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‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can

first_imgPhilippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDon’t tell Greg Slaughter that he had a bad game because all that matters for him is the victory.Despite shooting 1-of-6 from the field to finish with only three points in Game 2, the Cebuano giant had no regrets over his performance in Ginebra’s 86-76 win over Meralco on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA: Peaking Arellano secures 4th place playoff LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ “I just hope it’s inspiring to people who got major injuries like that. When I first got that injury, it was kind of disappointing for me because it’s my first game back. It took a long time and I was separated from the team for a while, but I hope it just shows that you can always come back stronger from a setback,” he said.But Slaughter is not content with just bagging the BPC plum as he looks forward on winning his first PBA title with the Gin Kings holding a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“Individual award or not, we want to win the championship. That’s just been our goal since the beginning of the conference. We’re up 2-0 so we’ll look to get one more on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It was just how the game went tonight, but I was still able to contribute on the defensive end,” said Slaughter, who also hauled down six rebounds and three blocks in his 33 minutes of action. “It’s not about any numbers, it’s just about getting the win for the team.”Slaughter knew that after his stellar play in Game 1 in Lucena, it was expected that the Bolts would be putting more attention on him, but he is more than willing to be the decoy and let his teammates pick up the slack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When you’re on the court, no matter what the stats are, you just got to find a way to make a contribution to the team,” said Slaughter.The 6-foot-11 center, who received the  Best Player of the Conference award prior to the game, hopes that his succesful comeback from a devastating injury can serve as inspiration to others. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu to get its own flavour of powerplay

first_imgAugust 18, 2016 × India Cements, a patron of cricket and the original franchisee of Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings, is the title sponsor of the Tamil Nadu Premier League T20 tournament.This was announced on Thursday when MS Dhoni, former captain of the Indian cricket test team and the Chennai Super Kings, unveiled the TNPL trophy.Addressing the gathering on the occasion, N Srinivasan, President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, which is organising the TNPL, and Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements, said the “yellow shirt” (the cricketing colours of the Chennai Super Kings) will be back. The CSK is now serving a two-year ban from the IPL tournament.CSK was banned by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee, which had looked into allegations of match fixing and betting. “Unfortunately, we missed it (IPL) for one year. We may miss it for another year but the yellow shirt will be back,” Srinivasan said.The Eight competing teams are — Chepauk Super Gillies, Tuti Patriots, VB Thiruvalluvar Veerans, Karaikudi Kaalai, Lyca Kovai Kings, Madurai Super Giants, Dindigul Dragons, and Ruby Kanchi Warriors.The League will be a three-week-long series from the fourth week of August to mid-September. The matches will be played in Chennai, Tirunelveli and Natham.According to Dhoni, a tournament like TNPL promotes cricket, and will take cricket to a lot of cities that are not used to watching big games. It will act as a motivational booster for all youngsters. With tournaments like T20, people are always on the look out for talent where they can prove themselves, he said. Published on SHARE MS Dhoni, flanked by N Srinivasan (left), TNCA President, and PS Raman,Chairman, Governing Council of TNPL, in Chennai on Thursday BIJOY GHOSH SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Tamil Nadu MS Dhoni, flanked by N Srinivasan (left), TNCA President, and PS Raman,Chairman, Governing Council of TNPL, in Chennai on Thursday BIJOY GHOSH COMMENT 0 cricketlast_img read more

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SPORT-VIJENDER 2 LAST

first_imgThe Welsh-born Hope, who emigrated to Australia, was The Welsh-born Hope, who emigrated to Australia, was also a WBC middleweight champion and has moved a division up to super middleweight to take on Vijender. On fighting for the belt for the first time, the Indian dasher said, “After this I will come in the league, my ranking will be 15 in the world and then its going to be like going for the world title fight — slowly, may be next year or after that,” he said. Post the Delhi fight, Vijender, a three-time Olympian and recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, is planning to go to the Rio Games to lend his support to the three Indian boxers who have qualified in different weight categories. “I will go to the Rio Olympics (to support other Indian boxers), after this fight. I will go and just watch the fight in Rio,” said Vijender, who lost in the quarter finals of the last Olympic Games in London and also figured in the Athens Games in 2004. PTI NRB SSR GK PM PMlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: I won’t be going back home alone- Sarfaraz Ahmed warns Pakistan teammates

