BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The 2018-2019 college football season has officially kicked off, and this weekend, we’ll get our first full slate of games. The biggest game is arguably Michigan vs. Notre Dame – which could have national title implications. It also apparently features teams wearing two of the best uniforms in the sport.Sporting News put together a list of its top 15 uniforms in college football this week, and both the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines made the list. Michigan, in fact, checks in at No. 1.The other teams in the top five? Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State and UCLA. Buckeyes fans probably won’t like hearing that Michigan is ranked higher than them in anything.Of course, this list is completely subjective. That said, Michigan’s uniforms are among the most popular in the sport.You can check out the entire list over at Sporting News:A preview of what our top 4 uniforms look like.1. @UMichFootball 2. @UCLAFootball 3. @FSUFootball 4. @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/dIeClbQ6Di— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 27, 2018It’s a list that’s sure to make college football traditionalists satisfied.College football season kicked off this past weekend. The first games involving ‘Power 5’ teams start this week.
FIFA asks for update on Indian football roadmap, AIFF says solution in 2-3 yrsFIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 22:13 IST Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri in action (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe international governing body of football FIFA writes to AIFF, asks for update on roadmapAIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letterAIFF clears stance after FIFA asks for update on current situation in Indian footballWorld football governing body FIFA Thursday sought an update from the AIFF on the current scenario in India to which the national federation reiterated its stance that it would resolve the impasse surrounding an unified league in a two-three year window.Reacting to a representation made by six I-League clubs — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala — the chief member association officer of FIFA Joyce Cook wanted an update on the present scenario from the AIFF.”We would like to obtain an update on the current position of the AIFF as well as any additional information you may be able to provide on the present situation,” Cook wrote in a mail addressed to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das.FIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League.”The report’s objectives are among others, to provide the AIFF with external expertise and to support your federation and its stakeholders in establishing and implementing a widely-supported, robust medium to long-term strategy,” Cook said.”As you know, the report is therefore a comprehensive review and professional proposal which also contains a series of clear and concrete recommendations for your further consideration,” he added.Later in the day, the AIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letter.”In the recent days, the AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in his meeting with the Hero I-League clubs as well as in several recent interviews has broadly taken the same line as was suggested in the above-mentioned report.advertisement”Needless to mention that this is precisely the reason that a two-three-year window is required to resolve all contentious issues amicably with all stakeholders,” the AIFF statement read.”The question of Hero Indian Super League not remaining a closed league permanently has been clarified amply enough by the AIFF President, and promotion and relegation eventually would lead to the development of club football in India.”The AIFF said it is committed to engaging with AFC and FIFA as well as all other stakeholders for finding an early resolution to these issues.The six I-League clubs had sought intervention from the FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a 35-point letter with a copy of the Master Rights Agreement, signed in 2010 by AIFF and its commercial partners Football Sports Development, attached to it.Read more | Lionel Messi banned, fined for Copa America red cardAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Indian footballFollow AIFFFollow i-leagueFollow AIFF PresidentFollow FIFA president Next
21st March 2019 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed the appointment of Geoff Ridgeon as its new Head of Sales, with effect from 7th May 2019. Reporting into Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director, Geoff will take overall responsibility for managing Fred. Olsen’s UK Sales teams, as well as further developing relations with the travel trade. Geoff has been Head of Cruise at Fred. Olsen Travel – also based in Ipswich, Suffolk – since 2011, and has fulfilled a number of roles over his 22-year career at Fred. Olsen, including Franchise Manager, Sales Manager – Star Clippers, and Reception Manager across the Fred. Olsen fleet. Geoff will be following in the footsteps of Fred. Olsen stalwart Mike Evans, who has been Head of Sales at the cruise line since April 2017. Mike will be retiring on 26th April 2019, after an impressive 27-year career with Fred. Olsen. Speaking of his new appointment, Geoff Ridgeon said: “I am delighted to be taking on this exciting new challenge, and I look forward to bringing my 14 years of travel agency experience to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which will stand us in good stead in growing our relationships with the trade. “Of course, I will be sad to leave Fred. Olsen Travel and GoCruise, where I have enjoyed a long and varied career, but I am thrilled to be joining another thriving part of the Fred. Olsen business. I would just like to pay tribute to all my colleagues and Managing Director, Steve Williams, for their valuable support over the years. “I know that I have a big role to fulfil with Mike Evans retiring, but he leaves Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in a very strong position. I look forward to working with the trade to further develop the understanding of Fred. Olsen’s leading ‘closer’ strategy of unrivalled destination experience, exceptional customer service and friendly, smaller ships. Having worked on them myself earlier in my career, I can definitely recommend them!” Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are extremely pleased that Geoff has decided to take on this pivotal role at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. We know that his close links and strong reputation with the travel trade will help us to build upon our existing Sales success. “Geoff is well-known within the travel industry and – while we will really feel the loss of Mike Evans moving on – he will be a great addition to our senior management team. “Geoff comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about the travel industry – and Fred. Olsen specifically – and we are all looking forward to welcoming him when he takes up his new post in another part of the Fred. Olsen group.” Geoff lives in Trimley St Mary, near Felixstowe, Suffolk with his wife and two children. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com
