PBA stars put family first on Christmas

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Stars such as Gabe Norwood, who is also a longtime national team player, had quite a hectic year having played abroad to represent the country in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian qualifers while also suiting up for Rain or Shine in the PBA .The holiday season, however, provides a much-needed respite and  opportunity to make up for lost time with family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes spend much of their time training and preparing for the next competition. They participate in one tournament after another and at times, travel out of town and overseas.That’s what some PBA players go through on a yearly basis.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Fellow PBA stars Chris Ross, Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa, meanwhile, spent the Yuletide season in the US.Ross, the six-time PBA champion from San Miguel Beer, went back to San Antonio, Texas where he played high school basketball to be with his family while dela Rosa, who helped Magnolia bag the 2018 Governors’ Cup title, had Christmas with his wife and two daughters in San Diego, California where he grew up.Barroca, who was the Finals MVP of the series, took a trip to New York City with his wife and daughter.Photo from Chris Ross’ Instagram accountPhoto from Rome dela Rosa’s Instagram accountPhoto from Mark Barroca’s Instagram accountADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Christmas 2018! 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️🧣 pic.twitter.com/d4TIQsdqNe— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) December 25, 2018 View commentslast_img read more

Mourinho: Man Utd had too many attackers

first_imgManchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Mourinho: Man Utd lost balance with too many attackers Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 02:57 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League José Mourinho The Red Devils scraped to a 1-0 win thanks to a big deflection off of Lewis Dunk and the manager admits the visitors deserved more from the game Jose Mourinho feels Manchester United lost balance in their 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday because of the number of attacking players they had in the team. The Seagulls matched United for large periods at Old Trafford as the hosts struggled to create clear-cut openings, barring Mat Ryan’s excellent double save from Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba at the end of the first half.Burnley 5/1 to beat Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When the deadlock was broken midway through the second period it was done so with more than a healthy slice of fortune as Ashley Young’s shot from 20 yards deflected wickedly off Lewis Dunk, looping up over Ryan and into the top-right corner.United finished the game with just four of their 15 shots hitting the target despite Juan Mata, Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all starting in support of Lukaku.When asked if he regretted selecting so many forwards, Mourinho pointed to last weekend’s rout of Newcastle United as justification, but admitted it may have made things difficult this time.”No I don’t regret it because I picked them against Newcastle and we won 4-1,” he told BBC Sport. “It is the reality of football sometimes, to have too many attacking players on the pitch, sometimes you lose balance and don’t create many chances.”We play amazingly well in the first half against Basel and we lost so the most important thing are the points.”After watching his side pass up a plethora of chances in Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League loss to Basel, Mourinho was happy to see them escape with three points on this occasion, but admitted they had some luck along the way.Zlatan Ibrahimovich Manchester United Brighton“I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got,” Mourinho said.”They played really well, they had a good defensive organisation and then when they had the ball they were dangerous. Honestly I think Brighton was very, very good.”They gave us probably the hardest match we’ve had this season. We had amazing chances a couple of days ago and we couldn’t score, today we did it.”Congratulations to them for their performance, congratulations to my boys. My boys they didn’t play well but they gave everything. The boys they don’t deserve bad words from me.”I think we were more spirit and heart than quality. Sometimes to play with too many attacking players doesn’t mean you are offensive. We had a lot of attacking players on the pitch but we lose a bit of control in midfield.”last_img read more

4 days agoLiverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves brace

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves braceby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley says Rhian Brewster is improving after his double against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.The 19-year-old made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and boosted his chances of another appearance with a fine display in the 4-3 win over Wolves at Kirkby.Asked if Brewster was taking steps in the right direction, Critchley said: “There were positives to take from the game and Rhian’s goals were among them.”He is looking slightly better every time he plays. That was arguably his best game for us this season, not just his goals but his all-round contribution, the way he led the line particularly without the ball, competing with his back to goal as well.”He was competing very well with longer balls and balls in the air. He put a real shift in for the team which is something he will be able to do as he gets fitter. I was really pleased with his contribution.” last_img read more

Mithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV Raman

first_imgMithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV RamanMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 21:21 IST Mithali was controversially dropped from the Indian team for the World T20 semi-final vs England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a differenceMithali had accused ousted coach Ramesh Powar of bias during the Women’s World T20″The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important,” Mithali saidHer differences with ousted coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji is a thing of past as Mithali Raj gears up to make a “fresh start” under the able guidance of new coach WV Raman in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.The women’s team was at the centre of a huge controversy after their semi-final exit in the T20 World Cup in the West Indies after Raj accused previous coach Powar of bias and COA member Edulji of trying to finish her career.”I think it’s a fresh start. Coming into the new year, this is the first series and yes we have moved on from that (controversy),” ODI skipper Mithali told reporters during the team’s pre-departure press conference here on Sunday.Mithali is confident that Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.”When a coach comes in the national side, we as a team are very vocal and expressive as to what is required for the benefit of the team. The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important.”While this will be her first stint under Raman, she is confident that it will be onwards and upwards from here on.”And I am sure. I have not trained under him (Raman) but met him couple of times and if you have seen his credential… He has played [at the highest level] and coached various teams at various levels.advertisement”So he comes with that and there are no expectations as such when you have credentials like that, you are only positive that the coach will make big difference to the team, getting in to the year and to the series,” the star batter exuded confidence in new coach.Mithali also acknowledged that all coaches have played a part in shaping up the team.”I honestly believe every coach like how a captain has a very different take, they get very different perspective to the table, so does the coach.”The team what it is today, is because of all those various coaches, who trained the team in these years, the team has come so far and his (Raman) knowledge will only benefit the team to go further and above, to move forward,” she added.Mithali also stressed that as the ODI captain she will bring the team together.”At this level, every player understands what it takes to reach this level and what it takes as a team to play, go on an overseas tour, aim to win the series and gain those [ICC ranking] points.”So even though we [coach-captain] might have difference of opinions, but when it comes down to players, as a team, we sit and discuss,” the skipper said.Mithali is hopeful that she can bring the team together against the ‘White Ferns’ during the upcoming tour, one of the toughest assignments in recent times.”Individual brilliance can win you matches but if you have to win the series, you need every member, every core member of your team to perform and that performance has to compliment the team’s goal. I believe I will be able to get the team together again and that is what we are going to work on,” she added.Also Read | Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh PowarAlso Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow WV Ramanlast_img read more

Hydroponic Farm Donated to St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre

first_img The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has benefitted from the donation of a hydroponic farming facility from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, which will aid in the rehabilitation of inmates.Hydroponic is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil.The farming system was officially handed over by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. at an opening ceremony held recently at the Correctional Facility.In his address, Mr. Charles noted that the initiative is an essential tool in the rehabilitation of the inmates.He also highlighted that the programme will contribute towards ensuring food security within the country.“The collaboration between our correctional officers and the 19 inmates who are participants in this project, will serve to increase our capacity, while providing training and skills that will be useful to have when they are released,” he shared.Senator Charles argued it was important that initiatives like this continue, as the country seeks to work towards reducing recidivism.“Rehabilitation for purposeful reintegration will only occur through a continuation of these efforts.” the State Minister added.For her part, Commissioner of Corrections at the Department of Correctional Service, Ina Hunter shared her appreciation of the investment in the inmates.She also noted that the project will transform inmates into productive and self-sufficient citizens.The hydroponic farm was dedicated to deceased Correctional Officer, Kalwayne Gordon. Story Highlights The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has benefitted from the donation of a hydroponic farming facility from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, which will aid in the rehabilitation of inmates. The farming system was officially handed over by State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. at an opening ceremony held recently at the Correctional Facility. Senator Charles argued it was important that initiatives like this continue, as the country seeks to work towards reducing recidivism.last_img read more

