Jump in Indian Student Enrollment Supports U.S. Graduate Schools

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Mamata jumps on KKR bangwagon, plans grand celebration at Eden

first_imgMamata Banerjee on Monday announced plans for an elaborate state function to celebrate the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL triumph. The West Bengal chief minister also said that the entire team would be felicitated by her government during a special ceremony.”Celebrations will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from 11 am,” Mamata declared. “The players will travel in an open trailer truck from Hazra to Writers’ Building. The team will then proceed to the Eden Gardens for a special programme.”The Trinamool Congress supremo added that the victorious players would be felicitated by the state government as well as her own party during the function at the Eden Gardens. The good news for fans is that it is an open celebration and there are no tickets to attend the ceremony.”There will be no tickets for the function,” Mamata said. “Kolkata police will announce further details, but anybody and everybody can enter the stadium.”There will be a cultural programme at Eden for one hour. Three Bengali bands will play during the ceremony and there will be songs like chak de.”Earlier, Mamata expressed joy over Kolkata’s victory in the final against Chennai. “I’m happy over the victory of KKR. All the teams played well. In a game, there is victory and defeat. I congratulate KKR team specially for winning the title,” she said.last_img read more

Aishwarya Rai or Sonam Kapoor: Who will be the queen of Cannes red carpet this year?

first_imgThe 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 25.Our fashionista Sonam Kapoor, and our yummy mummy Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are scheduled to be attending the festival this year too. The fashion police’s favourite, Sonam Kapoor will attend the carnival on May 18 and 19 as the brand ambassador of L’Oreal, Paris.Sonam has always lived up to her fashionista image in previous award functions and events. We have always seen her looking extravagant, be it the white Jean Paul Gaultier couture she wore in 2011, the Alexander McQueen black lacy gown in 2012 or the statement kundan nath she sported last year. She always pulls it off.The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 25.When questioned about her look this year Sonam told a leading daily, ” I can’t divulge much but Anamika’s creations will definitely be part of one of my red carpet outings”Whatever you decide to wear Sonam, we’re sure you’ll look as stunning as ever!India’s unofficial ambassador to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will attend the event on May 16-17. Through the years we have seen Aishwarya progress in terms of dressing for the event.Her first few appearances at Cannes were mostly in Neeta Lulla outfits, it took her three consecutive years of being a fashion disaster at The Cannes film festival to bring it together in 2005 when she started wearing gowns from luxury brands like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli etc.advertisementEver since Ash has managed to look drop dead gorgeous at the festival until 2012 when she was criticised for gaining too much weight post pregnancy.However, the last memory we have of Ash at Cannes is of her wearing a teal Gucci Premiere gown with hot pink lips. While we loved her gown and makeup, the sculptural hairdo wasn’t much of match.We look forward to seeing what Ash decides to wear this year!last_img read more

Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic to win Brisbane International

first_imgMaria Sharapova defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to win her 34th WTA career titleMaria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne, a second title does not seem out of the question.Sharapova had to work hard to beat Ivanovic, coming from behind to beat her 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 but the Serbian is a good measuring stick.Sharapova not only beat Ivanovic in the 2008 Australian Open final but both women are in devastating form heading towards the first grand slam of the season, starting on Jan. 19.The Russian dropped just nine games in getting to the final while Ivanovic showed nerves of steel to see off her opponents to join Sharapova, ranked number two in the world.It was a match that could have gone either way but Sharapova proved too strong in the deciding third set at the Pat Rafter Arena.Winning the Brisbane International provided Sharapova with her 34th WTA career title and her fifth in the last nine months, a red-hot span in which she also captured a second French Open and a first China Open.The 27-year-old has won at least one title every year since 2003, an unbroken streak of 15 years.For Ivanovic, who has begun a resurgence up the world rankings in the past year, the pain of losing was compounded by an abdominal strain which forced her to seek medical attention but is unlikely to disrupt her Australian Open campaign.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith are Joe Root’s inspiration as England captain

