Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday.The two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champion said his fighting days were over in a Twitter message posted on his verified account, alongside a picture of the Irishman with his mother, Margaret.”Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” he wrote. The 31-year-old, an icon of the UFC, is no stranger to controversy and hit the headlines last year for an attack on an older man in a Dublin bar that was captured in a viral video.McGregor, one of the most popular fighters in MMA history, has a record of 22-4 and was the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts at the same time.He achieved that feat in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight, adding it to his featherweight title.That triumph was followed by a loss to boxing great Floyd Mayweather in a cross-combat superfight in 2017, his loss to Nurmagomedov, announcements of retirements and returns to fighting.UFC president Dana White paid tribute to McGregor after the conclusion of UFC 250 in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.”If Conor McGregor feels he wants to retire, you know my feelings about retirement, you should absolutely do it,” White said at the post-event press conference. “I love Conor. There’s a handful of people that have made this really fun for me, and he’s one of them.”Topics : “Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours.”The controversial fighter, nicknamed “The Notorious”, previously announced his retirement from the sport in March last year after being battered into submission by arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.In April 2016 he also said he was retiring with a now-famous tweet: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” His last appearance in the octagon was in January after a 15 month-absence when he knocked out American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a ruthless 40-second destruction in Las Vegas.
Swiss pension funds have seen returns from the first quarter wiped out after suffering losses led by foreign equity holdings.The second quarter of 2015 saw losses across foreign and domestic bonds, as well as in fixed income and real estate, according to the latest Credit Suisse Pensionskassen Index.The company said its index declined by 1.63% over the course of the three months to June, resulting in a -0.14% return for the first half of the year.“The index essentially moved sideways in April and May,” Credit Suisse said in a statement, citing a 0.12% return in April but a loss of 0.13% the following month. “The fall of 1.62% in June was the major factor in the negative performance for the quarter.”Credit Suisse said all asset classes, with exception of liquidity, saw negative returns over the course of the second quarter.Foreign equity portfolios saw returns of -0.56%, while domestic equity performed slightly better but still recorded a loss of 0.32%.Domestic bonds also led to a loss of 0.3%, and real estate returned -0.23%.In a report accompanying the index, Credit Suisse noted that alternative investments nearly saw flat returns at -0.06% and therefore had a “less marked” impact.“As in the preceding quarter, the positive contribution made by liquidity (0.18%) was due mainly to gains from current hedging programmes,” it added.However, the report noted that liquidity reached an all-time low at the end of the second quarter, driven largely by the Swiss National Bank’s decision to introduce negative deposit rates at the beginning of the year.As a result, liquidity only comprised 5.9% of aggregate assets, down from more than 8% two years’ prior, while alternative investments continued to rise to account for 5.5%.The 21.3% allocated to real estate, up from 19.4%, was larger than the standalone allocations to foreign or domestic shares, which accounted for 17.4% and 13.1%, respectively.Bonds denominated in Swiss francs also rose slightly over the last quarter to account for 25.9% of assets, while foreign currency bonds claimed the lowest share of assets in at least two years, at 7.6%.
A generation ago, someone asked Wally Joyner where home runs came from.“If I hit them, it’s because of two mistakes,” said Joyner, then the Angels’ first baseman. “The pitcher made one, and I made one.”The facts of life have changed.The Dodgers hit 237 home runs. Few were by mistake. Those long shots are the game plan, just like the power sweep was to the old Packers. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season This, in their minds, is the logical answer to defensive shifting. The outfielders can’t sit in the pavilion.So that’s the task for the Atlanta Braves, who have returned to the playoffs ahead of schedule and are here for Game 1 of the Division Series on Thursday night.The Braves’ pitchers allow the lowest slugging percentage in the National League and the second-fewest home runs. The Dodgers lead the league in both categories.The Braves must be mindful of the quick strike, since 101 of L.A.’s homers have come with nobody out, and 49 have happened on 0-and-0 counts.And they need to be creative when finishing. The Dodgers have homered more times on 0-and-2 pitches (nine) than on 2-and-0 (six).But the intent is not mysterious. Only 15 of the homers were stroked to the opposite field. When their swings put numbers on the board, nobody asks about their misses.“It’s what (Angels general manager) Billy Eppler was saying when he talked about hiring a probability-based manager,” said Garret Anderson, the all-time Angel in terms of hits and doubles. “That’s the business model that is being used.“I didn’t have a home run swing. In 2000, I had 26 before the All-Star break but I was hitting .246. Mo Vaughn came over one day and said, ‘That’s not you,’ and he was right. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Trout, they’ve got that natural uppercut. But now you’re seeing guys model their swings that way.”Anderson’s career included 287 home runs and 2,529 hits.“I was worried about the batting average,” he said. “If your batting average got too low, you didn’t play. Today they don’t seem to care about that, or the strikeouts, either. So I’d probably try to do what they’re doing.”Bill James invented a “game score” to measure starting pitchers. Anything 80 or above is really good. Only 13 starters had a game score of 66 or higher against the Dodgers after the All-Star break. Seven were left-handers. The other six were right-handers with high-caliber weapons, such as Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom and Jack Flaherty.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Dodgers have gone deep in 38 of their past 41 games. The last time they won a game without hitting a home run was Aug. 15, against San Francisco. They have gone without a bomb only 17 times since July 1.This is nothing new or unique in today’s baseball, but it’s difficult to grasp the extent of it when you’re watching day by day.All eight spots in the batting order, prior to the pitcher, have produced at least 20 home runs this season. They are betting that your pitcher(s) can’t cross that eight-lane street four times, against the light, without getting hit. Statistically, they are winning that bet.When the 1988 club got to the World Series and won it, the long ball was just a byproduct. It took those Dodgers 54.9 at-bats to hit a home run (according to Baseball-Reference.com). Only 7.4 percent of their fly balls scaled the fence.In 2018 the Dodgers got a homer every 23.2 at-bats, and 10.9 percent of their fly balls landed in somebody’s lap, in fair territory. Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb was one of those lefties, with an 85 game score in a win on July 29.Staying close is Atlanta’s key. The Dodgers are 22-22 in one-run games, thanks to an oscillating bullpen, and their occasional struggles to actually construct a run.The Braves ranked No. 2 in the league in hits and batting average, and Freddie Freeman led the league with 191 hits. Nick Markakis was third. They, too, have lineup depth. They also won 23 of 35 one-run games.“I’m watching the wild-card game Monday night,” Anderson said. “Javier Baez is trying to hit a homer off a guy throwing 95 (Scott Oberg) in the bottom of the 13th (and struck out). Maybe you’d rather just try to get on base there. You get into October against the good pitchers, and it might not be that easy to hit home runs.”If it were easy, every Dodger would do it. On these given nights of the playoffs, they don’t all have to. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies
Jones has spent the bulk of his 12-year NFL career in Cincinnati. He joined the Broncos for seven games in 2018 before being released in November. Related News Dez Bryant on free agency: ‘I will be a steal wherever I go’ Cam Newton swears off sex for a month to become ‘mentally stronger’ Adam “Pacman” Jones’ latest fiasco will force him to serve some time behind bars.The former Bengals cornerback was arrested for cheating at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana last month. He agreed to a plea deal that will require him to spend 10 days in jail and restrain from drinking alcohol for 18 months, according to a report from TMZ Sports. The 35-year-old has lost the right to carry firearms or other dangerous weapons without the permission of his probation officer during this period. He has also been banned from the Casino.Jones faced several charges after the incident, including felony intimidation, felony battery against an officer and multiple misdemeanors. He is no stranger to run-ins with the law and has dealt with various legal issues in the past.
