Bail for alleged Maoist sympathiser in Yerwada jail since 2015

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to Konnath Muralidharan, 66, an alleged sympathiser of Communist Party of India (Maoist), who has been in Yerwada jail since May 2015 after the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested him for possessing ‘objectionable material’. His bail has been previously rejected by the Pune court in September 2016.On May 8, 2015, Mr. Muralidharan was arrested at 6 a.m. after the ATS got information that he, along with an aide Chirag Palli, were operating from their hideout at Talegaon in Pune. ATS recovered hand written notes along with printed literature that talked about Operation Green Hunt, central military commission and other material related to CPI (Maoists).According to the FIR, Mr. Muralidharan introduced himself as Thomas Joseph and was holding names such as Sunny alias Rajendra Goppi Vijayan alias Raghavan alias Ajith Kannampillai alias Kannakaran. His aide Mr. Palli introduced himself as James Mathew.Statements of some witnesses were recorded and the ATS had seized laptops, CPUs, printers, three pen drives, 10 mobile handsets, five sim cards, two dongles and books in Malayalam from them.The ATS also recovered a fake PAN card in the name of Thomas Joseph with Mr. Muralidharan’s photo, while Mr. Palli had a fake Aadhaar card in his name.Mr. Muralidharan was charged with Section 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), Section 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), Section 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), Section 471(using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 10 (penalty for being member of an unlawful association, etc), Section 13 (punishment for unlawful activities), Section 20 (punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation), Section 38 (offence relating to membership of a terrorist organisation), and Section 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).The ATS filed a chargesheet on October 14, 2015, before a sessions court in Pune. On September 9, 2016, Mr. Muralidharan who suffered heart ailments prior to his arrest, and suffered a mild heart attack while he was lodged in prison, moved a bail application which was rejected by the Pune court. The present bail application, filed in HC through his advocates Sudeep Pasbola and Susan Abraham, states that he has been falsely implicated, and that there is no evidence to prosecute him under UAPA.Justice Nitin Sambre granted bail to Mr. Murlidharan on ₹1 lakh surety and ordered him to report to Pune police station twice a month.last_img read more

Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick

first_imgGuiao also had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old Ravena, who won two UAAP titles and a couple of UAAP MVPs with Ateneo“Kiefer, on the other hand, we all know that he can be a go-to guy, he can also create for his teammates, he has leadership. He’s not afraid to take over a game. He’s a very intelligent, high-IQ player, so those are the things that a team like ours could really need.” China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comNLEX will most likely pick second overall in the 2017 PBA Draft that has head coach Yeng Guiao licking his chops given the potential of talents that would be available.So far, only Christian Standhardinger has officially applied for the draft among the highly-touted prospects eyeing to make the jump to the pros this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Guiao both described Standhardinger and Ravena as “immediate impact players.”He likes the fact that Standhardinger is a seasoned player having played in Basketball Bundesliga, a top tier professional club league in Germany.“Standhardinger is coming into the draft at 28 years old, he’s mature. He’s got experience, so you don’t need to put him through a learning process,” said Guiao.“He understands the game from what we’ve seen. He’s a hard worker, he can fit right into any team’s system.”The 6-foot-7 Fil-German introduced himself to Philippine basketball when he was tapped to play for the national team in the Jones Cup before suiting up as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup as a replacement for Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments But the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and other big names could also follow suit.Most coaches keep their cards close to their chest but Guiao didn’t beat around the bush when asked who intends to select.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Nothing but the obvious so if Standhardinger is No. 1, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer. If it’s Kiefer’s No. 1 then we’ll go with Standhardinger because most likely we’ll be No. 2, so it’s really that obvious, I guess,” said Guiao.“We have another draft very early in the second round so we’ll see who are the best available talent in the second round.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

X-Blades ‘Speed’ Promotion

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear supplier, X-Blades, has another great deal for the Touch Football community.Pre-order any of the new lightweight Speed range – the Legend Speed, Sniper Speed or Sniper Speed ST before Friday, 20 September for delivery in early October, and you will receive a free Blades gym sack and free delivery. For 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships participants, X-Blades will be at next week’s event, so be sure to check out their fantastic range there and pre-order your new Speed boots!To pre-order your pair of boots from the Speed range, please visit the following website:www.bladesfootball.com.au. X-Blades is also running a ‘design your own boot’ competition in the lead up to the Rugby League World Cup in the UK, with the chance to design your own boot or win tickets to the event. For more information, please watch the video below:Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for more great deals from X-Blades. Related Files14_legend_speed-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed_st-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed-outstep-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Clay Travis Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Clay Travis region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Clay Travis Region Below1. Clay Travis vs. 16. Jim RomeClay TravisRome isn’t burning anymore, but Clay’s hot takes do enough melting for this entire field. More Annoying: Clay Travis vs. Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 15. Jim NantzDicky VImpossible to fall asleep when Vitale is on the broadcast. Impossible not to when it’s Nantz. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Jim Nantz?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 14. Ron JaworskiGottliebSyracuse fans, among others, can’t stand Gottlieb. Jaws’ shtick is played out too. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or Ron Jaworski?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 13. Chris ChaseKeith Olbermann Chris ChaseOlbermann can’t figure out how to play nice in the sandbox. Chase is infamous for going against the grain.  More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Chris Chase?5. Erin Andrews vs. 12. Lee Corsoerin andrewsSome think Andrews looks annoyed all the time. Some don’t like Corso’s shenanigans each Saturday. More Annoying: Erin Andrews or Lee Corso?6. Kirk Herbstreit vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaKirk HerbstreitHerbstreit gets it from basically every fan base, regardless of which teams he picks. Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Jason Kirk and Rodger Sherman are basically all the same person. More Annoying: Kirk Herbstreit or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?7. Max Kellerman vs. 10. Barstool Sports GuysKellerman BarstoolWe’re still not sure how Kellerman weaseled his way back onto ESPN. And you either love or hate Barstool. More Annoying: Max Kellerman or Barstool Sports?8. Rick Reilly vs. 9. Todd McShayRick ReillyReilly had it first on Twitter, we’re told. McShay’s back-and-forth with Kiper could be its own category. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Todd McShay?Vote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Here >>>last_img read more

