first_imgCutting across party lines and regional divides, widespread condemnation and protests poured out in J&K on Tuesday against the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. “It’s an attack on the soul and spirit of Kashmir. Islam teaches us to protect and safeguard the lives of our guests. The attack is an assault on our religion and our identity as Kashmiris,” said National Conference president and Member of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah.Socio-religious group Jamaat-e-Islami termed the attack as a “cowardly act.” “This beastly incident needs an impartial probe by some international agency to bring forth the truth. Some unknown elements have vicious designs to defame Kashmiri Muslims,” said a Jamaat spokesman. Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a joint statement said, “This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos”.Valley-based traders’ bodies, including Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, joined the condemnation. “It’s noted with concern that such incidents have generally been taking place on specific occasions, which tend to send a wrong signal throughout the country about the situation in Kashmir,” said KCCI spokesman, as the traders demanded “a time-bound probe by a Supreme Court judge”.Traders and rights groups also held street protests in Srinagar. A rights group, J&K Coalition of Civil Society, also held a sit-in in Srinagar. “We want to show unambiguously and emphatically our solidarity to the victims. We demand a credible investigation into this incident and other crimes committed in J&K,” said JKCCS coordinator Khurram Pervez.Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in Jammu, the Pir Panchal valley and the Chenab Valley. A shutdown call was issued by Panthers Party, National Conference, Congress, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jammu High Court Bar Association.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: Three Uzbek female nationals and two Indian women were rescued after a raid by the Calangute police in North coastal Goa on Monday. Two pimps were also arrested. The raid was conducted at a guest house in Candolim village in North Goa, Police Inspector in-charge of Calangute police station Jivba Dalvi told presspersons on Monday. He said this was part of continued action by the police to tackle trafficking of women for sex-trade. “The men have been identified as Dhananjay Kumar Mohanty(22) and Chandan Kumar Patra(27), both natives of Odisha. They have been arrested and will be produced before a court for remand. The victims, three from Uzbekistan and one each from Maharashtra and Hyderabad have been sent to a care home,” Mr. Dalvi said, adding that the guest house has been sealed. The accused have been booked under Sections 370, 370(3) r/w 34 Indian Penal Code and sections 3, 4, 5 & 7 of Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, Mr. Dalvi said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s tennis association will apply for visas for their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan next month but expects the fixture to be moved away from Islamabad, AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told Reuters on Wednesday.The Asia/Oceania Group I tie, originally scheduled for Sept. 14-15 in Islamabad, was postponed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to late November following a security review. “We’ve begun the visa procedure while waiting for a confirmation on the venue by the ITF,” Chatterjee said by telephone.”We’ve requested a change in venue and ITF has promised to get back to us by Nov. 3.”Pakistan was forced to host Davis Cup ties at neutral venues for more than a decade as teams refused to travel to the country citing security concerns.They played their first home tie after a gap of 12 years against Iran in 2017, while Hong Kong was relegated and fined by the ITF after they refused to travel to Pakistan the same year.Pakistan expelled India’s ambassador and suspended bilateral trade and all public transport links with its neighbor in August after New Delhi removed “special status” from its portion of the contested region of Kashmir.Chatterjee said it was premature to talk about a possible pullout by top players should the ITF stick to Islamabad as the venue and was optimistic the governing body would shift the tie.”Based on the current situation, ITF should,” he said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. aitadavis cupIndiaITF First Published: October 16, 2019, 11:44 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img“Our fielding and slow bowling in the middle overs were “Our fielding and slow bowling in the middle overs were found wanting. I think 161 should have been easily defended,” Fleming said. “We just let the pressure off with the ball. On a pitch like that we probably should have shot a team down with the amount of turn on offer and how difficult it was. With 3 spinners and a slow bowler in (Rajat) Bhatia we were suited to do well but we didnt do it.” He, however, praised his batting unit for putting up 160 for five on the board. “I think the batting was very good today. There was some very smart batting. You really dont know what a good score is until 2-3rd of the innings,” he said. “(Steven) Smith and (Ajinkya) Rahane gave us the opportunity. We were very happy with 160,” Fleming said lauding Smith (31) and Rahanes (67) efforts. Supergiants were dealt a severe blow when Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the tournament with a calf muscle injury and Fleming said the team will miss the Englishman. “We didnt miss Kevin (Pietersen) much in the batting sense (last night) but we will miss his presence in the tournament of course,” the coach said. Fleming said its high time for the Supergiants to return to winning ways to keep themselves afloat in the tournament. “I was pretty angry with the way things went today. So my morale needs to be boost. But I have been in the IPL long enough to know we have to sleep on it. It is becoming pretty clear we have to get victories. Even in the last 3 games we had good chances of winning,” he said. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts a greater focus on defending has impacted his team’s attack this season.Klopp’s men are unbeaten in eight Premier League games, but their attack is yet to reach the same heights as 2017-18.With 15 finishes thus far, Liverpool are equal fifth for goals scored, however, they have conceded just three – a league-best alongside Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klopp said a change in approach had contributed to those numbers, but believes his team are still creating enough.”We want to be stronger defensively but we didn’t say that means we don’t have that much interest in offensive things,” the German told UK newspapers.”It’s a normal period of adaptation. You need to get used to things – closing this gap, this space.”You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”But we have created enough chances, it’s just that we didn’t score. It’s not that we’ve had no chances, it’s just that we didn’t use them like we used them in the best period of last season.”I am completely fine with that. We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve. We need to keep the stability – no doubt about that.”FINALLY…@premierleague football returns tomorrow!! Meanwhile, enjoy every #LFC goal so far this season… pic.twitter.com/EsyFLXCSYs— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 19, 2018Liverpool have also made adjustments to their pressing this season, with it occurring less often higher up the pitch.But Klopp, whose team visit Huddersfield Town on Saturday, said that was purely down to the approach of opponents.”It’s more the case that teams don’t usually play against us. They overplay our pressing with long balls, which makes sense,” he said.”In a lot of games our counter-press has been really good, which is much more important in terms of losing the ball and winning it back.”In terms of the high press, it depends on the style of play of the other team. You can’t do it if they don’t play. It’s not that we don’t want to do it any more. If they play then we should be there.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Microsemi: Libero SoC development software now certified to IEC 61508Next MACOM and STMicroelectronics to bring GaN on Silicon to RF applications The first member of the new and compact PicoCORE COM product family by F&S Elektronik Systeme is offered with the NXP i.MX 7ULP ARM based Applications Processor. Further pin compatible PicoCORE COMs will follow. NXP enables its heterogeneous concept with Linux running on the ARM® Cortex-A7 core and FreeRTOS running on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. The AP offers OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 3D and 2D Graphics Accelerator for media applications. There are up to 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to 32GB eMMC, as well as USB OTG, 2x I2C, SPI, 2x UART and SDIO available.The board comes with a MIPI-DSI interface for easy connection to displays. A resistive/ PCAP touch panel can be connected via I2C. Another option is an onboard WLAN/BT4.1 module (pre-certified). The PicoCORE™ standard uses two plug connectors (Hirose DF40C) with 80 pins each. This enables a compact shape and short board-to-board distance. The power supply of PicoCORE is 5V, the power consumption is about 1W.The available operating system is Linux (kernel 4.1.15, Yocto); it has already been ported by the experienced software team of F&S Elektronik Systeme. Bootloader, customized interface drivers and all tools needed for development are ready to download.Several security functions were made available by F&S‘s customized Linux OS. The F&S project guarantee accompanies the customer from the start until the successful finish of the project. Starter kits, workshops, hardware and software documentations, as well as free support by the experienced engineers pave the way to customers’ success. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be available until minimum 2028. PicoCOREMX7ULP will be introduced at Embedded World 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgSmriti Mandhana and England captain Heather Knight are hitting it off not just on the sidelines of the ongoing Women’s Cricket Super League in England but they are also finding ways to help each other on the field.Mandhana is the first Indian to be a part of the Women’s Cricket Super League and she announced herself quite remarkably with a 20-ball 48 in the first match of Western Storm against Yorkshire Diamonds.Mandhana achieved the success at the back of some pretty peculiar help from Knight.On the other hand, Knight received some on-field Hindi lessons from Mandhana and helped her bat through.What an incredible innings on KSL debut from Smriti Mandhana! 