zoom Triyards Holdings Limited, an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has added another liftboat contract worth USD 50.5 million to its orderbook, the company announced in a release.The order for the new unit comes soon after TRIYARDS’ two other liftboat contracts worth USD 112 million in July, bringing the total value of newbuilding orders to USD 162.5 millionTriyards Chief Executive Officer Chan Eng Yew said: “Our recent new orders attests to the industry’s confidence in us and our ability to meet our clients’ stringent requirements on safety, quality, timeliness of delivery and cost efficiency. They also reflect the market’s satisfaction of our engineering and fabrication capabilities.Operators are starting to realise the high value-to-cost ratio of using liftboats, increasing its demand for these vessels. Our extensive track record, proven designs and fabrication capabilities put us in good stead to gain from this and enhance our lead in this product segment.The orders also showcases the confidence clients have in our engineering capabilities. This unit reinforces our versatility and capability in this product segment.”The unit is scheduled for completion in 2016. Press Release; September 16, 2014
New Delhi: As Om Birla, a BJP MP from Kota parliamentary constituency, was unanimously elected as Lok Sabha Speaker, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his party and all the other members of the House for putting their faith in him.After taking the charge as Speaker of 17th session of Lok Sabha, Birla said that the Modi government is more answerable to the people of India than ever. While ensuring to provide equal opportunities to each and every member irrespective of their political affiliation or size of their respective parties, the newly appointed Speaker said that he would perform his duties without bias and not take sides. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaTalking to reporters, Birla said that his appointment to the post came with its own fair share of responsibilities which he would try to fulfil in the days to come. “Will have to take forward everyone together while keeping the integrity of the House intact, it is very important to do so and that is what I will try to do in the days ahead,” Birla said. Birla’s name for the post of Speaker was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was supported by all major Opposition parties, including Congress, TMC, DMK, and BJD. The YSRCP and TDP also supported Birla’s candidature. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahSoon after Birla’s appointment, PM Modi, Leader of the Congress party Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and a number of other opposition leaders escorted Birla to the Speaker’s chair. “It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Many MPs know Birla well. He has served in the state of Rajasthan also,” the PM said. Felicitating newly-elected Speaker shortly after his election in Lok Sabha, Ramadas Athawale, who heads one of the factions of RPI and known for witty remarks, said that he was approached by the Congress party before the elections but he spurned them because he knew the “wind” was blowing in favour of Modi. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi on his party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha election, Athawale said, “I congratulate you that you got the opportunity to sit there (in the Opposition benches)”. The unopposed election of Birla, a two-time BJP MP from Kota in Rajasthan, was a smooth affair, however, it broke the record of women holding the post for the past 10 years. In 2009, Meira Kumar became the first woman to be elected to the post during the UPA-2, while the NDA followed suit by nominating Sumitra Mahajan in 2014. An agriculturist and social worker, the low-profile leader, Birla, has been active in politics from his student days and served as state unit president of the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha in 1991 and as vice-president at the national level. Birla was elected to the 17th Lok Sabha from Kota where he defeated Congress’ Ramnarain Meena by over 2.5 lakh votes. He was elected to the last Lok Sabha from the same seat. Born on November 23, 1962, Birla completed his Masters in Commerce from Government Commerce College, Kota and the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer. In 2003, he defeated Shanti Dhariwal, of the Congress by a margin of 10,101 votes, to win his first assembly election from Kota South. Subsequently, he won the assembly polls in 2008 and 2013. Birla was also the Parliamentary Secretary (MoS rank) in the Vasundhara Raje government from 2003 to 2008. In the 16th Lok Sabha, Birla was a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament and member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The man who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that condemned Canada’s history with residential schools will now oversee a probe into a northwestern Ontario city’s police services board as the community grapples with tensions between its police force and Indigenous residents.The Ontario Civilian Police Commission says Sen. Murray Sinclair will lead an investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, which is responsible for a force that has come under fire from local Indigenous leaders in recent months.Several northwestern Ontario chiefs have criticized police handling of the deaths of local youths in the city, going so far as to ask the RCMP to take over the investigations.In May, the OCPC agreed to a request from one local leader to open an investigation into the police services board.Monday’s announcement naming Sinclair as the lead investigator also spelled out the OCPC’s specific concerns with Thunder Bay police.It says it has “serious concerns” with the quality of police probes into the youth deaths, statements made by members of the police board denying that racism is an issue, and the fact that the local police chief is now facing criminal charges.Police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with one count each of breach of trust and obstruction of justice in May.The OCPC said Sinclair’s investigation will examine many aspects of the Thunder Bay police board, including its policies, procedures and overall performance.“The OCPC investigation is not punitive and not directed to any specific conduct issues,” the Commission said in a statement on Monday. “Ultimately, there is a public interest in ensuring that the board is meeting its obligations.”The Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario, applauded the appointment of Sinclair.