Hibs sack Paul Heckingbottom after nine months in charge

first_imgHis sacking comes just days after city rivals Hearts fired their manager Craig Levein.A club statement said: “Hibernian FC today announced that Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom and his Assistant Coach, Robbie Stockdale, have been relieved of their duties at the club.“Head of Player Development Eddie May will take charge of the team on an interim basis – supported by Assistant Coach Grant Murray and Steven Whittaker.“Supporters can expect further comment from the club in the coming days.” Hibs have sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom after nine months in charge at Easter Road.The 42-year-old has left the Edinburgh club 48 hours after a 5-2 League Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic.Hibs are currently tenth in the Premiership, having won just one of their 11 fixtures this season.Heckingbottom, who has also managed Leeds United and Barnsley, took over at Hibs from Neil Lennon in February.last_img read more

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Cologne to Get LNG ShoretoShip Bunkering Station

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license PitPoint.LNG has been granted the official permit for the construction of a shore-to-ship bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Port of Cologne.The company, a joint venture between PitPoint clean fuels and Primagaz Nederland BV, said that civil engineering work is now scheduled to begin for the LNG bunkering station.The station will facilitate the bunkering of inland waterways vessels that sail on the Rhine. It is set to be operational by the second quarter of 2019.The permit, required under the Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz (German Emission Control Act) to guarantee the safety of LNG as a fuel for shipping, was formally granted by the District Government of Cologne earlier this week.Construction of the LNG bunkering station in Cologne is part of PitPoint.LNG’s strategic aim to develop a European LNG infrastructure for transport by road and water.last_img read more

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The Home Run Derby Myth

On Monday night, some of baseball’s best sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby. One of them is likely to have a more disappointing second half of the season, and someone is then likely to blame the derby.Case in point: At the MLB All-Star break in 2013, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles had a stat line fit for a king. He had slugged 37 home runs, driven in 93 runs and had an enviable 1.109 OPS. Naturally, Davis was selected for the Home Run Derby, placing fourth. After the Derby, Davis’s season took a turn for the worse; he hit 16 home runs and battled with an injury on his hand — a blister he popped during the derby.The decline in Davis’s power numbers fueled the belief that participating in the Home Run Derby alters a player’s swing in the second half of the season. We heard a similar story when Josh Hamilton’s HR production fell after the 2008 derby. And Bobby Abreu famously blamed the derby when he had fell back to Earth in the second half of the 2005 season.But here’s the more likely culprit in these post-derby declines: regression to the mean. Data from the 2009 to 2013 seasons shows that although derby participants’ second-half stats do, on average, fall off, participants actually outperform the other top home-run hitters from the first half of the season.Consider the difference between the first and second halves of Davis’s 2013 season. In the first half, Davis was hitting a home run every 9.7 at-bats, tops in the MLB among hitters who qualified for the batting title in both halves of the season. In the second half, Davis hit a home run every 12.9 at-bats, still No. 1 among qualified hitters. This rise of 3.2 AB/HR seems large, but the top home-run hitters from the first half experienced an overall rise of 4.8 AB/HR from the first half to the second half. Additionally, Davis’s walk percentage rose from 9.9 percent to 11.7 percent in the second half, which is an indication he saw fewer good pitches to hit and thus had fewer opportunities to hit home runs.Another stat that relates to home runs supports the regression theory. Per the advanced baseball data site FanGraphs.com, Davis had a home-run-per-fly-ball ratio (HR/FB) of 35.6 percent in the first half of 2013, whereas that number was 21.3 percent in the second half. Davis has a career HR/FB rate of 22.3 percent. In his career, he has an average drop of 6.3 percentage points in his HR/FB numbers from the first half to the second half. The rate has dropped in three of the four seasons he has played at least 80 games.Davis isn’t alone in seeming to suffer after the Home Run Derby, when, in fact, that difference in statistics can be explained otherwise.For this study, we compared the first and second halves of players who qualified for the batting title in both halves and finished tied for 50th or better in total home runs in the first half. Home Run Derby participants were compared to these players in at-bats per home run, walk percentage, strikeout percentage and one other key statistic: hard-hit average.Hard-hit average is developed by measuring the number of hard-hit balls a player records per at-bat. Hard-hit balls are a subjective measure of contact quality gathered by Inside Edge scouting services — one of the baseball industry’s primary data providers.At-bats per home run are used rather than slugging percentage, isolated power or raw home runs, because we don’t want to punish hitters for doing other things. For example, if home runs per plate appearance were used, we would be punishing a hitter for taking walks. If we used slugging percentage, we may be hurting hitters who don’t gather many hits other than home runs. The goal is to measure home-run production, which can be done by looking at how often a player hits home runs in the opportunities he is given to hit them (at-bats).These numbers help show that the Home Run Derby has little to no impact on a players’ power numbers. Home Run Derby participants hit the ball hard with more frequency in the second half of the season while maintaining similar AB/HR ratios. Over the past five years, derby participants who qualified in both halves of the season had a hard-hit average of .253 in the second half, which is 11 points greater than that of the other power hitters in the majors. Additionally, they strike out less often and walk more frequently than non-derby participants in the second half.Second-Half Performance Among Top Power HittersAnother aspect to consider is the type of player who is picked for the derby. Consider 2009 participant Brandon Inge: He hit 21 home runs in the first half of the 2009 season for a home run every 14.2 at-bats. Inge’s first-half numbers warranted consideration for the derby. However, Inge’s career AB/HR is 33.0, which suggests he was a primary candidate to regress to the mean in the second half. After the derby, Inge managed a home run every 43.8 at-bats, second worst among the top 50 power hitters from the first half who qualified for the batting title in both halves.We can also consider that the average Home Run Derby participant over the past five years has had a first-half AB/HR rate of 15.6, the same as the first-half AB/HR rate of Miguel Cabrera over that span. We should not expect Home Run Derby participants to produce home runs at the same rate as Cabrera over an extended period.None of this means that the Home Run Derby has zero impact on a player’s second-half results. It does appear likely, however, that the decline in results — among participants and the majors’ other top-50 home-run hitters — is due to expected regression. The players selected for the Derby are typically among the best home-run producers of the first half, though they may not necessarily be among the best power hitters in baseball. Uncharacteristic performances help players get selected for the Home Run Derby, and the decline in their numbers in the second half is more likely to be due to natural regression than their participation in the event. read more

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Womens soccer Ohio State picks up its first win in Big Ten

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter falling to Penn State in the Big Ten opener last Friday at Jeffrey Field, the Ohio State women’s soccer team regained some momentum from non-conference play, defeating Illinois 2-0.At the start of the match, senior forward Eleanor Gabriel put the Buckeyes ahead 1-0 after a goal in the fourth minute of the game, scoring inside the left post from 12 yards. In the 74th minute, Gabriel notched her second goal of the night for the Buckeyes, marking the second goal this season, extending the lead to 2-0.  Ohio State tallied eight total saves and nine shots, while Illinois totaled 16 shots and three saves, also holding a 6-2 edge over the Buckeyes in corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr, made all eight saves for Ohio State in the second Big Ten game of the year against Illinois, tying her season high, and third-most in her overall career.Illinois couldn’t seem to pull off a win at home, after coming off of a recent loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, resulting in a 6-4-0 overall record thus far.  With this win, the Buckeyes improved on their overall record rising to 4-4-0 on the year.  The Ohio State women’s soccer team will stay in Illinois for their next match against No. 21 Northwestern on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

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Wenger The Europa League is one of the big targets of

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that the Europa League is “one of the big targets” for this season with their domestic prospects all but overThe Gunners are currently in sixth place in the Premier League and are looking increasingly likely to miss out on qualification for the Champions League for a second consecutive season with Arsenal currently 13 points outside the top four.However, Arsenal have enjoyed a much stronger European campaign this season and have progressed to the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League with a 4-1 aggregate lead over CSKA Moscow for the second leg.While Wenger was hesitant earlier this season to prioritize the competition, the Frenchman has now made the Europa League one of his main objectives upon a lacklustre season in the Premier League.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Europa League is important for us – everybody knows that and we are at [the] stage where of course we focus on it because in the Premier League we have a very, very, very slim chance to get further up,” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.“The Europa League is one of the big targets of the season.”Wenger feels that Barcelona’s shock elimination against AS Roma on Tuesday in the Champions League should serve his side as warning that nothing is over yet, despite their comfortable 4-1 lead.“We know it’s an important target for us to go as far as possible… last night was maybe a good warning for us.” added the 68 year-old.last_img read more

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Ronaldo admits it was easy to leave Real Madrid

first_imgPortuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that it was an ‘easy’ decision to leave Real Madrid and join Juventus last month, stating that he had always wanted to play for the Italian giants.In a stunning transfer deal, Ronaldo ended nine years of goals and trophies with Madrid to make a €112m move to Juve.“I feel great. Everything is good, the test was good, people around the stadium, the fans, the people in the training ground are very nice with me. I’m glad, I’m happy,” Ronaldo said, as quoted in Football Espana.“[Juve are a] great club, first of all it is a great club. Since I was a kid, I looked at this team and said I hope to play there one day.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Now I will play for a fantastic club, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’m happy.“I don’t have a precise moment when I decided. During the years, we played a few times against Juve and I had a special feeling that the Italian supporters like Cristiano.“It’s the biggest club in Italy, one of the best in the world, so it was an easy decision, as Juve are an unbelievable club.”last_img read more

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Virgil van Dijk is a great player – Stam

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has described fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk as a “great asset to Liverpool” and stressed his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side.Virgil van Dijk has been impressive for Liverpool at the center of defense this season as they top the Premier League table conceding the fewest goals.Stam while lauding the quality of van Dijk, admits other players around him help him to succeed.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Virgil van Dijk is a great player. He has improved a lot within the last couple of years. But he needs quality players around him to succeed, so it’s not only up to one player,” Stam told Sky Sports.“That’s the quality of a manager, in building a team and getting certain players working together.“Virgil is a great asset to Liverpool, he’s doing very well. But if you look at them as a team and you look at United as a team, there’s a big difference.”last_img read more

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Vote On Federal Disaster Aid Could Up Pressure On Abbott To Tap

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:09 Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesCongress is preparing to vote on a federal budget containing $90 billion in disaster relief. That includes money for the U.S. for long-term flood control projects, which Governor Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders have been demanding for months. If the bill passes, it could pressure on the governor to put more state money into recovery efforts.Earlier this week, members of Houston City Council traveled to Washington, D.C. Their aim: get Texas’ congressional delegation to pass the stalled Hurricane Harvey relief bill. Council Member Amanda Edwards called the meetings productive. Still, the Senate Appropriations Committee staff raised an awkward point.“One of the first questions that we did get with respect to just the broader perception from the Appropriations staff was, ‘What’s the status of the Rainy Day Fund?’ And so there is a perception or question of us having access to resources, which then allows blame to continue to be passed,” said Edwards.Mayor Sylvester Turner agreed the state’s failure to unlock the Rainy Day Fund made it harder to press for federal Harvey aid. Turner said he had planned to send a separate delegation to Austin to make that point to Governor Abbott, but “the governor has decided to come to Houston for that meeting instead, and so that meeting will take place this month here in Houston.”Governor Abbott’s office confirmed the visit will take place by the end of February, though no date has been set yet.last_img read more

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Léa Seydoux Adèle Exarchopoulos Jane Birkin Cast in VR Series Spheres EXCLUSIVE

first_imgIt will mark the first step into VR for Birkin as well as Seydoux and Exarchopoulos, the Palme d’Or winning actresses of “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” Speaking to Variety, McNitt said the trio “represented three generations of women who embody the universe” and “help elevate this experience to become a piece of cinema.” “Each actress embodies the power and grace of the characters, and each has her own interpretation of the character they’re stepping into,” added McNitt, who is currently developing her first feature film.McNitt said she has always been inspired by “The Little Prince” and had the desire, through “Spheres,” to “connect art and science with poetry.”Arnaud Colinart, Altas V’s co-founder and producer, said the high-profile French voice cast underscored Atlas V’s strategy to deliver local versions in select territories in order lure broad audiences.The same strategy is being developed in Asia by City Lights, which represents “Spheres” in international markets. Atlas V has picked up French distribution rights to the French version, in collaboration with the Phi Center, and will aim at staging premium immersive events for “Spheres” in art centers and museums, such as the Rockfeller Center Exhibition, as well as upscale location-based venues.In France, Altas V is partnering with the well-established French producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint (“Capernaum”) to host a private premiere of “Spheres” at Toussaint’s Gallerie Cinema, a Parisian art and photography gallery where many filmmakers, including James Franco, have hosted exhibits of their works. The premiere of the first two episodes of “Spheres” will inaugurate the Gallerie Cinema’s new VR space, along with several artists who will exhibit their space-themed creations. Toussaint said he was looking to build bridges between art, cinema and science through this new VR venue.McNitt, who is currently in Paris for the inauguration, said she was particularly happy to have “Spheres” premiere at Toussaint’s gallery because it positions “Spheres” as a work of art, rather than a video game-type experience. Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jane Birkin are set to narrate Eliza McNitt’s science-themed VR series “Spheres,” which is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky.The English version of “Spheres,” an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image of planet Earth, was narrated by Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith and Millie Bobby Brown. An episode of “Spheres” world premiered at Sundance – where the series was snapped up in a seven-figure deal – and a second one premiered at Tribeca, and all three episodes played in competition at the Venice Film Festival.The French version of “Spheres” is being produced by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel’s banner Protozoa and Paris-based Atlas V, with the support of France’s international tax rebate for international productions, and the region Auvergne Rhone-Alpes Cinéma. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Cane toads demonstrating impressive adaptive abilities in Western Australia

first_img Explore further Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions Citation: Cane toads demonstrating impressive adaptive abilities in Western Australia (2014, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-cane-toads-abilities-western-australia.html One study, for example, carried out by researchers from several universities in Australia, has found that the toads have developed a diurnal pattern of rehydration to prevent dehydration during high temperature days. They’ve published their findings in the journal Biology Letters.In their study, the researchers wondered how it was possible that the toads were surviving in parts of Australia that should be too hot for them. Toads keep cool by expiring water (which they normally replenish at nigh), but the excessive temperatures in western parts of Australia would dehydrate and kill the toads, or so it would seem, before they could rehydrate.To find out what was going on, the researchers attached acoustic tags to several specimens and installed an underwater listening station in a section of lake formed by a dam that the toads were known to use as a watering place. Analysis of the data showed that the toads had changed their normal hydration patterns—they were climbing out of their shelters and drinking twice a day—once at night and once in broad daylight—instead of the normal once a night. This, the researchers note is a rare example of extreme plasticity in a behavioral trait of an animal—one that allows them to survive in an extremely hostile environment.On another front, amateur researchers who have formed a group (Kimberley Toad Busters) with the aim of curbing the spread of the toads have found that the amphibians widen their territory by taking advantage of floods. Several examples of toads riding flood debris downstream have been observed (and photographed) offering an explanation of how the toads are able to make their way into areas that have been protected by screening devices—yet another example of the toads’ impressive survival skills. Journal information: Biology Letters © 2014 Phys.org More information: Biol. Lett. February 2014 vol. 10 no. 2 20131014 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1014 Cane toads have over the past 85 years become a problem in Australia. Originally native to South America, some of the toads were captured and turned loose in the 1930’s in Australian sugar cane fields with the hope of helping to reduce cane beetles. Since that time, they have reproduced to the point of becoming a nuisance (and in some cases endangering the survival of other species) and have spread to other parts of the country, most recently, into the west. As the problem has grown, scientists have looked to curb toad populations and in so doing have recently learned of some of the impressive ways the toads have adapted for survival in their adopted homeland. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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