48 from just 20 balls!Some amazing shots here! #StormTroopers @mandhana_smriti @sachin_rt @BCCIWomen @Anya_shrubsole @legsidelizzy @ECB_cricket @SGanguly99 @VVSLaxman281 @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/JW2dkDzw6CWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018In a video posted by ICC, Knight and Mandhana narrated how one Hindi word that the former learnt on the field helped the Indian bat through.”It was a bit hard for me to call out in English, because we are used to calling out in Hindi, so I was telling her ‘haan’ is yes. So she was like, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll run for that!’,” Smriti told ICC.She further went on to say that it was a good experience for her to play alongside Heather for a change.”I’ve always played against her [Knight], so playing alongside her was fun.”Knight, on the other hand, spoke about how batting with different players from around the world beautifies these worldwide T20 league. Also learning new languages is fun.advertisement”It’s one of the great things about T20 [leagues]. You get to play with different people from around the world and work out how they play their cricket. Also learn new languages, I thought it was good fun.”I’m not sure I’ll be wanting to do it [learn a new language] every week,” she laughed, “but if I can learn ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in Hindi and help Smriti bat there in the middle – because she got off to a great start for us – then that’s great!” Knight expressed.Apart from picking up on some Hindi, Knight also revealed how they are all keeping a keen eye on the way Mandhana bats and perhaps read her game, understand it and learn from it too.”They get to watch how you bat internationally and vice versa. You get to have a look on how they go about things and get a closer look at their game and how you’re going to play against them and get them out.”At the back of our heads, we’re working out how we are going to bowl out Smriti in the World Cup because you’ve got the best players in the world playing here and you want to learn from them as much as you can and pick up those little tips that you can add to you game and improve you own game,” Knight said.Smriti also went on to express that it was a learning experience to be sharing dressing room with world class players.”I think it’s great fun sharing the dressing room with players who we play against throughout the year. It makes us a better player. Learning from experiences we’ll all grow together.”Mandhana and Knight put up an 80-run partnership for Western Storm, where Smriti struck five sixes her her 48-run innings.Some photos from a sizzling knock of 48 from @mandhana_smriti!!!#StormTroopers pic.twitter.com/fuuwoW64SuWestern Storm (@WesternStormKSL) July 22, 2018Even after Mandhana was dismissed, Knight went on to score 97 off 62 deliveries.Western Storm eventually beat Yorkshire Diamonds by seven wickets.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) are confident that Jamaica’s economy will continue to improve on conclusion of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) later this year. They point to the disciplined manner in which the Government is managing affairs in order to ensure that there is no reversal to a borrowing arrangement, once the current programme relationship ends.EGC Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin, said based on the notable gains that Jamaica has recorded since re-engaging the IMF six years ago, “there is no better point than now [to end the borrowing arrangement]”.He noted that the sacrifices made by Jamaicans coupled with fiscal responsibility measures instituted, auger well for the country’s future economic stability. “We have put in oversight bodies on our own to make sure that we do not backslide. The fact that we have an Economic Growth Council (among others)… these are entities that should assure you that there is oversight… [so] we can now graduate from borrowing relations. Maintaining oversight by private sector entities, as far as we are concerned, is in our national interest,” Mr. Lee-Chin said.He was speaking at the EGC’s seventh quarterly briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (Jan. 23).For his part, EGC Chief Executive Officer, Senator Aubyn Hill, also contended that based on the positive developments, “I don’t think we are afraid anymore of not having the IMF.”“We are serious about the fact that we are going to drive down that debt… we are committed to it. [The Administration of] Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness… is completely committed and unequivocal about it. We are going to fix this fiscal house and make it better,” Senator Hill said.last_img read more

first_img Print  Close My location zoom Johannes D. Neteland has been appointed CEO for NorYards AS with effect from March 1st 2014. He will replace Asle Solheim who has been acting CEO since the company was established last fall.Neteland will take up the position as CEO for NorYards as an engagement running from March 1st 2014 and six months going forward. A permanent appointment will be considered within the next half year.Johannes D. Neteland has a unique international experience from leading positions within the maritime- and offshore related industry. His extensive knowledge and comprehensive network represents a strong contribution to Nor Yard’s management. For the past 16 years, Johannes D. Neteland has been CEO for the stock listed company TTS Group ASA headquartered in Bergen, Norway.In an extraordinary General Meeting this week, Mykola Kuzmenko was elected as new chairman of the Board of Directors in the company, replacing Mr. Sutharshan Tharmaratnam. Mr. Kuzmenko, representing Calexco S.a.r.l. as the future majority owner of NorYards AS, is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC Shipyard Zaliv in Ukraine. In addition, Asle Solheim was also elected as a board member in NorYards AS. Solheim is CEO in Bergen Group ASA.Bergen Group expects the sale of the Group’s shipbuilding division to NorYards to be completed by end of Q1 2014. When closing is taking place, Calexco will acquire the majority ownership in NorYards AS consisting of NorYards BMV and NorYards Fosen. These two Norwegian shipyards will together with NorYards Design & Engineering and NorYards Zaliv (Zaliv Shipyard, Ukraine) as a strategic partner, form the NorYards Group.NorYards has with this established a strong position throughout the value chain within modern shipbuilding; from basic design and all the way through final completion of the vessels. The foundation for future growth in the international market for the construction of advanced offshore vessels and specialized vessels is expected to be strong. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Bergen Group, February 28, 2014last_img read more

