oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.
santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.
Story Highlights Ms. Grange said that the Government is looking to increase the number of athletes benefiting under the scheme. The disclosure was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament held on Thursday (March 1). More than 1,300 athletes from 28 sports associations are now registered with the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP). More than 1,300 athletes from 28 sports associations are now registered with the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP).The disclosure was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament held on Thursday (March 1).The plan, which was implemented in 2016, provides group health, life and personal accident coverage for beneficiaries aged seven to 75.Ms. Grange said that the Government is looking to increase the number of athletes benefiting under the scheme.She noted that “there is one major sporting association that is not fully cooperating in ensuring that the athletes are registered, and this is a major challenge, but we will be addressing that matter”.“There are brokers and there are others who want to create their own insurance, and, as a result, they are not ensuring that their athletes are signed up for this programme,” she pointed out.The plan is being implemented at just under $60 million per annum for athletes drawn from 28 of the more than 40 sport associations whose members comprise junior and senior athletes who represent Jamaica in international competitions.JAIP is being financed by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), National Health Fund (NHF), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
Director for Community and Cultural Development Services at the JCDC, Marjorie Leyden-Vernon, told JIS News that the activities include parish awards ceremonies, church services, heritage festivals and tours to historical sites. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is staging a series of activities across the island from October 8 to 15 in celebration of National Heritage Week, under the theme ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’.Director for Community and Cultural Development Services at the JCDC, Marjorie Leyden-Vernon, told JIS News that the activities include parish awards ceremonies, church services, heritage festivals and tours to historical sites.On Wednesday (October 10), a celebration titled ‘Heritage Fest’ will be held at Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann. Persons will be able to tour the park, which was once a 16th century British plantation, and view performances from traditional groups.“They will showcase where the heritage is coming from and what we inherited in terms of our unique traditional forms,” Mrs. Leyden-Vernon said.The JCDC is collaborating with the Committee for the Promotion of National Religious Services to host a national thanksgiving service at the Fellowship Apostolic Church, 16 Camp Road, Kingston, on October 14, beginning at 10:00 am. Religious services will be held in various parishes on the day.The highlight of the week will be the parish awards ceremonies on National Heroes Day, Monday (October 15), where citizens will be recognised for their contributions in areas such as community development, education, business, sports and agriculture.“We usually look at what individuals have been doing and present awards to the ones that are outstanding. Nominations are made and each parish would award a local hero on National Heroes Day,” Mrs. Leyden-Vernon said.Persons can visit the JCDC’s website www.jcdc.gov.jm or any JCDC parish office islandwide to view the Heritage Week schedule of activities. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is staging a series of activities across the island from October 8 to 15 in celebration of National Heritage Week, under the theme ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’. Story Highlights
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its annual Small Business Awards.Nearly three dozen entrepreneurs have made the list.President Sandip Lalli said the awards recognize contributions to the business community.“They’re trying to pull the rest of the Calgary business community forward,” Lalli said. “They also very much take pride in being in Calgary and being a business in Calgary.”Small Business Expo Week begins October 15. This year’s awards ceremony is October 19.All the nominees can be viewed at smallbusinessweekcalgary.com
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have received countless phone calls reporting aggressive contacts from people claiming to be collecting money for the Canada Revenue Agency.The scam often involves telling the victim that taxes are owed and they must be paid immediately or there will be a warrant for their arrest. The caller will then request payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards. Callers may even “spoof” a phone number so that the call will appear as the CRA on call display.Residents in the B.C. Peace are also sharing on facebook, copies of text messages that suggest in order to receive your child benefit payment, you should click a link to share your auto deposit information. Do not click the link. A copy of the text message being sent to area residents asking for banking information.Please keep the following information in mind:There is no legitimate agency, CRA, RCMP, or otherwise, that will accept payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.If you feel the call may be legitimate, hang up the phone and look up the number for the CRA to call and get verification. Do not call back the number on your call display.If the caller alludes to police or RCMP involvement, hang up and call your local RCMP or police detachment directly for verification.Please report any calls of this nature to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you’ve received a phone call like this and paid out money or gift cards, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment to file a report.
