Boost to expert witnesses

first_imgThe Jackson reforms have boosted the use of expert witnesses in mediations, where their presence is part of an increasingly tactical approach, a Gazette special focus reveals today.‘Experts are increasingly being deployed in mediations in a much freer way than would be possible in court,’ Thayne Forbes, joint managing director at intellectual property specialist Intangible Business, told the Gazette.‘Mediations are now increasingly being used to limit and control expert costs without the risks of compromising an expert, and this has become a critically important area after the Jackson reforms.’last_img

Short Line safety culture resources published

first_imgUSA: The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices, a resource which draws on more than five years of safety culture assessments and the 10 core elements of a strong safety culture as defined by the Department of Transportation’s Safety Council.Best practices in each of the 10 elements are described, along with examples and an explanation of the rationale. Downloadable tools and other resources are also provided.‘The data analysed across completed safety culture assessments, coupled with the 500+ years of railroad safety experience on our team, has identified some clear actions in each of the 10 core elements to enhance a railroad’s safety culture’, said SLSI Executive Director Tom Murta. ‘The easy-to-use best practices guide will enable short lines to continuously elevate safety culture across all of these metrics.’Short lines can also access tips for safety briefings and articles on safety culture.last_img read more

Kenai Dipnet Fishery Opens Next Week

first_imgJohna Beech, Executive Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce said although the fishery has its challenges, the annual influx of fishermen extends Kenai’s profitable tourist season… Koch: “Dip netting starts on July 10th on the Kenai. Kasilof is earlier, but July 10th to July 31st is the normal PU fishery. That can be changed by emergency order and you’re familiar with how those work, sometimes there’s other openings, sometimes there’s other closures, but from the 10th to the 31st are the 21 days of the PU fishery.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享July on the Kenai is synonymous with dipnet fishing. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said we’re just over a week away from the official opening… The City of Kenai was relieved during last year’s fishery when no 24-hour openings were ordered. Managers say the round-the-clock openings of 2012 made it impossible to rake fish waste from the beaches and asked the state fish managers to discontinue the practice. That request was denied. Beech: “Here, in Kenai, we have the dip netting season, which is July 10th to the 31st, so we’ll see a huge increase of numbers here in the Kenai area. But there are some places that their tourism peaks in the first part of July and they’re tapered off and already starting to close by Labor Day. We have a pretty nice shoulder season, especially with the winter being so mild. We were starting to see RV traffic in the first part of May.”last_img read more

Bore draw in worst game of the World Cup

first_img The final whistle was greeted by boos across the stadium. Match facts  Iran grew in confidence but found little joy in attacking areas. To Iran’s credit they defended well, but offered little in attack. Neither side ever looked like breaking the deadlock in Curitiba.  Sport EN Booked: Teymourian. Kenneth Omeruo scored a few minutes late but his Chelsea and Nigeria team-mate John Obi Mikel was adjudged to have fouled the goalkeeper.  Iran: Alireza Haghighi, Montazeri, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Pouladi, Teymourian, Nekounam, Heydari, Dejagah (Jahanbakhsh 78), Hajsafi, Ghoochannejhad. Nigeria scored the fewest goals of any qualifying team in the group stage and Iran conceded the fewest.  Nigeria and Iran shared a goalless draw in the worst – and first actually boring – game of the 2014 World Cup. CEST Nigeria should have done better, with established players like Peter Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi coming off the bench to try and find a goal. It had to happen at last.  Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Oboabona (Yobo 30), Omeruo, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Mikel, Moses (Ameobi 52), Musa, Azeez (Odemwingie 69), Emenike. Upd. at 23:12 16/06/2014 Victor Moses had a chance early on but hit his shot straight at Reza Haghighi.  Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)last_img read more

Catani gives

first_imgBy Paul PickeringTHE inaugural Footy Kicks Cancer day was a fundraising juggernaut for the Catani Football Club, so it’s hard…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Sod turns new page in family’s history