first_imgJoe Root said he would look to draw inspiration from Virat Kohli and Steve Smith as he embarked on his journey as England’s new Test captain.Root, 26, replaced Alastair Cook after the latter stepped down as England’s most capped Test skipper.Root and Kohli were recently involved in a marathon five-match series and both men were in prime form for their teams. While Root smashed 485 runs in five Tests, Kohli scored 655 including a career-best 235. (No ordinary Joe as England take Root)Root takes over from Cook at a crucial juncture for England, who were hammered 4-0 in the Test series. They do not play Test cricket for another six months but Root will have to spend the better part of that time trying to figure out how to lead by example in an often brittle batting line-up.However, Root, number three in the ICC’s Test batting rankings, need to look at numbers one and two for inspiration. Smith, the Australian captain is on top, followed by Kohli at two. (Joe Root replaces Alastair Cook as England Test captain)I do look at what they have done, yes. And that excites me,” Root said.”This is an opportunity for me. It’s a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team.”I like to think that, in the past, the more responsibility I’ve been given I’ve stepped up to that and taken it in my stride. Looking around the world, other guys in a similar position to me have taken similar responsibility and taken their game to the next level, so I’d like to think if I go about it the right way I’ll be able to do the same thing.” (Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain after 4-0 defeat vs India)advertisementKohli has perhaps been the most dominant batsman in world cricket since taking over as India’s Test captain. He has so far scored nine hundreds including four double tons. Under Kohli, India also stormed to the top of the Test rankings and are currently on a 19-match unbeaten streak.Smith, despite Australia’s recent travails in Test cricket, has been in sensational form.Root, one of the best batsmen in world cricket, is often criticised for not building big innings like his more illustrious counterparts from India and Australia but this might just be the start of a glorious era for English cricket.last_img read more

Nothing political should be read into Aaditya-Amits meet:Sena

first_imgMumbai, Sep 17 (PTI) A day after Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and his estranged uncle Raj Thackerays son, Amit were seen together at a programme here, the Shiv Sena today sought to play down their coming together.The photographs of yesterdays meeting of Aaditya, son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and Amit went viral amid a buzz that the two engaged in some political talks.The Shiv Sena in a statement clarified that Aaditya had gone to attend a programme where Amit was also present.”Aadityas appointment was sought by organisers of a sports event, as he is a chairman of Mumbai District Football Association. Amit was incidentally there, hence they met. Some 10-12 other persons were also present there. There is nothing to read into it,” Sena spokesperson Harshal Pradhan said.”There was no discussion on politics, either,” he said. PTI ND ARS KRK ARSlast_img read more

Eastern Sporting Union to meet Rising Student Club in IWL final

first_imgShillong, Apr 12 (PTI) Eastern Sporting Union of Manipur defeated SETHU FC 2-0 in extra time to enter the final of the second edition of Indian Womens Football League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. The Imphal side now take on Rising Student Club in the final on April 14. A drab and slow first half saw both teams testing each other out and chances came few for either. In a tactical battle in the midfield, neither team was able to get a clear goal scoring opportunity. The only highlight of the first half was in the 25th minute when Mandakini Devi found the back of the net through a sweet chip over the onrushing custodian but the referee called the play offside. Changing over, ESU maintained pressure on the SETHU FC defence line, constantly bombarding them with attacks. In the 68th minute, Prameshwori Devis shot from distance hit the SETHU FC defence line and prompted her to appeal for a handball inside the box, but the referee thought otherwise. Playing compactly, SETHU FC relied on counter-attacks and their defence line cleared dangerous long balls attempted by ESU. In the 76th minute, Prameshwori Devi found Roja Devi in the box, but the latters shot lacked venom and was easily mopped up by the opposition goalkeeper. In the 85th minute, Roja Devi missed a sitter when she failed to tap-in from close range after Prameshwori Devis low cross found her inside the box. Two minutes later at the other end, Indumathi failed to make the most out of her opportunity after she ran clear of the ESU defence line, but shot wide of goal.advertisement The full-time scoreline read 0-0 as the match progressed to extra time. In the 99th minute the deadlock was finally broken when Prameshwori Devi stepped up and did her side justice, smashing the ball into the back of the net to give ESU a solitary goal lead. In the 105th minute, Mandakini Devi scored directly from a free-kick to double ESUs lead. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Batshuayi & Abramovich’s worst ever transfers

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi, Torres & Chelsea’s worst transfers of the Abramovich era Goal Last updated 1 year ago 13:00 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Batshuayi, Torres, Deco, Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Premier League The Blues have had some high-profile failures since the Russian took over despite using the transfer market to become one of Europe’s biggest clubs Batshuayi, Torres & Chelsea’s worst transfers of the Abramovich eralast_img read more