first_imgSherbrooke Village will be alive with the sounds of the seasonfor the next four weekends as it hosts its annual, award-winningOld Fashioned Christmas event. The festivities kick off on Friday, Nov. 28, with a tree lightingand candlelight procession beginning at 7 p.m. at Maple Manor andending at Sherbrooke Village. The procession is followedimmediately by a Christmas Carol sing and a show by East CoastMusic Award winners Kidd Brothers at the Village Square at 7:45p.m. There will be festive music at an Old Fashioned Christmas Concertat the Sherbrooke Lions Hall on Saturday, Nov. 29, and anecumenical choir service on Sunday, Nov. 30 at St. JamesPresbyterian Church, located in Sherbrooke Village. On Saturday, Dec. 6, George Brothers and Ol’ Blue will presentseasonal music and popular standards from the 1940s to the ’80sat the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance at the Lions Hall. On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m., a Christmas Ceilidh will bepresented at the Courthouse, with Roly Burton and Friends. John Gracie, one of Sherbrooke’s favourite musical friends, alsoreturns on Dec. 7, to begin his Christmas As I Remember It tour.This will mark Mr. Gracie’s fifth consecutive Christmas show atthe Sherbrooke Courthouse. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is only one part of Old Fashioned Christmas activitieswhich also include crafts, wagon rides, family skates and otherevents at Sherbrooke Village. Although the Old Fashioned Christmas event officially ends onSunday, Dec. 7, the village remains lighted and decorated untilChristmas. And the music will not stop either. SherbrookeCourthouse concert organizers have decided to take advantage ofthe festive site to present two additional concerts. The MacLean Sisters will return to the Sherbrooke area for asecond year, performing music from their recording Reflections ofChristmas. The MacLeans will be joined by country singer RyLeeMadison, who has just released a five-song Christmas CD. Theconcert takes place at the Courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 13 at7:30 p.m. The final festive offering will be on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30p.m. when Ardyth and Jennifer bring their Winter Fire Tour toSherbrooke. The Celtic harpists have performed in the courthouseon a number of occasions. For information on Old Fashioned Christmas events or thecourthouse concerts contact Sherbrooke Village or see the websiteat http://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/christmas/ .last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University is a top research institution and “intentions” of some people who have given it a “bad name” will not be allowed to succeed, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Replying to concerns raised by SP Singh Baghel (SP) during the discussion on a bill to establish two universities in Andhra Pradesh, the minister said JNU is a top institution and doing a good job in research. “Some people have given it a bad name. But their intentions would not be allowed to succeed … There is no question of JNU faltering from the mainstream. We won’t allow it to happen,” he said. Bagehl had referred to the 2016 incident in which anti- India slogans were raised in the university campus on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.last_img read more

Rohan Mahimker and Alex Peters will be on Dragon’s Den Wednesday night, pitching a children’s math game that students at Brock University helped to developBeatrice Ombuki-Berman plans to spend Wednesday night with her television.The Brock computer sciences professor will have the channel tuned to the popular business pitch reality show Dragon’s Den, where two young entrepreneurs will ask for money to invest in a children’s educational math game that Ombuki-Berman and a handful of her students helped create.The program, called Prodigy, is the brainchild of Alex Peters of St. Catharines and Rohan Mahimker of Mississauga. The University of Waterloo graduates founded the company SMARTeacher then received $50,000 from the federal government’s Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative (ARC).Brock University is one of ARC’s administering bodies in south-central Ontario, and the funding enabled Peters and Mahimker to collaborate with Ombuki-Berman and a crew of Brock students who helped develop the game’s technology.As everyone toiled away during the summer last year, Ombuki-Berman not only saw her students put their classroom knowledge to work, she saw them mature. Some of the students have gone on to graduate studies in computer science. One even landed a job with SMARTeacher.“I am very proud of my students who played a crucial role in this collaboration,” Ombuki-Berman said in an email. “Without the creativity and dedication of our computer science students Alex Bailey, Kyle Harrison, Ethan Jackson and Chris Stinson, this collaboration would not have been successful.”Unlike other games that simply give points and move players on to different levels when they correctly answer questions, Prodigy senses what a child is feeling and takes its cues accordingly.So, if a child is feeling frustrated by the math problems generated, the game provides easier questions and hints.If they’re a budding math whiz and getting bored, the difficulty is increased, all thanks to a bio-sensor – similar to the technology used in lie detector tests – that the player wears like a watch.It’s a concept that appealed to Ombuki-Berman, who’s passionate about putting Artificial Intelligence to practical use.It was also an opportunity for student Kyle Harrison to get a glimpse of what’s involved in starting up a tech company.And Harrison, an undergrad at the time of helping to develop the server side of the program so that it could be used on a personal computer and communicate with a remote server that would enable game updates and changes, is grateful.