zoomImage Courtesy: Optimarin Miami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean International has chosen Optimarin to provide its USCG compliant Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for three flagship vessels. The ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist has now retrofitted its technology on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, with installation on Grandeur of the Seas set for the first quarter of 2019.“Royal Caribbean leads the cruise market in terms of passenger experience, vessels, service standards, and environmental performance, and these three ships are some of the ‘stars’ of their growing global fleet,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said.Grandeur of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas are key members of Royal Caribbean’s 25-strong fleet.“With a fleet that sails throughout the world – from the Caribbean to Alaska, South America to Australia – it is imperative that we have the best systems to ensure complete compliance,” Jorge E. Coronado, Superintendent, Technical Systems, Global Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean, said.
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). 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.
First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.” “We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said Wednesday. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.” Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team. “We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said. Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking. “For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said Wednesday. “We’re gonna take it game by game.” With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.” DeLucia also said his only expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient. While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings. Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field. “It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple. “Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.” There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive. “Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future at the club is uncertain and that a final decision will be made after the World CupThe Belgium international lost his place in as the number one goalkeeper to Loris Karius, after a short spell injured. His future at Anfield was thrown into further doubt when Jurgen Klopp admitted that Karius will now be the first-choice for the remainder of the season.Mignolet has revealed that he has held conversations with Klopp over his role at the club. The 30 year-old remains keen to regain his place in the team, but will hold off on any final decision until the World Cup is over.“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” said Mignolet, according to DHNET.“I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool.“Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”Mignolet admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Klopp: “I was disappointed. In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.“I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so.“The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”Mignolet played in goal for Belgium in their convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening after Thibaut Courtois sustained an injury.
Arsenal will soon announce the first signing of Unai Emery’s reign after PSG sensation Yacine Adli agreed to join the club, according to reports in France via Metro Uk.The 17-year-old playing style has been compared to Adrien Rabiot and is one of the Ligue 1 champions’ highest rated youngsters. The club previously persuaded him to stay but L’Equipe report that Adli rejected a very lucrative terms to remain in Paris and has instead agreed to join Arsenal. They are to pay certain compensation fee for his release.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…While we wait for the official announcement from the club shortly, Adli will become ex-PSG boss Emery’s first signing for Arsenal, with the Spanish coach aware that his contract was expiring this summer.Adli also starred for PSG’s youth teams for many seasons, but Emery was ready to promise the game time that the French side could not to swing the deal.
While describing Australia’s penalty decision as “lucky”, Christian Eriksen was adamant that Denmark should have put the game beyond doubt beforehand after having to settle for a 1-1 drawThe Danish playmaker produced a sublime finish in the seventh minute of the game at the Samara Arena following Nicolai Jorgensen’s clever lay-off to hand Denmark an early lead.However, Yussuf Poulsen’s handball in the penalty area was penalised by VAR after protests by the Australian players had been initially waved off by the referee.Poulsen was also booked for the incident, after conceding his second penalty at Russia, and will now be unavailable for Denmark in their final Group C game.Australia captain Mile Jedinak then converted from the spot to level the score at 1-1.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.After enjoying a period of dominance, Denmark were unable to break through the Australia defence again and were denied the chance to qualify for the Round of 16.“If you look at the first 20 minutes, it should have been a win,” said Eriksen, according to ESPN.“But Australia had a bit more the upper hand after that, and of course they were lucky with the decision. That’s how it is.“There is a handball in the penalty area, but it’s not really an unnatural situation. If you go in for a duel, of course, you’re going to use your hands to jump. But the decision has to be correct — maybe it’s too correct.”Denmark with meet France for their final Group C match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 26 June (16:00 GMT+2)
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CognizantWikiMedia CommonsAfter firing a considerable number of its employees, IT major Cognizant is planning another round of layoffs. As per a report published in Financial daily, the Economic Time, Cognizant is ready to fire a few hundred as a part of the restructuring that is aimed at reducing cost. Moreover, the company is exploring more ways to further cut down on cost.The US-headquartered company is under the process of restructuring which is targeted at spurring growth and lowering cost. Further, the company is also boosting the variable pay components of salaries which will result in cost-cutting. One of the sources close to the development said, “It is part of the appraisal process; it is getting stricter. If you were a marginal performer or have not been allocated (a project), then they would look at beginning a separation process.”Cognizant Technology Solutions CorpReutersThe employees having experience more than eight years are expected to be targeted. The exact figure to be fired is still under evaluation and would depend on growth registered in this quarter. It is to be noted that the company has already suspended non-essential travel to save costs. Cognizant cut down its revenue growth forecast earlier this year and submitted that its hiring has overtaken revenue growth which eventually led to lower margins. As per Cognizant’s annual report for 2018, the company has around 281,600 employees at the end of 2018, with 194,700, or 69%, in India. Globally, the Cognizant had 288,200 headcounts as of June 30, 7 per cent more than 268,900 a year ago.The company, which has guided for the lowest growth in its history for this calendar year, had given voluntary separation package to around 400 senior executives in 2017 as part of its cost optimisation measures. Additionally, the New Jersey-based company is also delaying the joining date of the freshers and other new employees hired. The second person added,”The joining dates are being calibrated to ensure that utilisation is maintained. There is a strong focus on cost control.”However, the company’s spokesperson has said that it has started to dispatch joining letters since June this year. “We have already on-boarded several thousand students who are currently undergoing training in Cognizant Academy, and the rest will be onboarded in a staggered fashion, as is the process every year. Cognizant has a long history of honouring all campus offers and there is no reason to believe that this year will be any different,” the spokesperson added.
The works of art done by Sun Deep reflect her philosophy, her life’s experiences and her love and passions, overwhelmingly inspired by everyday miracles and beauties in Nature. Nature inspires her life’s philosophy.She integrates elements from nature’s garden into her artwork, reflecting on our oneness and connectedness with Nature. The artwork showcases just a small sample of God’s living canvas, as she hopes to inspire others to stop and contemplate on the beauty and peace in his complex patterns and designs. Momentarily escaping the human construct. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gingko Biloba Tree: The yellow leaves are all natural leaves, from the Gingko Biloba tree in her Chicago neighbourhood. These leaves were handpicked in November 2013, dried and pressed using natural elements, without the use of any chemicals or preservatives. Angel: The bright yellow Bracteantha flowers on the angel’s blue shawl are all natural. So are the orange cosmos and the yellow limonium petals in her shawl, the camouflaged gypsophila in her wings and the green grass earrings. These leaves were handpicked between 1997-2014 from India and USA. The angel is painted with acrylics on canvas. Frame is from Picturesque in Santushti Market. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBlue Ice on Fire: The unicorn’s horn, tail and mane are embellished with all natural ferns and flowers, from my Chicago neighborhood. The foliage was handpicked in the summer of 2014. The fire has petals of the yellow straw flower camouflaged in its flames. The two daisies are to depict cosmic bodies The horse and the fire is painted with acrylics on canvas. Unframed.Peacock Lady: In search – This artwork was the focus of a solo exhibition in a local Chicago gallery. The dress of the peacock lady is embellished with natural foliage. The foliage was handpicked between 1997-2014, The dress has camouflaged flowers and wild grass.