NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report

first_imgTanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight Despite recently falling short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the 25-year-old Duke product was seemingly in good terms with the team and its management, particularly with superstar LeBron James.However, ESPN recently reported several reasons why Irving reportedly wanted to be shipped out of the franchise he has called his home for the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHigh on the list was his supposed inclusion in potential trade talks involving this season’s prized free agents Jimmy Butler and Paul George.“What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George,” the sports news outlet said. “Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, [former Cleveland GM David] Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Butler, of course, went on to join his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, while Hayward elected to sign with Boston Celtics.ESPN’s trio of journalists—Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst—also suggested that Irving was fed up with playing second fiddle to the league’s premier superstar, James.They cited James’ tendency to play point guard and dominate the ball, leaving Irving’s ball handling and play-making skills underutilized.Despite his supposed unhappiness with his role, Irving averaged a career best of 25.9 points this season and led his team in total shot attempts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFPNews of Kyrie Irving wanting out of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has certainly caught NBA fans off guard over the weekend.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

IOC shortlists squash for 2020 Olympics

first_imgChances of squash’s inclusion in Olympic Games have brightened after the International Olympic Committee shortlisted it for the 2020 edition.The IOC’s Executive Board has listed baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wake-board and wushu for possible addition to the sports programme for the next Summer Olympics after Rio de Janeiro in 2016.The World Squash Federation (WSF) on Tyesday welcomed the news that squash has been included on the shortlist of sports to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Games.”We are delighted to be given this new opportunity to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme. I am confident that we will be able to show the IOC Programme Commission, the Executive Board and wider IOC membership that our case has become even stronger over recent years,” said WSF President N Ramachandran.”I truly believe that squash would be a great Olympic sport. It fulfills all the criteria for inclusion in the Games, has proven universality and growth and we have an absolute commitment from all our top athletes that an Olympic medal would be the pinnacle of their careers.”We also have high- profile world champions, exciting world championships for men and women, massive participation from juniors to masters on all continents and a healthy, thriving programme of youth development worldwide,”Ramachandran added.Squash was not included in the 2016 Olympic Games when WSF bid for it last time. Ramachandran exuded confidence that squash has all the required elements for a sport to get popular at world and the Olympic levels.advertisement”Squash has benefitted from some incredibly exciting technical innovations in recent years,including dramatic glass flooring, courts that can be sited in iconic settings such as the Pyramids and New York’s Grand Central Station. We are not a sport that stands still.”All this and the fact that squash is a wonderful example of one-on-one sporting gladiatorial competition, would make it a perfect addition to the Games. Our campaign starts with new energy and vigour and we will have an opportunity to take our message to the Olympic and sporting family over the next two years,” Ramachandran added.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Overcoming a major challenge with standard modular solutions