Elite Eight teams align with Queensland NRL Clubs

first_imgQueensland Touch Football (QTF) is pleased to announce partnerships with the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in a move that further solidifies the partnership between the NRL and Touch Football. As a result of these partnerships, the Queensland Chiefs Elite Eight teams will be rebranded to the Queensland Broncos and the Queensland Outlaws will transition to the Queensland Cowboys for the 2016 Elite Eight Series.This announcement comes two weeks after Queensland Touch Football announced a wide-ranging agreement with the Gold Coast Titans which has also seen the formerly-known Queensland Stingrays align to the NRL club.“It’s great to be able to announce partnerships with both the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys,” said Queensland Touch Football Chief Executive, Jamie O’Connor.“To have the Broncos and Cowboys join the Gold Coast Titans in partnering with Queensland Touch Football and our elite teams is tremendous for our sport and organisation.”“We’re excited at the opportunities that lie ahead for not only our elite players and coaches but also our grassroots participants. To be able to offer the opportunity and pathway for our junior players to one day represent the Broncos, Cowboys or Titans is really special.”Discussions between Queensland Touch Football and both the Broncos and Cowboys will be ongoing in relation to further initiatives between Touch Football and the two NRL clubs.Related LinksQLD Elite Eightlast_img read more

AsiaWest Africa Trade on Recovery Path

first_imgzoom The outlook for the Asia-West Africa trade is improving, but there is much ground still to recover, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Container throughput during the third quarter of this year in the southbound Asia to West Africa trade grew at its fastest rate since the last period of 2014, rising by 7% year-on-year.This built on the 3% growth recorded in the second quarter, which marked the first upswing in over two years. The latest figures yielded a year-to-date growth rate of 3.2% with volumes landing just over 900,000 TEU after nine months.As this trade is highly exposed to the vagaries of the oil market, with the major oil exporting nations in West Africa being highly dependent on foreign exchange earnings to fund imports, the rise in container volumes seen in 2017, therefore, can be partly attributed to the rising oil market.Prompted by improving volumes and freight rates, operators in the Asia-West Africa trade introduced a large slug of additional capacity to the market from August, which led a drop of 25% in the value of spot market freight rates.Looking forward, this trade is set to see similar volumes in 2018 as well, with some modest growth potential.“While the demand outlook is improving there is little reason to expect any great surge in inbound volumes into West Africa next year. Having got greedy, carriers will be more wary of adding too much capacity to this trade in one hit in the future,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

BJPs victory possible due to Advani Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Lok Sabha elections was possible because of the work done by party veteran L.K. Advani. “The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people,” Modi tweeted after meeting Advani at the latter’s residence. Modi was accompanied by BJP President Amit Shah. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Later, the Prime Minister met another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, whom he praised for his contribution to the Indian education system. “Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings,” he said. Modi shared the pictures of his meetings with Advani and Joshi on Twitter. The BJP on Thursday recorded a stunning victory in the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Taylor Swift To Rock Kensington Palace For Charity

first_imgWhat better way to support Centrepoint’s mission to end youth homelessness and build a brighter future for homeless young people? Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1,000 young people, aged 16-25, every year in London and the North East of England.Source:Centrepoint Some of the world’s biggest music stars are supporting homeless young people with a show at Kensington Palace.Seven time Grammy winning superstar Taylor Swift and rock legend Jon Bon Jovi will appear at the Centrepoint’s second Winter Whites Gala on Tuesday 26 November 2013, performing to just 200 people. The Duke of Cambridge will be in attendance.Black tie concert tickets for this glittering gala evening include:
• Headline performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Grammy winner Taylor Swift
• Speeches and awards
• Exceptional buffet 
• Auction hosted by a celebrity guest
• Carriages from 11.30pm
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Online Auction Gives Sweet Relief To Musicians In Need

first_imgHere’s your chance to help a musician in need by bidding on some incredible auction items.Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it’s time to give a little back!Among the items up for auction are a script from the hit TV show Castle signed by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, a book signed by Aaron Neville, guitars signed by Joe Bonamassa and Panic! At The Disco, the chance to meet Christina Perri, Boyz II Men and Rick Springfield, and much more.To make a bid or find out more, click here.last_img read more