Darjeeling: Tourism in North Bengal is all set to receive a further boost with new accommodations coming up in the form of eco-friendly cottages in tourist hotspots.The state Tourism department, in collaboration with the Parks & Gardens Wing (North) of the state Forest department will be constructing these cottages at Gajoldoba, Tiger Hill and Tonglu. “15 cottages will come up at Bhorer Alo of Gajoldoba, with 5 cottages at Tiger Hill and 5 cottages at Tonglu. We will try to finish the cottages by Durga Puja this year,” said Anjan Guha, the divisional forest officer of the P&G Wing (North). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDetailed Project Reports of the projects have already been submitted to the Tourism department. The project is pegged at Rs 11 crore. Rs 6 crore will be spent for the cottages at Tonglu and Tiger Hill, while the 15 cottages at Bhorer Alo will be built at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Bhorer Alo, located at Gajoldoba in the Jalpaiguri district is located at a distance of 15 km from Siliguri town. Spread across a sprawling 210 acre area, Bhorer Alo is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaUpon completion, the project will boast of a budget hotel, 2-star category hotels and a high-end hotel, along with a 9 hole golf course spread across 60 acres of land. Tourists will also be able to enjoy cycling, boating and camping facilities. It will also have a trekking route through Saraswati Tea Estate to the Bengal Safari. Work is on by the Forest department for developing the route. The project also includes a jungle safari, sunset point, orchid park, bird park and an amphitheatre. The cottages will not be constructed out of concrete. They will be made of wood and will have double occupancy, with all modern amenities on offer. Tiger Hill, a famous sunrise point, is located 11 km from Darjeeling town. An old British bungalow at the location that had been burnt down during the violent agitation of the 1980s is currently under renovation. The new cottages will come up surrounding the British cottage. At Tonglu, two separate dormitories for men and women will be there. Each dormitory will have a ten bed facility. Tonglu is located on the world famous trekking trail to Sandakphu- the highest point of the state at an altitude of 12,000 ft.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBut it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime.
NEW 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.
Past 572 at bats, .247 becomes possible at three of every four numbers. So last year’s quest got quite a bit easier on Sept. 29 when Davis hit at-bat number 572, a career high. The odds of Davis ending the past four seasons with a .247 batting average even with the perfect number of hits are still just 9.4 percent.Put another way: Davis finished 2018 with 576 at- bats. If he had gone to the plate just one more time and gotten a hit, he would have finished with a .248 average. If he had made an out, he would have been at .246.1A walk would have left it the same, of course. Davis was pulled in the sixth inning of the season’s final game, by the way.The chase for .247 isn’t impossible, but it is mathematically very unlikely. Of course, it was also unlikely the past four seasons. The powers of rounding and opposing pitchers haven’t stopped Davis before. We believe in you, Khris.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The most amazing active streak in baseball might be the most unlikely streak in history.I’m talking, of course, about Khris Davis’s batting average. Davis has hit exactly (or, more precisely, rounded to) .247 for not one, not two, not even three but four straight seasons, from 2015 through 2018.This year appears to be different. Davis is currently hitting .230, and while there’s still a long way to go this season, .230 is not close to .247. Baseball appears to be broken.Assuming he stays healthy the rest of the year and plays in roughly the same amount that he did in 2018, Davis needs to hit .282 for the rest of the year to continue the streak. That’s certainly not impossible.Davis also should be hitting closer to .247 based on some of his advanced metrics: He has a higher average than he did last year on balls in play (.274 to .261) and a lower strikeout rate (26.3 percent to 26.8 percent). With those components improving, we’d expect Davis to have a better batting average. Statcast metrics tell a similar story. Davis is seeing roughly the same pitches to previous seasons and swinging and making contact about as often. The difference isn’t seeing better pitchers.One clear difference with Davis — in addition to his inexplicably non-.247 average — seems to be his power. Davis has hit just 17 home runs in 2019. He finished last year with 48, and at this point in the year he had hit 32.Likewise, his hard-hit rate and average launch angle have plummeted. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a pair of injuries may be limiting him, and Davis said he’s been choking up, possibly leading to weaker hits.Some of the difference, as is often the case in baseball, is luck. Davis has made 24 outs this year on balls in play with an expected hit probability (based on launch angle and exit velocity) of over 50 percent. This particular lineout had a .797 expected batting average, or a nearly 80 percent chance of landing for a hit:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/9aa1f874-c4f7-4697-a17a-223828fbd499.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Overall, according to Statcast, Davis has an expected batting average of .242 based on all his batted balls. With slightly better luck, Davis could be right where he’s been the last four years.It’s worth remembering how fickle batting average can be. The difference between Davis’s batting average from this year and last year is just six missing hits, which says a lot more about batting average than it does Khris Davis. It also suggests that the decline in homers alone might be keeping him out of .247 range.To reach the fabled average, Davis needs a hot finish to the season — and, fortunately, he’s had even better hot streaks before in his career. Last year, from June 29 to Aug. 23, he hit .316 in 177 at-bats with 19 home runs over 46 games. Davis will have about as many at-bats for the rest of the year, and he doesn’t need as many hits. If the power comes back, it’s easy to imagine a similar stretch.Besides opposing pitchers, another enemy threatens Davis’s batting average streak: rounding.Let’s say Davis finishes the season with 520 at-bats, a reasonable number based on his playing time. If he has 128 hits in those at-bats, his average rounds to .246. With one more hit, though, it would increase to .248. There’s a decent chance that Davis has no mathematical chance of repeating his .247 average.The odds of having a number of at-bats for which a .247 average is impossible are close to 50-50. If Davis finishes with a number of at-bats between 500 and 571 that is two or three more than a multiple of four, he can hit .247. Otherwise, he cannot.