The No. 9 women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) is set to play Oregon (7-5, 3-1) and San Diego State (8-4, 2-2) in a road series this weekend.After dropping two straight road contests to Cornell and Stony Brook, the Trojans are coming off of three straight victories over Ohio State (16-7), Fresno State (21-5) and Cal (21-4).The recent win streak comes thanks to a Trojan scoring surge which featured 58 goals scored by 25 different scorers. Two of those scorers, senior Michaela Michael and freshman Kaeli Huff, earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for their step-up play against Cal and Fresno State. After a six-goal performance against Ohio State, Michael took less than 20 minutes to score six goals against Cal and just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance versus Fresno State. In the past two games, the senior netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.Huff, meanwhile, followed in Michael’s footsteps with a five-goal game of her own, adding three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win over Fresno State.Along with Michael and Huff’s play heating up, the Ducks and Aztecs will have to watch out for a Trojan defense that forced 32 turnovers and allowed just 16 goals over the past three games.USC will travel to Eugene, Oregon first to play an Oregon team that has played poorly in recent outings, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going 5-1 in the first six games, the Ducks are 2-4 in their past six, allowing 77 opposing goals to slip through.The Ducks’ primary scoring threats are sophomore attacker Shannon Williams (37 goals, 18 assists) and senior midfielder Bella Pyne (30 goals, 11 assists), while Cambi Cukar acts as Oregon’s primary distributor with 28 assists. Despite playing the same number of games as USC, Oregon has turned the ball over 25 more times and caused 12 fewer turnovers. The Ducks could give the Trojans difficulties not just in the home field advantage, but also in ball movement as Oregon leads the assist battle 83-77 over USC.After tonight’s matchup in Oregon, USC will travel to San Diego on Saturday to play an SDSU team that is 9-2 in its past 11 games.Although the Aztecs have been porous on defense in 2017 (10.7 goals allowed per game), their offense can put the ball in the back of the net with ease (12.75 goals scored).While USC relies on a couple of primary scorers to carry the team, San Diego State has a more balanced attack with six players scoring 13 or more goals this season.With MPSF playoffs just three weeks away, the Trojans have just five games left to cement a national title campaign.
Wolves boss Nuno hails players’ spirit after Crystal Palace pointby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno hailed his players’ spirit for their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.Diogo Jota’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Wolves at Crystal Palace.Leander Dendoncker’s own goal had seemed certain to give Palace victory before Jota’s late strike for the visitors, who had Romain Saiss sent off for two bookings.Wolves boss Nuno said: “This happens in football. The spirit of the team – we have it. First half was really good. When we speak of mistakes, it is from both sides. I am not happy with that. We controlled and dominated the game. When we have it so well we must punish. We speak about what can happen, with the reaction of Palace.”We risk everything. Palace had chances and we made saves. It is not the game we like to see. But we had a lot of heart and character. More with the head, though.”We know what the situation is. We have to play Thursday and Sunday and manage the game. We wish it to happen.”On Romain Saiss’ red card: “First one I am not sure. Second one was close to me and the referee decided. The VAR also. If they see it clear they have to decide. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day.A glitch on the social media site caused Pittsburghers and others to receive Facebook notifications welcoming them to the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday.Facebook says a “bug” with the site’s location services application caused the problem and was fixed later Wednesday.
