grand alliance partners. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi had questioned his absence from the scene, leaving the grand alliance in lurch, after the elections. The senior RJD leader’s disappearance from the public life amid the state battling deaths of more than 150 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) had drawn sharp criticism. Ruling BJP and JD(U) used the opportunity to attack Yadav calling him “ranchod” (one who runs away from battle field). Tejashwi Yadav told reporters that he was in Delhi for treatment of his leg injury. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe said he had suffered minor fracture in one of his legs during the Lok Sabha elections campaign and had endured it without any treatment till the completion of polls. He dismissed reports about quitting the post of leader of the opposition in the wake of the poll debacle. “You (mediapersons) must be knowing it… why are you (media) wasting your time on rumours?” said Tejashwi Yadav, when asked about his resignation as the LoP. He refused to comment on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s resignation. The RJD, Congress, RLSP, HAM and VIP parties are part of the mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) in Bihar. Except for one seat of Kisanganj won by the Congress, the grand alliance had drawn a blank in the state in the Lok Sabha elections, with the NDA bagging all remaining 39 seats. Tejashwi Yadav’s unavailability in the assembly had attracted caustic remarks from the NDA leaders. While replying to the Budget debate last Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had said it was for the first time in his 30 years of parliamentary career that the leader of opposition was not present during such an important proceeding of the House. JD(U) chief whip in the assembly Ratnesh Sada too raised the issue on Wednesday, saying the LOP has been missing from the House. Tejashwi did not take any questions from the media Thursday, saying he would speak on the occasion of RJD’s foundation day function on Friday at the party’s office in the state capital. The RJD’s national executive committee meeting is to be held on Saturday at a hotel here, said Tejashwi Yadav adding several resolutions would be passed by the party on different issues during the meeting.last_img read more

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Trudeau Xi face off on future of trade as PM China trip

first_imgBEIJING, China – Smiles and warm handshakes, ceremony and splendour — all of it will be on vivid display on Monday when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang extends a red-carpet welcome to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.But the spectacle that will envelop Trudeau’s arrival at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People will shroud a starker reality: Canada’s uphill fight to forge a fair trading relationship with a big, ambitious country that plays by its own rules.The government is playing down the possibility that this trip would mark the start of formal free trade talks, but the prime minister will be looking to attract Chinese investors and move economic relations forward. China is eager to get on with actual negotiations after several long rounds of “exploratory” discussions with Canada.But Canada needs something else first: guarantees from China the talks won’t be strictly business.Senior government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, say Canada wants China to agree to a framework for free trade talks that will include its so-called progressive trade agenda — environmental and labour, gender and governance issues.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday that Canada has raised those issues in exploratory talks in order to gauge the reaction of the Chinese.Chinese officials have repeatedly said any free trade deal with Canada should be divorced of human rights considerations. But Canada wants to continue to add what it sees as this broader progressive trade agenda that it successfully entrenched in its free trade deal with Europe and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries, not including China.As one of the architects of the current world trading order after the Second World War, Canada wants to protect and advance the rules of progressive international trade. Exactly how Canada persuades China to take a broader view has become a major preoccupation across many federal departments, officials say.“This is our turf in many respects. We’re not really going to let anyone else rewrite the rules,” one official said.The recently completed rounds of the exploratory talks were “about gathering intel, about understanding the situation.”Canada isn’t interested in negotiating a basic goods-and-services agreement similar to Australia’s pact with China, nor is it interested in negotiating piecemeal, sector by sector, the official said. That’s because if Canada and China strike a deal in aerospace, for instance, the principles that guide that agreement wouldn’t necessarily be applicable when a dispute arises in another, say agriculture.Champagne said in a recent speech that Canada wants to establish a broad framework “where issues can be addressed and rule of law is paramount.”Canada wants to level the playing field with a much larger country, including protecting the interests of small and medium sized companies, the minister said. And it is not interested in backing down from its progressive trade agenda.“When it comes to trade, Canadians expect us to be resolute and steadfast in the promotion of our values abroad, in preserving and protecting our national security, and all the while growing our economy,” Champagne said.“We must see the entire chessboard and plan our moves accordingly.”But many analysts say that chessboard is heavily stacked in China’s favour.Canada faces China’s most powerful leader in decades: President Xi Jinping, who solidified a bold vision for China’s future at a landmark party congress in October. With the protectionist Trump administration in Washington, Xi has positioned himself as the protector of liberalized trade. But his speech to the party congress promised to project a China worldview that he called “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”“They have made crystal clear the future for China is not democracy and western human rights, not today, not tomorrow and not in the long term,” said Paul Evans of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.“It means they are more rigid than even on their approach to human rights,” he added.“Chinese leadership is really going to be welcome in several fields but it may be changing the rules in ways we should be nervous about.”David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada needs a more comprehensive China strategy that addresses its continued rise as well as Canada’s interests and values. So far, he said, he has not seen that.“Xi is less interested in market forces than his predecessors, much more inclined to state intervention and much more inclined to do things that really cause the playing field to be skewed in China’s favour,” said Mulroney.“Negotiating this with Xi Jinping makes the job a lot more difficult, but not impossible.”Trudeau is to meet Xi on Tuesday in Beijing.Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, said she doesn’t think Canada is prepared to start formal trade talks with China. The two countries need to establish some guidelines at the start “so that we’re not surprised later.”“The template for us is CETA and TPP, which are very high-standard agreements, which include goods, services, investment, competition policy, state-owned enterprises,” said Dobson.China’s view is more straightforward. “It’s probably agriculture and natural resources and maybe kick us in the pants to build a pipeline to the west coast.”Champagne argued in his speech that Canada is more than a county of 35 million people because it has preferential access to a market of 1.2 billion through trade deals such as the Canada-EU pact and the much-threatened NAFTA.Mulroney said Canada has other leverage, too. The Chinese continue to place stock in the long-standing historical connections to Norman Bethune and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s breakthrough in establishing diplomatic relations.“We may think it’s quaint, but it’s real to them,” added Dobson.“They’ve got 5,000 years (of history) and this is only five minutes ago.”last_img read more