DefenseThe Avalanche allowed 21 more goals than the Flames over the course of the season, for a difference of 0.25 goals per game. That doesn’t seem like a lot at a superficial level, but when combined with Calgary’s 0.38 goals-per-game edge in scoring, it puts Colorado at an immediate disadvantage.Every team needs an offensively gifted blueliner, and in Giordano, the Flames have an elite offensive defenseman having a career year. The Norris Trophy candidate’s 74 regular-season points would be good enough for fourth in Avalanche scoring, while his plus-39 differential is nearly double the best Colorado skater this season.The Flames added Oscar Fantenberg at the deadline to help shore things up on the blueline, and the Swede has slotted in nicely in 15 games. Averaging nearly 16 minutes of ice time since joining the Flames, Fantenberg is a piece of an unheralded defense corps that was fourth-best in the West this season.Edge: Flames, by a decent margin.GoaltendingNeither team had an obvious No. 1 goalie this season, which makes this match-up a rarity. The playoffs are the time when coaches will choose to ride one goaltender for the duration of the team’s run, and both the Avalanche and Flames will have some big decisions to make in that regard.Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer was red-hot during the team’s push for the playoffs and backstopped the game that sealed the Avs’ postseason berth; however, the German was poor for the Capitals in the first round last year and lost his starting spot as Washington went on to claim the Stanley Cup. Semyon Varlamov played more in the regular season, but Grubauer’s late-season play probably gets him the nod.SAVE. BY. GRUBAUER. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tavLVNpQBc— NHL Deutsch (@NHLde) April 5, 2019As for the Flames, coach Bill Peters used Mike Smith and David Rittich nearly equally this season. Traditional thinking would give the edge to 37-year-old Smith simply based on the fact that he has postseason experience, but Rittich had better numbers in the regular season, so only Peters knows for sure.Truth is, neither team has a proven playoff goalie. This series could go a long way to change that.Edge: EvenSpecial teamsThe Avalanche were seventh in the NHL with a 22 percent success rate on the power play (Flames were 18th at 19.3 percent), and only a single percentage point separates the teams on the penalty kill (Calgary’s 79.7 percent bests Colorado’s 78.7 percent).If Colorado can hold firm against a Flames’ power play that should be better than its numbers showed, this could be an area the Avs could find success.Edge: Avalanche (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/dd/64/mark-giordano-calgary-flames-gabriel-landeskog-colorado-avalanche-040719-getty-ftrjpeg_18690qki069n619e29g7lco12p.jpg?t=-84849807&w=500&quality=80 It’ll be a matchup of David vs. Goliath proportions, but that’s why they play the games. The Avalanche will be out to show that they’re not simply happy making it to the dance, while the Flames will have to deal with all the pressure of being a No. 1 seed.SN STAFF PREDICTIONS:Eastern Conference | Western Conference | Stanley Cup Calgary Flames (-180) vs. Colorado Avalanche (+160): Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 11Game 1 at Calgary10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)April 13Game 2 at Calgary10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)April 15Game 3 at Colorado10 p.m. ET (CNBC, CBC, TVA)April 17Game 4 at Colorado10 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, TVA)*April 19Game 5 at CalgaryTBD*April 21Game 6 at ColoradoTBD*April 23Game 7 at CalgaryTBD(*if necessary)Season seriesThe Flames took all three games from the Avs in the season series, although the first two meetings were as close as they could get. Calgary got scoring from several different players in the three victories, with defenseman and captain Mark Giordano (one goal, five assists) leading the way for the Flames. For Colorado, Gabriel Landeskog (one goal, three assists) was the biggest threat against Calgary.DATEROADHOMERESULTOct. 13FlamesAvalancheCGY, 3-2 (OT)Nov. 11AvalancheFlamesCGY, 6-5Jan. 9AvalancheFlamesCGY, 5-3OffenseLed by a career year from 25-year-old Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames were tied atop the Western Conference scoring charts (with San Jose) after playing an exciting, uptempo style of hockey.Gaudreau finished the season with 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) to pace an impressive Calgary attack that included three 30-goal scorers and another pair with 20-plus on the season.The Flames have no lack of firepower, and they’ll be eager to show it against an Avalanche team that gave up 14 goals in their three-game season series.9⃣9⃣ points for Johnny with an assist on Janko’s goal!#EDMvsCGY | #Flames pic.twitter.com/QdJSpx4VpU— z – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 7, 2019As for Colorado, the three-headed monster of Nathan MacKinnon (41 goals, 58 assists), Mikko Rantanen (31 goals, 56 assists) and Landeskog (34 goals, 41 assists) will be expected to provide the bulk of the scoring. The Avalanche captain, Landeskog returned from injury at the end of March and immediately picked up where he left off, recording six points over the final five games of the regular season to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1-1 record.Edge: Flames. The top three from each team pretty much cancel each other out, but Calgary’s depth of scoring options is a big advantage. The Calgary Flames proved themselves the cream of the Western Conference crop during the regular season, amassing 107 points en route to the top seed — and they did it in style, finishing second in league scoring with 289 goals.Given how the Flames cruised through the campaign, expectations on the Red Mile are understandably