We Learn the Hard Way

first_imgA lion doesn’t have to learn to be a lion. It is born knowing everything it needs to know to be a successful lion. It doesn’t get sent off to lion school to be taught what it means to be a lion or what it needs to do.This is true of all the animals on earth, with the exception of we humans. We are born knowing nothing about what it takes to be a successful human. We are born with none of the collected wisdom of all the humans that have come before us pre-installed; we have to learn it all ourselves.The Easy WayOne way we learn is through the successes and failures of those who have come before us. The things that others have done to lead a successful life provide clues about what beliefs and actions produce the results we might want. And other people’s failures provide lessons about what doesn’t work and things to be avoided.You can read and study the beliefs and actions that lead to success or failure, and you can also observe the people around you to pick up these lessons. Studying success can help you learn what to do, and the studying failures can help you avoid mistakes.The Hard WayBut that isn’t the way we usually learn. We usually learn through our own experiences. The way we often learn is by placing our own hand on the hot stove. We have to see for ourselves why we shouldn’t touch the fire, so we ignore the collected wisdom of the ages and repeat the mistakes ourselves. We get burned.You weren’t the first person to spend more money than you had and found themselves in serious financial trouble, even though we have known for a millennia that this is not the recipe for success.You weren’t the first person to take a salary from the money invested in your new startup only to run out of runway and crash and burn. Lots of entrepreneurs have left a warning, along with a graveyard of good ideas that never made it to market.You absolutely weren’t the first person to ignore your parents warning and fall in with a bad crowd only to find yourself in deeper trouble than you could handle. I wasn’t the first person either, but I did demonstrate some mastery here.You are not the first person to waste a good part of your life fooling around before you stumble upon your real mission later than you wished. Many others have come before you.You are one of the majority of us who have ignored the wisdom and the warnings of those who have come before us and made the mistakes that have brought you whatever wisdom you have accumulated. This is how we learn, and it is your job to share that wisdom with others so they don’t make the same mistakes and so you can shorten their learning curve.Most of what you share will be ignored, and those with whom you share it will set out to repeat your mistakes on their own. But not to worry’ we’ve been repeating this pattern with some success for a long time.last_img read more

NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

first_imgStephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors jumps for a rebound with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks during 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Archers still seeking old form The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans.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“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 MOST READlast_img read more

FIFA 19: What’s lies ahead for Alex Hunter in The Journey?

