first_imgThe BJP won the Lohaghat seat in Uttarakhand as the results were announced on Wednesday after a repoll was held over one poll booth. With this BJP’s tally goes up to 57 in the 70-member House.The Election Commission ordered a repoll in the Karnkarayat poll booth of the Lohaghat seat due to an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunction.According to the EC, BJP candidate Puran Singh Fartyal won the seat on Wednesday, defeating his Congress rival by 834 votes.The Congress has 11 seats and independents two in the Assembly.The Congress is yet to decide on its Legislature Party Leader after the outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both Hardwar Rural and Kichha seats.In the BJP, however, the current challenge is that of deciding a Chief Minister. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, three names — Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, and Doiwala Trivendra Singh Rawat — are being considered by the party’s central leadership. A decision would be announced within a day or two, party sources said.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua exchanged heated words during the halftime break of Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Racela had been complaining about the officiating especially when his team got called for five straight fouls in the duration of three minutes at the start of the second period.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The TNT head coach’s emotions got him checked and received a technical in the second period. Racela and Chua got aggressive with each other for almost three minutes in the back of house area of the Big Dome before PBA Commissioner got in between the two. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra head coach Tim Cone also pulled away Chua to help end the scuffle. Racela’s older brother Olsen, an assistant coach for Ginebra, also tried to pacify the situation after Chua had gone to the Gin Kings’ locker. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Chinese-Taipei club Attack Line welcomes Valdez, Vietnamese star 4T MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgLiving with one of Indian shooting’s most painful stories, Joydeep Karmakar is certain that his “phenomenally” talented protege, Mehuli Ghosh, has it in her to achieve what he could not by half a point: win an Olympic medal.Shooting without the weight of expectations and with all the focus trained on the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Ronjan Sodhi, Karmakar was on course for a podium at the 2012 London Olympics before missing out by the smallest of margins to finish fourth.Since that agonising English summer evening nearly seven years ago, Karmakar has come a long way, producing promising shooters. Mehuli, undoubtedly, is one of his most talented shooters.”She is definitely up there technically, she has the results, scored quite high scores in training and competitions,” Karmakar told PTI ahead of the season-opening World Cup in the capital.”That was a totally different scenario,” Karmakar, now 39, said, recalling his near-miss in London. He was asked what he thinks about Mehuli if she were to experience similar match situations.”She will be facing innumerable difficulties, challenges, and near misses and situations like that. But you cannot define every kind of situation, cannot simulate every kind of situation, it is all about your thought process and philosophy which an athlete will go ahead with.”She is being instilled with those kinds of thoughts which can be useful in moments of stress … when you feel challenged, when you are going down, or even when you are doing well, how to protect it, how to preserve it and all,” said Karmakar, India’s lone World Cup silver medallist in a prone event.advertisementWhen asked if he relates with his experience and performance in the biggest event of his career while training the likes of Mehuli at his academy in Kolkata, Karmakar was not very comfortable with the thought.”Definitely, it adds to the drama, but I don’t mix my performance with her performance. Of course the experience which I have from 29 years of my shooting career I am transferring it to her, and hopefully, she makes good use of it.”She is a phenomenally good student, she never misses a single work which I tell her, she understands the idea and executes it perfectly.”A bronze medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a winner of a staggering eight medals at the 61st Shooting Nationals, 18-year-old Mehuli missed India’s first-ever Youth Olympics gold after shooting a disappointing 9.1 in the final of 10m Air Rifle event in Buenos Aires last October.A few months before that, she ended up winning a silver at CWG when she could have gone for the gold.With a sensational 10.9 in the final shot, Ghosh forced a shoot-off against Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso. Seeing her name on the scoreboard, Ghosh thought she had won the gold and waved at the cameras, only to be told by the Indian coaching staff to return to her position for the shoot-off.However, in an international tournament in the Netherlands, beginning the qualifying round with a disastrous 3.4, Mehuli showed character to make the finals and claim the gold medal.After a run full of highs and very few lows, Mehuli said, “I am just working with my technique and consistency at the moment.”About her coach Karmakar, she said, “He is always motivating me, ensures that our training is not boring so that I don’t get too tired easily, and recovery is also very important.