With some Alberta PetroCanada stations empty Suncor monitors situation in Saskatchewan Manitoba

first_imgAs yellow tape surrounds the pumps at multiple Calgary and Edmonton Petro-Canada gas stations, Suncor is also tracking the situation across the Prairies.“We are monitoring Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said. “But right now, the sites are just Alberta.”The cause for the fuel shortage stems from seasonal maintenance, and Fisher said while they do plan to have supply on hand, in this case, there’s a reduced inventory level.“I don’t have a timeline,” she said about when the stations could come back online. “Just doing everything we can to source additional supplies as soon as possible.”Senior Petroleum Analyst with gasbuddy.com Dan McTeague said the maintenance is at a major Suncor facility in Edmonton.“I would expect Petro-Can’s situation, although it is noticeable, may very well come back into align by this time next week,” he said. “I suspect it may be very close to completing their work.”It isn’t exactly clear how many stations are shut down, but as of Thursday afternoon, some closed stations in Calgary include the ones in Bridgeland, Brentwood, Crescent Heights and Sundance.McTeague suspects some hiked prices coming soon.“Don’t hesitate, if you can see gasoline under $1.29 take it up,” he said.last_img read more

Court pulls up Delhi Police after DCP fails to show up

first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court Friday pulled up the Delhi Police over non-appearance of DCP who was asked to file report in the 2016 JNU sedition case.The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure the sanctions.last_img

Rare Moroccan Manuscripts to Be Displayed in Paris

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – In coordination with Arab World Institute of Paris, the Direction of Royal Archives will organize an event on Moroccan rare manuscripts March 22 to 6 April in Paris.The event, entitled “Rare and unpublished manuscripts”, will feature several sacred books, historical documents and scientific works reflecting the different currents of thought that flourished in Morocco. Three ancient unpublished sacred books will be featured in the exhibition: a Koran in parchment, a Gospel translated into Arabic and a parchment scroll of the Torah.The event will also showcase documents of the various scientific disciplines that thrived in Morocco, such as “al-tasrif liman ‘ajaza ‘ani at-t’aleef” by Abu Al-Qasim Khalaf Ibn Abbas al-zahrawi and “Kitab fi A’mal Al-hissab” by Abi Al-Abbas Ahmed Ibn Otman Al-Azdi.Other books related to astronomy, agriculture, architecture will also be on display.The exhibition will also highlight arts related to the production of books, such as calligraphy, decorations and gilding. read more

Sorting out recycling programs Which ones work best

Changing markets and confusion over what can be thrown in recycling bins has forced some communities to rethink or even suspend their recycling programs. But many more recycling programs are working well, experts say.The difference is partly based on which methods are being used for collection and processing.Are you sorting paper from plastic at the start, for instance, or tossing it all in one bin? Are you certain the items going into the bin are the ones your recycler can accept? How up to date is the processing facility in your area?“Some programs are hurting and need to adjust, particularly in the residential stream. But the majority of programs are working successfully and continuing to grow,” says Robin Wiener, president of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The non-profit trade association represents more than 1,300 companies that make, process, sell or consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, electronics, plastics, glass and textiles.Success or failure seems partly linked to whether recyclables are going into one mixed curbside bin for pickup (single-stream recycling) or is divided by residents into separate bins (multi-stream recycling).Single-stream was adopted by many communities and companies because it costs less to haul. But creating one big pool of recyclables creates more difficulty later, when they must be sorted out. In addition, experts say people tend to be sloppier about what they put in a single, combined bin. That produces a lower grade end product.Multi-stream tends to produce a less-contaminated, thus more valuable, end product.For the past two decades, it hasn’t mattered so much because China and a few other countries were buying large quantities of low-grade, single-stream recyclables, which cost them less and could be sorted out using inexpensive labour there.All that changed in January 2018, when China stopped accepting lower-grade recyclables. That left many communities in the U.S. without a market for the low-grade, mixed recyclables they were producing.“A total of $5.6 billion of scrap a year was going to China before the policy change,” says Wiener. In 2018, that number dropped precipitously to $3.5 billion, with most of the loss in low-grade materials. It takes time to find another home for that volume of materials, she says.In some cases, says Dylan De Thomas of The Recycling Partnership, an industry-sponsored non-profit dedicated to transforming the recycling system in the United States, the problem is a combination of contamination and macroeconomics.“In March of 2017, mixed paper was trading at almost $90 a ton. Now it’s worth roughly zero. Almost all the recycled paper on the West Coast was going to China,” he says.Despite the challenges of finding new markets, he says his organization has identified only 31 programs across the country that have suspended their recycling programs. Its data base includes 2,000 of the estimated 10,000 recycling programs across the country, he says.Sorting recyclables at the front end turns out to make more sense for many communities, and the market for higher grade, pre-sorted recyclables — both domestically and with big international players like China — remains strong, experts say.Areas where single-stream recycling continues to thrive tend to be those with a series of good practices to help ensure a less contaminated recycling stream. They also tend to be areas with access to advanced sorting and processing technologies, Wiener says.Of course, tweaking a recycling program is easier said than done. Some cities and towns have had to limit the types of recycled material they accept and accept cost increases.A lot depends on educating the public, says Mitch Hedlund, executive director of Recycle Across America, a non-profit that pushes for clear, standardized labels on recycling bins.“There are certain materials that manufacturers want to reuse, but the public is confused about what is recyclable and which bin it should go in, so there’s too much garbage ending up in recycling bins,” she says.Standardized labels, like those developed by Recycle Across America, are an important tool to help improve recycling, Wiener says.But Heidi Herzberg, mayor of Deltona, Florida, which suspended its recycling program because it had become too expensive and ineffective, says it’s more complicated than that. While part of the problem was that almost 40 per cent of what people were putting in bins shouldn’t have been there — like Christmas lights and greasy pizza boxes — there also turned out to be no market in her area for glass or certain types of plastics, she said.“They say ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’ but people have been skipping straight to recycling in order to feel better,” she said. Her community was facing a $25,000 a month increase, she said, and much of the collected material was ending up in landfills anyway.“It’s a reality check, and it’s very emotional.”Environmentalists agree that producing less waste in the first place is preferable to even the best recycling programs.“We need to figure out how to reduce and reuse, not just how to recycle,” said Herzberg.Katherine Roth, The Associated Press read more