first_imgThe Journey mode returns for the third time on FIFA 19, meaning gamers will join Alex Hunter one more time on his quest for football glory.Introduced in FIFA 17, The Journey has followed Hunter across the world, through all sorts of challenges and revelations, but, for better or worse, this will be the final chapter.EA Sports have secured the Champions League licence for their latest offering and, fittingly, the finale is known as ‘The Journey: Champions’. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But what’s next for the kid from Clapham? Here is the complete guide to everything that Hunter has experienced so far in the latest release of the game that came out on September 28, as well as what we can expect in the third instalment.What has happened in The Journey so far? EA Sports have put together a tale that is both familiar and fantastic in The Journey series, weaving a colourful narrative for their flagship game mode.A recap of what has happened so far follows. Be warned: Spoilers lie ahead.FIFA 17 – The JourneyThe introduction of The Journey in FIFA 17 brought Alex Hunter into the lives of gamers across the globe. A young attacking footballer with dreams of becoming a Premier League star, Hunter’s first steps see him take part in exit trials designed to help recently released players find new clubs and, after impressing, he has the choice to play for any Premier League side.FIFA 17 The JourneyOf course, things are not that straightforward and Hunter develops a rivalry with his best friend, Gareth Walker, who ends up securing a deal with the same club.Both players end up going to the United States for their club’s pre-season tour, but, despite impressing, Hunter’s chances of first-team football take a blow when Harry Kane (or Angel Di Maria, depending on what club you’re at) joins. A loan move to one of Norwich City, Aston Villa or Newcastle United follows, allowing Hunter plenty of first-team experience and he subsequently returns the following season. Upon returning to his parent club, Hunter discovers that Walker has departed – for their rivals, no less – and after both players make their way in the game, the rivalry intensifies before reaching a climax in the FA Cup final.As well as on-field drama, The Journey incorporated off-field considerations, such as earning sponsorship deals (with their concomitant perks), interacting with social media and so on.FIFA 18 – The Journey: Hunter ReturnsHaving established himself as a Premier League football in FIFA 17, Hunter returns in FIFA 18 and his journey takes an interesting tangent, which sees him swap the United Kingdom for the United States.Cristiano Ronaldo Alex HunterThere are encounters with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, while retired icons Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand also make an appearance and there is even talk of a move to Real Madrid.However, Hunter ends up in Major League Soccer playing for LA Galaxy, where his father is involved, and the drama continues when he learns about his half-sister Kim, who is also a footballer.When the MLS season ends, Hunter has a choice to sign for one of Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid or Bayern Munich and the aim of the game is to help deliver silverware for the sake of an old coach.Additonally, Hunter has since joined the Common Goal initiative – the charity started by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata to raise money for worldwide causes.It’s a big day as Alex Hunter, virtual star of @EASPORTSFIFA, becomes a Common Goal player! Hear what he has to say and see welcome messages from some of his new teammates! @EA will back Alex Hunter’s pledge with a donation to the movement: https://t.co/cSoexHJlcu pic.twitter.com/VI2a3p5NQY— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) October 5, 2018Watch the new trailer You can watch the new trailer for The Journey in full below, which was released on August 21.What can we expect in third instalment? Hunter joins Real MadridAt the beginning of August it emerged that Hunter – now 19 years of age – had secured a move to Real Madrid. There had been some talk of a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu in FIFA 18 and it has now materialised.”It’s everything I’ve ever wanted, simple as that,” Hunter says of the move. “To join Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, is what every kid like me dreams about.”And on top of it all, I’m just buzzing to finally get my chance to play in the biggest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League.”FIFA 19 Alex Hunter Real MadridPursuit of Champions League gloryThe trailer for The Journey: Champions shows Hunter being unveiled by the Liga club, with the likes of Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal welcoming their new team-mate.Champions League scenes figure prominently in the promotional video and it’s obvious that, after securing the licence for the competition, the pursuit of continental glory will be one of the chief considerations in this instalment of the game mode.The timing of Hunter’s arrival at Real is ideal from his perspective, because it coincides with the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, meaning that the English youngster has less competition for a place in the team.FIFA 19 Alex Hunter Real MadridHaving come up against Ronaldo in previous games, it’s possible that the final Journey pits Hunter head-to-head with the Portuguese in the Champions League, while a Clasico meeting with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is also sure to be on the cards.Two more heroesIn addition to Alex Hunter, fans will also be given the chance to jump into the stories of Danny Williams and Kim Hunter and follow them through their respective journeys.As their stories intertwine and play out simultaneously, users will be able to switch between all three characters at any time to change up the experience.Fans can also cross paths with some of the world’s most famous footballers, including Neymar Jr., Alex Morgan, Paulo Dybala, Kevin De Bruyne, and more.Kim Hunter is a young American soccer player with dreams of playing at the highest level of the women’s game—and she also happens to be Alex’s half-sister.Alex and Kim meet for the first time after Alex joins the LA Galaxy at his father’s suggestion. Not long after, Kim gets her first cap for the United States Women’s National Team. Now she’s ready to take her career to the next level in The Journey: Champions with a call-up for the Women’s World Cup.When can I play The Journey: Champions? FIFA 19 Alex Hunter Real MadridThe Journey: Champions is ready to play now, with FIFA 19 having been released on September 28.Click here to check out all the latest about the new game, including prices and features.Is this really the last Journey? Unfortunately, yes. EA Sports has confirmed that this will be the last instalment of The Journey, but we think you’ll agree that a Champions League triumph will be a fitting send off for Hunter.It remains to be seen how, if at all, the game’s developers will replace feature in any future editions of FIFA.The next step could perhaps be full immersion, depending on how virtual reality technology progresses. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see!last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Survey

