Germany Takes the Top Spot in Soccer Rankings

Here’s another stunning aspect of Germany’s 7-1 domination of Brazil on Tuesday: We have a new best soccer team in the world. The blowout changed the landscape of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings. Going into the match, here’s what the SPI top five looked like:Despite somewhat unimpressive play in the World Cup, Brazil still ranked first over Argentina by a healthy margin, and the Germans ranked fourth. But when ESPN’s Stats & Info team recalculated the SPI on Wednesday morning, a very different picture emerged:Essentially, Germany’s incredibly lopsided victory caused it to flip spots with Brazil. Now the Germans have a sizable lead over the rest of the field (nearly as big a separation as Brazil had going into the tournament), and Brazil has dropped to fourth behind the Argentines and Colombians. (Note, too, that Colombia’s SPI dropped marginally, because Brazil’s loss affected the strength-of-schedule component of its rating.)SPI was wrong Tuesday in its estimation of the relative qualities of Germany and Brazil, even after adjusting for the loss of Brazil’s superstar forward, Neymar. But the good thing about a rating system like SPI is that it can use new information to revise its estimates; the stronger the new evidence, the greater the adjustment. And a 7-1 win is strong evidence that SPI had Germany rated too low and Brazil too highly. read more

Seattle Seahawks Need A Healthy Sidney Rice To Shoulder

Sidney Rice has a lot on his shoulders this year with the Seattle Seahawks. The problem is, he had surgery on both shoulders and so they are hardly ready for him to take on NFL hits.“This is going to be up to them. I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible,” Rice said of the team. “Preseason is important but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time and progress me along, bring me along as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens during the preseason games.”Rice’s first season with Seattle was marred by injury. He injured one shoulder during the preseason and said he was unaware that the other was also damaged. Rice played as best he could through the two shoulder injuries until a pair of concussions — the second one suffered in Week 12 against Washington — finally landed Rice on injured reserve.His first shoulder surgery on the right one came Jan. 3. His left shoulder was repaired Feb. 16. Still, it could be a while before the Seahawks put him at risk. Initially, they were going to place Rice on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, but he was cleared to participate in drills over the weekend before the first practice.“We’re just going to go through this conservatively, I guess you can say, and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. That’s great that he’s working and getting the timing worked, but we won’t get him banged for a while,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes as we start to make progress. This is the best time for us to have our hands on him and really work him right and finish off his off-season, and I just think he’s had enough that he’s been through that it warrants taking our time here and not rushing him back.”Rice’s health is of the utmost importance for Seattle this year because of the questions that linger with the rest of its receivers. The competition to find who will start opposite Rice, along with determining the depth of the position, is one of the few true battles the Seahawks have to solve during the next month.“I’m the leader of this group now with Mike (Williams) gone and I just want to lead by example,” Rice said. “These guys know how to play football but we have to bring it every day, bring the right attitude.” read more

Lilac Fire finally 100 contained after 10 days of battling

first_img Posted: December 16, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lilac Fire finally 100% contained after 10 days of battling SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.”A big thank you to our local, state and federal cooperators,” Cal Fire San Diego tweeted around 6 a.m. “We couldn’t do it without our great partnerships and teamwork.”In total, 1,659 firefighters and other personnel helped battle the blaze.The Lilac Fire destroyed 157 structures — many of them dwellings in the Rancho Monserate Country Club mobile home park in Fallbrook — and damaged 64 more. No human deaths were reported, but at least 46 horses died, many of them stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall.The Santa Ana winds that fueled the massive blaze returned earlier this week and were set to return again Sunday, though weaker than they were when the fire started.A fire weather watch was issued for San Diego County on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties will be under a red flag warning during the same time period.Locally, fire agencies are bracing for any new fires, while in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire crews are continuing to battle the even-larger Thomas Fire.That blaze, which broke out 12 days ago and is still only 40 percent contained, has now grown to the third-largest in California’s history at more than 259,000 acres burned. Full containment is not expected until early January.The 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County still holds the record as the state’s largest wildfire at 273,246 acres, while the 2007 Witch Fire and 1970 Laguna Fire, both in San Diego County, are also among the 10 largest in California history.center_img , December 16, 2017last_img read more