first_imgThis article describes the complete renewal of the Moscow Metro passenger information and security system with standard modular embedded computer solutions. By Alessandro Santini, SECO                                           Download PDF version of this articleThere were major challenges to overcome: the customer needed to renew the on-board sensors as well as the video surveillance and digital signage devices of the Moscow Metro System at short notice. As a matter of paramount importance, the new devices needed to guarantee over 10 years of operation and more than 30 years of maintainability. The solution to be adopted needed to combine low power consumption and high-performance graphics in a small, modular scale platform. All of this while complying with railway regulations which require modules to be reliable even in the harshest environments, i.e. with a temperature range of -40/+85°C.The question was: how best to renovate the Moscow underground in a timely manner while ensuring full compliance with current regulations in terms of safety and long-term reliability of the deployed solutions? This has been the challenge undertaken by SECO since Q3 2016. Global restructuring with regard to IT technology involving not only the onboard sensors but also the video surveillance system, the emergency communication service, the digital signage devices and the data traffic between the wagons and the front section in the Moscow Metro.Figure 1. The solution needed to achieve superior capabilities graphically and at the same time low power consumption. A leading company in the development, production and integration of electronic systems specializing in Metro systems and railways was instructed to restore the electronic and digital equipment for the Moscow underground. The customer, located in the Russian Federation, was highly experienced with regard to the railway digital communication system but needed a trustworthy third party with solid expertise in embedded hardware to design, prototype, mass produce and implement a suitable scale solution. The project was extremely complex and entailed a multitude of challenges to overcome.First and foremost, meeting industrial quality standards while ensuring a rapid time to market. Quality refers to two aspects in this context: performance and power consumption on the one hand, security and longevity on the other. With regard to the former, the envisaged solution needed to achieve an optimal performance/power consumption ratio – in other words, superior capabilities graphically and at the same time low power consumption. Of crucial importance, furthermore, are the durability, maintainability and reliability of the entire system. As an essential condition, the new devices needed to guarantee 10+ years of operation and 30+ years of maintainability. Last but not least, the system needed to work within a broad range of environments as required by the EU regulatory requirements, that is to say, everything needed to be perfectly functioning within a temperature range of -40/+85° C.In terms of time to market, with this point being extremely important, it was a critical factor to take into account the fact that the Moscow Metro is a major artery of the city network, serving millions of people every day. Consequently, at no stage could the renewal interfere with the daily activity of its users. Of course, cost effectiveness also played a decisive role as the smallest of increases would result in a significant scale difference. Bottom line: from the initial design to the final implementation the renovation needed to be very rapid yet precise in every detail.To fulfill these requirements SECO worked closely with the customer from the beginning, analyzing the context, assessing all the issues and gathering feedback from the development phase to the fine-tuning. Close collaboration with clients is fundamental in order to succeed. Understanding the framework in which SECO has to operate is essential and it is only by paying the utmost attention to the demands and feedback of the customer that it is possible to achieve the goal. SECO does not come to the table with a pre-planned solution in mind. On the contrary, it places great importance on listening to the customer as well as analyzing the problem and exchanging our know-how with the commissioner. The customer is indeed the most valuable resource.At the end of the analysis phase SECO had devised an ARM/x86 standard modular solution, the only one ticking all the boxes. Regarding the performance/consumption ratio, such a platform ensures good graphics performance and high energy efficiency, while also being optimal in terms of cost effectiveness. Additionally, a standard module represents the best fit in relation to scalability. Once the platform was defined, SECO, together with the customer, chose the set of modules to be deployed, namely the ARM and x86 Qseven and µQseven standard modules.Figure 2. Both the ARM and X86 Qseven modules complying with railway regulations could be delivered immediately in volume. Regarding the x86 modules, SECO opted for the Q7-A36, a Qseven based on the Intel Atom E3800 and Celeron families (SoC) (former code name Bay Trail) as being a cost-effective and mobile-oriented module with eMMC and camera interface as well as featuring industrial-grade components (temperature range -40/+85°C). The ARM solution was instead the µQ7-962, a µQseven module based on the ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 SoC, unique given its optimal balance of performance and size. Interestingly, the µQ7-962 is a flexible solution, perfect for high-end, multi-display scenarios, also available in the industrial temperature range, and is available in two versions: the high-performance one, with Quad Core CPU, and the more cost-effective Solo Core solution. Finally, in order to be regulation-compliant, modules were produced with PCB ISOLA PCL370HR and compliant Novec 3M EGC-1700 coating.SECO was uniquely positioned to address all these mentioned issues. Firstly it was able to quickly supply both the ARM and X86Qseven modules complying with railway regulations, which means a significantly rapid time to market and ultimately an improved ROI. Not only that: SECO boasts a formidably vast range of modules for different purposes and this, in combination with its customer-first culture, offers a huge choice of options to the client. Most importantly, since 1979 SECO has operated on a global scale in the field of embedded electronics, collaborating with world-class enterprises, institutions and research groups all over the world. It is one of the benchmark companies worldwide in the field of embedded hardware and its reliability is unrivalled.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous UIC-compliant IoT gateway platform opens up new possibilitiesNext Defining IoT and Industry 4.0 with embedded systemslast_img read more