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8 days agoAston Villa boss Smith ‘extremely proud’ of Mings

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith ‘extremely proud’ of Mingsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted for Tyrone Mings over his England debut.The defender was impressive in Bulgaria, dominated by the racist chanting of home fans.Smith said, “Talking about his football first, extremely proud to see one of my players make his debut for England, assured performance, the biggest accolade I could give him was that it looked like he was playing for Aston Villa. “He was organising people around him, was calm on the ball, the sort of performance we see regularly. “Didn’t get tested defensively but played his part in a good result for England.”He continued, “He’s come back here and trained, got on with things as normal and not really said too much about it. I can only sing his praises. “When we go and look at players and speak to them we know what they’re going to bring football-wise, but it’s that personality, character that you’re looking to find out about. “Me and JT went to meet him and he impressed us. Having met him, brought him here on loan and signed him – we’ve seen him every day and it doesn’t surprise me how he handled the whole situation. “He’s articulate, intelligent and a very good human being as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jimbo Fisher Says FSU Is “Negotiating” With Everett Golson, Calls Him A “Great Young Man”

first_imgeverett golson runs the football for notre dame.Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.last_img read more

Calgarys first cat cafe marks adoption milestone

first_imgIt’s been a busy year for the Regal Cat Cafe which recently marked its 100th adoption since opening six months ago.Owner Tia Wheeler said everyone has been so welcoming. “It’s absolutely amazing, I can’t believe the response,” Wheeler said. “I can’t believe everyone is falling in love with these kitties. It’s just so fantastic to be able to help and support the MEOW foundation.”Wheeler adds the longest resident they’ve had inside the ‘kitty kingdom’ has been a month.She credits the big appeal to a love for cats and the fun space they’ve provided for people to relax.last_img read more

Banff to host Canadas first Cochon 555 competition

first_imgFive lucky and talented chefs from Alberta will get a chance to show their mastery of pork at a prestigious competition in Banff.It’s the first time the event, known as Cochon555, has come to Canada.Cochon is the brainchild of American chef Brady Lowe. It’s a celebration of heritage pork breeds and launched in 2008.Since then it’s become one of the signature events on the North American culinary calendar.“For Alberta to have it, for Banff to have it, and for us to be able to host it at the hotel, it’s a very big deal in the industry, for sure,” said J.W. Foster, Executive Chef at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.He says any chef worth their salt wants to be included.Among the others showing their stuff will be chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson from Charcut and Charbar and Matthias Fong of River Cafe in Calgary, Shelley Robinson of Banff Hospitality Collective and Randy Luft of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.The farmers are Malorie Aubé of Country Accent Heritage Breeds, Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek of Broek Pork Acres, Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres, Mark Lahoda and Antonio Matriz of Alberta Pork Company/Sunhaven Farms and Jessica and Chris Fasoli of Bear and the Flower Farm.You can get tickets to the April 28 event here: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/cochon555-ticketslast_img read more

Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

first_imgPARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them had serious injuries. Castaner told RTL radio 28 firefighters and member of police forces also were injured.A protester struck and killed by a car that accelerated in a panic at a roadblock in the Savoie region was the only death. French media reported on Sunday that the driver of the vehicle was handed preliminary manslaughter charges.Castaner said 157 people were detained for questioning — up from 73 reported Saturday night.Protests continued at 150 sites.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Senate House reach deal on longawaited farm bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks.The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. Lawmakers expect to vote on the bill next week.Democrats and many Senate Republicans opposed the work requirements, the biggest stumbling block holding up an agreement. The impasse threatened to scuttle a bipartisan bill that sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor.In a statement Thursday, House and Senate agriculture committee leaders say they have reached agreement but are working to finalize the bill’s language and costs.Matthew Daly And Juliet Linderman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TSX positive streak continues as oil prices rise and Bank of Canada