“We are dismayed by the dysfunctionality of the Police Services Board, and are pleased that the provincial authority over police boards … has taken swift and meaningful action to address this crisis of confidence in policing,” NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said in a statement.Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, is expected to produce an interim report on the investigation by Oct. 31, and a final report by March 31 of next year.Tensions between Thunder Bay police and Indigenous communities have come to the fore in recent months due largely to the recent deaths of First Nations youth.Tammy Keeash, 17, was in care at a Thunder Bay group home, far from her community of North Caribou Lake First Nation, when she disappeared on May 8. Her body was pulled from the Neebing McIntyre floodway seven hours after she was reported missing.Days later, the body of 14-year-old Josiah Begg from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation was found in the McIntyre River after a lengthy search.The Thunder Bay force is still actively investigating both deaths, as well as another that occurred nearly two years ago.Stacy DeBungee, 41, was pulled from the same river in October 2015. According to a statement posted on his family’s lawyer’s website, Thunder Bay police publicly declared DeBungee’s death non-suspicious within three hours of when his body was found and non-criminal the next day.DeBungee’s family filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, which has since been expanded to include the deaths of Keeash and Begg. That investigation, which is separate from the probe led by Sinclair, is ongoing.Local chiefs travelled to the provincial legislature last month to plead with the RCMP to take over the investigations, citing mistrust of the force in Thunder Bay.In June, Ontario’s chief coroner asked York Regional Police to get involved in the investigation of Begg and Keeash. Thunder Bay police welcomed the coroner’s decision to bring outside help, saying more investigative resources will serve the interests of the public and the families.
WE Day, a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change, announces the initial list of presenters, speakers and performers attending WE Day Seattle on April 20, 2016 at the KeyArena at the Seattle Center.Thanks to Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft Philanthropies and Allstate, WE Day Seattle will bring together 15,000 students in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they care about.Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Ciara, Kat Graham, Lilly Singh, The Band Perry, Paula Abdul, Jordan Smith, Marlee Matlin, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks’ Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin, George Takei, Madison Beer, Bailee Madison, Dominic Sherwood, Becca Tobin, Kardinal Offishall, SOL and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change and international experiences, and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.“Performing at WE Day last year for the first time in front of thousands of young people was such a beautiful, and inspiring experience,” said Grammy Award-winning entertainer, songwriter and producer, Ciara. “It’s amazing to see the positive actions being taken by the future generation with the ‘WE movement’ to create real changes in our world.”Joining the lineup above on stage will be local young people with inspiring personal stories like Abigail Houck, age 25, who at only 9 years-old was diagnosed with childhood Leukemia. A once athletic child, she found herself feeling tired and broken as the medication being taken to fight the disease altered her mood, memory and weight. Determined to regain control of her life, Abigail began dreaming about attending the University of Washington — a school she passed daily on her way to treatment. As treatments took a toll on her family’s finances, Abigail received a 4-year scholarship from Cancer For College — an organization providing young people impacted by cancer with the opportunity to continue their education. Now cancer free, Abigail is an advocate for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. Though the odds may have been stacked against her, she always knew she would live to share her story and aid those who followed in her path. Now, as the Pacific Northwest Director of Cancer for College, Abigail is determined to make her gift of life count by providing college scholarships to cancer patients who experienced the very same hardships she once did. Abigail is just one of the many young people who will share their story to motivate their WE Day peers.WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s most pressing issues. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me to we — towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a belief in the power of community. Taking the philanthropic world by storm each school year with 14 stadium-sized events in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., WE Day is one of the world’s largest non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which provides hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the working world and as active citizens. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers. A global movement of 2.3 million young people strong, youth involved with WE Day and WE Schools have raised $62 million for more than 2,500 local and global organizations, volunteered 19.9 million hours for local and global causes and collected over 7.6 million pounds of food.“Every year, more than 200,000 students coast to coast and around the world, from over 10,000 schools, earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating tangible benefits for the community they serve and demonstrating positive long-term social impacts,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. “WE Day Seattle will unite and celebrate thousands of young leaders who are working together to support local and global charities in line with causes they care about most.”In the 2014/2015 school year, students and teachers from across Washington participated in remarkable social change. Over 224,000 youth were inspired to take steps to improve the world through WE Day’s yearlong educational program, WE Schools; volunteering more than 569,500 hours for local and global causes and raising over $897,000 in support of local and global organizations.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance at the event and statewide, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors, Microsoft Philanthropies and Allstate.As supporters of WE Day Seattle, Microsoft Philanthropies is proud to empower young people — in Washington state and around the world — to achieve more through its YouthSpark initiative; and Allstate emboldens future generations with the strength, confidence and skills to rise up as leaders and realize their full potential – and to show the world that good starts young.To find out more, click here.
