WH: Wrapping it up, who’s your sleeper pick to win the cup this year?AW: I still think the Predators are due to break through.WH: Because of the trade? [Montreal traded P.K. Subban to the Predators in exchange for Shea Weber in June.]AW: They won that trade.WH: They won it?AW: No doubt about it. [Subban]’s basically two years younger, much more of an impact kind of a guy. It was basically they were getting rid of his attitude problem or whatever the hell they had. So the Predators have always been — I always get burned on the Predators. I picked them to go far. They had a weird year this year. Their goaltending was off the first quarter, third of the year. I think Pekka Rinne is one of my favorite goalies. I think he’s amazing. But I don’t know. The East is super strong. The East is very strong. The Democratic National Convention hosted a who’s-who of prominent Democratic figures. Thursday I met with former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th congressional district from 1999 through 2011 and recently ran for mayor of New York. Weiner is a lifelong hockey fan and currently plays goalie for a recreational league team, so we talked about the state of hockey analytics, the Subban-Weber trade, and what he’s been watching this offseason.Walt Hickey: How long have you been a hockey fan?Anthony Weiner: My first good memories of being a hockey fan [were when] I started following the Islanders when they came into the league. It was probably like the mid-1970s I was old enough to get into sports. I’m not like a lot of your readers. I’m not someone who can tell you the 1984 Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, but, yeah.WH: What do you make of the offseason so far?AW: The Las Vegas expansion is interesting to me. I want to see if that’s going to work. I always assumed growing up that the reason you don’t expand to Las Vegas was the influence of gambling, but now that gaming is so pervasive everywhere, they’re like football; they want to get a piece of the action. I have emotional connection to teams like the Nordiques [a defunct Quebec professional team], and so it’s kind of interesting watching that. I’m obviously interested in seeing what the Islanders do.WH: You think they make the playoffs next year?AW: Oh, they’ll make the playoffs. In fairness, it was the Saturday before the season began last year where they got [Nick] Leddy and [Johnny] Boychuk, they’ve done some things late that have been pretty dramatic, so maybe they’ll do something late here. The trades that they made — not the literal trades, but the trading that they’ve done when we lost [Kyle] Okposo and [Frans] Nielsen, we lost in those trades, so I imagine they’re going to do something more. But they’ll make the playoffs. Even though that East is tough, the Rangers are much worse too.WH: What do you make of the deplorable state of advanced hockey analytics compared to other professional sports?AW: I’m one of the few people that thinks CORSI analytics, that stuff, is actually interesting to me. I think it’s additional information. In the summers we play four on four with no icing, and so my goals against average goes up in the summer maybe 10 percent. One player on the ice that’s 10 percent better than his opposite number can wreck havoc.Things that talk about possession and how many net shots are being shot as a way of understanding what’s going on, it’s helpful. I mean it’s not a substitute for watching the games. But they give you something more. These things also give you something to argue about and talk about, which is half the fun. Like when people argue about salaries, it’s not their money, but still it doesn’t make it any less of something you want to argue about and how it affects the cap, and is Bobby Bonilla still on the Mets’ payroll, stuff like that. These analytics do give us something else to argue about. Hockey by definition is harder to reduce to zeros and ones and put into a big spreadsheet than other sports are.WH: Do you think Sidney Crosby could be the greatest ever?AW: I just don’t think you can compare across eras. You look at the old film of hockey when I was growing up watching in the ’70s and ’80s. And you got these tiny goalies who had this bad equipment, so they never developed certain moves that the goalies today do all the time. There’s a reason why goalies didn’t do a slide from post to post then. They didn’t have the pads that have the protection and landing gear that allow them to do it. If Glenn Resch had that stuff? I think it’s really hard to do.The other thing is you develop tools to analyze stuff as you grow up. No one was more dominant from moment to moment as a pure goal scorer than Mike Bossy was. But it was a different kind of weird era. Wayne Gretzky was a great player that never got checked. Crosby, he’s playing in a league at a time when you’re going to get checked. So I don’t know how you do it is my way of not answering that question.WH: Who do you think the best goalie in the league is right now?AW: There’s different kind of styles. [Carey] Price, I think, if he comes back and he’s healthy, is just a great tactical goalie, almost flawless. He competes on every shot.By the way, I wrote about this for