Eden Hazard gets Real exposure

first_imgMadrid: Eden Hazard donned Real Madrid’s all-white kit for the first time Thursday as the Belgium forward was presented to tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following his club record transfer from Chelsea. “I have dreamt of this moment since I was very young, since I was playing in my family’s garden,” Hazard said after passing a medical exam and signing a five-year contract with club president Florentino Perez. “I became a Real Madrid supporter then. Later I went to France and England, but to arrive here now and wear this shirt is an honor. I can’t wait for the season to begin.” Hazard said that he also had wanted to play for Zinedine Zidane. “Everyone knows that Zidane was my idol when I was very young and the fact that he is Madrid’s manager was an important factor,” he said. After changing his gray suit and tie for Madrid’s shirt and shorts, Hazard kicked several balls to spectators packing the stands. Madrid announced last week that it had acquired the 28-year-old playmaker from Chelsea for a reported fee of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus add-ons, making him the club’s most expensive signing ever. Hazard will be tasked with becoming the leader of the 13-time European Cup winner since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. Without Ronaldo, Zidane’s side failed to compete for any major title. Madrid hopes that Hazard can provide the missing link between midfielder Luka Modric and striker Karim Benzema to produce the goals that dried up following the exit of Ronaldo. Hazard helped Chelsea win the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the English League Cup. At last year’s World Cup he led Belgium to a third-place finish. Perez, who had not made a major signing in several years, has spent big in recent weeks to revamp his squad. Besides Hazard, the club has spent at least another 100 million euros on forward Luka Jovic and left back Ferland Mendy. It also plans to incorporate defender Eder Militao and forward Rodrygo, signed during the last two seasons. But Hazard is the key piece to Zidane’s plans to return Madrid to the top. “I think I am at the best moment of my career,” Hazard said. “I have had the dream of playing for Real Madrid for many years, but my career has gone through stages. “I thought that now was the moment to mark a turning point and come to the biggest club in the world.”last_img read more

New Ontario election advertising limits kick in Nov 9 six months before

first_imgTORONTO – The start of Ontario’s election campaign is a little over six months away, but the battle for voters’ hearts and minds is already being waged as a new advertising landscape looms.Both the province’s political parties and the special interest groups known as third parties will, for the first time, have caps on how much money they can spend on advertising starting Nov. 9 — six months before the writ drops.For third parties, who have wielded considerable influence in previous elections, this will be the first time they have any spending maximums at all, including during the campaign itself. Until the rules changed this year, Ontario was the only jurisdiction in Canada to regulate third-party election advertising but impose no limits on it.The Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals and a few third parties have put out ads recently, ahead of the restrictions kicking in, leaving Ontario already seemingly in the midst of a campaign months ahead of the June 7, 2018 vote.The Tories — the party with the most money in the bank after a fundraising blitz last year — have been running ads all year that only feature leader Patrick Brown talking to the camera against a stark white backdrop. One of the party’s challenges is that polling consistently suggests Brown is unknown to half of Ontarians.But other ads go full bore into negative territory, showing a picture of Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s face against a red backdrop and snippets of negative headlines.The Liberals themselves recently released a positive ad, highlighting two of their most popular policies — a $15 minimum wage and free tuition for low- and middle-income students. The ad also features Wynne herself, a potentially risky choice, given her personal approval ratings of under 20 per cent for the better part of a year.Deb Matthews, the deputy premier and Liberal campaign co-chair, admitted it’s “an unusual strategy.”“I think it’s an approach that is different, but as I say, this was the ad that the premier really wanted to run,” Matthews said. She doesn’t believe it will backfire, calling Wynne the party’s “greatest asset.”But while the Liberal ad strikes a positive tone, the Tories allege third-party groups are doing their dirty work, which the Liberals deny.The Working Families Coalition, known for influential anti-Tory ads in previous elections, has recently put out their new offering. It depicts Brown as a weather vane and highlights inconsistencies between his current positions on social issues and previous votes as a federal MP.Patrick Dillon with Working Families said the coalition is trying to spend what it can before the restrictions — which he says he personally finds “disgusting” — take effect.“We’re going to maximize what we can do up to the deadline in November, then in a more moderate scale we’ll have to scale back for the next six months,” he said.Working Families Coalition spent $2.5 million during last year’s campaign, with contributions from some of the province’s biggest unions. in 2014, third parties spent $8.64 million, which amounted to 17 per cent of all election spending.Unions were some of the largest third-party advertisers, with teachers unions spending several million.Now they will be limited to spending $600,000 on advertising in the six months before the campaign and $100,000 during it. Political parties will be restricted to $1 million in the six-month, pre-election period.Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod said it was frustrating that third parties used to be able to spend more money in attack ads — mostly against her party — than all of the political parties, though she suspects now those massive spends will be split up over several third-party groups.“I’m really getting very tired of watching these third-party organizations run millions in attack ads against (former PC leaders) Ernie Eves, John Tory, Tim Hudak and now Patrick Brown,” she said.Another new factor this election will be social media-based groups such as Ontario Proud. The anti-Wynne group has already been wielding influence online, where it has amassed more than 260,000 Facebook followers — far more than the major three parties combined, as it likes to point out.Ontario Proud’s Jeff Ballingal said he plans to put that to use as an officially registered third party this election. They have already bought digital ads ahead of the restrictions.“There’s never really been a third party that’s been able to counteract the Liberal allies,” he said. “We’re able to reach more with less money because of the power of social media. We have such a large audience and an engaged audience online that we can put out a video and not spend any money on it and still thousands of people will see it.”last_img read more