TORONTO – Canadian singer Jessie Reyez sings about her dreams of rising to the upper ranks of music and YouTube hopes its new marketing campaign will play a role getting her there.The streaming video giant says it’s picked the Juno Award-winning singer as its inaugural YouTube Artist on the Rise, a multi-platform publicity push that launches Friday.The new monthly program selects a musician YouTube deems “up-and-coming” and puts a massive promotional thrust behind them. It’s an effort by YouTube to catch the wave of new acts and help build further momentum behind them in the increasingly cluttered world of streaming music.Toronto-raised Reyez is considered one of the rising stars of Canada’s music industry. Her single “Figures” climbed the country’s pop music charts last year and she’s worked alongside big names such as Calvin Harris and Eminem.But getting placed on a YouTube pedestal is almost certain to skyrocket awareness for her music with mainstream listeners.YouTube says it will launch a marketing campaign for each Artist on the Rise that includes commercial spots before YouTube videos, physical advertisements on billboards and public transit, and clips about the artist produced by the streaming company.Each chosen performer will also appear in ads on social media and in-person for fan events held at YouTube’s creator studios in various cities.The plan comes as competition heats up in the streaming music industry, including at YouTube’s parent company, which also owns Google Play Music.Big companies like Spotify and Tidal have put considerable effort behind trying to stand out from their streaming peers by showcasing hot new acts and offering exclusive content.Last summer, Apple Music elevated Daniel Caesar through its monthly “Up Next” program, which included giving the Toronto R&B singer prime positioning on playlists and a billboard advertising campaign in some cities. The featured placement was pivotal in creating buzz around his name.YouTube spokeswoman Nicole Bell declined to outline the financial details of its Artist on the Rise program, but called the commitment “significant.”Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music and a former executive at Def Jam, said the relationship will extend beyond the initial featured spot as an Artist on the Rise.“We’re going to stay connected to the artist throughout their career — for better or worse,” he said.“We’re not one-and-run. We’re going to be basically white-gloving (them).”YouTube said the details of how its long-term commitment to Reyez and future Artists on the Rise is still being determined.Earlier this week, it was revealed that YouTube is bringing its ad-free video platform to Canada, throwing itself into the ring with other subscription services like Netflix and CraveTV.YouTube Premium, originally known as YouTube Red in the United States, will be home to original productions like “The Karate Kid” spinoff series “Cobra Kai,” as well as original movies and documentaries.It will cost $11.99 per month and launch in Canada in the coming weeks.YouTube Music is a new streaming audio service that incorporates official artist releases with YouTube’s library of live performances, covers and music videos. The playlists and suggestions are curated for each user. It will cost $9.99 a month.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – While political battles raged, viewers overwhelmingly cast their TV votes for football.Eight of the 10 most popular telecasts last week were NFL and college games or related programs, according to Nielsen ratings released Tuesday.NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” Green Bay-New England contest was the top-rated NFL game of the season on any channel, the network said. More than 23 million viewers saw the England Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Packers.CBS was the No. 1 network among all viewers last week, powered by the Alabama-LSU game and the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 victory over the Tigers. The prime-time match-up drew 11.5 million viewers.A pair of top 10 series, “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS,” also helped boost CBS, which ranks as the most-watched network for the season so far and the leader for the last 10 consecutive seasons.But NBC is only about 230,000 viewers behind, the closest the peacock network has been to CBS at this point since 2001. It went on to win the 2001-02 season with series including “Friends” and “ER” and the Winter Olympics.CBS earned last week’s top spot with a prime-time average of 8.02 million viewers. NBC had 7.83 million viewers, ABC had 4.28 million, Fox had 5.52 million, Univision had 1.37 million, Telemundo had 1.23 million, ION Television had 1.17 million and the CW had 990,000.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.54 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.47 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.85 million, Hallmark had 1.81 million and USA had 1.19 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.28 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.06 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.06 million.For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at New England,” NBC, 23.68 million; “NFL Sunday Post Game,” Fox, 17.8 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff,” NBC, 17.4 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 12.65 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 12.3 million; “The OT,” Fox, 12.1 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.7 million; “Home Depot Prime College Football: Alabama at LSU,” CBS, 11.5 million; “Fox Thursday Night Football: Oakland at San Francisco,” Fox, 11.1 million; “NFL Regular Season: New England at Buffalo,” ESPN, 11.07 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Lynn Elber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber.
New Delhi: IndianOil’s Refineries Headquarters had undertaken a major drive last year to train youths from Delhi-NCT region in various training courses to support the national campaign of Skill India. As part of sustainable project, 394 candidates who cleared the courses successfully were provided with job placements in trades like Sewing Machine Operator, General House Keeping, Emergency Medical Technician, Vision Technician, Customer Care Executive, and General Duty Assistance. V K Shukla, Executive Director(HR), IndianOil, while addressing the first batch of successful trainees, during the convocation ceremony, exhorted them to regularly update their skills and knowledge, to stand good in any circumstance and support their families. Anita Shrivastava, GM(CC&CSR), specifically exhorted the female participants to keep high the momentum, and maintain their financial independence. Partnering with NSDC to carry out these skill training programmes, the beneficiaries were drawn mainly from Below Poverty Line families, placing a special emphasis on skilling girl students. Similar progressive skilling schemes for youth were rolled out in all 9 refineries of IndianOil located in the states of east and north east, north and west of India, benefitting about 2500 youths.