Scrap Metal Trade Resumes January 2013

first_imgThe scrap metal trade is set to resume in January 2013, with a revised regime and new set of regulations governing stakeholders’ operations. Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, announced  on December 19, that the activities are set to re-commence by the third week of January next year, after being suspended earlier this year. Speaking at the  weekly Jamaica House Media Briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Mr. Hylton advised that following months of due diligence, reviews and meetings at the government and stakeholder levels, Cabinet recently approved a “far more rigorous and improved” regulatory regime to govern trade in both industrial and non-industrial scrap. Mr. Hylton said features of the new regime governing the trade include: mandatory special permits/licences for entities deemed reputable; mandatory 100 per cent Customs inspection of materials being traded before these are loaded; and posting of a $7 million bond by each entity, which will also be charged a regulatory fee. Industrial scrap refers to material generated by companies from their manufacturing operations or from the retirement of obsolete metallic fixed assets, which are exported by the owner in his or her name. In the case of non-industrial scrap metal, new conditions include: more stringent eligibility criteria for exporters; mandatory application for licences; and a Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC), among other permits specified by the Ministry in conjunction with the Trade Board, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and Customs Department.  Non-industrial scrap is defined as material that is purchased. Mr. Hylton emphasized that non-nationals desirous of becoming exporters must apply for a work permit, while pointing out that all arrangements for exports must take place at one of three designated central multi-user sites in Kingston and Clarendon.      Other notable features of the new regime include: mandatory displaying of all material being traded at the designated sites for five days for public viewing before being loaded; and permanent posting of Customs, police, and military officers at these locations. The Minister said sanctions that will be imposed where breaches have occurred include: a $3 million fine, two years imprisonment and loss of licence/permit; allocation of a portion of the $7 million bond to compensate victims; and detention of material deemed suspicious for 10 days to facilitate investigations by Customs officers and the police, and public viewing. Additionally, he said penalties will be imposed on persons who engage in illicit activities, such as the theft of material barred from the list of tradeable items. These include: copper, irrigation pipes, manhole covers, railway lines, and sign posts. Mr. Hylton also advised that a website will be established to facilitate the viewing and lodging of complaints by the public. “Between now (December) and  (January 2013), we will be working hard to register exporters, issue new licences, finalize and sign agreements with site owners, sign operating permits with exporters, recruit and train new staff in (the) Factories Corporation of Jamaica, equip site offices, and promulgate new regulations,” Mr. Hylton informed.last_img read more

Deaths of three Indigenous women in Montreal ignite calls for more frontline

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsDavid Chapman stands near the kitchen inside the Open Door shelter in Montreal and points to a framed picture on the wall.“It just struck me that she was really bright and had a, seemed like a full life ahead of her,” says Chapman, executive director of the shelter.The photo he’s pointing to is of Crystal Einish, a Cree woman in her 20s from Eeyou Istchee – Cree Territory in Quebec.She died after drinking too much alcohol.“She was talking to me about her son, she loved her son, and to be honest I was just completely shocked when I heard only two days later she was no longer with us,” says Chapman.(The photo of Crystal Einish that hangs on the wall inside the Open Door shelter in Montreal)Einish isn’t the only photo on the wall.Walk into Montreal’s Open Door shelter and you’ll find thirteen framed photos.Dubbed the “memorial wall,” the photos are of former clients who have died – eight of the thirteen are Indigenous women, all within the last two years.Before the photos had been located in a less formal space, near a bulletin board.But after a deadly January, where three Indigenous women who frequented the Open Door died, the need for a larger wall became evident.“If things don’t change we’re gonna need more space still,” says Chapman.Chapman says he knew the women well and that substance abuse also played a role in the recent deaths of the two other women.But when they were alive and wanted help, it wasn’t available.He points to yet another photo, Inuk woman Connie Kadlutsiak.“Connie asked three times to go to detox and rehab, and a number of efforts were made but each time there was a waiting list,” he says.“And you often have a very short window of time where there is a desire to go forward with detox and rehab and if you miss that window then you’re back to square one.”(Open Door Executive Director David Chapman. In the background is the wall of photos of clients who have died)Harvey Michele is the interim president of the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke.Tiohtià:ke is the Mohawk word for Montreal, and Michele says the city is lacking compared to Canada’s other major cities.Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver all have centres devoted to Indigenous health.“We’re, let’s say, 20 years behind from other provinces, where they are more specifically targeting Indigenous health,” says Michele, an Ojibway who has lived in Montreal for over 40 years.“For the underserviced Indigenous community, the need is great.”Incorporated in 2016, the Tiohtià:ke Health Centre is still in its infancy.The goal is to eventually establish a location where Indigenous people can get health services catered to their needs.“The Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke would work with the community member in dealing with the root cause of their addiction. Sadly, many First Nations and Inuit continue to fall in the cracks,” says Michele.“The rate of mortality is very high for this population due to the lack of access to addiction and mental health services that are culturally not safe for the vulnerable population.”Michele says that the health centre is a part of a larger conglomeration of Montreal Indigenous organizations called the Health Services Partnership Table for Urban Indigenous Persons.Together they are gearing up to push for health services funding, but Michele admits establishing a fully functioning Indigenous health centre in Montreal will take years.In the meantime, she would like to see more funds for health navigators, people who are paid specifically to help vulnerable folks navigate the health system.The health centre currently has two on staff.For David Chapman, more funding and programs can’t come soon enough with regards to keeping more photos from going up on the Open Door memorial wall.“In this case there is very much a direct link between funding recovery and span of life.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Skeptical Football Matthew Stafford Is Gunning For Peyton Mannings Throne