Sheriffs department backed by National Guard state police move in on Oceti

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsOfficers from the Morton County Sheriffs Department backed by the National Guard, State Police and out of state forces made good on a promise and moved in on the Oceti Sakowin camp Thursday.Military vehicles and troops dressed in combat fatigues broke up the camp that was the centre of the resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline.Thursday’s action led to a standoff on the Cannonball River.dward@aptn.calast_img

Alphabet Northrop Grumman and Perrigo skid while Nike rises

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Nike Inc., up $4.84 to $72.37The athletic gear giant reported strong second-quarter results.Northrop Grumman Corp., down $8.38 to $235.24Defence contractors fell after President Donald Trump said he’s withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria.Dominion Energy Inc., up 7 cents to $74.89Utilities and other high-dividend stocks did better than the rest of the market Friday.CarMax Inc., up $2.24 to $58.96The used car dealership chain had a bigger third-quarter profit than analysts expected.Alphabet Inc., down $32.33 to $991.25Technology and internet stocks took large losses as the former market favourites continued to struggle.Perrigo Co., down $15.33 to $37.03The drugmaker said Irish authorities want the company to pay almost $2 billion in back taxes.Cintas Corp., up 93 cents to $159.97The uniform supplier raised its annual profit and revenue projections after its second-quarter report.Emergent BioSolutions Inc., down $2.84 to $55.85Smaller companies fell sharply again and extended a brutal losing streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stable commodity prices crucial for revenue for poorer countries – UN official

22 March 2010Limiting fluctuations in the prices of crude oil and other commodities that many developing countries depend on for economic growth is crucial to ensure steady sources of revenue to fund poverty-alleviation programmes, the head of the United Nations trade and development agency said today. More than 85 developing countries depend on commodities for at least 50 per cent of the of their export earnings, said Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), noting that the commodities’ boom that began in 2002 after more than two decades of declining prices had raised hopes that producers could reinvest higher profits into reducing poverty and diversifying their economies.“But then the boom turned to bust as the global recession struck in 2008,” Dr. Supachai told delegates attending UNCTAD’s inaugural Global Commodities Forum in Geneva.Prices are only now beginning to recover, but immense challenges remain for commodity-dependent countries seeking to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other poverty-reduction targets, Dr. Supachai said.In addition to seeking ways to increase stability in commodities markets, he said, the Forum will highlight how countries – both importers and exporters – can limit their exposure to commodity price volatility and mitigate the detrimental effects of commodity price swings.Delegates at the two-day conference stressed that a better mix of policies and market mechanisms by governments, producers, those involved in international financial and credit markets would be required to tame the volatile price shifts.The Forum will also address other pressing issues in the commodities’ sector, including recent developments in the extractive industries; investment in improving the productive capacities of the commodities sector; options for mitigating risks in commodities production and trade; commodity finance and related legal issues; and policy options for minerals and metals producers.Jean Feyder, ambassador of Luxembourg and president of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board, told the meeting that the Forum is intended to provide a neutral, high-level platform for reaching a convergence of views on price volatility and other commodities issues. The relationship between commodities exports and prices and poverty reduction also must be discussed, he said. read more

Serious diarrhoea outbreaks hit quake survivors camps in Pakistan UN reports

“Although the laboratory diagnosis is not yet confirmed, these cases of acute watery diarrhoea should be taken extremely seriously. Prompt treatment by re-hydration is essential, and we continue to monitor the situation,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Khalif Bile said.Diarrhoeal diseases are caused by bacteria getting into the potable water supply system, much of which has been damaged or destroyed by the 8 October quake, which killed at least 73,000 people, injured almost as many others, and left up to 3 million more homeless in northern Pakistan as the harsh Himalayan winter approaches.With the establishment of self-settled camps by homeless communities, people are living in crowded conditions marked by unsafe water and poor sanitation. With insufficient latrines being dug, there is no provision for those affected by acute watery diarrhoea to use separate latrines. This results in further contamination of the drinking water supply.International humanitarian aid has been directed at supporting better-managed camps with safe water and sanitation facilities, and the Camp Management cluster, led by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), is providing technical support to 18 planned camps set up by the Government, where around 10,000 people are now living.A key priority by the end of November is also to improve the sanitation, water supply, and healthcare conditions in the self-settled camps.UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Jan Vandemoortele today stressed the need for more resources to help the Government, especially the Ministry of Health and Federal Relief Commission.”We once more appeal for the required funding and resources to be made available now, so that we can support the Government of Pakistan in repairing the water supply, setting up adequate sanitation facilities and providing emergency healthcare to those affected,” he said.UN agencies and other humanitarian actors are working closely with the Federal Relief Commission and the Pakistani military to train teams to visit all self-settled camps and assist with water, sanitation and hygiene education. read more