UNESCO chief deplores murder of senior Iraqi cultural official

26 August 2008The head of the United Nations culture agency today condemned the murder of a senior Iraqi Government official who had long worked to protect and preserve his country’s cultural heritage. Kamel Shiya, 57, an adviser at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in central Baghdad on Saturday afternoon.UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura issued a statement describing the killing as a crime against Iraqi society and a sad loss for UNESCO.“Those who murdered this champion of Iraq’s reconstruction must be seen for what they are: criminals working against the interests of the people of Iraq,” Mr. Matsuura said, offering his condolences to Mr. Shiya’s family, friends and colleagues.“Mr. Shiya was a devoted public servant who was committed to the safeguarding of Iraq’s rich cultural heritage,” Mr. Matsuura added.Since 2003, Mr. Shiya – who was a philosopher by training and a well-known cultural critic – served as UNESCO’s focal point in the Ministry of Culture. He also chaired the National Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Iraq. read more

Rise in intellectual property filings point to innovation despite economic crisis –

Intellectual property filings worldwide increased significantly in 2010, pointing to continuing innovation driven mainly by the United States and China despite the global economic crisis, according to a report released today in Geneva by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The report highlights the strong rebound in IP filings after a slump in 2009, with a 7.2 per cent growth in patent applications in 2010 – the highest growth rate in five years – compared to a 3.6 per cent decline the previous year. WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry noted that the increase in IP filings shows that companies across the globe have continued to innovate despite the difficult economic conditions.“This can help to create new jobs and generate prosperity once macroeconomic stability is restored,” he notes in the report’s foreword.However, Mr. Gurry warned that “if economic conditions were to deteriorate sharply in the short term – as happened in 2009 – companies might be forced to curtail or abandon their investments in innovation, stifling an essential source of growth.”The total number of patent applications worldwide rose by 7.2 per cent, reaching 1.98 million, while trademark filings rose by 11.8 per cent and reached 3.66 million, both all-time high figures according to WIPO.The report shows that computer technology, electrical machinery, audio-visual technology and medical technology accounted for the largest shares of patent filings worldwide. However, the importance of different technology fields varied substantially across countries. For example, information communications and technologies (ICTs) made up the largest share of filings in Finland and Sweden, while pharmaceuticals were more prominent in Belgium, India and Switzerland.China and the US accounted for the greatest share of IP filings, with 7.2 per cent, while in Europe IP growth in IP filings in France, Germany and the United Kingdom exceeded the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of the countries. The US patent office saw 7.5 per cent growth in 2010 after two years of near-zero growth, and received the largest total number of applications, while the patent office of China overtook Japan to become the second largest recipient of patent applications in 2010. This mirrored wider economic trends as China overtook Japan to become the second largest economy in the world in 2010, as measured by GDP.Other countries which saw double-digit growth in their patent filings include Singapore, Russia, Colombia, Malaysia, Philippines, Ukraine and Viet Nam. 20 December 2011Intellectual property filings worldwide increased significantly in 2010, pointing to continuing innovation driven mainly by the United States and China despite the global economic crisis, according to a report released today in Geneva by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). read more