first_imgIf anyone has come under severe criticism after Pakistan were thumped by India in a largely one-sided affair in Manchester on Sunday, it’s been the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. While many have made fun of his captaincy decisions against India, others blamed him for the rut that Pakistan currently find themselves in at the World Cup 2019.According to Pakistani media outlet thenews.com.pk, it has been learned that the public outrage after the loss prompted Sarfaraz to issue a stern warning to his teammates, asking them to lift their game or be ready to face the wrath of the public if the below-par performances continue.Thenews.com.pk revealed that Sarfaraz got quite emotional after the defeat on Sunday and told his teammates that he won’t be ‘the only one going back home’ suggesting that if things don’t change for the better, everyone in the team will have to bear the brunt of a dismal campaign.If anyone thinks that I will go home, then it is their idiocy. If God forbid something unfortunate happens, then I won’t be the only one going back home, Sarfaraz said.Sarfaraz also asked his teammates to let go of what’s in the past now and ‘uplift the team’ for the rest of the tournament so that they can hold their heads high going forward.Forget the bad performance and uplift the team for the remaining four matches, said Sarfaraz.It is understood that none of the senior Pakistani players including the likes of Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez made any comments during Sarfaraz’s speech.advertisementPakistan are currently lying 9th on the World Cup 2019 points table with a solitary win from 5 matches. They will next play South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s.Also Read | They are allowed to have burgers: Harbhajan Singh defends Sarfaraz Ahmed after social media trollsAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Shoaib Akhtar to Hasan Alilast_img read more

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The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened

first_img Read more Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players and their fans while the world’s most-lucrative sports league caves to his tweets.NFL players are sacrificing their brains for a league that will make at least $14bn off them this year. Many are shorting their memories, breaking their bodies and forgoing any hope of walking normally past the age of 45. The majority of them do not have guaranteed contracts and while the very best are paid well for the tiny window that is their professional career, they remain among the most exploited of American professional athletes – their sports lives dangling by the sturdiness of their ACLs.For a time it seemed the NFL would support its players in the face of Donald Trump’s publicity grab. When the president told an Alabama audience last month that he wanted to see NFL owners fire players who do not stand for the national anthem in protest at racial inequality, the league took a stand against the president’s intolerance. Owners and players kneeled. Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed disappointment in Trump. Donald Trump targets Jemele Hill following ESPN anchor’s suspension Play Video Sportblog 2:14 Trump’s declaration he wanted to “get that son of a bitch off the field,” was that kind of moment that shocked everyone into a united stand for decency. Since the vast majority of the players who have kneeled for the anthem are African American, Trump was essentially saying: “Get that black son-of-a-bitch off the field” and everyone appeared to agree that Trump had crossed a line. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Hill’s words brought her a two-week suspension from her employer and more direct attention from Trump, whose White House has been pushing for her firing. But the league’s need to keep building its wealth leaves it forever chasing new pots of gold while trying to keep the appearances of opulence to the television networks and advertisers who throw billions its way. This is how teams like the Rams and Chargers actually grow in value despite playing before whole sections of empty seats in their new Los Angeles home. The simple act of moving to the nation’s second-largest market has made them worth more, making the other owners’ teams appear to be more valuable as well.So when Jones snapped, Hill dared mention the advertisers and Trump tweeted about changing the league’s tax-exempt status, the NFL wanted nothing more to do with their players taking a public stand for social justice. It didn’t matter that Trump’s suggestion the league should lose a tax-exempt status was outdated by two years (the NFL gave that up in 2015). Any threat toward the owners’ sweet public money deals is enough to drop the iron fist upon dissent.The players’ stand against a raging Trump seemed easy until talk turned to damming the rivers of cash that could help the owners fetch billions for their teams should they wish to sell. Suddenly Trump turned the defeat of a league united against him into a deft political win. Through this he has aimed his most vicious tweets at two African Americans: Hill and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the anthem protest last year to draw attention to racial inequality. Trump says his anger with the NFL is about respect for the flag and the country but the whole thing is coded in race and after two days of hammering the wedge he has managed to use race to turn the league against the players.The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, surrendered peacefully to Trump on Tuesday when he sent a memo to all the teams saying players should stand for the anthem while adding some soggy language about respecting the players’ desire for social change. He said he was doing this because the controversy over the anthem is “a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues”. But he was really giving into Trump’s fire before things got ugly with the revenue streams.The quickest way to breaking the NFL is through money and Trump, a man who once bungled the USFL’s certain court victory over the NFL, understands this well. He opened racial wounds, used his vice-president as a puppet by forcing him to leave a tribute to Peyton Manning and drove the country a little farther apart, but he won. He made the NFL crack. None of this has much to do with running a nation and yet policy doesn’t appear to be the point.He got the leaders of a league that is 70% black to put those black men back in, to use a loathsome term, “their place”. The opportunity for the great national conversation about race – which was the whole point of Kaepernick’s protest – is fading. Trump can declare a win. In getting Goodell to bring his players to their feet he brought the NFL to their knees.And no one is better for it. NFL Share via Email Share on WhatsApp That is until the money was threatened.The business of being an NFL owner is such a good one that no man or woman who holds a team among their possessions dares do anything to kill their golden goose. A decade ago, the league’s most valuable team – the Dallas Cowboys – was estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.6bn, and a third of the teams had values below $1bn. Today, the least valuable franchise is worth $1.6bn while Dallas’s worth has soared to nearly $5bn.This is, of course, phony wealth, claimed only on the open market. The figures are buttressed with stadium palaces built on the backs of taxpayers, huge television deals and private marketing agreements sold against the logos of the teams themselves. With the teams’ outlandish values tied to an image the owners do everything to protect, it’s no wonder Dallas’s Jerry Jones said on Sunday he will bench any player who “disrespects the flag” by kneeling during the anthem.There was good PR in standing against Trump two weeks ago, but the more the president turned his fire on the NFL – and as TV ratings slid – the more those bars wobbled on the value charts. Whether she meant to or not ESPN’s Jemele Hill drilled straight into the NFL’s most-sensitive nerve this week when she tweeted the best way to get to Jones was through the advertisers. Topicscenter_img How US sports stars united against Trump – video explainer Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Jim Harbaugh Comments On Michigan’s Double-OT Win vs. Army