Agency to investigate possible freight rail problems in Vancouver

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. — The National Transportation Agency will investigate possible problems with freight train service issues in the Vancouver area including whether rail companies are fulfilling their obligations.The agency said in a news release Monday that it’s the first time it is using its new authority to launch such an investigation, which will also determine whether there was discriminatory treatment of certain commodities.Agency chairman Scott Streiner says it will hold public hearings, allowing parties to submit evidence and offer suggestions on how things could be improved.The agency says hearings will be held at the end of January and give railway companies and shipper groups an opportunity to provide evidence.The Forests Products Association of Canada says it welcomes the investigation, adding that rail delays last year cost the forest sector over $500 million.No one from Canadian Pacific Railway could immediately be reached for comment, but a Canadian National Railway statement says the company will co-operate fully and that the investigation should take into account the full supply chain and dozens of players involved late last year,“CN acted swiftly and efficiently to serve its customers during this period and played its role in moving record volumes through Vancouver’s complex and multi-commodity supply chain,” the statement said. “During this period, CN moved 10 per cent more freight through Vancouver than last year.”The agency says it concluded an investigation would be appropriate based on information received from shipper associations and other parties.It requested authorization from Transport Minister Marc Garneau and says it was given approval for the investigation by him on Friday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Senior UN aid official visits Central African town beset by recent violence

Catherine Bragg, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, yesterday toured Birao, where armed rebels burned more than 600 homes and forced nearly 4,000 people out of their homes and into surrounding bush areas during two separate attacks in June.“I start my visit here in compassion and solidarity with people of this town who have suffered from the effects of recent ethnically motivated violence and to see for myself the scope of the humanitarian situation,” she said, according to a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“I am deeply concerned by the limited protection of populations that has led to the displacement of many families and the insecurity that is hampering the work of the humanitarian organizations.”Ms. Bragg, who was accompanied by Rima Salah, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for the UN Mission in the CAR and Chad (MINURCAT), met with local authorities in Birao, internally displaced persons (IDPs), aid workers and MINURCAT forces.Close to the border with both Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan, Birao is extremely isolated and difficult for aid workers to reach, especially in the annual rainy season, when the dilapidated roads become impassable.The clashes last month are part of a resurgence in violence and displacement across the north of the CAR, one of the poorest countries in the world.Ms. Bragg, who is also Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will travel to Bangui, Kabo and Paoua during the remainder of her visit, and she is slated to meet with Central African Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera and other senior Government officials. 27 July 2009A senior United Nations humanitarian official has kicked off a five-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) by visiting a north-eastern town that last month was the scene of deadly inter-ethnic violence that also displaced several thousand inhabitants. read more

Dangerous day on the roads

Friday started with a deadly crash on the 403 — and ended with a head on collision in the east end. It was a dangerous day on the roads in and around Hamilton.Congestion. Closures. And chaos. Those were the conditions on Hamilton roads.Just after 7 o’clock, police were called to Mountain Brow near Limeridge Road East after reports of a head on collision. One man was arrested for impaired driving, while another man was treated for minor injuries.And a 32-year-old man was taken to hospital after being hit by a car just after 6 o’clock. The victim was unconscious when paramedics arrived. Police closed off the intersection while officers continued there investigation. The female driver was also looked at by paramedics after going into shock.Just before the rush hour began. Motorists on Centennial Parkway were at a stand still after a van slammed into a hydro pole knocking it down. Hydro crews showed up on the scene along with police. The scene was cleared just before six o’clock.And all lanes on the 403 were closed for much of the day after a fatal car crash. The accident happened around 10 in the morning. A 59-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene after her pickup truck rear ended a tractor trailer. In this particular accident, drivers of both the pickup and semi were not hurt. The male pickup driver however was taken in for questioning. Police say the investigation is ongoing and there is no word yet one whether any charges will be laid. read more

Haiti plays UNorganized national reconciliation soccer match against Brazil

“That’s the spirit of soccer! And it is this spirit that we will need if we want to build a new Haiti,” he said in a videotaped message to a standing room-only crowd of some 15,000 that included President Lula da Silva of Brazil.The match in the Sylvio Cantor Stadium in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was organized by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Last week the MINUSTAH Force Commander, Gen. Augusto Heleno Rebeiro Pereira of Brazil, appealed to Haitians to support the “peace and reconciliation” game.Mr. Annan said: “Haiti knows it can count on Brazil’s friendship, its football stars, its UN peacekeepers, and above all, of its President Lula da Silva.”The Secretary-General voiced appreciation to them “for giving of their time and talent so generously and for helping Haiti in this difficult moment in its history.”He ended with a Haitian thank-you: “Mesi ampil.” read more

