South Africa have named uncapped middle-order batsman Zubayr Hamza and fast bowler Duanne Olivier in their squad for the three-Test home series against Pakistan starting in Pretoria on Boxing Day.Cape Town-born Hamza, 23, averages almost 50 in first class cricket but has had a modest domestic season to date with two fifties in nine innings and an average of a little over 31.The right-hander, who bats at number three for his provincial Cape Cobras side, has been rewarded for his excellent form over the last 18 months though and his potential as a future regular in the team.”Zubayr has been one of the standout cricketers in domestic cricket over the past year and carried that form into the South Africa A tour to India where he averaged over 50 in the four-day series against tough opposition and under tough conditions,” Cricket South Africa national selection panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi said in a media statement on Thursday.”Before that, he had an outstanding season in the four-day franchise competition where he scored 823 runs, including three centuries, at the impressive average of 69.”His selection is part of our vision for the future as we start to feed new players into the system. It is inevitable that some of our senior players will start thinking of retiring in years to come and it is vital that we have a good succession plan in place.”South Africa have also recalled Olivier as a replacement for the injured Lungi Ngidi, who will miss the entire Pakistan tour that also includes five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures.advertisementThe Proteas have retained experienced batsman Hashim Amla despite a poor run of form that has seen him top-score with 31 in his last nine Test innings and continually fail in domestic cricket, with the selection of Hamza possibly much to do with Amla’s struggles.Fast bowler Dale Steyn will hope to get the one wicket he needs to pass Shaun Pollock as the country’s highest Test wicket-taker and has been in excellent bowling form in domestic cricket.The second Test will be played in Cape Town from Jan 3-7, with the series finale in Johannesburg from Jan 11-15.Squad:Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.Also Read | Yasir Shah breaks 82-year-old record, becomes fastest to 200 Test wicketsAlso Read | Adelaide Test: Classy Pujara 123 saves India the blushes on Day 1 vs AustraliaAlso watch –
It’s Black Monday — the day after the NFL’s regular season concludes — when 20 to 25 percent of teams (usually of the non-playoff-bound variety) have historically begun their offseason by firing (or otherwise parting ways with) their head coaches. This year, the New York Jets have fired Rex Ryan, Mike Smith is out in Atlanta and Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers in a mutual split. Further changes may be coming.Teams don’t take these coaching changes lightly, but for all the focus on the coaching carousel, it’s been difficult for researchers to figure out how much who’s wearing the headset matters.Teams that change coaches have a strong tendency to improve the following season, which could be taken as prima facie evidence that swapping in a new coach makes a profound difference. But it also could simply be the residue of regression to the mean. A poor record is generally required for a team to consider dismissing its coach, but much of the differences in NFL team records is due to luck and not the comparative skill levels of the teams themselves. When that luck evens out, the team appears to improve, even if its underlying skill didn’t change all that much.And this phenomena is essentially what the research on NFL coaching changes has found. Although the average team to change coaches since 1994 has seen its winning percentage improve from .383 to .428 the next season, that’s mostly regression to the mean at work. In fact, once we account for the teams’ previous Elo ratings and the inexorable pull that a .500 record exerts on NFL teams from year to year, there’s little evidence that changing coaches helps teams at all.The aforementioned sample of teams had an average Elo rating of 1437 at the end of the regular season with their old coach, which tends to translate to a .463 winning percentage the following year whether a team changes coaches or not. But the season after making the change, those teams averaged a .428 winning percentage — about 35 points lower than we’d have expected based on their previous Elo ratings. This may speak to broader institutional issues that are correlated with coaching changes but beyond the influence of the coach himself, such as dysfunctional ownership, a poor general manager or players who consistently win less than point-differential-based metrics would predict.These types of findings lend credence to the theory that NFL coaching changes offer franchises little more than the illusion of control over their future. While it may feel satisfying to fans and owners to fire a coach after a disappointing season, it’s tough to quantify the real benefits of such a move — if any even exist.