first_img After the game’s conclusion, many of Michigan’s players jumped into the stands celebrating the win. The act went viral on social media sparking mixed reactions.Jim Harbaugh: “That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.” Adds that he could talk about Michigan’s defense all day. The offense had mistakes that put the defense in tough spots. https://t.co/k9fuAzLM7R pic.twitter.com/R5V3BeBCkJ— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 7, 2019Regardless, the Wolverines are now 2-0 on the year. As the old saying goes, “a win is a win”. But there will surely be questions surrounding the offensive game plan moving forward.Luckily for Michigan and Harbaugh, the Wolverines are entering a bye week. They’ll then go on the road to face Big Ten opponent Wisconsin. Jim Harbaugh during pregame before Michigan's game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 03: Michigan Wolverines Head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan narrowly escaped with a win in overtime against Army on Saturday. The seventh-ranked Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the game, according to OddsShark.Despite nearly losing, and plenty of issues to sort out, head coach Jim Harbaugh took it in a different direction. In the post-game press conference, Harbaugh praised the fight of both teams.“That’s how you fight. That’s how you scratch and claw. Both teams did that.”An interesting, but expected response from the Michigan head coach. Media members aren’t seeing it the same way though.As previously mentioned, the Wolverines were 22 point favorites heading into the match-up. Army had a chance to win the game with a field goal at the end of regulation, but couldn’t convert.last_img read more

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Halifax hospital donnybrook Appeal court reduces cardiologists damages

first_imgHALIFAX – A court has dramatically reduced a cardiology researcher’s record-setting, $1.4 million judgment for damages from a workplace battle at a Halifax hospital.In a decision released Tuesday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal reduced Dr. Gabrielle Horne’s damages to $800,000.It said the lower figure better represents the “loss of reputation and loss to her research career” after a personality conflict torpedoed her heart research.Horne was researching “the mechanical differences in the hearts of patients who have stable and unstable heart muscle problems” at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.But her relationship with the director of the hospital’s Heart Function Clinic was “strained,” and he successfully pushed to have her privileges varied to restrict her access to the clinic’s patients, the appeal court said. A medical advisory committee found her “poor interpersonal relationships with some colleagues could indeed expose patients to harm.”As a result, she couldn’t conduct her research and the entire research program folded.Horne sued the QEII and Capital Health (now part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority) in 2006.In 2016, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury found health officials acted in bad faith, and awarded the $1.4 million judgment, believed to be the largest sum ever awarded for a loss of reputation and career lawsuit.Horne has said her lawsuit originally sought damages that would fund a plan to rebuild the research program, but at the end of the 33-day trial, the judge decided the jury wouldn’t be able to consider those damages.The appeal court dismissed Horne’s appeal of the scope of damages, as well as the health authority’s own appeal of liability.The appeal ruling detailed the personality conflicts behind the dispute — and how officials turned against Horne.“We are satisfied that Capital Health’s bad faith caused significant and lasting damage to Dr. Horne’s reputation,” the three-judge panel wrote.“Just as being unethical afflicts the core of a lawyer’s professional integrity, being termed a risk to patients pierces the heart of what is expected of a physician. It is hard to imagine a more vital blow to a medical professional’s station. We are further satisfied that the consequences will follow Dr. Horne well into the future.”last_img read more

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Morocco Signs Agreements to Revive SocioEconomic Integration of Jerada Youths

Rabat- Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) signed 15 agreements on Tuesday with the Council of the Oriental Region of Oujda, in the eastern city of Jerada to revive the socio-economic integration of youths in the region.The agreements seek to provide income opportunities for young people working in various sectors, such as agriculture and handicrafts, to employ and improve their socioeconomic status. Along with the Oriental council, INDH allocated a total of MAD 430,000 to help young people with small business projects and integrate them into the economy. Other donating entities have increased the project’s budget to MAD 150 million, which will support them for three years.Moroccan news outlet L’economiste informed that so far the council and INDH received a total of 1,600 applications from potential youth beneficiaries.In addition to the initiative, Jerada authorities launched the construction of a formwork factory which will create approximately 500 sustainable jobs and attract investments of approximately MAD 200 million.The initiatives are aligned with King Mohammed VI’s call for the government to give special attention to social disparities, and with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Aziz Akhannouch’s program to improve the incomes and living standards of the Jerada population through job creation.Jerada was primarily a mining area until the government closed the mines in the late 1990s. However, the locals continued to live off of mining, illegally, until two brothers died in a coal pit accident in December 2017. The deaths lead to a series of protests in recent months decrying social disparity. read more