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM FOUR generations of the Webster family gathered in Main Street on Tuesday for an important event for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tiger Brands on African expansion trail

first_img26 November 2010South African consumer goods and foods group Tiger Brands has taken the next step in its African expansion strategy, with the announcement of two investments in Nigeria and one in Ethiopia.The acquisitions are expected to generate a combined annualised turnover of approximately R500-million in the first year.Tiger Brands has signed an agreement with the East African Group plc to form a new food, household, personal care and cosmetics joint venture which will operate in the Ethiopian market. Tiger Brands will own 51% of the new company, with East African Group and its associates holding the remainder.“Ethiopia, which has a population of approximately 85 million, has experienced high GDP growth rates for a number of years,” Tiger Brands said in a statement this week. “Most categories in the packaged consumer goods sector are enjoying good growth, stimulated by the fast growing economy.”The principal activities of the joint venture will comprise the manufacture and marketing of various home and personal care products, biscuits, flour and pasta, which categories currently form part of the East African Group’s existing operations.The East African Group is the largest manufacturer of detergents in Ethiopia, and this business will also form part of the joint venture.Excellent growth opportunitiesThe second agreement relates to the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Deli Foods Nigeria Limited, a company engaged in manufacturing and marketing biscuits for the Nigerian market.“With its large population and a strong and growing consumer market, Nigeria offers excellent growth opportunities for fast moving consumer goods companies,” Tiger Brands said. “The Deli Foods acquisition is therefore seen as a first step in entering this important market.”According to the company, both acquisitions are subject to the fulfilment of various conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals where appropriate, and are expected to be completed in early 2011.Private enterprise championIn addition, Tiger Brands has also reached an agreement in principle with UAC of Nigeria plc, in terms of which Tiger Brands will acquire a 49% stake in the Nigerian food and beverage interests of UAC, which is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.UAC has been a leading private enterprise champion in the economic advancement of Nigeria and holds food interests primarily in the branded savoury, snacks, and dairy and beverage categories.The acquisition specifically excludes the franchised quick service restaurants of UAC.“Tiger Brands believes that the proposed transaction with UAC will provide the two partners with a sound strategic platform in Nigeria, which will benefit from the respective parties’ experience, skill and expertise in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded food and beverage products in emerging markets,” the company said.All the transactions are subject to shareholder approvals from the respective companies, as well as approval from the respective regulatory authorities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Eagles Should Be Better Than 44