The Real Madrid fans have spoken in all fronts, they overwhelmingly want Santiago Solari to keep his job as the first squad manager from now on.The deadline for Santiago Solari as the Real Madrid manager is right around the corner, his last match as the interim manager will be against Celta and the fan base has decided that they want him to stay as the boss for the rest of the season.The three wins in three matches from three different competitions were enough, scoring eleven goals with a clean sheet was more than enough for an important part of the fans to decide that the Argentine boss is the ideal man to salvage the season at such an early stage.Many Spanish media outlets from the city of Madrid have conducted their own polls this week after Los Blancos defeated Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in such a convincing fashion, the ones who voted loved what they saw from Santiago Solari and most are willing to give the man a chance to prove that he is a great manager who can take Los Blancos to yet another trophy-winning season.In order to keep the information from any poll as trustworthy as possible, we decided to only take the numbers from a single news outlet that conducted a poll this Thursday and is also one of the most respected sources in Spain.Santiago Solari has the big job at Real Madrid for now, but the race for a permanent manager is still alive | @DeanJonesBR: https://t.co/tpJJVDlVBB pic.twitter.com/N6QlXKFiFW— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 8, 2018Diario AS took the liberty to ask a good 56.535 readers from their publication about Solari, they wanted to know how many of them wanted the Argentine manager to get the job as the manager for the rest of the season at least.The response from the readers was swift and convincing, as a staggering 82% of people have voted for Santiago Solari’s appointment as the new manager.We also have a feeling that this number will go up even more if Los Blancos manage to defeat Celta de Vigo in Balaidos, doing that would really get Santiago Solari that hot seat and it would prove that he is capable of making the squad win away again despite any complication that presents itself.But the main reason why Solari has mostly won the respect and adoration from the fans and the board members, has a lot more to do with the gambles that the manager made in the little time he had to maneuver as the Real Madrid manager.There were at least three complicated choices he made, that ultimately gave the advantage because he was fortunate enough to get positive results after making such decisions.Solari has impressed at @realmadridenAnd his positioned has been strengthenedZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Could he get the job permanently?🤔https://t.co/JqVVJmpij1 pic.twitter.com/lT8tr1yKRg— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) November 9, 2018We will start with the goalkeeper problem, a dilemma that even manager Julen Lopetegui wanted to avoid and Zinedine Zidane predicted since last season.For some strange reason, Florentino Perez doesn’t want Keylor Navas as the main goalkeeper in the club and has been trying to replace him for several years without success.Now that the president doesn’t have anyone to contradict him, buying Courtois was only the beginning of the end for the Costa Rica international and Solari made the right choice by leaving him on the bench for the two important matches.Fortunately for the boss, the gamble paid off as Los Blancos have a clean sheet with Thibaut as the goalie.The other gamble was a safer one with Vinicius Junior, a young talent who will inevitably become a great player and has responded perfectly to Solari’s trust after Lopetegui humiliated him in front of everybody.So far in the three matches he’s played, Vini already provided two assists and scored a goal that has at least granted him the chance of maybe getting more minutes against Celta in order to completely save the job for Solari once and for all.Solari to make closing argument for revived Madrid job https://t.co/ayk0l8oZ6l pic.twitter.com/RjO4tvI9ol— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) November 9, 2018What the decision that Florentino will make in regards to Santiago Solari’s future in Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
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Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., is turning to a nearby historically black college to boost recruiting, Military.com reported. “We need pilots,” Rear Admiral Keith Smith, commander of the 5th Coast Guard District, said. “This is a perfect match.” The base and university, which has the only four-year aviation program in the state, have a history of working closely….A three-person contracting team at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has saved the Air Force $1 billion over the past seven years simply by repurposing equipment, according to an Air Force press release. “When one contract is ending, another contract on base may be beginning and able to use those parts and equipment,” contract specialist Darlene Thompson said.Vandenberg Air Force Base photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie ADC AUTHOR
Chevrolet Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Performance Cars Coupes More From Roadshow The fabled midengine Corvette is a car that’s been rumored and hyped for literally decades. And we’re finally — finally! — going to see it this summer.Chevrolet tweeted a teaser of the eighth-generation Corvette on Thursday, and the prototype was actually driven through New York with General Motors CEO Mary Barra riding shotgun. As you can see on the large decal on the prototype’s doors, the new Corvette will be revealed on July 18, 2019.Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff. We initially expected the car to debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.You guys, it’s real! Chevrolet We’ve also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray). As for exactly what engine will reside amidships, that’s still unknown, but rumors have suggested a 520-horsepower V8 will be on offer.In addition to the photo released on Twitter, Chevrolet published a handful of teaser images on the Corvette Instagram page. Chevy also distributed a handful of photos of the next-generation Corvette prototype being driven through New York on Thursday. All of these images can be seen in the gallery below. Leading up to the full reveal in July, Chevrolet will post updates to a dedicated website it launched Thursday. You can bet we — and the rest of the motoring world — will be bookmarking this page. Share your voice Tags 8 Photos 24 Originally published April 11, 4:11 p.m. PT. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevy teases the midengine 2020 Corvette Chevrolet
RBL Bank (formerly Ratnakar Bank Limited) is all set to hit the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares soon, after the capital markets regulator late last month cleared the private lender’s public issue.The bank had filed the draft prospectus with the regulator on June 23, 2015.Kolhapur-based RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December. The exercise was in accordance with its IPO document filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in June 2015. The shares were placed with international investors, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDC Group Plc. The shares were issued at Rs. 195 apiece.”This capital raise was undertaken to augment the tier 1 capital base of the Bank,” Vishwavir Ahuja, MD & CEO, RBL Bank, had said in a statement on Dec. 20, 2015.Here are some facts about RBL Bank, according to information available on its website and the draft prospectus filed with Sebi: The IPO size will be about Rs. 1,100 crore comprising fresh issue of shares, in addition to offer of sale of 17.56 million equity shares by existing investors.The face value of the share is Rs.10 each. The price band will be decided in consultation with global coordinators and book running lead managers (GCBRLMs) to the issue.The shares will be listed on BSE and NSE.The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year. The diluted EPS was Rs.9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15.The GCBRLMs to the issue are Kotak, Axis Capital, Citi and Morgan Stanley. The BRLMs are HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, IDFC Securities, IIFL Holdings and SBI Capital Markets.The bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.Over the last five years, global and domestic investors have infused capital of over Rs. 1,500 crore in the bank, taking the TIER 1 capital to Rs. 2,200 crores (approx).As of March 2016, RBL Bank had 197 branches and 362 ATMs across 13 Indian states.The corporate office of RBL Bank is at One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2B, 6th Floor, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai, while the registered office is at Shahupuri, Kolhapur.