LeBron James Destroyed Our Elo Ratings But Can He Beat The Warriors

It’s become a rite of spring. Every year — or at least every year since LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers — our NBA Elo ratings are skeptical of the Cavs when the playoffs begin. And every year, LeBron and Co. have smashed our poor algorithm to bits.In 2015, the Cavs entered the playoffs with a lukewarm 1631 Elo rating. That’s perfectly respectable, but the sort of rating you might associate with the Los Angeles Clippers or another 50-something-win team that you’d expect to lose in the second round or the conference finals. Instead, Cleveland reached the NBA Finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors in six competitive games even with a depleted roster.In 2016, the Cavs had a similarly good-but-not-great Elo rating — 1642 — when the playoffs began. But they blew through the Eastern Conference playoffs before beating the 73-win Warriors to win the NBA title, famously overcoming a 3-1 series deficit along the way. Their Elo rating finished at 1759, ranking them among the top 25 teams of all-time and implying that the system had massively underrated them initially.This year, Elo had the Cavs pegged lower still when the playoffs began last month. Although the Cavs were our preseason favorite to win the Eastern Conference, they slumped at the end of the regular season — losing 13 of their final 22 games, including their last four — and their Elo rating fell all the way to 1545. That isn’t good; it’s the sort of rating you’d normally associate with a No. 6 seed or some other team you’d expect to lose in the first or second round. Accordingly, the Cavs’ chances of winning the title drifted around in the low-to-mid single digits — variously at 2 percent to 5 percent according to our simulations — as the regular season wound down and the playoffs began.But the Cavs have gone 12-1 in the playoffs and won by an average score of 117-103. Their Elo rating has climbed by almost 150 points, to 1691. They clinched a return to the finals by beating the Boston Celtics by 33 points on Thursday. It’s been dominating stuff.So has Elo learned its lesson? Well, maybe not. Cleveland’s chances of winning the finals are just 10 percent according to the more advanced, “Carm-ELO” version of our ratings — and 13 percent according to the simpler, original Elo algorithm. Bookmakers also have the Cavs as underdogs, but not as heavily, implying that they have about a 30 percent chance to beat the Warriors again and repeat as champions.Giving Cleveland only a 10 percent chance is not the hill I want to die on. Our NBA projections are pretty simple, and sports betting markets are pretty sophisticated. While there are occasional exceptions, I’d usually defer to Vegas in the event of a major disagreement.1I wouldn’t say that of political betting markets, which aren’t as sophisticated and have a bad track record in recent years compared with simple polling averages. Still, we’ve gotten a lot of questions throughout the playoffs about why Elo hasn’t given the Cavs a better chance. There are basically three reasons — but the one that matters the most right now has nothing to do with the Cavs and everything to do with the Warriors.Reason No. 1: Elo doesn’t account for teams such as Cleveland finding a higher “gear” in the playoffs. We covered this point extensively before the playoffs began, so I won’t go into too much detail here. Our Elo projections — and most other projection systems — essentially treat regular-season basketball as equivalent to playoff basketball. But LeBron’s teams have a long history of performing at a much higher caliber in the playoffs than in the regular season.Maybe this is because James and his teammates conserve their energy; there aren’t a lot of high-leverage regular-season games in the Eastern Conference, as evidenced by the fact that the Cavs could play so crappily down the stretch run and still stumble into the No. 2 seed. Maybe it’s because LeBron is a terrific half-court player, and there’s a premium on the half-court game in the playoffs as defenses tighten up. In any event, the assumption that playoff basketball equals regular-season basketball seems to be pretty wrong in the case of the Cavs. This is something we plan on re-evaluating as we retune our NBA models this summer.Reason No. 2: Elo ratings heavily weight recent performance. That hurt Cleveland before, although it’s starting to help them now. Elo ratings were originally devised for chess, which doesn’t have any such thing as a “season.” Instead, performance continuously fluctuates up and down over time. Our Elo-based sports ratings mostly work the same way.2With some exceptions: Regular Elo ratings revert each team’s rating partway toward the league average at the start of each regular season. And the Carm-ELO version of our ratings start each team out with an initial rating each season based on our player projections. The more recent the game, the more heavily it gets weighted.I’d defend this as being the right assumption to make, in general. The degree to which Elo ratings fluctuate from game to game — which is governed by something called the K-factor — has been tested based on tens of thousands of NBA games. Other things held equal, a game played a week ago ought to tell you more than one played six months ago. Elo can be “smart” about catching cases like the 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks, who started out 40-8 but went 20-14 for the rest of the regular season before being swept by Cleveland in the conference finals.But for a team whose regular-season performance doesn’t tell you much about how they’re going to fare in the playoffs (like the Cavaliers), there isn’t much benefit to doubling down on recent play. Cleveland played pretty well in the first half of the regular season, but middlingly — sometimes even poorly — in the second half. Elo put a lot of emphasis on that late-season slump as the playoffs approached, and that made it more skeptical of the Cavs.Elo’s philosophy of rapidly adjusting its ratings is benefiting the Cavaliers now, however. Because of their dominance in the playoffs, the Cavs’ current Elo rating has rebounded. Their 1691 is the highest Elo rating they’ve had since Dec. 25, when they were at 1692 and had a 23-6 record after beating the Warriors.That’s a very good Elo rating. Since the ABA-NBA merger in the 1976-77 season, the average NBA Finals participant has entered the finals with a rating of 1695. So Elo is saying that despite their regular-season struggles, the Cavs are every bit as strong as the typical conference champion. 