first_imgThe energy sector was helped again by crude oil prices, which rose on Saudi Arabia’s energy minister reassuring that its oil production and exports are falling sharply. West Texas Intermediate prices are up 23 per cent from its December low.The February crude contract was up US$2.58 at US$52.36 per barrel Wednesday and the February natural gas contract was up 1.7 cents at US$2.98 per mmBTU.Canada’s financial sector was helped by the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold its key rate at 1.75 per cent while the economy absorbs softness from a 44 per cent drop in oil prices from its October peak.“The banks tend to be a play on Canadian GDP growth and with the Bank of Canada having a supportive stance to keep the Canadian economy running smoothly that’s certainly positive for the banks,” said Chopra. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 199.58 points to 14,804.73 in a broad-based rally that saw all sectors rise.It was the third day of triple-digit gains so far this year and the best four-consecutive day performance since January 2016.“There seems to be a lot more optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and when it comes to Federal Reserve interest rate hikes it appears to be that they’ll take a pause,” Chopra said referring to minutes released from the central bank and recent comments from several bank governors.The cannabis-heavy health care sector rose by 6.25 percent as Canopy Growth Corp. surged 13.3 percent, while Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. gained 7.3 and 6.2 per cent respectively.The key energy sector followed, with financials, industrials and materials also rising.Financial and energy stocks were the biggest gainers on the day led by Sun Life Financial Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and Suncor Energy Inc. Meanwhile, BCE Inc. and Nutrien Ltd. lost ground while Imperial Oil and TransCanada Corp. posted small gains. TORONTO, O.N. – Canada’s main stock index posted its strongest four-day gain in three years Wednesday as it was propelled by a large increase in the price of crude oil and the Bank of Canada’s latest rate announcement.The Toronto Stock Exchange continued its rebound from a dreadful autumn and tough December helped by positive news about the trade dispute between China and the U.S. and minutes from the Federal Reserve confirming its patience about raising interest rates, says Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.“A fantastic four-day stretch,” he said in an interview.center_img In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 91.67 points at 23,879.12. The S&P 500 index was up 10.55 points at 2,584.96, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.08 points at 6,957.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 75.64 cents US compared with an average of 75.23 cents US on Tuesday.The February gold contract was up US$6.10 at US$1,292 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.66 a pound.last_img read more

Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary Rahul Amarinder pay floral tributes

first_imgAmritsar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial here on Saturday to mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Gandhi, Singh, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, accompanied by some other Congress leaders, paid floral tributes at the memorial inside the Jallianwala Bagh in the morning. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi arrived at Amritsar late on Friday night. Upon his arrival, the Congress chief, accompanied by Singh, went straight to the Golden Temple here and paid obeisance. Singh and Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore had also taken part in a candlelight march on the eve of the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Friday evening as part of the various events organised by the Punjab government to mark the historic occasion. Singh had termed the tragic event as a heart-wrenching moment in India’s history. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.last_img read more