Another MA Firm Offers Restructuring Advice

first_imgBerkery Noyes has become the latest investment banking firm to offer restructuring advisory services. As part of a partnership with Seneca Financial Group, Berkery is targeting struggling media companies serving the education, health, pharmaceutical, b-to-b and financial service industries, the firm said in a statement. Services will include developing business models to “reflect the realities of the current economic and financial marketplace,” as well as deal with balance sheets that are “over-leveraged by today’s standards.”“We believe the likelihood of a successful restructuring is greatly enhanced by having a team comprised of professionals who understand a business and its industry in a granular sense and the capability to devise and implement a successful restructuring plan,” Berkery COO John Shea said.Late last year, investment bankers DeSilva + Phillips launched a restructuring advisory service targeting media companies, private equity funds and commercial lenders. Seneca Financial, a New York-based restructuring advisory firm, was founded in 1993 by former Lehman Bros. managing director James Harris.last_img read more

Hyundai Accent Volkswagen Jetta nab best new cars for teens accolades

first_img 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Upscale, not upsized 4:15 Hyundai Buick Kia Honda Volkswagen Toyota Chevrolet 2019 Toyota Camry Review Best new and used cars for teens in 2019, according to US News & World Report 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Comment 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Car Industry 1 Hyundai Volkswagen Tags 14 Photos More From Roadshow Enlarge Image Hyundai With kids heading back to school, it may be time to research a new set of wheels to make sure they have reliable and safe transportation. On Tuesday, US News & World Report returns with its 2019 list of the best new and used cars for teens and there’s something for the budget-conscious and those looking to dabble in more technology.First up, let’s have a look at the best new cars for teens, per US News’ rankings. Like previous studies, it capped segments into price categories: There’s a choice for best new car and new SUV under $20,000 and selections within $5,000 increments. New cars are no more expensive than $40,000 on the list.The most affordable new-car choice on the list is the Hyundai Accent. The Korean subcompact car falls under $20,000 in the Limited trim, and to parents’ delight, it comes with a suite of active safety features. Namely, automatic emergency braking is standard. Looking at cars between $20,000 and $25,000, the Volkswagen Jetta earns the pick. Opt for the SE trim and a slew of active safety features will be onboard keeping young drivers safe at all times.For SUVs, the Honda HR-V received the nod for the $20,000-$25,000 category, while the Kia Soul (we’d hardly call it an SUV) was the top pick for the $25,000-$30,000 category. Both have high predicted reliability ratings, return good fuel economy and offer active safety equipment within the price bracket. US News places a heavy emphasis on standard safety features to ensure teen drivers are in good hands.Climbing up the price hierarchy, the Kia Forte, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and Camry Hybrid all earn a spot on the best new cars for teen drivers.Let’s face it: Most teen drivers and parents are likely on a tighter budget. That’s where a used car may fit the bill, especially with oodles of modern cars coming in from lease periods. Here, US News broke its picks down by size since used-car prices vary. Each car comes from the 2016 model year.For a small car, the Toyota Prius is the recommended pick, while the Hyundai Tucson earned the choice for a small SUV. Both are Top Safety Pick Plus winners from the IIHS. The Toyota Camry shows up again on the used-car list for best midsize sedan, while the Buick LaCrosse was named the best large luxury car for teens. Back on the SUV front, the Chevrolet Traverse topped the list. The GM vehicles each come with a Teen Driver System to help parents monitor driving habits and set parameters. Want the music to stay muted until everyone is buckled? No problem.Flip through the gallery below to look at the top picks. Each car should certainly provide peace of mind for young drivers — and their parents.last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Live streaming playing XI preview and