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgAtalanta 3 Everton 0: La Dea thrive on European return Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 02:50 15/9/2017 Atalanta celebration - cropped Getty Images Atalanta netted three first-half goals to overwhelm Everton and make an impressive start to their Europe League campaign. Atalanta celebrated their first European match in 26 years with a comprehensive 3-0 home win over an outclassed Everton in the Europa League.The Serie A side ran riot in a dominant three-goal first half to set up an impressive victory in their debut match against English opposition.Absent from continental competition since the 1990-91 season, Atalanta looked right at home in their first Group E encounter as Andrea Masiello netted a deserved opener inside half an hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gian Piero Gasperini’s side took full control late in the opening half as Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante combined to put the result beyond doubt by half-time.And the hosts were rarely troubled after the restart as they took early leadership of the group, in the process extending Everton’s record of having never beaten Serie A opposition in Italy.The Toffees have now failed to score in their past three competitive fixtures and face a tough task to repeat their record of having always escaped the competition’s round-robin stage.When you score Atalanta’s first European goal in 26 years…Andrea Masiello  pic.twitter.com/uVcolZjrTm — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 14, 2017 Koeman started Maarten Stekelenburg in place of regular goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but it was opposite number Etrit Berisha who had the busier start as he first palmed away a stinging Gylfi Sigurdsson strike, before Wayne Rooney dinked a delicate chip narrowly over the bar.Stekelenburg was soon called into action to smother a close-range chance for Masiello, although there was little he could do from the resultant corner as the marauding defender pounced on a favourable deflection to tuck away the opener.The chances continued to pile up for the hosts and they doubled their advantage in spectacular style before the break, skipper Gomez stepping in from the left and curling a sumptuous strike into the top-right corner from outside the area.And there was still time for Atalanta to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time as Andrea Petagna reeled in a ball over the top and found Cristante running unchecked through the middle for a simple low finish into the bottom-left corner.When you lead 3-0 in Europe!Atalanta  #UEL pic.twitter.com/2ytTrLx5x1 — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 14, 2017 Rooney drew a sharp low save from Berisha immediately after the restart as Everton attempted to make amends, though they were fortunate not to fall further behind when Gomez skied a good chance at the other end.Koeman responded with a double change 25 minutes from time, introducing Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen in place of Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin.However, the attacking intent did not yield the desired results as the visitors struggled to create any real openings in the final third and once again drew a blank, meaning they are now winless in five ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford. Atalanta will look build on their encouraging start in their next European assignment at Lyon, while Everton host Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol. Key Opta stats: – English sides have lost 10 of their last 14 visits to Italy in European competition (W2 D2 L10).- Everton have now lost all four of their away games in Italy without scoring a single goal.- This is only the third time that an English club has lost their opening group stage game of a Europa League campaign. The other two were Birmingham City in 2011-12 & Manchester United in 2016-17 – the latter ended up winning the tournament.- The Toffees conceded three goals in the first half of this game – the first time that they have conceded three times before half-time in a competitive fixture since November 2016 (0-5 vs Chelsea).  read morelast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Pulisic: I know scoring touch will come backby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Pulisic isn’t worried about his lack of goals for Chelsea.The American played an integral role in Chelsea’s winner against a stubborn Newcastle outfit on Saturday.He is yet to score for the Blues, but that didn’t ruin his positivity after the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.”It was a really good game, happy for the team, had a strong performance, they defended really well, and I was happy to make an impact,” Pulisic told ESPN after the match. “I was going to shoot last-second, but I saw Tammy wide open and then DeAndre [Yedlin, Pulisic’s US team-mate] made an unbelievable block, so maybe I should have shot it. “I just don’t have that scoring touch but I know it will come back.” last_img read more

first_imgKanpur/Hardoi: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress over its big ego while continuing his attack on the BJP, suggesting that voters will walk away this time from the tea being offered by the chaiwala’ prime minister Narendra Modi.Mocking Modi at a public meeting in Hardoi, he said people voted for the ‘chaiwala’ in 2014. “As you know the taste of the tea now, will you vote for him again?” the Samajwadi Party president asked. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also called the prime minister a prachar mantri , or a publicity minister. At his Kanpur rally, Yadav sharpened his attack against the Congress, which has been kept out by the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party from their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. “Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said. “We had an alliance with the Congress, but found that their ego is too big,” Yadav said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SP had an understanding with the Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the alliance of the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has shunned it. However, the alliance decided not to field any candidate from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions held by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “The Congress is not stopping the BJP, it’s the SP-BSP alliance which is stopping the BJP,” the SP leader said. He accused the Congress of initiating a CBI probe against his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when it was in power at the Centre. He claimed that a Congress activist was doing this even now. The apparent reference was to Vishwanath Chaturvedi’s attempt to revive an old case, alleging amassing of disproportionate assets by the Yadav family. Chaturvedi had sought a Supreme Court direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to place the status report on a probe in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: No one can dare to overthrow the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday. Sawant, while inaugurating the election campaign of Sidharth Kuncalienkar, BJP’s candidate for the May 19 by-election for Panaji, also said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us. We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this government,” Sawant said even as political experts insist that the future of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa depends on the results of the four by-elections in the state. Three Assembly by-elections for Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem have been held on April 23 while the bypoll in Panaji constituency, necessitated by the death of Manohar Parrikar, is scheduled for May 19. Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied at 14 MLAs each in the Assembly which is currently reduced to 36 MLAs and the BJP-led coalition government is currently hinged on a wafer thin majority. Sawant was appointed Chief Minister in March soon after the death of Parrikar. BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienkar takes on Atanasio Monserrate of the Congress, Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch and Valmiki Naik of the Aam Aadmi Party.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – Largest university in London obtains injunction against student protests.The University of London has obtained a court order banning student protests on its campuses for the next six months after a demonstration against how the university is run resulted in 38 arrests last week.“This is a regrettable but necessary step that we have taken in order to prevent the type of violent and intimidating behaviour that we have seen by protesters at Senate House recently,” said Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, regarding the injunction. Police were brought in to break up a sit-in on Wednesday after which students accused the police of assaulting students.The students’ demands include a halt to privatisation, fair pay for workers and a halt to a controversial plan to close the student union. They are protesting against the way higher education as a whole is controlled they say.The union outlined their stance, “Occupations are a legitimate form of dissent. When our university exploits our staff, shuts down our student union, and are utterly unaccountable to the students and staff that give it life and make it function, students have no choice but to gain leverage in whatever way they can.”Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Michael Chessum, president of the University of London Student union said, “I have myself been thrown to the ground and I’ve witnessed widespread violence form the police, including crutches being kicked away from under someone, a lot of swinging punches, and people being beaten to near unconsciousness during their arrest.”Some 135,090 students (approximately 5% of all UK students) attend one of the University of London’s affiliated schools.last_img read more

By now, it’s pretty commonly suspected — and not just by bitter pitchers, either — that MLB’s recent home run surge can be traced back to a supply of zippier-than-usual baseballs. The research of our colleague Rob Arthur and The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh backs up that theory, regardless of what Commissioner Rob Manfred has to say on the matter.And with apologies to those poor, beleaguered pitchers, we say: Good! Who doesn’t enjoy the old-fashioned fun of watching baseballs be launched into the atmosphere? (Judging from the ratings for last week’s Home Run Derby,1Which aired on ESPN — the company that owns FiveThirtyEight. nobody — that’s who.) As a celebration of the long ball, then, we used data from ESPN’s Home Run Tracker to plot out just how far MLB’s hitters have bashed the ball over the years.(All data in this story was up to date as of the All-Star break. Inside-the-park home runs and homers without distance information have been excluded from the data.)Anyone who watched Aaron Judge’s performance at the Derby could be excused for thinking that baseballs can, in fact, exit the solar system. The true distances that home runs travel are less than interstellar, of course — though still impressive. According to the Home Run Tracker, which has data going back to 2006, major league batters have crushed 56,785 tracked homers over the last 11.5 seasons, adding up to a grand total of 22,599,628 feet — or 4,280 miles.To put that number in perspective, let’s do a little geography experiment. If we started in Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and laid the distances of every home run in that span end to end heading east across the Atlantic Ocean as the crow flies, we would reach the border of Mali and Mauritania in northwestern Africa. Head south and the homers reach the northern corner of Chile, near its borders with Peru and Bolivia. Head north, the homers easily clear the pole, with the last one landing somewhere near Russia’s Bolshevik Island. Across the country, Mike Trout has been busy trying to make his team’s “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” moniker legit with his home runs. With a little over 14 miles’ worth of bombs to his name, Trout has already homered enough distance along Interstate 5 to land in Los Angeles County — and about halfway to downtown L.A. Only a guy who might end up being baseball’s greatest player could reconcile the most absurd team name in sports back to some semblance of reality. No discussion of Trout would be complete without a comparison to Bryce Harper, his longtime rival. At 24, the Washington Nationals right fielder is the youngest player with at least 10 miles of career home runs, and he’s on pace to add nearly three miles this season alone. He’s already hit enough to reach the D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, to the north or Mount Vernon to the south; give him enough years, and he might get to Baltimore. (Or — if the rumors are right — Staten Island.) Because of the home run surge, that circle is growing more rapidly than ever. Already this season, hitters have driven the ball 1,337,266 feet, or 253.3 miles. That’s 69 percent of the yearly average distance between 2006 and 2016, and as of the All-Star break, we were only 55 percent of the way through the schedule. At that pace, this season will eventually see 466 miles of home runs be hit; that would easily be the most in any season since 2006, and it would be a 10 percent increase over the previous high of 425 miles, set in 2016.Among players whose entire body of homering work falls within the Home Run Tracker era, the biggest bopper is Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Cruz has mashed 297 tracked home runs over a cumulative distance of 121,805 feet, or a hair