Akshay KumarTwitterAkshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood and his box office track record is a proof of that. He has earned a set of loyal audience who never give his films a miss in theatres. His immense fan following and choices of roles guarantee him a certain percentage of occupany that soon gets converted into big numbers at the box office. And after doing an assessment and knowing his worth, the Khiladi Kumar has reportedly started charging double the amount that he was charging 7 years ago.According to a report in The Asian Age, Akshay, who had earlier charged Rs 27 crore for Rowdy Rathore, now demands a whopping Rs 54 crore per film.”Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too,” a trade expert was qouted as saying by the daily.And now that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has reportedly bankrolled the sequel to Rowdy Rathore, the filmmaker will have to pay Akshay double the price compared to the amount that he charged for the part 1.”Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it,” the trade expert added.It is to be noted that Akshay was the only Indian celebrity who was featured in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid actors 2019. He had secured the 33rd spot with earnings worth 65 million USD (that is around Rs 444 crore in Indian currency).Akshay is currently loaded with a few big and interesting line-ups this year. After triggering nationalist fervor with Kesari, the Khiladi Kumar will be next seen in Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Laxmmi Bomb and Good News this year and Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb in 2020 and will also make his debut in digital space with The End on Amazon.
Third-grader’s marriage foiled A class-three girl was saved from early marriage at Puthiabaria in the municipality area on Friday thanks to the prompt action of the local administration.Executive magistrate Anisur Rahman foiled the marriage of 11-year-old Banna Khatun with Abdur Rahman, 18, of the same area.The would-be groom and his relatives fled after the magistrate arrived.The mobile court fined the girl’s father Muktar Hossain Tk 5,000. It took undertakings from Banna and Rahman’s fathers who promised not to marry off their underage children before they reach adulthood.
Young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at an increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study has found.The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, suggested that they are also at higher risk of polysubstance use than their heterosexual peers.”This data shows definitively that polysubstance use is an issue among many youth who identify as sexual minorities, meaning they are facing added health risks,” said Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”But there are also differences among the subgroups of youth who identify as sexual minorities, suggesting we need to look beyond the averages to understand what factors may be influencing substance use in this population,” Dermody added.Sexual minority is an umbrella term for those who identify with any sexual identity other than heterosexual or who report same-sex attraction or behaviour.For the study, the team involved more than 15,000 lesbian, gay or bisexual youth. The goal of the study was to better understand the risks associated with polysubstance use, or the use of three or more types of drugs, among sexual minority youth. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe data showed that there is a sizeable number of youth, both heterosexual and sexual minority, who don’t use any substances at all, Dermody said.But among those who do, she found that those identified as sexual minority youth were at higher risk of using each type of drug – alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes – compared to heterosexual youth.And within the sexual minority youth population, some groups were at more risk than others for using one, two or all three substances, the researchers found.Bisexual youth faced the largest increase in risk of polysubstance abuse as well as combinations of two substances, while those who identified as lesbian or gay were only at higher risk for some combinations, the team said.The disparity may be due in part to stress from discrimination, violence and victimisation rooted in their sexual minority status, Dermody noted.