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WC bound Kedar sustains shoulder injury, set to miss IPL play-offs

first_imgMohali: World Cup bound Kedar Jadhav on Sunday hurt his left shoulder while fielding during Chennai Super Kings IPL game against Kings XI Punjab here, with head coach Stephen Fleming virtually ruling him out of the play-off matches. Asked if there was any update on Kedar, Fleming said at a post-match press conference, “He is getting an X-ray and a scan (done) tomorrow.” “We are hopeful for him although I don’t think we will see him again in this tournament for us. He is in some discomfort, but we just need to be accurate with our assessments tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it is nothing serious, but it did not look that good,” Fleming gave an open-ended reply. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt could be safely concluded that Kedar is not being risked as BCCI has blanket instructions that any injury to World Cup bound players will be given utmost priority. With exactly a month left for India’s first game, the BCCI will not risk the veteran Maharashtra all-rounder, who is a vital cog in Virat Kohli’s Plan A for the World Cup. The pint-sized cricketer didn’t bowl a lot in IPL unlike he doe for India and it has been learnt that his dodgy hamstring is one of the reasons for that as an aggravation could have affected his World Cup chances. Kedar hurt his shoulder while diving near the boundary ropes to save an overthrow in the 14th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo who failed to collect the throw from Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

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UK: UN Talks in Geneva Important for Moroccan-Algerian Dialogue

Rabat – In a tweet, the British representative said that the UK “would like to see progress towards resolving long-standing issues between Maghreb states,” referring to the Western Sahara conflict.On November 6, King Mohammed VI offered Algeria to engage in a frank and direct dialogue with Morocco to break the stalemate hindering Maghreb unity.He also said that Morocco is open to “any initiative or proposals” that would help to normalize the “much less than acceptable” relations between the two neighbors. The UK, according to Reilly, believes that the United Nations talks in Geneva scheduled for December  at the request of the personal envoy of the Secretary-General, Horst Kohler, is “important in this regard.”#UK Interested to see #Moroccan King’s proposal for mechanism for dialogue with #Algeria. UK would like to see progress towards resolving longstanding issues between #Maghreb states. #UN #WesternSahara talks in #Geneva next month important in this regard https://t.co/U97v846RR5— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) November 20, 2018The UK was not the only country that backed King Mohammed VI’s proposal.  Earlier this month, the US Department of State said that rapprochement between Algeria and Morocco could help de-escalate regional tensions between Rabat and Algiers.Read Also: US: Morocco-Algeria Diplomatic Normalization Will Improve Security“The US Government has urged Algeria and Morocco to recognize that improved relations will help the two countries tackle common bilateral and regional issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and economic integration,” the Department of State told the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Despite international leaders backing Morocco’s dialogue initiative, Algeria remains silent.Several Algerian parties responded to Morocco’s offer, especially when Moroccan parties announced that they would visit Algeria to meet with members of political parties.Algerian parties, including Ennahda, argued that steps to solve issues between the two countries should come from governments rather than political parties.Read Also: Qatar, France Welcome King Mohammed VI’s Dialogue Initiative to AlgeriaSpain, Jordan, France, UAE, the United Nations, and the African Union all commended Morocco’s initiative. read more

