Lamborghini Huracan Avio India launch confirmed, Indians scared of driver-less cars? A new study says so and more

first_imgLamborghini Huracan Avio India launch confirmedLamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Avio, the same luxury sportscar which made its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, will make its Indian debut on September 22. As a tribute to the valour of the Air Force, Lamborghini will launch the special edition Huracan Avio sportscar in India, which is limited to 250 units only.Indians scared of driver-less cars? A new study says soSelf-driving vehicles offer an edge in terms of safety and mobility, but one of its biggest expected benefits is increased productivity of passengers freed of the burden of driving — or is it, asks a new study that also included a sample from India.TVS launches StaR City+, Sport in new coloursTVS Motor Company today launched new colour variants for its two brands of motorcycles TVS StaR City+ and TVS Sport. The new colour variants – TVS StaR City+ (Spotlight White) & TVS Sport (Black Silver) have been launched to mark the approaching festive season.Hero Motorsports team rally riders CS Santosh, Joaquim Rodrigues gear-up for Dakar 2017Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motor-sport division of Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), showed a glimpse of their off-roading prowess at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT), Jaipur.last_img read more

Tests or ODIs, Michael Clarke feels India are always tough to beat at home

first_imgMichael Clarke visits India more often now than he did during his playing days as an Australia cricketer. But significantly, the former Aussie captain has perfected the art of ducking under the bouncer with the microphone in hand.When asked to pick one of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in his side, he chose both. On being asked to rate the better captain between Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, he appraised them equally. His favourite Indian cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar.The only time he let his guard down was when the mics were switched off. He tried his hand at making pani puri and played a little gilli danda while promoting a TV show.Time for some burning cricket questions and the filter was in action again. Can the current Indian side win away from home and stay No.1 in Tests? “India is doing extremely well winning home and away and led very well by Virat Kohli. So if they keep playing good cricket, they will continue to be the no.1 team in the world,” pat came the reply.A more considered evaluation finally happened when questioned if Australia had it in them to beat India on turning tracks, next month. Smothering the spin of the question, he replied, “ODI cricket is a lot different from Test cricket, so I would imagine the wickets would be very good. I think we will see some entertaining cricket.””Hopefully, the Aussies can perform well and win. But it is going to be tough. India is always good in their backyard,” Clarke finished with a non committal reply.advertisementlast_img read more

Photo: Pitt’s “Oakland Zoo” Botched The Tyler Roberson Section Of Its Heckling Cheat Sheet

first_imgOakland Zoo messed up the Tyler Roberson section of its heckling cheap sheet.The Petersen Events Center is one of the hardest places to play in college basketball, and Pitt’s student section, the “Oakland Zoo,” is a big reason why. The Zoo is virtually on top of the court, and like many of the nation’s other top student sections, they get very creative with their heckling. Unfortunately, today doesn’t seem to be their day, at least when it comes to the “cheat sheet” for the game against rival Syracuse.The Oakland Zoo’s cheat sheet on the Syracuse players. Names of players’ girlfriends and moms! pic.twitter.com/VMrsBAxdC5— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015Including mothers and girlfriends is a bit questionable, but the Zoo is far from the only student section to do that. However, the whole basis for taunts against starting forward Tyler Roberson is a mess.robersonzooIn its cheat sheet, the @OaklandZoo mocked Tyler Roberson for spelling his name wrong on Twitter. Problem is: the Zoo spelled it Robertson— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015When making fun of someone for misspelling his own name, you should probably make sure you have it right first.last_img read more

Trudeau Notley welcome BCs Horgan despite Trans Mountain pipeline rift

first_imgVANCOUVER – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have welcomed British Columbia’s new premier-designate John Horgan despite simmering tensions over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Horgan, a New Democrat, has promised to use every tool available to halt the $7.4-billion expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline. The project has been approved by the federal government and is seen as crucial to revitalizing Alberta’s oilsands.During the B.C. election campaign, Notley, who leads the NDP in Alberta, banned her staff from working to elect Horgan due to their disagreement over the project. Trudeau, at a stop in Metro Vancouver last month, suggested the B.C. NDP’s position was “wrong.”But on Friday, a day after Christy Clark’s Liberal government was defeated in a non-confidence vote in the provincial legislature, both Notley and Trudeau issued statements that avoided the touchy subject of the pipeline.“I look forward to working closely with premier-designate Horgan to deliver real results on the issues that matter to British Columbians and to all Canadians,” Trudeau said.“By coming together in a spirit of co-operation, I am confident that we can grow the industries and sectors at the heart of the province’s prosperity, while promoting clean growth and innovation and investing in public transit and green infrastructure.”The prime minister also said he looked forward to working with Horgan to implement the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Trudeau thanked Clark for her work as premier and her public service contributions to the province and the country.Horgan told Vancouver radio station CKNW on Friday that stopping Trans Mountain was not his top priority. He said he will focus his attention first on other issues including the opioid crisis and housing.He has not said which tools he will use to try to stop the pipeline, apart from saying legal and regulatory options are available.In her statement, Notley offered “heartfelt congratulations” to Horgan and appreciation and thanks to Clark.“Alberta and British Columbia share more than a border. We are bound together by deep personal and economic ties and a commitment to building strong communities with good jobs, strong public services and a clean environment,” Notley said.“I know that premier-designate Horgan is a champion for these values. I look forward to working with him and his new government to advance our shared interests and to make life better for the people of our two provinces.”last_img read more