Week 16 NFL Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

There are just two weeks remaining in the NFL regular season — and, as expected, we’re getting much more clarity about which teams are most likely to make a run to the Super Bowl.Twelve teams will make the NFL playoffs. Four of them — New England, Denver, Indianapolis and Arizona — have clinched a position. Another seven — Seattle, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati — have at least an 80 percent chance of reaching the postseason. It’s more likely than not that one of these teams will be knocked out, but the playoffs aren’t as wide-open as they appeared a few weeks ago. The 12th spot will go to the winner of the NFC South.The real drama, however, will ensue once the playoffs begin. More than at earlier points in the season, there’s a clear top level of teams. It consists of the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos.You could debate the order of these teams. FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings have the Patriots first, the Seahawks second and the Broncos third. Football Outsiders’ DVOA also has New England first, but the Broncos ahead of the Seahawks. Jeff Sagarin, of USAToday, has the teams in the same order as DVOA. Vegas point spreads imply that Seattle is the best team, followed by New England and Denver.But there’s reasonably clear separation between the top three and everyone else in the league. According to Elo, in fact, the gap between No. 3 Denver and No. 4 Arizona is wider than the gap between Arizona and No. 12 Philadelphia. Collectively, the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos have a 62 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.None of these teams is exactly a surprise. In fact, each one ranked in the top four in our preseason Elo ratings, which were based on the teams’ Elo ratings at the end of last year.More generally, this has been a year where the richer teams got richer and the poorer ones got poorer. If you take the preseason ratings and divide the teams into halves, 11 of the 16 teams in the top half of the ratings have seen their Elo ratings improve since the start of the year. But 10 of the 16 teams in the bottom half have seen their ratings decline.The Elo ratings generally haven’t behaved like this in past seasons. The way the system is designed, a team is about equally likely to see its rating improve or decline, whatever rating it starts with.It’s probably premature to decipher any long-term trends from this season’s results. But perhaps there are some factors nudging the NFL away from the parity we’ve grown used to in recent seasons. Rules changes have allowed great quarterbacks to be more dominant. Access to information, technology and analytics may be enabling teams with great coaching, scouting and management to maintain more of an edge even as player personnel turns over.As for the rest of the teams in the playoff hunt, we’ve reached the point where playoff outcomes are more deterministic and less probabilistic, with several opportunities for teams to clinch or eliminate themselves from playoff position with wins or losses this week. Mike Beouy and Reuben Fischer-Baum’s column on playoff implications has all the detail you’ll want on these, but here’s how Elo has the numbers:There are some subtle differences between the playoff odds that Elo assigns and the ones that Beouy and Fischer-Baum do. This is partly because they use different measures of team strength and partly because the Beouy/Fischer-Baum system has a more complete handling of the NFL’s complex tiebreaker rules. But the overall message is largely the same; each system has the 11 teams I mentioned before with an 80 percent chance or greater of making the postseason.However, it matters significantly how the teams are seeded. This is most acute in the case of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are currently one game ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West, but Arizona lost to Seattle earlier this season, so Seattle would move ahead on the tiebreaker if they beat Arizona this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium. Elo has Seattle as only narrow favorites in that game, but Vegas odds have the Seahawks favored by 8 points.If Arizona wins, it will clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Arizona holds the tiebreaker advantage over the rest of the conference, partly by virtue of having beaten Dallas and Detroit earlier this season. Uniquely, this advantage would also extend to the Super Bowl, which is being held in Glendale, Arizona, this year. The Cardinals would become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium (although the San Francisco 49ers came close when Super Bowl XIX was held in Stanford, California.)So even though they’ve clinched a playoff spot, this weekend’s game couldn’t be more important for Arizona. The Elo simulations give them a 37 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl if they win the NFC West, but just a 7 percent chance if they enter as a wild card team instead.Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 113-93-3 on season (8-7 in Week 15)Straight-up record: 156-67-1 on season (12-4 in Week 15)The dominance of teams like New England, Seattle and Denver has made it easier for Elo to “call” winners correctly this year; the team favored by the system has won about 70 percent of the time this season.Elo also has about a 55 percent winning percentage against closing Vegas point spreads. But as we’ve said every week, we still don’t think you should place bets using Elo, at least not without considering a lot of other information. Although we didn’t publish Elo ratings before this season, historically they would have picked only about 51 percent of games against the point spread.A 55 percent winning percentage sounds impressive, but there’s still a lot of noise in the sample of 206 games. (This total excludes games that ended in pushes and cases where the Elo and Vegas lines exactly matched one another.) If a system’s long-run winning percentage was 51 percent, there’s still a 12 percent chance it would finish with a 55 percent winning percentage or better in a sample of that size, according to a binomial distribution.Elo has mostly been right about the Cardinals, however — and it’s the Arizona-Seattle game that will tell us the most this weekend about who’s going to the Super Bowl. read more