Study engineering abroad: 5 tips to choose the right college that can maximise your experience

first_imgThe choice to study engineering abroad is a daunting one, yet one that can reap rewards beyond academics if you take advice from teachers and students who teach or study from foreign universities.Here are a few top tips to maximise your experience while studying engineering abroad. But before we explore that, what’s the deal with studying abroad in the first place?Why study abroad?Living and studying in another country can be a hugely beneficial experience for your personal development. Being taken outside of your comfort zone and not being able to rely on the safety net of your family and friends teaches you valuable skills in self-reliance and independence.Besides this, studying abroad gives you the opportunity to meet a variety of new people and experience new cultures, forming new friendships and expanding your horizons in an increasingly globalised world. Particularly for engineering students, the opportunity to build international networks in their industry is priceless. There are certain important criteria to choose the right college to study engineering abroad which can maximise your experience.However, this experience is not one to be taken without careful consideration. It can be an intimidating experience adjusting to a new cuisine, norms and environments.Additionally, studying abroad is an expensive endeavour. You’ll need to make sure you properly budget for all your expenses including those for accommodation, food, travel and course fees. You will also want to pick a university that will best suit your personal and career goals.Read: Studying Abroad: These 10 reasons will give you the push you needadvertisementHere are some important criteria to choose the right college to study engineering abroad:1. Variety of available programmes Whether you’re interested in the more classical fields such as Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or some of the newer and more cutting-edge ones like Photovoltaics and Software Engineering, it’s always good to have variety at your fingertips.One can often get an idea of how good an engineering institute from the range of programmes it offers. The cross-disciplinary exchange and access to top class facilities offered by large engineering schools is priceless in terms of value added to your overseas study experience.2. Industry connections: Let’s be realistic, most of us aren’t studying engineering just for the fun of it! Though you most likely have a strong passion for your chosen area of studies, it’s important to look to the next step involving work experience and getting connected with the industry at large.When choosing an engineering university or institution, look for those that display a range of deep and strong connections with industry.These connections could take the forms of industry-sponsored career development and networking events held regularly, funding and donations for school facilities and various research projects, as well as staff positions and bodies at the school which are sponsored by various organisations in the industry.A well-connected engineering institute indicates that it is in touch with current real-world developments and equipped with best-practice industry knowledge. It’s also a vote of confidence in the school by an industry that knows where it’s best quality graduates come from!3. College reputation and ranking: Ranking isn’t everything, but it can be a great indication of a school’s overall performance in generating cutting-edge research and delivering quality teaching to its students.Don’t just look at an engineering university’s overall ranking, also take note of the ranking of the university in the specific fields that interest you, for example Electrical or Chemical Engineering.Sometimes, all-round decent engineering faculties actually excel in certain specific specialisations due to the presence of particular facilities or expertise. If you just looked at the overall ranking of the university, you might miss the chance to study with a school that excels in your field of interest!4. Campus life and vibes: Last, but by no means least, how does the quality of life on campus at an engineering faculty stack up? Studying engineering can be a long and arduous journey, and it’s great to be able to break up those late nights working on assignments and long class hours with some fun and social activities!Campus “life” simply refers to everything that happens at a university outside of all the academic stuff, and includes social nights, clubs and societies, sports, markets, food and the general vibe of the place.Check out what else is happening at the engineering universities you’re considering to make sure you have a well-rounded and rewarding experience of studying abroad.5. Innovation: Great engineering institutes are never standing still but are always looking to innovate and change the way they deliver content and approach new research challenges.advertisementIn this world where change and disruption are accelerating like never before, you’ll be well-placed to consider a school that will equip you with the skills you need to be flexible and adaptive in the workplace of the future.At the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, there exists a wide range of opportunities for students to become involved in student-led projects such as the world-record breaking solar car, Sunswift, and the BlueSat programme exploring space technology.In all, studying engineering abroad is a thoroughly rewarding and developmental experience that can be beneficial in many ways.These are just a few pointers to assist people embarking on this rich journey; however it is encouraged to conduct thorough research into any overseas institution to make sure you get the most out of this experience!- Article by Carl Hastings, a University of New South Wales student of Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons)/Commerce (Finance).Read: 5 unconventional reasons to study abroadRead: Studying abroad: College education systems around the worldlast_img read more