1998Jazz*176254Bulls176146✓ 2005Spurs*171666✓Pistons167034 2010Lakers*168657✓Celtics167443 1960Celtics*167678✓Hawks157522 1971Bucks*170491✓Wizards15079 2017Warriors12-0118.3102.0+16.3 1985Lakers15-4126.3116.2+10.2 2017Cavaliers12-1116.8103.2+13.6 1975Bullets*165975Warriors157125✓ 198276ers*169957Lakers168643✓ 2002Lakers*171780✓Nets160120 1958Celtics*160365Hawks155935✓ 1954Nationals166661Lakers*160739✓ 1992Bulls*174264✓Trail Blazers170236 1972Lakers*173890✓Knicks155510 2016Warriors*179070Cavaliers172530✓ 2003Spurs*174681✓Nets162419 2007Spurs*170570✓Cavaliers164130 Minimum 8 playoff games played.Source: Basketball-reference.com 1997Bulls*179966✓Jazz175134 1961Celtics*166977✓Hawks157123 1970Knicks*159566✓Lakers154934 1995Magic*162852Rockets163548✓ 2014Spurs*173076✓Heat163824 2015Warriors*180275✓Cavaliers171225 197776ers*161551Trail Blazers162449✓ 1981Celtics*166876✓Rockets157324 1964Celtics*166970✓Warriors160230 1979SuperSonics162057✓Bullets*157743 1976Celtics*155857✓Suns154443 196776ers*174592%✓Warriors15418% 198376ers*170771✓Lakers163829 1996Bulls*183284✓SuperSonics169516 YEARTEAMW-LPOINTS SCOREDPOINTS ALLOWEDSCORING MARGIN 1987Lakers*173872✓Celtics166128 1984Celtics*170672✓Lakers163328 1952Lakers*164667✓Knicks159433 2001Lakers*176889✓76ers159211 1987Lakers15-3120.6109.2+11.4 1989Pistons*176369✓Lakers170131 1959Celtics*164382✓Lakers151418 2009Lakers*176068✓Magic170332 1949Lakers*162584✓Capitols149016 1966Celtics*165076✓Lakers155824 2012Thunder*173767Heat168633✓ 2004Lakers*169858Pistons168242✓ 1991Bulls*175067✓Lakers169733 * Home-court advantage.Elo ratings are for each NBA Finals team as they entered the series. 2013Heat*175565✓Spurs171135 1978SuperSonics*161059Bullets159041✓ 1963Celtics*167785✓Lakers153315 1980Lakers*171262✓76ers168138 1994Rockets*166356✓Knicks165544 YEAR▲▼FAVORITE▲▼ELO▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WON▲▼UNDERDOG▲▼ELO▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WON▲▼ YEAR▲▼FAVORITE▲▼ELO▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WON▲▼UNDERDOG▲▼ELO▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WON▲▼ 1991Bulls15-2103.992.2+11.7 2017Warriors*185087Cavaliers169113 1999Spurs*174580✓Knicks163120 1986Celtics*180788✓Rockets164012 2000Lakers*169968✓Pacers164332 There’s just one big problem for Cleveland: Golden State.Reason No. 3: Elo thinks the Warriors are insanely great — one of the two best teams ever, along with the 1995-96 Bulls.The Warriors’ current Elo rating is 1850. That’s the highest rating a team has held upon entering the NBA Finals. And it’s the second-highest rating a team has had at any point in the regular season or playoffs; the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls peaked at a rating of 1853 after sweeping the first three games of the finals.3The Bulls then lost Games 4 and 5 before recovering to win the title in Game 6, finishing with an Elo rating of 1823. It’s higher than the peak rating of last season’s 73-win Warriors, who topped out at 1839 after starting out the regular season 24-0.We’ll be publishing a deeper dive on the Warriors next week, but Elo’s affection for them isn’t hard to explain. They’re 27-1 over their last 28 games. That includes a 12-0 record in the playoffs and an average margin of victory of more than 16 points, which is the best playoff scoring margin of all time. And they’ve done all of this in the Western Conference, which is still a lot deeper than the East.4True, Golden State benefited from a playoff injury to the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard — although the Cavs were helped by injuries to the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. The Warriors are making it look so easy that they may even be underrated by the “eye test,” which tends to reward teams that triumph in the face of adversity. Other than in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the Warriors haven’t faced much adversity because they haven’t let their opponents get close. 1950Lakers172777✓76ers*159723 1965Celtics*165375✓Lakers156525 The Cavaliers are great … but still a big underdog 1961Celtics8-2120.7109.1+11.6 1968Celtics*159456✓Lakers158644 To put this in perspective, suppose you took an indisputably great team like the 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 65-17 in the regular season and entered the NBA Finals with an Elo rating of 1738. Elo would have given the Lakers only a 20 percent chance to win a seven-game series over the Warriors, assuming that the Warriors had home-court advantage (as they will against the Cavs). Compared with that, the Cavaliers’ 10 percent or 13 percent chance doesn’t seem so bad. Still, I’d put a few dimes down on LeBron at Elo’s odds.CORRECTION (May 30, 4:05 p.m.): An earlier version of a table in this story gave an incorrect winner for the 1951 NBA Finals. It was the Rochester Royals, not the New York Knicks. 2001Lakers15-1103.490.6+12.8 1956Warriors*161775✓Pistons152925 1969Lakers*161458Celtics159842✓ 1957Celtics*163075✓Hawks154125 1990Pistons*168860✓Trail Blazers166340 1953Lakers*163251✓Knicks164149 PER GAME PLAYOFF AVERAGES 1985Lakers175260✓Celtics*169740 1951Royals*161574✓Knicks153126 2006Mavericks*171773Heat163727✓ 1996Bulls15-397.486.8+10.6 1948Warriors*149152Bullets150048✓ 1971Bucks12-2109.194.6+14.5 1974Bucks*170980Celtics159220✓ 2011Heat*172155Mavericks171745✓ 1993Bulls174173✓Suns*163427 1962Celtics*166980✓Lakers155720 2008Lakers173759Celtics*168541✓ 1988Pistons169255Lakers*165845✓ 1986Celtics15-3114.4104.1+10.3 1973Lakers*166759Knicks164941✓ 1955Nationals*163273✓Pistons155127 The Warriors have dominated the playoffs like no one before them 1947Warriors*142352✓Stags143248 read more