Rabat – On Throne Day, Morocco’s Bank Al Maghrib announced it will issue a new commemorative coin with a value of MAD 250.The announcement came on the 19th anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s ascension to the throne.The bank will begin selling its new coin on August 1 in its locations across Morocco and the Currency Museum in Rabat. The bank is setting the price of the coin at MAD 550. The face of the coin features the figure of King Mohammed VI and the inscriptions “Mohammed VI” and “Kingdom of Morocco” in Arabic.The reverse of the coin has the inscription “19th anniversary of the ascension of the King to the throne” in Arabic and French.The coin is composed of silver (92.5 percent) and copper (7.5 percent). The coin weighs 28.28 grams, with a diameter of 38.61 millimeters.The governor of Morocco’s central bank, Abdellatif Jouahri, met with King Mohammed VI in Al Hoceima Sunday evening, and presented the monarch with statistics on the performance of the bank in 2017.Jouahri emphasized that the domestic economy grew at a rapid rate last year. The local economy expanded by 4.1 percent, owing to good climatic conditions for agriculture and overall economic recovery.Today in Tangier, the King was to chair a reception ceremony at Tangier’s Marchaine Palace at 2:15 p.m. to celebrate his ascension to the throne in 1999, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Royal House, Protocol, and Chancery on Sunday.
“The fight against terrorism will be more effective if drug trafficking is interrupted,” said Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), citing “mounting evidence of drug money being used to finance criminal activities, including terrorism.” The UN reports that opium production has continued to grow in Afghanistan – by far the world’s biggest poppy producer – despite several positive anti-drug steps by authorities recently.A survey released by UNODC in October showed that Afghanistan’s estimated opium production rose 6 per cent last year from 3,400 tons to 3,600 tons. Opium is now cultivated in 28 of the country’s 32 provinces, up from 18 provinces in 1999.A more recent survey of Afghan farmers’ intentions for 2004 has revealed that the area under opium poppy cultivation could increase further this year. Already about 1.7 million Afghans, or 7 per cent of the population, are thought to be involved in the industry.”If we don’t start translating counter-narcotics commitment into lower levels of production, we run the risk of [an] opium economy undermining all that has been achieved in creating a democratic new Afghanistan,” Mr. Costa warned.In addition to addressing the International Conference on Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan, being held in Kabul on Sunday and Monday, Mr. Costa will hold direct talks with leading Afghan officials.In today’s remarks, he hailed several government measures, including Afghanistan’s new anti-drug laws and the adoption of the National Drug Control Strategy, which aims to completely eliminate opium production within 10 years.Mr. Costa also urged international security forces operating in Afghanistan to interdict narco-trafficking chains and clandestine laboratories.
To say the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors have taken different paths to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals would be quite the understatement. The Cavs easily swept their first two series, against the Pistons and Hawks; the Raptors were pushed to seven games in each of theirs, with the Pacers and Heat. Toronto played its last game this past Sunday; Cleveland last played the Sunday before that. As a result, LeBron & Co. have an enormous advantage in the rest department heading into Game 1 at home Tuesday night. But will it help the Cavs much? Don’t bank on it.The Cavs already enter the series as heavy favorites: Our Elo-based forecast gives them a 74 percent chance of prevailing. And the seven-day rest differential over the Raptors is tied for second among the 230 playoff series occurring in the second round or later since 1984, when the league launched the 16-team playoff format. (The largest difference in time off was nine days, in the 2004 Pacers-Heat series.)Such a long layoff for one team and a tight turnaround for the other can spin either way — rest or rust — but there isn’t any statistical evidence that inequalities in rest between series help or harm teams in the playoffs.We looked at this a couple of ways. First, if either rust or exhaustion is going to have an effect, it’s most likely to come in Game 1 of a new series. Using both teams’ pre-series Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet method of estimating a team’s strength at a given moment), we can calculate expected point differentials for those opening games and then compare them to the games’ actual scoring margins. Teams that got more days off than their opponent did not do better than expected in these Game 1s, in terms of their expected point margins; any benefit of extra rest wasn’t statistically significant. But that’s just looking at Game 1s. What about the whole series? As a second pass at the question, we used a logistic regression — a nifty statistical tool for examining outcomes such as wins and losses — to test whether the difference in rest days between the two teams had any impact on the series outcome, after accounting for the series’ Elo-based forecast. The series projection had major significance in predicting who went on to win — no surprise there. But the differential between teams in rest days was not a statistically significant factor, just as in our analysis of Game 1s.But smoking out relationships between rest and rust and the outcome of a series overlooks the most important factor: the quality of the teams. A breakdown of the average differential in Elo between the two teams, sorted by difference in the number of days off between series, shows that better teams are more likely to close out their series quickly, and worse teams that do win are more likely to do so in a longer series.For the Cavs-Raptors series, what really matters is not Cleveland’s long vacation nor Toronto’s heavy workload, but the simple fact that the Cavs are the better team. Rest was never going to change that.Check out our NBA playoff predictions.