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Orders for longlasting US factory goods falls sharply as businesses cut back

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 8:34 am MDT Orders for long-lasting US factory goods falls sharply as businesses cut back on spending WASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment.The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 per cent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year. Excluding the volatile transportation category, orders fell just 0.6 per cent. Both declines followed three straight months of increases.Durable goods are items meant to last at least three years. The drop suggests manufacturing continues to struggle after starting the year weak.Economists tend to focus on orders for so-called core capital goods. Those orders fell 3.3 per cent, but the drop followed four straight months of gains.Core capital goods are considered a good measure of businesses’ confidence in the economy. They include items that point to expansion — such as machinery, computers and heavy trucks — while excluding volatile orders for aircraft and defence.July’s drop may be temporary, economists cautioned, noting that it followed several months of increased orders.“At the very least, it is a reminder that the expected pick-up in economic growth in the second half of the year will be gradual,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in an email.One bright spot was that unfilled orders rose to their highest level since record began in 1992. Those are orders that were placed in previous months but yet to be shipped. The increase suggests output could remain steady in the coming months, despite the weak month of orders in July.And orders for autos and auto parts rose 0.5 per cent, the second straight gain. Auto sales jumped 14 per cent in July compared with a year earlier.Manufacturing has slumped this year, hurt by weakness overseas that has dragged on U.S. exports. But there have been signs that factory activity could pick up in the second half of the year.Europe finally emerged from recession in the spring. And in June, U.S. exports rose to an all-time high.A survey by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, said factory activity expanded in July at the fastest pace in two years. Companies hired more workers and new orders surged, both signs that output should rise in the coming months.Factory production slipped in July, according to the Federal Reserve. But that followed two months of increases. And July’s 0.1 per cent decline reflected a slowdown in auto output, which will likely be temporary.The economy expanded at just a 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Most economists expect that figure will revised up to a 2.2 per cent annual rate, mostly because of the jump in June exports. The government issues its second estimate for second-quarter growth on Thursday.Most analysts predict growth may pick up to about a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the second half of the year. They note that steady job growth should fuel more consumer spending and the impact of higher taxes and government spending cuts are likely to fade. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Emery Smokes Altamont in Three Sets Photo Gallery

Photos by Dusty Butler Emery shined in its home opener on the volleyball court on Tuesday night. The Lady Spartans beat up on the Altamont Lady Longhorns for their second straight sweep.Emery won 25-13 in the first set, 25-15 in the second and 25-19 in the final set.Up next, Emery will head down to the Dixie Flyers Tournament in St. George for the weekend.

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Ohio State softball takes final game in series against Purdue

The Ohio State softball team took the last win in a three-game series Sunday afternoon against Purdue at home, 5-3. After a four-inning deadlock with the teams tied, 3-3, the Buckeyes hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to grab their only win of the series. The Buckeyes lost Friday afternoon, 4-2, and Saturday, 8-7. “There was just no way we were going to let them beat us three times,” said sophomore infielder Maddy McIntyre, who hit her third home run of the year in Sunday’s extra inning. Junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo hit the other 10th-inning home run, her second of the year, and added 3 RBI in the game. Carrillo said it was satisfying to win the game with McIntyre. “It feels awesome,” Carrillo said. “Maddy and I always talk about tag teaming, so I’m really happy that we were able to tag team this last inning and get two home runs for the team.” The duo scored the first back-to-back home runs since former Buckeyes Alicia Herron and Sam Marder did in 2010. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly replaced redshirt junior Melanie Nichols in the bottom of the second inning and finished out the rest of the game only allowing one run. O’Reilly said she depended on her teammates to finish out the game. “I just knew I had my team behind me, they were making great defensive plays all day,” O’Reilly said. “I just knew if I put it on the plate and they hit it, my team would have my back.” The Buckeyes started off strong with two runs in the top of the first inning, only for the Boilermakers to tie things up by the bottom of the second inning. OSU pulled ahead of the Boilermakers again in the top of the fifth as sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins hit it out of the park. But Carrillo is looking ahead and said she is ready for the series against Michigan next weekend. “Rivalry, just blood, straight out blood. We’re going after them,” Carrillo said. “So we’re going out there with the mindset that we’re going to win, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 14 Wolverines starting on Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 8