“I always take pride in my work and am thrilled to see that a project I was a part of is having such great success,” Harrison said.“I’m also quite happy to see the company’s success as a whole. I have a lot of respect for the founders and the journey they have embarked on with this project. It was a great idea and I’m glad to see it finally getting at least some of the recognition it deserves.”Now student, teacher and Peters are hopeful the dragons, some of Canada’s top business minds, will give SMARTeacher the money needed to turn program into a household name.Earlier this year, Peters and Mahimker auditioned to be on the CBC show where entrepreneurs ask for cash in return for a share of their startups and “just did a terrible job.”But a surprise phone call from a producer and 72 hours to prepare for a second chance was all the duo needed to get on TV.Though he can’t say how he and Mahimker fared in front of the dragons, Peters was clear they wouldn’t have been there without the grant and Brock.“Your students were great at making sure the end product was something kids would be excited about. We went from what was essentially a school project but with the help of Brock, we were able to put it front of customers,” he said.“If we didn’t have that development help, we wouldn’t be putting this product on air.”Dragon’s Den airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBC. read more

ReferencesAssociated Press Top 25 poll / College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings / Elo rating / ESPN’s Football Power Index The DetailsThe goal of any statistical model is to represent events in a formal, mathematical way — ideally, with a few relatively simple mathematical functions. Simpler is usually better when it comes to model-building. That doesn’t really work, however, in the case of the College Football Playoff’s selection committee, the group tasked with picking the nation’s four best teams at the end of each season. As you might imagine from a bunch of former coaches and college-administration types, they can sometimes resist the clean logic that an algorithm would love to impose. So while we’ve found that our model can do a reasonably good job of anticipating their decisions, it has to account for the group behaving in somewhat complicated ways.That’s one of the challenges our College Football Playoff forecast faces, but one of the fun parts, too. Unlike our other prediction models, which only really try to predict the outcomes of games, it also tries to predict the behavior of the humans on the selection committee instead. Here’s a rundown of how we go about doing that.The key characteristics of the model are that it’s iterative and probabilistic. It’s iterative in that it simulates the rest of the college season one game (and one week) at a time, instead of jumping directly from the current playoff committee standings to national championship chances. And it’s probabilistic in that it aims to account for the considerable uncertainty in the playoff picture, both in terms of how the games will turn out and in how the humans on the selection committee might react to them.Games are simulated mostly using ESPN’s Football Power Index. We say “mostly” because we’ve also found that giving a little weight to the playoff committee’s weekly rankings of the top 25 teams helps add to the predictions’ accuracy. (We use the Associated Press Top 25 poll as a proxy for the committee’s rankings until the first set of rankings is released in the second half of the season.) Specifically, the model’s game-by-game forecasts are based on a combination of FPI ratings and committee (or AP) rankings — 75 percent on FPI and 25 percent on the rankings.1Because the committee ranks only the top 25 teams, we estimate how it would rate the remaining Football Bowl Subdivision teams based on our Elo ratings, which we’ll discuss a little later.In many ways, that’s the simple part. While predicting games isn’t always the easiest endeavor, there’s a science to it that we’ve applied across our many sports interactives over the years. But the next part, the process of predicting the human committee, is unique to our college football model.After each set of simulated games, our system begins to guess how the committee will handle those results. These predictions account for the potential margin of victory in each game and for the fact that some wins and losses matter more than others. To assist with this part of the process, alongside a separate formula based simply on wins and losses, we use a version of our old friend the Elo rating. In other sports, we use Elo to help predict the games, but in this case, we mainly rely on it to model how college football’s powers that be tend to react to which teams won and how they did it. This special version of Elo is designed to try to mimic the committee’s behavior.We’ve calculated these Elo ratings back to the 1869 college football season. Between each season, ratings are reverted partly to the mean, to account for roster turnover and so forth. We revert teams to the mean of all teams in their conference, rather than to the mean of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Thus, teams from the Power Five conferences2The ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the SEC. — especially the SEC — start out with a higher default rating.3To be more precise, our model treats conferences as existing along a spectrum, rather than in binary groups of “power” and “minor” conferences. As a consequence of this, our system also gives teams from power conferences more advantages, because that’s how human voters tend to see them.This conference-centric approach both yields more accurate predictions of game results and better mimics how committee and