There’s a good argument to be made that MLB launched the new sports–data revolution in 2006, when it introduced PITCHf/x. The technology used cameras to measure the velocity, position, and break of every pitch in real time, transforming how sabermetricians analyzed the sport. But this season, PITCHf/x was phased out in favor of Statcast, a newer and more advanced system that tracks the ball (and players) using a combination of radar and cameras.On paper, Statcast is an incredible leap forward — and when it works, it’s amazing. But so far, it has struggled to measure the basic elements of pitching that PITCHf/x had down cold, causing confusion among sabermetricians and fans alike.It all started the first weekend of the season, when observers noted some unusual pitch velocity readings from San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner’s fastball was up almost two full miles per hour compared with last year; in a league where every tick matters, that reading could have meant a much better season for the Giants’ ace than expected. It wasn’t just Bumgarner: FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron quickly noticed that velocity numbers had jumped across the league. Days after the changes were noted, MLB data guru Tom Tango clarified in a blog post that the changeover from PITCHf/x to Statcast had altered the way pitch speed was recorded, making it appear that velocity had increased. An MLB Advanced Media spokesperson who requested not to be identified said “the transition saw unexpected issues that have been resolved,” but declined to comment further.And tracking velocity was only the beginning of Statcast’s troubles. Real-time data from MLB’s Gameday app has been inconsistent or obviously erroneous in the season’s first month. Some days, it has gone missing altogether, only to reappear later without explanation. Statcast has always had gaps in its data, but in previous years, that missing information was limited to batted-ball velocity and launch angle. The pitch-tracking issues that cropped up this year are in dramatic contrast with those we saw from PITCHf/x, which tended to miss only a handful of throws a season.Even if you focus solely on the pitches that Statcast successfully tracks, its measurement error is much higher than PITCHf/x’s was. We can tell whether a park is systematically measuring pitches incorrectly by looking at the average vertical and horizontal coordinates of pitches there. If the data from a particular park tends to always be a bit high or a bit outside compared to when the same pitchers throw at other parks, it’s likely that the measurements are off. And according to models I built to measure the systematic error in each ballpark,1I used generalized linear models, with a random effect for the park. the new system is struggling to determine where the ball crosses the plate. Here’s what those errors look like when averaged across the league. Errors in both horizontal and vertical movement have never been higher in the four years that Statcast has made some of its data publicly available.2This year’s horizontal errors are tied with last year’s as the highest ever; this year’s vertical errors are the highest ever. So it’s not just your imagination as you watch the game on TV: In-broadcast representations of the strike zone (like FoxTrax) take their data from Statcast, and Statcast’s errors, in turn, have bred anger with umpires and confusion over how pitches are being called.Statcast runs into the most trouble when it’s quantifying pitch break, or the degree to which pitches move up and down or side to side as they travel between the mound and the plate. Third-party observers have catalogued numerous inaccuracies with Statcast’s break numbers. “It appears that the current Statcast/TrackMan h[orizontal]/v[ertical] break can be up to 3 inches divergent from the truth, simply comparing it to 2016 PITCHf/x data,” said Kyle Boddy, a data-driven trainer with multiple MLB clients. Even the average Statcast-reported break number is about an inch off. Some readings are especially egregious: One pitch was originally reported to have arced upward more than 20 inches on its trip from the mound to the plate. The combination of errors in velocity and break have rendered some pitches impossible to classify, further confusing sabermetricians.Making matters worse, some ballparks show much larger errors than others. So far this season, Atlanta’s brand-new SunTrust Park appears to have the most accurate vertical break numbers, only off by two-tenths of an inch on average. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park shows the worst errors, missing by an average of 2.4 inches per pitch. So not only are the errors bigger than in the days of PITCHf/x, they’re also more inconsistent: Last year, every park’s errors ranged from 0.04 to 1.4 inches.Park-specific calibration errors such as these may explain other aberrant MLB trends. Despite the aforementioned league-wide hike in measured velocity, Chicago Cubs starters have registered lower fastball velocities than last year, sparking concern among Cubs fans. Writers have pointed to poor starts by Chicago pitchers as evidence that the velocity drop-offs are real, and even suggested that it could be part of a conscious effort by Cubs pitchers to decrease fatigue. But the far simpler explanation is bad data: If the club’s pitch tracker is poorly calibrated, it could make it look like pitchers are losing velocity when in fact the readings are just wrong. Supporting this idea is the fact that opposing teams’ pitchers in Wrigley have also registered a lower raw velocity than average. Unless the Cubs’ velocity woes are contagious, it seems likely that Statcast errors are driving some of their low numbers.The root cause of Statcast’s troubles is unknown. The problems could originate in the hardware, the computer code processing the resulting data, or any other part of a complex system. The hardware part of Statcast — the part that actually tracks pitches — is a radar system sold by a company called TrackMan. Boddy’s company, Driveline Baseball, maintains their own TrackMan machine and has previously characterized its performance. “It is well-known in the industry that TrackMan has a lot of calibration issues, especially in nonstandard deployments.” Boddy said. For a radar system that works best in empty environments, it hardly gets less standard than trying to take measurements in a crowded MLB stadium on game day.The good news is that MLB could learn from the last major technological innovation it deployed. When PITCHf/x first came out in the postseason of 2006, there were major issues with its initial calibration. “The data was open sourced and required tons of work from the public sphere to massage and get right,” Boddy said. “It was years before the data stabilized, and MLBAM has public analysts to thank for doing tons of free work.” But in contrast to a decade ago, MLB is now providing very little detail about Statcast’s internal workings. Without greater disclosure from MLB, it’s impossible to know what issues Statcast is having, or when they may be resolved. (At times, their own analysts appear to find out about changes to the public data after the fact.) Until Statcast improves, television viewers and sabermetricians alike will have to take pitch-tracking measurements with a grain of salt.