over 23 miles. String those together, and that’s enough to travel from Safeco Field in downtown Seattle south to Tacoma. At age 37, Cruz is the elder statesman of this era’s long bombers. But it might not be long before he is surpassed by Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, who’s already hit nearly 18.5 miles’ worth of home runs in just 7.5 seasons of action. Stanton’s average homer has traveled 414 feet — tops among anyone with at least 100 home runs in our data set — helping him rack up enough total distance to reach from Marlins Park to the Everglades or Biscayne National Park. (Sadly, though, even Stanton is unlikely to hit the 90-plus miles of home runs necessary to reach Cuba.) Speaking of New York City, we don’t have a Judge map yet because he’s only hit 34 career home runs (for 2.7 miles — basically the distance from Yankee Stadium to Central Park). We’ll have to wait and see just how far he can mash the ball in the years to come.Likewise, we don’t have data for most of Barry Bonds’s record-breaking career, either. But if we assign each of his 762 career dingers the 2006-17 MLB average of 398 feet (which, given homers like this, might be far too conservative an estimate), Bonds would have ended up with about 57 miles of homers in his career. (That’s roughly the distance between AT&T Park and Santa Cruz, California; it’s also over 10 times the height of Mount Everest.)Cruz, Stanton and company still have many more miles to go before catching up to that lofty total. But the way today’s hitter-friendly baseballs have been flying out of parks, maybe we’ll see somebody get to 60 miles of home runs before too long.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Rodgers is second only to Andy Dalton of the Bengals in Points Above Replacement.2Points scored above what would be expected with a replacement-level quarterback. Ranking and chart limited to QBs on pace to qualify for ESPN’s QBR leaderboard with highest PAR on their team. Yet the Packers have spent the fifth-smallest amount on offensive non-quarterbacks for the 2015 season. Part of this is because the Packers are fiscally responsible and aren’t spending much in general on payroll. But they also specifically rank near the bottom consistently in spending on the guys who play with their quarterback. Here’s how the Packers’ offensive spending over the past three seasons (including this one) stacks up to the rest of the league: Check out win and loss projections and playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams. The NFL salary cap alone explains some of this chart. Teams spending more on QBs often end up spending less on other offensive players, simply because they have to spend less money somewhere. But it’s striking to me just how much a lot of teams with big-name, big-money QBs lean on them. For example, the Packers, Steelers and Giants all spent less money than average on offense despite having three of the top QB salaries in the business. In general, many of the top QBs in the game probably deserve even more esteem than the considerable amount they receive already. For instance, Eli Manning should get a bit more of a break sometimes, as he receives literally the least financial support for his offensive teammates in the league.Rodgers, despite his team spending barely more money on offensive teammates than the Giants have for Eli Manning, has put up much better numbers. He has 73 TDs and 15 interceptions (counting the playoffs) since 2013, compared with 58 and 43, respectively, for Manning. What could Rodgers have done with another $60 million worth of offensive linemen?Twitter question of the weekAs usual, tweet me questions @skepticalsports and there’s a chance I’ll answer them, even if they seem a bit silly. Like this one: OK, silly, but interesting. The precise mechanism of NFL home-field advantage is still an open question. The conventional wisdom is that it has something to do with atmosphere, for example how crowd noise affects signal-calling. I can see how these kinds of effects might reach a nadir immediately after the half. But using ESPN’s play-by-play data, I tried filtering for drives by away teams that start immediately after the half, and found that they averaged a similar number of points as other drives.3Ditto for expected points for the handful of plays immediately after the half: I filtered for offensive plays by the visiting team in the first 100 seconds of the second half and found their average expected points added to be virtually identical to that for the visiting team on other plays. But for the margins we’re dealing with, that sample size is way too small to be meaningful.4I looked at about 2,200 third-quarter drives between the 2006 and 2015 seasons. So I fished around a bit and found that, broadly speaking, the third quarter is better for road teams than average.5That is, teams in the third quarter improved their chances of winning (as modeled by win probability added) by just about 1 percent per drive (over around 9,800 drives) in the third quarter (while matching modeled WPA in other quarters).Now, contra the conventional wisdom, many — though not all — statistically minded NFL analysts think home advantage is more likely to relate to officiating. So with that in mind, I looked a bit more carefully at penalties in particular. Penalties tend to favor the team on offense, but they favor the offense even more often when it’s the home team. The margins here also don’t look huge, but it’s pretty clear over more than 400,000 offensive plays: For every 100 plays a home offense runs, it normally nets about three (expected) points from all penalties called. The equivalent rate for away offenses is just more than two expected points per 100 plays. That difference adds up to about a point per game: not a large fraction of your typical scoreline, but a pretty big chunk of the total home-field advantage that we tend to see (generally around two to three points per game).But here’s the interesting bit: The home team’s advantage from penalties isn’t divided equally by quarter. Nor is it strongest in the fourth quarter, when calls are most crucial, as in basketball. The home team’s largest advantages are in the first and second quarters, with the smallest coming in the third quarter:Curious!I really don’t have any explanation for this, and at this point I would categorize my speculation as “wild.” For instance: Perhaps the second half is when refs start trying very hard not to give in to their unconscious