Most College Football Dreams Have Yet To Be Crushed

FloridaSEC1292 CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFF Ohio StateBig Ten212486 CHANCE OF … TEAMCONFWINNING OUTMAKING PLAYOFF Alabama (5-0) has a 66 percent chance of making the playoff, and that’s easily the nation’s best; Clemson (5-0) is second, at 55 percent. That means there’s a 64 percent chance that at least one of the last two champs won’t be in the playoff (including a 15 percent neither will be present). And the odds quickly fall off even further from there — Washington (5-0) rounds out the top four with just a 40 percent shot at the playoff.In other words, there’s still so much we don’t know yet about how this season will play out.And in a way, that can work in the undefeated teams’ favor. Most of them have a much higher probability of making the CFP than of winning out, so there are plenty of plausible paths that involve them weathering a loss and still ending up playing for the championship.But it also means there’s plenty of hope to go around, whether a team is undefeated or not. A dozen teams currently have double-digit CFP probabilities, and 25 have at least a 1 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, almost all of the top 20 teams in our projection are pretty likely to make the playoff if they win all of their remaining games. The only clear exception here is Notre Dame (4-1), which already needs some helpful losses from the teams above them. The problem for the Irish is that — unlike most of the one-loss contenders — winning out doesn’t disrupt too many other contending teams’ playoff trajectories. If Ohio State wins the rest of its games, it’ll be dealing losses to Penn State (No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll), Michigan (No. 7) and possibly Wisconsin (No. 9) in the Big Ten championship game, whereas Notre Dame’s best remaining opponents are outside the top 10. Plus, the Irish don’t have a conference championship to pad its résumé at season’s end. (Hey, maybe it’s time to join a conference, guys?)Mostly, the uncertainty in our probabilities is a function of how early we are in the college football calendar: Not even halfway into the season, there are still enough games left that most contenders control their own destinies. Most one-loss teams can probably play their way into serious CFP contention if they run the table: USCPac-1271189 WashingtonPac-122040 MichiganBig Ten26 ClemsonACC2855 GeorgiaSEC725 TCUBig 12617 AlabamaSEC38%66% Today, we launched our college football predictions for the 2017 season, and there weren’t too many surprises at the top: Alabama and Clemson are the leading favorites to make the four-team College Football Playoff (so what else is new?), followed by Oklahoma and Washington, three Big Ten teams1Wisconsin, Penn State and, yes, one-loss Ohio State. and Georgia. What’s perhaps most notable at this stage of the season is that even the undefeated front-runners still have relatively low chances of being picked by the committee at season’s end. Penn StateBig Ten1122 UtahPac-12<1<1 How the undefeateds stack upFiveThirtyEight college football forecast for undefeated teams, 2017 Includes undefeated teams in Power Five conferences Among one-loss teams with the 10 best chances of making the playoff listed on the FiveThirtyEight college football predictions interactive graphic MiamiACC411 Okla. StateBig 126779 Wash. St.Pac-1226 OklahomaBig 121945 WisconsinBig Ten1326 Kansas St.Big 12<1189 Winning fixes everything, unless you’re Notre DameChance that a given one-loss team will make the College Football Playoff if it wins all remaining games OregonPac-123386 NC StateACC2386 AuburnSEC5%11%97% TEAMCONFERENCECHANCE OF WINNING OUTCURRENTIF TEAM WINS OUT Notre DameInd.9328 Virginia TechACC3371 And even some two-loss teams could get in by winning out. For example, Stanford (3-2) has a 62 percent chance of making the playoff if it goes without another loss. (These kinds of numbers are contingent on who a team would beat in those universes — in the Cardinal’s case, that’s most notably Washington.)So take heart, fans, even if your team isn’t at the top of our rankings right now. A lot of schools have a lot of ways to win the national championship. And each week in this space, we’ll pick out one of those teams and explore all the things that have to happen around the country for our model to think it has a shot to make the cut. read more

Urban Meyer Braxton Millers a Heisman Trophy candidate

Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better. However, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that he named Shazier and Roby OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said. read more