OSU football recruits Towering receiver flying under the radar

When discussing college recruiting, experts often say, “the sky’s the limit” about a specific recruit’s potential. Ohio State recruit Tyrone Williams might have already reached the sky. The towering 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound wide receiver from East Cleveland, Ohio, brings a height element to the OSU receiving core that Buckeye fans don’t see often. “He is unlike any other receiver prospect that has come into the program during the Jim Tressel era,” said Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com. Williams had 39 catches for 685 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and was second team All-State for Shaw High School. He was the No. 34 ranked wideout in the class of 2010 according to ESPN 150. He was also a letterman in basketball and track.  Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com said Williams has a lot of potential at the college level because of his size and build.  “There aren’t a lot of Randy Moss-type players. That is going to be able to create some mismatches for Ohio State in the red zone where they can throw him a jump ball,” Helwagen said. “We saw that in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago where Todd Boeckman threw the ball to Terrelle Pryor, and Texas had no defense for it.” Williams, who was also recruited by West Virginia, Cincinnati and Illinois, might have had other suitors if not for a knee injury that cut his junior season short.  “The injury his junior year left a little bit of skepticism out there,” Helwagen said. “I think some schools wanted to see what he did at the start of his senior year, but when Ohio State offered, it was an open and shut deal.” Noon thinks that Williams can probably benefit from redshirting this upcoming season. “He can learn the system, get into a collegiate strength and conditioning program, and work a little bit on honing his skills,” Noon said.  Helwagen said that if Williams doesn’t redshirt, he could make an impact due to his height advantage.  “He’s a weapon that Ohio State doesn’t have currently,” Helwagen said. “If he shows them that he can make plays right away in the fall, he’ll bring that element where he’ll be able to out jump corners because of his height.” Outside of the obvious height advantage, Williams brings great body control, a huge wingspan and a power forward’s frame to the Buckeyes.  “He is deceptively fast and has the ability to go get the ball,” Noon said. “He is able to give quarterbacks a huge target.” Ohio State clearly has a recruit in Williams, who has the potential to be a great receiver for the Buckeyes if he is able to shake off the effects of his injury and grow into the position. Noon said, “If he is able to live up to the billing, Ohio State got an absolute steal in Tyrone Williams.” read more

Report Schalke deny interest in Liverpools Solanke

first_imgSchalke 04 have reportedly denied any interest in signing Dominic Solanke from Liverpool on loanThe 21-year-old striker is yet to have a single minute of action this season after making 21 Premier League appearances last term.This is due to the reemergence of Daniel Sturridge, who has made 15 appearances this term after falling out of favour this time last year.But Sky Sports reports that Schalke have no move for Solanke and will likely not make any whatsoever.This new twist leaves Crystal Palace the clear favourites now to sign Solanke with manager Roy Hodgson confirming his interest.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Hodgson said: “It’s obviously not a secret that’s he’s a target and someone we’d like to have.“What would he do for us? He’d provide the attacking threat a good centre-forward should provide and he’s a proven goalscorer through the age groups with Chelsea and England.“If he comes here, it will be a great opportunity to show he can transfer that to Premier League football because we have someone who is the profile we are looking for and who I think has the ability we are looking for.”Another club allegedly interested in the England U-21 international is Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