Ford to invest £70 million in Bridgend engine plant

Ford is investing £70 million at its Bridgend engine plant in Wales to produce next generation low CO2 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines. The additional investment, which includes £13.4m of support from the Welsh Assembly government, will boost the plant’s production capacity to 1,000,000 units a year. This year employment rose to over 2,000 for the first time in the plant’s 28-year history. The new 1.6-litre engines will go into production within two years and will be among the first of a new generation of global petrol engines, known as EcoBoost. EcoBoost engines will join the existing Ford Econetic range of diesel-engined vehicles. The new engines are expected to provide up to 20% better fuel economy and 15% lower CO2 emissions. “The continued investment in UK manufacturing by vehicle and engine manufacturers is good news for the local economy,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The UK produced over three million engines in 2007 and is an important contributor to the economy.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Carmelo Anthony Shocks Fans With Acting Job

Carmelo Anthony has been awarded the honor of having his image in wax at famed Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York. On his visit to see the piece, the New York Knicks’ star forward posed as himself and “came to life,” stunning passersby.The wax likeness  bears an uncanny resemblance to Anthony – from its tattoos, headband and sleeves and facial features.Anthony decided to put on his Knicks uniform and pose, stiff as a board before shocking visitors by addressing them.“Hey! Hey!’ he yelled at a man who came in trying to block wax Anthony’s shot. He scared t a young couple just as they get close to him.“I do some acting but that was probably one of the toughest acting jobs to do,” Anthony said,  “cause it is right on the spot.”Anthony’s acting roes nclude spots on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, and Sesame Street with teammate Amar’e StoudemireMelo joins New York sports stars Derek Jeter, David Wright and Eli Manning in the museum’s “Sports Zone” which also includes Michael Jordan and Serena Williams among others.Watch the video:http://youtu.be/cEyxt3jeejs read more