bias toward the home team.Most empirically significant game of this weekThere are many great and potentially revealing matchups set for this weekend, including the Panthers at the Seahawks. A lot of rookie quarterback theory hinges on the fate of Cam Newton — whose rookie campaign bore the hallmark (namely lots and lots of production) of a potential all-time great, but who has had only one winning season in his first four years.But Carolina-Seattle gets only an honorable mention, because the matchup of the week is clearly the Patriots at the Colts. Since the AFC championship game thrashing by the Pats (known for a certain controversy), these two teams — and their two star quarterbacks — have been on very different trajectories. The Patriots obviously did this little thing called winning the Super Bowl, and have started this season on a tear reminiscent of their 16-0 campaign in 2007. Andrew Luck, meanwhile, has been outplayed by 40-year-old backup Matt Hasselbeck — the oldest non-kicker in football this year.After having one of the league’s strongest offenses last year, the Patriots have managed one of the league’s biggest offensive improvements this year (the biggest improvers have been the Cardinals, who with Carson Palmer back at quarterback have had the league’s second-best offense):Rodgers essentially has maintained his MVP form, while Peyton Manning seems finally to be in real decline. But the Colts and Luck, their 26-year-old quarterback, have underperformed by nearly as much as the Broncos have with 39-year-old Peyton Manning at QB.Luck, who is practically the patron saint of Skeptical Football, is expected to return. Given the result the last time these two teams met, the Patriots are expected to romp. Whether that happens or not, we should learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most important figures and phenomena in the sport today.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Ella Koeze and Reuben Fischer-Baum. Stop the presses! Last Sunday, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, his first in Green Bay since December 2012. Granted, they were completely inconsequential, and at least the first was pretty much a freak accident — his pass deflected off a linebacker — but Rodgers accepted at least some of the blame for them all the same. Despite the embarrassment, his touchdown-to-interception ratio remains the stuff of legend. Now in his eighth year as a starter, he has 66 interceptions for his career, along with 262 touchdowns (counting the playoffs). Normally, I’m not impressed by such stats. As I wrote last year (and have defended on numerous occasions), I think that his incredibly low interception rate is in part the result of a potentially costly unwillingness to gamble — particularly in situations where his team is down multiple scores late. I haven’t changed my mind.But I don’t think this quirk of Rodgers substantially diminishes his value. Or put another way, he is so valuable to begin with that even if he’s slightly too risk-averse, it’s largely irrelevant. Of course, Rogers is still relatively young (he’ll turn 32 in December), and he hasn’t had to deal with the ups and downs of a full career yet, either. But he’s a huge outlier, even for a quarterback at this stage of his career. For example, here is how he has accumulated touchdowns relative to interceptions game by game for his career, compared to every QB in NFL regular-season history since 1960:For most quarterbacks, losing causes interceptions just as much as interceptions cause losing. Rodgers is no different; he’d be even more valuable if he made certain win-maximizing adjustments (even though they might hurt his statistics a bit). But the steepness of Rodgers’s rise has no parallel. Criticizing him for it is a bit like criticizing Bill Belichick for not going for it enough on fourth down, or criticizing Lionel Messi for playing tiki-taka football so much instead of trading as many possessions as possible with his opponents. That is, they’re still pretty much the best at what they do, but could possibly be doing a little bit better.There’s one more reason to give Rodgers the benefit of any (skeptical) doubt. Which brings us to our …Chart(s) of the WeekNaturally, a quarterback’s ability to win games is affected by his team’s running game, defense, special teams, coaching and everything else. Even his broader statistical portfolio is largely a team accomplishment, and untangling everyone’s contributions can be nearly impossible. But one indicator of the strength of a quarterback’s teammates is money paid on their salaries. Some teams spend lavishly to surround their quarterbacks with high-powered offensive teammates.1Whether NFL teams are any good at this is a different question. The Packers, not so much: read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson walk down the floor late in the second half against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe NBA released a list of early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA draft on Tuesday, and among those names was Ohio State redshirt junior shooting guard Kam Williams.The fourth-year guard set career-highs across the board, averaging 30.7 minutes, 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in his first season as the regular point guard while starting in 29 of his team’s 32 games. He shot .391 from the field, including a .376 success percentage from beyond the arc. Williams also led the team shooting 91.9 percent (34-for-37) from the free-throw line.Williams is the second Buckeye player on this list, joining junior center Trevor Thompson who reportedly declared for the draft on March 14. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – There is a great need for women to come to the forefront of the decision-making processes in the country.   This, according to female Parliamentarians, would ensure that issues relating to women are properly prioritized and addressed.   The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) sponsored a luncheon for the spouses of parliamentarians, department heads, and senior female government officials at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.    The event was held under the theme, “Strong Women, Leaders Unite.”Delivering the keynote address was Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.  Mrs. Minnis said that women need to be more visible in order to effect change in the country.   To this end, Mrs. Minnis said that she is pushing for an Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister.   