Carson eyed role for Enviro Min Kent to land water deals

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDays before the RCMP were called in by the Prime Minister’s Office to investigate, Bruce Carson planned to enlist another political heavy-weight to clear the “log-jam” in the Indian Affairs bureaucracy he believed was stymieing his efforts to land First Nations water contracts for an Ottawa-based company that had a deal with his escort fiancee.For months, Carson had been trying to land water deals that would see Michele McPherson, 22, stand to rake in millions of dollars based on a secret contract obtained by APTN Investigates.In a wide-ranging interview on March 6 with APTN, Carson, 65, a former senior advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said he was in the process of setting up a meeting between Environment Minister Peter Kent, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Patrick Hill, owner of H2O Global Group.“Where we are going next with this, and this is nobody’s business but mine, is to sit down with Duncan, Kent, Atleo and myself and probably Patrick to try to figure out a way to break through the log-jam,” said Carson.A spokesperson for Kent said the minister met with Carson once on Feb. 7 to talk about the environment and clean energy. Carson, at the time, was the head of the Canada School on the Environment and Energy. During the conversation the subject of First Nations water came up.“Mr. Carson did raise general water issues on First Nations, but did not name any specific company or companies during the discussion,” said Bill Rogers, Kent’s director of communications. “The issues are the responsibility of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. As such, no follow-up was required by (Kent) and the two men have not discussed the matter since.”For the man nicknamed “the mechanic” and known as Stephen Harper’s fixer, what he was witnessing with Indian Affairs bureaucrats was all too familiar, he said. Carson said it had been the problem from the beginning for the Conservative government. He made no secret of his allegiance to the Conservatives and called Harper one of his best friends.While praising the work of the last three Clerks of the Privy Council, the most powerful bureaucrat in the government and essentially the deputy minister for the prime minister’s central department, Carson said it was always the mid-level bureaucrats who seemed to throw up roadblocks to getting things done.“One of the guys told me if you read (former British prime minister) Tony Blair’s book, it’s a terrible book, there is a part there where Blair talks about trying to get the bureaucracy to think the way he thought,” said Carson. “And that is the same way here.You have a really good idea, you are trying to put it forward, a lot of people think it’s a really good idea…but in the end it is just someone sitting somewhere saying, well we’ll just put it on ice.”Carson and the company also planned an end-run on the department and were trying to convince bands to pass band council resolutions stating they wanted to do business.“If we can work with the band itself and have the work with them, it will be easier having the band work with (the department) rather than ourselves,” said Carson. “Each of the communities gets a stream of money for capital projects and if we can tap into that kind of money coming through the band rather than making some huge application to (the department).”They convinced one Manitoba band to send a letter of intent but Indian Affairs said the community could not qualify for money set aside for water projects because its water was not dirty enough.Carson and the water company believed the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga was close to signing on the dotted line.APTN was told by a band official involved in talks with the company that the deal seemed too good to be true.Carson said Indian Affairs officials informed him that the department would pay directly for a project worth over $1.5 million. He also said the department would be willing to fork over training money. The company planned to train two people on each reserve to change filters. All the bands had to do was sign and all their water problems would be fixed, said Carson.“(The department) has represented to us that they will actually pay for this out of the $330 million that the government put aside to handle this, to deal with clean drinking water,” he said.Despite his “frustration,” Carson, through his connections to Atleo and the political levers of power in the central agencies of the federal government, had pushed the company into a place it never thought it could reach, according to Hill. Even Carson said the work he was able to do in just months was pretty good.Hill believed the water deals would have pushed his company into the stratosphere.