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Korean support for the UN needed on many fronts – SecretaryGeneral Ban

Mr. Ban told the annual dinner in New York of the Korea Society that he hoped developing countries can benefit from the ROK’s experience in becoming both a democracy and an economic powerhouse, and transforming from a receiving nation to a donor country.He also asked the Republic to be even more generous in its official development assistance (ODA) to needy countries, stressing the importance of such assistance in achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.Mr. Ban called on the ROK to continue its “active and constructive role” in seeking the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through the six-parties talks involving China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Japan, the ROK, Russia and the United States on efforts to dismantle the DPRK’s nuclear weapons programme.“As we move forward the task will become even more arduous,” he said. “The United Nations and the international community will need to redouble their support. The best way to complement the six-party process is to build on progress achieved in the inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation over the past decade. I will do all I can to advance this work.”He also called for support for the DPRK’s efforts to tackle the humanitarian needs of its most vulnerable citizens. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that the country, where 6.5 million people are already estimated to be suffering from food insecurity, faces a potential food crisis due to a low harvest resulting partly from last summer’s heavy floods. 16 April 2008The United Nations needs the support of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on many fronts as challenges multiply in the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last night. read more

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How Our March Madness Predictions Work

March 17, 2019 Values range from 0 to 10, although they can exceed 10 in extreme cases.FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratingsIf you’ve been a FiveThirtyEight reader for really any length of time, you probably know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings. We’ve introduced versions for the NBA and the NFL, among other sports. Using game data from ESPN, Sports-Reference.com and other sources, we’ve also calculated Elo ratings for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s and for women’s teams since 2001. Our Elo ratings are one of the six computer rating systems used in the pre-tournament rating for each men’s team and one of four systems for each women’s team.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is very similar to the one we use for the NBA. Elo is a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results. The information that Elo relies on to adjust a team’s rating after every game is relatively simple — including the final score and the location of the game. (As we noted earlier, college basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.)It also takes into account whether the game was played in the NCAA Tournament. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and weight tournament games slightly higher than regular-season ones.Because Elo is a running assessment of a team’s talent, at the beginning of each season, a team gets to keep its rating from the end of the previous one, except that we also revert it to the mean. The wrinkle here, compared with our NFL Elo ratings, is that we revert college basketball team ratings to the mean of the conference.While we make no guarantee that you’ll win your pool if you use our system, we think it’s done a pretty good job over the years. Hopefully, you’ll have fun using it to make your picks, and it will add to your enjoyment of both NCAA tournaments.Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our March Madness predictions work. Our men’s model is principally based on a composite of six computer power ratings:Ken Pomeroy’s ratingsJeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratingsSonny Moore’s ratingsJoel Sokol’s LRMC ratingsESPN’s Basketball Power IndexFiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (described below)Each of these ratings has a strong track record in picking tournament games. We shouldn’t make too much of the differences among them: They are all based on the same basic information — wins and losses, strength of schedule, margin of victory — computed in slightly different ways. We use six systems instead of one, however, because each system has different features and bugs, and blending them helps to smooth out any rough edges. (Those rough edges matter because even small differences can compound over the course of a single-elimination tournament that requires six or seven games to win.)To produce a pre-tournament rating for each team, we combine those computer ratings with a couple of human rankings:The NCAA selection committee’s 68-team “S-curve”Preseason rankings from The Associated Press and the coachesThese rankings have some predictive power — if used in moderation. They make up one-fourth of the rating for each team; the computer systems are three-fourths.It’s not a typo, by the way, to say that we look at preseason rankings. The reason is that a 30- to 35-game regular season isn’t all that large a sample. Preseason rankings provide some estimate of each team’s underlying player and coaching talent. It’s a subjective estimate, but it nevertheless adds some value, based on our research. If a team wasn’t ranked in either the AP or coaches’ polls, we estimate its strength using the previous season’s final Sagarin rating, reverted to the mean.To arrive at our FiveThirtyEight power ratings, which are a measure of teams’ current strength on a neutral court and are displayed on our March Madness predictions interactive graphic, we make two adjustments to our pre-tournament ratings.The first is for injuries and player suspensions. We review injury reports and deduct points from teams that have key players out of the lineup. This process might sound arbitrary, but it isn’t: The adjustment is based on Sports-Reference.com’s win shares, which estimate the contribution of each player to his team’s record while also adjusting for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay. The injury adjustment also works in reverse: We review every team to see which are healthier going into the tournament than they were during the regular season.The second adjustment takes place only once the tournament is underway. The FiveThirtyEight