On Sunday night, I put out a call on Twitter for burning NFL questions. Among the responses, some guy asked:Whoa, boss. This is a question for which everyone seems to have an answer, but about which few people have anything new to say.Assessing how good someone is at something is easy if that thing is directly measurable, like running 100 meters, or is independent enough to be measured over time, like hitting a baseball. In sports like basketball or hockey, contributions may be harder to measure, but can often be imputed indirectly: There’s often enough data to see how a team performs with or without individual players.1At the very least we can model how various statistical markers (like points, rebounds or assists) predict how a team performs with or without individual players. All of these metrics are basically variations of “statistical plus-minus” — even ones that came before, like John Hollinger’s PER.But in football, a player’s contribution is impossible to measure directly, because there are too many variables that go into every result. And it can’t be measured indirectly, because the sample sizes are too small (that is, there are relatively few games and not as much data). Thus, player valuation is a quagmire of guesswork and debate.This is why I prefer questions of limited scope, like, “How certain are you that Peyton Manning is a good quarterback?” For which, the answer is “really extra pretty super-duper certain.” OK, that seems obvious, but ask me the same question about Joe Montana — whom many regard as the greatest quarterback of all time — and I’m not sure. It seems very, very likely to me that Montana was a good quarterback, but I am literally thousands of times less certain of that fact than I am when evaluating Manning.But that doesn’t even prove that Manning was better than Montana, though I tend to think the odds are tilted a bit in his favor. The problem with saying anyone is “the best” is that he has to be better than Montana, then better than Dan Marino, then better than Lawrence Taylor, etc. And it’s even possible that the true winner could be someone with incredible skills who was never in the right situation. Like, what if Jeff George had played for Bill Walsh? Anything is possible.So we can’t know for sure. But we constantly have to act on things we don’t know for sure. Thus, if my life depended on guessing who was the best NFL player of all time, I’d pick Peyton Manning.2But, oops, the answer was Randall Cunningham, and now I’m dead. Not because he’s clearly the best, but because he seems to have the best odds of being the best.Why do I think that? Have you got all day? OK then, short version, there are four main axes to the issue:3Any one of which could probably be a series of posts in its own right. Answering this isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds.For the largest gap between a player’s TD per game and the baseline for his era, the answer is Peyton Manning. Not only is he the all-time pass touchdown per game leader, but he’s about .7 touchdowns per game higher than the league average for his era. But as a ratio between a passer’s TD per game and that of the entire league during the period he played, he is only in second place. For the highest, you have to go all the way back into the 20s, when Benjamin “Benny” Friedman of the New York Giants got it done:Manning has 1.51 times more TD passes per game than his era, but Friedman had 1.65 times more.If you look at the details, that 1.65 might not even do it justice. In 1929, Friedman had 20 TD passes. The next highest total that season: six. The entire league (12 teams) had only 81 TD passes; Friedman accounted for nearly one quarter of them. And he was way ahead of his time — the NFL wouldn’t even reach .6 touchdown passes per game until after Friedman retired.Also worth consideration is Dan Marino. While technically his TD rate may not have been as far above average as Manning’s, he played in an era when no one else was even close.8He also did it in an era that didn’t feature any massive changes to the game, unlike Friedman’s era and possibly the present one. Note that Manning has a lot of company in the two TD/game zone, including Aaron Rodgers right beneath him.I had to do a double take at first because there are so many modern players on that list, despite the fact that the measurement is relative to era. In other words, the current era isn’t just an era of pass-happy offenses, it’s an era in which some offenses are way more pass-happy than others.Rookie QB watchThis week we saw the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles score his first win (despite throwing three interceptions, he was the first rookie to win a game since last month), and Teddy Bridgewater score his first touchdown pass for the Minnesota Vikings. With the Cleveland Browns’ Manziel still on the bench, the rookie QB game seems to be all about Bortles, Bridgewater and the Raiders’ Derek Carr. Each of these now has at least four full games under their belt — that’s a big achievement unlocked. So let’s start comparing some real stats.What we learn about rookies is very different from what we learn from other QBs. Normally we care a lot about efficiency and how much a QB helps his team win, but for rookies we’re normally looking for raw production. But let’s take a peek at efficiency anyway, shall we?Here’s a table comparing the rate at which each QB’s drives end in a touchdown or interception, and the average Expected Points Added (EPA) per drive:Carr currently leads all three categories. Note that their EPAs are all negative, meaning they are scoring fewer points per drive than a typical NFL team — but Carr is doing the least-worst.Kicking awardsIt was kind of a crazy week for kicking, with the entire NFL making just three of eight tries from 50+ yards, but going 45 for 46 on all other attempts. (That’s why you see a large cluster of kickers just to the right of zero in the chart).Last week I talked about the golden triad of young kickers, which includes Blair Walsh, Justin Tucker and Dan Bailey. All three made all of their kicks in Week 7, and Walsh took the MVK award, largely due to his 55-yard make just before the half. It’s like the Hacker Gods were paying attention and wanted to justify my devoting a large section of this column every week to kickers.9Though, admittedly, my perception that one event resulted directly from the other could just be a fiction. From the Hacker Gods’ perspective, they may have simply programmed me and the universe to recognize Walsh at the same time.Cairo Santos also deserves recognition for hitting a 48-yard game-winning field goal, but the points vs. expectation model isn’t impressed by a 48-yard attempt.10As of this moment, the MVP algorithm doesn’t distinguish between close games that you won and close games that you lost.This week Walsh was one of two kickers (along with Shayne Graham of the New Orleans Saints) who had points above expectation higher than the margin of victory or defeat in their games. Unfortunately, both of their teams lost their games, so no kicker earns a “win” just yet. (My definition of a kicker “win” is that their points above expectation must have been the difference in the game –not just their actual points scored. Kicker “wins” are extremely rare. There have been none so far in 2014, and there were seven in 2013, with Justin Tucker taking two of them. In 2012 there were none.)Gunslinger of the weekMatthew Stafford led his team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit — still down 13 points with under 4 minutes to go — to win against the New Orleans Saints. Oh, and he threw an interception in the fourth quarter with his team still down 10.Stafford, for all his woes as QB of the Lions, seems to have a game well suited to the gunslinger paradigm.Among QBs with 20 or more games with comeback opportunities (down 9+ in the second half), Stafford now has the third-highest winning percentage, behind only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. This is, of course, despite his relatively high interception rate (e.g., over twice as high as Aaron Rodgers’s):That he did this for lowly Detroit is particularly remarkable to me, since Stafford has gotten some of the worst team support in football.There’s a basic way to test how much support a QB gets. Winning Percentage Added (WPA) is a stat that measures how a team’s chances of winning a game (based on league-wide models for a typical team) change after each play. Thus, a QB’s WPA for a game is how much his team’s chances of winning increased on the plays he was involved with. All else being equal, his team should win a game about 50 percent of the time plus the QB’s WPA.11If you’re clever you can adjust this for home/away, etc.If you take this estimate and then subtract from the actual result, you get a figure equal to the amount of winning percentage added by elements of the team that are NOT the passing game (including running, defense, and special teams). We can plot a comparison between these two like so:Some QBs like Tom Brady and Joe Flacco actually win more often than their passing would suggest, meaning the non-passing part of their team is contributing as well. Others have to overcome bad teams. Stafford is a great example of this, as he typically adds close to 10 percent to his teams chances, only to see even more stripped in the plays where he isn’t an active participant. In fact, Stafford gets the worst support of any QB with a positive WPA.Most empirically significant game of Week 8Lots of great and/or interesting QB matchups in Week 8, such as:Philip Rivers vs. Peyton ManningMatthew Stafford vs. Matt RyanJay Cutler vs. Tom BradyAndrew Luck vs. Ben RoethlisbergerAaron Rodgers vs. Drew BreesJoe Flacco vs. Andy DaltonRussell Wilson vs. Cam NewtonOoh, the final matchup is an interesting one. Two 25-year-old former rookie Pro Bowlers known for their running abilities — one 5 feet 11 inches and the other 6 feet 6 inches.Last week, Wilson joined the illustrious list of QBs who passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 in the same game:Yet the Seahawks picked up their third loss, equaling Wilson’s total from last season. As the boss notes, the Seahawks are in a precarious spot, such that, even aside from the information value of a loss, it may get very hard for the Hawks to make the playoffs even if they’re really good, considering their schedule and division. Are the Seahawks going to be a dynasty like the Pats or teams-Peyton-Manning-is-QBing? Or will they regress to the mean and/or burn out like most teams do?Both teams are 3-3 (though Carolina also has a tie). Historically, teams that start 4-3 make the playoffs about 30 percentage points more often than teams that start 3-4 (about 50 percent vs. about 20 percent). So it’s a high-leverage game on both sides.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. A player’s location on the y-axis represents the number of TDs he has thrown per game played for his entire career. The horizontal lines show the span of his career. The bubble at the end of each career shows you how many touchdown passes he threw in total. The thick black line shows you the NFL’s average TD’s thrown per game by year. What do we take away from this?First, NFL teams have gotten better at passing for touchdowns, though I was a little surprised at how many touchdowns were thrown in the 50s and 60s. Johnny Unitas, for example, wasn’t nearly the outlier I assumed he would be: While he did break what was then a long-standing record (ultimately by a very large amount), he was also a product of a very passing-friendly era.Manning now has the largest bubble, obviously, and in a shorter career than Brett Favre’s — so far. But the record-setting QBs are a pretty elite group.So, relatedly, here’s another question I got on Twitter: Stats: No matter how you slice and dice the stats — career stats, drive stats, winning stats, efficiency stats, or whatever you want — Manning generally comes out on top. But players in the NFL aren’t responsible for their stats to nearly the degree players are in baseball or basketball, so without more corroborating evidence, this doesn’t mean as much as people think.But perhaps even more important than the stats themselves is consistency: Manning’s consistency is preternatural. Since 2001, he has completed 65 percent or more of his passes every year and only once passed for fewer than 4,000 yards.4He had 3,747 in 2005. Most quarterbacks’ performance varies significantly from year to year, largely as a result of the changing variables around them. But Manning essentially does the same thing year in and year out.Lack of entanglement: Manning has played for four different coaches and two different teams now, and hasn’t failed to win 10 games since 2001.5Also, the Colts stunk the one year they were without him or Andrew Luck, though I’d discount this a bit because it isn’t clear that they were trying very hard to win. Of course, it’s still possible that he has been surrounded by superior talent, but that’s a lot of lucky to get. Looking at dynasties in NFL history, who has ever been so good for so long? The 49ers, who had three different coaches and two great QBs; the Patriots, with one quarterback and one great coach; and Peyton Manning. Winning consistently in the NFL is hard, especially in the salary cap era.But the playoffs: Manning gets knocked for performing below expectations in the playoffs, and I won’t dismiss the issue out of hand. As I’ve shown before, Manning handles tough defenses well.6In some preliminary research, I’ve also found that Manning performs slightly better in the playoffs against teams that he also played in the regular season. So there are basically three possibilities: first, Manning has gotten unlucky in the playoffs; second, Manning has gotten lucky in the regular season; or third, Manning just plays worse in the playoffs for some reason. I can’t disprove the third possibility, and I’m not above believing that sort of thing, but I haven’t seen a plausible explanation yet.The second and third axes are probably undervalued. Manning’s unnatural consistency in a number of different scenarios is a unique phenomenon. And this is what Bayesian inference is all about: I’ve just witnessed a phenomenon, and I want to know what the most likely causes are. To do this, I consider the likelihood of each potential cause, and the likelihood of those causes creating that effect.And so in this case the question is really, which is more likely: that Manning has been uniquely, historically, fortunate in having many great players and coaches around him constantly, or that Manning is a unique, historical talent?Chart of the weekOne area where Manning seems unassailable is in the record books, but in fairness to everyone else, he has presided over a distinctly offensive era. So how does his career touchdown record stack up to history?Let’s summarize every NFL QB’s career in one chart:7Like The New York Times did, but different. read more