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the more confusing teams in the NFL. At 4-4, it’s easy to assume that the Eagles are an average team, yet Philly has outscored opponents by 57 points this season, the third-best differential behind the 7-1 Cowboys and 7-1 Patriots. Furthermore, Football Outsiders has the Eagles first in the NFL in defense-adjusted value over average, a metric that measures team performance on a play-by-play basis. So what’s the deal — are the Eagles secretly one of the best teams in the league, or have they somehow gamed the system?The obvious reason the Eagles are 4-4 despite putting up impressive numbers in the two stats mentioned above is that they clustered a lot of very strong play into just four games. In the team’s four wins, the Eagles have outscored opponents by a total of 76 points, an average of 19 points per victory. That makes Philadelphia one of four teams with an average margin of victory of at least 19 points in wins, joined by the Steelers (19.3 in four wins), Cardinals (23.3 in three wins) and 49ers (28.0 in one win).Meanwhile, the Eagles’ average margin of defeat in four losses is just 4.75 points, tied for the fifth-smallest margin. To put it another way, the point spread between the Eagles and their opponents is 14.25 points higher when Philadelphia wins than when it loses. That’s an inefficient way to rack up wins, of course. In fact, only the Cardinals have a larger disparity in their results in wins versus losses.1Note that the table below excludes the winless Browns. 27Kansas City6-2+11.7-18.0-6.3 8Carolina3-5+10.7-6.8+3.9 15Baltimore4-4+5.0-4.8+0.3 T23Chicago2-6+6.5-10.2-3.7 Numbers may not add up due to rounding. All information is through Week 9.Source: pro-football-reference.com 2Philadelphia4-4+19.0-4.8+14.3 29N.Y. Jets3-6+5.7-13.2-7.5 6San Diego4-5+10.8-4.4+6.4 2016′s most unbalanced point differentials 13Minnesota5-3+11.2-9.0+2.2 31Houston5-3+6.6-21.0-14.4 28Tampa Bay3-5+9.0-15.8-6.8 1Arizona3-4-1+23.3-7.8+15.6 18New England7-1+14.4-16.0-1.6 26Los Angeles3-5+5.0-10.4-5.4 T19Indianapolis4-5+5.8-8.0-2.3 5Buffalo4-5+17.8-7.4+10.4 TEAMRECORDWINSLOSSESDIFF 14New Orleans4-4+6.8-5.8+1.0 AVERAGE POINT DIFFERENTIAL IN … 25Oakland7-2+6.4-11.5-5.1 So Philadelphia is inadvertently testing the limits of two football analytics maxims: Good teams win in blowouts, and winning close games isn’t a skill. The Eagles are 0-4 in close games — that is, games decided by 7 or fewer points — which makes them tied with the Brown and Bills for the worst rate in the league. But unlike Cleveland and Buffalo, Philadelphia is 4-0 in games decided by 8 or more points. In fact, since 1970, Philadelphia is just the 4th team to start 4-0 in close games and 0-4 in other games, joining the 2006 Eagles, the 2005 Chargers and the 1991 49ers. Those three teams went 6-2, 5-3 and 6-2, respectively, in the second half of the season.Taking a broader look, winning big holds more predictive power than a team’s struggles in close games. I analyzed all 16-game seasons in NFL history and broke each team’s season into two halves: the first eight games and last eight games.2Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com I figured out how many games above or below .500 each team was in close games and how many games above or below .500 each team was in games that weren’t close, and then I calculated how those two variables affected the team’s record in the second half.3I ran a regression using those two variables as the inputs and the number of wins over the team’s final eight games as the output. The best-fit formula was: Rest of Year wins = 3.99 + 0.080 x Close-Game_Grade + 0.283 x Non-Close-Game_GradeBoth variables were statistically significant (with p-values of less than 0.01, and R-squared was 0.20 for the formula overall) in predicting each team’s number of wins the rest of the year, but the non-close-game variable had a weight about 3.5 times as large as the close-game variable. In short, things look good for the Eagles.Given their current record in close games and games that aren’t close, the Eagles would be expected to win 4.8 games the rest of the season. Had those numbers been flipped — i.e., 0-4 in games that aren’t close but 4-0 in close games — Philadelphia would be expected to win just 3.2 games the rest of the year. And, of course, had the Eagles been 2-2 in both sets of games, they would be expected to win 4.0 games over the rest of the year. So the way in which the Eagles have arrived at 4-4 does hold some predictive power.But it’s not all good news for the Eagles’ prospects. While the team may have outplayed its record, that’s partly because the Eagles have been great on special teams but below average on offense. According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles rank 23rd on offense, first on defense, and first in special teams. And according to ESPN’s expected points added rankings, Philadelphia’s offense ranks 23rd, its defense ranks fourth, and its special teams rank third. Research shows that offensive success is more sustainable than success on defense or special teams, in part because a team’s offense matters more than its defense in determining the final score of a given game. And the offense may not be in a position to turn things around, as rookie QB Carson Wentz has not looked as sharp lately after beginning the year on fire — possibly because teams have had more time to scout him.So while the Eagles may be playing better than their record, the way they’re doing it may be unsustainable. (In addition to being better on defense than offense, Philadelphia has also had outstanding fumble recovery luck this year, which is another type of performance that cannot be sustained.) And since Week 5, Carson Wentz ranks 31st out of 33 quarterbacks in adjusted yards per attempt. Philadelphia is just 1-4 since a surprising 3-0 start, and the team faces the second-hardest schedule in the league in its remaining games. Currently, ESPN projects the team with just a 51.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, down from 70.2 percent five weeks ago. 17Detroit5-4+3.4-4.5-1.1 16Tennessee4-5+7.5-7.8-0.3 9Denver6-3+12.2-8.3+3.8 21Cincinnati3-4-1+10.0-13.0-3.0 30Jacksonville2-6+2.0-11.0-9.0 12Seattle5-2-1+7.8-5.5+2.3 7Atlanta6-3+9.7-4.0+5.7 T19Miami4-4+7.0-9.3-2.3 T23N.Y. Giants5-3+4.0-7.7-3.7 22Washington4-3-1+6.5-9.7-3.2 3Dallas7-1+12.0-1.0+11.0 11Green Bay4-4+8.5-5.8+2.8 4San Francisco1-7+28.0-17.3+10.7 10Pittsburgh4-4+19.3-16.0+3.3 read more