QA Jim Spanfeller Wants Entwined Consumers

first_imgSpanfeller: For The Daily Meal, Pinterest is the clear winner. Less so for The Active Times.min: How important is video to your content mix?Spanfeller: Very! We feature video on just about every page of our sites. We are now creating 3 to 5 original video segments a day for The Daily Meal. We see this as moving towards a fully “entwined” content offering. By entwined I mean consumer control on steroids. So consumer control is classically defined at what you want, when you want it. Entwined takes that a step further and suggests what you want (topic), when and where you want it (time and place shifting); and how you want it (text, video, data, community and so forth).______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Jim will be joined by Forbes SVP of Digital Advertising Mark Howard and Thrillist’s President of Sales Todd Anderman for the Baker’s Dozen session at min day. Learn more about the conference, or register now. *Editor’s Note: This story originally appears on FOLIO: sister site minonline.com.Jim Spanfeller, CEO of Spanfeller Media, which runs The Daily Meal and The Active Times sites, was one of digital media’s earliest and most outspoken enthusiasts in the magazine world. As the longtime head of digital at Forbes, he led that magazine brand into leadership in the online financial news and analysis space. At the June 4 min day Digital Summit, Jim will be part of our end-of-day “Baker’s Dozen” lightning round of revenue tips and ideas from digital gurus. We asked Jim for a few insights from his new business.min: What share of all of your traffic is now coming from smart phones or tablets and how high do you expect it to go in terms of share?Spanfeller: These are two different questions. Tablets are not mobile; smartphones clearly are mobile. We see about 10 percent from tablets and around 5 percent from real mobile. For the tablet, publishers can look at it two ways—or maybe I should say 2 1/2 ways. Same experience as their core sit which, by the way, is what the tablet, or at least the iPad, was designed for—surfing the web. Or they can produce a tablet version of their sit, which to date has not proven all that profitable for most, though it does allow the end user to make use of the swiping functions of tablets. Or they can build specific apps around sub-sections of their sites, which is what we have done so far with our Best Dishes app. These tend to be very closely aligned with the Smart Phone apps that have been built. Often times, as in our case, they are the same.min: Which social network is most important in driving traffic and engagement for your site?last_img read more

Dengue spreads in 15 districts 208 infected

first_imgDengue victim 19-year-Old Ukino Nushang was a first-year student at Jahangirnagar University. Photo: CollectedAt least 208 people from 15 districts have been reported to be infected with dengue as the mosquito-borne viral disease continues to infect hundreds of people every day in the capital and elsewhere, reports news agency UNB.In Khulna division, 71 dengue patients were identified in Khulna, Jashore, Jhenaidah, Narail, Kushtia, Meherpur and Bagerhat districts in July.Of them, 24 are being treated at Khulna Medical College Hospital, nine at Khulna City Medical College Hospital and three others at Gazi Medical College in Khulna.Two people reportedly died of dengue so far in the division but the health department said the causes of deaths were not examined properly.Khulna Health Department assistant director Ferdousi Akter said a dengue cell was opened on 3 July.In Chattogram, the number of dengue patients increased in the last two weeks. Chattogram civil surgeon’s office said at least five dengue patients are being hospitalised in the city every day.So far, 49 people were diagnosed with dengue but two-thirds of them had been cured.Civil Surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddiqui said 38 people were infected with dengue between 20 and 26 July.Only three cases were reported in the last six months. On Friday, seven new dengue patients were identified, he said.In Feni, 44 people were admitted to the Sadar Hospital with dengue fever in the last 15 days. Ten of them have been shifted to Dhaka while the Sadar Hospital is treating 21 others, said resident medical officer Abu Taher Patwari.Civil surgeon Neyatuzzaman said patients, who are being treated, were infected during their stay in Dhaka or Chattogram.In Rangpur, 21 people were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the last eight days.Acting director of the medical college hospital, Sultan Ahmed, said the patients were out of danger.In Sherpur, three people were diagnosed with dengue.Resident medical officer (RMO) Khairul Kabir Suman said all of them had returned home with heavy fever from Dhaka.In Pirojpur, a dengue patient was hospitalised in Swarupkathi upazila, said Asaduzzaman, RMO of the Upazila Health Complex.It is the only reported case in the district.In Pabna, 12 people were admitted to the Sadar Hospital in the last four days. Most of them recently returned from Dhaka.Nazmul Islam, medicine specialist of Sadar Hospital, said 10 of them were infected with dengue in Dhaka. Besides, two locals were also hospitalised with dengue fever.Civil surgeon Mehedi Iqbal said there is no reason to worry.In Lakshmipur, six dengue cases were reported until Saturday afternoon. A patient was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated, said Anwar Hossain, resident medical officer of Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital.In Cox’s Bazar, a young girl died of dengue on Saturday afternoon. Nineteen-year-Old Ukino Nushang was a first-year student of Jahangirnagar University.Md Mohiuddin, caretaker of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, said she was diagnosed with dengue on Friday night. On Saturday, she was referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as her condition deteriorated. She died on the way.No other case of dengue infection was reported in the district, added Mohiuddin.In Chandpur, 18 people have been infected with dengue. Of them, five people were hospitalised on Saturday, said Medical Officer Nazmul Hossain.What is dengue? Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, causes a flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes. It is estimated that about half of the world’s population is now at risk, according to the World Health Organisation.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 per cent.Each year, up to 400 million people are infected with dengue, according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.last_img read more