AP voters rank the teams. For better or worse, teams from non-power conferences (except Notre Dame, that special snowflake among independents) rarely got the benefit of the doubt under the old BCS system, and that’s been the case under the selection committee as well.Some of the model’s complexity comes in trying to model when the selection committee might choose to break its own seemingly established rules. For example, we discovered in 2014 — when the committee excluded TCU from the playoff even though the Horned Frogs held the No. 3 spot in the committee’s penultimate rankings and won their final game by 52 points — that the committee isn’t always consistent from week to week. Instead, it can re-evaluate the evidence as it goes. For example, if the committee has an 8-0 team ranked behind a 7-1 team, there’s a reasonable chance that the 8-0 team will leapfrog the other in the next set of rankings even if both teams win their next game in equally impressive fashion. That’s because the committee defaults toward looking mostly at wins and losses among power conference teams while putting some emphasis on strength of schedule and less on margin of victory or “game control.”We’ve had to add other wrinkles to the system over the years. Before the 2015 season, for example, we added a bonus for teams that win their conference championships, since the committee explicitly says that it accounts for conference championships in its rankings (although exactly how much it weights them is difficult to say).4Determining how much a conference championship matters is tricky because a team that wins a championship game has a lot of other things going for it — for instance, by virtue of winning its conference’s championship game, a team gets an additional head-to-head win against another strong team, something the committee (and our model) already values highly. And late in 2016, we added an adjustment for head-to-head results, another factor that the committee explicitly says it considers. If two teams have roughly equal résumés but one of them won a head-to-head matchup earlier in the season, it’s a reasonably safe bet that the winner will end up ranked higher.Going into 2019, we also added a tweak to how we treat independents — most notably Notre Dame (remember, special snowflakes and all that) — when they have a strong season. In previous years, our model handled a team like the Fighting Irish by assessing their résumé using the tools above but not giving them any kind of conference championship bonus … since they are, you know, not in a conference. This ended up somewhat significantly underrating Notre Dame’s chances of making the playoff, because the selection committee effectively treats the Irish like they had won a conference (or similar to it) if they make it to the end of the season undefeated or with just one loss.To deal with this piece of college football reality, we now assign the conference championship bonus to independents on a fractional basis, depending on their W-L record. These fractions are based on how often different win and loss totals (up through and including championship week, but not bowl games) are associated with the probability of winning conference championships in the CFP era, in conferences that have championship games. Here are those percentages: How to give conference-champion credit to independentsChance of winning a conference championship based on both wins and losses (through championship week but excluding bowls), 2014-18 131000100 1164231 1289174 Model CreatorNate Silver FiveThirtyEight’s founder and editor in chief. | @NateSilver538 Source: ESPN 1026314 <=9<1>=4<1 For an independent team with a given record, we average together the fractional chance of winning a conference based on its wins with the chance based on its losses. So an 11-1 Notre Dame team would receive (0.64 + 0.74) / 2 = 0.69 of a conference championship bonus added to its playoff bona fides.One last note here: The value of our conference championship bonus depends on the quality of a school’s conference. So in the case of independents, Notre Dame is treated as being in the equivalent of an average-strength power conference. For other independents, their “conference” strength is estimated based on their Elo rating.Even after all of these adjustments, there are no guarantees. So not only do we account for the uncertainty in the results of the games themselves, but we also account for the error in how accurately we can predict the committee’s ratings. Because the potential for error is greater the further you are from the playoff, uncertainty is higher the earlier you are in the regular season. In early October, for example, as many as 15 or 20 teams will still belong in the playoff “conversation.” That number will gradually be whittled down — probably to around five to seven teams before the committee releases its final rankings.Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our College Football Playoff predictions work. Based on Wins:Based on Losses: Related ArticlesJust Win, Baby (And You’ll Probably Make The College Football Playoff)Should Alabama’s Résumé Have Trumped Ohio State’s Conference Crown? WinsConference Title %LossesConference Title % Version History1.6 Forecast updated for 2019 season; conference champion adjustment added for independents.Sept. 19, 20191.5 Forecast updated for 2018 season.Oct. 4, 20181.4 Forecast published for 2017 season; game-by-game forecasts incorporate team rankings, power conferences given a boost, AP poll used before committee releases rankings.Oct. 5, 20171.3 Head-to-head results incorporated into model.Dec. 2, 20161.2 Forecast published for 2016 season.Nov. 1, 20161.1 Forecast published for 2015 season; conference champion bonus added, uncertainty increased.Nov. 3, 20151.0 College Football Playoff model first published for the 2014 season.Nov. 21, 2014 read more