model gives a bonus to teams’ ratings as they win games, based on the score of each game and the quality of the opponent. A No. 12 seed that waltzes through its play-in game and then crushes a No. 5 seed may be much more dangerous than it initially appeared; our model accounts for this. On the flip side, a highly rated team that wins but looks wobbly against a lower seed often struggles in the next round, we’ve found.When we forecast individual games, we apply a third and final adjustment to our ratings, for travel distance. Are you not at your best when you fly in from LAX to take an 8 a.m. meeting in Boston? The same is true of college basketball players. In extreme cases (a team playing very near its campus or traveling across the country to play a game), the effect of travel can be tantamount to playing a home or road game, despite being on an ostensibly neutral court. This final adjustment gives us a team’s travel-adjusted power rating, which is then used to calculate its chance of winning that game.Women’s team ratings Model tweak The DetailsWe’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of people writing for The New York Times. Initially, we focused on the men’s NCAA Tournament, publishing a table that gave each team’s probability of advancing deep (or not-so-deep) into the tournament. Over the years, we expanded to forecasting the women’s tournament as well. And since 2016, our forecasts have updated live, as games are played. Below are the details on each step that we take — including calculating power ratings for teams, win probabilities for each game and the chance that each remaining team will make it to any given stage of the bracket.Men’s team ratings ReferencesBrian Burke’s Excitement Index / DonBest injury report / ESPN’s BPI / Sports-Reference.comJeff Sagarin’s ratings / Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings / Ken Massey’s ratings / Ken Pomeroy’s ratings / Sonny Moore’s ratings (men, women) Version History1.4 Added women’s Elo model and started adjusting excitement index for upsets.March 17, 20191.3 Added live win probabilities and men’s Elo model.March 13, 20161.2 Added women’s forecast.March 17, 20151.1 Started accounting for strength of schedule when making injury adjustments; started using reverted Sagarin ratings as preseason ratings.March 15, 20151.0 Forecast launched for the 2014 tournament.March 17, 2014 We calculate power ratings for the women’s tournament in much the same way as we do for the men’s. However, because of the relative lack of data for women’s college basketball — a persistent problem when it comes to women’s sports — the process has a few differences:Four of the six power ratings that we use for the men’s tournament aren’t available for women. But fortunately, two of them are: Sokol’s LRMC ratings and Moore’s ratings. We also use a third public system, the Massey Ratings, as well as a version of FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings that we’ve built for NCAA women’s basketball. The NCAA doesn’t publish 68-team S-curve data for the women. So we use the teams’ seeds instead, with the exception of the four No. 1 seeds, which the selection committee does list in order.For the women’s tournament, there isn’t much in the way of injury reports or advanced individual statistics, so we don’t include injury adjustments.Turning power ratings into a forecastOnce we have power ratings for every team, we need to turn them into a forecast — that is, the chance of every team reaching any round of the tournament.Most of our sports forecasts rely on Monte Carlo simulations, but March Madness is different; because the structure of the tournament is a single-elimination bracket, we’re able to directly calculate the chance of teams advancing to a given round.We calculate the chance of any team beating another with the following Elo-derived formula, which is based on the difference between the two teams’ travel-adjusted power ratings:1.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/4001.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/400Because a team needs to win only a single game to advance, this formula gives us the chance of a team reaching the next round in the bracket. The probability of a team reaching a future round in the bracket is based on a system of conditional probabilities. In other words, the chance of a team reaching a given round is the chance it reaches the previous round, multiplied by its chance of beating any possible opponent in the previous round, weighted by its likelihood of meeting each of those opponents.Live win probabilitiesWhile games are being played, our interactive graphic displays a box for each one that shows updating win probabilities for both teams, as well as the score and the time remaining. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team will win the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePregame win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throwsThe model doesn’t account for everything, however. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, the model doesn’t know, and his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than what we have listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, for example, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage to adjust its win probability. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are essentially over.Also displayed in the box for each game is our “excitement index” (check out the lower-right corner) — that number also updates throughout a game and can give you a sense of when it’ll be most fun to tune in. Loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work, the index is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning have changed over the course of the game.The calculation behind this feature is the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a basket made late in the game has more influence on a game’s excitement index than a basket made near the start of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. We also add a bonus for games that spend a large proportion of their time with an upset on the horizon, weighted by how big the upset would be. Model CreatorJay Boice A computational journalist for FiveThirtyEight. | @jayboiceNate Silver Editor in chief. | @NateSilver538 March 17, 2019 Model tweak Related Articles2019 March Madness predictions2018 March Madness predictions2017 March Madness predictions2016 March Madness predictions2015 March Madness predictions2014 men’s NCAA tournament predictions read more

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Questions and Answers for Jordan Peeles Us