UNESCO condemns killing of rangers protecting mountain gorillas at renowned DR Congo

“I condemn this deadly attack on six guards of the Virunga National Park and their driver,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on Wednesday.“I call on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take all the necessary legal measures to put an end to these repetitive attacks,” added.The Director-General paid tribute to the courage of the guards who risk their lives to ensure the protection of this heritage.Since 1996, attacks in the Virunga National Park have claimed over 175 victims, UNESCO said.This marks the third attack this year against the staff of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation in the Virunga Park and follows similar acts on other World Heritage sites in the country, namely in Dja and Sangha Tri-National.The Director-General called on the international community to help the Institute ensure the safety of local people and staff.With the support of the European Union, UNESCO has, for several years, been investing in strengthening human capacity and resources of World Heritage Sites in the countries of central Africa that are facing security challenges. read more

The Most Likely Scores in the World Cup Final

After one of the most astonishing score lines in the history of the World Cup on Tuesday — Germany 7, Brazil 1 — nothing that happens in Sunday’s World Cup final would be a total surprise. But we do have estimates of the most likely final scores for the game.Germany is a 63 percent favorite to defeat Argentina, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. Argentina had a slightly higher Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating when the tournament began, but Germany has seen its rating rise, particularly after its thrashing of Brazil, and it now ranks No. 1 by some margin. Betting lines also have Germany favored.The SPI match predictor allows us to predict the number of goals scored and allowed for each club. It calls for 1.7 goals by Germany and 1.2 by Argentina.There are a couple of problems with this — for one thing, a team cannot score seven-tenths of a goal. So the match predictor uses a version of a Poisson distribution, which calculates the probability of the teams finishing with any whole-number score. For example, if Germany scores an average of 1.7 goals, how often does it score exactly two goals or exactly three goals? That’s what a Poisson distribution does.Another issue is that the match predictor is calibrated on the basis of 90-minute matches when knockout-round games can go to extra time. To account for extra-time results, we ran an additional Poisson regression based on the results of extra-time games in major international tournaments since 2005. (In geek speak, we’re nesting a Poisson distribution within another Poisson distribution.) All of that produces the following heat map:Read left to right for Germany’s score and top to bottom for Argentina’s. Boxes in which the score is still tied after extra time represent cases where the game goes to penalty kicks (there is about a 14 percent chance of this happening). The 10 most probable scores are as follows:Germany 2, Argentina 1Germany 1, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 1Germany 2, Argentina 0Argentina 1, Germany 0Germany 3, Argentina 11-1 draw (game goes to penalties)Germany 3, Argentina 2Germany 3, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 0What are the odds of another 7-1 scoreline? The model says there is only about a 0.06 percent probability of such a score favoring Germany (about one chance in 1,600). There’s even less of a chance — more than 10,000-to-1 against — of the same score favoring Argentina.But these figures may underestimate the chance of astonishingly lopsided results. The mathematical basis for the Poisson distribution is the assumption of independent trials. This is a little inexact (it describes a special case of a Poisson distribution called a binomial distribution), but a Poisson distribution is treating a soccer game something like this:Suppose we expect Germany to score 1.7 goals on average in a 90-minute game against Argentina. That translates into about a 2 percent probability (1 chance in 50) of scoring a goal in a given minute of play.So we can run an experiment where we randomly draw ping-pong balls from a set of 90 lottery machines, one representing each minute of the game. In each machine, there are 50 balls, one labeled GOAL! and 49 blanks. The probability of drawing a GOAL! from one machine doesn’t affect what happens with the next one. (This is the assumption of independent trials.) After we’ve drawn balls from all 90 machines, we count the number of GOAL! balls. This represents how often Germany scored in the game.We can repeat the experiment a bunch of times. Most commonly, we’ll wind up with something like one or two GOAL! balls. But other times we’ll have drawn zero or four or six. The relative frequency of these outcomes represents the Poisson distribution for Germany’s score.As strange as this experiment might seem, it isn’t a bad mathematical approximation of a soccer game. And for the most part, Poisson distributions do a good job of modeling real-world soccer scores.But there are some complications. For instance, we may have some estimate of how the absences of Neymar and Thiago Silva might affect Germany’s chances of scoring against Brazil. But there is some uncertainty around that: Maybe Brazil plays more fluidly when it isn’t waiting around for Neymar to do something, or maybe it breaks down. This is equivalent to not knowing exactly how many GOAL! balls and blanks there are in the ping-pong machines. This uncertainty will tend to slightly increase the number of extreme outcomes (Germany scoring zero goals or a lot of goals) that we observe in the real world.Another issue is that the texture of play in soccer depends to some extent on the scoreline. Play is usually tighter and more conservative in a drawn game and then opens up once the tie is broken. As a result, standard Poisson distributions slightly underestimate the chance of draws and of some wild scores, such as 5-2. (The variant of the Poisson distribution that we use is meant to address this problem.)For the most part in sports, these complications are not worth worrying about. There are cases where a Poisson distribution or a normal distribution isn’t perfect — normal distributions seem to slightly underestimate the number of extreme outlier scores in sports — but they usually hold up reasonably well. Nobody gets hurt when you say that Germany has only a 1-in-4,000 chance of winning by six goals when it actually had a 1-in-400 chance.But real-world distributions are often slightly fat-tailed, meaning that extreme outliers happen more often than the normal distribution predicts. And — outside the sports world — using the wrong model can cause real problems, underestimating the chance of an earthquake or a financial crisis. read more