It’s never too early to talk OSU-FSU Part II

first_imgUSATSI_7866456_154512258_lowresI recently exchanged emails with Chant Rant — a sweet little FSU blog — about Oklahoma State and Florida State playing this fall. Yes, it’s early but we aren’t going to sit here all summer and sing the Travis Ford blues, so let’s get to it.Part I here.4. Jimbo Fisher’s best trait is ___________________?Sticking to his guns. Fisher knows what he wants and how he wants it. He came to FSU with a plan and never wavered, even when his seat got a little warm following several losses to double digit underdogs.5. Kelvin Benjamin reminds you of _____________________?[1. I wrote this before I remembered he declared for the draft….]This is tricky. I hate to say it but he’s one of a kind and he’s still very much a project. The sky could be the limit for him but he still has some mental hangups that prevent him from doing better. To his credit, he built quite the resume last year with photo-perfect touchdowns against Clemson and Auburn. He’s a unique blend of size, speed, and hands. Part of the issue is that he only has one solid year of production. It’s hard, based on limited tape, to label him in the name of another, existing player.6. What’s the scenario for the Pokes winning in Dallas?If you can contain Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary without sacrificing the rest of the defense, the Pokes have a chance. The problem is, if you sell out to stop the run or the pass, you’re going to be in trouble. Both units are very strong this year and I’d argue the running game may be better.Granted, we lost our two “starting running backs” but in their place are more talented runners. Write this name down because you’re going to hear it quite a bit during the game: Karlos Williams.[1. That sounds like the name of someone I should remember.] If you sell out trying to stop Greene and O’Leary, then Karlos Williams is going to have a field day.But if the Pokes’ defense can somehow maintain balance, they could slow FSU down enough to make it interesting. The problem is that, short of a weakened defensive interior, FSU will be just as good on defense as it was last year.7. Score?Champs 37 Pokes 20Photo attribution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

TOUCH IN THE MIDST OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

first_imgWe all know of the feats of Australia’s swimming golden girls, we’ve seen the image of Kerryn McCann fighting off the Kenyan runner in the marathon, while our cyclists and shooters are celebrating their most successful Commonwealth Games of all time. But while all of this is taking place in sports-crazy Melbourne, Touch is making the most of the influx of visitors to Victoria’s capital city.As part of the Commonwealth Games festivities, Touch Football Victoria assisted with a one hour Touch exhibition and coaching session last Saturday at the ‘Nestle Peters Beach Games’, just outside Melbourne’s Arts Centre and Concert Hall.In keeping with the Commonwealth Games theme, players who represented Australia and New Zealand in last year’s Victorian Trans Tasman Challenge were on hand to help out.Activities that kids love, such as ‘touchdown chase’, 2 v 1 Shootout, relay skills races and finally a game were enjoyed by the kids and their families who were watching.  With enthusiastic volunteers showing off their skills in demonstration games, it was a great way to promote Touch Footy in front of the general sports-loving public of Melbourne, Australia and the world.For TFA Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich, being hooked up to a microphone to run the coaching session, a halftime interview with the ‘Beach Host’, and the live action being displayed on the big screen were some of the highlights for the day.Watching the kids and volunteers diving to score and stop Touchdowns was the centre of most participants’ focus, especially on the soft sandy surface – no pain but plenty of sand to be emptied from clothing for the rest of the day!Touch footy will be back at the Commonwealth Games, on the sand tomorrow (Thursday March 23) for another demonstration and coaching session, from 12.45-1.45pm outside the Melbourne Arts Centre and Concert Hall.So, if you’re in Melbourne for the Games, or know someone else who is, get them to drop in to the event and support the Touch Football Victoria volunteers promoting the sport in Melbourne.last_img read more