Family affair Buckeye roots come full circle for Smiths

Talking to Spencer Smith, it’s quickly obvious that he is a family man. But mention his brother, Connor Smith, and his face brightens, his eyes widen and a toothy grin takes shape.  When they were younger, Spencer Smith, a redshirt sophomore fullback, and Connor, a redshirt junior offensive lineman, played many sports together, including soccer, basketball and baseball. But football is where they have always shared their strongest bond.The two played high school football at Colerain, a perennial public school powerhouse on the outskirts of Cincinnati, where they were coached by their father, Joe Smith. The brothers have since migrated 90 miles north to play at Ohio State.“I’d say first of all, my brother’s probably my best friend,” Spencer Smith said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here in the end is because of my relationship with him.”Connor Smith has truly relished the time spent with his brother even though they have always lived under the same roof and live together off campus.“Me and my brother, we’ve been on every team together growing up,” Connor Smith said. “We hang out all the time; it’s really a neat situation.”Considering all the quality time the brothers enjoy together, it comes as no surprise that OSU football is truly a family affair for the Smiths. Joe Smith was an offensive tackle and four-year letterman at OSU from 1979-1982. For him, the experience of playing OSU football has come full circle.“It’s been great for me, but truly it’s about them, the experience that they get a chance to go through,” said Joe Smith, now a veterinarian at College Hill Animal Hospital in Cincinnati. “It gives you something in common for the rest of your life with your boys.”The relationship between the two only seemed to strengthen on the football field, especially at Colerain high school. They were only on the field together for one season, but they did not waste any opportunity to line up side by side.“My junior year, when we played right next to each other, that was an unbelievable experience just knowing that I had a lot of trust in him. It’s something that’s almost indescribable,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s got your back, you’ve got his back. It’s like a bond that’s even stronger than just a teammate’s bond.”Now that they are at OSU and play different positions, the brothers don’t see much of each other on the field. But they manage to run into each other through alternative means.“When we played in high school, we were together a lot,” Connor Smith said. “We’re sort of coached by the same people now, so we’re in a lot of our meetings together now.”Because Joe Smith coached his sons in high school and was also available at home, the brothers picked his brain to get a sense of his football acumen.“He always pushed us hard. When we wanted to be pushed, he pushed,” Connor Smith said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He was a very good model for me and Spence.”Spencer Smith said his father was often a closed book when asked about his experiences playing at OSU. But Joe Smith always referenced an OSU coaching icon.“He’s a very humble man. I’d learn stuff through other people because he was so humble,” Spencer Smith said. “But he talked about Woody Hayes. He was recruited by Woody Hayes, and he played his redshirt year for Woody Hayes. That’s who he came to play for at Ohio State.”In Joe Smith’s mind, the brothers had enough of an innate desire for success that he did not need to get his point across often. However, that does not mean that he treated his sons differently than their teammates.“There were a few times when I had to get after them for effort, and I certainly made it publicly known. Me and the [Colerain] head coach both had sons on the team, and we had to make sure we didn’t play any favorites,” Joe Smith said. “You actually overcompensate because you’re harder on your own kids, but you do that to make sure there isn’t a prejudice there with the other kids.”For Spencer and Connor Smith, the coaching continued well after practice. Not only could they turn to their “coach” for advice on strategy and technique — but for guidance and life lessons, too. “I talk to my dad, if not every night, six out of seven nights of the week,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s always there to encourage me. It’s good because he’s been where I’ve been. Maybe different positions, maybe [at a] different time, but when it comes down to it, the tradition and excellence of how good either of our teams were, we’ve been in a lot of similar situations. “He’s probably been the biggest influence of my life, and he always has the right things to say. He knows what I’m going through, and it’s nice to always talk to him.”Spencer, Connor, and Joe Smith might have gone through many of the same exhilarating victories and heartbreaking losses, but according to Joe, the game has changed since his playing days.“Things were different then,” Joe Smith said. “There were more kids on scholarship, more kids to compete against. Spring ball was a lot longer. We didn’t have a mandatory academic day on Monday. We practiced every day. “The time commitment was more back then, just from what I can see. I think the way the coaches have to coddle the athlete now is much different.”But what hasn’t changed is OSU football’s tradition of excellence. Surviving the rest of the season will be tough Spencer Smith said, but he believes the team has a great foundation for success.“It takes an effort to manage your time, but you have all the support staff around you that makes it possible,” Spencer said. “It would be tough to do it all on your own.”Both on the field and in their family, support will never be an issue for the Smith brothers. They hope to carry their unbreakable bond to a national championship and use it to further the tradition of the OSU football family.“The goal is to win the national championship. We’ve been pretty close the last couple of years,” Spencer Smith said. “The Big Ten championship is always one of our team goals. You win the Big Ten championship, you’re always in the national title hunt.” read more

Robots join security team at Pechanga Resort and Casino

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTEMECULA (KUSI) – Just one step into a casino and you’re being watched by a small army of security cameras, some like to call them the eye in the sky.Pechanga Resort & Casino is already equipped with the necessary manpower, 300 security workers and thousands of cameras, but now they’re adding something revolutionary to their team.Chuck Konrath thought it looked like a scene out of the Jetsons saying, “I walked by and I asked somebody, what is that? They said, well, it’s a new security robot and whatever it was, it came by and kinda looked at me and I’m like, what!”And Chuck is right, you’ll now see two robot security guards roaming the halls at Pechanga Resort and Casino. Robots join security team at Pechanga Resort and Casino Updated: 6:10 PM November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018center_img , Hanging with my new friend…His name is Buddy, the robot — and he’s the newest addition to the security team at Pechanga! Heck yes! What would you ask him?? @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/UJVOiMDaEo— Dani Ruberti (@DaniRuberti) July 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Pechanga Resort and Casino FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Retiring

first_imgChanges to the tourism industry and to halibut regulations help lead to the disillusionment of the Homer Jackpot Derby. Speakman: “Our tourists have changed and the regulations for Halibut have changed and so we have seen a pattern of less tickets sold. And as a major fundraiser for the chamber and as a driver bringing people to Homer, it just wasn’t working anymore.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After 34 years, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Board of Directors has decided to retire the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby at the close of this year’s Derby on September 15.   Speakman: “The price of conducting the tournament has really gone up and it was important to us to keep the price of the tickets relativity low. But the number of the ticket sales have really decreased.” Executive Director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Speakman: “Well our board got together and we’ve been talking about this for really a couple of years and really trying to figure out what it is and what direction we want to go.” The Chamber plans to premiere a redesigned, two-day Halibut Tournament in June 2020.center_img Stated in the press release from the Chamber: “The Chamber is grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who have supported and made the Derby successful for so many years.  Don’t despair, Homer is is still the “Halibut Capital of the World”. While the Chamber has always celebrated the largest fish weighed, the tournament was diversified by awarding prizes for both tagged fish and released fish, according to a release from the Chamber. The Homer Jackpot Derby began on Memorial Day, May 26, 1986. The winner that year was a local fisherman, Tony DeMichelle who won $5,000 for his 312-pound fish. Speakman: “So what were thinking is kind of modeling off our Winter King tournament, which is a huge success and really a local tournament. Is in June, and we’re looking at the first two weekends, we’re looking at tides, but really making a fun two-day tournament that brings families down after Memorial day.”last_img read more

Beyoncés Coachella Performance Earns Highest YouTube Livestream Numbers

first_img Beyoncé’s Coachella YouTube Livestream Record beyonc%C3%A9s-coachella-performance-earns-highest-youtube-livestream-numbers News Facebook Email Twitter Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Earns Highest YouTube Livestream Numbers We know Queen Bey brought down the house with her festival performance, now she has the numbers to prove it Renée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2018 – 11:12 am #Beychella is the gift that keeps on giving.Beyoncé was the first black woman in history to headline Coachella, and now she’s racked up additional milestones for her stunning nearly two-hour set during weekend one of the popular California festival.Beyond being the most tweeted about Coachella artist, Beyoncé’s performance became the most-viewed Coachella performance and most viewed live music festival on YouTube ever, with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers tuning in to see her Coachella set.Fans just couldn’t stand to miss Queen Bey herself, along with a Destiny’s Child 20th-anniversary reunion, performances with husband Jay-Z and sister Solange, and a marching band, 100 backup dancers and an astounding 26 songs in a row.Unfortunately, the livestream was only available the day of Beyoncé’s performance, and Coachella only streams the first weekend live. So if you missed the remote performance, you may be out of luck, though Variety speculates it could be available at a later date — for example, on Tidal.Regardless, for those who are attending the second weekend of the festival, #Beychella take two is definitely on.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Would there be any population left without rape and incest Republican Steve