The TG4 weather presenter was struck by lightning live on air last

first_imgShocking, just shocking.It wasn’t clear to some people if it was a joke or if that actually just happened 53,733 Views Share71 Tweet Email2 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Add us: dailyedge Nov 1st 2016, 6:57 PM THERE WERE SOME spooky happenings around the country last night for Halloween.TV Land was no different, with poor TG4 presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh stuck in work again.To make matters worse, there was some kind of lightning strike as she was chatting about the impending wind and clouds http://jrnl.ie/3057712 The TG4 weather presenter was ‘struck by lightning’ live on air last night People didn’t know what to think. Source: Nella/Twitter What just happened on @TG4TV ?Did she just get electrocuted or was that a Halloween prank? 👀🎃#TG4 pic.twitter.com/CqMShJjarl— NELLA (@nellasmusic) October 31, 2016 After her ride on a magic carpet last year, we sense she’ll be just fine.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! By DailyEdge.ie 29 Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 6:57 PM People are loving this note from an extremely polite Kit Kat thief>This woman managed to get her arse stuck in a supermarket freezer while on a night out>Written by Nicola Byrne and posted on DailyEdge.ielast_img read more

Hillary pizza and a phony sex scandal the power of fake news

first_img Image: Cliff Owen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 7:45 AM Share4 Tweet Email 35 Comments Dec 3rd 2016, 7:45 AM Image: Cliff Owen By AFPcenter_img THE INTERNET RUMOUR had the makings of a bizarrely sordid scandal involving a top political aide to Hillary Clinton, allegations of pedophilia and a restaurant in an upscale part of Washington.It ended in death threats against a small business owner – and became a shocking case study in the dangers of the growing prevalence of “fake news.”The fake news phenomenon has sent major internet companies scrambling to respond amid claims that bogus reports that proliferated ahead of the US presidential election may have skewed the result.This episode started in October after WikiLeaks published a batch of hacked emails from John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign. Journalists and others have poured over the tens of thousands of stolen communications in search of politically relevant information.But some readers honed in on a handful of innocuous messages recounting a Clinton fundraiser involving James Alefantis, the owner of a popular Washington pizzeria called Comet. Source: Shutterstock/Gil CAlmost immediately, “pizzagate” was born as right-leaning conspiracy theorists on the discussion sites 4chan and Reddit claimed Comet was not just a purveyor of pizza and beer but in fact a sinister front hiding a politically connected pedophile ring. Word quickly spread.“They’ve apparently uncovered an elite child trafficking network which celebrates its tendencies using code words and disturbing artworks,” alleged the website The Vigilant Citizen, which claims to study symbols.In this world, nothing was innocent. Nude paintings on the walls were suspect. Patterns on a child’s dress or the menu revealed supposed pedophile symbols and a picture of a girl playing with masking tape was evidence of sexual abuse.Theorists even resorted to the French language in search of potential codes: the name James Alefantis was supposedly derived from the French phrase for “I love children.”As the 8 November election drew near, hundreds of threatening messages flooded Alefantis’s Instagram account. The restaurant’s Facebook page was also barraged with negative comments.“My first reaction was there’s a bunch of crazies out there. Everyone is hyped up about the election, so it will go away,” Alefantis told AFP. “But instead it went the other direction.”