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target One of the best things a movie can do, along with just being good, is inspire rich and thoughtful conversations. That’s what you want from all art, really. So while I was somewhat disappointed with Jordan Peele’s Us, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, which is as great a gift as you can expect from a filmmaker clearly as intelligent as Peele.Ironically, many of my issues with Us, a kind of prestige schlock film I’m holding to a higher standard than regular schlock, are also the things that make it so interesting to talk about. Peele’s debut film Get Out I believe is better for multiple reasons. Its deep social politics are narrower but more coherent, it works better as a creepy thriller than somewhat weak full-blown horror movie, and its plot ultimately makes more sense with more satisfying full explanations. But the messiness of Us, its broader scope and nightmares caught in an awkward limbo between too literal and too abstract, invite you fill in more blanks yourself.So with that in mind, instead of writing a mixed review of Us that would inevitably be as weird and all over the place as the movie itself, I just wanted to list some of my thoughts and questions that hopefully spark your own conversations. And don’t worry, these aren’t pedantic and pointless plot hole questions, even if the film is totally going to cause the worst kinds of YouTube ending explanation videos. SPOILERS AHEAD!Along with the critical praise, is the secret to Peele’s commercial success combining the fun crowd-pleasing theater experience of both Black movies and horror movies? Is that why these movies ultimately aren’t that violent, to not alienate big audiences?How can Lupita Nyong’o be so terrific as Adelaide, subtle and desperate and raw and paranoid, while playing her Tethered doppelganger as a wheezing ball of silly monster affectations my audience literally laughed at until their excellent balletic final fight?How great is it that Winston Duke plays more of a Man-Ape in this movie than in Black Panther?Does Tim Heidecker’s amazing presence here (one of several fantastic and bizarre performances Peele gets from his actors) make this a crossover with the similar Twilight Zone-esque comedy-horror sketch anthology Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories? Is it weird I think that show actually has more legitimately scary cinematography than this movie?As repetitive as some of the confrontations got, wasn’t it great how little character tics returned in a more brutal context? The twins’ acrobatics, Jason locking the closet with the toy car, Gabe’s boat.Is this movie really a secret Disney remake?While some of the music is so dramatic it removed me a bit from the immediate experience, how great is the use of both the “I Got 5 On It” remix and “Fleurs” by Minnie Riperton?The Hands Across America imagery is both creepy and thematically appropriate, but does anyone fully get what’s going on with the spooky rabbit food supply? Multiplication? Why isn’t the animal analogy here as strong as in Get Out or Sorry To Bother You?But honestly the biggest question with this movie is what do the Tethered doubles actually represent and what is that supposed to say? Are they intimate, personal, self-sabotaging, psychological impostor dark sides of individual people or are they collectively a broad, oppressed, social underclass beholden to oblivious comfortable masters? Does it make any sense at all to mash up those two concepts?Here’s a quote from Peele from the film’s premiere at SXSW two weeks ago.“This movie is about this country. We’re in a time where we fear the other, whether it’s the mysterious invader that we think is going to come and kill us and take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near, who voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. And I wanted to suggest that maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil, it’s us.” In a vague way, the way Us works, this makes sense. But I think this sentiment doesn’t hold up at all the minute you start applying anything specific to it. I don’t like racists because they are racists. Racists don’t like me because they are racist. I don’t fear people who voted for fascists because I’m secretly afraid of myself. I’m afraid of what fascist politics will do the country!And here is where I think Us also unfortunately fails to live up to the smart, contemporary racial and social politics of Get Out. That movie was a specific and sharp indictment of a certain kind of condescending passive-aggressive liberal racism. But Us has a more wishy-washy “we’re all complicit” sort of attitude that spreads privilege-checking blame across the board when that’s very much not the case in reality. Certain groups are far worse actors than others.So while it’s cool the family here only sort of happens to be Black instead of really focusing on that like in Get Out, if Us wants to present the Tethered’s murderous revolution as a kind of deserved reckoning for America’s violent, plundering, oppressive, and conveniently forgotten past, then the absolute last group of people who should suffer because of that are (upper middle-class at best) Black people!Tethered or not, Adelaide earned her life.I hope my words here have made you think more about the movie, but there’s so much going on in Us there’s probably someone smarter than me working on their own essays that will totally change my mind about this. And again even if I didn’t think the movie was great, it is great that a film about stabbing your red-suited reflection with big gold scissors can foster this kind of discussion. For more on Jordan Peele check out his upcoming YouTube show Weird City and get hyped for his Twilight Zone reboot just days away.last_img read more

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WSU Vancouver fall enrollment breaks record

first_imgIf Washington State University Vancouver feels a bit more crowded than normal, that’s because it is.WSU reported record enrollment systemwide last week, including at its Vancouver campus.As students wrap up their first month back at school, WSU Vancouver announced on Friday that its fall enrollment is 3,426 students, up from fall 2015’s 3,305 students. Vancouver also added 333 new freshmen from last year, according to a news release. Systemwide, WSU saw record enrollment of 30,142 students.Nancy Youlden, WSU Vancouver’s vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment, credits the increased enrollment to the university’s marketing efforts. WSU Vancouver recently incorporated enrollment as part of its 2016-2021 strategic plan, and it is aiming for an overall enrollment of 5,000 students by the end of those five years. Youlden said the school has been working with a marketing firm that’s presented a “pretty crisp message” about the university to possible students.“We’ve been very deliberate,” Youlden said. “I think our enrollment efforts, communication, marketing are getting more sophisticated. It feels like it is certainly paying off and aligns directly with the university’s strategic plan.”WSU Vancouver’s budget is largely driven by tuition dollars, so enrollment increasing is always exciting news to the university. Resident tuition for students is $9,883 annually.Additional dollars from additional students will allow the university to offer better programs and facilities, Youlden said.“Any time we’re able to increase our overall operations budget, it allows us to do more,” she said. “Whether it’s existing academic programs or adding services that help support students. There’s just a number of different ways by having that additional capacity.”last_img read more