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson scored the game-winner in overtime against Calgary on Nov. 22 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) are riding a six-game winning streak through 23 games and are positioned one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan division.The Blue Jackets battled in the first two games of the week to come away with one-goal victories, but dominated the Ottawa Senators Friday to wrap up the week.Here are a few storylines from the eighth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense pick up without star productionSo far, the power play has been abysmal. It hasn’t been in double-digit percentage since Oct. 14, which has been the difference in turning the offense into a dominant force it could be. The expected offensive presence of forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky has not been consistent, either.Yet, Columbus scored eight goals this week from seven different players, many of which aren’t the average contributors.Defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored a go-ahead goal Friday against Ottawa and rookie center Pierre Luc-Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board with his third of the year against Buffalo Nov. 20.Josh Anderson has continued his steady offensive production, scoring his team-leading eighth goal in overtime in a 1-0 win against Calgary. Atkinson scored twice and Foligno scored once against Ottawa for their first goals since Oct. 27 and Oct. 25, respectively. Head coach John Tortorella will need more of that production from his top-six forwards.Bobrovsky is still the best goaltender in the NHLGoaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s statistics are always listed in this rundown, but his play during the win streak has been nothing short of remarkable. He ranks second in the league in wins and first in save percentage, goals against average and tied with three shutouts. Not impressed? During the team’s six-game win streak, Bobrovsky has allowed four combined goals in his four wins with a .966 save percentage.The penalty kill has been a major help to Bobrovsky, and the defense has improved in the past week with its ability to limit quality scoring chances. When those were deficiencies, however, No. 72 was a one-man defense and he’s beginning to be rewarded for it.There’s plenty of the season left, but Bobrovsky is the early favorite for the first back-to-back Vezina Trophy winner since Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season. Lukas Sedlak solid in returnThe Blue Jackets returned one of their best penalty-killers from an ankle injury this week in Lukas Sedlak. The team was in dire need of depth at center, so Sedlak’s return was welcomed, even if he’s not a prolific offensive player.In two games, the Czech skater tallied one assist in 9:24 of average ice time, but his impact was felt most in the penalty kill, which was a perfect 4-for-4 in his two games.The third line of Sedlak, Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder has provided Tortorella with a productive forecheck and active sticks in the defensive end that keeps the opposition’s chances to a minimum.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert remains on injured reserve since Nov. 6. Calvert was initially given a three-to-four week window of recovering from his upper-body injury.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadMontreal star goaltender Carey Price is back in net for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. His first game back, against Buffalo on Nov. 25, was a shutout. The Blue Jackets will face three of the league’s worst power plays — Montreal, Carolina and Anaheim. But if there’s one game to watch this week, it will be Saturday on the road against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.Top performers (skaters)Cam Atkinson – two goals (6), one assist (3), three points (9), +4Markus Nutivaara – one goal (1), two assists (8), three points (9), +3Josh Anderson – one goal (8), one assist (4), two points (12)Oliver Bjorkstrand – two assists (9), two points (14), +1Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 3-0-0 (14-4-1), 1.32 goals allowed average (1.91), 76 saves, .950 save percentage (.936)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 23-34, 40.4, 20-27, 1-0, 2-7 Nick Foligno – 19-27, 41.3, 13-25, 4-2, 3-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-19, 34.5, 10-19, 0-0, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-8, 46.7, 6-8, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 46.4 percent, ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at Buffalo; 0-for-2 vs. Calgary; 0-for-2 vs. OttawaOverall: 6-for-62 (9.7 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 3-for-3 at Buffalo; 1-for-1 vs. Calgary; 3-for-3 vs. OttawaOverall: 49-for-58 (84.5 percent), ranked tied-fourthUp next:11/27 – at Montreal (9-12-3)11/28 – vs. Carolina (10-8-4)12/1 – vs. Anaheim (10-9-4)12/2 – at Washington (14-10-1) read more

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