‘Weaponised’ social mediaAfter Donald Trump’s shock victory, things got even worse. Alefantis told AFP: https://jrnl.ie/3110544 Short URL 13,276 Views Hillary, pizza and a phony sex scandal: the power of ‘fake news’ Conspiracy theorists claim pizza restaurant Comet is not just a purveyor of pizza and beer but a sinister front hiding a politically connected pedophile ring. It was a combination of people telling us that they were going to come and do something or that we’ve been found out and that we should show where the tunnels are.To all appearances, there is nothing untoward about Comet. Friendly and stylish, the restaurant is divided into several areas, including one with ping-pong and Fussball tables, and stages for alternative rock performances in the evening.“Comet is a place that bridges,” said neighborhood resident Leslie Harris who is helping the restaurant respond to the onslaught. “In the early evening, people with strollers bring their little kids in for pizzas.”“It’s an adult hang out but the irony of it is that it has also been this safe place for our teenagers.”Alefantis believes the “coordinated and orchestrated attack” was in reality retribution for his political views and his support of Democrats.I’m an independent business owner and I feel I have the right to make decisions on who I support and how I utilise my resources.Alefantis has contacted the local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation but there is little that can be done for the time being. Under pressure, Reddit has closed the “pizzagate” discussion, citing “repeated violations of the terms of our content policy.”But the attacks have not ended.“It would be like whack-a-mole,” said Claire Wardle of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “It’s impossible to regulate or to police these places so instead we have to think of other ways to give users tools to recognise what’s trustworthy or not.”In the meantime, Alefantis is calling for greater social media awareness.“It has to be recognized within the broader society that social media can be weaponised,” he said. “You can be easily taken down or destroyed by this sort of attacks.”- © AFP 2016Read: ‘Fake news had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s victory’ – Mark Zuckerberg>last_img read more

Police Stations To Be Equipped With HighSpeed Internet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 23 (JIS): Police stations are to be equipped with high-speed Internet as the Government deepens the penetration of broadband service across the island.The initiative is being undertaken through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is financed by taxes collected from phone calls coming into the country.“For the last couple of years, the Government has built out an islandwide broadband network, connecting our schools, libraries, post offices and more recently health centres and hospitals. Now we will be doing police stations,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson.The State Minister, who was speaking to JIS News at the third annual Edufocal Excellence Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 22, said the purpose of this initiative is to give rise to a more developed society.“This was done as part of our commitment to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has access to computer technology and the Internet. All of this is building a digital society for transformation and development,” he said.The Edufocal Excellence Awards was held to honour the top 10 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students, who accessed the fun and interactive online Edufocal learning platform to prepare for their examinations.The students selection were based on “time spent on the platform and how well they did,” said Chief Executive Officer of Edufocal Limited, Gordon Swaby. Some of the GSAT awardees were also a part of the Government’s Tablets in School pilot project.According to the Minister of State, “we distributed just under 25,000 tablets to 38 schools and teachers. We are now working out the details to see how we can get tablets in every school in Jamaica.”Testimonials given by teachers and parents of GSAT and CSEC students praised Edufocal for its ability to produce successful students. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:high speed internet, jamaica, police station, Universal Service Fundlast_img read more