The Angels Want Ohtani On The Field This Year Will That Cost

2018Recovering0.70.7 20201.61.61.6 July 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY Returning to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup following a monthlong injury layoff, Shohei Ohtani finally reminded everyone last Sunday night why he ranks among baseball’s most electrifying players. Pinch-hitting against the crosstown rival Dodgers in the seventh inning, Ohtani blasted a 2-2 fastball from JT Chargois 443 feet to center field, giving the Angels what eventually proved to be a decisive lead in the game. Batting WARSurgery in … Pitching WARSurgery in … 20191.5*0.4*1.1 2018RecoveringRecoveringRecovering SeasonJuly 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY SeasonJuly 20182018-19 OFFSEASONDOESN’T HAVE SURGERY Total WARSurgery in … 2019RecoveringRecovering2.0 20201.21.21.2 Ohtani’s ability to crush those towering homers while also slinging nasty splitters is what makes him unprecedented in the modern game. At the time of the arm injury that shut him down in early June, he ranked among the American League’s best dozen or so hitters and pitchers on the season. However, that injury — a ligament strain to Ohtani’s pitching elbow — has limited him to “just” hitting for the foreseeable future. Since Ohtani throws right-handed but hits lefty, he can swing the bat without putting much strain on his damaged elbow.Ohtani has since slid back into LA’s lineup as its regular designated hitter, batting in seven straight games for the first time all season.1When Ohtani was pitching roughly every seven days, he would be held out of the lineup in those games plus usually two or three others per week. And that appears to be how the Angels are handling Ohtani’s recovery for now, using him only as a hitter and hoping that a combination of rest and platelet-rich plasma therapy can heal his arm and help him avoid the dreaded Tommy John surgery, which could take him out of action as a pitcher for years.The hitting half of Ohtani is still pretty valuable by itself, and there’s some chance he could return to the mound without needing surgery. But Los Angeles may also just be delaying the inevitable, as injections like the ones Ohtani is getting don’t always successfully stave off Tommy John in the end. (Indeed, Ohtani already underwent the same treatment for a less severe UCL sprain last fall, only to have the injury re-emerge.) With the Angels’ playoff chances all but dried up this year, is it worth it to run him out at half strength for the rest of his rookie campaign? Or should they just call it a season and schedule the operation to fully repair his damaged elbow? Ohtani’s unprecedented ability has given Los Angeles an unprecedented front-office dilemma.Having Ohtani back certainly improves the Angels’ short-term outlook, since the team looked lost without him for most of June. On June 6, the day of Ohtani’s last start, Los Angeles was 35-28 with a 39 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to The Baseball Gauge. By the time he returned, they’d fallen to 43-42 with a 7 percent playoff probability. It wasn’t all due to Ohtani’s absence — teammates like Andrelton Simmons and Andrew Heaney also fell off pace after hot starts — but losing a player with his unique production abilities didn’t help. According to an average of the metrics found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, Ohtani has been worth 2.0 combined wins above replacement as a hitter and pitcher in 50 games of action this season, which is roughly what we’d expect from one solid starter over the course of an entire season.By now, though, Ohtani’s contributions may be too little, too late to save the Angels’ season. As of Tuesday afternoon, they sat fourth in the AL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Astros and 10 games back in the wild-card race. Most likely, any playing time Ohtani gets from here on out this season will be to get him more reps against MLB pitching (no small consideration) and improve his Rookie of the Year candidacy, not to power an epic playoff push. Because of this, the Angels have come under some criticism on social media for putting off Ohtani’s Tommy John surgery for the sake of batting him during what’s likely a lost season.We can do some rough math to map out the options for Ohtani and the Angels. According to this database of Tommy John surgeries collected by Jon Roegele, the median time for a hitter to return to his previous level of competition after the procedure is 11 months, and the median for pitchers is 15 months. That means that, looking at the regular season only, if Ohtani had surgery now, he could expect to return as a batter in June 2019 and as a two-way player for the start of the 2020 season. If he delays surgery to the offseason, though, he’d miss all but the final month of 2019 as a hitter, though he’d still return as a pitcher in time for the start of the 2020 season.(Obviously, these are just the median outcomes — a quarter of position players recover in under 10 months, while 25 percent of pitchers take more than 20 months to return. But these numbers do help give a sense of the recovery times involved for most players who undergo Tommy John surgery.)If we combine those time frames with a simple age progression on Ohtani’s projected regular-season hitting and pitching WAR,2An admitted simplification of things, since it assumes the injury can only affect his performance by keeping him off the field entirely, not by reducing his effectiveness when he does play. we can come up with an estimate of how much value Ohtani figures to add over the next three seasons, depending on when (or if) he elects to go under the knife: What should Ohtani and the Angels do?Shohei Ohtani’s expected wins above replacement by when or if he has Tommy John surgery, based on median recovery periods for pitchers and hitters 3-year total4.33.96.6 * Partial season.Estimates are based on Tom Tango’s WARcel projection method and use the median recovery periods for Tommy John surgery patients who were hitters (11 months) and pitchers (15 months).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Jon Roegele, TangoTiger.com At a first glance, the difference between the two Tommy John-related strategies is small (just 0.4 WAR), and that’s assuming that Ohtani does eventually need surgery. The ideal scenario, of course, is one where Ohtani the pitcher comes back without needing surgery and the Angels reap the benefits of Ohtani the hitter in the meantime. This outcome would have an expected value of 6.6 total WAR over the next three seasons, dwarfing the expectation if they shelved him right now. It’s a gamble with considerable upside.Research shows that the plasma injections can keep a player out from under the knife between about 40 and 65 percent of the time. For simplicity’s sake, let’s treat that as a 50-50 shot. Baking in that estimated 50 percent chance of Ohtani’s elbow recovering without surgery, we’d expect the non-surgery choice to deliver an overall expected value of 5.2 WAR — that’s just the average of the delayed-surgery and no-surgery scenarios.Of course, the calculations change a bit if we lower the odds of not needing surgery (dropping them to 40 percent would mean weighting the average toward the delayed-surgery numbers, which would bring his expected value down to 5.0 WAR), or if we account for the fact that LA’s wins over the rest of this season come with lower championship leverage than they might in future seasons, due to the Angels’ poor chances of making the playoff at the moment. The last time the Angels had a comparable playoff probability at this stage of a season, their average play was only 35 percent as impactful as the typical opening-day play.But even if we reduce Ohtani’s hitting WAR over the rest of 2018 by that factor and assign a mere 40 percent chance he won’t need surgery, the expected three-year value of LA’s wait-and-see approach comes out to 4.5 WAR, essentially the same as the expected value of his having surgery right now (4.3 WAR). And again, that’s assuming the least-favorable rate of success for the non-surgical approach, which might be underselling its effectiveness.In other words, the Angels are probably making the right call with Ohtani at the moment. It feels strange to only use half of Ohtani’s incredible skill set, particularly with LA’s playoff chances on life support, and it certainly isn’t exactly what the Angels were envisioning when they paid a $20 million posting fee for Ohtani last December. But it’s a good quandary to have — if he was an ordinary pitcher, this wouldn’t even be a debate. By putting off surgery for now, they’ve given Ohtani’s arm a chance to heal without necessarily losing his services for a year (or more) while also giving his bat a chance to develop further (remember, he just turned 24).And if nothing else, it also gives us a chance to see more weird, puppet-based depictions of his home runs: read more