Business Insider. I wrote a column for them. The Kings were playing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup, and I was living a block away from the Garden, and I was like, “I’ll cover the Stanley Cup for you. You don’t have to pay me a dime.” Plus, I was going to the West Coast for one of the games, so I figured I’d get press credentials or something. I’d go to the games. No dice! So I’m stuck writing these effing columns.So I did this one column about how [Henrik] Lundqvist and [Jonathan] Quick were the most highly evolved goalies of their different styles — Lundqvist being the positional blocking goalie, Quick being the low-to-the-ice reacting goalie. A lot of folks think Quick is overrated, and he had a rough playoffs; I still think physically he’s amazing. To be that low to the ice and that powerful from side to side, that’s superhuman the stuff he does. But Lundqvist, his ability to play so deep in the crease and be so large, and have his angles so perfectly that he never seems to be out of position, you’ve got to give it to him.You basically only get beaten in the modern NHL on deflections and screens, and one goalie, Quick, is as fast at responding and seeing through a screen as anyone else, and the other goalie has just found ways to be positionally really deep so that extra split second he’s in a position that stops. In the evolution of goalies, those are the two highest evolved goalies I’ve seen.WH: What did you make of the continued reluctance to extend the Zadroga Act1The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was a signature achievement for Weiner in Congress, but last year a campaign to extend the benefits to 9/11 first responders was met with substantial resistance from some members of Congress. from some parts of Congress?AW: To some degree it’s a reflection of what’s gone wrong in the days since I went to Washington in the ’80s as a staffer, got elected in 1998, and to when I left, in that there was a merit argument that you can make on things that transcended. Not always. Sometimes there were philosophical problems. But now there’s not. If it’s a Democratic thing, the Republicans don’t want to do it by and large, and if it’s a Republican thing, the Democrats don’t want to do it by and large. Much more the former than the latter in my view. And there’s no better example in the modern times than the Zadroga Act. No one can make a merit argument against it. It was basically, “We don’t want to do it because we don’t want to give you guys any new government program without respect to how good it is or whether it’s been vetted or whatever.”
Baha Mar deal should not be secret Related Items:beaches, tourism, visitor survey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 18, 2017 — A recent visitor survey conducted by the Tourist Board and the TCIG Department of Statistics found that beautiful beaches and ease of travel access accounted for more than 90 per cent of deciding factors for tourists when visiting TCI. Many tourists expressed dissatisfaction with souvenir shopping, taxi and rental car services and the lack of nightlife, however. The survey also found that 33 percent of tourists use recommendations from family and friends as their main source for information on the TCI. The percentage of tourists who relied solely on the Internet for travel info was 27.6 per cent. The survey was conducted in March and another survey is scheduled for August. A Government press office release said the data serves as a resource for key players in the tourism industry to develop marketing strategies, revise services and remain competitive.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGVisitorSurvey Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI
Previously, the four groups were managed individually by group publishers, or “community heads” as they were called internally. Also as part of the reorganization, SourceMedia appointed a pair of editorial directors to manage the edit operations of the two new groups, reporting to Morris and Elken. The company also decentralized its marketing operation. As a result, the executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning role was eliminated, with Manoni absorbing the strategic planning responsibilities. Two marketing directors will report to Morris and Elken. Four junior-level positions were eliminated from central service and operations.“We’ve restructured the organization in a modest way that reflects the vision for the business moving forward,” Manoni, who replaced Jim Malkin as CEO earlier this year, tells FOLIO:. “That vision is built around the expansion of new lines of business.”Manoni says the company is launching a training education business for which it has hired a team of three, with expectations to expand that team in the coming weeks depending on performance. He also says the company in July will reinstate 50 percent of salary reductions that were instituted last year. “The good news for SourceMedia is that we’re seeing stability in revenue across the portfolio and growth in some sectors for the first time in more than two years. We’re beginning to change the culture of our organization and become more innovative as we unlock investment