first_imgGAME RECAPD.C. United 3, Timbers 2Storyline: Portland loses for the first time in six MLS home matches, paying for a sluggish start and two defensive breakdowns.Controversy: Decisions by the officials played a big role in the outcome, with two goals coming from penalty kicks, and with two apparent goals for Portland’s Kenny Cooper erased on debatable offside calls.Up next: Portland at Chivas USA, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.PORTLAND — The Portland Timbers’ first Major Soccer League loss at Jeld-Wen Field was rife with controversy and contention. There were officials’ decisions that took away goals and others that resulted in goals. There was Timbers forward Kenny Cooper losing his cool. And there was a late surge from the home team that nearly got Portland a better result than Sunday’s 3-2 loss to D.C. United.To Portland coach John Spencer, none of the dramatics on the field Sunday were as significant as his team’s subpar preparation leading up to the match. To the coach, the Timbers got what they deserved even if the sellout crowd of 18,627 didn’t.“I thought we were second to every first ball. I thought we were second to every second ball,” Spencer said. “We started sloppy in the Philly game and got away with it. We started sloppy against Columbus and got away with it. And today we got punished. That’s what happens when you don’t practice how you play.”Jack Jewsbury and Jorge Perlaza scored second-half goals for the Timbers (5-4-1), but the visitors put the ball behind former United keeper Troy Perkins three times — including twice within 10 minutes to pull away from a 1-1 tie in the second half.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, December 13, 2018:#1) Wilmington High School & Middle School Winter Band ConcertThe Wilmington High School and 7th & 8th Grade Bands will hold their Winter Concert at 7pm in the High School Auditorium. Tickets needed to be purchased via Ms. Mette are not available at the door. The concert air live on WCTV.#2) Craft Beer TastingElia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue)is holding a beer tasting from 5pm to 7pm. Sample Weyley NE style red ale from Anonymous Brewing Co. out of Rowley, Massachusetts. This is the flagship — the first craft beer introduced by this new brewery. Support local companies and stop in for a taste.#3) Holiday Concert at Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Holiday Concert at 7pm. Musicians John and Chris Boehmer, a husband-wife duo from Massachusetts, will perform holiday favorites plus a few original songs and occasional covers in the contemporary folk genre. After performing individually as solo singer-songwriters for many years, they got together in 2012 to create a musical duo that is greater than the sum of its parts. Register HERE.#4) Ugly Sweater Day At Wilmington Senior CenterStop by the the Wilmington Senior Center and show off your “Ugly Holiday Sweater” from 1pm to 3pm. Refreshments will be served and prizes to be given out.#5) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgYouTubeMohanlal, popularly known as the Complete Actor among his fans, is now enjoying the success of his latest movie ‘Lucifer’. Until now, the film has collected more than Rs 210 crore at the box-office, and thus it has emerged as the biggest Mollywood blockbuster of all times. The film, directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, is special for many reasons, and one among them is the scintillating ‘Kadavule Pole’ song composed by Deepak Dev.In ‘Lucifer’, the song is placed during a fight sequence, and Mohanlal’s performance in these scenes played a crucial role in elevating the mood of the film. Now, a fight mashup video of Mohanlal has surfaced online, and this two-minute edited clip with ‘Kadavule Pole’ song in the background is capable of proving why Mohanlal is the biggest Superstar in Mollywood.The song is edited by a YouTube user named Linto Kurian, and it portrays various fight scenes of Mohanlal from movies that span from the beginning of his career. The clip begins with Mohanlal’s iconic street fight scene with Siddique in the movie ‘Raavanaprabhu’. Later, the uploader has edited and inserted high-voltage action scenes from various films like ‘Naran’, ‘Sphadikam’, ‘Odiyan’, ‘Aaram Thampuran’, ‘Ali Bhai’, ‘Narasimham’, ‘Shikkar’ and ‘Lucifer’.One of the major attractions of this video clip is its slick editing. The editing seems so professional in nature and the uploader deserves a special round of applause for this effort. The video has already gone viral on YouTube, and it has already racked up more than 1,36,200 views.Mohanlal is now awaiting the release of his new movie ‘Ittimani: Made in China’, which is being directed by duo directors Jibi and Joju. The film is touted to be a comedy entertainer, and Mohanlal will be seen playing the role of a Christian character based in Thrissur. The film is expected to hit the screens on Onam, and it will lock horns with Mammootty’s ‘Ganagandharvan’ at the box-office.last_img read more