Plumes of vapour shooting up from Enceladus’ ocean Credit:Nasa Prof David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University, said: “At present, we know of only one genesis of life, the one that led to us.“If we knew that life had started independently in two places in our Solar System, then we could be pretty confident that life also got started on some of the tens of billions of planets and moons around other stars in our galaxy.” It might look like a frozen wasteland, but beneath the inhospitable surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, life could be thriving in warm underground seas, scientists believe.Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has picked up the first evidence that chemical reactions are happening deep below the ice which could be creating an environment capable of supporting microbes.Experts said the discovery was ‘the last piece’ in the puzzle which proved that life was possible on Enceladus, a finding all the more remarkable because the small moon is 887 million miles away from the Sun. 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. Prof Rothery, added: “We do now have the last piece of evidence needed to demonstrate that life is possible there.“This is life that needs neither oxygen nor sunlight, and may be the form in which life on Earth began, before some of it adapted to other conditions.”Enceladus is so far the furthest rock from the Sun that could support life in the Solar System. Some scientists think Uranus’ moon Ariel may have a liquid ocean, but it has not yet been proven.Although scientists previously thought Enceladus’ icy crust was around 13 miles thick, recent data from Cassini has shown that at the south pole, it could be as little as three miles deep. “Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an ice-covered ocean, and a plume of material erupts from cracks in the ice,” said Professor Hunter Waite, of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Principal Investigator for Cassini’s Mass Spectrometer instrument which detected the hydrogen.“The plume contains chemical signatures of water-rock interaction between the ocean and a rocky core. We find that the most plausible source of this hydrogen is ongoing hydrothermal reactions of rock containing reduced minerals and organic materials.“On the modern Earth, geochemically derived fuels such as hydrogen support thriving ecosystems even in the absence of sunlight.”Enceladus is the sixth largest moon of Saturn, and was discovered in 1789 by the British astronomer William Herschel. It is around 310 miles in diameter and approximately 790 million miles from Earth. Scientists had long suspected that liquid water could exist on the moon because of the extreme tidal forces acting on the satellite from Saturn’s gravity.In 2005 Nasa launched Cassini to explore Saturn and its moons, and in 2015 discovered that Enceladus wobbled slightly as it orbited the planet, which could only be accounted for its outer shell was not frozen solid to its interior. A global ocean must be present under the icy surface, the experts concluded.Since then, researchers have been studying data sent back from the spacecraft to see if the instruments on board had picked up any other clues that life might be present. Prof Andrew Coates, Professor of Physics at UCL, said: “This is an exciting and remarkable result which shows that Enceladus may actually be habitable.“We know that the four requirements for life as we know it are liquid water, the right chemistry, a source of energy and enough time for life to develop. But now, we know that 3 of the 4 conditions are there on Enceladus – and this distant moon now joins Mars and Europa as the best potential locations for life beyond Earth in our solar system.” Extremophiles like those found in hydrothermal vents on Earth may live on Saturn’s moonCredit:NOAA National Ocean Service The new results are the strongest indication yet that Enceladus has all the conditions needed for life to form. If life is present, it could resemble single-celled tube-like extremophiles which have lived in hydrothermal vents on Earth for billions of years. Crucially, if hydrogen is present it can mix with carbon dioxide to form methane, which is consumed by microbes in the deep, dark seas of our own planet. Show more Cassini pictured making a fly-by of Enceladus Credit:Nasa Commenting on the new research Dr David Clements, Astrophysicist at Imperial College London, said: “We have long suspected that hydrothermal processes are behind the Enceladus plumes and the liquid ocean that fuels them, so this result is fully consistent with that picture.“This discovery does not mean that life exists on Enceladus, but it is a step on the way to that result.“It doesn’t really tell us anything about how life started on Earth. But it is great to see confirmation that similar hydrothermal processes are at work elsewhere in the Solar System.” Show more Liquid oceans exist miles below the surface on Enceladus, so to find out what is happening in the underground seas scientists must rely on the plumes of spray which shoot up into the atmosphere through cracks in the ice.In October 2015 Nasa sent Cassini into a deep dive through one of those plumes and discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide.In a report of their findings published today in the journal Science, scientists said that the ‘only plausible’ source for the hydrogen was chemical reactions between warm water and rocks on the ocean floor.