“This can turn very big. This can turn Global Group into an international company,” said Hill, who created Global Group to deal with the department and First Nations on the water deals. Carson and Hill initially tried to use Hill’s other water company H2O Pros but created Global Group in October. Hill said Global Group had been around for three years.Hill had tried to land water deals on his own but didn’t get far.“I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere…We expressed our frustration with Bruce. This has been very difficult,” said Hill. “I was there before in the same meetings before Bruce was there, and they were, yeah okay, that sounds great, do a couple of (trade) shows.”If it wasn’t for Carson they’d still be a company looking in, banging on the door, said Hill.Carson, however, seemed to sense he was on shaky ground in terms of his lobbying. At one point, Carson said he was worried the Lobbying Commissioner could start looking into his activities.When asked if the thought he could slip through under the rule that allows someone to lobby without registering if it makes up less than 20 per cent of their work, Carson said he thought he would.“I really don’t want the Lobbying Commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this,” he said. “This would be like one-tenth of one per cent of my time so we’re all right.”The Conservative government also brought in new rules forbidding former political staff from being registered lobbyists for five years.Carson also said his frustration with the pace of talks with Indian Affairs bureaucrats was shared by Duncan’s staff.“I met with John’s (Duncan) staff and they know (about the water company). They are trying to be helpful and quite frankly it’s a frustration for them too,” said Carson, in the interview. “There is a certain amount of frustration, and everybody knows this, but I haven’t made a secret about it, of trying to deal, trying to get this moving along in the department.”Duncan’s office has admitted officials met with Carson.Indian Affairs has also confirmed it met with Carson and company representatives at least four times.An APTN investigation into Carson’s activities uncovered months of email correspondence between the political insider and company representatives, Indian Affairs officials and Atleo along with AFN staff.The emails all centered on finding ways to get First Nations water contracts for the company. They also offered a glimpse of Carson’s reach into the centre of political power.In one email, Carson said he discussed the appointment of Duncan to the Indian Affairs portfolio the day before the Aug. 6 announcement.Carson also sat with APTN for two candid conversations where he offered a peek behind the curtains shrouding the power rooms of political Ottawa.Then on March 13, APTN confronted Carson with the information. APTN then contacted the Prime Minister’s Office for comment.After reviewing APTN’s documentation, the PMO asked for the RCMP to probe Carson.Carson is also facing an investigation by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and the Commissioner of Lobbying over his activities around trying to land First Nations water deals for the water company.The company also had signed a deal with McPherson, who also went by the name Leanna VIP, guaranteeing her 20 per cent of gross sales revenues from potential water contracts. Sources say a second contract was signed earlier this year. She was supposed to be the face of the company but during APTN’s investigation she was nowhere to be found.Carson met McPherson March 15, 2010 while she was working as an escort. She continued to work full time until at least the middle of August when she wrote on an online escort site she would be only working part-time. Carson began pushing the company in July according to emails.Carson and McPherson also own a home together. They bought it in December and when they turned the tap on for the first time in their newly purchased, nearly $400,000 home with a pool, they were disgusted by the smell of the water.“We were a couple of amateur house buyers, because we just loved the house…We never turned the tap on…and she turned it on and it…just smelled of rotten eggs, it had sulphur and all kinds of stuff,” said Carson of the house that sits on a two acre lot, about 60 kilometres south of Ottawa.That brought them into contact with Patrick Hill.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