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:56Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … AfghanistanLemar TV USAWillow TV Close UKStar Gold Rajasthan Royals will host Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in the first match of their respective Indian Premier League seasons on March 25. When and where to watch the match on TV, onlineThe IPL match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will start at 8 pm local time and 2:30 pm GMT.Star Sports 1 & HD1 (English) and Star Sports 3 & HD3 (Hindi) will provide live television coverage of the match. The worldwide live stream will be available on Hotstar.RR vs KXIP preview Rajasthan Royals surprised everyone by making it to the playoffs last season and KXIP surprised everyone by finishing outside the top 4 after getting off to a rollicking start to their IPL campaign in 2018.  Chris Gayle and KL Rahul will be key for KXIP to succeed.IANSThe Royals did not make a good start to their campaign but the tide dramatically turned in their favour when they promoted Jos Buttler to open with Ajinkya Rahane. Such was the form of the Englishman that despite playing in the middle order in the opening few games of the season, Buttler finished with 548 runs from 13 matches with the highest score of 95 not out and he scored all these runs at a strike of over 155. His absence was felt by RR in the playoffs as he went away on national duty and will definitely reprise his role at the top of the order.Another man set to reprise his stint in Jaipur is former Australian skipper Steve Smith. The right-hand batsman missed the 2018 season of the IPL after the ‘Sandpapergate’ saga and will be eager to show the world that he has not lost his mojo. His former teammate and alleged perpetrator of the ball tampering incident, David Warner scored a masterful 85 against KKR, so Smith will be eager to replicate the same in order get back into the international fold in the World Cup. For KXIP, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ recently returned to international cricket and he absolutely plundered the English bowlers in their series in the Caribbean, winning the man of the series in the process. Last season, he did not play the first few games but this time around, he will open the batting with KL Rahul who has also returned to form for India on his return from suspension. Sam Curran will most probably make his IPL debut and bat at number 6 for the Kings after being picked up for Rs 7.2 crore. Another big earner at the auctions was Royals quick bowler Jaydev Unadkat who was picked up for Rs 8.4 crore and he will be key to the success of Rahane’s team. Probable XIsRR: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni Rahane will be heavily dependent on his team’s English recruits Stokes and Buttler.Rajasthan Royals InstagramKXIP: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Varun Chakravarthy  Global TV listingsSubcontinentSubcontinentStar SportsStar SportsSubcontinentUKStar SportsStar GoldSubcontinentAustraliaStar SportsFox SportsSubcontinentSouth AfricaStar SportsSuperSportSubcontinentCanadaStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentUSAStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentCaribbeanStar SportsSportsMaxSubcontinentBangladeshStar SportsChannel 9SubcontinentNew ZealandStar SportsSky SportsSubcontinentAfghanistanStar SportsLemar TV IPL 2018 BangladeshChannel 9center_img AustraliaFox Sports South AfricaSuperSport CanadaWillow TV New ZealandSky Sports SubcontinentStar Sports CaribbeanSportsMaxlast_img read more

Arjun KapoorMalaika Aroras marriage This is what Parineeti Chopra has to say

first_imgParineeti Chopra, Malaika Arora, Arjun KapoorInstagramThe speculations about Arjun Kapoor getting married to his girlfriend Malaika Arora have been doing the rounds of the industry for a while now. It was believed that the couple will be tying the knot on April 19 and eventually the rumours turned out to be false. But the questions around Arjun and Malaika’s impending marriage are refusing to die down.So when Parineeti Chopra, who shares a close bond of friendship with Arjun, was asked about the actor’s marriage by Anaita Shroff Adajania on her chat show Feet Up With The Stars season 2, the Kesari actor brushed off the question under the carpet.”I don’t know if he is getting married,” Parineeti said when she was asked if she was aware about Arjun’s rumoured wedding with Malaika Arora.A couple of weeks ago, Malaika and Arjun were spotted at Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital which made online users wonder whether Malaika was pregnant with Arjun’s child.Many people even believe that Malaika and Arjun have already tied the knot when they flew off to Maldives for a much-needed vacation at the beginning of the month of April. The two were spotted at the Mumbai airport together after they returned from their holiday destination.And though Malaika and Arjun have denied getting married anytime soon, fans are having tough time believing what the lovebirds have been saying.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