high heading into the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. However, standing in Calgary’s way in the opening round is the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs left it late to punch their ticket to the postseason, becoming the final team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c9/90/mackinnon-landeskog-rantanen-colorado-avalanche-040719-getty-ftrjpeg_oq4azrygmgn217b96xxsl8qyc.jpg?t=-84313431&w=500&quality=80 Key players to watchMark Giordano (CGY): As mentioned above, Giordano’s regular season numbers in 2018-19 were far and away the best of his career. The 35-year-old defenseman has been a force to be reckoned with offensively, and if he’s able to bring that over into the playoffs he could prove to be the difference between a pair of teams that each boast top-level scoring talent.MORE: Flames defenceman Mark Giordano ignoring Father TimeGabriel Landeskog (COL): The Avalanche captain averaged 1.02 points per game over the course of the season, and his return from injury was exactly the boost his team needed to clinch a berth in the playoffs. The 26-year-old set new career highs for points (75), goals (34) and assists (41) despite only playing 73 regular-season games, and if he maintains that form in the postseason he could be a catalyst for an overmatched Avalanche team. Flames vs. Avalanche playoff historyThis is the first postseason meeting between the two teams.Last five playoff appearancesCalgary FlamesYEARFINISH2017Lost in first round to ANA in four games2015Lost in second round to ANA in five games 2009Lost in conference quarterfinal to CHI in six games2008Lost in conference quarterfinal to SJ in seven games2007Lost in conference quarterfinal to DET in six gamesColorado Avalanche YEARFINISH2018Lost in first round to NSH in six games2014Lost in first round to MIN in seven games2010Lost in conference quarterfinal to SJ in six games2008Lost in conference semifinal to DET in four games2006Lost in conference semifinal to ANA in four gamesFlames vs. Avalanche predictionIf Calgary could’ve chosen their own opponent for the opening round, it probably would’ve been Colorado. The Flames grabbed wins in all three regular-season meetings, and boast a much deeper squad than the Avalanche.However, the burden of being the favorite could weigh heavy on a Flames team that hasn’t advanced past the first round since 2015. Regardless, the talent disparity should be enough to see Calgary through.Prediction: Flames win in five.
27 July 2006South Africans, caught up in a tendency to “borrow to spend”, have been warned to start saving and to prepare to pay more for interest on their debts as well as for general goods and services.The warning comes from analysts after the latest consumer inflation figures were released on Wednesday – showing inflation up from 3.9% in May to 4.9% in June – and ahead of next week’s meeting of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.Adjusted fuel prices are also expected to be released on Friday, with a likely increase, prompted by higher international oil prices, set to add to the pressure on South African consumers.Expect another rate hikeThe Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee sets the repo rate – the rate at which the Bank lends money to the country’s commercial banks. When the MPC hiked the repo rate by 50 basis points to 7.5% in June, continued high consumer spending was one of the main reasons cited.University of South Africa economist Philip Mohr told BuaNews that another interest rate hike was “highly likely”, but that people should not over-react to this.“A few months ago analysts were saying there would be none this year, but now they are predicting hikes all the way following the pressures on emerging markets and the devaluing rand,” Mohr said.“It is not inconceivable that the rand could in fact increase in value again this year.”The Reserve Bank highlighted this pressure on emerging markets in its quarterly report in June, saying investors had lost some of their appetite for exposure to emerging markets in the second quarter, resulting in the depreciation of a number of emerging market currencies, including the rand.‘Borrowing to spend’ the problemMohr also said it was not South Africans’ supposed lack of a savings culture, but their tendency to “borrow to spend”, that threatened the country’s economic growth rate.“There is a misconception about the effect of savings on economic growth,” Mohr said. “Some of the world’s fastest growing economies have a huge current account deficit, such as the United States for example.”The real problem, Mohr said, was that South Africans were “borrowing to spend”, which had a much more negative effect on economic growth than a straightforward failure to save.“When people borrow to spend, it basically amounts to dis-saving. This increased spending exerts an upward pressure on prices and of course leads to people having to pay more for their goods.”South Africans were in fact saving through a number of schemes, such as contractual savings in the form of pension funds, Mohr said. Many in this group, however, were also borrowing to save.“This translates to a net position were they aren’t saving at all but in real terms the money is there, secured in the contractual savings.”Source: BuaNews
How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes A few months ago, Nodejitsu co-founder Marak Squires wrote “The day’s of resumes and references for developers are slowly dying.” Squires sends his Github account to potential employers before he sends a résumé.With that in mind, check out My Github Résumé, a web application that will generate a résumé from a Github account.Here’s one for our resident hacker Tyler Gillies: Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts The creator, David Coallier, notes:This is the first version, please keep in mind that it only fetches your first 30 repositories for now. I am planning on adding things as such as your most committed forks, most committed repositories and make the “My Popular Repositories” be built from your complete list of repositories. The issue right now is say you have 37 repositories, this will only retrieve the first 30 repositories that were created. I’ll put a note here when this is fixed or feel free to fork the page, make changes and send them back 🙂Photo by CharlotWest 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