Mumbai: Despite the many a policy thrust on helping small businesses like the Mudra and 59 seconds loan schemes, the share of the state-run banks in loan disbursals to the MSME segment has plunged to 39 percent in December 2018 from a high 58 percent five years ago, says a report. According to a report by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi), the government’s specialised vehicle to uplift the sector, and credit information company Cibil Transunion, the plunge is due to the asset quality woes plaguing the state-run banks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAnd the loss of the state-run banks has been the gain of private sector banks and non-banking financiers, which in the meanwhile, grew at a much faster clip, leading to an increase in their market share to 33 percent in December 2018 from 22 percent in December 2013, and up to 21 percent from 13 percent, respectively. The report did not quantify the credit disbursals in absolute terms though. It can be noted that the government has been giving a lot of focus to the MSME segment through schemes like Mudra and another one under which loans are passed in just 59 seconds, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year with much fanfare. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe massive fall in the credit share of state-run banks is striking as normally, government schemes are driven on the back of state-run banks. “Going forward, we expect that state-run banks would be able to claw back some of their lost share as they come out of the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of the Reserve Bank,” the report said Thursday. The PCA is the special provision wherein the Reserve Bank restricts a lender’s activities due to various reasons including high non-performing assets. From an NPA perspective, the MSME segment showed an improvement in the quarter to December 2018, and Sidbi chairman and managing director Mohammad Mustafa considers this, along with credit growth, as a promising indicator. The overall credit to the MSME segment grew 19.3 percent per annum during the five years ending December 2018, the report said. Managing director and chief executive of Transunion Cibil Satish Pillai said growth of this magnitude needs to be monitored carefully as rapid acceleration in debt build-up may indicate prospective stress in the system. Lenders should monitor their portfolios constantly for loan stacking, leverage and debt build-up, the regulators must keep systemic risks in check, he added.
New Delhi: Drug major Cipla Friday announced the launch of its proprietary respiratory inhalation therapy product ‘Niveoli’ in India. Niveoli is used in respiratory inhalation therapy that addresses an unmet need associated with obstructive airway diseases (OAD) such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), Cipla said in a BSE filing. Cipla said Niveoli, extra-fine particle beclomethasone-formoterol combination hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhaler for adults, targets drug delivery to the small airways. “We see our market leadership as well as the range and depth of our R&D and manufacturing capabilities in this therapy as a privilege and a responsibility to do more for patients,” Cipla Head – India business Nikhil Chopra said. Shares of Cipla were trading 0.40 per cent higher at Rs 546.55 apiece on BSE.