Cyberblackmailers increasingly target NHS trusts with ransoms for patient data figures reveal

first_imgIf hackers break into a system and can’t find any other way to monetise what they find, they encrypt the data and demand a ransomOllie Whitehouse Ransomware, among other malicious software, has long been known to target computer users, generating millions of pounds a year for cyber-criminals.Europol issued a warning about the malware last week, warning that it is now the top form of online theft.The virus works by implanting a piece of software, often sent disguised in an email, which locks the user out of the system or files.The hackers then demand a BitCoin ransom, which can be the equivalent of thousands of pounds. NHS IT systems are increasingly vulnerable to attacks by cyber-blackmailers trying to extort ransoms from hospitals, according to reports.At least 28 NHS trusts in England have been victims of ransomware incursions in the last 12 months, according to figures handed to the i in Freedom of Information request.NHS Digital, the body which oversees cyber-security for the health service, admitted there has been an increase in attacks but said that no ransom was paid and no data was lost.It said patient records had not been affected and added that other organisations have been targeted in the attacks. Ollie Whitehouse, technical director of NCC Group, the internet security company which obtained the data, told the paper: “Ransomware has become the bottom line of cyber-crime – if hackers break into a system and can’t find any other way to monetise what they find, they encrypt the data and demand a ransom.”We have seen a 400 per cent increase in these attacks. The health service is by no means alone in facing this kind of attack.”But NHS trusts are being increasingly targeted and any loss of patient data would be a nightmare scenario. Like everyone else, they need to be applying robust controls.” 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.last_img read more

Son of Gorenje – Marko Ostir goes home

Slovenian champion and EHF CL TOP 16 team, RK Gorenje Velenje signed contract with Marko Ostir (36), experienced line player who began his proffesional career in this team. Ostir is coming from RK Maribor Branik, where he plays since 2010. He was also a member of EHF CL winner RK Celje PL in 2004. Ostir played 107 matches for Slovenian NT. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 WEEK – TOP 10 MOMENTS: Magic moments, crisis, last dance and so on… Next Story → ASOBAL EXODUS (new chapter): Iosu Goni on loan to Qatari Al Quijada Marko OstirRK Gorenje Velenje

World business leaders meet in Dublin to advance transatlantic trade deal

first_imgBUSINESS LEADERS FROM THE United States and the European Union will meet in Dublin Castle today at a business round table organised by IBEC, the group representing Irish employers.The round table is to coincide with the meeting of EU trade ministers in an effort to advance talks towards a major new transatlantic trade deal.IBEC said today that the meetings will be “crucial” in determining the likely parameters of a new free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP) which it said “has the potential to provide a major economic boost to both the Irish and global economies”.A new survey of 142 companies, conducted by IBEC shows that 52 per cent think a deal would lead to increased trade with the US and 20 per cent thin kit would increase investment in their company. A further 19 per cent indicated that a deal would lead to job creation in their firm.The Dublin Castle discussions will be chaired by President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce Tom Donohue and President of BusinessEurope Jürgen Thumann, and will be attended by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, the leaders of European business federations and senior European and Irish business figures.Speaking in advance of the meetings IBEC Chief Executive Danny McCoy said that a deal has the potential to “kick-start” a new phase of economic renewal on both sides of the Atlantic.“A deal would constitute the most important bilateral trade initiative ever negotiated and, as a trading nation with strong US ties, Ireland is particularly well-placed to benefit,” he said.A recent survey has projected that EU exports to the US would increase by 28 per cent, or €187 billion, each year as a result of the increased trade from a new EU-US free trade agreement (FTA). An agreement between the two economic blocs would also increase global trade. This would produce an additional 6 per cent growth in exports for the EU, bringing the total benefit to the EU to €220 billion per annum.Read: Huge number of Irish firms not ready for SEPA>Read: IBEC Business Sentiment Survey shows highest levels since 2009>last_img read more

Greeks among winners at multicultural awards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Moreland City Council, SBS and Western Union bank were among the big winners at the National Multicultural Marketing Awards, presented at a gala event in Sydney this week. The National Multicultural Marketing Awards are an opportunity to reflect on the promotion of culturally diverse communities over the past year and serve to remind us of the rich and diverse society we enjoy in New South Wales. Moreland Council, in Melbourne’s inner north, took out the government award for a project which uses illustrations to communicate to the area’s residents who speak 132 different languages. Lambros Tapinos was mayor when the storyboards were designed and was instrumental in developing the storyboards. The councillor says the series of illustrations communicate to residents the role of local council as well as council information such as how to use the library and sort recycling. “The project started off as an idea of how can we improve communication, and it’s grown and grown and grown and it’s great to get that recognition,” he said, adding that he hopes to expand the project further, with ideas to develop a DVD. “We wanted to communicate with our multicultural communities in a way that was a little but different, and that they could understand,” he said. “Moreland really does pride itself on its diversity as a community, and we try to tailor to our multicultural community.” The multicultural broadcaster, SBS, took out the Advertising and Communication Award for their coverage of the 2010 World Cup. The multi-national money transfer company, Western Union, was awarded Big Business Top Marketer of the Year, for their partnership with the Indian Film Festival. Western Union was guided by Sydney-based communication company LOUD Multicultural, which has been prominent in the Multicultural Marketing Awards for several years. LOUD Multicultural Director, Lou Petrolou helped Western Union to sponsor the short film festival, which attracted 200 entries and many more audience members. NSW Minister for Citizenship John Hatzistergos hosted the awards, and told the gala dinner Australia is “one of the greatest success stories of global migration in modern history.” “We are a country built on the legacy of migration and multiculturalism,” he said, adding that 25 per cent of Australians are born overseas, while many of the remaining 75 per cent are descendents of migrants. “The National Multicultural Marketing Awards are an opportunity to reflect on the promotion of culturally diverse communities over the past year and serve to remind us of the rich and diverse society we enjoy in New South Wales.”last_img read more