Football Jordan Fuller hoping to replace Malik Hooker for Ohio State in

OSU sophomore saftey Jordan Fuller speaks with the media on March 30 in the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOf all the players Ohio State has to replace from the 2016 roster, safety Malik Hooker might be the most difficult. Projected as a top-10 NFL draft pick, Hooker was everything to the Buckeye defense in 2016 with seven interceptions and three defensive touchdowns.As spring practice continues, and with just two weeks from the annual spring game, sophomore safety Jordan Fuller is one of the players vying for that starting job.“It’s a battle,” Fuller said. “I don’t see myself leading. I see a lot of guys just competing together.”Returning at safety is senior Damon Webb, who started at safety opposite Hooker in every game last season, accumulating 57 total tackles. He said that just because he started last season doesn’t mean he has secured his starting spot in 2017.“Right now, we don’t have any starters, even me,” Webb said. “So it’s great competition. We’re all just trying to get better.”In addition to Hooker, the Ohio State defense also lost two potential NFL first-round cornerbacks in Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore is currently projected to be a top-5 draft pick and Conley to be taken early in the late first round.Last season, Conley and Lattimore had four interceptions a piece, while each posted 12 and 13 passes defended, respectively. Hooker and Lattimore combined for a total of four defensive touchdowns that were essential for the Buckeyes. Fuller played in all 12 games as a freshman — mostly on special teams — and accumulated 11 total tackles. He said he is well aware of the big shoes that he has to fill, but to him it’s just what comes with being a Buckeye.“We’ve got to keep it in our mind,” Fuller said of his predecessors in the secondary. “It’s a standard here at Ohio State … Obviously it’s a big void but we’re all taking it on our shoulders.”Fuller spent last year on the sidelines backing up Webb and getting comfortable with the defense. He said he was content with his role on the team and learned a lot from his teammates and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Along with Webb, Fuller is competing for playing time with senior safety Erick Smith, whose career has been hampered with injuries.With a spot open and a year under his belt, Fuller said it’s about putting it all together and making plays. Fuller, at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, believes he has some similarities to Hooker on the field.“I think I have good range, like Malik,” Fuller said. “I think I can just make the plays necessary to hold the standard here.”In his second year with the Scarlet and Gray, Fuller sees earning a starting spot as a milestone.“It would mean the world to me,” Fuller said, “That’s why I work as hard as I do.” read more

Scaloni No player asked to not be included in Argentina squad

first_imgInterim Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni insists that not one player requested to be left out of the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and ColombiaThe likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain have all been omitted from the Argentina squad ahead of September’s friendly games.Messi will not be available for Argentina for the remainder of 2018, while he debates whether or not to continue at international level.But, as for the others, Scaloni insists that he chose not to select them in order to test out the next generation of future stars.Aguero, Di Maria and Higuain are all in their thirties.Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusHiguain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“No player told me he did not want to come to the Argentina national team,” Scaloni told The Guardian.“All the decisions we have taken are for the good of the national team and to try to see what we can bring to the future. We have very clear in our minds that we need to add people to this new adventure.“I spoke to the majority of the players and they all gave me their availability. We feel that we need these players right now. I feel it’s the time for renovation. I’m convinced that the time to call up these players is now.”Argentina will play both of their friendlies in the United States.last_img read more