Armed men in eastern Ukraine open fire on crowd

first_imgKRASNOARMEISK, Ukraine — Armed men identified as Ukrainian national guard opened fire Sunday on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine, and an official for the region’s insurgents said there were fatalities.The bloodshed in the town of Krasnoarmeisk occurred hours after dozens of armed men shut down voting in a referendum on sovereignty for the region. One of them identified the group as being national guardsmen.An Associated Press photographer who witnessed the shooting said two people were seen lying unmoving on the ground and insurgent leader Denis Pushilin was quoted by the ITAR-Tass news agency as saying there were an unspecified number of deaths.Several hours earlier, the men came to the town about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the regional capital, Donetsk, and dispersed referendum voting that was taking place outside the town hall and they took control of the building. In the evening, more arrived in a van and a scuffle broke out with people who were gathered around the building. Then they fired shots.Witnesses to the shooting posted a number of videos on YouTube. One of the videos shows several armed men holding AK-47s yelling to the crowd “go home, get out of here.” One then cocks his weapon, and seconds later a man from the crowd steps forward and approaches another gunman, also carrying an AK-47, to speak with him. The gunman fires a warning shot over his head, but that doesn’t deter the man. He continues to approach as shots continue and the man is struck by a bullet, falls to the ground and can be seen bleeding from his leg.last_img read more

Police catch suspect in Hollywood storage unit thefts

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have caught a man suspected of stealing from storage units.According to police, they have arrested the man who was caught on surveillance camera as he broke into 14 storage units at Uncle Bob’s Storage in Hollywood, on Sunday.The robbery occurred at the business’s facility, near North 78th Avenue and Sheridan Street.Officials said the same man hit another storage unit, the week before.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Two Injured In Weekend Accident Involving RV

first_imgThere were no injuries to responders. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Alaska State Troopers. In a release from Anchor Point ES, 8 firefighters and EMT’s from Anchor Point Emergency Services responded with a rescue engine, ambulance and a command vehicle. Mutual aid was requested from Homer Volunteer Fire Department for an engine and ambulance. Crews arrived to find a SUV collision with a pickup truck and travel trailer traveling in the opposite direction with the driver of the SUV entrapped. Anchor Point Fire personnel who happened to be in the vicinity of the collision, along with other bystanders were able to successfully put out the fire in the SUV’s engine compartment with extinguishers from nearby vehicles. A passenger in the same vehicle was also transported by HVFD with minor injuries. The occupants of the pickup involved were not injured.center_img The driver of the SUV was extricated and was transported by ambulance to South Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS, Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision at mile 165 of the Sterling Highway with multiple injuries, entrapment and a possible fire on Saturday.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Amethi Priyanka Gandhi Robert Vadra join him

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.Twitter/@INCIndiaCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, April 10, filed his nomination from his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, one day ahead of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections which is slated to begin in less than 24 hours on Thursday, April 11. The Congress leader was accompanied by his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress general secretary of eastern UP.Rahul Gandhi held a 3-km roadshow from Munshiganj-Darpipur to Gauriganj ahead of filing his nomination. The Congress chief was joined by Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra during the roadshow. However, Sonia Gandhi later joined them at the District Collector office in Amethi. Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accompanied Rahul Gandhi as he filed his nomination.Twitter/ANIThe 48-year-old Congress chief will be contesting against BJP leader Smriti Irani in Amethi, who lost to three-time MP Rahul Gandhi in the rural constituency in 2014. After completing the nomination process, the Congress leader challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to debate with him. Gandhi wanted to debate PM Modi on the Rafale deal at any given location. He accused Modi of committing theft.Later in the day, Rahul Gandhi will head to Katihar in Bihar and Raiganj in West Bengal to carry forward the Congress’s election campaign.Rahul Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He had filed his nomination for the Wayanad constituency, his second seat, on April 4. Gandhi was accompanied by his sister Priyanka Vadra and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala in Wayanad, Kerala.last_img read more