Can MacGyver put together a decent remake

first_imgIt can’t be easy remaking a show like MacGyver. The original 1985 series, starring Richard Dean Anderson, has so thoroughly wormed its way into our culture that even people who never saw an episode know who Macgyver is. It was Patty and Selma’s favorite show on The Simpsons. Saturday Night Live was able to turn a parody of the show into a successful recurring sketch with its own (actually very funny) movie in 2010. That’s 18 years after MacGyver went off the air.So CBS had their work cut out for them when it came to adapting this iconic series for 2016. I get that. It would have been near impossible for this show to get everything right. And yet. Even tempering expectations as much as humanly possible, the pilot episode of MacGyver is a bland, one-note mess of a show that is way too impressed with itself.Remember everything the Lethal Weapon TV series got right? It’s almost like the producers of MacGyver watched that show ahead of time and decided to do the exact opposite. The cast has no chemistry together; the action is poorly shot, the effects look like garbage and the entire show feels like it’s trying too hard.Lucas Till as Angus MacGyver. (Photo via CBS)Some of that rests on the actor cast to play the new MacGyver, Lucas Till. He is really trying to project the easy confidence the character is known for, but nothing about his performance is easy. He comes off like the lead in your high school’s spring musical. He’s not believable as the guy who will save the day by his wits alone. He is the Gobot to Richard Dean Anderson’s Transformer.George Eads, as Mac’s partner Jack Dalton, is the only one who seems to be having any fun with the material. He’s funny, charismatic and easy-going. He should have been MacGyver. Sure, he’s a little old for the part at this point, but he has more charm than the rest of the cast put together. I’d actually believe he could science his way out of impossible situations.The action scenes aren’t even fun. As you can imagine, that’s a huge problem for an action TV show. MacGyver’s trademark hand-to-hand combat survives mostly intact, but everything else looks terrible. Even the episode’s climactic explosion looks like a cheap effect. And the shaky cam, oh God, the shaky cam. When Mac begins chasing down the man who stole a canister containing a deadly bio-weapon, the hand-held camera shakes so much it becomes a distraction. Even when they catch the guy and interrogate him, the camera can’t hold still. Did they really have that little confidence in this scene?I haven’t even gotten to the show’s biggest problem. It’s very impressed with itself at all times and desperately wants you to feel the same way. Ever heard of the storytelling rule “show, don’t tell?” This show hasn’t. Every gadget, every solution Mac comes up with is given a lengthy explanation with the name of every item he uses flashing across the screen plus some dialog about how much Mac just loves him some DIY. In case you hadn’t caught on to the basic premise of the show yet. Even the original, with its over-the-top narration and expository dialog, knew when to shut up and let MacGyver’s actions speak for themselves. This show treats its audience like they’re stupid and need absolutely everything spelled out for them.Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack Dalton (George Eads) prepare an improvised smoke bomb. (Photo via CBS)It’s a real shame because there are moments that hint towards there being someone on the production staff that knew what the show should be. The title sequence is a fun, cheesy tribute to the original. There are a couple of decent jokes about wire-cutting. There’s a scene where Jack Dalton flies a helicopter and “Fortunate Son” plays. Yeah, it’s an overdone cliche at this point, but at least someone on the production crew was trying to inject a little bit of fun into this otherwise joyless, cynical remake.Maybe the fact that a high-profile remake premiered on a Friday night should have tipped us off as to the quality of this show. Even with those lowered expectations, it’s surprising how little entertainment this new version was able to provide. At least its timeslot makes it that much easier to avoid.last_img read more

Vets pets free through November at Humane Society

first_imgThe Ray Hickey Foundation will pay for pet adoptions by veterans at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington through the end of the month.This is an extension of a Veterans Day program, offering a way for veterans and active duty service members to come home to a loving animal every day. What began as a promotion for the holiday weekend has been extended to the end of November.“It is my hope that more veterans can participate by extending the adoption deadline, and add a loving companion to their family,” said Linda Rae Hickey, with the foundation.During the Veterans Day weekend, eight veterans adopted a total of nine animals.The average fee for adopting a dog is $195; the average fee for a cat is $95.To view dogs and cats currently available for adoption, go to southwesthumane.org/dogs-and-cats/adoptionThe gift from the Ray Hickey Foundation also includes a licensing fee. Military identification when adopting is required.last_img read more

Meloche officially offduty from Public Prosecutions Office

first_img NO CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR MELOCHE; NEW DPP COMING Related Items:director, JoAnne Meloche, pubic prosecutions Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Feb 2015 – Joanne Meloche is officially off the job as the country’s first Director of Public Prosecutions and has been since the end of January. Meloche opted not to re-apply for the role which now has as its acting, Angela Brooks. During the opening of the legal year ceremony held at the Supreme Court in Provo, it was expressed that hopefully an applicant from the Turks and Caicos could fill the role. It has not yet been announced who the successor to Meloche will be. Magnetic Media is informed that the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is this weekend preparing to see its new Commissioner installed; that handing over ceremony is set for Grand Turk. Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp GOVERNOR SAYS MELOCHE NOT BOOTED OUT; OPTED OUTlast_img read more

Hospitality Tourism Career Fair

first_imgHospitality & Tourism Career Fair Posted: February 15, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsHundreds of local high school students got the chance to learn more about careers in hospitality and tourism. Ed Lenderman spoke to some of the attendees who got hired because of this event and others who are beginning to apply for jobs in these industries. February 15, 2018 Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