Continue Reading Previous dSPACE extends SCALEXIO product line with DS6001 processor boardNext Avnet Silica solutions targeting key application sectors on show at Embedded World Microsemi announced the availability of its PDS-208G power-over-Ethernet switch. Offering an optimal and cost-effective solution designed specifically for digital ceiling installations, the new device is compatible with any IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE lighting fixture and can be installed in ceiling or communication room racks.Microsemi’s new PDS-208G PoE switch, which was installed in multiple successful beta sites in 2017, is well-suited to a number of applications within the LED lighting and enterprise markets, such as smart buildings. The 240-watt fanless switch supports full-power mode by providing 30 W for eight ports simultaneously and any individual port can operate at up to 72 W. The device is also able to perform software upgrades while keeping PoE ports active. With growing demand for energy-efficient lighting systems expected to be the major factor driving the market, the PDS-208G is ideally suited to capitalize on this growing demand.The highspeed PDS-208G PoE switch offers Layer 2 management capabilities, and the device’s eight 10/100/1,000 Mbps ports with PoE capabilities are based on Microsemi’s energy-efficient four-pair PoE technology, enabling 50 percent power loss savings on the Ethernet cables when compared to similar installations using an Ethernet switch. It also features two Gigabit ports which can be used for uplinks and can be remotely managed through Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and the web.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp57 illegal migrants captured in Nassau, Bahamas yesterday.#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI law enforcers have managed to capture only one illegal Haitian after a landing last night in North West Providenciales. The peculiar thing about the Monday landing is that there is no vessel yet found, Magnetic Media is told. It is believed that 60 illegals managed to make it to shore in the breach last night. There is no information on the suspected landing on Sunday.Nearby Bahamas made an interception early Monday in Nassau where 57 illegals were caught. Three were children. On Sunday, in Inagua, a huge haul of cocaine was found on a Haitian boat; five Haitians, including the captain were arrested.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was due to brief media today on the influx from Haiti; revealing that so far in 2017 1,100 illegal migrants have been apprehended with the help of Royal Bahamas Police, Bahamas Immigration and the US Coast Guard.#MagneticMediaNews#suspectedslooplandinginProvoHeader photo: NW Point beach Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Belgian goalkeeper knows that defending the goal of Real Madrid is the most difficult job in the football world.A goalkeeper’s job is very difficult. Not only you are the last line of defense against the rivals, but you are also in constant pressure.This is why Thibaut Courtois feels there’s a lot of pressure when playing for Real Madrid.“Whenever a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it almost always ends up in a goal, so there is always pressure,” he told UEFA.“There’s pressure here at Madrid, but I don’t think that changes whichever club you’re playing for,” he added.“You have to focus at all times.”“When we’re attacking, it is very important to be alert, to play behind the defensive line; if it’s a high defensive line then you need to get further upfield,” he continued.“You need to play in the space and stop those balls getting through; for example against Roma [in the group stage], I had to come out of the area two or three times to stop the counter. That’s when you need to be alert and that’s why you always need to be concentrating.”“Over the last ten years, a lot more has been asked of goalkeepers – to be good with your feet, play in the space – when maybe it was not like this 20 years ago,” he continued.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…“Even so, when I played at Genk as a child, they asked you to play with your feet from a very young age.”“It also depends on the team you play for, whether they’re only looking to play long balls or to play out from the back,” he explained.“Being a goalkeeper nowadays is much more than making saves on the line – it’s also about playing into space, playing with your feet, and reducing the distance between yourself and the defense. It’s a little of everything.”“It’s the same for every match: I watch videos of the team’s attacking routines, I watch the penalties, I look at the mistakes, I see how the strikers finish,” he said when preparing for matches.“That doesn’t change, whether it’s the Champions League, the Liga, or a cup tie.”“They have a good team with a mix of experience and young talent and I think they play good football. They will come and play open. They won’t defend; that’s their style, they play football,” the goalkeeper concluded talking about Ajax.Great teamwork pays off. Proud of our team for jumping to second place. A big thanks to all our fans in the world for cheering us on #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cqTRiS1GC4— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) February 10, 2019