first_imgRev. Dr. Jasmin ScularkIn Laventille, Trinidad, dreams are hard to come by. For its residents, the beauty of the Caribbean Sea just beyond them and the towering edifices of the nearby capital of Port-of-Spain belie their hardscrabble existence in the hillside ghetto that is rife with poverty, crime and gang warfare. In this place, where life is an often-wasted commodity and hope has long fled, dreams are but wishes for survival or escape.That is why the Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark, who grew up in the beleaguered Laventille, remains amazed at her induction, this week, as senior pastor of the Jericho City of Praise, a megachurch in Landover, Md.“Coming from Laventille – a poor neighborhood, a devastated neighborhood, a dangerous neighborhood – you had dreams but not dreams this size,” Sculark told the AFRO.But then the appointment is just another example of the miraculous work of God in her life, said the senior pastor-elect, whose national reputation as a pint-sized preaching powerhouse has earned her the moniker, “Daughter of Thunder.”“This new position in ministry means a number of things. No. 1, it lets me know that God is faithful to who He is. It’s God doing what God promised he would do, even before the foundation of the world,” said Sculark, also affectionately known as “Dr. Jazz.” “This new position also means that there is a shifting of what God is doing, that this is the season of the underdog. For me to leave from Trinidad and land at Jericho just tells the nation and people who read this article that God is taking the least of these and putting them in mega places, in mega platforms, in megachurches so God can get a mega glory.”By any worldly definition, Dr. Jazz is an underdog. Bereft of both parents—her mother died at an early age and she never knew her father—Sculark said she grew up in a “dysfunctional” family, in which an older sister was the only bulwark between her siblings and the mayhem and bloodshed of the streets.And even there, God found her. When an Open Bible church bravely ventured into Laventille—the only one to do so that Sculark can recall—to host a crusade, she immediately gave her life to Christ.“Once I heard the gospel that Jesus loves me, I did not even hesitate,” Dr. Jazz said. “I gave my life to Christ because I wanted to hear some kind of good news. And the moment I did that, I wouldn’t tell you that a million dollars fell [from the sky], I wouldn’t tell you that everything became perfect, but what I would tell you is that I had this unbelievable peace, this assurance on the inside. And, I knew there was nothing that I could not do.”Shortly after, Sculark decided to devote her life to ministry. In another-dream-come-true, she immigrated to the United States, working in a factory, where she affixed labels to suits she could not afford, while going to school. A graduate of the Practical Bible College in Vestal, N.Y., and the Washington Bible College in Lanham, Md., she was licensed to preach Feb. 4, 1992, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.She also received a master’s in theological studies from the Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a doctoral degree in ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.Along her ministerial journey, Sculark said, God always sent the right people at the right time.The Rev. Dr. Charles Booth, for example has been her “father in ministry,” and the person she still consults on matters related to preaching. Pastor John K. Jenkins, of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Prince George’s County, Md., also has been a mentor for her, particularly on matters related to pastoring, during her 11 years as senior pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in York, Pa. And, just last year, God connected her with the renowned megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, likely in preparation for her move to Jericho, Dr. Jazz said.Faced with this new assignment, however, Sculark said she identifies with Saul, in the Old Testament, who went hiding when it was time to crown him king of Israel.“You better have some fears, if you don’t have any you must be crazy,” she said. “It’s a mountain of an assignment, a mountain of a challenge [and] the fear is I know my own inadequacies, I know my own limitations and my own struggles. But the one thing I’m assured about is that God is faithful, and if God calls you, He is going to do it.”Among the challenges Sculark faces is an ongoing schism and legal battle for control of Jericho’s multimillion campus that erupted after the death of Apostle Betty Peebles, Jericho’s co-founder, in October 2010. Now-Bishop Joel R. Peebles, son of the founders, expected to inherit leadership, but was ousted by the church’s board of directors, who claimed they were acting on Apostle Peebles’ bedside wishes. Since then, the congregation has been divided.And then there are the supersized problems that come from dealing with a bigger church, including balancing the responsibilities of overseeing the entire Jericho enterprise, which includes a 10,000-seat sanctuary, senior citizens’ complex, school and other components.“So being able to manage the time of it and not burning myself out…balancing the personal and the professional,” Sculark said, would be one of her greatest challenges. “You know we, particularly as women, nurture everybody but don’t take care of ourselves.”And there are the demands of church members, who often want to have direct contact with the pastor. But, like Moses, Sculark said, she realizes that trying to take on all the responsibilities of leadership would be detrimental to her spiritual and physical health. So, not only is she creating a “dream team” of elders and pastors to work alongside her, but she’s also taking advantage of modern-day tools of ministry.“I am one of these preachers and pastors that believes social media is one of the greatest gifts that has ever come our way. I’m not one of those pastors that’s reluctant to use the Internet or sees it as the Antichrist. I see it as a method to get the gospel from Timbuktu, to Australia, to wherever you need to,” she said.For example, since her appointment in April, Dr. Jazz has implemented the means of paying tithes and offerings via mobile text and credit card, reflecting 21st century methods.It is that kind of innovative thinking and fire-in-the-belly enthusiasm for the gospel that makes Dr. Jazz the right fit for Jericho, many have said.“I see myself as an Esther, a woman for such a time as this,” Dr. Jazz said. “Timing is so important, and I believe when it’s your time and your turn there is nothing that can stop you.” See part two of the interview with Dr. Jazz in next week’s AFRO.last_img read more