Flipkart CFO Baweja quits as exodus at the top continues

first_imgReutersFlipkart Chief Financial Officer Sanjay Baweja has resigned from the company. Baweja will continue to be with the company till December-end.Flipkart has lost ground to Amazon India and has struggled to raise fresh funds, two people familiar with the matter told Mint. Flipkart, which saw its valuation decline this year in the wake of repeated markdowns by some of its investors, is reortedly trying to raise investment from world’s largest retailer Wal-Mart.Since the top management rejig in January this year, which saw Bansal take over the reins as CEO, exits in the top echelons of Flipkart have become common. Punit Soni, the star hire from Google, quit the company less than a year after he joined, the Business Standard reported.The other exits are that of Mukesh Bansal, whose company was acquired by Flipkart, following which he managed some of the top portfolios there.A Flipkart spokesman said December 31 would be Baweja’s last day at the company and the search for a replacement had begun.Flipkart, launched in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, sells a wide range of products from mobile phones to suitcases and cosmetics. Current investors include Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners.last_img read more

Foreign investors turn bullish on Indian stock markets ahead of election results

first_imgA bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai August 22, 2013 (representational image).ReutersForeign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) are on a buying spree on Indian stock markets since the past few trading sessions, notwithstanding analysts at home cautioning of a free fall if the BJP fails to win in Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections. In contrast, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) have been sellers for most of the current month.In the past five trading sessions this month, FIIs have bought Indian equities worth Rs 2,938 crore on a net basis, according to data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). On the other hand, DIIs have sold Indian stock worth Rs 2,121 crore till now.On Tuesday, FIIs were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 920.46 crore, while DIIs went on a selling spree, ending with a net sell position of Rs 1,073.75 crore, according to NSE data.The BSE Sensex closed 49 points lower at 28,999 while the NSE ended 16 points down at 8,947. The seventh and last phase of elections will be held for 40 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The seats include eight in Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned extensively for three days till Monday.In a separate interview to ANI, BJP president Amit Shah claimed his party would win comprehensively in UP. “We will form government in Uttar Pradesh with two-third majority. Be it Awadh, Rohilkhand Bundelkhand or Kashi, the BJP is leading everywhere. We will form government in the state,” Shah told the agency.An analyst with brokerage Angel Broking said that markets have turned cautious ahead of the election results, due to be declared on Saturday (March 11).”The markets are keenly awaiting the outcome of the exit poll announcements…and the street has already factored in a BJP win in the key state of UP. Any disappointment however on this front can cause significant volatility and disruption in the positive momentum that has been created and can have a short term negative impact in the way the markets react,” Mayuresh Joshi, Fund Manager at Angel Broking said in a note.last_img read more

Use an SBI debit card You might not be able to withdraw

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe State Bank of India has capped the maximum withdrawal amount for two versions of its debit cards. Classic and Maestro cardholders who so far could draw up to Rs 40,000 in a day from ATMs, cannot any more as they have been capped to Rs 20,000. This goes into effect starting Wednesday, 31 October.The centralised bank released a statement regarding this development, saying that if the user requires a higher limit on their cards, they might need to apply for a different card with a higher withdrawal limit. The bank seems to have made this decision to lower the rate of ATM frauds in the country. The classic variant of the SBI card is not a chip based one and still depends on swiping the magnetic strip, which is not difficult to copy or duplicate. A report by the IndiaToday has pointed out that this move could reduce instances of cloning cards. Classic cards that do not come with chip-enabled security will not be able to withdraw over Rs 20,000 starting todayIBT IndiaWith the country’s largest festival season coming up, this could end up affecting over 42 crore customers of the bank, one of the biggest in the country.”We analysed all the ATM transactions and we found that most of them are less than Rs 20,000 a day,” said SBI managing director PK Gupta. However, in cases of reported frauds the bank found that in all such cases, the limit of Rs 40,000 is withdrawn. “So this is basically to protect the customers and secondly, we want that more such (digital) transactions should happen.”last_img read more