FORMER SOVIET PRESIDENT Mikhail Gorbachev called for the eradication of nuclear weapons and pointed a finger of blame at the United States for doing too little, in an interview published today.“When we talk about nuclear weapons and what’s to be done about them, the answer is to get rid of them,” he said in a video interview with the Vienna-based Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO, an organisation seeking to ban nuclear testing.“The country with super-armament, ie. military superiority over all others, is still America. And they are avoiding that issue… setting it aside,” he added.The interview, in Russian with English subtitles, was posted on the Prep Comm’s website Monday ahead of the anniversary of a key 1986 Reykjavik summit between Gorbachev and then US president Ronald Reagan, where the Cold War opponents discussed nuclear disarmament.Today, nuclear powers have an estimated 20,000 warheads, the former Soviet president said in the video, made on 4 September.(Video: CTBTO/YouTube)“It’s enough to bury our civilisation in a few days, literally,” he said.“The current situation must not be allowed to continue… the treaty on the complete cessation of nuclear testing must become effective,” he urged.Close to 200 states have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), but the document still lacks ratification from key nuclear weapons states such as the US, China, India, Iran and Israel to come into force.In Reykjavik on October 11-12, 1986, Reagan and Gorbachev met for the second time and “came close to abolishing all nuclear weapons,” according to the Prep Commission.- © AFP, 2012Video: Israeli PM uses ‘bomb’ diagram to warn of Iran nuclear threat > Read: Draft EU nuclear report shows failure to implement safety measures agreed decades ago > Read: Could a nuclear bomb save us from a giant asteroid? >
ARSENAL ARE REPORTEDLY chasing Cork City’s talented young full-back Brian Lenihan.The 20-year-old defender has been one of the Rebels’ best players this season with a string of excellent performances to help John Caulfield’s side mount a challenge on the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title.The Evening Echo reported earlier this week that Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley was at Turner’s Cross last Friday night for Cork’s win over Limerick and there are further stories this morning which suggest the Gunners will open transfer talks with the club as they go in search of the “new Seamus Coleman”.AnIreland U21 international, Lenihan signed for Cork from Munster Senior League side College Corinthians back in the summer of 2012.5 reasons to watch the League of Ireland this weekendIt’s something I always wanted to do’ – Ireland striker Stephanie Roche joins French club
Stay on target Not everyone wants to hear the loud dumb noises coming out of your TV screen when you’re playing a video game. That’s what headsets are for. And with the right wireless gaming headset you can have premium audio quality, visual quality, and comfort while playing. But achieving that convenience means working around the needs of your console as they each have their own wireless standards.Or they did until now. SteelSeries recently revealed the Arctis 1 Wireless Headset, a gaming headset for four systems in one thanks to the power of USB-C. We’ve been using it ourselves, and we really dig it!The Arctis 1 provides a wireless listening experience whether you’re playing on PlayStation 4, PC, Android, or even Nintendo Switch. Instead of using Bluetooth, the headset connects to a USB-C dongle and communicates via SteelSeries’ own lossless 2.4GHz wireless tech to reduce latency. It’s (one of) the world’s first USB-C wireless gaming headset and a promising use of the new standard.Being able to Switch between four systems is nice, and with the included audio cable you can also still have a wired connection with an Xbox One controller. But it’s the Switch functionality that most interests us. Given Nintendo’s own disinterest with voice chat solutions on the console/handheld hybrid, other companies have come up with their own. The Arctis 3 had its own combo of wired and wireless connections to make the weird Switch voice chat app more bearable, and the Arctis 1 is comparable with its support for simultaneous wired and wireless connections. So Overwatch on Switch now sounds even more exciting.The Arctis 1 has been made especially for portable play. It’s more compact with a redesigned headband. The steel-reinforced frame and padded ear cushions keep it durable and comfortable though. Beyond the materials, playing on the go in general is super convenient given the easy plug-and-play nature of the USB-C receiver.The Arctis 1 Wireless is available now for $100. For more gaming headsets consider the Arctis 9X for Xbox and the Astro A50. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver believes the club’s current number one Ederson is taking goalkeeping to a whole other levelCity signed Ederson last year for €40m from Benfica and he soon proved his worth by keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding only 26 goals to help the club win the Premier League last season.Aside from his outstanding reflexes and shot-stopping abilities, Ederson is also renown for his skill with the ball at his feet.These kinds of traits have left Weaver to believe that things are quickly changing in the world of goalkeeping.“I think goalkeeping has changed a lot, football has changed a lot. It’s all about systems now,” Weaver told SportsMax.“The role of a goalkeeper has changed over the past couple of years – I think it’s even changed over the past few months since the World Cup.“If you look at City, the way they play out with Ederson. He’s the best I’ve ever seen with his feet. He’s unbelievable.“The thing with Ederson is not how much confidence he’s got – he’s obviously got lots – it’s how much confidence the players and defenders have in him because they give it back to him under pressure constantly.”Race for the Golden Glove🧤Alisson Becker – 7 clean sheets (5 goals conceded)Ederson Moraes – 7 clean sheets (5 goals conceded)Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 clean sheets (8 goals conceded)Hugo loris – 5 clean sheets (10 goals conceded). pic.twitter.com/wVTIxJWeSbReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…— Man City🇬🇧 Zimbabwe🇿🇼 (@CityZimbabwe) November 19, 2018The former England U-21 international pointed out a moment in City’s 3-1 derby win over Manchester United while discussing Ederson.“In the first few minutes of the game, someone rolled him the ball back and he trapped it under his foot,” said Weaver.“He’s about two yards off his line in the middle of his goal. There’s a [United] player about four yards away from him.“He’s clipped it with his left foot over one of the strikers and dropped it into Kyle Walker’s chest at right-back.“Most goalkeepers would have just hoofed it out of play. Occasionally he will get caught but, to watch him… it’s taking goalkeeping to another level.“I’ve watched him live quite a few times and he could probably play left-back if he wanted. He’s got such good feet.”Weaver concluded that, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp around now, these kinds of skills have become a prerequisite for young keepers.“I think Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have changed the way football in this country is played,” he added.“We’ve got a Dutch manager [Jos Luhukay] at Sheffield Wednesday – he likes to play out from the back. We do a lot with our feet in training.“For me, the most important part will always be keeping the ball out of the net. But at the elite level – you look at Jordan Pickford with England – you’ve got to be able to use your feet.“If you’re a young goalkeeper who wants to get to the top, you’ve got to be strong in all departments and be really comfortable with both feet.”