BC asked oil gas industry to refine climate plan recommendations documents

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s former Liberal government asked oil and gas corporations to “refine” the language of recommendations made by an advisory panel before it finalized its Climate Leadership Plan, documents show.Meeting agendas and presentations obtained under freedom-of-information legislation by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives provide insight into the extent of industry consultation on the plan.The government-appointed Climate Leadership Team released recommendations in the fall of 2015 that included increasing the carbon tax rate and moving up the timeline to reduce emissions.None of the recommendations were fully adopted by the government when it released the plan in August 2016.The documents show that after the climate team released its proposals, the Ministry of Natural Gas arranged meetings with companies and industry groups at the Calgary office of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in January and February 2016.Three working groups made up of industry members and government officials were created to tackle three distinct issues: the carbon tax; methane and fugitive emissions; and electrification.The documents say the methane and electrification working groups were instructed to “refine the language” of the related Climate Leadership Team recommendations, while the carbon tax working group was tasked with determining “the art of the possible (how much and how fast).”While the government said at the time it would consult with industry, these meetings have only now been made public, and only after many freedom-of-information requests, said Shannon Daub, associate director of the CCPA’s office in British Columbia.“They should have been far more transparent about what they were doing,” she said.The government’s Climate Leadership Team was appointed in spring 2015 and included First Nations, environmental groups, climate scientists and industry representatives. It spent months working before releasing 32 recommendations in November 2015.Clean Energy Canada executive director Merran Smith, who sat on the team, said she was surprised and disappointed to see how government consulted with the oil and gas industry.“It’s the government’s responsibility to design good climate policy, good energy policy that has the best interests of British Columbians in mind,” she said.“They abdicated that responsibility by basically asking one sector, the oil and gas sector, to rewrite the recommendations that were given to them by their own team of experts.”Brad Herald, vice-president of Western Canada operations at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the industry had no final say over the substance or language of the climate plan.“They were seeking input from us. We offered that input, the same as we do in many other forums as the regulated community. Ultimately, they were the decision-makers in the space as they were with the Climate Leadership Team.”Former Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman said the consultations ensured the plan would meet B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets while maintaining strong economic growth. The meetings were not intended to be secretive, he added.“Our folks who were responsible for climate action were sent out to consult with everybody, including the petroleum industry, plus forestry and all the rest,” he said.Environment Minister George Heyman said his government will announce in the next five to six weeks a new team of stakeholders to review the recommendations of the Climate Leadership Team and how to bring them forward.The new NDP government intends to set emissions targets for 2030 and benchmarks for the transportation and building industries, he said.The documents list over two dozen representatives from at least 16 corporations and industry groups who attended the Calgary meetings, including Shell, Suncor and Chevron. Shell referred questions to CAPP while Suncor did not respond to requests for comment.Chevron said it participated in a January 2016 session to gather feedback on “draft recommendations” of the Climate Leadership Team.“Chevron supports broad consultation on significant policy issues such as this and believes it appropriate that industry be consulted in helping the B.C. government achieve its emissions targets,” it said in a statement.CCPA also submitted FOI requests for meeting minutes and summaries but none were released.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. read more

UN tribunal combines 2 indictments against Bosnian general Ratko Mladic

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today announced that it has consolidated its two indictments against Gen. Ratko Mladic, one of the most sought-after suspects for war crimes committed during the Bosnia and Herzegovina conflict in the 1990s.The new indictment, which was confirmed last week and reduces the total number of charges to leave only the most serious, now includes one count of genocide, seven counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes.The motion came after the Tribunal’s prosecutor requested leave last month to amend the two outstanding indictments against General Mladic and Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic, which were originally filed on 24 July 1995 and on 14 November 1995, respectively.In the prosecutor’s view, these amendments were more in keeping with the current charging practices of the Office of the Prosecutor and reflected the evolving jurisprudence of the Tribunal, the UN court said. The prosecutor also submitted that the amended indictment would provide an appropriate basis for a motion of joinder with the amended indictment against Mr. Karadzic. read more

IEA cuts oil demand growth forecast prices continue to plunge

Investors are hoping next week will bring brighter news on the markets, but all indications are that they’ll be heading into the weekend on a sour note.The price for WTI crude oil hit a five year low overnight and was still sliding as the markets opened Friday morning after the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its oil demand growth forecast.The new estimate is for 93.3-million barrels a day for next year, down from November’s prediction of 93.6-million barrels a day.It warned weak demand and oversupply in oil markets will raise the risk of global social instability and the potential for financial defaults.Stephen Shork, Editor of The Shork Report, told 660News that’s a big concern.“We look at Japan which is in a recession for the fourth time in seven years, demand from China is down with the property slump there, Europe is hanging on but those economies are pretty close to recession,” he said.Russia and Venezuela were highlighted as being particularly vulnerable, with the report saying both countries are at facing a serious risk of default.Shork said Venezuela, for example, has not properly invested oil revenues from the state-run companies.“The Credit Default Swap market has predicted a probability that country will default of 99 per cent within the next year, so to stave off a potential default, that country will have to produce because it is starved for cash,” he explained.He added major North American oil producers are insulated from default, but there are still concerns, especially in the U.S.“A lot of this production was leveraged on shale based on prices of upwards of $90 a barrel, and now Canadian Western Select is trading around $40 a barrel,” he said, explaining the only thing cash strapped companies can do is keep producing, which doesn’t help the problem.Global oil inventories are projected to build by around 300 million barrels in the first half of 2015 and it’s estimated oil stocks in major global economies could start to hit up against storage capacity limits.The IEA report comes as provincial finance ministers prepare for their first face-to-face meeting with federal counterpart Joe Oliver this weekend.It’s expected they’ll discuss falling oil prices – but they’ll do so without the minister from Alberta.A spokesman for Robin Campbell says he is too busy grappling with the low prices to attend the meeting in Ottawa and will instead send a department official and will try to set up a one-on-one between Campbell and Oliver in the near future. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Dec 12, 2014 8:16 am MDT IEA cuts oil demand growth forecast, prices continue to plunge read more