Spicer Resigns As White House Press Secretary

first_imgFrom the archives: White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House.White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly. Sharelast_img read more

Harris County Assistant Treasurer Has Been Charged With Felony Theft

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @HCSOTexas Lt. Mauro Alvarado joins Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to announce arrest of county treasurer’s office employee on theft charges. Photo via click2houston via HCSOGregory Lueb, 56, was charged with theft.The second in command of the Harris County Treasurer’s Office, Gregory Wayne Lueb, is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a county credit union to pay a dominatrix who was blackmailing him.Lueb was arrested Thursday, April 5, and charged with felony theft of up to $30,000. Prosecutors said the 56-year-old was fired from the treasurer’s office this week.A court document said he texted with a woman he met online. Lueb told investigators they had a submissive relationship and the woman eventually demanded money and threatened to tell his wife.Prosecutors said he obtained cash advances from the credit union while making fraudulent deposits.A Harris County district attorney’s spokesman said the dominatrix hasn’t been identified but the investigation continues. Lueb’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call.Press conference: ranking county treasury official charged with theft in financial public corruption investigation https://t.co/VZgB3hKhCu— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Press conf https://t.co/ATQtjFhq4d— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Lt. Mauro Alvarado joins @HarrisCountyDAO at @CrimeStopHOU to announce arrest of county treasurer’s office employee on theft charges. pic.twitter.com/kEPKBZJDXC— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) April 6, 2018 BREAKING: Ranking county treasury official charged with theft in financial public-corruption investigation.— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Qatar Gives Houston 25 Million to Help Reduce Homelessness

first_img Listen Share Abner FletcherSheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S., and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.The State of Qatar is giving Houston $2.5 million to help reduce homelessness. The gift comes from the $30 million Qatar Harvey Fund, which the Gulf monarchy set up last year.“Nearly 20 percent of unsheltered homeless individuals and half of those who are homeless for the first time are homeless because of Hurricane Harvey,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner, announcing the donation at City Hall. Turner said the donation will underwrite relief efforts in the five pilot neighborhoods of Houston’s Complete Communities initiative: Acres Homes, Gulfton, Near Northside, Second Ward, and Third Ward.The mayor shared the podium with Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S., Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani. “We appreciate the relation with the state of Texas and the people of Houston,” said Ambassador Al-Thani, “and we’re grateful for all the support that they give also to our citizens who come here to study and come here to get medical treatment.”This marks Qatar’s second donation to the region this week, following another $2.5 million gift to help reopen the historic Riverside General Hospital. The effort comes as part of a trend of supporting long-term disaster recovery projects. Qatar set up a similar fund in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.NOTE: The Qatar Harvey Fund’s board includes Dr. Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston. UH holds the license for Houston Public Media. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48last_img read more