Santa Paws Mega Adoption Event Posted: November 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dozens of non-profit adoption agencies are coming together to help find forever homes for hundreds of adoptable animals during the holidays.Santa Paws MEGA Adoption Event is Saturday, Dec 8th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grossmont Center.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, November 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
? What: Open house on Washington Transportation Plan 2035 and regional transportation plans.? When: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.? Where: Columbia Room, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.? More information: www.wtp2035.com.In 20 years, a larger economy and a larger population figure to put an even bigger strain on Washington’s highways, roads and rails.An ongoing update to a statewide transportation plan aims to help answer the question: How will the state’s already-aging infrastructure keep up? The Washington Transportation Plan 2035, now the subject of public review, is the latest version of the state’s long-term vision.“This document that is going out for public comment is going to be the blueprint for how we look at transportation in the state of Washington for the next 20 years,” said state transportation commission member Roy Jennings.The Washington State Transportation Commission will host an open house on the 2035 plan Monday in Vancouver, part of a series of outreach events planned for this month. The agency is asking for public comments to be submitted by Sept. 25.The statewide plan isn’t designed to outline specific projects for any particular region. Rather, the document is created as a “30,000-foot” vision with guiding policies and recommendations, said Paul Parker, deputy director of the transportation commission. Suggested actions fall under one of six categories: economic vitality, preservation, safety, mobility, environment and stewardship.Parker admits that that kind of high-level, long-range policy doesn’t resonate strongly with a lot of people. But the conversation now will affect everyone, including many Washington residents currently not old enough to drive, he said.
Something for the weekend: Some individuals may view peeking behind the doors of Buckingham Palace as more of a tourist outing than a potential job perk, but the royal household is now recruiting for a new private secretary to serve Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (pictured), offering a lucrative pension benefit to help nab the right candidate.The chosen private secretary will be based at Buckingham Palace and will lead the household for The Princess Royal Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter. Although the online job posting does not detail an exact starting salary, it does reveal that the selected applicant will receive a 15% non-contributory pension scheme as part of their employee benefits package.The new private secretary, who will manage official staff at Gatcombe Park as well as household employees, will be tasked with duties such as advising and supporting The Princess Royal in all matters, accompanying her on overseas trips and supervising the planning and execution of her official programme. This includes managing budgets and correspondence.To receive the job offer, applicants will need to be educated to degree level or equivalent, have experience at a senior level and have a good knowledge of current affairs. Her Royal Highness will also need a private secretary with a well-developed understanding of the UK’s political, economic and geographical infrastructure, as well as know-how on the British constitution and media. Ideally, the winning candidate will also have a military background.The royal household also has high expectations for the selected candidate’s personal skill-set. The job advert reads: “As well as strong cultural sensitivity and diplomacy, excellent judgement will be key to this role, along with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. You will have credibility at a senior level, internally and externally and have a flexible and resourceful approach to a busy programme of work.”The private secretary will also be required to work at both a strategic and operational level, have outstanding drafting and presentation skills, strong administrative and organisational skills and be able to disseminate large volumes of information easily.Those who wish to apply for this exclusive permanent position have until 20 May 2018 to submit their CVs, with interviews to be arranged for July 2018. Buckingham Palace predicts the start date of the post to be in November 2018.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this sounds like a regal opportunity for the right candidate, especially with such an inspiring place of work as Buckingham Palace. We imagine getting parcels delivered to the office may have to be a thing of the past, however…
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a pharmacy in Miami.Surveillance video footage showed the man trying to force open a cash register at the business along West Flagler Street and Southwest 13th Avenue in May.After several failed attempts, the man was caught on video grabbing the whole cash register before taking off with it.Police said there was about $1,000 inside the cash register.The man police are looking for is described to be a white, Hispanic male and approximately 35 to 45 years old.If you have any information on this subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.