Caisse buys more Stingray Digital equity Telesystem reduces its stake

Caisse buys more Stingray Digital equity, Telesystem reduces its stake by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:14 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A significant equity stake in Stingray Digital Group is changing hands.Telesystem Ltd. says it’s selling about 4.3 million subordinate voting shares (TSX:RAY.A) at $7.15 per share, for gross proceeds totalling $30.8 million. The stock closed Friday at $7.25.Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec announced separately that it’s purchasing two million of the shares for $14.3 million.Telesystems says it will continue to hold its 5.5 million multiple-voting shares (TSX:RAY.B) and 500,000 remaining A shares, representing 28.1 per cent of the voting rights for the company.It said the private placement through National Bank Financial and GMP Securities is being done for estate planning purposes.The announcements come a little more than a year since Stingray completed its initial public offering in June 2015. read more

MercedesBenz muscle on display at SMMT

SMMT has welcomed the first high performance car into its modern exhibition space in the heart of Westminster. The Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé in striking Fire Opal Red paint arrived today, with the ‘Edition 125’ package that celebrates the company’s 125th year.The new C 63 AMG is powered by an advanced, hand-assembled 457hp V8 engine that features a range of cutting-edge technologies, and is on sale now through Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK.Mercedes-Benz operates six businesses in the UK, with a turnover exceeding £4 billion. It directly employs 4,000 people, with another 11,000 colleagues in independent retailers. As well as engineering businesses in EvoBus (UK) Ltd and Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, the company also operates a successful Apprenticeship Programme and Advanced Driving Academy, investing in both UK skills development and driving standards.SMMT’s new office is the London heart of the UK motor industry frequently hosting ministers, government officials, senior industry executives, media and stakeholders for a variety of meetings and events. The reception exhibition space provides a unique opportunity to highlight the breadth and scale of the modern UK automotive industry to visitors and passers-by in a prime, central London location.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State wrestlers Logan Steiber Nick Heflin Big Ten champions

Ohio State redshirt-junior Logan Stieber takes down Notre Dame College sophomore Maurice Miller in the 141-pound match Nov. 15 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 29-11.Credit: Ethan Day / Lantern photographerA pair of Ohio State wrestlers are the Big Ten’s best in their respective weight classes.Senior Nick Heflin and redshirt-junior Logan Stieber joined exclusive company Sunday, taking home the Big Ten Championship in the 197-pound and 141-pound weight classes at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., according to an OSU press release.Steiber defeated Penn State freshman Zain Retherford, 7-3, in the 141-pound championship match to capture his third-straight conference crown. He became just the second OSU wrestler in program history to do so, joining Kevin Randleman, who wrestled for the Buckeyes from 1991-93.Steiber’s victory against Retherford comes as a bit of payback, as Retherford defeated the three-time conference champion in Dec. 15 in what was his first loss in just more than a year.Steiber is now 25-1 on the season, having won 16 consecutive matches since falling to Zetherford in December.Heflin was the conference runner up at 174 pounds in 2011, but took down Penn State sophomore Morgan McIntosh, 5-3, to capture the title Sunday.The senior has now won 14 straight matches, and the victory against McIntosh was the 95th of his career.With their victories, Steiber and Heflin automatically qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships, set to take place March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.A total of five other Buckeyes also qualified for the NCAAs with their respective performances Sunday — 184-pound redshirt-sophomore Kenny Courts, 125-pound redshirt-freshman Nick Roberts, 133-pound Johnni DiJulius, 174-pound sophomore Mark Martin and heavyweight redshirt-freshman Nick Tavanello. Redshirt-senior Ian Paddock is set to wrestle in the 149-pound weight class as well after earning an at-large bid Wednesday.The Buckeyes finished fourth as a team with 86.5 points. Penn State took home the team championship with 140.5 points. read more