She has already started the process by submitting a proposal for consideration by the Cabinet. She is currently awaiting a decision by the Cabinet.“I believe that as women, we should have a voice to speak to the issues that we face in the country,” said Mrs. Minnis.   “For that reason, I am pushing for this office, which I believe will help us to push for certain things relating to women and children, such as healthcare, the well-being of women and children and other issues.”Also delivering brief remarks was Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and Chairperson of the CWP, the Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle, who said that even though much has been done to advance the causes of women, more work needs to be done.“The only way we can be strong is when we are united, and the only way we are united is to speak with one voice,” said the Minister.   “We have come far, and together we can go even further.Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe delivered welcome remarks and expressed her appreciation as a participant in the event.   She noted, “We are all here today because of those who came before us who fought the good fight, which now allows us to enjoy some of the privileges and opportunities that we now have.”Past Chairperson and Member of Parliament for Englerston, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin also delivered remarks. After thanking the CWP for the invitation, she said women are still under-represented in the country despite representing over 50 percent of the electorate.   Currently, females represent only 2 percent of the country’s cabinet. Worldwide, the average hovers around 10 percent.“We must find common ground despite serving on different sides of the political divide,” said Hanna-Martin.   “We have to find ways to channel our energies and unite on fundamental issues affecting women.”Also in attendance and bringing brief remarks was Senator, the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis. Senator, the Hon. Dr. Jasmine Turner Dareus, offered the invocation.  Moderator for the luncheon was Senator, Dr. the Hon. Mildred Hall-Watson.   A video highlighting the contributions of women in the country was presented during the luncheon.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photot captions:Header:  Wife of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – Mrs. Patricia Minnis addressed the Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s of Chicago, December 4, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Luncheon at Luciano’s on Monday.  At the table, clockwise: Wife of the Prime Minister Mrs. Patricia Minnis (left), Past CWP Chairperson Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin (opposite), Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith, Wife of Deputy Prime Minister Mrs. Sonia Turnquest (at right), and Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and CWP Chairperson Lanisha Rolle (centre).  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSaarloos: “The main objective is to get to that 100% containment within the next week. The fire has seen little to no growth over the last 24 hours.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two additional crews arrived over the weekend to assist with suppression on the 900 acre Caribou Lake Fire. The fire behavior was influenced by wind and terrain features during the day; however, the fire only increased 5 acres in size.The fire is currently 900 acres and 20 percent contained with 80 personnel on staff. On Sunday, firefighters continued with the full containment strategy by completing control line utilizing natural barriers where possible. North winds may increase fire activity on the south flanks of the fire towards cabins in the area. Terrain influences may cause some growth to the north. Minimal fire growth expected. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “North to northwest winds could cause an increase in fire activity on the east and southeast portions of the fire. Additional crews will be arriving on the fire to aid in the construction of fire line and help secure the fire’s edge. Firefighters will continue to utilize aviation resources as conditions and visibility allow.”last_img read more

14 Sep / 2019

SEOmoz Buys Followerwonk

first_imgSEOmoz, a Seattle-based provider of search engine and social optimization software, has dipped into its $18 million Series B round raised in May to buy Followerwonk, a Twitter analytics firm. The deal, which officially happened in June, but has now come to light following a couple months of tech integration, furthers SEOmoz’s push into social media marketing tool development. The deal is a small one, and terms were not technically released, but SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin says in a blog post that it was between $1 million and $4 million and included cash up front, incentivized payouts and SEOmoz stock. The “wonk” in Followerwonk’s name is highly appropriate. The software provides deep analytics on Twitter followers by searching bios, the data from which can be sorted, filtered and exported. It also features a “compare users” function that shows follower overlap between users. The meat of Followerwonk’s platform is its Analyze Followers function, which provides details on geographic concentration, influence scores, gender distribution, follower/following counts, age, usage levels, language distribution and most active hours. The Followerwonk platform has been integrated into SEOmoz’s search marketing optimization software, which, says the company, has about 15,000 paid subscribers. Fishkin says SEO has played a big role for digital marketers, but social now is where the interest is particularly acute. “Companies are looking into alternative ways to do marketing on the web that’s not merely advertising,” he says. “Inbound marketing is a new frontier. The growth in SEO has been big in the last decade, and that will continue, but the trends in SEO and social are so intertwined. The person responsible for SEO is required to manage some social accounts and vice versa. That overlap is where we see the tools going as well.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 4.47 points down to stand at 20,724.91. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.25 points down to stand at 6,168.35. Muthoot Finance Ltd. and Financial Technologies were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.98% and 10.00% along with Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. and Cadila Healthcare Ltd. with an increase of 5.20% and 5.11% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and HDIL with a decrease of 5.40% and 5.35% along with Future Retail and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 4.68% and 4.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.81 points at 12,065.58 while the banking sector is down 75.56 points at 12,550.31 and the realty sector is down 33.49 points at 1,368.37. The Indian currency is up 0.11% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.last_img read more