first_imgTwitter/Steve KingRepublican congressman Steve King landed himself in hot water after he made quite a few controversial statements regarding population, rape and incest.”What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” Steve King, a vehement supporter of President Donald Trump, asked while talking to an audience at the Westside Conservative Club in Iowa.He made these comments while defending his stand against abortions, AFP reports. King went on to say: “Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place… I know I can’t certify that I’m not part of a product of that.”He added that “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”These comments received a lot of backlash with many saying that it was insensitive and inconsiderate. King’s multiple controversial remarks have prompted numerous candidates to say that they will challenge King for the seat. This includes state senator Randy Feenstra who is also a conservative.Feenstra said that while he is 100 percent pro-life, “Steve King’s bizarre comments and behaviour diminish our message and damage our cause.”He added that King and his comments are now helping Democrats have control of the US House and are serving as the best hope for Democrats.Other politicians have released statements criticising and calling King out for his remarks.”Yet again, Steve King puts his selfish, hateful ideology above the needs of the people of Iowa’s 4th District. Excusing violence — in any way — is entirely unacceptable,” 2020 Democratic candidate JD Scholten had said.King is no stranger to controversial remarks. Last year, the diehard Republican was criticised for asking what was wrong with the language of white supremacists. He made these statements last year. The nine-term Republican congressman of Iowa had said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”last_img read more

10 injured in BCL factional clash at CMC

first_imgThe front part of Comilla Medical College Hospital. File PhotoAt least 10 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a clash betwen its two factions of Comilla Medical College unit over establishing supremacy on the campus in the small hours of Friday. Police and witnesses said the clash had broken out between the supporters of two former presidents of the BCL Comilla Medical College unit — Abdul Hannan and Habibur Rahman — at Sheikh Russell hostel around 2:30am.Two of the injured, Irfanul and Taufiq Ahmed, both fifth year students of the college, were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. The rest of the injured were being treated at Comilla Medical College. The BCL is a front organisation of ruling Awami League. Comilla Kotwali model police station officer-in-charge Abu Salam Mia said this was the third time the groups locked horns in the college in the last six months. “No cases have been filed in this connection so far,” the OC said. College principal Mohsinuzzaman Chowdhury said they would convene a meeting of the academic council to discuss the matter.last_img read more

Khaledas election fate depends on SC EC Law minister

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said it is the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the election commission that would decide if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would be able to join the next general elections.A special judge court earlier in the day convicted former prime minister Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.The makeshift court has sentenced Khaleda to five years and the others to ten years in jail.Asked if Khaleda would be able to join the next polls slated be to held in the year end, the law minister quoted an article of the constitution and two Supreme Court verdicts.The law minister was talking to reporters at his secretariat office in the capital.      According to Article 66(2), a person shall be disqualified for election as, or for being, a member of parliament who has been, on conviction for a criminal offence involving moral turpitude, sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.“But there are two verdicts of High Court and Supreme Court in this regard. One of the verdicts said the verdict will not be considered a complete one unless the appeal against the verdict is disposed of too and thus the convicted person will be able to take part in the elections,” said Anisul Huq.“Again, there is another verdict against this verdict [which allows convicts joining the polls]. Now it depends on what decision the Appellate Division will take regarding her case and also depends on what decision the independent election commission will take,” he added.The law minister said Khaleda can file an appeal against the verdict and seek bail only after the certified copy of the verdict is ready.He said it may take some time to prepare the certified copy of the 632-page verdict.last_img read more

Powerful cyclone lashes Oman Yemen leaving 1 dead 40 missing

first_imgA man covers his head under the rain in Salalah, Oman on 25 May. Photo: APCyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula early Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting off power lines and leaving at least one dead and 40 missing, officials said.Portions of Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall. The Arabian Sea angrily churned Saturday morning, sending mounds of sea foam into the air. The waves ate into one tourist beach, pulling hunks of it away and toppling thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand.As Mekunu barreled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment’s respite. At one luxury hotel, which already had evacuated its guests, workers sat down early for a traditional “suhoor,” a meal Muslims eat before sunrise during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone’s wind a dull roar behind their clatter.At least one person, a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman and 40 others are missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra, which earlier took the storm’s brunt, police said. Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese were among those missing on the Arabian Sea isle and officials feared some may be dead.India’s Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometres (105-111 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph). It called the cyclone “extremely severe.”Many holidaymakers fled the storm Thursday night before Salalah International Airport closed. The Port of Salalah – a key gateway for the country – also closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain.Omani forecasters warned Salalah and the surrounding area would get at least 200 millimetres (7.87 inches) of rain, over twice the amount of downfall this city typically gets in a year. Authorities remained worried about flash flooding in the area’s valleys and potential mudslides down its nearby cloud-shrouded mountains.Workers take a rest in a school turned into a shelter in Salalah, Oman on 25 May. Photo: APA sizable police presence fanned out across the city, the hometown of Oman’s long time ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Many officers rode in Royal Oman Police SUVs with chicken wire over the windows, likely because their other vehicles weren’t tall enough to manoeuvre through the floodwater.“Of course, for the citizen there is going to be a sense of fear of the consequences that can happen,” said brigadier general Mohsin bin Ahmed al-Abri, the commander of Dhofar governorate’s police. “We have been through a few similar cases and there were losses in properties and also in human life as well. But one has to take precautions and work on that basis.”As torrential rains poured down on Friday, authorities opened schools to shelter those whose homes are at risk. About 600 people, mostly labourers, huddled at the West Salalah School, some sleeping on mattresses on the floors of classrooms, where math and English lesson posters hung on the walls.Shahid Kazmi, a worker from Pakistan’s Kashmir region, told The Associated Press that police moved him and others to the school. He said he was a bit scared added: “Inshallah (God willing), we are safe here.”On Socotra, authorities relocated over 230 families to sturdier buildings and other areas, including those more inland and in the island’s mountains, Yemeni security officials said.Flash floods engulfed Socotra streets, cutting electricity and communication lines. Some humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived on the island just hours after the cyclone receded.Socotra governor Ramzy Mahrous said one ship sank and two others ran aground in the storm, initially saying authorities believed 17 people were missing and presumed dead.Yemen’s self-exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a statement ordering troops under his command on the island to help citizens deliver supplies and reopen roads.The island, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, has been the focus of a dispute between the UAE and Yemen’s internationally recognized government amid that country’s war after Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, seized the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.Socotra has a unique ecosystem and is home to rare plants, snails and reptiles that can be found nowhere else on the planet.last_img read more