New Delhi: In a first in recent history of tax filings, income tax e-filings in FY2019 have dropped by more than 6.6 lakh, a trend that analysts said was surprising as tax base was expected to increase post demonetisation. According to statistics put out on Income Tax Department’s e-filing website, income tax e-filings in FY 2018-19 was 6.68 crore, down from 6.74 crore in the previous fiscal. E-filers in FY 2016-17 were 5.28 crore. Kotak Economic Research in an April 30 report said: “We are surprised with the decline in income tax e-filing in FY2019.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”If the filings are indeed plateauing, it will be a worry for the fiscal which has seemingly shifted its focus to compensatory expenditure,” it said. “Tax filings have surprisingly plateaued in FY2019. This is surprising given that post demonetisation it was expected that the tax base would continue to increase.” However, registered filers have been on the rise – they grew by 15 per cent to 8.45 crore as on March 31, 2019, the e-filing website showed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysRegistered filers were just 2.7 crore at the end of March 2013 which almost doubled to 5.2 crore in March 2016 and to 6.2 crore in March 2017. In signs of lower compliance, the ratio of actual filings to registered filers was 79 per cent in FY2018-19, down from 91.6 per cent in the previous fiscal. The compliance ratio was 85 per cent and 83 per cent in the preceding two years. It was 79.3 per cent in FY2014-15, which was a decline from 82 per cent of FY2013-14. The data showed a steady rise in filers in the Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh range with 1.05 crore filings in FY2018-19 including 1.02 crore of individual taxpayers. Kotak said the declining e-filings “does beg the question whether compliance was weaker in the latter part of FY2019 given that the number of registered filers has continued to see steady growth.” “If compliance has been weak, the new government will aim at increasing the filings and collections in FY2020,” it said. “A focused utilization of the data on deposits during demonetization could yield better compliance, especially in the higher income brackets.” This combined with the granular GST filing data will be essential in increasing the filings as well as revenues over the next few years, it said. “The task is cut out for the next government looking at improving the tax buoyancy — essential to fund the increasing transfers in expenditure.” The government needs to look at further expanding the tax base (optimally using the data repository from demonetization and GST). Without a significant improvement in the tax base, the medium-term growth path will be at risk, Kotak said. It said that while it is hoped that the filings for the assessment year increase (around August when filings are completed), a relatively muted tax filing growth will create further headwinds in an already stressed fiscal space. “With the recent inception of direct transfers in the budget, the fiscal could easily be on a slippery slope unless there is a rationalization of expenditure,” it said adding around 55 per cent of central government expenditure is fixed in nature and the eventual impact could be on further lowering capex. Given the stressed fiscal space, debt markets are burdened with heavy government and PSE borrowings, which are likely to keep the yield curve steep in FY2020, it added. Kotak said while a number of activity indicators have been signalling a slowdown in parts of the economy, the tax collections corroborate it too. “Aggregate indirect tax revenues’ buoyancy has been weak along with targets being missed on direct taxes too. Further, persistently high borrowing cost for financial institutions and companies (given crowding out by the government sector) will weigh on the near-term aggregate demand in the economy,” it said. From a medium-term perspective, if the government does not expand its capital expenditure (higher transfers and muted tax growth), the growth prospects will be under doubt given estimated fiscal multipliers, it added.
In my article Friday about what’s slowing down Major League Baseball games, I use a relatively new stat called “pace.” It’s a measure of how much time elapses between pitches in the same plate appearance, making use of the PITCHf/x tracking system installed in every major league park. It can be applied to pitchers for all batters they face; and to batters for their plate appearances.One thing we already knew about pace is that it’s remarkably consistent from year to year. FanGraphs makes it possible to test that with a tool for calculating correlation between the same statistic across seasons. Pace’s year-to-year correlation is 0.859 among the 1,554 pairs of consecutive pitcher seasons for which FanGraphs has pace stats — from 2007 to 2013 for pitchers with at least 40 innings each season. That’s far higher than strikeout-to-walk ratio, which has a year-to-year correlation of 0.528; Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), an ERA-like stat (0.443); winning percentage (0.081); and other fielding stats. The correlation persists over a gap of more than one season: It’s 0.757 from one season to another three years later.That suggests that the biggest factor affecting pace is the pitcher. Pitchers can change catchers, teams or leagues; face a mix of batters; and pitch in front of a different defensive alignment or in different contexts. Yet their pace of play stays largely the same from season to season.This is evident in the leaderboard: Five of the 10 slowest pitchers with at least 100 innings last year were among the 10 slowest in 2012.Like other new stats, pace is a work in progress. For example, there are two versions — one on FanGraphs, the other on Baseball Prospectus — akin to the competing versions of wins above replacement. FanGraphs registers more average time, typically, which BP’s Ben Lindbergh attributes to his site’s exclusion of pickoff attempts.One mystery is whether pace is associated with other pitching attributes. In a quick check using the FanGraphs correlation tool, it looked like pace was modestly correlated with FIP and Win Probability Added. But that was probably because relievers tend to have better stats than starters, and also a slower pace. There’s no reason to think one causes the other. When I restricted the sample to only pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched — thereby excluding most relievers — I found there was essentially no correlation between pace and FIP or WPA. Pitchers don’t seem to get any particular value out of a slow pace, though it’s possible they would have worse results if they had to hurry between pitches. In the spirit of their deliberate play, we won’t rush to judgment.