The Most Impressive Run to the Final Four And Its Not Kentuckys

Which team had the most impressive run to the Final Four?The question might seem like the sports equivalent of “Which of your children do you love the most?” Any team that wins four straight games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a lot to be proud of. Papa Brackets thinks all the Final Four teams — Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin — are very special.But conventional wisdom appears to hold Kentucky’s path in ever-so-slightly higher regard than the other schools’. The Wildcats defeated an unbeaten No. 1 seed (Wichita State) and both of last year’s finalists (Michigan and Louisville) en route to Arlington.Kentucky has been great. Despite entering the tournament as a No. 8 seed, it has a 19 percent chance of winning the NCAA championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model. That’s up from only a 2 percent chance before the tournament began.Still, Connecticut’s run has been slightly more special than Kentucky’s so far. And Wisconsin’s, even more so.The FiveThirtyEight model has a particular way of answering our question. It evaluates teams not in any absolute sense, but relative to its expectations. And it accounts not only for wins and losses (by definition, any team that makes to the Final Four has won at least four straight games), but also for margin of victory.To be more specific, the model calculates not only the win probability for each game, but also an implicit point spread. For example, it gives Florida a 69.9 percent chance of beating Connecticut on Saturday. That translates into Florida being 5.5 point favorites. The model has Wisconsin with a 58.2 percent chance of beating Kentucky, which would equate to the Badgers being favored by two points.How a team fares relative to this point spread affects how the model evaluates it going forward. Why? Tournament results are quite predictive of future tournament results: A team that is terrific in the early rounds often does well in later ones.Occasionally, a team can end up in worse shape despite winning its game. This happens when the model expects a blowout and the team wins by a smaller margin.A case in point is Florida in its opening-round game against Albany. The model had the Gators as 24-point favorites, but Florida won by 12 points (in fact, the game was a little closer than the scoreline implies).What about Florida’s three other wins? It was clear that the Gators were the favorite in each game, but they performed about in line with the model’s expectations — beating its point spread by six points against Pittsburgh and four points against UCLA, and underperforming it by two points in their win Saturday against Dayton. To be clear, the Gators have been great — and the model has them as the plurality favorite to win the tournament. But Florida was a great team going in. It has performed roughly as expected against a relatively easy draw.How about Kentucky? If viewed as a No. 8 seed, the Wildcats have been extremely impressive — not least on account of the quality of competition they’ve faced. But Kentucky was no typical No. 8. The Wildcats ranked first in the country in the preseason AP and USA Today Coaches polls, a factor for which the FiveThirtyEight model accounts. They took 10 losses in the regular season, but they faced a tough schedule; all but two of the losses, both to Florida, came by single digits.Kentucky was badly underseeded to begin with, in other words. The FiveThirtyEight model actually had Kentucky as slight favorites against Michigan, despite the Wildcats’ inferior seed. The Wildcats were underdogs against Louisville and Wichita State, but only modest ones, and both games were close. Kentucky outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by two points against Michigan, four points against Wichita State and 10 points against Louisville.By this standard, both Connecticut and Wisconsin have done more to exceed expectations. The Huskies were the narrowest of favorites against Iowa State on Friday, in part because Madison Square Garden is a de facto home court for them. (Geographic distance from a team’s home campus is another factor that the FiveThirtyEight model accounts for; the author of this article went to the games at MSG for “research purposes” and can confirm that there was a lot of Huskies love there.) But Connecticut also won as underdogs against Michigan State and Villanova. The Villanova win, which came by 12 points, was relatively emphatic.The improvement in the model’s esteem for Wisconsin is partially the result of the Badgers’ upset of No. 1 seed Arizona on Saturday. But it has more to do with the their performance in earlier rounds. Wisconsin thrashed Baylor by 17 points Thursday, and the Badgers beat American University by 40 points in their opening game. On average, Wisconsin has outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by 12 points, as compared with nine points for Connecticut and four for Kentucky.Evaluating teams by their margins of victory is unpopular; it may seem as heartless as rating your kids by their SAT scores. We’re fans of systems such as the Basketball Power Index (BPI) that account for the scoring margins throughout games and not just at the final buzzer. But margin of victory predicts future performance reasonably well — better than ratings based on wins and losses alone do. By that measure, Wisconsin heads to Texas with the most momentum.(Nerd alert: The point spread can be derived through the formula NORMSINV(WINPROB)*10.36 in Microsoft Excel, where WINPROB is a team’s probability of winning.) read more