first_img How A Cyber Attack Could Shut Down The U.S. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/5:32Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-5:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Apple’s iOS software prides on offering top-notch security to its users through its walled operating system, whereas Android’s open nature lets malware, adware and trojans slip through apps more often than not. In another breach of security in the Android ecosystem, 33 popular apps have been infected by a trojan.Dr Web, a developer of security apps, discovered the trojan called Android.Click.312.origin in 33 popular apps in the Play Store. What’s worrisome is the fact that millions have downloaded these Android apps and are now at risk. The trojan slyly resides within apps without giving away any hint of its existence, when in fact, it is stealing information from users’ phones.”Android.Click.312.origin is a trojan module that can be embedded in Android applications by developers. It was first found in software distributed on Google Play. So as not to raise suspicion, the module starts working only 8 hours after launching in programs containing it. We also know modifications of this trojan, such as Android.Click.313.origin,” Dr Web explained. Millions who downloaded THESE Android apps are at risk: What should users dokaspersky.comThe security researchers at Dr Web found that the trojan would connect to the command and control server and request information about the mobile device, such as make and model, OS version, user’s country, default system language, user-agent identifier, mobile carrier, internet connection type, display details, time zone and data on the app infected by the trojan. Additionally, researchers found out that the trojan would also monitor what apps users are installing and send those details to the command server.The trojan basically spies on user’s activities and collects data. There’s no indication of the trojan collecting personal data, but that could change anytime, which is why users must be wary of such apps. According to the report, just these 33 apps have been downloaded over 100 million times, which offers access to a massive trove of information. Millions who downloaded THESE Android apps are at risk: What should users doCreative CommonsFor those who’d like to be on the safer side of this, here’s the list of 33 apps infected by Android.Click.313.origin:Ixigo TrainGPS FixWebcamsBombujSocial Studies (a Russian app)1300 Math Formulas Mega PackSikh World – Nitnem & Live Gurbani RadioOK Google Voice Commands (Guide)Ramadan Times: Azan, Prayer Times & QiblaPrayer Times: Azan, Quran, Qibla CompassAl Quran Mp3 – 50 Reciters & Translation AudioFull Quran MP3 – 50+ Audio Translation & LanguagesQibla Compass – Prayer Times, Quran, Kalma, AzanMuslim Prayer Times & Qibla CompassGPS Route FinderWho deleted me?Who unfriended me?Notepad – Text Editor PRONotepad – Text Editor PRO (different APK)Power VPN Free VPN for AndroidVideo to MP3 Converter, RINGTONE Maker, MP3 CutterRemove Unwanted ObjectGPS Speedometer PROGPS SpeedometerPDF ViewerRoute FinderPedometer Step CounterEMI Calculator – Loan & Finance PlannerEnglish Urdu DictionaryCricket Mazza Live Lineai.type keyboard Plus + EmojiQR Code ReaderQR & Barcode ScannerBesides these apps, another security research firm, Trend Micro discovered 85 malicious apps in the Play Store with collective downloads of 8 million. These bad apps flood the user’s phone with ads and users are forced to watch the whole ad before closing it or going back to the app.Google has already removed the apps after being notified by Trend Micro. The list includes apps like Background Eraser, Beautiful House – House Painting Game, Super Selfie Camera, One Stroke Line Puzzle and more. But there’s no word on whether Google is in the process of removing the trojan-infected apps listed above by Dr Web. Stay tuned for updates.last_img read more

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people were killed and 20 others injured after a passenger bus fell into a roadside ditch in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj at 10:00am Sunday.According to Sadar police station, one of the deceased is Ashikur Rahman Reza, 27,  son of Anis Molla from Tilchhara village of Kashiani upazila in Gopalganj.He was a student of food technology at the Chandrodighalia Politechnic Institute.The identity of the other couldn’t be known immediatelySadar police station assistant sub-inspector Nazim Uddin said the passenger bus started its journey from Bayaspur, Kashiani. He said the bus fell into the ditch in the Gopinathpur Sharifpara area of Sadar upazila in Gopalganj at 10:00am after its driver lost control over the steering. Ashikur died on the spot.The police official said the injured were taken to Sadar hospital in Gopalganj.last_img read more

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Tagsaztec Concheros homepage featured Mexico Mexico City pre-Hispanic Zocalo,You may also like A Conchero dancer named Ariel applies makeup in Mexico City’s central square. “I am a Conchero to preserve the tradition,” he said. “I inherited it from my family. Seeing the people who come for inner peace gives me peace of mind.” RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Conchero dancer Aldair Trejo, who learned the rituals from his father, prepares a feathered headdress for a performance in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Concheros offer a ritual cleansing in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Yoyotzin Colibrí prepares incense used for spiritual cleansings. “I have been offering cleansings and dancing the Aztec tradition for 25 years,” she said. “Here everyone comes to seek healing.” RNS photo by Irving Carbrerra Torres Texas imam ordered to pay $2.55 million in sexual misconduct case Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Irving Cabrera Torres Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Irving Cabrera Torres Conchero dances honor pre-Hispanic gods and create a connection with the cosmos through meditative movement. Although Aztec and Mexican in origin, the dances are deeply rooted in the Chichimeca culture. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torrescenter_img Catholicism Conchero dancers don their outfits for a day of performances in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres From the ashes of defeat, the Conchero dance emerged, using traditional indigenous movement. Some say that the dance is a reenactment of the battle against the Spanish, with the steps containing hidden meanings and echoing old rituals, though few have been explicitly identified. The dances have been passed down through families for centuries. For many years, the dances were reserved only for indigenous people who forbid outsiders from viewing their ceremonies. There are dances especially dedicated to Huitzilopochtli (god of the sun and war), Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent), Tlaloc and Tezcatlipoca (smoking mirror, supreme god, who is everywhere), among others.The dances also incorporated Christian elements and have been heavily influenced by Catholicism. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — An ancient dance tradition with roots in Mexico’s indigenous culture, the Conchero calls down ancestral spirits to give their blessing and to purify observers through ritual smoke. Conchero dancers merge body and spirit in rhythmic harmony, giving thanks for creation in a ritual circle that represents the universe.  Share This! Irving Cabrera Torres According to Aztec philosophy, incense smoke administered by Concheros cleanses the spirit. Traditional herbs, such as basil, are used for the incense, along with more modern additions, like lollipops. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres The Metropolitan Cathedral was built on the site of the Templo Mayor, the former religious center of the Aztec city-state Tenochtitlan. Formerly a wholly religious ceremony, the Conchero dance now has cultural significance and is considered by many to be a folk dance. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresToday Conchero dances are considered Mexican folk dances and are performed in public, most frequently in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, where even tourists receive cleansings and purifications from the Concheros.A Conchero performer stands as a guardian of Aztec and pre-Hispanic traditions next to the Metropolitan Cathedral. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Truck drives into line of Jewish demonstrators protesting ICE in Rhode Island Conchero dancers perform in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo. The cathedral stands on the site of the Aztec’s Templo Mayor, where Mexicans before the Spanish conquest venerated their gods Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc and Coyolxauhqui. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresIt is widely believed that the Conchero dance tradition originated around the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Around 1531, conquistadors confronted the Chichimecas, an ethnic group that inhabited the center of the country on the hill of Sangremal in present-day Querétaro state in central Mexico. During the battle, a shining cross appeared in the sky along with the Apostle James, whose message of peace provoked the surrender of the Chichimecas. Amulets used in Conchero dances on display in Mexico City’s Zocalo, including a turtle shell (standing in for the more traditional armadillo shell), snails, incense and pre-Hispanic figures made from obsidian. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Irving Cabrera Torres,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Irving Cabrera Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

1 Sep / 2019

RAMBLING ROSE

first_imgHello everyone, I just don’t know what to say; such sad news about so many of our musicians and friends of musicians and the community. I promise you I am not starting an obituary section of the Rambling Rose column. It is unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it. As you see from my pictures, in the recent weeks we have lost many of our musical artists and family members.  May God give those left to mourn peace. Please keep them in your prayers.(From left to right) Kenneth Burton, the husband of Joyce Burton passed away last week; Michele Anderson, the sister of Baltimore’s own retired song stylist, “Lady Rebecca” passed away last week; Willa Bland, the founder of Flair Studio of Dance and Modeling and the mother of Andrea Bland-Travis passed away last week; and Romaine Rucks, the wife of Baltimore’s own keyboardist Bobby Rucks passed away last week.I would like to include the sick and shut-ins who are known very well in our community who also need your prayers; those who are in the hospital or who had surgery and are recuperating at home. They include, musician and my masonic brother, PGP Richard V. Johnson, who was admitted to Mercy Hospital last week and Judson Hughes, long time member of Arch Social Club had heart surgery, but is at home recuperating.John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Quintet featuring John Lamkin II on trumpet and flugelhorn; Michael Hairston on sax; Justin Taylor on piano, Michael Graham on bass and Jesse Moody on drums will perform on March 2 and Saturday 3, 9 p.m-11 p.m. at the Twins Jazz, 1344 U. Street NW in Washington, DC.St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church presents “Seven Last Words according to Jazz,” featuring the Greg Hatza Organization on March 4, at 3 p.m. at St. Gregory’s, 1542 N. Gilmor Street in Baltimore. Fish dinners on sale. For more information, call 410-298-5602.Jazz Expressways Foundation, will host their Jazz Breakfast Show featuring Nevitta Ruddy and Company on March 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Ave. Tickets include Buffet breakfast, vendors, dancing, BYOB and free set-ups.Well, my dear friends, make sure you check out the John Lamkin show at the Twins Jazz Club in DC, nothing more to report at this time or have room in my column for this week. I promise next time hopefully, more positive things to talk about. In the meantime, be good to each other and remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.last_img read more