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Jamaican parents told to treasure children as they do cell phones

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – The Jamaica Teachers Association with some bold advice for parents in that country which can be taken for parents in any country; ‘Treat your children as you do your cell phones.’ In an hilarious comparison featured in the Jamaica Observer which also rings too true, Greig Smith of the Office of the Children’s Registry or OCR in Jamaica told over 100 parents at a forum that since they do not go anywhere without their cellphones, they should be just as mindful of their children and keep them close. Smith encouraged the parents to stop leaving their children at home, unsupervised and to be far more vigilant in checking the mobile devices on which their children are communicating. The forum was the first in a series arranged in Jamaica by the JTA for ‘Parents Month’ under the theme: “Parents, Take the Time… Be Involved.’ Related Items:cellphones, greg smith, Jamaica Teachers Associationlast_img read more

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Decorating Insert Cards Yes Insert Cards for the Holidays Yes the Holidays

first_imgTrying to get orders around the holidays is nothing new and if you have not already planned and designed your holiday insert cards, it’s not too late, but you need to act fast. I know, we’re only at the tail end of summer and insert cards are “old hat,” but they reach your audience in every issue and that’s half the battle. Here are some things to consider, and a few to avoid:1. Use four colors. It’s the holidays, don’t turn yourself into the insert card scrooge! Consider using an oversize, postage-paid reply card to get even more orders from one donor. Yes it will cost more in postage, but it’s the holidays. In a 5.5” x 7.5” reply card you could get three new subs—and possibly a renewal if you feel really creative. Also, you will need to use different stock from the usual 4.25” x by 6” card—the USPS insists!2. Keep the “holiday” copy generic. Mentioning an actual holiday could cause a problem, unless you are in a market where a specific holiday is pertinent. 3. Your copy needs to concentrate on giving a gift rather than selling the publication. These insert cards are aimed at existing readers, although pointing out the fine points of your publication is not a bad idea. 4. Don’t go “fancy font” crazy. You are selling a product, not inviting people to a party. But a little whimsy can be employed if you think your market is whimsical—most publications have a little whimsy, but many don’t know it.5. The holidays fall at the end of the year, tell people you will send a gift card in December and start the subscription with the January issue if you can. This means you can run your card in your October and November issues, and possibly December as well. Just make sure the gift card arrives before the first issue, otherwise confusion will reign, customer service calls will increase and you run the risk of upsetting the gift giver because the gift recipient has been inconvenienced.6. Allow people to order online. You can make them pay upfront, otherwise offer to bill the donor as this will help increase response. Some advise not to send the gift announcements and first issue until the subscriptions have been paid. I would say send the announcements and the issues as detailed above. I doubt there would be many people who would not pay their invoice knowing their kindness has already been announced.last_img read more

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DEC looks into helicopter fuel spill in Jakolof Bay

first_img(Image courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation)State officials are investigating whether a charter helicopter spilled fuel near a Kenai Peninsula oyster farm in Jakolof Bay. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation spill response coordinator Geoff Merrell said preliminary reports indicated a Thursday mishap involving a helicopter. But it wasn’t reported until Saturday.“Preliminary information that we have is there was some sort of incident with a helicopter in Jakolof Bay,” Merrell explained. “Now, that incident is being characterized as a quote-unquote, ‘crash,’ but that could be many, many things, which is part of what we’re following up on.”Soloy Helicopters, a Wasilla-based charter outfit, confirmed it owned the aircraft but would not comment further. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating any crashes in the area.Jakolof Bay is home to several commercial oyster farms. Margo Reveil owns Jakolof Bay Oyster Company. She declined to go on tape but said she reported the spill, which she estimated was 500 yards from her oyster farm.She said the spill produced a visible sheen and covered some of her oyster nursery’s gear, which the company is working to clean.Merrell said there are a lot of unanswered questions moving forward.“Next steps are trying to understand whether there is a slick or a sheen as a result of fuel entering the water. Determining if we can, how much fuel is onboard the helicopter, whether the helicopter went into the water directly or if they landed at the shoreline and opened up a fuel tank and that’s now leaking or what exactly the circumstances are,” Merrell said.Reveil said her oyster company will not sell any potentially contaminated oysters until it receives the all-clear from DEC.last_img read more