Senior clerics write to Trudeau to urge feds for more help for

first_imgOTTAWA – Senior clerics from three of the country’s largest religious denominations are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for more help for South Sudan.The letter to Trudeau, released today, urges the federal Liberal government to increase aid to the country and to speak out about the food crisis there.It’s signed by Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; and Rev. Douglas H. Rollwage, moderator of the 2016 general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.They commend the government on the help the government has already provided to South Sudan, but say more must be done.The bishops want Trudeau to encourage the international community to provide more aid and to help protect human rights in South Sudan.They also want him to work with Canadian businesses at home and abroad, as well as with the international community, to prevent weapons reaching South Sudan.A spokesman for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada is “one of the leading donors in South Sudan with programs covering humanitarian needs on the ground.”Louis Belanger says Canada recently announced $119 million in humanitarian funding for Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia and has already provided some $37 million for urgent assistance.The bishops say 20 million people face hunger in South Sudan, as well as Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria.South Sudan is also in the throes of a human rights crisis, with atrocities committed by both government and opposition forces, they said.“We are continuing to hear disturbing reports of gross violations of fundamental human rights being carried out with total impunity,” the letter said.last_img read more

Qatar donates USD 136 mln to fund agricultural projects in Morocco

Rabat  –  Qatar granted Morocco a donation of USD 136 million to fund two agricultural projects in the Ouezzane province (north) and in the regions of Sous Massa Derâa and Guelmim-Es Smara (south).The first project concerns the irrigation of the Asjen zone in Ouezzane while the second one aims at organizing transhumance in the semi-Saharan and Saharan zones of Sous Massa Derâa and Guelmim Es-Smara. The donation was the subject of an agreement signed Monday in Rabat by minister of Economy and finance Mohammed Boussaid and his Qatari counterpart Ali Sheriff Al Emadi.

Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter passes away

The Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter the Venerable Galagama Sri Attadassi Thero passed away at the Kandy hospital today.He was admitted to hospital after he had a fall this afternoon. The Venerable Venerable Galagama Sri Attadassi Thero was appointed as the new Chief Prelate (Mahanayaka) of the Asgiriya Chapter last year. (Colombo Gazette)

Entry road to Katunayake expressway from Peliyagoda to be closed

The entry road to the Katunayake expressway from Peliyagoda is to be closed from 4th October.Officials said that the Peliyagoda entry point to the expressway will be closed due to construction work to be carried out on the new Kelani Bridge. The entry point is expected to be reopened on the 20th of October. (Colombo Gazette)

Italys Democrats Lets try for alternative to Salvini

ROME — Italy’s Democrats, Parliament’s largest opposition force, say it’s worth trying to form a new government to shut out the right, led by euroskeptic nationalist Matteo Salvini.Salvini yanked his League party’s support from Premier Giuseppe Conte’s populist government, triggering its collapse earlier this week and leaving President Sergio Mattarella with the crucial task of deciding whether to declare the end of the legislature, forcing elections 3 1/2 years early.Democratic Party chief Nicola Zingaretti stressed after meeting Thursday with Mattarella that any such new coalition must have Parliament’s durable, broad backing and cannot come “at any cost.” Otherwise, says Zingaretti, national elections must be held.Any new coalition critically would need support from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, whose leaders meet with Mattarella later in the day.Salvini is demanding new elections.The Associated Press read more

Former Bosnian Croat militia leader transferred to UN war crimes Tribunal

Ivica Rajic, 45, is charged with ordering an attack on the Bosnian village of Stupni Dol in October 1993 in which at least 16 Muslim civilians were killed. Croatian authorities arrested him in April, nearly eight years after The Hague-based Tribunal’s indictment had been handed down.Under that 1995 indictment, Mr. Rajic was acknowledged as leader of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Croatian Community of Herceg-Bosna, which clashed with forces of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993. The attack on Stupni Do – almost exclusively Bosnian Muslim – left the town virtually destroyed, and the surviving inhabitants were forced to flee.Mr. Rajic’s charges include two counts of personal responsibility for “grave breaches” of international humanitarian law – wilful killing and destruction of property – as well as one count of deliberately attacking civilians and wanton property destruction.According to the Tribunal, Mr. Rajic was in the custody of the authorities of Herceg-Bosna (ÔHZ-HB’), when the indictment was issued. He was released in December 1995, and reportedly went into hiding in Croatia. In 1996, the ICTY’s Trial Chamber unanimously confirmed all counts of the indictment against Mr. Rajic and issued an international warrant for his arrest, which was sent to all States and to the multinational Implementation Force (IFOR).In addition, the Trial Chamber noted that the failure to arrest Mr. Rajic was due to the refusal of both the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia to cooperate with the Tribunal. It certified such failure for the purpose of notifying the UN Security Council. read more