Real Housewives star collects supplies for Michael victims

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A reality TV star with ties to South Florida is leading the charge to help victims of Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle.Bethenny Frankel, featured in “The Real Housewives of New York” and “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” teamed up with the Global Empowerment Mission to bring relief to those affected by the powerful storm.The group gathered Sunday at the Miami Beach Fire Station 2 collecting supplies to take with them to the hardest-hit areas.“This particular disaster is as bad as Hurricane Andrew. People are coming back, and we are seeing that they have nothing. Their homes have been completely decimated,” said Frankel. “If they don’t have someone to stay with, they are leaving. They have to leave; they have nothing. People are committing suicide because all their memories of all their families are gone, so it’s a very different type of disaster, and we are doing our part.”The first trucks rolled out Sunday afternoon. They are filled with water, diapers, food, toilet paper and other basic necessities that are in short supply in the Panhandle 11 days after Hurricane Michael made landfall.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Feb 5 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Interior Dept. kicks off new round of meetings on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksSome people at the meeting expressed concern about the process. Lisa Baraff with the Northern Alaska Environmental Center said that the timeline BLM has been using for their environmental review is too short.Dunleavy’s Fish and Game nominee vows tough stance against federal agenciesJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe governor’s pick to lead the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told lawmakers he’d push back against federal agencies that interfere with Alaskans’ right to hunt and fish.Alaska gets mixed grades in tobacco reportAssociated PressA new report gives Alaska a generally positive review when it comes to efforts to keep tobacco out of the hands of adolescents – with one exception.Deadline for Anchorage municipal election comes to a close with several new faces in the foldZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis spring, almost half the seats on the Anchorage Assembly are up for election.Amazon refunds local sales taxes to nonprofitsChristine Trudeau, KYUK – BethelOnline retailing heavyweight Amazon forgot to exempt nonprofits when it started collecting local sales taxes for online purchases. Some nonprofits have started receiving refunds as Amazon works out the kinks in its new system.Southeast students explore careers to meet Alaska’s behavioral health needsZoe Grueskin, KTOO – JuneauAlaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.Forest Service reschedules meeting on Southeast Alaska timber salesElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe agency worked on the project during the partial government shutdown, which drew sharp criticism from environmental groups.Metlakatla approves observance of daylight saving timeAssociated PressResidents of a small town in Southeast Alaska have voted for the community to observe daylight saving time.Ask a Climatologist: 2018 one of warmest years on recordCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageClimate researchers are digging into the global and state data for last year, somewhat delayed due to the partial federal government shutdown.Brent Sass first in Dawson City during 2019 Yukon QuestDan Bross and Lex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksEureka musher Brent Sass pulled into downtown Dawson City Yukon at 11:24 Yukon time this morning, the first musher to reach the Yukon Quest’s midpoint.last_img read more

Khaleda release tops 7point BNP demand

first_imgBNP`s public rally begins at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Sunday afternoon where the party leaders are expected to unveil their various demands and plans over the next general election. Photo: Dipu MalakarOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday demanded release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia before announcement of the schedule for the 11th parliamentary polls.The party, at a city public rally, reiterated its demand for constitution of an election-time neutral government through talks with all parties before the polls schedule is announced.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam, on behalf of the party, unveiled a 7-point demand, addressing the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.  He said the BNP will hold rallies in each district, and submit memorandums to deputy commissioners on 3 October. The party will hold rallies at each division, and submit memorandums to divisional commissioners on 4 October, Fakhrul added.He also made public 12 goals that the party would try to attain, if it is voted to power through the next parliament elections due in December or January.“We will establish rule of law and a welfare state if we go to power,” Fakhrul said, apparently proclaiming a pre-polls manifesto of the main opposition party which is in the process of forging a greater alliance with ‘National Unity Process’.This is the first major meeting of the BNP after party chairperson Khaleda Zia was convicted on 8 February. In Khaleda Zia’s absence, the chair of the chief guest was kept vacant at the rally that began around 2pm.”All politically motivated cases against our party leaders including [party acting chairman] Tarique Rahman and activists have to be withdrawn and political prisoners have to be released before the announcement of the election schedule,” said Mirza Fakhrul presiding over the meeting.Party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain was the designated main speaker.Mirza Fakhrul insisted that the election has to be arranged under a neutral administration after dissolution of the current parliament.Detailing seven points, the BNP leader said the election commission has to be reconstituted with persons of good credentials. The BNP has called this commission headed by KM Nurul Huda biased towards the Awami League regime.The BNP demands, Fakhrul said, include deployment of army with magistracy power and no use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the election.The BNP, which boycotted the 5 January 2014 parliamentary elections also demanding a polls-time neutral government, has called for ensuring presence of local and international election observers for the sake of free and fair voting.The opposition party also demanded withdrawal of cases against the youths and students who demonstrated for quota reforms and safe roads as well as against the journalists around the country.Mirza Fakhrul announced, if voted to power, his party would ensure the independence of judiciary from the executive.Other goals include ensuring the freedom of media, improvement in transport and communication, and empowerment of women. The party has pledged free education for all up to Bachelor’s level.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed termed the just-enacted Digital Security Act as draconian law and said the BNP will scrap the law within seven days of its assumption of office, if it goes to power.In another goal that has foreign policy implications, the BNP leader said terrorists will not be allowed to use the Bangladesh territory for carrying out terror activities in any country including the next-door neighbour.last_img