CDC reports 8M flood relief bill minus donations

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDigicel, ExxonMobil donates to CDC’s flood relief effortsMay 24, 2017In “latest news”Region 9 flooding intensifies as waters continue to riseJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”Opposition urges swift relief for Kwakwani residents affected by floodingJuly 14, 2018In “Health” The Guyana Government has expended almost $8M from the national coffers so far to support the flood relief efforts ongoing in Regions Seven and Eight which were hit by flash floods this past week when intense rains caused the Potaro and nearby rivers to overtop their banks, displacing or affecting in excess of 3,200 persons.Deputy Director of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Major Kester Craig, today (May 23, 2017) provided an update on the inter-agency relief efforts—even as waters have begun to recede in some areas.Major Craig met with members of the media at the CDC Headquarters, Thomas Lands Georgetown and said so far $2.8M has been spent on the flights alone into the affected areas.Providing an update on the impact of the flood by Region, Major Craig observed that in the Potaro/Siparuni locale, “Farmlands and homes in villages of Kaibarupai, Waipa, Chenapau, Itabac, Kanapang, Kopinang and Sand Hill Settlement flooded.”According to Craig, the flood waters reached as high as 25 feet in some areas.He reported too that in addition to inundated homes, several acres of farmlands have also been threatened—some under water.One of the hardest hit villages, according to Craig, is Kaibarupai; 113 residents were flooded 26 of whom had their homes completely washed away.According to Major Craig, “Residents of Kaibarupai were forced to evacuate uphill and construct temporary shelters.” Chuing Mouth, Kanapang, Itabac, Kopinang, Sand Hill Settlement and Chenapau were among some of the hardest hit areas in Region eight, according to Major Craig.State InfrastructureThe CDC Assistant Director reported that several State owned infrastructure also suffered intense damage and pointed to the health post at Kaibarupai which was flooded.He said the school at Itabac has since shifted and has become unstable.Major Craig reported too that parts of road from Itabac to Kanapang were damaged and is impassable by vehicles and an engineering team from the Guyana Defence Force has since been flown into the area to conduct assessments with a view to effecting emergency repairs.In Region Seven, Major Craig said the full impact of the flooding is still being assessed.He reported however that, villages of Kako, Kamarang (Warawatta), Jawalla, Waramadong, Imbaimadai, Philippai, Amokokopi, Quebenang and Paruima were all flooded.He said all of the farms in Kako have been flooded, some by as much as 15 feet while in Quebenan 80 farms have been affected.According to Major Craig, crops in the farms have already started to wilt as the soil is still water logged. While there has been no outbreak of water borne diseases, the CDC Assistant Director did point to a reported increase in mosquitoes in Kako.Expanding on the relief efforts, Major Craig reported that 327 relief food hampers were distributed in Chenapau, Kaibarupai, Waipa, Sand Hill, Itabac, Kanapang.Other official agencies involved in the relief efforts according to Major Craig, include; the Ministries of Health and Indigenous Affairs, the Guyana Water Incorporated, the Guyana Defence Force and the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) among others. read more

Buildityourself IKEA Stonehenge requires just a few simple steps

first_imgIf you have ever had the opportunity to construct build-it-yourself furniture, you know full well the success of the whole project depends on the clarity of the instructions. If you have good instructions the project will be a breeze, but if the box contains poorly written instructions, your furniture could turn into a nightmare quickly.Kind of makes you wonder: what kind of instructions those druids had back in 2500 BC when they constructed the monolithic monument in England famously known as Stonehenge? Well I can tell you if there were any IKEA’s around back then, the instructions for Stonehenge might have looked something like the graphic you see below.Good or bad directions? You be the judge.via How to be a Retronaut.last_img read more

Gmail nouveau leader de la messagerie

first_imgGmail, nouveau leader de la messagerie ?Gmail est en passe de devenir le service numéro 1 sur le marché du courrier électronique. Suite à l’annonce de ses résultats trimestriels, Google a révélé le nombre d’utilisateurs de son service de messagerie électronique. Et le résultat reste impressionnant. Gmail serait utilisé par 350 millions d’internautes. Moins que Facebook, mais tout de même, le chiffre fait tourner la tête.Gmail a enregistré une croissance exceptionnelle pour la fin de l’année 2011 puisqu’en octobre elle comptait 260 millions d’utilisateurs. Faites le calcul…Gmail a donc dépassé Yahoo ! Mail qui regroupait 310 millions d’utilisateurs au mois d’octobre. Google vient donc asticoter Microsoft et son mythique Hotmail, qui disposerait également d’environ 350 millions de comptes, bien que ces chiffres datent de 2010. On ignore cependant si les chiffres de Gmail incluent les comptent Google Apps ou seulement les adresses mail traditionnelles.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Il faut tout de même savoir que pour s’inscrire à un service Google, il est indispensable de posséder un compte Gmail. Et sachant que Google est propriétaire, notamment, de YouTube, Google +, Google Maps ou Android, on comprend mieux le succès de la messagerie électronique.Désormais, le match se joue sur le marché des smartphones. Si Gmail profite du succès d’Android, Hotmail, de son côté pourrait bénéficier de la popularité de Windows Phone. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UPDATE Duplex occupants escape latenight fire in Bagley Downs neighborhood