Ford on Friday announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in the artificial intelligence startup Argo AI.The automaker has acquired majority ownership of Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Argo AI, which was founded by Google and Uber self-driving car veterans Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander. Going forward, the startup will work to develop a new software platform for Ford’s fully autonomous vehicle, which is expected to arrive in 2021.Salesky, Argo’s CEO, formerly served as director of hardware development for self-driving cars at Google. Rander, the company’s COO, was previously Uber’s engineering lead. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center.Ford said this investment puts it in a better place to bring self-driving cards to market in the near term. The Argo AI team will initially focus on supporting Ford’s autonomous vehicle development and production efforts, but may in the future look to license this technology to other companies.Argo’s roboticists and engineers will work alongside the team developing Ford’s virtual driver system, described as “the machine-learning software that acts as the brain of autonomous vehicles.” By the end of this year, Argo expects to employ more than 200 people at the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters and at sites near Detroit and Silicon Valley.”The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said in a statement. “As Ford expands to be an auto and a mobility company, we believe that investing in Argo AI will create significant value for our shareholders by strengthening Ford’s leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and by creating technology that could be licensed to others in the future.”Last year, Ford was among a group that invested $6.6 million in Civil Maps, a California start-up working on AI-powered mapping software for self-driving cars. Enroll Now for Free 2 min read February 13, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on PCMag
ShareEditor’s note: a link to an illustration for download appears at the end of this release. Amy McCaig713email@example.comMike Williams713firstname.lastname@example.orgTraining organizations benefit Houston entrepreneursBaker Institute study outlines state of the city’s pipeline for business startups HOUSTON – (June 5, 2017) – New entrepreneurs need many things to start out: ideas, talent, money and a support system to guide them through the rigors of launching a business. A Rice University study maintains that public and private entities can and should help Houston realize its potential as a prime launch pad.Researchers at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy discuss the city’s entrepreneurial climate in a recently released white paper, “A Pipeline for Houston’s Startups.” Return to article. Long DescriptionIllustration by Julia Wang, courtesy of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Rice UniversityLead author Edward Egan, a fellow at the Baker Institute and director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Rice undergraduates Benjamin Baldazo and Dylan Dickens analyze the state of the startup community and outline steps to enhance its “deal flow,” a measure of investment opportunities available to the community.In recent years, startups and investors have increasingly found each other through accelerators, incubators and hubs that offer varying degrees of support to new companies. Accelerators are akin to boot camps that train management teams in aspects of high-growth, technology-oriented entrepreneurship. Incubators are similar but do not have a fixed program or timetable for their startups.Hubs are flexible, co-working spaces for startups that may also include accelerators and host offices for venture funds, angel investors and startup service companies. The Rice researchers noted more than 30 have set up shop in the United States, with one of the best-known, The Capital Factory in Austin, hosting more than 500 companies.All three branches of the pipeline now exist in Houston. One of the most recent is a hub, Station Houston, established in 2016. It already supports more than 100 client companies in various stages of development as it attempts to emulate the model established by The Capital Factory and others, and Egan said such for-profit companies should be encouraged.“The success of for-profits is going to be dictated by market forces, but the city of Houston can work with them to create catalysts that fast-track their growth,” he said. The nonprofit Houston Technology Center and the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute are also places where policymakers and industry leaders can have an effect. “Nonprofits play an important role in Houston’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. They can be immune to the market forces around them while still affecting the deal flow of for-profit firms,” Egan noted.Ultimately, most high-tech entrepreneurs want to get venture capital investment. The McNair Center researchers calculated “raise rates” – the percentage of an accelerator’s or incubator’s clients that go on to raise venture capital – for accelerators and incubators across the U.S. Houston’s accelerators and incubators do not perform at the level of benchmark institutions, they said.The report finds that last year just one Houston-based, incubated startup raised venture capital. “It is equally telling,” they wrote, “that five outstanding venture capitalists … have invested in Houston-based firms over the last decade, but none of their portfolio companies went through a Houston-based accelerator or incubator.”But they also maintain that if Houston’s accelerators and incubators can increase their quality, the city should be able to double its deal flow. The researchers noted Houston’s current training pipeline graduates about 70 companies per year, almost half through the Texas Medical Center-based TMCx and JLABS@TMC. “Houston’s accelerators and incubators could add six new deals each year to the city’s startup ecosystem,” they wrote.“Houston’s potential for growth is the single biggest takeaway from our study,” Egan said. “The biggest caution is that the market for startups in Houston remains really fragile, and we’ve got to make sure any intervention in that market is a catalyst that won’t change its structure and influences the market in a positive way.”-30-Download the white paper at http://www.bakerinstitute.org/research/creating-pipeline-startups-houston-texas/Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Edward Egan bio: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/edward-j-egan/McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation:http://www.bakerinstitute.org/mcnair-center-for-entrepreneurship-and-innovation/Image for download: Illustration by Julia Wang, courtesy of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Rice University http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0605_PIPELINE-1-web-1ff859y.jpgIllustration by Julia Wang, courtesy of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Rice UniversityFounded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThis