A trade delegation from Atlanta is to visit Montego Bay in October, as part of efforts to deepen the trading relationship between the sister cities.The team, to be led by Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reid, will comprise 12 top business executives from the capital of the American state of Georgia.Mayor Reid gave the commitment for the visit during talks with the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris on Tuesday, May 21, at Atlanta City Hall, downtown Atlanta.Mayor Harris was leading a six-person delegation to the city comprising members of the Montego Bay Parish Council, the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee, and the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.“I believe that a trade mission from Atlanta to the city of Montego Bay will be beneficial to both cities. I think the economic potential that are available in Montego Bay and Atlanta and by extension, Jamaica, is just extraordinary,” Mayor Reid said.He pointed out that the Atlanta trade delegation will be looking at various investment opportunities in Montego Bay in the areas of manufacturing, information technology, tourism, real estate, among others.Mayor Reid stated that the trade mission will coincide with the 20th Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Health Mission in October, at which time, he will have an opportunity to see the work that is being done by the medical team.He promised to provide more support for the health mission, which has benefitted more than 50,000 Jamaicans in western parishes over its 19-year history.The Atlanta Mayor also commended the Government of Jamaica for the upgrading of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, which is now a world class facility and said the city is willing to offer technical assistance for further improvements.Mayor Harris, in welcoming the Atlanta trade mission, said it will help to strengthen the 30-year sister cities relationship between Atlanta and Montego Bay.He requested support from his counterpart in promoting and marketing the Montego Bay Convention Centre, as well as the Catherine Hall Sports Complex, and the Trelawny Stadium in Falmouth, Trelawny.Both Mayors held discussions on a wide range of topics, including tourism, cultural and educational exchanges, strengthening the relationship of both cities, the training of firefighting personnel, improving service delivery, and solid waste management.The Montego Bay team arrived in Atlanta on Saturday, May 18, for a four-day visit at the invitation of Mayor Reid.They attended a joint sister-cities meeting, where they met with representatives of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, members of the Atlanta City Council and held discussions with the representatives of the Atlanta Solid Waste Department and representatives of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran Harris, during a meeting, committed to offering specialised training in various areas of fire and rescue, in addition to establishing an exchange programme where firefighters could travel to either city for technical experience.The delegation included Secretary/Manager, St. James Parish Council, Gerald Lee; Chairman of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee, Councillor Suzette Brown; Chairman of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee, Fred Smith; Andre Dixon and Mary Chambers from the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister-Cities Committee; and, Personal Assistant to Mayor Harris, Cheryl Royal.Contact: Derrick A. Scott
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia – regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.
The left panel shows the comparative rate of strike calls when, in the bottom of an inning in extras, the batting team is positioned to win — defined as having a runner on base in a tie game — relative to those rates in situations when there’s no runner on base in a tie game. When the home team has a baserunner, umps call more balls, thus setting up more favorable counts for home-team hitters, creating more trouble for the pitcher, and giving the home team more chances to end the game.The right-hand side of the chart shows squares at identical strike zone locations, but shaded according to changes in strike rates when the extra-inning scenario favors the away team. More specifically, any time the away team is trying to hold onto a lead in the bottom half of an inning after the ninth. Here, and as in the pitch to Marisnick, umps call more strikes, giving the batting team fewer chances to extend the game.Altogether, teams that are in a position to win get up to a 27 percentage point increase in the rate of called balls, while teams that look like they’re about to lose see increased strike rates of up to 33 percentage points. Differences are largest in fringe areas of the strike zone, where the opportunity for umpire discretion is the highest: 62 percent of these squares in the left panel are green, while 72 percent of fringe squares on the right panel are pink.2We’re defining the fringe area as squares within one square of the black line marking the edge of the strike zone. In both settings, umps are more likely to use whatever behavior gets the game over with the quickest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. MLB games are already slow, and extra-innings play often comes late at night, which means smaller crowds and fewer television viewers.MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the league has made no secret of its interest in shortening games. Even so, umpires may not be consciously deciding who should win. Humans are susceptible to various biases they may not be aware of, and even just a bit of fatigue could unintentionally push umpires in one direction or the other on borderline calls.Moreover, according to sources within the umpire union, umps don’t get paid more when games go to extra innings. In other words, MLB asks them to take on extra work without providing any extra compensation. That’s one more reason they may want the game to end early — their paycheck’s the same regardless. In the top of the 10th inning in Sunday night’s nationally televised contest between the Astros and Rangers — one that will most likely be remembered as the night a 44-year-old nearly no-hit the defending World Series champs — the visiting Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead.In the bottom of the frame, the home team’s hopes rested on Jake Marisnick, who, with runners at the corners, two outs, and his team still trailing by a pair of runs, worked a 3-1 count against Jake Diekman. A Marisnick walk would load the bases for the Astros, bringing reigning World Series MVP George Springer to the plate, a hit away from tying or winning the game.On Diekman’s fifth pitch, it appeared that Marisnick had earned a walk. “This is not a strike, this is off the plate,” ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza opined as the networks’ K-Zone showed the pitch a few inches outside. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari disagreed, however, calling the pitch strike two. Marisnick struck out swinging on the following pitch to end the game, and the outfielder slammed his bat in disgust.Umps miss balls and strikes all the time. But the strike two in that Marisnick at-bat is emblematic of a larger pattern of borderline calls, albeit one that umps probably produce unwittingly: In extra innings, umpires will vary ball and strike calls in ways that tend to end the game as quickly as possible.To find this pattern, we looked at pitches thrown in the bottom of extra innings, when the game could quickly end.1Data was grabbed using Bill Petti’s baseballr package, which scrapes pitch location information from Baseballsavant.mlb.com. If the away team scored in the top half of an inning and held a lead, as was the case in Marisnick’s at-bat, an umpire hoping for a faster exit would call more strikes, making it more likely that the home team will be sent down quickly. Alternatively, if the home team got a runner aboard, umps would be more likely to favor them by calling fewer strikes, giving the team more chances to get the runner across the plate and send everyone home.Here’s a chart showing how umps changed their behavior in these situations between 2008 and 2016, a sample of roughly 32,000 pitches. Each square shows the percentage increase or decrease in the likelihood that a pitch is called a strike in that part of the strike zone. The color of each square (green for more balls, pink for more strikes) corresponds with which side umps are favoring, while how darkly shaded the square is reflects the size of the change (in percentage points).
Ohio State officials are scheduled to hold a press conference at 7 p.m. today to address reports that football coach Jim Tressel knew about six of his players receiving improper benefits eight months before the university reported it to the NCAA. The athletic department sent out a press release Tuesday afternoon stating that President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith and Tressel will address the media at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Yahoo! Sports published an article Monday alleging that Tressel was made aware of the fact that quarterback Terrelle Pryor and five other players sold memorabilia to the owner of a tattoo parlor in Columbus in April. OSU reported the violations to the NCAA on Dec. 8, 2010. The NCAA handed down five-game suspensions to five of the players on Dec. 23, 2010. Tressel was supposed to sign copies of his book, “Life Promises for Success,” at Barnes & Noble on OSU’s campus from 7-9 p.m. The store confirmed to The Lantern moments after OSU’s announcement that Tressel’s signing has been rescheduled for Spring Quarter. Smith and Tressel could not be reached for comment.
The Manchester City player believes the referee crew could have done better during this English Premier League matchFor Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan the referees are to blame after his club drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.During the match, referee Martin Atkinson failed to spot that Wolves defender Willy Boly used his hand, and also was offside, in the opening goal of the match.“Unfortunately the referee was probably the worst performer today, and that’s why we lost two points,” said Gundogan to The Manchester Evening News.“I’m not a big fan of VAR. It slows the game down while finding a decision.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I saw the game yesterday in the Bundesliga between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, and even with the VAR the action which created the penalty was not a penalty, and in the end, they decided it was. It’s very confusing as well,” he said.“But it was not just one mistake in this situation – there were two. I heard, first of all, it was offside and then it was a clear handball, so the linesman was on site and I expect a Premier League referee to see that and take the correct decision.”Wolves take the lead against Manchester City thanks to an astonishing diving header from Willy Boly. pic.twitter.com/1lb6sl9A18— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 25, 2018
Atletico Madrid was defeated by Real Betis 1-0 today in Spanish La Liga tournament Sunday action.A single goal by Real Betis’ Sergio Canales was enough to defeat Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga tournament.With this, the Colchoneros are now six points behind leaders.Atletico keeps the second position but is just now five points ahead of Real Madrid who is yet to play this Matchday.Los Merengues will play against Alaves in a few minutes to close today’s fixture.Atletico has now 12 wins in 22 matches, eight draws, and only two defeats.And for manager Diego Simeone, the only positive thing that happened today was the debut of Alvaro Morata.“I don’t think it’s fair to talk about it [the penalty decisions] after a defeat,” said Simeone to Spanish media outlet Marca.“You saw it clearly.”“I’m talking about the team,” he added after saying how he will not speak about a non-called foul in the rival’s area against Morata, but then the team got a penalty called against them.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“There were few occasions for the two [up top – Morata and Antoine Griezmann].”“We could not find solutions when the game drew to a close,” he added.“Morata had an important job in his first game.”“Let’s hope he continues to contribute,” Simeone wished.“I see it differently. I am optimistic and the good thing is that Barcelona drew.”Atletico will not have an easy way to return to the winning path, as they will host Real Madrid next week.The team will then visit Rayo Vallecano just before they host Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.📸 | PHOTO GALLERYThe snaps of the #RealBetisAtleti match.➡ https://t.co/BDB1GDPWpp#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/nXbuaAm8r0— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 3, 2019