Green building sector creating more jobs in British Columbia Pembina Institute

VANCOUVER – New research says the green building sector is creating jobs in British Columbia.The Pembina Institute says there are 31,700 people employed in the sector, up from the 23,200 who were counted when its map of green buildings was launched in 2015.It says the growth in the number of jobs is mostly because of larger projects.The map says there are more than 20,000 energy-efficient homes and buildings in B.C., with more than 750 of them built in the past two years.The institute says the number of jobs associated with energy-efficiency retrofits for existing buildings declined by one-third over the same period, which can partly be attributed to the end of the LiveSmart B.C. rebate program for homeowners in 2014.It says the province’s new NDP government should bring in programs that accelerate the upgrading of existing homes and buildings, and encourage the construction of low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings.“We are building our way to the clean growth economy in B.C. Along the way, we’ll create jobs, save energy and money, curb carbon pollution, and protect the climate,” said Karen Tam Wu, acting B.C. director of the Pembina Institute, a non-profit environmental think tank.“Investing in energy-efficient homes and buildings is a no-brainer. B.C. needs a renewed government commitment to retrofits for existing buildings.” by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 1:27 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Green building sector creating more jobs in British Columbia: Pembina Institute read more

Do MLB Preseason Projections Matter In The Playoffs

Major League Baseball’s playoffs begin Tuesday with the American League wild card game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics, and chances are you’ve heard or read some version of this aphorism over the past few days:“Baseball’s playoffs are a crapshoot.”It’s kind of true. MLB’s postseason — some call it a “gauntlet of randomness” — tempts with a million narratives that seem to legitimately explain why some teams rise and others fall in October. But most attempts to solve the playoff puzzle have failed. (To wit: It once looked like Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, had figured out the “secret sauce” that determines postseason success, but recent results have led Baseball Prospectus to retire his metric.)The only thing practically every study of the postseason has in common is that a team’s overall regular-season performance, and little else, matters when predicting its playoff fortunes.However, despite having 162 games per team, baseball’s regular season is quite short relative to other sports’ in terms of the amount of information conveyed by its standings. (Several years ago, I determined that MLB teams would have to play 610 games apiece for their win-loss records to offer as much certainty as the NBA’s 82-game schedule.) This is why baseball records must still be regressed about 30 percent of the way toward the mean to best approximate team talent.In predicting the postseason of another sport with a chaotic regular season — NCAA men’s basketball — FiveThirtyEight found that a team’s preseason reputation (as measured by its preseason AP and Coaches’ Poll rankings) carries some vestigial predictive power even after accounting for regular-season performance. All else being equal, surprising teams that rise from preseason obscurity to enjoy successful seasons tend to have shorter tournament runs than teams with similar records that were regarded more highly before the season. Is it possible the same effect exists in baseball?To test this, I gathered preseason Vegas over/unders and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projected records back to 2005, then plugged those projections — and regressed versions of each team’s regular-season record — into a logit model attempting to predict the outcomes of every playoff game from 2005 to 2013. In accordance with every other failed study looking for magic postseason bullets, it appears that preseason projections don’t matter a bit when predicting the playoffs. I tested PECOTA and Vegas separately and together as a composite prediction, and neither was a significant predictor after controlling for a team’s regular-season performance.That’s good news for the Royals and Baltimore Orioles. Before the season began, neither was expected to crack .500 by the bookmakers or computers. And yet the Orioles ran away with the AL East and the Royals clinched a hard-fought wild card berth thanks to their best win total in 25 years. Despite the lack of confidence shown by prognosticators before the season, we should take their surprisingly great seasons at face value. (The same goes for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who made the playoffs after PECOTA looked down on them before the season.)All told, it’s just another case of the postseason defying simple explanations. That’s why the modern statheads’ best approach might be to embrace the chaos and appreciate the playoffs for what they are: an entertaining tournament among baseball’s top teams, not a scientific experiment designed to definitively identify the best team in a given season. read more