Israel targets Hezbollah crossborder tunnels

first_imgAn Israeli military digger works on the Lebanese-Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon, Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Photo: APThe Israeli military launched an open-ended operation Tuesday to destroy what it said was a network of attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, saying it had foiled a plot by the Iranian-backed militant group to carry out a deadly infiltration in northern Israel.Israeli forces did not enter Lebanese territory, and there was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah. But the Israeli announcement threatened to push the bitter enemies closer to an open confrontation for the first time since a bruising 2006 war. The military said it had protectively increased forces along the border and warned Hezbollah to keep its distance from the tunnels.”Hezbollah knows well that whoever attacks the state of Israel will paid a very heavy price,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a nationally televised address in the evening. “What has been revealed to you now is but a small part of the bigger picture of our preparations and our activities and the activities we’re planning.”The Israeli operation began shortly after Netanyahu returned from a surprise trip to Brussels to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Netanyahu said he had discussed the operation with Pompeo, and he planned to talk to other world leaders, including the UN secretary-general.Israeli military officials have long seen the northern front as the country’s most pressing security concern, with archenemy Iran entrenched in Syria and Hezbollah gaining strength in Lebanon.Hezbollah is believed to be far more powerful than in the monthlong 2006 war, in which it battled Israel to a stalemate. The group has gained valuable battlefield experience fighting alongside Iranian and Syrian troops in Syria’s civil war, and it is believed to possess an arsenal of 150,000 rockets and missiles capable of striking virtually anywhere in Israel.Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army has been tracking the Hezbollah tunnel project since 2014 and that Tuesday’s operation, codenamed “Northern Shield,” had been in the works for a year and a half. He said the tunnels were not yet operational.Standing alongside Netanyahu, Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said the mission would last for several weeks. “The operation commenced because the threat posed by the tunnels became an immediate and direct threat to residents of the north and Israeli army bases,” he said.The army said the tunnel revealed Tuesday stretched some 200 meters (yards) from a home in the Lebanese village of Kafr Kela across the border and exited in farmland southwest of the pastoral Israeli border town of Metula. It said was outfitted with electricity, a ventilation pipe and a communications cable.Residents told Israeli media they had been hearing digging noises for years and had reported their suspicions to the military.Metula resident Michael Mazeika said he and others received texts early Tuesday from local officials informing them of the situation.”We’ve kind of been waiting for something like this,” he said. “I’m just glad that they found it before anything really bad happened.”People went about their daily routines, he said, and Israel gave them no special orders, signaling it was not expecting an immediate response from Hezbollah.Hezbollah is emerging from Syria’s civil war with thousands of its fighters killed and wounded and is averse to another military adventure with Israel. The group, however, is feeling empowered by what its leadership regards as a victory for their ally, President Bashar Assad, who has survived a seven-year war and revolt against his rule.The group is feeling increasingly emboldened internally in Lebanon, where it made significant gains in parliamentary elections in May. Hezbollah can also count on support from the Lebanese president, who is an ally, in case of confrontation with Israel.There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah.An official from the so-called “Axis of Resistance” — led by Iran and made up of Syrian officials, Iraqi Shiite militias, Hezbollah and other groups — said Hezbollah fighters were “on high alert to confront any possible Israeli aggression.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the group’s military activities with the media.The Lebanese military said the situation on its side of the border is “calm and stable,” adding that army units in the area were conducting their usual missions in coordination with UN peacekeepers. “The army command is ready to confront any emergency,” it said.Malene Jensen, spokeswoman for the UN force in Lebanon, said the situation “remains calm.”Although Israel believes Hezbollah is in no rush to go to war, the army has been preparing for renewed hostilities for some time. Last year, it held a large-scale drill simulating war with Hezbollah. It also has reinforced a massive border wall and stepped up foot patrols on the border.Under the UN resolution that ended the 2006 war, Hezbollah is barred from operating in southern Lebanon. Israel has long accused it of violating the resolution.Netanyahu said he holds the Lebanese government responsible for Hezbollah’s actions.At the UN, Israel Ambassador Danny Danon said he urged Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “condemn Hezbollah’s violations” and called for the Security Council to “condemn this terrorist threat.”US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the US “strongly supports Israel’s efforts to defend its sovereignty” and urged “Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression.”Israeli officials believe Hezbollah has long been preparing for an operation to shift the battlefield to Israeli territory. Conricus said the tunnels were meant to be a “surprise component” of that plan.The 2006 war began with a cross-border raid in which Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers whose remains were returned two years later in a prisoner exchange. Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, on several occasions has vowed to storm northern Israel.The border has been relatively quiet, but the sides have come into conflict in Syria, where Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes purportedly meant to prevent Iranian arms from reaching Hezbollah.Netanyahu recently has faced a major crisis in his governing coalition over the handling of a cease-fire with Gaza militants. Facing heavy criticism over the cease-fire, he cited Israel’s “complex” security situation, in what was seen as a reference to the north.The operation also came days after Israeli police recommended indicting Netanyahu in a corruption case. The timing of the operation did not appear to be linked to his legal woes, given the months of preparations involved. Eisenkot, the military chief, said the Israeli Cabinet authorized the operation weeks ago, on Nov. 7.last_img read more

Mayor Turner Tuesdays Election Will Set Houstons Financial Course For Years To

first_img Share Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner in an archive image showing him addressing the media after a City Council meeting.Mayor Sylvester Turner says this Tuesday’s election will set the City of Houston’s “financial course for years to come.”Turner made that remark in a news release distributed by his press office and also highlighted that passing any of the propositions included in the ballot would not cause any raise in taxes.Proposition A would allow the City to issue $1 billion in pension obligation bonds to make payments to the pension systems that have been deferred in the past.The passage of this proposition is essential for Turner’s pension reform plan to become a reality, so the mayor has much at stake.University of Saint Thomas’ political science professor Jon Taylor thinks that if Proposition A fails, “you are probably looking at layoffs and I’m guessing, from what the mayor suggested, maybe 10 percent of the City workforce to try to cover the issues related to the pension shortfall.”The other propositions are also related to issuing bonds and have to do with providing $159 million for improvements at neighborhood police stations and fire stations citywide, as well as providing $104 million for improvements at local parks.The rest of the propositions also have to do with issuing bonds for a variety of goals, including renovating health facilities, sanitation and recycling, as well as improvements at City libraries.According to the office of Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, 46,224 people participated in early voting, which ended last Friday.Taylor doesn’t think the turnout will be significant because “there’s no mayor’s race or city council race to drive this off year election” and “in general there’s just not much to hold people’s interest.”“I’ll be surprised countywise if we get anywhere close to, say, anywhere between 55,000 and 80,000, somewhere in there total number of votes,” adds Taylor, who thinks Proposition A will pass based on the support by the police and municipal employees unions.The ballot also presents several constitutional amendments to voters, including one related to exemptions for homes of disabled veterans and another one that has to do with removing certain expense limitations for home equity loans.last_img read more

Two More Measles Cases Confirmed In Texas Bringing Total To 14

first_img Share Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle.Two more cases of measles have been confirmed in Texas, bringing the total to 14 as of March 21, 2019. In 2018 there were nine confirmed cases, and Texas had just one case of measles in 2017. The two most recent cases are in Bexar County and Tarrant County.The Bexar County case is associated with another measles case from Guadalupe County, according to the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District. The last recorded case of measles in Bexar County occurred in 2007.The Tarrant County Public Health Department said its measles case isn’t linked to any other case in North Texas. The patient had traveled out of the United States to an area that’s experiencing an increase in measles cases. The last recorded case of measles in Tarrant County was in 2015.Harris County has the most measles cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Bexar, Collin, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson, Montgomery and Tarrant.Here is a breakdown of the measles cases by county, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):Texas Department of State Health ServicesDSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.A large study by the Annals of Internal Medicine provided strong new evidence that the childhood vaccine for measles is safe, and does not increase the risk for autism in children.last_img read more

Googles Gaming Service Patents Code Snippets and Other Clues Suggest Chromecast Link

first_img9to5Google discovered in September that Google developers had referenced “Yeti folks” in comments on an open source component of Chromecast’s code, suggesting that the team working on Google’s gaming service was pushing for low-latency video streaming on Google’s TV dongle.But the link appears even deeper. Variety discovered this week that the gaming service is already referenced in the code running on Google’s Chromecast. Javascript code used to generate the home screen for every Chromecast streaming adapter currently in circulation includes a mention of a “mockYetiStreamingService.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Google Google did not respond to a request for comment.We also know that Google has been experimenting with a cloud gaming service. Called Project Stream, the service allowed users to play “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” without installing it on their PCs, simply streaming it from Google’s servers. The product, to be unveiled next week, is expected to combine both new gaming hardware as well as the cloud streaming service.How all of this may fit together was first described in a patent recently granted to the company for “independent control of interactive streaming media.” That patent, which Google first applied for back in 2015, lists some of the key people behind Google’s Chromecast streaming media player as inventors, including Google Home VP Rishi Chandra, former Google Home Hardware design director Michael Sundermeyer, and Chromecast engineering team lead Majd Bakar.On the surface, the patent seems to be all about remote media control, similar to the way Chromecast works, with references to “a simple video decoding device” without “physical interfaces for accepting human input.” But dig into the details, and take a look at the illustrations, and it quickly becomes clear that this is all about gaming.From the patent:“In one non-limiting example, a mobile device can establish a streaming session in a cloud-based gaming environment. (…) In some implementations, a user can access streaming media (e.g., an online game, video, application, etc.) on her display device (e.g., a television) through a media player connected to the display device and the Internet. (…) Once the session is established, the user may put away her mobile device and pick up the game controller (paired/connected to her mobile device) and begin playing the game over the streaming media session.”In other words: Users may pick and launch a cloud-based game from their phone, cast it to their TV, and then use a game controller to play it. In Chromecast’s home screen / backdrop code: A Yeti streaming service reference.To be fair, all of this does not mean that Google’s gaming service will actually be based on its Chromecast hardware. Google has integrated Chromecast technology into most of its recent hardware products, including its Google Home smart speakers, its Home Hub display, and its Android TV streaming platform that is being used by a variety of smart TV manufacturers. It would only make sense that Google would add casting technology to, or even rely on the technology to power, any upcoming video game console.However, Google released a third-generation model of its Chromecast streaming adapter in October. In addition to a few advertised hardware changes, the new hardware also includes better Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth support — both features necessary to use Chromecast for gaming. Google spokespeople at the time declined to comment on those features.And here’s one more curious tidbit: When Google invited media and industry representatives to Tuesday’s unveil, it did so under the tagline “Gather around.” The fact that Google’s Chromecast adapter has a round shape could be pure coincidence … or suggest that Google’s gaming hardware may have been hiding in plain sight for months. Popular on Variety Google is set to unveil its take on the future of gaming at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco next week. Little is known about Google’s plans, with speculation ranging from a cloud gaming service to a full-fledged game console. However, patents filed by the company, code snippets, and other clues suggest that the service may be closely tied to another key Google product: its Chromecast streaming adapter.Ahead of a Tuesday press event, Google has been hinting that its video game plans include a hardware component. Most notably, the company launched a placeholder page on the Google Store, which it uses to sell its own phones, smart speakers, and streaming devices. What’s more, a recently unearthed patent shows a game controller, featuring a microphone button for access to the Google Assistant. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CREDIT: Courtesy of Google / USPTO The idea that Google would use Chromecast to launch its gaming service is not new. The Information reported in early 2018 that the company had been working on a cloud-based video game streaming service internally called “Yeti,” which had originally been developed to run on Chromecast. That report indicated that development eventually shifted to a dedicated video game console, but a number of clues suggest that there is still some connection to Chromecast.last_img read more

Nov PNote investments dip to 39 bn

first_imgThe level of investments in domestic shares through participatory notes (P-Notes) declined to Rs 2.5 lakh crore ($39 billion) in November after hitting nearly a 7-year high in the preceding month.According to the data released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the total value of P-Note investments in Indian markets (equity, debt and derivatives) dropped to Rs 2,49,210 crore last month from Rs 2,65,675 crore ($43 billion) in October. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashInvestment in October was the highest level since February 2008, when the cumulative value of such investments stood at Rs 3,22,743 crore.P-Notes allow foreign investors to enter markets through registered foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and exempts them from getting registered directly with Sebi. This saves time and costs for investors, but the flip side is that the route can also be used for round tripping of black money.The quantum of foreign institutional investors’ (FII) investments through P-Notes dropped to 11 per cent last month from 12.2 per cent in October. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsTill a few years ago, P-Notes used to account for more than 50 per cent of the total FII investments, but their share has fallen after Sebi tightened the disclosure norms and other regulations for such investments.P-Notes have been accounting for mostly 15-20 per cent of the total FII holdings in India since 2009, while it used to be much higher — in the range of 25-40 per cent — in 2008.It was as high as over 50 per cent at the peak of Indian stock market bull run during 2007.Last month, Sebi directed foreign investors to ensure compliance with all necessary norms before issuing such notes with immediate effect amid concerns about possible misuse of Offshore Derivative Instruments, or P-Notes, for money laundering and other such purposes.last_img read more