first_imgVancouver firefighters late Tuesday night doused a duplex fire at 3900 Gibbons St., near Falk Road in the Bagley Downs neighborhood.Two women were treated for minor smoke inhalation and taken to a local hospital, said Capt. Scott Willis with the Vancouver Fire Department.Firefighters responded about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. The first to arrive radioed that flames were visible but there was too much smoke to see exactly what was burning, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Firefighters said it was a duplex and, five minutes later, that “all occupants are out of both residences.”A hydrant was nearby. After a backup safety crew was organized, firefighters went inside and said they found no one. Also, occupants of both units said no one was inside.Officials blocked traffic on Falk at Gibbons and Plomondon Street as they brought their engines and hoses to the blaze.Firefighters said just before midnight that it was under control. They then focused on finding and dousing areas where flames might have reached in the building.The fire is considered accidental, but the cause could not be determined, Willis said. A preliminary damage estimate came in at $20,000 to the building; there was no dollar damage estimate for the building’s contents. John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

Magazine Printing Supplier Raises Ink Prices

first_imgThe Flint Group, a printing and packaging supplier, has announced 10- to 12-percent price increases to its publication inks. The price hike is effective June 1.The increases, the company says, are necessary to offset escalating costs of raw materials, energy and freight. “We have taken extraordinary measures to reduce costs within our manufacturing and delivery operations and to ensure a consistent supply of high-quality products to our customers,” said Mike Green, vice president and general manager of Flint Group North America’s Publication Inks Division. “Since October 1, 2007, however, [the division] has received over 100 raw material price increases from our global supply base.”Magazines and catalogues make up the bulk of the company’s heatset products, a Flint Group spokesperson tells FOLIO:. It is not immediately clear how each of the company’s products would be affected by the hikes.In an e-mail to customers, magazine printer Lane Press—a Flint Group client—acknowledged the coming price hike, noting that ink typically makes up less than 5 percent of its overall printing costs. Founded in 2005 and owned both privately and by private equity group CVC Capital Partners, the Flint Group posted $3.1 billion in revenues in 2007.  The company is headquartered in Luxembourg, Germany, but its Publication Inks Division is located in Plymouth, Michigan.last_img read more

Navy submarine pops up in Dutch Harbor unannounced

first_imgA U.S. Navy submarine pulled into Unalaska Bay near the town landfill Friday morning. The sub made no contact with the Port of Dutch Harbor, according to Harbor Master John Days.It did communicate with the Royal Pacific, a boat hauling wastewater from the Unisea fish-processing plant, as they were crossing paths.The USS Seawolf returns to the Bering Sea from whence it came. KUCB/John Ryan photo.As is usual for Navy subs, the boat did not identify itself by name over the radio.“Royal Pacific, this is a US Navy submarine. In approximately 5 minutes, I’m going to be turning around, so request port-to-port, hopefully get this turnaround completed,” an unidentified voice from the submarine called over the VHF airwaves.“Roger, port to port. Okay, we’ll swing to the west side here then,” the Royal Pacific replied.KUCB tried to contact Navy officials to find out something about the sleek black submarine’s visit to Unalaska. But email, phone and Twitter messages all went unanswered.The USS Seawolf in Unalaska Bay on Aug. 14, 2015. KUCB/John Ryan photo.The tug Saratoga went out to the nuclear submarine. It transported two crew members to the sub and took two back to Dutch Harbor.Tug captain Steve Devitt of the Saratoga said the submarine identified itself to him as the USS Seawolf. He said the crew told him the sub came up from “under the ice” because a crewmember had had a death in his family.The USS Seawolf is homeported at Naval Base Kitsap on Washington state’s Hood Canal. It’s one of three Seawolf-class submarines. It was built in 1997 at an estimated cost of more than $2 billion.The Navy calls the Seawolf “exceptionally quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors.”Each Seawolf has eight torpedo tubes and can hold 50 weapons in its torpedo room. The Seawolf subs are nuclear powered, but they do not carry nuclear weapons.After making the crew change, the Seawolf headed quietly out to the Bering Sea, with only its conning tower sticking above the surface of Unalaska Bay.last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Riley Schindler

first_imgEpisode 8: Riley SchindlerThe Riley Schindler FileNumber: 4Full name: Riley Michele SchindlerNickname: RiClass: SophomorePosition: OutfielderBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Borden, Ind.   High School: BordenTravel Team: OC EliteMajor: Sport AdministrationFun Fact: She was a cheerleader for eight years. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode eight features sophomore Riley Schindler. Story Linkslast_img read more