Englands most senior Catholic cleric apologises for withholding evidence of child abuse

“Looking back, I wish solicitors had pointed that out to me; they might have said…maybe there is a duty for you to let the claimant know what you have said.”Cardinal Nichols, who is currently the Archbishop of Westminster, fended off suggestions the information was suppressed as part of a “cover up” to protect the church’s reputation.Mr Carrie had taken civil action against the Archdiocese of Birmingham over abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of Father Tolkien, the son of the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.The priest, who died in 2003 aged 85, had been accused of twice sexually abusing the 11-year-old Mr Carrie in the mid-1950s, dressing up his actions as a “blessing”. Prosecutors decided not to press criminal charges against him in February 2002 due to his ailing health.Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Birmingham identified at least two other alleged victims and determined that Mr Carrie’s claims were consistent and likely to succeed in court.They then uncovered a record from 1968 of a complaint made to the Archdiocese about Father Tolkien – who was sent for treatment as a result.Asked be inquiry counsel Jacqueline Carey why he had failed to disclose the note, Cardinal Nichols said:  “My main purpose, I must admit, was to try and avoid civil action in court.” The country’s most senior Catholic cleric apologised for withholding evidence of abuse allegations made against JRR Tolkien’s son during his priesthood.Cardinal Vincent Nichols told an inquiry on Thursday he was focused on settling legal action against the church quickly when, in 2002, he chose not to disclose a key document to a complainant.The note showed that accusations against Father John Tolkien had been made to the church in 1968 – the only evidence of a contemporaneous complaint made about his behaviour.But despite lawyers telling Cardinal Nichols – then Archbishop of Birmingham – that the findings supported already credible claims by Birmingham man Christopher Carrie, a briefing paper recorded him saying: “The Archdiocese would prefer not to disclose this document even if it means settling the action.”On Thursday, the clergyman expressed remorse about his actions as he appeared before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating child protection failings within the Catholic church.He told the hearing: “In the context of the claim and the discussions with the solicitors, my priority was to get that settled and when that was settled I simply didn’t give the matter any further thought, for which I apologise. The archbishop also expressed regret that more decisive action was not taken in 1968, after another accuser came forward with abuse allegations from 1970.On the spectre of child abuse hanging over the church, he said: “The presence in the church of the terrible evil…it is something which will mark my priesthood always and it is something that – the more I hear, the more I reflect on it – is a cause of great sorrow and shame for me and indeed I know for the Catholic Church.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Video WWE profiles Tyler Breeze making his return to NXT against Ricochet

first_img Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids YouTube Summer Camps For Kids Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Celebrating 100k Subscribers The Farmer Way Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The WWE Performance Center YouTube channel has uploaded a new video (above) profiling WWE star Tyler Breeze making his return to NXT at recent TV tapings.Breeze talks about being away from NXT for the last three years and never actually winning a championship during his time first starting out with the company.The clip also follows Breeze around during the day of the taping at Full Sail University, including taking part in a rehearsal for his entrance and later his return.As noted in this week’s NXT recap, Breeze challenged Ricochet for the NXT North American Championship. Ricochet defeated Breeze to retain his title.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Task force to focus on aiding families in need

first_imgWOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools’ new task force will hold its first meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 16 in the auditorium at Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.The “Our Kids, Our Business” task force will work to address the needs of under-resourced families and students in the district. The meeting is open to any interested parents, business owners, community members or other individuals who want to contribute.For more information on how to get involved and to register for the meeting, contact Leslie Mohlman at mohlmanl@woodlandschools.org.last_img