for the development of the company, says Manoni. “When I look at SourceMedia today, and I think about the direction I want to take with the business, the game changer for us will be introducing new competencies and new information services.” As part of what CEO Doug Manoni calls a “modest” reorganization, SourceMedia has consolidated its publishing operation from four units to two. One unit will consist of banking and capital markets while the second will be made up of the professional services and technology groups. Leading the banking and capital markets unit is newly-appointed executive vice president and managing director Karl Elken, former senior vice president of sales at The Taunton Press. Elken will oversee SourceMedia’s commercial banking, payments, mortgage and capital markets portfolios, including American Banker, The Bond Buyer, National Mortgage News and Investment Dealers’ Digest. Elken also will serve as a member of SourceMedia’s executive committee.Bruce Morris, who rejoined SourceMedia last August as executive vice president and managing director (Morris previously served as president of the company’s banking and corporate groups), will oversee the company’s professional services and technology groups.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon still needs to look for way to economize on its infrastructure spending even though it didn’t request a new BRAC round as part of its fiscal 2019 budget request, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Thursday. If there are facilities DOD can consolidate, for example, it should do so on its own, he said. Reed said he would seriously consider a new BRAC round if the department proposed it, despite it being an election year, reported Politico.DOD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Godbee
What is going on between Huawei and the US? 23 Photos Facebook is apparently taking action against Huawei. / Getty Images Facebook has slapped Huawei with yet another ban by no longer letting the embattled Chinese phone marker preinstall its apps.Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and update Facebook’s apps, but fresh Huawei devices can’t come with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps preinstalled, as previously reported by Reuters.”We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement confirming the move. 1 iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos Now playing: Watch this: In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, because of national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. Soon afterward, Google cut Huawei off from future Android updates, before temporarily resuming work.The US is also urging its allies not to do business with Huawei. The company has consistently denied that its products are used for spying, and its chairman said this week that Huawei is willing to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the US.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 1:44 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:10 a.m. PT: Adds Facebook statement. Phones Internet Services Comment Share your voice 4:59 Tags Facebook Huawei
Review • 2019 Honda Passport review: All the SUV you really need Honda 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class first drive: ‘The S-Class of SUVs’ earns its title 4:22 Honda 2019 Honda CR-V review: An all-around small SUV star Post a comment 12 Photos Car Industry 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageGrab a slightly older CR-V as a CPO vehicle and score a killer deal. Jon Wong/Roadshow Certified preowned vehicles are typically an excellent way to get a fairly new car with the security of warranty coverage. Honda knows this and has stacked its chips to bet on increased CPO sales. Now, the Japanese automaker will offer not one, but two CPO tiers.Rebranded under the name HondaTrue Certified, the program, which Honda unveiled this month, includes standard CPO benefits plus the new HondaTrue Certified+ tier. The standard CPO tier covers 2014 and newer models with more than 12,000 miles or vehicles in service for at least one year. Now, HondaTrue Certified+ will certify 2018 and newer models with fewer than 12,000 miles or vehicles that have been on the road for less than one year. The latter program will offer cars pretty darn close to being brand-new, in other words.Standard warranty coverage for the standard CPO program will be 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, but for the Certified+ models, the coverage extends to 24 months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Both tiers will still offer a limited 7-year/100,000-mile warranty for the vehicle’s powertrain.Honda CPO buyers will also gain a few extra perks this time around, too. Honda’s suite of benefits includes features like emergency roadside assistance, fuel delivery and flat-tire change service.Previously, these benefits were available at an additional cost. No matter which CPO tier, buyers will also be treated to two complimentary oil changes within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles. Unchanged from the prior program is a three-month trial to SiriusXM satellite radio.Honda said it posted its best CPO sales month ever this past May, and with these changes, the brand is likely hoping to serve up a hot streak, even as the auto market cools down. More about 2019 Honda Passport Share your voice All the Honda vehicles available with Amazon Key Tags 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Honda Passport first drive: An urban warrior with off-road chops
Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Indian Army uniform.TwitterIndian cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni has arrived in Ladakh for Independence Day celebrations, in his capacity as a honorary Lieutenant Colonel of Indian Army. It had been reported that MSD would be in Leh for flag hoisting ceremony and now pictures have emerged showing the wicketkeeper-batsman, in his army fatigues, arriving in the region.This visit comes at a crucial time as the Indian government had taken the landmark decision to remove Article 370 that conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, from the province. This move was preceded by unprecedented levels of security intensification. Thousands of extra troops were sent to the valley to as a precautionary move.Interestingly, the 2011 World Cup-winning captain also found himself in the state at the same time. After the completion of India’s journey in the 2019 World Cup, MSD had applied for two months leave from the Indian cricket team. He decided to spend part of this time in training with Territorial Army’s Parachute Regiment, part of 106 TA Battalion. Dhoni having some snacks with fellow officersTwitterThere have been very few pictures of Dhoni from this phase of his service that have come out. But now, one Twitter user has uploaded some other pictures from Mahi’s visit to Ladakh which throw some light on the cricketer’s activities currently. MS Dhoni being greeted by another officerIn these four pictures, MSD can be seen at a mess having something to eat, giving an autograph and shaking hands with fellow Army personnel. Since Dhoni was scheduled to spend 15 days with the Army in training, and it started at the beginning of the month, these set of events may be his last in this stint. He had reached Ladakh a day prior to August 15. Dhoni seems to be giving an autographWhen Dhoni returns to his home, he will have to make some tough decisions. His form hasn’t been all that good in the last couple of years and he has often faced criticism for not showing enough intent. Though, he did regain his form in the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, and also performed magnificently in the Indian Premier League, his efforts in the ICC 2019 World Cup were again rather underwhelming. Dhoni being saluted in LadakhEven the selectors have made it clear that Dhoni isn’t the man they see playing for India in the next World Cup. The focus seems to have completely shifted on to the young Rishabh Pant. Whether Dhoni is brought back into the team to guide the youngster from Delhi or whether the former ‘Captain Cool’ is asked to walk away from international cricket, only time will tell.
.A man was killed in what police called a gunfight in Kushtia city early Tuesday.The law enforcement claimed that the deceased Khorshed Alam alias Shamim, 38, was a former ameer of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), reports UNB.Police recovered two firearms and three round bullets from the spot, located in Shibganj, said Sanatan Chakraborty, additional superintendent of Bogra police.The details about the ‘gunfight’ will be disclosed later in the day, he added.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
Minister Md Tajul IslamLocal government and rural development (LGRD) minister Md Tajul Islam on Sunday directed its officials to identify risky school buildings and ensure stern punishment of those responsible for irregularities during construction of PK Government Primary School in Barguna, reports UNB.The collapsed school building will be also reconstructed, said the minister while responding to reporters at the Secretariat.A third-grader was killed and five others injured as a portion of ceiling of PK Government Primary School in Betagi Upazila collapsed on them on Saturday.Tajul said the on-duty officials of Local Government Engineering Department have been assigned to identify the responsible people and also to bring them to books.Besides, direction has been given to take actions to identify risky school buildings and reconstruct those.
By The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Black man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier.The Chicago Tribune reports that Maurice Granton Jr. had refused to cooperate with police after he was treated at an area hospital for a graze wound near his right eye.24-year-old Maurice Granton. (Courtesy Photo/Facebook)Granton was killed Wednesday evening during what the department says was an “armed confrontation” with police officers who were attempting to question him after spotting him taking part in what they believed was an illegal drug transaction. An autopsy revealed that he was shot in the back.Police recovered a gun at the scene they say Granton was carrying. They say there is evidence that the gun had been fired.