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Hunger strike of primary assistant teachers enters 3rd day 40 fall sick

first_imgPrimary assistant teachers of government primary schools continue their hunger strike for the 3rd day at the Shaheed Minar on Monday. Photo: Mosabber HossainThe indefinite hunger strike called by primary assistant teachers of government primary schools entered the third day on Monday.At least 40 teachers fell sick during the hunger strike. Among them, 17 were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hosiptal (DMCH) and some others were taken to certain private hospitals for treatment.The strike started on Saturday morning at the Shaheed Minar.The Bangladesh primary teachers grand alliance organised the strike where eight different organisations of assistant primary teachers joined the alliance. The leaders said they would continue the strike till their demands were met.The protesting teachers said it was discriminatory and humiliating that they were paid the 14th grade salary whereas a headmaster gets salary of the 11th grade.They demanded that their salary be upgraded to the 12th grade.Several political party leaders including Bangladesh Communist Party leader Ruhin Hossain Prince expressed solidarity with the protesting teachers.last_img read more

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Update Massive African Rock Python released at game reserve near LadysmithUpdate Massive

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Ladysmith believe it or not: When a snake is not a snake, community blames inyangaAlso read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithFanie and the staff of Nambithi Hills were excited by the fact that the snake was released safely back into the wild.Fanie says there is an abundant food source for the python, and another plus is that it is away from people.The snake in the water and free at lastThe snake was weighed and measured by Fanie, weighing in at a whopping 25,7kg and having a length of 4.93m!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The African Rock Python that was found in the Ekuvukeni area on Friday was safely released yesterday (August 5).The massive snake was released at Nambithi Hills Game Reserve at Memorial Gate by snake expert Fanie Cilliers and staff from the game reserve.Speaking to Fanie, he says the monster-sized reptile was released yesterday afternoon.He added that once the mammoth creature was set free, it took a few minutes to move as if adjusting to its new environment before making its way into the dam, where it was released.Also read: Update: Massive African Rock Python found close to primary school near Ladysmith (Contains capture video)Also read: Hunt for 6-metre-plus African Rock Python near primary school continues near Ladysmithlast_img read more

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Participants selected for the AlitaliaEtihad Cadet Pilot Program

first_imgParticipants selected for the Alitalia-Etihad Cadet Pilot ProgramAlitalia today announced that it had selected 24 young participants aged between 18 and 27 years, to attend the joint Alitalia-Etihad Airways Cadet Pilot program.More than 550 candidates applied to join the two-year training course, which will take place at Alitalia’s training centres in Italy and at Etihad Airways’ training facilities in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Upon successful completion of the course, cadets will receive necessary licenses to become pilots at CityLiner, Alitalia’s regional airline, which operates a fleet of 20 aircraft including five Embraer 190 and 15 Embraer 175 regional jets. New pilots will commit to flying for Alitalia for a minimum period of 36 months.Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Alitalia’s Chairman, said: “Today is an important day for Alitalia and the Italian civil aviation sector as a whole, whose track record for the training of airline pilots is recognised around the globe.“Training and investing in young people is a commitment which Etihad Airways shares with Alitalia, right from the very first day of this unique partnership, adding value to the commercial relationship between the two companies.”James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “By ensuring that these talented cadets are exposed to the best pilot training at our world-class facilities in Italy and in the UAE, we guarantee our continued access to a pool of highly skilled aviators well into the future.”The Alitalia Training Centre for Pilots, which in its 60-year history has trained thousands of Italian pilots, has resumed operations after a ten-year suspension of activities. Historically, the centre has been globally recognised as being a pillar of commercial aviation in Italy.The first eight cadet pilots left for Abu Dhabi last week, where their initial training will take place. They were accompanied by Alitalia captain Giuseppe Borgna, who is in charge of the project.The group of 24 participants was selected by Alitalia after completing an extensive set of aptitude, psychological and physical tests.The start of each training course will be staggered over the coming weeks, and by the end of 2015, all 24 cadet pilots will have commenced their training.The first part of the course is dedicated to theoretical and practical classwork, followed by the first training test flights at the Etihad Flight College in Al Ain, an hour’s drive from Abu Dhabi.The second part the course will be held at the Alitalia Training Academy at Rome Fiumicino, which is equipped with seven flight simulators, and managed by a dedicated team of the airline’s pilot instructors.Upon successful completion of the course, scheduled for summer 2017, Alitalia will employ the new pilots under long-term contract.To assist cadets with the cost of pilot training, Alitalia is making a contribution to each trainee, investing a total of over one million Euros. Previously, pilot trainees were expected to shoulder the cost of training without sponsored assistance. The airline has also entered into an agreement with UniCredit to offer cadets a bespoke loan scheme.In preparation for the addition of new wide-body aircraft to the Alitalia fleet, the airline, together with Etihad Airways, is currently in the process of planning more Cadet Pilot programs to meet future growth and demand.The re-opening of the Alitalia Training Centre for Pilots, and the associated Cadet Pilot program, has been made possible due to the involvement of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), which reviewed and endorsed the training course.In addition to the Cadet Pilot program, Alitalia and Etihad Airways also promote similar training initiatives for graduates and engineers, which to date have welcomed 47 participants in both Italy and the UAE.Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

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