Students learn hurricane tactics from EOC employees

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida sixth-grade students turned into “weather rangers” for the day to learn what it takes when dealing with a hurricane.Forty science students were given roles and scenarios at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center in the event of a storm, like Irma, Monday.They were able to learn and see how different agencies work together.Student Catherine Bello played the role of a police chief. “I learned how the police can handle these situations, and that they have a lot of resources, and everyone has a lot of resources that we can put together to save some people,” she said.Marko Desnica said he didn’t realize how much everyone needed to work together at the EOC.“It was much more interesting than I expected it to be,” Desnica said, “and really, I learned how much more there is to every job than I thought before.”The exercise was part of Stormzone, a program that teaches students about severe weather science. last_img read more

Bangladesh raising funds delaying Rohingya repatriation Myanmar

first_imgMore than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to Bangladesh since late August. Prothom Alo file photoMyanmar has blamed Bangladesh for delaying the start of a repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees, saying it feared Dhaka could be stalling until it receives multi-million dollars of international aid money.More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since late August to escape ethnic violence that accompanied a brutal military counter-insurgency operation after Rohingya militant attacks on security posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.Zaw Htay, a spokesman for Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Myanmar was ready to begin the repatriation process any time, based along the lines of an agreement that covered returns of Rohingya to Myanmar in the early 1990s.He said Bangladesh had yet to accept those terms.“We are ready to start, but the other side did not accept yet, and the process was delayed. This is the number one fact,” Zaw Htay, director-general of the ministry of the state counsellor’s office, told journalists on Tuesday.A memorandum of understanding on border liaison posts was signed with Bangladesh hme mnister Asaduzzaman Khan following talks in the Myanmar capital, Naypyitaw, last week, but there was no progress on reviving the old agreement.Zaw Htay linked the delay by Bangladesh to the money raised so far by the international community to help build gigantic refugee camps for the Rohingya.“Currently they have got $400 million. Over their receipt of this amount, we are now afraid of delaying the program of deporting the refugees,” he said in comments carried in a front-page article in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Wednesday.“They have got international subsidies. We are now afraid they would have another consideration as to repatriation,” he said.The Bangladesh government issued a statement on Thursday saying that Myanmar had not agreed to 10 points put forward by its minister at last week’s talks, including the full implementation of the recommendations of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by former UN scretary gneral Kofi Annan, for a sustainable return of Rohingya.Khan told Bangladesh media on Friday that the two sides were unable to form a joint working group but said it should be set up by the time freign mnister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali goes to Myanmar for talks on 30 November.The Myanmar government has said it would accept the Rohingya once it was established that they had lived in Myanmar.Zaw Htay said Myanmar was awaiting a list of Rohingya refugees from the Bangladesh side.last_img read more

TX Abortion Rights Groups And AntiAbortion Groups Await Expected SCOTUS Ruling

first_img Share The Supreme Court is expected to rule Monday on the final Texas case this session. Passed in 2013, House Bill 2 requires physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Clinics must also meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, there are 19 clinics in the state of Texas that still perform abortions – down from 41 before the law was passed. If the Supreme Court allows it to stand, only 9 abortion clinics are expected to remain open.Nan Kirkpatrick is executive director of the Texas Equal Access Fund which helps low-income women pay for abortions. While she’s eagerly awaiting Monday’s ruling, she says access to abortion in Texas has already suffered.  “Damage has already been done and there’s no going back on that. Our only hope is that the Supreme Court will decide to strike down the law and hopefully we’ll get some clinics back in those communities that are hundreds of miles from care,” says Kirkpatrick.Kyleen Wright, president of the pro-life group Texans For Life, says the restrictions in House Bill 2 make abortions much safer for women.“We fervently hope the court upholds the restrictions that pretty much govern every other medical surgery. The last thing we want is two victims of abortion, baby and mom,” she says. “Women seeking abortion deserve the same high standards of every other surgical patient and we hope and pray the court agrees.”This story comes out of the Texas Station Collaborative, a new joint project of KERA in North Texas, Houston Public Media, KUT in Austin and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio. Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. last_img read more